E[arbery], M[atthias]: Elements of Policy Civil and Ecclesiastical, in a Mathematical Method. London: printed for John Morphew, 1716. 8vo., pp.[iv], 88. Woodcut initials and decorations in the text. Author's name added in both pen and pencil to slightly dusty title-page,internally very good. Disbound, 20th-century (1950's?) paper wrapper glued at spine, handwritten paper label to front cover, edges lightly sprinkled red. One of numerous works by Matthias Earbery the Younger (1690–1740).'Earbery's views on the rights of hereditary monarchy and episcopacy were those of Charles Leslie, whom he admired, but Earbery had none of Leslie's wit or power of reasoning: his numerous works are largely made up of quantities of historical narrative, related with a strong ideological bias, often laced with personal abuse [...] He was arrested in London in 1723 for seditious libel, and again in 1732 for attacks on Sir Robert Walpole (later first earl of Orford) and King George II in the Royal Oak Journal. His targets ranged from the 'filth of Bangorianism' to John Wyclif, Gilbert Burnet, and Sir John Oldcastle.' (ODNB) ESTC T32602 Ref: 51460
Farnaby, Thomas: Index Rhetoricus & Oratorius. [...] Editio novissima prioribus emendatior. Londini [London]: Impensis Philemonis Stephani, 1664. 12mo., pp. 120 [lviii]. Without final blank. A tiny wormhole throughout, becoming a short trail for about 25 leaves, often touching a character but rarely causing loss of legibility; light dampmark to inner corner for a few gatherings; a touch of light soiling. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by blind rules, blind border to boards, edges sprinkled red. Fore-edge of upper board abraded, some darkening and light rubbing elsewhere, no paste-downs. A very good, unsophisticated copy. Early ownership inscriptions to f.f.e.p.: William Aldersey at the head of the page, with a note of price, and Alban Aldersey upside down at the foot of the page. These are most likely the two youngest sons of Thomas Aldersey (1600-75) of Aldersey Hall in Cheshire: William (b.1651), who would have been about 13 at the time of publication, and his younger brother Alban (b. 1657). The Hall was demolished in 1958, but the Aldersey Family archive is still held at Cheshire Record Office. The grammarian Thomas Farnaby was one of the most noted schoolteachers in seventeenth-century England. His Index Rhetoricus was popular both at home and on the continent, and was among the first texts used at the nascent Harvard University. This edition (the eighth?) appears to be scarce, with ESTC listing only the BL, the Folger, St Louis University and Olin Library. Wing F456A; ESTC R230523 Ref: 29957
Feith, Everard: Antiquitatum Homericarum Libri IV. Editio accuratior. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Salomonem Schouten, 1726. 8vo., pp.[xx], 404, [xliv]. Woodcut device to title-page, some woodcut initials and decorations. Very faint dampstain to lower margin near front. Final Addenda leaf a little creased. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine (just visible). Quite grubby, endcaps a little creased, some smudgy marks to endpapers but a good, firm copy. To front paste-down, the signature of Charles Mayo. There are several likely Charles Mayos to whom this volume may have belonged: the historian and clergyman (1750–1829); the Old English scholar (1767–1858) or the educational reformer (1792–1846). Everard Feith's (1597-c.1625) short career was focused on ancient Greece. He is believed to have written five works on the subject, of which this is the second, before entering a house in La Rochelle and vanishing without trace in 1625. The manuscripts of his three final works were lost. Antiquitatum Homericarum was originally published by Bruman in 1677, apparently with the encouragment of J.F. Gronovius. Ref: 51276
Felltham, Owen: Resolues [Resolves] A Duple Century. The VI Edition [...] with a large Alphabeticall Table therunto. London: Printed for Henry Seile [...] 1636. Small 8vo., pp. [vi] 448 [xxii] + engraved title-page. Without final blank, two small burnholes to one leaf (one marginal, one affecting one character). Browned and spotted, a few pencil marks, one marginal wormhole to first 15 leaves. Modern quarter dark brown calf with marbled paper boards, red morocco gilt label to spine. Ink inscription to first leaf recto (blank): "E Libris Matthew Goodfellow, Ex Dono Thom Dom Baron Wyndham, 1726." The sixth edition of this popular collection of essays on moral topics, first published 1623, then with many additions in 1628. The inscription would seem to indicate that this copy was given to an acquaintance by Thomas, Baron Wyndham (1681-1745), Lord Chancellor of Ireland, though as he was only created Baron Wyndham in 1731, it is not an entirely straightforward assumption. ESTC S101862. STC 10761. Ref: 23523show full image..
Florus, Lucius Annaeus: (Le Fevre, Anne, ed.:) Rerum Romanarum Epitome Interpretatione et Notis Illustravit Anna Tanaquilli Fabri Filia. Jussu Christianissimi Regis, In Usum Serenissimi Delphini. Parisiis (Paris): Apud Fredericum Leonard, Typographum Regis, 1674. 4to., pp. [xxiv], 205, [clix] including additional engraved title-page. Woodcut printer's device to title-page, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials through the text. Lightly toned towards top edge, faint staining to lower margins of first and last few gatherings, binding cracked between frontispiece and title-page but all still sound. Contemporary vellum boards, unusually rebacked in deliberately contrasting late-18th-century black morocco. Gilt spine and borders, gilt crest to head of spine, a.e.g., endpapers replaced. Spine rubbed, vellum a bit darkened, boards a little splayed but still very good. Edited by Anne Dacier (nee Le Fevre) (1645-1720), noted French scholar and wife of Andre Dacier, one of the series editors for the Delphin editions. Schweiger II, 361. Ref: 49304
Florus, Lucius Annaeus: [Maittaire, Michael, ed.:] [Epitome rerum Romanarum]. Cui subjungitur Lucii Ampelii liber memorialis. Londini [London]: Ex Officina Jacobi Tonson & Johannis Watts, 1715. 12mo., pp. [xxii], 141, [iii], including engraved frontispiece signed 'Lud. Du Guernier inv. et Sculp.', and publishers' advertisement at rear. Title page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Very clean and bright within. Contemporary calf, raised bands, burgundy morocco gilt spine label, plain gilt borders, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. A little loss to headcap, rubbed, corners wearing, still a very good copy. From 1713 to 1719 Maittaire (1668–1747) edited a whole series of 12mo. Classics for Tonson and Watts. It comprised: in 1713, Paterculus, Justin, Lucretius, Phædrus, Sallust, Terence; in 1715, Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius, C. Nepos, Florus, Horace, Ovid, Virgil; in 1716, Cæsar, Martial, Juvenal & Persius, Q. Curtius; in 1719, Lucan. Similar editions of Sophocles, Homer, Livy, Pliny, and the Musarum Anglicanarum Analecta were attributed to Maittaire, but he formally disclaimed them. ESTC T146535. Schweiger II 362. Ref: 51742
Freind, John: Opera Omnia Medica. Londini [London]: Typis Johannis Wright, 1733. Folio, pp. [viii], viii, 6, xxx, [vi], 224, [iii], 238-591, [i], 25, xi, [ii] + portrait frontispiece. 'Variantes' leaf bound as prelim instead of following p. 224, small rusthole in one leaf (5B2) affecting two characters, prelims dusty and spotted with a few silked repairs in blank margins, some light spotting and soiling elsewhere but the text generally quite clean. Contemporary mottled sheep, edges worn and chipped, rebacked with calf, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, two gilt-lettered direct, new endpapers. Small stamp of Birmingham Medical Institute to title-page. The first collected edition, published posthumously, of John Freind's medical writings, with any written in English (including his most famous work, History of Physick) translated into Latin by his friends and executors. Freind (1675-1728) was one of the promising undergraduates that the dean of Christ Church, Henry Aldrich, engaged in producing classical editions (he edited Demosthenes and Ovid), but he soon turned to medicine and his lasting legacy is as the author of the History of Physick, 'a standard reference for many years' (ODNB). ESTC T95591. Ref: 43262
Guevara, Antonio de: Horologium Principum, quod ad normam vitae M. Aurelii Severi. Francofurti et Lipsiae [Frankfurt and Leipzig]: Apud Joannem Paulum Kraus. 1745. LARGE PAPER copy, Folio, pp. [ii], XLII, 415, [i]. Title page in red and black. A little dustsoiling and spotting in places, but generally quite clean and bright. Contemporary mottled calf, experly rebacked preserving original gilt spine, new red morocco label, corners renewed, boards a bit scuffed, red and green decorative endpapers. Bookplate of T.B. Hohler. A translation into Latin of the 'Dial of Princes' by the Spanish moralist and chronicler Antonio de Guevara (c. 1481-1545). Originally published in 1529 as 'Reloj de Principes', it takes the form of a 'novel' based on the Cyropaedia of Xenophon, telling the life story of Marcus Aurelius in such a way as to provide moral lessons for modern rulers. Its popularity is now harder to understand, but it was frequently reprinted throughout the sixteenth century and continued to rate elaborate productions such as this one two hundred years after its composition. Ref: 34348show full image..
Gurnall, William: The Christian in Compleat Armour. Or, a Treatise, of the Saints War Against the Devil; Wherein Discovery is made of that Grand Enemy of God and his People, in his Policies, Power, Seat of his Empire, Wickedness, and chief design he hath against the Saints. A Magazin Opened, from whence the Christian is furnished with Spiritual Arms for London: printed for Ralph Smith, 1669. 5th edition. Folio, pp. [xvi], 150, 520, [xxiv]. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, errata on (b)4v. Tiny manicule to p.3, a few marginal crosses to index. Small hole to leaf F affecting a few words, 10cm closed tear to 3M3 with no loss, 2C3 creased. Occasional spots, smudges and ink blots, final leaf creased and a bit foxed. Contemporary brown sheep, crudely rebacked in skiver but now faded and failing at both joints though cords are sound. All edges very worn and peeling, corners frayed, endpapers toned and repaired at hinges with marbled paper now split. As it stands, internally good and soundly sewn, still a good reading copy (and priced accordingly); but would greatly benefit from the attentions of a binder. To front paste-down: pencilled ownership inscription of P.A. Slack dated May 1969; 19th-century bookplate of Rev. Matthew Pugh. To title-page, inscription of J. Seymour in an old hand. 'In 1662 the third and final part of Gurnall's treatise The Christian in Compleat Armour was published, the first and second parts having appeared in 1655 and 1658. The first part was dedicated to his flock at Lavenham; the third to the aged patroness of the godly, Mary, Lady Vere, of Kirby Hall, to whose care two of the royal children had been entrusted by the parliamentarian authorities in the civil war [...] [Christian Armour] had a significant impact both in his own lifetime and long after his death as a work of spiritual consolation and exhortation. [...] The book was reprinted many times into the nineteenth and indeed the twentieth centuries and the translation into Welsh alone was reprinted four times between 1775 and 1809.' (ODNB) ESTC R28051; Wing G2257 Ref: 52062
Harwood, Edward: A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics, with Remarks with Remarks [...] London: printed for T. Becket [...] 1775. First edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], xxiv, 229, [iii]. Includes three-page catalogue of Harwood's books sold by Becket at rear. Some reversed writing in light pencil to p.96, seemingly offset from something no longer present. A few lightly smudges to title-page but generally clean internally. Mid-twentieth century half tan calf, gilt spine with label, brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled red. A bit rubbed, joints slightly worn but firm, small dent to top edge of upper board, still a very good copy. Pencil note to front paste-down: 'Coll. Christopher Dobson c.1967'. 'Harwood (1729–1794) was a prolific writer and author of numerous religious and biblical treatises and classical works. He once claimed to have written more books than anyone then living with the exception of Joseph Priestley. Of these the one which contributed most to his reputation as a scholar was A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics (1775), which by 1790 had run to four editions and had been translated into German (1778) and Italian (1780 and 1793).' (ODNB) ESTC T118350 Ref: 51811