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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 (16681747) 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 
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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 
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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: 34348  show full image..
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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 
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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 (17291794) 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 
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Harwood, Edward: Biographia Classica: The Lives and Characters of the Greek and Roman Classics. A New Edition, Corrected and Enlarged, With Some Additional Lives; and A List of the Best Editions of Each Author. London: T.Becket and T. Evans, 1778. Second edition. 2 vols. 12mo., pp.[ii], vi, [iv], 376; [iv], 307, [i]. Contemporary lightly speckled tan calf, raised bands, red morocco gilt title labels, edges sprinkled red. Dressing has been applied to the spines (and slightly over onto the boards) rendering them a little darker in colour. Volume 1: old paper label at tail of spine, tiny hole to upper joint. Volume 2: endcaps worn with a little loss at tail, lower hinge just starting to split at head but sound. Both volumes rubbed, corners starting to fray but still a very good, internally clean set. Small printed label of Henry David Forbes(-Mitchell) of Balgownie (1790-1869) to each front paste-down. Henry was the son of Duncan Forbes-Mitchell, 1st Laird of Thainston. Balgownie (formerly Fraserfield) was the Aberdeenshire estate inherited by his wife Katherine Fraser (d.1839), whom he married in 1816. First published (anonymously) in 1740, printed by Daniel Browne. ESTC N16541   Ref: 51477 
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Heinsius, Daniel: Poematum. Editio Nova. Accedunt præter alia Libri, de contemptu mortis antehac una non editi. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Elzeviriorum and J. Maire, 1621. 2 vols in one. 8vo., pp. [viii], 474, [ii]; [viii], 167, [xix]. Woodcut printer's device to title page and some woodcut initials to text, small portrait of Homer to p. 264. De Contemptu Mortis has its own title page in red and black with the same device, and its colophon names Isaac Elzevir as the printer. Small piece cut from top corner of f.f.e.p., a little staining to title page, three leaves with small chips from blank lower margins, one of them just touching text and sometime repaired with a few letters supplied in manuscript. Contemporary vellum, long sides overlapping, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red. Library code inked to spine, some faint brown stains to upper board, rear endpaper tearing a little where turn-in is lifting. Ownership inscription of O. Preuss, Detmold, 1844 to front pastedown. The second part, printed by Isaac Elzevier, enjoying "une tres grande vogue", was reproduced textually from the first, and separate, quarto edition of the same year. Willems 187.   Ref: 43834 
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Heraclides Ponticus: [Nicolaus of Damascus:] (Craigius, Nicholas, ed.:) Heraclidae Pontici De politiis libellus. [[...] De moribus gentium [...]] [Bound after:] De Republica Lacedaemoniorum Libri IV [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], Ex officina Joannis a Gelder [colophon: Excudebat Abrahamus Verhoef] 1670. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 573, [iii], with final blank. Title-page with woodcut printer's tortoise vignette, two section-titles with the same vignette. Greek and Latin letter. Light waterstaining, bound in contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, gilt stamps of Society of Writers to the Signet, binding soiled, bottom cover slightly warped. Reprint of the 1593 'editio princeps' of the 4th century BCE Greek-speaking philosopher Heraclides Ponticus's fragmentary work on justice, edited by Nicholas Cragius (1546-1602). It is preceded by Cragius' monograph on the Spartan state, and followed by his edition of the first-cent. Greek-speaking Nicolaus of Damascus' work on 'strange people's customs', which was dedicated to Herod the Great and preserved through excerption by the fifth century anthologist Stobaeus. Schweiger I 133, I 213.   Ref: 21339 
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Hesiod: (Heinsius, D., ed.:) Quae Extant. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Joannis Patij, 1613. 8vo., pp. [xl], 312, [iv]. Title page in red and black with woodcut device, Greek and Latin text on facing pages, final leaf blank. Some old annotations, eg. pp.10-11. Contemporary vellum, faint ink title to spine, edges sprinkled red. A little greyed, some marks and creasing, small wormhole to lower joint, pastedowns lifted, endpapers a little creased and foxed. Illegible ownership inscriptions to preliminary blanks and title page. The second Heinsius edition of Hesiod, slightly abridged from the 1603 first - the most notable change being the omission of the scholia to make a more compact volume. Hoffman II, 249.   Ref: 46574 
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Hody, Humphrey: De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus, Versionibus Graecis, & Latina Vulgata: Libri IV. Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano, 1705. Folio, pp.[xii], XXXVI, 664 + portrait frontispiece. Printer's device to title-page. Very clean and bright internally. Contemporary light tan calf, raised bands, tan morocco gilt title label, blind-tooled frame to each board, edges sprinkled red. A bit rubbed, spine slightly faded, a few small chips and scratches plus slight surface worming near top corner of upper board, endpapers a little toned. An excellent copy. Small paper library labels at head and tail of spine. To the front paste-down, armorial bookplate from the Earl of Macclesfield's North Library, dated 1860. The same crest with the motto Sapere Aude appears as a small embossed stamp to frontis, title and dedication. To the top corner of the ffep, 'Hodij de Septuagint' written in an old hand. De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus was the last of Hody's (16591707) works to be published in his lifetime. In his earliest publication, Contra Historiam Aristeae de LXX Interpretibus Dissertatio (Oxford, 1684), Hody had shown that Aristeas' letter containing an account of the production of the Septuagint was a forgery. Isaac Vossius published an vitriolic reply to this in the appendix to his edition of Pomponius Mela (1686). Here, Hody issues a reply to Vossius's criticisms as well as revisiting his original work on the Septuagint. 'In his will, made in November 1706, he wished that all copies of his last book unsold at the time of his death should be "disposed of beyond Sea and let none be sold in England besides those perhaps of the larger paper"' (ODNB) Hody's final work De Graecis Illustribus, was published posthumously in 1742 by Samuel Jebb. ESTC T86088   Ref: 51768 
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