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Justinus, Marcus Junianus: (Graevius, Joannes Georgius, ed.:) Historiae Philippicae. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Henricum Wetstenium and Traiecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: Guillelmum van de Wat 1694. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 378, [cxxxviii] + engraved frontispiece. Contemporary tan speckled calf, gilt spine with tan morocco label, edges sprinkled red. Spine crackled with a few small chips, joints and edges a little worn, corners bumped. 20th-century bookplate of 'J.E.' to front pastedown. Ms library code to f.f.e.p.. A variorum with the additional notes of Faber (1615-72), Vorst (1623-76) and Scheffer (1621-79), this volume forms part of the twenty-year run of editions of Justinus from 1683, although this particular edition goes unnoticed by Dibdin. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 139 (for the other editions).   Ref: 46575 
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Justinus, Marcus Junianus: (Gronovius, A., ed.:) Historiae Philippicae cum integris commentariis [...] et excerptis H. Loriti Glareani atque Editoris Oxoniensis. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], apud Samuelum et Joannem Luchtmans 1760. 8vo., pp. [xliv] 1034 [lxxi] + frontispiece. Title-page in red and black. Light age-yellowing, light spotting, a good copy bound in contemporary vellum boards, gilt arms of Arnhem stamped on covers, red morocco gilt label; binding darkened, peeling to spine label showing earlier inked title below, ties removed, loss to label. Second Abraham Gronovius edition, following that of 1719. "The edition of 1760 is considered as a standard work, in which the text of the author, with select and valuable notes, is given with great purity and accuracy" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 140. Schweiger II 493.   Ref: 22470  show full image..
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[Juvenal] Juvenalis, Decimus Junius: Persius Flaccus, Aulus: Iu. Iuuenalis unà cum Au. Persio nuper recogniti. Venice: Melchiorre Sessa & Pietro di Ravani, 1523. Small 8vo. (150 x 100mm), ff.80. Italic type, initial spaces with guide letters only. Light dampstaining to gutter margins, most apparent at front and rear where it spreads at head and tail, but diminishing towards centre; faint mark from a paperclip to the head margin of the first 2 leaves, necessitating a small, neat repair to the first; occasional light spots and smudges. 20th-century vellum, red morocco gilt title label to spine, endpapers renewed. A little very light shelf wear to edges, endpapers slightly foxed, a very good copy in a sympathetic modern binding. Colophon reads: 'Impressum Venetiis : Per Melchiorem Sessam & Petrum de Rauanis socios anno Domini M.D.xxiii. die 7 Februarii'. Printer's famous woodcut device of a cat with a mouse in its mouth, with initials M. S., to verso of final leaf (K8). Melchiorre Sessa (the elder) and Pietro di Ravandi were active together from 1516 to 1525. After their partnership ended both Sessa and Ravani continued to work separately. EDIT 16 49678; Graesse III, 519   Ref: 52196 
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Kilburne, Richard: A Topographie or Survey of the County of Kent. With Some Chronological, Historicall, and Other Matters Touching the Same: and the Several Parishes and Places therein. London: Thomas Mabb for Henry Atkinson [...], 1659. Small 4to. (177 x 135mm), pp. [viii], 422, [xii] + portrait frontispiece. Numerous errors in pagination as usual, list of Contents incorrectly bound before the dedication rather than after. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light smudges and spots of foxing, a little toning along head of title-page, a smudge of red pigment to tail edge of final leaf perhaps indicating the original edge colour. Late 19th- or early 20th-century brown polished sheep neatly rebacked with original spine retained, gilt title and blind tooling to spine, blind-tooled borders to boards, edges marbled, grey endpapers. A little rubbed but a very good copy overall. Recent armorial bookplate of Robert Edmund Lloyd-Roberts to front paste-down. Two MS pencil notes to the ffep verso, the first concerning the placement of the list of Contents, the second recording that this book was 'acquired at the sale at Godmersham Park, the home of Mrs Robert Tritton. 8th June 1983.' Built in 1732 by Thomas May (later Knight), Godmersham Park was inherited by Edward Austen (brother of Jane Austen) in 1794. He was a cousin of the Knight family, who had adopted him in the early 1780s; when his adoptive mother died in 1812 he changed his name to Knight. Jane was a regular visitor to Godmersham Park and is said to have used the house as a model for Mansfield Park. The house passed through several more hands before being bought in 1935 by Robert Tritton and his wife Elsie, whose death in 1983 prompted the Christie's auction mentioned above. In his 'Epistle Dedicatory', Kilburne writes of his intention to present 'the Kent of his own day', and to depict 'the county as it was before the Civil War'. Hasted, in his 1797 History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, dismisses Kilburne's work as being 'little more than a Directory'. However, 'Kent was not well served by early topographers, and Kilburne's small survey was extensively quoted on sixteen occasions by Robert Furley and, over the years in Archaeologia Cantiana, as a first source of reference, and not without some praise. The Topographie devoted disproportionate attention to Hawkhurst: 10 pages out of 422, or, in the words of one writer, 'as much space to it as to twenty other average parishes' (Archaeologia Cantiana, 5, 1863, 59). Kilburne justified this, however: "In respect I finde not any description of this Parish it having been the place of my habitation for above twenty eight years last past (God's Providence having also there lent me an inheritance), I thought fit to enlarge my selfe upon this place. (Kilburne, 126)"'. (ODNB)   Ref: 50494 
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Leland, John: (Hearne, Thomas, ed.:) De Rebus Britannicis Collectanea. Oxonii [Oxford]: E Theatro Sheldoniano. 1715. First edition. 8vo. 6 vols, first and fifth in two separate vols with continuous pagination. [cix], [1], [6], 296pp. (+ 4 folding plates); [298-] 622pp. (wanting final blank); 431pp., [1]; 168pp. (+ folding map); 304pp.; 418pp., [2]. Full-page or smaller engravings of English monuments, buildings and ancient coins, decorated initials. Minimal toning, occasional mainly marginal spotting, I.i) small paper flaw to lower outer corner of 2M, one plate strengthened on verso, I.ii) Small paper flaw to lower outer blank corner of 4A, II) small paper flaw to outer lower edge of 2A, V.ii) minor repair to outer blank margin of A2. Modern half calf over marbled boards. First edition of John Leland's encyclopaedic study of Britain, with chapters devoted to ancient to medieval history, antiquities, literature and numismatics, edited by the renowned antiquary Thomas Hearne from Leland's own notebooks preserved at the Bodleian Library. With the famous essay on the historicity of King Arthur. ESTC T148512.   Ref: 53174 
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Leland, John: (Hearne, Thomas, ed.:) The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary, in Nine Volumes. The Second Edition: Collated and Improved from the Original MS. With the Addition also of a General Index. Oxford: printed at the Theatre, 1745. Second edition. 9 volumes, 8vo., pp. [xiv], xxv, [i], 146, [ii]; [iv], xvi, 139, [i]; x, 172, [ii]; xvi, 172; xxviii, 166; xviii, 146; xxvi, 143, [i]; xlviii, 104; 45, [i]; xliv, [ii], 134, 83, [i] + 3 plates (2 to vol.II and 1 folding to vol.VIII). Many further illustrations in the text, index to all volumes at rear of vol.VIII. A little occasional light foxing mostly limited to first and final leaves but generally very clean and bright within. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spines with raised bands, orange morocco title labels (one partially lost), plain gilt borders, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. A little rubbed, top edges slightly dusty, vols. 6, 8 & 9 upper joints just starting at tail but still an exceptionally handsome set. The second edition of the important 'itineraries' of the poet and antiquary John Leland (c.1503-1552), who made a number of trips around England and Wales under some kind of commission from the king to do research in libraries. Continuing his travels he made regular notes intending to produce a number of works, none of which appeared. Nonetheless, 'his undertaking was an extraordinarily ambitious one and marks the beginning of English topographical studies' (ODNB). Leland's notes found their way into the Bodleian and, recognising their importance, sub-librarian Thomas Hearne (1678-1735) arranged for their printing in 1710-12. Only 120 copies of the first edition were printed, meaning that it quickly became prohibitively expensive and very difficult to obtain. This second edition, still running to only 350 copies, followed after Hearne's death. The series title-page is dated 1745, while the individual title-pages show 1740. ESTC T135478   Ref: 51571 
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Longinus, Dionysius: (Pearce, Zachary, ed.:) [Greek letters] De Sublimitate Commentarius, quem qova versione donavit, Perpetuis Notis illustravit, & partim Manuscriptorum ope, partim conjectura, emendavit (additis etiam omnibus ejusdem Auctoris Fragmentis). Dublini: apud J. Smith & G. Bruce, 1733. Third edition. 8vo., pp. xliv, 372, including engraved frontispiece. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, large engraved head-piece to p.v. A few annotations in an old hand, e.g. p.15. A very light marginal dampstain to lower fore-edge corner from frontis to approx. p.xxxv but generally clean within. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spine label, gilt thistle and shelf mark at tail of spine, edges lightly sprinkled red. Headcap neatly repaired, upper joint a little worn but holding firm, upper fore-edge corner bumped with slight creasing. A few small paper repairs to ffep where it was previously stuck to the bookplate. A very good copy. Engraved armorial bookplate of the Charles Perceval (17561840), 2nd Baron Arden in the Irish peerage and 1st Baron Arden in the peerage of the UK. Perceval was the older brother of the Prime Minister Spencer Perceval (17621812) as well as being a prominent politician himself. He was also a fellow of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and a trustee of the Hunterian Museum. Published in the same year in both Dublin and Edinburgh, this Dublin edition appears to be the rarer, COPAC finding only the ESTC listing plus copies at Trinity College Dublin and Glasgow University. The sheets of this edition were in fact printed in the Netherlands and are a separate issue or variant imprint of the 1733 Amsterdam edition of R. & J. Wetstein and G. Smith. Dibdin recommends Pearce's edition (first published in 1724 in London in 4to. format) as 'the true text', praising its 'elegant and erudite notes' and adding that the subsequent 8vo. editions contain 'advantageous corrections and additions'. He records the second London edition of 1732 (the first 8vo.) and Foulis' 'very elegant' 4to. of 1763, but omits this Irish issue. ESTC N28412; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 177-8   Ref: 51610 
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Lucian of Samasota: (Mayne, Jasper, trans.:) Part of Lucian Made English from the Originall. In the Yeare 1638. Oxford: R. Davies, 1664. FIRST PART ONLY. 1st edition 2nd issue, folio, pp. [xvi], 398, [iv] + portrait frontispiece of Lucian signed: W: Faithhorne sculpsit.. As usual pp.162-167 and pp.316-317 are misnumbered as 182-187 and 306, 311 respectively. Woodcut device to title-page, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Some old repairs to frontis at gutter, to title-page verso (particularly head and tail edges) plus a few other places e.g. head of first dedicatory leaf, M1, Z1, and some other smaller repairs; small worm trail to bottom corner of fore-edge margin roughly pp.202-281, repaired in some places; light browning and possible dampstaining to head and tail edges near front and rear; occasional wax spots and tiny scorch holes, final blank leaf laid down.. Contemporary speckled calf boards neatly rebacked in polished sheep, raised bands and morocco gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders, edges sprinkled red, endpapers replaced. Endcaps, raised bands and joints rubbed, a little chipping to edges, corners worn, a few light scuffs and scrapes. A good copy, soundly repaired. To the front paste-down: small book label of Charles Whibley. To frontispiece verso: various pen trials and doodled faces, plus inscriptions of Thos. Hartopp and Elizabeth Mallory 'Her Booke, 1694'. To title-page recto: two more inscriptions of Tho. Hartopp, and one of Ralph Welles. To final blank: another inscription of Elizabeth Mallory dated 1694 and another (seemingly in the same handwriting) of Elizabeth Welles; in the same hand a quotation, 'One moment gives Invention to Destroy / What to Rebuild would A whole Age Imploy'. This comes from William Congreve's play The Double-Dealer, which was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in November or December of 1693 and first appeared in print the following year. There are also what appear to be faded signatures on the leather of the lower board, though these are illegible. This version, with its title-page dated 1664, seems to be a reissue of the original 1663 first (the title-page of the first issue is dated 1663 and there is no portrait). The second part of the work is not found here; titled "Certain select dialogues of Lucian: together with his true history, translated from the Greek into English. By Mr. Francis Hickes", it has separate pagination, register, and title page with the imprint "printed for Richard Davis,... 1663". It appears that it was also issued separately (Wing L3425). ESTC R23081; Wing L3435   Ref: 52318 
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Lucian of Samosata: Selecti ex Luciano dialogi quidam: una cum ejusdem libello, cui titulus, quomodo historia scribenda sit. Accedunt interpretatio novissima Amstelodamensis, castigata, et notae variorum. Editio altera. Dublinii [Dublin]: Ex aedibus academicis excudebant R.E. Mercier et Socius, 1799. ONE OF 150 COPIES, 8vo, pp. [ii], ii, 111, [1], 217, [3]. Original half red morocco, sprinkled paper boards, spine divided by gilt rolls, lettered in gilt direct. Some soiling and thumbing. Front hinge cracked at title-page and strained in one or two other places but the binding sound, extremities a bit worn, joints rubbed and spine creased. Pencilled ownership inscription of J.J. Graz to title-page, with marginal pencil notes to the Greek text; the limitation statement signed by the publisher and the blank facing the title-page further inscribed by the publisher to the vice provost. Joseph Stock (1740-1813) was an Irish bishop and fellow of Trinity College Dublin whose edition of selections from Lucian was first published in 1773. This limited edition, described in the limitation as being on large paper (though there was no small-paper issue) was presumably printed to be given as prizes, something that the university had been doing since its first Greek text, a Plato of 1738. This particular copy is number 2 and was presented by Richard Edward Mercier, the publisher (and official bookseller to Trinity College Dublin) to 'The Revd Vice Provost'. This would have been Gerald Fitzgerald, who was vice-provost between 1795 and 1806. With a relatively small limitation, surviving copies are scarce: ESTC locates copies in 6 locations, three in Dublin plus the BL, Rylands, and Queen's University of Belfast. ESTC T112679.   Ref: 53238 
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Lucretius Carus, Titus: De Rerum Natura Libri Sex. Birminghamae [Birmingham]: Johannis Baskerville, 1772. First Baskerville edition. 4to., pp. [ii], 280. Occasional very light spots and smudges but generally bright, gatherings T-Z clean and not foxed as is sometimes the case. Slightly later red straight grain morocco, raised bands, gilt rules and title to spine, plain gilt borders and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled leather-jointed endpapers, green ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little darkened, a few tiny scrapes, white dusty marks to board edges at fore-edge. A very good, handsome copy. Tiny, illegible inscription at foot of first page of text, possibly dated 1785, the bottom edge of the letters just shaved off. The first Baskerville edition of Lucretius (a duodecimo followed the next year). In a somewhat backhanded fashion, Dibdin comments that this edition is remarkable for its typographical beauty though nothing else. ESTC T50365; Dibdin II (4th edn.), 203; Gaskell 43; Gordon 20; Schweiger II, 577   Ref: 52288 
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