Chaucer, Geoffrey; (Skeat, Walter W., ed.:) The Canterbury Tales. Volume I, Text; Volume II, Notes. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924 2nd edition. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xxxii, 667. [i]; xxvi, [ii], 515, [i]. Very faintly toned. Black cloth, gilt titles to spine. Endcaps slightly creased, light shelf wear, top edges dusty. Ownership inscription of D. Bruce dated 1966 to front paste-down of Notes volume. A few pencilled bookseller's notes to endpapers of each volume. A 1924 impression of the 1900 second edition (first edition published 1894). Vols. IV & V of the Complete Works. Ref: 52161
Chillingworth, William: The Religion of Protestants 1638. A Safe Way to Salvation. Menston: Scolar Press, 1972. Facsimile (Original Size). Folio. Small smudgy mark to title-page, otherwise very clean within. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, small gilt centrepiece to upper board. Fading to spine and to boards towards edges, no dust-jacket, very good overall. Ref: 37560
Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Opera Omnia adiectis indicibus et adnotatione. [Lipsiae] Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1849-50. 10 vols. 12mo. pp. 1: [viii], [xxviii], 282; 2: , 535, ; 3: , 591, ; 4: , 604; 5: , 633, ; 6:  626; 7: , 629, ; 8: , 518; 9: , 511, ; 10: , 587, , , 266. Slight yellowing or toning, first and last few leaves of each vol. somewhat foxed, occasional very minor damp stains to upper blank margin. 19th-century green half calf over nonpareil marbled boards, newer endpapers, raised bands, spine elaborately gilt with rolls of tendrils and geometrical patterns, gilt-lettered morocco label, marbled edges. Boards a bit rubbed. Stamp of Professor R.F.G. Kershaw to few titlepages or front pastedowns; bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown of vol. 1; faded autograph 'J. Marshall' to one blank in vol. 10. A 10-volume set of Cicero's complete works -- in uniform, elegant binding with nonpareil marbled boards and matching edges. The nonpareil pattern had been fashionable since the late 1820s, inspired by early 17th-century closely-combed French paper (Wolfe, 'Marbled Paper', p. 189). Ref: 53153show full image..
Cicero, Marcus Tullius; (Gruter, Jan; Gulielmus, Jan, eds.:) Opera Omnia Quae Exstant, ex sola fere` codd mss. fide emendata studio atq[ue] industria Jani Gulielmii & Jani Gruteri additis notis & indd: accuratiss: confectis. Hamburgi [Hamburg]: Ex bibliopolio Frobeniano, 1618. 4 vols. in 2. Folio bound in 8s, pp. [xx], 34, [ii], 255, [i], 590; 417, [i], 461, [i]. Engraved title-page with vignette; woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Printed on notoriously poor paper, hence toning and foxing of varying severity. To first vol., a closed tear to 2G6 affecting a few letters; second vol. title-page detached but wholly present, gathering 2Z misbound. Occasional light dampstaining; some spots of wax and ink, closed marginal tears and tiny instances of worming. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, gilt spines, edges sprinkled red. Much rubbed and scuffed, endcaps rubbed with loss to first vol., corners worn, turn-ins peeling, endpapers rumpled. A tired copy, but of a work with an interesting scholarly history. Ownership inscriptions of Henri van der Lijndin dated 1659 to each title-page. A fifth volume followed in 1619. 'This edition was formerly of some authority, and followed by a great number of succeeding editors; but with the disadvantage of bad paper and bad type, it unites many errors and absurdities; adopting the palpable incorrectness of MSS. in lieu of the emendations of learned men, who had restored the text of Cicero in a manner unexceptionable to every other critic but to the blind obstinacy of Gruter. Consult Ernesti's preface to his own edit. p.xlii; Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 56; Bipont. Edit. xcii-iii.; and Beck's preface, p. xxxvi-vii; all of which authorities unite in bestowing a severe chastisement on Gruter.' (Dibdin) A good deal of scholarly work has been done on this edition, including attempts to explain where Gruter (1560-1627) went so wrong. His work was based on the edition of Gulielmus (Jan Wilhelms, 1555-84), whose project had been to use a large number of French and German manuscripts to compile an edition of Cicero's works based on manuscript readings only, without editorial conjectures. In the late 1980's, P.L. Schmidt identified Gulielmus's own copy of Cicero, 'containing all his collations and conjectures, a remarkable discovery.' The edition was Lambinus's (1577-8). Close examination by D.H. Berry throws light on Gruter's methods: '[it] was this copy which Gulielmius used to collate the Erfurtensis, and thus the readings he recorded need no longer be taken at second hand from Gruter, but may now be had direct from Gulielmius himself. The authorities at Leiden have with great generosity supplied me with photographs of the relevant pages of Lambinus' edition, with the result that I have been able to compare against one another Gulielmius' collation, Gruter's version of it and the readings given by Zinzerling. This examination has revealed various deficiencies in Gruter's reports which have, naturally, permeated all subsequent editions. In particular, Gruter recorded only a selection of the reports noted by Gulielmius, while his manner of recording has been found to have been imprecise and consequently misleading: where Gulielmius reported only one word from E, Gruter's method was to cite the whole clause without indicating which word had occurred in E and which had simply been taken from the deteriores on which his edition was predominantly based.' (The Classical Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (1989), pp. 400-407). Dibdin I (4th edn.) 400 Ref: 49893
[Claudian] CL. Claudiani quae exstant Ex emendatione Nicolai Heinsy Dan: F. Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Nicolaum Pezzana, 1716. 12mo. pp. 261 , last blank, including engraved titlepage. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Title a trifle dusty. 18th-century vellum over boards, author's name inked to spine, raised bands, edges sprinkled red. Very minor loss at head and foot of spine. Bookplate of Ashmolean Library Oxford - Bequathed by Sir John Beazley 1970; early 18th-century inscription 'Libro di Lorenzo Pananti costo 3-5' to ffep; small stamp of Ashmolean Library to I4 and verso of last. Excellent, clean copy - in well-preserved vellum and clearly intended for use in schools - with the uncommented text of Claudianus's works, based on the Heinsius variorum first published in Leiden in 1650. The copy of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970), a major historian of ancient art at Oxford. Dibdin I, 211. Ref: 53289show full image..
[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: (Burman, Pieter II; Heinsius, Niklaas, eds.:) Opera, quae exstant, omnia ad membranarum veterum fidem castigata [...] Amstelaedami [Amsterdam], ex officina Schouteniana, 1760. First edition thus. 4to, pp. [xiv], xxxii, [ii], 31, [v], 600, (without loss) 609-1112 (mispaginated as usual). Large paper copy, with some leaves deckled at bottom edge. Title in red and black with woodcut device, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Occasional very light foxing, some leaves with a faint line of toning across head margin and a few others unopened at head, short closed tear (seemingly the result of a paper flaw) to leaf 5R2 affecting text but not legibility. Late 18th- or early 19th-century crimson straight-grain morocco, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., ornate dentelles, green leather joints, marbled endpapers, pale blue ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little faded and rubbed, a few light marks, endcaps and bottom edges beginning to wear, a very good copy handsomely bound. Small gilt oval crest of Archibald Acheson, 3rd Earl of Gosford (1806-1864) to front paste-down. Round Jesuit Society inkstamp (Milltown Park, Dublin) to title-page. First edition of Pieter Burman's (1714-1778) edition of Claudian, with commentary by his uncle, Pieter Burman I, and previously unprinted notes by the neo-latin poet and classical verse scholar Niklaas Heinsius (1620-1681). Claudian of Alexandria (b. c. AD 360) was court poet under the emperor Honorius and his minister Stilicho. "In diction and technique he is the equal of Lucan and Statius, in hyperbole he perhaps outdoes them" (OCD). His poetry is also a valuable historical source. Dibdin writes that this is 'unquestionably a very superior edition, and it contains a greater fund of critical illustration than the preceding by Gesner.' Dibdin I (4th edn.) 472 Ref: 51703show full image..
Clemoes, Peter, et al. (eds.): Anglo-Saxon England 2. Cambridge University Press, 2007. Reprint of 1973 first edition. 8vo., pp. x, 333. Paperback. Other than shelf-wear and dusting to edges, as new. Ref: 53124
Cleomedes: (Bowen, Alan C. and Todd, Robert B., trans. & comm.:) Cleomedes' Lectures on Astronomy. A Translation of 'The Heavens' With an Introduction and Commentary. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. First edition. 8vo., pp. xvi, 238. Black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Fine. Ref: 53065
Cooper, Artemis: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure. London: John Murray, 2012. First edition, second impression. 8vo., pp. xiii, [iii], 448. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine. Near fine. Author's inscription to Pamela Egremont (a close friend of Fermor's) to title-page. Ref: 51641
Cooper, Thomas: Thesaurus Linguae Romanae & Britannicae London: 1584. Folio. pp., wanting first and last blank. Decorated initials, double column. Title a bit soiled, intermittent light marginal water staining, heavier to first and last gathering, ancient repair to upper outer blank corner of A2, small clean tears to few margins, one with loss touching text to upper margin of 3E2, two more to outer blank margin of 3F and lower outer blank corner of 4Q2, slight toning, small ink splash to 2H4-5 and 2V6. Recently rebound in goatskin using early 19th-century marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Desmond Morris to front pastedown; autograph Tho: Beach to ffep and R.H. Whitehurst 1803 to fly; ex-libris Francis Garbet 1654 to verso of 7M5; monogram Th.M.(?) inked to 3O2; occasional 17th-century marginalia. Third edition of this monumental Latin-English dictionary authored by Thomas Cooper, later Bishop of Winchester. It was inspired by Thomas Elyot's own Latin dictionary, which Cooper completed after Elyot's death. The ex-libris of Francis Garbet, dated 1654, points to the clergyman of Wroxceter who was Richard Baxter's instructor in theology during his early years. One of the marginalia refers to Cardinal Bellarmine's doctrines. The copy was more recently in the collection of Desmond Morris, author of "The Naked Ape" (1967). ESTC S121950; STC (2nd ed.), 5689. Ref: 53172show full image..