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[Hale, Matthew:] A Letter from Sr. Matthew Hale, Kt. Sometime Lord Chief Justice of England To one of his Sons After his Recovery from the Small-Pox. London: Printed by J. Playford, for W. Shrowsbery at the Sign of the Bible in Duke-Lane, 1684. 8vo., pp. [ii], 37, [i]. Some faint smudgy marks to title-page, light foxing to final leaf. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, neatly rebacked, a little blind tooling to spine. A few slight scrapes and chips, corners a bit worn with the upper fore-edge corner of the rear board beginning to fray, endpapers toned and a little fragile at edges, still very good. At head of title-page, the inscription of the bibliophile Brent Gration-Maxfield (1916-1983), whose collection was sold by Sotheby's in London across several auctions in the early 1980's. Large armorial bookplate of 'The Hon. George Baillie Esq., one of the Lords of the Treasury' dated 1724, and signed 'A. Johnston sculp.'. Baillie (16641738) was a Scottish landowner and politician who was appointed to the Treasury board that had been formed upon the resignation of Robert Walpole in 1717. He was ousted in 1725 (though with a healthy pension equal to his salary). His wife was Lady Grisell Baillie (16651746), daughter of Patrick Hume and one of the heroic subjects of Henry Grey Graham's A Group of Scottish Women (1908). 'Hale (16091676) left a place in national memory as the type of the virtuous lawyer and the incorruptible judge. [...] Hale has continuously enjoyed the reverence of lawyers as the greatest Stuart jurist after Coke, and treatments of his place in legal history have virtually always been tinged with piety. In non-professional eyes Hale's reputation has been less consistent. Down to the early nineteenth century, his short religious tracts were recommended as edifying reading, no doubt because the point about these works was not their content but their authorship. Since then, the fact that such a man was also an exemplary protestant Christian has lost apologetic usefulness. During the twentieth century the best-known episode in Hale's career was undoubtedly his role in trying witches. This has usually been treated, given Hale's learning and his character, as a striking indication of the blindness of his age, although a more recent tradition has traced the aberration to his own misogyny. In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, the clerical expert on witchcraft is called Hale.' (ODNB) ESTC R228016; Wing H247A   Ref: 52383 
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[Hale, Matthew:] Burnett, Gilbert: The Life and Death of Sir Matthew Hale, Kt. Sometime Lord Chief; Justice of His Majesties Court of Kings Bench. London: printed for William Shrowsbery, at the Bible in Duke-Lane, 1682. 8vo., pp. [xx], 218, including portrait frontispiece (carefully laid down). Wing states that this edition is found in two variants: this copy has 'he' as the catchword on p.3, rather than 'while'. Woodcut initials. Single MS note to p.15 supplying a correction from the errata. Small lacuna to fore-edge margin of b2, not affecting text. Occasional light smudges. Very neatly executed recent period-style binding, brown calf, raised bands and gilt title to spine, blind-tooled Cambridge boards, endpapers renewed. Corners very slightly rubbed, a little toning to endpapers, very good indeed. Small oval inkstamp to frontispiece. Ownership inscription of Henry Currer to title-page, in an old hand. 'Hale (16091676) left a place in national memory as the type of the virtuous lawyer and the incorruptible judge. This image was cemented by Gilbert Burnet's hagiography, The Life and Death of Sir Matthew Hale (1682), a book that soon achieved a classic status. The date of this work's composition at a period of royalist reaction made Burnet relatively reticent about his hero's brand of politics. The balance was somewhat redressed by Baxter's remarks in his Additional Notes on the Life and Death of Sir Matthew Hale (1682), which stressed Hale's sympathy for the dissenters, and by the account of their friendship in the posthumous Reliquiae Baxterianae (1696).' (ODNB) ESTC R215370; Wing B5828   Ref: 52382 
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Hall, Edith: The Theatrical Cast of Athens: Interactions between Ancient Greek Drama and Society. Oxford University Press, 2006. First edition, second impression. 8vo., xii, 482. Black cloth, gilt-lettered. Dust-jacket. Unused: the merest hint of shelf-dust otherwise as new.   Ref: 53035 
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Hall, Marcia B.: Renovation and Counter-Reformation: Vasari and Duke Cosimo in Sta Maria Novella and Sta Croce 1565-1577. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979. First edition. 4to. (284 x 224 mm), pp. xxvi, 200 + plates (113). 6 architectural figures to text. Black cloth, red label to spine, gilt-lettering. Dust-jacket, price-clipped and with small 'Dillons' price sticker to front flap. A fine copy: just a hint of dusting to edges otherwise as new. In the series Oxford-Warburg Studies.   Ref: 53080 
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Harper, Colin: dazzling stranger: bert jansch and the british folk and blues revival. London: Bloomsbury, 2000. First edition. 8vo., pp. viii, 372, [iv]. Pages slightly browning towards edges (due to poor paper quality), but clean. Black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, fine. Dust-jacket, creased at edges, a little shelf-worn, but still very good.   Ref: 53057 
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Harvey, Barbara: Westminster Abbey and its Estates in the Middle Ages. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1977. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 499. Black cloth. Slight bump to upper board at bottom of joint, a hint of shelf-wear, otherwise fine. Dust-jacket, price-clipped, sun-faded to spine, a couple of chips, one with slight loss at top of upper joint, otherwise very good.   Ref: 53008 
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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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[Historiae Augustae] Historiæ Augustæ Scriptores Sex. Aelius Spartianus, Julius Capitolinus, Aelius Lampridius, Vulcatius Gallicanus, Trebellius Pollio et Flavius Vopiscus. Ad Optimas Editiones Collati Praemittitur Notitia Literaria Accedit Index Studiis Societatis Bipontinae. s.n. [Zweibrüecken]: Biponti ex Typographia Societatis, 1787. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [ii], xxxvi, 308; [ii], 264, [cii]. Engraved portrait to each title-page (Hadrian to vol. I, Zenobia to vol. II). Title-pages a little grubby towards head, occasional very light foxing. Contemporary vellum, orange and green gilt labels to each spine. Vellum a little greyed with some smudgy marks, top edges darkened, endpapers lightly foxed but still a very good set. Small blue bookseller's label of Galloway & Porter, Cambridge to front paste-down vol. I. A collection of biographies of the emperors from Hadrian to Carinus from the famous Bipont series of editions of Greek and Latin classics. The name originates from Bipontium, the modern Latin name of Zweibrücken or Deux-Ponts in Bavaria, where they began in 1779. Place of publication later transferred to Strasbourg.   Ref: 52218 
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Hobson, Anthony: Humanists and Bookbinders. The Origins and Diffusion of the Humanistic Bookbinding 1459 - 1559, with a Census of Historiated Plaquette and Medallion Bindings of the Renaissance. Cambridge University Press, 1992. Folio, pp. xix, [i], 296 + colour frontispiece and 2 further leaves of colour plates, many more b&w illustrations in the text. Brown cloth, green and gilt spine label. Top edge a little dusty, near fine. Reprint of the 1989 first edition.   Ref: 51155 
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Homer: (Allen, T. W., ed.:) Homeri Ilias. Sandpiper Books Ltd., 2000. Reprint. 3 vols. Cloth, dust-jackets, new in plastic wrapping. Sandpiper reprint of Clarendon Press edition.   Ref: 46262 
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