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Justinus, Marcus Junianus: (Graevius, Joannes Georgius, ed.:) Historiae Philippicae, [...] cum ejusdem Castigationibus. Editio Ultima prioribus correctior. Traiecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: typis Guilielmi van de Water, Guilielmi Broedelet, 1708. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 414, [cxxxviii], including additional engraved title-page. Title-page in red and black with engraved vignette. Smudged ink underlining to author's name on p.1, closed marginal tear to p.265 not affecting text. Contemporary vellum, ink title in an old hand to spine, edges speckled blue. A little soiled with some smudges and spots, corners slightly bumped, evidence of beige paper or labels removed from both paste-downs, top edge dusted. Small illegible ownership inscription and separate initials to front endpapers. 'Graevius was the first man who, on the basis of the Aldine edition as reprinted by the Juntae, corrected the errors of Bongarsius, and formed the text of Justin by sober critical rules.' (Dibdin). One of the later editions Dibdin prefers, as it contains the additional notes of Faber (1615-72), Vorst (1623-76) and Scheffer (1621-79). Also appended are Bongar's Excerptiones Chronologicae, and the Prologi Historiarum Philippicarum Pompeii Trogi. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 139; Schweiger II, 491   Ref: 46576  show full image..
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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  show full image..
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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  show full image..
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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  show full image..
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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  show full image..
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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  show full image..
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Libanius: (Wolfius, J.C., ed.:) Epistolae. Quas nunc primum maximam partem e variis codicibus, manu exaratis, edidit, Latine convertit & notis illustravit. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios. 1738. Editio princeps. Large folio, pp. [20], 865, [1], lacking final blank. With half-title, title page in red and black, engraved printer's device to title, double column in Greek and Latin. Half-title, title and a handful of other leaves slightly foxed, occasional toning. Contemporary Dutch vellum, traces of ties, gilt ruled to a panel design, gilt centrepieces with arms of Amsterdam, small gilt arms of Amsterdam to corners, raised bands, small gilt arms of Amsterdam to spine, title inked to spine, modern shelfmark label to upper cover. Corners a bit bumped. Modern stamp of Maastricht library to ffep. A sumptuously bound, large folio prize book - a clean and well-margined copy. The first collected printing of the letters of Libanius, the 4th-century AD rhetorician. More than 1500 of his letters survive, the largest extant collection from antiquity, and only brief selections had been previously edited. Wolf's magisterial volume not only prints as many as were known but also includes Latin translations for each letter; Smith called it 'the best edition' (Dict. Gr. & Rom. Bio.), and it is still cited in modern editions. Brunet III, 1050; Graesse IV, 195; Hoffman II; Spoelder, 493 (Amst. 12).   Ref: 53359  show full image..
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[Livy] Livius, Titus: (Gronovius, J.F., ed.:) Historiarum, Quod extat, cum perpetuis Gronovii et variorum notis. Amstelodami [Amsterdam], apud Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios [apud Danielem Elzevirium] 1665 [1664]. 3 vols, 8vo, pp. [48], 82, [76], with engrave title; pp. 842, [70]; pp. 997, [91]. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Slight browning, fore-edge a little dusty, occasional, minor mainly marginal spotting, I: traces of adhesive at gutter of title, lower outer blank corner of Y4 torn, II: title slightly adhering to ffep, III: small water stain to title, paper flaw to outer blank margin of A3 and lower outer corner of 2L4, small ink burn to lower blank margin of A4, last leaf glued at gutter to rear free endpaper. Contemporary vellum, marbled endpapers, title inked to spine, all edges sprinkled red. Extremities a bit soiled, vol. I rebacked in modern vellum. 19th-century armorial bookplate of William Orme Foster. The second edition but the third printing of the Gronovius Livy (the first edition of 1645 had been reprinted in 1653-4). The editions of Livy by J. F. Gronovius (1611-1671) have been considered to "mark an epoch" (Sandys) in the study of that historian. "The text of Livy had never before appeared in so small a space. [...] for purpose of immediate reference, it was surely a desirable acquisition" (Dibdin). This is the last of these editions in Gronovius's lifetime, though his son Jacob, also a classical scholar, would see a further edition through the press in the late 1670s. William Orme Foster (1814-99) was a coalmaster, industrialist and politician. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 167-8. Schweiger II 534. Willems 1358.   Ref: 53350  show full image..
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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  show full image..
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