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[Fables] Aesop: L'Estrange, Roger: Fables of Æsop and other Eminent Mythologists: with Morals and Reflections; Fables and Stories Moralized. Being a Second Part of the Fables of Æsop [...] London: printed for D. Brown, R. Sare, A. Roper, T. Norris, A. Bettesworth, G. Strachan, E. Valentin 1724; 1730. 2 vols.: vol. I 7th ed., vol. II 4th ed., corrected. 8vo., pp. [xii], 29, [xi], 550, [ii]; [xiv], 266, [viii] + engraved frontispiece to each volume. Vol. I with pp.21-30 of the 'Life' mispaginated as pp.17-29 as usual. Single-leaf catalogue to rear of vol I, eight-page catalogue (books printed for and sold by Samuel Birt) to rear of vol. II. Both volumes lightly toned with occasional faint staining towards fore-edge, a few spots and smudges. Vol. I with small ink blot near headline pp.158-164 affecting a few letters, a little worming right in the gutter pp.241-265, a paper flaw to leaf 2L3 resulting in a horizontal tear near the head (not affecting text). Uniformly bound in modern quarter tan calf, raised bands, gilt spines, marbled boards, endpapers renewed, vol. I with new endbands. Some greyish marks to spines, joints very mildly creased, very good. L'Estrange's version of Aesop's Fables first appeared in two parts in 1691 and 1699. The fourth-edition second volume found here was printed by William Bowyer (his records show 1000 copies printed), and the seventh-edition first volume was also partially printed by him. ESTC T85874 & T85873   Ref: 52297 
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[Fables] Aesop: Phaedrus, Gaius Julius: (Burmann, Pieter ed.:) Fabularum Aesopiarum Libri V. [...] Cum Notis Selectioribus. Venetiis [Venice]: apud Thomam Bettinelli, 1787. 8vo., pp. [ii], xxx, [ii], 151, [i], including engraved frontispiece and engraved vignette title-page. Latin text. Occasional light smudges but clean and bright overall. 20th-century mottled quarter calf, raised bands, older black morocco gilt spine label retained, teal paper-covered boards, endpapers seemingly not original but made from appropriate handmade paper. Centre of lower board a little yellowed but a very good, sound copy. The engraved frontispiece is signed by Pietro Scattaglia (c.1739-1810), an engraver (and later publisher) working in Venice.   Ref: 52296 
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[Fables] Gay, John: Fables by the Late Mr Gay. In One Volume Complete. London & Gainsbro': printed for W. Osborne, T. Griffin: and J.M. Mozley and Co., 1792. 12mo., pp. [xii], 215, [i] (p.202 misnumbered 102, as usual). Woodcut portrait to title-page, woodcut illustrations throughout. Lightly toned, first few leaves a little soft, occasional spots and smudges particularly to title-page, short repaired horizontal tear to dedication leaf, thumbprint-sized lacuna to fore-edge margin leaf S2 not touching text. 20th-century red half morocco, raised bands, single gilt tool to each compartment, gilt title, marbled boards and endpapers, edges sprinkled red. Spine sunned and a little rubbed, slightly shelf worn with a few tiny scratches and scrapes, very good. Book label of Stanley Skillen to front paste-down. ESTC T13869   Ref: 52295 
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Farnaby, Thomas: Index Rhetoricus & Oratorius. [...] Editio novissima prioribus emendatior. Londini [London]: Impensis Philemonis Stephani, 1664. 12mo., pp. 120 [lviii]. Without final blank. A tiny wormhole throughout, becoming a short trail for about 25 leaves, often touching a character but rarely causing loss of legibility; light dampmark to inner corner for a few gatherings; a touch of light soiling. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by blind rules, blind border to boards, edges sprinkled red. Fore-edge of upper board abraded, some darkening and light rubbing elsewhere, no paste-downs. A very good, unsophisticated copy. Early ownership inscriptions to f.f.e.p.: William Aldersey at the head of the page, with a note of price, and Alban Aldersey upside down at the foot of the page. These are most likely the two youngest sons of Thomas Aldersey (1600-75) of Aldersey Hall in Cheshire: William (b.1651), who would have been about 13 at the time of publication, and his younger brother Alban (b. 1657). The Hall was demolished in 1958, but the Aldersey Family archive is still held at Cheshire Record Office. The grammarian Thomas Farnaby was one of the most noted schoolteachers in seventeenth-century England. His Index Rhetoricus was popular both at home and on the continent, and was among the first texts used at the nascent Harvard University. This edition (the eighth?) appears to be scarce, with ESTC listing only the BL, the Folger, St Louis University and Olin Library. Wing F456A; ESTC R230523   Ref: 29957 
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Feith, Everard: Antiquitatum Homericarum Libri IV. Editio accuratior. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Salomonem Schouten, 1726. 8vo., pp.[xx], 404, [xliv]. Woodcut device to title-page, some woodcut initials and decorations. Very faint dampstain to lower margin near front. Final Addenda leaf a little creased. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine (just visible). Quite grubby, endcaps a little creased, some smudgy marks to endpapers but a good, firm copy. To front paste-down, the signature of Charles Mayo. There are several likely Charles Mayos to whom this volume may have belonged: the historian and clergyman (17501829); the Old English scholar (17671858) or the educational reformer (17921846). Everard Feith's (1597-c.1625) short career was focused on ancient Greece. He is believed to have written five works on the subject, of which this is the second, before entering a house in La Rochelle and vanishing without trace in 1625. The manuscripts of his three final works were lost. Antiquitatum Homericarum was originally published by Bruman in 1677, apparently with the encouragment of J.F. Gronovius.   Ref: 51276 
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Felltham, Owen: Resolues [Resolves] A Duple Century. The VI Edition [...] with a large Alphabeticall Table therunto. London: Printed for Henry Seile [...] 1636. Small 8vo., pp. [vi] 448 [xxii] + engraved title-page. Without final blank, two small burnholes to one leaf (one marginal, one affecting one character). Browned and spotted, a few pencil marks, one marginal wormhole to first 15 leaves. Modern quarter dark brown calf with marbled paper boards, red morocco gilt label to spine. Ink inscription to first leaf recto (blank): "E Libris Matthew Goodfellow, Ex Dono Thom Dom Baron Wyndham, 1726." The sixth edition of this popular collection of essays on moral topics, first published 1623, then with many additions in 1628. The inscription would seem to indicate that this copy was given to an acquaintance by Thomas, Baron Wyndham (1681-1745), Lord Chancellor of Ireland, though as he was only created Baron Wyndham in 1731, it is not an entirely straightforward assumption. ESTC S101862. STC 10761.   Ref: 23523  show full image..
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Florus, Lucius Annaeus: (Le Fevre, Anne, ed.:) Rerum Romanarum Epitome Interpretatione et Notis Illustravit Anna Tanaquilli Fabri Filia. Jussu Christianissimi Regis, In Usum Serenissimi Delphini. Parisiis (Paris): Apud Fredericum Leonard, Typographum Regis, 1674. 4to., pp. [xxiv], 205, [clix] including additional engraved title-page. Woodcut printer's device to title-page, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials through the text. Lightly toned towards top edge, faint staining to lower margins of first and last few gatherings, binding cracked between frontispiece and title-page but all still sound. Contemporary vellum boards, unusually rebacked in deliberately contrasting late-18th-century black morocco. Gilt spine and borders, gilt crest to head of spine, a.e.g., endpapers replaced. Spine rubbed, vellum a bit darkened, boards a little splayed but still very good. Edited by Anne Dacier (nee Le Fevre) (1645-1720), noted French scholar and wife of Andre Dacier, one of the series editors for the Delphin editions. Schweiger II, 361.   Ref: 49304 
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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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Florus, Lucius Annaeus; Eutropius, Flavius; (Clarke, John, ed. & trans.:) Epitome Rerum Romanarum cum versione Anglica, in qua verbum de verbo, quantum per utriusque linguæ genium fieri licuit, redditur. Or, a Compendious History of Rome [...] With an English Translation as literal as possible; Eutropii Historiæ Romanæ Breviarium, cum versione Anglica, in qua, verbum de verbo, quantum fieri licuit, exprimitur, notis quoque & indice. Or, Eutropius's Compendious History of Rome: together with an English translation as literal as possible, not York: printed by Thomas Gent, for Arthur Bettesworth, at the Red Lyon in Pater-Noster-Row, [...] n.d. [1727]; 1728. 2 works in 1 vol., Florus 1st ed. and Eutropius 2nd edition. 8vo., pp. [vi], 217, [i]; [xii], 162, [iv], bound without final leaf of advertisements. Each work with an English preface followed by parallel Latin and English texts, Florus with the texts on facing pages and Eutropius arranged as two columns. Both works with woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces, some of those in the 2nd work being very large. Occasional tiny spots and smudges but generally very clean within. Contemporary brown speckled calf, raised bands, gilt morocco title label, plain double-filet border to each board, edges sprinkled red. Spine a little darkened, headcap worn, tail end of both joints just starting to crack, a little surface loss to upper board near joint, bottom corners slightly worn, front endpaper split at hinge but board still holding firm, overall a very good copy. To front paste-down: die-sinker armorial bookplate of John Somers, Lord Somers with the motto 'Prodesse Quam Conspici', the shield showing Somers quartering Cocks. To ffep: recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. To both: a few pencilled bookseller's notes. Edited and translated by John Clarke (1687-1734), schoolmaster, educational reformer and, at the time of publication, 'Master of the Publick Grammar-School in Hull'. "An outspoken critic of the traditional style of teaching classics, he argued that it appeared to be 'contrived in opposition to all the rules of good method' so as 'to render the learning of the languages more tedious than it needs to be' (J. Clarke, An Essay upon the education of youth in grammar Schools, 1720, 9). He particularly cited the drudgery of elementary memorisation of rules and the absence of adequate English translations as flaws which led to the waste of 'three of the four first years boys spend at school' (ibid., 34). His new method was designed to teach the classics more efficiently, in order to allow time for studying new or additional subjects, such as history, geography, and chronology." (ODNB). Clarke published extensively, mostly classical translations, commentaries on contemporary writers and treaties on education. Some of his works enjoyed great longevity, including his Introduction to the Making of Latin, Comprising the Substance of Latin Syntax (1734) which reached its 25th edition in 1787, and his Dissertation upon the Usefulness of Translations of Classick Authors (also 1734) which had run to its 36th edition by 1831. ESTC T114760; T132863   Ref: 52263 
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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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