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Meibom, Johann Heinrich: Maecenas, sive de C. Cilnii Maecenatis vita, moribus & rebus gestis: liber singularis. Accessit C. Pedonis Albinovani Maecenati scriptum epicedium, notis illustratum. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Johannem & Danielem Elsevier, 1653. Small 4to. (193 x 155mm), pp. [xii], 186, [viii], 11, [ix], including errata leaf usually lacking. Engraved portrait vignette to title-page, woodcut initials and head-pieces, small numismatic illustration in text. Sporadic light foxing a little heavier to a few leaves. Very neat modern binding, tan quarter calf, raised bands and red morocco gilt title label to spine, marbled boards, edges sprinkled red, endpapers renewed. Very slight shelf wear, a very good copy. Schweiger II, 588; Willems 731   Ref: 52319  show full image..
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Menin, Nicolas: An Historical and Chronological Treatise of the Anointing and Coronation of the Kings and Queens of France, From Clovis I. to the Present King; and of all the Sovereign Princes of Europe [...] faithfully done from the original French. London: Printed for W. Mears [et al], 1723. First edition in English. 8vo., pp. xvi, 333, [3, ads] + engraved frontispiece. Title-page printed in red and black. Contemporary sheep, ruled in gilt, later hand-written paper label to spine. Soiled and lightly browned. Extremities rubbed, joints cracking but sound, a touch of wear to corners, flyleaves excised. Short inscription thoroughly crossed through to corner of title-page. Nicolas Menin (1684-1770) was counsellor to the Parliament of Metz and also published historical fiction anonymously. This study of French royal processes was reissued in 1727 under a different title, and a further edition under yet another title followed 50 years later. ESTC T123498.   Ref: 53813  show full image..
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[Military History] Flanders Delineated or, a view of the Austrian and French Netherlands. [...] Reading: printed and sold by J. Newbery and C. Micklewright, [...] 1745 FIRST EDITION. 8vo. pp. [8], 310, [2] (last leaf with directions to the binder) + 3 engraved, hand-coloured folding maps of Flanders, Germany and northern Italy, and 1 plate with fortifications and gunnery. Uniform light age browning, the odd very minor marginal spot, upper edge a little dust-stained. Contemporary polished calf, double gilt ruled, raised bands, spine gilt, gilt-lettered red morocco label, recently and well rebacked with boards and (slightly bumped) corners refurbished. Late 18th-century armorial bookplate of Capt. Thomas Tyrwhitt-Drake. A good, clean copy of the first edition of this scarce, beautifully illustrated work on military history. It is a detailed survey of the ongoing war for the Austrian Succession (1740-8), 'of great Use to all who are willing to have a clear idea of the Operations of the several Armies'. The first part, by an anonymous 'Officer of the Allied Army now in Flanders', comprises a geographical survey and a military history of the Austrian and French Netherlands, prefaced by a short history of the Low Countries. The second part, similarly anonymous, is a brief account of the topography and history of Bavaria, Bohemia, Moravia and Austria, and an account of the 'Pragmatic Sanction' which started the war against Germany. At rear is a military dictionary, as well as a page of instructions to the binder. In addition to three detailed maps of Flanders, Germany and northern Italy, it features an engraved plate with beautifully delineated samples of fortifications and gunnery. The work is dedicated to Field Marshal George Wade (1673-1748), who served in all the major European wars from the late 1680s to the mid-18th century. He was also 'Commander in Chief of His Majesty's forces, castles, forts and barracks in North Britain', by which he oversaw the construction of hundreds of miles of military roads and 30 military bridges in Scotland. Capt. Thomas Drake Tyrwhitt (1749-1810), MP for Amersham (1795-1810) and Sheriff of Glamorganshire (1786-7). ESTC T140942. ESTC lists only 6 copies (3 in the UK and 3 in the US).   Ref: 53648  show full image..
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Minucius Felix, Marcus; Firmicus Maternus, Julius: (Ouzel, J., Meursius, J., a Wower, J., eds.; Baudouin, F., intro.:) Octavius [...] De errore profanarum religionum. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Hackiana, 1672. 8vo. pp. (xlviii), 352, 64, [16], last blank. With engraved titlepage, woodcut title vignette and initials. Light water stain to upper blank margin of one gathering, small loss to lower outer blank margin of one leaf, thumb mark to titlepage, ink splash to verso of last blank. Full calf c.1800, tooled in blind, spine gilt-ruled, gilt-lettered label, a.e.r. Joints a bit cracked but firm at head and foot, upper board a bit rubbed. Bookplate of Cholmondeley Library to front pastedown; bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to ffep. An elegantly bound third century dialogue between a Christian (the Octavius of the title) and a pagan. This edition was printed by the heirs of Frans Hacke in Leyden, who also produced books for Louis Elzevier. Already at the time Hack's printing style was rated as one of the best, and 'his publications are no less elegant than those of his famous competitors', the Elzevirs (Willems pp. 424-25). This copy was in the library of Reginald Cholmondeley (1826-96) of Condover Hall. There he famously hosted Mark Twain upon his visit to England in 1873 and 1879. The library was sold by Reginald's successors in 1926. Not in Willems.   Ref: 53146  show full image..
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Nepos, Cornelius: (Pausanias:) (Fell, John, ed.:) Excellentium imperatorum vitae. Editio novissima; nunc denuo recognita. Accessit Aristomenis Messenii vita, ex Pausania. Oxonii [Oxford]. E Teatro Sheldoniano. 1708. 4to. pp. [xx], 230; [ii], 38, [xviii], [lvi]. Engraved frontispiece, engraved vignette to title, engraved ornaments at start of each chapter. Little spotting to title and verso of last leaf. Early 19th century Russia leather, marbled endpapers, triple gilt ruled, raised bands, spine double gilt ruled and gilt-lettered, cross-hatched decoration in blind. Covers a bit faded, joints cracked but firm. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. Reprint of the 1678 Oxford edition of Cornelius Nepos's 'Lives of the Emperors', in a remarkably and unusually well-preserved Russia leather binding. ESTC T83009.   Ref: 53167  show full image..
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[Ovid] Ovidius Naso, Publius: (Cnipping, Borchard, ed.:) Opera Omnia, in tres Tomos divisa, cum integris Nicolae Heinsii, D.F. lectissimisque variorum notis: quibus non pauca, ad suos quaeque antiquitatis fontes diligenti comparatione reducta, accesserunt, studio Borchardi Cnippingii. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Typographia Blaviana, 1683. 3 vols., 8vo, pp. [xvi], 832, [14], [2, blank]; 805, [11]; 810, [10]. Each volume with an engraved titlepage (vol. 1 with a typographical title-page as well); vol. 2 with full-page engravings within the pagination. Contemporary vellum boards, spines lettered in ink. Some minor spotting, one or two edge-tears, a dampmark to fore-margin of first 30 leaves in vol. 2. Vellum somewhat dusty, front pastedown of vol. 1 partially torn. Bookplate of G.E. Larden to front pastedown of vols. 2 and 3 (possibly removed from vol. 1), vol. 3 with the ownership inscription of G.H. Larden to margin of title-page and flyleaf (the latter also giving the place as Macclesfield). 'I have classed all those impressions of Ovid, printed at the same place, and more or less partaking of the editorial labours of N. Heinsius, Schrevelius, and Cnippingius, under the same head... Schrevelius was the editor of the first edition; and and Cnippingius of the second; which latter Harwood pronounced to be the best: yet that of 1683 is perhaps the general favourite' (Dibdin). This imprint not recorded there, but see Dibdin (4th edn.) II 267, referring to the 1683 Leiden edition.   Ref: 53239  show full image..
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Paris, Matthew: (Watts, William, ed.:) Historia Major. Juxta Exemplar Londinense 1640. verbatim recusa [...] Huic Editione accesserunt, duorum Offarum Merciorum Regum; & viginti trium Abbatum S. Albani Vitae: una cum Libro Additamentorum. Londini [London], Impensis A. Mearne, T. Dring, B. Tooke, T. Sawbridge, & G. Wells 1684. Folio, pp. [xxxiv], 424, 451-859, 856-861, [i], [xcvi], [xii], 961-1048, 1041-1175, [xxxvii] + portrait frontispiece. With all usual errors in pagination. The section titled 'Adversaria sive Variantes Lectiones' and the Indices are bound after the main part of the text, instead of at the beginning as in the ESTC copy. Title in red and black with woodcut device, some woodcut initials. A few tiny smudges and wax spots, small blue ink mark to lower margin of frontis, short closed tear to lower margin pp.695-6. Contemporary dark brown mottled calf, sturdily rebacked, raised bands, gilt title label, edges sprinkled red. Very scuffed, edges worn but corners repaired, a very good, sound copy overall. Reprint of the first complete edition of Matthew Paris' works. Watts added to Archbishop Parker's edition of the 'Historia Major' (1571) Matthew's unpublished minor works (real and suppositious), besides his own notes on variant readings and parallel sources (Roger Wendover, William Rishanger, and others). He produced overall an impressive piece of early modern English historical scholarship, complete with glossary and index. Matthew Paris (d. 1259), a historian and the official chronicler at St. Alban's monastery, was a favourite of King Henry III, and a sharp reporter on contemporary political life. Watts (1590-1649) was also chaplain to Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the Civil War commander. Wing P 359; ESTC R25517   Ref: 51274 
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Pegge, Samuel: with an Account of the Bishop's Works and an Appendix. London: printed by and for John Nichols, printer to the Society of Antiquaries, 1793. First edition. 4to., pp. iv, 385 + 2 plates, 1 of which folding. Further facsimile plate in text (p.370). Occasional, brief pencil annotations. Sporadic light foxing, plates slightly offset to adjacent pages, final l (corrigenda) loosening. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked with original spine retained but label replaced. Edges sprinkled blue. A little scuffed, all corners worn and one chipped, but good overall. Inscription to ffep, 'H.W. Cookson, St Peter's, 1841'. Faint call numbers to title. The penultimate work of the antiquarian Samuel Pegge (1704-1796), and the last to be published during his lifetime. In 1751 Pegge was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and entered a prolific period of production, including contributions to the journal Archaeologia and (pseudonymously) to The Gentleman's Magazine. Though described as typifying the 'uncritical and omnivorous' antiquaries of the 18th century (Piggott, Ancient Britons, 28), Pegge's contribution to his field should not be underestimated. 'He not only preserved historical information gathered by such earlier Derbyshire antiquaries as William Woolley, but was the first person to attempt to describe systematically the Roman road network in the county, and to publish inscriptions on lead pigs of the same era found in the Peak District. Pegge's pioneering work alerted contemporaries to the importance of topographical research, writing, and publishing and so laid the foundations for later field archaeologists and local historians, his son among them.' (Margaret Sullivan, ODNB). ESTC T97460   Ref: 54049  show full image..
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Petit, Pierre: De Amazonibus Dissertatio. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Johannem Wolters et Ysbrandum Haringa, 1687 12mo. pp. [12], 398, [12] + 1 folding map of the Mediterranean. Engraved titlepage with portrait of amazon, numerous small engravings of amazons or ancient coins and medals portraying amazons or their weapons. Engraved title a little dusty at margins, small hole (paper flaw) to outer blank margin of title, slight yellowing. Contermpoary Netherlandish vellum, yapp edges, title inked to spine. Modern bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown.   Ref: 53650  show full image..
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[Plautus] Plautus, Titus Maccius: (Pareus, Philippus, ed.:) Comoediae XX superstites et deperditarum fragmenta. Francof. [Frankfurt]: Philip Jacob Fisher, 1641. 8vo. 3 parts in 1, pp. [224], 826, [2], 31, [1], 85, [1], with engraved title. Title in red and black with engraved vignette, woodcut vignette to verso of last. Title dusty, some scattered foxing or dampstaining, small paper flaw and minor clean tear to outer blank margin of two leaves. Contemporary vellum over boards, yapp edges. Graesse V, 328-29. Not in Dibdin.   Ref: 53281  show full image..
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