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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Hurd, Richard, trans.:) Epistolae ad Pisones et Augustum: With an English Commentary and Notes. To which are added, two dissertations: the one, on the provinces of the several species of dramatic poetry; the other, on poetical imitation [...] the second edition, corrected and enlarged. London: Printed for W. Thurlbourne [...] and sold by R. Dodsley [...] J. Beecroft [...] and M. Coope 1753. 2 vols., 8vo, pp. [vi], xvi, 280, [2]; xv, [i], 231, [25]. Engraved headpiece at start of text in each vol. (one by C. Grignion after Hayman). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, red morocco labels, other compartments with central gilt tools. Marginal dampmark at rear of vol. 2, some minor marking elsewhere. Spines somewhat rubbed, a few scratches, small chip to head of vol. 2 spine and head of the rear board touched by damp. One of 750 copies of the second edition (first 1749, with a partial reprint in 1751). Richard Hurd (1720-1808) was a young priest moving in literary circles at the time of his classical work, and later rose to be bishop of Worcester. 'How many editions, translations, and imitations of Horace could the London public be expected to buy in any year? Hurd was the exception to such gloomy predictions, for his editions received critical acclaim and sold relatively well' (Eddy, 'Richard Hurd's Editions of Horace', Studies in Bibliography, vol. 48, p. 165). ESTC T46145.   Ref: 53234 
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Josephus, Flavius: (Hudson, John; Havercamp, Sigebert, ed.:) Quae reperiri potuerunt, opera omnia Graece et Latine, cum notis & nova versione. [...] Amstelaedami, Lugd. Bat., Ultrajecti [Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht]: Apud R. & G. Wetstenios, Sam. Luc 1726. 2 vols., folio, pp. [viii] 28 [xxviii] 982; [ii] 520, 481 [lxiii] + additional engraved title to vol. I, 2 numismatic plates, and 1 folding chart. Half-title to each volume, vol. I title-page in red and black, parallel Greek and Latin texts, woodcut initials. Sporadic small inkspots and scorches, a few certain leaves lightly toned suggesting occasional use of inferior paper but generally bright within. Contemporary tan calf, rebacked with heavily gilt spines retained, 2 brown morocco labels to each spine. Title labels cracking with small losses, occasional light marks and scratches, small loss to headcap vol. II, vol. I corners fraying with the lower 2 slightly bumped. A handsome set. To each volume's front paste-down, the armorial bookplate of John Putland with '1730' added in sepia ink. In addition vol. I has a tiny note, '2 vols. coll. & perf. FCB, Jany. 1848', at the very top of the front paste-down, plus '2 vols. D.J.M.' to ffep. The date of the collational note implies that these volumes were purchased at the five-day sale of John Putland's library held by Charles Sharpe of Dublin in 1847, at which 1650 lots were auctioned on the instruction of Putland's grandson George. John Putland (1709-1773) obtained his bachelor's degree at Trinity College, Dublin in 1731 and became a Master of Divinity there in 1734, though he was never a minister. He was very active in the life of the city as member of the Spiritual Society, a patron of the arts investing particularly in theatres, and a Mason. He served as a magistrate in the 1740's, and later as High Sheriff for the Country of Dublin. Havercamp's folio edition of Josephus, a monumental summing of the then-current state of Josephan scholarship. Dibdin reminds us that although not the most accurate edition, "this work contains the readings of two MSS contained in the Leyden library, and some observations of Vossius and Cocceus found in the margin of a copy of the editio princeps". It also prints treatises on Josephus, including Daubuz on Josephus's passages relating to Christ. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 132. Schweiger I 177. Brunet III 569. Graesse III 480: "Édition la plus complète et la plus recherchée".   Ref: 51323 
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Justinian I, Emperor of the East: Institutionum sive Elementorum, libri quatuor, Notis perpetuis multo, quam hucusque, diligentius illustrati, cura & studio Arnoldi Vinnii J.C. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1669. 12mo. [12], 643pp., [1], wanting two final blanks. Engraved title, decorated initials and ornaments. Title dusty, occasional spotting, small ink splash to fore-edge of one gathering. Contemporary vellum over boards, yapp edges, title inked to spine (modern). Covers rubbed. Ex-libris of J. Kirk inked to front pastedown and his stamp to lower margin of title; Latin motto and autograph T.(?) Young to flyleaf, [*]12 and A1. 'Fourth Elzevir edition' (Willems 1310). Willems 1310.   Ref: 53178  show full image..
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Justinian: (Corvinus, Arnoldus:) Institutiones D. Justiniani ss. Princ.: typis variae, rubris nucleum exhibentibus : accesserunt ex Digestis tituli de verborum significatione et regul. juris. Pariis [Paris]: Apud Guillelmum de Luyne, 1676 16mo, pp. [8], 391, [103], [2], including added engraved title, text in red and black. Light water stain to first and last few leaves. Contemporary full speckled calf, raised bands, spine gilt and gilt-lettered, edges sprinkled red, corners a little bumped, extremities minimally rubbed. Contemporary autograph Ja[cques?] Maule to verso of title, 'Monsieur' to verso of last blank. A fresh copy, in an attractive contemporary binding, of this pocket-size pirated edition of Justinian's legal milestone - printed in red and black. It reprises an edition of the same text printed by Daniel Elzevier in Amsterdam in the same year (Willems 1519), including the design of the engraved title, with a revised imprint.   Ref: 53556  show full image..
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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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[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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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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