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Lysias: (Taylor, John, ed.:) Orationes et Fragmenta. Graece et Latine. Ad fidem Codd. Manuscriptorem recensuit, [...] Londini [London]: Ex Officina Gulielmi Bowyer, 1739. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [viii], xc, 528, [ii], 431-722, [xxvi] (with errors in pagination as usual). Greek and Latin. Leaf Fff4 (ie. pp.415-6) in this copy is the cancelland, showing the original number '39' in the first line of text. A few large, engraved head-pieces, occasional woodcut decorations. Two preliminary blanks a little loose at tail edge, first few leaves slightly creased. Contemporary vellum, raised bands and inked title to spine, all edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. Upper joint starting to split at head and tail, upper board a bit bowed, a little grubby. A very good, large paper copy. 19th-century armorial bookplate of Sir John Trollope to front paste-down. One of only 100 copies printed on large paper. According to Bowyer's records, 300 copies were printed on Genoa demy, 75 on royal, and 25 on writing royal. "Beautifully and correctly printed by the celebrated Bowyer. This is an incomparable edition, and hardly exceeded by any which this country can boast of" (Dibdin). ESTC T106443; Schweiger I 202; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 213; Brunet III 1257; Graesse IV 314.   Ref: 51885 
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Mandeville, John: The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt.. Which treateth of the Way to Hierusalem; and of Marvayles of Inde, with other Ilands and Countryes. Now publish'd entire from an Original MS. in the Cotton Library. London: printed for Woodman and Lyon in Russel-Street Covent-Garden, and C. Davis, in Hatton-Garden, 1727. 8vo., pp. xvi, 384, [xvi]. Contents bound at rear with Index, rather than as usual after the Editor's Preface. Title-page in red and black, woodcut head- & tail-pieces and initials. Occasional foxing, a few ink spots and smudges, first and final leaves a little dusty. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, recently rebacked with older red morocco gilt spine label retained, board edges and corners repaired, endpapers replaced with armorial bookplate slightly visible beneath front paste-down. A little rubbed but a very good, soundly repaired copy. Ownership inscription of Wm. Leaker of Liverpool at head of Editor's Preface (A2). First appearing in France c.1357 as Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville Chevalier, the name of this work's true author remains unknown. It tells the story of the narrator's supposed world travels and was enormously popular: there were further French versions, as well as translations into German, English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Irish, Danish, and Czech. 'Altogether over 250 manuscripts survive in twenty-two versions. In England alone there were four Latin and four English translations and a rhymed version.' (ODNB) 'Sir John Mandeville' claims to be an English knight, born in St Albans, who departed on his travels in 1322. However, there is no historical evidence for his adventures, and it appears that at least 90% of the narrative of the Voyages can be traced back to preexisting written sources. So who was the real author? Examination of the original French text is revealing. M.C. Seymour posits 'that the author had no knowledge of St Albans but was a fluent French-speaker; that he composed his work c.1357 in a large, almost certainly ecclesiastical, library; that he was an ecclesiastic, with a cleric's knowledge of the Bible, and probably a member of a regular order; that he was a fluent reader of Latin but lacked any knowledge of Greek or Arabic; that he was an informed and intelligent reader of books describing the Holy Land and other foreign parts; that he had mastered the theories of Sacrobosco and his commentators, possibly at the University of Paris, on the rotundity of the world and was aware of the possibility of circumnavigation; that he had never travelled to the lands he describes; that he was aware of current French accounts of foreign lands and was in a position to launch his own work into the mainstream of the Parisian book-trade.' (ODNB) This anaylsis presents Jean le Long (d.1388) as a likely candidate. As librarian of the Benedictine abbey church of St Bertin at St Omer (in France but then under English rule and on the main route between Calais and Paris) he would have had access to genuine travellers and pilgrims visiting the Mediterranean and the Near East who would have used the route and stayed at the abbey. '[The abbey's] library contained all the works used by Mandeville in the compilation of the Voyages, including the comparatively scarce French translation of the Directorium ad faciendum passagium transmarinum made by the hospitaller Jean de Vignay (c.1340).' (ODNB) ESTC T100821   Ref: 51726 
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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. An account of the early life of Gaius Cilnius Maecenas (68 BC–8 BC) the famous patron of letters (notably to the new generation of Augustan poets, including both Horace and Virgil), by the German physician and humanist Johann Heinrich Meibom (1590-1655). This copy includes the final errata leaf which, as Willems notes, appears to have been added afterwards and is missing in most examples. Schweiger II, 588; Willems 731   Ref: 52319 
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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 
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Nicolson, William: The English Historical Library: Or, a Short View and Character of most of the Writers now Extant, either in Print or Manuscript; Which may be Serviceable to the Undertakers of a General History of this Kingdom; Part II. Giving a Catalogue of the most of our Ecclesiastical Historian London: printed for Abel Swall and T. Child; Abel Swall; Timothy Childe; T. Childe, 1696; 1697; 1699; 1702. First editions. 4 vols., 8vo., pp. [xxxiv], 232, [viii]; [iv], li, [i], 233, [vii]; [iv], xxvii, [i], 315, [v]; [ii], 4, xxxix, [i], 376. Final advertisement leaf to vol. I, all with the usual errors in pagination. Occasional light dampstaining and spotting, heavier to vol.II; vol.III toned from gathering Q onwards, with printing flaw to both sides of H7 resulting in a blank 8mm-wide vertical stripe; vol. IV, first 3 leaves loosened from centre to tail edge. Uniformly bound in contemporary brown blind-panelled calf, burgundy gilt morocco labels to spines, edges sprinkled red. Rubbed and dried with some surface loss, most joints beginning to crack at head and tail, vols. I and III endcaps fraying. Unsophisticated contemporary bindings, tired but sound and still good overall. Ownership inscription of Martin Bowes to each front paste-down. Nicolson (1655–1727) was Bishop of Carlisle and then Derry, and was an enthusiastic collector of manuscripts. '[H]is most important work was his English Historical Library, published in 1696–9, a comprehensive bibliography of printed and manuscript materials on English history, compiled with a patriotic as well as a scholarly purpose. The work was also infused with a vigorous wit, which made austere commentators suspicious, and there were inevitably errors, which exposed Nicolson to the criticism that he was hasty and sometimes slapdash in his scholarship. He then turned his attention northwards, and in 1702 produced a Scottish Historical Library (1702). Much later, when he was domiciled in Ireland, there followed an Irish Historical Library (1724), though this was seriously marred by his manifest ignorance of the Irish language. The three works were reprinted together in a compendium volume in 1736.' (ODNB) ESTC R9263, R470729, R16077, T56136; Wing N 1146, 1147, 1148 (1st 3 vols.); Lowndes 1691   Ref: 51710 
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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 
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[Ovid] Ovidius Naso, Publius: [Burmann, P., ed.:] Opera, in III Tomos Divisa. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: J. Wetstenium, 1751. 3 vols. as 1. 12mo. in 8s, pp. [xl], 248; 284, [xii]; 301, [iii], including half-title and engraved title-page to each volume, and final blank leaf at rear. A few tiny marginal annotations, e.g. p.17, p.142. Occasional light spots and stains, a few leaves unopened to vols. II & III. Recent brown calf, spine gilt ruled and with black morocco label, blind-tooled frame to each board, new endbands, edges lightly sprinkled red and brown, new marbled endpapers. Tiny scuff to tail of spine, first half-title a little stuck to endpaper at gutter slightly obscuring 'O' of 'Ovidii'. A very good copy in a neat modern binding. The half-title to the first volume reads: 'Publii Ovidii Nasonis opera in III tomos divisa'. Schweiger II 632   Ref: 52059 
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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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Paulus Diaconus; Lipsius, J: Pauli Warnefridi Langobardi Filii, Diaconi Foroiuliensis, De Gestis Langobardorum Libri VI. Ad MS, & Veterum Codicum Fidem Editi; De Recta Pronunciatione Latinae Linguae Dialogus. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], Ex Officina Plantiniana, Apud Franciscum Raphelengium, 1595; [c.1586]. 12mo., pp. [xii], 337, [i]; [ii], 96, [viii]. Woodcut device to title page of first work. Slightly toned with some occasional foxing, small scorch mark to text p.16 (no loss of sense), preliminary blanks and one leaf loosening. Some underlining to one page in second section. Later vellum, possibly retaining old boards, ink title to spine, Yapp edges, edges sprinkled red. Endcaps creased, a little darkened at fore-edge but otherwise bright, pastedowns lifting to reveal manuscript binder's waste. Some booksellers notes and a pasted catalogue entry to front paste-down. Two works bound together: the first is the major work of Paul the Deacon, his History of the Lombards, in an edition published by Plantin - the first edited by Fr. Linbenbrog; the second work is an anonymous edition of Lipsius's study on the correct pronunciation of Latin. Adams, p.499   Ref: 46592 
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(Phaedrus:) 'Aesop': (Desbillons, Francois-Joseph, ed.:) Fabulae Aesopiae, curis posterioribus omnes fere emendatae:accesserunt plus quam clxx nove. [...]. Mannhemii et Parisiis [Mannheim and Paris]: Apud J. Barbou, 1768. 8vo. 2 vols. [2], 290pp.; [4], [291-] 615pp., [1]. Additional engraved frontispieces, 15 full-page engraved plates. Occasional very minor toning, I) lower outer blank corner of C3 minimally torn. Contemporary mottled calf, marbled endpapers, raised bands, spines gilt ruled into six compartments, gilt large fleuron to five, one with gilt-lettered morocco label, a.e.r. Extremities a little rubbed, I) upper joint cracked but firm, small loss to upper cover, II) upper joint repaired. Bookplate of Rev. H. Campbell to front pastedowns. Elegantly bound Latin edition of Aesop's "Fables" by the Jesuit poet François-Joseph Desbillons (1711-89), author of several other collections of ancient and modern fables. Brunet II, 607. Not in Dibdin.   Ref: 53150 
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