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[Pliny the Elder:] Plinius Secundus, Gaius: (De Laet, J., ed.:) Historiae Naturalis Libri XXXVII. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1635. First edition. 3 vols., 12mo, pp. [xxiv], 654, [xviii]; 631, [xvii]; 582, [xviii]. Engraved titlepage, small woodcut portrait of Pliny. With 'variae lectiones' and indexes at end of each vol. Slight toning, occasional minor spots, titles dusty, 1: one lower outer blank corner minimally torn, 2: small loss to lower blank margin of one leaf. Full blue morocco c.1800, signed by C. Hering (binder's ticket), blind-tooled, straight-grained calf doublures with gilt edges, raised bands, spines gilt-lettered, a.e.g. (boards and joints rubbed, free endpapers soiled). Later annotation to original rear endpaper. The first Elzevier edition of Pliny's 'Natural History', which became extremely popular with later collectors. De Laet was a Leiden historian and editor who wrote or produced a number of texts for the Elzevir press. In the dedication, to the lawyer and French royal counsellor Jerome Bignon (1589-1656), he states that he drew on the edition of Claude Saumaise. Willems 428; Dibdin (3rd edn.) II, 323.   Ref: 53181  show full image..
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[Pliny the Younger] Plinius Caecilius Secundus, Caius: Epistolarum Libri X. & Panegyricus. Accedunt Variantes Lectiones. Lugd. Batavorum [Leiden]: Ex Officina Elseviriorum, 1640. 24mo, pp. [xxiv], 289, 300-414 (as called for), [28]. Contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink, fore-edges overlapping. Some light foxing and spotting. Vellum a little soiled and marked. Armorial bookplate of C. E. de M. K. (i.e. the prominent Newcastle physician Charles Ernest Montchal Kellett, 1903-1978) to front pastedown. A plain but pleasant copy of this Elzevir pocket edition of Pliny's letters. Willems 506.   Ref: 53800  show full image..
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Plutarch: (Langhorne, John & Langhorne, William, trans.:) Plutarch's Lives, Translated from the Original Greek, with Notes Critical and Historical, and a New Life of Plutarch. By John Langhorne, D.D. and William Langhorne, M.A. In six volumes. London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1770 First edition. 6 vols., 8vo, pp. [viii], lvi, 380; [iv], 500; [iv], 475, [1]; [iv], 403, [1]; [iv], 476; [iv], 253, 354-362 (recte 262), [310] + engraved frontispiece in each vol. Contemporary half sprinkled calf, marbled boards, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rolls, red morocco labels. Some light browning and dampmarking, a small area of worming to lower blank margin at beginning of vol. 4. Extremities rubbed, edges and a few spine ends a little worn, some cracking to joints (but all strong), front flyleaf of vol. 1 partially adhered to pastedown. Ownership inscription of Tho. Hodges (dated 1773) to flyleaves. A nice and unsophisticated copy of the first edition of this lasting and important translation of Plutarch's Lives, frequently reprinted throughout the nineteenth century. This was the first translation of Plutarch into English done directly from the original Greek as a unified whole, and though criticised for its prose style, it became the standard version, displacing the one published under Dryden's name (compiled piecemeal from the work of various hands) in the 17th century. ESTC T107379.   Ref: 53814  show full image..
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Rapin, Rene: Les Artifices des Heretiques. Paris: Chez Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy. 1681. 12mo. pp. [xii], 444. Woodcut vignette to title. Small clean tear from outer edge of p.271, few leaves a trifle browned or dampstained. Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, spine triple gilt ruled, gilt fleurons and tendrils, all edges sprinkled red. Boards and outer edges rubbed. A rather vigorous Jesuit diatribe against Jansenism as an heretical imposture, listing the 24 psychological techniques and social behaviours by which Jansenists pass themselves off as 'saintly people'.   Ref: 53164  show full image..
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[Sallust] Crispus, Caius Sallustius: Caii Sallustii Crispi quae exstant opera. Parisiis [Paris]: Typis J. Barbou, 1761. 12mo. pp. (xxxvi) 348. Added engraved frontispiece, 3 engraved plates, woodcut and engraved ornaments. Plates bit dusty or slightly browned. Contemporary marbled calf, marbled endpapers, gilt ruled, spine gilt and lettered, marbled edges. Joints a trifle rubbed. Elegantly bound small-format Parisian edition, first published in 1754 by Jean Barbou. A fresh, clean copy. Brunet V, 87. Not in Dibdin.   Ref: 53285  show full image..
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[Sallust] Sallustius Crispus, Gaius: (Boxhorn, M.Z., ed.:) (Opera) [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Ex Officina Elzeviriana. 1634. 12mo (120 x 65mm), pp. [xvi], 310, [xxxiv]. Engraved title, woodcut vignette of Sallust facing p.1, ornament of the head of Medusa on p.216, ornament at end of index. Very minor mainly marginal foxing, the odd spot. Later (c.1800?) straight-grained morocco, double gilt ruled, bordered with roll of palmettes in blind, spine double gilt ruled, gilt fleurons and dentelles, gilt-lettered, inner edges gilt, a.e.g., silk bookmark. Wanting ffep, head and foot of spine and lower edges a trifle rubbed. 18th-century French bibliographic note to fly, illegible near contemporary autograph on [*]8. Second reprint of the first Elzevir edition, also 1634. Willems 412, Dibdin (4th edn) II 384.   Ref: 53180  show full image..
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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: (Gronovius, Joannes Fredericus, ed.:) Tragoediae, cum notis Johannis Frederici Gronovii. Auctis ex chirographo ejus et variis aliorum. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex officina Henrici et viduae Theodori Boom, 1682. 8vo., pp. [xxx], 785, [xxxix], including engraved title-page. A few woodcut initials, couple of engraved numismatic illustrations. Some light waterstaining, upper edge dusty. Contemporary vellum over boards, title inked to spine (a bit soiled). 18th-century armorial bookplate of Henry Bowles Downing; Downing's autograph (dated 1738), autograph of Richard Thompson, Merton College (dated 1737) and bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to ffep. Amsterdam reprint of the third Leiden edition, esteemed by Dibdin as highly as the first (1651) and last (1708) editions on account of Gronovius's notes and its copious index. He describes the engraved title, which depicts the subjects of Seneca's plays, as 'very spiritedly executed'. Both Richard Thompson and Henry Bowles Downing were students at Merton College, Oxford. Dibdin II, 398; Schweiger II, 940   Ref: 53156  show full image..
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Severus, Sulpicius: Opera Omnia. quae extant. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1656. 12mo. 332pp., [4]. Engraved title, decorated initials and ornaments. Title and verso of last leaf dusty, one small marginal tear to title. Contemporary (Welsh?) sprinkled calf, blind ruled with arabesque cornerpieces in blind, raised bands. Joints a bit cracked but firm, covers little rubbed. Ex-libris of William Lhwyd to flyleaf. 'Re-imprint line by line of the edition produced by the Elzevirs of Leiden in 1643', 'very nice' (Willems 1207). Willems 1207.   Ref: 53176  show full image..
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Shrubsole, William & Denne, Samuel; Fisher, Thomas, ed. The History and Antiquities of Rochester and its environs: To which is added a Description of the Towns, Villages, Gentlemen's Seats, and Ancient Buildings [...]. Rochester: Printed and sold by T. Fisher, 1772. First edition. 8vo. pp. [xiv], 353, [1]. With 1 folding map and 5 plates, few small illustrations. Small clean tear to lower blank margin of one leaf, title and verso of last a bit dusty, last few leaves somewhat foxed. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, spine gilt, gilt-lettered label to spine. Stamp of Woods, Forests & Lands Revenue to title. ESTC T63426.   Ref: 53275  show full image..
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Solerius Cemeliensis, Anselmus, pseud. [Raynaud, Théophile]; (Frisius, Andreas Wilhelmus, ed.): Bosso, Girolamo: Accedit ex Philippo Rvbenio iconismus statuae togatae, et praeter indicem geminum, quem adjecimus, De modo gestandi togam ex Ferrario dissertatio. 1671; 1671. 2 works bound as 1, often found together. 12mo., pp. [xii], 379, [xli] + 4 plates, including 3 folding; 84, [xii] + 1 folding plate. De Pileo with engraved title-page and second title-page with vignette (both part of first gathering), many engraved illustrations several of which occupy a full page, with final blank leaf. Very slightly toned but clean, short repaired tear to De Toga Romana's folding plate at gutter. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red. A few marks and smudges, corners very mildly rubbed, a very good copy indeed. Lipperheide 1650; Barbier III 700 & Lipperheide 220; Colas 399   Ref: 52285  show full image..
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