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[Lucan] Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus: De Bello Civili, cum Hug. Grotii, Farnabii notis integris & Variorum selectis. Accurante Corn: Schrevelio. Amstelodami [Amsterdam], Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1658. 8vo., pp. [xxiv] 614 [cxlvi] + engraved title and one folding map. Slight, mainly marginal browning, intermittent light foxing, a bit heavier to title and last few leaves, scattered ink spots, small ink burn to L7 touching two letters, light water stain to outer blank margin of last three gatherings, last leaf slightly adhering to gutter of rear free endpaper. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine. 19th-century armorial bookplate of William Orme Foster. An octavo variorum edition of Lucan, which Dibdin reports that Harwood 'has read through... and can recommend it as a good one'. 'This edition, printed in Italic type, is very well produced. But the greatest merit and honour goes to Fr. Hackius of Leiden, who printed it for the Elzeviers' (Willems). William Orme Foster (1814-99) was a coalmaster, industrialist and politician. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 185; Schweiger II 564; Willems 1234.   Ref: 53351  show full image..
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Lucian of Samasota: (Mayne, Jasper, trans.:) Part of Lucian Made English from the Originall. In the Yeare 1638. Oxford: R. Davies, 1664. FIRST PART ONLY. 1st edition 2nd issue, folio, pp. [xvi], 398, [iv] + portrait frontispiece of Lucian signed: W: Faithhorne sculpsit.. As usual pp.162-167 and pp.316-317 are misnumbered as 182-187 and 306, 311 respectively. Woodcut device to title-page, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Some old repairs to frontis at gutter, to title-page verso (particularly head and tail edges) plus a few other places e.g. head of first dedicatory leaf, M1, Z1, and some other smaller repairs; small worm trail to bottom corner of fore-edge margin roughly pp.202-281, repaired in some places; light browning and possible dampstaining to head and tail edges near front and rear; occasional wax spots and tiny scorch holes, final blank leaf laid down.. Contemporary speckled calf boards neatly rebacked in polished sheep, raised bands and morocco gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders, edges sprinkled red, endpapers replaced. Endcaps, raised bands and joints rubbed, a little chipping to edges, corners worn, a few light scuffs and scrapes. A good copy, soundly repaired. To the front paste-down: small book label of Charles Whibley. To frontispiece verso: various pen trials and doodled faces, plus inscriptions of Thos. Hartopp and Elizabeth Mallory 'Her Booke, 1694'. To title-page recto: two more inscriptions of Tho. Hartopp, and one of Ralph Welles. To final blank: another inscription of Elizabeth Mallory dated 1694 and another (seemingly in the same handwriting) of Elizabeth Welles; in the same hand a quotation, 'One moment gives Invention to Destroy / What to Rebuild would A whole Age Imploy'. This comes from William Congreve's play The Double-Dealer, which was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in November or December of 1693 and first appeared in print the following year. There are also what appear to be faded signatures on the leather of the lower board, though these are illegible. This version, with its title-page dated 1664, seems to be a reissue of the original 1663 first (the title-page of the first issue is dated 1663 and there is no portrait). The second part of the work is not found here; titled "Certain select dialogues of Lucian: together with his true history, translated from the Greek into English. By Mr. Francis Hickes", it has separate pagination, register, and title page with the imprint "printed for Richard Davis,... 1663". It appears that it was also issued separately (Wing L3425). ESTC R23081; Wing L3435   Ref: 52318  show full image..
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Lucretius Carus, Titus: (Creech, Thomas, ed.:) De Rerum Natura libri sex: Ex editione Thomae Creech. Glasguae [Glasgow]: in aedibus academicis excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, 1759. 8vo, pp. xvi, 269, [1]. Contemporary calf. A touch of minor soiling. Plainly rebacked, old leather a bit darkened and scuffed, hinges neatly relined. Early ownership inscription to flyleaf. The octavo, 'small paper' imposition of the second Foulis edition of Lucretius. Gordon 18A; Gaskell 370; ESTC T50370.   Ref: 53797  show full image..
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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  show full image..
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Madox, Thomas: Baronia Anglica. An History of Land-Honors and Baronies, and of Tenure in Capite. Verified by Records. (Bound before) A Compleat Index to Mr Madox's History of the Exchequer. London: Printed for Robert Gosling 1736; 1741. First editions. Folio, 2 works in 1, pp. [2], 292 [xxviii]; [216], title of second is a cancel (second issue), engraved vignette to first title, a few large engraved initials and engraved headpieces. First title and verso of last leaf a little dusty, slight toning, small clean tear at gutter of one leaf, occasional very slight marginal spotting. Modern half calf over marbled boards, modern endpapers. Modern ex-libris of Robert Smith, dated 2008 to ffep; early biographical annotation on author; occasional early marginalia. The first edition, posthumously published, of this study by the celebrated legal antiquary Thomas Madox (1666-1727), who was historiographer-royal from 1714, and who is singled out by David C. Douglas ('English Scholars 1660-1730') for special praise, with the assessment (p. 243) that "even to-day, he seems to move among the moderns as if, apart from the immensity of his productions, he were one of themselves". The 'Index' was prepared by the editor of 'Baronia Britannica', and first issued with that work in 1741. It is a detailed glossary of the uncommon words used in Madox's 'History of the Exchequer', with which it was reprinted in 1769. The 'Index' title reads at the top: 'This Day is Published, (Price Half a Guinea, Sewed,).' ESTC T97064. Lowndes 1448. Brunet III 1289. Graesse IV 332.   Ref: 53550  show full image..
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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  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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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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