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Gellius, Aulus: (Gronovius, Johannes Fredericus, ed.:) Noctes Atticae. Editio nova et prioribus omnibus doctis hominis cura multo castigatior. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Danielem Elzevirium, 1665. 12mo., pp. [xlviii], 482, [cxviii]. Engraved title-page, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light spots and smudges but very clean overall. Contemporary brown calf panelled boards, modern reback with raised bands and gilt title, corners repaired, edges coloured red, inner hinges reinforced. A bit rubbed, a few small chips to edges, endpapers slightly toned, very good. Old red and gilt Galloway & Porter bookseller's label to front paste-down. Tiny inscription of R. Finch to ffep, then to preliminary blank the further inscription: 'E Libris Ro: Finch / Cht Coll Cant / 1692'. Below that, inscription of J. F. Mountford, Edinburgh 1921. Robert Finch matriculated at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1686-7 at the age of 16. He became a Fellow in 1692 but died at the College in 1696. He was the son of Heneage Finch (16211682), first Earl of Nottingham. As solicitor-general Heneage Finch prosecuted the regicides in 1660, was promoted to attorney-general in 1670 and served as Lord Chancellor from December 1674 until his death. A reimpression of the Elzevir edition of 1651 edited by Johannes Fredericus Gronovius. Willems describes the 1651 edition as 'Fort jolie et qui passe pour tres correcte', though adds that this 1665 reimpression is 'beaucoup moins belle'. Dibdin I, 340-1; Schweiger II, 379; Willems, 1127   Ref: 52213 
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[Girard, Guillaume]; Cotton, Charles (trans.): The History of the Life of the Duke of Espernon, the Great Favourite of France. [...] In Three Parts, Containing Twelve Books. Wherein the history of France is continued from the year 1598. where D'Avila leaves off, down to our own times, 1642. London: printed by E. Cotes, and A. Clark, for Henry Brome, 1670. Folio (in 4s), pp. [xx], 190, [ii], 191-416, [ii], 417-651, [i] + 2 portrait frontispieces. Separate title to-page to each part; with the advertisement at foot of p.651 (a variant lacks this advertisement). Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light spots and foxing, 2 short closed tears to margins of first portrait and a few neat paper repairs to other margins, some faint ink spatters plus a more significant blot to p.232 affecting but not obscuring a few words. 20th-century library binding, quarter dark blue morocco with blue cloth boards, gilt title to spine, edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. A very good copy in a sturdy recent binding. Ink stamps (various styles) of Inner Temple Library to: each frontis, verso; to title-page x3; A2 recto; pages 1, 223, 650, 651 and final leaf verso. Armorial bookplate of Herbert Jacob Esq. of St Stephens, Kent to title-page verso. Herbert Jacob (d.1725) was the son of Sir Abraham Jacob of Dover and inherited his estate, St Stephen's alias Hackington in Canterbury. 'This gentleman, who was bred to the bar, and proved a very efficient magistrate in this county, by his will left a considerable collection of books to the society of the Inner Temple, of which he was a bencher.' (Ireland, England's Topographer) Attributed by Halkett & Laing (2nd ed.) to Guillaume Girard (d.1663), the Duc d'Espernon's secretary who first published his Histoire de la Vie du Duc d'Espernon in 1655. The Duke was a courtier and favourite of Henri III, but was later implicated in the assassination of Henri IV. His Life includes a great deal of information about French history from 1570 until his death in 1642. ESTC R21918   Ref: 52221 
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Guevara, Antonio de: Horologium Principum, quod ad normam vitae M. Aurelii Severi. Francofurti et Lipsiae [Frankfurt and Leipzig]: Apud Joannem Paulum Kraus. 1745. LARGE PAPER copy, Folio, pp. [ii], XLII, 415, [i]. Title page in red and black. A little dustsoiling and spotting in places, but generally quite clean and bright. Contemporary mottled calf, experly rebacked preserving original gilt spine, new red morocco label, corners renewed, boards a bit scuffed, red and green decorative endpapers. Bookplate of T.B. Hohler. A translation into Latin of the 'Dial of Princes' by the Spanish moralist and chronicler Antonio de Guevara (c. 1481-1545). Originally published in 1529 as 'Reloj de Principes', it takes the form of a 'novel' based on the Cyropaedia of Xenophon, telling the life story of Marcus Aurelius in such a way as to provide moral lessons for modern rulers. Its popularity is now harder to understand, but it was frequently reprinted throughout the sixteenth century and continued to rate elaborate productions such as this one two hundred years after its composition.   Ref: 34348  show full image..
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Gurnall, William: The Christian in Compleat Armour. Or, a Treatise, of the Saints War Against the Devil; Wherein Discovery is made of that Grand Enemy of God and his People, in his Policies, Power, Seat of his Empire, Wickedness, and chief design he hath against the Saints. A Magazin Opened, from whence the Christian is furnished with Spiritual Arms for London: printed for Ralph Smith, 1669. 5th edition. Folio, pp. [xvi], 150, 520, [xxiv]. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, errata on (b)4v. Tiny manicule to p.3, a few marginal crosses to index. Small hole to leaf F affecting a few words, 10cm closed tear to 3M3 with no loss, 2C3 creased. Occasional spots, smudges and ink blots, final leaf creased and a bit foxed. Contemporary brown sheep, crudely rebacked in skiver but now faded and failing at both joints though cords are sound. All edges very worn and peeling, corners frayed, endpapers toned and repaired at hinges with marbled paper now split. As it stands, internally good and soundly sewn, still a good reading copy (and priced accordingly); but would greatly benefit from the attentions of a binder. To front paste-down: pencilled ownership inscription of P.A. Slack dated May 1969; 19th-century bookplate of Rev. Matthew Pugh. To title-page, inscription of J. Seymour in an old hand. 'In 1662 the third and final part of Gurnall's treatise The Christian in Compleat Armour was published, the first and second parts having appeared in 1655 and 1658. The first part was dedicated to his flock at Lavenham; the third to the aged patroness of the godly, Mary, Lady Vere, of Kirby Hall, to whose care two of the royal children had been entrusted by the parliamentarian authorities in the civil war [...] [Christian Armour] had a significant impact both in his own lifetime and long after his death as a work of spiritual consolation and exhortation. [...] The book was reprinted many times into the nineteenth and indeed the twentieth centuries and the translation into Welsh alone was reprinted four times between 1775 and 1809.' (ODNB) ESTC R28051; Wing G2257   Ref: 52062 
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Harwood, Edward: A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics, with Remarks with Remarks [...] London: printed for T. Becket [...] 1775. First edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], xxiv, 229, [iii]. Includes three-page catalogue of Harwood's books sold by Becket at rear. Some reversed writing in light pencil to p.96, seemingly offset from something no longer present. A few lightly smudges to title-page but generally clean internally. Mid-twentieth century half tan calf, gilt spine with label, brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled red. A bit rubbed, joints slightly worn but firm, small dent to top edge of upper board, still a very good copy. Pencil note to front paste-down: 'Coll. Christopher Dobson c.1967'. 'Harwood (17291794) was a prolific writer and author of numerous religious and biblical treatises and classical works. He once claimed to have written more books than anyone then living with the exception of Joseph Priestley. Of these the one which contributed most to his reputation as a scholar was A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics (1775), which by 1790 had run to four editions and had been translated into German (1778) and Italian (1780 and 1793).' (ODNB) ESTC T118350   Ref: 51811 
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Harwood, Edward: Biographia Classica: The Lives and Characters of the Greek and Roman Classics. A New Edition, Corrected and Enlarged, With Some Additional Lives; and A List of the Best Editions of Each Author. London: T.Becket and T. Evans, 1778. Second edition. 2 vols. 12mo., pp.[ii], vi, [iv], 376; [iv], 307, [i]. Contemporary lightly speckled tan calf, raised bands, red morocco gilt title labels, edges sprinkled red. Dressing has been applied to the spines (and slightly over onto the boards) rendering them a little darker in colour. Volume 1: old paper label at tail of spine, tiny hole to upper joint. Volume 2: endcaps worn with a little loss at tail, lower hinge just starting to split at head but sound. Both volumes rubbed, corners starting to fray but still a very good, internally clean set. Small printed label of Henry David Forbes(-Mitchell) of Balgownie (1790-1869) to each front paste-down. Henry was the son of Duncan Forbes-Mitchell, 1st Laird of Thainston. Balgownie (formerly Fraserfield) was the Aberdeenshire estate inherited by his wife Katherine Fraser (d.1839), whom he married in 1816. First published (anonymously) in 1740, printed by Daniel Browne. ESTC N16541   Ref: 51477 
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Heinsius, Daniel: Poematum. Editio Nova. Accedunt præter alia Libri, de contemptu mortis antehac una non editi. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Elzeviriorum and J. Maire, 1621. 2 vols in one. 8vo., pp. [viii], 474, [ii]; [viii], 167, [xix]. Woodcut printer's device to title page and some woodcut initials to text, small portrait of Homer to p. 264. De Contemptu Mortis has its own title page in red and black with the same device, and its colophon names Isaac Elzevir as the printer. Small piece cut from top corner of f.f.e.p., a little staining to title page, three leaves with small chips from blank lower margins, one of them just touching text and sometime repaired with a few letters supplied in manuscript. Contemporary vellum, long sides overlapping, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red. Library code inked to spine, some faint brown stains to upper board, rear endpaper tearing a little where turn-in is lifting. Ownership inscription of O. Preuss, Detmold, 1844 to front pastedown. The second part, printed by Isaac Elzevier, enjoying "une tres grande vogue", was reproduced textually from the first, and separate, quarto edition of the same year. Willems 187.   Ref: 43834 
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Heraclides Ponticus: [Nicolaus of Damascus:] (Craigius, Nicholas, ed.:) Heraclidae Pontici De politiis libellus. [[...] De moribus gentium [...]] [Bound after:] De Republica Lacedaemoniorum Libri IV [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], Ex officina Joannis a Gelder [colophon: Excudebat Abrahamus Verhoef] 1670. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 573, [iii], with final blank. Title-page with woodcut printer's tortoise vignette, two section-titles with the same vignette. Greek and Latin letter. Light waterstaining, bound in contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, gilt stamps of Society of Writers to the Signet, binding soiled, bottom cover slightly warped. Reprint of the 1593 'editio princeps' of the 4th century BCE Greek-speaking philosopher Heraclides Ponticus's fragmentary work on justice, edited by Nicholas Cragius (1546-1602). It is preceded by Cragius' monograph on the Spartan state, and followed by his edition of the first-cent. Greek-speaking Nicolaus of Damascus' work on 'strange people's customs', which was dedicated to Herod the Great and preserved through excerption by the fifth century anthologist Stobaeus. Schweiger I 133, I 213.   Ref: 21339 
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Hesiod: (Heinsius, D., ed.:) Quae Extant. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Joannis Patij, 1613. 8vo., pp. [xl], 312, [iv]. Title page in red and black with woodcut device, Greek and Latin text on facing pages, final leaf blank. Some old annotations, eg. pp.10-11. Contemporary vellum, faint ink title to spine, edges sprinkled red. A little greyed, some marks and creasing, small wormhole to lower joint, pastedowns lifted, endpapers a little creased and foxed. Illegible ownership inscriptions to preliminary blanks and title page. The second Heinsius edition of Hesiod, slightly abridged from the 1603 first - the most notable change being the omission of the scholia to make a more compact volume. Hoffman II, 249.   Ref: 46574 
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Hesiod: (Zamagna, Bernardo, trans.:) Hesiodou tou Askraiou ta heuriskomena. Hesiodi Ascraei opera omnia. [Parma]: Ex regio Parmensi typographio [Bodoni], 1785. First edition thus. 2 vols in 1, 4to., pp. [ii], 16, [ii], 110; [iv], xxxv, [i], 248. Texts in Greek and Latin, titles with engraved portrait vignettes. A couple of leaves with very slight paper flaws to tail edge. First and last leaves a little dusty, some very faint foxing to first title-page but generally bright and very clean. Contemporary tan sprinkled calf, spine heavily gilt with reddish morocco label, triple-filet gilt borders, a.e.g., gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Head of spine peeling a little, 5 tiny wormholes to spine, leather splitting at upper joint but cords and endpapers holding firm, corners fraying, a few scratches and some small chips to fore-edge but still very good overall. To front paste-down: 19th-century armorial bookplate of the Biblioteca del Principe di Torella; a slightly later bookplate in the form of a coin, with Greek letters including the name Stephanou Karatheodore. Small type-written label 'R/II I/5a' to rear paste-down. First five words of title transliterated from Greek. According to Dibdin, 'A splendid and correct edition, founded on Le Clerc's, with some of Graevius's and that editor's notes. It was composed by Zamagna, who has enriched his mythological dissertation with extracts from Dupuis' Memoir upon the Origin of the Constellations, La Lande's Astronomy, and Denina's History of Greece. The Latin metrical version is more elegant than faithful. [...] There are, according to Renouard, four sorts of paper of this edition: one of bluish tint, one of fine white, one of strong white, and 25 only of fine, white, large paper [...]'. The paper of this copy appears to be that with a very slightly bluish tint. Dibdin II (4th edn.) 38; Brooks 290   Ref: 52271 
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