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Meleager: (Whigham, Peter and Jay, Peter, trans.:) The Poems of Meleager. (A Bilingual section:) Verse translations by Peter Whigham, Introduction and literal translations by Peter Jay. London: Anvil Press Poetry, 1975. First edition thus. 8vo., unpaginated. Mild browning to some gatherings. foxing to top edge. Blue cloth, gilt-lettered. Dust-jacket, 1cm tear at base of spine, several other nicks, generally creased and shop-worn with a portion of rear cover rumpled where adhered to lower board ((now separated but leaving traces as stains). But overall still a good reading copy. Poetica I.   Ref: 53060 
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Meyrick, Samuel Rush: A Critical Enquiry into Antient Armour, as it Existed in Europe, but Particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II, with a Glossary of Military Terms of the Middle Ages. London: printed by G. Schulze, 13 Poland-Street, for Robert Jennings, No. 2 Poultry; sold by John Ga 1824. First edition. 3 vols., folio, pp. 20; [ii], lxxvii, [iii], 206; [iv], 297; [ii], 147, [cxxxiv] + 80 plates, 73 of which are hand coloured. Additional engraved title-page to each volume, some hand-coloured and gilded initials. Occasional light smudgy marks to margins, engraved title-pages foxed with a little transfer to adjacent leaves. Contemporary half dark green morocco with dark purple textured cloth boards, gilt titles to spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Endcaps tattered, spines rubbed, corners worn, occasional scrapes and scratches, but still a sound and very good set. South Shields Public Library inkstamps (some dated 1974) to title-pages and several other pages throughout each volume, also an inkstamp to each plate verso. Gilt stamp of the same library to tail of each spine. To front paste-down of vols. I and II: tiny contemporary bookbinder's label of Andrew Reid, Newcastle upon Tyne; small paper label with the letter C printed in red. 'C' label also to vol. III. Samuel Rush Meyrick (17831848) was an antiquary and historian specialising in arms and armour. He became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1810 and published his first work, The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan, in the same year. He made regular contributions to Archaeologia, (the Society of Antiquaries' journal) from 1818 until 1830, most of which concerned his particular collecting and antiquarian interests. According to ODNB one of his articles, 'Description of the engravings on a German suit of armour made for King Henry VIII, in the Tower of London' (Archaeologia, 22, 1829) 'is probably the earliest detailed examination of a single armour to have been written'. Around the same time he assisted Thomas Dudley Fosbroke with his Encyclopaedia of Antiquities (18235) and contributed to various journals. 'It was during these years that Meyrick began to acquire the collection of arms and armour for which he became famous. His obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine describes it at this time as filling not only 'the garrets, the staircase and the back drawing room' but as even encroaching 'upon the bedrooms'. From the beginning it was conceived of as a scientific collection and it was regularly made available to students. In 1825 it was visited by the artists Eugène Delacroix and Richard Bonnington, who both drew items from the collection and made use of them in later works.' (ODNB) This first edition of A Critical Enquiry into Antient Armour, in three abundantly illustrated volumes, appeared in 1824 and is considered to be Meyrick's greatest work. In 1826 the authorities at the Tower of London consulted him on the arrangement of the national collection of arms and armour (of which he had been severely critical in his Enquiry). Two years later he was asked by George IV to arrange the collection at Windsor Castle. In recognition of his work he was knighted in February of 1832.   Ref: 52411 
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Milner, John: The History, Civil and Ecclesiastical, & Survey of the Antiquities, of Winchester. Vol.I, being the Historical Part; Vol.II, being the Survey of the Antiquities. Winchester: Printed and sold by Ja.s Robbins, and sold in London by Cadell and Davies in the Strand 1809. 2nd edition. 2 vols. as 1, 4to., pp. [iv], 24, [ii], 451, [i] + 5 plates, some folding; 144, 137-312 + 9 plates including engraved title-page. Vol. II mispaginated as usual. Plates foxed, some heavily, with some transfer to surrounding leaves. Contemporary tan half calf very neatly rebacked, gilt spine with raised bands and red morocco label, brown marbled boards and endpapers, edges sprinkled red. Boards rubbed, corners fraying, endpapers split at hinges but boards entirely sound. A very good copy overall. Illegible 19th-century ownership inscription to head of second title-page. John Milner (17521826), arrived in London in 1777 after eleven years of clerical training at the English College at Douai, in northern France. His patron was Bishop Richard Challoner, who provided Milner with work as a travelling missioner around the city. 'Eventually, on 15 October 1779, Bishop Challoner placed Milner at the mission in Winchester, which became the base for his opposition to the liberal Catholics known as Cisalpines, and for his literary and artistic activities. While in Winchester he published a large number of controversial and polemical essays and pamphlets to counter the liberal Cisalpine viewpoint espoused by the Catholic Committee and their leading spokesman, Joseph Berington. Milner was an equally ferocious critic of protestant dissenters and their low-church allies, who were being courted by Berington's party. From Winchester he published an early study of Gothic architecture (The History, Civil and Ecclesiastical, and Survey of the Antiquities of Winchester, 2 vols., 17981801), which gained him a fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries but which was equally controversial in that it contained a trenchant attack on the latitudinarian and deeply anti-Catholic late bishop of Winchester, Benjamin Hoadly. He also built a new Catholic church in Winchester (1792) in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style, which he included in his study of Gothic architecture as an example of the continuity of Gothic between the nearby cathedral and modern Catholicism.' (ODNB)   Ref: 52307 
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Morris, Beverley R[obinson].: British Game Birds and Wildfowl. Illustrated with 60 Coloured Plates. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1855. First edition. Large 4to., pp. iv, 252 + 60 coloured plates. Title-page a little stuck to frontispiece at gutter causing slight separation between it and the next leaf, slight separation between 'Harlequin duck' plate and the next leaf (p.247), 'Tufted duck' plate opposite p.243 loosening, occasional foxing mostly to front and rear. Contemporary half red polished sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and green morocco label, brown marbled boards, green endpapers. Joints, endcaps and corners worn, small split at tail of upper joint, rubbed. Still a very good copy overall. Bookplate of James Amphlett of Llandyssil dated 1868, numbered 12. 60 hand-coloured plates as called for. Engraved and printed by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), one of the most highly esteemed English nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.   Ref: 51745 
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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 (16551727) 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 16969, 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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Norwich, John Julius: The Normans in the South (1016-1130); The Kingdom in the Sun (1130-1194). London: Longmans, Green & Co.; Longman Group, 1967; 1970. First editions. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. xvi, 355, [i]; xv, [i] 426 + plates. Internally clean and bright. Black cloth, gilt labels to spines (purple to vol.I, orange to vol.II). A few light scratches to cloth, top edges a little dusty, very good. Vol. I signed and inscribed by the author. A few relevant newspaper-clippings loosely inserted. Scarce as single volumes, even rarer as author-inscribed first editions in their dust-jackets. Volume I is signed to the ffep with a dedication to Evelyn Jamison (1877-1972), doyenne of historians of medieval Italy.   Ref: 51383 
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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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Petronius Arbiter: (Smith, Martin S., ed.:) Cena Trimalchionis Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978. Second impression thus. 12mo. pp. xxxvi, 233. Light browning, not affecting legibility. Red cloth, gilt-lettered, edges slightly dusted, very good. Red dust-jacket, light fading to spine again,a little worn and creased at edges, good. This edition first published 1975.   Ref: 53044 
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