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Longinus, Dionysius: (Pearce, Zachary, ed.:) [Greek letters] De Sublimitate Commentarius, quem qova versione donavit, Perpetuis Notis illustravit, & partim Manuscriptorum ope, partim conjectura, emendavit (additis etiam omnibus ejusdem Auctoris Fragmentis). Dublini: apud J. Smith & G. Bruce, 1733. Third edition. 8vo., pp. xliv, 372, including engraved frontispiece. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, large engraved head-piece to p.v. A few annotations in an old hand, e.g. p.15. A very light marginal dampstain to lower fore-edge corner from frontis to approx. p.xxxv but generally clean within. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spine label, gilt thistle and shelf mark at tail of spine, edges lightly sprinkled red. Headcap neatly repaired, upper joint a little worn but holding firm, upper fore-edge corner bumped with slight creasing. A few small paper repairs to ffep where it was previously stuck to the bookplate. A very good copy. Engraved armorial bookplate of the Charles Perceval (1756–1840), 2nd Baron Arden in the Irish peerage and 1st Baron Arden in the peerage of the UK. Perceval was the older brother of the Prime Minister Spencer Perceval (1762–1812) as well as being a prominent politician himself. He was also a fellow of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and a trustee of the Hunterian Museum. Published in the same year in both Dublin and Edinburgh, this Dublin edition appears to be the rarer, COPAC finding only the ESTC listing plus copies at Trinity College Dublin and Glasgow University. The sheets of this edition were in fact printed in the Netherlands and are a separate issue or variant imprint of the 1733 Amsterdam edition of R. & J. Wetstein and G. Smith. Dibdin recommends Pearce's edition (first published in 1724 in London in 4to. format) as 'the true text', praising its 'elegant and erudite notes' and adding that the subsequent 8vo. editions contain 'advantageous corrections and additions'. He records the second London edition of 1732 (the first 8vo.) and Foulis' 'very elegant' 4to. of 1763, but omits this Irish issue. ESTC N28412; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 177-8   Ref: 51610 
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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 
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Lucretius Carus, Titus: De Rerum Natura Libri Sex. Birminghamae [Birmingham]: Johannis Baskerville, 1772. First Baskerville edition. 4to., pp. [ii], 280. Occasional very light spots and smudges but generally bright, gatherings T-Z clean and not foxed as is sometimes the case. Slightly later red straight grain morocco, raised bands, gilt rules and title to spine, plain gilt borders and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled leather-jointed endpapers, green ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little darkened, a few tiny scrapes, white dusty marks to board edges at fore-edge. A very good, handsome copy. Tiny, illegible inscription at foot of first page of text, possibly dated 1785, the bottom edge of the letters just shaved off. The first Baskerville edition of Lucretius (a duodecimo followed the next year). In a somewhat backhanded fashion, Dibdin comments that this edition is remarkable for its typographical beauty though nothing else. ESTC T50365; Dibdin II (4th edn.), 203; Gaskell 43; Gordon 20; Schweiger II, 577   Ref: 52288 
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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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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 (1783–1848) 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 (1823–5) 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 (1752–1826), 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., 1798–1801), 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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Nagy, Gregory: Pindar's Homer. A Lyric Possession of an Epic Past. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990. First edition. 8vo., pp. viii, 523. Beige cloth, endcaps just starting to wear, tiny bump to top edge of upper board, edges slightly dusted, otherwise very good. Some pencil annotations and underlining.   Ref: 50334 
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