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Statius, Publius Papinius: (Stephens, Thomas, trans.:) An Essay Upon Statius: or, the Five First Books of Publ. Papinius Statius his Thebais. Done Into English Verse by T.S. With the Poetick History Illustrated. London: printed for Richard Royston, 1648. ESTC R21944; Wing S5335   Ref: 51516  show full image..
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Strabo: (Almeloveen, Theodorus Jansonius, ed.:) Geographia cum notis Casauboni et aliorum. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: apud J. Wolters, 1707. 2 vols. Folio, pp. [xliv], 677, [i]; [ii], 681-1329 [xcix] + errata leaf at end. With half-title and engraved frontispiece. Greek and Roman letter (double column in text), engraved title vignette and one other illustrations in text, title page in red and black. Intermittent slight age browning, edges dusty, occasional very minor marginal foxing, I: small tear to lower blank margin of one leaf, couple of oil or damp stains to upper and outer blank margins of two gatherings, browning a trifle heavier to last gathering, II: leaf with pp.1199-1200 trimmed to outer margin, slightly adhering to gutter of previous leaf, perhaps supplied from another copy, small repair to lower outer blank corner to 5K4, light water stain and minor foxing to outer blank margin of few gatherings. Contemporary Dutch blind-stamped vellum, modern reback in vellum, later endpapers, blind-stamped lozenge-shaped centrepiece with interlacing ribbons, raised bands, gilt-lettered morocco labels, covers a bit soiled and rubbed. Late 18th-century bookseller's note inked to fly; gilt institutional stamp at foot of spines. The text of Casaubon's second edition of Strabo with the notes from all those previous: it contains even their original dedications, and, according to Dibdin, words that were omitted in Casaubon's own edition. This is testament to a colossal care in amassing the commentating history, this edition "being considered one of the best produced of this author" (Brunet). The 'Geographies' of Strabo are considered "by far the most important source for ancient geography, a priceless document of the Augustan age, and a compendium of important material derived from lost authors" (OCD). Almeloveen, the compiler, is otherwise known as a medical writer. Dibdin (4th edn.) II, pp. 433-434; Brunet V, 554.   Ref: 53363  show full image..
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Tacitus, Publius Cornelius: [...] Opera, Quae Extant. Integris J. Lipsii, Rhenani, Ursini, Mureti, Pichenae, Merceri, Gruteri, Acidalii, Grotii, Freinshemii, & selectis aliorum commentariis illustrata. Joh. Fred. Gronovius recensuit, & suas notas passim adjecit. Accedunt Jacobi Gronovii exc Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Daniel Elzevir, 1672. 2 vols. 8vo, pp. [xxxii], 1224; [ii], 899, [xi], [ccxxiii]. Additional engraved title-page to first vol., woodcut device to title-page, woodcut head & tail pieces & initials. Occasional light foxing, small loss to fore-edge margin of engraved title-page, vol. II with one front endpaper excised and a marginal scorch-hole to Y7. Late 19th-century red straight-grain morocco, spines and boards blind tooled, gilt titles, a.e.g, green endpapers. Joints, endcaps and corners a bit rubbed, a few faint spots and smudges but very good overall. To front paste-down of each volume a 20th-century bookplate of James Elwin Millard. To front paste-down of vol. I, small bookseller's ticket of Edward Rainford of 12 Red Lion Passage. To preliminary blank, MS extract from Dibdin. Described by Dibdin as more 'beautiful and valuable' than the 1685 Bleau edition, though he observes that the Bipont editors consider that 'its accuracy is not equal to its beauty'. Contains the notes of various commentators including J.F. Gronovius, who unfortunately died before the work was completed. Willems 1479; Dibdin II (4th ed.) 453   Ref: 52212  show full image..
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Tacitus, Publius(?) Cornelius: (Opera) Cum optimis exemplaribus collatus, adiecti sunt capitulorum numeri. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Typis Danielis Elzevirii, 1665. 24mo, pp. 624, [24]. Late 19th-century sprinkled calf, boards bordered with a triple gilt rule, spine divided by gilt rules, red morocco label, other compartments with either small central flower tool or infilled with a diaper pattern in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges sprinkled blue and red. Cut a little close by the binder with some headlines shaved (particularly in the index). Extremities rubbed, corners a touch worn, a small spot of insect damage to upper joint. The second pocket-format Elzevir edition of Tacitus, a line-for-line reprint of the 1649 first. Willems 1364.   Ref: 53244 
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Tacitus, Publius(?) Cornelius: (Ernesti, J.A., ed.:) Opera iterum recensuit. Notas integras Iusti Lipsii, I.F. Gronovii, Nic. Heinsii et suas addidit Io. Augustus Ernesti. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Apud Weidmanii Haered. et Reichium, 1772. 2 vols., 8vo, pp. lvi, [vi], 896; 752, [176] + engraved frontispiece in vol. 1. Contemporary speckled calf, smooth spines divided by double gilt rules, black morocco labels, other compartments with central gilt tools (or gilt numbered direct within a circular frame), marbled endpapers. Poorquality paper rather browned and foxed. Leather somewhat rubbed and crackled but since polished. An attractive copy of the second Ernesti edition after the first of 1757, being 'the more copious edition' of the pair; in both 'the preface, notes, and indexes, will be found interesting and useful; many obscure passages are explained' (Dibdin). Dibdin II 455.   Ref: 53245  show full image..
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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: Comoediae. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Johannis Baskerville, 1772. First Baskerville edition. Large 4to, pp. [2], 364. Light age yellowing, title and last four leaves slightly foxed, occasional marginal spotting, long clean tear from outer edge of M3. Contemporary straight-grained crimson morocco, triple gilt ruled, rebacked to style, corners repaired, edges scuffed, boards scratched at margins. First Baskerville edition of Terence's 'Comedies'. It was printed on the better 'Writing Royal' paper of the Baskerville press, and sold for a Guinea. (A 12mo was also produced in the same year on cheaper paper.) Terence (d. 159 B.C.) was born into slavery at Carthage and brought to Rome, where he was freed, taking his old master's name. His six comedies, which stand out for their particular naturalistic style, were admired right through the Middle Ages for their moral arguments, and were still on school curricula in the nineteenth century. "Printed in the usually beautiful style of the impressions of ancient classical authors by this printer" (Dibdin). The popular typeface Monotype Baskerville, produced in 1923, was based on Baskerville's Great Primer type as it appeared in this edition (Pardoe, 'John Baskerville', p. 167). Gaskell, 'Baskerville', * 46 (p. 58). ESTC T137489. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 477. Schweiger III 1070. Graesse VI.2 61. Brunet V 718.   Ref: 53759  show full image..
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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: (Bernard, Richard, trans.:) Terence in English. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge: ] Ex Officina Iohannis Legat, 1607. Second Edition. 4to., pp. [ii], 455, [i], with the usual mispagination pp.336-355. Lacking the translator's dedication (6 leaves) at the start. Text in Latin and English. A little MS to title. Some light staining, tiny burn to pp.145-6 affecting a couple of letters, wax mark to p.201, last leaf toned and laid down. Later straight-grain Morocco with blind-tooled boards, rebacked with red and green spine labels. Spine has faded to a lighter colour, corners worn but still good. To front pastedown, armorial bookplate of Charles Mathews, plain bookplate of John Besemeres. To ffep, bookplate of Charles Vaughan with lion crest. The second edition of Richard Bernard's translation of Terence into English, first published in 1598. Bernard (1568-1642) was primarily a clergyman and author of religious works, including 'Isle of Man' (1627), which was his most famous book, but this translation was his first publication and was popular enough to see six editions in his lifetime. ESTC S118346.   Ref: 53780  show full image..
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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: (Bernard, Richard, trans.:) Terence in English. London: printed by John Legatt, and are to be sold by Andrew Crooke, 1641. 1641. Sixth edition, corrected. 4to. in 8s, this copy heavily trimmed (17 x 13.5cm), pp. [viii], 428. Small woodcut to title-page, Latin text in a single column, with marginal notes; English translation in double columns. MS names and quotations to title and final leaf, some marginalia in an old hand. First 8 leaves and final leaf laid down on fine archival tissue, some stains and wax spots, close trimming occasionally touching pagination and signatures with half a line lost on p.169. Recent plain tan calf. A good copy. Contemporary signature of John Fossebrooke to title-page. The sixth edition of Richard Bernard's translation of Terence into English, first published in 1598. Bernard (1568-1642) was primarily a clergyman and author of religious works, including 'Isle of Man' (1627), his most famous book, but this translation was his first publication and was popular enough to see six editions in his lifetime. ESTC R1627   Ref: 54047  show full image..
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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: (Phaedrus; Publilius Syrus:) (Bentley, Richard, ed.:) Comoediae. Recensuit, notasque suas et Gabrielis Faerni addidit Richardus Bentleius. Editio altera; Augusti Liberti Fabularum Aesopiarum; Sententiae. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud R. & J. Wetstenios, & G. Smith, 1727. 2 vols in 1. 4to, pp. [xxxii], 444, [clxxxii]; [viii] 87 [xcvii] + 3 plates. Title page in red and black with engraved vignette, divisional half title preceeding Phaedrus. Wanting final blank of vol. 1, slight browning in a few places, edges of first half-title and verso of last leaf a bit soiled. Contemporary tree calf, bordered with roll of gilt palmettes, gilt arms of Middelburgto covers, spine gilt-tooled and lettered. Upper joint, corners, head and foot of spine recently and very well repaired. Beautifully bound. The second (and best) edition of Bentley's Terence, which also includes the Fables of Phaedrus and the Sentences of Publilius Syrus. The first edition was published in Cambridge the previous year, but "that of Amsterdam, according to Harwood, is the most valuable, as Bentley communicated to Wetstein, the publisher, many additional notes and emendations" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 474. Schweiger III 1068.   Ref: 53184  show full image..
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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: (Westerhovius, A.H.:) Comoediae Sex ad fidem Arn. Henr. Westerhovii Ex praestantissima Hagae Comitum editione, accuratissime recensite et notis selectioribus illustratae. Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Thomam Bettinelli, 1790. 2 vols., 8vo, pp. [ii], 416; [ii], 324 + frontispiece in vol. 1. Title-pages engraved. Modern marbled boards, black leather spine labels, edges retaining earlier gilt. A bit of minor spotting. Gift inscription to retained binder's blank at front of vol. 2, dated 1807. An elegantly printed edition of Terence, reproducing the text of the 1726 Westerhovius edition. This copy was given to one William Wybergh by Matthew Raine, the headmaster of Charterhouse School, after Wybergh's graduation from that institution. Wybergh (b. 1787, at Charterhouse 1803-1806) was a member of an ancient Cumbrian family; he inherited Clifton Hall in Westmoreland, which had passed through unbroken male descent in the Wybergh family since the time of Edward III.   Ref: 53801  show full image..
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