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[Ovid] Ovidius Naso, Publius: Ovid's Epistles: Translated by Eminent Persons. Published by Sir Samuel Garth. London: printed for Martin & Bain, 1795. 2 vols. 24mo., pp. [vi], 123, [I]; [vi], 114, [ii] + engraved title-page to each volume. Each volume also has two letterpress title-pages. Volume I with a child's drawings of figures fighting to its endpapers. Contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt with black title and volume labels. A bit rubbed, reddish ink stain to upper board vol. II, very good. Ownership inscription of H. Byny (?) to the head of each title-page. Contains translations by Pope, Dryden and others. ESTC T99256   Ref: 54209 
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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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Petit, Pierre: De Amazonibus Dissertatio. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Johannem Wolters et Ysbrandum Haringa, 1687 12mo. pp. [12], 398, [12] + 1 folding map of the Mediterranean. Engraved titlepage with portrait of amazon, numerous small engravings of amazons or ancient coins and medals portraying amazons or their weapons. Engraved title a little dusty at margins, small hole (paper flaw) to outer blank margin of title, slight yellowing. Contermpoary Netherlandish vellum, yapp edges, title inked to spine. Modern bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. A very good, clean copy of the second edition of this curious treatise on the existence of Amazons, first published in 1685 by the French physician Pierre Petit (b. 1617). The first scholarly work entirely devoted to a subject which had elicited the interest of the likes of Th?vet and Mercuriale, it boasts a painstaking amount of information on all accessible evidence and observations from ancient and more recent sources. It discusses the nature of the Amazons' commonwealth, suggested identifications (e.g., with Scythian women), their territories and religion, the custom that Amazons should have their right-hand breast removed, and so on. The engraved statues, coins and medals provide a novel comparative stance of the iconography of Amazons - although some of the items portrayed were actually antique-style fakes. The work also features fascinating debates on the nature of men and women.   Ref: 53650  show full image..
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(Phaedrus:) 'Aesop': (Desbillons, Francois-Joseph, ed.:) Fabulae Aesopae, curis posterioribus omnes fere emendatae: quibus accesserunt plus quam clxx novae [...]. Parisiis [Paris]: typis J. Barbou, via Mathurinensium, 1778. Sixth edition. 12mo., pp. xxxvi, 504 + engraved frontispiece. Printer's device to title-page, woodcut ornaments, very wide lower margins, very clean. Later dark green straight-grain morocco, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine and corners a bit rubbed but still very good indeed. Printed label 'From the collection of Charles Butler of Warren Wood, Hatfield' to front paste-down. Two invoices from Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodges dated May 29th and 30th 1911, one made out to W. Cairns and one to W. Strong, both from the sale of Captain Butler's library. Elegantly bound Latin edition of Aesop's "Fables" by the Jesuit poet Fran?ois-Joseph Desbillons (1711-89), author of several other collections of ancient and modern fables.   Ref: 54210 
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Pindar: Ta Tou Pindarou Sesosmena. Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia. Ex editione Oxoniensi. Glasguae [Glasgow]: excudebant R. & A. Foulis, 1754, 1754, 1757, 1758. 4 vols. 32mo. (75 x 47mm), pp. [ii], 158; 186, [iv]; 128; 79, [I] + the rest of the text block made up with a roughly equal number of binder's blank leaves. Title-page to each volume, additional series title to volume I. Vol. I without its final blank, vol. II with both final blanks. First words of title transliterated from Greek. Occasional spotting and light toning, a few faint stains, very good. Early c.20th dark blue crushed Morocco, gilt titles to spines, top edges gilt, ornate gilt dentelles. Spines a little sunned, lightly rubbed, very good indeed. First words of title transliterated from Greek. Though he doesn't comment directly on this edition, Dibdin notes Harwood's observation on the first Foulis edition of 1744, that he has 'read this edition twice through and affirm it to be one of the most accurate of the Glasgow editions of the Greek classics.' He also notes that the later edition of 1770 is less accurate, according to Harles. ESTC T134377; Gaskell 274; Dibdin II. 4th Edn. 290; Bondy 23-4; Mikrobiblion 192; Spielmann 413-5.   Ref: 54285 
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[Plautus] Plautus, Titus Maccius: (Pareus, Philippus, ed.:) Comoediae XX superstites et deperditarum fragmenta. Francof. [Frankfurt]: Philip Jacob Fisher, 1641. 8vo. 3 parts in 1, pp. [224], 826, [2], 31, [1], 85, [1], with engraved title. Title in red and black with engraved vignette, woodcut vignette to verso of last. Title dusty, some scattered foxing or dampstaining, small paper flaw and minor clean tear to outer blank margin of two leaves. Contemporary vellum over boards, yapp edges. 'The last edition of [Johannes Philippus] Par? in which were corrected several criticised passages of the previous editions' (Graesse V, 328-29). In addition to Plautus's twenty comedies, it features numerous fragments, 'Querolus' and 'Animadversionum ablegmina'. Graesse V, 328-29. Not in Dibdin.   Ref: 53281  show full image..
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[Pliny the Elder:] Plinius Secundus, Gaius: (De Laet, J., ed.:) Historiae Naturalis Libri XXXVII. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1635. First edition thus. 3 vols., 12mo, pp. [xxiv], 654, [xviii]; 631, [xvii]; 582, [xviii]. Engraved titlepage, small woodcut portrait of Pliny. With 'variae lectiones' and indexes at end of each vol. Slight toning, occasional minor spots, titles dusty, 1: one lower outer blank corner minimally torn, 2: small loss to lower blank margin of one leaf. Full blue morocco c.1800, signed by C. Hering (binder's ticket), blind-tooled, straight-grained calf doublures with gilt edges, raised bands, spines gilt-lettered, a.e.g. (boards and joints rubbed, free endpapers soiled). Later annotation to original rear endpaper. The first Elzevier edition of Pliny's 'Natural History', which became extremely popular with later collectors. De Laet was a Leiden historian and editor who wrote or produced a number of texts for the Elzevir press. In the dedication, to the lawyer and French royal counsellor Jerome Bignon (1589-1656), he states that he drew on the edition of Claude Saumaise. Willems 428; Dibdin (3rd edn.) II, 323.   Ref: 53181  show full image..
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Rapin, Rene: Les Artifices des Heretiques. Paris: Chez Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy. 1681. 12mo. pp. [xii], 444. Woodcut vignette to title. Small clean tear from outer edge of p.271, few leaves a trifle browned or dampstained. Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, spine triple gilt ruled, gilt fleurons and tendrils, all edges sprinkled red. Boards and outer edges rubbed. A rather vigorous Jesuit diatribe against Jansenism as an heretical imposture, listing the 24 psychological techniques and social behaviours by which Jansenists pass themselves off as 'saintly people'.   Ref: 53164  show full image..
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[Sallust] Crispus, Caius Sallustius: Caii Sallustii Crispi quae exstant opera. Parisiis [Paris]: Typis J. Barbou, 1761. 12mo. pp. (xxxvi) 348. Added engraved frontispiece, 3 engraved plates, woodcut and engraved ornaments. Plates bit dusty or slightly browned. Contemporary marbled calf, marbled endpapers, gilt ruled, spine gilt and lettered, marbled edges. Joints a trifle rubbed. Elegantly bound small-format Parisian edition, first published in 1754 by Jean Barbou. A fresh, clean copy. Brunet V, 87. Not in Dibdin.   Ref: 53285  show full image..
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[Sallust] Sallustius Crispus, Gaius: (Boxhorn, M.Z., ed.:) (Opera) [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Ex Officina Elzeviriana. 1634. 12mo (120 x 65mm), pp. [xvi], 310, [xxxiv]. Engraved title, woodcut vignette of Sallust facing p.1, ornament of the head of Medusa on p.216, ornament at end of index. Very minor mainly marginal foxing, the odd spot. Later (c.1800?) straight-grained morocco, double gilt ruled, bordered with roll of palmettes in blind, spine double gilt ruled, gilt fleurons and dentelles, gilt-lettered, inner edges gilt, a.e.g., silk bookmark. Wanting ffep, head and foot of spine and lower edges a trifle rubbed. 18th-century French bibliographic note to fly, illegible near contemporary autograph on [*]8. Second reprint of the first Elzevir edition, also 1634. Willems 412, Dibdin (4th edn) II 384.   Ref: 53180  show full image..
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