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 Watts added to Archbishop Parker's edition of the 'Historia Major' (1571) Matthew's unpublished minor works (real and suppositious), besides his own notes on variant readings and parallel sources (Roger Wendover, William Rishanger, and others).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
Petit, Pierre: De Amazonibus Dissertatio. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Johannem Wolters et Ysbrandum Haringa, 1687 12mo. pp. , 398,  + 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 Thévet 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: 53650show full image..
[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. , 826, , 31, , 85, , 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] Paré 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: 53281show full image..
[Pliny the Elder:] Plinius Secundus, Gaius: (De Laet, J., ed.:) Historiae Naturalis Libri XXXVII. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1635. First edition. 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: 53181show full image..
[Pliny the Younger] Plinius Caecilius Secundus, Caius: Epistolarum Libri X. & Panegyricus. Accedunt Variantes Lectiones. Lugd. Batavorum [Leiden]: Ex Officina Elseviriorum, 1640. 24mo, pp. [xxiv], 289, 300-414 (as called for), . Contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink, fore-edges overlapping. Some light foxing and spotting. Vellum a little soiled and marked. Armorial bookplate of C. E. de M. K. (i.e. the prominent Newcastle physician Charles Ernest Montchal Kellett, 1903-1978) to front pastedown. A plain but pleasant copy of this Elzevir pocket edition of Pliny's letters. Willems 506. Ref: 53800show full image..
Plutarch: (Langhorne, John & Langhorne, William, trans.:) Plutarch's Lives, Translated from the Original Greek, with Notes Critical and Historical, and a New Life of Plutarch. By John Langhorne, D.D. and William Langhorne, M.A. In six volumes. London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1770 First edition. 6 vols., 8vo, pp. [viii], lvi, 380; [iv], 500; [iv], 475, ; [iv], 403, ; [iv], 476; [iv], 253, 354-362 (recte 262),  + engraved frontispiece in each vol. Contemporary half sprinkled calf, marbled boards, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rolls, red morocco labels. Some light browning and dampmarking, a small area of worming to lower blank margin at beginning of vol. 4. Extremities rubbed, edges and a few spine ends a little worn, some cracking to joints (but all strong), front flyleaf of vol. 1 partially adhered to pastedown. Ownership inscription of Tho. Hodges (dated 1773) to flyleaves. A nice and unsophisticated copy of the first edition of this lasting and important translation of Plutarch's Lives, frequently reprinted throughout the nineteenth century. This was the first translation of Plutarch into English done directly from the original Greek as a unified whole, and though criticised for its prose style, it became the standard version, displacing the one published under Dryden's name (compiled piecemeal from the work of various hands) in the 17th century. ESTC T107379. Ref: 53814show full image..
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: 53164show full image..
[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: 53285show full image..
[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: 53180show full image..
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: (Gronovius, Joannes Fredericus, ed.:) Tragoediae, cum notis Johannis Frederici Gronovii. Auctis ex chirographo ejus et variis aliorum. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex officina Henrici et viduae Theodori Boom, 1682. 8vo., pp. [xxx], 785, [xxxix], including engraved title-page. A few woodcut initials, couple of engraved numismatic illustrations. Some light waterstaining, upper edge dusty. Contemporary vellum over boards, title inked to spine (a bit soiled). 18th-century armorial bookplate of Henry Bowles Downing; Downing's autograph (dated 1738), autograph of Richard Thompson, Merton College (dated 1737) and bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to ffep. Amsterdam reprint of the third Leiden edition, esteemed by Dibdin as highly as the first (1651) and last (1708) editions on account of Gronovius's notes and its copious index. He describes the engraved title, which depicts the subjects of Seneca's plays, as 'very spiritedly executed'. Both Richard Thompson and Henry Bowles Downing were students at Merton College, Oxford. Dibdin II, 398; Schweiger II, 940 Ref: 53156show full image..