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[Drainage] The Laws of Sewers; or the Office and Authority of Commissioners of Sewers. Containing, I. Their Power of Enquiry into Annoyances and Defects of Repairs of Sea-Banks and Walls, publick Streams and Rivers, Ditches and Marsh-Grounds. II. The Authority of the Commissioners [London] In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, (Assigns of Edw. Sayer, Esq.) for 1726. First edition. 8vo. [8], 199pp., [1]. Ink splash to F5-F8, small paper flaw to lower outer blank corner of N and outer edge of B, minor tear with no loss to upper blank margin of N8, occasional very slight marginal spotting. Contemporary polished calf, double blind ruled, gilt-lettered morocco label to spine. Rebacked. First edition of the first comprehensive reference work on the English laws on sewers, encompassing sea banks, public streams and rivers, ditches and marsh grounds, and the authority of the Commissioners of Sewers as established by the Commissions of Sewers Act 1708. With a final section ( 64pp.) on ordinances relating to Romney Marsh and others marshes and fens. ESTC T130363; Goldsmiths 6437.   Ref: 53089  show full image..
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Dronke, Peter: Medieval Latin and the Rise of European Love-Lyric. Volume I Problems and Interpretations; Oxford: Clarendon Press (for Sandpiper Books), 1999. Reprint of Second Edition. 2 vols. in one. 8vo., pp. xxiii, 332; xiii, 333-603. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered. Dust-jackets. Unread: other than a hint of shelf-wear to edges of dust-jackets, as new.   Ref: 53383 
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Dupuis, Charles-François: Abrégé de l'origine de tous les cultes Paris: chez l'écrivain, libraire, 1822. 12mo. pp. [xv], [1], 588, wanting first leaf (blank or half-title). Woodcut monogram to title. Minor toning, slight foxing to first and last gathering, occasionally elsewhere, lower blank edge of last leaf trimmed, upper edge dusty. 19th-century half vellum over marbled boards, gilt-lettered morocco label. A bit soiled, label rubbed. Booklabels of Joseph Degen Swadlincote and A.P. de Lisle of Garendon Park and Gracedien Manor to front pastedown. Pocket, abridged edition - first published in 1798 - of the 'true breviary of philosophical atheism' (Plongeron). Charles-François Dupuis (1742-1809) was a French scholar and politician, with interests spanning astronomy and mythology. The original 'Origine de tous les Cultes' (1795) illustrated a new system of comparative religions and astronomical beliefs of ancient civilisations; it was soon turned into an abridged edition in order to reach a wider public. It was quickly included in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum and, as late as 1823, copies were seized from the stock of a Parisian librarian, and shredded. The edition published by L'Ecrivain appears to be especially scarce, with no copies listed on WorldCat.   Ref: 53297  show full image..
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Edwards, Robert R. & Ziegler, Vickie: Matrons and Marginal Women in Medieval Society. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1995. First edition. 8vo., pp. xi, 127. Hardback: red cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Spine only slightly cocked, very light shelf-wear, still a very good copy overall. A collection of essays, now revised with additions, from papers presented at the eponymous conference held at Pennsylvania State University in 1991.   Ref: 53328 
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Elias, Norbert: (Jephcott, Edmund, trans.:) The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1978. First UK edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 310, (iv index), (ii Mole Editions statement). Hardback: brown cloth, lettering in black to spine. Boards slightly faded towards edges, bottom corners bumped. White dust-jacket, red title very faded on spine, creased with small closed tears along edges. Generally shop-worn and dusty, but still a good, internally clean copy. Ownership inscription of Anne Murcott to ffep. First published as 'Uber den Prozess der Zivilisation' in Basel in 1939.   Ref: 53265 
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Elytis, Odysseus: The Sovereign Sun: Selected Poems Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Kimon Friar. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1974. First edition in English. 8vo., pp. viii, 200. Cloth, gilt-lettered. Dust-jacket. Top edge of text rather dust-stained, other edges and jacket a little so, otherwise very good. Ownership inscription "Bill Huntington" to ffep.   Ref: 53059 
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Epictetus: (Upton, J., ed.:) [Enchiridion] To tou Epiktetou Encheiridion. Glasguae [Glasgow]: Robertus et Andreas Foulis, 1751. Miniature 32mo. (80 x 45mm approx.). pp. 95, [i]. Text in Greek. Very occasional light spots, tiny hole to F2 affecting signature but not text. Contemporary dark brown calf, spine with raised bands and gilt bird motif to each compartment, neatly rebacked and label replaced, ffep renewed but other endpapers original. A bit rubbed, some light scrapes and scratched but a very good, attractive copy. Engraved bookplate of The Minister's Library, Stand Parsonage covering most of front paste-down. This is likely Stand Parsonage, Whitefield, Manchester. 'An early edition of Foulis' famous little volume' (Speilmann), printed in the same 8-point Greek type as their Anacreon of 1754. Issued again by Foulis in 1765, but with a different setting. ESTC T138728; Bondy p.24; Gaskell 190; Spielmann 9   Ref: 52304  show full image..
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[Euclid] Simson, Robert: The Elements of Euclid, viz. the first six books, together with the eleventh and twelfth. Edinburgh: printed for E. Wingrove, London, and E. Balfour, Edinburgh, 1799. 8vo. pp. [vii] [1] 9-520 + 3 folding plates. Intermittent light water stain to lower or outer blank margin, slight spotting to title and verso of last, endpapers adhering a little at gutter of title and last. Contemporary sheep, rebacked, spine blind tooled. A little loss to lower board, recornered. The tenth edition of Simson's fundamental English edition of Euclid. 'No man seems to have done more towards the restoration of Euclid's genuine works than Dr Simson of Glasgow' (Bruggermann 197-200). Appended to the traditional content - Euclid's books 1-6, 11 and 12, and 'Euclid's Data' - is here also, for the first time, 'Elements of Plain and Spherical Trigonometry', illustrated with three folding plates. ESTC N9135. Not in Dibdin or Brunet.   Ref: 53278  show full image..
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Euripides: (Valckenaer, Lodewijk Caspar, ed.:) Tragoedia Phoenissae. Interpretationem addidit H. Grotii; Graeca castigavit e MStis [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans, 1802. 4to., pp. [iv], xxiii, [i], 452, 196. Stub from excised presentation certificate. Lightly toned towards top edge, foxing from p.125 of the second register onwards corresponding to a slightly lower quality paper stock for the final gatherings. Vellum prize binding, raised bands, gilt spine, borders, frame and central coat-of-arms of Amsterdam, edges sprinkled red and blue. Darkened, a bit grubby, ties lost, endpapers lifting but revealing interesting binding structure beneath. A very good copy overall. Reprinted from Valckenaer's "masterly work on Euripides" (Sandys), first printed by Brouwer at Franeker in 1755. Containing the version of Grotius and including the first printing of parts of the Scholia, "enriched by every thing which can render it most acceptable to a critical student", this reprint has been "improved and enlarged" to be "deserving of strong recommendation" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I 545. Schweiger I 119. Graesse II 523. Brunet II 1106.   Ref: 50323  show full image..
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Euripides; (Canter, Willem, ed.): Tragoediae XIX: in quibus praeter infinita menda sublata, carminum omnium ratio hactenus ignorata nunc primum proditur. Antverpiae [Antwerp]: ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1571 1 work in 2 vols. 16mo. pp. [xxxii], 444 (*3 is a cancel, last two blank); 809, [xxiii] (wanting last 16pp. in gathering Gg with appendix 'Euripidis sententiae aliquot insigniores'), mostly Greek text. Slight browning in a few places, light water stain to first and last gathering of both vols, few slightly later annotations mostly smudged. 18th-century crushed crimson morocco, Reymund decoratd endpapers (Augsburg), double gilt ruled with floral border, inner edges gilt, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label, a.e.g. Joints somewhat rubbed. Slightly later annotations in Greek and Latin to title, last and another few leaves. Beautifully bound, with decorated endpapers by the Reymunds of Augsburg. Edited by Willem Canter (1542-75), a classicist from Utrecht, this was the first Plantin edition of Euripides - printed in an elegant Greek typeface - and the first edition of this author with a critical consideration of his use of metrics. 'Handsome and difficult to find in good condition' (Brunet II, 1096). Ruelens & Backer, Annales Plantiniennes, 110:12; Brunet II, 1096.   Ref: 53274  show full image..
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