Chambers, R. W.: Widsith. A study in Old English heroic legend. Cambridge University Press, 1912. First edition. 8vo, pp. ix, , 263, . Occasional annotations inked throughout, slight toning. Red cloth, title gilt-stamped to spine, head and foot of spine bumped, hinges weakened, ownership inscription to front free endpaper and annotations to rear endpapers, but still a good copy overall. Ref: 53457
Champion, Michael W.: Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza. Oxford University Press, 2014. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 241. Hardback: black cloth, silver-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Unread, as new. In the series 'Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity'. Ref: 53381
Chardri: (Cartlidge, Neil, trans.:) The Works of Chardri Three Poems in the French of Thirteenth-Century England: The Life of the Seven Sleepers, The Life of St. Josaphaz and The Little Debate. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2015. 8vo., pp. 164. Hardback: laminated boards. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap. Volume 462 in the Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies and Volume 9 in The French of England Translation ACMRS series. Ref: 53709
Chatwin, Bruce: The Viceroy of Ouidah. London: Jonathan Cape, 1980. First edition. 8vo., pp.[iv], 155, [I]. Internally clean. Slight gap between half-title and title, due to backing. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine. Top edge a little dusty, near fine. First edition, first impression, copy of Chatwin's second published work. Ref: 50437
Chaucer, Geoffrey; (Skeat, Walter W., ed.:) The Canterbury Tales. Volume I, Text; Volume II, Notes. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924 2nd edition. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xxxii, 667. [i]; xxvi, [ii], 515, [i]. Very faintly toned. Black cloth, gilt titles to spine. Endcaps slightly creased, light shelf wear, top edges dusty. Ownership inscription of D. Bruce dated 1966 to front paste-down of Notes volume. A few pencilled bookseller's notes to endpapers of each volume. A 1924 impression of the 1900 second edition (first edition published 1894). Vols. IV & V of the Complete Works. Ref: 52161
Chillingworth, William: The Religion of Protestants 1638. A Safe Way to Salvation. Menston: Scolar Press, 1972. Facsimile (Original Size). Folio. Small smudgy mark to title-page, otherwise very clean within. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, small gilt centrepiece to upper board. Fading to spine and to boards towards edges, no dust-jacket, very good overall. Ref: 37560
Chin, Catherine M.: Grammar and Christianity in the Late Roman World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. First edition. 8vo., pp. 272. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Unread, a hint only of shelf-wear: almost as new. In the Series: Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion. Ref: 53628
Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Opera Omnia adiectis indicibus et adnotatione. [Lipsiae] Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1849-50. 10 vols. 12mo. pp. 1: [viii], [xxviii], 282; 2: , 535, ; 3: , 591, ; 4: , 604; 5: , 633, ; 6:  626; 7: , 629, ; 8: , 518; 9: , 511, ; 10: , 587, , , 266. Slight yellowing or toning, first and last few leaves of each vol. somewhat foxed, occasional very minor damp stains to upper blank margin. 19th-century green half calf over nonpareil marbled boards, newer endpapers, raised bands, spine elaborately gilt with rolls of tendrils and geometrical patterns, gilt-lettered morocco label, marbled edges. Boards a bit rubbed. Stamp of Professor R.F.G. Kershaw to few titlepages or front pastedowns; bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown of vol. 1; faded autograph 'J. Marshall' to one blank in vol. 10. A 10-volume set of Cicero's complete works -- in uniform, elegant binding with nonpareil marbled boards and matching edges. The nonpareil pattern had been fashionable since the late 1820s, inspired by early 17th-century closely-combed French paper (Wolfe, 'Marbled Paper', p. 189). Ref: 53153show full image..
Cicero, Marcus Tullius; (Gruter, Jan; Gulielmus, Jan, eds.:) Opera Omnia Quae Exstant, ex sola fere` codd mss. fide emendata studio atq[ue] industria Jani Gulielmii & Jani Gruteri additis notis & indd: accuratiss: confectis. Hamburgi [Hamburg]: Ex bibliopolio Frobeniano, 1618. 4 vols. in 2. Folio bound in 8s, pp. [xx], 34, [ii], 255, [i], 590; 417, [i], 461, [i]. Engraved title-page with vignette; woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Printed on notoriously poor paper, hence toning and foxing of varying severity. To first vol., a closed tear to 2G6 affecting a few letters; second vol. title-page detached but wholly present, gathering 2Z misbound. Occasional light dampstaining; some spots of wax and ink, closed marginal tears and tiny instances of worming. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, gilt spines, edges sprinkled red. Much rubbed and scuffed, endcaps rubbed with loss to first vol., corners worn, turn-ins peeling, endpapers rumpled. A tired copy, but of a work with an interesting scholarly history. Ownership inscriptions of Henri van der Lijndin dated 1659 to each title-page. A fifth volume followed in 1619. 'This edition was formerly of some authority, and followed by a great number of succeeding editors; but with the disadvantage of bad paper and bad type, it unites many errors and absurdities; adopting the palpable incorrectness of MSS. in lieu of the emendations of learned men, who had restored the text of Cicero in a manner unexceptionable to every other critic but to the blind obstinacy of Gruter. Consult Ernesti's preface to his own edit. p.xlii; Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 56; Bipont. Edit. xcii-iii.; and Beck's preface, p. xxxvi-vii; all of which authorities unite in bestowing a severe chastisement on Gruter.' (Dibdin) A good deal of scholarly work has been done on this edition, including attempts to explain where Gruter (1560-1627) went so wrong. His work was based on the edition of Gulielmus (Jan Wilhelms, 1555-84), whose project had been to use a large number of French and German manuscripts to compile an edition of Cicero's works based on manuscript readings only, without editorial conjectures. In the late 1980's, P.L. Schmidt identified Gulielmus's own copy of Cicero, 'containing all his collations and conjectures, a remarkable discovery.' The edition was Lambinus's (1577-8). Close examination by D.H. Berry throws light on Gruter's methods: '[it] was this copy which Gulielmius used to collate the Erfurtensis, and thus the readings he recorded need no longer be taken at second hand from Gruter, but may now be had direct from Gulielmius himself. The authorities at Leiden have with great generosity supplied me with photographs of the relevant pages of Lambinus' edition, with the result that I have been able to compare against one another Gulielmius' collation, Gruter's version of it and the readings given by Zinzerling. This examination has revealed various deficiencies in Gruter's reports which have, naturally, permeated all subsequent editions. In particular, Gruter recorded only a selection of the reports noted by Gulielmius, while his manner of recording has been found to have been imprecise and consequently misleading: where Gulielmius reported only one word from E, Gruter's method was to cite the whole clause without indicating which word had occurred in E and which had simply been taken from the deteriores on which his edition was predominantly based.' (The Classical Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (1989), pp. 400-407). Dibdin I (4th edn.) 400 Ref: 49893show full image..
Clarke, Samuel: A General Martyrologie containing a Collection of All the Greatest Persecutions which have Befallen the Church of Christ [...] London: Printed for William Birch, 1677 Folio. 3 parts in 1, pp. , , 544, , 214, 217-315, 318-483, , plus frontispiece with engraved author's portrait, 11 engraved plates, 11 half-page engraved portraits of theologians, decorated initials and ornaments. Light browning, blank recto of frontispiece, title, verso of last leaf and upper edge of last two gatherings dust-soiled, upper margin lightly waterstained and softened or a trifle frayed in places, long tear without loss from lower edge extending to blank margin of L2, another from fore-edge of last leaf, ink splash to N3 and 3L2-3, minor repair to lower blank margin of frontispiece and 2L4, Y4 printed on separate leaves pasted together (cancels?). 18th-century half calf over marbled boards, rebacked to style, a.e.r., corners and extremities worn. A few 18th-century bibliographical annotations (some in shorthand) to frontispiece blank recto and elsewhere, autograph John Sale to frontispiece recto, another Josiah Lewis April 6 1767 to upper blank margin of frontispiece verso, 19th-century armorial bookplate of Trustees of William Coward Esq. (ms. note Brown Bequest 1881) to front pastedown, two labels of New College London Genera Library to front endpapers. A handsomely illustrated history of Protestant martyrs, written by the English Puritan preacher Samuel Clarke (1599-1682). Despite his strong Puritan views and harsh attacks against 'scandalous' religious in London, he was among the signatories against the execution of Charles I. First published in 1651 (here in the fourth edition), his 'Martyrologie' is an encyclopaedia of religious persecution from the foundations of Christianity to the 17th century. The general section includes persecutions mentioned in the Old Testament, proceeding with the 'primitive' persecutions, others in Persia, Africa, France, Bohemia and other areas of Europe (including the Baltic territories), those of Waldenses and Albigenses, and a last part on the more recent ones, with the martyrdom of William of Nassau, St Bartholomew's night, La Rochelle, Scotland and Ireland. The English sections comprises persecutions during the rule of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Danes, with special attention to the Tudor period. There are also biographies of major English Protestant theologians. The engraved plates, divided into smaller scenes, illustrates the torments of martyrdom, with captions: 'Chistians Braines Beaten out with Clubbe', 'Som broided upon Gridiron', 'Some were sawed asunder in the midle'. A very interesting and learned work. ESTC R14425. Ref: 52060show full image..