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[Historiae Augustae] Historiæ Augustæ Scriptores Sex. Aelius Spartianus, Julius Capitolinus, Aelius Lampridius, Vulcatius Gallicanus, Trebellius Pollio et Flavius Vopiscus. Ad Optimas Editiones Collati Praemittitur Notitia Literaria Accedit Index Studiis Societatis Bipontinae. s.n. [Zweibrüecken]: Biponti ex Typographia Societatis, 1787. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [ii], xxxvi, 308; [ii], 264, [cii]. Engraved portrait to each title-page (Hadrian to vol. I, Zenobia to vol. II). Title-pages a little grubby towards head, occasional very light foxing. Contemporary vellum, orange and green gilt labels to each spine. Vellum a little greyed with some smudgy marks, top edges darkened, endpapers lightly foxed but still a very good set. Small blue bookseller's label of Galloway & Porter, Cambridge to front paste-down vol. I. A collection of biographies of the emperors from Hadrian to Carinus from the famous Bipont series of editions of Greek and Latin classics. The name originates from Bipontium, the modern Latin name of Zweibrücken or Deux-Ponts in Bavaria, where they began in 1779. Place of publication later transferred to Strasbourg.   Ref: 52218 
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[Livy] Livius Patavinus, Titus: (Weissenborn, W[ilhelm]; Müller, H[ermann Johannes], eds.:) Ab Urbe Condita Libri. Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1879; 1880; 1881; 1882; 1876; 1877; 1877; 1877; 18 10 vols. (some in multiple parts ) bound in 4. 8vo., underlining and scholarly annotations. Lightly toned throughout, occasional light foxing. Contemporary half dark brown sheep, raised bands and gilt titles to spines, brown marbled paper boards, edges sprinkled red. Spines lightly rubbed but surprisingly sturdy for sheep, edges a little worn. A very good, scholarly set. To each front paste-down a tiny blue Blackwell's of Oxford label, each near-obscuring a small inkstamp beneath. To title-pages of vols. II-IV, pencil inscription of Louis C. Purser; to vol.II he adds the date May 1883, to vol. III he adds 'Trinity College, Dublin' and to vol. IV he adds the later date Aug. 1883. He also adds annotations, only a few to vols. I-II but far more to vols. III-IV. Louis Claude Purser (1854–1932) was an Irish classical scholar who spent his whole career at Trinity College. The work for which he is best remembered is his edition of Cicero's letters, which began in 1882 when he assisted Tyrell with the second volume of The Correspondence of Cicero (1886). His efforts increased during the preparation of each subsequent volume (1890, 1894, 1897, 1899), and by the end of the work he was the predominant contributor. Purser appears to have had an extremely modest and anxious nature, which led him to resign from several academic posts despite the protests of his colleagues. 'Purser's scholarship was marked by a literary gift and historical grasp as well as by minute and exhaustive criticism of text and language, and he will be remembered by The Correspondence of Cicero. His output is impossible to quantify precisely, for besides a critical text of Cicero's letters in the Oxford Classical Texts series (Ad familiares, 1901, and Ad Atticum, 1903), an edition of Apuleius's Story of Cupid and Psyche (1910), work on Sidonius Apollinaris and Prudentius in later years, and contributions to Hermathena and the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, much of his work was inextricably involved with that of other scholars, whose books he completed and revised when they were stricken by illness. His completion of the edition of Ovid's Heroides by his colleague Arthur Palmer was praised with uncharacteristic warmth by A. E. Housman.' (ODNB)   Ref: 52199 
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(Thackeray, Francis St John & Stone, Edward Daniel, ed.:) Florilegium Latinum. Translations into Latin Verse: Pre-Victorian Poets. London & New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1899. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xvi, [ii], 244; xvi, 299. Occasional light foxing. Dark blue publisher's cloth, gilt title and illustration to spines and upper boards, top edges gilt and other edges uncut. Spines sunned, endcaps a bit tattered, cloth at head of upper joint vol.II just starting to split, a few small marks, endpapers and edges lightly toned, still a very good set. The Bodley Head Anthologies series, edited by R.H. Case.   Ref: 52235 
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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Douglas, Gavin, trans.:) (Ruddiman, Thomas, ed.:) Virgil's Aeneis [Aeneid], Translated into Scottish Verse, [...] A new Edition. Wherein the Many Errors of the Former are Corrected, and the Defects Supply'd, from an Excellent Manuscript. To Which is Added a Large Glossary, Explaining the Difficult Words: Which may Serve for a Dictionary to the Old Scottish Edinburgh: Printed by Mr. Andrew Symson, and Mr. Robert Freebairn, 1710. Folio, pp. [viii], 19, [i], iv, [iv], 3-236, ff. 237-240, pp. 241-394, 397-486 [xcvi]. Complete despite pagination. With initial and final blank leaves. Two fairly long closed tears, affecting text but with no loss, to leaves 2D and 2U; pp. 189-92 misbound after p. 76, with a note to that effect (in an old hand) to p. 188; sporadic toning as usual with this rather poor-quality paper, some substantial ink smudges to pp. 381, 394, 395 affecting but not obscuring text; occasional light spotting. Contemporary brown calf, raised bands, reddish morocco gilt title label to spine, edges sprinkled red. Spine repaired at head and tail with conspicuous cloth tape, joints and edges rubbed, corners worn, a few marks and scrapes to boards, ffep slightly grubby and loosening, a very good copy that would benefit from more expert repair. Small bookplate (19th century?) of Russell of Aden with two crests to front paste-down. To title-page, inscriptions of: Alexander Russell Aden, with encoded lines beneath; Thomas Gordon, of King's College Aberdeen. The arrangement of the preliminaries varies from copy to copy. The preliminaries here are arranged thus: titlepage; titlepage to 1553 ed.; list of subscribers; 'The Life of Gawin Douglas'; 'The Judgment and Testimonies'; Preface. The main text begins on p. 3 ( A2); according to the ESTC, the title-page to the 1553 ed. (unsigned) may have been intended to be pp. 1-2. Second edition of the first translation of Virgil's 'Aeneid' into Scottish. This edition corrected the first printing (1553), and the Edinburgh philologist Thomas Ruddiman added an elaborate glossary. This glossary was the basis for the antiquary John Jamieson's 'Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language' (1808). The poet Gavin Douglas (?1475-1522), Bishop of Dunkeld and third son of the earl of Angus, "was one of the first to draw the distinction between Scots and 'Inglis'" (OCEL). He was unusual amongst his contemporaries in concentrating solely on studying the vernacular, rather than producing books in Latin. The 'Life' of Gavin Douglas by Bishop Sage, appended here, is one of the main sources for the author's biography. ESTC T139442. Lowndes 2782. Graesse VI.2 355 (note).   Ref: 52023 
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