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Abbott, Jacob: The History of Pyrrhus. London: Nathaniel Cooke (late Ingram, Cooke, and Co.), 1853. 8vo., pp.[iv], 187, [i]. Engraved half-title, decorative initials and illustrations in the text (including map). Some very faint spots of foxing to title page, bright and clean inside. Black sheep with embossed grain, spine and boards heavily gilt stamped, a.e.g., pale yellow endpapers. Joints a little rubbed but a very good, attractive copy. The publisher of this small volume, Nathaniel Cooke, was also the designer of the now-standard 'Staunton' chess set. Cooke was editor of the Illustrated London News, in which Howard Staunton's chess column appeared. In September of 1849 Staunton, at Cooke's request, advertised the new chess set. The set went on to become enormously popular, but with Staunton's name attached rather than Cooke's.   Ref: 54333  show full image..
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[Aelian] Aelianus, Claudius: [...] Cl. Aeliani Sophistae Varia Historia, Cum Notis Integris Conradi Gesneri, Johannis Schefferi, Tanaquilli Fabri, Joachimi Kuhnii, Jacob Perizonii, & interpretatione Latina Justi Vulteii [...] Curante Abrahamo Gronovio [...] Lugd. Bat. [Leiden] Amstelodami {Amsterdam] Roterodami [Rotterdam] Ultrajecti [Utrecht] Hagae [The H 1731 2 vols. 4to. pp. [98], 1-640, [2], 641-1056, [160] + added prize book leaf. With half title, engraved title, printed title pages in red and black, and occasional small engraved text illustrations. Minor traces of adhesive at gutter of half-title, engraved title slightly adhering to title at gutter, slight toning, clean tear from edge to blank margin of second k4. 19th-century polished tree calf, marbled endpapers, single gilt ruled, gilt inscription 'Praemium gymnasii Franequerani MDCCCXLIX' to upper covers, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label. Extremities of spine minimally rubbed. Prize book certificate of Franeker dated 1849 tipped-in at front of vol. I, addressed to Hector van Sminia and signed by the Rector. 'An admirable edition'. Included in the list of best quarto variorum editions provided by Dibdin in the 3rd edition of his 'Introduction to the Classics'. This prize book was awarded to the Frisian Hector van Sminia, whose namesake ancestor was ennobled in 1816. He was a student at the gymnasium of Franeker. That an 18th-century book was rebound and presented as a prize by the school suggest this may have once been in the library of the University of Franeker, closed down by Napoleon in 1811, and later in the Athenaeum established in its place until 1843. Dibdin I, 231; Schweiger I, 3; Hoffmann I, 13.   Ref: 53361  show full image..
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Aeschines & Demosthenes: (Foulkes, P. & Freind, J., eds.:) [Greek titles] In Ctesiphontem Oratio [with] De Corona Oratio. Oxonii [Oxford]: E Typographeo Clarendoniano, 1715. Editio secunda. 8vo., pp.(xvi), 151, [i], 182, [xviii]. Greek letter with Latin translation at foot followed by editors' index. Three full-page engravings, of Cicero, Aeschines and Demosthenes. Pencilled annotations.Last few leaves slightly cockled. Contemporary calf, gilt label to spine, Cambridge panelled boards, edges sprinkled red. Endcaps and corners a little worn, ffep removed but a second leaf remaining, lightly rubbed but still very good. Second edition of the recension of Peter Foulkes and John Freind, scholars of Christ Church, first published in 1696 and particularly popular on account of its index of explanations of difficult terms. ESTC T143337; Dibdin (4th edn.) 1. p. 487.   Ref: 54125  show full image..
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Ahrensdorf, Peter J.: Homer on the Gods & Human Virtue: Creating the Foundations of Classical Civilization. Cambridge University Press, 2014. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 271. Hardback. Contents and binding mint. Dust-jacket, fine.   Ref: 53255 
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Alexander of Aphrodisias: (Lewis, Eric, trans.:) On Aristotle's Meteorology 4. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press 1996. First edition. 8vo., 186 + plates. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Light shelf-dusting, still very good.   Ref: 54227 
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Anacreon: Odaria, ad textus Barnesiani fidem emendata. Accedunt variae lectiones cura Eduardi Forster. Londini [London]: Sumptibus editoris excudebant Gul. Bulmer et Soc., 1802. 8vo., pp. [iv], 130. Frequent engraved head- and tail-pieces. Later green morocco, spine divided by raised bands, lettered in gilt direct, turn-ins gilt, all edges gilt. Title-page loosening, occasional minor spotting. Spine just slightly darkened, a touch of rubbing to head and corners. Armorial bookplate of Tervoe to front pastedown. An attractive printing of the Odes attributed to Anacreon, illustrated somewhat in the fashion of Pine's Horace (although the text is letterpress).   Ref: 53228  show full image..
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Anacreon: (Brunck, Richard Francois Philippe, ed.:) Carmina. Accedunt Selecta Quaedam e Lyricorum Reliquiis. Argentorati [Strasbourg]: apud J.G. Treuttel, 1786. Third edition. 18mo., pp. [ii], 149, [i]. A little toned towards edges, some light patches of foxing. Green straight-grain morocco, raised bands and gilt title to spine, gilt borders, a.e.g.. Patchy colour fading, joints and corners worn, some scratches, still very good overall. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Sewell to front paste-down. "These are the most beautiful and accurate editions; the latter [i.e. this, of 1786] was twice published in the same year, and has the text of the Roman edition of Spalleti, but with corrections: it was a favourite edition" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I. 264.   Ref: 51271  show full image..
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Anacreon: (Fawkes, Francis, trans.:) The Works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus and Musaeus. Translated from the Original Greek. London: printed for J. Walker, J. Wallis, and J. Binns, Leeds, 1789. 2nd edition. 12mo, pp. x, [ii, blank], 321, [3]. Some gatherings printed on blue paper. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by gilt rules, red morocco label. Somewhat browned and spotted throughout. Extremities a bit rubbed, corners just a touch worn, tidy repairs to joints and spine ends. Early ownership inscription of Alex. Brown to flyleaf. The posthumous, scarcer second edition of this highly-respected translation, first published 1760. Although Fawkes (bap. 1720-1777) had been widely read in his lifetime and formed a friendship with Samuel Johnson, he left little at his death for his widow to live upon, leading to publication of his unfinished works and and then this reprinting. ESTC T85627.   Ref: 53807  show full image..
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Anacreon; Sappho: Hai tou Anakreontos odai. Kai ta tes Sapphous, kai ta tou Alkaiou leipsana. Glasguae [Glasgow]: Excudebant R. & A. Foulis, 1777. 8vo., pp. 100. Near-contemporary sprinkled calf (endpapers watermarked 1790), boards bordered with a gilt roll. Final gathering rather browned and with a dampmark in the gutter (this also just faintly visible at the beginning), first few leaves slightly dusty. Sometime (early 20th century?) rebacked in lighter brown leather, red morocco label, front hinge cracking a bit. Armorial bookplate of Walter Henry James to front pastedown, ownership inscription of H. Ellison, alumnus of Harrow School (dated July 1797) to initial blank. Gaskell lists two variants: a post 8vo and a foolscap 8vo with dagger signatures on the first leaf of most gatherings. This copy matches Gaskell's post 8vo in watermarks and collation, except that it has a dagger signature on A1 (but nowhere else). Gaskell 610; ESTC T84085.   Ref: 53227  show full image..
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[Anacreon] Fawkes, Francis (trans.): The Works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus and Musaeus. Translated from the Original Greek. London: printed for J. Walker, J. Wallis, and J. Binns, Leeds, 1789. 2nd edition. 12mo., pp. x, 321, [iii]. English translations with notes, index to rear. A few light spots, paper taking on a blue tinge towards rear. Contemporary tan speckled calf, gilt-ruled spine with red label, gilt board edges. A little glue visible to head-cap, tail-cap worn, corner tips fraying very slightly but still very good. Francis Fawkes' (bap. 1720, d. 1777) translation of Anacreon first appeared anonymously in 1760. Fawkes was a prolific and skilled poet and translator, and a somewhat less committed clergyman: 'Overall, Fawkes's clerical career was undistinguished; in an age that tolerated much laxity in its parsons, he seems to have pursued enjoyment to the detriment of ambition. It is in some ways a fitting career for so effortless a classicist: Epicurus, with his injunction to live in happy obscurity, would not have disapproved.' (ODNB). ESTC T85627   Ref: 52264  show full image..
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