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Orosius, Paulus: (Havercamp, S., ed.:) Adversus Paganos historiarum libri septem, ut et apologeticus contra Pelagium de arbitrii libertate. Ad fidem MSS. et praesertim Cod. Langob. antiquiss. Bibliothecae Florentinae Mediceae S. Laurentii, adjectis integris notis Franc. Fabricii Marcodurani et Lud. Lautii [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Gerardum Potuliet, 1738. First edition. 4to., pp. [xxxviii], 634, [xxx]. Title in red and black with engraving of both sides of an ancient coin, numerous further engravings of coins in the text. Occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean, three library inkstamps to title-page verso with one slightly offset to first page of text. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, all edges red. Darkened, a bit grubby, small stain to upper board, endpapers smudgy with library code to front paste-down, but still a very good copy. Important edition of works of the 5th-cent. author and pupil of Augustine, Paulus Orosius, including his 'Histories', an "apologetic response to the pagan argument that the coming of Christianity had brought disaster to the world" (OCD). It was not surpassed textually until the nineteenth century. The publication is also attractive for the large quantity of numismatic evidence that is used to illustrate the commentary. Schweiger III 622: "Neue Recens. der Geschichtbücher nach 11 Hdschr. u. älteren Ausgg."   Ref: 50151 
Rodley, Lyn: Cave Monasteries of Byzantine Cappadocia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. First edition. 4to., pp. xviiii, 266. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, bumping to corners, edges dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, spine sunned, shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 51938 
Solerius Cemeliensis, Anselmus (pseud.) [Raynaud, Theophile]: De Pileo, Caeterisque Capitis Tegminibus Tam Sacris, Quàm Profanis. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: sumptibus Andreae Frisii, 1671. 12mo, pp. [xii], 379, [xxxix] + 4 plates, including 3 folding. Engraved title-page and second title-page with vignette, both part of first gathering. Many engraved illustrations, several of which occupy a full page. Bound without final blank, occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean internally. Recently rebound in dark brown calf, raised bands and brown gilt title label to spine, blind-tooled frame with corner tools to each board, endpapers renewed. Spine a little faded, very good indeed. A curious work on hats and headgear, pseudonymously published by the French Jesuit theologian Theophile Raynaud (1583-1663). The engraved title-page is signed by Romeyn de Hooghe; one folded plate is signed by Cornelis Galle.   Ref: 51878 
Theophylact, Saint, Archbishop of Ohrid: Commentarii in quatuor Evangelia. Opus nunc primum Graece et Latine editum. Lutetiae Parisiorum [Paris]: Apud Carollum Morellum, 1635. Folio, pp. [x], 848, [xii]. Title page in red and black, with large engraved printer's device. Small paper flaw in centre of one leaf (no loss of text), a little minor spotting elsewhere. Later vellum boards, spine lettered in ink at head (now faded) with modern shelfmark inked at foot, long sides overlapping, small patch of damage to overlap of lower board, vellum slightly dusty and rumpled. Small modern library card to front pastedown, and stamp on half-title of St. Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate. The commentaries on the gospels by the 11th-century Theophylact, Archbishop of Ohrid and head of the Bulgarian Church. The Latin translation is that of Philippus Montanus, first published 1564, and the Greek had been first printed in 1542 by Blado, although the title page of this edition declares that the two are here first edited together. Theophylact's work was based on Chrysostom's, but is noted for its clarity and and accuracy; it has only recently been translated into English for the first time.   Ref: 40545 
Vibius Sequester: (Oberlin, Jer(emias) Jac(ob), ed.:) De fluminibus fontibus lacubus nemoribus paludibus montibus gentibus quorum apud poetas mentio fit. Lectionis varietatem et integras doctorum commentationes adjecit et suas [...] Argentorati [Strasbourg]: apud Amandum König, 1778. 8vo., pp. [iv], xx, 428, [xxxvi]. Title-page a bit toned, some faint marginal stains, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary brown calf, neatly rebacked in a slightly lighter shade with burgundy morocco spine label, edges sprinkled blue, endpapers renewed. Edges worn, corners bumped but a good sound copy overall. Pencilled code to title-page. The work comprises seven lists of geographical names mentioned by poets, categorised as: flumina (rivers or waterways); fontes (sources); lacus (lakes); nemora (forests); paludes (marshes); montes (mountains); gentes (peoples). Graesse considers this edition, 'la meilleure édition, faite sur trois mss.' Schweiger II, 1135; Brunet V, 1172; Graesse VII, 296   Ref: 50156