Arden, John: Silence Among the Weapons. Some Events at the Time of the Failure of a Republic. London: Methuen, 1982. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 343, [i]. Grey cloth, gilt title to spine. Toned, slight separation between title and half-title pages, still very good. Dust-jacket a little faded at spine, slight shelf wear, very good. Shortlisted for the 1982 Booker Prize but lost out to Schindler’s Ark. Ref: 51642
Aristaenetus; Behotte, Adrien: Epistolae Graecae. Cum Latina interpretatione & notis. Altera editio emendatior & auctior. [Bound with:] Apophoretorum libri tres. Parisiis: Apud Marcum Orry; Lutetiae [Paris]: Ex officina Typographica Cl. Morelli, 1594 [i.e.1600]; 1602. 2 vols. in 1, 8vo., pp. [xvi] 282 [ii]; 192 [xvi]. First work with facing pages of Greek and Latin. Light browning, some spotting, ink shelfmark to first title, stamped shelfmark to upper pastedown, ink notes to pastedowns and title verso. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, rebacked with plain vellum, hinges neatly relined but a little tight, the boards a bit soiled, f.f.e.p. removed. The works of the Greek epistolographer Aristaenetus (fl. 5th/6th cent. AD), comprising two books of love stories in letter form. The Encyclopedia Britannica (11th edn.) reports that ‘the stories are feeble and insipid, and full of strange and improbable incidents’. This is the second Orry edition, following the first and a reprint in 1595 and 1596 (a third appeared in 1610); although the title page seems to give a date of 1594 (MVIC), Adams clarifies that it should be 1600. The second work is the scholarly debut of the French Catholic Adrien Behotte (1578-1638), archdeacon of the cathedral at Rouen, dedicated to Jacques-Auguste de Thou and comprising three books of notes on ancient authors. Adams A1695. Ref: 26330
Aristophanes: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) (Bergler, S.; Duker, K.A.:) Comoediae undecim, Graece et Latine [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans 1760. First edition thus. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [vi], 34, 567, [i]; [iv] 572-1259 [i]. Half-title to vol. I., title-pages in red and black with engraved vignettes to vols. I & II, engraved initials and decorations. Very light sporadic foxing. Near-contemporary prize binding, gilt spine with raised bands; gilt border, frame and Amsterdam coat-of-arms centrepiece to each board. Edges lightly sprinkled blue and red, slight remains of green silk ties to fore-edges, now lost. Vellum now a bit darkened but still very attractive Dutch presentation binding. School presentation certificate bound in at front. Letterpress printed and completed by hand, with engraved Amsterdam coat-of-arms. Inscribed to Wilhelm Röell and dated 20th April 1810. Edited by Pieter II Burman (1714-1778), this printing of Aristophanes’s plays contains the hitherto unpublished notes of the colourful Greek scholar Stephan Bergler (c.1680-1740). Bergler, born in Brasov in Transylvania, was secretary in Bucharest to Nicholas Mavrocordato, Prince of Wallachia. He “made many enemies by his dissipated habits and cynical disposition” and according to rumour converted to Islam in Istanbul (‘Ency. Brit.’ 11th edn.; see also preface to the present book, p. 3 ff., and NBG).
Dibdin observes that the ‘notes of Bergler are very good, and the edition is correctly printed.’ Dibdin (4th edn.) I 301. Schweiger I 46. Ref: 51352
Aristotle: (Newman, W. L., ed.:) The Politics of Aristotle. Vols. I-IV. Oxford, Clarendon Press, (Sandpiper edition), 2000. Reprint. 4 vols. 8vo., pp. xx, 580, [ii]; lxvii, 418, [iv]; xlvi, 603, [ii]; lxx, 705, [vi]. Black cloth, dust-jackets, still in publisher’s shrink-wrap, as new. A Sandpiper Books reprint of the 1887 Clarendon Press edition. Ref: 46254
Arnobius of Sicca: (Thysius, Antonius, ed.:) Adversus Gentes Libri VII. Cum Recensione Viri Celeberrimi, & Integris Omnium Commentariis. Editio novissima atque accuratissima. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Joannis Maire, 1651. 4to., pp. [xii], 255, [i], 156, [iv], , 283, [ixx]. Title page in red and black with engraved vignette. Occasional pencillings, some smudgy marks but generally clean within. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp fore-edges. A bit grubby, some marks, tailcap worn with endband free at one side, first folium loosening a little but still a good and sound copy. Armorial bookplate of William Horton of Chaderton Hall, Lancashire to front paste-down. ‘Harwood considered this the best edition, then printed, of the author; although its typographical errors are numerous and glaring.... Ittigius tells us, and after him Schoenemann, that this Leyden edition contains all the commentaries of Stewechius, Heraldus, Canter, and Elmenhorst’. (Dibdin) Dibdin (4th edn.), I 216 Ref: 51128
Arnold, Christoph: Lingua Latinae Ornatus. [...] Editio altera correctior, cum indice. Norimbergae [Nuremberg]: Typis ac Sumptibus Michaelis Endteri. 1663. 12mo., pp. [xxiv] 390 [i.e. 396], [xxxiv], 59. Substantial worming to blank area of half-title, mostly gone by title (two or three characters lost) and reduced to just one spot by third leaf with none afterwards, one small repair to margin of first text leaf (touching a couple of characters) and corner of pp. 15-16 torn away affecting one or two words, a touch of dustsoiling elsewhere. Contemporary vellum boards, soiled and marked, no f.f.e.p., hinges a bit strained. Later ink notes to half-title and upper pastedown. The popular handbook for teaching Latin written by the poet and scholar Christoph Arnold (1627-1685), first published in 1657. VD17 23:282750S. Ref: 29955show full image..
Arnold, Edwin: With Sa’di in the Garden or, the Book of Love, Being the ‘Ishk’ or Third Chapter of the ‘Bôstân’ of the Persian Poet Sa’di. London: Trübner and Co., 1888. Third edition. 12mo., pp. viii, [ii], 211, [xxv]. Publisher’s list to rear. Red cloth, gilt, silver and green pictorial upper board. Spine sunned, head- and tail-caps and corners worn, boards and edges a little grubby, small tear to f.f.e.p. but still very good. Ownership inscription of E. Smith. ‘91 to front paste-down. Ref: 42681
Arnold, T. W.: The Caliphate. Oxford: Clarendon Press (for Sandpiper Books), 2000. First edition thus. 8vo., pp. 223. Cloth, gilt-lettered, fine. Dust-jacket, a bit of shelf wear, almost fine. Ref: 49195
Arrian; (Blankaart, Nikolaas, ed; Vulcanius, Bonaventura, trans.:) De Expedit. Alex. Magni. Historiarum Libri X. Ejusdem Indica […]. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge, & viduam Elizaei Weyerstraet, 1668. 8vo., pp. [xii], 617, [xxxvii] + additional engraved title page, and portrait of the editor. Woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces, a few old annotations. A couple of leaves unopened, lower margin of leaf 2L4 abbreviated due to paper flaw. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges, edges sprinkled blue. Spine a little darkened and marked but vellum otherwise uncommonly clean, paste-downs lifted (the front a little crumpled) revealing manuscript parchment binder's waste used as sewing supports. A very good copy indeed. Dibdin cites Harwood as asserting this edition's 'great merit'. Dibdin I (4th edn.), 329; Hoffman I, 377; Schweiger II, 67. Ref: 50147
Athenaeus: (Meineke, A., ed.:) Deipnosophistae. Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1858; 1859; 1867. 4 vols. Small 8vo., pp. 488; 514; 499; 376. Quarter cloth-backed grey paper-covered boards, gilt-lettered, all spines faded, boards quite worn, green stickers either side of spines to vols. 1, 2, & 4, corners and edges bumped, edges dusted and browned, good. No dust-jackets, as issued. Stamp of Dr. Joh. Jemscher to f.f.e.p.s, stamp of Zubrandenburg Gynasium to title pages. Athenaeus’ text in three vols, vol. 3 with indices, vol. 4 with notes. Ref: 48719