Boissier, Gaston: La Religion Romaine. D'Auguste aux Antonins. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1906. 2 vols. in 1. Small 8vo., pp. xiv, 403; 413. Cream cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, spine label, spine browned, boards grubby, slight shelf wear to edges, endcaps and corners, edges dusted, top edge gilted, foxing to free end-papers, still very good. Gilt-embossed stamp 'Schola Civitatis Londinensis' (City of London School) to upper board. Ref: 48781
[Calverley, Charles Stuart]: Verses and Translations. Cambridge; London: Deighton, Bell, and Co.; Bell & Daldry, 1862. First edition. 8vo., pp. vi, 203, [i]. Occasional light foxing mostly affecting first few leaves. Contemporary dark red cloth, gilt title to spine, top edge a bit dusty. Spine cocked, a bit rubbed, endcaps beginning to fray, cloth lifting slightly from centre of upper board. Still a good copy Ownership inscription of Geo. P. Howes. Pemb. Coll., August 1862 to half-title. Obituary of the author pasted to front paste-down. To the title-page, beneath the line 'by C.S.C.', Howes has added 'C.S. Calverley, M.A., Fellow of Christi Coll. Cambridge.' A collection of original verses, and translations from Horace, Virgil, Theocritus, Lucretius and Homer. Charles Stuart Calverley (formerly Blayds) (1831–1884)was famous during his time as a pupil at Harrow School for his athleticism and his incredible ability to memorise books of the Iliad at short notice. His talent for writing Latin verse was apparent at an early age and won him a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, in 1850. 'There he won the chancellor's prize in 1851 for a Latin poem, which confirmed his high academic standing. However, he was sent down in January 1852 for disciplinary offences involving excessive drunkenness and the illicit keeping of dogs in his rooms. In the following October he entered Christ's College, Cambridge, having changed his name from Blayds to Calverley to evade the disgrace following him from Oxford. He won the Craven scholarship in 1854, the Camden medal in 1853 and 1855, the Browne medal (Greek ode) in 1855, and the members' prize for a Latin essay in 1856, graduating second class in the classical tripos that year. Two years later he was elected a fellow of Christ's. His academic success was the more remarkable because his inherent laziness and love of socializing prevented him from studying regularly. His friends had to drag him out of bed by force, or lock him in his rooms to ensure that he concentrated on his work. He made friends with many prominent members of his college, including professors John Robert Seeley, Walter William Skeat, and John Hales, Walter Besant, and Dr Robert Liveing. His parodies and other humorous verses were well known among fellow students by the time of the publication of Verses and Translations in 1862. This collection of gently parodic poems concentrated upon a comfortable and leisured upper-middle-class world and became extremely popular. In 1894 a fourteenth edition was published, and the book was issued as a Pocket Book Classic twenty years after his death. The Athenaeum wished that 'some of our prolific small poets would write as good poetry in earnest as Mr Calverley does in play'.' (ODNB) Ref: 52032
Canevaro, Mirko: (Harris, E.M.:) The Documents in the Attic Orators. Laws and Decrees in the Public Speeches of the Demosthenic Corpus. Oxford University Press, 2013. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 389 + 5 tables. Dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Ref: 50280
Carver, Martin; Hills, Catherine & Scheschkewitz, Jonathan (eds.): Wasperton: a Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon Community in Central England. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009. Large 4to. (290 x 22mm), pp. x, 372. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, near fine. Anglo-Saxon Studies 11 Ref: 51554
(Cary, M. et al, eds.:) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950. 4to., pp. xix, [i], 971, [i]. blue cloth, gilt title to spine, without dust-jacket. Spine faded, boards a little scratched with some patchy fading, corners bumped, free endpapers toned, a good, sound copy Contemporary armorial bookplate of Alan & Patricia Lennox-Boyd. Alan Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983) was 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, a British Conservative politician. A mostly-illegible gift inscription to the ffep dated Christmas 1952 appears to be signed 'Chips', which would indicate that the book was a gift from Lennox-Boyd's brother-in-law, Henry 'Chips' Channon (1897-1958). Channon was an American-born British Conservative politician, author, diarist and determined social climber. It is for his diaries, which have so far only been published in an expurgated edition, that he is now most remembered: the diaries 'survive for the years 1918, 1923–8, and 1934–53. Discreetly edited extracts compiled by Robert Rhodes James and published in 1967 open with Lady Diana Cooper's announcing the death of King Albert I of the Belgians (12 February 1934) and close with Channon's cocktail party for King Umberto II of Italy (18 November 1953). The intervening entries are by turns scintillating, epicene, snobbish, fatuous, self-mocking, and cliché-ridden. There are captivating descriptions of great parliamentary occasions as well as intriguing confidences about backstairs intrigues; but each page demonstrates Channon's preference for manners over principles. 'Everybody is on about Chips's diary—you can't think how vile & spiteful & silly it is,' Nancy Mitford wrote after its publication. 'One always thought Chips was rather a dear, but he was black inside how sinister!' (Love from Nancy, 465).' (ODNB) This opinion was not shared by everyone however, and there seems to be a seemingly endless supply of excellent stories about him. 'Chips was a thoughtful, shrewd, witty, and worldly gossip who loved to help people. His social radiance could be entrancing; he was resolute in promoting the interests of his friends. The earl of Drogheda found him 'an immensely kind man, with many acts of generosity to his credit': when Viscountess Castlerosse sat on a wasp, Chips sucked the sting out of her buttock. Channon wrote of himself in 1935: "I have flair, intuition, great good taste but only second rate ambition: I am far too susceptible to flattery; I hate and am uninterested in all the things most men like such as sport, business, statistics, debates, speeches, war and the weather; but I am riveted by lust, furniture, glamour and society and jewels." (Chips, ed. James, 38).' (ODNB) 1950 reprint of the March 1949 first edition. Ref: 52082
(Catullus) Sisson, C.H. trans.: Catullus. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1966. 8vo., pp. 93, [i]. Faux-vellum boards, gilt titles to spine and upper. Spine and board edges lightly toned, still very good. First edition of this translation. Ref: 51562
Catullus, Gaius Valerius: (Ellis, R., ed.:) Catulli Veronensis Liber iterum recognovit, apparatum criticum, prolegomena, appendices [...] Oxonii [Oxford]: e typographeo Clarendoniano, 1878. 2nd edition. 8vo., pp.lxxvii, (iii), 410 + 2 folding plates. Printed in red and black, errata slip tipped in. Preliminary blanks foxed, very faintly toned towards top edge, otherwise nice and bright inside. Brown calf, gilt spine, black morocco label, gilt borders and centrepiece, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine a little sunned, some slight smudges and scratches but very good indeed. Ownership inscription of N.D. Horton to preliminary blank. Gilt centrepiece reads 'Londinensis Schola Civitatis'. Ellis began working on Catullus in 1859. In 1866 he published 'a plain text, with conjectures based on study of manuscripts', followed by a larger edition in 1867. This, the second edition, appeared in 1878 and a revised text in 1904. 'In 1871 he published an unexpurgated translation in the original metres, very ingenious but barely intelligible without the Latin, and dedicated to Tennyson.' (ODNB) Ref: 48705
Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Baskerville, 1772. 'Writing Royal' 4to., pp. [ii], 200, 221-372 (as usual). Occasional scatterings of very light foxing, but generally clean. Red calf, contemporary boards with later but sympathetic gilt spine; both boards heavily gilt in the herringbone style with borders and diamond-shaped centrepieces, suggesting a Scottish binding. Marbled endpapers, cloth hinges. In rebacking the binder has employed a French joint, seemingly to correct the original structure and give a better square at the foredge; the look is a little unusual, with a deep groove at the joint, but the work is neatly and skillfully done. Some slight splits to tail-cap, a few small scrapes to upper board, corners repaired but a very good, attractive copy. A2 is a cancel, H3 a cancelland; misnumeration and other errors as usual. Also available in 12mo., this 4to. version was priced on publication at a guinea, though copies were advertised for sale at 18s. on 9th July 1773; 780 copies remained in stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy'. ESTC T6260; Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377; Gaskell 44; Graesse 287; Moss 1263 Ref: 51370show full image..