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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus; (Scaliger, Joseph, ed.:) [Opera] Nova Editio; Castigationes. Lutetiae [Paris]: apud Mamertum Patissonium, in officina Rob. Stephani, 1577; 1577. Two volumes bound as one. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 274, [ii], 252, [xvi]. Woodcut device to title page, woodcut initials and headpieces. Some neat annotations in an old hand. A little toned, sporadic staining to outer margins, some smudges and ink spots. Contemporary dark brown calf, raised bands, paper label to spine, blind-tooled borders, 'CATVL. SCALIG.' inked to fore-edge and 'Tibullo' to top edge. Headcap worn, label a little torn, slightly rubbed, corners fraying, a few ink spots but a very good copy. Ownership inscription of Tommaso Franco Bernard to title-page. Here Estienne's Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius volumes are joined as usual by Scaliger's Castigationes. Schweiger II, 79   Ref: 50258 
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Chrysostom, John, Saint: (Hoeschel, David, ed.:) De Sacerdotio libri vi. Graeci & Latine. [Bound with:] Contra Iudaeos Homiliae vi. Augustae V. [Augsburg: ] E typographeo M. Mangeri; Joannis Praetorij. 1599; 1602. 2 works bound as 1, the second the Editio Princeps of the Greek text. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 215, [ii], 216-539, [i]; [xvi], 256, [ii], 257-542 (i.e. 541), [iii]. Some light dampstaining at the beginning of first work, a little minor spotting elsewhere. Contemporary vellum, long edges overlapping, spine titled in ink, hinges cracking but strong, a little dustsoiled. Two attractive editions by David Hoeschel (1556-1617), librarian at Augsburg; the second is the Editio Princeps of the Greek text of Chrysostom's sermons against the Jews. Both works are accompanied by Latin translations, the first by that of Ceratinus and Brixius, and the second by Hoeschel's own.   Ref: 39528 
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Opera, cum Optimis Examplaribus Accurate Collata. Leiden: Elzevir, 1642. 10 vols. 12mo., pp. [xxiv], 768 + engraved portrait plate; 614; 550; 560; [xvi], 506; [xii], 685, [i]; 486; 386; 301, [i]; 318, [x]. Engraved title page to vol. I, printer's device to all other title pages. 'Consolatio' section printed in italics. Repeated pagination of pp.229-238 in vol. IX as called for. Light intermittent browning, a few marginal notes including pencil marks to vol. VII, a few closed tears not affecting text, vol. IV with some worming to lower margin. Recent tidy but somewhat utilitarian brown half calf with red labels to spines, a little marked, top edges dusty. Some variety is present in margin and therefore textblock sizes, which the bindings compensate for, suggesting that this is a collector's made-up set. This set of Cicero's works is considered to be one of the finest productions of the Elzevir press. 'A very beautiful and correct edition, exhibiting the improved text of Gruter. Bibliographers [...] dwell with rapture on the beauty of the paper and brilliancy of the type; and critics allow that its correctness is equal to its beauty.' (Dibdin). Contra Dibdin (and Brunet as well) the text is not actually based on Gruter, but rather on Paulus Manutius's text as printed in the 1550s. Willems 535. Dibdin (4th edn.) I 401.   Ref: 45899 
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius; (Gruter, Jan; Gulielmus, Jan, eds.:) Opera Omnia Quae Exstant, ex sola fere` codd mss. fide emendata studio atq[ue] industria Jani Gulielmii & Jani Gruteri additis notis & indd: accuratiss: confectis. Hamburgi [Hamburg]: Ex bibliopolio Frobeniano, 1618. 4 vols. in 2. Folio bound in 8s, pp. [xx], 34, [ii], 255, [i], 590; 417, [i], 461, [i]. Engraved title-page with vignette; woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Printed on notoriously poor paper, hence toning and foxing of varying severity. To first vol., a closed tear to 2G6 affecting a few letters; second vol. title-page detached but wholly present, gathering 2Z misbound. Occasional light dampstaining; some spots of wax and ink, closed marginal tears and tiny instances of worming. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, gilt spines, edges sprinkled red. Much rubbed and scuffed, endcaps rubbed with loss to first vol., corners worn, turn-ins peeling, endpapers rumpled. A tired copy, but of a work with an interesting scholarly history. Ownership inscriptions of Henri van der Lijndin dated 1659 to each title-page. A fifth volume followed in 1619. 'This edition was formerly of some authority, and followed by a great number of succeeding editors; but with the disadvantage of bad paper and bad type, it unites many errors and absurdities; adopting the palpable incorrectness of MSS. in lieu of the emendations of learned men, who had restored the text of Cicero in a manner unexceptionable to every other critic but to the blind obstinacy of Gruter. Consult Ernesti's preface to his own edit. p.xlii; Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 56; Bipont. Edit. xcii-iii.; and Beck's preface, p. xxxvi-vii; all of which authorities unite in bestowing a severe chastisement on Gruter.' (Dibdin) A good deal of scholarly work has been done on this edition, including attempts to explain where Gruter (1560-1627) went so wrong. His work was based on the edition of Gulielmus (Jan Wilhelms, 1555-84), whose project had been to use a large number of French and German manuscripts to compile an edition of Cicero's works based on manuscript readings only, without editorial conjectures. In the late 1980's, P.L. Schmidt identified Gulielmus's own copy of Cicero, 'containing all his collations and conjectures, a remarkable discovery.' The edition was Lambinus's (1577-8). Close examination by D.H. Berry throws light on Gruter's methods: '[it] was this copy which Gulielmius used to collate the Erfurtensis, and thus the readings he recorded need no longer be taken at second hand from Gruter, but may now be had direct from Gulielmius himself. The authorities at Leiden have with great generosity supplied me with photographs of the relevant pages of Lambinus' edition, with the result that I have been able to compare against one another Gulielmius' collation, Gruter's version of it and the readings given by Zinzerling. This examination has revealed various deficiencies in Gruter's reports which have, naturally, permeated all subsequent editions. In particular, Gruter recorded only a selection of the reports noted by Gulielmius, while his manner of recording has been found to have been imprecise and consequently misleading: where Gulielmius reported only one word from E, Gruter's method was to cite the whole clause without indicating which word had occurred in E and which had simply been taken from the deteriores on which his edition was predominantly based.' (The Classical Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (1989), pp. 400-407). Dibdin I (4th edn.) 400   Ref: 49893 
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[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) Opera, quae exstant, omnia ad membranarum veterum fidem castigata [...] Amstelaedami [Amsterdam], ex officina Schouteniana, 1760. First edition thus. 4to, pp. [xiv], xxxii, [ii], 31, [v], 1112. With additional presentation certificate bound in. Title in red and black with woodcut device, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Title page a little dusty, occasional light spots of foxing, slightly toned towards top edge but generally clean within. Contemporary Dutch prize vellum, raised bands, blind-tooling and black morocco label to spine, gilt panels and centrepieces to both boards with coat of arms of Amsterdam, edges lightly sprinkled blue. Two small holes to vellum at spine, label chipped, ties lost, somewhat grubby but a very good, sound copy overall. Printed academic prize certificate dated 1796, made out by hand to Joanni Petro Pelser and signed by the College of Amsterdam rector, H. Hana. First edition of Pieter II Burman's (1714-1778) edition of Claudian, with commentary by his uncle, Pieter I Burman, and previously unprinted notes by the neo-latin poet and classical verse scholar Niklaas Heinsius (1620-1681). Claudian of Alexandria (b. c. AD 360) was court poet under the emperor Honorius and his minister Stilicho. "In diction and technique he is the equal of Lucan and Statius, in hyperbole he perhaps outdoes them" (OCD). His poetry is also a valuable historical source. Dibdin (4th edn.) p. 472. Listed by Dibdin as "best variorum quarto" of Claudian in his qualitative index in the 3rd edn.   Ref: 49943 
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[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: (Burman, Pieter II; Heinsius, Niklaas, eds.:) Opera, quae exstant, omnia ad membranarum veterum fidem castigata [...] Amstelaedami [Amsterdam], ex officina Schouteniana, 1760. First edition thus. 4to, pp. [xiv], xxxii, [ii], 31, [v], 600, (without loss) 609-1112 (mispaginated as usual). Large paper copy, with some leaves deckled at bottom edge. Title in red and black with woodcut device, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Occasional very light foxing, some leaves with a faint line of toning across head margin and a few others unopened at head, short closed tear (seemingly the result of a paper flaw) to leaf 5R2 affecting text but not legibility. Late 18th- or early 19th-century crimson straight-grain morocco, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., ornate dentelles, green leather joints, marbled endpapers, pale blue ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little faded and rubbed, a few light marks, endcaps and bottom edges beginning to wear, a very good copy handsomely bound. Small gilt oval crest of Archibald Acheson, 3rd Earl of Gosford (1806-1864) to front paste-down. Round Jesuit Society inkstamp (Milltown Park, Dublin) to title-page. First edition of Pieter Burman's (1714-1778) edition of Claudian, with commentary by his uncle, Pieter Burman I, and previously unprinted notes by the neo-latin poet and classical verse scholar Niklaas Heinsius (1620-1681). Claudian of Alexandria (b. c. AD 360) was court poet under the emperor Honorius and his minister Stilicho. "In diction and technique he is the equal of Lucan and Statius, in hyperbole he perhaps outdoes them" (OCD). His poetry is also a valuable historical source. Dibdin writes that this is 'unquestionably a very superior edition, and it contains a greater fund of critical illustration than the preceding by Gesner.' Dibdin I (4th edn.) 472   Ref: 51703 
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Comber, Thomas: Roman Forgeries in the Councils during the First Four Centuries [...]. London: Samuel Roycroft for Robert Clavell 1689. Sm. 4to., pp. [xvi], 175, [i]. A little faint spotting. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, boards bordered with a blind and gilt decorative roll, the leather crackled from acid dye, rebacked preserving most of original spine but this rather rubbed, new endpapers, corners worn. The first edition of the first two parts of Comber's defense of the church - two further parts were written and published six years later. Comber (1645-1699) was dean of Durham and a prolific commentator, with some of his works often reprinted into the 19th century. ESTC R20424.   Ref: 36019 
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[Cotton, Charles:] Scarronnides: or, Virgile Travestie. A Mock Poem, on the First and Fourth Books of Virgil's Aenaeis in English; Burlesque. London: printed by J[ames] C[ottrell] for Henry Brome, 1670. 8vo., pp. [ii], 150. Woodcut border to title page and a few woodcut ornaments, 4th Book has its own title-page (p.63). Some occasional light inkblots and smudges not obscuring text, tiny hole to margin p.113. Contemporary brown sheep, plain blind-tooled borders. Rubbed, some small chips and surface crackles to spine, top thong split at upper hinge but binding holding firm. A worn but pleasingly unsophisticated copy with interesting signs of ownership, very good. Inked to the leather of the upper board, signature of (Henry?) Knyston dated 1778; ownership inscription also with the surname Knyston dated July 1803 to preliminary blank, the initial possibly being J or S; ownership inscription of Benj. Rostoene to title-page. Some underlining and (rather ribald) MS annotations in an old hand to pp. 9, 45 (crossed out) and 69, and a manicule to p.113 pointing to the passage 'Had I once dreamt the Tearing Devil/ Could ever have been so uncivil,/ Thus like a Jade to break his Teather; I should have kept my leggs together'. 'A Mock Poem' inked to fore-edge of text block. 'Of Cotton's literary works, unquestionably the most successful in commercial terms was his Scarronnides, a scatological burlesque of Virgil, of which book 1 appeared in 1664 and book 4 the following year, thus completing the narrative of Dido and Aeneas. Samuel Pepys, collecting a copy of book 1 on the very day it was licensed, found it 'extraordinary good' (Pepys, 5.72) and the demand for reprints confirms his view: there were thirteen further editions of the two books combined between 1667 and 1807, and Scarronnides was also the star attraction of Cotton's Genuine Works (1715). Although Cotton's title recognizes his debt to Paul Scarron, whose Virgile Travestie had begun to appear in instalments in 1648, his is a wholly independent burlesque, whose wit depends on its close proximity to Virgil's Latin; parallels are noted on each page. It spawned a litter of imitators and earned the doubtful honour of a 'copycat' publication, the so-called 'Second book' of Scarronnides printed in 1692. A year earlier, the anonymous The Valiant Knight, a mildly pornographic fantasy, had been Cotton's first published venture into comic territory. A later attempt to capitalize on the success of Scarronnides with another classical burlesque, this time of Lucian in Burlesque upon Burlesque, or, The Scoffer Scoft, seems to have met with failure; the first edition of 1675 was only once reprinted (in 1686; some copies are dated 1687), although it does form part of the Genuine Works.' (ODNB) ESTC R33501; Wing (2nd ed.), C6394   Ref: 51739 
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Cowley, Abraham: The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. In two volumes... The eleventh edition. [With:] Volume the Second. [And:] The third and Last Volume... The ninth edition. London: Printed for J. Tonson; Charles Harper, 1710; 1711. 3 vols., 8vo., pp. [iv], LXXVIII, [viii], 392 + engraved portrait frontispiece and 17 engraved plates (of which 13 are portraits); [ii], [393]-894, [ii] + engraved frontispiece and 9 engraved plates (of which 6 are portraits); [xxii], 495, [ix] + engraved frontispiece and another 4 engraved plates. Lightly browned, a little minor spotting. Contemporary calf, plain spines with red morocco labels, boards bordered in blind, edges sprinkled red, rubbed at extremities, neatly conserved by Chris Weston replacing original labels, f.f.e.p. removed from first vol. Early ink ownership inscription "Anne Pitt" on front flyleaf of vols. 2 & 3; large amorial bookplate of "John Borthwick / CROOKSTON" on versos of title-pages. The first volume contains the major poems and several essays, while the second volume reprints Cowley's juvenilia and university plays. ESTC T133366; T133364.   Ref: 36434 
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Crucius, Jacobus: Epistolarum Libri IV. Cum Duplici Indice. Delphis [Delft]: ex officina Johannes Andreae Kloeting, 1633. First edition. 8vo., pp.[xvi], 606, [xxvi]. Woodcut initials. F.f.e.p. and following blank both with top fore-edge corner excised, title page a bit grubby, some light foxing to blanks front and rear. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges. Vellum darkened, quite heavily marked especially to spine but entirely sound. Inscription to f.f.e.p. reading, 'Antonius [surname obscured], Coll. Reg. Oxon. ex dono Guliolmi Preston, 1743'. Crucius also published under the name Mercurius Batavus. This collection of letters was intended as instructional literature, imitating Ciceronian style and delivering moral and religious ideals alongside regular communication. To that end, many of the letters given earlier dates were actually written later to be included in the book, rather than sent.   Ref: 49124 
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