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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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Clarke, M.L.: Greek Studies in England 1700-1830. Cambridge at the University Press, 1945. First edition. 8vo., pp. [vi], 255, [i]. Internally clean: light foxing to endpapers and edges only. Blue cloth, endcaps and corners a little worn, a few marks to boards, still very good. Ownership inscription of 'David Wilkinson (I.V.S.P.) June 1946' to ffep. Appends a 'List of Translations from Greek Authors published between 1700 and 1830.   Ref: 51497 
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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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Clifford, Elsie M.: Bagendon: A Belgic Oppidum. A Record of the Excavations 1954-56. With a Foreword by Sir Mortimer Wheeler. W. Heffer & Sons Limited, Cambridge, 1961. 4to., pp. xix, 287. Brown cloth gilt, dust wrappper worn at extremities. A.L.S. stappled to front free endpaper, "My Dear Molly (?) [...] Elsie".   Ref: 26280 
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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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Curtius Rufus, Quintus: (Lemaire, N.E., ed.:) De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni Libri Superstites. Codices Parisinos Recensitus cum varietate lectionum supplementis Jo. Freinshemii et selectis schmiederi variorumque commentaris quibus notas excursus mappasque et et indices addidit [vols. I & II]; cum itinerario Alexandri et Julio Valerio Aesopi Gr Parisiis [Paris]: Colligebat Nicolaus Eligius Lemaire, 1822; 1823; 1824. 3 vols. 8vo., pp. [vi], lii, 348, [ii]; [vi], 492; [vi], iv, 724 + 11 plates of maps, plans and facsimiles, most folding. Sporadic foxing particularly on and near plates, some toning towards front and rear, first plate in vol. III a little torn at gutter. Recent quarter black library cloth, gilt titles to spines, marbled paper boards, edges sprinkled red. Spines fractionally sunned, a little dusty but very good indeed. Several library inkstamps of Bibliotheek Aloysuis-college, 'S-Gravenhage to preliminary blanks and title pages of each volume. Part of the series Bibliotheca classica Latina.   Ref: 48605 
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(De Bussières, Jean:) Flosculi Historici Delibati Nunc Delibatiores Redditi, Sive Historia Universalis [...] Coloniae Agrippinae [Cologne]: apud Andream Bingium, 1661. 2 works bound as 1. 12mo., pp. [iv], 339, [i]; 68 + 12 leaves of plates, each with 6 portraits. Divisional title-page (i.e. ²A1) has 19mm excised at tail edge, seemingly to remove the imprint and date. Light dampstain to lower fore-edge corner of first few leaves, occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean. Contemporary brown calf, a little blind tooling to spine and borders. Rubbed, endcaps and joints worn, corners fraying with some loss to upper fore-edge corner. Much earlier binder's waste (misprinted fragments of a work of the medieval philosopher-theologian Duns Scotus (c.1266-1308)) has been used for the endpapers, which are not pasted to the boards. A very good, unsophisticated copy. Initials M.O. in an old hand to engraved title-page. The engraved title-page reads Universalis Historia ab orbe condito usq[ue] ad annum 1657, and is dated 1660. The last 68 pages, 'Chronologia principum sive series & successio Romanorum pontificum' have a separate title page on leaf ²A1, and separate pagination and signatures. No author given, but Jean de Bussières (1607-1678) is mentioned in other editions.   Ref: 51825  show full image..
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De Guichard, Martin: Noctes Granzovianae, seu discursus panegyricus de Antiquis Triumphis, in publicum tam ecclesiarum quam politiarum usum [...] Amstelodami [Amsterdam], Apud Aegidium Janssonium Valckenier 1661. First edition. 12mo., pp. [xlviii], 552. Engraved title-page, 10 illustrations in text (6 of crowns, 3 from ancient coins, 1 of a sphere). Latin, occasional Greek and Hebrew letter. Light foxing and browning. Bontemporary calf, spine gilt, red morocco gilt label, a.e.g, spine and corners recently repaired in a sympathetic manner, marbled endpapers probably from the turn of the twentieth century. An attractive copy. Bookplate of Henri Lambert, avocat, Versailles, stamped 8 May 1906. Illustrated study of ancient triumphs and spectacles.   Ref: 51821 
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De Nie, Giselle: Poetics of Wonder. Testimonies of the New Christian Miracles in the Late Antique Latin World. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2011. First edition. 8vo., pp. 528. Pictorial boards, a little shelf wear, near fine. No dust-jacket, as issued. Note from the author to Prof. Averil Cameron loosely inserted.   Ref: 51900 
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