(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: 51825show full image..
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
De Vertot, [René-Aubert] L'Abbé: The History of the Revolutions of Portugal. Translated from the French. Glasgow: printed for Robert Urie, 1760. 12mo., pp. [viii], iii-viii, 9-152, [x].Contemporary tan sheep, raised bands, small gilt title label to spine. Joints worn with lower just beginning to crack, edges worn, top corner of upper board fraying, a little toning to endpaper edges, very good. De Vertot (1655-1735) originally wrote his Histoire de la conjuration de Portugal in 1690, at the suggestion of Fontenelle and the Abbé de Saint-Pierre. The printer and bookseller Robert Urie 'printed regularly until 1757, in which year the first books bearing the imprint 'Printed for Robert Urie' were issued from what was clearly his press. After 1759 he printed only occasionally. It is probable that he devoted himself to bookselling and publishing, and left the printing to William Smith [...] who worked with Urie and, at his death, succeeded him [...]. The 1750s, and even more the 1760s, revealed an interest in the books of the French Enlightenment, particularly translations of the works of Voltaire: Urie published more than twenty of these, many within a year of their first translation into English.' (ODNB) ESTC T76269 Ref: 51413
[Debreuil, Jean; Chambers, E., trans.:] Practical Perspective; or An Easy Method of Representing Natural Objects […] London: printed for the proprietors Bowles and Carver at their map and print warehouse, [n.d. c.1795.] Seventh edition. 4to., pp. xxx, [I], 150, [I] + 150 plates on 81 leaves. Some light toning to plates with transfer to adjacent pages, title-page a little foxed. Contemporary tan sheep boards, recently rebacked in well-matched morocco, red gilt label to spine, all edges yellow, endpapers renewed. Some scrapes including one repaired to centre of upper board, edges chipped but still a good, sound copy. First published in French as parts 1-5 of La Perspective Pratique (1642-9). Ref: 50439show full image..
[Diamond Classics] Milton, John: Paradise Lost, A Poem in Twelve Books. London: William Pickering, 1835. 24mo., pp. [ii], viii, 248 + engraved frontispiece and additional engraved title-page. A little offsetting from frontis to title. Wide margins, many leaves with uncut or unopened edges. Light reddish cloth, printed paper label to spine. Spine faded to brown and label toned, a few marks, endpapers patchily toned. Still a very good, sound copy overall. Old pencilled price to ffep verso. The additional engraved title-page is dated 1835, whilst the integral title-page has the date 1828. Keynes 79 Ref: 51909
[Diamond Classics] St. Pierre, Bernardin: Paul and Virginia: and the Indian Cottage: From the French [...] London: Jones & Company, Temple of the Muses, (late Lackington's), 1829. 24mo., pp. [viii], 192 + engraved portrait frontispiece and additional title-page. Frontis, title and their tissue guard a little toned, but generally clean. Bound in beige cloth textured to give the appearace of straight-grain morocco, black and gilt paper label to spine, a.e.g., bright green endpapers. Spine a bit faded, a little separation between rear endpaper and textblock, but still very good. To the top corner of the front paste-down a small oval inkstamp of William's Library, Cheltenham. Ffep inscribed: 'Albert Little. the gift of his faithful Friend Eliza E(?), March 11. 1832'. Based on William's 1795 translation. 'The Temple of the Muses' in Finsbury Square was originally established by James Lackington in 1794. It was famed for both the vastness and cheapness of its stock (as suggested by the catalogue bound at the front of this volume), and displayed its motto 'The Cheapest Bookstore in the World' proudly on its frontage. Though Lackington himself retired in 1798 publications continued to appear until 1841, when 'The Temple of the Muses' was destroyed by fire. The series title under which this volume was published is 'Diamond Classics', and the format emulates the series of the same name published by William Pickering. Ref: 51910
[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. Londra [London]: G. Pickering, 1822. First volume only, of two. 48mo. (87 x 47mm), pp. [iv], 199, [i] + engraved portrait frontispiece and additional title-page. Text in Italian. A few light smudges here and there, small ink blot to additional title-page. Contemporary brownish grey cloth. A little rubbed with some small marks, a few leaves unopened at head edge, but still good. Early 20th-century inscription of A.C. Bernard to additional title-page verso. A volume in Pickering's famous 'Diamond Classics' series. Ref: 51869
[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. London: William Pickering, 1822. 2 vols. in 1. 24mo., pp. [iv], 199, [i]; [iii], 204-405, [iii], + portrait frontispiece and additional engraved frontispiece, including single-leaf publisher's catalogue at rear. Some toning to frontis, additional title-page and title-page but otherwise clean.Contemporary black morocco with gilt spine, borders and dentelles, a.e.g., scarlet endpapers. Joints a little rubbed but still a very good, attractively-bound copy. Ownership inscription of Elizabeth Frances Drury (b.1809) of Harrow to a preliminary blank. She was the daughter of respected Classical scholar and Harrow School master Henry Joseph Thomas Drury (1778–1841). First issue of this edition from Pickering's 'Diamond Classics' series. Dedicated to George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), the renowned bibliophile. Keynes p.63, 91 Ref: 51908
Dictys Cretensis: [Dares Phrygius:] [Joseph of Exeter:] (Smids, L., ed.:) De Bello et Excidio Trojanae, in usum Serenissimi Delphini [...] accedunt in hac nova editione notae variorum integrae; nec non Josephus Iscanus, cum notis Sam. Dresemii. Numismatibus & Gemmis, Historiam illustrantibus exornavit Lud. Smids, M.D. Dissertationem de Dictye Cretensi Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Georgium Gallet, 1702. 8vo., pp. [lxxxiv], 177, [lxxv], 54, , 168, [viii], including 1 engraved frontispiece as part of the first gathering + 1 additional engraved frontispiece and 6 further plates. Includes final errata leaf. Title page in red and black, engraved head-pieces, woodcut decorations. Occasional light spotting, a few faint smudgy marks. Contemporary vellum, raised bands, title inked to spine, blind-tooled border, frame and centrepiece to each board, edges sprinkled blue and red. A little grubby, a few small marks to boards (possibly wax?), free endpapers very lightly toned at edges, very good overall. Small MS inscription of William R. Lyall to head of title-page. William Rowe Lyall (1788–1857) was Dean of Canterbury from 1845 until his death. He was the younger brother of Gerorge Lyall (1778/9–1853), MP for the City of London and chairman of the East India Company. The Delphin edition of three Latin poems on the Trojan war, by the pseudonymous authors 'Dictys of Crete' (4th-cent.) and 'Dares of Phrygia' (5th/6th-cent.), and by the English monk and crusader Joseph of Exeter (d.1224), they are evidence for the continuity of the Homeric legends through the Latin Middle Ages. Basing his edition of Dictys and Dares on Anne Dacier's Delphin edition of 1680, with notes also from an edition of Strassburg, 1691, the editor Ludolf Smids has added numismatic illustrations and his own commentary, and an essay by Jacobus Perizonius (1651-1715). The text and commentary for Joseph of Exeter are from an edition of Frankfurt, 1623 (cf. Schweiger). Schweiger II 332. Ref: 51906
Diodorus Siculus: (Obsopoeus, V., ed.); Pollux, Julius: Historiarum libri aliquot, qui extant, opera & studio; Onomasticon [...] Basel: J. Oporinus; B.Lasius & Th. Platter, 1539; 1536. Two works bound as one. 4to., pp. [xii], 481, [iii]; [xviii], col. 508, [pp.ii], col. 509-62, [lxxxi]. Handsome woodcut initials, publisher's device to end of second text. Small inkstamp to both title-page versos showing through slightly to recto, first three pages trimmed a little short at fore-edge, occasional underlining and light marginal staining. To Historiarum: wax (?) to p.291 margin and closed tear to p.349 margin, neither affecting text. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, raised bands, brass clasps. Spine a little darkened, some marks, front endpapers renewed, a very good copy. Bookplate of the American author Stuart Omer Landry. Illegible ownership inscription in an old hand to rear paste-down. Diodorus Siculus: Editio Princeps, comprising books 16-20 only. 'This work is not remarkable for its correctness, although, according to Wesseling, it is much preferrable to some editions which profess to give a very accurate text. It appears by an extract of Obsopoeus, that these books were only transcribed by him, as they were delivered to him by Petreius, from Brassicanus, a learned man, who corrected and altered them from the original state in whcih they were found by Janus Pannonius.' (Dibdin) Onomasticon: third edition in Greek, preceded by the Aldine edition of 1502 and the Giuntine edition of 1520. Dibdin I, 495; Graesse II, 394; Adams, D-468; Hoffman I, 557-8; Graesse V, 392; Adams, P-1789; Hoffman III, 262. Ref: 51118show full image..