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Bellori, Giovanni Pietro: Veterum Illustrium Philosophorum Poetarum Rhetorum et Oratorum Imagines Ex vetustis Nummis, Gemmis, Hermis, Marmoribus aliisque Antiquis Monumentis desumptæ. Romæ [Rome]: Apud Io. Iacobum de Rubeis ad templum S. Mariæ de Pace suis sumptibus, & cura, cum priu 1685. First edition, three parts in one. Folio, pp.[x], [ii], 20, [ii], 16, [ii], 15, [i] + frontispiece (bound after the title-page in this copy), 92 numbered plates plus portrait Asclepiades of Prusa (a.k.a. Asclepiades of Bithynia) at rear, which is missing in most copies. Separate engraved title-page to each part, some woodcut initials. A little light foxing mostly affecting text, faint stain to plate 70. Contemporary vellum, title nicely inked to spine in an old hand, edges coloured yellow. Vellum darkened and a little marked, upper board bowing slightly, remains of a small paper label to upper board, corners and endcaps a little worn. Blindstamp of Neatham Mill Library to rear free endpaper. A few pencilled booksellers notes to (slightly grubby) ffep. Bellori (c.1616-1696) made his name as an antiquarian, art theorist and biographer and served from 1670 until his death as Pope Clement X's Commissioner of Antiquities of Rome. His most famous work, the essay 'The Idea of the Painter, Sculptor and Architect' is widely considered the definitive seventeenth-century statement of classical artistic theory. From 1680 onwards he worked for Queen Christine of Sweden during her exile in Rome, first of all helping her to assemble her collection of drawings and medals and then later as her librarian. Veterum Illustrium... reflects the central interest in archaeology that Bellori held towards the end of his life.   Ref: 51592 
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Ben-Amos, Ilana Krausman: Adolescence and Youth in Early Modern England. Yale University Press, 1994. 8vo., pp. xi, 335. Green cloth. Green dust-jacket, very light shelf wear. Near fine.   Ref: 46927 
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Berington, Joseph: The History of the Reign of Henry the Second, and of Richard and John, his Sons; with the Events of the Period, from 1154 to 1216. In which the Character of Thomas a Becket is vindicated from the Attacks of George Lord Lytttelton. Basil: printed and sold by J.J. Tourneisen, 1793. 3 vols., 8vo., pp.xl, 304; vi, 312; vi, 279, [ixx]. A little sporadic foxing slightly heavier towards front and rear of each volume, occasional light ink spots. Slightly later half marbled calf, beige morocco gilt labels to spines, marbled paper-covered boards. Lightly rubbed, edges a bit worn, corners fraying but very good overall. Ownership inscription 'Wulff' to ffep each volume, the first dated December 1860. Also to ffep of the first volume, a note in an old but indecipherable hand. First published in 1790. ESTC N7467   Ref: 48525 
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(Bernard, Richard:) A Short View of the Prelatical Church [laid open in ten sections by way of quere and petition to the high and honourable Court of Parliament, the several heads whereof are set down in the next two pages. Written a little before the fall of that hierarchie, about the year 1641, by Iohn Ba [London: s.n.], [1661]. Pamphlet, 4to., pp.44. Lacks a four-leaf gathering to the front (though the text itself is complete). Wood-cut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Toned front and rear, some spots and smudges, small loss to lower corner margin of first leaf. Usually found bound with a second work, The Anatomie of the Common Prayer-Book, but here disbound and alone. Paper label from the Congregational Library of London's Pamphlet Room to head of first leaf, obscuring the top of the woodcut head-piece but not affecting text. In an old hand, 'abusively' added next to the printed title, and 'Rogues' crossed through. Usually ascribed to Richard Bernard (bap. 1568, d. 1642), but also to John Bernard, minister of Batcomb, and John Bernard, Presbyterian (cf. Green, E.Bib. Somersetensis, 1902, v.2, p. 165). Often bound with The Anatomie of the Common Prayer-Book (1661), which has separate dated title page, pagination, and register, and was also published separately in the same year as Wing B1996. ESTC R17815; Wing (2nd ed.) B2034   Ref: 51778 
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[Bible] He Palaia Diatheke kata tous Ebdomekonta. Vetus Testamentum, Ex Versione Septuaginta Interpretum, Secumdum Exemplar Vaticanum Romae Editum. Accedit Potior Varietas Codicis Alexandri. Oxonii [Oxford]: e Typographico Academico, 1848. 3 vols. Small 8vo. (160 x 11mm), pp.[iv], 809, [i]; [ii], 1416; [ii], 2059, [i]. Text in Greek. A little toned, endpapers slightly foxed but generally bright and clean within. Contemporary dark brown morocco, gilt titles to spines, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Rubbed, corners bumped and a little worn, still very good. A chronology of ownership inscriptions to the front of each volume, from A. Staveley, 4th March 1881 to Roger Garth Hooper, 1925 to Peter A. Royle, September 1952.   Ref: 48713 
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Blackmore, Richard: Prince Arthur. An Heroick Poem. In ten books. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695. First edition. Folio, pp. [xx], 296. Title within plain borders. A few light smudges, but internally bright and clean. Near-contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, paper label to second compartment with title inked in an old hand, blind tooled borders, edges sprinkled red. Loss to headcap, joints worn, calf split at upper joint but cords holding firm, a few light scuffs, edges worn, top corners bumped and fraying, endpapers split at hinges, patch of skinning to front paste-down likely fron the removal of a bookplate. A very good copy. Small library code inked to front paste-down. The first edition (the second followed the same year, and included an idex) of Richard Blackmore's (1654-1729) celebration of William III in the form of an epic based on The Aeneid using historical material from Geoffrey of Monmouth. King William rewarded Blackmore with the post of physician-in-ordinary. Blackmore was less successful with other poets, and is the target of particular scorn from Pope in The Dunciad and other satires. ESTC R23258.   Ref: 51084 
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Blades, William: The Enemies of Books. London: Elliot Stock, 1887. Revised and enlarged edition. 8vo., pp.[ii], xiii, [iii], 165, [iii]. With 'Postscriptium'. Title page in red and black, illustrations in the text. Occasional light spots, first leaf a little toned. Contemporary dark green cloth, gilt title to spine. Slightly rubbed, free endpapers toned but a very good copy overall. Blades (18241890), a printer and bibliographer, was a pioneered the use of type identification as a way of dating early books. His enormous library formed the basis of the St Bride Foundation's printing library in London. The Enemies of Books is one of his more lighthearted works and had already run to 6 editions between 1881 and 1886 before this edition appeared as part of 'The Book Lover's Library', edited by Henry B. Wheatley.   Ref: 51777 
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Blake, Nicholas, pseud. [Day-Lewis, Cecil]: The Private Wound. London: published for the Crime Club by Collins, 1968. First edition. 8vo., pp. 223, [i]. Red cloth, gilt title to spine. Endcaps a little creased, top edge dusty, endpapers lightly split at inner hinges but absolutely sound, very good. The last novel Day-Lewis published using his Nicholas Blake pseudonym.   Ref: 49533 
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Block, Lawrence: Hit List. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 296. Quarter black cloth, black boards, red-lettered spine. Top edge dusty but still a very good copy indeed. Author signed to title-page. The second of Block's five works featuring the hitman Keller.   Ref: 50459 
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Blondel, David: (Davies, J., tr.:) A Treatise of the Sibyls, so highly celebrated, as well by the Antient Heathens, as the Holy Fathers of the Church; giving an accompt of the Names, and Number of the Sibyls, of their Qualities, the Form and Matter of their Verses; as also of the Books now Extant under their Names, and the Errours crept into Christian Religion, from the Impostures contained therein London, Printed by T[homas] R[oycroft] for the Authour, 1661. First edition thus. Small folio in 4s, pp. [iv], 293, [vii]. Some decorative intitials and head-pieces. Gutter between signatures A and B rather dusty, a few tiny scorchmarks and smudges scattered through, tip of bottom fore-edge corner torn from penultimate leaf but text unaffected. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf, raised bands, later brown gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders and vertical line, edges lightly sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints cracking but binding holding firm, fairly deep horizontal scratch to upper board, a few small repairs to corners and edges, very good. Signature of 'Robe. Michell' in an old hand to head of p.1, small MS note and a little underlining to p.92. First English edition of this historical attack on the Sibylline Oracles, Judeo-Christian forgeries of ancient pagan prophesies which were traditionally seen in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to foretell the coming of Christ. The Protestant clergyman and historian David Blondel (1591-1655) published this work in French, in 1649, and in the following year succeeded G.J. Vossius in the chair of history at the University of Amsterdam. Wing B 3220. ESTC R38842   Ref: 51140 
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