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Heraclides Ponticus: [Nicolaus of Damascus:] (Craigius, Nicholas, ed.:) Heraclidae Pontici De politiis libellus. [[...] De moribus gentium [...]] [Bound after:] De Republica Lacedaemoniorum Libri IV [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], Ex officina Joannis a Gelder [colophon: Excudebat Abrahamus Verhoef] 1670. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 573, [iii], with final blank. Title-page with woodcut printer's tortoise vignette, two section-titles with the same vignette. Greek and Latin letter. Light waterstaining, bound in contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, gilt stamps of Society of Writers to the Signet, binding soiled, bottom cover slightly warped. Reprint of the 1593 'editio princeps' of the 4th century BCE Greek-speaking philosopher Heraclides Ponticus's fragmentary work on justice, edited by Nicholas Cragius (1546-1602). It is preceded by Cragius' monograph on the Spartan state, and followed by his edition of the first-cent. Greek-speaking Nicolaus of Damascus' work on 'strange people's customs', which was dedicated to Herod the Great and preserved through excerption by the fifth century anthologist Stobaeus. Schweiger I 133, I 213.   Ref: 21339 
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Herodotus: (Wesseling, Petrus and Valckenaer, Lodewijk Caspar, eds.; Valla, Lorenzo, trans.; Gale, Thomas and Gronovius, Jacobus, ann.:) Historiarum Libri IX. Musarum nominibus inscripti [...]. Amstelodami [Amsterdam], sumptibus Petri Schovtenii, 1763. Folio, pp.[xxiii], 868, 177, [lxix] + engraved additional title-page and one folding page plate. Title in red and black with engraved vignette, half-title, engraved initials and head- and tail-pieces, internally bright and clean. Contemporary brown calf boards neatly rebacked in a slightly lighter shade, spine heavily gilt, older red morocco spine label, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. A little rubbed, a few light scratches, rear flyleaf repaired with tape, a very good copy. Ownership inscription of W. Cokayne Frith to ffep verso. Tiny recent bookbinder's label of E.A Weeks & Son, London to rear. 'The celebrated and magnificent edition of Herodotus [...] it is justly called the editio optima, in reference to any edition of Herodotus previously published' (Dibdin). The main editor, Peter Wesseling, was 'in his wide erudition... the true pupil of Gronovius... but, in systematical and methodical study, he owed much to Hemsterhuys' (Sandys). Dibdin II, 23-4; Schweiger, 139; Hoffman II, 231.   Ref: 50650 
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Hesiod: (Heinsius, D., ed.:) Quae Extant. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Joannis Patij, 1613. 8vo., pp. [xl], 312, [iv]. Title page in red and black with woodcut device, Greek and Latin text on facing pages, final leaf blank. Some old annotations, eg. pp.10-11. Contemporary vellum, faint ink title to spine, edges sprinkled red. A little greyed, some marks and creasing, small wormhole to lower joint, pastedowns lifted, endpapers a little creased and foxed. Illegible ownership inscriptions to preliminary blanks and title page. The second Heinsius edition of Hesiod, slightly abridged from the 1603 first - the most notable change being the omission of the scholia to make a more compact volume. Hoffman II, 249.   Ref: 46574 
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Hody, Humphrey: De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus, Versionibus Graecis, & Latina Vulgata: Libri IV. Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano, 1705. Folio, pp.[xii], XXXVI, 664 + portrait frontispiece. Printer's device to title-page. Very clean and bright internally. Contemporary light tan calf, raised bands, tan morocco gilt title label, blind-tooled frame to each board, edges sprinkled red. A bit rubbed, spine slightly faded, a few small chips and scratches plus slight surface worming near top corner of upper board, endpapers a little toned. An excellent copy. Small paper library labels at head and tail of spine. To the front paste-down, armorial bookplate from the Earl of Macclesfield's North Library, dated 1860. The same crest with the motto Sapere Aude appears as a small embossed stamp to frontis, title and dedication. To the top corner of the ffep, 'Hodij de Septuagint' written in an old hand. De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus was the last of Hody's (16591707) works to be published in his lifetime. In his earliest publication, Contra Historiam Aristeae de LXX Interpretibus Dissertatio (Oxford, 1684), Hody had shown that Aristeas' letter containing an account of the production of the Septuagint was a forgery. Isaac Vossius published an vitriolic reply to this in the appendix to his edition of Pomponius Mela (1686). Here, Hody issues a reply to Vossius's criticisms as well as revisiting his original work on the Septuagint. 'In his will, made in November 1706, he wished that all copies of his last book unsold at the time of his death should be "disposed of beyond Sea and let none be sold in England besides those perhaps of the larger paper"' (ODNB) Hody's final work De Graecis Illustribus, was published posthumously in 1742 by Samuel Jebb. ESTC T86088   Ref: 51768 
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Home, Francis: Medical Facts and Experiments. London: A. Millar [...] and A. Kincaid and J. Bell at Edinburgh, 1759. First edition. 8vo., pp.[viii], 288. A little spotting and patchy toning, paper flaw causing a short tear to fore-edge margin pp.161-2. 20th-century library binding, quarter tan morocco with tan arbelave buckram boards, raised bands and red gilt title label to spine, endpapers renewed, hinges reinforced with cloth. Spine rubbed and a little faded with some evidence of a removed label at tail, very good overall. To the front paste-down and title-page, inkstamps (and 'Cancelled' stamp) from the National Institute for Medical Research Council Library; library label to ffep. Pasted to the verso of a replacement blank, facing the title-page, a clipped-out piece of original endpaper with MS inscription reading 'The Medical Research Committee / 25th April 1917'. Letter confirming that the book is no longer property of the library loosely inserted. In 1757 Home's Principles of Agriculture and Vegetation was published in Edinburgh by Hamilton and Balfour. In 1758 Hamilton, Balfour and Neill published Home's major work, Principia Medicinae, a scientific history of disease. Principia Medicinae greatly enhanced Home's reputation, particularly in Europe and America where it found a large audience for whom it served as a textbook. Running into several editions, it was still in use well into the nineteenth century. After such success Hamilton wanted to produce a second edition of Princliples of Agriculture and Vegetation but Home rather craftily wrote to Millar instead, asking what he would be prepared to offer in order to publish it himself. Millar successfully won the right to produce the second edition and at the same time paid Home for Medical Facts and Experiments, which appeared in 1759. ESTC T120708   Ref: 51841 
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[Hoogstraten, Jan van:] Afzetzel van de Republyk of Vrye Staat van Venetie, Begrepen in drie Boeken, door J.V.H. Amsteldam [Amsterdam]: Hendrik vande Gaete, en Johannes van Leeuwen, 1715. 4to., pp. [l], 152 + engraved frontispiece. Light toning and spotting. Modern marbled boards, leather label with gilt lettering to spine. The first edition of this poem in praise of the Venetian republic by Jan van Hoogstraten (1662-1756). It is rare in the UK, with COPAC locating only the BL copy.   Ref: 42703 
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: Opera. Londini [London]: Iohannes Pine, 1733; 1737. First issue of the sole edition, with "Post Est" rather than the correct "Potest" engraved around the Caesar medal (vol. 2, p.108). 2 vols., 8vo., pp., (xxxii), 176, [ii], 177-264, [ii]; [xxiv], 48, [ii], 49-94, [ii], 95-152, [ii], 153-172, [ii], 173-191, (xvi). With multiple lists of subscribers to each volume, but without the printed list of antiquities found in one of the three Rothschild copies. Entirely engraved by John Pine, with frontispieces, title vignettes, 8 full-page illustrations, culs-de-lampe,and 4-line opening initial to each poem. Vol.I has a small intermittent stain to the lower margin near the gutter, a handful of upper corners creased, occasional light foxing. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spines with red and green title labels (the green possibly replaced or sympathetically retooled), all edges red. Spines rubbed with tail of vol.II quite worn, joints neatly repaired, a few scuffs, endpapers a little toned, a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of Francis Eyre (c.1732-1804) of Warkworth to front paste-down. Eyre was a Roman Catholic apologist and arbitrator, publishing several works in his lifetime including, in 1778 and 1779, pamphlets 'criticizing Edward Gibbon's irreligiosity in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' (ONDB). A serviceable copy of the most sumptuous edition of Horace. Each page of the work was entirely engraved; the text had two frontispieces, 27 individual headpieces, and individual vignette illustrations and initials numbering respectively a colossal 324 and 164 respectively. Subscribers to this "splendid performance" (Dibdin) included the kings of England, France, Spain and Portugal, as well as the Holy Roman Emperor. A truly international enterprise, lists of lesser subscribers came from Dublin, Paris, Madrid, and Holland. Both Richard Bentley, author of textually the most famous Horace of the period, and George Talbot, on whose edition of 1699-1701 Pine's Horace was based, bought advance copies. ESTC T46226; Brunet III, 320; Rothschild 1546-1548.   Ref: 49921 
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Bentley, Richard, ed.:) [Opera] ex recensione & cum notis atque emendationibus Richardi Bentleii. Editio altera. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Rod. & Gerh. Wetstenios Hff. 1713. 4to., pp. [xxiv] 717, [i], 239, [i], including engraved frontispiece. Without half-title preceeding Book II at p.442 found in some copies. Title page in red and black with engraved device. Some toning (some gatherings more affected), occasional wax specks and light ink smudges, a few faint tidemarks to pp.661-4 and rear pages, marginal repair to index p.123. Contemporary vellum, raised bands, gilt spine, borders and centrepiece of The Hague to both boards, edges red. Soiled, some smudges, gilt fading, edges dusty. The second edition of Bentley's (in)famous edition of Horace, first printed at Cambridge in 1711, notable for his rash but inspired conjectures and emendations. "The Amsterdam editions of 1713 and 1728 are preferable to the Cambridge one of 1711. The notes and text are in the same page, and they are accompanied by the index of Treter, corrected by Verburgius" (Dibdin 104). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 101; Schweiger II 406; Bijker Riedel A140; Lowndes 1113: "The best edition."; Graesse III 354 (note); Brunet III 319 (note).   Ref: 48039 
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Lambinus, Dionysus, ed.:) In Q. Horatium Flaccum ex fide atque auctoritate complurium librorum manuscriptorum a se emendatum, & cum diversis exemplaribus antiquis comparatum [&c.] Francofurti [Frankfurt]: Apud Andreae Wecheli heredes, 1596. 4to., pp. [xvi] 464, 550 [ii]. Outer margin of title restored. Light browning and spotting. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, spine lettered in ink (just 'Dionysus Lambinus'), slightly ruckled and soiled, front hinge cracking, f.f.e.p. removed. Denis Lambin's first edition of Horace appeared in 1561, and 'marked a new aera in Horatian criticism', meeting 'with universal applause'. It was reprinted four times in Paris, once in Venice, and twice in Frankfurt (by Wechel, one folio, one quarto), with this being the second, quarto, Frankfurt edition. Adams H945. VD16 H 4878. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 95 (note).   Ref: 32934  show full image..
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Wakefield, Gilbert, ed.:) Quae Supersunt, Recensuit et Notulis Instruxit Gilbertus Wakefield [...] London: Kearsley, 1794. 2 volumes bound as one. 8vo., pp. viii, 186, [viii]; [ii], 168, [x] + 4 plates, including engraved frontispiece to each volume. Errata slip bound in at rear. Plates a little toned with some slight transfer to adjacent pages but generally bright and clean. Contemporary vellum, gilt spine with gilt title label, delicate gilt border to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. A little grubby but still a handsome copy. Bookplate of John Sparrow (1905-1992) to front paste-down. Sparrow was a barrister, essayist, bibliophile and for 25 years Warden of All Souls College, Oxford. 'A very elegant and correct edition, ornamented with plates; the type is clear and beautiful.' Dibdin ESTC T46154; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 116   Ref: 51369 
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