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Howell, James: Lustra Ludovici, or the Life of the late Victorious King of France, Lewis the XIII. (And of his Cardinall de Richelieu). Divided into Seven Lustres. London: printed for Humphrey Moseley, 1646. First edition. Small folio (278 x 182mm), pp. [xii], 188, [viii] (with usual mispaginations), including to leaf *2 recto an engraved portrait of Charles II as a boy, signed G.G.. Some woodcut initials and decorations. Short annotations in an old hand to p.131 and p.144, plus a few underlinings in the same ink. Title-page a little dusty, occasional light ink smudges, short closed tear to bottom margin leaf V3. Contemporary deep red morocco, spine heavily gilt with raised bands, gilt borders and frames with corner tools to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. A few small marks and scuffs, small repaired scrape to upper board, bottom fore-edge corner of upper board bumped. A very handsome copy. To the third compartment of the spine, a complex monogram surmounted by a baron's coronet. To the front paste-down, an armorial bookplate of the North Library of the Earl of Macclesfield, dated 1860. To the ffep verso a short note in an old hand: 'Sept. 5. 1720. Collat. & perfect (?) J. Wright.' 'Anne' has been added to the title-page, again in an old hand, but the surname has been erased leaving a small hole. A small blind-embossed Macclesfield coat of arms has been added to the title-page and subsequent four pages, plus a few other leaves elsewhere. Howell was imprisoned in the Fleet in 1643 and remained there for the next eight years. This incarceration 'forced Howell into an intense period of writing, for both financial and political reasons [...] Almost immediately after his imprisonment Howell was forced into a defence of parliamentary privilege in order to deflect William Prynne's charge that he was 'no friend to Parliaments, but a malignant'. Prynne based his objections on a few mildly anti-parliamentary remarks Howell had made in Dodona's Grove in 1640. In 1644 Howell issued from the Fleet a series of tracts intended to present a carefully worded, moderate position and at the same time to urge a general return to reason.' (ODNB) ESTC R4873; Wing H3092   Ref: 51871 
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(Howell, James:) Epistolae Ho-Elianae. Familiar Letters Domestic and Forren; Divided into Six Sections, Partly: Historicall, Politicall, Philosophicall, Upon Emergent Occasions. London: printed for Humphrey Moseley, 1645. First edition. Small 4to. (195 x 150mm), pp. [xx], 88, 120, 40, 48, 92, (ii). Lacks additional engraved title-page. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, a few pencil marks and underlinings, some ms notes in an old hand including dates and sometimes locations appended to the foot of each letter (according to a note in the same hand, added from the 1737 edition). Occasional wax marks not affecting text. 19th-century plum-coloured faux morocco, gilt label to spine, blind-stamped spine and boards, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. Rubbed, edges a bit worn with some fraying to corners, spine label lifting. Armorial bookplate of Frederick William Cosens to front paste-down, to which is added a ms gift inscription to Allan H. Bright dated 30th May 1891, from H.Y.S.. Armorial bookplate of (Douglas Kinnaird) to title page verso. Tipped to the f.f.e.p., a page of handwritten notes on the content of the book with a brief chronology of Howell's life in pencil beneath. Also added in pencil at the top of the page, a note that the book was purchased from the Cosens sale through Quaritch for £1.4.6 on 20th November 1890. Relatedly, to the f.f.e.p. verso is a note from the disgruntled collector describing both this purchase of the book and his subsequent discovery of the absence of the engraved title-page. Frederick William Cosens (1819-1889) was a wine merchant, writer and collector of books and art. His library was so extensive that when it was sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge in the winter of 1890 the sale ran over 14 days and comprised 4995 lots. We believe the second bookplate to be that of Douglas Kinnaird (1788-1830) son of George, 7th Lord Kinnaird and a great friend of Byron. He handled Byron's literary and financial affairs in England after he left in 1816.   Ref: 49912 
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Ignatius of Antioch, Saint: (Smith, Thomas, & John Pearson, eds.:) Epistolae genuinae, juxta exemplum Mediceum denuo recensitae [...] accedunt acta genuina martyrii S. Ignatii, epistola S. Polycarpi ad Philippenses, et Smyrnensis ecclesiae epistola de S. Polycarpi martyrio; cum veteribus latinis versionibus, & annotationibus Thomae Smithi. Oxonii [Oxford] e Theatro Sheldoniano 1709. First edition thus. 4to., pp. [xiv] 117 [iii]. Text in double column, Greek and Latin. Horizontal tear in one leaf partly through one line of text (no loss), some light spotting. Contemporary calf, panelled in blind, plainly rebacked and corners repaired, old leather rather scratched, red morocco label, old endpapers preserved. Small old ownership inscription of John Maddocks(?) to title-page, one leaf with a long manuscript note in an old hand. The letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch, second bishop after St. Peter of Rome; the edition contains notes by John Pearson (1613-1686), "probably the ablest scholar and best systematic theologian among Englishmen of the seventeenth century" (CDNB), author also of an important defence of the authenticity of Ignatius's letters (1672). Thomas Smith, editor (1638-1710), sometime fellow of Magdalen College Oxford, was librarian of the Cottonian library. Dibdin calls it "A very excellent edition; with some new and inedited notes of Pearson." Dibdin (4th edn.) I 178.   Ref: 39548  show full image..
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Isocrates: Orationes et Epistolae. Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Sebastianum Chappelet, 1631. 8vo., pp. [vi] 66 [vi] 902 [xlii]. Title page in red and black. Intermittent marginal worming, for a stretch of c. 20 leaves becoming a small trail touching one or two characters, browned, some spotting and marginal dampstaining, marginal repairs to title and following leaf (covering old inscriptions), woodcut title vignette crudely coloured in red. Early vellum boards, long sides overlapping, title inked to spine in a later hand, spine a bit darkened. The second of two notably early editions of an interlinear translation of Isocrates printed by Chappelet, the first in 1621, with this one newly edited by A. Pezier. Both are rare, with COPAC listing this edition in the BL and Newcastle only (and CCFr adding 4 locations in France), and the 1621 in those two and Cambridge (with 2 locations in CCFr). Schweiger I 181.   Ref: 25109 
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Isocrates: Scripta, quaequidem nunc extant, omnia, Graecolatina, postremo recognita. Basileae [Basel]: Typis Conradi Waldkirchii, 1613. 8vo., pp. [xvi] 927 [lix]. Woodcut device to title, text in Greek and Latin on facing pages, dampmark to upper corner, intermittent browning (mostly light). Early vellum boards, long sides overlapping, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled blue, a few small stains. Early ownership signature to title: 'Christianus Bartholotti ab Henne(?)'. An uncommon reprint of an edition of the Greek rhetorician Isocrates (one of the 10 'Attic Orators') that Waldkirch first published in 1602. Both Waldkirch printings are scarce; COPAC records four locations for the 1613 (Oxford, University of London, Manchester and the BL) and three for the 1602 (Nat. Lib. Scotland, Oxford, and Glasgow). The Latin translation is by Hieronymus Wolf. Schweiger I 181.   Ref: 25093 
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Jewel (or Jewell), John: Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae. Priorum editionum collatione castigatior. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Excudebat Joannes Hayes, 1683. 12mo., pp. [vi] 182 [iv], including two leaves of advertisements at rear. The occasional minor spot, some marginal pencil notes. Contemporary blind-panelled calf, spine in four compartments with raised bands between blind rules, edges red. Slightly rubbed, one cornertip worn, paste-downs a little tattered at edges and lifted, but judging by the location of the inscription they have been so for quite some time. Very good overall. Armorial Chippendale-style bookplate of Henry Usticke inside front board. Early ink purchase note to rear of (lifted) pastedown: "me suis addidit Carolus Grale quarto dii Julii, Annoq. Dom. 1684, p'tium--01--06". To title-page, inscription of Henry Usticke dated 1750, and an inscription of John Warren, undated but in an old hand (perhaps the ejected Shropshire minister (16211696) whose extensive correspondence with Richard Baxter on English Puritanism is preserved in volume XIV of Baxter's manuscript treatises in Dr Williams's Library.) Henry Usticke (1720-1769) was vicar at Breage in Cornwall. He was married to Mary Borlase (the arms of the bookplate here show Borlase quartering Pendarves, as well as Usticke), daughter of the historian and mayor of Penzance Walter Borlase (1694-1776) and niece of the celebrated Cornish antiquary and naturalist William Borlase (1696-1772). Usticke appears to have assisted his father-in-law in some researches into the language of Cornwall: some of Borlase's manuscripts now preserved in the British Library are in Usticke's hand. John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, composed this important defence of the new Anglican Church in response to rumours on the continent about the departure from Roman Catholicism. It was frequently reprinted in London after the first edition of 1562, but this is the first Cambridge printing. ESTC R1989.   Ref: 32756  show full image..
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Josephus, Flavius: (Arlenius, Arnoldus & Gelen, Sigismund, eds.:) Opera. Basileae [Basel]: Froben. Cum Imp. Maiestatis Privilegio ad annos v., 1544. Editio Princeps. Folio, pp. [xii], 967, [i]. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device (repeated on MM6, the final page), a few woodcut initials and a few spaces for initals with only guide letters printed, woodcut headpieces. A small number of underlinings and marginal annotations in an old hand, mostly towards the front. Title-page a little grubby at fore-edge, occasional old marginal repairs, a little faint dampstaining to margins near the rear. Contemporary German blind-tooled panelled calf over bevel-edged wooden boards, with as-yet unidentified armorial tools to centre, raised bands to spine. Sympathetically rebacked, some chips and surface loss to corners, clasps lost, upper hinge separated a little but entirely sound. Some pencilled bibliographical notes to front paste-down, together with a small but colourful recent bookplate with the initials L A. To rfep recto, 'Editio Princeps' noted in a 19th-century hand. Also at the rear, small armorial bookplate of the Dominican Monastery of Woodchester (est.1851) tipped in. The first printing of the original Greek text of the works of Josephus, which remained the standard text for over three hundred years. A Latin translation had been printed and reprinted beginning in the incunable period. This Greek text was edited by Arnoldus Arlenius (1510-1582) together with Froben's in-house scholar Sigismund Gelen, working from a manuscript discovered by Arlenius in his cataloguing of the library of the Spanish ambassador to Venice, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1503-1575). Froben set the text in the same fine Greek type he had used for the 1516 Erasmus edition of the New Testament. Adams J352; Dibdin II 130; STC German 463; VD16 J955   Ref: 51813  show full image..
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Josephus, Flavius: (Gelenius, Sigismund, ed.:) Opera quae exstant, nempe. Geneuae [Geneva]: Jacobum Crispinum, 1634. Folio, pp. [viii], 1102, [xxviii]. Slightly toned, a little marginal worming to first few quires, blot from hot wax to p.610 affecting a couple of words and slightly marking the preceeding page, small marginal inkstain to several leaves at rear. Tan calf, gilt spine and borders. Rebacked retaining original spine, boards scratched with a little surface loss suggesting tape removal, a few worm holes to upper board, edges and corners worn, upper hinge neatly repaired. Ownership inscription of M.D. Macleod, The University, Southampton in pink ink to f.f.e.p.. Much older ink inscription of '[Glo?]espin' to front pastedown. The third Geneva printing of the second major edition of Josephus in Greek - the editio princeps appeared in 1544 and was followed by a 1591 Geneva edition reusing earlier Latin translations. There was also a printing in 1611; this is the last and by some accounts least accurate of the three, although it held its place until the next major editions appeared in the 1690s.   Ref: 46164 
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Josephus, Flavius: (Hudson, John; Havercamp, Sigebert, ed.:) Quae reperiri potuerunt, opera omnia Graece et Latine, cum notis & nova versione. [...] Amstelaedami, Lugd. Bat., Ultrajecti [Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht]: Apud R. & G. Wetstenios, Sam. Luc 1726. 2 vols., folio, pp. [viii] 28 [xxviii] 982; [ii] 520, 481 [lxiii] + additional engraved title to vol. I, 2 numismatic plates, and 1 folding chart. Half-title to each volume, vol. I title-page in red and black, parallel Greek and Latin texts, woodcut initials. Sporadic small inkspots and scorches, a few certain leaves lightly toned suggesting occasional use of inferior paper but generally bright within. Contemporary tan calf, rebacked with heavily gilt spines retained, 2 brown morrocco labels to each spine. Title labels cracking with small losses, occasional light marks and scratches, small loss to headcap vol. II, vol. I corners fraying with the lower 2 slightly bumped. A handsome set. To each volume's front paste-down, the armorial bookplate of John Putland with '1730' added in sepia ink. In addition vol. I has a tiny note, '2 vols. coll. & perf. FCB, Jany. 1848', at the very top of the front paste-down, plus '2 vols. D.J.M.' to ffep. The date of the collational note implies that these volumes were purchased at the five-day sale of John Putland's library held by Charles Sharpe of Dublin in 1847, at which 1650 lots were auctioned on the instruction of Putland's grandson George. John Putland (1709-1773) obtained his bachelor's degree at Trinity College, Dublin in 1731 and became a Master of Divinity there in 1734, though he was never a minister. He was very active in the life of the city as member of the Spiritual Society, a patron of the arts investing particularly in theatres, and a Mason. He served as a magistrate in the 1740's, and later as High Sheriff for the Country of Dublin. Havercamp's folio edition of Josephus, a monumental summing of the then-current state of Josephan scholarship. Dibdin reminds us that although not the most accurate edition, "this work contains the readings of two MSS contained in the Leyden library, and some observations of Vossius and Cocceus found in the margin of a copy of the editio princeps". It also prints treatises on Josephus, including Daubuz on Josephus's passages relating to Christ. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 132. Schweiger I 177. Brunet III 569. Graesse III 480: "Édition la plus complète et la plus recherchée".   Ref: 51323 
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Josephus, Flavius: (L'Estrange, Roger, trans.:) The Works of Flavius Josephus. Translated into English. London: printed for R. Sare, 1702. Folio, pp. [4], 1130 + additional engraved title-page and 4 further plates, 2 of which are folding maps. Many errors in pagination as usual, but collates complete. Preliminary blank has a few small holes near the gutter where it had seemingly been stuck to the engraved title, wormtrail to fore-edge margin pp.[iii]-18, some small losses and repairs to the folding maps, a few short closed marginal tears, ink blots and smudgy marks, final blanks a little crumpled. A scattering of marginal annotations. Slightly later tan sheep, red morocco spine label. Very rubbed and scratched, some short tears to endcaps, corners worn. A good, sound working copy. Signature of John Probyn of Monmouth to front paste-down; early ownership inscription to head of title-page, name trimmed off but 'Collegii Universitatis/ apud Oxonium A.B./ 1705' remaining; another mostly-trimmed inscription to the head of the title-page, dated 1702. The first L'Estrange edition of Josephus, published when the translator was in his 80s (two years before his death) and reprinted a number of times in the subsequent decades. The book was the next major translation after Lodge, anticipating the boom in translations of Josephus which would follow in the 18th century (Whiston, Court, Clarke, Maynard, etc.). ESTC T110233   Ref: 51730  show full image..
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