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Horsley, John: Britannia Romana: or the Roman Antiquities of Britain: In Three Books. The I. Contains... Roman Transactions... II.... the Roman Inscriptions and Sculptures... III. Contains the Roman Geography of Britain. London: Printed for John Osborn and Thomas Longman. 1732. Folio, pp. [viii], xxxii, 520, [xl] + 5 folded engraved maps and 100 other engraved plates. Includes half-title. Occasional light offsetting and a bit of marginal foxing but generally bright within. Occasional small, unobtrusive paper repairs, 9cm vertical closed tear to leaf 3G2 just touching a few letters near fore-edge. Early 19th-century tan diced Russia, five flat raised bands to heavily gilt spine, ornate gilt border within which a blind-tooled frame, blue marbled edges and endpapers, dark blue silk page marker bound in. Rebacked in calf with original, much darkened spine laid on. Edges worn, corners fraying, endpapers split at hinges but reback holding firm. A very good, sound copy. Two 19th-century armorial bookplates: to the front paste-down, Jeffrey Ekins (bap.1803); to the ffep, Sir Lambton Loraine (1838-1917). MS inscription of William Edward White dated 1953 to ffep recto. Ekins was the brother of Loraine's mother, Caroline Isabella (1804-1847). Sir Lambton Loraine was 11th Baron Loraine of Kirke Harle, Northumberland. His long career in the Royal Navy brought him some fame in 1873 during what became known as the 'Virginius Affair'. The American ship Virginius sailed from Jamaica in October of 1873 carrying weapons and ammunition along with 102 Cuban insurgent passengers, all destined to help fight the Spanish in Cuba. Before it could reach shore the Virginius was captured by the Spanish warship Tornado; a council of war was held by Spanish officials and who decided to begin executing the men on board, including the ship's Captain. On arriving at Santiago de Cuba harbour as Commander of the British warship HMS Niobe, Sir Lambton Loraine intervened by personally visiting the Spanish Military Commander of Santiago and refusing to leave his office until he ordered an end to the executions. His intervention saved the lives of the remaining insurgents and crew. His departure from New York the following year was recorded by the New York Times: 'The vessel moved out of her dock a few minutes after 1 o'clock, Sir Lambton standing by the gangway with his umbrella raised, puffing quietly on his cigar and waving adieus with his hat to the little groups of friends on the pier, who sent him off with a hearty cheer.' 'Horsley had been collecting material on the history of Roman Britain when, about 1727, he began working on them with a view to publication. He was assisted in various aspects of his antiquarian research by his friend and correspondent Robert Cay, and by George Mark, who was probably Horsley's assistant at his school in Morpeth. Mark helped to prepare the plans and drawings for Horsley's history, undertook archaeological tours and explorations, and made surveys, including one of Watling Street. He was also assisted by John Ward, professor of rhetoric at Gresham College, who helped revise the manuscript 'and communicated to him many important remarks for its improvement' (Nichols, Lit. anecdotes, 5.521). Horsley's work on Hadrian's Wall utilized material from Alexander Gordon's Itinerarium septentrionale (1726), though his reliance on this book largely went unacknowledged. The Britannia Romana, or, The Roman Antiquities of Britain was divided into three 'books'. The first contained the history of the Romans in Britain, with accounts of the legions stationed there, the Roman stations, and a substantial description of the Roman walls; the second 'book' contained a complete collection of the Roman inscriptions and sculptures found in Britain, together with historical and critical notes; the third 'book' contained a 'Roman geography of Britain', including all the extant ancient Roman accounts of Britain. Horsley wrote that the first 'book' had cost him: 'much labour and time in my study, to draw out an history of transactions, through so many ages, and at such a distance from our own times But I need not inform the world, that the second book was the most expensive and tedious. Several thousand miles were travelled on this account, to visit antient monuments I omitted no care nor pains, that was necessary to copy these with the greatest exactness, which was the principal design of the work.' (Horsley, Britannia Romana, 1732, i). The book's prefatory dedication to Sir Richard Ellys was written on 2 January 1732, but Horsley did not live to see the publication in early April of this, his greatest achievement. On 12 January he was, according to his friend Ward, 'suddenly and unexpectedly taken off by an apoplexy' (Hinde, 178). His exertions on his Roman history were thought to have contributed to his early death at the age of only forty-six [...] Despite occasional inevitable errors and inaccuracies, Horsley's Britannia Romana was one of the major antiquarian achievements of his day. F. Haverfield in The Roman Occupation of Britain (1924) described it as 'till quite lately the best and most scholarly account of any Roman province that had been written anywhere in Europe' (Haverfield, 75).' (ODNB) ESTC T115200.   Ref: 51872 
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Howard, John: Aikin, John (ed.): An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe; with Various Papers Relative to the Plague: Together with Further Observations on Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals; and Additional Remarks on the Present State of Those in Great Britain and Ireland; [bound with] Appendix, Containing Observations Co Warrington: printed by William Eyres; and sold by T. Cadell, J. Johnson, C. Dilly, and J.Taylor, in 1789; 1791. First edition. 4to., pp. viii, 259, [xv]; [ii], 32 + 23 engraved plates (many of which folding), including a very large table. With half-title and leaf of instructions to binder bound in. Odd spots of foxing and the occasional light ink smudge, sporadic light toning; several plates with closed tears near attachments, 3 of which significant, plate edges often lightly crumpled, occasional foxing, faint dampstain to fore-edge margin of final 2 plates. Contemporary marbled calf recently rebacked plainly but competently, green morocco gilt spine label, edges coloured yellow, marbled endpapers, cloth-reinforced hinges. Joints a little creased, edges rubbed and corners wearing but a sound, handsome copy. Armorial bookplate of The Right Hon. Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire to front paste-down. Oddly, this book was written by one John Howard and owned by another, completely unrelated, one: General John Howard, 15th Earl of Suffolk & 8th Earl of Berkshire (1739-1820) was a British soldier and nobleman. The price of 'Twelve Shillings unbound' is printed below the imprint (omitted in some copies). Howard (1726?1790) spent 15 months from 1785, travelling throughout western and southern Europe inspecting lazarettos (quarantine stations) for the treatment of plague victims. Here we find the result of his work, An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe, published at Warrington in 1789. In it he surveys conditions in lazarettos, prisons and hospitals, going into great detail and making observations and suggestions for their improvement. He organises his findings by first by country, and then by county when he gets to Ireland, Scotland and England. Writing near the end of his life, he also reflects on his own efforts at reform. Of the Gaol at Southwark he writes that prisoners awaiting transportation to Australia 'lay almost perishing in the gaol': 'I am persuaded this would have been in great measure prevented, if penitentiary houses had been built on the salutory spot at Islington fixed on by Dr. Fothergill and myself: the gentlemen whose continual opposition defeated the design, and adopted the expensive, dangerous and destructive scheme of transportation to Botany Bay, I leave to their own reflections upon their conduct.' (p.147). Howard set off again on his travels a few years later but died of fever at Kherson in southern Russia on 20th January 1790. The results of his final travels are found in the added Appendix here. 'His death was announced in the London Gazette (1790, 174), a unique honour for a civilian, and his statue, the first to be admitted to the cathedral, was erected by public subscription in St Paul's.' (ODNB) ESTC T115289   Ref: 51654  show full image..
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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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[Illuminated manuscript] (Retirement Address) To Mr. John Dale, Union House, Stubbins, near Ramsbottom, Lancashire, July 1889. Manchester: Bound by Palmer & Howe, 1889. An illuminated manuscript, finely bound and housed in a custom-made box. The manuscript consists of four 310 x 240mm leaves: the first with the title in various colourful styles of very decorative script, within an ornate gilded border; 'Dear Sir...', the first page of the dedication marking Mr Dale's retirement after 22 years at the Ramsbottom Spinning and Manufacturing Co., with illuminated capitals and a decorative border; a plainer leaf continuing the dedication; the final leaf, beginning with an illuminated capital and signed by 12 committee members 'on behalf of 400 fellow workingpeople'. Bound in scarlet morocco over heavy chamfered boards, inlaid in black and yellow with concentric rectangular borders, corner pieces and Mr Dale's initials, all embellished with gilt. Watered silk doublures edged with gilt and black-inlaid borders. Some whitish dusty marks to the upper board, a little chipping to some of the inlaid black morocco, a bit of glue showing through at the gutter of each free endpaper, but generally very good indeed. Housed in a black, silk-lined box; seemingly, the base is original (and a little worn) but the lid has been remade. The Ramsbottom Spinning and Manufacturing Co. was a co-operative of working men. Their factory, Union Mill, was established in 1861.   Ref: 51886 
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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]. The occasional minor spot, some marginal pencil notes. Contemporary blind-panelled calf, spine in four compartments with raised bands between blind rules, slightly rubbed, one cornertip worn, pastedowns lifted. Armorial bookplate of Henry Usticke to inside of front board, and early ink purchase note to upper pastedown: "me suis addidit Carolus Grale quarto dii Julii, Annoq. Dom. 1684, p'tium--01--06". 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 printing in Cambridge. 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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