(Cary, M. et al, eds.:) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950. 4to., pp. xix, [i], 971, [i]. blue cloth, gilt title to spine, without dust-jacket. Spine faded, boards a little scratched with some patchy fading, corners bumped, free endpapers toned, a good, sound copy Contemporary armorial bookplate of Alan & Patricia Lennox-Boyd. Alan Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983) was 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, a British Conservative politician. A mostly-illegible gift inscription to the ffep dated Christmas 1952 appears to be signed 'Chips', which would indicate that the book was a gift from Lennox-Boyd's brother-in-law, Henry 'Chips' Channon (1897-1958). Channon was an American-born British Conservative politician, author, diarist and determined social climber. It is for his diaries, which have so far only been published in an expurgated edition, that he is now most remembered: the diaries 'survive for the years 1918, 1923–8, and 1934–53. Discreetly edited extracts compiled by Robert Rhodes James and published in 1967 open with Lady Diana Cooper's announcing the death of King Albert I of the Belgians (12 February 1934) and close with Channon's cocktail party for King Umberto II of Italy (18 November 1953). The intervening entries are by turns scintillating, epicene, snobbish, fatuous, self-mocking, and cliché-ridden. There are captivating descriptions of great parliamentary occasions as well as intriguing confidences about backstairs intrigues; but each page demonstrates Channon's preference for manners over principles. 'Everybody is on about Chips's diary—you can't think how vile & spiteful & silly it is,' Nancy Mitford wrote after its publication. 'One always thought Chips was rather a dear, but he was black inside how sinister!' (Love from Nancy, 465).' (ODNB) This opinion was not shared by everyone however, and there seems to be a seemingly endless supply of excellent stories about him. 'Chips was a thoughtful, shrewd, witty, and worldly gossip who loved to help people. His social radiance could be entrancing; he was resolute in promoting the interests of his friends. The earl of Drogheda found him 'an immensely kind man, with many acts of generosity to his credit': when Viscountess Castlerosse sat on a wasp, Chips sucked the sting out of her buttock. Channon wrote of himself in 1935: "I have flair, intuition, great good taste but only second rate ambition: I am far too susceptible to flattery; I hate and am uninterested in all the things most men like such as sport, business, statistics, debates, speeches, war and the weather; but I am riveted by lust, furniture, glamour and society and jewels." (Chips, ed. James, 38).' (ODNB) 1950 reprint of the March 1949 first edition. Ref: 52082
Casanova, (Giacomo Girolamo): Mémoires de J. Casanova de Seingalt Écrits Par Lui-Méme. Suivis de Fragments des Mémoires du Prince de Ligne. Paris: Garnier Frères, 1910. 8 vols.. Nouvelle edition, 8vo., pp. xxxi, [i], 478; 509, [i]; 503, [i]; 512; 546; 533, [i]; 538; 534, [ii], xxxvi. Illustrations in the text. Publisher's catalogue to rear of volume VIII (a little toned). Occasional annotations. Later red cloth, gilt titles to spines, edges lightly sprinkled blue. A few light dusty marks, top edges dusty but overall very good indeed. 'Collationnée sur l'édition originale de Leipsick.' Ref: 49803
(Catullus) Sisson, C.H. trans.: Catullus. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1966. 8vo., pp. 93, [i]. Faux-vellum boards, gilt titles to spine and upper. Spine and board edges lightly toned, still very good. First edition of this translation. Ref: 51562
Catullus, Gaius Valerius: (Ellis, R., ed.:) Catulli Veronensis Liber iterum recognovit, apparatum criticum, prolegomena, appendices [...] Oxonii [Oxford]: e typographeo Clarendoniano, 1878. 2nd edition. 8vo., pp.lxxvii, (iii), 410 + 2 folding plates. Printed in red and black, errata slip tipped in. Preliminary blanks foxed, very faintly toned towards top edge, otherwise nice and bright inside. Brown calf, gilt spine, black morocco label, gilt borders and centrepiece, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine a little sunned, some slight smudges and scratches but very good indeed. Ownership inscription of N.D. Horton to preliminary blank. Gilt centrepiece reads 'Londinensis Schola Civitatis'. Ellis began working on Catullus in 1859. In 1866 he published 'a plain text, with conjectures based on study of manuscripts', followed by a larger edition in 1867. This, the second edition, appeared in 1878 and a revised text in 1904. 'In 1871 he published an unexpurgated translation in the original metres, very ingenious but barely intelligible without the Latin, and dedicated to Tennyson.' (ODNB) Ref: 48705
Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Baskerville, 1772. 'Writing Royal' 4to., pp. [ii], 200, 221-372 (as usual). Occasional scatterings of very light foxing, but generally clean. Red calf, contemporary boards with later but sympathetic gilt spine; both boards heavily gilt in the herringbone style with borders and diamond-shaped centrepieces, suggesting a Scottish binding. Marbled endpapers, cloth hinges. In rebacking the binder has employed a French joint, seemingly to correct the original structure and give a better square at the foredge; the look is a little unusual, with a deep groove at the joint, but the work is neatly and skillfully done. Some slight splits to tail-cap, a few small scrapes to upper board, corners repaired but a very good, attractive copy. A2 is a cancel, H3 a cancelland; misnumeration and other errors as usual. Also available in 12mo., this 4to. version was priced on publication at a guinea, though copies were advertised for sale at 18s. on 9th July 1773; 780 copies remained in stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy'. ESTC T6260; Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377; Gaskell 44; Graesse 287; Moss 1263 Ref: 51370show full image..
Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus; (Scaliger, Joseph, ed.): [Juvenal] Iuvenalis, Decimus Iunius; Persius Flaccus, Aulus; (Poelmann, Theodor, ed.): [Opera] Nova Editio; Castigationes; Satyrarum Liber I. Lutetiae [Paris]: apud Mamertum Patissonium, in officina Rob. Stephani; Anverpiae [Antwerp]: Christo 1577; 1577; 1565. Three works bound as one. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 274, [ii]; 252, [xvi]; 160. Separate title page to each work, each with a woodcut device, neat marginalia in an old hand plus pen trials to preliminary blank. A little toned with occasional spots and stains, top corner of title excised, slight worming to fore-edge margins through preliminaries, closed tear to p.13 of third work affecting a few words but with no loss. Contemporary dark brown calf boards rudimentarily rebacked, gilt morocco label to spine, large corner repairs to lower board. Rubbed and scuffed, joints and corners worn but a sound and interesting copy. Large armorial bookplate to front paste-down, red ownership stamp of Nicholas Lane to f.f.e.p.. The first two volumes, Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius joined as usual by Scaliger's Castigationes, are here found with Plantin's edition of Juvenal. Schweiger II, 79 (Catullus et al); Dibdin II 4th edn., 153 (Juvenal) Ref: 50257
Chadwick, Nora: The British Heroic Age: The Welsh and the Men of the North. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1976. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 126. A few neat annotations. Yellow paperback, spine toned and endcaps a little worn, some patchy fading to rear cover but still good and sound. Short note to Dr J.G.F. Hind loosely inserted. Ref: 51981
Chalmers, George: Churchyard's Chips concerning Scotland: Being a Collection of his Pieces relative to that Country; with Historical Notices and a Life of the Author [...]. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Brown [...] 1817. 8vo., pp. [iv] 211. Pages are rough-cut and uneven. Light spotting and foxing; off-setting to r.f.e.p. Owner's signature, Caroline Bingham 10-65, on f.f.e.p. Rebacked in quarter brown calf with gilt lettering to spine. Edges are rubbed, and beginning to fray, and corners worn. Covers scratched. Includes a facsimile of Churchyard's writing and signature. Ref: 22256show full image..