[Aelian] Aelianus, Claudius: (Le Fèvre, Tanneguy, ed.:) Varia Historia. Salmurii [Saumur]: Apud Ioannem Le’Nerium, 1668. 16mo., pp. [viii] 341 [iii] 99, 200-428 (text continuous). Text in facing pages of Greek and Latin. Just a little spotting. Contemporary vellum boards, spine lettered in ink, long sides overlapping, spine a little darkened and scuffed in one place. Booklabel of M. Borluut to upper pastedown, purchase note dated 1862 and ownership inscription of Prudentia van Duyse (1858) to f.f.e.p. Edited by the French scholar Tanaquil Faber, or Tanneguy Le Fèvre (1615-1672), based on the second Scheffer edition of 1662 (a poor choice, as it apparently had ‘more errors and imperfections than in any edition of Aelian whatever’ - c.f. Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I 230. Schweiger I 3. Ref: 27777show full image..
Aesop; Avienus; Homer: (Heinsius, Daniel, trans.:) Fabulae [...] Graece & Latine, nunc denuo selectae: eae item quas Avienus carmine expressit. Accedit ranarum & murium pugna, Homero olim scripta. Cum elegantissimis in utroque libello Figuris, & utriusque Interpretatione plurimis in locis emendata. Ex decreto DD. Hollandiae ordinum in usum scholarum. 1726. Small 8vo., pp. 134, [ii]. 47 woodcuts (after C. van Sichem) to text. Text in Greek and Latin. Occasional smudges but generally very nice and clean within. Lower fore-edge corner of leaf G4 lost (possibly due to a paper flaw or fold) with resulting loss of a few words of text. Contemporary limp vellum, edges sprinkled red. A little darkened, some smudgy marks, faint cup ring to upper wrapper, a very good copy. Later edition of an illustrated schoolbook of the fables of ’Aesop’ and Avienus (fl. 4th century AD), with Homer’s ‘Batrachomyomachia’, or battle between the mice and the frogs; the text of Aesop and Homer are printed double-column in Greek and Latin. Schweiger I 13. Ref: 50401
(Allestree, Richard:) The Art of Contentment. By the Author of the Whole Duty of Man &c. Oxford: at the Theatre, 1677. 4th impression. 8vo., pp.[viii], 214, [ii] + engraved frontispiece. Engraved printer’s device to title-page, some engraved headpieces, ‘The Contents’ to final leaf. Occasional spots of light foxing, two small areas to loss to the fore-edge margins of leaves U4 and Cc4, neither affecting text. Recent quarter tan calf, raised bands, red morocco and gilt spine label, marbled paper-covered boards, endpapers renewed. Very good. Attributed to Richard Allestree. Sometimes also attributed to Dorothy Pakington, Richard Sterne, John Fell, or Humphrey Henchman and others. ESTC R9035 Ref: 51137
Anacreon: (Amaduzzi, G.C., ed.:) Teiou Mele: praefixo commentario quo poetae genus traditur et bibliotheca Anacreonteia adumbratur : additis var. lect. Parmae: in aedibus Palatinis [Parma: Bodoni], 1791. One of only 150 copies. 16mo. in 4s, large paper copy (141x100mm), pp. [iv], cxviii, [ii], 111, [i]. Two engraved portraits to title pages, text in Greek with commentaries in Latin. Very occasional marginal foxing, small marginal tear to p.91 . Contemporary vellum, black morocco labels and gilt to spine, a.e.g.. Upper joint split but neatly repaired in vellum, lower joint starting. Binding a little soiled particularly at spine, labels slightly chipped. Armorial bookplate of John Wells Esq. to front paste-down, with small Greek inscription. Armorial bookplate of ‘Gul. D. Geddes, Equitis’ to rear paste-down. 'The editions of 1785 and 1791 are printed in capital letters, and more elegant and exquisitely finished productions cannot be conceived.' (Dibdin). In 1791 Bodoni actually printed two editions of Anacreon, with this being from the larger of the two - often catalogued as an octavo, despite its squarer shape, and printed entirely in capitals as per Dibdin - and the smaller having the proportions of a 12mo. and using lowercase type as well. This copy was formerly owned by Sir William Duguid Geddes (1828-1900), professor of Greek and Principal of the University of Aberdeen, and author of works including A Greek Grammar (1855), an edition of the Phaedo of Plato (1863) and The Problem of the Homeric Poems (1878).
. Dibdin (4th edn.) I 265. Ref: 46280
Anacreon: (Brunck, Richard Francois Philippe, ed.:) Carmina. Accedunt Selecta Quaedam e Lyricorum Reliquiis. Argentorati [Strasbourg]: apud J.G. Treuttel, 1786. Third edition. 18mo., pp. [ii], 149, [i]. A little toned towards edges, some light patches of foxing. Green straight-grain morocco, raised bands and gilt title to spine, gilt borders, a.e.g.. Patchy colour fading, joints and corners worn, some scratches, still very good overall. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Sewell to front paste-down. "These are the most beautiful and accurate editions; the latter [i.e. 1786] was twice published in the same year, and has the text of the Roman edition of Spalleti, but with corrections: it was a favourite edition" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I. 264. Ref: 51271
Antoninus Liberalis: (Xylander, Wilhelm, trans.; Munckerus, Thomas, edit.:) [Metamorphoseon Synagoge] Transformationum Congeries. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1676. 12mo., pp. (xxxvi), 339, (xxxiii), including additional engraved title-page by C. Decker. Greek and Latin texts on facing pages, some woodcut initials. Very occasional light spots and smudges, a few tiny closed tears at edges. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, title inked to spine, gilt borders with acorn corner tools and Upsilon centrepiece to each board. Head-cap slightly creased, lightly yellowed, a few light smudgy marks, ties lost, endpapers a little grubby but a very good copy. The Upsilon character in the centre of each board could depict a Y, U or V initial or could, in its use as an emblem for a point of change resulting in divergent paths of virtue and vice, refer to the book’s subject. Known as The Metamorphoses, Antoninus Liberalis’ only surviving work is a collection of forty-one brief tales of mythical transformation. Written in conversational prose rather than the usual verse, its modern translator Francis Celoria notes that its koine Greek is entirely acceptable whilst also being’grimly simple’. Wilhelm Xylander first printed the text in 1568; since then some leaves of the single surviving manuscript (late 9th century) have disappeared, making the editio princeps a necessary textual authority. Willems 1894; Hoffmann I 193; Spoelder 527 (Delft I) Ref: 51785
Aphthonius: (Cattaneo, Giovanni Maria & Rodolphus Agricola, trans.:) Progymnasmata. [...] Novissima editio, superioribus emendatior, & concinnior. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Ludovicum Elzevirum. 1645. 12mo., pp. [ii] 400 [xii] + additional engraved title (the top margin trimmed just to image border, probably removing an inscription). A faint intermittent dampmark to outer margin. Contemporary vellum boards, title inked to spine, lightly soiled, binding slightly strained. A reimpression of the first Elzevir edition of the rhetorical textbook of the sophist Aphthonius (1642), translated into Latin by Agricola and Cattaneo; the engraved title retains the earlier date. Willems 1018. Ref: 29960
Apuleius, Lucius: [Scriverius, P., ed.:] Opera omnia quae exstant. Ab innumeris mendis, quibus hactenus scatebant, iam serio emendata. Editio nova. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Ioannem Maire, 1623. 12mo., pp. [xxiv] 523 [i]. Woodcut printer’s device on title-page. Paper flaw to pp.509-10 creating two small holes affecting a few words. Contemporary vellum, faint ink title to spine. Rather greyed, especially spine, endpapers toned in patches with some pencil marks to f.f.e.p., edges darkened. Includes Metamorphoses, the Apologia, De Dogmate Platonis, De Deo Socratis, De Mundo and the Florida. Graesse I 171; Schweiger II 10 Ref: 46569
Aristaenetus; Behotte, Adrien: Epistolae Graecae. Cum Latina interpretatione & notis. Altera editio emendatior & auctior. [Bound with:] Apophoretorum libri tres. Parisiis: Apud Marcum Orry; Lutetiae [Paris]: Ex officina Typographica Cl. Morelli, 1594 [i.e.1600]; 1602. 2 vols. in 1, 8vo., pp. [xvi] 282 [ii]; 192 [xvi]. First work with facing pages of Greek and Latin. Light browning, some spotting, ink shelfmark to first title, stamped shelfmark to upper pastedown, ink notes to pastedowns and title verso. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, rebacked with plain vellum, hinges neatly relined but a little tight, the boards a bit soiled, f.f.e.p. removed. The works of the Greek epistolographer Aristaenetus (fl. 5th/6th cent. AD), comprising two books of love stories in letter form. The Encyclopedia Britannica (11th edn.) reports that ‘the stories are feeble and insipid, and full of strange and improbable incidents’. This is the second Orry edition, following the first and a reprint in 1595 and 1596 (a third appeared in 1610); although the title page seems to give a date of 1594 (MVIC), Adams clarifies that it should be 1600. The second work is the scholarly debut of the French Catholic Adrien Behotte (1578-1638), archdeacon of the cathedral at Rouen, dedicated to Jacques-Auguste de Thou and comprising three books of notes on ancient authors. Adams A1695. Ref: 26330
Aristophanes: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) (Bergler, S.; Duker, K.A.:) Comoediae undecim, Graece et Latine [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans 1760. First edition thus. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [vi], 34, 567, [i]; [iv] 572-1259 [i]. Half-title to vol. I., title-pages in red and black with engraved vignettes to vols. I & II, engraved initials and decorations. Very light sporadic foxing. Near-contemporary prize binding, gilt spine with raised bands; gilt border, frame and Amsterdam coat-of-arms centrepiece to each board. Edges lightly sprinkled blue and red, slight remains of green silk ties to fore-edges, now lost. Vellum now a bit darkened but still very attractive Dutch presentation binding. School presentation certificate bound in at front. Letterpress printed and completed by hand, with engraved Amsterdam coat-of-arms. Inscribed to Wilhelm Röell and dated 20th April 1810. Edited by Pieter II Burman (1714-1778), this printing of Aristophanes’s plays contains the hitherto unpublished notes of the colourful Greek scholar Stephan Bergler (c.1680-1740). Bergler, born in Brasov in Transylvania, was secretary in Bucharest to Nicholas Mavrocordato, Prince of Wallachia. He “made many enemies by his dissipated habits and cynical disposition” and according to rumour converted to Islam in Istanbul (‘Ency. Brit.’ 11th edn.; see also preface to the present book, p. 3 ff., and NBG).
Dibdin observes that the ‘notes of Bergler are very good, and the edition is correctly printed.’ Dibdin (4th edn.) I 301. Schweiger I 46. Ref: 51352