- Category = Ancient History
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
London: Strahan and Cadell, 1788-1790. 12 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A fabulous 18th century tree calf with gilt bands, splendid twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf boards are framed within a neat gilt roll. Engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 folding engraved maps and the half titles to volumes 7-12, not called for in volumes 1-6. This is the first complete London octavo edition comprising the reprint of volumes 1-6 (first issued 1783, now dated 1788 and the first appearance of volumes 7-12, dated 1790. With the bookplate of J. Cresswell and his stamp at the foot of the title page. A superb set of "this masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style…(more)
London: Strahan and Cadell, 1788-1790. 12 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A fabulous 18th century tree calf with gilt bands, splendid twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf boards are framed within a neat gilt roll. Engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 folding engraved maps and the half titles to volumes 7-12, not called for in volumes 1-6. This is the first complete London octavo edition comprising the reprint of volumes 1-6 (first issued 1783, now dated 1788 and the first appearance of volumes 7-12, dated 1790. With the bookplate of J. Cresswell and his stamp at the foot of the title page. A superb set of "this masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works which.....maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar". "Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equalled to this day; and the result was clothed in an inimitable prose that was elevated, cadenced, and graceful'. (P.M.M.).(less)More details Price: £5,500.00
Opera. Recognovit, Emendavit. Gabriel Brotier.
London & Paris: Ex Typographia Ludovici-Francisci Delatour via San-Jacobea. Londini apud Paulum Vaillant, 1771. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. Superb 18th century full vellum bindings with most attractive blue gilt labels. Complete with all 4 folding maps and genealogy. With the bookplate of the Earl of Aylesford. A splendid set described by Brunet (V p.645) as the ...."Edition magnifiquement imprimee et qui a longtemps passe pour une des meilleures de cet historien".More details Price: £1,400.00
A History of Greece.
London: John Murray, 1884. 12 volume set, 7 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf by Mudie with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within gilt corner tools and blind and gilt fillets. With portrait and planes. A nick to one head cap and a little expert repair to one joint but still a superb set of this celebrated history.More details Price: £1,250.00
The Histories. (Historian at Sozomen/ Historion ta Sozomena).
Amsterdam: Johannis van Someren, 1670. 3 volume set, 7.75 inches tall. A wonderful set in a full crushed morocco, unsigned but possibly by Clarke at the beginning of the 19th century. With raised bands, twin labels and superb gilt floral tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Fine engraved title pages to the first 2 volumes. In the original Greek. Slightly faded spines but still a splendid set which describes the rise of the Roman Republic to the status of dominance in the ancient Mediterranean world. Famously it includes Polybius's eyewitness account of the Sack of Carthage and Corinth in 146 BC and the Roman annexation of the mainland Greece after the Achaean War.More details Price: £1,250.00
The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians.
London: Longman et al., 1839. 6 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid early Victorian full diced calf with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and sparkling labels. The diced boards are framed within a gilt fillet. Finely illustrated with folding maps. The is some blotchiness to the boards, overall a superb clean set of these celebrated early histories.More details Price: £1,200.00
Histoire Ancienne des Égyptiens, des Carthaginois, des Assyriens, des Babyloniens, des Mèdes et des Perses, des Macédoniens, des Grecs.
Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1809-1810. 13 volumes bound in 14, 7 inches tall. A delightful English full calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry, and with his elaborate bookplate. Vane served with distinction throughout the Peninsula War. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. He amassed magnificent libraries in his various Country Houses. On the first blank there is the neat ink inscription 'Frances Anne Vane Tempest'. There is some mottling to the spines and some abrasions to the boards, particularly to volume 1. Being an English binding the title is in English whereas the text is in the original French.More details Price: £880.00
The History and Antiquities of the Doric Race.
London: John Murray, 1839. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A most good looking full early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooling to the panels. Embossed gilt 'Rugby School' on the upper boards and a neat ink presentation inscription on the first blank. With 2 rather large hand coloured maps. A splendid example of the second, revised edition.More details Price: £500.00
History (Justini Historiarum Ex Trogo Pompeio Lib. XLIV cum notis Isaaci Vossii).
Batavorum Lugdunum: Elzevir, 1640. Full crushed morocco, 4.75 inches tall. A delightful little volume in a sumptuous binding with gilt bands and floral tooling to the panels, dentelles, triple gilt fillet to the boards and all edges gilt. With wonderful gilt stamped endpapers. Voluptuous engraved title page. There were two first editions, this being the larger without the dedication from Vossius to Bielke but with summaries of the contents of each book. With the Bookplate of the Hayhurst Collection.More details Price: £400.00
Archaeologia Graeca, Or the Antiquities of Greece
Edinburgh: Sterling, 1818. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. Full speckled calf with multiple gilt bands, twin labels and very delicate centre tools typical of this regency style. With plates and folding map. A lovely copy.More details Price: £380.00
Historiarum Libri Qui Supersunt
Göttingen: Ruprecht, 1807. 6 volume set, 7 inches tall. A handsome full vellum with calf labels, some chipped. Foxing. A set of Livy's Histories in the original Latin edited by Georg Alexander Rupert. From an Oxfordshire Country House.More details Price: £350.00
T. Livii Patavini Historiarum Libri Qui Supersunt Omnes et Deperditorum Fragmenta.
EIPZIG, Tauchnitz, 1829-1848. 5 volume set, 5.25 inches tall, Half calf with gilt bands and tooling to the spines and red labels. Some foxing and rubbing and scuffing to the boards but no splitting. A neat little set of the works of this great Roman historian. In the original Latin.More details Price: £220.00