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  • EARLY SCARCE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL 18TH CENTURY MOROCCO
    Xenophontis Philosophi et imperatoris Clarissimi, Quae Exstant opera, In Duos Tomos Divisa… by XENOPHON
    XENOPHON
    Xenophontis Philosophi et imperatoris Clarissimi, Quae Exstant opera, In Duos Tomos Divisa…

    (Paris) Lutetiae Parisiorum: Societatum Graecarum Editionum, 1625. Full morocco, 16 inches tall. A truly spectacular tall set of this celebrated work in very fine early 18th century French morocco. With gilt raised bands, twin olive labels and exceptional gilt panels. All edges gilt. Greek text with parallel Latin translation. Some marks and scratches to the boards but no splitting or loss. With the signature of the Earl of Buckinghamshire on the reverse of the free endpaper and the bookplate of John William Bund Willis-Bund.
    Xenophon was one of the great ancient Greek philosophers and also an historian, soldier and mercenary and famed student of Socrates. He is still considered an important voice when considering leadership and power.

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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL 18TH CENTURY CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Luciani Samosantensis Opera. by LUCIAN of Samosata.
    LUCIAN of Samosata.
    Luciani Samosantensis Opera.

    Amsterdam: sumptibus Jacobi Wetstenii, 1743. 4 volume set, 11.5 inches tall. A magnificently bound set with gilt raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels. Simple gilt fillets framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. The index was published in 1746. With the armorial bookplate of Tatton Park. Slightly rubbed but with no loss or splitting. Beautifully printed in Greek and Latin. Dibdin considered this to be the most accurate and most beautiful edition of the works of Lucian, the great satirist and rhetorician.

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  • GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to Himself. by MARCUS, Aurelius Antoninus
    MARCUS, Aurelius Antoninus
    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to Himself.

    London: Macmillan, 1920. Full morocco, 6 inches tall. A glorious binding by Ramage with gilt raised bands, and very intricate and elaborate gilt tooling and inlays to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Watered silk doublures and free endpapers. We have seen this Ramage binding on other volumes but none in this pristine condition. The Meditations of the great Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher (AD 121 - 180), in English.

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  • BEAUTIFUL SET OF THIS GREAT EDITION BOUND BY WHITE OF PALL MALL
    Commentariorum de Bello Gallico (Gallic Wars) by CAESAR, Julius
    CAESAR, Julius
    Commentariorum de Bello Gallico (Gallic Wars)

    Paris: Joseph Barbou, 1755. 2 volume set, 6 inches tall. A beautiful set bound by White of Pall Mall in pristine condition in full crushed morocco. A flat back with gilt bands and delicate tooling in the style of Derome. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Frontispiece and two folding maps. A truly delightful set in the original Latin. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry. 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.

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  • SCARCE EDITION IN FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    The Iliad of Homer (together with) The Odyssey of Homer. by HOMER. POPE, Alexander (translator).
    HOMER. POPE, Alexander (translator).
    The Iliad of Homer (together with) The Odyssey of Homer.

    London: Whiston et al., 1771. 9 volume set, 7 inches tall. A handsome contemporary binding in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling around a thistle centre tool in the panels. With the armorial bookplates of Lord Kinnaird of Rossie Priory, Perth. Some rubbing and abrasions but perfectly firm and unsophisticated. With the 2 portraits, 2 plates and folding map and folding engraved Shield of Achilles. A scarce and desirable early edition of Pope's great translations of Homer into English.

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  • MAGNIFICENT LARGE PAPER SET IN FULL GEORGIAN DICED CALF
    Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. by VIRGIL
    VIRGIL
    Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis.

    Londini (London): Apud A. Dulae & Co., 1800. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A beautiful and magnificent large-paper edition in full diced calf with gilt raised bands, gilt pallets, dentelles and a gilt roll framing the diced boards. This " is certainly the most beautiful octavo publication of the poet extant... the text is supposed to be faultless. Some few copies are struck off on LARGE PAPER, in imperial octavo, and sell high" (Dibdin). With the leather bookplate of Granville Hastings Wheler of Otterden Place. Embellished with 15 plates by Bartolozzi, James Fittler, J. Neagle, and Sharp, after Gerard and Girode. Exceptionally clean inside and out. In the original Latin.

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  • FIRST BASKERVILLE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    De Rerum Natura Libri Sex. by LUCRETIUS (Titus Lucretius Carus)
    LUCRETIUS (Titus Lucretius Carus)
    De Rerum Natura Libri Sex.

    Birmingham: Baskerville, 1772. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent later binding by Birdsall with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels around a pomegranate centre tool, and exceptionally precise lettering especially at the tail. The crushed leather of the boards is framed within 4 gilt fillets. Wide gilt and blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Slight foxing to the title page then clean. At the head of the title page is an an early inscription 'Given Mr Penn (?) by Dr. Davis, head master of Eton, on his leaving that school'. Jonathan Davies was head at Eton 1773-1792. The armorial bookplate of Andrew Irving, Assistant Master of Charterhouse is on the reverse of the free endpaper. A…

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    Birmingham: Baskerville, 1772. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent later binding by Birdsall with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels around a pomegranate centre tool, and exceptionally precise lettering especially at the tail. The crushed leather of the boards is framed within 4 gilt fillets. Wide gilt and blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Slight foxing to the title page then clean. At the head of the title page is an an early inscription 'Given Mr Penn (?) by Dr. Davis, head master of Eton, on his leaving that school'. Jonathan Davies was head at Eton 1773-1792. The armorial bookplate of Andrew Irving, Assistant Master of Charterhouse is on the reverse of the free endpaper. A fine example of the first Baskerville edition of this work which was a great influence on the Augustan Poets, in particular Virgil and Horace.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN SUPERB FULL VELLUM
    Opera. Recognovit, Emendavit. Gabriel Brotier. by TACITUS, Gaius Cornelius (BROTIER, Gabriel, ed.)
    TACITUS, Gaius Cornelius (BROTIER, Gabriel, ed.)
    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".

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Historiarum Quod Extat. Cum Perpetuis Gronovii et Variorum Notis. by LIVY (TITUS LIVIUS) Titti Livii
    LIVY (TITUS LIVIUS) Titti Livii
    Historiarum Quod Extat. Cum Perpetuis Gronovii et Variorum Notis.

    Amsterdam: Elzevir ( Apud Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios), 1665. 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 gilt raised bands, superb gilt floral tooling to the panels. Gilt rolls, fillets and corner tools frame the boards. Fine engraved frontispiece to volume 1. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Sold at Sotheby's in December 1857. A fine set of this work by this great Roman Historian, in the original Latin.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN WONDERFUL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Histories. (Historian at Sozomen/ Historion ta Sozomena). by POLYBIUS
    POLYBIUS
    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.

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  • ALL PUBLISHED IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO
    Opera. Illustravit Christ. Guil. Mitscherlich. (Works) by Horatii Flacci. (Quintus Horatius Flaccus). Horace.
    Horatii Flacci. (Quintus Horatius Flaccus). Horace.
    Opera. Illustravit Christ. Guil. Mitscherlich. (Works)

    Lipsiae (Leipzig), 1800. 2 volume, all published, 8 inches tall. A stunning Georgian full morocco with gilt raised bands and beautifully gilt tooled panels. The boards are decorated with gilt and blind fillets and gilt corner tools. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some foxing but mostly clean. Originally five volumes were planned in this edition but only the first two were printed. These contain the Odes, Epodes and Carmen Seculare. Finely printed on heavy 'vellum' paper with vignettes engraved after designs by Fiorillo, a splendid copy of these works by this great Roman lyric poet.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO BY C. LEWIS
    Les Amours de Psyché et Cupidon avec le Poème d'Adonis. by LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    Les Amours de Psyché et Cupidon avec le Poème d'Adonis.

    Paris: Saugrin, L'An V. - 1797. 2 volume set, 6 inches tall. An exquisite full straight grain morocco by C. Lewis with twin blind tooled bands, beautiful gilt tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. The straight grain of the boards is framed within a frame of gilt and blind tooled fillets. Bookplate. 8 glorious copper engravings by Moreau le Jeune and a frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine after Rigeau. Slight rubbing to the head and tail cap and boards, and slight fading to the spine but a beautiful set of this delightful and scarce work from the original tale by Ovid, retold by La Fontaine.

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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL MID 18TH CENTURY FRENCH MOROCCO
    Opera. (The Works). by VIRGIL (Publius Vergilius Maro). Virgilii.
    VIRGIL (Publius Vergilius Maro). Virgilii.
    Opera. (The Works).

    Paris: Barbou, 1754. 3 volume set, 6 1/4 inches tall. A scarce and beautiful set in mid 18th century French crushed morocco. With gilt bands, twin olive labels and delicate floral gilt tooling to the panels. Triple gilt fillets and corner tools frame the boards. All edges gilt. Embellished with 16 engraved full page plates, including 2 frontispieces, as called for. A superb set of the works of the great Roman poet, responsible for the Eclogues or Bucolics, the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid, here in the original Latin.

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  • CLASSIC WORK ON HAND-MADE PAPER BEAUTIFULLY BOUND
    Cicero: De Officiis. by CICERO (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
    CICERO (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
    Cicero: De Officiis.

    London: Humphreys, 1902. Full morocco, 8 1/2 inches tall. Beautifully bound in terracotta crushed morocco with the distinctive gilt tooling to the panels, boards and dentelles of these superb Humphrey's publications. All edges gilt. One of the taller works finely printed on hand made paper. Speckling to the leaves. De Officiis (On Duties/Obligations), written in 44 B.C., the year of Cicero's death, has been hugely influential. Voltaire wrote "No one (else) will ever write anything so wise". A lovely copy, in English, of this great work.

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  • SCARCE EDITION IN FULL DICED 'RUSSIA' CALF
    The Commentaries of Caesar. by CAESAR. DUNCAN, William (translated into English by).
    CAESAR. DUNCAN, William (translated into English by).
    The Commentaries of Caesar.

    London: Cuthell et al., 1806. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A handsome Georgian full diced 'Russia' calf with gilt raised bands, floral centre tools and twin fillets framing the boards. Portrait and 4 folding plates. Rubbing to edges, slight cracking to joints and chips to the headcap and one raised band but still a firm and good looking set of this scarce edition .

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  • SPLENDID SET IN QUARTER 18th CENTURY CALF WITH VELLUM TIPS
    Aristophanis Comoediae Ex Optimis Exemplaribus Emendatae. Comedies. by ARISTOPHANES
    ARISTOPHANES
    Aristophanis Comoediae Ex Optimis Exemplaribus Emendatae. Comedies.

    Argentoratum (Strasbourg): Johann Georg Treuttel, 1783. 4 volume set, 9 inches tall. A good looking set in quarter calf with vellum tips. Gilt raised bands, elaborate blind tooling to the panels and untrimmed edges. Superficial cracking to the upper joint of the first volume but still solid. Edited by Richard François Philippe Brunck, the great French Classicist. These celebrated plays are in the original Greek.

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  • GREEK LYRICAL POEMS IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Pindari Carmina. by PINDAR . PINDARUS. (HEYNE, Christian Gottlieb, edited by).
    PINDAR . PINDARUS. (HEYNE, Christian Gottlieb, edited by).
    Pindari Carmina.

    Oxford: Bliss,1808. 2 volume set, 4 3/4 inches tall. Delightful little set in Regency straight grain morocco with gilt bands, titles and all edges in pristine condition. On the first blank leaf is a neat ink inscription, 'Lawrence Oliphant Octobr. 11th 1816 London.' These superb volumes contain the Victory Odes named after the Olympian, Pythian, Isthmian and Nemean games, in the original Greek. Pindar was one of the great Greek lyrical poets.

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  • FINE EDITION OF AESOPIC FABLES IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Fabulae (Fables). by PHAEDRI (Gaius Julius Phaedrus)
    PHAEDRI (Gaius Julius Phaedrus)
    Fabulae (Fables).

    Paris: Joseph Barbou, 1754. Full calf, 6.25 inches tall. A superb early nineteenth century binding possibly by White, with gilt raised bands, delightful dense pomegranate gilt tooling to the panels, double gilt fillet framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. From the Sotheby sale of 29th April 1852. Engraved frontispiece. Phaedrus was a 1st century A.D. Roman fabulist, now known to be the first writer to compile entire books of fables, retelling the tales of Aesop. A wonderful copy in the original Latin.

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  • PLINY'S LETTERS IN WONDERFUL 18TH CENTURY MOROCCO
    Epistolæ et Panegyricus Trajano Dictus (Epistulae (Letters)). by PLINY, the Younger. C. Plinii Cæcilii. Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus.
    PLINY, the Younger. C. Plinii Cæcilii. Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus.
    Epistolæ et Panegyricus Trajano Dictus (Epistulae (Letters)).

    Paris: Barbou, 1769. Full morocco, 6 1/4 inches tall. A very fine and bright full 18th century crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt tooling around a pomegranate device in the panels, gilt twin fillets and corner tools frame the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate of Abbot Jean-Baptiste L'Écuy. Pliny the Younger is mostly remembered for his Epistulae (Letters), of which 247 have survived giving a picture of life in 1st century Rome. The most famous of which describe the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 which his uncle, Pliny the Elder, died and one in which he discusses the official policy concerning Christians. A superb copy in the original Latin.

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  • HANDSOME SET IN FULL VELLUM
    Historiarum Libri Qui Supersunt by T. LIVII (LIVY, Titus)
    T. LIVII (LIVY, Titus)
    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.

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