Classical Literature

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  • Category = Classical Literature
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • PICKERING EDITION IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Ilias et Odyssea. The Iliad and the Odyssey. by Homer
    Homer
    Ilias et Odyssea. The Iliad and the Odyssey.

    London: Gulielmus Pickering, 1831. 2 volume set, 4 1/8 inches tall. A wonderful full crushed morocco by Holloway. With raised bands, blind pallets and gilt Aldus leaves in the panels. The boards have a blind panel with gilt Aldus leaves as corner tools. Gilt dentelles and all edges. A delightful small set printed by William Pickering with miniscule type, in the original Greek.

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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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  • STRIKING LIMITED EDITION IN SPLENDID FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Golden Asse. by APULEIUS, Lucius. ADLINGTON, William (translated by). BOSSCHÈRE, Jean de (Illustrated in colour and black and white by).
    APULEIUS, Lucius. ADLINGTON, William (translated by). BOSSCHÈRE, Jean de (Illustrated in colour and black and white by).
    The Golden Asse.

    London: John Lane at The Bodley Head, 1923. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. A splendid full crushed morocco by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, fine geometric gilt tooling to the panels and boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. The spine is slighted faded to a paler lilac but is still striking. One of a limited deluxe edition of 3000 copies. The original cloth binding is bound in. Extraordinary bold illustrations throughout by Jean de Bosschére. 'The Metamorphoses of Apuleius', a bawdy picaresque novel, also known as 'The Golden Ass', is the only ancient Roman novel in Latin to survive in its entirety.

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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 COPY IN FULL FRENCH 18TH CENTURY MOROCCO
    Caii Velleii Paterculi Historiae Romanae Libri Duo. by VELLEIUS. (Marcus Velleius Paterculus)
    VELLEIUS. (Marcus Velleius Paterculus)
    Caii Velleii Paterculi Historiae Romanae Libri Duo.

    Paris: Barbou, 1774 & 1777. 2 volumes bound in 1, 6 1/2 inches tall. A delightful French 18th century full morocco, ascribed to Bradel in a pencil note by Robert J. Hayhurst on the first blank with gilt bands, superb and very fine gilt tooling to the panels and boards and contrasting red label. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Engraved frontispiece and decorations. Bookplate. Velleius Paterculus was a Roman historian writing at the time of Christ covering the end of the Trojan wars, the death of Caesar up to the death of Emperor Augustus in AD 14. In the original Latin.

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  • SPLENDID LITTLE SET IN REGENCY FULL 'MALACHITE' CALF
    Plutarch's Lives. (In English). by PLUTARCH
    PLUTARCH
    Plutarch's Lives. (In English).

    Edinburgh: Mitchel, Williams & Smith, 1807. 8 volume set, 5 3/4 inches tall. A splendid little set bound in a Regency full 'malachite' calf with gilt bands, contrasting red labels and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Thee are some creased pages, many folded corners and a couple of scuffs but it is still a delightful little set of Plutarch, the great first century Greek biographer.

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  • GREAT 'OLD COMEDIES' IN FULL CALF
    (Poetae Scenici Graecorum). Aristophanis Comoediae. by ARISTOPHANIS
    ARISTOPHANIS
    (Poetae Scenici Graecorum). Aristophanis Comoediae.

    Lipsiae (Liepzig), Sumptibus librariae Hahnianae, 1845. 4 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A handsome and charming binding by Budden of Cambridge with the title labels reading out the author's name. With gilt raised bands, delicate floral gilt tooling to the panels and twin labels. There is a degree of rubbing and scuffing to the shoulders and some foxing but still a solid great looking set. This is the complete section on Aristophanes from a much larger set of ancient Greek poetic works. Included are some the earliest and greatest works of comedy or 'Old Comedy', including 'The Clouds', 'The Wasps', 'The Birds', 'The Frogs' and Lysistra.' In the original Greek.

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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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  • TWO EPIC POEMS ILLUSTRATED BY FLAXMAN IN VICTORIAN HALF CALF
    The Iliad of Homer. The Odyssey of Homer. by HOMER. (POPE, Alexander (translated into English by)).
    HOMER. (POPE, Alexander (translated into English by)).
    The Iliad of Homer. The Odyssey of Homer.

    London: Bohn, 1859; Bell & Daldy, 1866. 2 volumes, 7 inches tall. Victorian half calf with gilt raised bands, contrasting labels and ornate gilt tooled panels. Gilt top edges. A little foxing, in particular at the beginning of The Odyssey. This fine edition of the Alexander Pope translation into English contains the entire series of Flaxman's celebrated designs, 73 full page line engravings and 5 vignettes. These two major Ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer provide the basis of Greek culture and are foundational works of ancient Greek literature. A smart set of the works of perhaps the most important author in history.

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