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Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1875. Small octavo; in a handsome vellum binding, boards with black morocco onlays, decorated ornately with gilt Greek key motif, morocco label and tailpiece, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. A beautifully bound copy of the second edition, revised and corrected, of this attractive nineteenth-century version of the poems...
Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1787. Two volumes, duodecimo; contemporary French quarter calf. The very rare first edition of this work, which purports to be the translation of an ancient text describing an expedition to "Solamir" in North Africa. The young Greek Azémor, travelling with Tiresias in order to learn.....
Lyon: Vander Aa, 1692.
Handsome uniform panelled calf bindingEleven volumes, duodecimo, the first with four engraved folding plates, and all eleven volumes embellished with charming ornamental title-pages; a handsome set in mid eighteenth-century panelled calf with original labels. Attractively bound set of Cicero in eleven volumes, noted as 'respectable...
Geneva: heirs of Pierre de la Rovière, 1626-1630.
Banned by the VaticanFolio, five volumes bound in four, contemporary full vellum; with contemporary annotations to front blank of first volume. Early edition of the influential, and highly controversial, history of Europe by French luminary Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617). A......
Nürnberg: Johann Andreæ Endter, 1668.
The exotic East and West Indies: in monastic pigskin bindingThick folio, engraved title, followed by title-page in red & black, envoi to German Emperor Leopold I with separate armorial frontispiece, 65 plates, with one textual illustration and the terminal Errata leaf; contemporary full pigskin.....
London: J. Walthoe, 1726.
First history of medicine written by an EnglishmanTwo volumes, octavo, contemporary panelled calf. Attractive early mixed set of this first history of medicine written by an Englishman, comprising the third edition of the first volume and first edition of the second. Regarding nautical medicine, Friend...
London: John Murray, 1872.
A monument of industrious Victorian scholarshipTen volumes, octavo, folding maps and illustrations; a fine set in contemporary polished half calf, marbled sides and edges, spines decorated in gilt in compartments. 'Although as biased as Macaulay's History of England and less scholarly than Mommsen's Roman History...
Mediolani (Milan): A. Minutianus, 1513-1514.
The great history of the Jews: a beautiful copy in a lovely English bindingTwo parts in one volume, folio; printed in roman letter, large and smaller initials historiated in red and blue, eighteenth-century English brown morocco, spine ornately panelled in gilt between raised bands...
Rotterdam: Don Luis le Maingre …, 1730. Duodecimo, with both errata leaves; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, crimson morocco label. First edition of this imaginary voyage, and very rare. Although rarely commented on, this work concludes with the hypothesis that Hercules discovered the golden...
Cologne: Eucharius Cervicornus, 1521.
Early Macrobius with a refigured world mapFolio, title within an ornate woodcut border; fine woodcut map of the world and several woodcut diagrams, woodcut initials; nineteenth-century continental binding of half calf, flat spine gilt in compartments. An important early edition of Macrobius, the first to...
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1911. Quarto, uncut, with colour-printed frontispiece and woodcut tail-piece by Florence Kingsford Cockerell; gilt stamped brown boards. First edition: an Egyptian fragment translated by Gilbert Murray. The classicist explains in his preface that "the origin of this tale is in Demotic Egyptian, in prose, on a fragmentary...
Londres; et se trouve à Paris: Pissot, 1784. Octavo, woodcut vignette on title, early inscribed attribution 'Par Mr de Péméyea'; contemporary French quarter calf. First edition of this antiquarian utopia set in Minoan Crete, chronicling the reconciliation of all strata of society. The success of this novel by the Professeur.....
London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1855. Eight volumes, octavo; with 13 maps, seven of them folding and backed on silk; in an attractive contemporary binding of half red morocco, spines with gilt ruled raised bands, gilt lettered direct, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt; binding by "Tuskett, Binder to the...