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  1. 116534

    Sophocles King Oedipus.

    A Version For The Modern Stage.
    First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies issued. The play premiered on 7 December 1926 at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116534

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  2. 116506

    The Iliad.

    Translated by Alexander Pope.
    A very attractively bound duodecimo edition of Pope's famous translation of Homer's Iliad, this copy with gilt stamps of the City of Glasgow to both boards and a lengthy Glasgow school prize plate dated 1845 to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1827

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116506

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  3. 116128

    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.

    Interepretatione et notis. Illustravit Carolus Ruaeus, Soc. Jesu. Jussu christianissimi Regis, ad usum serenissimi Delphini. Juxta editionem novissimam parisiensem. Huic editioni accessit index accuratissimus, antè editi longè locupletior.
    Scottish philosopher Sir William Hamilton's copy, presented to him while a pupil in his third year at Glasgow Grammar School, with his prize plate dated 1801 to the front pastedown. Hamilton (1788-1856) entered the school at the age of nine, and began taking Greek and Latin classes at the University of Glasgow in 1800, aged twelve. He was elected professor of logic and metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh in 1836, and "was best-known as the originator of ‘the philosophy of the conditioned', a philosophical perspective that combined, or in the eyes of critics inevitably failed to combine, the insights of Thomas Reid with those of Immanuel Kant" (ODNB). Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1798

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116128

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  4. Northanger Abbey;  Persuasion.

    Northanger Abbey; Persuasion.

    First Bentley edition, second overall, also the first one-volume edition. Bentley bought the copyrights of all Jane Austen's works to include them in his Standard Novels series, apparently aiming at the private buyer, as circulating libraries still had copies of the originals. Bentley later reissued the volumes as a set, but this copy is from the original individual issue, numbered XXVIII in the Standard Novels series. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1833

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116073

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  5. Northanger Abbey;  Persuasion.

    Northanger Abbey; Persuasion.

    First Bentley edition, second overall, also the first one-volume edition. Bentley bought the copyrights of all Jane Austen's works to include them in his Standard Novels series, apparently aiming at the private buyer, as circulating libraries still had copies of the originals. Bentley later reissued the volumes as a set, but this copy is from the original individual issue, numbered XXVIII in the Standard Novels series. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1833

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115929

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  6. Sense and Sensibility.

    Sense and Sensibility.

    A Novel.
    First Bentley edition, third overall, also the first one-volume edition. Bentley bought the copyrights of all Jane Austen's works to include them in his Standard Novels series, apparently aiming at the private buyer, as circulating libraries still had copies of the originals. Bentley later reissued the volumes as a set, but this copy is from the original individual issue, numbered XXIII in the Standard Novels series. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1833

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115923

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  7. The Journal of a Disappointed Man.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man.

    With an Introduction by H. G. Wells.
    First edition, first impression, very rare in the dust jacket. The preface by H.G. Wells led some reviewers to believe the journal was a work of fiction by Wells himself; Wells publicly denied this but the true identity of Barbellion was not known by the public until after Cummings' death. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115804

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  8. The Tale of the Great Persian War from the Histories of Herodotus.

    The Tale of the Great Persian War from the Histories of Herodotus.

    First edition. Attractive copy of one of the author's historical works "which were widely read and much admired at the time but were not of permanent scholarly significance" (ODNB). Classical Examination Prize bookplate made out to C.W.C. Oman to the front pastedown. Charles Oman, best known for his magisterial, seven-volume History of the Peninsular War, "seems to have taken to academic studies as something of a refuge from bullying and sports, although even then he was conscious that his classical scholarship fell somewhat short of the purest linguistic and philosophical standards. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1861

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115782

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  9. 115338

    Iliados ... Odysseias ... [in Greek].

    Bookplate of St Andrew St John, 14th Baron St John of Bletso (17591817), to each pastedown. Vellum lightly marked, silk bookmarks detached and laid in with resulting thin tan-lines to one spread in each volume, a few minor marks internally, sig. 4f1 Odysseias with two small marginal paper flaws just touching a couple of letters on verso, overall a fine set.
    First edition of the Foulis Press Homer, described by Edward Harwood as "One of the most splendid editions of Homer ever delivered to the world … its accuracy is equal to its magnificence" (Harwood, 4-5). The text was carefully edited by the Glasgow professors James Moor and George Muirhead (Moor was Robert Foulis's brother-in-law) and the book was printed in a new fount of Greek type designed and cut by the Glasgow typefounder Alexander Wilson, the fount being noted for its beauty and regularity. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1756

    Published: Glasguae

    Stock Code: 115338

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  10. The Satyricon of Petronius. A New Translation with Introduction and Notes.

    The Satyricon of Petronius. A New Translation with Introduction and Notes.

    First edition, in the publisher's deluxe half vellum, of this translation (falsely attributed by the publisher to "Sebastian Melmoth", a.k.a. Oscar Wilde) of the Satyricon of Petronius, one of the few surviving novels of Classical Rome, from a limited edition of 515 copies, this one of 440 on French hand made paper. Gaius Petronius (c.27-66 AD), Emperor Nero's official arbiter elegantiarum, who was accused of treason by jealous fellow-courtiers and forced to commit suicide, was indeed a lifelong fascination for Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), himself the arbiter elegantiarum of his own age, who had been denounced and destroyed by the prudish hypocrisy of his contemporaries. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115117

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  11. The Transformation of Lucius, otherwise known as The Golden Ass.
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    The Transformation of Lucius, otherwise known as The Golden Ass.

    Translated by Robert Graves.
    First Robert Graves edition, first impression. Signed limited edition, number 1,729 of 2,000 copies only signed by Graves. The Golden Ass is the only ancient novel to survive in its entirety, and was an inspiration for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1950 [i.e. 1951]

    Published: Harmondsworth, Middlesex

    Stock Code: 114552

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Ovid's Epistles: with his Amours.

    Ovid's Epistles: with his Amours.

    Translated into English Verse, By the Most Eminent Hands. Adorn’d with Cutts.
    First Dublin edition, very scarce, of this collection of translations of Ovid's poetry, preceding the more common London edition by Tonson of 1729, and preceded only by the first edition, London, Tonson, 1725. This is the rarest of the three early editions, with OCLC recording only 3 copies held in institutions worldwide, versus 8 copies of the 1725 edition. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1727

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 114550

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  13. The Iliad.

    The Iliad.

    First Nonesuch Press edition, number 1047 of 925 copies for sale in England and 525 for the United States, printing the Greek text in parallel with the English translation of Alexander Pope. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114410

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  14. Specimen Poeseos Persicae,

    Specimen Poeseos Persicae,

    Sive Muhammedis Schems-Eddini notioris agnomine Haphyzi Ghazelae, sive odae sexdecim ex initio Divani depromptae, nunc primum latinitate donatae, cum metaphrasi ligata & soluta, paraphrasi item ac notis.
    First edition of any substantial part of the Hafiz corpus in the original Persian, compiled by Austro-Hungarian diplomat and Persianist Count Karl Emmerich Reviczky (1737-1793). With the bookplate of Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861), "England's earliest female bibliophile" (ODNB), whose famous library at Eshton Hall, Yorkshire, Dibdin judged to place her "at the head of all female collectors in Europe" (idem) and to be surpassed only by the collection of Earl Spencer, who acquired Reviczky's libary en bloc in 1768. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1771

    Published: Vienna

    Stock Code: 114406

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  15. Tales From Ovid.
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    Tales From Ovid.

    Twenty-four Passages from the Metamorphoses.
    First edition, first impression. Number 27 of a limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by the author and specially bound by Smith Settle. It won the Whitbread Award in 1997. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1998

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114295

    Signed: Yes

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  16. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There."
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113861

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  17. The Agamemnon.

    The Agamemnon.

    Translated from the Greek. Illustrated by a dissertation on Grecian Tragedy, &c. by John S. Harford.
    First edition thus, Agamemnon's great tragedy translated by John S. Harford with engraved illustrations, two of which were designed by John Flaxman. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1831

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113818

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  18. The History of Herodotus of Halicarnassus.

    The History of Herodotus of Halicarnassus.

    Translation of G. Rawlinson. Revised & Annotated by A. W. Lawrence. To which is added a Life of Herodotus and the Behistun Inscription.
    First Nonesuch Press edition, limited to 675 copies of which this is number 312. A superb example of book design and presswork, and a very handsome copy, with the spine comparatively unfaded. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113774

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  19. "C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of his Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey."

    "C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of his Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey."

    To which is added a Supplement to his Commentary of his Wars in Gaul … Adorn’d with Sculptures from the Designs of the Famous Palladio. Made English from the Original Latin, by Co. Martin Bladen.
    Sixth edition, the first was published in 1705. Bladen's early education was in Yorkshire, he subsequently attended Westminster School before matriculating at St John's College, Cambridge. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1698, but never practised law, instead joining the army. He became ensign to Captain Fletcher in his uncle Brigadier-General Thomas Fairfax's Regiment of Foot in December 1697. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1737

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113737

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  20.  a a. Novum Testamentum. The New Testament.

    a a. Novum Testamentum. The New Testament.

    Juxta exemplar millianum. Typis Joannis Baskerville.
    First edition of the preferred quarto, the octavo edition was published in the same year. The only book to be printed in the Greek type designed and cut Baskerville himself; "The press made one purchase from Baskerville … Savile's Greek types had become unfashionable. Baskerville had been cutting types for just five years but was sufficiently convincing for the Delegates to order ‘a new Set of Greek Puncheons, matrices and moulds, in Great Primer' and three hundredweight of type. Learn More
    £1,650

    Date of Publication: 1763

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 113574

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