SCOTT, Walter - REMY, Nicholas. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,
Lyon : 1595Rare first edition of this seminal work on the worship of demons, Sir Walter Scott's copy, with his ownership inscription on the title page and his library shelf mark on the front free endpaper: "Abbotsford Library O13". Scott's fascination with witchcraft led him to spend years gathering "perhaps the most curious library of diablerie that man ever... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 123052
GUTENBERG, Johann - BIBLE; Latin. Single leaf from the Old Testament, Ezekiel 43:27 to 45:16.
[Mainz : 1455]A single paper leaf from the Gutenberg bible, the first complete book printed with movable type.
The "Noble Fragment" originates from an imperfect copy of the Gutenberg Bible, lacking 50 leaves, which was divided by Gabriel Wells, a New York book dealer, and dispersed as single leaves or larger fragments, and inserted into a morocco portfolio... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 147465
VALE PRESS: APULEIUS, Lucius. De cupidinis et psyches amoribus fabula anilis.
London : 1901One of 310 copies on paper of this finely printed volume from the Vale Press, featuring the tale of Cupid and Psyche in Latin from Lucius Apuleius's The Golden Ass. It is the only ancient novel to survive in its entirety, and was an inspiration for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 145798
ARS MORIENDI. Ars Moriendi ex.
Nuremberg : First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. Owing to its popularity, a shorter version of Ars Moriendi was taken from the second chapter, dealing with the five temptations... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90894
EUCLID. Elementa Geometriae.
Venice : 1482First edition of "the oldest mathematical textbook still in common use today" (PMM) and one of the earliest printed books with geometrical figures. The text is the standard late mediaeval recension of Johannes Campanus of Novara, based on the 12th-century translation from the Arabic of Adelard of Bath. The text is preceded by a dedicatory letter by... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 136914
MISSAL; Venice printed. Missale Romanum.
Venice : 1725A striking eighteenth-century Roman Missal, attractively printed in Venice and apparently bound in Brescia in the year of publication: a note on p. lxxxiii reads "Brixiae-Conglutinator est Ioseph Goltius in Via Pallade iuxta Xenodochium Mercaturae. Die 13. Decembris 1725" (The Brescian binder is Joseph Goltius on the Via Pallade, next to the marketplace... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 112562
MARTELOTTO, Francisco. Institutiones linguae Arabicae:
Rome : 1620First edition of Martelotto's important study of Arabic, published posthumously and completed by Filippo Guadagnoli, his colleague in the Clerics Regular Minor, two years before the establishment of the Propaganda Fide. Aurélien Girard characterizes Martelotto's method as "extremely modern", noting its retention of Arabic technical terminology while... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 145720
FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. Descriptiones animalium, quae in itinere ad maris Australis terras per annos 1772, 1773 et 1774
Berlin : 1844First edition of Forster's study of the Australasian fauna encountered on Cook's second voyage, listing 305 animal species; "the most important zoological work with full results" (Rookmaaker, p. 48). This a particularly desirable tall copy in the original boards, largely unopened. LibraryHub cites copies at just 4 British libraries (BL, ZLS, Cambridge,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140525
OVIDIUS NASO, Publius; HEINSIUS, Nicolaas (ed.) Operum.
Amsterdam : 1658-61Second Heinsius edition of Ovid's works, which was first published in 1652 and which constituted the basis for the 1713 edition by the Dutch classical scholar, Petrus Burman (1668-1741). This is an attractive set in contemporary binding and with an interesting provenance.
This copy is from the library of the Scottish slave-trader, merchant and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146736
LUCRETIUS CARUS, Titus. De rerum natura.
Paris : 1744A handsomely bound copy of the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century BCE, "with a view to abolishing superstitious fears of the intervention of the gods in this world and of punishment by the gods in an afterlife" (Slavitt).
It... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 146640
HORACE. Q. Horatii Flacci, quae supersunt, recensuit et notulis instruxit Gilbertus Wakefield.
London : 1794A striking copy of Horace's works, in the original Latin, "a very elegant and correct edition" (Dibdin). With the booklabel to the front doublures of literary journalist and author Charles Whibley (1859-1930), on whose recommendation T. S. Eliot was appointed to the editorship of Faber and Gwyer. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146814
QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin; MARRICCI, Ludovico (ed.) Alcorani textus universus.
Padua : 1698First edition of Marracci's Qur'an, "the greatest pre-modern European work of Qur'anic scholarship" (Burman). The second volume, "Refutatio Alcorani", comprises the second obtainable edition of the original Arabic, a Latin translation considered "by far and away the best translation of the Qur'an to date" (Hamilton), and an analysis and refutation of... Learn More£10,500.00
Stock Code: 115141
HORACE. Odes, Epodes, Carmen Seculare.
Philadelphia : 1902Limited edition, number 547 of 1,000 copies, all printed on japon, with the original Latin parallel with the English translation, within architectural borders; a very attractive book, handsomely bound and elegantly printed. The volume was published as part of the series "Antique Gems from the Greek and Latin", covering many classical writers. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 145099
VIRGIL; CATALLUS. The Bucolics; Odes to Lesbia and the Nuptial Song of Peleus and Thetis.
Philadelphia : 1902Limited edition, number 547 of 1,000 copies, all printed on japon, with the original Latin parallel with the English translations, within architectural borders; a very attractive book, handsomely bound and elegantly printed.
The volume was published as part of the series "Antique Gems from the Greek and Latin", covering many classical writers,... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 145100
ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
Leiden : 1764First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 132861
LUCRETIUS. De Rerum Natura.
London : 1712First Tonson edition, a particularly handsome and well-illustrated edition of the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, the famous philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century BCE.
The set of engravings is possibly the first to take direct inspiration from the Epicurean... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 142443
SALLUST. Caii Crispi Sallustii quae exstant …
Venice : 1737Large paper copy of the famous edition of Sallust by the short lived Gottlieb Kortte (1698-1731), whose installation as professor of jurisprudence at Liepzig in 1726 Bach hailed in the allegorical cantata "Vereinigte Zwietracht". Kortte's edition of Sallust was first published in 1724. Samuel Charles Smith (usually styling himself C. Smith, as here)... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 48939
CLASSICAL GEOGRAPHY. Pomponius Mela. Iulius Solinus. Itinerarium Antonini Aug. Vibius Sequester.
Florence : 1526An early edition of this collection of classical geographical texts, including Pomponius Mela and Julius Solinus, and a translation into Latin of the Greek 1st-century world geography of Dinoysius Periegetes. The text is based on the first edition of the collection, printed by the Aldine press in 1518. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137339
MAXIMUS OF TYRE. Maximi Tyrii Dissertationes,
London : 1740First edition edited by the "outstanding classical scholar" Jeremiah Markland, described by the printer and publisher John Nichols as "one of the most learned and penetrating critics of the eighteenth century" (cited in ODNB). This handsome quarto was printed by the learned and highly accomplished William Bowyer. Maximus of Tyre was a second century... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141409
BUDÉ, Guillaume. Commentarii linguae Graecae.
[Paris] : 1529First edition of Budé's formative Commentaries on the Greek Language, "a collection of lexicographical, philological, and historical notes, which formed the basis for the study of the Greek language in France. A monument of the new learning, it was several times reprinted, and gave Budé the reputation which is now commemorated in the modern series... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 124885
ROSINUS, Johannes. Antiquitatum Romanarum corpus absolutissimum.
Amsterdam : 1743The final edition of the Antiquitatum Romanarum of Johannes Rosinus, a compendium of Classical Rome and Roman antiquities, detailing the topography of Rome and the division of the population, its sacred and private remains, its legal system, and its warfare. First published in 1583, the book proved very popular, with various editions under different... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137706
ERPENIUS, Thomas. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica
Leiden : 1617 & 1637First editions of these two landmark studies of the Arabic language. From the library of Pierre Dippy (16221709), Maronite dragoman to King Louis XIV of France and chair of Arabic and Syriac at the Collège Royal in Paris from 1667 to his death, the title pages inscribed "Ex libris Pierre Dippy" in a contemporary hand (the name ineffectually struck... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 118772
JUVENAL & Persius. Decii Junii Juvenalis et A. Persii Flacci Satyrae.
London : 1744First Brindley edition of Juvenal and Persius's satires, in the original Latin. From 1744 to 1749 John Brindley issued a series of editions of the classic authors, all attractively printed to a high standard, and all edited by the Irish classical scholar Usher Gahagan. A curious character, Gahagan was born a Protestant, converted to Catholicism, married... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 136384
LESSIUS, Leonard. R. P. Leonardi Lessii e Societate Iesu... de iure et iustitia compendium;
Douai : 1644An apparently unrecorded abridged edition of Lessius's De Iustitia et iure, first published in this shortened form in 1634. Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 125753
BERNOULLI, Daniel. Specimen inaugurale de usu medico tabularum baptismalium, matrimonialium et emortualium,
Basel, : 1771First edition. An attractive copy of the doctoral thesis of the Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli (the second, 1751-1834), presented to the university of Basel in 1771. Bernoulli offers a pioneering approach to the medical application of statistical and mathematical data, proposing the use of demographic data from baptism, marriage, and death records... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138321
SALLUST. Caii Crispi Sallustii opera omnia excusa ad editionem Cortii cum editionibus Havercampi et Gabrielis Antonii collatam.
London : 1789First edition of Sallust published under the editorship of the classical scholar Henry Homer (17531791), a desirable edition in any form, here in a handsome early binding and in remarkable condition. Dibdin commended this edition: "A beautiful and correct book... The text is given with the same purity as are those of Caesar, Livy, and Pliny, by the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137515
CATULLUS; Celia & Louis Zukofsky, trans. Catullus. (Gai Valeri Catulli Veronensis Liber.)
London : 1969First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his wife Celia managed to execute... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 132634
HEINSIUS, Daniel. De contemptu mortis libri IV.
Leiden : 1621First edition of the noted Dutch scholar Daniel Heinsius's (1580-1655) last major work of poetry, a didactic espousal of a stoical contempt for, rather than fear of, death. Willems writes that in its time the poem enjoyed a great vogue, and it was translated into Dutch by Jacques van Zevecote. A classical scholar of great renown (he was a professor... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137321
London : 1750A very desirable copy of Terence's Comedies, attractively bound in an understated contemporary binding and finely printed. The text is in parallel Latin and English. The editor and translator Samuel Patrick (1684-1748), classical scholar and schoolmaster at Charterhouse School, "appears to have been a figure like Scott's Dominie Sampson, deeply read... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137212
SCHOEPFLIN, Johann Daniel. Opera Oratoria.
Augsburg : 1769First collected edition of these 23 "praises of Louis XV, uttered by Schoepflin as the Académie of Strasbourg's official speaker" (Hoefer), and which were first published between 1722 and 1746.
Johann Daniel Schöpflin (1694-1771) was a professor of history, rhetoric and law at the University of Strasbourg. His teaching attracted a plethora... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 132961
BUCHANAN, George. Psalmorum Davidis paraphrasis poëtica Georgii Buchanani Scoti:
Herbornæ Nassov : 1608First Corvinus edition of Buchanan's metrical Latin version of the Psalms. The humanist scholar George Buchanan (1506-1582) translated the psalms into Latin verse while imprisoned for heresy in Portugal. "The best-known work associated with his period of detention was his Latin version of the Psalms which he may have planned earlier as it was a genre... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 120574
HOMER - WOLF, Friedrich August. Prolegomena ad Homerum
Halle : 1795First edition of one of the most important books in the history of classical studies, in which Wolf applied recognizably modern philological methods to the "Homeric Question", the long-standing debate about the authorship and composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The subjects Wolf addressed dominated Homeric scholarship for almost two centuries,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132587
CYRIL, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria. Opera omnia quae hactenus summa diligentia reperiri potuêre,
Paris : 1604-5The magnificent Paris edition of the works of St Cyril of Alexandria produced by the consortium of printers and booksellers formed in November 1582 to publish the works of the church fathers. The text is founded on the translation from Greek into Latin of Gentian Hervetus. Cyril of Alexandria (c.378444) was bishop of Alexandria when the city was at... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 132174
MERCATOR, Gerardus, & Jodocus Hondius. Atlas Minor.
Amsterdam : 1634An attractive copy of Mercator and Hondius's Atlas, unrestored in a contemporary binding. In 1628 Joannis Janssonius, spotting a gap in the Dutch market for a small format portable atlas, commissioned this edition, enlisting Abraham Goos and Pieter van den Keere - two of the most accomplished engravers of their day - to engrave the maps. The edition... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 130977
PHALARIS (attrib.) Phalaridis Agrigentinorum tyranni. Epistolae.
Oxford : 1718Second British edition in the original Greek, following the first of 1695, with translations into English having been printed in 1699 and 1706. The work is printed in Greek with the Latin translation underneath. Phalaris was a tyrant king in Sicily in the 6th century BC, who was rehabilitated by Lucian into a humane leader and a patron of literature.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 128998
GROTIUS - ZIEGLER, Kaspar. Casparis Ziegleri... In Hugonis Grotii De jure belli ac pacis libros, quibus naturae & gentium jus explicavit, notae & animadversiones subitariae.
Wittenberg : 1666First edition of Ziegler's commentary on Grotius, from the celebrated library of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the Minister of Finance under Louis XIV from 1665 to 1683, with the usual inscription "Bibliothecae Colbertinae" to the engraved title. Colbert's was one of the finest and most famous libraries of the seventeenth century, comprising some 22,000 volumes,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 126219
SALLUST & FLORUS; John Baskerville (printer). [Histories.]
Birmingham : 1773First edition. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was perhaps the most important English typographer of the 18th century, whose typeface remains in use today. Preceding the private press movement by over a century, Baskerville took considerable care in every aspect of the design and production of his books, with the aim of creating a beautiful and accessible... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 124662
QUINTILIAN, Marcus Fabius. Institutio Oratoria.
Venice : 1521Second Aldine edition, following the first of 1514. The Aldine Quintilian was part of a series of Latin and Greek classics published by this press. This edition is dedicated to Giovanni Battista Ramusio (1485-1557), the Italian geographer and travel writer.
Stock Code: 121292
HESSUS, Helius Eobanus. De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:
[Frankfurt : 1557The German humanist scholar Eobanus Koch (Coccius) (1488-1540) was considered the foremost Latin poet of his age. His prose work "On the species of drunkards" is a mock-quodlibetical speech that applies the scholastic method of argumentation, first printed anonymously in 1515. His first bestseller, the satire was reprinted in 1516 and 1550 and afterwards... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 108213
DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz von. Grammatica linguae persicae.
Vienna : 1804First and only edition. Dombay (1756-1810), an Austrian born at Vienna, studied oriental languages at the Maria-Theresa College before being sent to Morocco as an interpreter, subsequently serving in Madrid and Zagreb. He finished his career as a councillor of the secret chancellery and interpreter to the Emperor's court. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 100510
ROSENMÜLLER, Ernst Friedrich. Analecta Arabica.
Leipzig : 1825-8First and only Arabic and Latin text edition of three interesting and varied Arabic manuscripts. Each has prefatory material in Latin and the first two parts also have an extensive Arabic-Latin glossary. The three parts are: "Institutiones juris Mohammedani circa bellum contra eos qui ab islamo sunt alieni. E duobus al-Codurii codicibus", which presents... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 92362
RODRIGUES GIRÃO, João. Litterae iaponicae annorum M.DC.IX et X. ad R. admodum piae mem. P. Claudium Aquavivam generalem praepositum Societatis Iesu A.R.P. Provinciali eiusdem in Iapone Societ. missae.
Antwerp : 1615Second Latin edition of this relation concerning the Jesuit mission to Japan during the years 1609 and 1610, the first Italian edition was published by Bartolomeo Zanetti in Rome, 1615, and the first Latin edition, translated by Halloix, appeared in Douai, 1615. The report was addressed to the Superior General of the order, Claudio Acquaviva (1543-1615)... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87948
MEIBOM, Marcus. De Fabrica triremium liber.
Amsterdam : 1671First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on ancient shipbuilding, drawn from classical and Biblical sources, illustrated with a beautiful, etched frontispiece by de Hooghe. Born in Tönningen, Schleswig-Holstein, around 1630, Meibom was a Danish philologist and polymath scholar probably best known for his work on music in antiquity. His Antiquae... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 67473
MERULA, Gaudenzio. Memorabilium Gaudentii Merulae
Lyon : 1556First edition published in France, the third and most extensive overall. Gaudenzio Merula (1500-1555) was born of a humble family in Borgolavezzaro, near Novara. He held teaching appointments in Milan, at the Academy in Novara, and subsequently at Vigevano and Turin. In 1554 he was charged with Protestant heresy, first before the bishop of Novara and... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 63754