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(HOMER.) ARNOLD, Matthew. On Translating Homer, Three Lectures Given at Oxford; [together with:] On Translating Homer, Last Words, a Lecture Given at Oxford.
London : 1861 & 1862First editions of the first published criticism by Matthew Arnold, who was primarily known for his poetry: "Here, taking the translation of the Iliad by F. W. Newman, brother of the theologian, as his main target, Arnold pilloried the tendency of learning to degenerate into antiquarianism and pedantry" (ODNB). From the library of English poet John Drinkwater,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 117142
HOMER, Hesiod, and others. Poetae graeci principes heroici carminis, & alii nonnulli.
Geneva : 1566First edition. "This is unquestionably Estienne's typographic masterpiece" (Schreiber). Estienne's edition of the Greek epic poets based on the collation of the ancient scholia and variants of all available manuscripts "created the basis of the modern vulgate of Homer" (Silver, Ronsard and the Hellenic Renaissance in France). The collection devotes... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 105969
HOMER. [In Greek:] Works.
Florence : 1488/89]Editio princeps of the writings attributed to Homer, including the Iliad and the Odyssey, two of the earliest, most important and influential works of European literature. "The Iliad and the Odyssey are the first perfect poetry of the western world. They spring fully grown, their predecessors lost, and the magic has persisted ever since. The legends... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 131684
SELLAR, W. Y. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age.
Oxford : 1899Handsomely bound copy of this overview of Roman poetry. Sellar's works, including "The Roman Poets of the Republic (1863), The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil (1877), and Horace and the Elegiac Poets, edited by W. P. Ker (1892) were all remarkable examples of sound and sensitive literary criticism" (ODNB). Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 140818
SUETONIUS. The History of the Twelve Caesars, Emperors of Rome.
London : 1672First edition of this translation, the second edition in English overall, following the first of 1606 translated by Philêmon Holland. The translator has never been firmly identified. It was published by John Starkey, a well-known Whig and Dissenting bookseller, and some have perceived an anti-royalist tone in the translation, although the book does... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136176
DIODORUS SICULUS. The Historical Library of Diodorus the Sicilian.
London : 1700-1699First edition in English, the translation by George Booth (1635-1719), the impressively titled protonotary (chief clerk) of the County Palatine of Chester, fourth son of Colonel Sir John Booth. He is the subject of a rather fine family portrait that hangs at Dunham Massey, Cheshire. The dedication is to Booth's relative, George Booth, second earl of... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139428
EURIPIDES. The Nineteen Tragedies and Fragments.
London : 1782First Wodhull edition, the first in English of all the extant writings of Euripides: "although Wodhull advertised his version in February 1774, and thought to complete it within a year, it was only in 1782 that, prompted by the appearance of two rival partial translations, he overcame his fastidiousness and published The Nineteen Tragedies and Fragments... Learn More£4,500.00
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GRAVES, Robert. I, Claudius. From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Emperor of the Romans, born B.C. 10, murdered and deified A.D. 54; [and:] Claudius the God and his wife Messalina.
London : 1934First edition, first impressions, of Graves's first two historical novels, and very scarce in such nice condition. I, Claudius was the winner of the Hawthornden and James Tait Black memorial prizes, and made into a critically acclaimed BBC television miniseries starring Derek Jacobi in 1976. Learn More£3,750.00
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(DRYDEN.) JUVENAL & Persius. The Satires.
London : 1713First duodecimo edition of Dryden's translation, the fifth overall, first published in 1693. An attractively bound copy, with a pencilled note on the front free endpaper identifying the work as that of Roger Payne (1739-1797), the notable English bookbinder who had a significant influence on the development of the craft in Britain. The style, especially... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 128943
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1838First edition in book form, of the work that transformed Dickens from an obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months. This is a later issue with the two Buss plates replaced with those by Phiz (facing pages 52 and 74), titles and imprints for the plates, and the vignette title page with the signboard reading "Weller" (spelled... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 121406
[BURTON, Richard F.] The Kasîdah (Couplets) of Hajî Abdû El-Yezdî.
London : 1880]First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed". Burton claimed the Kasidah... Learn More£5,000.00
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KALIDASA. The Mégha Dúta;
Calcutta : 1813First edition of the first translation into any European language of one of the most influential poems in the Sanskrit canon. Kalidasa has been described by Edwin Gerow, a noted authority on Sanskrit poetics, as "probably the greatest Indian writer of any epoch" (Britannica). From internal evidence it has been suggested that he was a Brahman during... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 122308
MACDOUGALL, Patrick Leonard, Lieut.-Colonel. The Campaigns of Hannibal:
London : 1858First edition. Uncommon and interesting account, just seven locations on Copac. Carefully compiled account of the "operations in which Hannibal was personally engaged", drawn from the "best ancient and modern historians and essayists, including Livy, Polybius, Sir Walter Raleigh, Niebuhr, Arnold, Guiscard, and Vaudancourt" (Preface). The author spent... Learn More£650.00
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HELIODORUS of Emesa. Les Amours de Theagene et Chariclee.
Paris : 1623A fine volume with the suite of engravings from the first Thiboust edition of the popular ancient Greek romance, the Aethiopica of Heliodorus of Emesa. Jacques Amyot's translation of Heliodorus, first published in 1547, introduced the work to France, where it long retained its popularity. The iconography of the Aethiopica is of considerable interest.... Learn More£3,750.00
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(LOVECRAFT, H. P.) Two books from Lovecraft's classical reference library,
New York : 1898-9 and 1896H. P. Lovecraft's own classical reference copies from his library, each volume with his ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper: Greek Civilization with "H. P. Lovecraft, Providence, R.I.", and the Latin Literature volumes with his name and fastidious manuscript shelf marks "16:46 / 525:1" and "16:46 / 525:2". There is also an additional... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 139230
HELIODORUS. Historiae Aethiopicae libri decem,
Basle : 1534Editio princeps of Heliodorus's Aethiopica, a contender for the status of the earliest novel. The only known work of Heliodorus of Emesa, the Aethiopica, written in the third or fourth century CE, remained largely unknown until the sack of Buda in 1526, when Matthias Corvinus's manuscript of the text was seized. Printed eight years later in the present... Learn More£3,000.00
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(DACIER, Anne Lefèvre, trans.) HOMER. L'Iliade d'Homere,
Paris : 1711First Dacier edition, an exceptional set in having the full suite of plates by Picart, not issued in all copies. Since first publication discerning bibliophiles have always sought out sets comprising Picart's fine suite of plates.
Dacier's celebrated translation into French of the Iliad, the first by a woman, is considered her "crowning achievement"... Learn More£2,500.00
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VINCENT, William (ed.) Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate,
Paris : 1800First edition in French of Vincent's important commentary on Nearchus's voyage from the Indus estuary to the Tigris in 325 BC, as recorded by Arrian of Nicomedia, originally published at London in 1797. The expedition, ordered by Alexander the Great, marked the Greek discovery of the Persian Gulf (Retsö, p. 267), and the entire fourth chapter is dedicated... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139117
HOMER. Homeri Ilias & Odyssea.
Cambridge : 1711First edition of Joshua Barnes's Homer. This edition contains considerable prefatory material, including three traditional Lives of Homer, the Contest of Homer and Hesiod, and the first book of the Homeric Questions of Porphyry. Regarding this edition, Edward Harwood commented that "this Edition will ever maintain its distinction, not merely for its... Learn More£3,000.00
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OVIDIUS NASO, Publius. Epistolae heroidum novissime recognitae aptissimisque figuris exculte:
Tusculani Benacum : 1533First edition thus, one of several separate editions of Ovid from the press of Alessandro Paganino in the early 16th century. In this edition, the commentaries of Antonio Volsco, Ubertino da Crescentino, Domizio Calderino, and Josse Badius fully surround the text, the two being distinguished by different sizes of Paganino's beautiful and distinctive... Learn More£1,750.00
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(HOUSMAN, Laurence.) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, of this uncommon work. The Women's Press, an independent publishing house established in 1907, was an integral component of the Women's Social and Political Union campaign, ensuring a public platform for feminist literature and arguments for women's suffrage. Laurence Housman was a pacifist, human rights activist and... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 137420
(HOUSMAN, Laurence.) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, of this uncommon work. The Women's Press, an independent publishing house established in 1907, was an integral component of the Women's Social and Political Union campaign, ensuring a public platform for feminist literature and arguments for women's suffrage. Laurence Housman was a pacifist, human rights activist and... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139713
(SAPPHO.) CARMAN, Bliss. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics.
Toronto : 1905First edition, first printing, Canadian issue published in 1905 using the sheets of the first edition published in Boston in 1904. The colophon on the title page verso restates the first edition's imprint, being one of 500 copies (this number 453) printed in 1903 "with the type distributed". Both the US and Canadian issues are scarce, the latter apparently... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 141178
[BOISGUILBERT, Pierre le Pesant.] HERODIAN. Histoire Romaine.
Paris : 1675First edition of Boisguilbert's first work, a French translation of Herodian's colourful history, originally written in Greek in the third century and covering the Roman Empire from the death of Marcus Aurelius to the accession of Gordian III.
Though first published in 1675, the work received its privilège in 1673. Learn More£725.00
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CICERO, Marcus Tullius. De natura deorum libri tres.
Glasgow : 1741First edition of the first substantial book published by Robert Foulis, rarely found in uncut state and in a contemporary binding. The work was issued on three sizes of paper without priority, this being in demy octavo. Cicero was a mainstay of the Foulis brothers, with their press publishing a total of 24 editions of the author, partly to feed the... Learn More£1,250.00
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QUINTILIANUS, M. Fabius. De Institutione Oratoria libri duodecim ad codicum veterum fidem recensuit et annotatione explanavit Georg. Ludovicus Spalding A.M.
Leipzig : 1798-1816Large paper copy, from the libraries of two notable English collectors, of the best edition of Quintilian on rhetoric, the outstanding work of the German philologist Georg Ludwig Spalding. The binder John Clarke was "one of the best and most prolific London binders of the period" (Ramsden), who was binding from about 1820 to 1859. He joined in partnership... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 44900
THUCYDIDES. De bello Peloponnesiaco, in Greek.
Venice : 1502Editio princeps of the most important work in Greek historiography, edited by Aldus from a Cretan manuscript. As with his edition of Herodotus, the text had first appeared in print in the Latin translation of Lorenzo Valla. The recipient of Aldus's dedicatory letter, Daniele Renier, was a Venetian senator, procurator of San Marco and collector of Hebrew,... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 103257
LINGUET, Simon Nicolas Henri. Histoire du siécle d'Alexandre,
Amsterdam : 1762First edition. Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet (1736-1794) was a French journalist and lawyer "whose delight in taking views opposing everyone else's earned him exiles, imprisonment, and finally the guillotine" (Encyclopaedia Britannica online). The present work, the author's first, is a highly hostile account of Alexander the Great, whom the author places... Learn More£400.00
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HERODOTUS. Historiae, in Greek.
Venice : 1502Editio princeps of Herodotus' history of the Persian Wars, one of the most important texts edited by the great scholar-printer-publisher himself. Herodotus had first been published in Lorenzo Valla's Latin translation. Aldus claims in the dedication that he corrected the text from multiple exemplars, one of the few instances where such a claim by him... Learn More£35,000.00
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(LATIN POETRY.) WALKER, William Sidney (ed.) Corpus Poetarum Latinorum.
London : 1828Second edition of Walker's useful anthology of Latin poetry, in a splendid contemporary binding, unsigned but resembling the work of Charles Lewis (1786-1836). Walker (1795-1846), though best remembered as a Shakespeare scholar, won a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, almost entirely on the strength of his classical knowledge. His Corpus was... Learn More£750.00
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(BASKERVILLE, JOHN.) Sallust & Florus. [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
PÉTIS DE LA CROIX, François. Histoire de la sultane de Perse et des visirs.
Paris : 1707First edition of this important collection of oriental tales now known as the Forty Viziers, published three years after Galland's first edition of the Thousand and One Nights, and following its characteristic frame-narrative structure. Notably rare: one copy traced at auction, one in British institutions (SOAS), and six worldwide; bibliographers including... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 120875
BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Thucydides - I Ask You!"
[c.1960]An amusing Bentley skit on the traditional disappointments of school prize day. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work... Learn More£250.00
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(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
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HOUSMAN, A. E. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.
Cambridge : 1920-36An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius, and was Regius Professor of... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 119798