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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
SAPPHO - O'HARA, John Myers. The Poems of Sappho.
Chicago : 1907First edition, number 84 of 100 copies printed on handmade paper and numbered by the poet. This richly sensual translation of Sappho's poems was issued shortly after Bliss Carman's Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics (1904), which is considered the first comprehensive and fully imagined rendering into English of the fragmentary poems.
This work unsurprisingly... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139152
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
PLATO. The Republic.
London : 1898First Humphreys edition. This is an elegant copy of Plato's Republic. Davies and Vaughan's "easy flowing" translation was originally published in 1852, and "was the most popular English rendering of the Republic until the appearance of Benjamin Jowett's translations of Plato's complete works" (Tschemplik). Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146060
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
London : 1892First Dent editions, first printings, with two Chapters numbered 32 in Mansfield Park. The text is based on the last edited edition published in the authors lifetime. The illustrations here by William Cubitt Cooke (1866-1951) are first attempt at period-appropriate representation, with Regency dress and furnishings. After Richard Bentley, whose last... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 143546
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
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
Stock Code: 137652
MACDOUGALL, Patrick Leonard, Lieut.-Colonel. The Campaigns of Hannibal:
London : 1858First edition. Uncommon and interesting account, just seven locations on Library Hub. 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... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 95270
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
DRYDEN, John (trans.); 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
FLINT, William Russell (illus.) Theocritus, Bion and Moschus,
London : 1922First Flint edition, deluxe issue, number 157 of 500 copies printed on handmade paper; there were also 12 copies printed on vellum. William Russell Flint's vivid style is particularly suited to evoking the worlds of Ancient Greek idyllic and pastoral poetry.
This edition was translated by Andrew Lang (1844-1912), classicist and anthropologist,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146053
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Prometheus Unbound.
London : 1820First edition, second issue, with "miscellaneous" spelled correctly on contents leaf A3, in a handsome Riviere binding, of one of Shelley's most important works.
This lyrical drama revisits the Greek myth of Prometheus who, defying the gods, gave fire to humanity, resulting in his eternal punishment and suffering at the hands of Zeus. Inspired... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 144509
ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. The Songs of Meleager.
London : First edition, first impression, a notably attractive copy. This edition is printed with the English translation alongside the original Greek text. From the library of Hardy Amies, with his neat bookplate to the front pastedown. Amies held the Royal Warrant as dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II, who worked for her from her accession to the throne 1952... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 145607
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Banquet.
London : 1909 First edition thus, first impression, of one of the great texts on love in world literature and translated by one of its most enthusiastic exponents, in a fine press edition by the London County Council Central School of Arts & Crafts, under the direction of J. H. Mason who worked for the Doves Press.
Scarce: WorldCat locates only one copy (University... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 143848
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
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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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
Stock Code: 126325
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
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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
Stock Code: 65944
STATIUS, Publius Papinius. [Opera.]
Venice : 1502First Aldine edition of the collected works of the first-century poet Statius (d. 79 CE), best remembered for his epic poem, the Thebiad. He is also known for his appearance as a guide in the Purgatory section of Dante's Divine Comedy.
The Orthographia which opens the book, and is sometimes absent or bound the end, is an etymological dictionary... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143931
CATULLUS, Gaius Valerius. [Carmina.] Catullus, et in eum commentarius M. Antonii Mureti.
Venice : 1558Second Aldine edition of the poems of Catullus with the commentaries of the French humanist Marc-Antoine Muret (1526-1585). As the title page indicates, the second edition added the works of Tibullus and Propertius, though in this copy they are not bound in.
A complete copy collates A-S8 T4 a-g8 h2, 2A-L8 2M8: this copy lacks all after sig. T4.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142085
(PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.
London : 1893An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Clough had started on his revision of Dryden's translation of Plutarch in America, whence he had sailed in October 1852 with W. M. Thackeray, spending nine months in a vain search for a permanent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139091
LANG, Andrew. Helen of Troy.
London : 1882First edition, in an exquisite Sangoski & Sutcliffe binding preserving the original cloth, of Lang's retelling in verse of the classical narrative of Helen of Troy.
The Scottish poet, author, and anthropologist Andrew Lang (1844-1912) is best-known as a collector of folk and fairy tales, and for being the author of the Fairy Book series. He... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144513
ISOCRATES. Logoi tines [Graece]. In Usum Scholae Wintoniensis.
Oxford : 1726First edition thus, uncommon, translated by Philip Fletcher of New College, Oxford, and prepared for use at Winchester College; presented here in an appealing period binding. Isocrates (436-338 BC) was a distinguished Athenian rhetor, or teacher of rhetoric, and writer of rhetorical texts. His works represent "Attic prose at its most elaborate" (The... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144998
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
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
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 (called the Red Sea by Nearchus)" (Retsö, p. 267),... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139117
SAPPHO - CARMAN, Bliss. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics.
London : 1906First De La More Press edition, first impression. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics was the first comprehensive and fully imagined rendering into English of the fragmentary poems of Sappho.
In 1902 Mitchell Kennerley gave Carman a copy of H. T. Wharton's Sappho (1885) and suggested that he poeticise Wharton's more literal translations. Inspired by... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 147542
ARISTOPHANES; HOUSMAN, Laurence (trans.) 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
(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
Stock Code: 118084
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
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
Stock Code: 103246
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
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
Stock Code: 126587
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. Cicero was a mainstay of the Foulis brothers, with their press publishing a total of 24 editions of the author, partly to feed the demand from students at Glasgow University.
The work was issued on three sizes of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 126791
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
Stock Code: 127386
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
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
Stock Code: 100601
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
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
PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. Cosmographia.
Vicenza : 1475First edition, an exceptional, unsophisticated copy with wide margins, of the most celebrated geographical treatise of classical antiquity; an edition of the greatest rarity, and a monumental achievement of geographical knowledge and a cornerstone of the European tradition.
The Cosmographia, or Geography, divided into eight books, was produced... Learn More£450,000.00
Stock Code: 142241