Norwich: J. Crouse, 1777. Hardcover. First Edition in English. Greek playwright Aeschylus (525/524 - 456/455 BCE) is considered to be the father of tragedy. Only seven of plays have survived and this volume collects all of them: Prometheus Chain'd, The Supplicants, The Seven Chiefs Against Thebes, Agamemnon, The Choephorae, The Furies, and The Persians. Bound in full tan leather boards with maroon and gilt title label to spine. Raised bands and gilt devices to spines. Marbled endpapers and speckled edges. Cracks to leather along both hinges; although, binding remains tight. Wear to corners and edges of boards, bumps to bottom edges of both boards, rubbing and minor discoloration to boards. Bookplate of Henry Drury Esq. to front free endpaper. Bumping to top corners of pages, creasing to several page corners, light dampstaining to bottom edges of a few pages, and occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Clean and bright overall. Includes half title page, title, 28 page preface, names of subscribers, 519 pages. CLA/020323. Very Good.
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London: Cresset Press Limited, 1928. Hardcover. Number 163 of 750 copies. Founded in 1927, the Cresset Press specialized in finely printing pieces from classical literature. The thirteen page preface addresses the difficulties of translating Homer with notes on this particular translation. Bound in vellum over orange cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to head of spine and corners of boards. Minor yellowing to vellum, as is common. Minor sunning to front board. Clean and bright. A fine printing of this classic work. Size: Quarto. 228 pages. PRI/020223. Very Good.
Paris: 1781. Hardcover. RARE. Very good in full leather with raised bands and gilt tooled panels on spine. Gilt tooling on inner and outer edges of boards. Pages edged in gilt; somewhat faded. Leather on spine is cracked and chipped in places, but gilt is still bright. Bumped corners. Minor bookworm damage to boards in several places. Rubbing/minor staining to boards. Marble endpapers which are faded/rubbed. Laid paper interior is very clean with several spots of foxing and some fading to endpages only. Very light soiling to title page and half-title. Green ribbon bookmark is sewn into binding. Translated from the Greek by Giacomelli. Classical Literature. CLA2/2250. Very Good.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1991. Hardcover. Near fine in grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Small spot of soiling to front cover. Previous owner inscription in pen to first page. In blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. 208 pages. CLA/011817. Near Fine / Fine.
Parisiis [Paris]: Editore Ambrosio Firmin Didot, 1858. Hardcover. Rudolf Hercher ( 1821 – 1878) was a German classical philologist, who worked as a Grammar school teacher in Rudolstadt (1847–1859) and Berlin (1861–1878). He is especially known for his textual criticism of diverse Greek authors. Bound in marbled paper boards with quarter black leather spine with titling in gilt. Covers are lightly abraded and spine and tips have rubbing. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers. Two previous ownership signatures on free front endpaper. The text is printed in two columns with the original Greek and the Latin translation. The text pages are lightly aged but clean and quite legible. Very good condition. Small quarto. 541,115 pages. CLASS/021023. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Mifflin & Parry, 1830. Hardcover. Bound in the original tan paper over blue paper covered boards with paper title label to spine. Small chip to title label. Rubbing, wear, markings, and fading to boards and spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Heavy foxing to interior. Unopened pages. 127 pages. A thin octavo. POE/071422. Very Good.
[Munich]: [Bremer Presse], . A hadsome leaf in Greek from the famed edition of the Iliad and Odyssey from the Bremer Presse, one of the most distiguished private presses in Germany. Of note is that their celebrated Greek type was designed by Willi Wiegand, which was "a happy blending of classic form and free rendering" (Will Ransom, Private Presses and Their Books). There were 615 copies printed on handmade paper in the press's 16 point Greek type. The edges of the pages were untrimmed except along the top edge. Very light chipping where removed from bound volume. A few reddish spots along the margins not affecting text.Two tiny white cloth tags used to affix to another surface. Accompanied by a one page description in English of the book from thepress.Very good condition. Leaf measures 8.5 x 14.5 inches. EPHEM/051923. Very Good.
Oxonii: E Theatro Sheldoniano, 1726. Hardcover. Xenophon (c. 430 - c. 355 BCE) was a Greek philosopher, historian, and commander of the Greek army. He was also a student and friend of Socrates, and is considered to be one of the best writers of antiquity. This is his partially fictious biography of Cyrus the Great. The Greek and the later Latin translation have been revised and corrected by Thomas Hutchinson based on reviewing the Codex manscript at Oxford. This volume is printed in Greek and Latin. It includes a full page engraved frontispiece and one folding map showing Persia and the Middle East. Rebacked with modern leather spine over the original full leather boards. Black and gilt title label to spine reading simply: "Xenophontis." Gilt devices, rules, and raised bands to spine. Modern headbands, original endpapers, and modern linen cloth strips reinforcing both hinges. Wear and rubbing to boards, corners, and edges. Bookplate of George Benson Weston to front pastedown along with his ownership signature. Occasional spots of soiling and minor foxing, heavier on early and late pages. 695 pages plus errata, includes addenda and index. CLA/021323. Very Good.
Amstelodami, Typis Danielis Elzeverii, Sumptibus Societatis. 1664. Hardcover. In Latin, this is a new edition of Heinsius's text of 1652 of the poetry of Ovid. A lovely small volume that contains the text of Ovid's first two books, the Amatoria and the Metamorphoseon. Bound in period brown mottled leather with gilt decorations and red label to spine. Expertly restored with dark brown Japanese tissue reinforcing both joints and off-white tissue reinforcing both hinges. Fading to gilt title on spine and there is a closed crack going down the middle of the spine. Original white endpapers with some fading and soiling. Text pages have lightly browned and there is occasional foxing but text is still clean and legible. There is a split between the two volumes but the text block remains firm. With a general title page with a woodcut illustration and an ownership signature, and each book has a title page with Elsevier's printer's device in vignette. Housed in a custom brown leather clamshellbox with gilt titling to cover. A nice copy in very good condition. Measures 2.5 x 4.5 inches. Box is about 5.5 x 3.25 x 2 inches. Volume I: 268 pages. Volume II: 292 pages. CLA/031423. Very Good.
Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Sumtu E.B. Schwickerti, 1791. Scarce. A later edition of a work in Latin first published in 1727. Bound in quarter brown leather with titling to spine and with brown paper boards. Leather chipped on spine. Bumping and chipping to corners and edges. Interior pages have scattered foxing, browning to page edges. Ink notations on front pastedown and endpapers as well as some notes in text margins. About very good. Measures 5.25 x 9 inches. 802 pages.
Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1879. Hardcover. Poggio (1380 - 1459) was an Italian scholar and early Renaissance humanist. He is best known for rediscovering many classical Latin texts. This set includes the life of Poggio, a memorial of the works of Poggio, and his tales. Ex-library with library stamp mostly removed from bottom of title pages and library stickers removed from front boards and rear endpapers. Both volumes are bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. Both volumes have the original vellum wrappers bound in to the rear. Clean interiors with head and tailpieces and engraved initials. Text in English and Latin. An attractive set despite being ex-library. Volume I has 203 pages; Volume II has 248 pages plus 7 pages of ads. Very Good.
Birminghamiae: Typis Johannis Baskereville, 1772. Hardcover. IN LATIN. Publii Terentii Afri (195/185 - 159 BCE) was a Roman comedic author, who was a slave for a Roman senator before gaining his freedom (George Wythe Encyclopedia). This book collects all six of his plays: Andria, Eunuchus, Heautontimorumenos, Adelphi, Phormio, and Hecyra. Professionally rebacked with modern tan leather spine titled in gilt with gilt rules. Original full marbled leather boards with modern endpapers. Wear to edges and corners of boards. Light toning to pages. Clean overall with occasional spots of foxing and light dampstain to top margins of early pages. Creasing and foxing to original front free endpapers. Creases to corners of several pages. Size: Quarto. 364 pages. CLA/020223. Very Good.
Antuerpiae / Antwerp: Officina Plantinaiana Balthasaris Moreti, 1668. Hardcover. Tacitus (56 - 120 AD) was a Roman scholar and historian. This is a later printing of his works with commentaries by Justus Lipsius. Bound together with two additional works from 1667: Iusti Lipsi Dispunctio Notarum Mirandulani Codicis and C. Velleius Paterculus cum Animadversionibus Iusti Lipsi, Quas Postremum Auxit et Emendavit. In later binding of three-quarter black leather over glossy blue paper covered boards. Minor wear to edges of boards, a few spots of soiling, and minor scuffing to boards. Dampstaining to bottom margins of several pages including first title page. Notations in blue pen, blue pencil, and graphite pencil to several pages including first title page. Occasional spots of foxing and occasional chips / closed tears to page edges, but clean overall. Engraving to title page and last page of text, as well as engraved tailpieces and initials. IN LATIN. Folio, 15.5 x 10 inches. 547 pages plus Indices followed by Iusti Lipsi Dispunctio Notarum Mirandulani Codicis, Edition Ultima dated 1667, 36 pages, followed by C. Velleius Paterculus cum Animadversionibus Iusti Lipsi, Quas Postremum Auxit et Emendavit, dated 1667, 84 pages plus index and Privilegium Caesareum. CLALIT/010523. Very Good.
Frankfurt: Trajanus Presse, 1966. Hardcover. 363 of 500 copies. Founded by Swiss poet and designer Gottard de Beauclair, the Trajanus Presses produced letterpress books with illustrations from 1951 - 1977. He was the artistic director of a typefoundry alongside Hermann Zapf and Georg Kurt Schauer. In blue patterned paper covered boards with tan leather title label to spine. Sunning to spine and edges of boards. Minor rubbing to title label. Light wear to edges of boards and gentle bumping to bottom corners. Clean, bright interior printed in black and red with 14 woodcuts by Fritz Kredel, handcolored at the Silwar workshop in Pfungstadt. Slight evidence of dampstaining to bottom inch of textblock and boards. Letterpress printed by Fritz Kredel on Hahnemühle handmade paper. The book was designed by Gotthard de Beauclair and Walter Wilkes. In German. 112 pages. PRI/012423. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Impensis Mathaei Carey, 1793. Hardcover. Later edition. Text in Greek with Latin notes to rear. Bound in full dark brown leather boards with remnants of paper title to spine. Leather on front hinge is cracked. Writting in both pen and pencil to endpapers. Toning to pages and occasional spots of soiling. 22 pages Greek / 12 pages Latin. Size: about 6 x 3.5 inches. GRE/062322. Very Good.