Venezia [Venice]: Per Francesco Piacentini con Licenza de' Superiori, 1736. Hardcover. Volume II only. A new edition of the Italian translation of Cicero's historically important work "Epistulae ad familiares" which collects Cicero's letters to various people during the Roman Republic. Cicero (106 - 43 BC) was one of Rome's greatest orators. In Italian. Bound in mottled paper covered boards over mottled leather spine with maroon and gilt title label to spine. Chipping and rubbing to paper on front board and to edges of boards. Cracking to leather on spine, short splits to leather along front joint, and chips to spine ends. Spots of foxing to interior, else clean. Ex-library embossed stamp from Napoli to front free endpaper. Red speckles to fore-edge of textblock. Pagination: 331 - 792. REL/071923. Very Good.
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London: Essex House Press, 1899. Hardcover. Number 627 of 750 copies. This was the third book published by the Essex House Press. Founded by C.R. Ashbee and Laurence Hodson “in the hope to keep living the tradition of good printing that William Morris had revived, and with the help of T. Binning and J. Tippett, compositors, and S. Mowlem, pressman, who came from the Kelmscott Press to that end” (from the printer’s note). A lovely example of the fine printing of this noted English press. Bound in the original stiff vellum with title printed in black on spine. Vellum has darkened, particularly on the spine, a few slight abrasions to spine, and a bit of bowing to the front board. Light browning to pastedowns. Browning to the gutter of the page preceding the frontispiece and some browning to page edges. Printed in black and with red shoulder notes and colophon in Caslon type on fine handmade paper. Frontispiece illustration by Reginald Savage protected by tissue guard. Interior pages are very clean and bright. With bookplate of Lewis Hotchkiss Brittin, a WWI aviator affixed to front pastedown and ownership signature in ink of Frances Ryder Leonard on front free endpaper. Despite noted condition issues a nice copy in very good condition. 426 pages. PRI/091423. Very Good.
Brattleborough: Printed by William Fessenden for John West & Co. of Boston, 1811. Hardcover. Includes prayers for the morning, evening, fair weather, curing infections, famine, war, Thanksgiving, the dying man, hope, against temptation, for loss of goods, a sick child, and many more. Bound in full brown leather boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Chipping and cracking to spine leather and wear to edges of boards and corners. Evidence of dampstaining to endpapers and margins of some pages. Browning and occasional spots of foxing to interior. Offsetting from leather turnins to first and last few pages. Text remains bright and legible. 372 pages. REL/072023. Very Good.
Staten Island, NY: The Stone Street Press, 1996. Softcover. Number 252 of 1001 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Also inscribed by McCormick, "For Fran with very best wishes." This book is a history of Colum Cille, the Irish medieval abbot who founded the monastery of Iona. McCormick states that it took him two years to research the book and the calligraphy two two months. Softcovers using cream hand made paper from India with blue decorated paper for title label. Bound using Japanese four hole binding technique. With beautiful blue and gilt free endpapers. Save for tiny creases to corners of covers this is in fine condition. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 74 pages plus colophon. PRI/120523. Fine.
Paris: La Connaissance, 1928. Softcover. Number 18 of 150 copies of this pretty little French book. It was a special edition printed as part of Les Bijoux Typographies. The text is from the 5th chapter of the Internelle Consolation according to text established by Moland and d"Hericault in 1856. Softcover bound in yellow paper with title and decoration to the front cover. With glassine covers as protection. Bibliographic information on rear cover. Printed in black with blue and red initials. Pages are unopened. Inserted is an original wood engraving by Malo Renault of the decoration on the front cover. Very good condition. Measures 4.75 x 6 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/111323. Very Good.
Leipzig (Lipsiae): Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. Hardcover. This is an important early Hebrew-Chaldean-Latin biblical lexicon. Its author, Heinrich Opitz, was the son of a silk merchant and was appointed to the court orchestra of Duke Friedrich Wilhelm II at the age of thirteen because of his early interest in singing and music . In 1662, Opitz began studying at the University of Wittenberg, later the University of Jena , where he received a master's degree in 1665 . He next stayed in Leipzig and Hamburg and studied oriental languages. In 1667 Opitz traveled to Kiel. There he became a private lecturer. Another three years later he was granted a tour of the Netherlands and England in the course of studying oriental languages. To expand his knowledge, he visited the libraries in Leiden and Utrecht . In London he visited the royal library; at the same time he became friends with another orientalist, Edmund Castle . Opitz next stayed in Oxford and excerpted oriental manuscripts . He then returned to Kiel, but he couldn't find a job there and moved on to Jena. There he worked as an adjunct in the university's philosophy faculty . In 1675 he received a professorship for the Greek language in Kiel , three years later he became professor of oriental languages and in 1689 both professor and doctor of theology. In 1704 Opitz became senior consistorial councilor. Particularly noteworthy among his writings are his “Novum lexicon Hebraeo-Chaldaeo-biblicum”, Lips. 1692, 3rd edition 1714, and his “Biblia Hebraica”, Jena 1709, 2nd edition 1712. He worked on this work with great care for 30 years. He corrected each printed sheet himself six times. Both of these works continued to be used for many decades [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary vellum with titling to spine. Vellum is soiled, bumped and abraded. The front cover is slightly bowed. Joints are tender and the hinges are cracked, although the text block is still tight and firm. Front pastedown is cracked, revealing board underneath. Frontispiece engraving of author. Text pages are browned but still quite legible. Tiny ink annotations in the margins of many pages. Page edges are brownish red with a somewhat decorative design hand done in dark brown. There are also some handwritten notes in Hebrew and Latin to rear free endpapers. Apparently ex-library with tiny blank sticker to spine, acquisition number handwritten on front pastedown, and mostly illegible stamp to front free endpaper. A page with a typed in English with title, date and "on vellum" on later piece of paper is inserted opposite the front pastedown. It erroneously states that the book was printed in Hamburg. A nice copy in about very good condition despite flaws. Measures 6.5 x 8 inches. (12) +1095 pages. REL/091323. Very Good -.