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Madrid: En la oficina de davila, 1816. Hardcover. Letters by the Roman statesman and philosopher, Cicero - translated here into Spanish. Full brown leather boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Bowing to boards and minor wear to edges. Previous owner embossed stamp to title page and inscription in pen to verso of title page. Occasional spots of foxing, a few water marks, and occasional smudge marks, but clean and bright overall. Marbled endpapers. Creasing and short closed tear to rear endpaper. Text in Spanish. 251 pages plus index. SPA/013119. 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.
Glasguae [Glasgow]: Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1756-1758. Hardcover. This edition of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey was published in Greek by the Foulis Press, founded by Robert and Andrew Foulis, and is widely considered to be its most famous production. Robert Foulis was born the son of a maltman. He was apprenticed to a barber, but was encouraged to become a publisher by Francis Hutcheson who was impressed by his ability. After spending 1738 and 1739 in England and France in company with his brother, Andrew, Robert set up a publishing business in 1741 in Glasgow, and in 1742 acquired his own press. He bought type from the renowned type-maker and punch-cutter Alexander Wilson. In 1743 he was appointed printer to the Glasgow University. As printers and publishers, the Foulis brothers were famous for their magnificent editions of the classics, such as their splendid folio editions of the Iliad and Odyssey (1756-58). Though relatively small, the Foulis Press turned out almost 600 editions in the years between 1742 and 1776. Using quality paper and fine typefaces made locally by Alexander Wilson, an expert in the field, Robert and his brother Andrew, who had joined the firm towards the end of 1746, quickly established a Europe-wide reputation as “the Elzevirs of Britain” for their well designed and immaculately executed editions of ancient classical texts. In one of the rare studies devoted to the brothers and their press, it is claimed that Winckelmann never travelled without Homer, “his companion at every instant of his life,” according to the Life of Winckelmann, and that “the edition he had with him on his last journey (in the course of which he died) was that of Foulis, ‘very elegantly printed at Glasgow in 1756-58’” [Wikipedia and The Victorian Web]. The two folio volumes are bound in contemporary mottled brown leather. The bindings are quite scuffed, bumped, and rubbed. The spine of volume I has a large chip at the top and cracking to the joint. The spine of volume II has a crack from top to bottom and cracked joint. Both volumes have weak hinges. Interior pages have light browning and spotting throughout, particularly in volume I. Despite this, the beauty of the typography is still evident. Splitting to some gutters from books being opened flat. The Iliad: Volume I: 312 pages; Volume II: 336 pages. The Odyssey: Volume I: 297 pages; Volume II: 336 pages. CLASSICAL/072921. Good.
Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, circa 1890. Hardcover. Bound in later full tan leather boards with gilt title "Josephus" to spine. Text printed in two columns. Light foxing throughout the interior with heavier foxing on the first few pages. Even toning to pages; although, text remains bright. Frontispiece illustration. Full marbled edges. 684 pages. CLA/062416. 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.