Londini [London]: A. J. Valpy, 1824. The Delphin Classics or Ad usum Delphini was a series of annotated editions of the Latin classics, intended to be comprehensive, which was originally created in the 17th century. The first volumes were created in the 1670s for Louis, le Grand Dauphin, heir of Louis XIV (“Delphini” is the Latinization (genitive) of Dauphin), and were written entirely in Latin. The main features included the main Latin texts; a paraphrase in the margins or below in simpler Latin prose (an ordo verborum); extended notes on specific words and lines, mainly about history, myth, geography, or natural sciences; and indices. The collection includes 64 volumes published from 1670 to 1698 [Wikipedia]. The Ad Usum Delphini series were reprinted for centuries and served in classrooms across Europe and the Americas. Beginning in 1819 a series of Latin classics was published in England under the name Valpy's Delphin Classics by Abraham John Valpy. These volumes were part of Valpy's series. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings to covers and spines, with dark brown title and volume number labels. Stamped: Bound by J. MacKenzie Bookbinder of the King. Cracking and sunning to leather on spine, pulls to leather on boards, and rubbing. Crack is starting on front hinge of volume II. The volume label on the second volume is no longer present. Endpapers are foxed and browned, but interior pages are generally clean and bright with occasional foxing. Bookplates of Ernest Augustus, Earl of Lisburne affixed to pastedowns. Very good condition. Octavos. Continuously paginated: 1540, ccv. ROMHIS/112122.
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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2002. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. The skilled paper cutting in this book by well known artist Béatrice Coron is here inspired by a poem by Joachim du Bellay. du Bellay (1522-1560) was a French poet, critic, and a founder of the Pléiade. He notably wrote the manifesto of the group: Défense et illustration de la langue française, which aimed at promoting French as an artistic language, equal to Greek and Latin. In this poem printed here, he writes of the glory that once was Rome, but which as happens in the world, falls and what remains are its monuments and the Tiber River that continues to flow to the sea. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. Cristina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes her work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Hand-cut on one sheet of white Arches paper. Housed in a clamshell box painted gray and gold on its cover with a cut out design that reveals the poems title. In fine condition. Size: 5.75 x 6.25 x .75 inches when closed. ARTB/081921. Fine.
Paris: F. Vieweg, 1877. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Very good in green cloth covered boards with gilt title to brown leather title label on spine. Wear to exterior includes minor bumping to edges and corners, a few spots of light discoloration and minor browning to edges and spine. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down and name writen in pen to front free end page. Minor foxing throughout, though text remains bright. 312 pages. French Language. FRE/5202. Very Good.
Dublin: William Hallhead, 1777. Hardcover. Pirated Dublin edition. Volume one states that it is the Fourth Edition; it was printed in Dublin for Hallhead in 1777. Volumes 2 - 6 were also printed in Dublin for Hallhead and are dated 1781. Volumes 7 - 10 were printed in Dublin for Luke White in 1788. Lacks volumes 11 and 12. Volume 2 has folding map. Bookplate of Charles Chauncey to front pastedown of each volume. Bound in full leather with title and volume labels to spines; however, one volume lacks volume label. Volumes 1- 6 have matching full calf bindings and volumes 7 - 10 are bound in matching mottled calf bindings. This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Basileae: Apud E. & J.R. Thurnisios, 1740. Hardcover. Volume III of III of Livy's history of Rome. Titus Livius (59 BC - AD 17) was a Roman historian known for this monumental history covering the earliest legends of Rome through the reign of Augustus (who was a friend of Livy's). Reprinted many times since its first writing; although, this particular printing is somewhat uncommon. Bound in full vellum boards with hand written title "Livius O ronovi T. III" in black to spine. Rubbing, scuffing, and soiling to boards and spine. Engraved title page. In Latin. Occasional spots of foxing and browning, but clean and bright interior overall. All edges red. Handsewn endbands, the bottom one slightly frayed with a few loose stiches . 1080 pages, Epistola, Indices. ROM/072423. Very Good.
Basileae: Apud E. & J.R. Thurnisios, 1740. Hardcover. Volume I of III of Livy's history of Rome. Titus Livius (59 BC - AD 17) was a Roman historian known for this monumental history covering the earliest legends of Rome through the reign of Augustus (who was a friend of Livy's). Reprinted many times since its first writing; although, this particular printing is somewhat uncommon. Bound in full vellum boards with hand written title "Livius ronovi T.1" in black to spine. The vellum along the front hinge is starting with a four inch split. The front board remains securely sewn to the binding; however, the spine is nearly detached from the board along the front joint. Heavy rubbing, scuffing, and soiling to boards and spine. Engraved frontis and title page. In Latin. Occasional penned notes to the margins. Occasional spots of foxing, soiling, dampstaining (to top margins of some pages), and browning, but clean and bright interior overall. All edges red. Handsewn endbands, the bottom one frayed and coming loose.  922 pages, Index, 62 pages (chronologia, caroli sigonii defensiones). ROM/072423. Very Good.
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. Paperback. 8vo. Black and grey illustrated paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Chipping and creasing to edges of wrappers as well as minor rubbing. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 135 pages. GRE/013118. Very Good.
Paris: Videcoq fils aine, Libraire de la cour de cassation. Hardcover. 5th edition. no date, circa 1870. Complete in two volumes. An examination of Justinian's institutes or Roman laws. Black leather spines over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. Heavy wear and chipping to edges of second volume. Bumping and wear to all corners. Scuffing and wear to boards and minor rubbing to leather spines. Interiors are uniformly browned and clean. Marbled endpapers. Volume I: 740 pages; Volume II: 692 pages. FRE/112122. Very Good.
London: Simpkin, MArshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1924. Hardcover. SALESMAN'S DUMMY. Excerpts from 2 volumes bound as one. 4to. Dark brown cloth backed light brown cloth covered boards. Wear to edges exposing boards. 4 inch closed tear to cloth on spine. Fraying to spine ends. Damp staining to top corner of rear board. One signature is detached from interior but present. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Binding samples pasted to interior of rear board. Roman history. ROME/080510. Good +.