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Braund, David, & John Wilkins. Athenaeus and his world: Reading Greek culture in the Roman Empire. Exeter, Devon, UK: University of Exeter Press, 2000. Square 8vo (23.6 cm, 9.25"). xxii, 625,  pp.; illus. $50.00
"Almost all classicists and ancient historians make use of Athenaeus. The text of his Philosophers at Supper (Deipnosophistae) is the quarry on which we depend for our knowledge of much ancient literature; it is also the source of much of the data used by modern historians of the classical and hellenistic worlds. His work is a major example of the literature of the Second Sophistic, revelling in the Greek past in the context of the Roman imperial present. Yet, while the significance of Athenaeus is widely recognised, his work has seldom been considered for its own sake . . . Athenaeus and His World sets the study of Athenaeus on a new footing by making sense of his massive and polyphonous text. He emerges both as a significant author and word-smith in his own right, and also as a historical figure typical of his age, proud of his home town (Greek Naucratis in Egypt) and the illustrious heritage of the past, yet at home also in the present within the Roman empire" (rear cover).
Publisher's pictorial blue boards; fading to spine, red scuffs to fore-edge, extremities lightly bumped. Interior is clean. (40345) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Parkes, M.B. Pause and effect: Punctuation in the West. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. 4to (28.2 cm, 11.125"). xvi, 327,  pp.; illus. $125.00
"Over the centuries punctuation has become an essential component of written language. Its primary function is to resolve structural uncertainties in a text, and to signal nuances of semantic significance. The importance of the study of punctuation to a number of disciplines will be widely recognized as a result of the publication of this first definitive history. The first part of Pause and Effect identifies the graphic symbols and deals with their history. It covers the antecedents of the repertory of symbols, as well as the ways in which the repertory was refined and augmented with new symbols to meet changing requirements. The second part offers a short general account of the principal influences which have contributed to the ways in which the symbols have been applied in texts, focusing on the evidence of the practice itself rather than on theorists. The treatment enables the reader to compare usages in different periods, and to isolate the principles which underlie the use of punctuation in all periods" (dust jacket).
Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine; spine-ends lightly bumped. In original pictorial dust jacket; edgeworn. Interior is clean. (40342) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Tarn, W.W. The Greeks in Bactria and India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1951. 8vo (24 cm, 9.5"). xxiii, , 561,  pp.; 1 f. of plts., 1 fold. chart., 3 fold. maps. $40.00
"The history of the Euthydemids, the fifth of the Hellenistic dynasties, and of the far Eastern division of Alexander's Empire which they ruled, has hitherto been written only by Indian historians as a part of the history of Iran and of Northern India. But it is really a part of the history of Hellenism, and any study of the Hellenistic states with the Farther East omitted is a mutilated history; for the Euthydemids, both in the extent of their rule and in what they tried to do, were vastly more important than the Attalids, who merely from having been the protégés successively of Egypt and of Rome, have received more attention. The present book is the story, seen from the Greek point of view, of Greek rule in Eastern Iran and Northern India; it recovers what can be recovered of the history of a lost dynasty and of a remarkable political experiment. In this second edition the author has added a body of notes and Addenda, some of which are revisions of the text, in order to indicate the advance knowledge since 1938" (dust jacket).
Publisher's purple cloth with gilt lettering to spine; foxing to edges, light fading to spine. In original green paper dust jacket with black lettering; price-clipped, edgeworn and rubbed with missing portion at spine-head, age-toned, closed tear on front panel. Interior and fold-out maps lightly age-toned, otherwise clean. (40343) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Setton, Kenneth M. Catalan domination of Athens, 1311–1388. Cambridge, MA: The Medieaval Academy of America, 1948. Small 4to (26.1 cm, 10.25"). Frontis., xv, , 323,  pp.; 5 ff. of plts. $35.00
"From the episcopal residence on the Acropolis, in the last quarter of the twelfth century, Michael Choniates, Archbishop of Athens, looked out upon the city of his day, and wrote a poem on Athens' departed greatness, lines which he tells us, 'love of Athens, far famed in times gone by, has writ for me —' And just so have love of Athens and admiration for Catalonia produced this book for me. I have written it because I could not, almost, do otherwise. It is, however, the first book, in its way, which has for its sole and central theme the whole history of the Catalan domination of Athens, although this is a subject, to be sure, which have had to follow, like the little Iulus tripping after his father Aeneas, 'with unequal steps.' Almost as great a pleasure as wandering, so to speak, through the streets of Athens in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries has been the fact that my guides have been, to name only the most important, J.A.C. Buchon, Karl Hopf, Ferdinard Gregorovius, Sp. P. Lampros, William Miller, and Antonio Rubió y Lluch. This study, as the reader will see for himself, is based chiefly upon contemporary sources, but always I have stood upon the shoulder of these men, for by myself I should have seen but very little" ( p. vii).
Publisher's hunter green clot, gilt lettering to spine; rubbing overall, including to lettering. Interior lightly age-toned. (40348) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Lavan, Luke, ed. Recent research in late-antique urbanism. Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2001. 4to (28.5 cm, 11.25"). 245,  pp.; illus. $75.00
"This volume is the product of a series of conferences held in Nottingham, Birmingham and Oxford between 1997 and 1999, entitled 'Recent research in late-antique urbanism'. The idea of the series was to bring together established and emerging scholars in both ancient history and archaeology from Britain, France and Italy to consider a variety of broad themes relevant to the study of the late-antique city, both within individual regions and across the empire as a whole" (p. 7).
Publisher's gray cloth with red lettering; extremities bumped, a very small stain to each board. Very bottom corner of leaves has been bumped, causing minor creasing. Interior is clean. (40349) Add to My BOOK-STACK
An Acclaimed "Elizabethan" Pickering Production
Church of England. Book of Common Prayer. The book of common prayer and administration of the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of the church according to the use of the United Church of England and Ireland together with the psalter or psalms of David pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches. London: William Pickering, 1853. 12mo (18.4 cm, 7.25").  pp.; illus. $450.00
Accessible, beautiful Pickering edition of the BCP, inspired by the 1569 edition of A Book of Christian Prayers, a.k.a. "Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book." Mary Byfield engraved this version of the frontispiece portrait of Queen Elizabeth, as well as the woodcut borders, done after designs by Dürer, Holbein, and others; Kelly notes that => this volume is considered Byfield's masterpiece. The printing was elegantly accomplished by Charles Whittingham, predominantly in a clear and legible yet historic-feeling roman with blackletter captions in the borders.
Binding: Publisher's red morocco, covers with ornate blind-stamped frame, front cover with gilt-stamped decorative title, spine with gilt-stamped title and blind-tooled compartment decorations, board edges with gilt roll, turn-ins with blind roll. All edges gilt and gauffered. Front free endpaper stamped "Bound by J. Wright."
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of John Turner Ettlinger. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Griffiths, Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, 1853:22; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1853.8; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), pp. 32 & 86. Bound as above; spine slightly darkened, rubbing to joints and edges nicely refurbished. Bookplate as above, front free endpaper with Ettlinger's pencilled inscription. Pages very faintly age-toned, otherwise clean. => A solid, satisfactory copy of this attractive and important edition. (40309) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Breves & Semy-Breves by Pickering & Whittingham
Church of England. Book of Common Prayer. The book of common prayer noted by John Merbecke 1550. London: William Pickering (Chiswick: Charles Whittingham), 1844. 4to (24.5 cm, 9.625").  ff. $400.00
Pickering's edition of this musically notated 16th-century BCP, printed by Whittingham in red and black with the original text and music in type facsimile. Merbecke (ca. 1510–85) was a theologian and musician who was commissioned by Archbishop Cranmer to supply the melodies here, many adapted from Gregorian chants, to accompany the First Prayer Book of Edward VI. While the revision of 1552 rendered them outdated, the Oxford Movement prompted a revival of interest in Merbecke's simple, straightforward settings. => This handsome Pickering version is set in black letter with the neumes given on red four-line staves, and wood-engraved ornaments done by Mary Byfield.
At the back of the volume, following the colophon with Whittingham's monogram and Chiswick banner, is a publisher's catalogue of upcoming Pickering editions of liturgical works.
Binding: Publisher's vellum, covers framed and panelled in single gilt fillets with gilt-stamped corner fleurons, surrounding central gilt arabesque medallions; spine with gilt-stamped leather title and date labels.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Griffiths, Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, 1844:33; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1844.10; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 86. Bound as above; vellum showing some discoloration, spine darkened, spine labels chipped. Light foxing, most notably to first and last few leaves. A solid and with faults noted yet => an attractive copy of this worthwhile entry in the Pickering series of BCPs. (40334) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Walton, Izaak. The complete angler of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton: Extensively embellished with engravings on copper and wood ... To which are added, an introductory essay; the Linnaean arrangement of the various river fish delineated in the work; and illustrative notes. London: John Major (pr. at the Shakspeare Press by W. Nicol), 1824. 8vo in 4s (19.7 cm, 7.76"). lviii, 416 pp.; 14 plts.; illus. $550.00
[with the same author's] The lives of Dr. John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Mr. Richard Hooker, Mr. George Herbert, and Dr. Robert Sanderson ... To which are added, the autographs of those eminent men, now first collected; an index, and illustrative notes. London: John Major (pr. at the Shakspeare Press by W. Nicol), 1825. Frontis., xviii, , 503,  pp.; 10 plts., illus.
Classic combination: Major's nicely edited rendition of Walton's beloved treatise in combination with his collected lives of authors, the set (with Angler here in its stated second edition, Lives in the first) => charmingly illustrated with a total of 25 copper-engraved plates and numerous wood-engraved in-text vignettes. The Angler plates generally represent dashing young men — and a few young ladies — in the garb of Walton's day, while many of the in-text illustrations depict hooked fish; the Lives volume opens with a representation of the subjects' signatures within a decorative frame and includes, along with a portrait of each, ten renditions of important moments and locations in the subjects' careers as well as numerous smaller portraits, coats of arms, etc.
Bindings: Contemporary dark brown morocco, covers framed and panelled in blind surrounding embossed arabesque cartouches, spines with gilt-stamped titles and blind-ruled compartments, board edges with single gilt fillet, wide turn-ins with quadruple gilt fillets and corner fleurons. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.
Bound as above; joints, edges, and spine extremities rubbed, spines sunned. Back free endpapers each with bookseller's ticket of Hessey, Fleet Street. Minor offsetting from turn-ins to free endpapers; pages slightly age-toned, otherwise clean. => A desirable set, externally a bit worn, now exuding the promise of comfortable enjoyment. (40307) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Certifying the Use of a Coat of Arms & the Concomitant Privileges & Exemptions
Alonso Usatigui Barcena y Rodriguez de los Rios, Francisco. Polychromatic genealogical/heraldic manuscript, on paper, in Spanish. Madrid: 1722 (5 December). 4to (31 cm, 12").  ff. $1,200.00
Francisco Alonso Usatigui Barcena y Rodriguez de los Rios was descended from the noble families of Alonso, Usatigui, Barcena, and Rodriguez and held office as a Lieutenant-Colonel of the Spanish Royal Infantry Guard in the early 18th century, during and after the War of Spanish Succession.
Here Don Juan Antonio de Hoces Sarmiento, the Royal Chronicler, certifies that he has examined the many volumes in the royal archives relating to the noble families of Spain and their achievements, royal favors, and coats of arms, and he has found that Col. Alonso Usatigui is entitled to use the coat of arms that serves as the frontispiece of this manuscript.
He also gives lengthy synopses of the histories of the Alonso, Usatigui, Barcena, and Rodriguez families and explains the elements of the coat of arms and their significance. => Included here, and a most uncommon element of such documents, is the listing of all 26 exemptions and privileges that hidalgos enjoy by right of their status.
The text is written in a competent but not notable semi-calligraphic hand, 22 lines to a page, using sepia ink (sometimes pale though always legible), with rubrics in red outlined in brown and the first line of text in majuscules in red and brown. The coat of arms bears a bearded man’s head above a castle with a lion rampant sinister and a wolf rampant dexter. The border of the shield is set with the heads of men in the four cardinal directions and ladders sinister and dexter. => The whole is accomplished in red, blue, silver. purple, and green, but curiously not gold. There is a contemporary orange silk guard protecting the leaf of arms, and the volume ends with endorsements on the last leaf, with the paper seal of the city of Madrid.
Provenance: 20th-century stamp on front free endpaper of the Argentine private library of the Moctezuma family.
=> An intriguing aspect of the binding is that faintly visible beneath the pastedowns is 15th-century manuscript waste.
Contemporary parchment over pasteboards with inked summary of contents and a large tulip-like flower on front cover; evidence of silk ties now missing. Text with some small holes from the very occasional inkburn, else in good and presentable condition. (40295) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Wightman, Edith Mary. Roman Trier and the Treveri. New York: Praeger, 1971. 4to (26.6 cm, 10.5"). Frontis., 320 pp.; 24 plts., illus. $15.00
"This book tells the story of the Treveri, a Gaulish tribe encountered in the pages of Julius Caesar, tracing from historical and archaeological sources the many changes caused by the process of Romanization. Pride of place is naturally taken by the city of Augusta Treverorum (the modern Trier or Trèves) which, founded in the reign of Augustus, grew to become an Imperial capital under Diocletian and was for some years the residence of Constantine the Great and his family. The upstanding Roman remains, eloquent of former greatness, are the finest north of the Alps and have earned the city the popular title 'Rome of the North'. But city and surrounding countryside formed an administrative and economic unit, and the pattern of country life, from humble peasants to the wealthy with their palatial villas, is given the attention which it deserves" (dust jacket).
This is a heavy book and will require an increased shipping charge.
Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine; extremities bumped. In original pictorial dust jacket; edgeworn, price-clipped, slightly age-toned. Interior lightly age-toned, tiny hole in one leaf; interior otherwise clean. Very good. (40312) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Holmberg, Bengt. Paul and power: The structure of authority in the primitive church as reflected in the Pauline epistles. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). viii, 232 pp. $15.00
"The study of the evolution of church structure and order has been subject to considerable research and debate, often with theological presuppositions determining the direction taken. In this highly original work Bengt Holmberg separates historical groundwork from theological analysis by reviewing the issues from a sociological point of view. What emerges is an unusually lucid study of the network of 'power relationships' which can be traced in the decades of St. Paul's ministry. The principle actors and situations in the Pauline Epistles suggest what the organizational and leadership realities of the times were like and how Paul, his co-workers, and his churches related to one another" (dust jacket).
Publisher's tan cloth with gilt lettering to spine. In original pictorial dust jacket: price-clipped, edgeworn, spine faded. Interior is slightly age-toned, otherwise clean. (40339) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Matthews, John. The journey of Theophanes: travel, business, and daily life in the Roman East. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006. 4to (26.1 cm, 10.25"). xvii, , 244 pp.; illus. $95.00
"In the early fourth century, a lawyer and public figure from the Nile valley city of Hermopolis made a six-month business-related journey to Antioch. The day-to-day details are preserved on papyrus documents and offer a remarkable record of this journey, covering everything from distances traveled to daily food purchases, from medicinal supplies to fees paid for services. In this book, the classicist and historian John Matthews translates these important documents and places them in the wider context of the social history of the Graeco-Roman world. The memoranda relating to Theophanes' journey are presented within a historical narrative that offers an array of revelations on diet, travel, social relations, and other fascinating topics. This book creates an unprecedented account of daily life in the years preceding Emperor Constantine's rise to power in the eastern provinces of the Roman empire" (just jacket).
Publisher's black paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine; spine-ends lightly bumped. In original pictorial dust jacket; minor edgewear, spine faded. Interior is clean. (40340) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Bowerstock, G.W. Mosaics as history: the Near East from late antiquity to Islam. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2006. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). vi, , 146,  pp.; col. illus. $15.00
"Over the past century, exploration and serendipity have uncovered mosaic after mosaic in the Near East — maps, historical images, mythical figures, and religious scenes that constitute an immense treasure of new testimony from antiquity. The stories these mosaics tell unfold in this brief, richly informed book by a preeminent scholar of the classical world. G.W. Bowersock considers these mosaics a critical part of the documentation of the region's ancient culture, as expressive as texts, inscriptions on stone, and architectural remains. In their complex language, often marred by time, neglect, and deliberate defacement, he finds historical evidence, illustrations of literary and mythological tradition, religious icons, and monuments to civic pride. Eloquently evoking a shared vision of a world beyond the boundaries of individual cities, the mosaics attest to a persistent tradition of Greek taste that could embrace Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in a fundamentally Semitic land, and they suggest the extent to which these three monotheistic religions could themselves embrace Hellenism" (dust jacket).
Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt decoration to front board. In original pictorial dust jacket; tiny spot of rubbing to spine, another tiny spot of soiling to front panel. Interior is clean. Very good. (40310) Add to My BOOK-STACK
D'Elia, Anthony F. A sudden terror: The plot to murder the Pope in Renaissance Rome. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). , 237,  pp.; illus. $15.00
"In 1468, on the final night of carnival in Rome, Pope Paul II sat enthroned above the boisterous crowd, when a scuffle caught his eye . . . Conspirators were lying in wait to slay the pontiff. Twenty humanist intellectuals were quickly arrested, tortured on the rack, and imprisoned in separate cells . . . Anthony D'Elia's compelling, surprising story reveals a Renaissance world that witnessed the rebirth of interest in the classics, a thriving homoerotic culture, the clash of Christian and pagan values, the contest between republicanism and a papal monarchy, and tensions separating Christian Europeans and Muslim Turks. Using newly discovered sources, he shows why the pope targeted the humanists — who were seen as dangerously pagan in their Epicurean morals and their Platonic beliefs about the soul, and insurrectionist in their support of a more democratic Church. Their fascination with Sultan Mehmed II connected them to the Ottoman Turks, enemies of Christendom, and their love of the classical world tied them to recent rebellious attempts to replace papal rule with a republic harking back to the glorious days of Roman antiquity" (dust jacket).
Publisher's quarter dark green cloth with light, speckled green paper-covered sides, gilt lettering to spine; light fading to very bottom edge of boards. In original pictorial dust jacket; tiny closed tear to spine-head, minor scuff to spine. Interior is clean. Very good. (40311) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Saint-Simon, duc de. The memoirs of Louis de Rouvroy, Duc de Saint-Simon covering the years 1691-1723. Baltimore: Pr. by the Thistle Press for the Limited Editions Club, 1959. 2 vols. $75.00
Number 891 of 1500 copies printed for the Limited Editions Club. The memoirs were selected, translated, and edited by Desmond Flower, with pochoir (i.e., colored) illustrations done by Pierre Brissaud, who signed this copy.
Binding: Publisher's binding by the Russell-Rutter Co. in red cloth with gilt-stamped coat of arms; coordinated very deep blue slipcase.
Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 297. Bound as above, slipcase bumped at two corners with one seam starting to split; sunned over spine, edges, and top with evidence of old water exposure to the last. => Volumes inside very clean and bright, showing next to no wear. (40337) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Flavian Epic, Georgian Scholarship
Silius Italicus, Tiberius Catius; Richard Heber, ed. Caji Silii Italici Punica. Londini: Gul. Bulmer (pr. by R. Faulder), 1792. 16mo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). 2 vols. I: xxiv, 240 pp. II: , 270,  pp. $300.00
Sole printing of Richard Heber's edition of this Silver Age epic Latin verse about the Second Punic War — so epic that it is now the longest known extant poem of Classic Latin literature, in fact. Heber (1774–1833), himself one of the most notably epic bibliomaniacs of the era, was just 18 when he tackled the project, as per the Bibliotheca Heberiana. He based his work on Arnold Drakenborch's. Dibdin found this a "useful little edition, which exhibits the text very elegantly printed by Bulmer." Printed on wove paper.
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed in beaded gilt rule, spines with gilt-stamped leather black and red title and volume labels, gilt-stamped crossed-arrow decorations in elegantly gilt-ruled compartments.
Provenance: Front pastedowns each with inked inscription: "George Sinclair, April 11th, 1805"; first two books of vol. I with early inked annotations in both Latin and English, no subsequent annotations. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear of each volume.
Brunet, V, 383; Dibdin, II, 407–08; ESTC T147242; Schweiger, II, 956. Bound as above; minimal wear overall, vol. II with small scuff to back cover. Inscriptions and marginalia as above. Back pastedown and final 40 (approximately) leaves of vol. I with small area of pinhole worming to upper outer margins, not approaching text. => A handsome set of this uncommon Heberianum. (40254) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Keeping the Theoretical & the Practical in Balance
Ozanam, Jacques. La geometrie pratique, contenant la trigonométrie théorique & pratique, la longimétrie, la planimétrie, & la stéréometrie. Avec un petit traité de l'arithmetique par géometrie. Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1736. 16mo (16.2 cm, 6.375"). , 308, [20 (index)] pp.; 8 fold. plts. $300.00
Corrected and enlarged edition, following the first of 1684. Ozanam (1640–1718) was a largely self-taught mathematician who became a teacher and a member of the Académie des Sciences. He published a number of well-regarded treatises on mathematics, including the much-reprinted Dictionnaire mathématique — the first work of its kind in French — and the groundbreaking Récréations mathématiques et physiques. The present work on practical geometry is => illustrated with eight tipped-in folding engraved plates, while its accompanying "petit traité" features numerous in-text diagrams.
Contemporary mottled roan, spine gilt extra with raised bands and gilt-stamped leather title-label; acid-pitted and worn, especially at joints and extremities. All edges stained red. One plate creased near fold with outer edge slightly proud. Pages and plates clean. (40302) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"Sweet Love, Do Not Frown, But Put off Thy Gown"
Floethe, Richard, illus. Cupid's horn-book: Songs and ballads of marriage and of cuckoldry. Mt. Vernon, NY: Airmont Publishing, 1936. 8vo (25.8 cm, 10.125"). 150,  pp.; illus. $50.00
"Written by various hands and embellished with cuts by Richard Floethe": Merrily bawdy verses, progressing from the sensual aspects of wedded bliss to the riskier pleasures of extramarital affairs. Only 390 copies were printed — by Peter and Edna Beilenson of the Peter Pauper Press, in modest disguise — of this celebration of lawful and lawless carnality.
Publisher's quarter floral-patterned paper with woodgrain-patterned paper–covered sides, spine with black leather title-label stamped in silver, in original matching slipcase; one corner bumped and spine extremities with small chips, slipcase showing moderate shelfwear and with one upper edge split and repaired with archival tissue. Pages clean. Internally very appealing despite minor external wear. (39805) Add to My BOOK-STACK
How to Paint, According to One of the Great French Critics
Piles, Roger de. Cours de peinture par principes. Amsterdam & Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus; Paris: Chez les Freres Estienne, 1767. 12mo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., , 389,  pp.; 2 plts. $250.00
Attractive 18th-century printing of an influential treatise on painting by de Piles (1635–1709), an eminent artist, critic, and member of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. The publisher's foreword notes that the work had become "extrêmement rare" since its original publication in 1708, prompting => this updated edition, here in its second printing following the first of the previous year (that 1766 issue having been part of a five-volume Oeuvres diverses of de Piles; the date and the booksellers' information have been reset on the title-page here). The text is illustrated with the engraved allegorical frontispiece and two plates, one of which is signed by Charles de Rochefort, from the 1708 Jacques Estienne edition. At the back of the volume is de Pile's original — and still controversial — "objective" numerical breakdown of the talents of 56 famous painters, assigning points in four categories (composition, drawing, color, and expression).
WorldCat locates => only three U.S. institutions reporting holdings of this 1767 printing, and just a handful of the 1766.
Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped title and pomegranate decorations in compartments; joints and extremities rubbed, with back joint starting from foot. All edges stained red. Pages with a very few scattered small spots or smudges, overall clean. (40294) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Kirwan, Laurence; T. Hägg, L. Török, & D.A. Welsby, eds. Studies on the history of late antique and Christian Nubia. Hampshire: Ashgate / Variorum, 2002. 8vo (25 cm, 9.875"). Various pagination; illus. $100.00
From the preface: "Sir Laurence Kirwan (1907–1999) was a man of several distinguished careers, public as well as scholarly; but it seems safe to state that Nubia, where he was active as a field archaeologist in his youth (1929–39) and on whose history he published throughout his life, remained closest to his heart. Sadly, he did not live to see the present collection of papers in print; but he was happy to know that it was on its way, and though blindness prevented him from playing an active role in assembling its parts, the selection and the omissions have his approval . . . Characteristically, he declined to write the more personal account of his own career in Nubiology (before the word was coined) that we suggested — a career that reached from Emery and Griffith to Adams and Michalowski (and beyond)."
Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board; extremities lightly bumped. Interior is clean. (40304) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Hodges, Richard. Light in the dark ages: the rise and fall of San Vincenzo al Volturno. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997. 8vo (23.9 cm, 9.375"). xix, , 231,  pp.; illus. $15.00
"Beginning in 1981, Richard Hodges supervised the excavation of the Benedictine monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno, one of the great centers of Dark Age Europe, situated in spectacular mountain country in central Italy. The existence of the monastery has long been known from a twelfth-century illuminated manuscript, and the excavations threw vivid light on its epic history. This richly illustrated book tells of the discoveries made by Hodges's team, with the Samnite and Roman origins of the site charted in detail and the magnificence of the monastery's early medieval period fully elaborated . . . Light in the Dark Ages traces the history of San Vincenzo from the monastery's spectacular rise as a result of Charlemagne's patronage to its cataclysmic sack by Arab marauders in 881, demonstrating the relation between the treasures unearthed and their political context" (dust jacket).
Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine; corners lightly bumped. In original pictorial dust jacket; edgeworn with tiny closed tear at top edge. Interior is bright. Very good. (40306) Add to My BOOK-STACK
Street Ballads & Minstrel Tunes
"Our girl's" songster. Containing all the best and most popular songs — sentimental and comic — "dialect" of all kinds ... some set to music expressly for this work. New York: Clinton T. De Witt, copyright 1879. 18mo (16.6 cm, 6.5"). 176,  pp. $85.00
Part of De Witt's "Twenty-Five Cent Songster" series, this now-scarce songbook offers an impressive variety of popular songs of the period, ranging from sweetly romantic to ribald and mocking. As advertised by the title-page, songs such as "Beneath the Old Pine Tree," "Dancing in the Barn," "Emmet's Lullaby," and "Tell Me Where My Eva's Gone" (first performed onstage in 1878) are here => presented with sheet music, in addition to an array of songs for which music "can be obtained at any music store in the United States or Canada" and skits with Dutch, Irish, Chinese, and Jewish inspirations, many given in dialect and incorporating ethnic slurs. A number of the pieces are connected to burlesque or blackface minstrel shows.
While WorldCat does locate an 1876 New York printing of Our Girls Songster (note the absence of an apostrophe), that edition is only 68 pages and the Brown University catalogue record specifies that it does not include music. No institutional holdings of this much more substantial songster are reported. It should be noted that the front wrapper here does give the title as "Our Girls' Songster," and also that there are 12 pages of publisher's advertisements present.
Publisher's cream paper wrappers with blue lettering and illustration of a young woman on front wrapper; spine paper chipped, rear wrapper absent, front wrapper foxed and with outer corners lost (cutting off the vol. number) and with short tear from spine. Interior age-toned and lightly foxed. => An unusual survivor, profoundly evocative of cheerfully lowbrow 19th-century American entertainment. (37925) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"An Interpretation of the Spirit of an Institution Through 100 Years
of Service to State & Nation"
Metcalf, John Calvin, et al. The centennial of the University of Virginia 1819–1921. The proceedings of the centenary celebration, May 31 to June 3, 1921. New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons (The Knickerbocker Press), 1922. 8vo (27.3 cm, 10.75"). Frontis., xi, , 235,  pp.; 22 plts. $50.00
Illustrated record of the speeches, tributes, exercises, and festivities marking the university's 100th anniversary, including the full script for the Greek-inspired pageant written by Frances O.J. Gaither, "The Shadow of the Builder." (UVa was all-male in 1921, but one plate shows "Greek Dancing at the Pageant" performed by young women — students at Mary Washington?)
In addition to Metcalf, serving on the editorial committee for this commemorative volume were Fiske Kimball, Bruce Williams, Robert Henning Webb, and James Southall Wilson. Among the photographic plates they selected are many reproductions of handsomely calligraphed messages of greetings and best wishes sent by a variety of educational institutions to mark the occasion.
Publisher's dark blue cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and medallion, spine with gilt-stamped title; spine gently sunned, extremities and lower edges showing mild wear. Last few leaves with very faint waterstaining to lower margins; one leaf with upper outer corner torn away. (40064) Add to My BOOK-STACK
"'I am Extremely Happy to See You' Meant No More in Reality than,
'I am Come Because I Could Not Help It'"
[Nares, Edward]. Thinks-I-to-myself: A serio-ludicro, tragico-comico tale. London: Pr. for Sherwood, Neely, & Jones et al. by Law & Gilbert, 1811. 12mo (18 cm, 7.125"). 2 vols. in 1. , 227, , 215,  pp. $150.00
Dryly witty satire on the hypocrisies of high society manners and fashions, set partly in Scotland. Within a year of its initial appearance, this anonymously published novel had gone through nine editions; this is the revised and corrected fourth edition, printed in the same year as the first, with each volume having a separate title-page (and both half-titles being present here). The author (1762–1841) was an accomplished and scholarly theologian, historian, and professor responsible for various writings including Memoirs of the Life and Administration of William Cecil, Lord Burghley and An Attempt to Show How Far the Notion of the Plurality of Worlds is Consistent with the Scriptures, as well as his more humorous endeavors, among which were Heraldic Anomalies, by It Matters Not Who and a sequel to the present work, entitled I Says, Says I: A Novel, by Thinks-I-to-myself.
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of the Furse family (with chevron and crossed halberts) and each title-page with inked inscription of M. Furse, dated 1812; front free endpaper with inked inscription of Cha[rle]s G. Dill (very possibly the Middletown, NY lawyer, 1839–1913, dubbed "a born, inveterate, irreclaimable bibliophile" whose library was the best in Orange County, per Headley's History of Orange County), dated 1885. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
NSTC N290; 1401. Contemporary half brown roan and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and compartment decorations; rubbed overall, particularly at corners and joints. Occasional small pencilled marks of emphasis in margins. (40285) Add to My BOOK-STACK
A Tranquil Soul Makes a Tranquil Life
Puget de la Serre, Jean. La vie heureuse, ou l'homme content; enseignant l'art de bien vivre. Paris: Paulus-du-Mesnil, 1740. 16mo (16.3 cm, 6.4"). , 249,  pp. $225.00
"Les plus belles Maximes de la Morale sont representées par divers Exemples Historiques, qui peuvent servir à conduire nos passions, à pratiquer la Vertu, & fuir les Vices": reflections on morality, anecdotally illustrated. Puget de la Serre (1594–1665), librarian to Gaston, Duke of Orléans, was a prolific author and playwright. His Vie Heureuse, first published anonymously in 1658, enjoyed a fair amount of popularity in its day, going through a number of 17th- and 18th-century French editions as well as making an English appearance under the title Ethica Christiana: Or, the School of Wisdom. This 1740 printing seems to be the final 18th-century edition; it is nicely printed, with a number of head- and tailpieces.
Provenance: Title-page with early inked ownership inscription of a member of the von und zu Ratzenried family.
Barbier, IV, 1022 (for the 1701 ed.). Contemporary sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-framed compartments; binding moderately worn and scuffed, front cover with small area of worming. All edges stained red. Two pieces of dried plant matter laid in. Unobtrusive pencilled marks of emphasis in margins, pages otherwise clean. (40247) Add to My BOOK-STACK