LEE, Mrs. R. (Mrs. T. E. Bowdich). Trees, Plants and Flowers: Their Beauties, Uses And Influences
London, Griffith and Farran, 1859.
FIRST EDITION (Second Thousand), 8vo; pp. viii, 464. Bound in decorative publishers cloth with gilt-tooled floral motives, title on left cover and spine. A good copy in its original binding, front joint split. 8 beautiful hand-coloured plates from drawings by James Andrews. The Plates are bright and clean. A.e.g.
WILSON, Alexander. American Ornithology; or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. By Alexander Wilson; With A Continuation By Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Prince Of Musignano. The Illustrative Notes, And Life Of Wilson, By Sir William Jardine, Bart. F.R.S.E. F.L.S.
8vo, 3 vols. Illustrated with an engraved portrait frontispiece of Wilson in his shooting costume and 97 fine hand-coloured plates. Bound in later half straight-grain green morocco with single gilt fillet along inner edges and marbled paper over boards. Fine binding by Stikeman for Charles Scribner. Spine with gilt titles and date to spine in six compartments with low-raised bands. Birds gilt-tooled. T.e.g. Wood (page 630) notes that the text is a reprint of Wilson’s original text including the later notes by Jardine as well as a reprint of the first three volumes (all then published) of Bonaparte’s American Ornithology. The original plates of both authors were re-engraved by Lizars on a smaller scale on glazed drawing paper. Wood also notes that the backgrounds of the plates were left uncoloured. Some restoration to the bindings, but a generally sound and clean set.
The first Jardine edition of a key work on the study of American birds. Alexander Wilson was the first ornithologist to undertake a systematic study of the birds of America. Wilson turned to the study of American ornithology in 1802 under the tutelage of William Bartram. At the time of the appearance of the first part of his grand work in 1807, no similar study in any branch of natural science had yet been undertaken in America, and only one colour-plate book of any scope had been published in the infant nation (Birch’s Views of Philadelphia). Between 1808 and 1813 Wilson managed, after overcoming innumerable difficulties, to travel over much of the United States collecting material whilst also managing his ambitious publication. He died in 1813, exhausted by his task, and the final parts of the first edition of his work were eventually seen through the press by his friend George Ord. After the defeat of Napoleon, various members of the Bonaparte family took refuge in America, including his nephew, Prince Charles Lucian Bonaparte. The young Bonaparte proved to be an ornithological prodigy, and undertook the writing of a supplement to Wilson, which was completed in 1833. The contemporary importance of Wilson’s work can be judged by the fact that the present edition – edited and with a biography of Wilson by famed ornithologist Sir William Jardine – was published the year before the appearance of the final volume of the Bonaparte supplement. This first Jardine edition contains all of Wilson’s work and the first three volumes of Bonaparte’s continuation, with all plates re-engraved to scale by Lizars. “This is by far the best edition of the American Ornithology, both on account of the beautiful plates and the most interesting notes of the editor” (Neville Wood, quoted in Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature).
Anker 534; Nissen IVB 996; Wood p.630; Zimmer 693; Frank L. Burns, “Alexander Wilson. [Part] VII: Biographies, Portraits, and a Bibliography of the Various Editions of his Works” in The Wilson Bulletin, Vol. XXI, No. 4 (December, 1909), p.181.
AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EDITION OF A FAMOUS LEGAL WORK
BARTOLUS DE SAXOFERRATO. (Jason Maynus, Ed.). Super prima codicis secundum primam et secundam lecturam cum apostillis antea positis [with] Super autenticis [with] Super tribus libris codicis cum nonnullis apostillis
Lyon, Jacques Sacon, 1516.
Large folio. Legal commentaries, 3 works in one volume (the first one in two parts), a-z8; 4a-4q8 4r6 A-G8 a-e8. Title of part one in red and black, all four titles within an elaborate woodcut border and with large devices. (left and right endpapers missing, the second part of the first work lacks the last leaf, part III lacks title and last blank, part IV lacks all after e4, a few light stains and very occasional early marginalia and underlining). Gothic letter, floriated initials in three sizes, double column text with printed lateral glosses. Early ms. ink collection number on left pastedown and paper label with early library number to head, later larger paper slip glued beneath with title, bookseller’s label towards guts at foot (E. & C. Brown, Booksellers, 13, Bishop’s Road, Paddington, W. 20, Sheldon St. (Adjoining)). Bound in contemporary South German blind-stamped alum-tawed skin over wooden boards, sides divided into rectangular compartments and decorated with stamps of rosettes, animals, lilies and an arrow through a heart, the whole within a roll border of a larger arrow through heart stamp, spine decorated in compartments, divided by five raised bands covering double sewing supports, with a profusion of the same stamps, metal cornerpieces and original catch and clasps of copper alloy. Later chevron headband linings of blue, red and white cotton threads. (A few minor signs of wear). A monumental volume in very good condition despite a few missing leaves.
Not in Adams or BMC. None of the tools identified in Kyriss.
EXCEEDINGLY RARE EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED CRITICAL EDITIONS OF AQUINAS’ THEOLOGICAL MASTERPIECE
AQUINAS, Saint Thomas. Summa Theologica in Quinque Tomos Distribuita, Cum Commentariis Thomae de Vio Cardinalis Cajetani, Et Elucidationibus Literalibus. P. Seraphini Capponi a’ Porrecta, Ordinis Praedicatorum…[Vol. I with initial inserted Papal letter with Vatican imprint, and treatise at end: Cui Annexus est Tractatus De Praescentia, & Praedestinatione Dei]
Padua, Ex Typographia Seminarii, 1698.
Royal Folio, 5 vols. Roman and Italic letter, head- and tailpieces, floriated initials in two sizes at least, double-column text to head of pages and commentary to foot, with lateral glosses and occasional printed maniculae. In sequence: first volume with beautiful large engraving of the Saint while his heart is getting infused with the Holy Spirit through the intersession of the four Latin Church Fathers suspended in the sky: Gregory, Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome. Imposing title pages in red and black and small tailpiece; dedication to Pope Innocent XII with half page left blank for the portrait of the pope; letter of the typographus; two quarto leaves insertion with papal letter by Benedict XIII to the monks of the preaching orders addressed against those who slandered the doctrine of Augustine and Aquinas, with the magnificent device of the Vatican press flanked by Saints Peter and Paul (Rome, Typis Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, 1724); short text on the “altitude of Aquinas’ doctrine; instructions for the reader; index of the topics and articles discussed; treatise on the “foreknowledge and predestination of God”. Rebound with early vellum over thick boards. Boards of first volume covered by reusing the original vellum and with gilt-stamped titles to spine on two painted labels, the upper one gilt, the lower one azure framed by gilt Greek fretwork. Other four volumes with ink title to spines and a.e.r.. Autograph of owner: “Hugh Edmond Ford, Rome” (1851-1930; Abbot of Downside, Historian and theologian), and “Ex · Libris · Monasterii · Beatae · Mariae · Virginis · De · Worth” printed on label glued to front pastedown. A little rubbed and worn to cover corners and fore-edges, some minor chipping and light staining on boards and negligible tiny cracks to spine in correspondence to the sowings. In very good condition overall.
PINDARUS (Heyne, Christian Gottlob, Ed.). Pindari carmina.
Oxford, Typis N. Bliss, Impensis M. Bliss, et R Bliss, 1808.
16mo, pp. (iv) 230 (ii) 138, two volumes in one. Predominantly Greek letter, some Roman. A small pocket sized edition of the works of Pindar with a short Latin commentary. It comprises the four books of Pindar’s victory odes, which are named after the Olympian, Pythian, Isthmian and Nemean games. Pindar was an Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes. He is one of the canonical nine lyric poets of ancient Greece. Pindar did not create any new lyrical genres, but worked with the pre-existing genres to a great success. Condition: In a full diced calf binding. Externally, sound with slight rubbing, particularly to the joints, front hinge is tender and fragile. Ms. exlibris annotation on front flyleaf (J. Brookman…1812) Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned. Good condition.
4to, (xvi) 756 (lvi), ã4 ê4 A-5I4 5K2 (2H2, 3P3, 4N3 blanks). Roman, Greek, and Italic letter. Small t-p vignette, large decorated initials, head- and tailpieces, and meanders. Early ms. annotations on front endpaper reporting Horace’s Ode 4.2 (“Pindarum quisquis studet aemulari…”), “emptus in auctione 3-15-0” and the autograph of “Berlanus”. Some light age yellowing and minor spotting, waterstaining at lower gutter throughout the first half of the book. In contemporary vellum, Yapp edges, ink title to spine, a.e.r.
This is one of the most important early seventeenth-century editions of Pindar, which followed Erasmus Schmid’s edition (Wittenberg 1616). Johannes Benedictus, or Jean Benoist, was a German scholar and physician, King’s Professor of Greek in Saumur.
PINDARUS. (Adimari, Alessandro, Ed. and Tr.) Ode di Pindaro, antichissimo poeta…
Pisa, Nella stamperia di Francesco Tanagli, 1631.
Large 4to, pp. (xx) 748 (lxiv). Roman and Italic letter. Title within a beautiful engraved frontispiece by the hand of Carlo Audran after a drawing by Alexander Vaianus, surmounted by the emblem of Cardinal Francesco Barberini, nephew of Pope Urbanus VIII. Title page in red and black ink with printer’s device, repeated at colophon in large, second title page dated 1632 at p. 581, head- and tailpieces, large historiated initials. 6 full-page engravings showing 19 scenes of ancient athletic games and their related accessories. Some occasional spotting and browning. In contemporary vellum over boards with ink title to spine, hinges a little cracked. Overall a very good copy.
Rare edition. This is a translation into Tuscan vernacular of Pindar’s odes, which includes 45 poems overall, provided with a rich commentary, observations and indexes. Alessandro Adimari (1579-1649) translated and edited this work, which is one of his finest achievements. Adimari based his erudite analysis of these odes on the excellent work previously carried out on Pindar by Erasmus Schmidt in 1616. Adimari, a Florentine patrician, was secretary of the Accademia Fiorentina (1633) and member of three different academies: the Alterati, Incogniti and Lincei.
8vo, pp. [xxxii] 434 [iv], α-β8 a-z8 A-D8 E4. Greek, Roman, and italic letter. Decorated initials, original Greek text and Latin translation, and commentary on page margins. All annotated mainly by the same hand with scholarly care for emendation and erudite observations; extensive and continuous underlining throughout and frequent strikethrough erasing lines for correction purposes. T-p with early inscription; autograph of Cambridge classical scholar James Bailey, dated “24 Dec. 1822”, on recto of front endpaper (top of leaf towards hinge torn away), probably the author of most marginalia; ms. Latin note on verso with mention of Christian Gottlob Heyne’s appreciation of this commentary by Neander in the second part of his work dedicated to Pindar’s poems (p. 109, 1773). Ms. indexing on verso of rear flyleaf and note on rear pastedown: “collated perfect J. H. 1818”, plus another crossed out note with date “1816”. Margin edges slightly soiled and browned due to wearing and aging. Only flaw in the text block is at leaf a4, where a little square of paper has been cut off the central part of the margin with loss of few letters. In a remarkable yet very worn contemporary German alum-tawed pigskin over boards blind-tooled with decorative rolls, representing the personification of the seven virtues (initial F. H. readable in some sections), and central panel stamps. Front cover panel set between initials “I O A” and publication date, showing a trompe-l’oeil architectural landscape (Parnassus?) with Apollo playing the lyre at top; rear cover panel represents a scene with buildings, figures, an floral motives (image blurred and confused), and a psalm verse underneath: “voluntatem timentium se faciet” (Vulgate 144:19). Dark leather label on spine with gilt title and author. Worn spine caps and board corners. A very interesting copy in a sixteenth-century elaborate Protestant binding, overall in good condition.
This work is an anthology of Pindar’s best poems, a collection of the finest poetic texts of this Greek poet, which is provided with a Latin translation and commentary by the scholar Michael Neander (1529-1581), a Protestant polymath educated at Luther’ and Melanchthon’s University of Wittenberg. Neander included in is glosses several references to works on Pindar by other authors, such as the great humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who devoted plenty of room to Pindar’s sayings and aphorisms in his Adages (1500). In the introductory letter to his work, Neander states he made use of the precious studies on Pindar by Johannes Lonicer and Philipp Melanchthon. The work is dedicated to the German classical scholar Valentin Friedland of famous Protestant School of Goldberg in Silesia. He died in 1556, the same year this book was published. At the end of the book is included a selection of short texts and mottos by the Father of the Church and pagan authors.
PINDARUS (WEST, Gilbert, Ed. and Tr.). Odes of Pindar, With several other Pieces in Prose and Verse, Translated from the Greek. To which is prefixed a Dissertation on the Olypmpick Games.
London, Printed for R. Dodsley, 1749.
FIRST EDITION. Large 4to, pp. (xxviii), ccvi, (ii), 315, (iii). Roman letter, some Italic. Title in red and black. Tondo with profile of Pindar on title-page, capital spaces with guide-letters. Bookplate on front pastedown, probably of the Penn family, and “Duncombe” handwritten underneath. Ms. note by the same hand on front endpaper: “From his Grace Thomas Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury 1749”, referring to the ownership of Thomas Herring (a. 1747-57), who was Archbishop of Canterbury at the time. In contemporary calf, rebacked. Gilt spine and edges. red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. A crisp, excellent copy.
In addition to the Dissertation on the Olympick Games and Pindar’s Odes, this work includes translations of Horace, Euripides, Lucian, and other classical poets. Though Gilbert West’s Odes of Pindar is only the third version of these poems to have been translated into English (the first by Sternhold and Hopkinsin 1713), his translation was arguably the most popular version in the eighteenth century. Just several months after this publication, the poet Joseph Warton wrote “An ode, Occasioned by reading Mr. West’s Translation of Pindar”; and some scholars have suggested that Thomas Gray’s Pindaric Odes, written at the beginning of the 1750s, are to some extent in conversation with West’s translation. In Lives of the English Poets (1779), Dr. Johnson praised West’s Pindar: “Of his translations I have only compared the first Olympick ode with the original, and found my expectation surpassed, both by its elegance and its exactness…A work of this kind must, in a minute examination, discover many imperfections; but West’s version, so far as I have considered it, appears to be the product of great labour and great abilities”.
16mo, two volumes in one: 1) pp. 270 (ii=blank leaf), a-r8; 2) pp. 196 (iv), A-M8 N4. Greek and Italic letter, a little Roman. Two title pages, one for each volume, with printer’s device, decorated initials, capital spaces with guide-letters, text predominantly in double column, Greek original parallel to Latin translation. In late C18th or early 19th gilt green morocco, title to spine, marbled pastedowns, gilt inner dentelles.
This is the third edition, by Plantin, of a work first published in 1560 by Henry Estienne. It includes Pindar’s poems – the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean and Isthmian odes – and other selected works of the Greek poets Alcaeus, Sappho, Stesichorus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Bacchylides, Simonides and Alcman. It also includes many other short poems concerning these poets by contemporary and later authors, both Greek and Latin. This is the result of a collaboration between the Mecenas of letters Ulrich Fugger and the printer Henry Estienne, who undertook an editorial plan to publish Ancient Greek texts. The first volume of this work includes a dedication letter from Estienne to the Protestant Reformer, scholar, and erudite Philipp Melanchthon, who worked on several classic authors, including Pindar, on whom he focused extensively. The second volume includes a poem in praise of Markus and Johann Fugger, which is likely to be a sign of recognition for the financial support that the Fugger, a rich family of bankers, provided for Estienne’s undertaking of printing Greek classics.