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Classical History and Literature

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Classical History and Literature

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21 Horace (Rev. Phillip Francis, Editor) The Odes, Epodes, and Carmen Seculare of Horace, In Latin and English. With Critical Notes Collected from the Best Latin and Frence Commentators (Volume I only)
Dublin S. Powell 1742 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: S. Powell, 1742. Quintus Horatius Flaccus ("Horace"). 65-27 BCE. The leading lyric poet of the Augustan age, his works were almost lost during the Middle Ages. Although Dryden called him "a well-mannered court slave," his popularity was restored in the Age of Enlightenment. Reverend Phillip Francis (1708?-1773) was a noted educator, one of whose pupils was the classicist Edward Gibbon. This seems to have been a popular publication, with several hundred subscribers to the edition listed within. The Latin text is on the left, opposed by Mr. Francis's English translation, and with extensive notes throughout. W.B. Stanford, in "Ireland and the Classic Tradition " (1978) observes that "Out of the multitudinous translations the best, perhaps (was) Philip Francis' Horace." An uncommon title. This is a Very Good copy of the True First Edition. Most copies held institutionally are later London printings. This is Volume One only (Volume II was issued separately). Octavo; full leather (calf) binding. Covers ruled in gilt; five raised bands on the spine. Heavily rubbed; the covers have split; although holding, they are loose. Front endpapers are missing. The text is generally bright and clean; 314 pages, with any foxing confined to the first few; small hole to upper right-hand corners of the Preface. Please note the condition issue.The condition of the book is delicate, and Quercus prefers to offer this as a Binding Copy, in need of restoration and/or repair. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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22 Josephus, Flavius The Second Jewish Commonwealth. From the Maccabaean Rebellion to the Outbreak of the Judaeo-Roman War
New York Shocken Books 1971 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Shocken Books, 1971. Comprises several books of the "Jewish Antiquities," edited by Nahum N. Glatzer. 536 pages, indexed, with maps and guides. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus (based upon the classic Whiston translation). Dark gray cloth binding with red lettering. Text clean, but showing a bit of tan at the margins, else Fine. An uncommon title. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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23 MacMullen, Ramsay Christianizing the Roman Empire (A.D. 100-400)
New Haven & London Yale University Press 1984 0300032161 / 9780300032161 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1984. A social history that explores how the Christian church mcame to dominance. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Dark red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. 83 pages, indexed. Clean and bright text. The dustjacket is also Fine; in a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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24 Ovid (Publious Ovidius Naso) Ovid's Metamorphoses in Fifteen Books
New York The Heritage Press 1961 First Thus Hardcover Fine No Jacket Hans Erni 
New York: The Heritage Press, 1961. One of the canonical works of Augustan literature, in a typically attractive presentation by Heritage Press. This is a Fine copy of the First Editiion Thus, illustrated by Hans Erni. Translation by "Eminent Hands" (Addison, Dryden, Congreve, et.al.).Tan cloth binding, with titling and decorations in red and gilt. Clean text; lii, 520 pages. No dustjacket; slipcased. A large, heavy book; postage at exact cost.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Hans Erni. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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25 Palmer, George Herbert (Translator) The Odyssey of Homer
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1900 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900. G.H. Palmer (1842-1933) was Alford Professor of Philosophy at Harvard, and his Homeric translation was quite popular. It has been reprinted several times; the illustrated edition from 1929 featured illustrations by Wyeth. Now it is uncommon (LoC holds it electronically). This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the twelfth impression of the First Edition. Maroon cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 387 pages, with a fold-out map. Lightly bumped and light soiling. A nice, solid copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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26 Petronius, Gaius The Complete Works of Gaius Petronius. Done Into English By Jack Lindsay . With One Hundred Illustrations By Norman Lindsay. Comprising The Satyricon and Poems
New York Willey Book Company 1944 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Norman Lindsay 
New York: Willey Book Company, 1944. The satirical works of Gaius Petronius Arbiter have delighted for two millenia; here is a rather nice volume with 100 great illustrations by Norman Linsay; the translation is by Jack Lindsay, after Buecheler. Very Good Plus condition, lacking a dus jacket. Green cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 136 pages. The illustrations appear in groups of ten throughout the book, and are not paginated. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Norman Lindsay. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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27 Plato The Trial and Death of Socrates
New York The Heritage Press 1963 First Thus Hardcover Fine Very Good Hans Erni 
New York: The Heritage Press, 1963. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a typically attractive production from the Heritage press. Blue cloth binding with titling on the spine in red, black, and gilt. The translation is the one by Benjamin Jowett; Preface by Huntington Cairns; and with the wonderful illustrations of Hans Erni. Clean text; xii, 275 pages. Very bright and fresh. There is no dustjacket. Slipcased in red cardstock; the sase has bumps and has split along the top edge. Thankfully, the slipcase took all the damage and the book was spared. A large, heavy book; postage at exact cost.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Hans Erni. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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28 Sisson, C.H. (Translator) Catullus
London MacGibbon & Kee 1966 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1966. A great translation of a poet for our age as well as Caesar's - somewhat nasty and obscene, and therefore appropriate. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Light tan linen binding, black lettering. Absolutely clean text; 94 pages. Previous-owner signature on FFEP, else Fine. The dustwrapper is Very Good Plus. It is unclipped, with a light bit of edgewear: tiny chip at head of the spine, small closed tear on the rear panel; the design is by Owen Wood. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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29 Sophocles Antigone. Translated By Richard Emil Braun
New York & London Oxford University Press 1973 0195017412 / 9780195017410 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1973. Part of OUP's "The New Greek Tragedy in Modern Translation," edited by William Arrowsmith. This translation by Richard Emil Braun, a poet as well as a classicist. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding with gilt lettering. 101 pages, including Glossary; clean and fresh. The dustjacket is clipped, showing just a hint of edgewear; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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30 Sophocles The Antigone of Sophocles. An English Version By Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald
New York Harcourt, Brace & Co 1939 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co, 1939. On of the great Theban plays, dating from 441 B.C.E., in what can only be regarded as a "gold standard" translation by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Maroon cloth binding with a paper label on the front board. 97 pages. Clean and fresh text. The endpapers have some offset and one corner is very mildly bumped; else Fine. A lovely little book. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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31 Trollope, Anthony The Commentaries of Caesar
Edinburgh and London William Blackwood and Sons 1870 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1870. Prolific novelist Trollope contributed this to the series "Ancient Classics for English Readers" under the editorship of Rev. W. Lucas Collins. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Rust-coloured cloth binding with black decorations on the front cover; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; vi, 182 pages, with two pages of the publisher's ads in the rear, two in the front. First issue: only three in the series had been published prior to Trollope; others were to follow. Endpapers spotted, but not the text, which is clear and bright. Lightly bumped; else a Fine copy.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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32 Trollope, Anthony The Life of Cicero (Two Volumes)
New York Harper & Brothers 1881 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881. These are Very Good copies of the First American Edition. Not common. Original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean texts; 347 pages, with Appendices; and 346 pages, with Appendix, Index, and six pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Contemporary (1889) previous-owner signature of the front endpaper. The rear free endpaper of Volume Two has a tear. Mild bumping to the corners, rubbing to the margins. Solid copies of . First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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33 Whiston, William (Translator) The Works of Flavius Josephus, the Learned and Authentic Jewish Historian
Boston Otis, Broaders, and Company 1847 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Boston: Otis, Broaders, and Company, 1847. Whiston's translation of the Jewish historian remained the standard for two centuries. "To Which are Added Three Disertations, Concerning Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, James the Just, God's Command to Abraham. etc." This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition Thus (which seems to have been printed by several publishers in the mid-19th Century). Green cloth binding, stamped in the blind, faded to brown on the spine; Gilt lettering and decorative scrollwork on the spine. Clean text; 880 pages, only mildly foxed. Corners are bumped and there is rubbing to head and foot of spine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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34 Whiston, William(Translator) The Works of Flavius Josephus, the Learned and Authentic Jewish Historian.
Auburn and Buffalo John E. Beardsley 1847 First Thus Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Auburn and Buffalo: John E. Beardsley, 1847. The standard translation of Flavius, in a mid-Victorian edition. "To Which are Added Three Dissertations, Concerning Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, James the Just, God's Command to Abrahan, etc." Green cloth binding, faded now to a brown on the spine and the margins. Blindstamped with a "portrait" of the Jewish historian. An interesting small label and stamp on the front endpapers; possibly used as reading material in a dentist's office of the time. Text is clean, but rather heavily foxed; 880 pages, indexed, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The corners are bumped, and there are splits to the spine (although it seems to be holding well). Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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35 Wilde, Oscar (Translator) The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter. Translation Ascribed to Oscar Wilde
Not Stated Privately Printed 1928 Limited. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Not Stated: Privately Printed, 1928. Wilde's fascination with "The Satyricon" is well-known, and since the earliest edition of this translation (1902) his authorship seems to be accepted. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the LIMITED EDITION of 1200 copies. Fancy red marbled paper covers, somewhat rubbed now, with a black linen spine, darkened. There is a previous-owner bookplate on the front paste-down. The front endpapers are rather weak and starting to split. 236 pages clean text. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Limited.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Privately Printed. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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36 Wilde, Oscar (Translator) The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter. Translation Ascribed to Oscar Wilde
New York Privately Printed 1930 Limited. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good Plus 
New York: Privately Printed, 1930. Wilde's fascination with "The Satyricon" is well-known, and since the earliest edition of this translation (in 1902), his authorship has been accepted. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, anonymously printed in an edition LIMITED to 1200 copies (although this copy has not been numbered). Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 236 pages, roughly-cut and with most unopened. Tipped-in bookplate of an interesting design on the front paste-down. The dustjacket is also black, with gilt title on spine and front cover. Present is the cardboard slipcase, black with an orange paper label. The top of the slipcase was separated but has been repaired with Holland tape and touched-up with black paint; although not professional, the repair is serviceable. This is a rather nicely-done edition, and typical of the popular, mildly erotic (by current standards), editions that were produced during the first half of the Twentieth Century. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Limited.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good Plus. Privately Printed. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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