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[ALDINE SAMMELBAND] [I] AESCHYLUS. Tragoediae sex. Greek text, edited by Francesco Torresani. Venice: House of Aldus and Andrea of Asola, February 1518 113, [1] leaves, including colophon leaf. 8vo, 148 x90 mm. Venice: EDITIO PRINCEPS of the plays of Aeschylus. Renouard, page 85(9); Hoffmann I, 32-34. BOUND WITH. [II] OPPIANUS De piscibus libri V. Eiusdem de venatione libri IIII. Oppiani de piscibus Laurentio Lippio interprete libri V. [colophon:] Venice, Aldus, December 1517. 166, [1] leaves. BOUND WITH [III] [Hero and Leander] [ Orpheus] Mousaiou poiemation ta kath' Hero kai Leandron., Orpheos Argonautika., Tou autou hymnoi., Orpheus Peri lithon. = Musaei opusculum de Herone & Leandro., Orphei argonautica., Eiusdem hymni., Orpheus de lapidibus. :Venetiis : In aedibvs Aldi et Andreae soceri, mense novembri MDXVII [1517] Second Aldine edition of the Greek text of Hero and Leander accompanied by the Latin translation of Marcus Musurus. The Orphic texts in Greek only. Imprint from colophon. Signatures: b-k⁸; lacking full signature a. Aldine device on t.p. and verso of final leaf; 72 of 80 leaves : woodcut illustrations. ALL THREE WORKS OF CONSIDERABLE RARITY. The whole bound in 18th century Italian vellum, some splitting at hinges and peeling of spine; l.r. old restoration to t.p. of Aeschylus just touching anchor, minor corner dampstain affecting preliminary lvs., some light toning or spotting. Provenance: Ex-Libris of Thomas Day Seymour (1848 – , 1907), the was an American classical scholar and Professor of Greek at Yale University.

RENAISSANCE BINDING] [GREEK PRINTING] [CLOVIS EVE] HOMER. Homeri Ilias, id est, De rebus ad Troiam gestis.

Homer [RENAISSANCE BINDING] [GREEK PRINTING] HOMER. Homeri Ilias, id est, De rebus ad Troiam gestis. Parisiis : Apud Adr. Turnebum typographum Regiu[m]., M.D. LIIII [1554].:Signatures: [alpha]² A-Z⁸, a-l⁸ m⁶ Printer's device on title page. Text in Greek; part of title page in Latin. 8vo.,[4], 554, [2] pages, 17.0 x 10.6 cm., A MAGNIFICENT PARIS BINDING, attributed by early cataloger as "A FINE BINDING BY CLOVIS EVE. It is seldom that it is possible to attribute bindings to Clovis Eve, but in this specimen we undoubtedly have one of his fine creations. The original owner, Nicolas de Villars, Bishop of Agen, was a friend of Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navaare, for whom Clovis Eve executed his finest bindings. The presence in the binding of the marguerite, appears to indicate that the book was bound for the Queen who presented it to de Villars. Guigard states that the marguerite is incontestable proof of the binding having been executed by Eve for Marguerite de Valois" Brown crushed morocco, "covers with three double gilt fillets enclosing an outer border of small gilt foliage tools and an inner border of small gilt flowers, around a large panel with gilt foliage tracery cornerpiece ornaments incorporating a large gilt lozenge of similar tooling with flowers, enclosing the gilt-stamped arms of NICOLAS DE VILLARS, BISHOP OF AGEN (from 1589-1608)." Evidence of ties, expertly re-backed and housed attractive maroon crushed velvet-lined morocco box by Sangorski & Sutcliffe; internally, quite a handsome book, red-ruled, faded but all edges gilt, and printed in a elegant and minuscule Greek letter. Ref: Olivier 1519
A dissertation on the construction of locks

A dissertation on the construction of locks

Bramah, Joseph. [TECHNOLOGY] [HI-SECURITY] Bramah, Joseph. A dissertation on the construction of locks : containing, first, reasons and observations, demonstrating all locks, which depend on fixed wards, to be erroneous in principle, and defective in point of security : secondly, a specification of a lock, constructed on a new and infallible principle, which, possessing all the properties essential to security, will prevent the most ruinous consequences of house robberies, and be a certain protection against thieves of all descriptions :London : Printed for the author, sold by R. Baldwin, [1785?] 8vo., 20.5 x 13 cm. [2], 46 pgs., [1] modern 3/4 calf and marbled boards, red morocco spine, peeling to head and foot of spine. Internally, lightly toned but very good with the cooper engraved plates. A Joseph Bramah’s Precision lock was one of the most unbreakable locks of first half of the 19th century and the FIRST KNOWN HI-SECURITY LOCK DESIGN- a true technological marvel. The original Bramah lock had 18 different wafers, which allowed for 470 million possible permutations" [Wikipedia]. The lock was famously picked by Alfred Charles Hobbs at the Great Exhibition of 1851, sending shivers down the backs of wealthy homeowners and forcing lock manufacturers to improve their designs. The work is extremely rare in commerce and really a cornerstone, through modern eyes, of any collection focus on security

CHILE] [ROMANCE] Boyd, Henry (-1832). The vale of Guasco, or, The maid with seven lovers

Boyd, Henry (-1832) [CHILE] [ROMANCE] Boyd, Henry (-1832). The vale of Guasco, or, The maid with seven lovers : a romance in verse : in seven cantos. Printed for J.J. Stockdale, 1813. 8vo., 21.5 cm.: 320, [2] p. Half-title and errata/publisher ad present. Contemporary calf and marbled boards, lightly worn and scuffed; internally, lightly foxed with heavier foxing to paste-downs and endpapers. Generally, very good. Extremely Rare in commerce and with relatively few institutional copies. The work is attributed to Henry Boyd (d. 1832)), the Irish cleric and translator of Dante, the authorship having been informally suggested (perhaps on stylistic grounds) in Medina’s “Diccionario de anónimos y seudónimos hispanomericanos." Nevertheless, perhaps Medina did not see the verso of the errata present in this copy which makes the attribution more secure with reference to a translation of the Araucana of Don Alonao de Ercilla by the same author. An interesting romance with Chilean connections. The Monthly Review of 1814 reviews the book in delightful fashion: " Though the present age be not so enlightened as some individuals are inclined to suppose, it has less taste for extravagant and improbable fictions than our forefathers manifested: so that romances, properly so called, are rather tolerated than relished. The nursery is not supplied with the trash which formerly found its way into it; and, when we arrive at manhood, we look for something better than fables which outrage common sense and could never have been realized in the history of man. When a tissue of impossibilities is formed into a narrative, the reader, however he may applaud the ingenuity of the poet, cannot be pleased with so gross an attempt to impose on his credulity, and replies in the language of Horace, Quodcunque ostendis mihi sic, incredulus odi. With feelings of this kind, we worked our way through the Vale of Guasco, and experienced little pleasure in the beginning, the middle, or the end of our journey. We followed the hero Courtenay from the banks of the Medway to the provinces of Chili and Peru; we were long kept in suspence respecting the Maid with seven Lovers; and it was not till the sixth canto, (p. 223.) when Courtenay falls in love with Recloma, and thus makes her a maid with eight Lovers, that we understood to what circumstance this part of the title referred. . Like the poem intitled “The Missionary,” (see our Review for April last,) a considerable portion of this Romance is borrowed from the history which constituted the subject of Ercilla’s Spanish poem, the Araucana, and related the defeat of the Spaniards by the Chilians: but it surpasses all belief that an English emigrant (Courtenay), after a series of very improbable adventures, should not only obtain a settlement and family-connections among the Chilians, but be their General, and lead them to take vengeance on the Spaniards for their bloody outrages"