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Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, across Classical Literature, from Plato and Aesop to Hobbes and Shakespeare. Including translations by contemporary authors including Ted Hughes and Robert Graves.

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  1. The Voyage of Nearchus from the Indus to the Euphrates, collected from the Original Journal Preserved by Arrian, and Illustrated by Authorities Ancient and Modern;
    First edition. English translation of Arrian's account of the navarch Nearchus' voyage from the Indus estuary to the Tigris in 325 B.C., in effect the Greek "discovery" of the Arabian Peninsula. "My purpose was not to translate Arrian, but to make him intelligible to an English reader, and to investigate a variety of subjects,... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 93992

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  2. The Works.
    The Whitehall edition. A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 111871

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  3. I, Claudius.
    Signed limited edition, number 82 of 100 copies specially bound and signed by the author. Originally published in 1934, when it garnered both the Hawthornden and James Tait Black memorial prizes; this edition was issued in response to the huge success of the BBC television series. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 106280

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  4. Eros and Psyche.
    Second edition of the author's famous retelling of the Greek myth, inscribed by the him on the front flyleaf: "Robert Bridges / Chilswell / Nov. 1916". In 1907 Bridges used the money left to him by his father-in-law, architect Alfred Waterhouse, to build a house in the Oxfordshire hamlet of Chiswell, where he would live... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 102906

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  5. [Greek letters] Tragoediae septendecim.
    Editio princeps of most of the 19 extant tragedies: four plays had been previously published at Florence c.1495, and the Electra is omitted from Aldus's edition (it was not printed until 1545). Along with the Latin classics, Dante, and Petrarch, Aldus published Greek editions of Homer and the tragedians in his new portatile... Learn More
    £24,000

    Stock Code: 102816

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  6. Historiae, in Greek.
    Editio princeps of Herodotus' history of the Persian Wars, one of the most important texts edited by the great scholar-printer-publisher himself. Herodotus had first been published in Lorenzo Valla's Latin translation. Aldus claims in the dedication that he corrected the text from multiple exemplars, one of the few instances... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 103246

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  7. "Thucydides - I Ask You!"
    An amusing Bentley skit on the traditional disappointments of school prize day. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 100601

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  8. The eyght bookes of Caius Iulius Caesar conteyning his martiall exploytes in the Realme of Gallia
    Rare first complete edition in English of De Bello Gallico, Caesar's commentaries on the Gallic Wars, including the eighth book by Aulus Hircius. This copy has the first setting by Willyam Serres dwel-... in the colophon. Golding began the translation of this very important book "at the instigation of Cecil, who had sent... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 100848

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  9. The Fables.

    The Fables.

    London: 1793

    First Stockdale edition of Samuel Croxall's translation, first published in 1722, "a work of morality and Whiggish politics" (ODNB) which by 1793 had already enjoyed several reprints. The engraved plates are by thirty different engravers; four are unsigned. Bentley mentions that the work was advertised at the end of the... Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 96973

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  10. The Campaigns of Hannibal:
    First edition. Uncommon and interesting account, just seven locations on Copac. Carefully compiled account of the "operations in which Hannibal was personally engaged", drawn from the "best ancient and modern historians and essayists, including Livy, Polybius, Sir Walter Raleigh, Niebuhr, Arnold, Guiscard, and Vaudancourt"... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 95270

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  11. P. Terentii Phormio. Expurgatus in usum puerorum; Pincerna ex Terentio. In Usum Puerorum; Aulularia Plauti. Pueris in scenam prodituris accommodata; P. Terentii Andria. In Usum Puerorum.
    First editions, presentation copy to Lord Coleridge (John Duke Coleridge, 1st Baron Coleridge, Lord Chief Justice), inscribed by Newman on the blank immediately preceding the general title "To Lord Coleridge, from his affectionate friend, J.H.N. Christmas, 1880 Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 87435

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  12. All Men are Brothers.
    First UK edition, first impression. Translation of Shui Hu Zhuan, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature. Attributed to Shi Nai'an (c. 1290-1372), the novel has been published with a variety of English-language titles including: Water Margin, Outlaws of the Marsh, Men of the Marshes, and The Marshes... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 89788

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  13. A Trojan Ending.
    First edition, first impression, of the first novel by poet Laura Riding, an atmospheric tale of Troy, with Cressida (or Chaucer's "Crisseyde") as its central heroine. Riding was living with Robert Graves in Deia, Majorca, until the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, and they founded and ran the Seizin Press together. Scarce... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 85509

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  14. Etymologicum magnum graecum.
    First edition, an important landmark in the history of Greek printing, intended as a guide for readers of Homer; a superb production and an exceptional piece of printing for the incunable era, splendidly achieved in red and black. It is justly said by De Bure, 'that the present is one of the most magnificent publications... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 81008

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  15. Tragaediae septem cum commentariis, in Greek.
    Editio princeps. One of the most important of Aldus's Greek editions both textually and typographically, this remained the best available edition of Sophocles' text until the 19th century. The scholia promised in the title were not finally included, as explained in Aldus's prefatory letter; Lascaris published them in 1518,... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 76229

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  16. The Idylls of Theocritus.
    First edition thus, from a numbered limited edition of 750 copies. Inscribed by Trevelyan to Irene Cooper Willis, a close Bloomsbury group friend, "Irene, from R. C. T., July 1925". Willis was a close friend of Trevelyan and received inscribed copies of most of the poet's books. As well as being an author in her own right,... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 81166

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  17. The Bride of Dionysus.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Trevelyan on the front free endpaper to his Bloomsbury group friend Irene Cooper Willis, "Irene, from Bob, 16 August 1927". Willis was a close friend of Trevelyan and received inscribed copies of most of the poet's books. As well as being an author in her own right, she was notably... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 81149

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  18. Cheiron.
    First edition, first impression, of Trevelyan's play about Cheiron, the immortal centaur who tutored most of the heroes of ancient Greece including Achilles, Odysseus, Perseus, Theseus and Hercules. One of 300 copies. Inscribed by Trevelyan to his Bloomsbury group friend Irene Cooper Willis on the first blank, "Irene, from... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 81120

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  19. Les Amours de Theagene et Chariclee.
    A fine volume with the suite of engravings from the first Thiboust edition of the popular ancient Greek romance, the Aethiopica of Heliodorus of Emesa. Jacques Amyot's translation of Heliodorus, first published in 1547, introduced the work to France, where it long retained its popularity. The iconography of the Aethiopica... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 65944

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