8vo, pp. , xx, 301, , with stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait after D. Maclise and 13 woodcut plates, each with tissue guard; title slightly dust-stained; a very good copy in early twentieth-century half red morocco with buckram sides, borders filleted in gilt, spine tooled in gilt and lettered directly, top-edge gilt, marbled endpapers, red ribbon place-marker, sewn on 4 sunken cords; rubbed and lightly bumped at extremities, upper joint split, head-cap chipped.
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The Chace, the Turf, and the Road.
First edition of a series of articles first published in the Quarterly Review, illustrated by Henry Alken. A sporting writer who ‘may even be said to have created the role of gentleman hunting correspondent’ (ODNB), Charles James Apperley (1778–1843) published widely on hunting and horsemanship, from 1822 under the pseudonym ‘Nimrod’. In the course of his work he travelled widely to partake in hunts, reportedly driving the coaches on which he was a passenger and riding his own horses in race meetings. When his generous salary from the Sporting Magazine was stopped in 1828, however, his fame did not support him and he fled to Calais to avoid debt in 1831, remaining there for the next decade.
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An attractive set of Brindley’s duodecimo Caesar, edited by the Irish classicist Usher Gahagan. The Caesar is one of several small-format classics published by Brindley in 1744, for which Gahagan was employed as editor. He subsequently produced versions of Quintus Curtius and Catullus, Propertius, and Tibullus, and translated three of Pope’s works into Latin, but fell into bad company and criminality and was hanged for coin-clipping in February 1749.
ELEGANTLY BOUND TACITUS, C. Cornelius; Justus LIPSIUS and Hugo GROTIUS (editors).
[Opera] C. Corn. Tacitus ex I. Lipsii editione cum not. et emend. H. Grotii [– Historiarum libri quinque et alia ejusdem quae extant].
First edition with Grotius’s notes, elegantly bound in early nineteenth-century English morocco. Elzevir had published an edition of Lipsius’s Tacitus in 1634; Dibdin notes ‘Of these elegant little editions [of 1634 and 1640], that of 1640 is preferred, on account of its having the notes of Grotius. It is one of the scarcest of the Elzevir classics.’