An Introduction to the Knowledge of Rare and Valuable Editions of the Greek and Latin Calssics Together Wih an Account of Polyglot Bibles, Polyglot Psalters, Hebrew Bibles, Greek Bibles and Greek Testaments, the Greek Fathers, and Tha Latin Fathers
London: For Harding and Lepard, 1827. Octavo. Item #022928
4th edition in two volumes, greatly enlarged and corrected. Frontispiece, 562pp. and 579pp. (1) pp. items to be corrected. While this is the 4th edition, it contains for the first time, the best editions of the Hebrew Bibles and of the Greek and Latin Fathers. Several Greek and Latin classics introduced for the first time and some authors are described in a fuller manner such as Cicero, Demosthenes, and Euripides. It is also enriched with notices of copies of early, rare, and valuable impressions of the Classics, printed on vellum, which are found in various libraries in Europe. This is considered one of the first "leaf books" . On page 166 of Vol. I, there is a small specimen leaf mounted from Pickering's Diamond Edition of the Greek New Testament. A very handsome set bound in 3/4 brown polished calf over marbled paper covered boards, raised bands ruled in gilt, red and black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, all edges red, faint damp stain along upper edge of frontispiece, with just a bit of cosmetics to spine ends, light wear to corners. Tipped in is a manuscript note (not important) to front pastedown from previous owner or bookseller pertaining to the books and Dibdin. Very nice, internally fresh. Previous owner's name D.M. Birkett and dated 1873. (DM Birkett Junior Student of Ch Oxford, 1868 2nd C Mod 1869 BA 3rd C 1872 MA Asst. Master in King's School Canterbury, Headmaster of Sevenoaks Gr School 1878).