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Opuscula Mythologica Physica et Ethica.

GALE (Thomas).

GALE (Thomas).

Opuscula Mythologica Physica et Ethica. Græce et Latine. Seriem eorum sistit pagina Præfationem proxime sequens.

Additional engraved title, title printed in red and black.

8vo. [195 x 119 x 34 mm]. [12]ff, 752, [8] pp. Mid-eighteenth century binding of green goatskin, the covers with a gilt double fillet border. Smooth spine divided into six panels by gilt floral and dog-tooth pallets, lettered in the second and the smaller third panels and at the foot on red goatskin labels, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt fillet, the turn-ins with gilt rolls, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (The spine slightly faded).
Amstelædami [i.e. Amsterdam]: apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1688.

Qq2-3 bound before Qq1, Qq8 before Qq6. Repaired tear to Rr7. A very good copy.

Thomas Gale (1635/6-1702) was an English classical scholar, antiquary and Dean of York. Opuscula was first published at Cambridge in 1671 and contains a significant collection of lesser-known and fragmentary classical verse including pieces from Heraclides, Palaephatus, Pythagoras and Theocritus. This second edition is revised and extended.

Bound for Chrétien François De Lamoignon (1735-1789) in his characteristic style, with his label ("Bibliotheca Lamoniana Y992"), his ink stamp on p.7, and his shelf-marks ("3 M 986") in manuscript (with "986" crossed through) on the front fly-leaf and once tooled on the spine, but subsequently removed.

"Lamoignon entered public life at an early age and was an actor in the troubles which heralded the Revolution [in France]. First on the side of the parlement and later on that of the king he was one of the assistants of Loménie de Brienne, whose unpopularity and fall he shared. He committed suicide on the 15th of May 1789" - Ency. Brit. He left behind a super collection of books, most of which had been bound before he printed a private catalogue of his library in 1770. Dibdin was not too taken by his choice of bindings, usually in red or blue and decorated as our volume. "Surely, surely, of all tastless and terrific styles of binding, what equalleth the relieure à la Lamoignon", he asked in Bibliographical Decameron, ii, p.497. Personally I find them very elegant and they have some interesting features. Lamoignon was one of the earliest collectors to regularly tool the date of publication at the foot of the spine, along with his shelf-marks (which have in this case been scratched out leaving just a faint impression). His library was bought by Thomas Payne, who issued a catalogue of it in 1793.

With the bookplate of John Keete D.D. (1773-1852), English classical scholar and Headmaster of Eton College.

Stock no. ebc3805

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