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252. SOUTHBY, Susan (artist). costumes of the holy Land. Six Drawings by Susan Southby. Beirut: ‘Published by the artist and printed by La Sérigraphie Universelle. Distributors Dar al-Maaref’, 1953.


£250


250. SOMERVILLE, Edith Oe. Records of the Somerville Fanily of castlehaven & Drishane from 1174 to 1940. Cork. Printed and published by Guy & Co. Ltd. 1940.


£1,250


4to., original cloth backed boards. Boards a little sunned, otherwise a very good copy.


First and limited edition—one of only 200 copies privately printed for Somerville. Previous [different] owner’s book-plates on front paste-down and on front free endpaper. Signed by Edith Œnone Somerville on the title-page.


ocLc locates 15 copies and notes “ms. corrections inserted p. 8 and 129. Author’s autograph presentation copy.” This copy has mS. corrections at pp. 8, 33, 84, 129, 130, and on the plate inserted between pp. 62 and 63. covers darkened and lightly rubbed—otherwise a handsome copy of a very scarce book. (hudson, p. 57)


‘i WEnT To FRAnKFoRT, AnD GoT DRUnK WiTh ThAT moST LEARn’D PRoFESSoR, BRUncK; i WEnT To WoRTS, AnD GoT moRE DRUnKEn WiTh ThAT moRE LEARn’D PRoFESSoR, RUhnKEn’


251. SOPHOCLES. Sophoclis Tragoediae septem cum scholiis veteribus, versione Latina, et notis. Accedunt deperditorum dramatum fragmenta. Ex editione Rich. Franc. Phil. Brunck. Argentorati [Strasbourg]. 1788.


£1,750


8vo. 3 vols.; contemporary dark green morocco, triple gilt fillet borders to sides, smooth spines lettered in gilt and decorated with gilt panels and various small tools, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; Greek and Latin text; ink stain on fore-edges of vol. ii, otherwise a very nice set.


Brunck’s edition originally appeared in 2 volumes, quarto, in 1786. According to Dibdin the popularity of the edition was very great, but its dearness prevented many from purchasing it. Brunck, therefore, brought out an octavo edition in three volumes, 1786-8, followed by another three- volume octavo edition (the one offered here), of which only 250 copies were handsomely printed at his own expense. Richard François Philippe Brunck (1729-1803), eminent French classical scholar, also published Analecta veterum poetarum Graecorum (1772-76) and editions of Aristophanes, vergil, Plautus, and others. he is immortalized in Richard Porson’s verse; “i went to Frankfort, and got drunk/With that most learn’d professor, Brunck;/i went to Worts, and got more drunken/With that more learn’d professor, Ruhnken” (Facetiae Cantabrigienses, 1825).


With the small leather book-label and signature of Ambroise-Firmin Didot (1790-1876), the last important member of the French family of typefounders, printers and publishers. With his brother, hyacinthe, he organized the business in 1827 as Firmin-Didot frères, and for the greater part of the 19th century the firm made a major contribution to quality printing and publishing in France.


Broadsheets (480 x 310mm). Loose as issued in original grey card wrappers with text printed in red and black with text in English on the upper panel and Arabic on the lower panel, lower panel with flap bearing captions to the plates in English and with overslip with captions printed in Arabic; six loose serigraph plates in colours with letterpress captions in English and the artist’s signature in the plate, each plate with tissue guard; wrappers slightly marked, rubbed, and chipped and with short tears at edges, guards a little browned, nonetheless a very fresh, bright and clean set of these rare plates.


First edition, limited to 3,080 sets, of which 250 contain the plates mounted and signed by the artist and 80 are hors de commerce; this is portfolio no. 2,017 of the 2,750 standard sets with unmounted plates with printed signatures. Despite the size of the edition, complete sets of the portfolio are scarce either in institutional collections or in commerce — Worldcat does not locate any copies in the United Kingdom and only three copies in the United States. The six plates depict the traditional costumes of women of the holy Land, and the subjects are:


‘1. Arab Woman of Bethlehem’ ‘2. Arab Woman of Ramallah (near Jerusalem)’ ‘3. Arab Woman of Dubburieh (near nazareth)’ ‘4. Arab Woman of Safsaf (north Palestine)’ ‘5. Bedu Woman of Lake huleh (north of Sea of Galilee)’ ‘6. Bedu Woman of Ta’amreh (Between Bethlehem and Dead Sea)’


According to the statement inside the upper wrapper, ‘Part of the proceeds of the sale of this edition will be devoted to Arab Refugee charities’. A second edition was published in 1957.


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