Old Books

I love old stuff, particularly coins and books. Unfortunately, I don’t have the enthusiasm of youth, the time to travel nor the money to collect them anymore. Old stuff is now rare, harder to find and, mostly, more expensive. So I have to make do with enjoying what I already have (and sometime sharing this pleasure with others).

Unlike some of my friends, I don’t have really rare stuff (one has a page from a Book of Hours or another has a 1661 french edition of Suetonius!) but I have just a little more than a dozen ancient books that I cherish. Some because they are history books or works of an ancient author, others just because they are old (and despite the fact they are insipid religious documents).

Inspired by a question I was asked on Facebook, I invite you to share my joy after the jump >>

[Iustiniani Augusti] Digestorum sev pandectarum (Pars qvarta [liber XX – XXVII]), De Pignoribvs et hypothecis, Cum Priuilegio Regis, Lvgdvni [London], Apud Gulielmu Rouillium, 1581.My oldest book is volume four (books 20 to 27) of a 1581 latin edition of the Digest or Pandects by the emperor Justinian I which constitute a compendium of Roman laws.

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Aesopi Phrygis: Fabulae Elegantissimis iconibus veras animalium speciesad viuum adumbrantibus; Gabriae Graeci Fabellae XLIII ; batrachomyomachia Homeri, hoc est, ranarum et murium pugna. galeomyomachia, hoc est, felium et murium pugna tragoedia graeca. Haec omnia cum latina interpretatione ; accesserunt Auieni antiqui autoris fabulae. Editio postrema, caeteris omnibus castigatior. M D XCIII [1593]. Apud Ioan[nem] Tornaesium, Typ. Regivm Lvgd[uni] [London].More interesting is this 1593 illustrated edition of Aesop’s Fables with opposing Greek and Latin texts.

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Svmma Omnivm Conciliorvm et Pontificvm, Rothomagi [Rouen], Apud Ioannem de la Mare, M DC XXXIII [1633].This 1633 latin edition offers a compilation of conciliar and pontifical edicts. Those canonico-legal texts are rather insipid but the thick velum book with a pig-skin cover has quite a nice look.

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Qvinti Horatii Flacci Poemata, Amstelod [Amsterdam], Apud Ioa[nnem] Ianssonium, MDCXXXXIII [1643].A 1643 latin edition of the poems of Horace.

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Lucien, de la traduction de N. Perrot, Sr. d’Ablancourt, à Amsterdam, chez Jean de Ravestein [Johannes Van Ravesteyn], M D C LXIV [1664].My favourite old book: a 1664 old french edition of the works of Lucian of Samosata.

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The Apologies of Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Minutius Felix. In Defence of the Christian Religion with the Commonitory of Vincentius Lirinensis, Converning the Primitive Rule of Faith, Translated from their originals, by William Reeves, In Two Volumes, London, 1716.More recent but interesting english translation of three christian apologistsJustin Martyr, Tertullian, and Minutius Felix.

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Histoire de l’Empereur Jovien et traductions de quelques ouvrages de l’Empereur Julien [Les Césars, Misopogon, Lettres, Fable Allegorique], par l’Abbé de la Bleterie [en deux tomes], à Paris, chez Prault fils, M DCC CLVIII [1748].18th century french history book about the Emperor Jovian with translation of ancient texts by Emperor Julian.

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Sermons du Père de Segaud. Tome Troisième, À Paris, Chez Hippolyte-Louis Guerin, M DCC LII [1752].

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Histoire de France, depuis l’établissement de la monarchie jusqu’au règne de Louis XIV, par M. l’Abbé Velly [en 30 tomes], À Paris, Chez Desaint & Saillant, M DCC LXI [1761].A superb collection of books about the history of France, but which doesn’t covers the french revolution since it was published before it happened!

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Méditations sur les Vérités Chrétienne et Ecclésiastiques, Anonymes [Joseph Chevassu], [en 6 tomes], À Lyon, Chez Jean-Marie Bruyset, M DCC LXIV [1764].

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Méthode pour la direction des âmes dans le tribunal de la pénitence, et pour le bon gouvernement des paroisses. Anonyme [Joseph Pochard], À Besançon, Chez Lepagnez l’aîné, M DCC LXXXIV [1784].

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Les Siècles Chrétiens, ou Histoire du Christianisme. Dans son établissement et ses progrès depuis J.C. jusqu’à nos jours, Anonyme [Gabriel Marin Ducreux], [en cinq tomes], À Paris, chez Gueffier & Moutard, M DCC LXXXVII [1787].

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Lycée, ou cours de littérature ancienne et moderne, par J.F. Laharpe [Tome quatrième, cinquième et sixième], À Paris, Chez Et. Ledoux et Tenré, 1817.

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Journal de la Jeunesse, Paris, Hachette, 1896.

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