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Biblio has a great collection of booksellers who specialize in rare classical history books. Browse our selection below for some of the best examples in rare Greek and Roman history books. Many of the books are first edition rare history books that focus on the Greek arts, and others focus on Justinian the Great. If you love old books that are unique and valuable, be sure to check out our rare classical history book collection.

[Tetrabiblos]. Hoc in libro nunquam ante typis aeneis in lucem edita haec insunt. [Greek:] KLAUDIOU ptolemaiou plousieos tetrabiblos sotaxis, pros Syron adelfos. TOU AUTOU karpos, pros ton auton Syros. [Latin:] Claudii Ptolemaei Pelusiensis libri quat... - [EDITIO PRINCEPS OF "THE BIBLE OF ASTROLOGY"] by PTOLEMAEUS, CLAUDIUS - PTOLEMY

1535. Norimbergae [Nürnberg], (Apud Ioannem Petreium), 1535. 4to. Bound in a beautiful contemporary full blindstamped vellum binding over wooden boards. Boards with blindstamped borders with portraits of Marcus, Johannes, Mattheus, Lucas, inside whi…

From Herman H. J. Lynge & Son


Pappi Alexandrini Mathematicae Collectione. A Federico Commandino Urbinatae In Latinum Conversae, & Commentarijs Illustratae. - [THE CULMINATION OF GREEK MATHEMATICS] by PAPPUS (PAPPOS) of ALEXANDRIA

1588. Colophon: Pisauri (Pesaro), Hieronymum Concordiam, 1588. (Having the reprinted title-page: Venetiis, Franciscum de Franciscis Senemsem, 1589). Folio. Cont. limp vellum. Repairs to upper part of back and small nicks to back repaired. Edges of cove…

From Herman H. J. Lynge & Son


Poetarum Omnium. Ilias & Odyssea. 2 vols. I. Ilias, Andrea Divo justinopolitano interprete, ad verbum translata. Herodoti Halicarnassei libellus, Homeri vitam fidelissime continens, Conrado Heresbachio interprete. cum Indice copiosissimo. Cum Gratia... - [THE EXTREMELY INFLUENTIAL "VERSIO LATINA"] by HOMER. - DIVUS transl. & ALDUS MANUTIUS & GEORGIUS DARTONA

1537. Venice, Jacobus à Burgifrancho, 1537. 8vo. Bound in two nice later (18th century) half vellum bindings with gilt leather title-labels to spine. Lovely 18th century patterned paper over boards. a bit of overall wear, but generally very nice. In…

From Herman H. J. Lynge & Son



1531. Roma, Apud Antonium Bladum Asulanum (on colophon), 1531, mense Septembri. 4to. Sown, uncut and unbound. Title-page and a few other leaves with a bit of minor brownspotting; overall a very nice and well-preserved copy of this beautifully printed, …

From Herman H. J. Lynge & Son


De Amatoriis Affectionibus Liber. Iano Cornario Zuiccauiensi interprete. [Peri Erotikon Pathematon]. - [EDITIO PRINCEPS OF PARTHENIUS' ONLY SURVIVING WORK] by PARTHENIUS NICAENSIS

1531. Basel, in Officina Frobeniana (Per Hieronymum Frobenium, & Nicolaum Episcopium), 1531. Small 8vo. Bound in a lovely, charming early 19th century red half calf with gilt title and lines to spine and lovely gold and red ornamented "romantic" paper …

From Herman H. J. Lynge & Son


Evclide Megarense Philosopho: solo introdvtttore delle Scientie Mathematice; diligentemente Reassettato, et alla integrita ridotto per il degno Professore di tal Scientie Nicolo Tartalea, Brisciano, Secondo le due Tradottioni: e per commune commodo & ... - [FIRST "EUCLID" IN THE VERNACULAR BY TARTAGLIA.] by EUCLID OF ALEXANDRIA

1543. (Colophon: Venice, Venturino Rossenelli, 1543). Folio. (30,5x22 cm.). Contemporary full Italian limp vellum. Remains of ties. Old handwritten title on spine. Upper part of frontcover slightly creased. A few small nicks to hinges at cords. Vellum …

From Herman H. J. Lynge & Son


A Voyage of Discovery Made Under the Orders of the Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander, for the Purpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay and Inquiring Into the Plausibility of a North-West Passage by Ross, John

London: John Murray, 1819. First Edition. Full-Leather. Fine. 4to. 4to. Contemporary calf binding with rebacked spine and raised bands. xxxix [1] tipped in errata slip, 252 p.p., cxliv. 15 colour plates [4 folding], 9 engravings [2 folding], 4 tables [2…

From Minotavros Books


The Present State of the Morea, Called Anciently Peloponnesus by Bernard Randolph

Randolph's famous record of his travels in the Peloponnese in the 1670's and 80's, including the Aegean Islands, Crete and Rhodes. His account is unusual and interesting because, unlike most travelers of the time, he is interested in the contemporary lif…

From Setton Book Collection


Stephanou Byzantiou Ethnika kat epitomēn = Stephani Byzantini Gentilia per epitomen, antehac Peri poleōu De urbibus by Stephanos, ho Byzantios, 6th cent

Lugduni Batovorum: Apud Danielem à Graesbeeck, M DC LXXXVIII. [1688]. Hard Cover. [18], 786, [18]; [8], 27, [1], 9, [1] p.; 31.5 cm. folio. Greek text with parallel Latin translation. "Variæ lectiones ex codice ms. perusino, & admixtÅ“ ejusd…

From The Owl at the Bridge


Opera omnia nunc primum cum codd. Vaticanis collata praefatione, variantibus lectionibus, notis rerum verborumque indice locupletissimo aucta et illustrata. by Prudentius, Aurelius

Engraved title-vignette, 5 unnumb. leaves, 71, (3), 361, (3) pages ; engraved title vignette, 2 unnumb. leaves, 284 (2) pages. Cont. green half morocco, flat spine richly gilt with gilt stamped title. Covers lined with shell marbled paper, endpapers lined…

From Antiquariat Banzhaf


Vitae Excellentium Imperatorum Cum Integris Notis Jani Gebhardi, Henr. Ernstii, & Jo. Andreae Bosii...Curante Augustino Van Staveren by Nepos, Cornelius

Lugduni Batavorum: Samuelem Luchtmans, 1734. Hardcover. Very Good. 5.5 x 8.1 Inches. Full vellum binding. Gilt stamp of University of Groningen, Netherlands on front and rear board, with gilt border and acorn motifs. Title in gilt on red spine label. [2…

From Minotavros Books


De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni. Cum annotationibus D. Erasmi by Quintus Curtius Rufus; Erasmus, Desiderius (editor); Paulus Orosius

Erasmus Finds His Vacation Reading Deficient, So He Prepares a New Critical Edition Folio. [4], LXXXIX leaves; [10], 124 pages. Late sixteenth (?) century leather; light scuffing, hinges cracked but cords holding tightly; insect damage to text block with…

From Archway Books


The Works of Cornelius Tacitus. a New Edition, with the Author's Last Corrections. In Eight Volumes by Cornelius Tacitus; with an Essay on His Life and Genius, Notes, Supplements, &c. by Arthur Murphy , Esq

London: Printed for John Stockdale; F.C. & J. Rivington; J. Walker; et al., 1811. SCARCE, this 8 volume edition with maps, and especially so in such lovely condition. Eight volumes in contemporary full polished calf, gilt backs with calf labels, the c…

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


Vita Iustinianim atque Theodorae, Augustorum nec non triboniani : iurisprudentiae iustinianae proscenium ... cum ad legum et corporis iuris intelligendam Historiam by Von Ludewig, Johann Peter. 1668-1743

Halae Salicae [Halle, Germany]: Impensis Orphanotrophei, 1731. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo (square). Half bound vellum over brown speckled boards. All edges red. Spine lettered. xii, 752 p.p., plus [36] p.p. index. [11] engravings [9 folding] incl. fronti…

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