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Ado von Vienne. Breviarium chronicorum ab origine mundi ad sua usque... tempora, id est, ad regnum Ludovici Francoru[m] regis cognomento Simplicis, An. Domini 1353. Basel, (Peter Perna), 1568. Basel, (Peter Perna), 1568. 236 (falsch: 226), (36) SS. Mit Holzschnittdruckermarke am Titel und siebenzlg. figuraler Holzschnittinitiale. Spät. Pergamentband mit Bindebändern. 8vo.

EUR 850.00

Erste Einzelausgabe der Weltchronik des Ado, im 9. Jh. Erzbischof von Vienne bei Lyon. "[Gehet] von der Schöpfung der Welt bis 874 [..., ist] aber von einer andern Hand bis 879 fortgesetzt worden. Es ist in den ältern Zeiten sehr kurz; die Geschichte der Fränkischen Könige der ersten Linie ist aus den Gestis regis Francorum entlehnet, in den neuern Nachrichten aber wirft man ihm viele Fehler vor" (Jöcher/A.). Erstmals 1522 in Paris separat gedruckt; nach einer weiteren Pariser Ausgabe von 1561 stellt die vorliegende, von Guillaume Morel besorgte die dritte Einzeledition dar. - Sehr sauberes, wohlerhaltenes Exemplar; am Titel Ausscheidestempel der Stadtbibliothek Douai. {BN#18265}
¶ VD 16, A 286. Adams A 153. Jöcher/A. I, 229. Nicht bei BM-STC German.

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The first handbook of modern systematic mineralogy (Horblit)

Agricola, Georg. De ortu & causis subterraneorum lib. V. [and... four other works]. Basel, Froben, 1558. Basel, Froben, 1558. Folio. (8), 470, (22) pp. With a full-page woodcut in the text. 17th-c. brown morocco with gilt-stamped cover fillets and central ornaments, label to gilt spine.

EUR 5,800.00

Rare edition of Agricola's collected shorter texts on geology, mineralogy, mining, astrology, alchemy, etc., first published in 1548, "the first handbook of modern systematic mineralogy" (Horblit), with a fine full-page woodcut showing thermal baths, and what seems to be the first Latin-German dictionary of mining terms. - Slightly waterstained throughout in the upper half; attractive binding imperceptibly restored at lower spine-end. Bookplate of "M. Boulton Library Soho" on front pastedown; title page with notes of ownership by "Cha. Brown" and "J. Amson MD" (both probably dating from the 17th c.). {BN#14031}
¶ VD 16, A 921. Ferguson I, 9. Hoover 15. Darmstaedter, Agricola 89. Cf. Freilich 11 (1st ed.) and Stillwell (Science) IV, 562-565.

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Mediaeval Europe's authoritative introduction to astrology

Al-Qabisi, Abu Al Saqr 'Abd Al-'Aziz Ibn 'Uthman Ibn 'Ali [Alchabitius]) / Naibod, Valentin (ed. & comm.). [Libellus Isagogicus - Al-madkhal]. Enarratio elementorum astrologiae, in... qua praeter Alcabicii, qui Arabum doctrinum compendium prodidit [...]. Cologne, Arnold Birckmann's heirs, 1560. Cologne, Arnold Birckmann's heirs, 1560. 4to. (32), "171" (recte: 471), (1) pp. With printer's woodcut device to title page, two initials and 19 woodcut diagrams in the text. Slightly later vellum.

EUR 9,500.00

First edition of this important commentary on al-Qabisi's most influential work, "al-Madkhal" (the text of which is included in the Latin translation of Joannes Hispalensis prepared in 1144): an introductory exposition of some of the fundamental principles of genethlialogy, the astrological science of casting nativities, or divination as to the destinies of newborns. The author, known as "Alchabitus" in the Latin tradition, flourished in Aleppo, Syria, in the middle of the 10th century. "Although al-Qabisi's education was primarily in geometry and astronomy, his principal surviving treatise, 'Al-madkhal ila sina'at ahkam al-nujum' ('Introduction into the Art of Astrology') in five sections [...], is on astrology. The book, as the title indicates, is an introductory exposition of some of the fundamental principles of genethlialogy; its present usefulness lies primarily in its quotations from the Sassanian Andarzghar literature and from al-Kindi, the Indians, Ptolemy, Dorotheus of Sidon, Masha'allah, Hermes Trismegistus, and Valens. Although completely lacking in originality, it was highly valued as a textbook" (DSB). "Together with the writings of Abu Ma'shar and Sacrobosco's 'Sphaera mundi', 'al-Madkhal' became Europe's authoritative introduction to astrology between the 13th and the 16th century [...] In 1560 the commentary of Naibod (also known as Nabod or Naiboda) appeared in Cologne. This professor of mathematics had previously published the first book of Euclid's 'Elementa' and his own treatise on arithmetics. For his commentary he relies mainly on Ptolemy, Bonatti and Regiomontanus. Its wide circulation bears evidence to the vivid interest which al-Qabisi's astrology engendered as late as the early 17th century A.D." (cf. Arnzen, p. 96 & 106f.). Naibod (1523-93) taught at the universites of Cologen and Erfurt, adhering to the Ptolemaic principles. His commentary on al-Qabisi was banned by the Catholic church. Naibod is said to have discovered a new method to prognosticate a man's fate, but was unable to avert his own murder in spite of his having presaged it (cf. Jöcher III, 806). - Slightly browned but a good copy. Provenance: 1) Contemporary handwritten ownership "Joannis Roberti Aurelii" on the title page, probably by Jean Robert of Orléans who in 1557 published "Sententiarum juris libri quatuor". 2) Later in the famous collection of the Polish theologian Józef Andrzej Zaluski (1702-74), with his stamp on the title page. With his brother, Zaluski founded the Bibliotheca Zalusciana, the first Polish public library, dispersed in 1795. 3) The book was subsequently acquired by the Warsaw industrialist Jan Henryk Geysmer (1780-1835) (his stamp on the foot of the title). 4) Bookplate of the composer Robert Curt von Gorrissen (1887-1978) on front pastedown. {BN#46982}
¶ VD 16, N 14. Adams N 3. BM-STC German 642 Houzeau/Lancaster 4882. Zinner 2239. Thorndike VI, 119f. BNHCat N 2. Grassi p. 483. Dewhirst I.1, 781. Hamel II, 187f. Cantamessa 5437. DSB XI, 226. R. Arnzen, "Vergessene Pflichtlektüre: Al-Qabisis astrologische Lehrschrift im europäischen Mittelalter", in: Zft. für Geschichte der arab.-islam. Wiss. 13 (2000), pp. 93-128, at p. 112 no. 6. Cf. M. H. Fikri, Treasures from The Arab Scientific Legacy in Europe (Qatar 2009), nos. 9f.

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A famous tract against Islam

[Alphonsus de Spina. Fortalicium fidei contra iudeos saracenos aliosque christiane fidei... inimicos]. [Lyon], Guillaume Balsarin, 22. V. 1487. [Lyon], Guillaume Balsarin, 22. V. 1487. Small folio (209 x 291 mm). 248 unnumbered leaves (without the first and last blank, as usual). Gothic type, 2 cols., 51 lines. With a woodcut in the text on fol. a2r and printer's device at the end. A single ink initial on p. a2 supplied by the owner. 18th century full calf with panelled boards and giltstamped spine label. Marbled endpapers. All edges red.

EUR 18,000.00

Rare edition; a single copy in Great Britain. The "Fortalitatium fidei", the principal work (written c. 1458) of the baptized Spanish Jew de Spina, is considered the "methodical and ideological foundation of the Inquisition. The book, divided into five chapters, targets chiefly Jews and Muslims" (cf. LMA I, 408f.). Of the five books, "the first [is] directed against those who deny the Divinity of Christ, the second against heretics, the third against the Jews, and the fourth against Islam and the Muslims, while the fifth book treats of the battle to be waged against the Gates of Hell. In this last book the author dwells at length upon the demons and their hatred of men; the powers they have over men and the diminution of these powers, owing to the victory of Christ on the Cross, the final condition of the demons, etc." (Catholic Encyclopaedia). "Ouvrage fort curieux de ce théologien espagnol [...] il était dit-on d'origine juive, c'est pour cela que son 'Fortalicium' pèut ètre classé dans une bibliothèque kabbalistique" (Caillet). Part 3, on the inquities of the Jews, is a veritable encyclopaedia of mediaeval antisemitic libel, containing numbered lists of Jewish "cruelties" and refutations of the Jews' supposed anti-Christian arguments. The section on Islam lists the numerous Saracen wars, while the fifth book is devoted to the battle to be waged against the Gates of Hell and its resident demons, whose population the author calculates at ober 133 million; this is one of the earliest printed discussions of witchcraft and a precursor to the "Malleus maleficarum", the first edition of which appeared in the same year as this present edition. - Occasional contemporary ink marginalia (some touched by the binder's knife); some slight worming, confined to blank margins. Some even browning and a weak waterstain, but a very good, wide-margined copy with an 18th century noble collection stamp (crowned Gothic letter G; not in Lugt) on the first leaf. {BN#46737}
¶ HC 874*. Goff A-542. GW 1577. Proctor 8575. BMC VIII, 277. Polain 159. Pellechet 564. Coumont (Witchcraft) S84.4. Cf. Caillet 10306 ("Incunable gothique rare", only 16th c. eds.).

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Amaseo, Romolo. De pace oratio. Cracow, Mathias Scharfenberger, 1530. Cracow, Mathias Scharfenberger, 1530. 4to. 14 unnumbered ff. (last blank). With architectural woodcut title border. Marbled wrappers (c. 1900).

EUR 3,500.00

Very rare first edition of this important work about the invading Turks. The humanist Amaseo (who died in Udine in 1552) had held the present speech on Jan. 1, 1530 before the Emperor and the Pope, immediately after the peace between the two had been declared. Amaseo hoped that this union would be helpful in striking out against the Turks. - The title (with four-part woodcut border) also bears a decastich by Anianus Burgonius "in commendationem Romuli". - Perfect copy of this rare Cracow imprint. {BN#10767}
¶ Göllner 359. Apponyi 1670. Sturminger 1. IA 1054.548. Wierzbowski 1061. Edit 16, CNCE 1486 (2 copies). Not in Adams.

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Costumes of the world

[Amman, Jost/Weigel, Hans. Habitus praecipuorum populorum, tam virorum quam foeminarum singulari... arte depicti. Trachtenbuch darin fast allerley und der furnembsten Nationen die heutigs tags bekandt sein. Nuremberg, Hans Weigel, 1577]. Nuremberg, Hans Weigel, 1577]. Folio (204 x 325 mm). 161 (instead of 220) hand-numbered woodcut plates in early 18th-century colour, mounted on backing paper and missing parts supplemented by hand. Later half calf with 18th-c. spine label. All edges sprinkled in red.

EUR 14,000.00

First edition of Jost Amman's encyclopedic book of costumes. A strongly fragmented copy, as usual; in the early 19th century, the plates were mounted on backing paper by the owner, the trained landscape painter Jakob Linckh (1786-1841) from Stuttgart (cf. Thieme/B. 23, 254), who also coloured the volume throughout and supplemented all missing parts of the images and even of the text by hand. Linckh, who had studied in Rome, visited Greece in 1810. There he met Byron, who commissioned him to provide the illustrations for Hobhouse's travel book. - Wants 59 plates altogether; the remainder are trimmed closely at the upper edge, and most have severe defects in the lower half. Although the present collection begins with the plate showing the Emperor, as originally issued, the remaining woodcuts follow no apparent order. 20 plates show costumes of Turkey, Arabia, Persia, Egypt, and Ethiopia; others depict Greeks, Russians, and Englishmen. 28 plates show the costumes of today's Italy; German cities are well represented, as are France and Spain, Bohemia and Hungary. Also includes the famous picture of the Brazilian Tupinamba Indians: a man with a crown and belt of feathers, a knife, and a bow and arrow, beside a long-haired woman carrying a baby in a knotted sling. The illustration is an adaptation of two cuts from the "Recueil de la diversité des habits" (Paris, 1562; Antwerp, 1572) by Francois Descerpz, "one of the first likenesses of the Brazilian Indian" (Borba de Moraes). - Title page shows Jakob Linckh's autograph ownership (dated 1825); somewhat later stamped ownership of Anton Franzin (possibly the like-named Tyrolean law clerk, c. 1840) to flyleaf. {BN#28741}
¶ VD 16, W 1487 (BSB copy incomplete). Lipperheide 7-8 (both copies incomplete). Andresen I, 234. Becker 140. Borba de Moraes II, 373f. Maggs, Bibl. Americana 1-214 ("This book is excessively rare in a complete state").

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Antwerpen - Steuerrecht. Placcaet ende Ordinantie Onsheeren [!] des Conincx, ghemaect... opt stuck vander Collectatie, van eenen hondersten penninck, vande roerende ende onroerende goeden, gheaccordeert byde Staten van herwaertsovere [...]. Antwerpen, Willem Silvius, 1578. Antwerpen, Willem Silvius, 1578. (2), 6 SS. (A4). Mit Wappenholzschnitt (Antwerpen) am Titel. Mod. roter Halblederband mit goldgepr. Rückentitel. 4to.

EUR 750.00

Sehr seltene niederländische Ausgabe dieses Erlasses über die Einhebung von Steuern auf bewegliche Güter und Immobilien. Am 21. November 1576 proklamiert und 1577 überarbeitet; im Gegensatz zum Brüsseler Erstdruck von 1576 in Bibliotheken praktisch nicht nachweisbar. Es erschien auch eine französische Ausgabe ("Edict et ordonnance du roy nostre sire sur le fait de la levée & collectation d'un centiesme denir des biens meubles & immeubles"; Brüssel 1576). - Sauberes, breitrandiges Exemplar mit unbeschnittenen Büttenrändern. {BN#18225}
¶ Valkema Blouw 6084. OCLC 80825067 (ohne Standortnachweis). Vgl. Goldsmiths'-Kress 183.

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From the library of the miniaturist Johann Spiegler, with coloured title page

Apian, Petrus. Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetustatis non illae quidem Romanae, sed... totius fere orbis summo studio ac maximis impensis Terra Marique conquistae feliciter incipiunt. Ingolstadt, P. Apianus, 1534. Ingolstadt, P. Apianus, 1534. Folio (210 x 294 mm). (40), DXII, (8) pp. Title page printed in red and black. With large emblematic title woodcut after Albrecht Dürer, hand-coloured around 1730; woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf. With coloured woodcut arms of Raimund Fugger, 7 large woodcut initials showing astronomical and mathematical motifs, and 184 woodcut illustrations. Text surrounded by various woodcut borders throughout. Contemp. vellum with ms. spine title.

EUR 9,500.00

Only edition. - Printed at the expense of the banker Raimund Fugger, this work presents classical inscriptions and statues collected all over Europe (of which many were in Fugger's own collection). The text is based on earlier studies by Peutinger, Pirckheimer, and others. An exceptionally fine work from the private press of Peter Apianus (1495-1552), mainly known as a mathematician and geographer. Title woodcut by Hans Brosamer (after Dürer) and Fugger's coat of arms (by M. Ostendorfer) splendidly hand-coloured and raised in gilt; undoubtedly the work of the book's previous owner, Johann Spiegler, who signs his name beneath the imprint on the title page ("Annumeror libris Joannis Spiegleri Juliomagensis"). Spiegler is known as a Constance miniaturist active during the first half of the 18th century (cf. Brun, SKL III, 1913) and is sometimes identified with the Constance painter Franz Joseph (Johann) Spiegler (1691-1757; cf. Thieme/Becker XXXI, 370f.). - Slight dampstains and edge tears near end; occasional paper loss remargined. Page tt1r (the printed area of which reaches far into the margin) lacks the final character of the right column. An uncommonly beautiful copy, last in the collection of the Maryland pharmaceutical investor Charles W. Newhall. {BN#27149}
¶ VD 16, A 3086. IA 106.422. Adams A 1291. BM-STC (German) 37. Stalla 85. Brunet I, 342. Van Ortroy 109. Günther (Apian) 20f.

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Apollonius of Rhodes. Argonauticorum libri quatuor, nunc primum latinitate donati, atque... in lucem editi. Ioanne Hartungo interprete. Acceßit locuples rerum & verborum memorabilium index. Basel, (Kolophon: Johannes Oporin, February 1550. Basel, (Kolophon: Johannes Oporin, February 1550. 8vo. (32), 226, (28) pp., l. bl. f. With 2 woodcut initials. Contemp. vellum with gold-stamped label to spine.

EUR 1,400.00

First Latin edition, the first 16th c. Latin verse translation of the most important and only complete epic of Alexandrine hellenism in imitation of Homer. - The classicist J. Hartung (1505-79) received the Heidelberg Chair of Greek in 1537. in 1546 he followed a call as Professor of Greek and Hebrew in Freiburg/Breisgau, where he also taught Poetry. - With dedicatory poems by Joachim Mynsinger, Jacob Micyllus, and Balthasar Acanthius; these are followed by emendations of the Greek text, improving upon the Aldine and the Frankfurt edition, with Latin and - “quite uncommon!” (cf. Hieronymus) - German notes in Gothic type. - Somewhat browned throughout (occasionally stronger). Small stamp of the Bonclerici Library on t. p. {BN#6791}
¶ VD 16, A 3132. IA 106.503. Hoffmann I, 215. Schweiger I, 38. Hieronymus, Griechischer Geist 188. Not in Adams or BM-STC German. Not in Dibdin or Moss.

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A training manual on how to become a prostitute

Aretino, Pietro. La prima [-seconda] parte de ragionamenti di M.... Pietro Aretino, cognominato il flagello de prencipi, il veritiero, e'l divino, divisa in tre giornate, la contenenza de le quali si porra ne la facciata seguente. Veritas odium parit. Bengodi [i. e. London, John Windet f. John Wolfe], "21 October 1584" [but: c. 1597]. Bengodi [i. e. London, John Windet f. John Wolfe], "21 October 1584" [but: c. 1597]. 8vo. 3 pts. in 1 vol. (12), 228, (8), 401, (1), 142 pp., final blank f. With woodcut in the text (pt. 3, p. 107). Wants the blanks at the beginning and end of pt. 2. 18th-century calf, covers ruled in gilt; title to prettily gilt spine; leading edges and inner dentelle gilt; marbled endpapers. All edges red.

EUR 1,800.00

Second reprint (printed for the original publisher) of the first collected edition of Aretino's famous 'Conversations', printed by John Wolfe in London in 1584. According to Brunet, there are, including the original, four different editions (of which ours is the second) misleadingly bearing the date of 1584 on their titles, all recorded in a very small number and "entre lesquelles, jusqu'ici, il y a eu peu de différence pour le prix" (Brunet). Only through Woodfield's research did a distinction and localisation of the various reprints become possible, but the Nordmann copy with the same imprint as ours is still catalogued as "extrement rare [...] comme les 3 autres" (Bibliothèque érotique Gérard Nordmann. Christie's Paris, 27. IV. 2006, lot 34 [Est. EUR 20,000-30,000], but unsold). - Both the first and second part consist of three 'giornate', whereas the third part bears the title: "Commento di Ser Agretso da Ficarvolo (= Annibale Caro), sopra la prima ficata del Padre Sicco (= F.M. Molza). Con la diceria de nasi". - Collected edition of the Dialogues of Pietro Aretino (1492-1556), famous Italian satirist and protégé of Giovanni de'Medici, whose licentious and burlesque works earned him a great notoriety. All the author's works were put on the Roman Index in 1558. In the Dialogues the three states of the Italian woman - nun, wife, whore - are discussed, "although the work is more a training manual on how to become a prostitute" (H. P. Kraus. Cat. 204, 8). - Corners bumped. Somewhat browned; trimmed rather closely. Corner loss to E6 in pt. 3 (loss of pagination). Old catalogue clipping mounted on flyleaf; engraved armorial bookplate of the Florence canon Giulio del Riccio (d. 1750) on front pastedown. {BN#30563}
¶ Woodfield 46-47. Enfer 209-211. Edit 16 CNCE 2483 (pts. 1 and 2 only; no more than 2 copies in Italy: Vatican and Milan). BM-STC Italian 518. IA 107.119: "At least 4 different editions." Brunet I, 411. Gamba 1201 ("Rari"). Not in STC (originally entered as 19912).

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Aretino, Pietro. Quattro comedie [...] Cio' è Il Marescaléo, La... Cortegiana, La Talanta, l'Hipocrito. Novellamente ritornate, per mezzo della stampa, a luce, a richiesta de conoscitori del lor valore. [London, John Wolfe], 1588. [London, John Wolfe], 1588. Small 8vo. 4 parts in one volume. VIII, 285, (3) ff. With medallion portrait (legend: "D. Petrus Aretinus Flagellum Principum") on title (repeated three times). 19th c. calf (slightly worn).

EUR 1,500.00

Pirated edition of Aretino's "comedie" (the first appeared 1553 in Venice) printed by one of the most rebellious and outspoken of all the Elizabethan printers. Wolfe's production was in all probability chiefly destined for the European continent, as all of Aretino's works had been on the Roman Index since 1558; copies were offered for sale at the Frankfurt Book Fair of 1589. Aretino's comedies are considered the best of his works. They rank among the great works of Renaissance drama, and many of their leading characters were prototypes for later playwrights. ‘La Talanta’, for example, prepared the way for Shakespeare’s character Falstaff. "[U]n frontespizo particolare ad ogni comedia [...] ha al fine una Lettera dell'Aretino a Daniele Barbaro" (Gamba). - One gathering misbound, but a nice complete copy. {BN#14571}
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 2486. Index Aureliensis 107.120. BM-STC Italian 517. Adams A 1562. Gamba 1204 note. Brunet I, 408. Pforzheimer 800. Woodfield, Surreptious Printing in England 43.

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Krause binding

Aristotle. Problemata Aristotelis. Mancherley zweyfelhafftiger Fragen gründtliche Erörterung und... aufflösung, Deß hochberühmten Aristotelis, und vil anderer bewerten natur erkundiger [...]. Frankfurt am Main, Johann Wolff, 1571. Frankfurt am Main, Johann Wolff, 1571. 8vo. 152 unnumbered ff. Brown calf binding by Jakob Krause on four double bands with richly gilt covers, spine, and leading edges. Covers with intricately entwined bands and giltstamped cover title within ovals: "PRO|BLE|MA" (front cover) and "A|RIS|TOT|ELI|S" (back cover). Edges goffered and gilt. In protective case.

EUR 22,000.00

Splendid work by Jakob Krause (1531-1586), Germany's foremost Renaissance bookbinder. A rare presentation copy commissioned by Elector August of Saxony, and thus a great sign of the Elector's favor, as August of Saxony was adamant that his court officials worked for him only (cf. Bibl. Palatina [1986], I 252). For an identical binding made with the same plate (145 x 92 mm with bands and tendrils [Schmidt no. P34]) and the same stamps (Schmidt E41, e. g.) cf. the presentation copy for Count Palatine Johann Casimir in the Bibliotheca Palatina. - The book, first published in 1551, is not actually a translation of Aristotle, but rather a compilation from Aristotle, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galenus, Averroes and other philosophers, physicians, and scholastic theologists (cf. Hoffmann I, 350). The final 42 ff. contain "Ausserlesene Fragstücke, Marci Antonii Zimare [...] An den Durchleutigsten Fürsten [...] Johannem Castriotum". - Rare; no copy recorded in OCLC. Slight defects to spine and corners professionally restored, slight defect to edge of title expertly remargined (no loss to text). {BN#2557}
¶ VD 16, P 4903. For identical bindings by Krause cf. Stamp. Pal. V 1715 (Palatina-Ausstellung 1986, E 8.4.2 and color plate 176), K. v. Rabenau, Deutsche Bucheinbände der Renaissance (Brussels 1994), no. 86 (with 2 color illustrations), and Schunke, "Vorläufiges Verzeichnis der in der sächsischen Landesbibliothek zu Dresden erhaltenen Krause-Einbände", in: Zentralblatt für Bibliothekswesen 70 (1956), p. 256. For the plate used here cf. Schmidt, Jakob Krause (Leipzig 1923), no. P34 (separate stamps and types E41 and plate 61).

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Arnoldus de Villanova, [Pseudo-] (ed.). [Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum.] Regimen Sanitatis cu[m] expositione magistri... Arnaldi de Villa nova Cathellano Noviter Impressus. Venice, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, [after 1500/1505]. Venice, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, [after 1500/1505]. 4to. (82) ff. (A-T4, V6). 29 lines, text partly surrounded by commentary. Later half vellum.

EUR 6,500.00

Latin edition of this famous medical manual, arranged at Salerno in the 12th century and published in various incunabular editions. This instructional poem and the commentary that accompanies it, often attributed to the 13th-century Montpellier alchemist Arnoldus de Villanova (cf. E. Wickersheimer, in: Comptes rendus du XIIIe Congrès international d'histoire de la médecine, 1954, p. 226-234 [Aquilon 570]), preserved its exceptional influence in Western Europe well into the 19th century. - Quire Q misbound but complete; some browning and fingerstaining; margins show some wrinkling. Several old marginalia and underlinings; later ms. note to title page: "Arnoldinus in Scholam Salernitanam". Very rare; a single record in ABPC (Swann, 24 Jan. 1980, lot 1792). {BN#30234}
¶ CR 5053. Goff R-77. GW M37397. BSB-Ink R-50. Klebs 830.12. Sander 6391. Pellechet 1289. BMC V, 598. Edit 16, CNCE 60481. Cf. Essling 609f.

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Astesanus de Ast. Canones poenitentiales. [Nuremberg, Peter Wagner, c. 1495]. [Nuremberg, Peter Wagner, c. 1495]. 4to. Gothic type, 33 lines. 8 unnumbered ff. Modern half calf with marbled boards and gilt-stamped title to spine.

EUR 3,500.00

Probably the first separate edition of the 'Canones', taked from Astesanus de Ast's principal work, the 'Summa de casibus conscientiae'. GW cites an undated Leipzig edition, as well as the Vienna edition printed the following year. A specialty of this present printing is its simultaneous use of a woodcut title line together with letter printing on fol. 1, "an experiment not found elsewhere" (BMC). - Traces of a small, obliterated stamp on t. p., otherwise a very fine, well-preserved copy in an attractive binding. {BN#17343}
¶ GW 2747. Goff A 1158. HC 4340. BMC II, 465. ISTC ia01158000.

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Aurelius, Aneus Robertus. Rerum iudicatarum libri IIII. Paris, Iametio Mettayer & Pierre L'Huillier, 1597. Paris, Iametio Mettayer & Pierre L'Huillier, 1597. 6 nn., 204, 130 Bll. Mit Holzschnittdruckermarke am Titel sowie zahlr. figuralen und floralen Initialen und Vignetten in Holzschnitt. Französischer Lederband des 17. Jh mit goldgepr. Deckelfileten, Rückentitel und -vergoldung. Dreiseitig gesprenkelter Schnitt. Gr.-4to.

EUR 540.00

Zweite, erweiterte Ausgabe der bedeutenden Abhandlung, erstmals 1595 erschienen. Der große Traktat über das Erbrecht behandelt Schenkungen, Stiftungen, Testamente, die soziale Bewertung des Reichtums etc. - Zahlreiche Stellen in griechischer Type. Exlibris des Juristen Saignard-Sasselanger am Spiegel, hs. Besitzvermerk "Ex libris petri fédon" (d. i. der Theologe Pierre Fédon, 1731-1799) am Vorsatz. Schönes Exemplar. {BN#1669}
¶ Vgl. BM-STC French 36 (nur Ausg. v. 1599).

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Avicenna on fevers

[Avicenna (Ibn Sina)]. Arcolani, Giovanni. De febribus [...] in Avic[ennae] quarti canonis fen... primam. Dilucida atque optima expositio [...]. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta, 1560. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta, 1560. Folio (240 x 354 mm). (18), 191 ff. (without final blank). Printer's device on title page and, in a different version, on the last page. Contemporary cardboard binding with marbled spine and ms. label. Stored in custom-made cloth-and-paper slipcase.

EUR 18,000.00

First issue under this title, previously released as "Expositio in primam fen quarti canonis Avenicennae" (1506). A commentary (with the text, in the version of Gerardus Cremonensis) of book four, part (fen) one of Avicenna's systematic "Canon of Medicine", written in Arabic but widely translated throughout the Middle Ages and the basis of medical training in the West as late as the mid-17th century. It continues in use to this day in parts of the Arab world. Through this encyclopedic work, the author exerted "perhaps a wider influence in the eastern and western hemispheres than any other Islamic thinker" (PMM). "The 'Qanun' [...] contains some of the most illuminating thoughts pertaining to distinction of mediastinitis from pleurisy; contagious nature of phthisis; distribution of diseases by water and soil; careful description of skin troubles; of sexual diseases and perversions; of nervous ailments" (Sarton, Introduction to the History of Science). The present part is dedicated to a discussion of feverish illnesses. - 18th century ownership "Manhem" on title page. Some brownstaining throughout, as common; some waterstains near end; occasional inkstains and marginal annotations. An untrimmed, comparatively wide-margined copy. {BN#46144}
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 2345. Adams A 1541. Durling 245. Cf. Wellcome I, 387 (only the Venice reprint). PMM 11.

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On timekeeping, with a world map

Beda Venerabilis. Opuscula complura de temporum ratione diligenter castigata. Cologne, Johannes Prael for Peter Quentel, May 1537. Cologne, Johannes Prael for Peter Quentel, May 1537. Folio (215 x 310 mm). (14), 18, (6), CXXVI, (4) ff. With 35 woodcuts in the text, initials, and printer's device on recto of final leaf. Contemp. vellum.

EUR 8,500.00

First edition of Beda's collected writings on historical and astronomical chronology. The section "On the Reckoning of Time" (De temporum ratione) includes an introduction to the traditional ancient and medieval view of the cosmos, including an explanation of how the spherical earth influenced the changing length of daylight, of how the seasonal motion of the sun and moon influenced the changing appearance of the new moon at evening twilight, and a quantitative relation between the changes of the tides at a given place and the daily motion of the moon. "Ce volume contient les principaux traités de l'auteur sur le calendrier" (Houzeau/L.). The woodcut world map on d1, evidently redrawn from those of Petrus de Alliaco and Ambrosius Macrobius (Shirley 12 & 13), shows the four continents of the old world surrounded by water, the southern hemisphere labeled as "nobis incognita frigida". - Very slightly browned; title page shows insignificant fingerstaining; otherwise an excellent copy with a very few contemporary marginalia. {BN#44796}
¶ VD 16, B 1440. Zinner 1657. Houzeau/L. 1074.

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Three scarce works of Christian mysticism

[Bertholdus]. Horologium devotionis circa vitam Christi. [Basel, J. Amerbach, not after 1490]. [Basel, J. Amerbach, not after 1490]. 8vo. Gothic type. 66 unn. ff. (incl. final blank). With 36 coloured woodcuts in the text. (Bound with) II: Thomas Aquinas. Novum insigneq[ue] opusculu[m] pro Christi verbu[m] eva[n]geliza[n]tibus. Ubi plures et copiosi: et aurei sermones co[n]tinentt[ur]: de septe[m] peccatis mortalibus. Basel, M. Furter, 1514. 36 unn. ff. (incl. final blank). Title page printed in red and black. (Bound with) III: St John Chrysostomus. Libellus cui est titulus Neminem posse ledi nisi a semetipso. [Basel, A. Petri], 1509. 24 unn. ff. With full-page coloured woodcut on reverse of title page. Early 16th century pigskin binding over wooden boards, richly blindstamped with floral tools. A single central clasp.

EUR 25,000.00

I: First Basel edition. "Devotional work in the mystical tradition, first written in German, then - at the request of the educated - translated into Latin. The woodcuts are by the master of the 'Bereittung'; [...] and by the master of 'Heinz Narr'" (cf. Hieronymus). All woodcuts in stark contemporary colour, mainly in yellow but also in grey and occasional blue. 16th-century ownerships and old stamps to title page. - II: Rare edition. Contains the "Regulae quaedam perutiles, quae ad omnes religiosos pertinent" and "Tabula super totius quadragesimae evangeliis et epistolis" (an extract from the Summa theologica). - III: Exceedingly rare edition. The fine woodcut, coloured in yellow and green hues, is attributed to Hans Baldung Grien. "Anonymous printing [...], attributed by Benzing to the Basel printer Petri. The woodcut, without intrinsic connection to the text, shows Christ on Mount Olivet with three sleeping disciples in the foreground and the henchmen nearing. Its style points to Dürer's school rather than Basel" (cf. Hieronymus). - Several 16th century ownerships by one Ulrich Fuchsli on front pastedown as well as title and end of third work. An exceptionally well preserved sammelband containing three scarce works of Christian mysticism. The last copy of the Horologium sold in the trade was incomplete (Sotheby's, July 1, 1994, lot 48: £7,000, to Tenschert). {BN#32369}
¶ I: I. Hain/C. 2993 (= H. 2990 & 8928). GW 4175. BMC III, 753. Goff B-506. Fairfax Murray 60. Schramm XXI, 617, 620, 632, 679-709. Hieronymus, Inkunabelholzschnitte 44. - II: VD 16, T 1024 (R 642 & S 5890). Stockmeyer/R. 84, 46. - III: VD 16, J 438. Hieronymus 81.

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Bianchi, Marcantonio. Tractatus de compromissis inter coniunctos ex statutorum dispositione... et de exceptionibus litis ingressum impedientibus. (Venice, Aurelio Pinzi, 1543). (Venice, Aurelio Pinzi, 1543). Folio (280 x 410 mm). (12), 75 pp., final blank. (Bound with:) Sánchez, Martin. Conspicua et adprime frugifera dividui et individui arbor. [Ibid.], 1538. XVIII pp. With a wide woodcut title border, printer's device, and a full-page woodcut on the reverse of the title. Modern marbled boards.

EUR 4,000.00

First edition. Principal work of the Padovan legal scholar Marcus Antonius Blancus (1498-1548), dealing with family and contract law. Rare; only 5 copies listed in Edit 16. - Bound at the end is the third known copy of the rare second edition of the "Arbor dividui et individui" by Martin Sanz (Sánchez) Bascolet, first published at Toulouse in 1519: a discussion of various kinds of contractual clauses governing divisible and indivisible objects. The only other known copies are in the Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Yale (bound at the end of Luca da Penne's "Lectura super tribus libris Codicis" [Lyon, Jacques Myt, 1538]) and in the Tübingen University Library. The title page shows Pinzi's fine device. - Some waterstaining throughout, slight edge damage and occasional worming to margins. Several 17th century marginalia. {BN#23730}
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 5724. Adams B 2102. Cf. Leidenfrost I, 441. Not in BM-STC Italian. - II: OCLC 311252940. Not in Edit 16, Adams or BM-STC Italian.

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[Biblia graeca - AT - Psalmi]. [Davides emmetros], sive Metaphrasis libri psalmorum graecis versibus... contexta. (Ed. James Duport). Cambridge, John Field, 1666. Cambridge, John Field, 1666. Gest., ill. Titel (A. Hertochs fec.), (64), 216 SS. Englischer Lederband des 18. Jahrhunderts auf 5 Bünden mit goldgepr. rotem Rückenschildchen; Spuren oxydierter Stehkantenvergoldung. Dreiseitiger gesprenkelter Rotschnitt. 4to.

EUR 600.00

Variante der ersten Separatausgabe. - "A metrical version of the Psalter, in Greek hexameters [...] James Duport (1596-1679) was king's chaplain in 1660; he became Master of Magdalene College in 1668, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University in 1669" (Darlow/M.). Schon 1665 hatte Field das ganze Alte Testament in griechischer Sprache gedruckt. 1666 erschienen dann die Psalmen in einer griechisch-lateinischen Ausgabe (mit 76 Seiten Vorstücken und 431 Seiten Text) sowie - wie vorliegend - nur griechisch. Die (durchgehend lateinischen) Vorstücke enthalten den Widmungsbrief an Charles II. sowie eine umfangreiche Vorrede an den Leser. - Etwas knapp beschnitten (gelegentlich geringer Verlust der Seitenzahlen); Einband an Ecken und Kanten etwas berieben; der Rücken fachmännisch restauriert. Am Titel alter hs. Besitzvermerk "EdR"; am vorderen Innendeckel alte Bibliothekssignatur. Im ganzen sehr schön erhaltenes Exemplar. {BN#21744}
¶ NUC 152, 378. OCLC 70338394. Vgl. Darlow/Moule 4703. Nicht in der Württ. Bibelslg.

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