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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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Vespucci, and the Arabian Gulf

Albertus Magnus. De natura locoru[m]. Libru[m] mira eruditio[n]e & singulari... fruge refertu[m], & iam primu[m], summa dilige[n]tia revisum [...]. (Vienna, Hieronymus Vietor & Johannes Singriener für Leonhard & Lukas Alantsee, 1514). (Vienna, Hieronymus Vietor & Johannes Singriener für Leonhard & Lukas Alantsee, 1514). 4to. (104) pp. With woodcut title border and full-page woodcut arms of Emperor Maximilian I on verso of final leaf. Papered spine.

EUR 8,500.00

Very rare first edition of Albert's general description of the earth, marking the inauguration of scientific geography as an independent discipline and the first attempt at a comparative geography. Edited by the Bavarian mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Georg Tannstetter, who was mainly active in Vienna. "Interesting to the American collector on account of a marginal note relating to Vespuccius, which seems to have been inserted with movable type, on the recto of the last leaf in signature d, after the book had been printed" (Sabin). The contemporary owner, too, has highlighted the name by a marginal ms. note, "Vespucius". Also treats the Middle East with the "sinus Persicus" and "sinus Arabicus" (f. J4r). At the end, Tannstetter provides a brief list of unprinted works by Albertus, to which the contemporary owner has added "De vegetabilis et plantis". - Binding somewhat loosened near beginning; upper edge of title page remargined. Several contemporary marginalia. Occcasional light fingerstaining, but altogether clean and well-preserved. {BN#27526}
¶ VD 16, A 1345. IA 102.526. Alden/L. 514/1. Sabin 671. JCB I, 58. Harrisse 76.

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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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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 292 mm). (40), DXII, (8) pp. Title page printed in red and black. With large emblematic title woodcut after Albrecht Dürer, woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf, 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. 18th-century calf with gilt arms of Maximilian Ulrich von Kaunitz-Riedberg. All edges sprinkled in red.

EUR 3,500.00

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. - Binding rubbed and bumped at extremeties. Title and final page somewhat duststained; insignificant waterstain near beginning. Page tt1r (the printed area of which reaches far into the margin) is folded in; edge trimmed close to printed text, with slight loss to woodcut. Title has ms. ownership of Count Leopold Wilhelm von Kaunitz (1614-55), dated 1647; contemporary (autograph?) note about a 15th century tomb in Everdingen on recto of final leaf. Bound around 1720 for Leopold Wilhelm's grandson Maximilian Ulrich Graf von Kaunitz-Rietberg (1679-1746), Imperial statesman and governor of Moravia, father of the famous chancellor Wenzel Anton von Kaunitz-Rietberg. {BN#34141}
¶ 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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A training manual on how to become a prostitute

Aretino, Pietro. La prima [-seconda] parte de 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 SS. 1st blank f., (8), 401, (1) pp., 2 final blank ff. 142 pp., final blank f. With woodcut in the text (pt. 3, p. 107). Modern limp vellum.

EUR 1,500.00

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). - Somewhat browned and brownstained, withoccasional waterstaining and occasional slight edge damage. {BN#30565}
¶ 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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Orlando illustrated

Ariosto, Ludovico. Orlando furioso di M. Lodovico Ariosto, tutto ricorretto,... & di nuove figure adornato. Con le annotationi, gli avvertimenti, & le dichiarationi di Ieronimo Ruscelli. La vita dell'autore descritta dal signor Giovan Battista Pigna. Gli scontri de' luoghi mutati dall'autore dopo la prima impressione. La dichiaratione di tutte le istorie, & favole toccate nel presente libro, fatte da M. Nicolò Eugenico. Di nuovo aggiuntovi li cinque Canti del medesimo autore. Et una tavola de'principij di tutte le stanze. Conaltre cose utili, & necessarie. Venice, heredi di Valgrisi, 1580. Venice, heredi di Valgrisi, 1580. 4to. 2 pts. in 1 vol. (16), 654, (32) pp. With 51 full-page woodcuts in the text and numerous woodcut initials and vignettes. Contemp. limp vellum.

EUR 2,000.00

Charmingly illustrated edition of "Orlando Furioso". The full-page woodcuts after designs by Dosso Dossi were first used in the 1565 edition. "Ottima edizione sia sul piano iconografico (51 tavole a piena pagina incise in legno) che su quello esegetico: vi sono le annotazioni del Ruscelli, la biografia ariostea del Pigna" (Agnelli). "A c. 2L3r con proprio front.: I cinque canti di m. Lodovico Ariosto" (Edit 16). - Binding loosened. Title page rebacked; slight browning throughout; occasional brownstaining and edge flaws. {BN#23962}
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 2796. Agnelli/Ravegiani I, 151. Adams A 1676. Brunet I, 436.

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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 20,000.00

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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