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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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Augusta, David de. De exterioris et interioris hominis compositione Lib. II-III... (De profectu religiosorum). Paris, [André Bocard, ca. 1494-1496]. Paris, [André Bocard, ca. 1494-1496]. Chancery octavo (100 x 144 mm). 124 ff. Opening initial in blue and red, woodcut device on final page touched with red and gold, rubricated throughout in yellow. Modern half vellum with hand-lettered title to spine.

EUR 8,500.00

Rare and early edition of a popular guide to religious conduct for young novices and friars, long ascribed to St. Bonaventure, though the authorship of the Franciscan monk David of Augsburg (d. 1272), also active in Regensburg, is today universally accepted. Written in the 1240s, it was instrumental to the spread of Franciscan religious ideas through Europe. ISTC lists eight copies, including the destroyed copy at Leuven University; no copies in Britain or the USA. No copies of this edition in auction records. - Gently washed; a short repaired tear in first leaf. A fine specimen. {BN#49566}
¶ Reichling III, 4880 (not Copinger). GW 8166. Pellechet 2639. CIBN D-53. Richard 188. Polain (B) 794. IBE 2022. Hubay (Ottobeuren) 139. ISTC id00102470. Not in Goff.

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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 Avicennae" (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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J. A. Boerner's copy

[Bernard, George]. Iconographie regum Francorum. Daß ist ein eigentliche Abconterfeyung,... aller Könige in Franckreich, deren in die 62 von Pharamundo, biß auff Henricum den 3 dises namens, regiert haben. Cologne, Johann Bussemacher (Buchßmacher), 1587. Cologne, Johann Bussemacher (Buchßmacher), 1587. 4to. (2) ff., (1), LXII, (1) pp., (2) ff. With etched armorial title and 62 large etched portraits in the text by Virgil Solis and Jost Amman. Contemporary vellum boards using a late 15th century vellum manuscript in red, blue and brown ink.

EUR 3,500.00

Expanded fourth edition with the etchings by Solis and Amman. The French original edition of the main text had first appeared in Lyon in 1570, published by Clement Baudin under the title "Chronique sommairement traitée des faits héroiques de tous les rois de France". The title page shows the French arms, held by two genii; the etchings in the text show medaillon portraits surrounded by elaborate scrollwork borders, with little historical scenes inserted below. "Ammans's borders appear darker throughout than those of Solis and are marked out by being containing an abundant wealth of minute details. The scrollwork is less plastic than that of Solis, and humans are more frequently depicted" (cf. O'Dell-Franke). - The title illustration and the third portrait (showing Merovech) are weak impressions, the others crisp and well-defined throughout. Provenance: handwritten bibliographical notes and ownership (dated 1823) by Johann Andreas Boerner (1785-1862), the noted Nuremberg print dealer and auctioneer, on the flyleaf. Later in the Max and Maurice Rosenheim Collection (round paper label on inside front cover), dispersed at Sotheby's in 1923. Very rare; a single copy in VD 16 (BSB Munich). {BN#49021}
¶ VD 16, B 1901. Becker 81b. Cf. Ebert 518. O'Dell-Franke 149.

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Early vernacular edition, splendidly illustrated and coloured

Bertholdus. [Horologium devotionis, germanice - Zeitglöcklein des Lebens und... Leidens Christi]. Das andechtig zittglögglyn des lebens und lidens christi nach den xxiiij stunden ußgeteilt. (Reutlingen, Michael Greyff, ca. 1494). (Reutlingen, Michael Greyff, ca. 1494). 8vo (114 x 149 mm). 170 (instead of 186) ff. With coloured title woodcut, 25 coloured woodcuts in the text, mostly raised in gilt, coloured title borders, 337 coloured text borders and numerous coloured initials, some heightened in gilt. Contemporary pigskin over wooden boards, 9 (out of 10) brass fittings, and 2 clasps. All edges goffered.

EUR 58,000.00

Early vernacular edition of the devotional known as the "Horologium devotionis", written around 1350 by the Dominican friar Bertholdus and first published in 1488. All German editions are considered extremely rare. GW records no more than five copies in public collections, of which three are also incomplete or mere fragments. - In appealing contemporary colour throughout. Of the 38 fine woodcuts in the text, the present volume contains: fol. d5r: circumcision; c2v: flight to Egypt; g1r: baptism of Christ; h5v: washing of the feet; i1v: betrayal by Judas; i5v: Gethsemane; k2r: kiss of Judas; k4r: scourging; k7v: Christ before Caiaphas; k8v: Christ mocked; l2r: concil of the priests; l7r and m5r: Christ before Pilate; n1v: disrobing of Christ; n5v: crowning with thorns; o1r: Pilate washing his hands; o3v: Simon of Cyrene; p2r: crucifixion; q7r: Christ on the cross; r4v: the same, a different view; r8v: fainting of Mary; s3r: deposition from the cross; s6r: burial of Christ; t1v: harrowing of hell; x1r: ascension of Christ. - The pretty borders which surround nearly every page are printed from a total of eight wood blocks, showing birds, animals, hunters, puttos, angels, flowers, etc. - Wants ff. a7, a8, b6, c1, c7, d1, f1, g3, g4, g8, h4, n3, p7, q3, t6, and y1. Slightly browned and fingerstained; occasional slight paper flaws with insignificant loss to text and images. Bound before and after the printed matter are 6 and 5 leaves, respectively, with a total of 22 pages of German prayers written in a slightly later Swabian bastarda. The first page has a handwritten ownership by Johann Alois Weinheppel, dated Hochaltingen (near Nördlingen in Swabia), 1786. - Covers somewhat rubbed, showing slight worming. Lacks central brass boss on the lower cover; spine and endpapers repaired by an earlier collector. Front pastedown has autograph ownership by the collector Otto Hupp (1859-1949), inscribed to his wife, dated 1897, with his drawing and bibliographical note. - Provenance: Hartung & Karl, sale 52 (1986), lot 161. {BN#50991}
¶ GW 4170. Goff B-514. BSB-Ink B 394. Schramm IX, figs. 639-683. Schreiber 3450. Not in Hain, Proctor, Oates, Polain; not in BMC or IGI.

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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 Bohemica]. Biblj Czeská. (Prague, Jirí Melantrich), 1557. (Prague, Jirí Melantrich), 1557. Folio (240 x 369 mm). (6), 474 (but: 475), (3), 475-604, (15) ff. With woodcut title-page printed in red and black, 18 woodcut borders, 4 of which full-page size, and 136 woodcuts in the text, including a full-page depiction of the symbols of the Four Evangelists, a world map, and a full-length portrait of Joshua. Woodcut printer's device on title and at the end of the text. Contemporary calf over wooden boards with bevelled edges; two clasps.

EUR 8,500.00

Second edition of the famous Melantrich Bible, published five times between 1549 and 1577. The present edition features for the first time the Bohemian version of a comparison of the Evangelists (translated from German by Jan Stránenský), surrounded by woodcut borders. It also contains the third Maccabees and the voyages of St. Paul, both translated by Sixt d'Ottersdorf, and originally published in the first edition. Richly illustrated throughout with. The small world map shows the three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. - With contemporary ownership and a Czech note in a different hand to flyleaf. Second printer's device has added handwritten motto "Super omnes gentes" and additional ownership. Folios 203 and 343 are used twice; later, the foliation omits 404. The woodcut depicting the Fall of Man censored with sanguine pencil. Severe paper flaws to the margins near beginning and end of the volume with substantial text loss, partly remargined with paper 18th century paper. The title-page, the table of contents, and 3 full-page woodcut borders are retouched in ink by a contemporary hand. Several pages show small inkstains; a larger stain on ff. 442-450. Margins fingerstained and partly waterstained. Some underlinings, notes and cancellations in pencil and pen by contemporary and modern hands. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his signed and stamped ownership, dated 1982, to the pastedown. His note of acquisition from 1981 is loosely enclosed. {BN#48799}
¶ Graesse I, 371. Darlow/Moule 2182 (note, no. 3).

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[Biblia hebraica - VT - Decalogus.] Münster, Sebastian / Abraham Ibn Ezra Ben Meir. 'Aseret had-devarim 'im pêrûs. Decalogus praeceptorum divinorum [...]... unde iuventus non tam in Hebraismo qum pietate proficere poterit. Basel, Johann Froben, 1527. Basel, Johann Froben, 1527. 8vo. (64) pp. With woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf. Bound with numerous blank leaves. Contemporary vellum.

EUR 3,000.00

First edition. "Decalogue with the commentary of Aben Esra [...]. Leaves d7-d8 contain the Aramaic text of the Ten Commandments [...]. Re-issued in 1559 by Sebastian Lepusculus" (cf. Burmeister, pp. 11; 111). The "synoptic word-for-word translations" of Biblical texts which Münster published during his Heidelberg years is a characteristic of his scheme of a "Propagatio linguae sanctae", to spread the knowledge of Hebrew at German universities (cf. Burmeister, p. 11). - Occasional insignificant waterstaining. Old ms. ownership of the Vienna Jesuits to title page; stamps of Vienna University Library and of Kubasta & Voigt, Vienna (c. 1900). {BN#44281}
¶ VD 16, B 3018. Burmeister 145. Hanztsch 244.I.1. Prijs 29. Panzer VI, 260, 662. Fürst I, 252. Steinschneider (Bodl.) 681.8. Vinograd, Basle 28. Graesse I, 4. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael 1859. OCLC 311420175. Not in BM-STC.

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A foundation stone of modern Hebrew studies

[Biblia hebraica - VT - Proverbia Salomonis]. Münster, Sebastian. [Mishle Shelomoh ben-David]. Proverbia Salomonis, iam recens iuxta... Hebraica[m] veritate[m] translata & annotatio[n]ibus illustrata. [Basel, Johann Froben, 1524]. [Basel, Johann Froben, 1524]. 8vo. (132) ff. With 2 different woodcut devices. (Bound with) II: [Melekhet ha-dikduk]. Institutiones grammaticae in Hebraeam linguam [...]. (144) ff. With several musical notes and two woodcut devices. Modern vellum, in custom-made cloth case.

EUR 4,800.00

I: Second edition of Münster's "Proverbs", previously published in 1520, together with his first own work ever, an introduction to Hebrew grammar. Numerous contemporary Hebrew and Latin marginalia. - II: Only edition of Münster's second publication, a foundation stone of modern Hebrew studies. Includes (fol. r1 ff.) the co-called Jonas polyglot in Hebrew, Chaldaic, Greek, and Latin, with other matter. Contemp. ownership obliterated from t. p.; lower corner defective (remargined professionally; losses supplied in pencil). Numerous contemp. marginalia, mostly in Latin. Both works are very rare; the former has not been seen at auctions since 1950. {BN#44418}
¶ I: VD 16, B 3564. Burmeister 137. Hantzsch 234.2-4. Adams B 1536. Steinschneider (Bodl.) 11.51. Panzer VI, 244, 540. Vinograd Mem 1256. OCLC 71515193. Not in BM-STC. - II: VD 16, M 6685. Burmeister 2. Hantzsch 220.2. Adams M 1931. BM-STC German 633. Steinschneider (Hdb.) 1374. Panzer VI, 245, 541. Wolfheim I, 865. Graesse IV, 623. OCLC 22612604.

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Prächtiger Basler Bibeldruck

[Biblia latina]. (Biblia cum glossa ordinaria Walafridi Strabonis aliorumque [...]... et cum postillis ac moralitatibus Nicolai de Lyra). Tertia pars [...]: Job, Psalterium, Proverbiorum, Ecclesiasten, Cantica canticorum, Sapientie, Ecclesiasticum. [Basel, Johann Froben & Johann Petri, 1. XII. 1498]. [Basel, Johann Froben & Johann Petri, 1. XII. 1498]. (440) Bll. Blindgepr. brauner Lederband der Zeit über Holzdeckeln mit 4 (statt 8) ziselierten und durchbrochenen Messingecken. Reste von 2 Schließen. Folio (235:325 mm).

EUR 12,500.00

Schöner Basler Bibeldruck: Die erste von Sebastian Brant besorgte Ausgabe und erstmals mit den "additionibus Pauli Burgensis replicisque Matthiae Doering". Vorliegend der dritte von insgesamt sechs Bänden, umfassend die Bücher Hiob, Psalmen, Sprichwörter, Kohelet/Prediger, Hoheslied, Weisheit, Jesus Sirach. - Sparsam rubriziert, die Lombarden abwechselnd in rot und blau eingemalt. Blatt a2r mit hübscher siebenzeiliger Initiale "S" in rot, rosa und grau auf gepunztem Goldgrund. Recht breitrandiger Druck. Kaum gebräunt, die ersten und letzten Blätter in den Rändern gering fleckig, Bl. 1 mit kl. Wurmgängen und altem Besitzvermerk. Der schöne, noch zeitgenössische Prägeband zeigt, durch Streicheisenlinien gegliedert, eine Rolle mit Weintrauben, eine Rolle Laubstab mit Rosette, heraldische Adler (rhombisch umrandet), sowie eine Rautenranke mit Blütenfüllung. Am Vorderdeckel oxydierte Titelprägung. Vom einst zehnteiligen Messingbeschlag sind die vier vorderen Ecken erhalten; die beiden Schließen ohne die Bänder. Vorderdeckel wohlerhalten, Hinterdeckel beschabt und mit Lederausbrüchen, Rücken mit Ausbesserungen. Vorderes Innengelenk verstärkt. - Provenienz: Am vorderen Innendeckel großes Holzschnittexlibris des kaiserlichen Rats Franz Gottfried Troilo v. Lessoth (ca. 1580-1650, vgl. Warnecke 2221). Hernach in der Sammlung der Prinzessin Piccolomini und mitsamt ihrer Bibliothek in diejenige der Piaristenschule im böhmischen Schlackenwerth überführt (am Titel hs. Besitzvermerk des 17. Jhs: "Ex libris Principissae Piccoliminiae Bibliothecae Slacoverdensis Scholarum Piarum"). Die 1666 errichtete Anstalt wurde später in ein Mädchenpensionat umgewandelt, die Bücher zerstreut. {BN#50998}
¶ Hain/Copinger 3172. Goff B-609. GW 4284. BMC III, 791. Proctor 7763. BSB-Ink B 480. IGI 1693. Oates 2842. Pell. 2351. Polain 681. Voull. Bln., 598.

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Illuminated with two miniatures

[Biblia latina]. Biblia latina. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 14 June 1478. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 14 June 1478. Large folio (280 x 360 mm). Including Menardus monachus. (1), CCCCLXI, (6) ff., with two coloured historiated initials. 16th century blindstamped pigskin binding over wooden boards, wants clasps.

EUR 48,000.00

Koberger's third Latin Bible, printed with the same types as the second: in the splendic Gothic typeface which Koberger used exclusively for his Bibles; at the same time, the earliest type he is known to have used (cf. Klemm, Bibliogr. Mus., 722). The initial on fol. i shows the evangelist Mark with the lion; the tendril decoration reaches from the upper edge (slightly trimmed) to the lower one, ending in a coat of arms bearing the monogram "S-A-B". The second historiated initial on fol. iiii shows the Fall from Grace (Adam and Eve in paradise, with the apple tree and the serpent in the centre); here, the tendrils reach as far as the lower third of the page and also end in a coat of arms. Very exactingly rubricated throughout; signed at the end: "91 Jo fec". Several handwritten ownerships to fol. A1r, some contemporary, others as late as 1876: the name and printed bookplate of "C. R. Earley, Ridgway, Pa." (1823-98). Several manuscript marginalia. Some slight browning to the gutter of the first few leaves, staining to upper edge of fol. i. Insignificant waterstaining to upper edge of several leaves; occasional foxing or tiny smudged inkstains. Handwritten marginalia trimmed in places, but altogether a crisp, wide-margined copy. Some staining to the hefty binding; edges as well as a crack to the upper cover have been unobtrusively repaired. {BN#47450}
¶ Hain 3068. Goff B-556. GW 4232. BMC II, 415. Polain 648. Pellechet 2296. Oates 988. Hase 27.

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Boccaccio's first important work, prepared by the editor of the first variorum Decameron

Boccaccio, Giovanni. Il Filocopo […] Di nuovo riveduto, corretto, &... alla sua vera lettione ridotto da M. Francesco Sansovino. Venice, [device of Domenico Giglio] (colophon: Francesco Rampazetto, 1554). Venice, [device of Domenico Giglio] (colophon: Francesco Rampazetto, 1554). Small 8vo (15 x 11 cm). "390" (= 380) ff. With Giglio's woodcut device (a bird with a scorpion in its beak above a pot with "DG" above 2 winged sea-goats, with motto "non sine quare sic facio" and "N.S.C.C.F.") on the title-page, 6 woodcut decorated initials (3 series) plus 2 repeats. Set in Aldine-style italic types (with upright capitals) with incidental roman. Contemporary limp vellum, sewn on 3 alum-tawed supports laced through the joints, with manuscript title down the spine in rotunda gothic lettering (6 mm x-height) with decorated capitals: "Filocopo d[e]l Boccaccio".

EUR 2,250.00

Second Sansovino edition of Boccaccio's first important work, Il Filocolo (here Filocopo), a prose romance written ca. 1334-1336, about twenty years before the Decameron. Boccaccio reworked the 12th-century French love story of Floire (Florio), muslim Prince of Andalusia, and Blancheflor (Biancifiore), the orphaned daughter of his mother's Roman Christian lady-in-waiting. They grow up together in the royal household, but when they fall in love his parents try to break up the romance by selling her to merchants who will take her to Alexandria to join a harem. Florio, under the pseudonym Filocopo, rescues and marries her. He converts to Christianity and they return home where he ascends the throne and his people embrace Christianity. Boccaccio introduced many new elements into the story and told it with his usual flare for (often risqué) humour. It served as inspiration for writers around the world from Chaucer to Keats, and Boccaccio himself further developed several episodes for stories in his Decameron. - Francesco Sansovino (1521-83) had produced the first variorum edition of the Decameron in 1546 and then turned his editorial scholarship to Il Filocolo, beginning with Gaetano's text (editions in 1527 and 1538). He dedicated his first edition, published at Venice by Rapirio and Cesano in 1551, to Vitellozzo Vitelli. The main text of the present edition is nearly a page for page reprint of the 1551 edition and includes its dedication. Further editions of Sansovino's text appeared in 1564, 1575 and 1612. - With 2 early owners' inscriptions on the title-page, both struck through and part of one abraded. With a small hole in the title-page and the corners of a few leaves dog-eared, but otherwise internally in very good condition. The binding is worn, but the lovely manuscript title on the spine remains clear. Second edition of the best Renaissance redaction of Boccaccio's important, influential and entertaining first major work. {BN#49591}
¶ Edit 16, 6334. Gay/Lemonnyer, col. 726. USTC 814845. Cf. Gamba, Italiana letteratura 198 cr. (other eds.). For the text: Kirkham et al., eds., Boccaccio: a critical guide, pp. 87-93. Marrone, Encyclopedia of Italian literary studies, pp. 252-253.

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Boccaccio, Giovanni. Ein schöne Cronica oder Hystori Buch, von den... fürnämlichsten Weybern, so von Adams Zeyten an geweszt, was guttes und böses je durch sy geübt, auch was nachmaln guttes oder böses darauß entstanden [...]. Augsburg, Heinrich Stayner, 1543. Augsburg, Heinrich Stayner, 1543. Folio (195 x 295 mm). (5 [instead of 6]), 88 (instead of XC) ff. (wants ff. II-III). With 77 (instead of 80) woodcuts in the text, one full-page. Modern cloth, gilt in floral relief, with giltstamped title to spine. Marbled endpapers.

EUR 1,500.00

Third (?) German edition, first published in German in 1473. The work presents famous women from ancient history and the Middle Ages as well as figures of legend, discussing, among others, Eve, Queen Semiramis of Assyria, Cassandra, Helen of Troy, Sappho, Cleopatra, Agrippina, and Pope Joan. The illustrations, showing important events from the protagonists' lives, were created by Jörg Breu and Leonhard Beck, with the exception of the Fall of Man on f. I, which is the work of from Hans Schäufelin. - Wants the title-leaf and ff. B3-4; corner of f. LXXV (O3) torn away (slight loss to text); photocopied 1970s facsimiles of the missing pages are inserted. Stitching broken; quires, binding, and endpapers loose; several leaves reinforced or rebacked in the gutter with traces of worming; preliminaries and first 5 ff. of text show edge defects (some rebacked), intermittent tears and edge flaws after that. Some brownstaining throughout. Loose boards have early 20th c. bookplate of the Viennese banker and collector Rudolf von Gutmann to lower pastedown; hand-coloured bookplate of Josef Wetscherek on the front flyleaf (likewise loose, with a few bibliographical notes in pencil). Old pencil shelfmark on first preserved page (a2 recto). - Latterly in the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel. {BN#49007}
¶ VD 16, B 5817.

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Boccaccio, Giovanni. Laberinto d'amore [...] con una epistola à Messer... Pino de Rossi confortatoria del medesimo autore. (Florence), [heirs of Filippo Giunta the elder], (1525). (Florence), [heirs of Filippo Giunta the elder], (1525). 8vo. 72 ff. Contemporary full vellum with remains of a giltstamped spine label. All edges coloured.

EUR 3,500.00

Second Giunta edition of the "Corbaccio", which first appeared in 1487 and was first (and similarly anonymously) printed by Filippo Giunta in 1516: "una materiale ristampa di questa edizione, fatta pagina a pagina e riga a riga" (Gamba); "ces deux editions sont assez rares" (Brunet). This bawdy satire, supposedly based on a Florentine widow who turned down Boccaccio, was as popular as it remains controversial for its scurrilous and misogynistic elements. The text is prefixed by a letter from Filippo Giunta's son Bernardo "a'gli amatori della lingua Toscana"; leaves 57ff. contain Boccaccio's letter to Pino di Rossi. - Provenance: with engraved bookplate of Lord Robert Spencer (1747-1831), British Whig politician, to front pastedown. The youngest son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, the hero of the Seven Years' War, Lord Robert was the nephew of the politician John Spencer, 5th paternal great grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales, and brother of George Spencer, the great-great-great grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill. - Occasional light brownstaining and slight traces of worming to the blank lower margins of the first two leaves, but altogether a well-preserved, charming and authentic example of this rare and desirable edition. {BN#49581}
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 6267. Adams B 2182. Renouard Supplément, p. XLIX, no. 79. Brunet I, 1016. Gamba 203 (note). Panzer VII, 40f., 219. Bandini, Juntarum Typographiae Annales II, 199. OCLC 612050557. Cf. Hayn/Gotendorf I, 398 (citing later Italian editions only). Not in BM-STC Italian.

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The life of St. Francis in contemporary colour

Bonaventura (Saint). Die Legend des heyligen Vatters Francisci. Nach der... Beschreybung des Engelischen Lerers Bonaventure. Nuremberg, Hieronymus Höltzel for Caspar Rosentaler in Schwaz, 7 April 1512. Nuremberg, Hieronymus Höltzel for Caspar Rosentaler in Schwaz, 7 April 1512. 4to (158 x 198 mm). (106) ff. Title-page with large woodcut vignette of St. Francis receiving the stigmata, 57 woodcuts in total (including duplicates) by Wolf Traut, 5 of which full-page, all with fine contemporary hand-coloring. Contemporary full pigskin over wooden boards with bevelled edges, panelled and decorated in blind. Spine with raised bands in four compartments. Remains of clasps. Edges stained blue.

EUR 18,500.00

The rare first German edition of Bonaventura's life of St Francis ("Legenda major beati Francisci"), printed by Höltzel on behalf and at the expense of the Tyrolean benefactor of the Franciscan church in Schwaz, Caspar Rosenthaler. - This volume, a remarkable copy in contemporary colour, is also the first to incorporate Wolf Traut's striking woodcuts, ranking among the artist's masterpieces (while some are dated, none are signed). The Nuremberg artist, a student of Albrecht Dürer's, completed 51 woodcuts for this work, which would prove to be his greatest contribution to illustrated books. Traut was in Dürer's workshop from 1505, or possibly earlier, when he produced woodcuts for Pinder's "Der beschlossen Gart des Rosenkrantz Marie". - Binding somewhat rubbed and bumped. F3 and V1 with marginal repairs, L1, O1, and T4 torn and restored with loss of text. Some minor spotting or staining, one or two instances of marginal worming. - Provenance: Paul Kramer (contemporary ink signature and motto, "Omnia cum deo", to front free endpaper). Virtue and Cahill Library of Portsmouth Cathedral (oversized bookplate to front pastedown, with number 8363), dispersed in 1941 after German bombing and subsequently preserved in the Presbytery at Winchester; deaccessioned by the Bishop and Cathedral Chapter "for better care and to the advantage of scholars" in 1967 (stamped over bookplate). - A masterpiece of German book illustration, rarely encountered complete even in an uncoloured state. {BN#50214}
¶ VD 16, B 6559. BM-STC German 140. Dodgson I, 502f., 1. Not in Adams. Cf. Einhorn, "Die Holzschnitte des Wolf Traut zur 'Legend des heyligen vatters Francisci' nach Bonaventura, Nürnberg 1512", in: Franziskanische Studien 60 (1978), pp. 1-24.

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Boniface VIII. Sextus decretalium liber. Paris, Claude Chevallon, 1537. Paris, Claude Chevallon, 1537. 8vo. (8), 216 ff. Stipple-engraved printer's device on title page and several prettily historiated initials. Contemp. blindstamped pigskin on 3 raised bands. Wants ties.

EUR 950.00

Well-printed Paris edition of the "Liber Sextus Bonifacii", the collection of medieval canon law that formed the third part of the Corpus Iuris Canonici. One of the last productions from the press of the Parisian stationer, printer, and bookbinder Claude Chevallon (1479-1537). - Early ink ownership "Joan. Christoph Schwarz" to title page and notes to final flyleaf. Wants first flyleaf; upper pastedown shows traces of a removed bookplate. Some browning; corners wrinkled; a few thumb indexes torn out. The blind-stamped roll tools on the binding are signed "H.S.", possibly with the date "[15]14" (not recorded in Haebler). {BN#46741}
¶ This edition not in Adams or BM-STC French.

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Borromeo, Carlo. Pastorum concionatorumque instructiones, ad concionandum, confessionisque & eucharistiae... sacramenta ministrandum utilissimae. Köln, Maternus Cholinus, 1587. Köln, Maternus Cholinus, 1587. 425 (recte: 375), (1) SS. Mit halbseitigem Holzschnittportrait am Titel verso. (Beigebunden) II: Estella, Diego de. De modo concionandi liber. Köln, Birckmann für Arnold Mylius, 1586. (2), 123 Bll., 3 l. w. Bll. Flexibler Pergamentband der Zeit auf drei Bünden. Dreiseitiger Farbschnitt. Bindebänder. 8vo.

EUR 500.00

Jeweils erste in Deutschland gedruckte Ausgabe: Die Pastoralanweisung des Hl. Karl Borromäus (1538-84, vgl. Wetzer/W. VII, 160) sowie eine wichtige homiletische Schrift (vgl. LThK III, 805) des Franziskanermönches Diego de Estella (1524-78), eine bedeutende Quelle für die spanische Mystik des 16. Jhs. - Papierbedingt gleichmäßig schwach gebräunt. Am hinteren Innendeckel hs. Kauf- und Bindekostenkalkulation. Am Titel zeitgenöss. hs. Besitzvermerk des Ulmer Wengenklosters sowie hs. Besitzvermerk "Ex libris Samuelis Murer Ao. [15]87"; der Name "Samuel", wohl von dessen Sohn, später in "Georg" verändert (d. i. der Augsburger Domvikar Georg Murer, 1592-1680?). Später in der Bibliothek der Wiener unbeschuhten Augustiner (deren hs. Bibliothekssignatur am Innendeckel und Signaturschildchen am Rücken). {BN#22936}
¶ I: Adams B 2520. IA 122.538. VD 16, B 6753 (Ex. der BSB nicht mehr vorhanden). - II: Adams S 1709. VD 16, E 3994.

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The Ship of Fools in contemporary calf

Brant, Sebastian. Stultifera navis mortalium, in qua fatui affectus, mores... [...] depinguntur [...] et per Iacobum Locher [...] Latinitati donatus [...]. Basel, (Sebastiani Henricpetri, March 1572). Basel, (Sebastiani Henricpetri, March 1572). 8vo. (28) pp., 2 blank ff., 284, (2) pp., final blank leaf. With woodcut title vignette and 115 woodcuts in the text (6 of which in original hand colour, 1 partly coloured). - (Bound with) II: Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus. De bello civili apud Pharsaliam libri X. Cologne, Walther Fabritius, 1560. (336) pp. With woodcut title vignette. Contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards with bevelled edges and two brass clasps, lozenge-shaped floral roll-tools enclosing plate-stamps of "Justitia" and "Lucrecia", upper cover bearing monogram "ALG" and date "1573".

EUR 4,500.00

A fine, later Latin edition of the famous "Narrenschiff", originally published in German verse in 1494 and translated by the author's student Jacob Locher in 1497. This is the first edition to contain the outstanding narrative woodcuts by Tobias Stimmer (1539-84), showing the fools and their companions in Renaissance costume. The first six illustrations are coloured by a contemporary hand. - One of literature's most famous satires: before Goethe's "Werther" arrived on the scene, this work was the most successful book ever published in Germany. In his "Ship of Fools", Brant describes the voyage of a ship bearing one hundred fools, to the fools' paradise of Narragonia, thereby satirizing the follies of his time including representatives of every human and social type. "[T]he first original work by a German which passed into world literature [... it] helped to blaze the trail that leads from medieval allegory to modern satire, drama and novel of character" (PMM). Erwin Panofsky called the book "a remarkably complete mirror of human life", based upon the "universality of Brant's self-righteous surliness [...] and the picturesqueness of his metaphors" (Panofsky, p. 30). Incidentally, the book also contains the earliest literary reference to the discovery of America: "Hesperiae occiduae rex Ferdinandus, in alto Aequore nunc gentes repperit innumeras" ("Ferdinand, King of the West, recently discovered innumerable peoples across the high seas", p. 132). - Bound with this is an uncommon Cologne edition of Lucanus's epic "Pharsalia", esteemed throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages for its stylistic and historical merits. - Light brownstaining and occasional light waterstains throughout. A few underlinings in red ink to the "Pharsalia". Upper hinge starting, but binding generally in fine condition. Provenance: Handwritten ownership of Virgilius Fetius of Oettingen in Bavaria (gift from Johann Nortman in February 1577), dated 1578, on the flyleaf. Bookplate of the Bohemian industrialist and art collector Karl Adalbert Lanna (1805-66) to front pastedown; a shelfmark, dated 16 March 1888, written on lower flyleaf. Latterly in the library Werner Habel (his ownership stamp to verso of upper flyleaf). {BN#48838}
¶ I: VD 16, B 7081. BNHCat B 874. BM-STC German 147. Adams B 2673. - II: VD 16, L 2905 (A 4393). Schweiger II.1, 562. Not in Adams or BM-STC German.

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