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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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This Testament shall be Luther's German Testament: Luther's Definitive Text

[Biblia germanica - NT]. Luther, Martin. Das Newe Testament Mar. Luthers. Wittenberg, (Hans Lufft), 1530. Wittenberg, (Hans Lufft), 1530. 8vo (130 x 185 mm). (328) ff. (A-Z8, a-s8). With woodcut title border, 36 full-page woodcuts (including 3 repeats) and woodcut initials. Contemporary dark brown full calf, blindstamped with tendril designs framing a crucifix (upper cover) and four rows of tendril rolls (lower cover). Remains of clasps; spine on 3 raised bands, professionally repaired.

EUR 75,000.00

Exceptionally rare impression of Luther's New Testament in German, the original edition of the last text he issued before incorporating it into his first complete German Bible of 1534. Luther's first edition of the German New Testament, famously published in September 1522, had been a single-handed effort, the work of no more than eleven intensely laborious weeks which he had spent in hiding at the Wartburg. An expensive folio production, it nevertheless sold out in less than three months. During the following years Luther had moved on to tackle various books of the Old Testament, for the preparation of which he employed the help and advice of several friends whose knowledge of Hebrew he felt to be superior. In 1529 however, as part of his work towards a complete German Bible, he meticulously revised (with the support of Melanchthon) his earlier version of the New Testament, and the present edition went forth at Frankfurt's 1530 Easter Book Fair. For the first time it appeared in the pocket-size octavo format, containing several new woodcuts by Georg Lemberger which maintained the style of the Lucas Cranach illustrations. Notably, the woodcut of St. Matthew is a portrait of Luther himself. The 25th illustration of the Apocalypse introduces a surprisingly topical slant, picturing Gog and Magog as the Turkish army which had besieged Vienna the previous year: St. Stephen's Cathedral is clearly visible, and the city wall bears the inscription "Wien", lest even the most obtuse of readers miss the point (indeed, a marginal note in the text opposite spells out the identification). As for the edition's textual changes, "the improvements were grammatical, syntactical, and stylistic in nature, but often were also theologically motivated. In particular, the changes to the prefaces are of theological importance: Luther expanded the prologue to the First Epistle to the Corinthians; the Revelation's introduction was expanded eightfold and given a wholly new character, which was now closer to a true commentary - or rather to a polemic which drew its incisiveness from its capacity to bring up to date the interpretation of the Holy Scripture" (cf. Reinitzer, p. 153). Luther's translation "was of vital importance to the progress of the Reformation, giving a new impetus to the study of the scriptures in the vernacular all over Europe. It also was to have as profound an influence on the development of the German language as the King James Bible later had on English" (PMM 51). The verso of the title page bears Luther's sardonic warning to piratical printers and competing translators: "I beg all my friends and foes, my masters, printers, and readers, let this New Testament be mine. If they lack one, let them make one for themselves. I know full well what I am doing, as I am well aware of what others are doing, but this Testament shall be Luther's German Testament; for there is not measure nor end to fault-finding and second-guessing." The demand for the book proved enormous: by the time Luther's German Bible was published in 1534, over 80 editions of his New Testament had appeared, and by the time of his death the reprints numbered at least 330. Even the original 1530 Testament exists in two collations with three different title pages, all equally rare: earlier that the same year, the printer Lufft had produced a 412-leaf Testament with a significantly narrower printed space, which he then reissued with a changed title woodcut. The title page of the present, final variant, re-set with a wider printed space and a title border showing tendril-entwined columns at the sides and medallions at the top and bottom, is the one pictured in Reinitzer (fig. 81). - Insignificant browning and occasional light fingerstaining, with a few 17th or 18th century underlinings in brown crayon and occasional annotations in an early 18th century hand. The first of the final endpapers has writing on both sides, containing diary entries for the years 1731 to 1733. These notes (by one Johann Georg Rüger from Zell near Schweinfurt in Lower Franconia) are not without interest, as they record events such as the writer's unexpected assistance at a birth ("Heut tato den 17 Junii 1731 hab ich in schwein furth Ein Kint müsen heben, Martin Albrecht, ich Johann Georg Rüger"), the burial of the local shepherd (noting the pallbearers by name, as well as the passage from the Epistle to the Romans read at the funeral), or the transferral of the local priest and the arrival of the new one (noting the passage from the Acts of the Apostles read by Pastor Johann Englert at the investiture, as well as the writer's own participation in the ceremony as a trumpeter). A later pencil ownership ("Johann Valentin Hoffman 1779") in an uneducated hand on the verso of the final index leaf opposite. - No copy in auction records since 1950. VD 16 lists only two copies in libraries (Coburg and Wolfenbüttel), to which Pietsch adds a copy in Bamberg, as well as incomplete copies in Berlin and Hamburg. {BN#46796}
¶ VD 16 B 4400. Benzing 1530.3. Pietsch 34. Reinitzer, Biblia deutsch, no. 85 (with fig. 81). Panzer 77, 14. Bindseil VI, p. XV, e15. Muther, Bilderbibeln 255; Bücherillustration 1609. OCLC 258150473. Not in Bibelslg. Württemberg (but cf. Abt. 2, vol. 1, E 232). Not in Darlow/Moule. Cf. Ursprung der Biblia Deutsch (Exhibition cat., Stuttgart 1983), IVC 2, no. 6.

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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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[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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[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 severalk 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 contemp. 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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[Biblia hebraica - VT - Proverbia Salomonis]. Münster, Sebastian. [Mishle Shelomoh]. Proverbia Salomonis. Praefatio in aeditionem parabolaru[m]... Fratris Conradi Pelicani Minoritae. Epitome hebraicae grammaticae Fratris Sebastiani Munsteri Minoritae. Basel, Johann Froben, 1520. Basel, Johann Froben, 1520. 8vo. 3 parts in 1 volume. (124) ff. With 3 (repeated) woodcut title borders, 2 large printer's devices, and full-page tailpiece. Contemp. blindstamped leather with 2 intakten clasps. All edges red. In custom-made clamshell cloth case.

EUR 7,500.00

First edition. - Rare; only the separately issued second part is recorded at auction (Münster's "Epitome", 32 ff.): Sebastian Münster's first independently published work and one of the earliest manuals of Hebrew published in the German-speaking countries. "Diesem Buch wurden zu Übungszwecken der hebräische Text mit einer lateinischen Übersetzung einiger christlicher Gebete sowie der Sprüche Salomos beigegeben. Es ist selbstverständlich, daß Konrad Pellikan an diesem Erstlingswerk Münsters noch maßgeblich beteiligt war; auch später hat Münster immer wieder den Rat seines von ihm sehr verehrten Lehrers eingeholt" (Burmeister, S. 10). - A fine, complete and well-preservedv volume. {BN#44313}
¶ VD 16, B 3563 (= M 6668, M 6728). Burmeister 1. Hantzsch 219 & 234. Panzer VI, 219, 336. Steinschneider (Hdb.) 1372. Holbein-Kat. 353. OCLC 81845388. Adams B 1535. Not in BM-STC.

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Illuminated with two miniatures

[Biblia latina]. Biblia latina. Nuremberg, Koberger, 14. VI. 1478. Nuremberg, Koberger, 14. VI. 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 50,000.00

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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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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Incunabular Ship of Fools

[Brant, Sebastian. Stultifera navis. Tr: Jacobus Locher Philomusus. Add: Thomas... Beccadelli; Jacobus Locher Philomosus: Carmina varia]. Basel, Johann Bergmann, de Olpe, 1. III. 1498. Basel, Johann Bergmann, de Olpe, 1. III. 1498. 4to. 146 (instead of 164) ff., wanting fols. 1, 9, 15, 51, 56-58, 81-82, 96-97, the four unnumbered leaves after 144, 157-159, and the final blank. With 108 (instead of 117) woodcuts in the text and printer's device at the end. Early 19th century half calf over papered boards with giltstamped spine label. Edges sprinkled.

EUR 18,000.00

Early, if incomplete Latin edition of the famous "Narrenschiff", originally published in German verse in 1494 - also by Bergmann - and translated by the author's student Jacob Locher. One of literature's most famous satires and a milestone in the history of book illustration: many of the woodcuts depicting human foibles (here printed from the original blocks) are now attributed to the young Albrecht Dürer. Before Goethe's "Werther" arrived on the scene, this work was the most successful book ever published in Germany, immensely popular and read until it fell to pieces, and complete copies of the incunabular Basel editions are nearly unobtainable. - 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: "Hesperie occidue rex Ferdinandus: in alto Aequore nunc gentes repperit innumeras" ("Ferdinand, King of the West, recently discovered innumerable peoples across the high seas", fol. 76v). Tellingly, the humanist-printer Bergmann had published the famous "Columbus letter" in 1493. - Some browning and brownstaining; occasional underlinings by a near-contemporary hand (more frequent in the beginning and within the chapter on women). Folio b2 is loosened. Rebound in the 18th century (edges trimmed fairly closely). Small hole in the spine, otherwise well-preserved copy from the collection of the Swedish statesman and diplomat Lars von Engeström (1751-1826) with his engraved armorial bookplate (motto "speravit infestis", "hopeful in adversity") to pastedown. {BN#49042}
¶ Hain 3751*. Goff B-1091; GW 5062. Bod-inc. B-513. Sheppard 2560. Proctor 7778. BSB-Ink B-821. Hieronymus, Buchillus. 195. Cf. PMM 37. Harrise, BAV, Additions, no. 21.

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Brassicanus, Johann Alexander. Pan omnis. [Hagenau], (Anshelm für Johann Knobloch in Straßburg, April 1519). [Hagenau], (Anshelm für Johann Knobloch in Straßburg, April 1519). 4to. (12) ff. (aa-cc4). With large woodcut initial. Papered spine.

EUR 2,500.00

Rare first edition of this collection of neo-Latin verse. Contains several mentions of Brassicanus's friend Erasmus as well as of Hutten, whose "Nemo" had inspired the present verses (cf. G. Ellinger, Geschichte der nlat. Lit. Deutschlands im 16. Jh., vol. 1 [Berlin 1919], p. 441). - Trimmed rather closely at upper edge, occasionally touching headline. Slightly browned and fingerstained in margins; contemp. shelfmark to title page. Rare; the only copy in the last decades' trade was incomplete (1996: H&H 84, lot 175: DM 1,100 (modern boards, wanting final leaf). {BN#29960}
¶ VD 16, B 7153. IA 123.888. Benzing 51f., 37. Burg 97. Panzer VI, 90, 536. Proctor/Isaac 11700. Ritter, Rép. 257. Walter 815. ADB III, 260. Not in Adams.

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Braun, Konrad. De caeremoniis capitula tria D. Con. Bruni iureconsulti,... e tribus eius libris I. III. & VI. excerpta. Mainz, Franz Behem, 1548. Mainz, Franz Behem, 1548. (48) Bll. Pappband. Mit einigen figuralen und floralen Holzschnittinitialen. Dreiseitiger Farbschnitt. 8vo.

EUR 350.00

Juristische Abhandlung der Reformationszeit über kirchliche Zeremonien, Riten und Feste. Separatabdruck aus der ebenfalls 1548 in Mainz erschienenen Gesamtausgabe der Schriften Brauns. Der württembergische Rechtsgelehrte Braun (1491-1563), langjähriger Beamter des Reichskammergerichts, trat "als Vorkämpfer der katholischen Sache auf [...] Sein Hauptziel war die Wiederherstellung der Glaubenseinheit durch Rückführung der Neugläubigen in eine von innen heraus erneuerte Kirche" (NDB II, 556). - Unbedeutend gebräunt; Buchblock nach Lage A angebrochen. {BN#28005}
¶ VD 16, B 7199. Adams B 2959.

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[Brevarium Cartusiense]. Brevarium Cartusiense. Paris, Th. Kerver, [1521?]. Paris, Th. Kerver, [1521?]. 8vo. (8), CCCXLV (instead of 352) ff. With title woodcut and one woodcut in the text, printed in red and black throughout. Contemp. blindstamped calf over wooden boards (spine rebacked, with ms. label). A single central clasp.

EUR 4,500.00

Rare Carthusian Breviary; probably a hitherto unknown variant printing, the collation of which agrees with that stated by Bohatta. The woodcut shows four procession scenes ("Laudate dominum in sanctis eius"). - Top spine-end damaged; slight browning, with occasional worming. Wants the final 7 ff. From the Ritter Waldauf Library in Hall with their engr. bookplate, stamp, and ms. ownership dated 1596. The Imperial Protonotary Florian Waldauf (also: Baldauf; c. 1450-1510; in 1495 countersignatory to the preliminary contract of the Habsburg-Spanish double wedding) and his wife Barbara founded a chapel, a collection of relics, and a ministry for the Hall parish church. As steward of the Waldauf endowment, the City of Hall was responsible for the donations "das alle jar etliche puecher nach anzaigen des predigers zum predigambt gekauft und in der heiligen capellen liberei an ketten gehangen und versorgt werden"; furthermore, the library was directed to acquire books from the estates of religious figures. Contrary to the Waldauf decree, the library was hardly enlarged by systematic purchases, but mainly through the incidental acquisition of books and endowments, primarily from clergymen, monasteries, and schools. The most famous previous owner was Johannes Eck. "After 400 years of existence and only occasional growth, interest in the survival of the Ritter-Waldauf-Bibliothek seemed to dwindle away. In addition, endowment possibilies dropped off completely during the First World War. During the Second World War an unknown number of valuable manuscripts and prints were handed out to private individuals in Hall, in order to secure them from impoundment by the National Socialists. After the War, however, not one of these books was returned" (cf. Hdb. der hist. Buchbestände in Dtl.). {BN#27977}
¶ Cf. Panzer VIII, 74, 1277 (dated "MDXXI die XII. Aprilis"). Moreau 38. Bohatta 1321.

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Brisson, Barnabé. De formulis et sollemnibus populi Romani verbis, libri... VIII [...]. Frankfurt, Wechel & Fischer, 1592. Frankfurt, Wechel & Fischer, 1592. Large 4to. (8), 750 (but: 760), (84) pp. Contemp. vellum, decoratively gilt. Traces of ties.

EUR 1,800.00

Exceptionally beautifully bound copy of this standard work on Roman legal practice; definitive edition of the oft-reprinted work. First published in 1583, this is the second edition, revised, expanded and with a dedication to Heinrich von Rantzau. - Brisson (1531-91), president of the parliament of Paris, was the first scholar to systematically collect all expressions of Roman legal and political writing. - Slightly bronwed throughout; title page with erased note of owenership. Elegant binding with insignificant traces of worming to front cover, otherwise perfect. {BN#17317}
¶ VD 16, B 8330. IA 125.117. Adams B 2848. Cf. Brunet I, 1262. Ebert 2984. Graesse I, 541. Jöcher I, 1385f.

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Medical sammelband, including the first edition of his "Apotherkerordnung"

Brunfels, Otto. Reformation der Apotecken, welche inhaltet vil guter stück,... die eynem yeglichen fast nützlich sein [...]. Von edlen steynen, wie die zuken[n]en [...] Wie man Syrupen, Latwergen, und Confect machen soll, verteütscht auß dem Latein durch D. Hansen Eles. Strasbourg, Wendelin Rihel d. Ä., 1536. Strasbourg, Wendelin Rihel d. Ä., 1536. 4to. (4), LIV pp. With title woodcut and several woodcut initials. (Bound after) II: Ryff, Walther Hermann. Ein wolgegründet, nutzlich und heilsam handtbüchlin, gmeyner Practick der gantzen leib artzney [...]. (Strasbourg, Balthasar Beck), 1541. 4 parts. (224) ff. (last blank), (140), XC, (12) ff. (last blank). With 21 woodcuts in the text. Contemporary full pigskin over wooden boards with bevelled edges, blindstamped with evangelists' roll. 2 clasps.

EUR 58,000.00

I: Very rare first edition of this book on the equipping and the managing of pharmacies. A single copy in auction records (2011, Reiss, sale 142: 40,000 Euros, also bound in a medical sammelband). The pretty woodcut on the title page shows the interior of a pharmacy, with one apothecary taking over a client's recipe, another fetching a can from a shelf, and a third at work with mortar and pestle. - The humanist, physician and theologian Brunfels (1490-1534), "first in time and importance among the German botanists of the 16th century" (Garrison/Morton 279), turned to Lutheranism in 1521, after which he had to flee; Ulrich von Hutten found him a parish near Frankfurt. Later, Brunfels turned to Basel, where he earned an M.D. degree, and Strasbourg, where he published several works on pharmacy and paediatrics. - Slight brownstaining and waterstaining; a few occasional edge flaws. The lower margin of fol. 30 contains an extensive, roughly contemporary note on camphor: "Der recht natürlich campher wirdt also probiert: Nimm ein new backen brot als bald es auß dem ofen kommen ist, schneids mitten entzwei, leg den campher darein: so er wässerecht wirdt, ist er rechtschaffen, so er aber dierr und trucken bleibt ist er gemacht, sol wol bewart werden verschwinden liederlich, man soll in behalten in aine marmelsteinen oder Alabastunen geschirr, darzu gethan leinsamen [...]". - II: First edition of this copious medical manual. The woodcuts show babies in the womb, two Phlebotomy Men, the blood vessels of the head (used twice), and two different diagrams of the eye (one a cross-section such as it would be used three decades later in Alhazen's "Opticae Thesaurus"). Leonhard Fuchs would challenge the publication as an adaptation of his own "De medendis singularum humani corporis partium libri IV". - Old handwritten ownership on title page deleted; some browning and waterstaining. Slight worming to front endpapers; endpapers at rear have additional recipes in a contemporary hand. The pretty binding shows slight worming, otherwise well-preserved. {BN#47865}
¶ I: VD 16, B 8567. Durling 730. IA 125.663. Muller 394, 6. Adlung/Urdang 83f. - II: VD 16, R 4007-4008. Benzing 115. Muller II, 312, 94. Ritter (Rép.) 2035. Waller 8350. Not in Bird, Durling, Lesky, Osler, Ritter (Cat.), STC, Wellcome etc.

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First edition of this "first 'medical dictionary' - an invaluable storehouse of facts - and fancies" (Wightman)

Brunfels, Otto. Onomastikon medicinae. Strasbourg, Johann Schott, (14 April) 1534. Strasbourg, Johann Schott, (14 April) 1534. Folio (212 x 308 mm). (186) ff. With full-page woodcut on fol. 6v showing Saints Cosmas and Damian, the patron saints of physicians. Contemporary full vellum binding.

EUR 9,500.00

First edition of this Renaissance dictionary of natural science compiled by Otto Brunfels, the "father of German botany", best known for pioneering the emancipation of that field from mediaeval herbalism. "Brunfels' passion for compiling and organizing reference material [...] was fully exhibited in his 'Onomastikón', a comprehensive dictionary containing a wealth of material related to medicine, botany, alchemy, and metrology" (DSB). Designed "for the use of physicians and apothecaries" (ibid.), the volume bears ample witness to the pre-eminence of Arabic medicine during the Middle Ages and early modern period, including a long discussion of Galenus, whose works were channeled into the West mainly through Arabic scholars, and entries on Ibn Sina (Avicenna), "natione Arabs, [...] a medicis Princeps vocatur", as well as Ibn Rushd (Averroes), "Avicennae coaevus, multae eruditionis philosophus et medicus, qui cum maxima laude et ipse Aristotelis libros est commentatus". - Insignificant browning with very slight brownstaining and worming near end (confined to margins); a few occasional humanist annotations with an 18th century handwritten note of acquisition (purchased from sale of the Wille library in St Petersburg) on the rear pastedown. A good, tight copy. {BN#46393}
¶ VD 16, B 8525. Adams B 2928. BM-STC German 156. DSB II, 537. Ferchl 73. Wellcome I, 1106. Wightman 112.

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Busbecq, Ogier Ghislain de. Legationis Turcicae Epistolae quatuor, quarum priores duae ante... aliquot annos in lucem prodierunt sub nomine Itinerum Constantinopolitani et Amasiani. Paris, apud Aegidium Beys, 1589. Paris, apud Aegidium Beys, 1589. 186 ff. Contemporary boards. 8vo.

EUR 5,000.00

First publication of these four Turkish letters. Busbecq, a Fleming, was Emperor Ferdinand's ambassador at the Porte from 1555 to 1562. "The first collected edition of all four letters appeared at Paris in 1589. The first letter was printed at Antwerp in 1581, and the second in 1582" (Atabey). Busbecq's letters contain observations of Turkish life and analyses of the Ottoman state. - Insignificant browning; a few old underlinings. Title and endpapers have dated ownerships. Of the utmost rarity, no copy at auction internationally (only the second edition). {BN#33836}
¶ Adams B 3331. Graesse I, 580. OCLC 457194296. Cf. Blackmer 249. Göllner II, 2026 (both the 1595 Frankfurt second edition).

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Caepolla, Bartholomaeus. Cautele varii tractatus legum. Lyon, Jean Crespin, 1535. Lyon, Jean Crespin, 1535. (32) Bll. (d. l. w.), 284, 121, (15) Bll. Titel in rot und schwarz gedruckt. Mit Titelholzschnitt und -bordüre sowie mehreren Holzschnittinitialen. Blindgepr. Lederband der Zeit. 8vo.

EUR 1,500.00

Etwas spätere Ausgabe. Der aus Verona gebürtige Jurist Cepolla (1420-75) war Professor für Zivilrecht in Ferrara und Padua. - Einband beschabt und bestoßen; Ecken und Kapitale mit kleinen Fehlstellen. Titelblatt mit altem hs. und gestemp. Besitzvermerk ("V. Engelshofen"). Teilweise etwas fleckig und gebräunt, wenige Wurmspuren. Einige Blätter mit kleinen Randläsuren. {BN#33842}
¶ Nicht bei Adams oder BM-STC German.

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