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(Albertus). Elogia divi Josephi, duodecim titulis exornata. O. O., um 1790. O. O., um 1790. 16 beschr. SS. auf 10 Bll. Taubenblauer Seidenband der Zeit. Gr.-4to.

EUR 120.00

Hübsch ausgeführte, unpublizierte Handschrift, wohl österreichischen Ursprungs, mit 12 thematischen Elogen auf den Hl. Joseph: I. S. Josephus e stirpe regia; II. S. Josephus vir justus; III. S. Josephus Virginis B.mae sponsus; IV. S. Josephus angelorum alloqio honoratus; V. S. Josephus mysterii incarnationis praescius; VI. S. Josephus divinorum mysteriorum praesens sectator; VII. S. Josephus Christi custos; VIII. S. Josephus Christi nutritius; IX. S. Josepho Christus subditus; X. S. Josephus moriens beatissimus; XI. S. Josephus patrum in limbo consolator; XII. S. Josephus thaumaturgus. Am Schluß signiert von einem "Albertus". - An Ecken und Kanten berieben; der Seidenbezug am Rücken fehlt. {BN#19876}

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The Vice of Dice

Augustine of Hippo, Saint. Sermones de verbis domini [and other works]. [Austria], 1448. [Austria], 1448. Small folio (235 x 314 mm). Latin ms. (gothic book cursive) on paper. 550 pp. (page numbers addeed in pencil, c. 1900, written on 547 pp.). Leaf size 210 x 295 mm, written area mainly 140 x 190 mm. 2 cols., mainly 30-31 lines (but final gathering: 41-43 lines), partly rubricated with red chapter headings and ends; numerous red Lombardic initials. Contemp. blindstamped Gothic calf binding over wooden boards. Wants the fittings and clasps.

EUR 45,000.00

Fine late mediaeval manuscript, principally comprising sermons of St Augustine (pp. 1-410), but also containing four shorter treatises of his slightly older contemporary, Gregory of Nazianzus (pp. 411-523); dated "1448" at the end. Bound after this are 12 additional leaves, apparently penned slightly later by a different scribe, with theological writings of the early 15th century, namely two treatises by the French mystic Jean Gerson (pp. 527-540) and the treatise on the vice of dice by the Vienna canon Johann Geuss (pp. 541-550). - Contents: A) St Augustine. 1-121: Sermones de verbis domini secundum Mattheum (with a table of contents, followed by "Evangelium audivimus ... agite penitentiam"); 122-181: Sermones de verbis domini secundum Lucam (inc. "Petite et dabitur"); 182-344: Sermones de verbis domini secundum Johannem (inc. "Capitulum Evangelii quod lectum est"); 345-347: Sermo de verbis domini evangelio secundum Lucam de verbis apostoli, omnes nos manifestari oporte ante tribunal Christi (inc. "Omnium Christianorum spes"); 348-410: Liber de spiritu et anima (inc. "Quoniam dictum est mihi", expl. "quem cernere finis est doloris"). - B) Gregory of Nazianzus. 411-470: De urbana vita [ad Pronianum; tr. Rufinus] (inc. "Proficiscenti mihi ex urbe magnopere iniungebas Aproniane fili"); 470-487: De nativitate domini [oratio XXXVIII] (inc. "Christus nascitur"); 487-506: De luminibus et secundis epiphaniis [oratio XXXIX] (inc. "Iterum Jesus meus et iterum"); 506-523: De pentecoste [oratio XLI] (inc. "De sollemnitate huius diei pauca dicenda sunt"; expl. "et potestas in spiritu sancto in secula seculorum. Amen"); followed by date: "et finitus est liber anno etc. 1448"; 524-526 vacant. C) Johannes Gerson: 527-537: Tractatus de trepidantibus accedere ad celebrationem misse post pollutionem in sompniis habitum (inc. "Dubitandum est aput me"); 537-540: De duplicii stuatu in dei ecclesia, curatorum et privilegiatorum (inc. "Pax quam omnibus"; expl. "inveniri. Deo gratias. Deo gratias"). D) [Johannes Geuss]. 541-550 [Sermo de ludo alearum] (inc. "Confundatur sorcium distributio scribitur Numeri ultimo. Hec verba possunt intellegi de sortilegio lusorum et confusione ipsorum"; expl. "unam libram et sic posset fieri recompensatio" (lacking the final four columns of text). - Occasional addenda and marginalia by a roughly contemporary hand in the wide blank margin throughout. The 12-leaf quire bound at the end (watermark: type Piccard V [libra], section V, no. 294 ["Vienna 1461"]) must originally have been followed by a now-lost final leaf of text. Binding rubbed and bumped; small crack to upper cover; traces of a pasted grey paper wrapper. Occasional slight browning to manuscript; insignificant waterstain near beginning. Slight tear to first 3 ff. (not touching text), loss of corner to first leaf (loss of page number and a 17th century monastic ownership "Conven[tus] C[...]"). {BN#44879}

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From Jegenstorf castle, auctioned in 1947

[Austrian Breviary]. Illuminated ms. breviary. [Probably Austria], February-May 1479. [Probably Austria], February-May 1479. 8vo (155 x 110 mm). Latin ms. on vellum. 540 ff. (foliated 1-77 in ink, in pencil to 210, and sporadically thereafter in pencil with some errors). Complete save for a final missing leaf (unless a calendar is missing): i-ix10, x8, xi-xxxiv10, xxxv6 (of 10, vii-x cancelled), xxxvi-xxxviii10, xxxix12, xl-xliv10, xlv-li8, lii9 (of 8, +ix), liii11 (of 10, + i), liv-lv10, lvi8. Catchwords frequently visible, ruled in ink for 31-32 or 42-44 lines (ff. 434-499v) of text per page. Written in several scripts (perhaps by several scribes); extensive rubrics in red. With 10 illuminated initials in the Psalter, ten-line illuminated initials with three-sided foliage border including a bird, and 9 similar smaller initials. 17th-century cream vellum over blind-tooled wooden boards, two straps with metal fittings, leather tab-markers at fore-edge.

EUR 28,000.00

The attractive illuminated initials, clustered in the first part of the volume, are typical of Austrian and Bavarian work, most of them using highly burnished gold and a distinctive pale green and pink. The largest initial has conventional foliage except in the lower margin, where the artist reveals his ability to paint a naturalistic rose-plant and bird. - Contents: Ferial Psalter ff. 1-77v; Hymnal ff. 78-94, including the feasts of St. Kylian f. 87 and Ursula f. 90; Prayers ff. 94v-7v; Temporale ff. 98- 339v, with blank f. 321v and Gospel readings for Sundays ff. 322-339v; rubrics for the Sanctorale, ending with deleted text and stubs of cancelled leaves ff. 340-342v; Sanctorale ff. 343-499v, with Augustine's main feast as "summum festum" f. 458, and his translation as "medium festum" 477v; blank f. 500r/v; Common of saints and the Dedication of a church ff. 501-536; prayers, including several each for John the Evangelist and Augustine ff. 536v-538; added liturgical elements on front flyleaf and added prayers, including ones for John "apostolo et patrono" and Augustine f. 538r/v. - Two colophons are dated Monday, 8 February 1479, and 19 May 1479 (ff. 499v and 538). The manuscript was apparently written for an Augustinian house ("sanctissimi patris nostri Augustini", f. 458) dedicated to John the Evangelist ("patris nostri et patroni", f. 398); saints in the Sanctorale point to an origin in south-east Germany or more probably north-west Austria, including St. Florian with nine lessons and full office (f. 397), St. Ulrich (venerated especially at Augsburg and Salzburg), f. 434, St. Coloman (venerated especially at Melk, Vienna and Linz), f. 478v, and St. Virgil of Salzburg, f. 499v. Frequent additions indicate continued use until the 17th century. From the library of Schloss Jegenstorf near Bern; sold by Klipstein and Kornfeld (13-15 November 1947, lot 345). - A few leaves with tears, not affecting legibility of the text. Binding somewhat bumped at the corners, the upper joint cracking. {BN#30724}

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Album of the Imperial blanket maker J. F. Hörmannsperger

Baroque pattern book and album of the blanket maker Johann Franz Hörmannsperger. Vienna, 1736. Vienna, 1736. Oblong folio (390 x 252 mm). 118 numbered ff. (but 115: ff. 96, 106, and 112 skipped). Calligraphic preface by Hörmannsperger, 58 full-page textile designs by the same, mostly in red, blue, green, and gilt (including one folded, double-page sized specimen and 4 ff. with 2 designs each), 7 splendid gouache washes raised in gilt and silver; bound in between these are a total of 52 engravings on 48 plates, all in splendid contemporary colour raised in gilt and silver. Contemp. marbled boards.

EUR 85,000.00

Unique, museum-quality document of late Baroque craftsmanship among the urban Third Estate: apart from 58 meticulously executed textile designs, the album contains seven large-format gouaches showing the self-assured author practising his trade in his workshop, advertising and selling his wares to customers, as well as playing music and even bowling, but also attending the general meeting of the Viennese blanket makers. The engravings which Hörmannsperger inserted between his own works all show mundane subjects (dwarves, soldiers, caricatures, etc.): thus, his autograph textile designs and gouaches are interleaved with some of the rarest and most charming pieces produced by the 1720's Augsburg school of engraving. - The album is introduced by a self-portrait of the 26-year-old Hörmannsperger in his workshop (with his compass and one of the later-included textile designs lying on the table); on the opposite page he offers a brief preface to the volume: "for true art speaks for the master: here is a book, all mine, with many drawings, as they will be seen, all drawn by me, though I say so myself, with much time, labour, and trouble [...] I, Johann Frantz Hörmansperger" (transl.). The captions to the splendid gouaches prove the author's humour (sometimes bawdy) as well as a trait of surprising self-confidence. Pitching his self-plaited blanket to a female customer, he addresses her: "My dear lady, here's a fine blanket for you - you may well stretch yourself under this: one and a half ells wide and two in length; perfect for flipping over with your husband underneath" (transl., f. 84). Another image shows him selling saddlecloths to military officers ("we'll have these and take them into battle", f. 86); yet another shows him bowling in a Baroque garden at the weekend ("All gay and jolly, for we are journeymen of the trade: and so the virgins may be; they will not be bored - here is red wine and white, so well we may make merry", f. 94) and dancing ("Be merry all. Musicians play! Thus do the blanket makers frolic and dance with pretty girls until their shoes may fall to pieces", f. 104). The final leaf shows an apprentice received into the society of blanket makers at their quarterly general assembly ("The blanket makers convene today to discuss what concerns the society: the young man must have learned his trade; he is not too tall nor too small. But he must put in his time, until he is made a journeyman", f. 118). Some of Hörmannsperger's ornamental designs, created with the use of a compass, include centerpieces showing armorial or figural motifs; one design (f. 113) is apparently a commission for Emperor Charles VI (bearing his monogram and Imperial insignia); according to the later caption, it was indeed executed for him. - Between his own works Hörmannsperger bound engravings by the great Augsburg masters of his age, all splendidly coloured and raised in gilt and silver: eight engravings from Elias Bäck's dwarf series (fencing school, drinking, gluttony, and tobacco addiction), a complete cycle of the seasons and the life stages of man by Martin Engelbrecht ("Der Menschen Jahr Veränderung"), a total of 19 of the famous engravings by Pfeffel, Schmidt, and Engelbrecht showing a soldier's life (two with movable parts), as well as a fine broadsheet by Albrecht Schmidt showing the seven Honest Swabians, and finally an untitled eight-page cycle showing the female tempers. - The Austrian and especially the Viennese bedclothes were known for their high quality throughout the continent. During their golden age in the 18th century they were exported to all European courts, as well as to Greece, Turkey, and many oriental countries. At the time this album was drawn up, there were ten masters of the profession in Vienna alone creating blankets and mattresses as well as backpacks and cuirasses. - Provenance: acquired in 1893 "from Mr Josef Lang's son-in-law" by the bedclothes merchant Josef Pauly, supplier to the Royal and Imperial court, and passed on by him to Mr. Junghofer, chairman of the bedclothes makers' cooperative, in 1896 (cf. Pauly's autograph dedication note on the flyleaf); last in an Austrian private collection. Boards imperceptibly restored at lower spine end; interior slightly fingerstained; slight tears to two leaves, but in excellent state of preservation altogether. {BN#30828}

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Baudrand, Barthélemi, SJ / [Basile, Vincent, SJ (Übs.)]. Rasmiscgljajte ova dobro. Otza Bartola Baudrand Druscbe Jesussove.... Prinesegne u jesik slovinski. [Wohl Balkan, um 1845]. [Wohl Balkan, um 1845]. Titel, 11-130 (recte: 129), (1) SS. (Lagen 9 und 10 hinter 12 verbunden; S. 66 in der Zählung übersprungen). Marmorbroschur um 1880. 4to.

EUR 250.00

Zeitgenössische Abschrift von Vincent Basiles illyrischer (kroatischer) Übersetzung von Baudrands erbaulicher Meditation "L'Ame Penitente" (erstmals Lyon 1778). Der sizilianische Jesuit Basile (1811-82) wurde 1840 von seinem Orden nach Albanien und anschließend nach Dalmatien und die Herzegowina versetzt. Er gab mehrere Jesuitenschriften im südslawischen Idiom heraus; die vorliegende erschien erstmals 1844 in Rom und erlebte mehrere Auflagen. - Etwas braunfleckig und angestaubt. {BN#27227}
¶ Vgl. de Backer/Sommervogel I, 1000, 1 & 1040. OCLC 55609485.

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Berg (eig. Ebersberg), Ottokar Franz, Schriftsteller (1833-1886). Die Pfarrersköchin. Lebensbild mit Gesang in vier Acten.... O. O., um 1881. O. O., um 1881. 157, (3) SS. und ein durchschossenes Bl. zwischen S. 128 und 129. Marmorierter Halbleinenband der Zeit. Kl.-4to.

EUR 200.00

Zeitgenössische Abschrift von Ebersbergs 1868 geschriebener "Pfarrersköchin". Am letzten Blatt die Freigabe der Zensur (dat. Dauba 28. X. 1881) und mit einigen von derselben im Text gestrichenen Stellen; am Titel ein eh. Besitzeintrag von Johann Hugo Kochansky v. Kochan, einem Theaterunternehmer aus Hirschberg, der das Stück aufführen wollte. - Etwas gebräunt und fingerfleckig. {BN#27242}

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Devotional manuscript in Dutch

Bossche, Johannes Baptista van den. Instructie om deuchdelick synen tyt [...] ghemaeckt by... den Eerwerdighen heere, Johannes Baptista vanden Bossche, prioor en pater van het Syon [...] int Jaer 1617. [No place], 1617. [No place], 1617. 8vo. Dutch manuscript on paper. 87 ff., last blank pasted to back cover (collation: A-L8).

EUR 3,500.00

Interesting devotional manuscript in Dutch containing extensive instructions and rules for behaving, praying and meditating, and living a good religious life in a monastery from hour to hour. The booklet also gives the texts prayers and meditations to perform during the day. It is a sort of "Diurnale" (a shortened Breviary), written by the prior of a monastery ("het Syon"), for his brothers. - Strangely enough the text seems to have been written by a Dutchman from the northern Netherlands where all the monasteries were demolished during the beginning of the Eighty Year's War, and where the Roman-Catholic faith was tolerated at best. "Het Syon" is an often used name for a monastery, for example one near Beverwijck, or near Delft, but, again, these cloisters were no longer in existence. Possibly, Johannes Baptista van den Bossche was a refugee from the north and active in the Southers Netherlands. The manuscript is written in a clear, sophisticated, and almost calligraphical handwriting (by Johannes van den Bossche himself?) in two scripts: italic and a script reminding the civilité type. - Very well preserved. {BN#26608}

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[Bourbon-Parma]. Indexbuch über die Erledigung unterschiedlicher Rechtsvorgänge. Lat. Handschrift... auf Papier. Ohne Ort und Jahr (um 1830). Ohne Ort und Jahr (um 1830). 90 (dav. 61 weiße) Bll. Halbleder der Zeit m. Blanko-Deckelschild u. Bindebändern. Folio.

EUR 250.00

Die Eintragungen erfolgten in 8 Spalten: laufende Nummer in Spalte 1, beginnend mit 101; Spalte 2: Name des Antragstellers (Exhibenten); Spalte 3: Meritum Exhibiti; Spalte 4: Wie entschieden wurde und wo vermerkt; Spalte 5: Datum; Spalte 6: Beilagen; Spalte 7 Relationen; Spalte 9: Aktenzahlen. Die Namen sind großteils ungarisch, ebenso genannte Städte und sonstige Ortschaften. Die Eintragungen sind auf Latein, einige Eintragungen beziehen sich anscheinend auf einen früheren Band. Auf Seite 15 ist die Datierung 28 Oktober (1)834. Auf dem letzten, deutsch beschriebenen Blatt 1826: "Relatio ad Nr. 452 Zufolge eingeholter Auskunft ist das Operat der im Jahre (1)826 abgeführten gewünschten Untersuchung unterm 28. Feber (1)828 durch das Gubernium Seiner Majestät unterbreitet worden". - Anscheinend wurde der Band von etwa zwei bis drei verschiedenen Schreibern angelegt. Die laufenden Nummer reichen von 101 bis 474; beiliegend ein loses Blatt mit weiteren Eintragungen. Entstanden ist der Band vermutlich in Ungarn in einer herrschaftlichen Kanzlei. - Die ersten Bll. mit dem gekrönten Stempel “Bourbon Parma”, auch das Buchzeichen der Kaiserin Zita. - Einband etw. berieben, bestoßen u. tlw. (bes. Rücken) m. Wurmspuren. {BN#9200}

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[Chromometer]. Deutsche Handschrift auf Papier. O. O. u. D., [2. Hälft d. 18. Jhdts.]. O. O. u. D., [2. Hälft d. 18. Jhdts.]. 2 SS. Folio.

EUR 150.00

Instruktive Darstellung der Funktionsweise eines Chromometers, die wohl für einen Lexikonartikel oder als Aufsatz für eine technische Zeitschrift gedacht war: "Chromometer, Chromoskop oder Wärmemesser wird ein Instrument genannt, welches die Änderungen in der Wärme oder Temperatur der Luft oder eines andern Fluidums, dem es ausgesetzt, wird, genau anzeigt. Diese Kenntnis der abweichenden Temperatur ist bey mehreren ökonomischen Geschäften höchst wichtig; sie kann auch in einer regelmäßigen Bleich- und Färbeanstalt, wo man nicht auf[s] geradewohl operirt, und immer gleiche Resultate verlangt, nicht enbehrt werden; aber nur durch jenes Instrument wird sie möglich. So wie die Aräometer, so sind auch die Thermometer nach der Eintheilung ihrer Skalen verschieden. Die gebräuchlichsten sind das Reaumürische und Fahrenheit Thermometer, deren Eintheilung hinlänglich bekannt ist [...]". - Verfasser des vorliegenden Manuskript ist "Fritz v. Meiding[er]" - so die Unterschrift unter dem Text -, wohl ident mit dem Gelehrten, Naturforscher und Erfinder Johann Friedrich Reichsfrhr. von Meidinger (1726-1777). {BN#15980}

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Colon, Hernando. Historia del Almirante. Spain, c. 1550. Spain, c. 1550. Spanish ms. on vellum. 247 x 285 mm (written space 160 x 210 mm). 2 cols. 16 lines. With a large initial "L" in red, green, and blue on gold. Large illuminiation with rich gold and coloured tendril designs on reverse.

EUR 25,000.00

The "Historia del Almirante", the story of the life of Christopher Columbus, is said to have been written around 1530 by his son Hernando Colón (1487-1539). The original manuscript is lost. The work was first printed in 1571 in Italian. The 1749 Spanish edition is merely a re-translation (cf. Sabin 14674) and thus contains many departures from the present ms. copy, which is obviously based on the original version. Judging by the style of the tendril initial (strongly rubbed), this ms. probably was created in the mid-16th century. The text begins, "Los rebeldes perseverando en su mal animo el Almirante resolvio enviar contre essos al Prefecto su hermano que con buenas palabras sgredviese a juicio y arrepentimento pero con compania hastante para que si quisiesen onfendere oudiese resistirlos" (the later printed version has: "Perseverando los rebeldes en su mal ánimo y propósito, llegaron hasta un cuarto de legua de los navíos, a un pueblo de indios llamado Maima, donde después edificaron los cristianos una cuidad llamada Sevilla.") - It could not be established whether the illumination on the reverse belongs to the original composition or is a later addition in contemporary style. The image does not fit the text well: it depicts three legendary scenes of the conquest of Brittany by a commander of Charlemagne in 799 (Brittany, personified by a female allegory "Armorica", and Charlemagne ["Karolus Fran(corum) Rex"] as a young ruler in Roman dress). - Margins of text page browned; some rubbing (initial rather strongly rubbed); edges of illumination slightly browned; gilding and colours (especially green) chipped. {BN#18222}

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Courtauld, Augustine, polar explorer, geographer, and navigator (1904-1959). Me. Probably Gallspach, 1956. Probably Gallspach, 1956. Large 4to. (4), 273, (1) ff. Typescript with numerous autogr. deletions, insertions, and revisions in pencil (autogr. insertions also typed and tipped in) and with insertion markings in red pencil. With punched holes, bound between cardboard covers.

EUR 2,500.00

Original typescript of the autobiography of the English geographer and explorer Augustine ("August") Courtauld, published in 1957 as "Man the Ropes". Born into a wealthy Essex family of textile merchants, Courtauld spent typically unhappy school days at Charterhouse (a 1918 anecdote, describing an excessive beating for the waste of bread, precisely mirrors a contemporaneous scene at Gresham's School described by the slightly younger Stephen Spender in his memoirs), his years at Trinity, Cambridge, and especially his expeditions to ice and sand deserts, his voyages, his war service in the Coastal Forces, and his last years as an Essex politician. - Courtauld was dedicated to exploring the world's uncharted deserts, and as early as 1926 had visited Greenland with the great Scottish explorer James Wordie. In 1927/28, he explored the Southern Sahara with the later Lord Rennell, only barely surviving an attack of dysentery. Most famously, Courtauld spent five winter months as solitary keeper of the weather station his expedition had set up on the Greenland ice cap, 110 miles north of Ammassalik, at minus 64 degrees. The "British Arctic Air Route Expedition" of 1930/31, led by Gino Watkins with the plan of finding a short air route to Western Canada, had received material support from Courtauld, whose family helped finance the undertaking. In 1935, Courtauld returned to Greenland, where he was the first to climb Mt. Hvitserk (Gunnbjørns Fjeld), the highest mountain in the arctic at almost 3,700 meters. Courtauld was considered a brilliant navigator, and his numerous cruises took him everywhere from Mallorca to Trondheim (he once took along Evelyn Waugh to Northern France, but Waugh soon defected due to continuing bad weather). With the coming war, Courtauld explored the Northern coast of Norway for the British naval intelligence; against the resistance of the admiralty, he formed the "Royal Naval Volunteer Supplementary Reserve" and supported the British commando units in Norway. After the war, he attempted a transatlantic voyage to America with his yawl, but was prevented by bad weather. Still, the winter of 1947 was spent in Ian Fleming's Jamaican villa, where his son could recuperate in the Caribbean waters after a severe bout of Polio. In his 49th year, Courtauld himself developed Multiple Sclerosis. At the Zeileis sanitarium in Gallspach near Grieskirchen (Upper Austria), where he spent his last years in treatment, he penned the present memoirs, which he lived to see published. A comparison with the printed text shows that the typescript underwent further editing - probably by the publishers, Hodder and Stoughton. The author's notorious understatement would seem even more pronounced in the ms., confirming the appraisal of his travel companion, Francis Rodd (Lord Rennell): "He was no linguist, but made himself understood." Courtauld died on 3 March 1959 and was buried at sea. Dorothy Middleton recognized the versatile Courtauld as an explorer "who could have been more famous if he had been less modest and (perhaps) less of an individualist" (The Geogr. Journal 146/3 [1980], S. 446). More than two decades after his death, Nicholas Wollaston published the biography, "The Man on the Ice Cap". In the fall of 1959, Courtauld's widow Mollie married Richard Austen ("Rab") Butler of Saffron Walden (1902-82, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary; widower of Courtauld's cousin, Sydney Courtauld Butler) and celebrated her 100th birthday in 2007. - Occasional slight browning; edges somewhat wrinkled. Altogether well-preserved, complete typescript of the autobiography, probably the final draft as revised by the author himself. {BN#20992}

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Der Kepleriania Chronica. Der Kepleriania Chronica. Begnadet unter Schirmherrlicher Imprimatur, berichtet,... geschrieben und herfürgegeben von Magister Weishar, Chronist und Geheimschreyber etc. der Kepleriania. Wien, 1917. Wien, 1917. Manuskript in rot und schwarz mit zahlreichen, teils figürlichen Initialen und tw. blattgroßen Illustrationen in Federzeichnung. 241 SS. Blind- und goldgeprägter grüner Ganzleinenband der Zeit mit Deckeltitel. Ornamentale Vorsätze, dreiseitiger Rotschnitt. 4to.

EUR 850.00

Äußerst aufwendig gestaltete, ausführliche Chronik einer "Ritterschaft" (ein ambitioniertes Mittelschüler-Corps) am Wiener Gymnasium am Favoritener Keplerplatz. Die blattgroßen Illustrationen zeigen Ansichten mehrerer beliebter Ausflugsziele um Wien, die bei den "Heerfahrten" heimgesucht wurden, wie die Burgen Greifenstein, Liechtenstein, Kreuzenstein und Kammerstein, sowie Ortsansichten von Altenberg und Pötzleinsdorf. Die übrigen Illustrationen nehmen Alltagsszenen und Begebenheiten von Mitgliedern der Ritterschaft aufs Korn. Beim Buchschmuck nahm sich der Autor manche Anregung bei den Illustratoren der Wiener Secession zum Vorbild: So ziert etwa der Ritter, den C. O. Czeschka für die 1000-Jahr-Feier Mödlings 1908 als Plakatmotiv wählte, die Einleitung des vorliegenden Manuskripts. {BN#11145}

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Erlach, Franz von, Musiker (fl. um 1830). Sammlung auserlesener Lieder mit Begleitung der Guitarre. Wohl Österreich, um 1830. Wohl Österreich, um 1830. Deutsche Handschrift und Notenhandschrift. Tinte auf Papier. (1) Bl. Widmung, 106, (1) SS. Schöner klassizistischer Halblederband der Zeit mit goldgepr. grünem Lederrücken; die Deckel bezogen mit strukturiertem kobaltblauem Papier mit attraktiver goldgepr. Schmuckordüre; am Vorderdeckel mittig goldumkränzte rote Auflage mit goldgepr. Deckeltitel "Auserlesene Lieder mit Begleitung der Guitarre". Stehkantenvergoldung. Vorsätze aus altrosafarbenem Lackpapier. Dreiseitiger Goldschnitt. Qu.-8vo (222:143 mm).

EUR 650.00

Schöne handschriftliche Sammlung des nicht näher nachweisbaren, wohl österreichischen Gitarrenspielers und Lieddichters, der sich am Widmungsblatt nennt: "Zum Andenken von Franz von Erlach". Die 36 notierten und mit mehrstrophigem Text niedergeschriebenen Lieder aus eigener und fremder Feder sind betitelt "Hedwigs Klage", "Heysa, juhe" (Ariette aus dem tragisch-komischen Original Zauberspiel: Moisasuras Zauberfluch v. Ferd. Raimund. Musik v. eben demselben)", "Die Harfenistin (Erzählung von Lafontaine)", "Aria aus der Schweizer Familie", "Der glückliche Mann", "Schäferlied", "An den Abendstern", "Des Jünglings Klage", "An den Mond (Duetto)", "Liebesklage", "Lied aus der Ferne", "Die Rose", "Die drey Reiche der Natur", "An die Geliebte", "Wenn die Hoffnung nicht wär", "Hektors Abschied von Andromache", "Das Schweitzer Heimweh", "Liebeserklärung", "Der Geisbock und die Todtenbeine", "Mein Garten", "Lied eines österreichischen Landwehrmanns auf Piquet", "Einladung zur Kirchweih (in Baierischer Volksmundart)", "Wiegenlied (v. Körner)", "Der Greis an seine Jugendjahre", "Liebesempfindungen", "Der Schlosser und sein Gesell", "Der Fremdling", "Abschied von der Heimath", "Der Arzt", "Das Schöne", "Sehnsucht um den Geliebten", "Das Nichts", "Die reine Liebe", "An Elise", "Das Echo" und "Liebes-ABC"; nach einem Gesamtregister folgt noch der Text eines Lieds "Der Zigeunerbube im Norden". - Durchgehend etwas gebräunt bzw. braunfleckig; Innengelenke angeplatzt; Ecken minimal bestoßen, sonst von sehr schöner Erhaltung. {BN#22543}

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Spectacular late 18th-century Italian manuscript on fireworks, illustrated throughout

[Fireworks]. Arte Pirotecnia. [Italy, late 18th century]. [Italy, late 18th century]. Large 4to (270 x 195 mm). 36 ff. With 72 very interesting pen-and-ink drawings, partly coloured in brown, yellow and reddish washes. Contemporary marbled boards. In custom-made cloth portfolio.

EUR 27,500.00

Spectacularly illustrated manuscript describing and illustrating many moveable and rotating pyrotechnical units and machines, including rockets. The title-page, bearing the name of a former owner (Valentino Vieri, who probably also added some probationes pennae), is followed by a description of the first 62 coloured drawings, beginning with the "Giuoco della Luna e Sole" (games of moon and sun), including all sorts of revolving, spouting, exploding and firing units, rockets, and other gadgets: On fol. 20r three objects are illuminated: an aloe vase, a tree, and a coat of arms, inscribed "Dini". Fols. 20v-23r show full-page installations, including a "Colona Trionfante" with a winged angel on top, a Lion of St. Mark, the symbol of the free Republic of Venice, holding an open book with his right paw (displaying the text "Pax tibi Marce Evangelista meus"), an oval on top of a balustrade, bearing the text "W. Gesu Giuseppe e Maria", a "Piramicia Egiziana", and a cupola with lanterns and fire pots. Fols. 23v-25r contains two double-page war scenes: the first, a fortified castle by a coast, with a vessel and a galley at sea; the second, a fortified tower and an army camp with tents opposite, with symbols of war and military equipment in the foreground. The final fols. 25v-36v contain indexes and instructions for fireworks: (1) "Indice delli Giuochi di Fuocho" (the various units and rockets; fols. 25v-26v); (2) "Regole Generali": 84 numbered instructions for construction and operation of fireworks (fols. 27r-35r); (3) "Indice delle Misture" (fols. 35v-36r); and "Catalogo de Generi ed Utensili" (fol. 36v). - There may be a connection between this manuscript and the Papal Master of Ceremonies Msgr. Giuseppe Dini (d. 1799). The Library of the Getty Research Centre possesses a ms. written by Dini ("Relazione o sia diario di tutto quelle che e stato osservato in Roma nelle venuta del Re delle due Sicilie Ferdinando IV e la Regina Maria Carolina Arciduchessa d'Austria", 1791) containing biographical and historical notes, including descriptions of the preparations for the royal visit with details about the route, the number of soldiers guarding the visitors, and the costs of the entertainment (including operatic performances and fireworks). At the back of that manuscript are printed announcements of the firework display and official appearances by Pope Pius VI. - In 1782 Dini - as that Pope's Master of Ceremonies - published a diary of the Papal journey, via Venice, to Vienna (undertaken with an aim to mitigate the social and ecclesiastical reforms enacted by Emperor Joseph II). Perhaps the ms. with its explicit references to the Republic of Venice can be connected with this 1782 journey (a German edition, "Vollständiges Tagebuch von der Reise des Pabsts Pius VI. nach Wien", appeared in Breslau in 1783). Another possibility is a connection with the election of the new Pope Pius VII in March 1800 in Venice, after a very difficult conclave in Venice that began in December 1799, soon after the death of Pius VI and just before the death of Dini on 2 November 1799. - Spine slightly damaged; some browning. In good condition. {BN#28367}

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[Fischereiordnung]. - Mondsee. Ordenliche Visch und Vischkhauffs ordnung von Johannes Christophorus,... "Abbte des Gotshaus Männsee". [Mondsee], 1. III. 1593. [Mondsee], 1. III. 1593. Deutsche Handschrift auf Papier. 5 SS. auf 3 Bll. sowie das hintere Bl. des Umschlags mit Datierung. Roter Pappband unter Verwendung alten Materials. Folio.

EUR 2,200.00

Entstanden unter dem Benediktinerabt Johannes Christophorus zu Mansee, regelt die vorliegende Fischereiordnung in 25 Punkten alle Belange des Fischfangs und -handels am Mondsee. - Der gegen Ende des 16. Jhdts. nachweisbare Abt war Verfasser des 1599 in Salzburg erschienenen "Berichts von S. Wolfgang, Bischofs zu Regensburg, Herkommen, Leben und Ableben" (vgl. Jöcher/Adelung II, 2301). - Das Wasserzeichen nicht bei Piccard, aber ähnlich zu Piccard IX/1, 508 (Ortenberg, Salzburg um 1575). - Aus der Privatsammlung von Michaela Gräfin Almeida, München, der bis ins Jahr 2007 Besitzerfamilie des Mondsee. {BN#11220}

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[Germany]. Li quatro ordeni delle Terre di Germania. Manuscript... by an unknown hand. N. p. o. d., [Italy, c. 1570-1610]. N. p. o. d., [Italy, c. 1570-1610]. ½ folio leaf (divided vertically), written on one side.

EUR 650.00

Elegantly disposed manuscript list of a series of princes and places in the Holy Roman Empire, written in a fine late 16th-century italic hand, supplemented by a contemporary hand. - Curious listing of names of places and potentates in 'Germany' (actually, within the Holy Roman Empire, since the Duke of Lorraine and the Count of Savoy are included), enumerating every class by fours - e. g. four dukes, four landgraves, four cities, four vicars etc. Evidently either a jeu d'esprit or perhaps for a literary purpose, the piece is without any identification. Including the additions in another hand, there are 12 groups of four in all (a total of 48), enough for a deck of playing cards. In addition, the second hand has inserted digits from 1 to 12 randomly beside each group. Could this be the plan for a proposed pictorial set of cards? - Slightly browned and with small damages to edges. {BN#25434}

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Manuscript account of the sufferings of Gleyo in China

[Gleyo, Jean-François, missionary (1734-1786). Visions et revelations de Mr. Gleyo missionnaire en... Chine. Pendant les huit années quil a eté en prison pour la cause de la religion, depuis l’an 1769 jusqu'en l’an 1777. [Probably France, ca. 1800]. [Probably France, ca. 1800]. Manuscript (brown ink) on paper. 2 vols. 8vo. (Title page), 445 (but: 444) pp. (Title page), 446-764 pp., 91, (2) pp. Bound in 18th-century vellum manuscript over boards. All edges red.

EUR 18,500.00

A manuscript written in a single, unidentified hand during the last years of the 18th century, describing Gleyo's imprisonment in Ching-Tou, then Yuin-Tchang. - J.-F. Gleyo was born in Saint-Brieuc, the son of master mariner François Gleyo, and became a Priest of St. Sulpice. He sailed from Lorient to China in 1764, first arriving in Macao, where he learned Chinese and became associated with the evangelical work of the missionary Alary. In 1769 he was denounced and accused of links with the Pélén-Kiao rebels. Imprisoned and abused for several years, he owed his survival to his faith and mystical visions. He was released in 1777 after a Portuguese Jesuit mathematician intervened with the Emperor and resumed his apostolic labours. In his General History of the Foreign Missions, Launay states of Gleyo that "he recalls the great contemplatives, the most intrepid apostles, saints, and other confessors of the faith." The present manuscript recounts his encarceration and the consolations he received from heaven. It is sprinkled with Latin sentences and Chinese terms (especially in his letters written to Jean-Martin Moÿe after his release, included as a final section at the end of the second volume, with separate page numbers). The letters were published in the famous Jesuit collection of "Lettres édifiantes et curieuses". The original manuscript is kept in the Archives des Séminaires des Missions Étrangères, and a copy by various hands exists in the library of the Seminary of St. Sulpice; it is very likely that the present manuscript was copied from one of these sources. It is not listed in the catalogue of Manuscripts in the National Library and is thus of the utmost rarity. - Provenance: from the library of Jean R. Perrette with his bookplate on the pastedown. {BN#45762}

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[Gonzaga]. Ferdinand III, emperor (1608-1657). Manuscript on vellum signed. Kaiserebersdorf Castle near Vienna, 25. VIII. 1637. Kaiserebersdorf Castle near Vienna, 25. VIII. 1637. Folio. Latin ms., ink on vellum. 156 unnumbered pp., 27 lines. Contemp. vellum binding with attractive giltstamped tendril border, fleuronnée corner stamps, gilt spine and two different giltstamped heraldic supralibros on the covers. All edges gilt. Inner margin shows two holes drilled through covers and interior for a decorative cord with the seal (now lost). Remains of ties.

EUR 12,000.00

Collection of copies of Habsburgian documents relating to the Gonzaga family and the War of the Mantuan Succession, compiled by the Imperial Registry and signed by the Emperor, Ferdinand III. The collection, which unites documents by Frederick III, Maximilian I, Charles V, Maximilian II, Rudolf II, Matthias, Ferdinand II, etc., was probably drawn up for Duke Ferrante III Gonzaga, Duke of Guastalla (1618-78), to record and secure his claims upon the Duchy of Mantua (claims which lay in the interest of the Imperial family), while the War of Succession had ended a few years previously with Mantua becoming part of the French sphere of influence. - The Gonzaga family had ruled Mantua since 1328; in 1530, Federico II Gonzaga assumed the title of a Duke of Mantua. When the family gained control over the counties of Monferrato and Guastalla in the mid-16th century, they had reached their apogee of political, financial, and cultural importance. When Francesco IV Gonzaga died in 1612 without leaving a male successor, he was succeeded by his brothers Ferdinando and Vincenzo, both cardinals without children. Upon the death of Vincenzo II Gonzaga in 1627 the direct male line of the House of Gonzaga became extinct, causing a war of succession: Emperor Ferdinand II, husband of Eleanor Gonzaga, Vincenzo's sister, sought to re-attach the Duchy of Mantua to the Holy Roman Empire by transferring it to the Spanish-Imperial line of Gonzaga-Guastalla. This object was opposed by the older line of Gonzaga of Nevers and Rethel, supported by France. The conflict ended when Sweden entered the Thirty Years' War and Ferdinand required his troops in the principal theater of the war. The Duke of Nevers and Rethel became lord of the devastated and depopulated counties of Mantua and Monferrato, and France gained a foothold in Upper Italy. (Three quarters of a century later, however, the Imperial cause was to triumph after all: in 1708, the War of Spanish Succession re-attached Mantua to the Empire, while the Duke of Mantua and Monferrato sided with France) - The present compilation is intended to document the legal succession of the House of Gonzaga-Guastalla on the basis of archival material; this is underscored by the Imperial supralibros on the front cover (double-headed eagle with quartered escutcheon showing the fesses of Gonzaga and the Bohemian lion, bordered by a tendril desgin enclosing the four evangelists) and Guastalla's lion rampant within a crowned shield on the back cover. The documents repeatedly refer to the feudal righty of the House of Gonzaga-Guastalla, especially in the areas of Castiglione delle Stiviere and Castel Goffredo: "Ad perpetuam rei memoriam recognoscimus, ac postum facimus tenore praesentium universis, quod cum nobis submissime exponendum curavit. Illustris Ferdinandus Gonsaga, Priceps Castilionis à Stiveriis, Consanguineus et Princeps Noster charissimus, quem ad modum maiores olim sui ab Augustissimis Romanorum Imperatoribus & Regibus Praedecessoribus Nostris sacratissime recordationis super Marchionatu Castilionis à Stiverys, & Castro Guiffredi cum omnibus suis pertinentys investiti. Pater verò suus quondam Franciscus Gonsaga de eodem Marchionatu Castilionis et permutatione Castri Giuffredi [...] Matthias Romanorum Imperator semper Augustus [...] agnoscimus & notum facimus tenore praesentium universis. Quod cum Illustris Franciscus Gonsaga Princeps Castilioni à Stiverys, consanguineus et princeps noster charissimus, demisse Nobis esponi curavit, non tantum Maiores suos, verum etiam se ipsum à Predecessoribus Nostris Divis Romanorum Imperatoribus & Regibus praeclarissimae memoriae de Marchionatu Castilioni à Stiverys, et de Castro, et Terra Castri Guiffredi cum omnibus suis pertinentys investium, alijsque insignibus privilegys ornatum fuisse [...]". Signed at the end by Emperor Ferdinand III, with counter-signatures by the Aulic Councillors Conrad Hiltprandt and Johann Walderode. {BN#21943}

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Görner, Karl August, Schauspieler, Regisseur und Bühnendichter (1806-1884). Lügentinchen - Wahrheitstrinchen oder Die gute Waldtraut-Königin. Märchen... mit Gesang nach Görners Märchen bearbeitet von Wilhelm von Kochansky. O. O. u. D. O. O. u. D. Titel und 84 SS. auf 42 Bll. Fadengeheftet.

EUR 150.00

Am Titel der eh. Vermerk des Bearbeiters: "NB hatte ich die 2 Bilder von mir dem Originalstück einverleibt, da man jedoch daran Anstoß nahm, so nahm ich sie retour und schrieb nur nach dem Inhalt des Märchens die ersten 2 Bilder noch dazu". - Stärker gebräunt und fleckig; mit Randläsuren. {BN#27243}

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Grünstein, Joseph, Schriftsteller (1841-1926). Maidenspeech. O. O. u. D. O. O. u. D. 136 nn. Bll. mit zahlreichen (davon 11 ganzs.) eh. Aufzeichnungen und 17 (einmontierten bzw. beiliegenden) eh. Briefen diverser Schreiber (u.a. von Franz von Dingelstedt, Luise Erhart und Theodor Liedtcke), eingeklebten Rezensionen, Programmzetteln u.ä. Zeitgen. Pappband. 4to.

EUR 850.00

Josef Grünstein war Berufssoldat in der österreichischen Marine, ehe er Journalist - u. a. Redakteur beim "Berliner Fremdenblatt" - und freiberuflicher Schriftsteller wurde. Der Einakter 'Maidenspeech' ist Grünsteins erste dramatische Arbeit und wurde am 16. März 1876 im Königlichen Schauspielhaus in Berlin uraufgeführt. Über die Premiere hieß es u. a.: "'Maidenspeech' wird bald Repertoirstück aller hervorragenden Bühnen werden" (Deutsch-österreichische Theaterzeitung vom 19. März 1876). Im Jahr darauf wurde "Maidenspeech" u. a. am Münchner Hoftheater und am Hamburger Thaliatheater gleichfalls mit großem Beifall begrüßt. Für Luise Erhart, die Darstellerin der Gräfin Rüden in der Uraufführung, war es eine ihrer letzten Rollen, da sie 1878 ihren Abschied von der Bühne nahm; Theodor Liedtcke, der den Grafen Holms spielte, war bis 1889 Ensemblemitglied des Berliner Hoftheaters. {BN#919}

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