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[Adametz, Teresa, Chilean educator (1846-1917)]. Lira Chilena. El 3er Curso de la Escuela... Normal de Preceptoras. Dedica este pequeño trabajo a su noble i abnegada Directtora Sta. Teresa Adametz. Santiago de Chile, 15. X. 1888. Santiago de Chile, 15. X. 1888. 4to. Spanish manuscript on paper. 189 written pages on 97 ff. within black ink rules. Contemporary full leather binding over bevelled wooden boards, title and lyre design giltstamped to upper cover, Chilean arms to lower cover, floral ornamentation and title "Poesias" to spine. Gilt dentelle along bevelled outer as well as inner edges. All edges goffered and gilt.

EUR 950.00

Dedication manuscript for Miss Teresa (Therese) Adametz, director of Santiago's pioneering teacher training college "Escuela Normal de Preceptoras" between 1885 and 1890. In 1910, the writer, educator and later Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistrál would receive her long-sought degree from this institution. - The volume constitutes an anthology of Chilean poetry, each section introduced by a brief outline of the life of the respective writer, including such poets as Eusebio Lillo, Isidoro Errázuriz, or Luis Rodriguez Velasco. Penned in fine and regular cursive calligraphy, with blackletter headlines decorated with ornamental penwork flourishes, this sumptuously bound volume was produced by the college's third class as a gift for the Silesian-born educator Adametz, formerly in charge of an Austrian girls' boarding school for the daughters of military officers (cf. Actividades femeninas en Chile [Santiago 1928], pp. 145f.). The dedicatory poem is signed "Rita Gomez Oviedo", while the final entry ("[L]a escuela qué goces") is signed "Pilar Montecinos C.". - An old stamped shelfmark "5.164" to the lower edge of the title-page. Beautifully preserved. {BN#50732}

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With double-page world map

Al-Wardi, Siraj al-Din 'Umar ibn. Kitab kharida al-'Aja'in wa farida al-gharaib [The Pearl... of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Strange Things]. [Ottoman provinces, ca 1600]. [Ottoman provinces, ca 1600]. Small folio (215 x 285 mm). Arabic and Ottoman Turkish manuscript on paper, 246 ff. 21 lines of black naskh per page (text area 23 x 13 cm), with section titles in red; fol. 1r with an elaborately calligraphed title in black and red, ff. 1v-2r with red, green and gilt frames; ff. 2v-3r with an illuminated world map and fol. 27r with a coloured, marginal illustration of a nilometer in cross-section, and f. 51v with a diagram of the Ka'aba in red and black. Contemporary morocco binding with fore-edge flap, gilt-tooled and blind-stamped, with manuscript Arabic title to lower edge. Pink-dyed European endpapers watermarked with a six-point star and the letters AF. 19th-c. linen pasted over the original binding.

EUR 45,000.00

An unusually large and attractive copy of the 15th-century cosmographical compilation most often ascribed to Siraj al-Din 'Umar ibn al-Wardi. His authorship and the manner of the text's composition remain a subject of scholarly research, but it was a popular text in the Ottoman world, much copied, and translated into Turkish repeatedly. Its popularity has led to a tangled series of recensions, with different copies incorporating various different elements from the text. While some copies omit the historical and eschatological sections, ours contains all the expected sections. The text notes the world, its regions, seas, cities, rivers, and mountains. Plants and animals are also described and their various properties enumerated. The final, brief sections provide a set of capsule histories and, lastly, a description of the sayings and deeds of the Prophet and his companion. The title and preface of the present copy are in Arabic; the rest of text is an anonymous Turkish translation. Though al-Wardi's cosmography circulated in Arabic and numerous Turkish translations, this hybrid Arabic-Turkish recension is relatively unusual. The scheme of illustrations is conventional in the world map and diagram of Ka'aba, often found in copies of this work with slight variations, but less so in the cross-section of a nilometer on fol. 27r, an illustration we have not seen in other manuscripts of this text. The nilometer is not located or named in the text, but appears beside the section on Fustat, and may be the Abbasid nilometer constructed opposite Fustat in 861. The geometrically rigid map, commonly known as "Ibn-al-Wardi map", renders schematically the mediaeval Islamic image of the world: "At the center of the map are the two holiest cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina. The map shows China and India in the north and the 'Christian sects and the states of Byzantium' in the south. The outer circles represent the seas" (Cat. "World treasures of the Library of Congress: Beginnings" [2002]). - Though the manuscript's binding has suffered from much use and from an unsympathetic attempt to repair it in the 19th century, it provides ample evidence of an expensive, luxuriously produced copy in the traces of the original decoration still visible beneath the later cloth, while its vividly dyed endpapers suggest an unusual taste for colour on the part of the patron who first commissioned this manuscript. - Pastedowns renewed; heavily worn, but sound. Internally, a little staining to the initial folios, and a small dampstain to the gutter, otherwise clean. Ownership inscription of Mustafa, an artillery officer, dated 1067 AH (1676/7 CE). {BN#49137}
¶ GAL II, p. 163.

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An Arabic source for Copernicus: the first use of decimal fractions in Europe

Al-Zarqali, Abu Ishaq Ibrahim / Bianchini, Giovanni (ed.). Tabulae de motibus planetarum. [Ferrara, ca 1475]. [Ferrara, ca 1475]. Folio (242 x 340 mm). Latin manuscript on paper. 160 leaves (complete including four blank leaves at the beginning and six at the end). Written in brown ink in a neat humanistic hand, double columns, 37 lines to each page, numerous two and three line initials supplied in red or blue. With one large illuminated initial and coat of arms of the Scalamonte family flanked by floral decoration on first leaf, painted in shades of blue, green and lilac and heightened in burnished gold. With altogether 231 full-page tables in red and brown, some marginal or inter-columnar annotations, and one extended annotation on final leaf. Fifteenth century blind stamped goat skin over wooden boards, remains of clasps.

EUR 280,000.00

The so-called Toledan Tables are astronomical tables used to predict the movements of the Sun, Moon and planets relative to the fixed stars. They were completed around the year 1080 at Toledo by a group of Arab astronomers, led by the mathematician and astronomer Al-Zarqali (known to the Western World as Arzachel), and were first updated in the 1270s, afterwards to be referred to as the "Alfonsine Tables of Toledo". Named after their sponsor King Alfonso X, it "is not surprising that" these tables "originated in Castile because Christians in the 13th century had easiest access there to the Arabic scientific material that had reached its highest scientific level in Muslim Spain or al-Andalus in the 11th century" (Goldstein 2003, 1). The Toledan Tables were undoubtedly the most widely used astronomical tables in medieval Latin astronomy, but it was Giovanni Bianchini whose rigorous mathematical approach made them available in a form that could finally be used by early modern astronomy. - Bianchini was in fact "the first mathematician in the West to use purely decimal tables" and decimal fractions (Feingold, 20) by applying with precision the tenth-century discoveries of the Arab mathematician Abu'l-Hasan al-Uqilidisi, which had been further developed in the Islamic world through the writings of Al-Kashi and others (cf. Rashed, 88 and 128ff.). Despite the fact that they had been widely discussed and applied in the Arab world throughout a period of five centuries, decimal fractions had never been used in the West until Bianchini availed himself of them for his trigonometric tables in the "Tabulae de motis planetarum". It is this very work in which he set out to achieve a correction of the Alfonsine Tables by those of Ptolemy. "Thorndike observes that historically, many have erred by neglecting, because of their difficulty, the Alfonsine Tables for longitude and the Ptolemaic for finding the latitude of the planets. Accordingly, in his Tables Bianchini has combined the conclusions, roots and movements of the planets by longitude of the Alfonsine Tables with the Ptolemaic for latitude" (Tomash, 141). - The importance of the present work, today regarded as representative of the scientific revolutions in practical mathematics and astronomy on the eve of the Age of Discovery, is underlined by the fact that it was not merely dedicated but also physically presented by the author to the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in person on the occasion of Frederick's visit to Ferrara. In return for his "Tabulae", a "book of practical astronomy, containing numbers representing predicted times and positions to be used by the emperor's […] astrologers in managing the future" (Westman, 10ff.), Bianchini was granted a title of nobility by the sovereign. - For Regiomontanus, who studied under Bianchini together with Peurbach, the author of the "Tabulae" counted as the greatest astronomer of all time, and to this day Bianchini's work is considered "the largest set of astronomical tables produced in the West before modern times" (Chabbas 2009, VIII). Even Copernicus, a century later, still depended on the "Tabulae" for planetary latitude (cf. Goldstein 2003, 573), which led to Al-Zarquali's Tables - transmitted in Bianchini's adaption - ultimately playing a part in one of the greatest revolutions in the history of science: the 16th century shift from geocentrism to the heliocentric model. - In the year 1495, some 20 years after our manuscript was written, Bianchini's Tables were printed for the first time, followed by editions in 1526 and 1563. Apart from these printed versions, quite a few manuscript copies of his work are known in western libraries - often comprising only the 231 full-page Tables but omitting the 68-page introductory matter explaining how they were calculated and meant to be used, which is present in our manuscript. Among the known manuscripts in public collections is one copied by Regiomontanus, and another written entirely in Copernicus's hand (underlining the significance of the Tables for the scientific revolution indicated above), but surprisingly not one has survived outside Europe. Indeed, the only U.S. copy recorded by Faye (cf. below) was the present manuscript, then in the collection of Robert Honeyman. There was not then, nor is there now, any copy of this manuscript in an American institution. Together with one other specimen in the Erwin Tomash Library, our manuscript is the only preserved manuscript witness for this "crucial text in the history of science" (Goldstein 2003, publisher's blurb) in private hands. Apart from these two examples, no manuscript version of Bianchini's "Tabulae" has ever shown up in the trade or at auctions (according to a census based on all accessible sources). - Condition: watermarks identifiable as Briquet 3387 (ecclesiastical hat, attested in Florence 1465) and 2667 (Basilisk, attested to Ferrara and Mantua 1447/1450). Early manuscript astronomical table for the year 1490 mounted onto lower pastedown. Minor waterstaining in initial leaves and a little worming at back, but generally clean and in a fine state of preservation. Italian binding sympathetically rebacked, edges of covers worn to wooden boards. A precious manuscript, complete and well preserved in its original, first binding. Provenance: 1) Written ca 1475 by Francesco da Quattro Castella (his entry on fol. 150v) for 2) Marco Antonio Scalamonte from the patrician family of Ancona, who became a senator in Rome in 1502 (his illuminated coat of arms on fol. 1r). 3) Later in an as yet unidentified 19th century collection of apparently considerable size (circular paper label on spine "S. III. NN. Blanchinus. MS.XV. fol. 43150"). 4) Robert Honeyman, Jr. (1928-1987), probably the most prominent U.S. collector of scientific books and manuscripts in the 20th century, who "had a particular interest in astronomy" (S. Horobin, 238), his shelf mark "Astronomy MS 1" on front pastedown. 5) Honeyman Collection of Scientific Books and Manuscripts, Part III, Sotheby's, London, Wed May 2, 1979, lot 1110, sold to 6) Alan Thomas (1911-1992), his catalogue 43.2 (1981), sold to 7) Hans Peter Kraus (1907-1988), sold to 8) UK private collection. {BN#47198}
¶ Bernard R. Goldstein & José Chabas, 'Ptolemy, Bianchini and Copernicus: Tables for Planetary Latitudes,' Archive for the History of Exact Sciences, vol. 58, no. 5 (July 2004), pp. 553-573. Bernard R. Goldstein & José Chabas, Alfonsine Tables of Toledo (= Dordrecht-Boston-Londres, Kluwer Academic Publishers ("Archimedes, New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology" 8), 2003. José Chabás & Bernard R. Goldstein, The Astronomical Tables of Giovanni Bianchini (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2009). Thorndike, 'Giovanni Bianchini in Paris Mss,' Scripta Mathematica 16 (1950) 69ff. & his 'Giovanni Bianchini in Italian Mss.,' Scripta Mathematica 19 (1953) 5-17. Rashed, Development of Arabic Mathematics: Between Arithmetic and Algebra. Boston, 2013. Mordechai Feingold & Victor Navarro-Brotons, Universities and Science in the Early Modern Period. Boston 2006. R. Westman, Copernicus and the Astrologers. Smithsonian 2016. M. Williams, The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing, 2008, 141. Simon Horobin & Linne Mooney, English Texts in Transition: A Festschrift Dedicated to Toshiyuki Takamiya on his 70th Birthday. Woodbridge 2014. Silvia Faschi, Prima e dopo la raccolta: diffusione e circolazione delle Satyrae, di Francesco Filelfo. Spunti dall' epistolario edito ed ineditio. In: Medioevo e Rinascimento. XIV, n.s. XI (2000), 147-166 (mentioning a connection between the Italian Humanist and Marco Antonio Scalamonte). C. U. Faye & W. H. Bond, Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (1962), p. 21, no. 12 (this manuscript).

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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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In Arabia: Jiddah, Aden, Muscat, Ormuz

[Anatomy of the Ottoman Empire]. L'Anatomie de l'Empire des Ottomans. Declarant l'Origine, Conquestes,... Loix, Religion, rentes et fortes des Turcs [...]. No place, 1661. No place, 1661. 4to (167 x 235 mm). French manuscript on paper. (1 blank, 4), 75 ff. Cursive script in light brown ink, per extensum, left and right margins ruled in lead pencil. Contemporary unsophisticated cardboard with handwritten calligraphic title, date and a skilfully executed drawing of a grashooper to upper cover.

EUR 15,000.00

Unpublished, highly interesting 17th century French manuscript about the history, religion, and topography of the Ottoman Empire, written to convey in brief the essentials of the Muslim world. Chapters include "Origine des Turcs et leurs conquestes", "De la Secte de Mahomet et des Loix et Polices des Turcs" (an extensive discussion of Islam and the Prophet), "Estat present de l'Empire des Ottomans" (on the Ottoman state), "Princes confinans avec l'Ottoman", "Princes pretendans sur cest Empire", "La maniere de faire une ligue contre les Ottomans", and "Moyen d'attaquer, abbatre et aneantir l'Empire des Turcs". At the end, the manuscript also mentions Arabia "on the Red Sea" and the port of Jiddah, "where the pilgrims of Mahomet disembark for Mecca". Further, the author discusses navigation of the Red Sea (dangerous at night) and the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, including the port of Aden, Ras Fartak, Norbat (Ash Shuwaymiyyah) opposite the Khuriya Muriya Islands, Muscat, the Kingdom of Ormuz and other places in Gulf under Portuguese rule. - Occasional slight brownstaining, lower half of title-page defective and rebacked (apparently without loss), otherwise a well-preserved, well-legible manuscript, untrimmed in its original 17th century binding. {BN#50076}

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Seventeenth-century illustrated Italian manuscript about geometry and artillery

[Artillery]. Di alcuni principi di geomettria, necessarij per intendere,... e sapere fare spedissam[en]te tutto quello, che si appartiene ad un valoroso bombard[ie]re. Italy, 17th century. Italy, 17th century. Large folio (ca. 270 x 410 mm). Italian manuscript on paper. 60 ff. comprising 9 pp. of text and 54 plates (versos blank), with 8 additional drawings loosely inserted or pasted on the inside front cover. Contemporary carta rustica.

EUR 25,000.00

Comprising mainly 54 full-page plates executed in pen and ink, illustrating cannons, mortars, explosives, crossbows (with explosives), hoists, winches, ballistic trajectories, diagrams and artillerymen. Many of the drawings in this manuscript are modelled on the engraved plates in Diego Ufano's treatise on artillery, first published in Spanish (Brussels, 1612). There does not appear to have been an edition in Italian. - Binding worn with stitching working loose, some staining to lower corners. From the collection of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe (1862-1956), commander of the Territorial Army and president of the Society for Army History Research. {BN#51083}

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Instruction for bombardiers

[Artillery]. Instrucione a Scollari Bombardieri. 17th century Italian illustrated... manuscript treatise about artillery and cannons. [Italy], 1673. [Italy], 1673. Folio (ca. 210 x 305 mm). Ink manuscript on paper (watermark: eagle and coat-of-arms). 129 written pp. on 72 ff., paginated 5-98 (with lacunae) and 105-147. Numerous inserted leaves and illustrations. Contemporary carta rustica with title inscribed to front cover.

EUR 9,500.00

An extensive, illustrated manuscript treatise for the instruction of artillerists, couched as a dialogue between a apprentice bombardier and his master, entitled "Discorso fatto in dialogo trà il maestro e lo scollaro bombard[ie]re nel quale si comprende tutto quello che è necessario per saper ben maneggiare l'artiglieria". Written in brown ink in a single large gathering, including 15 pages of ink drawings laid into the manuscript, and a second section beginning on page 105 titled "Prattica del Can[on]e", in three smaller gatherings. Separate indices for the two sections at the end. The omitted pages 99-104 would appear to have been blank (as are pp 43-47 at the end of the second section), and while the page numbering in the first section is not entirely consecutive, the text appears entirely complete, with no references in the index to a unrecorded page numbers. - Browning to the laid-down drawings; some worming and several small holes and dampstains. From the collection of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe (1862-1956), commander of the Territorial Army and president of the Society for Army History Research. {BN#51084}

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Richly illustrated manuscript explaining Catholic doctrine to deaf-mutes

Assarotti, Ottavio Giovanno Battista, philanthropist and pedagogue (1753-1829). Dottrina Christiana. [Genoa, c. 1815-20]. [Genoa, c. 1815-20]. 8vo (233 x 170 mm). Contemp. half calf, spine gilt with with title lettered in gold. With 117 (out of 118) full-page coloured drawings within borders consisting of two lines (206 x 138 mm) illustrating the Christian Doctrine, on strong paper. One leaf with written introduction (one leaf missing), 117 ff. (numbered 1-95, 97-118) with drawings, 3 blank ff.

EUR 18,500.00

Interesting manuscript by Padre Ottavio Giovanni Battista Assarotti (1753-1829), containing a method to teach and explain the 'Dottrina Christiana' to Genoese deaf-mutes. Assarotti was an Italian philanthropist and founder of the first school for deaf-mute people in Italy. After qualifying for the church, he entered the society of the Pietists, Scuole Pie, who devoted themselves to the training of young men. In 1801 he heard of the Abbé Sicard's education of deaf people in Paris, and resolved to do something similar in Italy. He began with one pupil, and by degrees collected a small number around him. In 1805, Napoleon, hearing of his endeavours, ordered a convent to give him a school-house and funds for supporting twelve scholars, to be taken from the convent revenues. This order was poorly heeded until 1811, when it was renewed, and the following year Assarotti, with a considerable number of pupils, took possession of the new school. He continued here until his death in 1829. The traditional and distinctive Italian manual alphabet is said to have been invented by Assarotti. - It is not certain that Assarotti himself is the author of the manuscript: while it may equally well have been conceived by one of his collaborators, it is based on the method invented and developed by Assarotti, who also designed the plates. The introduction explains how difficult it is to teach abstract concepts, such as religion, to deaf-mute pupils, so he painted these plates, invented by Assarotti: "He (Assarotti) never wrote down his educational philosophy and methods, and so fell into obscurity after his death" (Deaf History Unveiled, 244f.). As far as we know this manuscript is the only surviving witness of his theories. - The style of the watercolours is somewhat primitive and popular, but very rich in detail, including elaborate plates illustrating Faith in general ('Fede'; nos. 1-42); Commandments ('Legge'; nos. 43-51); Prayers ('Preghiera' 1-10; nos. 52-61); 42 Sacraments ('Sacramenti'; nos. 62-95, 97-104); Virtues ('Virtu' 1-14; nos. 105-118). The illustrations include views of paradise, hell, creation, functions of priests, symbols of all kinds of aspects of the Catholic faith, etc. - In very good condition. {BN#24497}
¶ Dizionario biogr. degli Italiani IV, 433f. S. Monaci, Storia del R. Istituto nazionale dei sordomuti in Geneva (1901), 17-88 and passim. F. Donaver, "Il padre Assarotti", in: La Rass. naz. 23 (1901), 79-87. Deaf History Unveiled, ed. John Vickrey van Cleve (1993), 244f.

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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 added 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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[Austrian legal manuscript - Walther, Bernhard, jurist (1516-1584)]. Private-Law Treatises [and other works, including (incipit): Der... Fünff N.O. Lannde und Fürstlichen Graffschafft Görz Vergleichung Anno 1542]. Probably Austria, later 17th century. Probably Austria, later 17th century. Folio (210 x 310 mm). German manuscript on paper. 698 written pages on 396 unnumbered ff. Contemporary calf; spine gilt.

EUR 3,500.00

Collection of almost entirely German (Austrian) 16th century legal texts, but also comprising a few 15th century sources (and one in Latin), thus assembled in the lat 17th century. The tax legislation for all five Lower Austrian countries and Gorizia from 1542 (copied from the printed book) is followed by the extensive Treatises of Bernhard Walther (the "father of Austrian law" who in the mid-16th century collected the Lower Austrian customary law). The present, very complete manuscript comprises 14 of the 15 treatises (all except that on bankruptcy), and it was used by Max Rintelen for his critical edition, published in 1937 (cf. reference below). The treatises are followed by decisions concerning the law of inheritance ("Von Erbschafften drey Fragen, dem Herrn Landtmarschalkh ... alhier anzuzaigen"; "Ob deß abgestorbnen Wittib, oder Glaubiger den Vorgang haben: Der Regierung Rathschlag" etc.), "Bericht wegen der Caution im Landtsrechten in Österreich Under der Enß", "General wegen der Verstorbenen Pfarrer in Steyer Verlassenschafft", "Tractatus de testibus, ex secundo tomo actionum forensium D. Joan. Oldendorffii"; "Königlicher Bevelch daß ain jede Sach vor dem ordentlichen Gericht erster Instanz clagt soll werden (4 March 1534); "Khay. May. Declaration und Spruch zwischen der Löblichen Universitet zu Wienn, und gemainer Statt daßelbst" (1571), "Gemaine Beschwerung der Erblande" (with detailed regulations on mining and minting, manslaughter, gypsies, Jews, etc.), confirmations of decrees issued by Frederick III in 1444, 1462 and 1470, etc. - Some waterstaining near end; occasional slight staining. Spine-ends professionally repaired. Provenance: Handwritten ownership of Baron Anton von Egger (d. 1727): "Ex lib. Ant. L. B. de Egker". Later in the collection of the Austrian legal historian and numismatist Arnold Luschin von Ebengreuth (1841-1932) with his etched bookplate to the front pastedown. After Luschin's death his heirs presented the volume to his student, the legal historian Max Rintelen (1880-1965); cf. his entry in blue ink: "Von Luschins Erben erhalten. Max Rintelen". {BN#47823}
¶ M. Rintelen, Bernhard Walthers privatrechtliche Traktate (Leipzig 1937), Ms. LE (p. XVIII).

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Balogh de Galantha, László, kgl. ungar. Archivar (fl. 2. Hälfte 18. Jh.). Abschrift einer Rechtsurkunde zu Prozessangelegenheiten des Nikolaus Ladislaus... Nagy de Csöppöny im Komitat Nytra mit eigenh. U. "Comes Ladislaus Balogh de Galantha" (als "Tabulae Judiciariae Octavalis Archi-Episcopalis Praeses"). Pozsony (Pressburg, Bratislava), 1778. Pozsony (Pressburg, Bratislava), 1778. 46 SS. Geheftet. Papierumschlag der Zeit. Reste eines roten Lacksiegels am letzten Blatt verso. Folio (ca. 245 x 360 mm).

EUR 850.00

Am vorderen Umschlag bezeichnet: "Nikolaus Ladislaus Nagy de Csöppöny contra Franciscum Vörös". Ladislaus (László) Balogh de Galántha (1773 geadelt) wirkte als königlich ungarischer Schatzmeister (altárnok) und ab 1760 als Reichsarchivar (országos levéltárnok). - Bindung etwas gelockert; durchgehend leicht braunfleckig und angestaubt. Ausriss am unteren Umschlagrand (kein Textverlust). {BN#33041}

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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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[Beethoven, Ludwig van]. Grand Sonate pour le Piano-Forte composée par Louis... van Beethoven oeuvre 28. O. O., nach 1802. O. O., nach 1802. Notenmanuskript. Quer Folio (240 x 330 mm). 30 Bll. letzte Seite leer. 8 Doppelblätter in 2 Lagen, Fadenbindung, starke Bütte, handrastriert, 10-zeilig, die beiden letzten Seiten 8-zeilig.

EUR 2,500.00

Zeitgenössische Abschrift des Op. 28, deren Vorlage Rätsel aufgibt: Ein Vergleich mit dem Autograph und dem Erstdruck (Bureau des Arts et d'Industrie, PN 28, Wien 1802) sowie mit Titelauflagen und frühen Nachdrucken (Autograph, Abschrift und Originalausgabe im Querformat, Simrock 240 [1802] und Zulehner 130 [ca. 1807] im Hochformat, Hummel 1321 [1805/1806] im Querformat) führt zu folgenden Resultaten: Das Manuskript hat einige Gemeinsamkeiten mit dem Erstdruck und dem Autograph, die es von späteren Drucken unterscheidet, die daher nicht als Vorlage in Frage kommen. Es gibt aber auch Gemeinsamkeiten mit dem Autograph, in denen sich dieses vom Erstdruck unterscheidet (!), sodass auch eine zwischenzeitliche Abschrift der Sonate aus dem Manuskript vor dem Erstdruck als Kopiervorlage in Frage kommen kann. - Eine mögliche Erklärung dafür wäre der verhältnismäßig lange Zeitraum zwischen Entstehung im Herbst 1801 und Veröffentlichung der Sonate im August 1802 aufgrund der personellen Veränderungen in der Gründungsphase des Verlages: 1. Gesellschaftsvertrag vom 1. 5. 1801 "Kunst- und Industrie-Comptoir" Kappeller und Holer. 2. Dem Gesuch zur Firmenprotokollierung vom 23. 10. 1801 legten die Verleger eine "Kontraktliste" bei, nach der sie bereits über eine Reihe von Kompositionen für die Veröffentlichung verfügten, darunter auch Beethovens Sonate Op. 28. 3. Die neue Firma wurde am 1. 5. 1802 protokolliert, 4. aber erst ab August 1802 die Musikalien des Verlages in der Wiener Zeitung (WZ) annonciert, wobei mit Beethovens Op. 28 (und der dazu passenden Verlags-/Plattennummer 28) ein öffentlichkeitswirksamer Paukenschlag gesetzt werden sollte: Beethovens Sonate wurde am 14.8.1802 (WZ 65) alleine vorgestellt, 4 Tage später folgte dann die Ankündigung der Werke von Krommer, Call, Albrechtsberger, Förster, Eberl, etc. mit den Verlagsnummern 1-30 (ohne die bereits vorgestellte VN 28, 18.8.1802, WZ 66, Weinmann, S. 220 f). - Gertsch/Prahia erwähnen im Vorwort zur Henle Urtext-Ausgabe (2008) zur Erklärung der ungewöhnlichen Zeitspanne zwischen Entstehung und Druck auch die - nicht belegbare - Hypothese, dass Beethoven "dem Widmungsträger Joseph Freiherr von Sonnenfels (1732-1817) auf die Sonate ein Exklusivrecht von einigen Monaten oder gar einem Jahr eingeräumt" hätte. - Das Papier ist nach Auskunft des Archivs der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde für Wien um 1800 untypisch, und zeitlich nur grob auf die ersten Jahrzehnte des 19. Jahrhunderts bestimmbar. - Etwas fingerfleckig, ansonsten sauber. {BN#48302}

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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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English Bible Manuscript

[Biblia latina]. Latin manuscript on vellum. Northern France or England?, ca 1300. Northern France or England?, ca 1300. 4to (150 x 195 mm). 440 ff. (quires: a-f16, g18, h-x16, y12, zA-D16, E10; recent pencil foliation). 55 lines, 2 columns (written space ca. 75 x 125 mm). Miniscule gothic bookhand in blank ink; emphases in red, page captions, chapter numbers, rubrication and Lombardic initials in red and blue, numerous red and blue initials with elaborate penwork in complementary colours. 16th century auburn morocco on four raised double bands, gilt spine ornaments, both covers with fleurons to corners, multiple rules along the edges, and gilt coat of arms (quarterly, a goat rampant and a sheaf of corn; inescutcheon a lion rampant; not in Olivier), dated "1587" on upper cover. 4 modern cloth ties. Stored in custom-made half morocco case.

EUR 175,000.00

A beautiful, complete mediaeval Bible written in a miniscule bookhand on extremely delicate vellum, probably copied in England or commissioned from there. As is common, the Bible is prefaced with the epistle of St Jerome to Paulinus (53: "Frater Ambrosius [...] moriturum", fols. 1r-3r), followed by Jerome's prologue to the Pentateuch ("Desiderii mei [...] in latinum eos transferre sermonem. Amen"); the text of Genesis begins on fol. 4r. The Second Book of Kings is followed by the Book of Isaiah (139v) and the Prophets; on fol. 227r follow the Book of Job and the Poetic Books; 287v ff. contain the Books of Chronicles and the historical books to 2 Maccabees; the New Testament begins on fol. 351r. - Some page headings and penwork flourishes slightly trimmed, still an uncommonly wide-margined specimen. Occasional flaws in the vellum were carefully avoided by the scribes. The margins contain numerous contemporary and later annotations in what appear to be four different hands (a number of which are also very slightly trimmed), some exceedingly delicate: one 8-line annotation measures no more than 10 mm! The early marginalia would appear to be in a 15th century English hand; at least one (at the lower edge of fol. 41v) is an extract from the Psalm commentary of the Yorkshire mystic Richard Rolle (d. 1349). Furthermore, the plummet lines along many of the earliest marginalia, but also the order of the Old Testament Books, uncommon for a French Bible, suggest an English provenance. As the continental hands of the later annotations show, the Bible must have reached France or Germany in the later 15th century. - Professional repairs to spine-ends and one corner of the fine Renaissance binding. First and last quires a little browned and dust-stained, very slight worming to beginning, occasional, largely insignificant waterstains to margins, a few edge cuts and cut-out sections in the blank margins. An old edge repair to fol. 155, fols. 310-323 as well as a few others more strongly browned and wrinkled, but generally in fine state of preservation. - Provenance: Karl & Faber, sale 81 (1962), no. 3. {BN#50982}

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The book of the noble science: an illustrated 16th century manuscript manual on astronomy

Bonsignorius, Joannes. Il libr[o] [...] dela nobil[e] s[c]ienza.... Probably Northern Italy (or Switzerland?), 1579. Probably Northern Italy (or Switzerland?), 1579. Small folio (185 x 275 mm). Italian manuscript on paper. 154 leaves (including 19 blank leaves, 268 written pages), with one full-page drawing of an armillary sphere in red and black (signed "Jo[annes] Bap[tis]ta Bonsignorius"), 9 subject diagrams and 77 astronomical tables. Italian semi-cursive script in black ink, rubrics and astronomical symbols supplied in red, 24 lines to each page. Bound in 16th century limp vellum with manuscript title to spine ("Manoscritti di Astronomia"). Remains of ties.

EUR 45,000.00

An intriguing, elegantly written and well illustrated handwritten manual about the "noble science of the movements of the planets", forming a detailed display of 16th century astronomical knowledge and all related information available, compiled by an otherwise unrecorded author. Joannes Bonsignorius, likely a member of the Sienese noble Bonsignori family noted for their important role in the history of banking, brings together all the information which a contemporary might need to read the planets and the stars. He begins with explanations of the Metonic cycle, leap years, and ascendants, proceeds to the calculation of new moons and moveable feasts, then expands on the qualities and characteristics of the signs of the zodiac, the influence of the ascendants on each, planetary aspects and their influence on 'air' and climate, lunar and solar eclipses, the planetary houses, triplicity rulers, friend and enemy planets, elaborates on the effects of the planets on the human body (perceived as pain in various body parts) and on the movement of the ascending lunar mode before finally enumerating which countries and cities of the world are ruled by which zodiacal sign (while England, for example, comes under the influence of Aries, Damascus is listed under Leo; Egypt, Babylon and Constantinople are under the sign of Cancer, and Alexandria is said to be ruled by Gemini). - Condition: written on paper assembled from various stocks, showing five different watermarks. While none of them can be positively identified with the specimens illustrated by Briquet, it is interesting to note that they all largely conform to types common among Swiss and Southern German papermills: three show the "Crosse de Bâle" (types: Briquet I, 1313, 1339 & 1357), one shows the griffin-head of Freiburg im Breisgau (type: Briquet I, 2216), and another shows an eagle with an F (type: Briquet I, 154), originating in Frankfurt am Main but used throughout the Rhine Valley and even in the Habsburg provinces. One leaf stained at foot; some light browning; the final leaves of index a bit brown-stained in the outer margins; overall in excellent condition, and in its original first binding. - Provenance: as stated on the first page in the author's own hand, the present manuscript was written in 1579 and dedicated by Bonsignorius to a member of his family named Nicolo. Later in an unidentified European collection (shelfmark "XXII" on front pastedown). Recently acquired from a U.S. private collection. {BN#47185}

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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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Brewing Manual

[Brewing] - Welhorn, Gregor, Ingolstadt brewer (fl. ca. 1786). Ganz trefliche höchstgeheime Wissenschaften, und vollkomene Explicirung der... höchst nutzbaren edlen Bierbräukunst. Ingolstadt, 1786. Ingolstadt, 1786. 4to (170 x 195 mm). German manuscript on paper. (2), 86 pp. (66f. and 70f. blank). Contemporary boards with cover label, dated "1786".

EUR 3,500.00

A brewer's copious recipe book in six chapters. Contains not only instructions for cleaning the barley and for preparing and fermenting malt, but also "secret articies" and "excellent arcana", such as "how to render a beer gone full sour quite pleasant once more". The principal text comprises pages 1 through 63 of the manuscript, paginated by an early owner; it is written by a single hand throughout in well-legible German cursive, including the three-page panegyrical preface. According to a note on the half-title (dated 15 Feb. 1786), the recipe book was compiled by Gregor Welhorn, "burgher and beer brewer in the electoral capital and fortress city of Ingolstadt". The original author, however, is revealed by the preface to have been Melchior Schlögl, "professor", "praxator peritissimus" (well-experienced brewer) and "one of Germany's most eminent brewing masters", who had written the book "with all its secret artifices and principal arcana for himself and his own use", "all described in the most minute detail in the year 1782". This "famous frater" is said to have been the brother of Vicelinus Schlögl, one of the "most eminent professors" - that is to say, of Anton Vicelinus Schlögl (1743-1811), a baker's son who was educated at the convent of the Augustinian Canons Regular at Polling near Weilheim and became professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Ingolstadt. The brewer Melchior therefore must be his younger brother (1752-88), a Canon Regular who took the monastic name of "Quarinus" and taught physics at the Upper Bavarian monastery Rottenbuch, undertaking meteorological investigations at the Hohenpeißenberg observatory (cf. Poggendorff II, 805). - The final leaves contain additional notes, apparently mainly dating from the 1790s, concerning the purchase of malt (along with other expenditures), further brewing recipes, or a recipe for driving away flies and mosquitos. A curious entry mentions the repudiation of the writer's wife after a mere three years of marriage: "on this same Saturday after St Willibaldus in 1797 I took her to her parents, but not on account of the magistrates, rather all by myself I did this" (p. 68). - Binding rubbed and bumped; wants spine. Some browning and brownstaining. Sewing somewhat loosened near beginning; two leaves cut out between pp. 82 and 83 (pre-dating the pagination). {BN#47516}

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[Buddhist manuscript]. Sutra. Burma, [ca. 1896 ]. Burma, [ca. 1896 ]. 600 x 65 mm. 21 palm leaves between two painted wooden boards with cord.

EUR 1,250.00

Burmese manuscript in Pali, most likely a register of Buddhist monastic rules. - Signs of age. {BN#49412}

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