Verdi, Giuseppe, Italian composer (1813-1901). Cabinet photograph signed ("G Verdi") and a... locket which is claimed to contain some of his hair. Montecatini, 1. VIII. 1898. Montecatini, 1. VIII. 1898. 145:104 mm. Mounted on original photographer's cardboard.

EUR 9,500.00

Slightly browned, small punched hole on top, otherwise in good condition.

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Weber, Carl Maria von, German composer (1786-1826). Autograph letter signed ("CMvWeber"). Dresden, 24. VIII. 1824. Dresden, 24. VIII. 1824. 4to. 1 p. on bifolium with integral address panel.

EUR 5,500.00

To Hofkapellmeister Sutor in Hannover, thanking him for a successful performance of his opera Euryanthe ("I know only too well that only through the most careful execution this opera can be effective", transl.) and giving a short report from his stay at Marienbad to regain health. - Somewhat spotty; foldings partly faulty; small defect (from opening the letter) re-backed.

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A rare set of watercolours by Captain James Weir

Weir, James. Collection of 37 topographical and naval views. N. p., [1790s-1810s]. N. p., [1790s-1810s]. Watercolour on paper, some on 2 sheets, mounted (sizes approximately from 75 x 198 to 325 x 430 mm), some with inscription or sketches on verso, most with captions either mounted, laid down or written directly on image.

EUR 48,000.00

James Weir (d. 1820) was Captain of Marines on HMS Audacious from 1795 to 1800, and was also an accomplished watercolourist. Some of the earliest watercolours in this group were produced when the Audacious was on patrol off the Portuguese coast in 1796. Others were painted in the months leading up to the Battle of the Nile, when the Audacious was part of Nelson's squadron searching for the French fleet off the Italian coast after it had escaped from Toulon. He also depicted Nelson's flagship, HMS Vanguard, anchored at Naples Bay for repairs in October 1798, when he first met Emma Hamilton. Also shown are views of the Portuguese coast, Syracuse and surrounding area, Catania and Mount Etna, the interior of the Temple of Concord, the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter Olympus, the Valley of Temples at Agrigento, the Temple of Venus at Baia, Mount Nuovo and Pozzuoli near Naples. The fleet at Palermo is also depicted, where Nelson had accompanied the royal court of the Two Sicilies after they fled Naples. - Very minor scattered tears or repairs, a few restored or trimmed, light staining or spotting.

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Wilhelm II., German Emperor (1859-1941). Signed portrait. [Berlin], October 1887. [Berlin], October 1887. 605 x 750 mm. Matted.

EUR 3,500.00

As Prince William of Prussia in a Hussar's uniform, on horseback. A beautiful, large-format portrait by the Berlin court photographer Max Ziesler, whose powerful hand-retouching produces a striking three-dimensional effect. With the studio's hallmark and Wilhelm's signature. The mat is inscribed, "Au gentilhomme, gentilhomme; au corsaire, corsaire et demi". - Mat somewhat soiled, photograph slightly spotty and showing a weak scratch.

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Arabic medical compendium

Yuhanna ibn Sarabiyun (Serapio maior). Iani Damasceni Decapolitani summae inter Arabes autoritatis medici,... therapeutice methodi, hoc est, curandi artis Libri VII. partim Albano Torino Vitodurano paraphraste, partim Gerardo iatro Cremonensi metaphraste. Basel, Heinrich Petri, (March 1543). Basel, Heinrich Petri, (March 1543). Folio (205 x 290 mm). (24), 491, (1) pp. 17th century black-tinted vellum binding using an earlier liturgic musical manuscript.

EUR 18,000.00

Important Latin edition of this Arabic medical compendium (first printed, also in Latin, in 1479), with additions by Gerard de Cremona. It provides a collection of opinions voiced by Greek and Arabic physicians on pathology and therapeutics. "No Arabic printed edition exists so far" (cf. Choulant). The third-century doctor Yahya bin Sarabiyun, son of a Bagarma physician, wrote his great medical work "Al-Kunnas" in Syriac, but it was soon translated into Arabic by scholars such as Musa Ibrahim al-Haditi and ibn Bahlul. There exist manuscripts in twelve and in seven books. "The seven-book edition was frequently printed in Latin translations as 'Breviarium' and 'Practica therapeuticae methodus'. Albanus Torinus, the editor of the Basel 1543 edition, called him Janus Damascenus, for which reason he has been confused with the well-known theologian of that name. He is also often mistaken for his younger namesake, Serapio junior" (cf. GAL I, 233). Some catalogues even ascribe this work to the Baghdad physician Abu-Zakariya Yuanna Ibn-Masawaih. - Slight waterstaining; some unobtrusive worming to upper cover and flyleaves. Binding rubbed; extremeties bumped with chipping to spine-ends. A wide-margined copy. Provenance: 1677 ownership of the pharmacist and medical student Joseph Franz König on front pastedown; later in the library of Bonifacius Brix von Wahlberg, court physician to the Princes of Fürstenberg, in the later 18th century (his ownership on the title page).
¶ VD 16, Y 11. Adams I 14. BM-STC German 932. GAL I, 233 & S 417. Durling 4778. Choulant, Handb. p. 347. Not in Waller.

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