Al-Baghdadi, [Abu Mansur ibn Tahir ibn] Muhammad. [Kitab fi' l-misaha]. Libro del modo di dividere... le superficie, attribuito a Machometo Bagdedino. Mandato in luce la prima volta da M. Giovanni Dee da Londra, e da M. Federici Commandino da Urbino. Pesaro, Girolamo Concordia, 1570. Pesaro, Girolamo Concordia, 1570. 4to. (4), 44 ff. With numerous diagrams in the text. Contemp. limp vellum.

First edition in Italian of Al-Baghdadi's work on mensuration and the division of surfaces. The Baghdad-born 10th-century mathematician was also a noted theologian and scholar of fiqh (Islamic law) and the principles of jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh); his contributions to arithmetics are discussed extensively in DSB XV, 9f. - When the English scholar John Dee visited the Urbino mathematician Federico Commandino in 1563, he gave him a manuscript translation of al-Baghdadi's Arabic treatise on the division of rectilinear plane figures ("De superficierum divisionibus"). "Commandino published this Latin translation and added a short treatise of his own to condense and generalize the discussion in the manuscript" (DSB III, 364). Dee's manuscript is now in the Ambrosiana, MS P. 236 sup. (copied by Dee from his older codex, British Museum, Cotton, MS Tiberius B. IX). "Commandino seems to have held on to the text for a long time for he published it only in 1570, an Italian translation by a pupil appearing in the same year. Commandino's edition displays the editor's customary creative insight. Whereas the Arabo-Latin treatise pertained only to the case of pentagons, Commandino added two problems of his own, generalizing the theory to all plane rectilinear figures. An undated letter (but datable to 1563) from Dee to Commandino prefaces the volume. In the preface Dee conjectures that the Machometus treatise is really the lost 'Liber Divisionum' of Euclid (sig. *3v-4). This has subsequently been disproved, although the 'De superficierum divisionibus' does contain some Euclidean ideas and has been used to reconstruct the 'Liber Divisionum'" (P. L. Rose, The Italian Renaissance of Mathematics [Geneva 1975], pp. 199f.). - A well-preserved, appealing copy.
¶ Adams M 1893. BM-STC 455. Edit 16, CNCE 24971. Riccardi, I/1, 361, 6.2. DNB V, 727. OCLC 29134889. DSB III, 364 (s. v. Commandino); cf. IV, 5f. (Dee).


14 surgical instruments illustrated

Al-Razi, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyya / Arcolano, Giovanni (ed.). Commentaria in nonum librum Rasis ad regem Almansore[m]... [...]. Accedit opusculum De fluxibus alui suo loco restitutus [...]. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta, 1542. Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta, 1542. Folio. (12), 509, (3) pp. With woodcut printer's device on t. p., different device on final leaf, and woodcut illustrations of various surgical tools at the end of the preliminaries. Contemp. limp vellum with ms. title to spine.

EUR 9,500.00

Rare edition of this commentary on the ninth book of the treatise dedicated by ar-Razi (also known as Rhazes; 850-923 or 932) to Almansor, the Prince of Chorosan (with the text). The work discusses special pathology but excluding pyrology and was one of the most popular textbooks at medical schools and faculties well into the Middle Ages (cf. Hirsch/H. I, 171). Rhazes is considered the greatest mediaeval physician next to Avicenna; he also conducted alchemical experiments. According to his biographer al-Gildaki, he was blinded for refusing to share his secrets of chemistry. - A woodcut on the final page of the preliminaries depicts 14 different surgical instruments, including a tongue depressor, a forceps, and various instruments for cauterization. Occasional slight brownstaining, but a good copy from the library of the Sicilian physician Blasio Cucuzza, with his ownership on the final page (calling him the "most learned of all Sicilian physicians in Modica, Ragusa and Syracuse") and additional note dated 10 May 1622.
¶ Edit 16, CNCE 2340. Wellcome I, 383. Durling 250. M. H. Fikri, Treasures from The Arab Scientific Legacy in Europe (Qatar 2009) no. 46, with double-page spread illustration on p. 82f.

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Andersen, Hans Christian, Danish writer (1805-1875). Autograph inscription in: Neue Mährchen. Aus dem Dänischen... von Dr. Le Petit. Hamburg, Robert Kittler, 1845. Hamburg, Robert Kittler, 1845. 8vo. (II)-V, (2), 282 pp. With 6 plates (one bound as an illustrated half-title or original illustrated upper wrapper cover). Contemp. half calf with giltstamped spine and marbled covers; all edges marbled.

EUR 18,500.00

Rare first German edition. Inscribed to the translator's brother, the physician and botanist Emil Charles Nicolas Petit (1817-93), for Christmas 1844: "Hr. Bat. Chir. E. Petit / fra Oversaetteren og / Originalens Forfatter, / der sender dem, som / venlig Jule-Hilsen" ("For the battalion surgeon E. Petit, from the translator and the author of the original, who send this by way of Yuletide greetings").

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Mozart's original manuscripts

André, Johann Anton, German composer and music publisher (1775-1842). Allgemeine Bemerkungen. Autograph manuscript signed. Offenbach, 3. II. 1834. Offenbach, 3. II. 1834. 4to. 1 p.

EUR 7,500.00

Preface to his list of Mozart's musical manuscripts: "Die hierin thematisch verzeichneten Manuscripte von W. A. Mozart, geb. 27. 1. 1756 und gestorben 5. 12. 1791, enthalten diejenigen seiner Compositionen welche ich besitze und welche ich theils im Jahr 1799 von der Wittwe Mozart, theils späterhin von anderen brieflich als mein nunmehriges Eigenthum an mich gebracht habe. Diese Manuscripte sind nun in der Ordnungsfolge hier verzeichnet, wie sie vom Jahr 1764 anfangend, bis zum Jahr 1784 gehen, von da an Mozart seinen bekannten thematischen Katalog geschrieben und bis an's Ende seines Lebens fortgesetzt hat, und von welchen darin aufgezeichneten Werken ich ebenfalls im Jahr 1799 diejenigen käuflich an mich brachte, welche damals noch vorhanden waren. Da ich einige dieser Manuscripte inzwischen verkauft habe, und dies namentlich an Herrn A. Stumpff in London, und da mir auch etliche abhanden gekommen sind, so habe ich bey denjenigen Manuscripten, welche ich gegenwärtig nicht mehr besitze, ein mit rother Tinte bemerktes [Zeichen] angeführt; so wie ich auch diejenigen Manuscripte, welche meines Wissens bereits gedruckt worden sind, mit einem rothen Strich unterstrichen habe. Diese beyden letzteren Zeichen gelten auch für den gedruckten Katalog. Noch bemerke ich: daß ich diejenigen Manuscripte, bey welchen das Jahr nicht genau angegeben werden kann, ihrem Decennium nach eingetragen habe, somit alle in die 1760ger Jahre gehörigen in die 176-, und die in die 1770er Jahre gehörigen unter 177-. Auch in die 1780er gehörige kommen noch einige mit 178- bezeichnet vor. Die in der 3ten Colonne bemerkte Zahl befindet sich, einer früheren durch Gleissner vorgenommenen Ordnungseintheilung zufolge, auf den Manuscripten." - J. A. André, a talented pianist and son of the Offenbach music publisher Johann André, "acquired Mozart's manuscript archive for 3150 fl. in the year 1800, after Haydn apparently had pointed out the widow's precarious financial situation and Breitkopf & Härtel had declined a purchase in spite of long consideration [...] Thanks to the efforts of Abbé M. Stadler, Constanze's second husband G. N. v. Nissen was able to prepare a checklist in 1798 which would be published in 1828 as an appendix to his Life of Mozart, but the manuscript of which had been the basis of the negotiations. In 1805 and 1828 André published the most important precursor to the Köchelverzeichnis: 'W. A. Mozarts thematischer Katalog [...] nebst einem erläuternden Vorbericht von A. André'. In 1841 he published a checklist, prepared by his student Heinrich Henkel (1822-99), listing all of Mozart's original manuscripts still in his possession, with the purpose of selling them to the highest bidder. After his death the remaining manuscripts were dispersed among his heirs by lottery [...] His lasting credit must be his care for the works of Mozart, based not only on the considerations of a publisher or on the mere joy of possession, but more specifically on his appreciation for the master's epoch-making significance" (cf. MGG I, 459f.). - Damage to the right edge, some tears reaching into the text.

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Arnoldus de Villanova, [Pseudo-] (ed.). [Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum.] Regimen Sanitatis cu[m] expositione magistri... Arnaldi de Villa nova Cathellano Noviter Impressus. Venice, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, [after 1500/1505]. Venice, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, [after 1500/1505]. 4to. (82) ff. (A-T4, V6). 29 lines, text partly surrounded by commentary. Later half vellum.

EUR 6,500.00

Latin edition of this famous medical manual, arranged at Salerno in the 12th century and published in various incunabular editions. This instructional poem and the commentary that accompanies it, often attributed to the 13th-century Montpellier alchemist Arnoldus de Villanova (cf. E. Wickersheimer, in: Comptes rendus du XIIIe Congrès international d'histoire de la médecine, 1954, p. 226-234 [Aquilon 570]), preserved its exceptional influence in Western Europe well into the 19th century. - Quire Q misbound but complete; some browning and fingerstaining; margins show some wrinkling. Several old marginalia and underlinings; later ms. note to title page: "Arnoldinus in Scholam Salernitanam". Very rare; a single record in ABPC (Swann, 24 Jan. 1980, lot 1792).
¶ CR 5053. Goff R-77. GW M37397. BSB-Ink R-50. Klebs 830.12. Sander 6391. Pellechet 1289. BMC V, 598. Edit 16, CNCE 60481. Cf. Essling 609f.

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[Artillery]. Manuscript artillery manual. No place, second half of the 17th century. 4to. 4 folded plates (295 x 173; 490 x 187; 370 x 192; 367 x 247 mm) in ink and original hand colour. Contemp. unsophisticated Italian boards.

Curious, highly detailed Italian artillery manual of the later 17th century, unquestionably drawn up by a ballistics engineer for training purposes. The numbered illustrations, not obviously copied from any known published source but which would appear to correspond with a lost textbook, show cannons and mortars of various lengths and types, elevations of gun carriages with three-dimensional illustrations of the iron fastenings, various kinds of ordnance and their storage as well as loading devices, and a cannon in action, including several ballistic instruments to calculate the shells' trajectories and improve the gunner's aim. The first three plates are captioned in meticulous brown ink capitals or miniscules, with a few additional captions in a neat script. - Occasional insignificant brown- or fingerstaining; insignificant loss to one corner, otherwise in excellent state of preservation.



[Austrian Toy Theatre]. The Caravan to Mecca. The Halt in the... Desert. Vienna, M. Trentsensky / London, A. N. Myers & Co., [before 1856]. Vienna, M. Trentsensky / London, A. N. Myers & Co., [before 1856]. Folio (387 x 242 mm). 49 hand-coloured illustrations on 6 plates and hand-coloured folding lithogr. backdrop (desert scene; c. 580 x 224 mm). Original blue wrappers with lithogr. cover label.

EUR 12,500.00

Charming Mignon Theatre of the kind popularized by the Viennese publisher Trentsensky around the mid-19th century and distributed throughout England by their London agent Myers, & Co. on the corner of Oxford and Berners Street. The desert landscape backdrop is to be populated by the pilgrims, camels, resting horses, etc., with plants, a large tent, a cooking fire, and many other details, all to be cut out from the present set of plates. Issued as "Exercises in Colouring", this set was clearly coloured by a trained contemporary artist rather than a dilettante. - The front cover is stained, spine splitting, but the plates are clean and well-preserved. Rarely encountered complete, well-coloured, and in the original state. - Another example, prominently featured in the 2012 Hajj exhibition at the British Museum was cut and mounted.
¶ Hajj. Journey to the heart of Islam. London, British Museum 2012, 125 (fig. 125).

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Inscribed by the composer

Beethoven, Ludwig van, composer (1770-1827). Fidelio. Eine Grosse Oper in 2 Aufzügen. Vienna, Artaria, [1814]. Vienna, Artaria, [1814]. Oblong folio. Engraved piano score with the text. Untrimmed.

EUR 280,000.00

First printing of the first edition of Beethoven's only opera; of the utmost rarity. Inscribed on the title page, in Beethoven's own hand, to his benefactor Pasqualati (1777-1830), in whose house the composer then lodged: "Seinem werthen Freunde Baron von Pasqualati vom Verfasser" ("To his dear friend Baron Pasqualati, from the author"). No more than three copies of this first edition bearing Beethoven's autograph inscription are known; the present one is described by Kinsky/Halm as follows: "This copy from the collection of the Society of Friends of the Music in Vienna (cf. no. 893 in the guide-book to the Centenary Exhibition, Vienna 1927) was presented to the conductor Arturo Toscanini by the Austrian Government on 1 November 1934 on the occasion of a performance of Verdi's 'Requiem', directed by him, as a gift of honour (cf. 'Philobiblon' VIII, 6)." - Professionally cleaned with repairs to gutter. Collection stamp of the Society of Friends of the Music in Vienna on title page and verso of final leaf. Beethoven's autograph inscription pencilled across the blank margin of the title page. - The present dedication copy was not publicly shown since the great 1927 exhibition in honour of the centennial of Beethoven's death; it was latterly considered lost (as are the other two dedication copies of "Fidelio" described in the catalogue of Beethoven's works). We acquired it directly from Toscanini's estate in spring 2016.
¶ Literature (all referencing this copy): Beethoven und die Wiener Kultur seiner Zeit (= Führer durch die Beethoven-Zentenarausstellung der Stadt), Wien 1927, 893. Philobiblon VIII (1935), 6. Kinsky/ Halm, Werkverzeichnis Beethoven, 184.

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[Beijing]. Strassen-Bilder in Peking. [Beijing, 19th century]. 50 watercolours (342 x 240 mm) mounted on album paper, all captioned in Chinese. In brown cloth. Oblong folio.

EUR 28,000.00

Curious album of 50 watercolours, showing various portraits of people who do business in the streets of Beijing, among them a barber, street vendors, carpenters, jugglers, sculptors, beggars, mouse and rat catchers, newspaper salesmen, pickpockets, etc. The album also shows different types of machines such as slides and looms as well as everyday scenes: a young boy stealing the hat of an elderly man, another man collecting food discarded by the wealthy, a painter drawing the portrait of a deceased. - In very good condition, with ms. German translations of the Chinese captions.

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Pre-fabricated ornamentation

Beunat, Joseph. Recueil des dessins d'ornaments d'architecture de la manufacture... de Joseph Beunat. A Sarrebourg, et a Paris, Rue St. Avoye, no. 63. Contenant tout ce qui rapport a la decoration des apartments [...]. Sarrebourg and Paris, [c. 1814]. Sarrebourg and Paris, [c. 1814]. Large 4to (324 x 250 mm). Engraved throughout. 86 plates (including decorative title-page) with many hundreds of different designs. Contemp, German tree calf, flat spine with contemporary ink lettered paper label; bound with are the original dove grey printed wrappers, entitled "Sammlung der Zeichnungen sämmtlicher Architektur- und Meubles- Verzierungen aus der Fabrike von Joseph Beunat, zu Sarreburg in Lothringen".

EUR 6,500.00

An important trade catalogue of furniture ornament and interior decorative designs manufactured by a patented process at Beunat's factory in Sarrebourg in the Alsace. Beunat was the first to manufacture and distribute pre-fabricated moulded elements of ornamentation. His designs were in the French Empire style, pioneered by the architect duo Percier and Fontaine. Beunat's trade catalogue shows about 800 decorative designs of friezes, panel ornaments, pilasters, capitals, mouldings, candelabras, vases, heads, mythological figures and motives, rosettes, frames for pictures and mirrors, door surrounds, etc. There are also a handful of designs of entire rooms together with floor plans. The designs were offered in plasterwork as stucco decorations for interiors, but some must also have been offered in bronze as furniture ornament. The plates are finely detailed and drawn with measurements. This copy bears proof of Beunat's international ambitions. The plates and title-page of the trade catalogue are French, while the wrappers give all the necessary information in German. There is a German summary of the designs contained in the catalogue, as well as practical information indicating that the measurements are in French with a scale. There is also a reference to Beunat's "Erfindungs-Patent". We could not locate another copy with the German wrappers. Some of the plates are dated "1812", some "1813", the latest date is "18 December 1813". Plates nos. 83 and 85 have neat ink ms. additions. Some of the plates were engraved by Louis Marie Normand, August Montferrand, or A. P. Giraud. - An excellent copy, clean and crisp, from the Donaueschingen Fürstenberg library (their small stamp to verso of title-page).
¶ Kat. der Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 1387 (72 plates, dated 1812).

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Editio princeps of the Gospels in Arabic (Darlow/M.)

[Biblia arabica - NT]. Evangelium Sanctum Domini nostri Iesu Christi conscriptum a... quatuor Evangelistis sanctis, id est Matthaeo, Marco, Luca et Iohanne. Rome, typographia Medicea, 1590(-1591). Rome, typographia Medicea, 1590(-1591). Folio. 368 pp. With 149 large woodcuts. Contemporary paper wrappers (edge and spine defects).

EUR 18,000.00

Rare first edition of the Gospels in Arabic; the first work to be issued from the Medicean Press, directed by G. B. Raimondi. Printed in Granjon's famous large fount, generally considered the first satisfactory Arabic printing type and appears here for the first time. Apart from the Latin title and colophon, the book is in Arabic throughout. Also in 1591 an Arabic-Latin edition was issued, more common than the present one and reprinted in 1619 and 1774. Illustrated with 149 large woodcuts from 67 blocks by Leonardo Parasole after Antonio Tempesta. - Some browning and waterstaining throughout; a few marginal tears; binding loosened. Untrimmed in the original temporary wrappers as issued. The Hauck copy fetched $75,000 at Sotheby's in 2006.
¶ Adams B 1822. Mortimer 64. Darlow/Moule 1636. Fück 54. Schnurrer 318. Smitskamp 374.

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[Biblia arabica - Psalmi]. Kitab mazamir Da'ud al-Nabi [...] malik 'ala´ sha'b... Bani Isra'il. Padua, Typis Seminarii [Zuanne Manfré], 1709. Padua, Typis Seminarii [Zuanne Manfré], 1709. 8vo. (16), 220, (12) pp. With full-page woodcut illustration at the end of the preliminaries. Contemp. blindstamped calf over wooden boards with two clasps.

EUR 12,500.00

Exceptionally rare Arabic Psalter, the first of several reprintings of 'Abd Allah ibn al-Fadl al-Antaki's translation which had first appeared in Aleppo in 1706. Translated from the Greek Septuaginta Version, with the kathismata interspersed between the Psalms and with the Canticles following them. Edited, with a Paschalion for the years 1709-39 at the end, by Philipp Ghailán. - Only two copies known in institutional collections; collation agrees with that of the British Library copy (Biblioteca Marciana collation omits 116 pp. of preliminary matter). Binding professionally repaired; noticeable worming, mainly confined to margins. Some browning throughout; slight waterstaining near end. A few early 19th century inked notes in Hebrew. Provenance: 18th-century bookplate "Ex bibliotecha Johannis Marchioni Plebani Veneti" on final endpaper.
¶ Darlow/Moule I, 1653 (note). BL shelfmark: Asia, Pacific & Africa 14501.a.31. Marciana shelfmark: 133-C-176. OCLC 945484585 (digital reproduction only).

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Coloured copy of Blaeu's atlas of China, in richly gold-tooled contemporary vellum

[Blaeu, Joan]. Martini, Martino. Novus atlas Sinensis a Martino Martinio [...] [Nieuwe... atlas van het groote rijck Sina, …]. Including: Golius, Jacob. [Drop-title:] Byvoeghsel van 't Koninckryck Catay. [Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1655]. [Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1655]. Super royal folio (340 x 510 mm). 210, (20), XVIII, (40), (4) pp. With engraved title-page (lacking the letterpress title-label: "Nieuwe atlas van het groote rijck Sina") and 17 double-page engraved maps, all coloured by a contemporary hand. The maps include 16 maps of China and 1 general map of Japan, with richly decorated cartouches often showing several Chinese in traditional garb. The preliminaries bound at the end. Contemporary richly gold-tooled, slightly overlapping vellum, remains of ties, gilt edges.

EUR 48,000.00

Separately published edition, with the text in Dutch, of Blaeu's atlas of China, the first atlas and geography of China to be published in Europe. "The seventeen maps are noteworthy not only for their accuracy, remarkable for the time, but also for their highly decorative cartouches featuring vignettes depicting regional Chinese dress, activities, and animals [...] In addition, it is one of the first true Sino-European publications, based on Chinese land surveys but presenting geographic data in a highly visual European cartographic format" (Reed & Demattè). The first map is a general map of China (including Japan and parts of Korea), followed by 15 maps of the provinces of China and a general map of Japan. - The maps are based on Chinese cartographic sources collected by the Jesuit missionary Martinus Martini's (1614-61), among them a copy of the manuscript atlas by Zhu Siben (compiled 1311/12) with revisions from the printed atlas by Lo Hongxian. Martini compiled the maps himself and convinced Blaeu to postpone the work on other volumes and publish the present atlas of China. It was published in 1655, in five different language editions, as a separate atlas and as the sixth volume of Blaeu's celebrated Atlas Maior (only differing in the engraved title-page). Martini also added a lengthy preface with an account of the compilation process, geographical descriptions of the provinces of China and Japan, a list of towns with their geographical co-ordinates and a history of the Manchurian war, earlier published as De bello Tartarico historia (1654). - Golius, as a result of his fruitful contact with Martini, wrote his Byvoeghsel van 't Koninckryck Catay, on the Chinese reign, which is published here for the first time as a supplement to the atlas, containing numerous woodcut Arabic and Chinese characters. In it Golius "identified the names of the "Catayan" duodenary cycles as Chinese. These names were first published [...] in Arabic letters [...] This resulted in the first printing if Chinese characters (from wood) in Holland, and of the first properly formed characters in Europe" (Smitskamp). - Lacking the letterpress title-label on the engraved title-page, two tears in the outer margin of pp. 193f. and 211f. and small corner off p. XI torn off; a very good copy. Binding also in very good condition, with only the spine slightly soiled and the tooling on spine slightly faded at a few points.
¶ V.d. Krogt, Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici II, 2:521A. Reed & Demattè 25. For Golius's supplement: Smitskamp, Philologia Orientalis 313c.

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32 magnificent views of China

Borget, Auguste. La Chine et les Chinois. Paris, Couplet & Vibert (letterpress printed by Schneider & Langrand and the lithographs by Lemercier, Bernard & Co.), 1842. Paris, Couplet & Vibert (letterpress printed by Schneider & Langrand and the lithographs by Lemercier, Bernard & Co.), 1842. Imperial folio (385 x 555 mm). 26 pp. text. With lithographed title-page (textual), tinted lithographed title-page (illustrational), 2 lithographed dedication leaves, lithographed list of plates and 32 tinted lithographed plates on 25 leaves, by Eugène Ciceri after drawings of Borget. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, cloth sides; recased, with modern endpapers.

EUR 35,000.00

First edition of a series of 32 magnificent views of China after drawings by the notable French artist Auguste Borget (1808-77), who travelled through Asia from 1838 to 1840, including views in the area of Hong Kong (4), Macao (13) and Canton (12). "The feeling of superiority to the Chinese, so characteristic of accounts from the 1840s, is absent here. The artist observes with a fresh eye" (Lust). Explanations to all views are found in the letterpress text in the form of letters by Borget. A second edition in English was published in the same year as Sketches of China and the Chinese. - Washed, but with some foxing still visible; professionally restored tears in the margins both title-pages and plates 1 and 4 and more crudely restored tears in the letterpress text leaves; a fair copy, the illustrations are however still in very good condition. Binding restored and recased and with most of the leaves mounted on new stubs. Rare.
¶ Abbey, Travel 540. Cordier, Sinica, 79f. Cf. Lust 2111 (English ed.). Not in Walravens.

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Breton de la Martiniere, Jean Baptiste Joseph. La Chine en Miniature, au Choix de Costumes,... Arts et Métiers de cet Empire. Paris, Nepveu, 1811. Paris, Nepveu, 1811. 4 vols. 12mo. With 4 hand-colored engraved frontispieces and 76 plates, all in original hand-colour. Contemp. French calf gilt, spines gilt-stamped in compartments with giltstamped Chinese figures, leading edges gilt, inner dentelle gilt. Marbled endpapers. Stored in custom-made cloth and marbled board slipcase.

EUR 4,500.00

First edition. - The plates, some of which are copied after G. H. Mason's "Costumes of China", include various costumes, punishments, musical instruments, weapons, boats, rice processing, puppet shows, professions (tobacconist, barber, toy-salesmen, etc.), hunting wild ducks, weaving cloth, porcelain selling, etc. While two additional volumes of the work were published in 1812, Colas states that "les quatres premiers volumes forment un ensemble complet." The title-pages call for a total of only 74 plates. - Some minor occasional spotting; extremities insignificantly rubbed. A beautifully coloured and bound set from the library of Jean R. Perrette with his bookplate on the pastedown.
¶ Cordier (Sinica) I, 64. Lipperheide Le 23 (1524). Colas 433. Brunet II, 1225. Quérard I, 505. Cf. Lust 1243 (1812 English ed.).

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Dedication copy

Canina, Luigi. L'antica città di Veii, descritta e dimostrata con... i monumenti. Rome, Canina, 1847. Rome, Canina, 1847. Folio (335 x 472 mm). 108 pp. With double-page-sized engr. map, double-page-sized engr. plan, and 42 plates (27 engravings, many tinted, 5 double-page-sized, 16 on India paper; 15 lithographs, many tinted, 3 in colour). Contemp. cloth with giltstamped spine title.

EUR 5,800.00

Finely illustrated archaeological study of the ancient Etruscan city of Veii near Rome, captured by the Romans in 396 BC. The Italian archaeologist and architect Luigi Canina (1793-1856) also excavated Tusculum in 1829 and the Appian Way in 1848. The plates show views, elements of architecture, and various ornaments. Slight foxing near beginning, otherwise fine. With printed dedication "Sua Eccellenza il Duca di Luynes" on the half-title, this is the duke's personal copy, removed from the library of the Ducs de Luynes at the Château de Dampierre: their bookplate reproducing the arms of Charles Marie d'Albert de Luynes (1783-1839), 7th Duc de Luynes, on pastedown.
¶ Brunet I, 1540. Avery 164. OCLC 1710567. Not in Kat. der Ornamentstichslg. Berlin oder Fowler.

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Neo-Latin poetry, first edition: not in auction records

Caviceus, Jacobus. Sex urbium dicta ad Maximilianum Romanorum regem. [Venice, Bernardinus Benalius?, after 16 March 1491]. [Venice, Bernardinus Benalius?, after 16 March 1491]. 4to. (6) ff. (incl. final blank). Roman type 10:80R, 37-38 lines. With a woodcut initial. Later wrappers. All edges red.

EUR 6,500.00

First edition of this fictitious homage to King Maximilian, offered by six cities of classical antiquity. Probably written in Pordenone, where Caviceo had lived for several years and was earned his doctor of laws in 1489 from the hands of Emperor Frederick III. The work begins with a reference to the eviction of the Hungarians from Austria: "The six cities are Babylon, Troy, Byzantion, Athens, Carthago, and Jerusalem. They all pay homage to Maximilian and bey for his protection [...] Interspersed with numerous references to contemporary events" (cf. Apponyi). The theologian J. Caviceus (1443-1511) studierd at Bologna and entered the services of Piermaria Rossi, Lord of Berceto, and his son Guido, Capitano of the Republic of Venice. After 1492 he served as vicar general to the dioceses of Rimini, Ferrara, Florence, and Siena. - Printer attribution follows GW (contested by BMC and Indice generale VI). Recto of first leaf has old border rules in black ink; an English note on the author (c. 1880) is mounted to the flyleaf. - Very rare; only the second edition is listed in German auction records of the last decades (Hartung Munich, 98 [2000], lot 103, EUR 4346).
¶ HC 4805. Goff C-355. GW 6433. BSB-Ink C-204. Pellechet 3455. Proctor 7374. BMC VII, 1146. IGI 2655. Sajó-Soltész 955. Apponyi 1551.

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The Don Quixote of Mexico

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha... [...]. Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia España. Madrid, Don Joaquín Ibarra for the Real Academia, 1780. Madrid, Don Joaquín Ibarra for the Real Academia, 1780. 4to (295 x 220 mm). 4 vols. including additional engraved title-pages, portrait of the author, 31 engraved plates after various artists, and 1 double-page engraved map. Bound in contemporary mottled sheep, richly gilt with tooled borders and spines and with red morocco title labels. Sympathetically restored with later endpapers. With the bookplate of the executed Emperor of Mexico, Maximilian, on pastedown. Additional bookplate of Laurent Veydt (1800-77, Belgian Minister of Finance), as well as letter recording the presentation of the these volumes to Jules Malou (1810-86, Belgian Prime Minister) in 1876.

EUR 70,000.00

A large copy of the most famous edition of "Don Quixote" ever produced, with a remarkable provenance. The "Ibarra" edition of 1780 was described by Palau as "magnificent, superior in artistic beauty to all others produced in Spain or abroad"; Richard Ford declares that "no grand library should be without it". Undoubtedly it was on these merits that Ibarra's edition was famously cast in Roman Polanski's 1999 thriller "The Ninth Gate": in the exposition of that film, Johnny Depp's character (an enterprising if vulture-minded rare book dealer) swindles an unwitting couple, heirs to a library to be dispersed, out of what in fact was their pièce de résistance - a set of Ibarra's "Quixote" which he claims is worth "no more than four thousand dollars". - The present copy was purchased (for an unknown sum in pesos) by Emperor Maximilian of Mexico during his brief reign (1864-67) as part of what he hoped would become the nucleus of a National Library; after his execution by firing squad his books were salvaged and sent by mule-back to Vera Cruz, in order to be sold at public auction in Leipzig. - Among the thousands of books amassed by Don Maximiliano, his copy of Don Quixote holds a special place. Younger brother of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, Maximilian was sent to Mexico at the tender age of 32 in order to provide a figurehead for the French invasion of that country begun in 1861. Dashing and charismatic, Maximilian would ride into battle in full Mexican regalia, with a large white sombrero, the Order of the Mexican Eagle around his neck, and two revolvers and a sabre. The picture was completed by his frisky horse Orispelo and his very own 'Sancho Panza', his secretary Jose Luis Blasio, who rode a tame mule beside him. It is easy to see why modern historians often call the Viennese-born, self-proclaimed Emperor of Mexico a 'Quixotic' figure; even during Maximillian's lifetime one of his critics in French parliament, Jules Favre, mercilessly derided him as a 'veritable Don Quixote'. Such comparisons were undoubtedly justified; yet the romance of Maximilian's tragic misadventure in Mexico is only heightened by the physical evidence that he once owned a personal copy of Cervantes' great novel - in a spectacular and highly sought-after edition, no less. - The Ibarra edition was prepared at great expense over the course of seven years for the Real Academia, printed on deluxe paper in a specifically-designed typeface and illustrated by the foremost Spanish artists of the time. To this day it remains a monument of Spanish printing, and a fitting tribute to what many regard as the first modern novel in the Hispanic tradition. - The dispersal of Maximilian's library itself forms a fascinating chapter in the present volumes' history. Rebels under the command of Benito Juarez captured and shot the emperor on the 19th June 1867. Likely at the instigation of the Mexican bookseller José Maria Andrade, who had yet to be paid for Maximilian's purchases, the books were packed onto mules and dispatched to Vera Cruz, from whence they sailed for Europe. Their sale in 1869 was one of the greatest of the 19th century - and perhaps the greatest sale of Spanish Americana of all time. Hubert Howe Bancroft was a strong buyer of early Mexican imprints at the sale; and thus many of Maximilian's books are today found in the Bancroft Library at Berkeley. Another major spender was J. F. Sabin. According to the results published later that year, the present volumes made 33 thalers - a very respectable sum, but by no means the highest price paid in those rooms. As the bookplates show, they soon made their way into the possession of the Belgian Minister of Finance, Laurent Veydt, who in 1876 presented them to his Prime Minister. We hope that the noble lineage of this set may be continued!
¶ Palau 52024. Cohen/de Ricci 218f. Ebert 3928 ("A masterpiece of typography"). Cf. also the sale catalogue by Andrade & Deschamps, Catalogue de la riche bibliothèque (Leipzig, List & Francke), no. 772.

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[Chinese Drawings]. Eight watercolours. China, early 19th century. Folio. 8 watercolours (365 x 300 mm) and 3 pen and ink drawings (375 x 235 mm) mounted in album. Half calf with gilted title "Chinese drawings" to spine.

EUR 15,000.00

The watercolours show various stages of the process of producing rice and paper, including the irrigation of the fields by foot mill, grinding, separating the rice from the chaff, etc. The ink drawings are mounted on smaller paper leaves, numbered 9 - 11, each provided with a detailed description of the parts of the machines in English. They show sketches of a Refiner & Silver Furnace at Canton, a section of a Chinese furnace to refine the dross of tin or lead and a section of a Chinese lime Kiln and its wind fan. - Bookplate of the Society for Promoting Arts and Commerce (Royal Society of Arts) on front pastedown. Occasional spotting.

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Chopin, Frédéric, composer (1810-1849). Document signed twice ("F. F. Chopin"). London, 20. VII. 1837. London, 20. VII. 1837. Folio. 1 p.

EUR 50,000.00

Rare partly-printed document: an assignment of copyright for his Op. 28 and Op. 30. In part: "I have this day sold to Messrs. Christian Rudolph Wessel & Co. Importers and Publishers of Foreign Music [...] all my Copyright and Interest, present and future [...] for the Kingdom of Great Britain [...] of and in the following Compositions (in M.S.) to be published conjointly in France & Germany in: Op. 28. Impromptu pour le Piano Solo dedie a Madame la Comtesse d’Agoult - to appear the 14th October 1837, Op. 30, Quatre Mazurkas being his 5th Set, dedicated to La Princesse de Wurtemberg." Signed twice at the conclusion by Chopin. - Wessel & Co. had the exclusive rights to publish Chopin’s works in England, and the company was taken over by Edwin Ashdown and Henry Parry upon his retirement. This document originates from the collection of the Ashdown family. The document notes that the first piece is dedicated to Marie d’Agoult, a friend of Chopin and the mistress of Franz Liszt. The second, dedicated to Princess Maria Anna Czartoryska (Maria Wirtemberska) of Württemberg, is a set of four pieces based on the traditional Polish dance. - A small repaired area of paper loss to right edge and chips to two corner tips, otherwise in fine condition.

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The geography of the Ottoman Empire, as seen by a seventeeth century German writer

Cosmographus, Philo. Trinum Marinum: oder: Die an einander hangende Drey... Meer Pontus Euxinus, Propontis, cum Archipelago: oder: Das Schwartze, Weisse, und Egeische Meer. Augsburg, Anton Nepperschmid for Jakob Enderlin, 1693. Augsburg, Anton Nepperschmid for Jakob Enderlin, 1693. Folio (305 x 190 mm). (2), 61, (1) pp. Title page printed in red and black. With 11 (instead of 18?) plates containing 22 copper engravings. Modern boards.

EUR 5,000.00

Fascinating, little-received geographical study focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, then under Ottoman rule. The anonymous late 17th-century German author hides behind the name of "Philo Cosmographus" and is evidently identical with the "Philo Chronographus" who produced the similarly themed chronographical work, "Arca Temporum", which was often issued together with this, though produced by a different publisher and catalogued separately. The present work features an overview of the geography of the Ottoman Empire, including the Aegean, the Sea of Marmara, and the Black Sea region - the "three seas" to which the title refers. Numerous pages of plates (each page containing two copper engravings) depict maps and views as well as animals (a hyena and sheep, Iraklion and Chania, Nauplia, Koroni, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Izmir, etc.). - The number of plates, and indeed even the arrangement of engravings on a single page, varies from copy to copy, but this wants 8 plates as compared to the table of plates provided in "Arca Temporum". Occasional inkstains, but well-preserved.
¶ VD 17, 7:688727L; 3:605737C. Weller, Pseud. 439.

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The first grammar of Persian ever published

Dieu, Lodewijk de (ed.) / Javier, Jerónimo, SJ. [Dastan-i Masi]. Historia Christi Persice conscripta, simulque multis... modis contaminata. Leiden, Elsevier, 1639. Leiden, Elsevier, 1639. 4to. (24), 636, (8) pp. (With:) [Dastan-i San Bidru]. Historia S. Petri Persice conscripta [...], Latine reddita [...] a L. de Dieu. Ibid., 1639. (8), 144 pp. (And:) L. de Dieu. [`Ansarha-yi zaban-i Farsi]. Rudimenta linguae Persicae. Ibid., 1639. (8), 95, (1) pp. All titles printed in red and black. Contemp. brown full calf with gilt spine.

EUR 16,500.00

First edition of the first Persian grammar ever printed, with two Persian texts edited for the first time from manuscripts. "De Dieu's most striking performance [...] De Dieu is well aware that he is the first to publish a grammar of Persian. [...] In the preface De Dieu relates how he studied Persian with the help of the Constantinople Polyglot borrowed from Gomarus, and mentions Elichmann as the supplier of the manuscript with the 'Historia Christi', which was owned by Golius. The latter also supplied a ms. dictionary of Persian. In the annotations to the 'Historia S. Petri' the original ms. is described: it contained two more Persian texts, and was once bought by the Rotterdam physician Johannes Romanus at Agra in 1626. The volume then passed into the hands of Elichmann, who lent it to the editor. The two chapters from Genesis are taken from a complete translation in Arabic characters [by Rabbi Jacob Tawus] at Istanbul in 1546" (Smitskamp). These are lives of Christ and St Peter, originally written in Portuguese by the Jesuit priest Jerome Xavier (1549-1617) and then translated into Persian at the command of the Mughal emperor Akbar. It was at the Elseviers' request that De Dieu composed, as an addition, the elementary grammar. The grammars of Ignazio di Gesù (Rome 1661) and of Labrosse (Amsterdam 1684) were largely based on his work. Willems notes that Raimondi, as early as 1614, produced a grammar in Rome for the use of missionaries which remained virtually unknown in the west, but this existed only in manuscript (cf. Smitskamp). - Occasional slight brownstaining, but a good, tight copy from the library of the Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).
¶ Smitskamp, PO 310. Willems 490 & 477. Copinger 5255 & 1314. De Backer/S. VIII, 1339, 8 & 9. Rahir 473. Berghman 674. Schwab II, 727. OCLC 6445068, 6445039, 82252380.

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Eichhorn, Johann Gottfried / Schultens, Albert (eds.). Monumenta antiquissimae historiae Arabum. Post Albertum Schultensium collegit... ediditque cum latina versione et animadversionibus. Gotha, (Fickelscherr for) Karl Wilhelm Ettinger, 1775. Gotha, (Fickelscherr for) Karl Wilhelm Ettinger, 1775. 8vo. (8), 216 pp. With 13 genealogical tables printed on 12 folding plates. Contemp. marbled boards.

EUR 4,500.00

Rare first edition of this corpus of sources on ancient Arabic history. With extensive passages in Arabic, largely presenting excerpts from the historical works of Ibn Qutaybah, the renowned Islamic scholar of Persian origin (cf. GAL I, 120ff.). He served as a judge during the Abbasid Caliphate, but was best known for his contributions to Arabic literature. - Binding rubbed and bumped at extremeties. Some brownstaining throughout (more pronounced in title page). From the collection of the Lower Saxon educator and rector Friedrich Hülsemann (1771-1835) with his ownership to front pastedown (dated 31 July 1799); later in the library of the Badenian rabbi Levi Bodenheimer (1807-67; his ownership on flyleaf; Hebrew pencil note on rear pastedown). Last in the collection of the German zoologists Barbara and Ragnar Kinzelbach (their bookplate).
¶ Macro 888 ("8 volumes" in error for "8vo"). Schnurrer 160f. Fück I, 768. NYPL Arabia Coll. 23. Aboussouan 304 & 833. Cf. NDB IV, 377. Not in Smitskamp.

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Einstein assists a fellow émigré and engineer

Einstein, Albert, German-born physicist and Nobel laureate (1879-1955). A large archive of material featuring ten (1... autogr. and 9 typed) letters to Wsevolode Grünberg and a short autograph note by Einstein, an ALS by Elsa Einstein and 2 TLS by Helene Dukas. Accompanied by a large archive of Grünberg's papers, consisting of well over 1,000 pages of material including some of his original drawings for his hydrofoil improvements, copies of his patents, etc. Princeton (NJ), Peconic, New York and Saranac Lake (NY), 1939 to 1948. Princeton (NJ), Peconic, New York and Saranac Lake (NY), 1939 to 1948. I: Albert Einstein. Mostly 4to. Altogether 11 pp. II: - Elsa Einstein: 8vo. 2 pp. - III: Helene Dukas. 4to. 2 pp.

EUR 55,000.00

Grünberg, who later in life changed his name to Waldemar A. Craig, was an aeronautical engineer who developed an important design for the hydrofoil. The letters accompany a large archive of Grünberg's papers, consisting of well over 1,000 pages of material including some of his original drawings for his hydrofoil improvements, copies of his patents, (including a large dossier of declassified tests performed in the years immediately following WWI), photographs, correspondence, and other related documents and ephemera. - Grünberg, the nephew of a close friend of Einstein, appears to have become acquainted with Albert and his second wife Elsa sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s, if not personally, by correspondence. In an undated letter from Berlin, written sometime before 1932, Elsa Einstein commented to Grünberg: "I am assuming you are just as kind and clever as you uncle, our dear friend. My husband and I were so glad having been able doing this small favor for you. Mr. Dunne wrote a most gracious note to us from Florida. In particular I want to thank you for the delicious grapefruits [...]" and adding "Feel free to call on me anytime, if you think I could be of help. Please be sure and do". - Apparently Grünberg took her advice, and travelling to the United States in 1939 approached Einstein for an introduction to fellow engineers in the U. S. in order to demonstrate his hydrofoil designs. The two met in June 1939 at the home of Irving Lehman in Port Chester, New York. - In addition to the introduction to the American engineering community, Einstein also agreed to handle a complex inheritance matter for Grünberg. On 1 July 1939, the same day he recommended Grünberg to his American associates, he wrote to him that he had written "a most insistent letter to Mr. Plesch in which I suggested to name an arbitrator in the inheritance matter who would be agreeable to you as well as to me and who could personally communicate with Mr. Plesch and yourself". Enclosing the letter to Dr. Lewis, Einstein advised, "I cannot understand though, how you could succeed to find a position here without a valid residence permit. I urge you to carefully investigate this subject prior to making use of the enclosed letter". Einstein continued to assist Grünberg with the inheritance issue, acting as a go-between Grünberg in the U. S. and Mr. Plesch in France. - Despite some annoyances, Einstein did what he could for Grünberg both for his inheritance and his scientific pursuits - Grünberg's personal papers concern his research on his hydrofoil designs which he first developed in France. The archive includes some of Grünberg's original drawings demonstrating applications for his design as well as some manuscript calculations in his hand, some original U. S. patent certificates for several inventions, one German patent awarded to him in 1930, original photographs, likely from the early 1930s, and several magazines including Popular Science and others discussing Grünberg's work and designs. - Detailed description available upon request.

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Obsequies "in absentia"

[Florence] - Venuti, Niccolo Marcello. Esequie di Luigi I., cattolico re delle Spagne,... celebrate in Firenze nella chiesa di S. Maria Novella [...] il di XXVI. di Ottobre [...]. Florence, nella stamperia di S.A.R per li Tartini, e Franchi, 1724. Florence, nella stamperia di S.A.R per li Tartini, e Franchi, 1724. Small folio (295 x 205 mm). XXIII, (1) pp. With 5 large and folding plates engr. by Ferdinando Ruggieri, that of the catafalque after Ticciatti. (Bound with:) Boccadiferro, Camilo Antonio. Delle lodi di Luigi I., cattolico re delle Spagne. Orazione [...] recitata pubblicamente dall'autore nell' esequie celebrate in Firenze dal [...] Padre Fr. Salvatore Ascanio. Ibid., 1724. 12 pp.

EUR 6,500.00

First edition of the description of the festival and memorial service in Florence for Luis I, King of Spain (1707-24). Luis only ruled for eight months, dying of smallpox in Madrid on 31 August 1724. His father, King Philip V of Spain, who had abdicated in his favour, resumed the throne after his death. The obsequies "in absentia" took place in Florence's cathedral, Santa Maria Novella. The architect Girolamo Ticciati designed the catafalque and other festival architecture inside the church. The fine plates show a plan of the church, an elevation, two interior views, and a view of the catafalque. These works are often found bound together. OCLC locates several copies in North America: Getty, Harvard, NYPL, CCA, Columbia, Yale, and Pennsylvania. - A little worming in the margins, but a clean and fresh copy, bound in contemporary vellum. Bookplate of Baron Horace de Landau (1824-1903), one of the most famous private collectors of the late 19th century (cf. H. P. Kraus, A rare book saga. NY 1978, p. 339)..
¶ Kat. der Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 3247. Vinet 568. Moreni II, 443. Watanabe-O'Kelly 1310.

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[Glen, Joseph]. Shipwreck of the H.E.I.Co.'s Gun Brig "Ariel". O'er... true a tale. London, Alfred Boot, 1872. London, Alfred Boot, 1872. 8vo. 14, (2) pp. (1f. and 15f. representing the printed wrapper).

Only edition, signed by the author. - Thrilling, exceedingly rare account of the wreck of the brig "Ariel" in the Arabian Gulf between Basra and Bushehr in a storm on St. Patrick's Day, 17th March, 1820. Of some ninety crewmen, but five reached Kharg Island alive: the surgeon, John Glen; the boatswain, James Johnstone; a seaman named Brown, a boy named Wall, and an unnamed "native cook", and the surgeon wrote this report more than half a century after the event. - Signed by the author on the wrapper cover: "by Joseph Glen", and the title amended by striking out the word "Shipwreck" and substituting "Foundering". The volume includes an 1884 newspaper clipping containing an obituary of the 1796-born Glen, noting how the Sheik of Kharg had received the survivors "with much kindness, and ministered to their wants". Title page stained. No copy in auction records or library catalogues internationally.650
¶ Not in OCLC.



[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.

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poesy ... I am cruelly bombarded with it

Gluck, Christoph Willibald, composer (1714-1787). Autograph letter signed ("Gluck"). Vienna, 29. XI. 1776. Vienna, 29. XI. 1776. 4to. 1 p. on bifolium.

EUR 95,000.00

To his friend Franz Kruthoffer (1740-1815?), secretary at the Imperial Embassy in Paris and Gluck's de facto private secretary: a fine document of Gluck's shrewd business sense as well as of the high demand among librettists for music by the foremost composer of his age. For Kruthoffer's sake, Gluck promises to accomodate his publisher Peters with regard to royalties, but he makes it clear that in turn he will be asking extra voucher copies and will not let this one-off concession establish a precedent for future negotiations. Also, Gluck complains of the unsolicited opera librettos with which he is swamped by poets, and he forbids Kruthoffer to accept such submissions for him: "Wertester Freyndt / Ihren brief von 17 october habe rechtens Erhalten, in dem letzten Ersehe das begehren des Mr. [Johann Anton de] Peters, welches, weilen Er Ihr gutter freyndt ist, ich vor dieses mahl annehmen wiel, aber Etliche partitionen werde mir vor behalten, wie auch, das auß diesen wenigen, was Er geben wiel, keine consequentz vor zukünfftige opern gemacht wer den soll; der Courrier wiel abgehen, ich kan ihnen nichts mehr schreiben als Unser Compliments tres sinceres de la part de ma femme et de moi a vous, et a Mr. [Franz] de Blumendorff. Ich bitte ihnen auch kein pacquet an mich an zu nehmen Wo man mir wiel poesie schicken umb opern zu machen, dan ich werde grausamb desentwegen bombardirt [...]". - Folded horizontally, without an address: as mentioned in the text, the thrifty Gluck sent this letter - as most of his communications with Kruthoffer - by way of the diplomatic courier service just leaving Vienna for Paris. Kruthoffer has noted his response in the upper margin: "Beant. Paris am 18ten Dezember 1776". Extremely rare, especially when signed (as Gluck, using the diplomatic mail, usually omitted his signature from his letters to Kruthoffer). Kinsky's 1927 edition of Gluck's correspondence with Kruthoffer noted the loss of a letter of this date; it was not published until 1932. - Provenance: in the "autograph collection of Mrs E[milie] Sch[aup] in Vienna" (cf. Komorn, p. 674) in 1932; in an unidentified "private collection" (cf. Badura-Skoda) in 1963. Includes old collection folder.
¶ Not in Kinsky (but cf. note p. 26). Not in Müller v. Asow (ed.), The Collected Correspondence and Papers of Christoph Willibald Gluck (1962). First published: Maria Komorn, Ein ungedruckter Brief Glucks, in: Zeitschrift für Musik 99 (1932), p. 672-675, at p. 674. Facsimile: Eva Badura-Skoda, "Eine private Briefsammlung", in: Festschrift Otto Erich Deutsch (Kassel 1963), p. 280-290, at fig. 5 and p. 282f.

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Luxurious Arabic grammar, intended for native speakers

Guadagnoli, Filippo. Breves arabicae lingua institutiones. Rome, Propaganda Fide, Joseph David Luna, 1642. Rome, Propaganda Fide, Joseph David Luna, 1642. Folio (220 x 316 mm). (12), 349, (1) pp., final blank f. With the Propaganda Fide's woodcut rectangular Jesus and Apostles device on the title-page, their round Jesus and Apostles device above the colophon, 1 woodcut tailpiece, 2 woodcut decorated initials (2 series), and numerous decorations built up from cast arabesque fleurons. Set in roman, italic and Arabic type with incidental Hebrew. Contemp. limp vellum with ms. spine title.

EUR 12,500.00

First and only edition of Guadagnoli's Latin grammar of the Arabic language, in a luxurious folio format. In 1632 the Propaganda Fide had begun work on an Arabic Bible that was not to be completed until 1671. Guadagnoli (1596-1656) was one of the correctors for the Bible and in the present grammar, set in the same type, he notes that they have taken special care with their Arabic setting and with the metre to suit them to the desires of native Arabic speakers, though the fact that the text was in Latin and the fact that it must have been an expensive book would have limited the audience: it is not the sort of book that missionaries would give away to common people. Erpenius's 1613 grammar, revised and reprinted several times, was aimed primarily at European scholars. The main text opens with a table of the letters, showing (from left to right!) the stand-alone, initial, medial and final forms, along with the name of each letter and its pronunciation. This gives an overview of the new Arabic Bible type. The texts used as examples include the first printing of two poems taken from manuscripts in the oriental library collected by Pietro della Valle (1586-1652) in Rome: the "Carmen Chazregiacum" and the "Carmen de invocationibus". The Arabic type may have been cut by the Propaganda Fide's in-house punchcutters for their Arabic folio Bible, whose Pentateuch was printed from 1632 to 1635 but distributed only in proof copies until the complete Bible was published in 1671. Occasional lines appear in their other books from 1636, but the present book uses it for the main Arabic text. It was to become the staple of their Arabic printing. The book also provides a synopsis of the Propaganda Fide's large Hebrew type (6 mm mem-height). - Some browning throughout; a few old ink markings to the margins; contemp. ownership "J. Venturi" on t. p. An important Arabic grammar intended for native speakers.
¶ Schnurrer 72. Smitskamp 220. Amaduzzi 11.

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Collection of Middle Eastern source texts on Russia

Hammer-Purgstall, Joseph von. Sur les origines russes. Extraits de manuscrits orientaux... adressés à Mgr. le Comte de Romanzoff, chancelier de l'Empire de Russie, dans une suite de lettres depuis l'an 1816 jusqu'à l'an 1825. St. Petersburg, Imprimerie de l'Académie impériale des Sciences, 1827. St. Petersburg, Imprimerie de l'Académie impériale des Sciences, 1827. Large 4to. VIII, 132 pp. With engr. title (dated 1825). Arabic texts at the end, following the French version. Contemp. green half roan, raised bands on spine with blind-stamped fillets.

EUR 3,500.00

Unique and uncommon edition of this collection of Arabic, Persian and Turkish texts mentioning Russia and its inhabitants. Sources include the works of Idrisi, Motenebbi, Abulfeda, Ibn Khaldun, Hajji Khalifa, etc., as well as the Quran. - The Austrian scholar Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall (1774-1856) was appointed to a position at the Austrian Embassy in Constantinople in 1799. One of the most prominent orientalists of the early 19th century, he is considered the first man to have initiated a genuine study of the Ottoman world based on the principles of critical scholarship. - Occasional foxing, insignificant wear to corners and leading edges. An appealing copy, wide-margined copy.
¶ Brunet III, 33.

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