The classic baroque manual on fireworks and military explosives

Furttenbach, Joseph. Büchsenmeisterey-Schul, darinnen die new angehende Büchsenmeister und Feurwercker... [...]. Augsburg, Johann Schultes, 1643. Augsburg, Johann Schultes, 1643. Small folio (205 x 307 mm). (14), 151, (1) pp. Title printed in red and black. With double-page-sized engraved frontispiece bound after the text, engraved portrait after the preliminaries and 44 numbered engraved folding plates (but fig. 9 on two plates, not conjoined). Edges sprinkled red. Contemporary half vellum over marbled boards.

EUR 4,500.00

Famous manual on artillery and fireworks, a revised edition of the author's "Halinitro-pyrobolica" from 1627 (cf. Lipperheide Qb 36). As common in the 17th century, fireworks as entertainments ("Lustfeuerwerke") and military explosives are treated jointly. The fine engravings by R. Custos, J. Custos, and M. Rembold show measuring devices, technical details of ordnance, and ballistic trajectories; the engraved plate before the introduction ("Reimenweise Erklärung", a rhyming narrative of the invention of gunpowder) shows the splendid portrait of the monk Bertold Schwarz at the supreme moment of discovery. Furttenbach (1591-1667) was architect and councilman in Ulm and author of various works on the subject. - Binding rubbed and scuffed; spine chipped. Paper lightly browned throughout. Title-page has contemporary ownership (noting that the book cost 4 guilders) as well as the later ownership of "Karl Schmidt", dated 1871. Last in the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel (1939-2015) with his handwritten and stamped ownership, dated 1974, to flyleaf.
¶ VD 17, 23:230397Z. Honeyman Coll. 1388. Jähns II, 998ff. Graesse II, 647. STC F 1372. Cockle 692. Bibl. Dt. Mus. Libri rari 109. Philip F 130.3. Lotz 30 & 129. Thieme/Becker XXVIII, 146.

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Gauermann, Friedrich, Maler und Graphiker (1807-1862). Eigenh. Skizzenbuch. Niederösterreich u. a. O., 1830-1831. Niederösterreich u. a. O., 1830-1831. 45 Skizzen (einige laviert) auf 23 Bll. Originaler Halblederband mit Deckeltitel "F. Gauermann's Skizzenbuch v. J. 1830".

EUR 4,800.00

Das Skizzenbuch enthält Baum- und Figurenstudien, Skizzen von Kühen in Ställen sowie Landschaftsskizzen. Einige davon sind datiert und beschriftet, u. a. "vom Ausflug mit Höger 1831. Oktober", "Mit Pollak und Höger 1831 im September", "mit Höger am 14. Oktober 1831 auf dem Rabenstein", "mit Höger im Thiergarten am 3. Dezember 1830". - Friedrich Gauermann unternahm mit seinen Schwägern, den Landschaftsmalern Joseph Höger (1801-77) und Wilhelm Pollak (1802-60), zahlreiche Reisen durch Österreich, wo Skizzen und Studien für spätere Ölgemälde angefertigt wurden. - Der Einband berieben und bestoßen, die Skizzen teils braun- und fingerfleckig und mit Klebeband im Mittelfalz fixiert.

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A seventeenth century jest book

Gent, T. S. Fragmenta Aulica. Or, Court and State Jests in... Noble Drollery. True and reall. Ascertained to their times, places and persons. London, printed for H. Marsh at the Princes Armes in Chancery-lane near Fleetstreet; and Jos. Coniers at the Black-Raven in the long walk near ChristChurch, 1662. London, printed for H. Marsh at the Princes Armes in Chancery-lane near Fleetstreet; and Jos. Coniers at the Black-Raven in the long walk near ChristChurch, 1662. 12mo. (10), 144, (12) pp. With engraved frontispiece (signed "John Chantry sculp."). Contemporary full brown calf with remains of a gilt spine-label.

EUR 2,800.00

First edition of this rare and curious jest-book which Hazlitt called a "collection of rather dull anecdotes in prose". The frontispiece represents "a man and a woman with an owl and a magpie at their feet" (ibid.), the woman's garment just exposing her nipples (an extreme décolletage not uncommon as late as the 17th century). The final 3 pp. contain adverts. Not to be confused with the more common (and much cheaper) "Fragmenta Aurea" by Suckling. - Small piece torn from the edge of B9 (not affecting text). A single small wormhole through frontispiece and title-page. Leather binding solid and secure; pastedowns unstuck. An old label at the base of the spine reads, "42/32". Complete as per ESTC. Generally a lovely, clean and pleasant copy.
¶ ESTC R200892. Wing S 161. Gibson 568. Hazlitt, Hand-book to the Popular, Poetical, and Dramatic Literature of Grait Britain (1867), p. 301, no. 19.

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Dead and buried in Tahiti

Girard, J[oseph de]. Des tombeaux, ou de l'influence des institutions funébres... sue les moeurs. Paris, F. Buisson, an IX (1801). Paris, F. Buisson, an IX (1801). 12mo. (4), 192, (4) pp. Contemporary French half calf over blue marbled boards with two giltstamped title labels to flat spine; remaining compartments covered with gilt red morocco labels. All edges sprinkled in blue to match boards.

EUR 250.00

First and only edition. - An intriguing work on tombs and the influence of funeral institutions over manners and morals, providing a comparative study of funeral rites and ceremonies, including discussions of China, Canada, Tahiti and Guyana. Girard defended the sentimental and historical value of the tombs which were criticised during the French Revolution. - Scarce; no copy recorded in the UK.
¶ OCLC 34122873.

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Inscribed by the author to the Count of Nesselrode

Godeffroy, Carl. Theorie der Armuth. Ein Versuch. Hamburg, Börsen-Halle, bei A. F. M. Kümpel, 1834. Hamburg, Börsen-Halle, bei A. F. M. Kümpel, 1834. 8vo. VI, 51, (1) pp. Contemporary full navy-blue morocco gilt with cover rules and gilt spine title and ornamentation. Leading edges and inner dentelle gilt. All edges gilt. White glossy endpapers.

EUR 1,800.00

First edition of this rare study of poverty, its various types and causes, and the best ways for the state to counter it. A second edition appeared in 1836. - Inscribed by the author on the flyleaf to the Russian statesman Karl Robert Graf Nesselrode (1780-1862): "Son Excellence, Monsieur le Comte de Nesselrode est priée de vouloir bien daigner accepter ce petit écrit comme un faible hommage de l'auteur. Hambourg, ce 22 Avril 1834". The Hamburg-born diplomat Carl Godeffroy (1787-1848), a childhood friend of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, served as resident minister at St. Petersburg from 1822 to 1832, representing the Hansa cities of Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen at the Imperial Russian c ourt, where he had known Nesselrode as the Russian vice-chancellor. - A few minute repairs and reinforcements to the inner hinges and inscription. A finely preserved presentation copy in a luxury binding.
¶ Stammhammer (Social-Politik) I, 206.

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169 plants explained and illustrated

[Herbarius]. Herbolario volgare, nelquale se dimostra a conoscer le... herbe [...]. (Venice, Francesco Bindone & Maffeo Pasini, June) 1536. (Venice, Francesco Bindone & Maffeo Pasini, June) 1536. 8vo. (12), CLXIX, (18) pp. With large woodcut title vignette and 169 woodcuts in the text. Later limp vellum with handwritten title to spine.

Third Italian edition of the 1484 Mainz "Herbarius", an anonymous compilation of classical, mediaeval and Arabic sources (first published in Italian in 1522 by the same printers, followed by one printed by Vassore in 1534). The herbal contains descriptions of numerous plants mostly found in Germany, focusing on their curative functions. They are organised alphabetically with each chapter dedicated to one plant and starting with a woodcut depiction of the same. The final chapter - the only one longer than a single leaf - discusses the medical benefits of wine and vinegar, containing an illustration of a wine cellar in the beginning. Since the herbal was intended as a medical reference book, it is prefixed by an alphabetical index of maladies referencing the corresponding chapters, thus enabling the reader more easily to find the required remedy. The title vignette shows the saints Cosmas and Damian, two scholars who practised medicine and suffered martyrdom under the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian. - A good, clean copy with minimal browning. Upper right-hand corners of the final two leaves torn away without loss to text. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel (1939-2015) with his handwritten and stamped ownership to the flyleaf, dated 1977.
¶ BM-STC Italian 325. Edit 16, CNCE 22580. Essling 1195. Sander 619. Pritzel 10765. Nissen (BBI) 2316. Not in Adams.



[Herzen, Alexander; pseud.:] Iskander. Kontsy i nachala. Iskandera s predisloviem autora. Norrköping, E. Biornström (in Kommission Trübner, London), 1863. Norrköping, E. Biornström (in Kommission Trübner, London), 1863. (2), IV SS., 1 w. Bl., 96 SS. Neueres marmoriertes Halbleder mit goldgepr. Rückentitel und Kopfgoldschnitt; der bedr. blaue Originalumschlag mitgebunden. 8vo.

EUR 3,000.00

Einzige Ausgabe der "Enden und Anfänge". Der russische Philosoph, Schriftsteller und Publizist Alexander Iwanowitsch Herzen (1812-70) ist vor allem bekannt für seine russische Exilzeitschrift "Kolokol" ("Die Glocke"), die in den Jahren 1865-68 in Genf erschien und zum zentralen zensurfreien Organ der revolutionären Demokratie wurde. - Von tadelloser Erhaltung.
¶ Nicht bei Stammhammer. OCLC 29435641.

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Hietzinger, Carl Bernhard Edler von. Statistik der Militärgränze des österreichischen Kaiserthums. Ein Versuch... [...]. Vienna, Carl Gerold, 1817-1823. Vienna, Carl Gerold, 1817-1823. Large 8vo. 2 parts in 3 vols. XX, 299, (135) pp. XII, 467, (1) pp. XII, 668, (8) pp. With 4 folding tables and 1 folding lithographed map of the Military Frontier. Contemporary giltstamped full calf with charmingly giltstamped spine; leading edges gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled pastedowns.

EUR 850.00

First edition. - Elaborate study of the "Militärgrenze" (Military Frontier), a borderland of Imperial Austria set up for national defence against the Ottoman Empire, by Hietzinger (1786-1864), a civil servant in the Court Council of War. "Of lasting historical value" (cf. Wurzbach). The map shows the area of the Military Frontier as well as the positions of the infantry and cavalry regiments stationed there. The folding tables provide details on the size and population density of the area, various 18th century organisational reforms, as well as temperature and minerals of the Baths of Mehadia (Baths of Hercules) in modern Romania. The first part was published with a dedication to Archduke Ludwig Joseph of Austria, a younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I. The index of subscribers in volume I, sometimes bound after the XX pp. of preliminaries, is bound at the end of the present copy. Author's initials and shelfmarks to the flyleaves of all three volumes. - A few paper flaws to the index of volume I, not touching text. A very well preserved, appealingly bound copy. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his stamped and signed ownership to flyleaves, dated 1977.
¶ Kayser III, 142. Wurzbach IX, 8f. (misquoting the title).

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From the estate of Abel Hugo: with autographs by Lucrezia Borgia, Gaetano Donizetti, and Victor Hugo

Hugo, Victor, French writer (1802-1885). A collection of three plays by Victor Hugo,... including "Lucrèce Borgia", enriched with additional collector's pieces, including a letter signed by Lucrezia Borgia, an autograph musical manuscript by Donizetti, and an original drawing by Victor Hugo. Paris, Eugène Renduel, 1832-1833. Paris, Eugène Renduel, 1832-1833. I) Lucrèce Borgia. 1833. (2), XI, (1), 192 pp. II) Le Roi s'amuse. 1832. (8), XXIII, (1), 183 pp. III) Marie Tudor. 1833. (6), IV, 214 pp. Each with frontispiece. All three bound in a single volume in slightly later half calf with giltstamped spine and marbled covers. A matching second volume contains: 1) Borgia, Lucrezia (1480-1519). Letter signed. Rome, 20 Nov. 1501. ½ p. Folio. 2) Hugo, Victor (1802-1885). Autograph ink caricature, mounted on backing paper. 10 x 13 cm. 3) Mocquard, Jean-François (1791-1864). Autograph letter signed. Paris, 15 Jan. 1853. 1 p. 8vo. 4) Fournier, Louis Edouard (1857-1917). Autograph drawing inscribed. 12.5 x 20.5 cm. 5) Donizetti, Gaetano (1797-1848). Autograph musical manuscript (fragment). 6 pp., ca. 33 x 12 cm. 6) Hugo, Victor (1802-1885). Two autograph instructions signed. 26 Dec. 1839 and 20 Feb. (no year). Oblong 8vo. 2 pp. Both volumes stored together in a matching calf-entry marbled slipcase.

EUR 75,000.00

A charming ensemble of three first editions of Victor Hugo's plays, each one inscribed by the author to his elder brother, the essayist and military writer Abel Hugo (1798-1855). When the set was auctioned at the sale of the library of the author's grandson Georges-Victor Hugo, it was acquired by Arthur Meyer, the director of the prestigious daily "Le Gaulois" and a passionate collector who was wont to enrich, or "truffle", his books with appropriate rare autographs and drawings. In this case, the addenda, bound in a matching half-calf volume, greatly surpass in value the works they accompany: 1) A precious letter by the Renaissance noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia, famous for her marriages and her affair with Pietro Bembo (signed "Lucretia Esteri de Borgia"), written in recommendation of Hector Beringero to the poet Antonio Tebaldeo (1463-1537), secretary to Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua (later Lucrezia's lover). Meyer had acquired this outstanding document from the collection of Alfred Morrison (cf. Catalogue of the Collection of Autograph Letters and Historical Documents Formed Between 1865 and 1882 by Alfred Morrison, 1883, p. 100). - 2) Almost equally striking is the original, highly expressive pen-and-ink drawing by Victor Hugo, showing the dark shape of a portly figure holding a candle (an illustration of Act III, Scene 1 of his 1843 play "Les Burgraves"), captioned by the artist in his own hand: "Mm. Mélingue criant: Caïn! de la Coulisse". In the original production, the actress Rosaline Mélingue had played the role of Guanhumara, providing the off-stage voice for the eerie scene. - 3) Also included is a letter by J.-F. Mocquard, chief-of-staff to Napoleon III, addressed to Auguste Romieu, the directeur des beaux-arts, concerning matters of theatrical censorship (including Hugo's play "Lucrèce Borgia"). 4) The associations are reinforced in an expressive charcoal drawing showing Victor Hugo reading to his brother Abel the first act of "Lucrèce Borgia", inscribed in pencil to the collector by the artist L. E. Fournier: "A M. Arthur Meyer très cordialement". 5) Finally, Meyer was able to include a fragment of Gaetano Donizetti's original manuscript of his 1833 opera "Lucrezia Borgia", which he had based on Hugo's play. 6) At the very end are two brief notes by Victor Hugo in which the author instructs his publisher Renduel to issue to the bearer copies of his works, including "Lucrèce Borgia". - Provenance: bookplates of Arthur Meyer and Jean Inglessi, as well as an additional monogrammed bookplate. Last in the collection of Pierre Bergé (1930-2017).

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Isaac ben Sheshet Perfet. Sefer Bar Sheshet. Lemberg, ba-defus shel Naftali Hirtz Grosman, 565 [1805]. Lemberg, ba-defus shel Naftali Hirtz Grosman, 565 [1805]. Folio (230 x 388 mm). (1), 164, (3) ff. Contemporary marbled half calf.

EUR 750.00

The Responsa of Rabbi Isaac ben Sheshet (Ribash), previously twice printed in the 16th century (in 1547 in Istanbul and in 1559 in Riva di Trento); Josef Karo claimed that his teacher Jacob Berab relied on these rulings more than on all similar authorities (cf. Jüd. Lex.). The Talmudic scholar Isaac ben Sheshet, who flourished in Spain and Algiers in the late 14th and early 15th century, was an expert on the philosophy of his time. He rejected Aristotle for being at variance with the Bible's teaching on creation and providence. - Binding rubbed and bumped at extremeties; interior browned and waterstained. Some edge defects near the end (without loss to text). Numerous contemporary and later ownerships and annotations to endpapers, mostly in Hebrew.
¶ Jüd. Lex. III, 46. OCLC 122960670, 234605190. Cf. Fürst II, 145 ("1808"). Steinschneider 5427.

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[Israel ben Chajim mi-Belgrad]. Limude ha-keri'ah oder Unterrikht im Lezen fir di... izraelitishe Yugend fon 3 biz 6 Jahren. Mit Kupfern. Zweite ferbesserte Oyflage. Wien, Anton Edler von Schmid, 1826. Wien, Anton Edler von Schmid, 1826. 8vo. 48 pp., printed in Hebrew letters throughout. With 8 engraved plates (six of which numbered in Roman numerals). - (Bound with) II: Neues ABC und Buchstabirbuch. Ibid., 1838. 48 pp. Both title-pages printed within ornamental borders. Contemporary marbled orange boards with giltstamped "ABC" label to spine.

Second Schmid edition of this rare Yiddish primer for three-to six-year-old reading and writing novices, with several blessings in Hebrew, letterpress and engraved specimens of Hebrew and German script, and 22 illustrations (mainly showing animals), discussed in the text, on six numbered plates. An additional engraved plate shows a paradisiacal scene of wild animals peacefully living together in the countryside. Previously published by Schmid in 1823, but earlier editions appeared in 1816 and 1807. The author Israel ben Chajim had come to Vienna in the early 19th century, escaping persecution in his native Serbia: "The incessant attacks on Jews and accusations that they had cooperated with the Turks, as well as killings, persecution and pillage forced most of the old inhabitants of the Jewish quarter to seek refuge outside Belgrade until the situation became at least somewhat settled. They moved to Temesvar, Pest and Vienna. Israel Ben Chaim, President of the Jewish community of Belgrade, also escaped to Vienna and worked there as an author, translator and lector in great demand" (Lebel, The Jews of Belgrade 1521-1942 [2007], p. 68). While the collation departs slightly from Vinograd's, who states 5 pages of preliminaries and omits to mention the plates, it agrees entirely with the only two traceable library copies (in the Frankfurt am Main University Library and the Bilderbuchmuseum Burg Wissem in Troisdorf). - Bound with this is another early Jewish reading and spelling book, also published by Schmid but in German throughout. Beside the usual edifying epigrams and stories it includes paragraphs on various exotic animals, the text of "Schma Jisrael" in German, and several sayings and teachings of traditional Jewish wisdom, some apparently taken from Isaac Abraham Euchel's collection of Polish Jewish prayers, first published in 1786. - Occasional light browning, somewhat more pronounced in the title-pages (glue-staining from the pastedowns). A few pencil annotations to the Hebrew letters on a single page. Spine-ends chipped, otherwise in extraordinarily good condition.
¶ Vinograd 621. Dt.-jüd. KJL, Nr. 1067. OCLC 1056850900.



Istituto di Paleografia dell'Università di Roma. Monaci, Ernesto (ed.). Archivio paleografico italiano. Rome, Domenico Anderson, 1910-1913. Rome, Domenico Anderson, 1910-1913. Royal folio (41 x 56 cm). 5 fascicles: nos. 33 (1910); 36 (1911); 38 (1912); 39 (1912); 41 (1913), comprising all 63 plates forming vol. IX. Mostly double-page-sized heliotypes, each with accompanying letterpress descriptive leaf. All in their original printed blue wrappers.

EUR 350.00

All the 63 massively sized plates forming volume IX of the "Archivio paleografico italiano" series, showing mediaeval Italian royal charters. - Edges of the original wrappers somewhat frayed. Light duststaining but altogether clean. From the library of the Austrian historian Emil von Ottenthal (1855-1931), a student of Theodor von Sickel, professor at the University of Vienna and longtime board member of the MGH, with his ownership stamps.
¶ OCLC 1839428. ZDB-ID 400694-x.

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A Viennese merchant visits Crimea: the first unabridged and illustrated edition

Kleemann, Nikolaus Ernst. Reisen von Wien über Belgrad bis Kilianova, durch... die Butschiack-Tartarey über Cavschan, Bender, durch die Nogev-Tartarey in die Crimm, dann von Kaffa nach Konstantinopel, nach Smirna und durch den Archipelagum nach Triest und Wien, in den Jahren 1768, 1769, und 1770. Nebst einem Anhange von dern besondern Merkwürdigkeiten der Crimmischen Tartarey. Zweyte und vermehrte Auflage. Leipzig, Johann Paul Krauß, 1773. Leipzig, Johann Paul Krauß, 1773. 8vo. (8), 280 pp. With 11 views on 9 folding engraved plates. Contemporary boards with giltstamped spine label.

EUR 2,000.00

Second edition of the Viennese merchant's travelogue, the first unabridged edition and also the first to contain the fine engraved illustrations. Kleemann (1736-1801) gives a detailed account of his travels from Vienna to Crimea, on to Constantinople, Izmir (Smyrna) and Trieste until reaching his destination, Kiliya (Kilianova) in the Ukraine, then an important merchants' city in the Danube delta. The plates include views of Kiliya, Kavschan and Caffa, while also depicting the Iron Gates, the Dardanelles and the seraglio in Bakhchysarai. The principal part of the volume is dedicated to descriptions of the places visited en route, providing insights into the everyday life of an 18th century traveller. In the appendix, the author discusses the type of government in Tartary, the relations between the nobility and the Khans in Crimea, nutrition, jurisdiction, religion and economy, concluding with information on Turkish measurements, weights and currency. The final pages contain a translation of the first page of the firman issued for Kleemann, allowing him to travel without let or hindrance and waiving all tolls. - Paper slightly brownstained, otherwise well preserved. Provenance: Unidentified early 19th century monogram stamp to title page. Later in the library of the Swedish collector and goldsmith Christian Hammer (1818-1905) with his bookplate on front pastedown; ultimately removed from the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel (his ownership stamp, dated 1977, to front pastedown).
¶ VD 18, 10541721. Wurzbach XII, 37. Weber II, 561. Chatzipanagioti-Sangmeister 488.

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Koehler, Johann David. Descriptio orbis antiqui in XLIV tabulis exhibita. Nuremberg, Christoph Weigel, [ca 1720]. Nuremberg, Christoph Weigel, [ca 1720]. Folio. With engraved title and engraved table of contents, 40 numbered engraved double-page maps, including one world map, and 4 numbered engraved double-page plans, all in original hand colour. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards with gilt stamped spine title.

EUR 3,500.00

A well-preserved copy of this 18th century atlas of the classical world, containing maps of remarkable quality, skilfully coloured. Beginning with a map of the entire ancient world and one of Europe, it includes several European countries as well as Asia and Africa, with maps of Arabia, Persia, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt. The plans show the cities of Rome, Athens, and Jerusalem as well as the camp of the Israelites in Sinai. Bringing up the rear, maps no. 43 and 44 provide an overview of the political situation in Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia in the 5th century. The cartouches surrounding the maps mostly consist of numismatic elements, some also containing figural depictions. An illustration of the Titan Atlas constitutes the centre of the engraved title. - Wants the engraved dedication and portrait. Contemporary ownership of M. Elias to flyleaf. Binding slightly rubbed, hinges starting. Paper slightly browned; margins of the flyleaf, the title-page, the index and of maps 19-27 more noticeably waterstained. One large crease to the table of contents. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his signed and stamped ownership, dated 1979, to the pastedown.
¶ Phillips 31. For the map of Arabia: Al Ankary 138. Historical Atlas of the Persian Gulf (2006) 98. Al-Qasimi (Maps 1493-1931) 129. Not in Tibbetts.

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Lazius, Wolfgang. Chronica oder historische Beschreibung der weitberühmten Kayserlichen Hauptstadt... Wienn in Oesterreich. Darinnen derselben Ursprung, Adel, Obrigkeit und Geschlechter außführlich erklärt werden, auch sonst viel remerquable Sachen begriffen [...]. Frankfurt am Main, Philipp Fievet, 1692. Frankfurt am Main, Philipp Fievet, 1692. Folio (200 x 309 mm). 4 parts in one volume plus an appendix and index. (10), 8, (2), 31, (1) pp.; 56; 60 (recte 64) pp.; 52; 68, (32) pp. With additional engraved title-page. Title-page printed in red and black. All edges sprinkled red. Contemporary full vellum with giltstamped title label to spine.

Rare second German edition of the history of Vienna by the physician, cartographer and philosopher Lazius (1514-65), originally issued in Latin and "considered the first scholarly history of Vienna" (cf. Durstmüller), as well as "the basis of further research on town history" (cf. Czeike). Translated by the headmaster of a Viennese school, Heinrich Abermann (1583-1621), the first German edition appeared in 1619, rendering Lazius's work quite popular. The chronicle is organised in four books, treating, inter alia, the origins of the city's name, its role as a seat of nobility and bishops, as well as its rulers and administration. In addition, the chronicle lists office holders, such as town councillors and judges, but also mentions catastrophes such as city fires. Also includes annotations to each book, as well as an index. The engraved title-page shows a portrait of Emperor Leopold I, the saints Stephen and Leopold, and a city view of Vienna. Bound with the chronicle are a few additional handwritten pages: 8 pages listing bishops of Vienna between pp. 62f. of book III, and 2 pages listing city treasurers between pp. 46f. of book IV. With 18th century ownership by Theodor Hase "and friends" ("Theodori Hasaei D. et Amicorum") to the title-page; likely the jurist Theodor Hase (1718-89; cf. Rotermund, Bremen). - Binding slightly stained, small flaws to title label. Paper slightly brownstained in places. Small tear in pp. 51-54 of book III (without text loss); a paper flaw in pp. 63f., rebacked and text supplied in a contemporary hand, but torn with loss. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to flyleaf.
¶ VD 17, 39:128480Z. Gugitz I, 3. Czeike I, 5; III, 699. Slg. Mayer 276. Durstmüller I, 99. Slg. Eckl IV, 373. Graesse IV, 130. Cf. Mayer, Wiener Buchdruckergeschichte I, 215.



[Lotterie]. Sammlung von vier kaiserlichen Patent- bzw. Mandatdrucken. Wien, 1762-1808. Wien, 1762-1808. 1) Maria Theresia. 8 SS. Folio mit Papierstreifenrücken. 16.1.1762. - 2) Joseph II. 4 SS. Folio. 21.10.1787. - 3) Franz II. (I). 7 SS. Folio. 5.10.1805. - 4) Franz II. (I). 6 SS. Folio. 9.6.1808.

EUR 850.00

Hübsche Sammlung zur österreichischen Lotteriegeschichte. Nachdem Maria Theresia 1751 das "Lotto di Genova" in den Erblanden eingeführt hatte, erhielt Graf Ottavio Cataldi von der Niederösterreichischen Regierung ein zehnjähriges Privileg zur Ausübung des Lottogeschäfts; die erste Ziehung fand am 21. Oktober 1752 auf dem Augustinerplatz (später auf dem Neuen Markt) statt. Unter Assistenz von vier Beamten wurden aus einem Glücksrad öffentlich fünf Nummern gezogen und die Gewinne gegen Vorweisung des "Lottozettels" in der Mehlgrube ausbezahlt. 1773 übernahm Josef II. das Lotto in die Eigenregie des Staates, weil er auf diese Weise die Spielleidenschaft der Bevölkerung unter Kontrolle zu bringen hoffte (vgl. Czeike). Die Lotterie sollte sich auch unter der österreichischen Kaiserkrone großer Beliebtheit erfreuen. - Die vorliegende Sammlung umfasst: 1) Maria-Theresianisches Privileg für Graf Cataldi, das Lottogeschäft von 1762 bis 1770 weiterzubetreiben; 2) Josephinisches Lotteriepatent, mit dem das Lottogeschäft nach Auslaufen des Privilegs Andreas Barattas auf eigene Rechnung der Staatskasse übernommen wird; 3) Gründungspatent für zwei Lotterien zur Finanzierung der Napoleonischen Kriege; 4) Verbot des Betriebs ausländischer Lotterien oder sonstiger Glücksspiele zwecks Schutz des staatlichen Lottogeschäfts. - Wohlerhalten.

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The whole Luther in contemporary pigskin

Luther, Martin. Der erste (-achte) Theil aller Bücher und Schrifften.... Zum andern mal gedruckt. Jena, Donat Richtzenhayn, Thomas Rebart, Rebarts Erben, Christian Rödingers Erben, 1557-1580. Jena, Donat Richtzenhayn, Thomas Rebart, Rebarts Erben, Christian Rödingers Erben, 1557-1580. Folio. 8 vols. With 8 woodcut title vignettes and 8 woodcuts in the text. Contemp. blindstamped pigskin bindings over wooden boards, some monogrammed and dated, some with preserved clasps.

EUR 15,000.00

Second Jena edition of the collected works (in various impressions for various publishers), edited by Amsdorf, Aurifaber, Rörer, Soltz and others. Each volume begins with a brief introduction and an index (a complete index was separately published by Timotheus Kirchner in 1564). Includes: vol. 1 (Richtzenhayn/Rebart 1564), vol. 2 (ibid. 1563); vol. 3 (Richtzenhayn 1573), vol. 4 (ibid. 1560), vol. 5 (Rödinger's heirs 1557), vol. 6 (Richtzenhayn/Rebart 1568), vol. 7 (Rödinger's heirs 1558), vol. 8 (Rebart's heirs 1580). For the woodcuts monogrammed "PG" in vols. I-VII cf. Nagler (Monogrammisten) IV, 2967, 14. Vol. VIII shows the three Saxon Princes with their coats of arms and a 12-line verse encomium, "Des Luthers Bücher gros und klein". The pretty blindstamped bindings show roll-tools and platestamps, various dates and monogrammes. This set was assembled by the Saxon theologian Dr. Carl Friedrich Bonitz (1775-1835), preacher of the afternoon mass at the Leipzig University Church in 1800, then active in Langensalza from 1802 onwards (and superintendent in 1809). His autograph ownership is on the flyleaf of each volume (dated 1807 in the first). Among Bonitz's works are studies in the Pauline epistles and a "Geschichte der Lutherischen Religions- und Kirchenverbesserung" (1805). - Some browning throughout; occasional slight waterstaining; bindings rubbed. Altogether a well-preserved made-up set from the library of a Saxon protestant theologian of the early 19th century.
¶ VD 16, ZV 24 1682, L 3355, L 3381, L 3349, L 3330, L 3367 or ZV 21399, L 3336 and L 3389. Aland 572ff. Goedeke II, 151. Cf. BM-STC German 534 (another made-up set).

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Mediaeval poem on corals and gemstones, attributed to an Arab king

[Marbod of Rennes]. Evax, King of Arabia / Heinrich von Rantzau (ed.). De gemmis, scriptum Evacis regis Arabum. Leipzig, Georg Deffner, 1585. Leipzig, Georg Deffner, 1585. 4to. (108) pp. With woodcut title vignette and 7 woodcuts in the text (one full-page). Modern calf using the remains of a 16th century binding with blindstamped rules and roll-tools. Edges red.

EUR 4,500.00

Rare 16th century edition of this poem on gemstones, ascribed to the legendary Evax, king of Arabia, and sometimes entered in bibliographies accordingly (cf. BM-STC or Thorndike I, 776), though in fact written by Marbod, the bishop of Rennes, in the late 11th century. The book, which survives in more than sixty manuscripts, was first printed in Vienna in 1511 as "Libellus de lapidibus pretiosis"; the present Leipzig edition is only the third to attribute authorship to King Evax on the title-page. Sources include Pliny, Isidore of Seville, Origines, Orpheus, and Solinus. "In short, Marbod's work briefly describes 60 gemstones, which number includes several that are not now considered to be in that category, and gives for each their magical and medicinal virtues" (Sinkankas, p. 665). They include mythical stones, mineral species such as emeralds, onyx, magnets, carbuncles, hematite, asbestos, etc., with numerous varieties of quartz, stones coming from the body of an animal, and several other hard substances that are not really minerals at all, among which is coral, described as "a stone that lives in the ocean, forming branches like wicker" (E3v). - "One of the questions connected with this work is whether it is by Marbodus or by an Arab called Evax. It has arisen because the poem opens with an allusion to a person of that name. Lessing does not see why Evax should not have written a work on precious stones, or why Marbod should have said that his poem was extracted from Evax's work, if it were not so. Reinesius thinks Marbodus made himself the interpreter of Evax" (Ferguson). Today, all scholars "agree that Marbod was the true author and Evax an invention" (Sinkankas). The present editor, the German humanist Henrik Rantzau (1526-98), was an associate of Tycho Brahe. At the end of the book he includes an illustrated genealogy of his own family. He "states that the poems of Marbod are here issued completely for the first time 'as far as he knows', although this is not the case" (ibid.). - Rather severely browned throughout; several 17th century underlinings and marginal annotations. Gutter repaired and completely rebound in the 20th century with modern endpapers but using old material for the covers.
¶ VD 16, M 935 (R 878). BM-STC German 291. Sinkankas 4179. Ferguson II, 74. Not in Adams.

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Ex Libris Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg

Maria von Rumänien (Maria of Yugoslavia). Traum und Leben einer Königin. Leipzig, Paul List Verlag, (1935). Leipzig, Paul List Verlag, (1935). 8vo. 391, (1) pp. With portrait frontispiece. Publisher's giltstamped blue cloth.

EUR 850.00

First German edition; previously published in English as "The Story of My Life" and translated by the author. - From the library of the German diplomat Friedrich Werner von der Schulenburg (1875-1944), one of the conspirators against Hitler, with his handwritten ownership "Berlin 3. 12. 1935" on the title-page and date "Bln. Dezemb. 1935" on the flyleaf; his bookplate is on the front pastedown. For his involvement in the tragically failed plot of 20 July 1944, Schulenburg was executed on November 10. - A finely preserved copy.

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[Militärgeschichte]. Richt-Schnur und Observations Puncta, sowohl in Militar, Ceremoniel... als Oeconomicis deß löblichen General Feld Marschall Graf Daunischen Regiments zu Fuß, deren man sich in Feld, Guarnison, Stand-Quartieren und zu allen vorfallenden Begebenheiten zu gebrauchen und genauest nachzukommen hat. O. O., letztes Drittel 18. Jh. 369 num. SS. und 4 SS. Register. Mit einigen Tabellen im Text und 2 Faltplänen mit aquarellierten Federzeichnungen. Lederband der Zeit. Rückenvergoldung mit Titelschildchen. 8vo.

EUR 2,500.00

Feldmarschall Leopold Joseph Graf von Daun hatte nach dem Frieden von Aachen (1748), der den Österreichischen Erbfolgekrieg beendete, eine Reform der österreichischen Streitkräfte eingeleitet, wofür er schon auf sein eigenes, 1739 von ihm für sein Regiment eingeführtes Reglement zurückgreifen konnte. Das äußerst umfangreiche Manual seines eigenen Infanterie-Regiments "Graf Leopold Daun" behandelt in (lt. Register) 80 Kapiteln umfassend die Gepflogenheiten, Abläufe und Vorschriften im militärischen Alltag der Musketiere, Zimmermänner, Krankenwärter, Trommler, Pfeifer, Fouriere, Korporale, Fähnriche, Hauptmänner, Proviantmeister u. dgl. m. "Vor allen Dingen", so heißt es über den Musketier, "solle er Gottes-Förchtig sein, zu aller Andacht fleißig, willig und ohne allen Murren gehen, damit Er in allen seinen Thuen und lassen des Jenigen Seegen, und Heyls Sich theilhaftig mache, den Gott der Allmächtige denen Jenigen versprochen, so ihn förchten und anrufen, da er in Gegentheil alls Unglück, und Unstern zu besorgen, und zu gewarten hat, Er solle sich nach diesen eines ehrlichen und redlichen, auch aufrichtigen Lebens Wandel befleißen; nicht Gotts-lästern, fluchen, schnorren, und alle liederliche Gesellschaft [...] meyde; darbey solle er frisch, freudig, munter, behertzt, unverdroßen, geduldig, willig gehorsam, friedlig, und einig sein, sich nicht allein miteinand wohl vertragen, sondern sich auch unter einander brüderlich lieben, und Einer dem andern keine Spitz-Nahmen oder Stichreden geben, noch von etwas (so vormals vorbey gegangen wäre) einig Vorwurf thuen [...]" (S. 51). - Die eine Falttafel zeigt die "völlige Chargierung" des Regiments, die andere die "würcklich auffgeschlagenen Laager" des Regiments. - Stellenweise gering fleckig, der Einband beschabt.

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Dedication copy for Prince Metternich

Mislin, [Jacques]. Les saints lieux. Pélerinage à Jérusalem, en passant... par l'Autriche, la Hongrie, la Slavonie, les provinces danubiennes, Constantinople, l'Archipel, le Liban, la Syrie, Alexandrie, Malte, la Sicile et Marseille. Paris & Lyon, Gyot Frères, 1851. Paris & Lyon, Gyot Frères, 1851. Large 8vo. 2 vols. (2), IV, 447, (3) pp. (4), 490, (6) pp. With 9 (2 folding) lithogr. plates. Contemp. stamped calf with cover fillets; spine and leading edges gilt; gilt inner dentelle; white silk endpapers. All edges gilt. Signed "J. Hutter".

EUR 5,000.00

Inscribed copy for Prince Metternich in contemporary signed master bindings, including a manuscript by Metternich bound within vol. 1. - First edition of this classic travel report, narrating an 1848 journey from Vienna to the Holy Land via Budapest and Constantinople. Library label of Prince Clemens Wenzel Lothar von Metternich (1773-1859) on front pastedown; flyleaf inscribed by the author: "A Son Altesse, Le Prince de Metternich. Hommage respecteux de l'auteur. Vienne, le 15 mai 1852. Mislin". Below this, there is a later note by the author: "Le Prince a ma demande m'a rendu cet exemplaire lorsque je lui en donnai un de la seconde édition. Mislin. Vienne, le 25 Décembre 1857". In addition, vol. 1 contains a bifolium bound after p. 140, with 2½ pages of autograph notes by Metternich about the conflict between Christians and the Druze people, analysing the influence and interests of France and England in this dispute (with Mislin's confirmation of authenticity). "Mislin's writings show the signs of scholarship and they profit from their excellent style" (cf. Tobler). - Occasional insignificant browning, otherwise very finely preserved provenance copy in a splendid binding for one of the 19th century's pre-eminent statesmen. The Aboussouan copy (2nd ed. only) commanded £1,600 at Sotheby's in 1993.
¶ Röhricht 2177. Tobler 178f. (both "1852"). Cf. Aboussouan 647 (2nd ed. 1858). Weber I, 577 (1860 German ed.). Not in Blackmer or Atabey.

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An Arabic work on alchemy, quoted by Goethe

Morienus (Romanus). De transfiguratione metallorum, et occulta, summaque antiquorum philosophorum... medicina, libellus. [Chrysorrhemon]: sive de arte chymica. Hanau, Wilhelm Antonius, 1593. Hanau, Wilhelm Antonius, 1593. 8vo. 79, (1) pp. - (Bound after) II: Mock, Jakob. De causis concretionis et dissolutionis rerum quarundam, tam extra quam intra corpus humanum. Tractatio historica, philosophica et medica, secundum veterum ac recentiorum placita descripta, & in tres partes distributa. Freiburg im Breisgau, Martin Böckler, 1596. (16), 288, (14) pp., final blank leaf. Contemporary full vellum; lacks ties.

EUR 6,500.00

Final and best 16th century edition of this alchemical work originally written in Arabic, the first edition having appeared at Paris in 1559. The legendary Byzantine monk Morienus is said to have gone to Alexandria to study with the Arabian scholar Adfar, whose favourite student he became. Subsequently settling in Jerusalem as a hermit, he devoted his life to the hermetic arts before he learned that Khalid, the Sultan of Egypt, "was desirous to find some one who could interpret for him the writings of Hermes and of Adfar" (Ferguson II, 109). Morienus supposedly went to Egypt and instructed Khalid in the art of creating the elixir for the philosopher's stone. "The ultimate fate of Morienus is unknown, but his conversations with Kalid must have been committed to writing, and they may have come to the West about the time of the Crusades. They were in Arabic, but to make them available they were translated into Latin in February, 1182, by Robertus Castrensis, with a short preface" (Ferguson). No Arabic sources have been discovered, for which reason the attribution has been considered apocryphal, but the author does use chemical terminology with Arabic roots, such as "al-natron". The book marks the beginning of western preoccupation with alchemy, previously almost entirely unknown in mediaeval central Europe, and even Goethe quotes from it in his "Theory of Colours". - II: Bound first is a rare medical work by Jakob Mock, professor at Freiburg and a good friend of Fabricius Hildanus. This would seem to be part 1 only (caption title: "De aquarum quarundam affectionibus ratione coagulationis vel indurationis & dissolutinis, & alias"); no more published. - Unidentified 19th century library stamp to front pastedown. Covers slightly warped; long yapp edge of the vellum binding trimmed away along lower half of the book. Interior lightly browned, some light, mainly marginal spotting and brownstaining, a few darker spots occasionally affecting letters. Old handwritten ownership of "Claudius Cuppinius" on title-page of Mock's work, with an additional note in the same hand, dated 1691, on the flyleaf.
¶ I: VD 16, M 6354. Wellcome 4458. Neu 2849. Duveen 413f. Schmieder, Geschichte der Alchemie, p. 123. Brüning 646. Mellon Collection 50 (illustrated p. 160). Cf. Ferguson II, 108f. Not in Adams or BM-STC German. - II: VD 16, M 5707. BM-STC German 623. Adams M 1528. Durling 3199. Wellcome 4372. Jöcher III, 563.

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One of the earliest editions of the Cosmographia

Münster, Sebastian. Cosmographiae universalis lib. VI. Basel, Heinrich Petri, (March 1559). Basel, Heinrich Petri, (March 1559). Folio (220 x 328 mm). (24), 474, (4), 475-476 pp, 477-480 ff., 481-608 pp., 609-612 ff., 613-1162, (2) pp. (complete thus). With woodcut title border, Münster's portrait on the verso, printer’s device on the final page by Urs Graf, 14 maps (11 double-page and 3 triple-page) as well as 37 double-page views and approximately 970 woodcuts in the text (including repeats). Contemporary full calf on six raised double bands with gilt central oval ornaments and corner fleurons to both covers; spine sparsely gilt.

EUR 28,000.00

An early edition of Münster’s monumental work. The Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster (1488-1552), the German cartographer and cosmographer, was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. The most highly valued of all cosmographies, it passed through 24 editions within 100 years and was of principal importance for reviving the interest in geography in 16th century Europe. In spite of its numerous maps, Münster's Cosmography is largely a work of historical geography and history, and it was thus that it soon became the most popular work of its kind throughout Europe - not only in Germany, but also in France (where it saw several editions), Italy, and Bohemia. "The Latin edition, more scientific in many respects, was intended for the scholars in all of Europe" (cf. Burmeister, p. 14). - In good condition, with some frequent but slight waterstaining. A few near-contemporary underlinings and annotations, some in red ink. Binding rubbed, chafed and bumped. Provenance: handwritten ownership of Carl Isaak Rothovius, dated 1649 (possibly related to Isaacus Rothovius [1572-1652], the bishop of Turku, who oversaw the first complete translation of the Bible into Finnish). Late 18th century engraved armorial bookplate of the naturalist and Swedish civil servant Mathias Benzelstierna (1713-91), who studied with Carl Linné and became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1786.
¶ VD 16, M 6718. Burmeister 90. Hantzsch 77.33. Adams M 1911. Sabin 51382. Graesse IV, 622. Cf. Borba de Moraes II, 90f. Not in BM-STC German.

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The Prophet, the Pope, and Jesus compared (the Prophet comes in second place)

Musculus, Andreas. Beider Antichrist, des Constantinopolitanischen, und Römischen, einstimmig und... gleichförmig Leer, Glauben, und Religion, wieder Christum den Son deß lebendigen Gottes. (Frankfurt an der Oder, Johann Eichorn), 1557. (Frankfurt an der Oder, Johann Eichorn), 1557. 4to. (96) pp. Title-page printed in red and black with half-page title woodcut. Modern half snakeskin by J. Franklin Mowery over cloth covers with giltstamped spine label.

First edition of this barbed treatise that compares non-Protestant religions with the Lutheran doctrine. - The German theologian Musculus, brother-in-law of Johannes Agricola, was professor at Frankfurt an der Oder. He spent most of his life quarreling with his colleagues, including his teacher Melanchthon, and authored numerous highly polemical works. "Musculus considered it his duty to call out the wickedness and moral corruption of his age; hence the substantial number of brief, popular treatises in which he criticizes lords and nobles, citizens, rich and poor folk alike [...] In the present book, he compares in 27 chapters Muhammad and the Pope (whose doctrines are described in similar terms) with Christ in his divine word and life [...] He goes on to draw parallels between his two antichrists, compared with the truth and divine glory of the Lord, and yet the Arabian prophet is shown in more favourable light than the Pope, whom he cannot abuse enough. A severe censor of morals, Musculus does in fact often hit the nail on the head and evidences much humour, in spite of being sometimes rather coarse and rough. From this booklet a fine anthology of expletives and swearwords might easily be drawn" (cf. Spieker). Notorious also for its lurid title vignette, depicting a massacre of Christian infants by Turkish soldiers. - Paper browned and brownstained as common; a few archival remarginings to the early leaves. Handsomely bound by J. Franklin Mowery, with his label on the lower inside cover. Mowery studied bookbinding with Kurt Londenberg at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, and paper restoration with Otto Wachter in Vienna, before taking office as Head Conservator at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. He is known for his unusual snakeskin bindings. - Extremely rare: this edition not offered for more than a century (last in Anderson's Galleries' 1916 catalogue of Rare Books, cat. 1238, lot 440). A copy of the second edition (Erfurt, 1559) was sold by Hauswedell in 1965.
¶ VD 16, M 7122. BM-STC German 638 (variant: "Beyder"). Cf . Spieker, Musculus, pp. 203-205. Not in Adams.



[Napoleonica]. - [Lullin de Châteauvieux, Frédéric]. Handschrift, auf unbekannte Art von St. Helena gekommen.... Aus dem Französischen. Mit Anmerkungen und einer Nachschrift vom Professor Krug aus Leipzig. Leipzig, Wilhelm Rein & Co., 1817. Leipzig, Wilhelm Rein & Co., 1817. 100 SS. - (Beigebunden) II: [Schlegel, August Wilhelm von (Hg.)]. Interessante Staatsschriften und Briefe, aufgefangen von Streif-Partheien der vereinigten Armee von Nord-Deutschland. Herausgegeben mit einer Vorrede und Anmerkungen. Erster Teil [= mehr nicht erschienen], die das französische Reich betreffenden Stücke enthaltend. Hannover, bei dern Brüdern Hahn, 1814. XVIII, 230 SS. Mit 3 Falttabellen. - (Beigebunden) III: [Hussell, Ludwig]. Leipzig während der Schlacht im Monat Oktober 1813 als Beytrag zur Chronik dieser Stadt. Leipzig, Baumgärtner, [1814]. 124 SS. Marmorierter Pappband der Zeit mit zwei goldgepr. Rückenschildchen in rot und grün. 8vo.

EUR 450.00

Hübscher Sammelband aus drei seltenen, anonym veröffentlichten deutschen Schriften zu den Befreiungskriegen, darunter eine von Schlegel. - I: Zweite Auflage der deutschen Erstausgabe. Die geheimnisvolle "Handschrift" soll "von Bonaparte geschrieben oder von einem vertrauten Freunde" als Rechtfertigung verfasst worden sein. In ihr gibt Napoleon "einen Abriss jener Begebenheiten (meiner Regierung), weil mein Charakter und meine Absichten ungeheuer entstellt werden, und ich so, wie ich gewesen ... erscheinen will". "Freimütig" gibt er darum Auskunft "über seine Meinungen, Beweggründe und Handlungen". Der Philosoph und Übersetzer W. T. Krug weist nach, dass die Schrift wegen ihrer vielen Gedankensprünge, Inkonsequenzen und Widersprüche nicht von Napoleon selbst stammen könne. Bevor Lullin de Chateauvieux als Autor ermittelt war, wurde sie Charles Tristan Comte de Montholon, aber auch B. Constant, E. J. Sieyes, Madame de Staël und schließlich einem gewissen Bertrand, einem Verwandten Simeons, zugeschrieben. - II: Erste deutsche Ausgabe der politisch-militärischen Dokumentensammlung, herausgegeben vom romantischen Sprachphilosophen A. W. Schlegel, der sich schon 1813 aus dem Exil an der antinapoleonischen Publizistik beteiligt hatte. Behandelt die "Familie Napoleon und wichtige Staats-Angelegenheiten", "Diplomatik", "Allgemeine Polizei", "Militair-Dienst", "Ministerien des Innern und der Finanzen" sowie "Auszüge aus Privatbriefen, aus Paris und aus dem Innern in das große Hauptquartier der französischen Armee". Die großformatigen Tabellen zeigen Truppenpläne sowie eine Aufstellung zur Kaiserlichen Garde. - III: Erste Ausgabe des Berichts von Leipzig während der Völkerschlacht, verfasst von Ludwig Hussell (1772-1845), preußischem Regierungssekretär zu Merseburg. - Einband an Ecken und Kanten etwas berieben; am Vorsatz Inhaltsverzeichnis von zeitgenöss. Hand sowie Notiz zur Verfasserschaft des ersten Werks.
¶ I: Fromm 15637. Barbier III, 58. Holzmann/B. II, 8719. ADB XVII, 220ff. - II: Fromm 6949. Holzmann/B. IV, 3527. - III: Hamberger/Meusel XVIII, 241. Kircheisen 384.

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A Letter from the King of Thailand to Maurice of Orange

[Newe Zeitung - Thailand]. Nova ex India (Zeitung auß India). Transladt van... eenen brieff yeschriebe te Hout in by den Conninck van Syam yesondne aen Syn Excl Mauritjo de Nassau. No place, [1608]. No place, [1608]. Folio (210 x 335 mm). 1 p. Dutch manuscript (a regular cursive hand in brown ink) on paper, watermark "STRVB" (probably the papermill founded by the printer Leonhard Straub in Aach near Rorschach in 1582). Written space ca. 180 x 240 mm.

An important and early document relating to the history of the Dutch East India Company: the Dutch translation of a letter of King Ekathotsarot of Siam to Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange. The original letter was presented to Maurice by a Siamese embassy that reached the Hague in 1608. - The first Dutch merchants had visited Siam in the early 17th century; in 1608 King Ekathotsarot (Sanphet III) was the first ruler of Thailand to send an embassy to Europe. In September the mission reached the court of Maurice of Orange in the Hague. Maurice, stadtholder (steward) of the Dutch Republic, here addressed as "Connick van Hollant" (or King of Holland), was presented with various gifts as well as with King Ekathotsarot's letter, of which a translation is here provided. "It proved the beginning of a relationship with the Dutch East India Company that was to last for more than 160 years. It was not long before new European inventions such as telescopes and binoculars reached Siam" (cf. Gerroldt, Politik und Monarchie in Thailand II, 67). The news of the Thai embassy created a sensation throughout northern Europe, of which the present handwritten newspaper gives rare evidence. - Very minor spotting, a few minor cracks at the folds, but finely preserved.


To facilitate and make more transparent the trade with Turkey

[Ottoman-Austrian Trade Agreement]. Handlungseinverständniß zwischen dem kaiserl. königl. Hofe, und der... ottomanischen Pforte zum Vortheile der österreichischen Handlung unter dem Namen Sined, oder Einverständnis geschlossen den 24. Hornung 1784. Wien, (Baumeister for) Sebastian Hartl, 1785. Wien, (Baumeister for) Sebastian Hartl, 1785. 8vo. 276 pp. With a folding table printed on both sides. Early 20th c. half cloth over marbled boards with giltstamped spine title.

EUR 1,500.00

First edition. - Contains the text of the Trade Agreement of 24 March 1784 as well as earlier similar treaties: trade and shipping accords closed as part of the Treaty of Passarowitz in 1718, articles concerning trade as part of the Peace of Carlowitz in 1739, and the 1783 trade engagement between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. The extensive final section (pp. 165ff.) contains tables of the prices for various products manufactured in Austrian factories "to facilitate and make more transparent the trade with Turkey", giving prices for a vast array of wares, such as mirrors, crockery, silverware, boxes and cases, toys, cloth and socks, etc.). - Title-page stained and wrinkled with and old Hungarian stamp and paper flaws (rebacked with insignificant loss), some further staining to fol. G1, otherwise a very good copy.
¶ Kress p. 5073. Wernigg 5849.

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Inscribed to the Queen of Portugal

Owen, Robert. The book of the new moral world, containing... the rational system of society, founded on demonstrable facts, developing the constitution and laws of human nature and of society. London, Effingham Wilson, 1836. London, Effingham Wilson, 1836. 8vo. XXXII, 104 pp. Contemporary green cloth with goltstamped title to upper cover and spine.

EUR 18,500.00

First edition of the manifesto of Utopian Socialism. Parts II to VII would not appear until 1842-44. - Inscribed by the author to Queen Mary II of Portugal on the front flyleaf: "To Her Majesty / the Queen of Portugal / Presented by the Author". The engraved arms of the Portuguese royal family on front pastedown. Uncut as issued, a very pretty copy.
¶ Williams 47. Kress C 4213. Goldsmiths' 29743. Stammhammer I, 164 ("1820" in error).

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The Kloss copy: with marginal notes formerly described as the handwriting of Philipp Melanchthon

Persius Flaccus, Aulus / Murmellius, Johann (ed.). Nova co[m]me[n]taria in Persium. A. Persii Flacci satyrae... co[m]plusculis, quibus scateba[n]t, mendis repurgate, cum ecphrasi et scholiis Joa[n]nis Murmellii Kuremu[n]densis. M[a]rtialis sepius in libro memoratur persius uno quam totus magna Marsus Amazonide. Cologne, Heinrich Quentel (heirs), September 1517. Cologne, Heinrich Quentel (heirs), September 1517. 4to. XL, (1) ff. (several errors in foliation, but complete, lacking only final blank). Decorated initials. 19th century boards (spine repaired).

EUR 7,500.00

First edition thus of the satires of Persius, published but a month before the death of the editor, Murmellius. The work is preceded by a short biography of Persius, taken from Petrus Crinitus. Finely printed in a small "lettre bâtarde", including some Greek type, with legenda in the margins for the comments, and the main text printed in a slightly larger type, with the lines set widely apart. Georg Kloß copy, with his bookplate on the front pastedown and the relevant catalogue clipping from his sale (described as bound with an additional work) pasted above. The Frankfurt physician Georg Franz Burkhard Kloß (1787-1854) was also a noted historian of freemasonry. His rather notorious sale was held at Sotheby's in London in 1835. This volume contains long 18th c. notations on the title-page about the rarity of this edition as well as a contemporary humanist's extensive marginalia in Latin from fol. C1v to D2r, then again on D5v and D6v (slightly trimmed at rebinding), mostly pertaining to the text, but also to the commentary. These early handwritten annotations were boldly attributed to Melanchthon by Samuel L. Sotheby in his 1835 catalogue of the Kloß library, an unsustainable notion against which the collector himself spoke out clearly (cf. G. Kloß, Ueber Melanchthons angebliche Handschriften, welche in dem Catalogue of the Library of Dr. Kloss verzeichnet sind, in: Serapeum 2 [1841], no. 24, p. 369-377). In his monumental account of Melanchthon research throughout the centuries, Wilhelm Hammer provided similarly critical reviews of Sotheby's relevant publications: "[Wimmelt] von Sach- und Druckfehlern [...] Die hier zusammengestellten 'Privatexemplare' [Melanchthons] entsprechen nicht den Tatsachen [...] Eine höchst unsinnige Veröffentlichung" ("Abounds with factual and setting errors [...] The 'private copies of Melanchthon' here assembled are not in accordance with fact [...] A deeply misguided publication", cf. Die Melanchthonforschung im Wandel der Jahrhunderte 36 [1968], pp. 96 & 110). Subsequently in the collection of Cosmo (Cosmas) Nevill, Esq. of Holt, Leicestershire, with his 19th century engraved bookplate. Nevill would have acquired the book from the Kloß sale. - Some browning and minor dampstains. Pasteboards rubbed, extremeties bumped, spine professionally restored, as is a tear in the title page. Final index leaf H3 repaired by an early owner with loss of text (colophon on verso preserved). A slight wormtrack in top margin of H1 and H2 repaired (with slight text loss to H2). Very rare; only two copies located in North America (at Ann Arbor & Columbia); none in Britain.
¶ VD 16, P 1610. Schweiger 708. Panzer VI, 377.270. Moreau/Renouard V, 254. Sotheby's, Catalogue of the Library of Dr. Kloss, of Franckfort a. M., Professor (auction catalogue, London 1835), no. 2507 (this copy: "Melancthon's copy, with marginal notes"). Not in Adams or BM-STC German.

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An instrument invented by Peurbach

Peurbach, Georg. Quadratum geometricum praeclarissimi mathematici. Nuremberg, Johann Stuchs, 1516. Nuremberg, Johann Stuchs, 1516. Folio. 10 unnumbered ff. Title printed in red and black with full-page woodcut of the instrument in question (repeated on f. 2v) and numerous woodcut diagrams. Modern half morocco over red boards.

EUR 15,000.00

First edition of one of the rarest works by the Austrian astronomer and instrument maker. The "Quadratum geometricum", a new geodetic measuring instrument, was invented by Peurbach himself, and its use is here described for the first time. - From the library of Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp, signature and acquisition date (1977) to front pastedown. Previously in the collections of Count Wladyslaw Hrabia Bielinski and Zygmunt Czarnecki, with their stamps to title. Rare, only a single copy recorded at auction within the last 60 years.
¶ VD 16, P 2054. Adams P 2270. BNHCat P 943.

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