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William Tyndale

Published by Martin Emperowr (de Keyser) (1534)

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Item Description: Martin Emperowr (de Keyser), 1534. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Tyndale’s Bible of 1534 (Herbert 13) Tyndale’s Bible of 1534;- Published in Anwerp by Martin Emperowr (de Keyser) 1534;- 850 pages, two title pages;- The Ne-we Testament, dyly/ gently corrected and / compared with the Greke by William Tindale: and fynes-/ shed in yere of ou/re Lorde God. / A.M.D. & xxxiiij. / in the moneth of/ Nouember. Original 16th, century vellum binding, scruffy and battered copy, creased corners as to be expected but it appears to be all there. Size 4 inches by 5 3/4 inches, by 3 inches thick;- a small 8vo. A once in a lifetime to own one of the rarest Bibles in the world. The Tyndale Bible of 1534, that Tyndale, himself worked on. No other Copies have come on the market complete. None as far as I know are in private hands, except this complete Bible. Fairly clean throughout, with old hand written notes on a few pages. Many illustrations to the last 100 pages. A full page contains 33 lines. References, subject-headings, and notes- a few of the last in roman type-appear in the margins. There are Prologues ( Chiefly based on Luther’s ) to all the Epistles; that before Romans fill 34 pages. The Woodcut border of the first title page is framed with a blank shield at the base. That of the second title differs slightly, and the shield bears three graving tools and the initials M K, i.e. Martin de Keyser. The 39 woodcuts include small cuts of the Evangelists, the Day of Pentecost SS.Paul, Peter, James, and 22 larger illustrations to illustrate the Revelation. Herbert 13;- 17 preliminary leaves;-first title ( within woodcut border), on verso begins W. T. unto the Reader ending with notes on Repentaunce and Elder;- Second Title, blank before page, verso The Bokes conteyned in the newe Testament;- and finishes on The TableThe ende of this boke, reverse blank. Old hand-written notes to final blank in old english as are all the other hand-written notes throughout. A carefully revised edition of Tyndall’s New Testament of 1525;- Herbert’s 13. In a second address to the reader Tyndale defends with much spirit his own translation against the pretended corrections of Joye, and quotes for the purpose of identification the “tytle” of Joye’s unauthorised 16o. edition of August 1534. Two revised versions were later published in 1534 and 1536, both personally revised by Tyndale himself. Tyndale's Pentateuch was published at Antwerp by Merten de Keyser in 1530. His English version of the book of Jonah was published the following year. This was followed by his revised version of the book of Genesis in 1534. Tyndale translated additional Old Testament books including Joshua, Judges, first and second Samuel, first and second Kings and first and second Chronicles, but they were not published and have not survived in their original forms. When Tyndale was martyred these works came to be in the possession of one his associates John Rogers. These translations would be influential in the creation of the Matthew Bible which was published in 1537. Tyndale used a number of sources when carrying out his translations of both the New and Old Testaments. When translating the New Testament, he referred to the third edition (1522) of Erasmus’s Greek New Testament, often referred to as the Received Text. Tyndale also used Erasmus' Latin New Testament, as well as Luther’s German version and the Vulgate. Scholars believe that Tyndale stayed away from using Wycliffe's Bible as a source because he didn’t want his English to reflect that which was used prior to the Renaissance. The sources Tyndale used for his translation of the Pentateuch however are not known for sure. Scholars believe that Tyndale used either the Hebrew Pentateuch or the Polyglot Bible, and may have referred to the Septuagint. It is suspected that his other Old Testament works were translated directly from a copy of the Hebrew Bible. He also made abundant use of Greek and Hebrew grammars. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15288960534

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. DECORATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON PARCHMENT, Northwestern Germany (Liesborn Abbey?), c. 980-1000. 304 x 242 mm. 169 folios, complete (collation, i8 [3 and 6 are single] ii8 iii6 iv-vi8 vii8 [-8, canceled with no loss of text] viii-x8 xi8 [-4, canceled with no loss of text] xii-xiii8 xiv6 xv-xxi8 xxii8 [-5 through 8, canceled with no loss of text] xxiii6 [-5 through 6, canceled with no loss of text] xxiv2), first seventeen quires signed, written in brown ink in caroline minuscule by two scribes in 24 long lines, with the capitulare evangeliorum copied by the second scribe in a smaller script in 37 long lines (justification, 268-250 x 175-170 mm.), ruled in hard point, rubrics and running titles in rustic capitals in red, THIRTEEN PAGES OF CANON TABLES IN ARCADES, columns with bases and foliate capitals, some shafts with simple interlace and other decoration, ruled in red and heightened with yellow, five pages with text in large square capitals, INCIPITS TO THE GOSPELS IN LARGE LETTERS DECORATED WITH LEAFY SCROLLS AND INTERLACE, drawn in red and heightened with yellow, references to the Ammonian sections in the margins of the Gospels. BINDING: Late fifteenth-century treasure binding, likely modeled on original binding, with thick wooden boards (flat with square edges and corners), upper board with recessed CARVED RECTANGULAR RELIEF OF THE CRUCIFIXION AND THE FOUR EVANGELISTS’ SYMBOLS in large roundels at the corners, gesso with polychrome and gilded decoration, back cover of blind-tooled and -stamped brown leather, with metal cornerpieces and central boss and two metal fasteners, spine rebacked, housed in blue leather vertical case. TEXT: Medieval Gospel Books are among the most famous and precious of all medieval manuscripts. Considered the physical embodiment of the Word of God throughout the Middle Ages, these books were kept in church treasuries and carried ceremoniously to the altar during Mass. Gospel Books include the complete biblical texts of each of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, often accompanied by Canon Tables, as they are here. By the Middle Ages, public reading of the Gospels took place at each Mass. The final text in this Gospel Book is a list of the Mass readings for the liturgical year, a capitulary or capitulare evangeliorum. This is an expansively laid-out volume that would have been very easy to use for liturgical reading. Later evidence of use includes a Pater noster diagram now on the first page of the book. PROVENANCE: Written at the end of the tenth century in Westphalia in Northwestern Germany, as suggested by script and decoration, probably at Liesborn Abbey. The second scribe signed his name, Gerwardus, in a simple code. This is the only known manuscript to have belonged to Liesborn Abbey when it was a convent for female religious, before it was re-founded in 1130 as a community for Benedictine monks; a dedicatory poem on p. 2 dedicates the manuscript to Berthildis, who may have been abbess at the convent. This book remained at Liesborn when it became a Benedictine monastery; recorded in the 1219 and 1795 catalogues of Liesborn’s library. Acquired by the university library in Münster after the abbey was suppressed in 1803; recorded at the library in 1821. Belonged to Dr. Ludwig Tross, professor at Hamm, in Westphalia, in 1826; his note on the front pastedown. Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps, who purchased it in 1830 from Tross; his MS 4735. Sold by his heirs, the Fenwick family, to Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, Philadelphia. Belonged to Countess Estelle Doheny, one of the greatest female book collectors in the United States, who purchased it from Rosenbach in 1950. Belonged to Martin Schøyen, Oslo and London, whose collection has been described as one of the largest private manuscript collections of the twentieth century; his MS 40. Idda Collection, Switzerland. Full description and photographs available. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15446171444

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Flann O`brian / Myles Na Gcopaleen

Published by Cahill & Co, Dublin (1943)

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Item Description: Cahill & Co, Dublin, 1943. Card Wraps. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. This book has been STOLEN from us!!!! please check if you are offered this, it had a written description our code MY and cat 2599 written on the first endpaper Just a few marks & light stains on the original printed white card covers of this now rare publication by Flann O`brian . 80pp. Size: 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. From Paidraig Morans Library Author/Translater. Bookseller Inventory # 002599

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GOULD, John.

Published by -1888 (1831)

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Item Description: -1888, 1831. 12 folio works in 44 volumes, complete with 3158 fine hand-coloured lithographs by Elizabeth Gould, William Hart, Edward Lear and Henry Constantine Richter. All first editions, except for one expanded second edition as stated, comprising: A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains, 1832, 80 plates; The Birds of Europe, [1832-]1837, 5 vols, 448 plates; A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans, 1834, 33 plates; Icones avium, or figures and descriptions of new and interesting species of birds from various parts of the world, 1837-[1838], 18 plates; The Birds of Australia together with the Supplement, [1840-]1848-1869, 8 vols, 683 plates; A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America, [1844-]1850, 32 plates; The Mammals of Australia, [1845-]1863, 3 volumes, 182 plates; A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-Birds together with the Supplement, [1849-]1861-1887, 6 vols, 418 plates; Birds of Asia, 1850-1883, 7 vols, 530 plates; The Birds of Great Britain, [1862-]1873, 5 vols, 367 plates; A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons, 1875, second edition, 47 plates; The Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands, 1875-1888, 5 vols, 320 plates. All with fine contemporary bindings, most in full or half green morocco. A fine set of Gould's studies of birds in attractive contemporary bindings. John Gould was not only one of the most distinguished ornithologists of the nineteenth century, he was also a brilliant artist and highly skilled publisher. Over a period of fifty years he brought these energies together, dominated the field of ornithological discovery, and produced folio works of unrivalled beauty and scholarship. Each work he conceived, researched (often by extensive travel in hazardous conditions) and wrote. For the lithographic plates he composed the subjects, did rough drawings of great perception, and personally supervised the completion of the plate by his wife and other artists. And not least, having brought the work into being, he subscribed, distributed and sold the copies to the most discriminating audience of the day - from royalty to the leading natural history institutions and scholars in Great Britain, Europe, America, and Australia. "All ornithologists are not artists. Many artists are not successful businessmen. In the field of natural history the accomplishments of this man in his 76 years of life from 1804 to 1881 are truly monumental. No other ornithologist has ever exceeded (or will ever exceed) the number of Gould's bird discoveries and the magnitude and splendour of his folio publications" (Gordon Sauer, John Gould the bird man). These publications were amongst the most lavish and luxurious publications of the nineteenth century. The sets were produced in small numbers at great expense. Each set or monograph would have been considered a great treasure of the library. To have a virtually complete set, as here, would have been a notable achievement, and this remains the case today. The works are all very focused, and in the texts Gould refrains from any mention of politics, religion, society, or history. Just the occasional remark on shooting or fishing interrupts the ornithological matter. Indeed when not organizing and directing his great publishing projects, Gould was a keen angler, and would sit for long periods on the bank, smoking a cigar, stalking his trout, and no doubt thinking what great work he could initiate next. The set includes all ten of his major ornithological works, alongside the Icones avium, a two part supplement to his earlier works, and The Mammals of Australia. The inclusion of the second rather than first edition of A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons is desirable given it was "in reality a new publication, all the plates having been redrawn, and many new species figured for the first time" (Gould, Preface). It is essentially a completely new work with re-written text, and including 12 new species. Similarly the. Bookseller Inventory # 90342

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Stevens, Wallace

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Item Description: Non-Book. ORIGINAL ART WORK. The collection consists of twenty-seven works of art that Wallace Stevens purchased, starting in 1931, while living in Hartford, Connecticut, mostly through the Parisian bookdealers Anatole and Paule Vidal. Included are the still life by Tal-Coat that inspired "Angels Surrounded by Paysans" and Marchand's "Les Oliviers", alluded to in "Connoiseur of Chaos". The collection also contains a Georges Braque color lithograph "Nature Morte III: Verre et Fruit", pulled by Braque himself, an oil painting by Bombois, entitled "Le Loiret a Olivet", a Kandinsky lithograph, a Renoir sketch, a pair of 19th century miniature jade carvings of Pekingese dogs, a Chinese woodcarved "Shouxing", and a Korean scroll "Flowers and Birds" and a "Portrait of Emperor Chenghua". In addition there are two portraits of Stevens. ; 8vo; In addition to the original art belonging to Wallace Stevens, his very own over-sized walnut bed and matching armoire, his mahogany writing desk and chair, his ornate writing secretary, an exquisitely carved bedside stand, plus additional personal furnishings are included in this offering, including lamps with Asian motifs, Chinese tea tins and many other objects, including his pocket watch and pillbox. Our hope is that a research institution/museum will acquire this monumental collection and will dedicate an entire room for a permanent exhibition of the art that inspired his poetry, which in turn, inspired many great American artists of the mid-Twentieth Century. See references to Stevens' art purchases in "Letters of Wallace Stevens" edited by Holly Stevens. See "The Modernist Response to Chinese Art: Pound, Moore, Stevens" (Virginia, 2002) by Zhaoming Qian for Stevens' interest in Asian art in the article "Stevens as Art Collector" pp. 155-166 which includes photographs of the carving, the scroll, and the Portrait of Emperor Chenghua. Included, too, is a copy of nearly every book that Stevens wrote and the very rare "Stevens Family Portraits" and "Stevens Family" which he had commissioned to be done for him. Also refer to MacLeod's "Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism" (Yale,1993). In addition, there are numerous articles written about Stevens and his interest in painting. Use keywords "Wallace Stevens" and "art" in Google and be dazzled by his influence! Provenance: Wallace Stevens-Elsie Stevens-Holly Stevens. IMPORTANT NOTE! ! The correct price for this collection is $2,200,000. Bookseller Inventory # 2556

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Item Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. Oldest Book - from 605-562 B.C. Large Clay Cylinder of Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon 605-562 B.C. Royal Proclamation of his re-building-to-perfection efforts of the Temple E-barra/E-ulla at Sippar (in ancient country of Babylonia). Nebuchadnezzar II was famous for: The Tower of Babel, The Stepped Pyramid (Ziggurat) & The Hanging Gardens, etc. All for his God Marduk. 8 1/4" high, filled with cuneiform writing. Full translation & documentation included. Fine original condition, no damage. $1,750,000. (One million seven hundred fifty thousand). Bookseller Inventory # 000028

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BRUNI, Leonardo.

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Item Description: Hard cover. Illuminated manuscript on vellum. France, Paris, ca. 1450. 330 x 230 mm., 1, 72, 1 leaves, vellum. Collation: I-IX8, catchwords and text complete, possibly lacking an opening bifolium with table of contents. Ruled in red ink for two columns for 34 lines (written space: 205 x 105 mm.), written in black ink in Littera batarda, rubricated in red 32 small miniatures above large 3-4 line initials each with gold bar and delicate border decoration in gold and colors. Slight wear to border f. 1, a few original medieval repairs have come unstitched. Prickings visible, very wide, uncropped margins. Some slight smudges but otherwise in very fine condition. Binding: end of the 15th — early 16th-century, panelled leather, blind stamped (including a roll stamp, with fleur-de-lys, crowned fleur-de-lys, and a crowned dolphin), with metal corner & centerpieces, the two clasps engraved with the letter "A," 19th-century paper label with title on spine (upper joint split). Old label on spine: "Guerre Punique L.B. Aretino 1440 mss." Red morocco case. Paper paste-down and vellum fly-leaf, both front and back.PROVENANCE:1. The text originated in Paris in 1445, where Jean Lebègue (1368-1457) was greffier of the Chambre des Comptes from 1407; the style of the illumination is Parisian. At end, f. 72r: old provenance inscription erased.2. A loose 19th-century note in French gives a provenance from the library of the Comte Charles d’Oultremont (1753-1803), sold in Antwerp, April 26th, 1830, actually the sale of his widow Anne-Henriette, Comtesse d’Oultremont (1757-1830); P.H. Carpentiers, Catalogus van eene fraye verzameling historische, letterkundige, boeken, nagelaten door wylen mevrouwe de gravin douairière d’Oultremont, waer van de verkooping zal plaets hebben op maendag 26 April 1830). They remain one of the oldest noble families of Belgium. 3. Samuel Ashton Thompson-Yates: loose letter to "Dear Yates," datable to 1884 or later, with related British Museum request slips (Thompson and Bright: A Family of Bibliophiles, see also New York, PML, M 266).TEXT:Jean Lebègue, Histoire de la première guerre punique: ff. 1-2v: translator’s prologueff. 3-4: author’s prologueff. 4-50v: Book Iff. 51-72: Book II The Florentine humanist Leonardo Bruni (ca. 1370-1444) compiled his account of the First Punic War (264-241 B.C.) to replace the lost second decade of Livy’s great Roman history. Bruni’s text, written over a period of almost three years (1419-21), was translated some twenty years later from Latin into French by Jean Lebègue to supplement the translation of Livy made earlier by Pierre Bersuire. Bersuire dedicated his translation to Jean II le Bon, King of France and the revised edition to Charles V. King Charles had employed several translators to produce French versions of classical Latin texts and is often seen as having been responsible for the transformation of French into an "intellectual" language. Bersuire had translated all of Livy then known. In his prologue Lebègue wrote that he translated "conforming as best I could to the manner of frère Pierre Berchoire " (Hedeman 2006, p. 184). After he had finished his translation of the supplement, Lebègue continued to revise his work for independent circulation too. This version, finished in 1445, was dedicated to Charles VII of France (Pons 2002, pp. 95-125). Subsequently, Lebègue’s Histoire de la première guerre punique circulated both through its absorption into historical compilations (Arlima lists five mss.) and in its own right (Arlima lists ten manuscripts, plus five more in the Schoenberg database). Jean Lebègue was a humanist and functionary at the royal chancellery, and a bibliophile himself. Some fifty of the books in his library are still extant (Ouy 2006). In addition to his other activities, Lebègue was an amateur scribe and an employer of scribes (Ouy 2006, p. 145). Interestingly, he also devised an iconographical program for his translation of Sallust’s Conspiracy of Catiline and the Jugurthi. Bookseller Inventory # JHABES4788

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KEULEN, Joannes van (1654-1715) and Gerard van KEULEN.

Published by T'Amsterdam: Gerard van Keulen, 1706. (1706)

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Item Description: T'Amsterdam: Gerard van Keulen, 1706., 1706. 2 volumes. Folio (25 4/8 x 15 6/8 inches). 2 engraved allegorical frontispieces HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, and 175 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE double-page engraved charts ALL WITH ORIGINAL HAND-COLOUR IN FULL, including 19 folding ("Oost Indien" and first "West Indische Paskaert" cropped at upper edge, second "West Indische paskaert" cropped at lower edge, one or two maps backed on japan paper). Contemporary Dutch speckled calf gilt, each cover decorated with borders of gilt roll-tools with armillary sphere tools at each corner, and central medallion of Atlas carrying the world. Provenance: each chart with manuscript title in French. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND COMPLETE COPY, with only one other atlas with 160 charts to appear at auction in the last 30 years. With 175 charts, coastal profiles, and plates, and as such ONE OF THE LARGEST SEA ATLASES COMPILED BY THE HOUSE OF VAN KEULEN. An intermediate state between Koeman Keu 20B (dated 1695 and containing 160 charts) and Keu 28 (dated 1709 and containing 185 charts), of which this atlas shares 110 and 135 respectively. Johannes van Keulen established himself in Amsterdam in 1678 and in 1680 he obtained a privilege from the States General of Holland and West Friesland allowing him to print and publish maritime atlases and shipping guides. This privilege, which protected against the illegal copying of printed material, was especially important for the cartographer's atlases, which were produced with extensive initial costs. Van Keulen named his firm "In de Gekroonde Lootsman" (In the Crowned Pilot), and began collaborating with cartographers Claes Janz Vooght and Johannes van Luyken. The firm would go on to become one of the most successful publishing firms in Amsterdam; and produce "the largest and finest marine atlases in Holland" (Koeman). In this atlas the five navigational books are divided by large double-page folding maps rather than allegorical frontispieces. All of the 19 folding maps are rare, but of particular interest are the "West Indische Paskaert" (two copies) first issued by Willem Blaeu in ca 1630, and of landmark importance as the first "sea chart depicting North America on the Mercator projection" (Burden). The "Oost Indien" or chart of the East Indies is a particular rarity. It was first published by Pieter Goos in ca 1660, and extends from the Cape of Good Hope to Japan: "a complete survey of Dutch expansion in the East Indies and takes into account Tasman's two voyages of exploration" (Schilder). Van Keulen's first atlas was his "Zee Atlas" with about 40 charts. "The culmination in the development of Dutch pilot books was reached with the publication of "De Nieuwe Groote Lichtende Zee-Fackel " in 1681.The work was immediately recognized as superior to anything else on the market and enjoyed a considerable reputation for accuracy and detail" (Martin & Martin, 11). On the death of Joannes in 1704 the firm passed to his son, then his grandson, and on the death of Cornelis Buys van Keulen the name of the firm "was altered after much palaver into Gerard Hulsst van Keulen. The surviving son conducted the publishing business with more ambition than before. A considerable number of books appeared in the period 1778-1801. Greater activity was developed in the cartographic branch and new issues of the "Zee-Fakkel" again saw the light" (Koeman page IV 279). Truusje Goedings, renowned expert in Dutch colourits of the 17th-century, writes of this copy: "Though we have no documents, the Van Keulen firm must have offered its atlases coloured. They introduced a decorative but less detailed, more economic and functional style of colouring for their marine-atlases, favouring a broad approach with an overall or extra large border colouring for the land-regions in flat but often very bright hues of mainly rosa, pink, light yellow and green , without specifying details such as mountains, woods etc.; watersurfaces were generally left blank. This style of colouring was brought to its height around. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib385

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CICERO, Marcus Tullius

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Item Description: Wesminster William Caxton, 1481. The Caxton Cicero The Fine Berkeley - Sion College Copy [CICERO, Marcus Tullius.] [CAXTON, William, printer.] Here begynneth the prohemye upon the reducynge both out of latyn as of frensshe in to our englyssh tongue of the polytyque book named Tullius de senectute. ["Of Old Age" and "Of Friendship"] Westminster: William Caxton, 1481. Editio princeps in English. Two parts in one folio volume. Complete but for two blanks: 118 (of 120) leaves, lacking blanks 1 and 72, and retaining blank 11. Complex and ornate Flemish lettre batarde for the text (type 2*), a bold English black letter for some proper names (type 3); rubricated, capitals painted red, and red underscores and paragraph-marks. 271 x 192mm (11 x 8 inches). 29 to 32 lines plus directional lines. Modern blindtooled reddish goatskin to antique style, with clasps and catches, by Bernard Middleton. Old red edges. The translation of Cicero's "Of Old Age" was made anonymously for the historical Sir John Fastolf (1378?-1459, who became the model for Shakespeare's Falstaff). The other translations are by the learned and clever, but notoriously cruel, John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester (1427?-1470). Caxton himself, as was often the case, supplied a prefatory note. An outstanding, textually complete, fully signed and dated book by England's first printer, printed in his most astonishingly beautiful and complicated type. This book is also the earliest printed translation of any Latin Classic into English. The text type in which this beautiful volume is printed was cut by Johann Veldener shortly before Caxton moved from Bruges to England, and appears here in a modified and fully developed state. It reflects the best scribal practices of the Burgundian court hands, and may have been modeled on the hand of the scribe Colard Mansion, who took over some of Caxton's equipment on the latter's departure from Bruges. The type possesses the unusually high total of 217 sorts, and is one of the most complex and remarkable of the fifteenth century. The copy at hand is the fine copy presented to Sion College by Lord Berkeley, and was rebound by the renowned British conservator Bernard Middleton in the late 1970s. It is one of the largest copies known. The first leaf is inlaid with trifling loss (restored) to four letters. A few marginal notes in a contemporary hand. A few marginal defects, nicely restored. A few pentrials, most notably on 2i1 where a few letters are affected. An excellent copy overall. [bound with:] BONACURSIUS de Montemagno. Declamation of Noblesse (De vera nobilitate). Hain-Coppinger 5311. Duff 103. De Ricci 31.10 (this copy). Oates 4875. GW 6992. Goff C-267. HBS 65287. $1,350,000. Bookseller Inventory # 65287

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PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (after 83 - ca 168 AD).

Published by Ulm: Lienhart Holl, 1482. (1482)

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Item Description: Ulm: Lienhart Holl, 1482., 1482. Folio (16 x 11 2/8 inches). 133 leaves. 32 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE DOUBLE-PAGE WOODCUT MAPS, WITH MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL COLOUR, including the deepest richest blue of lapis in the oceans, typically used in the earliest issues before the expense became a problem, woodcut historiated and Maiblumen initials, ornamental woodcut borderpieces, woodcut diagrams in the text, rubricated throughout with capital strokes and paragraph marks, and several missing initials supplied, with delicate yellow washes on text headings (one or two closed marginal tears). 17th-century Italian gold-panelled vellum, with small tooled supr-libros of Cardinal Altieri, the future Pope Clement X (hinges expertly strengthened); modern vellum backed cloth clamshell box. Provenance: Contemporary ownership inscription of Pietro dal Verme (?died 1485) at the head of the first page of text; insignia of Emilio Lorenzo, Cardinal Altieri (1590-1676) the future Pope Clement X (1670-1676); the library stamp of Prof. Victor Goldschmidt of Heidelberg; Robert L.B. Tobin (died 2000), Patron of the Arts, his sale Cartographic Collection Sotheby's 7th December 1999, lot 302 . THE FIRST ATLAS PRINTED IN GERMANY, THE FIRST ATLAS MADE FROM WOODCUT BLOCKS, THE FIRST TO CONTAIN HAND-COLORED MAPS AND THE FIRST MAPPING OF THE WORLD BY A NAMED CARTOGRAPHER The text of Claudius Ptolemy's "Cosmographia" was translated into Latin from the original Greek by Jacobus Angelus and was first published, in Renaissance times, at Vicenza (1475), Bologna (1477) and Rome (1478). The sumptuous edition published at Ulm in 1482, however, far surpassed all earlier efforts and remains one of the most important publications in the history of cartography. This is the first redaction of the 'Geography' to be printed outside of Italy, the earliest atlas printed in Germany, the first to depart from the classical prototype to reflect post-antique discoveries, the first to be illustrated with woodcuts rather than engravings, and the first to contain hand-colored maps, the design and execution of which were ascribed to a named cartographer, and the first to incorporate the five modern maps by Nicolaus Germanus. The Ulm edition, moreover, was the first to depart from the classical prototype by expanding the atlas to reflect post-antique discoveries about the size and shape of the earth. To the canonical twenty-seven Ptolemaic maps were added five "modern maps" of Spain, France, Italy, the Holy Land and northern Europe. The world map is of particular interest as it is the first to be signed, by Johannes Schnitzer of Armsheim, who in trade mark fashion has reversed every capital N, and inadvertently provided two Tropics of Cancer. This map is the first to be based on Ptolemy's second projection, in which both parallels and meridians are shown curved to convey the sphericity of the earth. Schnitzer, furthermore, updated the Ptolemaic world picture by incorporating improvements that were probably based on a manuscript of the 1470s by Nicolaus Germanus (ca 1420-1490), a Benedictine monk of Reichenbach Abbey in Bavaria, who is depicted in the first illuminated letter of the atlas presenting his book to the dedicatee Pope Paul II. One notable addition is a rudimentary depiction of Scandinavia to the north, within an extension of the map's top border. This is also the earliest printed map to show the northernmost reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The world map, moreover, embodies what is perhaps the most readily apparent feature of the Ulm Ptolemy: its beauty. Though printed outside Italy, the paper this magnificent atlas was printed on was imported from Italy, and payment made in part by complete copies of the finished atlas. It is therefore not surprising that many copies known have an early Italian provenance: including this copy, which is from the distinguished library Pietro dal Verme, probably the Count dal Verme di Sanguinetto, Lord of Vigevano, and general of Milan under, and son-in-law to, Galeazza Maria Sforza, Duke. Bookseller Inventory # 000422

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AUDUBON, John (1785-1851) and Rev. John BACHMAN(1790-1874).

Published by New York: J.J. Audubon (--V.G. Audubon), 1845-1848. (1848)

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Item Description: New York: J.J. Audubon (--V.G. Audubon), 1845-1848., 1848. 4 volumes, oblong folios of "elephant" broadsheets (555 x 712 mm). 3 lithographic title-pages and 3letterpress contents , 150 hand-colored lithographic plates after John James and John Woodhouse Audubon, with backgrounds after Victor Audubon, by J.T. Bowen. Contemporary French red morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt-paneled in six compartments, titled "Histoire Naturelle" in the second and numbered in the fourth compartments. Condition: plate CXXIX misnumbered CXXIV, plate XLVI spotted, XLVIII and XLIX with light oil spot to fore-edge margin, LXI with small light stain, LXII creased along gutter with short tear to upper edge, moderate soot-staining to LXXVI, most plates with faint line of soot spotting to extreme edges, titles and contents faintly browned, old newspaper clipping pasted to one contents leaf; joints rubbed with some minor exposure along board edges. Provenance: J. R. Welsh (old stamp to titles and contents); with Nico Isreal, 1978, $29,000. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN COLOR PLATE WORKS, bound for a French client. In the 1830s, as the final plates were being completed for John James Audubon's monumental "Birds of America" series, the artist began to gather material for his second and equally ambitious undertaking. Planning to complete the definitive study of American wildlife, Audubon set out to document the animals of North America, and to present them in a format as impressive and sweeping as that he used for his birds. The result of the artist/naturalist's years of field research, travel, and seemingly endless study was the "Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America", the outstanding work on American animals produced in the 19th-century. The artist's enthusiasm for "The Quadrupeds" was unbounded. In 1840, Audubon wrote to his friend and collaborator John Bachman, "I am growing old, but what of this? My spirits are as enthusiastical as ever, my legs fully able to carry my body for ten years to come. Only think of the quadrupeds of America being presented to the World of Science by Audubon and Bachman." Despite his newly acquired wealth and celebrity, Audubon insisted on executing many of the preparatory drawings and watercolors personally, enlisting a select few to help. The contributors to the project included Bachman, a Lutheran minister who had been the artist's closest friend and supporter for many years, who wrote all of the descriptions and acted as a scientific editor for the work. Audubon's two sons, John Woodhouse and Victor, also took critical roles. With his sons, Audubon traveled through the Eastern woodlands, and through Missouri to the Rocky Mountains. Together they collected and drew specimens along the Mississippi, as well as in coastal regions of Florida and the East Coast. As Audubon's health and eyesight began to fail, the help of John Woodhouse and Victor became increasingly crucial to "The Quadrupeds", now a family project. Audubon managed to complete seventy seven drawings before failing health kept him from his work. Before he died in 1851, Audubon's sons managed to solicit some three hundred subscriptions for "The Quadrupeds". Together, the three men, along with John Bachman, produced an unequaled record of American wildlife, matching the great combination of art and science attained in the "Birds of America". Like that series, "The Quadrupeds" are wonderfully animated, superbly rendered, and beautifully printed in large format.Reese, Stamped with a National Character 36; Sabin 2367. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72BBA3

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GOULD, John (1804-1881).

Published by London: published for the author, printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, [1840-] 1848. - London: published by the author, [1851]-1869. (1869)

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Item Description: London: published for the author, printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, [1840-] 1848. - London: published by the author, [1851]-1869., 1869. 8 volumes. Folio (22 4/8 x 14 4/8 inches). 681 hand-colored lithographs, including three double-page, after John and Elizabeth Gould and H.C. Richter (intermittently and occasionally heavily spotted throughout volumes I-VII. Contemporary green morocco gilt, all edges gilt, by Bicker & Son; "Supplement" in half green morocco to style, original wrappers bound in at the end. Provenance: From the library of Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), FRGS, British Royal Naval Officer, Arctic Explorer, and Governor of Tasmania (1836-1843); gifted to Henry Elliot, Franklin's aide-de-camp; the bookplate of the University of Michigan on the front paste-down of each volume and their ink library stamps on the recto of the first blank, and the foot of the dedication leaf in volume I and the foot of the contents leaf in all other volumes; the bookplate of Albert May Todd (1850-1931) known as "the peppermint king" on the front paste-down of each volume; George M. Pflaumer, American bibliophile, his sale Sotheby's New York, June 3, 1997, lot 92. First editions. ORIGINAL SUBSCRIBER SIR JOHN FRANKLIN'S COPY. Gould collected the material for his magnum opus "The Birds of Australia" on journeys through Australia in 1838-1840: "I was naturally desirous of turning my attention to the Ornithology of some other region; and a variety of opportune and concurring circumstances induced me to select that of Australia, the birds of which, although invested with the highest degree of interest, had been almost entirely neglected In the absence, then, of any general work on the Birds of Australia, the field was comparatively a new one, and of no ordinary degree of interest, from the circumstance of its being one of the finest possessions of the British Crown, and from its natural productions being as remarkable for the anomalous nature of their forms, as for their beauty, and the singularity of their habits." (Gould "Preface" to his "introduction to the Birds of Australia"). Arguably John Gould's largest and most important work, in part due to the time Gould spent in the field making his own observations: the text that accompanies the illustrations is by far the most accurate and detailed of all his works. In September 1838, the author and his artist wife, Elizabeth, arrived in Australia and spent the following eighteen months exploring Tasmania and the adjacent islands, South Australia, and new South Wales. Upon the discovery that she was pregnant, Elizabeth Gould resolved to remain in Tasmania while her husband set about discovering the birds of Australia's interior. She was to stay with the Governor of Van Diemen's land (Tasmania), John Franklin, during this time and became fast friends with the Governor's wife Jane, who had a reputation among the locals for being an unusually forthright and intrepid individual. She and her husband went on frequent expeditions by themselves, often 'roughing it', and on one occasion managed to get themselves lost. She helped to found the local University, Museum and Botanical Gardens. It is therefore not surprising that Captain Franklin should become a subscriber to the "Birds of Australia". With an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY HENRY ELLIOT, FRANKLIN'S AIDE-DE-CAMP, dated April 1877, inserted in the first volume: "This copy of Gould's Birds of Australia belonged to Sir John Franklin to whom I was aide de camp, and in whose house, while Governor of Tasmania, Gould lived many months while making his collection. I had myself made a collection of the Birds of Tasmania, and gave many of the specimens to Gould. After the death of Sir J. Franklin's widow in 1876 this copy of the work was given to me by his niece . . ." Gould acknowledges the assistance of both Elliot and Franklin in his "Preface" to "The Birds of Australia". AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE SET WITH A DISTINGUISHED PROVENANCE. Anker 174, 179; "Fine Bird Books" p. 78; Nissen 370; Sauer 9, 18; Zimmer pp. 225-259. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other. Bookseller Inventory # 000124

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AUDUBON, John James.

Published by John James Audubon, 18451848, New York, (1845)

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Item Description: John James Audubon, 18451848, New York, 1845. 3 volumes. Large 1mo (70 x 55 cm). Late 19th-century black morocco, with gold-tooled spine, red cloth sides and marbled endpapers. With 150 striking coloured plates, all lithographed on stone, printed and coloured by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia, after drawings by after John James and John Woodhouse Audubon, and the backgrounds after Victor Audubon. Each volume also with a title-page and a list of contents. First edition of the extraordinary coloured plates of quadrupeds by the well-known French-American naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851), who, for this publication, worked together with his sons John Woodhouse and Victor Audubon. The plates are considered the finest animal prints published in America to this day. Unlike the Birds of America, it was produced entirely in the United States, making it the "largest successful color plate book project of 19th-century America" (Reese).After the publication of his highly acclaimed Birds of America, Audubon settled on the Hudson River and began working on the present series to document the animal life of North America. The plates were first published in 30 parts of 5 plates each and three separately published accompanying text volumes, written by John Bachman, appeared between 1846-1854. A second edition was published in 1856, but "the first edition is by far the best" (Sabin). Title-pages with some small scuff marks, a few plates with minor unobtrusively repaired tears along the edges. Binding skilfully restored. Complete set, with most plates in fine condition. Buchanan, pp. 147-154; Nissen, ZBI 162; Reese 36; Sabin 2367. Bookseller Inventory # F37H76EJLVO4

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Audubon, John James.

Published by New York, John James Audubon, 1845-1848. (1848)

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Item Description: New York, John James Audubon, 1845-1848., 1848. 3 vols. Large folio (70 x 55 cm). With 150 striking coloured plates, all lithographed on stone, printed and coloured by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia, after drawings by John James and John Woodhouse Audubon, and the backgrounds after Victor Audubon. Each volume also with a title-page and a list of contents. Late 19th-century black morocco, with gold-tooled spine, red cloth sides and marbled endpapers. First edition of the extraordinary coloured plates of quadrupeds by the world-famous French-American naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851), whose "Birds of America" was purchased at a Christie's auction for $11.5 million in March 2000, setting a world record for the most expensive book ever sold (surpassed only by the 1640 "Psalm Bay Book", sold for $14.2 million in November 2013). The plates in the present work are considered the finest animal prints ever published in America. Unlike the "Birds", it was produced entirely in the United States, making it the "largest successful color plate book project of 19th-century America" (Reese). - After the publication of his highly acclaimed "Birds of America", Audubon settled on the Hudson River and began working on the present series to document the animal life of North America. The plates were first published in 30 parts of 5 plates each, and three separately published accompanying text volumes, written by John Bachman, appeared between 1846 and 1854. A second edition was published in 1856, but "the first edition is by far the best" (Sabin). - Title pages show some small scuff marks, a few plates with minor, unobtrusively repaired tears along the edges. Binding skillfully restored. A complete set, with most plates in fine condition. Nissen, ZBI 162. Buchanan, pp. 147-154. Reese 36. Sabin 2367. Cf. Howgego II, A19 (p. 15, 1846-54). Bookseller Inventory # 32089

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Martin, Thomas Commerford

Published by The Electrical Engineer (1894)

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Item Description: The Electrical Engineer, 1894. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. "With Special Reference To His Work In Polyphrase Currents and High Potential Lighting" by Thomas Commerford Martin, Editor: The Electrical Engineer; Past-President American Institute Electrical Engineers 1894 The Electrical Engineer, New York. 1st Edition. Frontis Portrait. 496 pp incl. 3-pp Index. Numerous black/white text illustrations. Prominently SIGNED in ink by Tesla on halftitle page: fully guaranteed. Early owner signature of V.G. Converse on 1st blank & same name in stamp on upper right corner of title page. Original light orange cloth binding worn. Contents clean, tight, complete. Original edges un-trimmed. Format 6"x10" Research has found no other copies of the 1st Edition, even un-signed. $1,000,000 (One Million Dollars). Bookseller Inventory # 000102

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Mozart, Pleyel;-

Published by Ignaz Pleyel (1797)

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Item Description: Ignaz Pleyel, 1797. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. folio. This is a very Rare Book Signed by Pleyel;- of original music compositions. The book was published in 1797. byIgnaz Pleyel;Pleyel moved to Paris in 1795. In 1797 he set up a business as a music publisher ( Maison Pleyel ), which among other works produced a complete edition of Haydn's string quartets (1801), as well as the first miniature scores for study (theBibliothèque Musicale, musical library ). The publishing business lasted for 39 years and published about 4000 works during this time, including compositions byAdolphe Adam,Luigi Boccherini,Ludwig van Beethoven,Muzio Clementi,Johann Baptist Cramer,Johann Ladislaus Dussek,Johann Nepomuk HummelandGeorges Onslow.Pleyel visited Vienna on business in 1805, meeting his now elderly mentor Haydn for a final time and hearing Beethoven play. In 1807, Pleyel became a manufacturer of pianos;What's important about this book are the original compositions by Mozart; Haydn and Gluck and Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle and others including Pleyel himself. Here is what Mozart had to say about Pleyel.In a letter to his father dated 24 April 1784, Mozart lavished extravagant praise on Ignaz Pleyel's string quartets Op. 1 (1783), and he urged Leopold to go out of his way to secure a copy: ‘You will at once recognize in them his master. Fine—and it will be fortunate for music if Pleyel in his time is capable of replacing Haydn for us!’ Pleyel had studied with Haydn in the 1770s and openly modelled several movements in Op. 1 on movements from Haydn's Op. 20 quartets. Mozart was himself about halfway finished with writing his own ‘Haydn’ Quartets in April 1784, and he appears to have recognized in Pleyel a rival of sorts. Mozart's engagement with Haydn's music in the ‘Haydn’ Quartets is well known; what has not been recognized to date is his simultaneous response to at least two of Pleyel's Op. 1 quartets, in the first and third movements of K. 464 and in the opening movement of K. 465. Mozart's commentary on Pleyel's Op. 1—both verbal and musical—has much to tell us about the unusual nature of the ‘Haydn’ Quartets as a whole, the set's celebrated letter of dedication, and Mozart's perception of his own place in the history of music.Pleyel knew all the important Composers of the time and published most of their works in their lifetime, in the original form in which it was written. The Music-Book is in a beautiful condition, with original boards and spine and is signed by Pleyel. Bookseller Inventory # 296

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Lafave; Scott

Published by West Group 1986-08-01 (1986)

ISBN 10: 0314030271 ISBN 13: 9780314030276

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Item Description: West Group 1986-08-01, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0314030271 Has moderate shelf and/or corner wear. Great used condition. A portion of your purchase of this book will be donated to non-profit organizations. We are a tested and proven company with over 900,000 satisfied customers since 1997. We ship daily M-F. Choose expedited shipping (if available) for much faster delivery. Delivery confirmation on all US orders. Bookseller Inventory # Z0314030271Z2

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Published by Tapestry Press, Ltd. 2008-01-01 (2008)

ISBN 10: 1598303481 ISBN 13: 9781598303483

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Jackson, Alvin

Published by Dundalgan Press (W.Tempest) Ltd 1993-10-01 (1993)

ISBN 10: 0852211228 ISBN 13: 9780852211229

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Published by Tyndale House Publishers

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JONKER, JOAN

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Item Description: BCA. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0747274428 Up for sale is a used book in good condition. This book has been previously owned and is blemished. The cover has some rubbing with corner and binding wear. The interior has page markings (highlighting/writing) and the previous owner's name. There is an inventory sticker on the back and a used sticker on the spine. The textblock has a marking. Bookseller Inventory # 9780747274421

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Fischer, Volker

Published by Axel Menges, Germany (2003)

ISBN 10: 3932565320 ISBN 13: 9783932565328

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Fischer, Volker

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AUGUSTINE, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.

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Item Description: Hard cover. 271 (of 274 leaves, without the blank leaves 1, 16, & 274). 50 lines. Roman types. First text page illuminated with elaborate three-sided border in blue, green, red & gold, incorporating two large capitals "I" & "C", Christ’s symbol, a hare, and a coat-of-arms (see below). 21 eight-line illuminated initials with floral decoration & extensions in color & pen-work, 2-line initials alternating in red & blue. Chapter numbers supplied in red for the first 6 leaves of the table, chapter headings supplied in red throughout, chapter numbers in upper margin in red. Royal folio (370 x 242 mm.), 18th-cent. English red morocco (well-rebacked), sides panelled in gilt with border of alternating thistle, coronet, flower & crown, spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Venice: Johannes & Vindelinus de Spira, 1470.Third or fourth edition (see below) of the most important work of St. Augustine; this is a magnificent copy printed throughout on vellum and finely illuminated for Leonardo Loredano (1436-1521), doge of Venice from 1501 until his death, with his family’s coat-of-arms at the foot of the first text page. This is one of nine recorded copies printed on vellum of the fourth book printed in Venice. It was begun by the city’s first printer Johannes de Spira, who had possibly learned the art in Mainz and was completed by his brother Vindelinus. The colophon gives a brief and fascinating history of the press and of this edition, stating that Johannes had already produced two editions of Cicero and one hundred copies of Pliny within three months and that he had died during the printing of De Civitate Dei. His death caused Vindelinus to take over the printing of the book. Based on the number of other works printed by Vindelinus in 1470 it has been argued by Ferdinand Geldner in his Die deutschen Inkunabeldrucker, pp. 62-64 that this Venetian edition appeared early in 1470 and thus pre-dates the Sweynheym and Pannartz Roman edition of the same year, making it the third, not the fourth, edition of De Civitate Dei.Saint Augustine (354-430), one of the four great Fathers of the Latin Church, designed this text as a great apologetic treatise in vindication of Christianity and the Christian Church. The City of God was written between 413 and 426 and represents the first Christian philosophy of history. "The impulse to the writing of the 22 books of the ‘City of God’, which was spread over several years, arose out of the fall of Rome to Alaric in 410. The event had caused consternation throughout the civilized world, and Augustine, who himself was profoundly moved, conceived the book as a reply to pagans who maintained that the fall of the city was due to the abolition of the heathen worship. It led him to deal with the fundamental contrast between Christianity and the world, and has made it the supreme exposition of a Christian philosophy of history."–Cross, F.L., The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, p. 107. "The first five books deal with the polytheism of Rome, the second five with Greek philosophy, particularly Platonism and Neo-Platonism (which are seen as leading inevitably to Christianity in which their problems are finally resolved), and the last twelve books with the history of time and eternity as set out in the Bible. History is conceived as the struggle between two communities — the Civitas coelestis of those inspired by the love of God, leading to contempt of self, and the Civitas terrena or diaboli of those living according to man, which may lead to contempt of God. This struggle of the two conceptions of life had dominated Augustine’s personal life and is here transferred to the wider field of world history. Both these powers fighting for the allegiance of the human soul are inextricably intermingled in society’s earthly institutions; but history is understood as a continuous evolution of the divine purpose and all forces work towards redemption of man by God’s grace, the central feature of St Augustine’s th. Bookseller Inventory # JHABES3277

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LEFEVRE, Raoul

Published by Bruges William Caxton (1473)

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Item Description: Bruges William Caxton, 1473. The Caxton Recueil Des Histoires De Troyes The Duke of Roxburghe- John Pierpont Morgan Copy LEFEVRE, Raoul. Le recueil des histoires de troyes. Bruges: William Caxton, 1473. First edition of the French text of Raoul Lefevre, which, in Caxton's English version was the first book printed in English and the first book printed by Caxton. This is generally acknowledged as the first literary work printed in the French language: Caxton left Bruges for England in 1477, the first works in French printed in Paris were in 1477 and the French printing by Le Roy at Lyons are thought to be later. Small folio (267 x 196 mm). Lettre batarde. 31 lines. 252 [of 286] ff., lacking 32 printed leaves and two blanks: d-f10, C1, C10, and blanks a1 and m10. Early nineteen-century brown straight grain morocco by Charles Lewis: gilt- and blind-ruled in geometric patterns, gilt inner dentelles, gilt edges. Fine condition, unrestored. This copy is notable in that the missing leaves are internal, and the first and last printed leaves are present. Only seven copies of this book are extant and only three are complete. With an extraordinary provenance befitting the greatness of this book: Library of the Duke of Roxburghe (sale 1812); of the third Earl Spencer (sale 1823); John Dent, with his notes (sale 1827); P.A. Hanrott (sale 1834); the Earl of Ashburnham (sale 1897); Richard Bennett, with his bookplate; John Pierpont Morgan, with his bookplate and his shelfmark. BMC IX, 131. Goff L-113. Duff 243. De Ricci (C) 3b.4. Pollard no. 637 (this copy). HBS 66439. $950,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66439

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Cattermole, Peter; Moore, Patrick

Published by Cambridge University Press (1986)

ISBN 10: 0521324130 ISBN 13: 9780521324137

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Item Description: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Like New. Very minor shelf wear, otherwise excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # 017735

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Kennedy, Ludovic

Published by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (1976)

ISBN 10: 0575020725 ISBN 13: 9780575020726

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Item Description: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Like New. minor shelf wear, otherwise excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # 024105

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Item Description: Baltimore: 1833-1837., 1837. 11 individual maps, of varying sizes, including 9 original manuscript maps drawn in pen and ink, pencil and ink wash on wove paper, of the State of Maryland, and of the existing 20 counties, and the Western Shore of Chesapeake Bay, and two lithographed maps of the proposed creations of Howard and Carroll Counties in 1837 and 1838 respectively. ALL IN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE NEAR ORIGINAL CONDITION. Provenance: Probable gift of Mrs Phillip T. Tyson to the Maryland Academy of Sciences in January of 1878; deposited at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore from 1937, with their ink stamp in the lower corner and their 20th-century shelfmarks. John Alexander was only 21, and newly graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis when he was commissioned by the General Assembly of Maryland to "examine and collect information, and report to the next General Assembly a plan and drawing for a complete Map of Maryland and to make such surveys as may be required for the purpose of exhibiting the prominent geographical and topographical features of the country, and also to collect such statistical information as will be useful". ALEXANDER'S ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FOUR SHORT YEARS THAT HE WORKED ON THIS COMMISSION IS IMMENSE. HIS IS THE FIRST CENTRALISED, COMPREHENSIVE, CO-ORDINATED AND SCIENTIFIC SURVEY OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND Although Alexander and his colleague Prof. Julius T. Ducatel set about their task with enthusiasm, financial support was minimal, and progress slow. Nevertheless successive annual reports of the General Assembly were illustrated by the individual county maps, even though Alexander's general map of the whole state of Maryland, while accurate and detailed, ultimately remained unfinished. In addition to disappointing lack of official support, which eventually dried up completely by 1841, Alexander soon found that his talents were in demand from local wealthy landowners and prospective investors in canal and railroad routes. In 1837, after locating and acquiring a major coal deposit in the Allegheny region of the state, Alexander resigned his commission. Although he remained the official State Engineer until 1841, he refused to draw the salary attached. And so "ended all co-ordinated state efforts at comprehensive mapping of Maryland until the close of the century" (Papenfuse). Alexander's achievements lay unrecognised until 1861, when the U.S. Army needed a good map of the area surrounding Washington to mount defenses during the Civil War. Kate Hunter 2011. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib121

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AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851) - John BACHMAN (1790-1875).

Published by New York: J.J. Audubon - [V.G. Audubon], 1845-1848. (1848)

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Item Description: New York: J.J. Audubon - [V.G. Audubon], 1845-1848., 1848. 3 volumes Imperial folio (27 x 21 inches). 3 lithographed title-pages, 150 fine hand-colored lithographed plates by J. J. Audubon and J. W. Audubon, backgrounds after Victor Audubon, lithography by J. T. Bowen (title-pages of volumes I and III and contents leaves in all 3 volumes lightly spotted, scattered spotting on plate 46, plates 8, 51 and 101 browned, light marginal finger soiling on about 4 plates, plates 1-3 and 101 slightly creased at center, light streak along right margin of plate 56). Volume I bound in publisher's brown half morocco over browned ribbed cloth, volumes II and III in publisher's half black morocco over ribbed purple cloth, yellow coated endpapers, spines lettered gilt (a bit worn at extremities, covers scuffed). Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of Edward Sands Litchfield (1891-1984) on the front paste-down of each volume, his sale 29th November 2001, lot 14. First edition, "the largest successful color plate book project of 19th-century America" (Reese). A bright and brilliantly colored set of Audubon's magnificent final work, The Viviparous Quadrupeds. Audubon's enthusiasm at the start of the project was unbridled. Around 1840 he wrote to his collaborator, the Rev. James Bachman, "I am growing old, but what of this? My spirits are as enthusiastical as ever, my legs full able to carry my body for ten years to come, and in about two of these I expect the illustrations out, and ere the following twelve months have elapsed, their histories studied, their descriptions carefully prepared and the book printed! Only think of the quadrupeds of America being presented to the World of Science by Audubon and Bachman" (Streshinsky, Audubon, p. 331). The artist managed to complete seventy-seven drawings before failing health kept him from his work. The remainder were completed by John Woodhouse Audubon. The dauntingly massive enterprise was a commercial success, owing chiefly to Victor's careful management. Before Audubon's death in 1851, his sons succeeded in soliciting some three hundred subscriptions for the work. From the distinguished sporting library of Edward Sands Litchfield. Litchfield 28; McGill/Wood 208; Nissen ZBI 162; Reese American Color Plate Books 36; Sabin 2367. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr48

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SOLINUS, Caius Julius.

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Item Description: Hard cover. In Latin. Illuminated manuscript on vellum. Italy, Naples, ca.1475. 243 x 165mm., 188 leaves, vellum, complete, catchwords and illuminator’s instructions survive, ruled page: 145 x 75mm. 51 white vine initials, 180 small decorated initials, two foliate borders, one full-page interlaced with peacocks and rabbits with putti holding the coat-of-arms of Ferdinand I of Aragon, King of Naples (some trivial oxidization to putti in full-page border, otherwise in pristine condition). Binding of 19th-century red velvet over boards by Charles Lewis (spine lightly rubbed). Red slipcase.PROVENANCE:1. Illuminated by Cola Rapicano and likely written by Giovanni Marco Cinico for Ferdinand I of Aragon, King of Naples (1423-94); his coat of arms and emblems in the margins. Two copies of this Solinus text are listed in De Marinis: one, "Solinus de mirabilibus mundi, cubierto de pergamino" is no. 510 in a list of codices left in 1550 to the convent of San Miguel de los Reyes in Valencia by Ferdinand of Aragon, Prince of Taranto, eldest son of the last Aragonese king of Naples Ferdinand III; in all likelihood this is Valencia, Biblioteca Històrica BH Ms. 614 (T. De Marinis, La Biblioteca Napoletana dei rRe d’Aragona, Milan, 1952, II, p.207). The second and most probable match with the present manuscript — "Solinus de mirabilibus mundi" — is no. 198 in an inventory from ca.1508-13 by Fabio Vigile of Spoleto found in codex Vaticanus lat. 7134, ff.255-259v, itself a copy of the lost original inventory of Aragonese codices sent to Lorenzo de’ Medici from Naples (T. De Marinis, II, p.197).2. Henry Gee Barnard (1789-1858) of South Cave, with his bookplate. 3. Allan Haywood Bright, letter addressed to him. It may be that Bright was given the present manuscript by Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928); a Book of Hours now at the British Library and illuminated by Cola Rapicano (Yates Thompson 6) also belonged to Henry Gee Barnard before passing to Yates Thompson. The previous documented owner of Yates Thompson 6 was Gioacchino Guasconi (1438-1521), a Florentine representative of Lorenzo de’ Medici in the Kingdom of Naples. It seems possible, therefore, that the present manuscript may also have followed the same line of provenance from the Aragonese court to Florence and perhaps Guasconi and Lorenzo de’ Medici, and then, several centuries later, to Henry Gee Barnard and Yates Thompson.TEXT:Solinus, Collectanea rerum memorabilium: dedication to Aventinus and list of chapters ff. 1-6v, Chapters I-L, ff. 7-188. The text of the manuscript is the Collectanea rerum memorabilium (also known as the De mirabilibus mundi or Polyhistor) of Caius Iulius Solinus. It is a geographical catalogue of curiosities in the form of a history of the ancient world, borrowing from Pliny’s Naturalis Historia and Pomponius Mela’s De Situ Orbis, the work proved extremely popular throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.ILLUMINATION: The illumination of this striking manuscript of the 3rd-century Latin grammarian and compiler Solinus’s Collectanea rerum memorabilium is attributable to Cola Rapicano, the official illuminator to the Aragon court in Naples from 1451 to 1488. His earliest securely identified and documented work is the copy of Andrea Contario’s Obiurgatio in Platonis calumniatorum of 1471 (Paris, BnF, Ms lat.12947), written by Giovanni Marco Cinico, with whom he collaborated on more than one occasion. Each chapter of the present manuscript is preceded by intricate white-vine initials of Florentine inspiration but Neapolitan execution so characteristic of Cola’s style, and the hooded-eyed, angular-buttocked little putti in the borders of the opening leaf of the text are clearly related to the lively protagonists in the BnF manuscript (or indeed to those in a Breviary in Valencia, Biblioteca Universitaria Ms. 890-726). From the mid-15th century, Cola led a thriving workshop that produced numerous manuscripts for the Aragonese court, and his engaging and modernizing blend of. Bookseller Inventory # JHABES4800

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