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Englands Parnassus, or, The choysest flowers of our moderne poets, with their poeticall comparisons. Descriptions of bewties, personages, castles, pallaces, mountaines, groues, seas, springs, riuers, &c. Whereunto are annexed other various discourses both pleasaunt and profitable.

Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Chapman, George (1559-1634); Spenser, Edmund (c.1552-1599), Jonson, Benjamin (circa 1572-1637); et al.; Allott, Robert (fl. 1600), compiler

Published by For Nicholas Ling. Cuthbert Burby. and Thomas Hayes, (1600)

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Item Description: For Nicholas Ling. Cuthbert Burby. and Thomas Hayes, 1600. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Octavo: 15 x 9 cm. [14], 494 [i.e. 510] pp. Collation: A-Z8, Aa-Kk8 (lacking blank leaves A1 and Kk8. Blank leaf A2 is present) One of the Most Celebrated and Most Important Contemporary Anthologies of Elizabethan Poetry. With 91 Extracts from Shakespeare including passages from Romeo & Juliet. 'This volume is a compilation of quotations of various lengths, generally with sources noted but not always accurately, taken from the poetical works of some fifty Elizabethan writers. There are included 91 genuine extracts from Shakespeare's works, mostly (63) derived from 'Venus and Adonis' and 'Lucrece' but all from plays or poems that had been printed before 1600.(Pforzheimer) Of the five Shakespeare plays from which extracts are incorporated in the volume (Love's Labour's lost, Henry IV, Part I, Richard II, Richard III, and Romeo & Juliet), Romeo & Juliet is the most heavily represented, signaling the play's popularity, or perhaps utility, in the period.(Roberts, Companion to Shakespeare's Works, The Tragedies) The extracts are arranged alphabetically under subject-headings, and the author's name is appended in each case. Spenser is quoted 225 times, Shakespeare 91, Daniell 115, Drayton 163, Warner 117, Chapman 83, Ben Jonson 13, and Marlowe 33. Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica 1; Grolier, Langland to Wither 3; Hayward 38; Pforzheimer 358; Case, Poetical Miscellanies, 23(a); Bartlett, Shakespeare: Original and Early Editions of the Quartos and Folios, His Source Books, and those Containing Contemporary Notices (Elizabethan Club, Yale), No. 299 Bound in contemporary vellum (remboitage.) With a woodcut printer's device (McKerrow no. 301) on the title page. The title bears an old owner's name in red. There is fraying to the upper margin of the first few leaves, a few spots of worming towards the end of the work, and small losses to the final two text leaves with the affected words made good in facsimile. Signature Ii has been supplied from a slightly shorter copy. William Sterling Maxwell's copy, with his penciled notes. Despite its faults, a complete copy of a scarce and extremely important book. Bookseller Inventory # 2100D

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Item Description: John Wolfe, 1588. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto. 18.5 x 12.5 cm. [2], 59, [1] pp. Collation: A-G4, H2. Complete with the initial blank leaf. The first quire is misfolded: A2, A1, A4, A3. The Papal Bull Granting Indulgences to Those Who Sailed with the Spanish Armada Against the Heretics of England. Provenance: Pencil notes on the pastedowns recording the sale of this copy at Sotheby's, Sir Thomas Phillipps sale, to Francis Edwards in 1974. No other copy has appeared at auction since. An extraordinary survivor. ESTC and OCLC locate a mere 4 copies in the U.S.: Folger, Harvard, Illinois, and Yale. No copy of the edition printed by Schilders at Middleburg (announced on the title) appears to have survived. This is an English translation, with polemical Protestant commentary, of the papal bull of Pope Sixtus V, found, we are told, on board one of the ships of the Spanish Armada- granting indulgences to 'all the Citizens, inhabitants, and all those which remaine in this Realme of SpaineÉ for the aide and assistance against the faithlesse and heretiques'. The bull was initially promulgated by Gregory XIII in 1585 to raise money and arms for his war against the Turks. It was renewed in 1588 by Pope Sixtus V, who extended the bull's benefits and privileges to those who took up arms against the heretics of England. Appended to the bull is a 'Sommarie or rehearsal of the stations, indulgences, and Pardons of Rome, which his holiness doth give and graunt to all singular persons, which shall accept of this Bull, and shall doe and performe that which therein is contained.' This in turn is followed by a second bull, enumerating pardons and indulgences 'Onely for the English People and for those that do imploy themselves to the restoring of the Faith in England', granted by Gregory XIII at the suit of the Jesuit Alfonso Agazzari, Rector of the English College at Rome. It is in the preface to this second bull, 'approved and examined by commaundement of the table of general counsel of the holy Inquisition' and dated at Lisbon, 1st April 1588, that Philip II is specifically named as defender of the Catholic faith against 'infidels and heretiks'. The indulgences extend to those who pray for infidels and heretics to return to Catholicism, and to 'whosoever for the Christian faith commeth to indaunger his life, or of imprisonment.' The entire volume is prefaced by a series of Latin distichs, each of which is translated into English rhyming couplets. This publication also includes a fascinating tract, 'A Briefe discourse of the power, and might of the Spanish Armado, which was founde in the Armado of Spaine'. Bookseller Inventory # 2139D

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De Astronomica Specula Domestica et Organico Apparatu Astronomico.

Marinoni, Giovanni Giacomo de (1676-1755)

Published by Leopold J. Kaliwoda (1745)

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Item Description: Leopold J. Kaliwoda, 1745. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Folio. 36.6 x 25.4 cm [12] ff., 210 pp., [1] f. Collation: [a]2, b-d2, )(2, )()(2, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Iii2. Including an engraved frontispiece signed Sedlmayr after Bertoli and a title printed in red and black. The text is illustrated with 17 half- to full-page engravings and 43 added engraved folding plates. Complete. First edition of this lavishly illustrated description of Marinoni's astronomical observatory in Vienna and its instruments, including the astronomer's numerous telescopes, the (fixed) mural quadrant, the quadrant "ampliatus" and the position micrometer, with its screws, indices and two-lens telescope. One of Marinoni's micrometers, a gift to Eustachio Manfredi, the first Director of the Bologna Observatory, was used by the Bolognese astronomers to observe the transit of Venus in 1761. The various instruments are described in detail along with their actual positions in the building, so that the reader has an exact idea of how an XVIIIth-century observatory was arranged. These same instruments were later used by the Jesuit astronomer Maximillian Hell at the astronomical observatory of the University of Vienna. Thus, this work provides us with a detailed knowledge of the equipment of the first two Viennese observatories. Marinoni was born in Udine, Italy (the Austrian border area) and studied in Vienna. He was appointed Imperial Court Mathematician and in 1726 became director of the Academy of Geometry and Military Science. He visited Bologna and later Paris to see astronomical instruments in use there before designing and building his observatory in Vienna." (Kenney) The observatory, which Marinoni had discussed with Leibnitz as early as 1714, was completed in 1733. Marinoni's was the first astronomical observatory established in Vienna. Like his great predecessors Tycho Brahe and Jan Hevelius, Marinoni designed his home observatory himself, and constructed many of the instruments used therein. However, Marinoni also imported instruments from Pavia, Venice, Milan (from Pietro Patroni), and London (from the optician and telescope maker Edward Scarlet). The De Astronomica Specula Domestica et Organico Apparatu Astronomico was to the 18th century what Tycho Brahe's Mechanica was to the 16th and Hevelius' Machina Coelestis to the 17th. All three works provided their contemporary audiences with painstakingly detailed descriptions and depictions of state-of-the art astronomical instruments and the observatories constructed for their use. As a record of the state of astronomical technology in the mid-18th century, Marinoni's work is a work without equal. Bookseller Inventory # 2133D

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Les Plus Beaux Edifices De Rome Moderne, Ou Recueil Des Plus Belles Vues Des Principales Eglises, Places, Palais, Fontaines &c. Qui Sont Dans Rome Dessinees Par Jean Barbault Peintre, Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravees en XLIV. Grandes Planches et Plusieurs Vignettes; Par D'Habiles Maitres. Avec La Description Historique De Chaque Edifice.

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762); Montagu, Domenico (d. 1767)

Published by Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires francois rue du Cours prs l'Eglise de S. Marcel, de l'imprimerie de Komarek, (1763)

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Item Description: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires francois rue du Cours prs l'Eglise de S. Marcel, de l'imprimerie de Komarek, 1763. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Folio: 50 x 39 cm. [vi], 72 pp. Collation: [ ]3, A-Z1, Aa-.Nn1. With 44 double-paged plates. Complete. The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna and for whose Antichita Romane he contributed figures for 14 plates thus becoming one of the few official collaborators of Piranesi. BarbaultÕs own views of the ancient city appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi; the present work on Rome Moderne appeared two years later, the year that Barbault died. The success of Barbault's views was largely due to the great fashion for large Roman views created by Piranesi's publications. The overlapping questions of plagiarism and influence are quite vivid, since not only were Piranesi and Barbault both collaborators and rivals (Barbault died too young to present a real threat), but, more important, in Giovanni Bouchard they briefly shared a publisher as well. It has been persuasively suggested (Rosenberg 1976) that Bouchard promoted Barbault as a rival after Piranesi left to set up his own publishing enterprise and that Barbault became PiranesiÕs most feared pasticheur. The plates of Les Plus Beaux ƒdifices De Rome Moderne were made by Domenico Montagu and an entire team of engravers. The work is organized by building type: basilicas (starting with Saint PeterÕs, then San Giovanni in Laterano); churches of the large orders (Ges, SantÕAndrea della Valle); the two circular religious buildings inherited from antiquity (Santa Costanza and the Pantheon); an even longer section on palaces, fountains, bridges; and a long section on squares. In the views of 'modern' Rome, Barbault is, inevitably, close to Piranesi's contemporary views. The plates are accompanied by extensive descriptive entries in French. These offer a brief history of each building, including discussion of the founder, the construction sequence, and the artists involved in making the decorations. The text, though separate from the plates, is ornamented with successful tail-pieces, which illustrate additional sites in Rome.(Pollak, Millard IV, pp. 42-46) Berlin Catalogue 2712; Millard IV, 14; Not in Fowler IRST EDITION. Magnificently illustrated with 44 double-page etched and engraved plates of Renaissance and Baroque Roman architecture, with captions in Italian and French. All plates are signed by Barbault as draftsman (ÒBarbault del[ineavitÓ) and most signed by Domenico Montag (D. Montegu Sculp[sit]), Freicenet, or Giraud as engraver. With an etched and engraved title vignette; 21 small etched and engraved plates as tailpieces. An exceptional copy, bound in full calf of the 18th c. Internally, this copy is in excellent condition, with bright leaves and rich impressions of the plates. Bookseller Inventory # 2092D

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Enchiridion militis Christiani, which may be called in English, the hansome weapon of a Christian knight: replenished with many goodly preceptes: made by the famous clerke Erasmus of Roterdame, and newly corrected and imprinted.

Erasmus, Desiderius (ca.1466-1536); Tyndale, William (ca. 1494-1536)

Published by by William How, for Abraham Veale, (1576)

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Item Description: by William How, for Abraham Veale, 1576. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Octavo. 352 pp. A-B? C? D-Y? Z? Erasmus' Enchiridion in English. This is the final 16th century edition. The translation is attributed to William Tyndale. It seems natural that the Enchiridion should have been the first of Erasmus' works known to have been translated into English. A version was made by William Tyndale in 1522 or 1523 when he was tutor in the household of Sir John Walsh at Little Sodbury in Gloucestershire. While it has been argued that TyndaleÕs text was lost, it is almost certain that the translation published by John Byddell on 15 November 1533 was Tyndale's (For the problem of attribution see John Foxe, 'Acts and Monuments' and also J.A. Gee's Tyndale and the 1533 Enchiridion, PMLA #49). The style of the Byddell edition strongly impies Tyndale and Byddell's role as a client of Cromwell and a publisher of reformation literature supports the attribution.(Devereaux) "The Enchiridion was completed at Louvain in 1502 and was published with several other pieces in February 1503 by Martens. In December 1504 Erasmus sent the entire Lucubratiunculae to John Colet with an illuminating personal estimation: 'The Enchiridion I composed not in order to show off my cleverness or style, but solely in order to counteract the error of those who make religion in general consist in rituals and observances of an almost more than Jewish formality, but who are astonishingly indifferent to matters that have to do with true goodness. What I have tried to do, in fact, is to teach a method of morals, as it were, in the manner of those who have originated fixed procedures in the various branches of learning'. In this same letter to Colet Erasmus mentions the work on Paul's epistles to the Romans that had occupied him for many years and his discovery of the wellsprings of the science of theology in Origen. Much later, in his famous letter to Dorp in defense of the Moria, Erasmus reiterates this estimate of his work: 'In the Enchiridion I laid down quite simply the pattern of a Christian life'. (Ep 337:94-5)Ó (J.W. OMalley, Erasmus: Collected Works, Vol. 66) STC (2nd ed.), 10487; Van der Haegen p. 82; Devereaux ÒRenaissance English Translations of ErasmusÓ, 16.1.11; ESTC: U.S. holdings: Cornell, Folger, Newberry Bound in nineteenth-century calf, ruled in gold, extremities rubbed. The title page has minor, expert restorations. The text is in very good condition, cut a bit close but with only slight loss in the margin of one leaf, P7, where a side note is slightly shaved. There are a few sixteenth-century annotations in English throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 2065D

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De sacramentis Christianae fidei.

Hugh of Saint Victor (1096-1141)

Published by Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg [Georg Husner] (1485)

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Item Description: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg [Georg Husner], 1485. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Folio: 29 x 20.7 cm. 160 folios. 4, a8, b6, c8, d6, e8, f-k6; 4, A8, B6, C8, D6, E8, F6, G8, H-N6. Complete. With both blank leaves k6 and N6 preserved. FIRST COMPLETE EDITION. Preceded only by the 1477 printing of the second part. The principal work of the early Scholastic theologian and mystic Hugh of Saint Victor (1096-1141), De sacramentis Christianae fidei, represents a watershed in the history of Christian sacramental theology. It gathers together much of the Western Church's prior understandings of the sacraments, especially those of Augustine and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, systematizes and amplifies them, and betokens later developments by thirteenth-century scholars such as Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure. It was written just after Hugh became prior of the influential Augustinian abbey of Saint Victor, Paris, in 1133. In De sacramentis, Hugh depicted the Christian experience as a process of restoration within human history situated in the Incarnation, effected by means of the sacraments, and ultimately completed in the union beyond history of the individual with God. Hugh codified the various sacraments into a sophisticated taxonomy which included both temporal and theological axes. 'Heilgeschichte' consisted of three discrete and chronological dispensations: the time of Natural Law (Creation to Moses), Written Law (Moses to the Christ-event) and Grace (Christ-event to the Consummation). Theologically speaking, the sacraments in each dispensation comprised three types: those, which were preparatory to salvation; those, which were beneficial, but not imperative; and those, which were essential to salvation. Those necessary for salvation in the dispensation of grace included faith, the sacraments of faith, (that is, the seven so-called liturgical sacraments) and good works. The sacraments for Hugh constituted an integral part of that series of activities in the life of the Christian believer which fulfilled divine imperatives. Within each of the sacraments required for salvation, faith, the liturgical sacraments and good works, there was a discernible order of priority, divinely ordained. But together, these three operated in harmony, without disparity in significance, to affect spiritual transformation and to affect God's work of restoration. (Michael T. Girolimon, Hugh of Saint Victor's De sacramentis Christianae fidei: The Sacraments of Salvation in The Journal of Religious History, Vol. 18, No. 2, December 1994) HC *9025; BMC I, 133; Goff H-535; ISTC ih00535000 Bound in 16th century alum-tawed pigskin over beveled wooden boards, lacking clasps and with a few small wormholes. The boards are blind-ruled in compartments and tooled with scrolling floral motifs, interlocking sheaves of wheat, and small trophies. The central compartment of the upper board has a crucifixion within a sunburst with the Jesuit emblem IHS. The lower board has another oval stamp of the Madonna and Child. The leaves of this copy are in wonderfully fresh condition, extremely fresh and unpressed, with generous margins. The whole is rubricated throughout with albumen red initials, many with delicate penwork. Provenance: With the contemporary inscription of the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter the Apostle at Oberaltaich on the first leaf; Bookplate of J. R. Ritman on the front paste-down. Bookseller Inventory # 2116D

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Title in Greek and Latin: ILIAS and VLYSSEA. Batrachomyomachia. Hymni XXXII.

Homer

Published by In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Asulani Soceri, (1524)

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Item Description: In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Asulani Soceri, 1524. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Octavo: I. 16.2 x 10 cm. II. 15.9 x 10 cm. [1-7]8, A-Z8, AA-LL8, MM6 II. A-z8, A-H8, I4 THIRD ALDINE EDITION. The first volume, the Iliad, also includes Herodotus' life of Homer. The second volume comprises the Odyssey and Homeric Hymns. This edition reprints Aldus' letters to Girolamo Aleandro from the first Aldine edition. This set was once the property of the Greek diplomat, scholar, and book collector Johannes Gennadius (1844-1932), whose 26,000 volume personal library forms the core of the Gennadeion, the library of the American School for Classical Studies in Athens. Volume II once belonged to the Scottish antiquary and librarian David Laing and sold as lot 1529 in his sale at Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 12 May 1879, to Gennadius, who had it rebound to match his copy of Volume I. The set was sold as lot 1525 in the Gennadius sale at the same house, 28 March 1895. With the bookplates of Giorgio di Veroli (sale, Parke-Bernet, 28 February 1956, lot 433). Adams H-745; Ahmanson-Murphy 226; Renouard 98:1; Brunet III, p. 269; Graesse III, 326; Hoffmann ii 460 The first volume is bound in contemporary Italian black morocco, rebacked, the boards blind-ruled in compartments, with the central compartment framed by a scrolling floral roll and decorated with additional gold tools at the center and corners. The single word ILIAS in Greek is tooled in gold at the head of the upper board. The second volume is bound to match in 19th c. black morocco. The edges of both volumes have been gilded. These are both tall copies; the Iliad volume being a few millimeters taller. The first volume is particularly fresh, and both volumes have only minor blemishes. The title and final few leaves of the second volume are lightly soiled and there are minor paper repairs to the tips of the upper blank corners of the first few leaves. With the Aldine anchor and dolphin device (A6) on the title page and the verso of the final leaf in each volume. The text is printed in Greek throughout, except for the two Latin letters by Aldus. Bookseller Inventory # 2106D

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Societas Jesu usque ad sanguinis et vitae profusionem militans, in Europa, Africa, Asia, et America pro Deo, fide, ecclesia, pietate. Sive vita, et mors eorum, qui ex Societate Jesu in causa fidei, & virtutis propugnatae, violent‰ morte toto orbe sublati sunt.

Tanner, Mathias (1630-1692); Skreta, Karel (1610-1674), artist

Published by Typis Universitatis Carolo-Ferdinande¾, in Collegio Societatis Jesu ad S. Clementem, per Joannem Nicolaum Hampel Factorem, (1675)

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Item Description: Typis Universitatis Carolo-Ferdinande¾, in Collegio Societatis Jesu ad S. Clementem, per Joannem Nicolaum Hampel Factorem, 1675. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Folio: 29.5 x 19 cm. [ ]1 (Engraved frontis), 1 (printed t.p.), )o(2, ,A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa4, Bbbb1. Complete FIRST EDITION of Mathias Tanner's profusely illustrated Jesuit martyrology. The work is divided into four parts: Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, each of which is introduced by a full-paged allegorical frontispiece. Tanner presents biographies of approximately 200 Jesuit martyrs, each accompanied by a half-paged engraving that depicts the subject at the moment of martyrdom. The grisly scenes include hangings, decapitations, torture, immolation, evisceration, strangulation, drowning and numerous other torments. Thirty of the subjects are English, Irish and Scottish Jesuits. Among these are participants in the Jesuit missions to England (Edmund Campion, Alexander Bryant) and the Gunpowder Plot (Henry Walpole and Henry Garnet.) Later (i.e. mid-seventeenth century) martyrs include Brian Cansfield (1581-1643), Thomas Holland (1600-1642), the Irishman Ralph Corby (1598-1644), educated at St. Omer and Valladolid, and executed at Tyburn; and Henry Morse (1595-1645), who was imprisoned in England five times before he was finally martyred. The Asian martyrs include Rudolph Aquaviva and his companions, martyred in India in 1583; and the martyrs of Nagasaki, crucified in 1597. Perhaps of greatest interest to American readers is the fourth part, which recounts the deaths of approximately 50 Jesuits between 1554 and 1652 in Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Paraguay, Florida and Canada. Among the American martyrs are John Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant, who were tortured to death by the Iroquois on March 16, 1649; Pedro Martinez, the first Jesuit to enter what is now the United States (killed in Florida on September 28th, 1566); and Gonzalo de Tapia, founder of the first permanent Jesuit mission in New Spain, who became protomartyr of his Order in 1596. De Backer Sommervogel, VII, 1860; Sabin 94332; BibliographischerAlt-Japan-Katalog 1542Ð1853, 1454; Streit, Bib. missionum, I, 652 Illustrated with an added engraved title page, four full-paged allegorical engravings preceding each of the book's four parts, and 169 half-paged copperplate engravings, depicting the martyrdoms of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Jesuits, by Melchior KŸsel (1626-1683) after drawings by Karel SkrŽta (1610-1674). Beautifully bound in contemporary alum-tawed pigskin over beveled wooden boards, elaborately tooled in blind. Aside from the missing clasps and light wear to the spine, the binding is in very fine condition. The text is in fine condition with occasional light foxing or toning to scattered leaves. There is an inscription from the Jesuit College of Munich on the blank margin of the printed title page. A fine copy, from the library of the noted 19th century historian of English Catholicism, Joseph Gillow (1850-1921), with his bookplate. Bookseller Inventory # 2110D

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Item Description: Johann Froben, 1518 and 1519, 1518. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto. 21.7 x 15.5 cm. I. 270, [2] pp. Collation: a-z4, A-L4 II. 223, [1] pp. Collation: a-z4, A-E4 The Two Earliest Collections of Erasmus' Letters. Both Printed by Froben. Bound Together in A Contemporary Binding. The correspondents included in these two volume include: Wolfgang Faber Capito, Etienne Poncher, Guillaume Bude, Franois Deloynes, Wilhelm Kopp, Franois I, Ludovico Canossa, Thomas Gray, Pierre Vitre, John Watson, Adrianus Barlandus, Antonius Clava, Pope Leo X, Silvestro de' Gigli, Ludwig Baer, Henricus Glareanus, Herman Busch, Johannes Sapidius, Ricardo Bartolini, Cardinal Domenico Grimani, Henry VIII, Andreas Ammonius, Caspar Ursinus Velius, William Warham, Henry Bullock, Willibald Pirckheimer, John Colet, Jacques Lefevre dÕEtaples, Udalricus Zasius, Thomas More, Jean Grolier, Thomas Wolsey and Urbanus Regius. The first work includes the valuable letter of Adrianus Barlandus to his brother, Cornelius, in which the former gives an account of all of Erasmus' works (lucubrationes) to date (October, 1516.) I. Van der Haeghen I, 99; Allen, Ep. I, 599, C2; Adams; E848; Bezzel 1014; For the woodcut border see Müller, Holbein Nr. 16. II. Vander Haeghen I, 99; Allen, Ep. I, 599, D1; Bezzel 1016; The fine Holbein title border reproduced by Butsch I, 41 ("von gršsster Bedeutung"). Kat. Holbeinausstellung 341 FIRST EDITION of the first work. FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE of the second work. Bound in an exceptional binding of contemporary tanned calf, ruled in compartments and elaborately tooled in blind with thistles, diamonds, and fleurs-de-lis surmounted by crowns. Aside from some wear to the extremities and loss to the leather in the top compartment of the spine, this binding is beautifully preserved. Internally, these copies are wide-margined with only a few trivial stains and a little damp staining to the final signature of the second work. There are contemporary and near-contemporary ownership inscriptions to the endpapers and title page. Both works feature fine historiated woodcut title page borders by Hans Holbein and conclude with Froben's printer's device. Bookseller Inventory # 2021D

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Miscellaneous poems By Andrew Marvell, Esq; late Member of the Honourable House of Commons

Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678)

Published by Printed [by Simon Miller?] for Robert Boulter, at the Turks-Head in Cornhill (1681)

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Item Description: Printed [by Simon Miller?] for Robert Boulter, at the Turks-Head in Cornhill, 1681. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Folio: 30.6 x 19.6 cm. [4], 116, 131-9, [1] pp. Collation: [A]2, B-C2, D-Q4, R1, S1, T2-4, U1, X1. With the added portrait frontispiece. The thirteen suppressed leaves with the poems to Cromwell, R2-T1 and U2-X2, have been replaced by the cancels, S1 and X1, as usual. The 'Miscellany Poems' marks the first appearance of the majority of Marvell's poems, including 'The Match', a metaphysical poem which shows Marvell's strong affinities with Donne; the country house poem, 'Upon Appleton House'; and Marvell's most celebrated poem, 'To His Coy Mistress', one of the most celebrated lyric poems in the English language. The letter To The Reader states 'that all these Poems, as also the other things in this Book contained, are Printed according to the exact Copies of my late dear Husband, under his own hand-Writing, being found since his Death among his other Papers.' The letter, signed 'Mary Marvell' is now known to have been written by Marvell's house-keeper, Mary Palmer. The Suppression of the Cromwellian Poems: As first printed the collection included three long poems in honor of Cromwell. At some stage in publication it was decided to suppress these three poems and the leaves containing them were cancelled.(Allison p. 51) The thirteen suppressed leaves, R2-T1 and U2-X2, were replaced by the cancels, S1 and X1. The leaves with the Cromwellian poems are preserved in only two copies (both incomplete): the Dobell-Thorn Drury-British Library and Huntington. Hayward, English Poetry, 126; Pforzheimer 671; Wing M 872; Allison, Four Metaphysical Poets, Andrew Marvell, No. 9; Grolier, Wither to Prior, 536 FIRST EDITION. Bound in full green morocco by Bedford. The contents are in fine condition. The lower, blank margin of the engraved portrait is cut a bit short. Signature to blank margin of title. Bookplate of Augustine Birrell, who purchased this copy at the Pearson sale in 1916. Bookseller Inventory # 2131D

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Vitae XII. Caesarum. With the commentaries of Marcus Antonius Sabellicus and Philippus Beroaldus. AND Asinus Aureus. With the commentary of Philippus Beroaldus.

Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius (ca. 70 - after 122); Apuleius, Lucius (123-after 161); Beroaldus, Philippus (1453-1505), commentator

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Item Description: Bartholomaeus de Zanis, 1500 AND 1504, 1500. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Two Folio Volumes: 31 x 21.5 cm. I. 352 leaves. Collation: aa4, a-z8, &8, cum8, orum8, A-Q8, R6, S6. Complete. II. 210 leaves. Collation: a4, b-q6, r4, s-z6, &6, cum6, orum6, A-N6, O8. Complete. An exceptional sammelband comprising a fifteenth-century edition of Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars and an early sixteenth-century edition of Apuleius' Golden Ass with the important commentary of Filippo Beroaldo the Elder. The Suetonius features an appendix by Beroaldus and other additions by Gaius Plinius Secundus, Decimus Magnus Ausonius, Johannes Baptista Pius and Bartholomaeus Ugerius. This edition follows the 1496 edition of Simon Bevilaqua. The Apuleius follows the first Beroaldo edition of 1500. Filippo Beroaldo as Commentator: Filippo Beroaldo's work as a philologian was recognized by contemporary scholars, including Poliziano, Barbaro, and Pico, with whom he met and corresponded. He became famous particularly as a commentator. In his commentaries, Beroaldo expresses warmly his enthusiastic love for and understanding of the ancient texts, which often provide him the occasion for digressive observations and reflections on the events of his own life or the customs of his own times. He writes a personal, non-Ciceronian style and prefers rare and unusual words and expressions, a habit which has been criticized from his time to ours. (Ciapponi) Beroaldo's commentary on Apuleius is particularly important in the development of Latin style in the late fifteenth-century. "From the early fifteenth-century, Ciceronianism had dominated the humanist imitation of classical style. But in the second half of the century, a reaction set in. Without really replacing Ciceronianism, scholars such as Georgio Valla and Angelo Poliziano argued for an eclectic approach to imitation and called for writers to cultivate their own individual styles. A more peculiar development at the end of the century was the emergence of Apuleianism as represented by such important figures as Paolo Cortesi and Filippo Beroaldo at the University of Bologna. Taking as their model the late antique author Apuleius, the Apuleians cultivated a style that was obscure, suffused with archaic and rare words, careless of balanced or periodic sentence structure, and willing to appropriate pell-mell phrasing and vocabulary of different periods, genres and styles of Latin literature." (John Monfasani's "Humanism and Rhetoric" in "Renaissance Humanism") Apuleius' novel, the Golden Ass: Along with Petronius' 'Satyricon', Apuleius' work represents for us the only example of an ancient novel in Latin, and it is the only one that has survived intact. To the neo-Platonist Macrobius, writing two centuries later than Apuleius, it seemed almost incredible that a Platonic philosopher had sunk to composing a novel of erotic, licentious adventures such as the Golden Ass. This sort of moralistic reservation, however, had no influence on the work's fate in medieval times. Apuleius remains one of the Latin authors most likely to fascinate modern readers. His exploration of abnormal and supernatural realms of experience and his fascination with sex, violence, and redemption exert an appeal even upon the many readers who are spared the bizarrely sensuous pleasures of his Latin style. (Conte, "Latin Literature, A History") I. Hain-Copinger-Reichling 15130; Goff S-828; Proctor 5347; BMC V, 434; GW 44256; ISTC is00828000. II. Adams A1372; BM STC (Italian) 35 The Nakles copy. Bound in contemporary quarter pigskin over quarter-sawn beveled wooden boards with brass catches and one of two original clasps, very well preserved. The pigskin is tooled in blind, paneled in compartments with interlocking vinework. There is an attractive early paper label in black and red on the spine. These copies are in extremely fine condition with contemporary annotations; those in the Suetonius in red and black. The first few pages of the Apuleius exhibit a little bit of foxing and light soiling; a few signatures are lightly toned. Bookseller Inventory # 2117D

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Item Description: In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, mense Augusto, 1519. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Folio: 30 x 20.5 cm. [4], 345, [1] leaves. Collation: *4, (lacking blank *4), a[alpha]-z[zeta]8, aa[2alpha]-tt[2tau]8, uu[2upsilon]10 FIRST ALDINE EDITION. This is the second edition in Greek, following the editio princeps printed by Giunta in 1517. The text was edited by Francesco Asulano, Andrea Torresani's son and Aldus' brother-in-law. Renouard, citing Johann Jacob Reiske, reports that there are apparently two editions of this date that differ in a number of textual points. The first Aldine edition appears to have been formed on the preceding of Giunta; the second differs greatly from it, exhibits a purer text, and was the basis for the Basel and Stephanus editions.' It is unclear which of the two variants our copy represents. Plutarch's Parallel Lives, a series of paired biographies in which the lives of famous Greeks and Romans are compared, is one of the signal achievements of classical literature. Renouard, p. 87, no. 9; New UCLA 182; Hoffmann III, 175; Schweiger p. 259, col. 2 Bound in eighteenth-century mottled sheepskin with a citron morocco label, gilt. A fine copy of the Aldine Plutarch with minor faults. The text is printed throughout in Greek, with capital spaces and printed guide letters at the beginning of each life. With the Aldine anchor and dolphin device on the title page and the verso of the final leaf. The title is a little soiled and there are discreetly backed tears in the margins of the first three leaves. A short worm trail has been expertly repaired in the final three signatures, very slightly affecting the text. There are also discreet repairs to the blank, upper corners of the final leaves. The margins of many of the lives have been heavily annotated in Greek and Latin by an unidentified 16th c. reader. Bookseller Inventory # 2105D

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Dante col sito, et forma dell' Inferno tratta dalla istessa descrittione del Poeta

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Published by nelle Case d' Aldo et d' Andrea de Asola, (1515)

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Item Description: nelle Case d' Aldo et d' Andrea de Asola, 1515. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Octavo: 15.6 x 9.6 cm. [2], 244, [4] leaves. Collation: 2, a-z8, A-H8. Complete with blank leaves i2 and H7. SECOND ALDINE EDITION (first 1502), the first illustrated Aldine edition. The first Aldine Dante appeared in 1502, edited by Pietro Bembo. Aldus himself is believed to have prepared this second edition of Dante, which appeared shortly after his death in 1515. The title page announces the inclusion of the new map (the location, shape, and size) of the Inferno. The map -a cross-section of the Inferno- was inspired by the illustrations in Girolamo Benivieni's (1453-1542) Giunta edition of 1506. Aldus also incorporated variant readings included by Benivieni in the Giuntina. The volume opens with a dedicatory epistle by Andrea Torresani, Aldus' partner and father-in-law, to the celebrated Vittoria Colonna (1490-1547). Renouard, p. 73, no. 8; Ahmanson-Murphy 136; Adams D-88 Bound in 19th c. green morocco, paneled and tooled in gold, with a large central stamp of the Aldine device in gold on both boards. The contents are in fine condition. The top margin is cut a bit close in the final signature, just shaving the woodcut rule of the diagrams and illustration. With the bookplate of the Reverend Edward Francis Witts (1813-86). With woodcut schematic diagrams of the sins punished in the Inferno and the moral scheme of Purgatory, as well as a double-paged woodcut illustration of the Inferno, based on the researches of Antonio Manetti (1423-1497). The Aldine anchor and dolphin device appears on the title page and the verso of the final leaf. Bookseller Inventory # 2107D

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Title in Greek and Latin] Platonis Omnia Opera, ex vetustissimorum exemplarium collatione multo nunc quam antea emendatiora.

Plato (427-347 B.C.).

Published by Heinrich Petri, (1556)

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Item Description: Heinrich Petri, 1556. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 3rd Edition. Folio. 31.7 x 20.4 cm. 6 lvs, 690 pp., 23 lvs. [alpha]6, [alpha]-[omega]6, [2Alpha]-[2Omega]6, [3Alpha]-[3Eta]6, [3Theta]-[3Iota]8, [3Kappa]-[3Mu]6, [3Nu]4 The Third Edition of Plato in Greek, In a Blind-stamped pigskin binding. THIRD EDITION of the Greek text of Plato (first ed. Venice, 1513; 2nd ed. Basel, 1534), edited by Marcus Hopper (d. 1564).ÒPlatoÕs central conception of a universe of ideas, Perfect Types, of which material objects are imperfect forms, and his ethical code based on action according to human nature, developed by education, which represents the authority of the State, fit in as well with the religious and constitutional ideas of fifteenth-century Italy as it did with those of the Byzantine Greeks, by whom Plato was reintroduced to the Western world.Ó (PMM) Adams P 1438; Hieronymus, Greek 143; VD 16, P 3276; cf. PMM 27 Bound in contemporary, alum-tawed pigskin, signed and dated "IC.K.H. 1572." The binding is richly tooled in blind, with scrolling vines, sheaves of wheat, figured rolls of Faith, Hope and Temperance. In the central compartments are two large stamps of unidentified German princes and their arms within architectural frames. The lower board is dampstained but the binding is in otherwise excellent condition, the impressions of the tools very sharp. Internally, this copy is in excellent condition. The leaves are clean with broad margins (with a few deckled edges). There are occasional manuscript annotations, particularly in the margins of leaves [Nu]5-6 and [Xi]1-3. There is some very light staining in the margins of the final six signatures. With the exception of the preliminary matter, the text is set entirely in Greek and adorned with woodcut capitals. Petri's woodcut printer's device appears on the title page. A beautiful copy. Bookseller Inventory # 1667D

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Hesiodou tou askraiou Erga kai Hemerae (Greek and Latin) Hesiodi Ascraei Opera et Dies. Theogonia. Scutum Herculis. Omnia cu[m] multis optimisque expositionibus.

Hesiod (fl. CA. 700 B.C.)

Published by Bartolomeo Zanetti, for Joannes Franciscus Trincavellius, (1537)

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Item Description: Bartolomeo Zanetti, for Joannes Franciscus Trincavellius, 1537. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Quarto. 20.8 x 15 cm. [4], 188 leaves. +4, [alpha]-[psi]8, [omega]4 A Perfect Copy of Zanetti's Masterpiece in Contemporary Pigskin by Konrad Küne. 'This edition is valuable on account of its excellent scholia and correct Greek text which have formed the basis of almost every subsequent edition.' A truly valuable, if not indispensable, volume in a library of any classical pretension.' Dibdin II, 31. First and sole Zanetti edition, an edition famous for its typographic beauty. This edition is of central importance, as it contains the first printing of the Greek scholia, and formed the basis of virtually all subsequent editions. Dibdin says that "this is a truly valuable, if not indispensable, volume in a library of any classical pretension." This edition includes all of the works ascribed to Hesiod: the "Works and Days", the "Theogony" and the "Shield of Herakles". The text of the poems is accompanied by exegesis in Greek by John Tzetzes (fl. 12th c.) and Manuel Moschopoulos (fl. late 13th c.). Leaf I features a headpiece, two initials and text headings printed in red. The full-page woodcut depicts agricultural implements and occupations; there are two other diagrams in the text, and the printer's pictorial device on the title is a variant of his standard putto, which has been ascribed to Titian. "Bonne edition; elle est recherchee, mais point fort rare: les scolies en font le principal merite" - Brunet. Mortimer 233. Brunet III:140. Sander 3380; Adams H-470; Hoffmann II, 248; Bibliotheca Bacchica 345; Layton, pp. 33, 513-21; Schweiger I, 143; Graesse III, 262; STC Italian, p. 326. Bound in a beautiful contemporary binding of alum-tawed pigskin over beveled wooden boards, attributed to Konrad KŸne of Stuttgart. The binding is in near-perfect condition with intact clasps and catches. The binding is elaborately tooled in blind with rolls of the Evangelists and Graces. Internally, this copy is in extraordinary condition with bright leaves and generous margins. There is a small spot of ink on the first leaf, strategically placed to cover the genitals of the woodcut putto. Bookseller Inventory # 2020D

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In re iudiciali opera

Abraham ben Meir ibn Ezra (1092-1167 A.D.); Bate, Henricus, of Malines (1246-1310), translator and contributor; d'Albano, Pietro (ca. 1250-ca. 1315), translator.

Published by Ex officina Petri Liechtenstein, (1507)

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Item Description: Ex officina Petri Liechtenstein, 1507. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto: 21.3 x 15.5 cm. XCVI leaves. Collation: A-Z4, AA4 (Complete with blank leaf Z4) First edition of the collected astrological writings of the Jewish astrologer Ibn Ezra, including the important translation by Henry Bate of 'Sefer ha-Olam, the 'Book of the World'. 'Not only does Bate's translation of 'Sefer ha-Olam' belong to the earliest of the four waves of Latin translation of Ibn Ezra's astrological writings, it also antedates any of the surviving Hebrew manuscriptsÉ The main part of Ibn Ezra's scientific writings consists of a series of astrological treatises which may well be considered an astrological encyclopediaÉ. They may be regarded collectively as the product of a steady and concentrated effort carried out in a single year, 1148, in the city of Bziers in Provence From a thematic point of view, these treatises may be considered as chapters of a single major work, since some of them are designed as general textbooks, while others deal separately with the four main systems of Arabic astrology: nativities, elections, interrogations, and universal astrology.' (Shlomo Sela, 'Abraham Ibn Ezra and the Rise of Medieval Hebrew Science', p. 57) Stillwell, Awakening 2; Houzeau-L. 3927 ("rare"); Thorndike II, 917 & 927; DSB IV, 502; Osler No. 713 Bound in modern vellum. This copy is in excellent condition with wide margins (with the occasional deckled edge) and bright, crisp leaves. There are a number of fine woodcut initials in the text. Light finger-soiling and small marginal tear to the title; soiling to the blank verso of the final leaf. Minor dog-earing to one corner of the final signature. Bookseller Inventory # 2089D

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Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recue’l Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'AntiquitŽ Romaine Qui Existent Encore: DessinŽs Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et GravŽs, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)

Published by Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires Franois rŸe du Cours prs de Saint Marcel, de l'imprimerie de Komarek,, Rome: (1761)

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Item Description: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires Franois rŸe du Cours prs de Saint Marcel, de l'imprimerie de Komarek,, Rome:, 1761. Hard cover. FIRST EDITION. Folio: 52 x 38.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [ ]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With and 73 added plates. Complete. The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the ÒVarie Vedute di Roma Antica e ModernaÓ and for whose ÒAntichitˆ RomaneÓ he contributed figures for 14 plates Òthus becoming one of the few official collaboratorsÓ of Piranesi. BarbaultÕs own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi. The success of BarbaultÕs views was Òlargely due to the great fashion for large Roman views created by PiranesiÕs publications. The overlapping questions of plagiarism and influence are quite vivid, since not only were Piranesi and Barbault both collaborators and rivals (Barbault died too young to present a real threat), but, more important, in Giovanni Bouchard they briefly shared a publisher as well. It has been persuasively suggested (Rosenberg 1976) that Bouchard promoted Barbault as a rival after Piranesi left to set up his own publishing enterprise and that Barbault became PiranesiÕs most feared pasticheur. La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184 Magnificently illustrated with 73 etched and engraved plates comprising 88 half-page and 29 full-page images of ancient Roman architecture and sculpture. These were designed by Barbault (83 engravings), Carlo Nolli (1), and L. Bufalino (1) and engraved by Barbault (56), Domenico Montag (52), Giuseppe? Bouchard (6), and Freicenet (4). The title page bears an etched and engraved vignette, the text is further illustrated with an engraved head-piece for the dedication and 9 engraved illustrations of ancient bas-reliefs and sculptures as tail-pieces. An exceptional copy, bound in contemporary mottled calf, with splitting to the leather along the hinges (but with the boards still firmly attached), and some wear to the extremities with small losses. The spine is ornately tooled in gold with floral ornaments. The board edges and turn-ins are also tooled in gold. Internally, this copy is in excellent condition with broad, clean margins, and no marks or stains. A truly fine copy of the first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 2102D

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Institutio Astronomica: Juxta Hypotheses Tam Veterum quam Recentiorum. Cui Accesserunt Galilei Galilei Nuntius Sidereus; et Johannis Kepleri Dioptrice. Secunda editio priori correctior.

Gassendi, Pierre (1592-1655); Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)

Published by typis Jacobi Flesher (1653)

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Item Description: typis Jacobi Flesher, 1653. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Octavo: 18 x 11.5 cm. [16], 199, [1]; 173, [1] p., 4 leaves of plates : ill., diagrams (woodcuts). Collation: A-N8, O4; A-L8 (lacking final blank) FIRST EDITION of this collection. Second edition overall of Gassendi's "Institutio Astronomica" (first ed. Paris, 1647). The First edition of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius and Kepler's Dioptrice to appear in England. Gassendi's "Institutio Astronomica," has been called the first modern astronomy textbook. It is divided into three sections: the first details the so-called theory of the spheres, the second describes astronomical theory, and the third discusses the conflicting ideas of Brahe and Copernicus. The present edition is important for the inclusion of two seminal works of telescopic astronomy: Galileo's "Sidereus Nuncius" (first ed. Venice, 1610), in which announces his discovery of Jupiter's moons, and Kepler's "Dioptrice" (first ed. Augsburg, 1611), Kepler's brilliant explanation of how the telescope works. "Galileo's 'Starry Messenger' contains some of the most important discoveries in scientific literature. Learning in the summer of 1609 that a device for making distant objects seem close and magnified had been brought to Venice from Holland, Galileo soon constructed a spy-glass of his own which he demonstrated to the notables of the Venetian Republic, thus earning a large increase in his salary as professor of mathematics at Padua. Within a few months he had a good telescope, magnifying to 30 diameters, and was in full flood of astronomical observation. "Through his telescope Galileo saw the moon as a spherical, solid, mountainous body very like the earth- quite different from the crystalline sphere of conventional philosophy. He saw numberless stars hidden from the naked eye in the constellations and the Milky Way. Above all, he discovered four new 'planets', the satellites of Jupiter that he called (in honor of his patrons at Florence) the Medicean stars. Thus Galileo initiated modern observational astronomy and announced himself as a Copernican. (Printing and the Mind of Man) Wing G291 (with the comma in line 3 of the title); Cinti, 128; Riccardi, I, col. 508; Sotheran, I p. 73 (1448); cf. PMM 113 and Dibner, Heralds of Science, #7 (the 1610 edition) Bound in contemporary paneled calf, ruled in blind, with small floral tools at the corners. The spine is ornately tooled in gold with a pretty thistle tool. There is a red morocco label, gilt, in the 2nd compartment. The binding is in excellent condition, the front hinge expertly mended. Internally, the contents are also in excellent condition and the impressions of the four star charts are sharp and black. The first title page is printed in red and black. There are several neat 18th c. notes in the margins of the first work, and the notice 'ad sextam editionem correcta' Cantab. 1702' on the title page. With an additional title page at leaf A2r: "Institutio astronomica juxta hypotheseis tam veterum, quam Copernici, et Tychonis". Galileo's "Sidereus nuncius" and Kepler's "Dioptrice" are introduced by separate title pages. The text is illustrated with astronomical woodcuts including images of the moon, showing its uneven, mountainous surface as discerned by Galileo through the telescope and four full-paged woodcut illustrations of stars (the Pleiades, Orion's belt, the Praesepe and Orion Nebulas.). Bookseller Inventory # 2096D

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Item Description: Apud Fredericum Haaring et Davidem Severinum, 1699. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Quarto. (16), 494, (26); (6), 282, (4) pp. Collation: [pi]2 **4, A-3T4. GalileoÕs ÒDialogue Concerning the Two Chief World SystemsÓ & ÒMathematical Discourses & demonstrations Concerning Two New SciencesÓ. FOURTH LATIN EDITION (and the fifth edition overall) of GalileoÕs ÒDialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondoÓ, together with the FIRST LATIN EDITION (the third overall) of his ÒDiscorsi e dimostrazioni matematicheÓ. In addition to GalileoÕs texts, this edition includes the introduction to KeplerÕs "Astronomia nova" ("Perioche ex introductione in MartemÓ) and the Latin translation of Paolo Antonio FoscariniÕs "Letter concerning the Opinion of the Pythagoreans and Copernicus about the Mobility of the Earth and Stability of the Sun, and the New Pythagorean System of the World" ("Epistola R.P.M. Pauli Antonii Foscarini, Carmelitani, circa Pythagoricorum, & Copernici opinionem de mobilitate terr¾, et stabilitate solis: et de novo systemate seu consitiutione mundi"), first published in 1615, in which Foscarini defends the Copernican theory as true and defends it against charges that it conflicted with Scripture. This edition concludes with ÒThe judgement of the Cardinals against Galileo and his abjuration, first printed in RiccioliÕs ÒAlmagestumÓ in 1651. Cf. PMM 128 (Dialogo) & 130 (Discorsi); Brunet II, 1462; Rocco di Torrepadula, ÒBiblioteca GalileianaÓ, p. 316-318, no. 166 With an added engraved title page (dated 1700) showing Aristotle, Copernicus and Ptolemy discussing the heliocentric and geocentric models of the solar system, and a frontispiece portrait of Galileo. Bound in contemporary stiff vellum, tooled in blind. The text is in excellent condition throughout. FOURTH LATIN EDITION (and the fifth edition overall). Bookseller Inventory # 1908D

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Item Description: Jean Barbier for Franois Regnault, 1515. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Folio: 28.5 x 21 cm. [8], 106 ff; [8], 290, [7] ff. Collation: I. [ ]8, a-z8, &8, [con]6, [rum]6; II. [rum]8, A-Z8, Aa-Mm8, Nn10, aaa8 (lacking blank leaf aaa8) A rare Parisian Vergil, printed by Jean Barbier for Franois Regnault. The colophon reads: Ex officina Ioannis barbier: impendio Francisci Regnault .xi. Kal. Iulias Anni ab redemptione humana. M.DXV. As stated on the title page, this copy was part of the allotment of copies to be sold by Denis Roce. There is another state of the title page with Regnault's device and the notice Venundatur a Francisco Regnault sub signo divi Claudii. VERY RARE. This only the second complete copy that I have handled in 15 years. Renouard, Josse Badius Ascensius, III, p. 368 ; Mambelli, Gli annali delle edizioni Virgiliane, (Firenze, 1954), 131; Adams V-467 This copy is bound in its original binding of one-third alum-tawed pigskin over quarter-sawn, beveled wooden boards. The pigskin is ruled and tooled in blind with attractive vine-work rolls. The clasps are missing but the original brass catch-plates are preserved. Aside from some soiling, minor signs of wear and a few scattered wormholes to the boards, the binding is very well preserved. Internally, this is a fine, complete copy with wide margins and some deckled edges. The general title page and the divisional title page for the Aeneid are both printed in red and black, with historiated woodcut borders and Denis Roce's printer's device featuring two heraldic griffins. There are numerous white-on-black initials throughout the text. Two readers have annotated this copy. The first reader, presumably the first owner, has added notes, underscores, and marginal glosses in red throughout the first volume, with particular emphasis on some of the poems in the spurious poems. The second reader, a later owner, has annotated the second volume (Aeneid) in black in a similar fashion. Two clean tears to the first title page have been mended, without loss. There is a light stain to the outer margin of the first signature and a few worm holes (just pin-pricks, no trails) to the final few leaves. The lower blank margin of the second leaf has been neatly torn away, without affecting the text. Aside from these minor faults, a wonderful copy of a book rarely found complete, let alone in its original binding, unwashed, unpressed, and with wide margins. Bookseller Inventory # 2115D

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Item Description: Henri Estienne, 1568. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Quarto: 25.2 x 16.2 cm. *4, a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-kkk4, lll2; A-Z4, Aa-Gg4, Hh2 (includes blanks ggg4 and Hh2). 'The great Estienne Sophocles, important for the scholia, which include those of Triclinius. The Greek text is followed by the commentary of Joachim Camerarius, and his Latin versions of Ajax and Electra. Estienne has again employed his peculiar system of diacritical notations.' (Schreiber) Schreiber 171; Renouard 131 n.3; Moeckli 69; Hoffman III, 414; Dibdin vol.2 p.411; Graesse p.440; Brunet vol.4 p311; Schweiger p.290; Adams S-1448 Bound in contemporary German tanned calfskin over beveled wooden boards, signed I.M. and dated 1577, with brass catch-plates (lacking clasps) and corner guards. The binding is elaborately tooled in compartments with numerous fine and unusual tools. The outermost compartment has two rows of interlocking sheaves of wheat. The double central compartments are decorated with fleurs-de-lis, arabesques, the initials and date, all tooled in silver (now oxidized). There are discreet, minor cracks in the leather along the upper hinge. There is also slight loss at the head and the tail of the spine. The text is in fine condition with excellent margins and occasional very light toning. With Estienne's 'Noli altum Sapere' printer's device on the title page. Each tragedy is introduced by a large woodcut histoirated initial and an attractive headpiece. The Greek text is printed in two sizes of Claude Garamond's "grecs du roi" type. Exquisite. By far the most beautiful example that I have handled. Bookseller Inventory # 2120D

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Item Description: printed by William Stansby for Edward Blount, 1632. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Duodecimo: 13 x 7.5 cm. [636] pp. Collation: A6 (lacking blank A1), B-Z12, Aa-Dd12 FIRST AND SOLE COLLECTED EDITION of Lyly's comedies. This is the second variant. Bound in contemporary calf, rebacked. Bookplate of the 18th c. Parliamentarian John Rutherford of Edgerston, Roxburgh (1712-1758). A fine copy with a single tear to the upper corner of leaf Dd8, affecting a few words. Six of the seven plays have separate title pages with Stansby's woodcut printer's device. Woodcut head and tailpieces throughout. An important collection of Elizabethan comedies, the original, individual editions of which survive in very few copies and are unobtainable. Lyly was the most innovative and one of the earliest of the Elizabethan playwrights. His style was enormously influential on the later Elizabethans, including Shakespeare. The comedies offer a fascinating window into the intimate environment of ElizabethÕs court theatre, as many of the plays performed at court in this period have perished. This is the sole collected edition and the only appearance of Lyly's plays in the 17th c. Edward Blount wrote the preface to this collection which includes 'Endimion, the Man in the Moone'(1591), 'The Tragicall Comedie of Alexander and Campaspe'(1584), 'Sapho and Phao'(1584), 'Gallathea' (1592), 'Mydas' (1591), and 'Mother Bombie' (1594). Lyly was almost the first English playwright, and certainly the most important before 1590, to make theme the unifying force in a play. His predecessors would typically follow a plot exactly as given in the source, but Lyly selected from different sources, freely altered what he found, brought together characters who were historically centuries apart, and added at will from his own imagination always as the theme, not the source, dictated. Consequently, in thematic unity Lyly's plays stand far above any that preceded them, and their example may well have been what caused the next generation of dramatists to attend so carefully to the unity of theme in their own plays. ODNB Pforzheimer 635; Greg III, pp. p. 1088-9; STC (2nd ed.), 17088; ESTC S108991. Bookseller Inventory # 2099D

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The hystory writtone by Thucidides the Athenyan of the warre, whiche was betwene the Peloponesians and the Athenyans, translated oute of Frenche into the Englysh language by Thomas Nicolls citezeine and goldesmyth of London.

Thucydides (ca. 455-ca. 400 B.C.)

Published by Imprinted [by William Tylle], the xxv. day of Iuly in the yeare of oure Lorde God a thousande, fyue hundredde and fyftye. (1550)

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Item Description: Imprinted [by William Tylle], the xxv. day of Iuly in the yeare of oure Lorde God a thousande, fyue hundredde and fyftye., 1550. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Folio: 31.2 x 20 cm. Cvi, Cvi-Clxxix, Clxxix-CC.xxiii, [1] leaves. Collation: A-Z6, Aa-Oo6, Pp4. Lacking the privilege (leaf A2). With the final errata leaf present. 'Nicholls's translation of Thucydides was published in London on 25 July 1550 as The hystory writtone by Thucidides the Athenyan of the warre which was betweene the Peloponesians and the Athenyans; the printer has been identified as William Tylle. A royal privilege granted in February 1550 (the text of which was prefixed to the edition) protected the work from unauthorized publication for seven years so that Nicholls could continue in his intention to 'bring other profytable hystories out of frenche & latene into our sayd maternall language, to the generall benefyt, comodytie & profyt of all our louing Subiectes' (fol. 2r). With no knowledge of Greek, Nicholls based his work on the French translation by Claude de Seyssel published in Paris in 1527 which, according to Nicholls, was in turn based on the Latin translation of Laurentius Valla; Nicholls included a translation of Valla's preface in the 'Hystory'. Nicholls dedicated his translation to his former tutor, acknowledging his debt to Cheke's tuition. Cheke's own position as tutor to Edward VI meant that Nicholls's 'Hystory' was one of the books bought as a school book for the young king. Thucydides was not translated again until the philosopher Thomas Hobbes issued a new translation in 1629.(R.C.D. Bladwin, ODNB) The historical methods of Thucydides, who lived in the fifth century B.C., have never been bettered. His severe standard of historical truth, coupled with his passionate belief in the general significance of particular events, have given his history of the tragic war between Athens and Sparta a universal value to statesmen and historians alike.(Printing and the Mind of Man, 219) Antiquarian, Early Printing, History, Greek, Classics, Henry VIII, England, STC Bound in a contemporary London binding, tooled in blind and with ornamental rolls (Oldham HM.a.6 & MW.d.12). The binding is in fine condition aside from minor faults. The text block is backed with vellum manuscript waste from a gradual with musical notation. The text is printed in Black Letter. The title page is framed by an elaborate woodcut border incorporating the Tudor arms and the initials E.R. (Edward (VI) Rex). The top margin of the title has been cut away, just shaving the top of the border. The text is in excellent condition throughout with a bit of minor worming to the blank margins only in the first part. Lacking the privilege leaf, A2. Provenance: With the near contemporary signature of Henry Dingley, possibly Henry Dingley of Charlton, High Sheriff of Worcestershire under Mary I, mentioned in Fuller's Worthies. With the bookplate of Walter Bagot (probably the cleric and landowner, 1731-1806). Bookseller Inventory # 2129D

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Theatre des Cruautez des Hereticques de nostre temps. Traduit du Latin en Franois.

Rowlands (alias Verstegan), Richard (ca. 1550-1640)

Published by Chez Adrien Hubert, (1588)

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Item Description: Chez Adrien Hubert, 1588. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Quarto: 21.5 x 16.5 cm. A-M4, A-H4 THE EXPANDED FRENCH EDITION of Verstegan's extraordinary graphic account of the persecution of Catholics in England under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, in France at the hands of the Huguenots, and in The Netherlands by the Calvinist Geuzen. The Theater is illustrated with 29 large engravings depicting the grisly tortures and executions endured by Catholics at the hands of their tormentors. The first part of the work opens with the beheadings of Sir Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher, executed by Henry VIII and concludes with the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, executed by Elizabeth I. Three French editions of Verstegan's martyrology were printed in 1587 and 1588. The first French edition, which Allison & Rogers (English Counter-Reformation, I, no. 1302) call a counterfeit, was a full but not always accurate translation of the Latin; the engravings are poor copies of the originals, and the title engraving is omitted.(Petti, Catholic Martyrologies, p. 82) That edition was reissued in 1588 with slight modifications. Our edition is an entirely new French translation from the Latin original, translated by 'a French merchant'. Paul Arblaster believes that this edition, 'adapted more specifically to the polemical needs of the Catholic League' was published 'to coincide with the new schedule for the Enterprise of England', the Armada expedition having been pushed back due to Drake's raid on Cadiz. (See Arblaster, p. 43) The new material, which runs an additional 64 pages, consists of 'an impassioned prologue concerning religious events in France'(Petti) followed by a much more detailed description of the engraved scenes of torture and atrocities depicted in the first part; it concludes with a note from the printer to the reader explaining how this French translation came to be. The Theatrum was in five sections: an introduction and illustrated accounts of the persecution of Catholics during the reign of Henry VIII, during the French Wars of Religion, in the early years of the Dutch Revolt, and under Elizabeth I. It was to be a seminal work of hagiology, but it was not only an important devotional work, it was also, if only indirectly, propaganda for the Spanish Armada. The book ends with the depiction of the execution of Mary Queen of Scots on 8 February 1587, and a call to the Catholic princes of Europe to avenge this Calvinist regicide, while the introduction devotes considerable space to demonstrating that Elizabeth I had broken her coronation oath and violated reason and justice with her various statutes and proclamations against Catholics. A stated purpose was to show that Calvinists, unlike any other Christian group since the Muenster Anabaptists, viewed the forcible overthrow of the established order as a necessary precondition to religious reform in the creation of a 'godly commonwealth'.'(Paul Arblaster, Antwerp & The World: Richard Verstegan and the International Culture of Catholic Reformation, pp. 41-2) Petti, Bibliography of Richard Verstegan (Recusant History, April, 1963), No. 4h; Adams T 443; Allison & Rogers, English Counter-Reformation, I, no. 1302; Milward, P. Religious controversies of the Elizabethan age, 268; Funck, Le livre Belge ˆ gravures 407 FIRST EDITION of this EXPANDED FRENCH EDITION of the “Theater of Cruelties of the Heretics of Our Time”, translated from the Latin original (1587) and augmented with an additional 64 page second part, printed here for the first time. The text is illustrated with 29 half-page engravings, possibly the work of Jean Wierix, of torture and execution in England and Ireland (plates I-IV and XXII-XXIX); France (plates V-XVI); and the Low Countries (plates XVII-XXI). With an engraved title page vignette, and numerous ornaments. Bookseller Inventory # 2094D

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Relatione delle Cose piu Notabili Scritte ne gli anni 1619. 1620. & 1621 dalla Cina. Al molto Rev. in Christo P. Mutio Vitelleschi Preposito Generale della Compagnia di Giesu

Trigault, Nicolas, S.J. (1577-1628); Dias, Manuel, S.J. (1549-1639); Kirwitzer, Wenceslaus Pantaleon, S.J. (1588-1626)

Published by Per l'Erede di Bartolomeo Zannetti (1624)

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Item Description: Per l'Erede di Bartolomeo Zannetti, 1624. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Octavo. 14.8 x 9.5 cm. 252 pp. Collation: A-P8, Q6 A fascinating group of letters from a crucial period for the Jesuit mission in China. The letters are written by three notable Jesuits: the Portuguese Manuel Dias the Elder (1549-1639), who would later take a leading role in the creation of the Ratio Studiorum for the Chinese mission; the Bohemian astronomer Wenceslaus Pantaleon Kirwitzer (1588-1626); and the Flemish Jesuit Nicolas Trigault (1577-1628), whose efforts on behalf of the Chinese mission are of inestimable importance. The first letter, written by Manuel Dias from Macao, reports on the attacks against the Ming in Liaotung, the portents of disaster noticed by the Chinese, and the flight of the Jesuits in the north from the Manchu invaders. The second letter, written from Macao by Wenceslaus Pantaleon Kirwitzer, tells of the return of Trigault and his recruits to Macao in 1620, the extension of the Manchu invasion, and the heavy losses of the Chinese and Korean defenders. The third letter, written by Trigault from north of Nanking, tells of the death of the Wan-li emperor in 1620 (and includes a paraphrase of his will), the succession crisis that followed, the military setbacks and losses being suffered on the northern frontier, and the Jesuit plan to extend their missionizing efforts in Korea.(Lach III. pp. 374-5) During the period in which these letters were written, the Jesuit mission in China was in turmoil. The Society was weathering a serious attack launched by the mandarin Shen Que and other Chinese suspicious of the Jesuits and Christianity. In 1617, thanks to intensive lobbying by Shen, the Wan-li Emperor ordered the Jesuits expelled from China. While only four Jesuits, including Semedo and Vagnoni, were expelled from the Empire, those remaining eight European priests and six Chinese Brothers- were forced to suspend much of their activity. In 1620, the Emperor died and a political struggle ensued that led to the rise to power of the eunuch Wei Zhongian, who removed many of the Jesuits' most important Chinese allies from power. During this same period, the Manchu leader Nurhaci proclaimed himself emperor and invaded China's northern frontier, forcing the Jesuits to flee along with the native population. Despite the many setbacks suffered by the Jesuits in this period, there were also important advances: In 1621, the Jesuits were restored to an official and public presence within the capital, which indirectly gave official recognition to those in other parts of the empire.(Ross) The most important developments came after 1619 with the return to China of Trigault, who had successfully completed his diplomatic tour to Europe to gain support and new missioners for the Chinese mission. New orders from Rome mandated a separation of the Chinese mission from the Japanese mission; China was to be its own vice-province. Further, Pope Paul V granted, 'that the Bible and the most important liturgies of the Church, including the Mass, should be translated into literary Chinese so that ordained Chinese priests could celebrate Mass in the vernacular.'(Ross) Trigault also brought with him a substantial scientific library and the Jesuit astronomers Adam Schall von Bell, Johann Schrek, and Wenceslas Kirwitzer (author of the second letter in this volume), to further Matteo Ricci's vision of reforming Chinese astronomy and mathematics. The Jesuits were now back in the same position that they had been before the first troubles of 1617. That is, they were treated as Chinese if it suited the administration and their activities throughout the empire were tolerated because of the position held by the Jesuits in the capital and because of the patronage of so many of the most distinguished literati who were either Christians or were sympathetic to the Society. Bookseller Inventory # 2135D

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Vestigi delle antichita di Roma Tivoli Pozzvolo et altri luochi. Con privilegio di sua Sac. Ces. Mae. Stampati in Praga da Aegidio Sadeler scultore di essa mae 1606.

Sadeler, Aegidius (1570-1629)

Published by Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi (1660)

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Item Description: Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi, 1660. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 2nd Edition. Folio. 43 x 29 cm. Engraved title page and 50 engraved plates. Thirty-six of these images were copied by Aegidius Sadeler from Etienne Du Perac's " Vestigi dell'Antichita di Roma" (Rome 1575). The decision to use Du Perac's plates as a source was an inspired one, for Du Perac's Vestigi represent as no other work does the lively renewal and interest in the monuments of classical antiquity which reached its climax in sixteenth century Rome. (Builders and Humanists: the Renaissance Popes as Patrons of the Arts, p. 308) Du Perac was not above using the work of his predecessors, notably Dosio's, when it was to his advantage, but much was his own, and he was a good draftsman and a careful observer. He can often be called on for details that are preserved nowhere else.(L. Richardson, New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, p. xxiv) For the other images, Sadeler drew on drawings by Jan Brueghel the elder and Pieter Stevens. Marco Sadeler, whose name appears on the plates, was an engraver and print seller in Prague in the early 1600's and probably the nephew of Aegidius. In the middle of the 17th century, a copy of the 1606 edition found its way to Rome where it was copied for Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi by Girolamo Ferri, with the "Marco Sadeler excudit" preserved on each plate (late variants appeared towards 1677, at the end of the career of Giacomo de' Rossi, with "Marco Sadeler/ sculpsit" in place of "excudit".) The monograms indicating the reworking of Ferri are visible on the plates no. 10, 19, 37, 42 and 46. In our copy the series is in its earliest state as the plates 4 and 45 are unnumbered and lacking Marco Sadeler's 'excudit.' This state is not recorded in Bartsch (1978). Olschki 18017; Fowler 283; Berlin Katalog 1856; Bartsch (1978) LXXII, pt. 1, 161-211; Cicognara 3871 (1606 ed.); Hollstein Dutch XXI, 151-201; Weinreb 2, 129; BAL III, nr. 2882 (all plates listed individually); Kissner 408; Catalogue of the exhibition "Vestigi delle antichita . Momenti dell'elaborazione di un'immagine", edited by Anna Grelle, Rome 1987, pages 123-144 and passim. With an engraved allegorical title with the main title incised within a wolf's hide hung on a monument; an engraved dedication to Matthaeus Wacker von Wackenfels (numbered'1'), with the text incised on a stone tablet between flanking obelisks and with two putti supporting the dedicatee's arms; and 49 full-paged engraved plates (ca. 170 x 270 mm), all numbered and signed 'Marco Sadeler excudit', with descriptive captions in Italian. Bound in modern vellum. This copy is in superb condition, printed on heavy paper, entirely uncut, and with sharp impressions of the plates. The margins are clean and very broad; there are deckled edges on every leaf. A very desirable copy. The best that I have seen. Bookseller Inventory # 2136D

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Poems, &c. by John Donne, late Dean of St. Pauls. With elegies on the Author's Death. To which is added divers copies under his own hand, never before printed.

Donne, John (1573-1631).

Published by printed by T. N., for Henry Herringman, (1669)

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Item Description: printed by T. N., for Henry Herringman, 1669. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 5th or later Edition. Octavo. 16.5 x 10.3 cm. A4 (A1 blank), B-Z, Aa-Dd8 (Dd8 blank) The Most Complete 17th Century Edition. FIFTH EDITION; the last and most complete edition of Donne's poetry published in the 17th century, and the only Restoration printing. Many textual changes were made in this edition, and five new poems were added, including "To His Mistress Going to Bed," and "O My America! My New-found-land". Keynes 84; Wing D1871; Grolier, Wither to Prior #291 This copy is bound in modern speckled calf with a gilt label on the spine. The text is in very good condition, though cut a bit close and with a few headlines, page numbers and a few poems just touched by the knife. There are two ink smudges on leaf D2. Bookseller Inventory # 1782D

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Item Description: For the Author, Amsterdam, 1700. hard cover. FIRST EDITIONS. Quarto: 22.2 x 18.2 cm. I. [III] engraved plates (one folding), A2, B4. 60 full-page engraved plates. II. 7 p. l., 177, [7] pp. *2(*1 + chi1), 2chi2, 3chi2, A-Z4. 50 full-page engraved plates. With an added engraved title page and portrait off Jacob de Wilde. I. Maria de WildeÕs Catalogue of Her FatherÕs Collection of Antique Sculptures: First and only edition of a work on the private collection of the famous Amsterdam collector Jacob de Wilde (1645-1745). The collection consisted of bronze and marble statues, lamps, a Roman sarcophagus and several marble busts, here depicted on 60 engraved plates by his daughter Maria, whose portrait is also inserted. The work also contains a large engraving of the library and 'Wunderkammer' of Jacob de Wilde. The work was privately printed for the author. The collection of De Wilde was famous and was visited in 1697 by Czar Peter the Great, who later acquired it to add to his collections in St. Petersburg. As Secretary to the Admiralty, de Wilde was well-positioned to acquire objects from mariners who traveled to foreign lands. While in Amsterdam, Peter studied engraving and etching with Adriaan Schoonebeek, who was also instructing the then 15 year old Maria de Wilde. PeterÕs visit to the de Wilde museum Òmarked the first visit by a Russian czar to an antiquarian collection and this visit could be called the beginning of the Western European classical tradition in RussiaÉ Twenty years later, in 1717, [Peter] again stayed in Amsterdam for four months and again visited the collection of de Wilde, this time more than once. During one of these visits he was presented with a catalogue of de WildeÕs collection of sculptures. Its frontispiece is an engraving depicting Jacob de Wilde in conversation with a young man in Russian attire. The coat of arms with the two-headed eagle at the young manÕs feet shows that it is a depiction of the meeting between Czar Peter and Jacob de Wilde in 1697. Thus the beginning of the Western European classical tradition in Russia was also visually recorded.Ó(Wes) I. Delpire, Cabinets de curiositŽs: collections: collectionneurs (Librairie Paul Jammes, 1997), 384; Marinus Antony Wes, Classics in Russia 1700-1855: between two bronze horsemen, p. 13ff. II. Graesse VI2 p450;Hollstein XXVI; Schoonebeek p72; Thieme-Becker 30, p256; Cat. De wereld binnen handbereik p202; Sinkansas; Gemology, 7205; not in Balsiger SOLE EDITIONS. Bound in contemporary calf, rebacked. Internally, these copies are in excellent condition with nice margins. There is a small, light stain to the engraving of the museum and some discreet paper repairs to a short worm trail in the blank margin of the final plates, not affecting the engravings. I. ÒSigna antiquaÓ: Engraved frontispiece, etched vignette on title by Adriaan Schoonebeek, portrait of Maria de Wilde drawn by David Hoogstraten and etched by P. vanden Berge, large folding engraving depicting the Museum Wildianum and 60 numbered etched plates by Maria de Wilde. 10 pp. of text with dedicatory poems. II. ÒGemmae SelectaeÓ: With an added engraved title page and a portrait of Jacob de Wilde by Pieter van den Berge, together with 50 engraved plates of gems by Adriaan Schoonebeek. Bookseller Inventory # 2130D

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Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778)

Published by No Publisher (1774)

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Item Description: No Publisher, 1774. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Map. Image size (from plate mark): 122 x 71 cm. Sheet size: 134.5 x 73.5 cm. 3 joined sheets Piranesi's map extends the area covered by the Nolli plan as far north as the Ponte Milvio. Piranesi has made the important innovation of identifying 402 archaeologically important sites, keyed to his own works on ancient Rome. "By the mid-1770's, at the height of his career, Piranesi had produced a comprehensive record of ancient and modern Rome in the form of the well over a hundred plates of the Vedute di Roma. He may have felt the need for a reference map to accompany collections of these plates and devised this work, usually found in associations with the Vedute, to fill this need. Exercising his skills in presenting formidable quantities of information coherently, he sought to relate the surviving remains of antiquity to the contemporary topography of Rome and to offer a way to reference published information about them. He therefore produced a large map of the modern city within the Aurelian Walls, together with an extension showing the territory to the north, between Porto del Popolo and Ponte Milvio and including the Campus Martius area. This is augmented by a smaller map isolating the principal antiquities, which were marked with numbers corresponding to those in the larger map. Around these Piranesi arranged a detailed index listing the monuments according to their assigned number and referring to relevant passages in his major publications, including the ÔAntichitˆ RomaneÕ, Della Magnificenza and Campo Marzio. The dating of the map is problematic, since, although it is dedicated prominently to Clement XIV (1769-1774), Francesco Piranesi's 1792 catalogue assigns it to 1778 and most authorities, including Giesecke, Focillon and Hind, have accepted a late, if not posthumous date; however, this dating is certainly based on error, since Giambattista, in his Avvertimento at the top of the main map, refers to l'approvazione che si  degnata mostrarne la Santita di N.ro Sig.re PAPA CLEMENTE XIV feliecmente regnate. Supporting evidence for an earlier date comes from an impression of the Catalogo delle Opere referred to by Scott, which contains manuscript entries for the three Vedute di Roma datable to 1774 and indicates that the map was already available.(Wilton-Ely) Focillon 600; Wilton-Ely 1008 This copy is in excellent condition. The impression is dark and sharp. Bookseller Inventory # 2093D

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Item Description: 1585. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto: 16 x 11 cm. [2], 53, [1], 7, [1] p. Collation: A-H4 FIRST EDITION, second issue. This is an extremely scarce work. The last complete copy to appear at auction was in the Parke Bernet sale (1978), sold to Stirling Maxwell. A fascinating, contemporary report of William Parry's plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, with an account of his discovery, imprisonment, confession, and execution (in March 1585), together with the following documents: the confession of Parry's fellow-conspirator, Edmund Neville, outlining in detail Parry's plans to kill Elizabeth with his dagger in her private gardens or, failing that, to shoot her at St. James; and Parry's own confession, written with his own hand before Walsingham in the Tower. This is followed by two more letters of confession by Parry, the first addressed to the queen; the next addressed to Burghley and Leicester. The volume also includes documents that further incriminate Parry and provide details of the early stages of his plotting. The first of these is a letter, written by the Jesuit William Crichton -who was at the time imprisoned in the Tower for his role in a Jesuit plot to assassinate the queen- recalling a conversation with Parry concerning the lawfulness of assassinating the queen. Next we have Ptolomeo Galli, Cardinal of Como's letter to Parry, in which he approves a letter that Parry had written to the pope, allegedly offering to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, and that the pope granted him a plenary indulgence for his efforts. Following the account of Parry's trial and execution by hanging on March 2, 1585, the printer has added 'A few observations gathered out of the very wordes and writings of William Parry, the traytour, applied to prove his trayterous coniuration, with a resolute intent, imagination, purpose, and obstinate determination to have killed her Maiestie.' This account of Parry's machinations implicates the Jesuits, English recusants and seminarians, and the pope himself. The revelation that Parry conceived of his plan by reading the works of William Allen prompts this editorial note: 'See how the smoothe wordes of that Catholique booke are enterpreted and conceived. One Spirite occupieth the Catholique reader with the Catholique writer, and therefore can best expound the writers sence in his readers mouth, even to bee a booke fraught with emphaticall speeches of energeticall perswasion to kill and depose her Maiestie, and yet doeth the hypocrite writer, that traitour Catholique, dissemble and protest otherwise.' STC (2nd ed.), 19342a Bound in 19th c. morocco, with light wear. A good, complete copy with the four page supplement "A prayer for all kings, princes, countreyes and people, which doe professe the Gospel" (sig. H). The lower margin is cut close with a few catchwords trimmed. Bookseller Inventory # 2101D

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