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      Paris: Thielmann Kerver, [colophon dated], 1505 [calendar covering the years 1497-1520]. n. This is a rare and appealing edition of a printed Book of Hours from a major Parisian publisher renowned for this kind of prayer book. Seven of the large miniatures--the Betrayal, Tree of Jesse, Annunciation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Flight into Egypt, and David and Bathsheba--are based on those created by the printer Pigouchet for his 1496 edition. The scenes depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, the Instruments of the Passion, and the Virgin with her emblems were created by the Kerver workshop for an incunabular edition, as was the diagram explaining the concept of the Trinity, which is based on an entirely different conception than that used by Pigouchet and other publishers. The Kerver blocks new to this edition are slightly larger, and depict the Martyrdom of St. John, the Visitation, Presentation, Crucifixion, Pentecost, and Raising of Lazarus. According to Mortimer, "the figures seem slightly elongated in contrast to those in the earlier blocks, and the more sophisticated style shows a German influence." In addition to the Hours of the Blessed Virgin, the text includes prayers to prepare for Mass, Hours of the Cross, of the Holy Spirit, of the Conception of the Virgin, and of Saint Barbara, Mass of the Virgin, the Seven Penitential Psalms, Suffrages, prayers of St. Gregory and St. Bridget, and the Office of the Dead. Thielman Kerver the Elder (d. 1522) came from Koblenz to Paris around 1497, and began printing works for Jean Petit, the preeminent Parisian publisher for some 35 years, beginning about 1495. ISTC lists Kerver as the printer of 70 works, nearly half of them Books of Hours. Kerver's son Jacques married Petit's daughter and became a prominent printer in his own right. Bound in at the end--no doubt for the 18th century owner who commissioned the lovely binding--are three extremely pretty leaves of manuscript prayers: a prayer of confession and a prayer to Jesus in Italian, and a Latin prayer to Blessed Liborius for relief from painful kidney stones (no doubt reflecting the owner's particular need). The fact that Liborius was elevated to sainthood in 1702 corroborates our dating of the binding as 18th century. Our earlier owner, Eustace Balfour, is very likely the famously drunken husband of Lady Frances Balfour, née Campbell (1858-1931), a leader in the women's suffrage movement as president of the National Society for Women's Suffrage from 1896 to 1914; Balfour was both the nephew of Lord Salisbury, a three-term prime minister, and younger brother of Arthur Balfour, who also was British prime minister from 1902 to 1905. It is more and more difficult to find early Books of Hours printed on vellum that are complete, well preserved, and providing the kind of ample margins that are seen here.. 178 x 114 mm. (7 x 4 1/2"). [104], [4] leaves; single column, 26 line of text in roman type. Attractive 18th century Italian green morocco, covers gilt with border of drawer handle tools and plain and dogtooth rolls, central panel with ornate cornerpieces of delicately tooled oval medallions framed by curving floral sprays, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments featuring beaded borders and central patera with floral sidepieces, three red morocco labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In a (lightly worn) marbled paper slipcase. Numerous one and two line initials painted in gold on a blue or red ground, title page with Kerver's first unicorn device (Renouard 499), and COPIOUSLY ILLUSTRATED, each page with engraved criblé border, these variously decorated with animals, grotesques, and rustic figures, or with scenes from the life of Christ with Old Testament parallels (138 subjects, besides repeats), a Creation cycle, and an Apocalypse set (17 subjects), the Calendar borders with cuts of the astrological sign and labor of the month, 33 small cuts of saints in the text, and 19 ELABORATELY DETAILED FULL-PAGE MINIATURES, six of them used here for the first time. With four 18th century vellum leaves bound in at the end, three with beautifully calligraphed prayers in Italian and Latin, embellished with five delicately drawn decorative initials (for content, see below). Front flyleaf with the neatly penned signature of Eustace Balfour (see below). Bohatta 810; Mortimer "French Books" 294; Fairfax-Murray 265 (May 1505 printing). Joints and extremities a little rubbed, half a dozen leaves with not serious soiling or yellowing of the vellum, isolated minor wrinkling, tiny spots, or marginal smudges, otherwise a fine copy, the margins unusually comfortable, the vellum always fresh and generally clean, and the binding solid and lustrous. This is a rare and appealing edition of a printed Book of Hours from a major Parisian publisher renowned for this kind of prayer book. Seven of the large miniatures--the Betrayal, Tree of Jesse, Annunciation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Flight into Egypt, and David and Bathsheba--are based on those created by the printer Pigouchet for his 1496 edition. The scenes depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, the Instruments of the Passion, and the Virgin with her emblems were created by the Kerver workshop for an incunabular edition, as was the diagram explaining the concept of the Trinity, which is based on an entirely different conception than that used by Pigouchet and other publishers. The Kerver blocks new to this edition are slightly larger, and depict the Martyrdom of St. John, the Visitation, Presentation, Crucifixion, Pentecost, and Raising of Lazarus. According to Mortimer, "the figures seem slightly elongated in contrast to those in the earlier blocks, and the more sophisticated style shows a German influence." In addition to the Hours of the Blessed Virgin, the text includes prayers to prepare for Mass, Hours of the Cross, of the Holy Spirit, of the Conception of the Virgin, and of Saint Barbara, Mass of the Virgin, the Seven Penitential Psalms, Suffrages, prayers of St. Gregory and St. Bridget, and the Office of the Dead. Thielman Kerver the Elder (d. 1522) came from Koblenz to Paris around 1497, and began printing works for Jean Petit, the preeminent Parisian publisher for some 35 years, beginning about 1495. ISTC lists Kerver as the printer of 70 works, nearly half of them Books of Hours. Kerver's son Jacques married Petit's daughter and became a prominent printer in his own right. Bound in at the end--no doubt for the 18th century owner who commissioned the lovely binding--are three extremely pretty leaves of manuscript prayers: a prayer of confession and a prayer to Jesus in Italian, and a Latin prayer to Blessed Liborius for relief from painful kidney stones (no doubt reflecting the owner's particular need). The fact that Liborius was elevated to sainthood in 1702 corroborates our dating of the binding as 18th century. Our earlier owner, Eustace Balfour, is very likely the famously drunken husband of Lady Frances Balfour, née Campbell (1858-1931), a leader in the women's suffrage movement as president of the National Society for Women's Suffrage from 1896 to 1914; Balfour was both the nephew of Lord Salisbury, a three-term prime minister, and younger brother of Arthur Balfour, who also was British prime minister from 1902 to 1905. It is more and more difficult to find early Books of Hours printed on vellum that are complete, well preserved, and providing the kind of ample margins that are seen here.

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        Metamorphoseis cum Raphaelis Regii Commento.

      Habes praeterea candidissime lector in hoc volumine nuperrime impresso e diligenti cura reviso. Emendationes quam plurimas per Aemilium Merulam editas e seorsum ordine coadunatas. (In fine:) Impressum Taurini, per magistrum Franciscum de Silua, anno Domini MDV die XV mensis Ianuarii, (Torino, da Silva 1505), - in-folio (mm 320x214), ff. (8), CLX, carattere romano. Legatura coeva su assicelle, dorso in pelle a doppi nervi con impressioni a secco; al piatto posteriore conservata la borchia metallica dellì antico sistema di chiusura. Al recto del primo foglio, Titolo e impresa dello stampatore in rosso, nella parte superiore vi è una magnifica grande silografia (mm 150x150) raffigurante Ovidio in primo piano seduto sulla sinistra davanti ad una specie di altare, con inciso ritratto di un imperatore, al di sopra del quale sono appoggiati libri e un cestino di fiori che l'a. porge a simboleggiare ''les fleurs de son génie'' (Sander). Sullo sfondo 14 personaggi religiosi e laici; questa silogr. era già apparsa nell'edizione della Polyantahea del Nano stampata a Savona sempre dal Silva nel 1503. Testo racchiuso nel commento di Raffaele Regio, professore a Padova e poi a Venezia. Precedono il testo: dedica del Merula al suo allievo François Poncher di Parigi; prefazione del commentatore, versi di Giovanni Maria Cattaneo, Antonio Motta e Andrea Assaraco; copiosi indici, e la dedica a Francesco Gonzaga. Pregevole edizione, fedele identica ristampa di quella dello stesso Silva apparsa solo un mese prima (15 dicembre 1504). La rapidità con cui l'editore si premurò di ristamparla fa pensare ad un notevole successo editoriale; l'esiguità delle copie sopravvissute (rarissima: sono censite una sola del 1504 alla B.Reale, ed una sola del 1505 presso la collezione Bocca). Ottimo esemplare estremamente fresco e genuino, antica nota di possesso e piccoli fori di tarlo al margine bianco del titolo. Bersano, Cinquecentine torinesi, I, 400. Sander 5314. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Epistole Phalaridis nouiter impresse.

      Impressum Cremonae, per Franciscum Ricardum de Luere impensa magistri Dominici de Zauarisiis, 1505, - in-4, ff. 44 n.n. (segn. A4 B-F8), elegante leg. 800esca in marocchino verde, titolo e fregi in oro al dorso a nervetti, tagli dorati. Frontespizio silografico su fondo nero, una grande iniziale ornata, car. tondo. Precedono il testo l'importante proemio di Francesco Griffolini ''Aretinus'' a Novello Malatesta, signore di Cesena, nel quale afferma la maggiore veridicità storica del genere epistolare rispetto alle cronache; e la dedica del cremonese Niccolò Lugaro (1447-1515) a Corrado Stanga. L'editore Zavarisio utilizzava abitualmente la tipografia di Francesco Riccardi. Queste lettere, erroneamente attribuite a Falaride (VI secolo a.C., tiranno di Acragas), si devono probabilmente ad Apollonio di Tyana e Marco Bruto (I secolo a.C.). La traduzione si deve al Griffolini (1420-1490 c.) ''la più importante impresa versoria del G., per la quale egli conseguì grande fama in età umanistica grazie anche alla cospicua fortuna del testo, poi volgarizzato da Bartolomeo Fonzio'' (D.B.It vol. 59, p.383). Pur essendo rarissime la maggior parte delle numerose edizioni quattrocentesche, l'importanza di questa elegantissima edizione va ricercata nel legno che funge da frontespizio, tra i più raffinati del primo Cinquecento italiano: in grandi capitali intagliate su fondo nero, in alto il monogramma di Cristo, in basso un lieve fregio floreale. Le lettere sono state in alcuni casi accorpate per ottenere la stessa giustificazione delle 4 parole pur mantenendo le stesse proporzioni. Perfetto esempl., marginoso e fresco, di libro rarissimo (4 esemplari censiti da SBN). Barberi, Il frontespizio nel libro italiano, tav. CXXXII, p. 108 e 139: ''Anche i pochi titoli intagliati su un fondo nero variamente sagomato, per il disegno delle lettere e la composizione, oltre che per la sagoma stessa, esprimono il gusto, lo stile del silografo''. Sander 5649. Non in Bologna. BMC p. 509. Non in Adams. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Arte para ligeramente saber la lengua araviga, emendada y anadida y segundamente imprimida. (And:) Vocabulista aravigo en letra castellana.

      (Granada, Juan Varela de Salamanca, 1505). - 4to. Two parts in one volume. (48) ff. (270) ff. Each part with separate woodcut title page, full-page woodcut on verso, and full-page woodcut on final page as well as a woodcut table of Arabic letters (a4v) and numerous initials throughout. Final quire of first part printed in red and black. 19th-century dark brown morocco with giltstamped spine title; leading edges gilt; ornate gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A fine copy, with notable provenance, of what is undoubtedly one of the rarest and most important books related to the Arab world: the first published grammar and the first vocabulary of Arabic (2nd edition of the former, 1st edition of the latter), issued as two separate works but usually encountered together (cf. Schnurrer, p. 16). The author, publisher and date are all stated only in the colophon at end of the "Vocabulista". Geoffrey Roper has characterised this Arabic primer, written by the Spanish monk Pedro de Alcalá, as the first "serious attempt to spread knowledge of the language [.] Entitled 'Arte para ligeramente saber la lengua araviga', it, like the accompanying 'Vocabulista aravigo', renders the Arabic words entirely in romanisation [.] There is, however, on f. c4, a table of the Arabic alphabet with romanised names of the letters, executed in woodcut like that of Reuwich for Breydenbach. But the shapes of the letters are Maghribi [.], as one would expect in Spain at that time, and a number of initial and medial forms are given: the total number of characters is 58, as compared with 31 in Breydenbach. The work was written and published to aid Catholic attempts to convert the Muslim inhabitants of southern Spain, which had come entirely under Christian rule only 13 years previously" (Roper, p. 130f.). "In 1492, the last Muslim kingdom of Andalusia fell to the Spanish Catholic sovereigns Ferdinand and Isabella [.] Anxious to bring the Andalusians back to Christianity, the Spanish rulers ordered missionaries to evangelize the country again. It soon became apparent that this goal could not be attained without using the Arabic language. In 1505, Archbishop Fernando de Talavera [.] had two Arabic textbooks printed for use by missionaries who could not speak that language: ['The art of learning the rudiments of the Arabic language' and 'Arab glossary in Castilian characters'. Their author, the scholar Pedro de Alcala, a native of the prestigious university city of Alcala de Henares near Madrid, wrote them in Latin script, The typeface is Gothic. The first 21 pages of the 'Arte' are given over to grammar, and the next 27 consist of Catholic prayers in Arabic, instructions for confession in Spanish and in Arabic, the ordinary of the mass, and instruction for votive masses, all in Arabic. By way of introduction to the vocabulary, a short three-page note explains the author's method of transcription: the vocabulary is in alphabetical order, but under each letter three separate categories contain first verbs, then nouns and lastly adverbs, conjunctions and prepositions. The verbs are given in three forms: present, perfect and imperative; nouns are given in both the singular and the plural. This work, which is a curiosity in the history of both linguistics and typography, is also the first and perhaps the most practical of all attempts to transcribe Arabic into Latin characters. The alphabet [.] is in north African script, and the language taught in both of Pedro de Alcala's works is the vernacular, which the Spanish missionaries needed to communicate with the converted Moors. In a few places, the author indicates differences between this and the written language" (C. Aboussouan, First impressions: Arabic early printed texts, in: UNESCO Courier 1988). - Occasional slight browning; first t. p. duststained; a few edge defects inconspicuously repaired. The name of the author has been added in ink on the t. p. by a 17th century owner. A fine, clean copy with wide margins. OCLC lists only six complete cop [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Horae Beat. Mariae Virg. Hore intemerate virginis marie secundu usum Romanum. Gedruckt auf Jungfernpergament in 29 Zeilen; durchgehend in Rot und Blau mit Gold rubriziert.

      Paris, G. Anabaat für Germain Hardouyn, 1. Oktober 1505. - 106 (von 108) Bll. Mit Druckermarke und 15 (von 16) großen und 29 kleineren Holz- oder Metallschnitten, koloriert und mit Gold; zahlr. eingemalte Initialen in Rot oder Blau mit Gold, am Schluß mit kleinerem Metallschnitt in architektonischer Umrahmung (ohne Kolorit). 8°. Etwas späterer Kalbsledereinband mit vergoldetem Lilien-Semé und zentralem Monogramm "I B"; Goldschnitt Etwas berieben; Kanten, Ecken und Bünde bestoßen und mit etwas Bezugsleder-Verlust; alte Glossen auf fliegenden Vorsätzen; Blätter etwas knapp beschnitten, dadurch teils Verlust von Bordürenrand; teils etwas fleckig; 3 radierte Wörter am Schlußblatt; es fehlen die Bll. d3 und d6. Die schönen Illustrationen (in architektonischen Bordüren), ausgemalt in der Art von Miniaturen, zeigen Aderlaßmann, Johannes mit dem Giftbecher, Judas' Verrat, Mariae Heimsuchung, die Kreuzigung, Verkündigung der Hirten, die Heiligen drei Könige, die Flucht nach Ägypten usw.; die kleineren meist mit Heiligendarstellungen. Bohatta 807; Lacombe 148f; Tenschert: Horae B.M.V. II, Nr. 70. LA

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        ITINERARIUS IOANNIS DE HESE PRESBYTERIA HIERUSALEM DESCRIBENS DISPOSITIONES TERRARUM INSULARUM

      Paris, 1505. Small quarto. Early 20th-century speckled calf, tooled in blind, spine gilt, leather label. Extremities lightly worn. Minor soiling. Very good. A rare edition of this early travel narrative, giving an account of the journey of Johannes de Hesse, encompassing the Holy Land and other regions, in 1389. In a similar vein with Mandeville's travels, Hesse's work provides the reader with a fantastic and extremely engaging narrative - he encounters cannibals, pygmies, and a unicorn; sees a parting of the sea, which enables him to reach a holy shrine; finds and visits the Garden of Eden; and spends a significant amount of time visiting the legendary (and mythical) Prester John in his oriental palace. Like Mandeville's travels, Hesse's ITINERARIUS is significant for its place in the development of travel literature. It was popular enough to have been printed in seven editions from about 1490 to 1500, in Cologne, Antwerp, and Deventer. Includes a full-page woodcut printer's device on the verso of the final leaf.

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         Medicyn-boeck, daer inne alle gebreken des menschlijcken lichaems, mitsgaders de remedien der selven, claerlijck aenghewesen wordt ... Including : [BATTUS, Carolus?]. Enen seer schoonen ende excelenten coc-boeck, ... HILDEN, Wilhelm Fadry von. Een singuliere ende voortreffelijcke observatie ende cure eens sware periculeuse geschoten wondes. HILDEN, Wilhelm Fadry von. Cort ende claer tractaet vande verbrantheydt: ... Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn [printed by Johannes Janssonius?], 1627. 4 works in 2 parts, in 1 vol. Folio. With 15 woodcut illustrations in the text of the two Van Hilden treatises. Contemporary blind-tooled calf in a panel design made with 2 rolls and triple filets, 2 brass clasps with engraved decoration, 2 brass catch plates. Rebacked, with new endpapers. .

      BMN I, p. 71; Krivatsy 13070; for the cookery book: Witteveen & Cuperus 6845-6847. Rare issue of the most extensive Dutch edition of a popular book on medicine by Christoph Wirsung (ca. 1505-1571), covering all parts of the human body and all possible illnesses and ailments that can affect that particular part, together with the cures for those illnesses and ailments, mainly by means of herbs. It was first published in German (Heidelberg, 1568), became extremely popular, and was translated into Dutch by Carolus Battus. The present seventh edition was extensively revised, corrected and expanded, and added the two illustrated works by the German surgeon Wilhelm Fabry von Hilden (1560-1634), on severe gunshot and projectile wounds and on burns, including those caused by hot oil, hot water, red-hot iron, gunpowder and lightning, first published in Latin.The book also includes one of the earliest Dutch cookery books, apparently compiled by the translator Carolus Battus and first added in the second Dutch edition. It is the third printed Dutch-language cookery book known and the first published in what is now the Netherlands. It contains some 300 recipes for all sorts of food and drinks.With 17th-century and later owners' inscriptions on title-page. With the general title-page somewhat worn, a small tear in the second leaf and some stains at the head of the second Von Hilden work, sometimes slightly affecting the running heads and one heading, but generally in very good condition, with further only an occasional minor spot or marginal water stain. The binding has been rebacked and given new endpapers, as noted, and the leather shows several repairs and patches, some using pieces of blind-tooled leather from other bindings, but the original tooling is still surprisingly clear..

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        Decem librorum Moralium Aristotelis, tres conversiones. Prima Argyropili Byzantij, secunda Leonardi Aretini, tertia vero antiqua per capita et numeros conciliate: communi, familiariq[ue] comme[n]tario ad Argyropilium adiecto. Ex secunda recognitione

      Henri Estienne, Paris 1505 - ESTIENNE'S ETHICS OF ARISTOTLE Folio. ff. (210). a-p8 q6; a10; a-d8, e4; A-D8, E6. Lettre Batard, some Greek. Title printed in red within beautiful decorative woodcut border in black incorporating the arms of the University of Paris, capital spaces with guide letters, small woodcut diagrams and tables, "Sum Rimoldi van Nyevelaer fuisco discensis medici. Non est mortale quod opto. A° 1605" manuscript on title "Nunc Carmelilarum Thenensium. Ex liberali dono R. D Joˆis Hemelarii, Canonici Antwerpiensis Anno 1635. 18 Septemb. orate pro eo" beneath, contemporary marginal annotations, title page dusty, occasional light dust soiling in upper margin in places, old repair to extreme lower outer corner of title and next eight leaves, light water stains in margins in a few places. A very good copy, on thick, crisp paper with good margins, some lower margins untrimmed, in modern calf antique, all edges red. Extremely rare edition of the of Ethics of Aristole published for the University of Paris, printed here for the first time by Henry Estienne, from the unfindable incunable edition of Jean Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl, 1497. The work is divided into four parts, including three different Latin translations of the Nicomachean Ethics, the third translation (attributed to Grosseteste) is sometimes attributed wrongly to Henricus Krosbein, the other two are by Leonardo Aretino and Joannes Arguropoulos with Lefèvre d'Etaples' and Giorgio Valla’s commentary. The work also includes a short poem by Baptista Mantuanus. Panzer states that Henri Estienne might have been involved with the printing of the 1497 version of this text as he is thought to have begun his illustrious career at Hopyl’s press. This is one of the first major works published separately by Henri Estienne (there is as yet no indication of his name on the title) and as such is one of the foundation stones of French scholarly printing and marks the beginning of Aristotelian humanism in France; the Estienne family would continue this tradition for the next 160 odd years. Henri Estienne worked chiefly in collaboration with three scholars, Charles Boville, Josse Clictou and most particularly Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples all of whom were associated with the University of Paris. Lefevre d’Etaples commentary was the most influential and important of the time in France and firmly established Aristotelian Humanism at the heart of the French curriculum. Henri Estienne’s press is not as reputed as his son’s for the beauty of their typography, though his works are finely printed, but he made major advances in the quality and accuracy of his printing. This work is rare, Worldcat gives six locations only and no copy has appeared at auction according to Abpc. The Johannis Hemelarii, who donated this book to the Carmelites of Thenenses, was the author of "Imperatorum Romanorum numismata aurea, arte in aes incisa" published at Antwerp in 1627. He corresponded regularly with Hugo Grotius who referred to him in his correspondence as ‘doctissme’, or ‘eruditissime’. We have been unable to find the Van Nyevelaer who was the earlier owner of this work. His motto, taken from Ovid’s story of Phaethon, was also used by Jonathan Swift in conjunction with his manuscript ex-libris. A very good copy of this important, rare and beautifully printed work. Not in BM STC Fr. C16. I. A. 107.725. Renouard p. 3 no. 4. Cranz-Schmitt, p. 5. Not in Brunet or Dibdin. Latin, Greek [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Prouinciale seu Constitutiones Anglie: Cum summariis atque iustis annotationibus: politissimis characteribus: summaque accuratione rursum impresse [with] Constitutiones legitime seu legatine regionis Anglicane [etc.]. S.T.C. 17109; Beale T405. Folio

      Paris: Printed by Wolfgang Hopyl for William Bretton [etc.], 1505. Modern panelled calf, the first leaf of the table dusty with a marginal repair, else especially lovely, printed in red and black; the Taussig copy The second 16th century edition (and the first to include Aton's Constitutions), in Maitland's words "the principal witness whom we have to examine, if we would discover the theory of law which prevailed in our [early] English ecclesiastical courts

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        PONTANI OPERA. (with) AMORUM LIBRI II, DE AMORE CONJUGALI III (2 volume set)

      Aldus Manutius, Venice 1505 - 1505 and 1518. 1st editions. Two volumes. Octavo (6"). Period vellum over paste board, gilt titles on slightly later morocco spine labels. Old hand written date and volume number in ink at foot of each volume's spine. [Vol.1] 242 unnumbered leaves; [Vol.II] 172 numbered leaves(Leaves 89, 91, 93, and 95 misnumbered 97, 99 101, and 103), Aldine Press anchor device on title and last page of both volumes. Very Good or better. A charming set of the first editions virtually never found in matching period bindings. Volume I's boards are moderately soiled, with drip staining and a small tear at the fore edge, exposing the paste board. Volume II is only very lightly soiled, with less edge wear than volume I. Both volumes have 19th century marbled paste downs, with matching book plates of Francesco Bubani, of Milano. Last gathering of volume I browned/browning, with some browning on the title page, just above the anchor device. Worming repair on the first end paper and the title page (just above the title) of volume I. Volume II's title page is browning at the anchor device.***** Subtitle: [Vol.I] Urania, sive de stellis libri quinque; Meteororum liber unus; De hortis Hesperidum libri duo; Lepidina sive pastorales pompae septem. Item Meliseus. Maeon. Acon. Hendeca-syllaborum libri duo; Tumulorum liber unus; Neniae duodecim: Epigrammata duodecim . [Vol.II] Tumulorum II, qui in superiore aliorum poema ton editione desyderabantura; Lyrics I; Eridanorum II; Ecolage due Coryle & Quinquennius Superioribus quatuor additae; Calpurni Siculi Ecolage VII; Aurely Nemesiani Ecolage IIII;.***** [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Librorum pars septima. Libri de civitate dei. In eosdem commentaria Thome valois et Nicolai triveth: cum additionibus Jacobi passavantii. Et theologice veritates Francisci maronis. 2 Teile in 1 Band.

      Basel, Johann Petri, Johannes Amerbach und Johann Froben, 1505.. Folio, circa 34 x 25 cm. 300, 55 Bll. (ohne das letzte weisse), mit grossem Holzschnitt, durchgehend Initialen in Rot und Blau, 1 grössere Initiale in Gold und Farben Blindgeprägter Kalbslederband d. Zt. auf Holzdeckeln mit Schließenresten und 6 (von 8) Metallbeschlägen, Titelprägung "septima pa.". VD 16, 4147; STC 52; Adams A 2156; IA 110.079. Sehr elegante, zweispaltige und teils von reichem Kommentar umgebene Ausgabe des Hauptwerkes von Augustinus, hier im Unterschied zu Amerbachs Ausgabe von 1489 nicht nur mit den beiden Kommentaren der englischen Dominikaner Nicolaus Trivet und Thomas Waley, sondern zusätzlich nun auch denjenigen von Francis de Meyronnes und Jacopo Passavantis. Der zweite Teil enthält den ausführlichen Index zu den Werken von Augustinus' Civitas Dei und die "Principalium materiarum librorum sancti Augustini de civitate dei summaria annotatio". Druck in gotischer Rotunda ("Amerbachs Augustinustype"), einige Passagen auch in Antiqua. Der prachtvolle grosse Holzschnitt zeigt den Heiligen Augustinus am Schreibpult, darunter links Adam und die Gottesstadt ("Syon"), rechts Kain und der vom Satan regierte Menschenstaat ("Babylon - In sathane sedem, Cayn istam condidit urbem"). Die erste Gesamtausgabe des Kirchenvaters erschien zwischen 1505 und 1517 in zusammen 11 Bänden. Hier Band sieben mit dem Hauptwerk in besonders schöner Ausstattung mit dem berühmtem Holzschnitt, durchgehend Initialen in Rot und Blau und einem sehr schönen "G" zu Beginn in Rot, Grün und Blau mit Goldauflage. - Vorsatz mit alten Anmerkungen, wenig gebräunt, kaum fleckig, nur gegen Ende die letzten Blätter mit schwachem Wasserrand, sonst innen meist sauber. Der prächtige Einband im Inkunabel-Stil mit reicher gotischer Prägung berieben und bestossen, ohne Schliessen und mit sechs von acht Eckbeschlägen. Sehr dekorativ.

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        Medecyn boec.... De derde verbeterde druck. Including: [BATTUS, Carolus?]. Eenen seer schoonen, ende excellenten coc-boeck ... Dordrecht, Isaac Jansz. Canin, 1601. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. With Canin's woodcut lion device on title-page and the first 2 words of the title in woodcut. Early vellum; rebacked, with new endpapers.

      BMN, p. 71; Krivatsy 13067; STCN (3 copies); for the cookery book: Landwehr, Ned. Kookboek 7 note; Witteveen & Cuperus 6840. Rare third Dutch edition, including the second edition of one of the earliest Dutch cookery books, of a popular book on medicine by Christoph Wirsung (ca. 1505-1571), covering all parts of the human body and all possible illnesses and ailments that can affect that particular part, together with the cures for those illnesses and ailments, mainly by means of herbs. It was translated into Dutch by Carolus Battus, a Flemish refugee who was city physician at Dordrecht from 1588 to 1601. Battus added the cookery book, apparently his own compilation, for the second Dutch edition in 1593. It is the third printed Dutch-language cookery book known and the first published in what is now the Netherlands.With bookplate and bookbinder's ticket. With the title-page somewhat worn, some minor water stains in the preliminaries, and some repairs to the folds of the first and last few leaves (not affecting the text), but otherwise in very good condition, with only an occasional minor marginal defect. Important medical work, including the second edition of one of the first Dutch cookery books.

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        Contenta in hoc volumine. Pimander. Mercurij Trismegisti liber de de [sic] sapientia et potentia dei. Eiusdem Mercurij liber de voluntate divina. Item Crater Hermetis a Lazarelo Septempedano [...]

      [Kolophon:] Paris, Henricus Stephanus, 1 April 1505.. First edition of Ficino's version of Asclepius, first edition of Lazzarelli's Crater Hermetis, first edition of Lefevre's new argumenta, first combined printing of Poimander and Asclepius.4to. a-h8 i-l6: 81 (i. e. 82) leaves. One wormhole throughout. Some contemporary marginalia and underlinings.Bound first: Johannes Damascenus. Theologia. Ibd., 15 April 1507. (Renouard. p. 4., no. 2. Fairfax Murray no. 642. First edition of De orthodoxa fidei and first printed text of Johannes Damascenus.)Contemporary blindstamped calf over wooden boards. Defects to head & foot of spine, and to corners, claps gone. Johannes Damascenus: 4 wormholes, 3 pages with lost upper blank corners, upper margin of first leaf repaired. Marginal waterstaining in both items. Exlibris on paste-down: Chateau de Montre Vost. Renouard, Estienne, p. 3, no. 3; BL/STC p. 223; Schreiber no. 4; M. Ficino and the Return of Hermes Trismegistus, Amsterdam/Florence 1999, no. IX; P. O. Kristeller (Ed.), Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum I, 139 & 142f. Not in Adams. .

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        GLI ASOLANI

      Venetia, nelle Case d'Aldo Romano, 1505 del mese di Marzo. In-8 p. (mm. 203x124), p. pelle bazana settecentesca, dorso a cordoni con ricca decoraz. e tit. oro ai riquadri (picc. manc. alle cuffie), 96 cc.nn. (la seconda, ?"a ii?", è bianca), con l?'ancora aldina al verso dell?'ultima c. Celebre opera del Bembo in cui viene esaltato l?'amor platonico; conobbe un grandissimo successo ed ebbe numerose ristampe. "Prima edizione". Dell?'edizione originale si conoscono due tirature: la ns. è la ?"seconda tiratura?", dopo la soppressione per motivi "politici" della dedicatoria a Lucrezia Borgia (figlia di Papa Alessandro VI) che occupava il ?"verso?" del frontespizio e il ?"recto?" della c. ?"a ii?". Come molti esempl. anche il ns. è privo del duerno, aggiunto in fine, con l?'Errata e una carta bianca. Raro. Cfr. Renouard, p. 48 - Gamba, 132. Prime 20 cc. con alone al margine bianco (che si attenua sempre più); ultime 15 con aloni e fori di tarlo che intaccano anche alc. lettere del testo. A parte questi difetti, ben conservato.

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        Opera Della Diva et Seraphica Cataarina Da Siena. In Rima. In Stramotti Capituli. Sonetti. Epistole et Sextine D.C.S.

      In Fine: Siena. Per Antonina De Maestro Enrigh Da Cologna et Andrea Piasentino., Siena 1505 - [Siena-Postincunabolo] (cm. 21,2) ottimo cartonato settecentesco, titolo manoscritto al dorso.-- cc. nn. 2 (di 8) tavola e dedica; cc. numerate 72 (di 98 ). Carattere rotondo capolettera ornati a fondo nero. Ai margini di varie carte si trovano incisi in xilografia i segni astrologici della luna e del sole. Bellissima edizione originale di insigne rarità. Il Census Iccu registra solo cinque copie presenti nelle biblioteche italiane. Manca all' Adams e a molti repertori consultati. I caratteri tipografici furono incisi da Simeone Nicola Nardi di Siena, inoltre è l' unico libro che si conosca stampato da Antonina, vedova di Enrico di Cologna. Mancano 6 cc. all' inizio, compreso il frontis, delle due presenti, con la tavola e la dedica al lettore la prima ha un vecchio restauro con perdita di un terzo del testo. Seguono 72 cc. numerate (di 98) mancano le cc. da 10 a 16, da 37 a 52 e da 96 a 98. Alcune fioriture marginali e gore alle ultime 4 carte, altrimenti bell' esemplare fresco e nitido con grandi margini, stampato su carta pesante. Accettabile per la sua nota rarità e importanza tipografica. Alla sguardia due celebri ex libris: Landau e Bibliothecae Petri Buoninsegni Senis MDCCCII. * Sander 5826; * Bm. Stc. 531; * Mortimer Italian 392; * Brunet IV 784; Graesse V 391; * Cat. Cavalieri 1338; * Isaac 13954; * Biblioth. colombina VI 37; * Norton "Italian Printers" p. 109.[f42] [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        1505 - 500+ YEAR OLD HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL, LEDGER AND DIARY OF A WEALTHY BUSINESS MAN OF GENOA

      GENOA, ITALY 1505 - One hundred and eighty four hand numbered pages in this remarkable, 500+ year old, handwritten manuscript ledger, journal and diary : " 1505 Gendenze di Saviz - gnano" as stated on the cover. The first page begins: "Libro de tuto _____ quale so tato asan__giano ala venuta mia. [T]o Alexandro salueto schrise e soto schrise de mia gnovia mar." Not written by a scribe, this is a working journal and ledger containing hundreds of business entries, purchases, loans and repayments. There are long lists of foods and prices for what is assuredly shopping lists for parties and feasts. There are also what appears to be observations and business maxims and poetry in a number of entries. Certainly this fascinating book requires more research. The original vellum cover is in somewhat rough shape with tears, rubbing and bumping and is barely attached to the text block though still held by the rear binding cords. Interior is in excellent shape save for the odd and to be expected ink blot, age-toning and light soiling. Please email for pictures of this rare manuscript. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        De Proprietate Monachorum [with Oratio de cura pastorali].

      Denis Roce ND [c 1505], [Paris] - Hardcover. Small 8vo. 13.2 x 8.7 cm. (5¼ x 3½") [iv + 64] pp. [x 4] a-d 8. 2 blanks at front plus single blank at rear (not counted in collation). Old calf with blind tooling and some gilt decoration to spine. Raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Large woodcut device on title-page and occasional decorative initials throughout. Text in Latin. A rare early printing of this title, which was first published only ten or so years earlier (circa. 1494). This edition is generally said to date from 1505.Johannes Trithemius, or Tritheim (1462-1516) was an abbot, cryptographer, historian, lexicographer, and occultist whose pupils were said to have included Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) and Paracelsus (1493-1541). His most famous work, the Steganographia, is a book on cryptography, in the guise of a magical text, was not published until almost a century after he had died. It was hugely influential, and a simple substitution system that it outlined is said to have been used to encrypt the cipher manuscripts upon which the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded. "De Proprietate Monachorum" is one of his early works, dealing with monastic subjects. Binding somewhat rubbed, front joint cracked but holding; 2 small wormholes through the text. Old repair to final leaf not any text. Over all a clean, unmarked VG + copy of a very scarce work. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        OFFICIUM BEATE MARIE

      [Venice: 1505], 1505. . Incomplete copy with only 125 of 196 leaves. Each page is ornately decorated with woodcuts. Bound in full vellum. Old stains throughout but text is legible and unmarked. A nice speciman of early 16th century illustration in a Catholic liturgical book. The woodcut borders repeat themselves throughout the book and depict scenes from the New Testament.

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        Novae species quadrupedum e glirium ordine cum illustrationibus variis complurium ex hoc ordine animalium.Erlangen, Wolfgang Walther, 1778-[1779]. 4to. With 39 engraved plates, (3 folding). Contemporary boards.

      BMC NH, p. 1505; Nissen, ZBI 3074; Wood, p. 511; DSB X, pp. 283-285.First edition of Pallas's monograph on rodents. Peter Simon Pallas occupied himself with botany, zoology, geology, and geography, searching constantly for "causal interrelationships and hidden regularities of natural phenomena. ... He was one of the first to use anatomical characteristics in classifying animals. His research in comparative anatomy provided the foundations for animal taxonomy" (DSB). His descriptions of rodents in the present volume are accompanied by attractive and accurate plates of animals and animal parts. A highly desirable, clean and wide-margined copy.

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        Dis buch ist innhaltend die heilige[n] reysen gein Jherusalem zu dem heiligen Grab und furbaß zu der hochgelobten jungfrowen und merteryn sant katheryn.,

      Speier, P. Drach, 3. Auflage ca., 1505 - 200 Seiten Verlag und Auflagejahr sind nicht angeben. VD 16 B 8259 Auf der Innenseite des vord. Buchdeckels ist folgender alter Eintrag: "Gedruckt zu Augsburg Anton Sorg im Jahre 1488". Darüber befindet sich eine Buchbeschreibung ca. aus den 70er Jahren. Diese bezieht sich auch auf diesen Eintrag. Jedoch nach Prüfung und Recherche ist es nicht die 2. Aufl. von 1488, sondern die 3. Auflage ca. 1505. Das Buch ist nur ein Fragment. Es besteht nur noch aus 200 Seiten (von ca. 230), unpaginiert. Die verbliebenen Holzschnitte sind alle altkoloriert. Enthalten sind der Titelholzschnitt mit der Grabeskirche (wiederholt sich), 6 Textholzschnitte mit Personenabbildungen und 7 Alphabettafeln, ferner zahlreiche eingemalte Initialien. Es sind nur noch einige Städteansichten fragmentarisch erhalten. Keine der ursprünglich gefaltenen Ansichten sind komplett. Venedig: Eine Seite Korfu: Eine Seite Modon: 2 Seiten Canoia: Eine Seite Das heilige Land: 2 Seiten Es befinden sich zahlr. alte handschriftliche Einträge aus verschiedenen Jahrhunderten auf den Vorsätzen. Einige Seiten sind hinterlegt, mit wenigen Anstreichungen und Notizen im Text. Teils haben die Seiten kleine Fehlstellen (ohne Textverlust) oder Risse, teils fleckig. An den Rändern der ersten u. letzten 3 Seiten befinden sich Wurmlöcher. Schliessen und Rücken fehlen, 4 bündig, 48 zeiliger Druck. Reste des Buchrückentitels sind noch vorhanden, Lederfehlstellen am Buchdeckel. Das Buch ist also in keinem guten Zustand. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 1330 Blindgepr. Ldr. auf Holzdeckel (320 x 227 mm) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Pontani Opera. Urania, sive de Stellis libri V - Meteorum liber I - De Hortis hesperidum libri II - Lepidina sive postorales pompaeseptem. Item Meliseus. Maeon Acon. Hendecasyllaborum libri II - Tumulorum liber I - Neniae duodecim - Epigrammata duodecim. Quae in toto opere habeantur in Indice, qui in calce est, licet videre. Erste Ausgabe der Aldus-Edition.

      Venedig, Aldus Manutius, 1505.. 242 nn. Bl.. Mit 2 wiederholten Holzschnitt-Druckermarken und 1 Holzschnitt-Initiale. 8°. Späterer Lederband mit reicher Blind- und Goldprägung im Stil der Renaissance; marmorierter Schnitt.. Gering berieben; bio-bibliographische Glossen auf Vorderspiegel und Vordervorsatz (in Französisch); Besitzvermerk eines A. de Belloy auf Vorsatz und Titelei, auch die Glossen möglicherweise von ihm; teils wasserrandig; Bl. p8 und q1 etwas fleckig; letzte Bl. mit winzigem Eckausriss (professionell restauriert). Der italienische Humanist Giovanni Pontano (1427-1503), Philosoph, Poet und Historiker, war Staatssekretär, Schatz- und Kammerpräsident unter den neapolitanischen Königen Ferdinand I und II, Alfons I und II. Vorliegende Werkausgabe ist die erste bei Aldus erschienene. Einer Untersuchung wert ist die mögliche Frage, ob Pontano um 1500 mit N. Kopernikus (1473-1543) in Rom zusammentraf, der dort Vorlesungen zur Astronomie hielt. Zweifelsfrei fest steht, dass Kopernikus in seiner italienischen Studienzeit umfassende Kenntnis des humanistischen Gedankengutes erwarb, d. h. auch mit den Schriften des Pontano bekannt war, dem das eleganteste Latein seiner Zeit nachgesagt wird. Vielleicht war die Befruchtung gegenseitig und Kopernikus somit der Anreger für die astronmischen Hexameter des Pontano. Jöcher II, 706f; Poggendorff II, 499; Brunet IV, 807.

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        Original Leaf with Two Woodcuts from Sebastian Brant's Nauis Stultifera Collectanea. (Das Narrenschiff or The Ship of Fools) - Teaching of Wisdom and Stroking a Fallow Stallion

      Paris: Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Josse Badius), 1505. Leaf. Very Good. D?rer, Albrecht. D?rer, Albrecht. Leaf. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. The leaf is approximately 5.25" x 8". Each woodcut is approximately 85 x 115 mm. The woodcut has a dark, crisp impression. The leaf has some minor marginal toning. Very nice example of D?rer's earliest woodcut designs. One of the most famous and popular works during the early years of printing was Brant's Ship of Fools, a satire on the many then current ecclesiastical abuses as exemplified by his imaginary character, Saint Grobian, the patron saint of vulgarity and coarse manners. A substantial part of the Ship of Fools' popularity was no doubt due to its marvelous woodcut illustrations, most of which were created by Albrecht D?rer, then a young journeyman woodcut designer working in Basel. His work in these woodcuts, Durer's first significant commissioned effort, is not as impressive as his later efforts as a master in Nuremberg; e.g., the hatching consists of only simple parallel lines and contours are crude, thick, and without much variation. Still, they are superior to other illustrations in the book done by an assortment of masters. Thirteen editions were published between 1494 and 1521 (six authorized and seven pirated). Although initially published in German, this leaf is from the second Latin edition. This leaf contains two woodcuts featuring D?rer's fools who always wear cowls with ass-ears and a coxcomb of bells (a convention D?rer established). The first, The Teaching of Wisdom, illustrates both wise men and fools reacting to a sermon. The reverse, Stroking a Fallow Stallion, is depiction of a fool being trampled by a horse he feigned to respect which symbolizers the ultimate fate of false flatters.

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        Original Leaf with Two Woodcuts from Sebastian Brant's Nauis Stultifera Collectanea. (Das Narrenschiff or The Ship of Fools) - Learning from Fools & Not Paying Attention to All Talk

      Paris: Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Josse Badius), 1505. Leaf. Very Good. D?rer, Albrecht. D?rer, Albrecht. Leaf. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. The leaf is approximately 5.25" x 8". Each woodcut is approximately 85 x 115 mm. The woodcut has a dark, crisp impression. The leaf has some minor marginal toning. Very nice example of D?rer's earliest woodcut designs. One of the most famous and popular works during the early years of printing was Brant's Ship of Fools, a satire on the many then current ecclesiastical abuses as exemplified by his imaginary character, Saint Grobian, the patron saint of vulgarity and coarse manners. A substantial part of the Ship of Fools' popularity was no doubt due to its marvelous woodcut illustrations, most of which were created by Albrecht D?rer, then a young journeyman woodcut designer working in Basel. His work in these woodcuts, Durer's first significant commissioned effort, is not as impressive as his later efforts as a master in Nuremberg; e.g., the hatching consists of only simple parallel lines and contours are crude, thick, and without much variation. Still, they are superior to other illustrations in the book done by an assortment of masters. Thirteen editions were published between 1494 and 1521 (six authorized and seven pirated). Although initially published in German, this leaf is from the second Latin edition. This leaf contains two woodcuts (most only have one) featuring D?rer's fools who always wear cowls with ass-ears and a coxcomb of bells (a convention D?rer established). The first, Learning from Fools, illustrates careless fool who has stumbled while following in the same path of a foolish predecessor. The reverse, Not Paying Attention to All Talk, shows a fool who is worrying about gossip, which is symbolized by a bell that can't ring true because it is upside down on the ground and has a foxtail for a clapper.

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        Original Leaf with Two Woodcuts from Sebastian Brant's Nauis Stultifera Collectanea. (Das Narrenschiff or The Ship of Fools) - Teaching of Wisdom and Stroking a Fallow Stallion

      Paris: Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Josse Badius), 1505. Leaf. Very Good. D?rer, Albrecht. D?rer, Albrecht. Leaf. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. The leaf is approximately 5.25" x 8". Each woodcut is approximately 85 x 115 mm. The woodcut has a dark, crisp impression. The leaf has some minor marginal toning. Very nice example of D?rer's earliest woodcut designs. One of the most famous and popular works during the early years of printing was Brant's Ship of Fools, a satire on the many then current ecclesiastical abuses as exemplified by his imaginary character, Saint Grobian, the patron saint of vulgarity and coarse manners. A substantial part of the Ship of Fools' popularity was no doubt due to its marvelous woodcut illustrations, most of which were created by Albrecht D?rer, then a young journeyman woodcut designer working in Basel. His work in these woodcuts, Durer's first significant commissioned effort, is not as impressive as his later efforts as a master in Nuremberg; e.g., the hatching consists of only simple parallel lines and contours are crude, thick, and without much variation. Still, they are superior to other illustrations in the book done by an assortment of masters. Thirteen editions were published between 1494 and 1521 (six authorized and seven pirated). Although initially published in German, this leaf is from the second Latin edition. This leaf contains two woodcuts featuring D?rer's fools who always wear cowls with ass-ears and a coxcomb of bells (a convention D?rer established). The first, The Teaching of Wisdom, illustrates both wise men and fools reacting to a sermon. The reverse, Stroking a Fallow Stallion, is depiction of a fool being trampled by a horse he feigned to respect which symbolizers the ultimate fate of false flatters.

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        Original Leaf with Two Woodcuts from Sebastian Brant's Nauis Stultifera Collectanea. (Das Narrenschiff or The Ship of Fools) - Of Contempt and of Blasphemy

      Paris: Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Josse Badius), 1505. Leaf. Very Good. D?rer, Albrecht. D?rer, Albrecht. Leaf. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. The leaf is approximately 5.25" x 8". Each woodcut is approximately 85 x 115 mm. The woodcut has a dark, crisp impression. The leaf has some minor marginal toning. Very nice example of D?rer's earliest woodcut designs. One of the most famous and popular works during the early years of printing was Brant's Ship of Fools, a satire on the many then current ecclesiastical abuses as exemplified by his imaginary character, Saint Grobian, the patron saint of vulgarity and coarse manners. A substantial part of the Ship of Fools' popularity was no doubt due to its marvelous woodcut illustrations, most of which were created by Albrecht D?rer, then a young journeyman woodcut designer working in Basel. His work in these woodcuts, Durer's first significant commissioned effort, is not as impressive as his later efforts as a master in Nuremberg; e.g., the hatching consists of only simple parallel lines and contours are crude, thick, and without much variation. Still, they are superior to other illustrations in the book done by an assortment of masters. Thirteen editions were published between 1494 and 1521 (six authorized and seven pirated). Although initially published in German, this leaf is from the second Latin edition. This leaf contains two woodcuts featuring D?rer's fools who always wear cowls with ass-ears and a coxcomb of bells (a convention D?rer established). The first, Of Contempt for God, shows a fool testing God's patience with his contempt. The reverse, Of Blasphemy, depicts a fool tormenting Christ on the cross.

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        Original Leaf with Two Woodcuts from Sebastian Brant's Nauis Stultifera Collectanea. (Das Narrenschiff or The Ship of Fools) - Teaching of Wisdom and Stroking a Fallow Stallion

      Paris: Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Josse Badius), 1505. The leaf is approximately 5.25" x 8". Each woodcut is approximately 85 x 115 mm. The woodcut has a dark, crisp impression. The leaf has some minor marginal toning. Very nice example of Dürer's earliest woodcut designs. One of the most famous and popular works during the early years of printing was Brant's Ship of Fools, a satire on the many then current ecclesiastical abuses as exemplified by his imaginary character, Saint Grobian, the patron saint of vulgarity and coarse manners. A substantial part of the Ship of Fools' popularity was no doubt due to its marvelous woodcut illustrations, most of which were created by Albrecht Dürer, then a young journeyman woodcut designer working in Basel. His work in these woodcuts, Durer's first significant commissioned effort, is not as impressive as his later efforts as a master in Nuremberg; e.g., the hatching consists of only simple parallel lines and contours are crude, thick, and without much variation. Still, they are superior to other illustrations in the book done by an assortment of masters. Thirteen editions were published between 1494 and 1521 (six authorized and seven pirated). Although initially published in German, this leaf is from the second Latin edition. This leaf contains two woodcuts featuring Dürer's fools who always wear cowls with ass-ears and a coxcomb of bells (a convention Dürer established). The first, The Teaching of Wisdom, illustrates both wise men and fools reacting to a sermon. The reverse, Stroking a Fallow Stallion, is depiction of a fool being trampled by a horse he feigned to respect which symbolizers the ultimate fate of false flatters.. Leaf. Very Good. Illus. by Dürer, Albrecht . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Original Leaf with Two Woodcuts from Sebastian Brant's Nauis Stultifera Collectanea. (Das Narrenschiff or The Ship of Fools) - Of Contempt and of Blasphemy

      Paris: Jodocus Badius Ascensius (Josse Badius), 1505. The leaf is approximately 5.25" x 8". Each woodcut is approximately 85 x 115 mm. The woodcut has a dark, crisp impression. The leaf has some minor marginal toning. Very nice example of Dürer's earliest woodcut designs. One of the most famous and popular works during the early years of printing was Brant's Ship of Fools, a satire on the many then current ecclesiastical abuses as exemplified by his imaginary character, Saint Grobian, the patron saint of vulgarity and coarse manners. A substantial part of the Ship of Fools' popularity was no doubt due to its marvelous woodcut illustrations, most of which were created by Albrecht Dürer, then a young journeyman woodcut designer working in Basel. His work in these woodcuts, Durer's first significant commissioned effort, is not as impressive as his later efforts as a master in Nuremberg; e.g., the hatching consists of only simple parallel lines and contours are crude, thick, and without much variation. Still, they are superior to other illustrations in the book done by an assortment of masters. Thirteen editions were published between 1494 and 1521 (six authorized and seven pirated). Although initially published in German, this leaf is from the second Latin edition. This leaf contains two woodcuts featuring Dürer's fools who always wear cowls with ass-ears and a coxcomb of bells (a convention Dürer established). The first, Of Contempt for God, shows a fool testing God's patience with his contempt. The reverse, Of Blasphemy, depicts a fool tormenting Christ on the cross. . Leaf. Very Good. Illus. by Dürer, Albrecht . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Horae Beat. Mariae Virg. Hore intemerate virginis marie secundu usum Romanum. Gedruckt auf Jungfernpergament in 29 Zeilen; durchgehend in Rot und Blau mit Gold rubriziert.

      Paris, G, Anabaat für Germain Hardouyn, 1. Oktober 1505.. 106 (von 108) Bll.. Mit Druckermarke und 15 (von 16) großen und 29 kleineren Holz- oder Metallschnitten, koloriert und mit Gold; zahlr. eingemalte Initialen in Rot oder Blau mit Gold, am Schluß mit kleinerem Metallschnitt in architektonischer Umrahmung (ohne Kolorit). 8°. Etwas späterer Kalbsledereinband mit vergoldetem Lilien-Seme und zentralem Monogramm "I B"; Goldschnitt. Etwas berieben; Kanten, Ecken und Bünde bestoßen und mit etwas Bezugsleder-Verlust; alte Glossen auf fliegenden Vorsätzen; Blätter etwas knapp beschnitten, dadurch teils Verlust von Bordürenrand; teils etwas fleckig; 3 radierte Wörter am Schlußblatt; es fehlen die Bll. d3 und d6. Die schönen Illustrationen (in architektonischen Bordüren), ausgemalt in der Art von Miniaturen, zeigen Aderlaßmann, Johannes mit dem Giftbecher, Judas' Verrat, Mariae Heimsuchung, die Kreuzigung, Verkündigung der Hirten, die Heiligen drei Könige, die Flucht nach Ägypten usw.; die kleineren meist mit Heiligendarstellungen. Bohatta 807; Lacombe 148f; Tenschert: Horae B.M.V. II, Nr. 70.

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        Early Bodleian Music Sacred and Secular Songs Together with Other MS. Compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford

      about A.D. 1505, 1901. about A.D. 1505, 1901 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. The second of two volumes of this pioneering piece of early musical scholarship. A collaboration of the Stainer family, this work is edited by Sir John Stainer (18401901), an English composer and organist whose music was very popular during his lifetime. This work isconsidered one ofthe first serious attempts by a British scholar to explore and truly appreciate repertory before the Renaissance. (ODNB)First edition. Condition: In half moroccobinding with cloth boards. Externally a trifle rubbed with some damp staining and marks to the front board. Very minor loss to the head of the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pageshave a very faint tidemark to the upper marginthroughout but are otherwise very bright and clean. Overall: GOOD..

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        Verkündigungsszene aus: Hortulus animae. Cursus beate Marie. (VD16 H 5043)

      Straßburg, Johann Grüninger, um 1505.. O-Buchseite aus Grüningers Stundenbuch mit einem ganzseitigen O-Holzschnitt der Verkündigung Mariae. Holzschnitt mit floral- und engelverzierter Holzschnittrandleiste und Titel in Rotdruck. Blatt im Rand wenig fleckig. Blattgröße: 9,5 x 14,5 cm. Rückseitig mit 20-zeiligem Text und einer roten Rubrik. Holzschnitt von Hans Springinklee aus Nürnberg woodcut leaf.

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        Vita & Fabulae...cum interpretatione Latina [and other works]

      Apud Aldum October, 1505 FIRST EDITIONS (in parts) Folio. 150 ll. A8 a8 B10 b8 C8 c8 D10 d8 e-h8 i6 k-_8, o4. Greek and Roman letter, mostly on alternating ll. partly double column, printer's dolphin and anchor device on t.p. and larger on verso of last. T.p. very slightly dusty, a very handsome, clean, large, thick paper copy in English late C18 straight grained red morocco, a.e.g. C18 armorial bookplate of Wilmot, 3rd Viscount Listburne on front pastedown, C20 of William Davignon on ffep. One of the rarest and most sought after editions of the early Aldine press and in practice the earliest obtainable of the author's original text. The volume comprises the Aesopian Fables in Latin and Greek, together with a life of the author, similarly the 34 fables of Gabrias, Phurnutus on the 'nature of the Gods', Palaephatus on disbelieving histories, Heraclides on the allegories of Homer, the hieroglyphs of Horapollo, a collection of proverbs drawn from Tarraeus and Didymus, Aphthonius and Philostratus' de fabula in Latin and Greek, those of Hermogenes translated by Priscian, and finally an Apologia for Aesop 'de Cassita apud Gellium'. Almost all of these, apart from the Aesop, are in their first edition or editio princeps, Praz p. 373 particularly notices the Horapollo.Aesop is the traditional composer of the oldest and most important collection of Greek Fables, which are probably the earliest examples of popular and maybe children's literature still extant. Herodotus, writing in the fifth century BC already knew of Aesop as an author from the past. Aesop's life has been overlaid by many romantic fictions but it is fairly certain that he was a Thracian, a house slave and likely a family tutor on the island of Samos at the beginning of the 6th century BC. His Fables are one of the most enduring works of European literature, of which the earliest written compilation probably dates from three centuries later and is now lost. The earliest surviving version is Roman, made by Babrius, tutor to the children of Alexander Severus in the 3rd century AD, though stories from other, especially oriental sources, were probably added. The collection we now recognise was compiled and edited by Maximus Planudes and from which the popular fables of modern Europe have been derived. Whatever their exact origin they have constituted a delightful source of amusement and instruction for children of all ages since they were popularised by the printed editions of the C16, of which none is more important than this printed and edited by Aldus. BM STC It p 8. Renouard 49: 6,7. "Dans cette rare et belle édition, la version latine des Fables est iutercalée dans le grec". Brunet I 84 "Belle édit. très-recherchée, et dont les exempl. bien conservés ne se trouvent pas facilement". Dibden I p247 "This edition may be considered among the rarer and more beautiful productions of the Aldine Press".

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        Missa pro defunctis. Aus: Missale (Rituale, Horae).

      Genf (Geneve), Jean Bellot, um 1505.. Einspaltiges, 23-zeiliges O-Postinkunabelblatt auf feinem Papier in rot-schwarzem Druck. Blatt mit einer 4-zeiligen roten Holzschnitt-Initiale, drei 2-zeiligen Holzschnitt-Lombarden und rotlinierter Blatteinteilung. Blattgröße: 18,7 x 12,6 cm.. Seltenes Schweizer Missale-Blatt des Druckers Jean Ballot! Das Gebetbuchblatt beinhaltet auf der Vorderseite den Text: "Requiem aeternam dona eis" Domine (Ewige Ruhe gib ihnen, Herr), den auch Mozart für sein Requiem verwandte. Es folgt Oratio. Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam ... und In diebus illis: Audivi vocem de caelo, dicentem mihi ... Die Rückseite des Blattes der "Heiligen Messe für Verstorbene" beginnt mit der Ansprache "Fratres", auf die ein Auszug aus dem 1. Korinther-Brief, Kap. 15 (Vers 12-23) von Paulus aus dem Jahre 55 n. Chr. folgt: Sie autem Christus praedicatur quod resurrexit a mortuis, quomodo quidam dicunt in vobis, quoniam resurrectio mortuorum non est? (Gott hat Jesus den Mesias, von den Toten auferweckt. Daher ist es mir völlig unbegreiflich, wie da einige von euch sagen können, es gäbe keine Auferstehung von den Toten).

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        (Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie). Nur Teil 1 (= Bücher 1-5) von 2. Erste und einzige Ausgabe.

      (Nürnberg, Drucker der Sodalitas Celtica für U. Pinder, 9. Okt. 1505).. cccij Bll.. Mit über 600 Holzschnitten (inkl. figürl. Initialen), davon 3 blattgroßen, 1 halbseitigem, 3 drittelseitigen und 1 dreiviertelseitigem von Hans Schäufelein, Hans Baldung Grien u. a.. Folio. Kalbslederband der Zeit (auf Holzdeckeln) mit reicher Schwarzprägung.. Beide Deckel mit reicher Streicheisen- und floraler Rollstempel-Prägung (Rosen); Vorderdeckel mit reicher floraler Prägung im Mittelfeld, 3 geprägten, springenden Greifen in Rauten unten und geprägtem Titel oben; Hinterdeckel im Mittelfeld mit 10 geprägten, springenden Greifen in Rauten. Rücken, auch dieser mit Streicheisen-Prägung, mit offenbar zeitgenössischem Material erneuert. Beide Deckel mit Wurmlöchern; kleinere Bezugsfehlstellen am Vorderdeckel erneuert; es fehlen der Titel (als Fotokopie beigebunden) und die 2 Blatt Register; Vorsätze erneuert; bis fol. xi mit Fehlstelle in der Ecke, diese professionell, aber mit etwas Textverlust restauriert; bis fol. iv mit Wasserfleck im Bundsteg; fol. xxxx mit gebräuntem Rand; fol. xlv-xlviii mit kleinen, braunen Fleckchen; fol. cvii mit Eckabriss (Papierfehler?); fol. cxlvi-cxlvii mit Wasserrand am Fuß; fol. cc-cci falsch paginiert (recte 190-191); fol. cxcvii-cxcix mit bräunl. Fleck am Fuß; fol. ccii-cciii mit bräunl. Fleck im Bundsteg; fol. cclxxxvi und fol. cclxxxviiif mit Wasserrand in der Ecke; fol. ccxci wasserfleckig; fol. ccc-ccci mit Wasserrand; fol. cccii mit Wurmgängen im Rand und dort auch gering fleckig; nahezu durchgehend mit Wurmlöchern im Bundsteg (geringer Buchstabenverlust). Auf dem Innendeckel mit Besitzvermerk: "Ex legato A. R. D. Bernardi Hiltner parochi in Reimbling (...) 1704." Trotz der beschriebenen Mängel immer noch eine beeindruckende Postinkunabel zur Marienverehrung und eines der schönsten illustrierten Bücher des 16. Jahrhunderts, gleichzeitig das erste von Hans Schäufelein illustrierte Buch; mit dem blattgroßen Kreuzigungsholzschnitt, Maria im Rosenhag mit dem Jesuskind und den Engelschören unter der Dreifaltigkeit. Insgesamt innen ein sauberes Exemplar mit meist schönen, kräftigen Abrucken der Holzschnitte. VD 16, P 2806; Proctor 11030.

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        Chronicon Helveticum. Oder Gründliche Beschreibung Der So wohl in dem Heil. Römischen Reich als besonders in einer Lobl. Eydgnossschaft und angränzenden Orten vorgeloffenen Merckwürdigsten Begegnussen... herausgegeben u. mit einem Register versehen von Johann Rudolf Iselin. 2 Bände. Basel H. J. Bischoff 1734-36. Fol. 4 Bll., 682 S., 7 Bll.; 2 Bll., 712 S., 4 Bll., mit 1 gest. (dpblgr.) Frontispiz v. Herrliberger u. Picart. Ldr. d. Zt.

      . . Barth 10227 - Lonchamp 3043 - Jöcher IV, 1347.- Erste Ausgabe von Tschudis (1505-1572) Hauptwerk, der ersten auf Quellenforschung beruhenden Darstellung der eidgenössischen Geschichte, herausgegeben vom Basler Historiker J. R. Iselin (1705-1779).- Die Chronik gibt etwa die Zeit von 1000 - 1470 wieder. Das Werk ist deswegen besonders wertvoll, weil es ansonst verlorenes Quellenmaterial benutzt und wiedergibt (Urkunden, Akten, Jahrzeitenbücher, Tagsatzungsabschiede, Stiftsbücher etc.).- Tls. nur wenig gebräunt od. fleckig, Bd. 2 Titel mit kl. Randläsur u. mit kl. Wurmgang, Ebde. etw. berieben u. bestoßen, oberes Kapital v. Bd. 2 etw. beschädigt.

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        Archivfaszikel mit Rechtsdokumenten aus Santervas de Campos bei Valladolid.

      Valladolid, 1505 und 1697.. 13 SS. auf 8 Bll. Spanische Kanzleikurrente (braune Tinte auf Papier) des 16. und 17. Jhs. Geheftet in zeitgenöss. Deckbogen mit Inhaltsangabe und Numerierung "No. 52". Folio (218:306 mm).. Das erste Dokument, von 8 SS. Umfang, betrifft einen Kaufvertrag zwischen der Verkäuferin Dona Maria Cabeza de Vaca und dem Käufer Don Rodrigo de Verdesoto: Dona Maria verkaufte Don Rodrigo am 13. März 1505 in Santervas de Campos (nahe dem spanischen Valladolid) um 60.000 Maravedis zehn mittelgroße Ladungen Brot. Zahlreiche hs. Marginalien und Anmerkungen späterer Jahrhunderte. - Beigeheftet ist ein 3½ SS. umfassendes Dokument, in dem Nachfahren des Käufers, Alfonso und Francisco Verdesoto, fast zwei Jahrhunderte später Ansprüche in derselben Sache geltend machen, welche aber vom Rat der Stadt zurückgewiesen werden (Gebührenstempel 10 Maravedis, 1697). - In den Ecken geringfügig wasserrandig; kleine Einrisse; insgesamt wohlerhalten.

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        Quadruplex missalis expositio... allegorica, tropologica et anagogica: sic ordinata... Annexis quarundarum questionu(m) breviu(m) responsis per totum officium ordinatis. Basel, M. Furter 1509. 4°. 88 nn.Bll. (d.l.w.) mit kl. Titelholzschn., 4 Holzschn.-Init. u. Druckermarke am Ende. Gotischer, reich blindgepr. Ldrbd. über Holzdeckeln mit Streicheisenlinien u. Lilienstemp.

      . . VD 16, M 5533 - STC 511 - IA 115.445 - Hieronymus II, 12.- Seltener liturg. Druck in zweiter Ausgabe (erstmals 1505). "Schrift zur Erklärung der Messe im vierfachen Schriftsinn des sonst offenbar gänzlich unbekannten Augustinereremiten Bechofen." (Hieronymus).- Titel in Rot u. Schwarz, der Titelholzschn. zeigt das Christkind mit der Weltkugel vor Strahlengrund.- Mit handschr. Exlibris des Kartäuserklosters Castrum Mariae in Dülmen.- Untere weiße Außenecken tls. fachm. ergänzt, Rücken alt erneuert, Schließen fehlen.

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        Expositio Donati scdm (secundum) viam doctoris Sancti perutilis Baccalariandis etiam quibuscunqe alijs scolaribus Donatum scire volentibus.

      Liptzk (Leipzig), per Melchior Lotter (1505).. 28 Bll. (ohne Bl. E I = Bl. 25). Heftstreifenbroschur (Rückenbezug brüchig u. unvollständig). Die beiden äusseren Blätter fleckig u. stark angestaubt, rechte obere Ecke feuchtigkeitsrandig, mehrere Ecken geknickt. Ohne Blatt 25 (Text liegt in Kopie bei), Bl. 27 mit geringem Textverlust, die Bll. 28 u. 29 jeweils mit Ausriss in der oberen Hälfte (ca. 5 x 3 cm u. 6 x 4 cm), das letzte Blatt geknittert u. mit Einrissen.. Lateinische Grammatik nach Aelius Donatus, bearbeitet vom Leipziger Theologen, Philosophen und Mediziner Magnus Hundt (geboren 1449 in Magdeburg, gestorben 1519 als Domherr in Meißen) - Früher Leipziger Druck von Melchior Lotter d. Ä. - VD 16 H 5908 - die beiden fehlenden Seiten und die letzten mit Textverlust beschädigten liegen als Kopien bei

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        Preceptoriu[m] egregij Theologie p[ro]fessoris Nicolai de Lyra. siue expositio tripharia p[er]utilis (instar Sermonu[m]) in decalogu[m] legis diuine. cu(m) multis pulcherrimis tractatulis ac additionibus...

      Colonie (Kölln), in domo.. Henrici Quentell, 1505. 8vo. Bound in a near contemp. full browncoloured vellum, richly stamped in blind with ornaments. Blindstamped oval medaillon on frontcover, smaller circular medaillons on backcover. Ff 95 (= 190 pp.). A repair to margin of Aa1 causing a loss of some word on verso (supplied in hand), no loss to title-page. Some heads of chapters rubricated. Light marginal browning to a few leaves, otherwise clean and fine. Old owners inscription on top of title-page, dated Vienna 1625.. Very scarce edition of de Lyra's (or Frimaria's) precepts for biblical exegesis. De Lyra was born at Lyre, near Evreux, Normandy, about 1270; died at Paris Oct. 23, 1340. The only certain dates in connection with his life are furnished by his epitaph in the monastery of the Minorites at Paris, which has been edited by Wadding. He entered the Franciscan order at Verneuil in 1291 and studied later at Paris, where he became doctor of theology and taught at the Sorbonne until 1325, when he was appointed provincial of his order for Burgundy. British Museum, Short title, German, p. 651

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        OPERA. [THE COLLECTED POETICAL WORKS]

      Aldus Manutius Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1505. FIRST EDITION . Hardcover. 170 x 105 mm (6 3/4 x 4 1/4"). 242 unnumbered leaves. FIRST EDITION. Old vellum over paste boards, ink titling on flat spine. With Aldine anchor device on title and last page. Renouard, p. 46; Ahmanson-Murphy 75. First three and final two gatherings with dampstain along inner margin (not affecting text), trivial soiling to vellum, a few insignificant smudges and rust spots, otherwise a very fresh, clean copy with ample margins, and in a bright and solid binding. This is an especially crisp copy of the first printing of Pontano's poetic works, handsomely set in Aldine italic type. Rivaled only by Poliziano as a Latinist, Pontano (1426-1503) is often called the most elegant and fertile writer of the 15th century. A greatly trusted and respected figure in his time, he had a distinguished career--apart from his literary achievements--in the service of the Aragonese rulers of Naples as a soldier, historian, mediator, royal secretary, and head of the academy formed by Alfonso. But it is his philosophical works and his poetry for which Pontano is justly famous. His collected philosophical works were first published in 1501 by Vercellensis, and are notable for their elegant and natural style and for their freedom from bias. Our volume contains the first collection of his poetry, which has a wide range, from "Urania" (hexameters on astrology) to "Lepidina" (a mythological account of the marriage of the god Sebeto to the nymph Parthenope) to personal lyrics and elegies. In addition to those works, our volume contains "Meteorum," "De Hortis hesperidum," "Meliseus," "Mæon," "Acon," "Hendecasyllaborum," "Tumulorum," "Neniæ," and "Epigrammata." Pontano writes as if Latin were his native language and graceful, harmonious verse his natural means of expression. His most attractive poems are often those expressing the intimate joys and sorrows of family life, perhaps because of his own devotion to his wife and children. Pontano had first sent some of his poems to Aldus in 1502. The publisher was enthusiastic, but decided to wait for additional works hinted at by the poet before going to press. Unfortunately, a manuscript dispatched by Pontano went missing for a year when the messenger to whom it was entrusted took ill and died in Padua in the summer of 1503. Pontano himself died in September of that year, and the poems languished unpublished for two years, until Pontano's fellow Neapolitan humanist Pietro Summonte sent additional pastorals to Aldus for inclusion in the collection. Aldus reprinted the work in 1513 and 1533; both of these editions are more common in the markeplace than the present one.

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        OPERA. [THE COLLECTED POETICAL WORKS]

      Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1505. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 170 x 105 mm (6 3/4 x 4 1/4"). 242 unnumbered leaves. FIRST EDITION. Old vellum over paste boards, ink titling on flat spine. With Aldine anchor device on title and last page. Renouard, p. 46; Ahmanson-Murphy 75. First three and final two gatherings with dampstain along inner margin (not affecting text), trivial soiling to vellum, a few insignificant smudges and rust spots, otherwise a very fresh, clean copy with ample margins, and in a bright and solid binding. This is an especially crisp copy of the first printing of Pontano's poetic works, handsomely set in Aldine italic type. Rivaled only by Poliziano as a Latinist, Pontano (1426-1503) is often called the most elegant and fertile writer of the 15th century. A greatly trusted and respected figure in his time, he had a distinguished career--apart from his literary achievements--in the service of the Aragonese rulers of Naples as a soldier, historian, mediator, royal secretary, and head of the academy formed by Alfonso. But it is his philosophical works and his poetry for which Pontano is justly famous. His collected philosophical works were first published in 1501 by Vercellensis, and are notable for their elegant and natural style and for their freedom from bias. Our volume contains the first collection of his poetry, which has a wide range, from "Urania" (hexameters on astrology) to "Lepidina" (a mythological account of the marriage of the god Sebeto to the nymph Parthenope) to personal lyrics and elegies. In addition to those works, our volume contains "Meteorum," "De Hortis hesperidum," "Meliseus," "Mæon," "Acon," "Hendecasyllaborum," "Tumulorum," "Neniæ," and "Epigrammata." Pontano writes as if Latin were his native language and graceful, harmonious verse his natural means of expression. His most attractive poems are often those expressing the intimate joys and sorrows of family life, perhaps because of his own devotion to his wife and children. Pontano had first sent some of his poems to Aldus in 1502. The publisher was enthusiastic, but decided to wait for additional works hinted at by the poet before going to press. Unfortunately, a manuscript dispatched by Pontano went missing for a year when the messenger to whom it was entrusted took ill and died in Padua in the summer of 1503. Pontano himself died in September of that year, and the poems languished unpublished for two years, until Pontano's fellow Neapolitan humanist Pietro Summonte sent additional pastorals to Aldus for inclusion in the collection. Aldus reprinted the work in 1513 and 1533; both of these editions are more common in the markeplace than the present one.

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        (Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie). Nur Teil 1 (= Bücher 1-5) von 2. Erste und einzige Ausgabe.

      cccij Bll.. Mit über 600 Holzschnitten (inkl. figürl. Initialen), davon 3 blattgroßen, 1 halbseitigem, 3 drittelseitigen und 1 dreiviertelseitigem von Hans Schäufelein, Hans Baldung Grien u. a.. Folio. Kalbslederband der Zeit (auf Holzdeckeln) mit reicher Schwarzprägung. Beide Deckel mit reicher Streicheisen- und floraler Rollstempel-Prägung (Rosen); Vorderdeckel mit reicher floraler Prägung im Mittelfeld, 3 geprägten, springenden Greifen in Rauten unten und geprägtem Titel oben; Hinterdeckel im Mittelfeld mit 10 geprägten, springenden Greifen in Rauten. Rücken, auch dieser mit Streicheisen-Prägung, mit offenbar zeitgenössischem Material erneuert. Beide Deckel mit Wurmlöchern; kleinere Bezugsfehlstellen am Vorderdeckel erneuert; es fehlen der Titel (als Fotokopie beigebunden) und die 2 Blatt Register; Vorsätze erneuert; bis fol. xi mit Fehlstelle in der Ecke, diese professionell, aber mit etwas Textverlust restauriert; bis fol. iv mit Wasserfleck im Bundsteg; fol. xxxx mit gebräuntem Rand; fol. xlv-xlviii mit kleinen, braunen Fleckchen; fol. cvii mit Eckabriss (Papierfehler?); fol. cxlvi-cxlvii mit Wasserrand am Fuß; fol. cc-cci falsch paginiert (recte 190-191); fol. cxcvii-cxcix mit bräunl. Fleck am Fuß; fol. ccii-cciii mit bräunl. Fleck im Bundsteg; fol. cclxxxvi und fol. cclxxxviiif mit Wasserrand in der Ecke; fol. ccxci wasserfleckig; fol. ccc-ccci mit Wasserrand; fol. cccii mit Wurmgängen im Rand und dort auch gering fleckig; nahezu durchgehend mit Wurmlöchern im Bundsteg (geringer Buchstabenverlust). Auf dem Innendeckel mit Besitzvermerk: "Ex legato A. R. D. Bernardi Hiltner parochi in Reimbling (...) 1704." Trotz der beschriebenen Mängel immer noch eine beeindruckende Postinkunabel zur Marienverehrung und eines der schönsten illustrierten Bücher des 16. Jahrhunderts, gleichzeitig das erste von Hans Schäufelein illustrierte Buch; mit dem blattgroßen Kreuzigungsholzschnitt, Maria im Rosenhag mit dem Jesuskind und den Engelschören unter der Dreifaltigkeit. Insgesamt innen ein sauberes Exemplar mit meist schönen, kräftigen Abrucken der Holzschnitte. VD 16, P 2806; Proctor 11030.

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        OFFIZIOLO ALFONSINO (BOOK OF HOURS OF ALFONSO D'ESTE) Fine Facsimile Edition of 16th Century Illuminated Manuscript

      Il Bulino. New. Hardcover. <p>Illuminated manuscript on parchment, dated between 1505 and 1510, 17 × 26 cm, made up of 199 folios. The first 12 are dedicated to the calendar, 29 completely illuminated, with border, coat-of-arms, text and initials, 10 show small illuminations, while all the text, in lower-case Gothic script with regular characters, is decorated with gold initials. The 14 folios detached from the original codex and now kept in Zagreb are without the external border but have illuminated framed boxes in the centre. The binding is based on that of the Lisbon fragment, in Russian calfskin with gold frames on the sides and spine, dating back to the 18th century. </p><p>Alfonso I d&#146;Este&#146;s Book of HoursThis codex, known as &#145;the last really extraordinary creation of the Ferrarese illuminators&#146;, was commissioned by Duke Alfonso I to Matteo da Milano. It belonged to the Modena Library until 1859, when it was taken away by the Estense &#150; along with the Bible of Borso and the Breviary of Ercole d&#146;Este, which together made up a trilogy of illuminated masterpieces of the highest excellence &#150; and conserved as patrimony of the House of Austria-Este in exile in Vienna. The body of the manuscript, without the 14 detached illuminations of Zagreb, was bought by the Armenian collector Gulbenkian for his Foundation, now in Lisbon.   </p> .

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        ITINERARIUS IOANNIS DE HESE PRESBYTERIA HIERUSALEM DESCRIBENS DISPOSITIONES TERRARUM INSULARUM

      Paris: Robert Gourmont for Olivier Senant, [ca. 1505].. [20] leaves. Small quarto. Early 20th-century speckled calf, tooled in blind, spine gilt, leather label. Extremities lightly worn. Minor soiling. Very good. A rare edition of this early travel narrative, giving an account of the journey of Johannes de Hesse, encompassing the Holy Land and other regions, in 1389. In a similar vein with Mandeville&#39;s travels, Hesse&#39;s work provides the reader with a fantastic and extremely engaging narrative - he encounters cannibals, pygmies, and a unicorn; sees a parting of the sea, which enables him to reach a holy shrine; finds and visits the Garden of Eden; and spends a significant amount of time visiting the legendary (and mythical) Prester John in his oriental palace. Like Mandeville&#39;s travels, Hesse&#39;s ITINERARIUS is significant for its place in the development of travel literature. It was popular enough to have been printed in seven editions from about 1490 to 1500, in Cologne, Antwerp, and Deventer. Includes a full-page woodcut printer&#39;s device on the verso of the final leaf. GW M07739. GOFF H-148. TOBLER 1389.

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        Martialis cum duobus comentis

      Woodcut publisher&#39;s device on title. 158 numbered leaves, one unnumbered leaf, one blank leaf. Folio (305 x 205 mm.), fine cont. Milanese binding of blind-stamped calf (minor worming, ends of spine a bit worn), sides panelled in blind with elaborate knotwork stamping, ties gone. [Milano: J.A. Scinzenzeler] for Joannes Jacobus & Bros. Legnano, [20 February 1505]. A handsome and rare edition in a most attractive contemporary Milanese blind-stamped binding of the epigrams of Martial (born ca. 38/41-d. 102 A.D.), the Roman author whose poetry "embraces the whole range of the life of a man about town. From this point of view their value to the student of Roman life and manners is inestimable. They bear witness alike to the nobler aspects of that life and to the more ignoble."-Encyc. Brit. Many of his epigrams are obscene and written to titillate. The epigrams are accompanied by the extensive commentaries of Domizio Calderini (1447-78), and Giorgio Merula (ca. 1430/1-94). Calderini, part of the circle of humanists whose center was the Greek Cardinal Bessarion, also wrote commentaries on Juvenal, Ovid, Ptolemy, Virgil, and other classical authors. Merula taught in Milan and was responsible for several editions of Latin authors as well as commentaries on such authors as Cicero, Juvenal, Martial, Virgil, and Pliny. This is a most handsome book, finely printed in Roman type. The printer, Johann Angelus Scinzenzeler, was active in Milan from 1501 to 1526 and printed extensively for the Legnano brothers. A crisp and tall copy with many lower edges uncut. Early ownership inscriptions on title: "1592 Emptus af Carolo" and the "Bibliothecae [erased] Augustae." Late 18th-century signature of Joseph von Lassberg, the German scholar and bibliophile on the free front endpaper (which suggests this book comes from the library of His Serene Highness the Prince Fürstenberg at Donaueschingen). &#10087; Balsamo, Scinzenzeler, 48-"Bella edizione." Not in Adams. .

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        GLI ASOLANI.

      In-8 p. (mm. 203x124), p. pelle bazana settecentesca, dorso a cordoni con ricca decoraz. e tit. oro ai riquadri (picc. manc. alle cuffie), 96 cc.nn. (la seconda, ?a ii?, è bianca), con l?ancora aldina al verso dell?ultima c. Celebre opera del Bembo in cui viene esaltato l?amor platonico; conobbe un grandissimo successo ed ebbe numerose ristampe. "Prima edizione". Dell?edizione originale si conoscono due tirature: la ns. è la ?seconda tiratura?, dopo la soppressione per motivi "politici" della dedicatoria a Lucrezia Borgia (figlia di Papa Alessandro VI) che occupava il ?verso? del frontespizio e il ?recto? della c. ?a ii?. Come molti esempl. anche il ns. è privo del duerno, aggiunto in fine, con l?Errata e una carta bianca. Raro. Cfr. Renouard, p. 48 - Gamba, 132. Prime 20 cc. con alone al margine bianco (che si attenua sempre più); ultime 15 con aloni e fori di tarlo che intaccano anche alc. lettere del testo. A parte questi difetti, ben conservato.

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