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        DES DIUINES INSTITUTIONS CONTRE LES GENTILS & IDOLATRES

      Lyon: Imprimé par Balthazar Arnoullet [pour] Guillaume Gaseau, 1547. A Charming Manifestation ofFrench Renaissance Refinement 127 x 89 mm (5 x 3 1/2"). [32], 653, [1] pp. (without the final blank). Translated from Latin into French by René Famé. STRIKING CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CALF IN THE ENTRELAC STYLE, covers with a complex strapwork pattern tooled in gilt and painted black and white, the design comprising borders, interlaced squares, and complex scalloped and spade-like panels, with a green-painted oval at the center, the original flat spine (remounted in the 19th century and with small restorations) diapered, with each lozenge enclosing a thick dot, all edges gilt (small recent repair to bottom of front joint). Title page with large woodcut printer's device; historiated opening initial showing a scholar with a book, and a number of foliated initials throughout. Early ink inscription (of "Bavet"?) on title page, frequent underlinings and marginal annotations in a neat contemporary hand. Brunet III, 737; Baudrier X, 118. Paint in the strapwork decoration slightly eroded in spots, leaves with overall faint yellowing, isolated minor marginal stains or foxing, one page with ink blot obscuring one word, other trivial imperfections, but still AN EXTREMELY APPEALING COPY, the splendid animated contemporary binding solid, bright, and with only minor wear, and nothing approaching a significant problem internally. One of the ablest defenders of the faith in the early centuries of Christianity, Lactantius (ca. 260-340) was a teacher of rhetoric known for his elegant flow of words (a reputation that probably earned him his name, which in English is roughly equivalent to "Milky"). His "Divine Institutions" presents the new religion as the most logical of creeds, drawing on the arguments of Stoic philosophy and aimed at an audience of educated pagans. The work was written during the Great Persecution, but references added by Lactantius to Constantine indicate that he lived to see the legalization of Christianity. This first French translation by René Famé, secretary to Francis I, was likely undertaken at the request of that monarch, to whom the work is dedicated. Ours is probably the second edition, the first having been issued in Paris in 1542. Like the imprint, the binding here is likely to have originated in Lyon, where many of the best entrelac bindings were executed during the reigns of Francis I and Henry II. Partly influenced by Islamic models, entrelac decoration made its way through Italy and into southern France, where it came to adorn some of the finest bindings of the period, to be found in such major libraries as those owned by Henry II, Catherine de Medici, and Jean Grolier in France; by Marcus Fugger in Germany; and by Thomas Wotton in England. During this time, the use, as here, of painted inlays or onlays was considered to be the height of French bibliopegic fashion and one of the most charming manifestations of the elegance of the Renaissance in France. Goldschmidt, for example, calls these bindings "great artistic creations" that represent "the highest achievements in the art of bookbinding in the Renaissance period." Examples of such binding designs include lot #74 in the Wittock sale (Sotheby's, 7 July 2004), a Lucanus published in Lyon in 1547, and Broxbourne Library binding #29, a three-volume set of Cicero published in Lyon that same year.

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        Libro di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona de tutte l'isole del mondo

      Venice: [Paulis Manutius Aldus for] Federico Torresano, 1547. Folio (11 6/8 x 8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black with Torresano's woodcut tower device and within and elaborate floriated border with dolphins. 3 fine double-page woodcut maps, double-page woodcut town plan of Venice, 2 full-page, 2 double half-page, and 105 woodcut maps and town plans in the text. Early 19th-century brown morocco gilt, each cover decorated with a fine central gilt stamp of the Aldus device, all edges gilt (front cover detached). Provenance: early Latin inscription "D[eus] nobis haec otia" (God has given us our tranquility") at the foot of the title-page. First Aldine press edition, following the two Zappino editions of 1528 and 1534, and printed using the same woodblocks. The double-page maps include a fine woodcut of the world on an oval projection based on that of Francesco Rosselli, and depicting the eastern coastline of America as "Terra del Laboratore" and "Ponete modo novo", Europe and the northern coastline of Africa, Asia, and a fine plan of Venice. "Terra de Lavoratore" represents the Atlantic coast of Canada, and "p[ar]te del mondo novo" ("part of the New World") corresponding to the Caribbean Sea. Beneath that textual indication, at the lower margin of the map, Bordone included a corner of South America. Others maps related to the new world include woodcuts of Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, "La gran citta di Temistican" (modern-day Mexico City) before its destruction by Cortez, and several of the West Indies. The "Copia delle Lettere de Perfetto della India la Nova Spagna detta alla Cesarea Maesta," not included in Zappino's 1528 edition (but in the 1534 edition), is the earliest printed account of Pizzarro's entry into Peru. The isolario, or book of islands, was a popular genre that had first appeared in manuscript examples by Cristoforo Buondelmonte dating from the early fifteenth century, then in printed versions by Bartolommeo dalli Sonetti from the late 1400s. More so than its predecessors, the isolario first published in 1528 by Venice-based cartographer Benedetto Bordone was formative for Renaissance geographical conceptions. Bordone's early sixteenth-century treatment of the island-atlas theme greatly expanded upon the earlier works, augmenting the conventional focus on the eastern Mediterranean to encompass maps of other parts of Europe and the world, stretching as far as the Indian Ocean, the African coastline and the New World. Bordone's maps of islands in the West Indies, and the Pacific: Sumatra and Java, and even one of Japan based on the suppositions of Marco Polo, although schematic in their outlines (perhaps reflecting the author's training as a miniaturist as opposed to a cartographer), were among the first nautical charts of these regions to become widely available. Brown, The World Encompassed, exh. cat. (Baltimore, 1952), n. 83; Burden, 11.; Shirley 59. Catalogued by Kate Hunter..

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        DES DIUINES INSTITUTIONS CONTRE LES GENTILS & IDOLATRES

      Imprime par Balthazar Arnoullet pour Guillaume Gaseau Lyon: Imprim?ar Balthazar Arnoullet [pour] Guillaume Gaseau, 1547. A Charming Manifestation ofFrench Renaissance Refinement 127 x 89 mm (5 x 3 1/2"). [32], 653, [1] pp. (without the final blank). Translated from Latin into French by Ren?am? STRIKING CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CALF IN THE ENTRELAC STYLE, covers with a complex strapwork pattern tooled in gilt and painted black and white, the design comprising borders, interlaced squares, and complex scalloped and spade-like panels, with a green-painted oval at the center, the original flat spine (remounted in the 19th century and with small restorations) diapered, with each lozenge enclosing a thick dot, all edges gilt (small recent repair to bottom of front joint). Title page with large woodcut printer's device; historiated opening initial showing a scholar with a book, and a number of foliated initials throughout. Early ink inscription (of "Bavet"?) on title page, frequent underlinings and marginal annotations in a neat contemporary hand. Brunet III, 737; Baudrier X, 118. Paint in the strapwork decoration slightly eroded in spots, leaves with overall faint yellowing, isolated minor marginal stains or foxing, one page with ink blot obscuring one word, other trivial imperfections, but still AN EXTREMELY APPEALING COPY, the splendid animated contemporary binding solid, bright, and with only minor wear, and nothing approaching a significant problem internally. One of the ablest defenders of the faith in the early centuries of Christianity, Lactantius (ca. 260-340) was a teacher of rhetoric known for his elegant flow of words (a reputation that probably earned him his name, which in English is roughly equivalent to "Milky"). His "Divine Institutions" presents the new religion as the most logical of creeds, drawing on the arguments of Stoic philosophy and aimed at an audience of educated pagans. The work was written during the Great Persecution, but references added by Lactantius to Constantine indicate that he lived to see the legalization of Christianity. This first French translation by René Famé, secretary to Francis I, was likely undertaken at the request of that monarch, to whom the work is dedicated. Ours is probably the second edition, the first having been issued in Paris in 1542. Like the imprint, the binding here is likely to have originated in Lyon, where many of the best entrelac bindings were executed during the reigns of Francis I and Henry II. Partly influenced by Islamic models, entrelac decoration made its way through Italy and into southern France, where it came to adorn some of the finest bindings of the period, to be found in such major libraries as those owned by Henry II, Catherine de Medici, and Jean Grolier in France; by Marcus Fugger in Germany; and by Thomas Wotton in England. During this time, the use, as here, of painted inlays or onlays was considered to be the height of French bibliopegic fashion and one of the most charming manifestations of the elegance of the Renaissance in France. Goldschmidt, for example, calls these bindings "great artistic creations" that represent "the highest achievements in the art of bookbinding in the Renaissance period." Examples of such binding designs include lot #74 in the Wittock sale (Sotheby's, 7 July 2004), a Lucanus published in Lyon in 1547, and Broxbourne Library binding #29, a three-volume set of Cicero published in Lyon that same year.

      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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        L'historia ecclesiastica d'eusebio cesariense, tradotta dal latino nella lingua volgare. in venetia, per michele tramezzino, 1547.

      Cm. 16, cc. (16) 303 (1). Grande marchio tipografico al frontespizio, ripetuto al verso del colophon. Legatura strettamente coeva in piena pergamena floscia con unghie e titoli manoscritti al dorso. Bell'esemplare, genuino e marginoso, stampato in elegante corsivo. Si tratta della prima edizione della traduzione in italiano. Cfr. Graesse, II, 526.

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Benacense]
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        "opera nuper adiecimus eiusdem carmina quaedam de cruce redemptoris atq; ad crucifixum elegantissima, nec usqua antea impressa." venetiis, ad signum spei, 1547.

      Cm. 17, pp. (32) 816 (12). Bella marca tipografica al frontespizio e capolettera istoriati nel testo. Solida legatura settecentesca in piena pergamena rigida con titoli in oro su tassello al dorso. Un timbro di biblioteca religiosa estinta al frontespizio. Esemplare peraltro genuino, pulito e molto ben conservato.

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        Varii tractatus... cautellae inscripti vulgo... lugduni, godefridus et marcellus beringi fratres, 1547.

      Cm. 19, pp. (104) 963 (1). Grande stemma xilografico al frontespizio ed al verso dell'ultima carta e capolettera figurati. Leg. coeva in piena pergamena rigida con titoli manoscritti al dorso. Qualche rada arrossatura marginale, piccole mancanze superficiali alla legatura e macchiette, ma complessivamente esemplare genuino ed in discreto stato di conservazione. Raccolta di trattati del celebre giureconsulto Bartolomeo Cipolla che comprende oltre al ""De servitutibus"", il ""De usucapione"", il ""De simulatione"" ed il ""Tractatus cautelarum"".

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