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        Schwytzer Chronica

      Zürich Froschauer 1554 - Stumpf, Johannes (1500-1577/78). "Schwytzer Chronica ." Zürich: Froschauer, 1554. 8vo. (2), CCLXXXIV (st. CCLXXXV), (1 st. 2) Bll. mit zahlr. Textholzschnitten. OLdr. a. d. Z. mit der schönen, reichen Blindpregung: ornament. Mittelfeld m. Porträtmedailons umgeben v. fig. Allegorien von 4 (wiederholten) Tugenden (Charitas, Fides, Spes, Iustitia).

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        Historia de México, con el descubrimiento de la Nueva España, conquistada por el muy illustre y valeroso Principe don Fernando Cortes, Marques del Valle, Escrita por Francisco Lopez de Gomara, clerigo. Añadiose de la nuevo descripcion y traça de todas las Indias

      1554 - The earliest and most significant history of Mexico, California, and the Southwest; with the rare map by Bellere. 1554. Antwerp. Iuan Steelsio. In 8vo (140 mm x 85 mm). 349 + 11 ff. + folding map. Nineteenth century brown calf, boards and spine tooled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, false raised bands, rubbed. A very fresh copy internally, only faint damp on lower margin, else fine. First edition of this title, “the first history of Mexico printed” (Wagner); the first edition of this work appeared in Zaragoza in 1552, this is the eight in total, printed only two years after the impossibly rare first –and the first to include Bellere´s map, almost never present; “ almost all historians and bibliographers assert that when this work appeared, it was suppressed” (Wagner, Vol. 1, p. 81). This particular copy has the Bellere map, which extends from the West Indies, showing Florida and southern United States, to the Strait of Magellan. The work is divided in two parts, each independent of the other: the first deals with the location of the Indies, Colombus´ discoveries, the colonization of Hispaniola, Peru, amongst other subjects; the second part, which is what is contained in this edition –published separately-, is almost solely dedicated to Mexico, Cortes´ life, his voyages and expedition to Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Honduras, and the conquest of Mexico. Furthermore it includes valuable details on the life in America, native languages, ethnographical material, and what little information was available on California and the Southwest at such an early date (records Cortés’ expeditions to the western coast; the discovery and naming of California; the Ulloa voyages along the coast of Upper California; the preliminary journey to Cibola of Fray Marcos de Niza; and the expedition to the fabled Seven Cities by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado). ““Including the expeditions of Cortés in 1535, Francisco de Ulloa in 1539, and Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542” (Mathes). Cortes´ biography is tightly linked t the history of Mexico; Gomara´s work was swiftly supressed (1553, by order the Crown), possibly due to Cortes´ family opposition and claims to their rights in Mexico–which naturally included copious details of the Conqueror´s life. Despite this prohibition, this early chronicle of the new Continent was re-printed several times in the 16th century, and translated into Italian, English, French, and other languages. Lopez de Gomara (c.1511 – 1559) was secretary to Cortes upon his return to Spain, and praises him much –looked upon as a valiant men, and a hero- a position that allowed him access to otherwise secret and first-hand sources of information. It was in fact, the most frequently cited history of the American territories, even when defending Spanish actions in the colonization process. Sabin, 27731. Palau, 141143. European Americana 1554/32. Medina, Hispano-Americana, 168. JCB (to 1599) I, pp. 180-181. Mathes, California Colonial Bibliography 1n (for the first edition). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        De le lettere di tredici huomini illustri libri tredici

      Rome: Valerio Dorico, 1554. Small octavo, italic letter, guide-letters for initials; a very attractive copy in olive morocco gilt, gilt edges, silk tie. Fine early anthology of letters by famous men, including Giovio, Bernardo Tasso, Annibal Caro and others. The delightful binding is attributed in an old owner's note to Padeloup. There are a few early owner's notes in pen, some correcting typographical errors including a footnote where "dodeci" is changed to "tredici" in the title of the work, indicating that it grew in scope while in the press.The nephew of Jacopo Sadoleto, the celebrated humanist scholar and bishop of Carpentras, in 1535 Paolo was named his coadjutor to the bishopric with right of succession, which he succeeded to in 1547.From the Ingleton collection with his bookplate and shelfmark.

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        Stirpium historiae in pemptades sex

      A complete copy. Engraved title page and upwards of 1,300 woodcut illustrations in the text. Contents in thoroughly vg. condition. Handsomely bound in contemporary, leather covered wooden boards with parts of original metal hasps still in place. Panel style binding decorated with images depicting people, trees, plants etc. Binding rubbed and worn commensurate with age; still in very good condition for its age. Overall in very good condition. Scarce. An important early Herbal. "Dodoens?' first botanical work of importance was the Cruydeboeck, published at Antwerp in 1554 by Jan vander Loe. This provided the basis for all of his further writings since his later works incorporated additions and changes that he made to the original during the rest of his lifetime. His work finally bore the title Stirpium historiae in pemptades sex" (Anderson). Dodoens?' "last and most comprehensive botanical work" (Hunt).

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        M. T. Cic. Sententiarum illustrium.

      s.n., s.l. 1554 - Frontespizio: Apophthegmatum, similium, nonnullarum item piarum sententiarum collectio. A Petro Lagnerio compendiensi in lucem edita. In-16° picc., cc. 249. Segnatura: A-g10. Leg. coeva p. pergamena muta con nervi rimontata, finalini xil. Mende al ds. riparate, frontespizio fittizio con tit. r/n e dati tipografici sopra riportati, annotazioni di mano antica alle sguardie, arrossature diffuse, minime mancanze a bordopagina specie alle ultime cc. ma senza perdita di testo, lavoro di tarlo al piatto post.

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        ORLANDO FURIOSO DI M. LODOVICO ARIOSTO ORNATO DI VARIE FIGURE, CON ALCUNE STANZE. ET CINQUE CANTI D'UN NUOVO LIBRO DEL MEDESIMO NUOVAMENTE AGGIUNTI, & RICORRETTI. CON ALCUNE ALLEGORIE, & NEL FINE UNA BREVE ESPOSITIONE, ET TAVOLA DI TUTTO QUELLO, CHE NELL'OPERA SI CONTIENE.              Unito a: ESPOSITIONE DI TUTTI I VOCABOLI ET LUOGHI DIFICILI CHE NEL LIBRO SI TROVANO. CON UN BREVE DIMOSTRAMNETO DI MOLTE COMPARATIONI, ET VARII CONCETTI DELL'ARIOSTO IN DIVERSI AUTTORI IMITATI. RACCOLTI DA MESSER LODOVICO DOLCE.

      IN VINEGIA, APPRESSO GABRIEL GIOLITO DE FERRARI, 1554- IN VINEGIA, APPRESSO GABRIEL GIOLITO DE FERRARI E FRATELLI, 1554 - Legatura ottocentesca in piena pelle color verde oliva con, ai piatti, duplice filetto in oro e greca a secco;  dorso a 4 nervi rilevati con  autore, titolo,  filetti e greche in oro, e impressioni a secco a gli scomparti; dentelle interne; tagli dorati, sguardie in carta spugnata. 16 pagine  non numerate , compresi il bel frontespizio illustrato e il ritratto dell'autore con sonetto di dedica del Dolce; 588 pagine numerate. Seguono, 36 pagine non numerate, compresi il frontespizio e la marca tipografica all'ultima pagina (bianco il recto). All'interno della prima parte numerosi capolettera, e bellissime testatine silografiche a illustrare ognuno dei 46  canti del poema e i 4 canti delle "Stanze".  Testo in lingua volgare e carattere corsivo, con versi impaginati su due colonne. L'edizione viene così definita da Agnelli e Ravagnani: "Rarissima. Il Giolito, nel 1554, stampò tre edizioni del Furioso: una In-4°, e due In-8°. Di queste, l'una è in carattere corsivo, l'altra in carattere tondo e alquanto più piccola di forma. Ambedue, anche a parere del Bongi, sono estremamente rare, benchè il Deschamps, nel suo supllemento al Brunet, II, p. 979, dica quella in corsivo esser comune.". Esemplare in buono stato conservativo, elegantemente rilegato. 0 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Vier Trostpredigten vber den Leichen des Churfürsten zu Sachsen, Hertzogen Johans Fridrichen etc. vnd seiner Gemahel Hertzogin Sibilla, geborne zu Jülich vnd Cleue etc

      (Jena, Rödinger) 1554.. 50 Bll. Pappband. 4°. VD 16, A 2413; Schottenloher 33133. - Erste Ausgabe der ersten drei Trostpredigten auf das sächsische Kurfürstenpaar, die beiden kurz hintereinander gestorbenen Sibylle (1512-1554) und Johann Friedrich (1512-1554) von Sachsen. Die Fürsorge des kunstsinnigen Kurfürsten galt vor allem dem Aufbau der Universität Jena, die schon 1548 als Ersatz für die Universität Wittenberg als Gymnasium academicum im Jenaer Dominikanerkloster, mit kaiserlichem Privileg von 1557, gegründet wurde. - Ohne die 4. Predigt: "... ist dem Buchdrucker erst am 14. Aprilis zukomen, hat deshalb so kurtz nicht kund gedruckt werden" (Bl. 50 verso). - Titel mit verwischten Tintenkritzeleien, teilweise etwas stock- und wasserfleckig.

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        I romanzi di M. Giovan Battista Pigna, al S. Donno Luigi da Este vescovo di Ferrara, divisi in tre libri. Ne' quali della poesia, et della vita dell'Ariosto con nuovo modo si tratta

      In 4to (cm 22); pergamena rigida recente, taglio marmorizzato; pp. (4), 174, (2 bianche), (24). Marca tipografica al titolo. Ottima copia marginosa.PRIMA EDIZIONE di questo importante trattato teorico sul poema cavalleresco, apparso nel 1554 poco dopo che G.B. Giraldi Cinzio, di cui il Pigna era stato allievo, pubblicasse il suo Discorso intorno al comporre dei romanzi, venendo accusato dall'allievo di plagio. I due continuarono a scambiarsi lettere di accuse e smentite per alcuni anni a seguire, ma questa polemica, che alimentò la celebre controversia sull'Ariosto, risulta oggi di scarso interesse, in quanto la teoria del romanzo espressa dal Pigna, benché anch'essa tragga spunto da Aristotele, si rivela ad una attenta analisi parzialmente diversa da quella del Giraldi. Inoltre dalla prima stesura dell'opera, che nel 1547 l'autore diciassettenne probabilmente sottopose al giudizio del Giraldi, alla versione definitiva, l'opera crebbe e subì cambiamenti radicali. «Les premières tentatives de codification du roman eurent lieu en Italie, au début de la deuxième moitié du XVIe siècle, au cours d'une importante querelle qui opposa les partisans des anciens, favorables à  l'épopée telle qu'elle avait été définie par Aristote dans la Poétique , aux partisans des modernes, favorables aus poèmes chevaleresques (appelés également "romans") et dont les exemples les plus significatifs étaient à  l'époque le Roland amoureux de Boiardo, le Roland furieux de l'Arioste et l'Amadis de Bernard Tasse[...] Jean Georges Trissino, le plus influent des représentants des anciens, favorable en outre à  une interprétation rigide de la Poétique d'Aristote, affirme en effet dans l'épà®tre dédicatoire à  Charles Quint de son poème héroique L'Italie délivrée des Goths, publié en 1547 et en 1548, avoir voulu dans cette oeuvre (en polémique avec la multiplicité d'actions des poèmes chevaleresques) décrire une seule action d'un seul homme[...] Trois importants théoriciens ont répliqué, quoique d'une façon indirecte, à  Trissino: Simon Fornari, en 1549, dans sa Brève apologie du "Roland furieux" considéré dans son ensemble, Jean - Baptiste Giraldi, en 1554, dans son Discours sur la composition des romans, et Jean - Baptiste Pigna, toujours en 1554, dans Les Romans. Fornari et Pigna ne polémiquent toutefois nullement contre le Stagirite et s'efforcent au contraire de démonstrer que les poèmes chevaleresques (et, en particulier, le plus significatif d'entre eux, le Roland furieux de l'Arioste) peuvent fort bien être convenablement interprétés à  l'aide de catégories aristotéliciennes. Giraldi, par contre, affirme que les règles d'Aristote ne peuvent être valables dans le cas du roman, étant donné que ce sous - genre narratif n'était pas encore né à  l'époque où le Stagirite s'interrogeait sur la spécificité de la poésie, de la littérature» (G. Giorgi, a cura di, Les poétiques italiennes du «roman». Simon Fornari, Jean - Baptiste Giraldi Cinzio, Jean - Baptiste Pigna, Paris, 2005, pp. 11 - 13). Sia Pigna che Giraldi condividono una grande ammirazione per l'Ariosto e considerano il romanzo, ossia il poema narrativo in versi, come un genere nuovo, tipicamente italiano e significativamente diverso dal poema epico degli antichi. Mentre l'epica celebra le gesta di un singolo uomo, il romanzo presenta una maggior varietà  di personaggi, luoghi ed azioni. Questo tuttavia non implica «il declassamento dei modelli epici, prodromo della querelle des anciens et des modernes, bensì un nuovo rapporto tra il sistema delle regole descritto nella Poetica di Aristotele e la pratica della scrittura: un rapporto non statico, dato una volta per sempre, come pretendevano i critici del romanzo [Minturno, Speroni, Trissino, ecc.], ma aperto e disposto a riconoscere la sostanziale novità  delle opere moderne» (G.B. Pigna, I romanzi, a cura di S. Ritrovato, Bologna, 1997, p. XXXI). Dopo aver discusso del romanzo in generale nel libro I, soffermandosi soprattutto sul concetto di imitazione e insistendo sull'idea di piacere che la difficulté vaincue provoca nello spettatore / lettore, nei successivi due libri Pigna analizza sistematicamente l'Orlando furioso e le commedie dell'Ariosto. Nel libro II l'analisi parte dai dati autobiografici dell'autore e dai rifermenti storici contemporanei presenti nell'opera. Nel libro III lo stile dell'Ariosto viene invece esaminato in dettaglio da un punto di vista retorico e grammaticale (cfr. B. Weinberg, A History of Literary Critisism in the Italian Renaissance, Chicago, 1961, pp. 433, 444 - 452, 963 - 968). In particolare vengono scelti un centinaio di passaggi del poema e per ciascuno di essi si forniscono le varianti precedenti e i motivi che hanno indotto il poeta alla scelta definitiva. Questa critica delle varianti (cfr. W. Binni, Storia della critica ariostesca, Lucca, 1951, pp. 11, 15 - 16) permette al Pigna di dare una concreta conclusione al suo discorso, chiarendo la forma «da per sé» del romanzo, e rivelando, infine, «come si scrive romanzevolmente». Giovanni Battista Pigna, originario di Ferrara, studiò nella sua città  sotto Lilio Gregorio Giraldi, Alessandro Guarino, Francesco Porto e Vincenzo Maggi. A vent'anni divenne insegnante dello Studio di Ferrara e più tardi segretario, cancelliere e storiografo di Alfonso II d'Este. Pubblicò una raccolta di versi latini (1553), un'opera intitolata Il duello (1554), un trattato sull'onore e le qualità  del gentiluomo, un trattato politico (Il Principe, 1561), una difesa della poetica dell'Ariosto, una storia della casa d'Este (1570) e un commento alla poetica di Orazio (1561). Edit16, CNCE37633. Adams , P - 1209. Weinberg, op. cit., p. 1142. \

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        Chronica del muy esclarecido príncipe y rey don Alonso: el qual fue par de Emperador, y hizo el libro delas siete partidas. Y ansi mismo al fin deste libro va encorporada la Chronica del rey Don Sa(n)cho el Bravo, hijo de este rey don Alonso el Sabio

      Sebastián Martínez, Valladolid 1554 - Paginación: 2 h. 77 fols. 1 h. ( A continuación) 2 h. 77 fols. 1 h. Encuadernación en pleno pergamino, actual, con el título rotulado en el lomo. Cortes tintados. Impresión gótica a dos columnas con el texto enmarcado. Tres portadas a plena página, la primera y la tercera impresas en negro y rojo. Ejemplar en muy buen estado con minuciosa restauración. Palau 64895 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        ANAKREONTOS Têïou melê. Anacreontis Teij Odae. Ab Henrico Stephano luce & latinitate nunc primum donatae

      Paris (Lutetiae), Apud Henricum Stephanum, ex privilegio Regis, 1554. 4to. (VIII),110,(2 blank) p. Vellum 21 cm (Ref: Renouard, Estienne p. 115,1; Hoffmann 1,131; Schweiger p. 23: 'schön und selten. St. besorgte diese Ausgabe nach 2 Mss. welche gegenwärtig nicht mehr vorhanden sind'; Brunet 1,250: 'aussi belle que rare'; Neue Pauly Suppl. 2, p. 37: 'Ed. princ.; für 300 Jahre massgebliche Ausgabe'; Ebert 547) (Details: Red letterpiece on the back; Stephanus' printer's mark on the title; Greek text, at the end Stephanu' 'Observationes in Anacreontis carmina' and his Latin translation of 31 odes. The Greek text & the translation are headed by a woodcut head-piece; including also a green bookmarker) (Condition: Vellum slightly soiled; corners of frontcover very skillfully and almost invisibly repaired; tiny hole in vellum of frontcover; Small bookplate pasted on the front pastedown; stamp on title; old inscription on front flyleaf; tiny wormhole at the edge of the right margin of the first 8 leaves; tear in lower corner of 1 p. skillfully repaired; 1 square cm. of lower corner of 1 page torn off, not effecting the text; some small holes in rear endpapers; some tiny holes at the edge of the lower margin of the last 4 leaves; some old ink scribblings in the lower margin of 1 p.) (Note: This is the Editio Princeps of the poems of the Greek lyric poet Anacreon, born ca. 570 B.C. His poetry is concerned mostly with the pleasures of life. This is also the very first book printed by the French scholar Henri Estienne, or Henricus Stephanus, 1528-1598, the son of the famous Robertus Stephanus. As a printer and scholar Henri even surpassed his father. 'His editions of ancient authors amounted to no less than 58 in Latin and 74 in Greek, 18 of the latter being editiones principes' (Sandys 2,175). He is the man who ruined himself over the prestigious publication of his 5 volume 'Thesaurus Graecae Linguae' (1572), and his Plato (1578). This Editio Princeps of Anacreon was not superseded for 3 centuries. Henri Estienne added also 20 pages with his own 'observationes in Anacreontis carmina', and a Latin translation of 31 of the odes. At the end of the odes Stephanus added the Editio Princeps of 2 poems of the poetess Sappho, the 'Hymn to Aphrodite',her only poem to survive in its entirety, and of the touching 'Insomnia' fragment. (See Neue Pauly Suppl. 2 p. 535). We find here also the Editio Princeps of 4 poems of the poet Alcaeus) (Provenance: The printed bookplate is adorned with a monogram of the 3 intertwined capitals H, J and L, below a crown with 5 pearls; this heraldic crown is Dutch or Belgian and belongs to a knight, (ridder, chevallier). On the title an oval stamp of the 'Bibliothecae S. Petri Advincula'. or 'Bibliothecae S. Petri Ad vincula'. There are 'Saint Peter in chains' churches all over the world, but according to the 'Penn Provenance Project' of the 'Penn Library', this book is from the library of the 'S. Petri in Vincoli' in Rome. (www.flickr.com/photos/58558794@N07/sets/72157627133179643/detail/?page=4) (Collation: *4, A-O4) (Photographs on request)

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        Liber unus, de sympathia & antipathia rerum. Item, De contagione & contagiosis morbis, & eorum curatione, lib. iii

      Lyon: Joan Tornaecsium and Guil. Gazeium, 1554. Third edition (preceded by Venice, 1546; and Lyon, 1550). Title with woodcut border, diagrams in text; a-y8; 351 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. 18th-century quarter leather and marbled paper boards. Two of the great Veronese physician's (1478-1553) last and most important works. In the first. "Fracastoro recognizes that the principle immanent in nature and explaining it is simpatia, which Fracastoro conceives of in a sense different from that of the humanists. To Fracastoro sympathy is a principle of spiritual order; it is the species spiritualis that unifies the world. In particular, it is to be brought down to the plane of natural things that are to be studied naturalistically..." "Fracastoro's scientific thought culminates and concludes with DE CONTAGIONE, which assures him a lasting place in the history of epidemiology ... in DE CONTAGIONE the epidemiological problems and the principia contagiorum are delved into with great acuteness. Fracastoro's sheer prophetic intuition yielded hypotheses on causes and ways of infections that were verified in succeeding centuries ..." (DSB V, pp. 104-107).

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        Pub. Ovidii Nasonis Amatoria : Quorem Indicem Sequens Continet Pagella.

      Lugduni : Apud Seb. Gryphium 1554 - Octavo. 421, [3] p. ; 13 cm. Contemporary vellum. Ink spine title. Some soiling to spine. Lacking ties. Later owners signature to upper front pastedown. Contemporary owners name to title page. Lacking final text leaf. Clean, unmarked pages. Printer's device. See A Guide to FRENCH BOOKS BEFORE 1601 NYC Library, (Reel 217) [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Discorsi di M. Giovambattista Giraldi Cinthio nobile Ferrarese, e Segretario dell?Illustrissimo et Eccellentiss. Duca di Ferrara intorno al comporre de i Romanzi, delle Comedie, e delle Tragedie, e di altre maniere di Poesie.

      Venezia, appresso Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari et Fratelli, 1554. PRIMA EDIZIONE. In 4to (cm. 21); buona legatura in mezza pelle del Novecento a 5 nervi con titolo in oro; pp. (36), 287, (1). Il Giraldi professore di retorica allo Studio di Ferrara, più che farsi banditore di un verbo romantico e rivoluzionario, giustificava nell?ambito della dottrina classicistica la nuova poesia, che tanto favore aveva tra il pubblico e particolarmente nell?ambiente ferrarese in cui egli viveva e, come già il Bembo aveva fatto del Petrarca per la poesia lirica, proclamava poeta - modello di pari autorità dei classici greci e latini l?Ariosto, intorno al quale e al suo modo di comporre ci fornisce interessanti notizie. Axs

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        Cosmographiae universalis lib. VI.

      (Basel, Heinrich Petri, September 1554).. Folio. (12), 1162, (2) pp. With woodcut printer's device on the final leaf by Urs Graf, 14 double-page maps as well as 37 double-page views and approximately 900 woodcuts in the text. Modern vellum.. A very early edition of Münster's monumental work. The Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster (1488-1552), a German cartographer and cosmographer, was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years, and was most important in reviving geography in 16th-century Europe, being the most valued of all cosmographies. - In very good condition, with some very slight overall discoloration; map of the Americas shows unobtrusive rust mark. - VD 16, M 6717. Burmeister 89. Hantzsch 77.32. BM-STC German 633. Adams M 1910. Sabin 51381. Borba de Moraes II, 90. BNHCat M 834. Brunet III, 1945. Graesse IV, 622.

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        Prisciani grammatici caesariensi Libri omnes. De octo partibus orationis XVI. Deg, constructione earundem -De XII. Primis Aeneid. Librorum carminibus. -De accentibus tam nominum quam uerborum -De ponderibus & mensuris -De praexercitamentis rhetor. Ex Hermog. -De uersibus comicis -Rusini item de metris comicis & oratoris numeris -Cum indice copiosissimo

      New edition. Although we have not found any trace of this edition of Basel, the first edition was published in Venice, Aldus in 1527 (with a different snack). Absent the BN of France and the French catalogs. Oxford has an edition of the same date. English catalogs mention multiple copies on different dates. Print in italics. Beautiful German binding period of pigskin with clasps in perfect condition. Back to 3 nerves with bare piece of paper as handwritten pen, stamped dishes cold frame casters (scrolls with medallions representing Erasmus of Rotterdam and Philipe Milan Martin de Paris, John?). Central rectangle with interlacing foliage mirrored patterns. Wettings 2 on the top plate (a diameter of 2 cm and 4 cm from each other outwardly directed). Fresh paper. Priscian, was a Roman grammarian of the sixth century AD. JC, whose Latin name is priscianus caesariensis (name of his hometown Caesarea in Mauritania) We know ultimately little of his life, if he professed to Constantinople, and especially its capital structure to which it owes its fame the grammaticae Institutiones (at 18 pounds) became the reference of Latin grammar until the late Middle Ages. This book is a collection which includes various works Priscian, linguistic work or translation of Hermogenes and Dionysius Périgète. chez Nicolas Bryling Bâle 1554 très fort petit in 8 (6) 936pp. -17. Un Vol. relié

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        L'Histoire des Indes de Portugal

      Antwerp: Jehan Steelsius, 1554. Small octavo, 211 numbered leaves, printed in italic letter, woodcut device on title; light water-staining to first 30 leaves; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, red label. Portuguese expansion in the East Indies. One of the earliest editions of this major source for the history of Portuguese expansion in the East Indies. This French edition, translated by Nicolas de Grouchy, is one of the first versions of the book to appear; another French edition had appeared a year earlier, and Spanish and Portuguese versions were also published in 1554.This was all that could be published at this stage of a work that was still being written: it would ultimately amount to seven books. 'Fernão Lopes de Castanheda (1500-1559), was meanwhile (1551-1561) publishing his História at Coimbra of the discovery and conquest of India by the Portuguese. While the Portuguese crown sought to keep secret the nautical details about the voyage to India, the Portuguese printed histories were soon translated in whole or in part into other European languages... Castanheda's work was quickly translated into numerous continental languages and even into English by 1582...' (Lach).Castanheda set out for India in 1528 and spent ten years travelling extensively in Asia, possibly even reaching the Moluccas. Back in Coimbra in the 1530s he '...became associated with the faculty of arts as archivist and librarian [and] continued to interview persons who had been in the East and to use the resources of the library to augment and check his information as he began to write his narrative. Finally, after twenty years of painstaking research, interviewing, and writing, he published in 1551 the first book of his História ... Originals of the first edition of his first book are now extremely rare... So few copies have survived, it seems, because Castanheda was forced, shortly after publication, to withdraw his book from circulation as it wounded the sensibilities of some people in high positions...'Aside from his personal experiences in Asia and his interviews with participants, Castanheda's História was dependent upon a number of reports which he apparently saw either in Goa or Lisbon... The care with which he used his farrago of sources contributes greatly to the accuracy of the Historia. For it is remarkable, when we recollect that no previous writer had prepared a comprehensive narrative of the genesis of the Portuguese empire, that Castanheda was able, largely through his personal enterprise, to provide his own generation and posterity with a factual record... of the Asiatic activities of the Portuguese from the voyage of Vasco da Gama...' (Lach I, pp. 187-9).

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        DIALOGI DI MESSER ALESSANDRO LIONARDI, DELLA INVENTIONE POETICA. Et insieme di quanto alla istoria et all'arte oratoria s'appartiene, et del modo di finger la favola.

      Per Plinio Pietrasanta 1554 Prima edizione. Opera dedicata a Papa Giulio III. Cm.20,5x13,8. Pg.2 non numerate, 84, 10 non numerate. Legatura in piena pergamena chiazzata. Al frontespizio marca tipografica con albero fronduto cui è avvolto un nastro con il motto "Semper virens". Gradevoli capilettera xilografici. Testo in carattere corsivo. Fresco esemplare ad ampi margini. Il testo si articola su due dialoghi eruditi, in cui compaiono Marc'Antonio Genova, professore di filosofia a Padova, M. Sperone, Giulio Parigiani, Vescovo di Rimini e Torquato Bembo, figlio di Pietro. Prima e unica edizione di un raro libello rinascimentale di "ars poetica" e di oratoria. Ne è Autore l'erudito padovano Alessandro Lionardi, laureato in giurisprudenza e autore di vari testi letterari e retorici. Fra le sue Opere si ricordano le "Rime" (Venezia, Gryphius, 1547), "Il secondo libro de le rime" (Venezia, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1550), "Oratio latina in laudem Pij Quarti Summi Pontificis" (in latino) e "Oratione volgare" (Padova, Alciati, 1565). Si devono a lui i testi poetici "Vidi pianger madonna" e "Come dal ciel seren rugiada sole" messi in musica dal madrigalista Alfonso Ferrabosco.

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        M. ACTII PLAUTI COMOEDIAE VIGINTI. Lugduni, apud Seb. Gryphium, 1554.

      Testo latino. Cm.12x6,8. Pg.1078. Modesta legatura cartonata con piatti marmorizzati e tassello cartaceo con titoli manoscritti al dorso. Tagli spruzzati. Al frontespizio marca tipografica con il classico grifone che regge una pietra alla quale è attaccata una sfera alata. Ai lati della silografia il motto "Virtute duce, comite fortuna". Il quaderno ss è posposto al quaderno tt. Il testo è preceduto da una "Plauti vita ex Petro Crinito de poetis latinis". Il volume contiene le celebri venti commedie di Plauto giunte integre sino a noi: "Amphitruo, Asinaria, Aulularia, Capteivei, Curculio, Casina, Cistellaria, Epidicus, Bacchides, Mostellaria, Menaehmi, Miles gloriosus, Mercator, Pseudolus, Poenulus, Persa, Rudens, Stichus, Trinummus, Truculentus". Pietro Crinito è lo pseudonimo dell'umanista fiorentino Pietro Riccio (1465 - 1507).

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        Historiae animalium Liber II. de Quadru pedibus ouiparis - Appendix Historiae Quadrupendum uiuiparorum & ouiparorum - Liber III. qui est de Auium natura. 1554, 1560

      Zürich, Frischauer., 1554, 1556 (Erste Ausgabe).. Fol., Ledereinband. VD 16, G 124. - Adams, G533. - Ley 26. - Nissen. ZBI 1550. - Rudolphi 438. - Vischer, C 489. - Wellish A24.1. Tl. 2 (Amphibien u. Reptilien) u. Tl. 3 (Vögel) in 1 Bd. Schweinslederband der Zeit mit reicher Blindprägung u. Schließen. Jeweils in erster Ausgabe. Teil 2 mit dem seltenen Appendix zu Tl. 1 u. 2. - Liber II: Titel, 2. Bll., 1 w. Bl. fehlt (ausger.) 110 S., 1 w. Bl., mit 1 Holzschn.-Druckerm. u. 15 Textholzschn. sowie zahlr. aufwendig verzierten Initialen. Appendix: Titel, 25 v. 2 (recte 26) S., es fehlt S. 15/16 (Bl. ausger.), mit 1 Holzschn.-Druckerm. u. 28 Textholzschn. sowie aufwenig verzierten Inizialen. Liber III: Titel, 16 Bll., 1 w. Bl., 201 S., S. 102 (recte 202), S. 203-616, S. 617/618 (recte 717/718), S. 719-779, mit 1 Holzschn.-Druckerm., 1 Holzschn.-Porträt Gesners, 220 Holzschn. u. zahlr. aufwendig verzierten Initialen. - Tlw. gebräunt u. etwas fleckig, stellenw. leicht wasserrändig, Vorsätze stark gebräunt, vorder. flieg. Vorsatzbl. mit größer Fehlstelle, innengelenke, Vorsätze sowie das 1. Bl. u. die 4 letzten Bll. mit Wurmspuren, die 2 letzten Bll. u. rückw. fileg. Vorsatzbl. knicksp., mehrere Bll. mit Einrissen (größ Einr. bei den Bll.: Tl. 2, S. 1/2; Tl. 3, S. 59/60, 129/130, 271/272, 359/360, 505/506, 593/594, 701/702, 743/744, 777/778), Titel v. Tl 2 im Bereich der Druckerm. mit 3 kl. Fehlstellen, Titel des App. im Bereich der Druckerm. mit Tintenfl., vereinzelt lat. Randanm. sowie Unter- u. Durchstreichungen mit schwarzer Tinte (betroffen sind: Tl. 2: S. 50-53, 64/65, 73, 77; App.: S. 7; Tl. 3: S. 257/258, 284, 286, 699), Tl. 3, S. 141-144 stark fl., Buchrücken u. vord. Vorsatz mit Signaturrückst. titel u. Tl. 2 mit Bibliotheksstempel des Franziskanerklosters Hall in Tirol, Einband berieben u. beschabt, rückw. Buchdeckel tls. stärker verkratzt, Schließen restauriert. C. Gesner (1516-1565) gilt als einer der Gründer der Zoologie u. das Buch "The most authoritative zoological book beween Aristotle and the publication of Ray's classification of fauna in 1693, it remained the standard reference book even as late as Linne." (PMM 77).

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        Innamoramento di Ruggeretto, figliuolo di Ruggero Re di Bulgaria: con ogni riuscimento di tutte la magnanime sue imprese, e con i generosi fatti di Orlando, di Rinaldo, d d'altri paladini...

      Vinegia (Venedig) (al segno del diamante) (per Comin da Trino di Monferrato) 1554.. 8°, 240 Bll., 46 Holzschnitte u. 46 Bildinitialen. Brauner Ledereinbd. d. 20. Jh. (Fachmännisch restauriertes Exemplar. Titelblatt mit Holzschnittportr. fehlt. Viele Ss. an d. Rändern braunfl., einig m. kl. Fehlstellen ohne Textverlust, 1 kl. Brandloch, einige Eintragungen u. Unterstr. in Tinte v. alter Hand). Auflage:0. Über den Autor M. Panfilo Renaldini (poeta romanzesco del Cinquecento) ist nicht viel bekannt. Eine Monographie aus dem Jahre 1939 konnte ermittelt werden. Der Autor hängt sich mit seiner Dichtung an das zur selben Zeit außerordentliche und sehr populäre epische Werk Ariosts, Orlando Furioso (Der rasende Roland), an. Dieses epochemachende Buch erschien 1532 in seiner endgültigen Fassung in 46 Gesängen. Auch Rinaldos Orlando umfasst 46 Gesänge. Er widmet es seinem Fürsten, Francesco Medici. Die 46 sehr reizvollen Renaissanceholzschnitte ähneln stilistisch dem Petrarcameister und haben ein Format von jeweils ca. 5 x 11 cm. Die Initialen sind auch bei Veröffentlichungen von anderen Druckern, die in der Comin de Trino di Monferrato mitarbeiteten, nachweisbar. Drucke dieses Drucker-Komitees erschienen zwischen 1539 und 1574.

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        Geistliche Einöde: Das ist, Weiß, wie ein Gott-und der Vollkommenheit liebende Seel sich deß Jahrs zum wenigsten einmahl von allen äusserlichen Dingen abziehen, und in Gott erheben solle. Köln, W. Friessem 1676. 12º. 320 S., mit gestoch.Frontispiz (in Pag.).- Angeb.: (Puente Luis de la), Spanischer Tugent-Spiegel. Das ist Leben und Wandel der Hoch-Adelichen Jungfrauen, Frauen Marina de Escobar, von Tugend und Heiligkeit durchh ganz Hispannien hochberühmt. Allen. vorgestelt von R. P. Udalrico Mayr. Salzburg, (J. B. Mayr 1675). 9 Bll., 237 S., 3 Bll., mit gestoch. Porträt, Prgt. d. Zt. mit hs. RTitel. u. 4 Bindebbänder.

      - I) VD17 23:703513S.- Erste Ausgabe, sehr selten (über KVK u. WorldCat nur 1 Ex. in Wolfenbüttel nachweisbar).- II) VD17 23:241748D - De Backer-S. V, 823, 1.- Seltene deutsche Ausgabe der ersten Biographie der spanischen Mystikerin und Gründerin eines spanischer Ablegers des Brigittenordens, Marina de Escobar (1554-1633); gewidmet der Äbtissin des Klosters Frauenchiemsee Scholastica Teresa von Perfall.- Der Porträt-Kupferstich gestochen v. Melchior Küsell nach Tobias Schinnagel.- Titel unten knapp beschnitten (eine Zeile Textverlust). Beide Titel leicht gebräunt u. tls. etw. braunfleckig, vord. Innengelenk mit Wurmgänge, Ebd. mit kl. Bezugsfehlstelle. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        DE NUMERO ORATORIO LIBRI QUINQUE Eiusdem paraphrasis in psalmos Dauidis, & quaedam carmina.

      Venetiis, in aedibus Pauli Manutij, Aldi filij, 1554. In-4 gr. (mm. 330 x 240), cartonato rustico antico, tit. ms. al dorso (rifatto), cc.num. 56 + 20 (per i Salmi e altre poesie); marca tipograf. con l?'ancora aldina silografata al frontesp. e al verso dell?'ultima carta, ornato da belliss. grandi capilett. figur. a vignetta, pure inc. su legno. "Prima edizione". Cfr. Renouard, p. 159 - The British Library, p. 549 - Adams,II, p. 133. ?"Rapicius, nome umanistico del grammatico Ravizza Giovito (1476-1553). Rimangono di lui, assai stimato dai contemporanei, epistole, orazioni, opuscoli di vari argomenti, ma l?'opera sua capitale sono i cinque libri "De numero oratorio", nei quali detta norme per conseguire armonia ed eleganza nell?'eloquenza in latino?". Cosi?' Diz. Treccani,X, p. 165. Antiche scritte a penna margin., 12 cc. ben restaur. per lungo strappo verticale, altrim. esempl. con barbe, ben conservato.

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        HIERONYMI CARDANI MEDIOLANENSI MEDICI DE SUBTILITATE LIBRI XXI Nunc demum recogniti atque perfecti.

      Basileae, per Ludovicum Lucium, 1554. In-4 p. (mm. 283x194), p. pelle settecentesca, dorso a cordoni con decoraz. e tit. oro su doppio tassello, tagli rossi,12 cc.nn., 561 pp.num., (manca l?'ultima carta bianca), con un ritratto di Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576) in ovale al verso del frontespizio, numerose figure e diagrammi nel testo; ornato da ventun pregevoli grandi iniziali figur. a vignetta, il tutto silografato. ?"Pubblicato per la prima volta a Norimberga nel 1550, il "De Subtilitate" è una vera enciclopedia scientifica in cui è racchiuso tutto il sapere del primo Cinquecento, dalla botanica alla geologia, dalla cosmologia alla costruzione di macchine che talvolta ricordano quelle di Leonardo, dalla fisica alla zoologia. Nonostante nell?'opera si intreccino di continuo resoconti di esperienze vere a superstizioni, pratiche alchemiche e magiche, alcune osservazioni del Cardano risultano particolarmente interessanti. Oltre all?'intuizione dell?'impossibilità del moto perpetuo, bisogna segnalare i contributi all?'idrodinamica..?". Così Gliozzi ?"Storia della fisica?" (2005), p. 97. Il "De Subtilitate" ebbe uno straordinario successo.. la traduzione francese, pubblicata nel 1556, sarà adottata nelle scuole di Francia come testo per lo studio della statica e dell?'idrodinamica fino a tutto il XVII secolo: nel 1551 l?'opera sarà ristampata a Parigi e a Lione e l?'anno successivo usciranno ancora tre ristampe. Questa di Basilea è la seconda ediz. che si distingue dalla precedente per gli ampliamenti di alcuni libri e le correzioni. Cfr. Adams,I, p. 241 - Wellcome,1291 - Durling, p. 104 cita un?'ediz. di Lugduni, Rovillium, 1554. Solo una carta con antico restauro per manc. margin., altrimenti esemplare ben conservato.

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        De le lettere di tredici huomini illustri libri tredici / Gli autori. Il vesc. di Baius. Il Sanga. Il Guidiccione. Il vescouo di Verona. M. Franc. de la Torre. Il Sadoleto. L'Ardinghello. M. Marcant. Flaminio. Il Giouio. Il Tasso... [et al.]

      In Venetia : [s.n.], 1554, Hardback, Book Condition: Very Good, First EditionGood to very good copy bound in contemporary limp vellum, slightly soiled and buckled. Title printed to spine. General edge-wear and surface stains to spine and panels. Internally, altogether clean and quite sound. Remains quite well-preserved overall.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 228 pages; Physical description: [8], 228 leaves ; 16 cm. (8vo). Dedication signed by Dionigi Atanagi (ca. 1504-1573), compiler. Author's names in two columns on t.p. Ornament on t.p., capitals. Subjects: Italian letters - Letters - Italy - 16th century. Language: Italian.

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        HISTORIARUM LIBRI PRIORES QUINQUE

      Lugduni: Seb. Gryphium, 1554. n. Hardcover. 178 x 108 mm (7 x 4 1/4"). 790 pp., [21] leaves (the last one blank). Translated by Nicolaus Perrottus and Wolfgang Musculus. Tasteful contemporary (English?) calf, covers with single gilt fillet border and intricate arabesque centerpiece, raised bands, spine panels with central azured gilt fleur-de-lys or floral sprig, apparently original morocco label (perhaps--but perhaps not--with very expert repairs at spine ends). Publisher's woodcut griffin device on title and last page. Front pastedown with (18th century?) engraved armorial bookplate of Sir William Baird and modern bookplate of Kenneth Rapoport, title page with early ownership signature of Franciscus T_______ (now washed away and consequently very faint); occasional contemporary underlinings and manicules. Baudrier VIII, 271. Joints rubbed (and with thin cracks alongside top spine panel on upper and lower joint and along bottom two spine panels on upper joint), lower cover with minor discoloration (perhaps from damp), other trivial defects, but the binding entirely solid, still quite lustrous, and with nothing approaching a major condition problem. Without front free endpaper, n3 with branching tear (a paper flaw?) from margin into text necessitating (old) repair, but without loss, isolated faint browning, other small imperfections, but a really excellent copy internally, consistently very fresh and clean. This is a very well-preserved copy, in an attractive mid-16th century binding, of a history of republican Rome that had a significant effect almost 2,000 years later on the framers of the U. S. Constitution. Sent to Rome as a hostage, the Greek soldier and statesman Polybius (ca. 200 - ca. 118 B.C.) was befriended by Scipio the Younger and became an adviser to him and a member of his literary circle. Only five of Polybius' 40 books survive intact, those covering all of the First Punic War and part of the Second, down to the dramatic battle of Cannae, as well as various events in Greece. Besides these five books, our edition includes the surviving fragments of books six through 17, covering more episodes of the Punic Wars and Polybius' famous analyses of the Roman constitution and the Roman army. His discourse on the doctrine of the separation of powers was an important influence on Thomas Jefferson--who owned numerous editions of Polybius and bought many copies for friends--and on James Madison, who cites the work in the "Federalist Papers." With his high standards of historical research and his professional knowledge of military strategy, Polybius may be ranked with the best ancient historians. Livy's history, which covers the same years, is more dramatic, but without Polybius, our knowledge of the Punic Wars would be very incomplete. The present edition was issued late in our printer's long and distinguished career, and like the item described in the previous entry (which contains more about Gryphius), the text here is in his attractive Aldine italic typeface. While the binding is not lavished with gilt, it is as it should be--decorated in a typical way and to a typical extent for a book that was intended to be used in a scholastic setting. And as a volume meant to be put to frequent use, it has surprisingly escaped the almost inevitable damage that such handling would bring. Our early owner was Sir William Baird of Newbyth (1654-1737), Scottish baronet and lawyer.

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        LE NOUVEAU TESTAMENT DE NOSTRE SEIGNEUR JESUS CHRIST

      Lyon: Guillaume Rouille, 1554. n. Hardcover. 127 x 83 mm (5 x 3 1/4"). 540, [4] leaves. PLEASING CONTEMPORARY CALF DECORATED IN AN ENTRELAC DESIGN, the boards ornamented in the Lyonnaise style with intricate interlacing strapwork and foliage in dark brown and gray outlined in gilt on a background of tiny gilt dots, flat spine with similar decoration (these 16th century designs expertly laid down onto modern calf), all edges gilt. Elaborate historiated woodcut frame enclosing each of the two title pages, some decorative and historiated woodcut initials and headpieces in the text. With parallel columns of Latin (in roman typeface) and French (in italic). Front pastedown with embossed armorial bookplate of Daniel Sickles. Baudrier IX, 216; Fairfax Murray 532. The covers with trivial marks and worm traces, the text printed on inexpensive (and consequently yellowed) paper, first few leaves and last leaf a little thumbed, isolated minor soiling, but an excellent example, the carefully restored binding entirely solid and quite bright, and the text smooth and fresh. From a distinguished collection, this, like the previous item, is a charming specimen of 16th century Lyonnaise book production, bound in an elegant style strongly identified with that city. It is a surprisingly early Latin-French printing of the Scriptures, predating both Brunet and Darlowe & Moule: the earliest such edition in Brunet was produced by our publisher in 1557, and the first Latin-French Bible listed by Darlowe & Moule was printed in 1566. A major book production center in the 16th century, Lyon hosted one of the two great annual book fairs of Europe, and the thriving publishing industry made it the only French city to rival Paris in its number of bookbinding ateliers. 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. A close friend of H. P. Kraus, our former owner, Daniel Sickles of Paris, was a major collector of fine books from the 15th century onwards, with a special interest in modern illustrated volumes and early bindings.

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        Ova paschalia sacro emblemate inscripta descriptaque. 2 Tle. in 1 Band. Ingolstadt, S. Knab 1672. 8°. 18 Bll., 320 S.; 2 Bll., (321-)604, S., 21 Bll., mit gest. Titel, gest. Titelvign., gest. Porträtmedallion v. Ferdinand III. u. 2 Kupfer mit 12 kl. Porträtmedallions im Text sowie 100 emblematischen Textkupfern, blindgepr. Schweinsldr. d. Zt. auf Holzdeckeln mit 2 Metallschließen.

      - VD17 12:104582W - Landwehr, German Emblem Books 555 - Praz 504 - De Backer Sommervogel VII, 1554,62.- Seltene dritte Ausgabe des reizenden Emblemwerkes des Jesuiten Georg Stengel (1585-1651). Die originellen ostereiförmigen Emblemkupfer sind in den Ecken von 4 weiteren Darstellungen eingerahmt (in der E.A. v. 1634 noch nicht vorhanden).- Enthält neben biblischen Darstellungen auch solche aus der Haus- und Landwirtschaft, Tiere, etc. sowie einige Faustdarstellungen.- Titel gestempelt, Innendeckel mit entferntem Exlibris, nur wenig fleckig, Einband etwas berieben u. fleckig, insges. schönes Ex.

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        RERUM a CAROLO V. Caesare Augusto in Africa Bello gestarum commentarij, Elegantissimis Iconibus ad Historiam accommodis illustrati. Authorum elenchum, e quorum Monumentis hoc opus constat, sequens pagella indicabit

      Antwerp: Bellerum 1st first edition, 1554. Hardcover. Very Good. Folding maps (3 - one district map, city of Algiers, city of Aphrodisium) + woodcut sailing ship with Hermes(?) & goddess on board. Octavo early 19th century speckled calf spined boards with vellum tips and black spine label, gilt bands to spine (tips sl rubbed) TP+7 leaves +183 leaves + (8 leaves of index, errata & colophon) + final blank. TP laid down to strengthen small (erased?) thin patch. Name to bottom margin. Back of TP has a neat old contents list in sl.faded MS ink. Some uniform paper tanning and three or four pages with more foxing. 8 pages have a few lines neatly underlined and 5 prelims have pale water spotting mostly confined to the margin. *This history of Karl the Fifth in his war against Tunis and the Barbary states of north Africa. The three maps show shipping, town walls & gates, gun emplacements as well as a floating platform with cannons. One larger scale map shows people and houses in the walled city. Rare, only one copy in auction records back in 1983 (BM STC, Dutch Books 183).

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        HIERONYMI CARDANI MEDIOLANENSI MEDICI DE SUBTILITATE LIBRI XXI. Nunc demum recogniti atque perfecti.

      per Ludovicum Lucium 1554 In - 4 p. (mm. 283x194), p. pelle settecentesca, dorso a cordoni con decoraz. e tit. oro su doppio tassello, tagli rossi,12 cc.nn., 561 pp.num., (manca l?ultima carta bianca), con un ritratto di Gerolamo Cardano (1501 - 1576) in ovale al verso del frontespizio, numerose figure e diagrammi nel testo; ornato da ventun pregevoli grandi iniziali figur. a vignetta, il tutto silografato. ?Pubblicato per la prima volta a Norimberga nel 1550, il "De Subtilitate" è una vera enciclopedia scientifica in cui è racchiuso tutto il sapere del primo Cinquecento, dalla botanica alla geologia, dalla cosmologia alla costruzione di macchine che talvolta ricordano quelle di Leonardo, dalla fisica alla zoologia. Nonostante nell?opera si intreccino di continuo resoconti di esperienze vere a superstizioni, pratiche alchemiche e magiche, alcune osservazioni del Cardano risultano particolarmente interessanti. Oltre all?intuizione dell?impossibilità del moto perpetuo, bisogna segnalare i contributi all?idrodinamica..?. Così Gliozzi ?Storia della fisica? (2005), p. 97. Il "De Subtilitate" ebbe uno straordinario successo.. la traduzione francese, pubblicata nel 1556, sarà adottata nelle scuole di Francia come testo per lo studio della statica e dell?idrodinamica fino a tutto il XVII secolo: nel 1551 l?opera sarà ristampata a Parigi e a Lione e l?anno successivo usciranno ancora tre ristampe. Questa di Basilea è la seconda ediz. che si distingue dalla precedente per gli ampliamenti di alcuni libri e le correzioni. Cfr. Adams,I, p. 241 - Wellcome,1291 - Durling, p. 104 cita un?ediz. di Lugduni, Rovillium, 1554. Solo una carta con antico restauro per manc. margin., altrimenti esemplare ben conservato.

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        TRATTATO di Dell'istrumento et via inventrice de gli antichi.

      per Plinio Pietrasanta,, Venezia, 1554 - in-4 antico, pp. 172, (2), leg. m. pelle settecentesca, carta dec. ai piatti, fregi e tass. al d. Belliss. front. xilogr. Rara edizione a cura di Girolamo Ruscelli il cui nome compare nella prefazione. Le prime 10 cc con legg. alone di umidità. [073]

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        Tabula Europae V

      circa. 1554, Basel - Latin text on versoThe Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster (1488 ? 1552) from 1544 is the earliest German description of the world. It had numerous editions in different languages including Latin, French (translated by François de Belleforest), Italian, English, and even Czech. The last German edition was published in 1628, long after his death. The Cosmographia was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years. This success was due to the fascinating woodcuts (some by Hans Holbein the Younger, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, and David Kandel). It was most important in reviving geography in 16th century Europe., Size : 255x340 (mm), 10x13.375 (Inches), Hand Colored

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        EPISTOLAS . traducidas de latín en romance, en elegante estilo, por el Bachiller JUAN DE MOLINA.

      Luys Ortiz, Burgos 1554 - 4ºM, gótico a 2 columnas, port. (frontis) remarg. y det. (posiblemente no sea la original de esta obra), 7h, CCLII fols. (2ªhoja rasgada, fol.IV falta esq. sup.), rastro hum. en algún fol. Pergamino. 1554

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        Prisciani grammatici caesariensi Libri omnes. De octo partibus orationis XVI. Deg, constructione earundem -De XII. Primis Aeneid. Librorum carminibus. -De accentibus tam nominum quam uerborum -De ponderibus & mensuris -De praexercitamentis rhetor. Ex Hermog. -De uersibus comicis -Rusini item de metris comicis & oratoris numeris -Cum indice copiosissimo.

      chez Nicolas Bryling 1554 - - chez Nicolas Bryling, Bâle 1554, très fort petit in 8, (6) 936pp. -17., Un Vol. relié. - Nouvelle édition. Bien que nous n'ayons pas trouvé trace de cette édition de Bâle, la première édition a été éditée à Venise, Alde, en 1527 (avec une collation différente). Absent à la BN de France et dans les catalogues français. Oxford possède une édition à la même date. Les catalogues anglais font mention de plusieurs exemplaires à différentes dates. Impression en caractère italique. Belle reliure allemande d'époque sur peau de truie avec fermoirs en parfait état de marche. Dos à 3 nerfs nu avec pièce de titre papier manuscrite à la plume, plats estampés à froid de roulettes en encadrement (rinceaux avec médaillons représentant Erasme de Rotterdam et Philipe de Milan, Martin de Paris, Jean de? ?). Rectangle central avec motifs d'entrelacs de feuillages en miroir. 2 mouillures sur le plat supérieur ( une de 2cm de diamètre et l'autre de 4 cm dirigées vers l'extérieur). Fraîcheur du papier. Priscien, fut un grammairien romain du VIe siècle ap. J.C, dont le nom latin est priscianus Caesariensis (nom de sa ville natale Césarée, en Mauritanie) On sait en définitive peu de choses de son existence, sinon qu'il professa à Constantinople, et surtout que son ouvrage capital auquel il doit sa célèbrité, les institutiones grammaticae (en 18 livres) devint la référence de la grammaire latine jusqu'à la fin du moyen-âge. Le présent ouvrage est un recueil qui regroupe différentes oeuvres de Priscien, travaux linguistiques ou traduction d'Hermogène et de Denys le Périgète. (6) 936pp. -17. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Praedium rusticum, in quo cuiusuis soli vel culti vel inculti plantarum vocabula ac descriptiones, earumque conseredarum atque excolendarum instrumenta suo ordine describuntur.

      LUTETIAE, Apud Carolum Stephanum Typographum Regium. M.D. LIIII. 1554 - Praedium rusticum, in quo cuiusuis soli vel culti vel inculti plantarum vocabula ac descriptiones, earumque conseredarum atque excolendarum instrumenta suo ordine describuntur. In adoloscentulorum, bonarum literarum studiosorum, gratiam. Plein veau d’époque.16x10cm. 648pp,+ (XLVI) index plantarum. A la page titre manque partie inférieure avecmarque imprimeur, autrement texte très frais. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Medicina ( 3 parti in un volume)

      Wechel Andreas, Paris 1554 - [Medicina - Prima Edizione - Legatura](cm. 34.7) Bella legatura originale in pieno vitello bruno con doppio filetto a secco ai piatti con fregio centrale ad arabesco in oro e 4 fregi angolari in oro. Dorso ben rifatto, abrasioni ai piatti con lievi restauri. -cc.6 nn., pp. 250 (numerate 248), cc.7 nn.; -pp. 238, cc.9 nn.; pp.90, cc.5 nn. Bella marca tipografica all'inizio e in fine, ritratto dell'autore al verso della terza carta, finalini e capilettera figurati elegantissimi. Edizione originale rarissima e ben completa di questa celebre opera divisa in tre parti:fisiologia - patologia - terapia. E' il primo trattato sistematico e rappresenta il fondamento della moderna patologia e fisiologia, introducendone i termini per la prima volta. Metodicamente discute le malattie di ciascun organo, contribuì allo studio degli aneurismi associandoli alla dilatazione arteriosa. e' il più grande testo di medicina e pietra miliare del rinascimento francese che ha influenzato la pratica medica in tutta Europa. Esemplare molto bello, a pieni margini, nitido e fresco, qualche inisgnificante macchietta, antica firma di proprietà manoscritta al frontis: "G.O. Ferrua.del convento di nostra donna del mond." Importante esemplare con in fine alla sguardia del piatto posteriore una lunga nota manoscritta coeva in latino, ben leggibile, con notazioni mediche, terapie, ricette etc. circa 50 righe a piena pagina in chiara grafia cinquecentesca che meriterebbero uno studio circa l'autografia. Provenienza: Asta Christie's Roma 1993. * Durling 1459; * Wellcome 2195; *Garrison- Morton 2271; * Waller 2993; * Choix 8674; * Norman 785; * Long "History of Pathology pp. 62-66; *Sherrington pp.100-104; * Acierno "storia di cardiologia" (1994) pp.48-50, 96-99; * Adams F 248; BM.STC French, supplemento p.34. [F82] [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Variarum lectionum libri XXV. Cum indice plenissimo.

      Mai, Lyon, (Bartholomé Frein für) Jean Temporal, 1554 - Lyon, (Bartholomé Frein für) Jean Temporal, Mai 1554. 24,5x16 cm. 6 Bl., 486 S., 1 leeres Bl., 30 Bl. Mit sehr vielen grösseren und kleineren historisierenden Holzschnitt-Initialen. Kalbslederband des 17. Jhdts. über 5 erhabenen Bünden, Preiseinband mit reicher Goldprägung, Deckel mit einer im Spitzenstil verzierten Bordüre und einem grossen, ovalen Supralibros, mit einem "Semis" von Lilien, Rückenfelder mit Fleur-de-Lys-Stempel und geldgeprägtem Titel, Spiegel mit marmoriertem Papier. Dekorativer französischer Preiseinband über der zweiten Ausgabe von Pietro Vettoris (oder Petrus Victorius, 1499-1584) Werk, reich geschmückt mit eindrucksvollen historisierenden Initialen eines nur mit "M" identifizierten Künstlers. Vettori hatte in Pisa und Rom Philosophie und klassische Sprachen studiert und wurde schliesslich Erzieher von Alessandro Farnese. Danach wurde er an die Universität von Florenz berufen, wo er Griechisch und Latein lehrte. Er lehnte diverse Berufungen an andere Universitäten ab und blieb zeitlebens in Florenz, von Papst Julius III wurde er später in den Grafenstand erhoben. - (Die ersten drei Bl. etwas fleckig ausserhalb des Textes, kurzer Wurmgang im Fusssteg der letzten 15 Bl., gegen Schluss schmaler Wasserrand im Aussensteg; Rücken am Kopf minimal eingerissen. Sehr schönes Exemplar). - Baudrier IV, 383, STC, (French), 438; vgl. Brunet V, 1179 (nur die Ausgaben von 1553 und 1582). A decorative French price binding richly gilt 'à la dentelle' on Pietro Vettori's work, lavishly illustrated with many hitoriated woodcut intials by an unidentified artist. Vettori (1499-1585) was professor of Latin and Greek in Flornce, a diplomatist, and a celebrated humanist figure in its time. - Few stains on first three leaves, some foxing, short wormhole on the last fiteen leaves, at the end slightly waterstained in margins. - Spine at head slightly worn. Sprache: Lateinisch Kalbslederband des 17. Jhdts. über 5 erhabenen Bünden, Preiseinband mit reicher Goldprägung, Deckel mit einer im Spitzenstil verzierten Bordüre und einem grossen, ovalen Supralibros, mit einem "Semis" von Lilien, Rückenfelder mit Fleur-de-Lys-Stempel und geldgeprägtem Titel, Spiegel mit marmoriertem Papier. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Liber unus, de sympathia & antipathia rerum. Item, De contagione & contagiosis morbis, & eorum curatione, lib. iii

      Lyon: Joan Tornaecsium and Guil. Gazeium, 1554 - Two of the great Veronese physician's (1478-1553) last and most important works. In the first. "Fracastoro recognizes that the principle immanent in nature and explaining it is simpatia, which Fracastoro conceives of in a sense different from that of the humanists. To Fracastoro sympathy is a principle of spiritual order; it is the species spiritualis that unifies the world. In particular, it is to be brought down to the plane of natural things that are to be studied naturalistically-" "Fracastoro's scientific thought culminates and concludes with DE CONTAGIONE, which assures him a lasting place in the history of epidemiology - in DE CONTAGIONE the epidemiological problems and the principia contagiorum are delved into with great acuteness. Fracastoro's sheer prophetic intuition yielded hypotheses on causes and ways of infections that were verified in succeeding centuries -" (DSB V, pp. 104-107) Third edition (preceded by Venice, 1546; and Lyon, 1550). 8vo. Title with woodcut border, diagrams in text; a-y8; 351 pp. 18th-century quarter leather and marbled paper boards. Adams F-824; Wellcome I 2395; Durling 1638 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Il duello del Mutio Iustino Poliziano. Con le risposte cavalleresche, di novo corretto et ristampato. Con privilegio del sommo pontefice Giulio III¿

      Gabriel Gioito de Ferrari, Vinegia 1554 - [Gioito ¿ Duelli ¿ Legatura] (cm. 16) bella legatura in piena pergamena sec XVIII, con nervi, titolo i oro, piatti con filetto e fregi angolari, al centro grande rosone arabescato impresso a secco. Sguardie policrome decorate a pettine dell¿epoca.-cc.223 +1c bianca. Carattere corsivo e molti bei capolettera figurati. Le due parti in un volume, hanno frontis proprio e ciascuna ha due marche tipografiche diverse all¿inizio e in fine. L¿opera apparve nel 1550, ebbe successo e numerose ristampe, la nostra è rara, manca ad Adams e al BM.STC. nonché al catalogo del C.O.N.I. ¿biblioteca sportiva nazionale¿ di Roma che ha altre edizioni. L¿autore di Padova, (1496-1576) fu spirito bizzarro e acuto, attaccò brighe letterarie e fu in battaglia continua con i più illustri suoi coetanei come il Varchi, Gucciardini, macchiavelli, Giovio, e Tolomei. Fu al servizio del marchese del vasto a Milano che nel 1542 lo mandò quale legato a Nizza presso Carlo III di savoia. Il duello ebbe così successo che fu tradotto anche in francese da Francesco Chapuis in Lione nel 1561. Lieve alone ad alcune carte in fine, peraltro ottimo esemplare nitido e fresco in accattivante legatura. *Bongi I 426, *Choix 10117, *Levi ¿Gelli p.148; * Datala p.204; *Thimm ¿fening and duelling¿ p 201; * Cockle ¿military books¿ n°879 in nota.[f56] [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Appiano Alessandrino delle guerre civili et esterne de Romani, con diligentia corretto et con nuova tradottione di molti luoghi migliorato. Aggiuntovi alla fine un libro del medesimo, delle guerre di Spagna, non più veduto.

      [nel colophon: In Vinegia, nell’anno M.D.XXXXV (1545) in casa de’ figliuoli di Aldo] 1554 - Opera in tre parti legata in due volumi in-8°; I: cc. 258; II: cc. 175; III: cc. 41 (1). Eleganti legature ottocentesche in mezza pelle verde e carta marmorizzata con dorso a quattro nervi. Titolo e numerazione del volume in oro. Un lieve alone nel margine esterno delle prime e ultime carte del primo volume. Manca l’ancora aldina in fine della seconda parte. Per il resto buon esemplare. Traduzione dell’opera di Appiano Alessandrino di Alessandro Braccesi dal testo latino curato da Pier Candido Decembrio. Paolo Manuzio rivide in più passi l’opera sulla base di manoscritti greci, benché il suo nome non venga mai esplicitamente menzionato, e aggiunse l’ultima parte con la traduzione delle guerre di Spagna. Prima edizione aldina. Renouard, pp. 134-135, n. 19; The Aldine Press, p. 223, n. 339. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Cosmographiae universalis Lib. VI. in quibus, iuxta certioris fidei scriptorum traditionem describuntur?

      [Colophon on 3H8r:] Basel: Henrich Petri, September 1554., 1554. folio. pp. 12 p.l., [56], 1162 [ie. 1174], [2]. woodcut title border. woodcut portrait of Münster on verso of title. 14 double-page woodcut maps, 37 double-page woodcut city plans & views, 3 woodcut city views consisting of 2 double-page sheets each (Worms, Heidelberg, Vienna), & over 900 woodcut illustrations in the text including maps, plans, town views, portraits, natural history subjects, &c. woodcut printer?s device on verso of last leaf. woodcut initials. contemporary blind-stamped pigskin, brass bosses, clasps & catches (2 cornerpieces wanting, lower front joint partly split, front paste-down renewed, title cut down & mounted ?" concealing woodcut portrait on verso, lower outer corner of [*]6 torn away with loss of a few words on 9 lines, scattered light foxing, a few leaves embrowned, occasional minor stains, a few marginal tears ?" no loss, but overall an appealing & impressive copy). Third Edition of the Latin Translation [first: 1550] of Münster?s celebrated Cosmographia, "the first detailed, scientific and popular description of the world in Münster?s native language [first: German, 1544], as well as a supreme effort of geographical study and literature of the Reformation period." (Encyc. Britan., 11th Edn.) One of the most popular treatises of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Cosmographia reached a total of forty-six editions in six languages by 1650, each incorporating additions and revisions. Münster was a professor of Hebrew at Basel University and a most distinguished Hebraist, linguist, mathematician, and geographer. This encyclopaedic work was his major undertaking. In its completion, which occupied him for fifteen years, Münster received the assistance of more than one hundred and twenty collaborators, who provided him with the most up-to-date information relating to the towns and places described. The scientifically most valuable sections are those which deal with Germany and Central Europe. In addressing his German colleagues for information, Münster outlined fairly detailed directions, devising the first known example of a simple plane-table survey. Included are separate sections on the Holy Land, Africa, and Asia, while contained on pages 1099-1112 under the title De Novis Insulis, quomodo, quando & per quem illae inventae sint, is a description of America, with relations of the voyages and discoveries of the early explorers, Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, &c. The Cosmographia is profusely illustrated with woodcut town plans and views (many double-page), including some of the earliest published large-scale views of European cities, portraits, coats of arms, costumes, customs, mining and other activities, cannibalism, natural history subjects, &c., by Hans Holbein, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, David Kandel, and other artists. The fourteen double-page woodcut maps, drawn by Münster himself, include two world maps, on the first of which Terra florida (North America) and America vel Brasilii ins. (South America) are named, and the first general maps of the continents, Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. The Tabula novarum insularum is "the first map of the two American continents showing continuity between North and South America and no connection with any other landmass." (Schwartz & Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America, pp. 43-45, Plate 78). All of the maps had originally appeared in Münster?s 1540 edition of Ptolemy, except the modern world map was recut with several changes by David Kandel for the 1550 editions of the Cosmographiae. Adams M1910. Alden 554/47. Borba de Moraes II 90. BM STC German p. 633. Burmeister, Münster, 89. JCB I p. 183. Ruland, Imago Mundi XVI pp. 87-88. Sabin 51381. cfBell M523, cfHarrisse 300, cfThe World Encompassed, 2.

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        Theophylacti Bulgariae Archiepiscopi, in quatuor evangelia enarrationes innumeris penè locis per Phil. Montanum Armenterianum denuò recognitae & restitutae. Item in minores aliquot prophetas, Abacuc, Ionam, Naum, & Ofee.

      Apud Ioannes Hervagius,, Basileae, 1554 - Cm. 30, pp. 958 (ma 938) (18). Con una figura in xilografia incisa al frontespizio, ripresa a fine testo e bei capilettera istoriati. Leg. coeva in piena pergamena rigida con piatti incorniciati da filetto in oro e titoli su tassello al dorso. Tagli colorati a spruzzo. Una mancanza della ricopertura di pergamena alla base del piatto posteriore ed a gran parte del dorso , peraltro esemplare genuino e ben conservato. Firma di possesso manoscritta al frontespizio ed alcune annotazioni coeve nel testo. Mancano due carte, entrambe bianche (la sesta e M6). Cfr. Adams ii, 595. Bell'edizione di questo classico cinquecentesco di cui apparvero varie edizioni nel corso del secolo. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Annalium Boiorum libri septem. Herausgegeben von Hieronymus Ziegler. EA.

      Ingolstadt, Alexander & Samuel Weissenhorn, Dezember 1554. - 29 Bll. (von 30), 835 S. Mit einigen Holzschnitt-Initialen (1 zeitgenössisch koloriert; ohne das Holzschnitt-Porträt). Folio. Kalbslederband d. Z. mit mehrfacher Streicheisen-Rahmung, floralen Rollstempel- und Einzelstempel-Prägungen. Etwas berieben; Rücken unter Beibehaltung des alten Materials erneuert; einige kl. Wurmfraßstellen an den Deckeln; 2 Messing-Leder-Schließen im Stil der Zeit erneuert; Besitzvermerk auf Innendeckel; durch teils fehlenden hinteren Spiegel wird eine zeitgenössische Papierhandschrift als Makulatur sichtbar; Präge-Exlibris auf Titelei; Bll. teils gering braunfleckig bzw. angegraut; erste und letzte Bll. mit Wurmfraß im Rand; das ganzseitige Holzschnitt-Porträt von H. B. Lautensack fehlt. Das Werk wird eingeschätzt als Beginn der modernen Historiographie in Deutschland, in dem Turmair (1477-1534; geb. in Abensberg = Aventinium) eine umfassende Quellen-Kritik betreibt. VD16, 2318; ADB I, 700. Provenienz: Kloster Benediktbeuern bei Tölz, mit dessen Supralibro auf Vorderdeckel und einem großen, zeitgenössischen Holzschnitt-Exlibris verso Titelei. LA

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        Historia in lingua Castigliana composta, et da M. Lelio Aletiphilo in parlare italico tradotta, & da lui dedicata al molto gentile & vertuoso L. Scipione Attelano.

      1554 - In Vinegia per Baldesar de Faeza detto il Tonante, regnando il Serenissimo Principe Francescho Venier. Nelli anni del Signore 1554. In 8vo piccolo; cartoncino rigido con carta colorata del Settecento; elegante frontespizio inciso con figure in xilografia; pp. 72 non numerate. Rarissima edizione. Nessuna copia del 1554 censita nelle biblioteche italiane. Axs [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        De le lettere di tredici huomini illustri libri tredici / Gli autori. Il vesc. di Baius. Il Sanga. Il Guidiccione. Il vescouo di Verona. M. Franc. de la Torre. Il Sadoleto. L'Ardinghello. M. Marcant. Flaminio. Il Giouio. Il Tasso. [et al.]

      In Venetia : [s.n.] 1554 - Physical description: [8], 228 leaves ; 16 cm. (8vo). Dedication signed by Dionigi Atanagi (ca. 1504-1573), compiler. Author's names in two columns on t.p. Ornament on t.p., capitals. Subjects: Italian letters - Letters - Italy - 16th century. Language: Italian. Good to very good copy bound in contemporary limp vellum, slightly soiled and buckled. Title printed to spine. General edge-wear and surface stains to spine and panels. Internally, altogether clean and quite sound. Remains quite well-preserved overall. 1 Kg. 228 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Poimandres. Asklepiou Oroi pros Ammona Basliea (Greek). Poemander, seu de potestate ac sapientia diuina.Aesculapii Definitiones as Ammonem regem.

      Paris, G. Morel for A. Turnebus, 1554. 4to. Contemporary full vellum with contemporary handwritten title to spine. Inner hinge opening at cords. Some leaves with a bit of light browning. A stamp as well as handwritten owner's inscription to title-page, dated 1606. Pencil-annotations to pasted-down front free end-paper and owner's signature dated 1937 to front free end-paper. A very nice copy, completely unrestored.Woodcut printer's device, (8), 103; (1), 126 pp. + final blank.. The rare editio princeps of the Hermetic corpus, being the seminal first and chief work of the "Corpus Hermeticum", the "Poemander", which became one of the most important texts of the Renaissance (in which Hermes was considered a contemporary of Moses and the founder of theology), as well as the editio princeps of the "Definitiones" of Asklepios. The two works in the present publication have for centuries been synonymous with the "Corpus Hermeticum". The "Poemander" is assumed to be the first text of the corpus to have been written. It has always been considered the central work of the corpus and was thus unsurprisingly the first to be published in the original Greek. Appearing in the original Greek in 1554, it had an enormous influence upon Renaissance thought, both philosophical and scientific. It competed in influence with Neoplatonism and as the latter, it also came to be considered a form of Platonism, being quickly adopted into the corpus of classical texts formative for modern thought. In fact, for a long period, the "Poemander" outshone even the texts of Plato and were considered on par with them in importance. "There was no thinker in the sixteenth century who did not use, besides the traditional texts of Aristotle, Cicero, and Boethius, the newly acquired writings of Plato and the Neoplatonists,... and Hermes Trismegistus." (Kristeller, p. 31). Perhaps even more so than the philosophers and the scientists, the Corpus Hermeticum influenced the alchemists. One will not find a 16th or 17th century work of alchemy, which does not reference Hermes Trismesgistus, who was the originator of Renaissance alchemy. The present editio princeps appeared, as it is here, together with the Latin translation by Ficino, although that is not present in all copies. "In 1462 Ficino had already received his first Plato manuscript from Cosimo when his new patron interrupted him with something he found more momentous. Cosimo had obtained a fourteenth-century Greek text of the first fourteen discourses of the "Corpus Hermeticum", an eclectic and incoherent collection of pious philosophy actually written in the early centuries of the Christian era but believed by Cosimo, Ficino, and their contemporaries to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus, a Greek version of the Egyptian god Thoth, whom they dated just after the time of Moses. More important, they made Hermes the author of a pagan tradition of divine knowledge, an ancient theology which paralleled and confirmed the revealed truth of scripture and whose Egyptian provenance reinforced the tales of Plato's travels in Egypt. Ficino went quickly to work on this treasury of primeval wisdom, soon producing a Latin version..." (Copenhaver& Schmitt, p. 146). Ficino wrote in his preface to the work: "At the time when Moses was born flourished Atlas the astrologer, brother of the natural philosopher Prometheus and meternal grandfather of the elder Mercurius, whose grandson was Mercurius Trismegistus... They called him Trismegistus or thrice-greatest because he was the greatest philosopher and the greatest priest and the greatest king... Among philosophers he first turned from physical and mathematical topics to contemplation of things divine, and he was the first to discuss with great wisdom the majesty of God, the order of demons and the transformations of souls... In this way, from a wondrous line of six theologians emerged a single sytem of ancient theology, harmonious in every part, which traced its origins to Mercurius and reached absolute perfection with the divine Plato...." This preface provides us with a pretty clear idea of the impact that the Corpus Hermeticum came to have upon the Renaissance and explains to us how this alleged Egyptian author for a time came to rival even the great Plato. It wasn't until the 17th century that Hermetism really lost its grip on the thinkers of the modern era. After Isaac Casaubon showed in 1614 that the Hermetic writings were of the post-Christian era, its influence declined rapidly and continued only among the Rosicrucians and other secret societies and occult groups. With Casaubon an era of thought had suddenly ended, bearing witness to both the extended influence of the "Poemander" and to the emergence of a new period in the history of thought. Casaubon, of course, used the editio princeps of the Corpus Hermeticum [the present work] in his investigation."The actual copy of the "Hermetica" which Casaubon used when making his devastating exposure is in the British Museum, with his signature on the title page and many manuscript notes by him in the margins. It is a copy of the Greek text published at Paris by Turnebus in 1554, together with Ficino's Latin translation and Lazzarelli's translation of the "Definitiones" (both also present in our copy). Holding this little book in one's hand one realizes, with a certain awe, that it represents the death of the Hermes Trismegistus of the Renaissance, the imaginary Egyptian priest who as the leader of the "prisci theology" had exerted such a tremendous influence for so long." (Yates, p. 401). Hermetism did indeed influence a wide spectrum of modern thinkers, and its influence can be traced in the works of writers, alchemists, philosophers, and scientists, from those of Shakespeare to those of Newton. Duveen: p. 290; Adams H:346; Brunet III:1646 ("Première edition du texte grec de Poemander. On doit y trouver 4 ff. prelimin., 103 pp. pour le texte, et 126 pp. pour la version lat. De Marsile Ficin, laquelle n'est pas dans tous les exemplaires.").See also: Kristeller, Renaissance Thought and its Sources.Copenhaver & Schmitt: Renaissance Philosophy.Dictionary of Scientific Biography VI, pp. 305-6.Yates: Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition

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        De benifizii. Tradotto in volgar florentino da messer Benedetto Varchi.

      Lorenzo Torrentino, Stampator Ducale,, Firenze: 1554 - 4 hojas, 204 páginas, 1 hoja. Encuadernación de la época en cartoné con el lomo de pergamino y tejuelo de piel. Cortes tintados con inscripción en el corte inferior "Seneca De Benefici Varchi". Algún punto muy ocasional de suciedad. Excelente ejemplar impreso sobre papel fuerte. Palau 308091. STC 621. Schweiger II, 931. Ebert 20900. Gamba 918: Raro, è questa edizione molto elegante." Exlibris de Giorgio Fumach. Primera edición italiana. El traductor dedica la obra a Leonora de Toledo, Duquesa de Firenze.El pensamiento económico de Séneca puede recogerse a lo largo de su obra, y más especialmente en su tratado De los beneficios y en sus Cartas a Lucilio. Séneca mira con aversión al mundo que le rodea y que se mueve solo por ganar dinero. En el ensayo sobre los beneficios parece inclinarse hacia un sistema de distribución de bienes basado en el intercambio de regalos y favores. Analiza con gran sutileza la satisfacción o utilidad que proporciona el beneficio al bienhechor, y la gratitud que obliga al beneficiario a devolver el favor, incluso con creces. Con estos y análogos razonamientos llega Séneca a elaborar una teoría del don, y a glosar, por decirlo así, un refrán muchas veces oído, sin duda, en su tierra natal, aunque raramente comenta do en los manuales de teoría económica: amor con amor se paga. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        La Vida De Lazarillo De Tormes, y de sus fortunas y adversidade. ( Teil 1 + 2 in einem Band )

      Anvers, Martin Nucio , 1554.. ( Einer der 3 bekannten Erstdrucke in spanischer Sprache: Part 1-2 in einem Band ) Teil 1 mit Titelblatt und 48 doppelseitig bedruckten Blättern, Teil 2 mit 69 doppelseitig bedruckten Blättern. Das Titelblatt sowie die erste Seite mit Holzschnittvignette. Ganzlederband späterer Zeit mit goldgeprägtem schmalen Einbandrücken und Goldfileten sowie umlaufendem verblassten Goldschnitt sowie marmorierten Vorsatzpapieren, 8° ( 12,5 x 7 cm ). Einband berieben, etwas fleckig, Ecken und Kanten teils etwas bestoßen, Bindung defekt, Buchblock stark gelockert. Innen auf Innendeckel vorn Reste eines alten Besitzzettels oben sowie ein alter kalligraphischer Bibliothekszettel. Vorn eingebunden: 3 handschriftliche Blätter mit handschriftlichen Ausarbeitungen von alter Hand in englischer Sprache offenbar aus dem Jahre 1847 bezüglich der Editionsgeschichte des vorliegenden Textes. Das Titelblatt etwas fleckig und angestaubt, offenbar in alter Zeit hinterlegt und restauriert, verso mit altem Bibliotheksvermerk und verblasstem altem Bibliothekssiegel. Von den 3 eingebundenen Blättern das erste mit dem Vorsatzblatt lose vorn inliegend. Seiten teils etwas fleckig und stockfleckig, obere Ecke außerhalb des Textes teils etwas angeknickt ( und offenbar ebenfalls in alter Zeit teils restauriert ). Die Blattzählung im zweiten Teil irrig ( spring von 11 auf 15, der Text aber offenbar vollständig vorhanden ). - sehr selten - ( Gewicht 150 Gramm ).

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