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         ANGELUS ARETINUS DE MALEFICIIS. Cum Additionibus D. Augustini Ariminensis, D. Hieronymi Chuchalon & D. Bernardini de Landriano. His accesserunt eiusdem argumenti tractatus diversi.....

      apud Haeredes Iacobi Iuntae. In-16 (mm. 172x120), 2 voll., p. pergamena molle coeva (spacco a un dorso). Il primo: pp.num. 826,(2) - Il secondo, in due parti (ciascuna con proprio frontespizio datato 1555), è composto da: "Indices duo", 66 cc.nn. e "Tractatus diversi super Maleficiis", nempe Do. Alberti de Gandino. Do. Bonifacii de Vitalinis. Do, Pauli Grillandi. Do. Baldi de Perilis. Do. Iacobi de Arena. Ai frontespizi marca tipografica xilografata (giglio fiorentino su un prato; ai lati sono seduti due putti alati che lo guardano); testo su due colonne. Raro trovarlo completo. "Angelo Gambiglioni, celebre giurista, nato ad Arezzo nel 1400 e morto a Ferrara nel 1461. I suoi scritti hanno impresso un'orma profonda nella storia del diritto. Celeberrimo il "Tractatus de maleficiis", la più popolare e diffusa trattazione di diritto e procedura penale, apparsa circa centocinquanta anni dopo le fatiche di Alberto da Gandino e Bonifacio Antelmi (pseudo-Vitalini). Noto da sempre il luogo della sua composizione, Bologna, l'anno (il 1438) è stato precisato di recente sulla base del manoscritto della Biblioteca apost. Vaticana, Vat. lat. 2650. Da più di un codice risulta che in seguito l'autore rivide e integrò con aggiunte la sua fatica: ciò spiega le difformità della tradizione manoscritta, segnatamente per la parte finale più o meno estesa e con tre diversi explicit. Destinato alla pratica come alla scienza, il trattato nella sua struttura è legato a questa ambivalenza: si apre con un atto di inquisizione e una sentenza immaginari che poi, quasi parola per parola, vengono commentati in 85 rubriche, con pertinente letteratura scientifica, richiami a esperienze personali, esortazioni e ammonimenti a magistrati, avvocati e studenti. Strepitoso il successo editoriale testimoniato da 18 manoscritti, dai numerosi incunaboli e dalle successive edizioni del XVI secolo". Così Diz. Biografico degli Italiani,LII, p. 116-117. Cfr. anche Sapori "Antichi testi giuridici",I, 1312, che cita una edizione del 1551 del solo I vol. Nel 1° vol.: piccola macchia all'ang. infer. delle ultime 200 cc. e solo qualche lieve uniforme ingiallitura, altrim. ben conservato. Nel 2°: ultime 45 cc. restaur. per fori di tarlo margin.; aloni interc. nel t., macchie su ca. 20 cc., lievi uniformi arross., ma complessivamente discreto esemplare.

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         L’histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naifs portraicts retirez du naturel: escrite en sept livres

      Paris, for Gilles Corrozet, 1555 - Folio. (28), 381, (1) pp. Ruled throughout in red. With woodcut publisher’s device on general title-page, variant woodcut publisher’s device on the 6 part-titles, and 161 woodcuts in the text, including a portrait of the author, 2 skeletons, and 158 large cuts of birds. First and only early edition of one of the first books devoted solely to birds. It was intended as a compendium of ornithology and includes an important comparison of human and avian skeletons, which became the foundation of the science of comparative anatomy. The work is divided into seven parts: the first on the anatomy and physiology of birds; the second on birds of prey; the third on swimming birds; the fourth on coastal birds; the fifth on galliformes; the sixth on crows and similar species; and the seventh on songbirds. The second part also includes a chapter on falconry. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         The Abridgement of the Boke of Assises, lately p[er]used ouer & corrected. & nowe newlye imprynted by Rycharde Tottle, the last daye of September An. Do. 1555. Cum priuilegio. S.T.C. 9605; Beale R53; Cowley 49?

      Imprinted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Richard Tottel [etc.], London 1555 - Contemporary calf neatly repaired, centered blind lozenges, early ownership signatures, an extensive gloss throughout on ample margins; the Taussig copy One of only four early abridgements of the Year Books (with Brooke, Fitzherbert and Statham), in this case of the Book of Assizes, the unique year book which, in Milsom's words, "reports processes we do not otherwise see, on circuit, before juries"

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         ANGELUS ARETINUS DE MALEFICIIS Cum Additionibus D. Augustini Ariminensis, D. Hieronymi Chuchalon & D. Bernardini de Landriano. His accesserunt eiusdem argumenti tractatus diversi.....

      Lugduni, apud Haeredes Iacobi Iuntae, 1555. In-16 (mm. 172x120), 2 voll., p. pergamena molle coeva (spacco a un dorso). Il primo: pp.num. 826,(2) - Il secondo, in due parti (ciascuna con proprio frontespizio datato 1555), è composto da: "Indices duo", 66 cc.nn. e "Tractatus diversi super Maleficiis", nempe Do. Alberti de Gandino. Do. Bonifacii de Vitalinis. Do, Pauli Grillandi. Do. Baldi de Perilis. Do. Iacobi de Arena. Ai frontespizi marca tipografica xilografata (giglio fiorentino su un prato; ai lati sono seduti due putti alati che lo guardano); testo su due colonne. Raro trovarlo completo. “Angelo Gambiglioni, celebre giurista, nato ad Arezzo nel 1400 e morto a Ferrara nel 1461. I suoi scritti hanno impresso un'orma profonda nella storia del diritto. Celeberrimo il "Tractatus de maleficiis", la più popolare e diffusa trattazione di diritto e procedura penale, apparsa circa centocinquanta anni dopo le fatiche di Alberto da Gandino e Bonifacio Antelmi (pseudo-Vitalini). Noto da sempre il luogo della sua composizione, Bologna, l'anno (il 1438) è stato precisato di recente sulla base del manoscritto della Biblioteca apost. Vaticana, Vat. lat. 2650. Da più di un codice risulta che in seguito l'autore rivide e integrò con aggiunte la sua fatica: ciò spiega le difformità della tradizione manoscritta, segnatamente per la parte finale più o meno estesa e con tre diversi explicit. Destinato alla pratica come alla scienza, il trattato nella sua struttura è legato a questa ambivalenza: si apre con un atto di inquisizione e una sentenza immaginari che poi, quasi parola per parola, vengono commentati in 85 rubriche, con pertinente letteratura scientifica, richiami a esperienze personali, esortazioni e ammonimenti a magistrati, avvocati e studenti. Strepitoso il successo editoriale testimoniato da 18 manoscritti, dai numerosi incunaboli e dalle successive edizioni del XVI secolo”. Così Diz. Biografico degli Italiani,LII, p. 116-117. Cfr. anche Sapori “Antichi testi giuridici”,I, 1312, che cita una edizione del 1551 del solo I vol. Nel 1° vol.: piccola macchia all'ang. infer. delle ultime 200 cc. e solo qualche lieve uniforme ingiallitura, altrim. ben conservato. Nel 2°: ultime 45 cc. restaur. per fori di tarlo margin.; aloni interc. nel t., macchie su ca. 20 cc., lievi uniformi arross., ma complessivamente discreto esemplare.

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         Lucubrationes omnes quotquot haberi potuerunt, nunc primum latinae ex graecis factae, per Sigismundum Gelenium.

      Lyon, Jean Frellon, 1555. - circa 17,2 x 11,5 cm. 4 Bll., 870 SS., 1 w. Bl., 28 Bll., mit Druckermarke auf dem Titel Halb-Schweinsleder des 17. Jh., die Deckel mit Manuskript-Pergamentbezug unter Verwendung einer liturgischen Handschrift des 12. Jh. mit zentralfranzösischen Akzentneumen Baudrier V, 233; vgl. Adams 1027 u. 1028 sowie STC 350; nicht bei Fürst und Hoffmann. Die lateinische Übersetzung stammt von dem grossen böhmischen Humanisten Sigismund Gelenius (tschechisch Zikmund Hruby z Jeleni; 1497-1554) und war erstmals im Vorjahr in Basel erschienen. Die vorliegende zweite Ausgabe wurde zwischen den Verlegern Frellon, Barricat und Vincent aufgeteilt. - Titel gebräunt und rückseitig alt gestempelt (ausgeschieden), zwei Doppelseiten mit einigen Flecken, sonst sauber und gut erhalten. Der dekorative Einband leicht berieben. Verwendet wurde eine liturgische Handschrift des 12. Jh. auf Pergament, mit roten Initialen und zentralfranzösischen Akzentneumen.

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         The Abridgement of the Boke of Assises, lately p[er]used ouer & corrected. & nowe newlye imprynted by Rycharde Tottle, the last daye of September An. Do. 1555. Cum priuilegio. S.T.C. 9605; Beale R53; Cowley 49?

      One of only four early abridgements of the Year Books (with Brooke, Fitzherbert and Statham), in this case of the Book of Assizes, the unique year book which, in Milsom's words, "reports processes we do not otherwise see, on circuit, before juries". Contemporary calf neatly repaired, centered blind lozenges, early ownership signatures, an extensive gloss throughout on ample margins; the Taussig copy. Imprinted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Richard Tottel [etc.], London, 1555.

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         Nicolai Gruchii Rotomagensis de Comitiis Romanorum libri III.

      Lutetiae, ex officina typographica Michaelis Vascosani 1555 - in-folio, [1]-120 ff., vélin souple (rel. de l'époque). Édition originale rare. Savant humaniste, né à Rouen, Grouchy obtint la chaire de grec au collège de Bordeaux, et y expliqua le premier les ouvrages d'Aristote avec une telle réputation que beaucoup d'élèves abandonnèrent l'université de Paris pour venir suivre ses leçons. Un succès aussi marqué ne pouvait manquer de lui attirer des ennemis. À l'occasion de la publication de ce traité, Sigonius l'attaqua ; la querelle fut longue et produisit de part et d'autre un grand nombre d'écrits. Mais la victoire resta toute entière à Grouchy et il reçut à ce sujet des félicitations, même des Italiens. Nicolas de Grouchy compta parmi ses élèves Montaigne. Ce dernier cite le présent ouvrage dans ses Essais : "Et Nicolas Grouchy, qui a écrit De comitiis Romanorum, Guillaume Guérente, qui a commenté Aristote, George Buchanan, ce grand poète écossais, Marc-Antoine Muret, que la France et l?Italie reconnaît pour le meilleur orateur du temps, mes précepteurs domestiques, m?ont dit souvent que j?avais ce langage [le latin] en mon enfance si prêt et si à la main, qu?ils craignaient à m?accoster." (Essais, Livre I, chap. XXVI.) Bel exemplaire portant une vignette armoriée sur le contreplat supérieur de Louis Le Peletier de Rosambo, président à mortier du Parlement de Paris, gendre de Lamoignon de Malesherbes. Au titre, ex-libris manuscrit à l'encre brune : "Léon Dolet" : s'agit-il d'un membre de la famille d'Etienne Dolet ? Michaud XVIII, 555 : « Édition belle et rare » ; Haag, La France protestante, V, p. 373. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem [Andreae Vesalii Bruxellensis, invictissimi Caroli V. Imperatoris Medici, de Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (full title)]

      Basilae [Basel], Johannes Oporinus, [1555 (second folio edition)]/ 1543. Folio, with the engraved title page, woodcut portrait of the author, around 200 woodcut text illustrations, the full complement of plates (23 full-page and 2 folding), but lacking the 23 index leaves and colophon; the highly influential, elegant and scientific anatomical illustrations and the portrait of Vesalius are printed from the blocks of the 1543 first edition. Contemporary full vellum over oak boards with five raised bands, sides panelled and elaborately tooled in blind with filigrees and important historical figures; vellum discoloured and occasionally marked; clasps missing, with the leading edges a little worn, exposing the boards; minor loss to the head and foot of the spine, with the joints just starting to split; endpapers no longer present; the title leaf has a blank 45 mm strip at the foot restored, and the blank leading margin heavily thumbed, slightly chipped and wormed, with a small hole; occasional worming, confined to pinholes rarely extending onto the text beyond the wide leading margin (apart from three leaves with minimal loss of a few words); long tears to two leaves (and a few tiny edge tears elsewhere) expertly sealed; light tidemarks to the inner top corners of the first portion, and to some top margins (and a few bottom margins) elsewhere; old pressed flower stains in a number of places, with associated cockling to adjacent leaves; a few other minor signs of use and age (old ink stains to a few leaves; one page very dusty; occasional creases, light marginal stains and chips; early underlining and a few marginalia on a few pages); paper generally toned; a used copy to be sure, but inoffensively so, and it still presents as the impressive and important work is assuredly is, now protected in a custom-made Solander box. The early ownership signature of Johan Rottinger (?) is written in ink on the paper lining on the inside front board. 'Containing Vesalius's final published revisions of the text, this edition is also superior for its enlarged format, improved typography and printing, better paper, larger woodcut initials, and changes to the lettering of the anatomical woodcuts. Most of the original woodblocks from the second edition along with the anatomical captions were splendidly reprinted as ^Icones Anatomicae^ by the Bremer Press for the New York Academy of Medicine and the University of Munich, 1934. The woodblocks had been preserved in the University of Munich, but were destroyed in World War II' (online Garrison-Morton 377). 'The impression of the woodcuts is often clearer, and more beautiful than in the previous editions; some of the figures have been somewhat improved upon in the cutting and in the lettering. The presswork is more splendid; the fancy initials throughout are larger and more beautiful and also adorned with drawings different from those in the first edition. This second [folio] edition therefore has advantages over the first on account of additions in the text and in the illustrations and particularly on account of its more splendid makeup' (Choulant-Frank, pages 181-182). Often referred to as the second edition, this is in fact the third, following Jean de Tournes' unauthorized 16mo edition (Lyon, 1552, reproducing only four of the plates) (Cushing VI.A.-3). Provenance: Dr Milton Roxanas (purchased from James Tait Goodrich, Englewood, with his catalogue record loosely inserted).

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         Historia om de nordiska folken.

      1555 1555 - Nu för första gången i svensk öfversättning utgifven genom Michaelisgillet. 5 bd. [Bind 5: Kommentar utarbetad av John Granlund]. Uppsala & Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell 1909-51. Illustr. med træsnit. 4to. Rent og velholdt ubeskåret eksemplar med bred margin og guldsnit foroven indbundet med de orig. omslag i smukke konforme private helpergamentbind med guldtryk på ryg og forperm. Bind 1 signeret G. Hedberg, kungl. hofbokb. Stockholm; bind 5 signeret Anker Kysters Eftf. 1970. Bind 1-3 med bindebånd. * Oprindeligt trykt 1550.

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         Pragmatica sanctio, cum glossis egregij, eminentisque scientiae viri, domini Cosmae Guimier Parisini . Quibus accesserunt ad cuiuslibet decreti parraphos summaria . Opera aut labore d. Philippi Propi Biturici.Parisiis, apud Galeotum à Prato , 1555-56.

      Parisiis, apud Galeotum à Prato 1555-56 - Due volumi di cm. 17, cc. (50), 326 + 2 cc.b; (2) 235 (1). Splendido marchio tip. Galeot du Pré al colophon del secondo volume. Bell'ex-libri settecentesco di Andrea Tontoli, prelato e giurista nativo di Manfredonia. Ottima legatura settecentesca in piena perg. rigida con unghie e titoli in oro al dorso; tagli gialli. Piccolo segno di tarlo (con interessamento di poche parole di testo) nella parte centrale della seconda parte del primo volume e al margine interno di poche carte iniziali del secondo; lievi fioriture, peraltro esemplare ben conservato. La Pragmatica sanctio di Bourges, massima espressione del gallicanesimo, fu emanata da Carlo VII il 7 Luglio 1438 allo scopo di arginare il potere della chiesa romana sul clero francese. In seguito all'entrata in vigore dell'atto i vescovi francesi dovevano essere eletti in Francia e dovevano seguire le indicazioni del sovrano. La costituzione fu definitivamente abrogata con il Corcordato di Bologna nel 1516. L'edizione si presenta corredata dalle celebri glosse del parigino Cosme Guymier (?-1503), pubblicate per la prima volta nel 1486; dal 1546 furono aggiunte le addizioni di Philippe Probus (?-1559). Cfr. Kvk; Adams C, 1390; non in Sapori. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Die Uffart. Von der Uffart unsers Herren Jesu Christi, und Sendung deß heilige[n] Geists, dry Predginen uß dem Ersten und anderen capitel der Gschichten der heiligen Apostlen [.].

      Zürich, Christoph Froschauer, 1555. - Erste u. wohl auch einzige Ausgabe dieser seltenen Schrift des Züricher Reformators Rudolf Gwalther (auch Gualther, Walther bzw. Gualtherus; 1519-1586). Er war der Nachfolger von Heinrich Bullinger als Antistes der Zürcher Kirche. - Gebräunt, (stock-) fleckig u. wasserrandig. Das letzte weiße Blatt mit geklebtem Randeinriss. - VD16, W 1032; BM STC, German Books 905; nicht bei Adams. ge Gewicht in Gramm: 500 8°. 64 nn. Bll. (das letzte weiß), Mod. Ppbd. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, and naïfs portraicts retirez du naturel. 

      Paris, Guillaume Cavellat, 1555. 7 parti in 1 volume in-folio (mm 325x210), pp. (28), 381, (1), legatura coeva in piena pella, duplice filetto oro ai piatti, super libros "M. Le Petit" in capitali oro al piatto anteriore. Con 7 silografie di animali ai vari titoli, al verso del primo ritratto dell'a., 2 incisioni con scheletro umano e di volatile, 158 grandi silografie n.t. di uccelli incise da Pierre Gourdelle ed altri, numerose iniziali e testatine n.t. Prima edizione tiratura Cavellat, di uno dei primi testi di ornitologia basati sull'osservazione diretta degli animali e illustrata da disegni originali. "Belon described approximately 230 species (including the bat), most of them European, but including some foreign species observed from his sojourns in Asia Minor and Egypt" (Norman). Anche se gran parte del lavoro si basa su Aristotele e Plinio, Belon ha inserito numerosi spunti del tutto originali sulle abitudini e distribuzione degli uccelli.; inolte molto interessante lo studio sulla anatomia comparata dello scheletro degli uccelli e di quello degli uomini da cui desume che siano praticamente identici nella struttura. Provenienza: al contropiatto anteriore ex libris Michaelis Tomkinson, alla sguardia anteriore nota manoscritta "PLC le 28 mars 1646", nota manocritta di mano del XIX secolo con indicazioni bibliografiche al verso dell'ultima sguardia anteriore. Esemplare estremamente fresco (angolo inferiore bianco del titolo restaurato). Anker pp. 9-10; BM/STC French p. 46; Garrison-Morton 283 (Cavellat issue); Mortimer French 50; Nissen IVB86; Norman 180. .

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         Decisiones, quas ex causis potissimum per eum in Sacro Regio Neapolitano Consilio relatis selegit ac consilia duo in materia foriudicationis.Venetiis, apud Iuntas , 1555.

      Venetiis, apud Iuntas 1555 - Cm. 18, cc. (44) 199 (1). Bel marchio tip. a frontespizio e colophon e bellissima vignetta raffigurante l'A. in cattedra. Legatura coeva in piena perg. molle. Antiche firme di possesso al frontespizio. Abile restauro al dorso e prima carta di guardia rinnovata. Lievi fioriture e trascurabili piccoli aloni, peraltro esemplare ben conservato. Tommaso Grammatico (1473-1556), celebre giureconsulto, fu membro del Sacro Regio Consiglio del Regno di Napoli. Rara seconda edizione che raccoglie 107 decisiones, 3 quaestiones e 2 ampi consilia di materia processuale. Edizione non comune. Cfr. Iccu; Sapori, 747-48 per altre edizioni. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Esaias propheta, commentarijs explicatus.

      - Frankfurt am Main, Peter Braubach, 1555. Folio. (12) 1103 (27) pp. Bound with: IDEM. In prophetam Amos, Ioannis Brentii expositio. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Braubach, 1551. Folio. 45 (6) lvs. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards. I: VD 16 B 7776; Köhler 286. II: VD 16 B 7700; Köhler 193; Adams B 2786. Second edition of Brenz's extensive commentary on Isaiah, bound together with the fourth edition of his commentary on Amos. As most of his commentaries they were created in the tension between his original sermons (almost all Brenz's commentaries had their roots in sermon series he preached) and his goal of providing preaching aids for pastors. Both the commentary on Isaiah and the commentary on Amos passed through several editions. The commentary on Amos is preceded by a highly laudatory preface by Luther, who describes his own speech as a wild wood compared with the clear, pure flow of Brenz's language. - Binding slightly rubbed, clasps missing, later pastedowns, outer margin of one leaf partly torn off (not affecting the text), a few contemporary annotations, and some staining. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naïfs portraicts retirez du naturel

      Paris, Corrozet 1555 - Paris, Benoit Prevost pour Gilles Corrozet, 1555. In-folio (33x23cm) de (28), 381 et (3) pages ; vélin de l'époque avec titre à l'encre au dos. Importante édition originale d'un des textes fondateurs de l'ornithologie moderne. Exemplaire complet de tous ces feuillets blancs, sans manque, ni déchirure. Essais anciens postérieurs de rehauts de couleurs à 41 gravures (aux pages 106, 130, 141, 152, 160, 172, 176, 188, 219, 231, 234, 243, 245, 254, 256, 258, 264, 268/269, 272/273, 291, 298/299, 306, 312, 314, 316, 318, 327, 349, 353, 355-357, 362-365, 370 et 373). Des essais de plumes aux premiers et derniers feuillets ont oxydé les deux premiers feuillets et le six derniers ; toutefois exemplaire dans sa première reliure, grand de marges et bien complet de toutes les pages de titre de relais et des deux feuillets blancs. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         DEMETRII PHALEREI DE ELOCVTIONE [Demetrius of Phalerum Elocutions Orations]

      Parisiis: Apud Guil Molerium in Graecis typographum Regium. 1555 - Apud Guil. Morelium: Parisiis 1555, MDLV. [1555]. Demetrius of Phalerum Elocutions Orations Athens GREEK Philosophy. In greek and latin. Demetrius of Phalerum (c. 350 – c. 280 BC) was an Athenian orator originally from Phalerum, a student of Theophrastus, and perhaps of Aristotle, himself, and one of the first Peripatetics. Demetrius was a distinguished statesman who was appointed by the Macedonian king, Cassander, to govern Athens, where he ruled as sole ruler for ten years, introducing important reforms of the legal system while maintaining pro-Cassander oligarchic rule. He was exiled by his enemies in 307 BC, and he went first to Thebes, and then, after 297 BC, to the court of Alexandria. He wrote extensively on the subjects of history, rhetoric, and literary criticism. Text in Greek. Pp [18], 121pp, [6].   Condition Report Externally Spine – good condition – contemporary French binding wear to edges but gilt nice and bright. Joints – fair to good condition – front joint cracked but holding well, rear joint solid, worn. Corners – good condition – bumped and rubbed. Boards – good condition – decorated in gilt. Page edges – good condition – gilt. See above and photos. Internally Hinges – fair to good condition – see joints. Paste downs – good condition – marbled. End papers – good condition – marbled. Title – good condition – with small line cut out under the publisher – presumably previous owner’s signature. Pages – good condition. Binding – good condition – nice contemporary French binding. See photos Publisher: see above. Publication Date: 1555 Binding: Hardback [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Der Ander Teil der Bücher: Darin alle Streitschrifften sampt etlichen Sendbrieven an Fürsten und Stedte etc. zusamen gebracht sind. Wider allerley Secten so zu seiner zeit reine Christliche lere angefochten haben.

      Fol. Mit Titelholzschnitt und Holzschnitt-Karte. 6 nn., 576 num. Bl. Mit Rollen- und Plattenstempeln blindgepr. Schweinsleder d. Zt. über Holzdeckeln mit zwei intakten Messingschließen sowie handschriftlichem Monogramm NL und Datierung 1555 (etwas fleckig, gering berieben und bestoßen). Zweiter Band aus der zweiten Gesamtausgabe von Luthers Werken. - Der Titelholzschnitt zeigt Kurfürst Johann Friedrich von Sachsen und Luther im Gebet vor dem Kreuz Christi knieend. - Spiegel und Vorsatz gestempelt sowie mit alten Besitzvermerken bzw. Eintragungen zur Familiengeschichte eines Vorbesitzers. - Die Karte auf Bl. 540 mit Darstellung von Europa, Asien und Africa sowie Tierallegorien. - Blatt 144 mit Eckfehlstelle. Tls. etwas braunfleckig. Insgesamt wohlerhaltenes, sauberes Exemplar.

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         Chronica, Zeytbuch und geschychtbibel von anbegyn biß inn diß gegenwertig M.D.xxxi. jar.

      Franck, Sebastian: Chronica/ Zeytbuch vnd geschychtbibel von anbegyn biß inn diß gegenwertig M.D.xxxj. jar Dariñ beide Gottes vnd der welt lauff/ hendel/ art/ wort/ werck/ thün/ lassen/ kriegen/ wesen/ vnd leben ersehen vñ begriffen wirt. Mit vil wunderbarlichen gedechtniß würdige wor=ten vnd thatte/ ... verfaßt Durch Sebastianum Frãcken Getruckt zu Straßburg. Durch Balthassar Beck. Vnd vollendet am Fünfften tag des Herbstmonats. Jm Jar. M.D.XXXI. 3 Teile in 1 Band. 12 nn., CXVII - CCLII- DXXVI. Bl. Seltene Erste Ausgabe, Blindgeprägter Schweinslederband der Zeit mit Figuren Muster über Holzdeckeln mit Abdruck 1555. Titel Alt Aufgezogen und leichte Brandspuren oben. Hinten unten rechts beschädigte Ecke am Leder, Leder berieben, fleckig, Schließen im Laufe der Zeit verloren. Vereinzelte Marginalien und Unterstreichungen von alter Hand. VD16 F 2064. Die berühmten Weltchronik, mit der sich der Theologe, Historiker und Chronist Sebastian Francks (1499-1543), der mit seinen Werken zu den größten Mystikern seiner Zeit zählt, vor allem an dem bedeutenden Vorbild der Weltchronik des Hartmann Schedel von 1493 orientiert. Durchaus stark vom lutherischen Glauben geprägt, zu dem der katholische Priester Frank übertrat, musste sich seine Chronik scharfe Kritik der orthodoxen Katholiken, insbesondere eines Erasmus von Rotterdam und anderen gefallen lassen (vgl. Fueter 188 und Wegele 186 ff.). , Seine Welt- und Kirchengeschichte schildert zunächst die Welt vor Christus, dann die Zeit der Kaiser und Päpste, ferner weltliche Historien, geistliche Händel, die Grundgedanken der reformatorischen Bewegung etc. Franck griff zwar auf die bekannten Vorgänger von Schedel und Boemus zurück, entwickelte jedoch neue Methoden und persönliche Betrachtungsweisen, sodass er sich der Anfeindungen von Erasmus, Cochläus und der süddeutschen Reformation erwehren musste und schließlich aus Straßburg ausgewiesen wurde. In späteren Auflagen erschien die Schrift wegen der vorgetragenen ketzerischen Ansichten meist ohne Angabe von Ort und Verleger. Sebastian Franck (c.1499 - c.1543) war ein bedeutender deutscher Humanist und radikaler Reformer mit engen Verbindungen zu Luther, von den er verstoßen wurde, sowie zu den Täufern. Er wurde sowohl von Straßburg und Ulm wegen seiner umstrittenen Schriften vertrieben, und schließlich nach Basel verlegt, wo er starb. hier eine digitale Ansicht des Werkes http://reader.digitale-sammlungen.de/resolve/display/bsb10141642.html Deutschland kostenloser Versand DHL Noch 2 weitere sehr seltene Erst Ausgaben von Franck im Angebot.

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         Historiarum ab urbe condita, libri, qui extant, XXXV. Cum universae historiae epitomis, a Carolo Sigonio emendati: cuius etiam scholia simul eduntur, quibus ijdem libri, atque epitomae partim emendantur, partim etiam explanantur.

      Apud Paulum Manutium, Aldi F., Venetiis [Venice] 1555 - FIRST SIGONIUS EDITION, folio, ff. [iv], 478, 98, [40]. Later vellum boards, gilt-lettered morocco label on spine covering a blind-decorated leather label. An intermittent dampmark to fore-edge (heavier towards the beginning), otherwise just occasional spotting or light soiling. Lightly soiled, a little surface wear to joints and spine bands, upper label chipped and partially defective revealing the lower label beneath. A few early marginal notes, short early manuscript index to rear blank. Milltown Park library stamp to title-page and their shelfmark label and bookplate to front pastedown, along with the William O'Brien bequest label, their shelfmark also in biro near foot of spine. The first Sigonius edition of Livy, a groundbreaking work which substantially advanced the study of Roman historical chronology through Sigonius's emendations and copious commentary. Sigonius (or Carlo Sigonio, c.1524-1584) was professor successively at Venice, Padua, and Bologna, with this work (and his 'Fasti Consulares' of the same year) being 'the first in which accurate criticism was applied to the chronology of Roman history' (Sandys). Instead of using purely linguistic grounds to emend the text, Sigonius incorporated the historical content and manuscript tradition in his consideration of potential textual corrections. Later in the century Scaliger would build on Sigonius's methods for his more famously fundamental works on ancient historical chronology. CNCE 27997; Adams L1342; Renouard p. 166 #15; Ahmanson-Murphy 477; Dibdin II 166. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Opera.

      Parisiis, apud Carolum Stephanum, 1551-1555. - 4 volumes : 1). 24 pages non chiffrées + 172 pages 2). 762 pages + 2 pages non chiffrées 3). 572 pages 4) 670 pages + 2 pages non chiffrées (25x38cm). Reliure ancienne Cuir armoriée, usagée. Coins émoussés. Plats, mors et dos frottés. Rousseurs. Papier bruni. Petites réparations sommaires à la page de titre du tome 2. Très Belle Edition de Charles Estienne. Reliure Intéressante du XVIIe siècle malgré ses défauts (Dos à nerfs ornés, Encadrement à la Du Seuil avec armoiries dorées au centre des plats). Ex-libris. Petites annotations anciennes dans les marges. t.

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         Consilia.Lugduni, excudebat Claudius Servanius , 1555.

      Lugduni, excudebat Claudius Servanius 1555 - Cm. 41,5, cc. (20) 166. Splendido frontespizio in rosso e nero con dati tip. e marca entro cornice architettonica con colonne laterali; numerosi graziosi capilettera xil. Legatura coeva in mezza perg. (dorso ricavato da codice manoscritto tardo-medievale e piatti in cart. rigido) con titoli ms. al taglio di piede. Margine superiore del piatto anteriore leggermente usurato. Alone chiaro, macchiette sparse. Buon esemplare. Ludovico Pontano, (1409-1439), detto Romano, nacque a Spoleto e morì, ancora giovanissimo, a Basilea (dove si trovava come delegato di Alfonso d'Aragona al Concilio). Addottoratosi a Bologna, salì in cattedra a Siena nel 1433 e in seguito fu protonotario a Roma; lasciò, oltre a questa straordinaria raccolta di 524 consilia, anche singularia di materia criminalistica e commentari al corpus giustinianeo. Ludovico Romano, nonostante la produzione scientifica temporalmente limitata, fu certamente una delle principali figure del Quattrocento giuridico europeo. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Concordata inter sanctiss. dominum nostrum papam Leonem X, et sedem apostolicam, ac christianissimum Do. nostrum regem Franciscum huius nominis primum, et regnum. Cum interpretationibus egregii viri D. Petri Rebuffi . Item eiusdem D. Rebuffi Tractatus nominationum, omnes earum notitiam breui perstringens . ad faciliorem Concordatorum elucidationem additur . Accessit insuper oppido quam utlis ad eodem auctore Tractatus de pacificis possessoribus . Cum indice alphabetico.Parisiis, apud Galeotum a Prato , 1555.

      Parisiis, apud Galeotum a Prato 1555 - Due parti (con autonomi frontespizi) in un volume di cm. 16,5, pp. (16) 779 (3); (90) 427 (5) [Tractatus nominationum - Tractatus de pacificis possessoribus]. Alcuni bei capilettera figurati, due splendidi marchi tip. a p. pag. nei due colophon. Affascinante legatura coeva in piena perg. molle con titoli ms. lungo tutto il dorso. Antica nota di possesso ms. al frontespizio. Cerniere internamente disunite senza mancanze alla leg. Lieve ma uniforme alone. Esemplare genuino e in buono stato di conservazione. Pierre Rebuffi (1487-1557), giureconsulto di Montpellier, insegnò diritto canonico a Montpellier, Tolosa, Cahors, Bourges e Parigi. Oltre all'attività di canonista, culminata con la chiamata di Paolo III ad uditore della Rota romana, Rebuffi ebbe modo di distinguersi anche come civilista, commentando alcuni titoli del Digesto giustinianeo e compilando numerose monografie. Rarissima edizione che raccoglie il testo del concordato tra papa Leone X ed il re di Francia Francesco I con l'imponente commento dell'A.; seguono il Tractatus nominationum ed il Tractatus de pacificis possessoribus. Cfr. Kvk, non in Sapori. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Las Siete Partidas nuevamente glosadas por el Licenciado Gregorio Lopez del Consejo Real de Indias de su Magestad. Con su repertorio muy Copioso, assi del Testo como de la Glosa.

      Impresso en Salamanca por Andrea de Portonaris, Impressor de su Magestad, 1555. - 9 tomes en 4 volumes in-folio. 151ff. chiffrés. + 116ff. chiffrés. + 186ff. chiffrés. + 73ff. chiffrés. (1f.blanc) + 112ff. chiffrés. + 116ff. chiffrés. + 102ff. chiffrés. + 20ff. 31ff. + 68ff. 8ff. 237ff. Plein veau brun, dos à nerfs ornés (reliure espagnole du 18e siècle). Edition Originale de la version de référence des fameuses "Siete Partidas", texte fondamental pour l'histoire du Droit. Il exerça une influence considérable, dès son apparition au 13e siècle, sur tout l'Occident chrétien et, plus tard, sur les pays de l'Amérique latine auxquels il servit de base à l'élaboration de leur propre juridiction et où il fut en application jusqu'au 19e siècle et parfois même jusqu'au début du 20e siècle. Rédigé entre 1256 et 1265 par plusieurs juristes sous l'égide du roi de Castille Alfonso X, l'ouvrage aborde tous les aspects du savoir juridique à travers 7 grandes sections ("Partidas") que la qualité de leur rédaction en espagnol, place parmi les grands textes écrits dans cette langue. La présente édition, éditée par le juriste Gregorio López avec ses commentaires qui paraissent pour la première fois, constitue l'édition de référence, et un remarquable monument typographique à ce texte fondateur. Intéressant exemplaire enrichi d'un tome additionnel constitué des index et répertoires de l'édition de 1576, parue chez le même imprimeur. Traces d'humidité aux 60 premiers feuillets du premier tome, dues à un accident ayant déformé le plat supérieur du premier volume. Quelques défauts ici ou là, mais bon exemplaire à grandes marges imprimé sur papier fort et bien relié au 18e siècle. Palau, 7091: "Primera edición del texto de Gregorio López, quien revisó y corregió escrupulosamente los manuscritos y textos anteriores, en los que el descuido de copistas e impresores habia llegado a introducir variantes de importancia y a falsear el espiritu del legislador. De modo que esta edición fue declarada como texto único auténtico y legal en la práctica del foro". [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Lot e le figlie

      1555 - Bulino, 1555, datato e monogrammato in lastra, in basso a destra. Della serie "La Storia di Lot". Bellissima prova, impressa su carta vergata coeva con sottili margini, in ottimo stato di conservazione. Al verso, timbro di collezione Duca d’Arenberg (Lugt 567). Engraving, 1555, dated and signed with monogram on a tablet lower right. From "The story of Lot". Very good work printed on contemporary laid paper, thin margins, in excellent condition. Mark of Collection d’Arenberg on verso (Lugt 567) The New Hollstein, p. 36 n. 17. Dimensioni 83 116mm [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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         La nature & diversité des poissons, avec leurs pourtraicts, representez au plus pres du naturel

      Paris, Charles Estienne 1555 - In-8 oblong de (40) et 448 pages ; cartonnage moderne dans le style de l'époque. Première édition française après l'édition originale latine de 1553. L'édition originale française de l'attirante petite édition au format oblong in-8 des poissons de Belon Restauration angulaire avec comblement de texte aux pages 49/50, puis aux pages 405-413 ; restauration dans la marge supérieure d'une centaine de pages sans atteinte au texte, principalement au début et fin d'ouvrage, toutefois attrayant exemplaire complet de toutes ses gravures d'une belle fraîcheur. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         Ioan. Fabri Super Institu. Solennis et pene diuina vtriusque iuris doctoris ac interpretis profundissimi Ioannis Fabri Gallici lectura super quatuor libros Institutionum multorum doctorum and nuperrime domini Ioannis de Gradibus . additionibus and apostillis illustrata. Addito indice seu repertorio . per s.i.v. professorem dominum Io. Minicum de Rebacinis in almo Ticinensi gymnasio compilato., , .

      , - Cm. 18, cc. (36) 408. Magnifico frontespizio in rosso e nero con cornice xilografica raffigurante putti e motivi floreali; numerosi capilettera, vignetta con il maestro in cattedra al f. 1 e marchio tipografico al colophon; testo in elegante carattere semi-gotico impresso su doppia colonna. Nota manoscritta di possesso al frontespizio "Ex libris I. Vincentii et Amicorum comparatum Biturigibus calendis martiis anno 1555". Legatura coeva in piena perg. molle con titoli ms. al dorso e al taglio di piede. Intervento di restauro alle estremità dei piatti con sguardie rinnovate. Alone limitato alle prime carte e qualche sporadica arrossatura. Esemplare fresco e nel complesso ottimamente conservato. Jean Faure (1275ca.-1340), detto Joannes Roncinus, fu giureconsulto francese di considerevole fama e autorità. Dedicatosi ben presto all'opera d'attualizzazione del diritto romano, produsse questo celebre commento alle Istituzioni giustinianee e un Breviarium del Codex. Tiraqueau, du Moulin e Boerius lo definirono rispettivamente "vir apud nos maxime autoritatis", "subtilissimus et consumatissimus juris doctor" e "summum Franciae Consuetudinarium" (cfr. Taisand, Les vies des plus celebres jurisconsultes, ed. 1737, pp. 181-82). Faber, discepolo dichiarato di Jacques de Revigny e Pierre de Belleperche, va inserito a pieno titolo fra i principali eredi della grande tradizione degli Ultramontani. Bellissima e rara edizione lionese. Cfr. Iccu; Kvk; non in Sapori e Baudrier. Per ulteriori notizie sull'A. si veda la voce di K. Weidenfeld in Dictionnaire historique des juristes francais. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         L'Histoire Palladienne, traitant des gestes & genereux faitz d'armes et d'amours de plusieurs grandz princes et seigneurs, specialement de Palladien filz du roy Milanor d'Angleterre, & de la belle Selerine sœur du roy du Portugal: nouvellement mise en nostre vulgaire Françoys

      Paris, Estienne Groulleau, 1555. - Folio, ff. [8], cxxxiiii, with a woodcut printer's device to the title-page, 39 woodut illustrations set within decorative borders, and woodcut initials throughout; a fine copy with generous margins in early nineteenth-century calf, rebacked preserving the old spine, covers gilt with the arms of the bibliophile John Ker, Duke of Roxburghe; Chatsworth bookplate and of William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, with his gilt initials added to the corners of the covers; faint early ownership inscription to title-page ('Herbert'), repeated several times on O6v.First edition, very scarce, the issue printed by Groulleau for retail in his own shop; there were three other issues, under the imprints (and publishers' devices) of Jean Dallier, Vincent Sertenas or Jean Longis, but all naming Groulleau in the colophon. L'Histoire Palladienne is a loose translation by Colet of the first part of the Spanish romance Florando de Inglaterra (1545), purportedly based on an English original though no such source has been traced. It did appear in English, though not until 1588, in a very rare translation by Anthony Munday, The famous, pleasant, and variable historie, of Palladine of England. Palladien himself is British, but the action takes place all over Europe.The fine woodcut illustrations, and indeed the thistle initials, had first appeared in Groulleau's edition of Amadis de Gaule, also translated by Colet. L'Histoire was published after Colet's death, with an important preface by Étienne Jodelle, a member of the Pléiade, and dedicatory poems by Jodelle, Denisot and de Magny. Jodelle had initial been inclined against Colet's Spanish romance translations, but Colet had argued him round sufficiently that he had contributed a dedicatory poem to the most recent part (book 9) of Amadis de Gaule.This copy appears as lot 6173 in the 1812 auction catalogue of the Roxburghe library, formed over the last three decades of his life by one of the most obsessive collectors in the history of bibliomania and amounting to some 30,000 volumes. 'He followed up the romances among his English literature collection with manuscripts of French Arthurian texts and a wide selection of romances from across mainland Europe' (Oxford DNB). Lots 6066-6420 were devoted to them, including the celebrated Valdarfer Decamerone 1471, the sale of which was the occasion for the foundation of the Roxburghe Club. Roxburghe also had the second edition of Munday's translation (1664).COPAC and OCLC together record seven copies across all issues (Bodley and Yale only of the present issue).Brunet, I, 434 (the Dallier issue, 'assez rare'). Language: French [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Schatz. Ein kostlicher theürer Schatz Euonymi Philiatri, darinn behalten sind vil heymlicher gutter stuck der artzny, fürne(h)mlich aber die art und eygenschafft der gebranntnen wasseren und ölen . Item wie mancherley weyn bereiten sölle . nutzlich und gut allen Alchymisten, haußhalten: insonders den Balbiereren, Apothekeren, und allen liebhaberen der Artzny. Erstlich in Latin beschriben . verteütscht durch Joannem Rudolphum Landenberger zu Zürych: vormals in Teütscher spraach nie gesähen.

      - Zürich, A. u. J. Gessner, 1555. 4to. 4 Bl., 390 S., 9 Bl. (davon das 1. weiß). Mit Holzschnitt-Druckermarke auf dem Titel u. 37 kl. Textholzschnitten. Neuer Halbpergamentband unter Verwendung alten Materials. Erste deutsche Ausgabe. - Conrad Gesner (1516-65) war zugleich Philologe, Mediziner, Botaniker und Zoologe und in all diesen Fächern hat er Hervorragendes geleistet. "There is no more notable man in the history of learning and of science in the 16th century than Gesner" (Ferguson). Als ausgezeichneter Kenner der Arzneimittellehre der Alten war er bemüht, neben den durch Paracelsus empfohlenen metallischen Arzneimitteln die pflanzlichen wieder mehr in Aufnahme zu bringen. Er scheute sich auch nicht, die Wirkung neuer Mittel, auch giftiger, an sich selbst zu erproben. "In seinem äußerst beliebten 'Arzneischatz' wusste er auf galenischer Grundlage viele neue Ratschläge zu erteilen" (Fueter in NDB VI, 345; vgl. Hirsch/Hüb. II, 732). "The book is interesting as a record of the Chemistry known by Gesner, the greatest naturalist, polyhistor and bibliographer of his time . It gives an account of plants to be destilled, of furnaces and other apparatus, and the methods of getting the virtues out of plants, animals, and minerals, and their uses in effecting cures. It evinces considerable knowledge of practical pharmaceutical chemistry as than practised" (Ferguson). Die Abbildungen zeigen chemische Geräte wie Destillationskolben und -öfen. - Durling 2084; Ferchl 182; Schoene, Gesch. d. Weines 4368; VD16, G 1808; Schelenz 410. - Gebräunt u. fingerfleckig, fast durchgehend mit Feuchtigkeitsspuren. Teilw. mit Marginalien von alter Hand, S. 3 mit kl. ergänzten Eckabriß ohne Textverlust. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         L. Coelii Lactantii Firmiani

      Inbunden bok. L. Coelii Lactantii Firmiani Divinarum Institutionum libri VII. DE Ira Dei Liber I. De Opificio Dei Liber I. Per D. Erasmum Rot. recognitus & scholiis illustratus. Epitome in libros suos, Liber Acephalos. Carmen de Phoenice, Passione Domini, Resurrectione Dominica. Ne interim LEctoris alacritas, Græcorum, quæ passim ispersa sunt carminum occursu reprimatur, Latina suo quæq[ue] loco apposuimus. Præterea, eorum quæ in tot hoc opere ntatu digniora visa sunt, indicem præposuimus. Antuerpiæ apud Ioannem Gymnicum, Anno M.D.LV. Mense Ianuar [Antwerp, January 1555]. 8vo [11,3 x 16,8 cm]. (40), (1-)592 (593-94), (5 errata) pp. With a few pagination errors: pages 78-79 are paginated as 81-82, pages 363/362 have changed place, and page 565 is paginated as page 545. Bound in a contemporary, worn, calf-binding with four raised bands, covers with blind-tooled decoration and fleur-de-lis. Front cover loose, and rear cover and spine almost loose. Some of the leather has come of from the spine and the covers The first sheet (title and following six pages) is loose. Otherwise a tight binding. Textblock with a few stains and some dampstains in the outer margin, and some contemporary annotations and underlining, otherwise a nice copy. Nice print, mostly italics and some greek. Title page with previous owners' annotations: 'Lugdunum Batavorum 1642 in Auctione' and an inscription in Latin. Outer edge with owner's signature: Cartann9 [Cartannus].

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         De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem [Andreae Vesalii Bruxellensis, invictissimi Caroli V. Imperatoris Medici, de Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (full title)]

      Johannes Oporinus, Basilae [Basel] 1555 - [1555 (second folio edition)]/ 1543. Folio, with the engraved title page, woodcut portrait of the author, around 200 woodcut text illustrations, the full complement of plates (23 full-page and 2 folding), but lacking the 23 index leaves and colophon; the highly influential, elegant and scientific anatomical illustrations and the portrait of Vesalius are printed from the blocks of the 1543 first edition. Contemporary full vellum over oak boards with five raised bands, sides panelled and elaborately tooled in blind with filigrees and important historical figures; vellum discoloured and occasionally marked; clasps missing, with the leading edges a little worn, exposing the boards; minor loss to the head and foot of the spine, with the joints just starting to split; endpapers no longer present; the title leaf has a blank 45 mm strip at the foot restored, and the blank leading margin heavily thumbed, slightly chipped and wormed, with a small hole; occasional worming, confined to pinholes rarely extending onto the text beyond the wide leading margin (apart from three leaves with minimal loss of a few words); long tears to two leaves (and a few tiny edge tears elsewhere) expertly sealed; light tidemarks to the inner top corners of the first portion, and to some top margins (and a few bottom margins) elsewhere; old pressed flower stains in a number of places, with associated cockling to adjacent leaves; a few other minor signs of use and age (old ink stains to a few leaves; one page very dusty; occasional creases, light marginal stains and chips; early underlining and a few marginalia on a few pages); paper generally toned; a used copy to be sure, but inoffensively so, and it still presents as the impressive and important work is assuredly is, now protected in a custom-made Solander box. The early ownership signature of Johan Rottinger (?) is written in ink on the paper lining on the inside front board. 'Containing Vesalius's final published revisions of the text, this edition is also superior for its enlarged format, improved typography and printing, better paper, larger woodcut initials, and changes to the lettering of the anatomical woodcuts. Most of the original woodblocks from the second edition along with the anatomical captions were splendidly reprinted as ^Icones Anatomicae^ by the Bremer Press for the New York Academy of Medicine and the University of Munich, 1934. The woodblocks had been preserved in the University of Munich, but were destroyed in World War II' (online Garrison-Morton 377). 'The impression of the woodcuts is often clearer, and more beautiful than in the previous editions; some of the figures have been somewhat improved upon in the cutting and in the lettering. The presswork is more splendid; the fancy initials throughout are larger and more beautiful and also adorned with drawings different from those in the first edition. This second [folio] edition therefore has advantages over the first on account of additions in the text and in the illustrations and particularly on account of its more splendid makeup' (Choulant-Frank, pages 181-182). Often referred to as the second edition, this is in fact the third, following Jean de Tournes' unauthorized 16mo edition (Lyon, 1552, reproducing only four of the plates) (Cushing VI.A.-3). Provenance: Dr Milton Roxanas (purchased from James Tait Goodrich, Englewood, with his catalogue record loosely inserted). Please use the 'Ask Bookseller a Question' link below to confirm availability and postage charges.

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         L’Antica Musica ridotta alla Moderna Prattica, con la dichiaratione, et con gli essempi de i tre generi, con le loro spetie. Et con l’inventione di uno nuovo stromento, nel quale si contiene tutta la perfetta musica, con molti segreti musicali. Nuovamente mess’in luce, dal Reverendo M. don Nicola Vicentino

      Roma: Antonio Barré for Nicola Vicentino, 1555. Folio (287x194 mm). 146, [6] leaves and [8] woodcut folding plates. Signatures: A-Z6 AA6 BB8. On the title page printer's device, showing Orpheus under a tree playing the viola. Author's portrait, at the age of 44, printed on title-page verso. Beautiful woodcut decorated initials. Music notation in text. Later polished calf gilt, marbled edges. Contemporary ownership's inscription on the title page: 'Est S. Petri de Perusio'; below the initials 'D.d.M.' and the date '1857'. Small marginal tear to l. D4 with no damage to the text, title page slightly soiled, a nice copy printed on a fine, crispy paper.A beautiful copy, complete with all the eight plates, of the extremely rare first edition, first issue, of one of the most influential music theory books of the sixteenth century. The book is dedicated to Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este.Unlike most early theorists, Vicentino, who was a pupil of the Flemish-Venetian composer Adrian Willaert, did not simply summarize the practice of his time, but also attempted to adapt the Greek musical modes to the purpose of modern harmonic singing and instrumental performance. His major contribution is the adaptation of the ancient Greek chromatic and enharmonic genera to modern polyphonic practice. Anticipating Vincenzo Galilei and Claudio Monteverdi, Vicentino also expressed avant-garde's views on the relation between music and text. He stated that, in order to better express the feelings of a verbal text, music should be sometimes allowed to break the strict rules of counterpoint."This treatise is a major contribution to the growing movement that sought to free both theory and practice from a dependence on the traditional ecclesiastical modes. Of particular interest is his description of the 'arcicembalo', a unique harpsichord that was built with two keyboards, each containing three orders of keys. This construction allows the performer to play intervals smaller than a semitone as well as the possibility of playing pure intervals against tempered intervals in any key. Thus, for the first time, ancient Greek theory as well as progressive free chromaticism could be realized, and from this would gradually emerge 'the stabilization tuning into the equal temperament of more modern times'. Vicentino was also interested in both the melodic and vertical functions of intervals, which is remarkable for this period. Understandably, his theories generated fervent opposition both from his contemporaries and later from the likes of Zarlino, Artusi, and Doni. The French printer Antonio Barré, although primarily a printer of music, produced twenty music books during his career, of which this is the most famous. Vicentino's treatise is also significant as a very early example of the printing of the natural sign from type" (R.H. Cowden, A Collector's Journey: Notable Music Books Written Prior to 1800, New Castle, DE, 2015, pp. 24-25)."Vicentino, a real humanist among musicians, was so strongly influenced by the newly rediscovered Greek theory of music that he invented an instrument, the 'archicembalo', the super-harpsichord, using quarter tones, and based on his ideas of Greek music. This treatise explains the instrument and the corresponding theory of a system built on chromatic and enharmonic scales. Vicentino was himself an excellent performer on the clavichord. Vicentino was an ordained priest who entered the service of Ippolito d'Este, Cardinal of Ferrara (to whom this work is dedicated), and accompanied him to Rome. Later he returned to Ferrara, where he was 'maestro di cappella' in the court of the cardinal until his death" (W. Schab, Catalogue 14, 1950, no. 149).The book was later reissued by Barré with a new title page dated 1557. Copies of both issues complete with all the eight plates are extremely rare. The plates show diagrams of the keys of the clavichord invented by Vicentino. According to Worldcat, only one copy is recorded in America at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.Edit 16, CNCE30787; N. Vicentino, Ancient music adapted to modern practice, M. Rika Maniates & M.V. Palisca, eds., New Haven, 1996; RISM, B6, p. 861; W. Schmieder, Musik, no. 1316; Cowden, no. 22; Grove, V, 495; Eitner, X, 76; Wolffheim, 1093; Gregory-Sonneck, p. 281; Hirsch, 591; Fétis, VIII, 338.

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         Discorso sopra la castrametatione, & bagni antichi de i Greci, & Romani. Con l'aggiunta della figura del Campo Romano. Et vna Informatione delle militia Turchesa, & de gli habiti de soldati Turchi, scritta da M. Francesco Sansouino. 2 Teile in 1 Band.

      Fol. 80, 4 Bl., fol. 28. Mit Holzschnitt-Titelvignette, 43 Holzschnitt-Tafeln, 14 Holzschnitten im Text, 1 gefalteten Tafel sowie einigen Holzschnitt-Initialen. 8 (14,5 x 10 cm). Roter Maroquinband des 19. Jhdts, signiert "Rivière", mit dreifacher Goldfilete auf den Deckeln, reicher floraler Rückenvergoldung, Steh- und Innenkantenvergoldung sowie dreiseitigem Goldschnitt und marmor. Vorsätzen. Hübsches Bändchen, "BOUND BY RIVIERE" (am Fuß des Vorderspiegels), über das Bade-, Militär- und Sportwesen der europäischen Antike dieser venezianischen Ausgabe (zuerst 1555 in Lyon) ist zum ersten Male ein Beitrag Francesco Sansovinos zum türkischen Militärwesen beigegeben, darin auch 14 Abbildungen die mehrfach gefaltete Tafel mit mehreren kleinen Holzschnitten zeigt schematisch ein römisches Heerlager die Tafeln sind verkleinerte Übernahmen der Lyoneser Ausgabe. Minimal berieben papierbedingt gebräunt erste 8 Bl. mit winzigem Wurmloch im der unteren Ecke kleines Loch in der Falttafel hinterlegt auf 2. fliegendem Vordervorsatz eine saubere handschriftl. Titelaufnahme montiert auf 3. fliegendem Vorsatz hs. Glossen zu Simeon und Sansovino auf Titelei mit altem hs. Besitzvermerk. Provenienz: verso fliegendem Vorsatz mit dem radierten Exlibris "Bibliotheque de L'Ambassadeur de France et de la Vicomtesse de Fontenay". Zu Sansovino (1521-1586, Sohn des Architekten Jacob Sansovino) vgl. Jöcher IV, 132f zum Übersetzer ins Italienische, dem Historiker Gabriel Simeon, vgl. Jöcher IV, 594 vgl. auch Brunet II, 858.

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         L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naïfs portraicts retirez du naturel.

      Paris Guillaume Cavellat 1555 - First edition. Cavellat issue. 7 parts in one volume, Folio (34 x 22 cm). xxviii, 382 pp., Hand-coloured woodcut printer's device on title and six sectional titles, woodcut portrait of Belon on title verso, two woodcuts of human and bird skeletons and 158 large woodcuts in text of birds by Pierre Gourdelle and others, numerous 11-line and smaller ornamental woodcut initials and head-pieces, light soiling to title, with 17th century ownership inscription to head, occasional trivial foxing and old staining, nineteenth century vellum, edges stained red, overall a fine clean copy with excellent contemporary hand-colour. A beautiful copy of the rare first edition. One of the first ornithological texts based on direct observation and illustrated from original drawings. "Belon described approximately 230 species (including the bat), most of them European, but including some foreign species observed from his sojourns in Asia Minor and Egypt" (Norman). Though much of this work is based on Aristotle and Pliny, Belon provided many novel observations as to the appearance, habits and distribution of birds. In addition, he made an important and original contribution to comparative anatomy by comparing in detail the skeletons of birds and man and showing them to be fundamentally identical in structure. "Belon was born in Le Mans, France, and studied medicine in Paris. In 1540 he went to Germany to study botany, becoming a leading figure in the sixteenth-century revival of natural history that followed the great voyages, the invention of printing, and the new artistic realism of the Renaissance. Between 1546 and 1549 Belon travelled in the eastern Mediterranean countries, comparing the animals and plants he observed with their descriptions by classical authors. The results were published as Les Observations des plusieurs singularitez et choses mémorables trouvées en Grèce, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autre pays éstranges, 1553. On his travels, Belon was in the habit of investigating the birds and fishes that came to market, and in England he met the Venetian Daniel Barbaro, who had made many drawings of Adriatic fishes. From these sources Belon produced two books on fishes: L'Histoire naturelle des éstranges poissons marins,1551 and De aquatilibus (1553). The first is notable for its dissertation on the dolphin, in which he identified the common Atlantic species with the dolphin of the ancients and distinguished it from the porpoise. Belon's principal achievement is a history of birds, L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, 1555. An illustrated book of the kind inspired by the drawings of Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo da Vinci, it describes about 200 birds, mostly of European origin. He drew attention to the correspondence between the skeletons of birds and man, an early hint of the discipline of comparative anatomy. Belon was also interested in geology and botany and is reputed to have introduced the cedar of Lebanon into western Europe. He also established two botanical gardens in France and suggested that many exotic plants might be acclimatized and grown in temperate regions. In many ways a typical figure of the Renaissance, Belon's end was all too typical of that time, for he was murdered in the Bois de Boulogne in 1564" (Oxford Reference). Anker pp. 9-10; BM/STC French p. 46; Garrison-Morton 283 (Cavellat issue); Mortimer French 50; Nissen IVB 86; Norman 180. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Divini Platonis Gnomologia. Nicolao Liburinio Veneto collectore. Lugduni (Lyon), Tornaesius

      1555 - First Edition. Small 8vo, 227, [3]pp, later calf. Singed by former owner on end paper and title page. Worm hole on lining paper, end paper and title page. otherwise good. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Nederlandtsche jaerboeken en historion sedert het jaer 1555 tot het jaer 1609, met de belegering der stadt Grol en den aenkleven des jaers 1627 (...) vertaelt door Joan Goris. Amsterdam, v. Someren etc., 1681.

      Folio, geheel perkamenten band uit de tijd, (44)+591+(76)+19+(6)+74 pag. Geillustreerd met titelprent door A. Blooteling en vele portretten en gravures. Mooi exemplaar. B2233.

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         Batavorvm [Batavorum] cvm Romanis bellvm / De Batavische oft oude Hollandtsche oorloghe teghen de Romeynen. Antwerpen, Ph. Lisaert, 1612.

      Oblong, half leren band uit de tijd, (2)+27 pag. tekst en 36 gravures, elk met 6 of 8 regels onderschrift in het Nederlands en Latijn, gesigneerd A. Tempesta. De platen van Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630) tonen de gevechten tussen de Hollanders en de Romeinen, gebaseerd op de verhalen van Tacitus. Plaat 1 is gedateerd 1611. De achterzijden van de 36 prenten zijn blanco. Er bestaan ook edities waarbij de tekst van Van Veen op de achterzijden van de prenten is gedrukt. De prenten in ons exemplaar zijn goed van druk. Funck 404. B1829.

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         Giornale di casa Massarelli. Scritto da Michelangelo Massarelli. [Nota manoscritta antica accanto al titolo:] Da conservarsi per le cose contenute relative al vescovo di Tilesio [cioè Telese: Angelo Massarelli, vescovo di Telese, San Severino Marche, 1510 - Roma, 1566].

      - [San Severino Marche, 1555-1577], manoscritto su carta, in-4 piccolo, privo di copertine e in parte sciolto, carte [121], la prima recante al recto il titolo con il verso bianco, la seconda bianca. Steso da una sola mano in chiara grafia, in lingua italiana. E' presente una cartulazione antica manoscritta. Mancano le carte [13] [14], [115], [116]. La prima registrazione è datata 15 settembre 1555, l'ultima 5 dicembre 1577, ma le ultime 4 carte sono sciolte. Il volume avrebbe potuto in origine continuare e potrebbero mancare ulteriori carte in fine. Il giornale registra ogni tipo di avvenimento: pagamenti, morti, nascite, matrimoni, viaggi, ecc. Per quanto riguarda il Vescovo Angelo Massarelli, fratello dell'autore del manoscritto Michelangelo, segnaliamo la notizia della sua nomina a vescovo (18 dicembre 1557, c. [8r]), quella del passaggio a San Severino prima di recarsi al Concilio di Trento come Segretario (14-17 marzo 1561 c. [24r]) e quella della morte, annotata al 20 luglio 1566 (c. [54r]). Qualche gora e sgualcitura.

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         Historie de la bataille navalle faite par les Dieppois & Flamans: qui est l'une des plus furieuses & soudaines expeditions de mer, qui ayt esté entreprise de nostre temps sur les ennemis du Roy.Paris, Estienne Denise, [1557?]. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). With 2 woodcut decorated initials and one cast fleuron (Vervliet, Vine leaf ornaments 173). Set in roman type with incidental italic. Finely executed late 19th-century(?) French red morocco by René Aussour, gold-tooled turn-ins, title, place of publication and date 1555 in gold in 2nd and 3rd of 6 spine compartments, gilt edges, headbands worked in red and white, double-combed marbled endpapers.

      Polak 4478 & 10297; USTC 29853 (3 copies); cf. Graesse III, p. 288 (Regnault issue); for the authorship: Thieury, ed., Combat naval-1555 (1861); not in JCB. Rare issue of one of the first editions (priority uncertain) of an account of a ferocious sea battle in the Habsburg-Valois Wars (also known as the Italian Wars): 18 small French ships from Dieppe, mostly only 15-60 tonne though some are nevertheless described as galleons, defeated 23 larger Flemish ships. The battle, which took place in August 1555, was one of the fiercest of the day putting both sides in great danger. It was recently the subject of a Discovery channel television documentary. The book gives a remarkably detailed account, especially from the French side, with the names, captains and capacities of all the French ships. Our undated issue of the book, with a Paris imprint must be one mentioned by Polak: "J'ai vu un autre exemplaire avec le même titre, imprimé à Paris chez Estienne Denise, s.d." The small owner's label of J.-A.-H. Dupré, printed letterpress on blue paper, is 19th-century in style, as are the binding and endpapers, but René Aussour appears to have been active to 1931 so the binding and label cannot be earlier than late nineteenth-century. With an early manuscript date "1555" on the title-page. Trimmed close to the text but with no loss and in good condition, with minor water stains.

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         Hystoria en la qual se trata dela origen y guerras que han tenido los Turcos, desde su comienco hasta nuestros tiempos. Con muy notables sucessosque con diversas getes y nasciones les han acotecido: y de las costubres y vida dllos

      First and only edition of the best 16th century work on the Turks. During the greater part of century of discoveries, Soliman the Magnificent's expansion through the Mediterranean and across central Europe threatened Europe and Spain to the point only a large-scale invasion could. Valencian-born Rocca narrates the campaigns, battles and privateering activities of the Bereberes on the coasts of Valencia and Andalucia. The Hystoria is divided into three parts, the first deals with the crusades done to Jerusalem, the second with victories of Charles V and Venice over the Turks at the African coasts, and the third deals extensively with the way of life and customs of the Turks -which allows us a glimpse of Spanish perception of what was one of the greatest nations of the 16th century. The work has been considered rare and important from the date of Salva. It is considerably rare, no copies are traced at auction in over 30 years. It is handsomely printed in two columns, with large engraved device to title page, gothic types. Salva, 3388. Palau, 271434.

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         [Aldus Press] De Philosophia volumen secundum De natura deorum, De divinatione, De fato, De legibus, De universitate, Arati versus in latinum conversi, Ciceronis de petitione Consulatus

      Venice: Apud Paulum Manutium, 1555. Vellum Binding. Good binding. The second volume of Cicero’s Philosophy, this volume “On the Nature of the Gods, etc.” Full contemporary limp vellum; with relatively significant worming to preliminary and final leaves (as well as the covers) though with little text affected; early moisture damage, tidelines and discoloration throughout. Collated against the printer's register, the book is complete. The printer's register and colophon are on the verso of k7, k8 is blank. The Aldine device is on the title page.

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         Institutionum Oratoriarum Libri Duodecim. Bound with Oratoris Eloquentissimi Declamationes Undeuiginto.

      Lyons. Seb Gryphus.: Lyons. Seb Gryphus., 1555. Book measures 6 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches.Complete with all pages, 741,[91],269,[1] pages, lacking last leaf of second work. Last leaf has the printers devise, ( so lacking no text ).Bound in early full vellum, full coloured edges. Vellum dust or dirt marked. Binding in very good firm condition. Internally, gutter, showing in a few places, ( i. e. inner margin where pages edges join binding ), second work has some staining, moderate to slightly heavier for about 100 pages. Pages in good condition throughout.A very nice copy, in an early printed work.A14. Very Good Plus. 8vo.

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         Der Erste Teil aller Schriften

      Martin Luther, Der Erste Teil aller Schriften, 1555 Book Description: Christian Rödinger , Jena, 1555. Book Condition: Good. Der Erste Teil aller Bücher und Schrifften . Leather over timber boards, clasps missing, hinges weak, book complete with all plates, text complete. Volume one of the first edition of Martin Luthers writings, published in Jena.

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         L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux avec leurs descriptions & naïfs portr EDITION ORIGINALE

      Paris: Benoît Prévost se vend chez Gilles Corrozet, 1555. Fine. Benoît Prévost se vend chez Gilles Corrozet, Paris 1555, in-folio (21,5x32cm), (28) 381pp. Sig.: ã6 ~e4 ~i4 a-f6 g4 h-m6 n4 o-t6 v4 x-z6 A6 (A6 blanc) B-E6 F4 G-I6 K4 L3, relié. - The first edition, rare and attractive. Six separate title pages : Anatomie et De la physiologie des oiseaux [Of the Anatomy and Physiology of Birds], Oiseaux de proie [Birds of Prey], Oiseaux nageurs [Aquatic Birds], Oiseaux de rivages [Birds of the Shore], Gallinacés [Galliforms], Corbeaux (et espèces semblables) [Ravens and similar species], Petits oiseaux chanteurs [Small songbirds].  This edition is illustrated with a magnificent printer's device to title, a portrait of the author at the age of 36 to verso, two plates of human and bird skeletons and 158 large cuts within the text (of various formats). The cuts were executed after drawings by the Parisian painter Pierre Goudet (but really Gourdelle) and other, anonymous, artists. The portrait and seven figures of birds were attributed to Geoffroy Tory by Auguste Bernard (in Geoffroy Tory Peintre et graveur, premier imprimeur royal, Paris, 1865). Numerous historiated initials and attractive borders. An enormous table of all the birds. Later, 18th century, binding in half brown sheep over paper boards, the spine in six compartments with gilt dentelle to head and filets and tools in gilt, as well as a red morocco title label and gilt birds to foot of spine. Very skilful, discreet restorations to spine. Lacking the last blank (L4). One very skilful restoration to upper margin of title. Light dampstain, growing fainter, to the lower margins of the first two quires. Two other, heavier, dampstains to inside margin and upper left corner affecting final pages. Contemporary manuscript ex-dono to title. The first description and classification of birds in French, which laid the foundations of the comparative methodology two hundred years before Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire and Cuvier. Pierre Belon (1517-1564) was one of the first ornithologists of the Renaissance. He had evidently carried out a great number of dissections, comparing beaks and claws and trying to find common anatomical forms. For the first time, he places the human skeleton in parallel with that of birds, but without however making the most of his observations and drawing practical conclusions as the naturalists of the 19th century did. Taking the same rigorous approach as for his description of fish in 1551, which he systematizes here, his descriptions of birds are based on Aristotelean principles. He classifies them, on the basis of his own observations, by their behavior and anatomy: birds of prey, aquatic birds (birds that swim, or birds with webbed feet), omnivores (principally hunting birds) and smaller birds (subdivided in turn into insectivores and granivores). There are a few entries that may at first seem surprising, but should be highlighted among Belon's descriptions, for instance his putting bats among the birds of prey, all the while acknowledging that he's perfectly well aware that they aren't birds: "For a long there has been uncertainty over whether bats should be included with the birds or put in the ranks of terrestrial animals...Seeing them fly, and seeing that they have wings, people judged them birds...both Pliny and Aristotle pointed out that they were aware that bats feed their young from two teats on their chests, the same as for man. The Latins called the bat Vespertilio; but because of the similarity we can see to mice, we call them 'bald-mice'..." (L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, livre II). As well as bats, he mentions several fantastical creatures in the last chapter of the first book, dedicated to "divers incongruous birds": "Many things have been written about various birds that strike us as fantastical: therefore we have separated out those we esteem to be true: adding that others were also formerly known, only the names of which have come down to us." In this chapter, Belon names imaginary breeds, of which he gives very precise descriptions, both in terms of physical appearance and behavior. He also mentions several mythological figures described by Classical authors or brought down to us through legend: Pegasus, a "bird having the body of a horse", the Sirens, who had "human faces and voices" and "the feathers and feet of birds". The Cercio, according to him, is "even more chatty than the Parrot & is more talented in learning to speak like men." Certain specimens, no less anthropomorphic but described as being hostile to man, are depicted in a frightening way: Mennonudes feed on human flesh and Stymphalides are "less cruel to men than Lions & Panthers & [only] attack if they want to hunt them & strike them with their beaks, harrying them to death." Belon also describes cases of fantastical birds whose physiological properties are useful to man, notably the Hercynia, "whose feathers give light like a flame...which has often served country folk travelling by night," or the Scylla which, according to magicians contains within its breast a jewel called Chloriten which, when united with iron bears magical properties. At the end of the sixth book, he devotes an entire chapter to the Phoenix, of which he gives an even more detailed description: "They say it is the size of an Eagle. The feathers around its neck are of a resplendent golden color. The rest of its body is purple in hue. Its tail is bluish & has occasional pink feathers. The rear part of its body is embellished with a crescent shape of raised feathers." Despite the fact that he includes these imaginary creatures in his classification, he does not provide illustrations of them, the illustrations in the work having been done after life. Philippe Glardon, author of the preface of a new edition of L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, (Droz, Geneva, 1997) believes that these surprising examples, apparently relegated to the ends of chapters, are in fact designed to tie together Belon's classification and balance out the work. He also notes, on the subject of Jean Cárd, that: "The monstrous is omnipresent on the horizon of the 16th century...Apart from the fairly large role of the fantastical in the creation of effects of wonder and in satisfying the need for a culture of the mythological without which one could hardly call oneself educated at the time, the monstrous...was a demonstration of the creative force of nature...and its inclusion is justified in Belon's work due to its organizational function within the discourse of classification."  Nonetheless, Belon distinguishes between the plainly fantastical descriptions of "unknown birds taken from divers authors," and his rigorous study of observable specimens "of which we have better knowledge," which give the real originality of his work, "as we shall see through the discourse of the following books." This work, followed by another in 1557 entitled Pourtraicts d'oyseaux [Portraits of Birds] became a seminal work in ornithological literature from the 17th century on. It was, however, given less attention when it appeared because of Conrad Gessner's Historia animalium, which was published at the same time, Gessner being a more popular naturalist at the time than Belon. An exceptional copy, superbly illustrated, of this first French book of ornithological descriptions, among the great scientific works of the Renaissance.  - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Édition originale, rare et précieuse. Six pages de titre spécifiques : Anatomie et De la physiologie des oiseaux, Oiseaux de proie, Oiseaux nageurs, Oiseaux de rivages, Gallinacés, Corbeaux (et espèces semblables), Petits oiseaux chanteurs. Cette édition est illustrée d'une magistrale marque d'imprimeur sur la page de titre, d'un portrait de l'auteur âgé de trente-six ans au verso de ce même feuillet, de deux planches des squelettes de l'homme et de l'oiseau, et de 158 grandes vignettes in-texte, de formats variés. Les gravures ont été exécutées d'après les dessins du peintre parisien Pierre Goudet (en réalité Gourdelle) et d'autres artistes anonymes. Le portrait ainsi que sept des figures d'oiseaux ont été attribués à Geoffroy Tory par Auguste Bernard (in Geoffroy Tory Peintre et graveur, premier imprimeur royal, Paris, 1865). Nombreuses lettrines historiées et attrayants bandeaux. Une vaste table de tous les oiseaux. Reliure postérieure du XVIIIème en demi basane brune, dos à six nerfs orné d'une dentelle dorée en tête et de roulettes et filets dorés, ainsi que d'une pièce de titre de maroquin rouge, fers à l'oiseau dorés en queue, plats de papier façon vélin. Très discrètes restaurations sur le dos. Le dernier feuillet blanc L4 est absent. Une habile restauration de papier en marge haute de la page de titre. Mouillure claire allant en s'amenuisant en marge basse des deux premiers cahiers. Deux autres mouillures plus importantes en marge intérieure et au coin supérieur gauche affectant les dernières pages. Ex-libris manuscrit de l'époque sur la page de titre. Première description et classification en français des oiseaux, qui pose les bases de la méthode comparative, deux cents ans avant Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire et Cuvier. Pierre Belon (1517-1564), est l'un des premiers ornithologistes de la Renaissance. Il a visiblement réalisé de très nombreuses dissections, procède par comparaison des becs et des serres et tente de leur trouver des formes anatomiques communes. Pour la toute première fois, il met en parallèle le squelette humain et celui des oiseaux, mais sans pour autant exploiter ses observations et en tirer des conclusions pratiques, comme le feront les naturalistes du XIXème siècle. Avec la même rigueur mise en œuvre pour sa description des poissons en 1551 et qu'il systématise ici, il décrit les oiseaux en s'inspirant des principes aristotéliciens, les classant, d'après ses propres observations, en fonction de leur comportement et leur anatomie : les oiseaux de proie, les oiseaux d'eau (nageurs ou palmipèdes), les omnivores (principalement les échassiers) et les petits oiseaux (subdivisés à leur tour en insectivores et en granivores). Quelques présences, qui peuvent de prime abord sembler étonnantes, sont à souligner dans la description de Belon, qui classe les chauves-souris parmi les rapaces, tout en expliquant qu'il a tout-à-fait conscience qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un oiseau : « Long-temps y a qu'on a mis en doute, à sçavoir si la souri-chauve devoit estre mise au nombre des oyseaux ou au raeng des animaux terrestres [...] La voyant voler et avoir aelles l'avons advouée oyseau [...]Pline [et] Aristote aussi ont fait entendre qu'ils n'ont ignoré qu'elle alaicte ses petits de deux mammelles de sa poictrine, qui sont en elle comme en l'homme. [...] Les latins l'ont nommée Vespertilio ; Mais pour l'affinité que luy voyons avec une souris l'avons nommée chauvesouris... » (L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, livre II) Outre la chauve-souris, il évoque le cas de plusieurs créatures fabuleuses dans le dernier chapitre du premier livre consacré à « plusieurs oyseaux incongruz » : « Maintes choses ont ésté escrites de divers oyseaux, qui nous ont semblé fabuleuses : qui est cause que nous les avons separees de celles qu'estimons vrayes : ioinct qu'on en à autresfois cognu aucuns, desquels n'avons que le seul nom. » Dans ce chapitre, Belon nomme des espèces imaginaires dont il donne des descriptions très précises tant physiques que comportementales. Il évoque ainsi plusieurs figures mythologiques décrites pas les auteurs antiques ou rapportées par les légendes : Pegasus, un « oyseau ayant teste de cheval », les Sirènes qui ont « face & voix humaines » et « plumes & pieds d'oyseaux ». Le Cercio, quant à lui, est « encor plus babillart que les Papegaulx, & apprend mieux à parler comme les hommes ». Certains spécimens, non plus anthropomorphiques mais présentés comme hostiles aux hommes, sont dépeints d'une manière effrayante : les Mennonudes se nourrissent de chair humaine et les Stymphalides « n'estant moins cruëls aux hommes, que les Lions & Pantheres, & les assaillent s'ils les veullent chasser, & les frapants de leur bec, les navrent à mort ». Belon expose également le cas d'oiseaux fabuleux dont les propriétés physiologiques sont utiles aux hommes, notamment l'Hercynia « dont les plumes luisent come feu [...] dont souvent les hommes du païs allants de nuict, en sont esclairez » ou la Scylla qui, selon les magiciens, renferme en son sein une gemme nommée Chloriten qui en alliage avec le fer aurait des propriétés merveilleuses. À la fin du sixième livre, il consacre cette fois un chapitre entier au phénix, dont il donne une description là encore très précise : « Lon dit qu'il est de la grandeur d'une Aigle. Les plumes qui sont autour de sont col, sont de couleur resplendissante sur l'or. Le demeurant du corps est de couleur purpuree. Sa queuë est entre couleur de blauez, & distinguee de plumes de couleur de roses. Le dessus de sa teste est embelly de la forme de creste de plumes eslevees. » Cependant, on remarque que s'il intègre ces animaux imaginaires à sa classification, il n'en propose aucune illustration car celles-ci sont toutes réalisées d'après nature. Philippe Glardon, auteur de la préface de la réédition de L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, (Droz, Genève, 1997) estime que ces exemples étonnants, en apparence relégués en fin de chapitres, servent en réalité à unifier la classification de Belon et à équilibrer l'ouvrage. Il note ainsi à la suite de Jean Céard que : « Le monstrueux est omniprésent dans l'horizon du XVlème siècle. [...]. Outre la part assez large faite au fantastique dans Ie but d'émerveiller, et de satisfaire à l'exigence d'une culture mythologique sans laquelle on n'eut pu parler d'érudition à l'époque, Ie monstrueux, [...] démonstration de la puissance créatrice de la nature, [...] se justifie aussi chez Belon par sa fonction organisatrice au sein du discours classificateur. » Cependant, Belon distingue nettement ces descriptions fantasmagoriques « d'oyseaux incognus pris de divers auheurs » de son étude rigoureuse des spécimens observables « desquels avons meilleure cognoissance » qui constituent la véritable originalité de son ouvrage, « comme on pourra voir par noz discours des livres suyvants ». Cet ouvrage, complété en 1557 par une suite intitulée Pourtraicts d'oyseaux deviendra à partir du XVIIème siècle une référence de la littérature ornithologique. Il fut pourtant peu considéré par ses contemporains, car parut à la même époque, l'Historia animalium de Conrad Gessner, autre naturaliste alors plus populaire que Belon. Exceptionnel exemplaire superbement illustré de cette première description ornithologique française, comptant parmi les grands ouvrages scientifiques de la Renaissance.      

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        Historie de la bataille navalle faite par les Dieppois & Flamans: qui est l'une des plus furieuses & soudaines expeditions de mer, qui ayt esté entreprise de nostre temps sur les ennemis du Roy.Paris, Estienne Denise, [1557?]. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). With 2 woodcut decorated initials and one cast fleuron (Vervliet, Vine leaf ornaments 173). Set in roman type with incidental italic. Finely executed late 19th-century(?) French red morocco by René Aussour, gold-tooled turn-ins, title, place of publication and date 1555 in gold in 2nd and 3rd of 6 spine compartments, gilt edges, headbands worked in red and white, double-combed marbled endpapers.

      - Polak 4478 & 10297; USTC 29853 (3 copies); cf. Graesse III, p. 288 (Regnault issue); for the authorship: Thieury, ed., Combat naval-1555 (1861); not in JCB. Rare issue of one of the first editions (priority uncertain) of an account of a ferocious sea battle in the Habsburg-Valois Wars (also known as the Italian Wars): 18 small French ships from Dieppe, mostly only 15-60 tonne though some are nevertheless described as galleons, defeated 23 larger Flemish ships. The battle, which took place in August 1555, was one of the fiercest of the day putting both sides in great danger. It was recently the subject of a Discovery channel television documentary. The book gives a remarkably detailed account, especially from the French side, with the names, captains and capacities of all the French ships. Our undated issue of the book, with a Paris imprint must be one mentioned by Polak: "J'ai vu un autre exemplaire avec le même titre, imprimé à Paris chez Estienne Denise, s.d." The small owner's label of J.-A.-H. Dupré, printed letterpress on blue paper, is 19th-century in style, as are the binding and endpapers, but René Aussour appears to have been active to 1931 so the binding and label cannot be earlier than late nineteenth-century. With an early manuscript date "1555" on the title-page. Trimmed close to the text but with no loss and in good condition, with minor water stains.

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