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        Religio Medici. The sixth edition, corrected and amended. With Annnotations Never before published, upon all the obscure passages therein. Also Observations by sir Kenelm Digby, Newly added

      1605-1682 Octavo, 6 x 3.75 inches. Fifth edition. A,A-T8, A-E8. Engraved frontispiece by William Marshall. This copy is bound in later smooth calf, gilt ruled edges, all edges gilt. gilt spine with a red. leather label. Hand marbled endsheets, gilt dentelles, quite a nice copy. It is far from clear that Thomas Browne ever considered publishing Religio Medici, his first and most influential work. Written during his medical apprenticeship in the mid-1630s, this essay on the religion of a doctor was (in typical fashion) circulated in multiple manuscripts among friends for seven years until 1642, when Andrew Crooke, an enterprising publisher of controversialist writing, obtained it and printed it anonymously, without the author's permission or knowledge. What Browne would later describe as "a private exercise directed to myself" was an immediate commercial success, and Crooke quickly brought out a second edition. Browne, meanwhile, had wind of a work about to be published by the colourful savant Sir Kenelm Digby, apparently responding to Browne's essay. He immediately set about revising the pirated text for authorised publication in 1643. Together with Digby's Observations upon Religio Medici, the 1643 edition, now with Browne's name on it, established his reputation in English and Continental writing. Religio Medici has been described as spiritual autobiography, but it has in fact only occasional resemblance to the true seventeenth-century exponents of the form like Lucy Hutchinson and John Aubrey. Although Browne's subject is his own beliefs, the essay is better understood as a manifesto (a very modest and retiring one, it is true), a proclamation of tolerant Anglicanism in a period of repressive Laudian intervention and rising sectarian dissent. He uses his own history of theological discovery and devotional meditation to propose a generous conception of religious practice and belief. This generosity was received with mixed enthusiasm in some quarters: the book was placed on the Vatican's Index Expurgatorius in 1645 (where it apparently remained until the mid-twentieth-century), while the most vocal English critics suspected Browne of Papistry and atheism; the Quakers, on the other hand, invited him to become a member of their church. Religio Medici is divided into two unequal parts, each comprising short numbered considerations of a large variety of doctrinal and devotional questions. It is impossible to give a categorical label to the range of discussion to be found in Religio Medici, but among its most important topics are the contention and reconciliation of faith and reason (especially aptly discussed by the scientifically-trained Browne), the absolute credit of Scripture on points of faith and the human condition after the fall of man, and the consequent responsibilities of the Christian. Within these great matters, Browne has room to tell of his own early flirtation with various minor heresies, and of his attitudes toward church-music, sex, and medicine. The overall effect is the portrait of a particular personality and background, a deliberating and open mind tenaciously investigating the conditions of faith, equivocal in some points, absolute in others. It is the work of a young, and to a large extent untried, man (although its vocal youthfulness is consciously disguised), and it displays, along with its prodigious learning and mature phrasing, the inexperienced optimism of youth. The structure of thought suggests a sensibility in process, a Montaigne-like fluidity and latitude of conclusion within which he can establish the philosophical registers of significance. For example, he believes absolutely in the last judgement, but he doubts the literal likelihood of "any such judicial proceeding or calling to the bar as, indeed, the Scriptures seem to imply"; he approves of any sort of music, including that of the tavern, as long as it puts him in mind of his Maker, and he therefore "distrust[s] the symmetry of those heads which declaim against all church music." "I would not perish upon a ceremony, politic point, or indifferency," he concludes, as if specifically remonstrating with those intransigents on both sides whose quarrel had initiated the violence which began in 1642 as Religio Medici appeared. Indeed, the sometimes casual-seeming ebb and flow of proposition and consideration, almost none of which is emphatic enough to preclude debate, is itself an enactment of the moderation and more relaxed postures he advocates, postures which if adopted more widely might forestall the threatened chaos of civil war, disestablishment and social disruption. Coleridge described Religio Medici as "a portrait of man in his best clothes". If best clothes may be taken to be fine apparel, Browne's meaning has been occluded by its astonishing expressive grace in the past four centuries. Always recognised as among the finest prose monuments in the language, its style - full of extended periods, easy qualifications, and memorable aphorisms - was widely imitated from the start; moreover, the simplistic notion of a professional framework for the discussion of personal philosophy issued in a spate of mostly undistinguished religio tracts - Religio Clerici, Religio Bibliopolae, Religio Jurisprudentis, Religio Militis, and so on. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the essay was often regarded as a source of fine remarks rendered in stunningly majestic phrases which were subject to extensive quotation but rarely to analysis. For example, "I love to lose myself in a mystery and pursue my reason to an O altitudo"; and "there is a nobility without heraldry, a natural dignity whereby one man is ranked with another, another filed before him, according to the quality of his desert, and the pre-eminence of his good parts." Because he presents himself in Religio Medici as anything but an antagonist in the wars of religion of his own time, the essay attracted, until recently, far less rigorous scholarly and critical attention than it deserved, as if its cool eirenic message was somehow ignoble and thus licensed critical negligence. Even its most vociferous admirers - among them Johnson, Coleridge, and Emerson - allowed themselves to revel in the doctor's delightful formulations and mannerisms without deeply considering their basis in thought and belief. Thus, Religio Medici (together with several other works) has never been out of print, and yet it has never been truly in the centre of critical enquiry. Although this is not likely to change, recent work has attended with welcome precision to its relationship with the developing Montaignean essay format, with meditational practice, and with the rise of modern prose style. Despite the absence of biographical evidence about Browne's life between 1630 and 1640, and whatever his tolerationist pronouncements in Religio Medici , there is good reason to think that Browne held well-developed political views about the mid-century constitutional and ecclesiastical crisis engulfing England. This is partly indicated by the prefatory letter to the reader which Browne appended to the 1643 edition, a piece of writing contemporary with the year's events rather than with the essay's origin. Moreover, his home city, Norwich, was a Parliamentary stronghold which nevertheless harboured - as all the major metropolises did - a significant number of staunch Royalists and political moderates, to which latter group Browne almost certainly belonged. Religio Medici, written and published in the midst of the turmoil, must therefore be read first and foremost as a political tract, an oblique one to be sure, but one whose pacifism, leniency, and common sense are probably more truly representative of the tenor of thought among the great English "silent majority" than many of its more tendentious contemporaries. Claire Preston, University of Cambridge 16 June 2003

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        A RESTITVTION OF DECAYED INTELLIGENCE: IN ANTQUITIES. CONCERNING THE MOST NOBLE AND RENOVVMED ENGLISH NATION. BY THE STUDIE AND TRAUAILE OF R.V

      Antwerp: Printed by Robert Bruney ... And to be sold in London ... by Iohn Norton and Iohn Bill, 1605.. [24],338,[14]pp. Small quarto. Uninspired half modern calf and marbled boards, all edges with 17th century gilding. Engraved title vignette and illustrations in text. Usual tanning, light foxing and occasional faint marginal tidemarks, a few incidents of early marginalia, blank restoration to upper fore- corner of title-leaf, corner of free endsheet clipped, but a sound copy. First edition of this fascinating assemblage of antiquarian anecdote, history and lore, ranging from Saxon history to accounts of werewolves and what has been claimed to be the first printed English account of the legend of the Piper of Hamelin (here the term 'Pied' is applied for what seems to be the first time among early accounts). Rowlands (ca. 1549 - 1640) restored his ancestral name, Verstegan, after he was forced to flee Britain after secretly printing Thomas Alfield's account of Edmund Campion's execution. He settled in Antwerp in 1587 and entered into an active career as an agent for the publication and smuggling of Catholic texts, as well as editor, translator and polemicist. The first London printing of this work, which the DNB describes as a "seminal work of Anglo-Saxon scholarship," did not appear until 1628, but several new editions followed thereafter. "This edition is deservedly reckoned the best, as well on account of containing one or more engravings afterwards omitted, as also for the superiority of the plates, those in the subsequent editions being very indifferent copies" - Lowndes. STC 21362. ESTC S116255 . LOWNDES X:2764.

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        COLECÇÃO DE MANUSCRIPTOS INÉDITOS AGORA DADOS À ESTAMPA [DA] BIBLIOTECA PUBLICA MUNICIPAL DO PORTO.

      - I. O LIVRO DA CORTE IMPERIAL. [Obra com a transcrição de um dos livros que pertenceu à Biblioteca do Rei D. Duarte e através do qual se pode saber o estado do conhecimento dos livros, da cultura, da religião e da filosofia árabe no século XV, em Portugal, numa época em que nos países mais civilizados da Europa era ignorada]. Junto com: II. O LIVRO DA VIRTUOSA BEMFEITORIA do Infante D. Pedro de Portugal. [1ª edição a partir da transcrição e confrontação dos exemplares manuscritos existentes na Biblioteca do Porto, na Academia Real das Ciências em Lisboa, e na Biblioteca de Madrid tendo sido financiada a deslocação e o estudo das obras nos locais pelo Estado português]. Junto com: III. FASTIGIMIA. Por Tomé Pinheiro da Veiga (Turpin). [Obra de cariz crítico, cujo título significa Fastos Geniais, contém a descrição da vida quotidiana durante a quadra pascal de 1605 na corte dos reis de Espanha onde, segundo o autor, se fizeram das Endoenças um Natal e onde se comemorava a festividade das Trevas]. Junto com: IV. ANACRISIS HISTORIAL DEL ORIGEN, Y FUNDACION Y ANTIGUDAD, DE LA NOBILISIMA, Y SIEMPRE LEAL CIUDAD, DE O PORTO. [Seguido de]: EPISCOPOLÓGIO DA LA SANCTA IGLESIA DE O PORTO. Por Manuel Pereira de Novais. [Obra com a história documentada da fundação da cidade e do governo da Igreja do Porto, da vida civil e dos aspectos monumentais da cidade desde o início dos tempos pré-fundacionais; escrita pelo Padre Frei Manuel Pereira de Novais reitor da Universidade Eclesiástica de Santiago de Compostela e do Mosteiro de San Martin El Real, onde hoje é o Seminário. Junto com as biografias de todos os bispos do episcopado do Porto (episcoplógio). Estas duas obras encontradas prontas para impressão são a continuação, ou o complemento, uma da outra "escritas com paciência beneditina e uma assombrosa cópia de conhecimentos, no silêncio inspirador de uma célula dum convento, deixando materiais para a história civil e eclesiástica do Porto e mesmo da história da Igreja na Península Ibérica. O ilustre publicista José Pereira de Sampaio, conhecendo este manuscrito, entendeu, e muito bem, que devia ressuscitá-lo da poeira e do olvido dos arquivos, marcando a sus passagem pela Biblioteca Pública do Porto e prestando um alto serviço a todos os estudiosos "]. Junto com: V. GEOGRAPHIA D’ENTRE DOURO E MINHO E TRÁS-OS-MONTES. Pelo Doutor João de Barros. [Ilustrado com levantamentos epigráficos. Obra contendo a descrição de todos os mosteiros destas regiões, activos e inactivos, à época do manuscrito, i. e., no reinado de D. João III, circa 1550]. Seguido e junto com: VI. HISTÓRIA DE LA FUNDACION DEL COLLEGIO DE LA COMPAÑIA DE PERNAMBUCO, HECHA EN EL AÑO DE 1576. JHS. MARIA. [Ilustrado com uma página fac-simile do manuscrito não autógrafo, posterior século XVI, escrito por ditado de um original desaparecido. Obra com um prefácio de José Lúcio de Azevedo em modo de aparato crítico à descrição dos primeiros missionários jesuítas, entre quais o padres Manuel da Nóbrega e João Aspilcueta Navarro, que se embrenharam nas selvas em pobreza primitiva, diferente da opulência que o Marquês de Pombal viria a banir no século XVIII]. Biblioteca Pública Municipal do Porto. Tipografia Progresso de Domingos Augusto da Silva. Pôrto. 1910-1919. Colecção completa em 12 volumes. De 24x17 cm. Com [29]-274; [29]-274 ; [44]-374-[8] ; xxx-288-[iv]; x-250-[vi]; xxii-400-[vi] ; x-390-[vii]; [xiv]-341-[iv] ; [vii]-254-[iii]; e [vii]-300 ; [iii]-302-[xxxii] ; xix-128-[xvii] ; xii-71 pags. Encadernações com lombadas em pele com nervos e ferros a ouro. Exemplares de oxidação própria do papel afectando apenas as capas de brochura. Location/localizacao: 7-A1-E-33

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        The Twoo Bookes …

      London: for Henrie Tomes, and are to be sould at his shop,, 1605. Of the proficience and advancement of Learning, divine and humane. Quarto (176 × 135 mm). Skilfully rebound to style in vellum, red morocco spine label, yapp edges. C4r with the first state reading "maniable"; without the two added leaves of errata found in only a few copies (probably of late issue); without the terminal blank Hh2. Sig. B1 with small hole just touching a letter either side of the leaf, last leaf of text (Hh1) with marginal paper restoration at head just affecting the headline slightly, still a very good copy. First edition of Bacon's first published philosophical work and the only one that he published in English. The first of the two books is an eloquent and powerful defence of the importance of learning to every field of life. The much longer and more important second book is a general survey of the contemporary state of human knowledge, identifying its deficiencies and supplying Bacon's broad suggestions for improvement. The book's real importance is not so much its encyclopaedic character but rather its professed aim of propagating the Baconian ideas of the advancement of learning and knowledge, and of the practical means of accomplishing it. Bacon discussed extant natural histories, their deficiencies and the ways to improve them, noting "the use of History Mechanical is of all others the most radical and fundamental towards natural philosophy". At the beginning of the second book he made a bold attempt to invite James I to begin a complete reform of the institutions of learning, including founding libraries and research institutes, raising the funding of universities and the salaries of professors, as well as initiating international scholarly co-operation. Thus in his first work, Bacon clearly outlined the methodology which he was ultimately to develop in his major philosophical work, the Novum organum.

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        THE TVVOO [TWO] BOOKES OF FRANCIS BACON. Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Humane

      London: Printed for Henrie Tomes, 1605. First edition. Quarto (pgs. 135 x 178 mm): [Title], 1-45; 1-118; complete as to text, lacking blanks and errata. With the typical erratic page numberings. Bound in soiled limp vellum, lacking ties, with a nineteenth century owner's signature on the end paper. Title page soiled and backed with a few marginal repairs to leaves A2 & A3. Light marginal notations and underlining throughout, minor marginal worming, and some soiling to leaves. A worn, but textually complete copy of this important early work by Bacon. A precursor to Bacon's masterwork the "Instauratio Magna" this book focuses primarily on the classification of philosophy and the sciences. Implicit in the work is the use of the Baconian method, what becomes the Scientific method as more fully developed in the "Instauratio." Because it was first published in English and later translated into Latin, it is considered one of the earliest philosophical works in English. A foundational work of western thought. Additional images available upon request.

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        A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence: In Antiquities. Concerning the Most Noble and Renowned English Nation. By the Studie and Travaile of R.V. Dedicated Unto the Kings Most Excellent Maiestie [sic]

      Antwerp: Robert Bruney ... To be Sold at London in Paules-Churchyeard, By Iohn Norton and Iohn Bill, 1605. Pp. [24], 338, [11] - index. 19.5 cm x 14 cm bound in quarto, title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette, plus 11 metal cuts, full diced leather with plain gilt frame, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Sympathetically rebacked with 5 raised bands, gilt-stamped titles, engraved bookplate of Robert Stearne Tighe (1740-1807) to front pastedown, along with a modern small ex libris nameplate of previous owner. Ex-library with several small, unobtrusive, circular library stamps in the whitespace throughout - no other library markings, otherwise interior bright and clean. A very good copy. ESTC S116255.. First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good. Octavo.

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        The Twoo Bookes of Francis Bacon. Of the proficience and advancement of Learning, divine and humane. To the King

      London: Printed for Henrie Tomes, and are to be sould at his shop at Graies Inne Gate in Holborne, 1605 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 2 parts bound in one volume, small 4to. (183 x 136mm). [1], 1-45, 1-118 [i.e.,121] ff., 2 woodcut initials, with the final blank but without the errata leaves, as usual (a few small holes with slight loss or touching letters, some marginal repairs including one to corner of title, tear in title repaired, without loss, some light staining, offsetting and misfoliations). Later panelled calf (rubbed, inner hinges with old reinforcement). Provenance: Cathcart of Carbiston (old armorial bookplate partly torn away, with motto "I Hope to Speed"); illegible signature on front free endpaper ("S. ?Somervell, 1771). ---- Gibson 81; Grolier/Horblit 8a, Norman 97 -- FIRST EDITION OF THE "PREPARATIVE OR KEY FOR THE OPENING OF THE INSTAURATION" (Grolier/Horblit). "Bacon's major contribution to the development of science lies in his natural philosophy, his philosophy of scientific method, and in his projects for the practical organization of science. During the last years of his life, he expounded these ideas in a series of works, of which the Twoo bookes was the first. The only work Bacon ever published in English, it was later expanded and latinized into De augmentis scientiarum (1623). In the Twoo bookes, Bacon concerned himself primarily with the classification of philosophy and the sciences and with developing his influential view of the relation between science and theology. While preserving the traditional distinction between knowledge obtained by divine revelation and knowledge acquired through the senses, Bacon saw both theoretical and applied science as religious duties, the first for a greater knowledge of God through his creation, and the second for the practice of charity to one's fellows by improving their condition. This view of science as a religious function maintained its authority throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and was an important factor in the public success of the scientific movement" (Norman Library)..

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        Sententia ordinum regni Sveciæ, in quosdam de collegio senatorum, decimâ nonâ februarij, anno millesimo, quingentesimo, nonagesimo prolata.

      Similiter acta iuridici processus, unà cum sententiâ capitali, in quatuor patriæ perduelles, nempè Gustavum Baner, Ericum Sparre, Stenonem Baner, & Turonem Bielke, senatorio defunctos munere, Lincopiæ à statibus regni universis, anno millesimo, sexcentesimo pronunciatà: sicut etiàm perduellis illius Erici Sparre protestatio, contra præfatum iudicium, ab ipso in circo supplicij, quandò simul cum tribus illis memoratis perduellibus, promeritas luiturus esset pnas, ibidem vigesimâ martij recitata, atq; legitimâ responsione confutata. Denique in Hogenschildi Bielke crimina inquisitio facta, atq; legitima secundum allegata, & probata, in illum lata sententia, anno 1605. Omnibus veritatis amantibus, & huius rei cognoscendæ cupidis informationi. Sthlm, ex molybdographiâ Guttervicianâ, 1610. 4:o. (2),90 s. + (HERMELIN, OLOF) Veritas a calumniis vindicata, seu ex parte sacræ regiæ majestatis Sveciæ justissimum responsum, quo nefandæ artes et calumniæ regis Poloniæ, quibus injustissimum, & divinis humanis que juribus maxime detestabile, bellum infucare nititur, et contra pacta conventa, præstitumque juramentum, reipublicæ, cui præest, libertatem si poterit, simul opprimere manifestantur. (Sthlm, Kongl. tryckeriet?), 1700. 4:o. (8),142,(2 blanka),1-38,(2 blanka) s. + OSIANDER, JOHANN ADAM. Deus in lumine naturæ repræsentatus. Tübingen, J. G. Cottæ, 1665. 4:o. (4),146,(2) s. Samtida ngt hårt nött enkelt hfrbd vars pärmar är klädda med ett trevligt rött svampmålat papper. Ryggskinnet med några små maskhål nedtill och en reva upptill. Det andra arbetet bitvis lagerfläckigt, det tredje lagerfläckigt inledningsvis och med smutsfläckar på s. 146. Med Mich. Zethrins namnteckningar daterade mellan 1708-18 och prisuppgifter för bandet som bands 1719. Med C. F. Pipers namnteckning daterad den 28 februari 1732 och uppgiften att han köpt boken på auktion i Stockholm samt Ulric Celsings initialer. Från Biby.. Collijn Sveriges bibliografi 1600-talet 849 och Warmholtz Bibliotheca historica Sueo-Gothica 3339 för det första arbetet och 5245 för det andra. Klemming Sveriges förhållanden s. 284 för det andra arbetet. VD17 12:151579W för det tredje arbetet. "Sententia ordinum" om Linköpings blodbad utkom på svenska år 1600 och 1609. Den latinska översättningen är utökad med domen mot Hogenskild Bielke 1605 och översatt av Johannes Messenius. Hermelins arbete trycktes i flera senare upplagor och översättningar. Det är ett svar på "Justae vindiciae" från samma år, en propagandaskrift mot svenskarna som spriddes av den polska kungen August den starke för att påvisa allehanda svenska fördragsbrott gentemot Polen. Syftet var bl.a. att få de neutrala makterna att ta parti mot svenskarna och från svenskt håll ansågs det nödvändigt att bemöta dessa beskyllningar. Uppdraget gick till Olof Hermelin och boken trycktes i slutet av år 1700 och spreds först till de svenska ministrarna i utlandet. Kung Augusts skrift bemöts på punkt efter punkt och med stöd av källor som Adam av Bremen och Snorre hävdar Hermelin bl.a. att Sverige har en uråldrig rätt till Kurland och Livland. Olof Nilsson Skragge, adlad Hermelin (1658-död tidigast 1709) var professor, rikshistoriograf och diplomat. Han var medförfattare till de aldrig färdigställda texterna för Dahlbergs "Suecia antiqua et hodierna". Hermelin försvann under slaget vid Poltava 1709 och hans slutgiltiga öde är okänt. Johann Adam Osiander (1622-97) var tysk teolog och verksam i Tübingen. Exemplaret har tillhört Michael Jonsson Zethrin (ca 1660-1731) som var rektor vid Stockholms trivialskola, musiker i Storkyrkan, organist i Riddarholmskyrkan samt medlem av hovkapellet 1711-28. Han gav bl.a. ut biskopskrönikan "Catalogus chronologicus" (1711). "Sohlmans musiklexikon" skriver: "Z. saknade inte talang som tillfällighetspoet och -tonsättare. Han satte även med viss skicklighet nya texter till då moderna dansmelodier, oftast fr. och gärna av Lully. Bl a skapade han en hel liten kyrkokons. på musiken till en scen ur en av dennes operor." Pipers inköpsuppgift kan tyda på att Zethrins bibliotek såldes på auktion 1732, vilket inte tycks vara dokumenterat på annat håll. Carl Fredric Piper (1700-70) hade redan nio år gammal inskrivits vid Uppsala universitet. Han blev sedermera president i Kammarkollegiet och ledamot av Vetenskapsakademien. Han var en av de stora köparna på svenska bokauktioner från 1730-talet och framåt. Ulric Celsing (1731-1805), som var diplomat i bl.a. Konstantinopel, har sannolikt köpt boken på Ängsöauktionen 1803, där C. F. Pipers bibliotek skingrades och Celsing tycks ha varit en flitig köpare. Celsings boksamling utgjorde grunden för fideikommissbiblioteket på Biby. I ett ark i det andra arbetet är sidorna omkastade och Zethrin har där noterat i marginalen "Galit tryckt"!

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        America

      Carta geografica del continente tratta dal "Le Relationi Universali" di Giovanni Botero. Il popolare libro del Botero ebbe numerose edizioni dal 1582 al 1671. La carta del Rosaccio appare appunto nella sola edizione del 1605, e talvolta si può trovare nelle tarde pubblicazioni della Geografia di Tolomeo, a cura dello stesso Rosaccio. La carta deriva da quella contenuta nella prima edizione, opera di Giovanni Lorenzo Anania (1582). Map of the whole continent engraved by Rosaccio for "Le relationi Universli" by Giovanni Botero, published in Venice in 1605. Burden 149. The famous book of Botero has been published many times between 1582 and 1671. Rosaccio's map appears just in the 1605 edition, but it can be found also in late editions of Tolomeo's Geographia, edited by Rosaccio himself. The map derives from the one in the first edition, realized by Giovanni Lorenzo Anania. Venezia Venice Burden 149 265 205

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        Formularium et solennitates instrumentorum abbreviatorum et extensorum?

      apud Hier. Bordonum et Petruma Martyrem Locarnum 1605 Cm. 20,5, pp. (8) 269 (1). Leg. coeva in piena perg. floscia con nome dell'autore ms. al dorso. Varie, interessanti note manoscritte coeve alla carte di guardia. Esemplare con qualche segno d'uso, ma genuino, marginoso e complessivamente ben conservato. L'opera vide la luce in originale nel 1581 e fu a lungo considerata come una delle fonti più autorevoli in tema di formulari notarili. Fu infatti ristampato per tutto il 17. secolo.

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        Historia vinetiana?

      Appresso Domenico Nicolini 1605 Due parti in un volume di cm. 25, pp. pp. (4) 840, (36) di indice su due colonne; 320 (16) di altro indice su due colonne. Legatura d'inizio '800 in mezza pelle, dorso a nervi con titoli e filetti in oro. Ad entrambi i frontespizi, ritratto xilografico del Paruta entro cornice con iscrizione in latino, grottesche, festoni, angeli laterali sorreggenti trombe. Testatine, capilettera e finalini figurati in xilografia. Qualche trascurabile macchietta, ma nel complesso esemplare genuino e ben conservato. Edizione originale, stampata in elegante corsivo. L'opera, apparsa postuma e concepita come proseguimento delle "Rerum Venetarum Historia" del Bembo, tratta in 12 libri della storia veneziana dal 1513 al 1572, includendo, nella seconda parte, l'animata cronaca della guerra di Cipro, che vide i Veneziani cedere l'isola ai Turchi dopo protratti assedi. ll Paruta (Venezia, 1540-1598), storico di impronta guicciardiniana e uomo politico, rivesti' importanti cariche politiche e diplomatiche al servizio della Serenissima, di cui fu anche storiografo ufficiale, in una continua ascesa che sarebbe forse culminata nella nomina a Doge se la morte non l'avesse colto prematuramente. Cfr. Atabey, 928. Blackmer, 1260 (per la prima ed. in lingua inglese). Cobham-Jeffery, p. 49. Gamba, 1328. Cicogna, Bibl. Veneziana, 571: "Non ha pari il Paruta, a giudizio del Foscarini, nelle storie antiche italiane, singolarmente per gli ammaestraenti civili instillati con mirabile accortezza nell'intero corpo della narrazione e provenienti da ricco fondo di dottrina in quella parte che riguarda i costumi degli uomini e dei governi". Lozzi, 6088. Graesse, V, 144. Platneriana, 420. Manca alla Vinciana.

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        De Militia Romana Libri Quinque, Commentarius ad Polybium. Editio ultima - Poliorceticon sive De Machinis Tormentis Telis Libri Quinque. Ad Historiarum lucem. Editio tertia, correcta & aucta.

      Antverpiae, Ex Officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti, 1630 - 1605. 1605 2 opere in un vol. in-4° (271x187mm), pp. 397, (6); 221, (5); solida legatura coeva in p. pergamena rigida con unghie, fleurons impressi a freddo al centro dei piatti entro intersezioni egualmente a freddo di filetti orizzontali e verticali con filetti longitudinali agli angoli. Titolo calligrafato su dorso a nervi. Una firma antica cassata al risguardo anteriore. Sparse bruniture; una mancanza al margine superiore delle pp. 5-6 del secondo vol., senza lacuna testuale. Comprende: 1) De Militia Romana, cit. Numerose e magnifiche incisioni, di cui 5 su rame a piena pagine (una ripiegata) e le restanti intercalate a mezza pagina n.t., realizzate sia in calcografia che in xilografia da Peeter van der Borcht e Theodore Galle. Edizione definitiva di questa rilevante opera lipsiana sulle milizie di Roma antica, concepita come commento alle "Storie" di Polibio, di cui sono riportati numerosissimi brani nell'originale greco. L'edizione originale, sempre con tipi plantiniani, è del 1595. Cfr. Biblioteca Belgica, III, L-369. Adams, L781 (edizione originale). Cockle, 620 (ediz. 1614). Nicèron, XXIV, p. 128, n. 22. 2) Poliorceticon, cit. 25 bellissime incisioni f.t. e numerose altre n.t. attribuite di volta in volta a Pieter Van Der Borcht o al grande maestro di Rubens, Otto Van Veen (Otto Venius), raffiguranti singolari macchine belliche, scene di battaglie e di assedi. I passi citati dagli storici greci sono riportati nei caratteri alfabetici originali. Terza edizione, ampliata e riveduta rispetto alle prime due, di importante e bellissimo trattato sulle tecniche e gli strumenti bellici, soprattutto dell'antica Roma, una delle poche scritture lipsiane di militaria, insigne soprattutto per splendore iconografico. Vengono esaustivamente descritte catapulte, cannoni, fortificazioni, armi pirotecniche, etc., con notizie attinte prevalantemente alle antiche narrazioni di battaglie di uno dei massimi storici dell'antichità, Polibio. Bibliotheca Belgica, XVII, L-424. Cockle, 672. Bibliographic Lipsienne (Ghent, 1886-1888), II, 319 ff. Belg. Typogr., n. 1952. Funck, 354. Olschki, Choix, 3964 e passim: "Ouvrage savant sur l'art militaire des Romains, estimé à cause de ses belles gravures". Jähns, 561. Manca a Brunet e a Graesse. Giusto Lipsio, forma latinizzata di Joost Lips, nacque a Overyssche, presso Bruxelles, nel 1547. Grandissima figura di umanista e filologo, lasciò fondamentali edizioni di testi e una assai notevole produzione filosofica e politica, attestante il largo influsso tacitiano e del moralismo stoico nel pensiero politico del Rinascimento.

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        Statutorum Civilium Insignis Oppidi Novarum Dominii Genunsis Nuper Impressorum. Libri Tres. Cum indice rubricarum, & nonnulla Decretis, & iuribus ad universitatem eiusdem Oppidi, & illius Regimen pertinentibus.

      Alexandriae, apud Felicem de Mottis, 1605. 1605 In-folio antico (302x215mm), pp. (8), 134, (2) di registro ed errata, legatura coeva p. pergamena rigida. Al frontespizio, stemma xilografico di Novi Ligure e antiche firme di appartenenza, in parte cassate (figura anche un piccolo stemma manoscritto, anch'esso in parte cassato). Al colophon, impresa xilografica con una nave a vele spiegate nel mare in tempesta, con figure dei venti in fattezze umane intenti a soffiare, entro cornice ovale figurata con motto "Adversa obstantia". Testatine e capilettera ornati xilograficamente. "Index rubricaum sive titulorum" alle cc. nn. preliminari. Sottolineature e glosse marginali di mano antica a svariate cc. Frontespizio rifoderato e restauri marginali ad alcune cc. Fioriture, aloni e arrossature sparse. La carta finale di errata è lievemente rifilata sul margine esterno e presenta delle bruniture. Antica firma al contropiatto. Esemplare da studio. Prima edizione, assai rara, della raccolta degli statuti municipali di Novi Ligure. Fontana, II, pp. 302-303. Manzoni, I, 329. Rossi, Statuti della Liguria, 141. Manca al Lozzi, al Manno e alla Vinciana.

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        Q. Horatius Flaccus, ex fide atque auctoritate complurium librorum manuscriptorum, opera Dyonisii Lambini Monstroliensis..., Emendatus & cum diversis exemplaribus antiquis comparatus... Accesserunt postrema huic editioni; Adriani Turnebi philosophiae et Graecarum literarum Regij professoris in eundem Horatium Commentarij - unito - Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: Sermonum, seu Eclogarum libri duo: Epistolarum libri totidem?

      apud Bartholomaeum Macaeum 1605/1604 in folio (cm 33 x 22,5), pp. 2 b., 12 nn., 380; 462, 23 nn., 1 b., 24 nn. (Index rerum & verborum); p/perg. recente antichizzata, ds. a nervi con tit. manos., 2 front. con grande marca tip. con motto, di cui il 1° in rosso e nero, alcune grandi testatine e numerosi capil. ornati; testo su 2 col. con diversi caratteri tip., tra cui quello greco. Opera dedicata a Carlo IX re di Francia di questa edizione molto corretta arricchita dai commenti di due celebri latinisti. Lievi bruniture dovute al tipo di carta e lievi fior., qc. galleria di tarlo che non interessa il testo, antica macchia marginale d'inchiostro a 3 pp., ma buon esemplare. Raro. 573/24

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        TRATTATO DELL'AGRICOLTURA DI PIERO DE' CRESCENZI CITTADINO DI BOLOGNA, COMPILATO DA LUI IN LATINO, E DIVISO IN DODICI LIBRI, NE' QUALI DISTINTAMENTE SI TRATTA DELLE PIANTE, E DEGLI ANIMALI, E DI TUTTE LE VILLERECCE UTILITA'. GIA' TRASLATATO NELLA FAVELLA FIORENTINA, E DI NUOVO RIVISTO, E RISCONTRO CON TESTI A PENNA DALLO' HFERIGNO ACCADEMICO DELLA CRUSCA.

      FIRENZE, COSIMO GIUNTI, 1605Buone Piena pergamena ITALIANO Legatura  settecentesca in piena pergamena  rigida; autore, titolo, luogo e data di edizione in oro su tassello marrone al dorso, tagli marmorizzati. Al recto della pagina di guardia nota di possesso; frontespizio con bella marca giuntina silografata; 6 pagine non numerate di dedicatorie; 576 pagine numerate, 12 pagine non numerate per gli indici; alcuni capolettera e fregi silografati nel testo. L'opera, articolata in dodici libri, è una pregevole reimpressione di un  trattato  di  agricoltura  composto  originariamente  in  latino dal giudice bolognese Pietro  de'  Crescenzi,  col  titolo Liber ruralium commodorum. Il testo è riproposto in una bella  versione  volgare,  di anonimo toscano del secolo XIV, rivista nel Cinquecento dal letterato  Bastiano de' Rossi detto l'Inferigno (uno dei fondatori della celebre Accademia della  Crusca).   Il  trattato,  che  attinge  a  fonti  antiche,  illustra  le diverse colture, descrive  le  qualità  delle  piante e si sofferma sulla viticoltura; alle ultime pagine, sono elencati i lavori agricoli da svolgersi nei  vari mesi dell'anno. La presente edizione fu oggetto di contestazione circa l'attendibilità da parte dei Vocabolaristi, evidenziata nell'edizione successiva di Napoli del 1724. Esemplare in buone condizioni, sporadiche fioriture a qualche carta, alone d'umido alle ultime carte bianche di guardia.

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        A RESTITVTION OF DECAYED INTELLIGENCE: IN ANTQUITIES. CONCERNING THE MOST NOBLE AND RENOVVMED ENGLISH NATION. BY THE STUDIE AND TRAUAILE OF R.V

      Antwerp: Printed by Robert Bruney ... And to be sold in London ... by Iohn Norton and Iohn Bill 1605. Antwerp: Printed by Robert Bruney ... And to be sold in London ... by Iohn Norton and Iohn Bill, 1605.. [24],338,[14]pp. Small quarto. Uninspired half modern calf and marbled boards, all edges with 17th century gilding. Engraved title vignette and illustrations in text. Usual tanning, light foxing and occasional faint marginal tidemarks, a few incidents of early marginalia, blank restoration to upper fore- corner of title-leaf, corner of free endsheet clipped, but a sound copy. First edition of this fascinating assemblage of antiquarian anecdote, history and lore, ranging from Saxon history to accounts of werewolves and what has been claimed to be the first printed English account of the legend of the Piper of Hamelin (here the term 'Pied' is applied for what seems to be the first time among early accounts). Rowlands (ca. 1549 - 1640) restored his ancestral name, Verstegan, after he was forced to flee Britain after secretly printing Thomas Alfield's account of Edmund Campion's execution. He settled in Antwerp in 1587 and entered into an active career as an agent for the publication and smuggling of Catholic texts, as well as editor, translator and polemicist. The first London printing of this work, which the DNB describes as a "seminal work of Anglo-Saxon scholarship," did not appear until 1628, but several new editions followed thereafter. "This edition is deservedly reckoned the best, as well on account of containing one or more engravings afterwards omitted, as also for the superiority of the plates, those in the subsequent editions being very indifferent copies" - Lowndes. STC 21362. ESTC S116255 . LOWNDES X:2764.

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        Formularium et solennitates instrumentorum abbreviatorum et extensorum... mediolani, apud hier. bordonum et petruma martyrem locarnum, 1605.

      Cm. 20,5, pp. (8) 269 (1). Leg. coeva in piena perg. floscia con nome dell'autore ms. al dorso. Varie, interessanti note manoscritte coeve alla carte di guardia. Esemplare con qualche segno d'uso, ma genuino, marginoso e complessivamente ben conservato. L'opera vide la luce in originale nel 1581 e fu a lungo considerata come una delle fonti più autorevoli in tema di formulari notarili. Fu infatti ristampato per tutto il 17. secolo.

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        Lexicon Graeco-Latinum novum in quo ex Primitivorum & Simplicium fontibus derivata atque composita Ordine non minus Naturali quam Alphabetico, breviter & dilucide deducantur. Editio ultima, priori locupletior & correctior.

      Sebastianus Henricpetri, Basel 1605. Folio. Folio, [8] leaves + 1856 columns ( 928 pages)+ [180] pages (Index). Bound with JACOB ZWINGER: Græcarum dialectorum Hypotyposis, seorsim primum singularum, tu, coniunctim omnium, tabulis methodicis. Sebastianus Henricpetri, Basel 1605. (70)+94 pages. Woodcut printer's device on title-page and on last leaf. Later brown half-calf (rebound in early 17th century style) from c. 1840. Titlepage mounted (some letters added in handwriting). A few spottings, but generally a clean and well-preserved book-block in a congenial binding

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        LA PRIMA PARTE DELLE RIME PIACEVOLI. Raccolte dal Rev. D. Orazio Morandi e da Francesco Allegri date in luce. Dedicate al Rev.do Sig. Cesar Nicchesola.

      In-16 gr. (mm. 184x129), 4 parti (dello stesso A.) in 1 tomo, legatura in pieno marocchino, sottili cornici con fregi oro ai piatti, dorso a cordoni con ricca decoraz. e tit. oro, dentelles dorate ai risg., tagli dorati, 36 cc.nn., marca tipograf. al frontespizio. Segue: - ?Seconda parte delle Rime Piacevoli?. Raccolte dal Commendator fra Iacopo Gucci cavalier Gerosolomitano; e da Francesco Allegri date in luce. Verona, Bortolamio Merlo dalle Donne, 1607, 33 cc.nn., 1 c.b., marca tipograf. al frontesp. Dedicato da Fr. Allegri (fratello dell?A.) a Lorenzo Mattioli. Segue: - ?La Terza parte delle Rime Piacevoli?. Raccolte dal Commendator Agnol Minerbetti; e dal cavalier Lorenzo Mattioli date in luce. Fiorenza, Gio. Antonio Caneo e Raffaello Grossi, 1608, 3 cc.nn., 1 c.b., 30 cc.num., 1 c.nn. (errata), 1 c.b. Dedicata dal Mattioli ad Andrea Morelli. Segue: - ?La Quarta Parte delle Rime Piacevoli?. Dal Sig. Francesco Caliari raccolte, e date in luce. Verona, Bortolamio Merlo dalle Donne, 1613, 56 cc.nn., marca tipograf. al frontespizio. Dedicata dal Caliari ad Angelo Marzi-Medici, Canonico del Duomo di Pisa. Tutto il testo è inquadrato in bella cornice silografica e ornato da fregi e grandi capilettera figur. a vignetta, pure inc. su legno. Al fine è stato aggiunto un manoscritto (di 8 cc.nn.) contenente quattro lettere di ?Ser Poi, Pedante nella corte de Donati?, dirette a Pietro Bembo, Giovanni Boccaccj & Francesco Petrarca e dedicate à Giovanni della Casa. In Bologna, per Benacci, 1613, conformi alla descrizione del Gamba,29, che cita l?originale ?rarissimo? (sono queste lettere un guazzabiglio di stravaganti modi di dire). "Rarissima raccolta delle quattro edizioni originali" del letterato fiorentino Alessandro Allegri (1560-1620), membro dell?Accademia della Crusca. Cfr. Piantanida,III/IV,2871: ?Tra le poesie sono sparse in gran numero le lettere dell?A. a vari. E? compresa in questa raccolta la famigerata canzone XI (della I parte), che fu proibita dai Revisori e fu esclusa dalle ediz. successive (Gamba,27). Il Belloni (p. 319) loda la ricchezza linguistica di queste rime, e parecchie ne cita come pregevoli per brio, ?vis comica?, e vivacità satirica, o come documenti della scapigliatura secentesca, pur affermando che in generale ?quanto alla sostanza, esse sono poca cosa? - Graesse,I, p. 80 - Brunet,I, p. 189 - Gay-Lemmonyer,III/IV, p. 1024 - Razzolini-Bacchi della Lega, p. 18: ?Vi sono alcuni rarissimi esemplari che a tergo del frontespizio della prima parte hanno un lungo "errata"? (come la ns. copia). La terza parte con lievi arross. o aloni; leggerm. smarginato, ma complessivam. un buon esemplare.

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        Proverbes commvns, et belles sentences pour familierement parler Latin & Francois a tous propos

      Pierre Menier II Paris: Pierre Ménier II, [ca. 1605]. 16mo (108 x 75 mm). [64] ff. Type ornament title border, printer?s woodcut device, woodcut initial and headpiece. Discreet marginal paper repairs to first half dozen leaves causing loss to title border, supplied in neat facsimile, a few other small marginal repairs. Dark green morocco, central gold-stamped arms of the Marquis de Morante, spine and turn-ins gold-tooled, g.e., by Trautz-Bauzonnet (joints & corners scuffed). Provenance: Joachim Gomez de la Cortina, Marquis de Morante, supra-libros; small inkstamp on title verso, JAR. *** A collection of French proverbs with Latin translations, providing a convenient short cut to wisdom and wit, this version professedly adapted for juvenile readers, and cheaply printed for quick sales and little pockets. The over 1100 alphabetically arranged French proverbs were compiled in the early sixteenth century from other extant printed and manuscript compilations, probably by the translator Jean Gilles, of Noyers (Nuits, in Burgundy, ?Aegidius Nuceriensis"), a cleric of the University of Paris. The principal source was the collection of French Proverbes communs, compiled in the late 15th century by Jean de la Vesprie, Abbot of Clairvaux. The text also incorporates parts of another contemporary compilation, of Gilles' colleague Nicolas Du Puy (known as Bonaspes), who may have contributed some of the Latin translations. The first complete text was published by Josse Bade in 1519. This edition, like another Paris edition by Bonfons, printed at about the same time, reprints a version that first appeared in Lyon in 1539, which eliminated 58 proverbs considered, according to the preface, unseemly or disrespectful of religion. A Latin poem (Ad lectorem hexastichon) following the preface states that the compilation is suitable for children and ?unmarried girls.? (Gratet-Duplessis found the choice of proverbs omitted to have been arbitrary; perhaps this censorship was the act of a compositor who wished to avoid starting another quire.) The text concludes with 14 new proverbs with detailed explanations, borrowed from the collection Proverbiorum vulgarium of Charles de Bouvelles (1st ed. 1531). The printer?s preface contains an unabashed plug for the book, urging the reader to use it for both edification and social prestige. Brunet dates the edition to 1602, but the address in the imprint, ?chez Pierre Ménier demeurant a la porte sainct Victor,? was used not by Pierre Ménier I, but by his son, said to have been active from around 1605 (BnF authority file). A very good copy, from the library of the great Spanish bibliophile (and relentless rebinder). No other copies located in the standard online databases. Only one example of any early edition is located in the US by NUC & OCLC (the Bonfons edition, Cleveland). Brunet IV:136; Gratet-Duplessis, Bibliographie Paremiologique, 124 (?1602?). Cf. Natalie Zemon Davis, ?Proverbial Wisdom and Popular Errors,? Society and Culture in Early Modern France, pp. 226 ff.

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        MEDICINA SALERNITANA id est Conservandae bonae valetudinis praecepta

      MEDICINA SALERNITANA id est Conservandae bonae valetudinis praecepta cum luculenta et succincta Arnoldi Villanovani in singula capita exegesi, per J. Curionem recognita & repurgata. Francoforti, excudebat J. Saurius, impensis V. Steinmeieri, 1605. In 16mo; pp. 32n.nn., 478, 1n.n. Frontespizio inquadrato peraltro mutilo del margine bianco inferiore. Pergamena coeva con unghie, cerniera interna allentata, timbi d'appartenenza. Krivatsy, 9476..

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        The annales of Cornelius Tacitus. The description of St. Germanie. (bound with) The end of Nero and beginning of Galba

      J. Norton Historiated woodcut chapter initials and a full page engraving in the second work. Contemporary calf, re-backed and re-cornered, with portions of the original spine laid down; some minor marginal dampstains and light soiling, but generally an excellent copy with contemporary inscriptions to title. From the library of Charles Tyler Prouty, with his bookplate as well as the armorial bookplate of Thomas Merriman. Third edition in English of both books, the first part of the Annales translated by Richard Greenway, and the second on the End of Nero and Life of Agricola by Henry Savile, which was dedicated to the Queen. The Annales was Tacitus' final work, covering the period from the death of Augustus Caesar in the year 14, and the reigns of the four succeeding Roman emperors, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. The remaining parts treat the reign of Nero to connect with the Histories. Germania is an ethnographic study of Central Europe in which Tacitus compares the decadence of Rome with the virility of the barbarians. The Histories treat the period from Nero's death in A.D. 68 to A.D. 96. Tacitus' Agricola, written in about A.D. 98, is described as "semi-biographical, moral eulogy of a personage" - - in this case, his father-in-law, with history and a description of Britain. Tacitus comes from the Greco-Roman tradition of writers of history whose purpose is as much to promote a moral agenda using rhetorical flourishes as it is to record facts. Little is known for certain about the origins of Tacitus, although he is believed to have been born around A.D. 56, in Gaul (modern France) or nearby, in the Roman province of Transalpine Gaul, into a provincial aristocratic family. He had a successful political course, becoming senator, consul, and eventually governor of the Roman province of Asia. He chronicles the moral decline and rampant civil unrest in the Roman Empire in a period when the earliest foundations of modern Europe were being laid. According to historian Will Durant, "we must rank Tacitus among the greatest . . . the portraits he draws stand out more clearly, stride the stage more livingly than any others in historical literature."

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        BIBLIA SACRA VULGATÆ EDITIONIS Sixti V. Pont. Max. Ivssv recognita atque edita. Bound with »Romanæ correctionis in Latinis Bibliis editionis Vulgatæ, Iussu Sixti V. Pontif. Max. recognatis, Loca Insigniora; Obseruata à Francisco Luca Brugensi.

      With engraved titlepage for the first title. Antverpiae [Antwerpen], Ex Officina Plantiniana, Apud Ioannem Moretum, 1605 and 1608. 4° (25,2 x 18 cm). Later worn and poor - though repaired - full calf. New endpapers.+4, A8-Z8, a8-z8, Aa8-Pp8, Qq10, aa8-dd8, ee10 and A4-G4, H6. In all 544 + 34 leaves."Biblia:" (8) + 995 + (1) + 30 pages. (»Oratio Manassae Regis Iuda«) + (18) pages. (»Hieronymi Prologus, Galeatus«) + (32) pages. (»Index Testimoniorum in Novo Testamento« and »Index Biblicus«) + (4) pages. (Colophon and Printer's device - last leaf blank)."Romanæ...:" 68 pages - last page blank. Wanting colophon and printers device???Notations to the title page. At the end 9 handwritten pages in old hand: »Index epistolarum et evangeliorum«. Old library stamp to 1st and 2nd leaf: "IHS. Bibliotheca - Domus Bituricensis". Hole to inner margin of the first 6 leaves - not affecting the text. One little marginal worm hole through the first 22 leaves. 1 leaf with minor marginal tear. Slight foxing and staining.. Platin's son-in-law Johannes Moretus printed four editions of the Clementine Bible (1592) in 1599, 1603, 1605 and 1608. "Romanæ Correctionis in Latinis Bibliis" was printed as an appendix for the 1603 edition (in folio) and for the 1608 edition (in 8°). This copy is 4° and might have been printed for the 1605 edition.Darlow & Moule 6194 (and 6191a + 6197)

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        Astronomia philolaica. Opus novum, in quo motus planetarum per novam ac veram hypothesim demonstrantur.The Inverse-Square Law of Attraction. Paris: Simeonis Piget, 1645.

      First edition, very rare, of "the first treatise after Kepler's <i>Rudolphine Tables</i> to take elliptical orbits as a basis for calculating planetary tables" (The Cambridge Companion to Newton), and the first astronomy work to state that the planetary moving force "should vary inversely as the square of the distance-and not, as Kepler had held, inversely as the first power" (Boyer in DSB). "The <i>Astronomia philolaica</i> represents the most significant treatise between Kepler and Newton and it was praised by Newton in his <i>Principia</i>, particularly for the inverse square hypothesis and its accurate tables." (O'Connor & Robertson, MacTutor History of Mathematics).<br/><br/> Boulliau (1605-94), settled in Paris in 1633, just as the Galilean storm broke. Although a Catholic, he joined his friend Gassendi in support of Galileo and Boulliau soon found himself squarly in the Copernican camp. "In 1645 Boulliau published his most significant scientific work, a more accomplished heliocentric treatise entitled <i>Astronomia philolaica</i>. He had now become one of the very few astronomers to accept the ellipticity of orbits... (DSB). "He claimed that if a planetary moving force existed then it should vary inversely as the square of the distance (Kepler had claimed the first power): <br/><br/> <i>'As for the power by which the Sun seizes or holds the planets, and which, being corporeal, functions in the manner of hands, it is emitted in straight lines throughout the whole extent of the world, and like the species of the Sun, it turns with the body of the Sun; now, seeing that it is corporeal, it becomes weaker and attenuated at a greater distance or interval, and the ratio of its decrease in strength is the same as in the case of light, namely, the duplicate proportion, but inversely, of the distances that is, 1/d<sup>2</sup>.</i><br/><br/> ... There is one aspect of Boulliau's philosophy which is well worth commenting on - namely the fact that he believed in simple explanations and moreover he wanted many different observed properties to result from a single cause. He did not achieve his aim, that would be achieved by Newton, but at least he set the scene for such developments." (O'Connor & Robertson). <br/><br/> Sotheran's I:500 ("This important work according to Newton first mentions the sun's attraction, which decreases in inverse proportion to its distance"); Favaro, Bibliografia Galileiana #205.. Folio (364 x 233 mm), contemporary full calf, raised bands and richly gilt spine (hinges, capitals, and corners with almost invisible leather restoration), pp [1-2] 3-22 [26:part titles]; 469 [1:blank]; 232 [tables], title with some light creasing, old inscriptinon to title, a fine and clean copy. Very rare

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