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        THE BIBLE, GENEVA VERSION. REMARKABLE FOR THE OMISSION OF THE WORD HOLY IN THE TITLE.

      London, Robert Barker, printer to His Most Excellent Majestie, 1615.. PRAYER BOOK, GENEALOGIES, A DESCRIPTION OF CANAAN WITH MAP, OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT AND APOCRYPHA, TWO RIGHT AND PROFITABLE CONCORDANCES AND THE WHOLE BOOK OF PSALMES COLLECTED INTO ENGLISH METER. 1615. Text in black letter and notes in Roman. Prayer Book dated 1614, title page and almanacke printed in red and black, coat of arms and heads in pictorial border to title page coloured red, 45 unnumbered leaves including title page, almanacke, psalmes and prayers. Title page to The Genealogies by J.S. (John Speed), pages 1-34, some genealogies have woodcut illustrations, one is Adam and Eve. A Description of Canaan, 2 pages of text and a double page map, attributed to John Speed. Woodcut pictorial title page to The Bible dated 1615, showing the tribes of Israel and the 12 Disciples round a heart shape, REMARKABLE FOR THE OMISSION OF THE WORD HOLY IN THE TITLE , a prayer on the verso of title page, "Of the incomparable Treasures of the Holy Scriptures with a prayer for the true use of the same", Cum Privilegio at the bottom of both title pages, [1] 1-435, New Testament woodcut title page dated 1615, showing tribes and the disciples round heart shape, [4], 441-554, pages numbered on rectos only, the list of the books in the Bible comes on the page before first page of New Testament. Title page to the Two Right Profitable and Fruitfull Concordances collected by R. F. H. dated 1615, A1-L2, colophon dated 1615. Title page to The Whole Book of Psalmes Collected into English Meter by Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins, printed for the Company of Stationers, 1616, printer's vignette to title page, A1-G8, colophon dated 1616, last 7 pages are prayers and table. Thick small 4to bound in eights, approximately 210 x 160 mm, 8½ x 6¼ inches, printed in double column, woodcut head and tail pieces, bound in old calf, rebacked using old spine, red title label with gilt lettering, gilt date at foot of spine, marbled endpapers. Binding repaired and rubbed, small chip to bottom of spine, covers scratched, covers relaid on new leather, just visible at edges and turnovers, amateur repair to spine, see image attached with listing, book plate on first pastedown, prayer book title has been strengthened at margins and corners repaired, outer margin slightly trimmed, 4th leaf has repairs to corners and small repair to inner margin, no loss of text, the general title page has closed tear repaired to verso, hardly visible on recto, plus 2 small repairs to margins, following page, To the Christian Reader, has lower corner neatly repaired with loss of text to last three lines, page 209 has a small closed tear to text, affecting a few letters but no loss of meaning, page 506, Paul to the Romans, has a tear with loss to side notes and approximately the end of 12 lines both sides of the page, plus a long closed tear repaired with loss to side notes on verso, 2 small holes in page 548, Revelation, with loss of a few letters, 2 pages have pale brown stain to lower margins, all text legible, old ink lettered family tree to verso of New Testament title page, other old ink names here and there, 1 capital letter neatly coloured black, a few leaves mostly at the beginning slightly dog-eared and with a few small marginal nicks, pale staining and light soiling in places, age-browning to many pages, but overall a good copy. See: Historical Catalogue of Printed Editions of the English Bible 1525-1961 by A. S. Herbert, page 142, No., 339; Darlow and Moule, Historical Catalogue of the Printed Editions of Holy Scripture in the Library of the British and Foreign Bible Society, Volume 1, pages 145-147; ESTC S5052?. Ruth iii v.15 'she went'. Genesis Chapter 3, verse 7, 'and they made themselves breeches'. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        THE SECRETS (SECRETES) OF ALEXIS: CONTAINING MANY EXCELLENT REMEDIES AGAINST DIVERS DISEASES, WOUNDS, AND OTHER ACCIDENTS.

      London, printed by William Stansby for Richard Meighen and Thomas Jones, 1615. With the maner to make Distillations, Parfumes, Confitures, Dyings, Colours, Fusions, and Meltings. A worke well approuved, very necessarie for every man. Newly corrected and amended, and also somewhat more enlarged in certaine places, which wanted in the former editions. TEXT IN ENGLISH, early English edition, in 5 parts in 1 volume, 1615. 8vo, 185 x 125 mm, 7¼ x 5 inches, some decorated initials and headpieces, printer's device on 2nd, 3rd and 4th title pages, leaves: (12), 348, (14), printed mainly in black letter, bound in modern full blind-panelled calf, raised bands and gilt lettered morocco label to spine. Old ink name and address on original front endpaper, first title page and first page of text slightly dusty, a few fore-edge margins trimmed slightly, occasionally shaving the side notes, a few pages slightly age-browned, occasional small light stain, intermittent pale damp staining from leaf 140 to 208, dampstaining to lower margins from leaf 293 to 296, tiny hole in 1 leaf with loss of 2 letters, tiny wormhole in text from leaf 95 to 117, all still easily legible, 2 small wormholes at top of leaves 325 to the end of the volume, 1 sometimes affecting 1 letter in the first line of text, all still easily legible, tip of 1 corner missing, small ink stroke in 1 margin together with 1 underlining. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy. A translation by William Ward (parts 1-3) and Richard Androse (part 4) of a French version of Girolamo Ruscelli's famous Italian work "De' secreti del Reverendo Donno Alessio Piemontese", first published in Venice in 1555 in four parts. Our work is in five parts, parts 2-4 have separate dated title pages; the fifth part has a caption title; foliation and register are continuous. The title pages to the second, third and fourth parts bear the imprint "Printed at London by W. Stansby, anno Dom. 1614." The first three parts were first published separately in English translation, beginning in 1559 and the four parts were first published together in English in 1595. Our edition contains an additional fifth part attributed in the title to "Mayster Alexis of Piemont" but not found in the original Italian editions nor the English edition of 1595. It is generally assumed that Alessio Piemontese was a pseudonym of Girolamo Ruscelli (1500 - 1566), Italian humanist and cartographer. In a later work, Ruscelli reported that the Secreti contained the experimental results of an 'Academy of Secrets' that he and a group of humanists and noblemen founded in Naples in the 1540s. Ruscelli's academy is the first recorded example of an experimental scientific society. His book is one of the earliest and most popular of the Books of Secrets that appeared in the 16th century. It ran into over one hundred editions and was translated into Latin, French, English, German, Spanish and Polish. It contained hundreds of medical recipes including against the plague and treating putrefying wounds, plus numerous household hints including recipes for removing stains, and many technical recipes on metallurgy, gilding and silvering, alchemy, dyeing, making perfume and cosmetics. Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica, pages 15-17; Krivatsy, 17th Century Books in the National Library of Medicine, page 21, No. 209; A Catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library, Volume I, page 9, No. 188; Ferguson, Books of Secrets, Index to Parts I-VI, page 9-10, (edition of 1595) and Part I, page 13 and Part III, pages 33-38; Albert L. Caillet, Manuel Bibliographique des Science Psychiques ou Occultes, Volume 1 pages 26-27. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Journael van de wonderlijcke reyse gedaen door Willem Cornelisz Schouten van Hoorn, in de jaren 1615, 1616 en 1617, Verhalende hoe dat hij bezuyden de Straet Magalanes eenen nieuwen doorganck gevonden heeft (...). Amsterdam, Saeghman [colophon: J.J. Bouman, 1651].

      4°, bound in half cont. vellum, 56 pp., illustrated with 6 woodcuts in the text. Title page is missing (with verso portrait of van Schouten). The large woodcuts are pasted on paper. Photocopies of title page and portrait are included. Very rare. B2180.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat A.G. VAN DER STEUR]
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        Orationes. Editio noua, altera parte auctior Leiden Lodewijk Elsevier 1615.

      "Oraties Leiden letteren ; 12o, (24) + 551 p. Gebonden in geheel perkament uit de tijd. Goed exemplaar.".Opdracht: aan Caspar Vosbergius. Drempelvers van Hugo Grotius. Vier en twintig oraties van Heinsius, o.a. over Scaliger, Aristoteles, Socrates, Tacitus, Janus Dousa.

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        Les images ou tableaux de platte peinture des deux Philostrates, sophistes grecs et les statues de Callistrate. Mise en Francois par Blaise de Vignere Bourbonnois, enrichis d'arguments et annotations, reveus et corrigez sur l'original par un docte personage de ce temps en la langue grecque, et representez en taille douce en cette nouvelle edition. Avec des epigrammes sur chacun diceux par artus Thomas sieur d'Embry.; Translated by Blaise de Vigenère (1523-1596)

      Paris: Abel l'Angelier...et le veuve M. Guillemot, 1615 [engraved title dated 1614]. Folio (415 x 272 mm). Elaborate engraved title by Jasper Isac, depicting architectural and garden perspectives with putti and angelic musicians; 66 large (230 x 180mm) engraved and etched classical subjects by Isac, L. Gaultier and Thomas de Leeu after Antoine Caron and other artists, large woodcut head- and tail-pieces. Contemporary French gilt-paneled russet morocco, spine gilt-lettered. Minor rubbing to binding and a few repairs; some leaves lightly browned, 3 plates lightly spotted, marginal repaired tears to 10 leaves, engraving on p. 463 with ink additions in two places, I4 on a guard. Provenance: Alexis Noisilier (bookplate); purchased from Walter Schatzki, 1961. MOST COMPLETE EDITION, describing a series of paintings ("imagines") reportedly seen at Naples by Philostratus. His descriptions were taken by Goethe, among others, to be of actual paintings, while other scholars deny their existence and favor the view that Philostratus instead reveals a fictionalized early interpretation of ancient artists' depictions of mythological subjects. This edition was preceded by an unillustrated 1578 edition and a 1609 edition with only 58 plates. The translator Blaise de Vigenère of the French noble family in Saint-Pourçain studied Greek and Hebrew under Adrianus Turnebus and Jean Dorat and studied cryptography on diplomatic trips to Rome in 1549 and 1566. Hofer, Baroque Book Illustrations, 23 ("these fanciful illustrations, though far removed from their classical base, were much admired and imitated throughout the century"); Praz 64 (counting 4 plates only); Landwehr, Romanic, 586. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow.

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        BACCANALE - GALESTRUZZI, Giovanni Battista - "IL BACCHANT TAB - 10 - Dall'Antico Gio. Bat. Galestruzzi fece. In Marmore"  - Monogramma S.2 in basso a sinistra. Sileno, bacco, fauni intenti in un baccanale. 

      Bulino f. 33x45,5 Acquaforte f. 20,5x18,8 cm. ca., ampi margini; perfetta. GALESTRUZZI, Giovanni Battista (1615-1669 ca.) - "S.2" Probabilmente una seconda tiratura della lastra del Galestruzzi, con aggiunta del numero in alto a destra, il monogramma del secondo incisore in basso a destra e l'aggiunta del titolo e della frase "in marmore". 

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        Annales rerum Anglicarum, et Hibernicarum, regnante Elizabetha, Ad annum salutis MDLXXXIX Guilielmo Camdeno authorie

      London: Typis Guilielmi Stansbii, Impensis Simonis Watersoni, 1615 [viii], 499, [21] pages. Without the first two blank leaves, or the errata leaf at the rear. ESTC online ref S107145. Bound in full leather, very worn. Corners repaired, but these repairs now worn, Spine very damaged and split, barely holding the book together. Modern ink notes to one page of the index. Water staining to the lower part of many pages. Pages soiled and lightly browned throughout, occasional stains or marks. No front free end papers.. Disbound. Fair.

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        DE CONSTANTIA LIBRI DUO QUI ALLOQUIUM PRAECIPUE CONTINENT IN PUBLICIS MALIS. Ultima editio.

      Antuerpiae Ex Officina Plantiniana 1615 4° Pagine 1 carta bianca + 16 non numerate + 86 + 10 non numerate + 1 carta bianca. Legatura coeva in piena pergamena molle. Titolo calligrafato al dorso. Esemplare uniformamente brunito come al solito, dovuto alla qualità della carta. Ottima copia.

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        A RELATION OF A JOURNEY BEGUN AN DOM 1610 FOURE BOOKS Containing .

      Printed for W. Barren, London 1615 - FAIR book. Illustrated w f/o map and 47 plates, of which 3 are full page. WITHOUT the OFT MISSING folding panorama. No indication panorama was ever bound in. Despite the loose 2nd blank, binding is tight and a torn out panorama should be obvious. Brown leather backstrip with 5 raised ribs and one gilt lettered black leather spine label. Upper word "SANDYS" barely legible, other word illegible. Marbled boards. Boards & backstrip heavily worn. Boards still strongly attached but by cords alone. Completely collated. Plate entitled "NILUS" on p95 cleanly torn along spine about half way up, upper inch of tear just into the image. 3 or 4 leaves with short tears in margins. Margins of pp115-65 have upper corners folded over. 4 or 5 leaves around p125 with 1" dark stain in upper corner margin. Last 20 leaves with old light dampstain in upper corner margin. Few pencilled check marks and underlining. Few other very minor internal flaws. In short a quite nice copy of this important work. Sandys was also interested in the New World and spent time in Virginia. VG text block, FAIR original half leather binding. 4to 309pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Ricii eiusdem societatis comentariis, libri V ... in quibus Sinensis regni mores leges atque instituta et novæ illius Ecclesiæ difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigautio Belga ex eadem societate.

      Augustae Vind. [Augsburg] : Apud Christoph. Mangium, 1615. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title along lower edge; engraved title page by Jacques de Fornazeris, incorporating a map of China flanked by the figures of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci; folding plan of the villa in Peking, converted into a chapel, showing Ricci's tomb: "Palatii Suburbani ichnographia a rege Sinarum Soc:Iesu attributi Pequini anno 1610"; pp [xii], 646, [8 index], [2 errata and colophon]; head- and tailpieces, ornamental and historiated initials; side notes; front free-endpaper torn, with loss; worm tracks to upper outer corner of last 100 or so pages (mainly confined to the margins; some tracks restored, with occasional small loss of text); some early marginalia; else a good, clean copy. Missionary and scholar Matteo Ricci (b. Macerata, Italy, 1552; d. Peking, 1610) was one of the key figures in the early phase of the Jesuit missions in China. The present work comprises Trigault's translation from the Italian manuscript original of Ricci's diary, to which Trigault added other Ricci materials and a description of Ricci's death and burial. "The work is divided into five books and comprises a compendium of general information on China, followed by a detailed history of the beginnings of the Jesuit mission there since the year 1582 ... Tea is presented in chapter three as a novelty unknown to Europe; and in chapter four printing with woodblocks is described with admiration." (Löwendahl). This work arguably provided the most influential description of China since that of Marco Polo three centuries before. For further description of the contents, see the introduction to the English edition translated by L.J. Gallagher. The missionary Nicolas Trigault arrived in China around 1610 and remained there for four years, becoming fluent in Mandarin. He was designated by the Jesuits to edit Ricci's diaries and to return to Europe in order to publicly promote the Jesuits' achievements and activities in China. Soon after his arrival back in Europe, he had the present work printed in Latin in Augsburg. There quickly followed two further Latin editions (1616 and 1617), and translations were also published in French (1616), German (1617), Spanish (1621) and Italian (1622). Cordier, Sinica, 809; de Backer-Sommervogel, VIII, 239/6; Streit, V, p. 2094; cf. Lust, 836; Löwendahl, I, 54

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        Auli Persii Flacci Satirarum liber. Isaacus Casaubonus recensuit, & commentario libro illustravit. Ad virum amplisissmum D. Achillem Harlaeum senatus principem. (Volume 2: Isaaci Casauboni in Persii Satiras Liber commentarius. Eiusdem Persiana Horatii imitatio)

      Paris (Parisiis), Apud Hieronymum Drouart, 1615. 8vo. 2 volumes in 1: (XV),(1 blank),43,(4),(1 blank); (XXXII),558,(26 index) p. Vellum 17.5 cm (Ref: Schweiger 2,711; Graesse 5,212; Ebert 16282; Smitskamp, 'The Scaliger collection', no. 116) (Details: 5 thongs laced through the joints. The first title shows an engraving of a 'thiasos': a drunken Bacchus is carried off by a bunch of satyrs, accompanied by some revellers. The second title has an oval woodcut printer's mark; it depicts a thisle flank by the initials A and D. of Ambrosius (Ambroise) Drouart, the brother of Hieronymus (Jerôme). Hieronymus kept using his brother's printer's after his death in 1608; the motto reads: 'Nul ne s'y frote', 'patere aut abstine'. The first volume contains a preface, the Latin text of the Satires and 18 pages with 'Glossae veteres in Persium'. The second volume contains the commentary of Casaubon) (Condition: Vellum age-tanned and somewhat soiled. All four ties gone. Endpapers worn and somewhat soiled. First title dustsoiled, and its right margin is very thumbed) (Note: The well-born and well-to-do Roman poet Aulus Persius Flaccus, 34-62 A.D., produced during his short life one book (libellus) with 6 satires, together 650 hexameters. 'They are well described as Horatian diatribes transformed by Stoic rhetoric'. (OCD 2nd ed. p. 805) The first is 'on the decay of literary taste in his own time and the neglect of the manly Republican authors, the second on vanity of wealth and luxury, the third on idleness, the fourth on self-knowledge, the fifth on true liberty, the sixth on the proper use of riches'. (H.J. Rose, 'A History of Latin Literature', London, 1967, p. 377) The style is obscure, contorted and crammed with allusions to Horace and Lucilius. He was much read in antiquity and admired as a moralist in the Middle Ages, but now he is found dull, too difficult, cryptic, too far fetched, and too complicated. 'So fühlte sich zumal das 19. Jh. von seinem vielschichtigen Stil abgestossen, während sich erst neuerdings eine gerechtere Würdigung durchsetzen beginnt'. (Neu Pauly, 9, 619) A specimen of this new appraisal is the following quote: 'The elements of composition in Persius' satires - words and ideas, images, steps in the argument, registers of speech and literary style, speeches in dramatic dialogue- are abruptly or peculiarly, even bizarrely, combined. One is faced by an unpredictable, surprising series of conceptions; continuous attention is necessary if one is to understand. However, the surprises and incongruities are often observably intelligent, apt and curiously artistic. From a literary point of view, the quality of continual surprise in Persius' style makes the Satires amusing to read'. (J.R. Bond, 'Persius, the Satires', Warminster 1980, p. 5) § This 1615 Persius edition is a reissue of the edition previously published in 1605, also from the presses of the Drouart brothers. The Latin text was based on that which was edited by the French scholar Pithou in Paris in 1585. The edition of 1605 and its extensive commentary were produced by the French protestant scholar Isaac Casaubon, 1559-1614, the first critical commentator of Persius. His preface is a vigorous defense of Persius' Stoic earnestness end philosophic constancy. 'The ethical interest is strong in his Persius (1605), on which he had lectured at Geneva and Montpellier, and his commentary on the Stoic satirist, of which Scaliger said that the sauce was better than the meat, was reprinted in Germany as late as 1833, and has been ultimately merged in Conington's edition' (of 1872)) (Provenance: On the front pastedown the name: 'E.A. Groenman, 1839'. We found an Albertus Groenman, 1814-1861, member of the 'Provinciale Staten van Groningen' from 1851 till 1859, elected for Zuidhorn, profession manufacturer and merchant. He might have been the owner once) (Collation: a8, A8, b-c8, â8, ê8, A-Z8, 2A-2NO8, 2O4) (Photographs on request)

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        L'IDEA DELLA ARCHITETTURA UNIVERSALE

      Venetiis: [Printed by Giorgio Valentino for] Vincenzo Scamozzi, 1615. FIRST EDITION y. Despite its confusing collation, this is a complete as well as especially attractive copy of the first appearance of one of the great 17th century treatises on Renaissance architecture. In Wittkower's words, it is written by one who "enjoyed an undisputed international reputation and provided a direct link with Palladio." Scamozzi had been a student of, and then assistant to, that great master and took over his unfinished ventures at Palladio's death in 1580. One of two major works by Scamozzi (the other being "Discorsi Sopra L'Antichita di Roma" of 1582), "Idea" is based upon our author's study of ancient writers in concert with his personal investigation of the ruins of Rome, which he considered essential, the present always being informed by the past. The book is a lavish production with well-designed text, with illustrations that clearly reinforce the written content, and with an aesthetically pleasing overall appearance. Born in Vicenza as the son of a building contractor, and influenced in his early life by Serlio, Vincenzo Scamozzi (1552-1616) was a gentleman-scholar-artist-philosopher of architecture whose interest and understanding in his field was extremely broad. In the "Idea," he divides architecture into four aspects: humanist discipline, building, decoration, and preservation. He delves in detail into cities, public buildings, private houses, foundations, columns, vaulting, roofs, planning, design, tools, etc.--in short, the whole gamut of architectural theory, practicalities, history, science, and art. But according to Millard, the core of this book is that "the 'idea' of the architect rests on basic geometrical forms rather than the imitation of nature practiced by figurative artists. Offering a vast architectural horizon, both geometrically and historically, Scamozzi articulates an eclectic use of the history of architectural theory and practice." Though well represented in auction records, copies that have fallen under the hammer have typically been in varying degrees of distress, as the book was almost always heavily read and referenced by those possessing copies. We are fortunate that our copy was apparently owned over the centuries by armchair architects who apparently confined their building activities to fine book collections.. 348 x 230 mm. (13 3/4 x 9"). Part I: [12], 90, [7], 96, [4], 97-128, 125-190, 190 (misnumbered for 191)-193, [2], 194-218, [4], 219-240, 243 (misnumbered for 241)-352, [34]; Part II: [12], 1-44, 33-36 (misnumbered for 45-48), 49-108, 111-114, 109-110, 119-120, 115-118, 121-172, [4], 173-232, 235-266, 277-279 (misnumbered for 266-269), [5], 271-370, [22] pp. (complete). FIRST EDITION. 19th century honey-brown quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands flanked by decorative gilt rolls. With woodcut initials and headpieces, woodcut printer's device on six section titles, and 89 ENGRAVED PLATES, including two title pages featuring a portrait of the author and an elaborate architectural frame, eight of the plates double-page. Millard Architectural Collection IV, 123; Avery Architectural Library, p. 904; Fowler 292. Joints and extremities just slightly rubbed, mild chafing to paper boards, minor stain to head edge of preliminary leaves, faint dampstain to fore edge of last six gatherings, other trivial imperfections, but still A FINE COPY, the binding completely sound and with only minimal wear, and ESPECIALLY CLEAN, FRESH, AND BRIGHT INTERNALLY. Despite its confusing collation, this is a complete as well as especially attractive copy of the first appearance of one of the great 17th century treatises on Renaissance architecture. In Wittkower's words, it is written by one who "enjoyed an undisputed international reputation and provided a direct link with Palladio." Scamozzi had been a student of, and then assistant to, that great master and took over his unfinished ventures at Palladio's death in 1580. One of two major works by Scamozzi (the other being "Discorsi Sopra L'Antichita di Roma" of 1582), "Idea" is based upon our author's study of ancient writers in concert with his personal investigation of the ruins of Rome, which he considered essential, the present always being informed by the past. The book is a lavish production with well-designed text, with illustrations that clearly reinforce the written content, and with an aesthetically pleasing overall appearance. Born in Vicenza as the son of a building contractor, and influenced in his early life by Serlio, Vincenzo Scamozzi (1552-1616) was a gentleman-scholar-artist-philosopher of architecture whose interest and understanding in his field was extremely broad. In the "Idea," he divides architecture into four aspects: humanist discipline, building, decoration, and preservation. He delves in detail into cities, public buildings, private houses, foundations, columns, vaulting, roofs, planning, design, tools, etc.--in short, the whole gamut of architectural theory, practicalities, history, science, and art. But according to Millard, the core of this book is that "the 'idea' of the architect rests on basic geometrical forms rather than the imitation of nature practiced by figurative artists. Offering a vast architectural horizon, both geometrically and historically, Scamozzi articulates an eclectic use of the history of architectural theory and practice." Though well represented in auction records, copies that have fallen under the hammer have typically been in varying degrees of distress, as the book was almost always heavily read and referenced by those possessing copies. We are fortunate that our copy was apparently owned over the centuries by armchair architects who apparently confined their building activities to fine book collections.

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        Spieghel der Australische navigatie, ... Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1622. With an engraved world map on the title-page, engraved portrait of the author on the back of the title-page, 3 double-page engraved maps, 5 nearly full-page numbered engraved views on integral leaves. With: (2) HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de . Nieuwe werelt, anders ghenaempt West-Indien. [engraved title-page:] Descriptio Indiae Occidentlis.Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1622. With engraved Latin title-page and 14 numbered double-page engraved maps. (3) ORDONEZ DE CEBALLOS, Pedro . Eyghentlijcke beschryvinghe van West-Indien: ...Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1621. With a woodcut view on the title-page. 3 volumes bound as 1. Small folio (28.5 x 20 cm). 19th-century vellum.

      Alden & Landis 622/77, 622/69, 621/93; Howgego L84; Palau 114296; Robert, Bibl. of Australia 433 & p. 109 between 529 & 530; Sabin 14348, 14352, 14353, 31542, 44059; Tiele, Bibl. 479. First edition, in the original Dutch, of Jacob Maire's journal of his famous 1615-1617 voyage to circumnavigate the globe, together with the first Dutch edition of Herrera's description of the New World, and the first Dutch edition of Ordóñez de Caballos's description of the what was then called the West Indies (in fact including material on South and Central America). Le Maire's discoveries showed for the first time that Tierra del Fuego was an island and advanced our topographic knowledge on many other matters. The three works together include 19 maps and give the most detailed and up-to-date information then available about the topography of the Americas and parts of New Guinea, the East Indies and the Pacific islands. It also contains the first two maps to show the Baja peninsula and southern California as an island, an error that was copied for more than a century. These two new maps also show the non-existent northwest passage. Maps A-C (Tierra del Fuego, the South Pacific and the coast of New Guinea) include the route of Le Maire's voyage. The map of the Americas (with parts of the coasts of China and West Africa) includes the meridians that divided the world between Spain and Portugal according to the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas .With the bookplate of the great Dutch book collector Isaac Meulman (1807-1868) and several owners' inscriptions. With a few leaves trimmed close to the folio number but with no loss beyond one full point, and an occasional minor spot, smudge or small stain, but otherwise in very good condition. The boards are slightly bowed and show a few spots and smudges, with one corner bumped, but the binding is otherwise very good. A milestone in the history of exploration, especially for the America's, with 19 maps including the first two to show California as an island.

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        Historia del nobile, et valoroso Cavalier. Felice Magno, figliuolo del Re Falangrè della Gran Brettagna, & della Reina Clarinta, nella quale si raccontano i suoi grandi, & maravigliosi fatti tradotta con somma diligenza di Spagnuolo in lingua Italiana.Verona, Sebastiano dalle Donne for Francesco de Franceschi Senese, 1587. 8vo. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment.

      BMC STC Italian, p. 245; Palau 87526; USTC 806217 (8 copies); not in WorldCat. Rare first and only(?) edition of the Italian translation of the first (and only published?) part of a chivalric romance, generally known as the Félix Magno, translated by Camillo Camilli (d. 1615). The original Spanish was first published in four parts at Barcelona by Carlos Amorós in 1531 entitled Los cuatro libros del valerosisimo caballero Félix Magno. The romance deals with the life and history of Félix Magno, the son of King Falángriz of Great Britain and Queen Clarinea, on a quest for glory. A large part of the work is dedicated to struggles with Moors and Turks. Like most chivalric novels, it was heavily influenced by stories of King Arthur and similar romances like Amadis de Gaule. Our copy contains only the first part (with the running title Fatti di Felicemagno - parte prima through the whole work), and it appears the other parts were not published in translation at all. Lacking the final leaf containing only the colophon and its blank verso. With two owner's entries on paste-down. Small marginal hole on the title-page and following 3 leaves, very slightly browned with some occasional minor foxing. Binding with a few holes and the foot of the back board slightly damaged. Overall in good condition.

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        Spieghel der Australische navigatie, ... Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1622. With an engraved world map on the title-page, engraved portrait of the author on the back of the title-page, 3 double-page engraved maps, 5 nearly full-page numbered engraved views on integral leaves. With: (2) HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de . Nieuwe werelt, anders ghenaempt West-Indien. [engraved title-page:] Descriptio Indiae Occidentlis.Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1622. With engraved Latin title-page and 14 numbered double-page engraved maps. (3) ORDONEZ DE CEBALLOS, Pedro . Eyghentlijcke beschryvinghe van West-Indien: ...Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1621. With a woodcut view on the title-page. 3 volumes bound as 1. Small folio (28.5 x 20 cm). 19th-century vellum.

      Alden & Landis 622/77, 622/69, 621/93; Howgego L84; Palau 114296; Robert, Bibl. of Australia 433 & p. 109 between 529 & 530; Sabin 14348, 14352, 14353, 31542, 44059; Tiele, Bibl. 479. First edition, in the original Dutch, of Jacob Maire's journal of his famous 1615-1617 voyage to circumnavigate the globe, together with the first Dutch edition of Herrera's description of the New World, and the first Dutch edition of Ordóñez de Caballos's description of the what was then called the West Indies (in fact including material on South and Central America). Le Maire's discoveries showed for the first time that Tierra del Fuego was an island and advanced our topographic knowledge on many other matters. The three works together include 19 maps and give the most detailed and up-to-date information then available about the topography of the Americas and parts of New Guinea, the East Indies and the Pacific islands. It also contains the first two maps to show the Baja peninsula and southern California as an island, an error that was copied for more than a century. These two new maps also show the non-existent northwest passage. Maps A-C (Tierra del Fuego, the South Pacific and the coast of New Guinea) include the route of Le Maire's voyage. The map of the Americas (with parts of the coasts of China and West Africa) includes the meridians that divided the world between Spain and Portugal according to the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas .With the bookplate of the great Dutch book collector Isaac Meulman (1807-1868) and several owners' inscriptions. With a few leaves trimmed close to the folio number but with no loss beyond one full point, and an occasional minor spot, smudge or small stain, but otherwise in very good condition. The boards are slightly bowed and show a few spots and smudges, with one corner bumped, but the binding is otherwise very good. A milestone in the history of exploration, especially for the America's, with 19 maps including the first two to show California as an island.

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        Paesaggio con Cristo che allontana il demonio

      1615 - Bulino, circa 1615, firmato in lastra in basso a sinistra. Esemplare nell’unico stato conosciuto. Magnifica prova, finemente acquerellata da mano contemporanea, impressa su carta vergata coeva con filigrana "stemma araldico con giglio", con margini, consueta traccia di piega verticale centrale, in eccellente stato di conservazione. La composizione deriva da un soggetto del pittore olandese David Vinckboons, ed è edita da Nicolas Visscher . L’eccelsa qualità della coloritura a mano distingue questo lavoro dalle prove in bianco e nero. Engraving, circa 1615, signed on plate at lower left. Example in the only known state. Magnificent proof, exquisitely coloured by contemporary hand, on contemporary laid paper, "coat of arms with fleur-de-lis" watermark, with margins, usual trace of central vertical fold, in excellent conditions. This print derives from a subject by dutch painter David Vinckboons and is edited by Nicolas Visscher. The excellent colouring quality distinguishes this print from the proofs in black-and-white. Hollstein 20 Dimensioni 482 347mm [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]

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        Moses wird auf dem Nil ausgesetzt

      original Radierung von Matteo Piccioni (1615-1671) nach after Andrea Camassei (1602-1649), Blarr ca. 39,5 x 25 cm, Platte ca. 25,5x20,5 cm Grafik

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        Filippica I e II.

      1615 - Filippica I. Carte 4. (s.l. nè data ma 1615). Molto simile alla variante b, ma con alcune differenze. Filippica II. Carte 4. (s.l. nè data ma 1615). Molto simile alla variante d. Cartine colorate del Settecento. Astuccio. Rarissime. Le Filippiche sono la più bella prosa patriottica della nostra letteratura (Ugo Foscolo). La questione del Monferrato diede origine a due scritture di polemica antispagnola e di spirito irredentistico: "Le Filippiche" Nonostante la prematura divulgazione, la stampa venne realizzata non prima del maggio del 1615 in quattro diverse tirature. Il contenuto della Filippica I è una esortazione ai principi italiani ad unirsi per "la causa comune" della libertà della patria, appoggiando il Duca di Savoia, elevato alla funzione di baluardo contro la sopraffazione spagnuola e di "liberatore d'Italia" La Filippica II, di tono più polemico che oratorio, invece dei toni unitari ripropone spunti irredentistici. I motivi antispagnoli, cui peraltro si mescolano elementi antifrancesi, si inaspriscono in puntate antirazzistiche che rilevano la inferiorità sociale e geografica della Spagna. Axs [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        ORDONNANCE DU ROY sur le faict et Reglement général de ses Monnoyes.

      Paris, veuve de Nicolas Rosset, 1615. - Petit in-8. 96pp. Cartonnage moderne genre ancien. Edition Originale illustrée de 390 figures gravées sur bois représentant des monnaies françaises et étrangères de l'époque. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Chronicon Cameracense et Atrebatense, sive historia utrisque ecclesiae, III libris, ab hinc DC sere annis conscripta. Nunc primum in luce edita, & notis illustrata.Douai, Jean Bogard, 1615. 8vo. With Bogard's engraved device on the title-page, 1 large folding engraved game board, and 2 large folding letterpress rectangular game boards, each of the letterpress ones with the same 4 small engravings in the centre (representing the sides of 3 cubic vowel dice and 1 tetrahedronal consonant die) and explanatory text on the backs, the same 4 engravings of dice in the text along with 3 small engravings of seals (plus 4 repeats). 17th-century vellum.

      Goldsmith BMC STC French, B135; Wilson & Watkins, Combinatorics: ancient & modern, p. 10. Rare first edition, in the original Latin, of a mediaeval chronicle of Cambrai and Arras, written ca. 1100 and containing the earliest known description and representation of a "virtuous" dice and board game invented ca. 965 by Wibold, Archdeacon of Noyon, named Bishop of Cambrai shortly before his death, along with a simplified version where the virtue is chosen by a spinning pointer instead of dice. Wibold's game, called "Ludus regularis seu clericalis", is described in detail in a 12-page chapter (pp. 142-153) of the chronicle itself, with extensive notes in a 13-page commentary (pp. 460-472) where the three folding game boards are also inserted. The two rectangular boards are very similar, with rectangular spaces representing 56 virtues arranged along the edges of the rectangle. The goal is to acquire as many virtues as possible. Some virtues are easier to obtain than others. The Mediaeval church often regarded dice games as tools of the devil, and Wibold developed this virtuous alternative to turn the dangerous tool to good work. The chronicle itself is an important source for the history of Cambrai and Arras, beginning with the Roman Empire under Julius Ceasar and the Franks under Clovis, and continuing to about 1090. Its greatest value lies in its last centuries, where it provides many details not found in other sources.With two owner's inscriptions and a bookplate. With a few small tears in the folding game boards and a faint water stain in one letterpress game board and some text leaves, but still in good condition. The binding lacks two pair of ties and has minor damage to the turned-in fore-edges but is otherwise very good.

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        Metoposcopia & ophthalmoscopia.

      Argentinae, excudebat Theodosius Glaserus, sumptibus Pauli Ledertz, 1615. in-8, pp. (16), 140, legatura coeva in pergamena floscia, titolo manoscritto lungo il dorso. Ritratto dell'autore al frontespizio, altri 25 ritratti nel testo, di cui 2 in silografia, di personaggi quali Filippo II duca di Pomeriana, cui l'opera è dedicata, Platone, Cristoforo Colombo (p. 21), Andrea Doria, incisi da Jacob van der Heyden. Prima edizione di una delle primissime opere sulla metoposcopia: un'antica arte divinatoria che consiste nell'analisi delle rughe della fronte per risalire al carattere e al destino di una persona, il cui padre fondatore viene considerato Girolamo Cardano. Importante sottolineare che in questo trattato è, inoltre, attestata per la prima volta la parola oftalmoscopia. Il Fuchs fu professore di retorica a Königsberg. Esemplare, come sempre, con arrossature, un po' corto di margini.. Krivasky, 4457. Garrison-Morton, p. 273. Caillet 4248. Wellcome, I, 2468. Graesse II, 643..

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        De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Riccii eiusdem Societatis commentarius, libri V... in quibus Sinensis regni mores, leges atque instituta & novae illius ecclesiae difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigaultio Belga ex eadem Societate.

      Augsburg: Christoph Mang, 1615. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to. [19. 4 x 15.4 cm]. (7) ff., including elaborately engraved title page incorporating Ricci's map of China, flanked by portraits of Xavier and Ricci in an architectural frame, 646 (i.e. 648) pp., (5) ff., including errata on recto of last leaf, publisher's colophon verso, and with one folding plate with text showing the plan of the Royal Palace in Peking in the gardens of which Father Matteo Ricci is buried. Bound in contemporary vellum, title in manuscript on spine, blind-ruled spine and cover borders, overlapping fore-edge, slits for ties. Some rubbing and staining to spine and covers, some chipping to head of spine, joint of upper cover separating near head, bookplate inside upper cover. Contemporary ownership inscriptions to front flyleaf, library stamps on recto and verso of title and recto of f. a1, occasional very minor marginal spotting and dampstaining. First edition of "the most influential description of China to appear during the first half of the 17th century. Trigault, the procurator of the Jesuits' China mission, translated and augmented the pioneer missionary Matteo Ricci's journal, aiming to elicit support for the mission. The De Christiana expeditione, therefore, is essentially a translation of Ricci's Journal. Trigault, however, did not merely translate the journal; he omitted or changed many passages, rearranged its parts, and added material from other Chinese missionaries to complete the story and to depict China and the Jesuit mission in a more favorable light. The resulting volume contains a history of the Jesuit mission in China from its inception in 1583 until Ricci's death in 1610, the same year in which Trigault arrived in China. It includes a wealth of information about China in the chapters describing Chinese geography, people, laws, government, religion, learning, commerce and the like. The De Christiana Expeditione, despite its departures from Ricci's original journal, provided European readers with more, better organized, and more accurate information about China than was ever before available" (Lach III.512, illustrating the present work's title-page, #55). Two subsequent Latin additions appeared within the next two years and translation into the major European languages shortly thereafter. The Italian manuscript of Ricci's original journal was not published until 1911. "The appearance of Trigault's book in 1615 took Europe by surprise. It reopened the door to China, which was first opened by Marco Polo, three centuries before, and then closed behind him by an incredulous public, who received the greater part of his fabulous narrative as the beguiling tales of a capricious traveler. [It] probably had more effect on the literary and scientific, the philosophical and the religious phases of life in Europe than any other historical volume on the 17th century... It opened a new world" (Gallagher, China in the 17th Century: The Journals of Matteo Ricci, pp. xvii-ix). * Cordier, Sinica 809; Streit V.2094; De Backer Sommervogel VIII.239; Amat di San Filippo, p. 321; D.E. Mungello, Curious Land: Jesuit accommodation and the origins of Sinology, Ch. 2.

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        A Treatise of the Lawes of the Forest Wherein is Declared Not Onely.

      1615 - First Expanded Edition of the First Work on the Law of the King's Forest Manwood, John [d.1610]. A Treatise of the Lawes of the Forest: Wherein is Declared Not Onely Those Lawes, As They Are Now In Force, But Also the Originall and Beginning of Forests: And What a Forest is In His Owne Proper Nature, And Wherein the Same Doth Differ From a Chase, A Parke, A Warren, With All Such Things As Are Incident or Belonging Thereunto, With Their Severall Proper Termes of Art. Also a Treatise of the Pourallee, Declaring What Pourallee Is, How the Same First Began, What a Pourallee Man May Do, How He May Hunt and Use His Owne Pourallee, How Farre He May Pursue and Follow After His Chase, Together With the Limits and Bounds, As Well of the Forest, As the Pourallee. Collected, As Well Out of the Common Lawes and Statutes of This Land, As Also out of Sundrie Learned Ancient Authors, And Out of the Assises of Pickering and Lancaster. Whereunto Are Added that Statutes of the Forest, A Treatise of the Severall Offices of Verderors, Regardors, and Forests, & the Courts of Attachments, Swanimote, & Justice Seat of the Forest, And Certaine Principal Cases, Iudgements, and Entries of the Assises of Pickering and Lancaster: Never Heretofore Printed for the Publique. London: Printed for the Societie of Stationers, 1615. [xv], 258 [i.e. 259], [1] ff. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked in period style, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, early hand-lettered title (and a few ink spatters) to fore-edge, hinges mended, free endpapers renewed, blank endleaf before rear free endpaper lacking. Moderate rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities, corners worn, recent owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning, puncture to outside margins of ff. 212-226, minor worming to fore-edges of final 16 leaves. Later signature (Henry Mathews) to front pastedown, early signature (Nic: Starkie) and initials (ES) to head of title page, occasional brief early annotations, later annotations in pencil to a few other leaves. An appealing copy. * First expanded edition. First published in 1598, it remained a standard text well into the twentieth century. This enlarged edition, which is the third chronologically, includes a great deal of information that does not appear in the first and sec [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        QUESTIONS DIVERSES ET RESPONCES D'ICELLES. DIVISEES EN TROIS LIVRES. A SCAVOIR, QUESTIONS D'AMOUR, QUESTIONS NATURELLES, QUESTIONS MORALES & POLITIQUES. TRADUITES DE TUSCAN EN FRANCOIS.

      CHEZ CLAUDE LE VILLAIN, LIBRAIRE & RELIEUR DU ROY. 1615 - IN-12 (8 X 14 X 2,5 CENTIMETRES ENVIRON) DE 384 PAGES, RELIURE D'EPOQUE PLEIN VELIN IVOIRE, TITRE MANUSCRIT SUR DOS LISSE. ILLUSTRE D'UNE VIGNETTE DE TITRE GRAVEE SUR BOIS.

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        The Faerie Queen: The Shepheards Calendar: together with the other works of England's Arch-Poët, Edm. Spenser: collected into one volume, and carefully corrected

      London: H[umphrey].L[ownes]. for Mathew Lownes, 1615. First collected edition, third reissue. General title leaf with elaborate woodcut border, woodcut head- and tailpieces throughout, wooduct vignettes to illustrate The Shepheards Calendar. [iv], 363; [10], 56; 16; [166] pp., lacking blanks. 4to. Late 18th-century tree calf, green morocco spine label, floral endpapers. Corners rubbed, paper flaw to 2C2 of Faerie Queen at bottom margin, paper repairs to worming at margin of Colin Clouts and following works, some leaves toned, a few early marginal notes. First collected edition, third reissue. General title leaf with elaborate woodcut border, woodcut head- and tailpieces throughout, wooduct vignettes to illustrate The Shepheards Calendar. [iv], 363; [10], 56; 16; [166] pp., lacking blanks. 4to. First collected edition of the works of England's greatest and most important poet after Chaucer. Of THE FAERIE QUEEN, this is the "'third 'reissue' of the 1609 edition, though both parts are now actually in later settings. Part 1 still has the 1611 cancel title page and conjugate dedication of the first reissue (STC 23083.3). The text of part 1 has now been reset (the 1615 date conjectured by STC); B3r stanza 1 begins 'Young Knight'. Part 2 still has separate title page dated 1612 or 1613 (stop-press variants) and R3r catchword reads 'And'. Pagination and register are continuous" (ESTC). THE SHEPHEARD'S CALENDAR (STC 23093.5) has a separate title-page dated 1611, separate pagination, and register. COLIN CLOUTS (STC 23077.3), PROTHALAMION, AMORETTI and EPITHALAMION, FOURE HYMNES, DAPHNAIDA, COMPLAINTS CONTAINING SUNDRY SMALL POEMS OF THE WORLDS VANITIES, THE TEARES OF THE MUSES, and MUIOPOTMOS, OR THE FATE OF THE BUTTERFLY, all have separate title-pages with the imprint: "At London printed by H.L. for Mathew Lownes," and continuous register. ESTC S123122; Pforzheimer 973; Johnson, F.R. Crit. bib. of the works of Edmund Spenser, 12, 19; issued with STC 23086.3, 23093.5, 23077.3 and 23087

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        De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Riccii eiusdem Societatis commentarius, libri V. in quibus Sinensis regni mores, leges atque instituta & novae illius ecclesiae difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigaultio Belga ex eadem Societate.

      Christoph Mang, Augsburg 1615 - (7) ff., including elaborately engraved title page incorporating Ricci¿s map of China, flanked by portraits of Xavier and Ricci in an architectural frame, 646 (i.e. 648) pp., (5) ff., including errata on recto of last leaf, publisher¿s colophon verso, and with one folding plate with text showing the plan of the Royal Palace in Peking in the gardens of which Father Matteo Ricci is buried. Bound in contemporary vellum, title in manuscript on spine, blind-ruled spine and cover borders, overlapping fore-edge, slits for ties. Some rubbing and staining to spine and covers, some chipping to head of spine, joint of upper cover separating near head, bookplate inside upper cover. Contemporary ownership inscriptions to front flyleaf, library stamps on recto and verso of title and recto of f. a1, occasional very minor marginal spotting and dampstaining. First edition of ¿the most influential description of China to appear during the first half of the 17th century. Trigault, the procurator of the Jesuits¿ China mission, translated and augmented the pioneer missionary Matteo Ricci¿s journal, aiming to elicit support for the mission. The De Christiana expeditione, therefore, is essentially a translation of Ricci¿s Journal. Trigault, however, did not merely translate the journal; he omitted or changed many passages, rearranged its parts, and added material from other Chinese missionaries to complete the story and to depict China and the Jesuit mission in a more favorable light. The resulting volume contains a history of the Jesuit mission in China from its inception in 1583 until Ricci¿s death in 1610, the same year in which Trigault arrived in China. It includes a wealth of information about China in the chapters describing Chinese geography, people, laws, government, religion, learning, commerce and the like. The De Christiana Expeditione, despite its departures from Ricci¿s original journal, provided European readers with more, better organized, and more accurate information about China than was ever before available¿ (Lach III.512, illustrating the present work¿s title-page, #55). Two subsequent Latin additions appeared within the next two years and translation into the major European languages shortly thereafter. The Italian manuscript of Ricci¿s original journal was not published until 1911. ¿The appearance of Trigault¿s book in 1615 took Europe by surprise. It reopened the door to China, which was first opened by Marco Polo, three centuries before, and then closed behind him by an incredulous public, who received the greater part of his fabulous narrative as the beguiling tales of a capricious traveler. [It] probably had more effect on the literary and scientific, the philosophical and the religious phases of life in Europe than any other historical volume on the 17th century. It opened a new world¿ (Gallagher, China in the 17th Century: The Journals of Matteo Ricci, pp. xvii-ix). * Cordier, Sinica 809; Streit V.2094; De Backer Sommervogel VIII.239; Amat di San Filippo, p. 321; D.E. Mungello, Curious Land: Jesuit accommodation and the origins of Sinology, Ch. 2. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Beschryvinge van Moscovien ofte Ruslant: gestelt in twee deelen.Amsterdam, Broer Jansz., 1615. Small 4to (17.5 x 13.5 cm). With the title in a border built up from 4 woodcuts. 19th-century half sheepskin.

      Adelung II, 53; Brunet II, col. 483; Cat. Russica D-44; Tiele, Bibl. 293. First edition of one of the best early Dutch books on Russia by Jan Danckaert. It is divided into two parts, the first part deals with the history of the country, while the second part discusses its religion, customs, laws, costumes, etc., including several chapters on Russian warfare.After Danckaert had insulted Remonstrant minister Johannes Wtenbogaert he fled the Netherlands. He travelled around England and Scandinavia, before joining the service of Swedish general Jacob de la Gardie, to assist the Russian army in their fights against Poland. He visited Russia again a few years later, as secretary to Baron Van Luyt, a Dutch envoy to Russia.With a library and deaccession stamp. Sllightly browned, final leaf restored on the (blank) back. Binding slightly rubbed along the extremities, but otherwise in good condition.

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        De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas: suscepta . Libri V

      Augsburg Christoph Mang 1615 - One of the pre-eminent early accounts of China by a western eye-witness, this narrative of the Jesuit mission to Peking became the 'most influential description of China to appear during the first half of the seventeenth century . . . . It includes a wealth of information about China in the chapters describing geography, people, laws, government, religion, learning, commerce and . . . provided European readers with more, better organized, and more accurate information about China than was ever before available' (Lach & Van Kley I pp.512–13). Its appearance 'took Europe by surprise. It reopened the door to China, which was first opened by Marco Polo, three centuries before, and then closed behind him by an incredulous public, who received the greater part of his fabulous narrative as the beguiling tales of a capricious traveller . . . . [It] probably had more effect on the literary and scientific, the philosophical and the religious, phases of life in Europe than any other historical volume of the seventeenth century . . . . It opened a new world' (Gallagher pp.xvii–xix). Matteo Ricci, the celebrated pioneer Jesuit missionary to China, died there in 1610. His journals were edited for publication by Nicolas Trigault, another member of the mission. The resulting book, first published in 1615, rapidly became popular: three Latin editions appeared by 1617 together with translations into French, German, Italian and Spanish. Although extracts were edited for publication in English in Purchas his pilgrimes in 1625, a complete English translation, the work of L. J. Gallagher, did not appear until 1953, under the title China in the sixteenth century. The Italian manuscript of Ricci's original text remained unpublished until 1911. Auvermann & Payne 184; Cordier BS 809; Löwendahl 54 A very good fresh copy bound in recent quarter calf, marbled boards. Fore-edge of title and first few leaves repaired. But Lacking the final blank leaf, and the folding plan of the villa in Peking converted into a church with Ricci's tomb. First edition Small quarto, engraved title by Wolfgang Kilian, incorporating Ricci's map of China flanked by portraits of the author and St Francis Xavier, pp.[xii], 111, (110)-646 [but 648 as p.111-2 numbered twice], [8, index], [2, errata, colophon].

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        Kreutterbuch Desz Hochgelehrten vnnd weitberühmten Herrn D. Petri Andreae Matthioli, Jetzt widerumb mit viel schönen neuwen Figuren/ auch nützlichen Artzeneyen/ vnd andern guten stücken/ zum andern mal auß sonderm fleiß gemehret/ vnd verfertigt Durch Ioachimum Camerarium, der löblichen Reichsstatt Nürmberg Medicum, Doct. Sampt dreyen wolgeordneten nützlichen Registern/ der Kreutter Lateinische vnd Teutsche Namen/ vnd dann die Artzeneyen/ darzu dieselbigen zu gebrauchen/ jnnhaltendt.

      Kreutterbuch Desz Hochgelehrten vnnd weitberühmten Herrn D. Petri Andreae Matthioli, Jetzt widerumb mit viel schönen neuwen Figuren/ auch nützlichen Artzeneyen/ vnd andern guten stücken/ zum andern mal auß sonderm fleiß gemehret/ vnd verfertigt Durch Ioachimum Camerarium, der löblichen Reichsstatt Nürmberg Medicum, Doct. Sampt dreyen wolgeordneten nützlichen Registern/ der Kreutter Lateinische vnd Teutsche Namen/ vnd dann die Artzeneyen/ darzu dieselbigen zu gebrauchen/ jnnhaltendt. Gedruckt zu Franckfort am Mayn M.D.LXXXX. bey Johan Feyrabendt/ in verlegung Peter Fischers/ vnd Heinrich Dacken Erben VD16 M 1615. - Nissen 1311. Das berühmte Kräuterbuch in der von Cameriarius besorgten Ausgabe. "C. verwandte die von ihm aufgekauften Figuren C. Gesners - die übrigen sind den kleinen Figuren der Valgrisi-Ausgabe nachgeschnitten" (Nissen). - Wappen-Exlibris "Comes de Solms", Blindgeprägter Leder oder Pergament auf 4 Bünden über Holzdeckeln mit 2 Schließen, fleckig, bestoßen, stellenweise geschabt, Rücken mit kleiner Fehlstelle, Rückenbezug oben teils alt ergänzt, Vordere Gelenk angeplatzt. teils gebräunt, stock- u. wasserfleckig, hier ein digitaler Link zur Ansicht des Werkes http://www.e-rara.ch/doi/10.3931/e-rara-9763 Deutschland kostenloser Versand DHL

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        Libre Discours au Roy pour la Réception du Concile de Trente: Contre ceux qui s'Efforcent de l'Empescher. Où il Est Prouvé que l'un des Meilleurs Moyens d'Arrester le Cours des Heresies, Est de Faire Valoir l'Authorité des Saincts Conciles Generaux

      Jean Petit-Pas 1615 - 74 pp. ex-library, call number & label on front cover, front cover disbound, back cover weakly bound, cover wear, stamps on FFEP recto, pencil notes on FFEP verso, owner's name on blank page facing title page, stamp on title page, pencil marks on margin of 1st text page [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Analecton Anglobritannicon libri dvo: qvibvs ea maxime, qvae ad civilem illivs, qvae iam Anglia dicitvr, Magnae Britanniae partis antiquitus administrationem, res domi publicas, sacras, prophanas, statusque catastrophas vsque ad Normanni aduentum attinent, ex antiquis simul & neotericis depromta, temporum iuxta seriem digesta historice & arctissime componuntur

      Prodeunt ex Officina Paltheniana 1615 - 141 S. 1 Bd. Contemporary vellum. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        Il libro dei tornei della nobiltà del Kraichgau. 1615 circa. Edizione in facsimile del Codice Rossia

      Jaca Book, 1615. Volume di Commento all'edizione in facsimile del Codice Rossiano 711 della Biblioteca Vaticana. L'edizione porta il numero LVII dei ''Codices e Vaticanis selecti quam simillime expressi iussu Ioannis Pauli PP II Consilio et Opera curatorum Biblothecae vaticanae. 2 volumi: facsimile del Codice e Commento scientifico a cura di Lotte Kurras. Prefazione di Lionello Giorgio Boccia. 2 volumi. 4to. pp. 90 + 110. . Perfetto (Mint). . . .

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        A Treatise Of The Lawes Of The Forest: Wherein Is Declared Not Only Those Lawes , As They Are Now In Force , But Also The Original And Beginning Of Forests: And What A Forest Is In His Owne Proper Nature, And Wherin The Same Doth Differ . (cont'd)

      Societie Of Stationers, London 1615 - (cont'd) . From A Chase, A Parke, Or a Warren, With All Such Things As Are Incident Or Belonging There Unto with Their Several ProperTearmes Of Art.; light brown full calf binding; four raised bands; lettering in gilt on brown leather label on spine; gilt is bright; (18), (12) Contents Table, 518 pages (259 leaves with page numbers printed on rectos only; a number of printer's pagination printing errors but all pages collated and present; hinges tight; spine is square; some minor underling in text with some tiny hand written notes and marginalia; no foxing or browning other than age toning to outside edges of leaves; please note that the first seven preliminary leaves were lost or removed at some point in time and were replaced with exact reproduced facsimiles; rebacked ca. late 1800's with original upper and lower boards retained; shelf wear rubbing at edges; tips peeking; hinges tight; spine is square. Size: Octavo [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Metoposcopia & ophthalmoscopia.

      Straßburg, Theodosius Glaser für Paul Ledertz, 1615. - (16), 140 SS. Mit 24 Kupfer- und 2 Holzschnitt-Porträts. Halbpergamentband der Zeit. Dreiseitiger Rotschnitt. 8vo. Seltene einzige Ausgabe eines der frühesten Werke über die Semiologie des Auges. "Samuel Fuchs, a native of Koslin in Pomerania, was professor of rhetoric at Königsberg. In this curious and little known work the author suggests a system for the estimation of character based on the shape of the head and eyes [.] Among the finely executed engravings and woodcuts are portraits of Cosimo Medici, Andrea Doria, Christopher Columbus, and Philip II, Duke of Pomerania" (Becker). - Papierbedingt wie stets etwas gebräunt bzw. braunfleckig; einige Blätter der Vorstücke angerändert. Zeitgenöss. Besitzvermerk (mit Verzeichnung des Kaufpreises und der Bindekosten) am vorderen Innendeckel. BM-STC F 1306. Krivatsy 4457. Waller 3303. Wellcome I, 2468. Becker Coll. 95. Hirschberg 483 (III, S. 20, 1). Sabin 26106. Caillet 4248. Graesse, Bibl. mag.-pneum. 104. Rosenthal 953 ("Piece fort rare").

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        Historia del Regno di Voxu del Giapone; Dell' Antichita, Nobita, e Valore del Suo re Idate Masamune.

      Appresso Giacomo Mascardi, 1615 - .E dell’Ambasciata che ha inviata alla S.ta di N.S. Papa Paolo V, e delli suoi successi, con altre varie cose di edificatione, e gusto spirituale de i Lettori. .E dell’Ambasciata che ha inviata alla S.ta di N.S. Papa Paolo V, e delli suoi successi, con altre varie cose di edificatione, e gusto spirituale de i Lettori. Small 4to. 23 x 16.8cm. (xvi), 76pp. Full vellum (c. 19th century), slightly worn, otherwise fine. Very scarce. Cordier Japonica 283 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        REIGLES MILITAIRES DU CHEVALIER MELZO TOUCHANT LA CAVALLERIE..

      Anvers, en l'Imprimerie de Geerard Wolsschat, et Henry Aertssen, 1615. On les vend chez Ieronime Verdussen. FIRST FRENCH EDITION 1615, folio in sixes, approximately 315 x 200 mm, 12¼ x 8 inches, printed half-title followed by engraved pictorial title page depicting 2 knights on horseback firing guns, another with lance plus 2 allegorical figures, Pallas and Hercules, and a battle in the background, 16 engraved plates on 15 folding sheets, decorated initials, pages: (12), 209, (2), bound in full contemporary calf, expertly rebacked with original backstrip laid on, raised bands, gilt ruled compartments with small gilt motif, gilt lettering, original endpapers retained. Gilt on spine slightly dull, very small neat repairs to corners, covers slightly marked, armorial bookplate of Nathaniel Cholmley appointed Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1754, on front pastedown, half-title lightly browned at edges, a few pages lightly browned, tiny hole due to paper flaw in Plate XII, neatly repaired on blank side, no loss of image. A very good tight clean copy. Lodovico Melzo (1558-1617) was born in Milan to an important Milanese family. He became a member of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and he represents the professional Italian soldier of the period. He was Lieutenant General of the Spanish Cavalry in the Low Countries at the Truce of 1609. The very good large plates show single cavalrymen, battle scenes, troop dispositions and exercises etc. many against landscape backgrounds with trees, villages, castles etc. and labourers working in the fields. This famous work on military horsemanship was first published in Italian in Antwerp in 1611. It was translated into English, Spanish and German as well as French. Sotheby's Library of the Earls of Macclesfield Part 10, 3653; Cockle, Military Books to 1642, No.723. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Tooneel der keyseren en coningen van christenryck sedert den onderganck van het Griecks Keyserdom vervatende hare beeltenissen afcomsten en de voornaemste daden ende also 't sommier der historie van meer dan 150 jaren herwaerts bij een vergadert uytde geloofweerdigste schrijvers door N.D.C. tot Delf bij Niclaes de Clerck Anno 1615 Gebonden met: Tooneel der beroemder Hertogen Princen Graven ende krygs-Helden van Christenrijck binnen dese drij laeste eeuwen Vervatende hare beeldnissen afcomsten en voornaemste daden mitgaders den oorspronck ende huijdigen staet der vermaerder Republijcken van Venetien Genua Suitserlandt ende Geneven Uit de geloofweerdigste schrijvers bij een vergadert door N.D.C. tot Delf Bij Niclaes Clerck.

      Clercq, N. de, Delft 1615 - Rijk geillustreerd met +- 140 portretten. Zeldzaam werk , Illustrated 4TO Quarto 4to Part: 1/6 Witpagina('s)/213 /9 RegisterPart: 2/Titelpagina/6 NNP/637 P/8 Register/2 Witpagina('s) 6 Rug beschadigd en met pennestrepen, vroege band gemaakt van perkament dat eerder is gebruikt voor een andere band, mist iig 1 pagina van het register van het 2e boek.

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        Alcune poesie sopra la morte del Principe don Francesco Medici

      

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        Disquisitiones mathematicae, de controversiis et novitatibus astronomicis quas sub praesidio Christophori Scheiner, De Societate Iesv ... publice disputandas posvit, propvgnavit ... Ioannes Georgius Locher ... Ingolstadt: Eder for Elisabeth Angermaria, 1614. [Bound after:] TANNER, Adam, praes. Astrologia Sacra: hoc est, Orationes et Quaestiones quinque, quibus explicatur, an et qua ratione fas sit homini christiano, de rebus occultis, praesertim futuris, ex astris iudicium ferre / Dictae & discussae ... D. Otho Henricus Bachmair Monacensis, ... & D. Fridericus Pirchinger, . Promotore Adamo Tannero, E Societate Jesu ... Ingolstadt: Eder for Elisabeth Angermaria, 1615.

      Ingolstadt: Eder for Elisabeth Angermaria, 1614 & 1615. First edition, in a beautiful contemporary binding, of Scheiner's very rare work containing the second earliest map of the moon - but the first to give topographical details - as well as the first illustrations of a telescope. It builds upon Scheiner's 1612 discovery of sunspots, made using a telescope he built himself, which led to his famous controversy with Galileo. This work discusses almost all the astronomical issues then current, especially those brought about by the newly invented telescope. There is an extensive argument against the notion of an infinite universe, illustrated by a striking full-page woodcut on p. 17 of 'Chaos infinitum ex atomis' surrounding the sphere of fixed stars. This is followed by a detailed examination of the Copernican heliocentric theory, as well as the Tychonic system, which he supported, and that of Fracastoro; the systems are illustrated by three large diagrams. Then follow discussions of the moon (including its 'secondary light'), the sun (with a full examination of sunspots), and the planets. On p. 58 is an extraordinary map of the moon, with craters and other features labelled and listed, including Mare Crisium, Mare Tranquilitatis, Mare Foecunditatis, Mare Nectaris and the crater Aristoteles. The only earlier maps of the moon are those published in Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius (1610), but these are "apparently but schematic views of what Galileo saw with his telescope, for none of the features recorded on them can be identified with certainty with any known formation" (Kopal, p. 62). This is followed by a chapter on Jupiter and its moons, with a series of Scheiner's own observations illustrated on p. 79. Saturn and the phases of Venus conclude the work. On pages 87 and 89 a telescope is illustrated in the process of observing Saturn and the phases of Venus; these are the first illustrations of a telescope in use. Another illustration of a telescope was published in Simon Mayr's Mundus jovialis (Nuremberg 1614), which appeared at about the same time as the Disquisitiones (there are two issues of Mayr's work, in the second of which Mayr responds to Scheiner's Disquisitiones), but in Mayr's work the telescope appears in a woodcut portrait of the author and is not shown in use. As was the custom, Scheiner wrote the dissertations for his students, including the present one, written for Johann Georg Locher. It was cited by Biancani in 1620, by Galileo in 1632 (in the Dialogo), by Mersenne in 1636, by Hevelius in 1647, and by Riccioli in 1651 (see Reeves, p. 205). ABPC/RBH list only the Streeter copy (bound in modern vellum) in the last 80 years (Christie's, 16 April 2007, lot 460). Bound before Scheiner's work is a dissertation on astronomy and against astrology written by Scheiner's Jesuit Superior at Ingolstadt University, Adam Tanner. Tanner discusses the usefulness of telescopic observations and the relation of theology to astrology and to astronomy. The second part includes a discussion of Galileo's discoveries announced in the Sidereus Nuncius. Scheiner worked with Tanner trying to make or obtain improved telescopes and, independently of Scheiner, Tanner observed sunspots in the autumn of 1611, having heard a rumour about Galileo's observations. But Scheiner always maintained that his own first observations of sunspots had been made in the spring and without knowledge of Galileo's. Tanner makes no mention of Scheiner's activities in the present work, and on p. 49 credits Galileo with the first observation of sunspots: "Assuredly the great astronomer Galileo, the first discoverer of these wonders of the skies, maintains that these spots which overshadow the sun ..." "[Scheiner (1573-1650)] was appointed professor of Hebrew and mathematics at Ingolstadt in 1610. The following year Scheiner constructed a telescope with which he began to make observations, and in March 1611 he detected the presence of spots on the sun. His religious superiors did not wish him to publish under his own name, lest he be mistaken and bring discredit on the Society of Jesus; but he communicated his discovery to his friend Marc Welser in Augsburg. In 1612 Welser had Scheiner's letters printed under the title Tres epistolae de maculis solaribus, and he sent copies abroad, notably to Galileo and Kepler. Scheiner believed that the spots were small planets circling the sun; and in a second series of letters, which Welser published in the same year as De maculis solaribus ... accuratior disquisitio, Scheiner discussed the individual motion of the spots, their period of revolution, and the appearance of brighter patches or faculae on the surface of the sun. Having observed the lower conjunction of Venus with the sun, Scheiner concluded that Venus and Mercury revolve around the sun ... In Ingolstadt, Scheiner trained young mathematicians and organized public debates on current issues in astronomy. Two of these "disputations" were subsequently published. In the first, the Disquisitiones mathematicae de controversis et novitatibus astronomicis, Scheiner upheld the traditional view that the earth is at rest at the center of the universe but praised Galileo for his discoveries of the phases of Venus and the satellites of Jupiter" (DSB). The second of the disputations dealt with the construction of sundials. The opening section of the book (pp. 6-11), headed De praestantia, necessitate et utilitate mathematicae, "consists largely of lengthy quotation from Possevino on the value of mathematics for understanding Plato and Aristotle and its use in a number of practical arts ... There follows material on the scientific status of mathematics and the proper objects of its various branches: "Mathematics demonstrates its conclusions scientifically, by axioms, definitions, postulates, and suppositions; whence it is clear that it is truly called a science" ... The text was evidently written by Scheiner for a student to defend - a common practice in this period ... For the attribution (certain from internal evidence), see Sommervogel, Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus, vol. 7, p. 737, col. 1" (Dear, p. 41). "A year after the emergence of [De maculis solaribus ...] Accuratior Disquisitio, Scheiner published a set of theses defended by one of his students, Johann Georg Locher, entitled Disquisitiones mathematicae, de controversiis et novitatibus astronomicis. This work offered a brief discussion of sunspots: "They are blackish bodies wandering about the Sun with various motions; neither their number nor their nature has yet been defined. They are so close to the Sun that the senses cannot separate them from it, for they have no parallax whatsoever with respect to it, and they are together with the Sun. From this it is evident that they are very close to the Sun and are absolutely not in the air. To put it another way, the notion that they do not remain on the Sun the entire day, or that they appear [only] for a little while when the Sun is over the horizon, or that they are not [seen] in the same place when observed simultaneously from widely separated places such as Italy, Germany, or Poland, is contradicted by experience. Whether they are stars is still to be determined. Consult the paintings of Apelles [a pseudonym for Scheiner used by Welser], go to the History of Galileo [i.e., Istoria e Dimostrazioni Intorno Alle Macchie Solari (1613)], and expect more in time" [p. 66]. "The thesis also alluded to another solar phenomenon, faculae, which had first been mentioned by Galileo in his third sunspot letter: "Faculae are small areas on the Sun that are brighter than the rest of its body. Where, in what way, and what they may be will be explained elsewhere soon. They have been observed with the spots from the beginning, and Signor Galileo wrote this in the third letter of his History, fol. 131."  "Whereas it was possible, even plausible, that the dark spots, maculae, were extrasolar planetary bodies - Galileo had entertained the possibility in his first announcement in print - it was less feasible to assign the brighter faculae, which had exactly the same motions as the dark maculae, to orbits around the Sun. The faculae were very likely an important consideration in Scheiner's abandonment of the planetary nature of sunspots. "In the course of his student's thesis, Scheiner also offered a full review of the information available about Jupiter's satellites, beginning with a statement about their discovery: "Jupiter's wonderful retinue was first discovered a few years ago by Signor Galilei, the distinguished and brilliant Italian mathematician ..., and the entire community of astronomers was deservedly carried away in its admiration for him. For around this Lord, if you will, four attendants revolve, of different motions, sizes and distances" [p. 78]" (Reeves & Van Helden, pp. 307-8). "While supporting a geocentric (or geoheliocentric) and geostatic universe, [Scheiner] describes and schematically depicts a range of alternate universes, including contemporary Ptolemaic, Tychonic, and Copernican proposals but also including what is labeled "The Mathematical [or Astronomical] System of the Ancients." After first summing up the traditional two-story universe, Scheiner then goes on to sketch a schematic of an infinite Cosmos or (more precisely) Multiverse: "Everything therefore that is corporeal either is in the heavens or is contained by the circuit of the heavens; and standing far off is the Earth, appointed center of the heavens, and thus functioning as the center so far as perception is concerned. Above Earth comes water, and above water air, which is surrounded by the ether, and this in turn by the womb of the heavens. These things accordingly make up the mass of the universe, and from these in turn all other things come to be. Most ancient philosophers are opposed to this partition and many more recent ones are opposed to that placement of things. And indeed, those ancients along with many mathematicians have declared that the universe is infinite. Within this they have distinguished two parts, one of which they assert to be this world or rather worlds, separate and finite in mass yet infinite in number; the other dispersed beyond the world, an infinite great heap of atoms, from which both already-created worlds might be fed and new worlds might from time to time be made. Moreover, concerning our own world, philosophers have variously disagreed among themselves concerning its measure and structure. And so we may call their system somewhat formless and defective, according to the present diagram, except for the firmament marked ABCD, which is the highest heavens, in whose embrace the planets and other elements are held in place, but beyond which might surge an infinite Chaos, full of unformed atoms - within which our universe might seem to swim, from which it might come into being, and into which it might eventually dissolve" [pp. 16-17]" (Danielson, pp. 38-9). Scheiner, however, takes issue with the "ancients along with many mathematicians [who] have declared that the universe is infinite", for he proceeds to give fascinating arguments against the existence of a physical infinitude, and in particular of the "infinite atomistic chaos" surrounding our observable universe. Scheiner imagines a line of alternating black and white segments, of a given actual length, the line starting at A and extending infinitely to the right, in the direction of F - this is illustrated in the diagram on p. 45.  Now suppose the black segments are eliminated, and the whites collapsed to the left toward A: is there now an infinite amount of space remaining to the right of the whites? That is impossible, Scheiner argues: you cannot start from A and reach the end of the infinite series of white segments. As a second argument, Scheiner imagines pairing off the blacks and whites, or grouping them into threesomes or foursomes. If the line consisted of a dozen segments, then there would be six pairs, four threesomes, or three foursomes, but if the line consists of infinitely many segments it must divide into an infinite number of each. But this is impossible, because there must be fewer foursomes than threesomes, etc. Does this mean that one infinity is larger than another? Does all this not say that you can subtract an infinity from an infinity and get an infinity? Scheiner concludes that the notion of an infinitude of actual physical objects is absurd, although he does grant the validity of the mathematical concept of infinity, which he says is necessary in order that the square roots of numbers can be determined exactly (among other reasons). Scheiner draws some important conclusions from this: the universe cannot have existed from eternity; and therefore it was brought into existence at some point in time; and therefore we know from evidence that almighty God, the author of the universe, exists; and the fables of the ancients, about the universe forming from the confluence of elementary particles, are destroyed. There is no infinite multiverse. In another remarkable passage Scheiner gives a thought experiment to show that bodies (such as the Earth) undergo circular motion under a central attractive force. He imagines an L-shaped rod, with one end buried in the Earth and a heavy iron ball attached to the free end. The heaviness or gravity of the ball (that is, its action of trying to reach its natural place at the center of the universe) presses down on the rod, but the rigidity of the rod keeps the ball from falling. Scheiner now imagines the rod being hinged at a point A on the Earth's surface. The heaviness of the ball will now cause the rod to pivot about the hinge. The ball will fall along an arc of a circle whose center is A, striking the Earth at B, say. If the Earth is made smaller relative to the rod, the same thing will still occur--the rod pivots; the iron ball falls in a circular arc; if the Earth is imagined to be smaller still, the rod will be what hits the ground, not the ball, so the ball stops at C, say, but the ball still falls in a circular arc whose center is A. If the Earth is imagined to be smaller and smaller, the ball still falls, driven by its gravity, in a circular arc. Scheiner finally passes to the limiting case in which the rod pivots about the center of the universe itself -- the Earth vanishing to a point. Surely, he says, in this situation, a complete and perpetual revolution will take place around that same pivot point A (fiet reuolutio integra & perpetua circa idem A). Now, Scheiner says, we have demonstrated that perpetual circular motion of a heavy body is possible. And if we imagine the Earth in the place of the iron ball, suspended over the center of the universe, we have a thought experiment (cogitatione percipi possit) that shows how the Earth might be made to revolve about that center (and about the Sun, which would be at the center in the Copernican system). Scheiner's diagram illustrating this argument is on p. 37: curves MN, OP, and QR are the surface of the Earth, being imagined smaller and smaller. S is the iron ball. A is the center of the universe. Circle CHIC is the path of the orbiting ball. Scheiner opposed Galileo's hypothesis that the secondary light of the moon is due to reflected light from the sun. In Scheiner's view, "the ashen glow with which the moon was adorned shortly before and after conjunction was not in essence different from the brighter light that fell on the horns: the apparent differences in illumination were to be attributed to both the moon's semidiaphanous substance and its dimensions ... "I say therefore that this brilliance on the moon is produced by the Sun, not so much by the radiation and reflection from which the primary light of the moon is born, but by a glowing within and throughout the globe; thus as the rays of the Sun are absorbed by the moon and terminated in it, so the moon becomes a wholly luminous body"" (Reeves, pp. 205-5). This last statement was mercilessly attacked by Galileo in the Dialogo (1632). Relations between Galileo and Scheiner may have deteriorated in later years, but at the time the present work was published Scheiner held Galileo in high regard, even though they disagreed on a number of scientific matters.  "Early in 1615, Scheiner sent a copy of his Disquisitiones to Galileo, addressing him as follows: "Noble, Excellent, and most Esteemed Lord, Now that the occasion has arisen, I am gladly doing what I have often intended: to address Your Excellency with a letter and to interrupt you with a trifling present. One of my students recently defended the Mathematical Disquisitions, and I will send Your Lordship a copy, not because I wish to teach [you] something, but rather to declare that my heart is well disposed [to you] and to request some epistolary communications, if that is proper. It does not, however, escape me that the Copernican opinion and hypotheses are looked upon very favorably by Your Lordship, but my opinions, or rather those of my student, are such that they do not seek to escape the censure of the more learned. Therefore, although I do not think that in this matter one should be violently deprived of his opinion, I judge that reason should not be spared in order to find the truth. For if Your Excellency puts forward something to the contrary, it will never offend us, but we will willingly read what is produced against [us], always in the hope that from it greater light will be shed on the truth ... I ask of you one thing at this time: if you have tables of the revolutions of the Medicean Stars [i.e., Jupiter's moons] - and I hardly doubt that you do - you deem it worthy to communicate them to me. I offer myself ready to return the favor. May your Lordship fare well and pray God for me." "Two months later Scheiner tried again, this time sending Galileo a copy of his new book, Sol Ellipticus. There is no record of Galileo's response to overtures from a colleague who was a member of an order that was, in this period, well disposed toward him" (Reeves & Van Helden, pp. 308-9). Scheiner went on to publish books on atmospheric refraction and the optics of the eye, building on the optical achievements of Johannes Kepler. In 1616 Scheiner left Ingolstadt to become the advisor on mathematical subjects to Arch Duke Maximilian, brother of Emperor Rudolph II. When the Arch Duke died on a voyage to Spain in 1624, Scheiner went to Rome, where he stayed for the next eight years and where he published his greatest work, Rosa Ursina (1630), the standard work on sunspots for more than a century. In his Assayer of 1623, Galileo had made certain disparaging remarks about those who had tried to steal his priority of discovery of celestial phenomena. Although Galileo almost certainly had others in mind, Scheiner interpreted these remarks as being directed against him. He therefore devoted the first book of Rosa Ursina to an all out attack on Galileo, and it has been said that his enmity toward Galileo was instrumental in initiating the actions of the Inquisition against the Florentine. In 1633 Scheiner returned to the German region, where he spent the rest of his life in Vienna and Neisse, supervising the building of the new Jesuit College at Neisse. Adam Tanner (1572-1632) joined the Society of Jesus in 1589, first taught in Ingolstadt in 1603, and at the University of Vienna in 1618 as professor of theology. He was noted for his defence of the Catholic Church and the church's practices against Lutheran reformers as well as the Ultraquists. He was the first German Jesuit to express doubts over the persecution of witches. Whereas he did not deny the reality of witchcraft, he attacked the procedures and the use of torture characteristic of the persecution of those accused. I. BEA II, 1018; BM/STC 17th-century German S-594; Houzeau and Lancaster 2948; Jesuit Science in the Age of Galileo 3; VD17 12:161843A; Sommervogel VII 737 3; Zinner 4484; OCLC locates copies in North America at the Library of Congress, Loyola University of Chicago, Huntington, Linda Hall, Harvard, Brown University, New York Public Library, Yale, and Smithsonian. Danielson, Paradise Lost and the Cosmological Revolution, 2014. Dear, Discipline and Experience: The Mathematical Way in the Scientific Revolution, 1995. Kopal, 'The earliest maps of the moon,' The Moon, Vol. 1 (1969), pp. 59-66. Reeves, Painting the Heavens: Art and Science in the Age of Galileo, 1999. Reeves & Van Helden (tr.), Galileo Galilei & Christoph Scheiner, On Sunspots, 2010. II. VD17 23:238787Z; OCLC records no locations for North America. On Tanner, see Sommervogel VII, cols. 1843-1855. Together two works in one vol., 4to (192 x 155 mm), pp. [2], 90, [4, last blank]; ff. [4], pp. 64; with numerous text woodcuts to Scheiner's work, including images of the moon, some full-page; pages 75/76 and 81/82 folded in at outer margins, due to oversize images; a partly erased early inscription to the title of Tanner's work, and a few early annotations to the same; excellent copies in contemporary vellum using an earlier manuscript sheet (musical notations); two ties; ms paper label.

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