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        Hispaniae Nova Describtio, de Integro Multis Inlocis, Secundum Hydrographicas, Desc. Emendata

      Jodocus Hondius Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1616. unbound. very good. Petrus Kaerius. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 14.75" x 20.25". Map of Iberian Peninsula, beautifully decorated with ships and sea monsters. French text on back. Scattered staining and crease right of centerfold, that has led to a few small holes. From the "Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae" (Mercator-Hondius Atlas). Plate was originally made by Mercator and later added to by Hondius. Mercator (1512-1594) was an accomplished mathematician, cartographer, globe maker and engraver but is best known for the Mercator Projection. Incorporating the newly accepted fact that the world is round, Mercator was able to render longitude lines consistently straight on a chart. Although this requires some distortion, it was of great use for navigators, and is historically important, as it is still the most commonly used projection today.

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        THE WORKES

      London: Imprinted by Will Stansby, 1616. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION of Each of the Three Parts. First Collected Edition of an English Dramatist, The Chew-Lefferts-Wilson-Auchincloss Copy 279 x 197 mm (11 x 7 3/4"). The text with very disrupted collation, but complete. (Pforzheimer: "The bibliographical variations of this book are bewildering and all attempts to simplify them into categories have not materially reduced the confusion.") Three volumes bound in two. FINE 19TH CENTURY MAROON CRUSHED MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT, BY BEDFORD (signed on front turn-in of each volume), covers with gilt border and central panel each formed by a French fillet, the panel with floral cornerpieces and elaborate scrolling tangent sidepieces, raised bands, spines elegantly gilt in compartments formed by plain and decorative rules, with graceful volute cornerpieces and large central fleuron incorporating several botanical tools, densely gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In a recent sturdy cloth slipcase with marbled paper sides. Engraved frontispiece portrait (originally in the 1640 volume, here inserted in volume I), engraved title page in first volume, woodcut head- and tailpieces, and two woodcut half titles in volume I. Front pastedowns with morocco bookplates of Marshall Clifford Lefferts, Harry Glemby, and Beverly Chew, and the (loose) engraved bookplate of Carroll Atwood Wilson; front free endpaper with morocco bookplate of Louis Auchincloss; verso of front free endpaper with engraved armorial bookplate of J. Harsen Purdy (see below for provenance). Greg 1616; Pforzheimer 559, 560; STC 14751, 14754. Joints a bit rubbed and flaked, one lower corner quite worn (slight wear to other extremities), very occasional wax or rust stains of no consequence, isolated spots of foxing, occasional faint thumbing, minor stains, or other trivial imperfections, but still quite an appealing copy, the text generally very clean as well as remarkably fresh, and the bindings lustrous, completely solid, and with most of their original elegance intact. Excepting only Shakespeare, Ben Jonson (1572-1637) was the most important literary figure of his age, and in 1616 (the year Shakespeare died), he became England's first (though unofficial) Poet Laureate. In that same year, he became the first playwright to publish his collected dramatic works when he issued the earlier volume in our set (which was also the first printing of English drama in a folio-size book). The second collection here, printed in two separate volumes but almost always bound as one, appeared after Jonson's death, in 1640. For the 21 years that he lived after Shakespeare, Jonson was the unquestioned ruler in all things literary; unlike Shakespeare (who borrowed heavily), he was a fertile source for memorable plots, and nobody before or after him has ever displayed the fascinating characters of London so vividly on the stage. As Pforzheimer tells us (about the 1616 printing), "Jonson began the preparation of this definitive edition in 1612. He used the quarto texts whenever available, but scrupulously and systematically revised them, cutting out many marginal notes, altering the spelling, typography and punctuation in accordance with a consistent . . . plan introducing considerable editorial matter. The result is that this Folio edition may be regarded as authoritative. Moreover, Jonson attended the press while it was being printed and introduced many corrections and alterations at that time." (He oversaw part of the printing of the other two parts of the collection, the final portion of which was attended to by Sir Kenelm Digby.) Our copy has a very distinguished provenance. A successful New York banker and an active member of the Grolier Club, Beverly Chew (1850-1924) was an extremely discriminating collector, first, of American literature and, subsequently and more importantly, British literature. He bought heavily in 16th and 17th century authors, and sold 2,000 choice titles in this area in one transaction to Henry E. Huntington, probably the most famous of all American book collectors. Dickinson says that Chew was one of the most respected collectors of his time, and that his contributions to the very useful Grolier Club catalogue "Wither to Prior" were invaluable. Lefferts (1848-1928) was also an active member of the Grolier Club whose special interests were English and American literature. Most of his books were disposed of in sales held in 1902. An American lawyer who studied at Oxford, Carroll Atwood Wilson (1886-1947) was an avid and meticulous collector, specializing in 19th century authors, particularly American. He was known for his "wide-ranging scholarship, generosity, and aptitude for bibliography," and John Carter called him "one of the most distinguished book collectors of our time." (Dickinson) Other owners included Grolier Club member J. Harsen Purdy, and hairnet magnate and art connoisseur Harry Glemby. Finally, our volumes were once in the collection of attorney and writer Louis Auchincloss (1917-2010), described by "New York" magazine as "the last gentleman novelist," and the author of more than 60 works of fiction and non-fiction, including an acclaimed biography of Edith Wharton. In the manner of late 19th century bibliophiles' copies, the present set seems as if it might have been pressed (and lightly washed?) when its new bindings were put on, probably around 1880. However, there seems to be no significant harm done to the leaves, which still crackle happily when one turns them.

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        L'Histoire Universelle du Sieur D'Aubigné [Three Volumes]

      A Maillé: Par Jean Moussat, 1616-1620. First edition. Full speckled calf, spine with six raised bands, red morocco lettering pieces, six compartments heavily decorated in gilt as are board edges, marbled endpapers, all edges stained red. Joints split at spine ends, boards soiled and edge worn; small worm hole in front board of Vol. I, writing verso of free front endpapers; Vol. III tear to free rear endpapers. 4to. Theodore Agrippa D'Aubigne (1552-1630) "is the most enduring of late-sixteenth-century Huguenot authors. Of all witnesses of his age, he most directly and thoroughly addresses the violence of the Wars of Religion. The psychological and social impact of these conflicts are depicted in d'Aubigné's epic, Les Tragiques (1616, The Tragic Ones), and in his historical work, L'Histoire universelle (1616-1620)," (Long, Kathleen P. "Theodore Agrippa d'Aubigne." Sixteenth-Century French Writers, in DLB). The purpose of L'Histoire universelle was to present the history of the second half of the sixteenth century, though d'Aubigné reaches back to the eleventh century in order for posterity to know ?our history from us.?. The Synod of Gap authorized d'Aubigné's historical project, directing Protestant churches in France to send all information they gathered to d'Aubigné. But despite the official sanction, ?the strength of L'Histoire universelle lies in the detailed accounts of battles d'Aubigné saw as an eyewitness or heard about from friends or cohorts.? The first edition of L'Histoire universelle, published in three volumes between 1616 and 1620, covers the period from the birth of Henri de Navarre in 1553 to the end of the Wars of Religion. But d'Aubigné could not persuade the king of the justice of the Protestant cause nor obtain royal permission to publish his work. The first two volumes were finally condemned by royal authorities in 1620, and realizing that he could not remain in France and that a warrant for his arrest had been issued, he fled to Geneva. Each volume includes sections on developments in the Americas -their discovery and colonization by Spain and other European powers, all from a Protestant perspective. Very scarce as most copies were burned. "Edition Originale extrèmement rare, elle fut imprimée aux frais de l'auteur. Mais dès sa publication, une sentence du 2 janvier 1620 condamna l'ouvrage à être brûlé; quelques exemplaires seulement échappèrent au feu " (Tchemerzine I, 164). Graesse I, 249. Brunet I, 545. European Americana: 516/4. Tchemerzine I, 164. Picot: Catalogue bibliothèque Rothschild, 2086. Backer III, 595.

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        Selva rinovata di varia lettione di Pietro Messia

      Venice: Ambrosio & Bartolomeo Dei, 1616. 5 volumes in one. Quarto (23 cm); [40], 357, [17], 214, [12],186, [2 blank], [24], 277, [8], 112 pages. Each of the five parts with separate title page, with woodcut printer's device. Frequent woodcut illustrations, portraits, emblems, diagrams and ornaments in text. Bound in ineteenth-century half calf over marbled boards, expertly rebacked, with new leather label. Gilt edges. Few blemishes. Edges trimmed close, with some slight loss at lower edge of title page. References: Laurenti, Spanish Golden Age, 276. A 17th-century Italian translation of the Spanish 16th-century "forest of many stories" by Pedro Mexia. The book is a Spanish Renaissance entry into the genre named "Silvae" by Statius, but this text falls more into the tradition of Xenophon's Symposium, Athenaeus, Macrobius, and Aulus Gellius, that is, expansive, shapeless, episodic, with masses of detail and a stupefying variety of topics and narratives. It was incredibly popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, reprinted in something like 106 editions in every European language. It was a rich treasure chest for later Renaissance authors, such as Miguel Cervantes (whose Quixote is also a forest of many tales, several of them lifted from Mexia) and Christopher Marlowe (who pulled his Tamburlaine from its pages). It is now thoroughly obscure.

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        TRACTATUS DE HAERESI.

      In folio (mm. 340x220), p. pergam. coeva, 10 cc.nn. (incluso il bel frontespizio figur. inc. in rame), 686 pp.num., 1 c.b., 120 cc.nn. (l?ultima è bianca), testo su due colonne, ornato da grandi e belle iniz. inc. su legno. "Edizione originale". Cfr. Diz. Treccani,IV, p. 627: ?Prospero Farinacci (1544-1618), penalista romano fra i più celebri d?Italia.. Il suo nome è soprattutto legato alle sue opere, nelle quali, e particolarmente nella "Praxis et theorica criminalis", passò in rassegna tutte le questioni che potevano agitarsi in materia penale. L?influenza dell?opera del Farinacci, ancora vivissima sulla fine del sec. XVIII, fu anche largamente sentita nelle legislazioni straniere?. - Diz. Bibl. Italiani,XLV, pp. 1/5: ?Alla sua vasta opera penalistica "Praxis.." cominciò a lavorare fin dal 1581 (la terminò di comporre nel 1614). Diviso in 18 titoli, l?amplissimo repertorio ebbe una storia editoriale complessa.. L?ultimo, il 18°, fu impresso a Roma nel 1616, per i tipi di Andrea Fei, con intestaz. "Tractatus de haeresi", mutato sulla prima pag. in "Variarum quaestionum et communium opinionum criminalium liber quintus". Timbri di appartenenza con sigla ?Antonianum Coll. Univ. 12 A 32 e num. 4220?. Prime 55 carte con aloni di umidità marginali, più o meno pesanti, e qualche arross.; al fine 10 cc. con antico restauro al marg. sup. per fori di tarlo, ma complessivam. un buon esemplare.

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        Klaudiou Ailianou Perizoon idiotétos biblion iz (greek). De Animalium natura libri XVII. Petro Gillio Gallo & Conrado Gesnero Heluetio Interpretibus. Accessit Index locupletissimus.

      Coloniæ Allobrogum (= Geneve), Philippum Albertum, 1616. 12mo. Cont. full vellum. (8),1018,(54) pp. (Greek and Latin text in 2 colums). A little brownspotted throughout.. Brunet I:61. - Wood p. 180. Aelianus' well-known work on Natural history is here translated and annotated by the naturalists, Peter Gillius and Conrad Gesner from the best Greek Codices, together with the original Greek text

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        Representez par la description des pays, murs des habitans, richesses des prouinces, les forces, le gouuernement, la religion, & les princes qui ont gouuerné shascun estat.

      Auec l'origine de toutes les religions, & de tous les cheualiers & ordres militaires. Par le sieur D.T.V.Y. gentilhomme ordinaire de la Chambre du Roy. Cologne, Pierre Aubert, 1616. 4:o. (16),+ 1464 pp. Title printed in red and black with wood-cut vignette. Spotting throughout and dampstain at end. Page 48 rubbed with loss of text on two words. Contemporary vellum. Owner's autograph by And. G. Lindberg in ink on title, and with "No 48" on inside of front board. From the library of L. F. Rääf, and with its exlibris. Barbier (II, 303) mentions editions from 1614, 1619 and 1633. Later expanded and published under the title "Le monde ou description générale de ses quatre parties", in five volumes in 1637

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        Eu NAPIOU Tou SARDIAN ou Bioi PHILOSOPHON Dai SPOHOZON: Eunapius Sardianus de Vitis Philosophorvm et Sophistarvm. Hadriano Iunio Hornano Interprete. Graeca cum mss. Palatinis Comparata, Aucta, & emendata. Hieronymi Commelini Opera. Nunc recens accedunt eiusdem Auctorii legationes,  bibliotheca Andreae Schotti Antverpiani

      Oliva Pavli Stephani [Geneva]:: Oliva Pavli Stephani,. 1616.. 8vo: A - L8. 18 cm x 11 cm. 21872.jpg 169, [6] pp. Text double-column, in Greek & Latin. 5 page index at rear. Last page blank.. Early paper boards, off-white in color. Hand-inked title to spine.. Some expected soiling to the binding. Bit of age-toning & foxing to. paper. A VG+ copy.. "This edition contains the additions of his Legationes, the only surviving portion of his history, from a manuscript owned by Andreas Schott." . Pinter's device to t.p. Headpieces. Decorative initial capital letters.

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        Geometriae Practicae Novae.Nuremberg: Simon Halbmayer, 1627.

      First complete edition and the first edition of the fourth part (the first part was published in 1616, the first three parts together in 1618). The first book is a treatise on general mathematics and the principles of geometry. The second deals entirely with techniques of surveying. The third part describes a surveying instrument (the 'mensula praetoriana') invented by the scientific instrument maker Johann Praetorius (Richter) and its application. The fourth part is in fact a German translation of Curzio Casati's 'Geometricum problema' (1602). He shows himself to be particularly well acquainted with the contemporary Italian mathematical literature, giving in particular a resumé of some of the work of Pietro Antonio Cataldi: "The use of limited continued fractions in the expression of a relationship between large numbers is found in the 'Geometria practica' of Daniel Schweneter (1627), published soon after Cataldi's death." (DSB, III, p.128). Cantor, Vorlesungen II, p.666-70; Zeitlinger/Sotheran, 2nd suppl, 2421; Poggendorff II 878.. Four parts in one volume. 4to: 200 x 154 mm. Contemporary vellum. With two engraved and two woodcut titles, and two engraved portraits. Some browning throughout. Liechtenstein book plate to front paste down and "Anno 1640" inscribed at top. (12), 296; (8), 198, (6); (12), 101, (3); 83, (5) pp

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