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        [Florilegium], Nicolaus Guillelmus a florae Lotharingus. Fecit Romae 1638.

      [Paris], Pierre Mariette, 1638. Small oblong 4to (190 x 290mm). Engraved throughout, title-portrait within border of flowers, 12 plates of flowers, all by Delafleur (some neat marginal repairs, old crease marks with very small tears to plates numbered 8 and 9, all but two plates pricked for transfer or showing the marks from an adjoining plate). Contemporary limp vellum (neatly rebacked, ties lacking). First edition of this rare set of decorative plates, the de Belder copy (a variant before the addition of the privilege) is the only copy we could trace having been sold in the last 20 years. Born in Lorraine, Delafleur was known in Rome, where he worked for Cardinal Barberinni, as 'Monsù Fiore' Monsieur Flower) in recognition of his great skill in depicting floral subjects. The present work, unlike many other 17th century botanical works, does not seem to be based on any earlier models.The plates each feature two or more varieties or species, with six plates depicting small bunches tied with ribbons around their stalks. Bulbous plants predominate (daffodils, narcissi, jonquils, tulips, blue-bells, lilies and fritillaries) but the work also includes irises, carnations and roses. Hunt 232 ('rather rare'); Berlin Kat. II, 4416 (incomplete); Thieme-Becker 3:578.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Junk B.V.]
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        Selva rinovata di varia lettione (...) divisa in cinque parti: dove si leggono historie particolari antiche e moderne dal principio del mondo finoa' tempinostri... Accresciuta da Bartolomemo dioni da Fano.

      App. Ghirardo Imberti. 1638 SEGUE: Ragionamenti dottissimi et curiosi ...di Pietro Messia, tradotti dalla lingua spagnuola da Alfonso Ulloa. SEGUE: Nuova seconda selva rinnovata di varia lettione che segue Pietro Messia. Il tutto rilegato in un volume In-4° antico, cm. 21x16, legatura in piena pergamena, pp. n.n. 30, n. 311 - n.n. 12, n. 182. - n.n. 8, n. 175. n. 90. n.n. 14, n. 252. Cinque frontespizi con marca tipografica. Edizione figurata da varie xilografie nel testo e im particolare nella prima parte. Vecchia abrasione al frontespizio ma senza perdite ne fori, stampa in parte su carta povera con fioriture sparse. Centinaia di informazioni dalle storiche alle curiose un po' a tutto campo e di tutto il mondo.

      [Bookseller: Daris]
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        L'Aldimiro del Cavaliere

      Giacomo Monti, Bolgna, 1638. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition. Later half red sheep, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2". The first Bolognese edition of Lengueglia's courtesy book first published in Venice (and then Rome) the previous year. Quite scarce, no copies of this edition and only 6 copies of any edition in Worldcat. A charming little book, 3 books continuously paginated, 492pp, probably lacking endpapers, light wear to a few page edges, one small marginal repair. Size: duodecimo (12mo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Inventory No: 042319. .

      [Bookseller: Pazzo Books]
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        The Temple. Sacred Poems, And Private Ejaculations. By Mr. George Herbert, late Oratour of the universitie of Cambridge. The fifth Edition. Psal. 29. In his Temple doth every man speak of his honour

      Printed: 1638. 1593-1633 Duodecimo, 5.4 x 3.25 inches. Fifth edition. Ù4, A-H12, I2. This is a very pleasing copy. The fore eges are trimmed a bit close, but this is a fault that originated in the seventeenth century when this binding was originally executed. The leaves are very white and crisp throughout. The boards are original speckled calfskin. The binding has been very competently rebacked sometime in the last fifty years. As the Anglican merges with the greater poet, so the 'quaint' writer merges with the metaphysical. Herbert had his share of the age's passion for anagrams and the like, which Addison was to condemn as 'false wit.' But the poet who could shape a poem in the physical likeness of 'The Altar' or 'Easter Wings,' had, even more than most of his fellows, a functional sense of meter and rhythm. The technical experimentalist and master was, we remember, a skilled and devoted musician. The movement of his verse, taut or relaxed, can suggest all his fluctuating moods, from self-will or weakness to joyful surrender and assured strength. He moves from this world to the world of spirit 'As from one room t'another,' or dwells simultaneously in both, and it is in keeping with that habit of mind, and with metaphysical origins in general, that many of his poems should be allegorical anecdotes, transfigured emblems." (Bush)

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        Vincentii Fabricii Poemata. Editio Secunda, priori multo auctior, & emendatior, ut plane sit alia; Accessit Pransus Paratus, Sive Satira in Poetas, & eorum contemptores.

      Typis Ioannis Ianssonii, Amstelodami 1638. 264+(1) pages. Bound with Johann Heermann: Johan. Heermanni, Rautenatis Sil. P.L.C. Epigrammatum Libelli IX. Typis Johannis Beithmanni, Jenæ 1624. (17)+554 pages. Small 8vo. Bound in one contemporary full vellum binding with a 'ZS' written in ink in a contemporary hand on the spine. Binding a little stained and with a small hole on the back side, though not all through the vellum. An inscription in ink on the inner cover. Inside only minor brownstaining. The Heermann book is a little dogeared.. Johann Heermann (1585-1647) was a German poet and hymn-writer who led a rather turbulent life at the times of the Thirty Years' War. A fine copy

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        Samwetz plåster emoot andelige anfechtningar fåfänga/ och ochristeliga samwetsqwälliande tanckar/ in genere, hwadh the äre/ hwadan the komma/ och huru man them genom gudz nådh öffuerwinna kan: af gudz h.

      ord/ d. Mart. Luth. och andra lärde mäns böcker/ sammanfattat på tysko. Them anfechtadom til tröst/ förswenskat aff Erico Matthiæ. Medh wällachtat Peder Jönssons och Jacob Bergz borgares i Wästerås bekostning. (Västerås), P. Wald/ medh capitels tryck, 1638. 8:o. (24),96,1-48 s. Titelbladet med tryckt ramverk. Med träsnitt i texten på s. 96. + BALDUIN, FRIEDRICH. Samwetz plåster emoot allahanda samwetz-quaal in genere och in specie: doch särdeles them/ som twijsta om sina ewigha saligheet/ så ock them som leedas wid at leffua/ och wela sigh sielffua förgöra/ ganska nyttigh til at läsa/ uthgången på latijn. Them samwetzqualdom til tröst/ förswenskat aff Erico Matthiæ Aros. Medh wällachtat Peder Jönssons och Jacob Bergz borgares i Wästerås bekostning. Västerås, P. Wald/ medh capitels tryck, 1638. 8:o. (8),183,(1) s. Titelbladet med tryckt ramverk. Samtida ngt nött karduansbd med upphöjda bind och sparsamt blinddekorerad rygg. Pärmarna med blindpressade ramverk. Främre ytterfals tyvärr till hälften sprucken och med en liten förstärkning på insidan. Bakre pärmens insida med nytt papper. Delvis ngt fläckig och fuktrandig inlaga. Titelbladet till det första arbetet med hål efter maskangrepp i innermarginalen. Litet men störande hål i träsnittet i det första arbetet. Reva in i texten på s. 15-16 i det andra arbetet. Pappersförlust i nedre hörnet på s. 25-26 och bläckkludd på det avslutande bladet i det andra arbetet. Med Johan Arvidi Ewallius namnteckning daterad 1664, Andreas Bergelius daterad 1707, J. F. Iverus daterad 1842 och Per Hiertas namnteckning samt Gösta Stenmans exlibris.. Collijn Sveriges bibliografi 1600-talet 37 ("originalets tit. är Praxis ecclesiastica causum conscientiae") respektive 42 ("översättningen är till största del verkställd från Balduins Tractatus de materia"). Den andra pagineringsföljden i det första arbetet utgörs av en översättning av Hyllers "Een ganska skön och tröstrijk andeligh betrachtelse" utförd av Ericus Matthiae. På s. 181-83 i det andra arbetet återfinns "Een ny wijsa ställt effter then nooth som then tyska wijsa siunges medh: Ah hertzligh Hertz &c eller Aff ööl och must/ är här nw myckin lust/ &c." Boktryckaren P. Wald var verksam först i Uppsala, sedan i Västerås och startade slutligen det första tryckeriet i Åbo 1642, vilket han drev till sin död 1653. Exemplaret såldes som nr 772 på Per Hiertas auktion 1932. Den finlandssvenska konsthandlaren Gösta Stenmans exlibris är utformat av Helene Schjerfbeck

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        Historica; Danica pariter, & Belgica; uno Tomo comprehensa: Quorum seriem pagina post præfationem ad Lectorem indicabit.

      Amstelodami (Amsterdam), Gvilielmvm & Ioannem Blaev, 1638. (6) + 118 + (6) + 133 + (6) + 87 + (4) + 150 + (2) + (4) + 110 pp. Steelengraved frontispiece. Bound in full vellum with red cut. Folio.. HISTORIÆ DANICA, sive de regibus Daniæ, Qui familiam Oldenburgicam præcessere, eorumque rebus gestis, à Dano ad Canutum VI, in quo definit Saxo, (Libri quinque priores.) Historiæ Danicæ continuatio sive, De regibus Daniæ, Qui familiam Oldenburgicam præcesserunt, & eorum rebus gestis, à Canuto VI, in quo Saxo definit, usque ad Christianum I.( Libri Quinque posteriores.) Historiæ Danicæ. Libri III. In quibus res commemorantur gestæ à Christiano I ac Ioanne, ejus filio: & nepote, Christiano II. GULIELMUS AURIACUS, sive, De rebus toto Belgio tam ab eo, quam ejus tempore, gestis; ad excessum Ludovici Requesensii. (Pars Prima. Tributa in libros decem.) FERDINANDUS ALBANUS, sive de rebus eius in Belgio per Sexennium gestis, Libri IV. In quibus Belli Belgici Principium. Additur de Induciis, Liber singularis, In quo ejusdem belli finis. Older annotation on free leave. Old waterdamage alone spine to the first 10 pp. Binding and hinges sound. Except for the smaller water damage pages are fine and clean. Bibl. Dan. III

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        Svecia, Dania, et Norvegia, Regna Europæ Septentrionalia. Iuxta Archetypum Andreæ Buræi de Boo...

      (Amsterdam, 1638). Kobberstukket skandinavienskort, 42,5x53,5 cm. Ukoloreret. Nederste del af midtfolden forstærket på bagsiden for revne (intet tab). Marginer her og der en smule flossede, men berører ikke billedfladen. Bagsiden med fransk tekst.. Kortet er tegnet af Anders Bure (Buræus) og blev udgivet i Blaeu's Theatrum i denne bearbejdede form. Svarer til Koeman Bl 16 A og er altså et af de tidligste tryk. Bure er blevet kaldt den svenske kartografis fader

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        The Epistle of Gildas, the Most Ancient British Author, Who ... Acquired the Name of Sapiens

      London: T. Coats for William Cooke, 1638. First edition in English. Hardcover. Very good. Yes. 12mo. (134),327pp. 19th century polished calf. Spine in 5 compartments, gilt title and rules. Boards blind-tooled in a lozenge design built up with a single floral tool. Engraved frontispiece of Gildas by William Marshall. First edition in English, translated from the Latin by Thomas Habington. Early handwritten notes on the front blanks. Signature of C. C. Dendy. Hinges cracked but strong; light edge wear; else a very good copy. Gildas provides some of the earliest commentary on the war effort associated with King Arthur. The first edition of the original Latin was pubished as Opus de Calimitate, Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae in 1525. STC 11895. Potthast, I, 525. Sarton I, 455. Lowndes, p. 790. ESTC S103163.

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      Barcelona. 1638.. [28],884,883-922,[27]pp. plus added engraved titlepage and one folding plate. Last two leaves provided in expert facsimile. Folio. Contemporary vellum, with calf spine and leather label. Engraved titlepage trimmed and mounted; letterpress titlepage heavily worn and repaired in similar fashion. Moderate to heavy toning, dampstaining, and soiling. Last few leaves heavily wormed, affecting some text. Small tear to edge of plate; trimmed closely and mounted. About good. First edition of this Peruvian Chronicle, one of the rarest referring to the history of Peru. It deals with the creation of the different churches and religious houses in Peru, but it also describes meticulously the most important historical events up to 1638. Born in Chuquisaca (1584), Antonio de la Calancha was an Augustinian religious man; he died in Lima (1654). Our copy has the rare historiated frontis and the extraordinary plate representing the martyrdom of Father Diego Ortiz in Vilcabamba, engraved by Pierre de Jode. Few complete copies have made it to this day; Leclerc’s copy did not have the engraving. One of the great American chronicles. SABIN 9870. LECLERC 1701. SALVA 3281. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 638/25.

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        Itinerarium Sacrae Scripzturae. Das ist: Ein Reisebuch uber die gantze heilige Schrifft, in drei Bücher getheilet... Zuvor gemehret mit einem Büchlein De Monetis et Mensuris... 4 Tle. in 1 Bd. Braunschweig, Kirchner, 1638. 7 Bll., S. 23-43 , Pag. springt auf 48-240, 3 Bll. (Register); 3 Bll., S. 1-78, 83-102, 2 Bll. (Register); 1 Bl., 24 (recte 30) S.; S. 1-23 und 26/27 (statt 28). Mit 5 (von 10) Holzschnitt-Karten (davon 3 doppelblattgr.) und 1 (von 2) doppelblattgr. Holzschnitt-Ansicht. 4°. Hldr. d. Zt. (Rücken fragmentarisch, bestoßen).

      Vgl. Graesse I, 572. Bewährtes Handbuch zur biblischen Geographie anhand der im Alten und Neuen Testament geschilderten Reisen.- Es fehlen die Karten: Welt (2x), Europa, Asien, Afrika und die Ansicht des Tempels.- Seiten 79-82 aus dem zweiten Teil und Seiten 24/25 und 28 aus dem letzten Teil fehlen.- Teils gebräunt, teils mit Wurmspuren im Innen- bzw. Fußsteg, 11 Blätter lose, Titel und ca. 18 Blätter mit hinterlegten Abrissen oder angerändert (teils leichter Buchstabenverlust).

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        Histoire de la Navigation

      Amsterdam: Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638. A stunning copy of Linschoten's classic illustrated travelogue to the East and West Indies, termed by Lach “the most important of the firsthand accounts published independently of the great travel collections” (I.198). No other book contained so much usable intelligence on the East and West Indies as Linschoten's. Unhindered by the censorship that affected writers from the Iberian Peninsula, the author included such information as sailing directions, physical descriptions of countries, and statistics on commerce and trade. The work was held in such high regard that for nearly a century, every Dutch ship headed for the East carried a copy of a Dutch edition of Linschoten. This copy of the third French edition (esteemed for its plates; see below) is rather unusual for being in entirely contemporary condition—in its original binding, and entirely unsophisticated internally. Although the work contains valuable reconnaissance for the New World (see below), the material on the East Indies is far and away the most valuable, being the fruit of the author's own observation. In the service of the Portuguese, Linschoten spent five years in Goa (1583-88/9), making numerous visits to the mainland. He was thoroughly immersed in Indian culture and the complex relations between the Portuguese colonial apparatus and indigenous peoples. Highlights include a first-hand descriptions of the caste system, political structures, business practices of the Banyas, and exotic natural phenomena. The first book treats the East Indies and East Africa, including regions as far east as Japan. The second book describes the navigation of the coasts of West Africa around the Cape of Good Hope to Arabia, together with the coasts of the New World, and includes a real roteiro after the Portuguese royal pilot Diego Affonso that sets out sailing directions from Portugal to India and from island to island in the East Indies. The third book is devoted to North America (Florida), the Caribbean and Brazil. The work was first published in Dutch in 1595/6. Latin and English translations followed in 1598. The first French edition appeared in 1610, but the plates are copies of the reduced version based on those in the De Bry; the second and third French editions return to the original, folio-sized plates of the Dutch edition and are accordingly the most desirable. Borba I, 490; Alden/Landis 638/37; Tiele 686-88; Lach, Asia in the Making of Europe, 1.1.196-204 & 482-90; Burnell & Tiele, The Voyage of John Huyghen van Linschoten to the East Indies, Hakluyt Society (Old Series) LXX-LXXI (London 1885).. Folio [20 x 30.5 cm] (4) ff. [including half-page engraved portrait on verso of 4th preliminary leaf], 206 pp.; (2) ff. [including second engraved title], 181 pp.; (1) f. [third engraved title], 1-60; 67-86 [i.e., 79] pp., 36 plates and 6 maps. Bound in contemporary vellum over pasteboards, edges of covers frayed and corners exposed; blank right corner of title and of preliminaries slightly dog-eared, some leaves a bit dusty; but generally an exceptionally fresh, altogether unsophisticated copy. Excellent.

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        Coemeteria Sacra Henrici Spondani Appamiarum Galliæ Narbonensis Episcopi. Quibus quid contineatur, brevi oratione aperiet Præfatio ad Lectorem

      Paris, LaNoüe 1638. 24 cm. (16, incl. Frontisp.), 664, (24) Seiten mit gestochenem Frontispiz und Holzschnitt-Druckermarke auf Titel. Pergamentband der Zeit - Realenz. 18, 686 (irrig 1648) - Erste lateinische Ausgabe von "Les cimitières sacréz" über Begräbnisriten. Sponde (Spondanus), 1568 - 1643, trat 1595 von der reformierten zur katholischen Kirche über und erhielt 1606 die Priesterweihe. 1626 ernannte ihn König Ludwig XIII. zum Bischof von Pamiers, wo er energisch die Austilgung protestantischer Lehren betrieb. Im vorderen Innendeckel gestochenes Widmungsschild des Friedrichsgymnasiums Frankfurt an der Oder: "Curatorium Scholae Reformatae Friedericianae ..." darunter 11zeiliger Vers beginnend mit "Vade Liber ..." - Sprache / Language: Lateinisch / Latin -

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        America Novita Delineata

      Frankfurt:, 1638. [Americas] Size: 358 x 276 mm. Wash line mount size: 570 x 460 mm. Copper engraving. Later colouring. In good condition but with slight discolouration along the lower central fold. Minor toning. A beautiful map of America reduced from Merian's earlier map of 1631, with decorative scrolled title cartouche in the bottom left corner, and two galleons and sea monsters out at sea. At the top, there is an inset map of Greenland with accompanying text in Latin. South America is misshapen, with Brazil extending too far to the east. The area known as New England is labelled "Norembega", and California is part of the western coastline. Published in Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica.

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        Memoires Des Sages Et Royalles Oeconomies D'Estat, Domestiques, Politiques Et Militaires De Henri Le Grand

      Aletinosgraphe de Clearetimelle & Graphexechon de Pistariste, 1638. Leather Bound. Good. Large leather folio. Vol. 1: Alethinosgraphe de Clearetimelee & Graphexechon de Pistariste, Amsterdam: 1638 printing; Vol. 2: Augustin Courbé, Paris, 1662 printing. Four volumes in two. Contemporary full leather binding. French. Clean, unmarked pages. Some rubbing, wear to cover. Generally good. Very usable and readable. Earl Granville&#39;s book plate inside cover. See our pictures of this lovely set.<br> <br> Maximilien de Bethune (1560â&#128;&#147;1641) was a French Huguenot and prominent figure in the court of Henry IV of Navarre during the French wars of religion. He served Henry for nearly 40 years and was instrumental in French fiscal and military policy. His memoirs offer a contemporary view of the French court and history of this turbulent period of unrest and strife. Vol. 1 of the memoirs was printed by Bethune before his death in 1641. Vol. 2 was printed posthumously in Paris in 1662.

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        Histoire de la navigation de Iean Hugues de Linschot Hollandois: aux Indes Orientales contenant diverses descriptions des lieux jusques à present descouverts par les Portugais: observations des coustumes & singularitez de delà, & autres declarations

      Amsterdam: Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638. 3 parts in one volume, folio. (12 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches). Three letterpress titles [two within elaborate engraved surrounds, the third with engraved vignette], engraved portrait of Linschoten on verso of index leaf, 42 engraved maps, plates and views (including 6 folding maps and 36 engraved plates and views by Johann and Baptiste ven Doetecom after Linschoten [5 of the latter folding, 31 double- page]). (Light worming to lower inner corner, just affecting the image area of one map). Early 18th-century calf, expertly rebacked to style with the spine in seven compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering- piece in the second the others with repeat decoration in gilt made up from various small tools, modern dark blue morocco-backed cloth, spine lettered in gilt. An exceptionally fine copy of this important and influential work. In terms of the condition of the contents, this copy is probably the finest that we have ever examined. It is to be preferred over the earlier English edition in that it contains 42 maps and plates as against the English edition&#39;s 12. The Wardington catalogue explains why copies of Linschoten&#39;s works are so difficult to find in even reasonable condition: they were "held in such high esteem that for nearly a century a copy was given to each ship proceeding to India for use as a guide to the sailing directions. The fact that most copies were in continual use is no doubt the reason that so few copies - in any language - remain extant in anything approaching good condition." This third edition in French of this famous work, with commentaries by B. Paludanus, was reprinted from the second edition in French of 1619. The second and third parts are titled: Le Grand Routier de Mer... Continant une instruction des routes & cours qu&#39;il convient tenir en la Navigation des Indes Orientales, & au voyage de la coste du Bresil, des Antilles, & du Cap de Lopo Gonsalves and Description de l&#39;Amerique & des parties d&#39;icelle, comme de la Nouvelle France, Floride, des Antilles, Iucaya, Cuba, Jamaica, &c. The maps include van Langren&#39;s maps of the East Indies and South America (including the Caribbean and Florida), and the double-hemispherical World map of Plancius dated 1594 (Shirley 187). Linschoten, a Dutchman born in Delft in 1562/3, was in Goa between 1583 and 1589, and with Willem Barents on his second voyage to the Kara Sea in 1594-1595. He had an "avaricious thirst for knowledge which enabled him to get detailed information of land and sea as far afield as the Spice Islands and China" (Boies Penrose).This practical experience all lent authenticity to the present work, first published in Dutch (Amsterdam, 1595-1596), and it remains one of the most important of all travel books. It was the most comprehensive account of the East and West Indies available at the beginning of the 17th century. As well as including important travel accounts taken from contemporary Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish sources, it is the first work to include precise sailing instructions for the Indies and according to Church (and other authorities) &#39;it was given to each ship sailing from Holland to India.&#39; The third part gives an excellent account of America. An important work that served not only as a valuable record but also as a catalyst for change in the balance of power amongst European trading nations in the east: "the navigator&#39;s vade mecum for the Eastern seas" (Penrose). When Linschoten returned from Goa to his home in the Netherlands, he did so at a time when the people of northern Europe and particularly his countrymen were especially interested in what he had to report concerning the trading activities of the Portuguese in the East. His most important and far- reaching observations concerned the gradual decline of Portuguese power in the East and her ability to protect her trade routes and monopolies. This, together with the trading possibilities he detailed, encouraged a series of Dutch, French and English fleets to set sail for the Spice Islands and beyond to China and Japan. European Americana 638/67; JCB (3) II:271; Palau 138584; Sabin 41373; Tiele 686-88.

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      Amsterdam: Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638.. Three parts bound in one volume. Three letterpress titles (two within elaborate engraved surrounds, the third with engraved vignette), engraved portrait of Linschoten on verso of index leaf, six folding engraved maps, thirty-six engraved plates and views by Johann and Baptiste ven Doetecom after Linschoten (five folding, thirty-one double- page). Folio, 12 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches. Early 18th- century calf, expertly rebacked to style with the spine in seven compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with repeat decoration in gilt made up from various small tools; modern dark blue morocco backed cloth, "spine" lettered in gilt. Minor worming in lower inner corner, just affecting the image area of one map. Provenance: La Trémoille, prince de Talmont (1652- 1733, arms stamped on fly leaf); armorial stamp of Serrant (on fly leaf and first two title margins). In a half morocco clamshell case, spine gilt. Third edition in French of this famous work, with commentaries by B. Paludanus, reprinted from the edition of 1619. The second and third parts are titled: LE GRAND ROUTIER DE MER...CONTINANT UNE INSTRUCTION DES ROUTES & COURS QU&#39;IL CONVIENT TENIR EN LA NAVIGATION DES INDES ORIENTALES, & AU VOYAGE DE LA COSTE DU BRESIL, DES ANTILLES, & DU CAP DE LOPO GONSALVES and DESCRIPTION DE L&#39;AMERIQUE & DES PARTIES D&#39;ICELLE, COMME DE LA NOUVELLE FRANCE, FLORIDE, DES ANTILLES, IUCAYA, CUBA, JAMAICA, &c. The maps include van Langren&#39;s maps of the East Indies and South America (including the Caribbean and Florida), and the double-hemispherical world map of Plancius dated 1594 (Shirley 187). Linschoten, a Dutchman born in Delft in 1590, was in Goa between 1583 and 1589, and with Willem Barents on his second voyage to the Kara Sea in 1594-95. He had an "avaricious thirst for knowledge which enabled him to get detailed information of land and sea as far afield as the Spice Islands and China" (Penrose). This practical experience all lent authenticity to the present work, first published in Dutch (Amsterdam, 1595-96), and it remains one of the most important of all travel books. It was the most comprehensive account of the East and West Indies available at the beginning of the 17th century. As well as including important travel accounts taken from contemporary Portuguese, Dutch, and Spanish sources, it is the first work to include precise sailing instructions for the Indies, and, according to Church (and other authorities), "it was given to each ship sailing from Holland to India." The third part gives an excellent account of America. An important work that served not only as a valuable record, but also as a catalyst for change in the balance of power amongst European trading nations in the east: "the navigator&#39;s vade mecum for the Eastern seas" (Penrose). When Linschoten returned from Goa to his home in the Netherlands, he did so at a time when the people of northern Europe and particularly his countrymen were especially interested in what he had to report concerning the trading activities of the Portuguese in the East. His most important and far- reaching observations concerned the gradual decline of Portuguese power in the East and her ability to protect her trade routes and monopolies. This, together with the trading possibilities he detailed, encouraged a series of Dutch, French, and English fleets to set sail for the Spice Islands, and beyond to China and Japan. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 638/67. JCB (3)II:271. PALAU 138584. SABIN 41373. TIELE 686-88.

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        Histoire de la navigation de Iean Hvgves de Linschot Hollandois: aux Indes Orientales...Troixiesme edition augmentee; [Part II:] Le grand routier de Mer... [Part III:] Description de l&#39;Amerique & des parties d&#39;icelle, comme de la Nouvelle France

      Amsterdam: Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638. 3 parts in one volume, folio (310 x 198 mm). [8], 206; [4], 181, [1]; [2], 86 pp. Parts 1 and 2 with letterpress titles printed within nearly full-page engraved pictorial borders, part 3 title with large engraved vignette, engraved portrait, 6 folding engraved maps including the 1594 double-hemisphere world map by Petrus Plancius (Shirley 187), and 32 (of 36) double-page or larger engraved plates, including one fold-out plate and one large folding plate (birds-eye view-plan of Goa), by Jan and Baptiste van Doetecum after Linschoten; woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. (Lacking plates 8, 33, 34 and 36: habitations near Goa, the two coastal profile views of St. Helena, and the large folding view-plan of Terceira; some browning, spotting, and marginal dampstaining, all but one of the folding maps with short tears at mounts.) Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked in the 19th century, corners and endpapers renewed (rubbed); modern slipcase. Contemporary inscription on title-page: "j&#39;ay peur de l&#39;advenir / j&#39;ay regret du passé". Third edition in French of Linschoten&#39;s Itinerario, one of the most important early accounts of India, the Far East, Portuguese Africa, and the New World. Linschoten drew on his own experiences during nearly a decade spent as secretary to the Portuguese Archbishop at Goa in the 1580s, as well as on other Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese travel accounts, for his detailed descriptions of these exotic regions; historical and scientific aspects of his narration were enhanced by the learned physician and natural history collector Bernhard Paludanus (1550-1663), whose annotations are printed in italic type. The third part, on South America, owes much to Jean de Léry&#39;s Histoire d&#39;un Voyage Faict en la Terre du Bresil (1578). Along with Hakluyt&#39;s Navigations, Linschoten&#39;s work served as a direct stimulus to the building of the vast English and Dutch overseas empires: At the time of its first publication in 1595-1596 the Itinerario contained the most detailed descriptions then available of the East and West Indies. Because of the practical information it provided on reaching trading with the Americas and India - including sailing routes, a dictionary of exotic commodities, and information on national trading methods - Linschoten&#39;s work became indispensable to sailors en route to the Indies, and remained so until the end of the 17th century. Legend has it that sailors traveling East were given copies of the book as logbooks; whatever the truth of this assertion, it is a fact that in spite of numerous editions the work is now quite scarce, and copies in fine condition are exceedingly rare. Unlike the first French edition, printed in 1610 under an Amsterdam imprint but apparently produced at the Frankfurt presses of de Bry, the present edition (a reprint of Cloppenburgh&#39;s 1619 edition) is illustrated with the original copperplates, with captions in Dutch. Sabin 41373; Palau 138584..

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      Amsterdam: for John Johnson, 1638.. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION 1638, divided into two parts, reviewed augmented and corrected by Albert Girard, Mathematician... & translated out of the French into English by Henry Hexam, Ex library copy. 4to, 280 x 190 mm, 11 x 7½ inches, 40 numbered double page plates, but there are 42 in total as there are two plates numbered 2e 14 & 2e 17, engraved title page which is from the Amsterdam Dutch edition of 1627 with printed cancel slip pasted on, this is the same as the Sotheby&#39;s Macclesfield copy see note below, 44 pages to 1st part and 48 pages to 2nd part followed by a double page-table, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, handsomely rebound in full panel calf, heavy gilt decoration to spine, raised bands, maroon label with gilt lettering, new endpapers, the collation is the same as Cockle *2, A4-F2, Aa4-Ff4; * and F are in twos. Pale staining to upper and lower margins throughout just affecting a few images, a few lower margins have small closed tears neatly repaired, 2 small neat repairs to outer margins, not affecting text, 1 page has 2 small repairs to upper margin, not affecting text, plates slightly dusty, occasional ink spot and mark, pages have horizontal crease, old ink name scribbled out on upper margin of title page, not affecting image, neat old ink name of previous owner and small pale library stamp on the blank side of title page, otherwise no more library markings. A very good copy of this rare military book. The first work on fortification in English in which the subject is treated scientifically. For though in several of the earlier books in English on the military art in general there are chapters, or sections devoted to this branch, these notices, at best, are fragmentary. Marolois&#39; treatise describes the Dutch system, and has a table showing the dimensions of a fortification. See Maurice J. D. Cockle, A Bibliography of Military Books up to 1641, page 111, reference 139. See also Sotheby&#39;s, The Library of the Earls of Macclesfield part 10, page 234, reference 3640. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Remarques d&#39;histoire, ou description chronologique des choses plus memorables passees, tant en France qu&#39;és pays estrangers, depuis l&#39;an 1610, iusques à present

      A Paris: Chez Claude Collet, 1638. relié. Fort Pet. in 8 (9,5x16,5cm). Nouvelle édition augmentée de remarques jusqu&#39;en l&#39;année 1637. L&#39;édition originale de 1632 comprenait des remarques jusqu&#39;en 1631. Rare. Pleine Basane brune d&#39;époque. Dos à nerfs orné, roulette en queue. Pièce de titre en maroquin rouge. Un manque en tête. Pièce de titre et feuillets prélliminaires rognés court. Coins légèrement émoussés. Assez bon exemplaire, malgré un papier par moment jauni. Historien de renom et historiographe du roi, Claude Malingre (1580-1653), dit de Saint Lazare, fut, sinon un excellent historien, un témoin de premier plan. Les Remarques sont une chronique détaillée de l&#39;histoire de France, de 1610 à 1637, composées de récits factuels et narratifs qui se caractérisent par leur volonté d&#39;objectivité et de neutralité. Nous sommes là à l&#39;opposé d&#39;Hérodote et de l&#39;histoire classique. - Chez Claude Collet, A Paris _1638, Fort Pet. in 8 (9,5x16,5cm), (8) 960pp., Relié. - Relié

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        L&#39;Aldimiro del Cavaliere

      Giacomo Monti, Bolgna, 1638. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition. Later half red sheep, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2". The first Bolognese edition of Lengueglia&#39;s courtesy book first published in Venice (and then Rome) the previous year. Quite scarce, no copies of this edition and only 6 copies of any edition in Worldcat. A charming little book, 3 books continuously paginated, 492pp, probably lacking endpapers, light wear to a few page edges, one small marginal repair. Size: duodecimo (12mo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Inventory No: 042319. .

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        Fountaine de Encelade... (illustration from Des Jardins de Versailles)

      F. DelamonceIllustrated plate of fountain at Versailles from Des Jardens de VersaillesParis, 1714Hand-colored copperplate engraving (later color)30 ½" x 37" framedLouis XIV (1638-1715), the Sun King of France, had grown up during a civil war between rival factions of aristocrats, known as the Fronde, and wanted a site where he could control the French government by absolute rule. Louis settled on the royal hunting lodge at Versailles, which had been acquired by Louis XIII in 1632, and over the following decades expanded it into the largest palace and grounds in the world. It was Louis XIV's hope to create a center for the royal court at Versailles. Beginning in 1669, the architect, Louis Le Vau (1612-1670), began a detailed renovation of the ch?au. The Ch?au of Versailles, outside of Paris, was converted into a spectacular royal palace in a series of four major and distinct building campaigns. By the end of the third building campaign, the Ch?au had taken on most of the appearance that it retains to this day, except for the Royal Chapel in the last decade of the reign. Louis XIV officially moved to Versailles, along with the royal court, on May 6, 1682. Louis had several reasons for creating such a symbol of extravagant opulence and stately grandeur, and for shifting the seat of the monarch. By moving the royal court and the seat of the French government, Louis XIV hoped to gain greater control of the government from the nobility. All the power of France emanated from this centre: there were government offices here, as well as the homes of thousands of courtiers and all the attendant functionaries of court. By requiring that nobles of a certain rank and position spend time each year at Versailles, Louis prevented them from developing their own regional power and kept them from countering his efforts to centralize the French government in an absolute monarchy. Thus, many noblemen had to either to give up all influence, or to depend entirely on the king for grants and subsidies. Instead of exercising power and potentially creating trouble, the nobles vied for the honor of dining at the king&rsquo;s table or the privilege of carrying a candlestick as the king retired to his bedroom.Versailles also served as a dazzling and awe-inspiring setting for state affairs and for the reception of foreign dignitaries, where the attention was not shared with the city of Paris, but was assumed solely by the king. Court life centered on magnificence; courtiers lived lives of expensive luxury, dressed with suitable magnificence and constantly attended balls, dinners, performances and celebrations.This view is from a series of grand views which showcase the gardens of Versailles, the grounds of which are the largest formal gardens ever created, with its extensive fountains and canals. The gardens at Versailles were designed by the landscape architect Andr?e N? (1673-1700). Le N? modified the original gardens by expanding them and giving them a sense of openness and larger scale. The plan was centered by the central axis of the Grand Canal (le Canal), an ornamental body of water covering 105 acres. The gardens are centered on the south front of the palace, which is set on a terrace, giving the palace a sweeping view of the gardens. The Fountain of Latona is located at the foot of the steps, and tells a story taken from Ovid&rsquo;s poem Metamorphoses, which was considered an allegory of the Fronde, the French civil war (1646-53) that occurred when Louis XIV was a child.

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        Discorsi e Dimostrazioni Matematiche, intorno à due nuove scienze attenenti alla Mecanica & i Movimenti Locali...con una Appendice del centro di gravità d&#39;alcuni Solidi

      Woodcut device on title & numerous attractive woodcut illus. & diagrams in the text. [8], 314 (misnumbered 306), [6] pp. Small 4to, very attractive antique red morocco (a bit of foxing), panelled in gilt with gilt fleurons in each corner, triple gilt fillets round sides, spine richly gilt, a.e.g. Leyden: appresso gli Elzevirii, 1638. First edition, and a very fresh copy, of Galileo&#39;s last and greatest work; it is the first modern textbook of physics and the foundation of modern mechanics. "The two sciences with which the book principally deals are the engineering science of strength of materials and the mathematical science of kinematics...Galileo&#39;s Two New Sciences underlies modern physics not only because it contains the elements of the mathematical treatment of motion, but also because most of the problems that came rather quickly to be seen as problems amenable to physical experiment and mathematical analysis were gathered together in this book with suggestive discussions of their possible solution."-D.S.B., V, p. 245. A very fine copy. Old stamp carefully erased from blank portion of final leaf. &#10087; Dibner, Heralds of Science, 141. Evans, First Editions of Epochal Achievements in the History of Science (1934), 27. Horblit 36. Printing & the Mind of Man 130. Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 129-30. Sparrow, Milestones of Science, 75. .

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        De usuris liber... lugd. batav., ex officina elseviriorum, 1638.

      Cm. 15,7, pp. (56) 686 (72) + 1 cb. Frontespizio in rosso e nero con marchio tipografico inciso. Leg. coeva in perg. rigida con unghie, nervi passanti e titoli ms. al dorso. Esemplare genuino, marginoso, a carte candide ed in eccellente stato di conservazione. Edizione originale, non comune, di questo trattato il cui fine è giustificare la legittimità del prestito sottomesso ad interesse. Cfr. Kress 536; Einaudi 5085 e Willems 471.

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        Analyse des infiniment petits, pour l'intelligence des lignes courbes. Paris: L'imprimerie Royale, 1696. [Bound with :] CARRÉ, Louis. Methode pour la mesure des surfaces, la dimension des solides, leurs centres de pesanteur, de percussion et d'oscillation, par l'application du calcul intégral.Paris: L'imprimerie Royale / Jean Boudot, 1696/1700.

      A fine sammelband comprising the first editions of the first books on the differential and integral calculus, respectively. <br/><br/> "It was through his wide network of acquaintances in various European countries that Leibniz put into effect all his strategies for the spread of his analysis. The presence first of Jacob Hermann, the favourite pupil of Jacob Bernoulli, and then of Nicolaus I Bernoulli, the nephew of the Bernoulli brothers, as professors of mathematics in Padua was one outlet ... In France it was through the Oratorian circle of Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715) that Johann Bernoulli introduced in 1691 the Leibnizian calculus. His lessons to the Marquis de l'Hôpital led to the draft of the first treatise of differential calculus (1696) [first offered work], and it was under the influence of Malebranche that some years later appeared the first works on the integral calculus by Louis Carré in 1700 [second offered work] and Charles René Reyneau in 1708. The spread and acceptance of the Leibnizian calculus was transferred in this way to the wide public, through the manuals and textbooks written for students at universities or ecclesiastical colleges." (Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, p.56).<br/><br/> "Following the classical custom, [the first work] starts with a set of definitions and axioms... The difference (differential) is defined as the infinitely small portion by which a variable quantity increases or decreases continuously. Of the two axioms, the first postulates that quantities which differ only by infinitely small amounts may be substituted for one another, while the second states that a curve may be thought of as a polygonal line with an infinite number of infinitely small sides such that the angle between adjacent lines determines the curvature of the curve. Following the axioms, the basic rules of the differential calculus are given and exemplified. The second chapter applies these rules to the determination of the tangent to a curve in a given point... The third chapter deals with maximum-minimum problems and includes examples drawn from mechanics and geography. Next comes a treatment of points of inflection and cusps. This involves the introduction of higher-order differentials, each supposed infinitely small compared to its predecessor. Later chapters deal with evolutes and with caustics. L'Hospital's rule is given in chapter 9" (DSB VIII: 304). <br/><br/> Jean Bernoulli complained that he had not been given enough credit for his contributions, but L'Hospital himself, in the introduction to the book, does acknowledge his debt to both the Bernoulli brothers and to Leibniz: "Je reconnois devoir beaucoup aux lumieres de Mrs Bernoulli, surtout a celles du jeune presentement Professeur a Groningue. Je me suis servi sans façon de leurs découvertes & de celles de M. Leibniz." <br/><br/> Born into a noble family, L'Hospital (1661-1704) abandoned a military career due to poor eyesight to pursue his interest in mathematics. He was a member of Malebranche's circle in Paris and it was there that in 1691 he met the young Jean Bernoulli, who was visiting France and agreed to supplement his Paris talks on calculus with private lectures to l'Hospital at his estate at Oucques. In 1693, l'Hospital was elected to the Academy of Sciences, and served twice as its vice-president. By contrast, Carré (1663-1711) came from a humble family. He studied theology for three years in Paris before taking a secretarial position with Malebranche, who introduced him to mathematics. Two years after publishing the present work he was appointed surveyor to the Academy of Sciences, and in 1706 he became resident engineer. <br/><br/> I. Honeyman 2006 & 2007; Norman 1345; Sotheran, First Supplement, 1411; not in Macclesfield. II. Macclesfield 481; Poggendorff I, 383-384; Sotheran I, 704.. Two works bound in one volume, 4to (251 x 186 mm), pp. [xviii], 181, [3], with 11 folding engraved plates; pp. [xii], 115, [1, blank] and 4 folding engraved plates. Old signature cut from first title and expertly repaired. Contemporary French calf, spine gilt with red lettering-piece. Fine copies

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        LES PLANS ET PROFILS DE TOUTES LES PRINCIPALES VILLES ET LIEUX CONSIDERABLES DE FRANCE. Ensemble les cartes générales de chacune province: & les particulières de chaque Gouvernement d'icelles. Seconde partie.

      In-24 gr. (mm. 148 x 205), mz. pergam. antica, fregi e tit. oro su tassello al dorso, pp. 44 di descrizione, con 229 (su 230) tavv. inc. in rame f.t. di cui: 1 frontespizio, 1 indice generale, 1 carta geografica della Francia, 10 titoli e 8 indici, e con 208 "plans et profiles des principales villes des provinces de: Bourgogne (21 tavv.) - Dauphiné (38) - Principauté d'Oranges et contat de Venaissin (4) - Provence (16) - Languedoc (45) - Villes de Foix & Bearn (6) - Guyenne (21) - Poictou (24) - Loire (17) - Beaulce (16)". "Manca" 1 tav. della Provence. La carta geografica della Francia, ripieg., è mutila di una piccola parte. Cfr. Christie's "Antique Maps", p. 127: "Nicolas Tassin (1633-55) was appointed royal cartographer at Dijon before setting up as an engraver in Paris where he issued various collections of small maps and plans of France, Switzerland, Germany and Spain" - Tooley, p. 610. Nel ns. esempl.: frontesp. restaur. e con pesanti tracce d'uso, restauri margin. per piccole manc. o fori di tarlo sulle carte di testo, antiche note manoscritte al verso di numer. tavv. ma complessivam. ben conservato.

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        The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments... [bound with] The Whole Book of Psalmes. Collected into English Meeter, by Tho. Sternhold, John Hopkins and Others...

      London: Printed by Robert Barker... And by the Assignes of John Bill; [second work] Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1638; 1636.. Two volumes in one, 4to in 8's, (xl, 436), 186 pp. Engraved titles to both works, both with some manuscript and crossing out, Common Prayer lacking four leaves in signature U, Psalms lacking the final two leaves, one leaf with a closed tear, another with a piece torn out of the outer edge affecting the text, fine engraved 18th century bookplate of Martha Streatfeild plus another's later appointment card to paste down, ornate signature of Martha Streatfeild to fly leaf. Contemporary calf with delicate blind stamped decoration to the edges, sympathetically rebacked, raised bands, new gilt lettered red label.Both works are printed in black letter. STC 16411, 2664. Griffiths 1638-3.

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        Monumenta illustrium virorum et elogia.

      Cura ac studio Marci Zuerii Boxhornii. Amsterdam, Joannem Janssonium, 1638. Folio. Engr. title,+ (2),+ 176,+ (12),+ 38 engr. plates. With 87 full page engravings in pagination. Contemporary full vellum, red marbled edges. Owner's signature of Jonas Berggren, Stockholm 1800. From the library of Ericsberg. Graesse I, 515. First edition. Descriptions with illustratrions of epitaphs of famous people, both ancient and modern. The plates has been used before in "Monumenta sepulcrorum st. Sigfrid Rybisch expressa per Tob. Fendt", from 1574. M. Z. Boxhorn (1612-53), Dutch philologist and critic. He declined an invitation by Axel Oxenstierna to come to Stockholm and to the court of Queen Christina, and instead he became professor in Leyden after Daniel Heinsius

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        Processionarium.- Iuxta ritum Sacri Ord. Praedicatorum auctoritate Aptica approbatum.

      Romae, Typus Manelphi Malephi, (1638) (Colophon). Small 8vo. Near cont. full calf w. richly gilt back. Gilt lettering on boards ("CANTORA" on front-board, "MAGIORA" on back-board). W. one intact and one partly preserved clasp. All edges gilt. Spine cracked, lower capital lacking leather, extremities a bit worn. Beautiful engr. t-p. (of procession). Printed in red and black throughout. About 2/3 of pp. w. musical notes, woodcut initials. T-p. mounted. About 10 leaves repaired w. (fairly small) loss of notes and text added in neat hand. A few leaves w. small marginal loss, affecting a few letters. (8), 444 pp.. With ex libris of "Rob. de Billy". With printed dedication to Pope Urban VIII; the work gives information on how to conduct religious processions and rites musically, with numerous prayers and chants. Rare. Not in Brunet, not in Graesse

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        The Dialogue in English, betweene a Doctor of Divinitie, and a Student in the Lawes of England

      An early 17th century edition of the first classic of English equity, recently described as "a brilliant, comprehensive and intellectually satisfying attempt to construct a systematic theory of law within an English context". Modern 1/4 morocco, title repaired, embrowned but sound. Printed by the Assignes of John More, Esquire, London], 1638.

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        Operum moralium et civilium....

      London, Edward Griffin [John Haviland, Bernard Norton, and John Bill], Richard Whitaker [& John Norton], 1638. Folio. (Binding: 32x22 cm, leaves: 31,1x20,8 cm.). Contemporary full speckled calf binding with six raised bands and gilt red leather title-label to spine. Boards with blindstamped ornamental border. Scuff marks to boards and hinges worn, so bands showing. Large woodcut head- and tail-pieces, initials, printer's devices, and typographical ornaments (that have been of great significance to the Baconians in their attempts to establish Bacon as the author of the works attributed to Shakespeare). Roman and Italic lettering, and some Greek. Several neat inscriptions to front free end-papers and verso of frontispiece, in Latin, Greek, English, and German, dated 1704, 1740, and 1926, the last being a presentation-inscription for the renowned German Bacon-scholar and noted Baconian George J. Pfeiffer. Neat early 18th century inscription to top of title-page. Old description of the copy (1946) neatly pasted on to inside of front board. Vague minor damp-staining to lower margin throughout, far from affecting text, and mostly barely visible. A vague minor dampstain to margins of a few leaves at the beginning, also far from affecting text. All in all a lovely, clean and crisp copy on large paper. Full page engraved frontispiece-portrait + (14), 386 (pp. 177-78 omitted in pagination); (16), 475, (1) pp. Fully complete, with separate half-titles for the different works.. Scarce first edition, first issue, on large paper - THE GREAT BOOK COLLECTOR VOLLBEHR'S COPY, GIVEN TO THE IMPORTANT BACONIAN G.J. PFEIFFER - of the monumental first collected edition of the works of Francis Bacon, containing the seminal first printing in Latin of not only his greatly influential "Nova Atlantis" ("The New Atlantis" - often referred to as "the blueprint for the founding of America"), but also his groundbreaking Essays ("Sermones Fideli") as well as his history of Henry VII ("Historiam Regni Henrici Septimi") and his Dialogue on the Holy War ("Dialogum de Bello Sacro"), published by Bacon's literary executor, his close friend William Ramsey, to whom Bacon bequeathed most of his manuscripts. This first edition of his works in Latin is of the utmost importance to Bacon-scholarship and has played a seminal role in the spreading of his works as well as the understanding of two of his greatest achievements, The Essays and The Nova Atlantis, which is usually referred to with its Latin title instead of the English.This magnificent copy with its wide margins contains several interesting inscriptions in different languages. One of them, 19th century, in German states that "This book is to remind you of the "15th Century Plot". When, in 1926, you showed to scholars his collection of 2000 incunables. He is also known as "Otto H.F. Vollbehr., [...]" - " Dated "N. York City 29/11 26" And in the same hand, the presentation inscription is continued: "This "little book" is being handed over in friendship to Mr. George J. Pfeiffer the famous "Bacon-scholar" in order for him to continue his fruitful studies [...]." -THE PRESENT COPY THUS EVIDENTLY BEING THE GREAT BOOK COLLECTOR VOLLBEHR'S COPY, GIVEN TO THE IMPORTANT BACONIAN PFEIFFER. "Vollbehr was a German industrial chemist turned book collector who at the close of World War I found himself with more assets than most. Either in his own collection or through consignment Vollbehr had control of thousands of incunabula. In 1926 Vollbehr came to the United States, bringing with him a collection of 3,000 incunabula to be exhibited at the Eucharistic Congress in Chicago. After the exhibition in Chicago, Vollbehr traveled with the collection by train to several other cities. His last stop was in Washington, and over 100 of the books were exhibited in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. Vollbehr proposed that if a benefactor would step forward to buy the collection for an American institution for half the asking price of $1.5 million, he would donate the other half. In addition, he would include a complete copy of the Gutenberg Bible printed on vellum as one of the 3,000 incunabula.The Gutenberg Bible which crowned Vollbehr's collection had had only three owners. The first owner was said to have been Johann Fust, who took it to Paris and sold it as a manuscript to a representative of the monks of Saint Blasius. It resided with the monks in the Black Forest until they had to move to St. Paul in Carinthia in the face of the Napoleonic army. Finally, in 1926, Otto Vollbehr purchased the three volumes from the monks for $250,000.In December 1929, a bill was presented to Congress proposing that public funds be used to acquire the Vollbehr collection for the Library of Congress. In June 1930 Congress passed the bill and President Hoover signed it into law. Between July 15 and September 3 the Vollbehr books arrived at the Library of Congress. The Bible, one of three known perfect copies printed on vellum, is one of only a few items that are permanently on display in the Library." (from the Library of Congress web-site). George J. Pfeiffer, Ph. D., of New York, graduate of Harvard University, and Vice-president of the Bacon Society of America, is considered one of the most important Bacon-scholars of his time. His thorough scientific studies convinced himself and many others that Bacon was in fact the author of the works attributed to Shakespeare. With THE FIRST PRINTING IN LATIN OF "NOVA ATLANTIS", Bacon's famous theories of his masterly utopian work became widespread and hugely influential. It had originally been printed, posthumously, in English and appeared at the very end of his "Sylva Sylvarum" of 1626, where it was more or less hidden away and quite humbly presented by Rawley, who was responsible for his leftover papers. Rawley's introduction of the Latin edition of the work is quite different from that of the English edition and has had quite an impact upon the reception of the work, a work which came to inspire a totally new philosophical and political genre and which fundamentally changed the way that we view the world. The "Nova Atlantis" occupies a unique place within the works of Bacon, among many other things, it is the only overtly fictional product of his career (if one does not, like Pheiffer, believe that he is actually the true author of the Shakespearean works). The printing of this major work in the history of man's thought is quite interesting and fairly complicated. As mentioned, it appeared at the back of the larger, and much more conform, work "Sylva Sylvarum", which was published by his secretary and friend William Rawley shortly after Bacon's death. It does not, however, seem to have much in common with the "Sylva Sylvarum", and the "New Atlantis" was not even mentioned when that work entered the Stationers' Register on July 4th, 1626.The "Sylva Sylvarum" was being compiled during the last couple of years of Bacon's life, and there is evidence to conclude that "Nova Atlantis" was being translated into Latin at the same time, whereas it seems that the English version of it was written about a year or two earlier. Although the Latin translation was thus left lying around for quite some years before it was finally printed, perhaps due to the fact that it was an unfinished text, Bacon himself seems to have concerned himself a great deal with the Latin translation of the work (as well as the other works). The appearance of them in the "universal language" were, in the words of Bacon himself to be carried out 'for the benefit of other nations', a phrase which is paralleled in the text of "Nova Atlantis", as the father of Salomon's House remarks of his relation of the institution's working that 'I giue thee leave to Publish it; for the Good of other Nations'. And finally does this great work appear to the benefit of all men and all nations, in the universal Latin language, when in 1638 Rawley publishes the "Operum moralium", in which his "Essays" also appear in Latin for the first time, as does the History of Henry VII, and the Dialogue on the Holy War, two other greatly important works. The printed title of the "Operum Moralium" not only informs the reader which texts are included within the volume; Rawley also provides information on the texts themselves, dividing them into two distinct sections (with two separate title-pages). The first section consists of five translations which (apart from De sapientia) had never appeared in Latin translation before; the second section consists in the first part of the "Instauratio" (originally published in 1620). The second issue of the "Operum Moralium" furthermore has the reissued sheets of the last part of the "Novum organum".Rawley's prefatory letter tells us quite a bit about the way that he (and Bacon himself) would like the "Nova Atlantis" to be viewed, and for the first time the work is addressed in a direct and assertive manner, bringing it forth as an important philosophical work, now for the first time properly introduced. Rawley informs the reader that Bacon began the process of translating the Essays and the Nova Atlantis, because he wished his moral and political works not to perish. He goes on to explain the importance of the moral and political works being published in the "universal" Latin and groups the texts in a new way. He now makes a new category of text for the final two works, "De bello sacro" and "Nova Atlantis", calling them 'fragmentary', as opposed to the "Worke Unfinished" that he used for the English "Now Atlantis" of 1626/7, stating that this is at the request of Bacon himself: "And finally he ordered that two fragments be added, the Dialogue of the Holy War, and the New Atlantis: but he said that these were the three kinds of fragments.", giving to them a certain status of their own and a deliberate character that they had not possessed before. For the first time, the "Nova Atlantis", the hitherto hidden-away work that was never properly introduced, is now included in the general preface, which it was not in 1926/27, and the "Nova Atlantis" is given the central position within Bacon's works that it deserved - and that it has possessed ever since. This also explains the great impact of the first Latin version of the "Nova Atlantis" as opposed to the English version, which was far less influential. Not only is "Nova Atlantis" no longer just an unfinished work worthy of no more than being hidden away at the back of a larger work, it is now the central part of a seminal collection of works appearing for the first time in Latin "for the Good of other Nations"."Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was one of the leading figures in natural philosophy and in the field of scientific methodology in the period of transition from the Renaissance to the early modern era. As a lawyer, member of Parliament, and Queen's Counsel, Bacon wrote on questions of law, state and religion, as well as on contemporary politics; but he also published texts in which he speculated on possible conceptions of society, and he pondered questions of ethics (Essays) even in his works on natural philosophy (The Advancement of Learning).After his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge and Gray's Inn, London, Bacon did not take up a post at a university, but instead tried to start a political career. Although his efforts were not crowned with success during the era of Queen Elizabeth, under James I he rose to the highest political office, Lord Chancellor. Bacon's international fame and influence spread during his last years, when he was able to focus his energies exclusively on his philosophical work, and even more so after his death, when English scientists of the Boyle circle (Invisible College) took up his idea of a cooperative research institution in their plans and preparations for establishing the Royal Society.To the present day Bacon is well known for his treatises on empiricist natural philosophy (The Advancement of Learning,Novum Organum Scientiarum) and for his doctrine of the idols, which he put forward in his early writings, as well as for the idea of a modern research institute, which he described in Nova Atlantis." (SEP). Gibson: 196; Lowndes I:96

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