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        Klaghte over Cornelia Vos[sius]. Aen de selve, z.p., z.j. Plano.

      "1638 [februari] Gedicht ondertekend: I. v. Vondel Betreft het verdrinken tijdens een schaatstocht van Cornelia Vossius, dochter van de hoogleraar Gerardus Johannes Vossius, in februari 1638. Onbeschreven variant op Unger 302 en Schuytvlot 144, die een niet ondertekend gedicht beschrijven; niet bij Bouman; niet bij Nieuweboer".

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        La Perspective Curieuse ou Magie Artificiele des effets Merveilleux: de l'optique, par la vision directe, la catoptrique, par la reflexion des miroirs plats,...

      Paris:: Chez Pierre Billaine, 1638., 1638. 6to. [xxiv], 120, [2] pp. Engraved frontis. (by Pierre Daret), 25 engraved copper plates (1 double-page). Original full blind-stamped calf, spine with gilt rules and title; spine neatly replaced, extremities rubbed. Bookplates of Newbattle Abbey Library, [First] Earl of Ancram [Sir Robert Kerr (c. 1578-1654)] and the Honorable William Marquiss of Lothian (General William John Kerr, 5th Marquess of Lothian, 1737-1815). Fine. ANAMORPHOSES AND THE THEORY OF PERSPECTIVE. First edition, with a fine provenance, of Niceron's important treatise on perspective, geometrical optics, and anamorphic projection, which gains added significance in the history of science for containing (in Book IV) "perhaps the first published reference to Descartes' derivation of the law of refraction (1638) and thus gains some historical significance" - DSB. The work is famous for its study of the application of illusion to optical science: "The classic phase of anamorphosis, during which it came to relate vitally to a series of scientific and theological concerns, occurred in France and Rome in the 1630s and 1640s. The theorist at the centre of the Paris-Rome developments was Jean-François Niceron" - Kemp. "This richly illustrated manual on perspective revealed for the first time the secrets of anamorphosis and trompe l'oeil. It contained the first published reference to Descartes's derivation of the law of refraction. First published in 1638 with 25 plates only, Niceron's work was later enlarged by Roberval in a far inferior edition (1663). Divided into four Books, the first Book presents briefly the fundamental geometrical theorems, and then develops a general method of perspective, borrowing heavily from Alberti and Dürer." - gogeometry.com. Jean-François Niceron (1613-1646), born in Paris, was a French mathematician, Minim [Catholic] friar, and painter of anamorphic art, on which he wrote the ground-breaking book, "La Perspective Curieuse." He travelled widely throughout Europe and was and awarded a professorship in Rome. Provenance: Sir Robert Kerr (c. 1578-1654) was a Scottish nobleman. His son Charles inherited the title, though ultimately the title merged with that of Lothian, thus the second bookplate. REFERENCES: Martin Kemp, The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat, Yale University Press, 1992; Vagnetti, 391-393; DSB X, p. 103; Berlin Katalog 4713. See: Christie's sale 3534. See: Ivan Moscovich, The Magic Cylinder Book, Tarquin Publications; Martin Gardner, "Anamorphic art", Scientific American, vol. 232, no 1, pp. 110-116, January 1975; Richard Gregory, Mirrors in Mind, W.H. Freeman, New York, 1996; Jonathan Miller, On Reflection, National Gallery Publications, London, 1998; Ernst Gombrich, Art and Illusion, Phaidon Press, Oxford, 1977. FULL TITLE: La Perspective Curieuse ou Magie Artificiele des effets Merveilleux: de l'optique, par la vision directe, la catoptrique, par la reflexion des miroirs plats, cylindriques & coniques, la dioptrique, par la refraction des crystaux ... Oeuvre tres-utile aux peintres, architectes, graveurs, sculpteurs...

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        Ornements pour servir aux peintres, & grave[urs].Paris, G. Duchange, 1710. With engraved title-page and 5 (of 6?) engraved plates. With: (2) LEMOYNE, Jean. Ornemens inventez & gravez.Paris, Jean Bairain, 1676. With engraved title-page and 5 engraved plates, and added at the end an engraved plate by Bernard Picart. All plates mounted within passepartout leaves. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. 19th-century half calf.

      Ad 1: Guilmard, Les maítres ornamentistes, p. 102; Berlin Kat. 341; ad 2: Berlin Kat. 341; for Lemoyne see: Thieme-Becker XXIII, p. 32; Jessen, pp. 212-213. Attractive collection of 2 ornamental print series (second and first edition respectively) by the French engraver Jean Lemoyne (1638-1713), who was closely connected to the studio of Jean Bérain (1640-1711). His style was attractive and modern: "...früh in sein Rankenwerk [hatte er] auch die kommende Mode, Linien- und Bandzierat, geschmiegt." (Jessen). The engraved ornaments include (mythological) animals and figures, grotesques, flowers, garlands, etc. Both of the present works by Lemoyne were engraved in the studios of Bérain, which can be seen in the resemblance of Lemoyne's and Bérain's fantastic and decorative grotesques. Added at the end is the engraved title-page of the print series Premier des magnifiques carosses de Monseigneur le duc d'Ossuna, by the French engraver Bernard Picart (1673-1733), also showing ornaments and figures. The plates illustrated the ornate sculptural coach used for the entry of the Duke of Osuna into the Dutch city of Utrecht in 1713.Ad 1 lacking 1 plate: Guilmard mentions 6 plates, while Berlin Kat mentions 7. Plates slightly browned, some slightly soiled, with a few small spots, or creased, otherwise in good condition. Binding worn along the extremities, especially the spine, but still good.

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        Grammatica Arabica; cum varia praxios materia, cujus elenchum versa dabit pagella.Leiden, Johannes Maire, 1656. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. Mid 19th-century half tan calf, gold- and blind-tooled spine.

      Schnurrer 81 & 220; Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 72; STCN (7 copies). Third edition, expanded and edited by Jacobus Golius, of Erpenius's classic Arabic grammar. The present edition is augmented with an Arabic chrestomathy that Fabricius had published in 1638. Erpenius (1584-1624) revolutionized Arabic scholarship in Europe and made the Netherlands the most important European centre of Arabic studies before he died of the plague in 1624. His grammar remained the standard work in the field for two centuries. With the owner's inscription on a free endleaf, and a meticulously lettered note on p. 42 of the Lockman fabels. Some small defects, but otherwise in very good condition, with only a small marginal tear repaired and an occasional minor and mostly marginal spot or stain. Binding with a restoration at the head and foot of the spine but otherwise good, with slight wear at the hinges and extremities. The best edition of a classic Arabic grammar.

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        1638 Large Folio KJ Bible- Cambridge - Bible of William Bridges-Emmanuel College

      - King James bible plus the Book of Common Prayer. William Bridge signature, extensive references, this was the pulpit Bible at Emmanuel college from 1638-1645. Used by famous puritan ministers who preached there. This large folio Bible, preceded by the Book of Common Prayer, was published in 1638 in Cambridge by Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel. The publication information on the title reads, "Printed by Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel, Printers to the University of Cambridge. Annon Dom. 1638." According to David McKitterick of Trinity College, Cambridge, Buck and Daniel also printed the first edition of George Herbert's The Temple (1633), the works of Thomas Fuller, the first appearance of Lycidas (1638), and the first major edition of Bede (1643). They were also printers to the English Stock of the Stationers' Company, the first major publishing conglomerate in England. It is in overall good condition with repaired pages and title. A portion of I/II Timothy was missing, and has been rewritten on blank pages in historic manuscript. On the title is the signature of Wilhelm Bridges, followed by the notation, "Coll. Emmanuel Soc." Today, membership in the Emmanuel society is automatic for Members of Emmanuel College. Emmanuel College was founded by Sir Walter Mildmay in 1584, Emmanuel College is located near the center of Cambridge, where this Bible was published. Mildmay developed Protestant leanings during his early adulthood and throughout his various political positions he always sought to protect Protestants and their interest. Building his Emmanuel College on a site formerly home to the Dominican Friars, he extended the intensity of their education to his Protestant students. Even today students an study theology in the school; however, its program has greatly extended into other areas of learning [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Gesamtansicht.

      - Kupferstich aus Meisner Schatzkästlein, 1638, 10 x 15

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        El Predicador de las gentes San Pablo. Sciencia, preceptos, avison, y obligaçiones de los predicadores Evangelicos con doctrina del Apostol. Al M.mo Senor Don Francisco Manso y Zuniga Arcobispo, Obispo de Cartagena, del Consejo de su Magestad en el Real de las Indias. Por el Doctor Juan Rodrig

      Por Maria de Quinones - Madrid, MADRID 1638 - SPAGNOLO Volume della prima metà del '600 in 4°, stato discreto, coperta floscia in pergamena, titolo scritto a mano sul dorso, molti segni del tempo, fioritura sparsa, piatto anteriore e dorso staccati dalla legatura, tagli poco bruniti, su quelli di testa e di piede scritta "Guardiae S. Franc.", pagine ben conservate con marginalia, qualcuna con becca, diverse presentano macchia d'umidità su margine concavo, poche leggermente brunite. Su fogli di guardia fori d'insetti, ultimo con punta inferiore mancante. Su frontespizio magnifica incisione in nero di P. Perete e firma d'appartenenza. Presenta lettera dedicatoria, indice, segnatura dei fascicoli e richiami. Eleganti la testatina ed i capilettera in nero.Testo posto su due colonne. La libreria offre per un periodo limitato uno sconto del 20% su tutti i suoi libri. Il prezzo originale dell'articolo era 999,00 euro.

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        Gustav Landcron, eines Schwedischen Edelmannes, merckwürdiges Leben und gefährliche Reisen. Auf welchen er als ein warhafter Robinson sich ... erhalten... hat.Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1724. 8vo. With double-page title-page printed in red and black and 9 engraved plates with scenes from Gustav Landcron's travels (1 double-page, 8 full-page). Contemporary half calf, spine covered with 19th-century gold-tooled brown sprinkled paper.

      Hayn & Gotendorf IV, pp. 18-19; Ullrich IV, pp. 111-112, no. 7; not in Gove. Rare first edition of the fictitious account of the surprising adventures and dangerous travels of Gustav Landcron, a Swedish nobleman born in 1638, known as the Swedish Robinson. After travelling and on his way to the Cape of Good Hope he discovers an unknown island. They get ashore with a few man and some moments later their ship explodes. In the end only two people survive; Gustav and Catharina. The others were killed by accidents ranging from snakebites to being struck by the lightning. Gustav and Catharina were saved after 11 years, 7 months and 8 days by a Portuguese ship. With bookplate with unidentified coat of arms on pastedown. Binding worn. Some foxing throughout and one quire loosening. A good copy.

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        Ornements pour servir aux peintres, & grave[urs].Paris, G. Duchange, 1710. With engraved title-page and 5 (of 6?) engraved plates. With: (2) LEMOYNE, Jean. Ornemens inventez & gravez.Paris, Jean Bairain, 1676. With engraved title-page and 5 engraved plates, and added at the end an engraved plate by Bernard Picart. All plates mounted within passepartout leaves. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. 19th-century half calf.

      Ad 1: Guilmard, Les maítres ornamentistes, p. 102; Berlin Kat. 341; ad 2: Berlin Kat. 341; for Lemoyne see: Thieme-Becker XXIII, p. 32; Jessen, pp. 212-213. Attractive collection of 2 ornamental print series (second and first edition respectively) by the French engraver Jean Lemoyne (1638-1713), who was closely connected to the studio of Jean Bérain (1640-1711). His style was attractive and modern: "...früh in sein Rankenwerk [hatte er] auch die kommende Mode, Linien- und Bandzierat, geschmiegt." (Jessen). The engraved ornaments include (mythological) animals and figures, grotesques, flowers, garlands, etc. Both of the present works by Lemoyne were engraved in the studios of Bérain, which can be seen in the resemblance of Lemoyne's and Bérain's fantastic and decorative grotesques. Added at the end is the engraved title-page of the print series Premier des magnifiques carosses de Monseigneur le duc d'Ossuna , by the French engraver Bernard Picart (1673-1733), also showing ornaments and figures. The plates illustrated the ornate sculptural coach used for the entry of the Duke of Osuna into the Dutch city of Utrecht in 1713.Ad 1 lacking 1 plate: Guilmard mentions 6 plates, while Berlin Kat mentions 7. Plates slightly browned, some slightly soiled, with a few small spots, or creased, otherwise in good condition. Binding worn along the extremities, especially the spine, but still good.

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        Gustav Landcron, eines Schwedischen Edelmannes, merckwürdiges Leben und gefährliche Reisen. Auf welchen er als ein warhafter Robinson sich ... erhalten... hat.Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1724. 8vo. With double-page title-page printed in red and black and 9 engraved plates with scenes from Gustav Landcron's travels (1 double-page, 8 full-page). Contemporary half calf, spine covered with 19th-century gold-tooled brown sprinkled paper.

      Hayn & Gotendorf IV, pp. 18-19; Ullrich IV, pp. 111-112, no. 7; not in Gove. Rare first edition of the fictitious account of the surprising adventures and dangerous travels of Gustav Landcron, a Swedish nobleman born in 1638, known as the Swedish Robinson. After travelling and on his way to the Cape of Good Hope he discovers an unknown island. They get ashore with a few man and some moments later their ship explodes. In the end only two people survive; Gustav and Catharina. The others were killed by accidents ranging from snakebites to being struck by the lightning. Gustav and Catharina were saved after 11 years, 7 months and 8 days by a Portuguese ship. With bookplate with unidentified coat of arms on pastedown. Binding worn. Some foxing throughout and one quire loosening. A good copy.

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        Grammatica Arabica; cum varia praxios materia, cujus elenchum versa dabit pagella.Leiden, Johannes Maire, 1656. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. Mid 19th-century half tan calf, gold- and blind-tooled spine.

      - Schnurrer 81 & 220; Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 72; STCN (7 copies). Third edition, expanded and edited by Jacobus Golius, of Erpenius's classic Arabic grammar. The present edition is augmented with an Arabic chrestomathy that Fabricius had published in 1638. Erpenius (1584-1624) revolutionized Arabic scholarship in Europe and made the Netherlands the most important European centre of Arabic studies before he died of the plague in 1624. His grammar remained the standard work in the field for two centuries. With the owner's inscription on a free endleaf, and a meticulously lettered note on p. 42 of the Lockman fabels. Some small defects, but otherwise in very good condition, with only a small marginal tear repaired and an occasional minor and mostly marginal spot or stain. Binding with a restoration at the head and foot of the spine but otherwise good, with slight wear at the hinges and extremities. The best edition of a classic Arabic grammar.

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        Gustav Landcron, eines Schwedischen Edelmannes, merckwürdiges Leben und gefährliche Reisen. Auf welchen er als ein warhafter Robinson sich erhalten hat.Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1724. 8vo. With double-page title-page printed in red and black and 9 engraved plates with scenes from Gustav Landcron's travels (1 double-page, 8 full-page). Contemporary half calf, spine covered with 19th-century gold-tooled brown sprinkled paper.

      - Hayn & Gotendorf IV, pp. 18-19; Ullrich IV, pp. 111-112, no. 7; not in Gove. Rare first edition of the fictitious account of the surprising adventures and dangerous travels of Gustav Landcron, a Swedish nobleman born in 1638, known as the Swedish Robinson. After travelling and on his way to the Cape of Good Hope he discovers an unknown island. They get ashore with a few man and some moments later their ship explodes. In the end only two people survive; Gustav and Catharina. The others were killed by accidents ranging from snakebites to being struck by the lightning. Gustav and Catharina were saved after 11 years, 7 months and 8 days by a Portuguese ship. With bookplate with unidentified coat of arms on pastedown. Binding worn. Some foxing throughout and one quire loosening. A good copy. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Holy Bible : containing the Old Testament and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues + The book of common prayer, and administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church of England : with the Psalter, or Psalmes of David

      Cambridge, England: Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel, printers to the Universitie of Cambridge, 1638-01-01. Hardcover. Good. Thick folio, 40 cm. Bound in contemporary calf. Restoration and varnish to original leather. ([102], 642, 151, 202; 90; [7] pages). Contains the Bible in English bound after the Book of Common Prayer also contains the Book of Pslams. The Old Testament title page in handwritten manuscript. The New Testament also has separate t.p. Pages ruled in red. Tear and minor soiling to margins, several page have tears that caused loss to text, later repair and manuscript text to lacking text. Front title slightly hand soiled, else a good copy. Hand written "Family Memoranda" on front end page of the Herrick - Douglas family of Clerkenwell Parish, London. According to the hand written note, the family was formerly from Colchester in the county of Essex. Family marriage and death records begin in 1791 for only the immediate family of Joseph Herrick. Joseph Herrick's death recorded 1865. Herbert 520. STC 23331. This is an oversized or heavy book, that requires additional postage for international delivery outside the US.

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        Les Oeuvres [Works] : ... Mises En Francois Par Matthieu De Chaluet ... Augmentees En Ceste Edition De Plusieurs Traictez Non Encores Veus. Et ... Traduits Sur Le Manuscrit, Par I. Baudoin

      A Paris : Chez Michel Blageart Et Michel Brunet, 1638. First Edition. Full, contmporary gilt-blocked vellum, raised bands &c. Spine head and tail somewhat rubbed with scattered toning to the panel extremities. Remains an uncommonly positive example overall; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered. Scans on request. ; 1 pages; Physical desc. : [4], 259 leaves, 260-'322' [i. E. 330]p. , 331-390 leaves, 391-402p. , 403-'507' [i. E. 517], [14] leaves; [12], 27, [1]p. ; 212p. (2o) . Referenced by: CLC S1056. Pt 3: Les controuerses et suasoires de M. Annaeus Seneca rheteur. Copper-engraved pictorial head & tailpieces, added t. P engraving.

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        Ornements pour servir aux peintres, & grave[urs].Paris, G. Duchange, 1710. With engraved title-page and 5 (of 6?) engraved plates.With: (2) LEMOYNE, Jean. Ornemens inventez & gravez.Paris, Jean Bairain, 1676. With engraved title-page and 5 engraved plates, and added at the end an engraved plate by Bernard Picart. All plates mounted within passepartout leaves. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. 19th-century half calf.

      - Ad 1: Guilmard, Les maítres ornamentistes, p. 102; Berlin Kat. 341; ad 2: Berlin Kat. 341; for Lemoyne see: Thieme-Becker XXIII, p. 32; Jessen, pp. 212-213. Attractive collection of 2 ornamental print series (second and first edition respectively) by the French engraver Jean Lemoyne (1638-1713), who was closely connected to the studio of Jean Bérain (1640-1711). His style was attractive and modern: ".früh in sein Rankenwerk [hatte er] auch die kommende Mode, Linien- und Bandzierat, geschmiegt." (Jessen). The engraved ornaments include (mythological) animals and figures, grotesques, flowers, garlands, etc. Both of the present works by Lemoyne were engraved in the studios of Bérain, which can be seen in the resemblance of Lemoyne's and Bérain's fantastic and decorative grotesques. Added at the end is the engraved title-page of the print series Premier des magnifiques carosses de Monseigneur le duc d'Ossuna, by the French engraver Bernard Picart (1673-1733), also showing ornaments and figures. The plates illustrated the ornate sculptural coach used for the entry of the Duke of Osuna into the Dutch city of Utrecht in 1713.Ad 1 lacking 1 plate: Guilmard mentions 6 plates, while Berlin Kat mentions 7. Plates slightly browned, some slightly soiled, with a few small spots, or creased, otherwise in good condition. Binding worn along the extremities, especially the spine, but still good. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova

      Amsterdam, 1638. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 15.25" x 20" This important 1638 map by Willem Blaeu provides an unexpected and unequalled view of the nascent colonies of New Netherlands, labeled with its Latin equivalent of Nova Belgica, and New Amsterdam. Oriented to the west, it proceeds from south at top to north at bottom, producing an oddly oriented but highly detailed account of the coastline. This map publicizes the 1613 discoveries of Dutch captain Adriaen Block, who added to contemporary accumulated knowledge of the coastline through his voyages around Long Island and the Cape. Block's contributions, as noted on his well-known chart of 1614, include the recognition and naming of the islands of Manhates (Manhattan) and Matowacs (Long Island); detailing of the valleys of the Hudson and Connecticut Rivers; and labeling of Nieu Pleimonth, Fort Orange (formerly Fort Nassau), and various other Dutch settlements. While Blaeu repeats the inaccurate horizontality of the coast, he adds to public knowledge of the new continent by depicting local wildlife, including deer, foxes, bears, egrets, rabbits, cranes, and turkeys. Beavers and otters also appear for the first time, although it seems Dutch settlers had not yet discovered that beavers are herbivores, since one is shown clutching a fish in its mouth. The upper left corner of the map contains two inset illustrations of Mohegan villages that, despite their idealization, nonetheless offer insight into the tiny icons of Indian villages dotting the landscape. First issued in 1635, Blaeu's map was later issued in a number of editions; the French text on verso identifies this particular map as being included in the 1638 French edition of "Le Theatre du Monde." The map is in good condition with minor wear along original centerfold and expert verso repair to lower centerfold. Original plate mark is visible. Full original margins. One of the most prolific Dutch mapmakers of his time, Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) started one of the most famous map publishing firms of the 17th century. It was at this time that the Dutch controlled the map trade, and their ornate and beautiful maps had immense popularity. Blaeu and his family worked out of Amsterdam and was instrumental in driving this dominance in his lifetime, and this legacy was continued by his sons. This map of the new colonies was one of the most beautiful maps of the Americas from the 17th century.

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        ETHICAE SACRAE LIBRI DUO IN QUIBUS VIRTUTES . [BOUND WITH] OECONOMICA SACRA: HOC EST FAMILIAM RECTE ET SANCTE SECUNDUM VOLUNTATEM DEI ADMINISTRANDA SYSTEMA METHODICA

      Bernae, Typis Fabricianis 1638 - Two treatises by Luthard, Professor of Theology at the University of Bern. Both printed in that city in 1637 and bound together. .Ethicae Sacrae: [16], 325, [19] (last three pages blank); Oeconomica Sacra: [8], 225, [14] with 2 folded leaves. Vellum binding with yapp edge, and old titling in pen to the spine. Half of the front endpaper has been excised. There is an ex libris for "S. G. Koenig, V.D.M." on the pastedown as well as an ownership signature dated 1723. A rubber-stamped insignia of a previous owner is on the verso of the endpaper and on the blank verso of the last leaf of text in the Oeconomica Sacrae, before the Syllabus Rerum.

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        La Ivstification dv moyen le plvs favorable, pour abreger Les Trauaux des Longues Estudes; au Souhait de tout le Monde

      Paris: F. L'Ermite, 1638. 12mo (137 x 79 mm). Collation: ã6 4; a-k6. [20], 120 pp. Woodcut tailpieces and a few initials, type ornaments as headpieces. Contemporary sheep, smooth spine gold-tooled with red morocco gilt lettering-piece, board edges gilt; green silk ribbon marker (rubbed, old patch repairs to covers).*** only edition, only copy located, of an educational treatise by a tutor or régent, proposing radical pedagogical reform to an educational system still mired in the medieval curriculum. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, early education (of boys of the well-off classes) was entirely in Latin and was devoted to learning to read and write the language fluently. Even grammatical explanations were given in Latin. The rod was often the primary teaching tool, and by the time boys were ready for the collèges, the primary lesson absorbed by most, as argued here by Waflart, was that learning was boring and hard. Addressing parents, Waflart deplores the excessive duration, high costs, and deadening effects of this system of education. He paints a picture of long, sterile years devoted to the study of grammar, which kill the children's natural curiosity and respect for knowledge, and permanently stifle the love of learning. The author seeks to remedy this situation, by integrating the study of French into children's primary education, both for itself (so that children might learn to write proper French) and by incorporating grammatical explanations and translations in their native language into the study of Latin. He argues further for shorter days, and that instead of learning Greek and Latin at the same time, the two languages should be learned separately, with Greek following Latin; and he opposes sending children to the sleep-away collèges at too young an age. All of these things, he claims, will will accelerate children's mastery of Latin and will shorten the total number of years spent on education. In the signed dedication to Henri de Mesmes (d. 1650, président à mortier of the Parlement in Paris), Waflart identifies himself as "professor of arts, and theologian of the Paris Academy." He is elsewhere identified as principal of the College de Cornouaille [Brittany] (cf. La Correspondance littéraire, 5ème annee, 1860-61, p. 321) and in the text he refers to his years teaching at the Collège of Le Mans, and at the College de Boncour in Paris. He had long practiced his pedagogical method, had published several didactic works in Latin and, the previous year, a related work entitled Le Thresor des estudians latins, par diagrammes. In the present work he addresses potential customers (parents), imbuing it at times with the tone of an advertising brochure. He offers, for example, 1) a lecture (harangue) on his method (to be held on St Luke's day, 18 October, location not stated); 2) trial lessons for those who do not wish to commit themselves before seeing the product; and 3) special deals for the earliest sign-ups ("Et souvenez-vous que les premiers venus, comme ils nous obligereant particulièrement, aussi recevront ils les faveurs particulières, que l'on peut faire à un Amy" (f. 4r). Furthermore, for those who still harbor doubts, Waflart pledges that his pupils will provide demonstrations of their progress every three months, to all who wish to attend. Benefits from these public examinations, he states, will accrue to the students; to their parents, who previously only found out whether their children had failed or excelled at the end of their many years of education; and to the teachers themselves, who will be obliged to maintain high standards, knowing that any weaknesses will be publicly exposed. The treatise is laced with defences against Waflart's apparently numerous detractors. That he was not terribly successful may be gleaned from some of his critics' mockeries: if you had enough work there would be no need of so many affiches; none of your programs have been adopted; and you are spread too thin, being willing to teach too many subjects... Nonetheless, notwithstanding Waflart's individual lack of success, his ideas were part of a reformist trend that had begun in the previous century (see for example, the writings of Montaigne or Rabelais's satires of schools and pedagogues), and by the end of the ancien régime, most of these "progressive" reforms, notably the teaching of French, had been adopted. No other copies located, no citation of this work found in the standard bibliographies.

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        Prima Secundae Partis Summae theologiæ Sancti Thomæ Aquinatis.

      Paris:: Mathurini Henault, 1638.. Small 8vo. [32], 1043, [1], [12] pp. Contents index. Contemporary full gilt-ruled calf, raised bands, three labels applied to spine (title in manuscript); extremities somewhat worn, upper cover with worn section (minor), some worming to inner covers, effecting the facing leaves, general browning. Inscribed, including title, “Ex liberalitate Dei ... Baronis D'Aranton orept ... pro Ben Fuotore”[?] – “Ex liberalitate Dei ... Baronis D'aranton ...” Very good. Author's best known work “one of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature.” – Ross. This part, intended for students of theology contains arguments for God's existence and nature; the creation of the world, of angels and the nature of man. It contains 114 questions and responses, being the first part of a series of six volumes of Saint Thomas Aquinas' Summa sacrae theologiae. “The Summa Theologica is meant to summarize the history of the cosmos and provide an outline for the meaning of life itself. This order is cyclical. It begins with God and his existence in Question 2. The entire first part of the Summa deals with God and his creation, which reaches its zenith in man. The First Part, therefore, ends with the treatise on man.” – Wikip. ¶ Provenance: Baron D'Aranton [D'Aranthon] corresponded with de Gerbaix de Sonnaz, 1666. [See Jean D'Aranton d'Alex, bishop of Geneva (1620-1695), Constitutions et instructions synodales de Saint François de Sales, Evéque ... Jean D'Aranton d'Alex, Lyon, 1672.] See also: Innocent Le Masson, La vie de Messire Jean d'Aranthon d'Alex, e?ve?que, et prince de Gene?ve. Chambery: J. Gorrin, 1699. ¶ See: Ross, James F., “Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae (ca. 1273), Christian Wisdom Explained Philosophically,” in The Classics of Western Philosophy: A Reader's Guide, (eds.) Jorge J. E. Gracia, Gregory M. Reichberg, Bernard N. Schumacher. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. p. 165.

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        La Ivstification dv moyen le plvs favorable, pour abreger Les Trauaux des Longues Estudes; au Souhait de tout le Monde.

      Paris: F. L'Ermite, 1638. 12mo (137 x 79 mm). Collation: ã6 4; a-k6. [20], 120 pp. Woodcut tailpieces and a few initials, type ornaments as headpieces. Contemporary sheep, smooth spine gold-tooled with red morocco gilt lettering-piece, board edges gilt; green silk ribbon marker (rubbed, old patch repairs to covers).*** only edition, only copy located, of an educational treatise by a tutor or régent, proposing radical pedagogical reform to an educational system still mired in the medieval curriculum. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, early education (of boys of the well-off classes) was entirely in Latin and was devoted to learning to read and write the language fluently. Even grammatical explanations were given in Latin. The rod was often the primary teaching tool, and by the time boys were ready for the collèges, the primary lesson absorbed by most, as argued here by Waflart, was that learning was boring and hard. Addressing parents, Waflart deplores the excessive duration, high costs, and deadening effects of this system of education. He paints a picture of long, sterile years devoted to the study of grammar, which kill the children's natural curiosity and respect for knowledge, and permanently stifle the love of learning. The author seeks to remedy this situation, by integrating the study of French into children's primary education, both for itself (so that children might learn to write proper French) and by incorporating grammatical explanations and translations in their native language into the study of Latin. He argues further for shorter days, and that instead of learning Greek and Latin at the same time, the two languages should be learned separately, with Greek following Latin; and he opposes sending children to the sleep-away collèges at too young an age. All of these things, he claims, will will accelerate children's mastery of Latin and will shorten the total number of years spent on education. In the signed dedication to Henri de Mesmes (d. 1650, président à mortier of the Parlement in Paris), Waflart identifies himself as "professor of arts, and theologian of the Paris Academy." He is elsewhere identified as principal of the College de Cornouaille [Brittany] (cf. La Correspondance littéraire, 5ème annee, 1860-61, p. 321) and in the text he refers to his years teaching at the Collège of Le Mans, and at the College de Boncour in Paris. He had long practiced his pedagogical method, had published several didactic works in Latin and, the previous year, a related work entitled Le Thresor des estudians latins, par diagrammes. In the present work he addresses potential customers (parents), imbuing it at times with the tone of an advertising brochure. He offers, for example, 1) a lecture (harangue) on his method (to be held on St Luke's day, 18 October, location not stated); 2) trial lessons for those who do not wish to commit themselves before seeing the product; and 3) special deals for the earliest sign-ups ("Et souvenez-vous que les premiers venus, comme ils nous obligereant particulièrement, aussi recevront ils les faveurs particulières, que l'on peut faire à un Amy" (f. 4r). Furthermore, for those who still harbor doubts, Waflart pledges that his pupils will provide demonstrations of their progress every three months, to all who wish to attend. Benefits from these public examinations, he states, will accrue to the students; to their parents, who previously only found out whether their children had failed or excelled at the end of their many years of education; and to the teachers themselves, who will be obliged to maintain high standards, knowing that any weaknesses will be publicly exposed. The treatise is laced with defences against Waflart's apparently numerous detractors. That he was not terribly successful may be gleaned from some of his critics' mockeries: if you had enough work there would be no need of so many affiches; none of your programs have been adopted; and you are spread too thin, being willing to teach too many subjects... Nonetheless, notwithstanding Waflart's individual lack of success, his ideas were part of a reformist trend that had begun in the previous century (see for example, the writings of Montaigne or Rabelais's satires of schools and pedagogues), and by the end of the ancien régime, most of these "progressive" reforms, notably the teaching of French, had been adopted. No other copies located, no citation of this work found in the standard bibliographies.

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        Della guerra di Fiandra. Deca prima composta da Famiano Strada della Comp. di Giesú volgarizzata da Carlo Papini dell'istessa Comp.; Deca seconda composta da Famiano Strada della Comp. di Giesú volgarizzata da Paolo Segnere dell'istessa Comp.

      Per gli eredi del Corbelletti, Roma, 1638. 2 v. ([16], 509 [i.e. 515], [83] p., [11] c. di tav. calcogr. rip. di misura doppia pagina; [16], 712, [40] p.), 4º (24 cm), pergamena coeva con titoli manoscritti ai dorsi. Copia mediamente buona, i due volumi presentano usuali e accettabili difettini dell'uso e del tempo, come minime mancanze esterne, cerniere allentate e piccoli segni di tarlo ad alcune parti che non ledono la lettura, due pagine con strappo senza mancanze, margine inferiore del secondo antiporta inciso refilato a filo della cornice con minima perdita di immagine. Al primo volume frontespizio calcografico, al secondo volume frontespizio tipografico e calcografico (identico a quello del primo volume). Le 11 tavole raffiguranti battaglie (ben impresse su carta in molto buono stato di conservazione) non sono legate a doppia pagina come spesso accade ma legate a lato e ripiegate in modo che possono essere aperte completamente e apprezzate distese in tutta la loro bellezza. Opera rara da trovarsi completa di tutte le tavole (presenti nella sola prima deca) e COMPLETA DELLA RARISSIMA SECONDA DECA posteriore di 10 anni. Ediz. originale della traduzione italiana (che per la seconda deca rappresenta anche il primo lavoro di Paolo Segneri). Gamba, 2094. Razzolini, p. 328. Lib. Vinciana, 498. La prima edizione latina apparve a Roma nel 1632. Per notizie sull'autore, (1572 - 1649), vedi De Backer - Sommervogel VII 1605 e Allacci "Apes urbanae" 1633 p. 85.

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        India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae adiacentes

      Amsterdam 1638 - Affascinante carta del Sud Est Asiatico, oltre che di grande interesse per la rappresentazione delle scoperte olandesi nell’Australia settentrionale; vi è raffigurato il Sud Est Asiatico in generale, insieme alla Malaysia, alle Indie Orientali, l’Indonesia, Indocina, Maldive, la Cina meridionale con il delta del fiume Pearl, Taiwan e parte del Giappone. India quae Orientalis venne pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1638, e in una innumerevole serie di ristampe fino al 1700. La carta è decorata da tre cartigli, stemmi araldici che sormontano la dedica a Christophoro Thisio da parte di Henricus Hondius, 2 rose dei venti, un mostro marino e sei vascelli in navigazione. Johannes Janssonius (1588 - 1664), più comunemente noto come Jan Jansson, era un cartografo olandese che realizzò le sue prime carte in Francia e in Italia intorno al 1616; da lì prese avvio la sua carriera, fatta di innumerevoli pubblicazioni di carte, paragonabili alla produzione del Blaeu per qualità. Negli anni 30 del XVII secolo diede avvio ad una collaborazione col cognato, Henricus Hondius, insieme al quale pubblicò svariate edizioni dei più famosi di atlanti di Mercator/Hondius/Jansson. An important, attractive and rare Dutch map of South East Asia, showing Dutch discoveries in northern Australia . The map includes South East Asia in general with all of Malaysia, the East Indies, the Philippines, Indonesia, Indochina, Maledives and Southern China with the Pearl River Delta, Taiwan, and part of Japan. India quae Orientalis was first published in 1638 and in a number of editions in the years up to 1700. This example, with German text on verso, dates from c1658; it is richly embellished with 3 cartouches, coat of arms at head of dedication to Christophoro Thisio from Henricus Hondius, 2 compass roses, a sea monster and 6 sailing vessels. Johannes Janssonius (1588 - 1664), more familiarly known as Jan Jansson, was a Dutch cartographer who produced his first maps of France and Italy in 1616 and continued from then onwards publishing a large number of maps which were almost comparable to Blaeu in quality. During the 1630s he went into partnership with his brother-in-law Henricus Hondius and published more editions of the highly regarded Mercator/Hondius/Jansson atlases. Dimensioni 490x395. C. Quirino, Philippine Cartography, p. 105 Dimensioni 490 395mm

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        Annales ecclesiastici poeticis numberis illigati. A christo nato ad nos usque traducti. Tomus primus

      Poitiers: J. Thoreau & A. Mesnier, 1638. FIRST EDITION. Complete with approbation, Privilege du Roi, and index with errata on verso. Title printed in red and black. Contemporary original binding of richly gilt morocco, rebacked with the original spine laid down, spine gilt in compartments with raised bands. Presumably decorated with the arms of the family of the Des Cervon, Baron des Arsis, mentioned in the contemporary handwritten inscription in the first blank leaf that reveals that the book was given as an award to a worthy student of the Jesuit boarding school at La Fleche, thanks to the generosity of the Baron. Contemporary ownership notation on title from the novitiate in Paris (Domus Probationis Parisiensis). Despite some dampstaining and browning, an excellent copy from the library of Holland House with their armorial bookplate on the front paste down. First edition of this Latin translation in verse of Annales ecclesiastistici by Cesare Baronio, a history of the first twelve centuries of the Catholic Church. First published between 1588 and 1607 as an official response to the Lutheran Historia ecclesiae Christi (History of the Church of Christ), Baronio's Annales treats history in chronological order and keeps theology in the background. It was in this work that the term "Dark Ages" in the Latin form saeculum obscurum was coined. The work is dedicated to François de Villemontée (1598-1670), knight and lord of Montaiguillon and of Villenaux and bishop of Saint-Malo. Josset (1598-1663) entered the Jesuit order in 1607. He taught Holy Scriptures and oratory in various colleges, including Limoges, which at the time was very important and when many professors there had their works published. Josset also published a famous book on rhetoric in1650. Baronio (1538-1607) was an Italian Cardinal and historian of the Roman Catholic Church. As librarian of the Vatican Apostolic Library from 1597 he had access to sources and material never before used. Therefore his Annales represent one of the first works on Catholic ecclesiastic history based on critical examination of sources. Indeed, he is aknowledged by Roman Catholic writers as the "father of ecclesiastical history.".

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        uvres)

      Elzevir, Leyde 1638 - LIVRES Très belle édition avec le titre gravé. Parfait état dans une belle reliure . Cachet ex-libris sur titre (Bibliothèque des Chapelles) .Exemplaire de première issue sans les fautes de pagination. Très rare. Willems 467 1 volume in-12 Plein veau blond XVIIIè. Mors fragilisés, coiffe supérieure abimée.

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        HISTOIRE DE LA VIE DU CONNESTABLE DE LESDIGUIERES, contenant toutes ses Actions, depuis sa Naissance, jusques à sa Mort. Avec plusieurs choses Memorables, servant à l'intelligence de l'Histoire Generale. Le tout fidellement recueilli par Louis Videl, secretaire dudit Connestable.

      1638 - Paris, Pierre Rocolet, 1638. In-folio (290 X 421) veau brun marbré, encadrement de double filet doré sur les plats, dos six nerfs, caissons dorés ornés à la grotesque, roulettes dorées en queue et tête, titre doré, tranches mouchetées (reliure de l'époque) ; (19) ff. de titre imprimé en rouge et noir, épître au cardinal de Richelieu, éloge du connétable, épigramme, avant-propos, privilège et table des chapitres, (1) portrait gravé, 478 pages, (1) f. d'épitaphe et (26) ff. de table des matières. Mors, coiffes, coins et caisson supérieur du dos restaurés. Ex-libris manuscrit ancien à l'encre brune "Despaigne" en tête du feuillet de titre. ÉDITION ORIGINALE contenant un MAGNIFIQUE PORTRAIT allégorique du duc de Lesdiguières, gravé par Huret d'après une peinture de Daniel Dumonstier (1574-1646). Ce portrait contient dans la partie inférieure trois vignettes légendées qui représentent des faits d'armes du connétable (Forteresse d'Exilles - Bataille de Pontcharra - Fort Barraux). La page de titre, imprimée en rouge et noir, contient la belle marque gravée de l'imprimeur et éditeur parisien Pierre Rocolet. Le connétable François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières (1543-1626), militaire français, maréchal de France, est une personnalité marquante du Dauphiné. Louis VIDEL (1598-1675), historien dauphinois, se trouvait en 1617 en Piémont, au moment du siège de Verceil par les Espagnols, lorqu'il fut mis en rapport avec Lesdiguières, dont il devint le secrétaire, et, par la suite, l'historiographe. Ces fonctions, dit Rochas, étaient, à ce qu'il paraît, fort pénibles. Les secrétaires de Lesdiguières le suivaient dans toutes ses expéditions et même dans les reconnaissances militaires. (Cioranescu, 66439 - Brunet, V, 1183 - "Grand Larousse du XIXe", T. XV, 1003-3). SÉDUISANT EXEMPLAIRE conservé dans sa solide reliure de l'époque, au corps d'ouvrage en bel état. NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        The Historie of Life and Death. With Observations Naturall and Experimentall for the Prolonging of Life.

      London:: Printed by I. Okes, for Humphrey Mosley,, 1638.. First edition.. Hardcover. Very Good. [xiv]*, 323pp +[blank]. The imprimatur leaf has small repairs to its slightly frayed edges, and an 1826 ownership name in sepia to the back of it has bled through to the front. No other marks. Pages in very good order, tanned at the edges. 12mo, c.14.3x8.8cms, in the early or original blind-ruled brown calf boards, with a new blind-ruled brown calf spine with off-white endpapers. A very nice and complete copy. *[The unpaginated prelims consist of (ii) imprimatur, (iii) engraved title, (v) title, (vii-xi) Mosley's dedication, (xii-xiv) To the Living and Posterity/ to the Reader. i, iv, & vi are blanks.]

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        Gesamtansicht aus halber Vogelschau m. d. Belagerung 1638, "Eigentlicher Abris der Belegerung des Vesten Passes Brysach".

      - Kupferstich ( anonym ), um 1638, 19,7 x 28 Nicht bei Fauser und Schefold. Drugulin, Nr. 2151 ( nur die Ansicht ?), Fauser, Nr. 1841 sehr ähnlich. - Darstellung der Gegend um Breisach aus der Vogelschau mit Darstellung der Schlacht im Dez. 1638. Oben links kleine Darstellung einer Lagerbefestigung ( Durchschnitt). Der Titel über der Ansicht ( im handschr. Ergänzung "im Brißgouw", unter der Ansicht Erklärungenv. A - M. - Das Blatt ist montiert. Durchgehender Einriß ist althinterlegt.

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        Americae Pars Meridionalis

      1638. (SOUTH AMERICA) HONDIUS, Henricus. Americae Pars Meridionalis. Amsterdam: Henricus Hondius, [1638]. Original hand-colored copper-engraved map (plate mark measures 22 by 19 inches); matted and framed, entire piece measures 28 by 31 inches. $3000.Lovely 1638 impression of one of the earliest, largest, and most attractive maps to focus on South America, beautifully engraved and hand-colored with numerous embellishments of native people and animals, ships and sea monsters.This is an important, early, and decorative map of the South American continent. The coastlines are well detailed but the interior is more speculative: several rivers (including the Amazon and Paraguay) have their source in the Lago de los Xarayes and the mythical Lake Parime dominates the interior of Guyana. The map is richly embellished with ships and sea monsters in the oceans and vignettes of villages and animals on the continent. The large title cartouche features native and indigenous animals. Henricus Hondius was the son of renowned cartographer and mapseller Jodocus Hondius. By 1621 Henricus had established his own business, and in 1623 when he published the fifth edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Sometime around 1628 Jan Janssonius joined the business, and soon the Janssonius name came to predominate the maps produced, until by 1646 HenricusÂ’ name disappears from published maps and atlases. This map originally came from a Latin edition of the Atlas, printed 1638-41. Latin text on verso. Van der Krogt, P. KoemanÂ’s Atlantes Neederlandici, I:9800. Phillips, Maps of America, 793. Adonias, A Cartografia da Regiao Amazonica, I: 185-86. Archival tape reinforcement on verso along edges. Light age toning, a few minor spots of foxing, original coloring fine. An extremely good copy of this scarce map.

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        L. ANNAEUS FLORUS

      Engraved title-page + [6], 336, [16] pages. Sixteen mo. Recently re-bound in full calf gilt. A very handsome, clean copy. First Elzevir edition, first issue, of this Roman history edited by Claudius Salamasius.

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        ASTRACHAN- Astrachan an der Wolga [?????????] // Astrachan in Nagaia // aus: Merian: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica, 1638

      Hoffman, Frankfurt am Main 1638 - Ansicht / View und / and Stadtplan / map, original Kupferstich engraving, ca. 30 x 18 cm de 500 Grafik

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        ASTRACHAN- Astrachan an der Wolga [?????????] // Astrachan in Nagaia // aus: Merian: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica, 1638

      Frankfurt am Main Hoffman 1638 Ansicht / View und / and Stadtplan / map, original Kupferstich engraving, ca. 30 x 18 cmVersand D: 9,00 EUR Grafik-Ansichten-Europa-Russland Russia

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        America Novita Delineator

      Frankfurt: 1638 - Engraved map, 35.6 x 28 cm (11" x 14"), uncolored. Faint soiling, repair of centerfold with archival tape; near fine with crisp impression. Mathhaus Merian (1593-1650) was a well known engraver that would run a publishing house in Frankfurt. This very attractive map of the Americas is based on maps by Blaeu and Hondius (see Tooley & Goss). Part of the charm of this map is the somewhat primitive arrangement of the subject. North America is shown with a prominent Virginia, but with an odd New England coastline. Florida is basically a stub, and the western coastline above California makes the continent look too wide. The Great Lakes have little presence, but the map does feature a large island lake in equatorial South America. The map also includes an inset of Greenland, and you can actually see part of Europe. A rather plan title cartouche, a sea monster and Spanish Galleons decorate the map. Merian's engraved signature can be seen in the lower right. Tooley: The Mapping of America (p.299). Goss: The Mapping of North America (64-67).

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        A DISCOURSE ABOUT The STATE Of TRUE HAPPINESSE. Delivered in Certaine Sermons in Oxford, and at St. Pauls Crosse. [bound with] SOME GENERAL DIRECTIONS For A COMFORATABLE WALKING WITH GOD [bound with] TWO SERMONS PREACHED At NORTHAMPTON At TWO SEVERALL ASSISES THERE. [bound with] A CORDIALL For CHRISTMAS In The TIME Of AFFLICTION.

      London: 1638/39/40. [xix], blank, 214pp; [xiv], 390 pp + 8 pp table; [4], 97 pp; [vi], 27 pp. 8vo & 4to [A - O8, P4, Q2; A6, ¶2, B - Bb8, Cc6; A - N4; A - D4, E2]. Binding - Fine. Text - VG (margins trimmed, very occasionally meeting the rule above the running title/aging to paper/faint stain to lower portionof 'Discourses' text). Ownership signature of 'John Baker' on 'Cordiall' title page.

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        ETHICAE SACRAE LIBRI DUO IN QUIBUS VIRTUTES ... [BOUND WITH] OECONOMICA SACRA: HOC EST FAMILIAM RECTE ET SANCTE SECUNDUM VOLUNTATEM DEI ADMINISTRANDA SYSTEMA METHODICA

      Typis Fabricianis: Bernae, 1638. Two treatises by Luthard, Professor of Theology at the University of Bern. Both printed in that city in 1637 and bound together. .Ethicae Sacrae: [16], 325, [19] (last three pages blank); Oeconomica Sacra: [8], 225, [14] with 2 folded leaves.Vellum binding with yapp edge, and old titling in pen to the spine. Half of the front endpaper has been excised. There is an ex libris for "S. G. Koenig, V.D.M." on the pastedown as well as an ownership signature dated 1723. A rubber-stamped insignia of a previous owner is on the verso of the endpaper and on the blank verso of the last leaf of text in the Oeconomica Sacrae, before the Syllabus Rerum.

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        Examen du livre des récréations mathématiques et de ses problèmes en géométrie, méchanique, optique et catoptrique. Où sont aussi discutées et rétablies plusieurs expériences physiques y proposées.

      Paris, Rollet Boutonne, 1638. ____ Illustré par plus de 80 bois gravés dans le texte. Il règne la plus grande confusion sur les auteurs de ce texte célèbre que l'on doit plutôt considérer comme une compilation de plusieurs auteurs. Largement inspiré de l'ouvrage de Bachet de Méziriac, cet ouvrage contient de nombreux problèmes originaux, ainsi que d'autres, extraits de Cardan. La première partie est traditionnellement attribuée à Leurechon, mais pourrait être d'Hendrik van Etten, la seconde à Denis Henrion et à Claude Mydorge. La troisième, qui traite des feux d'artifices est inspirée de Jean Appier Hanzelet. La quatrième "Nottes sur les récréations mathématiques ... par D.H.P.E.M." sont de Denis Henrion. Chaque partie a sa propre page de titre particulière. Papier un peu bruni, une galerie de ver tout au fond du cahier A de la seconde partie, mais bel exemplaire. ***** Illustrated by more 80 woodcuts in-text. Famous compilation of scientific recreations, based on Bachet de Méziriac' book, by several authors : Leurechon, Denis Henrion and Claude Mydorge. In-8. Collation : (16), 280, 63, (5), 67-106, (9), (3 bl.), 39, (1 bl.) pp. Vélin. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        Mémoires des sages et royalles oeconomies d'Estat domestiques, politiques et militaires de Henry le Grand... et des servitudes utiles obeissances convenables & administrations loyales de Maximilian de Bethune l'un de ses confidens...

      à Amstelredam, chez Alethinosgraphe de Clearetimelee, & Graphexechon de Pistariste, à l'enseigne des trois Vertus couronnées d'A in folio, de 4ff.-535pp. & 4ff.-459pp., titres à la marque des 3 vertus aquarellée en rouge et vert, pl. veau marbré époque, dos orné, bel exemplaire. Contrefaçon de l'édition originale, longtemps confondue avec la véritable et rarissime originale. De l'édition aux 3 vertus (aux 3 verts U), on distingue de nos jours 3 tirages différents: la véritable originale imprimée à petit nombre au château de Sully, une contrefaçon de Rouen 1649, et une autre contrefaçon (celle-ci) qui se distingue par une différence de collation, la composition étant plus compacte. Ici le parallèle de César avec Henri IV est bien imprimé en caractères romains comme dans l'originale. Ces mémoires sont un document capital pour l'histoire du règne d'Henri IV. Maximilien de Béthune, duc de Sully rédigea ses Mémoires de 1611 à 1617, alors qu'il était en disgrâce. La rédaction en est particulière, puisque les secrétaires de Sully sont censés lui raconter les détails, même les plus cachés, de sa vie. ¶ Brunet V.589 - Bourgeois & André Sources Hist. de France n° 2574 - Einaudi n° 5506 - Kress, 537

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        Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI. Omnia ab auctore recognita & emendata. In singula copiosus index.

      Lyon, Jean Champion, 1638. ____ Précieuse histoire des découvertes et des missions de Jésuites en Amérique et en Asie, par le père jésuite Maffei (1538-1603), historien scrupuleux, qui s'est appuyé sur des souces originales, et tout particulièrement sur les lettres écrites par les missionaires de son ordre. Belle reliure de prix, dorée au petits fers, avec l'ex-dono de Claude Tisserand sur les plats. Il a été donné par le collège des Jésuites de Chalon-sur-Saône, comme l'indique une inscription sur une feuillet de garde, en 1647. Coins un peu usés, mais bel exemplaire. ***** Valuable history of the Jesuit's discoveries and missions in America and Asia, by the Jesuit Maffei (1538-1603), scrupulous historian, who relied on original souces, especially the letters written by the missionaries of his order. Beautiful prize binding, with the ex-dono of Claude Tisserand, gilted on boards. It was given by the Jesuit college of Chalon-sur-Saône, as indicated by an inscription on a cover sheet, in 1647. Corners a little worn but a fine copy. In-8. Collation : (80), 718 pp., 1 f. bl. Maroquin brun, dos à nerfs orné, large dentelle d'encadrement sur les plats, "ex dono dom. Claudii Tisserand" doré au centre d'une couronne de lauriers, avec écus de France et de Chalon-sur-Saone, tranches dorées. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        THE RICHES OF MERCIE. In 2 treatises: 1 Lydia?s conversion. 2. A rescue from death. By the reverend divine, Richard Sibbs, D.D. Published by the authors own appointment, and subscribed with his owne hand to prevent imperfect copies.

      London, printed by I. D. for Francis Eglesfeild, 1638.. FIRST EDITION, 1638, 12mo, 135 x 80 mm, 5¼ x 3 inches, 2 works in 1 volume with separate pagination and register, woodcut decorative headpieces and initials, pages: [2], 108, [16]; 146, [2], imprimatur (Thomas Wykes, May 11 1638) on final leaf, Signatures: [A]1, B-F¹², G², ²B-G¹², H². Bound in full antique calf, double ruled gilt border to covers, gilt rules and gilt lettered morocco label to spine. Covers rubbed and worn, hinges rubbed and tender, upper hinge cracked 40mm (2 inches) at top, lower hinge just starting to crack at top, covers still attached, corners slightly worn, ink initials on endpaper, neat name at top of title page, light brown damp stain to fore-edge margins throughout, tiny ink stain to edge of top margin on first 43 pages, some pages lightly age-browned. A good copy of a scarce work of Puritan theology. See: ESTC S100975. Richard Sibbes (or Sibbs) (1577?1635) was an English theologian, known for his Biblical commentaries and as an exponent of Puritanism. After attending St John's College, Cambridge from 1595 he became lecturer at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, from 1610 to 1616. He was then preacher at Gray's Inn, London, from 1617, returning to Cambridge as Master of Catherine Hall in 1626, without giving up the London position. He adhered to Calvinist covenant theology, as shaped by the English theologians Perkins, Preston, William Ames, and Thomas Taylor. He wrote and published several devotional works during his lifetime, others were not published until after his death. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Novam hanc Territorii Francofurtensis tabulam .

      Amsterdam 1638 - Altkolor. Kupferstichkarte, Amsterdam 1638, 55 x 45 cm. * Koeman, Bl.57,II,81. Die wohl prächtigste Karte aus der Blaeu'schen Offizin. Dargestellt ist das Frankfurter Stadtgebiet nebst angrenzenden Herrschaften bis Kronberg, Niedereschbach, Hanau, Sprendlingen und Kelsterbach, umgeben von zahlreichen ausgemalten Wappen der Frankfurter Patrizierfamilien. Am Oberrand Allegorien auf Gerechtigkeit, Eintracht und Frieden. Außerordentlich dekoratives Blatt. Sehr gut erhalten.

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        Panegyrique de Trajan

      First edition of this translation of Pintail Ménardière. a thumbnail title to the effigy of the emperor (repeated after the preface). Velin full time. Smooth back with respect to red feather dimmed. Seam. This panegyric, we announced the first page of text, was given by Pliny the second before the senate, in the presence of the emperor, while Pliny was Consul. In fact, the speech by Pliny was much shorter than the latter and it was written to thank the emperor for having chosen as consul, it was only later that Pliny reshuffled his text fleshing historically and gave him this title. Some think that Trajan and discipline were close upon accession to power of Emperor. A preface by translator. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez Antoine de Sommaville à Paris 1638 in-4 (16,5x22,5cm) (28) 359pp. relié

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        Opuscula medica senilia in quatuor libros tributa

      first edition. Sumptibus Laurentii Durand Lugduni( Lyon) 1638 In-8 (32) 531pp. (1bc.) (18) relié

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        Examen du livre des récréations mathématiques et de ses problèmes en géométrie, méchanique, optique et catoptrique. Où sont aussi discutées et rétablies plusieurs expériences physiques y proposées.

      Paris, Rollet Boutonne, 1638. ____ Illustré par plus de 80 bois gravés dans le texte. Il règne la plus grande confusion sur les auteurs de ce texte célèbre que l'on doit plutôt considérer comme une compilation de plusieurs auteurs. Largement inspiré de l'ouvrage de Bachet de Méziriac, cet ouvrage contient de nombreux problèmes originaux, ainsi que d'autres, extraits de Cardan. La première partie est traditionnellement attribuée à Leurechon, mais pourrait être d'Hendrik van Etten, la seconde à Denis Henrion et à Claude Mydorge. La troisième, qui traite des feux d'artifices est inspirée de Jean Appier Hanzelet. La quatrième "Nottes sur les récréations mathématiques ... par D.H.P.E.M." sont de Denis Henrion. Chaque partie a sa propre page de titre particulière. Papier un peu bruni, une galerie de ver tout au fond du cahier A de la seconde partie, mais bel exemplaire. ***** Illustrated by more 80 woodcuts in-text. Famous compilation of scientific recreations, based on Bachet de Méziriac' book, by several authors : Leurechon, Denis Henrion and Claude Mydorge. In-8. Collation : (16), 280, 63, (5), 67-106, (9), (3 bl.), 39, (1 bl.) pp. Vélin. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        ESSEXIAE DESCRIPTIO. The DESCRIPTION of ESSEX.

      Overall size 545mm x 420mm, good margins, Dutch text on verso, hand-coloured.

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

      Chez Claude Collet. New expanded remarks until the year 1637 edition. The first edition from 1632 until 1631 included remarks. Rare. Full Sheepskin brown time. Back tooled raised, roulette tail. Part of title in red morocco. A lack in mind. Part of title and prélliminaires sheets trimmed short. Corners lightly bumped. Pretty good copy, despite a paper yellowed by time. Renowned historian and biographer of King Malingre Claude (1580-1653), known as Saint Lazarus was, if not a great historian, a leading indicator. The Notes are a detailed chronicle of the history of France, from 1610 to 1637 and consisted of factual narratives that are characterized by their commitment to objectivity and neutrality. We are here as opposed to Herodotus and classical history. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez Claude Collet à Paris 1638 Fort Pet. in 8 (9,5x16,5cm) (8) 960pp. relié

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        Unpublished autograph letter signed, sent from Copenhagen on April 28, 1673 to the Florentine scientist Vincenzo Viviani.

      Extremely rare autograph letter from Stensen (1638-86) to Viviani (1622-1703), his closest friend in the Accademia del Cimento, of which Stensen himself was a member, and where he carried out his most important research, leading to the publication of his great works Elementorum myologiae specimen (1667) and De solido intra solidum naturaliter contento (1669). The first part of the former was written in collaboration with Viviani, and the latter was seen through the press by Viviani following Stensen's return to Copenhagen after his first stay in Florence (1666-8), where both works were published. This letter dates from the period after Stensen's second stay in Florence (1670-2). Stensen expresses his frustration at being unable to find a secure position in his home city, even though the Danish king, Christian V, had invited him there as Anatomico Regio. He expresses his hope that he will therefore be able to accept the invitation of Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici and return to Florence, both to continue his research and act as tutor to Cosimo's son, Grand Prince Ferdinand. In fact, Stensen's difficulties in Copenhagen were never resolved, but he did not return to Florence until the end of 1674. The present letter also testifies to Stensen's intense religious sensibilities. His conversion to Catholicism in 1667 was the main obstacle to proper recognition in Lutheran Denmark, and would lead to his abandoning scientific work from 1675, the Holy Year proclaimed by Pope Clement X, to devote himself completely to his religious calling. We know of no other autograph letter of Stensen having appeared on the market, and Scherz lists only four letters to Viviani. The present letter is hitherto unrecorded. The letter reads: Caro mio Sig.re Tardi le rispondo, e l'avrei ancora differito, se l'occasione di scrivere peraltro a Firenze non m'avesse fatto aggiungervi anco questa. La ragione di differirlo ancora era la speranza di sentire forse dimane qualche determinazione per il mio stabilimento, che fin ora sta ne' primi dubbi. Mi disse ieri un grand ministro del Re, che dimane voleva parlarmi a lungo e vedere cosa si potrebbe fare. Ma Dio sa quel che ne seguirà. Ed esso Dio sia benedetto comunque sortirà. Mentre, col farsi la di lui volontà tutto sarà per bene di chi lo teme. Tanto che non si vede più stabile dimora, che per adesso, non posso pensare né al Sig. re Lorenzo, né al Sig. re Giovan Battista. Iddio disponga ogni cosa con essi, e meco, secondo la sua Santa volontà. Il Sig. re Bartholino è Professore il Sig. re Scavenio è Procuratore Generale, il Sig. re Langio Giudice Provinciale. Se vivo all'anno Santo, spero venir da loro, principalmente de S. A. Ser. ma gradisse che io per venire ad servizio del Sig. re Principe domandi licenza per quel tempo, che S. A. Ser. ma vorrà servirsi di me, conforme ella midesima con somma benevolenza m'ha detto il suo volere. Nel resto caro Sig. re pensiamo a quell'eternità o del bene o del male, che non conosceremo prima di trovarvici. Il saggio per un momento dell'una o dell'altra basterebbe per farci rompere tutte quante catene, che il mondo ci mette d'intorno per allacciarsi, ma che parlo di questo la bontà dell'autore d'ogni piacere e d'ogni giustizia dovrebbe esser più forte per tirarli tutto affatto dal mondo. Possiamo amare i doni e possiamo non amare il Donatore. Oh Dio, che mostro si rende l'huomo nell'amare il sensibile. Iddio ci dia il suo Santo amore. Conservatemi la buona grazia del nostro Padrone e degl'amici. Addio. Di V. S. vero servitore, Nicolò Stenone. Mi ricomandi al Sig. re Baron di Burgersrodf [i.e., Burgersdorf ?] In English translation: My Dear Sir I delayed my reply, and I would have delayed it even more, if the opportunity of writing to you in Florence had not arisen. The reason of delaying writing to you even further was the hope of hearing perhaps tomorrow the outcome regarding my position, that even now is still in doubt. Yesterday a grand minister of the King told me that tomorrow he wished to speak to me at length and see what could be done. But God knows what will happen. And God may be blessed however it turns out. Meanwhile, with his will being done, everything will be for the good of whoever fears him. Since I cannot gain a stable position, for now, I cannot think either of Signore Lorenzo1 or Signore Giovan Battista2. God arranges everything with them, and with me, according to his Holy will. Signore Bartholino3 is a Professor, Signore Scavenio4 is a Procurator General, Sig. Langio5 the Provincial Judge. If I live to the Holy year, I hope to go to see them, to ask permission to come to the service of the Lord Prince6, as His Serene Majesty7 has very kindly told me that he would like me to serve him. For the rest, dear Sir, we think of that eternity of goodness or of evil, that we will not know until we find ourselves there. The knowledge for a moment of one or the other would be enough to make us break all these chains that the world puts around us to bind us, but that I speak of this thing, the goodness of the author of all pleasure and all justice should be stronger in order to avoid them being thrown from the world. We are able to love the gifts and we are able to not love the Giver. O God, what a monster man can be in loving the objects of the senses. May God give us his Holy love. Keep for me the good grace of our Patron and friends. Goodbye. From your lord's true servant, Nicolo Stenone Please give my regards to Signore Baron di Burgersdorf Notes: 1. Lorenzo Magalotti (1637-1712), Italian philosopher, author, diplomat and poet, who wrote Saggi di naturali Esperienze (1667), the only publication of the Accademia del Cimento. Stensen met Magalotti shortly after his first arrival in Florence in 1666. 2. Probably Giovanni Battista Pacichelli (1641-95), Italian historian and Abbot of the Catholic Church at Cologne. 3. Thomas Bartholin (1616-80), professor of anatomy at the university of Copenhagen, who taught Stensen and introduced to him the famous seashell question which led to Stensen's greatest geological discoveries. 4. Peder Lauridsen Scavenius (1623-85), Danish jurist, professor of law at Copenhagen (1657-81), procurator general (1660-85), and a member of the Bartholin circle. 5. Villum Lange (1624-82), district judge of Jutland and formerly professor of anatomy at Copenhagen. The exact relation between Stensen and Lange is unclear, although it is known that Stensen presented Lange with a copy of the Saggi (Kardel & Maquet, p. 238n15). 6. Grand Prince Ferdinand (1663-1713), eldest son of Cosimo III de' Medici, and heir to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany from 1670 when Cosimo became Grand Duke. 7. Cosimo III (1642-1723), eldest son of Grand Duke Ferdinand II who, with his brother Leopold, founded the Accademia del Cimento in 1657. Stensen was born in 1638 in Copenhagen. His father was a goldsmith, but many members of the family had been or were Lutheran clergymen. In 1656 Stensen began studying science at Copenhagen University under Thomas Bartholin. Stensen went abroad to complete his studies, first to Amsterdam, where he made his first discovery, the parotid salivary duct, and then to Leiden, where he became deeply involved in the discussion of Descartes' philosophy and became friends with Spinoza, although his anatomical research made him realise the weaknesses of their philosophical systems. Stensen returned to Denmark in the spring of 1664, where he published one of his principal works, On muscles and glands. In spite of this success he failed to obtain a professorship at the university and again left for Europe. In March 1666 Stensen finally reached Pisa, where he was received by Grand Duke Ferdinand II, who became his patron. For the next few years Stensen settled in Tuscany, which became his second home. Here he worked among the members of the Accademia del Cimento, notably Francesco Redi and Vincenzo Viviani. Viviani was born and raised in Florence where early on he attracted attention for his abilities in mathematics. In 1639, at age 17, he became the student, secretary and assistant of Galileo (then blind) in Arcetri. He became court mathematician of Ferdinand II in 1647, and a decade later he became one of the first members of the Accademia del Cimento. During his long career, Viviani published a number of books on mathematical and scientific subjects. He edited the first edition of Galileo's collected works (1655-1656), and worked tirelessly to have his master's memory rehabilitated. "Soon after his arrival in Florence early in 1666, Steno offered to visit [Giovanni Alfonso] Borelli (1608-79) at his lodgings in San Miniato to be instructed in geometry. Since Borelli was professor of mathematics at Pisa and his anatomical interests had been well advertised through Malpighi and Bellini and were well known at the Tuscan court, it was only natural that Steno would approach him. Borelli, however, was quite concerned because he was familiar with the quality of Steno's previous works and feared that the "oltramontano" wished to appropriate his findings. Muscle anatomy was one of Borelli's areas of interest: he claimed he had discovered the spiral structure of the cardiac muscle at Pisa in 1657, but he had been anticipated in print by Steno's 1664 De musculis et glandulis. In the end, it is not surprising that Steno found in Viviani a more willing instructor. Viviani had been an assistant and disciple to Galileo and was involved in the posthumous edition of his works, excluding the Dialogo, in 1655-6; further, he was a respected mathematician who had published several works in geometry and mechanics. He did not share Borelli's anatomical interest but supported the project of applying geometry and Galileo's method to new domains; moreover, Viviani disliked Borelli and did not miss his chance to harm him by offering his services to Steno" (Meli, pp. 699-700). The antipathy between Borelli and Viviani stemmed from their publications related to books V, VI and VII of Apollonius' Conics. Borelli discovered an Arabic manuscript of these three books and published a translation and commentary in 1661, but he was anticipated by Viviani's De Maximis et Minimis Geometrica Divinatio in Quintum Conicorum Apollonii (1659), which gave a remarkably accurate 'reconstruction' of these books based on comments by other classical authors. "Viviani and Stensen soon showed much empathy for each other. [Michelangelo] Ricci [1619-62, Italian mathematician and Cardinal] expresses much joy about this in a letter of July 10, 1666 to Viviani: "Therefore, Sir, you may judge how much I liked to see at your home this noble man (i.e. Stensen), worth all the good marks which you dispense him. He says that he is very pleased and thankful for the friendship which you have shown him and he declares that he appreciates your virtue and merit. I enjoy his good opinion of you. It seems to me to be an obligation to the truth to tell you that I hope also to arouse in you the same feeling ..." "Already here one meets Stensen as a guest at Viviani's home in the Via S. Antonio where one could see, near the bust and pictures of the life of Galileo, also a statue of Louis XIV. Above all they worked together in the Accademia del Cimento. Viviani was particularly interested in experiments on the balance of liquids in tubes as well as in the theory of waves and its applications to acoustics. "For Stensen, Viviani soon became the always obliging intermediary with the court who cared for lodging, the livelihood and position of his friend, particularly in the absence of Magalotti. Testimonies of the cordial solicitude of Viviani have been kept for us on the first arrival of Stensen in 1666 as well as on his return in 1670. Yet more important than the helpful friendship were the scientific stimuli of the mathematician Viviani, who on his part found in the Danish erudite an expert in zoology and anatomy, the intellectual complement for which, since his feud with Borelli, he had wished so much" (Kardel & Maquet, pp. 151-2). "In 1667 Steno published Elementorum myologiae specimen, seu musculi descriptio geometrica, a book that included also the report of dissections of sharks obtained from the Grand Duke Ferdinand II. Viviani witnessed Steno's dissection of the shark, as the passage from the opening quotation shows, but his role must have been far more significant in the first and major part of Steno's treatise on myology" (Meli, p. 700). After the publication of this book, Stensen seems to have concentrated on geology, but this was interrupted by a major religious crisis, which in November 1667 led to his conversion to the Catholic Church. In the summer of 1668 he received a summons from the Danish king, Frederick III, to return to Denmark and he hastily put together a short introduction to his results on geology, the now classic De solido, which was written before the end of August. It was sent to the two most sympathetic censors, Steno's friends Redi and Viviani. Both warmly approved the manuscript but Redi for some reason waited until December before returning it to the Holy Office in Florence, when it was promptly given its imprimatur. Under pressure to return to Denmark, however, Stensen had to leave Florence in November and it was Viviani who saw De solido through the press. Stensen took a very circuitous route back to Denmark, traveling for twenty months and four thousand miles, before finally reaching Amsterdam in February 1670, when he learned of the death of King Frederick. He then returned to Florence, only to find that Ferdinand II was dead, and had been succeeded by his son, Cosimo III. In 1672 he was summoned to Denmark by the new king, Christian V, and he reached Copenhagen on July 3, 1672. Stensen was promised an annual salary of 400 riksdaler (which in fact was not paid until one year after his return, on July 29, 1673), but the precise nature of his post was not made clear. There could be no university post for Stensen since, by Danish law, university professors had to be members of the Lutheran Church. Thomas Bartholin, in his journal Acta medica et philosophica Hafniensa, refers to Stensen as the royal anatomist, but this was an empty title. Stensen was only able to lecture at the university in a private capacity. Stensen wrote to Cosimo (who had paid his travel expenses and was ready to support him further) on August 6, "so far nothing had been decided about my position since the person who has taken on himself to find a way out to my satisfaction is very busy" (quoted in Kardel & Maquet, p. 291). Early in 1673 Bartholin, in his capacity as Dean of the Medical Faculty, arranged for Stensen to undertake public dissections for a period of ten days, and the corpse of an executed woman was prepared for the occasion. On the first day, January 23, Stensen gave his famous 'introductory lecture', in which he set out his views on the relation between faith and knowledge. For him these were just two sides of the same thing: the role of science was to provide insight into the beauty of the Creator's work and to generate love for Him. This was to be Stensen's only public appearance. The University failed to provide him with any further opportunities to dissect in front of large audiences. It was soon after Stensen's public dissections that he wrote the present letter to Viviani, which testifies to his continuing dissatisfaction and uncertainty over his situation in Copenhagen. Stensen hopes that his teacher Thomas Bartholin, and establishment friends Peder Scavenius and Villum Lange, will be able to help him secure a position, but is looking forward to being able to return to Florence to serve Cosimo III and act as tutor to his son Ferdinand. Standard sources (e.g. Kermit, p. 66) suggest that Stensen began considering a return to Florence only in early 1674, but the present letter indicates that this was already on his mind in April 1673. He finally departed in July 1674, exactly two years after his arrival, but was not back in Florence until the turn of the year 1674/75. By this time, "Steno [had] made his momentous decision to become priest because he felt that the study of nature, which actually should have nurtured his life of grace, instead was leading him away from the intimate relations with God that he most desired, as he told the canonical auditor at the Papal Nunciature in Cologne, Giovanni Battista Pacichelli, in a letter dating back to 28 October 1674" (Rosenberg, p. 180). The Grand Duke released him from his tutorial duties so that he could go on retreat and prepare himself spiritually for the priesthood. His ordination took place on Easter Eve 1675. In addition to the obligatory vows of obedience and celibacy Stensen also voluntarily took a vow of poverty. He now moved from the baroque upper class world of sumptuous excess to one of evangelical poverty, an idea that was to be his guiding principle for the remainder of his life. In 1677 Pope Innocent XI named him Titular Bishop of Titiopolis and chief organizer of the Catholic mission in northern Germany. At the same time he succumbed to an extreme asceticism, which rapidly undermined his health. He was only forty-eight when in "unspeakable misery" he died in acute pain from gallstones. He was buried with great pomp in Florence, where a fine monument perpetuates his memory. Kardel & Maquet, Nicolaus Steno: Biography and Original Papers of a 17th Century Scientist , 2012. Kermit, Niels Stensen. The Scientist who was beatified, 2003. Meli, 'The collaboration between anatomists and mathematicians in the mid-seventeenth century with a study of images as experiments and Galileo's role in Steno's Myology,' Early Science & Medicine (2008), 665-709. Rosenberg (ed.), The Revolution in Geology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, 2009. Scherk, Nicolas Stenonis epistolae et epistolae ad cum donae, Copenhagen, 1952 (including only four letters from Stensen to Viviani, dated 4 February 1668, 20 April 1669, January 1675 and 7 December 1685). One leaf (207 x 167 mm), untrimmed on three sides, written on recto in a small but perfectly legible hand, recipient's name and address ('Vincenzo Viviani, Firenze') and traces of wax seal on verso, lightly browned. Small in the center of upper margin, the missing piece glued to the verso (this is due to the way the letter was folded and closed with glue), small rectangular cut-out to right of upper margin, replaced with different old paper with roman numbering XXII. Manuscript numbering 44 (crossed out) and 39. to upper right corner.

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        THE RICHES OF MERCIE. In 2 treatises: 1 Lydia's conversion. 2. A rescue from death. By the reverend divine, Richard Sibbs, D.D. Published by the authors own appointment, and subscribed with his owne hand to prevent imperfect copies.

      London, printed by I. D. for Francis Eglesfeild, 1638. FIRST EDITION, 1638, 12mo, 135 x 80 mm, 5¼ x 3 inches, 2 works in 1 volume with separate pagination and register, woodcut decorative headpieces and initials, pages: [2], 108, [16]; 146, [2], imprimatur (Thomas Wykes, May 11 1638) on final leaf, Signatures: [A]1, B-F¹², G², ²B-G¹², H². Bound in full antique calf, double ruled gilt border to covers, gilt rules and gilt lettered morocco label to spine. Covers rubbed and worn, hinges rubbed and tender, upper hinge cracked 40mm (2 inches) at top, lower hinge just starting to crack at top, covers still attached, corners slightly worn, ink initials on endpaper, neat name at top of title page, light brown damp stain to fore-edge margins throughout, tiny ink stain to edge of top margin on first 43 pages, some pages lightly age-browned. A good copy of a scarce work of Puritan theology. See: ESTC S100975. Richard Sibbes (or Sibbs) (1577-1635) was an English theologian, known for his Biblical commentaries and as an exponent of Puritanism. After attending St John's College, Cambridge from 1595 he became lecturer at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, from 1610 to 1616. He was then preacher at Gray's Inn, London, from 1617, returning to Cambridge as Master of Catherine Hall in 1626, without giving up the London position. He adhered to Calvinist covenant theology, as shaped by the English theologians Perkins, Preston, William Ames, and Thomas Taylor. He wrote and published several devotional works during his lifetime, others were not published until after his death. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The Epistle of Gildas, the Most Ancient British Author: Who Flourished in the Yeere of our Lord, 546. ...

      London: T. Cotes for William Cooke, 1638. First edition in English. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. (134),327pp. Full calf. Contemporary boards rebacked. 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. Bookplate. Preliminary blanks are rough at edges, and contain ontemporary names. Tip of spine lacking, corners repaired, some faint dampstaining else this is 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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