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        Maniere de Bien Bastir pour Toutes Sortes de Personnes...Revue, Augmentee et Enrichie en cette Seconde Edition de plusieurs Figures, de beaux Bastimens & Edifices...[and] Augmentations de Nouveaux Bastimens Faits en France...(1663

      Paris: Jean de Puis. 1663. Hardcover. Very Good. 1663, Second Edition. Folio, original old dark brown calf, regular title page with inset engraving dated 1663, engraved title page dated 1664, pp. (8), 113, with engraved title & 53 plates, the second part with no text and 31 numbered plates, most of which are folding. Good to very good copy, original binding is slightly dried and rubbed, mild wear to corners and joints and some bowing to boards, light ex-library marks: circular paper stamp to bottom of spine, bookplate (with 'withdrawn' stamp) to pastedown, perforated stamp to title page, small ink stamp to bottom of engraved title page, no other library marks. Text and plates are very good overall with minor soil to outer page, the double page plate in the first part having two three-inch tears extending down from the top edge, some of the other folding plates in the second part exhibiting light wrinkling and lightest edgewear. Rarely comes up at auction or on the marketplace. A nice copy with only a few faults. `

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        Cabala, Sive Scrinia Sacra, Mysteries of State and Government

      G. Bedell, T. Collins, 1663 Book. Fair. Full-Leather. Later Printing. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. First title page is done in black and red. Most of the balance of the title and printing information will follow, "In Letters of Illustrious Persons and Great Ministers of State As well Foreign and Domestic, In the Reigns of King HENRY the Eighth, Q: ELIZABETH, K: JAMES, and K: CHARLES." This is followed by two more paragraphs of information. Printing data reads as follows, "LONDON, Printed for G. Bedell and T. Collins, and are to be sold at their Shop at the Middle-Temple-Gate in Fleetstreet, M: DC: LXIII." This is the one volume edition, with only the date of 1663 listed in the text. The book measures 12 1/4" by 8 1/4". There are 416 paginated pages followed by TOC of five leaves, ten pages. At the bottom of the final sheet an errata listing is given. The exterior of the book has five spine ribs and a bronze gilt stamped title label. At its bottom appears the date 1673, I presume this to be the date at which it was placed in this binding. The boards have a good deal of corner fatigue, two pencil barrel size scars at upper front, another scar at center back, a variety of other scarring and chipping are evident. Boards have stamped patterning at their very worn edges. The boards have been reworked at their spine hinges. Inside the book there is a long-hand penned note on the first pastedown. The first endsheet has various pencilled notings. Second endsheet is blank facing page verso printing note from Bennet followed by the title page. Two blank endsheets appear at the back of the volume. The pastedowns have a uniform edge darkening, some of which has transfered to adjacent endsheets, which I attribute to the glue used. The text has an assortment of blemishes, mild dogearings. No notable missing sections or major chips, legible. The top edge is a dark walnut color, the other edges a speckled red. It has the heavy wavy character that seems to be present in all books of this vintage..

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        Amboinse oorlogen, door Arnold de Vlaming van Oudshoorn. Als superintendent, over d' Oosterse gewesten oorlogaftig ten eind gebracht.

      - Delft, Arnold Bon, 1663.12mo. Contemporary vellum (sl. soiled). With engraved title-page, woodcut printer's device on title and 6 folding engraved plates. (24),369, (12) pp.* First edition. - Levinus Bor 'entered Arnold de Vlamingh van Oudtshoorn's service as his assistant in 1650 and became his secretary later. Bor was a witness to the suppression of the rebellion in the Ambonese islands in 1651-1656. In his booklet, written in 1657, he sets out to give a report on the basis of the papers at his disposal of the Vlamingh's methods of warfare and of the latter's measures to safequard the VOC's interest for a long time ahead. The entire work is suffered with a tone of approval and admiration for the feats of the extremely harsh de Vlamingh. Bor shows no understanding whatever for the motives inspiring the Moluccan rebels' (Polman, The Central Moluccas, p.21). Arnold de Vlamingh van Oudshoorn was Governor of Ambon from 1647 to 1655. - Extremely rare.Ruinen A20; Landwehr, VOC, 233; Cat. KITLV p.32. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Amboinse Oorlogen, Door Arnold de Vlaming van Oudshoorn Als Superintendent, over d'Oosterse gewesten Oorlogaftig ten eind gebracht

      Delft: Arnold Bon, 1663. Hardcover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. [12] ff including engraved frontispiece and letter press title, 369 pp, [7] ff including 1 blank, and with 6 double-page engraved plates. Bound in contemporary stiff vellum, repair to upper corner of front cover, some nicking and repairs to upper margin of first few leaves including engraved title page; plate 1 a little toned, pages and plates otherwise fresh and in crisp impression. Very rare first and only edition of this contemporary illustrated account of the Ambon Wars in the Moluccas- "one of the bloodiest series of campaigns in VOC history" - written by the eyewitness Levinus Bor, private secretary to Superintendent Arnold de Vlaming during the conflict. De Vlaming used the war as an excuse to gain a monopoly on the spice trade, destroying plantations throughout the islands as well as brutally suppressing the native uprising. Until the late 18th century, the Moluccas remained the sole source of cloves, mace, and nutmeg, forming a lucrative trade for the European powers who controlled them. When the island of Hoamoal rebelled, Arnold de Vlaming was quick to take advantage of the situation by ordering the destruction of its clove plantations, securing the Dutch monopoly. "Then de Vlaming moved against the Ternaten opponents based on Hoamoal and their Makasarese and Malay allies in one of the bloodiest series of campaigns in VOC history. With the VOC sailed the Ambonese Christians in their war-prauws.In 1656 the population that remained was deported to Ambon. All spice trees on Hoamoal were destroyed, and thereafter it was devoid of human habitation except for passing hongi (war-fleet) expeditions looking for any wild cloves requiring destruction." (Ricklefs, A History of Modern Indonesia, p. 75) The present work, the only account of the episode noted in Landwehr's bibliography of the VOC, is a necessarily obsequious portrayal of Dutch actions during the conflict. However, the engraved plates make no attempt to hide the bloodthirsty nature of the affair - 'resolved martially', as the title suggests. The engraved titlepage, for example, is flanked by figures of a Dutch soldier opposite a black native carrying shield and sword, while the vignette at the foot of the page shows the Dutch firing rifles at native forces who return fire with spears. The first engraved double-paged plate depicts smiling, clothed natives greeting Dutch soldiers upon their arrival; the next shows the execution [?] of one native by blowpipe; a third shows natives in war canoes engaging in a naval battle alongside Dutch men-of-war; post-defeat, the fifth plate presents natives in poses of extreme supplication approaching a Dutch official who carries a severed black head in a basket; and a final engraving shows natives and Dutchmen burning a large idol upon a pyre. Arnold de Vlaming van Oudshoorn was Governor of Ambon from 1647 to 1650 and Superintendent of the region from 1652 to 1656. A controversial figure due to the professed Catholicism of his parents, it was his tenure during the Ambon Wars which saw the "strenuous military measures that earned him both fame and notoriety" (Ricklefs, p. 75). Two American copies of the work are listed on OCLC, at Cornell and the NYPL. Oddly, Landwehr #233 fails to mention any plates in this work. * Landwehr VOC 233; see also Du Perron, De Muze van Jan Companjie (1939) pp. 20-23; Ricklefs, A history of modern Indonesia.

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        Renati Des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiæ Pars I, & II, More Geometrico demonstratæ Accesserunt Ejusdem Cogitata Metaphysica.

      Johannem Riewerts, Amstelodami [Amsterdam] 1663 - TP + [i]-[vii] = Præfatio + [viii] = Ad Librum + [ix]-[xiv] = Index + 1-90 + [91] = half-title _ 93-140; Small Quarto. First Edition. (Kingma-Offenberg 1)First Edition of Spinoza's First Book - Explicating Descartes.Spinoza's first work is the only one published during his lifetime that identified him as the author and had the correct information on the printer-publisher. Spinoza's two later works (Tractatus & Opera) were very much his own radical thought (rather than a reworking of Descartes ideas as here) and so were necessarily published anonymously and listing false information about the printer-publisher on the title page. He radical nature of Spinoza's thought and the dangers of publishing such materials in this time and place are brilliantly explained in Jonathan Israel's Radical Enlightenment (Oxford, 2001). Here Spinoza presents an exposition of Cartesian philosophy but he has recast it using his own geometrical method of reasoning and presentation. The origins of this work are interesting and clearly explained by the author himself in a letter to his friend, Oldenburg, that was written shortly after publication: "Some of my friends asked me to make them a copy of a treatise containing a precise account of the Second Part of Descartes' Principia Philosophiæ [1644], demonstrated in the geometric style, and of the main points treated in metaphysics. Previously, I had dictated this to a certain young man to whom I did not want to teach my own opinions openly. They asked me to prepare the First Part also by the same method, as soon as I could. Not to disappoint my friends, I immediately undertook to do this and finished it in two weeks. I delivered it to my friends, who in the end asked me to let them publish the whole work. They easily won my agreement, on the condition that one of them [Lodewijk Meyer], in my presence, would provide it with a more elegant style and add a short preface warning readers that I did not acknowledge all the opinions contained in this treatise as my own, since I had written many things in it which were the opposite of what I held, and illustrating this by one or two examples. One of my friends, to whose care the publishing of this little book has been entrusted, has promised to do all this and that is why I stayed for a while in Amsterdam." (Nadler, Spinoza, A Life, p. 205)This rather straightforward - though completely reformatted - exposition of Descartes is followed by the Cogita Metaphysica (Metaphysical Thoughts- pp. 91-140 - with its own title page) which is written from the Cartesian perspective (defending, for instance, the freedom of the will) but with some serious foreshadowing of Spinoza's later doctrines. Contemporary vellum boards professionallhy rebacked with a nicely matching vellum spine. With two small contemporary annotations fading ink on pages 122 & 124 (4 lines & 6 lines respectively). Overall, a lovley copy of this first and rather rare work by Spinoza. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Totius Africa Nova Reprasentatio?

      Engraved double page, hand colored, large cartouche, 495 x 580 mm (22 1/2" x 19 "). Margins are average, some minor aging and foxing, a nick or two in the margins; otherwise very nice, colorful, and with a strong impression. Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was considered the father of German mapmaking, and in 1715 was actually appointed the Geographer to the Emperor. He founded his mapmaking business in 1702, and he would produce several major atlases between 1707 and 1716. The current map includes a note about the accuracy of the map in identifying the source of the Nile. It also includes an elaborate cartouche featuring animals and native Africans. The map is very colorful, and is map number 72 in Norwich. Norwich # 72. Van De Gohm: Antique Maps. Bagrow: History of Cartography. $1250

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        La Perspective Curieuse...Divisée en Quatre Livres Avec l’Optrique et La Catoptrique du R.P. Mersenne

      Jean du Puis/Widow of Langlois Paris: Jean du Puis/Widow of Langlois, 1663. Scarce edition of this important treatise on perspective by the most scientifically rigorous of 17th-century French theorists, of particular interest for its contention that “the illustrations to earlier treatises were often defective” (Millard), thus making it the first work on the subject to treat the problem of didactic illustration in a deliberate and self-conscious manner. A comprehensive textbook, Book I gives basic geometrical definitions and an introduction to perspective construction; Book II treats simple and deformed perspective—namely, the curved or irregular surfaces found in vaulted ceilings, niches etc., and examines the necessary surface distortion (anamorphosis) to bring a picture painted on such a surface into perspective; Book III deals with more complex cases of anamorphosis, such as reflections on flat, cylindrical and conical surfaces; and Book IV covers the use of dioptrics for placing figures on flat surfaces. The sections of books II and III dealing with anamorphosis were particularly important, whether in Niceron’s own practice as a painter or for later artists or theorists (see the chapter on Niceron in Baltrušaitis), and according to Mahoney (DSB), the discussion of refraction in Book IV possibly contains “the first published reference to Descartes’ derivation of the law of refraction” (X.104). The work first appeared in French in 1638; reprinted in 1646 and 1651, in the latter with the first appearance of Mersenne’s treatise. This edition is a second edition of that reprint.* Millard French, 124 (1663); Wiebenson III.b.18; Kemp, The Science of Art, pp. 129ff.; Baltrušaitis, Anamorphosis, 51ff.. Folio [35 x 22.5 cm], engraved frontispiece signed Daret, (6) ff., including half-title and title, engraved portrait of Niceron signed M. Lasne, 191 (1) pp., with 7 woodcut diagrams in text and 50 numbered plates [49 full-page, 1 double page]; (6) ff., 134 pp. Note: plates bound at back. Bound in contemporary calf, covers ruled, spine with raised bands elaborately gilt; covers abraded and some small chips to spine on bands; former ownership stamp on verso of title; spotting and even toning or light browning on scattered leaves often seen in this work; wormhole in margin of plates 27 and following repaired extending into printed surface (generally only printed border). Otherwise very good.

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        Results of Astronomical Observations Made During the Years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8, at the Cape of Good Hope; Being the Completion of a Telescopic Survey of the Whole Surface of the Visible Heavens Commence in 1825. London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847

       INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, A FOLIO FIRST EDITION of "the first great star-atlas of the southern hemisphere' (Norman Catalogue 1056).  "With this monumental survey of the stars of the southern hemisphere, Herschel completed the task begun by his father William, who fifty years earlier had catalogued the northern celestial hemisphere. Using a twenty foot reflecting telescope, which he erected just south of Cape Town, Herschel swept the whole of the southern sky, cataloging nebulae, cluster and binary stars, carrying out the counts of over 68,000 stars.. . . he made detailed drawings and maps" (Honeyman 1663).  "Herschel stands almost alone in his attempt to grapple with the dynamical problems presented by star-clusters, and his analysis of the Magellanic Clouds was decisive as to the status of nebulæ" (Oxford DNB).The story of the publication of this work is important, particularly given that this copy is inscribed in the author's hand, noted as such in print, and that no other such copies have been recorded. See scans attached. In print it reads "Presented by Algernon Duke of Northumberland to" and then in Herschel's hand "Professor Robinson, New York, With the Author's Compliments." Additionally, the dedication page notes in text that "This work is gratefully inscribed by the author." "By the end of 1842 [Herschel] had performed without assistance the computations necessary for the publication [in this work] of his Cape observations. In September 1843 the letterpress was ?fairly begun,? and after some delays the work appeared in 1847, at the cost of the Duke of Northumberland, in a large quarto volume, entitled ?Results of Astronomical Observations made during the years 1834?8 at the Cape of Good Hope.?Besides the catalogues of nebulæ and double stars, it included profound discussions of various astronomical topics, and was enriched with over sixty exquisite engravings. He insisted in it upon the connection of sun-spots with the sun's rotation, and started the ?cyclonic theory? of their origin. [Herschel] investigated graphically the distribution of nebulæ, but fluctuated in his views as to their nature. Regarding them in 1825 as probably composed of ?a self-luminous or phosphorescent substance, gradually subsiding into stars and sidereal systems? (Memoirs Royal Astronomical Society, ii. 487), he ascribed to them later a stellar constitution, and finally inclined to suppose them formed of ?discrete luminous bodies floating in a non-luminous medium" (ibid).CONDITION & DETAILS: Folio (13 x 10.25 inches; 325 x 256mm). [12], xx, [452 pp], 17 plates, [6 ii, errata and additions, often lacking]. Ex-libris bearing only a tiny 'withdrawn' stamp on the front pastedown and no other library markings whatsoever. ILLUSTRATION: 17 plates. The first 13 plates, including the four folding plates, are engraved, the remaining four are lithographed. An inch wide repair to the rear of 3 plates (apparently just to reinforce things at the inner hinge; there are no tears). BINDING & INTERIOR: Bound in original maroon blind-stamped publisher's cloth. Rebacked at the spine; gilt-lettered title. Small conservator's repair to the cloth on the rear board. The interior hinges were at some point professionally reinforced. Minor scuffing and edgewear at the tips. Tightly and very solidly bound. Small tear at the upper inner margin of the frontispiece. Scattered light toning and foxing throughout. Handsome wide margins. Very good condition. 

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        Summa Geometricae Practicae, worinnen erstlich Bernhard Cantzlers kurtzer und leichter Bericht vom Feldmessen/ Auf die ins gemein vor andern fürkommende Fäll deß Messens und Abtheilens gerichtet. Zum Andern/ Unterschiedliche auf heutigen Schlag/ in Frieden und Kriegszeiten zu Land und Wasser nützliche Annotationes, auch Arithmethicae, Trigometricae, Graphicae und Geographicae, Nauticae, Aquae ductoriae &c. Additiones und zu Zeiten Neue Inventiones &c. Durch M. Abidam Trew, Math. und Physices bey der Universität Altdorff Professorem

      Nürnberg, Endter 1663.. Mit Kupfertitel, 56 gest. Tafeln (1 gefalt.) und zahlr. Textdiagramme. 20 Bl., 478 S. Prgt. d. Zt. VD17 23:243430D. - Erste von Trew bearbeitete Ausgabe, wobei seine umfangreichen Erweiterungen und Annotationes über die Hälfte des Werkes ausmachen. Cantzlers Werk erschien erstmal 1622. Die Tafeln zeigen Vermessungsgeräte, praktische Beispiele zu Vermessungsarbeiten sowie geometrische Darstellungen. - Rücken mit einigen Kalk(?)resten, Wenige Tafeln etwas feuchtfleckig.

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        Le chemin de la fortune ov les bonnes règles de la vie pour acquérir des richesses en toutes sortes de conditions et pour obtenir les faveurs de la Cour, les honneurs et le crédit ; entretiens d'Ariste sur la vraye science du monde

      M. DC. LXIII (A Paris : chez Iean-Baptiste Loyson... à la Croix royale), 1663. 1st Edition. Description [1-1bl.-14-] 362 p. 15 cm. (12mo). Manuscript annotation over-ruled in ink to the terminal leaves. Finely and period-sympathetically bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt. Spine compartments uniformly tooled and ruled in blind. An uncommonly good example - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        Codicis Dn. Justiniani Sacratissimi Principis PP. Aug. Repetitae

      1663. Justinian I [483-565 CE], Emperor of the East. Godefroy, Denis [1549-1622], Editor and Annotator. Codicis Dn. Justiniani Sacratissimi Principis PP. Aug. Repetitae Praelectionis Libri XII. Postrema Editio Prioribus Auctior et Emendatior. Frankfurt: Sumptibus Societis. Imprimebat Hieronymus Polichius, 1663. [xvi] pp., 1024 cols., [4] pp., 456 cols., [13] pp., 78 cols., [2] pp., 282 cols. Folio (14" x 9"). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece. Moderate rubbing with wear to extremities, chipping to spine ends, front board just beginning to separate but still secure. Large woodcut printer device, head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Faint dampstaining to head of text block, light foxing and browning to portions of text, internally clean. * Large-paper edition. Includes the Authenticae; Seu, Novellae Constitutiones, Feudorum Consuetudines, Constitutiones Friderici II. Imp. Extravagantes, Liber de Pace Constantiae, Epitome Feudorum and related writings and notes by Godefroy. Commissioned by the Emperor Justinian in 530 CE, the body of writings known collectively as the Corpus Juris Civilis preserved and restated all existing Roman law. Compiled in three years under the direction of Tribonium, it was both a critical restatement of earlier law and jurisprudential writings and a complete collection of recent legislation. It is divided into four books, the Institutes, Digest, Code and Novels. The Code contains the laws in force during Justinian's reign. It is divided into 12 books. Book 1 deals with ecclesiastical law, the sources of law, and the duties of high officials. Books 2-8 deal with private law. Book 9 deals with criminal law. Books 10-12 deal with administrative law. It received a great deal of commentary during the medieval and early modern eras. That of Denis Godefroy was influential well into the twentieth century. Godefroy was a jurist, humanist, historian, scholar of Roman law and professor at the Universities of Geneva and Heidelberg. He was also the first to apply the collective name Corpus Juris Civilis to Justinian's works. KVK lo

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        Some Considerations touching the Usefulnesse of Experimental Naturall Philosophy

      Oxford: Hen: Hall. 1663. First printing. Hardcover. Good. First printing, 1663. Large 8vo, early leather, 2 parts in one, with both half titles present, errata after last page of index, complete. Binding worn and tired, ex-library marks including bookplate removal to pastedown, faint ink stamps to title page, perforated stamp to title page, otherwise text nice and clean, complete. Needs some restoration, priced to sell. Wing B4029.

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      [Cambridge: Samuel Green and Marmaduke Johnson, 1663].. [2]pp., printed in double columns. Small quarto. Dbd. Minor edge wear and soiling. Very good. This leaf is from the first edition of the Eliot Indian Bible, the first Bible printed in North America and the first Bible in an American Indian language. The printing of this Bible was a monumental undertaking, and it took more than two and a half years to set the type and print the work. The recto of this leaf contains Ezekiel, chapter six, verses eleven to the end and chapter seven, verses one through twenty and the first few words of verse twenty-one. The verso contains the final six verses of the Book of Ezekiel, and the first sixteen verses of chapter eight.

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        Aula Tiberiana et Solerissimi Ad Imperandum Principis Idea; Cornelius Tacitus Monitis, Ex Annalium Eius Medulla Erutis et Loberiori Disceptandi Spatio Ad Nostri Aevi Usum Accomodatis Civilem in Orchestram et Militarem Productus

      Herbornae Nassoviorum: Corvinius, 1663. 483p. The German political philosopher who earlier had traced the work of Augustus here further develops his ideas from his earliest work at Herborn before this professorship at Marburg where his attacks upon Descartes and Grotius became polemical and influenced most Protestant scholars for succeeding generations. Schweiger, Handbuch der Classichen Bibliographie 1040. Title page has printer's device. There is a closed tear of 1/2" on title page else a near fine copy with clean text and tight binding.. Original Vellum. Very Good/No Dust Jacket as Issued. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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        Magnalia Christi Americana: Or, The Ecclesiastical History Of New-England, From Its First Planting In The Year 1620, Unto The Year Of Our Lord 1698

      Folio, recently rebound in calf, consists of 7 books in one volume, folding map (linen-backed), [30], map, 38, [2], 75, 238, [2], 128-222, 100, 88, 118, [4] pp. As usual, lacking errata leaves, and first two blanks, left half of map made up in facsimile, first signature A (AN ATTESTATION, which should be bound after the title page is placed before the map) is bound incorrectly after D (per Church and Holmes). Minor marginal annotations, dampstaining affecting upper inner quarter of the first three books, some chips and folds in corners, occasional soiling, and wax remnant on title, leaves 6L2 and 6L3 with smaller margins, apparently taken from another copy; modern bookplate tipped in on front pastedown. First ad leaf out of register and trim, the other worn and extended at the inner margin, both with slight loss of text. Handsomely rebound in full panel calf, sewn endbands, title label on spine. The first edition of Cotton Mather?s (1663-1728) Magnalia Christi Americana has long been regarded as the most famous work produced during the colonial period. It contains a wealth of information on a broad range of subjects, and gives the reader a clear picture of colonial life. Of particular interest is his discussion of the Salem Witch trails, for which he challenges some of the methods used, and seems to be distancing himself from those events. Some historians would argue he played a not insignificant role in what happened in Salem. Other highlights include his discussion of the development of Harvard College, and the escape of Hannah Duston (1657-1736) from the Indians.

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        Ongeluckige Voyagie van het Schip Batavia

      Amsterdam,: Gillis Joosten Saeghman, n.d. but circa, 1663.. Small quarto, pp. 44, with a wood-engraved title-page vignette, one full-page wood-engraving, and six copper engraved illustrations in the text; some toning and a few marks but a very good copy with good margins and sharp impressions of the engravings; bound in simple marbled paper wrappers. Very rare and exceptionally important: an early edition of the extraordinary and dramatic story of the "unlucky voyage" of the VOC ship Batavia, the most desirable of all books relating to Western Australia, a celebrated rarity of Australian book collecting, and the most important of all Dutch Australiana. Pelsaert's boat voyage along the West Australian coast to seek help at Batavia was the first extensive discovery of the Australian continent, exceeded only by the later voyages of Abel Tasman.First published in 1647, there were essentially six editions, with three variants, published in the seventeenth century (Tiele, 235-243; Landwehr, VOC, 406-411). This is the last of the early editions; all the early editions are of great rarity on the market. This version has sometimes been misidentified, appearing in some library catalogues wrongly dated 1648.The fine engraved illustrations in the book are famous; they include the celebrated scene of the Batavia foundering on the Houtman Abrolhos in the Indian Ocean west of modern Geraldton, graphic reproductions of the mutiny and slaughter on the islands, and the hanging of the mutineers on Seal Island. These are the earliest printed representations of any Australian scenes.The early Dutch editions of Pelsaert's voyage are of the greatest importance as the first published accounts of any voyage of Australian discovery. The story of the wreck itself, in Drake-Brockman's words, "provides the greatest dramatic tragedy in Australian history beside which the mutiny on the Bounty is an anaemic tale".The previous edition had included the innovation of having the dramatic scene showing the foundering of the Batavia on the title-page, where this edition includes what is believed to be the vessel under full sail with, to its stern, the smaller rescue vessel Sardam, which was dispatched by the VOC under the command of Pelsaert to rescue the survivors. This image had previously been used by the publisher Hartgers for his edition of 1648.Landwehr, VOC, 411; Politzer, 'Bibliography of Dutch Literature on Australia', p. 1 (first edition); Robert, 706; Schilder, 'Australia Unveiled', pp. 111-128; Tiele, 'MÈmoire', 243; Tiele, 'Nederlandsche Bibliographie', 851n.

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      Geneva: Jean Ant. & Samuel De Tournes. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1663. First Edition. Flexible vellum. RELIGION; Decorations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; [3], 829, [2] pages; Exposition De L'Institution De La S. Cene, Rapporte'e par Saint Paul en sa I. Epitre aux Corinthiens, en XIX Sermons. Quite scarce. WorldCat locates but two collections with this book in them. Not found in Library of Congress. Not found in Wing. Errata bound in. Bound in period vellum. Partial library bookplate and in stamp. Scattered mild foxing. Contents generally VG and binding solid. .

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        Beschrijvinge Der wijd-vermaarde Koop-stadt Amstelredam, Van hare eerste beginselen, oude Voor-rechten, en verscheyde Vergrootingen,...stant. Den tweeden Druck

      Amsterdam, voor Abraham en Jan de Wees, 1663.. 1663. Engrd title, title & 5 unnumbered leaves, 353 pp. and 15 pp. bladwijzer, 2 blanks. With 16 (14 fldg) copper-engrd plates (fldg map of Amsterdam included). Full vellum w. author & title handwritten in contemporry ink.. 12°. According to Nijhoff this de Wees reprint of the 2nd edition has one plate more: the Trippenhuis (opposite p. 86). Nice provenance: from the library of W. J. R. DREESMANN with his armorial bkplte with shelf-no. in ink. On fly-lf. and verso engrd title the signature of: J. ter Gouw ( on fly-lf added "1864"). Fly-lf also stamped: J. E. ter GOUW Hilversum. Verso Stathuys-print in an old hand: "J ...nhuysen fecit". Rear pastedown ptly torn from block, some waterstaining (frontal fly-lf and last 2 blanks) however hardly affecting the text, some (finger)soiling in a few places and 3 fldg plates with a slightly brittle outer margin..

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        Urkunde 1663 - Lehnsbrief für Heinrich Meyer zu Schagen(?) und Jacob (Jakob) Kock. Handschrift auf Pergament. Mit Unterschrift "Georg Heinrich

      Osnabrück, 20. August 1663. 11 x 36 cm. 1 Seiten mit hervorgehobener Anfangszeile und anhängendem Original-Siegel (Durchmesser 7 cm) in gedrechselter Holzkapsel mit Deckel, gefaltet - Heinrich Meyer zu Schagen(?) und Jacob Kock werden mit dem Zehnten über das Erbe Honradt in der Bauerschaft Ellinghausen (Ortsteil von Uphausen-Eistrup) im Kirchspiel Bissendorf belehnt: "... auf unserem gemeinen Lehentage belehnet haben und hiermit belehnen Heinrich Meyer zu Schagen(?) und Jacoben Kock jetziger Zeit Proniores der Kirchen zu Bissendorp zu behufs der Kirchen daselbst, mit dem Zehenten über das Erbe Honradt in der Bauerschaft Ellinghausen in ermeltem Kirspell Bissendorp belegen ..." Das rote Siegel mit dem Wappen des Herzogtums Braunschweig-Lüneburg in tadelloser Erhaltung -

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        Venetia città nobilissima et singolare, descritta in XIIII libri... Con aggiunta di tutte le cose notabili... occorse dall'anno 1580 fino al presente 1663, da D. Giust. Martinioni... -

      Venezia, Curti, 1663.In-4. Cartonatura rustica originale, titolo calligrafato sul dorso. Antiporta inc. con al centro veduta a volo d'uccello di Venezia, e ritratto di Martinioni f.t. (12), 760 (mal num. 754), 86, (10), 24, (72) pp.; lieve uniforme ossidazione della carta e qualche macchiolina; buon esemplare intonso e marginoso. Terza e migliore edizione, importante per le notevoli aggiunte. «Nel Martinioni poi riescono di utilità i cataloghi posti alla fine, cioè degli uomini letterati dal 1600 al 1663, dei dottori nel clero veneto, dei medici, degli avvocati, dei pittori, degli scultori» (Cicogna 4467). Cicognara 4380. Fossati Bellani 2395. Third, greatly enlarged and best edition. Engr. frontispiece with a bird?s eye view of Venice in the centre, and a portrait of Martinioni. Mild uniform toning of the paper and a few light stains here and there, but a good uncut copy in original boards.

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        Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies: Leaf from “The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida”

      London: Printed by Roger Daniel for Phillip Chetwinde, 1663-1664. From the Third Folio (unknown state). Very slight browning, left margin with rubbing and some tears (being a leaf from a book), else fine. Folio (340 x 221 mm).

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        Breve compendio di maravigliosi Secreti. Approvati con felice successo nelle Indispositioni Corporali. Diviso in quattro libri. Nel Primo si tratta di Secreti Medicinali. Nel Secondo di Secreti appartenenti a' diverse cose. Nel Terzo di Secreti Chimici di varie sorti. Nel Quarto d'Astrologia Medicinale. Con un trattato per conservarsi in sanita. Con nuova aggionta dell'istesso auttore.

      Remondini ca. 1663 In 12, pp. 316. Rilegat. similpergamena, titoli impressi in nero al dorso. Marca tipografica al frontespizio. Lievi fiorit. sparse. Piccolo alone da pag 38 a pag. 41.

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      Opera tratta dal ?Theatrum Civitatum et admirandorum Italiae?, pubblicato ad Amsterdam nel 1663. Johannes Blaeu, durante la sua lunga attività editoriale pubblica tre volumi sulle città italiane. Nel 1663 i primi tre, suddivisi in Stato della Chiesa, Roma e Regno di Napoli e Sicilia. Alla sua morte i suoi eredi danno alla luce altri due volumi datati 1682 incentrati sulle città del Piemonte e della Savoia, poi ristmapti da altri editori nel 1693 e 1697. Il francese Pierre Mortier pubblica una ristampa nel 1704/5, intitolata ?Nouveau Theatre de l?Italie?. L?opera è in quattro volumi e comprende le lastre del Blaeu, ritoccate e modificate in piccola parte, integrate dall?aggiunta di numerose nuove mappe di proprio disegno, raffiguranti le città della parte settentrionale della penisola, racchiuse nel primo volume dell?opera. L?atlante del Mortier venne pubblicato con testo latino, francese ed olandese. La particolarità che differenzia le due edizioni di Blaeu e Mortier è rappresentata dal fatto che il testo non è al verso della singola mappa (che quindi è bianca nel retro), ma si trova all?inizio di ogni singolo volume. Il grande successo dell?opera diede origine ad un?ulteriore ristampa, praticamente identica, curata da R. Alberts ed edita nel 1724/5. Le opere tratte dalla prima edizione del Blaeu, 1663, sono caratterizzate dalla presenza del testo al verso e sono piuttorsto rare. Incisione in rame, in buono stato di conservazione. Bibliografia: Koeman pp. 332/338. Bird's-eye view of the city, taken from the ?Theatrum Civitatum et admirandorum Italia?. First edition of this famous map, descriptive text on verso. The plate was later withdrawn by Mortier in the two editions of 1705 and 1724.Copperplate, in good conditions. Literature: Koeman, Bl. 72, pp. 332/338. Rare. Amsterdam Amsterdam 500 430

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        Dell'Istoria della Compagnia di Giesù. L'Asia. Parte prima. Edizione Terza .... - Il Giappone. Seconda parte dell'Asia- La Cina. Terza parte dell'Asia.

      in Roma, nella Stamperia del Varese - Ignatio de'Lazzeri, 1667 - 1660 - 1663. 1663 3 parti in volumi in-folio (355x240mm), pp. (4), 663, (9) di indice; (6), 839, 508, (16); (8), 1152, (8); solida legatura coeva p. pergamena rigida con unghie e filettatura dorata a incorniciare il perimetro dei piatti nel primo volume (il volume sulla Cina presenta invece un titolo e un fregio manoscritti in antico al dorso). Al primo vol., filetti e fiorellini in oro sul dorso, adorno di tassello in pelle rossa con titolo in oro; bellissima antiporta incisa su rame dal Bloemaert da invenzione di Jan Miel con raffigurazione di San Francesco Saverio sbarcato sulle sponde asiatiche. Firma di possesso del tempo al margine inferiore dell'antiporta e antico timbro di privato possesso al margine inferiore del frontespizio. Sparse fioriture, bruniture e aloni ai volumi, i frontespizi del secondo e del terzo vol. sono rinforzati. Buon esemplare nel complesso. Il primo volume, ossia la parte iniziale dedicata all'Asia, si presenta nella terza edizione accresciuta del 1667; il volume sul Giappone è invece in prima edizione (Roma, Ignatio de'Lazzeri, 1660), e così quello sulla Cina (Roma, Nella Stamperia del Varese, 1663). Si tratta della maggiore storia della Compagnia di Gesù scritta nel secolo barocco; il Bartoli (Ferrara, 1608-Roma, 1685), in quanto storiografo ufficiale di tale ordine, poté attingere alle fonti originali e a molti materiali inediti. L'opera, scrisse il Belloni, "trascende i limiti d'una storia particolare delle vicende della Compagnia, per diventare una specie di storia universale". De Backer / Sommervogel, I, 978 e sgg. Brunet, I, 683. Graesse, I, p. 303. Gamba, 1773. Razzolini, pp. 41-42. Vinciana, 4905. Belloni, pp. 458-460. Mazzucchelli, II, pp. 436-437. Cordier, Sinica, coll. 785-786. Cordier, Japonica, coll. 373-374.

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        Architettura, in sei libri divisa... in lingua latina e volgare... -

      Venezia, Hertz, 1663.In-folio. Legatura dell'800 in mezza pergamena con angoli, 2 tasselli sul dorso. 5 titoli entro cornice silogr., ritratto del Serlio sul v. del primo frontespizio, centinaia d'illustrazioni silografiche n.t., moltissime a piena ed alcune a doppia pagina, 2 tavv. f.t. di correttura di fronte alle pp. 245 e 332, nel VI libro 12 illustrazioni di porte ed una del Quadrato Geometrico inc. in rame a p. pag. n.t.; diverse marche tipogr. usate come finalini. (4), 435 (mal num. 433), (1) pp.; lievi arrossature ma buon esemplare. Edizione pregevole e non comune delle opere del celebre architetto bolognese, con il testo italiano a fianco di quello latino. BL STC 843. Fowler 332: «The woodcut illustrations of Book I-V seem to be from the same blocks as those of the Venice edition of 1560, but greatly reworked... An interesting feature of this edition is the numerous printer's devices and other ornaments used as tailpieces». A good and richly illustrated edition. 19th century half vellum. Paper occasionally toned.

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        Libellus Dialogorum, sive colloquia, nonnullorum hermeticae Medicinae. (unito a:) Explicatio Verborum Salomonis: in herbis, verbis& lapidibus magna est virus. Una cum adjuncta tractatiuncula de Quinta Essentia Metallorum. Amsterdam, Janssonius, 1664.

      Janssonius 1663 In 16° (155x90). I: pagg. 91, (4 bianche); II: 88 con una tavola ripiegata f.t. nella prima opera. Legatura in pelle settecentesca, dorso con nervature, titolo e fregi in oro al dorso, tagli a spruzzo. Esemplare molto ben conservato con alcuni lievissimi aloni; frontespizio e tavola f.t. con alone più evidente al margine interno; minime tracce d'uso alla legatura.Rarissime prime edizioni latine di entrambe le opere, originariamente pubblicate dal medesimo editore nel 1663 in tedesco. Glauber (1604-1668) fu uno dei più importanti alchimisti del '600 ed ebbe un ruolo importante nella nascita della chimica moderna contribuendo alla conoscenza dei Sali di ammonio e del vetro solubile. scoprì il Sal mirabilis ossia solfato di sodio, che ancor oggi, se diluito in acqua è detto sale di Glauber. Nel Libellus Dialogorum, importante trattato di filosofia ermetica applicata alla medicina, due alchimisti discutono di medicina ermetica; nella seconda opera si disserta sulle proprietà terapeutiche di erbe e pietre, sulla Pietra Filosofale e da pag. 67 sulla Quintessenza dei metalli.DSB: "After 1662 Glauber was plagued with ill health?with more time for contemplation he began to emphasize the esoteric size of alchemy and to regret his years of toil in the laboratori... Glauber attempted to renew the hermetic art by tying it to specific aspects of laboratory practice, but in so doing he interpreted the symbols of alchemy so concretely as to destroy their esoteric appeal."I: Krivatsy 4793; Duveen pag. 256. II: Krivatsky 4783; Duveen, pag. 258; Caillet, 4567: "Traitè rare e curieux".

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        Summa Geometricae Practicae, worinnen erstlich Bernhard Cantzlers kurtzer und leichter Bericht vom Feldmessen/ Auf die ins gemein vor andern fürkommende Fäll deß Messens und Abtheilens gerichtet. Zum Andern/ Unterschiedliche auf heutigen Schlag/ in Frieden und Kriegszeiten zu Land und Wasser nützliche Annotationes, auch Arithmethicae, Trigometricae, Graphicae und Geographicae, Nauticae, Aquae ductoriae &c. Additiones und zu Zeiten Neue Inventiones &c. Durch M. Abidam Trew, Math. und Physices bey der Universität Altdorff Professorem.

      Mit Kupfertitel, 56 gest. Tafeln (1 gefalt.) und zahlr. Textdiagramme. 20 Bl., 478 S. Prgt. d. Zt. VD17 23:243430D. - Erste von Trew bearbeitete Ausgabe, wobei seine umfangreichen Erweiterungen und Annotationes über die Hälfte des Werkes ausmachen. Cantzlers Werk erschien erstmal 1622. Die Tafeln zeigen Vermessungsgeräte, praktische Beispiele zu Vermessungsarbeiten sowie geometrische Darstellungen. - Rücken mit einigen Kalk(?)resten, Wenige tafeln etwas feuchtfleckig.

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        Giasone e il drago.

      Incisione all'acquaforte realizzata su carta del XVII secolo, b/n, cm 21, 6 x 33,8 circa (al foglio). Il nome "Rosa" compare in bs. a sn. su un'iscrizione del terreno. Prova impressa su carta vergata coeva priva di filigrana, nell'unico stato esistente, ascrivibile 1663 circa. La stampa non reca titolo visibile e la figura, non su cavallo ma a cavalcioni del mostro e armata di spada, getta un liquido sugli occhi dell'animale. Si tratta della storia di Medea che regala a Giasone la pozione magica per battere il drago che ? a guardia del vello d'oro. L'interpretazione avrebbe potuto anche confondersi con la scena del San Giorgio (considerato il fitto elenco di immagini relative a San Giorgio, a testimonianza della ricchezza iconografica a lui dedicata in Oriente e in Occidente), e comunque resta il tema eroico del guerriero di Dio in lotta con il mostro. Foglio rifilato al rame e quindi senza la battuta della lastra, alcune ossidazioni della carta e due piccole abrasioni percettibili soltanto dal retro, rinforzo su carta recente lungo i margini; al retro del foglio, curiosamente, un antico e ben eseguito disegno a matita rossa ripercorre in parte l'incisione ma con la sola figura del drago. Esemplare non ottimo ma in pi? che accettabile stato di conservazione.

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        Historia Caroli Gustavi potentissimi svecorum gothorum vandalorumque regis conscripta à Johanne Ollieqvist.

      Accesit descriptio Christinæ reginæ è literis magni cujusdam viri excerpta. Helmstad, Jacob Müller, 1663. 4:o. (2),+ 20 s. Lagerfläckig. Fuktrand i marginalen på s. 1-4. Samtida marginalanteckningar och understrykningar. Bläcknotering på titelbladet. Häftad, med ryggremsa tillverkad av makulerad äldre musikaliehandskrift. Ur Ericsbergs bibliotek. Collijn sp. 663. Warmholtz 4835, noten. Jämför Warmholtz 4364 för bihanget om Kristina. Trycktes första gången år 1661 i Strängnäs, både separat och tillsammans med faderns "Opuscula Theologica". Kapitlet om drottning Kristina är ett återgivet brev från P. Mannerschieds. Johan Oljeqvist var son till biskop Johan Matthiae och adlades 1645 till Oljeqvist för faderns förtjänster. Han studerade i Uppsala 1653 och verkade som canonicus i Hamburg 1658 och levde åtminstone fortfarande 1667

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        roy de la Grande Bretagne, vers leurs serenissimes majestés Alexey Michailovitz, czar & grand duc de Moscovie, Charles roy de Suede, & Frederic III.

      roy de Dannemarck & de Norvege, commensé es en l'an 1663, & finies sur la fin de l'an 1664. Amsterdam, Jean Bleau, 1670. 16:o. (20),+ 434 s. Stänkmarmorerat pappband från mitten av 1700-talet med grön titeletikett. Bortriven namnteckning eller dylikt på försättsbladet. Ur Ericsbergs bibliotek, med Carl Jedvard Bondes exlibris. Warmholtz 8402. Bring, Itineraria 69, not. Andra franska upplagan, den första kom året innan. Den engelska (som faktiskt är en översättning) utkom 1666. Guy Miege (1644-1718) deltog som undersekreterare i Charles Howard Earl of Carlisles ambassad, som 1663 skickades till Ryssland, Sverige och Danmark för att underrätta respektive land om den engelske kungen Karl II:s trontillträde. Resan gick över Arkangelsk, Moskva, Riga, Stockholm och Köpenhamn. Boken blev en stor succé och utkom i fem franska upplagor t.o.m. år 1700

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        Emblems with Hieroglyphikes of the Life of Man

      London: I W (Williams) & FE (Eglesfield), 1663 In contemporary worn full calf, blind tooling, scuffed, corners and edges bumped and worn. Spine, calf mostly gone, no label. Internally, covers almost detached, endpages soiled and with numerous contemp. ink names, first 5 leaves have some paper loss at edges, lacks the portrait frontis, the engraved titlepage has some ink names to head, plate is just complete as the leading edge margins have worn away, [6],381 pp, numerous woodcuts, some with ink note beside, pages 45-56 have a 2 inch tear from base up. Pages 115/116 LACKING, & page 117/118 missing lower half, final blank is full of ink notes and an image. Very rare and would benefit from some TLC! (ESTC R219037)

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        TRAITE DE LA CHYMIE enseignant par une brieve et facile methode toutes ses plus necessaires preparations

      Paris, chez l'Autheur, 1663.. FIRST EDITION, French text, 1663. Small 8vo, 180 x 105 mm, 7 x 4¼ inches, engraved title page with 2 small images and decorative border, 2 double page plates of apparatus, a few woodcut head and tailpieces and initials, pages (18), 378, (4), last leaf of prelims is a blank, bound in contemporary vellum, hand lettered to spine. Vellum wrinkled, darkened and slightly stained, small surface chip to edge of both covers, lacking front pastedown and free endpaper, small neat repair to top outer corner of engraved title page, replacing missing tip of border with photocopy, last 4 leaves of prelims damp stained in outer corners and fore-edge margin, intermittent pale damp staining to margins, heavier in a few places, 1 small closed margin tear, repaired neatly, small light ink stain on 1 page, no loss of text, tiny ink spot to 2 margins, plates lightly damp stained in lower margin and 1 with some numbers in ink on blank side. Binding tight and firm. A good copy of the very scarce first edition. Christopher Glaser (d. circa 1676), was a wellknown Swiss pharmaceutical chemist from Basle who became demonstrator of chemistry at the Jardin du Roi in Paris, and apothecary to Louis XIV and to the duke of Orleans. He is remembered for his method of making potassium sulphate and his name is attached to the native salt - Glaserite. He is also notorious for having been implicated in the famous poisoning case involving la Marquise de Brinvilliers which forced him to leave Paris. This work is a sort of manual of chemistry which aims to provide information and instruction on preparing chemical remedies for a wide range of ailments and conditions. It was very successful running into 10 editions in French between 1663 and 1710 plus 1 English edition and 5 German. It is divided into 2 books, the first being a general introduction to the subject including information on apparatus and furnaces. The second is divided into 3 sections, the first and largest is on the preparations of remedies made from minerals including gold, silver, lead, tin, iron, copper, mercury, antinomy, cinabar, bismuth, nitre, vitriol, arsenic, sulphur, and ambergris (page 70-272). Section II is on remedies derived from plants including the preparation of opium and drugs from lettuce and the final brief section is on remedies derived from animals, starting with "L'huile & le sel volatil de crane humain" which when prepared according to the directions is good for fits; this is followed by a preparation calling for the distillation of vipers' flesh. Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica, page 251; Ferguson, Bibliotheca Chemica, Volume I, page 320-1 citing German editions only; Wellcome Library III, page 121, French reprint only; Sotheby's Library of the Earls of Macclesfield, Part 4, No. 901 (English first edition). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Parnassus Medicinalis Illustratis

      Ulm ; In Verlegung J. Gorlins, 1663. Hardback, no dust-wrapper. Four parts bound into one, each with separate titlepage and pagination. 32.5cm x 20.5cm. 1st edition 1663. Collation should be 104, 632, 88, 164, [28] p with signatures: A5 B-I6K42A-3F63G4a-g6h23A-N6O4)(-2)(63)(2. (Welcome Library and UCL). This copy [36], 104, 632, 88, 144. But includes additional engraved general titlepage, separate titlepage for each of the four parts, and three fullpage plates. Definitely lacking all after p144 of the fourth part. Some small tears on a few pp. Crude amateur binding. Extremities worn. Some losses to marbled paper to boards. Previous owner's details opposite titlepage. First few pages loose. Pages a little grubby.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair/No Jacket.

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      Amsterdam: Typis Blaeviorvm, 1663.. [4],231,[9]pp. Small quarto. Contemporary limp vellum, spine titled in manuscript. Early ink inscription on title, scattered foxing, O3v a bit soiled in lower fore-quadrant, occasional thin worm tracks in gutter or margin (touching just a couple of letters), faint old tidemark in lower fore-corner of text block and occasionally along top edge; still, a good, crisp copy. First edition. Posthumously published after being seen through the press by Isaak Vos. An English translation by William Lewis (THE ANTIENT RELIGION OF THE GENTILES AND CAUSES OF THEIR ERRORS CONSIDER'D) appeared in 1705. "In this work Herbert attempts to show that the evidence of actual religions, which he takes mainly from classical authors, confirms his thesis that the five common notions of religion are universally acknowledged. Data that seem to contradict this thesis are dismissed as arising either from priestly corruptions or from a failure to recognize symbolic usage" - DNB.

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        Traitez de l'equilibre des liqueurs, et de la pesanteur de la masse de l'air

      Paris: Guillaume Despree, 1663 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Traitez de l'equilibre des liqueurs, et de la pesanteur de la masse de l'air. Paris: Guillaume Despree, 1663. 12mo. [28], 232, [8] pp. Old owner's ink signature on title page. Early 18th century calf, 6-panel spine, 5 panels with gilt arabesque. Board edges worn, leather starting to peel away from joints, joint still sound. Interior very good, all blanks present, narrow gutter margin, faint waterstain in few margins, two words added within text in sepia ink in old hand, one pencil notation in the margin next to woodcut. 4 engraved plates and 1 wood engraving on p.105. Ordinarily the engraved plates are found as 2 plates; in this case, probably in the binding, the plates were divided into 4 sections without loss of images, and placed presumably to correspond to the text. A fine copy. ---- Dibner Heralds of Science 143; Sparrow Milestones of Science 157; Tchemerzine V, p. 59; Waller 12161; Norman 1650. - FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST ACCOUNT OF PASCAL'S LAW, stating that pressure in a liquid is transmitted undiminished in all directions. Divided into two closely related parts, this posthumous work is devoted to the laws of hydrostatics and to the demonstration and description of the various effects of the weight of air. Continuing the investigations of Stevin, Galileo, Torricelli, and Mersenne, he provided in the Traites a lucid account of the fundamental concept of pressure. 'Using the recently invented Torricellian barometer, Pascal had his brother-in-law climb the Puy de Dome in 1648 and watch the barometer level fall with the ascent, thereby demonstrating that air had weight ... The relationship of barometric change and change in the weather was first outlined here' (Dibner)..

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      Cambridge, Massachusetts: S. Green and M. Johnson, 1663. From the First Bible Printed in America 184 x 146 mm (7 1/4 x 5 3/4"). Double column, 62 lines of text and headline in roman type. Attractively matted. Darlow & Moule 6737. Lightly browned, but excellent. This is a very desirable leaf from Eliot's Indian Bible. In addition to its distinction as the first Bible printed in America, this book, in the words of Darlow & Moule, "constitutes the earliest example in history of the translation and printing of the entire Bible in a new language as a means of evangelization." Darlow & Moule adds that this Bible "was the first scripture printed in North America, and also the first version prepared for a pagan people in their own language. John Eliot performed the Herculean task of learning the difficult Algonquin tongue, of translating, unaided, the entire Bible in this unknown and unwritten language, of overcoming many technical difficulties, and of then teaching the Indians to read their own tongue. Samuel Green, the printer, was aided greatly by James Printer, an Indian compositor and corrector of the press. . . . The language is now extinct." Eliot (ca. 1604-90) was a Puritan minister in Roxbury, Massachusetts, who, beginning at age 42, studied for 15 years the Narragansett, or Massachusett, dialect of the Indian tribes in his vicinity. He worked for an additional eight years on his translation. Printing was begun in 1660 with equipment and supplies shipped from England by the Corporation for the Promoting and Propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in New England. The New Testament appeared in 1661, and the entire Bible in 1663.

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        roy de la Grande Bretagne, vers leurs serenissimes majestés Alexey Michailovitz, czar & grand duc de Moscovie, Charles roy de Suede, & Frederic III.

      roy de Dannemarck & de Norvege, commenssées en l'an 1663, & finies sur la fin de l'an 1664. Amsterdam, Jean Bleau, 1670. 16:o. (20),+ 434 s. Lätt brunton i innerkant. Fint samtida brunt marokängband, guldornerad rygg med tre upphöjda bind och med handskriven etikett, guldram på pärmarna och stänkmarmorerade snitt. Litet maskhål på ryggen. Warmholtz 8402. Bring 69 not. Fint exemplar av den andra franska upplagan, den första kom året innan. Den engelska (som faktiskt är en översättning) utkom 1666. Guy Miege (1644-1718) deltog som undersekreterare i Charles Howard Earl of Carlisles ambassad, som 1663 skickades till Ryssland, Sverige och Danmark för att underrätta respektive land om den engelske kungen Karl II:s trontillträde. Resan gick över Arkangelsk, Moskva, Riga, Stockholm och Köpenhamn. Boken blev en stor succé och utkom i fem franska upplagor t.o.m. år 1700

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        Il tevere incatenato overo l'arte di frenar l'acque correnti... in roma, nella stampa di francesco moneta, 1663.

      Cm. 23,5, pp. (18) 422 (22). Antiporta allegorica e oltre 50 figure nel testo incise in rame ed in xilografia, alcune della quali a piena pagina. Elegante legatura recente d'amatore in piena pelle impressa ad imitazione di una produzione artigianale del tempo. Tagli colorati. Ex libris di collezione inglese. Qualche interessante glossa ms. coeva. Un'antica etichetta applicata al margine inferiore del frontespizio (biblioteca Fagnani) occulta verosimilmente un vecchio timbro di possesso. Antiporta rifilata al margine superiore, una leggera gora al margine bianco di alcune carte centrali e finali e qualche brunitura a poche carte di testo. Complessivamente esemplare genuino e ben conservato. Edizione originale di questo celebre ed affascinante trattato di idraulica applicato prevalentemente al corso del Tevere e scritto dal Bonini, scrittore originario di Chiavari. Molto bello ed interessante l'apparato iconografico che correda lo scritto. Cfr. Graesse; Lozzi 5315: ""bello"" e Piantanida, 1633.

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        Corpus juris civilis, pandectis ad Florentinum archetypum expressis, institutionibus, codice et novellis, addito textu Græco, ut & in Digestis & Codice, Legibus & Constitutionibus Græcis, cum optimis quibusque editionibus collatis. Cum notis integris, repetitæ quintum prælectionis, Dionysii Gothofredi, JC. Præter Justiniani edicta, Leonis & aliorum Imperatorum novellas, ac canones Apostolorum. continentur, huic editioni novè accesserunt Pauli receptæ Sententiæ cum selectis notis J. Cujacii et sparsim ad universum Corpus Antonii Anselmo. Observationes singulares, remissiones & notæ juris civilis, canonici, & novissimi ac in praxi recepti differentiam continentes; denique lectiones variæ & notæ selectæ Augustini, Bellonii, Goveani, Cujacii, D JUSTINIAN - LEEUWEN, Simon van.

      J. Blaeu, L. & D. Elzevier and F. Hackius, Amsterdam and Leiden 1663. Folio. (20)+796+(12)+388+(12)+300+92+(40) pages. Engraved frontispiece with Justice enthroned. Contemporary calf with spine richly decorated in gold, corners, top and bottom of spine scuffed and worn with bits of leather missing, covers worn, but binding sound and holding. Internally fine except for two torn corners neatly repaired (Dig. p. 241-2 and 343-4), one witout loss, the other with slight loss of text.. Rare first edition of Simon van Leeuwen's edition of the Corpus Iuris, the fundamental collection of Roman law, complete with all parts (and with the influential commentary of Denis Godefoy, 1549-1621, printed in minute typeface around the main text). The edition is justly celebrated both as a scholarly achievement and in particular as a truly superb piece of 17th century printing (both in Latin and Greek types). "Le Corpus iuris publié par Louis et Daniel (Elzevir) avec le concours des deux principaux éditeurs du temps, J. Blaeu et Fr. Hackius, est peut-être le plus beau livre qui soit sorti des presses elzeviriennes d Amsterdam. Cette édition enfin est restée la plus belle de cet ouvrage" (Willems); "It is perhaps the finest work issued by the Amsterdam presses." (Goldsmid in reference to the joint ventures of the Elzevirs, Blaeu and Hackius) Graesse III, 503; Willems 1299; Goldsmid 1140; Spangenberg 466

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        Joannis rosini antiquitatum romanarum corpus absolutissimum. cum notis doct. ac locuplentiss. thomae dempsteri..., pauli manutii lib. ii. de legibus, et de senatu, cum and. schotti electis... lugduni batavorum, apud hackios, perentem et filios, 1663.

      Cm. 23, pp. (8) 956 (30). Con antiporta allegorica, 7 tavole incise in rame anche ripiegate fuori testo e la bella pianta di Roma antica più volte ripiegata. Leg. coeva in piena pergamena, dorso a nervi e piatti inquadrati a secco. Due timbri d'antico seminario francese. Esemplare genuino ed in ottimo ststo di conservazione. Cicognara: ""Questo è riputato il libro più completo, e più ricco in fatto di antichità romane..."". Non comune e reperirsi completo della pianta di Roma.

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        Cabala, sive Scrinia Sacra, Mysteries of State and Government: In Letters of Illustrious Persons and Great Ministers of State As well Foreign as Domestick, In the Reigns of King Hent the Eight, Q.:Elisabeth, K:James, and K:Charles...To which is added several Choice Letters and Negotiation, no where else Published.

      LOndon, 1663. Folio. Old hvellum. Back a little worn. (14),416 pp. + Table. Slightly brownspotted

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        Memorie di molti santi martiri, confessori, e beati modonesi, e di tutti i corpi santi, che riposano nelle chiese di modona, et in altre ancora del suo territorio con le sue figure in rame... in modona, per andrea cassiani, 1663.

      Cm. 19,5, pp. 196 (4). Antiporta figurata con la veduta della città di Modena sullo sfondo, grande stemma al frontespizio, testate, capolettera e 45 incisioni nel testo, anche a piena pagina. Legatura posteriore (ottocentesca?) in piena pergamena con titoli in oro su piccolo tassello al dorso. Esemplare con alcune fioriture, piccole gore marginali ed un angolo di p. 47 lacunoso con perdita di alcune lettere del riporto in basso. Peraltro genuino ed in buono stato di conservazione. Non comune, cfr. Lozzi 2840 e Piantanida 4697.

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        Renati des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiae Pars I, & II, More Geometrico demonstratae. Accesserunt Cogitata Metaphysica, In quibus difficiliores, quaetam in parte Metaphysices generali, quàm speciali occurrunt, quaestiones brevitur explicantur.

      Amsterdam, Apud Johannem Riewerts, 1663. Small 4to. Orig. blank paper boards, most of backstrip lacking and wear to extremities, but tight. Woodcut illustr. to title-page and several woodcut mathematical and physical illustrations throughout. Annotations to both free end-paper. Some minor brownspotting and even light browning to leaves. A very nice and attractive copy. (16), 140 pp. (being title-page, Preface w. Errata, Index, Ad Librum, the main text (pp. 1- 90) and the Appendix, being the Cogitata Metaphysica w. its own half-title, (pp. (91-140).. The rare first edition of Spinoza's first published work, his critical exposition of Descartes's "Principles of Philosophy", which was the only work that he published under his own name in his life-time.In 1660 Spinoza began writing a work on God, man and the happiness of man. This treatise is the first known work by the great philosopher. The book was not published in his life-time, though, and it is now only known through a Dutch translation (it was originally written in Latin), which was not published until 1862, and the present work on Descartes' philosophy ("Descartes' Principles of Philosophy. Proven by the Geometrical Method") thus constitutes his first published work; it is also the only work that he published which bears his name on the title-page, all of his other works were published anonymously. An expanded Dutch version of the work appeared in 1664.Benedictus Spinoza is one of the most important thinkers of early modern philosophy and all of his works are of groundbreaking character. His name was actually Baruch Espinoza, but he Latinized his name in 1657 after having been expelled from the Jewish community; his philosophical and scientific studies had caused him to remove himself further and further away from the Jewish comprehension of God, he rejected the idea that the Jewish people were God's chosen people, and he refused to live by the laws and rules of the Jewish religion. It is also after this event that Spinoza chooses to become a lens-cutter, a toughly required skill, which not only took good craftsmanship but also great mathematical knowledge; Spinoza became one of the greatest lens-cutters of his time, and his lenses were in demand all over Europe. In 1660 Spinoza moves from Amsterdam to Rijnsburg, where he begins working on his first philosophical work, his "Short Treatise on God, Man and Human Welfare", which is sort of a preliminary study for his "Ethica". He now also works on a guiding work for those who seek to apprehend God, i.e. the highest good, entitled "Tractatus de intellectus emendatione". The work was never finished, though, and now he begins working on the work that is going to constitute his debut, his exposition of Descartes' "Principia", which had been published in 1644. Spinoza's work was printed in 1663, and it immediately became very popular and widely read, causing vast discussions of his philosophy and his view on Descartes throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This highly important work, the only to be published under Spinoza's own name in his life-time, stands at the centre of the understanding of the entire trajectory of Spinoza's philosophical career. It is likely, based on the evidence of contemporary Dutch thinkers, that Spinoza's move to Rijnsberg in the summer of 1661 was prompted by a wish to be nearer to the university and the many heated debates on Descartes that famously took place there at the time and thus the polemic philosophical centre of the Netherlands. It has now also been recognized that Spinoza here attracted numerous students who came to him to take lessons in geometry and Cartesian philosophy, and it is very likely that it was in connection with this that he wrote his famous work on Descartes' "Principia". The work came to be understood as more than a textbook, though. It evoked numerous heated and dangerous debates on the real intention of the great thinker, who later became so influential. Did Spinoza really set out to explain Descartes' system and provide an even more solid foundation for Descartes' philosophy, or did he in fact hide behind that great man and instead, in reality, expound his own philosophy by subtly perverting Descartes' thought and in his disguise expound something that went directly against the fundamental thought of the "Principia"? Many great thinkers of the time thought so, e.g. Steno, Bontekoe, and Baumgarten; Bontekoe for instance states in a letter: "to mix his diabolical concepts among those of Descartes and coax the Cartesians to accept them the more easily, and they, taking him to be a true Cartesian, often acknowledge these as being authentic Cartesian ideas when in fact they are not, being concepts which on the contrary besmirch that philosophy, obscure and destroy it and often without anyone noticing, overthrow it. One sees all this from the work's foul preface, and from the Cogitata Metaphysica which he appended to it. Indeed, in the preface, Spinoza has the effrontery to assert not only that he had had to deal with things in that book according to Descartes' opinion, but that he had gained insight into still higher principia whereby he can provide other and better explanations of things than does Descartes" ("Brief Aen Johan Frederik Swetzer").Whatever may be concluded as to the real intentions of Spinoza, it can safely be said that "there is far more (in the "Principiorum Philosophiae" and the appendix "Cogita metaphysics") than a simple summary of Cartesian philosophy, and that these works are of considerable value for understanding Spinoza's own development." (Barbone and Rice, Introduction to the English Translation, p. XXI). Until recent times, 19th and 20th century scholarship in general has treated the present work as being merely an exposition of Descartes' philosophy, but extensive research has proven this to me much misguided. When the work first appeared, it was taken to be an authentically Cartesian work, and it counted as one of the most important and authoritative commentaries on Descartes' philosophy. This, however, seems to be only part of the truth. Spinoza does not simply repeat Descartes' arguments and try to clarify the meaning of them, he seems to be doing something that has had far-reaching consequences for the understanding of Descartes and the philosophical development of the 17th and 18th centuries. It seems highly improbable that a thinker like Spinoza, though perhaps partly a Cartesian at the time, at the same time as working on his highly controversial "Ethica", should have written a clarification of the arguments of Descartes without commenting on them and without elaborating on them, merely placing them in a more satisfactory order; apart from that, the reading of the text and the many letters that were written between Spinoza and his fellow collaborators, clearly indicate that there is talk of some act of philosophical subversion of Descartes' thoughts and that Spinoza's own philosophy hides underneath the seemingly innocent exposition of Descartes' "Principles of Philosophy". This did not go unnoticed, however, and the work evoked great controversy. Nicolai Steno, for instance, was one of the first to accuse Spinoza, a friend of his, to work directly against the doctrines of Descartes. He saw the work as that of a materialist whose aim was to fundamentally reform Descartes' philosophy and destroy the "soul". Did Spinoza have these intentions, which seems probable, it does not take much to explain why he chose to conceal them, in a time of official suppression of books and imprisonment of the offending authors.The work thus constitutes one of the most important works of early modern philosophy, uniting the two greatest philosophical minds of that period, Descartes and Spinoza, showing Spinoza as the expounder and critic of Descartes and his main work as well as one of the most authoritative and important commentators on Descartes' philosophy, but also as one of the greatest and most radical thinkers in his own right. The present work provides us with testimony to the Cartesianism of Spinoza, perhaps the means by which he could inconspicuously spread his own philosophy and his own philosophical principles. As such, the work provides us with the earliest testimony to the radical thoughts that have made Spinoza one of the most criticized, admired, discussed, and banned philosophers of modern times. It is perhaps in this work we see the paving of the way towards the overthrow of the "true philosophy" of Descartes as well as all religion and truth. Through the high impact of Cartesianism, Spinozism came to grasp the philosophy of the centuries to follow."Baruch (or Benedictus) Spinoza is one of the most important philosophers-and certainly the most radical-of the early modern period. His thought combines a commitment to Cartesian metaphysical and epistemological principles with elements from ancient Stoicism and medieval Jewish rationalism into a nonetheless highly original system. His extremely naturalistic views on God, the world, the human being and knowledge serve to ground a moral philosophy centered on the control of the passions leading to virtue and happiness. They also lay the foundations for a strongly democratic political thought and a deep critique of the pretensions of Scripture and sectarian religion. Of all the philosophers of the seventeenth-century, perhaps none have more relevance today than Spinoza." (SEP)Van der Linde I:1

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