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         A visit to the Indian Archipelago, in H.M. ship Maeander, with portions of the private journal of Sir James Brooke, K.C.R.London, Richard Bentley (back of title-page: printed by: Bradbury & Evans), 1853. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a large folding engraved chart of the Indian Archipelago showing the track of H.S. ship Maender by J. & C. Walker, and 8 double-tinted lithographed plates by Oswald W. Brierley. Together with an autograph letter from James Brooke to Lady Keppel, dated 14 August 1865, attached before frontispiece. Contemporary purple cloth.

      Abbey, Travel 550 ; Cordier, Indosinica, col. 1467; Hill 920; Howgego, 1800-1850, K8; not in Ferguson. First edition of Sir Henry Keppel's (1809-1904) account of his travels in the East Indian Archipelago, where he was deployed to assist James Brook (1803-1868) against the Borneo pirates. Keppel arrives in Singapore in 1847, searches for the wreck of the Minerva , visits Hong Kong, describes Manilla, goes to the Malay archipelago, etc., and returns to England by way of Australia in 1850. It also contains chapters with general information on piracy.The books is well illustrated with tinted lithographed plates after the notable maritime painter Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817-1894). Included is an original autograph letter from James Brooke to Lady Keppel.With on the paste-down of both volumes the bookplates of the pioneer pastoralist James Angas Johnson (1844-1902), great-grandson of George Fife Angas, and of Charles Richmond John Glover (1870-1936), Lord Mayor of Adelaide. A very good copy, with only some occasional thumbing and the spines slightly faded.

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         Postilla Catholica Evangeliorum de Sanctis totius Anni. Das ist: Catholische Außlegung aller Fest und Feyertäglichen Evangelien durch das gantze Jar. Darinnen uber jede Evangelien zwo Predigten begriffen...(3 Teile in 1 Bd.).

      4. Tit., (10) Bll., 424 S 390 S., 1 w. Bll. 176 S., 3 Bll. (Register). Mit 3 Titelholzschnitten, 1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt u. 74 Textholzschnitten von Jobst Amman, Hans Hersbach (Herspach), Johann von Essen u.a. Blindgepr. Schweinslederbd. der Zeit mit Supralibros, auf vier hohen Bünden über Holzdeckeln mit Messingschließen. Auf beiden Spiegeln alt montierte Holzschnittwappen aus einem zeitgen. Werk. Die ersten 4 Bll. mit fachmänn. restaur. Wurmlöchern, Titel mit altem Eignereintrag, ansonsten sauber u. wenig gebräunt. VD16 ZV 815 Wetzer/W. IV, 1467 Nagler Monogr. III, 1064 (Hersbach) Nagler Monogr. III, 853 (J. v. F.). - Jacob Feucht (1540-80), Weihbischof von Bamberg, bemühte sich um die Erneuerung des katholischen Glaubenslebens und um die Durchführung der tridentinischen Schriften. Wegen zahlreichen Illustrationen beliebtes Erbauungsbuch. Alle Holzschnitte mit Darstellungen aus dem Neuen Testament. Der Holzschnitt auf Bl. 10 zeigt Jacob Feucht, vor dem Kruzifix kniend.

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         Psalter; illuminated medieval manuscript on parchment

      ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON PARCHMENT, Southern Germany (diocese of Constance or Augsburg), c. 1240-60. 196 x 145 mm. 117 folios on parchment, missing at least one leaf at end (collation, i-viii8 ix9 [of 8, with quarter sheet added after 1] x8 xi6 xii-xiv8 xv7 [of 8, -8 with loss of text]), no catchwords or signatures, written below top ruled line in an upright Gothic bookhand (justification, 134-140 x 95-96 mm.), ruled in lead, Psalm verses begin with 1-line red or blue initials, opening words of each Psalm following a painted initial begin with 1-line majuscules in red or blue, 3-line red or blue initials with contrasting pen decoration at the beginning of most Psalms, one 3-line painted initial, f. 1v, SEVEN LARGE ILLUMINATED FOLIATE INITIALS, almost full-page to six lines, THREE LARGE HISTORIATED INITIALS, 9- to 12-line. BINDING: Bound in alum-tawed skin over early thick wooden boards with a rounded bevel, almost flush with the bookblock, spine with three raised bands, lower board, single hole in middle, upper board, five bosses, two strap and pin fasteners, fastening back to front (modern hardware and straps), boards show signs of at least two other types of fastenings, a single strap-and-pin fastening closing front to back and catches and clasps fastening back to front, partial remains of a paper label on the spine, now illegible, rebacked with spine laid down, houses in a red, fitted case, pastedown from thirteenth- or fourteenth-century Breviary and from earlier thirteenth-century manuscript. TEXT: The Psalms were the texts devout Christians prayed throughout their life. Psalters were commissioned to mark important occasions, such as marriages. Almost certainly copied for lay use, this German Illuminated Psalter exhibits numerous signs of use throughout, including evidence that it was used to teach children to read. ILLUSTRATION: Painted initials: f. 1, almost full-page illuminated B (for Beatus vir), framed in red, now badly damaged; f. 17, 10-line initial showing St. Francis, now all effaced; f. 27v, 10-line initial ending with a dragon; f. 37, 12-line initial depicting St. Michael slaying the dragon; f. 137v, 6-line initial; f. 48, 11-line initial formed from a winged dragon; f. 60, 9-line initial; f. 71v, 9-line initial with a dragon; f. 73, 9-line initial depicting St. Dominic, with some wear; f. 84, 9-line initial. Artistically, this Psalter is related to important illuminated south German Psalters now in Liverpool and Schaffhausen. The books iconographic program with figurative initials depicting three saints (Michael, Francis, and Dominic) is very unusual. Examples of Psalters with both Francis and Dominic at this date (only decades after they had been canonized) are very rare. PROVENANCE: Evidence of script and decoration suggests a date c. 1240-1260, certainly in Southern Germany, and probably in the diocese of Constance or possibly Augsburg, based on the style of illumination. Careful corrections by a contemporary. There are signs in the marginal additions that this Psalter was used to to teach reading. An inscription in German, dated 1467, indicates that this volume remained in Germany into the fifteenth century, and the damage to the images of St. Francis and St. Dominic may reflect anti-mendicant feeling of that period or even use by a Protestant owner in the sixteenth century. Sold at Sothebys, 10 July 1972, lot 81, when it was bought by Sion Segre Amar (Turin, 1910-2003) for the Comites Latentes Collection, Geneva, MS 99; deaccessioned and sold at Sothebys 20 June 1989, lot 40, and 1 December 1998, lot 69. CONDITION: Dirt and wear to text, lower outer corners ripped away, ff. 41, 113, 116, 117 (slightly into text), severe damage to initials on ff. 1 and 1v, some degree of damage and wear to remaining initials. Full description and photographs available (TM 789).

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         Postilla Catholica Evangeliorum de Sanctis totius Anni. Das ist: Catholische Außlegung aller Fest und Feyertäglichen Evangelien durch das gantze Jar. Darinnen uber jede Evangelien zwo Predigten begriffen...(3 Teile in 1 Bd.).

      4. Tit., (10) Bll., 424 S 390 S., 1 w. Bll. 176 S., 3 Bll. (Register). Mit 3 Titelholzschnitten, 1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt u. 74 Textholzschnitten von Jobst Amman, Hans Hersbach (Herspach), Johann von Essen u.a. Blindgepr. Schweinslederbd. der Zeit mit Supralibros, auf vier hohen Bünden über Holzdeckeln mit Messingschließen. Auf beiden Spiegeln alt montierte Holzschnittwappen aus einem zeitgen. Werk. Die ersten 4 Bll. mit fachmänn. restaur. Wurmlöchern, Titel mit altem Eignereintrag, ansonsten sauber u. wenig gebräunt. VD16 ZV 815 Wetzer/W. IV, 1467 Nagler Monogr. III, 1064 (Hersbach) Nagler Monogr. III, 853 (J. v. F.). - Jacob Feucht (1540-80), Weihbischof von Bamberg, bemühte sich um die Erneuerung des katholischen Glaubenslebens und um die Durchführung der tridentinischen Schriften. Wegen zahlreichen Illustrationen beliebtes Erbauungsbuch. Alle Holzschnitte mit Darstellungen aus dem Neuen Testament. Der Holzschnitt auf Bl. 10 zeigt Jacob Feucht, vor dem Kruzifix kniend.

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         Ringel, Ringel, Reihen! Bilderbuch für brave Kinder und solche, welche brav werden wollen.

      In sehr gutem Zustand. Ein wirklich sehr schönes Exemplar, leider sind die Ecken ein bißchen bestoßen, sonst toll. 1467 a von JS.

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         Summa theologiae: Secunda secundae

      Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 1467. Royal folio (404 x 295 mm). Collation: [1-510 612 7-1010 11-138 14-1910 206 21-2310 24-2610 276]. 258 leaves. 59 lines, double column. Gothic type 3:91. Rubrication: opening 12-line initial with reserved decoration and purple penwork infill and filigree extensions, 4- to 6-line initials in red throughout, the major initials with purple infill and extensions, 2-line flourished initials in red, paragraph marks in red; 3-line manuscript heading in the same red ink directly preceding the first lines of text on 1/1r; headlines with quaestio numbers in red; capital strokes in the final quire, containing the Ordo quaestionum. Pinholes (four) and many deckle edges preserved throughout. Binding: contemporary South-German blind-tooled dark brown goatskin over unbevelled thick beech boards, from the workshop of the Benedictines at Asbach (Kyriss shop 1), covers panelled with double fillets, large central panel tooled with intersecting fillets forming a saltire pattern, each compartment decorated with a repeated built-up ornament consisting of a central triangle stamp with a spiraling internal design surrounded by alternating impressions of a palmette stamp and a fleur-de-lys tool (3 impressions each), small square rosette tool at fillet intersections; vellum title label mounted on front cover, no pastedowns, quire liners from a late 13th-century northern Italian manuscript on vellum, by a professional scribe (thanks to Dr. Ilya Dines for examining the manuscript liners); some worming to covers, rebacked, repairs to corners, lacking clasps, modern free endleaves); quarter morocco folding case. Condition: Minor soiling to first leaf, penwork infill of the initial a bit faded or smudged, one or two small marginal wormholes in first and last few leaves; small tears in gutters of fols. 24/10 and 25/1-3, from adhesion, causing loss to a few letters on 25/1v-25/2r. Provenance: Asbach, Benedictine Monastery of St. Matthias, early inscription (M[o]n[aste]rij Aspacensis) at head of text on first page, binding; Munich, Royal Library, inkstamps (including Duplum stamp) in lower margin of first and last pages (fols. 1r and 258v), ms. shelfmark Inc. Typ. Nro 4 inside front cover; Ambroise Firmin-Didot (1790-1876), morocco booklabel, sale Paris, 27 May 1879, lot 164 ("Très bel exemplaire"); unidentified red morocco gilt armorial booklabel: rampant fox ermine, three stars in chief; George Dunn of Woolley Hall (1865-1912), Kelmscott Press bookplate, his sale, part III, Sotheby's 29 November 1917, lot 3807; Estelle Doheny (1875-1958), morocco booklabel; donated by her to the Mission Church of Saint Mary of the Barrens, Louisville, Missouri, sale, Christie's New York, 14 December 2001, lot 29.*** A very fine, full-sized copy of the first dated edition, the second printed, of the Secunda secundae, the most influential and earliest printed of the various parts of Aquinas's Summa theologiae, the most important philosophical treatise of the medieval Church ("the dogmatic Bible of Catholicism" - Verfasserlexikon 2) and an essential philosophical work of the Western canon. This was the first book printed by Peter Schoeffer alone, following the death of his father-in-law Johann Fust, Gutenberg's financial backer, in 1466, Fust and Schoeffer had printed in partnership from 1457 until Fust's death. The type used in this edition was originally cut for the 1459 Duranti, Rationale divinorum officiorum, the fourth recorded edition from their press. This was an appropriate first publication for Schoeffer, who was "a cleric devoting himself to the materialization and dissemination of the word of God in the medium of print" (Lotte Hellinga, review, The Library, 7.1 (March 2006), 93-94. All the many writings of St. Thomas were preparatory to the great Summa Theologiae, composed ca. 1266-1272, which aimed to be no less than a compendium of all knowledge. Aquinas applied Aristotelian logic to this monumental task, simplifying and ordering questions on the nature of God and the universe, man made in God's image, and free will. The vast work is divided into three parts, of which the first treated God, the second man, and the third (left incomplete by Aquinas) Christ. The second part was itself subdivided into two parts, the first concerning the final end of man and human actions in general, and the second ('Secunda secundae') treating morality, the virtues and vices, and the states and kinds of life. Because of its usefulness as a guide to Christian morals and ethics, this second part was consulted and copied separately from an early date, and more frequently than the other parts, which practice was reflected in the early printed tradition. The other parts of the Summa did not appear in print until after the present edition: Part I was printed in Cologne by Ulrich Zel in 1468; Schoeffer published the first edition of the Secunda prima in 1471; and Michael Wenssler printed the third part in Basel ca. 1474. The first edition to contain all three parts was also published by Wenssler, in 1485. Eric White noted that "the composition of type for Schoeffer's book was a monumental task. Even using the small `Durandus' typeface, it required 515 pages of text in double columns of 59 lines" (Bridwell Library exhibition, 2003). For both this edition and the 1473 Prima secundae (1473) Schoeffer printed copies on vellum. Besides this paper copy, Estelle Doheny owned one of the copies on vellum (cf. Christie's New York, the Estelle Doheny Collection Part 1, 22 October 1987, lot 7). They are still the only copies of this edition to have been sold in the Anglo-American auction rooms in the past 50 years. Unlike Mrs. Doheny's vellum copy, this copy is without cancels (as is the copy in the Morgan Library). Three variant settings of the 9-line colophon are recorded, showing that the colophon was apparently printed in a separate operation from the rest of the page. This copy has the setting described by Hain and BMC, with Aquinas' name in line 1 and with the date in line 9 reading "die sexta mensis marcij". A handful of copies, not including this one, have the Fust-Schoeffer device printed in red below the colophon. The rubrication of this copy with its red initials, purple penwork infill, and flourished paragraph marks, may have been carried out under Schoeffer's direction. It conforms to the general characteristics of the examples provided by Lotte Hellinga in her study of Schoeffer's relations with the book-trade in Mainz. Before 1465 Fust and Schoeffer produced several books decorated with complex systems of printed initials printed in red or blue and variously applied in individual copies. "These attempts to achieve the completion of books entirely by typographical means seems to have been abandoned from 1465 in favour of instructions to rubricators, flourishers, and painters....There remains a substantial amount of material where we may hesitate to ascribe it to an individual - a small group of people, an atelier, was in all likelihood working in the same style - but where we can apply with some confidence the generic identification `Mainz work'" (Hellinga, pp. 143 and 145). The handsome binding is decorated with four tools of which two have been ascribed to the workshop of the Benedictine Monastery at Asbach, Lower Bavaria (now Austria), active from the mid-fifteenth-century to ca. 1513. The tools are Schunke, Schwenke-Sammlung Palmette 26 and Einbanddatenbank s021178, a curious small triangle with an internal swirling design ("Wirbelfigur"). Goff T-209; H *1459; BMC I, 24 (IC.122); Oates 30; Bod-inc T-172; BSB-Ink T-287; GW M46483. Cf. E. M. White, ed. Peter Schoeffer, Printer of Mainz: A Quincentenary Exhibition at the Bridwell Library ... Dec. 2003 (Dallas, 2003); Lotte Hellinga, "Peter Schoeffer and the book-trade in Mainz," in Bookbindings and other Bibliophily, Essays in honour of Anthony Hobson (1994), pp.131-83.

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         Beati Hieronymi Epistolas ad eruditionem Christiana[m] pernecessarias re[rum] ac materiarum uarietate confusas ..Vol. II only Rome, Sixtus Riessinger, not after 1467

      Riessinger, 1467. in - folio (mm 300x212), ff. 446 n. n., privo di segnatura (ma di 45 quaderni: A12 / a - z10 / *8 / **10 **10 / A - R10 / S12 = 452), completo seppur mancante dei 6 fogli bianchi 1, 9 - 12 e ultimo. Attraente legatura 500esca in pergamena floscia, titolo calligrafico "D. Hieronymi Epist. " lungo il dorso, tagli cesellati, con grandi scritte "S. Angeli" e "Nole" in inchiostro sui due tagli orizzontali. Esemplare assai bello, su carta forte e con grandi margini; per lo più freschissimo. Qualche foglio lievem. fiorito, il primo quaderno con qualche forellino di tarlo e lievi aloni; alcune chiose 500esche e qualche numerazione a penna. Testo su 2 colonne, 50 linee. F. 1: "incipit Tabula Epistolarum beati Hieronymi presbiteri redactarum in certum ordinem ac distinctarum secundum materias per Teodorum Lelium auditorem apostolicum". (In fine:) "Finis Secundi volu / minis Epistolarum / Beatissimi Hierony / mi / Veritas vincit / IA. RV. " Le prime 2 iniziali del f. 1 dipinte in blu e rosso con fregi calligrafici; all'inizio del testo (f. 7) grande iniziale P miniata in oro su 14 linee, ornata di bianchi girali su fondo rosso, blu e verde; centinaia di capilettera su 2 o 4 linee dipinte alternatamente in rosso e blu, con fregi filigranati in violetto o marrone chiaro. L'annotazione sui tagli orizzontali del volume denota con sicurezza la sua provenienza dal Convento di S. Angelo in Palco di Nola. Edificato nel 1430 circa da Raimondo Orsini, il Convento, adorno di mirabili affreschi, è dotato anche di una biblioteca purtroppo depauperata dai furti perpetrati nell'ultimo periodo bellico. Vi si trova una pregevole scaffalatura e un tavolo di lettura di legno intagliato, opera di maestri locali del XVIII secolo. In detti scaffali si conservavano fino al secolo scorso migliaia di volumi, tra cui preziosi incunaboli e manoscritti. Questa edizione, priva di note tipografiche, delle Epistolae di San Gerolamo è considerata il primo libro stampato a Roma, precedente il Cicero, De Oratore impressovi da Sweynheim e Pannartz nell'autuno del 1467 dopo il loro trasferimento da Subiaco. Il quarto libro stampato in Italia, nonché editio princeps di qualsiasi opera di San Gerolamo. Al f. 7, v. figura il più antico esempio noto di registro dei quaderni "Sequitur ordo quinternorum secundi voluminis epistolarum beati Hieronymi" seguono gli incipit dei 44 quaderni successivi, composti su 44 linee a mezza colonna, con notevole effetto grafico. Esistono esemplari con il fascicolo *8 (ff. 243 - 250) ristampato con varianti aif ff.*2 - 7, con più contrazioni e differenze nella giustificazione. Cfr. FAVA, Manuale degli Incunabuli, p. 169: "Il registro venne in uso prima in Italia e più precisamente a Roma. Il più antico esempio che ci sia noto è quello delle Epistolae Hieronymi.. Qui però non appare ancora completamente sviluppato e non reca il nome che gli fu proprio". Cfr. Piero SCAPECCHI, Abbozzo .. Han e Riessinger tra il 1466 e il 1470, in Roma nel Rinascimento, 1997, p. 318: "E' possibile che il primo libro stampato a Roma, allo stato delle nostre attuali conoscenze, sia il san Girolamo, Epistolae.. Esso sarà non ante quem il 30. X. 1466, data di morte di Teodoro Lelli, in memoria del quale Gaspare Lelli intraprese la cura della stampa. E' dunque molto probabile che la stampa, se non completata, fosse già in avanzata fase di realizzazione quando uscì nell'auunno 1467 il primo libro di S. e P.. e che essa sia in connessione con la società tipografica costituita avanti il 16. X. 1466". MODIGLIANI, Due società per fare libri con le forme (1466 - 70): "la società tipografica costituita da Enrico Han, Domenico da Lucca e Clemente Donati, certo avanti il 16. X. 1466". Denis E. RHODES, In the Library, 6th, v. 5, 1983; p. 69 "Since the two known and dated books of 1467 both appeared not before November of that year (when S. e P., freshly arrived from Subiaco, settled into the palace of the Massimo), the Jerome stands as very good chance of being the first book printed in Rome". J. L. SHARPE, Impressum apud Ruessinger, in GILBERT, A leaf from the Letters of St. Jerome, 1981; p. 23: "S. Riessinger was the first printer to cross the Alps for Rome where he was to publish the first edition of the Letters of St. Jerome. We know he did this sometime before Sweynheim and Pannartz.. Hinderbach's note tells us that the EH with the motto Veritas Vincit and the initials IA. RV. was printed by some Roman printers and that he received it before 1470. Because of Ioannes Andreas's comment about the Lelli edition of the EH in the dedicatory preface to the Sweynheim and Pannartz's edition, we know that Riessinger's EH was already out making it justly the editio princeps..". Magnifique édition du deuxième volume de cet ouvrage. Relié en plein vélin souple du XVIe siècle avec titre manuscrit sur le dos, note de possessione aux tranches gauffrées. Rubriqué en rouge et en bleu dans le texte. Au premier feuillet magnifique initiale dorée ?P' enluminée en bleu, rouge, vert et blanc. Le premier livre imprimé à Rome, avant que Sweynheim et Pannartz arrivaient è Palazzo Massimo de Subiaco. Le premier livre avec un Registre. Très bel exemplaire, très frais, imprimé sur papier fort. Provenance: Couvent de S. Angelo à Palco di Nola (Italie), qui possédait une riche collection de manuscrits et d'incunables, volée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

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         ROHRBACH & HOLZHAUSEN: EHEWAPPEN DES FRANKFURTER PATRIZIERS BERNHARD VON ROHRBACH UND DER EILGIN (ADELGUNDE) VON HOLZHAUSEN.

      - Jahr : Frankfurt am Main, ca. 1467 (Abdruck a. d. Mitte d. 19. Jrhs) Detailreich gestochenes Wappen des Frankfurter Patriziers Bernhard von Rohrbach (1446-1482) und seiner Ehefrau Adelgunde von Holzhausen. Bei den beiden Schildhaltern, einer nobel ausgestatteten männlichen und weiblichen Figur, könnte es sich um die beiden Eheleute handeln. Die von Rohrbach waren eine durch den Weinhandel reich gewordene Kaufmannsfamilie und gehörten schon um 1430 zum herrschenden städtischen Patriziat von Frankfurt. 1466 heiratete Bernhard von Rohrbach Adelgunde von Holzhausen. Durch seine Heirat wurde ihm die Aufnahme in die vornehmste Frankfurter Stubengesellschaft Limburg möglich. Neben verschiedenen Ratsämtern, widmete sich Bernhard von Rohrbach der Literatur und Musik, unterhielt eine kleine Bibliothek und ist weiterhin als Verfasser einer Chronik der Stadtgeschichte bekannt. Der vorliegende Abzug der Platte wurde um 1858 angefertigt. Es handelt sich dabei um die erste Auflage dieser, aus dem 15. Jahrhundert stammenden Platte. Laut Nagler wurde die Druckplatte Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts im Familienarchiv des Freiherrn von Holzhausen gefunden und wies keine Anzeichen eines vorherigen Abdrucks auf (Nagler 1858, Nr. 1079, S. 890 f.). Des Weiteren war die Platte in ein mit der Jahreszahl „1467" datiertes Blatt eingeschlagen. In jedem Fall muss die zwischen 1466, dem Jahr der Eheschließung Rohrbachs, und spätestens bis 1482, seinem Todesjahr, gestochen worden sein. In der Mitte des unteren Blattrandes befindet sich das Monogramm „bxS", das von einem deutschen, um 1480 tätigen Kupferstecher stammt. Dieser wird mit Barthel bzw. Bartholomäus Schön, genannt Schongauer, oder Barthel Zeitblom identifiziert (Heller 1831, S. 61/ Nagler 1858, S. 890). Das Motiv basiert auf einer Zeichnung des sogenannten Hausbuchmeisters oder einem von diesem stilistisch abhängigen Künstler. Der Meister des Hausbuches (tätig zwischen 1470 und 1505 in der Rheinpfalz), war ein deutscher Zeichner, Reißer und Stecher, der überwiegend am Oberrhein tätig gewesen ist. Seinen heute allgemein gültigen Namen hat er von seinen Planeten-Zeichnungen in einem Hausbuch, das sich seit dem 17. Jahrhundert in den Sammlungen der Fürsten Waldburg-Wolfegg befand. Über seine Herkunft und Ausbildung ist nichts bekannt. Seine Werke waren jedoch stilprägend für die Kunst am Mittelrhein am Ende des 15. Jahrhunderts – so auch für die Figuren und die Wappenzier des vorliegenden Kupferstichs. Möglicherweise sollte das Ehewappen als Exlibris für die Bücher in der Bibliothek Rohrbachs dienen. Da die Platte jedoch erst Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts erstmals abgezogen worden ist, wurde das Blatt wohl nie zu diesem Zwecke verwendet. Literatur: Heller, Joseph: Monogrammen-Lexikon, Bamberg 1831 (S. 61). - Nagler, Georg Kaspar: Die Monogrammisten [ ], München 1858–1863 (Nr. 1079, S. 890 f.). - Warnecke, Friedrich: Deutsche Bücherzeichen, Berlin 1890 (Nr. 1775, Tafel 2).

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         Psalter; illuminated medieval manuscript on parchment

      ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON PARCHMENT, Southern Germany (diocese of Constance or Augsburg), c. 1240-60. 196 x 145 mm. 117 folios on parchment, missing at least one leaf at end (collation, i-viii8 ix9 [of 8, with quarter sheet added after 1] x8 xi6 xii-xiv8 xv7 [of 8, -8 with loss of text]), no catchwords or signatures, written below top ruled line in an upright Gothic bookhand (justification, 134-140 x 95-96 mm.), ruled in lead, Psalm verses begin with 1-line red or blue initials, opening words of each Psalm following a painted initial begin with 1-line majuscules in red or blue, 3-line red or blue initials with contrasting pen decoration at the beginning of most Psalms, one 3-line painted initial, f. 1v, SEVEN LARGE ILLUMINATED FOLIATE INITIALS, almost full-page to six lines, THREE LARGE HISTORIATED INITIALS, 9- to 12-line. BINDING: Bound in alum-tawed skin over early thick wooden boards with a rounded bevel, almost flush with the bookblock, spine with three raised bands, lower board, single hole in middle, upper board, five bosses, two strap and pin fasteners, fastening back to front (modern hardware and straps), boards show signs of at least two other types of fastenings, a single strap-and-pin fastening closing front to back and catches and clasps fastening back to front, partial remains of a paper label on the spine, now illegible, rebacked with spine laid down, houses in a red, fitted case, pastedown from thirteenth- or fourteenth-century Breviary and from earlier thirteenth-century manuscript. TEXT: The Psalms were the texts devout Christians prayed throughout their life. Psalters were commissioned to mark important occasions, such as marriages. Almost certainly copied for lay use, this German Illuminated Psalter exhibits numerous signs of use throughout, including evidence that it was used to teach children to read. ILLUSTRATION: Painted initials: f. 1, almost full-page illuminated ?"B?" (for ?"Beatus vir?"), framed in red, now badly damaged; f. 17, 10-line initial showing St. Francis, now all effaced; f. 27v, 10-line initial ending with a dragon; f. 37, 12-line initial depicting St. Michael slaying the dragon; f. 137v, 6-line initial; f. 48, 11-line initial formed from a winged dragon; f. 60, 9-line initial; f. 71v, 9-line initial with a dragon; f. 73, 9-line initial depicting St. Dominic, with some wear; f. 84, 9-line initial. Artistically, this Psalter is related to important illuminated south German Psalters now in Liverpool and Schaffhausen. The book?'s iconographic program with figurative initials depicting three saints (Michael, Francis, and Dominic) is very unusual. Examples of Psalters with both Francis and Dominic at this date (only decades after they had been canonized) are very rare. PROVENANCE: Evidence of script and decoration suggests a date c. 1240-1260, certainly in Southern Germany, and probably in the diocese of Constance or possibly Augsburg, based on the style of illumination. Careful corrections by a contemporary. There are signs in the marginal additions that this Psalter was used to to teach reading. An inscription in German, dated 1467, indicates that this volume remained in Germany into the fifteenth century, and the damage to the images of St. Francis and St. Dominic may reflect anti-mendicant feeling of that period or even use by a Protestant owner in the sixteenth century. Sold at Sotheby?'s, 10 July 1972, lot 81, when it was bought by Sion Segre Amar (Turin, 1910-2003) for the Comites Latentes Collection, Geneva, MS 99; deaccessioned and sold at Sotheby?'s 20 June 1989, lot 40, and 1 December 1998, lot 69. CONDITION: Dirt and wear to text, lower outer corners ripped away, ff. 41, 113, 116, 117 (slightly into text), severe damage to initials on ff. 1 and 1v, some degree of damage and wear to remaining initials. Full description and photographs available (TM 789).

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         [Epistolae et Evangelia]. ["Hye hebt sich an das Evangeli Buch"]. [Evangelienbuch].

      Ulm, Conrad Dinckmuth, feb. 28, [14]83. Folio (264x175 mm). Fully contemporary pigskin binding over wooden boards, blindtooled with different decorated borders: roll-tooled floriated borders, a vase-border and one with a hunting scene. Front board with blindstamped initial "K.R." to upper border. Blindtooling on the back is different, and more worn, so more difficult to make out. Some small wormholes to the wooden boards, and a bit of wear to extremities. Traces after clasps that are missing. Overall, the magnificent contemporary binding is in excellent condition, and completely unrestored. Also internally unusally well preserved. There are a few small wormholes and some occasional soiling and staining, but far from heavy. F. 2 has a large repaired tear, is slightly stained at top, and is restored at lower corner. F. 8 is presumably supplied from another (slightly smaller) copy and is repaired at the margin, causing a small loss. F. 25 has a very neatly repaired tear that goes through the woodcut on recto, with no loss of the woodcut , but affecting a few letters on the verso. F. 105 (misnumbered CXII, and being our leaf nr. 104) has a repaired tear, causing slight loss. A small hole in f. 177, causing slight loss of lettering. A couple of other small holes here and there, but overall very nice indeed.With numerous excellent woodcut illustrations and woodcut initials with gilding and hand colouring (later, but excellently executed). Red initial-strokes and underlinings. Contemporary manuscript inscriptions to front free end-paper ("Brandenburg") and to f. 2. Later inscriptions to verso of front free end-paper and to last leaf. Bookplate to inside of front board: "DP" (i.e. Dyson Perrins). 35 lines to a page and printed foliation (at places very erroneous), gothic type. 246 (of 256 leaves). Lacking first leaf (blank?), lacking f. 39 (which has a woodcut) and lacking one entire quire, being ff. 193-200 (containing three woodcuts in all). In all, these 247 leaves contain 55 large woodcut illustrations, one of which full-page (out of 59 of the entire 256 leaves).. The exceedingly rare first (and only) printing of Conrad Dinckmut's "Plenarium", being a German translation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and festivals of the entire liturgical year. Richly illustrated with numerous magnificent woodcuts of a very high quality, all coloured (beautifully, but later), bound in a fully contemporary and completely unrestored south German binding, possibly from Dinckmut's own workshop, or possibly by Johannes Richenbach of Geislingen (just north of Ulm, active 1467-1485, and known as one of the first German binders to use roll tools on his bindings). This magnificent illustrated incunable by one of the earliest printers of Ulm (the 4th) is of the utmost scarcity. OCLC lists merely 1 copy in libraries worldwide. It seems, however, that there are a few more copies and some fragments in a few German libraries. Goff E-82; Hain: 6733 (incorrect collation - merely a fragment?); Schreiber: 4961 (same incorrect collation as Hain)

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         Epistolae. (GW 12420, HC 8550, ISTC ih00160800).

      Rom, Sixtus Riessinger für Caspar de Theramo, nicht nach 1467. Type 1.. Zweispaltiges 50-zeiliges O-Inkunabelblatt auf klanghellem breitrandigem Papier. Kleiner Fleck im Rand oben. Blattgröße: 23,2 x 32,9 cm. Editio Principes und wohl aus dem Erstdruck Roms.. Sixtus Riessinger, auch Sixtus de Argentina (Strassburg) genannt, schrieb sich am 1. April 1462 zum Studium in Freiburg ein. Den Baccalaureus erwarb er um1464, doch gab er als Herkunftsort nun nicht mehr Sulz, sondern Straßburg (Argentina) an. Vielleicht hatte er in der Zwischenzeit bei Johannes Mentelin oder Heinrich Eggestein in Straßburg das Druckerhandwerk erlernt. Ab Anfang Februar 1465 war er vermutlich schon in Rom, wo er sich um Pfründen in und bei Straßburg bemühte und auch den für ihn als Priestersohn nötigen Dispens vom Makel der unehelichen Geburt erhielt. In zweien mit seinen Typen gedruckten Büchern, so auch im zuerst gedruckten, einer Ausgabe der Briefe des Hieronymus (GW12420) von etwa 1467, fehlt Datum, Ort und Name des Druckers. Lediglich die Buchstabenfolge "IA. RU." steht am Ende dieses ersten Druckes und wird vom Kurator Rarer Bücher an der Duke University in Durham: John L. Sharpe III, als "Impressor Aleman Ruessinger" interpretiert. Der Bischof von Trient Johannes Hinderbach notierte in seinem Exemplar der Hieronymusbriefe, dass dieses Buch in Rom gedruckt worden sei. Mit dieser ersten Type hat Rießinger noch insgesamt acht Drucke hergestellt. 1470 zog Riessinger nach Neapel. Kontakt nach Rom hielt er auch weiterhin und druckte in Neapel ab 1471. Ab 1474 arbeitete Riessinger zusammen mit Francesco Del Tuppo, welcher ab 1478, nach Riessingers Rückkehr nach Rom, die Offizin in Neapel übernahm. Mit einem Deutschen namens Georg Lauer oder Georg Herolt ist in der Forschung umstritten, gründete Riessinger in Rom eine Gesellschaft, um Bücher zu drucken. Der letzte von Riessinger fertiggestellte Druck (GW8205) erschien 1483 in Rom. Seine Initialen in seiner in Neapel entwickelten Druckermarke lauteten nun "SRDE" Sixtus Rießinger de Argentina. Der Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke verzeichnet 84 Drucke von Riessinger. Am 13. September 1483 erwarb Riessinger das Straßburger Bürgerrecht und gelangte zu Pfründen in Straßburg, Colmar und Umgebung. Er starb im ersten Jahrzehnt des XVI. Jahrhunderts. (Geldner 2, 35 ff.; Wikipedia Sixtus Riessinger; John L. Sharpe III In: A leaf from the letter of St. Jerome 1981, 9 ff.) Das Blatt ist unter folgendem Link online einsehbar: http://dfg-viewer.de/show/?set[mets]=http%3A%2F%2Fmdz10.bib-bvb.de%2F~db%2Fmets%2Fbsb00064262_mets.xml Seite / Blatt: (321) -159 wählen. This leaf is from the earliest known book printed in Rome and the editio princeps of Jeromes Letters.

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         Tahrir Al Majisti (commentary to the Almagest).

      [Turkestan, 875 AH (1467 AD)].. 4to. Arabic manuscript, 279 ff. (232 × 164 mm, text panel 192 × 110 mm). Single column, 30 lines per page. Text in black naskh script, with some words and illustrations in red ink. Blindstamped old morocco binding.. The manuscript is illustrated with many diagrams and tables in red and black ink, depicting astronomical theorems. The pictures in ff. 25 and 26, for example, illustrate theories regarding the arc between Equator and Eclipse; f. 44 shows the moon phases; f. 54 describes the construction of solar eclipses; ff. 56, 57, 59 and 62 discuss the planets' eccentricity; ff. 72, 73, 74, and 75 describe hypotheses regarding the eccentricity of Venus and Mercury; ff. 76, 77, 79, and 82 contain demonstrations of the regressions of Mars; f. 87 illustrates Mercury's regression; leaves 94, 103, and 105 deal with hypotheses about the distance between Sun and Earth. - Nasir al-Din al-Tusi wrote several philosophical and scientific treatises dealing with mathematics, natural history and astronomy. His works were so critically relevant that most probably Copernicus perused them extensively in the development of his famous heliocentric theories. The name "Almagest" comes from the Arabic "al-majisti" ("the greatest"); the original work was composed by Ptolemy in the second century AD, and it was subsequently translated into Arabic during the 9th century. In the 10th century, Al-Nayziri and al-Tabani wrote the first commentary of the Almagest, but the most important commentary was to be the one composed by al-Tusi in 1247. In his treatise, al-Tusi dealt with the most important astronomical problems and pointed out the main mistakes rooted in the Greek tradition. He especially criticized Ptolemy's theories on latitude, and he suggested a theorem capable of adjusting them. Moreover, in his work we can find new theories about annular solar eclipses and the famous "Tusi couple", explaining the latitudinal movement of planets. Also, the book contains new trigonometrical techniques for computing solar tables. - A few marginalia. Several leaves near the end have repairs to the blank margins; some repaired holes near the beginning (occasionally touching text). Spine repaired; slight waterstaining; on the whole a fine manuscript of this rare and crucial work of science. - Cf. GAL S I, p. 930.

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         Vorauer Volksbibel.Stiftsbibliothek Vorau, Codex 273. 1467, Süddeutschland .

      Die Ausgabe umfaßt 4 Bände:1. Neutestamentlicher Teil2. Alttestamentlicher Teil I3. Alttestamentlicher Teil II4. Alttestamentlicher Teil IIIDie Faksimile-Ausgabe:Codices Selecti Vol. XC.Vollständige farbige Faksimile-Ausgabe der 920 Seiten (fol. 1-458) im Originalformat (405 x 285 mm). Mit 559 farbigen Federzeichnungen und zahlreichen Initialen. Einband: Leder mit Gold- und Blindprägung (Kopie des Originaleinbandes). Sämtliche Blätter sind dem Original entsprechend randbeschnitten. Der Kommentar:Ferdinand Hutz, Bibliothekar und Archivar des Stiftes Vorau.Limitierte Auflage: 480 handnumerierte Exemplare. Neupreis: 7.254,-. Tadellos neuwertig erhalten.. Das ausgehende Mittelalter war von großen geistigen, gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Umwälzungen gekennzeichnet. Diese spiegeln sich auch in den Handschriften jener Zeit wider, die als hervorragende Dokumente der kulturellen Entwicklung gelten können. Eine besondere Stellung kommt in diesem Zusammenhang den Historienbibeln zu. In ihnen wurden die biblischen Erzählungen durch profanhistorische und philosophische Exkurse zu einer Art mittelalterlicher Universalgeschichte, die von der Schöpfung bis zum Jüngsten Gericht reichte, ausgebaut. Wo das biblische Geschehen historische Lücken aufwies, schloß man diese unter Heranziehung apokrypher Schriften, Legenden und weltlicher Geschichtswerke. In der Sprache des Volkes verfaßt, erfüllten die Historienbibeln somit einerseits die Forderung nach religiös-erzieherischer Erbauung, dienten andererseits zugleich aber auch weiten Teilen der Bevölkerung als einzig zugängliches Geschichtsbuch. Unter den rund 100 deutschsprachigen Historienbibeln nimmt die Vorauer Volksbibel in künstlerischer Hinsicht unbestritten den höchsten Rang ein. Insgesamt 559 (!) Miniaturen begleiten den in einer baierisch-österreichischen Mundart verfaßten Text und belegen einmal mehr die starke Bilderfreude des Spätmittelalters..

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         Conclusiones de diversis materiis moralibus. Nürnberg, (Johann Sensenschmidt nicht nach 1471). Fol. 20 Bll., zwischen Bl. 16 u. 17 ein einseitig bedruckter Karton von 23 Zeilen, mod. flex. Prgt.

      . . GW 10735 - Hain 7646 - BMC II, 404 - Pellechet 5150 - Goff G 204.- Sehr seltene u. frühe Ausgabe dieser erstmals um 1467 erschienen Abhandlung.- Jean le Charlier de Gerson (eigentlich Jean Charlier, auch Johannes Gerson genannt, 1363-1429), französischer Theologe, Mystiker und Kanzler der Pariser Sorbonne, wirkte auf die Überwindung des Schismas hin und eiferte gegen die Unsittlichkeit der Geistlichkeit (was ihm den Beinamen Doctor christianissimus eintrug).- Die ersten beiden Bll. mit Braunfleck im unteren Rand, sonst schönes, breitrandiges Ex.

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         DE EFFICACIA ORATIONIS; DE TENTATIONIBUS DIABOLI; DE EXERCITIIS DISCRETIS DEVOTORUM SIMPLICIUM

      [Cologne: Ulrich Zell, 1467. FIRST PRINTINGS of all three tracts. Hardcover. A Rarely Seen Copy, in Fine Condition, of a BookIssued ca. 1467-72 by the First Press in Cologne. 206 x 137 mm (8 1/8 x 5 3/8"). 38 unnumbered leaves (the three treatises occupying 4, 18, and 16 leaves). Single column, 27 lines in a very clean gothic typeface. FIRST PRINTINGS of all three tracts. Pleasing 18th century polished calf, covers with triple gilt fillet border, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with central floral sprig and curling cornerpieces, a red and a green titling label, marbled endpapers. With hand-painted red initials throughout. Front pastedown with bookplates of A. de St. Ferriol and H. Legel. Goff G-227; BMC I, 184. Boards slightly splayed, faint water spotting to head of front cover, joints and extremities slightly rubbed, but the binding solid and without any serious condition issues. Isolated trivial thumbing, but A FINE COPY INTERNALLY, the text quite clean, fresh, and bright, and with especially ample margins. Containing the original appearance in print of three short works, this is an early incunable from the press of the first printer in Cologne; it is among the earliest editions issued in that city, is a book seldom seen on the market, and is in remarkably attractive condition. The three religious tracts that make up the text discuss the efficacy of prayer, the temptations of the devil, and the role of humility in the leading of a devout life. The works reflect Gerson's concern with the mystical side of Christianity and the importance of cultivating a more meaningful relationship with God through prayer and meditation. He cautions against the devil's less-obvious temptations, such as the petty resentments that can cause divisiveness or the spiritual pride of arduous pilgrimages or fasting. He advises those who would lead devout lives to be humble and turn to God in all matters. Gerson (1363-1429) was one of the most prominent figures in the Church of his time. From his position as chancellor of the University of Paris, he became a renowned theologian, a spiritual writer of great importance, and a major figure in the attempt to bring unity to the schismatized Church. His works include 27 extant treatises on the Church, more than 60 works on the spiritual life, and more than 100 sermons and addresses. Though he was frequently chosen, because of his great reputation as an orator, to speak at great occasions and for noble audiences, he strove, especially in his informal works, to write in such a way as to bring problems within the grasp of even the least sophisticated of minds. Ulrich Zel (or Zell) was not only the first printer in Cologne, but (along with Peter Schoeffer) was active longer than any other member of his profession during the incunabular period. He apparently printed his first book in 1464 and was still at work at century's end (suggested dates of his death vary from 1501 to 1507). He identified himself as "clericus" (one of the Church's minor orders) while in Mainz, where he was reported to have learned his craft under Johann Fust and Schoeffer, and both the nature of his typefaces and the high quality of his press work show a close connection with his masters. He is thought to have gone to Cologne because of the commercial opportunities offered by its university, and the majority of the books he produced were small quartos--like the present item--for student use. Although only a few editions contain his name, he is thought to have issued as many as 200 books, and he became greatly prosperous (he renounced his ecclesiastical orders in 1471, married a prominent heiress, and acquired extensive landholdings). In addition to his significance as a long-lived printer, Zel is important as an early commentator on the origins of printing: the Cologne Chronicle of 1499 contains his testimony that printing began in 1450, that Gutenberg was its inventor, and that Gutenberg's first book was the famous 42-line Bible. Our collection of Gerson tracts is infrequently seen: ABPC does not list a copy at auction since at least 1975 (the British Library "Incunabula Short Title Catalogue" lists six copies of the present book in American libraries). And while the volume was no doubt sold for a modest price, it was nevertheless printed on high quality textured paper that has happily remained bright and in altogether excellent condition over the years.

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        Histoire de la magie avec une exposition Claire et precise de ses procedes, de ses rites et de ses mysteres par Eliphas Levi avec 18 planches representant 90 figures

      8vo. pp. XVI, 560. With 18 plates. Library stamp on title and last page. Pages otherwise clean. Early 20th century half-morocco or morocco-like leather binding with French joints. Bookplate on inside front cover. Small amount of scraping on front marbled endpaper. Inner hinge neatly strengthened. Eliphas Levi's history of occult doctrines is written more from an occult / esoteric perspective than from an historian's viewpoint. He discusses occultism from the time of Zoroaster down to the 19th century and further develops ideas mentioned in his previous book "Dogme et rituel de la haute magie." Topics discussed include Kabbalah, Hermeticism, the Greek Mysteries, Gnosticism, Alchemy, Knights Templar, Freemasonry, magical grimoires etc. Caillet comments: "Oeuvre considérable don't l'analyse demanderait plusieurs pages. Ce n'est pas seulement l'histoire des phénomènes de l'occultisme depuis la plus haute antiquité, c'est aussi un ouvrage de haute Cabale prodigieusement documenté: origines fabuleuse de la Magie." [Caillet 2576; Yve-Plessis 93; Dorbon-Aine 1467; Cornell Witchcraft, p.121].

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