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         Summa super Decretalibus.

      Strasbourg: Printer of Henricus Ariminensis = Georg Reyser from Ensingen 1478. Two parts in one volume. Folio (leaf size 39,3 x 27,6 cm). 136; 120 leaves (complete with 3 blanks). Early 16th-century blind-tooled half-pigskin over wooden boards, partly covered with a vellum manuscript leaf. Spine 5 raised bands and handwritten title. Large (12,5 x 6,5 cm) red and green coloured initial. 2 columns, 63-64 lines, Gothic type. Many 2- and 4-line initials (a few 5- and 6-line ones) in red. Not foliated, no signatures, nor custodes. Collation (compl): a12, b - m 10, n8, 06; a - m 10. First 2 parts of the explanations of Pope Gregory IX's Decretales by the famous canonist. Contemporary marginal annotations, including a few manicules. Leather and vellum manuscript damaged, with small wormholes; ties missing; some unobtrusive small wormholes; first leaves with small damages and dampstaining; upper margins of leaves waterstained, more so at beginning and end, but most leaves remarkably fresh. Altogether a very good copy with broad margins of a very rare incunable. For a full description and more images please visit our website: www.zaalbooks.nl .

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         Den spieghel der volmaecktheydt. Seer profijtelijck allen menschen, in wat staet sy zijn. ... Nu weder van nieus ghevisiteert ende gheapprobeert.Antwerp, Hieronymus Verdussen, 1607. 8vo. With a woodcut roundel portrait of Jesus on the title-page (signed "A"), a woodcut tailpiece, and decorations built up from cast arabesque fleurons. Contemporary overlapping vellum, leather thong ties.

      BCNI 5252 (2 copies); STCV (2 copies); Verschueren 29A; WorldCat (4 copies). Rare edition of Henrick Herps important work on mystic theology. The work is divided into three parts, all intended for moral and religious education. The first part in 12 chapters covers how to die well, the second part how to live the "true" life and the last part how to lead a contemplative life. Herp develops his own system of mythical theology, but also derives much from the work of Ruusbroec.Herp (d. 1478), a Franciscan born in the Southern Netherlands, was rector of the Brethren of the Common Life in Holland but returned to the South, where he lived in Mechelin. Peter Schoeffer at Mainz first published the present work in a German translation in or before 1474, and Gerard Leeuw published the first edition in the original Dutch in 1488 and it was translated into Latin and other languages beginning in 1513. Though placed with all Herp's mystical theology on the index of prohibited books in 1559, it was revived in 1585 and went through further editions. The reference on the title-page to its having been newly examened and approved may allude to this.In good condition. The binding rubbed and lacking 1 tie.

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         Universales Ioannis Mesue ... Canones, cum Iacobi Sylvii annotionibus in eosdem, una cum quamplurimis ex Galeni libris de Simplicium medicamentoru[m] facultatibus ... in tabulas digesti ...Basel, Heinrich Petri, (colophon: 1545). Folio. With a woodcut device on the last blank after the main work, and 5 double-page letterpress tables at the end. Modern half calf.

      Adams Y7; Durling 1097; USTC 607607 (6 copies); VD16 ZV4244 (same 6 copies). First edition and only edition of a display in tables of the medical simples from the work of the esteemed Arabic physician Mesue the younger (also known as Masawaih al-Mardini) as interpreted by Jacques Dubois Syvlvius (1478-1555) and from the work of Galen, who set the template for Islamic medicine. The tables are made by Joannes Dantzius and Georg Pictorius, who previously did the same for the work of Pliny and Dioscorides.With owner's inscription on the bottom of the title-page shaved, and a couple small stains; a very good copy.

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         Biblia, niederdeutsch, mit Glossen zu einzelnen Büchern nach den Postillen des Nicolaus de Lyra (GW 4308, H 3141). Dat boeck Exodi, Cap. XXXIII.

      Köln (Heinrich Quentell um ) Type 1 1478 - Zweispaltiges, 57-zeiliges O-Inkunabelblatt auf klanghellem festem Papier. Breitrandiges Exemplar mit einer 3-zeiligen blauen Lombarde, rotgestrichenen Versalbuchstaben, roten Rubriken und einem Holzschnitt (18,5 x 11,9 cm) in sauberem und klarem Abdruck. Blattgröße: 28,3 x 39,9 cm. Incunabula text woodcut leaf. - - - Blatt aus der Niederrheinischen Bibel, die mit dem Niederländischen verwandt ist und im Text am Bindewort "ende" erkennbar ist. Die Exemplare mit dem Bindewort "unde" wurden für den niedersächsischen Markt gedruckt. Der Holzschnitt, den Koberger 1483 weiterverwendete, liegt hier in der Erstausgabe vor. Das Blatt ist in einem sauberen und sehr guten Zustand. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Quinta Europe Tabula

      Roma 1478 - Un anno dopo la pubblicazione della Geographia di Bologna, due tipografi itineranti di origine germanica, Schweynheim e Buckinck, stampano a Roma una nuova edizione dell’atlante bolognese. Il libro contiene una carta in più ma le carte conservano l’identità di disegno del Crivelli, risultando meno pittoriche ma più essenziali e cartograficamente più rilevanti. La letteratura individua nel Codice Ebneriano, conservato presso la Public Library di New York, la fonte di questa carta, nella quale sono presenti tutte le caratteristiche del modello tolemaico. Nelle carte sono infatti presenti stessi dettagli orografici ed idrografici riscontrabili nel Codice Ebner, con medesimi errori di posizione e nei toponimi. Della Geographia di Roma furono stampate nuove edizioni nel 1490, 1507 e 1508. Incisione in rame, stampata su due fogli di carta vergata coeva uniti, piccoli interventi di restauro perfettamente eseguiti, nel complesso in ottimo stato di conservazione. Carta a proiezione trapezioidale, di grandissima rarità. Dimensioni 440-495x265. A year after the Bolognese edition of the Geographia, two German travelling typographers, Schweynheim e Buckinck, printed in Rome a new editino of this atlas. The book contains one extra map, but all the others have kept the original design created by Crivelli, becoming less pictorial and more essential, especially under a cartogtaphical point of view. Very likely, the Codice Ebneriano, kept nowadays in the Public Library of New York, might have been the source of inspiration for this map, in which can be seen all the main characteristics of the Ptolemaic model. The maps bear the same orographic and hydrographic details that can be found in the Codice Ebner, with the same mistakes in names and positions. The Roman edition of Geographia has been reissued in 1490, 1507 and 1508. Copperplate, printed on two contemporary laid paper sheets joined together, small repairs perfectly executed, in general in very good condition. Trapezoidal projection, very rare. Dimensioni 495 265mm

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         In hoc volumine haec continentur. C. Suetonii Tranquilli XII Caesares. Sexti Aurelii Victoris à D. Caesare Augusto usq[ue] ad Theodosium excerpta. Eutropii de gestis Romanorum. Lib. X. Pauli Diaconi libri VIII a Eutropii historiam additi. (Colophon: Venice, "in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri" [= the heirs of Aldus Manutius, and Andre Torresani d'Asola], August 1516). 8vo. With Aldus's woodcut dolphin & anchor device on the title-page and the otherwise blank last page. With spaces and guide letters left for manuscript initials, never filled in. Set in the world's first italic type, introduced by Aldus in 1501, with occasional words in Greek. Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1900?).

      Adams S2031; Ahmanson-Murphy 128; Renouard, p. 77, no. 5. First Suetonius edition from the famous Aldine press in Venice, together with three other historical works, published together in one edition a year and a half after the death of Aldus Manutius. Suetonius's biographies of the first twelve Roman emperors, the most important and most extensive text (ll. 1-180), covers Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. The other works are Aurelius Victor's imperial biographies (ll. 181-207), Eutropius's historical compendium (ll. 208-274) and Paulus Diaconus's eight books of Roman history, a continuation of Eutropius's work (ll. 274-320). The text was edited by Joannes Baptista Egnatius (1478-1553), pseudonym of Giambattista Cipelli, who belonged to Aldus's exclusive intellectual circle, the so-called "Aldine Academy". The book opens with a dedicatory preface to Jean Grolier, the French bibliophile and diplomat who would also become a member of Aldus's circle. With owner's inscription. In very good condition and including the integral blank leaf preceding the main text. The first Aldine edition of Suetonius, attractively laid out and well printed, set in Aldus's famous italic.

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         Plenarium, deutsch.

      Mit zus 301 Bll.: 1 unnum. Bl., 138 num. Bll., 162 num. Bll. - Das unnum. erste Blatt mit blattgr. Holzschnitt (Kreuzigungsszene) recto, 56 Textholzschnitte (jeweils 8 x 8 cm) und 55 gr. Maiblumeninitialen. - Durchgehend Text, Holzschnitte und Initialen in rot rubriziert. Das unnum. Bl. verso mit in rot gedrucktem Text. Manuskriptprgt. des 16. Jhdts. - Blattgr.: 24,9 x 17,3 cm. GW M34102 Goff E78 Schramm IV Abb. 328335. 337375 Ce E-78 VB 115.5 Sack: Freiburg 2918 ISTC ie00078000 (weist 3 kompl. Exemplare nach: Prag, Seitenstetten, Freiburg i. B. und 2 Fragmente in Berlin und Stuttgart GW nennt auch ein kompl. Expl. in Berlin). - Zweite Ausgabe des Plenariums, die bei dem produktiven Augsburger Drucker Sorg zwischen 1478 und 1483 erschienen Plenarien sind Vorläufer der Postillen, die in volkssprachlicher Weise die vollständigen Perikopen des Kirchenjahres wiedergeben. - Ohne die Bindebänder. Das erste Bl. mit dem Holzschnitt im Falz und an der unteren Ecke mit alter Reparatur, recto gebräunt und fleckig. Bll. LXXII-LXXVII im 2. Tl. mit kurzem Wurmgang am oberen weißen Rand, Bl. LXXV dort mit alter Reparatur am Falz und ca. 5 cm Einriss. Nur gelegentlich etwas fleckig, meist recht sauber. Bei der Neubindung im wohl 18. Jhdt. sind einige der wenigen Marginalien leicht beschnitten worden. Insgesamt recht gutes Exemplar der nicht häufigen und schön illustrierten Inkunabel!

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         Leaf from Plutarch's "Vitae Parallelae."

      Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 1478. 10 3/4 x 16 1/2. Original leaf printed in 50 lines on both sides in roman letter in black. Fine. A beautiful folio leaf of solid typography.

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         Opera philosophica et Epistolae

      per Bernardum de Colonia anno Domini 1478 (al colophon), Tarvisij - Legatura recente in pergamena rigida settecentesca. Poche tenui annotazioni di mano coeva. Antica iscrizione di propriet

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         Sexta Asiae Tabula.

      [Rome, Conrad Sweynheym and Arnold Buckinck for Domitius Calderinus, 1478]. - Engraved map of the Arabian peninsula, printed (as usual) on two joined folio leaves (together 563 x 396 mm). Matted. Highly important early map of the Arabian Peninsula and adjoining regions, from the extraordinary 1478 Rome edition of Ptolemy's "Geography", created under the direction of Conrad Swenheym (who apprenticed with Gutenberg). The second map of the Peninsula ever published, in its first state, this is the earliest obtainable printed map of Arabia, preceded only by the less detailed and crudely engraved specimen in the Bologna edition of Ptolemy, which is generally regarded as unobtainable. - The present map is an excellent example of Swenheym's finely engraved map of Arabia, based upon Ptolemy. Among the towns shown are Medina (Lathrippa) and the archaeological sites of Zubarah (Catara) and Al-Dur (Domana). The association of Macoraba with Mecca is disputed. Shirley notes that "[t]he new copper plates engraved at Rome for the 1478 edition of Ptolemy's 'Geography' are much superior in clarity and craftsmanship to those of the Bologna edition. There is evidence that work on the Rome edition had been started in 1473 or 1474, and several of the plates may well have been engraved before those printed [by Taddeo Crivelli] at Bologna in 1477. The printing was carried out by two skilled printers of German origin: Conrad Sweynheym and his successor Arnold Buckinck; the publisher was Domitius Calderinus. Many consider the Rome plates to be the finest Ptolemaic plates produced until Gerard Mercator engraved his classical world atlas of 1578" (p. 3). - Until the 1477 edition was definitively dated, the 1478 edition was believed to be the first printed atlas. Buckinck completed the work started by Sweynheym, whose method of using a printing press for the copperplate maps, together with the fine engraving, produced excellent results. Christopher Colombus owned a copy of this edition, which he annotated. The plates for the 1478 Rome Ptolemy were later purchased by Petrus de Turre in 1490, who published the second, unchanged edition of the map; it was again reprinted in 1507. The editions are identical, although there are different watermarks in the paper (though there is some debate as to whether the watermarks are in fact completely reliable in determining the editions). - Some faint stains along the edges of the paper and in the gutter. In very good condition. Al Ankary 3. Nordenski

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         SERMONES DE TEMPORE [ET] DE SANCTIS.

      233 leaves of 235; 41 lines. Initial letters rubricated throughout. Lacking one leaf [2 pages] from the Registrum. Contemporary annotations throughout. Slightly cut down when bound, though the binding is near contemporary, being blind-stamped vellum over wooden boards with vellum and metal clasps. Lacking one leaf; two other leaves badly stained, one of which is torn and with a small area of loss; some staining here & there throughout; spine worn at head & heel; else a very good copy.Johann Zainer was the first printer in Ulm, Germany, issuing his first book in 1473. Albertus (Before 1200 - November 15, 1280.) was a German Dominican friar and a Catholic bishop. He was known during his lifetime as Doctor Universalis and Doctor Expertus and, late in his life, the term magnus was appended to his name.

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         De situ orbis habitabilis... [Antonii Bechariae veronensis prohemium... ].

      Venice: Francesco Renner de Heilbronn, 1478. Small quarto (192 x 141 mm.), 36 leaves; roman letter with woodcut historiated initials, title printed in red & black; a very good copy in blindstamped calf antique. A highly influential early geographical text, dating from the second century and surviving in manuscript through the Middle Ages to enjoy great popularity in the Renaissance. This Venice printing of 1478 is only the second appearance of the work which was first published in 1477; numerous further editions were to follow in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and today any fifteenth-century editions are notably rare. "De situ orbis habitabilis" gives an account of the known world and its seas, countries, and islands, with some ethnographical notes, and includes sections on both Asia and India. Its popularity during the Renaissance reflected a growing interest in geography as reports began to circulate of newly-discovered lands, as well as the fascination of the humanist scholars with newly-published ancient texts. The text remained influential for several centuries.Dionysios, widely known as Periegetes (the guide) to distinguish him from numerous other authors named Dionysios or Dionysius, wrote his De situ orbis habitabilis ("Descriptive Account of the Habitable World") in Alexandria at the time of Hadrian. His only surviving work, it seems to have been intended as a geographical handbook for a reader of the Greek poets. The text was originally in Greek hexameters, but no edition in the original language would be published until well into the sixteenth century.'A contemporary of Marinus and Ptolemy, [Dionysios] composed a description in verse of the inhabited world (A.D. 124) that was long used as a school textbook. He presented the oikumene [known world] as an island, sling-shaped, entirely north of the equator, extending from Thule [Iceland?] to Libya [Africa]. He did not mention either Agisymba or the promontory of Prasum. He limited the inhabited world eastward by the river Ganges, taking into account the Seres [Chinese and Tibetans], but locating them much less far east than Marinus. Dionysios's poem, like Aratus's Phænomena, was a success partly because it summarized, and made easier to remember, the array of traditional teachings since Eratosthenes. It was first translated into Latin by Rufius Festus Avienius (4th century A.D.), and it remained in regular academic use during the whole of the Middle Ages... ' (www.henry-davis.com/maps/, with a schematic map of the world as envisaged by Dionysios).'Until the thirteenth century, Asia beyond India was practically unknown in Europe; only vague references to the Serica or Sinica of the Graeco-Romans helped keep alive a sketchy knowledge of China's existence... '. Mentions here in Dionysius' text referring to 'Thina' hark back to the mentions in the Periplus of the 1st century AD, which were the earliest surviving accounts in European literature (Löwendahl). Occasional light waterstaining affecting some margins towards end, margins of first and last leaves neatly strengthened.

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         De animalibus. Alberti Magni de rerum proprietatibus opus.

      Rome: Simon Nicolai Cardella de Luca, 1478. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (327 x 225 mm). 390 (of 392) leaves. Without printed signatures and page numbers, collation: [a8; b12 c-g10 h8 i-k10 l-q8 r-u10 x8 (-x1^8) y-z10 A10 B8 C-S10]. Lacking bifolium [x1^8], blank [b1] present. Title and imprints from colophon on leaf [S3] recto. Text printed in gothic type in two columns, tables of contents also in three, and printer's register in four columns. 18th century half vellum over marbled boards, spine titled and ruled in gilt (little wear to spine and extremities, corners bumped). Unrubricated copy. Paper only very little browned, a few light brown spots in places, light dampstaining and soiling to final few leaves. Numerous contemporary and later ink marginalia and a few text markings. Provenance: Giacomo Manzoni* (small ex-libris "Jacobi Manzoni" to front pastedown). A fine copy. ----PMM 17b; Honeyman 49; DSB I, 102; Hain-Copinger-R. 545; GW 587; BMC IV, 75; Goff A-223; Stillwell 566. - FIRST EDITION. One of the outstanding works of scientific interest written between the time of Pliny and the sixteenth century. Based largely on Aristotle, but offset by occasional observations and an attitude of mind indicative of a scientific point of view (Stillwell). Albertus' De animalibus was edited by Fernando de Córdoba for the first printing and is the second zoological work in the history of book printing after Theodor Gaza's translation of Aristotle's De animalibus in 1476. Albertus' De animalibus libri was widely used not only in the 13th and 14th centuries, but also in the age of Humanism, in the form of manuscripts and printed editions as well, and until the ?rst half of the 16th century, it retained its status as an authoritative text. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was available not only in Iatin editions, but also in vernacular translations, enriched with illustrations (Enekel & Smith, Zoology in Early Modern Culture. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014, p.212). "The year 1249 marked a turning point in the intellectual career of Albert the Great. This was the year he ?nally acceded to the pleas of his Dominican confreres to compose a work explaining the natural science of Aristotle. The immediate product of this decision was Albert's paraphrastic commentary on the Physics, but there were long-term results as well. This work was but the ?rst part of what was to become one of the major literary productions of the Middle Ages; a production which would establish Albert as, according to his envious contemporary Roger Bacon, an auctoritas on equal footing with Avicenna, Averroes, and Aristotle himself. Albert's project, intended to 'make the new learning of Aristotle intelligible to the Latins,' was largely concerned with the natural sciences. He not only commented extensively on all of Aristotle's libri naturales; but also recorded his own extensive researches in several ?elds. By far the largest part of this vast compilation of the sciences is that devoted to zoology. Albert's massive De animalibus libri XXVI is not only the longest of his Aristotelian commentaries but also represents one of the most extensive records of empirical observation published before modern times." (K. F. Kitchell Jr., I. M. Resnick, On Animals: A Medieval Summa Zoologica by Albertus Magnus, Review by M. W. Tkacz, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 55, No. 2, p.371). Two issues of the first edition are known; in the present the printer's name is omitted from the colophon. Both issues of the first edition are very rare: only one complete copies has appeared at auction in the past 60 years. Another copy sold in 2004 was lacking the eight preliminary leaves and in a poorer condition. In our copy, the missing single bifolium in gathering x was apparently never bound in. *Giacomo Manzoni, bibliophile and scion of an aristocratic family of Milan, who died in 1889. His library was sold in 1892-93. Very Good.

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         Infortiatum: Super Prima Parte Infortiati. Venice, 1478.

      1478. 1478 Printing of Bartolus's Important Commentary on the First Part of the Digest Bartolo of Sassoferrato [1314-1357]. [Infortiatum: Super Prima Parte Infortiati]. [Venice, Nicholaus Jenson, 28 March 1478]. Collation: a10, b-z8, A-C8, D-E6. 221 leaves forming 442 pages. Complete except for the final blank. Folio (16-1/2" x 11-1/4"). Contemporary half pigskin over wooden boards, raised bands and later hand-lettered title label to spine, clasps lacking. Several tiny wormholes, a few cracks to spine, chip to foot of spine, Signatures a and E6 partially detached, bookplate of Robert Proctor and 1942 bookseller description from The Rosenbach Company to verso of front board, pastedowns lacking (or never present). Text printed in 60-line gothic type on wide-margined paper, initial spaces filled in alternate red and blue, most with flourishes, seven-line initial "Q" at beginning of text in red and blue with flourish in the margin, chapter numerals at head in red. Light toning to text, occasional discoloration to outer margins, minor worming in places. Contemporary (or early) manuscript table of contents to initial blank, annotations in similar hand to a few other leaves, interior otherwise clean. A handsome copy and a fine specimen of Jenson's Gothic typeface. $30,000. * Between 1250 and 1450 the Post-Glossators, a group of legal scholars and teachers in Italy, initiated the recovery of Roman law texts from the corruptions of the medieval Glossators. Their efforts to apply Roman law to the jurisprudence of their day also prepared the way for the natural law school of the seventeenth century and helped to lay the foundations of the modern state. The greatest member of this group was Bartolo of Sassoferrato. Better known as Bartolus, he was a practicing lawyer and professor at the University of Perugia. His unrivalled reputation derives from his enormous literary output, much of it dealing with the texts later collected as the Corpus Juris Civilis. He produced commentaries on most of these texts. The most notable are the ones dealing with the Digest and Code; all of them went through numerous editions and issues. Super Prima Parte Infortiati is a commentary on a group of books from the Digest concerning donations between husband and wife.

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         Missae Christianorum contra Lutheranam missandi formula[m] assertio.

      8. 22 nn. Bll., Mod. marmor. Ppbd. Eine von vermutlich drei Ausgaben im Jahr der Erstausgabe die erste war auf Emsers Privatpresse in Dresden gedruckt worden. - Berühmte Streitschrift Emsers (1478-1527) über die Messe, welche in einem fingierten Dialog zwischen Emser und Luther abgefasst wurde. Schon nach der Leipziger Disputation von 1519 entwickelte sich Emser zu einem der profiliertesten Gegner Luthers. - Etw. fleckig u. ganz vereinzelt min. wasserrandig. Wenige Bll. m. kl. Randläsuren. Wenige kl. Wurmspuren. - VD16, E 1123 IA 160.199 vgl. BM STC, German Books 267 (Ausgabe Köln, 1532) nicht bei Kuczynski bzw. Adams.

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         In spiritualibus vicarii responsiones duae, quinquagesimaquinta videlicet, & CXXVI. ex grandi eius volumine excerptae & selectae, quarum prior est, de antilogiis seu contradictionibus Martini Luteri: altera, de sacramentis scripturisq[ue] & fide.

      8. Mit figürl. Holzschn.-Titelbordüre u. einigen Holzschn.-Initialen bzw. -Bordüren. 22 nn. Bll. (das letzte weiß), Mod. marmor. Ppbd. Erstausgabe dieser Abhandlung, in welcher der aus Leutkirch im Allgäu stammende Humanist Johann Fabri (1478-1541) zahlreiche Irrtümer in Luthers Lehre aufzählt. Im besonderen richtet sich die Schrift gegen Luthers Werk De potestate papae. - Der Text beginnt mit einem Brief des Cochlaeus an seinen Kölner Lehrer Andreas Herl von Bardvuick, gefolgt von einem Brief Fabris an Hieronymus Emser von 1523. Fabri war Bischof der Diözese Wien und starb am 21. Mai 1541 in Baden bei Wien. - Der Titelholzschnitt aus der Kölner Werkstatt von Anton Woen von Worms mit dem Monogramm des Druckers Eucharius Cervicornus im unteren Holzblock. - Etw. fleckig u. ganz vereinzelt min. wasserrandig. Wenige Bll. m. kl. Randläsuren bzw. Knickspuren. Wenige Seiten m. zeitgen. Unterstreichungen bzw. Marginalien. Wenige kl. Wurmspuren. - VD16, F 224 nicht bei Adams u. im BM STC, German Books.

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         \"Der Stricker: Pfaffe Amis. \"\"Disz buchlein sagt von dem ofenturliche man genant pfaf Amysz/was er wunders hat volbracht sein tag\"\". Faksimile [1912] der einzigen vollständigen Ausgabe [1478] in der Bayerischer Staatsbibliothek in München, mit gleicher Fehlstelle wie im Originalausgabe auf Bl. 24 - fehlender/herausgeschnittener Holzschnitt? - vorgestellt\"

      [Strassburg: Johann Prüss ca. 1478] - München: K. Heiland [1912] PGMt. mit OSchuber, vergoldeter Kopfschnitt, gemusteter Bezug auf beiden Deckeln, Rückenschwarzprägung, Schuber mit gemustertem Papier überzogen, 26 ff. mit handkolorierten Holzschnitten und Initialen, 8°, nahezu unbeschädigt, Einband in sehr gutem Zustand; Schuber leicht berieben und bestoßen, selten, sehr guter Zustand.Buchwissenschaft, Inkunabel, Wiegenddrucke, Faksimile

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         Deutsche Urkunde auf Papier. Kempten, Ostermontag (= 23. III.) 1478.

      1478. 1 S. Gr.-4to (355:308 mm). Mit zwei papiergedeckten Siegeln und zwei Beilagen (s. u.). Urkunde zur Entsendung des "lieben Getreüwen" Johann Büchlin als des Abts Bevollmächtigten zur Wahl eines Nachfolgers für den verstorbenen Ulrich Ehinger, der bisher das Reichsstift Kempten in der Versammlung der "Sprüchlüte" vertreten hat. Dieselbe war durch die Vermittlung der Stadt Ulm 1467 eingerichtet worden, um die "Irrungen, Zwiträchten und Spannen" zwischen der Abtei und der Stadt Kempten beizulegen. Beteiligt waren daran außerdem Vertreter der Stadträte von Memmingen und Ravensburg. - Die Verso-Seite mit einer Notiz mit falscher Datierung aus neuerer Zeit ("1487", damit auch irrige Zuweisung der Urkunde an den Nachfolger von Johannes I., Johannes II. von Rietheim) sowie einem alten Regest; ein Falz alt hinterlegt und mit Einriß, kleine Randläsuren, etwas gebräunt und fleckig. - Beiliegend ein Brieffragment des Kemptener Abtes Heinrich VIII. von Ulm-Langenrhein (Amtszeit 1607-1617) mit eigenhändiger Unterschrift und Wachssiegel (datiert Kempten, 5. I. 1612, eine Streitsache mit der Stadt Kempten betreffend) sowie eine Taufbestätigung (Frickenhausen bei Memmingen, 31. X. 1651).

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         Enarrationes Satyrarum Iuvenalis; Adversus Domitii Calderini Commentarios. Epistola Petro Bembo. Annotationes in orationes Ciceronis pro Ligario. Epistola Dominico Sanudo

      Merula, Georgius, 1430 - 1494. Impressa Tarvisii per Bartolomaeum de Confoloneris, Duce inclito Iohanne Mozenigo, 1478. Enarrationes Satyrarum Iuvenalis; Adversus Domitii Calderini Commentarios. Epistola Petro Bembo. Annotationes in orationes Ciceronis pro Ligario. Epistola Dominico Sanudo. In - folio, piena pelle ottocentesca, dorso a nervi decorato in oro, artistici riquadri e fregi a secco sui piani. 122 ff., il primo e l' ultimo bianchi. Carattere romano. Esemplare con lievi tracce di umidità nei primi fogli, peraltro ben conservato. Un antico timbro gentilizio di appartenenza in margine sotto il titolo. Uno dei primi incunaboli stampati a Treviso, ed il primo impresso dal Confalonieri. Edizione contemporanea all' originale di Venezia, molto più rara. HC., 11091. BMC., VI, p. 893. Polain, 2676. Oates, 2462. IGI, IX, 6378. Goff, M - 502.

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         Expositio Egidij romani super libros posterio[rum] Aristotelis cu[m] textu eiusdem. Venise, Boneto Locatello pour Ottaviano Scoto, 1495

      In-folio (315 x 212 mm) de 134 ff.ch. imprimés sur deux colonnes ; demi-veau fauve sur ais estampé à froid (bordures végétales et croisillons), traces de fermoirs (reliure de l'époque). Troisième édition.Cette élégante impression vénitienne contient les commentaires d'Ægidius Romanus sur les Seconds Analytiques d'Aristote - publiés d'abord à Padoue par Petrus Maufer en 1478 -, ainsi que la traduction latine de ces derniers. Une seconde édition, imprimée comme celle-ci à Venise par Boneto Locatello pour Ottaviano Scoto, a vu le jour en 1488.Le philosophe et théologien augustinien Egidio Romano ou Ægidius Romanus (v. 1243-1316), en français Gilles de Rome, étudia avec Thomas d'Aquin à Paris, où il obtint en 1276 le grade de baccalarius sententiarius. Lors de la condamnation de l'aristotélisme prononcée en 1277 par Étienne Tempier, évêque de Paris, son enseignement fut suspendu et ses écrits censurés. Il quitta Paris et ne revint y enseigner la théologie qu'en 1285, après avoir rétracté une partie de ses thèses.Cet ouvrage, l'un des nombreux commentaires d'Aristote composés par Gilles de Rome, témoigne de l'importance de son rôle dans le développement du raisonnement scientifique, rôle qu'il remplit "in a style distinctive enough to place him in the first rank of those thinkers who have made a positive contribution to the scientific thought of their time" (cf. Maier, Die Vorläufer Galileis, p. 2, cité par DSB). En outre, l'Expositio se situe dans le contexte sensible de la redécouverte d'Aristote au XIIIe siècle, quand les adversaires de la papauté puisaient dans les œuvres du Stagirite une analyse du pouvoir destinée à contrecarrer les thèses des partisans de l'augustinisme politique.Après avoir recensé les différents types de syllogismes dans les Premiers Analytiques, Aristote consacre les Seconds (ou Derniers) au problème de la démonstration, s'interrogeant sur la valeur du syllogisme, sur son rôle dans l'élaboration du discours scientifique et sur la nature des principes premiers à partir desquels celui-ci est élaboré (ces principes devant être considérés comme des axiomes au-delà desquels on ne peut remonter). Il s'agit donc de dégager et d'analyser les conditions du savoir scientifique, l'analyse du syllogisme constituant à cet égard un point essentiel, car un tel savoir procède de la démonstration et s'oppose à la connaissance intuitive.L'illustration, gravée sur bois, comporte 18 figures géométriques, ainsi que plusieurs lettrines ornées de différents formats.Annotations anciennes dans les marges, à l'encre brune (XVIe siècle) ou rouge (plus récentes). On trouve au verso de la dernière garde un dessin mnémotechnique à l'encre brune : une "main harmonique" portant sur la paume et les phalanges des indications musicales, et dont on attribue l'invention à Guido d'Arezzo (XIe siècle).Bon exemplaire ; deux feuillets un peu roussis, travail de vers dans quelques marges, trou de ver affectant légèrement le texte des dix-sept derniers feuillets.Goff, A-66 ; HC, 138* ; Sander, 2045 ; BMC, V, 446 ; GW, 7193 ; cf. DSB, V, 402-403.

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         Quinta Europe Tabula

      1478. Un anno dopo la pubblicazione della Geographia di Bologna, due tipografi itineranti di origine germanica, Schweynheim e Buckinck, stampano a Roma una nuova edizione dell'atlante bolognese. Il libro contiene una carta in più ma le carte conservano l'identità di disegno del Crivelli, risultando meno pittoriche ma più essenziali e cartograficamente più rilevanti. La letteratura individua nel Codice Ebneriano, conservato presso la Public Library di New York, la fonte di questa carta, nella quale sono presenti tutte le caratteristiche del modello tolemaico. Nelle carte sono infatti presenti stessi dettagli orografici ed idrografici riscontrabili nel Codice Ebner, con medesimi errori di posizione e nei toponimi. Della Geographia di Roma furono stampate nuove edizioni nel 1490, 1507 e 1508. Incisione in rame, stampata su due fogli di carta vergata coeva uniti, piccoli interventi di restauro perfettamente eseguiti, nel complesso in ottimo stato di conservazione. Carta a proiezione trapezioidale, di grandissima rarità. Dimensioni 440 - 495x265. A year after the Bolognese edition of the Geographia, two German travelling typographers, Schweynheim e Buckinck, printed in Rome a new editino of this atlas. The book contains one extra map, but all the others have kept the original design created by Crivelli, becoming less pictorial and more essential, especially under a cartogtaphical point of view. Very likely, the Codice Ebneriano, kept nowadays in the Public Library of New York, might have been the source of inspiration for this map, in which can be seen all the main characteristics of the Ptolemaic model. The maps bear the same orographic and hydrographic details that can be found in the Codice Ebner, with the same mistakes in names and positions. The Roman edition of Geographia has been reissued in 1490, 1507 and 1508. Copperplate, printed on two contemporary laid paper sheets joined together, small repairs perfectly executed, in general in very good condition. Trapezoidal projection, very rare. Roma Rome 495 265

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         Octava Asiae Tabula

      Artist: Ptolemy Claudius- Conrad Sweynheym; Issued in: Rome; date: c 1478 - Artist: Ptolemy Claudius- Conrad Sweynheym; Issued in: Rome; date: c. 1478; - Condition: Tear on lower part perfectly restored; Map shows Mongolia and North China in trapezoid.Rivers and mountains are roughly shown in the country on the side the climatically zones. Rome, Arnold Buckinck, successor of Conrad Sweynheym, 10th October 1478Sweynheym worked at Eltville with Gutenberg in 1461-64.The 1478 edition of Ptolemy is an absolute rarity in threefold respect. It is an important work of early book printing, of early printed cartography and of early copper engraving.The story of the genesis of the edition is highly fascinating too. It begins with Conrad Swenheym, who is widely thought to have been present at the birth of printing while an apprentice of Johannes Gutenberg. After Mainz was sacked in 1462, Swenheym fled south to Italy and arrived at the Benedictine monastery of Subiaco. In 1464-5, Swenheyn introduced the first printing press to Italy, in partnership with another German emigre, Arnold Pannartz. From 1467 on both printed in Rome more than 50 titles.The artists who carried out Swenheyms vision have produced the probably most important and artistically virtuous printed maps of the fifteenth-century. Upon the publication of the Rome Ptolemy, a frustrated Crivelli saw potential clients abandon his edition in favour of its superior rival.The maps presented here are doubtlessly among the most impressive and historically most valuable cartographic images of the world.Very rare! [Attributes: First Edition]

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         RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM.

      Vicenza: Hermannus Liechtenstein. 1478. n. Very Good. Folio. 227(of 228) leaves, lacking the initial blank. 56 lines, double column text. Initials and paragraph marks in red & blue. Edited by Johannes Aloisius Tuscanus. Bound in modern full pigskin, finely blind tooled in numerous panels in period style, spine with 3 raised bands. First two leaves lightly chipped at fore-edge. Two old library stamps on blank lower margin of first leaf, one being a "duplicate sold" stamp from the University of Konigsberg.

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         Opera; beginnt:) De divinis institutionibus adversus gentes. Rubrice primi libri incipiunt. (De ira dei. De opificio dei. De phoenice carmen. Nephythomon). (Endet:) Registrum cartarum huius secundu alphabeti ordinem (.) finis laus deo.

      Venedig, Johannes von Köln (de Colonia) und Johannes Manthen, 27. August 1478. - 228 nn. Bll. (erstes weiß). Folio (30x20 cm). Blindgeprägter Kalbslederbd (Raute innerhalb Rollstempelrahmung) d. Z. auf Holzdeckeln. Breitrandiges Exemplar. Einband fachgerecht restauriert; Rücken erneuert; teils Innensteg wasserrandig; letzte 3 Bll. am Außensteg mit kleinen Wasserflecken; auf Vorsätzen, Bl. a1 und im Text mit zahlr. zeitgenössischen Marginalien und Glossen; hinterer Vorsatz mit größerem Eckausschnitt. Johann von Köln und Johann Menthen von Gerresheim übernahmen 1474 die Offizin der Brüder Speyer und druckten bis 1480 insgesamt 84 Titel. Die Werke des Lactantius erschienen zuerst 1465 (bei Conrad Sweynheim und Arnold Pannartz) als erstes datiertes Buch Italiens. Das "Nephythomon", ein verbesserter Auszug aus den "Divinae institutiones", ist hier zum ersten Male gedruckt und, wie üblich, zwischen z7 (mit dem Kolophon) und z8 eingebunden. Lactantius wurde als bekehrter "Christ von Konstantin d. Gr. zum Erzieher seines Sohnes Crispius in Trier bestimmt. Sein Hauptwerk ist die 'Religionslehre' (Divinae institutiones), die erste Gesamtdarstellung des christlichen Glaubens in lateinischer Sprache. Die Schrift 'Über Gottes Kunstwerk' (De opificio dei) legt Schönheit und Zweckmäßigkeit des menschlichen Organismus dar, ohne christliche Anklänge; 'Über den Zorn Gottes' (De ira dei) behandelt das schon von der Stoa und von Epikur behandelte Problem, ob der Gottheit Affekte zugeschrieben werden können. (.) Wegen der Reinheit und Glätte seines Stils wurde L. von Humanisten der Renaissance der christliche Cicero genannt." (Buchwald 1963, S. 293). Hain 9814; Goff L9; GW M16555; BMC v 233; Graesse IV, 66. LA

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         SUMMA SUPER TITULIS DECRETALIUM

      [Speier: Georgius de Spira (Georg Reyser)?], 1478, [1479]. Third Edition n. This is a groundbreaking synthesis of canon and Roman law by one of the greatest legal minds of the Middle Ages. Using the framework of the "Decretals" of Pope Gregory IX, Henricus de Segusio (generally called Hostiensis once he became Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia) sought to set forth in the present work a comprehensive account of all laws concerning ecclesiastical interests; its influence was widespread and persistent, being known and used by virtually all writers on Roman and canon law into the early modern period. Composed ca. 1253 and first printed in Rome in 1473, the book has five parts which deal, as the title suggests, with a very wide-ranging number of topics. Among many other things, the five parts deal (in Liber I) with aspects of administrative law; (in Liber II) with judges, courts, the examination of witnesses, sentences, appeals, etc.; (in Liber III) with the clerical life, ranging from benefices to dress to meals to cohabitation with women; (in Liber IV) with marital issues, including divorce; and (in Liber V) with darker issues like homicide, usury, heresy, sorcery, and other crimes. Assuming original ownership in an ecclesiastical library, it is likely not an accident that our volume contains the first three but not the last two parts, as Liber I-III concerns mainly clerical matters, while IV and V deal largely with issues concerning the laity. Other copies with contents exactly like ours are in Namur (Polain 1868) and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich (BSB INK H84, 6). Attesting to the popularity and wide dissemination of the "Summa," almost 100 manuscripts of the text are still in existence. In the "Paradiso" (XII, 83), Dante cites "Ostiense" to epitomize legal studies. After studying in Bologna and briefly lecturing on canon law in Paris, Hostiensis (1200-71) became archdeacon of Paris, acquired English benefices, and spent some years in England in the service of Henry III, followed in succession by the bishopric of Sisteron, the archbishopric of Embrun, and his appointment as cardinal in 1262. During this period he continued to refine his major works, and was frequently employed for diplomatic purposes, both by various popes and Henry III. (For the identity of the printer here--which is unusually complicated to verify--see Haebler and BMC.) Institutional copies of incunabular editions of the "Summa" almost never comprise the full five parts, and no matter the number of parts present, the vast majority of these copies are lacking leaves. Copies in the marketplace almost never appear: we were able to trace just one auction record for our edition, showing a (complete) copy sold in 2008 for €25,000.. 406 x 292 mm. (16 x 11 1/2"). 371 leaves, including the final blank (before what would be Part IV) and the medial blank before Part III, lacking the blank at front. Double column, gothic type, 64 lines. Parts I, II, and III (of V), bound in one volume. Third Edition. Original wooden lower board (with medial crack skillfully restored), upper board a modern replacement of beech by James Brockman with a vellum label bearing a calligraphic title, boards and spine left uncovered, impressions of the stamps used to decorate the original binding still clearly visible on exterior of the lower board, the cords and part of the sewing left exposed, the binding thus put into a state so that it be used as a teaching tool. Rubricated throughout, with paragraph marks, capitals, and two- and four-line initials painted in red, THREE SPLENDID LARGE INITIALS IN BLUE AND RED WITH ELABORATE PENWORK INFILLING AND MARGINAL EMBELLISHMENT, 10 to 15 lines high, one at the beginning of each part. Original vellum tabs at the beginning of Part II and III; head of most leaves with running titles written in cursive. Verso of the first leaf with 1647 ownership inscription of the Augustinian monastery of Indersdorf in Bavaria. Goff H-44; BMC II, 484-85. The (original) back cover peppered with wormholes, otherwise the binding entirely sound and skillfully restored. Title quite dusty, a little ragged, and with small portion remargined at bottom, first 30 leaves with slight soiling, a few wormholes, and minor signs of damp (one of these leaves with noticeably ragged fore and tail edges, though the damage well away from text), last two dozen leaves with scattered small round wormholes (the final leaves more crowded, but little text loss in any case), minor soiling and damp marks here and there; not without imperfections, but the bulk of the text generally quite fresh and clean and the stately and handsomely printed book very appealing as a whole, despite its defects. This is a groundbreaking synthesis of canon and Roman law by one of the greatest legal minds of the Middle Ages. Using the framework of the "Decretals" of Pope Gregory IX, Henricus de Segusio (generally called Hostiensis once he became Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia) sought to set forth in the present work a comprehensive account of all laws concerning ecclesiastical interests; its influence was widespread and persistent, being known and used by virtually all writers on Roman and canon law into the early modern period. Composed ca. 1253 and first printed in Rome in 1473, the book has five parts which deal, as the title suggests, with a very wide-ranging number of topics. Among many other things, the five parts deal (in Liber I) with aspects of administrative law; (in Liber II) with judges, courts, the examination of witnesses, sentences, appeals, etc.; (in Liber III) with the clerical life, ranging from benefices to dress to meals to cohabitation with women; (in Liber IV) with marital issues, including divorce; and (in Liber V) with darker issues like homicide, usury, heresy, sorcery, and other crimes. Assuming original ownership in an ecclesiastical library, it is likely not an accident that our volume contains the first three but not the last two parts, as Liber I-III concerns mainly clerical matters, while IV and V deal largely with issues concerning the laity. Other copies with contents exactly like ours are in Namur (Polain 1868) and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich (BSB INK H84, 6). Attesting to the popularity and wide dissemination of the "Summa," almost 100 manuscripts of the text are still in existence. In the "Paradiso" (XII, 83), Dante cites "Ostiense" to epitomize legal studies. After studying in Bologna and briefly lecturing on canon law in Paris, Hostiensis (1200-71) became archdeacon of Paris, acquired English benefices, and spent some years in England in the service of Henry III, followed in succession by the bishopric of Sisteron, the archbishopric of Embrun, and his appointment as cardinal in 1262. During this period he continued to refine his major works, and was frequently employed for diplomatic purposes, both by various popes and Henry III. (For the identity of the printer here--which is unusually complicated to verify--see Haebler and BMC.) Institutional copies of incunabular editions of the "Summa" almost never comprise the full five parts, and no matter the number of parts present, the vast majority of these copies are lacking leaves. Copies in the marketplace almost never appear: we were able to trace just one auction record for our edition, showing a (complete) copy sold in 2008 for €25,000.

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         Geschichte des Polyb, mit den Auslegungen und Anmerkungen des Ritters Herrn von Folard, französichen Obersten, worinnen derselbe die Kriegskunst nach allen ihren Teilen nebst seinem Lehrgebäude von der Kolonne deutlich und gründlich abgehandelt und in vielen Kupferstichen vorgestellt hat. Übersetzt von A.L. von Oelsnitz. 5 Bände

      - - Jähns 1478 ff. Fromm III 9583 (2. Ausgabe) / Eines der bedeutendsten oder gar das bedeutendste militärhistorische Werk des 18. Jahrhunderts, mit reichhaltigem und schönem Abbildungsmaterial. Jähns widmet Folard über 20 Seiten. Das Buch wurde seiner Zeit viel gelobt, aber auch heftig kritisiert/sehr saubere und schöne Exemplare in dekorativem Einband - Gewicht in Gramm: 6130 Trattner, Wien, Prag und Triest, 1759 - 1760. 319/430/442/524/528 S. mit zusammen 122 teils gefalteten Kupfertafeln, 1 Porträtfrontispiz, 3 gefalteten Kupfertafeln sowie Holzschnitten, Kupferstichen und -vignetten (25,5 cm x 21 cm) Dekorative Halbledereinbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln (Name auf Vorsatz/durchgehend etwas fleckig/Deckel berieben/leicht bestossen)

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         De animalibus. Alberti Magni de rerum proprietatibus opus.

      Simon Nicolai Cardella de Luca, Rome 1478 - Folio (327 x 225 mm). 390 (of 392) leaves. Without printed signatures and page numbers, collation: [a¿; b¹² c-g¹¿ h¿ i-k¹¿ l-q¿ r-u¹¿ x¿ (-x1^8) y-z¹¿ A¹¿ B¿ C-S¹¿]. Lacking bifolium [x1^8], blank [b1] present. Title and imprints from colophon on leaf [S3] recto. Text printed in gothic type in two columns, tables of contents also in three, and printer's register in four columns. 18th century half vellum over marbled boards, spine titled and ruled in gilt (little wear to spine and extremities, corners bumped). Unrubricated copy. Paper only very little browned, a few light brown spots in places, light dampstaining and soiling to final few leaves. Numerous contemporary and later ink marginalia and a few text markings. Provenance: Giacomo Manzoni* (small ex-libris "Jacobi Manzoni" to front pastedown). A fine copy. ---- PMM 17b; Honeyman 49; DSB I, 102; Hain-Copinger-R. 545; GW 587; BMC IV, 75; Goff A-223; Stillwell 566. - FIRST EDITION. One of the outstanding works of scientific interest written between the time of Pliny and the sixteenth century. Based largely on Aristotle, but offset by occasional observations and an attitude of mind indicative of a scientific point of view (Stillwell). Albertus' De animalibus was edited by Fernando de Córdoba for the first printing and is the second zoological work in the history of book printing after Theodor Gaza's translation of Aristotle's De animalibus in 1476. Albertus' De animalibus libri was widely used not only in the 13th and 14th centuries, but also in the age of Humanism, in the form of manuscripts and printed editions as well, and until the ¿rst half of the 16th century, it retained its status as an authoritative text. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was available not only in Iatin editions, but also in vernacular translations, enriched with illustrations (Enekel & Smith, Zoology in Early Modern Culture. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014, p.212). "The year 1249 marked a turning point in the intellectual career of Albert the Great. This was the year he ¿nally acceded to the pleas of his Dominican confreres to compose a work explaining the natural science of Aristotle. The immediate product of this decision was Albert's paraphrastic commentary on the Physics, but there were long-term results as well. This work was but the ¿rst part of what was to become one of the major literary productions of the Middle Ages; a production which would establish Albert as, according to his envious contemporary Roger Bacon, an auctoritas on equal footing with Avicenna, Averroes, and Aristotle himself. Albert's project, intended to 'make the new learning of Aristotle intelligible to the Latins,' was largely concerned with the natural sciences. He not only commented extensively on all of Aristotle's libri naturales; but also recorded his own extensive researches in several ¿elds. By far the largest part of this vast compilation of the sciences is that devoted to zoology. Albert¿s massive De animalibus libri XXVI is not only the longest of his Aristotelian commentaries but also represents one of the most extensive records of empirical observation published before modern times." (K. F. Kitchell Jr., I. M. Resnick, On Animals: A Medieval Summa Zoologica by Albertus Magnus, Review by M. W. Tkacz, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 55, No. 2, p.371). Two issues of the first edition are known; in the present the printer's name is omitted from the colophon. Both issues of the first edition are very rare: only one complete copies has appeared at auction in the past 60 years. Another copy sold in 2004 was lacking the eight preliminary leaves and in a poorer condition. In our copy, the missing single bifolium in gathering x was apparently never bound in. *Giacomo Manzoni, bibliophile and scion of an aristocratic family of Milan, who died in 1889. His library was sold in 1892-93. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         De quattuor virtutibus cardinalibus.

      Blaubeuren Konrad Mancz vor 1478 - 4°. 1 (w.) Bl., 5 Bll. Got. Typ. Mod. Halbpergamentband mit Bezug aus einem alten Bibeldruck. GW M41485. BMC 809. Huntington-Libr. 1582. Jöcher III/237. Bekannteste Schrift des hl. Martin, Metropoliten von Braga, gewidmet dem Suevenkönig Miro (570-583). Ein auf Senecas verlorener Schrift "De officiis" beruhender moralischer Traktat über die 4 Kardinalstugenden (LThK VI, 980). Martin v. B. (Pannonien um 515 - 580) trug wesentlich zur Christianisierung der Sueben in Galizien bei (Jöcher). "Daß sich in dem kleinen württ. Landstädtchen Blaubeuren schon relativ früh ein Drucker niederließ, hängt sicher mit der Nähe Ulms und der Anziehungskraft des. Blaubeurer Benediktinerklosters zusammen. Der Drucker Conrad Mancz hat nur einen einzigen Druck aus dem Jahr 1475 mit dem Druckort und seinem Namen versehen. Seine Tätigkeit als Drucker in Blaubeuren endete um 1478/79. Danach begegen wir ihm in Ulm als Buchbinder wieder und am Ende des Jahrhunderts als Buchführer (Buchhändler)." (Amelung S. XVII). - Das erste (weiße) Blatt stockfleckig, sonst nur wenig stock- bzw. fingerfleckig. Letztes Blatt am Fuß mit kl. Fehlstelle im Rand. Ohne Rubrizierung. Gewicht (Gramm): 240

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         POMPONII MELLE COSMOGRAPHIA DE SITU ORBIS

      Venice, 1478. Small quarto. Handsome brown morocco, tooled and paneled in gilt, spine gilt, raised bands, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. Front hinge repaired. Several small but persistent worm holes, several early marginal notes. A very nice, large copy of an important edition. Noted scholar Boies Penrose's copy, with his bookplate on the front free endpaper. Pomponius Mela is often taken as an accurate sum of European geographical knowledge before the discovery of the New World. This handsome Venetian edition is one of two printed in the city in that year, and they are among the earliest published geographical works. The publications of Mela and Ptolemy were incentives for further exploration, and in particular Mela's descriptions of Africa were used by the Portuguese navigators who were venturing far out into the Atlantic for the first time.

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         Infortiatum: Super Prima Parte Infortiati. Venice, 1478.

      1478 - 1478 Printing of Bartolus's Important Commentary on the First Part of the Digest Bartolo of Sassoferrato [1314-1357]. [Infortiatum: Super Prima Parte Infortiati]. [Venice, Nicholaus Jenson, 28 March 1478]. Collation: a10, b-z8, A-C8, D-E6. 221 leaves forming 442 pages. Collated and complete, except for the final blank. Folio (16-1/2" x 11-1/4"). Contemporary half pigskin over wooden boards, raised bands and later hand-lettered title label to spine, clasps lacking. Several tiny wormholes, a few cracks to spine, chip to foot of spine, Signatures a and E6 partially detached, bookplate of Robert Proctor and 1942 bookseller description from The Rosenbach Company to verso of front board, pastedowns lacking (or never present). Text printed in 60-line gothic type on wide-margined paper, initial spaces filled in alternate red and blue, most with flourishes, seven-line initial "Q" at beginning of text in red and blue with flourish in the margin, chapter numerals at head in red. Light toning to text, occasional discoloration to outer margins, minor worming in places. Contemporary (or early) manuscript table of contents to initial blank, annotations in similar hand to a few other leaves, interior otherwise clean. A handsome copy and a fine specimen of Jenson's Gothic typeface. * Between 1250 and 1450 the Post-Glossators, a group of legal scholars and teachers in Italy, initiated the recovery of Roman law texts from the corruptions of the medieval Glossators. Their efforts to apply Roman law to the jurisprudence of their day also prepared the way for the natural law school of the seventeenth century and helped to lay the foundations of the modern state. The greatest member of this group was Bartolo of Sassoferrato. Better known as Bartolus, he was a practicing lawyer and professor at the University of Perugia. His unrivalled reputation derives from his enormous literary output, much of it dealing with the texts later collected as the Corpus Juris Civilis. He produced commentaries on most of these texts. The most notable are the ones dealing with the Digest and Code; all of them went through numerous editions and issues. Super Prima Parte Infortiati is a commentary on a group of books from the Digest concerning donations between husband and wife, divorce, curatorship, wills and testam [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Historia septem sapientum Romae, deutsch: Hie nach volget ein gar schoen Cronick und histori, Ausz den geschichten der Roemern. (GW 12857, H 8727)

      Strassburg Johann Prüss um / 1479 Type 1 1478 - Zweispaltiges, 35-zeiliges O-Inkunabelblatt mit einem kolorierten Holzschnitt (12,5 x 9 cm). Blatt etwas fleckig, Holzschnitt klarer Abdruck und etwas grob kolloriert, unterer Eckrand am Bug verstärkt. Blattgröße: 17,5 x 23,7 cm. Incunabula text woodcut leaf. Sehr seltenes Inkunabelblatt aus der zweiten deutschsprachigen Ausgabe in der "abendländischen Normalform" der "Geschichte der sieben weisen Meister". Der älteste erhaltene Text der zyklischen Rahmenerzählung persischer Herkunft, ist vermutlich in der Mitte des 12. Jhd. entstanden. Die Rahmenfabel erzählt die Geschichte eines Prinzen, der von seiner Stiefmutter, deren Liebe er verschmäht hat, verleumdet und daraufhin durch den Vater zum Tode verurteilt wird. Weil ihm Schweigen auferlegt ist, verzögern sieben Weise die Hinrichtung des Prinzen durch das Erzählen von Geschichten, bis sich der Prinz verbal verteidigen kann. Der Unschuldige wird gerettet und die Verleumderin wird bestraft. Die Historia septem sapientum erscheint auch unter den Titeln: "The seven sages of rome" und "The book of Sindbad", "Die Historia von den sieben weisen Meistern und dem Kaiser Diocletianus" u.a. Von dieser Ausgabe des Drucker Prüss ist nur ein vollständiges Exemplar erhalten geblieben.

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         Auslegung des Lebens Jesu Christi. (GW 3084, H 16108, Schramm V, 383).

      Ulm Johann Zainer d Ä nicht vor Type 7 (Die Bayerische Staatsbibliothek gibt das Jahr 1482 an) 1478 - Einspaltiges, 40-zeiliges O-Inkunabelblatt mit einer vierzeiligen und dreizeiligen Holzschnitt-Initiale und einem dreiviertelseitigen Holzschnitt (11,6 x 13,6 cm). Die Kopfbedeckung zweier Soldaten auf dem Holzschnitt sind schwach ankoloriert. Handschriftliche Eintragung der Seitenzahl von alter Hand. Ein Wurmloch. Blattgröße: 18,8 x 25,4 cm. Incunabula text woodcut leaf. Die geistliche Auslegung des Lebens Jesu Christi ist eine freie deutsche Bearbeitung von Ludolf von Sachsens 'Vita Christi'. Ludolf von Sachsen (um 1300-1377/78) war Dominikaner und Magister der Theologie. Er lebte in den Kartausen von Strassburg, Koblenz und Mainz (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, G-63). Der "Biograph" der Inkunabelholzschnitte Albert Schramm schreibt 1922: Die "Gaistliche ußlegong des lebens Jhesu Cristi", die schon immer wegen eines Teiles seiner Holzschnitte die Aufmerksamkeit der Bücherliebhaber auf sich gezogen hat, ist wegen seiner Seltenheit freilich nur Wenigen zu Gesicht gekommen (Insel-Bücherei, Nr. 350). Die Ausstattung der Bücher mit Holzschnitten wurde zumeist einem Reisser anvertraut. Ausnahmen sind selten. Die Holzschnitte der "geistlichen Auslegung" waren ursprünglich für andere Bücher oder Einzelblätter, die heute nicht mehr nachzuweisen sind, bestimmt gewesen (F. Winkler: Dürer und die Illustrationen zum Narrenschiff 1951). Diese vorliegende mittelalterliche Darstellung orientiert sich, wie alle Inkunabelholzschnitte bis etwa 1490, sehr stark an vorgeprägten Mustern. Individueller Ausdruck war den Künstlern des Mittelalters weitgehend fremd, da der Zeitgeist allgemeingültige und -verständliche Ausdrucksmittel verlangte. Eine Eigenart dieses Holzschnitts ist die Schnittrahmung, die rechts und links bis zur Terrain- bzw. Horizontbegrenzung durchgezogen ist. Sie taucht schon bei Zainer im 10 Jahre älteren Aesopus auf. Diese Art der Teilrahmung beruht auf einer alten Tradition, die schon im sechsten Jahrhundert nachgewiesen ist und auf eine alte Tradition dieses Holzschnittes deutet. (vgl. Niklas Holzberg: Der Äsop-Roman, 1992).

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         SERMONES DE TEMPORE [ET] DE SANCTIS.

      233 leaves of 235; 41 lines. Initial letters rubricated throughout. Lacking one leaf [2 pages] from the Registrum. Contemporary annotations throughout. Slightly cut down when bound, though the binding is near contemporary, being blind-stamped vellum over wooden boards with vellum and metal clasps. Lacking one leaf; two other leaves badly stained, one of which is torn and with a small area of loss; some staining here & there throughout; spine worn at head & heel; else a very good copy.Johann Zainer was the first printer in Ulm, Germany, issuing his first book in 1473. Albertus (Before 1200 - November 15, 1280.) was a German Dominican friar and a Catholic bishop. He was known during his lifetime as Doctor Universalis and Doctor Expertus and, late in his life, the term magnus was appended to his name.

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         DICTIONARIUM GRAECUM CUM INTERPRETATIONE LATINA.

      (MILANO) BUONO ACCORSI, (non dopo l'8 marzo 1478) - Legatura tardo ottocentesca in mezza pelle con angoli e carta maculata; dorso a tre nervi rilevati con autore, titolo e luogo di edizione in oro su doppio tassello rosso e verde, filetti in oro. Al contropiatto anteriore, breve annotazione a penna ed ex-libris ottocentesco di "Georgius Klotz M.D. Francoforti ad Moenum". 365 carte non numerate (su 368 o, in alcuni casi, 369 carte, mancano la prima, bianca, le carte Y2 e Y7, mancanti ma,  per un probabile errore ab origine, Y4 e Y5 sono ripetute al posto delle due mancanti; l'Epistola di Crostone a Francesco Ferrari,  secondo alcuni potrebbe essere stata aggiunta nel corso di stampa,  qui è mancante; essa a volte si presenta alla prima carta bianca, altre volte, in una carta aggiunta al fine fuori fascicolazione).  Il fascicolo B8, posposto per errore al fascicolo C8 e   corretto a mano per errore tipografico essendo ripetuto C8. In A2r, epistola di dedica di Buono Accorsi a Giovanni Francesco della Torre; in A3r, Dictionarium Graecum Latinum. Al verso dell'ultima carta,  note coeve manoscritte. Testo su due colonne e 35 linee, colonna di sinistra in greco e  destra in latino; una sola colonna per l' epistola di dedicatoria. Caratteri:1:119Gk, 2:119R. Spazi con letterine guida. Rarissima Editio Princeps del primo lessico greco-latino dato alle stampe. Redatto dal monaco carmelitano piacentino Crostonus, stimato come il più importante "scholaro greco" italiano, fu anche il primo libro stampato dall' editore milanese Accursius. L'opera, non solo è il primo dizionario greco-latino a stampa, ma  è anche considerato  un testo fondamentale per la linguistica e la cultura classica rinascimentali. L'editore Buono Accorsi curò anche la versione latina della Grammatica di Lascaris del 1480 e, in seguito nel 1481, il Psalterium Graecum. Nell'edizione in esame furono usati gli stessi caratteri dell'Editio Princeps del Lascaris del 1476, impressa a Milano da Dionigi Parravicino e costituiscono il primo vero set completo di tipi greci della storia della stampa. Alla presente, seguirono altre 3 edizioni, nel 1483, nel 1497 e una tra il 1499 e il 1500. . Il raro incunabolo è attestato  in Italia in sole 11 copie. Esemplare in ottime condizioni all'interno, fresco, praticamente privo di macchie se non all'ultima carta, ben impresso e a grandi margini. 0 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         La Divina Commedia, nuovamente corretta spiegata e difesa da F.B.L.M.C. Cantica I,II,III.

      [Figurato Carta Azzurra-Legatura-Dante] (cm.26,5) voll. 3 bella legatura originale in pieno vitello marmorizzato a più colori, piatti con filetti e ricco fregio a rotella, nervi, doppi filetti e fregi floreali anche al dorso, tutto in oro compreso il titolo entro tassello, tagli rossi. Frontis + pp. XXVIII + 1 tav. + pp. 502; Frontis + 1 tav. + pp. 523 + 1 p. di imprimatur; Frontis + pp. XII + 1 tav. + pp. 541 + 1 p. nn. I frontespizi portano due medaglioni, uno col ritratto di Dante, incisi dal Pacini, le tre tavole in rame illustrano l' inferno, il purgatorio e il nparadiso. Precede la vita di Dante scritta da P. Serassi. Esemplare particolare, uno dei pochi stampati su carta azzurra, bello e raro. E' questa la prima divina commedia stampata a Roma con il testo intero, inoltre è la prima edizione con il valido commento di F.B. Lombardi che si è avvalso particolarmente dell' edizione del Nidobeato del 1478 ma anche di quelle di Foligno, Mantova e del Landino. Esemplare bellissimo fresco e nitido, perfettamente conservato. Unica menda, il solo dorso del primo volume con difetti, abrasioni e dorature sbiadite. Molto belle le legature degli altri due volumi. * Mambelli 78; * De Batines I 119; * Gamba 397; * Graesse II 331; * Saginati "Collezione Dantesca Biblioteca Berio" n°81; * Martini "Dante Biblioteca Fondazione Marco Besso" p. 45; * Raccolta Mackenzie p. 113.[f68] Libro

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         Opera [bound with four manuscript Hussite tracts]

      - Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 27 Aug. 1478. Thick folio, 31 x 20.5 cms., 228 leaves, and 13 pp. in contemporary manuscript. Opening text page with a handsome large initial ÒMÓ in gold and colors with extended decoration in the lower margin; initials throughout supplied in alternate red and blue (perhaps by the rubricator WS). Printed in roman and occasionally greek type. Original or absolutely contemporary blind-tooled deerskin over oak boards; light dampstain to the upper inner margin and occasionally the fore-edge, one quire mended at the inner margin and resewn. The original bosses and clasps are gone, with evidence of their presence, 19th-century shelf label on backstrip. A quite remarkable copy, extensively annotated throughout the text at the time, with the addition of the four Hussite tracts by another hand, and very early provenance notes including what is probably the rubricatorÕs signature monogram WSp (i.e. pinxit?) at the front; 19th-century ink inscription (probably German) and pencil notes dated 1864 perhaps from a sale. A fascinating copy of an important text. The text is reprinted from the 1472 de Spira edition and was first printed in 1465 by Sweynheym and Pannartz in Subiaco. Lactantius, often called the Christian Cicero, wrote declamatory works designed to make Christianity accessible to pagans. He was one of the earliest if not the first North Africans to appear in print. A crisp and well-margined copy, collating exactly as and substantially bigger than the Abrams copy (complete, with the first text leaf illuminated, £11,000). BMC V 233. Goff L-9. HC 9814*. Madsen 2431. Oates 1728. Polain (B) 2422. Proctor 4332. Rhodes 1069. Sheppard 3498.The annotations throughout in red ink are of interest as they indicate a dedicated and scholarly reader who not only read from beginning to end with great attention but who also corrected or added to the text from his own learning. In addition, the Hussite notes which occupy some 13 pages are comprised of 4 tracts which very briefly attack the veneration of saints; the veneration of images; the belief in purgatory; and the support of communion with bread and wine (a Utraquist practice). It is rare to find incunabula so heavily annotated and still in perfect original condition. This volume will surely repay extensive study; Bernard Rosenthal worked on it for years with Prof. Colker but sadly their notes have been lost. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         POMPONII MELLE COSMOGRAPHIA DE SITU ORBIS.

      Venice: F. Renner de Hailbrun, 1478. - 48 leaves. Small quarto. Handsome brown morocco, tooled and paneled in gilt, spine gilt, raised bands, a.e.g., gilt inner dentelles. Front hinge repaired. Several small but persistent worm holes, several early marginal notes. A very nice, large copy of an important edition. Noted scholar Boies Penrose's copy, with his bookplate on the front free endpaper. Pomponius Mela is often taken as an accurate sum of European geographical knowledge before the discovery of the New World. This handsome Venetian edition is one of two printed in the city in that year, and they are among the earliest published geographical works. The publications of Mela and Ptolemy were incentives for further exploration, and in particular Mela's descriptions of Africa were used by the Portuguese navigators who were venturing far out into the Atlantic for the first time. GOFF M450. BMC V:195. JCB (3)I:9. HAIN 11017. PENROSE SALE 196.

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         Jacobi Menteli, Patricii, Castro-Theodoricensis, De Vera Typographiæ Origine Parænesis

      Ex Officina Roberti Ballard. First edition.. Vellum a little soiled and worn; some light smudges, stains and damp-stains in the text; very good copy.. Bigmore & Wyman, Bibliography of Printing, vol. 2, page 37. 4to, contemporary vellum. Woodcut title-page vignette, two head pieces, two tail pieces, one initial letter and one full engraving in the text. A specious scholarly treatise on the first printer at Strasbourg, Johann Mentelin (died 1478), apparently written by a descendant, who uses fabricated documents to support claims that Mentelin, and not Gutenberg, was the inventor of printing (claims that Bigmore & Wyman remark are a ?shameful falsification of history?). Mentelin was an important German printer (but not the first) who flourished between 1458-78. The dedication to antiquarian and scholar Bernardus A. Malinkrot, who died in 1644, is probably also a ruse to grant legitimacy to the text. Duplicate tag and early ink shelf mark of an unidentified library on the front free endpaper.

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         Enarrationes Saturarum Juvenalis, etc. (Incipit:)

      Bartolomaeum de Confoloneris, Duce inclito Iohanne Mozenigo 1478 Ad Invictissimus Principem Federicum de Monteferario Urbini Ducem Georgi Marulae Alexandrini Prefatio in Satyrarum Iuvenalis Enarrationes...(Colophon:) Merula, Georgius, 1430 - 1494. Impressa Tarvisii per Bartolomaeum de Confoloneris, Duce inclito Iohanne Mozenigo, 1478. In - folio piena pelle moderna con impressioni a secco, stile antico. (122) ff. n.n. (il primo e l' ultimo bianchi). 45 linee, tipi 84 R; Gk. A parte lievissime tracce di umidità nel margine inferiore delle prime carte, bellissimo esemplare marginoso, con un timbro nobiliare all' inizio. Uno dei primi incunaboli stampati a Treviso, rarissimo. H. - C., 11091. B.M.C., VI, p. 893. Oates, 2462. Polain, 2676. I.G.I., 6378. Goff, M - 502 (6 soli esemplari in U.S.A.).

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         De chirurgije van Guido de Cauliaco, seer profijtelijck voor alle chirurgijns, uyt de Latijnsche in de Nederduytsche tale overgheset. Nu van nieuws oversien ende merckelijck verbetert door P. Nieustadt, chirurgijn.Amsterdam, Theunis Jacobsz. Lootsman, 1646. 4to. Title-page and 2 preliminary notes to the reader in verse on its conjugate printed in red and black, title-page with large woodcut illustration (showing a so-called "wound man"), large woodcut factotum with the Amsterdam coat of arms, woodcut tailpieces and decorated initials, cast fleurons. 19th-century parchment, manuscript spine-title.

      Krivatsy 5151; STCN (2 copies); WorldCat (1 copy); Norman, One hundred books 8 (1478 French & 1480 Italian eds.). Rare second edition of Nieustadt's revision of the best Dutch translation of "one of the landmarks in the history of surgery" (Norman). Guy de Chauliac (ca. 1298-ca. 1368) was arguably the most important surgeon of the Middle Ages. His Latin Chirurgia was completed in 1363 and first printed (in French translation) in 1478. Divided into seven sections, it covers a wide range of subjects, from anatomy, pathology and drugs to wounds, fractures, cancer and even dentistry. It represents the most complete compilation of surgical knowledge up to the middle of the 17th century, with references to over 100 authors, including classical Arabic and Greek physicians such as Ibn Sina (Avicenna), al-Razi (Rhazes), al-Majusi (Haly Abbas), Hippocrates and Galen.Owner's inscription on flyleaf by the Dutch painter and physician Hendrik Wiegersma (1891-1969): "H. Wiegersma ... / Deurne 1917 / medicus". Slightly browned, with occasional tiny and mostly marginal worm holes, title-page slightly soiled, frayed at the edges and no longer conjugate (but securely attached to the flyleaf). Otherwise in good condition, with only an occasional smudge. The binding is soiled and the boards bowed. Rare Dutch edition of an extremely influential surgical text.

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         Il Cortegiano.Venice, Gabriel Iolito de Ferrarii, 1541. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on two title-pages, and on the last leaf, woodcut initials in text. Contemporary vellum, with remnants of ties.

      Adams C-929; STC Italian p. 156. Early Venetian edition of one of the most important literary works of the Italian high Renaissance. Balthasar Castiglione (1478-1529), an Italian statesman, was well-versed in diplomacy and courtesy. This classical work, written in an elegant style, is a manual for courtiers, discussing the virtues of noblemen and noble ladies, showing the court etiquette in all its subtlety. Other important issues of the time, in the fields of morality, literature, and politics are also considered, making the present work the principal source for the study of customs and traditions of the time. Good copy.

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         De situ orbis habitabilis... [Antonii Bechariae veronensis prohemium...]

      Venice: Francesco Renner de Heilbronn, 1478. Small quarto (192 x 141 mm.), 36 leaves; roman letter with woodcut historiated initials, title printed in red & black; occasional light waterstaining affecting some margins towards end, margins of first and last leaves neatly strengthened; a very good copy in blindstamped calf antique. "Thina": the earliest mention of China in world literature. A highly influential early geographical text, dating from the second century and surviving in manuscript through the Middle Ages to enjoy great popularity in the Renaissance. First published in Venice in 1477, numerous editions were to follow in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; this Venice printing of 1478 is only the second appearance of the text. Any fifteenth-century editions are notably rare today. Dionysios, widely known as Periegetes (the guide) to distinguish him from numerous other authors named Dionysios or Dionysius, wrote his De situ orbis habitabilis ("Descriptive Account of the Habitable World") in Alexandria at the time of Hadrian. His only surviving work, it seems to have been intended as a geographical handbook for a reader of the Greek poets. The text was originally in Greek hexameters, but no edition in the original language would be published until well into the sixteenth century. De situ orbis habitabilis gives an account of the known world and its seas, countries, and islands, with some ethnographical notes, and includes sections on both Asia and India. Its popularity during the Renaissance reflected a growing interest in geography as reports began to circulate of newly-discovered lands, as well as the fascination of the humanist scholars with newly-published ancient texts. The text remained influential as a schoolbook even into the seventeenth century. 'A contemporary of Marinus and Ptolemy, [Dionysios] composed a description in verse of the inhabited world (A.D. 124) that was long used as a school textbook. He presented the oikumene [known world] as an island, sling-shaped, entirely north of the equator, extending from Thule [Iceland?] to Libya [Africa]. He did not mention either Agisymba or the promontory of Prasum. He limited the inhabited world eastward by the river Ganges, taking into account the Seres [Chinese and Tibetans], but locating them much less far east than Marinus. Dionysios's poem, like Aratus's Phænomena, was a success partly because it summarized, and made easier to remember, the array of traditional teachings since Eratosthenes. It was first translated into Latin by Rufius Festus Avienius (4th century A.D.), and it remained in regular academic use during the whole of the Middle Ages…' (www.henry-davis.com/maps/, with a schematic map of the world as envisaged by Dionysios). 'Until the thirteenth century, Asia beyond India was practically unknown in Europe; only vague references to the Serica or Sinica of the Graeco-Romans helped keep alive a sketchy knowledge of China's existence…'. Mentions here in Dionysius' text referring to 'Thina' hark back to the mentions in the Periplus of the 1st century AD, which were the earliest surviving accounts in European literature (Löwendahl).

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        Oxford Reference Classics (8 volumes with rack): Oxford Modern English Usage, The Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 volumes), The Compact Edition Oxford English Dictionary (2 volumes), The Oxford Dictionary of Q

      NOAMZ black leather all edges gilt, gilt decorations, satin ribbons, raised bands. all volumes in fine condition, rack shows slight wear. 500th Anniversary Edition 1478-1978. 8 large heavy volumes requiring extra shipping. 2x4to.; 8x8vo.

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