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         1497 Medieval Saint Bonaventure Incunabula Dieta Salutis Bible Sermons BINDING

      Venetijs : Impressus per Ioannis [sic] de quarengijs de palazago territorij Bergomensis, sub die primo februarij 1497. - 1497 Medieval Saint Bonaventure Incunabula Dieta Salutis Bible Sermons BINDING “To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?” Bonaventure An exceedingly rare example of “Dieta Salutis” of Saint Bonaventure. This book includes writings on fortitude, patience, humility, obedience, prudence, on luxury, on temperance, and other important worthy characteristics. Bound in 15th-century illuminated manuscript. EXQUISITE Item number: #2025 Price: $7500 LAVICEA, Guillelmus de (Hillard 453) Dieta salutis a beato Bonauenture nouiter impressus ac emendatus Incipit feliciter Venetijs : Impressus per Ioannis [sic] de quarengijs de palazago territorij Bergomensis, sub die primo februarij 1497. Details: • Collation: Complete with all 134 leaves o Signatures: a–q • References: Hillard 453; Goff B879; BMC V513; GW 4730; Hain-Copinger 3531; ISTC ib00879000; Proctor 5480 • Language: Latin • Binding: Illuminated manuscript vellum; tight & secure • Size: ~5.75in X 4in (14.5cm x 10cm) • Exceedingly rare with no other example for sale worldwide Our Guarantee: Very Fast. Very Safe. Free Shipping Worldwide. Customer satisfaction is our priority! Notify us with 7 days of receiving, and we will offer a full refund without reservation! 2025 Photos available upon request [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Meditationes vitae Christi, (or in full:) Meditationes devotissime totius vite domini nostri Jesu Christi.

      Venice, Manfredus de Bonellis, de Monteferrato, December 14, 1497. At the end two poems: Bonaventura, Lignum vitae and Johannes Peckham, Canticum de sanctissimo nomine Jesu Christi. 15 x 11 cm. Overlapping vellum. 66 leaves, the last blank (with mistakes in the page numbering). Title page with a woodcut of the Pietà on recto and another of the Crucifixion on verso. Text printed in two columns. One 5-line woodcut capital and numerous 2-line capitals. Reprint of a very popular book written by an unknown Franciscan. Large bookplate of Manfred Mehl, elegant bookplate (embossed, gilt, in colors) of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica. A little soiling and browning, vague light brown stain on title page, marginal inkstain at the end.l Meditations about the life of Christ. Long attributed to St. Bonaventura. Second edition with illustrations, a small book. Goff B 899. 42 complete copies in libraries, but not in Belgium or the Netherlands (only BPH is mentioned, which is this copy).

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         De mysteriis Aegyptiorum, Chaldaeorum, Assyriorum. (And other texts by a.o. Proclus, Porphyrius, Synesius, Psellus, Speusippus, Priscianus of Lydia, Alcinous, Pythagoras, Xenocrates and Marsilio Ficino. Edited and translations by Marsilio Ficino.).

      Venice, Aldus Manutius, September 1497. 29 x 21 cm. Full calf (probably bound in the early 18th century, with some restorations). 186 p. Bookblock edges sprinkled red and blue. Last blank missing. Owner's inscription on title dated 1558. Inscription on flyleaf by former owner James Ralston Skinner, dated 1875. A few marginal notes. Some small defects, but in general a remarkably clean and white copy.l Editio princeps of a.o. Iamblichus, Porphyrius and Proclus. An early Aldus Manutius edition of great harmony and simplicity, an important collection of translations and editions by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) of various Platonist philosophers, sprinkled with texts of his own and concluded with the first printing of Ficino's essay 'De Voluptate' (written in 1457). Goff J216.Title page with index of the book, followed on verso by the printed dedication to Giovanni de' Medici (later Pope Leo X). Large woodcut open initial at the beginning of the text. Spaces for initials with guide letters (not filled in).The 1558 inscription on the title is hard to read the name could be something like Petrus (...) Mecklenburgius, with an interesting monogram involving a P and a noughts and crosses grid (tic-tac-toe). James Ralston Skinner (1830-1893) was an attorney from Cincinnati, important in the theosophic world and a correspondent of Blavatsky. The American wrote a number of books about Egypt (especially the pyramid of Gizeh), about metrology and about the kabbala. He bought this book from the Leipsic antiquarian firm of List and Francke.

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         De Italicarum rerum varietate et elegantia Libri X.

      Sacco (1497-1579)

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         Confessionale d[omi]ni Antonini archiepiscopi Florentini

      Martinu Flach, Argentine (Estrasburgo) 1497 - Incunable. Ejemplar impreso en 1497 en Estrasburgo por el maestro impresor Martinu Flach, que se compone de 290 páginas foliadas en números romanos en el ángulo superior derecho de las páginas impares. Tamaño 20 x 14 cm. El ejemplar que ofrecemos carece de cubiertas y requiere nueva encuadernación. Le faltan las 12 últimas hojas del libro que corresponden a los folios CXL y CXLI más el índice de materias, que ocupa las últimas diez páginas del libro. Las hojas correspondientes a los folios CXXXVIII y CXXXIX tienen pérdidas de material que afectan al texto. Tiene numerosas anotaciones manuscritas marginales al texto realizadas a finales del siglo XV. La calidad del papel es buena, sin manchas de óxido, aunque sí presenta ligeros restos de humedad en la segunda mitad del libro, que no afectan al texto. Requiere restauración y nueva encuadernación, pero el ejemplar dispone de suficiente aire alrededor de la caja de texto, ya que no ha sido anteriormente guillotinado y conserva los márgenes originales. Antonino Pierozzi (1389-1459) era hijo de un influyente notario florentino. Ingresó en 1406 en la Orden de los Predicadores de Florencia bajo la tutela de Giovanni Dominici, detractor de los humanistas que comenzaban a florecer en la ciudad. Fue nombrado Arzobispo en 1446 por el papa Eugenio IV y pronto destacó por sus discursos moralizares. Entre sus obras, además de estas Confesiones, destacan la Summa sacrae theologiae y la Chronica.

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         Compendium in Johannem Capreolum cum Additionibus, Cremona, 1497

      1497. Cremona: Carolus de Darleriis, 15 and 28 Apr. 1497. Cremona: Carolus de Darleriis, 15 and 28 Apr. 1497. A Powerful Opponent of Martin Luther Mazzolini, Silverstro, Da Prierio [1456-1527]. Compendium in Johannem Capreolum cum Additionibus. [Cremona: Carolus de Darleriis, 15 and 28 Apr. 1497]. [320] ff. Collation: [*4], a-n8, aa-kk8, ll-mm4, A-C8, D6, E4, AA-DD8, EE-GG6, HH4, (1-9)4. Complete. Quarto (9-1/4" x 7"). Contemporary calf with elaborate blind stamping, recent rebacking with raised bands, blind ornaments and gilt title, clasps lacking. Light rubbing and minor worming to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, hinges cracked. 46-line text in parallel columns, occasionally rubricated in red, with 6 initials in interlocking red and blue with fine purple penwork decoration, other initials in red. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, early annotations to front pastedown, other annotations and owner signature dated 1606 of Isaias Silberschlag, to title page, occasional annotations in his hand to text. A handsome copy of a rare imprint. $10,000. * First edition. Mazzolini, a theologian and wide-ranging scholar, was an inquisitor and censor of books for Rome. An early opponent of Martin Luther, he was involved in the juridical process against him. (Mazzolini was also involved in cases against Johann Reuchlin, Pietro Pomponazzi and Erasmus). A great deal of his scholarship was devoted to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. Also known as the Egregium vel Potius Divinum Opus in Iohannem Capreolum, Mazzolini's Compendium is a commentary on the works of another Aquinas scholar, Jean Capreolus [c.1380-c.1444]. Silberschlag, the former owner of this copy, was a professor of theology at the University of Erfurt. This is a scarce imprint. We located only two auction records for it, one in 1991, the other in 2002. OCLC locates 5 copies in North America (Cornell, Library of Congress, Morgan Library, St. Bonaventure University, Yale). Goff, Incunabula in American Libraries V519. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke M642160.

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         De mysteriis Aegyptiorum, Chaldaeorum, Assyriorum. (And other texts by a.o. Proclus, Porphyrius, Synesius, Psellus, Speusippus, Priscianus of Lydia, Alcinous, Pythagoras, Xenocrates and Marsilio Ficino. Edited and translations by Marsilio Ficino.).

      Venice, Aldus Manutius, September 1497. 29 x 21 cm. Full calf (probably bound in the early 18th century, with some restorations). 186 p. Bookblock edges sprinkled red and blue. Last blank missing. Owner's inscription on title dated 1558. Inscription on flyleaf by former owner James Ralston Skinner, dated 1875. A few marginal notes. Some small defects, but in general a remarkably clean and white copy.l Editio princeps of a.o. Iamblichus, Porphyrius and Proclus. An early Aldus Manutius edition of great harmony and simplicity, an important collection of translations and editions by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) of various Platonist philosophers, sprinkled with texts of his own and concluded with the first printing of Ficino's essay 'De Voluptate' (written in 1457). Goff J216.Title page with index of the book, followed on verso by the printed dedication to Giovanni de' Medici (later Pope Leo X). Large woodcut open initial at the beginning of the text. Spaces for initials with guide letters (not filled in).The 1558 inscription on the title is hard to read; the name could be something like Petrus (...) Mecklenburgius, with an interesting monogram involving a P and a noughts and crosses grid (tic-tac-toe). James Ralston Skinner (1830-1893) was an attorney from Cincinnati, important in the theosophic world and a correspondent of Blavatsky. Skinner wrote a number of books about Egypt (especially the pyramid of Gizeh), about metrology and about the kabbala.

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         ARCUS, Divo MARC. ANTONINO... Views of Rome [Set title]

      Seventh plate of 100 portraying Rome's palaces and ruins and even reconstruction of ancient buildings in Rome. The second state of these etchings were collected in the publication by Peter Schenck:'Roma aeterna, sive ipsius aedificiorum Romanorum, integrorium collapsorumque, conspectus duplex. ' In the 'Aedificiorum Index':'7. Arcus Portogallo', view on the so called 'Portugal Arch' also known as 'Arcus de Trofoli' or 'de Tripolis' or 'Arcus triumphalis'. It waas situated on the via Lata (today Corso). It was named after the residency of the ambassador of Portugal, Palazzo Fiano, overlooking the arch. Inscribed on the bottom in Latin and Dutch:'ARCUS, Divo MARC. ANTONINO... / Pet Schenck exc: Amsteloed: cum Privil:' Etching on paper with margins; platemark: 165 x 198 mm; total: 191 x 256 mm; state I/2; some dirt along the external margins; Hollstein 1497-1596; Nagler 177; Le Blanc 19; Wurzbach 313

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         Das Narrenschiff, lat. (Navis stultifera) von Jacobus Locher Philomusus (GW 5054, HC 3746). Blatt XCI "Paupertatis contemptus" (Von der Verachtung der Armut) mit einem Original Holzschnitt von Albrecht Dürer (Prestel 266, 76). Holzschnitt von Dürer in Erstausgabe.

      Basel Johann Bergmann 1 März Type 1 2 3 und 4 1497 - Einspaltiges, 30-zeiliges O-Inkunabelblatt mit einem dreiviertelseitigen O-Holzschnitt (8,5 x 11,7 cm) mit Holzschnittrandleiste von A. Dürer. Blatt im Rand gering fleckig und mit drei Wurmlöchern außerhalb des Holzschnitts. Blattgröße: 14,7 x 21,4 cm. Aus der lateinischen Erstausgabe. Incunabula text woodcut leaf. - - - Originalholzschnitt von Albrecht Dürer auf einem Originalblatt der lateinischen Erstausgabe des "Narrenschiffs" von 1497. Der Holzschnitt mit dem Bettelnarren, der vor zwei angesehenen, geizigen Bürgern kniet, ersetzt in der lateinischen Erstausgabe die Wiederholung der Illustration aus der früheren deutschen Ausgabe mit dem Titel „Gnad her". - - - Nachdem der junge Dürer bei Michael Wohlgemuth in Nürnberg das Maler- und Stecherhandwerk erlernt hatte, begab sich der 19-jährige Dürer im Jahre 1490 auf Wanderschaft. Zwischen Frühjahr 1492 und Herbst 1493 arbeitete er in Basel und am 8. August 1492 erschien dort sein erster von ihm signierter und heute noch in Basel erhaltener Eingangsholzschnitt zu den "Epistolae beati Hieronymi". 1493 erschien der "Ritter vom Turn" und 1494 das "Narrenschiff" mit seinen Holzschnitten. Da nicht alle Holzschnitte im Narrenschiff von Dürer stammten, blieb seine Autorenschaft lange verborgen. 1951 entdeckte der Kunsthistoriker Friedrich Winkler Dürers "Signatur" in den Holzschnitten. Dürer setzte auf jede Narrenkappe "eine Reihe von Schellen, die sich wie ein Scheitel über den Schädel zwischen den Ohren" hinzieht (Winkler: Dürer und die Illustrationen zum Narrenschiff, 12). Diese Unterscheidung ist, von einigen Einschränkungen abgesehen, bis heute gültig (vgl. Cornelia Schneider, Das Narrenschiff 2004, 140). Die Besonderheit von Dürers Holzschnitten liegt in ihrer realistischen Fassung. Niemals zuvor sind im altdeutschen Holzschnitt die Landschaft, der Innenraum, das Straßenbild, der Bauernhof, die Aussicht, das Dickicht eines Gebüsches oder die weite Fläche des Meeres, Hauptmotiv von Bildern gewesen und mit so ausdrucksvoller Überzeugungskraft wiedergegeben worden. Von den 105 Holzschnitten des "Narrenschiffs" werden heute 73 dem Meister Dürer zugeordnet. Es hat keinen folgenreicheren Schritt in der Geschichte des Holzschnitts gegeben, als die Einführung des Realismus. Ohne kräftige Binnenmodellierung war sie nicht möglich. Die Holzschnitt-Produktion der zwei Jahrzehnte vorher, in denen Tausende von Buchbildern in Deutschland gerissen worden sind, ist noch dem Umrissholzschnitt verhaftet (vgl. Winkler 1951). Die dargestellten Menschen erhalten durch Dürer erstmals verschiedenen Ausdruck: "Ein höchst individuell abgestuftes Pandämonium von Dummheit, Unverschämtheit, Verlegenheit, Täppischkeit, Verschlagenheit, Genußsucht und Herabgekommenheit tut sich auf. Bürger und Bauern, Ritter und Kaufleute, Pfaffen und Schreiber, Handwerker und Bauherrn, Landstreicher und Stubengelehrte, Aerzte und Quacksalber, Geizhälse und Gecken, Vetteln und Huren ziehen vorüber" (Fr. Schultz). [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Quas de francorum regum gestis scripsit annales. Necnon Huberti Veleii senatorii advocati, consertum aggerem quo ea qaue ille fato praeventus minme excpleverat, ad tempora nostra nectuntur, quae si benigno legens oculo non aspernenda iudicabis....

      ...(Compendium super Francorum gestis). - Mit großer Druckermarke auf dem Titel, Wappenholzschnittbordüre auf der letzten Seite der Einleitung und auf der letzten Seite sowie mit zahlr. teils figürlichen Initialen (Metallschnitte). Etwas berieben und bestoßen Fehlstellen an den Kapitalen professionell ergänzt Titel stockfleckig und einige weitere Bll. etwas stockfleckig einige Bll. am Kopf etwas fleckig (leichte Spuren eines Brandes) Blatt 88 im Kopfsteg mit kleinem, hinterlegten Ausriss letzte Seite im Kopfsteg mit Papierstreifen (überklebter Besitzvermerk o. Ähnliches) alte Bibliothekssignatur auf dem Titel. Zuerst 1497 (falsch 1495) erschienene Geschichte der Franken bzw. der fränkischen Könige und Kaiser - hier in einem sehr schönen Druck des Pariser Frühdruckers Jean (Jehan) Petit. Adams G 20/ NUC, Vol, 189, 17/ nicht im BMC.

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         De bello Cambaico ultimo commentarii tres.Louvain, Servatius Sassenus de Dienst, January 1549. Small 4to (19.5 x 13.5 cm). With an emblematic woodcut printer's device on title-page, repeated on the last page. Modern sheepskin parchment over flexible boards.

      Belg.Typ. 1288; USTC 404904; for the background events: K.M. Mathew, History of the Portuguese navigation in India: 1497-1600, pp. 213-221. Rare first edition of three Latin commentaries on the Portuguese wars in Gujarat, India, by the great Portuguese humanist Damião de Goes (1502-1574). The title refers to the kingdom of Khambhat around the Gulf of Khambhat in southern Gujarat. The Portuguese had had a strong presence at Diu on the western side of the Gulf of Khambhat since defeating the Sultan of Gujarat and the Mamluks in 1509, even though the Ottoman Empire and the Venetians supported the anti-Portuguese forces. Portugal quickly became the Ottoman Empire's leading rival for control of the region's spice trade. In 1535 the Muslim Sultan of Gujarat, now under attack from the Mughals, made an alliance with the Portuguese and allowed them to build a fortress at Diu, which became a keystone for the defence of the Portuguese colonies and the security of their spice trade on the Malabar coast. Although relations quickly soured, the Sultan of Gujarat was also wary of the growing Ottoman power. When an enormous Ottoman fleet besieged the Portuguese fortress at Diu in 1538 the Sultan of Gujarat provided less than enthusiastic support and the Portuguese were able to hold out through the monsoon season until a large Portuguese relief fleet arrived and forced the Ottomans to withdraw. In April 1546 the Gujarats began a second siege of Diu. The Portuguese sent reinforcements from Goa several times but they proved insufficient until João de Castro, Governor of Goa, whose son had died in the hostilities, came himself with a large fleet and 3000 men in November (once again after the monsoons ended), broke the siege and killed hundreds or thousands of Muslims, including civilians. This solidified Portuguese colonial rule in the region and set the stage for the later British colonization. With a one word corrected in the margin in a contemporary hand. Some faint browning (only more pronounced one the last leaf), some occasional spots, a few minor smudges and a minimal waterstain in the lower margins, nonetheless still a very good copy. An important source for Portuguese relations with the Muslim world and the Portuguese spice trade in India.

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         EPISTOLAE (in Italian). [and] LUPUS DE OLIVETO. REGULA MONACHORUM EX EPISTOLIS HIERONYMI (in Italian)

      Ferrara: Laurentius de Rubeis, de Valentia, 1497. First Edition in Italian, First Illustrated Edition n. This is an especially desirable copy--because entirely complete--of an incunabulum with wonderful illustrations. Along with the "De Claris Mulieribus" (also 1497), this is considered to be the greatest achievement of Ferrarese book illustration. The numerous woodcuts of Jerome in his study, his pet lion at his feet, have great simplicity and charm, and the depictions of the life of nuns that accompany the "Regula" are, if possible, even more fetching. Sander (quoting Gruyer) says that the artist here shows a "lovable and supple imagination, has understood the intimate poetry of all the subjects," and has produced "varied little . . . scenes executed with a great deal of imagination and taste." Hind says that the woodcuts are "evidently inspired by the 'popular designer' at Venice, in particular by the cuts in his 'Vitas Patrum' of 1491 and 'Legenda Aurea' of 1494." Our copy is especially precious because it includes the four-leaf life (including title page) of Jerome illustrated with 17 woodcuts, which is absent most of the time, and the dedication leaf to Eleanor and Isabella d'Este with the date 1495. It is also unusual in that all five of its woodcut borders, often trimmed by the binder's knife, are found here within comfortable margins. One of the greatest Christian scholars of his age, St. Jerome (ca. 340-420) was a translator, scriptural commentator, biographer, and historian who is chiefly remembered for his creation of the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, a translation that represents an enduring contribution to Western culture. He frequently participated as one of the most heated of partisans in various theological controversies, and his disputations and protestations in connection with such debates comprise a good deal of the text of the letters contained here, contrasting the many gentler missives to pious women. The letters were particularly admired in the early Middle Ages, and they are valuable today for their history of the man and his times. Among the earliest books to appear in print, the "Epistolae" were first printed by Sweynheym and Pannartz in 1468, and they continued to be popular throughout the incunabular period. Laurentius de Rubeis (Lorenzo de' Rossi) issued an edition of Averroes in 1482, but did not appear again as a publisher until 1489. BMC lists just 14 works from his press, three of them issued with a partner, Andreas de Grassis. Our volume was printed during his most productive year, October 1496-97, when BMC speculates that he "must have had the support of a liberal patron, judging by the wealth of xylographic material displayed" in this and other books from that period.. 330 x 235 mm. (13 x 9 1/4"). 274 leaves (complete): 6 p.l., III-CCLXIX, [1] leaves. Double column, 48 lines in roman type.Translated from the Latin by Niccolò di Berto; second work translated by Matteo da Ferrara. First Edition in Italian, First Illustrated Edition. Recently and expertly rebound by Courtland Benson in elaborately gilt-decorated calf in the Italianate style of the period. Two xylographic titles, attractive woodcut initials in the white vine style, 188 VERY CHARMING COLUMN-WIDTH WOODCUTS (approximately 51 x 76 mm.), mostly showing scenes of the life of Jerome, typically at his desk and almost always accompanied by the lion (some of the cuts repeated), AND FIVE PAGES DOMINATED BY FULL WOODCUT BORDERS (being two borders used five times) AND LARGE SCENES: the second leaf with wide and elaborate woodcut border enclosing a scene of the birth of Jerome (with the lion peeking in the door), verso of fifth leaf and facing recto of sixth leaf with similar woodcut frame, the latter page with two enclosed scenes separated by an arcade, showing depictions of Jerome in his study and Pope Damasus receiving this work, and two more leaves (introducing the "Regula") with similar woodcut borders, the second with a scene of the rule being given to a group of kneeling nuns. First and fifth leaves with large ornamental woodcut gothic titling. Front pastedown with small bookplate of H. P. Kraus. Goff H-178; BMC VI, 614; Sander 3404. Expertly washed, with vague soiling on first few leaves, one xylographic title just slightly trimmed at outer margin, small wormhole affecting the first 39 leaves but with virtually no damage to text, one leaf with short tear in upper margin entering first two lines of text but not affecting legibility, a handful of other trivial faults, else in excellent condition internally, the leaves fresh and with unusually wide margins. The very pleasing replica binding unworn. This is an especially desirable copy--because entirely complete--of an incunabulum with wonderful illustrations. Along with the "De Claris Mulieribus" (also 1497), this is considered to be the greatest achievement of Ferrarese book illustration. The numerous woodcuts of Jerome in his study, his pet lion at his feet, have great simplicity and charm, and the depictions of the life of nuns that accompany the "Regula" are, if possible, even more fetching. Sander (quoting Gruyer) says that the artist here shows a "lovable and supple imagination, has understood the intimate poetry of all the subjects," and has produced "varied little . . . scenes executed with a great deal of imagination and taste." Hind says that the woodcuts are "evidently inspired by the 'popular designer' at Venice, in particular by the cuts in his 'Vitas Patrum' of 1491 and 'Legenda Aurea' of 1494." Our copy is especially precious because it includes the four-leaf life (including title page) of Jerome illustrated with 17 woodcuts, which is absent most of the time, and the dedication leaf to Eleanor and Isabella d'Este with the date 1495. It is also unusual in that all five of its woodcut borders, often trimmed by the binder's knife, are found here within comfortable margins. One of the greatest Christian scholars of his age, St. Jerome (ca. 340-420) was a translator, scriptural commentator, biographer, and historian who is chiefly remembered for his creation of the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, a translation that represents an enduring contribution to Western culture. He frequently participated as one of the most heated of partisans in various theological controversies, and his disputations and protestations in connection with such debates comprise a good deal of the text of the letters contained here, contrasting the many gentler missives to pious women. The letters were particularly admired in the early Middle Ages, and they are valuable today for their history of the man and his times. Among the earliest books to appear in print, the "Epistolae" were first printed by Sweynheym and Pannartz in 1468, and they continued to be popular throughout the incunabular period. Laurentius de Rubeis (Lorenzo de' Rossi) issued an edition of Averroes in 1482, but did not appear again as a publisher until 1489. BMC lists just 14 works from his press, three of them issued with a partner, Andreas de Grassis. Our volume was printed during his most productive year, October 1496-97, when BMC speculates that he "must have had the support of a liberal patron, judging by the wealth of xylographic material displayed" in this and other books from that period.

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         De coloribus libellus, à Simone Portio Neapolitano latinate donatus, & cometariis illustratus: una cum euisdem praefatione, qua coloris naturam declarat.Florence, Lorenzo Torrentino, 1548. 4to. With 2 large woodcut historiated initials. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, manuscript spine-title, with 4 fragments of a Latin manuscript in an upright humanistic hand on vellum used as spine lining.

      Adams P1958; Hoffman I, 289 ("rare and very important"); Kemp, The science of art, p. 264; Schwab, Bibliographie d'Aristotle 3503. First edition of one of the earliest printed books about colour, translated from the Greek into Latin and with commentary by the Neapolitan physician and philosopher Simone Porzio (1497-1554). Usually attributed to Aristotle, it is now thought to be the work of the peripatetic scholar and pupil of Aristotle, Theophrastus. The works of Aristotle and his pupils were translated into Arabic, influencing such prominent Islamic philosophers as Al-Kindi, Al-Farabi, Avicenna and Averroes.''As the author states at the end of the treatise, it is intended rather to supply data for a detailed examination into the scientific theory of colour than to expound a complete thesis. He has realized that the development of colour in animals and plants depends to some extent on heat, and he seems to suggest that heat and moisture are the controlling factors. It is of more value as a collection of observed facts than for any theory of the origin and development of colour in physical life'' (Aristotle, Minor Works , Cambridge and London, Loeb Classical Library, 1936, p. 3). With some spotting on the title-page and some marginal tears, not approaching the text, but otherwise in very good condition and with large margins. Binding with the sewing supports broken, a tear in the backstrip and some small stains. An important treatise on colour and one of the earliest.

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         De Philippi Melanchthonis ortu, totius vitae curriculo et morte, implicata rerum memorabilium temporis illius hominumque mentione atque indicio, cum expositionis serie cohaerentium.Leipzig, (colophon: Ernst Voegelin, 1566). Large 8vo (19.5 x 12 cm). With woodcut printer's device on title-page. Contemporary pigskin, richly blind-tooled in a panel design, monogrammed and dated "I.V.S | 1566", by the Swabian bookbinder Wolfconrad Schwickart.

      Ebert 3391; IA 130.520; VD 16 C502; for the binding: Goldschmidt, Gothic & Renaissance bookbindings 227. First edition of an important biography of the German philosopher and theologian of the Protestant Reformation Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560), who worked closely with Martin Luther. It was written by Melanchthon's close friend Joachim Camerarius (1500-1574), a classical scholar who was able to consult a large amount of personal correspondence, which makes this work a valuable source. From the library of Neidstein castle in the Oberpfalz region of Bavaria. With some manuscript notes on the first flyleaf and marginal notes throughout, some minor restorations to the title-page, slightly browned and a faint waterstain in the upper margin. A very good wide-margined copy.

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         De bello Cambaico ultimo commentarii tres.Louvain, Servatius Sassenus de Dienst, January 1549. Small 4to (19.5 x 13.5 cm). With an emblematic woodcut printer's device on title-page, repeated on the last page. Modern sheepskin parchment over flexible boards.

      Belg.Typ. 1288; USTC 404904; for the background events: K.M. Mathew, History of the Portuguese navigation in India: 1497-1600, pp. 213-221. Rare first edition of three Latin commentaries on the Portuguese wars in Gujarat, India, by the great Portuguese humanist Damião de Goes (1502-1574). The title refers to the kingdom of Khambhat around the Gulf of Khambhat in southern Gujarat. The Portuguese had had a strong presence at Diu on the western side of the Gulf of Khambhat since defeating the Sultan of Gujarat and the Mamluks in 1509, even though the Ottoman Empire and the Venetians supported the anti-Portuguese forces. Portugal quickly became the Ottoman Empire's leading rival for control of the region's spice trade. In 1535 the Muslim Sultan of Gujarat, now under attack from the Mughals, made an alliance with the Portuguese and allowed them to build a fortress at Diu, which became a keystone for the defence of the Portuguese colonies and the security of their spice trade on the Malabar coast. Although relations quickly soured, the Sultan of Gujarat was also wary of the growing Ottoman power. When an enormous Ottoman fleet besieged the Portuguese fortress at Diu in 1538 the Sultan of Gujarat provided less than enthusiastic support and the Portuguese were able to hold out through the monsoon season until a large Portuguese relief fleet arrived and forced the Ottomans to withdraw. In April 1546 the Gujarats began a second siege of Diu. The Portuguese sent reinforcements from Goa several times but they proved insufficient until João de Castro, Governor of Goa, whose son had died in the hostilities, came himself with a large fleet and 3000 men in November (once again after the monsoons ended), broke the siege and killed hundreds or thousands of Muslims, including civilians. This solidified Portuguese colonial rule in the region and set the stage for the later British colonization. With a one word corrected in the margin in a contemporary hand. Some faint browning (only more pronounced one the last leaf), some occasional spots, a few minor smudges and a minimal waterstain in the lower margins, nonetheless still a very good copy. An important source for Portuguese relations with the Muslim world and the Portuguese spice trade in India.

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         Sermones de tempore et de sanctis et de diversis. Angebunden: Ders. Sermones super Cantica canticorum. (Und:) Gilbertus de Hoilandia. Sermones super Cantica canticorum. Erste Ausgabe (Teil 2); wohl 4. Ausgabe insgesamt des ersten Teils. 2 Teile in 1 Band.

      1: Basel, Nikolaus Ke(s)sler; 2: Straßburg, Martin Flach, 1495 bzw. 1497. - 214 Bl. (letztes weiß); 201 Bl. (von 202; s8 und fehlendes L8 weiß). Mit Metallschnitt-Druckermarke Kesslers (2 Schilde, am Ast hängend); 2spaltiger Druck in gotischer Type und 52 Zeilen; breitrandiges Exemplar. 2° (30,5 x 21,5 cm). HSchweinslederband d. Z. mit Blindprägung (Rosenzweige), auf schweren Holzdeckeln und 6 Bünden, mit 2 Messing-Leder-Schließen. In älterer Zeit (17./18. Jhdt?) restauriert bzw. neu gebunden: dabei in der Länge gebrochener Holz-Vorderdeckel mit 3 schmalen, kurzen Metallstreifen und je 2 Nägeln fixiert; die Filetenprägung des Rückens auf den Holzdeckeln fortgesetzt; Block neu eingehängt; Vorsätze erneuert. Rücken gebräunt und etwas fleckig; Deckel etwas berieben; 2 Besitzvermerke auf Titelei ("Matthias Burgklehner", "Georg Stadler", der ältere vermutl aus dem 17./18. Jhdt); erste 4 Bl. gerändert und fingerfleckig; zu Beginn am Fuß schwach feuchtigkeitswellig bzw. -randig; etwas fleckig und gebräunt; 1 Bl. mit Einriss; ca. 30 Bl. mit Wurmgang im weißen Rand. Verbundenes Exemplar: Lage j1-8 (Register) nach s1-8 des zweiten Teils gehört ans Ende des ersten Teils. Es fehlt das weiße Blatt L8 des zweiten Teils. Bernhard von Clairvaux (1090 - 1153) gilt als der bedeutenste katholische Heilige des 12. Jahrhunderts; als Vertreter eines Gottes- und Christusmystizismus war er ein Gegner jeglicher Dialektik, propagierte an entscheidender Stelle (Eugen III) den zweiten Kreuzzug und wandte sich gegen die päpstliche Weltherrschaft. Die Authentizität seiner Texte ist nicht gesichert, doch werden die hier vorliegenden extensiven Kommentare (in 86 Predigten) zum Hohen Lied (cantica canticorum Salomonis) als sein Hauptwerk betrachtet (vgl. RGG 1, 923f). Über Gilbertus ist wenig mehr bekannt und/oder gesichert als sein Kommentar zum Hohen Lied und eine Vita Bernardi, die von Mabillon zusammen mit dem Bernardus-Text herausgegeben wurde (vgl. Jöcher II, 993). Teil 1: GW 3944; Goff B-439; BMC III 771; BSB-Inc B-323. Teil 2: GW 3937; Goff B-430; BMC I, 154. LA

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         La comedia (nach dem Kolophon Pseudo-Dantes "Il credo", "Pater noster" und "Ave Maria"). Einleitung und Beigaben von Marsilius Ficinus, hg. von Piero Figino, Kommentar von Christophorus Landinus.

      Venedig, Petrus de Quarengis, 11. X. 1497. - 10 nn. Bl., fol. CCXCVII (von 298; letztes Bl. mit 1 S. Register fehlt). Mit ganzseitigem Holzschnitt, wie Folgeseite gerahmt von vierteiliger -Bordüre, einer großen Holzschnitt-Initiale sowie 99 Textholzschnitten. Folio. Historist. Pergamentband (vermutl. Ende 19. Jhdt) mit Rückenschild und reicher -vergoldung. Scholiendruck in 46 (Text) bzw. 61 Zeilen (Kommentar) und runder römischer Type (Antiqua); zahlr. Initialen des Textes schwarzgrundiert; Initialspatien (des Kommentars) nicht ausgefüllt. Die Bl. 11 und 12 sind vermutlich übernommen aus den venezianischen Capasca-Ausgaben von 1491 (erneut 1493), kenntlich durch den wiederholten Titel "Danthe aleghieri fiorentino" recto Bl. 11 und die Abbildung Gottvaters (mit Buch) im Tympanon des ganzseitigen Holzschnitts verso Bl. 11, was bei einigen anderen Exemplaren im Übrigen fehlt. Derselbe 'Gottvater im Tympanon' wurde von Capasca mehrfach verwendet wie z. B. in "Fiore de virtù" (1493; vgl. auch Pollard und Hind; beide mit Abb.). Der Text folgt der Ausgabe Venedig 1493, wobei der allegorische Kommentar des Humanisten C. Landino (1424-1504) zuerst 1481 gedruckt wurde. Dantes "Comedia" existierte zu diesem Zeitpunkt in über 600 teils unvollständigen Handschriften sowie rund 200 Auszügen und ist bis heute nicht in seiner Urschrift rekonstruiert; und: "Das Beiwort 'Divina' wurde erst 1555 hinzugefügt" (PMM 60). Die Holzschnitte wurden übernommen aus der venezianischen Ausgabe des Petrus de Piasiis von 1491, stammen vom Meister des Pico Plinius und und sind als freie Adaptionen möglicherweise angeregt von Zeichnungen Botticellis, der sie für eine Comedia-Handschrift aus dem Besitz des Lorenzo de' Medici anfertigte (zuerst gerissen von Baldini für die Florentiner 1481er Ausgabe; vgl. die Abb. in PMM S. 61). GW 7972; Hain-Coppinger 5953 = Hain 5945; BSB-Ink D-11; BM STC 209; vgl. Sammlung Schäfer 18; vgl. PMM 59ff. Etwas berieben und bestoßen; am Rücken kleine Bezugsfehlstelle (ca. 1/2 cm ); teils etwas gebrauchs- und braunfleckig (das letzte Bl. stärker); erste und letzte Bl. angerändert, teils an den Rändern repariert und ergänzt; Titel gestempelt und mit hs. Glossen (nahezu unleserlich); letztes Bl. mit kl. Loch und geringem Buchstabenverlust; das fehlende letzte Bl. mit einseitigem Register liegt als Fotokopie bei. IT

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         Ercole e Anteo

      1497 - Bulino, circa 1497. Magnifica prova, dell’unico stato, impressa su carta vergata coeva priva di filigrana, rifilata all’interno del rame, lievi interventi di restauro perfettamente eseguiti, nel complesso in buono stato di conservazione. Come sempre, per le opere del Mantegna, non si può parlare di esemplare completo; come per molte opere del XV secolo gli esemplari completi dell’impronta del rame sono pratiamente introvabili. La composizione deriva dagli affreschi del Mantegna nella Camera degli Sposi; il tema delle fatiche di Ercole era uno dei più popolari dell’arte del Rinascimento, in particolare in quella del Mantegna e della sua scuola. Oltre a questo lavoro e agli affreschi, ci sono pervenuti un disegno, conservato agli Uffizi, altre due incisioni della scuola e due firmate da Giovanni Antonio da Brescia. L’opera rappresenta uno dei lavori di maggior qualità tra le incisioni della cerchia del Mantegna, molto vicino alla tecnica del Maestro. Recenti studi di Landau e Borsch assegnano la paternità dell’opera ad un pittore, il cui nome rimane ignoto, denominato Primo Incisore. Si tratterebbe dell’autore di molte delle opere della scuola di Mantegna, ad eccezione di quelle firmate da Giovanni Antonio da Brescia, al quale vengono assegnate anche alcune in precedenza attribuite a Andrea Zoan. Engraving, 1497 circa. Magnificent work, sole state, printed on contemporary laid paper without watermark, trimmed inside the platemark, minor repairs perfectly executed, in general in excellent condition; like many works of the XV century, examples trimmed to platemark are rare to be found. The composition has been realized after the drawings of Mantegna in the Room of Husband and Wife; the theme of Hercules was one of the most popular during the Reinassance, particularly for Mantegna and his workshop. Apart from this work and the frescoes, there is a drawing and four engravings of the workshop, two signed by Giovanni Antonio da Brescia. This work can be considered one of the best quality examples ever realized in the circle of Mantegna, and very close to the technique of the Maestro. Recent studies ascribe this work to an unknown painter, called Primo Incisore (First Engraver). He might be the author of many works in the workshop of Mantegna, exept for those signed by Giovanni Antonio da Brescia. Bibliografia: Hind pag. 25, 17; Bartsch 26; TIB pp. 118/119, 020; Early Italian Engraving from the National Gallery of Art pp. 218/221, 83. Dimensioni 195x280. Dimensioni 353 457mm [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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         Psalterium.

      (Colophon: Nürnberg, Koberger, 1497). 4to. Beautiful contemporary full blindstamped calf binding. Recased with newer spine, preserving 90% of the original boards, also partly preserving brass clasps, but not ties. Newer marbled end-papers. A few small wormholes. Title-page dusty and fist and last leaves a bit frayed at edges. Some leaves with a - mostly faint - damp stain. All in all nice, clean, and well preserved. 170 ff + final blank. Second Koberger-printing of Bruno's excellent and highly important edition of the Psalms with commentaries. Hain: 4013.

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         Meditationes vitae Christi, (or in full:) Meditationes devotissime totius vite domini nostri Jesu Christi.

      Venice, Manfredus de Bonellis, de Monteferrato, December 14, 1497. At the end two poems: Bonaventura, Lignum vitae; and Johannes Peckham, Canticum de sanctissimo nomine Jesu Christi. 15 x 11 cm. Overlapping vellum. 66 leaves, the last blank (with mistakes in the page numbering). Title page with a woodcut of the Pietà on recto and another of the Crucifixion on verso. Text printed in two columns. One 5-line woodcut capital and numerous 2-line capitals. Reprint of a very popular book written by an unknown Franciscan. Large bookplate of Manfred Mehl, elegant bookplate (embossed, gilt, in colors) of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica. A little soiling and browning, vague light brown stain on title page, marginal inkstain at the end.* Meditations about the life of Christ. Long attributed to St. Bonaventura. Second edition with illustrations, a small book. Goff B 899. 42 complete copies in libraries, but not in Belgium or the Netherlands (only BPH is mentioned, which is this copy).

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         Venedig". Altkolorierter Holzschnitt. Aus: (Schedel, Hartmann), Liber chronicarum cum figuris er ymaginibus ad inicio mu(n)di usq(ue) nu(n)c temporis.

      Augsburg, Johann Schönsperger, 1497 - Doppelte Buchseite aus der 1496 vom Verlag Schönberger in Augsburg gedruckten verkleinerten Ausgabe der Schedelschen Weltchronik von 1493 mit schöner Ansicht von Venedig. - Die Holzschnitte des sogenannten Kleinen Schedel sind verkleinerte Nachschnitte der ersten Augabe nach M. Wolgemuth und W. Pleydenwurff, jedoch in einem ganz auf Schwarz-Weiß Wirkung gestellten Stil. - Mittelfalz und Ränder fachmännisch restauriert. - *** Matthäus TRUPPE * Stubenberggasse 7 * A-8010 GRAZ *** - Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1000 Ca. 8,5 cm x 33,5 cm (Bildfläche); ca. 27 cm x 36 cm (doppelte Buchseite).

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         Epistolae. Regula monachorum ex epistolis Hieronymi.

      Ferrare, Laurentius de Rubeis, 1497. ____ Première édition illustrée et première édition en italien. C'est un des plus beaux incunables illustrés imprimés en Italie. Cinq feuillets sont illustrés à pleine page avec un encadrement de bois gravés ( feuillets 2a, 5b, 6a, 253b, 254a) et l'on compte 188 charmants bois gravés dans le texte de la largeur d'une colonne. L'artiste, resté anonyme, a gravé, non sans humour, sur toutes les vignettes où figure Saint-Jérome, un lion dont l'expression faciale change suivant les événements auquel il assiste. L'ouvrage est élégament imprimé en caractères romains, sur deux colonnes. Il existe plusieurs variantes du feuillet 5b. Celui-ci contient une dédicace à Augustinus Barbadicus datée de 1495. On connaît 30 ouvrages sortis des presses de Lorenzo de Rossi, alias Laurentius de Rubeis. L'année 1497 a été sa période la plus florissante. Il y imprima ses deux plus beaux ouvrages, le 'De claris mulieribus' de Bergomensis et ces "Lettres" de Saint-Jérome en italien. Au vu de la richesse du matériel xylographique utilisé dans ces deux ouvrage, on pense qu'il devait bénéficier du soutien d'un riche mécène. L'exemplaire est complet, ce qui est rare, des deux titres xylographiques et de la vie de Saint-Jérome en début d'ouvrage. Premier titre xylographique doublé et habilement restauré dans sa marge latérale avec trois lettres en fac-similé. Quelques piqûres de vers dans la seconde partie du volume sans gravité. Bel exemplaire. BMC VI, 614. Goff H-178. ISTC : ih00178000. ***** First edition in Italian and first illustrated edition. One of the finest illustrated Italian incunabulas. Illustrated by two xylographic titles, 5 full pages illustrated with woodcut borders and with 188 column-width woodcuts. Variant of the folio 5b with the dedication to Augustinus Barbadicus, dated 1495. Complete copy, which is rare, with the two xylographic titles (Britisch Museum copy lacks one) and the life of S. Jerome at the beginning. First xylographic title restored, with 3 letters in facsimile, small wormholes in the second part of the volume, with no damage. Good copy. In-folio. [320 x 223 mm] Collation : (IV), CCLXX, ff. Veau brun, dos à nerfs orné, encadrements à froids sur les plats avec fleurons dorés aux angles. (Reliure récente dans le style de l'époque.).

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         Ortus Sanitatis. De herbis & plantis. De Animalibus & reptilibus. De Avibus & volatilibus. De Piscibus & natatilibus, De Lapidibus & in terre venis nasce(n)tibus, De Urinis & earum speciebus, Tabula medicinalis Cum directorio generali per omnes tractatus.

      [Strasbourg, Johann Prüss, c. a. 1497]. ____ Magnifique édition, illustrée de plus de 1000 bois gravés de ce "Jardin de santé", un encyclopédie médiévale de la Nature : plantes, animaux terrestres, oiseaux, poissons et pierres y sont traités successivement. Seconde ou troisième édition. (Il y a deux éditions chez Johann Prüss, non datées, qui ont été publiées autour de 1497.) Elles suivent la première de Mayence en 1491. L'Hortus sanitatis est la compilation la plus étendue des connaissance en botanique que l'on nomme "herbiers". Il est basé sur le "Gart der Gesundheit" (vers 1485), mais a été presque entièrement réécrit et très augmenté pour ce qui concerne les animaux et les minéraux. Ils n'étaient que schématiquement représenté dans le précédent ouvrage. C'est dans les éditions de Prüss qu'apparaît pour la première fois un grand bois gravé d'un squelette humain et il a été joint dans la plupart des éditions d'herbier qui ont suivies. Livres d'usages, les herbiers anciens sont le plus souvent incomplets. Il manque ici le Traité des urines (cahiers aa6 et bb4) qui n'a jamais été relié dans cet exemplaire et le dernier feuillet ee6 (fin de la table au recto, le verso est blanc) Quelques auréoles dans les marges, salissures sur la reliure, accroc à la coiffe, mais très bon exemplaire grand de marges.***** Splendid edition, illustrated by more than 1000 woodcuts, of this medieval encyclopedia of the natural world. Second or third edition. (There are two undated editions by Johann Prüss, issued around 1497). They follow the first of 1491, in Mainz. The "Hortus sanitatis" is the third and most extensive of the fundamental botanical compilations which are generally now called 'herbals'. The first was the 'Herbarius' of 1484 and the second the enlargement called 'Gart der Gesundheit'. The third form, though based in part on the 'Gart der Gesundheit', was almost entirely rewritten and elaborated upon, especially in the parts on animals, birds, fishes, stones and minerals (all of which were but sketchily represented in the earlier work); the text on herbs too is quite different, each chapter beginning with a description of the plant, its synonyms, and often something about its geographical origin, and ending with a list of the plant's medicinal virtues in a separate section headed 'Operationes. The woodcut of an human skeleton appears in the Prüss' editions for the first time in an Herbal, and was added to most editions published after this. It represents, from a graphic point of view, the best that was published of this kind before Vesalius. (Hunt) Most copies of herbals books are incomplete. This one lacks the treatise on urines (gathering aa6 et bb4), which has never been bound in, and the last leaf ee6 (with the end of the table on recto, the verso is blank). ISTC : ih00488000. Goff H488. GW 13549. In-folio. [29,5 x 21 mm] Collation : (349 ff. sur 360) Vélin à rabats. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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         Pontificale romanum. Edité par Jacobus de Lutiis et Johannes Burchardus.

      Rome, Stephanus Plannck, 16 Aout 1497. ____ Très bel incunable imprimé en noir et rouge, avec musique gravée. Le premier feuillet de texte est superbement enluminé. Au centre d'une grande initiale à rinceaux, on a peint le portrait d'un pape Borgia, Alexandre VI (On retrouve le même grand nez sur son portrait officiel et cette miniature!). Il a été Pape de 1492 à 1503. De son vrai nom, Rodrigo Borgia, on lui connut au moins quatre enfants, dont Cesare et Lucrezia Borgia. Les marges de ce même feuillet sont ornées d'un beau décor floral et de deux écussons d'armes. Impression en rouge et noir, musique imprimée sur cinq portées et initiales gravées. Nombreuses grandes initiales peintes en rouge ou bleu. Ce volume est une prouesse typographique puisque chaque feuillet a nécessité deux passages sous la presse, le noir a été imprimé en premier, puis le rouge. Les portées de musique sont en rouge et les neumes en noir. Seconde édition incunable, la première chez même imprimeur en 1485. Ce sont les deux seules du XVe siècle. L'ouvrage contient les cérémonies et sacrements conduits par les éveques. Provenance : Les deux écussons peints dans les marges, sont probablement espagnols ou portugais. Un blason piriforme porte cinq châteaux d'or et un autre est d'or à la bande d'azur surmonté d'une mître d'évêque, avec la mention "dni nri ihu xpi mi absit gloa nisi in " [ Mihi absit gloriari nisi in cruce domini nostri Jesus Christi (Saint Paul, Epitre aux Galates)]. Auréoles d'humidité dans la marge inférieure des premiers feuillets, quelques manques de cuir à la reliure (coiffes, petits manques sur le premier plat, un manque au second plat au niveau du fermoir). Le dernier feuillet blanc manque. Bon exemplaire dans une élégante reliure espagole (?) de l'époque.***** Very fine incunabula printed in red and black, with engraved music. The first folio of text is illuminated, in the center of a large initial, with the portrait of Pope Borgia, Alexandre VI (we find the same big nose in its official portrait and this miniature !). He was Pope from 1492 till 1503. Rodrigo Borgia, is said to had at least four children, among them, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia. The margins of the same leaf are illuminated with a beautiful floral decoration and with two coat of arms. Printed in red and black, printed music on staves, woodcut initials, large painted initials in blue or red. This volume is a typographic exploit because every leaf required two impressions, the black was printed first, then the red. The five lines staves are printed in red and the neumes in black. Second edition, the first one by the same printer in 1485. These were the only two editions printed in the 15th century.The work contains the rites and sacraments performed by bishops. Some small loss of leather of the binding, dampstain at the bottom margins of first leaves. The last folio blank is missing. A fine copy in very nice contemporary Spanish (?) binding. BMC IV, 99. IGI 8021. Goff P-934. ISTC ip00934000. In-folio. [318 x 220 mm] Collation : (4), 226, (1) ff. [a-z8, A-D8, E6,F5] Veau brun sur ais de bois, dos à nerfs orné de fleurons à froid, plats estampés d'un décor de trois encadrements et un losange au centre, fermoirs en laiton, tranches rouges (Reliure de l'époque).

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         Ein gute Ordnung und kurtze Unterricht der furnemsten Grunde, aus denen die Jungen zierlichs Schreybens begirlich, mit besonderer Kunst und Behendigkeyt unterricht und geübt möge[n] werden, .Including: Anweysung einer gemeinen hanndschrift, .Nuremberg, Johann Neudörffer, "1538" [ca. 1539]. 2 parts in 1 volume. Oblong small folio (14.5 x 23.5 cm). With 49 (of 54?) etched calligraphic model plates, including 3 (of 4) folding: 48 printed in mirror-image and 1 right-reading (apparently a counterproof). Two are printed in red ink. With 5 leaves ruled in red, and 45 "rubricated" with gold. 17th-century(?) sheepskin parchment.

      - Bonacini 1279, 1273; Doede, Schreibmeisterbücher 3; Doede, "Joh. Neudörffers Hauptwerk", in: Philobiblon I, pp. 20-29. Rare writingmaster's calligraphic copper-plate model book, the principal work of the Nuremberg writing master and reckoning master, Johann Neudörffer the elder (1497-1563): one of the finest and most charming writing books of the Renaissance. Neudörffer first produced his model book in 1538 and he etched additional plates to add further leaves over the years, helped in the latest years by his son. The writing book shows models of alphabets and writing exercises in various hands, with model alphabets as well as calligraphic letters, deeds and documents, Biblical verses, general educational statements, and proverbs. Nearly all are in German and written in gothic hands, but leaf 46 is in Latin and written in a humanistic cursive, and a few others show some humanistic influences.With bookplate on paste-down. Lacking 4 leaves and with some browning and a small stain in leaf 32, but otherwise in good condition, with occasional spots or minor marginal defects. Binding slightly worn and soiled. A rare and important writing book, in one of the earliest printings.

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         In 1497, Columbus' patrons, Ferdinand and Isabella sign a letter with Inquisition and Judaica association!!!

      Medina del Campo, Spain, July 30, 1497. 8.25" x 5.25". "Manuscript Letter Signed ""Yo el Rey"" (""I the King"") and ""Yo la Reyna"" (""I the Queen""), 1 page, 8.25"" x 5.25"". Medina del Campo, Spain, July 30, 1497. In Spanish, translated. Fine condition.In full, ""Dr. Alfonso Ramires de Villaescusa, our municipal royal representative [corregidor] in the town of Villadolid. We have seen your letter, and regarding what you say about Francisco de Santiestevan entering into and remaining in that town while the count of Ribadeo is absent, let him remain there, as we sent to order you And when you learn that the count is coming there, let the said Francisco de Santiestevan depart to someplace where he may remain until we give order in the matter as may redound to our service."" The Count of Ribadeo was regidor [municipal councilor] of Valladolid. Alfonso Ramires de Villaescusa was mayor of Valladolid. From 1508-1511, regidor of Valladolid was Francisco de Santiestevan.At the lower right, ""By order of the King and Queen / Juan de la Parra.""Between 1485 and 1490, Alfonso Ramires de Villaescusa was sent to Toledo as a judge concerning property confiscated by the Inquisition. In 1491, the Royal Court at Valladolid, presided over by the Bishop of Leon, wrongfully allowed an appeal of an order by the Supreme Council of the Inquisition to Rome, Queen Isabella promptly dismissed the bishop and all the judges and replaced them. In 1492, the daughter of heretical parents in Valladolid were successful in their appeal to the judge, Alfonso Ramires de Villaescusa, to return some property. Dr. de Villaescusa, served as a judge of the goods confiscated from those punished by the Inquisition. His daughter married into an important converso family that used the name Sánchez de Toledo. The principal target of the Inquisition was the conversos, descendants of Spanish Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity some three generations earlier. Jews were the only heretics mentioned in Ferdinand and Isabella's royal decree in 1480, which set up the Inquisition. Professor Ben-Zion Netanyahu, father of the Prime Minister, wrote in “The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain” (1995), in part, ""The royal decree explicitly stated that the Inquisition was instituted to search out and punish converts from Judaism who transgressed against Christianity by secretly adhering to Jewish beliefs and performing rites and ceremonies of the Jews.” The main reason stated in the royal Edict of Expulsion, signed on March 31,1492, was to keep Jews from re-Judaizing the converses. Jewish money was now needed to rebuild the kingdom after the costly war against the Muslims. It was easier to expel all the Jews at once and confiscate the wealth and property they would leave behind.In Conversos, Inquisition, and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain (1995), Norman Roth writes of a letter from Ferdinand and Isabella to the Count of Ribadeo written on March 31, 1492,to inform the Count of the decree, the Edict of Expulsion, issued that very day. Roth notes the similarities of the language used by the monarchs in this letter and in their decree. He writes, in part, ""This letter is important because it adds some specific information: that they were informed by the inquisitors and 'from other parts' that the earlier remedies (separate juderías [Jewish-only neighborhoods], expulsions from Andalucía and Zaragoza) had been of no avail, and only expelling the Jews completely would stop the 'evils and harm which come to the Christians from participating with and conversation with the said Jews' who continue to 'pervert' them (words almost identical to those in the decree). Thus, if we did not already suspect it, we here have proof that it was the Inquisitors who were responsible for the Expulsion."" A successful claim to Judge de Villaescusa was made by Francisco de Leon in 1495 for money owed him by a condemned heretic. Much of the income of judges depended directly upon fines and fees.Isabella and Ferdinand were married in Valladolid in 1469; Columbus died there in 1506. "

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         De triplici vita.

      Basel: J. Amerbach 1497. 4to (20,5 x 14,0 cm). 100 unn lvs. Two types; 25:87R and 26:148G. 33 lines to the page. Minuscules for initials. Later binding, covers with old antiphon leaf. De Triplici Vita, also known as De Vita Libri Tres (Three books of life) was the first time published in 1489 by Antonio Miscomini from Florence (GW 9882). This influential neoplatonic work on how to maintain health and vigor, is a rather curious mixture of different sciences of those times as e.g. medicine (Ficino was a physician to Cosimo), astrology, magic, hermeticism and philosophy. The first book "De vita sana &c" is the first work on the special health problems of scholars. The third book, "De vita coelitus &c", on the heavenly influences on man's life, discusses the influence of the planets on the intellectual's health, his body as well as his mind. Marsilio Ficino was an Italian humanist, neoplatonist, philosopher and head of the Academia Platonica, a refounding of Plato's Academy by Ficino's patron Cosimo de Medici in Florence. He translated Plato's entire corpus in Latin. This is the 4th edition of this work and the 2nd printed by Amerbach. It contains 3 tracts, as indicated on the first 4 lines of leaf aiii-r. Two contemp. handwritten ex-libri in ink. A great number of conttemp. marginal annotations in ink. First and last leaf bit fingermarked and stained, a few leaves with unobtrusive marginal dampstaining. A fine, very well-preserved incunable in attractive binding. For a full description and more images please visit www.zaalbooks.nl .

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         De Philippi Melanchthonis Ortu, Totius Vitae Curriculo et Morte.

      Octavo. [20] pp 1-419 [1] pp 420-23 [18] Seiten. Hardcover. Wunderbare, lackierte Ganzlederausgabe des späten 18.Jahrhunderts / Frühen 19.Jahrhunderts, mit Verzierungen von Bayntun Riviere. Sehr guter Zustand mit nur wenigen Gebrauchsspuren. Einige Annotationen von alter Hand. Philip Melanchthon (Philippus Melanchthon) (16 February 1497 19 April 1560), born Philipp Schwartzerdt, was a German reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation, intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation, and an influential designer of educational systems. He stands next to Luther and Calvin as a reformer, theologian, and molder of Protestantism. Along with Luther, he is the primary founder of Lutheranism. They both denounced what they believed was the exaggerated cult of the saints, asserted justification by faith, and denounced the coercion of the conscience in the sacrament of penance by the Catholic Church, that they believed could not offer certainty of salvation. In unison they rejected transubstantiation, the belief that the bread from the Lord's Supper becomes Christ's body when consecrated. Melanchthon made the distinction between law and gospel the central formula for Lutheran evangelical insight. By the "law", he meant God's requirements both in Old and New Testament the "gospel" meant the free gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. He was born Philipp Schwartzerdt (of which "Melanchthon" is a Greek translation) on 16 February 1497, at Bretten, near Karlsruhe, where his father Georg Schwarzerdt was armorer to Philip, Count Palatine of the Rhine. His birthplace, along with almost the whole city of Bretten, was burned in 1689 by French troops during the War of the Palatinate Succession. The town's Melanchthonhaus was built on its site in 1897. In 1507 he was sent to the Latin school at Pforzheim, where the rector, Georg Simler of Wimpfen, introduced him to the Latin and Greek poets and Aristotle. He was influenced by his great-uncle Johann Reuchlin, brother of his maternal grandmother, a representative humanist. It was Reuchlin who suggested the change from Schwartzerdt (literally black earth), into the Greek equivalent Melanchthon, a custom which was usual among humanists of that time. Still young, he entered in 1509 the University of Heidelberg where he studied philosophy, rhetoric, and astronomy/astrology, and was known as a good Greek scholar. On being refused the degree of master in 1512 on account of his youth, he went to Tübingen, where he continued humanistic studies, but also worked on jurisprudence, mathematics, and medicine. While there, he was taught the technical aspects of astrology by Johannes Stöffler. Having taken the degree of master in 1516, he began to study theology. Under the influence of men like Reuchlin and Erasmus he became convinced that true Christianity was something different from scholastic theology as it was taught at the university. He became a conventor (repentant) in the contubernium and instructed younger scholars. He also lectured on oratory, on Virgil and Livy. His first publications were an edition of Terence (1516) and his Greek grammar (1518), but he had written previously the preface to the Epistolae clarorum virorum of Reuchlin (1514). Opposed as a reformer at Tübingen, he accepted a call to the University of Wittenberg by Martin Luther, recommended by his great-uncle Johann Reuchlin. Melanchthon became professor of the Greek language in Wittenberg at the age of 21. He studied the Scripture, especially of Paul, and Evangelical doctrine. He was present at the disputation of Leipzig (1519) as a spectator, but participated by his comments. Johann Eck having attacked his views, Melanchthon replied based on the authority of Scripture in his Defensio contra Johannem Eckium (Wittenberg, 1519). After lectures on the Gospel of Matthew and the Epistle to the Romans, together with his investigations into the doctrines of Paul, he was granted the degree of bachelor of theology, and was transferred to the theological faculty. He married Katharina Krapp, daughter of Wittenberg's mayor, on 25 November 1520. (Wikipedia)

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         Quas de francorum regum gestis scripsit annales. Necnon Huberti Veleii senatorii advocati, consertum aggerem quo ea qaue ille fato praeventus minme excpleverat, ad tempora nostra nectuntur, quae si benigno legens oculo non aspernenda iudicabis....

      ...(Compendium super Francorum gestis). - Mit großer Druckermarke auf dem Titel, Wappenholzschnittbordüre auf der letzten Seite der Einleitung und auf der letzten Seite sowie mit zahlr. teils figürlichen Initialen (Metallschnitte). Etwas berieben und bestoßen Fehlstellen an den Kapitalen professionell ergänzt Titel stockfleckig und einige weitere Bll. etwas stockfleckig einige Bll. am Kopf etwas fleckig (Spuren eines Brandes) letzte Seite im Kopfsteg mit Papierstreifen (überklebter Besitzvermerk o. Ähnliches) alte Bibliothekssignatur auf dem Titel. Zuerst 1497 (falsch 1495) erschienene Geschichte der Franken bzw. der fränkischen Könige und Kaiser - hier in einem sehr schönen Druck des Pariser Frühdruckers Jean (Jehan) Petit. Adams G 20/ NUC, Vol, 189, 17/ nicht im BMC.

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         Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus ab initio mûdi usque nunc têporis. 1. Auflage der Edition (eine 2. erfolgte 1500).

      Augsburg, Schönsperger, 1. Februar 1497. - CCCxxxviii (recte 339, davon fehlen 7) fol., 21 Bll. (von 25). Mit ca. 1800 Holzschnitten nach M. Wohlgemut und Wilh. Pleydenwurff; gotische Type, 2 Spalten, 51 Zeilen. Kl.2° (28 x 20 cm). Etwas späterer dunkelbrauner Kalbslederband auf Holzdeckeln und 5 Bünden. Berieben, etwas bestoßen und trocknungsrissig mit geringem Bezugsverlust; es fehlen die ersten 5 Bll., 2 Bl. im laufenden Text (f2, i3 mit Ansicht von Mainz), die Karte, 4 Bl. des Registers und 2 weiße Bl.; gelegentlich schwach wasserrandig und fingerfleckig; einige wenige marginale Risse und Fehlstellen (alt hinterlegt) - 2 Bl. zu Beginn, ein weiteres und 2 des Registers dadurch mit Textfehlstellen in der Ecke; schwach gebräunt; hs. Besitzvermerk und Glossen (in Latein) eines Nicolaus Lentz auf Vorsatz, datiert 1815 und 1818. Vermutlich im 19. Jahrhundert wurden der Einband fachgerecht restauriert und die Vorsätze erneuert; die fehlenden Bl. fehlten damals schon. Das "umfangreichste(n) deutsche(n) Holzschnittwerk(es) des 15. Jahrh." (Thieme/Becker 36, 175 über Wohlgemut) mit ca. 120 Stadtansichten und 4 blattgoßen Holzschnitten; Holzschnitte in meist kräftigen Abdrucken; zahlreiche Abbildungen wiederholt. L. Baer (Die illustrierten Historienbücher des 15. Jahrhunderts. Straßburg 1903, S. 172-185) stellt fest, dass die Illustrationen dieses Augsburger Ausgabe, obwohl nur Kopien nach Michel Wohlgemut und Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, "klarer und unmittelbarer wirken, als wie die der Wohlgemut'schen Werkstatt" (S. 182), was u. a. darauf zurückzuführen ist, dass mehr der "Wirklichkeit entsprechende Formationen" der Landschaften (S. 183) gestaltet wurden und insgesamt eine "einheitliche Lichtbehandlung" durchgeführt wurde. Durch das verkleinerte Format relativ zu den Originalen fanden die Kopisten zu einer Darstellungsart, die "eine Bemalung vollständig überflüssig" macht und somit "erst eine unabhängige graphische Kunst" darstellt (S. 182), d. h. eigenständigen Rang erhält. Der 'kleine Schedel' in Klein-Folio ist ein Raubdruck der Groß-Folio-Ausgabe von Koberger in Nürnberg (1493) und seltener als diese, obwohl er vom "Plagiator" Schönsperger (cf. L. Baer) als 'Volksausgabe' konzipiert wurde. Hain-Copinger 14509; Brunet I, 1860; Goff S-308; BMC II, 370; BSB S-196. LA

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         1497 1st ed Eusebius Evangelical Preparation Christianity v Paganism Trebizond

      Venetiis : Bernardinus Benalius exactissima impressit diligentia, 1497, Pridie Kalendas Iunias [31 May] - 1497 1st ed Eusebius Evangelical Preparation Christianity v Paganism Trebizond BEAUTIFUL & COMPLETE FOLIO Rubricated & RARE While Eusebius is most known for his church histories, this work attempts to prove the excellence of Christianity over other world, pagan religions and philosophies. Eusebius himself considered this work to be an educational tool on basic Christianity for pagans. Eusebius (265 – 340 AD), was a Roman historian, of Greek descent, exegete and Christian polemicist. He became the Bishop of Early centers of Caesarea about the year 314 A.D. Together with Pamphilus, he was a scholar of the Biblical canon and is regarded as an extremely well learned Christian of his time. As "Father of Church History" he produced the Ecclesiastical History, On the Life of Pamphilus, the Chronicle and On the Martyrs. George of Trebizond (1395 – 1472) was a Greek philosopher, scholar and humanist. Very rare with no other example for sale worldwide Main author: Eusebius, of Caesarea Bishop of Caesarea; George of Trebizond Title: Eusebius de euangelica Præparatione a Georgio Trapezuntio e græco in latinum traductus : opus cuiq[ue] fideli non solum utile ueru[m] etia[m] iocundum & p[er] necessariu[m] nouissime impres-sum & exactissime emendatum. Published: Venetiis : Bernardinus Benalius exactissima impressit diligentia, 1497, Pridie Kalendas Iunias [31 May] Language: Latin Notes & contents: • 1st edition thus o 5th overall edition, o 1st edition by Benalius • Meets collation: 108 leaves, complete • Hand-drawn initials in red • Bibliographic references: o BMC, V 376; o Goff, Census E122; o GKW 9444; o HC 6706; o Polain (B) 1433; o Proctor 4893; o Stillwell E95 • Beautiful leather binding FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE Wear: wear as seen in photos Binding: tight & secure leather binding Pages: complete with all 108 leaves Publisher: Venetiis : Bernardinus Benalius exactissima impressit diligentia, 1497, Pridie Kalendas Iunias [31 May] Size: ~13in X 9in (33cm x 22.5cm) FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE Shipping: Very Fast. Very Safe. Free Shipping Worldwide. Satisfaction Guarantee: Customer satisfaction is our priority. Notify us within 7 days of receiving your item and we will offer a full refund guarantee without reservation. $5500 Photos available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Fe Estabelecida sobre a Cruz de Christo Triunfante. Libro Aureo composto pelo excellente Doutor Fra. Hieronymo Savonarola de Ferrara, em Lingua Latina e Toscana [Dialogo della Verità. 1497] traduzido na Castelhana por João Lourenço Otananti, florentino, e na Portugueza acrescentado pelo P.M. Fr. Roque de Santa Theresa, Religioso da Ordem de Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Observancia. Dedicado ao Illmo. e Revdmo. Senhor Dom Francisco Joseph de Lancastro, Bispo Inquisidor Geral, do Conselho de S. Magestade.

      1497. Lisboa, na Officina de Miguel Deslandes, 1698. 4to.; 16 hs., 259 pp. Encuadernación en piel marbreada, de la época, con lomera profusamente ornada.

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         DOCUMENTOS SOBRE OS PORTUGUESES EM MOÇAMBIQUE E NA ÁFRICA CENTRAL 1497 ? 1840.

      - DOCUMENTS ON THE PORTUGUESE IN MOZAMBIQUE AND CENTRAL AFRICA. VOL. I 1497 ? 1506) [a VOL. IX (1589 ? 1615)], Lisboa. National Archives of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Centro de Estudos Históricos e Ultramarinos. 1962 [1989] De 25x18 cm. 9 Volumes com xxxvi, 832 + xxx, 612 + xxviii, 662 + xiv, 604 + xxii, 623 + xiv, 510 + xvi, 580 + xx, 613 + xxxii, 498 págs. Encadernações do editor em percalina, com títulos gravados a ouro nas lombadas e sobrecapas de protecção. Ilustrado em extratexto sobre papel couché.No vol. VIII com o retrato de Manuel Guilherme Freire de Andrade. Obra impressa com muita nitidez sobre papel de excelente qualidade. Todos os volumes incluem índices dos documentos e índices onomásticos, geográficos e ideográficos. O volume IX e último foi publicado pelos National Archives of Zimbabwe, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane e Centro de Estudos de História e Cartografia Antiga do Instituto de Investigação Científica e Tropical. O volume I contém prefácio de A. Da Silva e Rego e T. W. Baxter. O volume VIII contém texto em memória de Manuel Guilherme Freire de Andrade (1909-1971), tradutor de grande parte dos documentos para inglês, da autoria de Silva Rego e E. E. BurKe. O volume IX contém nota introdutória de Luís de Albuquerque e Prólogo (Foreword) de Angeline S. Kamba dos Arquivos Nacionais do Zimbabwe. Importante trabalho de edição de preciosas fontes para a história de Portugal, de Moçambique e dos países limítrofes, disponibilizando aos estudiosos a edição rigorosa e fiel de 642 documentos produzidos entre 1497 e 1615, acompanhados de excelentes traduções em inglês. Os documentos estão custodiados em diversos arquivos e bibliotecas de diversos países com destaque para a Torre do Tombo. Obra completa e não disponível em mais nenhuma edição. 25x18 cm. 9 Volumes: xxxvi, 832 + xxx, 612 + xxviii, 662 + xiv, 604 + xxii, 623 + xiv, 510 + xvi, 580 + xx, 613 + xxxii, 498 pp. Binding: Editor?s binding in percaline, gilt titles on spine and dust covers. Illustrated hors-text in glazed paper. In volume VIII with the portrait of Manuel Guilherme Freire de Andrade. Very clear printing on excellent quality paper. All the volumes include onomastic, geographic and ideographic indexes. Volume IX, and last, was published by the National Archives of Zimbabwe, Eduardo Mondlane University and Centre of Studies of History and Ancient Cartography of the Institute of Scientific and Tropical Research [Instituto de Investigação Científica e Tropical]. Volume I contains a foreword by A. Da Silva e Rego and T. W. Baxter. Volume VIII contains the text in memory of Manuel Guilherme Freire de Andrade (1909-1971), translator of the most part of the documents into English, written by Silva Rego and E.E. BurKe, The volume IX contains an introductory note by Luís de Albuquerque and a Foreword by de Angeline S. Kamba of the National Archives of Zimbabwe. An important editing work of precious sources of the history of Portugal, Mozambique and surrounding countries, making available for scholars the thorough and faithful edition of 642 documents, issued between 1497 and 1615, together with excellent English translations. The original documents belong to several archives and libraries of different countries, mainly Torre do Tombo [Portuguese National Archives]. Complete work and not available in any other edition. Location/localizacao: 7-A1-E-36

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         De Architectura...

      4to. (62) ff., A-I6, K-L4. Early vellum boards, spine with double gilt ruled compartments. Foliated initials throughout, two pages with diagrams in the text and one page with two diagrams across the whole of the recto. Expert repair to the head of the lower joint, some light marking to the boards, one leaf (B6) browned, very good.The third of three incunable editions of Vitruvius' seminal treatise on architecture. Usually appearing in a single volume bound with editions of Cleonides' Harmonicum Introductorium, two works by Poliziano and a work on aquaducts by Frontinus, but here found on its own.

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         Libro philomusi, Panegyrici ad Rege[m] Tragedia[m] de Thurcis et Suldano Dyalog[us] de heresiarchis. Strasbourg, Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, [not before 15 May] 1497.

      1497. 4to. 62 ff. 30-33 lines and heading line (Roman type 17:145G, 22:89G); several woodcut Greek interspersions (K6v & I3r). With full-page woodcut on reverse of title page, additional full-page woodcut on f. Jiv, and 17 half-page woodcuts in the text (with some repeats). Mid-18th-century boards using an 18th-century antiphonary. First edition of the author's first important work, an exhortation to fight the Turks, couched as a Latin tragedy. Jakob Locher (1471-1528) had been created poet laureate but months before. The volume is concluded by a "Dyalogus" against all forms of heresy (and including encomia and dedicatory addresses to the Emperor and the nobles of court and clergy). - Contains fine woodcuts, some of which were used previously in the Strasbourg editions of Terence and the Ship of Fools; at least six blocks were cut originally for this book. "The opening woodcut depicts the author and newly crowned poet laureate" (cf. von Arnim). This is the earlier impression without the armorial woodcut on fol. B6r (as in Schramm); the final line of fol. J3r still reads "tekos" (for "telos"). Typographical errors "Jacboi" on fol. L2r; "Daum" (for "Datum") in final line of fol. L3r; colophone reads "anno christo". A pinhead-sized wormhole throughout the blank margin (not touching text). Top edge trimmed rather closely in places; a few underlinings by a contemporary hand. Altogether a fine, very clean copy. Extremely rare; last seen in the trade more than a decade ago (Shipperdson-Field-Nakles copy, Christie's New York, 17 April 2000, lot 22: $15,275). HC 10153*. Goff L-264. GW M18631. BMC I, 112. BSB-Ink L-206. Schreiber 4513. Grüninger 32. Schramm XX, 23. Slg. Schäfer 212. Goedeke I, 427, 9.

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         Naturae historiarum libri XXXVII. E castigationibus Hermolai Barbari quam emendatissime editi. Venice, Bernardinus Benalius, 1497 (but not before 13 Feb. 1498).

      1497. Folio. 268 ff. Contemporary vellum with ms. title to spine. Fine incunabular edition of Pliny's famous encylopedic work, covering the entire field of ancient knowledge. With his "Natural History", Pliny gives a mathematical and physical description of the world, discusses geography, ethnography, anthropology, human physiology, zoology, botany, mineralogy, sculpture and painting. As "a purveyor of information both scientific and nonscientific, Pliny holds a place of exceptional importance in the tradition and diffusion of culture" (DSB). Through the present work Pliny "gives us by far the most detailed account of the coast of the United Arab Emirates that has come down to us. Chapter 32 of Book 6 (§ 149-152), beginning near the Qatar peninsula, proceeds to describe the Emirates islands, tribes, and coast right up to the Musandam peninsula, before continuing on south along the coast of Oman. As such, it is a mine of invaluable information on the UAE in the late pre-Islamic era" (UAE History, online). Pliny "completed his 'Natural History' in 77 AD and, to judge from his account of the peoples and places of south-eastern Arabia [...], the area of the UAE was full of settlements, tribes, and physical features, the names of which he recorded for posterity" (Ghareeb/Al Abed 54). - "This appears to be the first edition of Barbarus' recension, the note of a 1496 edition by the same printer being probably due to a confusion (Hain 13099)" (BMC). Dated 1497 in the colophon, but the dedication is dated the Ides of February in the twelfth year of the Doge Augustinus Barbadicus (30 Aug. 1497 to 29 Aug. 1498). - Numerous contemporary marginalia. Slight worming to gutter and some waterstaining near end; spine severely defective. Late 19th-c. bookplate of Dr. J. Klauber on front pastedown. HC 13101*. Goff P-799. GW M34321. Klebs 786.14. Proctor 4893A. BMC V 377. ISTC ip00799000.

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         De institutis coenobiorum. (Daran:) Collationes patrum XXIV.

      Basel, Johann Amerbach, 1497. 4°. Durchg. mit zahlr. in Rot eingemalten Initialen. 220 nn. Bll. (Got. Type [vereinzelt eine griech. Type], 2 Spalten, 49-50 Zeilen), Blindgepr. Kalbsldr.-Bd. d. Zt. m. einer Schließe. Eine von vermutlich nur vier Inkunabelausgaben dieses Textes; die zweite bei Johann Amerbach (zuerst 1485), der eine Abschrift besaß. - Amerbach (1443-1513), Magister Artium der Pariser Sorbonne, gründete seine Offizin 1477 und nahm zuerst als Schüler, dann als Partner (1491-1513) Johannes Froben auf. Er war Ästhet und Wissenschaftler genug, um seinen Drucken besondere Sorgfalt bezüglich Ausstattung und Genauigkeit angedeihen zu lassen - wie auch vorliegendes Beispiel zeigt. - Die „Institutis“ (Über die Mönchserziehung und über Heilmittel gegen die acht Hauptsünden) des Predigers Johannes Cassianus (ca. 360-435) sind Produkt seiner in Palästina und Ägypten gemachten Erfahrungen als Eremit; sie sollten in der Folge quasi kanonisiert die Lehre der acht Kardinallaster begründen. Außer den hier ebenfalls enthaltenen „Collationes“ (wohl fingierte philosophische Unterredungen mit ägyptischen Mönchen) verfaßte Cassianus noch eine gegen Nestorios gerichtete Schrift über die Natur Christi. Cassianus, begonnen als Mönch in Bethlehem, gründete um 414 in Marseille ein Mönchs- und Nonnenkloster und wird dort als Heiliger verehrt. - Einband leicht berieben bzw. bestoßen. Rücken und Lederteil der Schließe alt mit blindgepr. Schweinsleder ersetzt. Rücken m. kl. Nummernschildchen u. an der Vorderkante etw. angebrochen. Titel m. altem Besitzvermerk u. das folgende Bl. mit kl. altem Stempel (beides Kartäuserkloster Buxheim). Vereinzelt kl. Wurmspuren bzw. Randläsuren. - GW 6162; Hain/C. 4564; Goff C235; Pellechet 3338; BSB-Ink C-167; BMC III, 758; Proctor 7611; ISTC ic00235000. Versand D: 12,00 EUR Cassianus, De institutis coenobiorum. Origine causis et remediiis vitiorum. Collationibus patrum, Inkunabel, Inkunabeln, Frühdrucke, Basel, Schweiz

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         Germanorum veterum principum zelus et fervor in christianam religionem deique ministros. (Mit Beigaben von Sebastian Brant und Jakob Wimpfeling).

      Basel, Johann Bergmann von Olpe, 15. Mai 1497. Fol. 27 num., 1 nn. Bll. (Rom. Type, 41-42 Zeilen mit Initialspatien), Mod. HPgmt. unter Verwendung alten Materials. Editio princeps dieser Schrift des bedeutenden Staatsrechtslehrers, der 1353 bis 1362 Bischof von Bamberg war. Lupoldus sandte seine Schrift bereits 1342 an Herzog Rudolf von Sachsen; in ihr richtet er einen Appell an die deutschen Fürsten, sich ihrer Vorfahren würdig zu erweisen. - Zu Beginn ein langes Gedicht von Sebastian Brant an Johann Dalburg. Die Vorrede von Jakob Wimpheling ist ebenfalls an Dalburg gerichtet, in ihr gibt Wimpheling seiner Genugtuung über den Fund einer alten Handschrift Lupoldus’ Ausdruck. Wimpheling brachte die Schrift auf eigene Kosten heraus und fand dafür Brants begeistertes Lob. Ein Jahrzehnt danach sollte Wimpheling ein weiteres Werk Lupoldus’ herausgeben, dessen „De iuribus et translatione imperii“ (Strassburg 1508). Im Anschluss an den Text von Lupoldus ein langes Lobgedicht von Sebastian Brant auf diesen. - Einband tlw. min. berieben. Innendeckel bzw. Vorsatzblatt mit drei versch. Exlibris‘ (darunter ein gestochenes des 17. Jahrhunderts des Eustachius Egolphus Freiherrn von Westernach) sowie ein Kaufvermerk u. bibliographische Angaben zum Werk in Bleistift. Das letzte Bl. m. kl. hinterl. Randeinriß. Min. gebräunt bzw. fleckig. - GW M17964; Hain/C. 2725; Goff L399; Pellechet 2015; BSB-Ink L-292; Proctor 7777; BMC III, 796; ISTC il00399000. Versand D: 12,00 EUR Lupoldus Bambergensis (Leopold von Bebenberg, Bischof von Bamberg), Germanorum veterum principum zelus et fervor in christianam religionem deique ministros. (Mit Beigaben von Sebastian Brant und Jakob Wimpfeling), Wimpheling, Inkunabel, Inkunabeln, Frühdrucke, Wiegendrucke

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         Lavacrum conscientiae omnium sacerdotum.

      Leipzig, Wolfgang Stöckel, 3. Oktober 1497. 4°. 86 num. Bll., Blindgepr. Kalbldr.-Bd. a. 3 Bünden im Stil d. Zt. Leipziger Inkunabelausgabe dieses zu seiner Zeit bekannten Werkes, das anhand zahlreicher moralisch-belehrender Geschichten die Nichtigkeit der weltlichen Freuden beweisen soll, und das heute dem deutschen Kartäusermönch Jakob von Gruytode zugeschrieben wird, der Prior im Kloster von Lüttich war und dort 1482 starb (vgl. ADB X, 71). - Papierbedingt leicht gebräunt, nur erstes und letztes Bl. geringfügig stärker. Vereinzelt gering fleckig bzw. min. wasserrandig. Vereinzelt kl. Tintenkleckse. - Insgesamt gutes Exemplar in einem dekorativen Einband. - Hain/C. 9961; BSB-Ink. L 73; Goff L-101; nicht in der British Library u. bei Oates. Versand D: 12,00 EUR Jacobus de Gruytode, Lavacrum conscientiae omnium sacerdotum, Leipzig, Inkunabel, Inkunabeln

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        Cirurgia magistri Petri de largelata. (Colophon:) D' ARGELATA, Pietro (d. 1423)

      mandato et expensis Nobilis viri Domini Octaviani Scoti Civis Modoetiensis. Octavo kalenda, 1497. Cirurgia magistri Petri de largelata. (Colophon:) Prestantissimi artium et medicine doctoris magistri Petri de largelata chirurgie finis. D' ARGELATA, Pietro (d. 1423). Venetiis, mandato et expensis Nobilis viri Domini Octaviani Scoti Civis Modoetiensis. Octavo kalenda, 1497. Un famoso trattato medioevale di chirurgia. Octavo kalendas Martias, 1497. In - folio, pergamena recente. 132 ff. (l' ultimo bianco mancante). Tipi: 180G, 92G, 74G. Stampa a due colonne con iniziali ornate incise in legno. Esemplare eccezionalmente ben conservato di uno dei più rari e ricercati incunaboli di chirurgia. Alcune postille di un antica mano sul margine di poche pagine. "Pietro d' Argelata, professore di medicina e chirurgia nello studio di Bologna dal 1392 al 1421, tenne sicuramente assai elevato l' insegnamento e la pratica della chirurgia. La sua abilità di chirurgo è testimonianza delle operazioni che eseguì per ernie, mal della pietra, sul cranio e sulle ossa che resecò. L' opera principale da lui lasciata è la "Cirurgia" divida in sei libri e ciascun libro in numerosi trattati e questi in più numerosi capitoli. L' opera tratta del flemmone delle ulceri, delle fratture del cranio, delle ernie, delle ferite in generale, delle verruche, della scabbia, esponendo cause e sintomi con osservazioni ed ammaestramenti di sicuro valore clinico. Una edizione a stampa esiste presso la Bibloteca Comunale di Bologna (Venetiis, Bonetus, Locatellus, exp. Octaviani Scoti, 1497 - 1498)." (Forni, L' insegnamento della chirurgia nello studio di Bologna, pp. 47 - 48). "Pietro d' Argellata was an expert surgeon and did many hernioplasties and lithotomies. He also performed cranitomy on the fetus in specially indicate labor cases. He recommended the dry tratment of wounds, although he powdered them and he even did post - mortem Cesarean section. He was skilful in dentistry and operated upon many cases of fistule - ino - ano" (Leonardo, History of surgery, p. 118). "Pietro of Argellata, professor of surgery at Bologna, wrote a treatise on surgery in six books, in which diseases of the teeth are also taken into serious consideration. He speaks of a great numer of dental instruments." (Guerini, History of dentistry, pp. 151 - 52). Hain & Copinger, Repertorium bibliographicum, 1637. B.M.C., Catalogue of books printed in the 15 th century, V, p. 449. Gesamthatakig der Wiegendrucke, 2323. Klebs, Incunabula scientifica et medica, 777, 3. No copy in National Library of Medicine, in Wellcome Historical Medical Library, in Plicher, Cushing, Reynolds, Orr, Benyamin, Norman, Honeyman Colections. Numerosi riferimenti bibliografici.

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