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         The National Shakespeare, Comedies, Tragedies, Histories, in Three Volumes Being a Facsimile of the Text of the First Flio of 1623

      William Mackenzie, London - In the preface to this magnificent undated production (circa 1895) the publisher states that the scarcity of the original "First Folio" and the enormous price it has consequently attained in our times, exclude it from the shelves of most private libraries. That the text is scrupulously accurate to the original, including all those peculiarities of paging, spelling and punctuation, printed in a special antique type, such as which was employed in the "First Folio" upon hand made paper, with rough edges, especially manufactured to maintain the antique character of the edition. However they couldn't resist the temptation to add twenty specially executed illustrations by Sir Joseph Noel Paton (1821-1901) artist and folklore expert who painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style but declined to become a member of the brotherhood. Each volume was originally published at the price of three pounds ten shillings. All the text pages are clean, some moderate foxing only to the plates, otherwise in very good order. Overseas shipping by quotation. Size: 415x270mm [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Antique Book-Annales ducum seu principum Brabantiae-GENEALOGY-Haraeus-1623

      - Author: Haraeus, Franciscus Title: Annales ducum seu principum Brabantiae, Totiusque BelgiiSubjects: Brabant,Genealogy.Impressum: Antwerpen: Ex officina Plantiniana apud Balthasarem Moretum et viduam Ioannis Moreti et Io Meursium, 1623. 1st edition.Dimensions ca. 21.5 x 31.5 cm. (8.5 x 12.4 inch). Folio.Collation: [xxxii], 707, [cxiv]; [vi], 678, [cxviii] pp.With two engraved titles by Galle & Vorsterman after Rubens, and 44 full-page engravings of the dukes of Brabant by J. Collaert II & Joannes Baptista Vrients after Otto Vaenius (Van Veen). Decorated with woodcut printer's vignette on the final page and woodcut initial letters. Illustrations by: Joannes Collart II. Illustrations after: Otto Venius [=Otto van Veen]3 parts in 2 volumes.Bibliography: Funck p.328; Judson & V.d.Velde 51-52.Important and extensive history of the Duchy Brabant (615-1623), with special attention to the (then) recent period of the Dutch Revolt.Contemporary full leather, 5 raised bands to the spine, gilt ruling and decoration and gilt titling direct to the spine, front and rear board with a single gilt rule border. Cover condition: Both volumes in fair condition, the spines split and chipped, covers quite rubbed, corners bumped and a little worn.Inside condition: Fine: with an engraved bookplate to the front pastedown. Both books in crisp and fresh condition, some very light yellowing of page edges.Biographies: Franciscus Haraeus (Utrecht ca. 1550 - Leuven 1631) was a Catholic scholar form Utrecht. After attending the Latin School in Utrecht, he studied in Leuven. He was ordained in 1578 and continued his studies at Douai. From 1590 he teached rhetoric in Douai. Later in life he returned to Utrecht, and worked in spiritual care. In 1609 he moved to Antwerp, and then to Leuven, where he died in 1631.Joannes Collaert II (1561/6? - 1620/8?) came from a family of prolific engravers. His father Hans before him and his brother Adrian (1560-1618) were both engravers as well. Joannes Collaert II was not only a pupil of his father, but also of Philips Galle and Gerard de Jode. In turn he taught Antony van der Does. Otto Venius (Leiden ca. 1555 - Brussels 1629) was a humanist painter and draughtsman active in Brussels and Antwerp. He is mainly known for producing a number of emblemata, as well as teaching Peter Paul Rubens. In 1572 the Catholic Venius family moved to Antwerp, and later to Liege, where Otto studied for a while, before travelling to Rome in 1574/5. Storage location: Plank 2 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         La historia d'Italia? divisa in venti libri. Riscontrata con tutti gli altri historici, et autori, che dell'istesse cose habbiano scritto, per Thomaso Porcacchi . Con un giudicio fatto dal medesimo, per discoprir tutte le bellezze di questa historia: et una raccolta di tutte le sententie sparse per l'opera? Aggiuntavi la vita dell'Autore, scritta da M. Remigio Fiorentino.In Venetia, appresso Agostin Pasini, 1623.

      In Venetia, appresso Agostin Pasini 1623 - Cc. 488. Unito a: GUICCIARDINI FRANCESCO. Dell'historia d'Italia ? Gli ultimi quattro libri. Stessi dati tip. Cc. 112. Due parti in un volume di cm. 21,5. Marchi tip. ai frontespizi, capilettera, testatine e finalini in xilografia. Legatura antica in piena pergamena rigida co titoli in oro al dorso, tagli spruzzati. Fioriture e macchiette sparse, trascurabile alone all'angolo alto delle carte finali, peraltro esemplare ben conservato. Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540), fiorentino, fu il principale storico del Cinquecento italiano. La sua Storia d'Italia inaugurò la storiografia moderna caratterizzandosi come uno dei massimi capolavori della prosa rinascimentale. Cfr. Iccu. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Vita S. Patris Nili iunioris scripta olim Gaece a contubernali eius discipulo. Nunc latinitate donata interprete Io. Matthaeo Caryophilo archiepiscopo Iconiensi

      apu Haeredem Bartholomaei Zannetti 1623-1624, Romae - Minime mancanze alla copertina, vecchia firma d\'appartenenza alla base del frontespizio (16) + 169 + (3) p. 210x160 mm

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         Il saggiatore nel quale con bilancia esquisita e giusta si ponderano le cose contenute nella Libra Astronomica e Filosofica di Lotario Sarsi.

      Giacomo Mascardi, Rome 1623 - 4to (218 x 162 mm), [4] (of [12]), 236 pp., engraved title-page by Villamena, 18 engraved illustrations in text, vignette on final page, lacking the engraved portrait and the 4 preliminary leaves of verses by Faber and Stelluti (as often), prelim. leaf (pi)2 with dedication to Urbano VIII misbound after p.8, errata on Ff6v. Signatures: (pi)² A-Ee? Ff? (-a4). Contemporary vellum (recased, slight staining and soiling, little worming to lower spine and boards), endpapers renewed. Scattered uneven browning of text (some pages stronger), occasional minor spotting, few pages with old ink signatures. Provenance: Franco Sanguineti (contemporary signature to second flyleaf). Still very good copy despite the lacking portrait and verse leaves*. ---- Cinti 73; Norman 857; Riccardi I, 511; DSB V, p.243. - FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. "One of the most celebrated polemics in science" (DSB. Galileo and Orazio Grassi, a Jesuit mathematician, disagreed about Grassi's work on the comets of 1618, and Il Saggiatore was one of Galileo's printed ripostes. As Galileo had been forbidden since 1616 to espouse or defend Copernican theory, he avoided direct discussion of the earth's motion, choosing instead the more subtle method of establishing a general scientific approach to the investigation of celestial phenomena. He claimed that no theory of comets could be advanced unless it were proved that comets were concrete moving objects and not solar-generated optic effects - a proof he stated was impossible" (Norman 857). "This was a truly masterful piece of sarcastic invective and criticism. It is still read today in Italian language classes in Italy as a fine example of the use of rhetoric devices in the Italian language" (P. Machamer, The Cambridge Companion to Galileo, 1998, p. 21). The title-page by Francesco Villamena shows the crest of the Barberini displaying the support of Pope Urban VIII, patron of the Accademia dei Lincei, which may have helped Galileo to publish the work. The first edition exists in various states. The points usually taken as identifying the first issue are: thick paper; the engraving on p.120 the right way up; short errata list of 16 corrections. In our copy, the engraving on p.120 however is placed upside-down and the bifolio P1/4 which includes p.120 is apparently of thinner paper and with a deviating watermark (but rather not supplied). *This work is often found without the dedicatory verses by Faber & Stelluti on gathering a4 as in our copy. In 1956, the London booksellers Davis & Orioli remarked "after having examined the various copies in the British Museum, we feel sure that the commendatory verses were added later. In confirmation of this opinion, there is the fact that this additional matter was printed on paper with a different watermark from that found in the rest of the book" (Catalogue XI, no. 21). - Visit our website for additional images and information. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Request. Aen syne Coninclijcke Majesteyt van Franckrijck over syne proscriptie ter oorsake van syne uytgheghevene Apologie. int iaer ons Heeren

      1623 - First Edition. 8vo, 11pp, original wrapper. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         Itinerarium Totius Sacrae Scripturae, or, The Travels of the Holy Patriarchs, Prophets, Judges, Kings, our Saviour Christ, and his Apostles, as they are related in the Old and New Testaments. With a Description of the Townes and Places to which they Travelled, and how many English miles they stood from Jerusalem. Also a Short Treatise...

      London: Adam Islip, 1623. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Full vellum binding with black lettering to spine, pp. [vi], 660. Rare early edition in Very Good condition sympathetically rebound in full vellum by the University of Cape Town Library circa 1956.

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         A iust defence of certaine passages in a former treatise concerning the nature and vse of lots, against such exceptions and oppositions as haue beene made thereunto by Mr. I. B. (...)

      Marmorierter Halblederband, (8)-270-(6) Seiten, Kl.-8. Erste Auflage 1623 (Printed by Iohn Haviland for Robert Bird, and are to be sold at his shop at the signe of the Bible in Cheapside). Kompletter Titel: A iust defence of certaine passages in a former treatise concerning the nature and vse of lots, against such exceptions and oppositions as haue beene made thereunto by Mr. I. B. Wherein the insufficiencie of his answers giuen to the arguments brought in defence of a lusorious lot is manifested the imbecillitie of his arguments produced against the same further discouered and the point it selfe in controuersie more fully cleared by Thomas Gataker B. of D. and author of the former treatise. Einband mit deutlichen Läsuren an den Kanten. Die Titelseite ("W. Williams") und die letzte Seite des Vorworts ("John Richards Books Oct 31. 1763, Swanzey") wurden jeweils mit kleinen Namenseinträgen versehen. Vereinzelte Seiten (außerhalb des Textblocks) mit hübschen kleinen historischen Randzeichnungen. Diese scheinen aus der Feder des Vorbesitzers (siehe Signatur: John Richard) zu stammen. Weitere Bilder des Buches können gerne per Mail angefordert werden. Insgesamt handelt es sich um ein gut erhaltenes Exemplar.

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         Zalma, Eikon Babylonica, vel Imago, Quatuor Monarchias Totius Orbis Repraesentans, Danielis 2.V31

      Wolfgangus Kilianus, Eiconographus et civis Augustanus 1623 - Copper engraving Image 462 x 366 mm, Plate 470 x 374 mm, Sheet 545 x 403 mm A large and heavily annotated depiction of the giant figure from the Dream of Nebuchadnezzar in the biblical Book of Daniel. One of Kilian's rarest and most esoteric compositions, it was separately published by the artist in 1623. The present example, having a central fold, was likely bound into an illustrated bible, most probably to accompany the Book of Daniel or Revelations. The giant, clad in ornamental armour in the Dutch classical style, stands on a sea shore beside a rocky cliff. He carries a sceptre and rests his left hand against his hip, where a large, eagle-pommelled falchion hangs from his belt. On his head, he wears an open faced helmet with an elaborate plumed crest. The figure's entire body is covered in text, outlining the history and individuals of the Four Ages of man: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Iron. Behind the figure, four islands have risen from the turbulent sea. Each houses a different allegorical beast, representing each of the ages in decline. The winged lion represents Babylon and Assyria, and the age of Gold, where Saturn and Jupiter reign supreme. The tusked bear is the Empire of the Medes, the age of Silver and the coming of Mars and Sol. The third kingdom, that of bronze, is depicted as a winged, four-headed leopard, a creature which represents the fractious kingdoms of the successors of Alexander the Great. Finally, the Age of Iron and the Empire of Rome is depicted as the Beast of Revelations, a dog like creature crowned with horns numbering 10 and 7. The figure is the central part of a recurring dream that afflicts the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. The king, troubled and unable to interpret the dream, describes it to his various soothsayers, mystics, and magicians, but each in turn is unable to elucidate its meaning. Their fraudulence is punished by Nebuchadnezzar with death. The Hebrew captive, Daniel, is finally able to provide the king with an answer, explaining that the figure's constituent parts, of gold, silver, bronze, and iron, represent the great empires that will rise and fall before the coming of the Messiah. The figures helmet, its 'head of gold' contains the names of the great tyrants of the Old Testament. Nebuchadnezzar's own name is emblazoned across the figure's moustache, while the names of Daniel and Ezekiel, the 'eyes' of the Lord, are written across his eyebrows. The second age is written across the figure's pectorals, and includes the names of the most famous Persian kings, including Cambyses, Darius, and Xerxes. At the figure's abdomen, the empires of the world fragment. Below Alexander, the line of kings and tyrants is divided geographically, into the Empires of the Ptolemies in Egypt, the Seleucids in Babylon, and the Antiochids in Asia Minor. The final kingdom is ushered in with the conquests of Julius Caesar, and the dominance of Rome. The emperors themselves are listed on the figure's kilt. Each age is also annotated with its date of commencement, measured from the year of creation ('Anno Mundi'), and its duration. Unlike most interpretations of the Dream of Nebuchadnezzar, Kilian's depiction does not end with the rift of the Roman empire into East and West, but instead presents the division as ongoing. Each leg, made of mingled clay and iron, includes a list of monarchs of East and West, drawing particular attention to the conflict between Christianity and Islam as personified by the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II and the Ottoman Sultan Mustapha. The world itself is divided into nations on the figures toes. On the right foot are Germania, Hispania, Anglia, Italia, and Gallia. On the left are the lands of the Ottoman empire, Graecia, Syria, Asia, Aegyptus, and Aphrica. To the right of the scene, the fatal boulder teeters on the cliff-side, ready to sweep away the Kingdoms of men, and become the mountain that will hold the Kingdom of Heaven. Wolfgang Kilian (1581-1662) was a German artist and

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         Krychs-handelinge. Ghedaen by den heere van Praissac. Daer in gheleert wert hoe een Prince aengaen sal om oorlogh te voeren (...). Vertaald uit het , 523, door Zacharias Heyns, Amsterdam, Broer Jansz, 1623.

      (16)+223 pag. Zonder band. Titelpagina wat vuil. Geillustreerd met gegraveerde titel en een groot aantal houtsneden in de tekst. Hierbij (zelfde formaat, ook zonder band): Oorlochs-questien oft ondersoeckinge der crijchs-saecken door de heere van Praissac. Amsterdam, Broer Jansz, 1623, 144 pag. In dit tweede werk met doorlopende paginering, maar met aparte titelpagina's: De brieven vande heere van Praissac, inhoudende corte' lessen op verscheyde materien. Amsterdam, Broer Jansz, 1623. En: De vrije discoursen oft handelinghen van den heere du Praissac. Amsterdam, Broer Jansz, 1623.$Zeer zeldzame en complete uitgaven. Er bestaan identieke drukken met de naam van Herman Jansz [Brouwer]. B0943.

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         Varie Figure

      1623. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. The complete set of 16 etchings including title, sheets 80 x 80 mm and similar, good impressions of the second states (of three or four), with thread margins, occasional small thin spots on the reverse, otherwise in good condition. In four mats. Provenance: Purchased from Hellmuth Wallach, 1957. Lieure contends that the plates were engraved at different dates, but that the majority belongs to Callot's Florentine period (1611-21). He dates thirteen of them (the ones representing the same character twice) to 1617, and notes that the backgrounds added in the second state of those thirteen plates are technically similar to those executed after Callot's return to Nancy. Despite arguing that Callot is named as 'Iacopo' on the frontispiece (a signature, Lieure says, Callot stopped using from 1618, when he started signing as 'Iacomo'), he concludes that the backgrounds as well as two plates (Lieure 404, 405) and the frontispiece were executed after Callot's return in Nancy (1621). Lieure contends that the first thirteen plates of 'Varie Figure' are an early trial announcing the 'Caprices' set (c.1617). Daniel Ternois (see catalogue of the exhibition 'Jacques Callot', Nancy, 1992, No. 285-300) disagrees, noting that the 'Varie Figure' cannot be seen as an experiment technically inferior to 'Caprices': the manner is bold, controlled, and the drawings related to the set are more naturalistic than mannerist, thus contrasting with the figures in 'Caprices'. He therefore concludes that the 'Varie Figure' were executed after Callot's return to Lorraine in 1621. Lieure 201-213, 403-405.

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         Le Jardin du Roy Très Chrestien, Loys XIII, Roy de France et de Navare

      Pierre Vallet, Paris 1623 - Folio (352 x 233 mm). Engraved title, engraved portrait of Vallet and 93 engraved plates. Modern vellum. Lacks portrait of Robin, plate 28 with repaired break along platemark, plate 32 with repaired marginal tear crossing border. Provenance: Louis Dartigole Fargues (early inscription on title; his? manuscript addition of page numbers in the index and identification of subjects on the plates); four early collectors' stamps at end on index and in margin of the portrait; purchased from Herbert Reichner, 1962. THE SECOND AND EXPANDED EDITION OF WHAT BLUNT DESCRIBES AS "THE FIRST IMPORTANT FLORILEGIUM," following the first edition of 1608 which contained only 72 plates. Pierre Vallet was the first botanical painter at the French Court of the seventeenth century, and also held the titles of royal gardener and royal embroiderer. Le Jardin du Roy, published in Paris in 1623, was actually a pattern book for painters, embroiderers, and tapestry weavers. It was inspired by Marie de' Medici's great passion for flowers and plants, which set the fashion for floral themes at the French court at the beginning of the 17th century. It had only been preceded by what was perhaps the first florilegium published in Europe edition of the 1608, Le Jardin du Roy très Chrestien Henry IV. The two editions differed only in the number of plates, and all of the drawings were based on plants growing in the King's Garden and in the personal garden of the royal botanist, Jean Robin. Born at Orléans around 1575, Vallet was an engraver of such repute that he received a court appointment, and there made the acquaintance of Robin, director of the Royal Gardens of the Louvre, who had brought back several exotic botanical specimens from Spain and the islands off the coast of Guinea, including the Iris bulbosa depicted in this work. Tournefort refers to Robin as the most celebrated botanist of his time and Linnaeus named the locust tree (Robinia) after him. Vallet and Robin collaborated on several works, but their masterpiece is certainly Le Jardin du Roy. The plates are all etched but most also include engraved highlights. Their naturalism, set new standards for natural history illustration, and was widely copied and adapted by others including Johann Theodor de Bry, Emanuel Sweert, and Friderico Barbette. The present copy has 93 plates, which are numbered 1-30, 32-57, 59-95. According to the table of contents, plates 31 and 58 were replaced by plates 94 and 95. The collation of this work varies from copy to copy: Nissen calls for 2 portraits and 90 plates. The BL copy has one portrait and 95 plates. Dunthorne, p. 253; Hunt 187; Nissen BBI 2039; Oak Spring Flora 8; Pritzel 9672 (91 plates). From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Don Diego de Noche

      1623 - Important work from the Golden Age of Spanish Literature. 1623. Madrid. Viuda de Cosme Delgado, a costa de Andres de Carrasquilla. 8vo. 8 ff., 215 ff. Nineteenth century jansenist-style calf, a.e.g. Overall a little browned, however a good, clean copy. 5,000 $ First edition. One of Salas Barbadillo´s magnum opus, a collection of short nocturnal novels set in a Madrid courtesan ambience, which combines satirical humor and picaresque elements. Salas Barbadillo (1581-1635) was a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, friends with Miguel de Cervantes, Paravicino and Valdivieso; although he of course never gained the fame of other writers of the Siglo de Oro, due in part possibly to his undisciplined life (imprisoned for injuring a noble, agitated love life, exiled for writing a satire against judges, etc.) his works are appreciated, as well as his talent, in 1613, the Council of Aragon commissioned him to censure the Novelas Ejemplares. Amongst his works, we find the Cavallero Puntual, La Casa de placer Honesto, Patrona de Madrid restituida, and La hija de la Celestina, from which Moliere is said to have received inspiration. Death found him in poverty in 1635, in Madrid. “Some of his works were translated into English and French, and Scarron's Hypocrites is based on La Ingeniosa Elena; he deserved the vogue which he enjoyed till late in the 17th century, for his satirical humour, versatile invention and pointed style are an effective combination.” (1911 Encyclopædia Britannica). Quite rare, ABPC and AE show only two records, one in 1986 for a second edition (£650), and one in 2013 (Christies, Mar 20, 2013 Library of a Spanish Bibliophile, 235, £3,000). Palau 286242. Salva II, 1973. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Thesaurus latini sermonis, ex optimis quibusque latinitatis auctoribus congestus, et in locos communes, secundum naturalem rerum seriem, digestus.

      Leipzig u. Frankfurt/O., Johann Thieme, 1623. - (16), 931, (43) SS., l. w. Bl. Mit Holzschnittvignette am Titel. Nachgebunden 12 w. Bll. mit hs. alphabetischem lateinischem Register. Pergamentband der Zeit über Holzdeckeln auf 3 durchzogenen Bünden mit verblaßtem hs. Rückentitel. Dreiseitiger Farbschnitt. Bindebänder fehlen. 8vo. Seltene, noch frühe Ausgabe des erstmals 1610 erschienenen und zuletzt 1666 aufgelegten Handbuchs. - Der thüringische Komponist, Musiktheoretiker und Astronom Sethus Calvisius (Seth Kallwitz, 1556-1617), Sohn eines Tagelöhners, genoß in Magdeburg eine humanistische Schulbildung und wurde 1582 Kantor der Fürstenschule Pforta, wo er 12 Jahr lang wirkte und "den besonderen musikalischen Ruf dieser Anstalt begründet[e]" (MGG 2, 675). "Er hielt viel auf die Astrologie, und wolte durch den Calculum astronomicum gefunden haben, daß ihm Anno 1602 an einem gewissen Tage ein groß Unglück begegenen würde. Ob er sich nun gleich an solchem Tage ungemein in acht nahm, so soll ihm doch ein Zufall begegenet seyn, dadurch er ein hinckend Bein bekommen" (Jöcher). Die "schwere Knieverletzung, als deren Folge er zeitlebens 'claudicans' blieb, [fesselte] ihn über ein Jahr ans Bett" (MGG), schuf ihm aber auch die Muße für schriftstellerische Arbeiten. Sein vorliegendes Spätwerk ist ein nach Sachgruppen geordnetes deutsch-lateinisches Synonymenlexikon in der Art eines Dornseiff, Roget oder Textor'schen Thesaurus. Unter den lateinischen Sachgruppen finden sich deutsche Lemmata (Wörter und Ausdrücke), denen die lateinischen Entsprechungen, oft auch ganze Wendungen und loci communes umfassend, beigestellt sind. - Papierbedingt teils etwas gebräunt; vereinzelt minimal wasserrandig; einige kl. Randläsuren zu Beginn. Die Deckel etwas wellig; zeitgenöss. hs. Besitzvermerk am Titel. Seit 1950 kein Exemplar irgendeiner Ausgabe auf dt. Auktionen nachgewiesen. Jöcher I, 1583. Diese Ausgabe nicht im VD 17.

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         Onuitgegeven brieven van eenige paters der Societeit van Jesus, missionarissen in China van de XVIIde en XVIIIde eeuw, met aantekeningen.Arnhem, Josue Witz, 1857. 12mo. Blue paperboard wrappers.

      Cordier, Sinica, col. 1021. First edition of a work with previously unpublished letters from Jesuit missionaries in China, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The 29 letters, compiled by father Visschers, come from, and are directed to, several Jesuit fathers, including letters from the missionaries Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688), Philippe Couplet (1623 - 1693), and Petrus van Hamme (1651-1727). All the letters are published in their original languages, mostly in Latin, but some in Dutch and Portuguese.With some owners' stamps on title-page. Slightly foxed, a tear in page 53 and lacking the index following the text. Overall a good copy, most of the quires still unopened.

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         L’antica Arpino... opera... divisa in libri sei ne’ quali... si narrano i più celebri fatti di C. Mario, di M. Tullio Cicer.ne e d’altri Arpinati che fiorirono nella Rom.na Repub.

      per Constantino Vitale, 1623. 4to (cm. 20,5), 16 cc.nn., 244 pp. con frontespizio interamente inciso, testo riquadrato e due pp. figurate. Legatura coeva in pergamena floscia (allentata con alcune macchie e una piccola mancanza al piatto posteriore). Titolo in grandi caratteri gotici manoscritto al ds. Percorsi di tarlo che tuttavia non danneggiano il testo. Esemplare con errori di impaginazione dell’indice. Edizione originale. Opera particolarmente rara: ICCU registra esemplari diversi tra loro e con una collazione differente dalla nostra. Br. Libr. I, p.240. Non in Ranghiasci, né in Lozzi. La Vinciana ha la seconda edizione del 1626, sempre stampata a Napoli.

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         Annales Ducum seu Principum Brabantiae totiusq. Belgii.

      Officiana Plantiniana, Antwerpen 1623 - Folio: [xxxii], 707, [cxv] pp. Leather. 3 parts bound in 2 volumes. Full contemporary calf with five raised bands, gilt decoration and title ticket to the spine. Gilt ruling to front and rear boards. Two engraved frontispieces (by Vorsterman & Galle after Rubens). 44 full-page engraved illustrations (portraits of the Dukes and Duchesses of Brabant) in the text. Illustrated history of Brabant and genealogy of the Dukes of Brabant. Condition: Fair, given age. A heraldic bookplate and a name in ink to the front pastedown of both volumes. The covers worn and rubbed, some scuffmarks to the boards. Some scattered stains in the text. Hinges starting but intact. Contemporary manuscript annotations in the index. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Onuitgegeven brieven van eenige paters der Societeit van Jesus, missionarissen in China van de XVIIde en XVIIIde eeuw, met aantekeningen.Arnhem, Josue Witz, 1857. 12mo. Blue paperboard wrappers.

      - Cordier, Sinica, col. 1021. First edition of a work with previously unpublished letters from Jesuit missionaries in China, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The 29 letters, compiled by father Visschers, come from, and are directed to, several Jesuit fathers, including letters from the missionaries Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688), Philippe Couplet (1623 - 1693), and Petrus van Hamme (1651-1727). All the letters are published in their original languages, mostly in Latin, but some in Dutch and Portuguese.With some owners' stamps on title-page. Slightly foxed, a tear in page 53 and lacking the index following the text. Overall a good copy, most of the quires still unopened. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         DELLA AGRICOLTURA DI M. AFRICO CLEMENTE PADOVANO, accomodata all'uso de' nostri tempi, & al servitio d'ogni paese. Con molte aggiunte di Ricordi utili, & curiosi in quest'ultima impressione. Libri sei.

      In Vicenza: per il Megietti, 1623. Nelli quali si contiene il vero, & utilissimo modo di coltivare le cose di Villa. Con l'aggiunta ancora del Settimo Libro intorno alle pescagioni, et la Tavola delle cose notabili, per ordine d'Alfabeto. SECOND EDITION 1623, text in Italian, small 8vo, approximately 140 x 95 mm, 5½ x 3¾ inches, pictorial device on title page showing 2 hens either side of a tall plant, another the same on verso, large publisher's device on final unnumbered leaf with an anchor and a dolphin, on verso is another the same but more crudely engraved, a few decorated initials and headpieces, pages: (32), 444, (2); collation: *-**8, A-Ee8, bound in full 19th century vellum over boards, border to covers of double blue rules, pale blue gilt decorated and lettered vellum label to spine, pale yellow edges, marbled endpapers. Book I deals with cultivation of different types of land and growing various crops; Book II: constructing farm buildings, tree felling for use in construction, wells and tanks, poultry, fish ponds, gardens, tree planting and cultivation, fruit and nuts; Book III: kitchen gardening, horticulture, vegetables; Book IV: vines and vineyards, grapes, wines; Book V: farm animals, cows, bulls and calves, horses, pigs; Book VI: tasks month by month, how to read and react to weather signs; Book VII: freshwater fishing without nets. Blue rules to covers slightly rubbed, occasional small pale mark to margins, small college stamp to verso front endpaper, no other library signs, a very good clean tight copy of a scarce farming title. First published in Venice in 1608 and reprinted in 1677, 1692 and 1696. Aslin, Catalogue of Printed Books on Agriculture 1471-1840, page 255, listing only the edition of 1696; Wellcome Library, Volume II, listing only the edition of 1677. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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         Il Saggiatore nel quale con bilancia esquisita si ponderano le cose contenute nella Libra Astronomica...di Lotario Sarsi

      Rome: Giacomo Mascardi, 1623. First edition, first issue of an outstanding document in the history of science. The work grew out of the appearance of three comets in the autumn of 1618 and articulate the principal arguments of whether they were atmospheric or celestial phenomena. More importantly, Il Saggiatore is intimately connected with, if indeed it did not originate, the rift between Galileo and the Jesuits which ultimately saw the astronomer imprisoned by the Inquisition after the publication of the Dialogo in 1632. Il Saggiatore is often called Galileo?s ?scientific manifesto,? and is certainly one of the most celebrated polemics in the history of physical science. It is the first of Galileo?s works written after the Inquisiton?s warning not to propound or defend the Copernican theory, which of course he does, albeit in covert form. The engraved illustrations in Il Saggiatore include some of the earliest published of the rings of Saturn, Mars in inferior and superior conjunction, and the phases of Venus. The work comes in several issues, of which this is the first, with the short errata list correcting 16 errors.* Cinti 73; Riccardi I.511, 628; De Backer-Sommervogel III.1684-86; L?Accademia dei Lincei e la cultura europea nel XVII secolo, 14 (Grassi), 15 (Galileo) and generally pp. 75ff.; Drake & O'Malley, The Controversy of the Comets of 1618, p. vi.. 4to. [22 x 16.5 cm], (7) ff., including engraved title and portrait of Galileo signed Villamoena, 236 pp. Bound in 19th-century vellum. Excellent.

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         [4 autograph letters preceding a marriage in 1616].Frankfurt and Utrecht 1615-1616. Folio and 8vo. 3 of the letters with red wax-seals and gold thread.

      Spinoza Catella Jessurun, Kiliaen van Rensselaer van 1623-1636 (1917); Spooner, The Van Rensselaer family (1907). Collection of four letters, two by Killiaen Rensselaer to his fiancée Hillegonda van Byl(la)er, who was living in Utrecht and whom Van Rensselaer would marry in 1616, written at Frankfurt, shortly after his arrival there to attend the "Messe", and two letters by Hillegonda. Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643), a Dutch diamond and pearl merchant from Amsterdam, was one of the founders and directors of the Dutch West India Company. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of New Netherland. In very good condition.

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         Helvetia, sive De Rebus Helvetiorum. Libri V. In quibus gentis illius antiquitas, origo, mores, leges, uno verbo, omnes pacis bellique artes historica fide ex antiquis tabulis atque monimentis eruuntur, & curioso lectori breviter exponuntur.

      Amiterni (Amiterno, San Vittorino), Sumptibus Raphaelis Camilletti, 1623, - in-8° carré, 1 f. (blanc) + 6 ff., inclusivement le titre en rouge et noir + 1 f. (errores & mendas.) + 458 p. (la dernière blanche) + 1 f. blanche (entre p.142/143), quelques jolies lettrines gravées sur bois, encadrement noir à chaque page, quelques taches et rousseurs Solide reliure moderne en demi-cuir à coins, dos à trois nerfs, pièce de titre en noir, tranches foncées, bon exemplaire. Cette deuxième édition, identique à l'originale de Fribourg de 1598 si ce n'est pour la page de titre, publiée selon l'indication dans l'ancienne ville d'Amiterno (actuellement San Vittorino, dans les Abruzzes), jadis siège épiscopal, est beaucoup plus rare que l?édition originale publiée par Wilhelmi Maess à Fribourg. L'édition constitue une curiosité typographique, puisque il est presque certain que l'ouvrage à été imprimé en Suisse et même à Fribourg et pour une raison de droit- d'auteur ou -politique la réimpression n'était pas possible. Le choix de la Ville de Amiterni s?explique par fait que c'est la ville de Salluste, fameux historien de l'antiquité (d'ou vient l'expression ?Amiterni, Ville des Historiens). Deuxième édition, d'un grand classique et d'un des ouvrages historiques les plus importants sur les origines et la jeunesse de la Confédération helvétique: ?«De Rebus Helvetiorum» ist die erste vollständige Schweizergeschichte bis 1315 auf wissenschaftlicher Grundlage, die im Druck erschien? (Feller/Bonjour). Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. DHBS III/700; Haller IV/420; Barth 10220; Feller/Bonjour, Geschichtsschreibung der Schweiz I/342-347; Kälin in Freiburger Geschichtsblätter XI, 1905 (Biographie et Bibliographie, mentionne faussement, comme le fait aussi Schnürer, 1627 pour notre édition); Niquille in Annales Fribourgeoises XV/241-244;

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         AGGIUNTA ALLA QUARTA PARTE DELL'INDIE. Di Mostri, & Usanze di quelle Parti, e di quei Re con le sue Figure al Naturalle . Raccolte novamente da Alessandro dfe' Vecchi.

      Venetia Appresso Alessandro de' Vecchi 1623 - The AGGIUNTA is an eighth part of Giovanni Botero's "Le Relationi Universali . divise in sette parti" and present only in a few copies of that work published in Venice by Alessandro de' Vecchi in 1618 and 1623. It was also issued separately. 1623, Italian text, 8vo, approximately 20 x 160 mm, 8½ x 6¼ inches, large woodcut title illustration of a seated African man with a boy, both holding sticks, the man with a parrot on his shoulder and some kind of fur cape over his back, 16 full page woodcut images depict hideous monsters and fabulous creatures, mainly part human, one shows a monstrous bird, C1v-D5r contain 13 full page woodcuts of natives of India, Africa and Arabia, plus 2 in text (a mother and small child, and a repeat of the title page image) of which 13 including the title page illustration and the 2 text images are by Hans Burgkmair and his workshop, on D7v is a full page woodcut of a tree with no caption or text, (64) pages, collation: A-D8, on D8r are the names of 2 editors: Uberto Fabro and Andrea Berna. Bound in late 19th century boards with stencilled blue and brown floral pattern, endpapers replaced in the rebinding. Head and tail of spine very slightly worn, slight rubbing to hinges and corners, very small modern bookplate on front pastedown, 2 very small pale stains on title page, small faint damp stain to top edge of most pages (10 x 40 mm wide, 3/8" x 1¾"), otherwise a very good clean copy housed in wrap-around chemise and morocco backed slipcase with gilt lettered leather label. Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473–1531) was a noted German painter and woodcut printmaker. The thirteen woodcuts by him are taken from a panorama on 5 blocks showing The Procession of the ruler of Cochin, Malabar published in 1508. These images appear only in this edition of Botero's "Le Relationi Universali . divise in sette parti" and the previous one in 1618 and in the separate issues of the Aggiunta. SEE : A Catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library, Volume I, No. 1003. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         La verolle recogneue, combatue et abbatue sans suer, et sans tenir chambre, avec tous ses accidens. Le tout selon l’ancienne et moderne médecine.

      Nicolas Bourdin, Paris 1623 - Bradel moderne. Un volume in-12 (178x105 mm), (29)-(2 bl.)-189-(3)-(2 bl.) pages. Saut de pagination sans manque . Travail de vers en marge intérieure. Salissure page 179 Édition originale rare de cet ouvrage de Planis Campy, un célèbre médecin alchimiste, disciple de Paracelse. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________ENGLISH_DESCRIPTION______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Modern harcover. 12mo (178x105 mm), (29)-(2 bl.)-189-(3)-(2 bl.) pages . Some worming on inner margin, spotting on page 179 Rare first edition of this treatise on the small pox with some remedies Planis Campy, a famous alchemist doctor disciple of Paracelsus. In 12 / 12mo 180g. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         AGGIUNTA ALLA QUARTA PARTE DELL'INDIE. Di Mostri, & Usanze di quelle Parti, e di quei Re con le sue Figure al Naturalle . Raccolte novamente da Alessandro dfe' Vecchi.

      Venetia, Appresso Alessandro de' Vecchi, 1623.. The AGGIUNTA is an eighth part of Giovanni Botero's "Le Relationi Universali ... divise in sette parti" and present only in a few copies of that work published in Venice by Alessandro de' Vecchi in 1618 and 1623. It was also issued separately. 1623, Italian text, 8vo, approximately 20 x 160 mm, 8½ x 6¼ inches, large woodcut title illustration of a seated African man with a boy, both holding sticks, the man with a parrot on his shoulder and some kind of fur cape over his back, 16 full page woodcut images depict hideous monsters and fabulous creatures, mainly part human, one shows a monstrous bird, C1v-D5r contain 13 full page woodcuts of natives of India, Africa and Arabia, plus 2 in text (a mother and small child, and a repeat of the title page image) of which 13 including the title page illustration and the 2 text images are by Hans Burgkmair and his workshop, on D7v is a full page woodcut of a tree with no caption or text, (64) pages, collation: A-D8, on D8r are the names of 2 editors: Uberto Fabro and Andrea Berna. Bound in late 19th century boards with stencilled blue and brown floral pattern, endpapers replaced in the rebinding. Head and tail of spine very slightly worn, slight rubbing to hinges and corners, very small modern bookplate on front pastedown, 2 very small pale stains on title page, small faint damp stain to top edge of most pages (10 x 40 mm wide, 3/8" x 1¾"), otherwise a very good clean copy housed in wrap-around chemise and morocco backed slipcase with gilt lettered leather label. Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473–1531) was a noted German painter and woodcut printmaker. The thirteen woodcuts by him are taken from a panorama on 5 blocks showing The Procession of the ruler of Cochin, Malabar published in 1508. These images appear only in this edition of Botero's "Le Relationi Universali ... divise in sette parti" and the previous one in 1618 and in the separate issues of the Aggiunta. SEE : A Catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library, Volume I, No. 1003. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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         Novum Testamentum graece et Latine.

      Wittenberg, 1623. Unpag pp. With engraved titelpage with notes.With many old notes in ink. Bound in a contemporeay fyll vellum, howewer the wellum is missing from most of the boards. With old handwritten titel on spine. Generally a worn book. 17051129

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         Le hvictiesme tome dv Mercvre François, ov, Suitte de l'Histoire de nostre temps, sous le regne du Tres-Chrestien Roy de France & de Nauarre, Lovys XIII. Contenant l'Adjonction à l'Annee M.DC.XXI. Ce qui s'est passé l'An M.DC.XXII. Et le commencement de l?Annee M.DCXXIII.

      A Paris: Chez Iean & Estienne Richer, rüe Sainct Iean de Latran à l'Arbre verdoyant: Et au Palais sur le Perron Royal, M.DC.XXIII 1623 - [i.e., 1623].- // [Para pedidos desde fuera de España, por favor, consulte las condiciones de venta y envío, tipo B. / For orders to be delivered outside Spain, please, let you see our sale and shipping terms, type B. / Pour les commandes à livrer hors d'Espagne, s'il vous plait, voyez les conditions de vente et de livraison, type B].- // 8º mayor (xmm.); (66), 849, (7) [última blanca], 849-904 p.; sign.:[1], a-a2, - 8, 4, A-Zz8, Aaa-Ggg8, Ggg second-Ggg second 4, Kkk8, Lll4; frontispicio ecuestre grabado en cobre; adorno tipográfico en portada; 10 grabados (5 en el texto y 5 desplegables); extracto del privilegio del rey, 18-2-1623, en verso de portada.- // Encuadernación de época en pergamino con mínimos defectos; lomo rotulado 'Louis XIII, 1621'. Conserva registros de cordel. Corte superior manuscrito con título, tomo y principal contenid; punta inferior de 1 y punta superior de 5- 8, perdidas sin afectar. Rasgadura de imprenta margen exterior 291, rasgadura marg. inf. 691, punta inf. 709, perdida. Rasgaduras de imprenta, 733 y 735 (remarginada muy antigua arriba). Limpio, sin manchas, oscurecimientos ni oxidaciones; sin marcas, anotaciones ni subrayados. Estupendo ejemplar.- // Proc.: Sin datos.- // Refs.: Sánchez-Martínez, T8-2.- // Ejemplar de la segunda edición, excepcionalmente bien completo de todos los grabados, del tomo octavo del 'Mercure' que, como el séptimo, está dedicado fundamentalmente a dar cuenta del desarrollo de la que se conoce como Guerra del Palatinado, el periodo de la Guerra de los treinta años en el que el Emperador recuperó los palatinados sentando el catolicismo en centroeuropa.Si en el tomo anterior se dio incicio a la inclusión de grabados en el Mercure, el tomo octavo es el que dispone del mayor número, diez, dedicados todos ellos de nuevo, salvo dos, a mostrar los asedios de diferentes villas. Los dos que se escapan a esta temática se destinaron a ilustrar dos curiosos fenómenos atmosféricos por los que se vio en una ocasión la presencia de tres soles en el cielo y, en otra, la de una gran cruz negra sobre Heildelberg que se interpretó como un negro presagio para la ciudad. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         The historie of Great Britaine vnder the conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans : Their originals, manners, habits, vvarres, coines, and seales: with the successions, liues, acts, and issues of the English monarchs, from Iulius Cæsar, Etc

      London: Printed by Iohn Beale, for George Humble, and are to be sold in Popes-head Pallace, at the signe of the White Horse, 1623. Book measures 13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Collation, [5], A1[5] , [ i.e. 20pp, as copac ]1258 erratically number pages, all in 6s, except for initails Ii, in 4s,?, [70 unpaginated pages,]. Becasue page numbers and initails are so erratic very hard to state complete, possible lacking 1pp from preface, 1pp at initials Li, definitley lacking last 5 leafs of table. Bound in early full calf. Both boards detached, binding worn. Internally, text bloch holding, title page trimmed and laid down, first few leafs repaired on margins,small hole on 4 leafs, occasional stain marking. Generally pages in good clean condition throughout. A good copy. . Second Edition. Small Folio.

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         Zeeusche nachtegael, ende des selfs dryderley gesang: Geheel anders inder waerheyt verthoont, als de selve voor desen by sommighe uyt enckel mis-verstant verkeerdelijck is gheoordeelt. Hier is noch by ghevought een poëtisch werck ghenaemt Tafereel van sinne-mal. With 1 full-page engraving and 15 3/4 engravings by a.o. P. de Jode, A. Matham, W. de Passe, C. van Queborn , P. Serwouters a.o. after A. v.d. Venne.

      - Middelburg, J.P. vande Venne, 1623. 4to. 4 parts in 1. [viii],86-[iv],60-[iv],63-[viii],114 [=104] pp. Tacket vellum. (small hole on p. 29-30 due to ink corrosion, sl. damage to 3 letters; small waterstain in bottom of part IV pp. 59[=49]-91[=81]. Part I & IV w.woodcut on title page and engr.head piece of Middelburg; title-gathering of part II and III slightly trimmed on stubs. With contributions by a.o. S. van Beaumont, J. de Brune, J. Coomans, A. Hofferus, Anna Roemers Visscher, J. Schotte, A. and I.P. vande Venne. A very nice copy of the first edition with ample margins. Landwehr, Emblem and Fable Books 588; Praz p.540 [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Opera Francisci Baronis de Verulamino Vice-comitis Sancti Albani, tomus primus: qui continet de dignitate & augmentis scientiarum libros IX.

      London: In officina Joannis Haviland, 1623. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (302 x 208 mm). [16] (of [20]), 493 [1] pp. Signatures: [par]4 (-[par]1-2), A6 B-3R4 (-R4). Errors in pagination: p. 35, 38 misnumbered 43, 46 respectively, p.[282] unnumbered; catchword on [par]2 recto: "emittit" (a variant setting has "Translatio."). Text within rules with a blank marginal column for side-notes, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces composed of printer's ornaments; woodcut printer's device to second title, lacking first title- and dedication leaf (both supplied in good facsimile, bound in by Bernard Middleton) and the final blank. Contemporary polished calf (rebacked by Bernard Middleton, corners bumpled, extremities little rubbed), preserving original gilt backstrip in compartments with red morocco label, pastedowns using unfolded printed sheets from 17th century astronomical work by Gassendi. Light waterstaining to upper blank corner throughout, occasional very minor spotting, numerous short annotations in light pencil. Provenance: the late Sir Nicholas Wall, English judge and former President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales (bookplate to rear pastedown); Maggs Bros Ltd (handwritten entry of sale on 26.8.81 on rear pastedown). Except for the missing two leaves (which are supplied in good facsimiles), a fine, wide-margined copy. ----Gibson 129a; STC 1108. FIRST EDITION. Book 1 is for the most part a translation of book 1 of 'The Advancement of Learning', published in 1605; books 2-9 form an expansion of book 2 of that work. The whole was translated into Latin by William Rawley under the supervision of Bacon. This expanded edition became known as 'De augmentis scientiarum', which was intended as Part 1 of Bacon's proposed, but never completed 'Instauratio magna.'Extremely rare in any state. This copy last sold at auction at Sotheby's in 1947 (£42) and since then we can trace only the Pirie copy in 2015 (sold for $16,250). The copy was restored in 1983 by Bernard Middleton in London, with rebacking of the spine and insertion of a facsimile first title-page printed on old paper (the invoice for that tasked is loosely attached). Very Good.

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         DELLA AGRICOLTURA DI M. AFRICO CLEMENTE PADOVANO, accomodata all'uso de' nostri tempi, & al servitio d'ogni paese. Con molte aggiunte di Ricordi utili, & curiosi in quest'ultima impressione. Libri sei.

      In Vicenza: per il Megietti, 1623. Nelli quali si contiene il vero, & utilissimo modo di coltivare le cose di Villa. Con l'aggiunta ancora del Settimo Libro intorno alle pescagioni, et la Tavola delle cose notabili, per ordine d'Alfabeto. SECOND EDITION 1623, text in Italian, small 8vo, approximately 140 x 95 mm, 5½ x 3¾ inches, pictorial device on title page showing 2 hens either side of a tall plant, another the same on verso, large publisher's device on final unnumbered leaf with an anchor and a dolphin, on verso is another the same but more crudely engraved, a few decorated initials and headpieces, pages: (32), 444, (2); collation: *-**8, A-Ee8, bound in full 19th century vellum over boards, border to covers of double blue rules, pale blue gilt decorated and lettered vellum label to spine, pale yellow edges, marbled endpapers. Book I deals with cultivation of different types of land and growing various crops; Book II: constructing farm buildings, tree felling for use in construction, wells and tanks, poultry, fish ponds, gardens, tree planting and cultivation, fruit and nuts; Book III: kitchen gardening, horticulture, vegetables; Book IV: vines and vineyards, grapes, wines; Book V: farm animals, cows, bulls and calves, horses, pigs; Book VI: tasks month by month, how to read and react to weather signs; Book VII: freshwater fishing without nets. Blue rules to covers slightly rubbed, occasional small pale mark to margins, small college stamp to verso front endpaper, no other library signs, a very good clean tight copy of a scarce farming title. First published in Venice in 1608 and reprinted in 1677, 1692 and 1696. Aslin, Catalogue of Printed Books on Agriculture 1471-1840, page 255, listing only the edition of 1696; Wellcome Library, Volume II, listing only the edition of 1677. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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         A Saxon Treatise Concerning the Old and New Testament.

      Small 4to. (180 x 135mm), pp. [xxi], 14, [lxxxvii], 12-43, [xvii] (duplicate pagination). Parallel Anglo-Saxon and English texts. Misbound but lacking no leaves except the final blank; gatherings O-V misbound after a4 and before b1 (i.e. pi2, par.4, a4, O-V4 (-V4), b-f4, A-N4). Title-page laid down, paper repairs to several of the following leaves with some loss of text to bottom fore-edge corners of leaves pi2, par.1, a1, a3, O3, O4, f1; dampstaining and associated light marks, small tears to a few leaves made fragile by damp; single small wormhole through fore-edge margins. Early 19th-century brown calf, cathedral-style blind stamped tracery arch window centrepiece to each board, with similar motif to each spine compartment. Upper joint splitting at centre but holding firm, much rubbed with some light surface loss, marbled endpapers. "A testimony of antiquitie" and "A sermon of the Paschall Lambe, and of the sacramental body and bloud of Christ our Saviour" have separately dated title pages; "Here followeth the words of Elfrike Abbot of S. Albons" and "The Lords Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten commandements in the Saxon and English tongue" have divisional titles; register is continuous. "A testimony of antiquitie" was first printed separately by John Day ca. 1566. William L'Isle (c.1569-1637) was a pioneer in the study of Anglo-Saxon. 'In the preface to his edition of the Saxon Treatise, he describes his methods in teaching himself this unfamiliar tongue: he studied whatever Old English materials he could find collected by previous antiquaries, as well as other tangentially relevant material such as the Dutch language, and then, having learned 'as it were to swimme without bladders', embarked upon independent studies. Lisle worked in collaboration with other antiquaries such as his kinsman Henry Spelman, and also Robert Cotton, in recovering Old English. His motives were both political and religious [...] Lisle edited this work from a manuscript belonging to Cotton, and as the title also shows, he suspected the incorrect identification of Ælfric Grammaticus with Ælfric, archbishop of Canterbury. Appendices contain homilies and epistles of Ælfric. The volume is almost in itself an Anglo-Saxon primer, containing as it does additional material such as the Lord's prayer, the creed, and the ten commandments in Anglo-Saxon with interlinear translation [...] The Saxon Treatise was Lisle's only work of Anglo-Saxon scholarship to be printed in his lifetime, and it was also reissued in 1638 under the title Divers Ancient Monuments.' (ODNB)

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         Orlando Innamorato, insieme co i Tre Libri di M. Nicolo de gli Agostini, già riformati per M. Lodovico Domenichi. Nuovamente ristampato, e ricorretto, con nuovi Argomenti, Allegorie, e bellissime Figure ad ogni Canto

      appresso Ghirardo, & Iseppo Imberti Fratelli, 1623. In-8° antico (165x108mm), ff. (4), 399, (1), legatura coeva in piena pergamena con filettatura dorata lungo il perimetro dei piatti e titolo calligrafato in antico al dorso. Marca tipografica al titolo. 93 xilografie nel testo a un terzo di pagina. Capilettera e fregi tipografici ornati in xilografia; gli argomenti di ciascun canto sono racchiusi entro bordure xilografiche con telamoni laterali. Uno strappo (con perdita di alcune lettere di testo) al margine inferiore della c. 1 e altro strappo all'angolo inferiore della c. 211. Antica firma in parte cassata al titolo. Bell'esemplare. Rara seicentina veneziana figurata del capolavoro boiardesco. Molinaro, Matteo Maria Boiardo: A Bibliography of Works and Criticism from 1487-1980, p. 16. Italiano

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        Le relationi vniversali ... diuise in sette parti... In oltre vi s' aggiunge ... un breve racconto di Mostri, & Usanze di quelle Indie, con le sue Figure al naturale d' Alessandro de Vecchi ... Quinta impressione stampata & ricorrette.

      Venice: Alessandro Vecchi, 1622-1623. 4to (221 x 156 mm). Eight parts, numbered to six: with the Aggiunta to Part 4, and Part 6 in two parts, separately titled and paginated. Collation as in ICCU except Part 2 (see below). Pagination: part 1) [30], [2 blank], 71, [1 blank] pp.; part 2) [2) 20], 130, [2 blank]; part 3) 156, [8]; part 4) [16], 68; 5) Aggiunta alla quarta parte: [64]; 6) Capitani [i.e, part 5]: [8], 56; 7) [Part Six]) [8], 52; [16] 17-22, [2] blank] pp. Woodcut printer's devices on all titles except the Aggiunta; that on second title-page in part 6 from a smaller block. The Aggiunta with 33 woodcuts from 32 blocks, of which 30 full-page and 2 half-page, one of the latter repeated on the title, of which 15 of monsters and the remainder of natives of India, Guinea, and East Africa, by hans burgkmair. This copy bound without the four small engraved maps called for in part 1. A one and a half-inch inch tear in B5 of the Aggiunta, touching edge of woodcut. Slightly later flexible parchment, later manuscript spine title (lower endband renewed), covers dampstained along edges, spine darkened and with surface tears. Provenance: Count Wolfgang Engelbert von Auersperg, signature at head of title, noting the inscription in his catalogue, dated 1658; 19th-century bookplate of the Auersperg princely library in Laybach; Helmut N. Friedlaender, book label.*** A fine copy, although bound without the four maps, of the complete series of Botero's Relationi, with the scarce and sought after Aggiunta, containing an extraordinary series of early 16th-century woodcuts of native people of India, Guinea and Arabia, now attributed to Hans Burgkmair and considered the first realistic visual depictions of native non-European peoples produced for inclusion in a European travel account. Botero, priest and political thinker, was already celebrated for his argument, in Della ragion di Stato (1589), that power requires public consent, contradicting Machiavelli. In 1591 he commenced publication of a multi-part statistical study of the propagation of Christianity. As the succeeding parts appeared over the next five years, and the earlier parts were revised for new editions, the focus of Botero's Relazioni universali broadened into an "organic repertory of human geography, with systematic entries on the physical geography, demographic density, economic resources, military power, and political systems of all of the States of the world. The fruit of laborious compilation ... through its accurate method and careful comparison of data the Relazioni represented enormous progress compared to existing works in the genre" (DBI 13:357, my translation), and for nearly a century it was considered the best universal geography available, and was widely diffused and often reprinted. But in spite of its intrinsic value, of the many editions of Botero's innovative and important work, the most valuable are two posthumous editions, published in Venice by Alessandro Vecchi in 1618 and 1622, containing a Supplement to Part Four which had nothing to do with Botero (the Supplement or Aggiunta was published in 1618, and in a revised format, in two very similar editions, dated 1622 and 1623). Added by the publisher Alessandro Vecchi (who had recently acquired the woodblocks, as stated on the Aggiunta title-page: "... con le sue Figure al Naturale, Raccolte novamente da Alessandro de Vecchi"), no doubt with the simple goal of enlivening the many pages of Botero's text, this section has made the fortune of this famous book. The stark, strongly hatched woodcuts, half showing monsters, and the other half natives of India, Africa (Guinea) and "Arabia" (East Africa), were identified by Walter Oakeshott in 1960 as early 16th-century productions of Hans Burgkmair and his workshop. Oakeshott convincingly argued that the blocks had been produced for a projected edition of Balthasar Springer's account of his voyage from Portugal around the Cape of Good Hope to India in 1505. No illustrated edition of Springer is known; presumably the project never came to fruition. The first 15 cuts show mythological human-like monsters: a centaur, a dog-headed man, a cyclops, a three-eyed man, a lion-man, a man with a single pod-foot used for shade, a thing with a torso bearing a human face and the head of a serpent ... these would have been familiar to readers of Pliny, Herodotus, et al., and imitative of the border cuts in Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle. The remaining 17 woodcuts depict real men and women, in attire and appearance exotic to European readers, playing music, carrying litters, holding spears, watching or holding children, from India, Guinea, and East Africa. Eight of these cuts, some of which have xylographic captions, clearly form part of a panorama that was cut up into single vignettes. Oakeshott postulated that this large block was meant to show a procession of the King of Cochin. The nine other illustrations of natives were probably also taken from a single large block; both blocks, of which no copies are known in their original undivided state, possibly formed a preliminary essay for Burgkmair's huge processional series the Triumphs of Maximilian.The woodcuts must have been known, as they were copied throughout the 16th century, but the blocks themselves were not published until the 1618 edition of Le relationi universali. For the 1622 edition (reprinted in the present 1623 edition) Vecchi added a title illustration and improved the layout, using a larger type fount. The blocks show signs of wear (cracks and a few wormholes) but the impressions of this copy are mostly sharp and dark.In this copy, as in the Getty copy, quire a in part 2 contains 10 leaves, not 8 as described in ICCU. Alden & Landis 622/22; cf. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani 13:352-362, esp. 357-8; cf. Sabin 6806-07; Walter Oakeshott, Some Woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair Printed as an Appendix to the Fourth Part of Le Relationi universalis de Giovanni Botero (Oxford: Roxburghe Club, 1960).

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