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RARE BOOKS PRINTED BEFORE 1700

 

BACON, Francis. THE ESSAYS or Counsels, Civil and Moral...With a Table of the Colours of Good & Evil...Enlarged by the Author Himself; and Now More Exactly Published. London: T.N. for John Martyn, S. Mearne and H. Herrington. 1673. 8vo, 3 parts in one, (4), 254, (4); (8), 32; (14), 132pp + 4 as the original cancelled title and dedication leaves, bound at rear. Recent full polished calf, red morocco spine label, lower spine reads "1672" in error, some old waterstains, otherwise very good+ $750. ¶ First Edition, corrected, of Bacon’s complete Essays. "The Essays, in various editions from 1597-1625, started as assemblages of aphorisms, held together only by a common subject, a chaos of bright ideas of a broadly Machiavellian tone (OCEL p. 57). With the corrected title reading "enlarged" rather than "englarged." Wing 3287. Gibson 23b.

 

[BEER, Johann Cristoph] KURZTER ENTWURF DES LEBENS DER KONIGE IN ENGELLAND, vov der Zeit an als die Sachsen und Angeln sich derselben Insul bemachtiget Biss auf die jetztige Regierung. Mit schonen Kupffer=Figurren und Conterfaiten der Konige geziert. Zun zweitenmal anitzo aufgeleget und an unterscheidlichen Orten um Merclickes verbessert. Nurnberg: zu finden beJohann Hoffman, 1676. 12mo, (20), 456pp. With 23 copper-plates by Schallenberger. Contemp. vellum, text lightly browned, library mark on title, still a very good copy. $750. ¶ Revised second edition. Part I lists & describes rulers of the seven Saxonian kingdoms, part II lists & describes kings before William the Conqueror, part III is divided into descriptions of the reigning of English kings from William the Conqueror to Charles II. Holzmann, Deutsches Anonymen Lexicon VI, no. 4308. Not in Grasse, Brunet. NUC list this ed. only, with 1 copy at MiU.

 

BENTIVOGLIO, Cardinal [Guido]. MEMORIE DEL CARDINALE BENTIVOGLIO, Con Le Quali Descriue La Sua Vita. E Non Solo Lecose Alvi Successe Nel Corso di Effa. Ma Insieme le Più notabili Ancora Occorse Nella Città di Roma, In Italia, & Altroue. Divise en Due Libri Venetia: Per Giunti e Baba, 1648. 4to, (2), (6), 339pp. Contemporary full vellum, a good copy with the bookplate of Prince. Czartoryski. $450. ¶ True First Edition. Michel, Répertoire des ouvrages imprimés en langue italienne au XVIIe siècle I, p.143. Gamba 1794n. Cf. Brunet I 778. Cf. Graesse I 337. OCLC note only one copy (UC San Diego).

 

[Bible in Dutch]. VAN SICHEM, Chritophell. BIBELS TRESOOR, Ofte der Zielen Lusthof, uytgebeelt in Figueren, door Verscheyden Meesters. Amsterdam: P.I. Paets, 1646. 8vo, 776pp, with some 797 wood-engraved illustrations on nearly every page (some 2 to the page), wood-engraved boarders.. Contemp. vellum, neatly lettered on spine. Bookplate, lightest of soiling to a few leaves, a very good copy indeed. $5000. ¶ First Edition, illustrated by Christoffel van Sichem (ca.1546-1624). Not in Darlow & Moule (who note Van Sichem’s illustrated Catholic Bible published by Paets in 1657). See H. Lehmann-Haupt, Christoffel van Sichem, a Family of Dutch 17th Century Woodcut Artists

 

(Bible in English). THE BIBLE: Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best Translations… London: Robert Barker, 1600. Sm 4to, contemp. full panelled calf. 3 leaves with small tears, holes or fraying, with slight loss, last blank page of the OT backed with old paper, a few headlines trimmed close. A remarkably handsome copy. $2000. ¶ The first edition to be printed by Robert Barker. The text is the Geneva edition and follows closely the quarto of 1588. Darlow & Moule 197. STC 2182.

 

BIBLE, polyglot. BIBLIA SACRA POLYGLOTTA, Complectentia Textus Originales, Hebraicum, cum Pentateucho Samaritano, Chaldaicum, Graecum, versionumque antiquarum ... cum textuum & versionum Orientalium ... Edidit Brianus Waltonus. London: Thomas Roycroft, [1653]- 1657. 6 vols, circa 6000 pages, hand-ruled in red throughout, frontis. portrait of Walton by P. Lombart, added engraved title page, engraved maps and plans by Wenceslaus Hollar, folio. Eighteenth century full calf ruled in gilt, gilt title labels. Light edge wear, a few joints cracked but cords sound, overall a very good, clean set. With the bookplates of John Milton, Lord Peterborough. $12,500. ¶ A wonderful copy of the first printing with the "Republican preface," printed on thick paper, and ruled in red throughout. This was the fourth and last of the great polyglot Bibles, "the most accurate and best equipped" (Darlow & Moule), extensively revised, and with the addition for the first time of the Aethiopic and Persian languages. Wing B2797. Darlow & Moule 1445.

 

(Bobart). KRANTZ, Albert. CHRONICA REGNORUM AQUILONARIUM DANIAE SVETIAE NORVAGIAE... Strassburg: Johannes Schott, 1548 (privilege dated 1546). Folio (8), 755, (11)pp Large woodcut arms and woodcut initials depicting Dance of Death series, contemp. oak-boards with blindstamped calf, rebacked, rubbed and partly defective, one of the two clasps missing, title-page strengthened, margins of last leaves defective, some waterstaining and worming , but overall a good copy. $1500. ¶ First Edition of this chronicle with the ownership inscriptions of Arnhold von Bobart (1661) and G. Schwanenfeld (1789). Bobart was of a family of famed naturalists commemorated in Linne’s plant family Bobartia. The German geographer Krantz (1450-1517) was born in Hamburg and followed a most distinguished scholastic and diplomatic career. After his death accusations of plagiarism and bad faith were raised and the censors attacked his printed works, making them scarcer than one might expect. Adams 2871. Brunet IV, 696. Graesse III. 47 (both cite 1583 ed. only). See Fueter, Geschichte de neueren Historiographie, 192-194.

 

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. IL CORBACCIO. Paris: Federigo Morello, 1569. 8vo, xvi, 122, (6), 127-173, (1)pp. Full morocco, gilt-tooled interlacing strapwork design within double fillets, gilt panelled spine within raised bands, triple fillet dentelles, edges marbled & gilt, by Hardy. Fine copy. $1250. ¶ Rare satirical work composed shortly after the Decameron. Il Corbaccio, which takes its title either from the French cravach or Spanish corbacho, both of which mean whip, demonstrates a bitterness for women quite the opposite in spirit from Boccaccio’s early works. In the story the author, a widow’s lover, is visisted in a dream by the spirit of the departed husband, who verbalizes all the evil one can imagine about his former wife and women in general, whereupon the lover is disabused from his quest. Perhaps for this reason the work was later titled the "Labyrinth of Love." This edition is especially valued for the preface and notes by Corbinelli. Gay II, 767: "Edition estimée à cause des notes de Jac. Corbinelli, et de l’orthographe ancienne qui y est conservée." Gamba 205: "bella e nitida edizione." Bacchi della Lega p.118: "pregevole e per le note del Corbinelli e piu perche stampata sopra un manoscritto di Amaretto Mannelli del 1384." STC Italian p.109.

 

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. [THE DECAMERON]. THE NOVELS AND TALES OF THE RENOWNED JOHN BOCCACIO, The Firft Refiner of Italian Prose: Containing A Hundred Curious Novels by Seven Honourable Ladies, and Three Noble Gentlemen, Framed in Ten Days. London: Printed for Awnsham Curchill, 1684. Sm. folio, (16), 483pp, engraved frontispiece portrait by R. White after Titian. Contemp. panelled calf, modern morocco spine label; binding worn, interior very good. $1000. ¶ Fifth editon, much corrected and ammended. Boccaccio was well known to the Elizabethans, many of whom knew Italian, but the first edition in English didn’t appear until 1620. Shakespeare utilized several of the tales in his plays and over fifty other English plays of the period drew from the Decameron. Lowndes I, p.224. Wing B-3378.

 

BOODT, Anselmus Boetius de. GEMMARUM ET LAPIDUM HISTORIA. Leiden: Joannis Maire, 1636. 8vo, (8), 576, (21 index)pp, 2 folding tables (with tears), woodcuts in the text, Cotemp. full vellum, back soiled, otherwise very good. $2500. ¶ Second Edition, corrected, of one of the most important gemology books of the 17th century. "De Boodt assembled virtually all of the knowledge then extant… by far the most thorough and complete up to date… it is further distinguished by its intimate knowledge of the art of the lapidary and must therefore be regarded as the first treatise to offer more than the briefest views of gem cutting" (Sinkankas). First published in 1609, this second edition edited by Adrianus Toll includes new illustration and fewer archaic Latin phrases. The woodcuts include a double-page illustration of corals, illustrations of geodes, fossils, gems, minerals, and tools and methods of working them. Sinkanas 78xx

 

BOURCHIER, Thomas, O.F.M. CATALOGUS UND ORDENTLICH Verzeichnuss der Newgekronten… Barfusser Martyrer… Ingolstgadt: Wolfgang Eder, 1585. Sm. 4to, (6), 53pp, title in red & black, woodcut head and tailpieces & initials throughout. Modern black morocco. $750. ¶ Only Edition. Bourchier, d.1586 (not to be confused with the English Archbishop), was the the author of Historia Eccles. de Martyrio Fratrum Ordinis S. Francisci, Paris. 1582., BM, STC German, p.143. Not in Brunet or Graesse. Rare; only one copy in NUC.

 

BRUNFELS, Otto. PANDECTAE scripturarum veteris novi Testamenti… Basel: (Barptolemaeus Westhemerus), 1543 8vo, (48), 669, (3)pp. Profusely blind-tooled German pigskin, dated 1557 on front board, centermost & outer panels decorated with serpentine motif, fleurons around innermost panels, iron clasps, raised bands. Reddish stains to back board, contemp. writing to title-page, light marginal dampstains to last 3 signatures, small piece of lower clasp broken away, very good. Armorial bookplate of Baron Radcliffe. $1250. ¶ Rare Swiss edition, perhaps the first printed outside of Strasbourg, in an attractive pigskin binding, of one of the first Protestant biblical concordances. The work is divided up into topics (De Deo, De Christo, De Peccato, De Spe, etc.) and finishes with biographical entries on biblical persons and wars.

Before Otto Brunfels (c.1488-1534) rescued botany from the confines of medieval scholasticism, he in fact spent about twelve years in a Carthusian monastery in Strasbourg until he, aided by Ulrich von Hutten and the printer Johann Schott, fled both the monastery and Catholicism. He quickly became a Protestant preacher, but his Protestantism, affected by the mysticism of Bodenstein von Karlstadt, was too unlike that of the other reformers in Strasbourg and merely embroiled Brunfels in controversy. He was then, perhaps in consequence of his religious frustrations, drawn to the botanical work that has made him famous. Nevertheless, his theological efforts were of great importance, and the vitriolic nature of his correspondence with Erasmus is legendary. In addition to publishing this work, he wrote both several widely read volumes on the lives of men and women in the Bible and numerous theological tracts. Cf. Bietenholz I.206-7. Not in NUC. Not in Adams.

 

BUONI, Giacomo Antonio. DEL TERREMOTO DIALOGO. Modena: Paolo Gadaldini & Fratelli, (1571). 4to (207 x 147mm), 3, 63, (1) leaves, woodcut coat-of-arms on title, woodcut device at the end, woodcut initials. Nineteenth century half leather, rebacked, retaining portions of orig. spine, bookplate of the St Louis Mercantile Library, library & release stamps of Harvard College on verso of title, a few light damp-stains in margins, otherwise very good. $2500. ¶ One of the most comprehensive sixteenth-century works on earthquakes. Buoni (1527-87), son of the famous anatomist Canini, was a physician at Ferrara. Rare; not in Adams (who record only one other work from the press of Gadaldini). BM, STC of Books Printed in Italy, p.130. NUC notes only one copy in North America; OCLC notes 6 copies, none in Calfiornia.

 

[BUTLER, Samuel]. HUDIBRAS. The First and Second Parts. Written in the Time of the Late Wars. Corrected & Amended, With Several Additions and Annotations. London: Ptd. by T. N. for John Martyn and Henry Herringman, 1674. 8vo, 412pp. Modern marbled wrappers, old morocco label, moderate foxing, contemporary ink manuscript to flyleaves and blank leaf preceeding second part, otherwise good. $75. ¶ Reprint of the second authorized edition of Butler’s classic, based loosely on Don Quixote. A third was subsequently issued. Wing B6311.

 

[BUTLER, Samuel]. HUDIBRAS. The First Part [and Second Part]. Written in the Time of the Late Wars. Corrected & Amended, With Several Additions and Annotations. [Bound with] The Third and Last Part. Written by the Authour of the FIrst and Second Parts, London, Printed for Robert Horne, 1684. London: Ptd. by T. N. for Henry Herringman, 1684. 8vo, 412, 254pp. 18th century full calf, rebacked, boards loose, bookplate, good. $175. ¶ Reprint of the third authorized edition of parts one and two, bound with a reprint of the second edition of part three. With the bookplate of Los Angeles litterateur Paul Jordan Smith. Wing B6303, B6317.

 

CALLIENSI, Horatio Lucio. SACROSANCTI CONCILII TRIDENTINI CANONES, ET DECRETA…[with] INDEX LIBRORUM PROHIBITORUM Cum Regulus Confectis… Bassani: Antonium Remondinum, n.d., [ca. 1640s] 8vo, (16), 308, (42), 72pp, 1 plate. Contemporary full vellum wrappers, internally good, otherwise fair. $450. ¶ Rare edition of this history of the Council of Trent, with an Index of Prohibited Books at the end. "When printing was invented in the fifteenth century the Church, apprehending the threat to her domination over thought and belief, endeavoured to intensify her control over books, and in 1557 the Inquisition under Pope Paul IV drew up the first Index Librorum Prohibitorum… The Index has been revised from time to time and now lists some four thousand books forbidden throughout the world" (Craig, Banned Books of England, pp.18-19). Not in Adams, nor OCLC.

 

CALMO, Andrea. CHEREBIZZI di… Ne’Quali si Contengono varie, & ingeniost discorsi, & fantastiche fanasie filososiche, Compresi in Piu Lettere vulgari, nella lingua antica dechiarati… Venetia: Apresso Domenico Farri, 1580. 8vo, 86, 65, (3), 55, (1), 76pp, dec inits. 18th c. quarter calf over pasteboards, maroon calf spine label, gilt lettered, gilt dec. and orn. to spine, a tight, good copy. With the bookplate of the French historian Anatole de Montaiglon. $750. ¶ First Collected Edition, four books in one, of Calmo’s Angels series, including the Supplimento delle Piaceuoli, & Ingeniose Lettere; Il Rimanente della Piaceuoli, & Ingeniose Lettere; and Il Residuo delle Lettere Facete, Amorose, Epiaceuoli, each originally issued separately during the 1550s. Each has its own titlepage sharing the engraving of an angel, but with head margins stating Libro Primo, Libro Secondo, Libro Terza, and Libro Quarto. Calmo (1510-1571) was an actor-author, the "wonder and miracle of the stage" (De Sanctis) known primarily for his comedies, particularly Las Spagnolas, comedia di Scarpelle; Le Bizarre; and Le Giocose. Rare; not in Adams, Brunet, or Gamba; not in OCLC.

 

CALTHROP, Henry (or Calthorpe). REPORTS OF SPECIAL CASES Touching Several Customes and Liberties of the City of London… Whereunto is Annexed Divers Ancient Customs and Usages of the Said City of London. London: Abel Roper, 1670. Sm. 8vo, (8), 32, (48), 206pp. Modern half calf, marginal inoffensive waterstain. $1500. ¶ Best edition. "...stands almost alone in showing the customs of the City in action… includes his treatise on ‘Ancient Customs and Usages’." (Frognal cat. 51, #94 1978). There is a section of 48 unnumbered pages on the prisage of wine and on repairing wharves and docks. Scarce--one copy at auction since 1975. Wing C-311.

 

CAMDEN, William. DESCRIPTION OF SCOTLAND, Containing a Supplement… Edinburgh: Heirs and Successors of Andrew Anderson, 1695. Small 4to, (8), 204, (20), 16pp, decorative initials. Contemp. mottled calf, spine tooled & lettered in gilt. Spine rubbed, small paper flaw in pp.96-7 affecting a should note, otherwise very good. With the armorial bookplate of John Hay, Marquis of Tweeddale. $450. ¶ Second Edition of Camden’s great geography of Scotland and history of the peerage of that country. Among the many families whose lineage is described, that of John Hay, first Marquis of Tweeddale, whose bookplate is found in this volume, is given some attention (pp.29-30). The last appendix, entitled "The Blazoning of the Ensignes Armorial of the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, France and Ireland and of the Coats of Arms of the Nobility of Scotland…," contains a description of the Tweeddale coat of arms, found on the bookplate.

William Camden (1551-1623), antiquary and historian, was the author of the famous Brittania, considered one of the greatest examples of chronicle-writing. Ben Jonson, his student, said that to Camden he owed "all that I am in arts, all that I know." This exact title, with the date "1695" rather than the inaccurate "1595," is not in Wing, and NUC cites one copy at Indiana. Wing C376 cites only copies with the inaccurate date, and NUC cites two as well.

 

CARTARI, Vincenzio. IMAGINES DEORUM, Qui ab Antiquis Colebantur, Una cum earum Declaratione & Historia ... Opus Non solum Antiquitatis.... Frankfurt: Ludovici Bourgcat, 1687. 4to, vi, 228, (16)pp, 88 engraved plates, title page in red & black. Contemp. full vellum, title-page backed, 1 prelim re-inforced at gutter, overall very good. $850. ¶ Handsome edition of this iconology which had a great influence on mannerism and the baroque. Cartari intended it not just to furnish information on the gods of ancient liteature, but also, and to a greater extent, to provide images for artists. First published in Venice in 1556, it went through numerous editions, but only the later editions include the discourse on the gods of Mexico and Japan. Some bibliographers describe it as an emblem book, but Praz and Landwehr do not cosndier it such. On Cartari’s sources see Seznec’s Les Dieux Antiques à la Fin de la Renaissance in Annales Institutorum IV, Rome 1931-2, and his La Survivance des Dieux Antiques. Cf. Besterman, Old Art Books, p.21; Hoe pp.39-40; Keir, Books Relating to Proverbs, Emblems… p.120. This edition not noted by Brunet.

 

CASA, Giovanni Della RIMI, ET PROSE. Con Nuova Aggiuntione, & con molto diligentia ristampate. [with] TRATTATO DE GLI Uffici Amici Superiori et Inferiori; Scritto da M. Giovanni Della Casa In Lingua Latina, & dopo in volgare tradotto. Napoli: Apresso Gio. Maria Scotto, 1560. 8vo, 87, 22pp. Later full vellum, black and red leather spine labels, gilt lettered, raised bands, gilt rules, bookplate, $375. ¶ ?Third Edition of Giovanni Della Casa’s Rimes and his best known work, Galateo, a work of manners and etiquette; the duties of politeness: "a document of its age, an age that paid more attention to forms than than to substance" (Donadoni). Of his highly praised Rimes, "he was esteemed to be a master…although within the scope of Petrarchian imitation, at times he could rise to expressions of deep passion" (Donadoni). Though an ecclesiast, Casa (1503-1556) enjoyed a sensual life, and wrote works on topics "better left nameless" (Donadoni). The first edition was issued postumously in 1556, the year of Della Casa’s death, a second edition in 1558. The edition under notice is not found in Gamba, Brunet, or OCLC. Santosuosso, Bib. of Giovanni della Casa, 23. Donadoni, p.222.

 

[CHRISTYN, J.B.] JURISPRUDENTIA HEROICA sive de Jure Belgarum circa Nobilitatem et Insignia… Brussels: Balthazar Vivien, 1668. 2 parts in one, folio, (14), 586, (29, index); (4), 174, (7, index)pp. With an engraved general title, numerous engravings in the text, and an inserted section of 14 double-page engraved plates of genealogies. Modern quarter calf, marbled boards, old inscription on half-title and engraved title, otherwise good. $2000. ¶ First Edition, very rare, of this anonymous work on Belgian law pertaining to the nobility and their insignia, lines of descent etc. According to Brunet there should be 16 genealogies, and later copies have 18, but this copy is bound with 14; however, the second part which Brunet says was issued later, is present here. No copy is listed in NUC or BL under author or title. Brunet III, p.602: "ouvrage fort recherché dans les provinces flamandes".

 

(Civil War). REASONS WHY THIS KINGDOME OUGHT TO ADHERE TO THE PARLIAMENT. [London ca. 1642]. Sm. 4to, 8pp. Modern marbled boards, new endpapers, caption title. Bound tightly at gutter, affecting 1 letter per line, very good. $125. ¶ The author of this Whig tract was probably the political writer and secretary to the commissioners of parliament, Henry Parker (1604-1652) or his two colleagues, Thomas May and John Sadler. The tract is a fiery declamation of the cowardice that has caused many to abandon Parliament’s cause and to side with the Royalists. Wing R592. NUC: 5cc.

 

CONFETTI, Giovanni Battista. COLLECTIO PRIVILEGIORUM SACRORUM ORDINUM FRATRUM MENDICANTIUM & NON MENDICANTIUM. Iuxta Sacri Concilii Tridentini reformationem, & summorum Pontificum nouissimas confirmationes & innouationes : cum summario eorum omnium quae in ipsis priuilegiis apostolicis & decretis Concilij Tridentini continentur. AD S.D. N.D. Clementem VIII, Pont. Opt. Max. Florentiae: Haeredes Jacobi Junctae, 1598. 4to, (8), 240, (10), 213, (5 as index)pp. Contemporary full vellum, occasional foxing, front board detatched, otherwise good with the bookplate of Prince Czartoriski. $450. ¶ First Edition, edited by Pope Clement VIII. Not in Adams.

 

CORTE, Camillo de. Camilli de Curte, aduocati primarij... Prima pars Diuersorij iuris feudalis :

in qua etiam distincte termini omnes feudorum, dum eriguntur, continentur : in qua etiam decisiones quamplurimas per regia tribunalia multis abhinc annis editas ... studiosus lector inueniet, explanatumq[ue] materiam tum iure communi attento, tum iure regni reperiet. Venetiis: Georgium Variscum, 1603. 4to, (14), 91, (1) leaves. Contemporary full vellum; loose in binding otherwise good. $875. ¶ First Edition of a rare work on feudal law. OCLC record the LC copy only.

 

COWLEY, Abraham. THE WORKS… Consisting of those which were formerly Printed: and Those which he Design’d for the Press. Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies. London: J.M. for Henry Herringman, 1668. Folio, (42), 41, 80, (4), 70, 154, 23, 148pp, engraved portrait by Faithhorne. Contemp. calf, rebacked preserving label. A fine, crisp copy. $750. ¶ First Collected Edition. Wing 6649.

 

(Dictionary). VOCABULARIUS GEMMA GEMMARUM. (Hagenaw: Henricus Gran [for] Joannis Rynman, 1512). 4to, 120 leaves, leaves within signature b out of order, those within signatures l & m out of order. Contemp. stiff vellum lettered on spine in black with rubrication, later endpapers. Some occasional contemp. ink markings markings, some light marginal staining, first signature & several others leaves with worming, light occasional soiling, otherwise a fine, tight copy. $2000.

¶ First supplemented edition of this early Latin-German dictionary, the true first having been printed in 1507. "Teutonico-Latinum" dictionaries had been printed from the end of the 15th century, but they had been, for the most part, dictionaries of the so-called "ink-horn" (i.e., difficult) words and excluded the easier ones. This edition of Gran’s Gemma Gemmarum seems to have been compiled, to some extent, in reaction to that trend in lexicography. Not only are simpler words included, but parts of speech and genders of nouns are indicated. Furthermore, the dictionary is followed by categorized lists of words, such as the names for different members of a family, and laws. These lists are followed by eight pages of addtional words appended to the work for the first time.

Henricus Gran, backed by Joannis Rynman, was distinguished as the first printer at Hagenau, his first publication there having been a work by the lexicographer and poet John Garland; he was also the first printer of the mystical works of the Hungarian Franciscan Oswaldus Pelbartus. Gran was so appreciative of Rynman, who was, at one time, an editor and typefounder, that he refers to him in the colophon as a circumspectus vir archibibliopola. STC German, p.337. Cordell p.170. Brunet IX, p.599. Not in NUC. Cf. Collison, A History of Foreign-Language Dictionaries.

 

DIEGO DE ESTELLA, R.P.F. LE SECOND LIVRE DE LA VANITE DU MONDE. Contenant les Rules, Abus & Piperies d’Iceluy. Composé en Espagnol par R.P.F. Diego de Estella… Mis en François par Gabriel Chappius. Lyon: Claude Rigaud & Claude Obert, 1633. 8vo, 461pp. Comtemporary limp vellum, some age-toning, otherwise a very good copy. $350. ¶ Nouvelle and Dernier Edition, augmented. Chappius’ translation of the second (of three) volumes of the mystical Franciscan monk Diego de Estella’s Book of the Vanities of the World, originally published 1562. Not found in the standard references, nor in OCLC. Scarce.

 

DIEGO DE ESTELLA, R.P.F. LE SECOND LIVRE DE LA VANITE DU MONDE. Contenant les Rules, Abus & Piperies d’Iceluy. Composé en Espagnol par R.P.F. Diego de Estella… Mis en François par Gabriel Chappius. Lyon: Claude Rigaud & Claude Obert, 1633. 8vo, 461pp. Comtemporary limp vellum, some age-toning, otherwise a very good copy. $350. ¶ Nouvelle and Dernier Edition, augmented. Chappius’ translation of the second (of three) volumes of the mystical Franciscan monk Diego de Estella’s Book of the Vanities of the World, originally published 1562. Not found in the standard references, nor in OCLC. Scarce.

 

DIGBY, Kenelm. TWO TREATISES: In the One of Which, The Nature of Bodies; In the Other, The Nature of Mans Soule, is Looked into: In Wy of Discovery of the Immortality of Reasonable Soules. London: John Williams, 1645. Sm 4to, 24ff, 429, (1, blank), (10), 143, (1, blank), (1)pp, frontisportrait. Contemp. speckled calf, rebacked, gilt rules & morocco label. With the bookplate of Sir John Anstruther to the verso of the title, the signature of William Anstruther to the title. Very nice copy. $750 ¶ Second edition (first London) of Digby’s "earliest scientific work and his most important" (Honeyman). Issued in response to a number of conversations which Digby had conducted with Descartes, the volume contains two parts. Especially famed is the first treatise, The Nature of Bodies, in which Digby corroborates the theories of Harvey with experiments conducted at Gresham College and presents the first fully developed atomistic system of the seventeenth century, in which he posits divisible atoms and adopts Galileo’s dynamic principle of matter. The first part also discusses magnets, color, memory and the generation of animals. William Anstruther (d.1711) the Scottish judge and supporter of the Prince of Orange, was the uncle of Sir John Anstruther (1753-1811), the Anglo-Indian judge who managed the impeachment of Warren Hastings. Duveen p.172. Huston p.5. Wing D1449.

 

DIGBY, Sir Kenelm. CHYMICAL SECRETS, And Rare Experiments in Physick & Philosophy, with Figures Collected and Experimented, by the Honourable and Learned Sir Kenelm Digby... Containing Many Rare and Unheard of Medicines, Menstruums, and Alkahests; the Philosophical Arcanum of Flamel Artefius, Pontanus and Zachary, with the True Secret of Volatizing the fixed Salt of Tartar. Published since his Death by George Hartman Chymist, and Steward to the aforesaid Sir Kenelm. London: Printed for Will. Cooper, 1683-82. 8vo, A-S8; (16). 272pp. 4 etched plates of alchemical laboratory apparatus. With separate title-page to part II. Half-calf antique, some leaves soiled. Very good. $3000. ¶ First Edition of the only account of Digby's laboratory experiments, published after his death by his lab assistant George Hartman, Amongst his many other pursuits, Digby was the creator of the Powder of Sympathy, undoubtedly the most famous cure of the seventeenth century. A recipe is given at the end of the book; it appears certainly to be iron sulphate (called copperas or green vitriol), much used by the alchemists in their elixirs. Hartman gives a fuller description of the Powder in his True Preserver of Health, 1682. Digby and the painter Van Dyck engaged in alchemical pursuits in the 1620’s, although they left no record of their work. Wing D-1422 (part 2 only). Duveen p.173. Ferguson I, p.213: "very rare." Huston p.23. Pritchard 138.

 

[DILKE, Charles Wentworth, ed.] OLD ENGLISH PLAYS, Being a Selection from the Early dramatic writers. In six volumes. London: Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, 1814-[16]. 6 vols, 8vo, full calf, gilt backs, gilt titling detailing contents of each vol., board of vol. one loose, no title leaf for vol. 6, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ A continuation of Dodsley’s Old Plays, Dilke work is defined by the DNB "a very acute and careful piece of editing." The 24 plays include vol. I: Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus & Lust’s Dominion, and John Lyly’s Mother Bombie & Midas; II: Lyly’s Endymion, or the Man in the Moon, Marston’s History of Antonio and Mellida & What You Will & Parasitaster; III: Dekkers’s The Wonder of a Kingdom & Old Fortunatus; Chapman’s Bussy d’Ambois & Monsieur d’Olive; IV: Chapman’s May Day, Middleton & Rowley’s The Spanish Gipsy & The Changeling, Midleton’s More Dissemblers Besides Women; V: Middleton’s Women Beware Women & A Trick to Catch the Old One, Rowley’s A New Wonder, Webester’s Appius and Virginia; VI: Webster & Rowley, The Thracian Wonder, Heywood’s The English Traveller & The Royal King and Loyal Subject & A Challenge for Beauty. Each with introductory material and a Glossarial Index. Antiquary and critic, Dilke (1789-1864), friend of Keats, Shelley, and Leigh Hunt, became editor of the Atheneaum in 1829. Lowndes p.1883. Hazlitt, Manual...Old English Plays, pp.271-2.

 

DODERIDGE, John. THE ENGLISH LAWYER. Describing a Method for the Managing of the Lawes of this Land. And Expressing the Best Qualities Requisite in the Student, Practizer, Judges and Fathers of the Same. London: Assignes of I. More, 1631. 4to, (8), 271pp, lacks final blank. Contemp. calf, hand lettered vellum label. Contemp. ink signatures of previous owners & Latin notes on first blank & on verso of last leaf, printed index of another work as front paste-down, sm. hole in C2 affecting a few letters, some leaves slightly browned. Very good. $1250. ¶ First Edition. The first part of the work provides guiding precepts for students and lawyers; the second part is an exposition of the rules and maxims of the law. Doderidge (1555-1628) held the office of solicitor-general for three years, during which tenure he argued the famous case of the post-nati against Thomas Egerton, Lord Ellesmere, holding that Scots born after the accession of James I to the English throne were not naturalized in England. He was later knighted and in 1607 became a justice of the king’s bench. Bacon writes that, as a judge, Doderidge was "very ready to give an opinion in secret," but as a lawyer, he did his pleading "like a good archer, he shoots a fair compass." Despite writing a number of works, legal and antiquarian, many of them still remain in manuscript. STC 6981.

 

DRYDEN, John. MARRIAGE A-la-Mode. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal. London: Printed by T.N. for Henry Herringman, 1673. 4to, (12), 85 (1 epilogue)pp. Quarter calf, marbled boards, uniformly browned. Very good. $600. ¶ First Edition of one of Dryden’s best comedies. In his Dedication to the Earl of Rochester, Dryden acknowledges the assistance he was given by Rochester and states "it receiv’d amendment from your noble hands, e’re it was fit to be presented." MacDonald 771. Pforzheimer 330. Woodward & McManaway 432. Summers, Restoration Drama, p.58. Wing 2306.

 

[EGERTON, Thomas]. THE SPEECH OF THE LORD CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND, in the Eschequer Chamber, touching the Post-nati. London: Societie of Stationers, 1609. Small 4to, (12), 118, (3)pp. Half calf over marbled boards, morocco label lettered in gilt. Joints lightly rubbed, armorial bookplate, fly-leaf repaired, marginal paper defect to first eight pages of text, some faint foxing to text. A very good copy. $450. ¶ First Edition of the only published work of Thomas Egerton (1540?-1617), Baron Ellesmere, Queen Elizabeth’s trusty lord keeper and advisor to Francis Bacon. Soon after the death of Elizabeth (1603), doubts arose as to the status of Scottish persons in England born after the accession of James I. The "antenati," those born before the accession, were considered aliens, but the "postnati" claimed to be naturalized subjects who could hold land in England. This speech, printed by order of the king, records Ellesmere’s decision that suits against the postnati were bad pleas. Known for this rousing royalist speech and for his intimacy with Elizabeth and James, Egerton is remembered most for his successful efforts to quell the rebellion against Elizabeth by Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. STC 7540.

 

EPIPHANIUS, Saint, Bp. of Constantia in Cyprus.  DI EPIPHANII EPISCOPI CONSTANTIAE CYPRI, Contra Octoaginta Haerese Opus, Panarium, Siue Arcula, aut Capsula Medica appellatum, continens libros tres, & tomos siue Sectiones ex toto Septem. Basileae: Ex Officina Heruagiana, 1578. Folio in 6s, (12), 430, (14)pp. Contemporary full vellum, very good. $750. ¶ Saint Epiphanius’ tract against heresies, translated from the Greek into Latin by Jano Cornario. Sixth edition. Adams 256. OCLC 4 copies.

 

ERASMUS. COLLOQUIA, Cum notis selectis Variorum, Additio Indice novo, Accurate Corn. Schrevelio. Amsterdam: Blau, 1693. 8vo, (12), 784, (20)pp, an engraved general title signed P.P. 1Contemp. vellum, split to upper third of front joint, light wear and soiling, armorial bookplate of George Thornhill. $250. ¶ Better of two editions printed by Blau in 1693; the other edition comprised 677pp. A collection of satirical dialogues, the Colloquia was Erasmus’ most popular work. The dedication to Froben’s son Johannes includes a short biography. Schrevelius (1615-1667), though a physician, devoted his life to editing the classics and published numerous variorum editions of uneven quality. His fame rests on his Lexicon Manuale Graeco-Latinum (1645) which was widely reprinted. Vander Haeghen 41.

 

ERASMUS. PARAPHRAESON... Basle 1522. $1250.

 

ERCKER, Lazarus. AULA SUBTERRANEA DOMINA DOMINATIUM SUBDITA SUBDITORUM… Frankfurtt: Johann David Zunners…, 1672. Sm. folio, engraved title by P. Rilian (dated 1673), 41 large woodcut illustrations, (12), 332, (4); (4), 47pp. Old vellum from an antiphonal, evenly browned throughout, final leaf partially detached. Bound with Christianus Berwardus’ Interpres Phraeseologiae Metallurgicae… Frankfurt: Zunners, 1673. $3750. ¶ Rare First Edition of the enlarged edition of Ercker’s Beschreibung Allerfurnemisten Mineralischen. The 41 wood-engraved plates, half or nearly full-page, show chemical apparatus and processes, furnaces, and mines. "Ercker, along with Agricola and Biringuccio, was the chief spokesman in printed form for most of the melallurgical knowledge of the sixteenth century and his includence on later assaying literature was enourmous. Working as chief inspector of the mines in Bohemia under Emperor Rudolf II, he systematically reviewed the methods of testing alloys and minerals, supervised smelting operations, and wrote with extraordinary clarify of the apparatus and operations involved" (Hoover Collection 283). "Considering the importance of Ercker’s treatise it is remarkable how little is on record about him… His book was highly prized at the time, for it was a record of practical experience, and was not burdened with theories and hypotheses. The first edition was printed by Georg Schwartz at Prague, 1574, in folio. The work was enlarged and entitled Aula Subterranea, and published in 1672" (Ferguson). Dibner called Ercker’s works second only to Agricola’s in the "beauty of the graphic treatment of the crafts." Duveen p.195 (1636 ed.). Ferguson I, 243-5. Rare; no copy has appeared at auction since 1966.

 

(EVELYN, John). La Quintinye, Jean de. [or La Quintinie] THE COMPLEAT GARD’NER, or, Directions for Cultivating and Right Ordering of Fruit-Gardens and Kitchen-Gardens: with the Garden’s Kallender, directing what is to be done every month of the year London: Matthew Gillyflower, 1693. Folio, (44), 184, (4), 204, (4), 80pp, eng. frontispiece portrait of de la Quintinye, 11 full page or folding plates, 11 small engravings int he text, & 4 woodcuts in the texts. Contemp. full mottled calf, rebacked, old gilt spine label. Minor damp stain to the foot of a few leaves, armorial bookplate and signature of George Chudleigh, 1714. A remarkably crisp and clean copy. $4500. ¶ First Edition in English. De La Quintinye, Director of the gardens of the French King, visited Evelyn’s gardens in about 1670, although the event is not recorded in the Diary. On his return he sent Evelyn a ms on the cultivation of melons, which Evelyn translated and distributed to friends. De La Quintinye (1626-1688) did not live to see the publication of his book which came out in 1690. To his translation, Evelyn added the section on melons and the "Treatise on Orange Tree" which De La Quintinye had not been included in the French edition. In addition to a note regarding his translation of the melon section, Evelyn wrote the Advertisemnt for the nursery gardens at Brompton Park, and an Advertisement to the Curious regarding his translation in general. The book was never reprinted as a whole but an abridged version was published in 1699 followed by five subsequent editions dated 1701-1719. Keynes 103 (& see pp.222-225). Wing 431 (under La Quintinie). A superb copy.

 

FABRE, Pierre Jean. MYROTHECIUM SPAGYRICUM: Sive Pharmacopoea Chymica, Occultis Naturae Arcanis, ex Hermeticorum Medicorum scrinius depromtis abunde illustrata. Item: Insignes Curationes Variorum Morborum, qui Medicamentis chymicis, jucundissma methodo curati fuere. Cum Chirugia Spagyrica, in qua de Morbis Cutaneis Omnibus, Spagyrice & Methodice agitur, & Curatio corom cita, tuta, & jucunda tractur. Strasbourg: Heirs of Lazari Zetzneri, 1632. 8vo, (4), 380, (18); (10), 326, (16), 157, (4)pp, separate title pages to the 2nd & 3rd parts. Contemp. vellum, soiled. $1250. ¶ The second editions of all three parts: the first was originally published at Toulouse in 1628; the second, Palladium Spagyricum (not mentioned on the title-page) was originally published in 1624 and is the author’s first work; and the third, Chirurgia Spagyrica, was first printed at Toulouse in 1626. Pierre Jean Fabre (d.1650), celebrated physician of Montpellier, to whom chemistry is indebted for some steps in its progress, published several works on spagyrical medicine and acquired a brilliant reputation. A rare work, mentioned by Ferguson, but not present in the Young collection. Duveen p.202. cf. Ferguson I, p.260. Not in Bolton, Caillet or Bibliotheca Esoterica. NUC: Wisconsin & Nat. Library Medicine only.

 

FENTON, Geoffrey. GOLDEN EPISTLES, Contayning Varietie of Discourse, both Morall, Philosophicall, and Devine, Gathered, as wel out of the Remaynder of Gueuaraes Woorks, as other Authours, Latine, French and Italian by Geffrey Fenton. London: Ralph Newberie, 15 Octobris, 1582. 8vo, black letter, (4), 347, (3, tables)pp + final blank leaf, large woodcut title-page border, woodcut initials. Full brown morocco by Riviere, gilt title and borders, a.e.g., rehinged. Contemp. marginalia throughout (partially trimmed). Booklabel of Arbury Library and signature of William Allen White, with his note "Rosenbach $145. R. paid $300 for the Jones’ copy of 1st ed of 1575. Many marginal notes. Jan’y 25, 1923." Fine copy. $1750. ¶ Third Edition, "Newly corrected and amended" of Fenton’s colleciton of essays taken from both classical and contemporary sources. The first edition of 1575 is extremely rare. This copy is described in White’s privately printed Catalogue of Early English Books p.44. STC 10796. Not in Pforzheimer.

 

(Ferrara). MARESTI, Alfonso, et al. TEATRO GENEOLOGICO ET ISTORICO Dell’Antiche, & Illustri Famiglie di Ferrara del Conte, e Cavaliere Alfonso Maresti Ferrarese. Tomo Primo. All’Eminentissimo, e Reuerendissimo Principe il Sig. Cardinale Sigismondo Chigi. Ferrara: Nella Stampa Camerale, 1678. [with] Tomo Secondo (1681) & Tomo Terza (1708). 4to, (8), 264, 226, (6), 228pp, 11 full-page woocut birdseye views, dec. inits., head and tailpieces. 19th century half vellum over pasteboards, green and red morocco spine labels, gilt lettered, gilt orn., some rubbing, otherwise a tight, internally clean, very good copy. $1000. ¶ First Editions, complete set bound in one volume, of the geneologies and histories of the illustrious and eminent families of Ferrara, Italy. Hansomely printed, with woodcut arms, views, and family trees. Not found in any of the standard references. Rare; no copy recorded in OCLC.

 

FERRO, Giovanni Ombre apparenti nel Teatro d’imprese. Venetia: Giacomo Sarzina, 1629. 2 vols in 1, tall 12mo in 6s, (80), 104; (2), 12, (2), 13-358 pp, engraved t-p to each vol. Contemporary limp vellum, front cover missing, otherwise good. $400. ¶ First Edition.

 

FISHER, John. THIS TREATYSE CONCERYNGE THE FRUYTFULL SAYNGES OF DAVYD the Kynge a Prophete in the Seven Pentyencyall Psalmes. London: Wynkyn de Worde, 12 June 1509. Sm. 4to, woodcut-title-page device of Lady Margaret eaufort, woodcut vignette, woodcut intials and banners throughout, woodcut printer’s device (McKerrow 19). Late 17th century full brown calf, gilt rules to covers, gilt tooled and letter spine. Condition: light worming throughout, several leaves extended or repaired including mm4 which is inlaid (another example of this leaf, from a different printing, is laid in), a few marginal annotations, spine ends repaired. (8 x5-1/8 in) $27,500.

¶ Second edition of Bishop Fisher’s first publication, first printed in 1508. Wynkyn de Worde was foreman in the printing establishment of Caxton, England’s first printer. A native of Worth in Alsace, he came to England with Caxton in about 1476, and, as his last book is dated 1535, he must have been a very young man at the time. After Caxton’s death in 1491 he took over the press, although his name didin’t appear in a book until 1494. Although he printed a large number of books, many are known to us only by single copies and some by fragments. Devotional works formed a large part of his output and these reveal a high degree of typographical excellence; he used an excellent English black-letter type, invariably set gihtly in double column, and and his favorite scheme for title-page included a woodcut illustrative of the text, avocve which the title was set in a ribbon-type boder, sometimes cut into a block, thus producing whitters on a black ground. Interesting to note, he did not attempt the reprinting of classical literature as he probably relaized that he could not compete with the imporations of the works of Aldus, Froben, or Estienne. Wynkyn de Worde died late in an 1534 or early in 1535.

Fisher (1495-1535), bishop of Rochester, a prominent supporter of the new learning, opposed the Reformation and was eventually executed for this under the crime of treason. At the time of publication he was chancellor of the the University of Cambridge and confessor to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. He was a close friend of Erasmus and it was through his influence that Erasmus was induced to visit Cambridge. At Fisher’s death Erasmus several times wrote of his personal loss and expressed his esteem in the Hyperaspistes where Fisher is cited as one of the few true bishops. Fisher’s portrait drawn by Holbein hangs at Windsor Castle. See: Contemporaries of Erasmus II, pp.36-9. STC 10902 recording only 6 copies (of which 3 are imperfect), Folger & Morgan only in the US. STC notes two later editions witht he colophon date of 1509 which were actually printed ca. 1514 and 1919. Hodnett 632.

 

FLECHIER, [Valentin Esprit, Bp of Nîmes]. HISTOIRE DE THEODOSE LE GRAND, pour Monseigneur le Dauphin… Paris: Mabre-Cramoisy, 1679. 4to, (10), 535, (1), (18, index)pp. With an engraved printer’s device on title, several engraved vignettes, cuts & initials. Contemp. calf, backstrip nicely gilt but a small hole affecting lettering, inscription on front fly-leaf, some minor foxing & ink stains, otherwise a very good sound copy. $500. ¶ First Edition, esteemed for its high typographic value, also the only in 4to, followed in the same year by a second edition in 12mo, and by later editions in 12mo or 16mo. Fléchier (1632-1710) intended this biography of the Roman general and emperor Theodosius I, called the Great (347-395), as a lecture in military education for the French crown-prince. Brunet II, p.1283 ("belle édition"). Graesse II, p.594 ("bien imprimée"). Quérard III, p.130. See: Wing 1207 (1693 ed. only). Not in Spaulding & Karpinski. NUC: 1 copy at NIC.

 

GEBER. GEBRI REGIS ARABUM PHILOSOPHI PERSPICACISSIMI, SUMMA PERFECTIONIS MAGISTERII IN SUA NATURA, ex Bibliothecae Vaticanae Exemplari Undecunque Emendatissimao Edita, cum Vera Genuianique Delineatione Vasorum & Fornacum. Denique Libri Investigationis Magisterii & Testamenti eiusdem Gebri, ac Aurei Trium Verborum Libelli & Avicennae, Summi Medici & Acutissimi Philosophi, Mineralium Additione Castigatissima. Gedani [i.e. Danzig]: Bruno Laurentius Tancken, 1682. 8vo, 24 (incl. engraved title), 278pp [i.e. 272pp, because 113-8 have been dropped from pagination], 9 copper-engraved plates of apparatus. Contemp. calf, spine tooled in gilt, raised bands, speckled edges. Some scuffing & wear to boards, rear joint cracking near head, light browning throughout, slight worming to last 25pp, still very good. $2000. ¶ First Edition of this collection of alchemical writings, featuring Geber’s Summa Perfectionis, Liber Investigationis, and Testamentum. The volume also contains the Merlini Alegoria, the Expositio Epistolae Alexandri, Kallid’s Liber Trium Verborum, Avicenna’s De Congelatione et Conglutinatioine Lapidum, a letter by Faustus Sabaeus, and several other alchemical works and discriptions of the philosopher’s stone.

Jabir ibn Hayyan was allegedly an 8th-century Arab alchemist whose name is attached to more than 500 writings, dating from the 9th to 13th centuries. While the "King of the Arabs," as he was called, may never have authored any of these works and may never have existed, the works under his name were the most advanced and influential alchemical texts of Islam. Many works later attributed to him, including the Summa Perfectionis, were seemingly written by a later alchemist who went by the name of Geber to trade on the reputation of the Arab; his work, which may have been mere translation of Arabic texts, was then incorporated into Jabir’s corpus, the influence of which became the highest of any alchemical writings in the West. Geber’s (as distinct from Jabir’s) advocacy of the sulphur-mercury theory of metals and his description of chemical methods became the premier impetuses of medieval alchemy and chemistry. Bibliotheca Esoterica 1843. Caillet 4424. Duveen p.240. Ferguson I, p.300. Not in Manly Hall, de Guaita, Mellon or Verginelli.

 

GERSON, Johannes. L’ESPRIT DE GERSON, Ou, Instructions Catholiques Touchant le Saint Siege. [N.p.] 1692. 12mo, (2), 249pp. Contemporary calf, gilt spine, remnants of gilt dentelles, speckled edges. Prelims chipped, ink scribbles on title, small sections missing from pp 248-9, with loss of a few letters on p.249, corners rubbed. Good. $100. ¶ A compendium of writings of the French theologian (1362-?1428) remembered for his attemps at Church unity and reform.

 

GODEAU, Antoine. ELOGES HISTORIQUES DES EMPEREURS, Des Roys, Des Princes, Des Imperatrices, Des Reynes, et Des Princesses, Qui Dans Tous les Siécles ont Excellé en Piété. Paris: François Muguet, 1667. 4to, (12), 549, (1)pp. Later full mottled calf, raised bands, some rubbing, wear to spine head, head compartment with tape, internally clean, overall good $500. ¶ First Edition. Scarce; OCLC notes but one copy (in Europe).

 

HERMES TRISMEGISTUS. (with Iamlichus & Proclus). MERCURII TRISMEGISTI PYMANDER, De Potestate et Sapienta Dei. Eiusdem Asclepius, De Voluntate Dei... Iamblichus De Mysteriius Aegyptiorum... Proclus in Platonicum Alcibiadem... De Sacrificio & Magia... Basle: Mich. Isingrinium, August, 1532. Sm. 8vo, 480 [i.e. 460], (4)pp. Contemp. boards covered in vellum (with ms on inside), old library stamps on title, occasional stainging and worming (not affecting text). $2500.

¶ Early edition of the Pymander and Asclepius, attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, together with texts by Proclus, Iamblichus and Porphyry. The Asclepius of Hermes was translated by Apuleius and the other works by Marsilio Ficino. Adams H-345. STC, German, 398. Rosenthal, Bib. Magica, 445. Not in Bib. Esoterica; Caillet; De Guaita; Durling; Duveen; Ferguson; Manly P. Hall Catalogue. OCLC notes 2 copies in the US and 3 abroad.

¶ One of the most influential works on philosophy ever printed, the "Pymander of Hermes" is the foundation stone of an intellectual movement which was to have profound influence in the European Renaissance. It is neither an alchemical, astrological or magical text and has nothing to say about ways of operating in the physical warld. It is, rather, a philosophical mystical text whose object is enlightenment rather than power. The manuscript, known as the "Corpus Hermeticum," was brought to Florence from Macedonia about 1460 by a monk named Leonardo da Pistoia. The mansucript was presented to Cosimo de Medici who engaged Marsilio Ficino to translate it from the Greek into Latin. The first edition was printed at Treviso in 1471. Ficino titled his translation of the 14 treatises "Pimander," but actually that is the title of only the first treatise of the corpus, which gives an account of the creation of the world. Hermes, a mythical name associated with a class of gnostic revelations, was for the Renaissance scholars a real person, an Egyptian priest who had lived in remote antiquity. Like the Hellenic Greeks, they looked to the past for the foundation of truth. Thus Ficino, finding traces of Platonic thought, saw Hermes as the source, while in fact the writings probably date from early Christian times. In 1614 Isaac Casaubon proved the hermetic writings date from the first through third centuries A.D. as the Greek is late Hellenic and the doctrine is drawn directly from Plato, the Stoics and Persian thought. See: Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition.

 

HERODOTUS. HERODOTI HALICARNASSEI HISTORIAE LIB. IX, & De Vita Homeri Libellus. Illi ex interpretatione Laur. Vallae adscripta, hic ex interpret. Coradi Heresbachii: utraque ab Henr. Stephano recognita. Ex Ctesia excerptae historiae… [Geneva]: Henricus Stephanus, 1566. Folio in 6s, (32), 256, 12, (22 as index)pp. Contemporary full vellum, foredge of titlepage frayed & strengthened from back, soiled, an occasional spot, stain, otherwise nearly very good. $1000. ¶ Second Edition in Latin of Book 9 of Herodotus History and Ctesias’ Life of Homer, translated by Lorenzo Valla and C. Heresbach. Adams 403. Without the plates found in some copies.

 

HEYLYN, Peter. MIKRO’KOSMOS: A LITTLE DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT WORLD. Oxford: William Turner, 1939 [i.e. 1639]. 8vo, (20), 809pp, folding table. Contemp. boards, expertly rebacked, boards rubbed, text clean, inscription to endpaper, very good, with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $750. ¶ "Eighth Edition" of the great Anglican controversialist’s historical geography, written in 1621 while lecturing on historical geography and cosmography after his election as a fellow to Magdalen College. A complete description of the known world, it includes long descriptions of North America, Peru, the American islands (including Jamaica, Cuba and Bermuda), and other locales. About America, Heylyn writes that "this great tract of land ought, and that most aptly, to bee called the New World; New for the late discovery, and World, for the vast spaciousness of it: the most usuall and yet somewhat improper name, is America." Sabin quotes W.B. Stevens: the volume "‘illustrates the great deficiency of geographical knowledge concerning America, even as late as the settlement of the Plymouth pilgrims.’" Sabin 31652. John Carter Brown II, p.260. STC 13284.

 

HORAPOLLO [or Horus Apollo]. HIEROGLYPHICA, Ori Apollinis Nilaci de Sacris Notis et Scupturis Libri Duo, Quibus Accessit Versio Recens, per Jo. Mercerum Concinnata, et Observationes non Infrugiserae. Paris: J. Kerver, 1551. 12mo, 132 leaves, 195 woodcuts, Kerver’s device on last page, text in Latin & Greek. Old calf, gilt backstirp, light wear to joing and edges, bookplate of Steuart of Manton, and inscribed on the fly-leaf "Ex Libris Joannes Gisbone, Glasguae, 1739." $4000.

¶ First Kerver Latin & Greek Edition. First printed by Aldus in 1505 (from which the Greek text is taken), the Kerver editions with the fine wooducts are most appealing; this edition follows the French edition of 1543 but with 7 of the blocks replaced with new ones. "Cette edition, que se trouve difficilement, est ornee de tres-jolies gravures en bois" (Brunet III, 344). Adams H-850. Hoe, Emblems, p.91. Landwehr, French, Italian, Spanish, & Portuguese Emblem Books, 387. Mortimer, French 16th Cent., 315. Praz, pp.373-4. OCLC note 4 copies. Not in Murray or Rothschild.

"Emblems originate as a humantisic attempt to give a modern equivalent of the hieroglyphs as they were wrongly interpreted on the strength of the acocunts given by Pliny, Tacitus, Plutarch, and others. It was thought that the hieroglyphs were a purely ideological form of writing...The fashion for hieroglyphs among the humanists was started by the Hieroglyphs by Horapollo or Orus Apollo, an auhtor supposedly Egyptian of the 4th or 2nd century A.D." (Praz).

 

HUGO DE PRATO FLORIDO (ca.1262-1322). SERMONES DOMINICALES SUPER EVANGELIA ET EPISTOLAE. [Strassburg: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (?George Husner?), not after 1482]. Folio, 366 leaves (lacking colophon & first & last blanks), 43 lines & headline, double column, rubricated throughout. Early white pigskin tooled in blind, with arms at center front & back, lacking clasps, some worming to first few leaves, 2 leaves of the index reinserted, the last leaf wormed and with old repairs, some wormholes, light scuffing, otherwise very good. $7500. ¶ The anonymous printer known as the "Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg" was active from 1481 to 1492, with a few additional books printed between 1496 and 1502. Voullieme maintained that Georg Husner was the owner of the press, but Victor Scholderer, while noting that Husner probably had a role in the press, pointed out various inconsistencies with the sole attribution to Husner (PBSA Vol. 46, 1952, reprinted in Fifty Essays). Hugo de Prato, preacher, was born at Prato about 1262 and died in 1322. Goff H-509 (recording Huntington & Library of Congress copies only). Hain 9003. BMC I, 130 (IB. 1938). Hubay, Incunabula, 1135. Simon cites editons in light of a sermon dealing with drinking in moderation & in excess. (Bacchia 89a & Gast. 686).

 

JOUBERT, [Laurent]. TRAITÉ DU RIS, contentant son essance, ses causes, et mervelheus effais, curieusemant recerchés, raisonnés & observés…Item, La cause morale du Ris de Democrite, expliquee & temognee par Hippocras. Plus, Un Dialogue sur la Cacographie Fransaise, avec des Annotacions sur l’orthographie de M. Joubert. Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1579. 8vo, (30), 407, (6), woodcut plate of author’s portrait. 17th-cent. calf, spine lettered in gilt, morocco label. Joints just cracking but sound, foot of spine gone, lettering on label gone, light wear to margin of last 5 ff, 1 signature barely starting, signature erased from title, bookseller’s description tipped to back paste-down, still a very good copy. $3750. ¶ First Edition of this highly rare volume. The treatise on laughter appeared for the first time in 1560, with a different title, and is written, according to Michaud, "d’un maniere assez licensieuse." More celebrated, though, is the study of French orthography, one of many French attempts at its reform, in the guise of dialogue between a Frenchman, Fransais, and a German, Wolfgang. The title and spelling throughout the dialogue reflect Joubert’s innovations. Laurtent Joubert (1529-1582) studied medicine at Paris, Padua, Turin and Bologna, taking the degree of M.D. at Montpellier in 1558, where he succeeded Rondelet to the chair of anatomy. Hirsch writes that he was "one of the most famous representatives of the medical faculty during the 16th century." He was hysician to the kings Henri II and Henri IV. Bibliotheca Esoterica 60653 ("fort rare"). BM French p.246. Brunet III, 574-5. Caillet 5627. De Guaita 427. See Nina Catach, L’Orthographe Françcaise à l’Epoque de la Renaissance, pp191-4. No edition of this work has been at auction in recent years.

 

JUNIUS, Hadrianus. NOMENCLATOR, Omnium Rerum Propria Nomina Variis Linguis Explicata Indicans… Antwerp: Plantin, 1583. Sm. 8vo, (8), 432, (72, index)pp. Contemp. calf, blind stamped, hand colored printer’s device on title, later bookplates on front paste-down, small worm holes on both covers but not affecting text, otherwise a very good sound copy. $750. ¶ Third edition, the first having been published in 1567, of this polyglot dictionary by the eminent Dutch scholar, Junius (1511-1575), which classifies entries according to subject fields, comprising words in Latin, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish and occasionally English. Third edition, first in 1567. Adams J-450. Volt 1491. See: STC Dutch, p.110. Not in Brunet or Graesse.

 

JUNIUS [Senior], Franciscus. GRAMMATICA HEBRÆÆ LINGUÆ…Editio Tertia. Geneva: Wecheli Hæredum, 1596. 8vo, (24), 267, (5)pp. Limp, unfinished vellum, good $400. ¶ Third Edition of Christian Hebraist Junius Sr.’s (1545-1602) Hebrew Grammar. This edition not found in any of the standard references, with OCLC reporting no library holdings to date. Scarce in all editions. Cf. Adams J467, J468.

 

[KIRCHER, Athanasius]. MAGNES SIVE DE ARTE MAGNETICA Opus Tripartitum quo Universa Magnetis Natura, eiusque in omnibus Scientiis & Artibus usus, nova methodo explicatur: ac praeterea e viribus & prodigiosis effectibus Magneticarum, aliarumque abditarum Naturae motionum in Elementis, Lapidibus, Plantis, Animalibus, elucescentium, multa hucusque incognita Naturae arcana, per Physica, Medica, Chymica, & Mathematica omnis gemneris Experimenta recluduntur. Editio Tertia. Ab ipso authore recognita, emendataque, ac multis novorum Experimentorum problematis aucta. Rome: Vitalis Mascardi for Deuersin and Masotti, 1654. Folio, engraved general title, (30), 618, (28, index)pp. Title in red and black with large engraved vignette, engraved dedication, numerous large engravings and woodcuts in the text. Disbound. $4500. ¶ Third and best edition, the first in folio, expanded and corrected by the author; the first edition appeared in 1641. The main interest of this volume lies in Kircher’s reflections on electricity, magnetism and astronomy; it includes the first use of the word "electromagnetism." Kircher regarded magnetism not only in the narrow sense as first defined by Gilbert in De Magnete (1600) which influenced him considerably, but also in the wider sense of animal magnetism, love, music, and even the religious attraction of God. This edition contains many observations and experiments not in the first two editions. In 1633 Kircher was appointed to succeed Kepler as mathematician to the Hapsburg Court; his friends in Avignon, notably Peiresc, did their best to alter this with petitions to the Pope and, when Kircher’s boat was blown off course and landed him in Rome, he was amazed to find that he was expected. The Pope gave him a special commission to study hieroglyphics at the Roman College, which was the center of the Jesuit Order; it was from there that he travelled extensively and then settled into a professorship of mathematics, later beginning the publication of his massive major works that were to be printed every 3 or 4 years. During this period he also assembled a collection notable for its classical antiquities. Caillet 5780. Merrill 6.

 

[KIRCHER, Athanasius]. PHONURGIA NOVA, sive Conjugium mechanico-physicum artis & naturoe paranympha phonosophia concinnatum; quâ universa sonorum natura, proprietas, vires effectuúmq[ue] prodigiosorum causoe, novâ & multiplici experimentorum exhibitio ; Rudolphum Dreherr, Campidonoe. Campidonae: Rudolphum Dreherr, 1673. Sm. folio, with half-title, additional engraved title by Felix Cheurier, title-page vignette, dedicatory portrait of the emperor Leopold by Franz Herman, 2 full-page engravings, 16 half-page plates, numerous engavings & woodcut illustrations throughout; (xlii), 229, (16)pp. Early 20th cent. quarter calf, marbled boards. Water-stained throughout, still a very serviceable copy. $3500. ¶ First Edition of the first European book devoted entirely to acoustics. The Phonurgia treats the science and applications of sound, amplification, echoes, and the means of projecting the human voice; also the sounds (shown on musical scale) emitted by other animals, the anatomy of the voice organs, and many other details. As he did in the Musurgia, Kircher here describes and illustrates many bizarre and curious inventions like talking statues, an Aeolian tuba and lyre, eavesdropping devices and odd-shaped trumpets. This work was, in part, Kircher’s response to Samuel Morland, fellow of the Royal Society, who claimed in the Phil. Trans. to have invented the megaphone or speaking-trumpet. Several testimonies from Kircher’s admirers, such as James Gibbs and Gaspar Schott, are here appended to the work defending Kircher’s claim as the inventor of the tuba stentorophonic, as Morland called it. Kircher had indeed written on the device in the Musurgia and had been using the speaking trumpet for years at the shrine of Mentorella to call people to service. The fronstipeice to the work is a veritable pandemonium of mythological music-making. Caillet 5789. Merrill, Athanasius Kircher, 25. Sommervogel IV, 1068.

 

KNORR, Christian, Baron von Rosenroth, translator. KABBALAH DENUDATA seu Doctrina Hebraeorum Transcendentalis et Metaphysica… Sulzbach: Abraham Lichtenthaler, 1677 & Frankfurt: Joannes David Zunner, 1677-1684. 4 vols, sm. 4to, text in Latin & Hebrew, (34), 740; (2), 38, (2), 598; 312, (8), 255, (1); 478pp, engraved allegorical title in vol. I, frontispiece in vol. II & 17 folding plates. Full mottled calf, spines gilt, tapes stains to joints, text block quite browned as usual. Very good copy. $17,500. ¶ First Edition of the most complete work on the Cabala and a classic in the history both of Jewish and of Christian mysticism. Bibliotheca Esoterica 2395 notes that it almost always lacks 2 treatises, Liber de Port Coelorum and Adumbration Kabbalae Christiane; our copy includes the latter. Ad Franck (La Kabbale) wrote that a more complete and exact work on the Cabala does not exist. Brunet III, 657. Caillet 5851. Scholem 668.

 

LA CHAMBRE, [Marin Cureau de]. L’ARTE DEL CONOSCERE GLI UOMINI… Venice: Alvise Pavino, 1700. 12mo, (22), 387, (9)pp, engraved title of the author measuring a bust. Crude modern library cloth, old marbled wrappers preserved. $175. ¶ Only Italian edition of a popular physiognomy, first published in Paris in 1659. La Chambre (1593/4-1669), an adversary of Descartes, was one of the first to write in French on science and philosophy. Bibliotheca Magica 337. This edition not in Caillet or Bibliotheca Esoterica. NUC notes only the DNLM copy (see Krivatsy 3011).

 

(Law). T., G. of Staples Inn et al. THE PRACTICK PART OF THE LAW: Shewing the Office of an Attorney, and a Guide for Solicitors in all Courts of Westminster, viz. The Courts of the King’s-Bench, Common-Pleas and Exchequer, with the Manner of Their Proceedings in any Action Real, Personal or Mixt, From the Original to the Execution. As Also the Practice og the Courts in the City of London, Courts of Admiralty, Ecclesiastical Courts, and Other Inferior Courts in the Country. To Which is Added the Exact Table of Fees of All the Said Courts at Westminster as They Were Delivered INto the House of Commons, with the Abstract of the Parchment and Paper Act by Order of the Queen and Council. Carefully Corrected and Enlarged by Several Practisers of the Several Courts, and Brought Down to the Year 1695. With a New Table of the Principal Matters. London: John Walthoe, 1695. 8vo, (12), 576, (14) as Table, (2) as printer’s adv. Contemporary full calf, stamped ruled borders and decoration, spine chipped and flaked along length, light rubbing to edges, some spots and soiling to boards, text essentially clean, with a note included from the original owner on separate leaf. Overall, a good copy. $375. ¶ Third Edition of this early guide to the actual day to day practice of the law in England. The first edition was issued in 1652, with subsequent impressions throughout the 1650’s, into the 1670’s and early 1680’s. Marke, in the NYU Law Collection Catalogue, lists only a fifth edition, 1724. 17th century editions are quite scarce. Wing 7N.

 

LECLERC, Daniel & Jean Jacques Manget. BIBLIOTHECA ANATOMICA, sive recens in anatomia inventorum thesaurus locupletissimus, in quo integra atque absolutissima totius Corporis Humani Descriptio, ejusdemque Oeconomia e Praestantissimorum quorumque Anatomicorum Tractatibus Singularibus…concinnata exhibetur… Geneva: Johan. Anthon. Chouët & David Ritter, 1699. 2 vols, sm. folio, (28), 1072; (2), 1223pp, 120 numbered "plates" (= 117 plates + 3 numbered illustrations in text) & 5 unnumbered plates, titles in red & black with engravings, engravings & woodcuts in text. Contemp. limp vellum, calligraphic lettering to spine, sheepskin ties. Light foxing throughout, slight marginal tear to plate 52, 1 tie torn, otherwise fine. $3500.

¶ Second Edition, greatly enlarged, of the first gathering of any of William Harvey’s works. Among those works of his collected in this magnificent medical anthology are De motu cordis (vol. I, pp.839-865), Exercitationes de generatione animalium (vol I, pp.412-544) and Exercitationes de circulatione sanguinis (vol I pp.865-880), with relevant illustrations on plate 42. Among other authors collected are Swammerdam, Malpighi, Bellini, Ent, Glisson, Derckring, Lower, Mayow, Steno, Wharton, and Willis. Daniel Leclerc (1652-1728) wrote the first large history of medicine and was a pioneer bibliographer of medicine. It is thought that he also aided Jean Jacques Manget (1652-1742) in many of his compilations. Dean of the medical faculty of Geneva, Manget was first physician to the Elector of Brandenburg, who became the King of Prussia. His compilations and reference works were highly regarded, and MacPhail notes that Jung relied heavily on his researches. An excellent critique of the present work is to be found in Morgagni’s Adversaria anatomica. Keynes 45. Russell 882a. Waller 5663. Cf. Ferguson II, p.71; Garrison p.279; Osler 3192 (first ed.); and Thornton, Medical Books, Libraries and Collectors, pp.243-4.

 

LEONARD, William. REPORTS AND CASES OF LAW: Argued and Adjudged in the Courts of Law, at Westminster. In the Time of the Late Queen Elizabeth, from the 18th to the 33rd Year of her Reign. London: Will. Hughes, 1658. 4to, (12), 336, (7)pp. Quarter modern smooth calf over marbled boards, spine gilt. Light browning througout, occasional foxing, several marginalia, title written on fore-edge, otherwise fine. $300. ¶ First Edition. Leonard (1540-1615) was Professor of Law and a member of the Honourable Society of Grays Inn. His reports have always been held in high esteem. The publisher, William Hughes, got ahold of Leonard’s manuscripts after his death and translated them out of the original Anglo-Norman. Wing L1103.

 

LEONARDI, Camillo. SPECULUM LAPIDUM. Venice: Melchiorem Sessam & Petrum de Tauanis Sociis, 1516. Sm. 4to, 66 leaves. Bound in an early vellum ms leaf over boards, headlines trimmed, otherwise very good. $18,000.

¶ Second edition (as rare as the first edtion of 1502) of one the earliest gemological compendiums. A third of the book is devoted to an alphabetical listing and description of particualr stones, while another third is occupied with astrological and magical images carved on gems and their occult significence. Leonard, physician to Caesar Borgia at the beginning of the 16th century, had gathered his matierals from many of the older writers, but as Adams points out "he shows some indications of having come under the influence of the newer methods of study which were about to be advoacted by Agricola and his followers, in that he treats of certain physical properties of minerals..." (Birth & Development of the Geological Sciences). The author includes Leonardo da Vinci in a chapter on the masters in the art of gem cutting. The English edition was printed in London in 1750, but book III relating to engraved stones was omitted. Hoover Coll. 524. Sinkankis 3892 (not seen). Thorndike, History of Magic, VI, pp.298-302. Cf. Ferguson II, p.27 (1610 ed.). Not in Adams 16th Cent. OCLC record 8 copies in institutional collections.

 

LILBURNE, John. A WORKE OF THE BEAST Or a Relation of a Most Unchristian Censure, Executed upon J. Lilburne Now Prisoner in the Fleet the 18 of Aprill 1638. With the Heavenly Speech utter by Him at the Time of His Suffering. [Amsterdam, Rich Right Press] Printed in the Yeare the Beast was Wounded, 1638. 4to, later morocco. Very good. $7500.

¶ Very Rare First Edition of the first of Lilburne’s writings. The author describes the sufferings inflicted on him for circulating Prynne’s News from Ipswich and other unlicensed books for which he was summoned before Star Chamber and condemned to be whipped and pilloried, to pay a fine of £500 and to undergo imprisonment. On the verso of the title there is an addresss from the publisher, evidently a staunch puritan, signed F.R. Lilburne (1614-57) remains an important political figure of the revolutionary period. "In a revolution where others argued about the respective rights of the king and parliament, he spoke always of the rights of the people. His dauntless courage and his powers of speech made him the idol of the mob. With Coke’s Institutes in his hand he was willing to tackle any tribunal. He was ready to assail any abuse at any cost to himself, but his passionate egotism made him a dangerous champion, and he continually sacrificed public causes to personal resentments" (DNB). STC 15599 noting only 4 copies in the US.

 

[LIMOJON DE St. DIDIER, Alexandre Toussaint de]. LE TRIOMPHE HERMETIQUE, ou La Pierre Philosphale Victorieuse. Amsterdam: Henry Wetstein, 1699. 12mo, (14), 153pp, folding engraved plate bound in at the end. Modern half red cloth, marbled boards, light browning throughout, library discard stamps on title, otherwise very good. $1250. ¶ Second edition, with the rare folding plate, lacking in the Duveen and LC copies. A much-studied alchemical text, Le Triomphe Hermetique includes three works: the first is a new translation of L’Ancienne Guerre des Chevaliers ou Entretiens de la Pierre des Philsophes, an alchemical allegory attributed to Uralter Ritterkrieg first published in 1604; the others are, according to Michaud (Biographie Universelle), original works by Limojon, but Ouvaroff and Lenglet Dufresnoy state that he was only the editor. Limojon was born at Avignon in 1620 and died in 1689. He served as French ambassador to various diplomatic conferences and as a counsellor to Louis XIV. Besides his political writing he published a Lettre d’un Philosophe sur le Secret du Grand Oeuvre in 1686. His name is given in an anagram at the end: DIVES SICUT ARDENS S***. Bib. Esoterica 2706. Caillet 6696. DeGuaita 505 & 1505. Duveen p.361. Ferguson II, 468. Ouvaroff 1150. Verginelli 191. See Hall 21.

 

LOUIS XIV. Document signed. Framed. 1694. $1500. ¶ 1638-1715. King from 1643.

 

LOVELL, Robert. PANZORYKTOLOGIA, SIVE PANZOOLOGICOMERALOGIA, OR A COMPLEAT HISTORY OF ANIMALS AND MINERALS [with] AN UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF MINERALS. Oxford: Hen. Hall for Jos. Godwin, 1661. 8vo, (96), 519, (3 blank); (2), 152pp. Full calf, library numbers at foot of spine and on title, endpapers and a few leaves, some browning. Very good. $1000. ¶ First Edition. "He deals in turn with beasts, birds, fishes, serpenst’s, insects, man. Then comes the Dynamilogia Pharaceutica, or the whole use of the London Dispensatory. The whole forms a small encyclopaedia of its subjects, overladen with detail. At p.125 one finds the habitat of the Unicorn, its colour,weight, appearance, way of fighting, love of strange beasts, and so on" (Madan). Wing L-3246 & 3245. Madan 2562 & 2561.

 

LUDOLF, Hiob, alias Leut-holf. HISTORIA ÆTHIOPICA, Sive Brevis & Succincta Descriptio Regni Habessinorum, Quod Vulgò Malè Presbyteri Johannis Vocatur. In Qua Libris Quatuor Agitur. I. De natura & indole regionis & incolarum. II. De Regimine politico, Regum Succssione &c. III. De Statu Ecclesiatico, initio & progressureligionis Christianæ &c. IV. De rebus privatis, literatura, œconomica, &c. Cum Tabula Capitum, & Indicibus necessariis. Francofurti ad Mœnum: Joh. David Zunner, 1681. 4to, (336)pp, 10 foldout plates. Contemporary full calf, red spine label, gilt lettering and ornamentation, bookplate removed, heavily rubbed, wear to extremities, otherwise internally clean, a nearly very good copy. $2000. ¶ First Edition. Includes a spectacular foldout plates with some parallel Latin and Ethiopian text. Title page and one table printed in red and black. Includes bibliographical references and indexes. OCLC list only one copy in library holdings.

 

[LUPTON, Donald]. THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES Or The Lives of ye Primitive Fathers, Cotayning their Chiefest Actions, Workes, Sentences, and Deaths. London: J. Okes, 1640. Sm 4to, (8), 538pp, engraved titlepage, 45 engraved portraits by Glover. 18th century full calf, onlaid red spine label, gilt lettered, front board loose, heavy rubbing, damp stain to a few upper corners, otherwise a very nice, internally clean copy. $500. ¶ ?First Edition. Lupton (?-1676) was a chaplain in the English army, a writer in London, and, ultimately, vicar of Sunbury, Middlesex. Pollard & Redgrave note an entry in the Stationer’s Registry for an edition of 1637 but do not record an actual copy. STC 16943. Lowndes p.1414. Allibone’s I, p.1144.

 

LYCOPHON and Isaachii Tzetzis. LYCOPHRONIS Chalcidensis Alexandra Cum Graeci… Commentariis Accedunt Versiones, Variantes Lectiones, Emendationes, Annotationes, & Indices Necessarii. Oxonii: E Theatro Sheldoniano, 1697. Folio, (12), 183, (28 as index), (6), 174, (16 as index)pp, frontispiece. Contemporary full vellum, very good. $500. ¶ The commentary on Lycophron's Alexandra is now believed to be the work of Joannes Tzetzes rather than of his brother Isaacus, to whom it was once ascribed, or who was at least supposed to have shared the work with Joannes. Other scholars connected with this work were: Willem Canter, Joseph Scaliger, Johannes van Meurs, Richard Wright, and John Potter. With Latin and Greek in parallel columns. Wing 3523.

 

[MACHIAVELLI, Niccolas]. MACHIAVELS DISCOURSES. UPON THE FIRST DECADE OF T. LIVIUS TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ITALIAN; With Some Marginall Animadversions Noting and Taxing His Errours. London: William Hills & Daniel Pakeman, 1636. 12mo, (42), 646pp, lacking half title. Contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt title & date, rebacked, new endpapers, sewn very tightly, dampstaining to early leaves, otherwise very good. $1500. ¶ First Edition in English. Nicholas Machiavelli (1469-1527), statesman and political philosopher, wrote the present work during the last fifteen years of his life. Written as a commentary, it is actually an examination of the structure and government of states. The Prince, one of the most popular books of its day, developed directly from this work. The unification of Italy was seen as being of such importance that any means used to attain this goal were considered legitimate, as Machiavelli attempts to point out in his works. Printed by Thomas Paine. Hazlitt II,375; STC 17160. Cockle.

 

(MACHIAVELLI, Nicholas). GENTILLET, Innocent. A Discourse Upon the Meanes of Wel Governing and Maintaining in Good Peace, A Kingdome, or Other Principalitie. Divided into three parts, namely, The Counsell, the Religion, and the Policie, which a Prince ought to hold and follow. Against Nicholas Machiavell the Florentine.... London: Adam Islip, 1602. Folio, xxii, 374pp. Calf-backed marbled boards. Title-page and one other leaf backed, two leaves trimmed close at lower margin, a few repairs throughout, moderate worming, water stains to gutter. $1750. ¶ First Edition in English of the first major attack on Machiavelli. Gentillet’s work was first published in France in 1576, four years after the infamous Massacre of Protestants on St. Bartholomew’s Day. Gentillet attributes this tragic event to the corrupting influence of Machiavelli. While taking the latter’s ideas seriously, Gentillet proposes an alternative and better system of government. STC 11743. Digital images available.

 

MAROLLES, Michel de. TABLEAUX DU TEMPLE DES MUSES; Tirez Du Cabinet de Feu Mr. Favereau, conseiller du roy en sa cour des Aydes & grauez en tailles-douces par les meilleurs maistr s de son temps pour representer les vertus & les vices sur les plus illustres fables de l'antiquité. Avec Les Descriptions, Remarques & Annotations Composées par… Paris: Antione de Sommerville, 1655. 4to, (20), 477, (9)pp, 1 port., 58 plates, head dec., dec. inits. Contemporary full mottled calf, raised bands, gilt lettering, gilt dec. compartments, loss of headcaps, rubbing, lacks ffep, otherwise nearly good. $1500. ¶ ?First Edition. One of three editions issued in 1655, ascendance unknown. A beautifully printed book with all engravings present.

 

MARTYR, Peter. DE REBUS OCEANICIS ET NOVO ORBE, Decades Tres. Cologne: G. Calenius & Heirs of Quentel, 1574. 8vo, (2), 655pp. Contemp. blind-pressed pigskin with portraits of saints and floral designs, metal clasps. Bound without the prelims or index sometimes found, title leaf loose, back board cracked. Very good copy. $2500. ¶ This collected edition of Martyr’s famous history of the new world includes his 1521 Basel letter which contains the lost first Cortes letter and Martyr’s account of his diplomatic mission to Egypt, followed by Damiao de Goe’s work on Ethiopia. Book III relates to Brazil. An important edition of Martyr, the foremost chronicler of the new world, containing all of his most important texts on New World discovery, including the section on the newly discovered Islands "De Insulis Nuper Inventis et de Moribus Incolarum Earundem." According to Harrisse, editions of the three decades were previously printed in 1516 and 1533. The de Goes work, here amended and enlarged, was first issued in 1544 and is included by Harrisse in his Additions.

Peter Martyr (Pietro Martire d’Anghiera, 1455/9-1525/6) was the friend of Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Cortes, Magellan, Cabot and Vespuccius. As a member of the Council of the Indies he was able to obtain valuable first-hand information regarding the great Oceanic discoveries, the substance of which is collected in his Decades or "Oceanics." His writings are among the principle sources for the history of early American exploration and discovery.

Alden, European Americana, I, p.137. J.C. Brown I, p.253. Borba de Moraes p.532. Medina, BHA, 235. Palau 12595. Rodriguez 186 & 809. Sabin 1558 (& 27689a). Stevens, Bib. Americana, p.499. Arents Tobacco Collection (Add.) 3. See Church 65.

 

MAXIMUS TYRIUS. SEMONES E Graeca in Latinum Linguam Versi Cosmo Paccio Interprete. Basel: Froben, 27 January 1519. Folio, 170, (2)pp (a4, b-p6), 3 full-page woodcut border (inc. the title-page), 42 9-line woodcut pictorial initals, woodcut tailpieces, woodcut printer’s device on fine leaf. Title-page border signed A.H., i.e. Ambrosius Holbien. Later full calf with device of the Order of the Garder blind stamped on front board, rebacked with gilt title and rules, bookplate of the Earl of Gower (prob. John Leveson-Gower d.1754, first Earl Gower. Very good. $2000. ¶ Second (?) edition (first printed in 1517 but without the dedication to Jean Grolier). Edited by Beatus Rhenanus and translated by Cosmo Pacio, the Dissertations are a passionate defense of Christian Platonism. Thomas Taylor the Platonist translated the work into English in 1804. Grolier was treasurer of Milan during the French occupation and in 1518 Erasmus wrote to him on the suggestion of F.G. Calvo the bookseller, whose business extended to Basel and Paris amongst other centers. This must have been a fruitful move for, as Biietenholz notes, "in 1519 Beatus Rhenanus dedicated to him an edition of Maximus Tyrius then published by Froben." Grolier prized Italian books above all others but is known to hav had several Basel imprints in his renowned collection. This work must evidently have pleased him as he sent Rhenanus an elaborate response. Bietenholz, Basle & France in the 16th Century, p.200. Isaak 14201. Pfeiffer pp.83-85. Not in Adams.

 

MAXIMUS, Tyrius. SERMONES E GRAECA IN LATINA, LINGUAM VERSI Cosmo Paccio Interprete. Basel: Froben, 27 January 1519. 4to, 170, (2)pp, 3 woodcut borders (incl. title-page), numerous 9-line initials and tailpieces throughout, printer’s device. Title-page border signed A.H., i.e. Ambrosius Holbien. Modern boards with paper label to backstrip, all edges stained, small tear to title-page not affecting text, very light foxing to a few leaves throughout, slight water stain to upper margin of first 10 leaves not affecting text, else internally very clean and bright. $2250. ¶ Second (?) edition (first printed in 1517 but without the dedication to Jean Grolier). Edited by Beatus Rhenanus and translated by Cosmo Pacio, the Dissertations are a passionate defense of Christian Platonism. Thomas Taylor the Platonist translated the work into English in 1804. Grolier was treasurer of Milan during the French occupation and in 1518 Erasmus wrote to him on the suggestion of F.G. Calvo the bookseller, whose business extended to Basel and Paris amongst other centers. This must have been a fruitful move for, as Biietenholz notes, "in 1519 Beatus Rhenanus dedicated to him an edition of Maximus Tyrius then published by Froben." Grolier prized Italian books above all others but is known to hav had several Basel imprints in his renowned collection. This work must evidently have pleased him as he sent Rhenanus an elaborate response. Bietenholz, Basle & France in the 16th Century, p.200. Isaak 14201. Pfeiffer pp.83-85. Not in Adams.

 

MENESTRIER, [Claude-]François. LE BLASON DE LA NOBLESSE, Ou les Preuves de Noblesse de toutes les Nations de l’Europe. Paris: Robert I.B. de la Caille… 1683. 12mo, 36, 546, (14)pp, 2 plates, ornaments. 18th cent. quarter mottled calf over marbled boards, morocco labels to spine, spine gilt, marbled endpapers, tinted edges. Head of spine worn, slight wear to corners, front joint broken, otherwise very good. $300. ¶ First Edition, a sequel to Les diverses espèces de noblesse et la manière d’en dresser les preuves. The Jesuit writer addresses here the privileges, prerogatives, and customs of European countries other than France, especially Germany. A final chapter discusses monuments and inscriptions by which the antiquity of many houses of nobility may be determined. At the age of fifteen, Claude-François Menestrier (1631-1705) became professor of rhetoric in a Jesuit college in Chambéry, being admitted to the order of Jesuits at the same time. A legendary memory and a lively intelligence brought him many distinctions throughout Europe. When Queen Christina of Sweden passed through Lyons, she sought to test him, having him (successfully) repeat 300 bizarre words back to him in the order that she spoke them all at once. As a heraldist he was unparalleled among the French, and Louis XIV, impressed with the festival which he put on for the king in Lyons, made him the director of all of France’s festivals. In 1667 he was named conservator of the library of the college of Trinity, for which he found a great many works of Grollier. Montfalcon critisizes his writing style, calling it a "paradox," given his imagination, though his style seeems unreproachable in this volume. Brunet III, p.1625. Graesse IV, p.487. Not in NUC.

 

MENESTRIER, [Claude-]François. LES DIVERSES ESPECES DE NOBLESSE, ET LES MANIERSES d’en dresser les Prevues. Paris: R.J.B. de la Caille… 1684. 12mo, (20), 557, (21)pp, frontispiece & 5 plates, ornaments. Full mottled calf, morocco label, spine gilt, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Spine ends & joints & 1 corner worn, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ Third Edition, first published in 1681, a classic exposition of the sources and distinctions of nobility and noble heraldry in France, Lorraine and Savoy. An interesting introduction explores the fact that the qualities of the rich tend to be passed on more readily than the qualities of the common man. At the age of fifteen, Claude-François Menestrier (1631-1705) became professor of rhetoric in a Jesuit college in Chambéry, being admitted to the order of Jesuits at the same time. A legendary memory and a lively intelligence brought him many distinctions throughout Europe. When Queen Christina of Sweden passed through Lyons, she sought to test him, having him (successfully) repeat 300 bizarre words back to him in the order that she spoke them all at once. As a heraldist he was unparalleled among the French, and Louis XIV, impressed with the festival which he put on for the king in Lyons, made him the director of all of France’s festivals. In 1667 he was named conservator of the library of the college of Trinity, for which he found a great many works of Grollier. Montfalcon critisizes his writing style, calling it a "paradox," given his imagination, though his style seeems unreproachable in this volume. Brunet III, p.1625. Graesse IV, p.487. Not in NUC.

 

MINADOI DA ROUIGO, Gio. Thomaso. HISTORIA DELLA GUERRA FRA TURCHI, ET PERSIANI… Venetia: Andrea Muschio, 1588. 8vo, (32), 383, (27)pp, 1 foldout map. Contemporary full velum wrappers, contemporary autograph notes to endpapers, front hinge starting, fair. $1750. ¶ Second Edition, originally issued in the prior year. Published in English in 1595 as The histor[y] of the warres betvveene the Tvrkes and the Persians. Adams 1455. OCLC: 12 copies including UCB & UCLA.

 

MORE, Henry. PHILOSOPHICALL POEMS, A Platonick Song of the Soul; Treating of, The Life of the Soul, Her Immortalitie, The Sleep of the Soul, the Unitie of Souls, and Memorie after Death. Cambridge: Roger Daniel, 1647. 8vo, (28), 218, (8), 219-253 (1, blank), (3), 255 (as "225")-298, (2), 299-436pp, errata leaf. Woodcut head- & tailpieces, separate chapter titles,numerous woodcut text illus. Full mottled calf (?c.19th C), ruled overall in blind, incl. dentelles; red-tinted edges. Ink inscription on verso of free front endpaper, B8 remargined; front cover expertly re-hinged at an early date, back joint at foot of spine starting slightly, but sound. A bright copy with armorial bookplate of Edward Dalton on front paste-down. $1750. ¶ First collected edition. "More belonged to that little band of Christian Platonists which was formed at Cambridge in the middle of the seventeenth century, and the distinctive traits of their school of thought are perhaps best brought out in his writings" (DNB). He was fascinated by the occult science of such men as Van Helmont and believed in witchcraft, which he considered "evidence of the reality of the unseen world." He was the only one of the Cambridge Platonists to publish extensively. Hayward 94. Wing M2670.

 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. DICTIONARIUM HEBRAICUM. Basel: Froben, 1564. 8vo, unpaginated (approx. 672pp). Contemporary full blind-tooled pigskin with brass clasps, some wear yet an unusually nice, internally clean copy $750. ¶ Sixth edition of Munster’s 1523 classic Hebrew dictionary. Munster (1489-1552) wrote on cosmology, mathematics, and geography in addition to his biblical reference works. He was the first German to edit the Hebrew Bible (Basel, 1534-35) and the first to prepare a Grammatica Chaldaica (152&). Adams I, 1926. All editions are now scarce.

 

NICETAS, Choniata & Sansovino. Della historia di Niceta Coniate delle cose dell'imperio di Costantinopoli libri VII. Ne' quali si contengono i fatti de gl'imperatori Greci, cominciando da Alessio Comneno doue lascia il Zonara, fin'all'anno MCCCCLVII nel qual fu presa quella città da Mahomet Secondo. Con le postille a suoi luoghi dinotanti le cose di maggiore importanza. Et con molte altre cose vtili & necessarie a lettori. ... . Venetia: Francesco Sansovino, 1562. 4to, (7), 111, (1)pp. Contemp. full vellum, very good with the bookplate of Prince Czartoryski. $450. ¶ First Edition in Italian, originally written in the 12th century. OCLC lists only one copy in library holdings. Not in Adams. Scarce.

 

NICOLS, Thomas. A LAPIDARY; Or, the History of Pretious Stones: with Cautions for the Undeceiving of all those that Deal with Precious Stones. Cambridge: T. Buck, 1652. Sm. 4to, (10), 239pp, folding printed table. Modern boards, lacking the initial blank as usual, very good. $3500. ¶ First Edition of the first independent gemological book written or published by a British author. "The importance of this landmark gemology lies in several features among which is the attempt of the author to provide a scheme of classification...Nicols further considers such matters as the origin of gemstones...[the] descriptive part begins with diamonds, to which much space is given...A striking feature of the book, perhaps gained from personal experience, is his familiarity with the methods of enhancement of gems in their jewelry settings, also falsifications and adulterations, all of his statements regarding these areas being fresh and authoritative and suggesting a recent experience with gems and the manufacture of jewelry. Much of this information remains pertinent" (Sinkankas 4754). Adams, The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences, pp.163-64. Hoover 610.

 

NOVICAMPIANI, Alberti. APOLOGIA Alberti Novicampiani Pro Catholica Fide, et Doctrinea de Vertitate Corporis Christi Iesu In Eucharistia, de Caeterisque Sacramentis. Craccoviae: Lazarus Andreae, 1559. 4to,(16), 271(recto pagination only)pp. Contemporary full pigskin, heavily tooled, lacks headcaop, overall fair. $300. ¶ ?First Edition. "Apology For The Catholic Faith and Doctrine of the True Body of Jesus Christ in the Eucarest." Not in Adams, nor OCLC. Scarce.

 

NOYE, William. REPORTS AND CASES, Taken in the time of Queen Elizabeth, King James, and King Charles… Conteining Most Excellent matter of Exceptions to All Manner of Declatations, Pleadings, and Demurrers… With Two Necessary Tables of the Cases and Contents, for the Readers Ease and Benefit. London: Printed by T.R. for Samuel Heyrick…, 1669. 4to, (4), 185, (18)pp, black letter. Quarter modern calf over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Light scribbling to title page, contemp. marginalia, some browning & foxing, very good. $250. ¶ Second Edition in English of the reports of Charles I’s great attorney general and henchman, William Noye (1577-1634), who prosecuted Henry Sherfield and William Prynne in their unfortunate cases. A counselor to the king as well as an attorney, Noye advised his king to raise ship-money without the consent of Parliament and was responsible for other tyrannical measures, such as the revival of the forest laws and the creation of the infamous soap monopoly. Nevertheless, Archbishop Laud was able to say of him that he was a "dear friend" and a stout champion of the Church. Wing N1450.

 

ONASANDER and Nicolas Rigault. ONOSANDRI STRATEGICUS. Siue De Imperatoris Institutione. Paris: Abrahamum Saugranium, 1599. 4to, 19, (1), 160, (1), (2), (6), 69[96]pp. Full vellum, some damp warping, expected wear, otherwise internally clean, good. Latin and Greek printed in parallel columns. $1500. ¶ Apparently the fifth edition, all 16th century editions quite rare, of Onosandre’s classic on military strategy, with parallel translation into Latin and with interpretations by Rigault. Saxe regarded Onasandre with the greatest reverance.

 

OPITIUS, Hennricius. …CHALDAISMUS TARGUMICO - Talmudico- Rabbinicus Hebraismo Harmonicus…Editio Tertia. Kiloni: Apud Gottfried Liebezeit - Typis Joachimi Reumanni, 1696. Sm 4to, (8), 196pp, 3 foldout leaves. Half vellum, patterned boards, good. $350. ¶ Third Edition of Christian Hebraist Opitz’ (1642-1712) Aramaic/Chaldean grammar. Apparently first issued in 1682 with a second issue in 1686, there are no listings to be found in any of the standard references. OCLC cites only five library holdings to date. Lacks the 12pp "Compendium Chaldaismi" called for at end.

 

PALMARIUS, Petrus (Le Paulmier de Grentemesnil, Jacques). LAPIS PHILOSOPHICUS DOGMATICORUM. Quo paracelsista Libauius restitutur. Scholae medicae Parisiensis iudicum de chymicis declaratur, censura adulteria & fraudes parachymicorum defenditur, asserto verae alchemiae honore. Adiecta est historia laeprosae mulieris persanatae. Paris: David Doulceur, 1609. 8vo, 16 leaves, 160 pages, 6 leaves. With a woodcut vignette of Mercury on title. Contemp. vellum, early owner’s inscription at the bottom of the title-page (partly pasted over). Very good. $1250. ¶ First Edition. A rare work by the French physician Pierre Le Paulmier (1568-1610), attacking Paracelsus and Libavius and ostensibly supporting the old medicine and pharmacy of the Paris school. However, he favored chemical preparations and the fifth essence. Chapter XI is titled "Alchymiae necessitas in medendo eiusque beneficia." Ferguson gives a detailed account of the reception of this book by the Medical Faculty of Paris. All the authorities quote this 1609 edition only, but Ferguson believed that the book had already been published in 1608. Caillet 8269: "Traité d’Alchimie très rare". Duveen, p.447. Ferguson II, p.163. Partington II, p.269. Thorndike VI, pp.251-52. Verginelli 237. Not in BL or NUC.

 

[PANVINIO, Onofrio]. FASTI ET TRIUMPHI ROM. A Romulo Rege Usque ad Carolum V. Cæs. Aug. Sive Epitome Regum, Consulum, Dictatorum, Magistror. equitum, Tribunorum militum consulari potestate, Censorum, Impp.&aliorum Magistratuum Roamn. cum orientalium tum occidentalium, ex antiquitatum monumentis maxima cum fide ac diligentia desumpta. Venetiis: Impensis Jacobi Stradæ Mantuani, 1557. Folio, (12), 228, (202 as Index)pp. Full old calf, rubbed, extensive autograph notes to ffep verso, bookplate removed, library stamp, an occasional stain to text, otherwise a very nice copy. $750. ¶ First Edition. Adams P-195. OCLC: 15 copies.

 

PARACELSUS. THREE BOOKS OF PHLOSOPHY Written to the Athenians: By… Paracelsus… With an Explicatory Table Alphabetically Designed; Wherein the Hard Words That Are Found in This Author, and in the Foregoing Preface of Osw: Collius, Are Explained. Done into English… by a Young Seeker of Truth and Holiness. London: M.S. for L. Lloyd, 1657. 12mo, (2), 70pp (pp.68 & 69 misnumbered). Red cloth, paper label. Browned, bookplate, embossed stamp to title, corner of last few leaves chewed, otherwise very good. $1250. ¶ First appearance in English of the Philosphia ad Athenienses, a collection of gnostic ideas attributed to Paracelsus. The publisher, Lodowick Lloyd, was the most important publisher of Jacob Böhme in England. Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Catalogue 11. Sudhoff 378. Wing C-7023 lists it as part of the works of Croll.

 

PAVONIUM, Franciscum. COMMENTARIUS DOGMATICUS, Siue Theologica Interpretatio in Evangelia. Novum Artificium Ad Intelligentiam… Neapoli: Joan. Dominici Montanari, 1636. 4to, (8), 272, (12)pp. Contemporary full vellum, some dampstaining, loose in wraps., otherwise good copy with the bookplate of Prince Czartoriski. $600. ¶ First Edition. Not in OCLC. Scarce.

 

PEREZ DE LARA TOLETANO, Ildefonso. VITÆ HOMINIS In Jure Foriet Poli, A Ventre Concepto, Usque ad Perfectam Ætatem et Senectam. Tractatus Perutilis Continens Frequentiora, Quaætam in Judicijs, Quam Extra Pro Incrementis Ætatis Cuique Contingunt, & Jus Speciale Primitiuæ, & Ultimæ Ætatis. Pintiæ: Hieronymi Morillo, 1629. 4to in 6s, (12), 574, (42 Index)pp. Contemporary full vellum, soiled, age-toning throughout, a few leaves wormed, some contemporary underlining, otherwise a good copy with the Czartoryski bookplate. $750. ¶ First Edition. OCLC record 2 copies.

 

PERKINS, John. A PROFITABLE BOOKE…Treating of the Lawes of England. London: Company of Stationers, 1614. 12mo, (24), 168ff. Old limp vellum, lower hinge repaired. $1000. ¶ Early edition. One of the most popular of all the early works on land law and conveyancing, including laws relating to women (with a lengthy chapter on dowery). STC 19643.

 

PINCIO, Giano Pirro. ANNALI, OVERO CRONICHE DI TRENTO, Cioe Historie Contenenti le Prodezze de Dici Trentini. Trento: Carlo Zanetti, 1648. 4to, (14), 399, (1 blank0, (1 as errata)pp. Contemporary full pigskin, elaborately blindstamped, bookplate removed. $1500. ¶ First Edition. OCLC note only three copies.

 

[PLINIUS SECONDUS, Caius]. PLINY THE ELDER THE HISTORIE OF THE WORLD. Commonly Called, The Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secondus. Translated into English by Philemon Holland, Doctor in Physicke London: Printed by Adam Islip, 1601. 2 vols in 1, sm. folio, (59), 614, (42 index), (12), 632, (84 index) pp. 18th century full calf, gilt lettered, raised bands, double filleted borders in blind, edge dentelles in gilt, front joint starting, expected wear at spine head and tail, some crackling to backstrip, lacks final leaf with errata and colophon, internally very clean, overall a very nice copy. $6500. ¶ First Edition, first printing of the first English translation of Pliny’s Natural History, still considered to be the finest translation yet produced. Brueggemann p.670. Smith p.255. Lathrop pp.242-243. Harris p.115.

 

PORPHYRY. DE ABSTINENTIA AB ESU ANIMALIUM libria quatuor. Ioanne Bernardo Feliciano interprete. (Venice: Ioan. Gryphius, 1547). 8vo in 4s, a6, A-Z4, AA-BB4, (6), 100ff. Quarter vellum, paste paper boards, red morocco label. Slight wear to bottom of first & last leaves, old signature on tile. Very good. $6000.

¶ First Edition of the earliest treatise on vegetarianism. Abstinence from Animal Food is in four books. In the first book, the author chastises his friend Firmus for having relinquished vegetarianism, demonstrating that a harmless diet is essential to the reascent to the gods, or to a return to "the realm of the Real." He suggests to Firmus that the goal of the philosophical life is to return to Realm from which we have strayed, and that introducing a dead animal into a living man interferes with purification of his soul. In the second book, Porphyry discusses the relationship of animal sacrifice to flesh-eating. Even augury from an animal’s liver is critisized, since philosophers should live withdrawn from the world and have no need to know the worldly details of the future which divination provides. In the third book he discusses justice in the context of man’s relationship to animals. And in the fourth book he valuably describes the various vegetarian customs of other nations, including the Spartans and the Essenes. The work is especially valuable as having preserved original statements of the old philosphers and the substance of Theophrastus’s On Piety as well as a long fragment of Euripides’ Cretans. Adams P1911. Bitting p.377. Vicaire p.703. Not in Graesse or Brunet.

 

PRYNNE, William. THE HISTORY OF KING JOHN, KING HENRY III. AND THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS KING EDWARD THE I. Wherein the Ancient Sovereign Dominion of the Kings of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland… is Asserted and Vindicated, against All Incroachments… London:Tho[mas] Ratcliff…, 1670. Tall 4to, (92), 97, (1)pp, ff98-107, ff107-133, pp117-1307, (1)p, blank leaf. Full red morocco ruled in gilt, the Home Office copy with "Home Office" stamped in gilt on front board and their small library stamp on front free end-paper, "Prynne’s Records" on spine label, raised bands, binder’s blank in front & back. Corners bumped & chipped, light fading to back board, light wear to extremities, front free endpaper with small ink inscription, several marginal doodlings in pencil, a few marginal wormholes to last few leaves, still very good. $1250. ¶ First Edition, published shortly after Prynne’s death and delayed in publication because of the London fire of 1666, which destroyed both the printer’s press and most of the sheets which had already been printed for this work, and because of the plague, which forced Prynne to leave his research work in the Tower of London for several months in 1665. William Prynne (1600-1669) was a notable and prolific Puritan pamphleteer, barrister and member of parliament. He wrote about 200 books and pamphlets, several of which assailed the papacy; he also attacked popular amusements, especially stage plays, in his work Histrio-Mastix of 1632. He was sentenced by the Star Chamber to life imprisonment and loss of his ears for supposedly casting aspersions upon Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria; he was also branded on the cheeks with the letters SL (for Seditious Libeler) and imprisoned on various occasions. He was ultimately released and became a vocal leader of the Restoration. He was appointed keeper of the records to Charles II, and in this connection published several works on British history including Brevia parliamentaria rediviva in 1662, a widely used compilation of English constitutional history, and the present work, the third in a series of chronological works on British history. A fourth volume was left unfinished. Wing P3980.

 

PURCHAS, Samuel. PURCHAS HIS PILGRIMAGE. Or Relation of the World and the Religions Observed in all Ages and Places Discovered from the Creation unto this Present. London: William Stansby for Henri Fetherstone, 1613. Sm. folio, (28), 752, (20)pp, lacking final blank 3V6. Contemp. calf, leather worn and slit at joints, piece lacking from backstrip. $2750. ¶ The Rare First Edition of Purchas’ Pilgrimages, one of the most famous travel narratives of the seventeenth century. The nine books treat the religions and history of the Americas, Africa, the East Indies, China, Tartary, Persia, Armenia, Turkey, Arabia, the Babylonians, Hebrew and the Saracen countries. This is an entirely different work that his larger collection of "Pilgrimes," of which this formed a supplementary volume to the foruth edition. Several parts relate to the New World, including Book VII (pp.601-89) "Relations of the Discoveries, Regions, and Religions of the New World. Of New France, Virginia, Florida; New Spaine, with other Regions of America Mexicana; and Book IX Book (pp.691-752): Relations of the Discoveries, Regions and Religions of the New World. Of Cumana, Guiana, Brasil, Chica, Chili, Peru, and Other Regions of America, Peruviana, and of their Religions. Cox I, p.6. Sabin 66678. STC 20505.

 

(Pynson) INTRATATIONU[M] EXCELLENTISSIMUS LIBER per q[uam] Necessarius O[mn]ibuz leg[um] hominb[us]; fere in se Continens o[mn]em Medullam Diversar[um] Materiar[um]... London: honesti viri Ricardi Pynson Regis Impressoris [etc.] 1510. Folio, (12-1/2 by 8-3/4 in.), (9), 185 leaves, printed in Black Letter, title in red & black, large woodcut of the arms of England on verso, Pynson’s device on verso of final leaf (McKerrow 9b), with genuine first blank onto which the black portion of the title has offset, contemp. marginal annotations and with an 8-line ms note, in a different contemp. hand. Early 20th century full black morocco, a.e.g., gilt dentelles, morocco book label of Herschel V. Jones. $30,000. ¶ First Edition, a manificent copy of Pynson’s masterpiece, ranking among the finest typographical specimens of the world. Called the Book of Legal Writs, this is the earliest English book of precedents for pleading, taken from the clerk’s entries in the plea rolls, a form called by Baker "replete with learning which... the legal historian ignores at his cost." Beale, English Law Books, T-283. STC 14116.

 

(Pynson printing). DE TERMINO MICHAELIS Anno iii Henrici vi. London: Pynson (1528).

 

RAY, John. HISTORIA PLANTARUM. London: M. Clark for H. Faithorne, 1666-88. 2 vols, large folio, (24), 983; (8), 985-1940, (35)pp, 1 sm. engraving containing 5 figs. illustrating the germination of seeds at vol.1, p. 27. Contemp. stiff vellum, sides elaborately blind-stamped, raised bands on spine. Light foxing to the prelims, otherwise a fine copy, lacking as usual the supplementary 3rd vol. of which only 200 copies were printed & also lacking the imprimatur leaf at the front of vol. I. $1500. ¶ First Edition of the magnum opus of the "Father of English natural history." Historia Plantarum is considered one of the greatest botanical works produced by one individual. Nearly 17,000 plants—many of them new—are described. Ray was "the greatest botanist of the 17th century; indeed one of the greatest of any century. In his greatest botanical work, the Historia Plantarum, he not only described all the plants he knew, arranging them in his system, but contributed an extraordinary survey of the whole field of botany. His real importance as the founder of modern botany was obscured by the success of Linnaeus’ sexual system" (Hunt cat.). Dibner 24. Grolier, Science 100, 87. Hunt pp. xxx-xxxi. Keynes 48-49. Osler 972. Pritzel 7436. Wing R394.

 

REISNER, Adam. JERUSALEM, Die Alte Haubstat de Juden. Wie sie vor der letzten zerstörung auff hohem Gebirg, mitten in der Welt, als das jrrdische Paradyss, ein Vorbildt der ewigen Statt Gottes, war. Mit kurtzer Historia vnd erklärung, was Gott von anfang mit disem ort gehandelt, was auch dise Statt, und ein jeder Namen und Geschicht….Figur und Warheit, alt und neuw Testament, vergleicht, was auch das neuwe Geistliche, ewige, und Himlische Jerusalem sey.… Frankfurt: [Georg Rabe, Sigmund Feyerabend, & the Heirs of Weygand Han], 1565, [1565, 1569]. Three parts in one folio vol, [14], 125, [1 blank], [6, index]; 177, [1], [12 index]; [4], 197 leaves, each part separately signed and paginated, with individual titles, titles to first and third parts printed in red and black. First part with one double-page woodcut plate of Jerusalem, one double-page woodcut map of the Holy Land, and seventy-six woodcut illustrations in the text, by Virgil Solis and others. Contemporary blindstamped vellum over wooden boards, spine with raised bands, boards with remains of clasps, worn and chipped with some loss to boards and spine. Front hinge cracked. Early paper shelf-label on spine and bookplate on front pastedown. Two early ink signatures on first title-page. Some minor browning or staining. A few tiny marginal paper flaws or tears, not affecting text or plates. Overall a clean, very good copy. $5500.

¶ Second German edition, possibly with the first edition of the third volume. The first two volumes initially appeared in 1563 in Reisner’s original German. In the same year, a partial Latin translation (Ierusalem, vetustissima illa et celeberrima totius mundi civitas, consisting only of the first volume and containing reprints of the plates and maps from the first edition) was published at Frankfurt; Latin translations of the remainder of the work were planned but never completed. A second German edition of the two volumes appeared in 1565, and further editions were published in 1569 and 1574. The third volume (here dated 1569) is the rarest element in a complete set of Reisner’s work on Jerusalem. Though it is Reisner’s own conclusion to his work, the third volume has only been present in three copies of the early German editions which have appeared at auction in the last twenty-five years; in none of those copies was the third volume dated earlier than 1569. Similarly, OCLC, RLIN, Graesse, and the British Museum do not mention a third volume with a date earlier than 1569, and it is possible that it was not printed until six years after the first edition of the first two volumes. Reisner’s extensive, heavily researched work was an important contribution to contemporary studies of Biblical geography, commentary, and history. This 1565 edition contains all the same woodcuts as the first edition, including the famous large maps and the familiar scenes from Old and New Testament stories, including Abraham and Isaac, King Solomon sitting in judgement, and many scenes from the life and Passion of Christ. STC German, p.731 and Graesse VI, p.74 (first two parts only). Not in Adams.

 

ROUS, Francis, younger. ARCHAEOLOGOIAE ATTICAE Libri Tres. Three Bookes of the Attick Antiquities. Containing the Description of the Citties Glory, Government, Division of the People, and the Townes within the Athenian Territories, their Religion, Superstition, Sacrifices, account of their Yeare, as also a full relation of their Judicatories. Oxford: Leonard Lichfield, for Edward Forrest, 1637. 8vo, (8), 149pp. Modern blue cloth, gilt title, library stamp on endpapers. Very good. $225. ¶ First Edition. Rous (1615-ca.1643), son of the Puritan writer of the same name, subsequently expanded the work with Zachary Bogan as Archaeologiae Atticae libri septem, Seven Books of the Attick Antiquities, 1649 and several times reprinted. Madan, Oxford Books, 1637, 18, notes it became a companion volume for school use to Godwin’s Roman Antiquities and Moses and Aaron. STC 21350. Cf. Blackmer 1643.

 

[ROWLANDS or VERSTAGEN, Richard]. A RESTITUTION OF DECAYED INTELLIGENCE: In Antiquities. Concerning the Most Noble and Renowned English Nation. By the Studie and Travell of R.V.… London: John Norton, for Joyce Norton, & Richard Whitaker, 1634. Sm. 4to, (24), 338, (12)pp, 11 copperplate engravings (incl. 1 on title). 20th century quarter calf, marbled boards, some staining to first quire, otherwise very good. $400. ¶ Third edition, first published in Amserdam in 1605. Rowlands’ history summarizes the early invasions of England, the development of its languages, the formation of its surnames and demonstrates Rowlands’ masterly command of Anglo-Saxon. The volume also contains the first account of the Pied Piper of Hamlyn and an account of werewolves. Verses at the front of the volume include one poem by Thomas Shelton, the translator of Don Quixote. Richard Rowlands (alias Verstegen, fl. 1565-1620), English antiquary, was born to a Dutch family named Verstegen that was driven from the Gelderland to England about 1500. A zealous catholic, he refused tests essential to the reception of a degree and left Oxford without one. In addition to his own scholarship, he was a clandestine printer and conveyor of catholic literature and an exceptional engraver. He was one of the first generation of Anglo Saxon scholars and made extensive use of Archbishop Parker’s library. The book is notable as one of the first published Anglo Saxon word lists, pre-dating Somner and Rowlandss grasp of the use of comparative philology in his attempt to ascertain the Continental origins of the first Saxon settlers in England. Cordell Collection V-1STC 21363.

 

SAGREDO, Giovanni. MEMORIE ISTORICHE DE MONARCHI OTTOMANI. Venetia: Preffo Combi, e la Noù, 1679. 8vo, (12), 829, 1 portrait, head and tail pieces, dec. initials. Contemporary full vellum, contemporary autograph notes to front flyleaf, soiling and wear to boards, spine, otherwise good. $500. ¶ Fourth Edition. Scarce. Cf. Piantanida 625. OCLC notes only the Oxford copy.

 

SANSOVINO, Francesco. GL’ ANNALI OVERO LE VITE DE PRINCIPI ET SIGNORI DELLA CASA OTHOMANA. Ne Quali Si Leggono de Tempi in Tempo Tutte le Guerre Particolarmente Fatte dalla nation de Turchi, in Diverse Prouincie del Mondo Contra i Christiani. Venice: n.p., 1571. 4to, (18), 134 leaves. Contemporary full vellum wrappers, leather ties, raised bands, insignias extra-colored, oily stain at upper inside corner, otherwise good. With the bookplate of Prince Czartoriski. $600. ¶ The Lives of the Princes and Lords of the House of Ottoman, With an Account of the Wars of the Turks, Including Those Against the Christian World. Not in Adams. Sansovino (1521-1583) was primarily noted for his work on Italian Renaissance literature. OCLC lists only one copy in library holdings. Scarce.

 

SCHINDLER, Valentino. LEXICON PENTAGLOTTON, Hebraicum, Chaldaicum, Syriacum, Talmudico-Rabbinicum, & Arabicum...Opus Novum, Nunc post Authoris Obitum, ex ipso Autographo Fidelissime Descriptum, &...in Lucem Editus. Cum Gemino Indice. Frankfurt: A. Hummii, 1653 Folio, (16)pp, 1992 columns, (152)pp, title printed in red & black. Contemporary vellum backstrip over marbled boards, extremities of both covers chipped and quite worn, internally very good.. $750. ¶ Important polyglot dictionary of Semitic languages. This is apparently the 2nd complete edition (the first in 1612).

 

SCHROECK, Lucas. HISTORIA MOSCHI ad Normam Academiae Naturae Curiosorum. Augsburg: Gobel, 1682. Sm. 4to, (12) 224 (6)pp, frontispiece & 3 copper plates. Contemp. vellum; light foxing and wear otherwise very good. $1200. ¶ First Edition of a rare treatise on musk and its use in medicine and perfumery, with illustrations of the musk deer. Schröck (1646-1730) was presiden to the Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher. Krivatsky 10661. Cole 970. Hirsch/H. V, 139.  

 

SHAKESPEARE, William. THE TRAGEDY OF ANTONY & CLEOPATRA. [London: H. Herringman, E. Brewster, & R. Bentley, 1685]. Folio, pp.138-164, extracted from the fourth folio. Half red morocco, marbled boards, gilt title. Well-bound copy with full margins. $850.

 

SHERERI, Georg. POSTILL ODER AUSLEGUNG DER SONNTAGLICHEN EVANGELIEN DURCH DAS GANTZE JAHR. Munchen: Nicolaum Heuricum, 1608. Folio, 1043, (12) as Index pp. Full pigskin over wooden boards, hand-tooled in blind, raised bands, beveled edges, brass clasps, owner’s signature dated 1768, mild foxing throughout, a few neat repairs with archival tape, duplicate tp, rubbed, clasps damaged, otherwise a good copy. $450. ¶ Reissue of Scherer’s massive guide to, and exegesis on, all the Sunday gospels during the entire year. Sherer (1540-1605), "was a man of boundless energy and rugged strength of character, a strenuous controversialist, a genuinely popular orator and writer" (Catholic Encyclopedia). A stern Jesuit, he opposed union with the Greek Schismatics, refuted the Lutheran divines, believed that the State had the right to put witches to death, and roused his fellow Austrians against the Turks. His works were originally collected and published by the Premonstratensians of Bruck, Moravia in the late 16th century, and later reissued in Munich in the early 17th. The present volume is extremely scarce, appearing in none of the standard references, and should not be confused with its companion volume, Postill oder Auslegung der Fest- und Feyertäglichen Evangelien durch das gantze Jahr.Catholic Encylopedia vol. 13, pp.527-528.

 

SLEIDANI, Joannis. COMMENTARIO RUM DE STATU RELIGIONIS & REIPUBLICAE, CAROLO QUINTO CAESARE, Libri XXVI. Argentorati: Theodosius Rihelius, [n.d., ca. 1565]. 8vo, (16), 872, (18)pp. Contemporary full vellum, overlapping fore-edges, soiling, otherwise internall clean, very good. $850. ¶ ?Fourth edition of the great chronicle of the Reformation. While studying ancient languages at Liége and associating with the humanists there, Sleidan (1506-1556) adopted anti-papist and soon Protestant ideas. He then joined Cardinal du Bellay in his futile attempts to negotiate an alliance of the German Protestants with the French court. He soon settled in Strassburg and, as he was accustomed to copy all documents relating to the Reformation and had thereby amassed a great collection, he was recommended by Martin Bucer to Philip of Hesse as a candidate for historian of the Reformation. Soon after the heads of the Schmalkalden league agreed to Philip’s proposal, Sleidan finished the first volume of the history. Later, as part of a French embassy to Henry VIII, Sleidan got access to numerous relevant documents in England, and a trip to Philip’s archives in Marburg was rewarded with the discovery of still more material. But Philip’s involvement in the war of the league of Schmalkalden prevented his payment of Sleidan. Sleidan consequently appealed to Edward VI, and received slight assistance from him, but he nevertheless died in poverty, leaving us the most valuable history of the Reformation to this day. Adams 1292. OCLC note 3 copies of this edition.

 

SPON, Jacob. DE L’USAGE DU CAPHE, DU THE, ET DU CHOCOLATE. Lyon: Jean Girim & Barthelemy Riviere, 1671. 12mo, (22), 188pp, woodcut plate of coffee plant & grinder. Contemp. full calf, ornately gilt-tooled back, red stamp on title of Lasteyrie’s Bibliotheque Economique and with a tipped-in slip printed "Maison du Roi, Bibliotheque du Louvre, with contemp. bibliographical notes on the verso. Light wear. A very good copy. $3000. ¶ First Edition. The first section on coffee and tea is drawn from the work of Naironus, De Saluberrima Potione Cahve seu Cafe (1671) and the second section, on chocolate, from the Spanish of Antonio Colmereo de Ledesma (1631). Waring notes that Jacob Spon halso published under the pseudonym of Philippe Sylvestre Dufour, citing a 1671 (1675?) Traites Nouveau et Curieux du Cafe, du The et du Chocolate. Cf Waring p.422. Rare.

 

STAPLETON, Robert & Musaeus Grammaticus & Ovid. MUSAEUS, ON THE LOVES OF HERO AND LEANDER [and] (LEANDER’S LETTER TO HERO, and her Answer: Taken out of Ovid)… London: by F.B. for Humphrey Mosley, 1647. 12mo, (139)pp, extra-engraved allegorical title page by William Marshall, includes blanks B4 & E7, lacks final blank. Full green morocco by Rivière, panelled in gilt, spine tooled & lettered in gilt, dentelles gilt, a.e.g., rehinged, light soiling & chipping to page facing extra-engraved title. A very good copy, with the leather bookplate of John Camp Williams. $1850. ¶ First Edition thus. Musaeus’ poem, composed at the beginning of the 6th century A.D., is considered the greatest poem of its age. 340 hexameter lines in length, it recounts the story of the youth Leander, who, according to legend, fell in love with Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos on opposite shore of the Hellespont. Leander was accustomed to swim across the Hellespont under the direction of Hero’s torch, but one tempestuous night he drowns, and in despair Hero throws herself into the sea. The translator, Stapleton (d.1669), also published a play on Hero and Leander, a tragedy, which was one of his few that was not widely appreciated in his day. His translations were all equally celebrated as stellar. The copy was John Camp Williams’ (1859-1929). Dickinson, Dictionary of American Bookcollectors, notes that his collection, sold at auction in 1929, was strong in English literature and that he had a special interest in copper plate engraving. Grolier, Wither to Prior, 817. Wing M3134. Brueggeman I, p.11. Not in Pforzheimer. Cf Bradley Martin sale 3227.

 

[STEPHANIUS, Stephen Hansen, 1599-1650]. DE REGNO DANIAE ET NORWEGIAE Insulisq. Adjacentibus: Justa ac de Holsatia, ducatu Sleswicensi, et Finitimis Provinciis Tractatus Varii. Leiden: Elzevier, 1629. 12mo, eng. title-page, (10), 510, (2)pp. Contemp. full vellum, gilt title and ornaments on spine, blind stamped decorations front and back boards. Damp stain to title and last few quires, otherswise very good. $200. ¶ First Edition (a second edition of the same year is distinguished by having 447 pages). Goldsmid III, p.32. Pieters p.81, 13bis. Rahir 290. Willems 320.

 

SURIUS, F. Laurentium. COMMENTARIUS BREVIS RERUM IN ORBE GESTARUM, Ab Anno Salutis M.D. Usque In Annum MDLXVIII Ex Optimus Quibusque Scriporibus Congestus, & nunc Recens Multis Locis Non Parum Auctus & Locupletatus. Coloniae: Geruuinum Calenium & Johannis Quentel, 1568. Tall 12mo in 6s, 548, (28 as index)pp. Later quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered spine, some stains, neat repairs to leaves, contemporary marginalia, rubbing to extremities otherwise good. $650. ¶ Second Edition, originally issued in 1567. Adams 2098. This ed. not in OCLC.

 

TAYLOR, John. THE OLD, OLD, VERY OLD MAN; Or the Age and Long Life of Thomas Parr… London: T. Cooper, [ca. 1700]. 8vo, viii, 20pp. Cloth, lettered in gilt. Edges variously cut, bookplate & inscription to Paul Jordan Smith on front endpapers, writing & bookseller’s description on back endpaper, still very good. $1250. ¶ Third and expanded edition of this celebrated poem on the centrarian Thomas Parr (1483?-1635), who is said to have gone into military service in 1500 and to have done penance for incontinence at the age of 105. The Earl of Arundel exhibited him at court in the last year of his life. The poem, the chief source of information on Parr, is in the typical whimsical, rollicking verse of John Taylor (1578?-1653), the eccentric "water poet" who travelled from London to Queensborough in a brown-paper boat. Cf. STC 23781 for the first edition of 1635; not in Wing.

 

THEOPHRASTUS, of Eresos. OPERA OMNIA. Basilae: J. Oporius, 1541. Folio, (31 x 20,5cm), 291pp, Greek text, with ornamental head-ppieces and decorative initials. Contemp. vellum, slight wear, a few insignificant worm holes in the first quire, owner’s ink inscription dated 1577 on title. $3500. ¶ First sixteenth century edition of the works of the Greek philosopher, preceded only by the Aldine incunable of 1498. Our copy is one of the rare variant issues with the Latin preface of the philologist Jerome Gemusaeus (1505 - 1543) instead of that of doctor and botanist Joachim II Camerius (1534 - 1598). This edition is not in Durling, Waller or Choix, and Adams and Wellcome record only the issue with the Camerius’s preface. Among the various treatises which this work contains (Plantarum historia, De plantarum causis, Aristotelis de Plantis, De Lapidibus, De Piscibus, De Igne, De Signis, De Odoribus, De Ventis, De Sudoribus..)

Also included is the "Moral Characters," descriptive sketches of types exhibiting deviations from proper norms of behaviour which inspired Jean de La Bruyere in the seventeenth century.

Theophrastus (Eresos 371 AD - 264), student of Plato and Aristotle, and successor of the latter as head of the Lyceum, one of the greatest botanists of all times, wrote on philosophy, botany, and on a number of scientific subjects including precious stones, wind, fire, weather and odors. A researcher and scholar rather than a speculative philosopher, he pursued his researches along lines laid down by Aristotle, his differences due to an emphasis on empirical observation. The texts of the surviving works are notoriously defective, yet his writings were drawn upon by the ancient writers so extensively they are indirectly the root of almost all we know of early Greek natural philosophy.

"He gives a remarkable account of the perfumes used at that early period and shows a considerable knowledge of physiology… We owe to Theophrastus the names of the various perfumes used by the Greeks" (Thompson, Mystery & Lure of Perfume, pp.61-2). Sarton I, pp.143-44. "…the first methodical study of mineralogy and the only one before Agricola’s in the sixteenth century that considers mineral substances for themselves rather than for their curative or magical properties" (DSB). This work "may be claimed as the earliest essay in Petrography" (Geikie p.16).

Cfr. Pritzel 9190; BM, Stc German, 856.

 

THOMASSIN, Simon. RECUEIL DES FIGURES, Groupes, Thermes, Fontaines, Vases et Autres Ornemens tels qu’ils se Voyent à Present dans le Chateau et Parc de Versailles, Gravé d’apres les Originaux... Paris: S. Thomassin, graveur du Roy..., 1694. 8vo, 24, (6)pp, 2 eng. titles, frontis. portrait, 241 (of 244) engr. plates (6 folding), lacking nos. 64, 77, & 78). Contemp. full calf, gilt label, armorial bookplate of Knightley Chetwood of Woodbrook, Ireland. Very good. $600. ¶ First Edition. Thomassin (1652/5-1733) was one of Watteau’s chief engravers. No copy recorded in OCLC. Most of the copies which have appeared at auction contain only 218 plates, as well as the copy described by Besterman in Old Art Books, (pp.99-100).

 

VEEN, Otto van. Q. HORATI FLACCI EMBLEMATA. Imaginibus in æs incisis, notisq[ue] illustrata, studio Othonis Væni, Batauolugdunensis Antwerp: Hieronymi Verdussen, 1607. 4to, 213, (1)pp, engr. title vignette of Horace &103 eng. copper-plates, with quotations on verso of preceding plate. Contemp. full vellum, early ms notes on endpaper, lacking half-title. Very good copy with fine impressions of the plates. $4500. ¶ First Edition of one of the most popular emblem books. According to Landwehr the plates were engraved by C. Boel, C. Galle and P. de Jode after Otto Vaenius but Nagler & Bryan attribute the engraving to Gijsbert van Veen. Landwehr, Low Countries, 678. Praz p.523. De Vries 35. Hoe, Emblems p.125.

 

[VICTORIUS, Marianus]. CHALDEAE, SEU AETHIOPICAE LANGUAE INSTITUTIONES. Rome: Sac. Congreationes de Propaganda Fide, 1630. 8vo, (8), 86pp, woodcut decvice on title. Contemp. vellum, gilt spine lablel, later morocco edged slipcase. $750. ¶ Second edition of the first Ethiopian grammar to be printed. The rare first edition was printed in Rome in 1552 in 32 leaves, and is virtually unobtainable. Achille Venerio is cited in NUC as the author of this edition, which makes extensive use of Ethiopic types. Graesse VI, 2, p.301. Not in Brunet.

 

VIEUSSENS, Raymond. NEUROGRPAHIA UNIVERSALIS. Lyon: Joannem Certe, 1685. Folio, (16), 252pp, eng. frontsipiece portrait, 22 eng. plates (most folding) & 8 text engravings, numbered I-XXX. Contemp. full vellum, lightly soiled, text lightly browned. $15,000. ¶ First Edition (second issue, the first issue is dated 1684; both carry the phrase "Editio Nova" on the title). "After ten years of study, during which he dissected 500 cadavers, V. published his Neurographia Universalis, the best-illustrated neurological monograph of the seventeenth century. V. was first to make good use of Stensen’s suggestion that the intracerebral white matter should be studied by tracing the paths of its fibers, and the first to describe the olivary nucleus, the centrum semiovale ("ovale of Vieussens"), the pyramids and the semilunar ganglion. He showed the spinal cord to be an independent structure, and his elucidation of the fine structure of the cerebellum... surpassed all previous descriptions of the paths of the peripheral nerves, which forms the most original part of his work" (Norman). Norman Catalogue 2153. G-M 1379. Lilly p.95. En Francais dans le Texte 120.

 

[WALKER, Clement]. Theodorus Verax. RELATIONS AND OBSERVATIONS, HISTORICALL AND POLITICK, UPON THE PARLIAMENT BEGUN ANNO DOM. 1640. [London]: Printed in the Year, 1650. 8vo, (6), 161, (13), 264, (2), 71 pp. Old calf rubbed at joints and edges, leather spine label, light dampstain to the margins of a few leaves, trimmed, affecting imprint and catchwords throughout, otherwise very good. $850. ¶ Clement Walker (d.1651) wrote several works on the civil war, sometimes under the pseudonym of Theodorus Verax. Wing W-334C.

 

WEDEL, Georg Wolfgang. SPECIMEN EXPERIMENTI CHIMICI NOVI, DE SALE VOLATILI PLANTARUM [bound with] EXPERIMENTUM CHIMICUM NOVUM DE SALE VOLATILI PLANTARUM QUO LATIUS EXPONUNTUR. Jena: Johannes Bielcke, 1682. 2 vols in 1, 12mo, (24), 96 + (22), 96, (17, index), (13, blank)pp, copperplate engraving of retorts inserted in the second work. Title of first work in red & black. 18th-century vellum, leather labels. Occasional browning, library stamps on title & title-verso, book-plate at back, but a very good copy. $450. ¶ First Collected Edition of works originally published in 1672 and 1675 respectively. The Swiss-born author was professor of medicine at Jena, royal physician to several houses. He published numerous works on medicine and pharmacology, a few translated into English. "As a chemist, he introduced into practice certain medicines which bear his name, and he was a strong supporter of the iatro-chemical principles. He was also a staunch believer in alchemy, assigning to it great antiquity" (Ferguson II, 535-36). Heirs of Hippocrates describes Wedel as "a well-known clinician and chemist whose many publications included medical history." Bolton I, 908. Duveen pp.613-14.

 

[WESTMONASTERIENSIS, Matthæus]. ELEGANS, ILLUSTRIS,… A MUNDI EXORDIO AD ANNUM DOMINI NARRATIO… FLORES HISTORIARUM… [London: R. Jugge], 1567. Large 4to, (2), 339, (1, blank), 227, (1, blank)pp, title within woodcut border. Later brown calf, red morocco labels. Back & joints rubbed, some underlining, several marginalia, very good. $1500. ¶ First Edition of the Flores Historiarum, a bizarre chronicle that begins with creation and continues through 1307. The work focuses on the "Flowers" (or "Highlights") of history, which, in the manner of Matthew Paris’s chronicles, comes to mean more than events in England. The work was printed at the instigation of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, mostly from a MS now at Eton College, though a portion of the entry for 1307 was taken from Trivet’s Annales. The author’s name, Matthew Westminster, is imaginary, though it is affixed to the earliest manuscripts of the Flores. The extent of the name’s authenticity, first seriously questioned by Sir Francis Palgrave in 1826 (calling Westminster "a phantom who never existed"), was conclusively settled in 1890 with the publication of Luard’s edition of the work, in which he brilliantly argued from internal evidence that the name Matthew Westminster was fictitious and that the Flores was compiled and composed by a number of writers at St. Albans and Westminster. This first edition, the basis of the second (1570) and other editions, to which later material by still other writers would be added, is extremely rare. Brunet III, 1537. Graesse IV, 445. STC 17652. NUC cites one copy at Michigan.

 

WHITLOCK, Richard. ZWOTOMIA, or OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRESENT MANNERS OF THE ENGLISH: Briefly Anatomizing the Living by the Dead. With an Usefull Detection of the Mountebanks of Both Sexes. London: Thomas Roycroft, 1654. Sm. 8vo, 32, 568, (14, index)pp, frontis. Old calf, rebacked, gilt title and rules. Very good copy with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $750. ¶ First Edition, complete with the frontispiece and the "Explication of the Frontispiece," which is usually wanting. This humorous and learned satire on English manners describes such characters as the honest Adamite, the faithfull chirurgeon, and the quacking hermaphrodite, the Magentick Lady, etc. Catalogue of…Library formed by the late Rev. Philip Bliss 2263. Greenough, A Bibliography of the Theophrastan Character in English p.73. Thomason II, 55. Wing W-2030.

 

WILLIS, Thomas. DE ANIMA BRUTORUM quae Hominis Vitalis ac Sensitiva est, Exercitations Duae, Prior Physiologica… Amsterdam: Joannem Blaue, 1672. Sm. 8vo, (48), 400, (16)pp, 8 folding engraved plates. Old calf, rebacked with gilt title & tooling. Very good. $2000. ¶ Willis considered De Anima Brutorum to be his greatest work. Divided into two parts, the first is is physiological, "showing the nature, powers and afections of the soul," and the second part is pathological, "unfolding the diseases which affect the soul and its primary seat, namely, the brain and nervous stock." Willis argues that there is a soul of the same nature in both man and beast, but that man is endowed with another and distinct soul, called the mind, or rational soul. The plates are devoted to comparative anatomy and illustrate dissections of silk-worms, oyster, lobster, earth-worm, as well as sections of the brain. Willis, "the father of modern cerebral physiology," introduced the term neurology. He attributed a wide range of disease to neurological distrubences but made a distinction between organic diseases and mental illness. The work was first publsihed at Oxford in quarto in the the same year as this Amsterdam edition and the plates are the same. Wing, Bibliography of Thomas Willis, 31. G-M 1544. Krivatsy 13018 (NLM copy imperfect). Cf. Norman 2244-46; Hunter & McAlpine pp.187-92; Sena, Bibliography of Melancholy, 103.

 

WILLIS, Thomas. DIATRIBE MEDICO-PHILOSOPHICAE: De Fermentatione...de Febribus... De Urinis. Editio Tertia. The Hague: Adriani Ulacq, 1662. 12mo, (44 inc. eng. frontispiece), 376pp. Contemp. full vellum, two chips out of backstrip, stamps of the British Medical Association Library, internatlly very good. $750. ¶ Third edition, the first issued on the continent, of Willis’s first book; this edition is the first to contain Willis’s Sedleian professorship in the title and the first to contain a dedication to Dr Gilbert Sheldon, Bishop of London and later Archibishop of Canterbury. First issued in London in 1659, this was the first description of epidemic typhoid (see G-M 5020). Also, "Contains the earliest suggestion that fermentation is an intestinal or internal motion of particles; the anology between putrefaction and fermentation is also noted" (G-M 2464). Willis suggests that fermentation is an activity of the intestines, and notes that urine has a sweet taste in diabetes mellitus. Wing, Bibliography of Willis, 4. Cushing W-212. Heirs of Hippocrates (1663 ed.), Waller 10326 (1669 ed.).

 

WYCHERLEY, William. LOVE IN A WOOD, or, St James’s Park. A Comedy, As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal, by his Majesties Ervants. London: J.M. for H. Herringman, 1672. Sm. 4to, (8). 95, (1)pp. 20th century cloth, gilt stamped leather label, pp.77/8 remargined at foot with loss of about an inch of text, and with a smaller repair to foot of title but not touch text, otherwise very good. $1750. ¶ First Edition, with the bookplates of Anthony Trollope and Carroll Wilson. Wing W3747.

 

WYETH, Joseph. ANGUIS FLAGELLATUS: Or a Switch for the Snake. Being an Answer to the Third and Last Edition of the Snake in the Grass. Wherein that Author’s Injustice and Falshood, both in Quotation and Story, are Discover’d and Obviated. London: T. Sowle, 1699. 8vo, (18), 548pp. Old panelled calf. Very good. $250. ¶ First Edition of the Quaker writer’s best-known work, including a supplement by George Whitehead, to whose "Antidote against the Venom of the Snake in the Grass" Wyeth had also written what he calls "An Appendix" entitled "Primitve Christianity" 1698. Of all the attacks upon early quakerism, Leslie’s "Snake in the Grass" was the most reasoned, and it provoked the greatest number of replies. Wyeth (1663-1731). Wing 3754. Smith II, 965.