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De revolutionibus orbium coelestium libri VI : habes in hoc opere iam recens nato, & ædito,...
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De revolutionibus orbium coelestium libri VI : habes in hoc opere iam recens nato, & ædito, studiose lector, motus stellarum, tam fixarum, quàm erraticarum, cum ex ueteribus, tum etiam ex recentibus obseruationibus restitutos : & nouis insuper ac admirabilibus hypothesibus ornatos : habes etiam tabulas expeditissimas, ex quibus eosdem ad quoduis tempus quàm facilli me calculare poteris : igitur eme, lege, fruere

by Copernicus, Nicolaus (1473-1543)

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Nuremberg: Johannes Petreius, 1543. FIRST EDITION, and a very fine and crisp copy. Hardcover. Fine. Bound in attractive, contemporary Parisian calf with some discreet repairs. The boards are blind-ruled and adorned with gold-tooled ornaments. This is one of very few to have appeared on the market in a contemporary binding. The text is in excellent condition, with just minor blemishes (small early erasure of an ownership inscription on the title just slightly touching the "D." in the date. Light damp-staining to first six leaves.) Collation as in Horblit; this copy without the errata leaf -printed separately and later- that is found in a minority of copies (about 20 percent). Preserved in a morocco-backed box. Provenance: At the foot of the title-page, an early signature has been thoroughly lined through. 17th- or 18th-century inscription on title of the Jesuit College of Paris. Bookplate of Gustavus Wynne Cook (1867-1940, amateur astronomer, collector, and benefactor of the Franklin Institute). … Read More
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De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI: Habes in hoc opere iam recens nato, & ædito,...
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Nuremberg: Johann Petreius, 1543. First edition. Hardcover. A LANDMARK IN HUMAN THOUGHT" (PMM). First edition, and an unusually fine copy, of the most important scientific publication of the sixteenth century - a "landmark in human thought" (PMM). De revolutionibus was the first work to propose a comprehensive heliocentric theory of the cosmos, according to which the sun stood still and the earth revolved around it. It thereby inaugurated one of the greatest ever paradigm shifts in the history of human thought. "Renaissance mathematicians, following Ptolemy, believed that the moon, sun and five planets were carried by complex systems of epicycles and deferents about the central earth, the fixed pivot of the whole system. In Copernicus's day it was well known that conventional astronomy did not work accurately ... Copernicus, stimulated by the free entertainment of various new ideas among the ancients, determined to abandon the fixity of the earth ... With the sun placed at the center, and the earth… Read More
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Beauchamp-Corbet Book of Hours, use of Sarum
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Beauchamp-Corbet Book of Hours, use of Sarum: Manuscript in Latin with Anglo-Norman rubrics and prayers on vellum, Illuminated mainly by the De Bois Master from the Milemete workshop

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Dynastic pride in an early English Book of Hours - text mostly framed by elaborately decorated borders, 39 historiated initials in total.The Beauchamp-Corbet Hours is decorated on nearly every page with a multitude of striking, small miniatures and bas-de-page scenes, among which are figures holding shields with coats-of-arms. This manuscript and its lady owner, Beatrice Beauchamp-Corbet-Leyburn, bears testimony to eight noble families related to Shropshire county and neighbouring regions. The nobility mentioned are Beauchamp of Hache, Corbet, Leyburn, Fitzalan, Fitzwaren, Warenne, Lestrange of Knockyn, and Leigh or Lye.English Book of Hours are extremely rare, especially such early exemplars. In addition to the wealth of heraldry describing the lineages of an identifiable noble woman, the present manuscript is also exceptional for its prestigious contemporary provenance: the celebrated author Cornelia Funke used the manuscript as inspiration for her novel Ghost Knight.
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Book of Hours

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Paris, 1400. BOOK OF HOURS. Use of Paris)  In French and Latin, illuminated manuscript, on parchment France, Paris, c. 1400-1410 15 large miniatures by the Master of the Bible Historiale MS fr. 159 (as described by Les Enluminures) This beautifully executed and unusual Parisian Book of Hours was painted at the time of the Duke of Berry. The "realism" seen in the illuminations represents a special moment in Parisian art, one exemplifying its northern origins.  The miniatures are attributed to one of the artists responsible for the Bible Historiale also referred to as the Master of the Bible Historiale fr. 159 (Paris, BnF MS fr. 159).  The female patron who ordered the book appears twice in the miniatures. 224 folios, mostly in gatherings of 8 (i12), complete, pastedowns and two flyleaves at front and back, some catchwords, written in a dark brown ink  in a gothic liturgical script, on 14 long lines, by different hands, ff. 82-82v and ff. 219v-223v written by a slightly posterior  hand, ruled… Read More
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Homiliae super Mattheum – Gregorius I, Homiliae super  Evangeliis – Origenes, Homiliae –...
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Homiliae super Mattheum – Gregorius I, Homiliae super Evangeliis – Origenes, Homiliae – preceded by: Arbor consanguinitatis.: Illustrated manuscript in Latin on paper, written by Nicolas, former vicar in Piesting.

by Johannes Chrysostomos

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Murder and drama in Austrian History - many initials in red, one genealogical table, 2 large pen-and-ink drawings highlighted in red.The most striking feature of the manuscript at hand is probably its chain binding, decorated in the extremely rare cuir-ciselé technique, see more below. The codex was meant as a practical book for clerical use. The scribe signed his work and dated it twice, and reveals his identity as Nicolaus plebanus, presumably also the artist of the text decoration and the drawings. No other manuscripts by the hand of Nicolaus are known to survive and in general, very few manuscripts from Wiener Neustadt or Piesting have come down to us. Nicolaus' notes, written in German in 1408, are particularly interesting, as they show his genuine concern for his environment and the torments of his time. That he found such a violent end through stabbing by an enemy – as is mentioned on f. 58r – intensifies the book's history in a downright tragic way. In all aspects, the book at… Read More
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[Life-size photograph of the Fra Mauro map of the world].Venice, Carlo Naya, ca. 1871....

[Life-size photograph of the Fra Mauro map of the world].Venice, Carlo Naya, ca. 1871. Hand-coloured photograph, ca. 223 × 223 cm. Mounted and framed.

by [FRA MAURO Mappa Mundi – Carlo NAYA].

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A life-sized, hand-coloured photograph of the famous world map made around 1450 by Fra Mauro, the greatest medieval map of the world and the largest surviving European map of such an early date: an astonishing accomplishment of art history, cartography and photography. Perhaps the largest photograph ever made at the time, the “Naya Fra Mauro” belongs to a class of colossal early photographs that includes Eadweard Muybridge’s 13-sheet panorama of San Francisco (1878) - though each sheet measured only about 46 x 55 cm - and George R. Lawrence’s photograph of the Alton Limited on a 244 x 137 cm glass plate (1899). It also appears to be the first large-format map produced photographically.Fra Mauro’s map is “considered the greatest memorial of medieval cartography” (Almagià). Containing hundreds of detailed illustrations and some 3000 descriptive texts, it was the most detailed repres-entation of the world so far produced. It remains one of the most important works in the history of cartography,… Read More
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[8], 206 pp.; [4], 181, [1 blank]; [1], [1 blank], “86” [= 80], [2 blank] pp.A hand-coloured copy of the third French edition of Linschoten's classic illustrated guide for travellers to the East and West Indies, termed by Lach ''the most important of the first-hand accounts published independently of the great travel collections'' (I.198). No other book contained so much useful intelligence on the East and West Indies. Unhindered by the censorship that constrained writers from the Iberian peninsula (details of seas and coasts in Asia and the Americas were military secrets), he included such information as sailing directions, physical descriptions of countries, and statistics on commerce and trade. The work was held in such high regard that for nearly a century, every Dutch ship sailing to Africa and Asia carried a copy of a Dutch edition of Linschoten. The 42 plates (11 large folding) are especially noteworthy, including 6 maps and several bird's-eye views, many with coats of arms of the regions… Read More
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Dialogo. dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del...
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Dialogo. dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo... [bound with other texts; see below]

by GALILEI, Galileo

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Florence: Landini, 1632. First edition. With a hitherto unknown manuscript version of Galileo's Letter to Christina. First edition; all of the errata found on the errata leaf have been meticulously corrected in the text by the owner, who in assembling the volume discarded the errata leaf and added the additional texts as detailed below. The frontispiece is an excellent early impression with rich black tones, printed on thick paper as were all the early issues. This is a remarkable copy, bound as a 'third' volume of the Bologna edition of the Opere (1655-56) and uniform in binding with the two volumes of the Opere that accompany it. It contains the texts that could not be published at the time in the Opere: the Dialogo, or Dialogue concerning the two chief World Systems as it is known in English, Galileo's Lettera to the Grand-duchess of Tuscany, which circulated in manuscript, the text of which was instrumental, along with the Dialogo, in bringing about Galileo's trial by the Inquisition, and two… Read More
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The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated
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The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated

by BIBLE IN ENGLISH

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The Great "She" Bible, the "authorized version" or King James Bible, one of the greatest monuments of English literature.
This edition is known as the "She" Bible for the reading "She went into the citie" in Ruth 3:15. In this copy he error "Judas" for "Jesus" in Matthew 26:36 is corrected with a pasted-on slip. Fry styles this the "first edition, second issue," though it is more properly the second edition. "The general title is usually dated 1613, though the NT title bears the date 1611. Probably the greater part of the book was printed in 1611, but the publication, for some reason or other, was delayed till 1613. . . . Smith suggests [the delay resulted from] an accident in the printing-office which destroyed a large number of sheets" (Herbert).
One of the masterpieces of the English language, the King James Bible is surely the greatest literary work ever created by committee. In the preface, Miles Smith, one of the dozens of translators, commented on the importance of the work:… Read More
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Somnium, seu opus posthumum de astronomia lunari. Divulgatum a Ludovico Kepplero filio. Sagan and...
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1639. First edition. EXTRAORDINARY SAMMELBAND OF SIX RARE WORKS BY KEPLER - INCLUDING SOMNIUM, HIS 'VOYAGE TO THE MOON'. An extraordinary sammelband, with a remarkable provenance, containing six rare works by Kepler, including the first edition of Somnium, Kepler's imaginary voyage to the moon, in which he utilizes the motions of the planets as they would be seen from the moon to argue for the Copernican system, and gives a remarkable description of the appearance of the earth as seen from the moon - this is Kepler's rarest major work. "At Sagan, Kepler finally began to print a short book whose beginnings went back to his school days at Tübingen: his Somnium, seu astronomia lunari. The 'Dream' is a curiously interesting tract for two reasons. First, its fantasy framework of a voyage to the moon made it a pioneering and remarkably prescient piece of science fiction. Second, its perceptive description of celestial motions as seen from the moon produced an ingenious polemic on behalf of the Copernican… Read More
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Comiença la Cronica del Serenissimo Rey Don Juan el Segundo deste nombre, impressa en la muy...
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Comiença la Cronica del Serenissimo Rey Don Juan el Segundo deste nombre, impressa en la muy noble y leal ciudad de Logroño: por mandado del catholico rey don Carlos su visnieto ….

by [CRÓNICA del Rey Don Juan el Segundo].

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Logroño, Arnão Guillen de Brocar, 1517.. First Edition. Folio (36 x 24.5 cm.), contemporary blind-tooled calf, boards nicely refurbished (but with some recent damage to corners and rubbing to spine); very skillfully rebacked, and with new clasps. Large woodcut on title-page, 2 full-page woodcuts, printer's device below colophon. Gothic letter (Norton types 8:117G, 10:99G, 18:68G), printed in red and black throughout. Minor soiling and stains (including some marginal dampstaining on first few leaves), 4 tiny wormholes touching a few letters per page through quire q. Crisp. In very good to fine condition. Early manuscript record of sale at foot of title, in ink. (2 blank), (26), 254 [i.e., 255], (2 blank) leaves, signed 10, A-B8, a9, b-z8, aa-hh8, ii6. *** FIRST EDITION. This magnificent classic was produced, according to the colophon, at the command of Charles V by his printer Arnão Guillen de Brocar; this is the first intimation we have that Brocar had been appointed royal printer. Later… Read More
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       The Holy Bible, : conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of...
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A-C⁶ D²; (O.T. and Apocrypha) A-Ccccc⁶; (N.T.) A-Aa⁶unpaginated or foliated. The General title mounted and with c. 18 small holes, mostly from old attempts to ink out a prior ownership inscription; the next several leaves have rust-like marks resulting from the damage to the title just mentioned; A2 has a closed tear; the double page map is a facsimile; the blank outer corner is torn from B1 (Mt 10) & there is a closed tear to B2; a strip is torn from the blank outer margin of X6 (Hebrews 12/3); a small piece is torn from the top of Aa5, removing most of a word of text and a word of the headline, recto & verso; Aa6 (the final leaf) was missing and is replaced in facsimile; the final leaves of the NT are increasingly worn and lack the crisp, clean nature of the bulk of the text. Generally the text is crisp and clean, BUT at both front and rear the top margin is shaved, especially in Exodus & Numbers & to the beginning of Deuteronomy (and again at the end of the NT) touching the rule and… Read More
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Quadragesimale Roberti de peccatis [bound using fragments of] Ars Minor
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Quadragesimale Roberti de peccatis [bound using fragments of] Ars Minor

by Robertus Caracciolus and Aelius Donatus

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ONE OF JUST TWO EARLY MAINZ DONATI RECORDED IN PRIVATE HANDS ¶ PROBABLY THE EARLIEST OFFERED IN ALMOST A CENTURY ¶ POSSIBLY PUBLISHED BEFORE THE GUTENBERG BIBLE --- CCCXX, [8] leaves | 8vo | a-z^8 [us]^8 [con]^8 [rum]^8 A-P^8 | 175 x 113 mm --- A fantastically rare example of the Ars Minor of Aelius Donatus from the earliest years of Mainz printing, being fragments of the ninth leaf of a 33-line edition printed on parchment with the type of the Gutenberg Bible. Sewn as a guard into the middle of the first gathering, between a4 and a5, is a single strip roughly two lines in height; and a second guard sewn in between P4 and P5—the first and last gatherings were commonly so guarded, as they bore the most stress during operation—this one bearing perhaps a little more than a single line of Donatus. Visible between sewing stations at the edges of the spine are eight trapezoidal pieces, representing two discrete halves of the spine's comb lining—one running up the left side, another… Read More
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Croismare Book of Hours and prayer book, use of Rouen
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Croismare Book of Hours and prayer book, use of Rouen: Manuscript on vellum, illuminated by Robert Boyvin and workshop

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12 small miniatures in the text, all accompanied by a gold panel in the outer border containing initials RI, or simply R or I, and 8 large miniatures in golden architectural frames.This is a beautiful example of a deluxe Rouen Book of Hours from the late 15th- or early 16th century. The master who was responsible for the large compositions, Robert Boyvin, was strongly influenced by Parisian, Tours, and Bourges artists who dominated the book market at that time. Unusual miniatures with subjects from the Old Testament are found throughout, indicating that Boyvin's workshop may have specialised in this extraordinary illustration scheme. Especially tantalizing are the hints of the first owners in the gold borders that accompany the small miniatures. There, the initials of their names – R and I – are displayed in a varying semé on golden ground. Some characteristics of this book indicate that their family name may have been Croismare, a well-known noble family in Rouen. The first owner (Robert,… Read More
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KOBERGER

by BIBLE

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Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 17 février 1483. Format : 2 volumes in-folio. [410 x 280 mm] Collation :583 ff. [numérotés I-CCXCV et CCXCVI-CCCCCLXXXIII, sans les 3 ff. blancs] Reliure : Vélin estampé sur ais de bois, dos à nerfs orné, plats estampés. (Reliure du XVIe siècle.). Splendide édition de la Bible, illustrée de 109 gravures sur bois, toutes coloriées à l'époque. L'exemplaire est d'un très beau coloris. Les couleurs utilisées, bleu, jaune, vert, parme, marron sont d'une teinte profonde. La majorité de ces gravures sont apparues dans une édition de la bible, en bas allemand, donnée par Bartholomaeus de Unkel et Heinrich Quentell, à Cologne vers 1478-79. Anton Koberger, plus connu pour son "best seller", de l'époque, la "Chronique de Nuremberg" a fait un usage remarquable de ces illustrations. Elles ont été imitées dans les illustrations des bibles parues par la suite. On y trouve même son influence dans la série de gravures de l'Apocalypse de Dürer parues en 1498. Anton… Read More
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BIBLIA LATINA [With the tractate of Menardus Monachus]
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BIBLIA LATINA [With the tractate of Menardus Monachus]

by [Bible in Latin]

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Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 30 July, 1477. Very Early Printing of the Bible and only the second Latin Bible printed by Koberger, 51 lines and headline, double column, canon marginalia in the Gospels. With manuscript headlines in red, a beautiful opening initial of 10 lines with elaborate flourishes that flow from the very top to very bottom of the page in red, blue and green, numerous 6 line initials in red and blue, some with much longer extensions or flourishes, a profusion of 3 line initials in red or blue, red paragraph marks and additional rubricating throughout primarily in red. Royal folio (375 x 265mm approx), in contemporary German blind-stamped pigskin over thick wood boards, (probably a Nuremberg binding), the boards center-paneled and decorated in blind with a central tool within multiple borders, remnants of brass catches on the fore-edge. Manuscript lettering to the spine with wide tall bands. 468 leaves, complete. An unusually fine copy, especially well preserved and very handsome… Read More
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 The Discoverie of Witchcraft
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The Discoverie of Witchcraft

by SCOT, REGINALD. [SCOTT, REGINALD]

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London: [Henry Denham for] William Brome, 1584. First edition. Early calf. Very Good. Extremely rare first edition of this far-reaching exposé that provoked King James, inspired Shakespeare and was the first significant work to document the secrets of illusion and the occult. A magnificent copy from the Biblioteca Lindesiana. The Discoverie of Witchcraft, written by Reginald Scot in 1584, upended many sixteenth-century beliefs in Britain about witches, superstition, spirits and magic. Scot proves that what was believed to be witchcraft was little more than illusion and delusion. Infuriated by a "ridiculous" 1581 witchcraft trial, Scot in The Discoverie challenges popular beliefs about dark magic, providing diagrams documenting the performance of staged illusions previously ascribed to witchcraft (Reid, "The Discoverie of Witchcraft"). The evidence presented in this pivotal work angered political and religious leaders, gave inspiration to literary masters of his era and contributed a blueprint to… Read More
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Gratulatio ad Pium II pro foelici, ac secundo ex Mantuana peregrinatione reditu. Dialogus de...
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Gratulatio ad Pium II pro foelici, ac secundo ex Mantuana peregrinatione reditu. Dialogus de optimo vitae genere deligendo. De monachis erudiendis. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin.

by ALIOTTI, Girolamo (1412-1480)

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253 x 181 mm. II + 139 + II leaves. COMPLETE. 14 quires. Collation: 1-13 , 14 (lacking the last blank leaf). Unfoliated. Blanks: fols. 2/10r, 14/8v, and 14/9r-v. Catchwords written in the center middle of the last page of each quire except quires 2 and 4. Text block: 164 x 90 mm, one column, 28 lines. The first capital letter of each sub-chapter set out. Ruled in brown ink. Text written in brown ink by a unique hand in formal humanist script. Headings and names of interlocutors in pale red ink. Two illuminated coats of arms of Pope Pius II (see below), numerous gold and white-vine initials (see below). Five one-line blue paragraph marks on fols. 2/8v, 2/9r, 2/10v, and 4/10v. Early twentieth-century German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. Spine with four raised bands, marbled flyleaves, gilt and gauffered edges. Upper joint skillfully repaired. A well-preserved manuscript. First leaf slightly soiled, four small round wormholes in blank outer margin of the first leaves reducing to one and then… Read More
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[INCUNABLE] A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible

[INCUNABLE] A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible

by GUTENBERG, Johannes (c. 1398 - 1468)

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[Mainz : Johannes Gutenberg, circa 1454-55]. Single folio leaf. 371 x 300 mm, printed on recto and verso, black gothic lettering of forty-two lines in double columns, large two-line initial letters rubricated in red; light foxing and very small edge chips, remnants of binding along one edge with tiny fragments of manuscript binder's waste (presumably from the original or otherwise early binding), small stain to edge of lower margin (well away from text); a fine example housed in a maroon cloth chemise and custom clamshell box. A LEAF FROM THE FIRST WESTERN BOOK PRINTED BY MOVABLE TYPE, THE GUTENBERG BIBLE. Folio 148 from Volume I, comprising the entire text of Chapter 3 of the Second Book of Samuel (II Samuel 3: 1-39), with the closing verses of Chapter 2 and opening verses of Chapter 4.  “[The Gutenberg Bible] has never been surpassed. Of all the arts, printing at its birth reached perfection more nearly than any other.”  – A. Edward Newton The Gutenberg Bible is perhaps the most famous and… Read More
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Rosa ursina sive Sol ex admirando facularum & macularum suarum phoenomeno varius: necnon circa...
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Rosa ursina sive Sol ex admirando facularum & macularum suarum phoenomeno varius: necnon circa centrum suum et axem fixum ab occasu in ortum annua, circaq[ue] alium axem mobilem ab ortu in occasum conuersione quasi menstrua, super polos proprios, libris quatuor mobilis ostensus..

by SCHEINER, Christoph

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Bracciano: Andreas Phaeus, 1630. First edition. EXTREMELY RARE LARGE AND THICK PAPER COPY. First edition, extremely rare large and thick paper copy, of the most lavishly illustrated astronomical work published in the first half of the seventeenth century, with many full-page illustrations of Scheiner's observations of the sun and of the optical instruments he had designed for the purpose. "For his masterpiece, Scheiner produced the first monograph on a heavenly body, the Sun. Even today it is still an impressive volume, with scores of engravings of sunspots and the various instruments needed for solar observations" (Jesuit Science in the Age of Galileo). "Scheiner's drawings in the Rosa Ursina are of almost modern quality, and there was little improvement in solar imaging until 1905" (Britannica). In this work "Scheiner agreed with Galileo that sunspots are on the Sun's surface or in its atmosphere, that they are often generated and perish there, and that the Sun is therefore not perfect. Scheiner… Read More
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