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De Historia Stirpium commentarii insignes
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De Historia Stirpium commentarii insignes

By Leonhart Fuchs

Lugduni: Balthazarem Arnolletum, 1549 A good copy of the very scarce second edition of Leonhart Fuchs' outstanding work on plants. Fuchs (1501-1566) was born in Germany and was a physician and botanist. This work was first published in 1542 in folio and was a huge advance on previous works, particularly in its use of woodcuts after drawings by Albrecht Meyer. The second edition is 16mo and the woodcuts were redone by Clement Bussy, who also produced a portrait of Fuchs which is printed on the verso of the title. This copy is in a later card binding with the title to the spine. The binding is sound but rubbed and worn. Page edges are red. Contents: title with printer's device; portrait; lectori 2pp; dedication 5pp; 3 index sections with latin, medical and french names 20pp; blank; text pp 1-852 with numerous woodcuts; appendix; finis. There should be a 6 leaf glossary of terms after the Finis, but this is lacking. The contents are lightly toned but very clean. The stitching is visible between the portrait and lectori section. A good to very good copy.

$1936.65

Acta Pacificationis quae coram sac. caesareae maiestatis commissariis, inter Seren, Regis Hispaniarum & Principis Matthiae Archduchis Austriae ...
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Acta Pacificationis quae coram sac. caesareae maiestatis commissariis, inter Seren, Regis Hispaniarum & Principis Matthiae Archduchis Austriae ...

By Aggaeus Van Albada [editor]

Antverpiae [Antwerp]: Ex officina Christophori Plantini Architypographi Regii, 1580 An extremely scarce original copy in soft cover vellum binding, printed and published by Christopher Plantin and with his printer's device on the title page. This work is a contemporary account of events in the Netherlands during the period of armed rebellion against the rule of Philip II of Spain and its subsequent repression. The activities of Mathias (Holy Roman Emperor), who was invited to be Governor of the Netherlands in 1577, in promoting a Catholic revival have been said to be contributory to the Thirty Years War. The work was edited by Aggaeus Van Albada, an extremely able who was principal speaker for the Netherlands at the peace talks that followed the rebellion. Christopher Plantin, whose major printing house was in Antwerp, suffered personally in the conflict - only saving his business from destruction by paying ransoms to the Spanish soldiers. This copy is in a full vellum soft binding. The boards appear contemporary with the remains of ties at the back. The spine is newer and possibly applied with glue - the book is quite tight to open, particularly at the beginning. The binding is a little grubby but sound. Newer blanks have been added at the beginning and end, and are a little dog-eared. Contents: title page with printer's device and a couple of ink letters; summa privilegii 1p; text with decorative initial capitals pp 1-338; ad lectorum 339-340; quotation 1p; printer's note 1p; blank; typographus lectori with superscriptio pp 345-351. Given the age of this book, the contents are in good clean condition. There is a light stain in the bottom margin that extends upwards into the text which is persistent throughout, but which worsens at the end of the book. Pages are lightly toned. A very small piece of the paper surface from a marginal note has detached at p328 and been deposited on p329 but the original text is still visible.

$1032.88

Magna Charta cum statutis, tum antiquis, tum recentibus, maximopere, animo tenendis, nunc demum ad vnum, tipis aedita, per Richardum Tottill
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Magna Charta cum statutis, tum antiquis, tum recentibus, maximopere, animo tenendis, nunc demum ad vnum, tipis aedita, per Richardum Tottill

Fleetestrete, within Temple Barre, at the Signe of the Hand and Starre, London: Richarde Totteli, 1587 A good to very good copy of Richard Tottel's 1587 publication of Magna Charta with associated statutes. Richard Tottel (spelt in a variety of forms including Tottill and Tottell) was an English publisher specialising in legal publications, for which he was granted a patent in1553. He issued several editions of Magna Charta: this one is similar to his 1576 publication but appears to be longer (by 3 pp). The publication is in Latin, French and English. This copy is bound in full leather, retaining the contemporary boards and adding a new plain spine with raised bands. The old title label has been remounted. Internally there is an armorial bookplate of Thomas Dawson to the front pastedown. The old endpapers have been retained with repair at the joints. Contents: initial blank; title; To the Reader 2pp; Table I 3pp; Table II 8pp; blank; Text pp 1-250 (numbered on recto only); final leaf - imprinted 1587; 5 blanks. Text with decorative initial capitals. The title page and 'To the Reader' both have paper repair to the side edge. There are old ink notes to a couple of blank pages and a little scholarly annotation. The paper is toned to varying degrees and with occasional staining. A scarce work

$2065.76

Il Terentio Latino, Comentatio in Lingua Toscana, e ridotto a la sua vera latinita, a i Generosi, e Magnanimi Signori Don Franceso, e Don Gionanni Medici, da Giouanmi Fabrini da Fighine Fiorentino....
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Il Terentio Latino, Comentatio in Lingua Toscana, e ridotto a la sua vera latinita, a i Generosi, e Magnanimi Signori Don Franceso, e Don Gionanni Medici, da Giouanmi Fabrini da Fighine Fiorentino....

By Terentius Publius Afer

Vinegia [Venice]: Vincentio Valgrisi, al segno d'Erasmo, 1558 A good copy in full leather, part contemporary binding. Text is in Tuscan. The boards have the remains of a blind stamped design to the centre; the spine has been replaced at some point and has gilt titles. The boards have wear to corners and edges. Internally there is a hand-written note 'In my defence' to the fep; title page with printer's device (repeated on colophon); dedication (3pp) with decorative initial capital; text pp 1-438; 'Interpetation de la Lingua Volgare' 1 p; blank; 'Del Nominativo Parve Prima pp 1-34; Tavola de la Interpretatione 2 pp; Index 35pp; printer's device. There are numerous pagination errors eg p 5 is numbered 8, 70 as 74, 113 as 103 etc but the book appears complete. The fep, title page and first text page have some nibbling to edges (there is a small piece missing from the side margin of p 1), but the contents are generally very clean and sound. Pages have light toning.

$258.22

Testamenti Veteris sive, Libri Canonici Priscae Indeorum Ecclesiae a Deo traditi, Latini recens ex Hebraeo facti, brevibrisque Scholiis illustrati ab Immanuele Tremellio & Franciso Junio,
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Testamenti Veteris sive, Libri Canonici Priscae Indeorum Ecclesiae a Deo traditi, Latini recens ex Hebraeo facti, brevibrisque Scholiis illustrati ab Immanuele Tremellio & Franciso Junio,

By Immanuel Tremellius, Franciscus Junius, Theodore Beza

Londini: N Guliel, 1593 A good copy of the 3rd edition of what was considered to be a ground-breaking protestant version of the Bible. Immanuel Tremellius, a convert from Judaism to Christianity and then to Calvinism, worked with his son-in-law Franciscus Junius, on the translation. The New Testament is laid out in 2 columns, the first with Tremellius' interpretation and the second with Theodore Beza's. Beza did not believe that Jerome was the translator of the Vulgate and instead used Erasmus' writings - so this version allows a comparison between the two. It was first published in 1579 and by 1764 had gone through 33 different printings. This copy is in a full leather binding probably dating from the late 1700's/early 1800's but retaining some leather from an earlier binding. It is complete but the boards are attached to the spine by the sewing and the leather has split. The spine, with title label and raised bands is scuffed, particularly at the top and the boards have a lot of scuffing and wear. The contents are complete and in very good condition. The endpapers are marbledc and there is a small ink inscription from 1814 on the second iniitial blank, and a further signature from 1832 on the 3rd initial blank. Contents: decorative title page 1593; dedication 1p; preface 4pp; lectori 1p; Text 'Primus Liber' pp 1-177 (stain in bottom corner p 129); blank; title page Pars Secunda; preface 4pp; text pp1-104 (with numbering only on facing pages); blank; title page Pars Tertia; preface 4pp; text pp 1-75 (numbering on facing pages only)(stain 1cm x 3 cm extending from gutter pp 15-17 affecting a small piece of text; p 24 has a historic page repair in silk thread); title page Pars Quarti; preface 2pp; text pp 5-130 (no text missing - page numbering on both sides of paper); blank; title page Libri Apocryphi Sive Appendix testamenti Veteris ad Canonem 1592; preface 4pp; text p 4-74 (pages numbered on face only); title page D N Jesu Christi Testamentum Novum Sive Foedus Novum, Franciscus Junius 1592; dedication 2pp; note re translation 1p; contents and note 1p; text in dual columns pp 1-187 (page numbers on face only)(repaired page tear bottom margin p177); Prolegomena 2pp; Apocalypsis pp 189-198; final blank. Contents very clean - some occasional staining to top page margin. A very nice copy.

$1420.21

Quaestiones novae in libellum de sphaera Ioannis de Sacro Busto
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Quaestiones novae in libellum de sphaera Ioannis de Sacro Busto

By Hartmanno Beyer

Francoforti: Ex officina Petri Brubachii, 1549 An extremely rare work. Johannes Sacrobosco’s Tractatus de Sphaera, first written around 1230 and first printed around 1472, set the framework for European understanding of astronomy for 400 years. Based on the work of Ptolemy Alfraganus, and using more recent Arabic sources, he presented a vision of the heavens as a series of enveloping spheres. The tables in his work are an almanac relating the 'rising' and 'setting' of celestial spheres with respect to the calendar. As this work presented the stars in terms of constellations, it also became of value to astrologers. In this setting the Earth is also a sphere, at the centre of the universe, around which the spheres of the heavens rotate. It was copied many times in the 15th and 16th centuries - sometimes as a whole text, and sometimes in the form of 'Quaestiones'. This version by Hartmann Beyer is in the latter form. Beyer (1516-1577) was a mathematician, theologian and reformer - much influenced by Martin Luther. This copy is in a recent plain full leather binding with raised bands. The endpapers are new with no signs of previous ownership. Internally with decorative title page (small loss to bottom edge and top corner); Note on the edition with decorative initial capital 11pp; Index 3pp; Questiones with large decorative initial capital - pp1-125 with 'finis'; 3 further pages; errata; repeat of title page motif with some scholarly notes in ink on the reverse. There are 2 diagrams in the text and numerous tables. There are two sets of scholarly annotations - one in red and one in black ink (at one stage doing calculations). The pages are browned and, towards the end, have some nibbled edges but the text is clear and complete. A rare survival. Please enquire if you would like additional images to assess content and condition.

$903.77

Historiarum Memorabilium ex Genesi descriptio per Gulielmum Paradinum; Historiarum Memorabilium ex Exodo, sequentibusq; libris descriptio, Per Gulielmum Borluyt
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Historiarum Memorabilium ex Genesi descriptio per Gulielmum Paradinum; Historiarum Memorabilium ex Exodo, sequentibusq; libris descriptio, Per Gulielmum Borluyt

By Gulielmum Paradinum; Gulielmum Borluyt

Lugduni [Lyon] : Ioan Tornaesium, 1558 An extremely rare early work comprising verse on sections of Genesis and of Exodus bound together with extensive woodcut illustrations by Bernard Saloman, a french painter, draftsman and engraver. In part contemporary binding with leather over wooden boards, with a supplementary leather 'folder' binding probably from the 1800's to protect it. With blank leaves interwoven which have been filled with annotations from the various owners - including some musical notation and an ink drawing. 230 illustrations/designs. The book was initially owned by Joannes-Daniel Baro, Winnenberg. There is a coloured armorial device pasted inside the front board and some note pages that look to have been authored by him. From our research he looks to have been a Justice/local official. There is ownership marking from Antonius Thonnar Prior, Pastor Stabulensis, 28 January 1749. Numerous other owners have made notes - some scholarly, some reflective, some of the 'I am practising writing' variety. Most notes are in latin, with some greek. Extensive work was done in the 1800's probably by Arthur Dalrymple whose armorial bookplate is on the inside of the newer leather folder (which has marbled paper, blind stamping to the boards and red title labels). This work replaced the spine and recovered the wooden boards. The original leather was then laid over and from what remains, it clearly had an elaborate gold design and a large crest in the middle of the front board. Internally new endpapers were added and some pages repaired or reinforced. There are 2 title pages for the works, both dated 1558. The binding and folder are in good to very good condition. The folder is a little worn and the binding is missing a small bit of leather - but the folder has clearly done its job to protect it. The contents have some browning and obviously a lot of annotation - mostly on the notes pages. Some of the pages are becoming very fragile; one has a section cut out without loss of text; and some are cropped but again do not appear to have lost text. Some images will be posted with this listing, but we will be happy to provide more on request as the nature of this work makes it difficult to describe fully.

$1291.10

L Annaei Senecae Cordvbensis Tragoediae
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L Annaei Senecae Cordvbensis Tragoediae

By Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger)

Antwerp: Martinum Nutium , 1589 This is an extremely rare early copy of Seneca's tragedies, which include Medea and Oedipus. It is in poor condition - the front board is missing and the back board is detached. 25% of the spine is missing. The pages are browned and there is crinkling to the early and later pages due to the absence of the protective boards. There is some worm damage to final leaves, not affecting the text and someone has practised decorative writing - again on the final leaves and not affecting the text. It measures 11.5 x 8 cm and has 431 pages plus an index. We can find no reference to a 1589 copy, although Seneca's plays were very popular in that period.

$322.78