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Biblia: das ist: Die gantze heilige Schrifft: Deudsch. Doct. Mart. Luther

Biblia: das ist: Die gantze heilige Schrifft: Deudsch. Doct. Mart. Luther

by Luther, Martin, translator

Folio, bound in contemporary leather, clasps and catches lacking; considerable external wear; contents lightly soiled throughout, with increased wear and soil to initial 50 leaves and final 20 leaves; initial title page remounted with loss to margins; first five leaves of text repaired in margins; insect holes to initial 20 leaves and final 20 leaves. All repairs appear to be fairly old. Pagination: 6 unnumbered leaves including overall title page in red and black, 344 numbered leaves; title to part... Read more
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$5,000.00
I Quattro Primi Libri di Architettura di Petro Cataneo Senese

I Quattro Primi Libri di Architettura di Petro Cataneo Senese

by Cataneo, Pietro

Vinegia (Venice): Aldus. In casa de' figliuoli di Aldo, 1554. First Edition. Full Morocco. Very Good. Folio, 34.5 by 24 cm. [116] pp. (2 unnumbered leaves, including title, 54 numbered leaves, 2 unnumbered leaves.) Title vignette with Aldus anchor emblem. Repeated on last page. 42 woodcut illustrations, seven of which are full page, in addition to 53 woodcut letter devices, each with a small vignette illustration. Condition: later brown morocco rubbed heavily in corners, less so, along joints,... Read more
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$4,500.00
THREE LEAVES INCLUDING 1 COPPER-ENGRAVED PLATE FROM THE 1698 PRINTING OF  VIRGIL'S AENEID (LBC)

THREE LEAVES INCLUDING 1 COPPER-ENGRAVED PLATE FROM THE 1698 PRINTING OF VIRGIL'S AENEID (LBC)

by Virgil (translated by John Dryden)

For Jacob Tonson. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1698. Second Edition. Paperback. Folio 13" - 23" tal; Three excerpted leaves including 1 copper-engraved plate from the 1698 printing of Virgil's Aeneid. 8.5 x 14". English language text. Pp333-6, lines 525 [Scylla and Charibdis sink a ship]-655 [Troy]. Copper plate is titled, "To Edward Brown Dr. In Physick". Wing V617 .
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$88.15
Epistolarum Libri X. Eiusdem Panegyricus Traiano Principi Dictus

Epistolarum Libri X. Eiusdem Panegyricus Traiano Principi Dictus

by Plinius Secundas, Gaius

Venice: Aldi, et Andreae Asulani (Aldus), 1518. Second Aldine Edition. Hardcover. Later full vellum. Very good. 525 pages. 8vo, 14 1/2 x 9 cm. [*8-****2,a8-z8,aa8-kk8]. DIBDIN notes, "Containing ten books, with many Epistles never before published: it has also the "Panegyric." These are the only editions of Pliny's Epistles that ever issued from the Aldine press......The edition of 1508 [the first edition] is curious from being the first work in which the subscription announces the partnership of Aldus... Read more
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$1,550.00
Psalterium Davidicum Graecolatinum

Psalterium Davidicum Graecolatinum

Antwerp: Ioan. Steelsii, 1543. Full Calf. Good. 16mo. 113 by 75 mm. Paginated partially in ink, with about 330 leaves. Psalms rendered in both Greek and Latin. Held only by Aberdeen, Luzern and SSB (Bayerisches Staatsbibliothek), according to OCLC First Search, although there were other contemporaneous versions of the same. Condition: calf of binding scuffed somewhat heavily in places, with extremities, joints and edges rubbed. Minor wormholing in early leaves -- no effect on readability.
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$1,250.00
Photiou Patriarchou Konstantinou-poleos Epistolai = Photii Sanctissimi Patriarch? Constantinopolitani Epistol

Photiou Patriarchou Konstantinou-poleos Epistolai = Photii Sanctissimi Patriarch? Constantinopolitani Epistol

by Photius I, Saint, Patriarch of Constantinople

London: Robert Daniel, 1651. First edition. leather_bound. Contemporary Cambridge style full brown calf lacking spine label. Very good. 393 pages, plus (5 leaves: Index Rerum & Verborum & Index Scripturarum). 32 x 21 cm. Translated and edited by Richard Montague. Parallel text in Latin and Greek. He is recognized in the Eastern Orthodox Church as St. Photios the Great, viewed as the most important intellectual of his time - "the leading light of the ninth-century renaissance," and a central figure in... Read more
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$975.00
A Chronology Of Printing

A Chronology Of Printing

by Colin, Clair

New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1969. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. green cloth. Fine in very good dust wrapper. Unpaginated. 25 x 19 cm. A compendium of printing history. Index of more than 14,000 references provided. Owner inscription.
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$50.00
De Republica Angelorum [The Manner of Government or Policie of the Realme of England]

De Republica Angelorum [The Manner of Government or Policie of the Realme of England]

by Smith, Sir Thomas

Leiden: Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1630. Later printing. Hardcover. Contemporary full vellum with wallet edges. Very good/Near fine. 404 pp. 24mo, 11 x 5 cm, [*1-*24,A1-Z24,Aa1-Cc8], first published posthumously in 1583. A trusted Protestant counsellor of Elizabeth I, he and John Cheke were the great classical scholars of the time in England. This, his best known work went through numerous printings, and is in the Elzevir series, "Petites Republiques." WILLEMS 337. Engraved title depicting allegorical... Read more
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$220.00
The Decorated Letter

The Decorated Letter

by Alexander, J.J.G

New York: Braziller, 1978. First edition. Paperback. Orig. illustrated stiff wrappers. Near fine. 40 pages. Forty-color plates, and eighteen black and white figures. Bibliography. With critical commentary on each color plate by the author. Owner notation.
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$25.00
THE HISTORIE [HISTORY] OF THE WORLD. IN FIVE BOOKES...

THE HISTORIE [HISTORY] OF THE WORLD. IN FIVE BOOKES...

by [RALEIGH] RALEGH, Sir Walter

(London): (G. Lathum & R. Young), (1634). Fourth Edition. Hardcover. The text is generally clean with good margins. One leaf--Kk3--with clean tear with no loss. Overall a very attractive copy in Near Fine condition. Folio (8-1/2" x 12-3/4") bound in recent paneled two-tone calf leather with a gilt-lettered morocco spine label; [60], 184, 181-555, [1], 512, 517-669, [1], [54] pages. This copy with the poem "The Mind of the Front" bound as the first page of text and without the... Read more
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$3,750.00
ATHANASII KIRCHERI, SOCIETATIS IESU. MAGNES SIVE ARTE MAGNETICA OPUS TRIPARTITUM. QUO UNIVERSAMAGNETIS NATURA, EIUSQUE IN OMNIBUS SCIENTIJS & ARTIBUS USUS, NOVA METHODO EXPLICATUR, ETC

ATHANASII KIRCHERI, SOCIETATIS IESU. MAGNES SIVE ARTE MAGNETICA OPUS TRIPARTITUM. QUO UNIVERSAMAGNETIS NATURA, EIUSQUE IN OMNIBUS SCIENTIJS & ARTIBUS USUS, NOVA METHODO EXPLICATUR, ETC

by KIRCHER, Athanasius

Rome: B. Deuersin, & Z. Masotti, 1654. Third, and best, Edition. Hardcover. Two small institutional stamps on the title page with an early annotation. Worming to the title and first few pages as well as the last few of the index and the binding, extensive on a few pages; the rest of the text fine. Folio (8-1/2" x 12-1/2") bound in contemporary vellum; [xxxii (including engraved title-page)], 618, [24] pages. Title page printed in red and black with engraved printer's device;... Read more
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$9,375.00
THE HARMONY OF BIRDS. A Poem Printed By John Wight In The Middle Of The Sixteenth Century And Now Reprinted By James E.Masters

THE HARMONY OF BIRDS. A Poem Printed By John Wight In The Middle Of The Sixteenth Century And Now Reprinted By James E.Masters

Shaftesbury: The High House Press, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Tasteful bookplate on front pastedown; soiling and small stains to cover. Very Good. Quarto (7-7/8" x 10-3/4") bound in cloth-backed blue boards with paper labels on the spine and front cover, extra labels tipped in at rear. One of 1000 copies printed on pure rag paper. Volume IV translated from the Greek by Stephen Mackenna. Part of the Library of Philosophical Translations. Copy #46 of 170 printed on hand-made paper.
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$43.80
Biblj Ceská.  [Bible in Czech]

Biblj Ceská. [Bible in Czech]

635, [19] leaves. Title page is lacking, and the title page and other leaves from Sebastian Münster's Kozmograffia Cžeská, 1554, are bound in its place. These are followed by Saint Jerome's prologue, A1-5, with A6 apparently missing. The Biblical text is nearly complete, beginning with B1, the opening of Genesis. The following leaves are lacking from the Bible text: Ccc5, Eee6, and U2, with U2 replaced by a bifolium from an earlier Bible by Melantrich. The apparatus following the text appears... Read more
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$1,250.00
Heures a lusaige de Rome

Heures a lusaige de Rome

by Hardouyn, Germain

Paris: G. Hardouyn libraire jure de luniversite de Paris. Full Calf. Very Good. Miniature printed Book of Hours, with painted plates, and printed on vellum. 8.5 by 5.5 cm. 119 leaves. (235 of text following title page.) 15 paintings, including title page. After title, paintings occupy about two thirds of their pages generally. Many letters with painted coloring. There are numerous editions of Hardouyn's "Heures", but all the ones we could locate are octavo, whatever the date of issue. We could... Read more
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$14,500.00
DEUTSCHE MEDIZINISCHE INKUNABELN

DEUTSCHE MEDIZINISCHE INKUNABELN

by SUDHOFF, Karl

(Mansfield): M. Martino, [1999]. Reprint. Hardcover. As new. Cloth; xxiv, 278 pages. An exhaustive description of all German medical imprints before 1500. In all 464 books are fully described with valuable cross references and annotations.
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$43.80
Privilegia Urbis Panormi Collecta Iussu Praetoris Petri Specialis

Privilegia Urbis Panormi Collecta Iussu Praetoris Petri Specialis

by Fardella, Enrico Mazzarese (Foreword)

Palermo: Accademia Nazionale Di Scienze Lettere E Arti. Reprint. Hardcover. Orig. navy cloth lettered in gold. Very good. Approx 700 pages. 30 x 21 cm. Introduction by Angela Daneu Lattanzi. Photographic reproduction of the 15th century Codice Speciale held at the Bibliotec Comunale di Palermo. Reproduces text in red and black, and in myriad colors, the intricate illuminated letters of the original Codex.
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$100.00
Le XV Siecle

Le XV Siecle

by Jaulme, Andre

Paris: Henry Babou, 1929. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. board portfolio printed in red and black with cloth ties. Very good. 26 x 20 cm, 36 pages in text, forty plates. Preface by Louis Barthou. A review of early printing and the great books produced with movable type. Limited edition, copy 858 of 1150. Contents loose as issued and unopened, backstrip nicked at extremities, small blemish front cover joint, plates and text very fresh and clean.
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$100.00
A Century of Dutch Manuscript Illumination

A Century of Dutch Manuscript Illumination

by Delaisse, L.M.J

Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1968. 1st American edition. Hardcover. Orig. blue cloth. Near fine.. 102 pages in text. 161 black and white illustrations. Selected Bibliography. Index. California Studies in the History of Art, 6:Walter Horn, General Editor. ARNTZEN/RAINWATER M403. "The best art historical study of Dutch manuscript painting from its early period in the late 14th century to the late 15th century.
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$50.00
Hispanic Notes & Monographs Essays, Studies and brief biographies issued by the Hispanic Society of America

Hispanic Notes & Monographs Essays, Studies and brief biographies issued by the Hispanic Society of America

by Penney, Clara Louisa

New York: Hispanic Society of America, 1929. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. tan cloth. Near fine. 279 pages. References. A short-title catalogue originally compiled as a check-list for thelibrary staff and here offered to the public.
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$35.00
SWEYNHEYM AND PANNARTZ AND THE ORIGINS OF PRINTING IN ITALY: GERMAN TECHNOLOGY AND ITALIAN HUMANISM IN RENAISSANCE ROME

SWEYNHEYM AND PANNARTZ AND THE ORIGINS OF PRINTING IN ITALY: GERMAN TECHNOLOGY AND ITALIAN HUMANISM IN RENAISSANCE ROME

by (LEAF BOOK - INCUNABULA, SWEYNHEYM AND PANNARTZ). HALL, EDWIN

McMinnville: Printed by the Bird & Bull Press for Phillip J. Pirages, 1991. FIRST EDITION. ONE OF 233 COPIES (of 241 total). 235 x 159 mm. (9 1/4 x 6 1/4"). 131 pp. FIRST EDITION. ONE OF 233 COPIES (of 241 total). A Campbell-Logan Co. binding of purple quarter morocco, using marbled papers especially designed for this edition by Iris Nevins. Text with four nine-line initials in red and blue (replicating 15th century rubrication), two pages of typographic facsimiles. ACCOMPANIED BY A LARGE... Read more
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$1,300.00
Wiegendruckgesellschaft E.V.

Wiegendruckgesellschaft E.V.

by Berlin. Wiegendruck Gesellschaft [The Incunabula Society]

Berlin: Wiegendruckgesellschaft, 1930. First edition. Paperback. Orig. printed wrappers with front cover paper labels. Fine. 5 vols.. From the Library of Carl H. Pforzheimer, and with ragged, but intact manila envelope of same. The membership and financial records of the society in various German cities for the years as follows:Einladung Zur Mainzer Tagung 1925; Einladung Zur Berliner Tagung 1926; Einladung Zur Dresdener Tagung 1927; Einladung Zur Berliner Tagung 1929; andEinladung Zur Stuttgarter... Read more
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$100.00
De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni.  Cum annotationibus D. Erasmi

De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni. Cum annotationibus D. Erasmi

by Quintus Curtius Rufus; Erasmus, Desiderius (editor); Paulus Orosius

Folio. [4], LXXXIX leaves; [10], 124 pages. Late sixteenth (?) century leather; light scuffing, hinges cracked but cords holding tightly; insect damage to text block with loss of text throughout; margins in Orosius trimmed close, affecting title image.First printing of Erasmus' critical edition of Quintus Curtius. This first century Roman biography of Alexander the Great was an early Renaissance bestseller, with editions from at least a dozen printers throughout Europe by 1517. Erasmus brought it as... Read more
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$2,500.00
HISTORIAE AEGYPTI NATURALIS PARS PRIMA. Qua continentur rerum AEgyptiarum libri quatuor. Opus postumum, nunc primum ... editum. (Pars secunda, sive, De plantis AEgypti liber auctus et emendatus ... Cum observationibus & notis Joannis Veslingii ... Accedunt ejusdem J. Veslingii paræneses ad rem herbariam & vindiciæ opobalsami

HISTORIAE AEGYPTI NATURALIS PARS PRIMA. Qua continentur rerum AEgyptiarum libri quatuor. Opus postumum, nunc primum ... editum. (Pars secunda, sive, De plantis AEgypti liber auctus et emendatus ... Cum observationibus & notis Joannis Veslingii ... Accedunt ejusdem J. Veslingii paræneses ad rem herbariam & vindiciæ opobalsami

by ALPINUS, Prospero; VESLINGIUS, Joannes

Lugduni Batavorum: Gerardum Potvliet, 1735. First Edition. Hardcover. Some mold spotting to the rear board which lightly affects a few of the rear pages. A little wrinkling to the pages but generally a clean copy with crisp plates. Near Fine. Small quarto (6" x 8") in contemporary vellum. Two volumes bound in one. Illustrated with 102 copper-engraved plates of animals and plants. RERUM AEGYPTIARUM [xx], 248, (12) pages. PLANTIS AEGYPTI [viii], 306, [24] pages. Two plates from part one... Read more
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$3,750.00
Biblj Ceske djl prwnj-ssesty. [Apocrypha Volume of the Kralice Bible]

Biblj Ceske djl prwnj-ssesty. [Apocrypha Volume of the Kralice Bible]

Quarto; 17.5 x 25 cm; [6], 294, [1] leaves; lacks leaves 186 and 191. Stamped calf binding dated 1605 with initials MKR; rebacked, lacking clasps and one corner piece. Darlow and Moule, 2186. Ex-library the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the collection of the 25th and 26th Earls of Crawford.
The first translation of the Bible directly from the original Hebrew and Greek into Czech was undertaken by the Unity of Brethren, a loose organization of Czech reformed churches that predates Luther's Reformation by more... Read more
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$2,750.00