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    Lilli Gregori Gyraldi Opera Omnia duobus tomis distincta [Johannes Jens, ed.] by GIRALDI, Giglio Gregorio (a.k.a. Giraldus, Lilius Gregorius)

    Leiden: Jacob Hackius, Cornelius Boutesteyn, Johannes Du Vivie, Pieter and Johannes Vander Aa, and Jordan Luchtmans, 1696. Hardcover. Very good. Folio (376 x 245). 2 works in one volume, each with separate title-page. Text in the original Latin, with some use of Greek and Hebrew types. Pagination: [10] ff., 676 cols., [2] ff., 685-772 cols., [13] ff., (Index); [2] ff., 928 cols., 1 p. (numbered "929"). Collation: *7 **2 ***1 A-Lll4; [pi]2 A-Qqq4. COMPLETE. With an allegorical frontispiece + 9 engraved plates (of which 2 are double-page and folding). Bound in contemporary sprinkled calf (worn along extremities), sympathetically rebacked with new spine in the style of the period, corners renewed, original pastedowns and endleaves preserved. Early blind-stamps of the now-defunct Theological Institute of Connecticut on first two and final two leaves. Minor even browning. THE FINEST EDITION of the works of Giraldi, Renaissance Italian poet and classical scholar; this imposing folio volume was finely printed and illustrated with engraved plates of high quality by Jan van den Aveelen after drawings by F. Boitard. Giraldi (1479-1552) was a man of great erudition. His 'Historia de diis gentium' was the first systematic study of Greek and Roman mythology, and his 'De annis et mensibus' and 'Calendarium Romanum et Graecum' helped to bring about the reform of the calender. It is a remarkable fact that Giraldi names CHAUCER ("Galfredus Chauserus") in his text (vol. II, col. 557 - G), noting Chaucer's high esteem in Britain and his many works, and describing him as a "Knight." Giraldi's information probably taken from John Bale (see George B. Pace, "Giraldi on Chaucer" in: The Chaucer Review, Vol. 7, No. 4, Spring, 1973, pp. 295-296). The 'Historia de diis gentium' (first published in 1548) is an influential encyclopedic manual of the Greek gods and goddesses, and forms the first part of Vol. 1. Henry Hallam praises this treatise "A work of considerable merit for the times, by Lilio Gregorio Giraldi, one of the most eminent scholars of that age, entitled 'Historia de Diis Gentium.' It had been preceded by one of inferior reputation, the Mythologia of Natalia Comes." According to the Biographie Universelle, "Giraldi is the first who has treated properly the subject of Classical Mythology, so difficult on account of its extent and complexity. He made use not only of all Greek and Latin authors, but of ancient inscriptions, which he has explained with much sagacity. Sometimes the multiplicity of his quotations renders him obscure, but the 'Historia de Diis Gentium' is still consulted." This edition features a double-page engraving which acts as a pictorial table of contents to assist the reader in locating each gods' entry. In the text, Giraldus refers to the works of Didodorus Siculus (Greek historian, 1st c. BCE) and his great work on mythology A second double-page engraving depicts medallions of ancient Greece and Rome. A section on The Muses has a full-page engraving; the section on Hercules features a spectacular engraving of the life and labors of Hercules including the infant Hercules strangling snakes put in his crib by Juno, his struggle with Atlas and his battles with the Gorgon, the bull and Cerberus the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades. The other fine engravings include a plate for De navigiis libellus, the funeral of Carolum Milthzienum Germanum, a mythological convocation of famous Greek and Latin poets, and a plate of the signs of the Zodiac, flanked by Bacchus, Ceres and Janus. Giraldi's life was filled with ill-health, poverty, and neglect. He lost all his property in the Sack of Rome (1527), which coincided with the death of his patron Cardinal Rangone. "He is alluded to with sorrowful regret by Montaigne in one of his Essais (I, 34), as having ended his days in utter destitution. His epitaph makes touching and graceful allusion to the sadness of his end. Numerous testimonies to his profundity and accuracy have been given both by contemporary and by later scholars" (E-B). Giraldi was a likely prototype for the mysterious Renaissance writer 'Giraldus' which William Butler Yeats described in "A Vision." Therein Yeats bases his mystical doctrine of "gyres" on an imaginary treatise "Speculum Angelorum et hominis," supposedly printed at Cracow in 1594. Other works by Giraldi contained in this massive folio include studies of the sacrificial rituals of various religions; the Ten Muses; Hercules and his famous 'labors'; ships, shipbuilding, navigation and other naval affairs of the ancients; funeral rites and customs of various ancient cultures; a biographical and literary encyclopedia of ancient poets; an interpretation of the mystical symbols used by Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans; a very curious work on the famous 'Aenigmata' riddles; an assessment of contemporary (i.e. Renaissance) Italian poets; and a collection of Giraldi's own poetry. LITERATURE: Maia W. Gahtan, "A Renaissance treatise on time: Lilio Gregorio Giraldi's De annis et mensibus" in: Acta conventus Neo-Latini Cantabrigiensis: proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress of Neo-Latin studies, Cambridge, 30 July - 5 August 2000 (2003), pp. 207-216). Idem, "Giraldi's Aenigmata" in: Acta conventus neo-latini Bonnonensis: proceedings of the twelfth international congress of Neo-Latin Studies (Bonn 3-9 August 2003), (2006), pp. 315-323. F. Secret, "Gianfrancesco Pico delia Mirandola, Lilio Gregorio Giraldi et l'alchimie" in: Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 38, 1976, p. 93-108. Henry Hallam, Introduction to the literature of Europe, in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, London, 1864, vol. II, p.55). See also James D. Johnson, "Identifying Chaucer Allusions, 1953-1980: An Annotated Bibliography" in: The Chaucer Review, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Summer, 1984), pp. 62-86.


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    Exodus to Humanism: Jewish Identity without Religion by Ibry,David

    1999. Exodus to Humanism: Jewish Identity without Religion by David Ibry, Prometheus Books, hard cover, dust jacket, 1999, 143 pages, new condition.


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    Humanism and Renaissance Historiography by Fryde, E. B

    Hambledon Press, 1983. 1st Edition . Book Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Book in VG condition in a VG jacket, now in a removable protective sleeve, with some wear and rubbing. Internally clean, 244pp.


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    Free Inquiry 1999 Spring, vol 19 no. 2 by Staff

    1999. Free Inquiry 1999 Spring, vol 19 no. 2 by Staff, Population Bomb, God, Science and Delusion, What postmodernism is doing to the Left, religion of Adolf Hitler.


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    Power and humanism by Goldman, Lucien

    Nottingham: Spokesman Books/Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, 1974. Hardcover. xii+52p., introductions, one page has pencil underlining, first edition boards in chipped dj. European Socialist Thought: No. 2.


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    Expositio in epistolas Pauli, illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin with frontispiece miniature possibly by a son of Jean Budé by HAIMO OF AUXERRE

    A BEAUTIFUL ILLUMINATED COPY OF THE COMMENTARY ON THE EPISTLES OF PAUL BY HAIMO OF AUXERRE COMMISSIONED BY Jean II Budé. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, France, Paris, c. 1460-1480 and c. 1500. Dimensions 278 x 105 mm. 193 folios, catchwords, guide words, numerous small initial in red and blue, TEN LARGE DECORATED INITIALSin blue or red and gold accented with foliage and flowers, LARGE FRONTISPIECE MINIATURE with acanthus leaf border and bas-de-page the arms of Jean Budé. BINDING: Late eighteenth-century red morocco attributed to Bozerian, with fitted red slipcase. TEXT: This manuscript contains the commentary on the Epistles of Paul by Haimo of Auxerre apart from Romans and 1-2 Corinthians which never intended to be included. Haimo of Auxerre taught at the school of the Benedictine house of Saint-Germain at Auxerre in the ninth-century and is the author of many widely-read commentaries on the Song of Songs, Revelations, and the Minor Prophets, as well as of many sermons. He was best known for his pedagogical skills and anticipated scholasticism by three centuries. ILLUSTRATION: The manuscript opens with a two panel, three-quarter page miniature depicting Saint Paul, on the left, sending his letter via messenger to the Galatians, on the right. The frontispiece was added about 20 to 30 years after the text was completed. Stylistic analysis suggests it was painted in Troyes where it could have been completed by one of the sons of Jean Budé, who were canons at the Cathedral St.-Pierre in Troyes, perhaps at the behest of Jean Budé's son Guillaume. The page bears comparisons with a group of manuscripts painted by an artist active in Troyes at the end of the fifteenth century and during the first quarter of the sixteenth century. The portrayal of Saint Paul as a king with a sealed document may have had personal significance for a Jean Budé and his son Guillaume who began their careers in the French Court as royal secretaries. PROVENANCE: Copied in Troyes, this manuscript belonged to Jean II Budé (1430-1502), royal courtier, bibliophile, and father to the foremost French humanist Guillaume Budé (1468-1540). It displays his owner's inscription and date of acquisition. Then in the collections of Nicolas Thoynard of Orléans (1629-1706), Joseph Barrois (c. 1785-1855), and Bertram Ashburnham, 4th Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878). Sold at Sotheby's, 9 December 1909, lot 404. Later bought by William Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey (1885-1963) from Kundig, Geneva; it appeared in his sale in London, Christie's, 11 July 2000, lot 24, sold to H.P. Kraus. Subsequently in his sale at Sotheby's (The Inventory of H. P. Kraus), New York, 4-5 December 2003, lot 306.


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    Epistola de morte Hieronymi; Epistola ad Cyrillum de magnificentiis Hieronymi; Epistola de miraculis Hieronymi; Vita Sancti Hieronymi; Vita sancti Pauli; illuminated medieval manuscript on parchment by Pseudo-Eusebius of Cremona, Pseudo-Augustine, Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem, Jerome

    ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON PARCHMENT, Northern Italy, c. 1440-1470. 203 x 153 mm. 70 folios, complete (collation, i-vii10), remnants of quire and leaf signatures, flourished vertical catchwords, written in a humanist minuscule on 30 long lines (justification, 147-149 x 95-100 mm), horizontal lines ruled very lightly in ink, single vertical bounding lines ruled in lead, prickings remain in top and bottom margins on some leaves, rubrics and paragraph marks in pale red, two-line red or blue initials with contrasting pen flourishes in violet or red, two five-line blue initials, ff. 29v and 35, infilled and on square grounds of elaborate penwork; f. 64v, seven-line polished GOLD INITIAL with white vinestem decoration extending along twenty lines of text and into the upper margin, infilled and edged in deep red and blue with numerous tiny silver dots; f. 1, five-line polished GOLD HISTORIATED INITIAL of St. Jerome, bearded and dressed in red, standing before a Crucifix, with a hilly landscape in the background, on a white vinestem ground, extending into a FULL WHITE VINESTEM BORDER infilled and edged in deep red and blue with tiny silver dots and an erased coat of arms in lower margin, with modern? F.A.. BINDING: Early, almost certainly contemporary, reddish-brown leather over wooden boards, flat spine with three slightly raised bands, head and tail bands, clasp and catch fastening, front to back, with brass catch lettered ave, front cover decorated, most likely in the nineteenth century, with an attractive painted border in green, orange, and gray, connecting four brass studs, and the title, De laudibus et miraculis divi Hieronymi, with initials F.C. at the bottom, back pastedown is leaf from a late fourteenth-century Italian copy of Donatuss Latin grammar, front pastedown shows offset script from removed pastedown from a fourteenth-century Italian text in Latin verse. TEXT: This manuscript is a vivid witness to the importance of St. Jerome in fifteenth-century Italy, and includes the foundational texts for his cult: three letters regarding his death, miracles, and titles to glory and veneration and purporting to be written by three contemporaries of St. Jerome (c. 347-420), namely St. Eusebius of Cremona (d. 423), St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), and Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386), but probably written in Rome at the end of the thirteenth or beginning of the fourteenth century; a life of St. Jerome by an unknown author, probably writing in Italy in the twelth century; and Jeromes own life of St. Paul the Hermit, written in 374 or 375. These texts were widely disseminated in both Latin and in vernacular translations, and they influenced the work of numerous writers and visual artists. ILLUSTRATION: The iconographical choice in the historiated initial (f. 1) to depict the ascetic Jerome contemplating the Crucifixion dates from c. 1400 in Italy, and can be particularly associated with Hieronymite congregations in Tuscany. PROVENANCE: Copied in Northern Italy in the middle years of the fifteenth century, as suggested by the evidence of the script and decoration; the penwork initials in particular seem to point to Northern Italy. The manuscript almost certainly once included the coat of arms of its original owner in the lower margin of the illuminated border on f. 1. Three sets of initials are inscribed, in three different hands, all possibly initials of owners: within the roundel on f. 1 a modern owner inscribed an outline of a shield in pen and the initials F.A.; inside front cover, white embossed seal, with the initials L.F.; on front cover, as part of the added decoration, F[?]. C[?]. CONDITION: Slight loss of the leather at the back, top of the spine, and over the lower band of the binding; top of the painted border on f. 1 is very slightly trimmed; f. 1 is darkened; and there is some soiling throughout, but overall in very good condition. Full description and photos available (TM 656).


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    Five lectures: Thomas Jefferson, the President who wrote the Bible; Born again and again; Ethical culture - a vision realized; The spirituality of an atheist &Darwin, the Scopes Trial, and the Religious Right February 7, April 9, August 15, September 26, &October 3, 1999 by Kaufmann, Dr. Bob, Betty Lea Brout, & Gerald Ranck

    New York: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 1999. Five pamphlets, various pagination, 5.5x8.5 inches, folded sheets and pictorial covers, very good. Meant to accompany the Sunday lectures at the Society which were also broadcast over WQXR-FM.


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    The Humanist Frame by Huxley, Julian

    London: George Allen and Unwin, 1961 First edition hardcover in dust jacket. 432 pp. Footnotes, bibliography. Some puckering to front pastedown and endpaper at spine gutter, tiny bump to foredge of rear board. Previous owner's tiny name and date on the front endpaper. Jacket has light edgewear. Very Good/Very Good.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. BW7-12.


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    HUMANISM AND POLITICS Studies in the Relationship of Power and Value in the Western Tradition by Levi, Albert William

    Bloomington, IN: Indiana University. 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; DJ is worn and torn at edges. Slight soiling on DJ; 498 pages .


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    The humanist Frame by Julian Huxley

    Allen & Unwin, 1961. Hardcover. Good. 1961. 432 pages. No dust jacket. Green cloth boards. Bright pages with light wear and foxing to text block edges. Mild rub wear to surfaces and edges with crushing to spine ends and minor bumps to corners. Tear to spine edge.


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    IMAGES OF MAN Essays on Philosophy and Religion by Umen, Samuel

    New York: Philosophical Library. 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. 0802224717 . Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; DJ price clipped. Bookplate. ; 180 pages .


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    Humanist Alternative: some definitions of humanism by Kurtz,Paul

    1973. Humanist Alternative: some definitions of humanism by Paul Kurtz, Prometheus Books, paperback, 1973, 190 pages,


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    BUILDING THE EARTH by De Chardin, Pierre Teilhard

    Wilkes-barre, PA: Dimension Books. 1965. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; DJ is worn at edges. Previous owner's name. DJ price clipped. ; Color Illustrations; 127 pages .


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    SECRETS; Humanism, Mysticism, and Evangelism in Erasmus of Rotterdam, Bishop Guillaume Briconnet, and Marguerite de Navarre by Vance, Jacob

    Leiden: Brill, 2014. First printing. Cloth bound in fine condition except for bump to top of front board.. 180 pages.


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    TOWER OF BABEL An Outline of Humanetics by Wetherill, Richard

    Philadelphia: Private Printing. 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good with no dust jacket; Edgewear; 118 pages .


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    Free Inquiry [31 issues of the magazine] by Kurtz, Paul, ed

    Buffalo, NY: Council for Democratic and Secularism Humanism, 1991. Magazine. 31 issues of the quarterly magazine, spanning the period from Spring 1981 to Summer 1991. Issues present are Volume 1 Number 2, Volume 2 Numbers 1, 2, and 3, Volume 3 Number 2, Volume 4 Numbers 2, 3, and 4, Volume 5 Numbers 1, 3, and 4, Volume 6 Numbers 1, 2, and 3, Volume 7 Numbers 2 and 4, Volume 8 Numbers 1-4, Volume 9 Numbers 1-4, Volume 10 Numbers 2, 3, and 4, and Volume 11 Numbers 1, 2, and 3. All have worn wraps and address label on rear wrap, some have soiling, stains, or pen notations on front wraps, else generally good condition. Isaac Asimov, who is interviewed in Volume 2 Number 2, was a notable early subscriber to the secular humanist magazine.


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    HUMANITY AT THE CROSSROADS by Hollender, E. A

    New York: Philosophical Library. 1972. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; DJ is worn and torn at edges. ; 420 pages .


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    ¿Que es el humanitarismo by Relgis, Eugen

    Calgary, Alberta: Ediciones La Escuela Moderna, 1980. 46p., mimeographed, stapled wraps, 85x11inches, originally taped along spine but tape now missing. OCLC lists one copy of this edition. Text in Spanish.


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    Essays of a Humanist by Huxley, Julian

    London: Pelican,. Paperback. 295pp. Essays on Darwinism etc. Pen notes to inside back cover. Pages tanned. Some moderate creasing to spine and slightly rubbed. Binding is sound. Good-, sound copy. . Paperback. Reprint. 1969.


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    HUMAN NATURE AND THE HUMAN CONDITION by KRUTCH, Joseph Wood

    New York: Random House, (1959). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Good, complete but quite foxed dustwrapper. An exploration of American society by a great modern humanist.


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    Vernacular Translators in Quattrocento Italy: Scribal Culture, Authority, and Agency by Rizzi, Andrea

    Brepols N.V., 2017. 1st Edition . Book Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Book in NF condition in the original laminate boards. Internally clean. illustrated. 233pp.


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    Humanistic Judaism: Coming of Age: the Bar & Bat Mitzvah by Journal for the Fourth Alternative

    1982. Humanistic Judaism: Coming of Age: the Bar & Bat Mitzvah by Journal for the Fourth Alternative, Winter 1982, vol x #iv, paperback, 88 pages.


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    Great humanists by Hough, Lynn Harold

    Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1952-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. Good first edition in good price ($3.50) unclipped dust jacket. Presents better than good. Book cover (not dust jacket) is heavily stained as well as interior of dust jacket and the rear end paper. Binding is tight and text is clean. Light edge wear and chipping to the dust jacket. Some staining to page edges. Will be shipped in clear, protective, archival quality Brodart cover.


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    A humanist in Africa; letters to Colin M. Morris from Kenneth D. Kaunda, President of Zambia by Kaunda, Kenneth

    London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1966. 136p., introduction, very good first edition in dj.


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