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Incunabula are books, pamphlets, and broadsides that were printed in Europe before the year 1501. Incunabula represent the earliest age of printing, and they printed in two distinct ways. Incunabula were printed either by block book printing style or by typographic book printing. The block book printed incunabula were carved or sculpted into single wooden "pages", and the typographic book printed incunabula were made with pieces of cast metal movable type used on a printing press. The Gutenberg Bible of 1455 and the Nuremberg Chronicle are both examples of incunabula, and both are highly valuable pieces of literature. The Bavarian State Library is believed to have the largest collection of incunabula available.



[Idyllia] [and other texts] by Theocritus; Hesiod

[Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1495. First Aldine edition, and the first complete edition of Theocritus (printing 12 of the 30 Idylls here for the first time); the first edition of HESIOD'S THEOGONY; second edition of his WORKS AND DAYS; and first editions of …

From James Cummins Bookseller

$65,000.00


£4,950.00


Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus by [SCHEDEL, Hartmann.]

Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer, 1493. First edition and an outstanding copy of the first illustrated encyclopedia published at the dawn of the discovery period. As a comprehensive contemporary picture of geographical and historical knowled…

From Martayan Lan, Inc.

$165,000.00


Canzoniere et Trionfi by Francesco Petrarca

[Sant'Orso]: Leonardus Achates de Basilea, 1474. Second edition of this version; the seventh edition in total.Petrarch's poetry in Italian, the Canzoniere and the Trionfi count among the most celebrated and influential works in western literature. In the…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG

€75,000.00


BIBLIA LATINA [With the tractate of Menardus Monachus] by [Bible in Latin]

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…

From Buddenbrooks, Inc.

$159,500.00


Spiegel der waren Rhetoric by Friedrich Riederer

Freiburg im Breisgau: Friedrich Riederer, 11 December 1493. – First edition. The first complete rhetoric in German. Friedrich Ried(e)rer's (c. 1450-c. 1510) work has to be esteemed as a landmark in the domain of rhetoric. Comprising ars rhetorica, ars d…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG

€38,000.00


Incipit passio sancti Meynrhadi martyris et heremite

Edited by Sebastian Brant. Basel: Michael Furter, XII. kal. octobris (= 20 September) 1496. First Latin edition.The legend of a Swiss saint and the foundation of Einsiedeln Abbey. This small incunable contains the account of the life of St. Meinrad of Ein…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG

€45,000.00


Takvim ut tevarih (Taqwim ut Tawarikh) by Katib Celebi (Chalabi) Haci Halife (Hajji Khalifa)

Istanbul: Ibrahim Muteferrika, 1733 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. the 12th book to be printed by Ibrahim Muteferrika in 1146 (1733). 6, 3, 247 p. in Modern fine Ottoman style binding ornamented in gilt. .…

From Archive

$20,000.00


DIZIONARIO ITALIANO E ARABO CHI CONTIENE IN SUCCINTO TUTTI I VOCABOLI CHE SONO PIU IN USO E PIU NECESSARI PER IMPARAR A PARLARE LE DUE LINGUE CORRETTAMENTE EGLI E DIVISO IN DUE PARTI (THE FIRST BOOK TO BE PRINTED IN BULAK) by RAPHAEL ANTOINE ZAKHOUR (DON RAPHAEL)

Cairo: Bolacco (Bulak), 1822 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. EXTREEMLY RARE, ARABIC ITALIAN DICTIONARY, VOCABULARY AND TERMS, PAGINATED IN ARABIC AND LATIN, TITLE PAGE IN ARABIC, CONTAINS PRINTING DATE 1238 AND PLACE (T…

From Archive

$35,000.00


I'RAB UL QAFIYA , THE EARLIEST ISLAMIC BOOK TO BE PRINTED IN ARABIC LETTERS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD by HUSSEIN BIN AHMAD KNOWN AS ZAYNI ZADE, AND IBN AL HAJIB

Istanbul: Ibrahim Muteferrika, 1786 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. THE FIRST BOOK TO BE PRINTED IN IBRAHIM MUTEFERRIKA PRINTING HOUSE AFTER IT'S SECOND ESTABLISHMENT , AND BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MUHENDISHANE PRIN…

From Archive

$17,000.00


Usul al Hikam fi Nizam (Nidham) al Umam, Priciples of wisdome in the global system by Ibrahim Muteferrika

Istanbul: Ibrahim Muteferrika, 1732 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Ownership of Ser Asker(Waliyyu ni'am al Hajj Ibrahim) Pasha, son of Muhammad Ali Pasha. 48 ff. the 9th book to be printed by Ibrahim Muteferrika in 114…

From Archive

$27,000.00


ART OF WAR: INCUNABLE EDITION<br>THE FIRST PRINTED BOOK WITH TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATIONS<br><br>De Re Militari by VALTURIUS, Robertus

Folio [31.5 x 21 cm], (254) ff., including initial and final blanks, 96 woodcuts, of which 18 are full-page. Bound in late 17th-century vellum over boards, spine with raised bands, title neatly stenciled in gothic letters on spine. Housed in modern book b…

From Martayan Lan, Inc.

$75,000.00


Fasciculus Te[m]por[um] Omnes Antiquorum Cronicas Complecte[n]s by Rolewinck, Werner Rolewinck 1425-1502

[Strassburg: Johann Pruss, not before 1490.], 1490. Bound in a half vellum over raised bands. Rubricated throughout. 17 different wood cuts.. Goff R276 ; Hain-C. 6916; GW M38725; Schreiber, Manuel, 5119; Polain (B) 3362. Beautiful and rare illustrated in…

From James Gray Bookseller

$16,000.00


$2,800.00


Orationi, Militari. Raccolte Per M. Remigio Fiorentino, da Tutti gli Historici. Greci e Latini, Antichi e Moderni con gli Argomenti chi Dichiarono l'Occasioni per le Quali Elle Furono Fatte.. by Nannini, Remigio [1521-1581]

Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1557. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo. Vellum. Title in gilt on green calf label on spine. [32] 740 p.p. Slightly bumped spine and edges. Some soiling to boards and extremities. Light foxing, some y…

From Minotavros Books

CA$8,750.00


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