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Incunabula

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.



Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus

Liber cronicarum cum figuris et ymaginibus

by [SCHEDEL, Hartmann.]

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Used - First edition and an outstanding copy of the first illustrated encyclopedia published at the dawn of the discovery period. As a
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NEW YORK, New York
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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 knowledge, the “Nuremberg Chronicle” as it is called, offers nothing less than a history of the world, and, in its own fashion, expanded the barriers of local cities and states just as the transatlantic voyages expanded the boundaries of the world. As a representative picture of 15th- century geographical and historical knowledge, the work is unsurpassed among incunables, in which books of a religious and liturgical nature predominate. A milestone in the history of printing as well, it contains more illustrations than had ever appeared in a printed book, and as a technical challenge of incunable book production, was superseded only by the first printed book, Gutenberg’s Bible, also published in Nuremberg. The magnificent woodcut views (of… Read More
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ART OF WAR:  INCUNABLE EDITION THE FIRST PRINTED BOOK WITH TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATIONS  De Re Militari
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ART OF WAR: INCUNABLE EDITION
THE FIRST PRINTED BOOK WITH TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATIONS

De Re Militari

by VALTURIUS, Robertus

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NEW YORK, New York
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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 box. Chapter headings neatly calligraphed in a contemporary hand in margins (chiefly in early signatures). A few cracks and some trivial soiling to covers. Portions of some blank margins of a handful of leaves unobtrusively renewed, with absolutely no loss to printed surface. A broad-margined, fresh, very appealing copy with excellent cuts of the woodblocks.Scarce second Latin edition (first 1472) of this treatise on the art of war, containing THE EARLIEST TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATIONS IN A PRINTED BOOK. According to Sander, this edition contains an original set of woodblocks which appear here for the first time; they are very slight reductions of the blocks of the original 1472 edition and are augmented by a single woodcut (f. r1 recto, two men sitting… 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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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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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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[Idyllia] [and other texts]
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[Idyllia] [and other texts]

by Theocritus; Hesiod

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Used - Bound in early 18th-century mottled calf, spine in 7 compartments with citron morocco lettering piece in one and ornamental tool
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First Aldine edition, and the first complete edition of Theocrit
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New York, New York
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$65,000.00

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[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 most of the other minor works (enumerated below); and first setting of quires £I °E F and £K °E G.. Title in Greek and Roman, introduction by Aldus in Latin;, text entirely in Greek. Woodcut decorated initials and floral or strapwork headpieces, ILLUMINATED THROUGHOUT IN COLORS AND GOLD IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND. [140] leaves. 1 vols. Folio, (315 x 210 mm.). Bound in early 18th-century mottled calf, spine in 7 compartments with citron morocco lettering piece in one and ornamental tooling in the rest; title soiled and shaved along fore-edge, extensive neatly penned marginalia in Greek and Latin, in two different hands; gilt edges, gauffered to all-over pattern of intersecting diagonal fillets and fleurons. Bookplate of St. Benedict's Abbey, Fort… Read More
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Orationi, Militari. Raccolte Per M. Remigio Fiorentino, da Tutti gli Historici. Greci e Latini,...
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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]

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Used - Near Fine
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Whitby, Ontario
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$7,060.52

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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 yellow staining to pages. Ex Libris Neathman Mill Library stamp on rear fly leaf. Tight boards, pages otherwise clean and crisp with decorated black and white initials. A near fine copy. A Dominican friar and writer, Remigio Nannini produced religious as well as secular works, and poetry. Nannini published "two collections of orations drawn by historians (the first, Military Orations collected by all the ancient and modern historians, Venice, 1557)" [Cantimori, Delio. Italian Encyclopedia, 1934]. Nannini also went on to publish the works of St. Thomas Aquinas (1570) at the request of Pope Pius the V.
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Canzoniere et Trionfi
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Canzoniere et Trionfi

by Francesco Petrarca

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Second edition of this version
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[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 present incunable edition it is combined with the brief biography by Leonardo Bruni that helped to spread the poet's fame and reputation. Petrarch's 'Book of Songs', based on the 'libro d'autore'
Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374) is considered one of the greatest love poets of world literature. Referred to by Petrarch himself as Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, and in his opening words called "rime sparse" (scattered rhymes), the collection of 366 poems - mostly sonnets - was called Il Canzoniere
(Book of Songs) since the Renaissance. Immortalising the poet's love for the unattainable Laura, this cycle established the sonnet form and became the basis for the development of lyric poetry throughout Renaissance Europe.
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Spiegel der waren Rhetoric
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Spiegel der waren Rhetoric

by Friedrich Riederer

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First edition
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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 dictandi and ars notaria, Riederer's book was intended for the most important fields of communication in his time, where rhetorical knowledge was used: chancery writers, notary's and other offices, scholarly research and teaching, preaching, municipal judicature and administration. The text is extensively treating the classical rhetorical theory including translations of parts of Cicero's De inventione and other texts. Moreover, it contains also detailed manuals on epistles and on legal contracts, providing a number of models. Riederer was an interesting and erudite character, both active as a humanist writer and a printer. He ran the second printing press at Freiburg im Breisgau and this is his first dated book. It was very successful and was… Read More
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Incipit passio sancti Meynrhadi martyris et heremite
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Incipit passio sancti Meynrhadi martyris et heremite

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First edition in Latin
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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 Einsiedeln. Sebastian Brant's rare Latin edition is based on a 12th-century manuscript. Twenty-one fine large woodcuts illustrate the story of the saint and his martydom. Meinrad became priest and monk on the Reichenau island (Lake Constance), and decided to live as a hermit. First he settled at Etzel Pass, but in 835 he retreated to the 'Finstern Walde' (Dark Forest, in today's canton Schwyz), where he was assassinated by two robbers on 21 January 861. According to the legend, ravens revealed the identities of the murderers, who thus were caught and executed. At the place of Meinrad's hermitage Benedictine monks founded the monastery of Einsiedeln (the name signifying 'hermitage'), whose abbots were elevated to the rank of princes by Rudolf of Hapsburg… Read More
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Lucensium Oratio Luculentissima Pont. Maximo Alexandro Sexto per Nicolaum Tygrinu[m] Lucensem...
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Lucensium Oratio Luculentissima Pont. Maximo Alexandro Sexto per Nicolaum Tygrinu[m] Lucensem Vtriusq]ue] Iuris

by Tygrinus or Nicolaus Tegrinus or Tegrini

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Rome: [Andreas Freitag],15 October 1492, 1492. Later black roan & gray boards, spine letters gilt.Binding slightly worn, first leaf lightly soiled. Ex-libris Walter Goldwater. Oration such as this are usually rare and short this one is both it is a tribute from the City of Lucca to the election of Pope Alexander VI. This is one of three almost simultaneously published prints of this on October 25, 1492 before the newly elected Borgia Pope Alexander VI. held this speech. - "This was the typical 'Oratio' - in the style of the times, both florid and unctous - which extolled the virtues of the Pope, traits which subsequent events failed to confirm!" (Bühler) According to Bühler's study, The Freitag printing was preceded by the editions of Stephan Planck (in Roman type) , whose corrections Freitag employed in his edition." CF Bühler, The Earliest Editions of the "Oratio" (1492) by Nicolaus Tygrinus (in: Gutenberg JB 1975, pp. 97-99)" Goff T563; HC 15751*; Pell Ms 10972; CIBN T-51; Nice 209; IGI… Read More
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Sermones Pomerii fratris Pelbarti de Themeswar diui ordinis sancti Francisci de Sanctis:...
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Sermones Pomerii fratris Pelbarti de Themeswar diui ordinis sancti Francisci de Sanctis: Jncipiunt feliciter

by Pelbartus de Themeswar

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Folio π6 [chi]6 a-b8 c6 d-e8 f6 g-h8 i6 k-l8 m6 n-o8 p6 q-s8 t6
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Augsburg: Hagenau(Augsburg): Heinrich Gran, for Johannes Rynman, 30 September, 1501. [imp[re]ssi ... p[er] industriu[m] Henricu[m] Gran i[, 1501. Folio π6 [chi]6 a-b8 c6 d-e8 f6 g-h8 i6 k-l8 m6 n-o8 p6 q-s8 t6 v-x8 y6 z8 A8 B6 C-D8 E6 F-G8H6 I-K8 L6 M-N8 O6 P-Q8 R6 S-T8 U6 X-Y8 Z6 [&]8 l[eaves 12 and 358 blank ]. ( 13, 357 ff. ). This copy is bound contemporary blind-stamped leather over wooden boards from an Augsburg workshop operating between 1482 and 15. ISTC ip00252500, citing holdings at 15 locations globally with none in the US or UK; ISTC No.ip00252500; Hain 12557*; VD16 P1165; Sajó-Soltész p. 767; Günt(L) p.65; Wilhelmi 479a; GW M30525. Hagenau(Augsburg): Heinrich Gran, for Johannes Rynman, 30 September, 1501. [imp[re]ssi ... p[er] industriu[m] Henricu[m] Gran i[n] imp[eri]ali oppido Hagenaw: expe[n]sis ac su[m]ptib[us] p[ro]uidi Joha[n]nis Rynman Finiu[n]t feliciter: Anno ... millesimoq[ui]nge[n]tesimoprimo. vltimo die Septe[m]bris] , (1430-1504). ¶ There is Early monastic ink title… Read More
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PRECORDIALISSIMI ac imp[re] ciabiles de adve[n]tu d[omi]ni Sermones co[m]pleti a Revere[n]do...
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Paris: Jacobeo, sub signo Pellicani ab Engleberto Marnefio, 1522. Second edition. Signatures: a-g8, h6(h5-6 both blank, half of h5 missing and lacking h6) LXII f. Bound in original vellum limp binding with hand lettering on spine "Cleree sermones/aVerdu DNI/1522": name on first page "Thomas Stevenson/Edinburgh/183. very good copy of a rare sermon. John Clérée dominican friar, preacher of the Late Middle Ages, is a little and unjustly forgotten nowadays. He was however very well known in the time of the kings Charles VIII and Louis XII, whose he has been the confessor. This study is based on the Quadragesimale said of Valenciennes. Clérée, using always of the rules of the scolastic Ars Praedicamdi, is nevertheless able to innovate by introducing in his sermons some dramatic dialogues. He is an accurate witness of the difficulties and problems of the french society about 1500 : the increasing inegalities between rich and poor ; the heaviness of the royal fiscality and of all kinds of taxes ; the… Read More
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Doctrinale
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Doctrinale: Unique Incunable Fragment

by Alexander de Villa Dei

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First Edition
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Alexander de Villa Dei: Doctrinale. [Leipzig: Konrad Kachelofen or Melchior Lotter], 24 lines, printing types: 10:60Goder Lotter 7:60G.
1 sheet [1]a with signature E; line 1: [²]Articiās qď ī ās ľ ī ēs fit dicito […?] // Tꝯ ſꝯ xꝯ dt pteritū rꝯ dꝯ q3 futur […] //… ends with sheet ? line 24 Plurali numero. ſiľes ſt eqs ego cerno. // .:. Finis .:. 
Former collection Haym, Augsburg, Germany. This is the only known copy, which was used by the "Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke" for registration.
Bibliography: "Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke": 0093920N
In no public library; unique!!! Fragment of one print sheet only.
This is a fragment of a medieval, Latin grammar book, that was extremely famous. As grammar books were used daily by children, they suffered much and were thrown away soon or later. Only a few of them survived. Surplus printed material was used to produce cardboard for book binding. In such bindings fragment of some grammar books survived. This was also the… Read More
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Cetinje Octoechos Октоих Цетињски Incunabula Leaf
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Cetinje Octoechos Октоих Цетињски Incunabula Leaf

by Hieromonk Makarije

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Providence, Seychelles
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Leaf no.101 of the Cetinje Octoechos.It is the first incunabulum written in the Serbian recension of Church Slavonic, as well as the first book printed in Cyrillic in Southeast Europe. The Ochtoechos was the first Orthodox Christian incunabula printed albeit three years after the first mobile printing (Fiol Octoechos 1491), significantly earlier than the First Russian printed book, the Fedorov Bible 85 years later (1581).There are about 100 known fragments of the books preserved and only three complete copies in Mt.Athos, Central Library of Serbia in Belgrade and Matica Srpska in Novi Sad. In the quality of its print and decoration it is considered to be at the same level as Venetian production at that time.An extremely rare find, no copies nor leaves of the books ever appeared on auctions.Printing in black with red initials, 30 lines.Leaf number 101., pagination not present, leaf numeration established according to the photoreprint published by CNCBCG "Djurdje Crnojevic", Cetinje 1987.Sections of the… Read More
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1476: NOT IN GERMAN LIBRARIES, 4 COPIES KNOWN
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1476: NOT IN GERMAN LIBRARIES, 4 COPIES KNOWN: THE LOVE STORY BETWEEN EURYALO AND LUCRETIA

by Piccolomini, Enea Silvio (formerly Pope Pius II)

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Piccolomini, Enea Silvio
(formerly Pope Pius II). De duobus amantibus Euryalo et Lucretia. [Florence: Nicolaus Laurentii, Alamanus, 1476-77].
4to, 20th century amateur full calf signed by Perticaroli (Rome) with blind- and gilt-tooled decorations on both covers, three raised bands spine with gilt-lettered title to spine, ff. [59 out of 60, wanting the title leaf (since 16th century, see provenance)]. Text in Italian (translated by Alessandro Braccio), printed in Roman type, 27 lines. Signatures: a-g8 h4.
Extremely rare edition of the most famous erotic novel of the early Italian Renaissance, one of the first books published by the German printer Nikolaus Lorenz.
The Historia de duobus amantibus ("Tale of Two Lovers") was written in 1444 by Aenea Silvio Piccolomini, who later became Pope Pius II and it was one of the bestselling books of the fifteenth century, first published in Cologne between 1467 and 1470 by Ulrich Zell. It is one of the earliest examples of an epistolary novel, full of erotic… Read More
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SCRIPTORES REI MILITARIS, DE RE MILITARI.
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SCRIPTORES REI MILITARIS, DE RE MILITARI.

by VEGETIUS, Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.:

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Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Impressum Rome per Eucharium Silber: alias Franck. Anno domini Mcccclxxxvii (1487). Septimo Idus Iunii.. INCUNABLE 1487. First collected edition issued by Silber, divided into 4 parts: De re militari; Aelianus Tacticus: De instruendis aciebus [translated by Theodorus Gaza]; Frontinus: Strategematicon; Pseudo-Modestus: De vocabulis rei militaris [edited by Joannes Sulpicius Verulanus]. Modestus being the fourth part, the date occurs at the end of each part. Small 4to, approximately 200 x 135 mm, 7¾ x 5¼ inches, first leaf blank to recto and prefatory epistle of the editor on verso, no title page as issued, no signatures, catch words or numbering, text in Latin, initial spaces with printed guides, [a-f8 g10; h-i8 k4 l8; m-r8; s6], 33 lines to a full page, 140 leaves (280 page) including 1 blank, 24 pages with text illustrations depicting tactical formations, bound in full crushed morocco by Hardy-Menil, his name in minute gilt letters in the dentelles at the foot of the first pastedown, gilt… Read More
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