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Auction Description for AdamsAmsterdam: Books, Prints, Art, Architecture
Auction Description:
Books, Prints, Art, Architecture
Viewing Notes:
21st, 22nd & 23rd October 10am to 5pm.

Books, Prints, Art, Architecture

by Adams Amsterdam Auctions


519 lots

October 24, 2009

Herengracht 458

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1017 CA Netherlands

Phone: +31203201131

Email: mail@adamsamsterdam.com

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Lot 1: [ANONYMOUS] - ART OF DEFENCE, THE. In which the

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Description: [ANONYMOUS] - ART OF DEFENCE, THE. In which the several sorts of guards, passes, encloses, and disarmes & are represented by proper figures with their respective explications. [London], G. Beckett, [ca. 1700]. Oblong folio. Bound in ca. 1900 in half oasis morocco with gilt title and two crossed swords on frontcover, marbled boards, contemp. marbled wrappers preserved. Engraved title by W. Elder and 24 engraved or etched plates (4x signed W. Elder, 1x signed W. Moore) Extremely rare series of very fine large fencing prints, only a few other copies traced. As in the copy listed in En Garde, captions beneath a few prints have been added in contemp. pen and ink (in our copy 3 prints), the other captions are all engraved, i.a. "A Cart Guard", "A forc'd Thrust in Cart", "A very good Secure upon the Shell with the Point ready to be offered", "A Pary and Thrust in Tierce", "The Spanish Raper and Dagger" and [manuscript:] "A flanconade uppon the turne". Fair and complete copy from the library of J.R. Garcia Donnell, with his bookplate on upper pastedown.- (7 lvs more or less damaged/frayed in blank margins (2x affecting the borderline), restored with paper strips; occ. waterstained; binding rebacked). En Garde 59; Wing (2nd ed.) A3790A, listing an edition with address of John King for John Marshall (London). Otherwise not in the usual reference works.

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Lot 2: GEÖFFNETE RITTER-PLATZ, DER. Worinnen die

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Description: GEÖFFNETE RITTER-PLATZ, DER. Worinnen die vornehmsten Ritterlichen Wissenschafften und Ubungen, sonderlich das bey der Fortification, Civil-Bau-Kunst, Schiff-Fahrt, Fechten, Reiten, Jagen, Antiquen so wol als Modernen-Müntzen und Medaillen, hauptsächliches und merckwürdiges zu beobachten [.] an das Licht gestellet werden. Hamburg, B. Schiller's widow, 1715. 7 parts in 1 vol. 12mo. Contemp. vellum, with manuscript title and vol.-number "I" on spine. Engraved frontispiece and a total of 56 engraved plates (9x folding), several ills. in the text. Nice convolute, combining under a general title a series of treatises on various "knightly" subjects thought to be of importance for gentlemen at the time. All the separate parts were published before by B. Schiller in various editions in the first decade of the 18th century, they have their own title-p. and are often found alone or in various combinations. Complete sets, apparently containing 18 parts, are extremely rare. Our vol. comprises the following parts: (1). Die Geöffnete Festung (20 plates, 141, (3) pp.); (2). Die zum Vergnügen der Reisenden Geöffnete Baumeister-Academie (6 plates, numerous monograms on 4 pages, 232, (6) pp.); (3). Der Geöffnete See-Hafen (76 ills. of flags on 14 plates, 5 folding plates of ships, 173, (3) pp.); (4). Fortsetzung des Geöffneten See-Hafens (1 folding illustration of a compass-rose and 2 smaller ills., (2), 116, (2) pp.); (5). Der Geöffnete Fecht-Boden (12 ills. of fencing men on 10 plates, 53, (3) pp.); (6). Der Geöffnete Reit-Stall (1 fold. plate depicting the skull of a horse, 89, (3) pp.); (7). Das Geöffnete Jäger-Haus (89, (3) pp.). Good copy, with the heraldic bookplate (dated 1849) of the count of Lichnowsky and Werdenberg on upper pastedown and the heraldic bookplate of count of Thun-Hohenstein Tetschen on verso frontispiece.- (Occ. sl. foxed/browned; half title cut short and with library stamp (title with smaller library stamp); first and final few lvs. small wormhole; first quire loosening; on the binding: hinges sl. weak/wormholed; library labels on spine). Ad series: Graesse VI, p. 132 (17 parts, ed. Hamburg, 1700); Ad 5: Thimm p. 42; Castle p. XXXV; Vigeant p. 137 (all listing the edition 1706); Pardoel 484-5 (eds. 1706 & 1715) Ad 7: not in Lindner.

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Lot 3: GEÖFFNETE FECHT-BODEN, Der, auf welchen durch

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Description: GEÖFFNETE FECHT-BODEN, Der, auf welchen durch kurtz gefaste Regeln gute Anleitung zum rechten Fundament der Fecht-kunst gegeben und gewiesen wird. Worinnen die haupt-Lectiones bestehen, und wie sie nach heutiger Manier ausgeübt, auch vortheilhafftig mit guter Addresse können angebracht werden. Mit dazu dienlichen Figuren Verfertiget von Sr. C. Hamburg, B. Schiller, 1706. 12mo. Modern marbled boards with morocco letterpiece on spine. With 10 etched full-p. lettered plates, woodcut title-vignette, initials and head-and tailpiece. 53, (3) pp. In the introduction, the unidentified author explains the use of the publication: "Hier öffnet man nunmehro für jungen Cavalliers und anderen galantes Hommes auch der fecht-Boden, welcher allen Ansehen nach in unsern Ritter-Platze bishero gemangelt hat". He continues by explaining that the lessons of the booklet are clear and in good order, and that they teach a good bearing, good attacks and correct defences. Although it is only a short treatise ("etwas kurtz"), the author guarantees that nothing essential is left out. The lettering of the plates skips C and D, but these are present as ills. on plate A. Good copy.- (Plates cut on the borderline at top edge; title-p. with neatly restored dam. spot) Thimm p. 42; Castle p. XXXV; Vigeant p. 137; Pardoel 484 (all under "C").

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Lot 4: AGRIPPA, Camillo. Trattato di scientia d'arme, con

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Description: AGRIPPA, Camillo. Trattato di scientia d'arme, con un dialogo di filosofia. Rome, A. Blado, 1553. 4to. Finely bound in 19th century full red crushed morocco by CHAMBOLLE-DURU, gilt lettered, ribbed spine, richly gilt inside borders, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Engraved portrait of the author on verso of title-p., 6 full-p. engravings, 50 half-p. engravings, fine woodcut initials. (4), LXX, (1) lvs. First edition of this beautifully illustrated, very important early fencing-treatise, by the highly educated author who introduced a practicle reduction in the number of guards to only 4, and who was the first swordsman to have advocated the almost sole use of the point of the sword. "Seventeen years after the first appearance of Marozzo's system of fencing, the printer Antonio Blado published in Rome (.) a remarkable work on swordsmanship, which advocated some very bold and new principles. (.) Agrippa is better known to biography as architect, mathematician, and engineer, in which capacity he wrote sundry books. He is especially celebrated for having brought to a succesful issue the operation of raising the needle in the middle of the Piazza di San Pietro. (.) Agrippa devoted much of his time to practice in the schools of fence. Not being a teacher, he was not shackled by any conventions, and accordingly the book is orig., and much in advance of the popular notions of his days." (Castle). The fine ills. have been attrributed to i.a. Michelangelo (a friend of the author) and to Jan van der Straat. The immense popularity of the author is depicted in one of the full-p. ills.: it shows Agrippa surrounded by friends from Venice and Rome, the Venetians dragging him away, the Romans trying to retain him in Rome. "A côté de l'intérêt qu'offre ce Traité de l'escrime ancienne, le bibliophile remarquera les gravures, qui sont de l'école de Marc-Antoine. (.) Un autre côté intéressant pour nous, de cet ouvrage, est de connaître qu'il a été consulté par Saint-Didier dont le Traité parut en France vingt ans après." (Vigeant). Very good copy.- (Last blank replaced with matching paper; Fencing boks & Manuscripts portrait, first plate and several other lvs w. very neatly restored tears, thin spots and other imperfections; a few lvs cut sl. short, affecting the borderline of ills.; binding a few rubbed spots at extremities). En Garde 26; Thimm p. 3f; Pardoel 15; Vigeant p.23f; Castle, Schools and masters of fence p. XXV and p. 45; Cockle 745; Lipperheide 2948; Harvard, Italian, 6.

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Lot 5: Trattato di scienza d'arme. Et un dialogo in detta

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Description: Trattato di scienza d'arme. Et un dialogo in detta materia. Venice, R. Meglietti, 1604. 4to. Contemp. limp vellum. With engraved title incorporating a portrait of the author in rich allegorical borders, 9 double-p., 1 full-p. and 33 half-p. engravings by Giulio FONTANA. (4), 71 lvs. The third edition, using the same engraved title-p. and plates as the 2nd edition. The publisher decided to split 12 copperplates for full-p. engravings (with 2 ills. each) of the first edition, to create 24 half-p. ills. He did the same with one copperplate for a double-p. engraving to create 4 more separate half-p. engravings. The other copperplates were left intact. One half-p. copper plate was used twice (on leaf 33 and on leaf 37, with 2 different engraved numbers). Many of the plates were worn that for this edition they had to be thoroughly reworked, sometimes with addition of small decorative elements such as dots on the floor, birds in the sky and even a pair of spectacles in some cases. The present edition was dedicated to Filippo Guidalotti by the printer on leaf A2, this copy also with dedication "Al. Sig. Filippo Guidalotti" in pen on first free endpaper. Good copy from the library of Robert W. Bingham, with his bookplate on upper pastedown and with unidentified collector's stamp "G.V." on first free endpaper and dedication leaf A2.- (A few annotations and additions in pen and ink, i.a. to letterpress ornaments; occas. unobtrusive wormholes in blank margins/ endpapers; bookblock sl. loosening and lower free endpaper dam.; vellum a few small defects and ties lacking). Thimm p. 4; Pardoel 18; Vigeant p. 25 ("en tous points conforme à la seconde [edition]"); Castle, p. XXVI; cf. En Garde 26, listing the edition 1553).

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