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Fine Books, Western Manuscripts & Works on Paper (317 Lots)

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317 lots with images

January 25, 2017

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Incunabula.- Diomedes. De arte grammatica, Venice, Venice, c.1476-80.

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Description: Diomedes Grammaticus. Ars grammatica [and others grammatical treatises], collation: a10, b-m8, n6, o-t8, u10, x8, 170ff., text in single column, 35 lines, type: 1B:115 (112)R, 115Gk, 5:93GA (the Greek type used only for the signature marks of quires k, n, u, and x), blank spaces for capitals with printed guide letters, fol. a2r with illuminated border of classical motifs, originally painted in red, now oxidised, generally in good conditions, fols. b6 and b7 mounted on a paper strip (possibly supplied from another copy), slight staining and foxing to first and last few leaves, some small repaired wormholes, occasional marginal damp-staining, offprint of British Museum's stamp to lower panel of the opening painted border, early inked foliation, occasional contemporary marginalia, early English 19th-century green morocco, probably by the German binders L. Staggemeier and S. Welcher (active in London from the end of the 18th century), covers blind-tooled with narrow rolls enclosing a wide drawer-handle roll border framing a scrolling palmette roll, 8-pointed star tool in each corner, spine divided into six compartments by false double raised bands and decorated with small floral tools, title lettered in gilt on black morocco label, marbled pastedowns and flyleaves, inner gilt dentelles, gilt edges, folio, 286 x 194mm.,[Venice], Nicolas Jenson, [c.1476-80]. ⁂ First edition of this collection of grammatical and rhetorical writings assembled by Diomedes Grammaticus (half of fourth century) and containing his De arte grammatica, the only Latin grammar of the period to survive complete. With the exception of Donatus all the texts included are printed here for the first time, including: the Institutio de nomine, pronomine et verbo by Priscianus, the De nomine et verbo by Phocas, the Commentarius in artem Donati by Maurus Servius Honoratus, which also includes a portion of Donatus' lost commentary to Virgil. Provenance: British Museum cancelled ink stamp on verso of first and last leaves (sold March 1932); Bernard Quaritch, London; anonymous owner, sale Sotheby's, London, 4 December 1978, lot 60; Ned J. Nackles (1931-1999; sale Christie's New York 17th April 2000, lot 99). Literature: HC 6214; GW 8399; BMC V, 182 (this copy); IGI 3471; Goff D 234; Flodr, Diomedes 1.

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Gaza (Theodorus) Introductivæ grammatices libri quatuor, 1495.

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Description: Gaza (Theodorus) Introductivæ grammatices libri quatuor, collation: a8 bβ-lλ8 a8 b10 AA-LΛ8 MM4, 198 ff., 31 lines, Greek and some Roman type, woodcut initials and head-pieces, contemporary ink marginalia in Greek, a few marginal repairs, some mostly marginal water-staining, occasional light soiling and spotting, a few small stains, handsome contemporary blind-stamped calf-backed wooden boards, contemporary ink ms. title in Greek to lower cover, rubbed, folio (310 x 215mm.), [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [25 December, 1495]. ⁂ A very good copy with wide margins of the handsomely printed editio princeps of this Greek grammar. Gaza was from Thessalonica and taught in Constantinople before arriving in Italy in 1440, where he taught Greek in Ferrara and Rome. Later, he assisted Cardinal Bessarion in the writing of In calumniatorem Platonis. Provenance: Pierre Bergé, Alde Manuce (1450-1515) Une Collection, November, 2004, lot 5. Literature: BMC V, 553; Goff G-110; HC 7500; Sander 7236; Ahmanson-Murphy 5; Renouard, Alde, 4:2. SALEROOM NOTICE: The first leaf is supplied from another copy

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Crastonus (Joannes) Dictionarium græcum...cum interpretatione latina, first Aldine edition, 1497.

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Description: Crastonus (Joannes) Dictionarium græcum...cum interpretatione latina, edited by Marcus Musurus, mostly double column, index triple column, 244 ff., the last blank, 42 lines, Roman and Greek type, early ink pagination and marginalia, a few small wormholes, some staining and spotting, hinges cracked, later vellum, lacking ties, stained, housed in a modern orange cloth drop-back box, [BMC V, 558; Goff C-960; HC 6151; Renouard, Alde, 13:7], folio, Venice, Aldus Manutius, December, 1497. ⁂ First Aldine edition. This work provides us with the earliest definite date that Musurus was working with Aldus, who in turn provided the index. In his preface the printer explains how to use the work and its index, suggesting that an owner should first number the pages (as here). Crastonus was an Italian Carmelite humanist and scholar. In collaboration with Bonus Accursius he edited a number of works to facilitate the learning of Greek.

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Zenobius. Epitome proverbiorum Tarrhaei et Didymi [graece], Florence, [possibly Bartolomeo de' Libri for] Filippo Giunta, [after 23 September] 1497.

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Description: Zenobius. Epitome proverbiorum Tarrhaei et Didymi [graece], collation: [π]4, α-θ8 (lacking blanks π1 and θ lacking, as in many recorded copies, quires δ and ζ and three bifolia in quires α and β misbound), 66 of [68] leaves, text in single column, 26-29 lines, type: 3:114G (dedicatory epistle on fols. [π]2r-[π]3r, Latin colophon on fol. θ7v), 4:121Gk (text), blank spaces for capitals, overall a fine copy, carefully washed and pressed, upper and lower corners of fol. [π]2 restored and renewed, likewise upper corners of fol. π3, β4, β5, without loss, outer blank margins of fols. β4 and β5 somewhat frayed, upper blank margins of fol. θ7 restored, on verso a few letters of Latin colophon faded, bibliographical notes on recto of rear marbled flyleaf, early 19th-century grained crimson morocco, probably executed by the London binder C. Smith, covers framed within double gilt fillet, spine with five small raised bands, slightly discoloured, title and imprint in gilt in second and third compartments, comb-marbled endpapers, cover edges decοrated with narrow frieze, inner dentelles, green silk bookmark, gilt edges, red morocco-backed cloth box, Chancery 4to, 209 x 136mm., Florence, [possibly Bartolomeo de' Libri for] Filippo Giunta, [after 23 Sptember], 1497. ⁂ The very rare editio princeps of this collection of proverbs assembled, primarily from the previous epitomes by Lucillus of Tarrha and Didymus, by the sophist Zenobios, who lived in Rome during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It is the first book produced by the Florentine printing house of Filippo Giunta, the co-founder of the well-known family publishing dynasty. The Giuntas, active in Florence as well as in Venice, became the most important publishers in Greek after Aldus Manutius. Zenobius' Epitome proverbiorum was possibly printed for Giunta by Bartolomeo de' Libri. In effect, the book was printed with the identical Greek type, originally designed by Demetrios Damilas for the Milanese printer Dionysius Paravisinus, used by Bartolomeo in the Florentine Homer of 1488. The text was edited by the renowned humanist Benedetto Riccardini, called the Philologus, who appended a prefatory epistle to the Florentine canon Giorgio Dati. BMC assigns the printing of the book to Riccardini, but the humanist, corrector at Giunta's shop until 1507, was actually the editor of the text. The copy here has a very distinguished provenance. Over the centuries it came into the possession of two of the greatest Greek book collectors: Richard Heber and later Beriah Botfield, who included a Latin translation of Riccardini's epistle in his Prefaces to the First Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics and of the Sacred Scriptures (London 1861, pp. 213-214). Provenance: Richard Heber (1773-1833; small stamp 'Bibliotheca Heberiana' on recto of front flyleaf; see his sale, Sotheby, April 10, 1834, I, lot 7405, "Zenobii Epitome proverbiorum [...] First edition, extremely rare, the first book printed by P. de Junta, red morocco"); Beriah Botfield (1807-1863); H.P. Kraus, The Greek Book, New York 1997, no. 43. Literature: HC 16283; GW M52087; BMC V 690; IGI 10440; Goff Z-24; Flodr, Zenobius, 1; Renouard XXXIII.1; Giunta Annali 1; Proctor, Printing of Greek, pp. 69-70.

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Incunabula.- Horatius Flaccus (Quintus) Opera, Strassburg, Johann Gruninger, 12 March 1498.

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Description: Horatius Flaccus (Quintus) Opera, collation: [*]6, A-Z6, AA-II6, KK-LL8, [**]6, present copy with last quire signed [**], bound between quires [*] and A, 219ff only (of 220, lacking final blank), text in single column, 74 lines (commentary surrounding text and headline), prefatory quire in double column, table in triple column, type: 22:89R (text), 23:64bR (commentary), 19:280G (title), 17:145G (headlines, headings), 4:48G (interlinear glosses), woodcut printer's device on fol. LL7v, 168 woodcut illustrations from 101 blocks by the Terence Master, most printed from composite blocks, many repeated. 2- and 3-line blank spaces for capitals with printed guide letters, generally a good copy, some leaves uniformly browned, a few water-stains, early ink stains and fingermarks, some wormholes, occasionally affecting single letters, old repairs to title, to lower corner of fol. X5 and upper corner of fol. EE4, Latin and German marginalia and emendations throughout in an early German hand, a few bibliographical pencil notes on front pastedown, contemporary German blind-tooled pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, remains of brass clasps, spine with four double raised bands, title on paper label in second compartment, covers stained and rubbed in places, folio (330 x 212mm.), Strassburg, Johann Grüninger, 12 March 1498. ⁂ First illustrated edition of Horace's Opera. Here edited for the first time from a manuscript, in comparison to previous editions published in Italy, which were taken from printed sources. The edition issued by the printer Grüninger is rightly famed for its illustrations and is considered one of the finest illustrated books produced in Germany during the fifteenth century. The text is enhanced by 168 woodcuts, executed by an artist known as the 'Terence Master'. According to Kristeller and von Arnim, only 37 woodblocks were however originally designed and cut for this work. The major part of the illustrations are a re-use of woodblocks employed previously for other editions issued from Grüninger's printing house, such as the famous Narrenschiff by Sebastian Brant, which appeared in 1494-1495, the Terentius of 1496, and the Libro philomusi by Johann Georg Locher of 1497. The opening woodcuts depict Horace as a crowned poet laureate. Provenance: A barely legible early German ownership inscription on the recto of the title ('Paulus Cantag[?]); a small inked monogram combining the letters E and S on the title (with the number '187'); Fernand Heitz (large ex-libris on front pastedown). Literature: HC 8898*; BMC I, 112; Fairfax Murray German 205; Schreiber 4240; Goff H-461.

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Phalaris. [Phalaridis tyranni Apollonii Philosophi pythagoraei Epistolae [Graece], Venice, Bartholomaeus Pelusius, Gabriel Bracius de Brisighella, Johannes Bissolus and Benedictus Mangius, 18 June, 1498.

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Description: Phalaris. [Phalaridis tyranni Apollonii Philosophi pythagoraei Epistolae [Graece], collation: αα-δδ8, εε4, ζζ8, ηη4, θθ10, [58]ff., text in single column, 29 lines, type: 1:109Gk (text), 2:109r (dedicatory epistle and colophon), blank spaces for capitals with printed guide letters, woodcut pine-cone device on verso of final leaf, recto of first leaf slightly browned, scattered minor foxing and a few finger-marks, fine English early 19th-century olive cross-grain morocco, possibly executed by Charles Lewis (1786-1836), covers within gilt multiple fillet border, smooth spine, richly gilt tooled, title and imprint lettered vertically in gilt, cover edges gilt tooled, inner dentelles, gilt edges, a very fine copy, 4to, 210 x 135mm., Venice, Bartholomaeus Pelusius, Gabriel Bracius de Brisighella, Johannes Bissolus and Benedictus Mangius, 18 June, 1498. ⁂ The highly praised first edition of the letters originally ascribed to Phalaris, the tyrant of Akragas (now Agrigento, in Sicily), who lived in the 6th century BC. The authenticity of this attribution was first brought into question by Richard Bentley in his Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris (1697), who proved that the letters bearing Phalaris' name were actually written probably in the 2nd century AD by an unknown sophist. The collection had a wide manuscript circulation (over 130 manuscripts are recorded, from 10th to 18th century), and its fortune in the Renaissance was remarkable. The text of the Venetian princeps was prepared by Bartholomaeus Pelusius Justinopolitanus, and the volume was printed by the partnership founded by the printer Benedictus Mangius, the punch-cutter Johannes Bissolus, Gabriel Bracius de Brisighella - who previously worked for Aldus Manutius - and Pelusius himself. "The privilege obtained by Braccius on 7 March 1498 for the printing of the letters of Phalaris and others [...] identifies the printing as 'cum bellissima e nova invenzione'" (N. Barker, Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script & Type, New York 1992, p. 65). In fact, the type used for setting the text is only apparently an imitation of the second Aldine Greek: the Phalaris font is actually 'new', fine and elaborate. The publication also contains the text of letters by Apollonius de Tyana and pseudo-Brutus, and it is the first of the only two Greek publications from this Venetian partnership, Aesop's Vitae being the other one. Phalaris' letters were included in 1499 in the great collection Epistolae diversorum philosophorum, oratorum, rhetorum, printed by Aldus Manutius. The pine-cone device on the verso of the last leaf can be found printed with the stalk upwards or downwards: in this copy it is printed stalk upward (cf. BMC V 578). Provenance: From the library of Beriah Botfield (1807-1863). Literature: HC* 12871; BMC V 578; IGI 7681; Goff P-545; Flodr, Phalaris 1.

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Suidas. Lexicon Graecum [graece], editio princeps, 1499.

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Description: Suidas. Lexicon Graecum [graece], edited by Demetrius Chalcondylas, 516 ff., 45 lines, Greek type, capital spaces, some with guide-letter, woodcut printer's device to verso of ZZ5, α1 stained and with section torn away from lower margin and repaired, marginal water-staining, some spotting, 19th century panelled calf, gilt, rebacked, preserving original backstrip (chipped at end and with a few closed splits), corners repaired, rubbed at extremities, [BMC VI, 792; Goff S-829; HC 15135], folio, Milan, Johannes Bissolus and Benedictus Mangius, for Demetrius Chalcondylas, 15 November, 1499. ⁂ Editio Princeps of this monumental Byzantine encyclopaedic dictionary, which is the largest incunable in Greek. It was the only book printed at the Milanese shop of Bissolus and Mangius, as it is likely that the production of this vast work seems to have put an end to their professional relationship. This is reflected on fol.1, which contains a dialogue by Stephani Negri (a pupil of Chalcondylas) between the bookseller and a student justifying the three ducats price for this hefty tome. Chalcondylas was professor of Greek at Milan, whose Isocrates of 1493 had sold so slowly that in 1535 it was re-issued with a new title-page.

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Orpheus. Argonautica. Hymni [graece], Florence, [Bartolomeo de' Libri for] Filippo Giunta, 19 September, 1500.

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Description: Orpheus. Argonautica. Hymni [graece], collation: α-ζ8, η4, complete with final blank, [51]ff., text in single column, 28 lines, type: 3:114G (Latin colophon on fol. η3r), 4:121Gk (text), fine woodcut strap-work borders and 6-line decorated initials printed in red on fols . α1r and δ2r, a handsome, wide-margined copy, slightly browned, minor repair to lower blank margin of fol. α8, later red hard-grain morocco by Charles Lewis (1786-1836), boards framed within gilt roll, floral tools in the angles, spine with five small raised bands, richly gilt tooled, author's name and imprint lettered in gilt, cover edges gilt, inner dentelles, gilt edges, preserved in red morocco-backed cloth box, 8vo, 230 x 150mm., Florence, [Bartolomeo de' Libri for] Filippo Giunta, 19 September, 1500. ⁂ A fine copy from the library of one of the greatest 19th centruy collectors of Greek books, Beriah Botfield, of the editio princeps of all the writings ascribed in the Renaissance to Orpheus, the mythical singer; the second book issued from the Florentine press of Filippo Giunta, following Zenobios' Epitome in 1497 (see lot 4). "In the Renaissance, Orpheus was considered an ancient theologian [...] The magical effects of Orpheus' singing supported the view of the Florentine philosopher, Marsilio Ficino, that music was a conduit of celestial influences. Ficino had known the hymns through manuscripts and had translated some into Latin in 1462. Orphic hymns were performed at the Platonic Academy in Florence, often by Ficino" (H.P. Kraus, The Greek Book, p. 9). The fragmentary texts circulating at the time under the name of Orpheus are of later date: the Argonautika are based on the work by Apollonius Rhodius, composed in the third century BC; the Orphic hymni were possibly written in Asia Minor, during the Roman period. The Giunta publication also includes the hymns of the neo-platonic Proclus. BMC wrongly assigns the printing of Orpheus to the humanist Benedetto Riccardini, who in fact worked only as a corrector at Giunta's press. The texts are set into the same Greek type used by Bartolomeo de' Libri for the Zenobios of 1497, a recast of the font originally designed by Demetrios Damilas in Milan for Dionysius Paravisinus. Provenance: Beriah Botfield (1807-1863); H.P. Kraus, The Greek Book, New York 1997, no. 4. Literature: HC 12106; GW M28424; BMC VI 690; IGI 7039; Flodr, Orpheus 1; Giunta Annali 2; Sander 5229.

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Poetae Christiani Veteres. 3 vol., 1501.

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Description: Poetae Christiani Veteres. 3 vol., [Vol. 1, Prudentius and others], some early ink marginalia, 2k6 blank, small worm traces / holes to margins of last few sigs., a few minor repairs to margins of last few ff., a few stains, occasional spotting, new endpapers, contemporary blind-stamped calf, metal clasps with new thongs, rebacked, preserving great part of original backstrip, corners repaired, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [January, 1501]; [Vol. 2, Sedulius and others] [*]8 verso small woodcut printer's device, lacking final blank, title lightly soiled, some water-staining, mostly marginal, later limp vellum, spine repaired, a few stains, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [January, 1501]; [Vol.3, Saint Gregory], Latin and Greek text interleaved, large woodcut printer's device to verso of 2O4, some spotting or foxing, marginal water-staining at foot towards end, new endpapers, bookplate of Aldine collection of Stelio Valentini, later limp vellum, stained, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [June, 1504], all vol. text in Latin & Greek, initial spaces with guide-letters, [Adams P1685 & G1142; Ahmanson-Murphy 38 & 84; Renouard, Alde, 24:1 & 46:4; EDIT 16 CNCE 36115], small 4to ⁂ 'Collection infinement rare et préciuese' (Renouard). Vol. 2 contains the first appearance in print of the Aldine anchor and dolphin device.

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Martialis  (Marcus Valerius) Martialis, 1501.

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Description: Martialis (Marcus Valerius) Martialis, collation: A-Z8 &8, italic type, initial spaces with guide-letters, lacking final blank, the odd spot, lightly browned, 19th century morocco, gilt, covers with central Aldine anchor devices, rubbed at extremities, g.e., 8vo (162 x 95mm.), [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [December, 1501]. ⁂ Scarce first Aldine edition. Literature: Adams M689; Ahmanson-Murphy 47; Renouard, Alde, 30:7; EDIT 16 CNCE 36108.

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Ovidius Naso (Publius) Ad Marinum Sannutum Epistola qui apud Graecos Scripserint Metamorfoseis..., 1502.

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Description: Ovidius Naso (Publius) Ad Marinum Sannutum Epistola qui apud Graecos Scripserint Metamorfoseis..., collation: a-h a-z A-B8 C4 (first h8 blank), small single wormhole within text from 2nd r1 to end, occasional staining, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [October, 1502]; Heroidum Epistolae, collation: aa-ii8 kk4 ll-pp8 qq4 rr-zz8 AA-BB8 CC10 (qq4 blank), ink ownership inscription to title 'ex-libris dott. Gio Bascarin' some staining or spotting, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [December, 1502]; Fastorum Libri VI. De Tristibus Libri V. De Ponto Libri IIII, collation: aaa-kkk8 lll6 mmm-sss8 ttt6 uuu-zzz8 AAA-CCC8 (lll6 blank), ink inscription to verso of lll5 'Moi Petri Joannis Ciati', title foxed and stained, occasional staining and spotting elsewhere, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [February, 1503], together 3 vol., italic type, woodcut printer's devices to titles and final versos, initial spaces with guide-letters, uniformly bound in antique style calf, gilt, 8vo (150x 194mm, 155 x 95mm. and 155 x 95mm). ⁂ A good set of the rare first Aldine editions of the works of Ovid, issued between 1502 and 1503. All are dedicated to the book collector and scholar Marino Sanuto, to whom Aldus also dedicated his works of Angelo Poliziano. Literature: Adams O469, O423 & O426; Ahmanson-Murphy 66, 67 & 68; Renouard, Alde, 37:12, 37:13 & 38:14; EDIT 16 CNCE 36136, 36132 & 48412.

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Statius (Publius Papinius), Orthographia et Flexus dictionum graecarum  omnium apud Statium, 1502.

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Description: Statius (Publius Papinius) Orthographia et Flexus dictionum graecarum omnium apud Statium, collation: a-e8 , title Roman type, itlaic type, woodcut printer's device to otherwise blank f., initial spaces with guide-letters, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [1502] bound with Sylvarum libri quinque Thebaidos libri duodecim Achilleidos duo, collation: a-z A-F8 G4, A-B8 C4 (I8 blank), italic and some Roman type, initial spaces with guide-letter, ink notes to verso of colophon f., [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [August, 1502], together two parts in 1 vol. (as often), some water-staining, mostly marginal, 19th century vellum, spine gilt and with 2 black morocco labels, foot of upper cover repaired, a few small stains, 8vo (152 x 94mm.) ⁂ First Aldine edition. 'Pour que ce volume soit complet, il faut en outre une partie séparée de 40 feuillets, qui se trouve tantôt au commencement, tantôt à la fin, avec ce titre en capitales: 'Orthographia et flexus...' avec l'ancre à la fin' (Renouard). Literature: Adams S1683 & S1670; Ahmanson-Murphy 61; Renouard, Alde, 35:7; EDIT 16 CNCE 36141.

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Valerius Maximus (Gaius) Dictorum et factorum Memorabilium libri novem, 1502.

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Description: Valerius Maximus (Gaius) Dictorum et factorum Memorabilium libri novem, collation: [*]4 A12 B-Z aa-cc8, woodcut printer's device at end, initial spaces with guide-letters, early ink marginalia and inter-linear notes, lacking first 4ff., stained and spotted, 17th century vellum, spine repaired, 8vo (159 x 98mm.), [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [October, 1502]. ⁂ An interesting copy with signs of early scholarship. Provenance: 'Ex lib. Philippi de Fantungh...' (ink inscription to first title); 'Di P. Clemente Santucci' (ink signature to foot of 2nd f.). Literature: Adams V83; Ahmanson-Murphy 65; Renouard, Alde, 36:10; EDIT 16 CNCE 36147.

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Augurelli (Giovanni Aurelio), [Poemata], 1505.

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Description: Augurelli (Giovanni Aurelio), [Poemata], collation: a-q8 (a2 blank except for signature, q7), woodcut printer's device to verso of final f., initial spaces with guide-letters, occasional spotting or marking, some light marginal water-staining, 18th century mottled calf, gilt, spine in compartments and with black morocco label (chipped), upper cover detached, corners little worn, rubbed, 8vo (154 x 98mm.), [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [April, 1505]. ⁂ Rare first Aldine edition of these poetical works with a distinguished provenance, which Renouard calls 'Belle et rare'. Augurelli was part of the humanist circle of Pietro Bembo. Provenance: Walter Bowman, antiquary, died 1782 (ink signature to verso of title); Michael Wodhull (ink signature and note of purchase on 17th February, 1776 from Baker's sale for 3s 6d); Severne sale (bookplate of Mrs. Cecily Mary Severne), 1884, lot 244, sold to Bernard Quaritch; W.H. Crawford of Lakelands, Cork. Literature: Adams A2152; Ahmanson-Murphy 89; Renouard, Alde, 49:2; EDIT 16 CNCE 3381.

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Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Opera, 1505.

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Description: Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Opera, collation: a-ff8 gg10, Italic and some Roman type, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final f., initial spaces with guide-letters, a few minor wormholes / traces at start and end, modern morocco, gilt, 8vo (155 x 92mm.), [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [March to August, 1505]. ⁂ First Aldine edition, with L'Urania and Le Meteore printed here for the first time. Literature: Not in Adams; Ahmanson-Murphy 91: Renouard, Alde, 49:4; EDIT 16 CNCE

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Dionysius Periegetes. De situ orbis, 1512.

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Description: Dionysius, Periegetes. De situ orbis, translated into Latin by Quintus Remmius Palaemon and with commentary by Celio Calcagnini, text in Greek, translation and commentary in Latin, initial spaces with guide-letter, some light soiling or staining, modern vellum, [Adams D643; EDIT 16 CNCE 17252], small 4to, [Ferrara], [Giovanni Mazzocchi], [1512]. ⁂ Editio princeps of the Greek hexametrical text of 'one of the most popular sources of geographic knowledge in mediaeval times' (Sarton, Introduction to the History of Science, I, p.258). The printer Mazzocchi was famous for printing the first edition of Orlando Furioso in 1516.

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Oratores Graeci. Orationes horum Rhetorum, 1513.

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Description: Oratores Graeci. Orationes horum Rhetorum, parts 1 & 2 (of 3), titles in Greek and Latin and with woodcut printer's device, initial spaces with guide-letters, n4 blank, part 2 marginal wormholes, some staining and light browning, [Adams 0244; Ahmanson-Murphy 112; Renouard. Alde, 60:1; EDIT 16 CNCE 37441], [Venice], [Aldus Manutius & Andrea Torresani], April, 1513 bound after Rhetores Graeci. In Aphthonii Progymnasmata Commentarii Innominati autoris..., part 2 (of 2), title and verso of otherwise blank final f. with woodcut printer's device, initial spaces with guide-letters, title with early ink names including 'Joannis Adolfi a Glauburg' and with erased ink stamp to foot of verso, a couple of marginal wormholes, [Adams R447; Ahmanson-Murphy 104; Renouard, Alde, 54:4; EDIT 16 CNCE 2146], Aldus Manutius, May, 1509, together 2 works in 1 vol. (3 parts in total), contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, metal clasps (lacking 1), repaired hole to head of joint of lower cover, corners bumped, soiled, folio. ⁂ Some of the most important publications of the Aldine press, which provided editiones principes of the Attic orators.

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Wine.- Cato (Marcus Porcius), Scriptores rei Rustica, 1514.

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Description: Wine.- Cato (Marcus Porcius) Varro (Marcus Terrentius), Columella (Lucius Junius Moderatus) and Palladio. Libri de re Rustica, edited by Giovanni Giocondo, collation: *8 aa-bb8 cc10 a-h8 i4 k-z A-Q8, Roman and italic type, woodcut printer's device to titles and verso of otherwise blank final f., woodcut illustrations and diagrams, initial spaces with guide-letters, ruled throughout in red, without blank cc10, title and following f. loose, title lightly soiled, a few spots or marks, 18th century red morocco, gilt, ink stains to lower cover rubbed, gilt gauffered edges, 4to (200 x 125mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [May, 1514]. ⁂ First Aldine edition of this compendium of Roman texts on agriculture. With much on viticulture and the art of wine-making, including the choice of soil and aspect of vineyards, the planting, pruning and cultivation of vines and how to make and care for different sorts of wine. Provenance: Reverend Thomas Lombard (large bookplate to front pastedown). Literature: Adams S805; Ahmanson-Murphy 121; Renouard, Alde, 66:2; EDIT 16 CNCE 37471; Simon, BB, II, 593.

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Cicero (Marcus Tullius) Rhetoricorum ad C. Herennium lib. IIII..., 1514.

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Description: Cicero (Marcus Tullius) Rhetoricorum ad C. Herennium lib. IIII..., collation: *4 a-k8 l4 m-z A-H8 I4, italic type, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., initial spaces with guide-letters, occasional early ink marginalia, title lightly browned and spotted, occasional spotting and finger-marking elsewhere, occasional small areas of water-staining, mostly marginal, antique style calf, gilt, small 4to (210 x 132mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [March, 1514]. 1514. ⁂ First Aldine edition. The marginal note on *4r seems to suggest a personal familiarity between the author of the note and the printer printer, whom he terms as 'bone Alde'. Provenance: 'Gregorius Pancianus' (16th century ink inscription to title). Literature: Adams C1676' Ahmanson-Murphy 120; Renouard, Alde, 65:1; EDIT 16 CNCE 12196.

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Quintilianus (Marcus Fabius) M.F. Quintilianus. [De institutione oratoria], 1514.

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Description: Quintilianus (Marcus Fabius) M.F. Quintilianus. [De institutione oratoria], edited by Andrea Navagero and Giovanni Battista Ramusio, collation: *4 a-z A-E8 F6 (*4 blank), italic type, woodcut printer's device to title and final verso, initial spaces with guide-letters, preliminaries stained and foxed, occasional spotting elsewhere, modern morocco, gilt, small 4to (196 x 120mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [August, 1514]. ⁂ Scarce and important first Aldine edition of the complete text of this work on oratory. Provenance: 'I.B.X.' (ink initials beneath colophon). Literature: Adams Q52; Ahmanson-Murphy 124; Renouard, Alde, 68:5; EDIT 16 CNCE 54150.

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Gellius (Aulus) Noctium Atticarum Libri Undeviginti, 1515.

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Description: Gellius (Aulus), Noctium Atticarum Libri Undeviginti, collation: AA-DD8 a-z A-T8 V4 (DD8 blank), italic type, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final f., initial spaces with guide-letters, occasional early ink marginalia, title lightly soiled, some spotting and mostly light staining, 19th century black morocco, gilt spine in compartments, rubbed, 8vo (155 x 87mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [September, 1515]. ⁂ First edition, second issue, with 'duernionem' corrected to 'duernionem' on V4r. Provenance: Arthur Dalrymple (bookplate) Literature: Adams G343; Ahmanson-Murphy 138.5; Renouard, Alde, 73:9: EDIT 16 CNCE 72554.

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Juvenalis (Decimus Junius) Iuvenalis Persius, 1515.

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Description: Juvenalis (Decimus Junius) Iuvenalis Persius, collation: A-G8 H10 a8 b4, italic and some Roman type, woodcut printer's device to title, initial spaces with guide-letters, some early ink marginalia, washed, fading some of the marginalia, ink stamp to title, water-stained, 8vo (157 x 100mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [August 1501, but c.1515]. ⁂ A re-issue of the 1501 edition with the addition of an anchor device. Provenance: Ink stamp to title with motto 'Expecto'. Literature: Adams J772; Ahmanson-Murphy 140; Renouard, Alde, 29:6.

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Lucian of Samosata. Deorum Dialogi numero 70, Strasbourg, Johann Schott, 1515.

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Description: Lucian of Samosata. Deorum Dialogi numero 70, collation: a-x4, [84]ff., text in Greek and Latin, title in red and black, headings and two initials on fols. a2v e a3r printed in red, each page of Greek text with decorative typographic border to left hand side, a few leaves uniformly browned, minor foxing to upper blank margin, lower blank margin of some leaves water-stained, title stained and with ink shelfmark 'XXXXIII. K 22', possibly in a 19th-century hand, contemporary wallet binding of limp vellum, sewing visible on spine, traces of glue, from early paper label pasted to upper cover and old stitched repair also to upper cover, lower cover slightly stained, minor loss to spine, 4to, 202 x 152mm., Strasbourg, Johann Schott, 1515. ⁂ A fine, unsophisticated copy in a contemporary wallet binding of this early edition of Lucian's Dialogues, printed in Strasbourg, which at the beginning of the 16th century was one of the most important German centres of the printing industry. The text was edited by the humanist from Strasbourg, Ottmar Nachtgall (c.1487-1537), also known as Luscinius, who introduced the study of Greek in his hometown, preparing Greek grammars and texts for the use of teachers, students, or generally adults interested in learning the language. The Greek texts are here supplemented with parallel Latin translations. Provenance: Two early owners from Bratislava in Slovakia (Posonium, Presburg): 16th-century ownership inscription 'Ioannis Talirasy posoniensis Liber [?] eius exhibitus ab optimo [?] Magistro Cristophoro', written in red and partly erased with red ink; Hans Teilkes von Presburg (engraved ex-libris on rear pastedown). Literature: Ritter 1388; Chrisman A2.211; Muller II, 35; M. Baumbach, Lukian in Deutschland. Eine forschungs-und rezeptionsgeschichtliche Analyse von Humanismus bis zur Gegenwart, München 2002.

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Pindar. [Odes] (graece), Rome, Zacharias Kallierges for Cornelio Benigni, 13 August, 1515.

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Description: Pindar. [Odes] (graece), collation: α4, β-θ8, ι6, κ-μ8, ν-ξ6, Α-Η8, Θ10, Ι-Ρ8, complete with blanks ι6 and Θ10, in this copy final quire P has been misbound before quire O, [204]ff., Greek text, Kallierges' woodcut double-headed-eagle device and Benigno's serpent-wreathed staff both on title, Kallierges' device repeated on fol. P8v, fols. β2r and A3r headings and 6-line initials in Byzantine style printed in red, 6-line initials on fols. I2v and O1r printed in black, numerous smaller initials in the same style, some browing and foxing, title stained and spotted, strengthened along gutter, small ink stain on fol. L8v, a few contemporary notes, underlinings and reading marks, modern limp vellum with ties, 4to, 228 x 159mm., Rome, Zacharias Kallierges for Cornelio Benigni, 13 August, 1515. ⁂ The first all-Greek book printed in Rome. The volume was edited and published by the Cretan Zacharias Kallierges who was active in Venice between 1499 and 1509, and moved to Rome in the 1510s, as a director of the press of the Collegium Graecum, established by Pope Leo X. The press was housed in the palace of the rich banker and patron of the arts, Agostino Chigi, and lasted until 1523. The Pindar was printed, like the Theocritus of 1516 (see lot 28) in partnership with Cornelio Benigni, Agostino Chigi's protegé. From a textual point of view the Roman edition is more accurate than the Aldine princeps (1513), and Pindar's works are for the first time supplemented with the scholia. The text was set in the Greek font used by Kallierges in the last volumes issued from his Venetian press in 1509. "The most distinctive feature of the Pindar is Kallierges's original idea for the layout of the title page, where for the first time in a Greek book the title, the devices both of the co-editor and publisher and of the co-editor and printer, the place of publication, the printer's name and the statement of copyright all appear together" (K. Staikos, Charta of Greek Printing, p. 414). The Rome Pindar of 1515 is known in various variants (no priority). In this copy fols. A1 and A2 are signed, and on fol. A3r the heading and initial are printed in red. Provenance: The New York bookseller Bernard Rosenthal. Literature: Adams P-1219; STC Italian, 520; K. Staikos, Charta of Greek Printing, Cologne 1998, pp. 413-414.

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Bessarion (Johannes) In calumniatorem Platonis, 1516.

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Description: Bessarion (Johannes) In calumniatorem Platonis, 2 parts in 1 vol., text in Greek and Latin, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., initial spaces with guide-letter, title little soiled and with 2 marginal repairs, lower corners water-stained, some light marginal foxing, modern calf, [Adams B834; Ahmanson-Murphy 148; Renouard, Alde, 77:6; EDIT 16 CNCE 5645], folio, [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], September, 1516. ⁂ The second Aldine edition, which adds a second section containing corrected translations of Aristotle and Theophrastus. Provenance: 'Ex libris Dionysii Remensis anno 1664' (ink inscription to head of title).

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Bessarion (Johannes) In calumnatorem Platonis libri quatuor, 1516.

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Description: Bessarion (Johannes) In calumnatorem Platonis libri quatuor, 2 parts in 1, collation: a-p8 q4, aa8 b-f8 g6, Roman type, woodcut printer's device to title and final f. (the latter trimmed to border and neatly laid down), initial spaces with guide-letters, some light foxing and small areas of staining, modern half vellum, folio (297 x 203mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [September, 1516]. ⁂ Second Aldine edition of this celebrated defence of Platonism, which was a reply to his adversary George of Trebizond's attack on Platonism in his Comparatio philosophorum Platonis et Aristotelis. Literature: Adams B834; Ahmanson-Murphy 148; Renouard, Alde, 77:6; EDIT 16 CNCE 5645 Provenance: 'Michael Clapham. 1933' (small bookplate).

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Theocritus. Bucolica [graece], Florence, Filippo Giunta, 10 January, 1515 [but 1516].

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Description: Theocritus. Bucolica [graece], collation: a-i8, [k]4, complete with blank leaf k3, [79]ff., text in Greek, Latin colophon on fol. k2r, woodcut printer's device on fol. k4v, blank spaces for capitals with guide-letters, a very good copy, ruled in pale red ink throughout, title slightly soiled and spotted, some foxing, a few finger-marks, lower half of front flyleaf cut away, rear flyleaves with pencilled list of poems included, verso of the front flyleaf the note 'Editio secunda, rarissima...' in a 19th-century hand, fine late 18th-century straight-grain red morocco by Roger Payne, covers with single gilt fillet border, spine with five raised bands, underlined by gilt fillets, green morocco label, gilt ruled cover edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, a few ink stains to covers, 8vo, 166 x 108mm., Florence, Filippo Giunta, 10 January, 1515 [but 1516]. ⁂ The rare Juntine edition of Theocritus' Bucolica, in a handsome binding by Roger Payne and with a distinguished provenance. The volume was once in the library of the well-known physician Anthony Askew, who assembled one of the richest Greek collections of the time. The copy later passed through the hands of Michael Wodhull, the famous translator of the tragedies of Euripides. "His splendid library [...] was particularly rich in early editions of the Greek and Latin classics, and in the works printed in the fifteenth century. All the books - many of which were bound by Roger Payne - were in fine condition, and some of them had once formed part of the libraries of François I., Grolier, Henry II, and Diana of Poitiers" (W. Y. Fletcher, English Book Collectors, London 1902, p. 264). Provenance: The English physician Anthony Askew (1722-72; ownership inscription on recto of front flyleaf; see sale S. Baker & G. Leight, London, 13 February 1775, lot 3466); sold at Sir Thomas Croft's sale by Paterson (ink inscription on recto of front flyleaf); Michael Wodhull (1740-1816; ownership inscription on recto of front flyleaf 'M. Wodhull April 19th 1783'); George Dunn (1864-1912; ex-libris on front pastedown and pencilled note 'G.D. Feb. 1887').

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Theocritus. Eidyllia [graece], Rome, Zacharias Kallierges for Cornelio Benigno, 15 January, 1516.

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Description: Theocritus. Eidyllia [graece], 2 parts in 1, collation: α4, β-λ8, μ4; Α-Ω4, αα-εε4, [88]; [116]ff., Greek text, colophon in Latin on verso of final leaf, Kallierges' woodcut double-headed eagle device printed on title, Benigno's serpent-wreathed staff on fol. εε4ω, 2 white-on-black strapwork borders, blank spaces for capitals with printed guide letters, fols. ι8r-μ1v, and μ3 with the text of some poems in decorative form, a few minor spots and browning, early stains, water-stain to blank lower corner of the quire signed μ, pencilled bibliographical notes on front endpapers, fine contemporary Bolognese binding of hazel morocco, traces of original gilding, covers framed within fillets and stamped with elaborate plaque composed of interlacing ribbons, author's name stamped in Greek at centre of upper cover, lower cover with central medallion with Theocritus' head in profile, traces of ties, spine with three raised bands, underlined by fillets, 18th-century red morocco lettering-piece, with title in gold, title inked in a contemporary hand on the bottom edge, covers slightly cracked in places, modern morocco-backed cloth drop-back box, 8vo, 154 x 96mm., Rome, Zacharias Kallierges for Cornelio Benigno, 15 January, 1516. ⁂ The first edition of Theocritus to include the printing of the scholia, and the second Greek book printed in Rome, issued from the press of the Cretan Kallierges, who in the early 1510s moved to the papal city of Venice, probably at the invitation of Pope Leo X. The Roman edition is more complete than the previous ones - the Milanese princeps of about 1480, the Aldine of 1495, and the Giuntina of 1515/16 (see previous lot), offering among others the princeps of six additional Idyllia, and nineteen epigrams. The text was set in Kallierges' third Greek type; two text pages are shaped to fit within woodcut outlines, and others sit in decorative forms. This copy is in a fine 16th-century binding, one of the most significant examples of Bolognese plaquette and medal binding (see A. Hobson - L. Quaquarelli, Legature bolognesi del Rinascimento, Bologna 1998, p. 30). Bindings with this elaborate pattern were produced in Bologna mostly in the second quarter of the 16th century. Provenance: Early ownership inscription 'Ricardo' on title; Viscount Mersey, Bignor Park (ex-libris on front flyleaf, with acquisition date 'London, 28 April 1859'). Literature: Adams, T 460; Legrand I, 49; Mortimer, Italian 497; K. Staikos, Charta of Greek Printing, pp. 412-415.

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Seneca (Lucius Annaeus) Tragoediae, 1517.

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Description: Seneca (Lucius Annaeus) Tragoediae, edited by Girolamo Avanzi, collation: a4 b-z8 A-D8 E4, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final f., occasional early ink marginalia, wormholes to first few ff., affecting a few letters, water-stained, recased in contemporary limp vellum, soiled and holed, 8vo (160 x 90mm), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [October, 1517]. ⁂ First Aldine edition. Avanzi was professor of philosophy at Padua. Provenance: 'Accresciuto al Museo di Casa luatrini da Ant. de Valentini' (ink inscription to title). Literature: Adams S902; Ahmanson-Murphy 155; Renouard, Alde, 80:4; EDIT 16 CNCE 37581.

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Livius (Titus) Ex XIIII T. Livius Decadibus. Prima, Tertia, Quarta..., 1518.

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Description: Livius (Titus) Ex XIIII T. Livius Decadibus. Prima, Tertia, Quarta..., 5 parts in 4 vol., collation: *8 *4 *2-*88 *8 a-z aa-zz8 &&4 (final *3 blank except for signature); Epitomae AA-GG aaaa-hhhh8 iiii4 kkkk-zzzz Aa-Qq8 R4 (iiii4 blank); Tertia 1-68 * 8 aa-zz AA-XX8 YY4 (68 blank); Quarta 1 22 33 44 558 664 *8 **4 aaa-zzz AAA-OOO8 (664, *6 & **4 blank) bound with Quinta A-R8, italic type, woodcut printer's devices, initial spaces with guide-letters, Quarta vol. water-stained and spotted, causing short tear at foot of title of first work, without loss, all vol. occasional spotting or light foxing, a few small stains, antique style calf, gilt, gilt gauffered edges, 8vo (c.160 x 96mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani, also Quinta Heirs of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [March, 1518 - May, 1533]. ⁂ A complete set of the first Aldine editions of Livy. The rare final volume covers the fifth decade, the existence of which was not discovered until after the printing of the edition had begun. In the preface to the first volume Francesco d'Asola complains about the counterfeit Aldine editions being published in Florence by the Giunti. Literature: Adams L1322 & L1329; Ahmanson-Murphy 172, 177, 192, 260, 198; Renouard, Alde, 83:7, 86:5, 89:5 108:4, 90:1; EDIT 16 CNCE 27206 & 28629.

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Plinius Secundus (Gaius) Epistolarum libri X, 1518.

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Description: Plinius Secundus (Gaius) Epistolarum libri X, collation: *-⁂8 ⁂*4 a-z, aa-kk8 (⁂*3.4 blank), italic and some Roman type, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., title page lightly soiled, some staining, spotting or finger-marking elsewhere, 18th century vellum, red morocco label to spine, later stamp of place and date of publication to foot of spine, 8vo (154 x 95mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [June, 1518]. ⁂ A reprint of the 1508 Aldine edition, with an additional index of subjects and an interpretation of Greek passages. Provenance: 'Thomas Bryan Richards, 22 February, 1799'; 'Coll. per H. Drury Hannoviae V. Renouard. 140' (ink inscriptions to front free endpaper). Literature: Adams P1535; Ahmanson-Murphy 166; Renouard, Alde, 82:1; EDIT 16 CNCE 37589.

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Plinius Secundus (Gaius) Epistolarum libri X, 1518.

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Description: Plinius Secundus (Gaius) Epistolarum libri X, collation: *-⁂8 ⁂*4 a-z, aa-kk8 (⁂*3.4 blank), italic and some Roman type, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., the odd spot, 18th century polished calf, gilt, spine in compartments, minor worming to foot of spine, 1 corner little worn, 8vo (154 x 95mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [June, 1518]. ⁂ A very good copy of the reprint of the 1508 Aldine edition, with an additional index of subjects and an interpretation of Greek passages in an attractive binding. Literature: Adams P1535; Ahmanson-Murphy 166; Renouard, Alde, 82:1; EDIT 16 CNCE 37589.

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Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Amorum libri II, 1518.

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Description: Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Amorum libri II, Roman and italic type, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., initial spaces with guide-letter, s8 and x5 blank, occasional spotting, bound after defective Aldine, 19th century red crushed morocco, gilt, spine in compartments, [Adams P1864; Ahmanson-Murphy 165; Renouard, Alde, 85:10; EDIT 16 CNCE 37595], 8vo, [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [February, 1518] ⁂ First and only Aldine edition of the second volume of Pontanus's Latin verse. The first volume appeared in 1505. Pontanus was a humanist and poet from the Duchy of Spoleto in central Italy and was a leading light in the Accademia Pontaniana, which was named after him following the death of its founder the poet Antonio Beccadelli. Provenance: 'Ex-Libris D. Lanselle' (bookplate).

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Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Amorum libri II, 1518.

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Description: Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Amorum libri II, edited by Pietro Summante, collation: a-x8 y4 (s8 and x4 blank), italic and some Roman type, initial spaces with guide-letters, lacking final f (blank apart from woodcut Aldine device), water-stained, 19th century calf, gilt, covers with Aldine anchor devices, head of spine repaired, foot of spine worn, rubbed, 8vo (160 x 96mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [February, 1518]. ⁂ Only Aldine edition. Literature: Adams P1864; Ahmanson-Murphy 165; Renouard, Alde, 85:10; EDIT 16 CNCE 37595.

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Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Opera Omnia, 3 vol., 1518-1519.

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Description: Pontanus (Johannes Jovianus) Opera Omnia, collation:, 3 vol., collation: *4 a-z aa-ss8 (lacking blanks m8 and ss8); A-Z AA-QQ8 RR6; aaa-zzz AAA-RRR8; italic type, woodcut printer's devices to vol.1&3, initial spaces with guide-letters, vol.1 small area of repair to upper margins of first 4 ff., all vol. some foxing (mostly to vol.2) and occasional staining, handsome 18th century panelled morocco, richly gilt, spines in compartments and with double black morocco labels, rubbed, g.e., 4to (c.204 x 125mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [June, 1518 & April and September, 1519]. ⁂ A handsome set of the first collected Aldine edition. With fol. 64 in vol.2, which according to Renouard is often torn out because of its mocking of bishops, priests and monks. Includes a dedicatory epistle from Francesco Asolano to Altobello Averoldi, legate at Venice to Pope Leo X. Pontanus (1429-1503) was an Italian humanist, diplomat, scholar and poet. Literature: Adams 1860; Ahmanson-Murphy 168, 178 & 183; Renouard, Alde, 82:3; 87:6 & 87:7; EDIT 16 CNCE 47484.

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Cicero (Marcus Tullius) Orationum volumen primum [tertium], 1519.

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Description: Cicero (Marcus Tullius) Orationum volumen primum [-tertium], 3 vol., collation: *8 **4 a-z A-P8 Q4; aa12 bb-zz AA-LL8 MM12; aaa12 bbb-zzz AAA-MMM8 (with the following blanks only I: Q3&4, II: aa7 and MM11&12, III: aaa6 ttt8 MMM6&7), italic type, woodcut printer's devices, initial spaces with guide-letters, vol.1 title obliterated inscription causing small holes (repaired), title vol.2 a few worm holes / traces, all vol. some staining and spotting, later vellum-backed boards, earlier leather labels to spine, 8vo (c.164 x 99mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Toressani], [January, May & August, 1519]. ⁂ Rare first Aldine edition of the Orations, which Renouard calls 'Très belle'. Literature: Adams C1850; Ahmanson-Murphy 180 & 180.5; Renouard, Alde, 86:3; EDIT 16 CNCE 12211.

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Roger Payne binding.- Plutarch. Vitae illustrium virorum, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and Andre Torresanus, 1519.

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Description: Roger Payne binding.- Plutarch. Vitae illustrium virorum, collation: *4, aalfa-zψ8, aaαα-ttττ8, uuυυ10, complete with blank leaf *4. [4], 345, [1]ff., woodcut Aldine device on fols. a1r and uu10r, blank spaces for capitals with printed guide letters, some foxing, minor stains and spots, some Greek marginal notes, a few maniculae,18th-century red morocco by Roger Payne, covers with border of three gilt fillets, small floral tool at each corner, spine with six raised bands, compartments decorated with gilt floral and volute tools, author's name and imprint lettered in gold, imprint wrongly dated '1619', marbled endpapers, gilt ruled board edges, inner dentelles, gilt edges, spine headcap chipped, joints and cover edges slightly rubbed, overall a very good copy, folio, 311 x 207mm., Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and Andre Torresanus, 1519. ⁂ One of the most handsome editions published by the Aldine Press, at the time directed by Aldus's father-in-law Andrea Torresano. The text was edited by Gian Francesco Torresano, who dedicated the publication to Pietro Bembo. This copy is in an elegant red morocco binding executed by Roger Payne. "The most famous English binder of the latter half of the eighteenth century is Roger Payne. His reputation has been enhanced by his partiality for strong drink [perhaps accounting for the incorrect date on the spine!] and his elaborate, not always wholly truthful, bills. His typical and best-known bindings were usually in brown russia; red, blue, or green straight-grain morocco; or smooth olive morocco, with purple end-leaves and tall green headbands. They seem to date from the last eight or nine years of his life, when he was mainly working for his namesake, the bookseller Thomas Payne" (H.M. Nixon - M. M. Foot, The History of Decorated Booksbinding in England, Oxford 1992, pp. 91-92). From the library of the outstanding 18th-century French bibliophile Louis-Jean Gaignat. Provenance: Louis-Jean Gaignat (1697-1768; inscription on recto of front flyleaf; Michael Wodhull (1740-1816; (ownership inscription 'M. Wodhull Sept: 9th 1769 mar: rouge 4:4:=); from the library of Moncure Biddle (New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1952; see pencilled note on recto of front flyleaf, 'Biddle's bookplate was present when I examined the book before the sale, but, was missing when the book was delivered').

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Demosthenes. Orationes duæ & Sexaginta, 1520.

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Description: Demosthenes. Orationes duæ & Sexaginta, 2 parts in 1 vol., woodcut printer's device to titles, initial spaces with guide-letter, with final blank, a few instances of early ink marginalia, occasional staining or light browning, sig.T at end repaired tear within text without loss, 20th century vellum, [Adams D260; Ahmanson-Murphy 191; Renouard, Alde, 47:7 (note); EDIT 16 CNCE 16733], folio, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius, but Andrea Torresani], [November, 1504, but c.1520]. ⁂ The reprint of the handsomely printed editio princeps of 1504. The greatest of the Athenian orators Demosthenes was studied by Cicero, and Quintilian encouraged students of rhetoric not only to study his speeches, but to commit them to memory.

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Quintilianus (Marcus Fabius) Institutionum oratoriarum libri XII, 1521.

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Description: Quintilianus (Marcus Fabius) Institutionum oratoriarum libri XII, woodcut pirnter's device to title and verso of final f., initial spaces with guide-letter, some staining or spotting, contemporary limp vellum, a few stains, [Adams Q56; Renouard, Alde, 93:14 EDIT 16 54149], small 4to, [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], January, 1521. ⁂ On the theory and practice of oratory.

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Suetonius Tranquillus (Caius) XII Caesares, 1521.

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Description: Suetonius Tranquillus (Caius) XII Caesares, collation: A-G8 H4 a-z aa-rr8 (D8 blank), woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final f. initial spaces with guide-letters, obliterated ink ownership inscription to title, water-stained, 17th century calf, gilt spine in compartments and with red morocco label, some worming to spine, rubbed and scuffed, 8vo (151 x 90mm), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [May,1521]. ⁂ Reprint of the 1516 edition. Literature: Adams 2035 ; Ahmanson-Murphy 201; Renouard, Alde, 91:7; EDIT 16 CNCE 37658.

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Asconius Pedanius (Quintus) Expositio in IIII Orationes M. Tullii Cic. Contra C. Verrem &c., 1522.

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Description: Asconius Pedanius (Quintus) Expositio in IIII Orationes M. Tullii Cic. Contra C. Verrem &c., collation: *4 **8 a-z A-M8 N4 (*4 blank), italic and some Roman type, title and verso of otherwise blank final f. with woodcut printer's device, initial spaces with guide-letters, last few ff, stained, modern limp vellum, 8vo (153 x 92mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus], [December, 1522]. ⁂ First Aldine edition of these important commentaries on the orations of Cicero. Literature: Adams A2054; Ahmanson-Murphy 216; Renouard, Alde, 96:8; EDIT 16 CNCE 3254.

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Budé (Guillaume) Libri V. de Asse, 1522.

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Description: Budé (Guillaume) Libri V. de Asse, title and verso of colophon f. with woodcut printer's device, initial spaces with guide-letter, some staining and spotting, 20th century vellum, lightly stained, [Adams B3101; Ahmanson-Murphy 212; Fock p.41; Renouard 94:3; EDIT 16 CNCE 7797], 8vo, [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], September, 1522. ⁂ On ancient coins and measures. Budé was held in high esteem by François I and was a frequent correspondent with Erasmus and Thomas More.

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Demetrius, Phalereus. De Elocutione, 1522.

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Description: Demetrius, Phalereus. De Elocutione [graece], edited by Pietro Vettori, first separate edition, the second Giunta edition, title with woodcut printer's device and a variant to verso of G1, woodcut historiated initial, final 2 ff. misbound within preliminaries (the last blank), small ink stamp to title, some staining and spotting, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties, soiled, [Not in Adams; EDIT 16 CNCE 16155], 8vo, Florence, heirs of [Filippo] Giunta, 1552. ⁂ Rare at auction. A study of classical rhetoric by the last great exponent of Attic oratory. The author is best known as the first to propose the idea of founding a library at Alexandria to King Ptolemy I of Egypt.

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Justinus. Trogi Pompei Externae Historiae in Compendium ab Iustino Redactae, 1522.

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Description: Justinus. Trogi Pompei Externae Historiae in Compendium ab Iustino Redactae, collation: a-z A-B8 C4, italic and some Roman type, initial on a4 in later red on a ground of blue and gold, all other in later red, occasional early ink marginlia, ink stamp to foot of a1v, occasional staining or light foxing, 19th century vellum, spine richly gilt and with red and black morocco labels, 8vo (150 x 95mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [January, 1522]. ⁂ Rare first Aldine edition, which Renouard calls 'fort rare et bien plus correcte que toutes les précédentes'. Provenance: Harvard College Library, Bowie Collection (ink stamp). Literature: Adams J723; Ahmanson-Murphy 209; Renouard, Alde, 96:9; EDIT 16 CNCE 51989.

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Lucian of Samosata. Dialogi et alia multa opera, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresanus, October, 1522.

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Description: Lucian of Samosata. Dialogi et alia multa opera, Collation: *4, α-ω8, αα-δδ8, εε2, ζζ-μμ8, νν6 (fols. αα3- αα5 excised), [10], 565 of 571, [2] pages (lacking pp. 387-392), Greek text, woodcut Aldine device on title and on verso of final leaf, blank spaces for capitals with printed guide letters, title slightly soiled and spotted, minor paper flaw on fol. θθ4, affcting one or two letters, pale water-stain to lower blank margin of last leaves, a few finger-marks, late 18th-century vellum, title lettered in gilt on red morocco label, covers slightly stained, folio, 298 x 203mm., Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresanus, October, 1522. ⁂ The rare second Aldine edition of Lucian's works, first published by Aldus Manutius in 1503 - the editio princeps had appeared in Florence in 1496. The publication was edited by Federico Torresano and the text is set in the third Aldine Greek type. The publication also contains the Imagines by Philostratus, the Heroica and Vitae Sophistarum by Flavius Philostratus, and the Descriptiones by the sophist Callistratus. In many of the recorded copies of the Aldine Lucian two dialogues (the Mors Peregrini and the Philopatris), which were considered blasphemous), are censored by the excision of leaves, owing to their offensive content, in accordance with the rules of the Index of forbidden books issued in 1564. In this copy the leaves with the text of the Mors Peregrini (fols. αα3- αα5) have been excised, whereas the leaves containing the text of the Philopatris (fols. δδ 4-δδ5) have curiously not been censored. Literature: Adams L 1604; Renouard 95.4; Palau 81; Ahmanson-Murphy 213.

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Claudianus (Claudius) Opera Quam Diligentissime Castigata, Quorum Indicem in Sequenti Pagina Reperies, 1523.

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Description: Claudianus (Claudius) Opera Quam Diligentissime Castigata, Quorum Indicem in Sequenti Pagina Reperies, edited by Francesco Torreansicollation: a-y8, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final f., initial spaces with guide-letter, occasional spotting, contemporary vellum, yapp edges, remains of paper label to spine, 8vo, [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [March, 1523]. ⁂ First Aldine edition. Literature: Adams C2073; Ahmanson-Murphy 218; Renouard, Alde, 96:1; EDIT 16 CNCE 12668.

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Trapezuntius (Georgius) Continentur Hoc Volumine...Rhetoricorum libri V., 1523.

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Description: Trapezuntius (Georgius) Continentur Hoc Volumine...Rhetoricorum libri V., woodcut printer's device to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., initial spaces with guide-letter, *4 blank, some early ink marginalia, some staining and spotting, 19th century vellum, spine ends little worn, [Adams T907 (with erroneous collation); Ahmanson-Murphy 220; Renouard, Alde, 97:2; EDIT 16 CNCE 37700], folio, [Venice], [In the house of Aldus & Andrea Torresani, [April, 1523]. ⁂ Rare work by this Greek philosopher, humanist and scholar, best known for his teaching and translating of Aristotle and vitriolic attacks upon Plato.

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Valerius Flaccus (Gaius) Argonautica, 1523.

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Description: Valerius Flaccus (Gaius) Argonautica, collation: a-s8 t4, italic type, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of otherwise blank final f., initial spaces with guide-letter, occasional light staining, modern limp vellum, g.e., 8vo (158 x 98mm.), [Venice], [House of Aldus & Andrea Toressani], [May, 1523]. ⁂ First Aldine edition of this important epic poem. Literature: Adams V77; Ahmanson-Murphy 221; Renouard, Alde, 97:3; EDIT 16 CNCE 37708.

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Crastonus (Joannes) Dictionarium græcum...cum interpretatione Latina, 1524.

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Description: Crastonus (Joannes) Dictionarium græcum...cum interpretatione Latina, mostly double column, title and verso of otherwise blank final f. with woodcut printer's device, with penultimate blank, initial spaces with guide-letters, early ink signature to foot of title 'Francisci de Thomasii', some staining, heavier at start, a few short marginal tears, occasional spotting, 19th century marbled boards, black morocco label to spine, head of spine slightly chipped, large chip out of foot of spine, rubbed, [Adams C2895; Ahmanson-Murphy 228; Renouard, Alde, 99:3; EDIT 16 CNCE 13682], folio, Venice, [In the house of Aldus & Andrea Torresani], [December, 1524]. ⁂ Second Aldine edition.

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John Reynes binding.- [Greek Liturgy] (graece), Rome, Demetrios Doukas, October, 1526.

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Description: John Reynes binding.- [Greek Liturgy] (graece), collation: Α-Σ4, [72]ff., Greek text, printed in red and black throughout, woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials, leaves browned, some small stains and spots, a few marginal notes in a 17th-century hand, front pastedown with early notes about the tools used for the binding, strictly contemporary English binding by John Reynes of dark brown calf over wooden boards, each cover stamped with two panels in blind, the first showing a shield in an arched frame charged with the instruments of the Passion held by a unicorn, inscription 'Redemptoris Mundi Arma' and two marks of Reynes, the second panel divided into two compartments, upper showing the English royal arms, the lower one the Tudor rose within scrolls, supported by angels and Reynes's marks, two metal clasps preserved with catches on lower cover, spine repaired, lower joint split and cover partly detached, preserved in modern fleece-lined cloth box, 4to, 222 x 145mm., Rome, Demetrios Doukas, October, 1526. ⁂ The very rare first edition of the Liturgy of the Orthodox Church, the only Greek book printed in Rome by the Cretan Demetrios Doukas (c.1480-c.1527), the well-known editor of the Florentine Homer of 1488, then active at the Aldine Press in Venice and later, after moving to Spain, one of the editors of the celebrated Complutensian Polylot Bible. This copy is in a splendid, contemporary binding, executed in London by the renowned craftman John Reynes, stamped with panels containing the English royal arms and the Tudor rose. The panels are here in the first state with a pomegranate, the badge of Catherine of Aragon, the first of Henry VIII's wives, who was Queen of England between 1509 and 1533. The first state is very rare after 1530. In about 1532 Reynes dropped the pomegranate and replaced it with a cock, one of Henry VIII's badges. A very well preserved example of a John Reynes binding on a rare Roman edition which must have reached England shortly after its publication. Provenance: Rev. Joseph Gould (1797-1866; ex libris 'Joseph Gould Baltiol College' on front pastedown, and his ownership inscription 'Joseph Gould Burwash Sussex 1840' on recto of front flyleaf); Edward Cyrill Simpson (1894-1979; ex-libris on recto of front flyleaf). Literature: J. B. Oldham, Blind Panels of English Binders, Cambridge 1958.

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