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Auction Description for Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Western Manuscripts & Works on Paper
Viewing Notes:
Forum Auctions, 220 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4LP Monday 16th January 10.00am - 5.30pm Tuesday 17th January 10.00am - 5.30pm Wednesday 18th January 10.00am - 5.30pm Thursday 19th January 10.00am - 5.30pm The Westbury Hotel, London W1S 2YF Monday 23rd January 1.00pm - 8.00pm Tuesday 24th January 9.30am - 6.00pm Wednesday 25th January from 9.30am
General Information for Buyers at Auctio:
 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS 
INCORPORATING TERMS OF CONSIGNMENT AND TERMS OF SALE
 
General Information for Buyers at Auction
 
1. Introduction The following notices are intended to assist buyers, particularly those that are new to our saleroom and internet bidding platforms. Our auctions are governed by our Terms and Conditions of Business incorporating the Terms of Consignment, the Terms of Sale supplemented by any notices that are displayed in our saleroom, the online catalogue listing or announced by the auctioneer at the auction. Our Terms and Conditions of Business are available for inspection at our saleroom and online at www.forumauctions.co.uk. Our staff will be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding our Terms and Conditions of Business. Please make sure that you read our Terms of Sale set out in this catalogue and on our website carefully before bidding in the auction. In registering to bid with us you are committing to be bound by our Terms of Sale.
 
 2. Agency As auctioneers we usually act on behalf of the seller whose identity, for reasons of confidentiality, is not normally disclosed. If you buy at auction your contract for the goods is with the seller, not with us as auctioneer.
 
3. Estimates  Estimates are intended to indicate the sum that might be involved for the purchase of a particular lot. The lower estimate may represent the reserve price (the minimum price for which a lot may be sold) and cannot be below the reserve price. Estimates do not include the buyer's premium, VAT or other taxes and fees (where chargeable). Estimates may be altered by a saleroom notice.
 
4. Buyer's Premium The Terms of Sale oblige you to pay a buyer's premium on the hammer price of each lot purchased. Our normal rate of buyer's premium is 25% of the first £100,000 of hammer, reducing to 20% of the hammer price from £100,001 to £1,000,000 and then 12% of hammer price in excess of £1,000,000. 
 
5. VAT An amount equivalent to VAT is added to the buyer's premium under the Auctioneer's Margin Scheme and cannot be reclaimed as input VAT, even on export outside EU. Additional VAT charges may apply and are marked, by lot, in our catalogue with the following symbols:
a. (*) indicates that VAT is payable by the buyer on the hammer price as well as on the buyer's premium. VAT will be charged at the standard UK rate (presently 20%) and may be reclaimed on export outside of the EU. Please note that there are time restrictions on eligibility for such reclaims. 
b. (**) indicates that the lot has been imported from outside the European Union and a reduced rate of Import VAT (presently 5%) is payable by the buyer on the hammer price and the normal rate of VAT (presently 20%) on the buyer's premium. Import VAT may be reclaimed on export outside the EU.
c. VAT is not payable on the buyers' premium for certain goods, such as qualifying books.
 
6. Inspection of goods by the buyer You will have ample opportunity to inspect the goods and must do so for any lots that you might wish to bid for. Please note carefully the exclusion of liability for the condition of lots set out in Clause 11 of our Terms of Sale.
 
7. Export of goods If you intend to export goods you must find out in advance of the sale whether an export license is needed or if there is a prohibition on exporting goods of that character e.g. because the goods contain prohibited materials such as ivory.
 
8. Bidding Bidders will be required to register with us before bidding. Purchases will be invoiced to the buyer's registered name and address only. When first registering for an account with us you will need to provide us with proof of your identity in a form acceptable to us.
 
9. Commission bidding You may leave commission bids with us indicating the maximum amount (excluding the buyer's premium and/or any applicable VAT, fees or other taxes) you authorise us to bid on your behalf for a lot. We will execute commission bids at the lowest price possible having regard only to the vendor reserve and competing bids. We recommend that you submit commission bids using your account on our website.
 
10. Live online bidding When using our BidFORUM platform to participate in the auction through your account on our website there will be no additional charges payable. If you are using a third party live bidding platform then additional fees of up to 5% are applicable.  We will invoice these to you as an additional service and any applicable VAT will be separated out.
 
11. Methods of Payment We accept payments in UK Sterling securely over our website and accept and all major debit and credit cards (except Amex) issued by a UK or EU bank, charging an additional 2.5% for credit cards only. We also accept bank transfers (details below), cash payments up to €15,000, and cheques if issued by UK banks only. All funds need to have cleared into our account before items are collected. For bank transfers, please quote the Invoice Number as the payee reference.
 
12. Collection and storage Please note what the Terms of Sale say about collection and storage. It is important that you pay for and collect your goods promptly. Any delay may result in you having to pay storage charges of at least £1.50 per Lot per day as set out in Clause 7 of our Terms of Sale.
 
13. Loss and Damage to Goods We are not authorised by the FCA to provide insurance services. Liability for a lot passes to the buyer on the fall of the hammer or conclusion of an online auction (as applicable). In the event that you wish for us to continue to accept liability for your purchased lots this must be agreed with us in writing in advance of the sale and any agreed charges are payable before collection of the goods.
 
14. Other symbols within the catalogue
a. (?) denotes a lot in which we have a financial interest.
b. (?) denotes a lot where Artist's Resale Right or Droit de Suite royalty charges may be applicable. Presently these charges are levied on a sliding scale at 4% of the hammer price up to Euro 50,000; 2% from Euro 50,001 to 200,000; 1% from Euro 200,001 to 350,000; 0.5% from Euro 350,001 to 500,000; and 0.25% above Euro 500,000 subject always to a maximum royalty charge of Euro 12,500.  We will collect and pay royalty charges on your behalf and calculate the £ sterling equivalent of the Euro amount.  
 
15. Shipping We can help you arrange packing and shipping of your purchases by arrangement with our shipping department.  Please contact shipping@forumauctions.co.uk for a list of shippers we regularly use together with indicative pricing for packing and shipping
 
Summary of additional symbols in the catalogue:
 
*       VAT at 20% is payable on the hammer price
**     Import duty at 5% is applicable to the hammer price
?       Artists Resale Right or Droit de Suite royalties may be payable
ARR  [Website only] Artists Resale Right or Droit de Suite
?       We have a financial interest in the lot
 
Our bank details for electronic transfers are: 
 
HSBC, 16 King St, London WC2E 8JF
Account Name: Forum Auctions Limited
Account Number: 12213079
Sort Code: 40-04-09
IBAN: GB07MIDL40040912213079
BIC: MIDLGB2106D
 

TERMS OF SALE

 
Both the sale of goods at our auctions and your relationship with us are governed by the Terms of Consignment (primarily applicable to sellers) the Terms of Sale (primarily applicable to bidders and buyers) and any notices displayed in the saleroom or announced by us at the auction (collectively, the "Conditions of Business"). The Terms of Consignment and Terms of Sale are available at our saleroom on request.
 
Please read these Terms of Sale carefully. Please note that if you register to bid and/or bid at auction this signifies that you agree to and will comply with these Terms of Sale. If registering to buy over a Bidding Platform you will be asked, at every auction, to confirm your agreement to these terms before you are able to place a bid.
 
Definitions and interpretation
 
To make these Terms of Sale easier to read, we have given the following words a specific meaning:
 
"Auctioneer" means Forum Auctions Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 10048705 and whose registered office is located at 8 The Chase, London SW4 0NH or its authorised auctioneer, as appropriate;
 
"Bidder" means a person participating in bidding at the auction;
 
"Bidding Platform" means the bidding platform on which an auction is held operated by the Auctioneer, or by a third party service provider on the Auctioneer's behalf;
 
"Buyer" means the person who makes the highest bid for a Lot accepted by the Auctioneer;
 
"Deliberate Forgery" means: 
(a) an imitation made with the intention of deceiving as to authorship, origin, date, age, period, culture or source;
(b) which is described in the catalogue as being the work of a particular creator without qualification; and 
(c) which at the date of the auction had a value materially less than it would have had if it had been as described;
 
"Exclusively Online Auction" means only an auction held exclusively over the Website or Bidding Platform and where we have not made the Goods available for viewing or inspection.  NB this does not apply for any auctions, howsoever held, where we have made the Goods available for inspection;
 
"Hammer Price" means the level of the highest bid accepted by the Auctioneer for a Lot by the fall of the hammer;
 
"Lot(s)" means the goods that we offer for sale at our auctions;
 
"Premium" means the fee that we will charge you on your purchase of a Lot to be calculated as set out in Clause 3;
 
"Reserve" means the minimum hammer price at which a Lot may be sold;
 
"Sale Proceeds" means the net amount due to the Seller;
 
"Seller" means the persons who consign Lots   for   sale at our auctions;
 
"Terms of Consignment" means the terms on which we agree to offer Lots for sale in our auctions as agent on behalf of Sellers;
 
"Terms of Sale" means these terms of sale, as amended or updated from time to time;
 
"Total Amount Due" means the Hammer Price for a Lot, the Premium, any applicable artist's resale right royalty, any VAT or import duties due and any additional charges payable by a defaulting buyer under these Terms of Sale;
 
"Trader" means a Seller who is acting for purposes relating to that Seller's trade, business, craft or profession, whether acting personally or through another person acting in the trader's name or on the trader's behalf;
 
"VAT" means Value Added Tax or any equivalent sales tax; and
 
"Website" means our website available www.forumauctions.co.uk.
 
In these Terms of Sale, the words 'you', 'yours', etc. refer to you as the Buyer. The words "we", "us", etc. refer to the Auctioneer. Any reference to a 'Clause' is to a clause of these Terms of Sale unless stated otherwise.
 
1 Information that we are required to give to Consumers
 
1.1 A description of the main characteristics of each Lot as contained in the auction catalogue.
1.2 Our name, address and contact details as set out herein, in our auction catalogues and/or on our Website.
1.3 The price of the Goods and arrangements for payment as described in Clauses 3, 4 and 6.
1.4 The arrangements for collection of the Goods as set out in Clauses 6 and 7.
1.5 Your right to return a Lot and receive a refund if the Lot is a Deliberate Forgery as set out in Clause 12.
1.6 We and Trader Sellers have a legal duty to supply any Lots to you in accordance with these Terms of Sale.
1.7 If you have any complaints, please send them to us directly at the address set out on our Website.
 
2 Bidding procedures and the Buyer
 
2.1 You must register your details with us before bidding and provide us with any requested proof of identity and billing information, in a form acceptable to us.
2.2 We strongly recommend that you either attend the auction in person or inspect the Lots prior to bidding at the auction. You are responsible for your decision to bid for a particular Lot. If you
bid on a Lot, including by telephone and online bidding, or by placing a commission bid, we assume that you have carefully inspected the Lot and satisfied yourself regarding its condition.
2.3 If you instruct us in writing, we may execute commission bids on your behalf. Neither we nor our employees or agents will be responsible for any failure to execute your commission bid.
Where two or more commission bids at the same level are recorded we have the right, at our sole discretion, to prefer one over others.
2.4 The Bidder placing the highest bid accepted by the Auctioneer for a Lot will be the Buyer at the Hammer Price. Any dispute about a bid will be settled at our sole discretion. We may reoffer
the Lot during the auction or may settle any dispute in another way. We will act reasonably when deciding how to settle the dispute.
2.5 Bidders will be deemed to act as principals, even if the Bidder is acting as an agent for a third party.
2.6 We may bid on Lots on behalf of the Seller up to one bidding increment (as set at our sole discretion) below the Reserve.
2.7 We may at our sole discretion refuse to accept any bid.
2.8 Bidding increments will be set at our sole discretion.
 
3 The purchase price
 
As Buyer, you will pay:
a. the Hammer Price;
b. a premium of 25% of the Hammer Price up to a Hammer Price of £100,000; plus 20% of the Hammer Price from £100,001 to £1,000,000; plus 12% of the Hammer Price exceeding £1,000,000;
c. any import or other duties applicable to the Lot;
d. any artist's resale right royalty payable on the sale of the Lot; and
 
4 VAT and other duties
 
4.1 You shall be liable for the payment of any VAT and other duties applicable on the Hammer Price and premium due for a Lot. Please see the symbols used in the auction catalogue for that
Lot and the "Information for Buyers" in our auction catalogue for further information.
4.2 We will charge VAT and other duties at the current rate at the date of the auction.
 
5 The contract between you and the Seller
 
5.1 The contract for the purchase of the Lot between you and the Seller will be formed when the hammer falls accepting the highest bid for the Lot at the auction.
5.2 You may directly enforce any terms in the Terms of Consignment against a Seller to the extent that you suffer damages and/or loss as a result of the Seller's breach of the Terms of
Consignment.
5.3 If you breach these Terms of Sale, you may be responsible for damages and/or losses suffered by a Seller or us. If we are contacted by a Seller who wishes to bring a claim against you, we
may at our discretion provide the Seller with information or assistance in relation to that claim.
5.4 We normally act as an agent only and will not have any responsibility for default by you or the Seller (unless we are the Seller of the Lot).
5.5 For Exclusively Online Auction only, Clauses 16 and 17 may apply
 
6 Payment
 
6.1 Immediately following your successful bid on a Lot you will:
6.1.1 give to us, if not already provided to our satisfaction, proof of identity in a form acceptable to us (and any other information that we require in order to comply with our anti-money
laundering obligations); and
6.1.2 pay to us the Total Amount Due in any way that we agree to accept payment or in cash (for which there is an aggregate upper limit of 15,000 euros for all purchases made in any
auction).
6.2 If you owe us any money, we may use any payment made by you to repay prior debts before applying such monies towards your purchase of the Lot(s).
 
7 Title and collection of purchases
 
7.1 Once you have paid us in full the Total Amount Due for any Lot, ownership of that Lot will transfer to you. You may not claim or collect a Lot until you have paid for it.
7.2 You will (at your own expense) collect any Lots that you have purchased and paid for not later than 10 business days following the day of the auction; or
7.3 If you do not collect the Lot within this time period, you will be responsible for any reasonable removal, storage and insurance charges in relation to that Lot amounting to at least £1.50 per
Lot per day.
 
7.4 Risk of loss or damage to the Lot will pass to you at the fall of the Hammer or when you have otherwise purchased the Lot.
7.5 If you do not collect the Lot that you have paid for within forty-five days after the auction, we may sell the Lot. We will pay the proceeds of any such sale to you, but will deduct any storage charges or other sums that we have incurred in the storage and sale of the Lot. We reserve the right to charge you a selling commission at our standard rates on any such resale of the Lot.
 
8 Remedies for non-payment or failure to collect purchases
 
8.1 Please do not bid on a Lot if you do not intend to buy it. If your bid is successful, these Terms of Sale will apply to you. This means that you will have to carry out your obligations set out in these Terms of Sale. If you do not comply with these Terms of Sale, we may (acting on behalf of the Seller and ourselves) pursue one or more of the following measures:
8.1.1 take action against you for damages for breach of contract;
8.1.2 reverse the sale of the Lot to you and/or any other Lots sold by us to you;
8.1.3 resell the Lot by auction or private treaty (in which case you will have to pay any difference between the Total Amount Due for the Lot and the price we sell it for as well as the
charges outlined in Clause 7.5). Please note that if we sell the Lot for a higher amount than your winning bid, the extra money will belong to the Seller;
8.1.4 remove, store and insure the Lot at your expense;
8.1.5 if you do not pay us within 10 business days of your successful bid, we may charge interest at a rate not exceeding 1.5% per month on the Total Amount Due;
8.1.6 keep that Lot or any other Lot sold to you until you pay the Total Amount Due;
8.1.7 reject or ignore bids from you or your agent at future auctions or impose conditions before we accept bids from you; and/or
8.1.8 if we sell any Lots for you, use the money made on these Lots to repay any amount you owe us.
8.2 We will act reasonably when exercising our rights under Clause 8.1. We will contact you before exercising these rights and try to work with you to correct any non- compliance by you with these Terms of Sale.
 
9 Health and safety
 
Although we take reasonable precautions regarding health and safety, you are on our premises at your own risk. Please note the lay-out of the premises and security arrangements. Neither we nor our employees or agents are responsible for the safety of you or your property when you visit our premises, unless you suffer any injury to your person or damage to your property as a result of our, our employees' or our agents' negligence.
 
10 Warranties
 
10.1 The Seller warrants to us and to you that:
10.1.1 the Seller is the true owner of the Lot for sale or is authorised by the true owner to offer and sell the lot at auction;
10.1.2 the Seller is able to transfer good and marketable title to the Lot, subject to any restrictions set out in the Lot description, to you free from any third party rights or claims; and
10.1.3 as far as the Seller is aware, the main characteristics of the Lot set out in the auction catalogue (as amended by any notice displayed in the saleroom or announced by the
Auctioneer at the auction) are correct. For the avoidance of doubt, you are solely responsible for satisfying yourself as to the condition of the Lot in all respects.
10.2 If, after you have placed a successful bid and paid for a Lot, any of the warranties above are found not to be true, please notify us in writing. Neither we nor the Seller will be liable, under
any circumstances, to pay you any sums over and above the Total Amount Due and we will not be responsible for any inaccuracies in the information provided by the Seller except as set out
below.
10.3 Please note that many of the Lots that you may bid on at our auction are second- hand.
10.4 If in an Exclusively Online Auction a Lot is not second-hand and you purchase the Lot as a Consumer from a Seller that is a Trader, a number of additional terms may be implied by law in
addition to the Seller's warranties set out at Clause 8.1 (in particular under the Consumer Rights Act 2015). These Terms of Sale do not seek to exclude your rights under law as they relate to
the sale of these Lots.
10.5 Save as expressly set out above, all other warranties, conditions or other terms which might have effect between the Seller and you, or us and you, or be implied or incorporated by statue,
common law or otherwise are excluded.
 
11 Descriptions and condition
 
11.1 Our descriptions of the Lot will be based on: (a) information provided to us by the Seller of the Lot (for which we are not liable); and (b) our opinion (although we do not warrant that we have
carried out a detailed inspection of each Lot).
11.2 We will give you a number of opportunities to view and inspect the Lots before the auction. You (and any consultants acting on your behalf) must satisfy yourself about the accuracy of any
description of a Lot. We shall not be responsible for any failure by you or your consultants to properly inspect a Lot.
11.3 Representations or statements by us as to authorship, genuineness, origin, date, age, provenance, condition or estimated selling price involve matters of opinion. We undertake that any
such opinion will be honestly and reasonably held, subject always to the limitations in 12.1, and accept liability for opinions given negligently or fraudulently.
11.4 Please note that Lots (in particular second-hand Lots) are unlikely to be in perfect condition. 
11.4.1 Lots are sold "as is" (i.e. as you see them at the time of the auction). Neither we nor the Seller accept any liability for the condition of second-hand Lots or for any condition issues
affecting a Lot if such issues are included in the description of a Lot in the auction catalogue (or in any saleroom notice) and/ or which the inspection of a Lot by the Buyer ought to have
revealed.
13.4.2 In the case of Exclusively Online Auctions the provisions of Clauses 16 and 17 may apply
 
12 Deliberate Forgeries
 
12.1 You may return any Lot which is found to be a Deliberate Forgery to us within twelve months of the auction provided that you return the Lot to us in the same condition as when it was released to you, accompanied by a written statement identifying the Lot from the relevant catalogue description and a written statement of defects prepared by an accredited expert.
12.2 If we are reasonably satisfied that the Lot is a Deliberate Forgery, we will refund the money paid by you for the Lot (including any Premium and applicable VAT) provided that if:
12.2.1 the catalogue description reflected the accepted view of experts as at the date of the auction; or
12.2.2 you personally are not able to transfer good and marketable title in the Lot to us,
you will have no right to a refund under this Clause 12.
12.3 If you have sold the Lot to another person, we will only be liable to refund the Total Amount Due for the Lot. We will not be responsible for repaying any additional money you may have made from selling the Lot or any other costs you have incurred in relation to the Lot save for those Lots purchased in exclusively online auctions from a Trader.
12.4 Your right to return a Lot that is a Deliberate Forgery does not affect your legal rights and is in addition to any other right or remedy provided by law or by these Terms of Sale.
 
13 Our liability to you
 
13.1 We will not be liable for any loss of opportunity or disappointment suffered as a result of participating in our auction.
13.2 In addition to the above, neither we nor the Seller shall be responsible to you and you shall not be responsible to the Seller or us for any other loss or damage that any of us suffer that is not
a foreseeable result of any of us not complying with the Conditions of Business. Loss or damage is foreseeable if it is obvious that it will happen or if at the time of the sale of the Lot, all of we,
you and the Seller knew it might happen.
13.3 Subject to Clause 12.4, if we are found to be liable to you for any reason (including, amongst others, if we are found to be negligent, in breach of contract or to have made a
misrepresentation), our liability will be limited to the Total Amount Due as paid by you to us for any Lot.
13.4 Notwithstanding the above, nothing in these Terms of Sale shall limit our liability (or that of our employees or agents) for:
13.4.1 death or personal injury resulting from negligence (as defined in the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977);
13.4.2 fraudulent misrepresentation; or
13.4.3 any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
 
14 Notices
 
14.1 All notices between you and us regarding these Terms of Sale must be in writing and signed by or on behalf of the party giving it.
14.2 Any notice referred in Clause 14.1 may be given:
14.2.1 by delivering it by hand;
14.2.2 by first class pre-paid post or Recorded Delivery; or
14.2.3 by email, provided that a copy is also sent by pre-paid post or Recorded Delivery.
14.3 Notices must be sent:
14.3.1 by hand or registered post:
a. to us, at our address set out in these Terms of Sale or at our registered office address appearing on our Website; and
b. to you, at the last postal address that you have given to us as your contact address in writing; or
14.3.2 by email:
a. to us, at the following email addresses:
p.walker@forumauctions.co.uk; office@forumauctions.co.uk
b. to you, by sending the notice to any email address that you have given to us as your contact email address in writing.
14.4 Notices will be deemed to have been received:
14.4.1 if delivered by hand, on the day of delivery;
14.4.2 if sent by first class pre-paid post or Recorded Delivery, two business days after posting, exclusive of the day of posting; or
14.4.3 if sent by email, at the time of transmission unless sent after 17.00 in the place of receipt in which case they will be deemed to have been received on the next business day in the
place of receipt (provided that a copy has also been sent by pre-paid post or Recorded Delivery).
14.5 Any notice or communication given under these Terms of Sale will not be validly given if sent by fax, email (unless also delivered Recorded Delivery), any form of messaging via social media or text message.
 
15 Data Protection
 
We will hold and process any personal data in relation to you in accordance with the principles underlying the Data Protection Act.  Our registration number with the Information Commissioner is ZA178875. 
 
16 Conditional Right to cancel following an Exclusively Online Auction only
 
16.1 If you are contracting as a Consumer and the Seller of a Lot is a Trader, you will have a statutory right to cancel your purchase of that Lot if you change your mind for any reason. The
provisions below set out your legal right to cancel. Further advice about your legal right to cancel your purchase is available from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Trading Standards office.
16.2 You may cancel your purchase at any time from the date of the Order Confirmation up to the end of the fourteenth day after the day of collection of the Lot by you or the person specified by
you for collection (e.g. if you receive an Order Confirmation on 1 January and you collect a Lot on 10 January, you may cancel at any time between 1 January and the end of the day on 24
January).
16.3 To cancel your purchase, you must inform us of your intention to cancel it. The easiest way to do so is to complete the model cancellation form attached to your Order Confirmation. If you
use this method, we will email you to confirm that we have received your cancellation. Alternatively, you can email us at  office@forumauctions.co.uk.  If you send us your cancellation notice by
email or by post, then your cancellation is effective from the date you send us the email or post the letter to us.
16.4 If you exercise your right to cancel your purchase, you will receive a refund of the Total Amount Due paid for the Lot in accordance with Clause 17. When exercising the cancellation right,
you must return the Lots to us immediately at your own cost (as set out below).
16.5 Following purchasing of Lots, you are entitled to a reasonable opportunity to inspect the Lots (which will include removing them from their packaging and inspecting them). At all times, you
must take reasonable care of the Lots and must not let them out of your possession. If you are in breach of your obligations to take reasonable care of the Lots, we will have a claim against you
and may deduct from the refund costs incurred by us as a result of the breach.
16.6 Details of this statutory right, and an explanation of how to exercise it, are also provided in the Order Confirmation. This provision does not affect your statutory rights.
16.7 The cancellation right described in this Clause is in addition to any other right that you might have to reject a Lot, for instance because it is a Deliberate Forgery as set out in Clause 12.
 
17 Exercising the right to cancel following an Exclusively Online Auction only
 
17.1 Where you have validly returned a Lot to us under your right of cancellation described in Clause 16, we will refund the full amount paid by you for the Lot.
17.2 Please note that we are permitted by law to reduce your refund to reflect any reduction in the value of the Lot, if this has been caused by your handling of the Lot in a way contrary to the conditions specified in these terms or which would not be permitted during a pre-sale exhibition held prior to an auction. If we refund you the price paid before we are able to inspect the Lot and later discover you have handled the Lot in an unacceptable way, you must pay us an appropriate amount.
17.3 You will be responsible for returning the Lot to us at your own cost.
17.4 We will process any refund due to you within the deadlines below:
17.4.1 if you have collected the Lot but have not returned it to us: fourteen days after the day on which we receive the Lot back from you or, if earlier, the day on which you provide us with
evidence that you have sent the Lot back to us; or
17.4.2 if you have not collected the Lot or you have already returned the Lot to us: fourteen days after you inform us of your decision to cancel the Contract.
17.5 We will refund you using the same means of payment that you used for the transaction.
17.6 Legal ownership of a Lot will immediately revert to the Seller if we refund any such payment to you.
17.7 For further information on how to return Lots to us, please get in touch with us using the contact details provided on our Website.
 
18 General
 
18.1 We may at our sole discretion, though acting reasonably, refuse admission to our premises or attendance at our auctions by any person.
18.2 We act as an agent for our Sellers. The rights we have to claim against you for breach of these Terms of Sale may be used by either us, our employees or agents, or the Seller, its
employees or agents, as appropriate. Other than as set out in this Clause, these Terms of Sale are between you and us and no other person will have any rights to enforce any of these Terms of
Sale.
18.3 We may use special terms in the catalogue descriptions of particular Lots. You must read these terms carefully along with any glossary provided in our auction catalogues.
18.4 Each of the clauses of these Terms of Sale operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining clauses will remain in full force and
effect.
18.5 We may change these Terms of Sale from time to time, without notice to you. Please read these Terms of Sale for every sale in which you intend to bid carefully, as they may be different
from the last time you read them.
18.6 Except as otherwise stated in these Terms of Sale, each of our rights and remedies are: (a) are  in  addition  to and not exclusive of  any other rights or remedies  under these Terms of Sale
or general law; and (b) may be waived only in writing and specifically. Delay in exercising or non-exercise of any right under these Terms of Sale is not a waiver of that or any other right. Partial
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Incunabula.- Diomedes. De arte grammatica, Venice, Venice, c.1476-80.

Estimate: £7,500 - £10,000

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.

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

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.

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

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.

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

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.

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,500

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.

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

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.

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

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.

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

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.

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

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.

Estimate: £600 - £800

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.

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

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.

Estimate: £600 - £800

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.

Estimate: £600 - £800

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.

Estimate: £750 - £1,000

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.

Estimate: £700 - £900

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.

Estimate: £500 - £700

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.

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

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.

Estimate: £700 - £900

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.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

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.

Estimate: £600 - £800

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.

Estimate: £500 - £700

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.

Estimate: £400 - £600

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.

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

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.

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

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.

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

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.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

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].

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

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.

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

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.

Estimate: £400 - £600

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.

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

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.

Estimate: £400 - £600

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.

Estimate: £400 - £600

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.

Estimate: £400 - £600

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.

Estimate: £300 - £400

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.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800

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.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800

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.

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

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.

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

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.

Estimate: £600 - £800

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.

Estimate: £300 - £400

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.

Estimate: £300 - £400

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.

Estimate: £500 - £700

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.

Estimate: £300 - £400

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.

Estimate: £300 - £400

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.

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

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.

Estimate: £300 - £400

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.

Estimate: £500 - £700

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.

Estimate: £500 - £700

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.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

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.

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

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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