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Important Books, Manuscripts & Works on Paper

by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury


372 lots | 369 with images

November 28, 2013

Live Auction

24 Maddox Street

London, W1S 1PP United Kingdom

Phone: 0203 291 2832

Fax: 01635 553599

Email: info@bloomsburyauctions.com

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Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, Pope Pius II. Epistola

Lot 1: Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, Pope Pius II. Epistola

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Description: Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, Pope Pius II. Epistola ad Mahumetem, 53 ff. (of 54, lacking initial blank), 27 lines, Gothic type, title underlined in red, first initial in blue, initial-strokes in red, early ink marginalia and passage marking, single small wormhole throughout, minor (almost imperceptible) loss to the odd letter, a few small marginal water-stains, some light foxing (mostly marginal), the Sir Sydney Cockerell copy, with his bibliographical notes on the present work to front free endpaper, bound in russet morocco, by Katharine Adams, titled in gilt on upper cover and on spine (date incorrectly so), spine with five raised bands, date on upper cover partially obscured by remains of a thick paper label, a little rubbed and marked, spine slightly faded, [BMC I, 191; Goff P-697; Hain 172], small 4to, [Cologne], [Ulrich Zell], [not after 1472]. Provenance: Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (ink inscription to front free endpaper 'Sydney C. Cockerell, Richmond Surrey, 1903'), former private secretary to William Morris and Wilfred Scawen Blunt; director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and avid collector of Kelmscott Press books. ***Pius II's public letter to Mehmed II, attempting to convert the Turkish ruler to Christianity. Rare at auction (only four copies recorded since 1979; the last three copies being the Abrams; Friedlaender; and Stonyhurst College copies respectively). The binder Katharine Adams also worked on commission for Dyson Perrins, St.John Hornby, Fairfax-Murray and the Kelmscott, Doves and Ashendene Presses..

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Plinius Secundus (Gaius) Historia Naturalis,

Lot 2: Plinius Secundus (Gaius) Historia Naturalis,

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Description: Plinius Secundus (Gaius) Historia Naturalis, edited by Philippus Beroaldus, 266 ff.(of 268, lacking initial and final blank), 58 lines, Roman type, c1 elaborately illuminated, with large initial 'M' in gold on coloured background, margins decorated in colours and gold, including foliage and flowers, a portrait bust of Pliny, crowned with laurels and at foot a coat-of-arms with initials MAV, supported by grotesque monsters, initials for each book and chapter supplied in red or blue, early name at foot of of a2 and c1, early ink marginalia, some trimmed, crayon scoring or notes on e2/3, B2, aa3, ee2, marginal holes to a2/3, partly repaired, single worm hole from u7, increasing to 3 holes affecting text and others in margins by end, last f. inner margin restored, lower corners of a few ff. creased, first and last few pp. little soiled, occasional marking elsewhere, attractive eighteenth-century red morocco, gilt, little rubbed, [BMC VII, 937; Goff P-793; HC 13094], folio, Parma, Andreas Portilia, 8th July, 1481. ***Provenance: Arms on c1: azure, a stag's head argent, with an 8-pointed star or between the antlers; 'Boscarini de Boscarinis',a member of the widespread Italian family of Piedmontese origins, name at foot of a2 and c1; 'Lord Pembroke's sales 26 June 1914 lot 158' note at end..

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Hyginus (Caius Julius) Poeticon Astronomicon,

Lot 3: Hyginus (Caius Julius) Poeticon Astronomicon,

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Description: Hyginus (Caius Julius) Poeticon Astronomicon, edited by Jacobus Sentinus and Johannes Lucilius Santritter, second edition, first illustrated edition, 49 ff. (of 58, lacking initial blank and g3-10), 31 lines, Gothic type, title in red and black, half-page woodcut illustrations, decorative woodcut initials, marginal water-staining, mostly at foot, some soiling, 19th century half calf, covers detached, worn, [BMC V, 286; Goff H-560; Hain 9062; Sander 3472], small 4to, [Venice], [Erhard Ratdolt], [14th October, 1482]. Provenance: Richard Mant, Trinity College, Oxford (19th century engraved bookplate). ***The woodcuts constitute the earliest printed representation of the constellations. The work explains the basics of astronomy using a blend of myth and science..

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Sacrobosco (Johannes de) Sphaera Mundi, [probably

Lot 4: Sacrobosco (Johannes de) Sphaera Mundi, [probably

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Description: Sacrobosco (Johannes de) Sphaera Mundi, [probably edited by Johannes Lucilius Santritter], 58 ff., 32 lines, Roman type, initial full-page woodcut of an armillary sphere, 61 woodcut astronomical diagrams (probably by Santritter), 7 of these partially colour-printed in olive, yellow-brown and red, woodcut decorative initials, occasional early ink marginalia, woodcut of armillary sphere with a few small repairs and neatly window-mounted into old paper (almost imperceptibly recto), several (mostly minor) marginal repairs (including to a couple of short marginal tears), a few spots, modern calf, gilt spine in compartments, [BMC V, 290; Goff J-406; HC 14111; Sander 6662], small 4to, [Venice], [Erhard Ratdolt], [before 4th November, 1485]. ***One of the earliest examples of colour printing, Sphaera mundi is a cornerstone of medieval astronomy. This edition contains several woodcuts not included in Ratdolt's 1482 edition. Based on the work of Ptolemy and various middle eastern commentaries it was first studied and taught at the University of Paris and was soon required reading across Europe. Divided into four chapters it first defines a sphere and its cycles, the rising and settings of the signs and finally the movements of the sun and other planets..

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Euclides. liber elementorum, second edition, 136

Lot 5: Euclides. liber elementorum, second edition, 136

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Description: Euclides. liber elementorum, second edition, 136 ff. (of 138, lacking initial and final blank), 50-51 lines (proofs) and headline, Roman type (propositions and proofs), Gothic type (reference letters of diagrams), a2r with fine woodcut three-sided animal border and matching initial P, numerous marginal woodcut and type-rule diagrams, woodcut decorative initials, a2 lower corner slightly chipped with minor loss to printed border, 4 (diminishing to 1) small wormholes to outer margins of all to c4, occasionally just touching a part of a diagram, marginal water-staining or foxing to varying degrees, a few small stains both marginal or within text, upper hinge broken, contemporary vellum, small section missing from foot of lower cover, stained, [BMC VII, 1033; Goff E-114; HC 6694; Sander 2606; cf. PMM 25], folio, [Vicenza], [Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Gulielmus de Papia], 13th May [or 20th June], 1491. ***The second edition of 'the oldest mathematical textbook in the world' (PMM). It is rarer than the 1482 first edition of Ratdolt. The Shuckburgh copy is the last we can trace at auction (Christie's, November, 1993). The handful of other offerings since 1979 include the Honeyman and Duarte copies..

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Aldine Contrafaction.- Martialis (Marcus Valerius)

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Description: Aldine Contrafaction.- Martialis (Marcus Valerius) Epigrammata, capital spaces with guideletters, with final blank, contemporary ink notes and marginalia, sometimes extensive (particularly on front free endpaper and title), without penultimate colophon / printer's warning leaf (probably sometimes omitted by the printer due to the nature of the present edition. Adams calls for 2 final blanks; the Ahmanson-Murphy copy has the warning f.), V5 recto 14 lines scored through in ink (still legible), some marginal water-staining, mostly at beginning and end, a few ink marks, attractive contemporary blind-stamped calf, covers with central panel consisting of five rows of various botanical decorations, all within an outer border made up of dragon and scrolling thorn bush motifs, neatly restored, lacking ties, [Adams M690; Ahmanson-Murphy 1105; Renouard 306:6], 8vo, [Lyon], [c.1502]. Provenance: ?Francois Brisson (early ink signature to penultimate blank); Ed.Prevost, Poiters, 1907 (ink stamp to front pastedown and recto of final blank). ***A rare contrafaction with much evidence of contemporary scholarship in a noteworthy contemporary binding..

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Lactantius (Lucius Caecilius Firmianus) Opera, 2

Lot 7: Lactantius (Lucius Caecilius Firmianus) Opera, 2

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Description: Lactantius (Lucius Caecilius Firmianus) Opera, 2 parts in 1, woodcut printer's device to titles and verso of final f., ink inscription to foot of first title, a few instances of early underlining or line marking with an orange pencil, preliminaries a little soiled and with small area of water-staining at head, contemporary calf, covers with gilt (dulled) centre-pieces {that of upper cover giving the author's name) and borders, recased, spine and corners repaired, modern board slip-case, [Adams L16; Ahmanson-Murphy 132; Renouard, 70:2; EDIT 16 CNCE 45472], 8vo, [Venice], [Aldus], 1515. ***A solid copy in a good contemporary binding. The second part contains the Apologeticus of Tertullianus. Lactantius was a native of North Africa and taught rhetoric at various cities throughout the Eastern Roman Empire, including Constantinople. After a period of poverty he became tutor to Crispus, the son of Constantine I..

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Medici (Lorenzo de) Poesie Volgari, first edition,

Lot 8: Medici (Lorenzo de) Poesie Volgari, first edition,

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Description: Medici (Lorenzo de) Poesie Volgari, first edition, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final f., large woodcut historiated initial, as with most copies without the suppressed ff. O5-8 (as noted by Renouard 'Presque tous les exemplaires sont mutilés de cinq chansons (Canzoni) dans la feuille O'), water-stained, 19th century armorial vellum, spine gilt and with double morocco labels, lightly soiled, [Adams M1005; Ahmanson-Murphy 473; Renouard 162:23; EDIT 16 CNCE 27192], 8vo, Venice, [in Casa de' Figlivoli di Aldo], 1554. ***The scarce first edition of Lorenzo de' Medici's poems and poetic commentary. 'Lorenzo the Magnificent' was a diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists (including Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli and Michaelangelo Buonarotti), and poets..

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Manutius (Aldus, the Younger, editor) Eleganze

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Description: Manutius (Aldus, the Younger, editor) Eleganze della Lingua Toscana e Latina, title with woodcut printer's device, capital space with guide-letters, K10 errata f., partially erased signature ?'Antonii Monsini' to head of title, early ink marginal line numbers, lower corner of title and upper corner of errata repaired (no loss of text), a few other minor marginal repairs, water-stained, 19th century calf-backed marbled boards, gilt spine in compartments, lacking label, rubbed, [Adams ; Ahmanson-Murphy 497; Renouard 167:3; EDIT 16 CNCE 56362], 8vo, Venice, [Paulus Manutius], 1556. ***A rare Aldine publication on the Italian language..

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Plautus (Titus Maccius) Linguae latinae principis

Lot 10: Plautus (Titus Maccius) Linguae latinae principis

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Description: Plautus (Titus Maccius) Linguae latinae principis comoediae xx, 2 parts in 1, second edition with commentary by Bernardo Saraceno and Pietro Valla, superb woodcut title with text in gothic letters within architectural border with putti, full-page woodcut illustration "Coliseus sive theatrum" on aa10 verso, 316 woodcut illustrations of scenes composed of separate blocks of several figures, trees and doorways in text, light water-stain to lower margin, slight damp-stain to head of first few leaves, just encroaching onto text, occasional light browning and minor worming (sometimes repaired), late 17th century blind-stamped Italian sheep, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco label, a few small worm-holes to spine, slightly rubbed, [Adams P1481; Mortimer (Harvard Italian) 387; Essling 1724; Sander 5748], folio, Venice, Lazarus Soardus, 1511. ***The fine full-page woodcut depicting a theatre with an actor addressing the audience first appeared in the 1497 Soardi edition of Terence. "There are three hundred and sixteen scene illustrations composed in the manner of Johann Grüninger's Strasbourg Terence illustrations of 1496, by combining separate blocks of figures, trees, and doorways. The figures are reduced free copies of the Grüninger blocks." (Mortimer).

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Pindar. [Olympia; Pythia; Nemea; Isthmia], imprint

Lot 11: Pindar. [Olympia; Pythia; Nemea; Isthmia], imprint

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Description: Pindar. [Olympia; Pythia; Nemea; Isthmia], imprint on title in Roman otherwise printed throughout in Greek letters, woodcut device (double-headed eagle) on title and verso of final leaf, also woodcut caduceus within frame on title, 2 leaves (first of Olympia and Pythia) printed in red and black, some marginal worming, mostly with expert repair, affecting a few letters of headline on Z6 recto, some light marginal staining, some leaves neatly restored at margins, some near contemporary ink marginalia, 18th century vellum, [Adams P1219-21], 4to, Rome, Zacharias Callierges, 1515. ***The first edition of Pindar with the Scholia and the first Greek printing in Rome. Provenance: Fr.H van Bergen (ink inscription to title with acquisition note dated 1654..

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Reuchlin (Johann) De arte cabalistica libri tres,

Lot 12: Reuchlin (Johann) De arte cabalistica libri tres,

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Description: Reuchlin (Johann) De arte cabalistica libri tres, first edition, large woodcut armorial device on title, Roman and Hebrew letters, small hole in H3, two small worm-holes through first half of book, one mostly marginal, copious contemporary ink annotations, modern marbled boards, [Adams R381; Proctor 11685], small folio, Hagenau, Thomas Anshelm, 1517. ***"The De arte cabalistica is the first full treatise on Cabala by a non-Jew...It was the fullest exposition hitherto available to European scholars, outside the actual Jewish tradition, of Cabalist theory and practice, with examination of Hebrew letter-manipulations and other Cabalist theories and techniques. Reuchlin devotes much attention to the Names,and particularly to the Name of Jesus as that of the Messiah. The De arte cabalistica was to become the bible of the Christian cabalists." (Francis Yates)..

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Erasmus (Desiderius) Julius. Dialogus viri

Lot 13: Erasmus (Desiderius) Julius. Dialogus viri

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Description: Erasmus (Desiderius) Julius. Dialogus viri cuiuspiam eruditissimi..., 32ff., woodcut initial, crisp copy in 19th century boards, covers rubbed and a little stained, preserved in cloth drop-back box, [Ferguson 1; Seidel Menchi 14; VD-16 L1513; not in Adams], 8vo, [Wittemberg, Hans Lufft], c.1536. ***Though favoured by Ferguson as the basis for his edition of Julius Exclusus, this edition was actually published by Hans Lufft nearly two decades after the first. This satirical work on the abuses of Church authority, describing an imaginary confrontation between St Peter and the recently deceased Pope Julius II, rarely appears on the market in any early edition..

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Dolet (Etienne) De re navali liber ad Lazarvm

Lot 14: Dolet (Etienne) De re navali liber ad Lazarvm

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Description: Dolet (Etienne) De re navali liber ad Lazarvm Bayfivm, first edition, woodcut device on title, another on verso of final blank leaf, 2 large woodcut initials, some marginal repairs, modern vellum boards, [Adams D763], 4to, Lyon, Seb. Gryphius, 1537. ***Scarce work comprising extracts of articles on ships from Dolet's Commentarium Linguae Latinae. It was published as a refutation of Charles Estienne's accusation of plagiarism from Lazare de Baif. Only one copy (Scott-Abrams in 1989) at auction in 35 years..

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Estienne (Robert) Dictionaire Francoislatin,

Lot 15: Estienne (Robert) Dictionaire Francoislatin,

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Description: Estienne (Robert) Dictionaire Francoislatin, double column, title with large woodcut printer's device, handsome large woodcut criblé initials, title with outer margin neatly repaired verso, water-stain to outer margin of all to d8 (encroaching on text) and then to a lesser extent to last few ff., 2n2&3 with a few inky finger-marks, late 19th century panelled calf, upper joint split, but holding firm, rubbed and scuffed, [Adams S1813; Renouard 75:13; Considine pp.44-45], folio, Paris, Robert Estienne, 1549. Provenance: Alexander Arbuthnot 17th century ink signatures to title); 'Hume' (latin inscription) (17th century ink signature to title); Sir William Purves Hume Campbell, Bt. (engraved armorial bookplate). ***The rare second edition, which Renouard calls 'bien plus ample que la première'. Here Estienne expands his project of making Latin texts available to Francophones by 'adding French words from his own reading (including words taken from Rabelais) and inviting his readers to contribute words 'ès Rommans et bons autheurs François,' an acknowledgement that he was interested not only in translating the treasures of Latin but also in collecting the treasures of French' (Considine)..

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Pedanius Dioscorides. Libro Octo Graece et Latine,

Lot 16: Pedanius Dioscorides. Libro Octo Graece et Latine,

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Description: Pedanius Dioscorides. Libro Octo Graece et Latine, double column (parallel Greek and Latin text), title with printer's device, preliminaries lightly water-stained at upper corners, contemporary calf, covers with gilt arabesque centre-pieces and single gilt filet border, spine in compartments and with small central gilt lozenges, spine ends and corners worn, rubbed, [Adams D656; cf. Durling 1136 and Wellcome: 1779], 8vo, Paris, apud Petrum Haultinum, 1549. Provenance: 'ex Bibli episcop Beluac' (early ink inscription to head of title). ***A scarce edition of this work by the Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist..

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Straccha (Benvenuto) De mercatura, seu mercatore

Lot 17: Straccha (Benvenuto) De mercatura, seu mercatore

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Description: Straccha (Benvenuto) De mercatura, seu mercatore tractatus, first edition, woodcut Aldine device on title, some slight marginal worming, some light staining, mostly to lower margin, lacking final blank leaf, contemporary vellum over boards, spine repaired at head and foot with old paper slips, manuscript title on lower edge and on spine, upper joint cracking, [Renouard p.156; Ahmanson-Murphy 386; Kress 69; Kress Italian 26; Goldsmiths' 52; Einaudi 5491], 8vo, Venice, [Aldus], 1553. ***First edition of the first independent treatise on commercial law, published by Paulus Manutius..

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Bodin (Jean) Discours sur le rehaussement et

Lot 18: Bodin (Jean) Discours sur le rehaussement et

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Description: Bodin (Jean) Discours sur le rehaussement et diminution des Monnoyes, 3 parts in 1, second edition, second issue, lacking final errata leaf but with 2 blank leaves at end of first parts present, one marginal defect with no loss of text, early inscription erased from head of first title causing small holes, one just touching a letter of text but no serious loss, some spotting and light browning, contemporary limp vellum, fore-edge of covers worn, [Kress 123; Goldsmiths' 196; Adams B2240], 8vo, Paris, chez Jacques du Puys, 1578. ***Jean Bodin's epoch-making contribution to the history of economics, written as a response to Jehan Cherruyt de Malestroict's Les Paradoxes sur le Faict des Monnoyes. The first edition of Bodin's work was issued in 1568 in quarto; the second edition followed in 1578 in octavo format; this third edition, actually another issue of the second edition, was published the same year with the addition of the proceedings of the assembly in 1577 and Francois Garrault's paradox on money. Rare, only one copy at auction of any of these editions in the last 35 years..

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Vilain (Jean-Jacques-Philippe, Vicomte) Mémoire

Lot 19: Vilain (Jean-Jacques-Philippe, Vicomte) Mémoire

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Description: Vilain (Jean-Jacques-Philippe, Vicomte) Mémoire sur les Moyens de Corriger les Malfaiteurs et Fainéans, first edition, 4 double-page engraved plates, text within printed decoartive border, a few leaves with marginal repairs, some light staining to upper edge, mostly marginal, modern half calf over marbled boards, [Higgs 6469], 4to, Ghent, chez Pierre de Goesin, [c.1775]. ***Scarce and important work on prison reform, greatly admired by John Howard..

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Smith (Adam) Untersuchung der Natur and Ursachen

Lot 20: Smith (Adam) Untersuchung der Natur and Ursachen

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Description: Smith (Adam) Untersuchung der Natur and Ursachen von Nationalreichthümern, 2 vol., first German edition, foxing, light water-stain, mostly to some lower margins, a few inner margins repaired at beginning of each vol., later blue marbled boards with red and green paper spine labels, [Vanderblue p.26; Kress S4873; Goldsmiths' 11394; Carpenter (Dialogue) 8], 8vo, Leipzig, bey Weidmanns Erban und Reich, 1776-78. ***Translated by Johann Friedrich Schiller, this is the first appearance of the Wealth of Nations in any language other than English. The same publisher issued a third volume in 1792, which is actually a translation of Additions and Corrections to the First and Second Editions (1784). Highly important and influential edition in the disemination of Smith's ideas across Europe..

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Tenon (Jacques) Mémoires sur les hopitaux de

Lot 21: Tenon (Jacques) Mémoires sur les hopitaux de

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Description: Tenon (Jacques) Mémoires sur les hopitaux de Paris, first edition, half-title, 15 folding engraved plates and 2 folding tables, plate 14 with short tear, ink library stamps largely erased, contemporary mottled French calf, spine gilt in compartments with green morocco label, corners and spine ends repaired, [Garrison-Morton 1600; Norman 2061], 4to, Paris, 1788. ***A very good copy of this famous and important study of the sanitary condition in French hospitals..

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Say (Jean-Baptiste) Traité d'Economie Politique, 3

Lot 22: Say (Jean-Baptiste) Traité d'Economie Politique, 3

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Description: Say (Jean-Baptiste) Traité d'Economie Politique, 3 vol., fifth edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Charles Dunoyer on half-title of vol.1, folding table vol.3, foxed, uncut in contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, spines gilt but faded, [Kress C1773; Goldsmiths' 24807], 8vo, Paris, 1826. ***Good association copy with Dunoyer's manuscript pencil marginalia, mostly to vol.1 and first half of vol.3. This was the last edition of Say's seminal work on economics published in his lifetime. Dunoyer was greatly influenced by the book when he first read it in 1815 and wrote a review of the fifth edition for Revue encyclopédique (April 1827).

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Thünen (Johann Heinrich von) Der isolirte Staat in

Lot 23: Thünen (Johann Heinrich von) Der isolirte Staat in

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Description: Thünen (Johann Heinrich von) Der isolirte Staat in Bezeihung auf Landwirthschaft und Nationalökonomie, second edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his son, 3 folding tables, 2 folding hand-coloured diagrams, light browning and occasional foxing, contemporary half roan, rubbed, [Kress C5974], 8vo, Rostock, 1842. ***Rare second edition of Thünen's ingenious work, predecessor of mathematical economics and econometrics..

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Engels (Friedrich) Po und Rhein, first edition,

Lot 24: Engels (Friedrich) Po und Rhein, first edition,

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Description: Engels (Friedrich) Po und Rhein, first edition, indecipherable ink name to title, original printed wrappers, spine chipped, light water-stain to upper cover, preserved in marbled drop-back box with red morocco spine label, 8vo, Berlin, Franz Duncker, 1859. ***Published anonymously in only 1000 copies, this rare pamphlet, for which we can find no auction record, was written in February/March of 1859 and sent by Engels to Marx for his approval. Marx lauded the work and said in a letter he wrote to Engels on March 10 1859 that it was "Exceedingly clever...the political side is also splendidly done and that was damned difficult.".

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Giovio (Paolo) Dialogo dell'imprese militari et

Lot 25: Giovio (Paolo) Dialogo dell'imprese militari et

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Description: Giovio (Paolo) Dialogo dell'imprese militari et amorose, woodcut printer's device on title, with woodcut medallion portrait of the author on verso, 102 oval woodcut emblems within rectangular ornamental borders, ink smudge to title affecting device and imprint, some light water-staining to some lower margins, minor marginal worming to first two leaves, contemporary limp vellum, ties, covers worn, [Landwehr (Romanic) 337; Adams, Rawles & Saunders F265], 4to, Lyon, Guillaume Rouille, 1559. ***Giovio's dialogue was the first treatise on emblems in Italian and the first piece of literature on Italian devices. It was initially issued in 1555 in Rome without illustrations. This edition includes 102 beautiful woodcuts attributed to "Maitre a la Capeline" by Baudrier. Provenance: early ink inscription at foot of title (partially cropped); St. Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus (bookplate).

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Alchemy.- Maier (Michael) Atalanta Fugiens, hoc

Lot 26: Alchemy.- Maier (Michael) Atalanta Fugiens, hoc

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Description: Alchemy.- Maier (Michael) Atalanta Fugiens, hoc est Emblemata Nova de Secretis Naturæ Chymica, title within fine historiated border, 50 fine emblematic illustrations by Matthias Merian, all with contemporary hand-colouring, each emblem with Latin motto and epigram and 2 pp. of discourse and opposite a German motto with printed music beneath, lacks portrait of author, some staining, 19th century calf, lacking backstrip, covers detached, [Landwehr, German, 410; Praz p.410; Ferguson II, p. 62; Wellcome 3980], scarce, small 4to, Oppenheim, ex typographia Hieronymi Galleri, sumptibus Joh. Theodori de Bry, 1618. ***'One of the few emblem books with fugues and of an alchemical nature' (Landwehr). Maier was physician and counsellor to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. They shared an interest in the occult and together researched the secrets of nature..

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Vincart (Jean) Sacrarvm heroidvm epistolae, first

Lot 27: Vincart (Jean) Sacrarvm heroidvm epistolae, first

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Description: Vincart (Jean) Sacrarvm heroidvm epistolae, first edition, first issue, engraved title and 24 engraved emblem illustrations within oval frames by Rucholle, upper edge of engraved title shaved within platemark but no loss of engraved surface, contemporary vellum, [Praz p.530; Landwehr (Low Countries) 863; Adams, Rawles & Saunders F616], 12mo, Tournai, 1640. ***The second issue of this scarce emblem book (no auction records) has four leaves (index etc) at the end and was issued after 1642..

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Gunpowder and Fireworks.- Buchsenmeisterei.

Lot 28: Gunpowder and Fireworks.- Buchsenmeisterei.

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Description: Gunpowder and Fireworks.- Buchsenmeisterei. Geschoss, Büchsen, Pulver, Kugeln, Saltpeter, Feurwerck und Pfeil...zum Schimpff und Ernst zumachen, züzurichten und nach jedes gewicht Stein und Lot zugebrauchen, title in red and black, 2 woodcut illustrations, inner gutter of title with paper adhesion from front pastedown, just obscuring 2 letters and just touching one other, lower margins water-stained, small single worm trace / hole to outer margin throughout, 20th century calf, lightly marked and rubbed, [Not in Adams; cf. Philip p.31], 8vo, [Frankfurt], [Heirs of Christian Egenollfs], 1569. ***A rare edition of this first treatise on gunpowder, first published in 1529. It includes discussion of artilery, guns and muskets, and the use of gunpowder in the manufacture of recreational and military 'fireworks'. We can only trace one copy of the first edition at auction in the last 30 years..

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Paracelsus. Prognasticatio Eximii Doctoris

Lot 29: Paracelsus. Prognasticatio Eximii Doctoris

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Description: Paracelsus. Prognasticatio Eximii Doctoris Theophrasti Paracelsi..., the ten unbound sheets, each sheet c. 475 x 382mm, 32 fine half-page illustrations, folds, sig. a sheet with professional repair to fold (just within text, but with no loss) and with some dust-soiling at edges and to fold, short repaired marginal tear to sig. A sheet, some light spotting or foxing, a few finger-marks, [not in Adams; cf.Praz p.444 and Cicognara 1927 and 1928], [?Augsburg], 1536 [but probably c.1580]. ***A rare edition, rendered all the more attractive by its unsophisticated state. 'The 32 woodcuts of this famous book symbolize events of the kingdom of Ferdinand of Austria; they are interpretations of visions...The book...is both rare and attractive...' (Praz)..

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Botero (Giovanni) Le Relationi Universali, 4 parts

Lot 30: Botero (Giovanni) Le Relationi Universali, 4 parts

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Description: Botero (Giovanni) Le Relationi Universali, 4 parts in 1, titles with woodcut printer's devices of varying designs, 4 double-page engraved maps of Continents (Asia, America, Africa and Europe), map of Asia with very short tear to outer margin, just encroaching within printed border, map of Europe spliting at fold, closely trimmed at head (just touching printed title) and with a few light creases, D3 section of lower corner torn away with loss of several letters recto and verso, some water-staining and spotting, a few stains, lightly browned, contemporary half vellum, [Not in Adams; EDIT 16 CNCE 7293], small 4to, Venice, Nicolò Polo, Giacomo Vincenti and Giorgio Greco, 1597-1598-1597-1597. ***A rare edition of this description of the Catholic world at the time. It includes discussion of the New World (Florida, Mexico, and South America, particularly Brazil, Chile and Peru)..

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Josephus (Flavius) Des hochberühmten Jüdischen

Lot 31: Josephus (Flavius) Des hochberühmten Jüdischen

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Description: Josephus (Flavius) Des hochberühmten Jüdischen Geschichtschreibers, Historien und Bücher, 2 vol. in 1, titles in red and black within woodcut architectural border, numerous woodcut illustrations, browned, slight soiling and staining to first title and following few leaves, contemporary blind-stamped alum-tawed pigskin over wooden boards, gilt-stamped calf label at head of spine, a little worn, some worming, lacking clasps, folio, [Strasbourg, Theodosius Rihel], [1603].

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Pirckheimer (Willibald) Opera politica, historica,

Lot 32: Pirckheimer (Willibald) Opera politica, historica,

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Description: Pirckheimer (Willibald) Opera politica, historica, philologica et epistolica, first edition, title in red and black, engraved portrait of the author by Dürer, large folding engraved plate after Dürer's "Grossem Triumphwagen", 3 other engraved plates, one just trimmed at foot, 2-line cancel slip mounted on first page of Epistola dedicatoria, some light foxing and browning, contemporary calf, elaborate gilt roll-tooled borders and corner-pieces, central cartouche depicting Justice, rebacked preserving original spine, corners repaired, endpapers renewed, covers slightly bowed, fine gilt gauffered edges, folio, Frankfurt, 1610. ***Contemporary binding in the style of Jakob Krause and Caspar Meuser..

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Andreini (Giovanni Batista) L'Adamo, Sacra

Lot 33: Andreini (Giovanni Batista) L'Adamo, Sacra

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Description: Andreini (Giovanni Batista) L'Adamo, Sacra Rapresentatione, first edition, engraved title-vignette, portrait and 40 illustrations by Cesare Bassani after Carlo Procaccini, title and portrait both trimmed, portrait mounted and title window-mounted, ink ownership inscription to title, some soiling throughout, mostly to K1-M2, small tear with loss not affecting text to L1, Richard Heber's copy with his library stamp to front free endpaper, bookplate to front pastedown, later morocco, gilt, g.e., spine a little faded, 4to, [Cicognara 1423], Milan, Geronimo Bordoni, 1613. Provenance: Signature of Father Michel Angelo de Medici to title. ***One of the most significant works of the Italian theatre of the 17th century, written by the Florentine player Andreini (1578-1654), the famous showman of the Company of the Gelosi and later of the Fedeli. The portrait is often missing. As well as the importance of the engravings, the work has literary significance in that it is supposed to have inspired the subject matter and some details of Milton's Paradise Lost..

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Libavius (Andreas) D.O.M.A Wolmeinendes Bedencken

Lot 34: Libavius (Andreas) D.O.M.A Wolmeinendes Bedencken

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Description: Libavius (Andreas) D.O.M.A Wolmeinendes Bedencken von der Fama und Confession der Bruderschafft des Rosen Creutzes, first edition, lacking final blank leaf, some browning, title soiled and with some slight wormingjust touching a few letters but without serious loss, a couple of marginal tears, hole to A3 with slight loss of text, 19th century limp boards, spine worn and partially defective, 8vo, Frankfurt, 1616. ***First edition of Libavius' most extensive criticism of the Rosicrucian Fama and Confessio..

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Basnage (Jacques) Histoire du Vieux et du Nouveau

Lot 35: Basnage (Jacques) Histoire du Vieux et du Nouveau

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Description: Basnage (Jacques) Histoire du Vieux et du Nouveau Testament, 2 parts in 1, 2 engraved additional pictorial titles by Romeyn de Hooghe, the second with letterpress description on verso, 2 engraved title-vignette, mezzotint portrait of the author, 5 double-page engraved maps including plan of Jerusalem, 140 half-page engraved illustrations by Lindenberg after Romeyn de Hooghe, some with two to a page, some light foxing or soiling, frontispiece torn and repaired, portrait and some preliminary leaves becoming loose, contemporary mottled calf with large central device in gilt on both covers, rather worn, spine slightly defective, joints split, folio, Amsterdam, Jaques Lindenberg, 1704.

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Military Shooting Match.- Beschreibung und

Lot 36: Military Shooting Match.- Beschreibung und

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Description: Military Shooting Match.- Beschreibung und Vorstellung des Solennen Stück-Schiessens.., 14 double-page engraved plates (plate 12 possibly from another copy), title spotted, elsewhere a few spots and finger-marks, 19th century vellum-backed marbled boards, spine ends and corners worn, folio, Nuremberg, Georg Daniel Heumann und Johann Georg Hoffmann, 1734. Provenance: Baron de Marbot (bookplate). ***Rare work on the artillery shooting match held at Nuremberg on 8th June 1733. The plates depict musketeers, halberdiers, musicians, artillery-pieces and munitions-wagons, a view of the fortifications and encampment, a plan of the contest, together with illustrations of medals awarded and a diagram of the strike points for the various competing teams..

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Italian Binding.- Beatæ Mariæ Virginis Officium,

Lot 37: Italian Binding.- Beatæ Mariæ Virginis Officium,

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Description: Italian Binding.- Beatæ Mariæ Virginis Officium, engraved throughout, text engraved by Angela Baroni, engraved frontispiece, 15 full page illustrations, title vignette and 20 tail-pieces, all by Marco Pitteri after Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, inner green silk doublures and endpapers, contemporary Italian (?Venetian) binding of full dark red morocco gilt, spine gilt in 5 compartments with leaf and flower tool decorations, narrow roll-tool borders of interlinked leaves enclosing contrasting onlaid borders of dark olive morocco to sides enclosing floriated tool decorations to the central panels with a further oval olive morocco onlay forming a centre piece which is overtooled in gilt with arched bands and sprouting pomegranates to top and bottom, g.e., slightly rubbed, [Morazzoni pp.115-116], 12mo, Venice, Giovanni Battista Pasquali, 1740. ***Pasquali's handsomely printed work complemented by a fine Italian binding..

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Chikaba (Teresa, Venerable).- Father Paniagua.

Lot 38: Chikaba (Teresa, Venerable).- Father Paniagua.

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Description: Chikaba (Teresa, Venerable).- Father Paniagua. Oracion funebre en las exequias de la madre sor Teresa Juliana de Santo Domingo ..., title within woodcut border, woodcut head- and tail-pieces, occasional browning and soiling, A4 with repaired tear to margin, gathering lacking lower corner (title corner restored affecting woodcut margin), occasional short tears to margin, ink library stamp to title, later calf-backed boards, rubbed, sm.4to, San Miguel, Impressa por Eugenio Garcia de Honorato y S.Miguèl, Impressor de dicha ciudad y Universidad, [?1749]. Teresa Chikaba (c.1676-1748) was allegedly born a Guinean princess but was kidnapped by Spanish sailors and sold to the aristocratic Juliana Teresa Portocarrero y Meneses. As a member of her retinue, Chikaba practised the relgious fervour often demonstrated by her mistress and, upon Juliana Teresa's death, joined the Dominican convent of La Penitencia in Salamanca. Despite facing continual displays of prejudice and adversity Chikaba came to be highly regarded as a healer and sister of prodigious religious gifts. After her death the convent began the process of Chikaba's beatification; firstly with the publication of Father Paniagua's oration and 3 years later his full-length hagiography, Compendio de la Vida Ejemplar de la Venerable Madre Sor Teresa Juliana de Santo Domingo, 1752. ***The earliest known account of the life of this important black female figure. Exceedingly scarce, World Cat locates only 1 copy (Biblioteca Nacional - Madrid)..

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Music.- [Diderot (Denis)] Lecons de Clavecin, et

Lot 39: Music.- [Diderot (Denis)] Lecons de Clavecin, et

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Description: Music.- [Diderot (Denis)] Lecons de Clavecin, et Principes d'Harmonie, first edition, half-title, approbation/privilege leaf at end, musical notation in text, contemporary mottled sheep, rebacked preserving original spine, corners repaired, covers with a few scratches repaired, 4to, Paris, 1771.

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Erotic Binding.- [Gervaise de Latouche

Lot 40: Erotic Binding.- [Gervaise de Latouche

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Description: Erotic Binding.- [Gervaise de Latouche (Jean-Charles, attrib.) Histoire de Gouberdom, Portier de Chartreux, 2 vol. in 1, new edition, half-titles, engraved frontispiece, additional title and 21 erotic plates, instuctions to binder f., 19th century crushed green morocco gilt by Hardy-Mennil, spine gilt in compartments with dancing fawn sporting an erection, g.e., 8vo, Rome, n.p., 1786.

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Dignimont (André).- Carco (Francis) Bob et Bobette

Lot 41: Dignimont (André).- Carco (Francis) Bob et Bobette

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Description: Dignimont (André).- Carco (Francis) Bob et Bobette S'Amusent, number 3 of 7 copies on japon with an additional suite of plates in black and an original signed watercolour, from an edition limited to 833, printed in pink and black, hand-coloured etched title-vignette and 7 plates by André Dignimont, with original signed watercolour of a lightly-clad woman standing in a doorway (not used in the book) bound in at beginning, additional suite of plates bound at end, bound in pink morocco, gilt, by G.Weissenbach, with multi-coloured inlays forming scene of a burlesque dancer performing on a stage with five onlookers (the front cover modelled on the frontispiece to the book), uncut, a little rubbed (particularly joints), spine faded, original wrappers bound in at end, board slip-case (a little worn), 4to, Paris, [1930].

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Erotic Binding.- La Fontaine (Jean de) Dix Contes

Lot 42: Erotic Binding.- La Fontaine (Jean de) Dix Contes

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Description: Erotic Binding.- La Fontaine (Jean de) Dix Contes Choisis, one of 300 copies, 10 hand-coloured engraved plates, occasional light foxing, contemporary crushed maroon morocco by René Kieffer with original copper plate laid-in, original wrappers bound in, slip-case, sm.4to, Paris, 1931.

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Philosophy.- Schelling (Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph)

Lot 43: Philosophy.- Schelling (Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph)

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Description: Philosophy.- Schelling (Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph) Vom ICH als Princip der Philosophie oder über das Unbedingte im menschlichen Wissen, 1795; Ueber die Möglichkeit einer Form der Philosophie überhaupt, 1795, together 2 works in 1 vol., first editions, contemporary marbled boards, rubbed, 8vo, Tübingen, Jakob Friedrich Heerbrandt

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Winemaking Fête.- La Fête des Vignerons, Vevey,

Lot 44: Winemaking Fête.- La Fête des Vignerons, Vevey,

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Description: Winemaking Fête.- La Fête des Vignerons, Vevey, hand-coloured engraved panorama, comprising 30 conjoined sections, overall measuring 190 x 14,700mm, some chipping and staining, but generally in good condition, rolled, Lausanne, Spengler & Cie., [1833]. ***Confrérie des Vignerons de Vevey have taken place twelve times since 1791 at 14 to 28 year intervals. The Brotherhood began in the middle-ages and the Fête was revived in 1791 to encourage modern agricultural and wine-growing methods and also as a reward to good workers. The panorama include various groups pulling agricultural and viticultural floats, with the four seasons, Bacchus and Ceres and other deities playing their part in the festivities..

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Cookery.- Menus. Menu Verband Deutscher

Lot 45: Cookery.- Menus. Menu Verband Deutscher

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Description: Cookery.- Menus. Menu Verband Deutscher Gasthofsgehilfen..., 2vol., containing 497 menus on 172 leaves, most with colour-printed designs and illustrations, numerous embossed designs, many gilded, various sizes from 60 x 95mm. to 320 x 225mm., some double or folding, neatly mounted on card on linen stubs, occasional spotting or soiling, one volume with an ink inscription to endpaper from Frau Frida Schmidt, contemporary half morocco, gilt, Stuttgart, c.1880-1910. ***A superb assemblage of menus from the Belle Époque period detailing sumptuous meals and banquets. Includes Ritter's Park Hotel Homburg, Braganza Hotel Lisbon, Hotel Bristol Berlin, Hotel Royal Berlin, Savoy-Hotel Berlin, Hotel Continental London, Restaurant Trocadero London, Hotel Royal Stuttgart, Salon de l'Automobile Madrid, Shepheard's Hotel [Cairo], Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen, Zoologischer Garten Berlin, Grand Hotel Naples, La Genevoise Banquet 1903, Kaiserhof Hotel Chicago..

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Le Théâtre Illustré, nos.1-78 in 1 vol., 79

Lot 46: Le Théâtre Illustré, nos.1-78 in 1 vol., 79

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Description: Le Théâtre Illustré, nos.1-78 in 1 vol., 79 lithorgraphed plates, 78 hand-coloured, contemporary calf-backed boards, a little rubbed and scuffed, folio, Paris, 1889-1891. Scarce, we can only locate one previous copy at auction in the last 30 years (Sotheby's 20 July 1993). ***The plates cover a number of prominent actors of the day including Sarah Bernhardt, Frederick Lemaitre, Adeline Patti and Enrico Tamberlick..

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Beraldi (Henri) La reliure du XIXe siecle, 4 vol.,

Lot 47: Beraldi (Henri) La reliure du XIXe siecle, 4 vol.,

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Description: Beraldi (Henri) La reliure du XIXe siecle, 4 vol., number 153 of 295 copies on papier vélin, 285 heliogravure plates, 12 facsimile plates and 5 plates printed on both sides, original printed wrappers bound in, contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards by S. David, spines ealborately gilt-stamped with olive green and black morocco onlays, joints cracking, one repaired, head of spine vol.3 chipped and backstrip lifting, t.e.g., others uncut, a handsome set, 4to, Paris, 1895-97.

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Dante Alighierie. Il Dante Urbinate, number D43 of

Lot 48: Dante Alighierie. Il Dante Urbinate, number D43 of

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Description: Dante Alighierie. Il Dante Urbinate, number D43 of 1990 copies, facsimile of Codice Urbinate Latino 365 in the Vatican Library, original stained half vellum over silk, cloth slip-case, without the introdcutory volume but with 2 later commentary volumes by Henrik Engel and Eberhard Konig in original cloth-backed wrappers and boards, and a Folio Society edition of Dante's Paradiso, folio and 4to, Rome & Milan, 1965, Simbach am Inn, 2004-08 and Folio Society, 2009 (4)

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Ptolemy. Cosmography, number 267 of 550 copies,

Lot 49: Ptolemy. Cosmography, number 267 of 550 copies,

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Description: Ptolemy. Cosmography, number 267 of 550 copies, facsimile of manuscript Urb Lat 277 in the Vatican Library, original orange calf by Ernst Ammering, folio, Johnson Reprint Corporation and Belser Verlag, 1983.

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Ingeborg Psalter, number 407 of 500 copies,

Lot 50: Ingeborg Psalter, number 407 of 500 copies,

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Description: Ingeborg Psalter, number 407 of 500 copies, facsimile of original Ms. 9 olim 1695 in the Musée Condé, Chantilly, original calf, with accompanying volume of commentary in original cloth, together in original cloth slip-case, small folio, Graz, 1985 (2)

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