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The Natural World & The Human Soul

Berenger of Landorra, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela (circa 1262-1330), and Gregory of Vorau (ed. Matthias Farinator)
Lumen Animae. Incipit: Liber moralitatum elegantissimus magnarum reru[m] naturalium lumen anime dict[us]: cu[m] septe[m] apparitorib[us] necno[n] sanctoru[m] doctoru[m] orthodoxe fidei p[ro]fessorum Poetaru[m] etia[m] ac oratoru[m] auctoritatib[us] p[er] modum pharatre s[e]c[un]d[u]m ordine[m] alphabeti collectis feliciter incipit.

Strasbourg: Printer of the 1481 Legenda aurea, 22 March 1482

Folio: 29.2 x 21.8 cm. 274 unsigned leaves. [A-C]8, [D]10; [a-m]8, [n]6,[o-z]8, [aa-ff]8, [gg]10. Complete with the initial and final blanks.

$45,000.00

The arrival of printed books is so often regarded as one of the inaugural moments of the renaissance that it is sometimes forgotten that the first years of print also represented the last great flowering of the Middle Ages. The “Lumen Anime” (Light of the Soul), is testament to that. Formerly attributed to the Carmelite friar Mathias Farinator of Vienna (who compiled the index), the “Lumen Anime” is now known to be Berenger of Landorra, General of the Dominican order and archbishop of Campostella from 1317 to 1325.

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BMC I, 97; Hain-Copinger 10333*; Goff L-396; Proctor 413; Polain 1468; Wellcome I, 2175; Klebs 631.3; Thorndyke III, 546ff. Sources: Mary A. and Richard H. Rouse, ‘The Texts called Lumen Anime,’ Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, 41 (Rome, 1971), 5-113; N.R. Ker, Records of All Soul’s College Library. 1437-1600 (Oxford, 1971), 27.

Cardano’s Second Great Encyclopedia of Science & Nature

Cardano, Girolamo (1501-1576)
De rerum varietate libri XVII.

Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1557

Thick octavo: 17 x 11 cm. [32] (the last two blank), 1194 (i.e. 1204), [64] pp. Collation: a-b8 (b8 blank), A-Z8, a-z8, aA-zZ8, AA-KK8. With an added foldout woodcut illustration of an astrolabe (p. 769), a separate sheet with volvelles loosely inserted, and a folding table (p. 791.)

$8,500.00

The “De rerum varietate” is Cardano’s second important encyclopedia of science, mechanics, and metaphysics; it covers all aspects of the natural world, “from cosmology to the construction of machines; from the usefulness of natural sciences to the evil influence of demons; from the laws of mechanics to cryptology. It is a mine of facts, both real and imaginary; of notes on the state of the sciences; of superstition, technology, alchemy, and various branches of the occult.

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VD 16, C 920; IA 132.071; Duveen 117; Thorndike V, 563 ff.; Cf. Ferguson I, 141; Sinkankas 1145

Cardano’s Great Encyclopedia of Science & Nature. \"The most advanced representation of physical knowledge up to his time.” (Dibner)

Cardano, Girolamo (1501-1576)
De subtilitate libri XXI. nunc demum recogniti atque perfecti.

Basel: L. Lucius, 1554

Folio: 32 x 21.5 cm. [24], 561 pp. Collation: [alpha]-[gamma]4, a-z4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa5. Last leaf blank and lacking.

$7,500.00

Cardano’s “De Subtilitate” "Represents the most advanced representation of physical knowledge up to his time and the idea that all creation is in progressive development" (Dibner). This is the second folio edition. It includes Cardano's famous statement 'Igitur his arbitrio victoriae relictis' (p. 354), which caused Cardano's denouncement for heresy (see below) and which was therefore edited out of subsequent editions.

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VD 16, C 932; IA 132.064; Adams C 670; Riccardi I/1, 252, 6.3; Durling 847; Alden-L. 554/10; See Dibner 139, Sinkankas 1145 & DSB III, 66.

The Most Beautiful Astronomical Atlas of the 17th Century. A Fine Copy in Contemporary Color

Cellarius, Andreas (ca. 1596-1665)
Harmonia Macrocosmica seu Atlas Universalis et Novus, totius universi creati Cosmographiam Generalem, et Novam exhibens.

Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1661

53 x 33 cm. 364 pages. Collation: π1 (engraved t.p.), [?]7, (a)-(z)2, (aa)-(hh)2, (ii)1; A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Iii2. Complete with the additional engraved title page, printed title page, and 29 double-page engraved plates.

$450,000.00

The first 21 plates constitute a historical survey of cosmological theories, illustrating the motions of the sun and planets according to Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. The last eight plates are celestial hemispheres and planispheres depicting the constellations. Ten of the plates (9-11, 13, 15, 16, 18-21) are the work of Johannes van Loon (d. 1686). The allegorical title page is the work of Frederik Hendrik van den Hove (1628/29-1698).

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Bibliographical references: Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, I:801B; Ashworth Jr., William B., “Allegorical Astronomy: Baroque Scientists encoded their most Dangerous Opinions in Art”, The Sciences, 25, (1985), nr. 5, 34-37

The Rare Church Calendar, Use of Rome. For the Leap Year 1684

Church Calendar: Ordo Officii Divini Recitandi.
Ordo Officii Divini Recitandi juxta Ritum Breviarii Romani pro Anno Bissextili M.DC.LXXXIV. Cum annotatione colorum, quibus Eminentiss. et Reverendiss. Domini Cardinales Romae degentes in vestibus, et Cappis Pontificalibus utuntur; Ac etiam Cappellarum, quae infra annum celebrantur.

Rome: ex Typographia Rever. Cam. Apost., 1684

Octavo: 16 x 10.6 cm. A-D8, A8, a8

$3,500.00

This is an extremely rare Vatican “Directorium”, the yearly calendar of the Church of Rome, published for the leap year 1684, during the reign of Pope Innocent XI (1611-1689), whose woodcut arms appear on the title page. It consists of a calendar for the year, in which there are printed against each day concise directions concerning the Office and Mass to be said on that day. There are also indications of fast days, special indulgences, days of devotion, etc.

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Practicing Medicine in the Age of Petrarch. The Rare First Edition

Garbo, Tommaso de (ca. 1305-1370); Zanelli di Pietro, Francesco (d. 1365?); Johannes, de Penna (d. 1348?)
Summa medicinalis accuratissime revisa & emendata: ac nunc primo quidem diligenter impressa. Tractatus ejusdem de restauratione humidi radicalis. Tractatusque ejusdem de reductione medicinarum ad actum. [With: "Tractatus comminantium" of Francesco Zanelli and the "Reprobationes” of Johannes de Penna.]

Venice: Mandato & expensis heredum Octaviani Scoti, per Bonetum Locatellum, 27 August, 1506

Folio: [1], 119 lvs.

$9,800.00

This publication also includes the "Tractatus comminantium magistri Francisci de Bononia" [i. e. Francesco Zanelli] (leaves 96r-99r) and the "Reprobationes magistri Johannis de Penna."

Son of the famous physician, professor of medicine, and author Dino del Garbo (d. 1327), Tommaso del Garbo would eclipse his father’s success and go on to become one of the most successful –and wealthiest- physicians of mid-14th c.

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Durling 4378; BM STC, Italian Books p. 290; Hirsch/Hüb. II, 682; EDIT 16 CNCE 36854; Not in Adams.

Including Two of the Most Important Books in Early Observational Astronomy: Galileo's "Starry Messenger" and Kepler's "Dioptrice"

Gassendi, Pierre (1592-1655); Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
Petri Gassendi Institutio Astronomica: Juxta Hypotheseis tam Veterum quàm Recentiorum. Cui accesserunt Galilei Galilei Nuncius Sidereus; et Johannis Kepleri Dioptrice. Tertia editio prioribus Correctior.

London: Henry Dickinson, 1683

Octavo: 18.3 x 11.8 cm. 3 parts in one volume: [16], 199, [1]; 173, [1] p., 4 leaves of plates. Collation: A-N8, O4; A-L8 (including the final blank leaf)

$18,000.00

Gassendi's "Institutio Astronomica," has been called the first modern astronomy textbook. It is divided into three sections: the first details the so-called theory of the spheres, the second describes astronomical theory, and the third discusses the conflicting ideas of Brahe and Copernicus. The present edition is important for the inclusion of two seminal works of telescopic astronomy: Galileo's "Sidereus Nuncius" (first ed.

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Wing G293; Cinti 155; Sotheran, I p. 75 (1476); cf. PMM 113 and Dibner, Heralds of Science, #7 (the 1610 edition)

The Main Chemical Textbooks of Medieval Europe

Geber [JABIR ibn HAYYAN] (13th c.)
Alchemiae Gebri Arabis philosophi solertissimi, Libri cum Reliquis

Bern: Mathias Apiarius (Biener) for Johann Petreius, 1545

Quarto: 21 x 16.5 cm. I. [16], 302, [2] p. aa-bb4, a-z4, A-P4. II. [127] p. A-Q4

$35,000.00

I. “Alchemiae Libri” (1545) Second edition of this extremely important and early collection of alchemical writings. The identity of Geber with the eighth-century alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan is still a matter of dispute. “Even on the slender basis of our present knowledge, Jabir appears already as a very great personality, one of the greatest in mediaeval science.”–Sarton, I, p.

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I. VD 16, J 4; Adams G 300 (under Geber); Brüning 232; Ferguson I, 302; Wellcome I, 2716; Darmstaedter, Geber 11; see Duveen 11 (edition of 1541). II. VD 16, ZV 2311; Adams J 7 (under Jâbir); Brüning 246; Ferguson I, 122 f.; Duveen 98; Wellcome I, 1031; see Mellon 18 (Lyon 1548), not in Darmstaedter

An Impressive Sammelband of Gesner’s Complete Zoological Works. Illustrated with over 1,000 Woodcuts

Gesner (also Gessner), Conrad (1516-1565)
Vogelbuch: darinn die Art, Natur unnd Eigenschafft aller Vöglen, sampt irer waren Contrafactur angezeigt wirdt : allen Liebhabern der Künsten, Artzeten, Maleren, Goldschmiden, Bildschnitzeren, Seydenstickeren, Weydleüten unnd Köchen, nit allein lustig zu erfaren, sunder gantz nutzlich und dienstlich zebrauchen. erstlich durch Doctor Conradt Geßner in Latin beschrieben, neüwlich aber durch Rudolff Heüßlin mit Fleyß in das Teütsch gebracht unnd in eine kurtze Ordnung gestelt.

$38,000.00

A magnificent sammelband, bound in alum-tawed pigskin over beveled wooden boards, lacking one clasp. Binding soiled and with slight wear but still very fine. The boards are ruled and tooled in blind with medallion portrait heads and Biblical figures. The text of all four volumes is in excellent condition. There is one small tear to the lower corner of leaf B2, with loss of a few letters. One of the birds in the first work has been nicely colored by a 16th c.

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VD 16, G 1736, 1729, 1742 und 1745; Nissen 1552, 1555 and 1557

A Landmark in Botany

Grew, Nehemiah (1641-1712)
The Anatomy of Plants. With an Idea of a Philosophical History of Plants. And several other Lectures, Read before the Royal Society.

London: printed by W. Rawlins, for the Author, 1682

Folio: 311 x 202 mm. [ ]4, a4, B-Z4, Aa-Ii4, Kk2, Ll-Xx4, Yy-Zz2, Aaa-Ccc2. With 83 added engraved plates.

$4,800.00

“The English botanist, physician, and microscopist, Nehemiah Greww is considered, along with the Italian microscopist Marcello Malpighi, to be among the founders of the science of plant anatomy.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)

“In 1682 Grew’s magnum opus, ‘The Anatomy of Plants,’ was issued. Of the four ‘books’ of this work, the first, second, and third are second editions of ‘The Anatomy begun,’ ‘The Anatomy of Roots,’ and the ‘The Anatomy of Trunks,’ extending to 49, 46, and 44 folio pages respectively, and illustrated by four, thirteen, and twenty-three plates.

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Wing G-1945; Le Fanu, pp.98-105; Horblit 43B; Hunt 362; Nissen, BBI, 758; Hook/Norman 946; Plesch 243; Pritzel 3557; Henrey 162.

Illustrated with 83 Engraved Plates. A Large Paper Copy

Grew, Nehemiah (1641-1712)
The Anatomy of Plants. With an Idea of a Philosophical History of Plants. And several other Lectures, Read before the Royal Society.

London: printed by W. Rawlins, for the Author, 1682

Folio: 36 x 23 cm. [ ]4, a4, B-Z4, Aa-Ii4, Kk2, Ll-Xx4, Yy-Zz2, Aaa-Ccc2. With 83 added engraved plates. Plates 30-31 bound after 41; plates 32-33 bound after 42)

$15,000.00

“The English botanist, physician, and microscopist, Nehemiah Greww is considered, along with the Italian microscopist Marcello Malpighi, to be among the founders of the science of plant anatomy.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)

“In 1682 Grew’s magnum opus, ‘The Anatomy of Plants,’ was issued. Of the four ‘books’ of this work, the first, second, and third are second editions of ‘The Anatomy begun,’ ‘The Anatomy of Roots,’ and the ‘The Anatomy of Trunks,’ extending to 49, 46, and 44 folio pages respectively, and illustrated by four, thirteen, and twenty-three plates.

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Wing G-1945; Le Fanu, pp.98-105; Horblit 43B; Hunt 362; Nissen, BBI, 758; Hook/Norman 946; Plesch 243; Pritzel 3557; Henrey 162.

With 19 Full-page Anatomical Engravings. The Very Rare First Edition

Guillemeau, Jacques (1550?-1613)
Tables anatomiques avec les pourtraicts et declaration d'iceulx ensemble un denombrement de cinq cens maladies diverses au roy par Jac. Guillemeau d'Orleans, chirurgien du Roy & juré a Paris.

Paris: chez Jean Charron A l 1586

Quarto: 30.6 x 20.3 cm. [12], 105, [2] p. *6, A-I6 (with two additional blanks as in the Getty copy.)

$45,000.00

Jacques Guillemeau served as physician to no fewer than six kings of France, first as assistant to his mentor Ambroise Paré and then as official Royal Surgeon. Remarkably, Guillemeau performed autopsies on two of those six monarchs, Charles IX in 1574 (under the direction of Paré) and Louis XIII in 1610. Guillemeau was himself the son of a surgeon, and his own son, Charles (b. 1588) continued in this tradition, ably working alongside his father.

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Choulant-Franck, History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustration, p. 213; Mortimer, Harvard French 267; Norman 256; Haller: I, 258; Pettegree et al., French Vernacular Books, No. 24375

“The First Scientific Expedition to New Spain”. In Contemporary Pigskin with Clasps

Hernández, Francisco (1514-1587)
Rervm Medicarvm Novæ Hispaniæ thesavrvs, Sev Plantarvm, Animalivm, Mineralivm Mexicanorvm Historia ex Francisci Hernandez Noui Orbis Medici Primarij Relationibus in ipsa Mexicana Vrbe conscriptis a Nardo Antonio Reccho Monte Coruinate Cath. Maiest. Medico et Neap. Regni Archiatro Generali Jussu Philippi II Hisp. Ind. etc. Regis Collecta ac in ordinem digesta a Ioanne Terrentio Lynceo Constantiense Germo. Phõ ac Medico Notis Illustrata Nunc Primū in Naturaliū Rer. Studiosor Gratiā Lucubrationibus Lynceorū publici iuris facta. Quibus Jam excussis accessere dernum alia quor. omnium synopsis sequenti pagina ponitur Opus duobus voluminibus diuisum Philippo IIII Regi Catholico Magno Hispaniar Vtriusq Siciliæ et Indiaurũ etc. Monarchæ dictatum. Cum Priuilegiis.

Rome: Superior permissu. Ex Typographeio Vitalis Mascardi, 1651

Two Folio Volumes bound as one: 32 x 22 cm. [36], 1-455, [456, blank, unnumbered], 457-464, [2 unnumbered pp.], 459-468, 469-840, [841-842], 843-846, 845-846, 847-899, [1, bank], [901-902], 903-904, 903-904, 905-950, [2], [20], 1-90, [6] pp. With the engraved and the letterpress title pages. Collation: 1 [engraved t.p.], †4, a-b2, A-Z6, Aa-Pp6, an added signature Qq4 (p. 457-464 with the 3rd leaf signed Qq2), original signature Qq6 (half-title, unsigned and unnumbered), p. 459-468), Rr-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa-Bbbb6 (plus additional leaf Bbbb3 (p. 845/846, dedication to F. Cesi), Cccc-Ffff6, Gggg6 (plus an additional leaf Gggg2 (p. 903-904, dedication to Roderic de Mendoza). Leaf Gggg is a folded table; Hhhh6 (plus an added leaf after Hhhh2 (“Append. ad pag. 917/918”), Iiii-Kkkk6, Llll2, b-c4, D2; A-M4

$40,000.00

The “Rervm Medicarvm Novæ Hispaniæ thesavrvs” is the first publication to include a substantial part of the groundbreaking research conducted by Francisco Hernández while on the first scientific expedition to New Spain in the 1570s. Hernández’ work was the first of its kind and it remains an invaluable source for the study of 16th c. American natural history.

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Bibliography and further reading: Anderson, Herbals, Chapter 30 (pp. 235-244): “The first scientific expedition to New Spain.” Anker, Bird Books and Bird Art, p. 18: “More than 200 birds are enumerated and briefly commented upon. This section is not illustrated, although several pictures of birds are found in other parts of the work.” Arents (Add.) 346. Beddall, “Spanish Science and the New World,” p. 434: “Hernández traveled in New Spain (Mexico) on what is now considered to be the first modern scientific expedition.” BMC (Nat. Hist.) II, p. 832. JCB I (2, 1600-1658), p. 408. Brunet III, cols. 119-120n. Coues, Birds of the Colorado Valley, pp. 573-574: “This famous work is cited by bibliographers and naturalists in such uncertain ways, occasioning much confusion.” European Americana 1651/81 & 1651/82. Garrison & Morton (5th edition), Medical Bibliography 1821.1n (citing 1628 edition). Glass, pp. 131-132, #132 & fig. 38 & p. 624 (citing this 1651 edition)

''The first attempt to show the connection between psychology and physiology'' (Garrison-Morton)

Huarte y Navarro, Juan, (1529-1588); Carew, Richard (1555-1620), translator
Examen de ingenios. The examination of mens vvits. In whicch [sic], by discouering the varietie of natures, is shewed for what profession each one is apt, and how far he shall profit therein. By John Huarte. Translated out of the Spanish tongue by M. Camillo Camilli. Englished out of his Italian, by R.C. Esquire

London: Printed by Adam Islip, for C. Hunt of Excester, 1594

Quarto: 19 x 14 cm. [16], 333, [3] pp. A-Y8

$14,000.00

“To Distinguish and discern these natural difference’s of man’s wit, and to apply to each by art that science wherein he may profit, is the intention of this my work.”

“This sentence concisely summarizes the ultimate purpose of one of the most successful and influential Spanish scientific books published in the early modern period, one with long-lasting influence upon the European intellectual world: the ‘Examen de Los Ingenios para Las Ciencias’ (1575), by the Spanish physician and philosopher Juan Huarte de San Juan (1529-1588)… Huarte is now hailed as the precursor of several branches of pedagogy and psychology, including differential pedagogy and differential psychology, and their practical applications, professional orientation, and selection.

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STC (2nd ed.), 13892; Garrison-Morton 4964 (1575 Spanish edition); Durling 2498. Hunter & Macalpine, p. 46. Thorndike VI, pp. 413-14

The First Printed Illustrations of the Constellations

Hyginus, Caius Julius (fl. 2nd century)
Poeticon astronomicon. Edited by Jacobus Sentinus and Johannes Lucilius Santritter.

Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 14 October, 1482

Quarto: 20 x 14.6 cm. Collation: a-f8 g10 (a1 blank, a2r dedication to M. Fabius [Quintilianus?], a3r text, g9r commendatory poem by Jacobus Sentinus, g10r poem and verse colophon by Johannes Santritter, g10v blank). 58 leaves. 31 lines. Types 3:91G (text), 7:92G (heading on a2r), 91 Gk (a few words). Title on a2r printed in red, 11-, 7-, 5- and 3-line white-on-black woodcut initials. 47 half-page woodcuts, probably designed by Johannes Santritter, of the constellation and planet figures.

$45,000.00

FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION of Hyginus’ “Poeticon Astronomicon”, illustrated with 47 half-page woodcuts of the constellations and the planets personified. The text is set in a pleasing Gothic. The text of Hyginus was first published in an unillustrated edition at Ferrara in 1475.

The “Poeticon Astronomicon” (more correctly, the “Astronomica”) is an ancient Roman work on the constellations chiefly based on the work of the Greek scientist Eratosthenes (3rd c.

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BMC V, 286; BSB-Ink H-459; CIBN H-334; Essling 285; Goff H-560; HC 9062*; Hind II, p. 462; IGI 4959; Klebs 527.2; Pollard/Perrins 31; Redgrave 30; Sander 3472

The Catalogue of Imperato’s Wunderkammer

Imperato, Ferrante (ca. 1550- ca. 1625)
Historia Naturale di Ferrante Imperato Napolitano: nella quale ordinatamente si tratta Della diversa condition di Minere, Pietre pretiose, & altre curiosità: Con varie Historie di Piante, & Animali, sin'hora non date in luce. In questa Seconda Impressione aggiontovi da Gio. Maria Ferro Spetiale alla Sanità, alcune Annotationi alle Piante nel Libro vigesimo ottavo. Dedicata all’Altezza Ser.[enissi]ma Di Giovan Federico Duca di Brunswick, et Lunenburg.

Venice: Presso Combi, & La Noù. 1672

Folio: 32.5 x 22.5 cm. [8], 696, [8] pp. Collation: *4, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Mmm6, a4. With an added folding plate.

$18,000.00

Ferrante Imperato was, like his contemporary from Verona Francesco Calzolari, an apothecary whose collection of natural history collection and library “constituted a practical work of reference for physicians, pharmacists and botanists”. Among his visitors and correspondents were some of the most important scientists of the day, including Peiresc, Clusius, Aldrovandi, and Bauhin. The folding engraving of the museum interior shows Imperato and his son Francesco leading visitors through the museum, the cabinets of which are packed tight with specimens and books and are surmounted by stuffed birds.

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Hoover 440, Schuh 2384; Sinkankas 3109; Ward & Carozzi 1172

The Illustrated Catalogue of the Natural History

Jacobaeus, Oliger (1650-1701)
Muséum Regium Seu Catalogus Rerum tam naturalium, quàm artificialium, Quæ In Baslilica Bibliothecæ Augustissimi Daniæ Norvegiæq; Monarchæ Christiani Qvinti Hafniæ asservantur, Descriptus Ab Oligero Jacobæo, Me. & Phil. Prof. Regio.

Copenhagen: Joachim Schmetgen, 1696

Folio: 35 x 23 cm. )(4 [includes the engraved frontispiece], )(4, A-Z4, Aa-Bb4, Cc-Dd2. With 37 added engraved plates.

$16,000.00

The Royal Danish Kunstkammer was founded by King Frederick III in 1650 and was continued by his son, Christian V (1646-1699), to whom this book is dedicated. The Kunstkammer existed until 1825 when its collections were dispersed among the many specialized museums created around that time. This catalogue is an invaluable illustrated record of the collections as they stood in the 17th century. The author, the comparative anatomist Oliger Jacobaeus taught philosophy, history, geography and medicine at Copenhagen.

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Balsinger p.141 and 279-80; Brunet III, p. 479; Murray, II, p. 190; Nissen ZBI, 2081; Ward & Carozzi, 1676; Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting, p. 209, only citing 18 plates. See: “Det Kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 = The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1737”, Bente Gundestrup (Copenhagen: 1991)

Kepler’s Most Influential Work. A Beautiful, Untrimmed Copy

Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630)
Epitome astronomiæ copernicanæ vsitatâ formâ quæstionum & responsionum conscripta, inque VII. libros digesta, quorum tres hi priores sunt de doctrina sphærica. Habes, amice lector, hac prima parte, præter physicam accuratam explicationem motus terræ diurni, ortusq; ex eo circulorum sphæræ, totam doctrinam sphæricam nova & concinniori methodo, auctiorem, additis exemplis omnis generis computationum astronomicarum & geographicarum, quæ integrarum præceptionum vim sunt complexa.

Frankfurt: Impensis Ioannis Godefridi Schönwetteri, 1635

Octavo: 18 x 11.7 cm. [28], 932 (i.e. 924), [14] p. Collation: Signatures: [asterisk]6 2[asterisk]4 3[asterisk]4 A-4S8 4T2 4V7. Complete with blank leaves ***4, Cc6 and Vvvv8, the slip with printed catchword inserted at the foot of ***3v (noted by Cinti), and the folding letterpress table.

$35,000.00

KEPLER'S LONGEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL WORK was first published in three separate volumes from 1618 to 1621. The first published part was placed on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1619.

It is possible to see, from this uncut copy, that one half of each sheet was printed with an ample fore-edge, and the other half with a narrow fore-edge, which explains why copies generally have much narrower dimensions.

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Caspar 87; Cinti 97

Kircher’s China. A Very Fine Copy of the True First Edition

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
China Monumentis Qua Sacris quà Profanis, Nec non variis Naturæ & Artis Spectaculis, Aliarumque rerum memorabilium Argumentis Illustrata, Auspiciis Leopoldi Primi Roman. Imper. Semper Augusti Munificentissimi Mecænatis.

Amsterdam: Apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge & Elizeum Weyerstraet, 1667

Folio: 37 x 24.5 cm. *4, **4; A-Z4; Aa-Hh4. (*1 is the engraved title page)

$20,000.00

"In 1667 the learned German Jesuit, Athanasius Kircher, published his ‘China Illustrata’ at Amsterdam. Gathering his materials from the works of other members of the Society, Kircher wrote one of the century’s most influential treatises on China. His primary purpose was to establish the authenticity of the Nestorian monument discovered in Sian, and to that end he produced in print the original Chinese and Syriac inscriptions on the monument, the Chinese text in Romanization, and finally a Latin translation and his explication of the Chinese and Syriac texts.

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Merrill 20 ("Constitutes the first Chinese vocabulary ever printed in the West. He includes a Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary ... the first printing of a Sanskrit grammar in Europe"); De Backer Sommervogel IV 1063, 24; Cordier 26; Caillet 5774; Brunet III, 666-667; Reilly #23; Lach "Asia in The Making of Europe", Vol III, Bk I, pp. 485-486, 527-528; Dünnhaupt 2342, 21.2; Walravens, China illustrata 18

"The First Book Published in Europe Devoted Entirely to Acoustics" –Merrill

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
Phonurgia Nova sive Conjugium mechanico-physicum artis & naturae paranympha phonosophia concinnatum. quâ universa sonorum natura, proprietas, vires effectuúm[que] prodigiosorum causæ, novâ & multiplici experimentorum exhibitione enucleantur : instrumentorum acusticorum, machinarúm[que] ad naturæ prototypon adaptandarum, tum ad sonos ad remotissima spatia propagandos, tum in abditis domorum recessibus per occultioris ingenii machinamenta clam palámue sermocinandi modus & ratio traditur, tum denique in bellorum tumultibus singurlaris hujusmodi organorum usus, & praxis per nouam phonologiam describitur.

Kempten: Per Rudolphum Dreherr, 1673

Folio: 32.2 x 21.5 cm. [41], [1, blank], 229, [1, blank], [16] pp. Collation: π4, a-c4, d1, (*)4, (***)4, A-Z4, Aa-Hh4 (lacking final blank). With 2 added plates at p. 114 and p. 132. The engraved title page and the portrait are integral to the collation.

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The “Phonurgia” is illustrated with an added engraved allegorical title by G. And. Wolfgang after Felix Cheurier, an engraved title vignette, an engraved portrait of Emperor Leopold I by G. And. Wolfgang after Franz Herman, two engraved plates, seventeen engravings and numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations in the text, musical notation, ornamental woodcut head- and tail-pieces, and decorative initials.

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De Backer-Sommervogel IV, col. 1068; Merrill 25; Caillet 5789; Graesse IV, p. 22.

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