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Aldrovandi’s Natural History of Monsters. The First Treatise on Teratology. Bound in Contemporary Pigskin With Clasps

Aldrovandi, Ulisse (1522-1605); Ambrosini, Bartolomeo (1588-1657)
Monstrorum historia cum Paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium.

Bologna: Typis Nicolai Tebaldini, 1642

Large Folio: 35 x 24.5 cm. Two volumes in one: I. †4 (including engraved t.p.), A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Ppp6, Qqq8, Rrr6, Sss8; II. A-O6 (final signature O has 5 leaves, as in all copies examined. See note at end of description.)

$25,000.00

Aldrovandi’s “Monstrorum historia” was the first treatise on teratology, the study of deformities and monsters. The subjects are drawn from across the spectrum of living creatures: animal (humans, other mammals, fishes, insects) and botanical. Aldrovandi also considers celestial monstra, including such portents as comets. There are also descriptions and images of Native Americans “from the island of Florida” and West Indian “cannibals”, as well as the mythical blemmyae or “headless men”, rumored to live in Africa, the West Indies, and other remote parts of the world.

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NISSEN ZBI 74.R. As regards the 5-leaf final signature O in the “Paralipomena”, I have left the quire as “O6” in my collation since it is unclear if there was a cancelland leaf O5, or if final O6 was a blank. Either way, the final quire is consistent with all copies examined.

First Edition in English of Three 17th century South American Voyages & Travels

AMERICAS. Acuña, Cristóbal de, S.J. (1597-1676?); Acarete, du Biscay (17th c.); Grillet, Jean, S.J. (1624-1677); Béchamel, François, S.J. (1637-1676)
Voyages and discoveries in South-America. The first up the river of Amazons to Quito in Peru, and back again to Brazil, perform'd at the command of the king of Spain. By Christopher D'Acugna. The second up the river of Plata, and thence by land to the mines of Potosi. By Mons. Acarete. The third from Cayenne into Guiana, in search of the lake of Parima, reputed the richest place in the world. By M. Grillet and Bechamel. Done into English from the originals, being the only accounts of those parts hitherto extant. The whole illustrated with notes and maps.

London: Printed for S. Buckley, 1698

Octavo: 19 x 11 cm. viii, 1-176, (169)-(176), 177-190, [ii], 79, [v], 68 pp. Collation: A4, B-M8, *M4, N-Y8, 2Y4. Illustrated with two folding engraved maps.

$12,500.00

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the narratives of the first Europeans to traverse these regions. Part I of this collected work is "Voyages and Discoveries... up the River of Amazon to Quito in Peru, and back again to Brazil by Acuña;" Part II is "An Account of a Voyage up the River de la Plata, and thence over Land to Peru" by Acarete du Biscay; Part III is "A Journal of the Travels of John Grillet and Francis Bechamel into Guiana, in the Year 1674.

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Borba de Moraes I: 12 ("It is a rare book"); Hill 1788 (pp.311-312); Palau 2487; Sabin 152; Streeter sale VII: 4132; Wing V-746.

Astronomy and Meteorology; Flora and Fauna: The Natural World in the Middle Ages. With 15th c. Provenance. Bound at the Monastery of St Zeno

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.

$35,000.00

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.

With an Engraving of Besler’s Wunderkammer & 31 Engraved Plates of Specimens

Besler, Basilius (1561-1629)
Continvatio rariorvm et aspectv dignorvm varii generis quae collegit et svis impensis aeri ad vivvm incidi cvravit atqve evvlgavit

Nuremberg, by the author, [chronogram date] 1622

Oblong Quarto: 29.2 x 20.5 cm. Contents: Engraved title page, 1 leaf of letterpress, 31 engraved plates. Complete.

$28,000.00

Both the Fasciculus and Continuatio are quite rare. For the U.S., OCLC records only 2 copies of the Fasciculus (Harvard and Yale) and only 5 copies of the Continuatio (Chicago Botanic Garden, Linda Hall, Getty, Johns Hopkins, and Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.)

Basil Besler (1561-1629), compiler of the celebrated Hortus Eystettensis, 1613, was a Nuremberg apothecary and one of the first to assemble a natural history Wunderkammer.

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Wellcome 826; Nissen ZBI 345

Boyle's Color Experiments - With Contemporary Provenance

Boyle, Robert (1627-91)
Experiments and considerations touching colours. First occasionally written, among some other essays, to a friend; and now suffer’d to come abroad as the beginning of an experimental history of colours. By the Honourable Robert Boyle, Fellow of the Royal Society

London: printed for Henry Herringman at the Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange, 1664

Octavo: 16.5 x 10.5 cm. [40], 423, [1] p., With 1 folding plate. Collation: A8, a8, b4, B-Z8, Aa-Dd8, Ee4

$10,000.00

"Robert Boyle (1627–1691) was perhaps the most famous natural philosopher of his day: he was one of the most forceful advocates of the mechanical philosophy as well as the experimental philosophy, which together were the foundations of the dominant ideological intellectual program in the second half of the seventeenth century.

"In his Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours, first published in 1664, Boyle’s stated purpose is to provide experiments and observations that “enquire seriously into the Nature of Colours, and assist in the Investigation of it.

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Fulton 57; ESTC R19422; Wing (2nd ed., 1994), B3967

Boyle's Law

Boyle, Robert (1627-91)
New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, touching the Spring of the Air, and its effects, made, for the most part, in a new pneumatical engine… London: Printed by Miles Flesher for Richard Davis, Bookseller in Oxford, 1682. [bound with] [2] A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The I. Part. Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall…for Richard Davis, 1669. [bound with] [3] A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The second part.

London: Printed by Miles Flesher for Richard Davis, 1682

Quarto: 19.5 x 16 cm. 3 works in 2 volumes (the two continuations bound first): 1st Vol. "Continuation… the I. Part"(1669) and "Continuation… the second part"(1682). Collations: *4, **4, A2, B-Z4, Aa-Dd4, Ee2. With 8 engraved plates after p. 198; A4, a4, b2, B-Z4, Aa-Cc4, Dd2. With 5 plates bound after p. 198. 2nd Vol. "New Experiments"(1682) in 3 parts. Collation: A4, a4, B-Z4, Aa-Tt4, Vv4 (-Vv4), a-o4. With 2 engraved plates. The last part is bound first.

$15,000.00

THIRD EDITION of Boyle’s book on his original experiments on air, his first scientific work and the one on which his fame rests. This edition, like the second, includes his controversial tracts against Linus and Hobbes, the former provoking an attack to which Boyle wrote a defence that contained “Boyle’s law”, first published in the second edition and present here.

[2] FIRST EDITION.

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Wing B4000, B3934, B3935. Fulton 15, 16, 18. See Horblit 15, PMM 143, and the Norman catalogue 300 for the second edition. Neville I, p. 192, has the same combination of works as are present here.

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. An Extraordinary 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

51 x 35 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.

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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

With an Account of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

ELECTRICITY. Calandrelli, Giuseppe
Ragionamento sopra il conduttore elettrico Quirinale dell'abate Giuseppe Calandrelli

Rome: nella stamperia Salomoni, 1789

Octavo: 20.5 x 140 cm. [2], xxxvi p.

$4,800.00

First edition of this rare publication, dealing with the construction of the lightning conductor installed on the Quirinal Palace in Rome (in order to prevent further damage from lightning strikes.)

Calandrelli discusses the electrical experiments of other well-known scientists such as Priestley, Toaldo, Landriani, De Saussure, Reccaria, Lord Malion, and above all, those of Benjamin Franklin, including Franklin's iconic kite experiment of June 1752.

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Wheeler Gift 554

"Second only to Agricola in the number of original contributions to the literature of mining and metallurgy and the beauty of the graphic treatment of the crafts."(Dibner)

Ercker, Lazarus (ca. 1530-1594)
Aula Subterranea domina dominantium subdita subditorum, das ist, Untererdische Hofhaltung: ohne welche weder die Herren regiren, noch die Unterthanen gehorchen können : oder, Grundliche Beschreibung derjenigen Sachen so in der Tieffe der Erden wachsen, als aller Ertzen der königlichen und gemeinen Metallen…

Frankfurt: Johann David Zunner, 1684

Large Quarto: 22.5 x 19.5 cm. [1] leaf (engraved t.p.), [14], 220, 123, [5], 68 p. COLLATION: )(-)()(4A-Dd4Ee2(A)-(Q)4a-h4i2.

$6,800.00

"Ercker's treatise is the most authoritative contemporary work on 16th-century metallurgy and assaying. Ercker gave a systematic review of methods of testing alloys and minerals and of obtaining and refining various metals, as well as methods of manufacturing acids, salts and other chemical compounds, including saltpeter. He described the apparatus and laboratory equipment used in metallurgy and assaying and gave a detailed account of laboratory methods, all of which he himself had used.

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Hoover 284; Darmstaedter, Probierbüchlein p. 92; DSB IV, 394; Lipperheide 4

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

EUGENICS. 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

One of the Two Pillars of Early Modern English "Feminism"

FEMINISM. GENDER. PHILOSOPHY. Drake, Judith (fl. 1696-1723)
An essay in defence of the female sex. In which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c. In a letter to a lady. Written by a lady. The Third edition with additions.

London: Printed for A. Roper at the Black Boy, and R. Clavel at the Peacock, both in Fleetstreet, 1697

Octavo: 18 x 11 cm. [32], 148, [4] pp. plus plate. Collation: A-B8, B-K8, L4

$8,500.00

The preliminaries of this edition have been expanded by the addition of two letters, the first written by James Drake to the anonymous author, in which he writes about the absurdity of certain men who have charged him with being the author of the “Essay”, and Judith Drake’s reply, in which she defends her anonymity: “This advantage however I reap by being unknown, that I frequently hear unsuspected, the unbias’d opinions of those that criticize upon me, and scarce, without scorn, hear most men pronounce it a performance above the ability of a woman, yet none answer the arguments in it to the contrary.

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Wing D 2125C (formerly Wing A 4058, under Astell); Halkett & Laing, "Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature", Vol. 2; Additional reading: Brenda Tooley, "'Like a False Renegade': The Ends and Means of Feminist Apologetics in 'A Dialogue concerning Women and An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex'", The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 36.2 (1995): pp. 157-177; Greenough, Bibliography of the Theophrastan Character, p. 140

“Perhaps the First to Use a Keplerian Telescope for Regular Planetary Observation” (King)

Fontana, Francesco (1602-1656)
Novae Coelestium Terrestriumq[ue] Rerum Observationes, et fortasse hactenus non vulgatae à Francisco Fontana, specillis a se inventis, et ad summam perfectionem perductis editae.

Naples: Apud Gaffarum, Mense Februarii, 1646

$85,000.00

A truly remarkable work, the  “Observationes” has been called the first true lunar atlas (preceding that of Hevelius by one year.) Moreover, the work includes the first illustrations of the planet Mars made from telescopic observation (in 1636 and 1638). The first chapter includes a very early history of the telescope. Fontana claims to have invented both the “Keplerian” telescope (composed of two convex lenses) in 1608, and the compound microscope (consisting of two converging lenses, one functioning as objective, the other as eyepiece) in 1618; while his claims to have invented these instruments have been proven untrue, Fontana did in fact construct and use both of these instruments and with them he observed Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon; as well as fleas, flies, ants, bees and human hairs.

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Carli and Favaro 211; Houzeau and Lancaster II, 1328; Riccardi I/1 467 (‘raro ed apprezzato’); Literature: King, The History of the Telescope p. 46; Clay, The History of the Microscope p. 9; Ashworth, The Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo, p. 4)

"The first modern textbook of physics, a foundation stone in the science of mechanics"

Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642)
Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche, intorno a due nuove scienze attenenti alla mecanica & i movimenti locali. del signor Galileo Galilei linceo, filosofo e matematico primario del serenissimo grand duca di Toscana ; con una appendice del centro di grauità d'alcuni solidi.

Leiden: Elzevier Press, 1638

Quarto: 20 x 14 cm. 
 [8], 306 [i.e. 314], [6] p. Collation: *4, A-Z4, Aa-Rr4

$95,000.00

Galileo's last work, "Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations concerning Two New Sciences", has been called "the first modern textbook of physics, a foundation stone in the science of mechanics" (Grolier/Horblit).

Like the earlier 'Dialogo' (1632), the 'Discorsi' takes the form of a conversation. There are four dialogues, the latter two of which "are devoted to the treatment of uniform and accelerated motion and the discussion of parabolic trajectories.

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Dibner, Heralds of Science 141; Grolier/Horblit 36; Norman 859; PMM 130; Wellcome 264

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: typis Jacobi Flesher. Prostant apud Gulielmum Morden, bibliopolam Cantabrigiensem, 1653

Octavo: 18 x 11.5 cm. [16], 199, [1]; 173, [1] p., 4 leaves of plates : ill., diagrams (woodcuts). Collation: A-N8, O4; A-L8 (lacking final blank)

$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 G291 (with the comma in line 3 of the title); Cinti, 128; Riccardi, I, col. 508; Sotheran, I p. 73 (1448); cf. PMM 113 and Dibner, Heralds of Science, #7 (the 1610 edition)

Johnson’s Celebrated Edition of Gerard’s Herbal Describing Numerous American Plants

Gerard, John (1545-1612)
The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde of London Master in Chirvrgerie. Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson Citizen and Apothecarye of London.

London: A. Islip, Joice Norton, and R. Whitaker, 1633

Folio: 34.5 x 22.5 cm. ¶8, ¶¶-¶¶¶6, A-B8, C-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa-Zzzz6, Aaaaa-Zzzzz6, Aaaaaa-Vvvvvv6, Xxxxxx4, Yyyyyy-Zzzzzz6, Aaaaaaa-Bbbbbbb6. (lacking the first and final blank leaves.)

$9,500.00

"This is the first edition enlarged and edited by Thomas Johnson (1595-1644) who corrected many of Gerard’s more gullible errors, and improved the accuracy of the illustrations by using Plantin’s woodcuts." (Hunt)

John Gerard is to this day one of the best known of English herbalists. In 1586 the Royal College of Physicians established a garden of physic and appointed Gerard its curator.

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STC 11751; Hunt 223; Nissen 698; Graesse Vol. III, p. 56; Henrey 155.

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

Gessner's Encyclopedia of Birds –Bound in Contemporary Pigskin

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.

Zürich, Christoph Froschauer, 1582

Folio: 37.5 x 23.5 cm. [6], CCLXI, [1] lvs. Collation: a6, A6, b-z6, A-T6, V4, X5 (final blank absent)

$18,000.00

A fine copy of the German translation of Conrad Gessner’s landmark book of birds "De avium natura”(1555), the third published volume of his lavishly illustrated encyclopedia of animals, considered “the basis of modern zoology” (Horblit). The book was translated from the Latin by the Zurich clergyman Rudolf Huesli (or Heusslein, 1530-1600). All 217 original woodcuts were reused and supplemented with two woodcuts borrowed from Olaus Magnus’ 'Historia de gentibus septentrionalis' of 1555.

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Nissen, IVB, n°350; VD16, G 1736; Horblit, n°39 (for the first edition of Historiæ animalium, « considered the basis of modern zoology »)

The Art of Glass

GLASS. CHEMISTRY. Haudicquer de Blancourt, Jean, approximately 1650?-1704); Neri, Antonio (d. 1614); Merret, Christopher (1614-1695)
The art of glass. Shewing how to make all sorts of glass, crystal and enamel. Likewise the making of pearls, precious stones, china and looking-glasses. To which is added, the method of painting on glass and enameling. Also how to extract the colours from minerals, metals, herbs and flowers. A work containing many secrets and curiosities never before discovered. Illustrated with proper sculptures. Written originally in French, by Mr. H. Blancourt, and now first translated into English. With an appendix, containing exact instructions for making glass-eyes of all colours.

London: printed for Dan. Brown at the Black Swan without Temple-Bar; Tho. Bennet at the Half-Moon, D. Midwinter and Tho. Leigh at the Rose and Crown, and R. Wilkin at the King’s-Head in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1699

Octavo: 18.3 x 11.5 cm. [16], 355, [13] p. Collation: A-Z8, Aa8. With 9 engraved plates.

$6,850.00

The core of Blancourt's text is Christopher Merret's annotated Latin edition (1668) of Antonio Neri's "L'Arte Vetraria"(1612). Merret had produced his own English (unillustrated) translation of Neri's work in 1662. Blancourt has expanded Neri's original 7 books to 12. Among Blancourt's notable contributions to the text are a chapter on crystal, glass and metal mirrors; and an appendix on a secret technique for making glass eyes look "Very Natural".

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ESTC R16918; Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), H1150. See Dwight P. Lanmon and David Whitehouse, "Glass in the Robert Lehman Collection", p. 102

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