Quarto: 21.5 x 15.5 cm. , 8 pp., 9-10 ll., 11-127,  pp. Collation: π2 A4 B4 (±B1.2) C-Q4
FIRST EDITION of one of the most important eyewitness accounts of 17th-century Canada devoted primarily to the Huron Indians, but also with accounts of other groups, including the Jesuit author’s captivity and mutilation under the Iroquois. He also devotes 25 pages to a 1643 letter written by his Jesuit colleague Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), who was killed by the Mohawks.
Bressani (1612-1672), an Italian Jesuit, travelled to Canada as a missionary in 1642.
Alden & Landis 653/15; De Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 133; Walter, Jesuit relations, 43; Church 524; James Ford Bell Lib. B-407; JCB II, p. 428; Lande, Canadiana 57; McCoy, Jesuit relations 82; Sabin 7734; not in Eberstadt; Streeter.
A Prohibition Against Conducting Business with Jews
A mandate by which the city of Nuremberg prohibits its citizens from borrowing money from Jewish lenders, and from performing any business transactions, or entering into any financial contracts with “Jews or Jewesses”. Jews are also forbidden to act as moneylenders in the city. The edict was passed in 1618, the year in which Nuremberg established its first lending-house, the rules of which were modeled on the regulations for lending established in Augsburg, in which city Jews were also prohibited (since 1591) from lending money.
Octavo: 14.6 x 9.2 cm. (24), 57, (11) leaves. Collation: ¶-¶¶¶8, A-H8, I4. With an engraved frontispiece (leaf ¶2)
The treatise explains how to organize a library, with references to an ideal library, to the author’s personal library, and to that of the most important Spanish bibliophile of the Siglo de oro, Lorenzo Ramírez de Prado. The work is divided into fifteen chapters, each with subdivisions arranged according to topic. These categories include religious and secular (including comic) poetry, dictionaries, books of commonplaces, rhetoric, secular history (including fictional works), mathematics, natural philosophy, moral philosophy, medicine, emblems, politics, law, etc.
London: Printed by Iohn Daye, dwelling ouer Aldersgate, 1571
Quarto: 17.2 x 12.6 cm. Collation: [manicule]2, B-T4
“The indispensable link between the earlier Tudor writers and the great Elizabethan and Jacobean writers of English prose.”(Ryan, 292)
The Cambridge-educated Ascham, one of the best known of the English humanists, produced two works that had a great influence on the use of English as a literary language as well as on the education of children and the conduct of English gentlemen.
Octavo: 17 x 11 cm. (32), 523, (1, blank), (108) pp. Collation: I. *8, **8 (**4 and 5 are conjugates that form the folded map of Spain), a-z8, A-Q8, R4. II. 134, (16) pp. Collation: A-I8, K4
This edition of Caesar includes the texts of the “Gallic Wars” and “Civil War”, together with the "De bello Alexandrino", "De bello Africano", and "De bello Hispaniense", ascribed to Aulus Hirtius. This edition also includes Raimundo Marliano’s useful index of the topography of Gaul in Roman times.
Admired for their style (most famously by Cicero) and read by both his supporters and detractors alike in antiquity, Caesar’s Commentarii fell into obscurity in the Middle Ages.
Brescia: Dalle stampe di Giambatista Bossini, 1760
Large octavo: Engraved frontis., xxiv-196 p.,  f Collation: a8, A-M10
An important guide to the art of Brescia, written by G.B. Carboni, son of the sculptor and engraver Rizzado Carboni. The guide remains a fundamental work for reconstructing the history of Brescian public and private art collections.
Carboni describes all of the churches in the city as well as the artworks in the grand public buildings such as the municipal palazzo and the Biblioteca Queriniana.
Quarto: 27.5 x 21.5 cm. Engraved title page and 100 engraved plates. Complete.
The publishing history: According to Thomas Ashby’s classification of the editions, the first edition of Cavalieri’s book of statues appeared before April 1561. That edition, the “Liber Primus” consisted of only 58 plates, all of which were from original drawings, except for the plates of Pasquino and Marforio, which were copied from Lafrery’s “Speculum”.
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.
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).
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
Writing & Teaching Poetry in 15th c. Poland. With a Fine woodcut of the Author and his Students
An early edition (1st 1496), and the only edition with the woodcut of the author instructing his students, of this work on writing poetry by the important Silesian poet Laurentius Corvinus (born Laurentius Rabe and known in Polish as Wawrzyniec Korwin), well-known to historians of science as the man who assisted Copernicus in his first publication, a Latin translation from the Greek of the letters of Theophylactus, for which Corvinus provided two poems, one of which mentions Copernicus’ interest in astronomy.
VD 16, C 5453; IA 145.627; Estreicher XIV, 420; Goluszka-M. P 205 See: Jacqueline Glomski, “Poetry to Teach the Writing of Poetry”, in Poets and Teachers: Latin didactic poetry and the didactic authority of the Latin poet from the Renaissance to the present: (Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Symposium of the Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies, Clare College, Cambridge, 9-11 September, 1996)/ Edited by Yasmin Haskell and Philip Hardie. Also, “Laurentius Corvinus and the Flowering of Central European Humanism”, Terminus ix (2007), pp. 49-74
Crashaw’s English Works bound Together with his Latin Poems
London: In the Savoy, Printed by T.N. for Henry Herringman at the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1670
Octavo: Two volumes bound as one. 16.6 x 10.6 cm. I. , 112, 115-208,  p.,  leaf of plates. Collation: A-O8 (O8 blank and present.) With an added, engraved frontispiece of the temple. II. 28], 67,  p. A-F8
This collection of Crashaw’s poetry comprises the third edition (not the second, as the title states) of his “Steps to the Temple” (first 1646), the third edition of “The Delights of the Muses” (first edition 1648) and the second edition of the posthumous “Carmen Deo Nostro…Sacred Poems” (first edition 1652). "The Delights of the Muses” and the "Carmen Deo nostro te decet Hymnus" each has a divisional title page on leaves F8r and K5r respectively.
Venice: nelle Case d’Aldo et d’Andrea de Asola, August 1515
Octavo: 15.7 x 9.2 cm. , 244,  leaves. Collation: π2, a-z8, A-H8. With blank leaf i2 present, lacking blank H7.
The first Aldine Dante appeared in 1502, edited by Pietro Bembo. Aldus himself is believed to have prepared this second edition of Dante, which appeared shortly after his death in 1515. The volume opens with a dedicatory epistle by Andrea Torresani, Aldus’ partner and father-in-law, to the celebrated Vittoria Colonna (1490-1547).
The title page announces the inclusion of the new map (“the location, shape, and size”) of the Inferno.
London: printed by T. N., for Henry Herringman, at the sign of the Anchor, in the lower-walk of the New-Exchange. 1669
Octavo: 16.5 x 10.3 cm. (6), 414 pp. Collation: A4 (A1 blank and present),B-Z, Aa-Dd8 (Dd8 blank and present)
“The poetry of Donne represents a sharp break with that written by his predecessors and most of his contemporaries. Much Elizabethan verse is decorative and flowery in its quality. Its images adorn; its meter is mellifluous. Image harmonizes with image, and line swells almost predictably into line. Donne’s poetry, on the other hand, is written very largely in conceits— concentrated images that involve an element of dramatic contrast, of strain, or of intellectual difficulty.
Folio album: 27.5 x 21.5 cm. 50 plates, numbered 1 to 50 in the plate, comprising an etched title page and 49 etched views. Complete.
“One of the most important of the sixteenth-century collections of views of Rome, being free from the fantastic reconstructions so dear to the archaeologists of the period.” (Fowler)
The first engraving serves as both title page and a dedication to Cosimo de’ Medici. The other 49 plates show the magnificent architectural monuments of Rome, many of them covered with vegetation, visited by strolling passers-by, or being drawn by artists.
London: By Christopher Barker, printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, 1586
Quarto: 18.5 x 13 cm. , 3, , 4-32,  p. Collation: A-E4 (lacking blank leaf E4)
A fascinating work, documenting the exchange between Parliament and Queen Elizabeth on the proposed execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. The volume opens with a letter to the Earl of Leicester dated November 25th, 1586 and signed R.C. (Robert Cecil) in which Cecil announces that he has transcribed “the speaches delivered by the Queene’s most excellent maiestie in a late and weightie cause dealt in this parliament” together with the “petitions presented to hir Maiestie the 12th and 24th of November at Richmond by the Lord Chauncelour and Speaker”.
Octavo: 14 x 10 cm. , 216 lvs. Collation: a8, A-Z8 a-d8
Thomas Elyot, humanist and diplomat, composed three influential works during the reign of King Henry VIII: “The Boke named the Governour”(1531), a Latin-English “Dictionary”(1538) and the “Castel of Helth”(1539). Of these, it is the “Governour” that proved most influential and brought Elyot preferment at Henry’s court.
In September 1531 Elyot was named ambassador to the emperor Charles V and sent to the continent to “to sound out Charles regarding the king's divorce from Katherine of Aragon, who was the emperor's aunt” and to apprehend William Tyndale.
A German translation of Erasmus’ annotation on Mathew 11:29 (taken from his “In Novum Testamentum annotationes”) in which Erasmus differentiates between the divine order and human positive law. He laments that people ignore the commands of God and follow human law instead: ‘Christ’s law is inviting and easy, but it becomes onerous and difficult through the addition of human prescriptions and dogmas.
Cambridge: Ex officinâ Johan. Hayes, celeberrimæ Academiæ typographi. Impensis Richardi Green bibliopolæ Cantab., 1694
Folio: 32 x 20.5 cm. , lvi, 330; , 529, [43 ] p. Collation: a-g4, h2, (A)2, B-Z4, Aa-Tt4, Vv2, a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-zzz4, aaaa-bbbb4, cccc2. With two added engraved portraits of Barnes and Euripides.
“The merits of all preceding editions are eclipsed by this celebrated one of Joshua Barnes. Fabricius observes that ‘the text is accurately revised and printed, the metrical rules of Canter diligently corrected, and the entire ancient scholia on the first seven plays subjoined and enriched by excerpta from a manuscript in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The notes of various learned men, and those of Barnes accompany the scholia; the fragments of Euripides are carefully collected and displayed, with Greek and Latin notes as far as verse 2068; lastly, there are some epistles, attributed to Euripides.
London: By Anthony Scoloker. and Wyllya[m] Seres dwelling wythout Aldersgate, 1548
Octavo: 12.7 x 7.6 cm.  p. Collation: A-P8 (with final two blanks)
John Frith’s important reply to Thomas More’s “Letter impugnynge the erronyouse wrytyng of J. Fryth.”(1533), written while Frith was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Frith’s letter was not published until after his execution at Smithfield in 1533. The first two editions were printed at Antwerp. This is the first edition of the work printed in England.
The evangelical martyr John Frith fled England in the late 1520’s, settling at Antwerp to be with his close friend and collaborator William Tyndale.
Bern: Mathias Apiarius (Biener) for Johann Petreius, 1545
Quarto: 21 x 16.5 cm. I. , 302,  p. aa-bb4, a-z4, A-P4. II.  p. A-Q4
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.
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
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.