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The Notebook of a 17th c. Boston Parishioner

AMERICANA. Lynde, Samuel (1653-1721); Allin, Daniel (b. 1688). [Allen, James (1632-1710), Moodey, Joshua (1633-1697); Willard, Samuel (1640-1707); Pemberton, Ebenezer (1671-1717)]
A contemporary manuscript consisting of notes taken on 40 sermons preached by Rev. James Allen (1632-1710), Rev. Joshua Moodey (1633-1697), Rev. Samuel Willard (1640-1707), and Rev. Ebenezer Pemberton (1671-1717) at Boston's First Church and Old South Church (i.e. the "Third Church".)

Boston: 1684-1703

Oblong octavo: [127] pp.


The first owner and original compiler of this volume was Samuel Lynde (1653-1721), a prosperous Boston merchant. He began keeping notes on the sermons he attended in 1684, and continued intermittently through 1694.

His summary of each sermon was long and detailed, usually ranging from 2 to 5 pages. He recorded the name of the minister, and the biblical verse on which the sermon was based; he occasionally added the date.


Printed on the English Secret Press at Birchley Hall, Lancashire

Anderton, James [pseud. John Brereley] (1557-1613)
The lyturgie of the Masse: wherein are treated three principal pointes of faith. 1. That in the Sacrament of the Eucharist are truly and really contained the body and bloud of Christ. 2. That the Masse is a true and proper sacrifice of the body and bloud of Christ, offered to God by preistes. 3. That Communion of the Eucharist to the laity vnder one kind is lawful. The ceremonies also of the Masse now vsed in the Catholicke Church, are al of them deriued from the primitiue Church. By Iohn Brereley preis [sic].

"Printed at Colen": [i.e. Birchley Hall Press, Lancashire: Roger Anderton?], 1620

Quarto: [6], 9-463, 462-468 Collation: [par.]⁴(-[par.]3) A-V⁴ W⁴ X-2V⁴ 2W⁴ 2X-3K⁴ [3L]² (Complete with blank leaves G1 and [3L]².)


A good, complete specimen of a book printed on a secret Catholic press. The press was located at the Anderton family’s own Birchley Hall in Lancashire and was likely operated by James Anderton’s brother, Roger Anderton, after the former’s death. The press produced books, including three by James Anderton himself, from 1613 to 1621, when the press was seized by the English authorities.


Allison & Rogers, Catholic Books, #137; Allison & Rogers, Counter-Reformation, #22; Milward, Religious Controversies, no. 676; STC 3607

One of the Most Beautiful Emblem Books. The Landwehr Copy

Arias Montanus, Benedictus [Benito Arias Montano] (1527-1598)
Humanae Salutis Monumenta

Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1571

Octavo: Collation: A-I8, K4, A-B8.


Engraved title, engraved portrait medallion of Christ, and 70 engraved emblematic plates. Later calf binding, rebacked, spine renewed, wear to corners. Fine impressions of the plates. Provenance: J.C. Landwehr

A series of beautifully rendered emblems, engraved by Abraham de Bruyn (ca. 1539-1587), Pieter Huys (1520-1577), Jan Wierix (ca. 1549-1615) and his brother Hieronymus Wierix (ca.


Landwehr 44; cf. Sorgeloos 111; Voet 588

With Verses by Aphra Behn. A Fantastic, Large-Paper Copy

Behn, Aphra (1640-89); Aesop (ca. 620-564 B.C.); Barlow, Francis (1626?-1702)
Aesop’s fables with his life: in English, French and Latin. Newly translated. Illustrated with one hundred and twelve sculptures. To this edition are likewise added, thirty one new figures representing his life. By Francis Barlow.

London: Printed by H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow, and are to be sold by Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-boy against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street, Tho. Fox in Westminster-hall, and Henry Faithorne at the Rose in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1687

Folio: 36.3 x 22.8 cm. [8], 40; 40; 17, 2-221, [3] p. COLLATION: π1(printed title), a2, B-L2; B-L2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Ppp2.


For this second edition of his magnificent production, Barlow commissioned Aphra Behn, then at the height of her popularity as a playwright and poet, to write verses to be engraved on the 110 plates illustrating the fables. In order to substitute Behn’s verses for those of Thomas Philipot (d. 1682), the lower area of the plate needed to be burnished down and the new verses engraved onto the plate in place of the earlier ones.


Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), A703

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.


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.


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.

Cortés Relates the Final Conquest and Destruction of Tenochtitlán - Sir Thomas Phillipps' Copy

Cortés, Hernán (1485-1547)
Tertia Ferdinandi Cortesii … in nova maris oceani Hyspania generalis praefecti praeclara Narratio

Nuremberg: Friedrich Peypus, 1524

Folio: 28.6 x 19.4 cm. 56 leaves: ff. [4] LI, [1].


Title translation:

"The Third Narration of Fernando Cortés… Captain-General of New Spain, Containing the conquest of the celebrated city of Temixtitan, and the recovery of other provinces which had been lost; in the conquest and recovery of which the Governor and Spaniards gained victories worthy of being remembered; besides which is related how Cortés discovered the South Sea, which we consider the Southern Indian Ocean, and innumerable other provinces abounding in gold mines, pearls, and various kinds of precious stones, and whereby it was made known that they also contain spices.


Sabin, A Dictionary of Books relating to America, no. 16948. – Harrisse, Bibliotheca Americana Vetustissima, 1866, no. 126; Alden/Landis, European Americana, no. 524/8; Church Catalogue no. 54; The World Encompassed no. 232; Nebenzahl, Atlas of Columbus and the Great Discoveries, p. 76; Streeter sale I, no. 190; A. Delgado-Gomez, Spanish Historical Writing about the New World 1493-1700, exh. cat. JCB Library, Providence 1992, no. 7a; Howgego I, pp. 268-70

The Protestant Martyrs. With the Ballad of John Careless, Later adapted by Shakespeare in King Lear

Coverdale, Miles (1488-1568)
Certain most godly, fruitful, and comfortable letters of such true saintes and holy martyrs of God, as in the late bloodye persecution here within this realme, gaue their lyues for the defence of Christes holy gospel: written in the tyme of theyr affliction and cruell imprysonment.

London: By Iohn Day, dwelling ouer Aldersgate, beneath Saint Martines, 1564

Quarto: 18 x 13.5 cm. [8], 46, 49-689, [5] p. Collation: A4, B-C8, D8(-D8), E-I8, K8(-K6), L-Y8 2A-2X8, 2Y8 + [hand]Y4 (Leaves D8 and K6 are canceled, as intended.)


An important collection of writings by English Protestants, many of whom had been martyred, compiled and with a preface by Miles Coverdale. There are letters by Lady Jane Gray (1536/7-1554) (a letter written “to her syster the Ladye Katheryne, immediately before she suffered”), John Bradford (1510?-1555) (including a partial reprint of \"An exhortacion to the carienge of Chrystes crosse\", STC 3480.


STC 5886

The First Aldine Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Le terze rime di Dante.

Venice: Aldus Manutius, August 1502

Octavo: 15 x 9.1 cm. 244 unnumbered leaves. Collation: a-z8, A-G8, H4. Leaf l2 is a blank.


This is the issue with the Aldine anchor and dolphin device on the final leaf. Quires a-c were also completely re-set, the present copy having the headline 'INFERNO' on a2r, and 'INF' in all the other leaves of these quires.

The edition – titled here simply “Le terze rime” – signals a linguistic restoration of the work and an important advance in the recovery of the original text.


De Batines, I, pp. 60-62; Mambelli, 17; Renouard, p. 34, no. 5; Ahmanson-Murphy, 59; Dionisotti-Orlandi, “Aldo Manuzio editore”, no. XXX; Adams, D-83; Gamba, 385

A Contemporary Account of The St. Bartholomew Day’s Massacre. With 18th c. French Provenance

FRENCH WARS OF RELIGION - ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY MASSACRE. Montluc, Jean de (1508-1579), attrib.; Henri of Anjou (1551-1589), King of Poland (1573-1575), King of France (1574-1589), Duke of Anjou (1566-1573)
Vera Et Brevis Descriptio Tvmvltvs Postremi Gallici Lvtetiani, In quo occidit Admirallius cum alijs non paucis, ab origine, sine cuiusquam iniuria facta

Kraków: In Officina Nicolai Scharffenbergij, 1573

Quarto: 18 x 14 cm. [14] p. A4, B3 (lacking final blank).


The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre remains the most infamous of the violent, mob-led tumults that rocked France during the French Wars of Religion. Over a period of two days, 23rd and 24th August 1572, Paris witnessed the slaughter of Huguenots at the hands of Catholics who feared a Protestant attack on the city in reprisal for the attempted assassination of the Huguenot leader, Admiral Gaspard de Coligny.


Estreicher, Bibliografia Polska, II, 1 p.62

One of the Most Important 16th c. Guidebooks to Rome. Complete with the Rare Plan of Rome

Gamucci, Bernardo (fl. 1580)
Le antichità della città di Roma raccolte sotto brevità da diuersi antichi & moderni scrittori, per M. Bernardo Gamucci da San Gimignano ; et con nuovo ordine fedelmente descritte, & rappresentate con bellissime figure, nel modo che à tempi nostri si ritrouano. In questa seconda editione da infiniti errori emendate & corrette da Thomaso Porcacchi.

Venice: Appresso Giovanni Varisco e i compagni, 1569

Octavo: 15 x 10 cm. [8], 201 leaves, [1] folded leaf of plates. Signatures: [dagger]8, A-Z8, Aa8, Bb10. With an added folding plan of the city of Rome.


Gamucci’s “Four Books of Roman Antiquities” is one of the most valuable 16th c. guidebooks of ancient and Renaissance Rome. According to Schudt, Gamucci and Fulvio are the only late 16th c. guidebook writers to include their own contributions to the subject (rather than relying solely on earlier writers.) As a result, there is a sense of immediacy to Gamucci’s work. For instance, Gamucci is one of the first writers to mention the newly discovered “Forma Urbis”, the ancient “Marble Plan” of Rome, and his comments give us insight to the contemporary reception of this important, if problematic discovery.


Adams G204; Schudt, Le guide di Roma, 712; cf. Cicognara 3743

The First Edition of one of the Greatest Collections of Letters of the Italian Renaissance

GIOVIO, Paolo (1483-1552).
Lettere volgari… raccolte per Messer Lodovico Domenichi.

Venice: Giovanni Battista & Melchiorre Sessa, 1560

Octavo: 122, (2) leaves. With the printer’s device and a typographical ornament on the title-page.


First edition of this important collection of letters by one of the most important Italian writers of the 16th century. Giovio’s letters are full of vivid descriptions, many of them those of an eye-witness, e.g. the horrors of the sack of Rome, the passionate scenes on the election of Hadrian VI, the plundering of his native Como by the troops of Pescara. But more than just preserving information, Giovio’s letters are important from a literary perspective.


Edit 16, CNCE21232; Adams, G-697; B. Gamba, Serie dei testi di lingua, (Venezia, 1839), no. 1431; P. Giovio, Lettere, G.G. Ferrero, ed., (Roma, 1956-58); A. Quondam, Le «carte messaggiere». Retorica e modelli di comunicazione epistolare: per un indice dei libri di lettere del Cinquecento, (Roma, 1981), p. 298; J. Basso, Le genre épistolaire en langue italienne (1538-1662). Répertoire chronologique et analytique, (Roma & Nancy, 1990), I, pp. 199-200.

A Classic in The Study of Greek Dance

GIRONI, Robustiano
Le danze dei Greci descritte e pubblicate pel faustissimo imeneo di Sua Altezza Imperiale e Reale il Serenissimo Principe Ranieri Arciduca d’Austria, ecc. ecc. ecc. e Viceré del Regno Lombardo-Veneto con Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Elisabetta di Savoia-Carignano, ecc. ecc.,

Milan: dall’Imperiale Regia Stamperia, 1820

Folio, 4 leaves, 68 pages, with 6 engraved plates with contemporary coloring.


THE RARE, SOLE EDITION of this landmark in the history of illustration, typography, and the historical study of dance. The book was published in an edition of only 80 copies on the occasion of the marriage between the Archduke Ranieri of Habsburg, Viceroy of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, and the Princess Elisabetta of Savoy-Carignano.

Robustiano Gironi (1769-1838) was a man of letters and a public official of the Milanese State under both Napoleonic and Austrian rule.


References: Blackmer 693; Lipperheide 185; Magriel, Bibliography of Dancing, p. 81; G.G. Fagioli Vercellone, s.v. ‘Gironi, Robustiano’, DBI 56 (2001); G. Pucci, Per un’archeologia del gesto: la reinvenzione moderna della danza antica, «Classico Contemporaneo» 2 (2016), 25-40;, s.v. ‘Neoclassicism’.

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'Arche rue Sainct Jacques, 1586

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


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.


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 Dutch Emblem Book - Illustrated by Jacques de Gheyn

Heinsius, Daniel ("Theocritus a Ganda") (1580-1655); Jacques de Gheyn II (ca. 1565-1629), artist
Emblemata Amatoria, Iam demum emendata.

Amsterdam: Dirck Pietersz, 1608

Oblong octavo: 15.6 x 19.8 cm. [64] pp. Collation: A-H4


Very rare 1608 edition of the first emblem book in Dutch. The poem, "Aen de ioncvrovwen van Hollandt," is signed "Theocritus a Ganda”(a pseudonym for Heinsius, who was from Ghent.) The 24 engraved circular emblematic illustrations are surrounded by Latin distichs, with those for the first and eighth emblems signed by Hugo Grotius. The last two poems are signed D.H. for Daniel Heinsius.


De Vries at 23; Lanwehr, Low Countries, at 281; Praz at 364

Heinsius’ Dutch Poems - Illustrated with 66 Engraved Emblems. A Fine Copy in Contemporary Vellum

Heinsius, Daniel (1580-1655)
Nederduytsche Poemata; by een vergadert en uytgegeven door P[etrus]. S[criverius].

Amsterdam: Willem Jansz. Blaeu, 1616

Quarto: 21.8 x 16.5 cm. 2 parts in one volume. a-c4, A-K4, L6, A6, A-B4, C6, D-H4 (with blank H4 present)


One of the most important early works of vernacular Dutch poetry. The emblems are based on those in two of Heinsius’ earlier works, “Het Ambacht van Cupido” and “Emblemata Amatoria”, but here they are rendered in entirely new engravings by Crispijn de Passe, his sons Crispijn and Simon, Michel le Blon (after Jacob de Gheyn), and Jacob Matham (after David Vinckboons.


Lanwehr, Low Countries, at 196; Praz at 96. Provenance: Albert Verwey, poet, with his bookplate; Jan Steenks, with his bookplate.

ISLAMOPHOBIA. ATHEISM. Pollot, Laurent (fl. end of the 16th century).
Dialogues contre la Pluralité des Religions et l’Atheisme. 1. De la Religion de Dieu. 2. De la Religion des Hommes. 3. Contre l’Atheisme. Sur la fin est adjousté, par occasion tres-necessaire, un quatriesme Dialogue, contre l’Avarice de ce dernier siecle de Fer.

La Rochelle, Jérôme Haultin, 1595

Octavo: (8), 203 (i.e. 202) leaves.


An important work in the literature of atheism, and Islamophobia, in which Muslims (Turks in particular) are condemned as “traitorous, vindictive, cruel, nasty sodomites.”

“Toward the end of the sixteenth century, two works in particular undertook a systematic analysis of atheism and its causes: Pierre Charron’s Les trois véritez (1595) and Laurent Pollot’s Dialogues contre la pluralité des religions et l’athéisme (1595).


Adams, P-1786; A. Cioranesco, Bibliographie de la littérature française du seizième siècle, (Paris, 1959), no. 17743; L. Desgraves, Les Haultins, (Genève, 1960), no. 150; E. Kushner, Le dialogue à la Renaissance: histoire et poétique, (Genève, 2004), p. 103.

The Composition of the Cosmos: Kircher’s Ecstatic Celestial Journey

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680); Schott, Gaspar (1608-1666)
Iter exstaticum coeleste, quo mundi opificium, id est, coelestis expansi, siderumque tam errantium, quàm fixorum natura, vires, proprietates, singulorumque compositio et structura, ab infimo telluris globo, usque ad ultima mundi confinia, per ficti raptus integumentum explorata, novâ hypothesi exponitur ad veritatem, interlocutoribus Cosmiele et Theodidacto: hâc secundâ editione prælusionibus & scholiis illustratum; ac schematismis necessariis, qui deerant, exornatum; nec non à mendis, quæ in primam romanam editionem irrepserant, expurgatum, ipso auctore annuente

Würzburg: heirs of J.A. & Wolfgang Endter, 1660

Quarto: 19.8 x 16 cm. [ ]4, [ ]4, [ ]4, A-Z4; Aa-Zz4; Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Tttt4, Uuuu2. With an engraved title page and twelve full-paged engraved plates.


In this controversial work, Kircher synthesizes elements of Copernicanism and the mystical cosmology of the heretic Giordano Bruno, while ostensibly adhering to the Church-approved Tychonic model of the solar system.

“In Kircher’s “Ecstatic Journey”, a certain Theodidactus, a personification of Kircher himself, has a dream of a journey through the heavens guided by the angel Cosmiel.


Merrill 12 & 14; De Backer Sommervogel IV, 1056-57.14; Lalande, 275-276; Caillet, II, 5776

One of the First Books Devoted to Library Science, From the library of Joachim Gomez de la Cortina

LIBRARY SCIENCE. Araoz, Francisco de (fl. 1st half of the 17th c.)
De bene disponenda bibliotheca, ad meliorem cognitionem loci & materiae, qualitatisque librorum, litteratis perutile opusculum.

Madrid: Francisco Martinez, 1631

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.


OCLC, 928209128; Iberian Books, II, A.S. Wilkinson & A. Ulla Lorenzo, no. 21213.

One of the Greatest Woodcut Books of the Reformation

Luther, Martin (1483-1546); Sachs, Hans (1494-1576), attributed author; Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), artist
Das Babstum mit seynen gliedern gemalet und beschryben gebessert und gemehrt.

Nuremberg: Hans Guldenmund, 1526

Quarto: 20.5 x 16 cm. [44] pp. A-E4, F2


One of the greatest –and scarcest- illustrated books of the German Protestant Reformation, illustrated with 74 fine woodcuts by the famed painter and engraver Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550). Beham executed these woodcuts a short time before he was banished from Nuremberg, having been accused of heresy, blasphemy, and refusing to recognize the authority of the City council. The religious orders represented include the Dominicans (Predigers), Franciscans (Barfussers), Augustinians, the Brothers of Our Lady, etc.


Benzing 2236; VD 16, P 363; Kuczinski 173; Pauli, Beham 1124-1180

Two rare and beautiful print-series of portraits of the counts of Flanders, Holland, Zeeland and Friesland

Martin, Cornelis; Pieter Bathasar (artist)
Les Genealogies et anciennes Descentes des Forestiers et Comtes de Flandre, avec brieves descriptions de leurs Vies et Gestes, le tout recueilly des plus veritables, approvees et anciennes Croniques et Annales qui se trouvent.

Antwerp, Andre Bax for Pieter Balthasar, 1580

Folio: (6), 118, (1) pp.


Folio. Contemporary vellum, spine ribbed, with gilt ornaments on sides accompanied by blindstamped filet borders, gilt filler inner panel with gilt ornaments at the four corners and large central gilt ornament, and with gilt stamped initials NVW and the date 1584 on front cover.

With red painted edges. With title within richly engraved allegorical borders, mounted; full page engraved armorial plate for the dedication to Matthias, Archduke of Austria; full page engraved plate with map of Flanders and large coat of arms; numerous woodcut coats of arms in text; 40 full page engraved full-length portraits of the Foresters and Counts of Flanders by Pieter Bathasar; and full-page engraved allegorical plate depicting death, with verse underneath, by Charles de Navieres.


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