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Two "distinctly theatrical texts" by the most celebrated actress of the commedia dell'arte

Andreini Isabella (1562-1604)
Lettere della signora Isabella Andreini. Aggiuntoui di nuouo li ragionamenti piaceuoli dell'istessa. Di nuouo ristampate, & con ogni diligenza ricorrette [With:] Fragmenti di alcune scritture della signora Isabella Andreini, raccolti da Francesco Andreini, e dati in luce da Flamminio Scala.

Venice: Appresso Gio. Battista Combi, 1620

Octavo: 15.5 x 10.5 cm. Two parts in 1 volume: I. [24], 268 pp., 2 blank lvs.; II. 180 pp.

$6,800.00

The first edition of Isabella Andreini's collection of letters appeared in 1607, four years after the author's death, edited by her husband, Francesco. In 1617, with the assistance of Flaminio Scala, Francesco published the "Fragmenti". For a discussion of both works, see below.

"Born in Padua to Venetian parents in 1562, Isabella Andreini (née Canali) would become the most celebrated commedia dell'arte actress of her century by the time of her death in 1604.

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Graesse I, 121; Piantanida 3319

Burned by Luther - In a Contemporary Binding from the Benedictine Monastery at Weissenhoe

Angelus De Clavasio [Angelo Carletti di Chivasso] (1411-1495)
Summa angelica de casibus conscientiae.

Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 28 August 1488

Chancery folio: 30.5 x 21.5 cm. [1], cccx, [1] lvs. (complete with first and last blanks.) Collation: a8, b-z6, 2a-2z6, [2et]6, [2con]6, 2t6, 2A-3B8. Leaf a2, a3, a4, and a5 are signed "a", "aii", "aiii", "aiiii". Foliation begins on leaf a2 and is continuous.

$12,000.00

An attractive Koberger printing of Angelo Carletti's authoritative compendium of moral theology. Written as a comprehensive manual for confessors, the "Summa" includes a section dealing with the actual administration of confession, how confessors are to conduct themselves, the questions they are to ask, and the penances to be levied.

Angelo Carletti di Chivasso: Moral theologian of the order of Friars Minor, was born in 1411, and died at Coni in 1495.

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ISTC ia00717000; HC *5385; GW 1927; BMC II 432; Bod-inc A-288; BSB-Ink A-527; Goff A-717

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.

$19,000.00

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.

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Landwehr 44; cf. Sorgeloos 111; Voet 588

The City of God

Augustine, Saint, of Hippo (354-430 AD); Vives, Juan Luis (1492-1540); Healy, John [translator] (d. 1610)
Saint Augustine, Of the citie of God : with the learned comments of Io. Lodouicus Viues. Englished first by J. H. and now in this second edition compared with the Latine originall, and in very many places corrected and amended.

London: Printed by G. Eld and M. Flesher, 1620

Folio: 32.3 x 21.5 cm. ¶4, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa-Dddd6 (lacks blank ¶1).

$8,500.00

This second edition was revised by William Crashaw (1572-1626), father of the poet Richard Crashaw, and includes the commentary of Juan Luis Vives (first published in Basle, 1522), which Vives wrote at the suggestion of Erasmus.

"Fifteen years after Augustine wrote the Confessions, at a time when he was bringing to a close (and invoking government power to do so) his long struggle with the Donatists but before he had worked himself up to action against the Pelagians, the Roman world was shaken by news of a military action in Italy.

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STC 917; Estelrich 119. Pforzheimer 19

One of the Great Treasure-Houses of Elizabethan and Stuart Drama - Bound with the first edition of the "Wild-Goose Chase"

Beaumont, Francis (1584-1616); Fletcher, John (1579-1625); Massinger, Philip (1583-1640)
Comedies and Tragedies Written by Francis Beaumont and Iohn Fletcher, Gentlemen. Neverprinted [sic!] before and now Published by the Authours Originall Copies.

London: printed for Humphrey Robinson, at the three Pidgeons, and for Humphrey Moseley, at the Princes Armes in St Pauls Church-yard, 1647

$10,500.00

This volume, modeled on the folios of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, comprises all of the hitherto unpublished plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, with the exception of the "Wild-Goose Chase", which did not see print until 1652. In total there are 34 plays and one masque. Twelve of these are collaborations between Fletcher and Philip Massinger. Two others (Beggars' Bush and Love's Cure) are the work of Beaumont, Fletcher, and Massinger.

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I. Pforzheimer 53; Wing B-1581; II. Pforzheimer 52; Wing B-1616

Behn's Only Complete Volume of Verse

Behn, Aphra (1640-89)
Poems upon Several Occasions with a Voyage to the Island of Love. By Mrs. A. Behn.

London: Printed by R. Tonson and J. Tonson, at Gray 1684

Octavo: 17.6 x 11.5 cm. A8, (b)8, B-K8, L1; B-I8 (L1 bound last)

$18,000.00

The poems of the celebrated Aphra Behn, with nine prefatory poems in praise of Behn and her writings, including one by Thomas Creech and an anonymous poem sometimes attributed to Dryden. Behn, best known for her contributions to Restoration drama, was the first professional woman writer to produce a substantial body of work in English. The "Poems" is the only 17th c. volume dedicated solely to Behn's poetry.

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O’Donnell “Aphra Behn, an Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources” A18.1a; Wing B1757; Term Catalog 2, 73 (Easter 1684) Case “A Bibliography of English Poetical Miscellanies” 1521-1750), 184b

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

$12,000.00

"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

Bunyan’s Evolving Doctrine of Justification & An Attack on the Church of England - The First Edition - Complete With the Engraved frontispiece

Bunyan, John (1628-1688)
A discourse upon the Pharisee and the publicane. Wherein several great and weighty things are handled: as the nature of prayer, and of obedience to the law, with how far it obliges Christians, and wherein it consists: wherein is also shewed the equally deplorable condition of the Pharisee, or hypocritical and self-righteous man, and of the publicane, or sinner that lives in sin, and in open violation of the divine laws: together with the way and method of God’s free-grace in pardoning penetent sinners; proving that he justifies them by imputing Christs righteousness to them. Written by John Bunian, author of the Pilgrims progress

London: Printed for Jo. Harris, at the Harrow, over against the Church in the Poultry, 1685

Duodecimo: 14 x 8 cm. [8], 202 p. A4, B-I12, K7 (with the first blank. Lacking final blank).

$12,500.00

Printed one year after the appearance of the second part of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” and in the same year that the Bedford magistrates ordered penal laws against nonconformists to be enforced, Bunyan’s “Discourse upon the Pharisee and the Publicane” is a fiery critique of the tyranny of the Church of England and of those among his readers who, like the residents of Vanity Fair and the Pharisee in the parable, prided themselves on superficial religiosity.

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ESTC R3995; Wing (2nd ed., 1994), B5512A; Harrison 34

Teaching Egyptian Monasticism in 4th Century Gaul - The first edition of Cassian's "Institutes"

Cassianus, Johannes (c. 360-435)
De institutis coenobiorum – Collationes patrum XXIV.

Basel: [Johann Amerbach, after 24 September] 1485

Chancery folio: 2 parts in one volume. 30 x 21 cm. [208] lvs. Collation: [*]10, a-b8, c-d6, e-h6.8, i8, k-n6.8, o-t8, v6; A-B8, C-F6.8, G8

$24,000.00

Johannes Cassianus is an elusive and remarkable figure. As a young man, he lived as a monk in Palestine for about three years, before venturing on to Egypt. While it is unclear how much time Cassian spent in Egypt, he learned a great deal about the Egyptian monastic tradition. He would later use the Egyptian monastic model as a blueprint when forming his own community in Gaul, and would incorporate the philosophy of the Egyptian monks in his major writings.

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ISTC ic00233000; HC *4562; GW 6160; BMC III 748; Bod-inc C-102; BSB-Ink C-165; Goff C-233

The First Illustrated Edition of Catullus

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (Ca. 84-Ca.54 B.C.); Tibullus (Ca. 50-Ca.18 B.C.); Propertius, Sextus. (Ca. 49-Ca. 16 B.C.)
Al. Tibullus elegiarum libri quatuor: una cum Val. Catulli epigrammatis; nec non & Sex. Pro-pertii libri quatuor elegiaci; cum suis commentarii, vz. Cyllaenii Veronensis in Tibullum; Parthenii & Palladii in Catullum, & Philippi Beroaldi in Propertium

Venice: Guilielmo de Fontaneto. Montisferrati, 1520

Folio: 30 x 21 cm. Collation: aa4, a-c8, d10, e-k8, l6, m10, n-x8, y10 (final blank lacking.)

$6,800.00

With the commentaries of Bernardinus Cyllenius on Tibullus; Antonius Parthenius and Palladius Fuscus on Catullus, Philippus Beroaldus on Propertius; and Emendationes of Hieronymus Avantius on Lucretius, Catullus, the Priapeia, and Statius' Silvae.

 

"Parthenius’ commentary is not only the first but also the most important of the fifteenth-century commentaries on Catullus.

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Profusely annotated –with over 300 variant readings and corrections- by a contemporary reader

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (Ca. 84-Ca.54 B.C.); Tibullus (Ca. 50-Ca.18 B.C.); Propertius, Sextus. (Ca. 49-Ca. 16 B.C.)
Tibullus Catullus & Proptius [sic.] cu[m] comento [sic.]

Veniec: Simon Bevilaqua, 26 June, 1493

Folio: 30 x 21 cm. 157 ff. Complete. Collation: a-c8, d-e6, f-s8, t-x6 (lacking blank x6). 62 lines of commentary surrounding text, initial spaces with guide-letters.

$20,000.00

The verse of the three great Roman elegiac poets: Catullus (with the commentary of Antonius Parthenius Lacisius of Verona); Tibullus (accompanied by the commentary of Bernardinus Cyllenius of Verona); and Propertius (with the commentary of Philippus Beroaldus.)

This copy has been annotated throughout in a contemporary hand, and is especially rich in variant readings and text corrections, with a few instances of lines being supplied.

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ISTC it00373000; BMC V, 517; Goff T-373; HC 4764; Bod-Inc T-213

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.

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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

The Hungarian "Monster" - The Conjoined Sisters Ilona and Judit Gófitz

CONJOINED TWINS. DEFORMITIES. WOMEN. Werther, Georg Christian
Disputatio medica de Monstro Hungarico.

Leipzig, Christian Goez, 1707

Quarto: 19 x 15 cm. 20 p. A-C4

$3,900.00

A description of the conjoined Hungarian twins, Ilona and Judit Gófitz, who were born at Szőny on October 19, 1701, and who lived, without being separated, to adulthood. From the age of 2 until the age of 9 the girls were "exhibited" throughout Europe.

The sisters were examined by numerous physicians and scientists, and an account of the twins was read before the Royal Society in May 1708.

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Dürer’s Four Books on Human Proportion - The First Italian Edition - An Exceptional Copy with Important Provenance

Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528); Gallucci, Giovanni Paolo (1538- ca. 1621)
Della simmetria de i corpi humani, libri Quattro. Nuouamente tradotti dalla lingua Latina nella Italiana, Da M. Gio. Paolo Gallucci Salodiano; et accresciuti del quinto libro, nel quale si tratta, con quai modi possano i Pittori & Scoltori mostrare la diuersità della natura de gli huomini & donne, & con quali le passioni, che sentono per li diuersi accidenti, che li occorrono. Hora di nuouo stampati.

Venice: Presso Domenico Nicolini, 1591

Folio: 32 x 22.5 cm. [6], 143, [1] leaves. Collation: [dagger]6, A-L6, M8, N-P6, Q10, R-Z6

$20,000.00

PROVENANCE: Owned and partly annotated by the Milanese architect-theorist Pietro Antonio Barca (d. after 1639).

“Dürer produced dozens of manuscripts on the subject of proportion. Through the efforts of his wife, Agnes, and friend Willibald Pirckheimer, these treatises were published posthumously as Four Books on Human Proportion. The treatise attests to Dürer's changing attitude toward the body over time.

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Mortimer 169; Bohatta, Bibliographie… Albrecht Dürers, no. 28; Meder, Dürer-Katalog, p. 289; Adams D 1055; Brunet II. 914; Erwin Panofsky, "The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer", Vol I, Princeton, 1945, pp. 260-284

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

A Comic Festival on the Frozen Arno

FESTIVALS
Relazione delle feste fatte in Fiorenza sopra il ghiaccio del fiume d'Arno l'ultimo di dicembre 1604.

Florence: Bartolomeo Sermartelli, 1604

Quarto: [16] p. Collation: A-B4

$4,800.00

A marvelous account of festivities held in Florence in 1604 when, for the first time in sixty years, the river Arno froze. The Florentines were at first hesitant to step out onto the ice but soon overcame their fear and began to play ball and devise amusements (such as a "hunt" with cats and rabbits),

Taking advantage of the unusual occurrence, the city organized an elaborate festival that involved dances, ball games, barefoot races, sled jousts, musical performances, a parade, fireworks, and performances in which nobles and illustrious men recited comic and courtly poems.

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A Fantastic Florentine Spectacle: The Victory of the Persian Warrior-Queen Tomyris over Cyrus the Great of Persia

FESTIVALS.
LA VITTORIA DI TOMIRI REGINA DEI MASSAGETI riportata sopra di Ciro primo re di Persia battaglia da rappresentarsi in Firenze sulla piazza di S. Croce da un numero di circa 600. giovani cittadini in aggiunta alle grandiose feste solite farsi in questa città per la Natività del gloriosissimo protettore S. Giovanni Battista nel corrente anno 1772.

Florence: nella stamp. di S.A.R. per Gaetano Cambiagi, 1772

Quarto: 24 p. With a folding engraved plate.

$5,400.00

Extremely rare: Only 2 copies worldwide recorded outside of Italy, neither of them in North America.

A description of a spectacle staged at Florence in June and July 1772, on the occasion of the feast of Saint John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. The main event took the form of a mock battle in Piazza S. Croce with allegorical floats, horses, camels, and two armies made up of over 600 men in costumes designed by Francesco Mainero.

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Ariosto as Operatic Ballet - A Rare Account of a 17th c. Italian Festival - The Feltrinelli Copy

FESTIVALS. Rondinelli, Simone Carlo [Salvadori (Andrea), 1591-1634, librettist] Accademia dei Rugginosi (Florence)
Le Fonti d’Ardenna festa d’arme, e di ballo; fatta in Firenze da dodici Signori Accademici Rugginosi il carneuale dell’anno 1623. Nel principato del Sig. Alessandro del Nero. Inuenzione del Sig. Andrea Saluadori. Descritta dal Rugginoso Percosso

Florence: Pietro Cecconcelli, 1623

$4,800.00

A fascinating and vivid description of ‘The fountains of the Ardennes’, an entertainment that included singing, a tournament on horseback, and dancing, performed by the Accademici Rugginosi in the Palazzo della Gherardesca (Casa Rinaldi), on 3 February 1622 (stile fiorentino). The librettist was Andrea Salvadori, from 1616 to 1628 the principal author of texts for theatrical entertainments at the Florentine court.

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The Indispensible Work on the Construction of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Fontana, Carlo (1638 - 1714)
Templum Vaticanum Et Ipsius Origo Cum Aedificiis maxime conspicuis antiquitus, & recens ibidem constitutis; Editum Ab Equite Carolo Fontana Deputato celeberrimi eiusdem Templi Ministro, atque Architecto. Cum plerisque Regulis, novisque Architecturae Operationibus ab Ipsomet in lucem evulgatis. Cum Indice Rerum notabilium ad calcem locupletissimo. Opus In Septem Libros Distributum, Latinisque literis consignatum A Joane Jos: Bonnerve De S. Romain. Et dicatum Eminentissimis, ac Reverentissimis Dominis Cardinalibus Sacrae Congregationi R. Fabricae Divi Petri Deputatis.

Rome: Ex Typographia Io: Francisci Buagni, 1694

Large Folio: 44 x 32 cm. [32], [4], 489, [29] pp. Collation: a4, b6, c-d4, A4, B2, C-X4, Y2+1, Z4; Aa-Cc4, Dd2, Ee3, Ff-Gg4, Hh2, [inserted plate], Ii-Zz4, Aaa-Fff4, Ggg-Kkk1, Lll-Vvv4, Xxx6. With 79 full-paged plates, some of which are folding.

$8,500.00

This impressive production was commissioned by the Sacred Congregation of the Construction of St Peter's (the Fabricca), to justify the expense of rebuilding the church. It is presented by Fontana in seven parts: (1) Cose piu notabile della potenza Romana (on the historic importance of St Peter's - here a plate is included showing overlapping plans of Old and New St. Peter’s, as well as Nero's Circus), (2) Antica Basilica (i.

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National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), no. 38, p.141-8; Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1096; Johns Hopkins University, The Fowler Architectural Collection (1961), no. 122, p.105-6.

Froissart’s Chronicles - The Bute Copy - In a Contemporary London Binding

Froissart, Jean (1338?-1410?); Bourchier, John, Lorde Berners (1467–1533), translator
Here begynneth the fyrst volum of Syr Iohan Froyssart: of the cronycles of Englande, Fraunce, Spayne, Portyngale, Scotlaude [sic], Bretayne, Flaunders: and other places adioynynge. Translated out of frenche into our materall [sic] Englysshe tonge, by Iohan Bouchier [sic] knyght lorde Berners: at the co[m]maundement of our moste highe redouted souerayne lorde kynge Henry the. viii. kynge of Englande Frau[n]ce, [and] Irelande defe[n]dour of the fayth and of the churche of Englande and also of Irelande in earth the supreme heade

London: In Fletestrete at the sygne of the George by. [Richard Redman, ca. 1535, and] Wyllyam Myddylton, 1542

$35,000.00

Chronicling the Anglo-French wars that took place between the years 1327 and 1400, Jean Froissart’s “Chroniques de France, d'Angleterre et des pais voisins” is an undisputed masterpiece of 14th c. chivalric literature. It was translated into English by John Bourchier, Lorde Berners (1467–1533) at the command of Henry VIII “to remind Englishmen that France was their traditional enemy and to inspire its readers to feats of glory on the battlefield.

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Vol. I: STC 11396.5; ESTC S121320. Vol. II: STC 11397; ESTC S121319

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