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A Fabulous Copy. The Sole 15th c. Edition

Henricus de Herpf (c. 1410-1477)
Sermones de tempore et de sanctis.

Speyer: Peter Drach, after 17 January 1484, not after 1486

Folio: 31.4 x 21.5 cm. 428 leaves, 48 lines, two columns. Collation: “1”8, “2”10, a-m8, n6, o-p8, q6, r-z8, A-L8, M10, N-Y8, Z6, AA6, BB-FF8. Complete. With all three blanks, a1, B8, and FF8, present. The BMC collation, calling for 8 leaves in signature n, is erroneous.

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The Dutch mystic Henricus de Herpf (d. 1477) had a profound impact on later mystical writers, including Francisco de Osuna, who in turn influenced St. Teresa of Jesus. From 1445, Herpf was a rector of the Brothers of the Common Life in Delft and, later, in Gouda, where he encouraged book production in particular. In 1450, on a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the Franciscan Observance (the Capuchin reform) at the Convent of Ara Coeli.

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Bibliographical references: HC 8527; GW 12225; BMC II, 493; Goff H-38; ISTC ih00038000; Simon, Bibl. Bacchia I, 118 & Gastronomica 839.

Barnes’ Euripides

Euripides (484-406 B.C.); Barnes, Joshua (1654-1712), editor.
Works in Greek. Euripidis quæ Extant Omnia: Tragoediæ nempe XX, præter ultimam, omnes completæ: item fragmenta aliarum plusquam LX tragœdiarum; et epistolæ V. Nunc primùm & ipsæ hùc adjectæ: scholia demùm doctorum virorum in septem priores tragœdias, ex diversis antiquis exemplaribus undiquaque collecta & concinnata ab Arsenio Monembasiæ Archiepiscopo. ... Operâ & studio Josuæ Barnes S.T.B. Emmanuelis Collegii apud Cantabrigienses Socii maximè senioris.

Cambridge: Ex officinâ Johan. Hayes, celeberrimæ Academiæ typographi. Impensis Richardi Green bibliopolæ Cantab., 1694

Folio: 32 x 20.5 cm. [8], lvi, 330; [2], 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.

$2,500.00

“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.

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Wing E 3415; Schweiger p. 115, col 2

Chess

Greco, Gioachino (1600-1634)
Le Jeu des eschets, traduit de l'italien de Gioachino Greco, Calabrois.

Paris: J. Le Febvre, 1689

Duodecimo: 14.3 x 8.4 cm. [124], 341, [1] pp.

$2,800.00

Gioachino "the famous Italian" Greco was a masterful chess analyst, head and shoulders above his seventeenth-century contemporaries. His work consists of 94 chess gambits. “Greco’s games are naturally based upon the favorite Italian Openings of the day and it is hardly to be expected that he should have made any considerable addition to the large number of openings that were then known.

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Schmid 187. Murray p. 14

Zanotti, Eustachio (1709-1782)
Ephemerides motuum caelestium ex anno 1775 in annum 1786 ad meridianum Bononiae es Halleii tabulis supputatae.

Bologna: Ex typ. Lælii a Vulpe Instituti scientiarum impressoris, 1774

Quarto: 26.5 x 20 cm. VII, 384. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, and 3 folding engraved plates.

$2,800.00

In 1750 Zanotti produced a volume covering 1751-1762. In 1762 he published another volume for the years 1763-1774. This volume, for 1775-1786 was the last published in Zanotti’s lifetime. In 1786, his successor at the observatory, Petronio Mateucci, published a final volume for 1787-1798.

Like the astronomer Eustachio Manfredi, his godfather, Zanotti belonged to a prominent family distinguished in the arts, letters, and sciences.

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Houzeau-L. 15537; Riccardi I/2, 655, 34; DSB XIV, 589

Describing Seven Private Collections of Paintings & Sculpture

Carboni, Giovanni Battista (1725-1790)
Le pitture e sculture di Brescia che sono esposte al pubblico : con un'appendice di alcune private gallerie.

Brescia: Dalle stampe di Giambatista Bossini, 1760

Large octavo: Engraved frontis., xxiv-196 p., [1] f Collation: a8, A-M10

$2,800.00

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.

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A Prohibition Against Conducting Business with Jews

Antisemitism
Wiewol ein Ehrnvester Rath der Statt Nürmberg, hiebevor zu unterschiedlichen Jahren Mandat und Warnung, nicht allein außgehen lassen, sonder auch verodnet haben, daß zu steter erinnerung, neben andern ihren Mandaten, Jährlich ab der Cantzel verlessen werden soll, das niemandt ihrer Burger … von Juden oder Jüdin, einig Gelt auff Unterpfandt nicht aufnehmen … sollen.

[Nuremberg]: June, 1618

Folio: 21 x 32.5 cm. Single leaf broadside

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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.

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VD17 23:677931Z (Wofenbüttel); KVK/OCLC add Munich only.

A Simple Weaver Advocates Non-violent Opposition to Religious Persecution

Rychsner (also Richsner), Utz
 (fl. 1503-1525)
Ain schöne vnderweysung, wie vnd wir in Christo alle gebrüder vnd schwester seyen dabey angezaigt nicht allein die weltlichen wie sy es nennen, sonder auch die gaistlichen zustraffen, wa sy anders in dem leybe dessen haubt Christus ist wollen sein auff die geschrift gotes gegründt vnd darauß gezogen zu nutz allen die das götlich wort lieben seindt.

Augsburg: Heinrich Steiner, 1524

Quarto: 20.5 x 15.5 cm. [16] lvs. A-D4 (d4 is blank and present)

$2,900.00

The Augsburg weaver Utz Richsner was a member of the important -if small- group of lay pamphleteers who agitated for social justice and religious reform in the volatile early years of the Reformation. Like his contemporary and associate, the soldier Haug Marschalck, Richsner took part in protests challenging the Catholic clergy and the civil government, whose interests were strongly aligned. But while the unrest sometimes led to arrests, Richsner advocated only non-violent means of effecting change.

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VD 16, R 2215 (3 complete copies only); Köhler 3984; Laube I, 439; Liebmann, Rhegius, 419, 16; Kuczynski 2246; Pegg 3547; See also: “Lay theology in the Reformation: popular pamphleteers in southwest Germany, 1521-1525”.

A Fine Copy

Vergilius Maro, Publius (70-19 B.C.)
P. Virgilii Maronis Opera interpretatione et notis illustravit Carolus Ruaeus Soc. Iesu… ad usum Serenissimi Delphini. Editio Secunda

Paris: Apud Simonem Benard, Ex Typographia Dionysii Thierry, 1682

Quarto: 24.2 x 19 cm. [xxvi], 864, [clxxxviii] pp. Signatures: a4, e4, i4, õ1, A-5Q4, a-z4, [2d]a4 (lacking blank 2G4). With an added engraved frontispiece.

$2,900.00

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Schweiger 1170-1171.

Written While in Hiding at the Wartburg

Luther, Martin (1483-1546)
Deütsche außlegung des siebenundsechtzigsten Psalmen: von dem Ostertag: Himelfart und Pfingsten.

Augsburg: Sylvan Otmar, 1521

Quarto: 19.8 x 15.6 cm. [36] pp. A-C4, D6

$3,200.00

“The first task Luther undertook at the Wartburg (his “Patmos”), after only a few days, was to write ‘Psalm 67 (68): About Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost.” This psalm had its special place in the Augustinians’ mass liturgy and at Matins between Ascension and Pentecost, again an indication of how Luther was still living in the accustomed liturgy. The exposition gave a contemporary interpretation of the struggle between God and his enemies.

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Benzing 940

A Church and Society without Monarchy

Luther, Martin (1483-1546)
Von dem Bapstum zu Rome: widder den hochberumpten Romanisten zu Leiptzck D. Martinus Luther August.

Wittenberg: Melchior Lotter, 1520

Quarto: [64] pp. A-H4. Last leaf blank.

$3,200.00

Luther wrote his “On the Papacy in Rome” in response to the Franciscan monk Augustine Alveld’s “A Useful Booklet about the Papal See and About St. Peter.” Alveld wrote his work after the Leipzig debate to counter Luther’s thesis that the pope had no authority in the church. He sought to prove “on the holy basis of the holy canon of the Bible... that the Apostolic See is a divine institution.

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Benzing, Luther 655; VD16 L-7131; Kuczynski 1407; WA 6, 285-324

The Estienne Sophocles

Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)
Tragoediae Septem. [Works in Greek] Una cum omnibus Graecis scholiis, & cum Latinis Ioach. Camerarij. Annotationes Henrici Stephani in Sophoclem & Euripidem, seorsum excusae, simul prodeunt.

Geneva: Henri Estienn 1568

Quarto: 25.8 x 16.7 cm. *4, a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-kkk4, lll2; A-Z4, Aa-Gg4, Hh2 (includes blank ggg4; lacks blank Hh2).

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“The great Estienne Sophocles, important for the scholia, which include those of Triclinius. The Greek text is followed by the commentary of Joachim Camerarius, and his Latin versions of Ajax and Electra. [Estienne] has again employed his peculiar system of diacritical annotations.” (Schreiber) With Estienne’s “Noli altum Sapere” printer’s device on the title page.

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Schreiber 171; Renouard 131 n.3; Moeckli 69; Hoffman III, 414; Dibdin vol.2 p.411; Graesse p.440; Brunet vol.4 p311; Schweiger p.290; Adams S-1448

“On the Recipients, Signs, and Promise of the Holy Sacrament, The Flesh and Blood of Christ”

Karlstadt, Andreas Bodenstein von (ca. 1480-1541)
Von den Empfahern: zeichen: und zusag des heylige(n) Sacraments, fleysch unnd bluts Christi.

Strasbourg: Johann Prüss the younger, 1521

Quarto: 19.6 x 14.9 cm. [12] leaves. Collation: A-C4 (final leaf blank and present)

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Karlstadt’s first treatise on the Lord’s Supper of 1521. Karlstadt still holds to the doctrine of corporeal presence, but views it as a sign of divine promise. Karlstadt wrote numerous tracts on the reception of the sacrament in both kinds. This tract deals especially with those who receive the sacrament, what the signs of the sacrament signify, and what promises are given to those who partake.

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Cf. Freys & Barge 57

“An ill cook cannot lick his own fingers”. Proverbs, Sir Thomas More’s most memorable witticisms, & The Lord’s Prayer in Anglo Saxon

Camden, William (1551-1623)
Remaines Concerning Britaine: Their Languages. Names. Surnames. Allusions. Anagrammes. Armories. Monies. Empreses. Apparell. Artillarie. Wise Speeches. Proverbs. Poesies. Epitaphes. Written by William Camden Esquire, Glarenceux, King of Armes, Surnamed the Learned. The fift Impression, with many rare Antiquities never before imprinted. By the industry and care of Iohn Philipot, Somerset Herald.

London: Thomas Harper for John Waterson, 1637

Quarto: 17.8 x 13.5 cm. A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Hhh4 (complete with the final blank Hhh4)

$3,500.00

The rude rubble and outcast rubbish of a more serious work." Thus Camden, in his introduction, describes the present work. Despite these remarks, the "Remaines" is full of curious riches. This collection of genealogical, historical, and linguistic material proved immensely popular, going through seven editions in the seventeenth century. Camden originally collected this information for inclusion in an edition of his "Britannia" that never materialized.

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STC 4526; The English Emblem Tradition, Vol. 4, Edited by Peter M. Daly and Mary V. Silcox (1999)

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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An Irish Woman Poet’s First Published Collection of Poems. With additional Poems by Constantia Grierson and Elizabeth Rowe

Barber, Mary (ca. 1685-1755); Grierson, Constantia (1704/5-1732); Rowe, Elizabeth (1674-1737)
Poems on Several Occasions.

London: Printed [by Samuel Richardson] for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. 1735

Octavo: 20 x 12.5 cm. xliv, 290, (14) pp. A8, b-d8, B-U8

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In addition to Mary Barber’s own poems, this volume includes the first appearance of six poems by another Irish woman poet, Constantia Grierson, another member of Swift’s “triumfeminate”, and one poem by Elizabeth Rowe.

Mary Barber (ca. 1690-1757) was the wife of a Dublin tailor. In 1724 she wrote a poem to solicit charity for an officer's widow left penniless with a blind child, and sent it to Thomas Tickell, with the request that it be brought to the attention of Lord Carteret, then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

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Foxon p. 45; ESTC T42623; Maslen, Samuel Richardson, 21

“An ill cook cannot lick his own fingers”. Proverbs, Sir Thomas More’s most memorable witticisms, & The Lord’s Prayer in Anglo Saxon

Camden, William (1551-1623)
Remaines Concerning Britaine: Their Languages. Names. Surnames. Allusions. Anagrammes. Armories. Monies. Empreses. Apparell. Artillarie. Wise Speeches. Proverbs. Poesies. Epitaphes. Written by William Camden Esquire, Glarenceux, King of Armes, Surnamed the Learned. The fift Impression, with many rare Antiquities never before imprinted. By the industry and care of Iohn Philipot, Somerset Herald.

London: Thomas Harper for John Waterson, 1637

Quarto: 18.2 x 13.5 cm A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Hhh4 (lacking final blank Hhh4)

$3,500.00

The rude rubble and outcast rubbish of a more serious work." Thus Camden, in his introduction, describes the present work. Despite these remarks, the "Remaines" is full of curious riches. This collection of genealogical, historical, and linguistic material proved immensely popular, going through seven editions in the seventeenth century. Camden originally collected this information for inclusion in an edition of his "Britannia" that never materialized.

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STC 4526; The English Emblem Tradition, Vol. 4, Edited by Peter M. Daly and Mary V. Silcox (1999)

A Contemporary Account of The St. Bartholomew Day’s Massacre. Printed in Kraków by Mikolaj Szarfenberger

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).

$3,600.00

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.

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Estreicher, Bibliografia Polska, II, 1 p.62

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

$3,800.00

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….

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ESTC T92902

Jean de Sponde’s edition of Homer

Homer; de Sponde, Jean (1557-1595), editor
Homeri quae exstant omnia (Graece) : Ilias, Odyssea, Batrachomyomachia, Hymni, poëmata aliquot : cum Latine versione omnium quae circumferuntur emendatiss. aliquot locis iam castigatiore : perpetuis item iustisque in Iliada simul & Odysseam Io. Spondani Mauleonensis commentarii : Pindari quinetiam Thebani Epitome Iliados Latinis versib. & Daretis Phrygij de bello Troiane libri, à Corn. Nepote eleganter Latino versi carmine. Editio vltima superiore limatior. Indices textus Homeri & Commentariorum locupletissimi.

Basel: Sebastian Henric Petri 1606

Folio: 351 x 232 mm. [alpha]-[gamma]6, a-z6, A-P6, Q4, R-S6; [alpha]2, Aa-Zz6, AA-HH6, II4, KK-LL6

$3,800.00

Second edition with the commentary of the French Calvinist scholar Jean de Sponde (1557-1595), dedicated to his patron Henri de Navarre. Includes the Greek text and Latin translations of the Iliad, Odyssey, Batrachomyomachia, and the Homeric Hymns. This volume also includes the fifth century (?) pseudo-historical "De Bello Troiano" by Dares the Phrygian and the "Ilias Latina", a first century (?) Latin epitome of the Iliad ascribed in medieval manuscripts to "Pindarus Thebanus".

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Schweiger, Greek p. 157

“The Spanish Match”. The Prince of Wales Travels to Spain in Disguise to Meet the Infanta Maria Anna

[Charles, Prince of Wales (1600-1649) (Charles I, King of England from 1625); Maria Anna of Spain (1606-1646)]
Verdadera Relación de la entrada del Príncipe don Carlos de Inglaterra en la Corte de Madrid, Viernes diez y Siete de Março, este año de 1623. Dase cuenta de la general alegría que en la Corte uvo con la venida deste Príncipe y la causa della.

Seville: Impresso en Madrid, y por su original, con licencia del señor Oydor Veas Bellon, por Francisco de Lyra, 1623

Folio: 30.5 x 21.5 cm. [4] pp.

$3,800.00

An extremely rare pamphlet, only two copies known: Biblioteca de la Real Academia de la Historia (Spain) and Senate House Libraries (Univ. College London).

This rare Spanish relation describes the Prince of Wales’s secret journey to Madrid to meet the Infanta María Anna, his intendedl wife.

In 1622 King James I of England, Charles’ father, had received an offer from the Spanish king, Philip III, to strengthen the ties between England and Spain with a dynastic marriage between his daughter and James’ son, the future Charles I.

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