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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

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

With 75 full-paged Engravings of Scientific Instruments

Magalotti, Lorenzo (1637-1712).
Saggi di Natvrali Esperienze Fatte Nella Academia del Cimento Sotto la Prtotezione del Serenissimo Principe Leopoldo di Toscana e Descritte dal Segretario di essa Accademia. Seconda Edizione.

Florence: Nella Nuova Stamperia di Gio: Filippo Cecchi, 1691

Large Quarto: 360 x 258 mm. π4, †4, A-Z4, Aa-Nn4, π2.

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This highly esteemed work represents the first group effort at scientific investigation on the part of about ten scientists, including Galileo’s pupil Viviani, the anatomist Alfonso Borelli, the embryologist Francesco Redi, the geologist Steno, Marcello Malpighi, Vicenzo VI, and the astronomer Cassini. The subjects of the experiments described here include air pressure, speed of sound, radiant heat, vacuum effects, hydrostatics, and optics.

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Graesse vol.4, 335; Brunet V/29 (on the edition of 1666 and this, the 2nd edition of 1691); Dibner 82; Cinti 163; Riccardi II/407; Knowles Middleton, The Experimenters: A Study of the Accademia del Cimento.

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

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.

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

$3,200.00

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 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.

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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

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

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“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

“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)

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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 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

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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Elizabeth Reluctantly Orders the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

Elizabeth, I, Queen of England (1533-1603); Salisbury, Robert Cecil, Earl of (1563-1612); [Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542-1587)]
The copie of a letter to the Right Honourable the Earle of Leycester, Lieutenant generall of all her Maiesties forces in the vnited Prouinces of the lowe Countreys, written before, but deliuered at his returne from thence: vvith a report of certeine petitions and declarations made to the Queenes Maiestie at two seuerall times, from all the lordes and commons lately assembled in Parliament. And her Maiesties answeres thereunto by her selfe deliuered, though not expressed by the reporter with such grace and life, as the same were vttered by her Maiestie.

London: By Christopher Barker, printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, 1586

Quarto: 18.5 x 13 cm. [4], 3, [1], 4-32, [3] p. Collation: A-E4 (lacking leaf A1 with arms. With blank leaf E4)

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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”.

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STC 6052; ESTC S109079

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).

$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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The First Edition to include Sappho’s poem “Phainetai moi kênos îsos theoisin” in Conjunction with Catullus 51

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (ca. 84-ca. 54 B.C); Muret, Marc Antoine (1526-1585), editor
Catullus et in eum Commentarius M. Antonii Mureti.

Venice: Apud Paulum Manutium, Aldi filium, 1554

Octavo: *4, A-Q8, R10

$3,800.00

"In 1552 Muret lectured on Catullus and other Latin poets in Paris, perhaps at the College du Cardinal Lemoine or the College de Boncourt. Included in his large and enthusiastic audiences were several poets of the Pléiade -most notably Ronsard, his friend and near contemporary. Muret's lectures created a fashion for Catullan poetry. His own neo-Latin collection, Juvenilia (1552), contains several Catullan imitations, but Catullus is still more important in the poetry of the Pléiade, much of which appeared close on the heels of his lectures.

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Renouard 162/19; Adams C-1145; Schweiger (Latin) Vol. I, p. 84

A Bookseller Capitolizes on Raleigh’s Name

Raleigh, Walter, Sir (1552?-1618)
Tubus historicus an historicall perspective; discovering all the empires and kingdomes of the vvorld, as they flourisht respectively under the foure imperiall monarchies. Faithfully composed out of the most approved authours, and exactly digested according to the supputation of the best chronologers. (With a catalogue of the kings and emperours of the chiefe nations of the world.) By the late famous and learned knight Sir Walter Raleigh

London: Printed by Thomas Harper, for Benjamin Fisher, 1636

Quarto: 17.8 x 13 cm. [14] lvs. Collation: [A]⁴ B-D⁴ (-[A]4 and D4, blank?) Collation as per the Folger copy and Eames. [A]1 has a frontispiece portrait of Charles II (the dedicatee) as a boy, engraved by Cornelius Van Dalen, with a four-line verse by J. M. (John Milton, according to Eames.)

$3,800.00

A distillation into tables of Raleigh’s “History of the World”, or, in the publisher’s words, “In this succinct Recollection is contrived (by a Daedalean Hand) the Apotelesma and effect of infinite Volumes… the like being never yet extant in English.” The table of kingdoms is followed by several chronological tables, and finally, by a catalogue of the kings and emperors of various nations and empires.

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ESTC S105167; STC (2nd ed.), 20652; Stilwell, Four Centuries of Special Geography, p. 620; Eames, Bibliography of Sir Walter Raleigh, p. 26 (67591)

“The Foundation of a Library of California”. A Jesuit Natural history of California. With the Kino Map

Venegas, Miguel, S.J. (1680-1764)
Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate description of that Country, Its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; Its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals, and Famous Fishery for Pearls. The Customs of the Inhabitants, Their Religion, Government, and Manner of Living Before Their Conversion the Christian Religion by the missionary Jesuits : together with accounts of the several voyages and attempts made for settling California and taking actual surveys of that country, its gulf, and coast of the South-sea : illustrated with copper plates, and an accurate map of the country and the adjacent seas / tr. from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758

London: For James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759

Two large octavo volumes: [20], 455; [8], 387. I. A8, a2, B-Z8, Aa-Ff8, Gg4 II. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc2. With four added engraved plates and a large folding map.

$4,200.00

This English translation preceded the French and German translations. Considered by Cowan to be "the foundation of a library of California," this work is the most extensive account of Lower California of its period. It was presumably published in part to counteract anti-Jesuit statements that had appeared in accounts of George Anson's voyage in the Pacific (1740-1744). Venegas was for many years a Jesuit missionary among the Indians of Mexico and California and his account of the Jesuit Missions in California ("The Reduction of California by the Jesuits, and their transactions to the present time") occupies more than half of the text of both volumes (more than 450 pages).

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Sommervogel VIII, col 559; Cowan, p. 658. Graff 4471. Hill, p. 307.

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