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The Most Beautiful Astronomical Atlas of the 17th Century. An Extraordinary 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

51 x 35 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.

$2,500.00

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.

Pregnant for 14 Years

GYNECOLOGY. OBSTETRICS. BIOLOGY. MARVELS.
Relation d'une Grossesse prodigieuse d'une femme de Turin.

Turin: Chez Alexandre Vimercati Imprimeur du S. Office, Ce vend à Turin chez Reycends, & Guilbert Libraires dessous les Arcades de Place Chateau. 1728

Quarto: [4] pp.

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Extremely rare. No other copy traced. The remarkable account of a Marie Marguerite of Galarà, who for fourteen years had an unborn child lodged within her. It was only possible to remove the fetus after Marie's death. The book includes an account of the autopsy and a detailed description of the fetus, which was found, miraculously, perfectly preserved, as if it had been dead only a few hours.

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With Engravings after Drawings by Holbein

Erasmus, Desiderius (ca.1466-1536); Holbein, Hans, the Younger (1497-1543)
ΜΩΡΙΑΣ ΕΓΚΩΜΙΟΝ. Stultitiæ Laus. Des. Erasmi Rot. Declamatio, Cum commentariis Ger. Listrii, & figuris Jo. Holbenii. E codice Academiæ Basiliensis. Accedunt.

Basel: Typis Genathianis, 1676

Octavo: 18 x 11.25 cm. a-e8 (a1 = engraved title); A-Y8 (leaves Y7 and Y8 blank)

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The first illustrated edition of "In Praise of Folly", with commentary by G. Listrius and engravings by Hans Holbein, edited by Charles Patin. The illustrations are after those made by Holbein (and a few by his brother Ambrosius) in 1516 in the margins of a 1515 edition of the present work originally owned by Holbein's (and Erasmus') associate Oswald Myconius (1488-1552).

"Holbein’s earliest surviving work appears to be drawings in the margins of a copy of the second edition of Erasmus’ Moriae Encomium that belonged to the humanist and schoolmaster Oswald Myconius, originally Geisshüsler (1488-1552).

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Van der Haeghen I, 125; Graesse vol. ii, page 495; Brunet II, 1037

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

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

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

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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“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)

$3,500.00

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 First Edition of Catherine Jemmat's Poems

Jemmat, Catherine (1714-1766)
Miscellanies, in prose and verse. By Mrs. Catherine Jemmat. Daughter of the late Admiral Yeo, of Plymouth, and Author of her own Memoirs.

London: Printed for the author, 1766

Quarto: [16], 28 ,33-227, [1]p. Collation: a-d2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Lll2

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First edition of this collection by the diarist Catherine Jemmat. Jemmat tells us that some of the poems were supplied by friends, and there is as yet no scholarly consensus on which poems may be confidently ascribed to her. Yet a number of the poems and the essays seem to reflect aspects of Jemmat's own difficult life. She suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father and husband, and was forced to write in order to support herself and her young daughter.

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ESTC T39452

The Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius, of Loyola, S.J., Saint (1491-1556)
Exercitia spiritvalia S.P. Ignatii Loyolæ, fundatoris ordinis Societatis Iesv : cum bullis pontificum, tum approbationis Exercitiorum; tum indulgentiæ plenariæ, pro omnibus, qui octiduò illis vacant in domibus ejusdem Societatis. Brevi insuper instructione meditandi quæ omnia & dilucidantur & illustrantur pluribus ex ære impressis imaginibus.

Antwerp: Apud Michaelem Knobbaert, sub signo S. Petri, 1676

Octavo: 19 x 11.8 cm. 279, [9] p. Collation: A-S8

$3,600.00

"The 'Spiritual Exercises' encapsulated the essence of Ignatius' own spiritual turn-around and presented it in a form meant to guide others to analogous changes of vision and motivation. Ignatius used the 'Exercises' as the primary means of motivating his first disciples and prescribed it as an experience for all who later entered the Society of Jesus. Although at no point intended exclusively for Jesuits, the 'Exercises' remain the document that told Jesuits on the most profound level what they were and what they were supposed to be.

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Backer-Sommervogel, Vol. 5, col. 64, no. 1

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).

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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

The First Illustrated Edition of Fulvio's Architectural Guide to Rome - With Important Additions by Girolamo Ferrucci

Fulvio, Andrea (ca. 1470-1543); Ferrucci, Girolamo (fl. 1588)
L' Antichità di Roma di Andrea Fulvio antiquiario romano, di nuouo con ogni diligenza corretta & ampliata, con gli adornamenti di disegni de gli edificij antichi & moderni; con le aggiuntioni & annotationi di Girolamo Ferrucci Romano

Venice: Girolamo Francini, 1588

Octavo: 15.4 x 10.8 cm. *4, A-Z8, Aa-Ii8, Kk12

$3,800.00

Illustrated with 93 woodcut illustrations of the architecture of Rome. This edition has been enlarged by Girolamo Ferrucci to include information on the dramatic renovations and new buildings constructed during the reign of Pope Sixtus V (reg. 1585-1590). A number of the changes, renovations and restorations undertaken by Sixtus are depicted in the woodcuts, which were prepared specifically for this this edition.

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Cicognara 3741; Schudt 601; Rossetti, Rome: The Guide Books, G 480; Borroni 7914/6; Fossati-Bellani 900; Platneriana 296; Choix, 16979; Adams F 1155; Philip Jacks in Dictionary of Art XI.838 & his "The Antiquarian and the myth of antiquity", pp. 180-84; R Weiss, "Andrea Fulvio antiquario romano 1470-1527", Ann. Scuol. Sup. Pisa ii.28 (1959) 1-44, & "Renaissance Discovery of Classical Antiquity" (1969), 86-9 & 178-9.

“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.

One of the Most Important 17th c. Accounts of China

Nieuhof, Johannes (1618-1672)
L'Ambassade de la Campagne Orientale des Provinces unies vers L'Empereur de la Chine, ou Grand Cam de Tartarie, faite par les Srs. Pierre de Goyer et Jacob de Keyser, illustré d1une tres-exacte description des villes, bourgs, villages, ports de mers, & autres lieux plus considerables de la Chine: enrichie d1un grand nombre de tailles douce. Le tout recuieilli par le Mr. Jean Nieuhoff, Mre. d'hostel de l'ambassade, à present gouverneur en Ceylon: mis en François, orné, & afforti de mille belles particularitez tant morales que politiques, par Jean le Carpentier, histiographe.

Leiden: pour Jacob de Meurs, Marchard libraire & graveur de la ville d 1665

Folio: 370 x 235 mm. [*]1, *4, **2, (:) 2, A-Z4, Aa-Nn4, Oo2, A-R4.

$4,500.00

This work is generously illustrated with 110 text engravings each of which take up one third of the page, 34 double-paged engravings and one large folding engraved map of China. The text of the second part "Description générale de l'Empire de la Chine" is primarily the work of the translator, Jean Le Carpentier, and includes chapters on language, architecture, sciences, arts, ethnography, religion, topography, minerals, flora and fauna.

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Cordier 2345; Lust 534; Lach "Asia in The Making of Europe", Vol III, Bk I, pp. 482 ff.

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