A magnificent sammelband, bound in alum-tawed pigskin over beveled wooden boards, lacking one clasp. Binding soiled and with slight wear but still very fine. The boards are ruled and tooled in blind with medallion portrait heads and Biblical figures. The text of all four volumes is in excellent condition. There is one small tear to the lower corner of leaf B2, with loss of a few letters. One of the birds in the first work has been nicely colored by a 16th c.
Northwest Germany: 3rd quarter of the 14th c., ca. 1369
Folio: 29.5 x 21 cm. 98 lvs. Text in 2 columns of 38 to 44 lines. Complete.
Contents: (see also the discussion of these texts on pages 2-3 of this description): I. Matthaeus Platearius (attrib.) “Circa instans” (p. 1-101); II. Walter Agilon, “De dosis medicinarum” (p. 101-113); III. Anon., “Ars medicinarum laxativarum” (p. 113-126); IV. Bartholomeo da Varignana, “Practica a capite usque ad pedes” (excerpt) (p.
Quarto: 19.5 x 14.3 cm. 60 lvs. Collation: a-g8, h4. 30-31 lines, Gothic type
A fine copy of Erhard Ratdolt’s beautiful printing of Sacrobosco’s “Sphere”, the core astronomical textbook from the Middle Ages to the early 16th century. This edition is the first to include key texts by two of the most influential 15th c. astronomers: Johannes Regiomontanus and Georg Peurbach.
Working in the vein of the Renaissance humanists, Peurbach and his student Regiomontanus sought out the extant scientific writings of antiquity, the classical foundations of medieval European and Arabic science.
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.
The First Printed Illustrations of the Constellations
Quarto: 20 x 14.6 cm. Collation: a-f8 g10 (a1 blank, a2r dedication to M. Fabius [Quintilianus?], a3r text, g9r commendatory poem by Jacobus Sentinus, g10r poem and verse colophon by Johannes Santritter, g10v blank). 58 leaves. 31 lines. Types 3:91G (text), 7:92G (heading on a2r), 91 Gk (a few words). Title on a2r printed in red, 11-, 7-, 5- and 3-line white-on-black woodcut initials. 47 half-page woodcuts, probably designed by Johannes Santritter, of the constellation and planet figures.
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION of Hyginus’ “Poeticon Astronomicon”, illustrated with 47 half-page woodcuts of the constellations and the planets personified. The text is set in a pleasing Gothic. The text of Hyginus was first published in an unillustrated edition at Ferrara in 1475.
The “Poeticon Astronomicon” (more correctly, the “Astronomica”) is an ancient Roman work on the constellations chiefly based on the work of the Greek scientist Eratosthenes (3rd c.
Venice: Joannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, 17 May, 1483
The works of Horace with the commentary of the celebrated Renaissance humanist Cristoforo Landino (1424-1498), tutor to Lorenzo and Giuliano de Medici and member of Marsilio Ficino’s Florentine academy. His literary skills were wide-ranging and his edition of the “Commedia” marked a watershed in Dante criticism. Landino’s was the first humanist commentary to be written on Horace’s poems.
Strasbourg: Johann Reinhard, called Grüninger, 12 March, 1498
Folio: 298 x 222 mm. Collation: [*]6, A-V6, X-Z6, AA-II6, KK-LL8; [**]6
This copy is partially rubricated and is annotated, in Latin, throughout in at least two contemporary hands. The early annotations are intact, having been spared by the binder’s knife, and consist of metrical notations, citations from other authors, and comments. There are also two glosses in Greek (leaves S6v and FF1r) as well as an apparent note in German (leaf FF6). An added manuscript index for the “Epistolae” is bound after the final text leaf.
Hain 8898; Goff H 461; BMC I, 112; Polain 1989; Proctor 485; Walsh 182; Fairfax Murray (German) 205; Rosenwald Collection 188; Dibdin, Bibl. Spenceriana II, 87-95. For Grüninger, his illustrated books, and Locher’s edition of Horace, see Mark Morford, Johann Grüninger of Strasbourg in “Syntagmatia: Essays on Neo-Latin Literature in Honour of Monique Mund-Dopchie and Gilbert Tournoy (Humanistica Lovaniensia, XXVI) 2009
The First Appearance of the Aldine Anchor & Dolphin
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 first appearance of the Aldine device – a dolphin wrapped around an anchor – used thereafter in all Aldine publications. 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.
The edition was carefully prepared by the Venetian patrician and humanist Pietro Bembo (1470-1547), who used as his primary source an authoritative mid-fourteenth-century manuscript taken from the library of his father Bernardo, which Boccaccio had sent as a gift to Petrarch between 1351 and 1353 (Biblioteca Vaticana, ms Vat.
This publication also includes the "Tractatus comminantium magistri Francisci de Bononia" [i. e. Francesco Zanelli] (leaves 96r-99r) and the "Reprobationes magistri Johannis de Penna."
Son of the famous physician, professor of medicine, and author Dino del Garbo (d. 1327), Tommaso del Garbo would eclipse his father’s success and go on to become one of the most successful –and wealthiest- physicians of mid-14th c.
An early edition (1st 1496), and the only edition with the woodcut of the author instructing his students, of this work on writing poetry by the important Silesian poet Laurentius Corvinus (born Laurentius Rabe and known in Polish as Wawrzyniec Korwin), well-known to historians of science as the man who assisted Copernicus in his first publication, a Latin translation from the Greek of the letters of Theophylactus, for which Corvinus provided two poems, one of which mentions Copernicus’ interest in astronomy.
VD 16, C 5453; IA 145.627; Estreicher XIV, 420; Goluszka-M. P 205 See: Jacqueline Glomski, “Poetry to Teach the Writing of Poetry”, in Poets and Teachers: Latin didactic poetry and the didactic authority of the Latin poet from the Renaissance to the present: (Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Symposium of the Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies, Clare College, Cambridge, 9-11 September, 1996)/ Edited by Yasmin Haskell and Philip Hardie. Also, “Laurentius Corvinus and the Flowering of Central European Humanism”, Terminus ix (2007), pp. 49-74
Basel: and Strasbourg: and Paris: Io. Froben, and Excusum per Renatu[m] Beck in aedibus zum Thiergarten, and Jean Petit, In vico Sancti Iacobi, 1515 and 1515 and 1513
Large Quarto: 3 works bound in one volume: I. Piccolomini: i-iv, A-B4, C8, D-E4, F8, G-H4, I8, K-L4, M8, N-O4, P6. II. Lactantius: A6, B4, a-z8/4, A-D8/4, E6, F-N8/4, O6, P4. III. “Praise of Folly”: a-h4, a-z4, A-B4, C6
This edition includes the original dedicatory letter to Thomas More, whose name Erasmus plays upon cleverly in the title of the work; and the letter to Martin Dorp in which Erasmus explains his motives for writing the “Moria”: “My aim in the ‘Folly’ was exactly the same as in my other works. Only the presentation was different. In the ‘Enchiridion’ I simply outlined the pattern of a Christian life.
I. “Germania”: BM STC German p. 701 = Proctor 10307. Not in Adams. Panzer VI.75.410. Ritter 1878. Muller, Bibliographie Strasbourgeoise II, 228 no. 26. Schmidt (Beck) 21. II. Lactantius: Adams L-14; BSB-Ink L-13; HC 9819; Moreau, Inventaire chronologique II 637. III. “Praise of Folly”: Vander Haeghen I, 122; Kossmann 967; Bezzel 1304; Not in De Reuck; BM STC German p. 282; Adams E 392; VD, 16E 3184
Venice: nelle Case d’Aldo et d’Andrea de Asola, August 1515
Octavo: 15.7 x 9.2 cm. , 244,  leaves. Collation: π2, a-z8, A-H8. With blank leaf i2 present, lacking blank H7.
The first Aldine Dante appeared in 1502, edited by Pietro Bembo. Aldus himself is believed to have prepared this second edition of Dante, which appeared shortly after his death in 1515. The volume opens with a dedicatory epistle by Andrea Torresani, Aldus’ partner and father-in-law, to the celebrated Vittoria Colonna (1490-1547).
The title page announces the inclusion of the new map (“the location, shape, and size”) of the Inferno.
Folio: 30.8 x 21.5 cm. Collation: Pt. I: 216 lvs. Collation:*10, a-z8, aa-bb8, cc6 (cc6 blank). Pt. II: 342 lvs. Collation: ††8, A-Z8, AA-QQ8, RR-SS6, TT10
These blocks were cut for Grüninger’s 1502 edition of Vergil, the first illustrated Vergil. The book, edited by Sebastian Brant, was extraordinary in the number and variety of its illustrations. “Grüninger’s artist applied to the work a skilled hand and a lively imagination… The blocks must have passed to Saçon at Lyon shortly after the printing of the Strasbourg 1515 edition of Thomas Murner’s German translation of the ‘Aeneid,’ described in Murray’s catalogue of German books, vol.
Brunet V 1282; Baudrier vol 12, pp. 344-346; Renouard, Badius Ascensius, vol. 3 p. 370-372, no. 11. Cf. Eleanor Winsor Leach, "Brant's and Dryden's Editions of Vergil" in "The Early Illustrated Book", pp. 176 ff.) and Rabb, Theodore K. "Sebastien Brant and the First Illustrated Edition of Vergil." in "Princeton University Library Chronicle 21", 1960: 187-99.
"Nobody" dares to criticize the luxury of the priests and the idle life of the Pope.
Hutten, Ulrich von (1488-1523); Weiditz, Hans (1495- ca. 1536), artist. Outis. Nemo
Augsburg: Johann Miller, 9 September, 1518
Quarto: 20 x 15.5 cm.  pp. Collation: A-C4
First printing of Hutten's second "Nemo", a substantially re-worked and enlarged version of the 1516 original. This edition has been augmented by 60 verses, mainly on political subjects, an introduction dedicated to Johannes Crotus Rubianus (1480-1545) and a letter to Julius von Pflug (1499-1564). It also marks the first appearance of the celebrated woodcut title page (described in detail below.
Quarto: 20 x 15.5 cm.  ff. A-E4, F4 (lacking final blank leaf F4)
Hutten’s famous satire on courtly life. It is dedicated to Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach, court physician of the Mainz Elector. At the end is a verse “Prognosticon ad annum. M.D.XVI. ad Leonem .X. Pont. Max.” (Hutten’s warning that if Leo X engaged in war with the Emperor Maximilian, Italy would be destroyed) and a publisher’s advertisement of Hutten’s “Ebrietatis laus” (in praise of drunkenness.
Venice: In aedibvs Aldi, et Andreae soceri, Mense Ianvario. 1518 [and] Mense Novemb. 1519
Octavo: 16.3 x 10 cm. , 296 leaves. Collation: A-B8, a-z8, aa-kk8; ll-oo8. Complete with blank leaves B8 and kk7.
This edition contains Caesar's extant works: the “Commentarii de Bello Gallico”, Caesar’s account of his campaigns in Gaul, covering the period from 58 to 52 B.C.; and the “De Bello Civili”, covering the events of the civil war between Caesar and Pompey in 49 and 48 B.C.. Also included are Book VIII of the "Bellum Gallicum", and the "Bellum Alexandrinum" (appended to the three books of the “Bellum Civili” as Books IV through VII), both attributed to Caesar's lieutenant Aulus Hirtius.
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.
Quarto: 18.2 x 13.5 cm.  pp. A-h4, I6, K-L4, M6, N4, O6 (lacking final blank)
Printed in 1520, Erasmus’ “Antibarbarians” had a dual purpose. First, and as originally conceived, the book is a spirited defense of humanism, in particular the reading and study of classical literature and languages, against charges that such literature and pursuits are fundamentally un-Christian. At the same time, the book is also a defense of Erasmus’ theological positions and his application of humanist principles and philological methods to the study of religious texts.
Quarto: 21 x 15.5 cm. a-r4 (lacking final blank leaf r4) 115 pp.
Luther's response to Ambrosius Catharinus Politus' (1487-1552) "Defense of the True Catholic and Apostolic Faith and Doctrine against the Disease-spreading Dogma of Martin Luther" (Florence, 1520). In his defense of papal supremacy, Catharinus also defends the opinions of Sylvester Mazolinus de Prierio (Prierius, d. 1523), Pope Leo X's theologian and the first man to censor Luther's works.