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First Edition in English of Three 17th century South American Voyages & Travels

AMERICAS. Acuña, Cristóbal de, S.J. (1597-1676?); Acarete, du Biscay (17th c.); Grillet, Jean, S.J. (1624-1677); Béchamel, François, S.J. (1637-1676)
Voyages and discoveries in South-America. The first up the river of Amazons to Quito in Peru, and back again to Brazil, perform'd at the command of the king of Spain. By Christopher D'Acugna. The second up the river of Plata, and thence by land to the mines of Potosi. By Mons. Acarete. The third from Cayenne into Guiana, in search of the lake of Parima, reputed the richest place in the world. By M. Grillet and Bechamel. Done into English from the originals, being the only accounts of those parts hitherto extant. The whole illustrated with notes and maps.

London: Printed for S. Buckley, 1698

$12,500.00

Octavo: 19 x 11 cm. viii, 1-176, (169)-(176), 177-190, [ii], 79, [v], 68 pp. Collation: A4, B-M8, *M4, N-Y8, 2Y4. Illustrated with two folding engraved maps.

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the narratives of the first Europeans to traverse these regions. Part I of this collected work is "Voyages and Discoveries... up the River of Amazon to Quito in Peru, and back again to Brazil by Acuña;" Part II is "An Account of a Voyage up the River de la Plata, and thence over Land to Peru" by Acarete du Biscay; Part III is "A Journal of the Travels of John Grillet and Francis Bechamel into Guiana, in the Year 1674.

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Borba de Moraes I: 12 ("It is a rare book"); Hill 1788 (pp.311-312); Palau 2487; Sabin 152; Streeter sale VII: 4132; Wing V-746.

Learning the Mixe Language - A Manual for Confessors - Printed in Puebla by Catalina Cerezo

AMERICAS. MEXICO. Quintana, Augustin de (ca. 1660-1734)
Confessonario [sic] en lengua Mixe, con una construccion de las oraciones de la Doctrina Christiana, y vn compendio de voces mixes, para enseñarse â prononciar la dicha lengua

Puebla: Por la Viuda de Miguel de Ortega, 1733

$10,500.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 14.5 cm. [16], 148, [4] p. Collation: π4, ¶4, A-T4

First edition of this important confessors' manual, in Mixe and Spanish, by Agustin de Quintana, "a native of Oajaca, and labored for 28 years as a missionary among the Mijes Indians, whose difficult dialect he perfectly mastered' (Sabin)Remarkably, Quintana stresses that the main objective of writing his 'Confessario' was not 'to teach morality', but'to teach the Mixe language.

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Medina, Imprenta en la Puebla de los Angeles (1640-1821), 399; Viñaza, Bibliografía española de lenguas indígenas de América, 301; Palau y Dulcet, Manual del librero hispano-americano (2. ed.), 244703; Sabin, Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 67320

The Work of Cloistered Women - A History of Two Mexican Convents - Replete with Miracles

AMERICAS. Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos de (1645-1700)
Parayso occidental, plantado y cultivado por la liberal benefica mano de los muy catholicos y poderosos reyes de España, nuestros senores, en su magnifico Real Convento de Jesus Maria de Mexico: de cuya fundacion y progressos y de las prodigiosas maravillas y virtudes, con que exalando olor suave de perfeccion, florecieron en su clausura la V.M. Marina de la Crvz y otras exemplarissimas religiosas, da noticia en este volumen D. Carlos Siguenza y Gongora.

Mexico: Juan de Ribera, 1684

$9,500.00

Quarto: 23 x 17 cm. [12], 206, [1] lvs. Collation: [a]-c4, A-Ddd4, Eee8 (lacks blank leaf Eeee8)

First edition of this important history: "Paradise in the West, planted and cultivated by the liberal and beneficent hand of the most Catholic and powerful Kings of Spain, Our Lords, in their magnificent Real Convento de Jesús María of Mexico City: of whose foundation and progress, and prodigious marvels and virtues, with which the Venerable Madre Marina de la Cruz and other exemplary religious women, giving off sweet smells of perfection, flowered in its cloister, don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Mexican Presbyter, gives notice in this volume.

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Medina, Mexico II: 1328; Palau 312973; Sabin 80980

The First Edition of Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry. Including Her Love Poems

Aragona, Tullia d' (c. 1510–1556)
Rime della Signora Tullia di Aragona; et di diversi a lei.

Venice: Appresso Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1547

$5,700.00

Octavo: 14.5 x 10 cm. [80] p. A-E8

"With Vittoria Colonna’s disappearance in 1547, the world of Italian publishing was bereft of its figurehead female author, and the search for a successor appears to have been intense. The first secular poetic collection by a woman other than Colonna to be published was brought out by Gabriele Giolito in Venice, under the title Rime della signora Tullia di Aragona; et di diversi a lei(1547).

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Brunet I, 373: "assez rare"; Salvatore Bongi, “Annali di Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari da Trino di Monferrato stampatore in Venezia.” (Roma: 1890-95) p. 150 ff. (with a long essay on Aragona)

Astrological Medicine & A Theory of Tides

ASTROLOGY. PHYSICS. MEDICINE. Grisogono, Federico [Federik Grisogono Bartolačić](b. Zadar, Dalmatia, Yugoslavia, 1472; d. Zadar, 2 January 1538)
De modo collegiandi: pronosticandi: & curandi febres: necnon de humana felicitate: ac denique de fluxu & refluxu maris: lucubrationes nuperrime in lucem edite.

Venice: Impressum a Joan. Anto. de Sabbio & fratribus, 1528

$12,000.00

Folio: 30 x 21 cm. [56] p. Collation: A-G4

First editions of three works by the Dalmatian physician-scientist Federico Grisogono of Zara, who became professor of mathematics and astrology at Padua in 1499. The works concern: 1. Determining a treatment course for curing fevers with the aid of astrological prognostication. 2. A philosophical treatise on human happiness. 3. An influential theory of tides. The first work includes a full-page iatromathematical instrument, outfitted with three functioning volvelles, for making astrological (and other celestial) observations, medical forecasting, and creating horoscopes.

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Edit16 21833; Sander 1946; Thorndike, History of magic, 5:314-316; USTC 834694

Charting the Heavens - The Alfonsine Tables -With Manuscript Annotations

ASTRONOMY. Alfonso X, King of Castile and Leon (1221-1284); Ibn Saʿīd (Sid), Isaac (fl. mid-13th c.); Judah ben Moses (fl. mid-13th c.); Santritter, Johannes Lucilius (1460-1498)
Tabule astronomice Diui Alfonsi regis Romanoru[m] et Castelle : nuper [quam] diligentissime cum additionibus emendate.

Venice: Ex officina litteraria Petri Liechtenstein, 1521

$7,200.00

Quarto: 21.5 x 15.8 cm. 120 lvs. Collation: A-C8, D-E4, F-Q8

These astronomical tables, computing the positions of the sun, moon and planets in relation to the fixed stars, are based on the tables calculated by order of Alfonso X, "el Sabio", King of Castile and Leon (1221-1284), which became known as the Alfonsine Tables. This collection was first printed in 1483.

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Edit16 1132; Tomash & Williams A60; USTC 808746. Literature: Dryer, On the Original Form of the Alfonsine Tables, in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 80, p.243-262.

Charting Comets & Renaming the Constellations

ASTRONOMY. COMETS. Weigel, Erhard (1625–1699)
Speculum Uranicum / Aquilae Romanae Sacrum / Das ist / Himels Spiegel / darinnen ausser denen ordentlichen auch die ungewöhnli- chen Erscheinungen des Himmels / mit gebührender Anführungen abgebildet / vornemlich aber 7 der im Gestirne des Adlers / jüngst- hin entstandene Comet / nebst einer neuen Himmels-Charte unter dem Adler des H. Römischen Reiches / dargestellt wird / von Erhardo VVeigelio, ...

Jena: bey Samuel Krebsen, in Verlegung Thomas Matthias Götzen, 1661

$5,800.00

Quarto: 19.8 x 16 cm. [128] p. π1, ):(4, A-M4, a-c4

A rare astronomical work by the astronomer Erhard Weigel, a teacher of Gottfried W. Leibniz. The engraved frontispiece shows a man holding a telescope, standing before the University of Jena, with other astronomical instruments (quadrants, sextants, a globe, etc.

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Zinner p. 582; Poggendorff II, 1283; Kenney 20; Brüning 1061; Pogg. II, 1283; Struve 17; Bircher A1193; FdF 1506-07; not in Hou-zeau-L.; Lit.: Klaus-Dieter Herbst (ed.). Erhard Weigel (1625–1699) und die Wissenschaften. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang 2013

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

$8,500.00

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

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

A Bound Collection of 17th c. English Plays

Behn, Aphra (1640-1689); Dryden, John (1631-1700); Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Davenant [D'Avenant], Sir William (1606–1668), et al.
A collection of 10 17th c. quarto plays, including 3 by Aphra Behn, the first edition of Dryden and D'Avenant's adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest", and George Villiers' satire on Dryden and contemporary drama, "The Rehearsal."

London: various printers, various dates: 1670- 1688

$22,000.00

Quarto: 21.5 x 15.5 cm. 10 works bound as one. (See below for individual collations and descriptions.)

Contents:

1. Dryden, John (1631-1700) 

Marriage A-la-Mode.

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A Fine, Large 13th c. "Proto" Paris Bible

BIBLE MANUSCRIPT, with prologues and the Interpretations of Hebrew Names
Decorated manuscript on vellum, in Latin

France (Paris?), early 13th century

$175,000.00

Contents: The books of the Bible and prologues are very close to the standard Paris sequence (f.1), omitting Psalms, and with a capitula list for Genesis; the Interpretations of Hebrew Names in the version from Aaz to Zuzim (f.167), alphabetised to the first two letters; preceded by added notes on the four types of biblical exposition (historical, tropological, anagogical, typological) and the seven rules of theology (f.

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Boyle's Law

Boyle, Robert (1627-91)
New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, touching the Spring of the Air, and its effects, made, for the most part, in a new pneumatical engine… London: Printed by Miles Flesher for Richard Davis, Bookseller in Oxford, 1682. [bound with] [2] A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The I. Part. Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall…for Richard Davis, 1669. [bound with] [3] A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The second part.

London: Printed by Miles Flesher for Richard Davis, 1682

$15,000.00

Quarto: 19.5 x 16 cm. 3 works in 2 volumes (the two continuations bound first): 1st Vol. "Continuation… the I. Part"(1669) and "Continuation… the second part"(1682). Collations: *4, **4, A2, B-Z4, Aa-Dd4, Ee2. With 8 engraved plates after p. 198; A4, a4, b2, B-Z4, Aa-Cc4, Dd2. With 5 plates bound after p. 198. 2nd Vol. "New Experiments"(1682) in 3 parts. Collation: A4, a4, B-Z4, Aa-Tt4, Vv4 (-Vv4), a-o4. With 2 engraved plates. The last part is bound first.

THIRD EDITION of Boyle’s book on his original experiments on air, his first scientific work and the one on which his fame rests. This edition, like the second, includes his controversial tracts against Linus and Hobbes, the former provoking an attack to which Boyle wrote a defence that contained “Boyle’s law”, first published in the second edition and present here.

[2] FIRST EDITION.

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Wing B4000, B3934, B3935. Fulton 15, 16, 18. See Horblit 15, PMM 143, and the Norman catalogue 300 for the second edition. Neville I, p. 192, has the same combination of works as are present here.

The "Ship of Fools" - With More than 100 Woodcuts by Tobias Stimmer

Brant, Sebastian (1457-1521); Locher, Jakob (1471-1528); Stimmer, Tobias (1539-1584)
Stultifera navis mortalium .. per Iacobum Locher Latinitati donatus.

Basel: Sebastian Henricpetri, March 1572

$4,400.00

Octavo: 17.5 x 11 cm. 16 lvs. (last 2 blank), 284 p., 2 leaves (the last blank). Collation: [alpha]-[beta]8, a-s8 ([beta]7-8 and s8 blank and present)

Sebastian Brant's celebrated 1494 "Das Narrenschiff" ("Ship of Fools)", in the Latin translation (1497) of Jakob Locher. This is the first edition to include the fine woodcuts of Tobias Stimmer.

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VD16, B 7081; BM STC, German Books p. 147; Adams B 2673; For Stimmer, see Geelhaar, Stimmer 1984 54; Andresen, Der Deutsche Peintre-Graveur 1864-78, III.210.1

The English “Ship of Fooles”, Illustrated with 116 Large Woodcuts

Brant, Sebastian (1458-1521); Barclay, Alexander (1475?-1552) and Locher, Jacob (1471-1528), translators
Stultifera Navis… The Ship of Fooles, wherin is shewed the folly of all States, with divers other workes adioyned unto the same, very profitable and fruitfull for all men. Translated out of Latin into Englishe by Alexander Barclay, Priest.

London: in Paules Churchyarde by John Cawood printer to the Queenes Maiestie, 1570

$40,000.00

Folio: 28 x 19 cm. ¶6, ¶¶6, A-Z6, Aa-Uu6, Xx4, A-G6, A-D6. [12], 259, [3]; [42]; [24] leaves

Sebastian Brant's celebrated “Ship of Fooles” ("Narrenschiff"), here in the English translation of Alexander Barclay, printed together with the Latin version of the poem by Jacob Locher. The first edition of Barclay’s translation (1509) is unobtainable. In this second edition there are also additional works by Barclay, “The Mirrour of good Maners” and “Certayne Eglogues", which did not appear in the 1509 edition.

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STC 3546; Pforzheimer 41; Langland to Wither, 18; Wilhelmi, Sébastian Brant (Bibliography) 218; Brant ("500e anniversaire" Exhibition catalogue, Basle 1994), 109

From Lord Protector to Macabre Curiosity - Exhibiting Oliver Cromwell's Head

CABINETS OF CURIOSITY.
The Remains of the real embalmed head of the powerful and renowned usurper Oliver Cromwell, styled protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland; with the original dyes for the medals struck in honour of his victory at Dunbar, &c. &c. &c. are now exhibiting at No. 5, in Mead-Court, Old Bond-street. Admittance, and printed copy of a genuine narrative relating to the acquisition, concealment, and preservation, of the articles exhibited, two shillings and sixpence

London: no printer, Feb. 1799

$6,800.00

Broadside: 30 x 37.7 cm.

Two extremely rare ephemeral items produced for the exhibition of Oliver Cromwell's embalmed head and "other incident curiosities", together with two sheets of unique drawings made at the exhibition. Only one copy of the broadside (ESTC T226110) is recorded (at the British Library) and three copies of the exhibition catalogue (T135438) (British Library, Bishopsgate Institute, New York Historical Society.

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Praised by Copernicus in Book I of the ‘De Revolutionibus’ for Capella’s Model of Heliocentric Orbits

Capella, Martianus Minneus Felix. (circa 420-490), Edited by Franciscus Vitalis Bodianus.
Opus Martiani. Capellae de Nuptiis Philologiae & Mercurii libri duo. De Grammatica. Liber. Tertius. De Dialectica. Liber. Quartus. De Rhetorica. Liber. Quintus. De Geometria. Liber. Sextus. De Arithmetica. Liber. Septimus. De Astronomia. Liber. Octavus. De Musica. Liber. Nonus.

Modena, Dionysius Bertochus, 15 May, 1500

$28,000.00

Bound with:

Hyginus, C. Julius (1st century A.D.); Aratus, of Soli. (c. 315-c. 245 B.C.); Proclus Diadochus (ca. 410-484)

Fabularum Liber, Ad Omnium Poetarum Lectionem Mire necessarius, & nunc denuo excusus: Eiusdem Poeticon Astronomicon Libri quatuor. Quibus accesserunt similis argumenti, Palaephati de fabulosis narrationibus, Liber I.

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I. Goff C-118; Hain 4371*; Klebs 668.2; Smith (Rara Arithmetica) p. 67; Pell 3225; IGI 2427; Pr 7215; BMC VII 1068 (IB 31860). II. Wellcome I, 3377; Zinner 1592

Catullus & Martial - Two Books Printed by Henricus Petri

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (Ca. 84-Ca.54 B.C.); Tibullus (Ca. 50-Ca.18 B.C.); Propertius, Sextus. (Ca. 49-Ca. 16 B.C.)
C. Valerii Catulli...Liber I. Alb. Tibulli Equitis Romani libri IIII. Sex Aurelii Propertii umbri libri IIII. C N. Cornelii Galli fragmenta. Basel: Henricus Petri, 1530 b/w Martialis, Marcus Valerius (40- ca. 100) Epigrammaton Libri XIIII

Basel: Henricus Petri, 1530

$2,800.00

Octavo: 15 x 9.7 cm. 2 vols. bound together: I. (Catullus et al.) [8], 192 lvs. Collation: a-z8, A-B8; II. (Martial) [231] lvs. Collation: A-Z8, Aa-Ff8

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VD 16 C 1740 and M 1163

With 23 Woodcuts of the Canterbury Pilgrims

Chaucer, Geoffrey (d. 1400)
The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with divers addicions, whiche were never in print before: With the siege and destruccion of the worthy Citee of Thebes, compiled by Jhon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere.

London: John Kyngston for John Wight, 1561

$68,000.00

Folio: 33 x 22 cm. [14], ccclxxviij leaves. Collation: [fleuron]⁴ [Maltese cross]⁶ A⁴, B-V⁶, 2A-2P⁶, ²Q-T⁶, ²V-X⁸, ²Y-Z⁶, 3A-3T⁶, 3V⁸. Leaves 03/4 reversed. Complete.

There were two series of woodcut illustrations used in 15thand 16thc. editions of the "Canterbury Tales": one by William Caxton, used in his 1483 edition, in 1498 by Wynkyn de Worde, and the 1532 and 1542 editions of the "Works". The second set, modeled on Caxton's, was made for Richard Pynson's 1492 edition of the "Tales". For the second Pynson edition (1526), some of the original 1492 blocks were used while others were re-cut on new blocks.

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Pforzheimer 176; ESTC S107206 (STC 5075); Langland to Wither, 42; Literature: E.P. Hammond, Chaucer, p. 119-122; David Carlson, "Woodcut Illustrations of the Canterbury Tales, 1483-1602", The Library, Vol. s6-19, Issue 1 (1 March, 1997), pages 25-67; David Carlson, "Woodcut Illustrations in Early Printed Editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales", in Chaucer Illustrated: Five Hundred Years of The Canterbury Tales in Pictures; Joe Dane, "Press-Variants in John Stow's Chaucer (1561) and the Text of Adam Scriveyn" (with Seth Lerer). Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 11 (1999): 468-79.

A FUNERAL TO RIVAL THAT OF MICHELANGELO - THE FUNERAL PROCESSION AND OBSEQUIES FOR COSIMO I DE’ MEDICI

CINI, Giovanni Battista (1528-1586) attributed author
Descritione della pompa funerale fatta nelle essequie del Ser.mo Sig. Cosimo de’ Medici Gran Duca di Toscana nell’Alma Città di Firenze il giorno XVIJ di Maggio dell’Anno MDLXXIIII.

Florence, Giunti, 1574

$3,500.00

Quarto: 20.4 x 14.4 cm. [20] leaves. Signatures: A-E4.

This is a very rare first-hand account, commissioned by Francesco de’ Medici, of the elaborate ceremonies in Florence for the obsequies of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519-1584).  It includes minute descriptions of the elaborate funeral apparatus built for the occasion. Among those who managed the artistic aspects of the spectacle was Don Vincenzo Borghini, "one of the guiding spirits of the Accademia del Disegno, an adept inventor of allegorical themes for the Medici court", who worked together with Vasari on Michelangelo's funeral.

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Moreni, I, 321; Cat. Cavalieri, 148, nr. 721; Melzi, I, 285; Gamba, 2750; M. Schraven, Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy: The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration. Visual Culture in Early Modernity, Farnham, 2014, p. 108 no. 42, and p. 279; M. Praz, Studies in Seventeenth-century Imagery, Roma, 1975, p. 551.

Absolving Sin & Liberating Souls from Purgatory - The Jubilee Bull of 1525

Clement VII, Pope [Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici] (1478-1534)
Bolla di papa Clemente VII nella quale se denota a tutti li fideli Christiani come il di de la vigilia della Natività di N.S. Iesu Christo sua Santità anderà alla Basilica di San Pietro, & aprira con le proprie mani la porta che suole esserre aperta l'anno del Iubileo…

Rome: [Francesco Minzio Calvo], 1524

$4,800.00

Quarto: 20 x 13.5 cm. [8] pp.

An extremely rare vernacular printing of the papal bull "Inter sollecitudines et coram nobis" proclaiming the Jubilee of 1525. I have located only one other copy, at the Vatican (CNCE 52022). The Latin edition is also quite rare.

Proclaimed by the Medici Pope Clement VII (reg.

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Edit 16 CNCE 52022 (only one copy). The title of the Latin edition reads: "Bulla Clementis VII. Qui nunciat omnibus Christifidelibus, se in primis Vesperis Vigiliae Nat. D. J. C. accessurum ad Basilicam Beati Petri, aperturumque propriis minibus portam Anno Jubilei aperire solitam".

Ignatius of Loyola Establishes Hell on the Moon - Donne’s Scathing Satire Against the Jesuits

Donne, John (1573-1631)
Ignatius his conclave: or, his inthronisation in a late election in hell: wherin many things are mingled by way of satyr. Concerning the disposition of Iesuites, the creation of a new hell, the establishing of a church in the moone. There is also added an apology for Iesuites. All dedicated to the two adversary angels, which are protectors of the Papall Consistory, and of the Colledge of Sorbon. By Iohn Donne, Doctor of Divinitie, and late Deane of Saint Pauls.

London: Printed [by Augustine Mathewes] for Iohn Marriott, and are to be sold by W. Sheares at the Harrow in Britains Bursse, 1635

$8,500.00

Duodecimo: 12.4 x 6.8 cm. [6], 135, [3] p. A-F12

Donne’s ‘Ignatius his Conclave’, a damning, satirical exposé of the Jesuits and the order’s founder, Ignatius of Loyola, appeared one year after his ‘Pseudo-Martyr’, a work of deadly seriousness in which Donne argued that English recusants, rather than risking martyrdom in refusing the oath of allegiance, risked suicide instead. “Pseudo-Martyr” was a work of serious controversial literature; “Ignatius”, while still revealing its author’s erudition, is rich in comedic –if biting- episodes.

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STC 7030; ESTC S116961; Grolier/Donne 9; Keynes, Donne 9