May Rare Books 2019

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Astrological Medicine & A Theory of Tides

ASTRONOMY. 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 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

An Exceptional, Illustrated Luther New Testament - Otto Schäfer's Copy

BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT IN GERMAN. Luther, Martin (1483-1546), translator
Das neuw Testament recht grüntlich teutscht [BOUND WITH] Concordantz des Newen Testaments zu teütsch. Aller Evangelischer Sprüch usszugk nach ordnung des Abc.

Strasbourg: J. Knobloch, 1524 and J. Schott, 1524

$85,000.00

Folio. Two volumes bound as one: 29.5 x 20.5 cm. I. [24], CXCVI lvs. Collation: a4, b-c6, d-e4, A-Z6, Aa-Ii6, Kk4. II. [107] lvs. A-E6, F4, G-R6, S8 (S8 is blank and present.)

Although Martin Luther was not the first to translate the Bible into German, he was the first to translate the text from the original biblical languages. First printed at Wittenberg in September 1522 by Melchior Lotter, the Younger, for Luther's publishers Lucas Cranach and Christian Döring.

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I: Benzing 1524.29 or .30; VD16 B 4345 of 4346; USTC 627803. II: VD16 S 3995 - USTC 624332.

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

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.

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote…

Chaucer, Geoffrey (d. 1400)
The Works of our ancient, learned, [and] excellent English poet, Jeffrey Chaucer: as they have lately been compar’d with the best manuscripts; and several things added, never before in print. To which is adjoyn’d, The story of the siege of Thebes, by John Lidgate, monk of Bury. Together with the life of Chaucer, shewing his countrey, parentage, education, marriage, children, revenues, service, reward, friends, books, death. Also a table, wherein the old and obscure words in Chaucer are explained, and such words (which are many) that either are, by nature or derivation, Arabick, Greek, Latine, Italian, French, Dutch, or Saxon, mark’d with particular notes for the better understanding their original

London: [s.n.], 1687

$8,500.00

Folio: 31.5 x 20.3 cm. [36], 660, [24] pp. Collation: pi2, A4, a-c4, B-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Rrrr4, Ssss2

The contents are: “The Canterbury Tales”, together with the “Prologues”; “The Romaunt of the Rose”; “Troilus and Criseyde”; “The Legend of Good Women”; Chaucer’s translation of Boethius’ “Consolation of Philosophy”; “The Dreame of Chaucer”; “The Assemblie of Foules”; The Flower of Courtesie”; “How Pitie is Dead”; “La Belle Dame sans Mercie”; “Annelida and false Arcite”; “The Assembly of Ladies”; The Conclusion of the Astrolaby”; “The Complaint of the Black Knight”; “A Prayse of Women”; The House of Fame”; “The Testament of Love”; “Jake Upland”; John Lydgate’s “Siege of Thebes” and a number of other minor works.

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Pforzheimer, 179; Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), C3736

Observing Kirch's & Newton’s Comet

COMETS. Hagen, Joachim Heinrich
Joachim Heinrich Hagens / eloqv. poes. et mathes. Prof. Publ. / Bemerkung / der jüngsten grossen / Comet - Erscheinungen / auf Hoch= Fürstlichen gnädigsten Befehl / verabfasst und hervorgegeben.

Bayreut(h): Johann Gebhard, im Christ Jahr 1681

$3,600.00

Quarto (200 x 160 mm.) [8], 79 p. Collation: ):(4, A-K4

An extremely rare work on the great comet of 1680 with references to Riccioli, Hevelius, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Descartes, et al. by a friend and pupil of the mathematician & astronomer Erhard Weigel (1625 – 1699). I have located only 1 copy outside of Germany (at the Adler Planetarium.

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VD17 12:161198H; Brüning 1410; Robinson no. 22; Reiss XXXXVI, 814. KVK: München, Erlangen, Coburg, Heidelberg, Göttingen, Leipzig, Halle; outside Germany exceedingly rare with only one copy at Adler Planetarium.

Observing Newton’s Comet

COMETS. Lips(en), Friedrich Gustav
Ohnvorgreiffliche Gedancken / über den im Monath Novemb(er). und Decemb(er). An(no). 1680. /und 1681. im Jenner erschienenen/ Cometen / nebenst vier erörterten Fragen über das Vorgestellte / Bedencken von Cometen; / zum andernmahl vermehrter herauß gegeben von / Friedrich Lipsen/ des Rotenburg. / Gymnasii Rectore.

Rotenburg ob der Tauber: druckts und verlegts Friedrich Gustav Lipß, 1681

$3,250.00

Quarto (204 x 163 mm) [8] p.

Exceedingly rare, revised and expanded edition of a pamphlet on the comet of 1680 and 1681, known variously as the Great Comet, Kirch's comet (after its discoverer), or Newton's Comet. The author, Friedrich Gustav Lips of Crailsheimwas director of the imperial gymnasium at Rothenburg ob der Tauber from 1666-1683.

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VD17 12: 641538V; Brüning 1318 (1680 ed.); Houzeau - Lancaster 5770; Robinson no. 33; Z&K XXXI, 851; KVK: Erlangen, München; OCLC: only NYPL; COPAC: only National Library Scotland.

Observation & Prognostication - The Comet of 1664

COMETS. Richter, Johann (i.e. Praetorius, Johann) (1630-1680)
Meridionalis Nuncius, Das ist Ein Wunderseltzamer Südischer Crinit= oder Comet= Stern / Welchen der Allmächtige und Getreue Gott im Reste des 1664. Jahrs nach Christi Geburt / vom Außgange Novembris biß in den Decembrem weit hinein / an Himmel gegen Mittage / nach Mitternacht in denen Morgen-Stunden / der untern Welt zur Warnung und Erleuchtung / angebrandt und hernieder gehänget hat: wie solcher von etlichen Jahren … vom Herrn D. Tackio und Barth. Schimpfero &c zuvor verkündiget / und prognosticiret worden: nebst einem astrologischen und cabbalistischen judicio so wohl jenes südischen / als des allerneuesten Nordischen Cometens illustriret / Von Johanne Richtern / Astrophilo.

Leipzig: bey Christian Kirchner, 1664 or 1665

$3,500.00

Quarto: (195 x 160 mm) [32] p. (last page blank). Collation: A-D4.

First edition of this work on the comet of 1664 with a detailed description of the path of the comet. The author is Johannes Praetorius (i.e., Hans Schultze 1630-1680), here writing under the pseudonym of Johannes Richter “astrophilus"(star-lover).

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Dünnhaupt 18; Kat. Wolfenbüttel A 3163 (Pseudonym left unresolved); VD17 3:011703A (likewise without resolving the psudonym); Bircher A1148; Brüning 1092 (under Praetorius); Rosenthal 3623; Houzeau-L. 5737; Gundel, Naive 95

Crashaw’s English Poems

Crashaw, Richard (1612-1649)
Steps to the Temple, The Delights of the Muses and Carmen Deo Nostro. By Ric. Crashaw, sometimes Fellow of Pembroke Hall, and late fellow of St Peters Colledge in Cambridge. The 2nd Edition.

London: In the Savoy, Printed by T.N. for Henry Herringman at the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1670

$7,500.00

Octavo: [16], 112, 115-208, [2] p., [1] leaf of plates. Collation: A-O8 (O8 blank and present.) With an added, engraved frontispiece of the temple.

Along with Donne, Herbert and Marvell, Crashaw was one of the most important of the Metaphysical poets. "Compared with one another, Crashaw represents more of Donne's ecstasy, and Herbert more of his reason" (George Williamson). The son of a Puritan clergyman who eventually converted to Catholicism, Crashaw is best known for the intensity of his religious poetry.

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Wing C 6838; Grollier, Wither to Prior # 234

The Left Hand as Calendar - "The Beautiful Almanac that God and Nature has Given us"

Engalfred, Manauld
Le manuel calendier, par lequel est facile savoir le lieu & discours du soleil & de la lune, ensemble les festes fixes ou mobiles, en leglise Romaine celebree

Lyon: Jean de Tournes, 1548

$6,800.00

Octavo: 16.3 x 10.3 cm. 55 p. Collation: A-C8, D4

Manauld Engalfred may be an anagram for "André Ugel, Flamand", though nothing is known of either person. The book describes a perpetual calendar using the fingers and joints of the left hand ("le beau Almanac que Dieu & Nature nous ha donné dens nostre main gauche") (A3r)

There is no ability to calculate with this technique; it serves only as an aide- memoir for the user.

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Tomash & Williams E11; Cartier, de Tournes, 121; FB 18217; Mortimer, Harvard French, 199; USTC 8268

A Funeral in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

FESTIVALS. [Louis, Grand Dauphin of France (1661-1711)]; Frezza, Giovanni Girolamo (1659-1741), engraver
Relation du service solennel fait dans l'eglise royale, et nationale de Sain Louis a Rome, pour Louis Dauphin de France, le Vendredi XVIII. Septembre MDCCXI.

Rome: A. de Rossi, 1713

$8,500.00

Folio: 40 x 26 cm. [A]2, B-F2. With three engraved vignettes and 7 (2 double-page, 1 folding) engraved plates.

Illustrated with a double-page plate of the exterior of the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, decorated for the funeral rites; an architectural plan of the church, with the footprint of the enormous catafalque in the nave; four full-page plates of emblems, and an enormous folding plate of the church interior, festooned with heavy draperies and lit with a multitude of candles, and with the monumental catafalque, supported by skeletons, designed by the Sicilian architect and stage designer Filippo Juvara (1678—1736).

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Berlin Katalog (Ornamentstichkat. Bln.) 3243; Cicognara 1490; Not in Lipperheide

Fine’s Astronomical & Mathematical Magnum Opus

Finé, Oronce (1494-1555)
Protomathesis opus uarium, ac scitu non minus utile quàm iucundum, nunc primùm in lucem foeliciter emissum: cuius index uniuersalis, in uersa pagina continetur.

Paris: Impensis Gerardi Morrhij & Ioannis Petri, 1532

$35,000.00

Large Folio: 33.5 x 24 cm. Collation: AA8, A-L6, M-N6, O-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc6, Dd8 (including both blanks, F8 and N6.) Complete.

The “Protomathesis”, a universally acclaimed monument of book production and design, is profusely illustrated.The book is introduced by a fine architectural title page border with a lunette of Hercules defeating the Lernean Hydra. This is followed by the well-known full-page image of the goddess of astronomy, Urania, lecturing Finé, who holds a book and an astrolabe, beneath a spherical model of the solar system.

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Hoover 312, Lalande, p. 50; Smith, Rara Arithmetica, pp. 160-61; Stillwell, The Awakening Interest in Science during the First Century of Printing, 838

FIRST RULES OF ACTING

Giraldi Cintio, Giovanni Battista (1504-1573)
Discorsi... intorno al comporre de i Romanzi, delle Comedie, e delle Tragedie, e di altre maniere di Poesie. Con la tavola delle cose piu notabili in tutti essi discorsi contenute.

Venice: Gabriel Giolito de 1554

$3,600.00

Quarto: (8), 287, (29) pp.

FIRST EDITION of Giraldi's most important contribution to literary criticism and his most lasting influence on dramatic theory and practice. Almost all the main issues in Renaissance dramatic criticism are examined somewhere in his various works and prefaces. 

Giraldi rejected the Greek arrangement of plays into prologue, episodes, and choral odes and returned to the five acts of the Roman theatre.

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Edit16, CNCE 21262; Adams, G-701; Universal STC, no. 833280; S. Bongi, Annali di Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari da Trino di Monferrato, stampatore a Venezia, (Roma, 1880-1897), I, pp. 427-429; B. Weinberg, A History of Literary Criticism in the Italian Renaissance, (Chicago, 1961), p. 1129.

Henry VIII's "Assertion of the Seven Sacraments against Martin Luther"

Henry VIII, King (1491-1547)
Assertio septem sacramentorum adversus Martinum Lutherum

Lyon: Guillaume Rouillé, 1561

$6,500.00

Quarto: 21 x 15.5 cm. xxxxvj, 195, [1] p. Collation: bb-nn, a-z, A4, B2

Written in 1521 in response to Martin Luther’s “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church” -the reformer’s radical exposition of the Protestant faith and attack on the papacy- Henry VIII’s “Defense of the Seven Sacraments” won for its author the coveted title of “Defensor Fidei” (Defender of the Faith) from Pope Leo X. Coming as it did from such a powerful Christian prince, Luther was forced to respond to Henry’s work, which he did with more than his usual severity, insulting the king and challenging his theological points.

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Adams H 250

A Restoration-era miscellany with 24 poems by George Herbert

Herbert, George (1593-1633); Quarles, Francis (1592-1644); Sylvester, Joshua (1563-1618). Rawlins, Thomas (fl. 1670), compiler
Manuscript verse miscellany.

England: 1670

$34,000.00

Octavo: 17.7 x 10 cm. [138] pp. (i.e. 69 unnumbered lvs.)

A superb 17thc. English verse miscellany of poems by George Herbert, Francis Quarles, and Joshua Sylvester, written in the year that Izaak Walton published his "Life" of Herbert.

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CELM (Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700) HrG 56.8

One of the Earliest Printed Images of a Book Burning

Hutten, Ulrich von (1488-1523)
Ein Klag über den Luterischen Brandt zu Mentz.

Zürich: Christoph Froschauer,

$19,000.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 15.5 cm. [8] pp.

The woodcut on the title (repeated on the final leaf) shows a monk, two devils, and the papal legate Aleander burning Luther's works at Mainz on 29 November 1520.

Ulrich von Hutten's scathing and defiant reaction to the wave of public burnings of Luther's books, in particular the one held at Mainz on 29 November 1520.

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VD 16, H 6370; Benzing 157 (one of six printings, all in 1521)

Hutten’s Final Reckoning With Erasmus - A copy once owned by Hutten’s Friend

Hutten, Ulrich von (1488-1523)
Ulrichi ab Hutten cum Erasmo Roterodamo, presbytero, theologo, expostulatio.

Strasbourg: J. Schott, 1523

$8,500.00

Quarto: [70] p. A-I4 (complete with final blank.)

In the ‘Expostulatio’, Hutten expressed his indignation at Erasmus’ refusal to receive him in Basel, and to stand by his Lutheran convictions against the hostile Basel City Council. The “Spongia” was Erasmus’ answer to Hutten’s reproaches.

“Their mutual accusations document the breakdown of their friendship as well as the fundamental misunderstandings that governed their relationship from the beginning.

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VD 16 H 6313; Benzing 186

The First Printed Illustrations of the Constellations

Hyginus, Caius Julius (fl. 2nd century)
Poeticon astronomicon. Edited by Jacobus Sentinus and Johannes Lucilius Santritter.

Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 14 October, 1482

$35,000.00

Quarto: 19 x 14 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.

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 (3rdc. B.C.). The work was traditionally attributed to the first century writer C.

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BMC V, 286; BSB-Ink H-459; CIBN H-334; Essling 285; Goff H-560; HC 9062*; Hind II, p. 462; IGI 4959; Klebs 527.2; Pollard/Perrins 31; Redgrave 30; Sander 3472

The Society's First Crisis - The Second Edition of the Spiritual Exercises – Published in Ignatius' Lifetime

Ignatius, of Loyola, Saint (1491-1556)
Exercitia spiritvalia.

Coimbra: João de Barreira, 1553

$35,000.00

Sextodecimo: [1], 2-238, [1] pp. Collation: A-P8. With the woodcut Jesuit emblem on the title page.

A fine copy of the extremely rare second edition of the "Spiritual Exercises", printed at Coimbra for the use of the Jesuits of Portugal. This significant edition was printed at the time of the Society's first crisis, when six years of disturbances in the Order's Portuguese province resulted in the removal of Simâo Rodrigues as provincial, an examination of all Portuguese Jesuits by the Miguel de Torres (whom Ignatius had sent as visitor), the promulgation by Jerónimo Nadal of the newly composed Constitutions, and the publication of Ignatius' famous "Letter on Obedience.

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De Backer-Sommervogel, Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus, Vol. V, col. 61; Simões 380; Cat. Res. Coimbra 1278; D. Manuel 78; Anselmo 123