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An Extraordinary Document: The Constitutions of the Accademia dei Lincei – With Notes toward a History of the Society, A List of the Academy's Members, & A History of the Invention & Development of the Telescope

[Accademia dei Lincei] Vandelli, Domenico (1732-1815); Faber, Johann (1570-1640)
Considerazioni sopra la notizia degli Accademici Lincei Scritta dal Signor Giovanni Bianchi, E promissa all' Opera Intitolata Phytobasanos di Fabio Colonna Restampata in Firenze nel 1744 presso Pietro Gastano Viviani in quarto Reale, Opusculo di Domenico Vandelli. [Bound with, as issued:] Praescriptiones Lynceae Accademiae curante Joan. Fabro Lynceo Bamberg Interamnae, In typ. Guerrerii, 1624 " Hic liber typis editus extat Romae in Bibliotheca Barberina"

Modena: Bartolomeo Soliani, 1745

$16,000.00

Quarto: 19.3 x 14 cm. [1]-48, [49]-64 p. With a divisional title page.

I. "Praescriptiones Lynceae Accademiae"

Prepared for publication by Johann Faber, the Chancellor General of the Lincean Academy, the "Praescriptiones" articulated the society's founding principles and detailed the nature and scope of its activities.

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Favaro, Bib. Galileiana, 483; Tiraboschi, Biblioteca Modenese, p. 342

A Miniature London Almanac in a Silver Filigree Binding

ALMANACS. MINIATURES. BINDINGS.
London almanack for the year of Christ 1782

London: printed for the Company of Stationers, 1782

$6,500.00

5.8 x 3.8 cm. 24 one-sided engraved lvs.

The text is engraved throughout and four of the leaves form a composite view of the London Pantheon in Oxford Street, an early project of the architect James Wyatt (d. 1813). Its main rotunda was one of the largest rooms built in London up to that time.  The venue hosted assemblies, masquerade balls, and concerts.

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ESTC T127694. For similar London Almanack bindings see See Bondy, Miniature Books, pp. 39-41.

Nobility and Privileges granted by Emperor Charles V to the Nephew of Moctezuma II and his Descendants

AMERICAS. AZTECS. MEXICO. Moctezuma II, Aztec Emperor (1466 - ca. 30 June, 1520)
Documents confirming the nobility and privileges of descendants of the family of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II. Manuscript on paper, in Spanish.

Mexico: 1711- 1758

$70,000.00

Folio: 31.5 x 21.5 cm. 30, [1] foliated manuscript leaves.

A series of notarial copies of reales cédulas, or royal decrees, from 1675, 1711, 1741, 1742, and 1758 (and with a copy of an original document from 1536), along with supporting documentation, confirming the nobility and privileges of members of the family of the ill-fated Aztec emperor Moctezuma II.

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Artisanal Instruction for 18th c. Women

ART. WOMEN. "C.K."
Art’s master-piece: or, A companion for the ingenious of either sex. In two parts. I. The art of limning and painting in oil, &c. in all particulars, viz. drawing and painting faces, bodies, garments, landskip, preparing and laying on colours, also colouring mezzo-tinto prints, gilding on wood, Metals and leather. The newest experiment in Japaning, to imitate the Indian way, plain and in speckles, rock-work, figures, &c. Receipts for making the several sorts of varnishes, colours, &c. To make artificial tortoiseshell, to dye or stain ivory, horn, bone, bristles, feathers, and sundry sorts of woods for cabinets. The mystery of dying silks, stuffs, woollen and linen cloth. To take spots, stains, pitch, tar and iron-moulds out of silks stuffs, linen and woollen, and to recover faded silks linen, &c. The art of perfuming and beautifying. Divers physical and chirurgical receipts. To make London powder-ink, other powder-inks, and the shining Japan-ink. With many other notable things. II. The art of making glass of chrystal, of all sorts and colours, and to prepare the materials. To make glass of lead of many beautiful colours. To make enamel of divers colours, for gold, silver, or other metals. To make chalcedony, like jaspar and other lucid stones, &c. and to prepare materials for the work. To make artificial precious stones in equal beauty to the true; and to colour globes of glass on the inside. The art of painting glass in oil and anealing and burning on the colour. The art of gilding divers forts of metals. Instructions to cast figures in wax, plaister, purest metals, &c. leaves, flowers, medals, and other matters worthy of note. To which are added many curiosities and rare secrets, known to few and highly profitable and pleasant. The second edition. By C.K.

London: Printed for G. Conyers at the Golden Ring, and J. Sprint at the Blue Bell in Little-Britain, ca. 1701

$4,800.00

Duodecimo: 166, [2] p. Collation: A-G12

An early 18thc. English artisanal "book of secrets", designed for both men and women. The instructions, formulas, and recipes apply to the making of fine art (drawing, painting, sculpting, etc.), decorative objects (including metalwork), and furniture; as well as practical household information (ex.

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ESTC N16286

A Nahuatl Grammar

Ávila, Francisco de
Arte de la lengua mexicana, y breves platicas de los mysterios de N[uestra] Santa Fee Catholica, y otras para exortacion de su obligacion á los indios. compuesto por el P.F. Francisco De Avila, predicador, cura ministro por Su Magestad del pueblo de la Milpan, y lector del idioma mexicano, del Orden de los Menores de N.P. San Francisco.

Mexico: Por los Herederos de la Viuda de Miguel de Ribera Calderón en el Empedradillo, 1717

$9,400.00

Octavo: 14 x 10 cm. [12], 37 leaves (without the errata leaf 2¶1, apparently never bound in.) Collation: π4, ¶4, ¶¶4, A8, B-H4, I1

Ávila was a Franciscan curate of Milpa Alta in the diocese of Mexico and for twenty years he taught the Nahuatl language in the convent of the Franciscan order. It was in the course of those twenty years (as he tells us in his dedicatory epistle) that Ávila developed and tested his method.

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Medina, México, 2478; Palau y Dulcet (2d. ed.); vol. 1, no. 20391; Sabin; vol. 1, p. 334, no. 2494; Viñaza, Bib. lenguas indígenas, 271; García Icazbalceta, J. Apuntes, 9; Pilling 193

Aphra Behn’s Rare “Lycidus”. With a Poem by Anne Wharton

Behn, Aphra (1640-1689); Tallemant, Paul (1642-1712); Wharton, Anne (1632-1685)
Lycidus: or the lover in fashion. Being an account from Lycidus to Lysander, of his voyage from the Island of Love. From the French. By the same author of the Voyage to the Isle of Love. Together with a miscellany of new poems. By Several hands.

London: printed for Joseph Knight, and Francis Saunders, 1688

$12,500.00

Octavo: 18.8 x 11.5 cm. [14], 64, 176, [4] pp. Collation: A8, a-d8, B-M8, [x]2 (Lacking blank leaf A8)

This volume –together with “Poems on Several Occasions”(1684) and “Miscellany, being a collection of poems by several hands” (1685)- is one of only three lifetime publications by Behn to include a substantial number of her poems.

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O'Donnell “Aphra Behn, an Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources” BA4.1a; Wing T129 (under Tallemant); Case 184; Grolier, Wither to Prior, 42

Astronomy and Meteorology; Flora and Fauna: The Natural World in the Middle Ages. With 15th c. Provenance. Bound at the Monastery of St Zeno

Berenger of Landorra, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela (circa 1262-1330), and Gregory of Vorau (ed. Matthias Farinator)
Lumen Animae. Incipit: Liber moralitatum elegantissimus magnarum reru[m] naturalium lumen anime dict[us]: cu[m] septe[m] apparitorib[us] necno[n] sanctoru[m] doctoru[m] orthodoxe fidei p[ro]fessorum Poetaru[m] etia[m] ac oratoru[m] auctoritatib[us] p[er] modum pharatre s[e]c[un]d[u]m ordine[m] alphabeti collectis feliciter incipit.

Strasbourg: Printer of the 1481 Legenda aurea, 22 March 1482

$35,000.00

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.

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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.

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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Otto Schäfer's Copy –An Exceptional Set in Contemporary Green Calf –Illustrated with 75 Fine Woodcuts

BIBLE. OLD TESTAMENT IN GERMAN. Luther, Martin (1483-1546), translator
Das Alte Testament Deutsch nach urspringlicher Hebreischer warheit. Mit schöner der schwersten [W]örter ausslegung.

Strasbourg: Johann Knobloch, [?January] 1524, July 1524, March 1525

$85,000.00

Folio: Three volumes bound as one. 30.5 x 20.8 cm. Vol. I: [6], CLI, [1] lvs. Vol. II: [1], CXC, [1] lvs., Vol. III: LXXXVII lvs. Collation: Vol. I: i-vi, A-Z6, Aa6, Bb8 (Bb8 blank and present.) Vol. II: A-Z6, Aa-Ii6 (Ii6 blank and present). Vol III: A-C6, D4, E-P6

A fine set of an early printing of Luther's German Old Testament, profusely illustrated. The first volume of the Old Testament, including the Pentateuch, was first published at Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, the Younger, for Lucas Cranach and Christian Döring,in mid-1523.

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The Cornerstone of Prison Literature. The Heber-Britwell copy

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus (480-525 A.D.); Coleville, George, translator (fl. 1556)
Boetius de Consolationae [sic] Philosophiæ. The boke of Boecius, called the comforte of philosophye, or wysedome, moche necessary for all men to read and know, wherein suche as be in aduersitie, shall fynde muche consolation and comforte, and suche as be in great worldly prosperitie may knowe the vanitie and frailtie therof, and consequently fynde eternall felycytie. And this boke is in maner of a dialoge or communication betwene two persones, the one is Boecius, and the other is Philosophy, whose disputations and argumentes do playnly declare the diuersitie of th lyfe actiue, that consisteth in worldly, temporall, and transitory thynges, ... Translated out of Latin into the Englyshe toungue by George Coluile, alias Coldewel, to thintent that such as be ignoraunt in the Latin tongue, and can rede Englyshe, maye vnderstande the same. And to the mergentes is added the Latin, accordynge to the boke of the translatour, whiche was a very olde prynte

London: In Paules churche yarde at the sygne of the holy Ghost, by Ihon Cawoode, prynter to the Kynge and Quenes Maiesties, 1556

$30,000.00

Quarto: 20 x 14 cm. [A]4, B-Z4, Aa-Ff4 (blank Ff4 lacking)

Dedicated to Queen Mary Tudor, Coleville’s English translation of Boethius’ masterpiece is the only early English translation to include the original Latin text, indicating that, in addition to those readers with no knowledge of Latin, the author took into consideration the more educated, Latin-literate English audience. Coleville provides interesting marginal glosses and explanatory notes, including the tale of the sword of Damocles.

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STC 3201

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 Sole Edition of Brathwait’s Satire on the Vices of Women

Brathwait, Richard (1588?-1673)
Ar’t asleepe husband? A boulster lecture; stored with all variety of witty jeasts, merry tales, and other pleasant passages; extracted, from the choicest flowers of philosophy, poesy, antient and moderne history. Illustrated with examples of incomparable constancy, in the excellent history of Philocles and Doriclea. By Philogenes Panedonius

London: Printed by R. Bishop, for R[ichard]. B[est]. or his assignes, 1640

$9,600.00

17 x 11 cm. [48], 318, [8] p., [1] leaf of plates Collation: [A]1, a-c⁸, B-X⁸ (with blank X8), Y⁴

This copy conforms with Pforzheimer and lacks the bifolium “Postscript” (Z1-2) “Apparently supplementary and frequently wanting”(Grolier). It is found only in the Huntington and Harmsworth (Folger) copies in the U.S. Quire Y contains the poems "Menippus his Madrigall, to his coy-duck Clarabel” and “Loves Festivall at Lusts Funerall”.

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STC 3555; Pforzheimer, 76; Grolier, Wither to Prior 86

Bunyan’s Evolving Doctrine of Justification & An Attack on the Church of England - The First Edition - Complete With the Engraved frontispiece

Bunyan, John (1628-1688)
A discourse upon the Pharisee and the publicane. Wherein several great and weighty things are handled: as the nature of prayer, and of obedience to the law, with how far it obliges Christians, and wherein it consists: wherein is also shewed the equally deplorable condition of the Pharisee, or hypocritical and self-righteous man, and of the publicane, or sinner that lives in sin, and in open violation of the divine laws: together with the way and method of God’s free-grace in pardoning penetent sinners; proving that he justifies them by imputing Christs righteousness to them. Written by John Bunian, author of the Pilgrims progress

London: Printed for Jo. Harris, at the Harrow, over against the Church in the Poultry, 1685

$15,500.00

Duodecimo: 14 x 8 cm. [8], 202 p. A4, B-I12, K7 (with the first blank. Lacking final blank).

Printed one year after the appearance of the second part of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” and in the same year that the Bedford magistrates ordered penal laws against nonconformists to be enforced, Bunyan’s “Discourse upon the Pharisee and the Publicane” is a fiery critique of the tyranny of the Church of England and of those among his readers who, like the residents of Vanity Fair and the Pharisee in the parable, prided themselves on superficial religiosity.

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ESTC R3995; Wing (2nd ed., 1994), B5512A; Harrison 34

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

$22,000.00

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

“The Most Extensive Collection of Engravings of Sculpture Published in the 16th Century” -Thomas Ashby

Cavalieri, Giovanni Battista (1525-1597)
Antiquarum statuarum urbis Romae primus et secundus liber. Ludouico Madrucio S.R.E. Card amplissimo dic. Baptista de Caualleriis authore

[Rome:] no printer, no date, ca. 1574- 1584

$14,000.00

Quarto: Engraved title page and 100 engraved plates. Complete.

The publishing history: According to Thomas Ashby’s classification of the editions, the first edition of Cavalieri’s book of statues appeared before April 1561. That edition, the “Liber Primus” consisted of only 58 plates, all of which were from original drawings, except for the plates of Pasquino and Marforio, which were copied from Lafrery’s “Speculum”.

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Edit16: CNCE 10454

The First Edition. A Fine Copy in a Contemporary Binding

Chudleigh, Mary Lee, Lady (bap. 1656- d. 1710)
Poems on several occasions. Together with The song of the three children paraphras’d. By the Lady Chudleigh

London: printed by W[illiam]. B[owyer]. for Bernard Lintott at the Middle Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1703

$15,000.00

Octavo: 19.5 x 12 cm. [16], 125, [17], 73, [1] pp. Collation: A-O8, P4

Mary Chudleigh was a friend of Elizabeth Thomas and an admirer of Mary Astell, with whom she corresponded and whose ‘Defence of the Female Sex’ she tried to emulate. Dedicated to Queen Anne, her ‘Poems on Several Occasions’ was widely noticed, achieving a second edition in 1709. The poems include a wide range of subjects, from lyrics and satires of the age of Dryden, to philosophical and more contemplative verse in keeping with the solitary and often melancholy life that she led in Devon.

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Foxon p. 121; ESTC t97275; Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers, D36

England's Descent into Tyranny

Elyot, Thomas, Sir (1490?-1546)
The image of gouernaunce compiled of the actes and sentences notable, of the most noble emperour Alexandre Seuerus, late translated out of Greke into Englishe, by sir Thomas Elyote knyght, in the fauour of nobilitee

London: Imprinted in the house of Thomas Berthelette, 1549

$16,000.00

Octavo: 14 x 9.5 cm. [11], 167 [i.e. 174], [3] lvs. A-Z8, Aa4

The amusing, manuscript poem on the final leaf reads:

This booke is I knowe not wose [whose]

wherefore he may go wipe

his nose yffe he haue the pose

"The last of Elyot’s great works, 'The Image of Governance', a life of the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus, is far from being a straightforward life of an ideal emperor. The 'Image' is actually a complex, bitter, and at times savagely satirical rumination on princely power and its perversions, probably prompted at least in part by the fall of Elyot’s patron and friend Thomas Cromwell.

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ESTC S111496; STC (2nd ed.), 7666

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: 21.5 x 15.3 cm. (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.

The Rare First Edition of Lucrezia Gonzaga's Letters – The Countess of Bute's Copy

Gonzaga di Gazzuolo, Lucrezia (1522-1576)
Lettere della molto illustre sig.ra donna Lucretia Gonzaga da Gazuolo con gran diligentia raccolte, & à gloria del sesso feminile nuovamente in luce poste.

Venice: Appresso Gualtero Scoto, 1552

$9,500.00

Octavo: 15 x 10 cm. 328, [6] p. Collation: A-X8 (X8 blank and present.)

"Lucrezia Gonzaga was born in Gazzuolo (near Mantua) around 1521, one of seven children. Her parents, Pirro Gonzaga and Camilla Bentivoglio, died in 1529, and Gonzaga was taken in by her relative Luigi Gonzaga of Castelgoffredo (or Castel Giuffrè).

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Erdmann, A. My gracious silence, 109; Ferri, P.L. Biblioteca femminile italiana, p. 189; Melzi, G. Anonime e pseudonime, I, 468; Adams G863; STC Italian p. 309

With Four Tracts on Demons, Exorcism & Spells - In a Contemporary Nuremberg Binding

Hemmerlin, Felix (1388-1460)
Opuscula et tractatus

[Strasbourg: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner), or Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, or Printer of Hemmerlin (Wilhelm Schaffener?),] after 13 August 1497

$24,000.00

Chancery folio: 27 x 19.5 cm. π4, a-z6, aa-gg6. Complete with the blank leaves π4 and gg6)

Felix Hemmerlin (also known under his Latin name Malleotus), was a Swiss scholar and adherent of the reform party at the Councils of Constance (1414-1418) and Basel (1431-1449). This collection of his works was edited by the Nuremberg humanist Sebastian Brant. 

Hemmerlin is well known to historians of witchcraft and demonology, and this collection includes his four works on spells, witches, demons, and exorcism: 1.

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ISTC ih00017000; HC *8424; GW 12187; BMC I 172 (& 102); CIBN H-9; Bod-inc H-010; BSB-Ink H-42; Goff H-17