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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

$1,500.00

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.

“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

Defending the Scots (and the Act of Union)

Defoe, Daniel (1661?-1731)
The Scots Nation and Union Vindicated; from the Reflections cast on them, in an Infamous Libel, Entitl'd, The Publick Spirit of the Whigs, &c. In which the most Scandalous Paragraphs contain'd therein are fairly Quoted, and fully answer'd.

London: Printed for A. Bell at the Cross-Keys and Bible in Cornhill; and sold by J. Baker at the Blak-Boy in Pater-Noster-Row, 1714

$1,500.00

Quarto: 20.3 x 15.5 cm. 28 p.

Widely attributed to Daniel Defoe. The pamphlet is a full-throated refutation of Jonathan Swift’s anti-Scottish slurs in his “Public Spirit of the Whigs”. “Defoe called the pamphlet a ‘foolish Lybel,’ ‘preposterous,’ and ‘plain Lyes,’ likened the author to a ravenous beast and a cruel monster, and challenged England to match the nobility and bravery of the Scots, especially on the field of battle.

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Furbank, Defoe, 160 (P); Moore 273; ESTC T56966

The Conjoined Twins of Biddenden

THE BIDDENDEN MAIDS. Chulkhurt, Eliza and Mary (1100-1134)
A short and concise account of Eliza & Mary Chulkhurst, who were borned joined together by the hips and shoulders, in the year of our Lord, 1100, at Biddenden, in the County of Kent, commonly called The Biddenden Maids.

Tenterden: [J.S.] Thomson, Printer, circa 1808

$1,800.00

Broadside: 34 x 20 cm.

Apparently the product of folklore, the Biddenden maids, Elisa and Mary Chulkhurst (1100-1134), were conjoined twins, named after their hometown of Biddenden, in Kent, England. They are said to have lived for 34 years joined at their hips and shoulders until they died, six hours apart.

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Lipsius' Tacitus, Printed by the Plantin Press – An Excellent Copy

Tacitus, Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius (ca. 56 – ca. 115 A.D.)
C. Cornelii Taciti Opera qvae exstant, a Ivsto Lipsio postremvm recensita, eivsqve avctis emendatisqve commentariis illvstrata: item C. Velleivs Patercvlvs cvm eivsdem Ivsti Lipsi avctioribvs notis.

Antwerp: ex officina Plantiniana, Balthasaris Moreti, 1668

$2,000.00

Large Folio: 39 x 24.5 cm. 8 lvs., 547, [1] p., 16 lvs., 36, 84 p., 7 lvs. Collation: *8, A-Z6, a-z6, Aa6, Bb8, AA-CC6, Aaa-Ggg4, Hhh8 (final leaf blank)

The final Plantin-Moretus edition, based on the edition of 1627, of Justus Lipsius' celebrated Tacitus, one of the greatest humanist publications of the Plantin press. The original edition was printed in octavo in 1574 by Christopher Plantin, founder of the Plantin-Moretus printing dynasty.

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Sumptuary Laws

LAW. WOMEN. DRESS. FOOD AND DRINK. CONDUCT.
Provisione et ordine sopra le Pompe, & vestire cosi di Donne come de gli Huomini, Apparati di Dote, & Banchetti, Di ordine dell’Ilustriss, & Reverendiss. Monsig. Gio. Battista Castagna Cardinale di San Marcello Legato di Bologna. Publicata in Bologna alli 19. & reiterata alli 23. Di Decembre. M D LXXXIIII.

Bologna: Per Alessandro Benacci, 1584

$2,100.00

Quarto: 22 x 15.5 cm. (8) pages.

First edition of this revision of sumptuary laws regulating dress, dowry and feasts promulgated by Cardinal Gabriele Paleotti in 1568 and revised several times until the end of the century.

The dress code of women attracts particular attention, skirts are meant to be neither too long, nor too short; jewelry is to be worn in moderation.

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Universal STC, no. 865850; R. Campioni, op. cit., p.148; M.G. Muzzarelli, ed., Le legislazioni suntuarie secoli XIII-XVI. Emilia Romagna, Rom, 2002, pp. 42-43; Z. Zanardi, ed., Bononia manifesta. Bandi, editti, costituzioni e provvedimenti diversi stampati nel XVI secolo per Bologna e il suo territorio, (Firenze, 1996), p. 226, no. 1555; R. Campioni, Libri di merlette e disposizioni suntuarie nel secolo XVI: alcune indicazioni per l’Emilia Romagna, in: “Le trame della moda”, A.G. Cavagna & G. Butazzi, eds., Roma, 1995, pp. 125-149, and P. Goretti, La regolamentazione delle apparenze: vesti e orna- menti nella legislazione suntuaria Bolognese del XVI secolo, in: “Schede umanistiche”, 1996, no. 2, pp. 117-137.

“The world’s most celebrated pub crawl”

Brathwait, Richard (1588?-1673)
Drunken Barnaby’s four journeys to the north of England. In Latin and English verse. Wittily and Merrily (tho’ near One Hundred Years ago) compos’d; found among some old musty Books, that had a long time lain by in a Corner; and now at last made publick. To which is added, Bessy Bell

London: printed for S. Illidge, under Searle’s Gate Lincolns-Inn New-Square: and sold by S. Ballard in Little-Britain, J. Graves in St. James’s-Street, and J. Walthoe over-against the Royal Exchange, 1716

$2,600.00

Octavo: 14.2 x 9 cm. [8], 151, [9] p. Engraved frontis. And 1 plate. Collation: A4, B-L8

“In Brathwaite’s most famous work, the theme of drunkenness and bawdiness is played out in what perhaps amounts to the world’s most celebrated pub crawl.”(Bowes) The titular character makes his way from town to town engaging in sexual escapades and multi-day benders.

Whether surrounded by thieves or threatened by bears (!), he continues his drunken escapades without fear (“No feare affrights deep drinkers”), with the alcohol providing a false sense of bravery and the alcoholism driving him on recklessly (although the experience with the bears does make him ‘wrong his bretches’).

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ESTC T6263; cf. Wither to Prior #78

A Miniature Georgian Almanac in a Contemporary Binding with Original Metal Stylus

ALMANAC. MINIATURE BOOKS. Goldsmith, John, active 17th century
Goldsmith. An almanack for the year of Lord God, M.DCC.LXXXII. Being the second after bissextile or leap-year. Wherein are contain’d necessary rules, and useful tables; with a new chronology of remarkable events; also, the proper days and hours for transfering stocks and receiving dividends; and a list of holidays kept at the public offices, &c. Calculated by John Goldsmith.

London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, and sold by John Wilkie, at their Hall Ludgate-Street, 1782

$2,800.00

Duodecimo: 10.5 x 5.5 cm. 8 p. A-B12

A truly lovely copy of one of the miniature almanacs published by the Company of Stationers. Rare. ESTC records only 1 copy of this edition (at the British Library).

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ESTC T35691

Some of the Earliest Scientific Lectures given in England – With The First English Edition of Newton's Law of Cooling

PHYSICS. Cotes, Roger (1682-1716); Newton, Isaac (1642-1727); Halley, Edmond (1656-1742)
Hydrostatical and Pneumatical Lectures by Roger Cotes, . The second edition. By Robert Smith...

London: Printed by J. Bentham...for W. Thurlbourn, 1747

$2,800.00

Octavo: (xviii), 273 [a misprint for 289], (10) pp., 5 folding engraved plates.

Second edition of one of the earliest courses of scientific lectures to be given in England — John Keill had begun lecturing in Oxford about two years earlier. The author, Roger Cotes, the brilliant pupil and friend of Newton who died untimely at the age of thirty-four, composed these lectures jointly with William Whiston.

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Babson 343. Bibliotheca Mechanica pp. 81-82. Not in Wallis

A 16th c. Compilaton of Important English Recusant Texts

RECUSANTS. JESUITS. Gibbons, John (1544-1589); Fenn, John (1544-1589), editors. Allen, William, Cardinal (1532-1594); Parsons (or Persons), Robert, S.J. (1546-1610); Campion, Edmund, Saint (1540-1581); Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603)
Concertatio ecclesiae Catholicæ in Anglia adversus Caluinopapistas et Puritanos, a paucis annis singulari studio quorundam hominum doctrina & sanctitate illustrium renouata. Operis totius seriem, eius argumentum post epistolam dedicatoriam edocebit.

Trier: Apud Emondum Hatotum, 1583

$2,800.00

A collection of texts by prominent English Catholics, compiled and edited by John Gibbons and John Fenn (though often erroneously attributed to John Bridgewater.) Among the texts are Edmund Campion's "Rationes Decem", Cardinal William Allen's "Apologia pro sacerdotibus Societatis Iesu", Robert Parsons' "De Persecutione Anglicana", and the anonymous account of the capture, torture, trial, and execution of Edmund Campion and his companions Ralph Sherwin and Alexander Briant.

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Allison & Rogers, English Counter-Reformation, Vol. 1, no. 524; De Backer-Sommervogel, Vol. III, col. 1403, no. 1; Adams G262 and E141; Shaaber G262 and A239; VD16 ZV 22415; Milward, Religious controversies of the Elizabethan age, 251; Haile, Elizabethan Cardinal, 1914, p. 376

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

$2,800.00

Quarto: 26.5 x 20 cm. VII, 384. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, and 3 folding engraved plates.

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

$2,900.00

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.

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Schweiger 1170-1171.

An Account of a Medici Funeral – With the Folding Plate of the Catafalque

FESTIVALS & FUNERALS. COSIMO III de’ MEDICI, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY (d. 1723); Del Riccio, Leonardo
Esequie dell'Altezza Reale del Serenissimo Cosimo III Granduca di Toscana celebrate in Firenze dall’ A.R. Del Serenissimo Gio: Gastone Granduca di Toscana descritte da Leonardo del Riccio.

Florence: nella Stamperia di S.A.R. Per li Tartini, e Franchi, 1725

$3,200.00

Quarto: 24 x 17.3 cm. [4], 23 pp. Collation: π2, A8, B6; ß8, ß ß 4. With an added engraved plate.

An account of the funeral ceremonies for Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 30 Oct. 1723). The ceremonies took place in the basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence on 16 May 1724.The volume offers us a comprehensive and minutely detailed description of the funeral honors and the decorations that had transformed the church of San Lorenzo. Chief among these was the catafalque built by the architect Alessandro Galilei.

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Moreni I, p. 15 (not mentioning the plate). Not in Berlin Katalog, Lipperheide, Ruggieri, Vinet or Cicognara.

Defending Cromwell’s Grand State Funeral

CROMWELL, OLIVER (1599-1658). Lawrence, George (bap. 1613-1696)
Peplum Olivarii, Or, A good Prince bewailed by a good people. Represented in a sermon October 13. 1658. Upon the death of Oliver, Late Lord Protector

London: printed by E[dward] M[ottershed], for Samuel Thomson at the Bishops head in Pauls Church-yard, 1658

$3,500.00

Quarto: 18 x 14 cm. [4], 36 pp. A2, B-E4, F2

“One of the surprisingly few sermons on Cromwell’s death to be published. [It] goes to a length in justifying the grand and stately funeral rites, suggesting nervousness that their propriety might be challenged.”(Holberton) The author is the clergyman George Lawrence, who probably served as an army chaplain during the Civil War and knew Cromwell. The sermon is dedicated to Cromwell’s son, Richard Cromwell.

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ESTC R207645 locates 5 copies in the UK and 4 copies in North America. Wing L659

The First Bibliography of 16th c. French Printers – An Excellent Copy

HISTORY OF PRINTING. BIBLIOGRAPHY. Maittaire, Michel (1668-1747)
Historia typographorum aliquot Parisiensium vitas et libros complectens.

London: apud Christophorum Bateman, ipsius impensis, typis Gulielmi Bowyer, 1717

$3,500.00

Octavo: 19.5 x 12 cm. 2 parts in one vol., pp. xvi, [4], 160; [8], 95, 2 printed leaves, 99-160, [2], with 2 engraved plates of printer’s devices. Collation: A4, a4, b2, B-X4, a-b4, c-x4, y2.

First edition of the earliest historical and bibliographical monograph on 16th century Parisian typography. It was elegantly printed by William Bowyer for Bateman. It was dedicated to Philippe d’Orléans, the regent.

The first part consists of biographies of Paris printers including Simon de Colines, Michel Vascosan, Guillaume Morel, Adrien Turnèbe, Frédéric Morel (and several other members of the Morel dynasty) and Jean Bienné.

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Bigmore & Wyman, II, p. 14; Peignot, p. 363 (‘Ouvrage recherché et assez rare maintenant’)

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

$3,500.00

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).

“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

$3,500.00

Octavo: 16 x 10.6 cm. A-D8, A8, a8

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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Melanchthon Assumes Luther’s Mantle & Protests the Council of Trent

Melanchthon, Philip. (1497-1560)
Ursache Warumb die gemainde und Kirchen Christi ungegrünten Concilien nit sollen stadt geben, sonder bey der Bibel, das ist bey dem rainen Wort Gottes, festhalten und bleyben, auss Latein Ph. Mel. verdeutschet durch Justum Jonam Doct.

Regenspurg: Hans Khol, 1553

$3,500.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 15 cm. [88] pp. A-L4

This is the German-language edition, translated by Justus Jonas the Elder, of Melanchthon’s “Causae quare et amplexae sint, et retinendam ducant doctrinam, quam profitentur, ecclesiae, quae Confessionem Augustae exhibitam imperatori sequuntur & quare iniquis iudicibus, collectis in synodo Tridentina, ut vocant, non sit adsentiendum”(1546), a work in which he defends the Augsburg Confession and condemns the newly convened Council of Trent.

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VD 16 M 2656 (four copies only); Hartfelder p. 609, no. 517; Knaake 637; Strobel 273

Creature Island

MONSTERS. VOYAGES. FAKE NEWS. Lima, Bartholomeo da Silva, ostensible translator.
Relação que trata de como em cincoenta e oito gráos do Sul foy descuberta huma ilha por huma náo franceza, a qual obrigada de hum temporal, que lhe sobreveyo, no Cabo da Boa Esperança, foy a parar na dita Ilha. Traduzida da lingoa franceza por Bartholomeo da Silva e Lima. Primeira [and Segunda] parte.

Lisbon: n.pr., n.d., ca. 1752

$3,500.00

Quarto: 20.3 x 14.5 cm. [2], 3-8, [1], 2-8 pp.

FIRST and ONLY EDITION of what purports to be a translation of two accounts of exploration, but is more probably an original Portuguese work of popular fiction. The first tells of a French ship that set sail from Nantes in 1752 and, blown off course while rounding the Cape of Good Hope, landed at an unrecorded island at 58 degrees South.

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Gonçalves Rodrigues, A tradução em Portugal 868. Coimbra, Miscelâneas 7961 (part 1), 7962 (part 2). Not in Innocêncio. Not in Howgego. Not in Azevedo-Samodães, Ameal, Avila-Perez, Monteverde. NUC: listing the second part only, at MH. OCLC: 80617647 (Harvard College Library: part 2 only); 70244342 (Newberry Library: both parts). Porbase locates two copies, both in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, but gives a collation of 8 pp. only (a link to a digital image of the title page is for the title page of the second part). Not located in Copac. KVK (51 databases searched) locates only the copies cited by Porbase. Not located in Aladin.

Pagnini's Sector

NAVIGATION. MENSURATION. Pagnini, Giovanni
COSTRUZIONE ED USO DEL COMPASSO DI PROPORZIONE.

NAPLES: IGNAZIO RUSSO, 1753

$3,500.00

Quarto: 23.6 x 17 cm. [8], 56 Collation: a4, A-G4. 15 engraved plates engraved by Filippo de Grado.

Little is known of the author other than that he wrote another book on navigation in 1750. This work on the sector was translated into Spanish in 1758.

By the time this book was published, the design of the European sector had become standardized. Compare this design, for example, with that in the fourth edition of the works of Ozanam seventeen years earlier (L’usage du compas de proportion, 1736).

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Tomash & Williams P7; Riccardi ii, 236

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.