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A Baroque Effigy of the Virgin Mary by Sassoferato. Only 1 other Copy Recorded

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. ICONS. Galanti, Gianlonardo Maria
Nove discorsi e panegirico della Madonna della salute dedicati a sua eccellenza la signora principessa Donna Ippolita Buoncompagni Rezzonico.

Macerata: Presso Bartolommeo Capitani, 1780

$1,800.00

Octavo: 20 x 13.8 cm. 92, [3], [1 blank] p. With an engraved frontispiece b. Collation: π1, A-F8

An attractive –and extremely rare- book of ten discorsiand a panegyric in honor of the "Madonna della Salute", the "Madonna of health". The book was published in Macerata and dedicated to the Roman princess Ippolita Ludovisi (1751-1813).

The book is of special interest for the engraving of an icon of the Virgin Mary painted in 1666 and housed in the church of San Giorgio in Macerata.

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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

$2,500.00

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

With 75 full-paged Engravings of Scientific Instruments

Magalotti, Lorenzo (1637-1712).
Saggi di Natvrali Esperienze Fatte Nella Academia del Cimento Sotto la Prtotezione del Serenissimo Principe Leopoldo di Toscana e Descritte dal Segretario di essa Accademia. Seconda Edizione.

Florence: Nella Nuova Stamperia di Gio: Filippo Cecchi, 1691

$2,500.00

Large Quarto: 360 x 258 mm. π4, †4, A-Z4, Aa-Nn4, π2.

This highly esteemed work represents the first group effort at scientific investigation on the part of about ten scientists, including Galileo’s pupil Viviani, the anatomist Alfonso Borelli, the embryologist Francesco Redi, the geologist Steno, Marcello Malpighi, Vicenzo VI, and the astronomer Cassini. The subjects of the experiments described here include air pressure, speed of sound, radiant heat, vacuum effects, hydrostatics, and optics.

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Graesse vol.4, 335; Brunet V/29 (on the edition of 1666 and this, the 2nd edition of 1691); Dibner 82; Cinti 163; Riccardi II/407; Knowles Middleton, The Experimenters: A Study of the Accademia del Cimento.

A Defense of the English Commonwealth & the Execution of Charles I - With An Added Engraved Portrait of Milton

Milton, John (1608-1674)
Joannis Miltoni Angli Defensio pro populo Anglicano: contra Claudii Anonimi, aliàs Salmasii, Defensionem regiam

Londini [i.e., Gouda?] typis Du-Gardianis, 1651

$2,500.00

Quarto: [10], 104, [6] p. Collation: A-P4. Added portrait.

Milton saw the execution of King Charles I as a triumph of freedom against tyranny. His Defense of the English People, published 24 February 1651, was an eloquent rebuttal in Latin of a work by Claude Saumaise ('Salmasius'), the European champion of monarchy. This frontispiece bears the arms of the new British Commonwealth, uniting England, Scotland and Wales without a king.

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Madan, F.F., 3; ESTC R31896; Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), M2106

The Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius, of Loyola, S.J., Saint (1491-1556)
Exercitia spiritvalia S.P. Ignatii Loyolæ, fundatoris ordinis Societatis Iesv : cum bullis pontificum, tum approbationis Exercitiorum; tum indulgentiæ plenariæ, pro omnibus, qui octiduò illis vacant in domibus ejusdem Societatis. Brevi insuper instructione meditandi quæ omnia & dilucidantur & illustrantur pluribus ex ære impressis imaginibus.

Antwerp: Apud Michaelem Knobbaert, sub signo S. Petri, 1676

$2,800.00

Octavo: 19 x 11.8 cm. 279, [9] p. Collation: A-S8

"The 'Spiritual Exercises' encapsulated the essence of Ignatius' own spiritual turn-around and presented it in a form meant to guide others to analogous changes of vision and motivation. Ignatius used the 'Exercises' as the primary means of motivating his first disciples and prescribed it as an experience for all who later entered the Society of Jesus. Although at no point intended exclusively for Jesuits, the 'Exercises' remain the document that told Jesuits on the most profound level what they were and what they were supposed to be.

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Backer-Sommervogel, Vol. 5, col. 64, no. 1

Chess

Greco, Gioachino (1600-1634)
Le Jeu des eschets, traduit de l'italien de Gioachino Greco, Calabrois.

Paris: J. Le Febvre, 1689

$2,800.00

Duodecimo: 14.3 x 8.4 cm. [124], 341, [1] pp.

Gioachino "the famous Italian" Greco was a masterful chess analyst, head and shoulders above his seventeenth-century contemporaries. His work consists of 94 chess gambits. “Greco’s games are naturally based upon the favorite Italian Openings of the day and it is hardly to be expected that he should have made any considerable addition to the large number of openings that were then known.

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Schmid 187. Murray p. 14

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

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

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.

With Engravings after Drawings by Holbein

Erasmus, Desiderius (ca.1466-1536); Holbein, Hans, the Younger (1497-1543)
ΜΩΡΙΑΣ ΕΓΚΩΜΙΟΝ. Stultitiæ Laus. Des. Erasmi Rot. Declamatio, Cum commentariis Ger. Listrii, & figuris Jo. Holbenii. E codice Academiæ Basiliensis. Accedunt.

Basel: Typis Genathianis, 1676

$3,000.00

Octavo: 18 x 11.25 cm. a-e8 (a1 = engraved title); A-Y8 (leaves Y7 and Y8 blank)

The first illustrated edition of "In Praise of Folly", with commentary by G. Listrius and engravings by Hans Holbein, edited by Charles Patin. The illustrations are after those made by Holbein (and a few by his brother Ambrosius) in 1516 in the margins of a 1515 edition of the present work originally owned by Holbein's (and Erasmus') associate Oswald Myconius (1488-1552).

"Holbein’s earliest surviving work appears to be drawings in the margins of a copy of the second edition of Erasmus’ Moriae Encomium that belonged to the humanist and schoolmaster Oswald Myconius, originally Geisshüsler (1488-1552).

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Van der Haeghen I, 125; Graesse vol. ii, page 495; Brunet II, 1037

A Church and Society without Monarchy

Luther, Martin (1483-1546)
Von dem Bapstum zu Rome: widder den hochberumpten Romanisten zu Leiptzck D. Martinus Luther August.

Wittenberg: Melchior Lotter, 1520

$3,200.00

Quarto: [64] pp. A-H4. Last leaf blank.

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.

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Benzing, Luther 655; VD16 L-7131; Kuczynski 1407; WA 6, 285-324

Written While in Hiding at the Wartburg

Luther, Martin (1483-1546)
Deütsche außlegung des siebenundsechtzigsten Psalmen: von dem Ostertag: Himelfart und Pfingsten.

Augsburg: Sylvan Otmar, 1521

$3,200.00

Quarto: 19.8 x 15.6 cm. [36] pp. A-C4, D6

“The first task Luther undertook at the Wartburg (his “Patmos”), after only a few days, was to write ‘Psalm 67 (68): About Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost.” This psalm had its special place in the Augustinians’ mass liturgy and at Matins between Ascension and Pentecost, again an indication of how Luther was still living in the accustomed liturgy. The exposition gave a contemporary interpretation of the struggle between God and his enemies.

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Benzing 940

James I Addresses His First Parliament - With Fine Contemporary Provenance

James VI and I, (1566-1625), King of Scotland, England, and Ireland
The Kings Maiesties speech, as it was deliuered by him in the vpper house of the Parliament to the Lords spirituall and temporall, and to the knights, citizens and burgesses there assembled, on Munday the 19. day of March 1603. being the first day of this present Parliament, and the first Parliament of his Maiesties raigne

London: by Robert Barker printer to the Kings most Excellent Maiestie, 1604

$3,400.00

Quarto: 17.5 x 13.5 cm. [14] lvs. A-D4 Lacks A1, blank except for signature mark, and final blank.

James I's addressed his first Parliament on 19 March 1604. To memorialize the occasion, Ben Jonson wrote a poem, in which Themis, the goddess of justice and social order, acts as a mediator between James and his audience, instructing James on his royal duties and announcing to the assembly just how fortunate they are to have such a sovereign.

Although James had been crowned king in 1603, the convening of Parliament was delayed due to an outbreak of plague, God's "devouring angel"(leaf A3r).

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STC 14390.3. Literature: Mondi, "The Speeches and Self-Fashioning of King James VI and I to the English Parliament, 1604-1624"

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

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.

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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A Contemporary Account of The St. Bartholomew Day’s Massacre. With 18th c. French Provenance

ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY MASSACRE. Montluc, Jean de (1508-1579), attrib.; Henri of Anjou (1551-1589), King of Poland (1573-1575), King of France (1574-1589), Duke of Anjou (1566-1573)
Vera Et Brevis Descriptio Tvmvltvs Postremi Gallici Lvtetiani, In quo occidit Admirallius cum alijs non paucis, ab origine, sine cuiusquam iniuria facta

Kraków: In Officina Nicolai Scharffenbergij, 1573

$3,600.00

Quarto: 18 x 14 cm. [14] p. A4, B3 (lacking final blank).

The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre remains the most infamous of the violent, mob-led tumults that rocked France during the French Wars of Religion. Over a period of two days, 23rd and 24th August 1572, Paris witnessed the slaughter of Huguenots at the hands of Catholics who feared a Protestant attack on the city in reprisal for the attempted assassination of the Huguenot leader, Admiral Gaspard de Coligny.

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Estreicher, Bibliografia Polska, II, 1 p.62

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

$3,800.00

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….

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ESTC T92902

The First Illustrated Edition of Fulvio's Architectural Guide to Rome - With Important Additions by Girolamo Ferrucci

Fulvio, Andrea (ca. 1470-1543); Ferrucci, Girolamo (fl. 1588)
L' Antichità di Roma di Andrea Fulvio antiquiario romano, di nuouo con ogni diligenza corretta & ampliata, con gli adornamenti di disegni de gli edificij antichi & moderni; con le aggiuntioni & annotationi di Girolamo Ferrucci Romano

Venice: Girolamo Francini, 1588

$3,800.00

Octavo: 15.4 x 10.8 cm. *4, A-Z8, Aa-Ii8, Kk12

Illustrated with 93 woodcut illustrations of the architecture of Rome. This edition has been enlarged by Girolamo Ferrucci to include information on the dramatic renovations and new buildings constructed during the reign of Pope Sixtus V (reg. 1585-1590). A number of the changes, renovations and restorations undertaken by Sixtus are depicted in the woodcuts, which were prepared specifically for this this edition.

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Cicognara 3741; Schudt 601; Rossetti, Rome: The Guide Books, G 480; Borroni 7914/6; Fossati-Bellani 900; Platneriana 296; Choix, 16979; Adams F 1155; Philip Jacks in Dictionary of Art XI.838 & his "The Antiquarian and the myth of antiquity", pp. 180-84; R Weiss, "Andrea Fulvio antiquario romano 1470-1527", Ann. Scuol. Sup. Pisa ii.28 (1959) 1-44, & "Renaissance Discovery of Classical Antiquity" (1969), 86-9 & 178-9.