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Het Voorhof der Ziele

Het Voorhof der Ziele

by De Hooghe, Romein, illustrator. Hoogstraeten, Frans Van

Rotterdam: Fransois van Hoogstraeten, 1668. Full Vellum. Very Good. 4to. 18.5 by 14 cm. [16], 199, [9] pp. With title and 60 additional high Baroque copper engravings, slightly over half-page in size, by de Hooghe. Landwehr 325. Each emblem with a Dutch caption and either Latin or Spanish (one in Italian) caption as well, followed by Dutch verse. The title might be translated as "Fore-court of Souls". This was the first book illustrated by de Hooghe. Contemporary or near contemporary... Read more
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$1,750.00
       The Holy Bible, : conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues: & with the former translations diligently compared and reuised, by His Maiesties speciall com[m]andement. Appointed to be read in churches.

       The Holy Bible, : conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues: & with the former translations diligently compared and reuised, by His Maiesties speciall com[m]andement. Appointed to be read in churches.

by Bible King James

A-C⁶ D²; (O.T. and Apocrypha) A-Ccccc⁶; (N.T.) A-Aa⁶unpaginated or foliated. The General title mounted and with c. 18 small holes, mostly from old attempts to ink out a prior ownership inscription; the next several leaves have rust-like marks resulting from the damage to the title just mentioned; A2 has a closed tear; the double page map is a facsimile; the blank outer corner is torn from B1 (Mt 10) & there is a closed tear to B2; a strip is torn from the blank outer margin of X6 (Hebrews 12/3); a... Read more
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$220,000.00
DEUTSCHE MEDIZINISCHE INKUNABELN

DEUTSCHE MEDIZINISCHE INKUNABELN

by SUDHOFF, Karl

(Mansfield): M. Martino, [1999]. Reprint. Hardcover. As new. Cloth; xxiv, 278 pages. An exhaustive description of all German medical imprints before 1500. In all 464 books are fully described with valuable cross references and annotations.
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$43.80
Thomae Smithi Angli De republica Anglorum libri tres:quibus accesserunt chorographica illius descriptio, aliique politici tractatus

Thomae Smithi Angli De republica Anglorum libri tres:quibus accesserunt chorographica illius descriptio, aliique politici tractatus

by Smith, Sir Thomas

Leiden: Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1630. Later printing. Hardcover. Contemporary full vellum with wallet edges. Very good/Near fine. 404 pages. 24mo, 11 x 5 cm, [*1-*24,A1-Z24,Aa1-Cc8], first published posthumously in 1583. A trusted Protestant counsellor of Elizabeth I, he and John Cheke were the great classical scholars of the time in England. This, his best known work went through numerous printings, and is in the Elzevir series, "Petites Republiques." WILLEMS 337. Engraved title depicting allegorical... Read more
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$320.00
Psalterium Davidicum Graecolatinum

Psalterium Davidicum Graecolatinum

Antwerp: Ioan. Steelsii, 1543. Full Calf. Good. 16mo. 113 by 75 mm. Paginated partially in ink, with about 330 leaves. Psalms rendered in both Greek and Latin. Held only by Aberdeen, Luzern and SSB (Bayerisches Staatsbibliothek), according to OCLC First Search, although there were other contemporaneous versions of the same. Condition: calf of binding scuffed somewhat heavily in places, with extremities, joints and edges rubbed. Minor wormholing in early leaves -- no effect on readability.
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$1,250.00
Expositio Canonis Missae

Expositio Canonis Missae

by Balthasar, De Porta (fl. 1487- 1499)

Leipzig: Gregorius Böttiger (aka Werman), 1495. Editio princeps. his copy is bound in modern parchment housed in a custom slipcase.. Goff B39; H 2345*; GfT GfT: Gesellschaft für Typenkunde des XV. Jahrhunderts. Veröffentlichungen. 33 parts. Leipzig [etc], 1907-39. 521, 522; Pell 1753; BSB-Ink B-25; GW 3216; ISTC ib00039000. Balthasar de Porta's Canon Missae, also contains the the proposal of the Exposition of the Eucharist before the celebration of mass . This commentary on the Mass, has verses... Read more
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$16,000.00
Quattuor novissima cum multis exemplis pulcherrimis que sunt occasio salutis

Quattuor novissima cum multis exemplis pulcherrimis que sunt occasio salutis

by Gérard de Vliederhoven (ƒl end of the14th -early15th centuries) and to Dionysius Carthusiensis

Cologne: Quentell, 1492. This copy has rubrication on the first few pages with a very nice Lombard initial at the beginning of the text. Quarto. 19 X 14 cm Signatures: a-g⁶ [Lacks leaves g 3.4; GW notes: "In einem Teil der Aufl. fehlt das Doppelbl. g3.4, dessen Ausfall keine merkliche Störung des Textes bedeutet."] ("In part of the edition the double sheet g3.4 is missing, the failure of which does not mean any noticeable disturbance of the text.). Accipies Woodcut" used by Quentell; depicting St... Read more
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$14,000.00
Vade mecum misale Itinerātium seu Misse Peculiares valde deuote

Vade mecum misale Itinerātium seu Misse Peculiares valde deuote

by Liturgies

Nürnberg: Höltzel, 1507. First edition printed in Nuremberg of this portable missal of reduced format. Quarto: 18 x 15 cm. Signatures: A-F8, G6; Title printed in red D3 with handwritten prayer in red and black ink dated 1509. I-XXV, [3], XXVI-XLVII. This edition has a full page wood block of Christ on cross with hand colored woodcut in the bottom margin on facing page, one woodblock initial .. Quarto: 18 x 15 cm. Signatures: A-F8, G6; Title printed in red D3 with handwritten prayer in red and black... Read more
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$4,500.00
Schola steganographica In Classes Octo Distributa, Quibus, praeter alia multa, ac jucundissima, explicantur Artificia Nova, Queis quilibet, scribendo Epistolam qualibet de re, & quocunque idiomate, potest alteri absenti, eorundem Artificiorum conscio, arcanum animi sui conceptum, sine ulla secreti latentis suspicione manifestare

Schola steganographica In Classes Octo Distributa, Quibus, praeter alia multa, ac jucundissima, explicantur Artificia Nova, Queis quilibet, scribendo Epistolam qualibet de re, & quocunque idiomate, potest alteri absenti, eorundem Artificiorum conscio, arcanum animi sui conceptum, sine ulla secreti latentis suspicione manifestare

by Schott, Gaspar Schott

Nürnberg: Sumptibus Johannis Andreae Endteri & Wolfgangi Junioris haeredum excudebat Jobus Hertz, 1665. First edition. Bound in contemp. vellum, somewhat stained. The last sheet with a list of Schott's writings up to 1665 is not included here. Quarto 21 ½ x17 ½ cm). Signatures: )( -4 )(⁴ 5 )(² A-2X⁴ (Xx4 blank) Yy². There are . 8 engraved plates and partly engraved folding tables, 3 printed folding tables, and 5 engravings in text. de Backer-Sommervogel .vol. VII,col. 911; Gallard, J.S. Bib.... Read more
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$4,000.00
Diogenis lærtii historiographi de philosophorum vita decem per q[uam] fecundi libri ad bene beateq[ue] viuendu[m] co[m]motiui

Diogenis lærtii historiographi de philosophorum vita decem per q[uam] fecundi libri ad bene beateq[ue] viuendu[m] co[m]motiui

by Diogenes Lærtius , (Tr: Ambrosius Traversarius 1386-1439.)

Paris: Guy or Jean Marchant, for Jean Petit, 1509. Modern binding in 3/4 calf, marbled boards, marbles end leaves. With the . Ex libris of Jos Nève. Portrait of a philosopher at his writing table on verso of title page.(see back cover of this catalogue. Charming woodcut on last page (Marchant's device). Some nice woodcut initials. Marginal annotations and underlinings.. https://data.cerl.org/istc/id00226000 GW VII Sp.436a Goff D226; H 6197?; Aquilon p. 91; Frasson-Cochet 106; Moreau I 317: Moreau,... Read more
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$4,000.00
A Century of Dutch Manuscript Illumination

A Century of Dutch Manuscript Illumination

by Delaisse, L.M.J

Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1968. 1st American edition. Hardcover. Orig. blue cloth. Near fine.. 102 pages in text. 161 black and white illustrations. Selected Bibliography. Index. California Studies in the History of Art, 6:Walter Horn, General Editor. ARNTZEN/RAINWATER M403. "The best art historical study of Dutch manuscript painting from its early period in the late 14th century to the late 15th century.
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$50.00
The Decorated Letter

The Decorated Letter

by Alexander, J.J.G

New York: Braziller, 1978. First edition. Paperback. Orig. illustrated stiff wrappers. Near fine. 40 pages. Forty-color plates, and eighteen black and white figures. Bibliography. With critical commentary on each color plate by the author. Owner notation.
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$25.00
Privilegia Urbis Panormi Collecta Iussu Praetoris Petri Specialis

Privilegia Urbis Panormi Collecta Iussu Praetoris Petri Specialis

by Fardella, Enrico Mazzarese (Foreword)

Palermo: Accademia Nazionale Di Scienze Lettere E Arti. Reprint. Hardcover. Orig. navy cloth lettered in gold. Very good. Approx 700 pages. 30 x 21 cm. Introduction by Angela Daneu Lattanzi. Photographic reproduction of the 15th century Codice Speciale held at the Bibliotec Comunale di Palermo. Reproduces text in red and black, and in myriad colors, the intricate illuminated letters of the original Codex.
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$70.00
ATHANASII KIRCHERI, SOCIETATIS IESU. MAGNES SIVE ARTE MAGNETICA OPUS TRIPARTITUM. QUO UNIVERSAMAGNETIS NATURA, EIUSQUE IN OMNIBUS SCIENTIJS & ARTIBUS USUS, NOVA METHODO EXPLICATUR, ETC

ATHANASII KIRCHERI, SOCIETATIS IESU. MAGNES SIVE ARTE MAGNETICA OPUS TRIPARTITUM. QUO UNIVERSAMAGNETIS NATURA, EIUSQUE IN OMNIBUS SCIENTIJS & ARTIBUS USUS, NOVA METHODO EXPLICATUR, ETC

by KIRCHER, Athanasius

Rome: B. Deuersin, & Z. Masotti, 1654. Third, and best, Edition. Hardcover. Two small institutional stamps on the title page with an early annotation. Worming to the title and first few pages as well as the last few of the index and the binding, extensive on a few pages; the rest of the text fine. Folio (8-1/2" x 12-1/2") bound in contemporary vellum; [xxxii (including engraved title-page)], 618, [24] pages. Title page printed in red and black with engraved printer's device; additional engraved title... Read more
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$9,375.00
Epigrammata. [liber I - XIIII]

Epigrammata. [liber I - XIIII]

by MARTIALIS, Marcus Valerius Martialis

Venezia, eredi di Aldo Manuzio e Andrea Torresano, 1517. Rare second Aldine edition that follows the first of 1501. Octavo, 160 x 95 mm. Stiff vellum, binding of XVIII , label with title on the spine, marbled endpapers, gold edges. There are a few beautiful initials colored in blue, red and gold. Printer's device on both the Title page and on the final leaf. Two blue stamps of the Maison d'Orléans with handwritten word "Doubs". . ¶ The Epigrammata gives us a very vivid view of Roman life, of special... Read more
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$4,000.00
Ujalat ul Jografiya (the Geographic brief - عجالة الجغرافيا) The first atlas geographic work to be printed by Muslims, the text volume of Atlas-i Cedid

Ujalat ul Jografiya (the Geographic brief - عجالة الجغرافيا) The first atlas geographic work to be printed by Muslims, the text volume of Atlas-i Cedid

by Mahmoud Rayf Efendi, Mahmud Raif Pasha

45 x 38 cm. Ottoman Turkish text. printed by Abdurrahman el Muderris in 1219 AH, 1804 AD.
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$25,000.00
De Dictis Factisque Memorabilibus collectanea: a Camillo Gilino latina facta

De Dictis Factisque Memorabilibus collectanea: a Camillo Gilino latina facta

by Fulgosi, Baptistae Fulgosi. 1453-1504

Milan: Giacomo Ferrari, 1509. Editio princeps, a Latin translation of the Italian manuscript original, which was never printed. Bound in full early vellum. EDIT 16 CNCE 19894 JCB Lib. cat., pre-1675,; 1:49; Alden, J.E. European Americana,; 509/6; BM STC Italian, 1465-1600,; 281Thacher,; II, p. 100 (Miscellanea); Adams,; F1148; Isaac,; 13634; BM STC Italian, 1465-1600,; p. 281; NUC pre-1956Sabin; 26140; JCB; I, 49; Harrisse Additions; no. 34. Libreria Otto Lange. Catalogue No. 48. CATALOGUE OF BOOKS... Read more
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$6,500.00
De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni.  Cum annotationibus D. Erasmi

De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni. Cum annotationibus D. Erasmi

by Quintus Curtius Rufus; Erasmus, Desiderius (editor); Paulus Orosius

Erasmus Finds His Vacation Reading Deficient, So He Prepares a New Critical Edition Folio. [4], LXXXIX leaves; [10], 124 pages. Late sixteenth (?) century leather; light scuffing, hinges cracked but cords holding tightly; insect damage to text block with loss of text throughout; margins in Orosius trimmed close, affecting title image. First printing of Erasmus' critical edition of Quintus Curtius. This first century Roman biography of Alexander the Great was an early Renaissance bestseller, with... Read more
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$2,000.00
Psalterium Latinum. A early fifteenth century Manuscript Psalter  surrounded on every page by an untitled 18th century English History manuscript

Psalterium Latinum. A early fifteenth century Manuscript Psalter surrounded on every page by an untitled 18th century English History manuscript

by Psalterium Latinum. A early fifteenth century Manuscript Psalter surrounded on every page by an untitled 18th century English History manuscript

¶ A fifteenth-century manuscript Psalter with an early eighteenth-century English manuscript written in the margins throughout. The English work is mainly historical with long polemical passages concerning the Church of England. The primary aim of the author, who writes with a strong Catholic bias, is to demonstrate the illegitimacy of the reformed Church. This copy has been recently rebound in appropriate style , of full calf and clasps.¶ The Psalter:The illumination in this volume is exquisite, with... Read more
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$95,000.00
THE HARMONY OF BIRDS. A Poem Printed By John Wight In The Middle Of The Sixteenth Century And Now Reprinted By James E.Masters

THE HARMONY OF BIRDS. A Poem Printed By John Wight In The Middle Of The Sixteenth Century And Now Reprinted By James E.Masters

Shaftesbury: The High House Press, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. Tasteful bookplate on front pastedown; soiling and small stains to cover. Very Good. Quarto (7-7/8" x 10-3/4") bound in cloth-backed blue boards with paper labels on the spine and front cover, extra labels tipped in at rear. One of 1000 copies printed on pure rag paper. Volume IV translated from the Greek by Stephen Mackenna. Part of the Library of Philosophical Translations. Copy #46 of 170 printed on hand-made paper.
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$43.80
Pauli Orosii Viri Doctissimi Historiarum initium ad Aurelium Augustinum

Pauli Orosii Viri Doctissimi Historiarum initium ad Aurelium Augustinum

by Orosius, Paulus Orosius (385-420)

Venedig: Bernardinus de Vitalibus, 1500. Folio 30 x 20 cm. Signatures: a-m⁶ n⁸ (a1 blank and present). Capital spaces with guide letters with capitals supplied in Red and Blue . Printer's device and register at colophon. This is a very largre copy bound in later vellum from an antiphonal leaf. Signatures: a-m⁶ n⁸ (a1 blank and present). This is a very largre copy bound in later vellum from an antiphonal leaf.. Mark, J. J. (2019, April 03). Orosius. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from... Read more
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$8,800.00
EARLY FOLIO APPOSITE LEAVES, DUTCH LANGUAGE, HISTORIATED INITIAL.

EARLY FOLIO APPOSITE LEAVES, DUTCH LANGUAGE, HISTORIATED INITIAL.

by Unknown

Unknown. Very Good with no dust jacket. Paperback. 16th Century; Probably some time in the earlier 1500's. Two adjoining leaves in Dutch language discussing England [Britannien]. Large 19.5 x 23" on quite heavy laid paper. Historiated floral patterned initial W. A history in black printing. Notes that the Saxon yeomen are nasty folk. .
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$195.95
Pontificale Romanum ad omnes pontificias ceremonias, quibus nunc vtitur Sacrosancta Romana Ecclesia, accommodatum

Pontificale Romanum ad omnes pontificias ceremonias, quibus nunc vtitur Sacrosancta Romana Ecclesia, accommodatum

Pontificale Romanum with Beautiful Two-Color Printing, Music and Lots of WoodcutsFolio, 255 x 350 mm, [4], 243 leaves; early nineteenth-century gilt-decorated calf with gilt-decorated watered silk endpapers, recently rebacked; title page reinforced circa 1843; a few other small old repairs in margins; light staining throughout; a few tiny insect holes in margins; very good and attractive overall.Inscription on the lower portion of the title page identifies this as belonging to Guido Serguidi, bishop of... Read more
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$2,000.00
HISTORIAE AEGYPTI NATURALIS PARS PRIMA. Qua continentur rerum AEgyptiarum libri quatuor. Opus postumum, nunc primum ... editum. (Pars secunda, sive, De plantis AEgypti liber auctus et emendatus ... Cum observationibus & notis Joannis Veslingii ... Accedunt ejusdem J. Veslingii paræneses ad rem herbariam & vindiciæ opobalsami

HISTORIAE AEGYPTI NATURALIS PARS PRIMA. Qua continentur rerum AEgyptiarum libri quatuor. Opus postumum, nunc primum ... editum. (Pars secunda, sive, De plantis AEgypti liber auctus et emendatus ... Cum observationibus & notis Joannis Veslingii ... Accedunt ejusdem J. Veslingii paræneses ad rem herbariam & vindiciæ opobalsami

by ALPINUS, Prospero; VESLINGIUS, Joannes

Lugduni Batavorum: Gerardum Potvliet, 1735. First Edition. Hardcover. Some mold spotting to the rear board which lightly affects a few of the rear pages. A little wrinkling to the pages but generally a clean copy with crisp plates. Near Fine. Small quarto (6" x 8") in contemporary vellum. Two volumes bound in one. Illustrated with 102 copper-engraved plates of animals and plants. RERUM AEGYPTIARUM [xx], 248, (12) pages. PLANTIS AEGYPTI [viii], 306, [24] pages. Two plates from part one misbound in the... Read more
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$3,750.00
I Quattro Primi Libri di Architettura di Petro Cataneo Senese

I Quattro Primi Libri di Architettura di Petro Cataneo Senese

by Cataneo, Pietro

Vinegia (Venice): Aldus. In casa de' figliuoli di Aldo, 1554. First Edition. Full Morocco. Very Good. Folio, 34.5 by 24 cm. [116] pp. (2 unnumbered leaves, including title, 54 numbered leaves, 2 unnumbered leaves.) Title vignette with Aldus anchor emblem. Repeated on last page. 42 woodcut illustrations, seven of which are full page, in addition to 53 woodcut letter devices, each with a small vignette illustration. Condition: later brown morocco rubbed heavily in corners, less so, along joints,... Read more
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$4,500.00