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P. Cornelii Taciti ab excessu divi Augusti historiarum libri quinque

by TACITUS, Publius Cornelius

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Florence: per haeredes Philippi Iuntae, 1527. 8vo. ff. 363 (i). Italic letter, occasional Roman. Attractive printer’s device to t-p and last l., blank initials. Foxing mainly to t-p, early ll. and one subsequent gathering, occasional small marginal water or ink stains, intermittent slight marginal foxing, skilful marginal repair to last page. Very good, crisp, well-margined copy on thick paper in handsome probably Florentine or Roman red morocco, traces of ties. Blind-tooled to a double-rule panel design, grapes and curly vine leaves to second border, blind-tooled arabesques to inner border, central panel with gilt fleurons to each corner and gilt, rhombus-shaped arabesque centrepiece. Spine in four compartments, blind-tooled double-rule border and diagonals to each, raised bands, first band slightly cracked with minor loss, tiny worm hole to third. Extensive early annotations to first part, some perhaps editorial, ms. transcription of missing final paragraph, monogram ‘IS ’ to last two pages,… Read more
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Paedagogus

by FREIG, Johannes Thomas

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Basel: Sebastian Henric Petri, 1582. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. (16), 366, (2). Roman, Italic, Greek and Hebrew letter. Large printer’s woodcut device on title and last verso, one decorated initial representing a rabbit; folding table after p. 162, woodcut illustration on p. 262 representing a bridge, printed music. Light age yellowing, very rare spotting and staining, paper flaws at head of p. 161 partly affecting half a dozen lines of text, small worm trail to lower margin of last gathering. A very good and clean copy in quarter vellum over boards C1900. First edition of this interesting and popular early school book, intended as an introduction to all the subjects of humanist education. German philosopher and jurist, the Calvinist Johannes Thomas Freig (1543-1583) was a pupil and the first biographer of the famous teacher and educational reformer Pierre de La Ramée (Ramus). Freig was professor of logic and rhetoric in Freiburg and Basel, later becoming rector of the school at Altdorf. He studied… Read more
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Pamphili et. al. Ἐκκλησιαστικὴ ἱστορία, Historia Ecclesiastica.

by EUSEBIUS

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EDITIO PRINCEPS. Folio, ff. (iv) 353; 181 (v). Greek letter. Estienne's basilisk device as king's printer for Greek texts on t-p and his olive tree device on verso of last. Large foliated grotesque initials and headpieces. T-p and a couple of final ll. a bit soiled, intermittent light waterstaining to outer corners, worm holes to lower blank margin of first gathering, small ink mark to p. 288, occasional marginal ink spots. A very good, crisp, clean, well margined copy in contemporary English calf, covers double blind ruled to a panel design, second border and central panel filled with a roll of interlaced ovals, flowers and ornaments, covers a bit worn in places, rebacked. Original metal catch plates, lacking straps, a.e.r. C18 armorial bookplate 'Tudor' by Thomas Simpson (c. 1765-1801), ms. "In memoriam Feb: 5th" below.
Splendid copy of the important editio princeps of this collection of Greek works concerning the history of the Christian Church, in a handsome contemporary English binding. This… Read more
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Pandit Aragoniae

by MARINEO, Siculo Lucio

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Saragossa: Jorge Coci, 1509. Folio. ff. XLIX. a8, b-h6 (lacking blank h6.) Gothic letter. Full page woodcut printer’s device of arms, held aloft by an angel, on title, fine white on black floriated initials in various sizes, each page with woodcut genealogical trees incorporating portraits of the kings of Aragon (many repeated) woodcut diagrams of coins and woodcut arms in text, large woodcut printer’s device on recto of last with St. Sebastian and St. Roch at sides. Light age yellowing in places, small tear restored in blank lower margin of f1, the odd insignificant marginal spot. A very good copy, crisp and clean, on thick high quality paper, with excellent impressions of the woodcuts, in modern vellum over boards, yapp edges, old Quaritch label to rear pastedown. First seperate edition of Marineo’s superbly printed and important history of the Kings of Aragon, commissioned by the Eight Deputies of Aragon for King Ferdinand, and one of the most beautiful early printed Spanish books. Marineo… Read more
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A Paradox. Prooving, that the inhabitants of the isle called Madagascar, or St. Laurence, …are the happiest people in the world

by HAMOND Walter

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London: for Nathaniell Butter, 1640. FIRST EDITON. 4to. Two parts in one. pp. [xxxviii]. A (-A1) B D-F . Roman letter. small woodcut ornament on second title, floriated woodcut initials, typographical headpieces and ornaments, woodcut tail-piece. Light age yellowing, cut close in upper margin, trimming the odd headline, other margins good, paper flaw in lower blank margin of Leaf B. A good, unsophisticated copy, stab bound, in limp vellum, recased. First edition of Hamond’s fascinating account of the island of Madagascar; sent by the East India Company to assess the feasibility of colonising the island, Hamond produced these two reports. The first comprises a description of the island, its climate and indigenous people while the second relays the benefits it would have to offer as an outpost for servicing the company’s ships en route for the Persian Gulf and the Far East. “Hamond, author and explorer, published a translation of Ambroise Paré’s ‘Methode de traicter les Playes faictes par… Read more
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A Parallel or Confrence of the Civil Law, the Canon Law, and the Common Law. London, the Company of Sationers, 1618 [with] The Second part of the Parallele [and] the Padectes of the Law of Nations

by FULBECKE, William

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London: Thomas Wright, 1602. FIRST EDITIONS of the second and third titles, second of the first. 4to ff (xii) 104 (viii), (viii) 74 (viii), (iv) 90. Three works in one, separate t.p. to each. Roman letter, woodcut initials and ornaments, contemporary ms statutory references at head of 1st t.p., fly with early case mark (that and next blank loose), Earl's C19 armorial bookplate on pastedown. A few margins slightly dusty in places; good, crisp, clean copies in contemporary calf, ruled and panelled in blind, joints cracked, upper cover loosening but sound, some wear to spine at head. Fulbecke (1560-1616), dramatist, lawyer, legal writer and historian was educated at Oxford and then Grays Inn where he practised. His legal writings have long been highly regarded but he has been attracting renewed interest as the author of Shakespeare sourcebooks. It is likely that Fulbecke and Shakespeare were acquainted through one of the Inns of Court plays, masques or revels, in which it is believed both were involved… Read more
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Parva naturalia

by ALBERTUS MAGNUS.

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FIRST EDITION. Folio, ff. (vi) 233, lacking final blank. Double column, gothic letter, charming woodcut floriated and historiated initials, printer's device to verso of last. T-p very slightly soiled with early ms. annotation, small wormholes to lower blank margin of last gathering, early repairs to a few lower outer edges, light age yellowing to first gathering, occasional light marginal waterstains, small ink splashes and mainly marginal soiling to a few ll. A good copy in C17 vellum, small hole to upper cover, yapp edges, gilt label to spine, a.e.r.
A good copy of the first edition of this remarkable collection of treatises on natural science by Albertus Magnus, edited by the Italian philosopher and physician Marcantonio Zimara (c. 1470-1532).
A German Dominican friar, bishop and philosopher, Albertus Magnus (c. 1200-1280) is regarded as the most learned and prolific scholar of the Middle Ages, the only one to whom the epithet 'Magnus' ('The great') was applied. Known by his contemporaries as the… Read more
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Pathomachia: or, The battell of affections

by [ANON] Pathomachia

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London: Printed by Thomas and Richard Coats, for Francis Constable, 1630. FIRST EDITION. 4to. pp. [vi], 46. A-G_, without first and last blanks. Roman letter, some Italic. Typographical ornaments, woodcut initials and headpieces, shelf-mark of Richard Heber on pastedown, his sale 1834, Part II, lot 4836, ‘2.’ manuscript on title, large engraved armorial bookplate of the Earl of Bridgewater on fly, bookplate of John L. Clawson and Robert S Pirie on pastedown. Light age yellowing, minor mostly marginal spotting in places. A good copy in early nineteenth-century calf, covers bordered with a triple blind rule, armorial device of Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736 - 1803) blind-stamped to covers (Toronto, Bridgewater Stamp 1) rebacked to match, extremities rubbed. First edition of this extremely rare allegorical play, with tremendous provenance. Partly due to James I's favour of the genre, allegorical plays became increasingly popular with college dramatists. Thomas Tomkis's Lingua was… Read more
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Pedacii Dioscoridae Anazarbei de Medica materia libri sex.

by DIOSCORIDES

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Florence: Filippo Giunta, 1523. Folio. ff. (x) 352. Roman letter, some Greek. Title in red and black, woodcut printer’s device to recto of last. T-p a bit thumbed, small faint purplish stain and little fraying to lower inner corner of first and last gathering, occasional slight marginal waterstaining, and minor marginal foxing. A very good copy, on thick paper, in contemporary northern Italian calf over pasteboards, lacking ties, triple blind tooled to a panel design, second border with dotted ropework, centre panel with rhombus-shaped floral centre- and cornerpieces. Spine in four compartments with double blind tooled hatching, early paper label with title at head, some rubbing, minor loss to covers and at foot of spine. A handsome copy of this fundamental ancient Greek work on herbal medicine—the first pharmacopoeia—which influenced Western medical practice until the C19. The work had been circulating in Latin (as well as Greek and Arabic) throughout the medieval period, never falling into… Read more
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Peregrinacya abo Pielgrzymowanie do Ziemie Swi tey.

by RADZIWI__, Miko_aj.

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Cracow: W Drukarniey Antoniego Wosinskiego, 1628. 4to. pp. (viii) 356. Gothic letter. T-p and text within typographical border, large oval portrait of Miko aj Radziwi to verso of t-p. Paper softened, light browning, t-p fore-edge and lower outer blank corner of last four ll. restored, small repair to lower portion of t-p, touching couple of lines of text, first couple of ll. somewhat dusty, holes to lower blank margin of F 1 and G 4 , marginal paper flaw to Z 2 , light water stain to outer blank margin of first and last few ll, lower egde of NN 2-3 uneven. A good copy in contemporary vellum, recased over modern boards, slightly splayed, small repair at head of spine, corners worn, old ink stain to lower cover. Stamps of Archivium Treterianum and H. Treter (C19), and Bibl. Treteriana (C18?), and inscriptions ‘Ta ksiazka jest E. Laibodzki dana mi ad W Jozefa Sczepanskiego 25 Apr 1816’ and ‘Kupilem z Jazdz [city of Ja d e?] 860 Hilary Treter’, all to t-p, C19 stamp of H. Treter to verso of… Read more
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Peri energeias daimonon dialogos. De operatione daemonum Dialogus.

by PSELLUS, Michael

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Paris: H. Drouart, 1615. EDITIO PRINCEPS. 8vo. 2 parts in 1, pp. (xvi) 99 [i.e., 101] (i), (ii) 105-53 [i.e., 177] (vii). Part I with facing Greek and Latin text, Part II in Roman letter, with Greek, occasional Arabic. Woodcut printer’s device to t-p, woodcut initials and ornaments. Slight age browning, clean tear from lower outer blank corner of t-p, extremely light water stain to outer blank margin of last four gatherings, worm trail at upper gutter of few gatherings, occasional tiny worm holes to upper blank margins. A good copy in C19 boards, gilt-lettered morocco label to spine. Early casemark(?) inked to t-p. The editio princeps of this important work of demonology, written by a major Byzantine scholar. Michael Psellos (1017-96) was an influential official at the Byzantine court, serving several emperors, including Theodosia, and writing historical, philosophical and theological works. Preceded in the C16 by Latin, French and Italian translations, including one by Ficino, ‘De operatione… Read more
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Persia seu Regni Persici status [with] Arabia

by LAET, Johannes de [with] [ABELIN, Johann Philippx, COOTWIJK, Johannes van, DRECHSLER, Wolfgang, FARGHANI, SIONITA, Gabriel, HESRONITA, Johannes]

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Amsterdam: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1633. 16mo. Two vols in one. 1). FIRST EDITION pp. 374, [x] last blank. Roman letter. Engraved title, signed CC Dufend, with a full length portrait of a Persian holding a cartouche with title, 8 full page woodcuts, floriated woodcut initials and headpieces. 2) FIRST EDITION. pp. 297 (i.e. 287) (i). Roman Letter. Engraved title with a full length portrait of an Arab holding a cartouche with title, floriated woodcut initials. Light age yellowing with some minor light spotting in places. Very good copies in contemporary vellum over boards. First editions of these two interesting works on Persia and Arabia, designed for of investors interested in the opportunities afforded by the trade opening up in the New World and the East, especially clients of the relatively new Dutch West and East India companies. De Laet (best known for his History of the New World), was a founding director of the Dutch West India Company, and remained a director until his death. He dedicated… Read more
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Persio tradotto in verso sciolto e dichiarato da Francesco Stelluti
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Persio tradotto in verso sciolto e dichiarato da Francesco Stelluti

by PERSIUS FLACCUS, Aulus.

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FIRST EDITION. 4to, (xxiv) 218 (xx), lacking final blank. Roman and italic letter, woodcut floriated initials, typographical ornaments, charming tailpieces with flowers and grotesques. Attractive engraved architectural t-p with putti holding the arms of the Barberini at head, allegorical figures of moral philosophy and poetry at the sides, a mirror and a painting hand at tail, signed "Matthaus Greuter sculp[sit]". Full-page engraved oval portrait of Persius, 5 quarter to full page engravings of a lynx, bees, weevil, statue and sistrum. T-p a bit dusty, slight age yellowing, rare mainly marginal foxing, one upper margin restored, light pencil marks on 3 ll. A very good copy reused vellum over boards, covers gilt ruled. Bookplate of Harrison David Horblit (1912-1988) to front pastedown.
Valuable and beautifully illustrated first edition of this Italian translation of Persius' satires by Stelluti, Galileo's correspondent and founder of the Accademia dei Lincei. "A work whose likes had never been seen… Read more
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Perspicacissimi speculatoris Joannis Gandavensis Super paruis naturalibus Aristotelis questiones perutiles.

by JANDUNO, Joannes de

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Venice, per Boneto Locatello mandato et expensis haer: Ottaviano I Scoto, 1505. FIRST EDITION. Folio. ff. 85 (i). Gothic letter, double column. Printer’s device to last, decorated initials. Occasional slight marginal foxing, intermittent light and mostly marginal water stains, a bit heavier to upper inner corner of some ll., the odd early annotation. Good, very well-margined copy on thick paper, crisp and generally clean, in later Italian vellum, recased, spine restored. The odd early annotation. A good, well-margined copy of this uncommon first edition of Joannes de Janduno and Marcantonio Zimara’s commentaries to Aristotle’s theories on the natural world. Joannes de Janduno (or Jean de Jandun or Johannes de Gandavo) (c.1285-1323) was a French philosopher and theologian. Professor at Paris, he was influenced by Averroism, a ‘radical’ form of Aristotelianism. Averroists thought that philosophy was separate from theology and the natural (philosophical) order from the supernatural; they were… Read more
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Petit traite contenant une des parties principalles de chirurgie.

by FRANCO, Pierre.

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FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. (vi) 144. Italic and Roman letter, one woodcut historiated initials, typographical ornaments. Printer's device to t-p, fourteen half-page woodcut illustrations of surgical instruments. Old repair to t-p and later to one blank corner, intermittent mainly marginal spotting, worm trail at gutter of first half. A very good copy in contemporary vellum, housed in modern morocco box. Slightly later ms. "ex libris P. Guisonii Doct. Med. 15 fl (?)" to fly, date of printing "1556", and ms. signature "F. Athenosijs D.M." to t-p.
A very good copy of the rare, attractively illustrated first edition of this remarkable treatise on surgery by the French Franco, a pioneer in the treatment of hernias and removal of calculi.
Born in Turriers of Haute-Provence to a modest family, Pierre Franco (or Francou, c. 1505-1578) was one of the greatest barber-surgeons of the XVI century. At the time, surgery was not a prerogative of physicians, but of a class of medical practitioners who – in many cases… Read more
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Pharmaceuticae Rationalis [with] Medecina Hippocratis Chymica Disputationis.
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Pharmaceuticae Rationalis [with] Medecina Hippocratis Chymica Disputationis.

by WILLIS, Thomas [and] ETTMÜLLER, Michael

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FIRST EDITION of second. 12mo. Pp. (xl) 426 (xii); 112. Roman letter. First work full page engraved frontispiece with Rosicrucian allegorical figures and writing figure in foreground representing the Royal Society, dated 1674, ornamental device to tp, ornamental head and tail pieces and initials and three foldout loose plates with medical engravings. Second work, device and ornamental tail piece. Slight age yellowing, frontispiece a little shaved at fore edge, light water stain to fore edge of 30 pages of first work, minor water staining to later leaves, light water stains to fold out plates. A good clean copy in contemp. vellum, green ties, aeb.
Very rare first edition of the second work, and second edition of the first, of these important and rare medical texts on pharmaceutical-chemical and Hippocratic topics respectively by Thomas Willis (1622-75) and Michael Ettmüller (1644-1683). The first examines the operation of drugs within the human body. The latter part discusses cardio-circulatory issues… Read more
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Philippicae [with] Praeexercitamenta Fabula
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Philippicae [with] Praeexercitamenta Fabula

by CICERO, Marcus Tullius [with] APHTHONUIS, Sophista 

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London: R. Pynson, 1520-1. 8vo. Two works in one. (1) ff. 137 (i.e. 138, misnumbered). Roman letter. Title within elaborate woodcut architectural border (McKerrow & Ferguson 9a) 'a compartment with two boys at upper corners; fanciful pillars at sides; below two men supporting a shield…in solid black'. The same border, with Pynson's device in shield, repeated on verso of final leaf. Large, 9-line, white on black floriated initials at the start of each section. Faint, mostly marginal dampstaining to the first couple of quires. A few near-contemporary ms marginalia, explaining vocabulary. Contemp. Latin ex libris of 'Johannes May' and 'James Dodwell' on t-p recto, on verso early ink drawing of two-headed man (Janus?) in a hat, a creature emanating from one mouth, contemp. ms in two hands beneath, the first noting acquisition of the volume, the second elaborating. (2) 24 unnumbered ll (a-c8). Roman letter. Title within elaborate woodcut border (McKerrow & Ferguson 1) 'a compartment of floral scrolls',… Read more
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Philosophia magnetica.
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Philosophia magnetica.

by CABEO, Niccolò

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FIRST EDITION. Folio. pp. (xvi) 412 (xii). Roman letter, little Italic. Fine engraved architectural t-p with globe, engraved arms of Louis XIII, and female personifications, over 170 woodcut geometrical diagrams, magnetic stones and physical experiments, 4 ¼-page engraved copperplates (incl. 2 repeated world maps showing Terra Australis Incognita), decorated initials and ornaments. Uniform light age yellowing, worm hole repaired at t-p foot just touching outer line rule, minimal age yellowing, very light water stain to extreme upper outer blank corner of gatherings B to F. A very good, clean copy in contemporary vellum over boards, ink stain to lower board, early ms. casemark to front pastedown.A very good, clean copy of the first edition of this ground-breaking work on magnets and electricity, with 'the earliest illustration of the appearance of new poles in a broken magnet' (Taylor, 586). Niccolò Cabeo, S.J. (1586-1650) trained at the Jesuit collegium in Parma, and the universities of Padua and… Read more
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Pictores, statuarii, architecti.
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Pictores, statuarii, architecti.

by VREDEMAN de VRIES, Hans

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FIRST EDITION. Folio. Engraved t-p with interlacing ribbons, skulls, bones and shovels + 26 full-page engraved plates of tombs, sarcophagi and funerary monuments with pictorial and sculpted decoration. Edges a little dusty and slightly softened, largely uncut, couple of worm holes to blank margins, slight offsetting to blank verso of most plates, occasional thumb marks. A very good, wide margined copy, in fresh impression, in modern crushed half morocco over cloth boards, preserving c1800 blue wrapper, modern bookplates to front pastedown, autograph c1700 to fly.
A very good copy of the first edition of this important series of plates, here in fresh impression, produced by Hieronymus Cock, depicting major funerary monuments of royal, aristocratic and ecclesiastic personalities. Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527-1604) was a Dutch architect, painter and engineer, renowned for his skilled knowledge of perspective and architectural ornament, as well as his building of fortifications for major European… Read more
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Pindari Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia […]

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EDITIO PRINCEPS. 8vo, pp. (xvi) 373 (iii). Greek letter, woodcut printer's device on t-p. Browning to first gathering, small hole to last fol., early ms. marginalia in Greek and Latin mainly to first half. A very good copy in early 19th century calf, covers double gilt ruled and bordered with a blind stamp roll of lozenges, inner dentelles richly gilt, rebacked, a.e.g. Contemporary ms. Greek inscriptions to fly in three different hands: 2-line quotation from an epigram by Politianus ('Exhaltation of Sophia'), 'Sapien(tis) Musonii dictum' with 3-line quotation from the Roman Stoic philosopher Gaius Musonius Rufus, '1514 mense feb(ruario)' and "ΦΚ" monogram, 4-line quotation from Hesiod's 'Works and days' (Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι, vv. 289-292); later ms. "ex libris Caroli Scarellae" to verso. Contemporary ms. "C.A.D. Bartholomei de Paduanis" and "C.A.D. Gregorii de Paduanis" to t-p, brief ms. list of Greek expressions with Latin translation on verso of last, 8-line quotation from the fifth… Read more
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£8.95 shipping to USA
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