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Rare XVth Century Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

Johannes Gutenberg introduced the Western world to moveable type in 1450, but not all 15th Century books were produced using this new technology. These pages are reseved for manuscripts bound in the 15th Century using traditional means.

Canzoniere et Trionfi by Francesco Petrarca

[Sant'Orso]: Leonardus Achates de Basilea, 1474. Second edition of this version; the seventh edition in total.Petrarch's poetry in Italian, the Canzoniere and the Trionfi count among the most celebrated and influential works in western literature. In the…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


Incipit passio sancti Meynrhadi martyris et heremite

Edited by Sebastian Brant. Basel: Michael Furter, XII. kal. octobris (= 20 September) 1496. First Latin edition.The legend of a Swiss saint and the foundation of Einsiedeln Abbey. This small incunable contains the account of the life of St. Meinrad of Ein…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


Spiegel der waren Rhetoric by Friedrich Riederer

Freiburg im Breisgau: Friedrich Riederer, 11 December 1493. – First edition. The first complete rhetoric in German. Friedrich Ried(e)rer's (c. 1450-c. 1510) work has to be esteemed as a landmark in the domain of rhetoric. Comprising ars rhetorica, ars d…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


Manipulus curatorum. by Guido de Monte Rochen

PRESENTATION COPY 8vo. 19th- century ½-vellum. Venice: (Damianus de Mediolano, de Gorgonzola) 16 Nov. 1493. (ISTC No.: ig00602500; H 8207; GW 11804). Guido de Monte Rochen's Manipulus curatorum is considered the most important of the medieval pastoral …

From George Robert Minkoff, Inc.


DE CIVITATE DEI, THE CITY OF GOD. Commentaries by Thomas Waleys and Nicholas Trivet. by AUGUSTINE (Saint Aurelius, Bishop of Hippo).:

Venice, Bonetus Locatellus for Octavianus Scotus, Klendas [sic] Martias [18 Feb.], 1489.. EX LIBRARY COPY FROM ST. AUGUSTINE'S ABBEY, THEIR BOOK-PLATE TO FIRST PASTEDOWN, NO OTHER LIBRARY MARKS,1489. 4to in 8s, approximately 280 x 210 mm, 11 x 8 inches…

From Roger Middleton



Lucensium Oratio Luculentissima Pont. Maximo Alexandro Sexto per Nicolaum Tygrinu[m] Lucensem Vtriusq]ue] Iuris by Tygrinus or Nicolaus Tegrinus or Tegrini

Rome: [Andreas Freitag],15 October 1492, 1492. Later black roan & gray boards, spine letters gilt.Binding slightly worn, first leaf lightly soiled. Ex-libris Walter Goldwater. Oration such as this are usually rare and short this one is both it is a tribu…

From James Gray Bookseller



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