Form submitted successfully, thank you.

Error submitting form, please try again.

Yearly Archives: 2009

PRINTED 1470-1472: SORCERY AND THE ORIGINS OF THE WITCHCRAFT CRAZE

A HUMANIST COPY OF ONE OF THE 15th CENTURY’S MOST IMPORTANT WORKS ONE OF THE EARLIEST OBTAINABLE INCUNABLES Nider, Johannes, ca. 1380-1438. Praeceptorium divinae legis, sive, Expositio decalogi]. (Basel : Berthold Ruppel, ca. 1470-1472) Folio. 30 x 21.5 cm., 330 leaves (i.e. 660 pages) ff. 1,24, 25 in contemporary manuscript. 37-38 lines and headline, double […]

View full post »

1476: HISTORY OF THE FLORENTINE PEOPLE: THE “FIRST MODERN HISTORY BOOK”

FIRST EDITION, SPLENDID OPENING ILLUMINATION; COPY BELONGING TO LUCIEN BONAPARTE THE EARLIEST PRINTED ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF DANTE The Book: BRUNUS ARETINUS, Leonardus (1369-1444). Historiae florentini populi, in Italian. Translated from the Latin by Donatus Acciaiuolus. Venice: Jacobus Rubeus, 12 February 1476. FIRST EDITION. Folio. (320 x 230 mm). Collation: a-k10 kk6 l-p10 q12 […]

View full post »

MAGNIFICENT AND VERY TALL COPY OF THE GREAT RENAISSANCE TOURNAMENT BOOK

PRINTED 1566: ROLL-TOLLED BLINDSTAMPED PIGSKIN WITH CLASPS 121 woodcut scenes of tournaments, including two double-page (repeat) The Book: Rüxner, Georg. Thurnier Buch; von Anfang, Vrsachen, Vrsprung vnd Herkommen der Thurnier im Heyligen Römischen Reich Teutscher Nation, wie viel offentlicher Landthurnier von Keyser Heinrich dem Ersten dieses Namens an biss auff den jetztregierenden Keyser Maximilian den […]

View full post »

NEWLY DISCOVERED DIPLOMA OF THE INFLUENTIAL 17th CENTURY ITALIAN, LUDOVICO INCONTRI

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM; CONNECTED WITH GALILEO Manuscript: [Illuminated Manuscript in Latin on Vellum] [Ludovico Attilo Incontri] PATENTI NOBILIARI E LAUREE; Diploma di Laurea. Pisa, 1626. 225 x 165 mm. 6 ff., i.e. 10 pages. Illuminated opening coat of arms, illuminated throughout in pure gold lettering, wax seal. Very fine 17th century Italian goatskin binding […]

View full post »

A MAGNIFICENT LARGE COPY OF ALDUS’ 1524 HOMER

IN AN EXTREMELY RARE UNRESTORED, CONTEMPORARY 16th CENTURY VENETIAN GOATSKIN BINDING The Book: HOMER (8th century B.C.). Odyssey in Greek.Odysseia. Batrachomyomachia. Hymnoi = Vlyssea. Batrachomyomachia. Hymni. XXXII.[Venetiis : in Aedibvs Aldi, et Andreae Asvlani Soceri, M.D.XXIIII. mense Aprili] Printer’s device on the title page; verso of the final leaf. Imprint from the colophon. Spaces with […]

View full post »

The First Work of Fantasy and a Newly Published One- an arc from 1541 to the present

The Book: Lucian, of Samosata. I Dialogi piacevoli, le Vere Narrationi, le Facete Epistole di Lvciano Philosopho. Di Greco in Volgare tradotte per M. Nicolo da Lonigo: et historiate, e di nuovo… emendate. Published: Venetia : [Giovanni de Farri e Fratelli], 1541. 8vo., 16 x 11 cm., 223 ff., Publisher’s statement from colophon. Signatures: A-2E⁸. […]

View full post »

A Gold Mine of early first millennium Gnostic, Jewish and Christian beliefs

PRINTED 1599: THE RENAISSANCE REDISCOVERY OF THE SIBYLLINE ORACLES Contemporary Mille Fleurs Bookbinding The Book: Opsopoeus, Johannes Sivylliakoi chrēsmoi hoc est Sibyllina oracvla ex uett. codd. aucta, renouata, et notis illustrata a d. Iohanne Opsopoeo … Cum interpretatione latina Sebastiani Castalionis et indice. Published: Parisijs. Cum preuilegio regis. 1599. Description: 4 Book in 1; ; […]

View full post »

A History of the World from 1480

PRINTED 1480; MANY WOODCUTS; COLORED IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND THE EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION IN DUTCH OF ROLEWINCK’S ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE WORLD The Incunable: ROLEWINCK, Werner (1425-1502). Fasciculus temporum, [Dutch:] Dat boek dat men hiet Fasciculus temporum. With additions. Utrecht: Johann Veldener, 14 February 1480.. Chancery Folio, wide margined., 276 x 205 mm., woodcut […]

View full post »

1579: THE PRECURSOR OF THE AUTOMOBILE & THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE TELEGRAPH

PRINTED 1579: 43 FULL PAGE WOODCUTS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE ENGINEERING TREATISES OF THE 16th CENTURY Isacchi, Giovanni Baptista. Inventioni, nelle quali si manifestano varij secreti, e utili avisi a persone di guerra, e per it tempi di piacere.Parma : appresso Seth Viotto, 1579. Signatures: a-b4,A-Y4,Z2. Title vignette (publisher’s device mirroring colophon) Description: [16], […]

View full post »

THE MATH PROBLEM LEONARDO COULDN’T SOLVE

The artist Uffenbach’ss extremely rare tract on squaring the circle UFFENBACH, Philipp. De Quadratura circuli mechanici. Das ist: Ein newer Kurtzer, hochnützlicher und leichter mechanischer Tractat und bericht von der Quadratur dess Circkels, etc. in Verlegung dess Authoris: Franckfurt, 1619. 19th cebtury marbled boards. VERY RARE.  No copies in 30 years of the ABPC auction […]

View full post »