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    • EX COLLEGI AMBROSIANI TYPOGRAPHIA, 1626
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    • Bibliographic details: 4to, pp. (xviii) 391 (iii). Roman and italic letter. Woodcut floriated initials, decorated headpiece and tailpiece, typographical ornaments. T-p within engraved architectural border with standing figures of St. Ambrose and St. Barnabas, urns, arms of the Serbelloni family supported by putti. 40 half page woodcuts (some repeated) depicting witches, demons and sorceries. Very rare marginalia. Intermittent light age browning and mostly marginal spotting, t-p lightly coloured green, minor oil splashes, many deckle edges. A good, well margined copy in contemporary vellum, lower compartment of sp... Read more
    • JOSSE BADE AND JEAN PETIT, 1519
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    • Bibliographic details: FIRST EDITION. Folio, 4 books in 2, separate t-p to first., third and fourth. ff. (xxxii) 190; 157 (i); ff. (vi) 224; (ii) 175 (i). Roman letter, double column, woodcut floriated initials. Three t-ps in red and black, Bade’s large printing press device at centres, within attractive architectural border of grotesques, satyrs, allegorical creatures, putti and masks. Slight marginal soiling to first leaf of both vols, worm trail to blank outer margin of first gathering of vol 1, wormholes to blank margins of first and last gatherings of vol 2, light age browning to a few central gatherings in ... Read more
    • DOMENICO FARRI, 1573
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    • Bibliographic details: 8vo, ff. 240. Italic letter. Printer’s device on t-p, woodcut historiated initials, typographical ornaments. Intermittent waterstain towards gutter of some initial gatherings, occasional slight age yellowing and foxing to first 20 ll., browning to one central gathering, small wormholes to fly, blank margins of t-p and lower blank margin of last 6 ll. A good copy in early vellum, small worm loss to upper cover, traces of ties, ms. title to spine. Printed stubs from ‘Lettere del signor Francesco Visdomini’ (1626). Read more
    • VINCENZO VALGRISI, 1562
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    • Bibliographic details: FIRST EDITION thus, 4to, 4 blanks, 64 double page engraved maps, 7 blanks. Text ll. excised. Italic letter. Maps depicting the world, continents, states and seas, several diagrams summarising geographical information. Occasional marginal inking, a couple of lower outer edges lightly waterstained, all ll. stub mounted. An excellent copy in contemporary red French morocco, covers triple gilt ruled with arabesque centrepiece and cornerpieces, cover’s edges gilt, spine with double gilt ruled raised bands, gilt flowers in comparments, a.e.g. C20 (ms. in pencil) and late C19 (printed and pasted) ... Read more
    • PAULUS MANUTIUS, 1569
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    • Bibliographic details: 8vo, pp. 543 (xlix). Italic letter, printer’s device to t-p. Light age yellowing, last fol. slightly soiled, short tear to one lower margin, small worm holes to final ll. affecting half a dozen letters in total. Occasional early marginalia, smudged in a few places, early ms. corrections to misprinted page-numbers. A good copy in C17 polished sheep over boards, single gilt rule to outer edges, spine with raised bands, floral and leaves ornaments gilt in compartments, two tiny worm holes at tail, gilt title label. Marbled endpapers, a.e.r. Read more
    • APUD ALDI FILIOS, 1547
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    • Bibliographic details: FIRST EDITION. 8vo, ff. (vi) 469 (i). Italic letter, text within faded red ink frame throughout. Printer’s device on t-p and verso of last. T-p a bit dusty, small oil splashes to a few blank upper margins and occasional waterstain at gutter, wormhole to final third of volume mostly interlinear. A good copy in early C17 Dutch paperboards, worn, surface loss to spine, outer edges and corners, a.e.g. Autograph “M. Johannes Ehrenricus Koch von Wittenberg in Sachsen” c. 1700, and his initials to t-p and last two ll., C16 ms. autograph “Johan Berck” and ‘692’ to t-p. Read more
    • IN OFFICINA FROBENIANA, (1) 1604 (2) 1603
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    • Bibliographic details: Second work FIRST EDITION. 2 parts in one vol. Folio. Pp. (xii) 135 (xxi); Pp. (xiii) 333 (xxiii). Roman letter. Castro’s arms engraved on both tps, ornamental head and tail pieces and initials. Early monogram ms to first tp ‘KARS’ within laurel, contemp. autograph J.Eekkems crossed out above. Light age yellowing, tear to blank fep, light water stain to a few leaves at head, very occasional minor ink and rust spots, repair to blank verso of second tp. A good clean copy in contemp. vellum, dust soiling to covers, loss to head and foot of spine and upper corners of lower cover. Read more
    • HEIRS OF ALDUS, 1522
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    • Bibliographic details: FIRST AND ONLY ALDINE EDITION. 8vo. Ff. (xiv) 184. Printer’s device to tp and last. Autograph to tp of Louise Guillermin de Corny, considerable Latin marginalia in attractive Chancery-style hand, most likely Louise’s. Slight age yellowing, tp a little soiled with two small holes to inner corner, oil splash to outer margin of some leaves, similar stain to gutter of final gatherings, marginal spotting in places. A good clean copy with generous margins in very handsome French black morocco C1600, double filleted gilt inner and outer borders, ornate central ornament, gilt stamped, smaller stamp... Read more
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    • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM., FIRST HALF OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
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    • Bibliographic details: 8vo (166 by 110mm). 148 leaves (including fly), complete, collation: i- xv10, xvi7 (first leaf a singleton added to complete text, but text continuous – compare the online photographs of Yale, Beinecke MS. 1079, fols. 196r-197v; this gathering includes three endleaves and the rear pastedown), contemporary catchwords and modern pencil pagination on lower corners of rectos, Latin text in double columns of 18 lines (main text generously spaced) with commentary in smaller script set within blocks filling entire sections of columns or smaller rectangular part (see below), rubrics in dark red-bur... Read more
    • ENRICUS PETRI, 1536
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    • Bibliographic details: 8vo, pp. (xvi) 494 (ii). Italic and Roman letter. Printer’s device on verso of last, woodcut initials (floriated at the beginning of each main section), typographical ornaments. T-p a bit dusty, light marginal waterstains and a little spotting to first nine ll., very slight age browning intermittently throughout, little tear on lower edge of one l., single small wormhole to lower outer corner of first half. A rather good, clean, wide margined copy in C16 English calf, covers triple blind ruled to a panel design, delicate fleurons stamped at corners of inner panel, decorative ornament at c... Read more
    • (1) ARNOLDI LEERS (2) ARNOLD DOUDE, (1) 1675 (2) 1671
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    • Bibliographic details: 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 plate... Read more
    • 7 JULY 1566
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    • Bibliographic details: Folio. 32 leaves (28 by 19cms approx.), 19 lines to full page. Handsome, legible Humanist hand. Edges untrimmed, brown ink. Slight age browning, light damp stain to middle of pages, last two leaves holed with loss of a few letters, residue of wax seal on verso of last. In later red velvet folder, metal corners and monogram to upper cover ‘C P G’, coronet above, middle letter and coronet now missing. Read more
    • JUAN GONZáLEZ, 1629
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    • Bibliographic details: FIRST EDITION. Fol., ff. (xvi) 252. Roman and italic letter, woodcut floriated and historiated initials, decorated headpieces and endpieces. Attractive engraved architectural t-p signed “Alardo de Popma me fecit (Matriti)”, with standing figures of St. Benedict and St. Bernard at head, Charles V and Philip IV of Spain on the sides, arms of Philip IV at centre. T-p a bit dusty with lower and outer margins slightly trimmed, intermittent age yellowing, light browning and mainly marginal foxing, lower outer corner of first few ll. a bit softened with very slight loss to corner of engraved t-p, ... Read more
    • CASPAR RUTZ, (1) 1581 (2) 1588
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    • Bibliographic details: FIRST EDITION OF FIRST. Two works in one. Oblong folio, ff. (iv) 33 full page engraved plates, one hand coloured; + ff. (ii) 47 full page engraved plates. Engraved historiated initials. First work full page engraved frontispiece with allegorical figures of four continents within architectural border, engraved portrait of Boissard to dedication, lacking the portrait leaf following. Second, large engraved portrait of Pope Gregory XIII to dedication, overleaf large engraved portrait of Sixtus V, scenes from his life at corners. Contemp. ms ‘This booke’ to dedication of first work, early ms pag... Read more
    • ROBERT ESTIENNE, 1542
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    • Bibliographic details: Large 8vo. pp. 552 (l). Roman letter. Printer’s device to tp. Light age yellowing, light soiling to tp, old repair to upper outer corner to first three leaves, occasional marginal browning to a few leaves, intermittent light marginal foxing. A good clean copy with generous margins in handsome black calf C1600, gilt central oval and fleurons to corners, gilt and blind ruled border, gilt fleurons repeated on spine, corners, joints and bands a bit rubbed, scratches to covers, worn at head, a few wormholes towards foot of spine. Read more
    • N.PR., 18 JULY 1558
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    • Bibliographic details: Broadside folio, 42 x 28,4 cm, 66 lines. Roman letter, woodcut depicting Venice's Lion of St. Mark, winged and holding the gospel under a paw, at head, woodcut historiated initial. A few neat marginal repairs, end of two rows a bit rubbed affecting a couple of letters. A very good, large, well preserved and clean copy in a card window mount. Read more
    • JAN EVERTSZ II CLOPPENBURGH, 1620
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    • Bibliographic details: 4to, pp. 104; pp. (viii) 126 (i), second lacking L3. Gothic letter, typographical ornaments in second work. Finely engraved t-ps signed ‘DVB (David Vinckeboons, 1575-1633) in[cidit]’ and ‘DEL (Dirck Eversen Lons, 1599-1666) fe[cit]’, depicting the bust of King Philip II of Spain (1527-1598) in a roundel at head, the standing figures of Don Juan of Austria (1547-1578) and of the Duke of Alba (Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 1507-1582), and four scenes of Spanish persecutions. 17 engravings illustrating the atrocities committed by the Spanish against the Native Americans in first work, 20 engravi... Read more
    • CHARLES ESTIENNE (ED., TR.), 1552
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    • Bibliographic details: 4to, A4-L4, M2 (46 ll.). Roman letter. Printer’s device on t-p, woodcut floriated initials, 10 fine ¾ page woodcut portraits of the Visconti of Milan. Slight age yellowing, minimal light waterstain to lower outer corners. A very good, clean, wide-margined copy in vellum over boards by Alfred Farez (French binder, active 1909-1930), covers and spine triple gilt ruled, a couple of small ink spots to lower corner of upper cover, gilt title and date to spine, inner edges double gilt ruled. Read more
    • ROBERT ESTIENNE, 1543
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    • Bibliographic details: 8vo, pp. (xvi) 352 (iv). Italic letter, small section in Greek. Printer’s device on t-p (a little dusty). Light age yellowing, small oil splash to first four ll, intermittent light waterstain mainly to some lower margins, repair to upper corner of fly. Marks in pencil to margins throughout. A good, clean, well-margined copy in C18 French red morocco, covers double gilt ruled, spine with a palmette decoration at head, tail and on raised bands, fleurons and leaves tools in compartments, gilt title label, inner dentelles gilt, a little wear to joints. Blue silk bookmark, a.e.g. Bookplate of Ro... Read more
    • ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, 1630
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    • Bibliographic details: Single sheet, 50 x 75 cm. Humanist minuscule in brown, red and gold ink. Splendid illuminated decoration in red, black, white, gold, orange, pink, various shades of blue and brown, signed “Daniel Rode me fecit”. Outer edges bordered with a black and white arrow design. ‘Consules Civitatis Cracoviae Metropolis Regni Poloniae’ at head in gold and red calligraphic letters, pen flourishes in red and black, surrounded by human figures, the goddess Justice, animals, chimeras and ornaments. Text of the document at centre, large calligraphic initial in red and gold with mythological creatures and h... Read more
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