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APPIAN, of Alexandria [c95-c165].
[Greek Title].Romanarum Historiarum.Ex Bibliotheca Regia.
Paris: Charles Estienne, 1551.
folio. pp. 393, [2]. Greek letter. Estienne's basilisk device as king's printer for Greek texts on title. foliated & grotesque woodcut ornaments & initials by Geoffrey Tory. An attractive copy in 19th century blind-tooled calf in 16th century style (private library stamp on front flyleaf). armorial bookplate of L.K.Elmhirst. Editio Princeps of the Appian's history of Rome to the time of the accession of Vespasian in 70 A.D., a work of particular value for containing the only comprehensive and detailed information available for the period of the civil wars. It is one of a series of Greek texts printed by the Estiennes from manuscripts in the royal library, but the first of only two Greek works to bear Charles Estienne's imprint. The project was initiated by his brother Robert but completed by Charles following Robert's departure from Paris. Unfortunately Charles was not a businessman by inclination, and after only ten years as head of the press, he was reduced to poverty and died in debtor's prison. "This volume is generally cited as the supreme example of the use of the Royal Greek types; it is, in fact, the first classical text printed in all three sizes of [Garamond's] "grecs du roi" (first used together the preceding year in the New Testament.". (Schreiber) "One of the most exquisite books printed from these fonts is Charles and Robert Estienne's Greek edition of Appian.All three sizes of type are used in it. The type in mass, and the proportion and imposition of the type-page, are very splendid, and there is another reason for looking at it. The superb decorations and initials by [Geoffrey] Tory are wonderful, in their accord with the colour of the Greek text, in their printable qualities and in their grace of design." (D. B. Updike, Printing Types I, 23-8) "There are few Greek volumes of more beautiful execution than this Editio Princeps of Appian." (Dibdin) Adams A-1340. BM STC French p. 21. Dibdin (4th Edn.). I pp. 279-80. Renouard 102.4. Mortimer, French 16th Century Books, 29. Schreiber 126. Brunet I 356.
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ARISTOTLE.
L'Ethica.Tradotta In Lingua Vulgare Fiorentina Et Comentata Per Bernardo Segni.
Florence: [Lorenzo Torrentino], 1550.
4to. pp. 547, [11]. title within elaborate architectural woodcut border. several diagrams in the text. historiated initials. A fine copy in 19th century vellum, overlapping fore-edges (covers slightly bowed). First Edition of the celebrated Italian Translation, with commentary, by Bernardo Segni [d. 1558]. "On ne trouve pas facilement cette traduction; elle a du mérite, au moins pour le style, puisqu'elle est citée dans le Vocabulaire de la Crusca." (Brunet) The work is dedicated, as most of Segni's vernacular translations, to Cosimo de' Medici. BM STC Italian p. 46. Brunet I 467. Cranz 108.176. Gamba 87. Graesse I 218. Moss I p. 181. Riley 111. Not in Adams.
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ARNOBIUS.
Disputationum Adversus Gentes Libri Octo Nunc primum in lucem editi.
Rome: Francisco Priscianese, [1542, i.e. 1543?]..
folio. ff. [5], 102, [1]. lacking blank a6 & blank R8. initial spaces with guide letters. A tall copy, bound in 17th century red morocco, gilt back, all edges gilt (extremities worn, spine faded & chipped at ends, light soiling to title, occasional faint foxing). Provenance: ownership entry on title of Étienne Baluze ('Stephanus Baluzius Tutelensis') [1630-1718], French historian and librarian to Colbert, Syston Park engraved armorial bookplate & monogram book label of J.H.Thorold, leather ex-libris of bookseller E.P.Goldschmidt, with his ms. note regarding the Baluze inscription. First Edition. Edited by Fausto Sabeo. A vigorous defence of the Christian faith and powerful sarcastic attack on the absurdities of contemporary pagan cults. Arnobius was a distinguished rhetorician at Sicca in Proconsular Africa during the reign of Diocletian before his conversion to Christianity. The present work, which was written about 303 A.D., is a valuable source of information concerning the forms of idolatrous worship, temples, idols, and the Graeco-Roman mythology of the time. While the colophon cites the date '1542', the dedication is dated 'September 1543'. Adams A1994. BM STC Italian p. 56. Brunet I 491. Graesse I 225.
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ARRIANUS, [Flavius].
De Expedit[ione] Alex[andri] Magni, Historiarum Libri VIII. Ex Bonavent. Vulcanii Brug. nova interpretatione.
[Geneva]: Henri Estienne, 1575.
folio. pp. 6 p.l., 198 [i.e. 200; pp. 91-92 repeated in pagination], 68 [i.e. 70; pp. 54-55 repeated in pagination], [10]index, [1 leaf]. complete with blank d6 (not included in pagination). Greek & Latin text in parallel columns. woodcut printer's device on title. woodcut ornaments & initials. A nice copy in contemporary vellum, overlapping fore-edges (light soiling to covers, front endleaves, title & 2 other pages, occasional faint foxing, title with short tear repaired in lower inner margin & small piece torn from lower outer margin). ms. ownership entry on title of the Jesuit College at Antwerp, dated 1619. First Edition Edited by Bonaventura Vulcanius. "An important edition of Arrian's Anabasis of Alexander the Great, and its continuation, the Indica, edited with a Latin translation by the Flemish humanist from Bruges, Bonaventura Vulcanius (De Smet, [1538-1614]); following the texts of Arrian, Vulcanius has added Plutarch's Life of Alexander (in Greek and Latin), as well as Plutarch's essay On the Fortune or Virtue of Alexander (Greek text with the Latin version by Guillaume Budé)." (Schreiber) "This is the first critical edition of the expedition of Alexander by Arrian. Vulcanius, when at Constantinople, received an ancient Greek Ms. from Henry Stephen, which he carefully collated; and by aid of which he improved both the text of the author and the emendations of his predecessors." (Dibdin) On his celebrated march from 334 to 323 B.C., the King of Macedonia led his army from Macedonia through Greece, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and on into India. He was accompanied by a large number of scholars, scientists, cartographers and interpeters, and his expedition added greatly to the geographical knowledge at the time. Adams A2010. Brunet I 497. Dibdin, 4th Edn., I p. 328. Graesse I 227. Howgego A55. Moss I pp. 187-88. Renouard 142, 7. Schreiber 195.
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BIBLE. ENGLISH.
The Bible, That Is, The holy Scriptures.
London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599..
4to. ff. [3], 190, 127, [1]blank; 121, [11]; [55]. lacking A1 (blank?). 3 Volumes in 1 (the first in 2 parts). New Testament title within elaborate woodcut border. lacking general title with woodcut border. numerous woodcut text illus. (incl. 1 map & title vignette). woodcut ornaments & initials. early paneled calf (old repairs, leather worn & cracked, smooth surface layer of leather wanting from spine, lacking free-endpapers, occasional stains & dampmarks, several rust holes in last few leaves affecting several letters of text, small hole in blank margin of title, lower outer corner of fo. 39 in NT torn away with some loss). ownership entry of Jonathan Parker, dated Feb. 3, 1768, with several notes in his hand. Geneva Version; with Tomson's NT, but with Junius' Revelation. This copy agrees with Herbert 248 (based on Pocock, 1883), identified as the earliest of this group of quarto bibles with 1599 Barker imprint as it abounds with gross errors. All were apparently printed in the Low Countries for surreptitious import into England. Herbert suggests that this edition was perhaps printed at Amsterdam about 1599. STC on the other hand (citing The Library, 1954) suggests that it was printed at Amsterdam by J.F.Stam, after 1640(?). Darlow & Moule 188. Herbert 248. Pforzheimer 60. STC 2174 with 2499 [The Book of Psalmes, Amsterdam: J.F.Stam, after 1640?].
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BONARDO, Gio[vanni] Maria.
La Grandezza, Larghezza, E Distanza Di Tutte Le Sfere ridotte a nostre miglia.
Venice: Fabio & Agostino Zoppini, 1589..
8vo. ff. 132, [4]. full-page woodcut portraits of the author & of Luigi Grotto Cieco D'Adria, who wrote the notes. woodcut device on title. woodcut ornaments & initials. modern wallet-edged vellum (light dampstaining to outer leaves). Fifth Edition (first: 1563). Houzeau & Lancaster state that in his notes Grotto regards spheres as being originally in equilibrium in space, and that they move as a result of magnetic attraction produced by more distant bodies. Adams B2379. Houzeau & Lancaster 2618. This edition not in BM STC Italian.
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CAMDEN, William [1551-1623].
Britannia Sive Florentissimorum Regnorum, Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae, Et Insularum adiacentium ex intima antiquitate Chorographica descriptio.
London: Ralph Newbery, 1587..
2 Parts in 1 with continuous pagination. 8vo. pp. 8 p.l., 648, [21]index, [1]errata. woodcut ornament & cartouche on first title, ornament on 2nd title. woodcut ornaments & initials. later paneled calf (spine dry & flaking, front joint cracked, corners worn, some light foxing & browning). 2 early ownership entries on title. from the library of Thomas Cushing Aylwin [1806-71], lawyer, politician and high court justice of Lower Canada. Second Edition (first published the previous year). The great Elizabethan topographical-historical description of England consumed ten years' travel, study and effort. Camden had to learn Welsh and Anglo-Saxon in order to read both native and other historians, many still in manuscript, and to carefully peruse the public records. The work went through five London editions plus another at Frankfort by 1600, although it was not translated into English until 1610. STC 4504. cfRead 302. cfPrinting and the Mind of Man 101.
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CHARPENTIER, Jacques [1524-1574].
Platonis Cum Aristotele In Universa Philosophia, Comparatio. Quae hoc Commentario, in Alcinoi Institutionem ad eiusdem Platonis doctrinam, explicatur. [with Alcinous's text].
Paris: Jacques Du Puys, 1573.
2 Parts in 1. 4to. pp. 28 p.l., [31], 177 [i.e. 476], [1], [blank leaf]; 4 p.l., 328 [i.e. 329], [1], [3]errata. woodcut device on titles. woodcut ornaments & initials. An appealing copy, bound in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden bds., brass catches & 1 (of 2) clasps (stain on upper cover). First Edition. Jacques Charpentier [Jacobus Carpentarius] achieved a high reputation as a teacher of philosophy at the Collège de Bourgogne for sixteen years before pursuing medical studies at Paris. In 1566 he obtained the chair of mathematics at the Collège de France, and he served as physician to Charles IX. As a partisan and commentator on Aristotle he wrote several discourses against Pierre Ramus. Adams C759. BM STC French p. 9 [vide ALCINOUS]. Schwab 267. Rand I 85.
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CHAUCER, Geoffrey [c1343-1400].
The Workes.
London: Printed by Adam Islip for Thomas Wight, 1598..
folio. irregular foliation: ff. 1-232, 232, 232-235, 242-243, 246, 243-245, 241, 241-246, 248-300, 302-308, 308-309, 311-314, 321, 317-337, 340-344, 339, 348-358, 358, 360-392, 395, 394. lacking folio 300 (Iii1) & portion of folio 301 (Iii2) & last 15 leaves containing the glossary and errata. 1 leaf misbound. black letter. general title & 2 divisional titles within woodcut borders. engraved portrait of Chaucer by John Speed after Thomas Hoccleve surrounded by armorial devices & a family tree. full-page woodcut of Chaucer's coat of arms. large woodcut headpiece of a knight on horseback. woodcut initials. full leather, c1900 (worn but solid, some browning & occasional stains, corners of several leaves torn away with slight loss, repair to folio 336 with some loss, outer margin of title frayed & repaired with slight loss of border, several other marginal repairs, first divisional title shaved at outer edge). a few old ms. notes. Sixth Edition, the first to be edited by Thomas Speght; issue with Wight imprint. This edition contains the first portrait of Chaucer, the first life of Chaucer printed in English (albeit largely fictitious), some previously unpublished material, Chaucer's English translation of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, and several works incorrectly attributed to Chaucer. "[Chaucer] is the first great figure of modern English literature, the first great humorist of modern Europe, and the first great writer in whom the dramatic spirit, so long vanished and seemingly extinct, re-appears. Except Dante, there is no poet of the middle ages of superior faculty and distinction." (DNB) Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde, he is best known today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer championed the use of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he was printed more than any other English author, and he was the first English author to have his works printed in single-volume collected editions. STC 5079. Pforzheimer 177. cfGrolier 1.
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CHYTRAEUS, Nathan [1543-1598].
Oratio De Astronomia seu Uranoscopium Christianum.
Rostock: Myliander, 1591..
8vo. unpaginated. woodcut printer's device on title. modern bds. (paper embrowned). First Edition. An extremely rare treatise and scarce imprint. Poet, philologist, and theologian Nathan Chytraeus, was the younger brother of the theologian David Chytraeus, a disciple of Philip Melanchton. Nathan was a professor first at the University of Rostock, where he is credited with founding the library in 1569, and later at the Gymnasium in Bremen. Not in Adams or BM STC German.
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CICERO, M[arcus] T[ullius].
Opera Ex Petri Victorii codicibus maxima.
Paris: Robert Estienne, 15[38]-39.
5 Parts in 2 Volumes. folio. pp. 8 p.l., 288; 340 [i.e. 640], [6]; 416; 450, [1 leaf]; 158, [100]. 6 titles with woodcut printer's device. several woodcut initials. 17th century calf, recornered & rebacked with gilt spines mounted (staining to p. 240 of second part, lower blank margin of title of 3rd part renewed, a few small round wormholes at beginning of Vol. II). numerous neat old ms. marginal notations & some scoring in first volume. Second Edition edited by Italian classical scholar, Pietro Vettori [1499-1585], elegantly printed in folio format by Robert Estienne. It is based on the Giunta Venice edition of 1534, with a few additional notes by the editor. The five parts comprise the rhetoric (Part I), the orations (Part II), the letters (Part III), the philosophical writings (Part IV), and Vettori's commentary (Part V). Adams C1640. BM STC French p. 109. Brunet II 7 (incorrectly citing 6 Vols.). Moss I p. 291. cfRenouard p. 48 (citing 4 Vols. & different title).
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COOPER, Thomas [1517-1594].
Thesaurus Linguae Romanae Britannicae.
London: 1584..
thick folio. text in double columns. unpaginated. lacking initial blank & without the 1584 colophon leaf. woodcut device on title. woodcut initials. modern quarter calf (repaired tear in q4 - no loss, small number rubberstamp at head of title, headlines occasionally shaved, small wormtrack through a few gatherings towards end). ms. inscription dated 1632 on last page. Cooper prepared his important Latin-English dictionary while headmaster of Magdalen College, drawing on the work of other lexicographers and in particular on the dictionaries of Sir Thomas Elyot and Robert Estienne. It was first published in 1565. Appended to the main text is an historical and poetical dictionary. The work soon became a standard reference and was probably used and consulted by Shakespeare and other Elizabethan poets and dramatists. So delighted with the dictionary was Queen Elizabeth that she promised to aid in the advancement of the author's career. Cooper was made dean of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1567, dean of Gloucester in 1569, bishop of Lincoln in 1571, and bishop of Winchester in 1584. Alden notes that the dictionary includes a definition and discussion of Guiacum, and in the Dictionarium historicum, a description of America as discovered by Vespucci. This copy is very interesting bibliographically as it contains the 'faked' title-page described in STC which reads 'Romanae Britannicae' rather than 'Romanae & Britannicae'. The STC estimates this leaf to have perhaps been printed after 1705. Apart from the title-leaf, the text is composed of sheets from different sixteenth century printings, the STC noting a number of such variants. See STC 5689 & Alden 584/16.
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DEMOSTHENES.
Demosthenis Graecorum Oratorum Principis, Olynthiacae orationes tres, & Philippicae quatuor, e Greco in Latinum conversae.Addita est etiam Epistola de vita, & obitu eiusdem Nicolae Carri.
London: Henry Denham, 1571.
4to. ff. [12], 83. title within typographical border. woodcut ornaments & initials. 19th century blind-stamped old-style calf by Rivière, gilt edges (rubbed, short split in upper front joint, few minor stains, small repair to C1 - no loss). First Edition of the Latin Translation by Nicholas Carr [1524-1568], the second edition of Demosthenes to be published in England. The first English translation, by Thomas Wilson, was published by Denham in London the previous year. Appended are a life of Carr by Bartholomew Dodington, one of Carr's successors as regius professor of Greek at Trinity College, Cambridge, and eulogies and funeral orations by Henry Howard, Thomas Bing, Thomas Hatcher, and others. STC 6577. Bruggemann I p. 160.
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DIO CASSIUS.
[Greek Title].Rerum Romanarum a Pompeio Magno ad Alexandrum Mamaeae, Epitome authore Ioanne Xiphilino. [BOUND WITH:] DIO CASSIUS. Dionis Nicaei, rerum Romanarum A Pompeio Magno, ad Alexandrum Mamaeae filium Epitome, Ioanne Xiphilino authore, & Guilielmo Blanco Albiensi interprete.
Paris: Robert Estienne, 1551 & Paris: [Robert Estienne], 1551.
4to. pp. 357, [3]; 3 p.l., 280, [10]index. Greek & Latin texts. woodcut devices on titles (Renouard 471 & 296). woodcut ornaments & initials. 18th century calf, rebacked, all edges gilt (binding worn but solid, crack in spine, occasional light embrowning & marginal stains). First Edition of the abridgment of Dio Cassius by the younger Joannes Xiphilinus, bound, possibly as issued, with Guillaume Leblanc's Latin translation of same. Estienne's name does not appear on the title-page to the second title. These works complement Estienne's 1548 folio edition of Dio Cassius. Xiphilinus' 11th century epitome of the roman history is the only source for Dio's lost books 61 to 80 (see Schreiber). The first text is printed in the first font of the 'grecs du roi', and is based on a manuscript in the Royal Library. It is also one of the last Greek texts to carry Estienne's Paris imprint. Mortimer, Harvard French 16th Century Books, 170-171. Adams D515 (2nd part). Schreiber 108 (1st part). Renouard p. 80, nos. 8 & 9.
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DODOENS, Rembert [1516-1585].
Purgantium Aliarumque Eo Facientium, Tum Et Radicum, Convolvulorum ac deleteriarum herbarum historiae Libri IIII.
Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1574..
8vo. pp. 505, [6]. 221 full-page woodcuts in the text. woodcut printer's device on title & appendix title. woodcut initials. later vellum (front hinge weak, significant foxing & browning throughout). First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] DODOENS, Rembert. Florum, Et Coronariarum doratarumque Nonnullarum Herbarum Historia.Altera Editio. 8vo. pp. 309, [8]. 109 full-page woodcuts in the text. woodcut printer's device woodcut ornaments. (some foxing & browning throughout). Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1569. Second and Best Edition. The first work describes plants with purgative properties, those with medicinal roots, climbing plants, and poisonous plants. The second is devoted to plants which were considered to be remarkable for their flowers or their scent, many of them recently introduced from Asia Minor. " Dodoens' Florum, et coronarium was devoted to those flowers, ranging from herbaceous annuals and perennials to rare bulbous plants, that were traditionally used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to form garlands and wreaths, 'coronae'; in fact, a garden planted with such flowers was sometimes referred to in this period as a 'hortus coronarius'. Among the flowers he describes are the rose, violet, lily, marguerite, marigold, amaranth, iris, narcissus, anemone and carnation and sweet-smelling herbs such as thyme, marjoram, lavender and lavender cotton." (Tomasi). The second edition also includes descriptions of the tulip, the 'Flos africanus' or tagetes, and the 'Chrysanthemum perunianum' or sunflower, native to Peru and other American regions. The majority of the woodblocks in both works were cut by Gerard Janssen van Kampen after drawings by Peeter van der Borcht. The second edition of the second work contains five new woodcuts, of which four are replacements. Notably the two books were printed by Christophe Plantin, himself an amateur botanist, from whose presses were issued some of the most important botanical texts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Dodoens practised medicine in his native Mechelen (Malines) and then served for several years as physician to Emperor Maximilian II and Rudolph II in Vienna and Prague. On his return to Holland in 1582, he accepted the chair of medicine at the University of Leyden. The first of the great Flemish botanists, Dodoens contributed to the tremendous progress made in the field of the natural sciences in the sixteenth century, continuing the work of classification and identification begun by Brunfels, Fuchs and Bock. Voet 1099 & 1098. Hunt 116 & 101. Nissen 515 & 514. Tomasi, An Oak Spring Flora, 39, pp. 154-58. Durling 1181 & 1175. Wellcome 1821 & 1820.
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