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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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BURCHARDUS DE MONTE SION & SALIGNAC, BARTHÉLÉMY de.
Descriptio Terrae Sanctae, Et Regionum Finitimarum...M. CC. XXCIII. Item Itinerarium Hiersolymitanum Bartholomaei De Saligniaco...
Magdeburg: Paulus Donat for Ambrosius Kirchner, 1587..
2 Parts in 1. small 4to. [ff. 60; 50]. woodcut ornaments & initials. 19th century century bds. (rubbed, library stamp on title & label on lower spine, light dampstain to lower inner margins of last leaves). First Combined Edition of these two travel narratives to the Holy Land (first separately published in 1519 and 1525). German Dominican friar, Buchardus de Monte Sion traveled to the Middle East between 1274 and 1284, being one of the last pilgrims to travel to the Holy Land and write a full report before the fall of the Latin Kingdom in 1291. He visited Palestine, the principality of Antioch, the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, and Egypt. His work is described as being of "extraordinary importance", "the most detailed account to have come down to us from the thirteenth century" and "in a class of its own among the many mediaeval descriptions of the Holy Land." (see Wikipedia) Barthélémy de Salignac of Burgundy, knight, jurist and protonotary of the Papal Curia, undertook his journey to the Holy Land in 1522. He set out from Venice and visited Corsica, Crete, Candia, Rhodes, Cyprus, before arriving in the Holy Land, which is described in books 5 to 10. Adams B2875. Brunet I 1270 [vide BROCARDUS] & V 77. Graesse I 545 [vide BROCARDUS] & VI 233. Rohricht p. 59. Tobler pp. 27 & 69. cfBM STC German (1593 edition) [vide SALIGNIACO].
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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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DONI, [Anton Francesco] [1513-1574].
Mondi Celesti, Terrestri, Et Infernale, De Gli Academici Pellegrini...
Venice: Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1562..
small 8vo. pp. 8 p.l., 430, [blank leaf]. woodcut printer's device on title & another larger one on verso of penultimate leaf. woodcut ornaments & initials. A nice fresh copy in modern vellum (covers bowed, stamp & old ownership entry on title, light dampstain to lower outer corner of prelims). First Combined Edition of this early example of Italian Renaissance utopian literature, inspired by Sir Thomas More (originally published as two separate volumes in 1552 and 1553). Doni himself had edited the first Italian translation of More's Utopia by Ortensio Lando, which appeared in Venice in 1548 (Gibson 37). "In a mixture of story, speculation, dialogue, allegory, and moralizing, Doni discusses the little world - man, the greater world - the universe, and the world of God, and goes on to satirize human inconsistencies in the mixed world, man's follies in the risible world, his vain imaginations in the world of the imagination, and thus reaches a more truly utopian section, il mondo savio e pazzo, which Curcio prints in Utopisti e riformatori, pages 1-15, noting (page xii) that More influenced Doni, who was probably the translator, certainly the editor of the Italian text of Utopia. Il mondo savio is perfect in all respects, even in form, "in todo perfetissimo, a guise d'una stella," regular, symmetrical, blessed with perpetual peace. Reason prevails in all things. There is exchange of goods but no money. All are equal and dress in the same manner. Love is free and children are adopted by the state. Life is tranquil; though luxury is absent, all are contented." (Gibson & Patrick) BM STC Italian p. 226. Bongi II pp. 144-45. Gamba 1369n. Gibson 665. This edition not in Adams.
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ESTIENNE, Henri [1531-1598].
Conciones Sive Orationes Ex Graecis Latinisque historicis excerptae.
[Geneva]: Henri Estienne, 1570.
2 Parts in 1. folio. pp. 10 p.l., 278 [i.e. 292], [4]index; 194. without the final blank. greek & roman letter. Estienne's woodcut device on title. woodcut initials. A very good copy in 19th century calf, gilt back (light dampstaining in upper margin through second half). double slipcase. from the library of English deist, Edward Herbert , first Baron Herbert of Cherbury [1583-1648], with his cypher & price notation on title. armorial bookplate of Edward Herbert, Viscount Clive [1785-1848]. First Edition, First Issue, with p. '288' incorrectly numbered '278'. "Henri Estienne published this collection of the speeches and exhortations found in the Greek and Roman historians, for the use of politicians, lawyers, and all those who had a need of the art of persuasion. The Greek texts are accompanied by Latin translations (the majority by Estienne himself, others by Valla, Iobus Veratius, Politianus, et al.). The Greek historians include Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, Arrian, and Herodian; among the Roman historians are Sallust, Livy, Tacitus, Quintus Curtius, and Ammianus Marcellinus." (Schreiber) Adams C2486. Brunet II 212. Renouard pp. 133-34, no. 3. Schreiber 176.
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