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Illuminated Homilies on John

Illuminated Homilies on John John Chrysostom, 1470 CHRYSOSTOM, John (c.349-407). Homiliae super Johannem. Translated by Franciscus Griffolinus. Rome: Georgius Lauer for the Monastery of St. Eusebius, 29 October 1470. A beautifully illuminated first edition of Saint John Chrysostom’s homilies on the Gospel of John. Chrysostom, whose name means “golden-mouthed” in Greek, was a prolific fourth...

Preis: 15.000 $ - 25.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

"Extremely rare" Götz Bible

"Extremely rare" Götz Bible Cologne, 1477-8 BIBLE, in Latin. [Cologne: Nicolaus Götz, about 1477-78]. The Kloss copy of the “extremely rare” second Götz edition of the Bible (Copinger). Nicolaus Götz, a legal scholar in Cologne, published four editions of the Bible in the 1470s; there is some disagreement about the priority. Copinger assigns this as the second edition and dates it c. 1474; he had...

Preis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Beautifully illuminated incunable of the Natural History

Beautifully illuminated incunable of the Natural History Pliny the Elder, 1479 PLINY THE ELDER (23-79 CE). Historia naturalis. Edited by Philippus Beroaldus. Treviso: Michael Manzolus, 1479. A beautifully illuminated incunable edition of Pliny’s “encyclopedia of all the knowledge of the ancient world” (PMM). When it was first published in Venice in 1469, this work marked the first appearance of...

Preis: 30.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

First printed treatise on the pulse

First printed treatise on the pulse Gilles of Corbeil, 1484 CORBEIL, Gilles of (fl. 1200). De pulsibus. Padua: Matthaeus Cerdonis, January 1484. First edition of the first printed treatise on the pulse. Gilles of Corbeil, also known as Aegidius Corboliensis, was a French physician and humanist trained at the renowned medical schools of Salerno and Montpellier. This work—composed in Latin...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Gregory's Dialogues

Gregory's Dialogues Gregory I, c.1484 GREGORY I (c.540-604). Dialogorum libri quattuor. [Louvain:] Johannes de Westfalia, [c.1484]. Rare incunable edition of Gregory’s Dialogues, published by the first printer in the Low Countries. Pope Gregory I’s wildly popular Dialogues recount the lives and miracles of the early saints—a genre which would reach its culmination with the Golden Legend. Book II...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Extremely rare Medieval sermons

Extremely rare Medieval sermons Strassburg, c.1486 INCUNABULA – Sermones "Parati" de tempore et de sanctis. [Strassburg: Printer of the 1483 'Vitas Patrum', about 1486]. A well-used copy of a very rare incunable collection of sermons, with contemporary marginalia. This medieval compendium of sermon notes for use by priests is keyed to the Church calendar and the lives of the saints. ISTC assigns...

Preis: 2.000 $ - 4.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Fallacies of traditional sciences

Fallacies of traditional sciences Phillipus Beroaldus, 1497 BEROALDUS, Philippus (1453-1505). Declamatio philosophi, medici, oratoris. –. De optimo statu et principe. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 13 December 1497. A rare incunable on the fallacies of traditional sciences, particularly physics and medicine; the first edition of these two essays by the preeminent Bolognese scholar. The first essay...

Preis: 2.500 $ - 3.500 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Ancient astronomy, by Aldus

Ancient astronomy, by Aldus Aratus et al., 1499 ASTRONOMY – ARATUS (c.315-240 BCE); FIRMICUS, Julius (4th century); MANILIUS, Marcus (1st century); et al. [Scriptores astronomici veteres.] Venice: Aldus Manutius, 17 October 1499. Aldus’s illustrated compendium of ancient astronomical texts—“there are few Aldine publications more beautiful and interesting” (Dibdin). This bilingual collection of...

Preis: 15.000 $ - 20.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Great humanist exposition of Aristotle

Great humanist exposition of Aristotle Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples, 1501 LEFÈVRE D’ÉTAPLES, Jacques (c.1450-1536) and ARISTOTLE (c.384-322). In hoc opere continentur totius philosophiae naturalis paraphrases. Paris: Wolfgang Hopyl, 1501. First edition of the great humanist’s exposition of Aristotle’s works on the natural world. Ushering in a century of Aristotelian studies intent on developing the...

Preis: 2.500 $ - 3.500 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

First Greek book printed at Rome

First Greek book printed at Rome Pindar, 1515 PINDAR (c.522-c.443 BCE). Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia, in Greek. Rome: Zacharias Kallierges for Cornelio Benigno, 13 August 1515. The first Greek book printed at Rome, first edition of Pindar with scholia. Pindar was “the brightest star in the Alexandrian canon ... [and] this edition has always been acknowledged as textually superior” to the editio...

Preis: 6.000 $ - 9.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Medieval astronomy and meteorology

Medieval astronomy and meteorology Duke Leopold of Austria, 1520 LEOPOLD, Duke of Austria (13th century). Compilatio ... de astrorum scientia Decem continentis tractatus. Venice: [Jacobus Pentius, for] Melchior Sessa and Petrus de Ravanis, 15 July 1520. Second edition of the Compilatio by the 13th-century astronomer, Leopold of Austria. Primarily a work of astrology, the sixth book concerns...

Preis: 1.800 $ - 2.500 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Two major works on twilight

Two major works on twilight Pedro Nunes & Ibn Mu'adh, 1542 NUNES, Pedro (1502-1578) and IBN MU'ADH, Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad (989-1079). De crepusculis liber unus, nunc recens & natus et editus. Item Allacen Arabis vetustissimi, De causis crepusculorum liber unus. Latter text translated by Gerard of Cremona. [Lisbon: Luis Rodriguez, 1542.] First edition of two major works on twilight. The first is...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Prophecies on the Ottoman Empire

Prophecies on the Ottoman Empire Ps.-Antonio Torquato, 1552 TORQUATO, Ps.-Antonio (15th century). Prognosticon de eversione Europae, & alia quaedam. Antwerp: Martinus Nutius, 1552. Unusual collection of works on the Ottoman Empire and Asia, second edition. The first treatise here is a popular prophecy attributed to the 15th-century astrologer Antonio Torquato (or Arquato) which predicted, among...

Preis: 1.000 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

First English edition of The Dance of Death

First English edition of The Dance of Death Boccaccio & Lydgate, 1554 BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-1375). A Treatise excellent and compendious, shewing and declaring, in maner of Tragedye, the falls of sondry most notable Princes and Princesses. Translated by John Lydgate. London: Richard Tottel, 10 September 1554. The first edition in English of the Dance of Death, with woodcuts which “deserve to be...

Preis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

First English edition of the complete works

First English edition of the complete works Thomas More, 1557 MORE, Thomas (1478-1535). The Workes of Sir Thomas More Knyght, Sometyme Lorde Chauncellour of England, written by him in the Englysh tonge. London: John Cawood, John Wally and Richarde Tottell, 1557. The first edition in English of the complete works of Sir Thomas More. More, the “man for all seasons,” was a Catholic scholar and...

Preis: 8.000 $ - 12.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

One of the first women listed in the Index

One of the first women listed in the Index Olympia Fulvia Morata, 1562 FULVIA MORATA, Olympia (1526-1555). Divinae orationes, dialogi, epistolae, carmina, tam Latina quam Graeca. Basel: Pietro Perna, 1562. The rare second—and earliest obtainable—edition of the writings of the Protestant polymath Olympia Morata. Raised in the ducal house of Este and the daughter of the Este princes’ tutor, Morata...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Rabelasian monster book

Rabelasian monster book Ps.-Rabelais, 1565 RABELAIS, François, Ps. (c.1494-1553). Les songes drolatiques de Pantagruel, ou sont contenues plusieurs figures de l'invention de maistre François Rabelais. Paris: Richard Breton, 1565. The first edition of this mysterious series of grotesque illustrations “for the recreation of witty spirits.” The woodcuts are now generally attributed to François...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Münster's Cosmografia

Münster's Cosmografia Sebastian Münster, 1575 MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Cosmografia. Cologne: heirs of Arnoldo Byrckmann, 1575. An early Italian edition of “the first modern” work of cosmology (Hodgen). Münster was a cartographer, historian, and linguist who combined his expertise to create this tour-de-force work, which “brought all the empires of man into a single meaningful...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Heron mechanicus

Heron mechanicus Conrad Dasypodius, 1580 DASYPODIUS, Conrad (1530-1600). Heron mechanicus. Strasbourg: Nicolaus Wyriot, 1580. First edition in Latin of a description of the famous astronomical clock in the cathedral at Strasbourg. Designed by the mathematician Christian Herlin, it was finished after his death by Dasypodius, his pupil and successor, who resumed construction of the clock with the...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Hunting and falconry

Hunting and falconry Jacques du Fouilloux et al., 1582 [DU FOUILLOUX, Jacques (1519-1580); Jean DE FRANCIERES (d. 1488), et al.]. Neuw Jag und Weydwerck Buch. Das ist ein grundtliche Beschreibung vom Anfang der Jagten. Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend for Johann Feyerabend, 1582. First edition in German, enlarging the original French text and with the first appearance of the full series of woodcuts...

Preis: 6.000 $ - 9.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Le diverse et artificiose machine

Le diverse et artificiose machine Agostino Ramelli, 1588 RAMELLI, Agostino (c.1531-1608). Le diverse et artificiose machine ... nelle quali si contengono uarij et artificiosi mouimenti, degni di grandissima speculatione, per cauarne beneficio in ogni sorte d'operatione. Composte in lingua italiana et francese. Paris: by the author, 1588. First edition of one of the greatest illustrated books of...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

First collected edition

First collected edition Paracelsus, 1589-90 PARACELSUS, Theophrastus (Bombast von Hohenheim, Philippus Aureolus; 1493-1541). Erster [– Achter] Theil der Bücher und Schrifften, des edlen, hochgelehrten und bewehrten Philosophi unnd Medici. Edited by Johannes Huser. Basel: Conrad Waldkirch, 1589-1590. First collected edition of Paracelsus's medical and natural-philosophical works, edited by Huser...

Preis: 2.500 $ - 3.500 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Henri IV sammelband

Henri IV sammelband Paris & Lyon, 1594-1606 HENRI IV – Arrest de la Cour de Parlement contre Iehen Chastel escholier … pour le parricide. Du 29 Decembre 1594. Paris: Mamert Patisson, 1595 [Bound with:] [PITHOU, Pierre.] De iusta & canonica absolutione Henrici IIII. Paris: Mamert Patisson, 1594. [And:] [MARION, Simon]. Plaidoyé sur lequel a esté donné contre les jesuites l'arrest du 16 octobre...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

The Earth a Magnet

The Earth a Magnet William Gilbert, 1600 GILBERT, William (1544-1603). De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de magno magnete tellure; Physiologia nova, plurimis & argumentis, & experimentis demonstrata. London: P. Short, 1600. First edition of “the first major English treatise based on experimental methods” (PMM). Magnets had been objects of fascination from antiquity, but a truly scientific...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Physiognomaniacal treatise on distillation

Physiognomaniacal treatise on distillation Giovanni Battista Della Porta, 1608 DELLA PORTA, Giovanni Battista (c.1538-1615). De distillatione lib. IX. Rome: Camera Apostolica, 1608. The first edition of Della Porta's physiognomaniacal treatise on distillation. This work, an expansion of the distillation section from the enlarged edition of his Magia naturalis, offers a comprehensive view of the...

Preis: 2.000 $ - 3.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Robert Fludd's mystic masterpiece

Robert Fludd's mystic masterpiece Oppenheim, 1624 FLUDD, Robert (1547-1637). Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, physica atque technica historia. –. Tractatus secundus de naturae simia seu technica macrocosmi historia. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Gallerus for Johann Theodorus de Bry, 1624. Second edition of Fludd’s mystic masterpiece, richly illustrated with designs attributed to de...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

Miniature dos-à-dos binding

Miniature dos-à-dos binding New Testament and Psalms, 1633-5 MINIATURE BOOK – The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. London: Robert Barker, 1633 [Bound with:] The Whole Booke of Psalmes. London: Company of Stationers, 1635. Miniature embroidered binding, in Fortuny silk pouch. Miniature copies of the New Testament and Psalter were often bound together dos-à-dos ("back to back") in...

Preis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

The definitive mapping of lunar libration

The definitive mapping of lunar libration Johannes Hevelius, 1654 HEVELIUS, Johannes (1611-1687). Epistolae II. Prior: de motu lunae libratorio, in certas tabulas redacto ... Posterior: de utriusque luminaris defectu anni 1654. Danzig: Andreas Julius Moller for the author, 1654. Hevelius's definitive mapping of lunar libration. "Hevelius' descriptions of a librational cycle of shadow changes in...

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Datum: 18.06.2020

The wave or pulse theory of light

The wave or pulse theory of light Christiaan Huygens, 1690 HUYGENS, Christiaan (1629-1695). Traité de la lumière. Leiden: Pierre vander Aa, 1690. First edition of Huygens’s groundbreaking wave or pulse theory of light. Although Huygens first developed his theory in the 1670s, he did not publish until after the appearance of Newton's Principia in 1687—and a visit with Newton himself in 1689. His...

Preis: 12.000 $ - 22.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020

Binomial theorem

Binomial theorem Isaac Newton, 1711 [NEWTON, Isaac (1643-1727).] Analysis per quantitatum series, fluxiones, ac differentias: cum enumeratione linearum tertii ordinis. London: Pearson, 1711. The Hill copy of Newton’s first independent treatise on the higher mathematics, containing the earliest printed account of his binomial theorem. Newton allowed fellow mathematician William Jones—famous for...

Preis: 30.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 18.06.2020