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EURIPIDES

Edité par Aldus, Venice (1503)

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Description du livre : Aldus, Venice, 1503. Hardcover. État : Fine. A MAGNIFICENT PAIR Two volumes 8vo. (268); (189) unnumbered ff. Greek letter, Aldine dolphin device to versos of last, frequent Latin and Greek marginalia in several contemporary hands, leaves numbered at head, both occasionally cropped. A fine, clean copy in striking late 18th C red morocco gilt with border of scrolling acanthus leaves and corner ornaments, inner dentelles gilt, spines richly gilt, green and navy morocco lettering pieces. 19th C comb-patterned marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Armorial bookplates of the library of the Earl of Macclesfield on front pastedown, Shirburn castle blind stamps to first few leaves. EDITIO PRINCEPS of eighteen Euripidean plays (in spite of the title page, which mentions only seventeen), including 'Rhesus,' sometimes attributed to Sophocles, including in a manuscript note at the start of volume II, but more often considered as being a later, spurious, addition to the corpus. All the tragedies with the exception of 'Electra' are present, as well as the satyr play 'Cyclops.' All but four of the plays are here published for the first time. "It would seem from the preface that only 1,000 copies were printed" (Dibdin), making it a set of particular rarity as well as beauty. The marginalia offer alternative readings, cross-references to other authors and translations of complex phrases. The text of the first volume is preceded by a sheet of manuscript with notes in Latin, Italian and Greek with relevant page numbers, in the same hand as the numbering. The attractive bindings of this set date from the late 18th C Classical revival, due to the rigid geometry of the designs on the spine, and the acanthus roll. BM STC It. 239. Dibdin I 524 "frequently found in an imperfect or indifferent condition". Adams E 1030. Renouard 43/10 "première et rare édition d'Euripide". Greek, Latin. N° de réf. du libraire L859

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ATHENAEUS. - MUSURUS, Marcus, ed.

Edité par Venice, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Asulanus (1514)

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Description du livre : Venice, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Asulanus, 1514. Printer's device on title and last leaf verso. Title and text in Greek; headers of preface, register and colophon in Roman type. 38 pp., 1 blank leaf, 294 pp., (1) leaf. Folio. 19th-century half leather over marbled boards, spine gilt in six panels, red spine label. From the library of Walter Ashburner Florence (1864-1936), with his stamp on the title (nearly erased) and on the last leaf. Venice, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Asulanus, August 1514. Editio princeps of an encyclopedia under the guise of a dialogue. A large number of guests sits at the 'Banquet of Intellectuals', representing a.o., philosophy, grammar, rhetoric, art, archaeology, literature and sciences. Described is what may be considered to be the first patents (i.e. exclusive right granted to an inventor). This is the only existent work of Athenaeus of Naucratis (fl. c. A.D. 200), and one of our sources for ancient daily life. Greek and Roman cookery, as well as wines are described in detail, and probably also the earliest known text on cookery and one of the very important "editiones principes" of classical Greek text that Aldus has edited since the beginning of the 16th century. The fifteen existent books (of probably thirty originally) evolved from the symposiac genre of literature. The twenty-one dinner-guests are from the educated social elite, each one representing a different learned field, debate a wide spectrum of topics, such as food, luxury, diet, health, sexual relations, pornography, art, music, literature, philosophy, law, medicine and surgery. As the dinner conversation ensues, each expert cites primary texts in support of their arguments. Consequently, Athenaeus' Deipnosophistou is one of our most important sources for ancient literature that would otherwise be lost: Nearly 800 authors are cited, the titles of more than 2,500 plays are listed, and more than 10,000 lines of verse are quoted. The description of the symposium itself is also exhaustive. Minutely detailed narratives on table settings, vintages of wine, varieties and preparation of animals, birds, fish, fruit, vegetables, bread, and pastries, as well as the names of famous chefs and gourmandises make the dinner-table philosophers our earliest and most important source for ancient gastronomy: The reader learns about Greek, Persian, Roman and Sicilian cuisine. This work also provides important insights into ancient music, song, and dance. Were it not for Athenaeus, much valuable information about the ancient world would be missing. Aldus had already planned a Greek edition of the text by the late 1490's. There survives at the Pierpont Morgan Library a proof-page for an unrealized edition, printed in Greek type 2:114 and containing the epitome of book 1. This present edition, beautifully printed in the Aldine Greek type 3bis:90, has a title page printed in the form of an hourglass. The work is dedicated to Janos Vertessy, a Hungarian studying Greek and Latin under Marcus Musurus, a well-known classicist working in Venice, as we learn from Aldus' dedicatory letter, dated August 1514. - A very nice copy. - Adams A-2096; Hoffmann I, 421-422; Renouard, p. 67-68, 4 ("fort rare"); Vicaire 50 ("magnifiquement executée"); Simon, BB I, 58; Schraemli 9; not in the great gastronomy collections of Fritsch, Oberlé, Bitting, Horn/Arndt, Georg, Walterspiel; Frumkin, "The Origin of Patents", in: Journal of the Patent Office Society, March 1943, vol. XXVII, no. 3, pp. 143 et seq. GRAPHIC ARTS:ALDUS ; CLASSICS ; GASTRONOMY ; N° de réf. du libraire 32958-344

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Aeschylus:

Edité par [Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, Febrvario 1518]. (1518)

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Description du livre : [Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, Febrvario 1518]., 1518. 113,[1] leaves. Small octavo (155 x 95 mm). Full citron morocco, heavily decorated with a mosaic pattern in gilt, with red and black morocco inlays, raised bands, gilt compartments with inlays, heavily gilt decorated pale violet- rose morocco doublures, gilt over marbled edges, gold foil onlaid to free endsheets, unsigned but possibly by Trautz- Bauzonnet. Printed in Greek type, with the Preface in italic. Aldine anchor on title and colophon. With the gilt monogram on the front doublure, and bookplate on endsheet verso, of collector Robert Hoe. Minor foxing to prelims and terminal leaves, otherwise a fine copy, in cloth chemise and full morocco solander case. The first printing in book form of the Greek text of some of Aeschylus's Tragedies, edited for the press by Franciscus Asulanus, and with a preface by Francesco Torresani. Although printed a few years after the death of Aldus the Elder, this edition continued the tradition of his program for publishing the classics of Greek and Latin literature from manuscript sources. Unfortunately, this edition is also notable for the editor having not noticed that the manuscript source on which he was relying lacked some leaves, including the last part of AGAMEMNON and the first part of CHOEPHORI, resulting in the presentation of the incomplete works as one continuous text. GOLDSMID 145. RENOUARD 85:9. BM (ITALIAN STC), p.8. ADAMS A262. BRUNET I:77. N° de réf. du libraire WRCLIT 66889

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Octoginta Volumina. nunc tandem per M. Fabium: HIPPOCRATES

HIPPOCRATES

Edité par [colophon:] Rome, Marco Falvio Calvo, 1525 (1525)

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Description du livre : [colophon:] Rome, Marco Falvio Calvo, 1525, 1525. Folio (300 x 209 mm), pp [lxxxiv] 733 [recte 732] [2, without terminal blank], title within ornamental woodcut border; top of title woodcut border slightly cropped in binding as often, some occasional ink spots or other staining, otherwise a very good copy in eighteenth-century vellum.First collected edition. 'This is the first complete Latin edition of the works of the greatest of clinical physicians. What is now known as the "Hippocratic collection" is a large corpus of works - the number varies between fifty-nine and a hundred - which was probably in existence in Alexandria by about 300 B.C. The present edition contains eighty works ?'Hippocrates first established an empirical system of medicine based on a combination of bedside experience and a collation of the many individual data which then formed the basis of clinical teaching. The clinical descriptions of fevers, phthisis, puerperal convulsions, epilepsy and other disorders have remained classics and no such records were kept again for over a thousand years.'The treatise on the surgery includes treatment of dislocations and fractures, trephining the skull, descriptions of surgical instruments, rules on public health and diagnosis, a famous work on the brain, on the theory of the four humours, and many others. Laennec specifically acknowledges his debt to the Hippocratic writings in relation to the invention of the stethoscope. The most celebrated section of all is probably the "Aphorisms".'The ideal of the humane and learned physician originates with Hippocrates, and the "Hippocratic Oath" still remains the classic expression of the duties, ethics and moral standards of the medical profession' (PMM).This edition publishes the Latin translation from the Greek made by Marco Fabio Calvo, who had prepared his own Greek manuscript in 1512 by collating a fourteenth manuscript in his possession with a twelfth-century codex which remains one of the oldest and most important Hippocratic manuscripts. Both these manuscripts, along with Calvo's rescension, survive in the Vatican Library. The Greek text published in 1526 by Aldus utilised another version of the Hippocratic texts.Provenance: extensive early pencil markings in black and red, and some occasional ink annotations, possibly editorial markings for a later editionAdams H567; Celli 628; Garrison pp 92-101; this is the first of his six most important editions of Hippocrates; Grolier Medicine 1A; Heirs of Hippocrates 10; Norman 1076; PMM 55; Stillwell 406 and 657; Waller 4459; Wellcome 3177. N° de réf. du libraire 3708

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Description du livre : colophon: Venice: Aldus Manutius June and October, 1499. 2 parts bound in 2 vols., with woodcut diagrams in the first part, and numerous woodcut illustrations in the second, all within the text, including the 2 blanks E7 and K10 in the second part, title-page slightly soiled and with a tiny hole, just affecting 1 letter on the verso, 3-line imprint (but not the register) excised from colophon of first part and the gap filled in, second part bound out of order (see below), lower inner corners of 2nd vol. a little damp-stained, ff. [184; [192], folio (1st part 298 x 204mm, 2nd 307 x 213), first part in late 20th-century blue buckram, ?old blue edges, second part in later (17th- or 18th-century) vellum over boards, repair to upper outer corner of lower cover, early pagination added in brown ink and many marginal notes, bookplate in both vols. of Paul Schmidtchen, his pencil notes at the beginning of each vol., good. Some of the texts had appeared before, Manilius, Avienus &c), but the edition contains teo notable firsts, the first edition of Aratus, and the first printing of Linacre's translation of Proclus, itself Linacre's first published work. This important collection is known as Scriptores astronomici veteres, the group term invented by Hain: it nowhere appears in the book itself, but ever since Hain it has had common currency. The two parts were printed some months apart, and it is not uncommon to find them separately. Paul Schmidtchen had evidently acquired the second part on its own (his collation note inside the front cover of the second vol. dated 1948): his note inside the first part does not give us the date of its acquisition. The component parts of the second vol. are individually paginated in an early hand, and the order in which they are bound is likely to be a deliberate choice rather than the binder's waywardness. The order is: Aratus in Greek (with the colophon at the end), Proclus and commentaries (i.e. gatherings N-T), Aratus in Latin (gatherings G-N - there are 2 gatherings N, as called for), Manilius (gatherings A-F). In any event, the order of the texts does not follow that on the title-page - of part I, but including part II. The 39 woodcuts illustrating Aratus are derived from Ratdolt's edition of Hyginus (1482). This abundant use of illustrations is often seen as a trial run for the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed in December of the same year, and indeed 2 of the cuts are in the style of that work (G6v & H6r). (Hain-Copinger *14559; GW 9981; BMC V, 560; Goff F191; ISTC if00191000; Renouard, page 20(3), 'rare, et d'une très belle exécution'; Sarton I, 354). N° de réf. du libraire 55298

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Libellus de Epidemia, quam vulgo morbum Gallicum: LEONICENO, Niccolò

LEONICENO, Niccolò

Edité par Aldus Manutius, Venice (1497)

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Description du livre : Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1497. Hardcover. État : Very good. A FIRST FORAY INTO THE STUDY OF SYPHILIS FIRST EDITION. 4to., 29 leaves, a-c8, d(4+1). Predominantly Roman letter, little Greek; lower outer corner of title slightly soiled, very light marginal water stains. A very good copy in old vellum, recased, gilt title and author's name on front cover; five marginalia, including a scholarly cutting remark (slightly cropped), in same contemporary probably French hand at head of title ‘Est Meij Jo. Baptis. Loms[?]’. First edition of the earliest scholarly account of syphilis, by Niccolò Leoniceno (1428-1524), a very influential physician, botanist and scholar of the Italian Renaissance. A skilled student of Greek, Leoniceno taught in Padua before settling in the university and court of Ferrara. Here, he accomplished pioneering translations of the Greek classics, such as Arrian, Diodorus, Appian, Polybius, Cassius Dio and, first and foremost, a large part of Galen’s corpus. Over the course of his extraordinarily long life, Leoniceno was well acquainted with the most prominent scholars of his time, including Pico della Mirandola, Ermolao Barbaro and Angelo Poliziano. Lending Aldus Manutius some of his prized manuscripts, he took an active part in the Aldine Greek editions of Aristotle and Galen. In 1497, he published De morbo Gallico, following the epidemic in the Italian peninsula after the arrival of the French troops of Charles VIII. The book, dedicated to Gian Francesco Pico della Mirandola, corrects several mistakes of the Arabic medical tradition in identifying and naming diseases and proved that syphilis had been known already to the Greeks and Romans. This and other works by Leoniceno led Erasmus to rate him as one of the few humanists to revive medical studies alongside Guillaume Cop and Linacre. This copy retains the final additional leaf with errata. ISTC, il00165000; BM STC, V, 557; GW, M17947; Hain, 10019; IGI 6814; Goff, L-165; Klebs, 599.1; Renouard, 14:12 (‘Extrêmement rare, et le premier qui ait été publié sur cette maladie’); Wellcome, 3736; Morton, 2363; Bibliotheca Osleriana, 7452. Not in Durling or Heirs of Hippocrates. Latin. N° de réf. du libraire K48

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Description du livre : 1502. Aldus? device on verso of final leaf, Greek type. 8vo (148 x 91mm.) 196 leaves (including the 3 blanks). 19th century vellum over pasteboard, gilt spine, early title lettered in ink on lower edge. Editio princeps and the first Greek text printed in the 8vo Aldine format. It is set in Francesco Griffo?s small Greek type (type Gk 4 as distinguished in the UCLA Ahmanson-Murphy catalogue), and was printed from a manuscript now in St. Petersburg (Ms. gr. 731) as was noted as long ago as 1926 by W. Bene?evic (see Martin Sicherl Griechische Erstausgaben des Aldus Manutius: Druckvorlagen, Stellenwert, kultureller Hintergrund, Paderborn & Munich, 1996 p. 348 and pl. viii). Sales, it has been suggested by Nigel Wilson, may have been expected amongst the Greeks resident in Venice in the early 16th century, and possibly also amongst the Greeks of Crete. The preface by Aldus addressed to Janus Lascaris speaks of their sitting round the fire in the winter with their fellow members of the Neacademia when Marcus Musurus was singing the praises of Lascaris. ?Therefore as I had been engaged in getting the tragedies of Sophocles printed in small format, I wanted them to come out from our Neacademia under your name, and to send the book to you as a gift and memorial of my deepest affection for you? He then continues in Greek ?the scholia on the tragedies had not yet been printed, but will be printed Deo volente ? and in particular as they relate to metre [lit. opening of metres], and O that I had had that before the tragedies themselves were printed?? The scholia were not in fact printed until 1518 in Rome. Provenance: Latin marginalia to Ajax and notes on first blank from c. 1800 (slightly cropped); bookplate of Sir Charles James Stuart, 2nd Baronet (1824-1901; there are two books from his collection in UCLA (nos. 250, 283); Herbert Thompson (name inscribed on front flyleaf). References: UCLA (The Aldine Press Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection etc., 2001) no. 60; Renouard p. 34, no. 6; Legrand Bibl. Hellénique? aux xve et xvie siècles, 1, pp. 77-79 no. 30. N° de réf. du libraire 213524

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Canzoniere.] Le cose volgari di messer Francesco: Petrarca, Francesco.

Petrarca, Francesco.

Edité par nelle case d'Aldo Romano, Venice (1501)

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Description du livre : nelle case d'Aldo Romano, Venice, 1501. Leather. État : Very Good. First Aldine edition. Octavo (18cm); [192] leaves, including blanks z4 and A8. Foliated in manuscript. Bound in nineteenth-century Italian diced russia, gilt-tooled to panel design with center cartouche framing author's name on upper board. Vellum endleaves. Occasional light marginal soiling and stains, title with minor restoration along bottom edge and faded 16th-century ownership inscription ("Ex libris quondam D. Prioris Casarotti seminario legatis"); original gilt edges, gauffered to ropework pattern, with "Petrarca" lettered in ink on bottom edges. Bookplate and collation note of the bookseller Giuseppe Martini (sale, Hoepli, 21 May 1934, lot 154); bookplate of Giannalisa Feltrinelli; bookplate of Kenneth Rapoport. References: Renouard, p. 28:5; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 371; Gamba 712; Adams P-787; Ahmanson-Murphy #35 (New UCLA 43); Olschki, Collection Petrarquesque, #17; Marsand, Biblioteca Petrarchesca, 23 ("per se medesima pregevole cosi' ch'io reputo inutile di farne parola in sua loda.") While Petrarch's fame as a vernacular poet was growing (witness several incunable printings), most of his readers in 1500 would have admired his Latin works. The sonnets were just a toss-off, just "rime sparse." It was this Aldine edition of the "Canzoniere" (as it came to be known) that reversed Petrarch's literary reputation, promoted his achievement in Italian, and made of his sonnets the unbreakable model for love songs in every European language. Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) edited the text from an autograph manuscript, and corrected many textual errors that had become "traditional" in earlier editions. It was only the third printed edition (after two examples in the 1470s) to order the poems in sequence and section them ("in life" and "in death") as Petrarch did in his final revisions. This ordering of the poems is now considered one of Petrarch's breakthrough innovations in the Western lyric tradition, that is, creating an overarching narrative order in a sequence of lyric poems. The earlier editions in correct sequence had been drowned out by several shuffled versions. Bembo's Aldine edition canonized the text as we now know it. It was also the beginning of Bembo's career as a professional scholar (he went on to edit the Aldine edition of Dante, and, significantly, to successfully promote the Florentine dialect of Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio as the basis for a broader Italian language). It was the second occurrence-the first in a vernacular language-of Aldus's great series of pocketable books that, unlike the big folios chained to library tables, could be taken anywhere. This portability allowed the advent of reading for enjoyment, and Aldine portable books became the model for scholar-printers across Europe. It was likewise the second occurrence-again the first in the vernacular-of Aldus's "italic" typeface. (The font became hugely popular due in great part to this book, for the legend spread that it was very similar to Petrarch's own handwriting.) The copy offered here is one of the minority that includes Aldus's note to the reader and errata appended after the text. Not long after the initial issue, Aldus felt obliged to respond (with mock exaggeration) to certain critics with a list of errata. There he also announces his forthcoming edition of Dante. This 4-leaf note was only sewn into unsold copies of the book, and so it is rarely found. The so-called "Babylon Sonnets" which negatively portray the Court of Rome are sometimes torn out because of a misguided papal decree in 1595; here they are marked with a rule for cancellation, but are otherwise intact. N° de réf. du libraire 5392

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To men paron biblion, Souida. Hoi de: SUIDAS

SUIDAS

Edité par in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri, mense Feb., 1514., Venice (1514)

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Description du livre : in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri, mense Feb., 1514., Venice, 1514. Hardcover. État : Fine. Folio. ff. 392. a[alpha]-z[psi]8 &[omega]8 A[Alpha]-Z[Psi]8 &[Omega]8 2A[Alpha]8. quire H misbound, z2 bound upside down. Greek letter, in double column, ruled in red throughout. Woodcut Aldine device on the title-page and verso of final blank, capital spaces with guide letters, manuscript title inscription ‘Collat. ch perf. April 10 1798 M. R.’ with a note in latin concerning the misbound quire [Matthew Raine 1760-1811, headmaster of Charterhouse School], C19th pencil note on fly leaf 'afterwards Mr Heber’s', small label ‘Baron Monson’ [William, 6th Lord Monson] label on rear pastedown. Light spotting and very light soiling on first and last leaves, faint dampstain in a few fore margins, occasional light marginal spots, small repair to r3. A very, very, good copy in fine 18th-century French red morocco, (Derome?) covers bordered with a triple gilt rule, spine, with gilt ruled raised bands, double gilt ruled in compartments richly gilt with a semé of small tools around a fine gilt urn tool at centre, edges with double gilt rule, inner dentelles gilt, marbled paper endleaves, a.e.g. lower corners fractionally rubbed. A fine copy of the first Aldine edition of the Suida, a tenth century encyclopaedic lexicon which gives a wealth of references to ancient sources, some of them now lost. The author of the Suida is unknown. "Suida’ means "fortress" and was intended as an authoritative collection of historical information on secular and ecclesiastical writers and events. At some point Suida was taken to refer to the author, and thus one finds reference to "Suidas" as the author. The first edition of the Suida was printed by Bissolo and Mangio in 1499 in Milan, where they were forced to relocate after Aldus obtained the Venetian monopoly on the printing of hitherto unpublished Greek texts. This Aldine differs slightly from the first, probably being derived from a different manuscript. The lexicon is one of the most valuable documents of Greek philology, grammar, and literary history using material from the classical period; a long chain of later authors, from Eustathius of Thessalonica (c. 1192), quote from him. Suidas's lexicon is something between a grammatical dictionary and an encyclopaedia in the modern sense. It explains the source, derivation, and meaning of words according to the philology of the period, using such earlier authorities as Harpokration and Helladios. It is the articles on literary history that are particularly valuable. In these it gives details and to some extent quotations, from authors whose works are otherwise lost. It uses older scholia to the classics (Homer, Thucydides, Sophocles, etc.), and for later writers, Polybius, Josephus, the "Chronicon Paschale", George Syncellus, George Hamartolus, etc. The lexicon represents a convenient work of reference for those people who played a part in the political, ecclesiastical, and literary history of the Byzantine empire down to the tenth century. Its chief source is the encyclopedia of Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (912-59), and for Roman history the excerpts of John of Antioch. The lexicon is arranged, not quite alphabetically. Suidas also contains much material for early church history among his biographical articles. The fine red morocco binding is similar in style to late bindings made by Derome le Jeune and his successor Derome-Bradel. The design of the compartments on the spine, and the fine tools used, also bears some similarities to bindings made by the French binder Bisiaux, who copied many of Derome’s tools, that were inherited by Bradel from Derome. "consequently, unsigned Bisiaux bindings are often erroneously attributed to Bradel as Renouard's main supplier of bindings in this style (M. Breslauer, Catalogue 110, p. 274, n. 161)" Bl Catalogue of bindings. Bisiaux, who was active 1777-1781 in Paris, bound many works for Renouard. The tools used, the quality of the morocco, and the gilding are of the highest order and the neo-classical style perfect fo. N° de réf. du libraire L1832

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Sophocles:

Edité par [Venetiis: in Aldi Romani Academia mense Augusto 1502]. (1502)

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Description du livre : [Venetiis: in Aldi Romani Academia mense Augusto 1502]., 1502. [196] leaves. Octavo. Full 19th century straight grain red morocco, elaborately gilt extra, a.e.g. Greek letter. Aldine anchor on verso of terminal leaf. Bookplate of Henry Labouchere, 1st Baron Taunton (1798- 1869). Some early and interesting manuscript annotations and highlighting in red ink, a few other annotations faded and occasionally a bit smeared, similar annotations eradicated from title, minute single wormhole in foremargins of final half of text block (in a few instances showing signs of early careful in- fill), otherwise a very good copy, neatly bound. First edition in book form of the Greek text of seven of the Tragedies of Sophocles, edited by Marcus Musurus with a dedication to Jan Lascaris. This was the first of the classical Greek texts published by Aldus Manutius in this portable form, and it remained the most readily available source for study of Sophocles's text until the 19th century, when superior manuscripts became the object of scholarly study. Like the copies noted by Brunet and regarded as the earliest printing of the first signature , the verso of the four-line title is blank, as is the facing recto. A high- water mark in the history of typography, classical texts and drama. ADAMS S1438. RENOUARD 34:6. BM (ITALIAN), p.634. BRUNET V:445-6. N° de réf. du libraire WRCLIT 66896

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FICINO, Marsilio, tr.] / IAMBLICHUS

Edité par Venice Aldus 1497. (1497)

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Description du livre : Venice Aldus 1497., 1497. Small folio [29.5 x 20 cm], (184) ff., without initial blank, 185 pp., without final blank. Corrected variant with the second leaf signed ‘aii’ and the last word on Kiir spelled ‘absente.’ Bound in 18th-century speckled calf, spine in 6 compartments, gilt, with red morocco title label, with patterned paper pastedowns and collector’s stamp "G." in blue on first page, with contemporary annotations in margins. Minor, faded waterstaining in upper margin and some finger soiling of first few quires, and occasional spotting. Very good overall. First edition of a collection of Platonic theological texts by the 4th-century BC writer Iamblichus, an instrumental figure in disseminating Neoplatonism. Due to the urging of his patron Cosimo de Medici, whose Florentine circle clamored for Hermetic texts, Marsilio Ficino translated and edited the collection. Aldus’ handsome imprint thus became a vital source for the transmission of Neoplatonism during the Renaissance.In his translation, Ficino emphasized the Hermetic passages, due to his veneration for the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus. Iamblichus himself approached these passages carefully, cautioning the reader that many works circulating under Hermes’ name were not written by him. "Throughout De mysteriis Iamblichus stresses the necessity of ritual in religion and the power of contemplation. It is possible for the initiated to ‘go beyond bodies and matter in service of the gods, being made one with the gods by a power which transcends the cosmos’ (5.20-22). This philosophy of transcendence by the spirit was taken over in its entirety by Ficino" (BPH, Christ, 263).*Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Christ, Plato, Hermes Trismegistus, 1990; BPH, Ways of Hermes, 2002; HC*9358; BMC V, 557; Goff J-216; IDL 2615. N° de réf. du libraire 4260

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SOPHOCLES

Edité par Venice: Aldus Manutius, August, 1502 (1502)

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Description du livre : Venice: Aldus Manutius, August, 1502, 1502. Hardcover. État : Very Good. 1st Edition. Editio princeps of the seven surviving complete plays of Sophocles, the greatest of the Greek tragedians. This volume contains the first printing of Oedipus Rex, generally considered the greatest Greek tragedy. This edition served as the fundamental text for more than three hundred years. Sophocles (497-406 BC) was not only a playwright, but also a leading citizen of Athens during the greatest period of its history. This period brought the military supremacy of Athens after the defeat of Persia in 478 as well as the building of the Parthenon, the great Temple of Athena, and the stone theater of Dionysus. Sophocles was a general with Pericles during the revolt of Samosin in 441, a state supervisor of tribute from the Athenian empire, and finally one of the ten (probouloi) commissioners over the Council of Five Hundred of the oligarchy after the coup of 411. Sophocles wrote more than 120 plays; those in this volume probably owe their survival to their selection for use as an educational textbook. These seven plays contain some of the most powerful and timeless dramas ever written, including Oedipus Rex, a work in which “the poet attains the supreme height of dramatic concentration and tragic intensity” (Lewis Campbell). This play, Oedipus Rex, part of the Theban trilogy, is generally considered the greatest of the Greek tragedies. A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTING. This book, printed in Venice by Aldus Manutius, is the first Greek book issued in the Aldine portable format and the first classical text printed in the smallest and finest Aldine Greek type. “By any standard it is a masterpiece, not only of engraving skill executed with marvelous homogeneity on a minute scale, but also of exquisitely planned letter fit” (Barker, Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script and Type). This editio princeps was issued without the commentaries promised on the title-page. Provenance: two inscriptions on binder’s leaf before title: “H. Girdlestone from Francis Turner Inner Temple 1808” and “H. Girdlestone to John Farnham Messenger 1 January 1864.” Eighteenth-century red goatskin, spine gilt, borders with double-rule borders, gold fleurons as cornerpieces, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Joints tender but secure, very minor wormholes at end affecting several leaves, minor stain to title. A very good copy in an attractive eighteenth-century binding. Half morocco case. N° de réf. du libraire ABE-12590420616

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Description du livre : 1509. Large 4to. [16], 1050, [2]pp, Greek and Roman type (Gk 3 (2nd casting), Aldus? device on title, late 16th-century vellum. Editio princeps. Plutarch?s Moralia fill some sixteen volumes (including a copious index) in the modern Loeb Greek-English edition, and just as his Parallel Lives have had an enormous influence (through their translation into the vernacular) on such as Montaigne and Shakespeare, so too the Moralia have, through the multiple works (a total of seventy-eight, divided into fourteen books since 1572) that constitute them, been much read and studied. From De liberis educandis, an obvious candidate for educationalists, to De curiositate and the Quaestiones Romanae & Quaestiones Graecae which afford massive amounts of information about the ancient world, to De Iside et Osiride an important source for the history of ancient religion, they have been quarried and used. Further Plutarch?s own citations of other writers (like those of Athenaeus in his Deipnosophistae) are often important records of otherwise lost texts. Plutarch himself (CE 45-120) was a priest of Apollo at Delphi. His importance for the history of the ancient world has always been highly regarded, but of recent years his rÔle has been seen by such as Simon Swain as massively important. ?Aldus, the saviour of the Greek language, sparing neither cost nor labour, has gifted you this spiritual wealth, namely Plutarch? Whosoever therefore has put on this book, let him journey cheerfully on the waves of life? These words are a translation from sentences contained in the preface by the Cretan Demetrius Ducas (Doukas, ca. I 1480 ? ca. 1527) the editor of the volume, addressed ?To the zealous?, and whilst they are somewhat exaggerated (and tell us nothing of his editorial work) they complement Aldus?s own Latin preface which is addressed to Jacobus Antiquarius of Perugia (1444/5-1512, see DBI) secretary to Lodovico Sforza, duke of Milan, who was the dedicatee of many books printed in the late 15th century, and whom Aldus clearly knew well and visited in Milan. The preliminary matters include also a poem in Greek by Girolamo Aleandro (1480-1542). Printer?s copy for the book survives in a manuscript in the Ambrosiana in Milan (C. 195 inf.) and this manuscript, which was clearly used by Marcus Musurus, may have been lent to Aldus for the preparation of the edition. Light staining, heavier waterstaining to first and last quires, tear to title-leaf restored, small wormholes in first quire. References: UCLA 101; Renouard p. 55, no. 1; Legrand Bibl. Hellénique aux xv et xvieme siècles vol. 1 pp. 89- 93 no. 33; See f. M. Sicherl, Griechische Erstausgaben des Aldus Manutius: Druckvorlagen, Stellenwert, kultureller Hintergrund, Paderborn & Munich: 1997, pp.357-9). N° de réf. du libraire 213525

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Isolario: BORDONE, Benedetto

BORDONE, Benedetto

Edité par Paolo Manuzio for Federico Torresani, Venice (1547)

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Description du livre : Paolo Manuzio for Federico Torresani, Venice, 1547. Hardcover. État : Very good. FIRST ACCOUNT OF PIZARRO IN PERU. Folio, ff. [10], 74. Roman letter; title in black and red with printer’s device within elegant floral border with dolphins; few decorated and historiated initials; 120 woodcut maps, of which two full-page, eight double-page, one printed upside-down at f. xliir; tiny minor worm hole to title and first two leaves, a few spots at head of first double-page map, light water stain towards outer margin of one leaf. A very good, well-margined copy in early pasteboard; all edges mottled; two early ms shelf marks to title and price inscription to rear pastedown. Third, most correct and complete edition of this curious and informative atlas of islands, first published in Venice in 1528. This is the first and only Aldine edition, issued at the expense of Federico Torresani, Aldus’s brother-in-law and younger son of Aldus’s partner Andrea Torresani. Despite not being presented as a product of the main branch of the Aldine press, it retains the accuracy and the typically elegant layout of the familial output. Unusually for Aldine books, it also enriched by numerous illustrations taken directly from the blocks used in the first edition, but appear particularly bright and neat in this copy. It may well be one of the last collaborations between Federico and Aldus’s main heir, Paolo, who remained in touch with his uncle even after the family quarrel and the consequent split of the partnership between the Manuzio and the Torresani about 1540. Benedetto Bordone (c.1460-1530) was an eclectic Italian artist of the Venetian Renaissance. Born in Padua, he was a skilled miniaturist, editor and cartographer. He is very likely to be the artist behind the exquisite and ground-breaking illustrations of the Aldine Hypnerotomachia. One of his two sons was the famous scholar Giulio Cesare Scaligero, who later made up his surname claiming to be affiliated with the noble Italian family of Della Scala. His most famous work was the Isolario, accomplished a few year before his death. It consists of a broad illustrated survey of the world’s islands and peninsulas as they were known in the early sixteenth century, including learned mythical and historical remarks, drawn especially from Greek and Roman authorities. The book opens with Bordone’s dedication to his nephew, who had travelled the world on board the Venetian and Spanish fleets, probably acting as a military physician. Isolario is an intriguing mix of pioneering intuition and folkloristic belief. In it, Bordone provides the first printed map of Japan, as an island named ‘Ciampagu’, and the earliest depiction of the globe as an oval (this was later developed by Karl Mollweide into the model familiar to us). The final Copia delle Lettere de Perfetto della India la Nova Spagna detta alla Cesarea Maesta rescritte offers the earliest printed account of Pizzarro’s arrival in Peru and it is not included in the princeps. Twelve of the illustrations relate to America, including a rather distorted New World with the Northern portion of South America and the North America as a huge island named as ‘Land of the worker,’ probably hinting at the growing slave trading in the area. Alongside the maps of Western Europe, Eastern Mediterranean Sea, British Isles and Sicily, Bordone also drew detailed plans of Venice and some of its lagoon islands, as well as of the lavish capital city of the Aztec empire (Tenochtitlan, modern Mexico City) before Cortez razed it to the ground in 1521. Finally, one can find sketchy depictions of: the Canaries; Madagascar and Zanzibar; Java and Sumatra (as ‘Iava minore’); Ceylon (‘Taprobana’); Cuba, Guadalupe, Jamaica, Venezuela and Brazil; Thailanda, mistakenly thought to be an island called Lochac. Far east, Bordone includes, for the first time in print, two legendary isles, one exclusively inhabited by women (‘Imangla’), the other by men (‘Inebila’). Not in Brunet or Graesse. BM STC It., 120. Adams, B 2485; Renouard, 141:9; Mortimer It., 82; Harrisse, 221; P. N° de réf. du libraire L2033

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STEPHANUS BYZANTINUS. - MANUTIUS, Aldus, ed.

Edité par Venice, Aldus Manutius (1502)

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Description du livre : Venice, Aldus Manutius, 1502. Greek types with a few Roman, introd. page in Latin. 2 cols. 80 unn. leaves. Folio. 19th-century English red leather, spine gilt, t.e.g. (slightly rubbed). From the library of George Thomas Robinson (British architect, 1829-1897), with his engraved armorial bookplate with motto "Virtute non verbis". Venice, Aldus Manutius, January 1502. First edition of the epitome of a geographical lexicon no longer existent in its original form. This geographical lexicon of Stephanus of Byzantium was edited by the great scholar-printer Aldus Manutius and dates from the 5th century. It lists place-names in the ancient world and adjectives derived from them and contains material from ancient authors whose works are now lost with notes of historical events. The author, of whom nothing is known but the text, flourished c. 528-535 A.D. The manuscript from which Aldus worked was incomplete; he indicated the lacuna by omitting the letter F in the quire sequence, expecting the reader to supply the missing text should it be discovered. The work was dedicated to Giovanni Tiberio, professor at Brescia, for whom Aldus had already been supplying Greek texts. - A nice clean copy. - Renouard p. 38. 15; Adams S-1717; Hoffmann III, 626; Brunet V, 530 ("assez rare"). CLASSICS ; ITALY ; GRAPHIC ARTS:ALDUS ; N° de réf. du libraire 32957-128

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Elzevier - Elzevir - Elsevier

Edité par Leiden Elzevier (1625)

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Description du livre : Leiden Elzevier, 1625. Mit Kupfertiteln. Meist Pergamentbände, einige in Leder und Halbleder, meist der Zeit. Vielfach mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel, oft mit Exlibris und/ oder handschriftlichen Einträgen des Sammlers. Vollständige Sammlung aller erschienenen "Republiken". Elzevier-Drucke sind in einer Gesamtbetrachtung neben Aldus- und Bodoni-Drucken die schönsten Druckwerke ihrer Zeit, viele andere zeitgenössische Drucker haben hervorragende Einzelleistungen vorgelegt, aber nur dieses Dreigestirn hat jeweils über einen längeren Zeitraum ein größeres und kohärentes Werk geschaffen. Allein deswegen werden ihre Drucke seit nun mehr als 300 Jahren heftig und konsequent gesammelt, sei es von engagierten Einzelpersonen, sei es von Institutionen, die sich ihre Bestände aber schon immer gerne von den Erstgenannten stiften ließen. Viele der Bände tragen das ovale Wappen-Exlibris "Fritz W. Weddingen" auf dem Innendeckel, das für eine Bibliotheksnummer vorgesehene Feld blieb immer frei, unter dem Exlibris in der Handschrift des Sammlers die bibliographischen Angaben, meist aus Willems und Berghman, "W", bzw. "B" mit der entsprechenden Nummer. "Der Ort des die Zeiten überdauernden Bezeugens von Büchern ist der annotierte, alle Spuren sorgsam verfolgende und dokumentierende Katalog. Auch Titel sind als einzelne wie insbesondere im bibliothekarischen Ensemble sprechende Dokumente. Sie nicht dem Vergessen anheimzugeben ist eine selbstverständliche Ehrenpflicht, so überlebenswichtig für ein von Tradition bestimmtes Haus wie das stetige bestandsmehrende Fortschreiten in Gegenwart und Zukunft." Klaus Garber: "Das alte Buch im alten Europa. Auf Spurensuche in den Schatzhäusern des alten Kontinents." München, Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2006, S. 403 ". Geschlossene Sammlungen von Bibliophilen, Wissenschaftlern und Dichtern auch regionaler Bedeutung sind seit den Verlusten des Zweiten Weltkriegs und ihrer bedenkenlosen Zerfledderung in vergangener Zeit neuerdings in den Blickpunkt gerückt. Ihre geschlossene Rarifizierung ist aber selten praktikabel. Interessanten Provenienzen wird dennoch heute größere Beachtung geschenkt, um Material für die Geschichte von Sammlern und Bibliotheken zu bewahren. ." Christiane Lauterbach in "Rara, Rariora, Rarissima. Vom langen Weg zur Kenntnis des seltenen und kostbaren Buches." Der Aufsatz faßt Ergebnisse ihrer unpublizierten Assessorarbeit aus dem Jahr 2001 zusammen, die sie an der FH Köln als Abschlußarbeit zur Prüfung für den höheren Bibliotheksdienst angefertigt hat. Er ist vollständig online unter dem folgenden link über die Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen zu finden: h t t p : / / w w w .bibliophilie. d e /lauterbach.pdf Die meisten (26 Ausgaben) der Republiken wurden von Johannes De Laet (1581 - 1649) herausgegeben, alle Bände erschienen zwischen 1625 und 1649, dieser Zeitraum ist fast deckungsgleich mit der Dauer des Dreißigjährigen Krieges (1618 - 1648), der für die Niederländer eigentlich ein achtzigjähriger war und für sie bereits 1568 mit der Schlacht von Heiligerlee begann. Um so erstaunlicher, daß fast genau diese Zeit, also das gesamte 17. Jahrhundert als das niederländische, "de Gouden Eeuw" (Das Goldene Zeitalter) gilt. Nun speziell zu den "Republiken", deren Erscheinen als Druckreihe keineswegs als ein Zufall, sondern wohl eher auch als politisches Manifest zu verstehen ist: Frick zählt 35, indem er die beiden Frankreich-Titel (Galliae 1626 und 1629) getrennt aufführt und auch Japan hinzurechnet. "(.) Es besteht somit die vollständige Sammlung der Republiken aus 35 Nummern, die wir der Reihenfolge ihres Erscheinens gemäß mit der Erwähnung der verschiedenen Ausgaben nachstehend aufzählen. (.)" Frick S. 8, a.a.O. So sieht es auch in unserer von Fritz W. Weddigen zusammengestellten Kollektion der Republiken aus, allerdings haben wir eine Systematik gewählt, die sowohl beide Frankreich-Bände, als auch beide Venedig-Titel jeweils unter einer Ordnungsnummer (allerdings in "a" und "b" unterteilt) zusammenfaßt, jedoch ansonsten di. N° de réf. du libraire a300105831

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Aldine Printing] Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Edité par Venice in Aedib. Aldi. Accuratissime men. Aug MDII. (Venezia. Aldo Manuzio, 1502) (1502)

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Description du livre : Venice in Aedib. Aldi. Accuratissime men. Aug MDII. (Venezia. Aldo Manuzio, 1502), 1502. The first Aldine printing of The Divine Comedy and the Aldine "pocket book" format and the first use of the anchor device. With the famous Aldine anchor device on the final leaf. 8vo; 160mm x 95mm, in a beautiful antique binding of full polished vellum, the spine decorated with gilt ruled raised bands separating the compartments, two of the compartments with lettering labels of dark maroon morocco gilt lettered, the covers with triple gilt fillet rules at the borders, marbled endleaves, red edges. [244] leaves, and with the f.82 blank present. A very handsome and desirable copy, very nicely bound. Internally crisp and and quite bright and clean throughout, four of the leaves a bit shorter than the others, but with the same edge colour and clearly part of the text-block for a great time, last leaf with small restoration to the upper outside corner. RARE AND IMPORTANT AND ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS IN LITERARY AND PRINTING HISTORY. The first Aldine printing of Dante's Divine Comedy; the first edition of Dante to appear in a more handy, portable format (all previous editions were folios); the first book to contain the famous Aldine device of the anchor and dolphin (though Renouard suggests that a portion of the edition was issued without the device). According to Brunet, this is a much sought-after edition, and copies are difficult to find in complete and desirable condition. This book for all intents and purposes inaugurated the beginning of literary publishing by Aldus by which books became available to the general publis. This then is a book of the greatest importance. Printed in characteristic Aldine cursive type, this is a well margined and finely impressed copy. It was Aldus who provided the first edition of Dante to appear in a more handy, portable format (all previous editions were folios); it was the first book to contain the famous Aldine device of the anchor and dolphin (though Renouard suggests that a portion of the edition was issued without the device). According to Brunet, this is a much sought-after edition, and copies are difficult to find in complete and desirable condition. Printed in characteristic Aldine cursive type, this is a well margined and finely impressed copy. "Dante’s theme, the greatest yet attempted in poetry, was to explain and justify the Christian cosmos through the allegory of a pilgrimage. To him comes Virgil, the symbol of philosophy, to guide him through the two lower realms of the next world, which are divided according to the classifications of the ‘Ethics’ of Aristotle. Hell is seen as an inverted cone with its point where lies Lucifer fixed in ice at the centre of the world, and the pilgrimage from it a climb to the foot of and then up the Purgatorial Mountain. Along the way Dante passes Popes, Kings and Emperors, poets, warriors and citizens of Florence, expiating the sins of their life on earth. On the summit is the Earthly Paradise where Beatrice meets them and Virgil departs. Dante is now led through the various spheres of heaven, and the poem ends with a vision of the Deity. The audacity of his theme, the success of its treatment, the beauty and majesty of his verse, have ensured that his poem never lost its reputation. The picture of divine justice is entirely unclouded by Dante’s own political prejudices, and his language never falls short of what he describes." PMM. N° de réf. du libraire 23547

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BORDONE, Benedetto (1460-1539).

Edité par Venice: [Paulis Manutius Aldus for] Federico Torresano, 1547. (1547)

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Description du livre : Venice: [Paulis Manutius Aldus for] Federico Torresano, 1547., 1547. Folio (11 6/8 x 8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black with Torresano's woodcut tower device and within and elaborate floriated border with dolphins. 3 fine double-page woodcut maps, double-page woodcut town plan of Venice, 2 full-page, 2 double half-page, and 105 woodcut maps and town plans in the text. Early 19th-century brown morocco gilt, each cover decorated with a fine central gilt stamp of the Aldus device, all edges gilt (front cover detached). Provenance: early Latin inscription "D[eus] nobis haec otia" (God has given us our tranquility") at the foot of the title-page. First Aldine press edition, following the two Zappino editions of 1528 and 1534, and printed using the same woodblocks. The double-page maps include a fine woodcut of the world on an oval projection based on that of Francesco Rosselli, and depicting the eastern coastline of America as "Terra del Laboratore" and "Ponete modo novo", Europe and the northern coastline of Africa, Asia, and a fine plan of Venice. "Terra de Lavoratore" represents the Atlantic coast of Canada, and "p[ar]te del mondo novo" ("part of the New World") corresponding to the Caribbean Sea. Beneath that textual indication, at the lower margin of the map, Bordone included a corner of South America. Others maps related to the new world include woodcuts of Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, "La gran citta di Temistican" (modern-day Mexico City) before its destruction by Cortez, and several of the West Indies. The "Copia delle Lettere de Perfetto della India la Nova Spagna detta alla Cesarea Maesta," not included in Zappino's 1528 edition (but in the 1534 edition), is the earliest printed account of Pizzarro's entry into Peru. The isolario, or book of islands, was a popular genre that had first appeared in manuscript examples by Cristoforo Buondelmonte dating from the early fifteenth century, then in printed versions by Bartolommeo dalli Sonetti from the late 1400s. More so than its predecessors, the isolario first published in 1528 by Venice-based cartographer Benedetto Bordone was formative for Renaissance geographical conceptions. Bordone's early sixteenth-century treatment of the island-atlas theme greatly expanded upon the earlier works, augmenting the conventional focus on the eastern Mediterranean to encompass maps of other parts of Europe and the world, stretching as far as the Indian Ocean, the African coastline and the New World. Bordone's maps of islands in the West Indies, and the Pacific: Sumatra and Java, and even one of Japan based on the suppositions of Marco Polo, although schematic in their outlines (perhaps reflecting the author's training as a miniaturist as opposed to a cartographer), were among the first nautical charts of these regions to become widely available. Brown, The World Encompassed, exh. cat. (Baltimore, 1952), n. 83; Burden, 11.; Shirley 59. N° de réf. du libraire 000430

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Canones, et Decreta Sacrosancti Oecumenici, et Generalis: COUNCIL OF TRENT]

COUNCIL OF TRENT]

Edité par Aldine Press/ Aldus [Paulum Manutium], Rome (1564)

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Description du livre : Aldine Press/ Aldus [Paulum Manutium], Rome, 1564. Hardcover. État : Very Good. 1st Edition. EXTREMELY RARE FIRST PRINTING of the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, one of the most important publications in the history of the Catholic Church; printed by Paulus Manutius and Aldus the Younger of the Aldine Press and the request of Pope Pius IV. The Council of Trent (1545-63), was "highly important for its sweeping decrees on self-reform and for its dogmatic definitions that clarified virtually every doctrine contested by the Protestants. Despite internal strife, external dangers, and two lengthy interruptions, the council played a vital role in revitalizing the Roman Catholic Church in many parts of Europe. Pius IV confirmed the council's decrees in 1564 and published a summary of its doctrinal statements; observance of disciplinary decrees was imposed under sanctions. In short order the catechism of Trent appeared, the missal and breviary were revised, and eventually a revised version of the Bible was published. By the end of the century, many of the abuses that had motivated the Protestant Reformation had disappeared, and the Roman Catholic Church had reclaimed many of its followers in Europe" (Britannica). Commissioned by Pius IV, Paulus Manutius of the esteemed Aldine Press traveled to Rome to produce the beautifully printed summary of the doctrines, decrees, and conclusions of the Council. With engraved initials throughout and the large familiar Aldine anchor device printed on title. There were several printing of the Canones in 1564. This is the FIRST PRINTING, with undated privilege on verso of title, pagination in Roman numerals, and final dated leaf at page CCXXXIX. Canones, et Decreta Sacrosancti Oecumenici, et Generalis Concilii Tridentini sub Paulo III, Iulio III, Pio IIII, Pontificibus Max. Romae: Paulum Manutium, Aldi F., 1564. Folio (210x284mm), eighteenth century full speckled calf; custom box. Small repair to head-cap. Early owner signature on title page; some underlined passages with old handwritten annotations in the margins. Early repair in a blank area of the title. Occasional foxing; mild dampstaining towards the end of the book. A large, wide-margined copy in elegant 18th-century binding. SCARCE. N° de réf. du libraire 1567

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Plutarchus

Edité par in aedibus Aldi & Andreae Asulani soceri March 1509, Venice (1509)

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Description du livre : in aedibus Aldi & Andreae Asulani soceri March 1509, Venice, 1509. Quarto (279 x 180 mm.), [8] leaves, 1050 pages, [1] leaf, Aldine device on title page and on verso of last leaf. Eighteenth century English brown calf, covers blind tooled to a panel design with a blind dentelle rule, blind fleurons to corners; flat spine in six compartments with gilt red morocco title piece. Title page lightly fingerstained, a pale waterstain in the outer blank margin at the beginning, some XVI century annotation in Greek. A very good copy.Editio princeps of Plutarch’s Moralia, a collection of essays on ethical, political, literary and religious topics. "The 1509 edition of Plutarch was the product of many years' work (Aldus complains in the preface that the work on the Moralia was very difficult and comments that he had been nearly forced to abandon the project many times). The work was edited by Demetrius Ducas, a Cretan scholar who was a participant in Aldus's academy. Ducas was assisted by Erasmus as well as Girolamo Aleandro, who just one month after the Aldine publication published his own, somewhat improved, edition of some of Plutarch's essays in Paris. Renouard and other early scholars guessed that the manuscripts used for the preparation of the text were those which Bessarion had donated to the city ofVenice along with the rest of his extensive manuscript library. It now seems unlikely that Aldus or anyone else had access to these materials until nearly a century after Bessarion's death in 1472. In fact, the press copy of much of the Aldine edition of Plutarch has been discovered at the Ambrosian Library in Milan; its state is a case study in how early printers treated these manuscripts. Rather than make a new, corrected, and edited copy of the text for the typesetters, Ducas and others simply wrote changes onto the original thirteenth-century manuscript itself. Parts of the manuscript contain the page markings of the Aldine text, ensuring that the type for a given page ended and started at the correct point. Some of the pages are marked stampato ("printed"), indicating that those sections had already been printed from another source and there was no need to go over them again. There is evidence from this manuscript that even as manuscript pages were being handed to the typesetters the editing of the work was still in process. Although the direction of the chain lines in the paper implies that this is a quarto book, that is, each piece of paper was printed in four sections and then folded to form four leaves, Renouard notes that the size of the final leaves is so large that if this had been the procedure, Aldus would have needed a much larger press than he is known to have had. Therefore, Renouard posits that he cut the sheets in two and printed them as folios, each piece being printed in two sections and then folded into two leaves and sewn together to form the book." (In Aedibus Aldi. The Legacy of Aldus Manutius and his press. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1995. Nr. 18)Adams, P-1634; American STC Italian, 2:614; Renouard, 55, no. 1; Dibdin, 2:171. N° de réf. du libraire 005

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Description du livre : Venice, Aldus Manutius, September 1497. 29 x 21 cm. Full calf (probably bound in the early 18th century, with some restorations). 186 p. Bookblock edges sprinkled red and blue. Last blank missing. Owner's inscription on title dated 1558. Inscription on flyleaf by former owner James Ralston Skinner, dated 1875. A few marginal notes. Some small defects, but in general a remarkably clean and white copy.l Editio princeps of a.o. Iamblichus, Porphyrius and Proclus. An early Aldus Manutius edition of great harmony and simplicity, an important collection of translations and editions by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) of various Platonist philosophers, sprinkled with texts of his own and concluded with the first printing of Ficino's essay 'De Voluptate' (written in 1457). Goff J216.Title page with index of the book, followed on verso by the printed dedication to Giovanni de' Medici (later Pope Leo X). Large woodcut open initial at the beginning of the text. Spaces for initials with guide letters (not filled in).The 1558 inscription on the title is hard to read; the name could be something like Petrus (.) Mecklenburgius, with an interesting monogram involving a P and a noughts and crosses grid (tic-tac-toe). James Ralston Skinner (1830-1893) was an attorney from Cincinnati, important in the theosophic world and a correspondent of Blavatsky. Skinner wrote a number of books about Egypt (especially the pyramid of Gizeh), about metrology and about the kabbala. N° de réf. du libraire 270913

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Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis: DALI Salvador 1904-1989.

DALI Salvador 1904-1989.

Edité par Rizzoli editoris, Mediolani Italy (1967)

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Description du livre : Rizzoli editoris, Mediolani Italy, 1967. Hardcover. État : Fine. DALI Salvatoris (illustrateur). Limited Edition. Mediolani Italy: Rizzoli editoris, 1967 Fine, 1967. 105 offset colour lithograh plates. 1 of the 199 Magni Luxus copies, complete with the publishers signed vellum limitation sheet & the stamped & numbered gold cast of the artists hand with support & leather pouch. 5 volumes of the publishers green crushed full morocco, t.e.g. Spines, raised bands enclosing coloured inlaid floral designs, gilt titles on red labels. Internally, gilt inner dentelles, moire silk endpapers, 105 offset colour lithograph plates, after watercolour drawings by Salvador Dali, each with a Japanese paper tissue guard bearing a printed biblical quotation, text block edges uncut. Each volume encased in its green morocco and moire silk slipcase, small marks to cases. Stunning to say the least! (Michler and Lopsinger 1600). Title continues: Sixti V pont. max. iussu recognita et Clementis VIII auctoritate edita. Dr Giuseppe Albaretto arranged to have the bible published by the Rizzoli press with himself as the editor. The typeface was derived from type designed by Aldus Manutius, cut and cast especially for this Bible.99 "ad personam" copies were printed, each on hand-made, pure rag paper, interspersed with illuminated drawings and bound in green Morocco leather; the binding itself is embellished with gold with mosaic-like gold ornamentation on the spine. Each unique copy contains at least one of the original pictures by Salvador Dalí.199 copies of the "magnus luxus" edition, numbered I to CXCIX, were printed on hand-made, pure rag paper, interspersed with illuminated drawings and bound in green aluta leather; the binding is also embellished with gold with mosaic-like gold ornamentation on the spine.1499 copies of the "luxus" edition, numbered 1 to 1499, were printed on special wood-pulp paper with the Dalí watermark, interspersed with illuminated drawings and bound in natural-colored goatskin, embellished with gold. This is a copy magnus luxus edition. N° de réf. du libraire 006067

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BEMBO Pietro

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Description du livre : (in fine:) Impressi in Venetia, nelle Case d'Aldo Romano nel anno MDV del mese di Marzo. (Aldo, 1505), 1505. État : molto buono. in-4 picc., ff. 98 n.n. (segn. a-m8, n2, manca ultimo bianco), al verso del titolo vi ? la dedica che prosegue al recto del secondo f., seguono 94 ff. di testo e 1 di Errata. Carattere corsivo; ancora aldina al verso dell'ultimo foglio di testo. Elegante legatura moderna in p. pergamena rigida, titolo in oro al dorso su tassello. Prima edizione del noto romanzo del Bembo, ambientato ad Asolo ove alla corte di Caterina Cornaro regina di Cipro si festeggia lo sposalizio di una dama: in tre giornate alcuni gentiluomini veneziani parlano con delicatezza e vivacit? di amore con altrettante gentildonne. Il Bembo inizi? a comporre Gli Asolani nel 1500, per amore di Maria Savorgnan, ma li concluse nel 1504, con una dedica, datata 1 Agosto, a Lucrezia Borgia, (''corrisposto, il pi? ambizioso e memorabile, ma rischioso anche e struggente amore della sua vita'' lo defin? il Dionisotti). Questo bell'esemplare, completo dell'Errata spesso mancante, comprende, al verso del tit. ed al recto del secondo foglio, la lettera a Lucrezia. ''Non ? chiaro perch? di questa edizione si abbiano esemplari contenenti la dedicatoria a Lucrezia, nel frattempo diventata duchessa di Ferrara, e altri senza; ma ? probabile che la duplicit? non fosse estranea alle incertezze e difficolt? di un amore impossibile, che nella lontananza, da una parte e dall'altra, lentamente ma inevitabilmente si spegneva'' (ancora Dionisotti). Il Renouard attribuisce invece a ragioni politiche questo ripensamento, sottolineando che quasi sempre il f. bianco veniva tagliato, cos? come l'errata. Cecil H.Clough, in ''P.Bembo's Gli Asolani of 1505'' ritiene che la dedica sia stata deliberatamente antedatata, e che fosse in realt? stata scritta poco prima del Marzo 1505: Aldo avrebbe riservato 3 pagine bianche in attesa dell'approvazione di Lucrezia, stampando comunque alcune copie del quaderno a; non volendo rischiare di ripassarle al torchio, licenzi? circa un terzo degli esemplari con le pag. bianche (cfr. Fletcher, New Aldine Studies, p. 185: ''Clough contends that the dedicatory was deliberately antedated by Bembo. that Aldus held three pages blank. that Aldus dared not risk spoiling the quantity of sheets already printed by putting them through the press once more to add the letter, and thus issued a quantity (one third of the pressrun?) with the blanks''). Bellissimo esemplare assai marginoso (mm.125x211); (ininfluente macchia di ruggine al f. m3) Renouard 48.1: ''Premi?re ?dition assez rare''. UCLA 72. Scapecchi, A.M., i suoi libri, i suoi amici, n. 33. Laurenziana 90. Gamba 132. N° de réf. du libraire 0000000001613

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Plutarch (c. 50?c. 120 AD)

Edité par In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, mense Augusto, Venice: (1519)

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Description du livre : In aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, mense Augusto, Venice:, 1519. Folio: [4], 345, [1] leaves. Collation: *4, (lacking blank *4), a[alpha]-z[zeta]8, aa[2alpha]-tt[2tau]8, uu[2upsilon]10 The First Aldine Edition of Plutarch?s ?Parallel Lives?With extensive marginal annotation in Greek and Latin Renouard, p. 87, no. 9; New UCLA 182; Hoffmann III, 175; Schweiger p. 259, col. 2 Plutarch?s ?Parallel Lives?, a series of paired biographies in which the lives of famous Greeks and Romans are compared, is one of the signal achievements of classical literature. While the genre of biography was -in antiquity as it is now- distinct from that of history, Plutarch?s biographies, along with those of his Roman contemporary, Suetonius, provided complex portraits of the great figures of history - Theseus and Romulus; Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Demosthenes and Cicero- with which successive generations could populate their vision of the historical past. ?The lives display impressive learning and research. Many sources are quoted and although Plutarch had probably not consulted all these at first hand, his investigations were clearly extensive, and compilation must have occupied many years. The form of the lives represents a new achievement, not closely linked with either previous biography or Hellenistic history. The general scheme was to give the birth, youth and character, achievements, and circumstances of death, interspersed with frequent ethical reflections. Plutarch never claimed to be writing history, which he distinguished from biography. His aim was to delight and edify the reader, and he did not conceal his own sympathies, which were especially evident in his warm admiration for the words and deeds of Spartan kings and generals??Plutarch?s later influence has been profound. He was loved and respected in his own time and in later antiquity. Gradually, Plutarch?s reputation faded from the Latin West, but he continued to influence philosophers and scholars in the Greek East, were his works came to constitute a school book. Proclus, Porphyry, and emperor Julian all quote him, and the Greek Church fathers Clement of Alexandria and Clement the Great imitate him without acknowledgment. His works were familiar to all cultivated Byzantines. It was mainly the ?Moralia? which appealed to them, but in the ninth century the Byzantine scholar and patriarch Photius read the ?Parallel Lives? with his friends.?Plutarch?s works were introduced to Byzantine scholars along with the revival of classical learning in the fifteenth century, and Italian humanists had already translated them into Latin and Italian before 1509, when the ?Moralia?, the first of his works to be printed in the original Greek, was printed by the Aldine press. The first Greek text of the lives was printed at Florence in 1517.? (Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition) FIRST ALDINE EDITION. Bound in eighteenth-century mottled sheepskin with a citron morocco label, gilt. A fine copy of the Aldine Plutarch with minor faults. The text is printed throughout in Greek, with capital spaces and printed guide letters at the beginning of each life. With the Aldine anchor and dolphin device on the title page and the verso of the final leaf. The title is a little soiled and there are discreetly backed tears in the margins of the first three leaves. A short worm trail has been expertly repaired in the final three signatures, very slightly affecting the text. There are also discreet repairs to the blank, upper corners of the final leaves. The margins of many of the lives have been heavily annotated in Greek and Latin by an unidentified 16th c. reader.This is the second edition in Greek, following the editio princeps printed by Giunta in 1517. The text was edited by Francesco Asulano, Andrea Torresani? son and Aldus? brother-in-law. Renouard, citing Johann Jacob Reiske, reports that there are apparently two editions of this date that differ in a number of textual points ?the first Aldine edition appears to have been formed on the preceding of Giunta; the s. N° de réf. du libraire 2390D

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Habentur hoc volumine haec Theodoro Gaza interprete.: ARISTOTELES [ARISTOTLE, Theodore
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Description du livre : Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1504. Hardcover. État : Near Fine. 1st Edition. Folio (308x212 mm). 12, [16], 273 [1] ff. Signature: [12], a-b8, a-p8, o-p6, r-u8, x8, v8, z8, &8, A-M8, N6. Woodcut Aldine device on [1]. Separate title to "Problematum Aristotelis" with Aldine device on E1r. Leaf p6r with colophon "Venetiis in Domo Aldi mense Maio M.DIII", last leaf N6r with colophon "Venetiis. mense Martio. M. D. IIII." 18th century plain vellum, spine with two red morocco labels titled in gilt (little edge chipping to one label). Title- and final leaf soiled, spotted and brown stained, otherwise bright with only light age-toning, few mainly marginal wormholes, occasional spotting. Extensive early ink marginalia in Latin (a few cropped at fore edge). An outstanding, wide-margined copy printed on strong paper. ---- BM STC Italian, 1465-1600, S. 43; Adams A 1761; Fock, p.18; Renouard 1504/2; USTC 810862; Dibner 18 and Norman 2066 (for 1st ed. of Theophrastus) - The rare first Aldine edition of Theodorus Gaza's Latin translation from Greek of Aristotle's works on animals and Theophrastus' works on plants. The original Greek manuscripts were brought from Constantinople to Italy by Giovanni Aurispa in the early 15th century and translated into Latin by Theodore Gaza around 1450. The editio princeps of the Greek came out only in 1497, but Gaza's translation, edited by Giorgio Merula, was first published in 1483. Gaza, scholar, scribe and teacher from Thessaloniki, translated many works of Greek science, literature and theology into Latin. He was renowned for the style and accuracy of his translations. Contains the 3rd Latin (1st Aldine) edition of Theophrastus' work on systematic botany which was first published in Latin translation in 1483. "An observer and collector of botanical data rather than a profound theorizer, Theophrastus was handicapped by lack of scientific language. Yet his description of the formation of the plant in the seed, the earliest account known, was the best made for 2000 years; it demonstrated excellent observation" (Dibner). This edition additionally contains Latin-Greek and Greek-Latin glossaries of technical terms found in Aristotle. The first edition is quite rare on the market. OCLC lists only 4 copies in US public libraries. N° de réf. du libraire 002037

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GREEK ANTHOLOGY.)

Edité par Venice: Aldus Manutius, November 1503 (1503)

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Description du livre : Venice: Aldus Manutius, November 1503, 1503. Aldine octavo (149 × 93 mm). Nineteenth-century French red straight-grain morocco by Thouvenin, covers panelled with gilt fillets and blind foliate tooling, gilt spine, gilt edges, green silk marker. Extremities lightly rubbed, occasional very light browning at head, an excellent copy. Collation as Ahmanson-Murphy. Woodcut device on title, repeated on final verso. Greek type 4:79 (text), roman 10:82 (title, register and colophon only). First Aldine edition, a handsome copy. Based on the 1494 editio princeps edited by Janus Lascaris, this was the second edition of the anthology assembled by the early 14th century Constantinopolitan monk Planudes, with additions including the editio princeps of the 6th-century Byzantine poem "In Thermas Pythias et aquarum miracula" by Paulos Silentiarius. Planudes' recension of the Anthology was the only collection of ancient Greek epigrams known to the west until the discovery of the Palatine codex in 1606. The Anthology is based on the lost compilation of Meleager of Gadara (1st century BCE), whose title, The Garland, reflected the common comparison of small beautiful poems to flowers; hence the Greek anthologia ("flower-gathering"; Latin florilegium), which metaphoric use led to the modern sense of the English "anthology". Aldus Adams A-1181; Ahmanson-Murphy 62; Renouard Alde 42.9. N° de réf. du libraire 59684

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ALEXANDER OF APHRODISIAS. - [DISCOVERING THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THOUGHT]

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Description du livre : [Venice, House of Aldus and Andrea of Asola, September 1513]. Folio. A lovely late 17th or early 18th century full calf, beautifully re-backed to style with raised bands and elegant blindstamped ornametations. Boards with lovely blindstamp-decorations, in style constituting a forerunner of the Cambridge-style binding. A very nice, clean, and fresh copy with the often lacking final leaf with the large woodcut Aldine anchor-dolphin device to verso. Woodcut printer's device to title-page as well. Without the blank A9 (almost always removed when bound). (4), 3-281, (3) pp. The scarce editio princeps of Alexander of Aphrodisias' extremely influential commentary of Aristotle's "Topics", which is responsible for our understanding and utilization of this most fundamental text for the thought of mankind. Aristotle's "Topics" occupies an absolutely central place in the development of science and philosophy since Antiquity. It is this work that sets the boundaries for what we can meaningfully talk about, and even how to talk about it. Through the "topics" mankind will be able to state the true premises that form the foundation upon we build science and philosophy. Alexander's commentary on this fundamental work is the most important and influential that we have. It was of the utmost importance to Renaissance philosophy, science, scholarship and learning, and it greatly influenced the path of Aristotelian scholarship as well as almost all original thought and philosophy within this period. Alexander came to influence all reading of Aristotle in the Renaissance and with his commentary on the "Topics", he came to profoundly influence our understanding of the first principles of thought as well as the dialectical and philosophical training that is necessary for our understanding of them. Without the "topics" of Aristotle, we cannot be certain that we are discussing that which we ought to be discussing. Aristotle's "Topics" provides us with the general basis for all forms of inquiry; as he himself states: "Our treatise proposes to find a line of inquiry whereby we shall be able to reason from opinions that are generally accepted about every problem propounded to us, and also shall ourselves, when standing up to an argument that, avoid saying anything that will obstruct us." (Topica 110a18-22, in Ross' translation, Oxford, 1928). "Alexander of Aphrodisias was the leading ancient commentator on Aristotle in the Aristotelian school. He wrote around AD 200, more than five hundred years after Aristotle's death. His commentaries had an immense influence first on the Neoplatonist school and then on Medieval Philosophy in Islam and eventually in the Latin West. His commentary on "Topics" Book 1 opens the door on a major argument between the Stoics and the Aristotelians on how to think of syllogistic. He discusses how to define Aristotelian syllogistic and why it stands up against the rival Stoic theory of inference." (Richard Sorabji, Preface to Ophuijsen's Translation of Alexander's commentary, in the "Ancient Commentators on Aristotle"-series, ed. by Sorabji. p. (IX).).It is a curious but generally accepted conception that with the rise of the Renaissance came the fall of Aristotle. Whether this is actually true can be disputed, but it is a fact that with the recovery of many lost works of ancient literature, the widening of the range of classical studies and the renewed interest in Plato, Aristotle was no longer the sole authority on a huge number of fields. That this should mean a total ignorance of the teachings of Aristotle must be considered somewhat of a myth (though a very frequently repeated one), and in fact with the grand humanists of the late 15th and early 16th century, the study of Aristotle fits perfectly with the broader comprehension of scholarship. The great humanists like Ficino, Pico and Pomponazzi had not forgotten about Aristotle, and the revival of learning did not mean the neglect of the prince of philosophers. On the contrar. N° de réf. du libraire 48289

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Caesar Caius Julius

Edité par Venezia Agostino Zani 1511 (1511)

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Description du livre : Venezia Agostino Zani 1511, 1511. A Very Early Folio Illustrated Edition incorporating incunabular plates, of Caesar's Commentaries, a core classical text of the Roman period. Illustrated with incunabular woodcuts from plates used for the 1493 edition of Livy. The title page is printed in red and there is a very fine, large woodcut to the title leaf (92 x 120 mm) within an elaborate border printed in red and repeated on the first leaf of text, within an altogether different woodcut border printed in black. There is a woodcut of approximately the same size at f. 51; twelve smaller woodcuts (each approx. 56 x 74 mm) are placed at the beginning of each chapter. Folio (mm 314x210), contemporary Italian half goatskin over wooden boards, goatskin on the sides with blind-ruled geometric designs, a pair of scallop-shaped brass fore-edge catches on front cover, vellum half pastedowns cut from a 14th-century theological manuscript, without the clasps. A very handsome copy of this rare illustrated work. RARE. ONE OF THE EARLIEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED EDITIONS AND THE IMPORTANT FIRST ITALIAN PRINTING OF AN ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THIS GREAT CLASSICAL WORK. The title woodcut depicts a battle scene; the second large woodcut shows Lentulus seated addressing the Senate. The woodblocks depicted, were first used in Giunta’s 1493 edition of Livy and were immensely successful and consequently passed on from printer to printer. Considered very rare. A superbly illustrated edition of Cæsar, apparently the first illustrated Cæsar published in Italy. The title woodcut is strongly reminiscent of Uscello's great tryptich, "The Battle of San Romano," and the spare line of the woodcuts at the head of each chapter is perhaps inspired by Aldus' HYPNEROTOMACHIA POLIPHILI (1499). The text was edited by L. Panaetius. The Duc de Rivoli (Livres a figures Venitiens, p. 160) records a similar edition printed at the same press in 1517 but does not mention this one. A highly important book and a very desirable copy. N° de réf. du libraire 25712

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Strozii poetae pater et filius.: STROZZI (, Ercole

STROZZI (, Ercole & Tito "Vespasiano")

Edité par Venice, Aldus & Asolanus 1513 (following the Venecian calendar; according to the usual European calendar 1514). (1514)

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Description du livre : Venice, Aldus & Asolanus 1513 (following the Venecian calendar; according to the usual European calendar 1514)., 1514. Hardcover. État : Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo. (8), 99 lvs., (1) leaf, 152 lvs. With Aldus’ device (Fletcher Nr. 5) on title and last leaf verso. 16th century gilt-stamped vellum (darkened, soiled, rubbed); new end-papers and fly leaves, lacking ties. First Aldus edition of Strozzis’ poems, first edition of most of the complete works; scarce. PROVENENCE: The reverse of the title page has an autograph in the form of a six-line dedication to the two Strozzis from Daniel Finus; leaf A8 verso also has a longer laudation to Aldus Manutius by him written in manuscript. Both were published only in the 20th century (A. della Guardia: Tito Vespasiano Strozzi. 1916, p. LVIII, and S. Pasquazi, Poeti estensi. 1966). Daniele Fini, born in Ferrara 1470, son of an Fini „Hadrianus" Fino. Like his father before him, he took on political functions in his home city (Chamberlain and University Chancellor) but his main interest was literature. His principle writing activities were chiefly in composing poems in Latin and Italian (see Michaud XIV, 138 and Barotti / Barotti / Baruffaldi: Memorie istoriche de letterati Ferraresi. Vol. I. p. 133 ff). He was a member of Ferrara's humanistic circle and was one of Strozzi's closer friends. The copy of the work here is very likely to be a VOLUME OF DANIELE FINI'S POSSESSION, in which he wrote his poems. FOR FULL DESCRIPTION PLEASE VISIT ON OUR WEBSITE "THE SPECIAL OFFER". The decoration of the binding presents an outer frame with a closely set, slightly spirally winding pattern, copied from Greek art. Centrally there is a floral design, and also floral decoration in the corners of the frame. Light browning throughout (a few leaves somewhat more so) and finger marks mainly concerning the bottom outside page edges; occasional mould or water stains (but mostly to outside edges), two pages with small amount of damage to paper at the lower bottom white margin. On the whole, an unusual document with reference to Humanism in Ferrara and in an extremely rare contemporary binding. Censimento 16 CNCE 37457; Renouard / Ald. I, 98; Fletcher p. 111; Cat. Laur. 111; Ald. Slg. SBB 203; Adams S 1956; BMSTC (Italian Books) 650; Ebert 21848. N° de réf. du libraire 851

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Ilias and Ulyssea. Batrachomyomachia. Hymni XXXII, 2: HOMER

HOMER

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Description du livre : Heirs of Aldus the Elder, Venice, 1524. Hardcover. État : Near Fine. 3rd Edition. [Works in Greek] Ilias and Ulyssea. Batrachomyomachia. Hymni XXXII, 2 volumes. Venice: Heirs of Aldus the Elder, April 1524. 8vo (162x100 mm), [1-8] 9, 20-26, [1-40], [1-2] 3-277 [1]; [1], 2-251 [1] leaves; signatures (1-7)8 (A-Z)8 (AA-LL)8 MM6; (a-z)8 (A-H)8 I4; titles in Greek and Latin, Aldine device on titles and verso of the final leaf in each volume. Late 18th century red morocco gilt, spines with 5 raised bands (spines slightly faded), cut edges gilt, internally very fresh with only a little very light foxing / browning to first and final few leaves and few mm of light brown staining to fore-margin of a few leaves, old faded inscription to first title page. An exceptionally fine copy with ample margins, free of stamps or markings. ---- Ahmanson-Murphy, Aldine Coll. 197/1; Renouard, Annales de l'imprimerie des Alde, 98:1; Fock, Bibliotheca Aldina, 44; Adams H745; Brunet III, p. 269-70; Graesse III, 326; Fletcher, H.G. New Aldine studies, p. 47-49. - Third Aldine edition, printed in Greek throughout except for the two letters in Latin from Aldus Manucius to Girolamo Aleandro, which were reprinted from the first Aldine edition. The text is based on the 1517 edition, with additional typographic errors. The first volume contains the Iliad and Herodotus' Life of Homer, and the second comprises the Odyssey and Homeric Hymns. N° de réf. du libraire 001958

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