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We regularly issue lists and catalogues, offering a wide variety of literary, historical and philosophical books printed in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the Low Countries, Eastern Europe and Russia. Woodcuts, early engravings, notable bindings, notable marginalia, rare manuscript or printed survivals, and books with a remarkable provenance are among our keenest interests, and feature regularly in our stock.
(a). GOULET, Robert.
Compendium recenter editum de multiplici Parisiensis Universitatis magnificentia, dignitate, et excellentia,...
Paris, Toussaint Denis, 1517.
First edition of the first account of the University of Paris, ‘probably the earliest monograph on any university’ – E. P. Goldschmidt.
ALBERTI, Leon Battista.
Momus [or De principe].
Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.
First edition of this political and social satire by the great Renaissance architect, theorist, scholar and man of letters, Leon Battista Alberti. There were two editions published in Rome in 1520, one (the present) by Jacopo Mazochi, the other by Étienne Guillery. Both carry papal privileges,...
ALBERTI, Leon Battista.
El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia del Momo; compuesta en Latin por el docto varon Leon Bapista...
Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.
First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s Momus [or De principe], translated by Augustín de Almaçan and with an introductory 8 pp. Exposición by the Toledo ascetic writer and scholar Alejo Venegas (1495?–1554?).
ALBERTI, Leon Battista.
Hecatomphila che ne insegnia l’ingeniosa arte d’amore. Deiphira che ne mostra suggir il mal principiato...
Venice, Giovanni Antonio et Fratelli da Sabbio ad instantia de Nicolo & Francesco Librari al Dolphin, 1528.
A combined edition of the Ecatomfila and the Deifira, Alberti’s two dialogues on love. They originally appeared separately in 1471, probably the first works of literature by a living author printed in Italian. They treat the vagaries of love from different perspectives. In the Ecatomfila,...
Comoediae ex optimis exemplaribus emendatae studio Rich. Franc. Phil. Brunck.
Strasbourg, Jean-Georges Treuttel (colophon: typis Joannis Henrici Heitz), 1782-3.
--- Comoediae in Latinum sermonem conversae. Strasbourg, Bauer and Treuttel, 1781.
Three vols in one, 8vo, pp. 182; 199, ; 128.
Engraved arms to titles, engraved tail-pieces; occasional light spotting; a very good set in contemporary vellum boards, gilt-lettered...
De civitate Dei.
Germany, ?Westphalia, c. 1300.
A handsome bifolium from a large folio copy of St. Augustine’s greatest work, a vindication of Christianity against pagan critics.
AUSONIUS, Decimus Magnus. [VINET, Elie, editor].
Ausonii Burdigalensis, ... Omnia, quae adhuc in veteribus bibliothecis...
Bordeaux, Simon Millanges, 1590.
This is the third and most complete Bordeaux edition of Vinet’s Ausonius, the fourth-century Latin poet of Bordeaux, who has been called the first medieval Latin poet. This edition opens with a new preface, by the printer Simon Millanges, dated 1590.
[AUSSOURD, René] DUMAS, Alexandre.
Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Paris, Calmann Levy, 1894.
Edition de grand luxe, number 39, one of 250 copies on Chine paper, one of a 100 copies with drawings with parts of the engravings.
AUVERMANN, Detlev, and Anthony PAYNE.
The Society of Jesus 1548–1773.
[London], Quaritch, 2006.
This is a catalogue of books by Jesuit authors and works relating to the Society of Jesus published between 1548, when Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises was first printed, and 1773, when the Society was suppressed. It includes an historical introduction by Alastair Hamilton, Arcadian Visiting...
Πονηµατα δραµατικα. [Ponemata dramatika.]
Trieste, Loyd, 1849.
Very rare first edition of Avgerinos’ dramas of Greek Romanticism, three pieces uniting sentiments of nationalism, liberty and philhellenism with aesthetic and literary reflections on the style and scope of dramatic poetry.
[BALFOUR, Robert, editor and translator]. CLEOMEDES.
Meteora Graece et Latine. A Roberto Balforeo ex ms. codice bibliothecae illustrißimi...
Bordeaux, Simon Millanges, 1605.
First edition edited by Robert Balfour of this handbook to Greek astronomy. “Since he nowhere mentions Ptolemy (fl. A.D. 127-141), Cleomedes must have lived not earlier than the first century B.C. and not later than the early second century A.D. … [He] is the only Greek writer whose extant work gives...
Psyche: or Loves Mysterie in XX. Canto’s: displaying the Intercourse between Christ and the Soule …
London, Printed by John Dawson for George Boddington … 1648.
First edition. Beaumont was one of the royalist fellows ejected from Cambridge in 1644, and he devoted his enforced retirement to the composition of this poem, a ‘religious epic’ representing ‘a Soule led by divine Grace, and her Guardian Angel ... through the difficult Temptations and Assaults...
[BENEDETTI, Giovanni Battista.]
Difesa de’ missionarii cinesi della Compagnia di Giesù, in risposta all’apologia de’ PP....
‘.In Colonia. Per il Berges’, 1700
First edition of this substantial defence of the Jesuit position in the Chinese Rites Controversy. It is a rebuttal of Noël Alexandre’s Apologia de Padri Domenicani missionarii della China (published, also under a false Cologne imprint, in both French and Italian in 1699); Alexandre,...
NEW TESTAMENT IN CHINESE (The), translated by the Committee of Delegates …
London Missionary Society’s Press. Shanghae, 1852
First edition of the Delegates’ version of the complete New Testament in High Wenli, the classical literary language of China.
La Bible, qui est toute la Sainte Escriture du Vieil et du Nouveau Testament. Autrement, l’ancienne et la nouvelle alliance....
London, R. Everingham for R. Bentley and J. Hindmarsh, 1687.
First complete edition of the Bible in French to be printed in England, in a fine Restoration binding. This Bible, in the French Geneva version, was published less than two years after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (22 October 1685) which saw about 50,000 French Protestant refugees move to England...
Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum beneventanum abbatem selestensem defensionum liber.
Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.
First edition of a very rare work of sixteenth-century Lyonnese Neoplatonism, an elegantly-printed de Tournes edition. Ostensibly a simple series of remarks against the theses of the (presumably sternly Scholastic) abbot of Selestan, this is a tract of Renaissance moral philosophy. The theme of...
Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft in einer beurtheilenden Uebersicht.
Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.
First edition of this critical summary of the greatest works of Bolzano, The Theory of Science and The Science of Religion, first published in four-volume sets in 1837 and 1834, copiously illustrated with citations from the original texts.
[BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.]
La Liturgie. C’est a dire, le formulaire des Prieres publiques, de l’Administrations des Sacreman;...
A Londres, pour Jean Dunmore & Octavien Pulleyn le Jeune … 1667.
First edition of this translation, printed for the use of ‘toutes les Eglisses Paroissiales & dans les Chapelles de Isles de Jersey, Guernsey, & autres Isles adjacentes’, as well as for the French congregation at the Savoy in London.
Apologie pour Iehan Chastel Parisien, execute a mort, et pour les peres & escholliers, de la Societé de Iesus,...
First edition of Boucher’s pseudonymous apology for Jean Châtel’s attempted assassination of Henri IV, described by the author as an ‘acte heroique’. Boucher (1548-1644) was prior and rector of the Sorbonne and an active member of the Catholic League who openly incited violent revolt against...
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.
English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers; A Satire … Third Edition.
London: T. Collins for James Cawthorn, British Library, 1810.
Third authorised edition, revised and with a new preface. Byron’s satire was prompted by Henry Brougham’s contemptuous review of the poet’s Hours of Idleness, which was published in the Edinburgh Review in January 1808; Brougham (a founder of the Edinburgh Review) was naturally...