ANNOTATED BY MACHIAVELLI’S LAST CONFESSOR
Sermones quadragesimales de XII mirabilibus Christianae fidei excellentiis [with additions by Ludovicus Brognolo].
Venice, Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio [for Alexander Calcedonius], 16 February 1492/93.
GOTHIC CHRONICLES AND MIRROR FOR PRINCES Le rozier historial de France contenant deux roziers. Le p[re]mier rozier contient plusieurs belles rozes e boutons de instructions … pour roys, princes … et gens de guerre … Le seco[n]d rozier autreme[n]t croniques abregees contient plusieurs belles rozes … extraits … de la maison de Fra[n]ce et de Angleterre.
Paris, [Gilles Couteau for François Regnault], 26 February 1522 [i.e. 1523].
‘THE MOON SHINES BRIGHT’ A Recantation of an Ill Led Life: or, a Discoverie of the High-way Law. With ... many cautelous Admonitions and full Instructions, how to know, shunne, and apprehend a Thiefe ... The third edition, with Additions.
London, Printed by A.M. for Richard Meighen ... 1634.
PALLADIO’S VITRUVIUS De architectura libri decem, cum commentariis … multis aedificiorum, horologiorum, et machinarum descriptionibus, & figuris, una cum indicibus copiosis, auctis & illustratis.
Venice, Francesco Franceschi & Johann Criegher, 1567.
GRANDIOSE GARDENS Li giardini di Roma con le loro piante, alzate e vedute in prospettiva, disegnate ed intagliate da Gio. Battista Falda. Nuovamente dati alle stampe ...
Rome, Gio. Giacomo de Rossi, [early eighteenth century?].
SOUTHEY’S COPY, WITH A LONG NOTE Altare Christianum: or, the dead Vicar’s Plea. Wherein the Vicar of Gr. being dead, yet speaketh, and pleadeth out of Antiquity, against him that hath broken downe his Altar. Presented, and humbly submitted to the consideration of his Superiours, the Governours of our Church.
London, Printed by Richard Badger. 1637.
ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY LEWIS, Wyndham.
America and Cosmic Man.
First edition, second state binding as always (the first, in green cloth, was rejected by Lewis as ‘hideous’ and was used on only 3 trial copies). In hand by 1943, not finished until 1946 and then rejected by American publishers until it finally found a British home in 1948, America and Cosmic Man is ‘a work of considerable interest’, ‘concerned with the nature of American democracy, and the formative influences which have made it what it is’, namely the ‘beautiful polarity’ of Hamiltonian centralizing authoritarianism and Jeffersonian decentralizing libertarianism (Bridson, Filibuster). Lewis’s earlier distrust of FDR and the New Deal was here put fully in reverse, though he still, as ever, has plenty of time for criticism – lack of culture, over-commercialism, discrimination, etc.
FIRST CROATIAN MISSAL [KASIC, Bartol, or Bartholomaeus CASSIUS.]
Rituale Romanum Urbani VIII Pont. max. Iussu editum illyrica lingua.
First edition, rare especially as complete with both parts as here, of the first Roman Missal in Croatian, an important association copy from the library of a Prefect of Studies of the Propaganda Fide. The Missal is printed in Shtokavian (or Štokavian), the prestige dialect of the pluricentric Serbo-Croatian language and the basis of its Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin standards. The Missal is adorned with many woodcuts and includes musical notation.
INSCRIBED ‘MY BEST COPY’ LEWIS, Wyndham.
The Demon of Progress in the Arts.
First edition, inscribed ‘To Geoffrey / my best copy / Wyndham’. Lewis breaks here with abstraction in the arts, naming Michael Ayrton, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Ceri Richards and others as ‘the finest group of painters and sculptors which England has ever known’. Ayrton collaborated on many illustrations and dust-jacket designs after Lewis lost his sight.