THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN ECONOMIC THOUGHT
VISCOUNT SYDNEY'S COPY
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations … In two volumes. Vol. I [– II].
London, W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776.
IN ORIGINAL BOARDS The Federalist: A Collection of Essays written in Favor of the new Constitution, as agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787 …
New York: Printed and sold by John and Andrew M’Lean … 1788.
WITH 68 MAPS Atlas nouveau, contenant toutes les parties du monde, ou sont exactement remarquées les empires, monarchies, royaumes, états, républiques …
Amsterdam, Jean Covens and Corneille Mortier, 1733.
GOTHIC CHRONICLES AND MIRROR FOR PRINCES Le rozier historial de France contenant deux roziers. Le p[re]mier rozier contient plusieurs belles rozes et 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].
OWNED AND ANNOTATED BY ULISSE ALDROVANDI Librorum Francisci Petrarche impressorum annotatio. De ignorantia suiipsius et multorum liber I. De ocio religiosorum liber I …
Venice, Simone da Luere for Andreas Torresanus de Asula, 27 March 1501.
A NOBLE FRAGMENT
A LEAF FROM THE GUTENBERG BIBLE
A single folio leaf (389 x 281 mm.), containing Luke XVII:23–XIX:13 (leaf 230 of volume 2), double column, 42 lines per column, rubricated in red and blue (headlines in alternating red and blue lombard letters, chapter initial in red with numerals alternating in red and blue, red capital strokes).
[Mainz: Printed by Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust, c. 1450-1455, not after August 1456.]
RARE SPANISH INCUNABLE
FROM THE DOHENY COLLECTION
In defensio[n]es Sancti Thomae ab impugnationibus magistri Nicholai Magistrique Mathie.
Seville, Meinardus Ungut and Stanislaus Polonus, 4 February 1491.
CONTEMPORARY CALF, WITH THE WORLD MAP The Principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by Sea or over Land, to the most remote and farthest distant Quarters of the Earth at any Time within the Compasse of these 1500 Yeeres.
Imprinted at London by George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, Deputies to Christopher Barker … 1589.
HOMILETIC WORKANNOTATED 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.
A CATALAN INDULGENCE FOR THE REPAIR OF THE CATHEDRAL OF LÉRIDA Letter of Indulgence (in Catalan), incipit ‘A Honor …’, granted by Cardinal Luis de Milá, Bishop of Lérida.
[Lerida, Heinrich Botel, c. 1498.]
THE LADY DAVY COPY CARO, Annibale.
Rime del commendatore Annibal Caro. Col privilegio di N.S. PP. Pio V. et dell’illustrissima signoria di Venetia.
First edition of the poetry of Annibale Caro, offering a scathing yet humorous critique of his greatest poetic rival, Ludovico Castelvetro.
TO MASTER THE WORST OF FEARS SENECA, Lucius Annaeus (attributed).
Liber ad Gallione[m] de remediis fortuitorum.
An extensively annotated copy of a very rare early sixteenth-century edition of this successful tract of moral philosophy. Whilst its entire manuscript tradition was unanimous in attributing this work to Seneca, and eminent scholars with a profoundly intimate knowledge of Senecan philosophy and style, such as Petrarch and Erasmus, endorsed this attribution, the authorship became disputed in the late Renaissance. Today it is generally considered a genuine Senecan work, or a collection of his maxims. Stoicism as a disregard for life’s passing goods and as a remedy against fears, particularly the fear of death, is the message condensed in these pithy, memorable sentences and succinct explanations.
TERENCE Afer, Publius.
Comoediae sex, tum ex Donati commentariis … diligentius quam unquam antehac emendatae; Aelii Donati … in easdem quicunque extant commentarii … Calphurnii in tertiam comoediam doctissima interpretatio; eorum quae in commentariis sparsim annotata sunt index amplissimus.
First folio edition of Terence’s comedies by Robert Estienne. The printer had already produced a small, octavo edition of Terence’s works in 1526. Confident in its success, and through access to an excellent and ancient manuscript of the fourth-century commentary by Aelius Donatus, ‘in 1529 he published a more ambitious edition of the comedies with the commentaries of Donatus’ (Armstrong, p. 79).