Recent Acquisitions

  1. [CANONS REGULAR OF THE LATERAN.]

    Regula et constitutiones Canonicorum Regularium congregationis S. Salvatoris, Ordinis Sancti Augustini....

    Rome, apud Paulum Bladum, 1592.

    The most complete edition, rare, of the Rule and Constitutions of the Order of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine of the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour, printed on vellum, with two seemingly unrecorded cancels, from the library of a former Abbot General of the Order.

    £25000

  2. [GIACOMETTI, Alberto, illustrator] DUPIN, Jacques.

    L’épervier.

    Paris, Guy Lévis Mano, February 1960.

    First edition, limited to 530 copies, this being number 60 of 75 copies on vélin d’Arches, the only ones to include a scarce original etching by Alberto Giacometti, numbered and signed in pencil by the artist.

    £12500

  3. BARBARO, Daniele.

    La pratica della perspettiva … opera molto utile a pittori, a scultori, & ad architetti.

    Venice, Camillo & Rutilio Borgominieri, 1568 [-69].

    First edition of Barbaro’s important treatise on perspective, bound with the first edition of Rusconi’s translation of Vitruvius, both works strikingly illustrated.

    £8750

  4. SARPI, Paolo.

    Historia del Concilio Tridentino di Pietro Soave Polano. Nella quale si scoprono tutti gl’artificii della Corte...

    London, John Bill, 1619.

    First edition, a large paper copy, of Sarpi’s history of the Council of Trent; published under the pseudonym of Pietro Soave Polano by the apostate Marcantonio de Dominis, with additions by the latter. Large paper copies of the first edition are very rare.

    £8500

  5. WHY AND THE WHEREFORE (The):

    or, the Lady’s two Questions resolved. Question the first; why Men have not much to boast of their...

    London: Printed for J. Lamb … 1765.

    First and only edition, extremely rare, of an unusual work of erotic fiction. Despite the implication that this is a translation from Italian, it is in fact an English original.

    £7500

  6. [WILSON, Harriette].

    Clara Gazul, or honi soit qui mal y pense … In three Volumes.

    London: Printed for and published by the Author … to be had by all Booksellers. 1830.

    First edition, privately printed and very scarce, of this picaresque novel by the infamous London courtesan Harriette Wilson (1786-1845), with a long autobiographical preface, and an address ‘To the Public’ about her notorious Memoirs. It also features, in volume III, a witty self-portrait as ‘Harriette...

    £6500

  7. [THÉROIGNE DE MÉRICOURT, Anne-Josèphe, attributed.]

    Catéchisme libertin, à l’usage des filles de joie, et des jeunes demoiselles...

    [Paris?], 1791.

    Two very rare satirical works on prostitution from Revolutionary France, the first featuring two erotic plates.

    £3750

  8. HOPE, Sir Thomas, of Craighall.

    Contemporary manuscript of ‘Ane Breiff Treatise upon severall substantiall heads of ye Scotts...

    [Scotland? Mid-seventeenth century?]

    Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall (1573-1646) was called to the Scottish Bar in 1605 and soon rose to prominence. Following the accession of Charles I he became Lord Advocate and was in high favour with the King. He compiled an extensive collection of notes on statutes and cases in about 1633 (published by...

    £3250

  9. [GIACOMETTI, Alberto, illustrator.] BATAILLE, Georges.

    Histoire de rats (journal de Dianus) avec trois eaux-fortes d’Alberto...

    Paris, Éditions de Minuit, 1947.

    First edition, limited to 200 copies, this numbered 97 of 160 copies on papier vélin teinté de Rives, with three original etchings by Alberto Giacometti.

    £2750

  10. WEIDNER, Paul.

    Sententiae Hebraicae ad vitae institutionem perutiles breviter explicatae, et praeclarissimis dictis tam sacrarum...

    Vienna, Michael Zimmermann, 1563.

    First edition; very rare. A collection of Hebrew proverbs ‘very useful for the regulation of life’, with accompanying translation and commentary in Latin and German.

    £2600

  11. LOCATELLI, Lodovico.

    Theatro d’Arcani… nel quale si tratta dell’arte chimica, et suoi arcani, con gli afforismi d’Ippocrate...

    Milan, Gio. Pietro Ramellati, 1644.

    First edition of Locatelli’s alchemical tract, which includes the first Italian translation of Paracelsus.

    £2500

  12. [WAGNER, Richard.]

    Wagner Festival. Royal Albert Hall, May 1877. Selections from the German texts of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Rienzi,...

    London: [The Elzevir Press for] Hodge and Essex, [but 1877].

    First edition, very rare, an attractive volume collecting the separately-issued programmes for the initial run of six concerts during the first Wagner Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in May 1877, with a general title-page. The texts are printed in German and English in parallel – the first...

    £2500

  13. PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

    Veduta delle due Chiese, l’una detta della Madonna di Loreto l’altra del Nome di Maria presso...

    [Rome, c. 1762].

    A marvellous view of Rome by Piranesi (1720–1778), from an original edition printed in Rome, bearing the price (‘a paoli due e mezzo’), with wide margins and the ‘double encircled fleur-de-lys’ watermark.

    £2200

  14. KNAUST, Heinrich.

    Feuwerzeugk Gerichtlicher Ordnunge, Proceß, Läuffe, und Sachen, so sich in Gerichte pflegen zuzutragen, Tabelweiß...

    Frankfurt am Main, Egenolffs Erben for Lonicer, Cnip & Steinmeyer, 1578.

    A very good copy of this expanded edition of one of the most popular compendia of law in the Holy Roman Empire, by the German lawyer, playwright, and poet Heinrich Knaust (c.1521- after 1577). Over the course of three books, Knaust presents a complete manual of criminal procedure, and a guide to the...

    £1950

  15. HIGGONS, Bevil (Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Darlus THIROUX D’ARCONVILLE, translator).

    ‘Ouvrages historiques de Bevill...

    France, 1790s.

    A handsome manuscript of Marie-Geneviève-Charlotte Darlus Thiroux d’Arconville’s unpublished French translation of A short view of the English History by the historian and poet Bevil Higgons (1670-1735), formerly in the possession of the translator herself.

    £1750

  16. FLORENT DE SALES [pseudonym].

    Vrai systême du monde physique et moral. [s.n., s.l., but Switzerland], 1797.

    [s.l., but Switzerland], 1797.

    Only edition, rare, of this utopia, the identity of whose author, and even of whose printer, remains unknown.

    £1750

  17. [BOLEYN, Anne, et al.]

    ‘Amori stravaganti per avvertenza d’amici raccolti dal Co.te Gio. Batta. Raimondo de Silva’.

    [Italy, early eighteenth-century.]

    A fascinating manuscript compendium of cautionary tales of famous lovers and love affairs in the courts of Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, compiled by the Italian count Giovanni Battista Raimondo de Silva, and formerly in the possession of the great manuscript collector Sir...

    £1750

  18. MARKHAM, Gervase.

    Markhams Maister-Peece, containing all Knowledge belonging to the Smith, Farrier, or Horse-Leech, touching the...

    London, John Okes, 1643.

    Sixth edition of the first work on farriery by an Englishman since Blundeville’s translation of Grisone. Published after his Discourse of Horsemanshippe (1593) and Cavelarice (1607), Gervase Markham (1568?-1637) likely wrote Maister-Peece (1610) to satisfy a popular demand...

    £1450

  19. GALILEI, Galileo.

    (Giovanni Battista VENTURI, editor). Memorie e lettere inedite finora o disperse di Galileo Galilei, ordinate...

    Modena, G. Vincenzi e compania, 1818 [– 1821].

    First edition, on large paper, of the unpublished letters of Galileo. Assembled by the physicist and science historian Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746–1822), the Memorie e lettere publish those manuscripts which had been omitted from the 1744 Padua edition of Galileo’s works, including the first...

    £1250

  20. HENNEQUIN, Pierre.

    Nouveau cours de rhétorique, à l’usage de la jeunesse des deux sexes; dédié à sa Majesté l’Impératrice...

    Moscow, Auguste Semen, 1818.

    Only edition, very uncommon, of this guide to rhetoric by the Moscow-based French grammarian Pierre Hennequin (1772–1849), explicitly designed for both sexes and dedicated to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759–1828).

    £1250