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. 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

  3. VARCHI, Benedetto.

    Three signed letters, two of which are autograph and one of which is scribal, to the humanist Piero Vettori.

    Florence, 1535, 1553, [n.d].

    A unique source for Cinquecento Florence studies: the first edition, the rare first issue complete with the mention of Farnese’s crime on p. 639, of Varchi’s controversial (and therefore unpublished for 200 years) history of Florence, accompanied by a mini-archive consisting of three letters from...

    £4750

  4. LALIEU, Paul and Nicolas Joseph BEAUTOUR.

    ‘P[hiloso]phia particularis data sub R.P. Paulo Lalieu art. doct. ac p[hiloso]phiae...

    Douai, France, 1739-1740.

    A fascinating manuscript course of lectures on cosmography, ethics and metaphysics, compiled by a student at the Jesuit College near Douai, northern France, during the reign of Louis XV, illustrated with a handsome volvelle and twenty-seven engraved plates.

    £3750

  5. [ANON., possibly a Jesuit author.]

    Tragedia di Santa Caterina detta d’Alessandria [with:] Dell’Amicizia [and...

    [Italy, early seventeenth century.]

    Remarkably interesting early Italian commonplace book, or ‘zibaldone’, containing the apparently unique version of a literary-philosophical dialogue Dell’Amicizia, and the third known copy of an unpublished Tragedia di Santa Caterina, which survives in two further manuscript...

    £3750

  6. 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

  7. [POLEMON, John].

    The second Part of the Booke of Batailles, fought in our present Age: taken out of the best Authors and Writers...

    At London, Printed for Giles Cawood. 1587.

    First edition, scarce. Polemon had been commissioned by Henry Bynneman to compile a compendium on modern warfare which was duly published as All the famous Battels that have been fought in our Age in 1578. It covered from the beginning of the century up to the Battle of Lepanto in 1572....

    £2750

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. [MISSAL.]

    Missale Romanum, ex decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini restitutum. Pii V. Pont. Max. iussu editum.

    Liège, Henricus Hovius, typis Gaulteri Morberii, 1574.

    First Liège edition, very rare, of the Roman reformed missal, from the library of a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, who records the acquisition of the volume at a fair in Chester in 1765.

    £2250

  11. ALBERTUS de Padua.

    Evangeliorum quadragesimalium opus aureum nunquam alias impressum.

    Venice, Jacob Pentius de Leucho, May 1523.

    First edition, in a contemporary Venetian binding, of the Lenten Gospel exegesis by one of the greatest Augustinian theologians to live on the cusp of the fourteenth century.

    £2000

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. HEXHAM, Henry.

    A Tongue-Combat, lately happening betweene two English Souldiers in the Tilt-boat of Gravesend, the one going to...

    Printed at London [i.e. Holland]. 1623.

    First edition, written in reply to a rare pamphlet with a near-identical title by Richard Verstegan [or Rowlands], an intelligence agent in the Netherlands for the English Jesuits. Verstegan’s original Toung-Combat comprised a dialogue between the pro-Catholic Red Scarf and the Protestant...

    £1650

  15. [VICES.]

    An Address to the hopeful young Gentry of England in some Strictures on the most dangerous Vices incident to their Age...

    London, Printed by E. C. for G. Walbanke … 1669.

    First edition of a very scarce, and immensely engaging, treatise on the vices that might ensnare a young gentleman of the Restoration, whose ‘birth was in the midst of busie and tumultuous Times’ during the Commonwealth.

    £1600

  16. COMIDAS DE CARBOGNANO, Cosimo.

    Primi principi della gramatica Turca ad uso dei missionari apostolici di Costantinopoli ...

    Rome, stamperia della Sac. Congr. di Prop. Fide, 1794.

    The first complete Ottoman Turkish grammar published in Italian, compiled by the Catholic Armenian dragoman Cosimo Comidas de Carbognano (translator to Count de Ludolf, minister of the Two Sicilies to the Ottoman Porte in the late eighteenth century) and published by the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda...

    £1500

  17. HESIOD.

    Poemata Hesiodi Ascraei, quae extant, omnia, Graece, cum varia interpretatione Latina. Una cum doctissimis Ioannis Tzetzis...

    Basel, ex officina Oporiniana, [1574].

    A handsome copy of Hesiod’s poems, in a Justice and Lucretia binding, used by a student in Strasbourg at the end of the eighteenth century.

    £1400

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. TACITUS, C. Cornelius. (Marcus Zuerius van BOXHORN, editor).

    [Opera] Quæ exstant.

    Amsterdam, Caspar Commelin, 1664.

    Later edition of the complete works of Tacitus edited by Boxhorn, in a fine presentation binding by Gregorio and Giovanni Andreoli, the leading binders in Rome from around 1655 until 1699. Though dubbed the ‘Rospigliosi bindery’ by Hobson after one of its principal patrons (Cardinal Giulio...

    £1250