Recent Acquisitions

  1. ARIOSTO, Ludovico.

    Le Rime … non piu viste, & nuovamente stampate a instantia di Iacopo Modanese, cio e sonetti. Madrigali. Canzoni....

    Venice, [Coppa,] 1546.

    First edition of Ludovico Ariosto’s collected verses, bound with a rare and early edition of his Herbolato, and the equally rare second complete edition of Pietro Aretino’s Marfisa: all three works published within three years in Venice.

    £1000

  2. XENOPHON.

    De Cyri regis Persarum vita atque disciplina, libri VIII.

    Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1572.

    First edition of Joachim Camerarius’ Latin translation of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, a partly fictional work on the life and education of Cyrus the Great which served as a model for medieval and renaissance mirrors of princes, including Machiavelli’s Il Principe. A beautiful...

    £875

  3. GONZAGA, Curzio.

    Il Fido amante, poema eroico.

    Mantua, [(colophon:) Giacomo Ruffinello, 1582].

    First edition of an Italian Renaissance heroic poem in thirty-six cantos, much appreciated by Tasso and published the year after the first authorized edition of the Gerusalemme liberata.

    £600

  4. MARTIAL.

    M. Ualerii Martialis epigrammata. Opera, et industria Andreae Frusij, Soc. Iesu Theologi.

    Cuneo, typis Ioannis Baptistae Benentini, 1705.

    Scarce pocket edition of Martial’s Epigrams as edited by the notable French Jesuit André des Freux (c. 1515–1556), published in the city of Cuneo in Piedmont.

    £175

  5. [HUET, Pierre-Daniel.]

    Le grand tresor historique et politique du florissant commerce des Hollandois, dans tous les etats et empires...

    Paris, François Fournier, 1714.

    Later edition of this work on Dutch commerce and trade attributed to Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630–1721), famous as the editor of the Delphin Classics, with a charming bookplate.

    £100

  6. [ENGHIEN, Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon, duc d’.]

    Détails sur l’arresration [sic] & la mort du duc d’Enghien.

    [Paris?, c. 1804?].

    Unrecorded popular broadside recounting the infamous arrest and execution of Louis-Antoine duc d’Enghien (1772–1804) at the instigation of Napoleon Bonaparte. Between 1792 and 1801 the duc served in the counter-revolutionary army of émigrés commanded by his grandfather, the Prince of Condé,...

    £300

  7. [POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.]

    Collection of 11 treatises.

    Spain, c. 1750.

    A highly interesting manuscript compendium of Spanish treatises on political philosophy and politics.

    £975

  8. 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

  9. [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

  10. [CICERO, Marcus Tullius.]

    Commentarii Philippicarum Marci Ciceronis cum annotationibus Georgii Trapezuntii Philippi Beroaldi et...

    Paris. Thomas Caseus for Jean Petit, [1514].

    Rare edition, attractively printed and with occasional contemporary annotations, of Cicero’s Philippics, comprising Cicero’s text along with the commentaries of the Cretan humanist George of Trebizond (1396–1486), the Bolognese rhetorician Filippo Beroaldo (1453–1505), and the Perugia...

    £950

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. [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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. [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

  18. [FANCY DRESS.]

    Photograph album of costumes and accessories.

    Derby, 1920s?

    A delightful album of fancy dress costumes and accessories put together by County Carnival Stores of Derby, Derbyshire, from which clients could select the party outfits of their choice. The charming photographs, several with hand colouring, would appear to have been mostly taken in-house.

    £375

  19. VALENTINELLI, Giuseppe.

    Specimen bibliographicum de Dalmatia et agro Labeatium ... pro praefecto Bibliothecae S. Marci Venetiarum.

    Venice, typis Caecinianis et soc., 1842.

    First edition of this bibliography of works on Dalmatia (Croatia) and Montenegro by the librarian and bibliographer Giuseppe Valentinelli (1805–1874), dedicated to Frederick Augustus II of Saxony.

    £275

  20. [SOUTH OF FRANCE.]

    ‘Routes de Privas à Nîmes 1892’.

    June-July 1892.

    A nice sketchbook, by an anonymous artist, recording a trip to the South of France in 1892, capturing the beauty of the landscape, as well as some of the historic monuments in the départements of Ardèche, Gard, and Vaucluse.

    £700