Opera Omnia [in Greek].
Venice, Aldine Press, May 1526.
a superb copy of the first edition in the original greek of the hippocratic corpus.
Iraq or Iran, c. 1350–1420 A.D.
The manuscript from which this leaf originates, a prayer-book made up of the five Qur’an surahs that begin with the phrase Al-hamdu li’llah (surahs I, VI, XVIII, XXXIV and XXXV), has been desribed as ‘one of the finest of its type to have been produced in the late 14th century or the early 15th...
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL TREATISES AND RECIPES IN LATIN.
Northern Italy [?Genova], late 17th – early 18th century
a superb collection of alchemical texts.
Novae coelestium terrestriumq[ue] rerum observationes et fortasse hactenus non vulgatae.
Naples, Gaffaro, 1646.
very rare first edition, complete with the folding plate that is sometimes missing, of this famous work of observational astronomy by francesco fontana, ‘the most renowned italian telescope maker’ (dsb) of his time, and ‘perhaps the first to use a keplerian telescope for regular planetary observation’...
Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis.
[Venice, printer of Pomponius Mela, 1477].
Second edition, very rare. This is the variant issue without date or place of printing, and is one of only five books known to have produced by the anonymous printer who has been named after the present edition. Mela’s description of the world, also known under the title Chorographia, was written...
[INDULGENCE]. MILÁ, Luis de, Cardinal.
Letter of Indulgence (in Catalan), beginning ‘A Honor …’ granted by Luis de Mila,...
Lérida, Heinrich Botel, c. 1498.
Printed at Lérida, the second city of Catalonia, about 100 miles inland from Barcelona: an indulgence granted by Luis de Mila, Bishop of Lérida, in favour of the living (as opposed to the dead; see below) to gather funds for the repair of the old Cathedral of Lérida.
A Treatise of Commerce, wherin are shewed the commodies [sic] arising by a wel ordered, and ruled trade, such as...
Very rare first edition. With a long authorial presentation inscription on the initial blank to a fellow Merchant Adventurer:
De dissectione partium corporis humani libri tres ... Una cum figuris et incisionum declarationibus, a Stephano...
Paris, Simon de Colines, 1545.
an unusually clean, crisp, and unsophisticated copy of the first edition of one of the most magnificent illustrated anatomical works of the 16th century.
A discourse of trade. By N. B, M. D.
London, Thomas Milbourn for the author, 1690.
First edition of the author’s major work, in which Barbon foreshadows the ‘real’ analysis of saving, investment and interest of the Classical economists. ‘There is no bridge between Locke and the monetary interest theories of today. Instead, there was a new departure, which was to be so successful...
A voyage to the South Sea . . . for the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in his majesty’s...
London, George Nicol, 1790.
The rare composite issue of the first edition of the Voyage to the South Sea incorporating the first edition of the Narrative of the mutiny which had been published in 1790. The regular issue of the Voyage simply reprinted Bligh’s account of the mutiny, but this special...
Atlas minimus, or a Book of Geography shewing all the Empires Monarchies Kingdomes, Regions Dominions Principalities...
And are to be sold at his House at the Hermitage in Wapping. And in Pope’s Head Alley … [1678?]
First edition in book form, second issue, of Seller’s charming miniature atlas, first published c. 1676 as playing cards, with the 52 maps divided into four suits and so numbered.
PORTABLE COPYING MACHINE.
[Birmingham], James Watt & Co., .
‘An outstanding piece of copying equipment of the late eighteenth century was invented, manufactured, and sold by none other than the great engineer, James Watt. The process which this copying machine employed was patented in 1780 as ‘A new method of copying letters and other writings expeditiously.’
Investigacion de la Naturaleza y Causas de la Riqueza de las Naciones.
Valladolid, ‘En la Oficina de la Viuda é Hijos de Santander, 1794.
First edition in Spanish. Despite the defects mentioned above a very good unsophisticated copy of the first edition in Spanish of The Wealth of Nations. It was translated by Josef Alfonso Ortiz from the fifth edition of 1789 (although curiously Ortiz cites the as-yet-unpublished 1796 eighth edition),...
REDOUTÉ, Pierre Joseph.
Les Roses, peintes par P.J.R. Descrites par Cl. Ant.Thory.
Paris, C.F.L. Panckoucke, 1824.
First 8vo edition of Redouté’s gargantuan masterpiece, lavishly illustrated with stipple-engravings by Bessa, Bessin, Chapuy, Charlin, Coutant, Langlois, Lemaire, Talbot, Teillard and Victor after the original aquarelles by Redouté, popularly nicknamed the ‘Raphael of Flowers’.
LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasilievich.
[Spine label:] Opera academica.
St. Petersburg, Typis Academiae Scientiarum, [c. 1751-1761].
I. Panegyricus Elisabetae Augustae Russiarum Imperatrici Patrio Sermone dictus … Latine redditus eodem auctore. [St. Petersburg, c. 1751]. Pp. 42; title printed in label format and pasted onto initial blank.
A Briefe Discourse of the true (but neglected) use of Charact’ring the Degrees by their Perfection, Imperfection,...
London, Printed by Edw: Allde for Tho. Adams 1614.
First edition of a scarce and unusual work of music theory, with particular focus on various types of vernacular music – hunting songs, dances, drinking-songs, love-songs etc. The ‘Discourse’ is followed by twenty printed exempla in the form of part-songs for four voices, twelve by Ravenscroft...
[CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de.]
Don Quixote Von Mancha, Abentheurliche Geschichte. Erster [-Anderer] Theil.
Basel & Frankfurt, ‘Johann Ludwig du Four, von Genff’, 1682.
First edition, first issue, of the first complete translation of Don Quixote into German. An earlier translation under the title ‘Juncker Harnisch aus Fleckenland’ (Frankfurt 1648, reprinted 1669 (the Cöthen 1621 edition is a ghost)) comprised only the first twenty-two chapters of Part I....
Poems … with Elegies on the Authors Death …
London. Printed by M. F. for John Marriot, and are to be sold at his Shop … 1633.
First edition of what may arguably be called the greatest poetical collection of the seventeenth century. This is the issue (precedence not established, but presumably the first) without the inserted leaves 2A2 (‘The Printer to the Understanders’ and ‘Hexastichon Bibliopolae’) and with Nn1 in...
ELIOT, Thomas Stearns.
Prufrock and Other Observations.
London: The Egoist Ltd, 1917.
First edition. One of 500 copies printed. In 1917 the Egoist Press offered – at the price of one shilling – what the advertisement described as ‘a small book of Poems’ by Mr. T. S. Eliot, with the intriguing (if obscure) title, Prufrock and Other Observations. ‘And there’, wrote critic Christopher...
[ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]
Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio ...
Strasburg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619.
a fine sammelband of four first editions by andreae, including his famous christian utopia.