ABBIATE FORIERI, Matteo.
La Colonna di chiesa santa. Panegirico detto nella solennizata festa di S. Agostino Nella Chiesa de RR...
Milan, Lodovico Monza, 1660.
A good copy of this panegyric given at the Church of San Marco in Milan to mark the feast day of St Augustine in 1660, by the Milanese lawyer Matteo Abbiate Forieri, an annual event on behalf of the lawyers of the city’s Scuole Palatine. Abbiate Forieri identifies Augustine as the African pillar that...
ABEILLE, Louis Paul.
Principes sur la liberté du commerce des grains.
Amsterdam and Paris, Desaint, 1768.
First edition. Louis Paul Abeille, inspector of manufactures and later secretary of the bureau of commerce, was initially an early supporter of Quesnay and an ardent Physiocrat for many years. He pleads here for free trade in corn, arguing that this would lead to increased production, increased revenue...
ABSTEMIUS, Laurentius (i.e. Lorenzo ASTEMIO, or sometimes BEVILACQUA).
De quibusdam locis obscuris.
Venice, Bernardino Benagli, [n. d., but c. 1494.]
Editio princeps, indeed the only attested edition, of this rare incunable dealing with topics of classical philology and orthography.
Favola di due gatti e della scimia coll’ appello de’ medesimi gatti all’ orso, divisa in due...
Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1730.
First complete edition. A rare fable in parallel Latin and Italian verse by members of the Accademia dell’Arcadia, comprising Due gatti ed una scimia (first published in 1728) and the first appearance of the second part, Appello de’ due gatti all’ orso. Both are published only pseudonymously under...
[Two autograph letters.] Twenty years at Hull House with autobiographical notes.
New York, Macmillan, 1910.
First edition, second printing (issued in the same month and year as the first). William Scarlett was Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and one of the founders of the Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis, based on Addams’s model for Hull House. The letters, addressed to Scarlett in New...
ADORNO Theodore W. Else FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK Daniel J. LEVINSON and R. Nevitt SANFORD.
The authoritarian personality.
New York, Harper Brothers, 1950.
First edition. Theodore Adorno is well known as having been a leading light of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Less known, but nevertheless worthy of note, are his co-authors, each of whom made notable contributions to the field of psychology. The authoritarian personality is itself a groundbreaking...
AELIANUS, Claudius, Conrad GESSNER (translator), and Pierre GILLES (editor).
Περι ζωων ιδιοτητος...
Cologny, Philippe Albert, 1616.
Uncommon Geneva edition of Aelianus’s De animalium natura, the Greek printed in parallel with Gessner’s Latin translation. A third-century work on natural history, Aelianus’s text offers accounts and anecdotes of animals, ‘an appealing collection of facts and fables about the animal...
AFONSO I, king of Portugal.
Iuramento com que el rey dom Afonso Henriquez confirmou a visao de Christo nosso saluador.
Lisbon, Ant. Alvarez, .
Rare first edition of this account of Afonso I's vision of Christ on the cross on the eve of the Battle of Ourique, with a magnificent narrative woodcut to the title. On 25 July 1139 Afonso defeated Muslim forces under the Almoravid commander Muhammad Az-Zubayr Ibn Umar at Ourique, and was immediately...
Philips’ new map of Africa.
London & Liverpool, George Philip & Son, [1899?].
Attractive large map of Africa by the firm founded by the Scottish cartographer George Philip (1800-1882), coloured to show the ‘Possessions & Protectorates of European Powers’.
AINSWORTH, William Harrison.
The Combat of the Thirty. From a Breton Lay of the fourteenth Century. With an Introduction, comprising...
London: Chapman and Hall … 1859
First edition of the first English translations of these two texts, inscribed to ‘James Crossley from his old friend William Harrison Ainsworth’. The two men had been friends since 1817 when Crossley, a solicitor, was articled to Ainsworth’s father and later became a partner in the firm. He was...
AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna, translator.
Golosa poetov. Stikhi zarubezhnykh poetov v perevode Anny Akhmatovoi [Poets’ voices. Verses...
Moscow, “Progress”, 1965.
First edition: translations by Akhmatova of a selection of pieces by Polish, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Yugoslavian, Norwegian, and Indian poets. She published six volumes of translations during her lifetime but, despite her success, she complained that for a poet translating was ‘comparable to devouring...
Le miniature Italiane del Kupferstichkabinett di Berlino.
Florence, Edizioni Polistampa, 2019.
From the presentation leaf: ‘Bernard Quaritch Ltd is delighted to be a sponsor of this magnificent publication. We feel sure that our German founder, both as publisher of scholarly works and dealer in medieval manuscripts, would have been proud to support Beatrice Alai’s catalogue of the Italian...
ALBERTANUS CAUSIDICUS BRIXIENSIS.
De arte loquendi et tacendi.
Ingolstadt, [Printer of Celtis ‘Epitoma’ (?Johann Kachelofen), c. 1492.]
Very rare Ingolstadt edition of this treatise on the art of speech, the most influential work of the thirteenth-century Brescian causidicus, Albertano.
ALBERTI, Leon Battista.
El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia del Momo; compuesta en Latin por el docto varon Leon Bapista...
Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.
First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s Momus [or De principe], translated by Augustín de Almaçan and with an introductory 8-page Exposición by the Toledo ascetic writer and scholar Alejo Venegas (1495?–1554?).
Cal y canto.
Madrid, Revista de Occidente, .
First edition of Alberti’s fourth collection of poems. Cal y canto occupies a central position in the poet’s work before the Spanish Civil War, introducing themes he was to return to again and again throughout his life.
13 Bandas y 48 estrellas. Poema del Mar Caribe.
Madrid, Manuel Altolaguirre, 1936.
First edition. ‘The thirteen poems collected in 13 bandas y 48 estrellas, first published in 1936 and later recollected in part 3 of De un momento a otro, are songs of protest against, and critical evaluations of, the role of “el imperialismo yanki”, “la diplomacia del horror”,...
De los Alamos y los sauces.
[Buenos Aires], Ediciones del Angel Gulab, 1940.
First edition of this collection of poems: one of 120 numbered copies on Hammermill paper, signed by Alberti, of a total edition of 425. No. III in the series Cancionero de la Sirena, edited by Angel Gulab.
ALBERTI, Rafael, and Carlos RODRIGUEZ-PINTOS.
Dos Oraciones a la Virgen.
Paris, [Carlos Rodriguez-Pintos], 1931.
First edition, rare, one of 325 copies privately printed by Rodriguez-Pintos (ours is unnumbered). The two poems comprise ‘Nuestra Señora de la Cinta’ by the Uruguayan poet Carlos Rodriguez-Pintos (1895-1985), with an illustration by Alberti; and ‘Nuestra Señora de la Buena Leche’ by Alberti,...
ALBERT, Sidney P.
‘Shaw’s Advice to the Players of Major Barbara’, Reprinted from Theatre Survey, X, 1 (1969); and ‘Reflections...
Reprinted from Modern Drama, XIV, 2 (1791).
Farewell to a Child. Berkhamsted, Priapus Press, 1982.
8vo, pp. 16; a fine copy, unopened, stitched as...
Poems. Oxford, Parchment Ltd, 2001.
Provenance: from the library of Brian Aldiss (1925-2017).