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  1. [QUESNAY, François.] DU PONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel (editor).

    Physiocratie, ou constitution naturelle du gouvernement...

    Leiden and Paris, Merlin, 1768.

    First edition of the ‘Bible’ of the Physiocrats and one of the most important and original works on political economy to be published before the Wealth of Nations. The excessively rare ‘Pékin’ imprint was printed in very small numbers and swiftly withdrawn because of a statement...

    £37500

  2. [INDULGENCE.] MILÁ, Luis de, Cardinal.

    Letter of Indulgence (in Catalan), incipit ‘A Honor …’ granted...

    Lérida, Heinrich Botel, c. 1498.

    An incunable 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, printed at Lérida, the second city of Catalonia, about one hundred miles inland from Barcelona.

    £34000

  3. ABBEVILLE, Claude d’.

    Histoire de la mission des peres capucins en l’isle de Maragnan et terres circonvoisines ou est traicte...

    Paris, François Huby, 1614.

    Second edition, enlarged and revised from the first edition published earlier the same year, a handsome copy. The first written account of the Capuchin mission to Maranhão, an island on the coast of Brazil, of which, Sabin notes, this is the earliest mention. In 1612 the mission, composed of...

    £30000

  4. VIGNES, Louis (photographer), NEGRE, Charles (printer)

    Voyage d’exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du...

    Printed 1874-76.

    A fine set of the photogravures for which Nègre was justly celebrated, from the collection of Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes. The titles and plate numbers are added in pencil, likely by the author or publisher (Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1874-76). The albumen prints, from the original negatives from...

    £27500

  5. [MONTESQUIEU, Charles Louis de Secondat].

    De l’esprit des loix, ou du rapport que les loix doivent avoir avec la constitution...

    Geneva, Barrillot [sic], [1748].

    First edition, first issue. Montesquieu’s masterpiece of political theory, the principles of which formed the ideological basis of the French and American revolutions and were the cornerstone of the United States Constitution. Montesquieu argues that culture cannot be abstracted from the climate...

    £25750

  6. [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

  7. MELA, Pomponius.

    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,...

    £25000

  8. THUCYDIDES.

    ΘΟΥΚΥΔΙΔΗΣ. THVCYDIDES.

    (Colophon:) Venice, Aldus, May 1502.

    A handsome copy of the first edition of the Greek text of Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, printed by the great Aldus Manutius, with an interesting provenance.

    £25000

  9. [ROZIER.]

    Le rozier historial de France contenant deux roziers. Le p[re]mier rozier contient plusieurs belles rozes e boutons de...

    Paris, [Gilles Couteau for François Regnault], 26 February 1522 [i.e. 1523].

    First edition, the very handsome Fairfax-Murray copy, of the Rozier historial de France. The first part, the Rozier des guerres, is a speculum principis for rulers in peace and war, and was originally published on its own in Lyons circa 1489 (only two copies known). The second...

    £25000

  10. [COLONNA, Francesco.]

    Poliphili hypnerotomachia, ubi humana omnia non nisi somnium esse ostendit, atque obiter plurima scitu sane...

    Venice, [heirs of Aldus], 1545.

    Second edition, scarcer than the first (also an Aldine, published in 1499), of the most beautiful illustrated book printed in Italy in the fifteenth century. Known for its fine woodcut illustrations, mysterious meanings, and the cryptic inclusion of Colonna’s name, the Hypnerotomachia has...

    £24000

  11. FRESCOBALDI, Girolamo.

    Toccate d’intavolatura di cimbalo et organo partite di diverse arie e corrente, balletti, ciaccone, passachagli...

    Rome, Nicolò Borbone, 1637.

    Fifth edition of Frescobaldi’s superbly engraved first book of toccatas, with the substantial aggiunta containing the last keyboard works published during the composer’s lifetime.

    £20000

  12. [BIBLE.]

    The Holy Bible containing the Bookes of the Old and New Testament.

    Cambridge … Printed by John Field Printer to the Universitie. And illustrated wth Chorographical Sculps by J[ohn]. Ogilby. 1660[-59].

    The fine Field–Ogilby folio Bible, perhaps the most impressive English Bible of the seventeenth-century and the first to be issued under Charles II; this is the rare first issue, with plates by Wenceslar Hollar, and is found here with the uniform Book of Common Prayer, printed for Ogilby...

    £16000

  13. [HOURS, Use of Rome.]

    Hore intemerate dei genitricis virginis Marie secundum usum Romane ecclesie.

    Paris, Thielman Kerver, 6 November 1508.

    A beautiful Book of Hours of Roman use, unrecorded in any bibliographies, printed at Paris by Thielman Kerver for the Spanish market, with a Spanish prayer at the end which has in this copy been crossed through, along with other passages, by an early censor.

    £16000

  14. DONNE, John.

    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...

    £15000

  15. GIBBON, Edward.

    The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire.

    London, printed for W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1776–88.

    First editions of all six volumes of Gibbon’s ‘masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style’ (PMM). The first volume here is of the second variant (of two), with the errata corrected as far as p. 183 and X4 and a4 so signed.

    £14000

  16. [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.

    £12500

  17. PLAUTUS.

    Plautinae viginti comediae emendatissimae cum accuratissima ac luculentissima interpraetatione doctissimorum virorum Petri...

    Venice, Simone Bevilacqua for Marco Firmiano, 17 September 1499.

    A most interesting copy of this incunable edition of the plays of Plautus, formerly in the library of the noted English playwright and diplomat Sir George Etherege (1636–1692) – being his earliest known acquisition – and later passing into the ownership of the surgeon Charles Bernard (1652–1710)....

    £12500

  18. [FROBEN, Johannes].

    Portrait, after Holbein the Younger, showing the scholar-printer half-length, to right, black fur-lined dress,...

    The original of this celebrated portrait is lost, and it only survives in copies. There is one at Hampton Court, for example. See the account in Oliver Miller, Tudor, Stuart and early Georgian Paintings in the Royal Collection, 1963. There are two copies in the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung at Basel (357, 1910).

    £12000