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  1. MAGGI, Lorenzo. 

    I sacri hinni, che si leggono in tutto l’anno nella santa chiesa Catholica, tradotti, et commentati in lingua...

    Venice, Francesco Rampazetto, 1567.

    Very rare first edition of this collection of hymns by the Milanese archpriest of Riva San Vitale, Lorenzo Maggi, dedicated to Pope Pius V and intended for members of the clergy with limited Latin. 



    Sommario dell’indulgenze, e grazie perpetue concesse dalla santità di N. S. Papa...

    Genoa, per il Casamara, 1781. 

    Unrecorded booklet summarising indulgences granted to male and female members of a confraternity established in the church of St Anthony the Great at Genoa in 1465, by popes Paul V and Pius VI.  The summary ends with a devotion to the Five Holy Wounds, under the auspices of which the confraternity...


  3. TAULER, Johannes, attributed. 

    Exercitia D. Ioannis Thauleri piissima, super vita et passione salvatoris nostri Iesu Christi,...

    Antwerp, Philippus Nutius, 1565. 

    Uncommon Antwerp edition of Laurentius Surius’s Latin translation of a devotional work on the life and passion of Christ attributed to the medieval German mystic Johannes Tauler (c. 1300–1361), in an attractive contemporary binding and with interesting manuscript notes. 


  4. DUPUIS, Joseph. 

    Journal of a Residence in Ashantee ... Comprising notes and researches relative to the Gold Coast, and the interior...

    London, for Henry Colburn, 1824. 

    First edition of this illustrated account of the Gold Coast by Joseph Dupuis (1789–1874), British consul at Mogador, from the library of Edward George Geoffrey Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799–1869), later three times Prime Minister. 


  5. PETRINI, Giovanni. 

    Sixteen copper engravings depicting scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. 

    [Rome, late eighteenth century.] 

    An attractive volume containing sixteen engravings by Giovanni Petrini of scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, including renderings of famous paintings by the likes of Correggio, Poussin, Titian, Raphael, and Rubens. 


  6. MANCINI, Celso. 

    Il padrino Christiano … per formare i cavallieri di Christo nel duello della morte.  Diviso in tre parti … 

    Ferrara, Vittorio Baldini, 1592. 

    Rare first edition of a meditational work on this world and the next by Celso Mancini (1542–1612), canon regular of the Lateran, philosopher, and bishop of Alessano.  Dramatically titled ‘The Christian godfather, for training the knights of Christ in the duel of death’, the work is dedicated to...


  7. SPATARI, Pellegrino. 

    Le orationi delle Messe di tutto l’anno, tradutte da Don Pellegrino Spathari canonico di Capodistria. ...

    Pesaro, Bartolomeo Cesano, 1555. 

    Rare first edition of this Italian translation of Latin prayers from the Missal by Spatari, a priest from Capodistria (modern-day Koper in Slovenia), dedicated to Vittoria Farnese, Duchess of Urbino (1519–1602). 


  8. VALLISNERI, Alberto Maria. 

    Lettioni venti sopra gli alti, et ineffabili misteri della Messa, in publico lette nella chiesa di...

    Milan, Giovanni Battista da Ponte & fratelli, 1567.

    Very rare first edition of a collection of twenty sermons on the Mass delivered by the Ferrarese Carmelite Vallisneri in the church of San Giovanni in Conca, Milan, dedicated to the city’s archbishop Cardinal Carlo Borromeo. 


  9. PAFFI, Girolamo. 

    Hier.mi Paphii Saxolensis, de resurrectione libellus … 

    Bologna, Giovanni Rossi, 1587. 

    Rare first edition of this work on resurrection by Paffi (d. 1597), dedicated to the Italian cardinal and inquisitor Giulio Antonio Santorio.  Here Paffi considers the resurrection of Christ and of the dead through a detailed analysis of Psalms 15, 23, and 8. 


  10. FITZGERALD, Edward.

    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám … With Illustrations by Stephen Gooden, A.R.A … [Edinburgh, Riverside Press,...

    Harrap & Co. Ltd, [1940].

    Limited illustrated edition, no. 75 of 125 copies signed by the illustrator. The chosen text is Fitzgerald’s first version; the introduction gives a brief history of its publication by Quaritch and its re-discovery in the ‘penny box’.


  11. MAILLARD, Olivier. 

    Sermones de sanctis reverendi patris fratris Oliverii Maillardi ordinis fratru[m] minoru[m] de observa[n]tia...

    Cologne, Cornelius von Zierickzee, 30 October 1507. 

    Very rare edition of a collection of sermons by the celebrated Breton preacher and Franciscan Olivier Maillard (c. 1430–1502), illustrated with devotional woodcuts.  The text collects thirty-one sermons delivered by Maillard on various feast days throughout the liturgical year, beginning with St...


  12. HANDEL, George Frideric. 

    Alcina an opera as it is perform’d at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden.  Compos’d by Mr Handel. 

    London, John Walsh, [1737]. 

    First edition, scarce, of the score of Handel’s opera Alcina, which premiered on 25 April 1735 at the Royal Theatre in Covent Garden, featuring Anna Strada, a renowned soprano of the era, in the lead role of the eponymous enchantress.  The libretto by Antonio Marchi draws inspiration...


  13. K[IRKE], J[ohn]. 

    The Seven Champions of Christendome.  Acted at the Cocke-pit, and at the Red-Bull in St. Johns Streete, with...

    London, J. Okes, and are to be sold by James Becket, 1638. 

    First edition.  Based on Richard Johnson’s popular romance of 1596, The Seven Champions is a play characteristic of the spectacle-dramas staged at the Red Bull, where John Kirke was an actor.  Despite this, and the unequivocal attribution to Kirke in the printed text, the authorship...


  14. [HERVEY, Elizabeth.] 

    The Mourtray Family.  A Novel … 

    London: Printed by Millar Ritchie … for R. Faulder … 1800. 

    First edition of the penultimate novel by Elizabeth Hervey (c. 1748–1820), elder half-sister of the writer William Beckford – her father, Francis Marsh, had died and her mother Maria (née Hamilton) remarried another Jamaica plantation owner, William Beckford senior, who also died...


  15. NIXON, Howard M. 

    Broxbourne Library: Styles and Designs of Bookbindings from the twelfth to the twentieth Century … with an...

    London, Maggs Brothers for the Broxbourne Library, 1956. 

    First edition, one of three hundred copies, of Howard Nixon’s richly illustrated catalogue of the bindings in the library of Albert Ehrman.


  16. CARPENTIER, Alejo.

    El Reino de este mundo (relato).

    Lima, Talleres Gráficos Torres Aguirres, [1959].

    Carpentier’s second novel, re-published on the occasion of the ‘1er Festival del Libro Cubano’ in 1959. First published in Mexico in 1949, the novel treats slave uprisings in eighteenth-century Haiti. The original introduction (reprinted here) contains the first mention of the concept of ‘magic...


  17. CERNUDA, Luis.

    Las Nubes (1937–1938).

    Buenos Aires, Colección Rama de Oro, 1943.

    First edition: a collection of poems written during Cernuda's stay in England, focusing on the tragic destiny of the Spaniard.


  18. MENABREA, Luigi Federico. 

    Calcul de la densité de la terre suivi d’un mémoire sur un cas spécial du mouvement d’une pendule. 

    [Turin], Imprimerie Royale, [1840]. 

    First separate edition, a rare presentation copy, of two essays by Luigi Federico Menabrea (1809–1896) on the measurement of the density of the Earth and the movement of the compound pendulum.


  19. MENDES PINTO, Fernão. 

    The Voyages and Adventures of Fernand Mendez Pinto, a Portugal: during his travels for the space of one...

    London, Printed by J. Macock, for Henry Cripps, and Lodowick Lloyd … 1653. 

    First edition in English, translated by Henry Cogan, of a travel best-seller, first published posthumously in 1614; there were nineteen editions in six languages by the end of the century, ‘rivalling the popularity of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.  It is, in fact, an exotic and imaginative...


  20. POCOCKE, Richard. 

    A Description of the East, and some other Countries.  London: W. Bowyer for the Author, [‘and sold by J. and...

    [Nourse, and J. Rivington’ (I)], 1743–1745. 

    First edition, demy folio issue. A successful churchman Pococke (1704-1765) is now best remembered as a traveller and mountaineer. His earliest journeys were undertaken between 1733 and 1736 through continental Europe. His ‘next and most ambitious journey, from 1737 to 1740, was to the Near...