Cantiques noels, et autres ouvrages en vers, partie en François et partie en langue vulgaire de la ville...
Arles, Jacques Mesnier, 1769.
Scarce second edition (first 1766, also rare) of this collection of devotional and Christmas canticles, letters and poems addressed to the author’s friends, riddles, and verses on Christian instruction, in French and in the Occitan dialect of the town of Beaucaire.
De orbis terrae concordia libri quatuor, multiiuga eruditione ac pietate referti, quibus nihil hoc tam perturbato...
[Basel, Johannes Oporinus, 1544.]
First edition of all four books of Postel’s vision of the unity of the world. The first book had been printed privately in Paris the previous year while approval of the Sorbonne theologians was awaited. When that was not granted, Postel had the work printed by his friend Oporinus in Basel.
Leggi e memorie Venete sulla prostituzione fino alla caduta della republica.
Venice, a spese del conte di Orford, 1870-72.
First edition, number 33 of 150 copies, issued hors commerce, of this extraordinary collection of historical documents relating to prostitution in Venice, many regarding its impact on public health in the republic. Following a catalogue of Venetian courtesans, with their addresses and prices, and a list...
Protestation des filles du Palais-Royal, et véritable tarif, rédigé par Mesdames Rosni et Sainte Foix, présidentes...
First edition of this scarce pamphlet protesting against the Tarif des filles du Palais-Royal, which it describes as ‘aussi faux que tous les tarifs et comptes rendus du ministre des finances’.
NOSTREDAME, Jean de.
Le vite delli piu celebri et antichi primi poeti provenzali che fiorirno nel tempo delli Ré di Napoli, et...
Lyon, Alessandro Marsili, 1575.
First Italian edition of this important history of Provençal poetry by Jean de Nostredame – younger brother of the astrologer Michel – translated from the original French edition of the same year. Le vite gives brief biographies of 76 early Provençal poets, with occasional extracts from their works,...
[PROSTITUTION.] CAR, officier de santé.
Le veritable journal des femmes du Palais, ou suite du tableau de l’état phisique et...
The second of three numbers of this very rare journal, compiled by ‘Car, officier de santé’, describing fifteen Palais-Royal prostitutes in considerable detail.
Arrêté des demoiselles du Palais-Royal consfédérés pour le bien de leur chose publique.
Rare satirical pamphlet presenting the protests of Palais-Royal prostitutes against the publication of the Tarif des filles du Palais-Royal and Protestation des filles du Palais-Royal, which are described as ‘injurieux à quelques membres de notre confédération & injuste pour tous’.
RICOLDO DA MONTECROCE; Vincenzio FINESCHI.
Itinerario ai paesi orientali di Fra Riccoldo da Monte di Croce Domenicano scritto del...
Florence, Francesco Moücke, 1793.
Scarce first edition of this narrative of a 13th-century Dominican monk’s travels in the Holy Land and the Middle East, printed from a manuscript discovered in the Laurentian Library in Florence, a classic of the vernacular Tuscan of its day. Written around 1288-91, Ricoldo’s Itinerario was intended...
Malay seals from the Islamic world of Southeast Asia.
Singapore, NUS Press in association with the British Library, 2019.
A new publication by Annabel Teh Gallop, Lead Curator in Southeast Asia Collections at the British Library, published by NUS Press in Singapore. The British Library website describes Malay seals as ‘a catalogue of 2,168 seals sourced from more than 70 public institutions and 60 private collections...
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...
Theatro d’Arcani… nel quale si tratta dell’arte chimica, et suoi arcani, con gli afforismi d’Ippocrate...
Milan, Gio. Pietro Ramellati, 1644.
First edition of Locatelli’s alchemical tract, which includes the first Italian translation of Paracelsus.
La pratica della perspettiva … opera molto utile a pittori, a scultori, & ad architetti.
Venice, Camillo & Rutilio Borgominieri, 1568 [-69].
First edition of Barbaro’s important treatise on perspective, bound with the first edition of Rusconi’s translation of Vitruvius, both works strikingly illustrated.
[GIACOMETTI, Alberto, illustrator.] BATAILLE, Georges.
Histoire de rats (journal de Dianus) avec trois eaux-fortes d’Alberto...
Paris, Éditions de Minuit, 1947.
First edition, limited to 200 copies, this numbered 97 of 160 copies on papier vélin teinté de Rives, with three original etchings by Alberto Giacometti.
[VITTORIO EMANUELE II.]
Alla gloriosa memoria di Vittoria Emanuele primo re d’Italia, gli Italiani residenti in New York convenuti...
New York, Tipografia della scuola italiana, 1878.
First edition of a commemorative tribute to the late Vittorio Emanuele II, first king of Italy, by the Italian community of New York.
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.
Veduta delle due Chiese, l’una detta della Madonna di Loreto l’altra del Nome di Maria presso...
[Rome, c. 1762].
A marvellous view of Rome by Piranesi (1720–1778), from an original edition printed in Rome, bearing the price (‘a paoli due e mezzo’), with wide margins and the ‘double encircled fleur-de-lys’ watermark.
Rhum du Marin. S. Garineau, Bordeaux. En vente à La Brède chez Madame Vve Magna. Prix: 3 Francs le litre.
[Bordeaux,] Moffre & Renouil, [c. 1890].
An extremely rare broadside advertisement for rum, splendidly printed in the fin de siècle style, with vibrant colours, depicting anthropomorphic acrobatic animals.
BARKER, Nicolas, ed.
The Pirie Library. A Short-Title Catalogue of the Collection of Robert S Pirie.
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2019.
The library of Robert S Pirie, ‘one of the finest private libraries of English literature, not just of our time but of all time’ (James Stourton), was sold at Sotheby’s New York on 2-4 December 2015. This account is based on Sotheby’s catalogue of the sale, and augmented by Mr Pirie’s acquisition...
Feuwerzeugk Gerichtlicher Ordnunge, Proceß, Läuffe, und Sachen, so sich in Gerichte pflegen zuzutragen, Tabelweiß...
Frankfurt am Main, Egenolffs Erben for Lonicer, Cnip & Steinmeyer, 1578.
A very good copy of this expanded edition of one of the most popular compendia of law in the Holy Roman Empire, by the German lawyer, playwright, and poet Heinrich Knaust (c.1521- after 1577). Over the course of three books, Knaust presents a complete manual of criminal procedure, and a guide to the...
[GIACOMETTI, Alberto, illustrator] DUPIN, Jacques.
Paris, Guy Lévis Mano, February 1960.
First edition, limited to 530 copies, this being number 60 of 75 copies on vélin d’Arches, the only ones to include a scarce original etching by Alberto Giacometti, numbered and signed in pencil by the artist.
(Giovanni Battista VENTURI, editor). Memorie e lettere inedite finora o disperse di Galileo Galilei, ordinate...
Modena, G. Vincenzi e compania, 1818 [– 1821].
First edition, on large paper, of the unpublished letters of Galileo. Assembled by the physicist and science historian Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746–1822), the Memorie e lettere publish those manuscripts which had been omitted from the 1744 Padua edition of Galileo’s works, including the first...