A Landmark in American Natural History and Ethnography
Acosta, José de (1540-1600)
Venice: Bernardo Basa, 1596 $9,500
Historia Naturale, E Morale Delle Indie
Quarto: FIRST ITALIAN EDITION and the second overall edition. Translated by Giovanni Paolo Gallucci. A fresh copy in contemporary vellum. Classic work on the natural history of Latin America. Divided into 7 books on geography, metallurgy, natural history, and the laws, customs and history of the American Indians, it is one of the earliest balanced accounts of the New World. The present Italian translation follows the Spanish edition of 1590. >FULL DESCRIPTION<
A Conversation between the Devil, a Papal Courtier, & an Abbot
[Adrian VI, Pope (reg. 1522-23)] Gengenbach, Pamphilus (1482-1524/5)
[Augsburg: Melchior Ramminger, 1522] $3,500
Wie der Hailig Vatter Bapst Adrianus ein geritten ist zu Rom Auff den. XXVIII. Tag des Monats Augusti. Jm jar MDXXII. Darbey ain gesprech von dreyen personen
Quarto: 1 of 6 editions. With a title page woodcut of an abbott on horseback, a papal courtier, and the devil dressed as a Dominican monk. 19th c. boards.
A satirical conversation between an abbot of Trier, a papal courtier, and the devil. The conversation is held on August 28th, 1522, the day before the new pope-elect Adrian VI....>FULL DESCRIPTION<
The Turnèbe Aeschylus: "Belle et Rare" -Graesse
Aeschylus (525/4-456 B.C.)
Paris: Ex officina Adriani Turnebi Typographi Regij, Typis Regiis, 1552 $4,500
ΑΙΣΧΥΛΟΥ ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΥΣ ΔΕΣΜΩΤΗΣ, ΕΠΤΑ ΕΠΙ ΘΗΒΑΙΣ, ΠΕΡΣΑΙ, ΑΓΑΜΕΜΝΩΝ, ΕΥΜΕΝΙΔΕΣ, ΙΚΕΤΙΔΗΣ.
Octavo: SECOND EDITION IN GREEK of Aeschylus' tragedies, following the Aldine of 1518. "A fine edition, and especially amended in the 3 first tragedies from a MS. yet still with the same confusion in the Agamemnon." (Ebert) Printed throughout in the "Cicero" Greek font...>FULL DESCRIPTION<
Aeschylus (525/4-456 B.C.); Stanley, Thomas (1625-1678), editor
London: Jacob Flesher for Cornelius Bee, 1663 $6,000
ΑΙΣΧΥΛΟΥ ΤΡΑΓΩΔΙΑΙ ΕΠΤΑ Æschyli tragœdiæ septem: cum scholiis Græcis.
Folio: FIRST EDITION of Thomas Stanley's celebrated edition of Aeschylus & the first edition of Aeschylus printed in England. Contemporary calf. "The first substantial contribution made by English scholarship to the study of Greek poetry." Stanley's edition was, according to Schreiber, the first to be worthy of mention after Estienne's. "It was far superior to all its predecessors… It has served in its turn as the great source of illustrations for all the subsequent editions of Aeschylus. It was described by Bentley as a 'noble edition'". (Sandys) >FULL DESCRIPTION<
Aristotle (384-322 BC)
Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November, 1495 $75,000
Organon. The logical works, with Porphyry's Isagogue.
Folio: EDITIO PRINCEPS. Text in Greek. The first volume of the Aldine Aristotle, "the greatest publishing venture of the fifteenth century". 18th century red morocco, richly gilt.
Dibner, Heralds of Science, no. 73; Carter & Muir, Printing and the Mind of Man (1967) no. 38; Hook & Norman, The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine (1991) no. 70; Renouard Alde 7.5; Ahmanson-Murphy 4 >FULL DESCRIPTION<
The Monuments of Ancient Rome
Engraved by Piranesi's Collaborator & Rival
- With Distinguished Provenance
Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier, de l'imprimerie de Komarek, 1761 $22,000
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne.
Large Folio: FIRST EDITION. Magnificently illustrated with 73 etched and engraved plates comprising 88 half-page and 29 full-page images of ancient Roman architecture and sculpture. An exceptional copy from the collection of Hippolyte Alexandre Gabriel Walter Destailleur (1822-1893), architect, art collector, bibliophile, and historian of French art. Contemporary calf. >FULL DESCRIPTION<