Piranesi's Earliest Architectural Views
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778), et alii
Rome: Fausto Amidei, 1748
Varie vedute di Roma Antica, e Moderna, disegnate e intagliate da Celebri autori, in Roma 1748, a spese di Fausto Amidei Libraro al' Corso
Oblong folio: 94 plates comprising an etched title page by Paolo Anesi and 93 etched views of ancient and modern Roman buildings, aqueducts, etc., 48 of which are signed by Piranesi. Mottled calf. >FULL DESCRIPTION<
In a Blind-stamped pigskin binding
Plato (428-347 B.C.)
Basel: Heinrich Petri, March 1556. $15,000
APANTA PLATWNOΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΑ ΠΑΛΑΙΟΤΑΤΑ ΑΡΧΕΤΥΠΑ ΜΕΤΑ ΓΑΣΗΣ ΑΚΡΙΒΕΙΑΣ ΕΠΑΝΟΡΤΗΩΜΕΝΑ. Platonis Omnia Opera.
Folio: THIRD EDITION of the Greek text of Plato (first ed. Venice, 1513), "Plato's central conception of a universe of ideas, Perfect Types, of which material objects are imperfect forms, and his ethical code based on action according to human nature, developed by education, which represents the authority of the State, fit in as well...>FULL DESCRIPTION<
"The Wittenberg Nightingale"
Sachs, Hans (1494-1576)
Zwickau, J. Gastel (for J. Schönsperger the younger), 1523 $5,700
Die Wittembergisch nachtigall Die man yetz höret uberall.
Quarto: One of several editions (all in 1522-3) of one of Hans Sachs' most famous poems, a 700 verse anthem for Luther and the Reformation. Sachs wrote the song during the summer of 1523. When he wrote the song, Sachs possessed over forty sermons and tracts by Luther. Bound in a medieval ms. leaf.
In a Dutch Prize Binding
Sallustius Crispus, Gaius (86-34 B.C.)
C. Crispi Sallustii Opera Omnia quae extant
Leiden: Ex officina Hackiana, 1677 $900
Octavo: With an added engraved title page. Bound in a decorative binding of contemporary Dutch vellum, the boards ruled in gold with fleurs-de-lis at each corner and a large cartouche with a stork holding a snake in its beak while standing in a fire, also gilt.
Printed By Badius Ascensius
Savonarola, Girolamo (1452-1498)
Paris: Vaenundatur ab Ioanne Paruo & Ascensio, 23 March, 1517$2,300
Eruditoriu[m] confessorum fratris Hieronymi Sauonarol[a]e Ferrariensis ordinis pr[a]edicatorum.
Octavo: With Badius' "Praelum Ascensianum" device on the title page and several metal-cut initials 'à fond criblé'. Modern red Jansenist morocco. Savonarola's confessors' manual was extremely popular in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries. Although Savonarola was still a prohibited author, the "Confessionale" appeared in...>FULL DESCRIPTION<
"The best fundamental textbook on the principles of government."
Sidney, Algernon. (1622-1683)
London: Printed by J. Darby in Bartholomew-Close, 1704 $1,500
Discourses Concerning Government.
Folio: SECOND EDITION. Engraved portrait of the author. This copy is bound in a beautiful contemporary calf binding, richly gilt. "In a December 13, 1804 letter to Mason Weems, Jefferson commented that "They are in truth a rich treasure of republican principles…It is probably the best elementary book of the principles of government" (From the exhibit "Thomas Jefferson" at the Library of Congress) >FULL DESCRIPTION<
The First History of the Reformation
Printed by John Day
Sleidanus, Johannes (1506-1556); Day, John (ca. 1522-1584), printer
London: John Day, 1560
A Famouse Cronicle of oure Time, called Sleidanes Commentaries, concerning the state of religion and common wealth, during the raigne of the Emperour Charles the fift, with the argumentes set before euery booke, conteyninge the summe or effecte of the booke following. Translated out of Latin into Englishe, by Ihon Daus.
Folio: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, printed by John Day, of Sleidanus' seminal history... >FULL DESCRIPTION<
The Estienne Sophocles
Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)
Geneva: Henri Estienne 1568
ΣΟΦΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ ΑΙ ΕΠΤΑ ΤΡΑΓΟΙΔΙΑΙ. Tragoediae Septem.
Quarto: FIRST ESTIENNE EDITION. 19th c. red morocco. "The great Estienne Sophocles, important for the scholia, which include those of Triclinius. The Greek text is followed by the commentary of Joachim Camerarius, and his Latin versions of Ajax and Electra. Estienne has again employed his peculiar system of diacritical notations." (Schreiber)