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Verhael, van de Nederlantsche Vreede. Handeling., Aitzema, Lieuwe van (1600-1669)
1 Aitzema, Lieuwe van (1600-1669) Verhael, van de Nederlantsche Vreede. Handeling.
The Hague Jan Veely 1650 First Edition Leather Bound Good with no dust jacket 
1650, 1st edition. 2 volumes in 1, [2 blanks] 610 pp [2 blanks] [2] 610 pp [4 blanks]. In quarto. Contemporary vellum binding with manuscript title to spine, covers are in good condition, yapp edges with front cover bottom edge with small lack, top corner back cover has a scar. Interior front end paper has label from Kimbolton Castle as well as small owner book plate. Red and black title page, light browning and mild foxing throughout, paper otherwise clean and sturdy, one leaf not cut properly and small fault at bottom corner because of this. A scarce, attractive copy of this Dutch history. According to Wikipedia, Lieuwe (Leo) van Aitzema (November 19 1600 in Dokkum , Friesland , Netherlands - February 23 1669 in The Hague , Netherlands) was a Dutch historian, diplomat, bon vivant, philanderer and spy. ; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
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2 Augustine Steuco Augustini Steuchi Eugubini... De Perenni Philosophia Libri X. Opus Immensa Non Solum Eruditione Ac Pietate Refertum, Sed Omnium Quoque Tam Veterum Quàm Recentiorum Philosophorum Quasi Medullam Complectens, Hincque Ut Lectu Dignissimum, Jam Denuò in Lucem.
Basel Nicolaum Bryling. Et Sebastianum Francken 1542 Leather Fair with no dust jacket 
This book is a large octavo measuring over 8 ½” by 6”, bound in what appears to be the original full Renaissance leather binding, with bright gilt designs; it is handsomely printed in an Aldine italic, beautifully hand-ruled. It is quite rare to the trade; we could find no other copies listed for sale, amongst over 40 million books listed. Only three copies are recorded as coming up for sale at auction in the last 60 years. As stated above, this book is a large octavo hardcover, measuring over 8 ½” by 6”, over 2” thick, and bound in what appears to be the original leather binding, with handsome and still bright gilt designs. It is in fair-good antiquarian condition, complete, even with endpapers, pages show some age-toning, a few pages with more age spotting not affecting legibility, all text pages have been handsomely hand-ruled, page edges in gilt; a title is also embossed on the page edge, reflecting how early medieval and Renaissance books were once shelved in old libraries, with the spine in. The leather boards mostly smooth with some edge chipping, spine leather is substantially chipped and two thirds of the outer leather is perished , the lower two thirds still has an under leather spine with the same ruled design as at top so the spine is still completely in leather; hinges are starting but holding well, book block solid. Bottom edge has some rough spots, as if the book sat in an unfriendly spot for a short while. Type in an Aldine-looking italic, with some passages in a handsome Greek typeface with Byzantine Greek printed ligatures; type is clear and sharp. Pages are unmarked, except for some ownership inscriptions on the title page in old Renaissance hands, and an early inscription on the inside front paste-down. A few pages have old humidity marks, one page has what looks to be an ink spill in the same ink as the red ruling (ink is thin and the spot does not affect readability) , a few pages have some small chips at the bottom edge matching the rough spots mentioned above. This is the 1542 edition of one of the most important books on mystical philosophy, the first book to elucidate the famous perennial philosophy. Perennial philosophy shows that each of the world’s religious traditions share a single, universal truth, the eternal wisdom, often a secret wisdom, the foundation upon which all religious knowledge and doctrine has grown. This book is in the original Latin, complete, and includes beautiful historiated engraved initials, as well as a colophon engraving of a lion holding an hour-glass. The author, Augustine Steuco, coined the term perennial philosophy and was first to expound upon this famous concept -- based on neo-Platonic mystical ideas particularly as also developed by the medieval/Renaissance philosopher Marsilio Ficino. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
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Thesaurus Proverbiorum Italico-Bergamascorum Rarissimorum...nunquam Antes Stampatorum...italicae Linguae Amanitium Ad Aperiendum Oculos Editorum, Bolla, Bertolameo Bartolomaeo.
3 Bolla, Bertolameo Bartolomaeo. Thesaurus Proverbiorum Italico-Bergamascorum Rarissimorum...nunquam Antes Stampatorum...italicae Linguae Amanitium Ad Aperiendum Oculos Editorum
Frankfurt J. Saurium 1605 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
70 leaves, unpaginated, renewed end papers and blanks. In octavos. With the bookplate of Col. Victor De Guinzbourg, who was in counterintelligence prior to WWII and, according to his family, used a number of different names -- he also happened to collect books of proverbs, the book passed to Robert Easton after his death. Very attractively bound in modern 3/4 leather with gilt ruling, dark blue marbled boards, five raised bands to the spine with gilt florets in the panels, gilt spine label. End papers are marbled to match the boards, new blanks, the text is clean and bright, just lightly toned, pages never separated. Some pages have small wear to the fore-edges as people have tried to thumb through the unopened pages, the bookplate on the end paper, otherwise clean and bright. "A very rare collection of Italian proverbs, some of a lascivious and/or humorous nature, arranged alphabetically. Text is presented in Italian with translations in Latin. Duplessis notes the rarity of this book and remarks that none of the Italian bibliographies he consulted mention the work. He does note the appearance of an edition printed one year prior to this one. There are only a handful of copies held by institutions, and we record no auction appearance of this work in the last 100 years. [Duplessis, 461; Brunet I. , 1076. ] Provenance: Bookplate of Victor De Guinzbourg to front end paper. From the collection of Robert Easton. "; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 140 pages 
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Sermones De Laudibus Sanctoru[M] Fratris Roberti De Litio Ordinis Mino[Rum] Episcopi Aquinat[E]n[Sis].  Incunabula, Caracciolus, Robertus
4 Caracciolus, Robertus Sermones De Laudibus Sanctoru[M] Fratris Roberti De Litio Ordinis Mino[Rum] Episcopi Aquinat[E]n[Sis]. Incunabula
Basel Kesler 1490 Full-Leather Good 
Sermones de Laudibus sanctoru[m] Fratris Roberti de Litio ordinis mino[rum] Episcopi Aquinat[e]n[sis]. Basilee imp[r]essum : p[er] Nicolau[m] Kesler ..., M. Ccccxc [1490] (Sermones de laudibus sanctorum. , Caracciolus, Robertus, Basel: Nicolaus Kesler, 26 Feb. 1490) Complete with title page and colophon page with date and printing information, 398 pages. This is a rare incunable folio -dating back to 1490, WITH SCARCE TITLE PAGE - the hard to find Basel edition of the works of the famous medieval preacher and monk Robertus Caracciolus; with the printing date of February 26, 1490 and the famous Kesler engraved printing device. "The productions of Kesler's press are very rarely met with. The present affords a fine copy, with ample margins, of one of the noblest specimens of his press. It is described in Panzer, vol. I. P. 168." The book is handsomely printed in double columns with capital spaces, pagination is a9 (stat 10) b4 (stat 6) c6 d8 e6 f8 g6 h8 i6 k6 l8 m6 n7 A6 B6 C8 D6 E8 F6 G6 H8 J6 K6 L8 M6 N6 O6 P6 B 186 unnumbered leaves (stat 189) or 362 pages. It is a folio measuring 8.5" x 12" (22.5 cm x 30.5 cm) ISTC No. : ic00148000, References: Goff C148; H 4485*. Condition is good. Title page has a neat repair at the top edge of the title page, with some old notations and an ownership date of 1622 , soiled and worn edges. Pages have very occasional contemporary notations and marginalia, mostly clean with some foxing and age. Page E5 has a tear at bottom edge not affecting text, there are a few contemporary notations along with several pointing hands. Colophon page has an archivally repaired clean tear. First and last blanks are renewed, but otherwise all present. Binding is very handsome. Old leather boards with a beautiful patina, new spine with 5 raised bands, red leather spine label with bright gilt - quite lovely. Robertus Caracciolus, also known as Roberto Caraccioli and Roberti de Littio was born in 1425 of a noble family in Lecci (Littio) in the Kingdom of Naples. By the age of 30 he had obtained such a reputation for excellent speaking and preaching that he was honored by a Brief from Pope Nicholas V. Caraccioli was employed in honorable commissions by Popes Callixtus III and Sixtus IV. He was also appointed Bishop of Aquino (home of Thomas Aquinas) and also of Lecci, where he died in 1495, five years after the printing of this book. His Sermons in Praise of the Saints was first printed in 1489 in Venice, this edition followed shortly thereafter; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 398 pages 
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Rhetoricorum Ad C. Herennium. Lib. IIII. De Inventione Lib. II. Topica Ad Trebatium Lib. I. Oratoriiae Partitiones Lib. I Coline Edition, Cicero, M. T.
5 Cicero, M. T. Rhetoricorum Ad C. Herennium. Lib. IIII. De Inventione Lib. II. Topica Ad Trebatium Lib. I. Oratoriiae Partitiones Lib. I Coline Edition
Paris Simon De Colines 1545 First Edition Leather Good with no dust jacket 
This is a scarce early printed edition of three famous works dating back over 450 years to 1545. It comes from the famous house of Simon de Colines, one of the great printers of Renaissance Europe, famed for his beautiful typefaces, superb craftsmanship and as one of the most important innovators of book design. It appears to have come from an old Carmelite monastery. Two of the works printed are by the great Roman statesman Cicero, and one now thought to be by another, unknown Roman author. This book is hardcover, bound in full calf leather, measuring 4 ½” by 3”. It is in good antiquarian condition. The binding is firm; spine has been professionally rebacked in full leather; leather boards are smooth, some minor chipping, gilt rule at edges still present. Pages are printed in a beautiful italic, as would be expected from a Colines printing; ink notations and light underlining in an old hand; it is 448 pages long; i. E 218 leaves, with numbering on one side only, followed by six unnumbered leaves which include index. There are two old ownership inscriptions; the original one on the title page appears to be a Carmelite monastic ownership inscription. The first work is perhaps the most important. It is the Rhetorica ad Herennium ("Rhetoric: For Herennius") , formerly attributed to Cicero but of unknown authorship, it was responsible for “revolutionary advance in Roman literature and oratory” -- and in fact, it is probably due to his careful study of this work that Cicero achieved his goal of becoming the master spokesman of Republican Rome --- and probably why he suffered his terrible fate, since by his rhetoric he mobilized much of Rome against Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. The second work, De Inventione is a handbook for orators; and is credited with the first recorded use of the term "liberal arts" or artes liberales, though whether or not Cicero coined the term is unclear. The third work, De Partitione Oratoria Dialogus, Partitiones Oratoriae, or De Partitionbus Oratoriae, translated to be "On the subdivisions of oratory" – is a rhetorical treatise, written by Cicero. ; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 448 pages 
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6 de Sainte-Marthe, Denis La vie de Cassiodore, chancelier et premier Minister de Theodoric Le Grand & de plusieurs autres Rois d'Italie : ensuite Abbe de Viviers. Avec ur Abrege de l'Histaire des Princes qu'il a servis ; & des remarques sur ses ouvrages
Paris Jean Baptiste Coignard 1695 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
1695. Pagination is 18 lvs, 422 [19] pages, all present as called for. The book is in quite good antiquarian condition. It is a lovely 12mo measuring 4" x 6.5" fully bound in glorious tree-calf leather with red spine label with gilt. Just a bit of wear at corners and joints. Interior has marbled end papers, first and last blanks a little foxed . Red and black title page has some foxing and a nice old hand has written in the author's name, interiors are clean and bright with very little foxing. This is a beautiful, scarce copy of the 1695 edition of the Life of Cassiodorus, the famed Roman soldier, statesman and monk who was councilor to Theodoric, Gothic king of Rome. It was skillfully written by Denis de Sainte-Marthe (Paris 1650-1725), French theologian and historian, who came from a family of a scholars and was Superior General of the Congregation of Saint-Maur, renowned for superior scholarship. ; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
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7 Iamblichus; Gale, Thomas Iamblichou Chalideos Tes Koiles Syrias Peri Mysterion Logos: De Mysteriis Liber. Praemittitur Epistola Porphyrii Ad Anebonem Aegyptium, Eodem Argument. Editio Princeps
Oxford Theatro Sheldoniano 1678 First Edition Leather Good with no dust jacket 
This is a scarce and lovely original edition of Iamblichus’s famous work on the Mysteries, here in the first Greek and Latin edition dating back to 1678 by the esteemed scholar Thomas Gale. De Mysteriis Aegyptium (The Egyptian Mysteries) , also known as the Theurgia, is a work of Neoplatonic philosophy primarily concerned with ritual and theurgy and attributed to Iamblichus. A folio measuring 12.5” x 8”, [40] 316 [7] pages. What appears to be the original leather is worn and scuffed, with wear at the covers but the boards are still strong and attractive. The spine has 6 raised bands with a red leather and gilt label, gilt floriation in the compartments, spine ends chipped. Joints cracking a bit but still holding strong. Interior title page has a beautiful engraving of Oxford, some occasional foxing, pages somewhat toned here and there, one page has a small hole/tear in the margin not affecting text, old bookseller’s sticker at back end paper, errata page present, otherwise clean and nice. “Iamblichus (c. A. D. 250-325) is among the most important of the so-called Neoplatonic philosophers, second only to Plotinus. He was a student of Plotinus' disciple Porphyry. His influential treatise Theurgia, or On the Mysteries of Egypt deals with a 'higher magic' which operates through the agency of the gods. The editor, Thomas Gale was an English antiquarian, scholar and divine who lived c1635-1702. His work on this famous book on the occult mysteries of Egypt was the first to be printed with the Greek with the Latin translation. A landmark book, quite scarce. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 316 pages 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Nonius Marcellus, De proprietate latini sermonis Incunabula 1480, Nonius Marcellus
8 Nonius Marcellus Nonius Marcellus, De proprietate latini sermonis Incunabula 1480
Parma [Printer of Hieronymus] 1480 Vellum Good with no dust jacket 
The book is a quarto (in 8s) measuring 11.25” x 8”, bound in old vellum with some old repairs, new morocco spine label, end papers and blanks renewed. This copy is lacking the index leaves at the front but the text is complete, pages numbered 2-132, collation b2-8, c-q8, r6, s6, with author and date at the colophon. (a1-b1 are the missing index and blanks). First leaf has some staining and worming, occasional mild foxing or aging throughout, leaf o2 is darkened, marginal notes in an old hand throughout, a few pages trimmed at the margin affecting the notes. Roman type, 37 lines with initial spaces. In Latin with occasional Greek. Goff N 267, istc in00267000. Binding is firm, quite a lovely copy. Nonius Marcellus was a Roman grammarian of the 4th or 5th century AD. His only surviving work is the De compendiosa doctrina, which has been printed under a number of titles, including De proprietate latini sermonis (as here) It is a dictionary or encyclopedia in 20 books that shows Nonius’s interests in antiquarianism and Latin literature from Plautus to Apuleius.The De proprietate latini sermonis is one of the major sources for lost works of the Roman Republic, including the tragedies of Accius and Pacuvius, the satires of Lucilius, and the history of Sisenna. It consists of words, a short definition, and then quotations of authors using the word. It is one of three major Latin dictionaries preserved from antiquity. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall 
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9 Quintillian; Pierre Ayrault, editor M. F. Quintiliani DECLAMATIONES CXXXVII. Quae Ex CCCLXXXVIII Supersunt, Diuque Latuere, Nunc Demum P. Aerodii
Paris Frederick Morell 1563 First Edition Vellum Good with no dust jacket 
The first edition of this collection of “declamations” – rhetorical exercises – attributed to Quintilian and edited by the Pierre Ayrault (1536-1601) , the well known French jurist. Condition of this first edition is good antiquarian. It is a quarto measuring 8.5” x 6.5” bound in vellum. Vellum is normally aged, smooth and nice, spine label is faded and lightly damaged, front board is forward. Pagination is [4]-220-[12]. Paper is clean and crisp, printing is sharp and attractive, very occasional small humidity staining and very occasional foxing, otherwise quite lovely. Stamps from the library of Friedrich-Franz-Gymnasium Parchim which was founded as a Latin school in 1564. There are two sets of declamations, Declamationes Majores and Declamationes Minores, which have been attributed to Quintilian. However, there is some dispute over the real writer of these texts: Some modern scholars believe that the declamations circulated in his name represent the lecture notes of a scholar either using Quintilian's system or actually trained by him. However, English classics scholar and translator of Quintilian says of the writer of the Declamations: “If he is not Quintilian, he is an avid reader of the Institutio. ” A handsome and correct copy of Quintilian’s declamations, in a first edition thus, with lovely engraved initials. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 220 pages 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Beati Roberti Arbressellensis : ordinis Font-Ebraldensis conditoris vita, transitus, epitome vitae, elogia, miracula., Robert, of Arbrissel
10 Robert, of Arbrissel Beati Roberti Arbressellensis : ordinis Font-Ebraldensis conditoris vita, transitus, epitome vitae, elogia, miracula.
Rouen Maurry 1668 Full-Leather Good 
[48], 224 pp. In size a 12mo but a small quarto. Entirely in Latin, handsome head and tail pieces, sharply printed, wide margins. Handsome full dark brown calf binding with blind ruling and florets, some scuffing and wear to the front and back covers, spine has five raised bands with gilt compartments, label still clear, bottom of spine worn and chipped with some loss to leather. Marbled paper end papers, front papers have a scar where it appears an old sticker was removed. Title page has old owner owner inscript in brown ink, ghosted onto facing blank,paper clean and strong with minimal foxing, some age toning, tail/head pieces have ghosted onto facing pages, otherwise clean and nice. A very scarce look at Robert of Arbrissel (1045-1116), the founder of the abbey of Fontevrault and a famous ascetic and preacher of his day, known for his veneration of Mary Magdalene and for his preaching and converting prostitutes. OCLC 53071980, only one copy in North America at Yale, and an attractive copy in a 19th century sympathetic binding. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Price: 399.00 USD
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11 Saint Disdier,( Alexandre Toussaint de Limojon) De Histoire Des Negotiations De Nimegue Par Le Sieur De St. Disdier.
Paris Claude Barbin 1680 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
1680. 10 lvs + 330 pp + 10 lvs Tables des Matieres. Suivant la Copie, imprimee. In French. 3.25" x 5.75" Title page colophon of Chez Barbin, handsome decorative initials and head & tail pieces in the preface and first page of the history. The story behind the negotiations to end Louis XIV of France's "Dutch War" (1672-1678) during the Treaties of Njimegen (1678-1679), known in French as Nimegue and obviously published immediately after the Treaties were successfully concluded. Quite scarce. Paper boards are covered in marbled paper which is worn and rubbed, all corners rubbed, spine covering chipped away at tips. No end papers, some old notations to inside fc, small stains and owner's inscription on title, binding holding but sewing showing. This copy was obviously read quite a bit, but it is clean and all present.; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Comitiologia Ratisbonensis De Anno 1654: Das Ist, Was Bey Selbigem Reichstage Zu Regenspurg Item, Was Daneben Bey Der Wahl Des Rom. Konigs Ferdinand Iv...anzumercken Sich Erzeiget Hat...; Item Unpassionirte Gedancken, Wider Des Hippoliti De Lapide... Von Dem Hochloblichsten Hause Oesterreich...und Uber Andere...anschlage, Etc., Von Hagen, Gottlieb (1595-1658)
12 Von Hagen, Gottlieb (1595-1658) Comitiologia Ratisbonensis De Anno 1654: Das Ist, Was Bey Selbigem Reichstage Zu Regenspurg Item, Was Daneben Bey Der Wahl Des Rom. Konigs Ferdinand Iv...anzumercken Sich Erzeiget Hat...; Item Unpassionirte Gedancken, Wider Des Hippoliti De Lapide... Von Dem Hochloblichsten Hause Oesterreich...und Uber Andere...anschlage, Etc.
Bremen Erhard Bergers 1657 Vellum Good with no dust jacket 
[20], 418, [1] pp. Folding plate. Errata page. No blanks. In German Fraktur. Vellum boards are age darkened with wear at corners. Bottom front corner bumped. With brown leather spine applied at a later date, paper spine label mostly gone, leather spine has a few small holes and general wear. Endpapers have numerous pencil notations, title page has some marked out old owner inscription and red pencil notations, a crack in the paper from the fore-edge not affecting text, paper quite foxed and browned, folding plate has a small hole in the margin and a 3" crack following down from that affecting text and a short crack at the attachment with an ink notation in the middle of the page, otherwise clean and unmarked. Stitching showing but still solid. Hagen was privy councilor to Christian IV of Denmark, ambassador at the Spanish court and the last Danish commissary in Bremen. The work contains comprehensive material on the Diet of Regensburg and the legitimacy of the Holy Roman Empire. Hippolythus a Lapide was the pen name of Bogislaw Philipp von Chemnitz (1605-1678) , a theologian and Protestant historian, and the author of a dissertation on the rationale for the Holy Roman Empire. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 418 pages 
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