Continental and Illuminations
BEMBO Pietro (1560)
Rime. 1564. [Bound with:] Le prose. 1561. [And] Gli asolani. Venice, appresso Gabriel Giolito de' FerrariEnquire
Woodcut headpiece and printer's device on each title (and to the tavola of Rime), larger device on verso of last leaf and full-page woodcut portrait of Bembo in the Rime & Le Prose.3 works in one volume. 12mo. 17th century vellum. 192, 143pp; ff. 258pp. f; 238pp.
BUONARROTI Michelangelo (1726)
Rime di Michelagnolo Buonarroti il vecchio.Enquire
Woodcut device of the Accademia della Crusca on title page (repeated pp.xxiv, 17, 73, 78), with 5-8 line initials and ornaments throughout.
8vo (160 x 105mm). , xxx, 192, pp. Contemporary vellum, with title lettered in gilt on spine within simple gilt frame, red edges, ribbon page marker (spine discoloured, lower portion of both joints cracked).
Florence, Domenico Maria Manni, 1726.
LETO Pomponio (1499)
Romanae Historiae compendium an interitu Gordani iunioris usque ad Iustinum III. Venice, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, 23 AprEnquire
With three ornamental woodcut initials.4to. (204 x 147mm.). 28 leaves. 28 lines and head-line, roman letter. Late 18th century calf-backed boards (spine a little worn).
CAVALIERI Giovanni Battista (1590)
Romanorum imperatorum effigies. Elogiis, ex diversis scriptoribus, per Thomam Treteru[m]. Rome, apud Franciscum CoattinumEnquire
Title engraved within architectural border with the crowned arms of the dedicatee Stefan Bathory, king of Poland, at the head, full-page engraved arms of Cavalieri and 151 full-page engraved portraits with the names engraved at the foot, Coattino's ring device on verso of last leaf, coloured.8vo. (171 x 114mm). ff. (last two blank). 157 (i.e. 152)ff. Contemporary vellum over thin paste-boards, r.e. (ties missing, trifle soiled).
PHILIP III OF SPAIN (1606)
[Sale of offices in the Spanish Empire]: Paraque de acqui en adelante se puedan renunciar en las Indias los oficios bendibles como se haze en esios Reynaos en la forma q[ue] aqui se contiene. Signed at the end by Gregorio Perez de AndradeEnquire
Folio (308 x 210mm.). 3 pages.
MAFFEI Giovanni Camillo ([c. 1591?])
Scala naturale, overo fantasia dolcissima. Intorno alle cose occulte, e desiderato nella filosofia. Venice, appresso gl'heredi di Giovanni VariscoEnquire
Woodcut printer's device on title-page, fine portrait of the author on verso of title, large woocut diagram on verso of f. 15.Sm. 8vo. 140ff. Modern limp vellum.
DREXEL Jeremias, SJ (1651)
[Selected works]. Antwerp, Amsterdam, Cologne & Munich, 1631-Enquire
Fine emblematic engraved titles to almost all volumes, some works illustrated with engravings also (see below).32mo. 105 x 55 11 vols bound in 9. Uniformally bound in 18th century half-calf, spines lettered in gilt (spines rubbed).
Bacon Francis (1662)
Sermones fideles, ethici, politici, oeconomici: sive interiora rerum. Accedunt faber fortunae colores boni et mali, &c. Amsterdam. ex officina Elzeviriana, 1662. [Bound with]: Historia Regni Henrici Septem Angliae regis. Opus vere politicum. Amsterdam, ex officina ElzevirianaEnquire
Two engraved frontispiece-titles.2 vols. 12mo. 404pp. ff.; 03pp. ff. Contemporary vellum.
KORNMANN Heinrich (1610)
Sibylla Trygandriana seu de virginitate, virginum statu & iure tractatus novus & iucundus (Linea amoris, sive commentarius.). Frankfurt, M. Becker for J. FischerEnquire
2 parts in one vol. 12mo. (140 x 75mm.). 281pp. ff.; 148pp. ff., early 19th century English straight-grained red morocco, gilt fillet border, gilt ornament at each corner, gilt and lettered spine, g.e. (joints lightly rubbed).
MAZZELLA Scipione (1591)
Sito et antichità della città di Pozzuolo. [Bound with:] ELISIO, J. Opusculum de Balneis puteolorum baiarum, et pithecusarum. Naples, appresso Horatio SalvianiEnquire
I. Printer's device on title-page, almost full-page woodcut plan of Pozzuoli on verso of title-page, woodcut views, maps, monuments and villas in the text.II. Printer's device on title-page.2 vols in one. Sm 8vo (160 x 105mm). ff, 152pp; 66pp ff. Antique-style calf-backed marbled boards.
ITALIAN ARTIST (1330])
St Andrew, historiated initial on a full leaf from a Missal, in Latin. [Italy, Umbria, c. 1320-Enquire
£5000.00Size of leaf 355x245mm, vellum, with a historiated initial 'Q' and three-sided foliate border, 2 columns, 26 lines. Extremities of the border cropped at the left edge, the face of St Andrew lightly abraded, on right side light damp-stain.
LANZI Luigi (1809)
Storia pittorica della Italia dal risorgimento delle belle arti fin presso al fine del XVIII secolo. edizione terza, etcEnquire
6 vols. Sm. 4to (212 x 150mm.) Contemporary English straight-grained blue morocco, single gilt fillet, ornamental spines gilt in compartments, g.e (extremities rubbed).
Bassano: G. Remondini & figli,
Suite of six allegorical prints. France, c. 1560-1570Enquire
Six engraved prints, 3 oval, 3 rectangular, all except one white-on-black, plate size c. 80 x 65mm, sheet size 205 x 105mm, sewn together at top (trifle soiled). Three signed with variations of "Cum privilegio regis Stephanus fecit", second Minerva, fourth image Arithmetic, fifth Astronomy, last image "Sacrifice of Abraham".
CARRANZA Bartolomé Abp. of Toledo (1564)
Summa conciliorum et pontificum a Petro usque ad Iulium terium . . . cui accessit Concilii Tridentini tandem sub S.D.N. Pio IIII. Pontifice Maximo. Paris, apud Iacobum du Puys,Enquire
Woodcut headpiece and initial, each page ruled in red ink.16mo. (125 x 75mm). , 526,  (blank) ff. Contemporary vellum, single gilt fillet, central oval gilt arabesque stamp on covers and gilt arabesque corner-pieces, flat spine divided into compartments by decorative gilt roll, small flower tool in the centre of each compartment, title lettered in ink in the first, overlapping edges, fragment of 14th? century ms. used as binder's waste, g.e.
CAMERARIUS Joachim (1605)
Symbolorum et emblematum centuriae tres. I. Ex herbis & stirpibus. II. Ex animalibus quadrupedibus. III. Ex volatilibus & insectis. Editio secunda, auctior & accuratior. Accessit noviter centuria IV. Ex aquatilibus & reptilibus. Cum figuris aeneis. Nuremberg, typis VoegelinianisEnquire
Four engraved title-pages (the first of them monogrammed "H S"), 400 circular engraved illustrations of plants and trees, animals, birds and insects, and fish.
4to (202 x 152mm). 4 parts in one vol. Contemporary reversed calf (headcap and corners worn, some tears and marks to covers).
PARIS ARTIST (1500])
The Annunciation to the Shepherds, a large illuminated miniature on a leaf on vellum from a Book of Hours.[France, Paris, cEnquire
Miniature in a gently arched compartment showing two three-quarter length shepherds leaning on their staves as thye stand among their sheep in a night-time pastoral landscape, a gold angel appearing in a blue arc in the sky radiating light which catches the clothes of the shepherds themselves, above a large initial, full border on a parti-coloured ground of liquid gold and brown with coloured flowers and acanthus leaves and three birds; verso with illuminated initials, rubrics in blue, and line-fillers, panel border (a little rubbed at edges).
Size of leaf: 140 x 92mm, size of miniature c. 84 x 55mm. On recto 7 lines of text in a small lettre bâtarde (opening of Terce), verso with 30 lines of text (written space 94 x 56mm).
NICCOLO Antonio di
The Fool Feasting, historiated initial on a vellum leaf from a Choir Psalter, in Latin [Italy (Florence), c.1480-1500]Enquire
£9750.00Size: 540x390mm, with a large initial 'D' and a full border for Psalm 52 'Dixit insipiens …', the first psalm sung at Matins on Wednesdays, 15 lines, 380x240mm, medieval or early modern foliation '69' in red ink, the verso with an illuminated foliage initial to Psalm 53, some smudging, including head of the Fool, and with some flaking of gold and pigments, in some areas the leaf with a somewhat bobbled texture due to having previously been stuck to its mount.
FLEMISH ARTIST (1500])
The Office of the Dead, from a Book of Hours.FlandersEnquire
Illuminated leaf on vellum, a superb miniature with, in the foreground, two skeletal figures highlighted in gold, rising from their graves and holding up the banner with the beginning of Psalm 114, the middle section shows a burial service with 16 or so figures clad in black with a fine church in the background; verso with acanthus leaf panel border in gold and colours, 5 one-line initials and line fillers.
Size of leaf 142 x 103 mm. Three lines of text on recto and 15 lines of verso in a late medieval bastarda script.
FRENCH ARTIST (1500)
The Stigmatization of St Francis, miniature on a vellum leaf probably from a Book of Hours. France (Paris), c.1500-Enquire
Single leaf, 164x102mm, with a full-page miniature presumably on the verso facing a prayer to St Francis on a recto in a Book of Hours, the reverse blank, some pigment loss especially near the lower right corner, the edges of the leaf discoloured through previous contact with card mount.
CORNEILLE Pierre (1774)
Théâtre . . . avec des commentaires, et autres morceaux intéressans. Nouvelle Edition, augmentée. Geneva (Berlin, Rottmann)Enquire
Frontispiece to volume I after Pierre, engraved by Watelet, depicting a sylph placing a wreath over the bust of Corneille; 34 fine engraved plates after Gravelot, engraved by Baquoy, Flipart, Lemire, Lempereur, de Longueil, Prévost and Radiques. Text enclosed in a decorative woodcut border. 8 vols. 4to. Contemporary half calf, ornamental gilt spines.
MARTINENGO Tito Prospero (1582)
Theotocodia sive Parthenodia opus eximium in laudem deparae Virginis. Rome, Francesco Zanetti, 1583. [Bound with]: Poemata diversa cum Graeca, tum Latina, quae quidem magna ex parte divina sunt & sacra. Rome, Francesco ZanettiEnquire
Two full-page engravings in second work.2 works in one. ff. 280pp.;  (of 4)ff. 198pp. f., later carta rustica, uncut.
Tragwdéiai ‘epta metexhghséewn [sic].Tragaediae septem cum commentariis, etc. [ed. Joannes Gregoropoulos]. Venice, Aldus Manutius, August 1502Enquire
Aldus’ device on verso of final leaf, Greek type.
8vo (148 x 91mm.) 196 leaves (including the 3 blanks). 19th century vellum over pasteboard, gilt spine, early title lettered in ink on lower edge.
CICERO Marcus Tullius
Tusculanae Disputationes. Illuminated manuscript on vellum. [Italy, (Naples), c. 1470-80].Enquire
Five large illuminated white-vine initials in burnished gold entwined with plant-stems shaded in yellow and infilled in red, blue and green with long marginal extensions (fols.1r, 41v, 64v, 94r and 123v).
Size: 175mm x 120mm. 163 leaves, complete, collation: i-xvi10, xvii3 [of 4, blank iv cancelled], with horizontal catchwords, 21 lines, ruled in brown ink, written-space 112mm. by 70mm., text beginning above top ruled line, written in dark brown ink in a fine upright cursive minuscule, spaces left for Greek words (sometimes inserted by another scribe), a few contemporary sidenotes, some pages slightly rubbed (including the first), a few marginal stains towards the end, generally in fine condition with wide margins, nineteenth-century orange-red morocco gilt, by F[rancis] Bedford, vellum endleaves, gilt edges.
FLORENTIUS OF HAARLEM (1559)
Vera ac syncera vitae Christianae norma seu regula . . . authore D. Florentio Harlemio . . . interprete vero F. Laurentio Surio Carthusiae Coloniensis alumno. Cologne, heirs of Joannes Quentel & Corvinius CaleniusEnquire
Sm. 8vo. ff. 614pp. ]1]f. 19th century mottled calf.
PIGNORIA Lorenzo (1605)
Vetustissimae tabulae aeneae sacris Aegyptiorum . . . Venice, apud Io: Anto: RampazettumEnquire
Engraved view of Venice on title-page, five leaves illustrated with woodcuts at the end, numerous woodcuts in the text.4to. ff. 43pp. ff. Early 19th century vellum over paste-board, simple gilt border on covers, spine decorated in compartments (rubbed).
LUDOLPHUS DE SAXONIA (1580)
Vita Christi. Paris, Michael SonniusEnquire
Printer's woodcut device on title-page (Renouard 1047), ornamental and historiated woodcut initials, ornamental head-pieces.Folio. , 506, ff. Contemporary blind-panelled calf with roll-tooled borders of medallion heads and floral designs, Jesuit device and two small stamps of a lion (added later) within central panel (old rebacking, clasps removed and the leather restored).
DIOGENES LAERTIUS (1475)
[Vitae et sententiae philosophorum, in the Latin version of Ambrogio Traversari; ed. Benedetto Brugnoli]Enquire
Folio (285 x 198mm.) 186 leaves, 34 lines, Roman Letter, occasional Greek, printed lower case guide letter. Later Italian vellum over pasteboard, spine boldly lettered in ink, a few leaves towards beginning slightly damp-stained
Venice: N. Jenson, 14 August,
PLUTARCH of Chareonea (1470])
Vitae illustrium virorum (ed. Johannes Antonius Campanus). [Rome], Ulrich Han (Udalricus Gallus), [Enquire
Illuminated opening page with white-vine stem border 'bianchi girari' on three sides extending into the fore-margin, the border incorporates a 9-line initial 'P' in gold and a wreath in each border, the one in the lower margin left blank for a coat-of-arms, the remaining two with rosettes, also four birds are found in the lower border, all in burnished gold, blue, green, purple; 54 further initials in gold, mostly 9 to 11-lines, against intricate white-vine backgrounds infilled with blue, green, and purple, which extend into the margins; 4-line initial in gold infilled with green and purple against a blue background; some rubrication; early manuscript headings and foliation.
Volume 1 (& 24ff of vol. of 2). Large Folio. Binding size: 412 x 295mm. Paper size: 390 x 280mm. 316 of 320ff. (lacking d10 and 3 blanks). [*4 a10 b8 c10 d9(of 10) e10 fg8 h6 i-o10 p8 q10 r12 s10 t3(of 4 -t4 blank) v-y10 z8 aa-cc8 dd12 ee9(of 10 - ee10 blank) gg12 hh10 ii3(of 4 -ii4 blank); A10 B8 C6]. Quires c & d misbound. 45 lines (257 x 160mm), roman type (113R.), spaces left for greek letter.Mid-late 19th century dark brown morocco over bevelled boards by William Townsend and Son, Sheffield, with their blindstamp inside front cover, covers panelled with simple blind fillets and ornamental rolls, spine decorated in the same way, red morocco label, r.e.
Vocum, quae apud Hippocratem sunt, collectio. Cum annotationibus Bartholomaei Eustachii . . . eiusdemque Eustachii libellus de multitudine. Venice, apud Lucam Antonium IuntamEnquire
Giunta's device on title-page, several passages in Greek letter.4to. , 152ff. 17th century vellum.
[Works in Greek] Ilias and Ulyssea. Batrachomyomachia. Hymni XXXIIEnquire
Aldine anchor devices on first and last leaves.
2 vols. 8vo. Iliad (160 x 103mm), 277 ff. Contemporary limp vellum, 'Home. Ilias' along bottom edge (soiled, ties missing); Odyssey (160 x 98mm), 251, f. 17th century vellum over boards, r.e.
JULIANUS the theurgist (1597)
Zoroastris, seu magorum qui à Zoroastre prodierunt, oracula heroica: latinis versib. eiusdem generis expressa, & notis atque coniectaneis aliquot illustrata, per Fed. MorellumEnquire
4to (210 x 155mm.) ff. , device on title ( Royal Greek Printer) and on verso of last leaf (Morel device with Greek motto )recent marbled wrappers.