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Book of Hours, Use of Rome, illuminated manuscript on vellum. Bruges, c. 1465–1475.
96?×?68 mm, 13 full page illuminated miniatures, decorated borders, excellent condition. Charming example in near contemporary morocco. – Siehe Abbildung.

Preis: 107000,- EUR


Schedel, Hartmann. Liber Chronicarum. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493, 12 July.
First edition, large folio, 1809 woodcuts elegantly coloured and annotated by Johann Kruyshaer of Lippstadt, his exlibris 1521 at end. Unique copy. – Siehe Abbildung.

Preis: 270000,- EUR


Euclid. Stoicheion Bibl. XV Ek ton Theonos Synousion. Proklou bibl. IV. Basle, J. Herwagen, 1533.
Editio princeps. Folio. Mathematical diagrams throughout, annotated by C16 scientist and Hellenist. Fine copy.

Preis: 43000,- EUR


Dorsten, Theodor. Botanicon. Frankfurt, Christian Egenolff, 1540.
First edition. Folio. In early vellum. More than 300 woodcut illustrations in contemporary colour. – Siehe Abbildung.

Preis: 45000,- EUR


Brunschwig, Hieronymus. Liber de arte distulandi. Strasbourg, [Johan Grüninger], 1509.
Folio. A wonderful copy of this rare and interesting pharmaceutical and alchemical compilation, beautifully illustrated and vividly coloured in a contemporary hand, preserved in a fine blind tooled calf contemporary binding. – Siehe Abbildung.

Preis: 49000,- EUR


Fuchs, Leonhard. New Kreüterbuch. Basel, Michael Isingrin, 1543.
Folio. First German edition of the most celebrated and beautiful herbal, 517 scientific woodcuts, a few hand coloured. A very good copy in handsomely decorated contemporary pigskin over boards.

Preis: 56000,- EUR


Catholic Church, Curia. Bullae et statuta officii septem sedis apostolicae protonotariorum in Curia Romana participandum. Rome, 1556 and later.
Manuscript on vellum. Large 4to. Stunning unrestored late C16 Roman binding of purple velvet over boards, eight gilt cornerpieces in the style of Sebastiano del Piombo, two large central ornaments, printing attributed to Guglielmo de la Porta. – Siehe Abbildung.

Preis: 56000,- EUR


Hakluyt, Richard. The principall navigations, voiages and discoveries of the English nation, made by Sea or over Land … London, George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, 1589.
First edition. Folio, of „the most complete collection of voyages and discoveries, by land as well as by sea, and of the nautical achievements of the Elizabethans” (PMM 105 of the 2nd edn.) with the very frequently missing world map and the rare account of Sir Francis Drake’s Circumnavigation (1577–80).

Preis: 78000,- EUR


Kepler, Johannes. De stella nova … De stella tertii honoris … De Jesu Christi vero anno natalitio. Prague and Frankfurt, Pavel Sessius (impensis authoris) and Wolfgang Richter, 1606.
First edition of Kepler’s seminal essays describing the 1604 supernova with astronomical diagrams and illustrations. Contemporary vellum, ex lib Christoph Wenzel, Duke of Nostitz. – Siehe Abbildung.

Preis: 78000,- EUR


BONATTI, Guido. Decem tractatus astronomiae Augsburg, Ehrard Ratdolt, 1491. FIRST EDITION (first issue without added register). 4to, 408 leaves, a-z8, A-Z8, AA-EE8. Gothic letter. White-on-black decorated initials, unusually large printer’s device printed in red and black on final recto, several woodcut tables and diagrams, over a hundred beautiful mythological and zodiacal illustrations hand-coloured with remarkable variety, almost certainly in the print-shop, red hand-marking of all capitals throughout; couple of tiny wormholes on title and first gathering, mostly interlinear, marginal light dampstains on a few leaves at end, paper flaw to Ziiv affecting a couple of letters, old repair to outer margin of EEvi. A very, very good, unwashed and well-margined copy in sixteenth-century Germanic light-brown calf over boards, blind-tooled double-fillet panel, dentelles pattern to spine; a.e. later mottled in red; slightly scratched, minor old repairs to head and tail of spine; contemporary Latin ex libris on title ‘Liber sancti Nicolai ep[iscop]i in Bruwylre propre Colonia’.
Editio princeps of this vastly influential astronomical guidebook. One of the most handsome astronomies of the incunable period. Guido Bonatti of Forlì (died about 1296) was the most acclaimed mathematician and astronomer of the thirteenth century. His advice was sought by the Emperor Fredrick II and many of the Italian rulers or municipalities supporting the imperial cause against the pope, such as Florence, Siena and Forlì. In his Commedia (XX, 118), Dante placed Bonatti in Hell, amongst other astrologers forced to walk and look backwards for eternity as punishment for their sinful attempts to look into the future in life. Bonatti’s most famous work was this Book on Astronomy, written about 1277. This first edition was edited by the astronomer Johann Engel (1463-1512), including some additions by the German scholar Jacobus Canter Frisius (c.1471-1529). The marvellous illustrations of the zodiac and the charioted Roman gods and goddesses are here coloured very skilfully by a contemporary hand using an uncommonly vast range of tones in the same image. Such a work must have been accomplished directly in Radtold’s print-shop, together with the painstaking simple rubrication. This striking copy was once in the Benedictine abbey of St. Nicholas in Brauweiler, in North-Western Cologne. Its valuable library was dispersed following the Napoleonic secularisation of 1802. A register was added to later copies of the print run but the majority had been distributed before it was available. ‘Opera importantissima, ripetutamente citata dagli astrologi e, in particolare, dagli astrologi inglesi del XVII secolo.’ Cantamessa, Astrologia, I, p. 119. ISTC ib00845000; BM STC, II, 384; GW, 4643; Goff, B-845; Hain, 3461; Klebs, 195.1; Brunet, I, 1089; Graesse, I, 438; Cantamessa, I, 579; Thorndyke, II, 826; Houzeau-Lancaster, 4160; Ricciardi, I, 448-449. K39

Preis: 53500,- EUR


TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare. De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem. Venice, Gaspare Bindoni the younger, 1597. FIRST EDITION. Folio, pp. (32), 94, (2), 95, (1), 47, (33). Roman letter, some Italic; decorated initials and tail-pieces; additional engraved architectural title (with its conjugate blank) incorporating arms of Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, and standing Hippocrates and Galen; black-and-red printed title, large printer’s device on both; 22 full-page woodcut illustrations throughout, two smaller of surgical instruments and procedures on f. 257; additional engraved title slightly trimmed at foot, oil splash to upper corner of first three numbered pages, a few leaves browned, little worming to upper margin of last three. A good, very well margined copy in contemporary plain vellum, contemporary inked title to lower edge; two minor stains and spine repairs; early ink initials ‘H.H.M.B.C.’ on both titles, contemporary ex libris on title verso ‘Jacobi Alexandri Nardi ad ipsius usu’, and price on fly.
Most complete issue of the first edition of this curious medical work, devoted entirely to plastic surgery and providing the first instruction for reconstructing nose, lips and ears. Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1545-1599) was a pioneering Italian physician and pupil of Girolamo Cardano, Ulisse Aldrovandi and Giulio Cesare Avanzi. Upon his graduation, he was appointed lecturer of surgery at the University of Bologna; later, he became one of the most acclaimed professors of the athenaeum, demonstrating his techniques of dissection on recently-dead bodies. A pious man, he was charged by the cardinals’ Congregation over the Index of Forbidden Books with the emendation of the works of the Lutheran botanist Leonhardt Fuchs. In Bologna, he also offered his service to the hospital of the Brotherhood of the Death; this local religious fellowship engaged with comforting the prisoners condemned to die. Through this privileged channel, Tagliacozzi had always plenty of corpses for his anatomical and surgical studies. De curtorum chirurgia was Tagliacozzi’s most renowned achievement. In the work, he improved and described for the first time the so-called metodo italiano, a technique of facial reconstruction via a skin graft taken from the left forearm. The well-known twenty-two plates depict surgical instruments and document every step of the process of rhinoplasty. Following the operation, the patient was immobilised in a complex vest devised by Tagliacozzi himself, waiting for the complete adherence of the graft to his nose. The process was supposed to take from two to three weeks. Tagliacozzi was aware of some aesthetic imperfection of the result, but was more concerned with the relieving benefits he wished to give to his patients’ mind and spirit. His fame as ‘the first plastic surgeon’ was so wide that several Italian noblemen sought his service. Among them, the Duke of Mantua Vincenzo Gonzaga, to whom De curtorum chirurgia is dedicated. BM STC It., 655; Adams, T59; Durling, 4310; Heirs of Hippocrates, 236; Wellcome, 6210; Garrison & Morton, 5734; Norman, 2048; Osler, 4079. K33

Preis: 44500,- EUR


PSALTER. Psalter in Latin, illuminated manuscript in Latin on vellum. Northern France/Flanders (Picardy or Ghent?), last decades of 13th century. 113 by 77mm, 228 leaves (plus one modern paper endleaf at front and back), wanting a gathering or so from beginning with Psalms 1-14 and perhaps also a Calendar, as well as first two leaves of current initial gathering (accordingly nineteenth-century pencil foliation commencing at ‘14’, and that used here), else complete, collation: i6 (wanting first 2 leaves), ii-xix10, xx-xxiii8, xxiv10, single column, 18 lines in a fine squat early gothic bookhand, a cacophony of line-fillers forming geometric shapes formed of red and blue penwork, small flower heads, golden fish and golden dragons with long trailing tails, small initials in blue with red penwork or liquid gold with blue penwork, the penwork often tracing long curling lines into upright margins and simplified foliage in lower margins, larger initials in liquid gold on dull-pink and blue grounds with angular gold edges, one large initial ‘C’ (opening “Confitebor tibi domine …”, the opening of Psalm 111, here fol. 200r) in blue with scalloping white penwork on pink and gold grounds, enclosing tightly curled swirls of foliage, and a noblewoman in white headdress on its top edge, kneeling as a bishop blesses her (most probably an ownership portrait, see below), nine historiated initials in blue or pink on gold and coloured grounds, many tags added to outer upright edges of leaves to aid finding parts of text, the last five historiated initials with a missing word or two following the initial where the scribe assumed the initial painter would add these but did not, in all but one place (fol.109v) these supplied by a contemporary hand in blue ink, two leaves with blank margins trimmed at base, some slight worming to last leaf, small spots and stains, else good condition, art deco red leather over pasteboards tooled with lined squares, traces of medieval fore-edge painting to resemble gauffering.
Text and Illumination: The volume comprises Psalms 15-150, followed by the Magnificat, a Litany and other prayers. The initials here compare well with the refined works of this region in the last decades of the thirteenth century (such as the Psalter for the use of Ghent, mid-thirteenth century, now Getty MS. 14; 85.MK.239, and the Bestiary from Flanders, c. 1270, now Getty, MS. Ludwig XV 3;83.MR.173: see Kren, Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands, pp. 40 and 44-6; and the Bute Psalter, made north east France c. 1270, now Getty MS. 46;92.MK.92: see same series for French manuscripts, pp. 31-32), and sets it well above the more commonly found rustic examples. The historiated initials contain: 1. fol. 30v, David as a crowned king with a long staff, touching his eyes as God blesses him (opening “Dominus illuminatio mea …”, Psalm 26); 2. fol. 50r, God appearing from a cloud and blessing an enthroned David (opening “Dixi custodiam vias …”, Psalm 39); 3. fol. 67v, David brandishing a sword before a Jewish religious leader, probably representing Ahimelech to whom the text is addressed (opening “Quid gloriaris in …”, Psalm 51); 4. fol. 68v, King David standing before a fool representative of those “who work iniquity, who have devoured my people like a loaf of bread”, who holds a staff and bites from a circular piece of bread (opening “Dixit insipiens in …”, Psalm 52); 5. fol. 86v, Christ and David in different compartments of an initial, with Christ blessing while David is half-submurged in water (opening “Salvum me fac …”, Psalm 68); 6. fol. 109v, David with a stick ringing the bells hanging from a stone church (opening “E[xultate] deo nostro …”, Psalm 80); 7. Fol. 130r, three tonsured monks singing from a book on a lectern (opening “Cantate domino canticum …”, Psalm 97); 8. fol. 133r, David in prayer on the Mount of Olives (opening “Domine exaudi orationem …”, Psalm 101); 9. fol. 153v, the Crucifixion, with God the Father holding Christ on the Cross (opening “Dixit dominus …”, Psalm 109). An elegant and high quality psalter – rare. Provenance: 1. Written and illuminated for the noblewoman in a white headdress and blue robes who is shown kneeling before a bishop on top of the initial on fol. 200r. She lived somewhere in the border region of north eastern France and adjacent Flanders: note SS. Bertin, Wulmar and Folquin in the Litany, whose cults can be located to St Omer, Picardy or Ghent, and the extreme north eastern tip of France, respectively. 2. Carlo de Poortere (1917-2002), bibliophile and collector of fine bindings, who built a substantial collection of examples from the sixteenth century onwards with the aid of Brussels book-dealer Florent Tulkins: with his red leather label with gilt embossed binding-carriage on front endleaf. K50

Preis: 125000,- EUR



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