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    First edition in Persian, rare, with perhaps six complete copies in libraries, this copy from the collection of noted British diplomat and orientalist Col. Samuel B. Miles (18381914), with his wife's presentation plate to Bath Public Library to the rear pastedown, and blind-stamps as usual. br "The translation of Malcolm's... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 102966

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    First edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century, a universally acknowledged masterpiece of complex design. Compiled by the Nuremberg doctor, humanist and bibliophile Hartmann Schedel (14401514), the text is a year-by-year account of notable events in world history from... Learn More
    £87,500

    Stock Code: 108472

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  3. Etymologicum magnum graecum.
    First edition, an important landmark in the history of Greek printing, intended as a guide for readers of Homer; a superb production and an exceptional piece of printing for the incunable era, splendidly achieved in red and black. It is justly said by De Bure, 'that the present is one of the most magnificent publications... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 81008

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  4. Historiae, in Greek.
    Editio princeps of Herodotus' history of the Persian Wars, one of the most important texts edited by the great scholar-printer-publisher himself. Herodotus had first been published in Lorenzo Valla's Latin translation. Aldus claims in the dedication that he corrected the text from multiple exemplars, one of the few instances... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 103246

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  5. Tragaediae septem cum commentariis, in Greek.
    Editio princeps. One of the most important of Aldus's Greek editions both textually and typographically, this remained the best available edition of Sophocles' text until the 19th century. The scholia promised in the title were not finally included, as explained in Aldus's prefatory letter; Lascaris published them in 1518,... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 76229

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  6. Florilegium diversorum epigrammatum in septem libros, in Greek.
    First Aldine edition, a handsome copy. Based on the 1494 editio princeps edited by Janus Lascaris, this was the second edition of the anthology assembled by the early 14th century Constantinopolitan monk Planudes, with additions including the editio princeps of the 6th-century Byzantine poem In Thermas Pythias et aquarum... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 59684

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  7. Tractatus de assecurationibus & sponsionibus mercatorum
    First edition of the first printed book on insurance. The work was frequently reprinted in the 16th century with Stracca's De Mercatura and further separate editions appeared well into the 17th, but the first edition is extremely rare, RLIN locating the Harvard copy only, to which OCLC adds another, at the University of... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 92377

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  8. De origine, ac rebus gestis Regum Hispaniae liber,
    Scarce first edition of a chronicle of the rulers of Spain from Tubal, son of Noah, to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. From the library of the Fugger banking library of Augsburg, in a characteristic binding with later shelf mark on front free endpaper. New World discoveries are referred to on pages 182 and 196 (Columbus);... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87485

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  9. De re metallica, libri XII:
    First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 15251572) or,... Learn More
    £45,000

    Stock Code: 80925

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  10. De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:
    The German humanist scholar Eobanus Koch (Coccius) (14881540) was considered the foremost Latin poet of his age. His prose work "On the species of drunkards" is a mock-quodlibetical speech that applies the scholastic method of argumentation, first printed anonymously in 1515. His first bestseller, the satire was reprinted... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 108213

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  11. [Title in Greek letters.] Ex Ctesia, Agatharchide, Memnone exerptae historiae, Appiani Iberica. Item de gestis Annibalis. Omnia nunc primum edita. Cum Henrici Stephani castigationibus.
    Editio princeps of these five Greek histories, including Photius's version of "On the Erythrean Red Sea" by Agatharchides, containing the earliest reference in history to the Arabic language. "Agatharchides' original text is lost, but extracts and digests of it are found in three later authors: Diodorus Siculus, Strabo and... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 92349

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  12. The eyght bookes of Caius Iulius Caesar conteyning his martiall exploytes in the Realme of Gallia
    Rare first complete edition in English of De Bello Gallico, Caesar's commentaries on the Gallic Wars, including the eighth book by Aulus Hircius. This copy has the first setting by Willyam Serres dwel-... in the colophon. Golding began the translation of this very important book "at the instigation of Cecil, who had sent... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 100848

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  13. Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali.
    First edition in Italian. Magnus's great ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia, Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), was first published in Latin in 1555. This Italian translation re-uses the woodcuts, with a few variations, illustrating all aspects of life: local customs,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 87741

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  14. The Praise of Folie.

    The Praise of Folie.

    [London: 1569 [recte 1549]

    First edition in English of one of the most notable works of the Renaissance. "The Praise of Folly was written when Erasmus was staying in the house of Thomas More in the winter of 1509 Learn More
    £95,000

    Stock Code: 108395

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  15. Workes of Armorie,
    First edition, contemporary hand-colouring throughout. The numerous woodcut crests and other illustrations throughout Bossewell's Armorie were published with the colours indicated by key letters ("V" for vert, green; "A" for argent, silver, etc). In this copy, all the crests, initials and illustrations have been finely illuminated... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 83133

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  16. Elementorum libri XV. Un cum scholijs antiquis.
    First edition of the famous Latin translation of Euclid by the Italian humanist and mathematician, Federico Commandino (1509 Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 52092

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  17. The Whole workes of … three worthy Martyrs,
    First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 77878

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  18. La sfera del mondo. Di nuovo da lui ripolita, accrescuita, & fino à Sei Libri, di Quattro che erano ampliata, & quasi per ogni parte rinovata, & riformata; De le stelle fisse, Libro Uno, Dove di tutte le XLVIII immag in celesti.
    Eighth edition of the first printed star atlas, originally published in 1540. All early editions are rare. De la sfera del mondo is a traditional Ptolemaic-Aristotelian geocentric cosmography, but its appendix, De le stelle fisse, represents the first printed star atlas, containing maps of the stars as opposed to simple... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 92530

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  19. Cosmographicus
    First enlarged edition with the addition of the Libellus de locorum describendorum ratione, & de eorum distantiis inveniendis of Gemma Frisius, in which Frisius first described the principle of triangulation for use in surveying. The Cosmographia of Petrus Apianus was one of the most popular books of the century. With material... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 80629

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  20. Dialogo ... della musica antica, et della moderna.
    First edition, first issue of Vincenzo Galilei's main work, very scarce on the market. Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo, made a series of experiments in the 1580s that subjected music to scientific analysis. Stillman Drake suggests that Vincenzo's experiments with sound "may have led to the origin of experimental physics",... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 109228

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