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Date of the auction: 15.10.2021

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Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible

[GUTENBERG, Johannes (d. 1468).] Biblia Latina. [Mainz: Johannes Gutenberg and Johann Fust, c.1455.] A leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, "the first substantial book to be printed with moveable type in the western world" (PMM). This leaf from Proverbs, 3.9-6.16. The present leaf comes from the now widely

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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De trinitate

AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius (354-430). De trinitate. [Strasbourg: Printer of Henricus Ariminensis Type 1 (Heinrich Eggestein), not after 1474.] First edition of Augustine's treatise on the mystery of the Trinity. Prior to Augustine, much of the serious writing on Christian theology was produced in Greek

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$9,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Bible, in Latin

BIBLE, in Latin. Venice: Leonardus Wild, 1481. Dukes of Sussex copy of a Latin Bible with illuminated initial. Not in BMC or the Bavarian State Library. HC 3082; GW 4247; Bod-inc B-281; Goff B-572; ISTC ib00572000. Chancery folio (289 x 194mm). 371 leaves (of 372, lacking first text leaf). Large

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Justinian's Digestum vetus

JUSTINIANUS (482-565). Digestum vetus. With the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 22 November 1482. Early edition of an essential text of Roman jurisprudence, with an illuminated initial. Also known as the Pandects, this work is a compilation of excerpts from the writings of

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Tabulae Directionum et Profectionum, [bound with:] Astrolabium planum in...

REGIOMONTANUS, Joannes (1436–1476). Tabulae Directionum et Profectionum. Edited by Johannes Angelus. Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 1490. [Bound with]: ANGELUS, Johannes (1543-1512). Astrolabium planum in Tabulis ascendens. Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 27 November [or 6 October] 1488. Otto Schaefer copy of

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Complete works of Statius

STATIUS, Publius Papinus (c.45-96). Opera. [And:] OVID (Ps.? 43-c.18). Sappho Phaoni. With commentaries by Lactantius, Mataratius, and Calderinus. Venice: Jacobus de Paganinis, 24 December 1490. Macclesfield copy of the second edition of the complete works of Statius. This is a reprint, "with

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Nuremberg Chronicle

SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493. First edition of the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century. The Nuremberg Chronicle is celebrated for its fine and numerous woodcut

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Epistolae et Carmina

SIDONIUS APOLLINARIS (c. 430-490). Epistolae et carmina. With commentary of Joannes Baptista Pius. Milan: Uldericus Scinzenzeler, for Hieronymus de Asula and Johannes de Abbatibus, 4 May 1498. Second edition of the most important textual witness to Late-antique Roman Gaul, from the library of Walter

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Complete works of Angelo Poliziano

POLIZIANO, Angelo (1454-1494). Opera. Edited by Alexander Sartius. Venice: Aldus Manutius, July 1498. First edition of the complete works of the preeminent humanist scholar of the Florentine Renaissance. Poliziano, also known as Politian, began preparing this edition before his death, first with

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Epistolae diversorum philosophorum

GREEK PHILOSPHY AND SCIENCE – Epistolae diversorum philosophorum. Edited by Marcus Musurus. Venice: Aldus Manutius, (I) [29] March 1499; (II) [not before 17 April] 1499. Editio princeps of many important Greek letters, from the library of a Spanish humanist. Marcus Musurus curated this selection for

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Cologne Chronicle

COLOGNE CHRONICLE – Die Cronica van der hilliger stat van Coellen. Cologne: Johann Koelhoff, the Younger, 23 August 1499. First edition of the first history of Cologne. The Cologne Chronicle contains a famous passage on the history of printing, which claims to be based on the account of Ulrich Zell

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$20,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Sophocles's Tragaediae septem

SOPHOCLES (ca 496-406 B.C.) Tragaediae septem cum commentariis, in Greek. Venice: Aldus Manutius, August 1502 [or the following winter]. Editio princeps of Sophocles, most iconic of the Athenian tragedians. The plays now known as the Theban Cycle, about the family of Oedipus, still haunt our

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Herodotus's Historia

HERODOTUS (c.490-425). Historia, in Greek. Edited by Aldus Manutius. Venice: Aldus Manutius, September 1502. Wodhull copy of the editio princeps of "the first work that can truly be called history in the modern sense" (Clemons and Fletcher). Alternately treated as the originator of the historical

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$25,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Gratian's Decretum

GRATIANUS (d. c.1160). Decreti huius plenissimum argumentum. Paris: Johann Petit and Thielman Kerver, 26 November 1510. Gratian’s important text on canon law, printed by Thielman Kerver at the sign of the unicorn and in a contemporary binding. A collection of nearly 4,000 patristic texts, conciliar

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Iliad, in Latin

HOMER (c. 8th century BCE). Homeri poete clarissimi Ilias [The Iliad]. Translated by Lorenzo Valla. Leipzig: Melchior Lotter, 1512. Scarce early edition of Lorenzo Valla's Latin paraphrase of Homer's Iliad. Valla was a Humanist writer and Hellenist who translated the work of several other important

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$4,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Nova translatio primi [et septimi] libri Geographiae Cl. Ptolomaei

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-170). Nova translatio primi [et septimi] libri Geographiae Cl. Ptolomaei. [And:] WERNER, Johannes (1468-1522). Libellus de quatuor terrarum orbis in plano figurationibus. [And:] AMIROUTZES, George (1400-1470). Opusculum de his quae geographiae. [And:] REGIOMONTANUS

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Utopia

MORE, Thomas (1478-1535). De optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia. With the Epigrammata of More and Erasmus. Basel: Johannes Froben, November and December, 1518. [Bound with:] MORE, Thomas. Epigrammata…ad emendatum exemplar ipsius autoris excusa. Basel: Johannes Froben, December 1520

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Dux seu director dubitantium aut perplexorum

MAIMONIDES (1138-1204). Dux seu director dubitantium aut perplexorum. [Paris:] Iodocus Badius Accensius, 1520 First edition in Latin of one of the most important philosophical texts of the Middle Ages, reconciling Judaism with Aristotelian thought—rare at auction. Maimonides was born in Almoravid

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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De asse

BUDÉ, Guillaume (1468-1540). Libri V de asse et partibus eius. Venice: Heirs of Aldus and Andreas Torresanus, September 1522. First Aldine edition of an important work on ancient coinage. "Jean Grolier personally urged the Aldine press to publish this work on Roman coinage by his friend Guillaume

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$4,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Protomathesis

FINÉ, Oronce (1494-1555). Protomathesis. Paris: G. Morrhe & J. Pierre, 1532. First collected edition, and first edition of many individual treatises. The polymathic Finé was a great popularizer of the sciences; the four sections of this book cover arithmetic, geometry, cosmography, and horology. He

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetustatis

APIANUS, Petrus (1495-1552) and Bartholomeus AMANTIUS (fl. 16th century). Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetustatis. Ingolstadt: Petrus Apianus, 1534. First edition of an illustrated compilation of ancient inscriptions and art, from the press of Peter Apian. While best known for his lavish scientific

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$4,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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First complete edition of Aeschylus

AESCHYLUS (c.525-455). Tragoediae VIII. Edited by Henri Estienne and Piero Vettori. [Geneva:] Henri II Estienne, 1557. "First complete edition of Aeschylus, including the editio princeps of the Agamemnon, the greatest Aeschylean tragedy, and one of the great masterpieces of Western dramatic

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$4,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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De re metallica

AGRICOLA, Georgius (1494-1555). De re metallica. Basel: Froben, 1561. Second edition of "the first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). Agricola was a physician in the mining town of Joachimsthal—so famous for its silver that

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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First complete Spanish Bible

BIBLE, in Spanish. [Basel: Samuel Apiarius for T. Guarinus], 1569. First edition of the complete Bible in Spanish, translated by the heretical monk Cassiodoro de Reina. After being denounced for converting to Protestantism, Cassiodoro fled Spain with his family and began translating the Bible

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Douai-Rheims Bible

DOUAI-RHEIMS BIBLE – The New Testament of Iesus Christ. Rheims: John Fogny, 1582 [With:] The Holie Bible faithfully translated. Douai: Laurence Kellam, 1609-10. First edition of the Roman Catholic translation of the Bible in English. Both a reaction to and product of the Protestant Reformation, the

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Astronomia nova

KEPLER, Johannes (1571-1630). Astronomia nova ΑΙΤΙΟΛΟΓΗΤΟΣ, seu physica coelestis, tradita commentariis de motibus stellae martis, ex observationibus G.V. Tychonis Brahe. [Heidelberg: E. Vögelin], 1609. First edition of Kepler's masterpiece—the cornerstone of modern astronomy, containing the first

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$200,000 - US$300,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Cosmographia

MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Cosmographia. Basel: Henricpetri, 1628. “The first modern” work of cosmology (Hodgen), in contemporary binding. Münster was a cartographer, historian, and linguist who combined his expertise to create this tour-de-force work, which “brought all the empires of man into

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Dialogo

GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642). Dialogo ... sopre i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernicano. Florence: Giovanni Battista Landini, 1632. First edition of Galilei's famous defense of Copernican heliocentrism; the direct cause of his trial and imprisonment. In 1624, eight years after being

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Original Leaves from Famous Books, Eight Centuries

[EGE, Otto F. (1888-1951)]. Original Leaves from Famous Books, Eight Centuries 1240 A.D.-1923 A.D. 13th-20th centuries. Set no 104 of 110, containing 25 manuscript and printed leaves from famous books, in original portfolio. Includes manuscript leaves of Aristotle and Livy, and printed leaves from

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,500

Date: 15 Oct 2021

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Fifteen Original Oriental Manuscripts

[EGE, Otto F. (1888-1951)]. Fifteen Original Oriental Manuscripts. 12th-18th centuries. Set no 23 of 40, containing 15 manuscript leaves from 12th century Cairo to 18th century Russia and Tibet. Languages represented include Arabic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopic, Persian, Tibetan, Greek, and Church

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 15 Oct 2021