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Date of the auction: 10.12.2008

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ASSYRIAN, CUNEIFORM -- ADAD-NIRARI I (1305 - 1274 BC). - Palace foundation...

Palace foundation brick with cuneiform describing the reinforcement of a canal.
Assur: c. 1305 - 1274 BC. Large cuneiform brick (405 x 150 x 76 mm). Provenance: EJ Gold Northern California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccessioned 1970s; Joel L. Malter (private collection). This brick was laid into the

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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BOOK OF HOURS. - Book of Hours. Use of Paris, in Latin and French.

Book of Hours. Use of Paris, in Latin and French.
illuminated manuscript on vellum . [France, ?Paris, mid-15th century]. 121 x 92 mm. 146 + 1 leaves. Probably lacking a few miniatures. 14 lines (Calendar in 17 lines), written in dark brown ink in textura, between 2 verticals and 15 horizontals ruled

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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KOREAN printing from copper movable type, 1434-50. - XUNG JIE (compilor...

Xinbian yindian xingli qunshu jujie [or] Sinp'yon umjum songni kunso kuhae.
Seoul, Korea: Royal Government Publications Office, 1434-1450]. One double-page bifolia (330 x 206 mm). The leaf printed 10 columns per page, 18 characters per column, double black fish-tail motifs, manuscript additions to

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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THOMAS a Kempis, Saint (1380-1471) - [Meditationes] De vita et beneficiis...

Meditationes] De vita et beneficiis salvatoris Jesu Christi devotissime meditationes
Strassburg: Johann Pruess, c.1488-1493]. 8vo (136 x 94 mm). 112 ll. 24 lines. Gothic type. 3- and 5-line capitals supplied in red with guide letters, Paragraph marks and occasional highlighting in red. 19th-century

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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HERODIANUS (c. 180-250). - Historia de imperio post Marcum.

Historia de imperio post Marcum.
Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictus, 31 August 1493. Chancery folio (280 x 205 mm). Translated from Greek by Angelus Politianus. Collation: aa-hh8 ii4 (aa1r blank, aa1v translator's letter to Andreas Magnanimus, aa2r translator's dedication to Innocent VIII

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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MONTI, Pietro (c. 1460-1530). - De unius legis veritate et sectarum falsitate.

De unius legis veritate et sectarum falsitate.
Milan: Giovanni Angelo Scinzenzeler for the brothers de Lignano, 1509. Folio (298 x 198 mm). Collation: A4 B10 A-Z 2A-2Z 3A-3X8 3Y10 (3Y10 blank). [559] (of 560) leaves, final blank removed. Publisher's woodcut device on title, one half-page and two

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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PLATO. - Opera a Marsilio Ficino traducta: adiectis ad eius vitae & operum...

Opera a Marsilio Ficino traducta: adiectis ad eius vitae & operum enarrationem Axiocho ab Rodulpho Agricola: & Alcyone ab Augustino Datho tra[ns]latis.
Paris: venundantur Iodoco Badio, [colophon: September 1522]. Folio (335 x 228 mm). Final blank, occasional diagrams. Letterpress title with a large

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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TERENTIUS Afer, Publius. - Comoediae sex, tum ex Donati commentariis, tum...

Comoediae sex, tum ex Donati commentariis, tum ex optimorum, praesertim veterum, exemplarium collatione, diligentius quam unquam antehac, emendatae … Aelii Donati … commentarii … Calphurnii in tertiam comoediam doctissima interpretatio. … Eorum, quae in comme[n]tariis sparsim annotata sunt, index

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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HERODOTUS. - Libri Novem, quibus musarum indita sunt nomina

Libri Novem, quibus musarum indita sunt nomina
Basel: Officina Hervagina [Joannes Hervagius and Bernardus Brand, March, 1557]. Folio (309 x 200 mm). Printed in Greek, woodcut initials and printer's device on verso of final leaf. Old vellum. Condition: repair to title page, old inscription erased

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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CALVIN, Jean (1509 - 1564). - Defensio Orthodoxae Fidei de Sacra Trinitate...

Defensio Orthodoxae Fidei de Sacra Trinitate, Contra Prodigiosos Errores Michaelis Serueti Hispani.
Geneva:] Oliua Roberti Stephani, 1554. 8vo (186 x 125 mm). Collation: a-q4,r8,[1]. Contemporary limp vellum, spine lettered in manuscript, housed in a half-morocco clamshell case. Condition: very

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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BULLEIN, William (d. 1576). - Bulwarke of defe[n]ce againste all Sicknes...

Bulwarke of defe[n]ce againste all Sicknes, Sornes, and woundes.
London: Jhon Kyngston, 1562. Folio (263 x 175 mm). Collation: C4 a-q6 r4; Aa-Hh6 Ii4; A-H6 (-H6, cancelled) 2H-I6 2I-O6. 244 leaves (of 251), lacking leaves A6, h3, i3, q1 and q2 in Part 1, and O1.6 in Part 4. Four parts, irregularly

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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CAESAR, Caius Julius - HIRTIUS, Aulus. - [De Bello Gallico, in English...

De Bello Gallico, in English]. The eyght bookes… conteyning his martial exploytes in the Realme of Gallia… translated oute of latin into English by Arthur Goldinge .
London: William Seres, 1565. 8vo (135 x 90 mm). Black letter, woodcut title border, woodcut & metalcut initials. Last two quires (10

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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ROCCA, Bernardino (1515-1587). - Imprese, stratagemi, et errori militari...

Imprese, stratagemi, et errori militari… [La Seconda Parte del governo della militia… ; La Terze Parte del governo della militia…]. [Edited by Tommaso Porcacchi ].
Venice: Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1566-1570-1570. 3 parts in 2 vols., 4to (202 x 144 mm). Woodcut printer's device on titles, 2

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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DIAZ DE LUGO, Juan Bernardo]. - Singularis Et Excellentissima Practica...

Singularis Et Excellentissima Practica Criminalis Canonica Excommunicationis, Irregularitatis, Suspensionis, Degradationis, Dispensationis Materiam: In Utroque Foro Frequentissimam Completctens. Qua Omnia Fere Crimina, Quae Tam A Clericis, Quam A Laycis, Ad Ecclesiastica Ordinaria, & Sanctae

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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LEWIS, C. S. (1898-1963)] - Torquato TASSO (1544-1595). - Discorsi del...

Discorsi del … Tasso. Dell' Arte Poetica; et in particolare del Poema Heroico … gli uni, e l'altre scritte nel tempo, ch'egl compose detto suo Poema [Edited by Giovanni Battista Licinio].
Venice: Giulio Vassalini à Ferrara, 1587. 4to (180 x 134 mm). Roman and italic types. Printer's woodcut device

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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PLUTARCH (?46-?120). - The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romanes...

The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romanes, compared by … Plutarke … Translated out of Greke into French by Iames Amiot … and out of French into English, by Thomas North.
London: Richard Field for Bonham Norton, 1595. Folio in 6s (310 x 215 mm). Woodcut publisher's device on the title page, the

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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PORCACCHI, Thomaso. - L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo.

L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo.
Venice: Simon Galignani, 1590. Folio (290 x 200). With engraved title, 49 text maps, woodcut initials and tailpieces. Later vellum, spine with manuscript title. Condition: binding lightly thumbsoiled, small old label to foot of spine. Provenance: Prince Roland Bonaparte

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. - Geographiae universae tum veteris tum novae...

Geographiae universae tum veteris tum novae absolutissimum opus duobus voluminibus distinctum … commentariis uberrimis illustratus est a Jo Antonio Magino.
Venice: Heirs of Simon Galignani, 1596 - 1594. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to (220 x 165 mm). 64 full page hand-colored engraved maps heightened with

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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LIVIUS, Titus (59 B.C.- 17 A.D). - The Romane Historie Written by T. Livius...

The Romane Historie Written by T. Livius of Padua.
London: Printed by Adam Islip, 1600. Translated by Philemon Holland. Folio (320 x 210 mm). Engraved title, head and tailpieces. Contemporary calf boards panelled in blind, modern backstrip with a red morocco lettering label, modern endpapers

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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PFLAUMERN, Johann Heinrich von. - Mercvrivs italicvs: hospiti fidus per...

Mercvrivs italicvs: hospiti fidus per Italiae praecipuas regiones et urbes dux indicans, explicans quaecumque in ijs sunt visu ac scitu digna.
Augusta Vindelicorum, Wildeisen, 1625]. 8vo (180 x 120 mm). Engraved title and 15 folding plates. Collation: [32], 484, [2]. Contemporary vellum, lettered in

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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BIBLE IN HEBREW - Menasseh BEN ISRAEL (1604 – 1657). - Biblia...

Biblia Hebraica,eleganti charactere impressa. Editio Nova. Ex accuratissima recensione doctissimi ac celeberrimi Hebraei Menasseh Ben Israel
Amsterdam: Menassah ben Israel for Henricus Laurentius, 1635 - 1636. 4to (218 x 175 mm). 4 parts in 1 volume. In Hebrew, text printed in two columns. Latin

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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HARVEY, William (1578 - 1657). - Manuscript document signed "Will. Harvey...

Manuscript document signed "Will. Harvey" concerning Harvey's lease for "All that new bricke messuage or Ten[emen]t… in a street called Hart street in Covent Garden."
London: Christmas, 1640. Manuscript indenture on vellum (535 x 560 mm). Archivally framed with the famous portrait of Harvey by

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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BOYLE, Robert (1627 - 1691). - Some Considerations Touching the Usefulnesse...

Some Considerations Touching the Usefulnesse of Experimental Naturall Philosophy.
Oxford: Henn & Hall, Printer to the University, for Ric Davis, 1664. 2 parts in 1. 4to (194 x 160 mm). With two title pages and half-titles, appendix, author's "label title" bound-in before the index. Contemporary

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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CERVANTES Saavedra, Miguel de (1547 - 1616)]. - The History of the Valorous...

The History of the Valorous and Witty Knight Errant, Don Quixote, of La Mancha.[Translated by Thomas Shelton
London: Printed for R. Scot, T. Basset, J. Wright, R Chiswell, 1675. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio (275 x 175 mm). Engraved headpieces and initials throughout. Contemporary calf, rebacked

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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FLAMSTEED, John (1646-1719). - The Doctrine of the Sphere, Grounded on the...

The Doctrine of the Sphere, Grounded on the Motion of the Earth, and the Antient Pythagorean or Copernican System of the World.
London: A. Godbid & J. Playford, 1680. 4to (231 x 174 mm). [12], 104 pp. Six engraved plates, 4 folding, letterpress tables. Modern half calf. Condition : lower corner of

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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MILTON, John (1608 - 1674). - Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books.

Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books.
London: Printed by Miles Flesher for Richard Bently, 1688. Folio (312 x 195 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait and 12 plates, subscription list at end. Contemporary calf, rebacked to style. Condition: front free endpaper with a repaired tear, frontispiece

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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HARRIS, John (1667? - 1719). - Lexicon Technicum, or, an Universal English...

Lexicon Technicum, or, an Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences.
London: Printed for Dan Brown, Tim Goodwin, John Wahler, The Newborough, John Nicholson, etc., 1704 - 1710. 2 volumes. Folio (385 x 240 mm). Portrait frontispiece and 7 plates (some folding). Handsomely bound in recent

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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DA VINCI, Leonardo (1452 - 1519). - A Treatise of Painting.

A Treatise of Painting.
London: Printed for J. Senex, 1721. 8vo (185 x 120 mm). Title printed in black and red, frontispiece portrait and 35 plates, including 4 folding. Contemporary diced calf backed boards, spine with red lettering label and gilt ruling. Condition: occasional light browning: edges

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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BIBLE IN DUTCH]. - Bybel, dat is, de Gansche H. Schrift … Ouden en Niewen...

Bybel, dat is, de Gansche H. Schrift … Ouden en Niewen Testaments … Staaten General.
Gorinchem: Nicolas Goetzee, 1748. Large folio (465 x 290 mm). 62 double-page engraved plates including the map of Jerusalem. Contemporary calf stamped "T. W. Spruit'Fecit," decoratively panelled in gilt, spine

Lot #: 31

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat (1689 - 1755). - The Spirit of the Laws.

The Spirit of the Laws.
London: J. Nourse and P. Vaillant, 1750. 2 volumes. 8vo (195 x 130 mm). Vol. II with 2 leaves of publisher's advertisements at end. Contemporary calf, covers ruled in gilt, spines with 6 raised bands, red lettering labels in gilt. Condition: some wear to joints, spine ends

Lot #: 32

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 10 Dec 2008