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Illuminated Homilies on John

Illuminated Homilies on John John Chrysostom, 1470 CHRYSOSTOM, John (c.349-407). Homiliae super Johannem. Translated by Franciscus Griffolinus. Rome: Georgius Lauer for the Monastery of St. Eusebius, 29 October 1470. A beautifully illuminated first edition of Saint John Chrysostom’s homilies on the

Lot #: 1

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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"Extremely rare" Götz Bible

"Extremely rare" Götz Bible Cologne, 1477-8 BIBLE, in Latin. [Cologne: Nicolaus Götz, about 1477-78]. The Kloss copy of the “extremely rare” second Götz edition of the Bible (Copinger). Nicolaus Götz, a legal scholar in Cologne, published four editions of the Bible in the 1470s; there is some

Lot #: 2

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Beautifully illuminated incunable of the Natural History

Beautifully illuminated incunable of the Natural History Pliny the Elder, 1479 PLINY THE ELDER (23-79 CE). Historia naturalis. Edited by Philippus Beroaldus. Treviso: Michael Manzolus, 1479. A beautifully illuminated incunable edition of Pliny’s “encyclopedia of all the knowledge of the ancient

Lot #: 3

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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First printed treatise on the pulse

First printed treatise on the pulse Gilles of Corbeil, 1484 CORBEIL, Gilles of (fl. 1200). De pulsibus. Padua: Matthaeus Cerdonis, January 1484. First edition of the first printed treatise on the pulse. Gilles of Corbeil, also known as Aegidius Corboliensis, was a French physician and humanist

Lot #: 4

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Gregory's Dialogues

Gregory's Dialogues Gregory I, c.1484 GREGORY I (c.540-604). Dialogorum libri quattuor. [Louvain:] Johannes de Westfalia, [c.1484]. Rare incunable edition of Gregory’s Dialogues, published by the first printer in the Low Countries. Pope Gregory I’s wildly popular Dialogues recount the lives and

Lot #: 5

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Extremely rare Medieval sermons

Extremely rare Medieval sermons Strassburg, c.1486 INCUNABULA – Sermones "Parati" de tempore et de sanctis. [Strassburg: Printer of the 1483 'Vitas Patrum', about 1486]. A well-used copy of a very rare incunable collection of sermons, with contemporary marginalia. This medieval compendium of sermon

Lot #: 6

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Fallacies of traditional sciences

Fallacies of traditional sciences Phillipus Beroaldus, 1497 BEROALDUS, Philippus (1453-1505). Declamatio philosophi, medici, oratoris. –. De optimo statu et principe. Bologna: Benedictus Hectoris, 13 December 1497. A rare incunable on the fallacies of traditional sciences, particularly physics and

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Ancient astronomy, by Aldus

Ancient astronomy, by Aldus Aratus et al., 1499 ASTRONOMY – ARATUS (c.315-240 BCE); FIRMICUS, Julius (4th century); MANILIUS, Marcus (1st century); et al. [Scriptores astronomici veteres.] Venice: Aldus Manutius, 17 October 1499. Aldus’s illustrated compendium of ancient astronomical texts—“there

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$20,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Great humanist exposition of Aristotle

Great humanist exposition of Aristotle Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples, 1501 LEFÈVRE D’ÉTAPLES, Jacques (c.1450-1536) and ARISTOTLE (c.384-322). In hoc opere continentur totius philosophiae naturalis paraphrases. Paris: Wolfgang Hopyl, 1501. First edition of the great humanist’s exposition of

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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First Greek book printed at Rome

First Greek book printed at Rome Pindar, 1515 PINDAR (c.522-c.443 BCE). Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia, in Greek. Rome: Zacharias Kallierges for Cornelio Benigno, 13 August 1515. The first Greek book printed at Rome, first edition of Pindar with scholia. Pindar was “the brightest star in the

Lot #: 10

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Medieval astronomy and meteorology

Medieval astronomy and meteorology Duke Leopold of Austria, 1520 LEOPOLD, Duke of Austria (13th century). Compilatio ... de astrorum scientia Decem continentis tractatus. Venice: [Jacobus Pentius, for] Melchior Sessa and Petrus de Ravanis, 15 July 1520. Second edition of the Compilatio by the

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$1,800 - US$2,500

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Two major works on twilight

Two major works on twilight Pedro Nunes & Ibn Mu'adh, 1542 NUNES, Pedro (1502-1578) and IBN MU'ADH, Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad (989-1079). De crepusculis liber unus, nunc recens & natus et editus. Item Allacen Arabis vetustissimi, De causis crepusculorum liber unus. Latter text translated by Gerard of

Lot #: 12

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Prophecies on the Ottoman Empire

Prophecies on the Ottoman Empire Ps.-Antonio Torquato, 1552 TORQUATO, Ps.-Antonio (15th century). Prognosticon de eversione Europae, & alia quaedam. Antwerp: Martinus Nutius, 1552. Unusual collection of works on the Ottoman Empire and Asia, second edition. The first treatise here is a popular

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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First English edition of The Dance of Death

First English edition of The Dance of Death Boccaccio & Lydgate, 1554 BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-1375). A Treatise excellent and compendious, shewing and declaring, in maner of Tragedye, the falls of sondry most notable Princes and Princesses. Translated by John Lydgate. London: Richard Tottel, 10

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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First English edition of the complete works

First English edition of the complete works Thomas More, 1557 MORE, Thomas (1478-1535). The Workes of Sir Thomas More Knyght, Sometyme Lorde Chauncellour of England, written by him in the Englysh tonge. London: John Cawood, John Wally and Richarde Tottell, 1557. The first edition in English of the

Lot #: 15

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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One of the first women listed in the Index

One of the first women listed in the Index Olympia Fulvia Morata, 1562 FULVIA MORATA, Olympia (1526-1555). Divinae orationes, dialogi, epistolae, carmina, tam Latina quam Graeca. Basel: Pietro Perna, 1562. The rare second—and earliest obtainable—edition of the writings of the Protestant polymath

Lot #: 16

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Rabelasian monster book

Rabelasian monster book Ps.-Rabelais, 1565 RABELAIS, François, Ps. (c.1494-1553). Les songes drolatiques de Pantagruel, ou sont contenues plusieurs figures de l'invention de maistre François Rabelais. Paris: Richard Breton, 1565. The first edition of this mysterious series of grotesque illustrations

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Münster's Cosmografia

Münster's Cosmografia Sebastian Münster, 1575 MÜNSTER, Sebastian (1489-1552). Cosmografia. Cologne: heirs of Arnoldo Byrckmann, 1575. An early Italian edition of “the first modern” work of cosmology (Hodgen). Münster was a cartographer, historian, and linguist who combined his expertise to create

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Heron mechanicus

Heron mechanicus Conrad Dasypodius, 1580 DASYPODIUS, Conrad (1530-1600). Heron mechanicus. Strasbourg: Nicolaus Wyriot, 1580. First edition in Latin of a description of the famous astronomical clock in the cathedral at Strasbourg. Designed by the mathematician Christian Herlin, it was finished after

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Hunting and falconry

Hunting and falconry Jacques du Fouilloux et al., 1582 [DU FOUILLOUX, Jacques (1519-1580); Jean DE FRANCIERES (d. 1488), et al.]. Neuw Jag und Weydwerck Buch. Das ist ein grundtliche Beschreibung vom Anfang der Jagten. Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend for Johann Feyerabend, 1582. First edition in

Lot #: 20

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Le diverse et artificiose machine

Le diverse et artificiose machine Agostino Ramelli, 1588 RAMELLI, Agostino (c.1531-1608). Le diverse et artificiose machine ... nelle quali si contengono uarij et artificiosi mouimenti, degni di grandissima speculatione, per cauarne beneficio in ogni sorte d'operatione. Composte in lingua italiana

Lot #: 21

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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First collected edition

First collected edition Paracelsus, 1589-90 PARACELSUS, Theophrastus (Bombast von Hohenheim, Philippus Aureolus; 1493-1541). Erster [– Achter] Theil der Bücher und Schrifften, des edlen, hochgelehrten und bewehrten Philosophi unnd Medici. Edited by Johannes Huser. Basel: Conrad Waldkirch, 1589-1590

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Henri IV sammelband

Henri IV sammelband Paris & Lyon, 1594-1606 HENRI IV – Arrest de la Cour de Parlement contre Iehen Chastel escholier … pour le parricide. Du 29 Decembre 1594. Paris: Mamert Patisson, 1595 [Bound with:] [PITHOU, Pierre.] De iusta & canonica absolutione Henrici IIII. Paris: Mamert Patisson, 1594

Lot #: 23

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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The Earth a Magnet

The Earth a Magnet William Gilbert, 1600 GILBERT, William (1544-1603). De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de magno magnete tellure; Physiologia nova, plurimis & argumentis, & experimentis demonstrata. London: P. Short, 1600. First edition of “the first major English treatise based on

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Physiognomaniacal treatise on distillation

Physiognomaniacal treatise on distillation Giovanni Battista Della Porta, 1608 DELLA PORTA, Giovanni Battista (c.1538-1615). De distillatione lib. IX. Rome: Camera Apostolica, 1608. The first edition of Della Porta's physiognomaniacal treatise on distillation. This work, an expansion of the

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Robert Fludd's mystic masterpiece

Robert Fludd's mystic masterpiece Oppenheim, 1624 FLUDD, Robert (1547-1637). Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, physica atque technica historia. –. Tractatus secundus de naturae simia seu technica macrocosmi historia. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Gallerus for Johann Theodorus de Bry

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Miniature dos-à-dos binding

Miniature dos-à-dos binding New Testament and Psalms, 1633-5 MINIATURE BOOK – The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. London: Robert Barker, 1633 [Bound with:] The Whole Booke of Psalmes. London: Company of Stationers, 1635. Miniature embroidered binding, in Fortuny silk pouch

Lot #: 27

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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The definitive mapping of lunar libration

The definitive mapping of lunar libration Johannes Hevelius, 1654 HEVELIUS, Johannes (1611-1687). Epistolae II. Prior: de motu lunae libratorio, in certas tabulas redacto ... Posterior: de utriusque luminaris defectu anni 1654. Danzig: Andreas Julius Moller for the author, 1654. Hevelius's

Lot #: 28

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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The wave or pulse theory of light

The wave or pulse theory of light Christiaan Huygens, 1690 HUYGENS, Christiaan (1629-1695). Traité de la lumière. Leiden: Pierre vander Aa, 1690. First edition of Huygens’s groundbreaking wave or pulse theory of light. Although Huygens first developed his theory in the 1670s, he did not publish

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$22,000

Date: 18 Jun 2020

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Binomial theorem

Binomial theorem Isaac Newton, 1711 [NEWTON, Isaac (1643-1727).] Analysis per quantitatum series, fluxiones, ac differentias: cum enumeratione linearum tertii ordinis. London: Pearson, 1711. The Hill copy of Newton’s first independent treatise on the higher mathematics, containing the earliest

Lot #: 31

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

Date: 18 Jun 2020