Pre-1600

  • # 18892

    MARTYR, Peter (Pietro Martire d'ANGHIERA, 1457-1526), et al.; EDEN, Richard (translator) (c.1520-1576)

    The Decades of the newe worlde or West India, Conteyning the nauigations and conquestes of the Spanyardes, with the particular description of the moste ryche and large landes and Ilandes lately founde in the west Ocean perteynyng to the inheritaunce of the kinges of Spayne.

    … Wrytten in the Latine tounge by Peter Martyr of Angleria, and translated into Englysshe by Rycharde Eden. Londini : In aedibus Guilhelmi Powell, Anno. 1555. Colophon (one of four known variants): Imprynted at London in Paules Churchyarde at the signe of the Bell by Robert Toy … M. D. LV. Quarto (178 x 130 …

  • # 15201

    Ramusio, Giovanni Battista

    Primo volume et quarta edizione. Delle Navigationi et viaggi raccolto da m. Gio. Batt. Ramusio et con molti vaghi

    discorsi da lui in molti luoghi dichiarato et illustrato … … Venetia : nella Stamperia de’ Giunti, 1588. [TOGETHER WITH] Secondo volume Delle Navigationi et viaggi raccolto da m. Gio. Batt. Ramusio … Venetia : Appresso i Giunti, 1583. [TOGETHER WITH] Terzo volume Delle Navigationi et viaggi raccolto da m. Gio. Batt. Ramusio … Venetia : nella Stamperia de’ Giunti, …

  • # 15169

    Sánchez, Alonso, SJ, 1547-1593

    [MANUSCRIPT] Razonamiento que el P[adr]e Alonso Sanchez … hizo en vna Real Junta sobre el derecho con q[ue] su M[agestad] esta y proçede en las Philipinas.

    [TOGETHER WITH] Summario de las respuestas de el Pre’ Alonso Sanchez … … [AND] La inteligençia y estima que se debe tener de la obra de las yndias … … [18th century copy of a work originally written c. 1588]. Fols 32-43 and fols 44-54 from a larger work, manuscript in ink in a fine secretarial hand; bound in …

  • # 13525

    Alonso Sánchez, SJ

    [MANUSCRIPT] Relatione delle Filippine ; e di quello che trattorono, e riportorono in Corte di Spagna,

    e di Roma per mezzo del P. Alonso Sanchez Gesuita mandato dalla Republica di quell’ Isole. [Rome?, 1606]. Folio, marbled paper boards, gilt decorated morocco title label to front; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; ff 32, manuscript; clean and legible throughout. An account in Italian of the activities of the Spanish Jesuit missionary …

  • # 15074

    Lip Pun Huan; Cobo, Juan, c.1546-1592

    Beng Sim Po Cam o Espejo rico del claro corazón

    : primo libro chino traducido en lengua Castellana por Fr. Juan Cobo, O. P. (a. 1592). Madrid : Libreria General Victoriano Suarez, 1959. Small quarto, pictorial card portfolio (spine sunned and a couple of small stains), pp 212, a photographic facsimile of the original manuscript with parallel text in Spanish; pictorial slipcase (lightly marked), as issued; …

  • # 17833

    Book of Hours (Use of Rouen)

    Northern France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment; with 4 large miniatures with architectural borders, 10 large arch-topped miniatures, 8 small miniatures, and 24 calendar miniatures by a follower of the Master of the Échevinage of Rouen and the Playfair Hours Master, with borders by Jean Serpin. ii (paper) + i (parchment) + 96 …

  • # 19668

    CAREFOOTE, Pearce J.

    Flickering of the flame. Print and the Reformation

    Toronto : Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 2017. Narrow folio, illustrated wrappers, pp. 172, illustrated. Exhibition catalogue. ‘Among the highlights of this exhibition will be late Medieval vernacular texts, popular among the Humanists; early pamphlets by Luther and his associates; classics of the Continental Reformation, such as Calvin’s definitive 1559 edition of the Institutes; a …

  • # 19792

    LAYTON, Evro

    Five centuries of books and manuscripts in modern Greek

    Cambridge : Harvard College Library, 1990. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s stiff wrappers (some mild wear), 93 pp., illustrated with black and white reproductions; internally very clean, a good copy. A catalogue of an exhibition at the Houghton Library from December 4, 1987 to February 17, 1988. Explores the emergence of the modern Greek language, thought and sensibility, …

  • # 19444

    PARIS, Matthæus (circa 1200 - 1259); WATS, William (circa 1590 - 1649)

    Matthaei Paris, monachi Albanensis Angli, Historia major.

    Juxta exemplar Londinense 1640. verbatim recusa. Et cum Rogeri Wendoveri, Willielmi Rishangeri, authorisque majori minorique historiis, chronicisque mss. in Bibliotheca Regia, Collegii Corporis Christi Cantabrigiae, Cottoniaque, fideliter collata. Huic editioni accesserunt, duorum Offarum Merciorum regum; & viginti trium Abbatum S. Albani vitae. Una cum libro additamentorum. Per eundem authorem. Editore Willielmo Wats S.T.D. Qui & …

  • # 17442

    MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius (fl. circa A.D. 395-425)

    Macrobii Ambrosii Avrelii Theodosii, uiri consularis, & illustris, In Somnium Scipionis, lib. II.

    Saturnaliorum, lib. VII. Ex uarijs, ac uetustissimis codicibus recogniti, & aucti. Venetiis [Venice] : apvd Io. Gryphium, 1574. Octavo, contemporary binding of limp vellum, ‘Macrobius’ lettered in manuscript to spine (which is darkened), original ownership inscription of ‘Joannis Josephus [i.e. Giovanni Giuseppe] Pugliese’, title page with printer’s device with motto Virtute duce, comite fortuna (‘under …

  • # 18334

    SIGONII, Caroli [SIGONIUS, Carolus, or, SIGONIO, Carlo] (c. 1524 - 1584)

    Historiarvm de regno Italiae libri quindecim,

    Ad illvstriss. atq. excellentiss. d. Iacobum Boncompagnum, Generalem, S. R. E. Gubernatorem. Basileae [Basel] : apud Petrum Bernum, 1575. Quarto, contemporary blind stamped panelled vellum over bevelled wooden boards, two clasps with engraved metal catches and clasps, endpaper with early nineteenth-century owner’s name, title page with Ex libris inscription of original owner Wilhelm Seema of …

  • # 15242

    SFORZA, Gian Galeazzo Maria, 1469-1494; [Isabella of Aragon, 1470-1524]

    A love letter to the Mona Lisa?

    A signed love letter of the young Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza (1469-1494) to his future bride, Isabella of Aragon (1470-1524). Sforza was later a confidant of Leonardo da Vinci; Isabella is considered by art historian Maike Vogt-Luerssen to have been the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Bifolium, 300 x 210 mm, on paper bearing the …

  • # 15884

    BOEMUS, Johannes, 1485-1534

    Omnium gentium mores leges et ritus ex multis clarissimis rerum scriptoribus … collectos: & in libros tris distinctos Aphricam, Asiam, Europam, optime lector lege

    Augsburg : Augustae Vindelicorum excusa in officina Sigismundi Grimm medici, ac Marci Wirsung, 1520. [Imprint from colophon]. First edition. Folio, later vellum, three raised bands to spine; added title page: Repertorium librorum trium Ioannis Boemi de omnium gentium ritibus. Item index rerum scitu digniorum in eosdem, set within a decorative woodcut border, an old paper repair to centre; …

  • # 13331

    Acosta, Emanuel, 1541-1604, et al.

    Iesus. Cartas que los padres y hermanos de la Compañia de Iesus, que andan en los reynos de Iapon escriuieron a los de la misma Compañia,

    desde el año de mil y quinientos y quare[n]ta y nueue, hasta el de mil y quinientos y setenta y uno : en las quales se da noticia de las varias costumbres y idolatrias de aquella gentilidad : y se cuenta el principio y successo y bondad de los Christianos de aquellas partes. En Alcala …

  • # 14211

    [KHUBILAI KHAN, Emperor Chih-yüan]

    [CHINESE PRINTING] Printing block for paper money with an original value of 100 wen

    China, Yüan dynasty, reign of Khubilai Khan, circa 1287 C.E.. Stone, 210 x 135 x 22 mm, top edges bevelled (three sections skilfully rejoined); housed in a custom made cloth box lined with lambswool. An extraordinary item of early printing history that pre-dates by a century the earliest known instance of printing in the West, …

  • # 13442

    [EMPEROR ZHU YUANZHANG (MING TAIZU), 1328-1398]

    A 14th century Ming Dynasty 1 kuan note : an example of the oldest extant paper currency

    [China : c.1375]. Printed during the reign (1368-1398) of the first Ming emperor, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (Ming Taizu), a paper note with the original cash value of a string of 1,000 copper coins, or 1 kuan. Woodblock printed in black ink on a sheet of grey mulberry paper, 340 x 220 mm; recto with the Chinese characters …