Pre-1600

  • # 35754

    BARTOLUS DE SAXOFERRATO (1313 - 1357)

    A leaf from Bartolus’ Super prima parte Digesti novi

    [Venice : Vindelinus de Spira, 1471]. First edition. Single leaf, 441 x 298 mm printed double column in black ink recto and verso, 50 lines in Roman type with rubrication in red and blue inks, chapter headings in red ink in upper margin, foliation upper centre. A fine specimen with exceptionally wide margins. A fine …

  • # 32744

    FUSSEL, Stephan

    The Gutenberg Bible of 1454

    With a commentary on the life and work of Johannes Gutenberg, the printing of the Bible, the distinctive features of the Göttingen copy, the “Göttingen Model Book” and the “Helmasperger Notarial Instrument”. Cologne : Taschen, 2018. Two volumes, quarto, with accompanying booklet, in publisher’s card box. Facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible. The printing press has …

  • # 32617

    GUTENBERG, Johannes (c. 1398 - 1468)

    A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible

    [Mainz : Johannes Gutenberg, circa 1454-55]. Single folio leaf. 371 x 300 mm, printed on recto and verso, black gothic lettering of forty-two lines in double columns, large two-line initial letters rubricated in red; light foxing and very small edge chips, remnants of binding along one edge with tiny fragments of manuscript binder’s waste (presumably from …

  • # 32302

    MANION, Margaret (1935 - )

    The Felton Illuminated Manuscripts in the National Gallery of Victoria

    Melbourne, National Gallery Victoria / Macmillan, 2005. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 440, extensively illustrated. Fine copy of the hardback edition, as new. “This scholarly publication ‘The Felton illuminated manuscripts in the National Gallery of Victoria’ celebrates the Gallery’s small but distinguished collection of illuminated manuscripts and eloquently comments on the development of the handwritten …

  • # 30144

    MARCUS VITRUVIUS POLLIO; Cesare DI LORENZO CESARIANO (translator and artist) (Italian, 1483 - 1543)

    Di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione De Architectura Libri Dece Traducti de Latino in Vulgare affigurati:

    commentati: & con mirando ordine insigniti: per il quale facilmente potrai tovare la multitudine de lí abstrusi & reconditi Vocabuli a li soi loci & in epsa tabula con summo studio expositi & enucleati ad Immensa utilitate de ciascuno Studioso & benivolo di epsa opera. [Como, Lombardy] : Gotardus de Ponte, 1521. Folio (430 x 290 …

  • # 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 grey mulberry paper, 340 x 220 mm; recto with the Chinese characters Da …

  • # 13321

    Maffei, Giovanni Pietro, 1533-1603

    Historiarum Indicarum Libri XVI. : Selectarum item ex India epistolarum, eodem interprete, libri IV.

    Accessit Ignatii Loiolae vita. Coloniæ Agippinæ : in Officina Birckmannica, sumptibus Arnoldi Mylii, MDXCIII. [Cologne : Arnold Mylius, 1593]. Second Cologne edition. Small folio, contemporary calf with embossed armorial device to boards, ruled in blind, rebacked, spine with raised bands; edges stained blue, later endpapers, title with woodcut printer’s device, manuscript inscription lower margin; woodcut …

  • # 30086

    KRATZMANN, Gregory (editor)

    Imagination, Books and Community in Medieval Europe

    Papers of a Conference Held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia 28 March – 15 June 2008. Melbourne : Macmillan Art Publishing, 2010. Quarto, gilt-lettered quarter cloth over laminated pictorial boards, pp. 256, extensively illustrated. New copy of an out of print title. With extensive illustrated essays by Jeffrey Hamburger and Margaret Manion, …

  • # 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, …

  • # 24196

    SADELER, Johannes I (Brussels 1550 - 1600/1601 Venice) (printer)

    Eximium exercitium seu comendatio ad Beatissima[m] semper Virginem Dei Genitricem Mariam quotidie mane videlicet, ac Vesperi, nec non Sabbatinis diebus …

    [s.l.] : Ioannes Sadler [fe]cit et excudit, cum Privilegio S.C.M., [circa 1590]. Duodecimo (112 x 70 mm), copper engraved single sheet mounted on later marbled paper backing; in Latin; handling wear, a tiny amount of text loss at the extremities. The printer and engraver Jan (Johannes) Sadeler I (Brussels 1550 – 1600/1601 Venice) was a …

  • # 22302

    Raymond of Sabunde (c.1385-1436)

    Theologia naturalis sive Liber creatura[rum] specialiter de homine [et] de natura eius in qua[n]tum homo. :[et] de his qu[a] sunt ei necessaria ad cognoscendu[m] seip[su]m [et] Deu[m] [et] om[n]e debitu[m] ad q[uo]d ho[mo] tenet[ur] et obligatur tam Deo q[uam] p[ro]ximo.

    Impressus Nurembergae : Per Anthoniu[m] koberger [sic] inibi co[n]cluem, 1502. Folio (290 x 210 mm), contemporary sheep over wooden boards (lacking clasps), elaborate blind-tooling to both boards, upper board including a panel containing abbreviated title, below it a partially remnant contemporary paper label with manuscript in red and black; A-Q8 R6; title with early (unidentified) …

  • # 19791

    LOWRY, Martin

    Venetian printing : Nicolas Jenson and the rise of the Roman letterform

    Herning : Poul Kristensen, 1989. Folio, publisher’s stiff wrappers with gilt lettering, gilt to spine (slight wear), 104, [8] pp., with 8 coloured plates; three light water marks to front free endpaper, otherwise internally very clean, a good copy. One of 850 copies. Text in English and Danish. The two essays, from slightly differing viewpoints, both …