Pre-1600

  • # 32617

    GUTENBERG, Johannes (ca. 1398-1468) (printer)

    [INCUNABLE] 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 30144

    MARCUS VITRUVIUS POLLIO; CESARIANO, Cesare Di Lorenzo (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 …

  • # 42443

    Fróis, Luís (1532-1597) et al.

    Lettere del Giappone dell’anno M. D. LXXVII. Scritte dalli Reverendi Padri della Compagnia di Giesù.

    Rome : Francesco Za[n]netti, 1579. Octavo, later panelled red calf, boards with gilt central device and borders, spine with raised bands decorated and entered in gilt; gilt dentelles; pp. 72; title with woodcut device; first few leaves with small expert restoration at lower fore-edge, otherwise excellent throughout, a near fine copy. Very rare collection of …

  • # 42321

    Fróis, Luís (1532-1597) et al.

    Lettres du Iappon, de l’an M.D.LXXX. Envoyees par les prestres de la Compagnie de Iesus,

    vacans à la conversion des infidels audit lieu. Coppie d’une lettre du pere Louys Froës, escrite aux peres & freres de la Compagnie de Iesus. A Lyon : Par Benoist Rigaud, 1580. Octavo (170 x 110 mm), recent red morocco, richly gilt; title-leaf with printer’s woodcut device, 2-46, [1] ff.; some browning and light spotting, but a very …

  • # 15201

    RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista (1485-1557)

    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, …

  • # 42307

    Valignano, Alessandro (1539-1606) et al.

    Avvisi della Cina, et Giapone del fine dell’anno 1587.

    Con l’arrivo de’ Signori Giapponesi nell’India. Cavati dalle lettere della Compagnia di Giesù. Ricevute il mese d’ Ottobre 1588. Con licentia de’ superiori. In Venetia, appresso i Gioliti. 1588. Small octavo (160 x 105 mm), modern quarter red morocco over marbled papered boards, spine with raised bands and lettered in gilt ‘AVVISI DELLA CINA’; new …

  • # 42825

    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 …

  • # 41321

    BARTOLUS DE SAXOFERRATO (1313 - 1357)

    [INCUNABLE] A bifolium from Bartolus’ Super prima parte Digesti novi

    [Venice : Vindelinus de Spira, 1471]. First edition. Pair of conjoined leaves, each page measuring 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 …

  • # 40263

    HOGARTH, D. H.

    Arabia

    Spine title: A history of Arabia. Oxford : At the Clarendon Press, 1922. First edition. Octavo (195 x 130 mm), publisher’s navy cloth over boards (very lightly marked) with gilt-lettered spine; pp. [vi], 139, with large folding map at rear; clean throughout; front pastedown with ticket of Jerusalem bookseller Ludwig Mayer, and front endpaper with …

  • # 40102

    CICERO, M. Tullius (106-43 BCE)

    [BINDING] M. Tullii Ciceronis Familiarum Epistolarum Libri XVI.

    Cum Hubertini Crescentinatis, Martini Philetici, Iod. Badii Ascensii, Ioan. Baptistae Egnatii, & Pauli Manutii ab ipso proxime recognitis, emendatis, atq; auctis comentariis, & aliorum doctissimorum virorum, quorum nomina subscripsimus, annotationibus sparsim appositis, quibus difficillima quaeque Ciceronis loca explicantur, & mendosa corriguntur … Adiectis praeterea argumentis, & lemmatibus Giberti Longolii … … Venetiis : apud Johannem Mariam Bonellum, …

  • # 40104

    LUTHER, Martin

    Ein Brieff wider die Sabbather an einen guten Freund.

    Wittenberg : Nickel Schirlentz, 1538. First edition. Quarto (185 x 150 mm), disbound; original title-leaf with woodcut border by an artist of the School of Lucas Cranach the Elder, depicting Salome and the execution of John the Baptist in four scenes (detached, foxed, edges roughened, old tape mark at gutter-edge, early 20th-century owner’s name and address …

  • # 38592

    AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, Saint

    [CAMBRIDGE BINDING]. Liber epistolarum beati Augustini episcopi Hipponensis ecclesiae

    Paris : Badius Ascensius, 1515 (colophon). Folio, ff. [viii], CCLXII, [31] (lacking last blank); title-page within a large historiated woodcut border enclosing the printer’s device, many criblé initials throughout; a few minute pinhead wormholes scattered through the second part, a slightly larger one in quire f (not impairing legibility); in a contemporary Cambridge binding by …

  • # 33124

    MARTYN, John R. C.

    Letters of Pope Gregory :

    a study of an unknown tenth century manuscript bound in Tenbury and found in Melbourne containing all or part of forty letters sent by Pope Gregory the Great. Edited, collated and translated by John R. C. Martyn. Melbourne : Macmillan, 2013. Octavo, laminated boards in dustjacket, pp. 184, illustrated. As new copy.

  • # 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, …

  • # 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 …