Printing in the Western world began with Johann Gutenberg and his monumental Bible of 1455. The invention of printing from movable type changed the production of books from being written out by hand, one at a time, to printed editions as we know them today. This led to a vast increase in the publication of books, encompassing a multitude of both religious and secular subjects. Books printed in the fifteenth century, known as incunabula (a term which refers to "the cradle" of printing), are prized as artifacts of the infancy of printing ...
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Lyon: Jean Frellon, 1556.
Octavo. (24), 1130, (22)pp. First Lyon edition of Wolffhart's encyclopedic collection of apothegms from Classical sources. This edition appears one year after the first edition, which was published by his brother-in-law in Basel, and it is one of a handful of editions that appeared within Wolffhart's lifetime. He died in... more
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(Venice: Aldus Manutius & Andrea Torresani, 1515).
Octavo. , 289,  ff. First Aldus edition, second issue with "duernionem" correctly spelled on the last leaf. Text in Latin and Greek. This miscellany, which encompasses fragments of a number of lost works touching on such subjects as archaeology, grammar and lexicography, is among the last books produced by... more
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Washington D.C.: Library of Congress, 1915.
Quarto. 329pp. In the original binding of quarter brown leather over tan cloth boards. A nice copy that is worn, with some loss at head of spine, bumped at corners, and soiled. Unopened. ... more
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(Bologna: Caligola Bazalieri, 1501).
Quarto. (94)ff. This edition is based on the version published by Caligola Bazalieri's brother, Bazaliero Bazalieri, in July 1491. The text is Ovid's Heroides, a collection of imaginary letters written from ancient mythological heroines to the lovers who abandoned or mistreated them, including Penelope, Dido, Ariadne, Phaedra, Medea, and Sappho.... more
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Cousin, Jean (attributed to)
Paris: Denys Janot, 1543.
Octavo. 104ff. Illustrated with 100 small woodcuts of emblems attributed to Jean Cousin and framed by four-part borders of four different designs. With woodcut initials in "lettre fleuries" and criblé style. Of the two issues that comprise the third edition of this rare emblem book, this copy belongs to what... more
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Small folio. (1) pp. Referred to "the highest form of flattery" by Adrian Wilson, the pirated edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle was printed at Augsburg by Johann Schoensperger four years after the original Latin and German editions. This is leaf represents folii CXIX and CXX from "Sexta etas mudi" [sic],... more
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(Nürnberg: Koberger, Anton, 23 December 1493).
Folio. (1) pp. A leaf representing folii LXXXIII and LXXXIV, from the seminal work of gathered information on Christendom and milestone of early printing. The text is Gothic letter, with wood engravings by Michael Wohlgemut. On the recto, two banners of Roman authors gesture and dialogue with one another, while... more
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(Nürnberg: Koberger, Anton, 12 July 1493).
Folio. (1)pp. A leaf from the first edition of the seminal work of gathered information on Christendom. The text is Gothic letter, 64 lines to a page, with illustrations by Michael Wohlgemut. This particular leaf represents the "sexta etas mudi," from folii CL and CLI. The recto illustrates the line... more
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San Francisco: (Grabhorn Press), 1939.
12mo. (9)pp. One of fifty-five copies. Tipped in after the title page, the leaf features a large woodcut of John Heywood at his desk. On the window behind him, several spiders observe a fly trapped in a web. On the verso of the page are three verses above a woodcut... more
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Munich: Robert Wölfle Antiquariat, 1968.
Folio. 109 pp; 60 ff. One of 100 copies. Contains 60 illustrated leaves, each individually matted, out of important books on animals from Meydenbach's "Ortus Sanitatis" of 1491 to Mehl & Kahmann's "Kleine Säugetiere der Heimat..." of 1960-65. These plates are fully described in the quarto catalogue in wrappers (text... more
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