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Tarikh al-Hind al-Garbi al-müsemma bi-Hadis-i nev [A: Tarikh al-Hindi al-Gharbi.

Tarikh al-Hindi al-Gharbi.

Editorial: Qustantaniyah (Istanbul), Ibrahim Müteferrika, mid-Ramazan 1142 AH [= 1730 AD]. (1730)

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Descripción: Qustantaniyah (Istanbul), Ibrahim Müteferrika, mid-Ramazan 1142 AH [= 1730 AD]., 1730. 4to (168 x 217 mm). (3), 91 ff. All pages ruled, border coloured in gilt. With an illuminated golden headpiece (serlevha), 4 double-page engraved plates in contemporary colour (celestial chart, diagram with table, 2 world maps), and 13 woodcut illustrations in the text, all coloured by a contemporary hand and partially heightened with gum arabic. Slightly later (c. 1840) half calf, with gilt ornament and the name of the previous owner in Arabic lettering gilt to spine. Marbled endpapers. A unique copy, with notable provenance, of the first book published with Arabic lettering to contain illustrations, the earliest book about the New World published in the Islamic world, and one of the first titles printed by a Muslim in Turkey. Formerly in the possession of Ahmed Cevdet Pasha (1822-95), one of the most pre-eminent scholars of his time and a prominent figure in the Tanzimat reforms of the Ottoman empire, the present copy is ruled in gold throughout, printed on a variety of burnished papers (a total of 30 leaves dyed in yellow, green, and brown in addition to the standard white), and coloured throughout. It is especially the contemporary colouring of the woodcuts, which depict curious oddities, fantastic creatures and the native people of the New World, that lends the present specimen a visual appearance completely different from that of the rather plain copies in which this book is usually known (14 copies recorded by OCLC). The only similarly embellished copy of the Hindi al-Gharbi we could trace is the one held by the Lilly Library. - "Despite the title, this is not a history of the West Indies. It opens with a general geographical and cosmological discussion, and follows with an account of the discovery of the New World, with considerable fantastic elaboration in the spirit of the more fabulous passages of Abu Hamid and Qazwini. Among the illustrations are depictions of trees whose fruits are in human form, long-snouted horses, mermen at battle with land-dwellers, and other men and beasts of nightmarish aspect" (Watson). The present work, which survives in a number of mss. (though in less complete variants than this printed edition), was composed in Istanbul around 1580 by an unidentified author. After a synthesis of Islamic geographical and cosmographical writings, notably drawing from al-Mas'udi, who is the most frequently cited source, and Ibn al-Wardi, mentioned almost 20 times, the book relates the discovery of the New World. In this Chapter 3, which comprises the final two thirds of the text, the author describes the explorations and discoveries by Columbus, Balboa, Magellan, Cortés and Pizarro. As Goodrich's study of the book's sources shows, this section is derived directly from Italian editions of 16th-century texts - particularly works by López de Gómara, Peter Martyr, Agustín de Zárate, and Oviedo - which the author excerpted, rearranged, and translated into Turkish. The history of their discoveries is enlivened with fantastic elaboration, some of which is visible in the woodcuts. The two world maps derive from those in Mercator-Hondius "Atlas minor" and reappear in Katib Celebi's "Cihânnümâ" atlas, printed by Müteferrika two years later, with California represented as an island. Complete examples are rare: the book was printed in an edition of only 500 copies, many of which were subsequently defaced or destroyed for contravening the Islamic teachings against the representation of living things. Toderini appears to call for an astronomical chart in addition to the 4 plates, but Watson describes an astronomical chart and 3 plates. Sabin calls for 3 plates only, as does the John Carter Brown library catalogue. The Bibliothèque nationale copy, sent from Constantinople by the press's patron, Sad Aga, contains 4 plates, as does the present copy, including the Ptolemaic astronomical chart. - Old annotations in Arabic script to front flyleaf. Three leaves remargined. Celestial map with closed tears and 2.5 cm loss to upp. Nº de ref. de la librería 46790

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Kitab al-Manazir, latine]. Opticae thesaurus. Alhazeni Arabis: Ibn al-Haytham, Abu

Ibn al-Haytham, Abu 'Ali al-Hasan (Alhazen).

Editorial: Basel, Eusebius Episcopius & heirs of Nicolaus Episcopius, (August) 1572. (1572)

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Descripción: Basel, Eusebius Episcopius & heirs of Nicolaus Episcopius, (August) 1572., 1572. Folio (248 x 350 mm). 2 parts in 1 vol. 1st blank f., (6), 288 pp. (8), 474, (2) pp. With 2 different woodcut printer's devices on t. p. and colophon, half-page woodcut on reverse of t. p. (repeated on half-title of pt. 2), and numerous diagrams in the text. Near-contemporary full vellum binding with giltstamped red spine label. All edges sprinkled in red. First edition of "the most important work of its kind in Arabic literature" (cf. Poggendorf). Ibn al-Haytham (965-c. 1040), known as Alhazen in the Latin tradition, has been hailed as "the greatest Muslim physicist and one of the greatest students of optics of all times [.] The Latin translation [.] exerted a great influence upon Western science. It showed a great progress in experimental method. [Alhazen's book contains] research in catoptrics, [a] study of atmospheric refraction, [a] better description of the eye, and better understanding of vision [as well as an] attempt to explain binocular vision [and the] earliest use of the camera obscura" (Sarton). "This combined edition served as the standard reference work on optics well into the 17th century, influencing scientists such as Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, and Descartes" (Norman). "The Arab physicist Alhazen preserved for us all that was known by the ancients in the field of optics and added some contributions of his own. His book remained a standard authority thru the 1600s. He understood that light emanated spherically from a point and greatly improved on Ptolemy's uncertain rule for refraction which, he showed, held true only for small angles. He covered many cases of reflection and refraction and his explanation of the structure and function of the eye was followed for 600 years" (Dibner). "Ibn al-Haytham's Book of Optics is now a thousand years old. It revolutionized optics and had great impact on science in Europe, being cited by Roger Bacon and Johannes Kepler, among others" (AR, p. 99). "It is remarkable that in the Islamic world the 'Optics' practically disappeared from view soon after its appearance in the 11th century until, in the beginning of the 14th century, the Persian scholar Kamal al-Din composed his great critical commentary on it [.] By this time the 'Optics' had embarked on a new career in the West where it was already widely and avidly studied in a Latin translation of the late 12th or early 13th century, entitled 'Perspectiva' or 'De aspectibus' [.] The Latin translation was published by Frederick Risner at Basel in 1572 in a volume entitled 'Opticae thesaurus', which included Witelo's 'Perspectiva' [.] Risner's Latin edition made [the 'Optics'] available to such mathematicians as Kepler, Snell, Beeckman, Fermat, Harriot, and Descartes, all of whom except the last directly referred to Alhazen", though Descartes "employed [the work] in his successful deduction of the sine law" (DSB, p. 194-197). The 'Liber de crepusculis', the work on dawn and twilight included in Risner's 'Opticae thesaurus' and attributed to Alhazen, is actually the work of his contemporary Abu 'Abdallah Muhammad ibn Mu'adh al-Jayyani (cf. Norman; DSB, p. 208). The optical study by the Polish scholar Witelo, likewise here included, is "a massive work that relies extensively on Alhazen [and] offers an analysis of reflection that was not surpassed until the 17th century" (Norman). - Variously browned due to paper, but altogether quite a crisp, wide-margined copy, with an apparently contemporary handwritten ownership to the title page (deleted some time in the 17th or 18th century), a very few inconspicuous repairs to the edges, a faint waterstain to the lower margin and some slight worming to the lower gutter. Binding tight and well-preserved, with 17th or early 18th century library shelfmarks to front pastedown. An unusually fine specimen of a principal work of Arabic science as received in the West. VD 16, H 693 (H 692, V 1761). Adams A 745. BM-STC 383. Dibner 138. Norman 1027. Honeyman I, 73. DSB VI, 205. GAL I, 470. Poggendorf I, 3. Nº de ref. de la librería 46538

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Portraits of the Winning Horses of the: Herring, John Frederick,

Herring, John Frederick, Sr.

Editorial: London, L. Harrison for S. and J. Fuller, 1829. (1829)

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Descripción: London, L. Harrison for S. and J. Fuller, 1829., 1829. Large folio (60 x 42 cm). Letterpress title with engraved vignette, list of subscribers, winners of the St. Leger 1776-1814, 14 hand-coloured aquatint plates by T. Sutherland and R. G. Reeve after Herring, each with letterpress description of riders and winners of other races and the St Leger stakes for each year. Bound in recent half burgundy morocco with contemporary drab boards with large printed label on upper cover. "Extremely rare" (Tooley). Second edition of Herring's finest work, the outcome of his fascination with horse racing and the St. Leger in particular. "In the writer's estimation, the first series of the St. Leger winners contains the very best of Herring prints [.] they were engraved by Sutherland, a more competent aquatinter and colourist than his successors who handled these race-horses" (Siltzer). Herring spent the first 18 years of his life in London, where his father, an American, was a fringe-maker in Newgate Street. Having married against his father's wishes, he went to Doncaster, where he arrived during the races in September 1814, and saw the Duke of Hamilton's horse, William, win the St. Leger. The sight inspired him to attempt the art of animal-painting, in which he subsequently excelled. He painted Filho da Puta, the winner of the St. Leger in 1815, and for the following thirty-two years painted each winner in succession. "Herring's series of Portraits [.] were painted annually and quickly reproduced in large showy aquatints, the horses made literally glossy by the application of varnish to the paper" (Diana Donald, Picturing Animals in Britain 1750-1850, New Haven, CT [2007], p. 215). This is the second edition of this series of wonderful racehorse portraits. It was first published as a suite of 10 plates in 1824 by Sheardown and Son of Doncaster; S. and J. Fuller of London purchased these in 1827 and continued to publish, periodically, the St. Leger winner series up to 1845. The earlier plates were all re-captioned with Fuller's imprint. Plates watermarked 1825-28; the first plate in the present work, "Filho da Puta", is on paper watermarked 1827. - Very slight offsetting to text. Extremities rubbed; otherwise a superb example of this rare work. Siltzer 139-146. Mellon Horsemanship, 128. Nº de ref. de la librería 32114

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Notizie, ed aventure veridiche di un viaggio: Gianni, Vittorio.
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Descripción: Middle East, 1769-1770., 1770. Folio (235 x 170 mm). Italian manuscript in two parts with 29 original pen and ink drawings (15 and 14), written in black ink in a neat, legible hand, 28 lines to a page. (1), 95, (1) pp. (including illustrations numbered in pencil, upper right, but recto only). Collation, including illustrations: [1 f., 1 p.], [21 ff., 35 pp.], [6 pp.], [17 ff., 26 pp.], [5 pp.] (several sheets cut so that a tab only remains of the second page, and all illustrations tipped in). Contemp. half vellum over marbled paper boards. Generally written on both recto and verso, except for the two title-pages and the illustrations (recto only); all but first and last page enclosed with a single line border, in pencil for text pages and in ink for illustrations. Unpublished manuscript giving a vivid and event-filled first person account of a journey from Urbino to Constantinople, well legible and beautifully presented with 29 equally unique pen-and-ink illustrations. - A unique account of a journey from Urbino to Constantinople and back, in 1769-70, hand-written and accompanied by 29 original drawings, which offer views of islands rarely if ever depicted in contemporary travel accounts or series. No counterpart has been found for the illustrations, which appear to have been prepared from eye-witness records. That the artist may have been the author himself is suggested by the fact that he makes no mention of a separate artist, and by the manner in which he introduces the first illustration: 'Il Paise è piccolo come vedrassi della figura, che di curiosita, ed intelligenza di lettori porro a piedi di questo capitolo' (p. 5v). The story of his adventure is equally idiosyncratic, incorporating both a record of foreign places, people and customs common to other such literature, and also an account of a personal tragedy and a dangerous sea-voyage. The manuscript falls within a tradition of cultural exchange and travel writing between Europeans and the Orient; but unlike Luigi Mayer, for example, employed to make drawings of the historical buildings of Constantinople by the English ambassador Sir Robert Ainslie shortly afterwards, or J. B. Hilair, whose paintings made on a trip throughout the Empire with the French ambassador Count Choiseul-Gouffier in 1776, and engraved and published in Gouffier's "Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce" (1778-82), Gianni appears to be an entirely independent figure. Though the manuscript is set out like a printed book and was presumably destined for wider distribution in that form as a money-making enterprise, Gianni does not seem to have been commissioned, nor to have hoped for patronage. His stated aim is simply to give a true account to his readers, in case they might wish to undertake a similar journey. His route takes him through great cities such as Venice, Athens, Smyrna and Gallipoli, ancient sites such as Troy and Heraklia, through the Peloponnesus and islands such as Mykonos, Corfu, Maitos and Skios, all of which he describes and depicts in detail. Meanwhile, although he says that he is not writing in order to leave "una viva ricordanza di me, come di soggetto qualificato", that is precisely what he does: the second part of the book recounts his search for his son from whom he had heard nothing but that he had married a Greek girl. Reunited with him through a doctor who has been helping the boy through an illness, he tries to persuade the young couple to return with him to Urbino, but this plan is thwarted by the machinations of the doctor. His journey home, alone, is enlivened by an encounter with corsairs, a near shipwreck, a boy falling overboard and a violent storm. The value of this book lies not only in the unique, unpublished text and illustrations, and legible and attractive presentation, but also in the combination of commonly-found themes such as dress and customs, with an entirely personal and richly-told narrative of one man's search for his son. - One illustration (Smirne) has been trimmed along the right edge a. Nº de ref. de la librería 37726

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Maritime composite atlas.: Keulen, Johannes van.

Keulen, Johannes van.

Editorial: Amsterdam, c. 1750. (1750)

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Descripción: Amsterdam, c. 1750., 1750. Uncoloured. 530 x 305 mm. 20 large engraved sea charts, pasted back to back, nineteenth-century half calf. A rare maritime atlas for V.O.C. ships bound for the Far East, published by Johannes van Keulen II, the Dutch East India Company's official map maker and hydrographer during the years 1726-55. This atlas is a fine and rare example to be used on board, including 20 large engraved sea charts, pasted back to back, as typical for on-board use, making them more durable. This atlas also includes the most important celestial chart of the period, the "Stellatum Planisphaerium" of Louis Vlasbloem. The small spheres show the geocentric and heliocentric configurations of the solar system. The expansion of Dutch maritime trade in the Far East provided new astronomical knowledge of the southern hemisphere: twelve new constellations were added to the Ptolemaic canon, making a total of 60. The newly discovered southern constellations include: Pavo, Phoenix, Indus, and others, and Coma Berenices in the north. Celestial navigation was practiced by Chinese and western sailors, and a celestial chart was of the highest importance for navigation. The volume also includes an important and scarce world map, here in its second state with additional privilege. It is on Mercator's projection with only a relatively small number of coastal place names and no interior features or localities at all. After 1682 other general maps were used by Van Keulen, possibly because of the unfamiliarity of Mercator's projection. Shows California as an island and no further coastlines to the north. Includes: 1. Stellatum Planisphaerium 2. Wassende Graade Kaart van Alle Bekende Zeekusten op den Geheelen Aardbodem 3. Pascaerte van't Noordlyckste Deel van Europa 4. Wassende Graade Kaart van de Noort Zee Beginnende van de Hoofden tot t'Land Stadt in Noorwegen met de Gantse Oostkust van Engeland 5. Nieuwe Wassende Graaden Paskaart van het Schagerak de Sond ende Beld Beginnende van de Hoek van Schagen tot Bornholm. 6. Nieuwe Wassende Graade Paskaart over de Geeheele Oost-Zee Nieuwelijcks Opgestelt door Nicolaas de Vries 7. Wassende Graade Kaart van 't Noordelykste Deel der Noord Zee tussen Schotland, Ysland Noorwegen en Finmarken tot Booven de Noord Caap 8. Wassende Graade Kaart van de Noord Ys Zee. Behelsende de Kusten v. Finmarken, Lapland, Rusland, Nova Zembla en Spitsbergen 9. Wassende Graade Kaart van de Noord Oceaan van Terra Nova en de Straat Davids en Hudson tot Hidland en de Westkust van Schotland en Engeland en Bretagne Begrypende ook Yrland en Ysland. Door C.J. Vooght Geometra 10.Pas Caert van Texel tot aende Hoofden 11. Nieuwe Wassende Graade Paskaart van 't Canaal tuschen Engelandt en Vrankryk 12. Wassende Graade Kaart van de Spaanse Zee 13. Wassende Graade Kart vande Geheele Cust van Portugaal (4 languages) (later 1704?) 14. Nieuwe Wassende Graade Paskaart van de genee;e Middelandsche Zee 15. Paskaert waer in de Graden der Breedde over Weder Zyden vande Middellyn, Wassende . Vertonende (Behalve Europaes Zuijdelijkste) een Gedeelte van de Custen van Africa en America 16. Pascaerte van Westindien Begrypende in zich de Vaste Kusten en Eylanden. 17. Pascaarte vande Zee Custen van Guinea, en Brasilia: van Cabo de Verde, tot C. de Bona Esperanca: en van R. de Amazones tot Rio de la Plata 18. Nieuwe Pascaert van Oost Indien Verthoonende hen van C. De Bona Esperanca tot aen het Landt van Eso 19. Pascaert vande Zuyd Zee en een Gedeelte van Brasil van Ilhas de Ladrones tot R. de la Plata. 20. Pascaerte vande Noord Oost Cust van Asia Verthoonende in Sich Alle de Zee-Custen van Tartarien van Japan tot Nova Zemla. - Light staining at upper corners, hinges weak, binding slightly rubbed as usual. Nº de ref. de la librería 34130

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Editorial: Moscow, 14. IX. 1933. (1933)

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Descripción: Moscow, 14. IX. 1933., 1933. 4to. 3½ pp. on 2 ff. With autogr. envelope. In Russian, to his third wife, Natalja, on a day he and Ivan Vassilyevitch Kljun spent together attending an exhibition of the Red Workers' and Peasants' Army and visiting officials. Kljun urged him to have his hair cut, as Malevich resembled a "savage". They failed to meet Lobanov, who wanted a landscape. "[.] You cannot imagine my sentiments. What else should I do, and how wait? I am completely starved, and although I have eaten quite well these two days at Ivan Vassilyevitch's, there is no way I might be satiated, and after all, I cannot live at his place, and there is nowhere for me to go. I still have no money to go to Nemchinovka and stay there overnight [.] It's simply a nightmare when the thought turns up that something might happen to me, a severe mental illness might afflict me. Tomorrow I will try to see mother, maybe I can raise some money there [.]". Also, Malevich mentions his difficult relationship with his brother, and that he avoids seeing him: "That's what it amounts to, when a man has not a penny, they all start to lecture you and call you a fool [.] Yes, this is hard indeed for me; when people find out that you have to money, they change their ways entirely. [.]" (transl.). Nº de ref. de la librería 32596

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Editorial: Moscow, 14. V. 1929. (1929)

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Descripción: Moscow, 14. V. 1929., 1929. 4to. 2 pp. In Russian, to his third wife, Natalja, about an experience during his travel to Moscow, his daily work, a proposed business trip abroad, his daughter Una, etc.: "[.] Today, on the 14th, I started working at the Tretjakowa. I was promised to sell a drawing soon [.] I called upon the Main Administration for Literary and Arts Affairs, but, as usual, they promised to make arrangements for a separate meeting and to talk to Shutko. Chwojnik sent me a note regarding my business trip abroad. It is all about not being willing to give one single Dollar in foreign currency [.] Chwojnik, who is head of the artistic department, is publishing characterstics of Russian artists and asks me to act as a model. In general, they all behave well to me. My beloved Natalja, don't let yourself get bored, don't get upset, don't lose weight. During this journey I have to do everything to lay in provisions for the winter [.]" (transl.). Nº de ref. de la librería 32597

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Hemingway, Ernest, American novelist, Nobel laureate (1899-1961).

Editorial: San Francisco de Paula (Cuba) and Madrid, 1953-1955. (1955)

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Descripción: San Francisco de Paula (Cuba) and Madrid, 1953-1955., 1955. Large 4to. Altogether 4¼ pp. on 5 pp. With one autogr. envelope. To George Brown, the owner of a gymnasium in Manhattan, Hemingway's personal trainer, boxing coach, and friend. - I: Hemingway's affection for his sporting pal is evident in this revealing and highly personal letter, written shortly before Ernest and Mary left for an African safari: "How are you kid? Mary sends her best. We are fine and in very good shape and think of you often. Were out on a trip together on the boat for two weeks and we go to bed every night after it gets dark and have plenty of time to talk and to sleep good [.]". Hemingway then gives news of his sons and mentions his youngest son ("Gig"), who, in his early twenties, was turning violently hostile to his father: "I am sorry I spoke against Gig since he is a friend of yours and used to be of mine as well as my favorite son. But he changed very strange very fast. As bad as though the devil was managing him. I couldn't ever see him again; not even to go and see him hanged. But if he seems good to you, O.K. I haven't heard from him since last November when he came of age [.]" (Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, 12 May 1953). - II: Written on the eve of the latter's visit to Cuba and while preparations are being made for the filming of "The Old Man And The Sea": "George you can't have any confidence in any of those characters. They are all tighter than a hogs ass in fly time. That Goldwyn kid was nice as could be when it was a question of seeing us and thus becoming an old pal of old Ernie [ ]" (ibid., 18 August 1955). - III: Written from his sickbed. Preparations were still being made for the film, and Hemingway had spent September trying to get actions shots of leaping marlins for the producer Leland Hayward. Apparently, too, Hemingway was making an effort to get Brown involved in getting Spencer Tracy in shape, for he writes: "I am very sorry about [Peter] Viertel [who wrote the screenplay] behaving so carelessly. He is a very selfish boy but I think he has a little bit of an excuse in that he was with Zinneman on the script and was expecting you out there. While Zinneman was down here we discussed the whole thing about your getting Spencer in shape and agreed it was absolutely necessary and we spoke about it again on the long distance phone [ ]" (ibid., 25 November 1955; with several autograph lines in pencil). - IV: In early 1954 Ernest and Mary Hemingway suffered two near-fatal plane crashes in Uganda, and Hemingway's injuries were extensive (according to Carlos Baker, "The crash at Butiaba and the fire at Shimoni had [.] left him no more than a shadow of his former vigor"). "Just got your letter of Jan 14 George forwarded back from Nairobi. Sure glad you liked the first hooks piece with the pictures. We'd only been out 4-5 weeks then and I wasn't really in shape. In 5 months of that stuff got down to under 190 before those crashes. Now no exercise since Jan 23-24th except early necessary damaging exercise (pitching rocks left-handed with a busted back type of exercise). Good thing I was in shape though. All doctors look at you like some kind of freak like Joe Grimm because you are alive. Am tired of being so smashed up. But always remember you and your head. We beat this one I guess but the smashed vertebrae etc is a no good rap [ ]" ([Madrid], 24 May 1954). - I to III: On personal stationery of Finca Vigia; IV: on sheet of hotel stationery ("Palace Hotel, Madrid"). - Partly light-soiled, otherwise in fine condition. Nº de ref. de la librería 30219

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Album of 12 autograph manuscripts signed by: Paganini, Niccolò, Italian

Paganini, Niccolò, Italian violin virtuoso (1782-1840).

Editorial: Boulogne, Paris, Calais, Clermont and elsewhere, 1836-1847. (1847)

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Descripción: Boulogne, Paris, Calais, Clermont and elsewhere, 1836-1847., 1847. 22 pages. Oblong 4to (c.17 x 27 cm). 8-stave paper, contemporary brown polished calf, stamped in gilt and blind ("Clara Mangin"), presentation inscription. Album of 12 autograph manuscripts signed by Paganini, Rossini and others, containing mainly complete songs and piano pieces. 1) Paganini, Niccolò. Album-leaf comprising two chromatic scale-passages in contrary motion, each spanning two octaves, twenty-six bars music in all, notated for treble & bass in brown ink on three two-stave systems, signed and inscribed ("All' Egregia Madamigella Clara Mangin . Boulogne, li 15. Agosto 1834 Nicolò Paganini"). - 2) Rossini, Gioachino. Autograph manuscript of "Mi lagnerò tacendo", signed ("G. Rossini"), comprising a sixteen-bar setting of Metastasio's text, notated in dark brown ink on two three-stave systems per page, [c.1836], 2 pages. Together with: Théodore Labarre (the song "Mathilde", 2 pages) - Georges Mathius ("Andantino" in E minor for piano, 3 pages, 1836) -Jules Godefroy ("Pensée du moment", for piano, 2 pages, 1835) - Henri Bertini ("Téma" for piano, signed and inscribed 14 Mai 1836. HBertini") - Theodore Döhler (Allegro in c minor for piano, signed) - Sigismond Thalberg (musical quotation of an 'Andantino' in G) - George Onslow ('Allegretto con moto' in E-flat, for piano, signed ".23 Janvier 1846 George Onslow", 3 pages) - Eugene Ortolan ('Souvenirs d'auvergne' in F, 3 pages, 2 September 1847), and others in the album of Clara Mangin, 22 pages, oblong 8vo (c.17 x 27cm), the manuscripts all written directly into the album, 8-stave paper, contemporary brown polished calf, stamped in gilt and blind ("Clara Mangin"), presentation inscription, 26 June 1834, Boulogne, Paris, Calais, Clermont and elsewhere, 1836-1847, somewhat worn, with front cover detached. - Autograph music by Paganini is rarely offered for sale. This is a fine album of the 1830s-1840s, containing mainly complete works rather than short quotations. Rossini's song is one of many such settings that the composer made of his favourite Metastasian poem. The volume was given to Clara Stéphanie Mangin of Boulogne in 1834, in recognition of winning a music prize. We learn from the three-page piano work by George Onslow in 1846 that Clara had become Comtesse d'Espinay Theix Royat; the Château de Theix was near Clermont-Ferrand. Nº de ref. de la librería 46545

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Cosmographiae universalis lib. VI.: Münster, Sebastian.

Münster, Sebastian.

Editorial: (Basel, Heinrich Petri, September 1554). (1554)

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Descripción: (Basel, Heinrich Petri, September 1554)., 1554. Folio. (12), 1162, (2) pp. With woodcut printer’s device on the final leaf by Urs Graf, 14 double-page maps as well as 37 double-page views and approximately 900 woodcuts in the text. Modern vellum. A very early edition of Münster’s monumental work. The Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster (1488-1552), a German cartographer and cosmographer, was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years, and was most important in reviving geography in 16th-century Europe, being the most valued of all cosmographies. - In very good condition, with some very slight overall discoloration; map of the Americas shows unobtrusive rust mark. VD 16, M 6717. Burmeister 89. Hantzsch 77.32. BM-STC German 633. Adams M 1910. Sabin 51381. Borba de Moraes II, 90. BNHCat M 834. Brunet III, 1945. Graesse IV, 622. Nº de ref. de la librería 44397

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Sammlung von 23 Portraitzeichnungen bzw. -karikaturen, alle: Klimt, Gustav] -
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Descripción: Wien, 1897-1935., 1935. In späteren Jahren vom Künstler selbst auf Untersatzkartons einheitlichen Formats montiert und in zwei einfache Mappen eingelegt, die er jeweils mit den Namen der Dargestellten eigenhändig beschriftete. Die Blätter selbst von der Hand des Künstlers durchlaufend numeriert (1-24, die auf ein Kartonblatt montierten Schreiben Schnitzlers als Nr. 23) und mit der Bezeichnung der Portraitierten unter Hinzufügung ihrer Lebens- bzw. Sterbedaten versehen. Imp.-Folio. Das früheste Blatt datiert aus dem Jahr 1897, dem Gründungsjahr der Wiener Secession und der Kunstzeitschrift "Ver Sacrum". Für letztere hatte Geyling laut seiner eigenh. Beschriftung das vorliegende Portrait des secessionistischen Bildhauers Rudolf Bacher geschaffen. Ein Großteil der von ihm in den beiden Mappen versammelten Bilder entstand dann 1905, im Jahr nach der Schließung des von ihm gemeinsam mit Otto Prutscher betriebenen Ateliers für Einrichtungs- und Ausstattungsbedarf und zur Blütezeit der Wiener Werkstätte, für die Geyling u. a. Postkarten entwarf. "Obwohl Mitglied des konservativen Künstlerhauses, stand er trotzdem der Wiener Secession nahe" (AKL LII, 462). Für Geyling waren "Klimt, Hoffmann, Roller, Olbrich nicht nur meine Kollegen, sondern auch meine Freunde und wir haben viele, viele Nächte über die 'neue und reine Kunst' debattiert" (Remigius Geyling erzählt, aufgezeichnet von Gerald Szyszkowitz. In: Nebehay/Krug, SS. 5-8, hier 7). Diese Nächte boten offenbar zahlreiche Gelegenheiten für Geylings Portraitstudien: die vorliegende Sammlung enthält neben den Portraits der obengenannten auch ein Bild des oftmaligen Tivoli-Gastes Egon Schiele aus dessen Todesjahr sowie eine im Cafe Museum entstandene Portraitzeichnung von Adolf Loos. Am selben Ort wird Geyling wohl auch der von ihm so bezeichnete "Fackl-Kraus" Portrait gesessen haben. Ein besonders enges Verhältnis pflegte Geyling zu Gustav Klimt: er "gehörte viele Jahre lang zum Kreis derjenigen, die mit Klimt am Tivoli frühstückten" (Nebehay/Krug, S. 3). In dem legendären Restaurationsbetrieb am Grünen Berg in Meidling entstand im Mai 1905 dann auch das Blatt mit den beiden Portraits Klimts. Gemeinsam mit Peter Altenberg und Otto Wagner gehört Klimt zu den wenigen, die in den vorliegenden Mappen mit mehr als einer Portraitstudie (jeweils auf einem Blatt) vertreten sind. Es war die Empfehlung seines Freundes Klimt, die Geyling 1910 zur Anstellung als Ausstattungschef der "Neuen Wiener Bühnen" verhalf; die erste von ihm ausgestattete Inszenierung am Burgtheater war die Premiere von Schnitzlers "Das weite Land". Bei den Proben zu ebendieser Inszenierung, am 14. X. 1911, entstand auch die in vorliegender Sammlung überlieferte Portraitzeichnung des Dichters. Die zwei beiliegenden Schreiben Schnitzlers an Geyling betreffen u. a. das gemeinsame Projekt des "Medardusfilm", hatte sich Geyling doch um die Austattung der bedeutendsten österreichischen Filmproduktionen verdient gemacht. Seine Übertragung der "Stilmittel der Wiener Werkstätte in das historische Trauerspiel [war] so wirkungsvoll, daß 1924 Fritz Lang Geylings Entwürfe für den Stummfilm 'Nibelungen' verwendete" (AKL LII, 462). - Provenienz: Wiener Privatsammlung, in die der Künstler die beiden Mappen noch zu Lebzeiten verkaufte. Die Nrn. 6-8 sowie 18, 21 und 22 der unten verlisteten Zeichnungen jeweils ganzseitig abgebildet in: Ch. M. Nebehay u. H. Krug (Hrsg.). Remigius Geyling. Künstler und Literaten. Gezeichnet in Wien um 1900. Wien 1974. (= Jahresgabe der Wiener Bibliophilengesellschaft). Die vorliegende Sammlung dort nicht beschrieben; alle übrigen Zeichnungen unveröffentlicht. Nº de ref. de la librería 17017

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Autograph letter signed.: Leopardi, Giacomo, Italian

Leopardi, Giacomo, Italian writer (1798-1837).

Editorial: Recanati, 14. XI. 1817. (1817)

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Descripción: Recanati, 14. XI. 1817., 1817. 4to (c. 240 x 190 mm). 1 p. Address panel on verso, traces of seal, annotated by the recipient. To the publisher Antonio Stella in Milan, enquiring whether his essay on "il Diogini del Mai" (i.e., Mai's discovery of Dionysius of Halicarnassus) might be included in the next issue of the "Spettatore Italiano", urging Stella that, if so, it should be published quickly, because of the novelty of the subject matter, but that he should take particular care over the small amount of Greek text in the essay, since it comprises a number of detailed emendations which would be rendered quite unintelligible by any errors of type-setting. Leopardi promises to send him any further dissertations he writes on the many discoveries of Angelo Mai, and asks if copies might be sent to his father and to the critic known as Mezio. - Overall browning and spotting, one small hole slightly affecting the text, seal tear at corner. Nº de ref. de la librería 30960

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Weill, Kurt, German composer (1900-1950).

Editorial: New City, 30. V. 1942. (1942)

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Descripción: New City, 30. V. 1942., 1942. Folio (314:241 mm). 6 pp. The entire manuscript, lyrics, and music are beautifully penned in jet black ink on Chappell No. 2 and Rayner, Dalheim & Co. lined music paper. A complete musical manuscript by Kurt Weill of his "Song of the Free". The musical portion of the manuscript is six pages in length. On page one of the manuscript, Weill has written: "Song of the Free by Archibald MacLeish, Music by Kurt Weill". On the cover (music lined paper), Weill has written: "The manuscript of The Song of the Free (The United Nations Anthem) for Gertrude Lawrence as a token of my undying affection. Kurt Weill. New City May 30, 1942". German composer Kurt Weill immigrated to the United States in 1936, and his interest in American music and literature became a vital part of his music. Weill set the poetry of many American poets and writers to music, including Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Archibald MacLeish and Maxwell Anderson. According to the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, "Song of the Free" was composed for the war effort between February and April, 1942. Titled by Weill "Song of the Free (The United Nations Anthem)", the song may have been used as part of a radio broadcast celebrating "United Nations Day", which was June 14, 1942. At that time, the "United Nations" referred to U.S. Allies in World War II (the United Nations, as we know it today, had not yet formed). An important musical manuscript, with an important association between Weill and the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Modernist poet, Archibald MacLeish. Musical manuscript material in Weill's hand is extremely rare. - Light soiling. Nº de ref. de la librería 30953

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Melanchthon, Philipp, humanist and reformer (1497-1560).

Editorial: [Wittenberg], Easter [14 April 1555]. (1555)

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Descripción: [Wittenberg], Easter [14 April 1555]., 1555. Folio (194 x 320 mm). In Latin. 2 pp. Matted and framed. To the Protestant theologian Sebastian Boetius in Halle, writing to recommend the young priest Christian Hertwig junior. Boetius (1515-73), who had studied under Luther and Melanchthon at Wittenberg, succeeded Justus Jonas as superintendent of Halle and founded the famous Library of St Mary, still in existence. - In his letter, Melanchthon reminds his former student that their minds often run in the same channel, as their letters show, and describes the role of the ideal pastor. He recommends Hertwig for such a position, both on the strength of his doctrines as on that of his moral fibre: "S[alutem] d[ico] reverendo vir & cariss[imo] frater. Memini antea in quada[m] ad te epistola hac uti similitudine, de qua sepe cogito. Ut in navi remiges, amisso gubernatore, cuius cernere signa & cora[m] audire ma[n]data potera[n]t, necesse est sua sponte maiore cura concordia[m] tutti et co[n]silia co[n]ferre. Sic nos oportet co[n]iu[n]ctiores esse, cu[m] principes cura ecclesiar[um] paru[m] adficiantur, ac insu[m]eamur summu[m] gubernatore[m] filii dei qui non deerit nobis invocantib[us] ipsu[m]. Spes facta est huic Christiano Hertwik nato ex pastore ecclesia vicina oppido Hertzberg, prafectu[m] vestru[m] ei commendatu[rum] esse ecclesia[m] qua[n]da[m]. Quare te oro ut p[er]fecto eu[m] co[m]me[n]des, sed ita ut tu quoq[ue] consideres doctrina[m] & mores huius iuvenis. Vides quale sit seculu[m] in hac circumstantia [?]. Ideo qua[n]tu[m] potes vicinis ecclesiis consulito. De sale tibi gratia[m] habeo, et si nollem te sumptus fecisse mea causa. Sed benevolentia tua delector. Mitto pagellas, quia alia nu[n]c no[n] erant ad manu[m] [.]". - Christian Hertwig (b. in Buckau c. 1530, d. before Oct. 1574) was probably the elder of two sons of the like-named former Augustinian monk C. Hertwig (c. 1495-1562), who left his order in 1526 and was recommended to the Elector by Justus Jonas and Luther in 1531. Christian the younger studied at Wittenberg for a year before teaching the gospel in Brandenburg. Twice Melanchthon interceded on his behalf: on 25 March 1555, shortly before the present letter to Boetius, he provided Hertwig with a personal letter of recommendation, quoting Georg Buchholzer's praise for the young man and appealing to anyone in a position to help to provide him with an office (CR VIII, 449f.). - Slightly browned; traces of folds. Altogether in fine condition. Unpublished. Melanchthons Briefwechsel (ed. H. Scheible), vol. VII, p. 295, no. 7449. Koehler, Epistolae quaedam Phil. Melanthonis (1802), 37 note x. De Wette/Seidemann, Dr. Martin Luthers Briefe VI (1856), 646. Nº de ref. de la librería 26699

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De Christiana expeditione apud Sina suspecta ab: Ricci, Matteo /

Ricci, Matteo / Trigault, Nicolas.

Editorial: Augsburg, Christoph Mang, 1615. (1615)

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Descripción: Augsburg, Christoph Mang, 1615., 1615. Small 4to. (14), 646 [but: 648], (10) pp. With engraved title page by Wolfgang Kilian and an engraved folding plan. 19th-century tanned half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine, marbled sides. First edition of "the most influential description of China to appear during the first half of the 17th century" (Hanotiau). Ricci (1552-1610), an Italian Jesuit missionary, arrived in China in 1582. Adopting Chinese dress and learning the language, he succeeded where other missionaries had failed. He served in Nanchang, Nanking, and received permission to establish a missionary post in Beijing in 1610. During these years, he kept a journal which presented the history of Jesuit mission in China from its beginning in 1582 to 1610, the year of his death. This manuscript was translated from the Italian into Latin by Ricci's successor Trigault (1577-1628), who tried to elicit support for the mission in China. Trigault, however, changed many passages of Ricci's journal and augmented it with information based on several Portuguese reports. "The resulting volume contains not only a history of the Jesuit mission but also includes a wealth of information about China in the chapters describing Chinese geography, people, laws, government, religion, learning, commerce and the like" (Hanotiau). - The title-page, engraved by Wolfgang Kilian, gives the title on a cloth hanging in a portico, flanked by the figures of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci, and with a small map of China, Korea, Japan and Formosa, with the Great Wall depicted, at the foot. - With library and de-accession stamps. Engraved title-page trimmed down and mounted on browned leaf; some thumbing on the few first and last pages and some minor foxing thoughout, not affecting the text, otherwise in very good condition. Binding rubbed along the extremities of the spine and front hinge partly cracked, otherwise good. The Perrette copy sold at Christie's New York in April 2016 commanded US$68,750 (lot 183). Cordier (Sinica) 809. De Backer/Sommervogel VIII, 239. Lust 836. Morrison II, 466. Streit V, 2094. Howgego I, R40 & T66. Cf. Hanotiau 14 (2nd French edition). Nº de ref. de la librería 45601

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Autograph letter signed.: Brontë, Charlotte, English

Brontë, Charlotte, English novelist (1816-1855).

Editorial: [Haworth], 21. V. 1849. (1849)

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Descripción: [Haworth], 21. V. 1849., 1849. 8vo. 2 pp. on bifolium. A poignant, unpublished letter by the author of "Jane Eyre", written on mourning paper (after the recent deaths of her sister Emily and her brother Branwell) to her close friend Ellen Nussey in Birstall near Leeds, but a week before the death of her last remaining sibling, Anne (author of the novels "Agnes Grey" and "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"). She recounts her sister's "difficulty of breathing" and makes plans for shopping together in York while acknowledging that the project resembles "a dreary mockery", considering her sister's state of health: "Dear Ellen / Your offer of doing anything for us in Leeds is very kind - but I think we had better leave our little purchases till we get to York - Mrs Henry Clapham was here yesterday - she recommmended two milliners[,] a Mrs Cook and a Miss Peach - she preferred the latter - her house is in the same street as the Inn where we shall put up. I wish it seemed less like a dreary mockery in us to talk of buying bonnets etc. Anne was very ill yesterday - she had difficulty of breathing all day - even when sitting perfectly still - to-day she seems better again. I long for the moment to come when the experiment of the sea-air will be tried. Will it do her good? I cannot tell - I can only wish. / We will leave all other topics till we meet. / Yours truly / C Brontë". - As Anne Brontë's illness had grown worse (she suffered from consumption, as did all her siblings), it had been suggested that she be taken to Scarborough on the North Sea, and arrangements were made with Ellen Nussey, who was to accompany Charlotte and Anne. Indeed, Anne died only three days after arriving in Scarborough and was buried there. - The blurb to the "Letters of Charlotte Brontë" asserts that "[d]espite Charlotte Brontë's entreaty to her lifelong friend Ellen Nussey to burn her correspondence, very little seems to have been destroyed", and happily, most of what has survived is now published. The present letter, however, was considered lost, and only the envelope has survived at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth (property of the Brontë Society, 104/33.5). From the extant correspondence it could be inferred that the letter "no doubt [was about] making the final arrangements for meeting E[llen] N[ussey] in Leeds" (Letters 2, p. 213), and the present rediscovery permits us greatly to expand upon this conjecture. The helpful Mrs Henry Clapham mentioned is Mary Clapham, née Robinson; her husband was a brother of Robert Clapham, fiancé to Ellen's sister Ann (and their brother John was a partner of the Nusseys in Brookroyd Mill). In spite of Anne's increasing weakness, the sisters had planned a brief shopping tour of York: Charlotte had even prepared a shopping list that included a bonnet, corsets, black silk stockings, a dress, gloves, and a neck ribbon (cf. Letters 2, p. 210; ultimately, they would spend £2. 14s. 6d. on bonnets only), and it is to this end that they sought Mrs Clapham's advice. The "Gazetteer and Directory of the East and North Ridings of Yorkshire" for 1840 lists the milliner Jane Peach at 24 Coney Street in York (while the milliners Cooke & Watson were located at number 3), confirming that it was indeed, as W. Gérin has already "argued persuasively", the "select George Hotel in Coney Street [number 19], not the Old George Inn in Whip-ma-Whap-ma Gate" (Letters 2, p. 212) where the three stayed at York. - Traces of folds; gutter professionally reinforced. Some insignificant ink smudging; the name "Clapham" is somewhat rubbed. Ink annotation "168" at upper left of first page in the recipient's hand. Cf. Margaret Smith (ed.), The Letters of Charlotte Brontë, vol. 2: 1848-1951 (Oxford, Clarendon, 2000), p. 213 ("missing letter"). Nº de ref. de la librería 46462

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Munch, Edvard, Norwegian painter (1863-1944).

Editorial: Kristiania (Oslo), Paris and undated, 1894-1926. (1926)

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Descripción: Kristiania (Oslo), Paris and undated, 1894-1926., 1926. Various formats. Altogether 14 pp. Some minor wearing to the letters after being folded. Together with the calling card of Mengelberg, inscribed on reverse by him "Edvard Munch Kragerö in Norwegen". 7 items. To the German businessman and art collector Richard Mengelberg. 2 letters dated Kristiania (Oslo, undated and 10 June 1897), 2 dated Paris 10 January and 17 March 1897. The postcards dated Kristiania (Oslo) 29 July 1894 and undated but poststamped Oslo 24 May 1926. - Letter 1 (undated) deals with family matters and that everyone misses him. Munch adds that he regrets having been unable to paint Mengelberg's feverish dreams while in Stockholm. - Letter 2 (10 June 1897): Munch writes he wanted to send birthday greetings, but when he left Hamburg he was without money, unable even to afford a postcard. He has sent a lithograph, mentions that Hamsun and Ibsen just passed by his window, and adds he wishes to travel to Paris in the spring. - Letter 3 (10 Jan. 1897): mentions the artist Paul Durand-Ruel, stating that all he exhibits is not symbolic. He also plans to publish an album of lithographs, provided he managed to find more subscribers. - Letter 4 (17 March 1897): some chat on the spring; mentions an exhibition in Dresden. - Postcards: complaints that Mengelberg is a poor correspondent. - Richard Mengelberg (1853-1932) wrote, in 1894, an article on Munch's works for the Frankfurter Zeitung. He was father of Nora Mengelberg, whose portrait Munch painted in 1894. He also made an etching of Richard Mengelberg the same year, his first work as an graphic artist. Nº de ref. de la librería 33054

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Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à: Luynes, Honoré d'Albert

Luynes, Honoré d'Albert de.

Editorial: Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1874]. (1874)

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Descripción: Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1874]., 1874. 3 vols. and 1 vol of plates. (2), II ff., 388 pp. (6), 222, (6) pp. (4), VI, 326 pp. With 14 lithogr. plates (4 in colour). Printed original wrappers. Folio (390 x 295 mm). Atlas: (4) pp., 85 plates (some double-page-sized), including 65 photogravures by Charles Nègre after Louis Vignes. Original half cloth portfolio. Ties. First edition, very rarely encountered complete: only 2 copies sold at international auctions of the past decades (both incomplete; the last set wanting plate 44: Sotheby's, 15 Oct. 2003, lot 676, GBP 8500; only 40 plates from the set, including glass and collodium negatives, fetched 21,450 EUR at Sotheby's Paris [22 March 2003, lot 583]). - Rare travel report describing the scientific expedition to Palestine undertaken by the French archaeologist de Luynes (1802-67) in 1864. - The work is sought for its splendid illustrations based on photos by Henri Sauvaire and the Naval Lieutenant Louis Vignes. Vol. 1 contains the Duke's travel diary; vol. 2 contains the reports "De Petra à Palmyre" by L. Vignes and "Voyage de Jérusalem, à Karak et à Chaubak" by Mauss and Sauvaire; vol. 3 contains the "Géologie" by L. Lartet (with its own set of plates at the end). The atlas is divided into two parts with a total of 85 plates (thus complete): 67 plates pertain to the Duke's report (3 unnumbered and 64 numbered: 1 map and 1 itinerary in colours, 1 engr. double plate, and 64 photogravures by Charles Nègre after photos by Vignes (views of sites, towns, ruins, etc.); Mauss's report is illustrated by 18 numbered plates: 1 double-page-sized itinerary, 3 plans (2 in colour), and 14 lithogr. plates by Cicéri after photos by Vignes and Sauvaire (views of Karak, Zat-Raz, etc.). - Occasional slight foxing (esp. in vol. 3); plates clean and spotless throughout. A fine, complete set in the original printed wrappers as issued; text vols. are uncut and wide-margined. Röhricht (Bibl. Pal.) 515f., no. 2824. Röhricht (Pilgerreisen) 637, no. 872. Henze III, 312. Parr/Badger, The Photobook I, 33. Nº de ref. de la librería 24614

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Editorial: [Nemchinovk], between January 7 and 14, 1929. (1929)

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Descripción: [Nemchinovk], between January 7 and 14, 1929., 1929. 8vo. 3 pp. on double leaf. Page 4 written by his daughter Una. To his third wife, Natalja, on fighting against the AKhRR (Assotsiatsia Khudozhnikov Revolutsionnoi Rossii - Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia), appointments with [Kirill Ivanovich] Shutko (with whom he was talking about Dziga Vertov), Archangelski, M. P. Kristi, and Aleksei Gan, who wanted to publish two essays of him. "Hier hat wieder eine Kampagne derAChR [Assoziation der Künstler der Revolution] gegen die neuen Strömungen begonnen, aber das Unglück [für sie] ist, dass jetzt meine Linie die Oberhand gewinnt und auf diese Weise ist das ganze für sie vergebens. Ich war in der Tretjakowka [=Tretjakow-Galerie], habe Kristi gesehen und am Freitag werde ich wieder in der Tretjakowka über die neue Abteilung sprechen und vielleicht über meine Arbeiten. [.] I think I have already mentioned everything. I will get my renumeration on Monday and go to buy the tickets then; I expect to be in Leningrad on Wednesday [.]" (transl. from the Russian original). - In her postscript, Malevich's daughter Una (who was at the age of nine at that time) reports how happy she was that her father had come to celebrate Christmas with her. - K. I. Shutko (1884-1941) was editor-in-chief of the magazine "Soviet Cinema". Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 8. Nº de ref. de la librería 32590

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Naturae historiarum libri XXXVII. E castigationibus Hermolai: Plinius Secundus, Caius.

Plinius Secundus, Caius.

Editorial: Venice, Bernardinus Benalius, 1497 (but not before 13 Feb. 1498). (1498)

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Descripción: Venice, Bernardinus Benalius, 1497 (but not before 13 Feb. 1498)., 1498. Folio. 268 ff. Contemporary vellum with ms. title to spine. Fine incunabular edition of Pliny's famous encylopedic work, covering the entire field of ancient knowledge. With his "Natural History", Pliny gives a mathematical and physical description of the world, discusses geography, ethnography, anthropology, human physiology, zoology, botany, mineralogy, sculpture and painting. As "a purveyor of information both scientific and nonscientific, Pliny holds a place of exceptional importance in the tradition and diffusion of culture" (DSB). Through the present work Pliny "gives us by far the most detailed account of the coast of the United Arab Emirates that has come down to us. Chapter 32 of Book 6 (§ 149-152), beginning near the Qatar peninsula, proceeds to describe the Emirates islands, tribes, and coast right up to the Musandam peninsula, before continuing on south along the coast of Oman. As such, it is a mine of invaluable information on the UAE in the late pre-Islamic era" (UAE History, online). Pliny "completed his 'Natural History' in 77 AD and, to judge from his account of the peoples and places of south-eastern Arabia [.], the area of the UAE was full of settlements, tribes, and physical features, the names of which he recorded for posterity" (Ghareeb/Al Abed 54). - "This appears to be the first edition of Barbarus' recension, the note of a 1496 edition by the same printer being probably due to a confusion (Hain 13099)" (BMC). Dated 1497 in the colophon, but the dedication is dated the Ides of February in the twelfth year of the Doge Augustinus Barbadicus (30 Aug. 1497 to 29 Aug. 1498). - Numerous contemporary marginalia. Slight worming to gutter and some waterstaining near end; spine severely defective. Late 19th-c. bookplate of Dr. J. Klauber on front pastedown. HC 13101*. Goff P-799. GW M34321. Klebs 786.14. Proctor 4893A. BMC V 377. ISTC ip00799000. Nº de ref. de la librería 44499

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Descripción: Mostly at sea, on board the barque "Sarah" of London, April 1831-14 March 1833 (with additions to 1835)., 1835. 4to (195 x 165 mm). (191) ff., including paste-downs and about 55 blanks. The journal with an engraved view as frontispiece, 15 full-page, 1 nearly full-page and 1 smaller manuscript maps and coastal profiles, plus a small engraved view mounted on 1 page. The lecture notes with a matching pair of engravings of a scull on and facing the title-page, and 27 pencil and/or ink anatomical drawings (including 2 full-page), some also with red. - Including: [Anatomical manuscript]. Morse, Edward George. Lecture Book [notes on anatomical lectures by Joseph Constantine Carpue]. [London], November-December 1828. Contemp, sheepskin parchment. A manuscript ship's journal kept by Edward George Morse (Bromyard 1805?-Deal post 1850?), who no doubt served, among other functions, as the ship's surgeon. Morse reflects on Arabian navigation and Arabian explorers, including the deservedly famous Ibn Battuta. "The Arabians like the Chinese are said to have employed the compass to guide them through the trackless sands of the desert or to enable them at the hours of prayer to direct their faces with precision towards the city of Mecca and tomb of the prophet. In the sixteenth century moreover when the Portuguese first visited the Indian seas they found that the Arabians are the chief navigators of those seas [.]". - Morse made his earliest dated entries in April 1831 at the island Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and others at Madagascar and its surrounding islands from May to August 1831. Those around Madagascar indicate he was on the barque Manchester, but from at least 11 December 1831 to his arrival back in England on 14 March 1833 he was on the barque Sarah, a 600 ton ship sailing out of London. In it he spent a year in the Seychelles 11 December 1831-15 December 1832, including Make Island, Bird Island, Praslin Island and La Digue. - In very good condition. The binding is soiled and abraded, and the boards slightly warped, but it remains structurally sound. A fascinating and unusual ship's journal with numerous maps, kept in the unused leaves of the author's illustrated anatomical lecture notes of a few years earlier. Nº de ref. de la librería 32457

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Kazantzakis, Nikos, Greek writer (1883-1957)

Editorial: No place, c. 1941-1947. (1947)

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Descripción: No place, c. 1941-1947., 1947. 10 ff. of ms., with an additional f. of notes. 11 ff. altogether, written in ink on one side only, narrow folio format (c. 35 x 17 cm). Complete manuscript of the famous "Hoplopoiia" section of Kazantzakis's Iliad translation: a pivotal part of the 18th book (rhapsody sigma) of Homer's epic. Kazantzakis and the scholar J. T. Kakridis collaborated on this metrical translation from classical Greek into the modern demotic language over a 14-year period. When it was privately printed in 1955, the controversial effort was hailed as "'living' poetry, through which the modern Greeks will be able to grasp much of the vigour, the passion, and the values of the heroic world of the Iliad" (C. A. Trypanis, The Classical Review 8 [1958], p. 280). The "Hoplopoiia", or the "Making of Armor for Achilles", is one of the most famous parts of Homer's poem: After the death of Patroclus has convinced Achilles to re-enter battle and avenge his friend, his mother Thetis seeks out the smithing god Hephaistus, who fashions a new set of armour for him, among which is a magnificently wrought shield. The detailed description (ekphrasis) of this shield, which takes up most of the present ms., is regarded as one of the paramount passages in Western literature: starting from the center and moving outward, the shield shows first the heavenly bodies (Earth, sky and sea, the sun, the moon and the constellations), then a city at peace (a wedding; a lawsuit; council) and at war (opposing armies; the gods; an ambush); country life (ploughing and reaping; vintage; a herd of cattle attacked by lions; a sheep farm); dancing youths and maidens; and finally, the all-enclosing ocean stream. In essence, the shield offers a physical encapsulation of the entire world: the various layers of this microcosm present a series of contrasts, antitheses that show the basic forms of a civilized, essentially orderly life. Leading up to Achilles's return to battle and one of the bloodiest parts of the Iliad, the Shield Ekphrasis also provides a moment of calm before the storm. - Traces of horizontal folds. Numerous revisions, corrections, and insertions in ink and pencil; caption "Iliada 18 (S. 368-618)" broadly underlined in red crayon. In the final page of notes (written on the reverse of a leaf on which the beginning of the translation has been struck out), Kazantzakis states that this version is not to be considered final and will require revisions as to orthography and accentuation. While the present ms. was probably composed and revised over a period of several years (the variations in pen type and ductus pointing to at least three main stages), the statement that work had been ongoing for three years suggests a time frame around the year 1944. Includes Certificate of Authenticity, issued by Spanos Rare Books, Athens. Nº de ref. de la librería 31749

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14 autograph letter fragments, written in English: Liszt, Franz, Austro-Hungarian

Liszt, Franz, Austro-Hungarian composer (1811-1886).

Editorial: No place, c.1870s. (1870)

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Descripción: No place, c.1870s., 1870. To various addressees an various themes, among them a letter draft to the Hungarian Nobleman Albert Apponyi (1846-1933), to whom Liszt writes of the Academy of Music in Budapest, his interest in Hungarian art and his desire to be useful for his country. Another letter draft's (dating from Villa d'Este, 30. VIII. 1874) addressee is Lina Ramann; there, Liszt is dividing his life into 5 acts "like in a classic tragedy. 1st act: Childhood days up until my father's death [.]". - Provenance: Robert Bory, musicologist. Nº de ref. de la librería 31772

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2 autograph manuscripts, both signed on flyleaf: Hasenöhrl, Friedrich, Austrian

Hasenöhrl, Friedrich, Austrian physicist (1874-1915).

Editorial: Vienna, 1907-1914. (1914)

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Descripción: Vienna, 1907-1914., 1914. 4to. 2 vols. (1), 314, (1) pp.; 2 ff. of equations inserted loosely. 260 [but 248: page count jumps from 229 to 240; 1 revised leaf removed by author after numbering the pages], (3) pp. Black ink on squared paper, occasional additions and notes in pencil and red or blue crayon. Includes numerous diagrams (some nearly full-page). Contemp. half calf with giltstamped spine title "Vorlesungen Mechanik I. [bzw. II.] F.H.". All edges red. Hasenöhrl's Mechanics lecture manuscripts, used and revised throughout the great physicist's last seven years of work, mainly composed in 1907/08 and bound for the author around that time. His name is on the flyleaf in his own hand: "Prof. Dr. F. Hasenöhrl / Wien, Universität". The volumes comprise the complete first two lectures (Mechanics and Continuum Mechanics) of Hasenöhrl's four-year cycle, which also included Electrodynamics, Theory of Heat, and Optics. - Volume 1 contains "Vorlesung über Mechanik der starren Systeme. Gehalten fünfstündig im Wintersemester 1907/8 (vom Beginn 24. X, bis 14. II.)" (a piece of information that contradicts Bittner's statement [p. 335] that Hasenöhrl did not teach that winter semester). The first session was Hasenöhrl's inaugural lecture at Vienna University. He inherited Boltzmann's chair, who had taken his life in Duino in the fall of 1906. In the appointment process for the successor to Boltzmann, Hasenöhrl had prevailed against his older colleagues Max Planck and Wilhelm Wien. Appropriately, this inaugural lecture, the only one largely written in shorthand, is an obituary of his predecessor (not identical with his Boltzmann obituary published in "Elektrotechnik und Maschinenbau" 41 [1906]). The remaining 28 chapters include "Kinematik des Punktes", Lagrange's equations, "Hamiltons partielle Differentialgleichung", and the theories of relative and cyclical movement. Red crayon markings indicate the progress made from session to session; individual problems are marked as having been treated in the seminary course rather than in the lecture hall. At the end (p. 305 ff.), Hasenöhrl has included the changes made for the 1910/11 winter semester (according to Bittner, Hasenöhrl again repeated the lecture in 1913/14). - Volume II contains the two-semester "Vorlesung über Mechanik der deformablen Körper" (winter semester of 1907/08: Elasticity; summer semester of 1908: Hydromechanics, of which latter course two weeks were lost due to the great student strike). Hasenöhrl prefixed a motto from Guido Ubaldi's "Paraphrasis in duos Archimedis aequeponderantium libros" (1588): "Quapropter ad Archimedem confugiendum est, si vera huius scientiae principia perdiscere cupimus." This volume likewise contains final changes made in 1911, constituting a thorough revision of pp. 90-101. In the summer of 1914 he revised the "slipshod pages 183 ff." about ray formation, which are partly struck out (p. 183f.), partly removed altogether (p. 185f.; the leaf is missing save for a narrow guard); these notes are followed by the sections "Allgemeines über Bewegung mit Rotationssym[m]etrie" and "Kreisförmige Wirbel" (13 pp. in total). Shortly before the end of the semester, the First World War erupted. Hasenöhrl, whose mother was descended from the old military nobility, volunteered for the infantry and was decorated after an injury in July 1915. In a battle near Folgaria he was killed by a shell splinter to his head on 7 October. - Although Hasenöhrl always spoke freely during his lectures (cf. Bittner, 198), rather than reading out a written text, as many of his colleagues did, it is clear that his presentation was based on minutely prepared notes. So closely did he compress the subject matter of his lectures that each session usually comprises a mere four to six pages in the manuscript; and still, we find in the text many tidily formulated paragraphs, including digressions on themes such as Sven Hedin's observations on the rivers of Tibet, which, when flowing south-north, are deflected eas. Nº de ref. de la librería 30208

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Inkunabel-Sammelband].

Editorial: Köln, um 1490-1499. (1499)

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Descripción: Köln, um 1490-1499., 1499. Estado de conservación: 0. 1) Albertus Magnus. De muliere forti. Köln, Heinrich Quentell, 7. Mai 1499. 4°. Durchg. rubriziert u. mit eingemalten Initialen bzw. Alineazeichen in Rot u. Blau. Am Beginn eine große blaue Lombarde mit roter Maiblumenfüllung und Fleuronnée. 160 nn. Bll. (Rom. Typen, 40-41 Zeilen). - Editio princeps der einzigen Inkunabelausgabe dieses Textes in der seltenen Variante ohne Titelwiederholung auf der letzten Seite. - Enthält: Albertus Magnus. De muliere forti (Laudes ecclesiae describit Salomon in figura mulieris fortis [.]); Orationes super evangelia dominicalia (Cum appropinquasset Mathaeus XXI, Lucas XIX, Marcus XI, Johannes XII, Zacharias IX, Domine Iesu Christe qui pro nobis [.]; Langen, Rudolf von. Epitaphium in Albertum Magnum (Hactenus ingressus sacra haec subsiste viator [.]) und Ad urbem Agrippinensem. - Titel m. alten Notationen. Die ersten Bll. etw. wasserrandig. - GW 699; Hain 465* (= 466); Goff A 286; Voulliéme, Köln, 41; Pellechet 302; BMC I, 290; BSB-Ink A-169; Proctor 1355; Oates 778; ISTC ia00286000. - 2) Albertus Magnus. Sermones de eucharistiae sacramento. Köln, [Retro Minores für] Heinrich Quentell, 1498. 4°. Mit großem Titelholzschnitt. Eingemalte Lombarden u. Alineazeichen in Rot u. Blau. Am Beginn eine blaue Lombarde mit roter Maiblumenfüllung und Fleuronnée. 46 nn. Bll. (das letzte weiß; Got. Typ., 2 Spalten, 46 Zeilen). - Vierte und zugleich letzte Inkunabel-Ausgabe; zuerst um 1475 bei Bernhard Richel in Basel erschienen. - Der Titelholzschnitt mit einer schönen Anna selbdritt-Darstellung (Darstellung der heiligen Anna mit ihrer Tochter Maria und dem Jesusknaben). - Stellenw. im Aussenrand mit kl. Prägespuren. - GW 770; Hain/C. 454; Schramm VIII, Abb. 490; Voulliéme, Köln, 50; Goff A 326; Feigelmanas 14; Pellechet 291; BMC I, 289; BSB-Ink A-212; Proctor 1348; Madsen 93; Oates 774; ISTC ia00326000. - 3) Albertus Magnus [Pseudo-]. Paradisus animae, sive tractatus de virtutibus. Köln, Heinrich Quentell, 20. Juli 1498. 4°. Durchg. rubriziert. 34 nn. Bll. (Got. Typ., 36 Zeilen). - Schönes Exemplar der siebenten und zugleich letzten Inkunabel-Ausgabe dieser seltenen kleinen Erbauungsschrift kontemplativen Charakters; erstmals vor 1474 in Basel erschienen. - GW 707; Hain 482; Goff A 294; Voulliéme, Köln, 56; Pellechet 312; BSB-Ink A-193; Proctor 1344; Madsen 81; Zehnacker 81; BMC I, 288; ISTC ia00294000. - 4) Johannes de Lapide (Johannes Heynlin). Resolutorium dubiorum circa celebrationem missarum occurrentium. Köln, [Retro Minores für] Heinrich Quentell, 1498. 4°. Mit großem Titelholzschnitt (Accipies). Durchg. rubriziert. Am Beginn eine eingemalte Lombarde mit blauroter Maiblumenfüllung und Fleuronnée. 24 nn. Bll. (Got. Typ., 45 Zeilen). - Der kathol. Priester und Kartäusermönch Johannes Heynlin (nach seinem Geburtsort Stein bei Pforzheim auch Johannes de Lapide; um 1430-1496) wirkte als Theologe und akademischer Lehrer zwischen Scholastik und Humanismus, Prediger und Buchdrucker. Außerdem war er Rektor der Pariser Sorbonne und Mitbegründer der Tübinger Universität. Heynlin stand mit Gelehrten wie Reuchlin, Brant, Geiler, Wimpfeling, Agricola, Trithemius, Celtis u.a. in Gedankenaustausch. - Seltene Ausgabe dieser mehrfach aufgelegten Schrift über das Meßopfer mit einem schönen Accipiesholzschnitt. - Titel u. letzte Seite etw. angeschmutzt (die letzte Seite zudem mit kleinem Loch im Text). Vereinzelt zeitgen. Marginalien. - GW M07821; Hain/C. 9916; Goff J 372; Voulliéme, Köln, 571; Schreiber/Heitz 56; Schramm VIII, 24; Pellechet 5953; BSB-Ink I-480; Proctor 1351; BMC I, 289; ISTC ij00372000. - 5) Bernardus Claravallensis (Bernard de bzw. Bernhard von Clairvaux). Floretus cum commento. [Köln, Heinrich Quentell, um 1494]. 4°. Mit großem Titelholzschnitt (Accipies). Durchg. rubriziert u. mit einigen eingemalten Lombarden in Rot bzw. Blau. 52 nn. Bll. (das letzte weiß; Got. Typ., 37 bzw. 46 Zeilen). - Der mittelalterliche Abt, Kreuzzugsprediger und Mystiker Bernhard von Clairvaux (um 1090-1153) war einer der bedeu. Nº de ref. de la librería 41795

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Voyage pittoresque ou description des royaumes de: Saint-Non, Jean Claude

Saint-Non, Jean Claude Richard de):

Editorial: Paris, (Clousier), 1781 - 1786. (1781)

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Descripción: Paris, (Clousier), 1781 - 1786., 1781. 4 in 5 Bdn.. 383 Kupfer auf 279 Blatt (darunter 1 Schabkunstblatt), 12 (8 doppelblattgr., 1 gefaltet, 1 grenzkol.) Kupferkarten, 1 Kupfer-Plan von Neapel und 1 (statt 14) Münztafeln sowie zahlr. (25 farb. gedruckte) Kupfer-Vignetten, 1 ganzseit. Textkupfer und 1 gestochenes Widmungsblatt im Text. Erste Ausgabe dieses monumentalen und wohl schönsten Werks über Süditalien und Sizilien. - Cremonini 73. Cohen/ R. 928-930. Kat. Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 1904 - Ray French 34" This is one of the most ambitious and successfull of travel books". - Blackmer 1473: "the first work of its type to appear in France and it created a vogue for the `voyage pittoresque". - Brunet V, 55: "Ce livre est un des prèmiers beaux ouvrages de ce genre qui ait paru en France, et il a beaucoup de succes". - Cicognara 2708. Millard French 148: "the completed work is one of the most beautiful that a private person has ever produced, and it is unparalleled among the sumptuous voyage pittoresque publications". - "Der Pariser Theologe und Jurist Jean Claude Richard Saint-Non (1727-1791) ist vor allem als als Zeichner, Radierer, Kupfer- und Aquatintastecher bekannt. Nachdem er in den Jahren 1759-1761 mit den Malern Jean-Honoré Fragonard und Hubert Robert fast ganz Italien bereist hatte, entstand sein monumentales Hauptwerk Voyage pittoresque, ou description des royaumes de Naples et de Sicile. Das fünfbändige Werk im Folioformat enthält neben einem aufwändigen Titelkupfer für Königin Marie-Antoinette 299 Tafeln und 111 Vignetten, 6 Karten und einen Plan. Es gilt als Meisterleistung der französischen Buchkunst des 18. Jahrhunderts. Saint-Non präsentiert eine politische und soziale Geschichte der Königreiche Neapel und Sizilien und Texte über die neuesten archäologischen Funde in Herculaneum und Pompeii. Auch die Geologie des Vesuvs und der Campi Flegrei und deren Fauna und Flora werden eingehend beschrieben. Das späte 18. Jahrhundert war eine fruchtbare Zeit für Bücher über Süditalien. Voyage pittoresque war bei weitem nicht die einzige, gilt aber als eine der besten. Bis weit ins 19. Jahrhundert setzte es einen sehr hohen Standard in der Verständlichkeit und in der Qualität der Bilder und wurde zum viel konsultierten Standardwerk für Enthusiasten der Grand Tour" (Roland Lüth. ETH Bibliothek). - Die prächtigen Kupfer (in Hoch- und Querformaten) zeigen Veduten von Landschaften mit Seen, Vulkanausbrüchen, Städteansichten mit Plätzen, Monumenten, Theatern, Tempeln, Kirchen, antike Reliquien, wie Münzen und Musikinstrumente usw. Band 2 enthält 25 kolorierte Vignetten mit griechischen Vasen und die vom König von Neapel verbotene Tafel mit Phallusdarstellungen aus dem Herkulaneum. Die durchaus komplizierte Kollation weicht von Exemplar zu Exemplar ab: "Il existe donc certainement - ou il a existe des exemplaires enrichis d`une ou plusieurs planches en couleurs" (Guimbaud). - Im vorliegenden Exemplar sind alle bei Creminini aufgeführten Tafeln sowie 75 nicht aufgeführte Kupfer (auf 74 Blättern darunter auch die sogennnate - meist fehlende - "Phallustafel" in Bd. 2 nach S. 52) enthalten. Es fehlen die Tafeln 1 bis 13 der 14 Münztafeln, diese stellen jedoch nur Wiederholungen der Schlußvignette der 14 Kapitel dieses Bandes dar. - Breitrandiges Exemplar mit stellenw. kl. Randläsuren. 2 Tafeln (in Bd. 2 und Bd. 3) mit kl. hinterlegtem Randeinriss. Vereinzelt etw. fleckig oder gebräunt. - Beiliegend die erste seltene "Analyse" der Voyage pittoresque von Saint-Non: (Gabriel) Brizard: Analyse du Voyage pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile. Paris, Clousie, 1787. 79 S. 8°. Pp. der Zeit (etw. bestoßen). - *** Matthäus TRUPPE * Stubenberggasse 7 * A-8010 GRAZ *** - Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 0 Gr.-Fol. Rote HLdr. der Zeit mit Rückentitel (etw. berieben und kl. Läsuren). Nº de ref. de la librería 15400

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The Art of Riding, set foorth in: Astley, John).

Descripción: London, Henry Denham, 1584., 1584. 4to. (8), 79, (1) pp. With woodcut headpiece on t. p. and initials. 19th century orange-red crushed morocco by Riviere with leading edges gilt and elaborate gilt inner dentelle, rebacked. All edges gilt. The exceedingly rare first edition of one of the earliest English treatises on horsemanship, derived in part from Xenophon, Federico Grisone's "Ordini di cavalcare", and other authors, and in part from Astley's own experience. This is, in fact, the first translation into English of Xenophon's treatise "Peri hippikes" ("On horsemanship"). - The publication of Astley's "Art of Riding", perhaps his single most lasting achievement, came late in his life as an Elizabethan courtier. Here, he relays the doctrine of the Italian riding schools as he and other Gentleman Pensioners understood it, particularly on training the horse to respond to the hand. Astley was on friendly terms with Thomas Blundeville, whose Grisone translation two decades earlier counts as the first treatise on horsemanship to be published in English. - First three leaves slightly browned, with the upper right corner of each leaf imperceptibly restored from another copy; a closed tear to f. A4. Altogether a remarkable clean and crisp copy in an English master binding. The Fitzwilliam-Gloucester copy, bound with a common companion piece, Claudio Corte's "Art of Riding" (also published by Denham in the same year) commanded £14,400 at Christie's in 2006. The catalogue notes that the scarcity of these two work "at auction varies markedly; ABPC records some 5 copies of Corte's work at auction since 1975, but none of Astley's". Huth p. 11. STC 884. Mellon/Podeschi 12. Hoffmann III, 609 (s. v. Xenophon). Nº de ref. de la librería 37249

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Statutes and ordinances of the Senate of: Venice].

Venice].

Editorial: Venice ("data in nostro Ducali Palatio"), 11 June 1579 ("indictione septima"). (1579)

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Descripción: Venice ("data in nostro Ducali Palatio"), 11 June 1579 ("indictione septima")., 1579. 4to (230 x 160 mm). Latin and Italian manuscript on vellum. 80 numbered ff., 21 lines. Headings and highlighted words in red; ruled throughout. Contemp. auburn calf, covers and spine elaborately gilt; all edges gilt; giltstamped supralibros "Iacobo Priolo" and date "MDLXXVIIII" on the covers. Wants ties. Interesting manuscript on the constitutional and legal history of the Venetian state, with many decrees regulating commerce, drafted in the age of the merchant-traveller Gasparo Balbi and of Venice's great trade relationship with the Middle East. The clean and well-legible manuscript, written in the classical humanist chancery style, was obviously prepared for members of the senate (signed at the end by the secretary, Giulio Zamberti, with the scribe's monogram). The decrees are in chronological order, rater than arranged by subject. The earliest dated decree is from the year 1351, but most date from the mid-16th century. The edicts regulated public life of the Venetian state, including civil servants' salaries, matters of commerce and trade, offices, criminal law, banishment, etc. The first leaf bears the dedication by the doge Nicolò da Ponte (in office 1578-85) to Jacopo Priuli, a member of one of the foremost modern-age families of Venetian patricians (producing two doges in the 16th century). The familiy, ennobled as early as 1297 and one of the richest in Venice, is also known for its patronage of the arts, commissioning several Tintoretto portraits. As a member of the senate, Jacopo would have been entitled to a private copy of the statues. The high quality of the binding with its rich arabesque ornamentation and wide ornamental borders on the covers reflects on the importance of the patron family. - Engraved bookplate of Amadeo Svayer (Gottlieb Schweyer, 1727-91), a Venice-based German merchant and bibliophile who had assembled a huge and select library which after his death was almost entirely integrated into St Mark's library. Nº de ref. de la librería 31972

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Audubon, John James.

Editorial: London, R. Hawell, 1826-1838. (1838)

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Descripción: London, R. Hawell, 1826-1838., 1838. Hand-aquatinted copper-plate engraving, printed on J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermarked paper dated 1835. 955 x 640 mm, sumptuously framed and glazed. The famous depiction of a Falcon from the "Birds of America" by the world-famous French-American naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851), which was purchased at a Christie's auction for $11.5 million in March 2000, setting a world record for the most expensive book ever sold (surpassed only by the 1640 "Psalm Bay Book", sold for $14.2 million in November 2013). Very good color, with the back of the upper bird a subtle charcoal, beaks and feet of both birds a pale blue wash, slight limited spotting to the background, slight cast on the edge, and minor thumbing, three edges of the sheet gilt from when it was bound. Nº de ref. de la librería 44113

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Autograph album of Wilhelmina Simson, containing 83: 19th century autograph

Descripción: Various places, mostly 1850-1880., 1880. Oblong folio. German, French, English etc. handwriting on paper. 98 (2 of which repeated) signatures (several pasted) and 3 pasted picture postcards and photographs on 83 pp. (on a total of 94 ff.). Contemporary cloth with stamped and sparely gilt covers. Silk endpapers. - Includes 4 ff. of letters and album leaves by Pope Pius IX (with autogr. date and signature) and the Societé des gens de lettres (copy with facsimile signatures by Georges Sand, Victor Hugo, Ludovic Halévy, Champfleury, Jules Claretie, etc.), as well as by 2 unidentified writers. Impressive autograph album compiled by the biographically unrecorded composer Wilhelmina Simson. Among the most significant contributors to this unique item are Alessandro Manzoni (Brusuglio, 7. X. 1865; f. 14v), Franz Grillparzer (pasted AQS, Vienna, 13. X. 1865; f. 16r), Henrik Ibsen (Dresden, 8. VI. 1873; f. 28r), Friedrich Frh. von Flotow (pasted AQS, Vienna, 12. X. 1865; f. 31v), Henri Vieuxtemps (pasted MusQS, Vienna, 28. I. 1854; f. 33r), Giacomo Meyerbeer (pasted ALS to an unnamed recipient, 1 p., 8vo, n. p. o. d.; f. 34v), Alexander Frh. von Humboldt (pasted fragment of an ALS to an unidentified recipient; 24. VII. 1853; f. 35r), Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden (pasted QS with 5 autogr. lines; f. 38v), Joséphine, Queen of Sweden and Norway, née Duchess of Leuchtenberg (pasted QS; f. 39r), Daniel Auber (pasted AMusQS, Paris, 25. VIII. 1861, 1 p., oblong 8vo; f. 43v), Hector Berlioz (pasted AMusQS with autogr. dedication "pour l'album de Mr. Lang", Bade [?], 12. VIII. 1862, oblong 8vo; f. 45r), Ivan Turgeniev (19. VII. 1873; f. 48v), and Adolph Menzel (pasted fragment of a LS, f. 77v). - Apart from these, the album contains a twenty-line poem by the writer and translator Julie Ruhkopf (b. 1799; Dresden, 23. IX. 1864, f. 3r), a twelve-line poem by the anatomist Karl Aberle (1818-92; Salzburg, 3. X. 1864, f. 3v), a twelve-line poem by the actress Clara Jahn (1825-82; Dresden, 20. X. 1865; f. 9v), a four-line poem by the playwright Friedrich Halm (pasted AQS, Vienna, 13. X. 1865; f. 16v), 5 autogr. lines by L. A. Frankl Ritter von Hochwart (pasted AQS, Vienna, 13. X. 1865; f. 30v), 8 autogr. lines by the writer and musical scholar Arvid August Afzelius (pasted AQS, f. 46r), and an eight-line moral dictum by the writer Gustav von Moser (pasted AQS, Karlsbad, 2. VI. 1876; f. 51r). - In addition, the album contains dedications by the art critic and painter Agostino Gallo (1790-1872; Palermo, 11. IV. 1863, f. 6r), the writer Ciro Marzullo (f. 6v), the physicist and philosopher Pietro Blaserna (1836-1918; f. 7r), the anatomist and zoologist Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869; Dresden, 20. X. 1865; f. 15r), the writer Salomon Hermann Ritter von Mosenthal (1821-1877; pasted AQS, Vienna, 13. X. 1865, f. 15v), the painter Raffaello Politi (May 1865; f. 19r), the composer Pietro Romani (pasted AQS, f. 22v), the writer Friedrich Ritter von Hackländer (pasted QS, f. 24r), the painter Salvadore Politi the Elder (with full-page drawing of a Medusa bust, 2. VII. 1865; f. 54r), the classical scholar J. J. Schubring (b. 1839; ff. 62r and 63r), the archaeologist and painter Saverio Francesco Cavallari (1809-96; pasted QS with autogr. sketch on f. 61v and pasted AQS with autogr. dedication on f. 62v), the painter Egron Sellif Lundgren (pasted ALS to an unidentified recipient; f. 65r), the composer Friedrich Pacius (1809-91; pasted QS; f. 65v), the musician Joseph Hellmesberger the Elder (1828-93; pasted QS, Vienna, 12. X. 1865; f. 66r), as well as signatures by Gustav Klemm (art historian, 1802-67; Dresden, 23. IX. 1864, f. 2r), Johan Bravo (consul and painter, 1796-1876; 3. XII. 1864, f. 4r), Maria Vinzenz Süß (archaeologist and founder of the Salzburg Museum Carolino Augusteum, 1802-68; pasted AQS, f. 5r), Bror Emil Hildebrand (archaeologist and historian, 1806-84; f. 38r), Ludwig Ettmüller (literary historian, 1802-77; f. 53v), and Amalia Lindegren (painter, 1814-91). - Two not fully identified entrie. Nº de ref. de la librería 14207

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