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Beautifully illuminated vellum manuscript leaf from an antiphonary with an historiated initial depicting the Trinity and a painted border in Ghent-Bruges style

[ANTIPHONARY - ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF]. [Richly illuminated leaf from an early 16th-century antiphonary with the first nocturn of Matins for Trinity Sunday].
[Southern Netherlands, early 16th century]. ca. 45.5 x 33.5 cm. Vellum leaf (from a bound book) with plainchant music and below each line the corresponding line of text, written in a neat textura hand in black with occasional red. The verso with a large illuminated and historiated lombardic initial B in blue with white filligree on a notched brown-ochre square ground with some very fine gold-tooled lines, depicting the Holy Trinity in yellow, green, blue, white and pink and some very fine lines highlighted in gold, with a painted decorative border in the head, foot and fore-edge margins, in the Ghent-Bruges style in yellow. Both sides of the leaf with manuscript lombardic initials in red and blue, mostly with penwork: red penwork for the blue initials, purple penwork for the red initials (except for 1 brown initial with brown penwork). [1] leaf. Full description
€ 5,000
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First edition of 66 sermons on Christian faith and virtues by the foremost Italian missionary of the 15th-century

BERNARDINUS SENENSIS (SAINT BERNARDINO OF SIENA). Quadragesimale beati Bernardini de xp[ist]iana religione [x and p representing the Greek chi and rho to make "christiana"].
[Basel, Johann Amerbach, 1489]. Folio. With several 8-, 7-, 6-, 5-, 4- and 3-line red lombardic initials supplied by hand in spaces (with printed guide letters) left for the purpose, rubricated throughout. Set in three sizes rotunda gothic types and a larger textura for the title. Early 17th-century, richly blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. With remnants of 2 strap fastenings and with traces on the front board and remnants on the back board of the catchplates, blue edges and a light brown morocco spine label with the title in gold. [254] ll. Full description
€ 8,500
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The Kirchenordnung for Protestant Saxony in an early edition, bound together with nine pamphlets and treatises on Lutheran controversies

[CHURCH AGENDA - SAXONY]. Agenda. Das ist, Kirchenordnung, wie sich die Pfarrherrn und Seelsorger in iren Ampten und diensten halten sollen, für die Diener der Kirchen in Hertzog Heinrichen zu Sachsen V.G.H. Fürstenthumb gestellet. Auffs new gebessert mit etzlichen Collecten der Superintendenten, etc.
Leipzig, Hans Rhambaw, 1564. 4to. Title printed in red and black,
(2) MYLIUS, Georg. Eine Predigt, vom Sacrament des Altars, zu Augspurg auffm Reichstage den 8. Julii Anno 1582 ... auff gut Lutterisch gethan ...
Magdeburg, Johan Francken (colophon: printed by Wilhelm Ross), 1582. 4to. With an arabesque woodcut tailpiece and a woodcut gothic initial.
(3) WIGAND, Johann. Christliche Erinnerung von der Bekentnis der Theologen in Meissen vom Abendmal jetzt newlich auszgangen.
Königsberg (Kaliningrad), heirs of Johan Daubman, 1574. 4to. With a woodcut gothic initial. Set in fraktur types with extensive italic and an occasional word in roman.
(4) [TRANSSUBSTANTIATION]. Summa der reinen Lere on dem Hochwirdigen Sacrament des Leibes und Blutes Jhesu Christi, mit kurtzer Verantwortung der Gegenlere. An die Christen in Franckreich, zum Unterricht und Warning geschickt. ...
[colophon:] Eisleben, Andreas Petri, 1571. 4to. With a woodcut arabesque decoration on the title-page.
(5) HEIDERICHS, Caspar. Synodalis Concio. Eine Sendtpredigt, ... Gehalten in der Pfarr zu Thorgau, bey seinen Superintendentz vorwanten. Acto. VI. Wir Prediger wollen anhalten am Gebet, unnd am Ampt des Worts Gottes.
Leipzig, (colophon: printed by Jacob Berwaldt), 1564. 4to. With 3 different woodcut interlaced decorations.
(6) WEISS, Johann. Ein Sermon gepredigt zu Freibergk den xxii. Julii des LIII. Jars, uber der Leich des Durchleutigisten Hochgebornen Fürsten und Herrn, Herrn Moritzen Herzogen zu Sachssen und Churfürsten etc.
Leipzig, Valentin Bapst, 1553. 4to. With 2 woodcut gothic initials.
(7) PFEFFINGER, Johann. Eine Predigt, uber die Leich des Durchlauchtigisten Hochgebornen Fürsten und Herren Herren Moritzen Hertzogen und Chur fürsten zu Sachssen etc. ...
[colophon:] Leipzig, Jacob Berwaldt, [1553]. 4to. With a woodcut ornamental flourish on the title-page and a woodcut gothic initial.
(8) WIGAND, Johann. Ob die Newen Wittenberger, stets bis daher, einig mit den alten geleret: Und ob Lutheri und Philippi Schrifften, durch aus gantz einig und einhellig...
Königsberg, Bonifacius Daubmen, 1575. 4to. Set in fraktur types, with passages in roman.
(9) MAIOR, Georg. Bekentnüs D. Georgii Maioris von dem Artickel der Justification, das ist, von der Lere, das der Mensch allein durch Glauben, on alle Verdienst, umb des Herrn Christi willen, Vergebung der Sünden habe, ...
[Dresden, Matthes Stökel Sr.], 1559. 4to. With woodcut initials.
(10) MAIOR, Georg. Repetitio Widerholung und endtliche Erklärung der Bekentnüs D. Georgii Maioris, von dem Artickel der Justification. Das ist von der Lere, das der Mensch allein durch Glauben, one allen vordiest, umb des Herrn Christi willen, vergebung der sünden habe,..
Dresden, Matthes Stökel Sr., 1567. 4to. With woodcut initials and a tailpiece.
19th-century half pigskin, boards covered with black buckram, modern green endpapers, manuscript title on spine. [5], LXXII, [1]; [12]; [1], 18, [1]; [48]; [18]; [16]; [8]; [1], 23; [8]; [8] ll. Full description
€ 4,500
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Interesting collection of acts promulgated by the 14th parliament of Great Britain

[GREAT BRITAIN - PARLIAMENT]. Anno regni George III. Regis Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, decimo octavo. At the parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the twenty-ninth day of November, Anno Domini 1774, in the fifteenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the Third ... And from thence continued, by several prorogations, to the twentieth day of November 1777; being the fourth session of the fourteenth parliament of Great Britain.
London, Charles Eyre & William Strahan, 1778. Folio. Modern brown pigskin, title in gold on spine. [ca. 780] pp. numbered to 1594 with gaps. Full description
€ 1,750
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First edition in the original Latin of a defence of the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary herself
edited by Jacob Wimpheling, with two contributions by Sebastian Brant

HASSIA, Henricus de (Henry of LANGENSTEIN). Contra disceptationes et contrarias predicationes fratrum mendicantium super conception beatissime Marie Virginis et contra maculam Sancto Bernardo mendaciter impositam.
Strasbourg, [Reinhard Beck], July 1516. 4to. Lacking f4, as often, blank except for a woodcut madonna and child with an episcopal coat of arms. Contemporary blind-tooled parchment over boards. [3], XIX, [1 of 2] ll. Full description
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Extensive reports on the British suppression of the slave trade

[SLAVE TRADE]. HOUSE OF COMMONS. [General title-page]: Reports from committees: eighteen volumes. [no. 16]. Slave trade. Session 18 November 1847 - 5 September 1848.
London, 1848. 5 parts in 1 volume. Folio. Red cloth.
With: (2) HOUSE OF COMMONS. First [Second] report from the select committee on the slave trade; together with the minutes of evidence, and appendix.
[London], 24 May 1849. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a folding lithographed map. Modern blue half calf, gold-tooled spine. Ad 1: [4], IV, 278; IV, 179, [1 blank]; IV, 233, [1 blank]; 27, [1]; XII, 111, [1] pp.; Ad 2. IV, 171, [1]; XXX, 33, [1] pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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Beautiful, detailed and accurate Japanese colour drawings, mostly botanical, on 85 double-page spreads

KEIEN. Kengyu-ka shasei [= Morning glory sketches].
Japan, Meiji 31?, 34-36 [=1898?, 1901-1903]. Very large 8vo? (28 x 20.5 cm). With 85 double-page (mostly botanical) drawings in black ink on Japanese paper, each showing 1, 2 or 3 figures, sometimes with additional detail drawings, nearly all coloured in watercolour and/or gouache and most with captions identifying the subject and/or giving the date. Front wrapper with the title in Japanese in black ink. Wrapper-title plus [85] double-page spreads. Full description
€ 6,500
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Extremely detailed documentation of the earliest preparations to build the Suez Canal

LESSEPS, Ferdinand de. The Isthmus of Suez question.
London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans; Paris, Galignari & Co. (colophon: printed by the Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham), 1855. With a folding chromolithographed bird's-eye view of the proposed canal and 2 folding lithographed maps.
(2) LESSEPS, Ferdinand de. New facts and figures relative to the Isthmus of Suez canal.London, Effingham Wilson; Paris, Galignani & Co. (colophon: printed by the Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham), 1856.
(3) LESSEPS, Ferdinand de. Percement de L'Isthme de Suez, exposé et documents officiels.Paris, Henri Plon (colophon: printed by Henri Plon), 1855. With 2 folding lithographed maps.
(4) LESSEPS, Ferdinand de. Percement de L'Isthme de Suez, exposé et documents. ... Deuxième série.Paris, Henri Plon, office of the journal L'Isthme de Suez (colophon: printed by Henri Plon), 1856.
(5) LESSEPS, Ferdinand de. Percement de L'Isthme de Suez, rapport et project de la commission internationale. ... Troisième série.Paris, Henri Plon, office of the journal L'Isthme de Suez (colophon: printed by Henri Plon), 1856.
(6) LESSEPS, Ferdinand de. Question du Canal de Suez.Paris, Henri Plon, Librairie Nouvelle (colophon: printed by Henri Plon), 1860. 6 works in 6 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary red half sheepskin (ads 1-5 uniform ca. 1856, ad 6 added in matching style ca. 1860), gold- and blind-tooled spines. 223, [1 blank]; 223, [1 blank]; [4], 280, [1], [1 blank], 19, [1 blank]; [6], 332, [1], [1 blank]; XI, [5], 376, [1], [1 blank]; [4], 136, 95, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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First edition of Albertus Magnus's important Summa theologiae, presenting and defending Christian doctrine in contemporary, richly blind-tooled calf (about 84 impressions of 18 stamps) by the Trier Benedictine monastery

MAGNUS, Albertus. Prima[-secunda] pars Summe Alberthi Magni: alias dicte: De mirabili scie[n]tia Dei. [Vol. 1 continues:] Cum directorio notabili sententiaru[m] ex omni fere genere scibili studiosissime apposito. [De mirabili scientia Dei] [Summa theologiae].
[colophon 2Q5v in vol. 2:] Basel, Jakob Wolff, 31 March 1507 (note to the reader, a1v in vol. 1: Basel, 10 April 1507). 2 volumes bound as 1 Folio. Set in 2 columns with shoulder notes, with red lombardic initials added by hand in spaces left for the purpose (with printed guide letters). Contemporary, richly blind-tooled calf, sewn on 4 double chords, by the bindery of the Sankt Matthias Benedictine monastery in Trier, with the original brass catchplates and with two parchment manuscript leaves used as paste-downs, probably taken from an antiphonary, one with 14 lines of plainchant music). CCI, [3]; [6], “CCXXXVII” [= 235] ll. Full description
€ 12,000
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In praise of the Virgin Mary, second edition (1509) of an important “Mariale”

MAGNUS, (Pseudo-) Albertus. Summa de laudibus Christifere virginis Marie divi Alberti doctoris magni (divinum magis quam humanum opus) examussim ac emendatissime castigata cum indice contentorum (quem tabulam vocant) feliciter inchoat.
[colophon:] Cologne, [heirs of] Heinrich Quentel, mid June 1509. 4to. With two large ornamented woodcut initials, printed lombardic initials and some pointing hands. Half 19th-century sheepskin, purple decorated paper sides, printed paper spine label, red sprinkled edges. [4], CXXVI ll. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare pioneering Paris incunable: missal for the diocese of Utrecht,
a pioneering example of double-impression printed music in France, with gothic notes

[MISSAL - INCUNABLE - DIOCESE OF UTRECHT]. Missale insignis ecclesie Traiectensis: optimis caracteribus (ut patet) exaratum ... [= Missale Traiectense (Utrecht)].
[colophon:] Paris, Wolfgang Hopyl and Johann Higman, 30 November 1497. Folio. Printed in red and black throughout, with a small woodcut of St. Martin and with 2-line lombardic initials printed in red. Contemporary blind-tooled calf over bevelled oak boards, brass catch plates, fore-edge tabs. 240 (out of 250) ll. Full description
€ 6,800
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Uphill! A collection of folders, brochures and books on mountaineering

[MOUNTAINEERING]. [A collection of brochures and folders on mountaineering].
[Austria and Switzerland, ca. 1920- ca. 1980]. Ca. 653 brochures (including a few duplicates and variant issues).
With: [A collection of books relating to mountaineering].
[Globally, ca. 1830- ca. 2000]. Ca. 875 books (including a few duplicates and variant issues, and several multiple-volume titles). Full description
€ 45,000
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Rare second edition of Nigri's Thomist philosophical commentaries on Aristotle
bound together with a work testifying the contribution of German princes to Christianity

NIGRI (NIGER), Petrus (Peter SCHWARZ). Clypeus Thomistarum. [= Clypeus Thomistarum sive Quaestiones super arte veteri Aristotelis].
[colophon:] Venice, Simon de Luere for Jordanus Ladislaen, 31 August 1504. With two woodcut decorated initials (5-line printed in black and 8-line printed in red and black) and many 4- and 3- line manuscript lombardic initials in red (with printed guide letters). Set in three sizes of rotunda gothic type.
With: (2) BAMBERGENSIS, Lupoldus (Lupold of BEBENBURG); Sebastian Brant (add.); Jacobus WIMPHELING (ed.). Germanor[um] veterum principu[m] zelus et fervor in Christianam relgionem Deiq[ue] ministros.
[colophon:] Basel, Johann Bergmann de Olpe [printed by Michael Furter?], 15 May 1497. With many 4- and 3-line red lombardic initials added in spaces left for the purpose (some with printed guide letters) and some rubrication.
2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary richly blind-tooled calf sewn on 4 double cords, with the original catchplates and remnants of a spine label (?), with two red fore-edge tabs (one for each work). 140; XXVIII ll. Full description
€ 19,500
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First Swedish translation of Ovid

OVID. (Jacob REENSTIERNA, translator). Nägre fabler af Ovidii Metamorphoses, förswanskade (af Jacob Reenstierna).
Stockholm, Julius G. Matthiae, 1708. 8vo in 4s. With woodcut device on the title-page, engraved armorial headpiece to the dedication, 19 small engraved illustrations in the text by N. Guerard (ca. 5 x 6 cm), and woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and initials. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine with title in gold. [xvi], [138] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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First(?) edition (ca. 1497/99) of a popular aid for pious readers and preachers, written after recovering from plague in contemporary richly blind-tooled calf by the Trier Benedictine monastery

PELBÁRT TEMESVÁRI (PELBARTUS DE THEMESWAR). Stellariu[m] corone benedicte Marie Virginis: in laudem eius p[ro] singulis predicatio[n]ibus elegantissime coaptatum. [Stellarium coronae beatae Mariae Virginis].
[Basel, Jacobus Wolff de Pforzheim, 1497/99]. 4to. Printed in two columns; red lombardic initials added by hand in 3 to 7-line spaces left for the purpose (with printed guide-letters). Contemporary, richly blind-tooled calf over wooden boards (square-edged), from the bindery of the Benediktinerkloster Sankt Matthias in Trier (in the province of Cologne); with a single brass fastening (catchplate and clasp) at the centre of the fore-edge. Later spine label. With a leaf from a 14th- or early 15th-century manuscript antiphonary used as front and back paste-down (in 2 columns, written in a textura hand in 2 sizes). [228] ll. Full description
€ 17,500
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First and only edition of three interesting letters from a Catholic to his Protestant “brothers”

PISTORIS, Johannes. Epistolae tres ad D. Joannem Pappum theologum Lutheranum: Prima, Excitatoria, cum in servando iureiurando emetingae facto, negligentior esset Pappus. Secunda, Refutatoria parallelorum Pappi, ... Tertia, quae iam primum in lucem refertur, ..., demonstratoria, nullum omnium mortalium per secula quindecim Catholicum vel orthodoxum ... sensisse de fide Christi ... Accesserunt tanquam ´ÁÍÔÉÄÙÑÏÍ parallela nova ... de Hussii et Lutheri in omnibus controversiis dissensione ...
Cologne, Gervinus Calenium & the heirs of Johann Quentell, 1594. 4to. With some woodcut initials. Set in a roman type. Contemporary(?) paper over boards, red edges, with some fore-edge tabs. [12], 326, [2 blank], 68 pp. Full description
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1499 Venice edition of Pliny's celebrated encyclopaedic Natural History: a "purveyor" of ancient natural history

PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius (PLINY the Elder) (Hermolaus BARBARUS & Johannes Baptista PALMARIUS, eds.). C. Plinii secundi Naturae historiarum [= Historia naturalis] libri. xxxviii. e castigationibus hermolai barbari quam emendatissime editi.
[colophon:] Venice, Johannes Alvisius, 18 May 1499. Small folio. With lombardic initials and rubricated throughout. Set in roman types with the title and running heads in a larger rotunda gothic. Late 18th-century brown sheepskin over wooden boards, with traces of former clasps. [268] ll. Full description
€ 65,000
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Artist's manual with an exceptional collection of old master prints

[PRINT ALBUM]. Spiegel der natuur en school ter teekenkunde, bevattende LXXVI. afbeeldingen van landschappen, landsdouwen, watergezichten, enz. enz. Allen zoo veele studiën van Silvestre, Perelle, Quinault, Du Moulin, Della Bella, Zaftleven, Almeloveen, Van Schyndel, Nolpe, Vermeulen, Visscher en Schenk, ten dienste van teekenaaren, plaatsnijders, goud- en zilversmeden en drijvers: bijzonder nuttig voor hun, die zichzelven het teekenen willen leeren zonder hulp van meester. Vooräfgegaan de eerste beginselen der teekenkunst.
Amsterdam, Jan Steven van Esveld-Holtrop, [ca. 1810?]. Oblong 8vo. With 67 engraved plates in various styles (the last 6 folding) and 1 engraved plate tipped in on a blank page. Plate sizes vary. Slightly later half calf, gold-tooled spine, marbled sides. IV pp. text. Full description
€ 3,750
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The frogs and toads of Germany in the manner of Maria Sybilla Merian

RÖSEL VON ROSENHOF, August Johann. Historia naturalis ranarum nostratium in qua omnes earum proprietates, praesertim quae ad generationem ipsarum pertinent, fusius enarrantur. | Die natürliche Historie der Frösche hiesigen Landes worinnen alle Eigenschaften derselben, sonderlich aber ihre Fortpflanzung, umständlich beschrieben werden.
Nuremberg, Johann Joseph Fleischmann, [1753]-1758. 2 parts in 1 volume. Royal folio (48 x 33 cm). With hand-coloured engraved frontispiece and 2 sets of the 24 engraved plates. Each of the 24 plates is present twice: beautifully hand-coloured with the figures still unnumbered, and in black and white with the figures numbered (and key letters added) but with Rösel's name erased. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. [2], VIII, [6], 116 pp. Full description
€ 22,500
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The complete scientific reports from the private German expedition to the Arctic Ocean in 1898

RÖMER, Fritz & Fritz SCHAUDINN (editors). FAUNA ARCTICA. Eine Zusammenstellung der arktischen Tierformen, mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Spitzbergen-Gebietes auf Grund der Ergebnisse der Deutschen Expedition in das Nördliche Eismeer im Jahre 1898. Herausgegeben von F. Römer und F. Schaudinn..
Jena, G. Fischer, 1902-1933. 6 volumes. Large-4to (360 x 280mm). With 2 photogravure portraits (of both editors), 8 lithographed maps, 49 (a few chromo-) lithographed plates and 609 figures in the text. Contemporary half cloth (volumes II-IV & VI) & wrappers (remainder). Full description
€ 1,250
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Studying the Bible and nature: a theosophical manual to gain (im)mediate knowledge of God

RAYMUNDUS de SABUNDE, (Raymond of SABUNDE). Theologia naturalis sive liber creaturarum specialiter dehomine et denatura eius inquantum homo ....
[colophon:] Strasbourg, Martin Flach, 21 January 1496. Folio. With paragraph marks in red (one in blue on the first page of the "Tabula") and red lombardic 3-, 4-, 5- and 7-line initials in spaces left for the purpose (with printed guide letters), one time - opening the "Prologus" - in red and blue. Contemporary half calf over wooden boards sewn on 3 supports, manuscript title on spine and on one of the edges, contemporary clasps with the initial M. [162] ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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Rare early 17th-century collection of medical texts, translated from the English

[VALENTINUS, Petrus Pomarius; Stephen HOBBES]. Enchiridion medicum. Dat is: een kort begrijp vanden gantschen loop der medicine. Mitsgaders een tsamensprekinge van een doctor ende student der medicijne aengaende. Van gelijcken een tractaet vervattende de voornaemste gebreken ofte sieckten des menschen lichaems; bestaende in vele verscheyden remedien ...
Utrecht, Jan Amelisz., 1619. 4to. With woodcut printer's device and initials, an oval portrait on the verso of the title-page (of Reinier Bontius?) and on the last leaf a full-page woodcut showing surgical instruments. Later vellum, manuscript title on spine, new endpapers. [6], 278, [2] pp. Full description
€ 3,950
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