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Combining work of the two greatest figures of Frisian literature

ALTHUYSEN, Jan and Gysbert JAPIX (JAPIKS, JAPICX). Friesche rymlery, yn twaa dielen bystaende, wier fin it eerste bystiet yn forjyerings rymmen, brullofts rymmen, forstaerrings rymmen, in mingel rymmen; it oorde diel bystiet uwt dy 150 Psalmen fin David mey dy oore lôfzangen.
Leeuwarden, Wyger Wygers, 1755. 2 parts (with continuing pagination) in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. [14], 518, [2] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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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 4to edition of the Monumenta by Arias Montanus, from the collection of Robert de Ligne (1564-1614)

ARIAS MONTANO (MONTANUS), Benito (Benedictus). Humanae salutis monumenta.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, "1571" [= 1582/83]. 4to (22 x 14.5 cm). With an engraved, illustrated title-page bearing the initials of the engraver Pieter Huys and the date 1571, an unsigned circular portrait of Jesus in profile and 70 full-page engravings (16.5 x 11.5 cm) by several artists. 17th-century gold-tooled black goatskin, the front board with a centrepiece comprising coat-of-arms (with a name below it) in an oval (the arms and name mutilated, but probably Robert de Ligne or an heir), gilt edges, later endpapers. [172] pp. Full description
€ 19,500
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Richly illustrated manuscript teaching religion to deaf-mutes

[ASSAROTTI, Ottavio Giovanno Battista]. Dottrina Christiana. [Manuscript in Italian].
[Genoa, ca. 1815/20]. 8vo. With 117 (of 118) full-page hand-coloured drawings, each in a frame of double rules (20.5 x 14 cm), with lively illustrations of the Christian doctrine, and text in Italian. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. 117 (of 118), [3 blank] ll., including the last 3 blanks. Full description
€ 18,500
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Polemic edition of Augustine's Confessions,
a 1779 prize-book from the Collegium Antonianum in Megen (Noord-Brabant)

AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius. Confessio Augustiniana in libros quattor distributa, et certis capitibus locorum theologicorum, qui sunt hodie scitu dignissimi, comprehensa: nunc primum ex omnibus B. Aurelii Augustini libris in unum opus bona fide ac studio singulari redacta per D. Hieronymum Torrensem ...
Dillingen, Sebald Mayer, 1567. 4to. With Mayers full-page woodcut device (a pelican feeding her young with her own blood, with motto "sic his qui diligunt", copied in mirror image from that of Frans Behem in Mainz) on the last otherwise blank leaf, and some fine decorated woodcut initials. 18th century mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, red sprinkled edges. [32], 330, [24] lvs. Full description
€ 1,500
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Important incunable edition of several of Augustine’s exegetical and philosophical works

AUGUSTINUS AURELIUS. Opus quaestionum. Ed. by Jodocus Badius Ascensius.
[colophon:] Lyon, Johannes Trechsel, 25 April 1497. Folio. With the woodcut printers device of Johannes Trechsel. Boards covered with 2 leaves from a 15th-century manuscript missal, written in 2 columns in a littera textualis formata. Title written in a 19th-century hand in the upper right corner of the front board, 19th-century brown paste-downs and endpapers. [286] ll. Full description
€ 6,000
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Rare early picture Bible with 113 scenes, each with the Familist mystic Hiël’s commentary

BARREFELT, Hendrik Jansen, known as “HIËL” (illustrations by Pieter van der BORCHT). Figures de toutes les plus remarquables histoires, et aultres evenements du Vieil et Nouveau Testament. Avec une brieve exposition allegorique, ou spirituelle de chascune d'icelles histoires, tres utile a toutes sortes de gents.
Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1613. Large oblong 4to (21 x 27 cm). With 113 Bible scenes printed from 35 (Old Testament) and 48 (New Testament) engraved illustration plates (plate size 10 x 22.5 cm) by Pieter van der Borcht (New Testament plates 7-9, 18-19 & 24-48 include 2 scenes each). 17th-century vellum. [6], 35, [1 blank]; [1], [1 blank], 48 pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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Very rare 1662 pictorial Bible with 97 engraved scenes, with the Familist mystic Hiël’s commentary

BARREFELT, Hendrik Jansen, known as “HIËL” (illustrations by Pieter van der BORCHT). Bibelsche figueren, ofte afbeeldingen van al de gedenckweerdige historien, ende andere geschiedenissen des Ouden ende Nieuwen Testaments.
Amsterdam, Gerrit Jansz., 1662. Oblong 4to (19 x 6 cm). With 97 (of 119) engraved and etched Bible scenes printed from 32 (of 38) Old Testament and 42 (of 50) New Testament plates (plate size 10 x 22.5 cm) by Pieter van der Borcht (31 of this edition's New Testament engravings contain 2 scenes each, so that its 88 engravings contain 119 scenes). Early 19th-century half vellum. 44 [lacking 15-16, 41-44]; 52 [lacking 41-48] pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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Treatise on education and pedagogy based on the Christian religion

BASEDOW, Johann Bernhard. Methodischer Unterricht der Jugend in der Religion und Sittenlehre der Vernunft nach dem in der Philalethie angegebenen Plane.With: (2) BASEDOW, Johann Bernhard. Methodischer Unterricht in der überzeugenden Erkenntniss der biblischen Religion, zur vorgesetzten Ausführung des in der Philalethie angegebenen Plans.
Altona, David Iversen, 1764. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. With an engraved illustration on both title-pages. Slightly later brown pastepaper boards. LXII, 272; XXXII, 224, 144 pp. Full description
€ 2,000
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