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Christianity and children's education intertwined: a very rare Italian ABC book

[ABC BOOK]. Correttissima Santa Croce per facilissima istruzzione de' fanciulli.
[Rome], Francesco Ansillioni, [ca. 1750]. Small 8vo. With 2 nearly full-page woodcuts (the Holy Virgin on the front cover and a monk with a shining nimbus containing the word "charitas" around his head on the back cover) and 7 small religious woodcuts in text. Front and back cover and the first two pages with alphabets and numbers in ornamental woodcut borders. Sewn. [16] pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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Emblem book engraved by some of the best Antwerp artists of its time

BIVERUS, Pierre. Sacrum oratorium piarum imaginum immaculatae Mariae et animae creatae, ac baptismo, poenitentia, et eucharistia innovatae: ars nova bene vivendi et moriendi.
Antwerp, Officina Plantiniana/Balthasar Moretus, 1634. 4to. With engraved title-page, 42 engraved plates by Charles de Mallery after Adam van Noort and Adriaan Collaert, 2 engravings in text, and 15 heart-shaped engraved emblems in text by Theodoor Galle. 19th-century gold-tooled brown morocco, gilt edges; bound by Émile Bosquet. [20], 769, [9] pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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1511 Paris book of hours printed on vellum, with with 17 large & 27 small illustrations plus more in the borders: only known complete copy of this edition, possibly from the great Harleian Library

[BOOK OF HOURS]. Hore [= Horae beate Marie Virginis] secundum usum Romanum ad longum.
(colophon: Paris, Thomas Kees), [ca. 1511, with an almanac for the years 1511-1530]. 8vo (18 x 12 cm). Printed on vellum in red and black throughout, with illustrations printed from (mostly metal?) relief blocks: 17 nearly full-page plus 1 repeat, 27 small plus 2 repeats in the text, many additional small in the decorated border pieces that surround nearly every page. Dark brown gold- and blind-tooled goatskin morocco (ca. 1870?), signed "HARDY-MENNIL" in the foot of the front turn-in. [216] pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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Extremely rare breviary from the late Plantin press, with 17 plates

[BREVIARY]. Breviarium Romanum ex decreto sacrosancti concilii Tridentini restitutum, Pii V. Pont. Max. jussu editum, et Clementis VIII. primùm, nunc denuò Urbani PP. VIII. auctoritate recognitum. In quo omnia suis locis ad longum posita sunt, pro majori recitantium commoditate.
Antwerp, Typographia Plantiniana [Balthasar Moretus IV], 1714. 4 volumes. 12mo (14 x 9 cm). With engraved vignette with the Papal insignia on title-pages and 17 engraved plates. Text printed in red and black throughout. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, gilt edges. Pars hiemalis: [72], 568, 4, CCXXXII, [4] pp.; pars verna: [36], 592, 4, 8, CCXXXIIII, [6] pp.; pars aestiva: [36], 612, CCXV, [5] pp.; pars autumnalis: [36], 516, CCXLVIII, [4] pp. Full description
€ 4,250
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Chromolithographed Art Nouveau prayer book in a high relief hallmarked silver binding

CONDIO, Luigi. Preghiere. Miniature di Vittorio Vulten.
Torino, Carlo de Martini (printed by Stab. Litografico Giovanni Fraschini & C., Milan), 1902. 18mo (13.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm). A wholly chromolithographed Art Nouveau prayer book, printed in numerous pastel colours plus gold, with (mostly floral) decoration on every page and numerous additional illustrations. In a silver binding (hallmarked "800" at the foot of the otherwise blank back cover), with "Our Lady of the Rosary" from the shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary in Pompei depicted on the front cover in high relief (madonna and child presenting rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine) flanked by two irises, above "Ave Maria" and a panel with "SS. Vergine di Pompei", endpapers lithographed in pastel colours plus gold, in a repeating pattern of abstracted flowers, crosses, anchors, hearts and initials "VD" or "DV", gilt edges. [104] pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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A rare 16th-century Dutch devotional work printed in Antwerp

[FLORIS VAN HAARLEM]. Den wech des levens. Een gheestelijc boecxken leerende hoe dat ee[n] goet kerste[n] mensch moet beginne[n] en[de] voortgaen in duechden, met veel devote ghebede[n] en[de] gheestelike corte vermaninghe[n] om tot een warachtich gheestelijc leven te comen.
[Antwerp, Heyndrick Peetersen van Middelburg, 1547?]. 8vo. With title printed in black and red, within woodcut borders. Contemporary slightly overlapping parchment, remnants of ties. [200] ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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Very rare Mallorca imprint

GARCIA, Diego S.J. Sermon funebre en las exequias de la serenissima Señora D. Mariana de Austria Reyna Madre del Rey N. Señor Carlos II. Rey de las Españas. Que celebrò la nobilissima, y fidelissima ciudad de Mallorca en su Iglesia Catadral á 28. de Noviembre de 1696.
Palma de Mallorca, Miguel Capo, 1697. 4to. With the title in an ornamental frame built up from typographic ornaments (a fleur-de-lis and Vervliet vine leaf 207), three woodcut initials and a woodcut tailpiece. Modern marbled boards. [12], 26 pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Unrecorded Leeuwarden edition of Habermann's popular vernacular Christian prayer book, bound for the councillor to the Frisian court at Leeuwarden and his wife, with their arms in the sliverwork

HABERMANN, Johan (Hendrik van DIEST, transl. and ed.). Christelijcke gebeden ende danck-seggingen, op 't nieuw tegen 't Hoogh-Duytsche oversien ende ten dienste der gereformeerde kercke verbetert.
Leeuwarden, Lodewijck Cres, 1661. Small 16mo in 8s (10 x 7.5 x 2 cm). Contemporary gold-tooled green parchment with an (impressed?) pebble grain (giving a sort of reptile skin pattern), sewn on 3 green parchment tapes, laced through the joints, bound for the Frisian noble families Van Harinxma thoe Slooten and Burmania, with 2 silver fastenings. 275, [8], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 5,750
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An important Clein-Koberger edition of Germany's most popular early 16th-century prayer book, the first use of 87 new woodcuts made for it by Springinklee, Schön and a few unsigned

[HORTULUS ANIMAE - PRAYERBOOK]. [Hortulus anime cum aliis q[uam] plurimis orationibus pristine impressioni superadditis; ut tabulam in huius calce annexa[m] intue[n]ti pate[n]tissimu[m] erit.].
(colophon:) Lyon, Johannes Clein (for Johannes Koberger, Nürnberg), 15 March 1516. 8vo. With the a decorated woodcut on the title-page with a madonna and child above and a unicorn below a frame for the letterpress title printed in red, Cleins woodcut device on the final recto, further with 89 woodcut illustrations, printed from 86 blocks (in three sizes), including 52 (from 50 blocks) by Hans Springinklee (who also cut the title woodcut), 6 (from 5 blocks) by Erhard Schön and 23 other smaller woodcuts, and the text printed in red and black in gothic rotunda type, each page (except the title-page, Cleins device and a two-page table of moveable feasts), in 1 of 25 different woodcut borders (a few dated) composed of angels, putti, grotesques, vases, fountains and other emblematic and architectural details. Many of the woodcuts are partly coloured by a contemporary hand.
Contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, sewn on 3 double cords, each board with brass pieces covering the edges at the head and foot, a brass strip near the hinge on the front board (lacking on the back board) and 2 brass catch plates on the front board with traces on the back board of leather straps that would have had brass clasps. [20], CCX, [10] ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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