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1042 BONAVENTURA (S) Sermones Sancti Bonaventure de Morte. (Device, "Shoe-Makers at Work"), Parisiis, Impressi per Guidonem Mercatoris, in Campo Gaillardo commorantem 1494. Gothic Letter. 39 lines to a page, woodcut on title, on the reverse is another engraving, and on the last leaf are four separate wood-blocks, small 4to, old half binding, £7 178 6d
A scarce little volume, apparently unknown to Brunet.
1043 BLAKE (William) ETCHINGS FROM HIS WORKS, by William Bell Scott, with Descriptive Text. 1878. Folio, fine engraved plates, PRESENTATION COPY, WITH AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION, "WILLIAM MORRIS, FROM W. B. SCOTT AFFECTIONATELY," from the Morris Library, original boards, as issued, £4 48
1044 BRANT (Sebastian) VARIA SEBASTIANI BRANT CARMINA. (Three woodcuts, underneath which are six lines of Latin verse). 1498. Nihil sive Causa. Alpe. (Folio 137 resto) Carminum Sebastiani Brant tam divinas quam humanes laudes decantantium opus: fœlici fine consummatum Basilea opera & impensis Johannis_Bergman de Alpe EK. Maiis Anni & XCVIII (1498) (Printers Device). FIRST EDITION. Quarto, Roman letter, three spirited cuts on title and two in the text, with device at end, half calf, Afrom the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate £4 48
The FIRST EDITION of these Poems; by the Author of the celebrated SHIP OF FOOLS.
1045 BRENDE (John) THE HISTORY OF QUINTUS CURTIUS, Conteyning the actes of the greate Alexander, translated out of Latin into English. In ædibus Richardi Tottell. Anno Domini, 570. 12mo, black letter, sprinkled calf, red edges, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £4 48
01046 BRUNFELS (Otto) HERBARUM VIVÆ EICONES AD NATURE IMITATIONEM, suma cum diligentia & artificio effigiatæ, una cum effectibus earundem, in gratiam veteris illius, & iamiam renafcentis Herbaria Medicinæ. Argentorati apud Joannem Schottii, cum Cæs. Maiest. Privilegio a Sexennium. 1531-32. 2 vols in 1, folio, very fine woodcut title, four different woodcut borders, AND ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY BEAUTIFUL CUTS OF PLANTS, stamped ornamental pigskin. both the binding and book are in EXTRAORDINARILY FINE STATE, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £18
A most important and beautiful book, on account of the fine series of plates, which were DRAWN FROM NATURE and were the first of this kind executed in Germany. E1047 CAMDEN (Wm.) BRITAIN, or a Chorographical description of
England, Scotland and Ireland. London, printed by F. K. R. Y. and L. L. for Andrew Heb, 1637. Folio, fine engraved title, and maps, etc. (map of Somerset wanting), half calf, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £1 128
1048 CHAMPIERS (Simphorien) LES GRANS CRONIQUES DES GESTES ET VERTUEUX FAICTZ DES TRES EXCELLENS CATHOLICQUES ILLUSTRES ET VICTORIEUX DUCZ ET PRINCES DES PAYS DE SAVOYE ET PIEMONT. Et tant en la saincte terre de JHERUSALEM comme es lieux de SIRIE TURQUIE EGIPTE CYPRE ITALIE SUYSSE DAUPHENE et autres plusieurs pays. Ensemble les genalogies & antiquitez de GAULLE des tres chrestiens magnanimes et tres redoubtez ROYS DE FRANCH avecqs aussi la genealogie et origine des dessusditz ducz et princes de SAUOYE, nouvellemēt imprimees a Paris pour Jehan de la Garde. Champier (woodcut of the Arms of Savoy) Uy finissent les Croniques de Sauoye les elles ont este achenees Lan mil cinq cens et quinze par Simphorien Champier, conseillier et premier medecen de treshauli prince Monseignor Anthoine duc De Calabre de lorraine. Et imprimces a Paris lan mil cinq ces et seize le XXVIIe iour De mars pour Jehan de la garde libraire demourant audit lieu sus le pont nostre Dame a lenseigne saint Jehan leuangeliste Ou au palais au premier pillier devant La chapelle ou len chante la Messe de Messeignrs les presidns. (Device of Jehan de la gards.) (1516.) Folio, Gothic Letter, 2 columns of 38 lines, titie in red and black, WOODCUT INITIALS AND FORTY CUTS, old gilt stamped vellum, with "EDWARD GWYNNE" at top, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £28
1049 CAXTON (William)
THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN ENGLAND
The Mirrour of the Worlde.
HIER BEGYNNETH THE BOOK CALLID THE
MIRROUR OF THE WORLDE OR
THYMAGE OF THE SAME
TRANSLATED OUT OF FFRENSSHE INTO ENGLYSSHE BY ME SYMPLE PSONE
AT THE REQUEST, DESIRE, COSTE, AND DISPENSE OF
Alderman and Cytezeyn of London.
FYNYSSHYDE THE VIII DAY OF MARCHE, MCCCCLXXX.
No name, date or place of printing but [Westminster, 1481].
Black Letter, long lines, 29 to a full page, WITH NUMEROUS WOODCUTS, wanting all signature A, B1 defective in lower margin, C5 and C6 in MS. facsimile, D3 wanting, Dồ ditto, all F missing, the last leaf inlaid, and corner of El defective, and some leaves stained, ELSE A SOUND AND GENUINE EXAMPLE OF THIS WORK, considered one of the fairest and finest specimens of Caxton's printing which exists, small folio (measuring 101 by 7 inches), red morocco extra, crest on sides, £195
THE EXCESSIVELY RARE FIRST EDITION OF CAXTON'S "MIRROUR," containing some of the earliest specimens of wood engraving used in an English Book. Fifteen copies (including the present are enumerated by Blades, of which only nine are perfect. The present copy is in fairly good condition, with the initials painted in red.
"The publishing of this work was not a speculation on Caxton's part. He was employed, as we learn from the Prologue, to translate and probably print it, by HUGH BRYCE, CITIZEN AND ALDERMAN OF LONDON, who wished to make a present to LORD HASTINGS. TO ADORN, AS WELL AS ILLUSTRATE, THE PAGES, THE ART OF THE WOOD-ENGRAVER WAS EMPLOYED, AND WE MAY CONSIDER THE FIGURES HERE DISPLAYED AS SOME OF THE EARLIEST SPECIMENS OF THAT ART IN ENGLAND. The designs were borrowed from the manuscript copy, the illuminations in the French manuscripts issued from Caxton's Press have the words necessary showing the same treatment. for the explanation of the diagrams inserted with the pen, instead of being engraved on the wood, which may perhaps be an argument for their home execution; and as the writing in all copies appear to be from the same pen, it is asserted that it was done by Caxton himself, but of course of this there is no positive evidence."-See Blades' Caxton.
1050 CICERO (M. T.) Cicero's Three Books touching the Nature of the Gods, done into English with Notes and illustrations. Setting forth (from all Antiquity) What Perceptions, Man, by the Only Light of Reason, may intertein, concerning a Deity. London, printed for Joseph Hindmarsh, at the Black Bull, in Cornhill, 1683. 12mo, old calf, from the Library of WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, 10s 6d
1051 CHRONIQUE SCANDALEUSE.-LES CRONIQS DU TRESCHESTIEN & TRES VICTORIEUX LOYS de VALOYS feu roy de frace q dieu absolve unziesme de ce ro auecqs, plusieurs aultres advetures aduennes tat en ce royaulme de france come es pays voisins depuis lan mil quatre cens iusques en lan mil quatre vingtz & trois. Inclusiuemet (Sans lieu ni date mais Lyons, par Michel Topie & Jacques Heremberk, vers 1488). FIRST EDITION, folio, gothic letter. 2 columns of 44 lines to a page, a LARGE AND BEAUTIFUL copy in blue morocco extra by Chambolle-Duru, £40
The first edition of this extremely rare and anonymous Chronicle. Brunet, who gives a long account of this volume, says it is also well known under the title of "Chroniques Scandaleuses." It is printed with the same types as were used by Topie and Heremberk, of Lyons, in their "Voyage de Breydenbach" of 1488, and "Cent Histoires de Troyes" of 1490.
1052 CICERO (M. Tullius) ORATIONES Corrigente Paulo Manutio, Aldi Filio. Venetiis, 1550. 3 vols, small 8vo, beautifully printed by Aldus, with the aldine anchor at beginning and end of each volume, fine copy, magnificently bound in brown morocco super extra, the back and sides tooled to A GROLIER PATTERN, vellum end leaves, rough gilt edges, by FRANCIS BEDFORD, £15 158
An exceedingly handsome book. 1053 COMMINES (Philip de, Knight, Lord of Argenton) THE HISTORIE OF (HIS OWN TIME). Imprinted at London by A. Hatfield for I. Norton. 1601. Folio, engraved title, old calf, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £2 28 1054 CLOUGH (Arthur Hugh) THE BOTHIE OF TOPER-RA-FUOSICH, a Long-Vacation Pastoral. Oxford, 1848. FIRST EDITION, 8vo, cloth, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, 158
1055 COPE (Anthony) THE HISTORY OF TWO THE MOST NOBLE CAPTAYNES OF THE WORLD, ANNIBALL AND SCIPIO: of their divers battailes and victories, exceeding profitable to reade, gathered and translated into English out of Titus Livius and other Authours, by Antony Cope, Esquier. At London, printed by Willyam How, anno 1590. 12mo, black letter, border round title, old tree calf, rebacked, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £3 38
1056 DIODORUS SICULUS Venduntur in vico sancti Jacobi sub Leone Argenteo. Woodcut of Petit's mark on title. (Paris), Jehan Petit, N.D. (circa 1500). Small 4to, Roman Letter, 40 lines to page, with side notes, brown calf extra, £1 108
1057 DIALOGUS CREATURARUM, OPTIME MORALIZATUS, Omni materie morali, jocudo mō applicabit: ad laude dei & edificacione hoem. (Folio 104 recto, Printer's device) Presens liber Dyalogus creaturarum appellatus iocundis fabulis plenus Fer Gerardum Leeu in opido Goudensi incept: munere dei finibus est anno domini 1480, G. LEEU. Folio, FIRST EDITION, gothic letter. 34 lines to a page, rubricated. fine woodcut, woodcut border and large initial on title, ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO MOST INTERESTING CUTS and the woodcut printer's device, crimson morocco, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £60
FIRST EDITION of this singular work. EXTREMELY RARE.
1058 DICTYS CRETENSIS.-(Title) DicrYS CRETESIS DE BELLO TROJANO, cum privilegio. (Folio 42 recto) Impssum Lugduni per Joannem Marion, Sumptibus & expensis Romani Morin bibliopole eiusdem ciuitatis, 1520. 4to, Roman letter, 39 lines to a page, title in red, made up with border and 3 cuts in black, full-page cut on verso of title and another cut in text, woodcut initials, green morocco, gilt edges, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £4 48
This mythical history, professedly translated from a Greek text disguised in Punic letters, was perhaps the work of the pseudo-translator himself, Septimus, in the fourth century. It formed the basis of the popular legend of Troy, in combination with the so-called Dares Phrygius.
1059 DIONYSIUS AFER.-DIONYSIUS DE SITU ORBIS. (Petit's fine device) Venales inveniuntur Pariesus: In vico divi Jacobi apud signu leonis argetei. Impressum Parisiis per Magistrum Georgii Wolff et Thielmanum Kerver, 1199. Small 4to, roman letter, 40 lines to the page, with side notes, woodcut of Jehan Petit's mark on title, brown calf, some leaves stained, £1 108
1060 DIOGENES.-DIOGENIS LAERTII HISTORIOGRAPHI DE PHILOSOPHORUM VITA DECEM PER Q SECUNDI LIBRI AD BENE BEATEQUE VIVENDU COMOTIVI. (Petit's device) Venundantur. Parisius in vico divi Jacobi apud Leonem Argenteum. (Colophon) Laertii Diogenis Vitae & sententiæ eorum qui in philosophia probati fucrunt non antea. Pariis Impressi. Finis pro Joanne Parvo in vico divi Jacobi Sub Leone argenteo Commorante Teλoσ w New Xapio. Small quarto, woodcut of printer's mark on title, and fine engraving of the author on verso, brown calf extra, £1 108
1061 DODOENS (Dr. Remb) A NEW HERBALL, OR HISTORIE OF PLANTS: wherein is contained the whole discourse and perfect description of all sorts of Herbes and Plants their divers and sundrie kindes. their names, natures, operations and vertues and that not onely of those which are heere growing in this our Countrie of England, but of al others also of forraine Realms commonly used in Physicke. First set foorth in the Dutch or Almaigne toong, by that learned D. Rembert Dodoens, Phesition to the Emperor: and now first translated out of French into English, by HENRY LYTE. Imprinted at London, by Edm. Bollifant, 1595. Quarto, Black Letter, border around title; fifty-three pages of illustrations of plants (some coloured) from a Herbal printed at Frankfort by Christianus Egeno'phus HAVE BEEN INSERTED in the text; russia, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, WITH BOOKPLATE, £5 58 1062 ELIOT (Sir Thomas) OF THE KNOWLEDG WHICHE MAKETH A WISE MAN. Londini in Aedibus Thoma Bertheleti, 1533, cum Privilegio. Gothic Letter, 26 lines to a page, 12mo, half red morocco, some pages scribbled on, £ 158
This is the FIRST EDITION, and exceedingly rare.
1063 ELIOT (Sir Thomas) THE IMAGE OF GOVERNANCE, COMPILED ON THE ACTES AND SENTENCES NOTABLE, of the moste noble Emperour Alexander Severus, late_translated out of Greke into Englyshe, by Syr Thomas Eliot, Knight, IN THE FAVOUR OF NOBILITIE. (Colophon) Londoni, in officinia Thomæ Bertheleti typis impress. cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum. anno. M.D.XL. Black Letter, 31 lines to a page, woodcut border round title and woodcut initials, the Eliot Arms on back of same, and fine woodcut of Lucrece facing page 1, small 4to, slightly wormed, but a fine copy in old half morocco, marbled sides, £4 14s 6d
FIRST EDITION, very scarce.
1064 ELIOT (Sir Thomas) The Booke named the Governour, devised by Sir Thomas Elyot, Knight. Londini, an. 1546. (Colophon) Londini in ædibus Thoma Bertheleti typis impress. cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum. anno. M.D XLVI. Black Letter, 34 lines to a page, 12mo, engraved title, an exceedingly fine copy in old red morocco extra, gilt edges, from the Earl of Jersey's library, with bookplate, £3 33
A choice copy of an early edition of this favourite little book. 1065 EUCLID.-PRECLARISSIMUS LIBER ELEMENTORUM EUCLIDIS PERSPICACISSIMI IN ARTEM GEOMETRIE incipit quasoelicissme. Erhardus ratdolt Augustensis impressor solertissimus Venetiis impressit 1482. FIRST EDITION, small folio, in red and black ink, very handsomely printed, Gotbic Letter, 44 lines to page, with headlines, with numerous woodcut diagrams and initia's, half vellum neat (a large and fine copy), £21
FIRST EDITION, and the FIRST BOOK containing mathematical illustrations.
1066 EVANGELISTARIUM.-MANUSCRIPT WRITTEN ON 217 LEAVES OF VELLUM, BY AN ENGLISH SCRIBE, large gothic characters in red and black, double columns, 19 lines, with square and diamond musical notation, numerous pen letters (apparently wants end). Circa 1250. Small folio, oaken boards, uncovered, FROM THE LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £28
This MS. was without doubt written by an English scribe, though no English Saint occurs in the earliest portion of the volume. It was, moreover, in England in the XV Century, as is proved by some additions of that period. The book itself would be written after 1226, as the Offices of S. Francis and S. Dominic are given.
1067 FROISSART (Sir John) THE CRONYCLES OF ENGLANDE, FRAUNCE, SPAYNE, PORTYNGALE, SCOTLANDE, BRETAINE, FLAUNDERS, AND OTHER PLACES ADJOYNYNGE, TRANSLATED OUTE OF FRENCHE INTO OURE MATER ALL ENGLYSHE TONGUE BY JOHN BOUCHIER, Knight, JOHN BERNERS; AT THE COMMANDEMENT OF OUR MOST HYGHE REDOUBTED SOVERAYGNE LORD KING HENRYE THE VIII; Kynge of Englande, Fraunce, and Ireland, Defendor of the Faith; and of the Church of England, and also of Irelande in earth the Supreme Head. (Vol. I.), Imprinted at London by Wylly im Myddylton, N.D. (Vol. II.), Imprinted at London in Flete-stete by RICHARD PINSON, 1525.
printed in double columns, woodcut on reverse of title, and initial letters through the text, folio, 2 vols in 1, red morocco, super extra, gilt back, gilt edges (the corners of first two leaves of Vol I, part of ff. 333, and the last leaf in facsimile), else a FINE LARGE COPY, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £40
The Corser copy sold in 1869 for £95; Perkins's in 1873 for £96; Tite's in 1874 for £70. 1057a GALIEN.LHYS TOIRE DU PREUX & VAILLANT CHEAVALIER GALIEN RETHORE FILS AU COUNT OLIVIER DE UIENNE PER DE FRANCE: contenant plusieurs Nobles Uictoires, tant en Espangne que en Grece. Comme pourrez veoir cy apres Nouvellement Imprime at Paris VVVIII Co. (Large woodcut.j A Paris pour Jehan Bonfons libraire demourant en la Rue Neufue nostre Dame a lenseigne Saint Nicolas (Folio 107 recto.) Cy fine le Romant de Galien Rethore avec les batailles ficte a Ronceuaulx par la trahison de Ganes per de France, avec la miserable execution faicte par lempereur Charlemaigne aupres de Sainct Marten a Lannois. Imprime a Paris pour Jehan bonfons libraire, demourant en la rue neufue nostre Dame a lenseigne Sainet Nicolas (c. 1545) 4to, Gothic Letter, 2 columns of 33 lines, WOODCUT INITIALS AND FIFTEEN OUTS, title in red and black, morocco extra, by Bauzonnet, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £16
This romance was first printed in 1500 It is partly of late composition, although sufficiently ancient to have rendered the word "Rethore" (i.e., rhetorized, or narrated in elegant prose,) incomprehensible at the time of its impression. The word was supposed to mean "restored," and to indicate the restoration of chivalry by Galien. The chief substance of the story was the ancient tale of Charlemagne's Journey to the East and the Turpin Chronicle. Hugues, Emperor of Constantinople, at first receives the Frankish Emperor and his peers courteously, but is informed by a spy of certain vaunting expressions to which, as is the Frankish manner, they have given utterance amongst themselves after supper. These "gabes," as they are called, are merely frolicsome braggadocio, spoken in lightheartedness, and not intended to convey any serious intention. The spy and the Greek Emperor, however, take them as the threats of dangerous magicians; the Franks are seized and menaced with death if they fail to fulfil their words. Oliver is first put to the test; his speech had had reference to the Greek Princess Jacqueline, and might better have fitted the lips of a Parisian gamen of to-day than of a young paladin. He, however, awakens a tender interest in the lady's heart, and she indulgently informs her father the next morning that the knight's boast had been fulfilled. Hugues requires that the others shall also exhibit their powers, which they do to his satisfaction, partly by celestial succour and partly by the use of mother-wit. He finally dismisses them with presents. After Oliver has gone, Jacqueline becomes the mother of Galien, who grows up in time to hear of the expedition to Spain, and to arrive just too late for the battle in the Pass of Roncesvalles. His dying father there acknowledges him, and Galien signalizes himself in the renewed fighting, in which Charlemagne takes reprisals for the loss of his peers and the treachery of Ganelon. After various deeds of valour in the West, Galien returns to the East, saves his mother from a shameful death, and resumes the Imperial crown. 1038 GLANVILLE (Barth.) BARTHOLOMEUS DE PROPRIETATIBUS RERUM (TRANSLATED BY JOHN OF TREVISCA). WESTMINSTER, WYNKEN DE WORDE, 1496. Folio, Black etter, double columns, 42 lines to a page, with headlines and catchwords, fine woodcuts and ornamental initials, wants 16 leaves, and one leaf is in facsimile, and a portion of the book is made up from smaller copy, otherwise it may be described as a sound copy (the Lakelands); cloth, from the library of WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £30 Dr. Dibdin, in speaking of this extremely rare volume, says: "Of all the books printed in this country in the XV Century, the present is one of the most curious and elaborate; and probably the most beautiful for its typographical execution. The paper, press work, and embellishments (although the latter are, for the greater part, very coarsely executed), are perhaps unrivalled by the efforts of any other artist in our country, within the period named."
Apart from the last quoted Bibliographer's somewhat gushing description, the book is generally admitted to be Wynken de Worde's most magnificent production.