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1069 GOWER (John) DE CONFESSIONE AMANTIS (THE CONFESSION OF A LOVER). Imprinted at London in Flete-strete, by Thomas Berthelette. Prinier to the King's Grace, An MDXXXII (1632), Cum Privilegio. Gothic Letter, small folio, blank top of title mended, but FINE COPY, in old calf, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £21
THE SECOND EDITION OF GOWER'S POEM IN ENGLISH: the first was printed by Caxton, and is practically unobtainable.
1070 GOWER (John) Jo: GOWER DE CONFESSIONE AMANTIS. Imprinted at London in Flete-strete by Thomas Berthelette, the XII daie of Marche, 1554, cum Privilegio. Small folio, Black Letter, two columns, 48 lines to page, with headlines, catchwords, and side-notes, very fine and clean copy in morocco extra, gilt leaves, by RIVIERE, (a very large and sound copy), £21
"A vast interval must be made between Chaucer and any other English poet; yet Gower, his contemporary, though not like him, a poet of nature's growth, had some effect in rendering the language less rude, and exciting a taste for verse; if he never rises, he never sinks low; he is always sensible, polished, perspicuous, and not prosaic in the worst sense of the word.”—Hállam's Literature, History of Europe.
Even in the lighter strains of his muse Gower sought to be the instructor of the dark age in which his lot was cast. He is well entitled to the honourable appellation conferred upon him by the most illustrious English poet of the times.
"O moral Gower! this boke I direct
To the, and to the philosophical strode,
"If Chaucer had not existed, the compositions of Gower would have been sufficient to rescue the reigns of Edward the Third and Richard the Second from the imputations of barbarism.”—Dr. Warton.
1071 GESNER (Conrad) HISTORIE ANIMALIUM QUADRUPEDS, AVES ET PISCES. Tiguri, C. Fraschoner, 1551-4-5. 3 vols, folio, A LARGE NUMBER OF VERY FINE WOODCUTS, title of Vol I mounted, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £4 10s 1072 GREGORIUS IX PAPA (Folio I, woodcut of St. Peter) SICUT PETRUS APOSTOLOR PRINCEPS IN ECCLESIA DEI PREFUIT: SIC POSTMODU GREGORIUS: QUI QUIDEM PRO MERCEDE GLORIE CELESTIS IMARCESSIBILEM CORONAM REPORTANTES: NOBIS SCRIPTA BENE VIVEDI EXEPLA RELIQUERUNT: UT INFRA GREGORII SERMO DYALOGUS PROBAT (last leaf). Venetiis, per Hieronymu de Paganinis Brixiesem, 1492. Small 4to, Gothic Letter, 2 columns, 38 lines to a page, woodcut on title, red morocco extra, from the Syston Park Library, £4 48
1073 GUZMAN (Fernan Perez de) (Title) COMMENÇA LA CRONICA DE SERENISSIMO REY DON JUAN EL SEGUNDO deste nombre impressa en la muy noble & leal ciudad de Logrono : (Folio 281 recto). Impressa en Logrono por Mandado de su alteza por arnao Guillen de Brocar su impressor AX dias de mes de Otubre, 1517 (Printers' device). FIRST EDITION, folio, gothic letter, of 2 sizes, in red and black throughout, 26 ff. unnumbered, 254 ff. numbered, and an additional leaf, 2 columns of 54 lines, title in red, with large cut of the King, with made-up woodcut borders, woodcut initials throughout, some of which contain figures of Kings and appear to have been specially cut; full-page cut of the Crucifixion signed L. D., large cut of Juan II on horseback, with 4 smaller cuts of Princesses, etc., on each side, the whole enclosed in ornamental strips (title and 2 last leaves mounted), morocco extra, gilt edges, from the Library of WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £15 158
The great rarity of this first edition is proved by the fact that both Baron Seillierè and the Earl of Crawford had only the reprint of Pamplona 1591, that Mr. Beckford had only the edition of 1543, and that Don José Miro had only an imperfect copy.
1074 HAKLUYT (Richard) THE PRINCIPAL NAVIGATIONS, VOYAGES, TRAFFIQUES, AND DISCOVERIES OF THE ENGLISH NATIONS MADE BY SEA OR OVERLAND, TO THE REMOTE AND FARTHEST DISTANT QUARTERS OF THE EARTH, at any time within the compass of 1600 yeres. 1599-1600. Black Letter, 3 vols in 2, folio. A Section of Curious, Rare, and Early Voyages and Histories of Interesting Discoveries chiefly published by Hakluyt or at his suggestion, but not included in his
celebrated compilation. R. H. Evans, 1812. Together four vols in three, folio, calf pared, formerly in the possession of the Duke of Newcastle and Lord Foley, with bookplates, FROM THE LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £18
THE THIRD VOLUME IS ENTIRELY COMPOSED OF VOYAGES AND ADVENTURES IN AMERICA. The Voyage to Cadiz is, as usual, the reprint.
The titlepage to Volume I is soiled, and blank margins a little repaired, else the copy is a clean and good one.
075 HERBAL. THE GRETE HERBALL, WHICH GEVETH PARFYT KNOWLEGE AND UNDERSTANDYNG OF ALL MANER OF HERBES, THERE GRACYOUS VERTUES WHICH GOD HATH ORDEYNED FOR OUR PROSPEROUS WELFARE AND HELTH, FOR THEY HELE AND CURE ALL MANER OF DYSEASES AND SEKENESSES THAT FALL OR MYSFORTUNE TO ALL MANER OF CREATURES OF GOD CREATED. PRACTYSED BY MANY EXPERT AND WYSE MAYSTERS AS AMCENNA AND OTHER. Also it geveth full parfyte understandynge of the booke lately prentyd by me PETER TREVERIS named THE NOBLE EXPERIENS OF THE VERTUOUS HANDWARKE OF SURGERY. Woodcut of more than half the page, representing two men gathering herbs and fruit, (last page) (Large full-page device of Petrus Treveris.) IM PRENTYD AT LONDON IN SOUTHWARKE BY ME PETER TREVERIS DWELLYNGE IN THE SYGNE OF THE WODOWS, IN THE YERE OF OUR LORDE GOD, JULY 27, 1526. Small folio, gotbic letter, FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-THREE MOST QUAINT WOODCUTS OF PLANTS, etc., some blank margins have been mended, green morocco, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £24
THE FIRST ENGLISH HERBAL, AND EXTREMELY RARE,
1076 HERODOTUS (folio aa iii) HERODIANI HISTORIE DE IMPERIO POST MARCUM vel de suis temporibus liber primus e Græco translatus Angelo Politiano interprete ad innocentum VIII Pontifem Mascimum Prohoemium. . . (last leaf) Quod quidem opus novum et aureum Plato de Benedictis accuratissime Anno Domini MCCCCLXXXXIII pridi Kate Septembres Bononiæ q pulcherrimis his Caracteribus impressit (printer's device). Folio, roman letter, 35 lines to a page (wants folio 25 and 49), from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £1 1s
1077 HIERONYMUS (S.) Title) VITAS PATRUM ENDE IS GHENOEMT DAT VADER BOECK (Folio 136 recto) Hic eyndet dat derde deel van desen boecke Gheprent tot Leyden in Hallant Bi mi Jan Severson Int ider ons heren, 1511. (Printer's device). Folio, gotbíc letter, 4 ff. unnumbered, 132 ff. incorrectly numbered as 126 ff., 2 columns of 43 lines. Title, consisting of a large cut made up with border of six woodent ornaments, verso of last leaf consists of full-page cut; numerous woodcut initials; modern stamped pigskin, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, £21
1078 HOLINSHED (Ralph) The First and Second VOLUMES OF CHRONICLES, COMprising:
1, The description and historie of England,
2, The description and historie of Ireland,
First collected and published by Raphaell Holinshed, William Harrison, and others; now newlie augmented and continued, with manifold matters of singular note and worthy memorie to the year 1586, by John Hooker alias Vowell, Gent., and others.— The WHOLE VOLUME OF CHRONICLES: containing the Chronicles of England Ireland and Scotland. Finished in January, 1587 at the expenses of John Harrison, George Bishop, Rafe Newberrie, Henry Denham, Thomas Woodcock. (Printer's device), at London, printed in Aldergate at the sign of the starre (1587). 2 vols, folio, black letter, engraved borders round title, old calf, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with HIS AUTOGRAPHS on fly-leaves, and bookplate, £8 88
Wynkyn De Worde's Press.
1079 HIGDEN (Ranulph). (On woodcut title) POLICRONICON. (Folio 3 recto) POLY CRONYCON, IN WHICH BOOKE BEN COMPRYSED BRYFLY MANY WONDERFULL FYRST THE DESCRYPCYON OF THE UNYVERSAL WORLDE, AS WELL IN LENGTH AS IN BREDE, WITH THE DEUYSYONS OF COUNTREES, ROYAMMES AND EMPYRS, THE NOBLE CYTEES, HYE MOUNTAINS, FAMOUS RYVERS, Merveylles AND WONDRES, AND ALSO THE HISTORYCAL ACTES AND WONDERFUL DEDES SYTH THE FYRSTE MAKYNGE OF HEVEN AND ERTHE UNTO THE BEGYNNYNGE OF KYNG HENRY THE SEVENTHE, THE X YERE OF HIS REGNE, AND UNTO THE YERE OF our lorde a. M.CCCC.LXXXXV, as by the ayde of Almyghty God shall followe all a longe, after the composynge and gaderynge of dan RANULPHE, MONKE OF CHESTRE, AND AFTERWARDS ENGLYSSHED BY ONE TREVISA, VYCARYE OF BARKLEY. And now at this time symply emprynted newe and set in forme by me, WYNKYn de woordE, and a lytyll embelysshed from the old makyng, and also have added such storyes I coulde find fro the ende that the said Ranulphe fynysshed his booke, which was the yere of our lorde M.CCC. and LVII. unto the yere of the same M.CCCC.LXXXXV., which ben an hundred and XXXVIII. yere. (At end), Ended the thyrtenth daye of Apryll the tenth yere of the regne of kyng Harry the Seventh. And of the Incarnacyon of our lord: M.CCCC.lxxxxv. (1495). Enprynted at Westmestre by Wynkyn Theworde. Small folio, black letter. two columns, 41 lines to page, with headlines and sidenotes, woodcut title in facsimile, else fine, sound, and genuine copy in old calf neatly rebacked, £75
This edition, remarkable for the beauty of its typography, is exceedingly rare, and the present copy is a very fine one.
Lowndes was unable to cite any copy sold as complete, and Dr. Dibden says, "The only perfect copy which I remember to have seen is that in the collection of J. D. Phe'ps." Even Mr. Huth's copy has the last leaf in facsimile.
It is reprinted verbally from Caxton's edition of 1482. Trevisa's text (written in 1387) was a little amplified by Caxton, who also added the portion of the history which extends from 1357 to 1460, which, as he said in the Prohemye, comprised a hundred and three years. A copy sold in 1871 for £105, and the Crauford in 1876 realized £114.
1080 HOLLAND (Philemon) THE HISTORIE OF TWELVE CESARS, Emperours of Rome, written in Latine by C. SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS, and newly translated into English Printed for Matthew Lownes, 1606. FIRST EDITION, folio, woodcut profile of each of the 12 Emperors, old calf, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £3 38
1031 HOOPER (John) A DECLARATION OF THE TEN HOLY COMAUNDEMENTES OF ALLMYGHTHYE GOD, WROTEN Anno MDXLVIII (1549). 12mo, gotbic letter, 31 lines to a page, fine copy in gilt vellum, £3 103
1082 HOOPER (John) AN OVERSIGHTE AND DELIBERACION UPON THE HOLY PROPHET JONAS, made and uttered before the Kinges Majestie and his Most Honourable Councell Imprinted at London by John Tisdale, dwelling in Knight Rider Strete (1550). Small 8vo, Black Letter, nice old calf, gilt binding, fine copy, £3 108
Under the similitude of Jonah, Hooper preaches against the abuses of the time existing in this country, especially of the Catholic Bishops and Priests, Judges, Nobles, etc.
1033 HORATIUS.-CHRISTOPHORI LANDINI FLORENTINI IN Q. HORATII FLACCI LIBROS OMNES AD ILLUSTRISSIMUM GUIDONEM ZELTORIUM MAGNI FEDERICI DUCIS ZILIUM INTERPRE ATIONES (Colophon). Impressium per Antonium Miscomenum Florentia, Anno Salutis MCCCCLXXXII . Small folio, Roman letter of two sizes, half old boards, neat, from the Bunbury library, with bookplate, fine copy, with large margins, £6 68 First edition of Horace with this commentary.
1084 HUGO SENENSIS. SUPER QARTA PRIMA AVICENNE INCIPIT. (Folic 58). Impressum Venecijs per Andream de Calabjs de papia. Anno dni, 1485. Folio, gothic letter, two columns of 74 lines to a page, rubricated, painted initial at the beginning historiated with a figure of the author, half red morocco, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £5 58
085 IVO (Episcopus Charnothensis) (Title) LIBER DECRETUM SIVE PANORMIA IUONIS ACCURATO LABORE SUMOQUE STUDIO IN UNUM REDACTA CONTINES (full-page woodout on verso) (Folio 182). Expesis Michaelis furter elaborata Anno fructifene incarnationis, 1499. (Printer's device), 4to, gotbic letter, 37 lines to a page, WOODCUT INITIALS AND LARGE FULL-PAGE WOODCUT, half morocco, stamped flriated tooling, with elasps, by COBDEN SANDERSON, from the Library of WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £5 58
085a JOUVENCEL.--LE LIVRE INTITULE LE JOUVENCEL (Folio 2 verso) Cy finist le iouuencel. Imprime a Paris le IV jour Davril mil cinq cens vingt et trois. Par Phelippe le Noir Libraire & relieur iure demourant a Paris en la grat rue Sainct Jacques a lenseigne de la roze blanche Couronne (1523). Quarto, Gothic Letter, 34 lines to a page. WOODCUT INITIALS AND SEVEN FINE WOODCUTS (lacks E4, and the title is in facsimile), calf, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £10 108
This excessively rare allegorical Romance was commenced by Jean de Brevil, surnamed "Le Fleau des Anglois," and at his death in 1474 was completed by J. Tibergeau de La Mothe, M. Morin and N. Riolai. This edition is not mentioned by Brunet, who quotes that of 1529 by the same printer, selling for 1,000 francs in the Solar Sale.
1086 KEMPIS (Thomas à) LIBER DE IMITATOE CHRISTI cum tractatu de Cordis meditatione (woodcut, which is repeated on verso, and again on the last page), (Colopho) Finit este libell Colonie retro Minores deligetissime Impressus Anno MCCCCCIII, quta octobris. 12mo, gotbic letter, 31 lines to a page with headlines, rubricated, initial in red, original stamped leather, A FARE EDITION, £5 58
1086a LANCELOT DU LAC.-Le Premier Volume (Le Second Volume-Le Tiers Volume), DE LANCELOT DU LAC, Nouvellemens imprime a Paris lan mil cing cens et trieze. (Folio 588 recto) Cy fine le dernier volume de la table son de FACIANT MENTU DES FAIS ET PROUESSES DE MONSEIGNEUR LANCELOT DU LAC et dautres plusieurs nobles et vaillans hommes ses Compaignons Nouvellement Imprime a Paris pour Francoys Regnault Libraire jure de l'universite de Paris demourant en la grant rue sainct Jaques. Lan mil cing cens et trieze le mardy septiesme cour du moys de juing (1513). (F. 538 recto, Device of Francois Regnault), three vols in one, folio, gotbic letter, two columns of 4t lines, WOODCUT INITIALS, AND THIRTY LARGE CUTS (folios 103-109 are lacking, and title of Vol 3 and a few leaves from the 1520 edition), crimson morocco, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with hookplate (A VERY RARE BOOK), £18 188
1087 LEBEN. DIE HEYLIGEN LEBEN (folio 1 recto). Diss Register gebt anzeyung an welchem (folio 3 recto, woodcut of S. Ambrose on throne, with numerous figures around him) HIE HEBT SICH AN DAS SUMMER TAYL DER HEYLIGEN LEBEN, und ZU DEM ERSTEN von dem lieBEN HEYLIGEN LERER SAND AMBROSIO dem boschoffe (folio 174 verso). Hye ist Ein end der Heyligen Leben des Sumerteyl: und hernach hebt sech an dz winterteyl (folio 175 recto, woodcut of S. Michael). HIE HEBT SICH AN DER HEYLIGEN LEBEN IN DEM WINTERTEYL UND ZU DEM ERSTEN VON DEM LIEBEN HERREN UND ERTZENGEL SANT MICHEL (folio 387 verso). Der hochen unteylbern heyligen Trinaltegkeyt zu lot, Maris d' wer degsten iunckfrawen und Muter Jesu Cristi zu eren, allen tugentlichen Cristen menshen zu einer heysbsamen anweysung is gedruckt diss Passional, das ist der heyligen leben. Durch Anthonium Kaberger, und geendet auff freytag den nechsten vor Sant Necklars tog. In der Keyserli-chen stat Nuremberg. In iar unser erlosung, da man zalt Tausent, Vierzehenhuæder und im achtund achtzigsten, nach Cristi unsers lieben herren geburt (1488). Folio, gothic letter, double columns, 50 lines to a page, rubricated, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY-NINE LARGE AND FINE WOODCUTS, old stamped pigskin, in very sound condition, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with his bookplate, ONE OF THE FINEST GERMAN WOODCUT BOOKS in this extensive collection, £75
This very fine edition of the German" Lives of the Saints" is quite perfect, but folio 381 appears to be supplied from another copy as the woodcut is coloured; folios 221-224 have been misplaced in binding between 188-189.
1088 LAUDE (Oldradus de Ponte de) CONSILIA ET QUÆSTIONES (folio 2 recto). In Nomine Domin Amen In Causa Ebora &c. (folio 221 verso). Finis consilium Exemii utriusque iuris professoris Oldvadi de Laude. Rome impressorum per Magistrum Adam Rot. Meten. Diocesis Anno Salutis 1472. Folio, Roman letter, two columns of 50 lines to a page, rubricated, capitals painted in blue and red (lower blank margins of six leaves cut away), oaken boards, very nice original stamped leather binding, but damaged, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £6 68
1088a LEGENDE DES FLAMENS.-LA LEGEDE DES FLAMES ARTISIENS ET HAYNUYERS, OU AUTREMET LEUR CRONIQUE ABREGEE, EN LAQUELLE SONT CONTENUES PLUSIEURS HYSTOIRES DE FRACE ANGLETERRE ALLEMAIGNE Avecqs les genealogies et descentes des RoYS DE NAPLES ET SICILLE qui y ont regne en quatre nations jusques a present ALCAUOIR, NORMANS, ALLEMANS, FRANCOIS & ARRAGONOYS. Mesmoment des Viscotes princos & Ducz de MYLLAN qui ont regne iusques a present. Et le Droict et titre que les treschrestiens ROYS DE FRANCE ont tant au royaulme et courone de NAPLES & SCILE que au duche et estat de MILLAN, cum puillegio. Ils se rendent a Paris en la sue Sainct Jacques a lenseigne Sainct Claude pres les Maturins. (Folio 113 verso), Cy fine ce present traicte intitule la legende des Flamens. Nouvellement imprime a Paris et a este acheue le xxe jour de May mil cing Cent. XII. (1522.) Quarto, gotbic letter, 33 lines to a page, title in red and black, with large cut on verso, WOODCUT INITIALS AND THIRTY CUTS. old calf, with arms of Hon. T. Grenville, stamped in gold on sides, from the library of WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £21
1089 LUCRETIUS CARUS (Titus) (Folio 2 recto) T. LUCRETI CARI. Poetae philosophici antiquissimi de RERUM NATURA (Folio 95 recto) Paulus hunc impressit fridenperger in Verona. Qui genitus est in Patavia alæ Magnæ. Ah incarnatione Christi. 1486. Folio, Roman letter, 41-42 lines to a page, slightly wormed, old red morocco gilt, from the Library of WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £8 88
A very rare book, by as equally an uncommon printer. This book is the only specimen with this printer's name recorded by Hain.
1090 LYDGATE (John) THE TRAGEDIES, GATHERED BY JHON BOCHAS, OF ALL SUCH PRINCES AS FELL FROM THEYR ESTATES THROUGHE THE MUTABILITY OF FORTUNE SINCE THE CREACION OF ADAM UNTIL HIS TIME, WHEREIN MAY BE SEEN WHAT VICES BRING MENNE TO DESTRUCTION, WITH NOTABLE WARNINGS HOWE THE LIKE MAY BE AVOYDED, TRANSLATED INTO ENGLYSH (VERSE) BY JOHN LIDGATE, MONKE OF BURYE. Imprinted at London by John Wayland, at the Signe of the Sunns over against the Conduite in Fiete-strete, N.D. (circa 1550). Folio, Black Letter, engraved title, some small wormholes, a very fine and large copy in the original oak boards, covered with stamped leather, Sir John Fenn's copy, with some notes in his handwriting on fly-leaves, £12 128
"The work is not improperly styled a set of tragedies. It is not merely a narrative of men eminent for their rank and misfortunes. The plan is perfectly dramatic and partly suggested by the pageants of the times. Every personage is supposed to appear before the poet, and to relate his respective sufferings; and the figures of these spectres are sometimes finely drawn. The book was never popular here, because it had no English examples."-WARTON,
1091 LODGE (Thomas) THE WORK ES OF LUCIUS ANNEUS SENECA, newly enlarged and corrected. London, printed by Willi. Stansby (1620). Folio, engraved title, old calf, GOOD COPY, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, S1 48
"The only English version."-Lowndes.
1092 LUCIAN.-MAYNE (JASPER) Part of LUCIAN made English from the original in the year 1638. To which are adjoyned those other Dialogues of Lucian as they were formerly translated by Mr. Francis Hicks. (Printer's device), Oxford, printed by H. Hall for R. Davis, 1661. Folio, engraved portrait of Lucian by Wm. Faithorne, FINE COPY in old calf, from the LIBRARY OF WILLIAM MORRIS, with bookplate, £4 48
Dryden speaks in terms of highest approbation of this translation.