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First edition of most of the Attic orators (1513)
One of the most beautiful books printed by Aldus

[ALDUS]. Orationes (Orationes horum rhetorum; Orationes infrascriptorum rhetorum; Isocratis orationes. . . .).
Venice, Aldus Manutius and Andre Torresani d'Asola, April-May 1513. 3 volumes bound as 2. Folio (30×20 cm). With Aldus's woodcut dolphin and anchor device on the three title-pages and at the end of volume 3; title-page for each volume printed in Greek and Latin; the two dedications in Latin, the texts in Greek; spaces with printed guide letters left for initials (not filled in). With 48-49 lines/page plus running heads. Early 19th-century English red grained morocco, gold- and blind-tooled. Full description
€ 43,500
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First printed world-corpus of classical inscriptions
With numerous woodcuts including one after Albrecht Dürer

APIANUS, Petrus and Bartholomeus AMANTIUS. Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetustatis non illae quidem Romanae, sed totius fere orbis . . .
Ingolstadt, Petrus Apianus, 1534. Folio (31×22 cm). Title-page with a large woodcut (15×16 cm) by H. Brosamer after Albrecht Dürer, Apianus's woodcut device above the colophon, woodcut coat of arms of Raimund Fugger (who helped finance the publication), and numerous woodcut illustrations by Brosamer, M. Ostendorfer, G.A. Benewitz and others, most showing sculptural elements from tombs, most pages in woodcut borders, usually assembled from 4 blocks each. 19th-century red half calf, gold- and blind-tooled spine. Full description
€ 4,950
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Famous letters on Islam and Arabic by an outstanding humanist, with many quotations in Arabic

CLENARDUS (CLEYNAERT), Nicolaus. Peregrinationum, ac de rebus machometicis epistolae elegantissimae.
Louvain, Hieronymus Welleus (colophon: printed by Reinerus Velpius), 1561. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on the title-page and last leaf, woodcut initials, with many quotations in Arabic in woodcut, and incidental use of Greek. Modern sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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7 rare complete Antwerp devotional print series, some Jesuit,
plus 3 other groups of rare Antwerp prints:
4 series and some additional prints apparently unique

COLLAERT, Adriaen, Antonius WIERIX and Theodore GALLE. [Binding title:] Recueil d'estampes Collaert Wierix and Galle.
[Antwerp], Adriaen Collaert, Antonius Wierix II, Theodore Galle, Cornelis Pinssen & anonymous, [ca. 1595-ca. 1610]. 9 print series plus 5 separate prints. Large 4to album with mostly 8vo prints. An album containing 7 complete devotional print series (together 109 prints), a (complete?) set of 3 town fortification plans (each with a madonna and child and patron saint or other local saints), 5 portraits and 6 illustrations from a book, making 123 engraved prints in total. Dark green gold-tooled morocco (ca. 1890), gilt edges. Full description
€ 32,500
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Heralds of a new age: three first editions
Including the first Renaissance narrative poetical works in Dutch
With 17 Coornhert illustrations

NOOT, Jan van der. Cort begryp der XII. boeken Olympiados. ... Abregé des douze livres Olympiades.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1579. With 1 engraved plate (portrait of the author), 17 full-page engravings (ca. 16 x 11.5 cm.) by Dirk Volkertsz. Coornhert after designs of the monogrammist CVSK and a full-page woodcut of an obelisk at the end, signed with the monogram "HE".
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(2) NOOT, Jan van der. Lofsang van Braband. ... Hymne de Braband.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1580. With 4 full-page woodcuts (portrait of the author, allegorical illustration, arms of Brabant and the other 16 provinces, and an obelisk).
(3) NOOT, Jan van der. Verscheyden poeticsche werken. ... Divers oeuvres poetiques.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1581. With full-page woodcut portrait of the author, and a full-page woodcut obelisk at the end. 3 works in 1 volume. Folio. All 3 works with text in Dutch and French. Early 18th-century gold-tooled mottled calf. Full description
€ 45,000
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In a 17th-century richly gold-tooled Jesuit prize-binding

PLUTARCHUS. Moralia, quae usurpantur. sunt autem omnis elegantis doctrinae penus: id est, varij libri: morales, historici, physici, mathematici, deniq; ad politiorem litteraturam pertinentes & humanitatem: omnes de Graeca in Latinam linguam transscripti.
Basel, Thomas Guarini, 1570. Folio. With woodcut printer's device on title-page and repeated on last page, some mathematical woodcuts in text and numerous historiated woodcut initials. Early 17th-century Jesuit prize binding in richly gold-tooled light brown calf, sides with arabesques in the style of Gascon, richly gold-tooled double borders and inner panel with small bands in a geometrical pattern. Full description
€ 4,250
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First edition of the laws of the city and province of Utrecht,
promulgated in 1550

[UTRECHT - LAW]. Costumen, usantien pollitien ende stijl van procederen der stadt jurisdictie, en[de] vrijheyt va[n] Utrecht gheapprobeert en[de] ghedecreteert,  . . .
[Colophon:] Amsterdam, printed by Willem Jacobsz. and sold at Utrecht by Jan van Gelre, 1550. 4to. With the title and the arms of the city of Utrecht in red and black in a 4-piece woodcut frame with figures and decoration, the arms repeated below the red and black colophon with the publisher's authenticating signature in dark brown ink; 3 different woodcut coats of arms for the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, each with a different bearing: 2 small in the text, with his motto "plus oultre", and a full-page one on the verso of the last leaf. Late 18th-century boards, marbled paper sides. Full description
€ 3,500
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