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The ideas of Ibn Sina, Al-Farabi and other Arabic philosophers incorporated in the very first edition
(ca. 1475/1476) of Alvernus's most important work

ALVERNUS, Guillelmus (William of AUVERGNE). Libri ... de fide et legibus.
[Augsburg, Günther Zainer, ca. 1475/1476]. Small folio. Set in a hybrid roman type with gothic elements (a single column of 43 lines per page plus running heads), with the first 3 lines, including the title, in a slightly larger rotunda gothic. With all initials supplied in manuscript in red, rubricated throughout. Contemporary, richly blind-tooled vellum over wooden boards, two brass clasps, blue edges, "Nr. 56" in red ink written at the foot of the spine. [139] ll. Full description
€ 45,000
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Fables for Christians, by one of the founders of Rosicrucianism

[ANDREAE, Johann Valentin]. Mythologiae Christianae sive virtutum & vitiorum vitae humanae imaginum. Libri tres.
Strasbourg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, [1619]. With an engraved title-page.
With: (2) [GESSEL, Timan van]. Synopsis locorum sacrae scripturae patrum, et recentiorum quorundam theologorum, quibus demonstratur, quaenam sint ad salutem creditu necessaria & sufficientia.
Amsterdam, [Joan Blaeu?], 1650. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary vellum. [24], 352, [7], [1 blank]; [38], 197, [1] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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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.
Altona, David Iversen, 1764.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 (not identical) and some woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. Slightly later brown pastepaper boards, with title-label on spine, red sprinkled edges. LXII, 272; XXXII, 224, 144 pp. Full description
€ 2,000
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Oval portrait painting of Voltaire

CERF, J. de. [Oval miniature portrait painting of Voltaire].
[France?], "1687" [= ca. 1735?]. Oval portrait painting (11 x 9 cm) in grisaille on copper, with a note on the back "J. de Cerf A[nn]o 1687". Mounted in a gilt rectangular wooden frame (34.5 x 28 cm). Full description
€ 9,500
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Rare and little-known critical essay on Descartes, from Benevento in the Kingdom of Naples

[DESCARTES]. Marcus Antonius SANCTI. Crisis opinionum Renati De Cartes.
Benevento, Typographia Archiepiscopali, 1712. 4to. Title in a double-line frame built up from short rules, woodcut tailpiece and factotum (plus one repeat with a different letter), and a factotum and other decorations built up of typographical ornaments. Contemporary limp vellum with manuscript title on spine. [12], 63, [5] pp. Full description
€ 3,950
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The principal works of René Descartes, published with corrections and revisions in the year of his death

DESCARTES, René. Principia philosopiae.
Amsterdam, Louis Elzevier, 1650.
(2) IDEM. Specimina philosopiae: seu dissertatio de methodo rectè regendae rationis, & veritatis in scientiis investigandae: dioptrice, et meteora.
Amsterdam, Louis Elzevier, 1650.
(3) IDEM. Passiones animae.
Amsterdam, Louis Elzevier, 1650.
3 works in 1 volume. 4to. With 3 title-pages, each with Elzeviers woodcut Athena and tree device (Rahir M19), ads 1 and 2 with numerous woodcut illustrations in the text, ad 1 with a woodcut tailpiece (Rahir fleuron 102) and all three with a few woodcut decorated initials (2 series). Sprinkled calf (old boards rebound on 4 recessed cords with a blind-tooled spine, a spine label, and new endpapers ca. 1800?). [40], “302” [= 292]; [16], 316; [24], 98, [6] pp. Full description
€ 2,250
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The 7500-page works of one of the most creative and influential minds of the Enlightenment

DIDEROT, Denis. Oeuvres de Denis Diderot, publiées, sur les manuscrits de l'auteur, par Jacques-André Naigeon, de l'Institut National des Sciences, etc. Tome premier[-quinzième].
Paris, Desray, Deterville (back of half-title, vol. I: printed by [Charles] Crapelet), an VI [=] 1798. 15 volumes. 8vo. With a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by Charles Étienne Gaucher after a 1766 drawing by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 16 engraved plates and a folding letterpress table of all kinds of human knowledge for the Encyclopédie (52 x 37.5 cm). Contemporary, uniform half sprinkled calf, richly gold-tooled spines. [in total about 7500 pp.]. Full description
€ 6,500
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