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SCHEDEL, Hartmann

Liber chronicarum. Nürnberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12. July 1493. Imperial Folio (430 x 305 mm). 325 (of 328) leaves (bound without first and final two blank leaves). Woodcut title, double-page maps and more than 1800 hand-colored woodcut illustrations printed from 645 blocks by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, including Albrecht Dürer. Fol. I opening with a 14-line initial in blue, on a punched gold ground within green and red frame, with marginal extensions comprising interwining sprays and flowers in green, blue and pink in typical Koberger style; fol. CCLXVII with an 8-line opening initial finished in the same style. The opening initial of the table painted in red and blue with extending penwork, paragraph opening initials painted in red or red and blue. The text Rubricated throughout, with a few paragraph opening initials painted in red and capital strokes in red. Restored and recased in contemporary blind-tooled goatskin over thick wooden boards of the Cologne "Madonna II" workshop.** Brass clasps and catches preserved (leather straps gone), outer corners protected by brass fittings, spine rebacked preserving most of the original material, boards with patches restored. The printed paper with some spotting and thumbing, minor browning and some marginal pale dampstaining in places (the table at end stronger), minor marginal worming to last leaves, a few old ink annotations. Corner-damage to f.10, large tear to f.91 and repaired tear to f.183, soiling and marginal repairs to f.291. The double-page map of Europe soiled at margins and with minor repair. Title spotted and soiled, with marginal repairs and old inscription. A few leaves trimmed close at upper margin touching or slightly shaving headline. A full-page engraved family tree after A. Birnbaum (c. 1660) of Johann Georg I. of Saxony with city-view of Johanngeorgenstadt pasted on blank verso of f.266; f.169v with ink-cancelled paragraph; ff. 2, 5, 7 and the 3 foliated blanks supplied from another copy, ff. 2, 5 and 7 with typical Koberger coloring. Provenances: Old inscriptions to title page "Ex Bibliotheca P. Zacharias Pieschel", a further illegible gothic inscription below and a paper snippet pasted at lower right corner; further inscribed "ex libris Equitis à Schönfeld" on paper strip mounted on front-pastedown, two paper snippets pasted below inscribed "Ex Collectione Incunabilis Principis à Wallensten," manuscript notes on title verso. From the library of Sandor Wolf.*

Sachgebiete: Geschichte, Inkunabeln, Kartographie

135000,- EUR

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[SCHILTBÜRGERBUCH] GIMBEL, Aleph Beth, Pseudo-Anonymous, [Author unknown]

Only two copies known with no copy in German speaking countries! Der Schiltbürger : Wunderselzame abentheurliche unerhörte und bissher unbeschribene geschichten und thaten der obgemelten Schiltbürger in Misnopotamia hinder Utopia gelegen : Itzundt also frisch männiglichen zu ehrlicher zeit verkürtzung aus unbekanten authoren zu sammen getragen und aus utopischer auch rohtwelscher in deutsche sprach gesetzt : Auffs newe gemehret und gebessert / Durch m. Aleph Beth Gimel der festung ... Mit privilegien dess authoris vermehret und verbessert aber nicht nach zudrucken : Gedruckt in verlegung des authoris der festung Misnopotamia. [Frankfurt]: [P. Brachfeld?], 1598. 8vo (157 x 96 mm). [16], 194 (i.e. 192) pp. Pages 185-186 omitted in numbering, title printed in red and black, simple woodcut initials, woodcut illustration on final preliminary leaf verso, few leaves with lower margin left uncut. Signatures: A-N8. Bound in early 20th century cardboard reusing old incunable leaf as cover material, spine with hand-lettered paper label (slight chipping at head of spine, lower corners bumped and slightly worn). Text evenly browned throughout, very little occasional spotting, pale brown-stain at gutter of lower blank margin throughout, inner margin short, a few minor paper flaws well away from text area, old paper repair at lower blank margin of leaf B4. Provenance: from a German private collection; no signs of erased stamps or ownership marks. A very good copy, collated and complete.

Sachgebiete: Literatur bis ca. 1900, Märchen/Sagen, Satire, Utopien

45000,- EUR

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HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, Saint / PRISCIANUS, Theodorus / ALBUCASIS (Abū al-Qāsim Khalaf ibn ʻAbbās al-Zahrāwī)

HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, Saint. Physica S. Hildegardis. Elementorum, Fluminum aliquot Germaniae, Metallorum, Leguminum, Fructuum, & Herbarum : Arborum, & Arbustorum: deniq[ue], Volatilium, & Animantium terrae naturas & operationes. IIII. libris mirabili experientia posteritati tradens. Oribasii, Medici, de Simplicibus Libri Quinque. Theodori physici Dieta, docens quibusnam salubriter utendum, uel abstinendum. Esculapii Liber Unus, De Morborum, Infirmitatum, Passionumq[ue] corporis humani caussis, descriptionibus, & cura. Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1533. [8], 247 [1], lxxix, [5] pp. Historiated woodcut initials, 3 full-page woodcut illustrations, general index at end. Signatures: *4 A-Hh4 a-i4 k6. [Bound with:] PRISCIANUS, Theodorus / ALBUCASIS (Abū al-Qāsim Khalaf ibn ʻAbbās al-Zahrāwī). Octavii Horatiani rerum Medicarum lib. Quatuor. I. Logicus, de curationibus omnium ferme morborum corporis humani, ad Euporistum, II. De Acutis & Chronicis passionibus, ad eundem, III. Gynecia, De Mulierum accedentibus, & curis eorundem, ad Victoriam, IIII. De Physica scientia, Experimentorum liber, ad Eusebium filium... Albucasis chirurgicorum omnium Primarii lib. tres. I. De Cauterio cum igne, . . . II. De Sectione & Perforatione, . . . De Vulneribus, . . . III. De restauratione & curatione dislocationis me[m]brorum. . . Strassburg: Johann Schott, 26 February 1532. [8], 319 [1] pp. Title-page with woodcut border, woodcut initials, woodcut illustrations in text (8 full-page). Albucasis' work has woodcuts depicting the wounded man, cauterisation of a wound and surgical instruments; colophon on leaf dd6r: "Argentorati apud Ioannem Schottum librarium. XXVI. Febr. anno M.D.XXXII." Signatures: π4 a-u6 x4 y-z6 aa-bb6 cc4 dd6. Folio (313 x 205 mm). Bound in contemporary blind-stamped calf over wooden boards, two original brass clasps and edge/corner protectors at foot present (rebacked, first gathering and front flyleaf re-attached, lacking both straps, upper cover stained, calf rubbed and worn at extremities). Blue-dyed edges, front flyleaf with watermark of an F in a crowned shield [Briquet 8160, dated 1520s, Metz]. Occasional minor spotting of text, first work with light pale waterstaining to lower half of blank fore-margin, occasional dust- and finger soiling, pencil text markings in first gatherings, small holes in blank margin of title-page (not affecting text), angular hole in blank fore-margin of f. k2. Second work with minor occasional spotting and dust soiling. Provenance: George Peirce, bookplate (to inner front board). Fine copy printed on strong paper.

Sachgebiete: Botanik, Erstausgaben, Medizin, Naturwissenschaften, Pharmazie

62500,- EUR

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PARACELSUS, Theophrastus (Bombast von Hohenheim) / RYFF, Walther Hermann / HOULLIER, Jacques (HOLLERIUS, Jacobus)

Important Sammelband in original binding including Paracelsus' Opus chyrurgicum in 1st edition: PARACELSUS, Theophrastus (Bombast von Hohenheim). Opus chyrurgicum, warhaffte unnd vollkomne Wundartznei . . .; darinn begriffen wie die Wunden, offnen Schäden, Gewächs, Gebresten, Frantzosen, Blatern, Beulen, Lähmi, allerley Zufäll unnd Kranckheiten, auch kalter und warmer Brandt, Fistel und Wolff ... curiert werden sollend. Strassburg: Paulo Messerschmidt, 1564. [20], CCCCLXII (i.e. CCCCLXIV) pp., CCCCLXIIII-CCCCCXV (i.e. CCCCCXVI) ff. Signatures: *4 A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, AA-BB6, CC4. Title printed in red and black, woodcut initials, including blank leaf *4. [Bound after:] II. RYFF, Walther Hermann. Die grosz Chirurgei, oder volkommene Wundtartzenei; chirurgischen Handtwirckung eigentlicher Bericht, und Inhalt alles so der Wundartznei angehörig; mit künstlicher Fürmalung, klarer Beschreibung . . . aller hierzu dienlicher und gebreuchlicher Instrument oder Ferrament. Frankfurt am Main: C. Egenolff, 1545. [6], CLXXXIX ff. Signatures: [trefoil]6, a-z6, A-H6, I4. Title printed in red and black and with large woodcut illustration printed in red and black, woodcut initials, final blank leaf I4. [Bound before:] III. HOULLIER, Jacques (HOLLERIUS, Jacobus). De Materia chirurgica libri tres, recens aucti authore atque recogniti. Paris: Christian Wechel, 1552. [20], 154, [2] pp. Printer's device on title page and leaf N6 verso, general index and final errata leaf, woodcut initials. Signatures: a6, b4, A-N6. Text generally crisp and clean with very little even browning throughout, a few short tears to blank margins, few occasional ink smudges, wormtrack to lower blank margin of final gatherings C-I. Bound in contemporary blind-tooled pigskin, spine lettered in ink and with 4 raised bands, upper board with additional ink lettering and blind-stamped and silver supralibros (monastic coat of arms monogrammed M.A.L., silver oxidized), ties gone, original untouched endpapers (minor rubbing of extremities, corners bumped and worn, some worming of inner boards and pastedowns). Text generally quite crisp and clean with only very little browning and occasional very minor spotting, the first 3 leaves somewhat frayed at fore-edge, minor worming at lower blank margin of final leaves well away from the text field. Provenance: Johann Baptist Werloschnig* (inscribed and dated on first title "Joan Bapt. by Werloschnig phil. and med. D[octo]ris Austriaci medici et physici Vücklapontani ordinarii 1702"), illegible ink stamp on first title. The entire text copiously annotated and marked in black ink, most likely by former owner Werloschnig. An exceptionally well preserved Sammelband in untouched original binding.

Sachgebiete: Erstausgaben, Medizin

39000,- EUR

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DÜRER, Albrecht

Opera Alberti Dureri. Das ist, alle Bücher des weitberhümbten und Künstreichen Mathematici und Mahlers Albrechten Durers von Nürenberg, so viel deren von ihm selbst in An. 1525 und 1528 kurtz vor und gleich nach seinem todt in Truck geben. . . Arnhem: Johan Jansen, 1604-1603. Three parts in one volume, folio (295 x 198 mm). 2, 90, 132 (including 4 fold. bifols.), 26 (including 8 folding and 1 double-page bifols.) unnumbered leaves. With separate title to each part, Dürer's woodcut monogram on general title and on first two part-titles, woodcut intials and numerous text-illustrations and diagrams, many full-page, double-page or folding. Part I with 2 printed woodcut folding extension slips on P4v and Q1r, and final blank Q4; part II with elegia by Willibald Pirckheimer on Z5 and final blank Z6; part III title with large woodcut coat of arms of Ferdinand I. Signatures: [pi]2, A-N6 O-Q4; A-M6 N4 P-R6 S8 [bifols. O2/5, S4/5, S6/7 folding] T4 V-Z6 [bifol. Y3/4 folding]; A6 [bifol. A4/5 bound after A1] B4 [bifols. B1 and B3 folding] C-E6 [C5 misbound after C2, bifols. C1, C4, D3/4, E1/6 and E3/4 folding] F2 [bifols. F1 and F2 folding]. Contemporary binding reusing late 13th-century vellum manuscript missal leaf (short splits to joints at head and tail of spine, original manuscript erased from spine and contemporary title and classmark added in ink manuscript, flyleaves removed). Browning and minor spotting of text as usual, dampstaining to lower gutter of most of part I and margins of part III, small wormtrack at center of blank gutter extending from beginning through first 6 leaves, title trimmed at top by 15 mm, part I woodcut on H2v shaved at foot just touching image, image on I1 slightly shaved at fore-margin; part II woodcuts on Q6v, R1v, R3v, S6v, V5v, V6r Y5v slightly shaved at one margin just touching image or index letter, small hole in V4 costing one letter verso, long tear to X2 entering image (without loss), large woodcut initial on Z4v cropped at top margin; part III folding bifol. B2 split at center fold and outer portion with fraying along vertical edges loosely inserted, bifol. D3 shaved at lower margin costing signature, bifol. F2 creased and partly split at fold. A few short tears and old minor paper repairs in places, many of the female genitalia stained (now faded) in an attempt to censor with occasional loss of a few letters. Provenance: Mich[ael] Streiter (late 18th/early 19th-century inscription on general title). Collated and complete. Item #003375. Visit our website to see more images!

Sachgebiete: Festungsbau, Graphik, Medizin, Naturwissenschaften, Typographie

11000,- EUR

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PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius / PLINY

Naturalis hystoriae liber primus [-tricesimus septimus], edited by Philippus Beroaldus. Parma: Andreas Portilia, July 8, 1481. Royal Folio (410 x 278 mm). 266 unfoliated leaves (of 268, lacking blanks a1 and ee6 only). 58 lines, Roman type 4:99R. Signatures: a8 (-a1) b6 c-e8 f6 g-h8 i-l6 m-y8 z6 &4 aa-dd8 ee6 (-ee6) A-F8 G6. On fol. a2r: Caius Plinius Marco suo salutem, fol. a3r: Caii Plynii Secundi Naturalis hystoriae liber primus. Caius Plynius Secundus Nouocomensis. T. Vespasiano suo salutem. Praefatio". Fol. c1r elaborately illuminated with large opening initial 'M' painted in red, green, blue and gold, with painted extending floral leaves and minor penwork, at lower margin a simplified ecclesiastical shield in red housing three escallops, with extending floral leaves. 36 14-line initials opening each book, of red and blue with elaborate red or purple penwork infill and marginal extensions, 2-line Lombard initials in alternating red and blue, red and blue paragraph marks. Bound in mid 19th-century marbled calf, spine richly gilt-decorated and with gilt-lettered label; boards, board-edges and turn-ins tooled in gilt, marbled edges, marbled endpapers (hinges with old repair, extremities rubbed, corners worn and bumped). Fol. b6 misbound after a7, fols. a8 and b1 trimmed to text block margins and framed in new paper (without loss of text), gathering f misbound after fol. ee3, gathering s misbound after fol. e8, fols. ee4 and ee5 trimmed to text block margins (with loss of 4 letters of a word in last line of fol. ee4r and 5 words at foot of fol. ee5r), all laid down on new paper (versos are blank) and misbound at end after fol. G6. Text generally quite clean, occasional dust-/ finger-soiling and spotting, 3 leaves with small holes in blank areas, some marginal tears with old paper repairs (on fol. ee3v with partial loss of text). The blue paint largely faded, partially blurred and with occasional offsetting to opposite pages. Provenance: Sir Archibald Edmonstone, 3. Baronet of Duntreath (armorial bookplate on front pastedown). In all a very attractive copy with extensive illumination. Item #003242. Visit our website to see more images!

Sachgebiete: Geschichte, Inkunabeln, Italien, Naturwissenschaften

24000,- EUR

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VERGILIUS MARO, Publius

From the Hans Fürstenberg library and in its first binding! Opera [with the commentary of Servius]. Venice: Antonio di Bartolommeo da Bologna (Miscomini), October 1476. Folio (340 x 235 mm). 291 (of 292) leaves, lacking the final blank leaf only. Roman type 4:78R, 63 lines. Signatures: a-y10 z8 A8, 10 10 10 10 8 8. Rubricated throughout with capital strokes and initials opening paragraphs painted in red. Deckle edges entirely preserved. Bound by an unidentified, most probably German, bindery (single fleur-de-lys stamps not listed in EDBD) in goatskin over wooden boards, ruled and stamped in blind. Two original brass catch-plates on upper board and one pin-plate on rear board present, old rebacking with most of the original spine leather preserved, boards with a few patches of leather restored; old endpapers, leather tabs and quire guards preserved (leather rubbed and crackled, extremities slightly worn). Bound in as first flyleaf is a slightly smaller leaf of parchment, lacking the rear flyleaf. Copiously annotated throughout in a 16th-century Latin hand, including several text corrections. Internally crisp and bright with little marginal dust- and finger-soiling, occasional very minor spotting, a few marginal paper flaws, brown spot at fore-margin of a few final leaves. The bifol. e5^6 working loose. An outstanding, unsophisticated, crisp and unpressed copy in its first binding. Provenances: ink inscriptions on front pastedown and first two flyleaves, in several hands of the 16th and early 17th centuries, one by an Adrianus Lintermans of Benedictine's St Trudo's Abbey (Limburg, Belgium) dated 21 Sept. 1617; Hans Fürstenberg Library (ex-libris on front pastedown), sold at Hotel Drouot Paris, 16 Nov. 1983 (lot 62, 23,000 Frs). 16th-century handwritings, mostly probationes pennae, are found on the parchment flyleaf, including "Charles par la divine clémence Empereur des Rommains" and on verso an aphorism from Martial's Epigrammata "rebus in angustis facile est contemnere vitam; fortiter ille facit qui miser esse potest."

Sachgebiete: Inkunabeln, Literatur bis ca. 1900, Philosophie, Werkausgaben

49000,- EUR

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