One of the rarest and finest Greek liturgical books
The first edition of the Horologion
53. Ωρολόγιον συν Θεώ, περιέχον τα κάτωθι γεγραμμένα. [Μοdern Greek].
. Zacharias Kallergies for Giacomo de Pencio, 1509.8° (149x93 mm). Collation: A2, α-ψ8, ω6.  leaves. Text in Greek, printed in red and black. Numerous decorated initials and head-pieces, in byzantine style, printed in red and black. Early nineteenth-century green calf, over pasteboards. Covers within concentric blind frames and gilt fillets. Spine with five raised bands, underlined by blind and gilt...
The first book printed in the Ge’ez language
55. [Bible. Old Testament. Psalms. Ethiopic].
Psalterium David et Cantica aliqua. Marcello Silber for Johannes Potken, 30 June - 10 September 1513.4° (225x160 mm). Collation: [1-128, 13-146].  leaves. Ethiopic and roman type. Printed in black and red. On the recto of the first leaf full-page woodcut showing David crowned, with a harp in his hand and framed within a candelabra and floral border signed 'S C'. Woodcut headings and initials printed in red throughout; woodcut head-pieces in knotwork pattern, likewise in...
The first Greek Bible printed in German-speaking countries
76. [Bible. Old Testament. Greek].
Τῆς Θείας Γραφῆς Παλαιᾶς δηλαδὴ καὶ νέας ἄπαντα. Divinae Scripturae, veteris noveque omnia. Wolfgang Kopfel, 1526.Three volumes, 8° (147x87 mm). I. Collation: aα-zψ8, &ω8, AΑ-LΛ8. , 275,  leaves. Greek, roman, and italic type. Title-page printed in red and black, within an elaborate four-block woodcut architectural border, including the printer's device in the lower panel. Larger woodcut printer's device on fol. LΛ8v. six-line woodcut animated...
In original speaking-binding
83. [Scriptores de re rustica].
Libri de re rustica, M. Catonis, M. Terentii Varronis, L. Iunii Moderati Columellę, Palladii Rutilii: quorum summam pagina sequens indicabit. Josse Bade, 30 April 1529.Folio (333x214 mm). Collation: Aa6, A8, B6, a-t8, v6, x8. , 311,  pages. Roman type. Title-page within an elaborate woodcut architectural border, including putti, grotesque figures, antique vases and cuirasses, and mythological figures; on the upper panel a medallion depicting a laureate writer at his desk, large Bade device of a printer's press at the centre. Woodcut...
A precious repository of Augustinian images, from the Friedlander Library
101. Ceremonial, for use of the Augustinian nuns of St. Monaca in Florence.
Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin and Italian. Florence, 22 April 1543.200x130 mm. I + 44 + III leaves. Complete. Six quires. Collation: 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 64. Blanks: 1/1r, 6/4v. Early foliation in the upper right corner; modern pencilled foliation includes front flyleaf (used here). Catchword written vertically in red on the verso of the last leaf of the fifth quire. Text block: 125x75 mm, 16 lines. Written in red and black ink in humanist...
The exquisite taste of an Italian collector. Natalizio Benedetti’s Tarot of Mantegna.
8. The so-called ‘Mantegna Tarocchi’.
. Set of fifty engravings, by the Masters of the Tarocchi. Northern Italy (possibly Ferrara), before 1467.Fifty plates (platemarks 178x101 mm, and similar; each leaf, with margins, measuring 199x127 mm). Forty-eight plates from the E-series (Hind 1a-18a, 20a-31a, 33a-50a; Bartsch 18A-35A, 37A-48A, 50A-67A); two from the S-series, Clio (pl. 19; Hind 19b; Bartsch 36) and Chronico or The Genius of Time (pl. 32; Hind 32b; Bartsch 49); one print, the Rhetorica (pl. 23; Hind 23a; Bartsch...
The first book printed by the Medici Oriental Press
168. [Bible. Gospels. Arabic].
Evangelium sanctum Domini Nostri Iesu Christi conscriptum a quatuor Evangelistis sanctis idest, Matthaeo, Marco, Luca, et Iohanne. Medici Oriental Press, 1590 - 1591.Folio (309x203 mm). Collation: [1-46]4. 386 pages. Text in Arabic. Title-page in Arabic and Latin. Title-page and text within frame of woodcut fillets. 149 large woodcuts (130x100 mm), from sixty-eight blocks, some executed by Leonardo Parasole after Antonio Tempesta. Woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary limp vellum. Title inked in Latin and Arabic by contemporary hands....
The Office in Modern Greek, for the Uniate Church
228. [Triodion. Modern Greek] Τριώδιον Ψυχωφελέστατον.
Γεριέχον τὴν πρέπουσαν τῆ ἄγία καὶ μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοςτῆ ἄπασαν Ἀκολουθίαν, τυπωθὲν. Καὶ Ἐπιμελεία Διορθωθὲν. , 1724.Folio (378x253 mm). , 375,  pages. Text in modern Greek, printed in red and black. Title-page within a fine red and black woodcut frame, with a small crowned eagle repeated throughout; in the interior space two large woodcut ornaments, the first containing an image of an angel holding Christ on the cross, the second an image of Christ performing a blessing. A large woodcut...
As a human being, as you go through life, you just do collect. It was that sort of entropic collecting that I found myself interested in, just amassing stuff while you’re alive — Damien Hirst
289. In The Darkest Hour There May Be Light.
[Portfolio]. London, published by The Serpentine Gallery and Other Criteria, 2006.Overall size: 479x338 mm. The complete set of twenty-three digital photographic prints, lithographs and screenprints, on various papers, each signed in pencil or ink. It is no. 8 of the fifty signed print portfolios. With title-page and frontispiece, sheets loose in paper wrappers (as published). In original blue cloth-covered solander box with a digital print on the front. In excellent...
64. (pseud-) Dionysius Aeropagita (1st century).
Περὶ τῆς οὐρανίας ἰεραρχίας κεφάλαια ιε ̓... Haec sunt in hoc Libro sancti Dionysii De coelesti hierarchia Cap. XV. De diuinis nominibus Cap. XIII. De pontificali dignitate Cap. VII. De mystica Theologia Cap. V. Epistulae .X. Martyrium sancti Dionysii. Filippo Giunta, 29 July 1516.8° (158x93 mm). Collation: a-z8, &8.  leaves. Complete with the blank fols. b5 and b8. Text in Greek. Greek and roman type. Giunta woodcut device on the verso of the last leaf. Blank space for capitals, with printed guide letters. Fine contemporary, probably Florentine, blind-tooled brown morocco, over pasteboards. Covers within frame of fillets and floral roll, small...
Bordering on the fringes of heresy and the occult
177. (pseud-) Gioacchino da Fiore.
Vaticinia Pontificum. Illustrated manuscript on grey-blue paper, in Italian. Italy, end of the sixteenth century.266x211 mm. 20 leaves. Complete. Five quires. Collation: 14+1, 24, 34+1, 44,52. Blanks fols. 1/5r and 5/2. Modern pencilled foliation (used here). Written in brown ink, in a unique hand. On the first leaf beneath the title ('Prophetia dello Abbate Ioachino circa li Pontifici & RE'), Christ's monogram 'HIS' within an elaborate cartouche. Thirty-two wash drawings in brown ink...
A most curious miscellany - N. G. Wilson
51. Aesopus (5th century BC).
Habentur hoc volumine haec, videlicet. Vita & fabellae Aesopi cum interpretatione Latina... Gabriae Fabellae tres & quadraginta ex trimetris iambis, praeter ultimam ex scazonte, cum latina interpretatione.... Aldo Manuzio, October 1505.Folio (266x172 mm). Collation: a8, A8, B10, b8, c8, C8, D10, d8, e-h8, i6, k-ξ8, o4 (the first quires a, A, b, B, c, C, d, and D contain text in Greek and Latin, which were printed on separate sheets that were designed to be interleaved, with the Greek text facing the Latin and vice versa). 150 leaves in all:  leaves, 48 paginated leaves comprising Greek text,...
The Genoese nobility
Nobiltà di Genoua di Agostino Fransone del fu Tomaso nobile Genouese all’Ill.mo & Ecc.mo signor prencipe Doria. Pietro Giovanni Calenzano and Giovanni Maria Farroni, 1636.Folio (476x357 mm). Six unnumbered engraved leaves, including author's portrait, the frontispiece bearing the coat of arms of the dedicatee, the dedication to the Prince Doria, the title-page, the coat-of-arms of the city of Genoa, St. George (patron saint of the city) killing the dragon; thirty engraved plates, numbered I-XXIX (two plates are numbered I);  printed pages, with...
The ‘Malghesi’ and Parmesan cheese
143. Gallo, Agostino (1499-1570).
Le vinti giornate dell’agricoltura et de’ piaceri della villa di M. Agostino Gallo, delle quali, sette non sono più state date in luce, et tredici di nuovo son ristampate con molti miglioramenti. Grazioso Peraccino, 1569.4° (218x158 mm). Collation: *8, **4, A-Z8, Aa-Ee8. , 447,  pages. Roman and italic type. Title-page within ornamental woodcut border. Woodcut printer's device on the verso of the last leaf. Woodcut portrait of the author on the verso of the title-page, and nineteen full-page woodcut illustrations in the text. Contemporary limp vellum. Traces of ties. Smooth spine, at the top...
Esopo con la vita sua historiale vulgare & latino. Milano, Ulrich Schinzenzeler, 23 dicembre 1497.Due parti in un volume in 4° (mm 202x140). 107 [di 110] carte, mancando le carte e1, e6 e l’ultima carta bianca. 86 illustrazioni incise su legno. Lettere capitali silografiche su fondo nero. Al verso della carta i6 marca tipografica incisa su legno. Legatura settecentesca in pergamena italiana, tagli marmorizzati. Esemplare in ottimo stato di conservazione, leggere fioriture.
Persian Astronomy in the western world
29. Albumasar (787-886).
De magnis coniunctionibus. Ed. Johannes Angelus Trad. Johannes Hispalensis. Erhard Ratdolt, 31 March 1489.4° (209x145 mm). Collation: A–N8, O6, P8.  leaves. Text in one column, 39-41 lines. Type: 4:76G, 9:130G, 8:90R, 10:65G. Numerous woodcut decorated initials, on black ground. 268 woodcuts in text (numerous repeats) depicting planets and signs of the zodiac. Two astrological diagrams. Late nineteenth-century Scottish calf over pasteboards, signed by Kerr &...
146. Caravia, Alessandro (1503-1568).
Naspo Bizaro. nuouamente restampato, con la zonta de lamento chel fà per hauerse pentio de hauer sposao Cate Bionada Biriotta.... Piero di Domenico, [ca. 1570/75].4° (203x147 mm). Collation: A-L4. 43,  leaves, complete with the last blank. Roman and italic type. Woodcut printer's device on fol. L3v. Two different large woodcuts on both title-pages (fols. a1r and H4r), respectively repeated as full-page illustrations on fols. F2v and D2v. Six- to nine-line woodcut decorated initials. Fine nineteenth-century English gilt-tooled green...
Wotton’s Binder C, for the enigmatic banker Girolamo Fioravanti
100. Piccolomini, Alessandro (1508-1578).
De la institutione di tutta la vita de l’huomo nato nobile, e in citta libera, libri .X. in lingua toscana... dove e Peripateticamente e Platonicamente, intorno à le cose de l’ethica, Iconomica, e parte de la Politica, e raccolta la somma di quanto principalmente può concorrere à la perfetta e felice vita di quello.... [Venice], 1543.8° (156x97 mm). Collation: *8, A-Z8, AA-LL8. , 271,  leaves. Complete with the last leaf blank. Roman and italic type. Blank spaces for capitals, with printed guide letters. Exquisite contemporary Parisian binding executed by Wotton Binder C (fl. ca. 1540s-1550s). Calf over pasteboards. Covers within border formed by two gilt fillets and painted yellow, interlaced...
290. Pasquini, Alice (b. 1980-).
The Unchanging World. Artist notebook, 2017.215x150 mm.  pages, plus 14 blank pages. Black cloth binding, similar to Moleskine notebook covers, with elastic closure and pencil holder on the lower cover. Sixty-two handwritten pages, illustrated with original drawings executed in ink and Ecoline liquid water color, graphic interventions, textual re-elaborations, and collages from vintage magazines and newspapers.
Title-page printed in red within a blue floral-patterned woodcut frame
73. Leone, Ambrogio (1459-1525).
Nouum opus quęstionum seu problematum ut pulcherrimorum ita utilissimorum tum aliis plerisque in rebus cognoscendis tum maxime in philosophia & medicina scientia. Bernardino and Matteo Vitali, 28 August 1523.Folio (314x216 mm). Collation: a4, A-P4.  leaves. Complete with the last blank. Roman type. Title-page printed in red within woodcut floral-patterned border stamped in blue ink. Woodcut printer's device on fol. P3v. Fine contemporary limp vellum. On the upper cover the title 'AMBROSII NOLANI PROBLEMATA', inked in capital letters within a frame composed of four concentric circles....
Bound by Georg Friedrich Krauss for Duke Albrecht Kasimir August von Sachsen-Teschen
253. Anakreon (ca. 560-480 BC).
Ἀνακρέοντος Τηίου Μέλη praefixo commentario et variant. lect.. Giambattista Bodoni, 1791.Two parts in one volume, 16° (102x68 mm). , 120; 122,  pages. In this copy, the Greek part is bound before the Latin one. On the title-page, an engraved roundel with Anacreon's portrait by Giuseppe Lucatelli (1751-1828); on the recto of fol. [π]2 engraved roundel with the portrait of the marquis José Nicolás de Azara. Fine contemporary red morocco,...
The first printed book on the astrolabe
18. Andalus de Nigro (1270-1342).
Opus astrolabii. Ed. Petrus Bonus Advogarius. Johann Picardus, de Hamell, 8 July 1475.Small folio (281x218 mm). Collation: [1-210]. 19 of  leaves, lacking the last blank leaf. Text in one column, 40 lines. Type: 1:101G. The first page decorated with a five line vinestem initial 'S', illuminated in red and blue on a silver background with extension in half of the margin; sixty-nine three-line initials alternately in red or blue, rubricated throughout....
Continental allegories in Naples, in honour of the Infante’s birth
206. Cirino, Andrea (1618-1664).
Feste celebrate in Napoli per la nascita del Serenis.mo Prencipe di Spagna Nostro Signore dall’Ecc.mo Sig.r Conte di Castriglio Vicerè, Luogotenente, e Capitan Generale nel Regno di Napoli. [Naples, Carlo Faggioli, 1659].Folio (329x216 mm). Collation: [π]2, §2, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Yyy2. 6 of , 271,  pages. Lacking the first blank leaf [π]1. Roman and italic type. Title-page engraved by Nicolò Perrey with the coat of arms of Felipe IV of Spain and allegorical figures of the four continents. Full-page engraved horseback portrait of García de Haro y Avellaneda, count of...
The earliest record of the Guerrin Meschino