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Cicero's Rethorica vetus from a Medieval German Scriptorium

Cicero's Rethorica vetus from a Medieval German Scriptorium

PrPh Rare Books, Philobiblon e Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco presentano:

Cicero's Rethorica vetus from a Medieval German Scriptorium

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

March 9-12, 2017

Booth B31

    Philobiblon <br> <h3><b>One Thousand Years of Bibliophily from the 11th to the 21st Century</b></h3>

    Philobiblon

    One Thousand Years of Bibliophily from the 11th to the 21st Century

    We are very pleased to present our new catalogue, celebrating five years since the 2013 opening of PrPh Gallery in New York by Italian booksellers Umberto Pregliasco and Filippo Rotundo, with an inauguration speech by the master of Italian culture Umberto Eco, who sadly passed away two years ago.

    The title Philobiblon is doubly significant: above all, it is a tribute to Richard de Bury's Philobiblon, the most celebrated early manifesto on book collecting, a copy of which is proudly presented here. It also recalls the catalogue, published ten years ago, of our eponymous founding-partner bookshop, Philobiblon: Mille anni di bibliofilia dal x al xx secolo (2008). This was a marvellous tour through ten centuries of bibliophily, and just like its predecessor, the present catalogue offers a fascinating journey into the world of books. The coverage is wide and varied, ranging from an eleventh-century manuscript of Cicero's Rhetorica to international Street art produced in the 2000s, testifying to the multifarious lines of our activity and the broadness of our interests. Many precious books have passed through our hands over these years; new collaborations have been initiated, above all with Govi Rare Books, which recently opened in New York; and stimulating projects have been undertaken. Throughout these activities, our focus remains on what makes an object unique and the distinctive features of individual copies, all of exceptional value in some way: the rarity of an edition, the magnificence of its illustrative apparatus, the preciousness of its binding, the eminence of its provenance.

    The catalogue is divided into three chronologically-organized volumes and includes numerous books ‘canonized' in the renowned Printing and the Mind of Man and landmark Grolier Club exhibitions like One Hundred Influential American Books Printed Before 1900. The third volume is also supplemented with a series of indexes (authors and anonymous works; provenances; binders; artists, designers, and engravers; subjects) which we hope, alongside cross-references inserted into the catalogue itself, will facilitate both research and discovery.

    The first volume (From the 11th to the 15th Century; items nos. 1-44) includes, among others, the aforementioned Cicero written in late Carolinian; two early codices of Dante's Commedia; a Florentine zibaldone of the 1450s; a finely illustrated fifteenth- century miscellany containing William of Saliceto's Chirurgia; and Regiomontanus' Calendarium, supplemented with diagrams and volvelles. The series of incunables offered here is remarkable: editiones principes of milestones in literature, history, and science; impeccable volumes with extraordinary provenances; copies embellished with illuminated pages, or exquisite woodcut illustrations; and the marvellous and enigmaticTarocchi del Mantegna in its original book form.

    The second volume (The Sixteenth Century; items nos. 45-178) is entirely devoted to the Cinquecento and offers a vast survey of the period's immense book production, including the celebrated Aldine series of Greek and Latin classics in portable octavo format; books printed in modern Greek, Aethiopic, Hebrew, and Arabic; finely illustrated chivalric literature; magnificent scientific works like Schöner's Opera Mathematica, complete with working volvelles; an astonishing number of editions printed on blue paper, including such masterpieces as Dante's Commedia, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, and Euclid's Elementa; and a true testament to iconographic invention in the form of an engraved series of the Songes drolatiques.

    It is similarly difficult to summarize the great range contained in the third volume (From the 17th to the 21st Century; items nos. 179-290), which features works from the Seicento to the present day, including Shakespeare's legendary First Folio and such modern literary classics as Don Quijote, Moby Dick, Pinocchio, The Great Gatsby, and Se questo è un uomo. The history of illustration is also highlighted here through, among others, sumptuous festival books, etchings by Canaletto, Tiepolo, and Piranesi, Goya's Caprichos, and luxury artist books illustrated by Bonnard and Picasso. Among the great science books one finds such wonders as the Saggiatore by Galileo, a copy of Bacon's De dignitate et augmentis scientiarum gifted by Peiresc to Gassendi, rare offprints signed by Babbage, and a ‘dream set' of Darwin's Narrative inscribed by Darwin himself along with Beagle Captain FitzRoy. Great attention has been paid to provenance across the selection, with a large number of copies from exceptional libraries of the early modern age, including those amassed by Giovanni Battista Grimaldi, Markus Fugger, the Pillone family, and Jean-Baptiste Colbert, often housed in precious bindings by leading ateliers and without regard to expense. The great bibliophily of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is likewise well represented with copies once owned by Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, Sir Thomas Phillipps, Antoine-Augustin Renouard, Charles Fairfax Murray, John Roland Abbey, and Giacomo Manzoni, to name but a few. Many of these books have also passed through the hands of outstanding figures in the history of antiquarian bookselling, such as Bernard Quaritch, Ulrico Hoepli, Leo S. Olschki, Giuseppe Martini, Tammaro De Marinis, Hans Peter Kraus, Martin Breslauer and Bernard M. Rosenthal.

    Finally, many of the works included in our selection are enriched with highly important marginal annotations. One example is especially significant in this regard: John Dee's copy of Apollonius of Perga's Conics, copiously annotated by Dee himself. In 1631, this copy was acquired by John Winthrop Jr. who brought it with him on his ocean crossing that same year, along with the rest of his notable library; upon arrival in Massachusetts Bay, this volume became the first recorded scientific book to reach the New World, bearing on its title-page Winthrop's sigil, the hieroglyphic monad invented by Dee.


    You can have access to each of the three volumes by clicking on the links below or you can scroll all the books arranged by subjects by opening the sections below.


    PRPH Books, New York, in collaboration with:

    Philobiblon, London-Rome-Milan
    Libreria Pregliasco, Turin
    Govi Rare Books, New York


    Orlando Furioso - Five exceptional copies, including the editio princeps

    Orlando Furioso - Five exceptional copies, including the editio princeps

    Mostra organizzata in collaborazione dalla Libreria Philobiblon, dalla Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco e da PrPh

    PrPh Rare Books - 19-28 Ottobre 2016

    Vai al sito PrPh Rare Books per il programma degli eventi connessi alla mostra

      Dante Fifty Books

      Dante Fifty Books

      Stampato a mano in 205 copie
      Font: Dante, inventato da Hans Mardersteig Stampato su Nebiolo Athena (piano cilindrica) a Cornuda a Treviso
      Carta: Zerkall-Btten da 145 g Le carte colorate sono state scannerizzate e stampate da Grafiche Antiga
      Catalogo curato da Margherita Palumbo e Filippo Rotundo Fotografie Takakazu Katsunosuke, Grzegorz Lozowski e Mario Setter
      5 copie in numeri romani dedicate a Filippo Rotundo, Umberto Pregliasco (venditori), Livio Ambrogio (collezionista di Dante), Margherita Palumbo (curatrice), Silvio Antiga (stampatore); 50 copie ad persona – non numerate 150 numeri arabi le copie 01 a 150 sono rilegate a mezza pergamena (mentre le altre copie sono a pergamena intera)
      Num di pag: 160

      www.dantrecollection.com

        Dante

        Dante

        «Lettor, tu vedi ben com'io innalzo la mia matera...»

        Raccolta di edizioni dantesche

        Il catalogo, nella sua versione stampata presentata a Milano in occasione della mostra Libri antichi e di pregio svoltasi dall'11 al 13 marzo 2016, accoglie una selezione di opere dantesche dal XV al XX secolo. Le edizioni sono divise in tre sezioni: Commedia, Opere minori e Letteratura dantesca.

        In ognuna spiccano testi di eccezionale pregio e rarità a partire dalla «prima edizione veramente illustrata del poema dantesco», la Commedia stampata a Brescia nel 1487, corredata dal commento di Cristoforo Landino. I volumi ripercorrono tutte le tappe fondamentali della storia editoriale del capolavoro di Dante: le edizioni incunabole del 1491 e del 1493, le impressioni aldine e lionesi del primo Cinquecento, le stampe del XVI secolo che attestano la diffusione del testo, la giolitina del 1555 dove per la prima compare la dicitura Divina, le tre uniche edizioni secentesche, le sontuose stampe di Antonio Zatta nel Settecento, fino alle nuove e originali interpretazioni grafiche - illustrate e non - del XX secolo.

        Nella sezione Opere minori meritano menzione non solo alcune prime edizioni degli altri scritti danteschi entrati nella storia della letteratura italiana, ma anche impressioni successive interessanti sotto diversi aspetti, iconografici o testuali. Nella Letteratura dantesca trovano spazio alcuni scritti entrati nella bibliografia legata al poeta fiorentino per le citazioni o i riferimenti alla sua opera, ma anche pregevoli esemplari di testi di autori che dell'Alighieri ebbero a scrivere, a partire da Leonardo Bruni e Giovanni Boccaccio.

        I volumi descritti nel catalogo a stampa - scaricabile in pdf - sono accolti anche in una più ampia selezione di opere dantesche, consultabile al link www.philobiblon.org/cataloghi/dante. L' e-catalogue comprende più di 400 edizioni di opere di Dante o a lui dedicate, stampate tra il XV e il XXI secolo.

        Benedetto Bordon, a Life in the World of Books

        Benedetto Bordon, a Life in the World of Books

        PrPh Books - 26 E 64th Street - April 8 - 6pm

        An Exhibit accompaned by a lecture by Anthony T. Grafton Putnam University Professor, Princeton University

        «An artist - to borrow the well-chosen phrase of Marcon - "colto and versatile", who shared with Aldus clients, friends and patrons, but above all a life-long passion for the ancient world and its artful transmission to their contemporaries»

          Economia, Politica, Scienze sociali

          Economia, Politica, Scienze sociali

          Libri Antichi e di pregio a Milano - 27-29 marzo 2015

          Dal primo libro in cui si teorizza l'uso di una moneta unica alle prime edizioni, in lingua orginale, di grandi classici del pensiero economico e politico del Novecento. Dall'edizione originale di Dei delitti e delle pene alla prima versione italiana del Libretto rosso di Mao.

            Sul Tremuoto. Books on Earthquakes and Volcanoes

            Sul Tremuoto. Books on Earthquakes and Volcanoes

            The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair - February, 6th-8th

            «All of this does not mean, however, that most of the books described in this catalog can interest only bibliophiles or amateurs of historical curiosities [...] Hence, get the books, read them, and see if the ideas just outlined make sense to you» (from Prof. Ezio Faccioli's Preface)

              Cards and Dice

              Cards and Dice

              Rare Books about Fortune-telling and Games of Chance

              Fron the so-called 'Mantegna Tarocchi' to the most important Libri de la Ventura and Fortune-telling books from XVI to XVIII century.

                Myriobiblon II.1 Scriptores Graeci A-H

                Myriobiblon II.1 Scriptores Graeci A-H

                Il catalogo Myriobiblon vuole rappresentare lo specchio bibliografico della rinascita degli studi ellenistici in Occidente. Un ricco percorso tra editiones principes di autori e opere di importanza fondamentale nella nostra cultura, alle quali si affiancano le edizioni successivamente date alle stampe, spesso già nel XV secolo, in un incessante sforzo di offrire lezioni testuali filologicamente sempre più accurate.

                  US Open

                  US Open

                  New York 2013

                  53rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair - April, 11st - 14th

                  Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Avenue

                    In Domo Petri de Maximo

                    In Domo Petri de Maximo

                    Mostra di incunaboli romani 1465-1477

                    «Gente theotonica: roma expediere sodales. In domo Petri de Maximo». In questa forma Conradus Sweynheym e Arnoldus Pannartz vollero firmare il primo volume licenziato dai propri torchi romani, in quelle stanze al piano terreno, buie e chiuse da inferriate, tuttora esistenti alla Posta Vecchia. È quanto resta delle rovine del palazzo, detto "del Portico", distrutto durante il Sacco di Roma del 1527, già di proprietà della nobile famiglia Massimo. Ci piace pensare che proprio i Principi abbiano imposto all'architetto Baldassarre Peruzzi di conservare, sul retro di quello che diverrà nel 1536 il Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, quegli ambienti che udirono i vagiti dell'arte tipografica romana.