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One of theGreat EARLY Chaucerian Collections
(An “Old Book” Trying to LOOK YET OLDER).  Chaucer, Geoffrey.  The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie... [London: Pr. by Jhon [sic] Kyngston for Jhon [sic] Wight, 1561]. Folio (33.7 cm, 13.25"). [44444444444], CCCLXVII ff. (lacking 6 prelim. ff., incl. t.-p., and “General Prologue”; pagination erratic; CCCLXXVIII lacking but supplied in facsimile).
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A PERUVIAN INCUNABLEIn Spanish, Quechua, & Aymara from
the Press ofAntonio Ricardo, primer impressor en estos Reynos del Piru
Acosta, José de; Juan de Atienza (attrib. authors).  Tercero cathecismo y exposicion de la doctrina christiana, por sermones. Para que los curas y otros ministros prediquen y enseñen a los Yndios y a las demas personas. Impresso ... en la Ciudad delos Reyes [i.e., Lima]: Por Antonio Ricardo, 1585. Small 4to in 8s (20.5 cm; 8.125"). [7 of 8], 215 ff., lacking title-leaf (supplied in facsimile) & final blank; 13 ff. supplied from another, shorter, copy.
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Famous Maps of the Holy LandBased on Sources Now Lost
Adrichem (a.k.a. Adrichom), Christiaan van.  Theatrum Terrae Sanctae et biblicarum historiarum cum tabulis geographicis aere expressis. [colophon: Coloniae Agrippinae: Officina Birckmannica, sumptibus Arnoldi Mylij, 1590]. Folio (38.5 cm; 15.125"). [6] ff., 286 pp., [15] ff.; [12] fold. or double-page engr. maps.
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A 16th-Century Tour of Italy Venice Is an Island
Alberti, Leandro.  Descrittione di tutta l'Italia & isole pertinenti ad essa. In Venetia: Appresso Gio. Maria Leni, 1577. 4to (21.7 cm, 8.5"). 2 vols. in 1. [303], 503, [1(blank)], 69 (i.e., 96), [4] ff.
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Americana, ALCHEMY, Culinary Recipes, Medical Cures, &Many, MANY SECRETS
Alessio, Piemontese, Girolamo Ruscelli (?).  The secretes of the reuerende Maister Alexis of Piemount: contayning excellent remedies agaynste diuers dyseases, woundes, and other accidentes, with the maner to make dystillations, parfumes, confitures, dyings, colours, fusions, and meltings. ... Translated out of French into Englishe, by William Warde. London: Imprinted ... By Henry Bynneman, for Iohn Wight, 1568. 4to (18 cm; 7"). [6], 117, [11] ff. [with his] The seconde parte of the Secrets of maister Alexis of Piemont, by him collected out of diuers excellent authors, and nevvly translated out of French into English. With a generall table of all the matters conteyned in the sayde booke. Imprinted at London: By Henry Bynneman, for Iohn Wyght, 1568. 4to. 75, [5] ff. [also with his] The thyrde and last parte of the Secretes of the reuerende Maister Alexis of Piemont, by him collected out of diuers excellent authors, with a necessary table in the ende, contayning all the matters treated of in this present worke. Imprinted at London: by Henry Denham, for John Wyght, [1566]. 4to. [1], 15, 17–75, [9] ff. [also with his] A verye excellent and profitable booke conteyning sixe hundred foure score and odde experienced medicines, appertayning vnto phisicke and surgerie, long time practysed of the expert and reuerende Mayster Alexis, which he termeth the fourth and finall booke of his Secretes ... Translated out of Italian into Englishe, by Richard Androse. Imprinted at London: By John Wyght, 1578 [but really Imprinted at London: By Henry Denham, 1569]. 4to. [32], 52, 57, 50 [i.e., 51] pp.
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Scroungers” &Their Rights in 13th-Century ARAGON
(Still Scrounging/Foraging in 1542)
Almudevar (Spain).  Manuscript document, on paper. In Latin. Aragon: 5 May 1542. Small 4to (21.9 cm; 8.675"). [5] pp.
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A Cremonan Attached to Pope Julius' Entourage onthe Passion of Christ
Andreas Piperarius Cremonensis.  Andreae Piperarii Cremonen[sis] protonotarii ap[osto]lici & Julii. II. Pont. Max. cubicularii Or[ati]o de passione Jesu Christi redemptoris nostri. [Rome?]: [publisher not identified], 1508. Small 4to (20.5 cm; 8"). [10] ff.
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The Best of 16th-Century Italian Satire
Ariosto, Ludovico, & others; Francesco Sansovino, ed.  Sette libri di satire di Ludovico Ariosto, Hercole Bentivogli, Luigi Alemanni, Pietro Nelli, Antonino Vinciguerra, Francesco Sansovino, ed altri scrittori. Venice: Appresso Fabio, & Agostin Zopini fratelli, 1583. 8vo (14.6 cm, 5.75"). [8], 206, [1] ff. (lacking original final blank).
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Two Church Fathers Two Scholar Printers
An Apparatus by Erasmus
Athanasius, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria.  Athanasii Episcopi Alexandrini sanctissima, eloquentissma que opera ... que omnia olimia[m] latina facta Christophoro Porsena, Ambrosio Monacho, Angelo Politiano, interpretibus, una cum doctissima Erasmi Roterodani ad pium lectorem paraclesi. [bound with another work as below]. Parisiis: Joanne Paruo [i.e., Jean Petit] , [1519]. Folio extra. [6], 255, [66] ff. [bound with] Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea.  Basilii Magni Caesariensium in Cappadocia Antistitis sanctissimi opera plane diuina, variis e locis sedulo collecta: & accuratio[n]e ac impe[n]sis Iodici Badii Asce´sii recognita & coimpressa, quorum index proxima pandetur charta. [Paris: Venundantur eidem Ascensio [i.e., Badius Ascensius, 1520]. Folio extra. [10], 178 ff.
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Sermons to Hermits, Attributed toAugustine16th-Century Edition in Italian
Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.  Sermoni agli eremiti del divo Aurelio Agostino Hipponense ... Nuovamente stampati. Et ... espurgati. Venice: [colophon: Domenego Zio e fradelli], 1538. 8vo (15.3 cm, 6"). [160] ff.
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8th-Century Spanish Settlers in theYucatan!
Opera veramente molto curiosa, & dilettevole” for Italian Readers, 1556
Beuter, Pere Antoni.  Cronica generale d'Hispagna, et del regno di Valenza. Nella quale si trattano gli avenimenti, & guerre, che dal diluvio di Noe insino al tempo del re Don Giaime d'Aragona, che acquistò Valenza in Spagna si seguitarono: insieme con l'origine delle città, terre & luoghi piu notabili di quella, & di tutte de nationi, & popoli del mondo: opera veramente molto curiosa, & dilettevole. In Vinegia: appresso Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1556. Small 8vo (15.5 cm; 6.125"). [38] ff., 533, [3] pp., map.
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HEAVILY ANNOTATEDThe Gospels & Acts in an Important Edition
Bible.  N.T. Greek & Latin. 1588.  Testamentum Novum, sive novum foedus Iesu Christi, D.N. Cuius Graeco contextui respondent interpretationes duae: vna, vetus altera, Theodori Bezae, nunc quartò diligenter ab eo recognita... [Genevae]: [Henricus Stephanus], 1588. Folio (33 cm; 13"). [6] ff., 555, [1 (blank)] pp., [8] ff. (lacks final blank leaf); lacks vol. II (Epistles, Revelation).
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A “Breeches” Bible But Not Really the 1599 Illustrated
& in a Red Morocco Binding by Hering
Bible.  English. 1599. Geneva–Tomson–Junius.  The Bible, that is, the holy Scriptures conteined in the Olde and Newe Testament, translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diuers languages. With most profitable annotations vpon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. London: Impr. by the deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599 [i.e., 1633 or later]. 4to (22 cm, 8.6"). Add. t.-p., [3], 190, 127, 121, [11] ff.; illus.
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A Catholic BibleThe Second Edition, REVISED Vervliet, 1600
Bible.   N.T. English. 1600. Rheims. The New Testament of Iesus Christ, faithfully translated into English, out of the authentical Latin, diligently conferred with the Greeke, and other editions in divers languages. Antwerp: By Daniel Vervliet, 1600. Small 4to (21 cm; 8.25"). [18] ff., 745, [1] pp., [13] ff.
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The First Complete Printed English BibleTranslation by COVERDALE / Printing by BAGSTER
Bible.  English. Coverdale. 1838.  The Holy Scriptures of the Olde and Newe Testamente, with the Apocrypha, faithfully and truly translated in to Englishe. London: Samuel Bagster (pr. by J. Rider), 1838. 4to (27.6 cm, 10.8"). Frontis., engr. t.-p., iv, [16], dcccxvi, clxxxvii, [1], cclxvi, [2 (adv.)] pp.
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The Printer's Art Enhanced by theILLUMINATOROn Vellum
(Book of Hours).  Catholic Church.  Prayers & devotions.   Single vellum leaf from an unidentified Latin-language printed book of hours. France: ca. 1490–1525. 20 x 13 cm.; 7.75" x 5". [1] f.
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