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April 7, 2012

PRINTED 1678: HISTORIOGRAPHY OF TYROL

A UNIQUE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY WITH 28 MAPS AND CITY VIEWS

The Book:
Brandis, Franz Adam.. Dess tirolischen Adlers immergrünendes Ehren-Kräntzel, oder, Zusammen gezogene Erzehlung jeniger schrifft-würdigsten Geschichten, so sich in den zehen nacheinander gefolgten Herrschungen der fürstlichen Graffschafft Tirol von Noë an, biss auff jetzige Zeit zugetragen.  Gedruckt zu Botzen [Bolzano] : Bey Paul Nicolaus Führer, im Iahr 1678. ||  Second part (with special register & pagination) has half-title: Dess tirolischen Adlers immergrunenden Ehren-Kra?ntzels, anderer Thail : handlent von den fu?rstlichen Stifften Trient vnd Brixen und so dann von dem Ursprung der vier Stande der furstlichen Graffschafft Tirol.|| Allegorical frontispiece and map drawn by author; twelve (12) engraved  plates display varying numbers of coats of arms.  Description: 4to., 20 cm;  [8], 234, [2], 224, [4] p., [14] leaves of plates (2 folded); 28 additional inserted maps and plates   UNIQUE EXTRA- ILLUSTRATED COPY: In additional to the 12 engraved heraldic plates, frontis. and map called for, this copy possesses 28 (TWENTY-EIGHT) fine folding Important Maps and Town Plans, carefully inserted into the relevant text sections, the majority signed in plate by the well known Augsburg Cartographer Gabriel Bodenehr (1664-1758).   18th century Calf, worn, text-block bowed, some toning and foxing.  Provenance: Important Brandenburg  provenance including heraldic ex-libris bookplate with motto “Mein Thun und Leben ist Gott ergeben (“My acts and my life are devoted to God”).  Ref: Graesse I, 519; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie III, 246.  VERY RARE; An ordinary edition with the 12 heraldic  plates only  appeared only 1 in 30 years of ABPC auction records.  [SOLD]

 

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January 2, 2012

STOW’S CHRONICLE WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ELIZABETHAN SOURCE BOOKS

A FOLIO EDITION OF JOHN STOW’S CHRONICLE

The Book:

John Stow; (edited and continued by) Edmund Howes . Annales, or, A generall chronicle of England. Begun by John Stow: continued and augmented with matters forraigne and domestique, ancient and moderne, unto the end of this present yeere, 1631. Londini, Impensis Richardi Meighen, 1631. FOLIO. COMPLETE. [xx], 1116 p. 32 cm. 18th Century Calf and Gilt, some soiling, corner wear spine relaid, minor marginal loss to t.p. withs some creasing, upper right marginal dampstain, some occasional minor worming. Provenance: Ex-libris Herbert Watney (1843–1932) of Buckhold, Pangbourne, Berkshire (now St. Andrew’s School) [SOLD]

This is Howe’s continuation of Stow’s famous Elizabethan Chronicle. It was issued in several editions, starting in 1610, each adding to the previous to keep it up-to-date. Howe evidently labored five years on its preparation, compiling important source material firsthand including a list of all the principle fairs held throughout England and Wales (appended). This edition is of particular interest to Shakespeare scholars as it recounts the burning of the famous Globe Theatre in 1613, noted for its performances by Shakespeare and his associates. Additionally, it provides important Shakespearean literary references and background information.
This particular additional continues up to the year 1631, including many new references. The work is considered as well to be European Americana, for it contains references to the voyages of Frobisher’s (1576, 1577 and 1578), Francis Drake (1580), and Thomas Cavendish (1586). It also includes a description of the English settlements in North America (1615), including Roanoke.

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August 21, 2011

PRINTED 1502: HANDSOME FIRST ALDINE EDITION OF STATIUS WITH THE ORTHOGRAPHIA

WITH THE FAMOUS ANCHOR AND DOLPHIN

A major character in the Purgatory section of Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy

[P Papinius Statius; Aldo Manuzio; Markos Mousouros; Giovanni Gioviano Pontano] STATIUS. [Opere.] Venice: Aldus, 1502. 3 parts, including ‘Orthographia et Flexus Dictionum Graecarum’, in one volume. Imprint from colophon. Colophon: Venetiis in aedibus Aldi. mense augusto M, DII. Includes the “Orthographia” ([40] leaves) which precedes the main work and has title: Orthographia et flexus dictionum graecarum omnium apud Statium cum accentib. et generib. ex variis utriusque linguae autorib. Printer’s device on leaf. Collation: a-e8, a-z8,A-F8, G4, A-B8, C4. [41]. [296] leaves ; 8vo., 15 cm. Dedicatory letters by Aldus Manutius to Ioannes Pontanus at beginning of the Sylvae; to Marcus Musurus at beginning of the Orthographia. 19th century full calf, hinges weak with front hinge starting, gilt dentelles, light browing to Orthographia t.p., some light stains, generally an attractive copy internally. BMC, Vol 24, p. 116 (872); Renouard, p. 35, No 7; Isaac 12781; Adams S-1670

This is the FIRST ALDINE EDITION of Publius Papinius Statius (ca. 45, Naples – ca. 96 AD, Naples), the ” Roman poet of the 1st century CE (Silver Age of Latin literature). Besides his poetry in Latin, which include an epic poem, the Thebaid, a collection of occasional poetry, the Silvae, and the unfinished epic, the Achilleid, he is best known for his appearance as a major character in the Purgatory section of Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy.” The Orthographia which opens the book, and is sometimes absent or bound the end, is a etymological dictionary of the Greek words used by Statius.

 

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July 19, 2011

DATED 1676: IMPORTANT 17th CENTURY AMERICAN DEED

WITH THE EXCEEDINGLY RARE SURVIVING SEAL OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY

Indian holding an arrow pointed down in a gesture of peace, with the words “Come over and help us”

 

[Americana] [Manuscript]  Massachusetts Bay Colony Deed on paper, dated 28 year of the reign of Lord King Charles Second the 8th of November 1676.  In Frame approx. 85 x 70 cm., out of frame 59 x 45.  Will only be shipped in frame (i.e. not rolled). Retaining the extremely rare Indian seal intact of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and SIGNED by John Leverett as governor. Provenance: Full Provenance back to the Heath and Williams  families  (who came to America in the early 1600s) provided to purchaser incl. Maj General William Heath, the famous major general in the Continental Army.  Condition as depicted.  [SOLD]

Regarding the value of this deed, I can locate no records in  30 years of the ABPC auction records,  30 + years of the records in Americana Exchange, or Heritage Auctions complete archives for a Mass. Bay Colony document that has retained the famous seal.

John Leverett was an English colonial magistrate, merchant, soldier and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  See his full biography on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leverett

The Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony:

In 1629, King Charles I granted a charter to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which included the authority to use a seal. It featured an Indian holding an arrow pointed down in a gesture of peace, with the words “Come over and help us,” emphasizing the missionary and commercial intentions of the original colonists. This seal was used until 1686, shortly after the charter was annulled, and again from 1689-1692. “[Ref: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/presea/sealhis.htm]

“The Indian’s inferiority is demonstrated by his lack of clothing: He is wearing nothing but a loincloth made of leaves, not unlike the wardrobe Adam and Eve were supposed to have put together after eating the apple, a biblical reference that would not have been lost on a Puritan viewer. He is shown as living in a state of almost unadulterated nature, with no housing or society depicted. There are only a couple of trees, a bow, and an arrow, implying that whatever society the eastern Indians had developed revolved around warfare. The irony of the seal is that, in fact, the English settlers generally had no interest in helping the Indians and the Indians did not want English “help.” Of course, the Indians were not in a position to impede the English settlers from achieving their vision of settling America and, as a result, the English helped themselves to the land, usually at the expense of the native tribes.  ” [Ref: http://www.irwinator.com/126/wdoc36.htm]


 

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April 28, 2011

PRINTED 1723: THE MOST IMPORTANT AND ACCLAIMED 18th CENTURY TREATISE ON THE MYSTERY OF CHINESE LAQUER AND VARNISH

AN IMPORTANT TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION, ESPECIALLY IN ITS FRENCH EDITION, TO CHINOISERIE

The Book:

Bonanni, Filippo. Traitè des vernis : où l’on donne la maniere d’en composer un, qui reffemble parfaitment à celui de la Chine, & plufieurs autres qui concernent la painture, la dorure, la gravure à l’eau forte, & c … Publisher: Paris : D’Houry, 1723. small 8vo., 16 x 9.5 cm., 18th century calf and gilt, raised bands, some binding wear including wear to l.r. corner of front board, and head and tail of spine, ex-libris pen to flyleaf and stamp to t.p., some light browning and spotting. COMPLETE and RARE. [SOLD]

This is the first French translation of Filippo Bonanni’s highly important treatise on Chinese lacquer, providing an historical overview of its introduction to Europe and early Chinese trading with the West, as well as a technical guide to some of its “mysteries”. Various recipes are presented as affordable alternatives as well as suggestions for their best use and application. There existed great commercial interests in improving European lacquerware based on Chinese models. In France, imitation lacquerware had been produced at the Gobelins factory since 1672. The suggestions in this treatise were employed in the decoration of the petits appartmements at Versailles but also for a vast range of domestic articles based on decorative designs by Boucher and other well known artists of the period.

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