50 pp. 8vo, self-bound (minor foxing). Fürth: J. Sommer, 1850.
First edition. Adler (1810-86), was district rabbi of Kissingen (which comprised 24 congregations) and later became chief rabbi at Cassel. He wrote frequently on the civic position of the Jews in Bavaria.
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50 pp. 8vo, self-bound (minor foxing). Fürth: J. Sommer, 1850.
Woodcut printer’s device on title. 55 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern decorated paper boards. Rome: 1773.
This is the seventh and most complete edition of the list of the books issued by the printing office of the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide, responsible for the spread of Catholicism. The first catalogue was issued in 1639. Amaduzzi (1740-92), Italian Hellenist, has provided a most useful foreword with a history of the printing house. The titles are arranged according to languages, starting with the alphabets in various types and ending with the published decrees and orders of the papal administration concerning the missionary...
8 pp. 8vo (195 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth (head of spine a little chipped). Paris: Regnault & Dufossé, 1803.
A very rare sale catalogue offering a choice collection; no copy in North America. On the title-page, a contemporary annotator has added “Cerf-Berr.” Cerf-Berr (1726-93), was an important figure in the emancipation of the Jews in France. He was born “Hirtz de Medelsheim” and had a lucrative trade selling horses to the French military during the Seven Years’ War. As an important supplier, he met the duc de Choiseul, the secrétaire d’Etat aux Affaires étrangères. Choiseul helped him move to Strasbourg and then facilitated...
12 p.l., 374,  pp., one leaf of errata. 4to, cont. English dark blue morocco (unimportant scuffing to extremities), covers panelled in gilt & blind, spine finely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Amsterdam: J. Claus & others, 1676.
First edition, rare, and a splendid copy bound in contemporary English dark blue morocco, most probably for presentation, of the classic exposition of the Quaker philosophy. The Society of Friends, as Quakers are more formally known, has historically had an outsized influence through the mere force of passive resistance. Their form of Christianity is “widely divergent from the prevalent types, being a....
25,  pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. red sheep-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. London: Printed for the Author, 1799.
First edition of this scarce book. Rev. Bligh, who has signed and dated (25 August 1798) the final leaf, had the living at Romaldkirk, Yorkshire. This is his account of his lawsuit against his own parishioners regarding the payment of tithes. He gives many details of land and property held by the church and the rules of tithes set out in documents known as glebe terriers. This trial was rather famous in its time.
Title dusty but a nice copy. Stamp of the Lawes Agricultural Trust on front paste-down.
Five engraved frontis. & five engraved plates (of which one is large & folding). Five parts in two vols. Small 8vo, cont. marbled calf (a bit of wear to extremities), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Duchesne, 1754.
Best and largest edition (1st ed.: 1710), of this waggish imaginary narrative by Bordelon (1653-1730), a theologian and author. An early example of paranormal fiction, it was translated into four languages and reprinted several times.
The present work functions as a critique of popular credulity in Bordelon’s time. Bordelon creates the superstitious Monsieur Oufle (anagram of “Le Fou”), a gullible merchant. The members...
4 p.l., -200 pp.; 2 p.l., -376 pp. Small 8vo, cont. cat’s paw sheep, contrasting leather lettering pieces on spine, spine gilt; Vol. II has a contrasting green leather lettering piece on spine, spine gilt. Berlin & Stettin: F. Nicolai, 1781-83.
[FRIEDLÄNDER, David]. Lesebuch für jüdische Kinder. One folding engraved plate. 1 p.l., 46 pp. Small 8vo. Prague: J.F. Edlen von Schönfeld, 1781.
Title within woodcut border & woodcut on verso of final leaf. 54,  pp. Small 4to, modern binding reusing an early MS. leaf over boards (verso of final leaf a little soiled). [Basel: J. Froben, 1518].
First separate edition of these two famous texts, “In Praise of Marriage” and “In Praise of Medicine.” The first work created a cause célèbre; written many years earlier in honor of the marriage of his friend Lord Mountjoy, when finally published it was seen by the Louvain and Paris theologians as an implicit condemnation of clerical celibacy.
The second work is Erasmus’s expression of his views of the medical arts. It “presents a view of medical ethics that identifies competence, beneficence and diligence as the physician’s primary moral obligations. The activity of the physician, when directed toward the patient in accordance with these obligations, gives rise to reciprocal obligations on the part of the patient: gratitude and reward. The activity of the patient in accordance with these obligations returns honour and payment to the physician.”–Albury & Weisz, “The Medical Ethics of Erasmus and the Physician-Patient Relationship” (online resource). It is dedicated to the distinguished physician Henricus Afinius, the chief physician of Antwerp.
Fine added engraved title, title with engraved vignette, a large engraved headpiece, engraved text illus., & 20 engraved plates, Titles printed in red & black. 6 p.l., 256,  pp.; 4 p.l., 430,  pp. Two vols. Folio, cont. mottled sheep (minor rubbing), spines gilt, green & brown leather lettering pieces on spines. Frankfurt & Leipzig: J.G. Lochner, 1733.
—. Codex Diplomaticus Antiquitatum Nordgaviensium, Ordine chronologico digestus…cum Praefixa Veteris Nordgaviae Mappa geographica. Accedunt Hodoeporicum Willibaldinum et Vitae Willibaldinae scriptor anonymus… Added engraved allegorical frontis. & one large folding hand-colored engraved map. 4 p.l., 468, 124,  pp. Folio, cont. mottled sheep (minor rubbing), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering...
1 p.l., 30 folding leaves. Title printed on yellow paper. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. Singapore: Jian xia shu yuan [American Board Mission Press], 1836.
First edition of this early book printed in Singapore (it is the earliest Chinese book printed in Singapore in the National Library of Singapore’s collections). The Mission Press was established in that city in 1823 and, in its early years published mainly works in English.
The author of this work, Gützlaff (1803-51), was a German Lutheran missionary to Batavia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and China. A controversial figure, he made trips along the Chinese coast and nearby areas...
1 p.l., x, 169 pp.; 2 p.l., 184 pp. Two vols. in one. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (foot of spine a little chipped, lower edge of upper cover a little defective), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. “Londres” (but probably Amsterdam): 1768.
First edition of one Holbach’s most important assaults on religion, in which he attacked Christianity and other religions as the source of all human evils. Holbach (1723-89), French philosopher, kept a salon in Paris for Helvetius, d’Alembert, Diderot, Condillac, Turgot, Buffon, Grimm, Hume, Garrick, Wilkes, Sterne, Rousseau and other free-thinkers. He was a major contributor to the Encyclopédie...
Scroll (322 x 7800 mm.), recently backed with some careful mending. Japan: later mid-Edo.
The “Tale of Zegaibo” is a well-known story in Japanese folklore; it was included in the Konjaku Monogatarishu [Anthology of Tales from the Past], written in the late Heian period (794-1185). The story is concerned with the great tengu Zegaibo who goes to Japan from China in 966 determined to halt the spread of Buddhism in Japan. Eventually, at the direction of Nichirabo, the leader of the Japanese tengu, Zegaibo visits Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei, headquarters of the Japanese Tendai sect, where he suffers a series of...
This archive includes hundreds of documents, manuscript and printed, including original detailed drawings, blueprints, schematics, government reports (some classified), photographs, rubbings, & various ephemera. Nara, Kyoto, & Tokyo: 1903-38.
An important archive. Inamori, a native of Nara, was a prominent government architect and engineer specializing in the reconstruction, renovation, and preservation of shrines and temples. Over the course of his 40-year career, which he began as a trainee in Kyoto’s regional department devoted to preserving monuments, he participated in and led innovative efforts to rebuild, restore, and preserve Japan’s most iconic temples and shrines, such as Todai-ji, Horyu-ji, Daikaku-ji, and the Byodo-in...
A large engraved copper plate depicting a mechanical model of the Buddhist solar system, executed by the famous artist Shiba Kokan (1747-1818), “the first Japanese artist to create European-style copperplate etchings.”–Oxford Art online. Kokan, Hiraga Gennai, and Gentaku Otsuki were the earliest exponents of Western-style art and science and travelled to Nagasaki to learn from the Dutch. Kokan wrote and illustrated books introducing Western astronomy to Japan.
The present plate shows the cosmic system taught by Fumon Entsu (1755-1834), a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Tendai (or Tiantai) school. In his Bukkoku rekishohen [Astronomical Works for...
N.p. [Japan]: n.d. [but 17th century].
These texts give an account of the life and times of Shingen Takeda (1521-73), and his son Katsuyori Takeda (1546-82), the greatest warriors of a prominent military house active from 1185 to about 1600, a period of considerable chaos in Japan. The Takeda clan had a profound influence on the development of the concept of bushido, the warrior class ethical system, which in turn can be said to permeate much of modern Japanese culture. Our manuscript includes “accounts of the Takeda clan’s rise and fall; their unique military tactics; the army’s constitution;...
vi, 218 pp. 8vo, cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards (title & final leaf rather foxed), flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, arms in gilt on upper cover of Max, Graf von Preysing-Lichtenegg-Moos (1810-81). Nuremberg: Riegel & Wiessner, 1819.
First edition of this detailed history of the Jesuits in Bavaria. Lang (1764-1835), was a Bavarian government official, the archivist of Munich, and the author of many histories of Bavaria. The Jesuits in Bavaria exerted considerable influence in the region due to their enormous wealth; they were suppressed in 1773.
Apart from the foxing, a fine copy. Bookplate of Philipp Pfister, secretary to King Ludwig
Title within ornate woodcut architectural border. Woodcut printer’s device on title. 26 unnumbered leaves. Small folio, cont. pigskin-backed wooden boards, spine & boards stamped in blind, orig. brass catches on upper cover, one (of two) orig. clasps. Paris: N. de La Barre for E. Le Fevre, 6 October 1515.
—. Arithmetica Speculativa…duodecim libris demonstrata. Title within ornate woodcut architectural border which is printed in red & black. Woodcut printer’s device on title. Several woodcuts in the text. 100 unnumbered leaves. Small folio (some foxing). Paris: N. de La Barre for E. Le Fevre, 18 December 1515.
Large woodcut on title of an astronomer studying an armillary sphere in front of a starry sky by Hans Burgkmair & nine woodcuts in the text. 40 unnumbered leaves. Small 4to, cont. limp vellum, title written in a contemporary hand on upper cover, with the orig. nine-link chain attached to the lower cover with the orig. chain swivel & ring at other end, orig. deerskin ties. Augsburg: V. Otmar, 1548.
A fine copy of the “first German encyclopedia” of general knowledge, here bound in a very remarkable chained binding. Most surviving chained bindings are substantial folios; our example is a smaller format book with...
Woodcut port. of the author on verso of title & several woodcuts in the text. Title within typographical border. 12 p.l. (last leaf a blank), 348,  pp. Small thick 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, stamped in blind on upper cover “M N H L” & “1613.” Wittenberg: W. Meisner at the expense of C. Berger, [date of Foreword “1612“].
MATENESIUS, Johann Friedrich. Critices Christianae Libri Duo de Ritu Bibendi super Sanitate, Pontificum, Caesarum, Principum, Ducum, Magnatum Amicorum, Amicarum, &c.… Woodcut printer’s vignette on title. 8 p.l., 189 pp., one blank leaf. Small 8vo (tear to first leaf of text in blank portion of...
Three text leaves with Chinese characters, final conjugate leaf a full-page woodcut with about 65 Chinese characters, & a large folding engraved plate printing in Chinese characters the Kangxi Emperor’s edict of 1716. 58,  pp. Large 4to, orig. decorative wrappers, uncut. Nuremberg & Altdorf: Monath & Kussler, 1802.
First and only edition of an extremely uncommon book. Murr (1733-1811), a resident of Nuremberg, was a scholar with polymathic interests. He edited several intellectual journals, published on libraries and art museums, etc.
This work is, in large part, concerned with the Chinese Rites Controversy and the famous “Red Decree.” The Jesuit missionaries who came to China in...
Two folding engraved floor plans. xl, 303 pp.; 1 p.l., 304 pp., one leaf of errata. Two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled sheep, spines richly gilt, red & green leather lettering pieces on spines. Nuremberg: Felssecker, 1787-88.
First edition of this valuable history of the suppression of the Jesuits in Portugal, based on original documents. The suppression was overseen by the Marquis of Pombal; Murr gives here a highly detailed chronological account, year-by-year from 1750 through 1761. In Vol. II Murr provides a list of all the foreign missions of the Portuguese Jesuits, including Angola, India, Japan, Cambodia, China, Brazil, etc.
Murr (1733-1811), a resident of Nuremberg, was a scholar with wide interests. He edited several intellectual journals, published on libraries and art museums, etc.
2 p.l., 32 pp. Large 4to, cont. red morocco (three corners a tiny bit worn), sides richly gilt, spine gilt, “bunt-papier” endpapers, a.e.g. London: C. Ackers for R. Knaplock, 1727.
First edition, large and thick paper copy, handsomely bound in contemporary red morocco, sides and spine richly gilt. Potter (1673 or 1674-1747), was later Archbishop of Canterbury. His “whig principles, which expressed themselves…in his firm commitment to the Hanoverian succession and the new administration, ensured that he became a regular preacher at court and at Westminster. He was later to preach at the coronation of George II and Queen Caroline...
62 unnumbered leaves (the final leaf, a blank, is present). Small folio, cont. blind-stamped pigskin-backed wooden boards, orig. clasps & catches. Tübingen: T. Anshelm, 1514.
—. De Arte Cabalistica Libri Tres Leoni X. dicati. Large woodcut coat-of-arms of Reuchlin on title. Much printing in Hebrew. 4 p.l., LXXIX leaves, one leaf. Small folio. Hagenau: T. Anshelm, 1517.
Large Habsburg woodcut coat-of-arms on title; portrait of Archduke Ferdinand II on verso & Habsburg family tree with small portraits on verso of fifth preliminary leaf, both finely engraved & full-page; & 48 woodcut coat-of-arms on preliminary leaves 11-16. 16 p.l., 477, , 28 pp. Small folio, fine cont. limp vellum, covers panelled in gilt with gilt fleurons in corners, gilt coats-of-arms in center of covers, yapp edges, ties gone, a.e.g. Innsbruck: J. Agricola, 1592.
First edition and a lovely copy of this essential official history of the Habsburg princes written by the librarian and keeper of art to Ferdinand II; complete with the finely executed...