PART I - Books published before 1716
2 [CHASTEIN, Antoine, FURETIERE, Antoine, RICHELET, Pierre. attrib.] L'Apotheose du Dictionnaire de L'Academie, et son expulsion de la region celeste. Ouvrage contenant cinquante Remarques critiques sur ce Dictionnaire. Ausquelles on en a joint cinquante autres sur divers celebres Auteurs. A La Haye, Chez Arnout Leers, Imprimeir & Marchand Libraire, 1696 £150
FIRST EDITION, 16mo., (144 x 75mm); pp.(4)181 + errata leaf; engraved emblematic frontis. & two woodcut emblems at end; fleuron decorations; a very good copy of this attractive production in contemporary calf, backstrip gilt in compartments; extremities a little worn but sound. A mocking response to the pretentions of the recently published Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française (1694), generally attributed to Chastein, Furetiere & Richelet.
3 CUSANUS, Nicolaus [Nicolas of Cusa] The Idiot in Four Books. The first and second of Wisdome. The third of the Minde. The fourth of statick Experiments, or experiments of the Ballance. By the famous and Learned C. Cusanus. Printed for William Leake, and are to be sold at the signe of the Crowne in Fleet-street... 1650 £1,750
FIRST EDITION in English, 12mo., 140 x 80mm, pp. (2)118, (117-)209, 230-231 (1)advert.; title partially browned & sometime mounted having been torn (without loss), otherwise well preserved & clean with good fore-margins; contemporary blind-ruled calf, a little worn but sound, remains of later morocco label. First published in 1450, Cusan's dialogues De Sapientia and De Mente present his theories of mathematics in the form of Platonic dialogues between a layman and an Aristotelian philosopher. The more practical De Staticis Experimentis, contains methods for determining physical parameters with apparatus like scales (the 'ballance') and a water clock which was first used by Nicolaus to count the pulse. Wing K394 (under Nicolaus Khrypffs, cardinal). ESTC R202666.
4 ELZEVIER. BARCLAY, John. Euphormionis Lusinini sive Joannis Barclaii Satyricon. partes quinque cum Clavi. Accessit Conspiratio Anglicana. Lugd. Batavorum, Apud Elzevirios, 1637 £180
FIRST ELZEVIER EDITION, 24mo., 122 x 70mm., pp.717; engraved title-page; some light browning & water-staining but well preserved in contemporary vellum, yapp fore-edge, old ms. titling at head of backstrip; early ownership inscription at foot of title. The first of two editions printed by Bonaventure & Abraham Elzevier in 1637, this first misprints page nos. 207 & 209 as 107 & 109. Willems 452. An early edition of all five-parts of Barclay's satire on Jesuit education & recruitment, the first part of which originally appeared Paris, 1605. ' Barclay's Satyricon is the story of Euphormio, a citizen of an ideal realm who arrives in seventeenth-century Europe, and his adventures therein. Almost as soon as it was published, keys appeared to interpret the characters and locations depicted in it.' ODNB.
5 FONDANO, Marco. Phrases Poeticae, seu Sylvae Poeticarum locutionum uberrimae. Quaram prima vestigia a M. Fundano posita deinde ab A.S.I.T. auctiores factae... Simptibus Claudii Rigaud & Claudii Obert, Lugdini, 1627 £85
16mo., 120 x 70mm., pp.672(48)indexes(2)printer's mark 'Excudebaqt Claudius Cayne Lugduni, 1626' within fleuron border; title in red & black with Rigaud's pictorial woodcut device; faint waterstain across first third & final section but generally well preserved in well used & darkened contemporary vellum, yapp fore-edge, old ms. titling at head of backstrip, split in backstrip but sound; various early ownership signatures on fly conclude with 'G.E. Wagner 1777' & his etched bookplate.
7 PLAUTUS, Titus Maccius. Plavti comoediae viginti nvper recognitae et acri ivdicio Nicolai Angelii diligentissime excvsae. Ex officina Philippi de Giunta Florentini, 1514 £1,250
First Giunta edition, (157 x 105mm); ll.(8)368; woodcut title border & woodcut device on verso of final leaf; title mounted with marginal loss at fore-edge & 10 x 10mm hole in border at foot, worm slits in final 3 leaves, first & final leaves lightly soiled, otherwise in very good fresh state; contemporary (or a little later) calf, ruled in blind with gilt ornaments, rebacked retaining original backstrip, leather on lower board renewed with most of original laid down. Dedicated to Lorenzo de Medici, this first Giunta edition of the comedies of Plautus was edited by Niccolò Angeli, philologer and Classics professor, and based on hitherto unused manuscripts and texts.
8 VALERIUS MAXIMUS, Gaius. THYSIUS, Antoine [Editor] [Works] cum selectis variorum observat. et nova recensione A. Thysii icti. [Factorum et dictorum memorabilium libri IX. ] Apud Franciscum Hackium, Lugd. Batavorum [Leiden] 1651 £320
Pp.(16)855(1)32 (index); pictorial copper-engraved title; wood-engraved head- & tail-pieces and initials; occasional light browning but a very good copy in contemporary vellum, yapp fore-edges, manuscript titling; gilt ownership lettering of 'L[aurence] Swaanswick Gouda 1651' on sides, with his extensive inscription on fly-leaf; later signature & armorial ex libris of Daniel Wintringham Stable LLB. Dibdin cites the 1670 reprint as 'best variorum edition... elegantly printed by Hackius, and superintended by Thysius', who was Professor of Poetry at Leiden from 1637 and later state historiographer. Copac lists Cambridge, Durham, Canterbury & Leicester copies only of this edition.