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Catalogue, descriptive and
historical, of rare and
curious old Books









Edition for private distribution

limited la 50 copies.

With the regards of


HIS CATALOGUE has been prepared for
publication under the supervision of
spared no pains in tracing out the his-
tory of each book, for the purpose of
establishing its identity as an early
specimen of typography.
Various works on the origin of Printing and the progress
of the Art, especially in the fifteenth century, together with
catalogues, .essays, letters, statements and opinions, have been
consulted ; and all facts thereby attainable, relating to author
or printer, have been carefully compared with each other,
for the purpose of rendering this work reliable.

These books represent several styles of type used in early
printing, among which are the Gothic or Black Letter, the
Roman, and the' Italic. The Roman and Gothic letters
date back to the origin of printing, while the Italic was
invented by Aldus about the close of the fifteenth century.
Notwithstanding the wonderful progress in the arts during
the last four hundred years, these three kinds of type are
the ones most used at the present day ; and what is still
more singular, their distinctive features have not been much
changed during these forty decades of years.

It will be discovered that several of these books were not
only printed early in the history of book making, but that
they were actually issued from the presses of some of the
earliest book publishers, and so are exceedingly rare.

Whoever doubts this might find constant employment during
the next ten years, in trying to duplicate the first ten books
described in this Catalogue.



EUSEB I US, PAMPHILIUS. Eusebii libri de Pre-
paratione Evangelica. Translated from Greek
to Latin, by George Trapesuntius, (George of Trebi-
zond) and dedicated to Theodoret. Without title
page, pagination or signature. Wide margins, ru-
bricated, and handsomely printed, by Nicholas Jen-
sen, Venice, MCCCCLXX. Folio, vellum, gilt.

Jensen, a Frenchman by birth, was one of the earliest printers in
Venice, and this work of Eusebius was one of his first printed
books. He learned the art in Metz and was the first to use the
Roman characters. He died in 1481. This work is described
as having no initial capitals, with 39 lines on a page. In all re-
spects this book corresponds with the description. This edition is
much sought for by connoisseurs, and is probably the only copy in
America. It is the first edition of this work, and the evidence is
quite convincing that it was the first book printed in Venice.

The author, who died about 340, aimed in this "preparatione," to
prepare the reader for his next work, the "Demonstratione," by
presenting the opinions of early writers, both Christian and heathen,


on disputed subjects, especially upon the controversy between Arius
and Athanasius. His sirname, "Pamphilius" was taken from his
life-long friend, Pamphilius, whom he defended during his persecu-
tions and martyrdom. His translator was a Cretan by birth, and
died in 1484. Theodoret, to whom the work was dedicated, was a
theologian of Antioch and probably contemporary with Eusebius.


OLDRADE, born at Lodi, died at Avignon, 1335.
He was Juris-Consul ; was in Bologne, Padua, and
through Pope John xxn. went to Avignon.

No title page. Colophon: "Finis Consilior eximii
utriusque juris professoris Oldradi de Laude, Rome
impressorum per magestrum Adam Rot, Meten, dio-
cesis Anno salutis MCCCCLXXII. Sub Sixto mi. Pon-
tifice Maximo, which means:

"End of the Counsel of the distinguished Juris-Consul, Oldradi of
Lodi. Rome, printed by Master Adam Rot, (who printed the first
book printed in Aquila, 1482. His name was Adam de Rotwil) of
the diocese of Metz, in the year of Salvation, 1472, under Sixtus
rv. Pontifex Maximus." No pagination, registrum, or caps, at the
commencement of chapters. First page elaborately ornamented
with the pen. Imperial folio, double columns, extra margins, hand-
somely bound, full calf, gilt, back title : extremely rare.

This seems to be a complete and profound work on Ecclesiastical
Jurisprudence, perhaps for the benefit of Pope John. Adam Rot
is supposed to have printed at Metz, but his works bear the "Im-
pressam Romam."


LEONARDOS, of Utino. Sermones Quadrages-
imales de Legibus fratris Leonardi de Utino Sacre


Theologie Do6loris ordonis predicator, MCCCCLXXIII.

"Forty-eight Sermons on the Precepts," by Brother Leonard, of
Utino, Doctor of Sacred Theology, of the Dominican Order.

Table of contents and index. No title page, colophon, paging
or registrum. 311 pages, five of which are index. Royal folio,
double columns, 60 lines each, elegantly rubricated.

This description corresponds with that of the second edition of
these "Sermones," in which case it was probably printed by Ulric
Zell, a Hanoverian, who printed at Cologne about 1470, some say as
early as 1462. He was corrector of the press, or proof reader,
under Fust. Full calf, back title, "Sermones Quadragesimales."


LEONARDO, of Aretino, (Leonard Bruni, of
Arezzo.) Delia Historia Florentina, traducla da Do-
nato Acciajuola, Gonfaloniere di Giustitia. (Standard

bearer of Justice.) In duodecimo libri.

Translation completed August 27, 1473. Printed February 12,

1476, at Venice, by Jacomo de Rossi, (Jacob Rubeus) a French-
man. It was originally written in Latin ; this being the first Italian
translation. No title page ; date and place being in the colophon.
First page illuminated finely printed, wide margins, no pagination,
folio, parchment, back title. "History of Florence."


DIONYSIUS, the Periegetes. (Peripatetic, or
Traveller.) Eloquentissimi uiri Domini Antonij Be-
charieus ueronensis Proemium in Dyonisij traduclo-
nem de situ orbis habitabilis ad clarissimum physicum
magistrum Hieronymum de leonardis. Colophon:
Impressum est hoc opusculum Venetijs per Bernard-
urn pictorem & Erhardum ratdolt de Augusta una


cum Petro loslein de Langencen eorum corre6lore ac
socio. Laus deo MCCCCLXXVII.

"The most eloquent man, Mr. Anthony Becharia, of Veronese,
translated Dionysus' Regions of the habitable globe, for the most
renowned Philosopher, Master Jerome, of Leonardus." This work
was printed in Venice, by Bernard the Painter, and Erhard Ratdolt,
of Augsburg. Peter Loslein, of Langencen was associated with the
latter in business, and corrected this work, in 1477.

No pagination, registrum from a to 64. Title page elegantly or-
namented, large ornamented initial letters, excellent typography
and paper, 4to., full calf, embossed. Doubts exist about the time
and place of the author's birth. Probably the former was between
the third and fourth centuries of our era ; Lybia or Alexandria it is
thought may have been the latter. He was a disciple of Origen.

This work was a description of the then known world, in hexam-
eter verse, and was very popular. It was twice translated from
Greek to Latin.

Ratdolt of Augsburg died in 1516. He was a rival printer with
Jensen and the brothers Spira. He was said to be the first to use
ornamental vignettes, tail pieces and capitals. He also introduced
the frontispiece. Peter Loslein was his partner in business.


si.) Summa de Casibus, per fratrem, Astexanum,
compilata Johannis Gaietani di Aconi.

Printed in Venice at the expense and order of John of Colonia,
March 18, 1478. Double column pages, finely rubricated. Eight
Books, with several indexes. No title page or pagination, regis-
trum very irregular. Imperial 8vo., green Turkey, back title.

The full title of this work is, Summa de Casibus Conscientiae.
"Important subjects of Conscience," compiled by John Gayetani.

It was first printed in Strasburg, 1469, by John Mentelin, who


introduced printing into that city, it is claimed, about 1447. He
was originally a writer and illuminator of manuscripts.

The work, as it first appeared, over his name as printer, bore this
imprint : "Explicit Summa fratris Astexani, arte impressoria formata
per venerabilem virum," Joh. Mentel, Anno Domini, MCCCCLXDC.

It had neither paging nor registrum. Mentelin published three
similar, two column editions, about the same time. He died the
year this book was printed, in Venice.


Mundi: De origine et temporibus urbis Romae, Cai
julii Solini, Rerum memorabilium cole6laneae.

"Memoir of the origin and early condition of the city of Rome,
and of other parts of the World," by Caius Julius Solinus, collector
of memorable things. Colophon-: Impressum uenetiis per theodo-
rum de regazonibus de asula anno domini MCCCCLXXXXI. die xxm.
mensis augusti regnante inclito domino augustino barbadico duce
uenetiarum. Printed on account of Theodorus of Gaza, by Asola,
in 1491 ; Augustine Barbarigo then reigning as doge of Venice.

Index, and registrum, but no pagination ; quarto, half parch-
ment, marbled paper sides, gilt, back title.

The author lived in the third century and had a slight reputation
as a writer, but was looked upon by many as a plagiarist. Theo-
dore of Gaza was a noted Greek scholar, who lived in many Italian
cities. His Greek grammar was printed in venice, 1495, an< ^ ne
translated many works of eminent authors, this book possibly be-
ing one of them.

Aldus Manutius, the first of the Aldus printers, married Maria,
daughter of Torresano of Asola, a town in Venetia. Before Paul,
the second Aldus, was old enough to carry on business himself, his
grandfather and two uncles Torresani, or as they were then called,
the Asolani, carried on the Aldine press. For several years they had
the entire charge ot the business ; but as their work was far from
commendable, they dispensing with collaboration, Paul Manutius


finally took the business into his own hands. These facts explain
why this book is said to have been printed by Asula.


BONAVENTURA, SAINT. (John of Fidenza.)
Commentarium super magistrum Sententiarum de
Petri Lombardi ; Libri quatuor. Nuremburg, MCC-
CCXCI. Imperial 8vo., double columns, with sev-
eral indexes and tables, numerous notes and marginal
pen references; date and place at the end of liber iv.,
hogskin, embossed, clasps.

John Gerson, Chancellor of Paris, in the fourteenth century, with
many other learned churchmen, bore testimony to the value of this
"Commentarium." Peter Lombard, Bishop of Paris in the twelfth
century, wrote "Sententiarum," libri quatuor. I. Treated of God ;
II. of Man ; III. of the Incarnation, Redemption and the Virtues ;
IV. of the Seven Sacraments and Eschatology. At first it was
popular ; afterwards it was suspected of heterodoxy, and in 1318
sixteen propositions were rejected, which may be found in the ad-
denda to the "Commentarium." In 1398 twenty-eight errors were
proclaimed and rejected. Saint Bonaventura, who wrote this Com-
mentary on the "Sententia," lived in the thirteenth century. At the
age of thirty he was appointed to read the "Sententia" in Paris.

This work was considered a full and explicit exponent of the
more important church doctrines adhered to in the early part of the
fourteenth century ; but while the book remained as it was, time
wrought a change in the minds of men, and Peter Lombard's work
became a terror to the church.

He bore the title of "Seraphic Doctor," was canonized by Sixtus
iv., 1482, and had an honorable place assigned him by Dante, in
his "Paradiso." He was noted as a theological expounder and his
Commentarium became famed. A complete table of the subjects
treated upon in it, may be found in this volume, by John Becker-
haub, Moguntini.


At the end of the book is a specific testimonial of John Gerson,
to the merit of the work, dedicated to Jac. Wimpfeling of Scheles-
tadt, who edited Gerson's works, at Spire, 1499. This Wimpfeling
is considered reliable authority upon the invention of printing and
upon the first who practiced the art.


OFFREDI, APPOLLINARIS. (an illustrious Philoso-
pher of Cremona) Explicit scriptum de instanti Illus-
tris Apollinaris Offredi, etc., cum suppositionibus
eiusdem accuratissime emendatum per eximium Arti-
um Joannem Mariaz Mapellum Vincentinum.

Impressum Venetiis per Symonem beuilaqua Pa-
pienum, 1492, die primo decembris.

The above Colophon ends a work without title page, as follows :
Viri preclarissimi ac subtilissimi logici, petri mantuani logica incipit
feliciter. "Here ends the present writing of the illustrious Appolli-
naris Offredi, with applications of the same, accurate emendations
to the excellent work on Rhetoric, by John Maria Mapellum Vin-
centinum." Printed at Venice, by Simon Brevilaqua, Pavia ; Dec.
i, 1492. This Simon published classical works in Venice 1493-99.
Peter of Mantua : "The most distinguished man and subtle logician,
Petri Mantuani, here commences his work on logic." No pagina-
tion, 410., half parchment, sides marbled paper, gilt, back title.


ANTONINUS, Archiepisc'opus Florentini. De-
votissimus trialogus beati Antonini ordonis predica-
torum super euangelio de duobus discipulis euntibus
in Emaus.

A most faithful Trialogue upon the Evangelist's account of the
two Disciples on the way to Emmaus, by the Blessed Antoninus,


Archbishop of Florence, of the Order of Dominicans. At the end
of this Trialogus is the life of Antoninus, edited by Francis of Cas-
telione. He was canonized by Pope Adrian.

BAPTISTE, of Finaria. Pulcherimus Trialogus de
contemptu mundi, per Baptiste Episcopus vintimil-
iensis, ordonis eiusdem.

"Most excellent Trialogue on Contempt of the World," by Bap-
tiste, a Dominican, Bishop of Albium Intemelium, a city in Italy,
not far from Nice. This is followed by two brief articles by one
Bernardus, an Abbot, on the words of Peter, in Matt. xvii.

UBERTI, a Dominican. Epistola de tribus essen-
tialibus votis religionis; et vtillisimus traclatus de
veris et falsis virtutibus fratris Umberti generalis ma-
gistri eiusdem ordonis.

"Epistles on the three essential parts of our sacred religion ;
also most useful treatise on true and false virtues," by Humbert,
Superior General of the Dominican Order. This is preceded by
an Epistle to the brethren of the Order.

SAVONAROLE, Hieronymi. Regule quedam breu-
issime ac valde vtiles Reuerendi ac denoti patris
fratris Hieronymi Sauonarole ferrariensis, ordonis

"Very brief and most essential Rules of the venerable and worthy
father and brother, Jerome Savonarola," a Dominican of Ferrara.

Colophon : In nomine sancle trinitas isti tres traclatus vtilissimi
feliciter expliciunt. Impressi Venetijs per Joannem Emericum de
Spira. Anno incarnationis, M.cccc.xcv. sexto Maij. "In the name
of the Holy Trinity, these three most useful Tradls are successfully
completed. Printed at Venice by the veteran John of Spira, in the
year of the Incarnation, 1495, May 6th.

The above trails are bound together. Title page a rubric, three
plates, ornamented capitals, indexes, no pagination, 8vo., boards.


The works of Antoninus (1389-1459) were popular and printed
in several places.

The brothers, John and Wendelin de Spira, Germans by birth,
first established themselves, as printers, in Venice, in 1469. It is
still an unsettled question whether Nicholas Jensen or John of
Spira was the first to print, in Venice. The following Latin verse,
found in an edition of Tully, printed by the latter and unquestion-
ed by Jensen, would seem to settle the matter in favor of John of

Primus in Adriaca foamis improssit divis,

Urbe, Libros Spira genitus de Stirpe Johannes,

In reliquis fit quanta, vides, spes, letSlor, habendo,
Quam labor his primus enlami superaverit Artem.


ARISTOTLE. Alexandri aphrodisei enarratio de
anima ex aristotelis institutione interprete Hierony-
mo donato Patritio Veneto.

"Alexander Aphrodisius' Commentary on The Soul," from Aris-
totle's Philosophy, translated by Jerome Donatus, a native of Venice.
He died in Rome in 1513. The Colophon shows that this work
was printed at Brixige, by Solerti Bernardini misintis de Papian,
Anno salutis et gratiae, MCCCCLXXXXV., idibus, Septemb. "The
skilled Bernard of Misintis, in Pavia, the year of deliverance and
grace, 1495, Sept. 13." No paging, boards, deer skin.

This Bernard of Misintis was the first to introduce printing into
Cremona, in 1485.

Alexander of Aphrodisias, (Aphrodisia, a city in Caria) a phi-
losopher in Athens, about the beginning of the third century. His
Commentaries on some of Aristotle's works are highly esteemed.
Some of his Commentaries were printed by the Aldus brothers, in
Venice, in 1495.


Roterod. Dialogns cui titulus Ciceronianvs : sive
De optimo genere dicendi : cui honorary arbitri adi-
un6li Petr. Ramus, Joach. Camerarius, Joan. Stur-
mius de Imitat. Edente & notis illustrante Meliore
Adamo, Silesio. Cum Indice verborum & rerum :
cui additus Schematismus Phrasiologiae. Neapoli,
Nemetum, aprud Henricvm Starckivm Sumptibus
Joann, Carol! Unckelij Bibl. Tran. Anno M.D.XVII.

"Desiderus Erasmus, of Rotterdam (who died 1536). Cicero-
nianism ; or Dialogue on the most excellent style of speaking ; to
which are added these honorable witnesses, as imitators : Peter
Ramus, (Pierre de La Rame, a Frenchman,) Joachimus Camera-
rius, (Jacob Liebhard, a German,) and Joannen Sturmius, (John
Sturm) hi Strasburg, 15 13. With explanatory and illustrative notes,
by Melchoir Adam, Silesia ; with an index of words and things by
which the rhetorical phraseology is much aided."

Printed at Naples, (under Gallic rule) at the house of Henry
Starkius, at the expense of John Carolus, a Belgian, 1517.

The first prefatory dedication is to Sigismund, an eminent and
most noble student of Heidelberg, from the study of Melchoir
Adam, Heidelberg. Jan. 20, i6ij(?). Adam died in 1622.

He published a life of Erasmus in 1615, of whom he said, "He
has harmed the Roman Pontifex more by his joking than Luther


did by his fretting." A second Preface, by Erasmus, is dated
Basle, Feb. 13, 1528. At the end of dialogue the date is 1529.

Title page, black and red ; handsome tail pieces and initials:
8vo., half calf, gilt, back title. Following the ;i Ciceronianus" are
these works : I. Peter Ramus : II. Jacob Camerarius : III. Jacob
Omphalius, all on "De Imitatione :" V. John Sturm, Linguae Lat-
inae (Latin Language). VI. Bartholomew Keckermanus : Pia ac
devota prseparatio ad sacram Synaxin, ante annos aliquot priuatim
discipulis quibusdam tradita. "Pious and devoted preparation for
the holy Supper, until recently, handed down privately to a few
disciples." Hanover, at the house of Peter Antonius, MDCXVII.

Title page with printer's device and motto. The preface is da-
ted at Herbome, April 7, 1611. Peter Ramus met Erasmus while
traveling in Germany, and soon became his fast friend. He was
massacred at St. Bartholomew.

M. D. L.

PETER, of Apianus. Cosmographia Petri Apiani,
per Gemmam Frisium apud Louanienses (Louvain)
etc., iam demum ab omnibus vindicata mendis, ac
nonnullis quoq : locis aucta. Additis eiusdem argu-
menti libellus ipsius Gemmae Frisii. Vaeniunt Antu-
erpae sub scuto Basiliensi Gregorio Bontio, M. D. L.

"Cosmography, by Peter Apianus ; now t especially freed from all
mistakes and descriptions of other places added. In addition to
this a small book of proofs, by Gemmius Frisius-" It contains
Trigonometrical Tables and Astronomical Problems ; several pre-
pared by his son Phillip. Sold at Antwerp, for Gregory Bontio.

The Colophon says it was printed at Antwerp, for Gregory Bon-
tio, by jEgidius Diesth, in the year of the birth of Christ, author
of human salvation. The Dedication to the Archbishop of Saltz-
burg, bears date, Feb. 7, 1524. The book freely illustrated. The
small addition, by Frisius, seems to be Astronomical ; date, Ant-
werp, 1533, with index. Quarto, full calf gilt, back tide.


The real name of Frisius was Regnier Gemma, born in Frisia ;
Professor at Louvain. He published several editions of the "Cos-
mographia." Melchoir Adam wrote his life.

M. D. LXI.

CHEMNITZ, MARTIN. Repetitio sanae doftrinse de
vera praesentia Corporis et Sanguinis Domini in
Coena, per Martinum Kemnicium, in Ecclesia Brun-
suigense. Additus est tra<5latus comple6tens Do6lri-
nam de communicatione Idiomatum eodem Autore:
cum Indice capitam praecipuorum, quse in hoc Li-
bello explicantur. Lipsiae, Anno M. D .LXI. Preface
bears date, Brunsuigae, 3d March, A. D., M .D .LX.
Colophon: Lipsiae in officina M. Ernesti Voegelini,
Constantiensis, Anno M. D .LXI.

"Repetition of the sound do6lrine, concerning the true presence
of the body and blood of the Lord, in the Sacrament." By Mar-
tin Chemnitz, Bishop of Brunswick. Added to this is the com-
plete method of the use of Doctrinal Idioms, communicated by
the author, with an Index for instruction, to the Chapters which
are explained in this book. A Tract on our Lord's Supper, by
Nicholas Selneccero, Prof, at Leipsic, is bound with the works of
Martin Chemnitz.


Psalmorum brevis explanatio, atque in eorum aliquot,
Paraphrases luculentissimae. His adiecimus alias
eiusdem in Psalmos triginta, Paraphrases carmine
conscriptas, ac suo loco positas. Quae omnia a Fla-
minio aucta multo lucopletiona quam Parisiensi


editione habentur nunc primum in lucem edidimus.
Aldus, Venetiis, M. D. LXIIII. Small 120-, parchment.

The dedication to Alexander Farnese, afterwards Pope Paul m.,
in this book, was probably written for an earlier edition, published
in Paris, since the author died in 1550. On the title page is the
well known Aldine Printer's device, the Anchor and Dolphin.

"A brief Explanation of the Book of Psalms, and also to several
of them most elegant Paraphrases, by Marcus Antonius Flaminius.
Paraphrases and Hymns have been written and added in the prop-
er place, to thirty Psalms ; which has all been much enriched and
now first published from the first Paris edition.

In 1561, Paul Manutius, son of Aldus, who founded the cele-
brated Aldine printing establishment, removed to Rome. His son
Aldus, named for his grandfather, remained and superintended the
business in Venice, therefore, this book was probably printed un-
der his supervision.

Sir Egerton Brydges paid the following elegant tribute to the
Anchor and Dolphin :

"Would you still be safely landed,

On the Aldine Anchor ride.
Never yet was vessel stranded,

With the Dolphin by its side.

Nor time, nor envy, e'er shall canker,
The sign that is my lasting pride ;

Joy then to the Aldine Anchor,
And the Dolphin by its side."


HORSES. Libro de marchi de Cavalli con li
nomi de tutti li principi et privati Signori che hanno
Razzi di Cavilli. In Venetia, appresso Nicolo Nelli,
con gratia e privilegio, M. D. LXIX.

"A description of the brands used by most of the noble and
private gentlemen in Italy, owning a fine breed of horses."


Fourteen pages of letter press describing the horse, figured on
the Frontispiece. 72 designs of Brands. Small i2mo., full calf,
gilt, back title.

M. D. L. XXXI.

BARONIS. Sindon evangelica. Accesserunt Hymni
aliquot, Insignis Bulla Pontificia. Elegans Epist.
Francisci Adorni Jes. de Peregratione memorabili.

Avgvstae, Tavrinorvm. Apud hseredes Nicolai
Beuilaquse, 1581. Cum priuilegio decennali.

"The fine linen of the Gospel, (the garment of Christ) by Eman-
uel Philibert Pingon, Savoy, Baron of Cusago, 1525-82. Several
Hymns added."

These are either descriptive of the Sacred Garment or relating
the miracles performed by it. The first hymn is by Emanuel
Philibert, Duke of Savoy, bearing date, 1562. Others are by diff-
erent authors.

Copy of the Pope's Bull or Proclamation. This
was issued by Pope Julius II. and bears date, "Rome
apud Sanclum Petrum, anno Domini, M. D. VI.-VIL,
Kalen Maij, Pontificatus nostri anno tertio, Impend-
ente Bulla Plumbea.

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