Biblia Germanica  

Imprint: Strassburg: [Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger], 2 May 1485

€ 25.000

465 out of 466 leaves
Bibliographical references: ISTC No.: ib00633000,  Hain 3138
First volume of the 10th German incunabula, Bible, printed in Strasbourg in 1485 by Johann Gruninger.

Approximate 80 woodcuts, all but a few coloured in a contemporary hand, in green and red. Rubricated throughout  read more
Biblia latina. With an alphabetical table of Gabriel Brunus, guardian of a Franciscan Convent in Venice Lyon: Jean Pivard, 29 Jan. 1500/01

€ 7500

Bibliographical reference ISTC No.: ib00604000
432 leaves a⁸b⁶c–zA–ZAaBbaa–cc⁸dd¹⁰.
Black letter text in double column,
Some contemporary annotations on the fly leaves.
Large quarto. 18/19 century speckled calf binding. 27 cm.
A very nice, clean copy. A few insignificant wormholes at the beginning.

Only 19 copies are recorded worldwide, of which only 14 are complete.
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Breviariu[m] iuxta ritu[m] et co[n]suetudinem sacrosancte Coloniensis ecclesie maioris [...].*


€ 8500

Only recorded copy of this incunabulum, 1492 in its original binding.
In-8°. 11.1 mm  c: [8] leaves, [4] leaves, 1 (=a9) – 507 (3 handwritten leaves with index, last leaf with a prayer. Later handwriting.
Contemporary binding : pigskin on wooden boards, sides decorated with blind fillets, roll-stamps and central medallion, ribbed spine, red edges
Somewhat worn, some small lacks of leather, wormholes, clasps lacking, edges and
corners dulled, stamp and label stuck on the inside of upper board.
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Chrysostomus, Johannes. Sermo super psalmum L: Miserere mei Deus.
Cologne: Ulrich Zell about 1466-67, Also recorded as about 1468

€ 13.000

8vo (20.1 mm). A fine copy with beautiful penwork. Ex libris of Sexton on the fly leaf. Two decorated initials. 2-line rubricator's heading on recto of the first leaf. Rubricated in red and blue. Aesthetically a more please copy that the rather plain digitalized one at Cologne (Köln UStB)
Interestingly this is an example of a sermon falsely ascribed to St John Chrysostom; the so called Pseudo-Chrysostom, who was most likely a Cappadocian writer who lived in Constantinople and wrote under Chrysostom's name

This is the Sexton-Berland-Krauss copy bought at Reiss, 29 oct 2013

30 leaves [a–c⁸d⁶27 lines to a page. ]. Bibliographical references: Goff J298, HC 5031, GW M13329, ISTC ij00298000
Peraudi, Raimundus. Indulgentia 1487. [For promoting the war against the... Turks and for the restoration of the Cathedral of Saintes]. [Cologne, Johann Koelhoff the Elder, 1487].
1 p. Printed broadside on vellum, c. 145 x 210 mm, 25 lines.

€ 18.000

Extremely rare indulgence printed on vellum. It was granted on 25 March 1487 to "Johannes le Bribsot Johanna uxor eius" (on verso also "Jehan le Bribsotte"), possibly from Namur (Fredericq: "afkomstig uit het land van Namen?"): "Universis presentes liutteras inspecturis Raymondus Peraudi, sacre...  pagine professor, ... salutem. Notum facimus quod felicis recordationis dominus Sixtus, divina providentia papa quartus, ... in perpetuum participes fieri. Cum itaque devoti in Christo [Johannes le Bribsot & Johanna uxor ejus] ad ipsius fidei piam observationem ... constat esse concessum [...] Forma absolutionis [...]". read more
Petrarch,  canzoniere or song book

Canzoniere (with the commentary by Hieronymus Squarzaficus)

€ 2500

Small folio 27cm
Early 19th century binding.
Petrarch (1303-1374) is most readily remembered as a lyric poet, the author of 366 poems collected in his Canzoniere  or song book.
It would be difficult to imagine the fate of the sonnet, even for Shakespeare, without the masterful examples of Petrarch’s poems about the love of his life, Laura.
This book is written in Italian. Incunabula in the vernacular are always more rare, then the ones in Latin.
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Petrus Lombardus/St. Bonaventure. Quaestiones super III-IV libros sententiarum Petri Lombardi cum textu eiusdem.
Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, (after 2 March) 1491.

€ 27.500

Folio (31 cm x 21 cm). 2 parts in one volume.
218 leaves plus  272 leaves
Contemporary chained blind-stamped pigskin binding over wooden boards with original metal centre- and corner pieces and two clasps. Iron chain (98 cm) attached to head of lower board.
First edition of the "Sententiae" of Lombardus with the commentary of St. Bonaventure,
edited by Johannes Beckenhaub.
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Sammelband of 3 works on Agriculture

Dionysius Bertochu
, Opera Agricolationum..:, Reggio, Emilia. Italy 14 October 1496.
Crescenzi, Pietro de. XII Bucher von dem Feldbau und vollkommener Bestellung eines ordentlichen Mayershofs, oder Landguts. Straßburg Jobin 1586
Hortvlanica, Paralipomena Et Marginalia. Das ist, Gartenkunst zum Feldbuch angehörig. Jobin 1586
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€ 12000
Sermonarium de peccatis per adventum et per duas quadragesimas
Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, and Nicolaus de Frankfordia, 1476

Printed during the authors life time

€ 4000

This is a complete incunabulum (not a fragment!) but only one part (out of two). In itself complete with all 161 leaves (one blank missing). 42 lines to a page.

Later vellum binding. 23 cm. Front cover detached.  Margin of the second leaf repaired. Some browning to the first leaves. Else in a good condition. Contemporary annotations throughout.
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Statuta vel praecepta scholarium
[Leipzig: Printer of Capotius (Martin Landsberg or Andreas Frisner), about 1488] Bilingual text with Latin and German, with Thomas de Aquino: Epistola de modo adipiscendi scientiam.
€ 15000
20,7 x 14,0 cm. 8 leaves [a1-a8], 39 lines to a page. ISTC No.: is00758800, C 5070.
The text praises education and spells out the rules of conduct for young boys. It is totally bi-lingual text. One sentence in German , another in Latin.
Exceedingly rare. Two copies worldwide know. There is however a variant edition know, in the BSB in Munich there is a variant edition (GW 6025), this text ends with the words ‘Laus Deo’, our copy with the words ‘Deo gratias’.
Vincentius Bellovacensis, Speculum naturale
Imprint: [Strassburg: Printer of the 1481 'Legenda aurea', not after 13 Dec. 1481]
Large folio: 48 cm x 33 cm. 282 leaves [a–y⁸z⁶A–L⁸M⁶N⁶].
€ 12500

The vast tome of the Speculum Naturale (Mirror of Nature), divided into thirty-two books and 3,718 chapters, is a summary of all of the science and natural history known to Western Europe towards the middle of the 13th century, a mosaic of quotations from Latin, Greek, Arabic, and even Hebrew authors, with the sources given. Vincent distinguishes, however, his own remarks.

The second part of this work is on offer. It starts in book IX and it deals with domesticated and wild animals, including the dog, serpents, bees and insects; they also include a general treatise on animal physiology spread over books xxi.-xxii. Books xxiii.-xxviii. discuss the psychology, physiology and anatomy of man, the five senses and their organs, sleep, dreams, ecstasy, memory, reason, etc. The remaining four books seem more or less supplementary; the last (xxxii.) is a summary of geography and history down to the year 1250  read more
Medieval Casket, leather over wood. 32 x 23 x 15 cm.; s.d., s.l., late 15th
century French, likely for export to England.

€ 3500

This style of casket, designed to hold letters, was popular in Tudor England and most likely imported from France.

Albeit the more provincial decoration does not preclude an English origin. The form closely parallels the extant example which held the famous Casket letters of Mary, Queen of Scots, now held at Lennoxlove and attributed to an unidentified 15th century Parisian goldsmith based on



Periglis, Angelus de. Lectura super secunda parte Infortiati. Ed: Baldus and Periglius de Periglis. Imprint: Perugia: Damianus de Mediolano, de Gorgonzola, for Franciscus Balthasaris, 30 Sept. 1500

ISTC No.: ip00284800, Hain 12631. 76 leaves.
LARGE FOLIO, 41 cm. 16th century binding, using a late 12th century leaf. (Life of saints).
€ 9750
An extremely rare work on hereditary law, based on the Digesta of Justinian. Perigilis was active in the first part of the 15th century in Perugia and Padua. From the colophon , we learn that the printer wanted to publish more works by this author but that never emerged.
There are two other works known by the author, Repetitio legis In suis Digesti De liberis et posthumis (Hain 12633) and Tractatus in materia societatum (Hain 1236).
All are rare, but this title, also now as Aurea lectura acutissimi … is the rarest, with only 12 copies worldwide and none in the US.
No auction records exist. A near immaculate copy without any defects.
Alphonsus de Spina. Fortalicium fidei contra iudeos saracenos aliosque
christiane fidei... inimicos]. Lyon, Guillaume Balsarin, 22. V. 1487

51 lines to a page. 249 leaves. (a*3-8, a-r8, s-v6, A-K8, L2-7)
Goff A542; HC 874*; GW 1577. 18th century full calf with panelled boards. Small Folio, 29 cm.

€ 8.500
The Franciscan Alphonsus de Spina, himself a Jewish convert, was a celebrated preacher and Bishop (Died 1491) The first four books of this notorious work are directed against those who deny the divinity of Christ, and against heretics, Jews, and Muslims. Part 3, on the iniquities of the Jews, is a veritable encyclopaedia of mediaeval anti-Semitic libel, containing numbered lists of Jewish "cruelties" and refutations of the Jews' supposed anti-Christian arguments. The section on Islam lists the numerous Sarracen wars, while the fifth book is devoted to the battle to be waged against the Gates of Hell and its resident demons, whose population the author calculates at over 133 million; this is one of the earliest printed discussions of witchcraft and a precursor to the Malleus maleficarum (1st ed. 1487).