RARE & FINE BOOKS
RARE & FINE BOOKS
1. Opera Agricolationum.. Reggio Emilia, Italy: Dionysius Bertochu, 14 October 1496.
Numerous woodcut initials which are tinted by hand. 272 leaves. Aa⁶a⁶b-i⁸k, l-y⁸z&⁶ ⁸℞⁸A-K⁶L M⁶. 52 lines to a page.
The texts in this book form the principal source of information on Roman agriculture and rural life, treating the cultivation of vines and olives, farming, beekeeping, and the breeding and grazing of livestock.
Cato's treatise -- the oldest surviving complete prose work in Latin -- includes much on ancient customs and superstitions, and sheds light on the transition from small landholdings to capitalistic farming in Latium and Campania in the second century B.C.
Columella wrote his 10th book, a treatise on gardening in hexameters, as a continuation of Virgil's Georgics, Virgil having written that he was leaving it to others to write about gardening.
This is the first book printed at Reggio Emilia by the quasi-itinerant Bolognese printer Dionysius Bertochus, who worked in six different Italian cities between 1481 and the end of the century, moving from Vicenza to Treviso to Venice to Bologna, and finally settling in Reggio Emilia and Modena.
Bibliographical references: Goff S349; HC 14569, GW M41055.
Christies sale record 23 April 2001, 21.150$
2. XII Bucher von dem Feldbau und vollkommener Bestellung eines ordentlichen Mayershofs, oder Landguts. Pietro de Crescenzi Straßburg Jobin 1586
Illustrated throughout with numerous woodcuts
 1-566,  Printers mark on last page dated 1583.
I have not found any copy worldwide with the title XII Bucher, although other editions exist. Profusely illustrated,
3. Paralipomena Et Marginalia Hortvlanica. Das ist, Gartenkunst zum Feldbuch angehörig Jobin 1586,
22 pages. last leaves damaged. Rare.
A marvelously illustrated edition of the German translation of Charles Estienne’s [i.e.
Stephanus’] Praedium Rusticum (first published in 1554), a collection of tracts which he compiled from ancient writers on various branches of agriculture, and also a short horticultural work by Georg Mayer. All of the works are of great significance in the fields of agriculture and husbandry, and all are quite rare. OCLC/WorldCat lists
17 copies of the first work. No copies of the second work are listed in OCLC, but other versions (i.e. 7 books or 15 books] are listed. Only three copies of the final work are listed.
Beautiful binding, all works complete, first few leaves frayed, not with loss of text. Folio 31 cm.
Sixteenth-century German blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, central stamp of Justice on upper cover and Lucretia on lower cover, 4 bosses on each cover. The incunabulum is in good condition. First few leaves frayed at for edge with some loss but not touching text, quires C & D soiled at head with a few small wormholes. The outer edges of the two German books are tin, due told read less