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April 2016

Saint John Fisher: English Martyr

ON 22 June, 1535   He was declared guilty, and condemned to be hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn, but the mode of execution was changed, and instead he was beheaded on Tower Hill.

 Erasmus said of John Fisher:

“He is the one man at this time who is incomparable for uprightness of life, for learning and for greatness of soul”

Fisher became the confessor to Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII. He gained fame in Western Europe for his well-constructed arguments against Martin Luther though he himself was a reforming Humanist. Fisher was a stout defender of the doctrine of the Catholic Church but also believed, like Sir Thomas More, that some areas of day-to-day practice within the Church should be reformed. However, Fisher wanted this reform to come from the Catholic Church itself and condemned the Protestant movement and all it stood for.

When it first became known that Henry VIII was planning ways in which to divorce Catherine of Aragon, Fisher made it clear that he totally opposed such moves. He helped Catherine plan her defence and schooled her in Canon Law. Fisher produced seven publications condemning the impending divorce. He also led those in Convocation who believed that Henry was legally married to Catherine – in direct opposition to those who believed that the marriage was illegal – a ploy Henry was trying to use to justify his call for a divorce. Fisher made his stand very clear in the House of Lords – the marriage was legal and a divorce was illegal and the king had no right to push ahead with it.

Fisher was playing a very dangerous game. He made his position even more dangerous when he secretly contacted Charles V to appeal to the Emperor to use force against Henry.

In April 1534, Fisher refused to take the oath required by the Succession Act. This required Fisher to take an oath that repudiated the Pope, that declared invalid the marriage between Henry and Catherine of Aragon and acknowledged that the children of Henry and Anne Boleyn would be the legal heirs to the throne. Several attempts were made to get Fisher to swear the oath but he refused. Under the newly passed Treason Act, his refusal was construed as treason and Fisher was put on trial charged with a crime that carried the death sentence. It was at this time that Pope Paul III made Fisher a Cardinal – a move that infuriated Henry and almost certainly condemned him to death (if he had not been already).

John Fisher was put on trial on June 17th, 1535, found guilty of treason and executed on June 22nd, 1535, at Tower Hill.

So Today I have two of Fishers books bound together to offer, these two books undoubtedly endangered Fisher.

716G Fisher, John. 1469-1535
Defesio Regie asser=tionis cõ(n)tra Babylonica captiuitate, per Reuerendum patre & D.D. Johanem Roffensem Episcopu. In qua re- spondet pro illustrissimo, eodeq[ue] doctissimo Anglor[um] Rege Henrico .viij. fidei defensore, ad maledicen- tissi-mum Martini Lutheri libellu, in eunde Rege scriptu plusq[uam] im-pudentissime

716G Defesio Regie assertionis cõ(n)tra Babylonica captiuitate
716G Defesio Regie assertionis cõ(n)tra Babylonica captiuitate

         [bound with]
Sacri sacerdotij defensio cõ(n)tra Lutherum, per Reuerendissimu Dominum, dominum Johannem Roffeñ. Episcopum, virum singulari eruditione omnifariam doctissimum, iam primum ab Archetypo euulgata. Cum tabula et repertorio tractatorum.

716G Sacri sacerdotij defensio cõ(n)tra Lutherum
716G Sacri sacerdotij defensio cõ(n)tra Lutherum

[Both books printed] Colonie : In officina honesti ciuis Petri Quentel, 1525                   $6,000

Octavo, 5 3/4 X 4 inches. AdI:A10,A-R8. AdII:A8[B4]a-g8.

These two books are both large copies (many decked edges) and are clean. It is bound in modern full calf in an antique style.
             In 1525, a strange and inaccurate rumor had been circulating in Europe that the English monarch, Henry VIII, was becoming sympathetic to Lutheran ideas. Following Luther’s attack upon the monarch, and the compromise in which the King found himself because protocol denied the right of reply from a monarch to a commoner, Thomas More was asked to write a defence and produced the Renaissance anti-Lutheran polemical work,  “Responsio ad Lutherum.” At around the same time (1525), John Fisher produced a series of theological treatises, both bound together in this volume, that critically examined the basic tenets of Lutheranism: “Defensio regie assertionis contra Babylonicam capituitatem” and the “Sacri sacerdotii defensio contra Lutherum.” The first is a defense of Henry VIII against Luther’s attack that qualifies him, according to Fisher in this work, as a philosophic king in the Platonic tradition. The second work, “Sacri sacerdotii defensio contra Lutherum” is a defense of the priesthood by arguments in favor of tradition against innovation and a divine sanction of the priesthood Luther’s reply to Henry VIII’s “Assertio” was the “Babylonian Captivity” which is perhaps one of the most scurrilous pieces of theological polemic on record.  It was felt that it would be beneath the dignity of the monarch to engage in further debate with the ribald Luther, and so both Fisher and Sir Thomas More were persuaded to come to his rescue.  This resulted in Fisher’s “Defence of the Assertions of the King of England against Luther’s Babylonian Captivity.” (the first work here)

DSC_0003The printing of this work was delayed by reports of a possible reconversion of Luther, but when this proved to be unfounded, the book was finally published in Cologne in 1525. The “Defensio” was a short book and concentrated on Luther’s denial of the Church’s doctrine on the Eucharist. Simultaneously with the “Defensio,” Sir Thomas More was writing his reply to Luther’s diatribe under the pseudonym Gulielmus Rosseus. He had obviously read Fisher’s work before he published his own. In his “Responsio ad Lutherum” he writes:
“The Reverend Father John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, a man illustrious not only by the vastness of his erudition, but much more so by the purity of his life, has so opened and so overthrown the assertions of Luther, that if he had any shame he would give a great deal to have burnt his assertions.” Fisher wrote well in defense of the Pope as is evident from the effect his “Confutatio” against Luther had on St. Thomas More. In a letter to Cromwell (1534) More admitted that he had at one time thought the Pope’s supremacy was of merely ecclesiastical and not of divine institution. Yet after reading Fisher’s work he was able to write in his “Responsio”: “As regards the Primacy of the Roman Pontiff, the bishop of Rochester has made the matter so clear from the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and from the whole of the Old Testament, and from the consent of all the holy Fathers, not of the Latins only, but of the Greeks also (of whose opposition Luther is wont to boast), and from the definition of a general council . . . that it would be utterly superfluous for me to write again on the subject.”   “An eminent spiritual figure in the circle around Thomas More, Fisher preceded More to the scaffold; on June 22, 1535, he was executed for refusing to take the oath required of him in the administration of the Act of Succession. [Fisher’s head was on display on London Bridge for two weeks. When it was removed and thrown into the river, it was replaced with More’s own.] On May 19, 1935 Fisher was canonized in Rome with More.” (Contemporaries of Erasmus).


A who’s who of books worth reading.

Index librorum prohibitorum Innoc. XI. P.M. iussu editus usque ad annum 1681 :
eidem accedit in fine appendix usque ad mensem Iunij 1704.


669G               Index librorum prohibitorum Innoc. XI P.M. jussu editus usque ad annum 1681.
Eidem accedit in fine appendix usque ad mensem junij 1704.


Romæ, Typis. Rev. Cam. Apost.,1704           $2,900


Octavo  5 ¾ X 3 ¾ inches ≠3,≠≠8,A-Z8, Aa-Mm8,Nn4     This copy is bound in full modern calf.

The Index Librorum Prohibitorum (English: List of Prohibited Books) was a list of publications deemed heretical, anti-clerical or lascivious, and therefore banned by the Catholic Church. In 1571, a special congregation was created, the Sacred Congregation of the Index, which had the specific task to investigate those writings that were denounced in Rome as being not exempt of errors, to update the list of Pope Pius IV regularly and also to make lists of corrections in case a writing was not in itself damnable but only in need of correction and put on the list with a mitigating clause (e.g., donec corrigatur (forbidden if not corrected) or donec expurgetur (forbidden if not purged)). This sometimes resulted in very long lists of corrections, published in the Index Expurgatorius.  Prohibitions made by other congregations (mostly the Holy Office) were simply passed on to the Congregation of the Index, where the final decrees were drafted and made public, after approval of the Pope (who always had the possibility to condemn an author personally—only a few examples, such as Lamennai and George Hermes). The Congregation of the Index was abolished in 1917, when the rules on the reading of books were again elaborated in the new Codex Iuris Canonici.  A first version (the Pauline Index) was promulgated by Pope Paul IV in 1559, which Paul F. Grendler believed marked “the turning-point for the freedom of enquiry in the Catholic world”, and which lasted less than a year, being then replaced by what was called the Tridentine Index (because it was authorized at the Council of Trent), which relaxed aspects of the Pauline Index that had been criticized and had prevented its acceptance.   The aim of the list was to protect the faith and morals of the faithful by preventing the reading of heretical and immoral books. Books thought to contain such errors included works by astronomers such as Kepler’s Epitome astronomiae Copernicanae, which was on the Index from 1621 to 1835, and by philosophers, like Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. The various editions of the Index also contained the rules of the Church relating to the reading, selling and pre-emptive censorship of books editions and translations of the Bible that had not been approved by the Church could be banned. Catholic canon law still recommends that works concerning sacred Scripture, theology, canon law, church history, and any writings which specially concern religion or morals, be submitted to the judgment of the local ordinary. The local ordinary consults someone whom he considers competent to give a judgment and, if that person gives the nihil obstat (“nothing forbids”) the local ordinary grants the imprimatur (“let it be printed”). Members of religious institutes require the imprimi potest (it can be printed) of their major superior to publish books on matters of religion or morals.


The School Of Recreation: 1710

R(obert) H(owllet) fl 1696

The School Of Recreation: Or A Guide To The Most Ingenious Exercises Of Hunting, Riding, Racing, Fireworks, Military Discipline, The Science Of Defence, Hawking, Tennis, Bowling, Singing, Cock-fighting, Fowling, Angling.


London : printed for A. Bettesworth, at the Red-Lyon on London-Bridge, 1710.                                                 $4,400

Duodecimo   5 1/4 X 3.1/4 inches  A13, B-G12 This copy is bound in full contemporary speckled sheep.


This little handbook, with its many and diverse subjects, provides a tantalizing window onto the past. In his preface, the author advocates the practice of these hobbies for pleasure, to promote a ‘healthful constitution,’ and for ‘profit and advantage.’ Further, he uses the phrase ‘leisure hours’ and recommends practicing these recreations ‘to unbend your cares after the tiresome drudgery of weighty temporal matters.’ He also calls the pursuit of these various diversions harmless, but warns the reader not to become so absorbed in these pastimes that he neglect his other duties.  The very idea that people in this period had leisure time is interesting in itself, and the details found inside this volume provide a very clear picture of the activities described. Any student of the past who follows the careful instructions laid out in Howllet’s School of Recreation would be able to re-create the personal entertainments of the English from the end of the seventeenth century.We might expect to read about hunting, but the author also includes a lengthy description of dog breeding, with breeds mentioned by name, advice for what to look for when breeding for specific traits, and details about kenneling and canine health issues. Similarly, the English have had an enthusiasm for riding that goes back through the centuries, and the chapter on horses goes into great detail about training, riding, tack, and more, with a special chapter on racing.The section on ‘Artificial Fire-works’ is a little less anticipated, and does not disappoint. Howllet categorizes fireworks into three general ‘sorts: ’those that ascend in the air; those that consume on the earth; and such as burn on the water.’ He also describes how to make molds for rockets, and follows with what can only be described as recipes for a sky rocket, golden rain, silver stars, red fiery colored stars, stars that give reports, mortars for balloons, the inimitable ‘flying saucisson,’ (or sausage) for earth and water, fire boxes, fiery lances, trees and fountains of fire, fire wheels, ground rockets, fiery globes. The author describes how to test powder, and some really amazing-sounding fireworks with figures made of cardboard and wicker to look like St. George slaying the dragon, mermaids, and whales. “In [the dragon’s] mouth and eyes you must fix serpents, or small rockets, which being fired at their setting out, will cause a dreadful sight in a dark night.”The section on military discipline is interesting, but hard to understand practiced DSC_0388 (1)as a hobby. I suppose that one needs to be ever at the ready. Fun military exercises done with pikes and muskets are included here, to keep your skills in peak form, even during peacetime. The reader may perform them on foot or while mounted.The chapters that follow are too numerous to treat separately with any fairness. They include sword fighting and fencing, hawking, bowling, tennis, hand bell ringing (with many songs or ‘bobs’ included), DSC_0389vocal music (with two beautiful text diagrams), followed by cock fighting (including advice on caring for your cock which includes, but is not limited to licking his head and eyes with your tongue, and then feeding him hot urine, see page 145), fowling (hunting wild birds like ducks, pheasants, etc.), and finally, fishingDSC_0390 (including fly fishing with real and ‘artificial’ flies, and recipes for bait).The School of Recreation continues to educate its readers with innocent and enlightening leisure time activities.

ESTC Citation No. T72534

Only three copies Harvard,
Huntington, McMaster University


I Have Just finished ‘Fascicule VI’


Fascicule VI April MMXVI
Fascicule VI

If you would like to receive a hard (printed on paper) copy if this or future lists of books current in my stock, Please send me an eMail and include a shipping address and I will place you on my list

This is the first list of books currently in my stock for this calendar year. This is fascicle number VI, It comprises descriptions of 61 early printed books dating from the 1470’s to the 1710’s.

The subjects are so broad I can’t just pick a few, Often people think that early books mean just Theological or biblical texts, and while I have a few of those in this installment, there is so much more; here are some of the titles listed,  [Page number, author, short title or description]


Page 3. Collection of seven small books Bound together all deal with The test oath (1672, 1678)

5. Anonymous, . circa 1680 The Secret History Of the Most Renowned Q. Elizabeth And The E. of Cssex. [sic] By a Person of Quality. 1695.

6. Andres Alciati 1492 – 1550) V.C. Emblemata (Viri Clarissimi) Emblemata. 1600

7. Αστηρ του Χριστου Βασιλικος: or, Nuncius Christi Sydereus. The Star of the Eastern-Sages;1681

8. ( probably L’Estrange, Roger. 1616- 1704)   A compendious history of the most remarkable passages of the last fourteen years 1680

10. Apollo Anglicanus, the English Apollo: 1684  SOLD

12. Aristotle’s master-piece: or the secrets of generation display’d . 1704

13. The text of the Nevv Testament of Iesus Christ, translated out of the vulgar Latine by the papists of the traiterous seminarie at Rhemes. 1589

16. Saint Bonaventure Speculum Beatae Mariae Virginis. 1476

17. Bonaventure Stimulus Divini Amoris . 1493

18. Saint Bonaventure  Opuscula.1495

20. Boucher, Jean. Apologie povr Iehan Chastel Parisien,1595

21. Buchanan,  (Charles). The Nature and Design of Holy Days.1705

22. Robert Burton  The Anatomy of Melancholy. 1638DSC_0031

24. Charles Butler The femininʿ monarchiʿ, or the histori of beeʿs. 1634

26. Camfield, Benjamin A theological discourse of angels 1678

27. Benjamin Colman The religious regards we owe to our country 1718

28. Rainaldi Corsi lectissimi Ivreconsvlti Indagationvm 1568

29. Essayes, by Sr William Cornwallyes, 1632DSC_0241

30. The Works of Sir William Davenant Kt, 1673

31. Donne, John Poems 1669

33. Diodorus Siculus Bibliothecae historicae libri VI 1505?

34. Diogenes Le Vite de Filosofi Cavate da Laertio et Altri. 1602

35. Thomas Doolittle  A treatise concerning the Lords Supper:1708

37. Edmonds, Clement. The Commentaries of C. Julius Caesar 1677

38. Eland’s tutor to astrology  1704

39. Fitzherbert, Anthony, La graunde abridgement,1577

41. Gebert of Aurillac Epistola Gerberti, Primo Remorum, 1611

43.Arthur Gotthard  Historia Indiae Orientalis, 1608

44. F.G. = Gregory, Francis Oνομασικὸν βραχύ (Onomastikon brachy) 1672

45. Grosse, Henning. Magica De Spectris Et Apparitionibus Spiritum 1656

46. Libri Sancti Hilarii de Trinitate contra Arianos 1489

48. George Horn  Arca Noæ sive Historia Imperiorum 1666

49. Barten Holyday Juvenalis, And  Persius Translated and Illustrated 1673

51. Jenks, , Silvester An essay upon the art of love 1702

Portrait of Athanasius Kircher with some of our 17th century folio stacks.53. Kircher, Athansius  Physiologia Kircheriana Experimentalis 1680

56. Kircher Ars Magna Sciendi 1669

59. John Langston Lusus poeticus Latino-Anglicanus in usum scholarum.1675


60.Nicholas Ling Politeuphuia, Wits Common-wealth.1647

61.Ling Politeuphuia, Wits Common-wealth.1684

62. Richard Mather, preface by John Cotton.A plat-form of church-discipline 1711

64. Milton, John. Paradise Lost 1688

66. Montfaucon, Bernard de. Diarium italicum 1702

68. Nicetae Acominati Choniatae, magni logothetae secretorum 1557

71.Johannes Nider Tractat[US] Utilis de SEPTEM PECCATIS MORTALIBUS. 1500

74. Katherine Philips Poems.166Featured Image -- 4062

75. Katherine Philips Poems.1667

77. Katherine Philips Poems.1678

79. Katherine Philips Letters .1705


81.Robert Fludd , Henri de Pisis, Ibn al- `Arabi  Tabulae geomanticae 1693

83. Playford, John. & Henry Purcell. An introduction to the skill of musick 1687

85. John Ray Dissolution and Changes of the World.1692

DSC_014786. Smith,Thomas Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum 1696

87. Johannis Sperlette Physica Nova Seu Philosophia Naturae 1703

88. John Suckling Fragmenta Aurea.1646

90.Antoine Varillas An’ekdota ‘Eterouiak’a. The Secret History Of The House Of Medicis 1686

91.Vasari, Giorgio Le vite de’ più eccellenti pittori 1648

92. An abridgemente of the notable worke of Polidore Virgile 1560

94. Vignola, Règles des cinq ordres d’architecture 1632    SOLD

96.Wilmot, John. Earl of Rochester. Poems, (&c.) on several occasions 1696


A hard working bookshelf
A hard-working bookshelf




ABAA Antiquarian Book Show New York 2016

On this Thursday the  ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory Begins. If you are in NY stop by and say Hi!

643 Park Avenue, New York
Between 66/67 Streets

Thur April 7 5-9pm
Open Hours
Fri April 8 noon-8pm
Sat April 9 noon-7pm
Sun April 10 noon-5pm
Discovery Day, Sunday, 1pm-3pm


I Have put together a list of some of the books which I will be offering for sale,this is a very brief list and of course, full  detailed descriptions of each book is available on request, many of these books have appeared on previous blogs and in earlier catalogues.


Books can be quite a complicated scene. There are truly some of the most important and beautiful books in the world being offered here.


The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair



738G      Alciati Emblemata (Viri Clarissimi) Emblemata. 1600.   $1,100


276G      Anon       British curiosities in nature and art . 1713           $1,100


649G      L’Estrange A compendious history of the most remarkable passages of the last fourteen years: 1680        $2,200


240F Anonymous The Secret History Of the Most Renowned Q. Elizabeth And The E. of Cssex. [sic] By a Person of Quality. 1702   $1,500


775G Antoninus Florentinus Confessionale: [Christophorus Valdarfer, 1470-71]   $15,000


760G      Aristaenetus Epistola erotikai., 1566        $2200


904F       Aristotle Aristotle’s master-piece: or the secrets of generation display’d 1704.   $1,800


394G      Augustine The meditations, soliloquia, and manual 1686.               $1,100


179FBaconThe Two Bookes of Advancement of Learning, 1633   $1,750


213FBacon The Advancement Of learning 1640 $2,800


464F Bacon Sylva Sylvarum, 1635               $2,800


722F Bacon The essays, 1680.     900


693GBacon The History Of the Reigne of King Henry The Seventh. 1629.  $1,100


694G Bacon The essayes 1629    $3,500


896F       Bennet A discourse the everblessed Trinity in unity, 1718.              $2,100


723G Bonaventura,  Speculum Beatae Mariae Virginis. 1476


668G Bonaventure             Stimulus amoris. 1493                   $2,900

633G Boucher Apologie povr Iehan Chastel Parisien 1595               $3,800


305G Buchanan The Nature and Design of Holy Days.         1705.     $2,200


756d      Burnet   The Life and Death Of Earl of Rochester,1696 $1,600


319G Burton       The Anatomy of Melancholy 1638             $5,500


451G      Camfield, A theological discourse of angels 1678 $2,500


650G      Canisius     Commentariorum de Verbi Dei Corruptelis tomi          $6,500


781G Bible “New”Testament”in”English”
1589   $18,000


774G      Butler The feminin monarchi , or the histori of bee s [1634]        $5,500


814E Cleveland Poems., 1661    $3,000


935E      Cleveland The Rustick Rampant  1658.                   $1,750


816F       Colman The religious regards we owe to our country 1718.          $2,800


815F Cornwallis Essayes 1632  $3,500


866F Courtilz  The Political Testament 1695                        $1,500


655G Davenant The Works of Sir William Davenant 1673               $2,500


109F Davies The Original, Nature a Nosce teipsum 1697                  $3,000    29
403G Delrio Ex miscellaneorum …sive pandectarvm Iuris Civilis Interpretatio  1590.      $2,900
756G      Diodorus Bibliothecae historicae libri VI               (1505-08)            $1,900


138F Donne         Poems, &c 1669                 $8,500


420E      Drayton The Battaile of Agincovrt. 1631                   $3,000


1022E   Drayton   Poems 1637     $3,200


894F Drummond The works of Drummond 1711.               $3,500


682G Dufresnoy De arte graphica. The art of painting 1695             $2,200


755F Dunton The Athenian Oracle 1707.                 $3,500


396GEdmonds The Commentaries of Caesar 1677.            $2,200


786F Eland Eland’s tutor to astrology 1704.       $2,900


700G      Gregory (Onomastikon brachy) 1672      $2,200


682F Finch            The Spleen, A Pindarique Ode. 1709         $1,100


716G Fisher          Defesio Regie assertionis cotra Babylonica captiuitate 1525        $6,000


531G Fitzherbert La graunde abridgement, , 1577.               $5,500


664G Fuller The Church History of Britain 1656                  $3,500


781G      Gassendi Disquisitio metaphysica seu dubitationes et instantiae adversus Renati Cartessi metaphysicam & responsa. ;1644     3500


640G Gebert         Epistola Gerberti, 1611                   $2900


535G Gerbec Miscellanea curosia 1685.                  $2200


639GGibbons       In Librvm Dvodecim Prophetarvm Commentarii.
Sensvm Eorvndem Prophetarum Historicum & Moralem, persæpe etiam Allegoricum complectens  
       1611      $3,000


707G      Gotthard Historia Indiae Orientalis 1608                $5,000


770E      Fulke, Lord Brooke Certaine Learned And Elegant VVorkes, 1633                  $5,500


500F       Elizabeth, Countess of Kent              Grey A choice manual of rare and select secrets in physick and chyrurgery  1653               $1,400


662G Grosse Magica De Spectris Et Apparitionibus Spiritum 1656 $2,500


295F Fenton        &Guevara The Familiar Epistles of sir Anthonie of Gueuara, 1577               $9,300


250F Harrington The Oceana 1700           $2,500


754F       Head       The English rogue 1680.                 3500


689G      Herbert, The Temple. Sacred 1674              $4,500



497G Ignacio de Paredes del arte de la lengua mexicana, 1759     $2,900


392G      Selden, pseud. Historiae rei nummariae 1695    $3,200


515F Huet The history of romances. 1715.           $2,200


786G      Huttich Imperatorum et Caesarum Vitae, 1534  $6,000


765G Imperato, Historia Naturale   1672       $18,000

334G      Izquierdo Praxis exercitiorum spiritualium 1695             $3,000


560G      Izquierdo Practica de los Exercicios Espirituales 1675    $3,800


393G Jenks An essay upon the art of love, [1702]                 $2,000


683G Jonson The Works of Ben Jonson, 1692        $7,500   Folio


543G      Haloander   Nouellarum constitutionu[m] 1562     $1,200


737G      trans. Holyday Juvenalis, And Persius Flaccus Translated and Illustrated.    1673.                  $1,950


642G Kircher       Itinerarium Exstaticum, 1729  $2,500


720G Kircher       Ars magna lucis et umbræ,. 1671 .             $15,000


632G Kestler/ Kircher   Physiologia Kircheriana 1680       $10,500


622G Kircher Ars Magna Sciendi, Artificiosum Combinationum 1669     $9,500


744G Langston Lusus poeticus 1675.      $1,400


551G Ling Politeuphuia, Wits Common-wealth. 1684.     $2900


779G Ling Politeuphuia,  1647. $4900


147F Lucretius Six Books Of Epicurean Philosophy 1683                 $1,800


344G      Lutius (Lucio) Index librorum prohibitorum, [ca. 1699?]                $1800


857F       MARSHALL,D.D The penitential discipline [1714].                $1,100


714G      Luther& Melanchthon Confessio fidei 1531.          $22,000


629G Milton         Paradise Lost. A Poem In Twelve Books. 1688   $17,500


666G Montfaucon Diarium italicum, 1702     $3,000


630G More The Common-Wealth of Utopia, 1639                $1,200


455G Morhof        Literarivs Philosophicvs Et Practicvs ,1714        $3500


739G Nicetas Magni logothetae secretorum 1557.”           $6,500


766G      Nider      TRACTAT[US]!UTILIS!DE!SEPTEM!PECCATIS! 1505 $3,800


350E      Ockland   Anglorum Prælia ab anno Domini. 1327. 1582                       $1,300


783G      Sandys Ovid’s Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologiz’d 1632


718G Philips Poems 1667           $5,800


719G Philips Poems 1678             $4,500


103G      Philips Letters from Orinda 1705            $5,500


767G      Philips   Letters from Orinda to Poliarchus   1705       $5000


189G Playford Introduction to the skill of musick 1718                    $2,900


628G Playford  An introduction to the skill of musick 1687.        $4,200


452G      Ray  Discourses Concerning the Dissolution and Changes of the World. 1692       $2,500




596G      Pisis, Fludd ,Ibn al-`Arabi  Tabulae geomanticae, 1687.      $2200


244F       du Bartas Deuine Weekes and Workes 1613       $3,100


597G      Schediusi De dIs Germanis 1648                 $1,100




710G      Schott     Mechanica hydraulico-pneumatica 1657                 $7,000


679G      Schott, /Kircher Ioco-seriorum naturæ et artis, sive, Magiæ naturalis centuriæ tres, das ist, Drey-Hundert nütz- und lustige Sätze allerhand  1672                  $5,500


379G Byard & Sibylla, Speculum peregrinarum &Dictionarius pauperum 1511


477E      Sidney The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia. 1633.        $3,200


763G      Smith, Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum 1696            $3,500


893F Suckling Fragmenta Aurea, 1646     $5,500


375G Sucquet  Piæ considerations 1672                 $2,900


378G Trevisano   Decisionum Civilium, Criminalium Et Haereticorum, 1611         $1,300


785G      Vassari Le vite de’ più eccellenti pittori, scultori et architetti 1648 $12,000
758F       Ward The secret history of the Calves-Head Club: 1709.                   $ 2,000


684G  Sheffield/Wharton, Anne A Collection of Poems: Viz. The Temple of Death: 1702    $2,250


807E      Wild Iter Boreale, 1668.                 $4800


208F       Wild        Iter boreale [1660.]         $6,000


472F       Wild        Iter Boreale, 1668.           $4,800


789G      Wild Iter Boreale, 1670.                 $2,800


1007E   Earl of Rochester(Wilmot) Poems, On several occasions: 1705        $4500


735F       Earl of Rochester Poems, (&c.) 1696          $6,600



Why study anything but Scholastic Theology?

i have asked myself this more than once…


To understand how important it is to support The Scholasticum — the only institute in all the world and all the Church dedicated to reviving the study of Scholastic Theology — take a moment to hear what Pope Sixtus V said of them, in his Decretal Letters of March 14, 1588, entitled, Triumphantis Hierusalem, § 10.:

For with the divine gift of Him, Who alone gives the spirit of knowledge and wisdom and understanding, and Who furnishes His Church throughout the lifetimes of generations with new benefits, as is needed, and Who provides Her with new supports, there has been discovered by Our ancestors, most wise men, Scholastic Theology, which two Doctors glorious above all, the angelic Saint Thomas, and the seraphic Saint Bonaventure, most brilliant professors in this capacity, and first among those, who have been registered among the number of the Saints, with excellent genius…

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