A discussion of interesting books from my current stock A site


October 2016

All my books (well most of them) are Packed for the Boston Book Show !!!


Come and see many of my books  at our booth #319

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Friday Oct. 28: 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Saturday Oct. 29: Noon – 7:00PM
Sunday Oct 30: Noon – 5:00PM

dsc_0097I think for me, from a sales point of view, Book Shows are ‘hit-or-miss’ I Love taking to and with people about my books, but there are so many interesting books and so short a time!

I’m still working on a Short title list of the books I’ll be displaying and new (more) books keep asking to be brought to the show… Im at five boxes and adding… Certainly some one will ask about a book which haven’t brought with me!  But if you want something you don’t see DO ask!

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

William Fulke                         1538-1589                                                       $18,000

London, 1589.                         First edition



La Graunde Abridgement

Sir Anthony Fitzherbert           1470-1538                                                       $5,500

London, 1577.                         Second Tottell edition



The Works of Ben Jonson

Benjamin Jonson                     1572-1637                                                       $7,500

London, 1692.                         First complete collected edition



The Temple

  1. Herbert & C. Harvey 1593-1633 & 1597-1663 $4,500

London, 1973.                         Tenth edition



Of The Advancement And Proficience Of Learning

Sir Francis Bacon                    1561-1626                                                       $2,000

Oxford, 1640                           First complete English edition



The Two Bookes of Sr Francis Bacon, Of The Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Hvmane. To the King

Sir Francis Bacon                    1561-1626                                                       $1,750

Oxford, 1633                           Third Edition



The History Of the Reigne of King Henry The Seventh

Sir Francis Bacon                    1561-1626                                                       $1,100

London, 1629.                         Third edition




Sylva Sylvarum

Sir Francis Bacon                    1561-1626                                                       $2,800

London, 1635.                         Fourth edition



Sylva Sylvarum

Sir Francis Bacon                    1561-1626                                                       $2,500

London, 1658.                         Seventh edition



Of The Advancement And Proficience Of Learning

Sir Francis Bacon                    1561-1626                                                       $2,200

Oxford, 1640.                          First complete English edition



The Oceana of James Harrington, And His Other Works

James Harrington                    1611-1677                                                       $2,500

London, 1700                        First collected edition



Poems, By John Donne, late Dean of St. Paul’s, With Elegies On The Author’s Death

John Donne                             1573-1631                                                       $8,500

London, 1669.                         Fifth edition



Poems, On several occasions: with Valentinian: a tragedy

  1. Wilmot, 2nd E. Rochester 1647-1680 $4,500

London, 1705.                         Third edition



The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia

Sir Phillip Sidney                     1554-1586                                                       $1,300

London, 1674                          Thirteenth edition



Eight Books of the Peloponnesian Warre

Thucydides tr. T. Hobbes        c. 460-400 B.C. & 1588-1679                         $13,500

London, 1676.                         Third Edition ???

Ovid’s Metamorphosis & An Essay to the Translation of Vergil’s Æneis

George Sandys                         1561-1629                                                       $15,000

Oxford, 1632                           First illustrated edition



The Works of Sir William Davenant

Sir William Davenant              1606-1668                                                       $2,500

London, 1673                          First edition



Roma vetus ac recens

Alessandro Donati                   1584-1640                                                       $2,100

Romae, 1639                           Reissue of the first edition



The Primitive Origin of Mankind

Sir Matthew Hale                     1609-1676                                                       $3,200

London, 1677                          First Edition



Historia Naturale

Ferrante Imperato                    ca. 1550- ca. 1625                                           $18,000

Venetia, 1672                          Second edition



Ars Magna Sciendi

Athansius Kircher                   1602-1680                                                       $11,500

Amsterdam, 1669                    First edition



Physiologia Kircheriana Experimentalis

Athanasius Kircher                  1602-1680                                                       $14,500

Amsterdam, 1680                    First edition



Ars magna Lucis et Umbræ

Athanasius Kircher                  1602-1680                                                       $15,000

Amsterdam, 1671                    Second enlarged edition

Nicetae Acominati Choniatae, magni logothetae secretorum

Nicetas Choniates                    1140-ca. 1216                                                  $6,500

Basileae, 1557                         First edition



Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Cottonianæ

[bound with]
Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliæ et Hiberniæ

Thomas Smith                         1638-1710

Edward Bernard                       1638-1697                                                       $3,500

Oxford, 1696                           Both are first editions



Religio Medici

Thomas Browne                      1605-1682                                                       $1,600

London, 1659                          Fifth edition



Historia Anglicana ecclesiastica

Edmund Campion                   1540-1581                                                       $4,400

Duaci, 1622                             First edition



Commentariorum de Verbi Dei Corruptelis tomi duo

[Bound with]

Alter tomvs Commentariorvm de verbi Dei

Canisius                                   1521-1597                                                       $6,500

Ingolstadii, 1583                      Second edition


The Rustick Rampant

John Cleveland                        1613-1658                                                       $1,750

London, 1658                          Third edition



The Original, Nature, and Immortality of the Soul

Sir John Davies                        1569-1626                                                       $3,000

London, 1697                          First Tate edition



Renati Descartes Epistolæ

Rene Descartes                        1596-1650                                                       $3,400

Amstelodami, 1682                 First edition




Poems by Michael Drayton

Michael Drayton                      1563-1631                                                       $3,200

London, 1637                          Later edition



The works of William Drummond, of Hawthornden

William Drummond               1585-1649                                                       $3,500

Edinburgh, 1711                      First collected edition



The Athenian Oracle

John Dunton                            1659-1733                                                       $3,500

London, 1707                          Third edition



Defesio Regie

[bound with]

Sacri sacerdotij defensio cõtra Lutherum

John Fisher                              1469-1535                                                       $6,000

Colonie, 1525                          First edition



Sacri sacerdotij defensio cõtra Lutherum

John Fisher                              1469-1535                                                       $2,500

Colonie, 1525                          First edition



The meditations, soliloquia, and manuall of the glorious doctour S. Augustine

John Floyd                               1572-1649                                                       $2,000

London, 1686                          Second edition of this tr.


A choice manual of rare and select secrets in physick and chirurgery

  1. Grey, Countess of Kent 1581-1651                                    SOLD

London, 1653                          First edition



The Temple

[bound with]

The Synagogue

George Herbert                       1593-1633                                                       $3,100

London, 1703                          Twelfth edition of each



De Mirabilibus Pecci

Thomas Hobbes                      1588-1679                                                       $2,500

London, 1678                          First English edition



Lusus poeticus Latino-Anglicanus in usum scholarum

John Langston                          1641-1704                                                       $1,400

London, 1675                          First edition



Politeuphuia, Wits Common-wealth

Nicholas Ling                          1553-1607                                                       $4,900

London, 1684                          Later edition



Politeuphuia, Wits Common-wealth

Nicholas Ling                          1553-1607                                                       $4,900

London, 1647                          Fourteenth edition



Index librorum prohibitorum

[bound after]

Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini Canones

Horatio Lutius                         1541-1569                                                       $1,800

Bassani, ca. 1699                     Later edition



Confessio fidei exhibita invictiss         (The Augsburg Confession)

  1. Luther & P. Melanchthon 1483-1546 &1497-1560                            $22,000

Wittenberg, 1531                    First edition



Miscellaneous Discourses Concerning the Dissolution and Changes of the World

John Ray                                  1627-1705                                                       $2,500

London, 1692                          Third edition



A plat-form of church-discipline

Richard Mather                       1596-1669                                                       $15,000

New York, 1711                      First New York edition



Physica Curiosa (Part Two Only)

Gaspar Schott                          1608-1666                                                       $4,000

Wurzburg, 1662                      First edition



The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia

Sir Philip Sidney                      1554-1586                                                       $3,200

London, 1633                          Eighth edition



Philadelphia, or brotherly love

Eyreneus Philoctetes                                                                                       $2,800

London, 1694                          First and only edition



Coopers Hill. A Poem

John Denham                          1615-1669                                                       $5,000

Oxford, 1643                           Second edition




William Drummond               1585-1649                                                       $2,500

Oxford, 1691                           Third edition



Certaine Learned And Elegant VVorkes Of The Right Honorable Fvlke Lord Brooke

  1. Greville, Lord Brooke 1554-1628                                                                      $5,500

London, 1633                          First edition



T.Lucretius Carus His Six Books Of Epicurean Philosophy

Lucretius, Tr. T. Creech          95-52 B.C. & 1659-1700                                 $2,800

London, 1683                          Third edition


The New Atlantis

Delarivier Manley                    1663-1724                                                       $4,500

London, 1709                          Second edition



Poems. By the Incomparable, Mrs. K.P.

Katherine Philips                     1631-1664                                                       $6,000

London, 1664                          First edition



Letters from Orinda to Poliarchus

Katherine Philips                     1631-1664                                                       $5,500

London, 1705                          First edition



Letters from Orinda to Poliarchus

Katherine Philips                     1631-1664                                                       $3,900

London, 1705                          First edition



Poems on Affairs of State

Various Authors                                                                                               $1,100

London, 1703                          Fifth edition



Fragmenta Aurea

Sir John Suckling                     1609-1642                                                       $5,500

London, 1646                          First edition




Nahum Tate                            1652-1715                                                       $2,600

London, 1677                          First Edition



Poems on Affairs of State

Various Authors                                                                                               $1,500

London, 1697                          First edition





Edmund Waller                      1606-1687                                                       $1,800

London, 1686                          Fifth edition



A Collection of Poems

Various Authors                                                                                               $2,250

London, 1702                          Second edition



Poems, On several occasions: with Valentinian: a tragedy

  1. Wilmot, 2nd E. Rochester 1647-1680                                          $6,600

London, 1696                          Second edition



Poems, On several occasions: with Valentinian: a tragedy

  1. Wilmot, 2nd E. Rochester 1647-1680                                            $4,600

London, 1696                          Second edition



Gesta Romanorum

Anonymous                                                                                                     $35,000

Strasbourg, 1493



Florum S. Bernardi nobiliorum libri X

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux       1090 or 1091-1153                                          $11,000

Cologne, 1482                         Second edition



Super logicam Pauli Veneti expositio et quaestiones

Menghus Blanchellus               1440-1520                                                       $18,000

Venice, 1483



Bibliothecae historicae libri VI

Siculus Diodorus                     90 B.C.-30 B.C.                                              $2,900

Paris, 1505-08





The Commentaries of C. Julius Caesar

Clement Edmonds                                                                                           $2,200

London, 1677



The Church History of Britain

Thomas Fuller                         1608-1661                                                       $3,500

London, 1656                          First edition



Miscellanea curiosa

Marko Gerbec                         1658-1718                                                       $2,200

Nuremberg, 1685                    First edition



Libri Sancti Hilarii de Trinitate

Hilary of Poitiers                     315-367/68                                                      $9,500

Mediolani, 1489                      First edition



Aphorismi secundum doctrinam Galeni

Saint John of Damascus           676-749                                                           $25,000

Venice, 1497



Mammotrectus super Bibliam

Johannes Marchesinus             Born circa 1300                                               $15,000

Venice, 1476                           First Italian edition



Diarium italicum

Bernard de Montfaucon           1655-1741                                                       $3,000

Paris, 1702                              First edition



Theologia naturalis

Raymond Sabunde                  1385-1436                                                       $7,800

Nuremberg, 1502                    Fifth edition





Very Rare English John Fisher!!

822G John Fisher (saint) 1469-1535.

A treatise of prayer, and of the fruits and manner of prayer. By the most Reuerend Father in God Iohn Fisher Bishop of Rochestre, Preist and most eminent Cardinall of the most holy Catholike Church, of the title of S. Vitalis. Translated into English by R.A.B.


Printed at Paris : by Will: Baudry, M. DC. XXXX [1640] $5,500

Duodecimo á A-G H . The fourth edition of Fisher, John. A godlie treatisse declaryng the benefites, fruites, and great commodities of prayer.

This copy has had heavy stainging and chipping repaired. bound in contemporary full calf in need of rebinding.

Written in latin “Tractatus de orando Deum : et de fructibus precum, modo [ue] orandi, numquam antehac Latiné editus”. ; First published in English in 1560/3 as A Godlie treatisse declaryng the benefites, fruites, and great commodities of prayer and also the true vse therof. Written in Latin, fourtie yeres past, by an Englyshe man, of great vertue [and] learnyng. And lately translated into Englyshe. Only one copy in the US at Williams College, then in, 1577 ,no US copies then 1600 only one copy listed St. Mary’s Seminary, New Oscott NO U.S. Copies, and Then this edition Estc shows only folger in the US Oclc adda Catholic University of America. Prayer for Holy Bishops by Saint John Fisher Lord, according to Thy promise that the Gospel should be preached throughout the whole world, raise up men fit for such work. The Apostles were but soft and yielding clay till they were baked hard by the fire of the Holy Ghost. So, good Lord, do now in like manner with Thy Church militant, change and make the soft and slippery earth into hard stones. Set in the Thy Church strong and mighty pillars that may suffer and endure great labors–watching, poverty, thirst, hunger, cold and heat–which also shall not fear the threatenings of princes, persecution, neither death, but always persuade and think with themselves to suffer with a good will, slanders, shame, and all kinds of torments, for the glory and laud of Thy Holy Name. By this manner, good Lord, the truth of Thy Gospel shall be preached throughout the world. Therefore, merciful Lord, exercise Thy mercy, show it indeed upon Thy Church. Amen

STC (2nd ed.), 10890 (showing only Folger add Catholic Univ of America,

Allison & Rogers. Catholic books, 305

Gesners History of Quadrupeds 1551

862G Conrad Gesner 1516-1565 Conradi Gesneri medici Tigurini Historiae Animalium Lib. I. de Quadrupedibus viviparis. Opus Philosophis, Medicis, Grammatical, Philologis, Poetis, & omnibus rerum …

Source: Gesners History of Quadrupeds 1551

Martin Luther 1483-1546 Two important pamphlets!

872G Martin Luther 1483-1546 Vermanung zum Sacrament des Leibs vnd Bluts vnsers Herrn Wittemberg : [ Joseph Klug],1530 (Colophon: Gedruckt zu wittemberg durch Joseph Klug. M.D. XXX)                …

Source: Martin Luther 1483-1546 Two important pamphlets!

Gesners History of Quadrupeds 1551

862G Conrad Gesner 1516-1565 Conradi Gesneri medici Tigurini Historiae Animalium Lib. I. de Quadrupedibus viviparis. Opus Philosophis, Medicis, Grammatical, Philologis, Poetis, & omnibus rerum …

Source: Gesners History of Quadrupeds 1551

Gesners History of Quadrupeds 1551

dsc_0056dsc_0053dsc_0050dsc_0049dsc_0048resize862G Conrad Gesner 1516-1565

Conradi Gesneri medici Tigurini Historiae Animalium Lib. I. de Quadrupedibus viviparis. Opus Philosophis, Medicis, Grammatical, Philologis, Poetis, & omnibus rerum linguarum quae variorum studiosis, utilissimum simul iucundissimumquae futurum. Ad Lectorem. Habebis in hoc Volumine, optime Lector, non solum simplicem animalium historiam, sed etiam veluti commentarios copiosos, & castigations plurimas om veterum ac recentiorum de animalibus scripta quae videre hactenus nobis licuit omnia: praecipue vero in Aristotelis, Plinii, Aelinai, Oppiani, authorum rei rusticate, Alberti Magni, &c. de animalibus lucubrationes. Tuum erit, candied Lector, diligentissimum & laboriosissimum Opus, quod non minori tempore quam quidam de elephantis fabulantur, conceptum efformatumque; nobis, divino auxilio nunc tandem in lucem aedimus, non modo boni consulere, sed etiam tantis conatibus (ut alterum quoque; Tomum vitius & alacrius absolvamus) ex animo favere ac bene precari: & Domino Deo bonorum omnium authori servatorique; qui tot tantasque; red ad Universi ornatum, & varios hominum usus creavit, ac nobis ut ea contempoaremur, vitam, valetudinem, otium & ingenium donavit, gratias agree maximas.

Tiguri Apud Christ. Froschoverum, Anno M. D. LI [1551].                                 $ Sold




Folio [alpha]-[beta]6 [gamma]8 a-3a6. This copy is bound in 18th century quarter calf over marbled boards.

Gesner, who is best known for his groundbreaking work in bibliography, was at heart a natural historian. His contemporaries knew him best as a botanist despite lectureships in Greek and physics and a degree in medicine. Even Cuvier referred to Gesner as “the German Pliny.” Gesner’s interest in what we would today call zoology focused on “animal physiology and pathology, and he is considered by some the founder of veterinary science.” (DSB) The present book is a his work on quadrupeds, which was the first volume of his seminal “Historia Animalium” that appeared in four volumes from 1551-1558. The “Historia Animalium” has been called the “starting-point of modern zoology.” (EB)“”The most authoritative zoological book beween Aristotle and the publication of Ray`s classification of fauna in 1693, it remained the standard reference book even as late as Linné.” (PMM 77)


Two more Rare incunabula !

834G Moses [also .; John, of Damascus Saint.; `Abd al-Malik ibn Abi al-`Ala Ibn Zuhr ]

Hoc in volumine hec Continent’. Aphorismi Rabi moysi.  Aphorismi Io Damasceni. Liber secreto⁄¿ Hipocratis. Liber Pnosticationum bm lunazin signis et aspectu planetarum Hipoc. Liber Q dicit’ capsula eburnea Hipo. Liber de elements siue de humana natura Hipocratis. Liber de aere r aqua r regioin9 Hip. Liber de pharmacijs Hipocratis. Liber de insomnijs Hipocratis. Liber zoar de cura lapidis.


[Venice] : Bonetus Locatellus for Octavianus Scotus’ (i.e. Johannes Hamman),1497 $25,000

Folio 12 x 8 1/4 inches A6,B6 C4 D6 E4 F-G6 H4 I6. (48 leaves complete) Second edition ( this is a close reprint of Locatellus’s Rhasis (Goff R-176) This copy is bound in later vellum boards.

The Aphorisms of Maimonides, a digest of the teachings of Galen organized in 25 “particulae”, are in an anonymous thirteenth-century translation from the Arabic. dsc_0017Part II consists of Johannes Damascenus, Aphorismi; Mohammed Rhasis, De secretis in medicinis; and pseudo-Hippocrates, Capsula eburnea. This last is a brief treatise on the external signs of impending death. According to its introduction, Hippocrates asked his servants to bury with him an ivory chest in which he had placed certain medical secrets. Learning of this, Caesar ordered the tomb to be opened and the chest removed, revealing this treatise. It is printed in the Latin translation made from an Arabic version by Gerard of Cremona in the twelfth century. It had already been printed in Milan, 1481,(Goff R175) in the supplement of miscellaneous medical tractates added to the first edition Rhasis, Liber ad Almansorem ..

This edition includes the aphorisms of Johannes Damascenus or Mesue, a ninth-century Baghdad physician responsible for the translation of Greek medical works into Arabic. Ibn Zuhr (Avenzohar)’s short treatise De curatione lapidis appears here in print for the first time.

Maimonides was born in Cordova but when driven out of Spain for refusing to convert to Islam he settled permanently in Cairo. His erudition and medical skill earned him the appointment of physician to the court of Saladin, the sultan of Egypt. His medical writings deeply influenced not only Muslim and Jewish but also Christian doctors, for example Henry of Mondeville and Guy de Chauliac. From 1177, Maimonides was head of the Jewish community of Egypt. This work, created towards the end of his life, was originally written in Arabic, then translated into Hebrew in the thirteenth century, and into Latin to be published in print.  It is the most important and influential work of the most revered early Jewish physician.

Goff; M79;BM 15th cent.; V 429 ISTC; im00079000; Reichling (Suppl.); 1257; Klebs; 644.2 var. & 836.3 (note); IGI; 6745;  IBP; 4758;Proctor; 5200;


ISTC U.S.A:  New York Academy of Medicine; Stanford Univ. Medical Center (no change from Goff0

dsc_0016(For Goff R-176:U.S.A: Univ. of Michigan, Univ.  National Library of Medicine; Boston MA, Harvard Univ.,; Harvard College ; Hebrew Union College Library;  Case Western Reserve Univ.,  Detroit Public Library (-a1); , Duke Univ.,  Univ. of Iowa, The Univ. Libraries; Los Angeles, Biomedical Library;  Yale Univ.,  Jewish Theological Seminary of America;  College of Physicians of Philadelphia;  Univ. of Pennsylvania, ; The Huntington Library; , Stanford Univ. , Stanford Univ. Medical Center,)

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835G   Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint (1090 or 1091-1153).

Florum S. Bernardi nobiliorum libri X (auctore Guillelmo, S. Martini Tornacensis monacho). De quibusdam sermonibus venerabilis patris Bernardi.

Cologne : Johann Koelhoff, the Elder, 1482 (In this copy and in many copies, the arabic figures 82 have been added to the printed date ‘M.cccc.’, probably in the printing-shop ) $11,000


Folio 11 1/4 x 8 inches {j.6} a2-q8, r-s6, t-v8 v8 blank(.j.1, a1,blank ).This copy lacks 5 leaves of index and 2 blanks. Second edition, the  first  was printed in 1470.

4 copies listed in the US The Newberry Library; Western Michigan Univ., Free Library of Philadelphia (-8 leaves); Library of Congress.

This is a very nicely rubricated copy with many large lombard initials in red and the capital stroked in red and each chapter has a leather tab, This copy is bound in original quarter dsc_0064calf over Oak Boards, the clasp has been lost but the remains of the leather flap and the brass catch remains. Compiled from the works of Saint Bernard by Guilelmus Tornacensis, Benedictine monk.

It’s hard to know how to characterize Bernard of Clairvaux. On the one hand, he is called the “honey-tongued doctor” for his eloquent writings on the love of God. On the other hand, he rallied soldiers to kill Muslims. He wrote eloquently on humility; then again, he loved being close to the seat of power and was an adviser to five popes. What Bernard is remembered for today, more than his reforming zeal and crusade preaching, is his mystical writings. His best known work is On Loving God, in which he states his purpose at the beginning: “You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason he is to be loved.”

dsc_0068His other great literary legacy is Sermons on the Song of Songs, 86 sermons on the spiritual life that, in fact, only tangentially touch on the biblical text. One passage in particular speaks aptly to Bernard’s lifelong passion to know God (and, likely, the temptations that troubled him):dsc_0066dsc_0067

Goff B389 ; Bod-inc,; B-178; GW; 3929; Hain-Copinger; 2926*; ISTC,; ib00389000; O

ISTC: U.S.A: (three copies) The Newberry Library; Western Michigan Univ.;Free Library of Philadelphia(-8 leaves);Library of Congress.

Martin Luther 1483-1546 Two important pamphlets!

Luther on The sacraments

872G Martin Luther 1483-1546

Vermanung zum Sacrament des Leibs vnd Bluts vnsers Herrn

Wittemberg : [ Joseph Klug],1530 (Colophon: Gedruckt zu wittemberg durch Joseph Klug. M.D. XXX)                                                $3,750

Quarto A-H4 third printing same year as First printing. This copy is bound in modern vellum binding. The title from this copy suffers from weak (worn?) printing? {last year Emma Huber and Henrike La hnemannat at Oxford, MT 2015/16 did a “Show and Tell Session in the Taylorian Institute” compairing two versions of this book with the “Extra Task: Try to sort prints with the same title woodcut by their wear & tear marks” So I’m willing to make a guess that the type for this was wearing out fast.

At the end of the year 1519, Luther still maintained the doctrine of transubstantiation intact. In his Ein Sermon von dem hocwurdigen Sakrament des heiligen wahren Leichnams Christi und von den Bruderschaften, he teaches that there is a change of the substance of the bread and wine but emphasizes that it is symbolical of our union with the spiritual body of Christ. Luther on the body and Blood of our lord, ,held that “It is not the doctrine of transubstantiation which is to be believed, but simply that Christ really is present at the Eucharist. this of course was first formally addressed in the Babylonian Captivity pamphlet of 1520, In his “On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church” (published on 6 October 1520) Luther wrote:Therefore it is an absurd and unheard-of juggling with words, to understand “bread” to mean “the form, or accidents of bread,” and “wine” to mean “the form, or accidents of wine.” Why do they not also understand all other things to mean their forms, or accidents? Even if this might be done with all other things, it would yet not be right thus to emasculate the words of God and arbitrarily to empty them of their meaning.Moreover, the Church had the true faith for more than twelve hundred years, during which time the holy Fathers never once mentioned this transubstantiation — certainly, a monstrous word for a monstrous idea — until the pseudo-philosophy of Aristotle became rampant in the Church these last three hundred years. During these centuries many other things have been wrongly defined, for example, that the Divine essence neither is begotten nor begets, that the soul is the substantial form of the human body, and the like assertions, which are made without reason or sense, as the Cardinal of Cambray himself admitsIn his 1523 treatise The Adoration of the Sacrament, he defended adoration of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.Here1530 in we get a more final point of view : explicitly reject transubstantiation believing that the bread and wine remain fully bread and fully wine while also being truly the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Luther instead emphasize the sacramental union and believes that within the Eucharistic celebration the body and blood of Jesus Christ are objectively present “in, with, and under the forms” of bread and wine There is great stress on Jesus’ instructions to “take and eat”, and “take and drink”, holding that this is the proper, divinely ordained use of the sacrament, and, while giving it due reverence, scrupulously avoid any actions that might indicate or lead to superstition or unworthy fear of the sacrament.

see: Burckhardt Neunheuser, “Transsubstantiation.” Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, vol. 10, cols. 311-14.

Benzing, Lutherbibliographie; 2829: Kuczynski, A. Thesaurus,; 3358


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Healing of nobleman’s son at Capernaum

869G Martin Luther 1483-1546

Eyn Sermon vber Das Euangelium Johan. 4. Es war ein konigischer des son lag kranck zu Capernaum etc.


(Hans Lufft)., Wyttem. (Wittenberg)., 1523 [Printer from Benzing]              $2,900

Quarto A-B4 (B4 blank) First Edition Bound in modern wrappers.

First edition of a sermon preached November 9, 1522, on John 4:46ff. (Healing of nobleman’s son at Capernaum). Here we have an example, in which you see how imperfect faith increases, even when we do not cease to pray. When we are delivered from temptation, our faith is increased, to the end that we may more strongly withstand future temptations and persecutions. A beautiful example of faith is presented in this Gospel, exhibiting, as it does, the nature and character of faith, namely, that it is to increase and become perfect; and it portrays faith in a way as to show that it is not a quiet and idle, but a living, restless thing, that either retrogrades or advances, lives and moves; and where this does not occur, faith does notexist, but only a lifeless notion of the heart concerning God. For true, living faith, which the Holy Spirit pours into the heart, cannot be inactive. This I say for the purpose that no one may be sure, even if he has attained faith, that he now has everything; with this it shall not stop, for it is not sufficient to begin, but one must constantly grow and increase, and continue learning to know God better.

Benzing, Lutherbibliographie; 1497.

First Edition of Descartes’ Letters 1682

“Thus, all Philosophy is like a tree, of which Metaphysics is the root, Physics the trunk, and all the other sciences the branches that grow out of this trunk, which are reduced to three prin…

Source: First Edition of Descartes’ Letters 1682

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