A discussion of interesting books from my current stock at


May 2019

John XXI: The Pope Who Promoted Birth Control, Abortion and Aphrodisiacs

via John XXI: The Pope Who Promoted Birth Control, Abortion and Aphrodisiacs

Œcolampadius and Riots!

301J A  Sammelband  of three titles by Œcolampadius relating to the Suppression of Catholics in Basil by insurrection and their expulsion. 1527& 1528                                  ... Continue Reading →

Galileo’s “Starry Messenger” and Kepler’s “Dioptrice” Two of the Most Important Books in Early Observational Astronomy

Gassendi, Pierre (1592-1655); Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630) Petri Gassendi Institutio Astronomica: Juxta Hypotheseis tam Veterum quàm Recentiorum. Cui accesserunt Galilei Galilei Nuncius Sidereus; et Johannis Kepleri Dioptrice. Tertia editio prioribus Correctior. London: Henry Dickinson, 1683                                     […]

Petrus de Rosenheim

299J Petrus de ROSENHEIM(1380-1433).. (& Sebastian Brant (1458-1521); Georg Simler  aka Relmisius)   [ARS MEMORANDI.] Rationarium Euangelistarum : omnia in se euangelia: prosa. uersu. imaginibusq[ue] q[ue] mirifice co[m]plecte[n]   Thomas Anshelm, Pforzheim, 1507.      $15,000. Quarto:  a-c6 with 15 full-page mnemonic woodcuts. Now... Continue Reading →

Adventures of the Soul

Here is another wonderful one , I think Dunton would call me “A Letter-monger” He suggest that Books are a mere Drug (sounding like Marx?) The Secretary of Fate takes his place (reminding me of Mallarme´”Un Coup de Des)" Parcæ... Continue Reading →

No US Copy (not in Goff) No UK Copy

305J Pelbartus de Themeswar   (1430-1504) Sermones Pomerii fratris Pelbarti de Themeswar diui ordinis sancti Francisci de Sanctis: Jncipiunt feliciter.   Hagenau(Augsburg): Heinrich Gran, for Johannes Rynman, 30 September, 1501. [imp[re]ssi ... p[er] industriu[m] Henricu[m] Gran i[n] imp[eri]ali oppido Hagenaw: expe[n]sis ac... Continue Reading →

A female autobiography. Ecstasy and distress

Madeleine Vigneron (1628-1667) La vie et la conduite spirituelle de Mademoiselle M. Vigneron. Suivant les mémoires qu'elle en a laissez par l'ordre de son directeur (M. Bourdin). [Arranged and edited by him.]. Paris: Chez Pierre de Launay, 1689.    ... Continue Reading →

The Paradoxical Project (or the Athenian Sport)

Some men by fixing on a false Delight Instruct, and by mistaking set us right.   265J  John   Dunton            1659-1733 Athenian sport: or, two thousand paradoxes merrily argued, to amuse and divert the age: as a Paradox in praise... Continue Reading →

The demonstration of Antichrist

This rare[N.America :Folger & Huntington (only) ] little book in quite a formal way "And this we thus proue:" By quoting Church fathers, from Clemens Romanus to St Augustine, that the Pope must be the Anti-christ. What a place to... Continue Reading →

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