A discussion of interesting books from my current stock at


April 2023

Memory Italian style! Dolce’s rewriting of Congestorium artificiose memorie..

DOLCE, Lodovico.1508-1568. & Host von Romberch, fl. 1485-1533. ; Congestorium artificiose memorie.. Venice Giovanni Battista and Melchiorre Sessa 1562. $3,700 Dialogo Nel quale si ragiona del modo di accrescere, et conseruar la memoria. Octavo: 13 x9.5cm. Signatures: A-P⁸ (P7 a blank)... Continue Reading →

Adventures, revolutions & events. Early modern historiography.

513J     Anon.   R. B., approximately 1632-approximately 1725.  Extraordinary adventures, revolutions & events. Being An Account of divers Stupendious Accidents, Strange Deliverances; Signal Mutations in the Fortunes of several famous Men; and Changes of Government in many Countries. With other Observable Passages in... Continue Reading →

15 Highlights from the boxes of books which I’m bringing to the New York Antiquarian Book fair on Thursday.

First : About the fair BOOTH D29 JAMES GRAY BOOKSELLER cell/txt 617-678-4517 Show Hours Preview Thursday, April 27  5:00 - 8:00 pm ​ Fair Hours Friday, April 28  12:00 - 8:00 pm ​​ Saturday, April 29 12:00 -... Continue Reading →

Quarto, Bacon Essays, The first to include The Colors of Good and Evil, 1629

694J Francis Bacon 1561-1626 The essayes or counsels, ciuill and morall, of Francis Lo. Verulam, Viscount St. Alban London:Printed by Iohn Hauiland, and are sold by R. Allot, 1629. $3,800 Quarto, Signatures A-2V⁴ 2X² (a)² 2Y-3C⁴. Bound in the original... Continue Reading →

AN INCUNABULE PRINTED BY JOHANN ZAINER in Ulm with pastedowns of waste pages (printed on one side only) printed at Augsburg bay Gunther Zainer.

564J. Albertus de Padua (1282-1328): and Pseudo-Nicolaus de Dinkelsbühl (1360-1433) Expositio evangeliorum dominicalium et festivalium. Add: Nicolaus de Dinkelsbuel: Concordantia in passionem dominicam. Ulm : Johann Zainer, 'about' 15 June 1480.   (The colophon reads circa festum sancti Viti)    Price $21,000 Chancery... Continue Reading →

Gutenberg, Columbus and a few other important 15th century guys

A note on Gutenberg, with the comment "a divine invention, and one quite apt for displaying human stupidity" (trans.) 557j. Baptistae Fulgosi. 1453-1504 De Dictis Factisq[ue] Memorabilibus collectanæ Camillo Gilino latina facta. Milan, Giacomo Ferrari, 22 Juin 1509.     Price $6,500 Imprint... Continue Reading →

Two Important books new to my stock , One, by a 17th century female saint, Saint Jane Frances de Chantal and the other once attributed to the 13th century saint Albertus Magnus.

This small book is the second (and more complete) edition of the founding documents of the Congregation of the Visitation This book is represented in OCLC by only the SMU copy. In the Preface Sister (& later saint) Jeanne-Françoise Frémiot writes:... Continue Reading →

“One of the most influential documents in the history of medieval scientific attitudes toward women”

654J pseudo Albertus Magnus Albertus Magnus Secretis mulierum et Viroru(m). [Augsburg:] Johann Froschauer. GW dates [c.1500]. dated by BSB‑Ink, printed using Froschauer’s type 6, which was not used before 1503.Imprint: $ 7,800 Quarto 24 x 14.5 cm. Collation: a–d6.4 e4 f6 g4. Bound... Continue Reading →

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