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I have been selling books printed before 1700 since1991. Please feel free to contact with any early book questions, I'll try and answer them. Jamesgray2@me.com

Fascicule XXVII may 2021 Printed books 1501-1600

YOU CAN view this through you web browser to get the link button to work. TO DOWNLOAD FASCICULE XXVII Push the Download button xxvii-c2a7-16thc.Download TO DOWNLOAD FASCICULE XXVII xxvii-c2a7-16thc.-2Download xxvii-c2a7-16thc.-1Download TO DOWNLOAD FASCICULE XXVII Check the button above. Below you... Continue Reading →

Albrecht Dürer

392J. Albrecht DÜRER 1471-1528, Translator Giovanni Paolo Gallucci,; 1538-1621? Di Alberto Durero pittore, e geometra chiarissimo. Della simmetria dei corpi humani. Libri quattro : Nuouamente tradotti dalla lingua Latina nella Italiana, da M. Gio. Paolo Gallucci Salodiano. Academico Veneto. Et accresciuti... Continue Reading →

Hrabanus Maurus 784-856

Hrabanus Maurus 469J   Rabanus Maurus. 784-856?  Magnencij Rabani Mauri De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis opus. erudcione versu prosaq[ue] mirificum. edited by Jacobus Wimpheling. Phorçheim. [Pforzheim : In ædibus Thom[ae] Anshelmi., 1503.     $24,000 ChanceryFolio 31 x 21cm. signatures: Aa6 Bb4... Continue Reading →

“The Devil constantly roams the earth seeking someone to devour.”

Bernardinus deBusti, (1540-1513) Incipit Rosarium sermonum predicabilium per quadragesima[m] & totu[m] anni circulum: editum per vite venerabilis religiosum fratre[s] Bernardinu[m] de Busti ordinis sancti Francisci de obseruantia predicatore[m] doctissimu[m]. Pars prima Rosariu[m] (additions by Illuminatus Novariensis and Samuel Cassinensis) Venice... Continue Reading →

Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum

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Europe's printed and hand-written books in the spotlight

By Elizabeth Savage, Senior Lecturer in Book History and Communications, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The British Museum houses one of the world’s most significant collections of early modern German colour prints. In 2015, Elizabeth Savage curated a display on the topic. Continuing research led to a wonderful new publication, Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum. In effect, this is the first major study of these rare milestones of cultural heritage and technology, including previously unidentified examples like the ex libris of Anton Woensam. The book, which pans medieval printing in the late 1400s through the Renaissance and Reformation of the 1500s in the German-speaking lands, does justice to the material through the detailed descriptions and reproductions it offers.

Ex Libris/Bookplate Anton Woensam (Anton of Worms), Arms of Johann von Metzenhausen (1492– 1540) as Archbishop-Elector of Trier, 1531–40, two-block woodcut (black, red), 175 ×…

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Fascicule XXVI • March XXI

A very short catalogue of a fifteen early printed books in western languages! 353J Alberto da Castello.   Rosario della gloriosa Vergin, 1585   459J Balthasar de Porta. Expositio Canonis Missae. [Leipzig : Böttiger about 1495]. 247J  Jean Clérée (1450–1507)  1522458J David   1610445J Digby, Kenelm, 1603-1665. A... Continue Reading →

Two editions of De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis Hrabanus Maurus 1503 & 1605 Both Sold

Two editions of De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis Nam digiti scripto laetantur, lumina visu  Mens volvet sensu mystica verba Dei “The fingers rejoice in writing, the eyes in seeing, and the mind at examining the meaning of God’s mystical words.”    ... Continue Reading →

To Break a Book: Bibliophiles as Book Enemies

This is a very good read! thank you Klaus Graf.

The Fate of Books

On Facebook, I recently came across a book that I never expected to see for sale outside of an auction or a fancy rare-book dealer. The book in question was one of the four volumes of the first edition of The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, printed in 1689. The book’s author, Janez Vajkard (German spelling: Johann Weikhart) Valvasor, used to gaze at Slovenians from the 20-tolar banknote; nowadays we have the euro, but a bunch of places across Slovenia, ranging from libraries to restaurants and mountain cabins, continue to carry his name. It makes sense: Glory is an unprecedented magnum opus that summarized just about everything there was to know about the Slovenian heartland province of Carniola. A full set of the recent Slovenian translation will cost you several thousand euros, as will a well-preserved set of the 19th-century reprint. However, the seller of this…

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A few interesting Bibles 1500-1611

I’ve decided to list them chronologically,  Please enjoy. Happy Holidays and New Year James 1)- 355J Bible Saint Jerome, Biblia cum summariis …A few interesting Bibles 1500-1611

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