Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books
At Auction March 9, 2017
Hans Holbein, The Images of the Old Testament, with 94 woodcut illustrations, first edition in English, Lyon, 1549.
Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
This sale features early English books, such as Antonio de Guevara's manual of statecraft The Dial of Princes, 1568; Niccolò Machiavelli's The Florentine History, 1595; Michel de Montaigne's The Essayes, the precursor of the modern essay form, 1603; and Sir Philip Sidney's influential prose romance The Countess of Pembrokes Arcadia, 1598.
Left: Caius Julius Caesar, Co[m]mentaria, first illustrated edition, Venice, 1511. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
Oraciones, 15 manuscript prayers originally composed by Charles V. of Spain, dedicated to Carlos de Gurrea Aragón y Borja,
Brussels, 1676. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
A selection of incunabula includes a Gutenberg Bible leaf, Mainz, 1455, and Petrus Berchorius's Liber Bibliae moralis, Cologne, 1477. In the medical section is an archive of letters from Harvey Cushing to the great-niece of Elisha Bartlett regarding the collection of Bartlett material he assembled with her help. A sizable offering of 17th to early 20th century works from the philosophy library of Professor Jan Ludwig includes first editions by David Hume and Immanuel Kant.
Right: Christophorus Georgius de Honestis, Expositio super Antidotario Mesue, Bologna, 1488. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, I Dieci Libri dell'Architettura, first Barbaro edition, Venice, 1556. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
Left: Plutarch, The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romaines, London, 1603. Estimate $1,500 to $2,000.
Right: Immanuel Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, first edition, Riga, 1781. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
Claudius Ptolemaeus, Geografia, Venice, 1598-97. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
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