Upcoming Highlights: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books

At Auction March 7

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Early manuscripts, incunabula, and post-incunabula lead the sale. These include a richly illuminated manuscript prayer book in Latin and French from the second quarter of the sixteenth century and Books of Hours in Latin and Dutch from the mid-fifteenth century, as well as a fully illuminated Parisian printed Book of Hours circa 1518. Nearly two dozen incunabula range from St. Thomas Aquinas’s Quaestiones de duodecim quodlibet, Venice, 1476, to Johannes Herolt’s Liber discipuli de eruditione Christifidelium, Cologne, 1496, bound with Pelbartus de Themeswar’s Sermones Pomerii quadragesimales, Hagenau, 1499.

Science highlights include first editions of Johann Stoeffler’s In Procli Diadochi sphaeram mundi commentarius, Tübingen, 1534, and Georg Agricola’s De ortu & causis subterraneorum, Basel, 1546, containing some of his most important writings on geology, minerology and mining.

The medical section features a selection of pamphlets printed from 1736 to 1741 with color mezzotints by Jan Ladmiral, among the earliest medical illustrations in color.


Illuminated Manuscripts


layout from the illuminated manuscript featuring two biblical scenes

Illuminated Prayer Book in Latin and French, France, 1530-40s. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.


illuminated plate

Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin, France, mid-15th century. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.




Medical & Scientific Books


Title plate for the book

Georg Agricola, De ortu & causis subterraneorum Lib V., Basel, 1546. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.


mezzotint plate of a brain

Frederick Ruysch, Icon durae matris in concava [convexa] superficie visae, with two color mezzotints by Jan Ladmiral, first edition, Amsterdam, 1737. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.


title page

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Eine Neue Art von Strahlen, Würzburg, 1895. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.




Additional Highlights


Pietro Carrera, Il Gioco de gli Scacchi, Militello, 1617. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.



William Lithgow, The Totall Discourse, of the Rare Adventures, and Painefull Peregrinations of Long Nineteene Yeares Travayles, London, 1632. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.


Michel de Nostradamus, The True Prophecies or Prognostications, first complete edition in English, London, 1672. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.


plate from the book picturing two men on horseback

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, El Ingenioso Hildalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha . . . Nueva Edición, first Ibarra edition, Madrid, 1780. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.




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