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Ein kurtzer bericht der gantzen Phisionomey und Ciromancy WITH OVER 80 WOODCUTS, BARTHOLOMEO COCLITI
1 BARTHOLOMEO COCLITI Ein kurtzer bericht der gantzen Phisionomey und Ciromancy WITH OVER 80 WOODCUTS
STRASSBURG STRASSBOURG FRANCE Joanne Gzieninger 1524 Decorative Cloth Very Good German Language 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall 
Printed 1524, ORIGINAL CLASSIC TREATISE OF COCLES ON MEDICINE, PHYSIOGNOMY AND PALM READING (Chiromancy) EXCEEDINGLY RARE EDITION. Not in the American Auction Records for 30 years! FILLED WITH WOODCUTS OF FACES AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS AS WELL AS CLEARLY MARKED PALMS WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR READING (approx 80 full page woodcuts of Palms alone!) An extremely rare an important edition of which I cannot readily trace other copies. Thorndike, in his classic 'History of Experimental Magic" pg 64. states the First Italian edition was printed in 1525 and a German edition at Strassburg in 1530. The book here is not recorded by him and predates that German edition by six years. The Book: Cocliti, B. Ein kurtzer bericht der gantzen Phiionomey und Ciromancy. Strassburg, 1524. small 8vo, mottled boards, internally very clean copy, handsome woodcuts throughout and fine dark impression, last leaf in facsimile. An extremely rare, well illustrated and important edition. The last earliest copy in the ABPC auction records is the 1534 edition in a very worn state. The 1536 edition realized last $747.00 at Sotheby's Oct 21st, 1980 lot 448. Physiognomy is the interpretation of outward appearance, especially the features of the face, to discover a person's predominant temper and character. Physiognomy has also been used as a kind of divination and is often associated with astrology. o Coclès, like others before and after him, tried to create a science out of something each of us does from time to time: judge a person by his or her facial characteristics. Physiognomists like Coclès are wont to say things such as "people with snub noses are vain, untruthful, unstable, unfaithful and seducers." Cocles extended the pseudo scientific analysis to palm reading, writing one of the most enduring and influential text on Chiromancy. 
Price: 4899.99 USD
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TWO [2] ORIGINAL LATE 16TH CENTURY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT VOLUMES OF THE NOTED CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN: TRACTATUS DE  DEO and TRACTATUS DE SACRAMENTIS - SUPERB IN VELLUM, JOHN OF SEGOVIA
2 JOHN OF SEGOVIA TWO [2] ORIGINAL LATE 16TH CENTURY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT VOLUMES OF THE NOTED CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN: TRACTATUS DE DEO and TRACTATUS DE SACRAMENTIS - SUPERB IN VELLUM
SEGOVIA SALAMANCA SPAIN ESPANA 1599 Very Good Latin 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a superb late 16th early 17th Century manuscript book in two volumes being the transcribed works of John of Segovia the influential Catholic Theologian who was a professor at the Spanish University of Salamanca, represented Castille at the Council of Basel, and represented the council in the 1439 Diet of Mainz. He played a large role in the removal of Pope Eugene IV and the placement of Antipope Felix V. Volume One: "Tractatus de Deo" a 333 page work in a fine hand though not necessarily the work of a scrivener, the endpapers featuring heraldic and maybe royal watermarks [each is topped with a crown very similar to a Spanish heraldic crown of higher nobility. There seems to be the use of quartering and a pallet like central division. Pictured within the escutcheon are castles, lions, fleur de lis like symbols, likely eagles, a cross, three horizontal circles, with the use of borders and orles, without the use of supporters or mottoes] with other watermarks specifically a star over anchor on interior pages. Volume Two: "Tractatus de Sacramentis" 303 pages, both 4to, 26.5cm x 20cm. Tucked in the volume is one sheet of paper of identical type which we conclude is a leaf missed in binding or perhaps and erratum paage. Bound in period sheep vellum. There is some general, mostly light soiling to the covers, one worm hole to the vellum, the odd interior fault but overall these volumes are VG. NOTA BENE: John of Segovia - His most important literary work is an extensive history of the Council of Basle, "Historia generalis concilii Basiliensis. Libri XVIII", edited by Birk and Beer in "Monumenta conciliorum generalium saeculi decimi quinti: Scriptor.", II-IV (Vienna, 1873-96). His other works are a treatise in favour of the Immaculate Conception of our Lady, printed at Brussels in 1664; a refutation of the Koran, entitled "De mittendo gladio in Saracenos"; a defense of the "Filioque" against the Greeks entitled "De processu Spiritus Sancti" (Basle, 1476); a Biblical concordance, "Concordantiae biblicae vocum indeclinabilium" (Basle, 1476); and a few works defending the superiority of a general council over the Pope. 
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3 Lucius Annaeus Florus L. FLORI De Gestis Romanorum
VENICE, ITALY Francesco Rampazetum 1559 Half-Leather Very Good None Latin 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
L. FLORI De Gestis Romanorum apud Francesco Rampazetum VENICE 1559. Old Latin book by Lucius Annaeus Florus on Roman history printed in Venice in 1559. Pages number: 63 + 212 leaves (424 pages) + 7. Half calf binding with label on spine. VERY FRESH AND CLEAN COPY. Page 89 missing where the seam is coming loose. Size: 4.00 in. x 3.00 in. 
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SIR THOMAS PECKITT'S PERSONAL COPY: HEBREW GRAMMAR: Thesaurus Linguæ Sanctæ, Pagninus
4 Pagninus SIR THOMAS PECKITT'S PERSONAL COPY: HEBREW GRAMMAR: Thesaurus Linguæ Sanctæ
LUGDUNI 1575 Half-Leather Very Good+ None Latin, Hebrew Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall 
ROYAL FOLIO. PRINTED 1575. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT HEBREW GRAMMARS EVER COMPILED AND AT THE DISPOSAL OF THE TRANSLATORS OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE From the esteemed 18th century library of Thomas Peckitt, himself the author of Hebrew Grammar and other theological works, with his fine bookplate and signature. It should be noted that this is a very important volume in the Biblical Studies; The Trinitarian Bible Society in their April - June 1979 Quarterly Record cites this volume as being at the disposal of the translators for the KING JAMES BIBLE. The Book: Pagninus, "Thesaurus Linguæ Sanctæ", Lugduni, 1575. Large Folio Orginal soft calf with blindstamping, sympathetically rebacked, internally clean. From the famed library of Henry Peckitt, well known 18th century scriptural scholar with his siganture and handsome bookplate. Pagninus was perhaps the greatest of Christian Lexicographers and whose work was fundamental as an aid to 16th-century scriptural translators. A highly important work, only one copy of this 1575 edition in 30 years of auction records and that copy was a very poor one lacking a leaf. (A Finer 1548 Edition of this work Christies June 26, 1996, lot 113 $9240.00) As a measure if Pagninus' importance, it should be noted that that the first printed Bible divided into verses was an Old Testament Latin edition by Pagninus. 
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5 Polybius POLIBIO HISTORICO GRECO
Italy Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari 1564 Half-Leather Very Good None Italian Language 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
POLIBIO HISTORICO GRECO Vinegia - 1564 "The Histories" by the Greek historian Polybius in 17 books, translated into Italian by Lodovico Domenichi. Printed in 1564 by Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari. PLEASE NOTE: The frontispiece is NOT the original. It is a photocopy done on antique paper. Pages number: reproduction frontispiece + 22 + 546 + registro Half calf binding. Very clean pages. First 8 pages have been reinforced.Size: 8.50 in. x 6.50 in. 
Price: 529.99 USD
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1525 ORIGINAL ANCIENT MANUSCRIPT OF CIVIL LAW: 'CORPUS IURIS CIVILIS OF JUSTINIAN', UNKNOWN SCRIVENER
6 UNKNOWN SCRIVENER 1525 ORIGINAL ANCIENT MANUSCRIPT OF CIVIL LAW: 'CORPUS IURIS CIVILIS OF JUSTINIAN'
LOMBARDY ITALY 1525 Original Vellum Good+ Latin 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
On offer is an ancient, very charming and even beautiful, manuscript relic of early civil law and legal procedure, bound in vellum, being the "Corpus Iuris Civilis of Justinian", the Digesta [Digests or Pandects] Books 1 through 38 in condensed form. [All titular headings from 1.1.0 through 38.17.0 with each followed by an abbreviated explanation of the premise. In some instances may also have portions of subsections such as 1.5.6. The text does not contain the elaborations of Ulpianus, Pomponius, Florentinus or their like.] Justinian the Great "Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to everyone his due" was the Roman Emperor of Byzantine Constantinople from 527 to 565. He was the last Roman Emperor to speak Latin as his first language. He tried to revive the greatness of the empire by reconquering the lost western half of the classical Roman Empire, achieving only partial success in this, although he did retake the city of Rome. But probably his most enduring legacy was the uniform rewriting of Roman law, the Corpus Iuris Civilis, which is still the basis for much civil law in many modern states and with which this volume is concerned. Dated October 30, 1525, handwritten in one humanist hand, this version appears to be a synopsis of the first 38 books of the Digesta and may have been used as a primer for a law student or as is more likely in this case given the marginalia a reference by a civil authority such as a lawyer or civil magistrate. On the spine is the word "Castaldus". Castaldus [Gastaldo in Italian] was also a term for a Lombardy official in charge of some portion of a demesne (a gastaldia or castaldia) with civil, martial and juridical powers. When Lombardy submitted to a codified Roman law, the term came to be used as a reference for civil magisterial matters. Another possiblility is this was owned by a Restaurus Castaldus, an Italian civil lawyer, d. 1564, and known to be the author of published book: "De imperatore, in Tractatus universi iuris", or this book may possibly be a redaction or some other volume of the same Castaldus by another hand. [This book offers a wonderful research opportunity for the right researcher!] Description: CASTALDUS, 1525, Italy. Cover of limp vellum (148x 119x 20mm) Held by two leather straps through the spine to under the covers. Small section of cover on spine is missing. 124 leaves of linen rag paper, 140 x105mm, the first and last blank. 122 paginated folios; 1-109, CX-CXXII. Collation; i + I (13)[13 a singleton] + II(16) + III(15) [39 a singleton] + IV(15) [51 a singleton] +V(16) + VI(15) [90 a singleton] + VII(16) + i. COMPLETE. 243 pages of text. Dated on recto of f.CXXII October 30, 1525, verso blank. The pages have 15 lines in brown ink written in an elegant Humanist Bookhand with italic traits, a few initials with minor flourishes near the beginning, and marginal notations. Folios 73-79 some ink smear from damp stain, f.74-75 stuck together in center toward spine. Folios 107-CXXII with spill stain over one half of page. In all instances the text is legible. The book is in unusually good condition for it's nearly five hundred years of life, although it naturally shows appropriate signs of age and use and there is some brittleness to the cover. Overall G+. 
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1544 VIA CRUCIS - ANCIENT LATIN BOOK - THE TWELVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS - BOOK OF THE CRUXIFICTION WITH EXTENSIVE HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT NOTES, UNKNOWN.
7 UNKNOWN. 1544 VIA CRUCIS - ANCIENT LATIN BOOK - THE TWELVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS - BOOK OF THE CRUXIFICTION WITH EXTENSIVE HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT NOTES
1544 Full-Leather Good+ Latin 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
On offer is a superb ancient book VIA CRUCIS [Way of the Cross; Twelve Stations of the Cross]. "Domini Redemptoris ac Salvatoris Nostri Jesu Christim." Twenty-nine [29] printed pages detail the 12 stations of the Cross in the Cruxifiction of Jesus. Pagination begins at page 3 through page 32. Original binding, 4 bands, 5 compartments and while the original title page has been removed there are four [4] manuscript pages including a simple but beautifully handwritten new title page with the word Via rubricated leading to the Oratio. There are seven [7] pages in more lovely calligraphy at the end titled "Officium S. Spiitus". Followed by a number of blank pages. Seems like an ideal book for a pilgrim to record his own journey to the Holy Land. Handwritten is an 'ex libris' noting Ferdinandi de Graes [?] as the owner. The full leather binding is well attached, no cracks, but some small worm holes in the endpaper. Old pencil note dates the book at 1544. All indications agree. Sensational early religious book with elegant manuscript calligraphy. 
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