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1 ALIXANDRO OF GNANOA 1505 - 500+ YEAR OLD HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL, LEDGER AND DIARY OF A WEALTHY BUSINESS MAN OF GENOA
GENOA, ITALY 1505 Original Vellum Good+ None Italian, Spanish, Latin 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
One hundred and eighty four hand numbered pages in this remarkable, 500+ year old, handwritten manuscript ledger, journal and diary : " 1505 Gendenze di Saviz - gnano" as stated on the cover. The first page begins: "Libro de tuto _____ quale so tato asan__giano ala venuta mia. [T]o Alexandro salueto schrise e soto schrise de mia gnovia mar...." Not written by a scribe, this is a working journal and ledger containing hundreds of business entries, purchases, loans and repayments. There are long lists of foods and prices for what is assuredly shopping lists for parties and feasts. There are also what appears to be observations and business maxims and poetry in a number of entries. Certainly this fascinating book requires more research. The original vellum cover is in somewhat rough shape with tears, rubbing and bumping and is barely attached to the text block though still held by the rear binding cords. Interior is in excellent shape save for the odd and to be expected ink blot, age-toning and light soiling. Please email for pictures of this rare manuscript. 
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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 MARC-ANTOINE HEBRART 1555 - 1597 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL, LEDGER AND DIARY OF A JEWISH MERCHANT AND LAND BARON IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
Dégagnac France [Lot] 1555 Very Good+ French 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a fascinating handwritten medieval French manuscript book, earliest date 1555 with entries through 1597, in original blindstamped calf with small Fleur-de-lis. This stunning book has approximately 300 pages of handwritten entries being a register of acts, properties, transactions, loans, personal notes and journal entries the majority concerning Marc-Antoine Hébrart, a noted merchant in the village of Dégagnac in Lot in south-western France. Most certainly Jewish, it is evident that the Hebrart family was one of the largest land-holding families in the area. "In 1504 and 1505 the two "headmen" of the village, Antoine Hebrart and Pierre Peysson, together accounted for 15 percent of the land of the village" [Ref: By Le Roy, Emmanuel and Ladurie, John Day, The Peasants of Languedoc ] . A pencil annotation indicates that Marc Hébrard was of Jewish origin. A fairly cursory examination of the manuscript lends no additional support to this assertion, but it is possible given the history of the Jews of neighboring Languedoc, and the fact that some Jews remained in France under Christian-like assumed names after their expulsion in 1306. The generic 'Marc-Antoine' is cited as a Jewish name in Sara Uckelman's "Jewish Given Names Found in "Les Noms Des Israélites en France." Handsome blindstamped 16th century calf, legible bâtarde script, some old and minor restoration, but otherwise VG. 
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4 UNIDENTIFIED 1524 EXTRAORDINARY ANCIENT 32 PAGE MEDIEVAL GENEALOGICAL REPORT REGARDING CHABANS FAMILY: FORMER DOCUMENT OF CABINET D'HOZIER - ONE OF THE GREATEST GENEALOGISTS OF THE 19TH CENTURY
France 1524 Good+ Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a remarkable ancient document, 32 pp, handwritten in French gothic calligraphy, relating to the family of Martel de Chabans, as noted by later handwritten notes on later paper rag cover, who makes the inquiry of the 16th century genealogists. The document features three bold signatures of the authors but they are illegible. This cover also features the handstamp of Cabinet D'Hozier, one of the most famous genealogists of the 19th century. This medieval document is fragile and the first two pages feature a number of faults, some loss but overall this superb document is legible and has later day research notes. Fair. 
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5 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+. 
Price: 9985.99 USD
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6 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. 
Price: 1545.99 USD
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