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1 Claudius Galen [Claudii Galeni] [Claudius Galinus] CLAUDII GALENI IN APHORISMOS HIPPOCRATIS
(Leyden) Lugduni Batavorum 1633 Original Vellum Very Good Latin, Greek 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall Autograph
Claudii Galeni In Aphorismos Hippocratis commentaria.-- Editio nouissima, à multis... diligenter repurgata ab Adriano Toll....-- Lugduni Batavorum : ex officina Ioannis Maire, 1633 Maire, Jean; Foës, Anuce. In very good shape save for some overall general soiling to the vellum as would be expected and a cracked inner front hinge. There are some handwritten words, perhaps names of previous owners and some tiny notes on the title page.Title-page with small woodcut vignette.BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: CLAUDIUS GALEN (131-201), was physician to five Roman emperors. He was a teacher, philosopher, pharmacist and leading scientist of his day. During his life he produced five hundred books and treatises on all aspects of medical science and philosophical subjects and his ideas were to formulate many of the scientific beliefs which dominated medical thinking for about 1 500 years. Galen was the great compiler and systemiser of Greco-Roman medicine, physiology, pharmacy and anatomy. Because he displayed a view of God and nature shared by the Christians of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, he was regarded by them as a fellow-Christian. This goes some way to account for the attitude of the Church towards free thinkers such as Paracelsus who challenged Galen's teachings. Galen's influence can be still seen today. The word "galenic" is used to describe drugs and medicines made from vegetable and animal ingredients using prescribed methods. 
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2 Flavius Joseph Histoire de la Guerre des Juifs Contre les Romains, response a Appion, Martyre des Machabe'es par Flavius Joseph et sa vie ecrite par luy-mesme avec ce que Philon a escrit de son Ambassade vers l'Empereur Caïus Caligula
Paris chez Pierre Le Petit 1668 Full-Leather Very Good+ None French Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
THE FIRST MODERN EDITION OF JOSEPHUS, translated from the original Greek. Printed in 1668. Royal Folio with fine engraved Maps. Calf and Gilt binding. NO COPIES IN THE AMERICAN AUCTION RECORDS FOR THE GRAND FOLIO EDITION. The last copy listed is 1990 (that small 8vo 1701 edition realized $475)The Book: Flavius (Joseph); Histoire des Juifs et Histoire de la guerre des Juifs contre les Romains, response a Appion, Martyre des Machabe'es par Flavius Joseph et sa vie ecrite par luy-mesme avec ce que Philon a escrit de son Ambassade vers l'Empereur Caïus Caligula. Paris, chez Pierre Le Petit, 1668. 520 pages + index, Traduit du Grec par Arnauld D'Andilly. Belle édition, enrichie de deux cartes gravées, dont une dépliante, d'en-têtes et de lettrines gravées. One volume in Grand Folio in a handsome binding of full leather and gilt and raised bands, light cropping to title with no loss, FINE ENGRAVED MAPS, and overall a splendid and attractive copy. The French translation of Josephus made by M. Arnauld d'Andilly was the first modern version of the works made from the original Greek text. This "Nouvelle Edition" includes large fold-out maps. 
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1699 Full-Leather Good Latin 6.25 X 5.5 X 2 IN. 
On offer is a superb 17th Century handwritten Latin manuscript book: "Logica Metaphisica et Theologia Naturalia" ex libris "Chateau de Pointis". In three parts: 1) Ad Universam Philosophiam; 2) Philosophia Trancendantalis Seu Metaphisica; 3) Theologia Naturalis. Stunning, though flawed spine missing 3 inches of the leather gilt ornamented cap, severe rubbing to the edges, is illustrated with several flourishes in the 396 hand numbered pages, including 7 pages of manuscript index, 7 full page engraved [by Du Bois and C. Galle] plates. The work of an unnamed scrivener, nice calligraphic hand throughout the title page names one 'Geraldi Cavailher' who may have been the original author or indeed the scrivener though this is unlikely. Some spotting, some staining but overall G. 
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4 LEUSDEN, JOHANNES Philologus Hebraeus - AN EXCEEDINGLY IMPORTANT comprehensive study of Judaism and Jewish life including Kabbalah by one of the GREATEST HEBRAISTS
Utrecht Ultrajecti 1657 Half-Leather Very Good None Latin, Hebrew 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Leusden, Johannes, 1624-1699. Philologus Hebraeus : in quo pleraeque quaestiones generales philologico-Hebraicae, concernentes textum Hebraeum Veteris Test. dilucidè pertractantur : in sine adjunctus est catalogus Hebraicus & Latinus sexcentorum & tredecim praeceptorum, in quae totus. 1657. 8vo, original vellum, nice condition save for some general light soiling and the vellum boards are showing some curl. Copy with late 18th century signature of "EX-LIBRIS MARSHALL". An old dealer has indicated the book is form the library of the famed chief Justice John Jay Marshall, which I am not able to confirm or deny. "Among the prominent Dutch Hebraists and theologians was Johannes Leusden, from the University of Utrecht. One of his most important studies, the Philologus Hebræus (editio princeps, Utrecht, 1656), goes far beyond a philological research of the Hebrew language and is a comprehensive study of Judaism and Jewish life. " An entire chapter is devoted alone to Kabbalah and the Kabbalists. For those interested in bibliography, there is a pioneering section detailing the known surviving manuscripts of the Bible. Leusden also edited very important editions of the Hebrew Bible including the fames 1661 Athias edition. The team of the Christian Leusden and the Jewish Athias resulted in the attraction of both a strong Jewish and Gentile clientele and very successful publishing venture. 
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5 LIGHTFOOT, JOHN (Joannis Lightfooti) OPERA OMONIA "Duobus voluminibus comprehensa, quorum syllabus pagina post vitam authoribus ultima Exhibetur" The first Christian scholar to call attention to the importance of the Talmud
Rotterdam, Holland Roterodami Regeneri Leers 1686 First Edition Original Vellum Fine None Latin, Hebrew 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Gaspari Fagel 
The first Christian scholar to call attention to the importance of the Talmud. Lightfoot, John. Opera Omnia. Duobus voluminibus comprehensa, quorum syllabus pagina post vitam authoribus ultima exhibetur. 2 Vols. FOLIO. FULL ORIGINAL VELLUM, a VERY FINE copy, COMPLETE and internally clean. Rotterdam, Leers 1686. LIGHTFOOT, JOHN: English Biblical critic and Hebraist; b. at Stoke-upon-Trent (38 m. n. by w. of Birmingham), Staffordshire, Mar. 29, 1602; d. at Ely, Cambridgeshire, Dec. 6, 1675. After completing his education at Christ's College, Cambridge, he taught at Repton, Derbyshire, for two years and then took orders. Appointed curate of Norton-in-Hales, Shropshire, he became chaplain to the Hebraist, Sir Rowland Cotton, who urged him to study Hebrew and other Semitic languages. He accompanied Cotton when he removed to London, and then became rector of Stone, Staffordshire, for about two years, but in 1628 changed his residence to Hornsey, Middlesex, in order to be able to consult the rabbinical collections at Sion College, London. During his residence at Hornsey he wrote his first work, dedicated to Cotton and entitled Erubhin, or Miscellanies, Christian and Judaical, penned for Recreation at vacant Hours (London, 1629). Lightfoot was a prolific writer and is noteworthy as the first Christian scholar to call attention to the importance of the Talmud. 
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6 Owtram, William [GUILIELMO OUTRAMO De Sacrificiis Libri Duo Quorum Altero explicantur Omnia Judæorum, Nonnulla Gentium Profanarum Sacrificia : Altero Sacrificium Christi : utroque ecclesiæ Catholicæ his de rebus sententia contra Faustum Socinum, ejúsque sectatores defenditur /
London Richardi Chiswell 1677 Full-Leather Very Good None Latin, Hebrew 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A FOUNDATION TEXT OF THE UNITARIAN CHURCH PRINTED 1677. EXCEEDINGLY RARE. Not in the American Auction Records for 30 years. INFLUENCED BY THE FAMED MICHAEL SERVERTUS WHO WAS BURNED ALIVE FOR THE BELIEFS ESPOUSED IN THIS VOLUME The Book: Owtram, William, 1626-1679. De sacrificiis libri duo microform : quorum altero explicantur omnia Judæorum, nonnulla gentium profanarum sacrificia : altero sacrificium Christi : utroque ecclesiæ Catholicæ his de rebus sententia contra Faustum Socinum, ejúsque sectatores defenditur / autore Guilielmo Outramo . Londini : Typis T. Roycroft, impensis Richardi Chiswell 1677. small 4to, Full old calf in nice condition, save for lacking spine, internally clean and complete. Highly important anti-Trinitarian text. Very Rare. No copies at auction in 30 years. Unitarians can trace their roots back to the 16th Century. The belief spread from Poland, to what was then Transylvania (Romania), through England and on to America where it especially thrived in New England. Michael Servetus seems to be considered the founder of the movement. Servetus a Roman Catholic Spanish physician escaped from the inquisition in France and went to Geneva. Here in 1553 he was burned alive after a three-month trial into his anti-Trinitarian beliefs. "Servetus discovered that in the uncorrupted Greek New Testament there was no text to justify the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. He published two books arguing that Christians should bring their views of God and Jesus into conformity with Jewish and Muslim monotheism. Hence the word "Unitarian" -- God as unity, or one" - Canadian Unitarian Council Website. These beliefs sometimes known as Sabellianism were to become known as Socianism after Italian born Faustus Socinus. He developed anti-Trinitarian belief into a more organised teaching. At this time he was living in Poland and his followers were sometimes called the Minor Reformed Church. Forced out of Poland again by persecution many merged with the Unitarians in Transylvania and from there the belief spread to England. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, leaders of the American Revolution, were all Unitarians. Interestingly, this book also contains one of the earliest appearances of the word Holocaust, lending to the interesting debate surrounding its etymology. It is present here in a religious sense of sacrificial offering. 
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7 Scupoli, Lorenzo; Juan de Castaniza Combatting the Devil: COMBATE ESPIRITUAL ESCRITO POR EL VENERALE SCUPOLIU
Barcelona, Spain Joseph Forcada 1681 Original Vellum Very Good None Spanish 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall 
AN EXCEEDING RARE SPIRITUAL TREATISE, VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN IN SUCH AN EARLY SPANISH EDITION, AND THE BOOK USED AS AN EARLY CONVERSION MANUAL IN THE NEW WORLD. Printed 1681 in Fine Original Vellum with gilt! COMBATTING OF THE DEVIL! The Book: Scupoli, Lorenzo (1530-1610); (Juan de Castaniza) (d. 1598), COMBATE ESPIRITUAL ESCRITO POR EL VENERALE SCUPOLIU. Barcelona, Joseph Forcada, 1681, 64mo. Fine contemporary limp vellum with gilt blindstamping, usual woodcut illustrated title of the devil firing an arrow into the breastplate of a Christian soldier. 452 pgs and tabla, complete. A precious Spanish edition of this classic treatise on evangelical perfection through spiritual exercises, including several chapters in partcular to the promotion of Christian faith and the combatting of the devil, as evidenced particularly in the title and frontispiece illustration. This manual was among the often used in the New World for conversion of the native from their "vices and the snares of the devil." There are no traces of the first Spanish edition. The present volume is among the earliest surviving Spanish copies, all of which are extremely rare, and the next readily traceable one being from 1722. Scupoli, Lorenzo (1530-1610); (Juan de Castaniza) (d. 159... Combate espiritual, o Tratado de la perfeccion Christiana. Traduxolo en la lengua Espanola de la Italiana, y de la Latina; y lo consagra, a la Emperatriz y Reina nuestra Senora, Don Damian Gonzalez del Cueto doctor en ambos derechos. Vienna, Johann Baptist Schilgen, 1722. A precious illustrated Spanish edition of this classic treatise on evangelical perfection through spiritual exercises, Combattimento spirituale (The spiritual combat), with engravings by Martin Engelbrecht. This work is commonly attributed to Juan de Castaniza, who is here identified in the preface. Castaniza, a Benedictine monk of Ona active in Italy, was known for his chronicles of the life of P. Rivadeneyra and St. Romuald. The work was written by the Italian father Lorenzo Scupoli, however, and translated shortly after its appearance by Castaniza into Spanish. Combate espiritual, in this pocket-sized and compact duodecimo format, is a handbook of devotional exercises presented in sixty-six chapters, modeled after Loyola's famous text. It aims at perfecting the soul through prayer, meditation, and examination of the conscience. It is thus a guide for the conquest of the spirit over unruly passions, the senses, and conscious acts, offering a method for self-regulation leading to virtue and salvation. Indeed, it prescribes the imitation of Christ's life through empathic contemplation on the Passion, assisted by the text and images. The stirring devotional image of the Crucifixion, engraved by Engelbrecht (1684-1756), depicts the cross as the fountain of life ("apud me est fons vitae"); Christ's blood pours into the cups of his disciples who stand at his feet. The engraving is appropriate for the work, a visual experience provoking empathy for Christ through inward meditation and complete sensitization through reflection on the image. The frontispiece, also by Engelbrecht, depicts Christ as the exemplar of complete virtue. An unsigned engraving of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) accompanies a short elegy by this great ascetic bishop of Geneva, who endorsed in his spiritual teachings the mortification of the senses, will, and mind for the sake of perfection. The more simple depiction of St. Francis de Sales is likely produced by a different engraver, as Engelbrecht's compositions are here characterized by fully-modeled figures and atmospheric effects through the use of fine linework. Engelbrecht was the brother of Christian Engelbrecht (1672-1735). These well-known printsellers and engravers were dominant figures in Augsburg at this time, and are remembered for their portrait studies, and their landscape, religious and allegorical illustrations. Martin is also noted for his engravings used in perspective boxes or peepshows. Scupoli's work makes its first appearance in the Italian in Venice in 1589. By the mid- seventeenth century, this very popular devotional work was frequently republished in German and Latin. There are no traces of the first Spanish edition, which must have appeared shortly after the Italian edition. This present illustrated edition, a late Spanish translation of this important work, reproduces the text as it originally appeared in Castaniza's translation. All Spanish translations of this text remain very rare. This popular meditative manual, produced in this small format for a large and pious public, instructively suggests the ways in which its readers responded to the text and images. It is an early publication from the press of Schilgen, printer to the university of Vienna. A nice copy of this very important and scarce devotional work in Spanish. Duodecimo: )(12 2)(6 A-R12 (R11,12 blank); (xxxvi), 396, (12) pp. Engraved frontispiece and full-page engraving signed Martin Engelbrecht, full-page engraved portrait of St. Francis de Sales signed I.A.P., woodcut historiated initial, typographic and woodcut head- and tailpieces. Occasional text browning. Contemporary sprinkled calf, backstrip divided into five compartments with naturalistic tool at center and corners in blind, remains of morocco label (title stamped in blind), raised bands, outer edges hatched in blind, contemporary combed marbled endpapers, all edges gilt (worn at extremities). Very good. Not in OCLC or RLIN; not in German or Spanish union catalogues (including Gesamtkatalog GBV and the Osterreicher Bibliothekverbund). For Engelbrecht, see NDB 4.512; Thieme-Becker 10.534; F. Schott, Der Augsburger Kupferstechner und Kunstverlager Martin Engelbrecht und sein Nachfolger (Walluf, 1972). 
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DORDRECHTI, JACOBI BRAAT 1650 Original Vellum Very Good+ Latin 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
On offer is a super 1650 first edition of Ludovico Settala [1552-1633] 1650 MEDIOLANENSIS, MEDICI CLARISSIMI, ANIMADVERSIONUM, & CAUTIONUM MEDICARUM...LIBRI NOVEM, LIBRI DUO, LIBER DE NAEVIS, CUM INDICE. Preface by Doctori D. Joanni Prevotio. Hardly a flaw save for some general light soiling to the vellum as may be expected and the odd spot of age-toning. 559 paginated leaves. Woodcut printer's devices on titles. 
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Original Vellum Good+ Latin 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a superb, original handwritten c. 17th century Latin manuscript book titled "LOGICA". This 340 pp handwritten manuscript is in two [2] sections "SYNTAGMA PHILOSOPHICUM", consists of 80 pp followed by a blank page, then "TRACTATUS SECUNDUS DE UNIVERSALIBUS" being 260 handwritten pages. Research suggests this book was a commission to a scribe of o no small talents copying the famed philosophical work by Pierre Gassendi, [1592-1655] of the same title SYNTAGMA PHILOSOPHICUM which was posthumously published in 1658. Alternatively there is also a 14th century work by John Wyclif entitled DE LOGICA and who wrote a subsequent work entitled TRACTATUS DE UNIVERSALIBUS. Further study will certainly provide full answers to the work. This book is 6" x 8 3/8" bound in full period vellum. The first 40 pages have some light stains along left hand margins with the bottom corner of the first page chipped off with no loss of text, the vellum is a bit soiled, binding is fairly tight, so overall G+. 
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Paris FRANCE 1650 Full-Leather Very Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a simply superb, ancient, mid 17th Century manuscript book titled "Suitte du memorial on recueil de l'histoire de France, Louis treizeime", an epic 750+ page handwritten history of the reign of Louis XIII from the condemnation of his father's assassination in 1610 to his own death in 1643. The work, written in what is likely a 16th Century French monastic or ecclesiastical style hand, was created after the death of Louis XIII and in its writing shows the foundations laid for a clear path to domination of France by Louis XIV. The book appears to be an unpublished final manuscript prepared for publication as there are corrections and marginalia notes. The front pastedown boasts a contemporary Parisian ownership inscription to the top left and then centered below is the bookplate of John Smith Budgen Esq. The 23 x 16 cm. book has 377 hand numbered leaves with writing on both sides of the leaf for over 750 pages. The book is covered in 17th Century French calf and gilt, is rubbed and worn including hinges, stamped spine 'Histoire de France' in gilt, six compartments. Overall VG. 
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