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Established in 2019, That Guy With The Books deals in antiquarian books and ephemera from the 15th to 21st century. Our focus is on early printed works, illustrated works, as well as fine and decorative bindings.

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1. Book of Hours, circa 1440, Northern France

Item Price: $37,000

Item Description: A mid 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, inscribed in a flowing gothic script, likely produced in Northern France. There are several factors which point to this conclusion, starting with the saints venerated in the calendar, such as Saint Lupien, Gabinus, and Aubin. The style of illumination, namely to the backgrounds of the miniatures also leads credence to this possibility, as does the iconography of the depiction of monks and the unique stigmata presentation of Christ. The thorny border designs are also reminiscent of other Books of Hours from Northern France. This Book of Hours is printed in a 14-line format.
This Book of Hours is illuminated throughout, with 7 large initials illuminated with gold leaf, accompanied by illuminated four-part thorn leaf tendril borders of flowering designs accompanying those large initials. The leaves are 32, 42, 48, 52, 56, 60, and 66. There are also 7 three-quarter page miniatures, each with a large illuminated initial and borders. The miniatures are painted against a lavish background with a blue-red-gold checker pattern, or an azure blue brocade carpet pattern. There are hundreds of 1-2-line illuminated initials and line fillers on a red and blue background.

The miniatures are as followed: Leaf 21 is The Annunciation, the verso of 90 is The Crucifixion, 94 is The Pentecost Miracle, the verso of 97 is The Virgin and Child Enthroned, the verso of 103 is The Last Judgement (this miniature appears to depict a white haired and bearded God rather than Jesus Christ), leaf 107 depicts three monks with a lectern. Lastly, leaf 73 is a bizarre mix of the Four Evangelicals, but where an enthroned Jesus would sit holding the Globus cruciger, it instead appears to be Mary herself, which is uncommon.
This Book of Hours, with a complete calendar, is structured in the following form:
ff. 1 features a compass of the Holy Trinity, displaying “Pater – Filius – Spiritus Sanctus”, with the words “non est” in between each other. On the verso is another compass of sorts, with the names of the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, and Joseph, all running to the center.
ff 3-5 is the beginning of the Gospel of John, starting with the words “Initium sancti evangelii secundum Johannem …” and “In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum” (In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and God was the word). Uniquely, the leaf bears the outline of an initial yet to be illuminated.
ff 6-7 is the Athanasian Creed, beginning with “Quicumque vult salvus…”. These leaves appear to be from an older manuscript, written in an entirely different script and utilizing red initials.
ff 9-20 is the calendar, complete with the list of saints, and large illuminated initials at the beginning of each month
ff 21-138 are the Hourly Prayers, the Seven Penitential Psalms, and the Marian Prayers.

One vellum bound manuscript in 12mo, 138 leaves on parchment + 4 blank leaves

On note of condition, this manuscript is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, and significant cracks to the hinges, though holding. The binding is splayed. There is some staining throughout, with marks where previous owners thumbed through the pages, though many leaves seem relatively fresh. Several initials and decorations are partially rubbed away or worn down, with similar rubbing and wear to the miniatures, with the miniature of the Four Evangelicals and Mary flaking, along with the border. There is some discoloration from usage throughout and rubbing to some leaves. Judging by the excision points, several leaves are lacking.

2. Dracula, 1897. First Edition, First Issue, Second State

Item Price: $12,800

Item Description: Title: Dracula, 1897. First Edition
Author: Bram Stoker
Publisher: Westminster, Archibald Constable and Company
Condition: Very Good

A first edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, being a first issue, second state. An iconic example of Gothic horror, it helped to establish many of the themes present in later vampire fantasy.

This copy has no ad for The Shoulder of Shasta on the last integral leaf (2C4) and is bound with the 8-page undated publisher’s advertisement catalog at the end.

This copy has been rebound in morocco yellow, and the titles highlighted in gilt red. The original and iconic cloth covers have been preserved and bound into the rear of the volume.

One finely bound morocco volume in octavo, 390 pages + blank leaf indicating no ad for The Shoulder of Shasta + 8-page publisher catalog

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very light rubbing to the covers, and two small indents to the front cover. There is a one-third tear to pages 117 and 119 going across horizontally. Page 281 shows signs of dogearing. There is virtually no foxing and very little staining throughout, with a pencil mark to the final catalog leaf. There is toning to the very edges of the pages.

3. Jesus en de Ziel, 1696

Item Price: $225

Item Description: Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: t’Amsterdam, by de Weduwe Pieter Arentsz
Condition: Very Good

A late 17th century edition of Luiken’s emblematic work; Jesus and the Soul, a Spiritual Mirror for the Mind, Consisting of Forty Pleasant and Edifying Images, Contained in Three Parts.
There are 40 emblematic engravings present, including the frontispiece.
The first emblem book by Luiken, it was supposedly influenced by the German mysticism of Jacob Boehme and containing many references to other emblem books such as Amoris divini emblemata and the popular Pia Desideria by Hugo, on top of parallels.
While Luiken did study these other emblematic texts heavily, he learned to differentiate from them as well with different interpretations, though shortly before his death in 1712 he created a new set of engravings for this work, as he sought to distance himself from his original sources.
Of Luyken, he was born in 1649, in Amsterdam, becoming a poet and etcher in 1671, and debuting his first work entitled Duytse Lier, a collection of love poems. Over the years he continued to publish more works with illustrations of his own design, each becoming more emblematic in nature than the light, typically produced for the promotion of moral and ethical conduct. His poetry and illustrations often bore connections to everyday life as well. Between himself and his son Casper, the pair produced roughly 3200 etchings and engravings, many of them designed for the books of other Dutch writers. Luyken’s fame and popular were such that they proved to be incredibly popular in the Netherlands and abroad in Europe, with numerous reprints and pirate editions throughout the years.
One quarter vellum bound volume in 12mo, 189 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the binding. There is a corner missing from page 160, though not affecting any text or imagery. There is light scribbling throughout in blank spaces and numbering in pencil below various engravings, though the reason is unknown. There is some soiling and staining throughout.

4. De Bykorf des Gemoeds, 1735

Item Price: $525

Item Description: Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: Te Amsteldam, By Kornelis Van der Sys
Condition: Very Good

An early 18th century edition of Luiken’s emblematic work; The Hive of the Mind, Gathering Honey from All the Flowers, containing over a hundred artistic figures. With Divine Proverbs and Edifying Verses.

There are 101 emblematic engravings present in the text.

Of Luyken, he was born in 1649, in Amsterdam, becoming a poet and etcher in 1671, and debuting his first work entitled Duytse Lier, a collection of love poems. Over the years he continued to publish more works with illustrations of his own design, each becoming more emblematic in nature than the light, typically produced for the promotion of moral and ethical conduct. His poetry and illustrations often bore connections to everyday life as well. Between himself and his son Casper, the pair produced roughly 3200 etchings and engravings, many of them designed for the books of other Dutch writers. Luyken’s fame and popular were such that they proved to be incredibly popular in the Netherlands and abroad in Europe, with numerous reprints and pirate editions throughout the years.

One finely bound volume in 12mo, (10)+404+(2) pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, and light stress to the hinges. There is light foxing and staining throughout.

5. La grande Bible renouvellee de Noels nouveaux; Bound With Three Other Imprints of the Grand Bible, 1738(?)

Item Price: $575

Item Description: Author: Pierre Garnier
Publisher: A Troyes, chez Pierre Garnier, imprimeur-libraire, rue du Temple. Avec permission
Condition: Very Good

A scarce early 18th century edition of Garnier’s Large Renewed Bible of New Christmases where all the Mysteries of the Birth and Childhood of Jesus Christ are Explained. Additionally, bound in is The Great Renewed Bible or New Christmases, along with The Great Renewed Bible or New Christmases, and finally The Great Christmas Bible both Old and New.

Worldcat records 12 existing copies of this edition in existing libraries.

There is an exlibris inscription at the end of the volume for a Mademoiselle Adelaide Fleury.

This volume has been bound in a 16th century antiphonary manuscript fragment.

Four works in one vellum bound volume in 12mo, 64+64+64+64 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with light rubbing and rippling to the vellum binding. There is foxing and some toning throughout.

6. Tuscan Cities, 1911

Item Price: $300

Item Description: Author: W.D. Howells
Publisher: Leipzig, F.A. Brockhaus
Condition: Very Good

An early 20th century edition of Howells’ Tuscan Cities.
This work is bound in a Florentine-style vellum binding, with hand painted shields and lettering to the front cover, a large, illuminated initial with a floral border, ornate leather stitching to the covers, and yapp edges.
One hand-painted vellum bound volume in 12mo, 264 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the stitching, and the faint remnants of the leather straps noted. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout, with exposed gutters at several pages.

7. Italian Journeys, 1883

Item Price: $110

Item Description: Title: Italian Journeys, 1883
Author: W.D. Howells
Publisher: Leipzig, Bernard Tauchnitz
Condition: Very Good

A late 19th century edition of Howell’s Italian Journeys.
This work is bound in a Florentine-style vellum binding, with painted lettering to the front cover, ornate leather stitching to the covers, and yapp edges.
One vellum bound volume in 12mo, 358 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the binding, and only some wear to the leather stitching. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout.

8. Les amours de Cleandre et Domiphille, 1598

Item Price: $230

Item Description: Title: Les amours de Cleandre et Domiphille, 1598
Author: Nicolas de Montreux; Gabriel Buon
Publisher: A Paris, Chez la veufue de Gabriel Buon, au clos Bruneau a l’image S. Claude
Condition: Good

A scarce late 16th century edition of the Loves of Cleandre and Domiphille, by which the Perfection of the Virtue of Chastity is Noticed. A Binding no Less Delectable than Beneficial to all True Chastity Lovers.
Worldcat records 11 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One finely bound volume in 16mo, 371+(1) leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, and some damage to the caps. The title page appears to have been carefully excised and removed. There is minor staining throughout. The last 18 leaves are somewhat more dampstained with some toning.

9. De Kleine Print-bybel, 1772

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Author: Gerard Puppius Hondius
Publisher: Tot Amsterdam, By Dirk onder de Linden en zoon
Condition: Very Good

A late 18th century edition of Hondius’ Small Print-Bybel, where in various illustrations a multitude of Biblical proverbs were explained, for the amusement of youth, and to learn to depict every thing accurately, and to call by its proper name, also the proverbs of Holy Scripture can be easily recalled by name.
There are 149 of 150 plates throughout, depicting various Biblical proverbs.

One volume in 12mo, (5)+149+11 leaves

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the binding. Plate 97 is lacking, as is the final leaf to the index. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.

10. La Sainte Bible, qui contient le Vieux et le Nouveau Testament; Bound with; Les Pseaumes de David, mis en vers francois, 1770

Item Price: $500

Item Description: Author: Zacharias Chatelain; Marc-Michel Rey
Publisher: A Amsterdam, chez Z. Chatelain & fils
Condition: Very Good

A late 18th century edition of The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments. Additionally bound in is a late 18th century edition of The Psalms of David.

This volume bears double silver clasps depicting the prophets Moses and Aaron, as well as the Four Evangelists.

Two books finely bound into one volume in 12mo, Unpaginated, 269 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, and some stress to the hinges. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout.

11. Pauli Orosii presbyteri Hispani Adversus paganos historiarum libri septem; ut et Apologeticus contra Pelagium de arbitrii libertate, 1767

Item Price: $685

Item Description: Author: Paulus Orosius; Franciscus Fabricius, Marcoduranus; Ludovicus Lautius; Siwart Haverkamp
Publisher: Lugduni Batavorum: Apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans
Condition: Very Good

A mid 18th century edition of Orosius’ Pauli Orosii presbyteri Hispani Adversus paganos historiarum libri septem, in which he defends Christianity, denouncing polytheism and other ethnic faiths, attributing the fall of the Roman Empire to “paganism”. This edition is illustrations with numerous in text copperplate engravings of various coins.

This volume has been bound in vellum as a prize binding, with central gilt designs to the center depicting several figures and bearing the crossed keys of Leiden.

One vellum bound volume in quarto, (38)+634+(30) pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with light rubbing and staining to the boards. There is very little foxing throughout.

12. Goddelyke Liefde-Vlammen, 1736

Item Price: $175

Item Description: Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: Tot Amsterdam, By de Verheydens
Condition: Poor

An early 18th century edition of Luiken’s emblematic work; Divine Love Flames: Or a Sequel of Jesus and the Soul Acting of a Penitent, Sanctified, Loving, and Her Self-dying Soul.

The emblem designs in this work are based off those in Herman Hugo’s Pia Desideria, which was published in 1629, and are depicted in reverse. The engraved frontispiece preceding each of the three parts are later copies by Lambrecht, from Luiken’s 1691 edition.

There are 45 in text engravings, and 3 engraved frontispieces.

Of Luyken, he was born in 1649, in Amsterdam, becoming a poet and etcher in 1671, and debuting his first work entitled Duytse Lier, a collection of love poems. Over the years he continued to publish more works with illustrations of his own design, each becoming more emblematic in nature than the light, typically produced for the promotion of moral and ethical conduct. His poetry and illustrations often bore connections to everyday life as well. Between himself and his son Casper, the pair produced roughly 3200 etchings and engravings, many of them designed for the books of other Dutch writers. Luyken’s fame and popular were such that they proved to be incredibly popular in the Netherlands and abroad in Europe, with numerous reprints and pirate editions throughout the years.

Worldcat records 32 existing copies of this edition in libraries.

Three parts bound into one vellum bound volume in 12mo, (16)+224 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, with staining to the vellum covers. The entire text block is detached but holding together as one. The gathering of the main title page up to the non-numbered leaves are loosening, though holding. The gathering of pages 51 to 62 is loosening, holding by a thread, though the pages 53-60 inside are completely loose. There is some foxing and staining throughout.

13. Histoire de l’admirable Don Quichotte de la Manche, 1700. Tome 1 and 4

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Francois Filleau de Saint-Martin; Hendrik Cause
Publisher: A Amsterdam, Chez Pierre Mortier, Libraire sur le Vygendam
Condition: Good

An early 18th century edition, and the first Mortier edition of Cervantes’ History of the Admirable Don Quichotte of La Mancha. These are volumes 1 and 4 of four.

There are 11, and 6 full page engravings to each volume.

Two finely bound volumes in 12mo, (18)+468, 560 pages

On note of condition, these volumes are in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, some scratches, leather peeling in several spots, and stress to the hinges. Several plates are lacking from volume 4, with the frontispiece lacking, and a corner of the final page lacking as well. There is minor staining throughout.

14. L’Office de la Semaine Sainte, Corrige par le Commandement du roy, Conformement au Breviaire & Messel de Notre S. Pere le Pape, 1690(?). Louis XIV Arms

Item Price: $1600

Item Description: Author: Charles Fosset; Denis Chenault; Catholic Church
Publisher: A Paris, Chez la Veuve de Denis Chenault
Condition: Very Good

A scarce and undated late 17th century edition of the Divine Office for Holy Week, corrected by the command of the king, and in accordance with the Breviary & Missal of Pope Urban VIII.
The Holy Week offices (liturgies) lead worshipers through the events of the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. This volume gathers the prayers and biblical readings appointed for the entire week, including Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. The text is in parallel columns of French and Latin.
There is an engraved frontispiece, and two additional full-page engravings.
Worldcat records 15 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
This copy is present in a red morocco binding, with gilt fleur-de-lis at the corners, and bearing the arms of Louis the XIV, King of France, and often referred to as the Sun King. On the spine is his monogram in repeat.
From the age of 5 until his death in 1715, his reign has been the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in history, emblematic of the age of absolutism in Europe.
Many of his achievements, influential and architectural, have lasted well into the Early Modern Era, to the Industrial Revolution, and lastly up to today, including the creation of the Palace of Versailles, the founding of the French Academy of Sciences, and much more.
One finely bound volume in octavo, (8)+515 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, notably to the corners, and softness to the rear lower corner. There is some staining to the boards. There is extremely light worming to the margins, though not obscuring the text. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.

15. Almanach de la Cour, de la Ville et des Departements, 1814. Napoleon Bonaparte Monogram

Item Price: $1775

Item Description: Author: Eugene Lecomte, Donateur; Francois-Pierre Janet
Publisher: A Paris, chez Janet
Condition: Very Good

An extremely scarce early 19th century armorial binding of the Almanac of the Court, the City and the Departments for the Year 1814.

This copy is present in a red morocco binding with gilt tooling to the edges and spine, bearing the monogram of Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as the French Imperial Eagle and what appears to look like a design of the Legion of Honor repeated to the spine. Produced in the second last year of his reign and subsequent exile to Elba, it is interesting that this binding was produced in such a tumultuous period.

Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, Napoleon’s empire stretched far across Europe, though ultimately crumbling with the War of the Sixth Coalition, and coming to a final end with the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Napoleon is still to this day viewed as one of history’s greatest military leaders, as well as one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in history.

There are 4 plates of illustration.

Worldcat records one existing copy of this edition at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, acquired from Roland Bonaparte’s library.

One finely bound volume in 32mo, (42)+240+(8) pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and light wear to the hinges and corners. There is some foxing throughout.

16. Publii Ovidii Nasonis Operum, 1713

Item Price: $500

Item Description: Author: Publius Ovidius Naso; Pieter Burman
Publisher: Amstaelodami, Apud Rod. & Gerh. Wetstenios
Condition: Very Good

An extremely scarce early 18th century edition of the complete works of the great Roman poet Ovid, in three volumes. The first volume is Scripta Amatoria Complexus, containing such works as the Heroides, his collection of fifteen epistolary poems, framed from the narratives of the aggrieved heroines of Greek and Roman mythology in address to their heroic lovers who in some way mistreated, neglected, or abandoned them. Also included is Amores, Ars Amatoria, and Remedia Amoris. The second volume comprises of the entirety of the Metamorphoses in 15 books, including stories from the Creation to such classical tales of heroes such as Perseus, tragic figures like Icarus, epics like the Fall of Troy, and ending with the apotheosis of Gaius Julius Caesar. The final volumes include the works Fasti, Ibis, Tristia, and lastly Epistulae ex Ponto, otherwise known as “Letters from the Black Sea”.

Worldcat records 10 existing copies of this edition in libraries.

Three volumes in 32mo, (60)+302, 340+(17)+370 pages

On note of condition, these volumes are in very good shape with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, and the front cover to the third volume being somewhat bent. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout.

17. Office de la quinzaine de Pasques, a l’usage de Rome, en latin et en francois, Traduction nouvelle, 1771. Madame Victoire Arms

Item Price: $825

Item Description: Author: Catholic Church
Publisher: A Paris, Chez de Hansy
Condition: Very Good

An extremely scarce late 18th century armorial binding of the Office of the Fortnight of Pasques, for the use of Rome, in Latin and French. This edition is a new translation, dedicated to the Queen. Included is an explanation of the ceremonies for this holy time, meditations on the daily gospels, reflections on the mysteries, exercises & prayers for confession & communion.
Worldcat records 5 existing copies of this edition in libraries.

This copy is present in a green morocco binding, with gilt tooling, and bearing the arms of Victoire of France, French princess, the seventh child and fifth daughter of King Louis XV of France.

One finely bound volume in 12mo, (3)-624 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the corners, and light stress to the hinges, with a small crack to the top of the front hinge.

18. Livre d’Eglise Latin-Francois, Contenant Nones, Vespres et Complies Pour Tous les Jours de l’Annee. Partie d’est, 1752

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Author: Catholic Church
Publisher: A Paris, Chez les libraires associes pour les usages du diocèse
Condition: Very Good

An extremely scarce mid 18th century edition of a Latin-French Office de l’Eglise containing nones, vespers and complines for every day of the year according to the Breviary of Paris printed by the order of the archbishop. This is the summer book.

Worldcat records 3 existing copies of this edition in libraries.

One finely bound volume in octavo, (14)+440+CCXX pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the edges and corners of the binding. There is some foxing throughout.

19. Auli Gellii Noctium Atticarum, Opus, qua fieri potuit recognitione, ad optima exemplaria nouissime bona fide redditum, 1539

Item Price: $1375

Item Description: Author: Aulus Gellius
Publisher: Lugduni, Apud Haeredes Simonis Vincentij
Condition: Very Good

A scarce early 16th century edition of Gellius’ famous work, Attic Nights.

The work takes its name from having been started long winter nights he spent in Attica, later being continued and completed in Rome. The work was compiled from an Adversaria (commonplace book of the Roman era), unto which he noted down anything of import he had heard or discovered. From grammar, geometry, philosophy, and more, the Attic Nights were a massive compilation of various pieces of information.

Originally divided into 20 books, 19th survived in their complete state, save for the 8th, with only the index surviving. There are woodcut initials throughout of various designs. There is a contemporary ex libris inscription to the title page.

Worldcat records 14 existing copies of this edition in libraries.

One vellum bound volume in 12mo, (64)+579 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the binding. There are several repairs to the title page, one to the upper right corner, one to the bottom, and two to the center. There is some letter loss to the verso, for the dedication to the reader. There is a tear to the lower corner of page 3, not obscuring any text. There is some damp staining to the lower margins throughout.

20. L’office de la Semaine Sainte a l’usage de la Maison du Roi, imprime par expres commandement de S.M. conformement aux Breviaires et Messels Romain et Parisien, avec les ceremonies de l’Eglise, 1772

Item Price: $135

Item Description: Author: Jean-Baptiste Morvan de Bellegarde; Catholic Church
Publisher: A Paris, Chez Jean-Thomas Herissant
Condition: Very Good

A scarce and early 18th century bilingual edition of the Divine Office for Holy Week in Latin and French, in accordance with the Breviaries and Messels Romain and Parisien.

The Holy Week offices (liturgies) lead worshipers through the events of the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. This volume gathers the prayers and biblical readings appointed for the entire week, including Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. The text is in parallel columns of French and Latin.

This copy is present in a red morocco binding, with gilt tooling to the edges and spines, and gilt page edges.

One finely bound volume in 12mo, 780 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear, a small wormhole to the front board, and light stress to the spine. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.

21. Petri Lombardi Episcopi Parisiensis Sententiarum Lib. IIII, 1537

Item Price: $1325

Item Description: Title: Petri Lombardi Episcopi Parisiensis Sententiarum Lib. IIII, 1537
Author: Petrus Lombardus
Publisher: Excusu[m] fuit hoc op[us] Lugduni : sumptib[us] heredu[m] Simonis Uincentij apud Mathiam bonhome. Matthew Bonhomme for the Heirs of Simon Vincent
Condition: Very Good

An extremely scarce early 16th century edition of Lombardus’ Sentences, in four books. A systematic compilation of theology, this work deals with theological questions posed by Lombardus, which he divided into four books. The first book discusses God and the workings of the Holy Trinity, the second regarding the Creation, the third on Christ and Christianity, and this fourth part comprising of various questions on religion and moral duties. Sometime during the 13th century, Alexander of Hales took the chapters of these four books and grouped them into a smaller number of “distinctions”. With this new form, the Sentences become widely adopted as the standard textbook of theology throughout most of the high and late Middle Ages. For every Master of Theology, a commentary on the Sentences was required. Almost every great theological thinker, whether Aquinas, Bonaventure, or Scotus, wrote their own commentaries on the Sentences, but as the Sentences were more so a compilation of sources from Lombardus, these commentaries allowed scholars to come to their own conclusions and answers on this monumental work. An Italian theologian of the 12th century, Petrus was made Bishop of Paris in 1159.
This work derives its name from the “sententiae”, or authoritative statements on biblical passages that it gathered.

Worldcat records 2 existing copies of this edition.

The title has been printed in red and black, with an intricate woodcut border. There are numerous woodcut initials throughout, of various foliage and figures. The printer’s woodcut device is present to the verso of the final leaf.

This volume has been bound into a vellum manuscript fragment, with faint ink writings all over, and yapp edges.

One manuscript bound volume in octavo, 288 leaves

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with light rubbing and wear to the binding, along with minor staining. There is minor foxing throughout, and some general toning, as well as some worming to the gutters, and well as several small wormhole at the top of the volume that bores throughout, though rarely obscuring any of the title headers.

22. Amours de Daphnis et Chloe, 1750

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Title: Amours de Daphnis et Chloe, 1750
Author: Longus
Publisher: A Amsterdam
Condition: Very Good

A mid 18th century edition of Longus’ Loves of Daphnis and Chloe: with figures by a pupil of Picart.

This copy is present in a red morocco binding, with gilt tooling to the edges and spine. There are gilt page edges.

There are 7 full page engravings.

One finely bound volume in 12mo, (11)+159+XX pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, notably to the corners. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.