That Guy With The Books

Zubairul Islam

Antiquarian bookseller, established in 2019. I deal in printed and manuscript works from the 15th to mid 20th century, with an emphasis on early print material, and special bindings.

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1.  Prayer book on vellum of the diurnal offices, as well as the hymnal for the use of the choir, for the Holy Mother Santa Clara of Briviesca, 1764

Item Price: $6150

Item Description: A mid 18th century manuscript prayer book of the diurnal offices, as well as the hymnal for the use of the choir, for the Holy Mother Santa Clara of Briviesca. Given the title, this manuscript likely originates from the Monastery of Santa Clara, located in Briviesca. The fully untranslated title is Diurnal y hymnario para et uso del choro de tas religiosas de nueftra madre santa clara de Briviesca.

This manuscript bears extravagant red, yellow, and black initials, with sections of musical notation throughout. The prayer book itself is broken down into the following parts: Te Deum, the Hymns of the Day, the Proper of Saints, and the Commune of Saints.

Of the monastery itself, it was first built in 1511 for the female branch of the Order of Saint Francis at the behest of Mencia de Velasco, one of the six daughters of Pedro Fernandez de Velasco, 3rd Duke of Frias. The design of this monastery was based off the Monastery of Santa Clara de Medina de Pomar, which was also founded by another of the de Velasco line during the 14th century, Sancho Sanchez.

This manuscript is still present in its original sturdy binding, with metal strips and rivets to the covers.

One large manuscript in folio, 154 vellum leaves

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the boards, rust to the metal strips, and minor chipping to the spine. There is staining and toning to throughout, with the gutters exposed in several sections. The leaf numbered 122 appears to be lacking. There are repairs done to one of the preliminary leaves.

2.  Map of Japan, Emaki-Mono Hand scroll, 19th century. Edo Era

Item Price: $610

Item Description: Artist: Tomonaki Shokyoku
Condition: Good

A finely colored and heavily detailed emaki-mono hand scroll, dating from the 19th century and the Edo Era, a map of Japan, and the outlying island regions. Numerous regions and cities are noted, with major cities highlighted. There are numerous markers on the map, with various towns and cities all labelled. There is also a legend to the bottom right side of the map.

One scroll on fine paper, 35 by 218 cm

On note of condition, this scroll is in good shape, with little to no rubbing or wear to the scroll cover. There is surface level worming to the map throughout.

3.  Kaigai Shinwa, 1849. Volumes 2-5

Item Price: $825

Item Description: Artist: Utagawa Sadahide
Condition: Good

A scarce first edition of Sadahide’s Kaigai Shinwa, also known as New Overseas Stories, regarding the First Opium War between China and Great Britain This edition comprises of volumes 2,3,4, and 5, and lacks the first volume.
Published only a few years before Commodore Perry and the Black Ships arrived in Japan, this text reports the events that occurred in China and how a foreign power such as Great Britain was taking control of a neighboring Asian country. For a country that for centuries had very little foreign influence, the events of the Opium Wars proved to be a warning for the Shogunate and the nation to protect themselves against potential similar circumstances. However, with Perry’s arrival, the Bakumatsu and subsequent opening of Japan to the West would soon follow.
In total, there are 12 woodblock illustrations throughout, 11 of which are double-paged, with one of them being hand colored. There are various depictions of warships, naval battles, ground warfare, and varying wartime atrocities.
Sadahide was best known for his ukiyo-e style prints as a member of the Utagawa school. Among his best known works are his Yokohama-e illustrations of foreigners in Yokohama in the 1860s, a period when he was a best-selling artist.
Four of five volumes in quarto, 23, 27, 27, 22 leaves
On note of condition, these volumes are in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the bindings. There is worming noted on the upper right margin of volume two, as well as volume 5, though no text or imagery is affected. The title labels for volume three and four are flapping loosely, though holding. There is some staining throughout.

4.  Kaigai Yowa, 1855. Volumes 1,4-5

Item Price: $790

Item Description: Artist: Suimu Chijin
Condition: Poor/Good

A partial scarce second edition of Chijin’s Kaigai Yowa, also known as Additional Stories from Overseas, regarding the First Opium War between China and Great Britain, comprising of volumes 1, 4, and 5, lacking volumes 2 and 3.
Just like Sadahide’s Kaigai Shinwa, and published only a year after the Convention of Kanagawa, this text reports the events that occurred in China and how a foreign power such as Great Britain was taking control of a neighboring Asian country. For a country that for centuries had very little foreign influence, the events of the Opium Wars proved to be a warning for the Shogunate and nation to protect themselves against potential similar circumstances. However, with Perry’s arrival, the Bakumatsu, and subsequent opening of Japan to the West would soon follow.
There are 8, 8, 8 pages of full-page woodblock illustrations, respectively.
Three volume in quarto, 19, 19, 18 leaves
On note of condition, these volumes are in varying shape, with rubbing and wear to the bindings. There is heavy worming throughout volume 1, with two illustrations slightly wormed at the top border. The other two volumes bear only minor worming throughout.

5.  Kenkadou Zatsugaku, 1856/59. Volumes 1-4

Item Price: $460

Item Description: Artist: Matsukawa Hanzan
Condition: Very Good

A first and only edition of Hanzan’s Kenkadou Zatsugaku, containing four of the five volume set.

Hanzan was a painter working in Osaka, and son of the Osaka kyoka poet Kirotei Rikimaru.

This work features a number of striking illustrations, including double-paged depictions of various animals, people, and landscapes.

There are 20, 19, 13, 15 pages of woodblock print illustrations in each volume respectively.

Four volumes in quarto, 33, 26, 25, 22 leaves

On note of condition, these volumes are in very good shape, with light rubbing and wear to the binding Volume four is lacking part of the title. There is some dampstaing present on the upper margin of volume three.

6.  Stultifera Navis, June 28 1488 [1498]

Item Price: $15,400

Item Description: Author: Sebastian Brant; Jacob Locher; Thomas Beccadelli; Jacques Sacon
Publisher: Lyon, Jacques Sacon
Condition: Good

The first Lyon edition of Brant’s famous satirical and allegorical poem Stultifera Navis, otherwise known as the Ship of Fools. Through more than 100 chapters and 2000 verses, this work paints a bleak picture of governance and humanity. Throughout the poem, Brant reviews a selection of entitled fools and madmen of the world, crammed into a ship on its way to the fools’ paradise of Narragonia. It is in this work that Brant also introduces Saint Grobian, whom he imagines to be the patron saint of vulgar and coarse people.

First published in German in 1494 by the Basel printer Bergman de Olpe, Bergman later published a Latin edition in 1497 translated by the humanist Jakob Locher, pupil and friend to the author. It was later translated into French by Pierre Riviere in 1497, with another subsequent French edition by Jean Drouyn in 1498, as well as a third French edition by the De Marnef Brothers on March 8th, 1498.

This Lyon edition was the first book printed by Jean Sacon and is copied nearly page for page from the Marnef edition, reusing the same woodblocks, most of which had first appeared in the first edition of Pierre Riviere’s French verse translation.

Most of the woodcuts of the first edition are attributed to the Meister der Bergmannschen Offizin, whom many have speculated to be a young Albrecht Durer who spent time in Basel during this period. The additional woodcuts are to be the work of the so-called Haintz-Nar-Meister, the gnad-her-Meister and two other anonymous artists. The present edition accurately copies the designs of this original Basel edition. This copy only contains 110 of the 119 woodcuts, with several leaves lacking.

This book bears several provenance markers, with a handwritten 16th century inscription in Latin on the last leaf, with the name of Johan Broissard, and on the leaf numbered 5, the name of Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Beaulieu. There is also an ex libris bookplate of Jean Stefgen on the rear pastedown.

One finely bound volume in octavo, 143 leaves

On note of condition, this volume bears minor rubbing and wear to the binding, and stress at the joints. There are restorations to the first five leaves, though not affecting the text. The numbered leaves 33 to 40 are lacking, as are the last three table leaves, including the woodcut of the Fool falling from the tower, and the final blank. The E8 leaf is slightly damaged with the last line of the text on the back. Leaves P1 and P2 were formerly torn are restored, with those missing parts of the text copied by an early hand, and the two woodcuts of those leaves taken from another edition. Leaf 127 has a tear to the top of the leaf, and leaf 128 also has a slight tear to the margin. There is some staining throughout and trimming to the page edges. In good shape otherwise.

7.  ‘s Werelts begin, midden, eynde, beslooten in den trou-ring, met den proef-steen. Van den zelven, 18th Century

Item Price: $130

Item Description: Author: Jacob Cats
Publisher: T’Amsterdam
Condition: Very Good

An undated 18th century edition of Cat’s’ emblematic work The beginning of the world, in the middle, end, closed in the wedding ring, with the trial stone. Of oneself.

This work is illustrated throughout with charming copperplate illustrations, some based around family and marriage, and others being of a more religious or mythological nature.

One vellum bound volume in 12mo, 1-4 supplemented from another edition, 5-673 pages

On note of condition, this volume is lacking the first four original pages and main title page, with the numbered leaves supplemented from another edition. The book bears minimal wear and rubbing to the binding, and staining to the covers. The text block is shaken, with one gathering slightly loosened, though holding. There is minor foxing and staining throughout, though heavier on several pages, and toning to some of the margins. In very good shape otherwise.

8.  Heures nouvelles dediees aux dames de S. Cyr. : Contenant les offices de l’Eglise, à l’usage de Rome & de Paris. Et plusieurs instructions & prieres pour la confession & communion tirées de l’Ecriture Sainte. En latin & en françois, 1720 Author: Catholic Church

Item Price: $195

Item Description: Publisher: Chez François Cuissart, ruë neuve Nôtre-Dame, au Bon Pasteur, Paris
Condition: Very Good

An 18th century book of hours dedicated to the women of Saint-Cyr, for the use of Rome and Paris. This volume has several instructions and prayers for confession and communion from the Holy Scriptures.

There is one illustrated front piece, as well as another full page engraving.

There are preliminary 4 leaves which have extensive handwriting, ending with the short hymn Gloria Patri, or Glory Be.

Worldcat records no copies of this edition.

One finely volume in octavo, 16+540+4 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with the dentelle binding holding well asides from two tiny wormholes and wear at the edges. There is minor foxing and staining throughout the volume.

9.  Les vrayes centuries et propheties de maistre Michel Nostradamus, 1710

Item Price: $625

Item Description: Author: Michel Nostradamus
Publisher: A Paris, Barthelemy Gyrin
Condition: Fair

An extremely scarce and early 18th century edition of the Prophecies of Nostradamus. Included are additional titles showing the execution of Charles I of England and the Fire of London, and a full-page portrait of Nostradamus and woodcut of Henri IV of France.

First published in 1555, the work is a collection of poetical quatrains, united in ten sets of verses, in this case described as Centuries, and broken down into 100 quatrains per century. Contrary to many modern editions which seek to follow his prophecies year by year, the predictions originally did not have any sort of chronological order at all, originally written in a random combination of French, Greek, Latin, and Occitan.

It is widely assumed that the quatrains contain numerous anagrams, as well as mythological and astrological references, designed in a way to be difficult to comprehend. Scholars have claimed that this was Nostradamus’ method to avoid persecution from the Holy Inquisition, out of fear of being declared a heretic. Many of the quatrains deal with disasters of varying levels, which is what Nostradamus granted his reputation as a prophet to predict the future, and many have credited him to accurately predicting many world events. Many academic sources have since rejected any extent of Nostradamus’ prophetic powers, pointing out that the English translations of his quatrains were not necessarily of a high quality, and at times mistranslated the prophecies to fit any narratives or events the translator believe they predicted.

Worldcat records no existing copies of this edition in libraries.

One volume in 16mo, (34)+216 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape with wear and rubbing to the boards, and the spine defective, with both joints heavily stressed and the front cover coming close to detachment. There is minor foxing and staining throughout. The gathering for pages 195-214 is shaken, jutting out ever so slightly.

10.  Biblia das ist Die ganze Heilige Schrift Alten und Neuen Testaments nach der teutschen Ubersetzung Martin Luthers mit vorgesetztem kurzem Inhalt eines jeden Capitels und sehr vielen Concordanzen oder gleichen Schrift-Stellen, 1815; bound with Evangelisches Gesangbuch, 1835

Item Price: $515

Item Description: Author: Martin Luther; Johann F Jacobi
Publisher: Lemgo, Meyer; Elberfeld, Lucas
Condition: Very Good

An early 19th century German edition of the Holy Bible, containing both the Old and New Testaments according to Martin Luther’s famous translation. This edition is additionally bound with an evangelical hymn book.

This volume is finely bound, with gauffering at the page edges, detailed work on the binding, and uniquely two different sets of colorful endpapers, giving off a sense of nature with seeds and leaves against yellow for the first set, and red flower designs against yellow and green for the second.. Both clasps are present with flowering designs.

One finely bound volume in small octavo, (24)+848+252+(4), 514 pages

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

11.  Die Bibel oder die ganze Heilige Schrift des alten und neuen Testaments, 1865; Bound with Verbessertes Gesangbuch zum Gebrauch bei dem oeffentlichen Gottesdienste sowohl als zue Privat-Erbauung, 1864

Item Price: $235

Item Description: Author: Martin Luther
Publisher: Barmen, J.B. Steinhaus.; Cassel, Waisenhauses
Condition: Very Good

A mid 19th century German edition of the Holy Bible, containing both the Old and New Testaments according to Martin Luther’s famous translation. This bible is bound with an improved hymn book, for use in public worship as well as for private edification, with musical notation throughout.

The bible is finely bound, with gauffering work present on the entirety of the page edges. There is a large working metal clasp present, with heart designs present on each cover. The date of 1865 is engraved on the front cover.

One finely bound volume in small octavo, X+(2)+916+160+308+(4)+8, 322 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor wear and rubbing at the board edges, and stress at the spine. There is very little foxing or staining throughout.

12.  Miniature Illuminated Qur’an, 1800?

Item Price: $1800

Item Description: A miniature illuminated Qur’an from the early 19th century, written by hand. This Qur’an is written in black naskh font throughout, with corrections in red, and red roundel verse markers, along with shining gold to the margins. The opening bifolio is a gold and polychrome decoration, though the wear has dulled the brightness.

One volume in 64mo, 261 leaves

On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the binding. There is wear to several leaves at the beginning and end, with slight damage, the last leaf having been mounted. There is staining throughout, though mostly affecting the blank margins.

13.  Bijutsu Sekai Volume 9, 1891

Item Price: $325

Item Description: Artist: Katsushika Hokusai, Hanabusa Iccho, Sesshu, Watanabe Seitei, etc.

A first edition of the ninth volume of the Bijutsu Sekai, also known as the World of Art. An art magazine published in the Late Meiji Era, the magazine presented fifteen or more works of well-known contemporary and past master artists to the public in woodblock form in each issue, 25 in total. The woodblocks were either small scale reproductions of paintings or original woodblocks produced for the magazine series.

Each magazine issue was edited by the nihonga artist and woodblock print designer who specialized in bird and flower paintings.

One volume in quarto, 17 leaves

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and staining to the covers. There is damp staining throughout.

14.  Izumi Meisho zue, Emaki-Mono Hand scroll of Landscapes, 19th century. Edo Era

Item Price: $315

Item Description: Artist: Takehara Shunchosai
Condition: Good

An extremely long emaki-mono hand scroll, dating from the 19th century and the Edo Era, a unique hand scroll variant of one of Shunchosai’s Meisho series, focusing on famous sites in Japan and various landscapes.

There are woodblock illustrations throughout of various figures, famous sites, and landscapes.

One scroll, measuring 23 by 830 cm

On note of condition, this scroll is in good shape, with some wear and tear to the start of the scroll. There is staining throughout, and several tiny holes.

15.  Office de l’Eglise, en latin et en francois, 1778

Item Price: $235

Item Description: Author: Dominique de La Rochefoucauld; P Seyer
Publisher: A Rouen, chez P. Seyer

An extravagant morocco binding of the Office of the Church, in Latin and in French, for Sundays and holidays, from Ash Wednesday, until the vigil of Pentecost inclusively. Printed by order the of Monsignor l’Illustrissime & Reverendissime Dominique de la Rochefoucauld, Archbishop of Rouen, Primate of Normandy, Abbot, Chief, Superior-General & Perpetual Administrator of the Abbey & all the Order of Cluny. For the use of his diocese, according to the new Missal, Ritual & Breviary.

This volume possesses a beautiful dentelle binding, with gilt tooling on both covers.

This is the second volume of four.

One extravagantly bound volume in 12mo, XLIV+664 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with wear to the bottom right corners of the boards, but little rubbing or wear elsewhere. There is little to no foxing or staining throughout.