With title-vign. and numerous head- and endpieces. 2 ff., 284, (2) ff.; 2 ff., 401 pp.; 2 ff., 451 pp. 4to (c. 255 x 165 mm). 19th century half cloth, backs with gilt lettering, orig. wrappers bound in. (all published). Ed. by Louis-Xavier de Richard and Catulle Mendès. Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, (1866-1869-1876). First edition of the "Parnasse contemporain", a rare and complete set of the first (1866), second (1869) and third (1876) series (all), in which the work of more than a hundred French poets appeared, mostly previously unpublished. The first volume contains "Les Èpaves" and "Nouvelles Fleures du Mal" by Charles Baudelaire, and early Mallarmé and Verlaine, avante-garde poets of its time. Authors are a.o., Banville, Cros, Villiers, Gautier and Anatole France. The influence of the Parnassians was felt throughout Europe and was particulary evident in the Modernist movement of Spain and Portugal and in the "Jeune Belgique" (Young Belgiums). Many former Parnassians became part of the Symbolist movement in the late 19th century.- Some foxing, otherwise a nice set. LITERATURE: FRENCH ; FRENCH LITERATURE ; LITERATUR: FREMDSPRACHIGE ;
WINTERFELD, A(dolf) v(on).
With lith. title, 18 mostly full-page illustrations (among them there are the color lithogr. frontispiece-portrait of Carl Prince of Prussia, 2 lithogr. color portraits of the Knights, 1 folded map of the Holy Land, plans of Jerusalem, Valetta and the Islands of Rhodes, Malta, Gozo and Comino, etc.), and some further illustrations in the text (Sonnenburg, etc.). XVI, 896 pp. 4to (260 x 200 mm). Contemp. decorated red cloth, all edges gilt (slightly worn). Berlin, Martin Berendt, 1859. First edition of this history of the Order of St. John by the Prussian officer A. v. Winterfeld (1824-1888). The Order of St. John of Jerusalem was founded in 1099. The Catholic Order of Malta is linked to the Holy See, but is independent and a sovereign subject of international law. The Bailiwick of Brandenburg became protestant in the 16th century, and is a branch from the same tree.- A good copy. - Hellwald, p. 36. JOHANNITER/MALTESER ;
VREDEMAN DE VRIES, Hans (or Jan).
Two printed titles with elaborate engr. architectural borders, woodcut initials, 1 (of 2) engr. portrait in the text and 49 engr. plates in vol. 1 (33 + 34 on 1 leaf), and 24 engr. plates in vol. 2. Text printed in 2 cols. 9 (of 10) unn. leaves; 3 unn. leaves. Oblong folio (280 x 350 mm). 17th cent. marbled boards (new endpapers). Leiden, Henricus Hondius, 1604-1605. First edition of Vredeman's "Perspective" issued by Hondius, and printed simultaneously also in French, Dutch and German. Present here is the valuable Latin version, "the classical language in which Vredeman's architecture is clad and thus becomes timeless in its character" (Millard, p. 20f.). This is one of the most celebrated works on such a subject and was issued by the Flemish born Hendrik Hondius the Elder (1573-1650). The plates for the most part are engraved and a few signed by him after Hans Vredeman. Plate 14 in part 2 is after Paul Vredeman, and 4 plates in this part are signed with the monogram DB (probably Theodore de Bry or Bartholomaeus Dolendo). The painter and architect Hans (or Jan) Vredeman de Vries was born 1527 to a German soldier in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and probably died in Antwerp 1604. "The King of Architects" (Fowler) together with Hans van Schille worked at the fortification of the city of Antwerp, and also at the triumphal arches built for the entry of the future Philip II into Antwerp in 1549. As a consequence of the religious upheavals of the period, Vredeman worked in Hamburg, Danzig and Prague before returning to Holland. He wrote and illustrated the present guidebook on perspective for designers, painters, and architects. It became one of the major books on this subject, and through Vredeman de Vries' various publications he is recognised as the "foremost among sixteenth century Netherlandish (architectural) authors" (Millard, p. 19). The two volumes illustrate stage perspective, interiors, furniture, palace and garden architecture. Vredeman de Vries was capable of truly artistic landscaping in the Northern Renaissance and served as a model for some patrician gardens in Germany (cf. E. Haupt, Baukunst der Renaissance in Frankreich und Deutschland, 1916). The book includes a number of scenes and projections employ one-and-multi-point perspective. These were essential demonstrations for artists of those days. This work on perspective summarizes Vredeman's knowledge of art, science, and geometry. This copy has the same collation as the Fowler copy at Johns Hopkins University library which also lacks at the beginning of vol. 1 the leaf A1v with an engraved portrait on left half and a printed poem on right half of this leaf. There are complete copies known, but in fact there is no copy of this Latin edition in the holdings of the BL London, the Royal Library The Hague, Utrecht, Dresden, Heidelberg, Beinecke or Centre d'Architecture at Montreal. The only two but incomplete copies in Austria are in the holdings of the University of Technology Library at Vienna, and in the the Univ. Libr. Salzburg. The only copy in Switzerland in the holdings of the ETH- Library in Zurich is also incomplete and a mixed-up one (1st part in Latin, 2nd part in French). Other incomplete copies are known in the holdings of the Bavarian State Library Munich, the V & A Mus. London, the Pierpont Morgan Library New York.- Engr. titles slightly frayed at lower margin, some foxing, otherwise a neat and rare copy. - Cf. Cicognara 867 (French ed.); Millard, Northern European Books, 139 (lacking engr. title to part II); Berlin Cat. 4704; Fowler 432 (same collation); cf. Nagler I, 1757; Borggrefe, Heiner. Hans Vredeman (2002). ART - GENERAL & APPLIED ; SCIENCE: ARCHITECTURE ; SCIENCE: GENERAL ;
Title with woodcut coat of arms, 1 full-page engraving with coat of arms of the Order, head- and endpieces and initials in woodcut. (6) ff., IX pp., 1 leaf, 149 pp., (1) p. 4to. Contemporary vellum. Malta, Niccolo Capaci for nel Palazzo, e Stamperia di S.A.S, 1758. First edition in Italian. A French version of instructions on the main duties of the Knights of Malta appeared already in 1713. Manuel Pinto da Fonseca (1661-1773) was the 68th Grand Master of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1741 until his death. In 1764 he negotiated with King Frederich II (the Great) of Prussia a re-unification of the Protestant Bailiwick of Brandenburg. But as Pope Clement XIII would not allow admission into a Roman Catholic organization of men viewed as heretics by the Church, the agreement came to naught. Pinto undertook many buildings projects, introducing the Baroque style throughout Malta. The book was printed by N. Capaci, a Sicilian typographer who established the second press in Malta in 1756. - A nice and rare copy. - Cf. Hellwald, p. 231; see Cavagna, Anna. La tipographica professione di Niccolo Capaci. Milan, 2005. JOHANNITER ; MALTA ;
GOETHE. - GOETHE, Ottilie von.
Broadside. Oblong-16mo (c, 150 x 98 mm). Weimar, March 23, 1832. The rejected first version of Goethe's (Aug. 26, 1745 - March 23, 1832) obituary notice. The text reads: "Gestern Vormittag halb Zwölf Uhr starb mein geliebter Schwiegervater. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, nach kurzem Krankseyn, am Stickfluss in Folge eines zurückgeworfenen Katharrhalfiebers. Geisteskräftig und liebevoll bis zum letzten Hauche, schied er von uns im drei und achtigsten Lebensjahre." This version was rejected because the letter "O" in Goethe's second Christian name is shifted too far down and the content could be interpreted as criticism of the attending physician Carl Vogel (1798-1864), Goethe's last doctor of confidence. Rare in the present form, since apparently only a few copies of the broadside were printed, but never dispatched. In the final amended version, the cause of death was finally ".Stickfluss in Folge eines nervös gewordenen Katharrhalfiebers". - This first version on normal vellum paper with wide margins. Added (privately printed): Carlyle, Thomas. Death of Goethe. In English opposite the translation into German, by Johann Peter Eckermann, Goethe's Death. Afterword in both languages by Norbert Miller. 35 pp. 8vo. Orig. wrappers. Berlin, New York, de Gruyter, 1981. - Kippenberg 1288. LITERATURE:GERMAN ; LITERATUR: DEUTSCHE ;
Half-title with woodcut printer's device, title-page within woodcut architectural border, 2nd title-page fol. 1v. with different figured woodcut border, different printer's device on last leaf verso and at the end, numerous large and small figured woodcut initials in the text, by Urs Graf, Ambrosius Holbein, and Hans Frank. 4 leaves, 710, (1) pp.; (28) leaves index. Folio. 17th century calf, back gilt (joints and foot of spine somewhat restored). Old ms. name on title. Basel, Joh. Froben, Febr. 1527. An important document of the humanistic spirit , and remarkably beautifully printed with outstanding book decoration during Erasmus' lifetime. In the early years of the 16th century the demand for the original text of the New Testament began to mount and Erasmus (1467-1536) soon saw the necessity to translate the original Greek text into Latin. His first text-critical edition of the New Testament was one of the important foundations for Reformation theology. These present Erasmus commentaries were the first ferment of theological discussion at that time and are of great value. This is the 4th printing of the additional text notes contributed by Erasmus. They show mistakes that ancient theologians had made during their translation, and revealed misunderstandings that had arisen due to the lack of knowledge of the text copyists. The first separate printing of this work was done by Froben at Basel in 1519 (Bezzel 1212) as an indepent work. Through the years probably altogether a total of eight editions appeared as listed by most of the bibliographers. Numerous excerpts and vernacular versions circulated later.- Some little wormholes in the last 30 leaves, some spots, otherwise with wide margins, and still a good copy. - VD 16 E 3096; Adams E-891; Vander Haeghen II, 58; Bezzel 1215; Hieronymus, Oberrhein. Buchillustration II, 302 (detailed); cf. Knaake II, 302. BIBLES ; HELVETICA: ALLGEMEIN ; BIBELN, RELIGION ; HUMANISM ; REFORMATION ;
MAGEE, James F(rancis), ed.
With colored frontispiece and 38 full-page reproductions from the original manuscript on 27 (mostly double-page, 1 fold.) plates. 68 pp. 4to. Orig. calf with brass buttons on both covers, t.e.g. (clasp lacking, rebacked). narrative of Jacobus Cessolis and the two French champions Philidor and La Bourdonnais. Florence, Tipografia Giuntina, 1910. First edition of copy no. 95 from an unspecified limited edition, with a dedication signed and dated by the Magee on first blank. This work contains reproductions of a part of the Latin chess problem vellum manuscript known as "Bonus Socius" (13th century or later), which is probably based on Jacobus de Cessolis (13th cent.), The book includes its history and a description, and short biographies of Philidor and La Bourdannais, all with relevant illustrations by James Magee (1867-1955), chess player from Philadelphia.- Good copy. - Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana 720. CHESS / SCHACH ; MANUSCRIPS ; SCHACH ; CHESS ;
ZURICH. - BLUNTSCHLI, Hans Heinrich.
Engr. frontispiece "Memorabilia Urbis et Agri Tigurini" with a small view of Zurich, 1 folding map (c. 415 x 370 mm) engr. by Johann Heinrich Freytag after J. J. Scheuchzer and H. C. Gyger, and 39 small engr. views by Johann Melchior Füssli, originally mounted on blank pages. 4 unn. leaves (incl. frontispiece), 713 pp. Small 4to. Modern boards. Zurich, Heidegger & Compagnie, 1742 (reprint Winterthur 1975). Most comprehensive edition of the best-known history of mainly town and canton of Zurich with many views. Entries are found about villages, buildings, historical events, battles, government offices, weather conditions, etc. arranged in alphabetical order. Hans Heinrich Bluntschli's (1656-1722) work is present here in fresh copy of a reprint edition done in 1975. - Haller I, 763 and 352; Lonchamp 350. HELVETICA ;
Füssli, Joh(ann) Caspar.
With 4 engr. frontispieces. 4 title- vign. (engr. by Johann Rudolf Schellenberg), 124 engr. plates with portraits, and c. 130 partly large text- vign., engr. by Schellenberg (82), Bullinger, Holzhalb, J. R. Füssli, Lips, Pfenninger, Stumpf, a.o. 8vo. Contemp. calf. Bookplates Escher im Wollenhof in Zurich in all 4 vols. Zurich, Orell, Gessner and Füssli, 1769-74. Authorative edition of J. C. Füssli (1706-1782) encyclopedic main work. A previously edition in only 2 vols. from 1754 entitled "Geschichte und Abbildung der besten Mahler in der Schweitz" contains only 45 plates. For the first time here we can find many artist portraits, and 10 plates with illustrations by J. B. Keller about the making and erection of the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. An index with all artist's names was published in 1779 and is not present here. A most noteworthy work until Nagler in 1835. - Lonchamp 1132; Barth 26334; Bürger, Aufklärung in Zürich (1997), Nr. 140. ART - GENERAL & APPLIED ; HELVETICA: ALLGEMEIN ; KUNST, KUNSTHANDWERK ;
BASEL. - (BRUCKNER, Daniel).
With 7 engr., fold. maps (of which 6 are colored or in outline coloring), 54 mostly fold. town views and 52 of 59 (of which 49 are fold., and 1 colored. map of Augst) plates showing antiquities, petrefacts, a salmon, and a Roman inscription, all of them engraved by Chovin, Dublon and Holzhalb after drawings by Emanuel Büchel, as well as many woodcut illustrations in the text. Together 3077, (15) pp. 8vo. Contemp. half calf with each 2 spine labels, gilt (stamps on half-titles). Basel, Emanuel Thurneysen, 1748-1763 (-1764). (Added:) Lutz, Markus. Neue Merkwürdigkeiten der Landschaft Basel, oder Fragmente zur Geschichte, Topographie, Statistik und Kultur dieses schweizerischen Freystandes. 3 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half calf with each 2 spine labels, gilt, Basel, Schweighauser, 1805-1816. Ad I: First edition (vol. 1 in 2nd ed. dated 1764). A very nice copy of a richly illustrated work on topography, history, genealogy, archeology, botany, zoology and mineralogy of the Basel region. The engravings are present here in sharp and clear impressions and show views of villages, cities and landscape sceneries, castles, antiquities, etc.- Nice copy.- Barth 19683; Lonchamp 465; Haller I, 841.- Ad II: First edition. M. Lutz (1772-1835) was pastor in Läufelfingen.- Barth 19688. GEOGRAPHY: TRAVEL ; HELVETICA: BASEL-JURA ; HELVETICA ;