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INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. Catalogue des Incunables [a.k.a. CIBN, together 5 volumes. Tome I – Fasc. 1: Xylographes et “A.” Tome II – Fasc. 1-4: “G-Z” and “Hebraica”]. TOGETHER WITH: “Additions et Corrections”

Bibliotheque national de France [compiled by Ursula Baumeister, Annie Parent-Charon, Dominique Coq, Antoine Coron, and Albert Labarre] 5 vols., 4to. Original wrappers (spines of Fasc. "H-L" and "M-O" a little faded with unimportant wear along joints). "Additions et Corrections" 16 ff. (ca. 250 entries), stapled as issued. WITH: 2 ff. half-title and title-page for Tome II, loose as issued. The extraordinary, almost heroic catalogue of incunabula in the BnF (CIBN), exhaustively describes ca. 8,000 titles/editions, many of which are unique. As Bernard ("Barney") Rosenthal notes in his critical review of the methodology of CIBN, notes "the sheer mass of incunabula described, the astonishing listing of multiple copies with their provenances and minor variants, the generous doses of well documented information concerning textual contents, the citation of a wide range of scholarly literature beyond the purely bibliographical works and journals, the promptness with which new data are incorporated in the descriptions, the almost fanatical (but unevenly applied) devotion to the listing of works under their true aluthors even when this means going counter to established traditions." (PBSA, 80:3 [1986], pp. 381-386, of which an offprint is included in our copy bearing a "heartfelt" presentation inscription on the front wrapper). The editors of Tome II intentionally skipped entries "A-G" which had already been undertaken by Pellechet and Polain ("Catalogue general des incunables des bibliotheques publique de France," 3 vols., 1897-1909). The editors then began recataloguing entries "A-G" and in 1992 released in a single volume all the entries beginning with the letter "A" and all the blockbooks ("xylographes"), present in our copy. Of Tome I, two more fascicles have been issued: Fasc. 2 ("B") in 1996, and Fasc. 3 ("C-D") in 2006, both available from the BnF directly. From the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (sale at Christies NY, 2005, lot 1255).
INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. For William H. Scheide: Fifty Years of Collecting. 6 January 2004

INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. For William H. Scheide: Fifty Years of Collecting. 6 January 2004

Scheide, William H. (collector) 4to. viii, 90, [1] pp., illustrated in color. Original color-printed wrappers. A CELEBRATION of the staggering achievements of three generations of Scheide book collectors, who for more than a century successfully acquired some of the world's most important books and manuscripts. The present volume contains tributes to William T. ("Bill") Scheide from Paul Needham and William P. Stoneman (both former Scheide Librarians), Roland Folter, and others. The Scheide Library was assembled by William T. Scheide, his son John H. Scheide, and his grandson, William H. Scheide. It was still privately owned until William T. Scheide died in 2005, after which time legal title was transferred by his heirs to Princeton University Library (the terms have not been disclosed, but it is believed to have been a partial gift / partial sale). At that time it was easily the finest private library in this hemisphere. It is the only library outside of Europe to possess all four of the first printed Bibles: The Gutenberg Bible (a spectacular copy), the 1460 Mentelin Bible, the 36-line Bible, and the 1462 Bible. Other notable holdings include manuscripts by Abraham Lincoln, J.S. Bach, and Ludwig van Beethoven, a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and first editions of Shakespeare, and Milton. The library also holds significant collections of medieval manuscripts and incunabula, printed books on travel and exploration, and Americana. An essential reference work for bibliographers and bibliographical "tourists" alike. Our copy contains pencilled notes of post-2004 acquisitions of incunabula, a valuable addition.
INCUNABULA REFERENCE - GREECE]. Catalogue of incunabula of the National Library of Greece. Including the copies of the Benaki Museum

INCUNABULA REFERENCE – GREECE]. Catalogue of incunabula of the National Library of Greece. Including the copies of the Benaki Museum

Kokkonas, Yannis Large 8vo. [15], 84, [4] pp. With 33 illustrations in the text. Original printed wrappers (slightly separating from textblock inside front joint, but perfectly sound). An attractive copy. Scarce, well illustrated catalogue, published under the auspices of the Centre for Neohellenic Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation. As the title indicates, the present work provides a detailed assessment of the incunables in the NL of Greece. The work expands on the research undertaken by Legrand ("Bibliographie Hellenique," 4 vols., 1885-1906) and Dennis Rhodes ("Incunabula in Greece" 1980). It is of the greatest interest that detailed collations of each edition are provided, as well as provenance information. Descriptions of the books follow the language of the publication, to wit: Latin titles and non-Greek names are transcribed in Roman letters; Greek titles in Greek, as are the descriptions. For obvious reasons the NL of Greece holds an extremely important collection of Greek incunables, and thus the present work is an essential reference tool for all who are involved with such. Certainly, Kokkonas writes with authority, having served as professor in the Department of Archives, Library Science and Museumology, Ionian University, and as a librarian at the National Library of Greece. From the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (sale at Christies NY, 2005, lot 1255) and with B.H. Breslauer's circled accession number in pencil on the front wrapper.
INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. Lists of Fifteenth Century Books in Edinburgh Libraries

INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. Lists of Fifteenth Century Books in Edinburgh Libraries

Edinburgh Bibliographical Society 4to. [8], 107 pp. Printed on fine, thick paper watermarked: "The Post Horn Vellum" / [within a shield: a post horn]. Original cloth, title gilt on upper cover, corners bumped, some minor soiling, front and back endpapers a little browned, t.e.g., others untrimmed. COPY NUMBER TWO OF 20 COPIES, reprinted from vol. IX of the EBS Papers. Our copy with a presentation inscription from Dr. W[illiam] Beattie, R.S.A. to Bernard Breslauer "with all good wishes," dated 3.iv.1943. Beattie was Keeper of Printed Books at the National Library of Scotland (1931-1953) and then Librarian (1953-1970). He was the author of the First and Second "Supplement to the Hand-List of Incunabula in the National Library of Scotland." In 1986-88 the NLS acquired his collection of bibliography and bibliographical papers (now "William Beattie Collection"). It is unclear how Breslauer came into contact with Beattie, and what he did to deserve such a warm presentation inscription in such a rare book: in 1943, Bernard Breslauer was a "German alien." This is an extraordinary piece of Scottish bibliography, printed on fine paper. The survey naturally includes the largest and most important libraries, as follows: University library, by F. C. Nicholson.--Advocates' library, by W. K. Dickson and Miss Barclay.--Signet library, by J. P. Edmond.--United free church college library, by W. Cowan.--The Crawford library, Royal observatory, by G. P. Johnston.--Library of the Royal college of physicians, by T. H. Graham.--St. Mary's cathedral library.--The Scottish Episcopal church theological hall.--The Forbes library in the Theological hall.--The library of the Church of Scotland. That the NLS is not included in the present census is due to the fact that it had not yet been established. The catalogue features a 10-page index which combines authors, titles, and printers. Bibliographical references are standard for the day (Hain, Proctor, Panzer). There is some copy-specific information scattered throughout (including early ownership inscriptions), a relatively novel feature in 1913. The statement of limitation is signed by George P. Johnston, a rare book dealer and publisher who traded at 37 George Street and who specialized in "Curious, Old and Rare Books, Early Scottish" (see Library Journal, July, 1914, vol. 39, No. 7, p. 15). Presumably he paid for the publication. For obvious reasons, copies of the present work are almost impossible to obtain; the last one to appear at auction sold at Sotheby's on 7 October 1971, lot 678 (copy No. 4 of 20, with a presentation ALS to H.G. Aldis). Our copy was purchased at the sale of the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (Christies NY, 2005, lot 1255) and bears B.H. Breslauer's circled accession number in pencil on the first blank leaf.
INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. Catalogue of the Valuable Printed Books from the Broxbourne Library

INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. Catalogue of the Valuable Printed Books from the Broxbourne Library, Illustrating the Spread of Printing. COMPLETE SET of 2 volumes

Sotheby's [Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co.] / Albert Ehrman (collector) / John Ehrman (consignor) Two vols. 4to. 220, [5] pp. + 298, [36] pp., each volume with color frontispiece (one folding). Vol. I: Abbeville-Lyons (14 -15 November 1977), lots 1-344. Vol. II: Madrid-Zwolle (8-9 May, 1978), lots 345-698. Original printed boards. Purchase inscription on verso of folding frontispiece in vol. I (frontispiece creased at fore-edge), faintest fading along spines, boards perfectly square and tight, contents fine, lists of Estimates for both parts, and list of prices realized for the Second Portion loosely inserted. In excellent condition. To rival the fabulous collection of incunabula formed by Albert Ehrman would be impossible today. The two-volume catalogue, written largely by Anthony Hobson, is tantamount to a reference book, with references to the standard authorities, provenance information, and excellent binding descriptions when appropriate. The work is arranged by Proctor order, alphabetically by town (of which more than 200 are represented), and then chronologically within said towns. The most expensive book in the sale was knocked down to Bernard H. Breslauer, who paid GBP 35,000 for lot 666, the first book printed in Verona, and the first edition of Valturius's "De Re Militari" (1472) with illustrations by Matteo de Pasti. Albert Ehrman (1890-1969) was not only a great scholar but also a great benefactor: his gifts to the Bodleian include his umatched collection of early library sale catalogues, and an exceptional collection of historic bookbindings. The Appendix to the present catalogue lists 51 books that were not included in the sale, specifically gifts (and sales!) of incunabula to the British Library, Cambridge University Library, John Rylands Library, and Birmingham Public Library ("Cordyale or Four Last Things" printed by Caxton in 1479).
INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in Italy and of Italian Books Printed in other countries from 1465 to 1600 now in the British Museum. WITH: SUPPLEMENT

INCUNABULA REFERENCE]. Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in Italy and of Italian Books Printed in other countries from 1465 to 1600 now in the British Museum. WITH: SUPPLEMENT

British Museum / British Library]. Johnson, Alfred F. / Dennis E. Rhodes Vol. 1: thick 8vo. viii, 992 pp. Original blue cloth (lacking dust-jacket), spine and back cover sunned, joints frayed at top edges as are lower corner tips, split on lower joint. A well used copy, NOT ex-library. Vol. 2: [8], 192 pp. Original blue cloth in near fine condition. NOT ex-library. BOTH volumes of STC Italian, A massive bibliographic achievement of almost heroic proportions. The exact number of copies is not stated, but we estimate -- conservatively -- that it is in the realm of 21,000 (i.e. 744 pages x ca. 29 per page). We cite the invaluable 235-page "Index of Printers and Pubishers" which in itself is worth the price of book, to which is added the sad list of "Books Destroyed during the War" (pp. 746-752). The arrangement of the work is by author. That it lists incunables alongside 16th-century Italian books provides a better reflection of the state of scholarship and publishing during the late Renaissance. WITH: Supplement by Dennis E. Rhodes, listing on 71 pages the "New Acquisitions" as well as the replacements for the books destroyed during WWII; Corrigenda to the 1958 Catalogue; False and Fictitious Imprints; and an Index of Towns in Italy. Vol. 1 is the B.H. Breslauer copy, with his acquisition number on first blank; purchased from sale of the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (Christie's New York, 2005, lot 1493). Fair (vol. 1) + near fine (vol. 2)