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La zvcca del Doni

La zvcca del Doni, Fiorentino. Divisa in cinqve libri di gran valore .

Doni, Anton Francesco. Doni (1513?74) first published La zucca in parts over the course of 1551 and 1552 ? a collection of moral tales, witticisms, aphorisms, and letters in which he often mocks his contemporaries, all of it in prose with some poetry and with a heavy helping of allegory. In this edition that Rampazetto printed for the famous Sessa family of publishers/printers, he has edited the five parts and renamed them in the forms now most commonly used. Added here is his work on art ("Pitture"), which had first appeared in 1564 at Padua. The theme is the allegorical representation of Love, Chastity, Death, Fame, Time, and Eternity. Through this work he gives us an understanding of the artistic theory of his era and => many observations on the life and works of such artists as Giovanni Angelo (1507?63) and Vasari. A full-page woodcut portrait of author is found on the verso of leaf *8, along with the printer's woodcut device on the title-page and woodcut headpieces and initials throughout the text. Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. 8vo (15.5 cm, 6.25"). [8], 316 ff. Gr?sse, II, p. 424; Marsili-Libelli, Anton Francesco Doni,; 57; Edit16 CNCE 17710; Gamba 1367 (note). . Early 20th-century vellum over light boards, ruled and tooled and lettered in gilt; marbled endpapers. Possible ownership name in one margin (not deciphered). Light waterstaining in some upper and lower margins, with occasional limited effect to text; overall in fact => a good and attractive copy.
Le manuel des dames de charit?

Le manuel des dames de charit?, ou formules de medicamens faciles a pr?parer, dress?es en saveur des personnes charitables, qui distribuent des rem?des aux pauvres dans les villes & dans les campagnes.

Arnault de Nobleville, Louis Daniel; ?tienne Chardon de Courcelles. Medicinal guidebook intended for ladies doing charity work, offering recipes for home remedies along with treatment instructions. Arnault de Nobleville (1701?78, name sometimes given as Arnaud), a member of the Soci?t? Royale de M?decine and director of the H?tel Dieu d'Orl?ans, chose to dedicate his career to public welfare, using his medical training (and much of his income) to benefit the poor. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge's Biographical Dictionary notes approvingly that his Manuel was designed "to give a popular outline of the practice of medicine, that any who had the will might also acquire the necessary knowledge to administer charitable medical assistance. In this object it succeeded as far as is possible; and it served moreover for many years as a first text-book for medical students." This popular work, which includes medicinal broths and wines along with tinctures, teas, syrups, lotions, etc., was first printed in 1747 and went through numerous editions in several languages; the present => revised example states on the title-page that it is the sixth edition. The title work is followed by "Rem?des choisis, extraits des ?ph?m?rides d'Allemagne" (with a separate half-title), a gathering of traditional "medicine" including such recommendations as river crayfish broth enemas to combat intestinal gangrene (p. 313) and powdered calcined eggshells in case of leprosy; and also by "Trait? de la saign?e," by ?tienne Chardon de Courcelles. Among the drugs and medicine prescribed are several of => New World origin, as for example Ipecacuanha (a.k.a. ipecac) from Brazil. Evidence of Readership: Tipped in at the front is a leaf bearing early inked advice (in French) on dealing with maladies of the blood; a similar leaf regarding dysentery is laid in. Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928). 12mo (17 cm, 6.7"). xlviii, 429, [1] pp. Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 19 (for 1747, 1758, & 1765 eds., not including present ed.). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title-label; binding rubbed and worn overall, free endpapers lacking. Pages lightly age-toned with mild to moderate foxing, old top-marginal waterstaining in some parts, and stainings as of => actual use.
A dream of fair women.

A dream of fair women.

Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron. First American edition of Tennyson's fantastical evocation of an array of great ladies of song and story, here in => a trio of publisher's variations. The poem was originally published in The Lady of Shalott, and Other Poems in 1833; Osgood's ornate production features numerous in-text and full-page illustrations drawn and engraved by a variety of hands including Mary Hallock Foote, Martha Ritchie Simpson, Thomas Moran, and others, under the supervision of Anthony Varick Stout Anthony. Bindings: Publisher's cloth (one 1880 copy in green and one in chestnut, with 1885 copy in darker brown), front covers with three rectangular panels, the title gilt-stamped in center panel on a dotted background, the top and bottom panels embossed in a complex foliate and strapwork design picked out with black stamping against a white background; spines with with gilt-stamped title. All edges gilt. Provenance: Green 1880 copy with pencilled inscription of Mariou Pierce of "B'ville, Mass." (Baldwinsville), dated 1916. 1885 copy with Carroll Institute of Reading, PA, prize award bookplate, noting gift in that year to Frederick Clymer for excellence in arithmetic. Later in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9.01"). 3 vols. All 3: Frontis., 103, [1] pp.; illus. NSTC 741843. Bindings as above; one spine with gilt dimmed, two volumes with extremities rubbed, hinges of green copy tender. Bookplate and inscription as above. Pages clean. => An unusual gathering, of interest to scholars and lovers of binding and publishing history as well as to aficionados of late 19th?century illustration.
Seque[n]tiarum lucule[n]ta interpretatio: nedu[m] scholasticis

Seque[n]tiarum lucule[n]ta interpretatio: nedu[m] scholasticis, sed [et] ecclesiasticis cognitu necessaria.

Adelphus, Johannes, Jakop Wimpheling (comm.). Strassbourgh printer Knoblouch here produces => the first edition of the Humanist commentaries of Johannes Adelphus and Jakop Wimpheling on the Sequences of the Mass and the Hymns of the Breviary, respectively. The Corpus Christi Watershed dot org website explains the Sequences: "First appearing in the ninth century, the sequences rose to a level of fair prominence in the medieval period. Their heyday lasted until the liturgical reforms enacted during the Counter-Reformation. At the height of their usage, there were proper sequences for nearly every Sunday and feast day (outside penitential seasons). Their usage varied widely, however, since the sequences were never obligatory." Simply put, they are the liturgical hymns of the Mass, and occur on festivals between the Gradual and the Gospel. By contrast, the Hymns belong to the Breviary and are fixed. The text and commentary of the Sequences are here paired with those of the Hymns as the second part of the volume, with a separate title-page but signatures continuous, titled "Hymni de tempore [et] de sanctis: in ea[m] forma[m] qua a suis autoribus scripti sunt denuo redacti: [et] s[ecundu]m legem carminis dilige[n]ter emendati atq[ue] interpretati." The Hymns fill the final 80 leaves. Adelphus's commentary on the Sequences is a reworking of the familiar medieval commentary with the vocabulary brought up to date to make it less scholastic. Adelphus also occasionally adds contemporary references, including at least one allusion to his own translation into German of Sebastian Brant's De laude Hierosolymae. The most thorough revision this edition makes is to the sequence-commentary notes on grammar and linguistic usage, and there are additional references to classical models of expression. Wimpheling introduces his commentary to the Hymns with prefatory comments in which he supports the contribution that training in the arts of literary expression can make to a proper understanding of religious texts. He promotes the pedagogic virtues of the hymns themselves; in particular, he notes that the diversity of meter they employ makes them apt vehicles for teaching Latin prosody while the grammatical and rhetorical skills acquired from studying them will in turn lead to a sharper, more sophisticated and more accurate reading of hymns as texts of Christian spirituality, and therefore to a deeper piety. Hans Baldung Grien provided the title-page woodcut boarders [Oldenbourg 236] and two large historiated initials, one at the beginning of each part, respectively: the Death of the Virgins [Oldenbourg 232] and the Adoration [Oldenbourg 221]. On this important edition, see Ann Moss, "Latin Liturgical Hymns and their Early Printing History" (Humanistica Louvaniensia, XXXVI [1987], 125-28). Provenance: Impressed into the front board are the initals L C V of the Franciscan convent of Villigen; upon suppression of the convent, to the Donaueschigen Library, its oval stamp on the verso of the title-page; that library sold in 1994; later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. 4to (21 cm, 8.25"). CXXXVI, [4], LXXX ff. Proctor 10081; Adams L1126; VD16 S5978 & H6503; Index Aurel. 100.597; Schmidt, Knobloch, VII, 82; Ritter 5; Oldenbourg, Hans Baldung Grien, L28. Original wooden boards, rebacked in 19th-century pigskin with old paper label and evidence of single missing clasp; provenance marks as above. Variable old water- and dampstaining, no tattering or tears, title-pages lovely.
one line in Greek

one line in Greek, romanized as] Tes Kaines Diathekes Hapanta [then in Latin] Noui Testamenti omnia.

Bible. N.T. Greek. 1535. Jakob Ceporinus (1499?1525, born Jakob Wiesendanger), the editor of this Greek Testament, was => a Swiss humanist who attended the universities of Cologne and Vienna and acquired knowledge of Hebrew by studying with the German humanist Johannes Reuchlin in Ingolstadt. He worked in Basel as a proofreader for a printing house, settled in Zurich, and in April of 1525 was appointed as => the first Reader of Greek and Hebrew at Zwingli's school of theology in Zurich. He died unexpectedly in December 1525. The first edition of his Greek New Testament appeared in 1524 from the same printer as this third edition of 1535 and like that first closely follows the Erasmus third edition, with a few variants and independent readings. Also as with the 1524 edition, the title-page has => four woodcuts after Urs Graf representing the evangelists, and that leaf is followed by Oecolampadius' "In sacrarum literarum lectionem . . . exhortatio" (pi 2?7). The work was published at the expense of Johann Schabler, called Wattenschnee, whose device with motto "Durum pacientia frango" is on the verso of last leaf. The Testament text is in Greek only and each book begins with a woodcut headpiece and a historiated initial, with some initials after Dance of Death designs by => Hans Holbein. Reuss lists this among "Editiones Erasmicae." Provenance: 19th-century signature on front fly-leaf of W.C.S. Tole (?); most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. 8vo (16 cm, 6.25"). [8], 367, [1] ff. VD16 B4180; Adams B1653; Reuss, Bibliotheca Novi Testamenti Graeci, p. 33. Not in Darlow & Moule, but see 4601 for the first editon. 18th-century full calf, no raised bands, round spine gilt extra; spine pulled at head, front joint sometime repaired taking part of the label and some gilt on that side with volume now strong, corners rubbed and some old abrasions. => Interior with a very few instances of old marginalia; type splendidly sharp on very clean pages.