HÉRODIEN || ZOSIME. ΗΡΩΔΙΑΝΟΥ ΙΣΤΩΡΙΑΝΟΥ ΒΙΒΛΙΑ . Η. Herodiani Histor. Lib. VIII. Cum Angeli Politiani Interpretatione, & huius partim Suplemento, partim Examine Henrici Stephani: utroque Margini adscripto. Eiusdem Henrici Stephani Emendationes quorundam Græci contextus Locorum, & quorundam Expositiones.
HISTORIARUM HEROdianicas subsequentium Libri duo, nunc primùm Græcè editi.
The first book is the first critical edition of Herodian (170-around 250 AD), who was one of the great historians of Roman antiquity and one of the important historical sources for the period between the reigns of the emperors Gordian and Marcus Aurelius. Henri Estienne reworked the Latin and Greek translations, adding comments and additional notes.
The second book is the first edition of the first two books of the "Historia Nova" by Zosimus (Greek historian who lived at the end of the fifth century and the beginning of the sixth century). This book is an important historical source dedicated to the last centuries of the Western Roman Empire, which must be read and studied with some hindsight because Zosimus was known to be an anti-Christian fanatic pagan.
Latin and Greek text on two columns, opposite.
Very good typographic realizations by Henri Estienne.
The Latin text is followed by the Greek text.
This book is part of the very prolific literary work of Libanius or Libanios (314 - 393 AD), master of Greek rhetoric of late antiquity.
His erudition is admired by his contemporaries, in Byzantium and rediscovered during the Renaissance. This text is translated from Greek by Fédéric Morel the younger (1552 - 1630) in Latin.
Johannes Nider (1385 - 1438) was a German theologian and member of the Dominican order.
His work Formicarius, published around 1435-37, is an important testimony of the history of the witch hunts, as Nider comments upon the superstitions of the Middle Ages on witchcraft, necromancy and possession. The exclusive reference of the Formicarius to witchcraft was however only established by its reception, as it was frequently reprinted together with the Malleus Maleficarum.
GEORGES de TRÉBIZONDE [Trapezuntius]. Continentur hoc volumine : Georgii Trapezuntii Rhetoricorum libri V.
Consulti Chirii Fortunatiani libri III.
Aquilae Romani de Figuris sententiarum et elocutionis liber.
P. Rutilii Lupi earundem figurarum e Gorgia liber.
Aristotelis Rhetoricorum ad Theodecten, Georgio Trapezuntio interprete, libri III.
Ejusdem Rhetorices ad Alexandrum a Francisco Philelpho in latinum versae liber.
Paraphrasis rhetoricae Hermogenis, ex Hilarionis monachi veronensis traductione.
Priscianus de rhetoricae prae-exercitamentis ex Hermogene.
Aphthonii declamatoris Rhetorica progymnasmata, Jo. Maria Cataneo tralatore.
SAVONAROLA, Girolamo. Opera Singolare ... contra l'Astrologia divinatrice in corroboratione delle refutatione astrologice del S. conte Joan. Pico de la Mirandola, Con alcune cose dil medemo di nuouo aggionte.
Third edition of the rare work againt astrology.
Girolamo Savonarola was an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence.
On 12 May 1497, Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Savonarola.
Under torture Savonarola confessed to having invented his prophecies and visions, then recanted, then confessed again.
He was condemned as heretics and schismatics, and sentenced to die and burned .
In this short treatise, Savonarola states that astrology is not only contrary to the Holy Scriptures, but also vain and that it deserves neither the name of science nor that of art, but that of human error and diabolical superstition.
[THEOBALDUS DE SEXANNIA (pseudo-)]. Pharetra fidei catholice sive ydonea disputatio inter Christianos et Judeos in qua perpulchra tanguntur media et rationes quibus quivis christifidelis tam ex prophetis suis propriis q[uam] ex nostris eorum erroribus faciliter poterit obuiare.
Second edition of this collection of several reflections on Theology.
It is titled "A Quiver for the Catholic Faith" and was first published in Leipzig in 1494, with different variations.
The presumed author of this text is Theobaldus de Saxonia, a Dominican theologian and sub-prior of Paris, from the late Middle Ages.
He highlights the differences in Christian and Jewish doctrines, comparing and confronting them. It also emphasizes the fact that violence is not a solution to answer the specific questions and points of divergence between the two doctrines, such as the question of the interpretation of the Trinity, the status of the Virgin, etc... .
Fine copy of this edition.
Incunable bound in a 18th century full tan with embossed immitation straight-grained morocco sides sheep.
Valla's major contribution to Latin linguistics, and a widely spread humanist schoolbook.
"This work subjected the forms of Latin grammar and the rules of Latin style and rhetoric to a critical examination, and placed the practice of composition upon a foundation of analysis and inductive reasoning.
It was a basis for the movement of the Humanists to reform Latin prose style to a more classical and Ciceronian direction on a scientific basis.
Valla's work was controversial when it appeared, but its arguments carried the day.
As a result, humanistic Latin sought to purge itself of post-Classical words and features, and became stylistically very different from the Christian Latin of the European Middle Ages. This was thought to be a major improvement in style and elegance in Latin usage." (Wikipedia).
PLINE L'ANCIEN, Gaius Plinius Secundus || DU PINET DE NOROY, Antoine. Histoire du monde de C. Pline Second, collationnee corrigee sur plusieurs vieux exemplaires latins, enrichie d'annotations en marge servans à la conference declaration des anciens modernes noms des villes, regions, simples, autres termes obscurs comprins en icelle. A quoy a esté adjousté un traité des pois mesures antiques, reduites à la françoise. Avec une table fort ample des noms matieres contenuës en ceste histoire : une autre petite table servant à certaines observations, remarquees apres l'impression de ce tome. Le tout fait mis en françois par Antoine du Pinet seigneur de Noroy.
This rare treaty of dream interpretation - Oneirokritika in Greek - is the only ancient Greek civilization work on this subjet, to have survived in full.
Artemidorus make a detailed technical treaty that was extremely popular during the Middle Ages.
Freud wrote on the great importance of this book in its "Die Traumdeutung".
ZACAIRE, Denis. Opuscule très-excellent de la vraye Philosophie naturelle des métaulx, traictant de l’augmentation & perfection d’iceux, Avec advertissement d’éviter les folles despences qui se font ordinairement par faute de vraye science.... Avec le traicté de vénérable Docteur Allemand Messire Bernard Comte de la Marche Trevisane sur le mesme subject.
"Denis Zacaire or Dionysius Zacharius (1510?-1560 or 1570?) was born in Guyenne and sent by his parents first to Bordeaux and then to Toulouse, in order to study law. But his masters in both universities were alchemists; and by the time he got to Toulouse, Zacaire carried a notebook of thousands of recipes abstracted from alchemical texts and had committed the funds supplied for his legal studies to the purchase of a laboratory. When his tutor died of a fever contracted during alchemical endeavours, Zacaire's parents discovered his hermetic inclination and cut off his money. They conveniently died soon after, so that Zacaire, at his majority, let out their estate and devoted all of his income to a long series of processes suggested to him by an unknown Italian in Toulouse, an old abbe called the Philosopher. After raising more money from his relatives on the expectation of his going to Paris to seek a legal position, Zacaire executed some one hundred diverse experiments. After three years in Paris, he was commissioned by Antoine d'Albret, King of Navarre, to teach the secrets of alchemy for a very handsome fee. On his return after the completion of this assignment, Zacaire met, as seemed to be his wont, a stray old wise man who advised him to stop collecting processes and to study instead the writings of the masters. After two years he devised an entirely original experiment that, in 1550, yielded the Divine Tincture. Shortly after this success, his new bride murdered him in his sleep at Cologne and escaped with their servant and Zacaire's precious powder. He wrote but one work, Opuscule tres-excellent de la vraye Philosophic naturelle des metaulx (Lyon, Benoist Rigaud, 1574), which included commentaries on the Turba" (in "Alchemy a comprehensive bibliography of the manly P.Hall Collection")
FINE COPY IN FULL MOROCCO BINDING.
First edition published outside of Italy (first appeared in Rome in 1570).
The sphaera of Sacro Bosco was the first printed book on astronomy (1476).
It is divided into four chapters: one on the concept of sphericity of the earth and its stationary character at the center of the universe;
The second deals with the various reference circles the Earth and the Sun (equator colures, Meridian , horizon ...).
The third chapter explores the movement of certain celestial bodies and in particular that of the sun, and the last chapter examines the solar and lunar eclipses.
The works of Clavius in the field of astronomy were very much appreciated. His commentary on the Sphaera of Sacro Bosco is considered to be the best and has been widely used for over fifty years.
Good friend of Galilee, he remained committed to a geocentric model of the universe.
First edition of this important translation from greek to latin of the Hippocratic corpus.
Remains the reference until its replacement by the French edition of Littre [1839-1861].
The Hippocrates works are a set of sixty text written between 450 and 350 bc.
During the sixteenth century, scholars have gradually given rise to the Hippocratic Corpus in Latin, which was current until its replacement by the French edition of Littre [1839-1861].
The editions that enabled this achievement are the first editions in Latin (1525 in Rome) and Greek (1526, Aldus), which led to the discovery of manuscripts hitherto virtually unknown.
Then came the Basel editions of 1538 and 1546 (Froben) that led to the systematic correction of many first editions.
Finally, in 1595, the doctor of Metz Anuce Foes (1528-1595) printed this important bilingual edition that became the reference until the Littré works 250 years later.
Fresh copy of this rare and important edition of the works of Hippocrate.
Fourth edition of this important work on demonolgy and witchcraft
Divided in six parts :
- 1st on devil and hell
- 2nd on wizards
- 3rd on witches
- 4th on possession diseases and evil spells;
- 5th on how to heal the possessed
- 6th punishment for witches and wizards.
Work also important in the history of medicine.
"This is the first major European work to make an empirical, scientific approach to the study of mental illness, and one of the most celebrated exposés of the witchcraft delusion (...) Weyer asseted that mos of witches were actually suffering from mental illness" (Normann).
Sigmund Freud cited this work as one of the ten most important books of all time.
Fine copy in its first binding.
Post incunable attributed to Bernard de Clairvaux.
Bernard de Fontaine, abbot of Clairvaux (1090 -1153) is a Burgundian monk, reformer of Catholic religious life. He was a fervent promoter of the Cistercian order.
This book has most certainly been written by Thomas de Frigido Monte.
The author enacts several rules to follow to live as a "good Christian".
Rare Parisian impression, by Denis Rosse.