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HARINGTON’S ORLANDO FURIOSO
IN SPECTACULAR CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOR
“THE BEST KNOWN ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS
IN AN ENGLISH BOOK BEFORE 1700” -- Hodnett


ARIOSTO, Ludovico / HARINGTON, John. Orlando Furioso in English Heroical Verse, by John Haringto[n]. London, Richard Field, 1591.

Rare first edition of Orlando Furioso translated by the Elizabethan courtier Sir John Harington (1560-1612) here with its 47 full-page engravings in exceptionally fine contemporary hand-coloring, with extensive silver and gold accents, and giving every appearance of being a presentation copy. The volume contains “the best known engraved illustrations in an English book before 1700” (Hodnett).
$145,000


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BOCCACCIO’S FAMOUS WOMEN
FLORENTINE MANUSCRIPT
OF THE FIRST ITALIAN TRANSLATION
SIGNED & DATED BY THE SCRIBE
COPIOUSLY ANNOTATED
WITH EARLY POEMS ON WOMEN


BOCCACCIO, Giovanni / ALBANZANI, Donato degli (trans.). Delle famose donne [De mulieribus claris]. [Florence], 1 Sept. 1456.

Fine 15th-century Florentine manuscript in Italian – illuminated on its opening page with the ‘white-vine’ motif made famous by Tuscan illuminators of the Quattrocento – of Giovanni Boccaccio’s (1313-75) renowned treatise De mulieribus claris (Famous Women), “the first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women” and a work considered to be “the fountainhead of the European tradition of female biography” (V. Brown).
$185,000


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THE LIVES OF ANDREA DORIA & CAMILLO ORSINO


CAPELLONI, Lorenzo. Vita del Prencipe Andrea Doria… con un compendio della medesima vita, e con due tavole, l'una delle cose piu generali, et l'altra delle cose piu notabili. Venice, Giolito de’ Ferrari, 1565.

Second and first editions, respectively, of the biographies of two great contemporary Italians: the naval commander Andrea Doria and the Papal prelate and military commander Camillo Orsino. Both works are accompanied by very finely engraved portraits with emblematic borders.
$3,450


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AN INSPIRATION TO CERVANTES


[FRENCH LITERATURE] DE HERBERAY, Nicolas. Le Septiesme Livre d’Amadis de Gaule, mis en Francoys par le Seigneur des Essars Nicolas de Herberay... Paris, Estienne Groulleau, 1555.

Extremely rare French edition of the seventh installment of Amadis de Gaule’s adventures, the most popular chivalric romance of 16th-century Europe. De Herberay’s translations have been hailed as an “acte fondateur” in the development of French prose (Chatelain), and Cervantes – the supreme satirist of the ‘knight-errant’ genre – proclaimed the original Amadis de Gaula the “best of its kind.”
$3,300


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JUDITH VS. DAVID, LUCRETIA VS. CATO,
TOMYRIS VS. CYRUS:
ARE WOMEN MORE HEROIC THAN MEN?
WITH 16 FULL-PAGE ENGRAVINGS


DU BOSC, JACQUES. La femme heroique, ou les heroines comparées avec les heros en toute sorte de vertus. Paris, Chez Antoine de Sommaville and Augustin Courbé, 1645.

Large paper copy of the rare 1645 first edition of The Heroic Woman – “one of the most important feminist works of the seventeenth century” (A. Dixon, p. 44) – written by the prolific Franciscan Jacques Du Bosc (d. 1660) and enriched with 18 full-page copperplate engravings/etchings by François Chauveau (1613-76).
$4,850


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