Martayan Lan Search






To Order or Inquire:
Telephone:
(800) 423-3741
or (212) 308-0018
Fax: (212) 308-0074
E-mail: [email protected]

70 East 55th Street, (Heron Tower)
New York, New York 10022

Literature


Items 6 - 10 of 21

Prev 5 Items | Table of Contents | Next 5 Items


Battle of the Biographers


[SWEDEN / CHARLES XII / VOLTAIRE] FABRICE, Friedrich Ernst von.. Anecdotes du sejour du roi de Suede a Bender, ou, Lettres de Mr. le baron de Fabrice pour servir d’eclaircissement a l’histoire de Charles XII. Hamburg, Christian Herold, 1760.

Rare first French edition (first German: 1759) of this account of Charles XII’s exile in Turkey, published on the request of Voltaire to supplement his biography of the monarch and validate it vis-à-vis the rival biography published by Nordberg.
$1,250


Click Image for Details





MANUSCRIPT OF GALILEO’S ‘LETTER TO CHRISTINA’ WITH A STROZZI PROVENANCE


GALILEI, Galileo. [‘Letter to Christina’ Manuscript.]. Florence (Palazzo Strozzi), c. 1680.

A manuscript version (containing variants of the text) of Galileo’s celebrated ‘Letter to Christina’ of Lorraine (1565-1637), Grand Duchess of Tuscany, which was written in 1615 but not published until 1636 in Strasbourg. This work circulated widely in manuscript, and it was through manuscript copies such this one that some of Galileo’s most controversial ideas about Copernicanism and the relationship between Scripture and science were disseminated. The ‘Letter’ is a “superb manifesto of the freedom of thought. Its purpose was to silence all theological objections to Copernicus. Its result was the precise opposite: it became the principal cause of the prohibition of Copernicus, and of Galileo’s downfall” (Koestler). The volume carries a stamp of the Strozzi library and was recorded as parts of the Strozzi manuscript collection in a catalogue of 1728.
$40,000


Click Image for Details





THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
FIRST ITALIAN TRANSLATION


GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von / GRASSI, Gaetano, trans. . Werter. Opera di sentimento del Dottor Goethe, celebre scrittor tedesco. Poschiavo, Giuseppe Ambrosini, [1782].

$2,450


Click Image for Details





NO AMERICAN COPY


[BIBLIOGRAPHY] GRETSER, Jakob. Catalogus Librorum quos Jacobus Gretserus Societatis Iesu evulgavit usque ad Octobrem Anni 1610. . Ingolstadt, Adam Sartorius, 1610.

Very rare first edition of one of the earliest “auto-bibliographies” by a Jesuit, the highly learned controversialist Jakob Gretser, one of the most prolific of Jesuit authors.
$2,450


Click Image for Details





WITH WOODCUTS BY URS GRAF
IN CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOR


GUIGO DE CASTRO / GRAF, Urs / REISCH, Gregor. Statua ordinis cartusiensis. Basel, Johann Amerbach, 1510.

Rare illustrated first edition (1510) of the Statua ordinis cartusiensis, “an exceptional case of a limited printing not available for public sale” (Elie, p. 38), here in an example with its fine woodcuts in excellent contemporary hand-color. These collected statutes and privileges of the Carthusian Order are the result of a remarkable collaboration between the jurist François Dupuy (1450-1521), prior of the Grande Chartreuse, the renowned scholar Gregor Reisch (1467-1525), humanist and author of the famed Margarita philosophica (1503), the Swiss artist Urs Graf (ca. 1485-1528), and the renowned Basel printer Johann Amerbach (c. 1440-1513). The work is preserved in its contemporary binding, rubricated throughout, with several fully illuminated initials and foliate borders, and supplemented with five leaves of manuscript text updating the work through the year 1522.
$48,500


Click Image for Details





Prev 5 Items | Table of Contents | Next 5 Items

Back to the Top