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THE VIRGIN OF ATOCHA
ILLUSTRATED
THE MOST MIRACULOUS PATRONESS OF MADRID


[VIRGIN OF ATOCHA] Concordia, y transaccion hecha entre el ilustrissimo, y reverendissimo señor Don Fray Alonso Bernardo de los Rios y Guzman …. Burgos?, n.p., 1679.

Very rare Spanish legal document concerning tithes certified between the Archbishop of Granada, Alonso Bernardo de los Rios y Guzman (served 1677-92), and the Prior of the Carthusian monastery of Granada. While the text offers a fascinating and surprisingly detailed account of this ecclesiastical suit and is especially rich in prosopographical material, the work is primarily of importance for its early copperplate engraving of the Virgin of Atocha depicted as the miraculous patroness of Madrid.
$850


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THE PARIS COSMOGRAPHIA OF APIANUS
WITH THE WORLD MAP & WITH VOLVELLES INTACT


APIANUS, Petrus. Cosmographia Petri Apiani, per gemmam Frisium…. Paris, Viviantius Gaultherot, 1553 (1551 col).

An attractive and genuine example – with all volvelles present – of this copiously illustrated Paris edition (1553) of one of the most important astronomical and geographic texts of the Renaissance, Petrus Apianus’ Cosmographia. The work’s large, cordiform world map contains the most influential 16th-century representation of the New World (with South America labelled ‘America’ and North America depicted as a long strip of land labeled ‘Baccalearum,’ or ‘Land of Cod’).
$12,500


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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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ENGRAVED ‘ICONS’ & THEIR FRAMES
BY A FOLLOWER OF CARAVAGGIO


BARBÉ, Jean-Baptiste / VAN LOON, Theodoor. SS. Apostolorum et Evangelistarum Icones cum suis parergis. [Antwerp?], Jean-Baptiste Barbé, c. 1620.

Very rare first edition of a set of engravings by the Antwerp printmaker Jean-Baptiste Barbé (1578-1649) after the designs of Theodoor van Loon (c.1581-1649), a Flemish painter noted as an early stylistic follower of Caravaggio (1571-1610). The work presents bust-length portraits of the Holy Family, the Four Evangelists, and the Twelve Apostles, each set within a fancifully designed sculptural frame, with the wording of the collection’s title – Icons with their Frames (‘parergis’)– emphasizing the importance of the relationship between painted image and its enclosing frame.
$3,850


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The Doges Of Venice
As Seen In Their Portraits In The Palazzo Ducale


BARDI, Girolamo. Dichiaratione di tutte le Istorie, che si sontengenono nei Quadri posti novamente nelle Sale dello Scrutinio, & del Gran Consiglio, del Palagio Ducale. Venice, F. Valgrigio, 1587.

First edition of this chronicle of Venetian history as seen through the paintings decorating the public rooms of the Palazzo Ducale after the fire of 1577 and a title of art-historical interest for its recording the arrangement of numerous famous Venetian paintings during the 16th century.
$1,000


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