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THE ART OF SWIMMING


[SWIMMING] BERNARDI, Oronzio de’. Arte de Nadar. Madrid, Imprenta de Alban, 1807.

Rare first Spanish edition (first Italian in 1794) of this attractive illustrated work propounding the “Bernardi Method” of swimming, which, both in terms of the history of swimming and illustrated books on the subject, had an influence in the late 18th and early 19th century equal to that of Melchisédech Thévenot (1620-92) in the 17th century.
$2,200


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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 First Monograph Devoted To A Celebrated Work Of Art


BOCCHI, Francesco. Eccellenza della Statua del San Giorgio di Donatello Scultore Fiorentino, posta nella facciata di fuori d'Orsan Michele dove si tratta del Costume, della Vivacit della Bellezza di detta Statua. Florence, Giorgio Marescotti, 1584.

Rare first edition of the earliest monograph devoted to a specific work of art (Schlosser, p. 391), an enthusiastic appraisal of Donatello's statue of St. George commissioned for Orsan Michele and now in the Bargello.
$6,500


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FROM THE AGE OF CANOVA


CARRADORI, Francesco. Istruzione Elementare per gli studiosi della Scultura. Florence , Tipografia della Società Letteraria, 1802.

Rare first edition of this illustrated treatise on the art of sculpture by Carradori, a neoclassical sculptor and professor at the Florentine Academy.
$4,850


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THE CASSINI LUNAR MAP
COMPLETE WITH THE LADY OF THE MOON
(if you can find her)


CASSINI, Jean-Dominique / JANINET, Jean-François. Réduction de la grande Carte de la Lune de J. Dom. Cassini. [Paris], [J.-D. Cassini], [1788].

Very rare first and only edition of this separately issued ‘petite’ lunar map published in 1788 by Jean-Dominique Cassini (1748-1845) updating with explanatory text for a more general audience the groundbreaking 1679 map of his famous great-grandfather, Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712).
$8,500


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