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AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS. Rerum Gestarum qui de XXXI supersunt Libri XVIII. Ed. Jacob Gronovius. Leiden, Pieter Van der Aa, 1693.

First Gronovius edition, with extensive commentary and extensive illustrations; it remained the definitive edition for well over a century.
$950


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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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[LIBERTINISM / ACADEMIES] BRUSONI, Girolamo / LOREDANO, Giovanni Francesco. Le glorie de gli Incogniti o vero gli huomini illustri dell'Accademia de' signori Incogniti di Venetia. Venice, 1647.

Rare first edition of this portrait book of members of the Venetian Accademia degli Incogniti, representing a Who’s Who of the more libertine and belligerent literati of early 17th-century northern Italy: of particular interest to women’s studies and the history of music.
$4,850


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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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