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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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COMMENTARY
ON THE MEDICAL VOCABULARY OF HIPPOCRATES
BY “PERHAPS THE GREATEST ANATOMIST OF HIS TIME”


EUSTACHI, Bartolomeo / EROTIANUS / HIPPOCRATES. Erotiani Graeci scriptoris vetustissimi vocum, apud Hippocratem sunt, collectio. Venice, apud Lucam Antonium Juntam, 1566.

First edition of the renowned physician Bartolomeo Eustachi’s (c. 1500-1574) commentary on the Vocum of Erotianus (active c. 50-70 A.D.) an ancient collection of words found in the corpus of Hippocrates (c. 460-370 B.C.). A contemporary of Andreas Vesalius (1514-64), with whom he shares the distinction of having created the science of human anatomy, Eustachi was “perhaps the greatest anatomist of his time, and probably no other anatomist, ancient or modern, has made so many discoveries” (Thomas, p. 877).
$2,850


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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


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Important for the Study of Early Portuguese Contacts with Asia


[INDIA] FREIRE DE ANDRADA, Jacinto / tr. WYCHE, Peter.. The Life of Dom John de Castro, the Fourth Vice-Roy of India ... Containing also a particular relation of the most famous siege of Dio ... . London, Henry Herringman, 1664.

First edition in English, first issue, of the most famous biography in the Portuguese language.
$8,000


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