Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Recently acquired rare and antiquarian books - October 2010

Arriving soon in Special Collections...

Nomesseius, Nicolaus, Guglielmo Facciotti, and Pietro Antonio Lanza. Parnassus poeticus Nicolao Nomeseio Charmensi Lotharingio auctore: In quo phrases omnes poeticae, ex illustribus poetis collectae, & in certa capita distributae, ita leguntur, vt nihil a poeticae studiosis illustrius desiderari possit. Milan: P. Pontii & J.B. Picalaum, 1601.
Very early edition of this dictionary-like manual for poets, where one choses a term (love, water, etc.), under which are many citations from classical sources. It is in a nice vellum binding with ties, and in very good condition. This edition is not listed in OCLC; the only earlier edition is Rome, 1595-96, although it was reprinted several times during the 17th century. 

L'Alouëte, Francois de. Des affaires d'estat: des finances, du prince et de sa noblesse. A Mets: Par Iean d'Arras, 1597.
A rare treatise on government  by the Protestant jurist Francois de L'Alouette (1530-1606),  published for the first time in 1595. L’Alouette offers a model for monarchy, for the education of kings and princes. Divided into three books, the first 2 books  concern the French monarchy, while the third focuses on the nobility.

Le Clerc, Sébastien. Divers costumes français du règne de Louis XIV - Les figures à la mode dédiées à M. le Duc de Bourgogne. Paris, Audran, (1685-1698 ). Plates 12 x 8 cm. tipped in and bound in blue full leather with gold, in slip case.
 A full collection of 20 engravings, almost all from the first state plus  later states and three undescribed and unique engravings, according to a manuscript note. Sébastien Le Clerc, (Metz, 1637- Paris, 1740) was a professor of perspective at the Académie Royale de peinture, and the most representative engraver during the reign of Louis XIV. This will be shelved in the Art Library.

Zabarella, Jacopo, conte, Il giovane. fl. 1620-1669. Il Corelio. Padua, P. Frambotto 1664. 4to. [viii], 80p. 38 facsimile stone inscriptions, eleven woodcuts of coins, engraved title cartouche with war weeds & the Este arms.
 The sole edition of this illustrated account of the Este and of the Venetian Correr families, this work documents their history from Roman times. Monumental and numismatic
evidence, etymologies, archaeology and archives are all described, while the narrative
lists the family’s accomplishments at arms, in the Church and in the arts.

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