Vente publique du 20 juin 2017


  • N° 376 — (Leaf Book) - Ens. 2 ouvr. - An original leaf from the Polycronicon printed by William Caxton at Westminster in the year 1482 […].
    San Francisco, printed by the Grabhorn press for the Book club California (printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn), 1938.

    In-4° (n.c.).

    Contemporary binding : bradel half beige cloth, brown paper boards with Caxton's device, flat spine with leather label.

    Original leaf rubricated tipped-in and accompanied with notes on Caxton, the whole work and fifteenth century England by Benjamin P. Kurtz, Oscar Lewis and Edwin Grabhorn. Issued to 297 copies. The Polychronicon was written in Latin by the Benedictine monk Ranulf Higden, first translated in English in 1387 and first published by Caxton in 1482 (only an Epitome was published in 1480). Caxton was probably the first Englishman to introduce a printing press into England in 1476, and the first English retailer of printed books.
    Provenance : J. C. Slagle (ex libris).
    JOINT : [CARTON, Charles-Louis].- Colard Mansion et les imprimeurs brugeois du XVe siècle. Bruges, Vandecasteele-Werbrouck, 1848, in-8° modern bradel blue cloth, wrappers preserved (some foxing, tear in the title-page). Illustrated with 2 plates.
    ¶ Ouvrage contenant un feuillet du Polychronicon accompagné de plusieurs commentaires sur l'ouvrage et son imprimeur Caxton. In-f° demi-bradel beige. Avec un ouvrage sur Colard Mansion joint.

    Est. : 250 / 300 €
  • N° 377 — (Religion) - EUSEBIUS Caesariensis.- De Evangelica praeparatione […].
    [ Cologne, Ulrich Zel, not after 1473].

    In-f° : [152] ff., copy entirely rubricated in blue and red colours, first initial decorated (waterstains, some lacks of paper restored without loss of text, colour tranfer on some leaves).

    Modern binding : half vellum with corners, flat spine (spine renewed, boards slightly rubbed, inside joints split).

    RARE INCUNABLE, ONE OF THE EARLIEST EDITIONS (editio princeps : Venice 1470) of the Latin translation of an important apologetical work wrote in Greek about 313 to prove the superiority of Christianism over the pagan religions and treated as an introduction to Christianity for pagans. It is also very interesting because of its numerous lively fragments from historians and philosophers which are nowhere else preserved, e.g. a summary of the writings of the Phoenician priest Sanchuniathon, or the account from Diodorus Siculus' sixth book of Euhemerus' wondrous voyage to the island of Panchaea, and writings of the neo-Platonist philosopher Atticus. Eusebius (c. 263-339), Greek historian and exegete, Christian polemicist and scholar Biblical canon, became bishop of Cesarea in 314 and is considered as the father of Church History as his writings are very important for the first three centuries of the Christianity.
    # Goff E-119; # Stillwell E-92; # BMC (reprint with notes) I-194 (154 ff. corrected into 152 ff. as our copy); # Hain 6698; # ISTC ie00119000; # USTC 744663; # GW 09441; # not in Polain, Adams, Machiels.
    ¶ Rare incunable, une des premières éditions de la traduction latine de cette oeuvre majeure d'apologétique chrétienne. Demi-vélin moderne (dos refait, plats lég. frottés, mors intérieurs fendus).

    Est. : 1.500 / 1.800 €

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