1. CATULLUS, TIBULLUS ET PROPERTIUS ex Recensione Joanni Georgii Graevii. Cum notis integris Jo. Scaligeri, M. Ant. Mureti, Achill. Statii [et al.] Utrecht, Rudolph Zyll, 1680. Octavo. [xxii]638; 626pp. Engraved title. Initial two blanks starting, else internally fine, in near-fine vellum boards. Engraved bookplate.
VENICE IS EXCOMMUNICATED THREE TIMES
2. CLEMENT V. CLEMENTIS PAPAE V. Monitorium & declaratio Excommunicationis, Interdicti, & aliarum poenarum Ecclesiasticarum contra Venetos.. [Pope Clement V. Declaration of Excommunication and other Ecclesiastical penalties against the Venetians, who aggressively invaded and occupied the State of Ferrara and its allies. With Absolution from the aforesaid excommunication and all censure, granted by the aforesaid Pope to the Venetians].Rome, Typographia Vaticana, 1606. Quarto. 23pp. Bound together with four other pamphlets relating to Venice and Church law: SIXTI PAPAE IIII Declaratio & promulgatio Excommunicationis, Interdicti, & aliarum censurarum...[Sixtus IV. Declaration and promulgation of excommunication against the Venetians, who aggressively invaded the State of Ferrara, and occupied many parts of that duchy. Rome, Typographia Vaticana, 1606. Quarto. 20pp. Bound together with: IULII PAPAE II Monitorium & declaratio Excommunicationis... [Julius II. Declaration of excommunication etc. against the Venetians for holding certain states, and occupying by fraud certain places.] Rome, Typographia Vaticana, 1606. Quarto. 20,14,, 4pp. Contains documents pertaining to the appeal and absolution of the Venetians as well. These three Papal edicts against Venice, in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries, were gathered together and printed, in beautiful italic type, with pictorial woodcut initials, in 1606 by the Vatican printer. The other two pamphlets bound with them are also related to Venice. GERARDI LOPPERSII FRISII CATHOLICI antagonistae... [The arguments of Bishop G. Loppersius, Frisian, and Cardinal Baronio against Giovanni Marsilio of Naples]. Rome, Ex Officina Lepidi Facii, 1607. Quarto. 36pp. Marsilio argued in favor of Venice. ASCANII TORRII THEOLOGI ROMANI PRO LIBERETATE ECCLESIASTICA ad Gallofrancum Apologia. Rome, Bartolommeo Zanetti, 1607. Quarto. 54pp. Ascanius Torrius was the pseudonym of Cardial Benedetto Giustiniani. A few pages lightly toned, else fine in early limp vellum. All contents are very scarce.
3. GAVANTI Bartolommeo. THESAURUS SACRORUM RITUUM seu Commentaria in Rubricas Missalis et Breviarii Romani. [A Treasury of Sacred Ritual, or Commentary on the Roman Missal and Breviary]. Antwerp, Plantin-Moretus, 1634. Quarto. Two volumes in one. [lii]338; [xxvi]358pp. Fifth edition. Two title pages in red and black with copperplate arms. Woodcut Plantin-Moretus arms between the volumes; woodcut ornaments and pictorial initials. Engraved plate showing the arrangement of the altar for Mass. Contains the origins, history, theory, and details of practise of the sacraments and services of the Catholic Church. Free blank endpaper detached; some light spots, else internally fine, in vellum boards.
ARCHITECTURAL CANNIBALISM IN ROME
4. MARANGONI, Giovanni. DELLE COSE GENTILESCHI E PROFANE trasportate ad Uso, e Adornamento delle Chiese. [Of things pagan and secular for the use and decoration of churches]. Rome, Niccolo e Marco Pagliarini, 1744. Quarto. xx, 519pp. First edition. A study of the uses of ancient Roman architectural elements in the building of Christian churches. Tombstones, columns, altars, moldings etc. were often re-used in the walls and interiors. Marangoni was a pioneer in the cataloguing of these "spolia." With many typographical and woodcut depictions of inscriptions, one copper engraving and one large folding plate. Internally immaculate in vellum boards. 1/4 inch nicks to hinge ends, else fine. $850.00
5. NOEL, Fr. DICTIONARIUM LATINO-GALLICUM | DICTIONNAIRE LATIN-FRANÃ‡AIS. Paris: Chez le Normant, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1808. Second edition. [viii] + 1026 pp. + 8 pp. publisher's ads. Thick 8vo., vellum with gilt red paper spine label. Vellum is lettered on both boards in ink, mostly illegible, not unpleasant. Ink ownership to front pastedown. Binding tight, pages clean. Very good overall.
6. SEX. POMPEI FESTI ET MAR. VERRII FLACCI DE VERBORUM SIGNIFICATIONE Lib. XX. Notis et Emendationibus Illustravit Andreas Dacerius, in Usum Serenissimi Delphini. Amsterdam, Sumptibus Huguetanorum, 1700. Quarto. [xxx]596, [iv]96 + pp. Title in red and black. Copper-engraved frontispiece, title emblem, and headpiece to text. A handsome edition, "in usum delphini." A beautiful copy, internally very clean, in contemporary vellum boards with blind-stamped cartouche. Marcus Verrius Flaccus (ca. 55 BC - ca. 20 AD) the teacher of the Emperor Augustus' grandsons, completed an encyclopedic dictionary ("On the Meaning of Words"), the contents of which are known today only from a lengthy summary written about 150 years later by Sextus Pompeius Festus. Festus' work, although only the second half of the alphabet survives, contains a wealth of information on life under Augustus. Theodore Lyman Jr.'s copy.
EARLY WORK ON CONTRACT LAW
7. STRYK, Samuel. STRYKII SAMUELIS IC ET ANTECESSORIS... PRAELECTIONES VIADRINAE DE CAUTELIS CONTRACTUM necessariis exemplis contractum declaratae et variis facultatis iuridicae responsis illustratae. [lectures given at the Viadrine University on the necessary cautions of contracts, with examples and other opinions. Preface on Heuromatic Jurisprudence by Johann Gottlieb Heinz]. Berlin, Christopher Gottlieb Nicolai, 1736. Quarto. xxvi,584pp., ff. Portions of Stryk's work were published separately (cautions in testaments, for example, or buyer-and-seller agreements) but this edition embraces all of his work on cautions, based on lectures presented during his professorship at the University in Frankfort. Neat ownership inscriptions, and one name excised from the title, else fine in vellum boards. Title on spine in ink.
8. [VON ZECH, Bernhard]. GEGENWARTIGE VERFASSUNG DER KAESERLICHEN REGIERUNG IN DEUTSCHLAND mit solche ennthalten in Ihrer Ro. Kiaerl. Majestat Hern Carln des VI. Wahl-Capitulation... DOCUMENTA... Auch dar Project der Perpetuirlichen Capitulation. [The current state of the Imperial reign in Germany, particularly the oath of the electors on the election of Charles VI. And the project for perpetual election. With documents.] Leipzig, Johann Ludwig Gleditschs, 1713. Octavo. 758pp. The 508-page "Appendix Documentorum" contains text in German, Italian and Latin. Published in the third year of the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the same year in which he passed the "pragmatic sanction," whereby one of his daughters could inherit the crown. The author, Count Bernhard von Zech, was the Director of Protocol at the electoral conclave. A few pages toned; slight worming to end blanks; spot on title; else fine in vellum. Only two copies in OCLC.
EARLY TREATISE ON MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE ORIENT
9. ACOSTA, Cristobal. TRATTATO DI CHRISTOFORO ACOSTA AFRICANO Medico, & Chirurgo della Historia, Natura et Virtu delle Droghe Medicinali, & altri Semplici rarissimi, che vengono portati dalle Indie Orientali in Europa. Con le Figure delle Piante ritratte, & disegnate dal vivo poste a luoghi proprii. Venice, Francesco Ziletti, 1585. Second edition, first in Italian. Translated from the Spanish of the first edition (Burgos, 1578). Contains 45 full page woodcuts of plants and fruit "drawn from life in their native habitats," some quite lovely, plus printer's device and several decorative capitals. [lii], 342 pp. Quarto. Early vellum with small splits at spine ends. A small library stamp on title-page and one other text page, but no other marks. Foxing and a few browned pages; early marginalia on a few pages; corner torn off pp. 323- 324, with minimal intrusion into text; quarter-inch burn hole to same page. Cristobal Acosta first travelled to India as a soldier in 1550, then as a doctor to India and China in 1668. After collecting many plant specimens he practiced medicine in Burgos for eleven years. He owes much of his information to Garcia de Orta, to whom he gives credit. (Wellcome 20; G&M see 1819; Durling 1066; Pritzel 13).
10. CONTI, Natale. MYTHOLOGIAE, sive Explicationum Fabularum Libri X. In quibus omnia prope Naturalis & Moralis Philosophia dogmata contenta fuisse demonstantur. Nuper ab ipso autore pluribus sexcentis locis aucti & locupletati... Quibus accedunt libri quattuor venationum carmine ab eodem conscripti. Venice [Comin da Tradino] 1581. 8vo. [xvi]730pp. Second edition, enlarged and enriched by the author. First published in 1551, Conti's collection of myths and fables, gathered from hundreds of Classical texts, was extremely popular throughout Europe. Thematically arranged, the ten books were titled ""why Lucina was the Goddess of childbirth," "The origin of the Olympic Games and other competitions," "How outstanding men sought fame," etc. An attractively printed book, with woodcut fountain of Cupid on title, ornamental initials, and final pages of sections printed in chalice or arrowhead shapes. General index, and indexes of places, plants, and animals appearing in the text. Conti's long poem on hunting, in four books is at the end. Internally fine, with only faint foxing here and there, and a little underlining to page 3. Vellum over boards, with neat spine title in ink, light rubbing to extremities and a few spots. Mottled edges.
11. MARIANUS, P. LEXICON POETIC-RHETORICO-HISTORICUM ex Classicis & probatis Authoribus in usum Studiosae Juventutis. Augsburg, Philip, Martin, & Joannes Veith, 1731. Octavo. [xliv],2407pp. First edition. An impressively fat and pretentiously titled Latin-German dictionary. Lightly foxed and dampstained. Vellum boards, worn at extremities. (One copy in OCLC; Brit. Mus. 827.h.11).
12. MACROBIUS, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius. AUR. THEODOSII MACROBI V. CL. INLUSTRIS OPERA. Accedunt Integrae Isacii Pontani, Joh. Meursii, Jacobi Gronovii Notae et Animadversiones. London, T. Dring and C. Harper, 1694. Octavo. (xxxii)491pp.(48)ff. Engraved title. Contains the text of Cicero's "The Dream of Scipio," which would have been unknown to the Middle Ages without Macrobius' commentary. Macrobius is best known for his lengthy discussion of Virgil and his cosmology, here illustrated with four woodcut diagrams. A few spots here and there to text, else fine internally. Bound in armorial full vellum over boards, somewhat stained. First Macrobius published in England.
THE GARDEN OF LATIN GRAMMAR?
13. TORSELLINO, Orazio. DE PARTICULIS LATINAE ORATIONIS Libellus utilissimus, recognitus olim et locupletatus. Leipzig, M.G. Weidmann, 1719. Octavo. [xx]1118pp. "A very useful book about particles in Latin orations. Re-organized and enriched by Jacob Thomasius. Now enriched and polished further by Joseph Conrad Schwartz. Second edition." With an impressive list of degrees after each editor's name on the red and black title page. A chubby book, stiff with references to ancient authors, about prepositions, conjunctions, adverbs of degree, and other small links used to construct Latin sentences. Lent a little charm by a copperplate frontispiece depicting a formal garden, swarming with industrious bees, where paths named "Livius," "Varro," "Columella," etc. wind around flowerbeds named "Caesar," "Terentius," etc. Fine lilies and tulips grow here and there. Name crossed out in ink to title; small corner dampstain to first few leaves; otherwise a fine copy in nearly pristine original stiff vellum wrappers. Title in ink to spine.
14. SALLUSTIUS CRISPUS, Gaius. C. SALLUSTII CRISPI BELLUM CATILINARIUM UND JUGURTHINUM Mit Teutschen Noten also erkläret Daß 1) Die schweresten Constructiones erleichtert. 2) Die dunckelsten Wörter und sonderbahren Redens-Arten deutlich gemacht. 3) Die Historischen Umstände nebst denen Geographischen Merckwürdigkeiten kürtzlich erläutert, und 4) die Antiquitäten hinlänglich beygebracht werden. Nebst einer Vorrede Von dem Leben und Schrifften Sallustii, Und Einem vierfachen Real- und Verbal, Lateinischen und Teutschen Registern. Halle im Magdeburg. A. MDCCXXVII . Zu finden in der Rengerischen Buchh. [xiv], 328,  pp. Collation: [ ]1, a2, b4, A-N12, O8, P-T12, U8. Small 12mo., 13.7 cm., contemporary vellum with hand-lettered title to spine. General light soiling and some ink splatter to binding. Remnants of book labels on pastedowns. Lacks frontispiece, but text is complete. There is a bit of shallow dampstaining in margins of the initial and final leaves. A couple of pages are heavily underlined in the preliminary life of Sallust; and there are occasional small ink notes/corrections in margins of main text. The brief account of Sallust's life is in German; but Sallust's accounts of L. Sergius Catilina's conspiracy in 63 BC and of the Jugurthine War, about Rome's war against King Jugurtha of Numidia from 112 to 105 BC, are in Latin. Very good.
15. ANTHOLOGIA EPIGRAMMATUM GRAECORUM selecta et ab omnium obscaenitate vindicata. Cum Latina interpretatione. Flexiae (La Fleche) apud Ludovicum Hebert Typographum, sub signo Nominis Iesu prope Collegium, 1624. 8vo. [viii] 446pp. Woodcut ornaments and Jesuit device to title. Selected poems and epigrams of the Greek anthology, in Greek and Latin, purged of all indelicacy. Light dampstaining to about half the pages; binding tightly reinforced using thongs and crudely patched early vellum wrappers, with new endpapers. (BL 997.b.3; 3 cc in OCLC).
RARE NEO-LATIN LETTER-WRITING CONTEST
16. BUNEL, Pierre, and MANUZIO, Paulo. PETRI BUNELLI, GALLI, PRAECEPTORIS, & PAULAE MANUTII, DISCIPULI, EPISTOLAE CICERONIANO STYLO SCRIPTAE. Aliorum Gallorum Pariter et Italorum Epistolae eodem Stylo Scriptae. Geneva (Henri Estienne) 1581. Octavo. (vii)240(1)319pp. First and only authorized edition. A piracy may have been published in the same year. Estienne woodcut device on title (a philosopher standing at the foot of the Tree of Knowledge, and the motto "noli altum sapere.") The idea for this book stemmed from a conversation between the printer, Henri Estienne, who was known for his erudition, and King Henri III, the dedicatee. The King had asked why Italy, rather than France, claimed the most and best Ciceronian Latinists. Estienne went away and stewed a while, then described the conversation in Latin verse (quoted by Renouard), and published this comparison of letters written in Ciceronian Latin by Pierre Bunel (1499-1546) and by the great editor of Cicero, Paulus Manutius, son and successor to Aldus. Estienne here champions French Ciceronians, printing the letter in which Manutius admits having learned to write correctly from Bunel, his companion of 40 years (p.111). Bunel's "Familiares aliquot Epistulae," (Paris, Estienne, 1551) was intended for juvenile readers ("in Adulescentiorum Ciceronis studiosorum gratiam"). The second portion, with its own half-title and pagination, containsthe letters of Italians such as Longolio and Bembo, and the third, also with half-title, is a group of letters from French Latinists, including King Francis I. In early limp vellum, spine titled in ink. Pastedowns pulling loose; front fly adhering partially to paste-down; light spotting to title, and light marginal dampstain persisting to p.6; browning and corners torn off from pp. x-xi, not affecting text. Covers show age and soil. Small leather library label to spine. (Renouard 1581.5. British Museum 1084 i. 5. OCLC lists 3 copies in the USA).
17. HORACE. Q. HORATII FLACCI OPERA. A Mauricio Hauptio recognita. Ab Iohanne Vahleno Curata. Leipzig, S. Hirzele, 1908. 12mo. [iv]347pp. Fifth edition. A pretty little edition of Horace's works with an extra, engraved title page. Fine, in full vellum boards with spine title in red and black. A.e.g. Pesentation inscription in ink, else fine.