BOOKS (31) and MANUSCRIPTS (0)

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18th Century (0)

1.

SOLD

probably 18th Century
no author or artist given
Title: The Heart of Jesus
Description: A series of 11 manuscript leaves consisting of illustrations and commentary on New Testament quotations about the proper way to live. In brown ink. 13 drawings (two being on verso). Probably from a longer series that were, at one point, bound.
Condition: click on link below for condition and images
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2.

SOLD

c19th Century
Tibetan Mandala Painting
Description: Used in Tibetan ceremonies as can be told by the handprint in blood on the back of the priest. It has five mandalas (unusual). It is not a work of art but a ritual object.
Examined by Professor Davidson at UCLA who gave me the above information (though it is not in writing as I was not interested in selling it at the time - the 1970's).
Apparently used as aides in meditation. The sexual imagery is typical of Tibetan religious art. The psychiatrist C.G. Jung wrote about mandalas from a Western point of view as found in the dreams of his patients and the imagery of Western religions and alchemy.
Size: approximately 37" x 56" (It is almost 5 feet tall!).
Condition: very good, especially considering the age. There is some wear and small holes in corner where hung.
Provenance: purchased in Nepal in the 1960’s.
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Books (31)

 

16th Century (4)

1. c1541
An album with 82 woodcut engravings mostly from the 1541(!) edition of the Luther Bible.

Place and Publisher: unclear
Artist: referred to as the "Monogramist MS" considered to be from the workshop of Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Images: 4.25" x 5.75" (14.7cm x 10.8cm)

Description: 70 Old Testament (and Apocrypha) scenes (with at least one repeat) and 12 New Testament scenes.
Please click on link below for our dating, condition, and other information as well as images.
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2.

SOLD 1550
A partial and damaged copy of a rare anti-Luther German Bible -- in High German. (None noted in WorldCat)
Title: Full title page not present
Publisher: Almost certainly, Johann Eck.
Folio.
Description: The verso of the title mentions Hieronymus Emser who, along with Eck, were two of the most vigorous defenders of the Church against Luther. Emser was the secretary of Duke George of Saxony who was an ardent defender of the traditional Church (though he advocated for reforms from within). Duke George commissioned Emser to come up with a German translation of the New Testament to compete with Luther’s German translation.
Roughly 30 text woodcuts, many of the smaller cuts reminiscent of Hans Sebald Beham, the larger ones (½ column) seem to be after Lukas Cranach.
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3. 1567
A Bible (Old and New Testament) from Lyon, France from the publishing house of Jean of Tournes (scholar and printer, trained by Sebastien Gryphius).
Rare (the World Catalogue has 12 copies world-wide).
Title: Biblia Sacra ad optima quaeq[ue]; veteris, vt vocant, tralationis [sic] exemplaria summa diligentia, pariq[ue]; fide castigata. Cum Indicibus copiosissimis.
Publishing Information: Lugduni [Lyon]. Apud ioan. Tornaesium, (by Jean of Tournes]. Typographum Regium. 1567.
Octavo. In Latin. Based on the text of Robert Estienne (Stephanus) (1503-1559).
"First de Tournes Latin Bible", "... said to be the earliest which contains the illustrations of Bernard Salomon, generally called 'le petit Bernard."
With 195 (by my count) woodcut illustrations in Mannerist style by the important and influential artist Bernard Salomon, though attribution with Salomon is never certain.
References: Adams 1058; Brunet I, 876; Delaveau/ Hillard 878; Graesse I, p.394; Mortimer 81 ("First de Tournes Latin Bible, based on Robert Estienne's text"); BM French p.55; Darlow/ Moule 6134: "[this bible] is said to be the earliest which contains the illustrations of Bernard Salomon, generally called 'le petit Bernard.'" Very rare, not in Baudrier.
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4. 1581
The first French edition of Vincenzo Cartari's famous work on the images of the gods of the Greece and Rome.
The World Catalogue has roughly 15 copies of this edition.
An important book in a rare edition. It became a manual used by Mannerist artists for their depictions of the pagan gods and has become a useful reference for the study of the art of that period.
Title in French: Les Images des Dieux des Anciens, contenans les idoles, coustumes, ceremonies & autres choses appartenans a la Religion des payens.
Publishing Information: Lyon, Estienne (Etienne) Michel (Stephanus Michaelis); 1581.
Physical Description: Quarto (8.25 inches x 6.5 inches x 2. inches); [4 leaves of 8 (lacks title page)],1-638,[13 leaves (through ) Oooo4) of 20(?)]; LACKS TITLE PAGE plus roughly 10 unnumbered leaves, 4 from front and roughly 7 from the end of the book (from the list of woodcuts).
Includes a full-page woodcut portrait of Antoine du Verdier plus 88 woodcut engravings. The text and woodcuts are complete.
Contemporary limp vellum binding.
(Ref: Adams-Rawles-Saunders, F141; Brun, 149; Brunet I, 1601; Caillet, 2047; Baudrier IV, 140 (à l'adresse d'Honorat), Mortimer, French Sixtenth Century Books, 128(Etienne's Italian edition of 1581.)
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5. 1587
A small, wonderful, and early missal from the famous Plantin Press (one of the most eminent European publishing house of the time) -- With 16 woodcuts and printed in red and black throughout.
Title: Missale Romanum Ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilij Tridentini Restitutum. Pii v. Pont. Max. Iussu Editum.
Artist and Woodcutter: Monograms "P.B" and "AVL". The first stands for the Mannerist designer, Peeter (Peter) vander Borcht (1545-1608 - Flemish painter and engraver -- worked in Antwerp) and the second for woodcutter Antoon van Leest (born c1545-1584) who worked for the Plantins.
Publishing Information: Antverpiae [Antwerp]: Ex officina Christophori Plantini [Christopher Plantin], Architypographi Regii., 1587. 8vo (6.75 inches x 4.25 inches x 1.5 inches). 
[title page with woodcut by PB],[2 unnumbered introductory leaves],[vii-xlv],[19 unnumbered text pages],1-528,[i-xcvi...ciii...cvi] so missing these 3 leaves and also the very last leaf (cvii-cviii - probably a blank) for a total of 4. Woodcut initial letters throughout. Text printed in red and black throughout. Illustrated with 15 woodcuts (6 full-page, 8 half-page with Renaissance-style borders, and 1 quarter page plus the cut on the title page). Text pages have 2 columns, each with 40 lines.
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Plantin Press
6.

SOLD 1597
Author: Feuchthium, Jacobum (Jacob Feucht) (1540-1580).
Title: Postilla Catholica Evangeliorum de Sanctis totius Anni. Das ist: Catholische …
In German. (Series of sermons)
Publishing Information: Cöln (Cologne), Arnoldum Quentelium (Quentel), 1597 (third and last 16th Century edition).
Physical Description: Folio. 72 [of 74] woodcuts (nearly ½ page) of New Testament scenes (some repeated) plus 2 woodcut seals of contemporaries, and 1 full page woodcut of Feucht as described below. Woodcuts by Hans Hersbach (Herspach), Johann von Essen, Jost Amman, and possibly others.
Original embossing pig skin over wooden boards, skin worn down to white on spine, clasps missing. All endpapers and pastedowns missing. Red edges. Binding seems to have been by a famous binder.
Tp, 9 text leaves (last has, on verso, full page woodcut of Feucht praying before the cross), 1-414, tp with seal =1, 2-324 [gap] 351-390, 1 blank leaf, tp with seal = 1-176, 3 leave (register).
Condition: Binding: Heavy damage but vellum of covers remain so pleasant looking though hinges almost loose and no pastedowns and wood chipping off and wormed and vellum detaching and completely detached from back cover. Also vellum brittle and tearing in places. Therefore POOR but surprisingly handsome. Text: Browning throughout, some worming and other defects.
Woodcuts: because they are text cuts, they are brown where the text is brown and less so when they text is less so.
Description: Catholic devotional popular because of woodcuts.
References: VD16 ZV 815; Wetzer/W. IV, 1467; Nagler Monogr. III, 1064 (Hersbach); Nagler Monogr. III, 853 (J. v. F.)

17th Century (11)

1.

SOLD 1604
Author: Ioannis Baptistae Villalpandi (Society of Jesus)
Title: De Postrema Ezechielis Prophetae Visione Ioannis Baptistae Villapandi Cordubensis e societate Jesu Tomi Secundi - Explanationum Pars secunda …
Volume 2 (of 2).
Publishing Information: Romae, Carolus Vulliettus 1604.
Physical Description: Original Vellum. Folio. [9], 655 plus 22 plates, some folding, 1 almost 1.5m long; lacks 355-358 & 419-420.
Condition: small tears, spots throughout; Vellum tapped and large splotches
Description: Extremely important and influential work on the image of Solomon's Temple from the conception of the Spanish Jesuit priest Juan Baptist Villalpando
Jesuit, Solomon's Temple

2. 1609
one of the most elaborate and lavish liturgical works published by the Plantin Press
Title:
Officium Beatae Mariae Virginis, PII V. Pont. Max. iussu editum. Nunc pluribus quàm hactenus vmquam figuris æneis illustratum. (first title missing but title page for Part 2 is present.)
Publishing Information:
Antwerp, Plantin Press ("Ex Officina Plantiniana, Apud Ioannem Moreti"), Second (enhanced) Edition (the first edition of 1600 had 41 engravings by Theodor Galle. This second edition added 16 more engravings from the atelier of Theodor Galle including 2 by Charles de Mallery.)
Physical Description:
Quarto (9 inches x 7 inches 2 inches). Printed throughout in red and black.
[half-title with woodcut engraving],[title page missing and replaced with hand written half-title],[16 introductory leaves -- incomplete and lacking roughly 24 leaves], 1-54-[lacking 1 leaf]-57-248-[lacking 1 leaf which is replaced with copy(?) in old ink in fine hand]-251-263-[lacks 1 leaf]]-265-312-[lacks 1 leaf]-315-396,[1 leaf of index].
53 (of 57) full-page copper engravings; 35 (of 38) roughly one third page vignette tail-pieces (many of which are repeats). Woodcut initials (scenes) in red and black are found at the beginning of each section, and initials (scenes) in the chapters are in black alone.
Condition: flawed due to detaching cover and 29 or so missing leaves, otherwise nice
17th Century dark morocco over wooden boards with gilt tooling on covers and spine and title in gilt on spine -- with intact decorative brass clasps.
Copies: MPM (R 56.2); Brussels, RL (FS IX 99 A LP; II 64.587); Chantilly, Bibliothèques des Fontaines (A 180/25); Chantilly, Musée Condé (B II A 6); Columbia, SC, University of South Carolina; Madrid, BN (R/36740); New York, NY, General Theological Seminary Protestant Episcopal Church Oxford, Bodleian Library (Douce BB 169); Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsénal; Washington, DC, Library of Congress.
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Plantin Press
3. 1613
Author: Hafenrefferum, Matthiam (1561-1619)
Title: Templum Ezechielis, sive in IX. postrema prophetæ capita commentarius: non tantvm genvinam textvs et expeditam interpretationem, unâ cum Templi, admiranda Spiritus S. cura & studio delineati, architectonica æneis formis expressa: ... In Academia Tubengensi elaboratus per Matthiam Hafenrefferum ... Cum privilegio electoris Saxoniæ ad decennium speciali.
Publishing Information: Tubinge, Typis Theodorici V Verlini, sumptibus Iohannis Berneri Francofurtensis Werlin, Theodoricus; Berner, Johann.Turbingae; [Frankfurt am Main].
Physical Description: Folio, Vellum over boards; title on spine in old brown ink; vellum splitting at head of spine for about 3 inches; some worming and staining.
Additional engraved title page,tp =1-7 folios,11 folios,1-123…128-344[as in copy in digital library of University of Warsaw — that is, mispagination],8 folios (indexes) — Lacks two foldouts: Plan of Temple and Sciographia of Temple. Otherwise complete.
Text engravings on pages 41, 46, 100, 102, 103 (fold out map of Palestina according to Ezechiel’s vision), 242, 341.
Condition: Binding good; text pages with age-typical browning (heavier on, perhaps, 20 leaves, and generally good with a few smaller stains. Occasional marginal notes in old brown ink. Occasional inoffensive underlining in same hand. A few other minor problems. Overall: Good to Very Good.
Information: “Set beside that of the Jesuit Villalpando, this Lutheran commentary on Ezekiel raises similar questions but offers very different answers. Hafenreffer, who was Professor of Theology and Chancellor of the University of Tübingen, is more modest in the scope of his project and in his representation of the Temple. Like Villalpando, he is interested in its position, fabric, design, ornament and proportions. He also is led into a consideration of the Hebrew weights and measures, relating them to the standards of Wittenberg. Throughout he mixes geometry with spiritual commentary.
“In an Appendix Geometrica[?], he says that the prophet has provided sufficient detail to discover the geometrical principles in the design of the Temple, evincing a sublime geometry of harmony and proportion, and in seeking to tease out this geometry, he has been in communication with two famous Protestant mathematicians and astronomers, Michael Maestlin and Johannes Kepler. He does not, however, share the mystical vision nor discover the grand correspondences of Villalpando.”
Tabernacle
4. 1634/1620
Two series of fine engravings (58 in all, no text ) by C. and I. Galle and by I. Barbe — the first of Jesus and then of the greatest male and female saints (including St. Francis and St. Ignatius of Loyola and an engraving of God surrounded by many saints), and the second is also a series of the great saints.
Title: Sancti fundatores religiosorum ordinum … Bound with S. S. Apostolorum et Evangelistarum Icones cum fuis parergis A Thodoro Vanlonio delineatae, Io. Baptista Barbe Sculptae, et euulgate …
Artist and Engraver (in plates) for the Sancti: Cornelius Galle and Ioannes Galle
Artist and Engraver (in plates) for the Apostolorum: Jean Baptiste Barbé (1578-1649) after Theodoro van Loon
Publisher of the Sancti: Antwerp, R. D. Antonii de Winghe … Ioanne Gallaeo, 1634
Publisher of the Apostolorum: published by Io. Barbé for (her majesty’s painter and architect) CL.V.D. Wenceslaum Cobergium (1557?-1634), 1620
Physical Description:  old vellum with clasps intact; plates from first bound in separate from their text, and combined with the engravings from the second (originally without text) as an album of engravings; containing
For the Sancti: Frontispiece (= title page) plus 40 fine copperplate engravings
For the Apostolorum: Frontispiece (= title page) and 16 (of 20 — lacks portraits of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the evangelist John) fine copperplate engravings
Condition: usual spotting and brown of vellum and endpapers and loosening of some quires; library stamps of a Convent on first title page and first leaf; Engravings are almost all very clean and range from Good or Very Good up to Fine Impressions except many are brown where connected to binding; first title in ink on cover; typed dealer’s description inside front cover.
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5. 1623
The first French edition (seemingly published consecutively in Latin [1620), then Dutch [1622], and then French [1623] by the same Antwerp publisher) (the French edition being rare) of the work by the emblem book by the Jesuit, Fr. Sucquet who wrote to show two paths a person may take in life, the path to Heaven and the path to Hell.
Title: Le Chemin de la Vie Eternele; Compse en Latin par le R. P. Antoine Svcqvet de la Compagnie de Jesus. Translate par le R. P. Pierre Morin, Parisien, de la mesme Compagnie. Declare par Images de Boete A. Bolswert.
Rough Translation: The Path of Eternal Life; Written in Latin by R. P. Antoine Svcqvet of the the Company of Jesus. Translated by the Parisian, R. P. Pierre Morin fo the same Company. Illustrated with Images by Boetium A. Bolswert.
Author: Antoni Svcqvet (Sucquet -- 1574-1627), priest of the Society of Jesus
Artist: Boethius Adam Bolswert (Dutch, 1580-1633); Praz: "the illustrator of the sentimental and ecstatic states of the soul"
Publishing Information and Description: Antverpiae (Antwerp), Chez Henry Aertissens, 1623, First French Edition; Octavo, 7.25 inches x 4.75 inches x 2.5 inches
    Collation: [engraved title-frontis page],[7 introductory leaves],1-950,[9 leaves - index plus printer's device]; complete with the engraved title-frontis page and the 32 full-page, one-sided copper-plate engravings, one at the beginning of each chapter.
    Binding: appears to be a 19th or early 20th Century binding with leather spine (with stamped title) and marbled paper boards with marbled end papers.
References: Landwehr, Low Countries, 770; Corpus liborum emblematum, Jesuit series, J.1429; Sommervoegel VII, 1690-91
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Jesuit
6. SOLD 1623
Author: Sucquet, P. Antonius (Jesuit priest)
Title: Den Wech des Eevwich Levens [...].
Publishing Information: Antwerp: Hendrick Aertssens, 1623. 3rd edition of this translation. In Dutch.
Physical Description: Small 4o., Original leather with 5 raised bands and gilt tooling in compartments, marbled endpapers.
Illustrated with engraved title page and 31 (of 32) copperplate numbered engravings by Boetius à Bolswert (lacks plate 32, plate 31 detached).
Tp, 7 text leaves, 1-582, 18 text leaves. Uncollated but appears complete.
Condition: Binding is damaged from worming and drying and appears worn but holding. Pastedown are loose. Text is crisp and clear throughout as are plates. Some spotting and staining and a few small tears without loss. Library stamp.
Reference: # Landwehr, LC, n° 767.
Jesuit illustrated text showing the proper life in its turning from this world and towards Christ.
See 4 just above for a more complete description of this work (in the French edition)
Jesuit
7. SOLD 1629
Author: Hugo, P. Hermannus (1588-1629) (a Jesuit priest)
Title: Goddelyke wenschen Verlicht met sinnebeelden …, [Dutch translation of “Pia Desideria”]
Publishing Information: Antwerp: Hendrick Aertssens, 1629, First edition with 44 (of 45) copperplate engravings by Boetius à Bolswert illustrating the heart’s journey to Jesus. In Dutch.
Physical Description: 8o. Original calf with gilt tooling on spine and red morocco(?) label with tooled title in a compartment.
Lacks Title Page and Plate 30: 5 text leaves, 1-604, 2 text leaves (including colophon and authors statement). Misnumbering (142-3 missing?)
Condition: Binding good. Text with browning and occasional soiling but basically clean.
Plates with occasional faint stains but very good impressions.
Reference: # Landwehr, LC, n° 357.
"the most popular religious emblem book of the seventeenth century" (Daly, 2008) showing the heart’s journey to Jesus
Jesuit
8. 1635
The first edition of a famous meditational book on the stations of the cross in which each station is used as a symbol of a stage in the spiritual development of the reader.
Dedicated to St. Theresa of Avila.
Author: Benedictus Jacobus van Haeften of Utrecht; Benedictine monk known as an inspired teacher and reformer; (1588-1648)
Title: Regia via Crucis. Auctore D Benedicto Haefteno Ultraicctino ...
Artists: title page designed for this work by Peter Paul Reubens and engraved, at his request, by Cornelis Galle the Elder (1576-1650)
The artist for the series of 38 engravings is unknown, and the engraver is thought by many to be Cornelis Galle and by Sellink to be Karel De Mallery (of the Galle atelier).
Publishing Information: Antwerp, Plantin Press ("Ex Officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti"), 1635, in Latin
Physical Description: Octavo (7.25 inches x 4.75 inches x 3/4 inch); fully engraved title page (cropped close but not into image) designed by Peter Paul Reubens; [half-title],[title page],[v-xl],1-404,[12 index leaves],[colophon leaf]; with fully engraved title page plus 38 full-page copper-plate text engravings (part of the numbering); figural woodcut initials throughout and woodcut tailpieces. One engraving shows a person with spectacles.
Contemporary vellum with title in ink. 

Condition: Spine with loss and head (see below), binding is tight, corners bumped with some loss of vellum, ditto for edges, some loosening of vellum slight bowing; library stamp on half-title; typical age-toning throughout; some small spots off and on throughout. Engravings are crisp, well-inked, and are in Very Good to Fine impressions -- with occasional spots, mostly marginal;occasional marginal notes in old ink. Other minor problems. -- overall a handsome, fresh copy with the mentioned flaws - Very Good but for the few flaws
References: Landwehr N°271; BCN 8834; Praz 361 ("In the Regia Via Crucis, Divine Love, or the Infant Jesus, teaches Anima-Staurophilia the way of the cross...Gallé has succeeded in inverting...different pictures with only three elements, Love, Anima, and the Cross," Praz,151).
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Plantin Press, Benedictine
9. 1645
a Jesuit book, in Dutch, with 51 powerful and expressive woodcut engravings of hermit saints of the desert (25 male anchorites followed by 25 female anchorites plus a frontis for the female saints)engraved by C. van Sichem II (with his monogram in most plates) after Abraham Blomaert
Author: Jan van Gorcum's compilation of a book by the Belgian Jesuit Heribert Rosweijde (Utrecht 1569-Antwerp 1629)
Title: 2 books in 1 volume: 't Bosch der Eremyten ende Eremytinnen van Egypten ende Palestinen met figuren van Abraham Blommaert door Christoffel van Sichem. Met cort verhael van eens yeder leven, ghetrocken uyt het Vaders Boeck. (1645) Bound with Brief van Germanus Veridicus aan Willebrord Kemp. (c1729)
Rough Translation: “The Forest of Male and Female Hermit Saints of Egypt and Palestine with portraits by Christoffel van Sichem after Abraham Blommaert [1564-1629] ..." bound with "Letter from Germanus Veridicus to Willebrord Kemp)
Publishing Information: Antwerp, Pieter Iacobsz [Jacob] Paets, 1645 -- "Eerst by Hieronymus Verdussen, ende nu by Pieter Iacobsz. Paets," i.e., "First published by H. Verdussen [in French], and now by P.I. Paets" (see Funk 324; Poortman II 95 discusses a 1648 edition; Lehmann-Haupt 56-7) ; bound with "Brief van Germanus Veridicus..." title page missing but dated May 12, 1729.
Physical Description: Octavo (4.5" x 6.5" x 7/8"); (1-111)(3-81) -- tp of second work missing, probably was not bound in on purpose to maintain a unity for the two books published in two different centuries; 18th Century (?) calf with gilt floral designs in five of the six compartments and morocco title in the sixth; all edges mottled in red; with 51 woodcuts
Condition: binding: tight; title in compartment is worn and unreadable, covers scuffed, corners bumped, spine worn; internally: Capuccian library stamps and writing and manuscript pasted note on inside front cover and on tp; the "t Bosch" has water stains through p67 (see images below) and none after that. The images are mostly in fresh, powerful impressions; aside from the stains (as shown below), only minor defects; the 1729 "Brief van Germanus Veridicus..." with spot on first leaf and then fine.
Further information: first published in 1619 in Latin, Dutch, and French by three publishers including Paets (the prints after Blommaert engraved in that edition by Boetius à Bolswert, now by van Sichem); the engravings were, apparently, from the circle of the Jesuit Heribert Rosweijde who wrote a life of the church fathers including the hermit saints; images printed on recto's with text describing life of the saint facing on the verso of the previous leaf
Christoffel van Sichem II (1610-1650) — an interesting feature of his woodcuts is that he did not use cross-hatching to achieve shading; Lehmann-Haupt discussed the chiaroscuro "so typical of the baroque period" (57)
Jesuit
10. 1648
Artist: Christofell van Sichem II (1610-1650). Many after the famous artists of his day including Abraham Blommaert and Boetius A. Bolswert (the Hermit series), Martinus Heemskerckius of Haarlem and Joannes Stradanus of Brugge (the Apostle Series)Albrecht Durer (the Apocalypse series), H. Goltius (his St. Mark's Passion series), the Monogramist MM (part of the Life of Christ series), H. Wierex (his St. John's Passion series). Engraver: not given 

First (of 3) Title Page: 't Schat der zielen, dat is: het geheele leven ons heeren Iesu Christi naer de vyer Evangelisten. Naer vervolgh des tijdts by een ghevoeght, in seven stucken verdeelt .... Second and Third Title Pages relate to the series on male and female hermit saints and on the allegory of the heart seeking for and ultimately joining with Christ.

Very rough English translation: The Treasure of Souls: the Whole Life of our Lord Jesus Christ through the Evangelists ... in Seven Divisions. With the beautiful drawings ... of C. van Sichem.
Publishing Information: Amsterdam, Pieter J. P. (that is, Pieter. J. Paets). 1648. With symbol of Jesuit society on title page. First Edition. There are 3 separate engraved title pages.
Physical Description: Octavo, 7.5 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches; contemporary blind stamped vellum. Complete, but the pagination is confusing and there are many pages that are misnumbered. One page (472) has a second copy of the cut pasted on the first. I have: [first title page],2-598,[second title page],600-722,[third title page],723-800,[2 unnumbered leaves], but please remember that there is much mispagination. This is typical for this book. (for example, the WorldCat has "Numerous pagination errors and signing irregularities. Figures 51, 478, 495 are replacements pasted over original illustrations" which seems to be par for the course).

Condition: Binding - slightly bowed, hinges loosening a little and leather splitting a little on spine, some discoloration, but good and quite handsome
Internal - Overall Good: one title page is cropped to the image; two pages have missing chips off bottom edge (one touching a word); a little inoffensive worming; occasional spot rarely into image (I counted four images with spots); one bad spot with a hole; age-typical browning off and on; a few leaves with a little fraying; first title page is problems where attached (see photo below); recased. I would say about half of the woodcuts are in good and the others range from very good to fine.
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Jesuit
11. 1651/1652
"One of three major publications including the prints. It reveals the trends characteristic of the religious figures in France at that time" (Duportal)
One of the fine bindings of the age possibly from the school of Helie of Fresnoy or Antoine Ruette, bookbinder to the King and also resembles those of Florimond Badier.
Author: none given
Title: Le tableau de la croix represente dans les ceremonies de la Ste. messe ensemble le tresor de la devotion aux soufrances de N-re S.I.C. le tout enrichi de belles figures.
Rough Translation: "Scenes of the Cross represented in the Ceremonies of the Holy Mass together with the treasure of the devotion to the Sufferings of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the whole enriched with beautiful figures."
Designs and Engravings: by Jean Collin (from Antwerp [though possibly Reims]), Guillaume de Gheyn, I. Durant (a Protestant), and others.
Publishing Information: Paris, Chez F. [Francois] Mazot. 1651[that is, September 20, 1652], First Edition. (References: Brunet V, 624; Graesse VII, 4; Duportal, J. Livres a figures du XVIIeme siecle, p. 244-245; for the binding: Devauchelle, La reliure en France I, pp. 134-144. Rahir, p. 274.)
Physical Description: 

Size: In-8. (6.75 inches x 4.5 inches x 3/4 inches)
Binding: An impressive binding (“Pointillé-style”), redish brown Morocco leather with goldstamped borders, elaborate gilt floret, arabesques, etc. designs, marbled end-papers and paste-downs with 5 raised bands with tooled/gilt designs in the compartments; gilt edges. In fitted linen box.
Internal - including the Title Page, and the portrait of Marquis de Chasteanuneuf (1580-1653), there are 51 (of 53) fully engraved leaves, of which 48 are engraved with print or images on both sides. So there are 96 engraved sides. In addition, at the end, there are four hand-written pages in very old brown ink. Two of these are for titled: "Sequentia" and the other two, "Hymnus."
Condition:
Binding: hinges splitting at foot and head and internally loosening, especially at the lower 1/4 (leading to pages loosening there in places) (see images below); raised bands on spine rubbed; corners bumped and missing some leather, some missing leather on covers (see below) and an old repair of a few inches on back cover; edges scuffed; marbled paste-downs worn and damaged and with book-plate of Joh. van Kalken; damage to rear paste down that appears to come from dampness; clasps missing; all endpapers worn -- CONDITION: FAIR
Internal -- spots and browning and mild staining off and on throughout; plate 21 has a piece missing from left margin, not into image; as mentioned, there is loosening of the various pages throughout, worse in places. OVERALL CONDITION OF ENGRAVINGS: GOOD to VERY GOOD
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12. 1652
The book is printed throughout in red and black and is also distinguished by the large font (unusual for a Book of Hours) and the 32 fine and exquisite copper! engravings by Charles Mallery (and problably others). The engraving of the All Saints (and perhaps others) is a reworking of a Rubens.


Two of the plates have "C. de Mallery", and it seems the others were from him or from Cornelius de Galle II (1615-1678) and/or N. van Diepenbeke (as per Bowen, pp. 153-5, "Balthasar II and ... Liturgical publications" in D.Imhoff: De Boekillustraties ten tijde van de Moretussen) along with woodcut tail-piece vignettes. 


Our copy lacks pages 359-659, and this is, apparently intentional for some purpose related to the use liturgy. 

Title: Officium Beatae Mariae Virginis, Nuper reformatum, & PII V. Pontificis Maximi iussu editum: Ad Instar Breviarii Romani sub Urbano VIII. recogniti.
Translation into English: "Office of the blessed Virgin Mary, Recently reformed, from the edition of the Supreme Pontif, Pope Pius V. According to the Roman Breviary of Pope Urban VIII."
Artists: Charles de Mallery (1571-after 1635) -- the son-in-law of Theodor Galle and part of the Galle workshop. and ?.
Publishing Information: Antwerp, Plantin Press ("Ex Officina Plantiniana, Balthasaris Moreti"), 1652.
Physical Description: small Quarto (8.5 inches x 6.75 inches 1.5 inches). Printed throughout in red and black. Binding: apparently original tooled black calf with one of two original clasps present. Early design paper pastedowns.
[half-title in red and black],[title page in red and black with fine copperplate engraved vignette],[20 introductory leaves each section with woodcut vignette as tail and woodcut initial letter], 1-358,760-805,[2 unnumbered leaves -- index and printer's device]. Note the missing pages. Page 359 has old tape blocking out the text indicating the removal of pages was deliberate.
32 full-page copper engravings; woodcut initials and tailpieces scenes at beginning and ends of sections; initials are in black alone, tails in red ink or black and red or simply in black, and there are many repeats. 

Condition: External: Spine is worn with loss at foot and head and wear in the middle of it; hinges loosening but still holding firm in most places (though there are perhaps 5 quires in the middle that are loosening) and front free endpaper is loose; cover scuffed and leather crinkled and corners bumped with some loss; pencil writing and other defects to front free endpapers.
Internal - Text: There is age-typical browning throughout, heavier in some places; there are spots and old damp stains in places.
Internal - Plates: The impressions are fine and rich, fresh, and exquisite in their detail; a few have spots (one seems to be old ink); a few have stains in margins touching top of image; there are some spots in margins, and perhaps five of the plates have age-typical browning, a few a little heavier than we would like.
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Plantin Press
13. SOLD 1668/1682 (4 volumes)
Author: Hazart, Cornelius (1617-1690)
Title: Kerckelycke historie vande gheheele wereldt, naemelyck vande voorgaende ende teghenwoordighe eeuwe, Inde welcke verhaelt worden de gheleghentheden der landen, manieren, ceremonien, ....
Publishing Information: Antwerp: Michael Cnobbaert, 1668-1682, 4 volumes
Physical Description: Folio. 4  engraved frontispieces, 118 plates and portraits by Lommelin after Diepenboeck, Lamorlet and Herregauts. Contemporary unif. calf with gilt spine.
Condition: Some scattered library stamps; occasional yellowed/ browned; hinges occasional weakening; a few leaves loosening. Bindings worn and damaged along extremities.
References: De Backer/ Sommervogel IV, p.185f; Cordier BJ p.379; Alt-Japan-Kat. 647; Sabin 31115; Landis III, p.232.
Contents: The history of Christianity in Persia, Africa, Guinea, China, Florida. A large part of the work is devoted to the missions and martyrs in Japan and America. The plates depicting horrendous torturing, portraits of various saints and priests and natives.
Jesuit
14. SOLD 1673 (volume 3 of 7?)
This volume of the works is known for its 12 folding and 1 single page copperplate engravings and 1 text woodcut engraving of the Solomon’s Temple — in the commentary on the Prophet Ezekiel.
The WorldCat has no entry for this volume (Volume 3) and, perhaps, one entry for the complete set.
Author: Coccei (Coccejus), Johannis (1603-1669).
Title: First title page: Operum Johannis Coccei dum viveret in Academia Lugduno-Batava S. S. Theologiae Professoris, Tomus Tertius. (This volume with commentaries on Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the Minor Prophets.)
Second title page: Prophetia Ezechielis Commentario illustrate a Iohanne Cocceio, Cum necessariis iconibus.
Publishing Information: Amstelodami (Amsterdam), Johannis á Someren, 1673. In Latin.
Physical Description: Folio. Original stamped vellum. Medallions on front and back covers. 6 raised bands.
Tp (with woodcut scene), ½ title (= pages 1-2), 3-168, second title (with full page engraving of Ezekiel’s chariot vision), ½ title (= pages 1-2), 3-195, 2 pages of text, 196-216, ½ title (for commentary on Daniel = 1-2), 3-71, ½ title (for commentary on the Minor Prophets), 11 text leaves, 1-302.
Condition: Binding: spine worn down to white without outer layer of vellum. Hinges starting but still firm. Scratches and stains and other defects in cover but still the appearance if overall pleasing and good. Lacks free endpapers. Text: generally good with some browning and foxing, heavier in places, though last ¼ or so of book has old dry damp staining in upper corner (about 2 inches x 3 inches). Plates: clean and fresh and Very Good with some a few minor problems (one has a repairable tear at a fold.
Information: Rare illustrated work by a Dutch theologian known for seeing Christ everywhere in the Old Testament.
Ezekiel’s Temple
15. SOLD 1676
Author: Hugo, R. P. Hvgone (1588-1629) (a Jesuit priest)
Title: Pia desideria [...].
Publishing Information: Antwerp, Lucam de Potter, 1676. Latin edition.
Illustrated with an after title engraving plus 46 allegorical copperplate engravings after Boetius à Bolswert and numbered 0-45.
Physical Description: 12o. Tp, full page engraved coat of arms, 6 text leaves (two with full page engravings), 1-416.
Original calf with 4 raised bands with gilt tooled compartments and morocco label.
Condition: Binding severely worn (label worn away) with hinges weakening. Still complete and intact and pleasant looking.
Text has usual browning (two pages with large stains), occasionally heavier, but nice.
Plates with some thumbing, a few tears, one with disfiguring spot and ranging from somewhat weaker impressions to crisp and clear ones.
Owner’s stamp on title page.
Overall decent copy.
SEE 6 (17th Century) above for a more complete description of the subject matter.
Jesuit
16. SOLD 1682
Author: Poirters, P. Adrianus (1605-1674) (Priest of the Society of Jesus)
Title: Den Spieghel van Philagie … IV Druck.
Publishing Information: Antwerp, Iacobus Woons, 1682. Dutch edition.
1 full-page copperplate engraving by Bouttats (with 1 inch unrepairable hole) and 16 allegorical copperplate text engravings.
Physical Description: 12o. Later ½ calf.
Tp, full page copperplate engraving, 6 text leaves, 2-272, 7 text leaves. Uncollated.
Condition: Binding: front hinge cracked and scuffing and scratching of covers and spine but presentable and holding. Lacks front and back free endpaper.
Text and Engravings: age-typical browning throughout, occasional spotting, cropped in places into heading and pagination. Title page damaged with old tape marks. Writing on inside pastedown in old ink that is crossed out. Writing in old ink on title page. Last text leaf damaged.
Rather an unpleasant copy of this apparently rare book, interesting for the Jesuit didactic engravings and teaching.
Jesuit
17. 1695
This is rare, and I have not been able to locate a complete copy (mostly some of the plates are lacking as in the Biblioteque National in Paris and at the University of Texas.
Designs: by Louis Ma(i)llet (died, 1720), Priest and Canon of the Cathedral of Troyes. 

Engraver: Sebastian LeClerc (1637-1714)

Title: Le Temple de Salomon, le Palais de Salomon et de la fille de Pharaon avec toutes leurs dependances. (title page missing)
Rough Translation: "The Temple of Solomon, the Palace of Solomon and the [Palace of the] Daughter of Pharaoh with all their dependencies."
Publishing Information: Paris, Guillaume Desprez; 1695; First and only Edition. (Copies in Biblioteque National in Paris and NUC, Columbia University, University of Texas, etc.)
Physical Description: Large Folio. (16.75 inches x 12 inches x 1/2 inch); apparently lacking seven folio including title page, dedication, and advertisements. Includes 18 plates, 9 of which are double (one is folding) containing 25 numbered illustrations.
Contemporary gilt half sheep, marbled paper on covers.
25 illustrations on 18 plates, 9 of which are double. All pages (including the text pages) are engraved. 1 General Plan, 8 illustrations of the Temple, 5 of Solomon's Palace, and 4 of the Palace of the Daughter of Pharaoh.
Condition:
Binding: rubbed, scraped, spine worn and gone in places; paper showing through; library sticker on front cover and book plate on inner cover – Condition of Binding: FAIR
Internal -- general plan has damage at the head, not into plate, and is expertly repaired; heads of a few other double plates expertly reinforced; good strong yet delicate impressions with foxing and browning in places-- mostly age typical.
Overall condition of engravings: Good to Very Good.
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Solomon's Temple
18. 1693/c1735
A set of 99 (of 100) exquisite copperplate engravings of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The engraver is Christoph Weigel. The plates are in a binding made for an English Baron whose library it is from. Front and back covers have tooled medallions.
Artist: Weigel after Ioh. Iacaobo van Sandrart (Johann Jakob von Sandrart) (1630-1708).
Engraver: Christoph Weigel (1654-1725): an important German engraver and publisher. This book was published the year of his death by his wife.
Title (specially printed): Passio [dominim Passio], Mors, et Resurrectio dni Nostri Jesu Christi. (Chr: Weigel. sculp: cir 1735)
Title -- rough translation: "The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our [Lord] Jesus Christ (Christoph Weigel, engraver, circa 1735)"
Publishing Information: A copy from the library of a Baron with its own printed title page: "Per Crucem et Passionem Tuam Libera nos DNE. Chr: Weigel. sculp: cir 1735" but actually the plates are from Augsburg: 1693, First Edition. 

Physical Description: Octavo (8 inches x 6 inches x 1 inch); [title page] and 99 full page, copperplate engravings. The plates are all unnumbered and have a central scene plus a caption and title that give the book and chapter and some of the text relevant to the scene. All the text is in German!
Bound privately, in c1882 by owner "DL" in a fine, soft, small-grained leather (possibly deerskin?) with a medallion on the front cover and one on the back cover. The medallions are in tooled leather, and the one on the front cover has ivory sculpted into the form of the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus over a Church and with gold gilt.
Provenance: written on title page in ink in a clear hand: "ex Librif Thomce(?) N. Dick-Lauder, 1882"
Condition: Binding: front cover detached and then reattached in a crude way with tape (SEE IMAGES in eBay link). Penciled numbers and library plate on inner covers
Internal: all plates are in fine, crisp condition. all pages have spots, stains, age-toning, and foxing, at least to some extent; 3 have tears from edge into margin; plates are generally in very good to fine, strong impressions; two have a spot, all have mild and pleasant age-toning, many have thumbing, three have little missing pieces from edge not near images.
Overall: Externally -- Poor due to cover being detached; Internally (engravings) -- Good.
References: Farmer frame 886ff. - Graesse VII, 429. - Thieme/Becker XXXV, 278. - UCBA II, 2122
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set of copperplate engravings
 

18th Century (14)

1. 1706
A marvel of German Baroque art by Johann Ulrich Krauss (Johann Ulrich Krauß) (Augsburg, 1655-1719). 2 fine engraved frontispieces plus 120 engraved numbered plates with inventive and original scenes and allegorical/emblematical cartouches. There is a complete online copy from the Getty Museum, and there is a reproduction of the book that can be bought on Amazon. Complete in its engravings but lacking three title pages and the three text leaves (preface which seems to have been omitted in other copies as well) (lacks 6 leaves in all).

The World Catalogue shows 24 copies world-wide. 

Title: Heilige Augen- und Gemüths-Lust : vorstellend alle sonn- fest- und feyrtägliche nicht nur Evangelien, sondern auch Epistelen und Lectionen, jene historisch, diese auch emblemmatisch, und mit curieusen Einfassungen : in vielen Kupffer-Stücken von frembder und gantz neuer Inventionem : so wohl zur Kunst-Ubung [sic] als Unterhaltung Gottseeliger Betrachtungen, wie auch Vermehrung der Kupffer-Bibelen und Ausszierung aller christlichen Postillen dienlich.
Rough Translation: Church Year Daily Readings (meditations including Gospels, Epistles, and Readings), Devotional Calendars, Emblems.
Publishing Information: Lacks title page but: Augsburg, Johann Ulrich Kraussen, 1706
Physical Description: Folio (13.5 inches x 8.75 inches x 1 inch); old (original?) 1/4 calf over paper speckled boards with 6 raised bands and two morocco labels with title and artist; gilt design in compartments; edges green
2 engraved Frontispieces and 120 full-page engravings with two engravings on a page. Lacks two title pages, half title, and 3 text leaves (6 leaves in all). All on a heavy, fine, hand-made paper. No text. 

Condition: Lacks 3 titles and 3 text pages.
BINDING: hinges weakening but holding firm, spines worn and leather worn down and tattered at head, covers scuffed and corner leather worn and bumped down to paper; endpapers browned and stiff and some dealer's writings in pencil -- BINDING: FAIR PLUS

INTERNAL: Plates are in strong, fresh, crisp, most near fine impressions; some thumbing, mostly at beginning; foxing scattered throughout, sometimes heavy, affecting images in places but mostly marginal; a few with marginal stains; two with what seems to be lines from a break in the original plates which are also in the Getty Museum copy; 1 leaf with corner missing, 2 with marginal tear, another with tear into bottom of image
PLATES: ONLY GOOD (because of the foxing) –
BOOK OVERALL: GOOD MINUS
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2. 1715
A book by a Dutch Protestant minister and Hebraist on the footwear of the ancient Hebrews, combined, in the same volume with a second book by the same author on sleep. 
 

The author, Anthony Bynaeus, used Jewish rabbinic sources as reference.
Title from first title page: De calceis Hebraeorum libri duo, curis secundis recogniti, et aucti. Accedit ejus dem Somnium, Tertio Recusum.
Subject of first work: On the Footwear of the Hebrews ... with a discussion of their origins.
Title from second title page: Antonii Bynaei, Somnium, Recitatum Trajecti ad Rheum, in Acroaterio Majore, XI. Decemb. ...
Subject of second work: Sleep.
Publishing Data: Dordraci (Dordrecht), Theodorus Goris, 1715 (originally 1682) AND Dordraci, Theodorus Goris, 1695
Physical Description: Quarto: 8 inches x 6.5 inches x .75 inches
2 books by Bynaeus, bound into one, with two title pages
[engraved title for De calceis,8 introductory leaves],1-267,[29 pages] with 3 plates and the text illustrations PLUS
[engraved title page for Somnium,3 introductory leaves],1-24
Binding: contemporary full calf, covers blind-stamped; title on Morocco label in top compartment
Condition:
Binding: professionally rebacked and tight; new end-papers and paste-downs; slightly bowed
Text: title with faded library stamp and pencil signature; old damp-stains with some traces of mold, heavy for first 15 or so pages (bottom part of pages) and then lessening more and more throughtout; occasional spotting; occasional underlining in red pencil or crayon; p113-114 with tear in bottom margin; ; .
Engravings: browning; most are affected by damp-stains; one has underlining of titles. 

Plates: There are three plates, one with two separate engravings on it. There are six text engravings, five of which have two separate engravings, so there are eleven total text engravings on six pages. The impressions are good to very good but the damp-stains detract.
Reference: Lipperheide (1963) 129y
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Protestant Judaica
3. SOLD 1720
An important work on the Temple of Solomon but in POOR condition
Author: Lamy, Bernardo (1640-1715) (and editor, Pierre- Nicolas Desmolets  1678-1760 who published this work after Lamy’s death and who added two parts).
Title: De Tabernaculo Foederis, De Sancta Civitate Jerusalem, et De Templo Ejus. Libri Septem.
Publishing Details: Parisiis, Dionysium Mariette, 1720. In Latin.
Numerous text woodcut engravings, woodcut book heads, and 9 folding plates and 11 single full-page plates (20 total as called for). 1 fine copperplate text engraving (p.1) showing David(?) being shown the plan of the temple.
Physical Description: Folio. Original calf with 6 raised bands but so severely damaged that can’t see the original gilt tooling and morocco label.
Tp (with woodcut vignette), 13 text leaves, 1-1361 (numbered by column), 27 text leaves. Uncollated but appears complete.
Condition:
Binding: POOR — front cover hanging on by cords, back hinges going, leather peeling back and missing in places, endpapers loose, what leather remains is scuffed, spine cracked and impossible to see original detail.
Text: POOR due to water damage (now dry) on bottom and vertical edges which led to some loss.
Plates: FAIR due to the water damage that goes into many of the plates (often with some small loss) though not into images. The famous temple reconstruction has a clean cut ¼ way down from top as if by a scissor (repairable).
Overall POOR COPY of an important book that was, originally, sumptuous.
Temple of Solomon
4. 1721
A beautiful edition and copy Introduction to the Jewish Testament by the controversial French Oratorian, philosopher, mathematician, and professor Bernard Lamy. -- with 11 beautiful fold-out engraved plates.
Author: Lamy, Bernardo, R. P. (1640-1715). Lamy was an independent minded French priest who found himself in trouble with the church from time to time. He had an interest in mathematics and felt he had figured out the true image of the Israelite tabernacle and temple. He rejected Villalpando's previous version, and came up with a truly independent vision. One of his images appears on the cover of Helen Rosenau's Visions of the Temple. Lamy was proud of his understanding of the tabernacle and temple and of the Hebrew measures and time calculations.
Title: Apparatus Biblicus, sive Manuductio ad Sacram Scripturam, Tum Claritus, tum facilius intelligendam. Auctore R. P. Bernardo Lamy, Congreg. Orator. Presbytero. Nova Editio; Aucta, & locupletata omnibus, quae in Apparatu Biblico desiderari possunt. Jussu Illustrissimi Principis Ecclesiae Cabilonensis Typis mandata. 
 

Publishing Information: Venetiis [Venice], 1721. (1st edition, 1687). Apud Bartholomaeum Maccarinum, sub Signo Auctoritatis. Superiorum Permissu, ac Privilegio
Physical Description: Octavo, 2.5 inches x 5.25 inches x 7.5 inches.
[TP w/ vignette w/ initials "AF"],[3-8],[8 unnumbered leaves--includes table of contents],1-783,[1 unnumbered end-note leaf].
Apparently contemporary decorative paper and limp vellum of the time with hand-written title on label. Pages are of beautiful, thick laid paper.
11 exquisite folding prints many with "A Luciani, Scul" in plate.
Condition:
Binding: A dealer's pencil prices, etc. on inside cover, front endpaper, and "119" on cover -- all inoffensive; bottom hinge (cord) free but top remains tight and holds book; a few tears at hinges on front endpaper; cover somewhat worn at spine edges; otherwise tight and readable . Internal: front endpaper pulled under (see below) but otherwise in very good, clean, crisp condition with some age-toning. 

Overall: only Good due to the problems mentioned above. 

Plates: 11 exquisite folding prints. Topics include two maps (one of the Holy Land, the other of Europe, Africa, and Asia), a plan of Jerusalem, a page of tabernacle images, fine temple rendition (original to the author), detailed temple plan, priest w/ garments, rabbi w/ tefillin, and 3 charts of coinage and measurements. Condition of prints: clear, crisp, pristine impressions; many have small, almost inevitable tear, where attached, touching into images, a few with folds at this point also (see two scans for examples).
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Temple of Solomon
5. 1722/1712
An exceptionally clean and fine copy of a Scottish Bible (printed in 1722).
INTERLEAVED WITH an important series of 259 (Old and New Testament) engravings (after Caspar and Jan Lukyen) in a fresh and brilliant state
AND with an impeccable Provenance: from the library of the Earls of Macclesfield (in the Shirburn Castle).
Title: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly translated out of the Original Tongues; And with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised; By his Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches.
(INTERLEAVED WITH) Christoph Weigel's Historiae celebriores Veteris (and Novi) Testamenti; Iconibus Repraesentatae ...
Publishing Data: Edinburg, James Watson ("Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty"); 1722 AND, Nuremberg, Christoph Weigel (Christophoro Weigelio) (1654-1725); 1712 (first published in 1708)
Physical Description: The two separate works were bound as one, in two volumes (volume 1 containing Genesis through Song of Solomon and volume 2 containing Prophets through the New Testament -- including Apocrypha); plus 2 fully engraved title pages and 259 engraved plates (151 Old Testament and 105 New Testament); Folio; 17.75 inches x 11.5 inches x 3.25 inches (v2 -- 3 inches); 27.8 pounds; 1048 pages
Binding: period diced russia; elaborate and exquisite gilt decorations on cover and in compartments (showing crowns, flowers, acorns, grotesques, etc. as in Pearson, plate I42); gilt edges, marbled end-papers; on both volumes: two morocco labels, with titles in gilt, in two compartments -- both volumes
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from the library of an Earl
6. 1723
The first English edition of a controversial French theologian's method of reading the Old Testament. — 30 interesting copper-plate engravings illustrate his views.
Title: Apparatus Biblicus or, An Introduction to the Holy Scriptures. In Three Books. Book I. Of the Origin, History, and Antiquities of the Jews. Book II. Of the Canon, Authors, Original Texts, Versions, Editions and Interpretations of the Scriptures. Book III. Of the False Gods, Animals, Precious Stones, Diseases, and Publick Sports mentioned in the Scriptures. Together with an Explanation of Scriptural Names, and A New Method of Reading the Scriptures. Done into English from the French, with Notes and Additions. Illustrated with Thirty Copper-plates.
Translator: Richard Bundy who dedicated the book to the Queen whose portrait appears on the first dedicatory page.
Author: Lamy, Bernardo, R. P. (1640-1715). ...
Publishing Information: London: Printed by S. Palmer, 1723. First English edition.
Physical Description: 4to. 8 inches x 10 inches x 2 inches. [fully engraved frontispiece],[title page in red and black with vignette],[iii-xxviii including dedication to the Queen, author's preface, translator's preface, etc.],1-511,[3 unnumbered leaves of charts],519-540. Contemporary blind tooled calf with six compartments on spine, five with gilt design and one with a blind tooled title. 

Plates: 30 nice plates, many by J. Pine. These include the frontis and two folding maps of the Holy Land, plans and views of the temple and tabernacle and their paraphenalia, a plan of the Israelite tribes around the tabernacle, the Sanhedrin, the High Priest, a Rabbi, charts of money and various measures, portraits of Egyptian and Canaanite and Greek and Roman divinities, and biblically relevant plants and animals. 

Condition: External: Front cover holding by the top cord and the back cover holding by two cords, otherwise both are loose. Rear free-end paper is detached and front has dealer's penciled noted. Covers and spine are worn and marked and otherwise damaged, but still retain integrity. Internal-text: Quite clean, in stark contrast to binding. Only very occasional foxing and soiling. Block is holding quite well. Old plants pressed throughout. Would have to be careful with covers if used as a working copy. Rebinding with new hinges would make this a beautiful book. Internal-plates: Clean, crisp images. The folding maps and plates have small tears and folding creases where attached to book.
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Solomon's Temple
7. c1725
A fair copy of the first (one of the first?) illustrated Bible history for children. Originally published in 1714, it was reprinted many times over the next 100+ years. Included are 104 full-page copperplate engravings. Generations of children grew up reading this book and looking at its pictures. This includes Goethe. Because it was for children, some of the stories were edited and watered down. 

Title: 'Zweymal zwey und funfzig Auserlesene Biblische Historien aus dem Alten und Neuen Testamente, Der Jugend zum Besten abgefasset.
Rough Translation: "Two sets of 52 Select Bible Histories from the Old and New Testaments, for Children."
Author: Joann Hubner (March 17, 1668 - March 31, 1731) -- a school writer and teacher in Hamburg 

Description: Title page missing; binding has 1747, possibly Leipzig, J.F. Gleditsch. Physical Description: Octavo (7 inches x 4.25 inches x .75 inches); (26{of 30?}), 408, (7{of 8?}) pp.; 104 engraved plates; attractive19thC(?) vellum binding with marbled boards and red morocco label with title in gilt with binders free-endpages -- hinges reinforced 

Condition: binding is very good with some soiling, hinges reinforced ; a dealer's mark on front free end-paper; moderate foxing throughout (heavy in places, lighter in others) promoted by and near unavoidable given the thin paper; a word in old ink written on last introductory page; occasional other relatively minor flaws: The foxing detracts (as well as the few missing pages) but there are virtues to the book -- one of which is the plates, most of which present quite decently in spite of the foxing -- still only Fair overall.
Engravings: The set of engravings is complete. Neither artist nor engraver is given for any. the engravings. Most are simple, almost primitive. The impressions are generally good (though with the foxing) which is uncommon for this book. They are usually weak and light. Of the 104 engravings about 15 have more than the usual foxing (perhaps a larger spot or a fold or a small ink stain and the like).
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set of Bible engravings for children
8. 1728
An illustrated devotional by a Benedictine monk explaining the meaning of the Stations of the Cross. Title Page after wish of Peter Paul Reubens (with illustration of Theresa of Avila) and 38 full page illustrations from the atelier of the Galle family.
Author: D. Benedicto Haeftenus (1588-1648, a Benedictine monk).
Title: Regia via crucis [...] — that is, The Way of the Cross.
Publishing Information: Antwerp, Viduae [the widow of] Henrici Verdussen, 1728. Second edition (original edition: 1635). Dutch.
Physical Description: Octavo (6.75 inches x 4.5 inches x 1.5 inches).
Illustrated with a Title Page engraved by Cornelis Galle on the expressed wish of Peter Paul Rubens after a design by Rubens (and containing a full-figure illustration of St Theresa of Avila to whom the book is dedicated) and 38 full-page copperplate engravings engraved at the atelier of the Galle family (drawn, perhaps, by Karel de Mallery). Woodcut initials and tailpieces. 

Binding: 19th. C. quarter calf with spine detached except alone one side and scuffed, corners bumped, hinges beginning to loosen but still firm, author and title in gilt on spine, library label on inside cover (“Bibliotheca SS. Remptoris. Ad S. Mariam Magdalenam. Bruxellis”).
Internal -- Internally clean and crisp. Plates are in fine impressions; one with loss to margin up to plate mark, another with rub-off but otherwise sound and clean and fresh. Each has a biblical quote at the top and an instructional comment at the bottom. The engravings are numbered as part of the text. A very good copy but for the partially detached spine.

The Author and the Book: Haeftenus (1588-1648) was a Benedictine reformer who was considered an inspired preacher. “The goal of this book ... was to provide the (Catholic) reader with a good understanding of the significance of the Stations of the Cross, to inspire imitation of Christ's example, and thereby to become acquainted with the way to the Kingdom of God. The rather abstract spiritual journey that the human soul had to make towards this goal is made more concrete by the Benedictine dean through his selection of such principal figures as the Virgins Anima -- the personification of the human soul -- and Staurophila -- a Greek name that literally means the one who adores the cross. Their experiences in the imitation of Christ and the resulting lessons of life were nothing else but allegorical examples that were to lead every reader to the just and good. The engraved illustrations are very important in this regard as they support the meaning of the text in a simple and clear emblematic manner," (M. Sellink in Illustration of Books Published by the Moretuses, p118-9.
References: Praz,150-151. Praz 361. Funck 328. Landwehr, LC, no 272. Van de Velde, I, pp. 294-297, II., pp. 396-399 on Ruben’s design for the Title Page.
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Benedictine
9. SOLD 1728
Author: Newton, Isaac (1642-1727)
Title: La chronologie des anciens royaumes corrigée : a laquelle on a joint une chronique abregée, qui contient ce qui s'est passé anciennement en Europe, jusqu'à la conquête de la Perse par Alexandre le Grand / Traduite de l'Anglois de M. le Chevalier Isaac Newton.
Publishing Information: Gabriel Martin, Paris (rue S. Jacques), 1728. First French edition.
Other authors: Coignard, Jean-Baptiste; Guerin, Hippolite Louis; Montalant, Francois.
Physical Description: Quarto. Calf with 5 raised bands and title in morocco label in one compartment; spine gilt tooled. Stamp of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia on title page.
[Title page], [19 leaves]; 1-416 [with 2 pages misnumbered but complete]; [2 leaves]; with 3 folding plates of Solomon’s Temple.
Condition: Spine splitting, some scuffing to cover but remains handsome and intact.
Foxing throughout, mostly light; solid block.
Overall: Good
with plates of Newton's conception of the Temple of Solomon
10. SOLD 1723
Author: Calmet, Reverend Father Dom. Augustin.
Title: An Historical, Critical, Geographical, Chronological, And Etymological Dictionary of the Holy Bible... Wherein Are Explained All The Proper Names... To Which Is Annexed, Bibliotheca Sacra, or A Copious Catalogue of the Best Editions and Versions of the Bible …
Publishing Information: Originally in French — this is the rarer English edition

London, J. J. and P. Knapton, 1732
Physical Description: Three volumes, folio, with 150 fine engraved plates - 60 of which are folding - and 9 maps, some marginal browning and staining, some plates detached, bound in contemporary diced calf, worn, lacking spines, covers loose. On India.
Plates generally in better condition than text pages, often crisp and clean.
Uncollated but appears complete.
Information: A massive work of scholarship and printing with engravings of Biblical scenes, buildings and costumes including views of Jerusalem, Patmos and synagogues. The last volume contains several Appendices, including articles on Hebrew coins and weights and measures, a chronology and a dictionary of some Hebrew language. 

important book by important author with important set of 150 plates
11. SOLD 1736
Author: Butler, (Bishop) Joseph.
Title: The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature, To which are added Two brief Dissertations: I. Of Personal Identity. II. Of the Nature of Virtue.
Publishing Information: London, John James and Paul Knapton, 1736, First Edition.
Physical Description: 4o. Original gilt tooled calf with 5 raised bands, label missing.
Tp, 9 text leaves (ending in “x”), 11-320.
Condition:
Binding: Front cover detached, leather scuffed, corners bumped, a piece of leather missing and replaced. Old hand writing and label on inside pastedown and pencil writing of dealers on it and free endpaper. Detached free endpapers.
Text: Staining on introductory leaves (bearable) otherwise clean and very good with only occasional minor problems.
Except for the detached cover and free endpapers, a nice copy of this famous philosophical book.
An Extra: There is a signature in old brown ink on the title page “J. Hancock” and on the back inside cover “John Hancock.” I have researched this signature with experts who say it is definitely not the John Hancock. I remain unconvinced. I still wonder if it might not be an early signature (before the famous one with flurries). I imagine this was his book when he was a student at Harvard. I see similarities between this signature and the later ones. Research data included with the book.
not illustrated
12. 1737-1739
A privately published English Bible History with 89 full-page copperplate engravings. -- apparently produced for the market in illustrated Bible Histories that followed the appearance of Blome's Bible History in the late 1600's. The plates were sponsored by rich donors to the project, and the plates are dedicated to the donor.
Author: Laurence Clarke, A.M. (with notes "collected from Prideaux, Stackhouse, Howell, and other Writers on the Sacred Scriptures")
Artist: Hullet (at least for most) 

Title: A Compleat History of the Holy Bible contained in the New and Old: In which are inserted the Occurrences that happened during the space of four hundred years, the Days of the Prophet Malachi To the birth of Oue Blessed Saviour....... 2 volumes in 1
Publishing Information: London: Printed for the Author, and sold by the Booksellers in Town and Country; v1 1737, v2 1739 (but second title page is missing -- see below).

Physical Description: Quarto (~9.25 inches x ~7.5 inches x ~3.25 inches); 2 volumes in 1: [engraved frontis portrait of Clarke by James Smith,title page],[iii-xii],13-616,{617-618 not present, so title page for V2 is missing},619-722,[1/2 title],[iii-xx],21-390,1-72-77-84 -- no loss!] plus 88 [89 including portrait] full-page copper-plate engravings bound in.
Original blind-stamped dark brown (looks black in images below) leather covers, original spine layed over new dark brown leather in a fine rebinding of 1879? (as per old ink inscription); five raised bands; gilt lettering on spine; red edges; marbled endpapers.
Condition: Binding — Very Good — beautifully rebound
Internally —
Text — Good: old pencil and ink on front free endpaper; title page and first four leaves with heavier foxing and stains and browning; spots, foxing, and browning off and on throughout; very occasional tears; text pages were cropped (probably in rebinding) and are often tilted slightly — one cropped barely into top running title.
Engravings — Good to Fine — water staining and spot on frontis portrait; some waterstaining, spots, and foxing on others almost always confined to margins; four plates backed more or less expertly to cover marginal tears; many or most with age-typical browning, but many are white and fresh, new looking (though some of these with marginal foxing); one plate cropped below barely into caption.
Overall: Good and pleasing copy.
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with 89 plates
13. 1747
A rare book on the Hebrew Tabernacle illustrated with 9 full-page copperplate engravings. -- (The WorldCat has 5 copies, all in the Netherlands.)
Author: Mel, Coenraad (Conrad) (1666-1733), Translated by Johannes Willem van Haar. -- According to the German Wikipedia, Mel was a German Reformed theologian who was influenced by the philosopher Leibnitz. 

Title: De Tabernakel, of Breedvoerige Beschryving van de Tente der t'Zamenkomste, Benevens alle derzelver deelen en heilige gereedschappen, als, d'Arke des Verbonds, het gouden Altaar, de Kandelaar, de Tafel der toonbrooden, het koperen Waschvat, en het Brandoffersaltaar. (...) Vooraf gaat een breedvoerige Inleiding en Schets der Joodsche Oudheden (...)
Very rough translation: "The Tabernacle, with a Detailed Description of the Tent of Meeting, along with its parts and all the holy tools, the Ark of the Covenant, the golden Altar, the Candelabra, the Table of Bread, the Copper Washing Basin, and the Fire Altar ... Prefaced by a detail Introduction and Sketch of the Ancient Jews. (...)."
Artist and Engraver: not given 

Publishing Information: Rotterdam, Philippus and Jakobus Losel, 1747. In Dutch. 

Physical Description: Quarto (8.25 inches x 6.5 inches x 1.25 inches); [engraved frontispiece],[engraved title page],[8],1-44,[half title],1-62,1-211,(11) with the engraved frontis (F. v. Bleyswyk was the artist and engraver), a folding plan of the tabernacle, and 7 additional unnumbered full-page copperplate engravings and with decorative woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary vellum with title and author's name on spine in old ink.
Condition: External: soiled and slightly warped; pencil signature on front free endpaper dated 1949; book block just beginning to split at one place but still holding firm. Internal: Occasional spots in text; yellowing in places and thumbing; plates browned with occasional marginal water stains and thumbing. Engravings are in very good impressions, and book is in very nice condition.
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the Tabernacle
14. 1748
A very rare and beautiful book of poems by a 17th Century Dutch poet, play write, and translator (of Roman classics). 

With a Bernard Picart title page vignette (of Hermes, Appllo, Athena, and cherubs), a fine portrait of the author 

And 5 full page copperplate engravings by Romeyn de Hooghe (signed in plate) illustrating van der Goes' epic poem about Amsterdam and its commerce and showing Greek river gods and nymphs and their banquets.
Author: Johannes Antonides van der Goes (1647-1684) — an important Dutch poet, writer (of plays), and translator. Introduction and life of the author by David van Hoogstraten.
Title: Alle de Gedichten van J. Antonides vander Goes. Hier by komt het Leven des Dichters. Sesde Druk.
Rough English translation: "The Complete Poems of J. Antonides van der Goes. With the Life of the Poet. The 6th edition."
Publishing Information: Amsterdam: Salomon and Petrus Schouten: 1748. Sixth Edition.
Physical Description: Quarto (8.25 inches x 6.75 inches x 2 inches).
[title page, in red and black, with copperplate vignette],[25 unnumbered introductory leaves],1-46,[15 leaves],1-138[4 leaves - Table of Contents],141-274[1 leaf],275-556,[2 leaves]. Complete.

Illustrated with a Portrait of van der Goes by P. a Gunst after L. Bakhuizen, the vignette on the title page by Bernard Picart, and 5 splendid full page copperplate engravings by Romeyn de Hooghe (date in plate 1671). 

Binding: Original blind-stamped vellum with five raised bands, speckled edges, and title in old ink in one compartment.
Condition:
Binding: except for BOWING (More than shown below, especially in dry weather) very good and tight but with owner's stamps and label and dealer's note in pencil all on inside front cover.
Internal — Text: Age-typical browning throughout, sometimes heavier (perhaps 5% of the pages), mostly lighter. Basically clean and crisp. Owner's stamp on title page. Good margins and fine paper. Plates: all in the finest, richest, fresh impressions with some foxing.
Overall: Would be nearing Very Good except for the bowing.
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Greek religion
15. 1650
Bound collection of engravings: A period album, probably professionally bound, of a group of 26 (of 32? -- lacks numbers 24-29) exquisite, masterful copper-plate engravings from a series on the last days of Christ.
The compositions are grand, but the details (including the faces) are delicate and sensitive. I have not been able to identify the artist.
Publishing and Artist information: Kussel? 

Physical Description: Small Folio (10 inches x 14 inches x .5 inch); an album with 26 full-page numbered copper-plate engravings bound in. 

Condition: binding firm but most of spine missing; corners and edges bumped and marbling gone; covers scuffed; internally -- margins have foxing, old water stains; and spots; three or four images have creasing; four have a spot or two -- mostly small; two are lightish; a few are browned; one has a serious, crudely repaired tear (see below); a few have stains that barely touch into a corner; two have disfiguring stains (see below). Overall: Fair.

The Engravings: though many of the plates are soiled or damaged and some of the series are missing, this is a very beautiful and exquisite, finely crafted, detailed, delicate, and sensitively drawn series. The ones that aren't damaged or light are very good, well-defined impressions. The architectural awareness and the chiaroscuro indicate the Baroque period. Each engraving has a two line caption under it in German. --
Further Description: The grand style is reminiscent of J. U. Kraus and C. Klauber and are in the tradition of the German Baroque period, but the engraving is more subtle and finer.
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album of German Baroque engravings
16. SOLD 1753
A typical Jesuit illustrated teaching text.
Author: Poirters, P. Adrianus (1605-1674) (Priest of the Society of Jesus)
Title: Het Duyfken in de Steen-Rotse dat is, eene Mede-Lydende Ziele … den VIII. Druck.
Publishing Information: Antwerp, Alexander Everaerts, no date but 1753. In Dutch.
Physical Description: 8o. Fully engraved copperplate frontis, tp, 4 text leaves, 11-303, 1 text leaf. Complete.
Original tooled leather with 5 raised bands and gilt tooled compartments (one with title).
Condition: Binding: spine damaged with loss at head (which leads to different quires coming loose but holding) and cracks and chips, bumped; hinges weakening. Looks better than it is. Label with number on front cover and label of a Brussels convent library on inner free endpaper. Text: penciling on tp, otherwise fairly clean and nice.
Emblems: plate and text engravings mostly fresh and nice.
References: Landwehr 673, De Backer-Sommervogel VI-931-7, R94925 [Hasselt, Belgium]
Jesuit, not illustrated
17. 1757
A marvel of German Baroque art with 100 copperplate engravings of Biblical scenes ... a Catholic publication (the two brothers owned the press).
(The World Catalogue shows about 11 copies worldwide of the 1748 edition and three of this 1757 edition— two in Germany and one in Spain).

Title: 'Biblische Geschichten, Des Alten und Neuen Testaments, denen Jungen zu leichterer Erlehrnung, denen Alten zu frischer Behaltung ... in hundert fruchtbaren Blättern
Rough Translation: "Bible Stories, of the Old and New Testament, to enlighten the young and to refresh the memory of the old ... in 100 fruitful engravings."
Publishing Information: Augsburg, Joseph Sebastian Klauber (1700-1768) and Johann Baptist Klauber (1712-1787), 1757 (there is a 1748 edition that is not as rare)
Physical Description: Oblong Folio (14 inches x 8.75 inches x .75 inches); old (original?), 1/4 calf with marbled paper boards with paper title label on spine; title page in Red and Black (in Latin and German), full page copperplate engraved frontispiece, and 9 full-page copperplate engravings of biblical scenes; no text pages -- Complete. 

Condition: BINDING: spine worn at joints and leather pulling back at head and tail; bords bumped and scraped in places and corners with loss of original leather guards so that the paper is exposed; a 1 inch or so piece missing on back board at lower edge; hinges holding well though some loosening; old ink signature of "? Beer" on inside free end-paper; penciling on front pastedown; creases in endpapers — BINDING OVERALL: Fair Plus to Good Minus
INTERNAL: the plates are in strong, fresh, near fine impressions and are generally clean though some have spots either on the front or on back (that can be seen in the front) — the margins have spots and soiling, heavier on some plate; from Plate 68 on there are stains in the bottom that do often touch into the bottom part of the images as can be seen in images below; there are a few plates with the slightest loss at a place on the bottom edge; other minor problems — INTERNAL OVERALL: Good Minus with some Fair and a few Poor (due to the stains) though the overall impression of the plates, when looking through, is still Good to Very Good because of the high quality of the engravings, the strength of the impressions, and the fact that most of the images are unblemished (it is the margins and captions where the problems exist — on the whole).
Engravings: Each plate consists of a central biblical scene with surrounding scenes from the same Bible book. Over the scene and under it are the relevant biblical verses in Latin. The impressions are mostly strong and fresh and very good.. Foxing and water-staining detract from some of the engravings as described above.

References: Lanckoronska I. 22-23, Cicognara, 2109
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imporant series of Catholic biblical engravings
18. 1758
A book that inspired Saint Gerard Majella. The second(?) edition with woodcut illustrations. These are meditations on the life of Jesus for every day of the year. There is an engraved frontispiece and twelve illustrations from the life of Christ, one for each month of the year.
Author: P. Antonio dell' Olivadi (1653-1720) — Capuchin Missionary

Title: Anno Doloroso, ovvero Meditazioni Sopra la Vita Penosa del Nostro Signore Gesu' Cristo; Per tutt' i Giorni dell'Anno; Composte, e predicate Dal P. Antonio dell' Olivadi, Missionante Cappuccino; Novamente ristampato con Figure ...
Rough Translation: "Year of Suffering or Meditations on the Painful Life of Our Gentleman Jesus Christ according to the Days of the Year; Composed and preached by Father P. Antonio of Olivadi, Capuchin Missionary; a New edition with illustrations ..."

Publishing Information: Printed in Venice in 1758 for Michelangelo Barbiellini ("con licenza de' Superiori")
Physical Description: Octavo (7.25"x5"x1.75"); [engraved frontispiece],[1-xvi], [1-464], complete though with a few misnumbered pages; old vellum over paper; sewed, all edges speckled; charming initial letters and tailpieces at the beginning and end of most months; engraved vignette on title page
Condition: damaged at tail and a bit at head as per illustration below, covers slightly bowed, vellum yellowed and soiled, worn stamped title, hinges weak at front with some loosening there and with a few other leaves (see below), block somewhat off-line; pencil and worn ink writing on front endpapers (typical); pages browned; a few small stains and perhaps 35 pages with rather vague water stains at top margin, not affecting text; one leaf with loss at lower right corner touching one word; Overall: a decent example of a simple devotional book (with 2 small hand-written notes inserted by an 18th Century owner who found something moving in the text and wanted to remind himself) 

Engravings: 13 (including frontispiece) woodcut illustrations, very good impressions with browning
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Capuchin
19. 1774
From the Plantin Press, a small and beautiful edition of the Divine Office recited daily by priests. This small, octavo edition was for lay use, and this copy was, apparently, owned originally by a woman. Beautifully printed in black and red throughout with 16 simple, devotional, and finely executed copper-plate engravings.
Title: Officium B. Marie Virginis ...
Rough translation of title into English: "Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary ... "
Publishing Details: Antwerp, Architypographia Plantiniana [Plantin Press], 1774
Physical Description: small Octavo -- 5"(height) x 3"(width) x 1.25"(thickness); [2 blank leaves] [tp in red and black (with engraved vingette),16 introductory leaves], 1-428, [1 index leaf] [2 blank leaves]; 1 full-page and 15 half-page, in-text, fine copper-plate engravings, woodcut tail-piece ornaments in red and black (repeated); text beautifully printed in red and black throughout; contemporary(?) calf with four raised bands and simple decorative tooling, all edges gilt, morocco end-papers; red ribbon present but detached
Condition: binding is tight but well worn (see below); first quire loosening a bit at bottom only; original? owner's signature (Eustace Bryan) on second blank, in old ink, dated March 25, 1785; text pages are white and in generally fine condition: Fine except for binding -- overall Good
Engravings: all are good or fine; art is tasteful and well-executed
Plantin Press
20. SOLD c1784
A Good, handsome copy of a rare Book of Prayer by Paul Wright. 37 (only 36 called for -- and extra frontis) nicely drawn, full-page, copper-plate engravings of New and Old testament scenes and of Christian ceremonies -- in good to fine impressions (ESTC has four copies in England and Ireland) 

Author: Paul Wright
Title: The New and Complete Family Prayer-Book or Church of England Man's Divine Library; ...
Engravers: Taylor and Clowes, Grey, Carey, G. Walker, Roberts, I. G. Wooding, Myles, Grainger, Thornton, Lodge, Parker, Le Roi, Scago
Artists: Wale, Gravelot, Dodd, Rubens, I. G. Wooding, Hamilton, Zochi
Publishing Information: London: Printed for Alex Hogg, at the King's-Arms, No. 16, Paternoster-Row; not given but probably 1784 or 1785 and first edition 

Physical Description: Folio (14.25 inches x 9.75 inches x 1.5 inches); [frontis,titlepage,13 leaves],[frontis],9-47,56-418(last page unnumbered),[1 leaf = subscriber's list] -- in spite of mispagination gaps, complete; full period calf with six raised bands.

Condition: Binding: hinges are starting at the head and foot but binding is strong; covers stained and scuffed with variations in color; corners bumped with paper showing; leather on spine has fine crazing — however, overall it remains an handsome and serviceable binding; Internal — text — a clean, nearly spotless copy with mild age-toning — some scattered spotting at beginning; Internal — Plates — impressions are generally very good to fine impressions (a few are a little weak); a few spots; generally clean; some age-toning. Overall: Externally — Good; Internally (text) — Very Good; (engravings) — Very Good, many approaching Fine.
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English
21. SOLD c1784-85
The intent of a past owner was to preserve the Bible probably because of the engraved plates of which there are 99 (59 in the Old Testament and Apocrypha and 40 in the New Testament) plus a Map of Eden and a Map of Canaan. There is also the frontispiece from the Brown Bible (as mentioned above) 

Sold as a collection of 102 plates and text bound in a nice manner or as an interesting and moving historical piece in which someone from the 18th or 19th century made a sincere and concerted effort to preserve a religious icon

Author: the Reverend Henry Southwell, LL.D., Rector of Asterby, in Lincolnshire, and late of Magdalen College, Cambridge. Apparently Henry Southwell only lent his name for a hundred guineas.
Engravers: Grignion, Walker, Rennoldson, James Taylor, Royce, Sharpe, Page, Proud, Roberts, Collyer, Fougeron, Ryder, C. White, T. Smith
Designs after the works by the following
Artists: Wale, Laresse, Rubens, Merano, Restout, Le Suerur, Hoet, Beluzi, Luyken, Picart, Le Brun, Marrett, Vendier, Werner, Elligers, Vanloo, Bourdon, Baumgartner, Conty, Domenichino, Veronese, Tintoret, Jouvenet, Pousin, C. de la Fosse, Carracchi, Grassipinx, Silomena, Roos, Claude Audrian, Trevisara, Carloni, R. Urbin, Corneille, Cazes, Thornhill, Cortona, Coypel
Title: The Universal Family Bible: or Christian's Divine Library. Containing the Sacred Text of the New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; Illustrated with Notes Theological, Historical, Practical, Critical, and Explanatory; ... The Whole Forming A complete Commentary, with Practical Improvements and General Reflections on each Chapter, adapted to the meanest Capacities, and calculated to promote the Happiness of Christian Families. ... Embellished with One Hundred elegant Copper-Plates, executed, from original Designs and Capital foreign Paintings ...

Publishing Information: London: Printed for J. Cooke, in Pater-noster-Row; not given but probably 1784 or 1785; 1st Complete Edition

Physical Description: Large Folio (15.75 inches x 9.75 inches x 3.75 inches); HEAVY!!
[frontis(replaced by a plate from Brown's Bible),titlepage,2 page List of Subscribers], etc. UNPAGINATED; appears to be complete as to biblical text but missing the explanatory notes at the end. May be lacking a plate and a plan or map (not sure). Frontis from Brown's Bible, 99 copper-plate engravings, 2 engraved maps, and 1 text illustration.
BINDING: original black (possibly stained black when rebound), with hand-tooled, gilt designs; raised bands with six compartments, one with "Southewell Bible" in gilt; marbled end-papers

Condition: 

BINDING: are full calf and were detached and have been crudely but effectively rebound so that overall the cover and block are all tight; front cover splitting; both covers and spine rubbed, scuffed; corners bumped with paper showing; head and tail of spine are frayed; spine seems to have had pieces of leather coming loose and now glued back and possibly the whole binding was dyed black at the same time. 

INTERNAL-TEXT: — a few with expert repairs not affecting text; many with spots, sometimes in old brown ink blotting out text in a few place, etc; other flaws such as maybe 10 pages with missing 1 inch or so pieces off edges (not into text); some foxing; and with the perhaps 15 leaves that are expertly and carefully inserted, probably as replacement leaves (see the above description — in bold green). The added pages are cropped a little close at top and bottom but do not miss any text or have any duplicate text. The way this was done, seemingly, was that the restorer put a clean white paper tape over the extra tape on the end of the preceding original page and on the beginning of the next replacement page, and so on. In this way all redundant text was taken out. The replacement pages are in Isaiah and in a few in Revelations
INTERNAL-PLATES: the original frontis has been replaced by one from another bible (Brown's Bible); a few with expert repair in margins; marginal foxing which includes the printed borders — heavy on a few plates, especially at the beginning of the Old Testament; many plates have marginal spots, sometimes foxing spots, sometimes ink stains, etc.; perhaps 5 plates have a spot or two in the image: ON THE WHOLE the Images are clean, and, on the whole, they are in GOOD to VERY GOOD IMPRESSIONS (I found only one that was weak); a few are overly browned
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collection of plates
22. SOLD c1785
Externally poor copy (sold for its text and plates which, except for first three pages, are in good to very good condition) of Southwell's Book of Martyrs. 42 fine copper-plate engravings, mostly in very good to fine impressions, fresh and handsome plus Frontis, which is present, but in bad shape. -- Images are all of Christian martyrs of all denominations as described in the title below. There are scenes of torture 

Title: The New and Complete Book of Martyrs, or Christian Martyrology. Containing an Authentic Account of the Lives, Persecutions and Sufferings of the Holy Martyrs; and the many dreadful Persecutions against the Church of Christ in all Parts of the World, by Pagans, Jews, Turks, Papists, and Others, from the Earliest Ages of the Church to the Present Period. Including the Life, Sufferings, and Martyrdom of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; with the Martyrdom of the Apostles, Evangelists, and other Primitive Christians. The Ten Great Persecutions under the Roman Emperors. The Persecutions in Persia, under Sapores: and the Persecutions under the Arian Vandals. The Martyrdoms of the Missionaries in China: The Persecutions in the East Indies: The Barbarities exercised by the Spaniards in America: And the Cruelties practiced on the Christians of Abyssinia and Georgia. The Persecutions exercised by the Papists in various Parts of Europe, viz. The horrid Persecutions under the Papacy; particularly the Martyrdoms of the Waldenses and Albigenses in France; the Persecutions in Germany and Poland; and the Cruelties exercised in Bohemia and Lusatia. The shocking Barbarities practiced by the Inquisitions of Spain, Portugal, &c. and the Martyrdoms in Italy. The Popish Persecutions of the Protestants during the Massacre of Paris. Likewise the English Martyrdoms: particularly those in the Times of Henry VIII, and Queen Mary, wherein are represented the Tortures, &c. exercised by the Papists against the Protestants, in the Reign of that tyrannical King and cruel Queen. The Persecutions in Holland, Flanders, Scotland, &c. The dreadful Massacre in Ireland, when Forty Thousand Persons were cruelly put to Death at one Time. The late Persecutions in France, against the Calas Family, &c. Including not only every Thing worthy of Notice in Fox's Book of Martyrs, ... Forming, at once, A Complete History of Persecutions, and Biography of Martyrs. Calculated to promote the Protestant Religion, and expel Superstition by the Rev. Henry Southwell, LL.D. ...
Author: Rev. Henry Southwell, LL.D. ("Late of Magdalen College, Cambridge")
Engravers: C. Morris, Taylor, Grignon.
Artists: Dodd and Stohard
Publishing Information: London: Printed for C. Cooke, No. 17, Pater-Noster Row. Date not given but c1785. 

Physical Description: Folio (14.75 inches x 9.5 inches x 2 inches); [frontis, Title page, 2 pages], 7-466,[3]; [lacks list of subscribers] plus engraved frontis and 42 other full-page copper-plate engraving (only 40 called for by binder, including frontis) original leather with title in gilt on morocco label in compartment on what is left of spine; 5 raised bands.

Condition: Binding: front cover holding by cords, leather damaged on covers and partly missing, ditto for spine; Internally — text — title page and first two pages badly creased and loose and torn and overly browned; otherwise the text pages are nearly spotless though maybe 60 have a stain at the bottom margin; mild age-toning. Internal — engravings — frontis piece badly damaged with stain and creases and edges frayed; all other plates in very good to fine impressions, some with marginal spots, a few with marginal tears, some with marginal smudging. Overall: Externally — Poor; Internally (text) — Very Good but for the first 3 leaves; (engravings) — Very Good, some Fine.
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English
23. SOLD 1798
This is an illustrated Family Bible of very large size (and weight), unpaginated but apparently complete, with 50 superb and beautiful engraved plates whose images are generally in Very Good to Fine and Pristine impressions and condition (with some marginal foxing on some). 
(Roughly half the plates have "Engraved for Rev.d Mr. Cookson's Family Bible," and the rest seem to have been brought together for the Bible).
Author: the Reverend James Cookson (1752-1835), A.M. Master of Churcher's College, Petersfield, and Rector of Colemere and Prior's Deane, in Hampshire.Reverend Cookson wrote a book on Polygamy and marriage and was said to have been an eccentric: "He was of eccentric habits, and is said once to have announced in church, ‘I have forgotten my sermon, but I will read you a true account of the battle of Waterloo." (link)
Engravers: Wooding (J or T), Barlow, Pass, Grainger, Goldar, Prattent
Designs after the works by the following Artists: Rubens, Merano, Restout, Tibaldi, Hayman(?), Van Dyke, Singleton, Marillier, Grainer, Dietricy, Salvator Rossi, Mignard, Calmarat, Christophe, Guercino, Pousin, Thornhill, Cortona, Coypel
Title: THE GRAND IMPERIAL FAMILY BIBLE: with a complete exposition and commentary on the Holy Scriptures containing the sacred texts of the Old & New Testaments; with the Apocrypha at Large illustrated with notes and observations by Rev James Cookson. 4th edition beautified with superb engravings.
Publishing Information: Printed for J Wilkes at the British Directory Office, Ave-Maria-Lane, St. Paul's; and Champante and Whitrow, Jewry-Street, Adgate, London. No date but owner's label attached to free endpaper is dated 1798. 4th Edition.
Physical Description:
Large Folio (17 inches x 11 inches x 3.5 inches); LARGE & HEAVY!!
Unpaginated [fully engraved frontis,titlepage], Old Testament, Apocrypha, [title page for New Testament, fully engraved frontis for New Testament], New Testament [page of Names, Books, and Weights and Measures] — with 50 full page copper-plate engravings (48 + the two frontis') — apparently complete, at least for the biblical text itself.
BINDING: Spine rebacked at some time with original covering replaced; full calf with six raised bands with black Morocco and gilt label in one compartment with "Cookson's Bible."
Condition:
BINDING: POOR PLUS: antique restorations with leather severely scuffed and coming away from paper and some missing (see below); corners bumped down to paper; spine splitting; hinges strong but beginning to weaken; owner's label on free endpaper; pen.
INTERNAL-TEXT: GOOD to VERY GOOD: occasional spots, approximately 7 pages with marginal stains, occasional other minor flaws, occasional browned pages, occasional pages that appear pristine
INTERNAL-PLATES: VERY GOOD to PRISTINE: Images are, except for a few, Very Good to Fine and Pristine and many are gorgeous. 8 have foxing in the margins; expect for a few, this is minor. 3 plates have a few spots in the margins.
Additional Information: According to Mary Wilson Carpenter, Family Bibles such as this were attempts by printers "in eighteenth-century London to evade publishing restrictions on the Authorized Version ..." and to increase the market for "consumer" Christianity.
English, sold as collection of plates
 

19th Century (2)

1. SOLD 1815
Author: de Sacy (M. le Maitre de), de Royaumont.
Title: Histoire de l’Ancien et du Nouveau Testament, avec des Explications Edifiantes, Tirees des Saints Peres, … Nouvelle Edition dediee au Roi. [with 270 intaglio engravings after Raphael and others “of the greatest masters” and with 10 maps of the Holy Land]
Publishing Data: A Paris, Chez J.-J. Blaise. 1815. In French.
Physical Data: Quarto. Original damaged calf with marbled endpapers.
½ title, fully engraved copperplate frontis (by C. N. Cochin), tp, 8 text leaves, 1-366, New Testament tp, 369-551. Uncollated but appears complete with 270 (plus frontis) text engravings and 2 (of 10) maps (one with hand color).
Condition: Binding: POOR with missing spine, loose hinges and leather badly damaged but holding.
Damage to feet of first few pages and occasional pages throughout, thumbing throughout, occasional other damage and distractions but text not bad and cleaner and cleaner as go along; text engravings in very good, clean, clear impressions. MISSING 8 of 10 maps (the two maps have minor repairable tears).
sold as collection of engravings
2. SOLD 1840
Author: Mayo, Elizabeth
Title: Preceptive Illustrations of the Bible, to aid scriptural instruction in public and private schools, and as a help to Home Education. By the Author of “Lessons on Objects,” &c. The Original Designs made expressly for this Work, by S[iegried] Bendixen, Esq. and drawn on stone by the artist.
Publishing Details: Large Folio. London: Published by Roake and Varty, 31, Strand; and may be had of all book and printsellers. 1840. Printer: J. Graf (“Printer to Her Majesty”)
Physical Description: Large: 17.24 inches x 12.5 inches! Recent cloth binding.
A page of text plus 40 hand-colored lithographs of Old and New Testament subjects: some small tears, mostly marginal, some foxing.
Condition: mostly good
hand colored lithographs
3. c1845
A handsome works of John Bunyan enhanced with 72 steelcut engravings (2 with hand-color, one of these is a fold-out visionary plan). -- (Complete)
Author: John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Artists and Engravers: most not given and appear to have been drawn and engraved for this edition,; one with Satchwell and Kennerley (these two men were active c1810), two by Goltzius and P. Thomson, and one VanDyke and Berry.
Title, Volume 1: The Pilgrim's Progress, From this World to that which is to come, Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream; ... In Three Parts. With Explanatory Notes by W. Mason, Esq., ... To Which are Added his Divine Emblems, Visions, Etc. , Also the Life of the Author.

Title, Volume 2: A True Relation of the Holy War, Made by King Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the Regaining of the Metropolis of the World, or the Loss and Recapture of the Town of Mansoul. ... Illustrated with Valuable Notes, by Mr. William Mason and others. (Volume 2 also contains "Heart's Ease", "Grace Abounding", "Barren Fig Tree", "Of the River of Water of Life", "A Discourse upon the Parisees and the Publicans", "Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ", "To the Christian Reader", "Solomon's Temple Spiritualized", and "A Confession of my Faith."
Publishing Data: London: Thomas Kelly and Co., Paternoster-Row. No Date but c1845. "A New Edition, Embellished with Numerous Illustrative Engravings." This edition was also issued with hand-color.
Physical Description: 8vo; Each volume: ~10 inches x 6.5 inches x ~2 inches.
Volume 1: [full-page engraved frontis],[title page],3-8,[i-xliiii],9-508,1-166,[1 leaf]. Complete. With 46 engraved, plates (which includes the frontis and portrait of Bunyan and the color fold-out).
Volume 2: [full-page engraved frontis],[title page],[1 unnumbered leaf],v-viii,9-340,[title page of Heart's Ease},iii-iv,5-75,1-522,[1 blank],1-22,[1 unnumbered leaf]. With 26 engraved plates, one with hand-color. 

Binding: original full leather with ornate gilt designs on spine; morocco labels with gilt titles and volume numbers; five raised bands; smooth leather spine and corners and textured leather for the rest.
Condition:
Binding: solid with rubbing and chaffing of edges and on spine, corners bumped; and other relatively minor problems, but OVERALL BINDING: GOOD to VERY GOOD.
Text: Volume 1: Good with typical age-toning and foxing -- especially on tissues; a few pages with stains but rare and even these not bad; some offsetting from plates. Volume 2: Ditto: Internally: Overall Very Good but for the age-toning and the spots
Plates: Volume 1: Very Good with fine hand-color for the concertina fold-out journey plan (splitting a little at one fold but not into image; some with spots in margins and one into image. Volume 2: All Very Good. One with hand-coloring -- seems to be a mistake -- that is, one color plate got slipped in by mistake. Plates on the whole are Very Good to Fine expect for the one in v.1 and for the few with spots in the margins. 
OVERALL: GOOD to VERY GOOD
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a handsome edition of Bunyan
4. c1845
A handsome two volume works of John Bunyan enhanced with 71 (of 72 -- lacks frontis for volume 1) exquisitely hand-colored steelcut engravings. -- (complete but for the frontis)
Author: John Bunyan (1628-1688).
Artists and Engravers: most not given and appear to have been drawn and engraved for this edition; one with Satchwell and Kennerley (these two men were active c1810), two Goltzius and P. Thomson and one Van Dyke and Berry.
Title, Volume 1: The Pilgrim's Progress, From this World to that which is to come, Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream; ... In Three Parts. With Explanatory Notes by W. Mason, Esq., ... To Which are Added his Divine Emblems, Visions, Etc. , Also the Life of the Author.

Title, Volume 2: A True Relation of the Holy War, Made by King Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the Regaining of the Metropolis of the World, or the Loss and Recapture of the Town of Mansoul. ... Illustrated with Valuable Notes, by Mr. William Mason and others. (Volume 2 also contains "Heart's Ease", "Grace Abounding", "Barren Fig Tree", "Of the River of Water of Life", "A Discourse upon the Parisees and the Publicans", "Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ", "To the Christian Reader", "Solomon's Temple Spiritualized", and "A Confession of my Faith."
Publishing Information: London: Thomas Kelly and Co., Paternoster-Row. No Date but c.1845. "A New Edition, Embellished with Numerous Illustrative Engravings." This edition was also issued without the hand-color.
Physical Description: 8vo; Each volume: 10.5 inches x 6.5 inches x 2 inches (vol. 2: 2.25 inches).
Volume 1: [full-page color portrait],[full-page engraved color frontis],[title page],3-508,[i-xliiii],1-166,[1 leaf]. Complete. With 46 engraved, hand-colored plates (which includes the portrait, {lacking frontis}, and the fold-out).
Volume 2: [full-page engraved color frontis],[title page],[1 un-numbered leaf],v-viii,9-340,[title page of Heart's Ease],iii-iv,5-75,1-522,[1 blank],1-22,[1leaf]. With 26 engraved, hand-colored plates..
Binding: black half leather over marbled papers with morocco labels (maroon -- not red as below) with gilt separating lines on spines and gilt titles on the labels.
Condition:
Binding: hand writing on front end-papers; hinges of v2 beginning to loosen but only beginning; worn and scuffed leather in places; some slight wear to spine; and other relatively minor problems, but OVERALL BINDING: GOOD -- v1 very good.
Text: Volume 1: Good with typical age-toning and foxing; a few pages with stains or spots but rare; offsetting from plates often heavy but a testimony to the fine color. Volume 2: Ditto: Internally: Overall Good
Plates: Volume 1: Very Good with fine hand-color ( the fold-out journey plan has a little wear at one fold). Volume 2: All Very Good with the fine hand-color. Plates on the whole are Very Good to Fine. 

OVERALL: GOOD to VERY GOOD -- Beautiful copy!
Part I contains: color frontis of John Bunyan, "The Pilgrims Progress etc." (pp 1-508), "The Life and conversation and Imprisonment of John Bunyan" (pp. i-xliii), An Elegy written by a friend on John Bunyan [1], "Divine Emblems or Temporal Things Spiritualized written chiefly for the Edification of Young People" (pp. 1-48), "The Visions of Mr. John Bunyan being his last remains etc." (pp. 49-138), "The Heavenly footman; or a description of the man that gets to heaven" (pp. 139-166), "An Elegy on the Death of the Worthy and Pious Mr. John Bunyan etc." [2]. Part II contains: "A True Relation of the Holy War made by King Shaddai upon Diabolus etc." (pp. 1-340), "Heart's Ease in Heart Trouble or A Sovereign Remedy etc." (pp. 1-75), "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners etc." (pp. 1-95), "The Barren Fig-tree, etc." ...
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Bunyan with hand colored plates
5. Sold c1850
Author: Mayo, Elizabeth
Title: Preceptive Illustrations of the Bible, to aid scriptural instruction in public and private schools, and as a help to Home Education.
Publishing Data: London, Edward Stanford, late Roake & Varty, 6 & 7, Charing Cross. After 1840, that is, c1850
Physical Description: Large Folio: 17.24 inches x 12.5 inches! Probably original cloth binding without spine and damaged and loosening and stained. Lacks title page and any other text if there was any.
52 hand colored lithographs of Old and New Testament subjects by Siegried Bendixen, printed by Edward Gover.
Condition: Some marginal in plates soiling but mostly crisp and clean. One plate with small smudge.
hand-colored lithographs
6. SOLD 1858
with 5 lithographs, 1 in color and 1 color map
Author: n/a
Artist: Art. Anstalt von Fr. Malté in Stuttgart
Title: Des Propheten Ezechiel Gesicht vom Temple, Fur Verehrer und Forscher des Wortes Gottes und Freunde religioser Kunst ubersichtl, …. Mit 5 Tafeln und 1 Karte.
Publisher: Ludwigsburg, Ferdinand Riehm
Description: large Quarto. Paper wraps. Tp,[1],1-54,[1] and the 5 platers and 1 map.
Condition: some wear at corners, lithos loose at end (along with back cove), some spots, pencil note on top of front cover, otherwise quite nice.
7. SOLD 1859
Author: Fleetwood, John
Title: The Life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Being an Accurate and General History of all the Events and Discourses of our Blessed Redeemer, as recorded by the Four Evangelists, from His birth to His ascension into Heaven … To which is added The Lives, Acts, Deaths, and Martyrdoms of the Holy Evangelists, Apostles, and Primitive Fathers of the Church: Carefully compiled from original sources, and writers expressly for this work.
Publishing Information: Leipsic and Dresden: A. H. Payne. London: James Hagger, 67, Paternoster Row.; New York: N. P. Fitzpatrick, 26, Walker Street, 1859.
Physical Description: Full black morocco with morocco label with tooled, “R. E. Martel,” marbled endpapers; uncollated: ends on 696, appears complete
With 32 full page color engravings.
From the Preface: “The illustrations of the work, by coloured Engravings, are alike original, ornamental, and illustrative, greatly enhancing the value of the book; and the Publishers feel assured that this new feature will recommend itself to every class of readers, and that the Work generally will be found to be alike appropriate for the Drawing-room of the affluent, as well as for the more humble table of the Artisan”
Condition: Clean and nice, internally and externally with occasional foxing.
a good edition of this popular work
8. SOLD c1860
Author: Mayo, Elizabeth
Title: Preceptive Illustrations of the Bible, to aid scriptural instruction in public and private schools, and as a help to Home Education.
Publishing Data: London, Thomas Varty, Educational Depository, Adelaide Street, West Strand.
After c1860.
Physical Description: Large Folio: 17.24 inches x 12.5 inches!
Probably original cloth binding without spine and damaged and loosening and stained.
Condition: Lacks title page and any other text if there was any.
51 (of 52) hand colored lithographs of Old and New Testament subjects by Siegried Bendixen.
All with torn and soiled margins with crude tape repairs; many images are cleaned, but about 15 have tears and other problems (some serious).
hand-colored lithographs
9. SOLD 1865
Apparently a rare life of the Virgin, as the WorldCat shows only one copy (in a library in the Netherlands, while an Internet search shows another one in a French library).
This book, printed in 1865, consists of the woman author's description of the life of the Virgin Mary with her thoughts and understandings. Each chapter except one ends with a brief prayer. -- The plates illustrate various events in the life and death and assumption of Mary. They are small but exquisite and in superb condition. 

Author: Madame la Comtesse Drohojowska (born Anoinette Josephine Anne-Francois Symon de Latreiche -- 1822-189?)

Engraver: all plates engraved by Clerge after paintings by numerous artists
Title: Histoire de la Sainte Vierge dediee a la Jeunesse Chretienne illustree de 31 Magnifiques Gravures sur Acier.
Translation: "The Story of the Holy Virgin dedicated to Christian Youth, illustrated with 31 Magnificant Engravings in Steel."
Publishing Information: Paris, J.-L. Paulmier (Libraire-Editeur, 15, Rue de Rennes, 15), 1865
Physical Description: Size: Octavo, 8.75 inches x 5.75 inches x ~.75 inches.
Pagination: [1/2 title],[engraved frontispiece],[engraved title page],[v-xi],1-295, complete in 31 chapters with introduction and index
Binding: Contemporary quarter-calf with gilt decoration and title on spine.
Steel-plate engraved plates: 31 steelplate engravings, one introducing each chapter (frontis for Chapter 1) . 

Condition: Binding: scuffed on all edges and corners bumped; hinges starting at head but still strong and firm -- BINDING in Good condition.
Text: paper is browned and with some milder spotting; otherwise good.
Plates: plates are in pristine, fresh, rich impressions and are clean and flawless throughout

Overall: GOOD with Plates being flawless.
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life of Virgin by a woman
10. SOLD 1889
Authors: Chipiez, Charles & Perrot, Georges
Title: Le Temple de Jerusalem et la Maison du Bois-liban: Restitues d’Apres Ezechiel et le Livre des Rois.
Publishing Data: Librairie Hachette, Paris, 1889. First edition. In French.
Physical Description: Elephant folio (28 1/4" x 23"). [2], 86, [2] p., [10] leaves of plates. Cloth binding.
Condition: Binding worn to paper on corners and edges and foot and tail of spine; hinges going; library stamp on endpaper; some loose and with rough edges (but really not badly); tear on ½ title about ½ way across; some creasing at top right edge throughout; otherwise very good to fine including plates.
Information: By architect and architectural historian Charles Chipiez and archaeologist Georges Perrot which shows a theoretical reconstruction of the Temple of Jerusalem. The authors present their imagery as a restitution of Ezechiel's vision. 38 b/w in-text illustrations and 10 leaves of plates (28" x 22 1/2", with illustrations in various sizes.) Engraved after Charles Chipiez's designs by Guillaumot père (i.e. Auguste Alexandre Guillaumot) and Auguste Hibon. Plate X is a line photogravure, signed "Heliog. Dujardin" (Louis Dujardin). Plate no. XI is a hand-colored lithograph by Joseph Isnard Louis Desjardins and was displayed as the final work of the 2008/2009 "Reflections of the Temple" exhibit (Israel Museum, Jerusalem).
temple
 

20th Century (0)

1. SOLD 1960
This is copy number 785 (of 2000) of a book of 62 illustrations for passages from the Bible by the French/Polish Jewish artist "Benn" (1905-1989).
In addition to the prints, there is an original color drawing with a note dedicated to his friend, the Yiddish translator, Joseph Leftwich. — The 62 plates are photogravures. This copy is number 785 of 1916 from the "Edition De Luxe" on paper offset of Sorel Moussel. 

Title: 62 Psaumes et Versets de la Bible.
Translation: "62 Psalms and Verses of the Bible."
Preface: Jules Romains
Biblical verses translated from the Hebrew by: Henri Schilli

Artist: Benn (Benzion {Benejou} Rabinovich; 1905-1989) was a Jewish-Polish artist. He was born in Bialystock (Russia-Poland). His family was prominent. He had his first solo exhibition in 1927. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he made his debut in 1927 with his first solo exhibition. He worked with Yiddish poets of the time, and it is probably then that he met Jacob Lefkowich to whom the drawing is dedicated.. In the 1920's and 1930's he was active with Polish theater. Then he went to Paris and studied with Fernand Leger. He went into hiding when the German's occupied France but was arrested and was interred in the Beanne Le Rolande camp. In the camp he was inspired by the Bible. He survived, and after the war returned to Paris and took the name "Benn". He went on to write and illustrate many books on the Bible. He developed his own unique style and technique. He also designed and illustrated several books on the Bible of which ours is one.

Dedicated to Joseph Leftwich with a signed drawing with note: Joseph Leftwich (1892 - 1984), born Joseph Lefkowitz, was a British-Jewish critic and translator into English of Yiddish literature. He is known particularly for his 1939 anthology The Golden Peacock of Yiddish poetry, and his 1957 biography of Israel Zangwill. He was one of the 'Whitechapel Boys' group (the others being John Rodker, Isaac Rosenberg and Stephen Winsten) of aspiring young Jewish writers in London's East End, in the period roughly 1910-1914. He himself retrospectively coined the name, to include also the artists David Bomberg and Mark Gertler.(Wikipedia)
Publishing Information: Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, Editions Lefort, 1960. First Edition (number 785 of 1916 regular copies -- and there were another 74 special copies).
Physical Description: Size: Folio, 13.5 inches x 18 inches x 2.5 inches.
Pagination: There is the box and then the printed paper cover (see below) that contains the rest of the book. The rest of the book consists of a series of large folios folded in half to form a series of folders. These folders are the following: Preface (with Table of Contents); Title Page (apparently turned inside out by Benn so he could draw the dove and flowers dedicated to Joseph Leftwich ("avec amitie, Benn"); Half Title; a Dedication folder to his parents ("a mon Pere a ma Mere, Benn" - inside the folder is a portrait of his mother and another of his father, both dated 1928); another Preface which consists of a folder within a folder of which five of the pages are printed with a note by Jules Romains; a folder giving the edition details; a folder giving the printing details, and the 62 folders containing the prints. So there is the box, the cover, 8 introductory folders (one of them is inside another of them), and the 62 print folders. So the total number of folders is 70 plus the cover and the box.
Binding: Clamshell box. The remainder of the pages are loose in a printed cover as shown below — as issued.
Illustrations: portraits of artist's mother and father, a drawing, and the plates. Each of the 62 color plates is tipped onto the inside of one of the 62 folders. On the front cover of each of the folders is a printed line illustration of the color plate along with the number of the psalm and a quotation from it. 

Condition: The Box: spines splitting and holding by cloth; discolored in places; edges rough; the foot of the box, if it was ever there, is missing; a seller's small label on the back — as per images below –
BINDING in Fair condition.
Internal — Cover, Text, and Plates: Dealer's note on Preface. A few minor problems but Very Good. 

Overall: GOOD with Plates being near flawless.
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modern numbered edition with a dedicated drawing

 

 
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Books-16th—2 SOLD 1550. A partial and damaged copy of a rare anti-Luther German Bible, in High German.(None noted in WorldCat)
New Testament title page dated 1550 but no publisher given but, almost certainly, Johann Eck. The verso of the title mentions Hieronymus Emser who, along with Eck, were two of the most vigorous defenders of the Church against Luther. Emser was the secretary of Duke George of Saxony who was an ardent defender of the traditional Church (though he advocated for reforms from within). Duke George commissioned Emser to come up with a German translation of the New Testament to competewith Luther’s German translation. Our copy seems to be an example with a statement by Duke George on the verso of title page.
Das New Testament auff das hochteutsch verdolmetschet. (The New Testament translated into High German.)
In German.
Folio.
Wood boards with leather and brass nails and clasps – ALL HOPELESSLESSLY WARPED AND DAMAGED.
Lacks all text (and Old Testament title page) to folio CXCI then present through CCCCXCVIII, then New Testament title and then II-CXXVI and lacking the remaining x number of leaves.
Marginal old, now dry water stains throughout.
What makes this Bible bearable are the numerous (perhaps 30) text woodcut illustrations. Many of the smaller ones are reminiscent of Hans Sebald Beham and the larger ones ½ column cuts seem to be after Lukas Cranach. These are all interesting and often charming. The New Testament title page is also fully engraved with vignettes from the two testaments.
Books-16th —3

1567. A Bible (Old and New Testament) from Lyon, France from the publishing house of Jean of Tournes (scholar and printer,
trained by Sebastien Gryphius). --
Rare (the World Catalogue has 12 copies world-wide).
In Latin. Based on the text of Robert Estienne (Stephanus) (1503-1559).
"First de Tournes Latin Bible", "... said to be the earliest which contains the illustrations of Bernard Salomon, generally called 'le petit Bernard."
With 195 (by my count) woodcut illustrations in Mannerist style by the important and influential artist Bernard Salomon, though attribution with Salomon is never certain.
Title in Latin: "Biblia Sacra ad optima quaeq[ue]; veteris, vt vocant, tralationis [sic] exemplaria summa diligentia, pariq[ue]; fide castigata. Cum Indicibus copiosissimis."
Rough Translation: "The Holy Bible, diligently and faithfully compiled from the best translations ..."
The Artist: Bernard Salomon (c. 1508-c. 1561): "worked mainly for Jean de Tournes as a designer (and probably engraver) of woodcuts for book-illustration, elegantly conceived in the manner of Fontainebleau. The work attributed to him (over 1600 pictures) covers classical and Renaissance literature, astronomy and architecture, city views, emblem books, royal and princely entries, and above all the Bible. The present study provides a critical listing of his works, analyses his use of hissources and gives an indication of his extensive influence on painting, engraving, ceramics, enamelwork, furniture and other
applied arts. The book discusses how word and image interact in the different modes of illustration: didactic, documentary, explicative, narrative, moralistic, aesthetic." (from the description of a book on Bernard Salomon by Peter Sharratt); His woodcuts were "... became models for engravers working in Lyon and were widely distributed and copied. Salomon may have been a Protestant. His son-in-law was the type designer and bookseller Robert Granjon." (from Answers.com)
Publishing Information: Lugduni [Lyon]. Apud ioan. Tornaesium, (by Jean of Tournes]. Typographum Regium. 1567.
Physical Description: Octavo (7 inches x 5 inches x 2.5 inch); 19th or 20th C. fine modern Rexine binding with 4 raised ribs and
title and date in gilt in two of the compartments; gilt edges with nice gauffering.
[title page -- with woodcut design],[7 unnumbered introductory pages],1-1152,[40 unnumbered leaves -- last one is blank].
With 195 (by my count) woodcut scenes (114 from the Old Testament and 81 from the New Testament). The New Testament
cuts are within right and left woodcut borders of floral designs.
Condition: External: binding is newer and is in fine, strong condition; Internal-Text : dealers penciled notes (inaccurate) on front and rear free endpapers; small library(?) stamp on front free endpaper; old ink note on title page and title page is expertly partially backed and left margin cropped short; yellowed throughout which is typical of these 16th C Bibles; occasional, reasonable, spots and stainings; a few marginal tears; some marginal worming. Internal-Engravings: mostly, but not always, lightish impressions with age-typical browning; because of the lightness a few are Poor impressions. Most are probably Good Minus or Fair Plus. Many are Good. Some are Very Good. Overall: in spite of flaws described above, a good, pleasant copy, with a fine, new binding.
Description of Woodcuts: 195 roughly 1/3 to 1/2 page woodcuts by Bernard Salomon; 114 from the Old Testament and 81 from the New Testament; generally in good, though often somewhat lightish impressions
References: Adams 1058; Brunet I, 876; Delaveau/ Hillard 878; Graesse I, p.394; Mortimer 81 ("First de Tourne'sLatin Bible, based on Robert Estienne's text"); BM French p.55; Darlow/ Moule 6134: "[this bible] is said to be the earliest which contains the illustrations of Bernard Salomon, generally called 'le petit Bernard.'" Very rare, not in Baudrier.

Books-16th —4 1581. The first French edition  of Vincenzo Cartari's famous work on the images of the gods of the Greece and Rome.It contains 88 three quarter page woodcut engravings (plus a full page portrait of the translator) of Greek and Roman gods with their symbols and animals. The animals include an elephant, an octopus, and other real animals along with mythological creatures and monsters of land, sea, and air.
IT IS AN INCOMPLETE COPY missing roughly 11 leaves including the title page, though it is complete in text and woodcuts. (Complete copies are selling for up to $4,000)
This is a translation from the original Italian (of 1556, published without illustrations) by Antoine du Verdier.
It is from the famous publishing house of Estienne (Etienne) Michel. Estienne and B. Honorat published a Latin and an Italian edition in the same year with the same illustrations.
The World Catalogue has roughly 15 copies of this edition.
An important book in a rare edition. It became a manual used by Mannerist artists for their depictions of the pagan gods and has become a useful reference for the study of the art of that period.
Title in French: Les Images des Dieux des Anciens, contenans les idoles, coustumes, ceremonies & autres choses appartenans a la Religion des payens.
Rough Translation of Title: The Images of the Gods of the Ancients [Greeks and Romans] containing their idols, costumes, ceremonies and other thing relating to the Religion of the countries.
Author: Vincenzo Cartari (1531-1571), Translated into French by Antoine du Verdier (1544-1600).
Artist: in a style attributed to Thomas Arande (others attribute the engravings to Bolognino Zaltieri and say they are reduced free copies of those originally published in the 1571 edition (some reversed) published in Venice by Giordani Ziletti.)
Publishing Information: Lyon, Estienne (Etienne) Michel (Stephanus Michaelis); 1581.
Physical Description: Quarto (8.25 inches x 6.5 inches x 2. inches); [4 leaves of 8 (lacks title page)],1-638,[13 leaves (through ) Oooo4) of 20(?)]; LACKS TITLE PAGE plus roughly 10 unnumbered leaves, 4 from front and roughly 7 from the end of the book (from the list of woodcuts).
Includes a full-page woodcut portrait of Antoine du Verdier plus 88 woodcut engravings. The text and woodcuts are complete.
Contemporary limp vellum binding.
Condition: External condition: the vellum is cracked and missing pieces on the spine which exposes a label and the inner binding; ties missing; in other places the vellum is splitting or torn and is separating from the pastedowns and binding; it is stained and soiled and crinkled – Externally Overall: Poor; Internal condition: ecclesiastical library stamps on front pastedown and on first text page (in red) and a more modern library catalogue number on a label on front cover; worming on perhaps 55 leaves, not affecting images but affecting text; throughout there is a "v" shaped water stain from the center of each page that does affect text and cuts and that is heavy in places, lighter in other places, but always present; some pages are heavily yellowed, some with mild yellowing, most with some yellowing; periods of heavy foxing but not on too many pages; occasional spotting, mostly from antique brown ink; none of the defects affect readability; a few pages frayed in a place at top edge into margin; a few marginal chips; cropped a little too close at the top edge touching into top running title on one page; miscellaneous other minor problems such as folding of edges on first 40 pages and last 30 or so and 1 tear -- Internally Overall: Fair Plus (due to water stains) to Good Minus (with the above mentioned missing leaves); condition of Woodcut Engravings: generally good impressions but with the water staining and the occasional yellowing and foxing. -- Engravings: Fair Plus (due to the stains) to Good Minus.
Engravings: Most have some water staining discoloration as can be seen below. Some have browning, others are weakish impressions. They are all in a Mannerist style and many have areas of genius. Others are somewhat bland, artistically.
Discussion: This is from the blurb from the first English translation of the work: "The systematic integration of text and image constituted an original approach to the classical myths, and the use of the vernacular made the text accessible to learned and unlearned alike. Cartari’s iconographical, symbolic interpretation of the images of the pagan gods as they were represented in antiquity and discussed by Renaissance antiquarians proved to be an enormously popular approach to pagan myth. Cartari’s Images was well known to Renaissance artists, poets, and critics," and "Cartari's work was for more than half a century the basis for pictorial and literary presentation of the ancient gods and half-gods. It is one of the principal sources for the understanding of Renaissance and Baroque art and drama..." (see: J. Seznec The survival of pagan gods; the mythological tradition and its place in renaissance, humanism and art (1953), pp. 219-323).
(Ref: Adams-Rawles-Saunders, F141; Brun, 149; Brunet I, 1601; Caillet, 2047; Baudrier IV, 140 (à l'adresse d'Honorat), Mortimer, French Sixtenth Century Books, 128(Etienne's Italian edition of 1581.)
Books-17th—4

The first French edition (seemingly published consecutively in Latin [1620), then Dutch [1622], and then French [1623] by the same Antwerp publisher) (the French edition being rare) of the work by the emblem book by the Jesuit, Fr. Sucquet who wrote to show two paths a person may take in life, the path to Heaven and the path to Hell.
The work is illustrated with 32 of the most imaginative and interesting engravings of the time. They show the two paths as choices to be made (often by a gentleman of the day). One path is portrayed as the path of temptation with Bosch-like demons shooting their arrows of desire. The other path is the heavenly path chosen by the good and the wise.
The artist is the important Dutch illustrator, Boethius Adam Bolswert (1580-1633).
There were many later editions as well as translations into Victorian times. At some point in the 17th Century, the plates were re-drawn by a different(?) artist who copied the engravings from the original edition.
Title in French: Le Chemin de la Vie Eternele; Compse en Latin par le R. P. Antoine Svcqvet de la Compagnie de Jesus. Translate par le R. P. Pierre Morin, Parisien, de la mesme Compagnie. Declare par Images de Boete A. Bolswert.
Rough Translation: The Path of Eternal Life; Written in Latin by R. P. Antoine Svcqvet of the the Company of Jesus. Translated by the Parisian, R. P. Pierre Morin fo the same Company. Illustrated with Images by Boetium A. Bolswert.
Author: Antoni Svcqvet (Sucquet -- 1574-1627), priest of the Society of Jesus
Artist: Boethius Adam Bolswert (Dutch, 1580-1633); Praz: "the illustrator of the sentimental and ecstatic states of the soul"
Publishing Information and Description: Antverpiae (Antwerp), Chez Henry Aertissens, 1623, First French Edition; Octavo, 7.25 inches x 4.75 inches x 2.5 inches
    Collation: [engraved title-frontis page],[7 introductory leaves],1-950,[9 leaves - index plus printer's device]; complete with the engraved title-frontis page and the 32 full-page, one-sided copper-plate engravings, one at the beginning of each chapter.
    Binding: appears to be a 19th or early 20th Century binding with leather spine (with stamped title) and marbled paper boards with marbled end papers.
Condition:
         binding is quite solid and usable but the front free end-paper and the title pages are loose (not completely free but nearly); the hinges are starting to split at head; and there is wear to the head; bumped and worn corners; library label on inside of front cover; tear to edge of front marbled endpaper.
         leaves: title page is reinforced with tape and has an owner's signature in old ink but very sloppy and date reinforced in ink; top of all pages are cropped but not into text (SEE RELEVANT IMAGE) -- on a very few pages the cropping touches the top running title and page number; the pages are mostly clean with occasional spotting, water stains; age-typical light browning throughout.
         plates are almost all in good, crisp impressions, but they are all lightish and there a few insignificant spots and one has a piece missing from the right edge but only in the margin (SEE RELEVANT IMAGE).
                Overall: a good, complete, ex-library, first (French) edition copy, whose copper-plate engravings are in good impressions
Regarding the book: "The practitioner was urged to form mental images, inspired and activated by the senses. Ignatius’ program aimed at transforming sensual experiences into spiritual insights. Ignatius, however, did not dwell on the relation between pictorial arts and the imaginary. This was elaborated by Jerome Nadal (1507-1580) in his Evangelicae Historiae Imagines, and by Antoine Sucquet (1574-1627) in his Via Vitae Aeternae, among others. Both Nadal and Sucquet made clear that vision is the most important sense of a human being. Henceforth printed images were used as an important means to accomplish the spiritual exercises." (Jeffrey Chipps Smith in the Marburg Journal of Religion)
"... the plates to Antoine Sucquet’s Via vitae aeternae illustrate the soul and its image making faculties; these faculties understanding, reason, conscience, heart, and will — are enacted in elaborate scenes that portray the cognitive formation of the soul as it engages in meditation and contemplation. Sucquet conceives of meditative prayer as an imitative practice originating in a theory of imitation bodied forth in the pictorial exempla supplied by Bolswert. This theory and practice are ultimately directed toward achieving the experience of divine contemplation, characterized as the sure vision of God seen in the mirror of the soul." (from an abstract of a lecture by Walter S. Melion of Emory University -- see link)
Comment by Sucquet on the importance of religious illustrations: "These [images] will be able to help everyone, since the mind is arid and dull; but it will especially help simpler folk to concentrate their attention and to meditate more usefully. For he who uses this method will easily overcome those two things which tend to make meditation difficult and even fruitless. The first is the instability of the imagination: after the sin of Adam it became wholly unbridled; the unstable mind was made to wander over the whole course of the earth, and was not allowed to stick to pious thoughts. In order to restrain it, it seemed appropriate to fix it, as it were, by means of pious cogitations and by images. The Blessed Ignatius approved of just this when he wrote to Nadal that he should publish the Life of Christ represented by beautiful images, for the specific convenience of the meditator. Experience teaches us how true this is; and the Holy Church, which makes considerable use of images, confirms this by its authority." (from agdei web site)
Engravings: All by the Dutch/Flemish artist Boethius Adams Bolswert ("Born 1580 in Bolsward. Active 1611-1617 in Haarlem, Amsterdam and Brussels. After 1620 in Antwerp. Pupil of Abraham Bloemart [and one source says of Rubens]. Died in Antwerp on 25 March 1633." -- from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco website where 32 Bolsvert engravings for a later edition of a Sucquet emblem book are given). For Bolswert, see: Hind, A History of Engraving and Etching, 128 and 353.
References: Landwehr, Low Countries, 770; Corpus liborum emblematum, Jesuit series, J.1429; Sommervoegel VII, 1690-91

Books-17th—7

1722/1712
An exceptionally clean and fine copy of a Scottish Bible (printed in 1722).
INTERLEAVED WITH an important series of 259 (Old and New Testament) engravings (after Caspar and Jan Lukyen) in a fresh and brilliant state
AND with an impeccable Provenance: from the library of the Earls of Macclesfield (in the Shirburn Castle).
Title: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly translated out of the Original Tongues; And with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised; By his Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches.
(INTERLEAVED WITH) Christoph Weigel's Historiae celebriores Veteris (and Novi) Testamenti; Iconibus Repraesentatae ...
Publishing Data: Edinburg, James Watson ("Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty"); 1722 AND, Nuremberg, Christoph Weigel (Christophoro Weigelio) (1654-1725); 1712 (first published in 1708)
Physical Description: The two separate works were bound as one, in two volumes (volume 1 containing Genesis through Song of Solomon and volume 2 containing Prophets through the New Testament -- including Apocrypha); plus 2 fully engraved title pages and 259 engraved plates (151 Old Testament and 105 New Testament); Folio; 17.75 inches x 11.5 inches x 3.25 inches (v2 -- 3 inches); 27.8 pounds; 1048 pages
Binding: period diced russia; elaborate and exquisite gilt decorations on cover and in compartments (showing crowns, flowers, acorns, grotesques, etc. as in Pearson, plate I42); gilt edges, marbled end-papers; on both volumes: two morocco labels, with titles in gilt, in two compartments -- both volumes
Condition:
Condition of text: Aside from mild age-toning, almost no flaws. There is some insignificant faint spotting. In addition, and going through all the text pages, I counted six noticeable marginal spots.
Condition of binding: joints cracked but in no danger; very slight bowing of one volume; corners slightly bumped; covers rubbed and with some discolorations
Further description: Regarding the text: first title page is in Red and Black with engraved woodcut Royal Arms and woodcut initials. Coat of Arms stamped onto Volume 1 titles and A2
Regarding the Historiae: 2 fully engraved title pages. The Old Testament title shows Moses, Aaron, the Ten Commandments, etc. The New Testament title shows three New Testament women; plus the 259 engraved plates.
References: DMH 959; Brunet V; 1428; Faber du Faur 1843;
Engravings -- Description:
     This is one of the finest series of 18th Century Bible plates. They were engraved by Christopher Weigel after works of the Dutch artists Jan Luyken (Luiken, Luycken, 1649-1712) and his son, Caspar Luyken (1672-1708). (Caspar Luyken worked directely with Weigel on another series of plates and, presumably, directly with him on this one also.)
     Jan Luyken was a Mennonite mystic who is known as one of the four great Dutch illustrators of the early 18th Century. He was an artist of great originality. "Jan Luyken's perspectives and his light and fine needle technique in Rembrandt's style have a high artistic value" (Faber du Faur). Each of the 151 Old Testament and 108 New Testament full page, single-sided engravings has an epigram by Samuel Faber in both Latin and German.
Engravings -- Condition:
     The engravings are all in the finest of states (indicating that they are very early impressions from the plates) on a fine, heavy, handmade paper. There is an occasional small spot in an image, and occasional marginal problems such as minor tears at an edge or a spot or some minor foxing or some discoloration (almost all the discoloration, and there isn't much, I believe, is smudging from the original printing.) The Old Testament title (which has a spot) and the last plate are laid down. For most of the plates in the Old Testament series, someone has, inoffensively, added a verse number (after the chapter number) in pencil or old ink -- these are so consistent and so pleasant that I wonder if they weren't added by the publisher.

     It would be fair to say that this series is in Superb, Fresh, Rich, Crisp impressions, near Mint, as close to Pristine as is possible, fit for an Earl. In looking at them, we are able to see just what the engraver wanted us to see when he worked on his project.