Friday, May 25, 2007

Latin Bible - Genesis through Ruth 1550

Biblia Graeca et Latina. 1550.
By Nicholas BrĂ¼linger, in Basel, Switzerland.
Not a complete Bible.
As issued, this volume contains only the books of Genesis through Ruth.

Source - A Student with an Antiquarian Taste in Books

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Psymon Bindery

An Explanation of the Fashion and use of three and fifty Instruments of Chirurgery by Ambrosius Pareus
London Printed for Michael Sparke 1631

Source - Psymon Bindery. This is quite simply the most breathtaking website with an Antiquarian Books theme that I have ever seen.

Here is the Incunabula section. If you click on the Curiosities, you will see an entire page of Antiquarian Title pages such as those I find for this blog. The Chirurgery book shown at left can be found in this section. The Masterpieces and the Milestones sections are also packed full of interesting Title Pages.

I wish I could have designed a website as gorgeous as this one

Author: James A. Cooke of Warwick.
Title: Mellificium Chirurgiae; or, The marrow of Chirurgery, With the anatomy of human bodies according to the most modern anatomists, illustrated with many anatomical observations, Institutions of physick, with Hippocrates's aphorisms…(and so on).
Published - London: Joshua Phillips, 1700.

Source - The Marrow of Chirurgery - Before and After Restoration

The practice of Chirurgery is an early form of medicine, midwifery, dentistry and surgery, especially battle surgery. It was practiced primarily by men in Europe during the middle ages and in the new colonies of America. It may have been the reason for women being prosecuted as witches because they followed the old skills of midwifery and herbal folklore.

Old Books from the Netherlands

The Works of Flavius Josephus in Dutch.

Josephus Flavius Opera omnia,
Pieter Mortier (1661-1711) Editor,
Amsterdam 1704

From Jacob van Maerlants Rijmbijbel (Bible in rhyme)
(1271) The golden age of Dutch manuscript painting.

One of the most impressive achievements of Dutch manuscript painting is the creation of a continuous cycle of illustrations for the Bible translation known as the Dutch History Bible.

Source - Collection of Old Books

Friday, May 11, 2007

And still more interesting Title Pages

Ladies Diary or Woman's Almanack 1751

John Cary

Great Roads Map Of England and Wales

Published in 1798

The History of the Rise and Fall of Masaniello
The Fisherman of Naples

By T Midon

Published in London 1729


By Carlo Denina of Crete University

Published in Venice 1784

Thomas Paine advocated the removal of the Monarchy

The Gentlemans Calling


This version was printed in 1559

But a 1561 printing has the following details
Bernard Salomon OT images
Quadrins historiques
La Sainte Bible, A Lyon, Par Jean de Tournes. 1561
Not in Cartier

Fingal Epic by James MacPherson
Published in London 1762
The Ossian Poems were claimed by MacPherson to be stories from the 3rd century, but actually MacPherson wrote these epics himself.
1758 The Highlander
1762 Fingal: an Ancient Epic Poem in Six Books
1763 Temora, an Epic Poem, in Eight Books
The Ossian Poems Online

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Published in London in 1776

Published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.

The Ladies Complete Letterwriter 1765

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Ben Jonson, Belisarius and Benjamin Franklin

M. T Cicero's

Cato Major or His Discourse of Old Age

With Explanatory notes

Printed and Sold by Benjamin Franklin

Philadelphia 1744

Belisarius A Play

Published in Philadelphia 1770

Belisarius was Emperor Justinian's Roman Army General around 550 AD. He was married to Antonina, and she was close to Empress Theodora. All four are written about extensively in The Secret History by Procopius - of which there are several good modern translations available. Two publishers that I have read are Penguin and The Folio Society.

The Antidote

Thomas L'Escot

A French Medical book

Rationale Divinorum Officiorum 1568

The Alchemeist A Comedy
A Play by Ben Jonson
First Acted in 1610
This Copy Published in 1739

Please note this is a VERY LARGE file.

13th Century
Johannes de Sacrobosco

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Paradise Lost - Milton 1669

John Milton
Paradise Lost : A poem in ten Books.
London : Printed by S. Simmons, and are to be sold by T. Helder at the Angel in Little Brittain, 1669.
The first edition of Paradise Lost appeared in different impressions dated 1668 and 1669, but it is now believed that some copies like this with the later date were actually issued first. The poem is better known in twelve book form, a change implemented from the second edition onwards.

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