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LARGE FOLIO ANTIPHONAL, 1600, WITH MANY LOVELY HISTORIATED INITIALS IN PERIOD BINDING

ANTIPHONAL. Spanish antiphonal. Spain, 1600.

Very striking example of Spanish Church antiphonal, penned in 1600 during the Bishopric of Don Francisco de Reynoso in the city of Cordova for use in the church in the town of Cabra. In original binding retaining metal furniture, with historiated initials and musical staves and text on 199 vellum leaves. $21,000.

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SPANISH MANUSCRIPT EXECUTORIA, WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL FULL-PAGE PAINTINGS, IN SPLENDID VELVET BINDING

MARIN, Juan Antonio. Executoria de Hidalguia en Forma. Arroyo el Puerco, 1770. Exquisitely illustrated manuscript on vellum, containing genealogical evidence of Spanish nobility and a census of individuals connected to Don Juan Antonio Marin of Arroyo el Puerco. In contemporary velvet binding. $17,500.

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"ONE OF THE FOREMOST LEADERS IN THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF CALVIN'S HARMONIE, 1584

CALVIN, John. Harmonie upon the Three Evangelists. Londini [London], 1584.

First edition in English of Calvin's commentaries on the Gospels of Mathew, Mark and Luke—"with it Calvin's New Testament commentaries were complete"—as issued in one rare volume with his commentary on the Gospel of John. "I am burning to write about the three Gospels," Calvin once wrote, "Indeed, once this book is published, I will turn to silent meditation." An exceptional copy in contemporary gilt-stamped calf boards. $17,500.

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"PASCAL’S WORK HAS, IN FACT, THE MARKS OF GENIUS" (PMM)

PASCAL, Blaise. Thoughts, Meditations, and Prayers. London, 1688.

First edition in English of Pascal's posthumous and often controversial Pensées (Thoughts, Meditations, and Prayers), the brilliant philosopher’s complex examination of "the age old controversy between faith and reason… a book for which the enquiring mind has had solid reason to be grateful" (PMM), and a work that exerted great influence on America's founding fathers, a handsome copy in contemporary calf. $16,000.

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"MY MOUTH SHALL DECLARE THY PRAISE"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Southern Netherlands, late 15th-century.

Beautiful illuminated leaf from a Dutch Book of Hours, featuring four splendid miniatures depicting the Annunciation, as well as rare subjects including the Tree of Jesse (the lineage of Christ), Mary at the Loom, and the Marriage of the Virgin and Joseph, attractively framed. $15,500.

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"HOW CRAFTILY AND DANGEROUSLY THE DEVILL TEMPTETH AND SEIZETH ON POORE SOULES"

(WITCHCRAFT) DAVENPORT, John. Witches of Huntingdon. London, 1646.

First edition of this very scarce collection of confessions and testimony given during the East Anglia Witch Hunt of 1644-47, during which self-appointed "Witchfinder General" Matthew Hopkins tried and hanged approximately 300 people, mostly women—more than had been executed for witchcraft in the previous 100 years. Beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son. $15,000.

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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. T. Lucretius Carus. Oxford, 1682.

First edition, first issue, in English of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history, with Creech's controversial Preface, omitted from future editions, along with his "Life" of Lucretius." Creech's translation is heralded for introducing the West to Lucretius' nearly lost masterpiece that offered "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, a splendid copy handsomely bound in full morocco. $13,500.

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"INCLINE UNTO MY AID O GOD"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Northern France, circa 1470.

Beautiful illuminated miniature from a Northern French Book of Hours, a striking hand-colored image depicting the Annunciation to the Shepherds, with three lines of Latin text from the Hour of Terce in batarde script, a three-line initial and a one-line initial, beautifully bordered with two grotesques, flowers, leaves, and acanthus leaves. $11,500.

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