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1 Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514). Single printed leaf from the Schedel'schen Weltchronik.
Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493 Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
Single Leaf. Blatt CLXXIII. 16 1/4 x 11 inches. Text from "Das sechst alter" in German, 62 lines per page, single-column, 15 double-line woodcut initials, the recto with 4 woodcut illustrations including King Arnophus, Bishop Rudolphus, a prince, and a larger woodcut illustration of a town, the verso with 5 pope portraits in a column and woodcut of an angel armed with a sword and scales of justice, weighing men against one another; text clean, unmarked, with only occasional and very minor soiling or foxing. Very Good. Anton Koberger began printing books in Nuremberg about 1470; by 1500 he had issued 250 titles, printing thousands of copies of his various books. This made Koberger one of the largest publishers of the incunabula period, keeping up to 18 printing presses active with over 100 assistants, printers, and typesetters under employment. Koberger's Register des buchs der Croniken und geschichten, mit figure und pildnussen von anbegin der welt bis auf dies unsere Zeit, or Weltchronik, was written by Hartmann Schedel, a physician, scholar, and collector of historical documents who came up with the idea of making a chronicle of all human life from the beginning to the fifteenth century. It was Anton Koberger who added the organizational expertise for this massive project, engaging the famous artists Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Peydenwurff, and other important figures such as Sebald Schreyer, and others, to complete the project. This leaf is from the sixth age of the Chronicle, from Christ to the fifteenth century, and begins with an account of King Arnulf of Carinthia, King of Lorraine (887-795), and discusses the reigns of contemporary Roman pontiffs. 
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2 John Gerard (1545-1612). 2 hand-colored printed leaves from The Herball or Generall historie of plantes.
London: John Norton, 1597 Collectible: Very Good 
1 leaf loose, the other mounted on stiff board so that only one side is visible. 2 Leaves. Pages 57-58 and 223. 13 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches and 12 3/8 x 8 inches, the margins of the mounted leaf have been trimmed but without loss of text. Altogether 9 hand-colored illustrations, with text in English, single column of the loose page; text clean, unmarked, pencil book seller notation in the margin of the loose leaf verso, light toning or soiling, paper adhesive in the upper margins of the verso of the loose leaf appears to be remnant of a paper hinge. Very Good. John Gerard was an English botanist and herbalist. He maintained a large herbal garden in London and is best known for his monumental Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes (1st ed., 1597). His heavily illustrated Herball was the most widely circulated botany book in English in the seventeenth century. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 John Parkinson (1567-1650). 2 hand-colored printed leaves from Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris, or A garden of all sorts of pleasant flowers.
London: Humfrey Lownes and Robert Young, 1629 Collectible: Very Good 
2 Leaves. Pages 97-98 and 351-352. 12 3/8 x 8 inches. Each leaf with multiple hand-colored illustrations of flowers within printed borders, the versos with single column text in English describing the images; text clean, unmarked, pencil book seller notation in the margins of the versos, some light marginal toning or soiling, paper adhesive in the upper margins of the versos appears to be remnants of paper hinges. Very Good. John Parkinson was the last of the great English herbalists and one of the first of the great English botanists. He was apothecary to James I, a founding member of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, and Royal Botanist to Charles I. Parkinson is known for two monumental works: Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris, which generally describes the proper cultivation of plants; and Theatrum Botanicum (1640), the most complete and beautifully presented English treatise on plants of its time. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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4 VIRGIL [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 BCE). Illustrated leaf from Aeneis Virgiliana....
Lyon: J. Crespin, 1529 Collectible: Very Good 
Small folio. 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Pages CXIII and CXIIII. On the recto are lines 352-360 surrounded by commentary, and a large woodcut illustration (7 x 5 7/8 inches) of the fall of Troy, with lines 361-379 of Virgil's Aeneid, with surrounding commentary; light toning, the block showing signs of wear with minor inking in the image and in the text on the verso. Very Good. From the First Crespin Lyons edition, 1529, containing the reused woodcuts prepared for the Johan Gruninger Strasbourg edition of Virgil, (1502). Book 2 of the Aeneid begins with Aeneas' recounting of the end of the Trojan War. This woodcut illustrates the meeting of Aeneas and his men with the Greek warrior Androgeos and his warriors; who the Trojans slaughter wholesale. 
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5 [Holbein} Single printed leaf from Biblia Sacra iuxta vulgat[am] quam dicunt editionem.
Paris: apud Carolam Guillard & Gulielmum Desboys, 1552 Collectible: Very Good 
From the Second Edition, previously published in 1549. 4to. Pages 741-742. 10 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches. Text in Latin, single column of Bible text with variant readings of the text in the margins, 2 woodcut initials, colored by hand; text clean, unmarked, some light toning, foxing, and soiling. Very Good. Text from parts of Jeremiah Chapters 8, 9 [complete], and 10. Although not present on this leaf, this edition contained 92 woodcut illustrations of the Old Testament by Hans Holbein (1497-1543), first published in Lyon in 1538. Among the printers is Charlotte Guillard (d. 1557) the first woman printer of importance. She was one of the most important printers of the Latin Quarter of Paris. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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