Various: Various, 1471 - 1681. Custom. Twenty leaves in very good to fine condition as described below. Each leaf mounted with a grey card border and inserted in a portfolio. Some striking woodcuts and hand supplied capitals. The individual leaves are from the following books:
1. de Lyra, Nicholas. Postilla Super Totam Bibliam. Rome: Sweynheym and Pannartz. 18 Nov. 1471. Folio Roman letter. First edition. Capital inserted by hand in red. Sweynheym and Pannartz were the first printers of books in Italy in 1465. They moved to Rome in 1467. Very clean, five scattered fox marks.
2. de Sancto caro, Hugo (Hugh of St, Cherc 1200 -1263). Postilla Super Evangelia...Basle: Bernhard Richel, 10 Jan., 1482. Folio. Double Column, initial strokes and underlining in red, printed headlines. Hugh of St. Cher, Cardinal and Bible commentator, was a Dominican who played an important role at the Council of Lyons in 1245. He directed the first revision of the text fo the Vulgate. Some age-toning especially to edges of the leaf, Numbers "123" in ink at the head of the outer margin and faded brief annotation on at inner margin (both on b2).
3. Caracciolus, Robertus. Sermones de Laudibus Sanctorum. Paris: George Wolf, 1489. (Feb. 1490). Quarto, double leaves, conjoined, with capitals supplied by hand in red. Four small clusters of foxing - two to the outer margins and two to the head of the text.
4. Aristotle. De Historia, Partibus, Generatione, Communi, Gresso Et Motu Animaliorum. Paris:Simon Colinaeus, 1524. Small folio. Edited by Theodore Gaza. Roman letter with fine woodcut initals. Fine. Short annotations on both sides in brown ink.
5. De Tudeschis, Nicolaus Panormitanus. Lectura Super Quarto et Quinto Decretalium. Lyons, ex officina Sebastiani Gryphis Germani, 1524. Large quarto, double column with narrower column of side notes, light cluster of fox marks.
6. More, Sir Thomas. A Dyalogue..Wherein be treated dyvers maters, as of the veneration & worship of ymagys. Newly ouersene. (W. Rastell) 1530. Folio. Black letter. Large decorative initial. Some fraying to the margin and one round hole 3mm in diameter.
7. Vegetius. De Re Militari. Paris, 1536. Folio. The first Paris edition. The woodcut plate illustrates contemporary mechanics of war. One dark mark 4mm in diameter.
8. Roman Breviary. Venice, Lucantonio Iuncta, A.D. 1563 (September). Printed in red and black, Latin, double column with woodcut of waht appears to be the Last Supper.
9. Pantaleon, Heinrich. Illustium Virorium Totius Germaniae. Basel, 1565-6. Folio. Short biographies of distinguished Germans with small woodcut portraits sometimes, as in this case, two to a page.
10. Foxe, John. Book of Martyrs. London: by Iohn Daye, 1576. Folio. A woodcut depicting the courage of Master Bilney before his death.
11. Holinshed. "Chronicle" (The Historie fo Scotland)...For Lucas Harrison, 1577. Folio. First edition, woodcut illustration of events described. A tad toned.
12. Topsell, Edward. History of Four Footed Beasts. William Jaggard, 1607. Folio. First edition. Large and charming woodcut illustration of "The Second Kind of Hyenæ". Annotated in brown ink, "What is also called Man Tiger [illegible] Baboon & has [illegible]." Slight water mark to top margin and a long (4cm) vertical tear from the foot up the inside margin.
13. Daye, Richard. A Book of Christian Prayers. 1608. Small quarto, fourth edition of Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book. Black letter within woodcut borders with illustrations from the Dance of Death and similar scenes.
14. Plutarch. The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romaines Compared Together...Translated ...into English , by Sir Thomas North. By Richard Field 1612. Folio. With woodcut portrait of Corialanus within decorative surround, small hole in margin at the foot, very close to the edge.
15. The Holy Bible. 1613. Folio. Black letter. Double column within rules. Woodcut intials . Bifolium beginning the Second Booke of the Kings.
16. Bacon, Sir Francis. The Essayes or Counsells, Civill and Morall. By John Haviland for Hanna Barret, 1625. Small quarto. The first collected edition. A landmark in English language and literature. This leaf, "Of Ambition".
17. Grearde, John. The Herball or General Historie of Plants. Very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson. Adam Islip, 1633. Folio. Second edition. This leaf has six woodcut illustrations of the hyacinth (2 to one side and 4 to the other).
18. Ovid. Metamorphosis. Paris, 1637. Folio. Decorative head piece and copper engraving of Cadmus vanquishing a dragon. Light water stain to the top of the page, finger smudges on inside margin next to the plate.
19. Pare, Ambrose. The Works of the Famous Chirurgeon..Translated by T.H. Johnson. by Mary Clark, 1678 Folio. Woodcut illustration of apparatus for distilling oils from plants. Toning along edges of leaves.
20. Josephus, Flavius. Histoire Des Juiss. traduite par Mons. Arnauld D'Andilly. Amsterdam, Chez la Veuve Schippers et Henry Wetstein, 1681. Folio. Double column with large copper engraving showing a battle scene. Very good. Item #492
A lovely collection of letterpress leaves from important books and printers. Taken together the contents of the portfolio give a sense of the progress of printing over the first two centuries after the invention of the printing press.