Early Rare Books Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access Terms

Administrative Information

Series Description and Container List

Series I: Original Editions

Series II: Facsimile Editions

Early Rare Books Collection


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Title: Early Rare Books Collection
Dates: 1382-1694
Quantity: 9.0 Linear feet
Abstract Spanning over 300 years, the Early Rare Books Collection is comprised of 41 editions. It includes early printed books in about equal numbers from the 16th and 17th centuries, and one 14th century bound manuscript. The collection contains original editions in a variety of sizes, languages, and bindings as well as facsimile editions.
Identification: PRINT.2014.001
Languages: English

Historical Note

The origins of the book reach back about 5000 years to the manufacture and use of papyrus in Egypt. Ancient papyrus manuscripts were produced as scrolls, a format that prevailed until about the fifth century AD, when the codex format became more popular. Factors that favored the codex over the scroll included the ease of accessing any part of the text quickly, the ability to inscribe on both sides of the page, and increased portability as books became smaller and more compact over time. Eventually, the use of parchment supplanted that of papyrus as a manuscript medium; it was more durable and less costly. Starting in the 13th century, paper made from cotton pulp was increasingly used in the production of codices.

Prior to the advent of machine printing, books were produced or copied by hand and were often, though not always, religious in nature. Ceramic seals and wood blocks, used to stamp designs and hieroglyphics, constitute the early roots of printing in Egypt, Asia, and Europe. The single most significant event in print history was the 15th century refinement of the 11th century Chinese moveable type invention by Johannes Gutenberg of Mainz, Germany. In contrast to the enormous character-based system of writing in Asia, not well suited to moveable type, the European alphabetical system worked well with only 26 symbols. While others in Europe had experimented with this technology, Gutenberg drew on his experience in engraving, gem cutting, and metalwork to improve on both the manufacture of movable type and its utilization via the printing press. His most well-known project, the Gutenberg Bible, was created between 1450 and 1455.

The substance and nature of books evolved relatively quickly after the development of moveable type in Renaissance Europe. Woodcuts and block- printed illustrations appeared in books. Increasingly, books on secular topics became available; subjects such as natural science, medical science, poetry, music, history, and classical works were printed. The range of languages in printed books expanded. While the earliest printed works came out of Germany, print shops began to appear in other parts of Europe, such as Italy, France, England, and the Netherlands. Paris and Venice became major centers of book production. Aldus Manutius the Elder, a leading figure of his time in printing, publishing and typography, founded the Aldine Press in Venice in the late 1500’s. The Aldine Press continued to operate after his death under the administration of successive generations of his family for about a century, and had a role in the emergence of Venice as one of the leading centers of the European book trade. A noteworthy innovation associated with this shop, under Manutius’ administration, was the debut of italic typeface, whose condensed size allowed for the printing of smaller and subsequently cheaper books. Reduced costs enabled printing in larger batches, enhancing accessibility to these more portable and affordable books. By the 1600s, literacy had increased and large numbers of books were being published. While innovations in book design had declined since the 1500’s, advances in engraving led to its use as the predominant form of book illustration.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Queens College Early Rare Books Collection spans the years 1382-1694. It contains one 14th century bound manuscript and several early printed books from the 16th and 17th century. There are eight facsimile editions as well. Many of the holdings were printed in Italy, mostly in the Manutius workshop of Venice. The rest were printed in The Netherlands, England, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. Twelve books are in Latin or partly Latin as there are three bilingual items (mostly Latin and Greek) and one, Dionysii Longini De sublimitate commentarius (On the sublime), 1694, employs three languages (Latin, Greek, French). In some books there is marginalia but it is often illegible.

Topically the items range from natural science (Principles of Agriculture, 1538; Euclid’s elements, 1607) through religion (Epistulae [Letters] by Philip Melanchton, 1647; Thirteene sermons of Maister John Calvine, 1579), poetry (Le Fiamme di M. Giovam Battista Giraldi, 1548; Opera [Works] by Torquato Tasso, 1666), music (Antiquae musicae auctores septem [Seven composers of music of old times], 1652), Roman history (In hoc volumine haec continentur) [Collection of writings on Roman emperors], 1519), works of the classics (Orationes [Orations], by Cicero, 1582), to medical science (Anatomie [Anatomy], 1691) and linguistics (Plantin’s Promptuarium [Latin-French, French-Latin Dictionary], 1576). Some of the holdings are considered quite rare. Most notable are: Blancardus’ Anatomie (1691), Plantin’s Promptuarium (1576), Cicero’s Orationes (1582 pocket edition), and Meibomius’ Antiquae Musicae Auctores Septem (1652). All of these are either the only extant originals in the US or one of the very few.

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Arrangement

Arrangement Note: Volumes are arranged chronologically by their date of publication.

Series I: Original Editions
Series II: Facsimile Editions

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Restrictions

Access

Collection is open for research. Contact Department of Special Collections and Archives. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.

Copyright

The Early Rare Books Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

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Controlled Access Terms

Anatomy--Early works to 1800
Architecture
Aristides Quintilianus. Peri mousikēs. Greek & Latin
Aristotle--Metaphysics
Aristotle--Rhetoric--Criticism and Interpretation--Early works to 1800
Aristoxenus--Harmonics--Greek & Latin
Blankaart, Steven 1650-1702
Boileau Despreaux, Nicolas, 1636-1711
Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564
Cassius Dio Cocceianus. Roman history
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616
Cicero, Marcus Tullius--Speeches
Cleonides, 2nd cent.
Clothing and dress--Early works to 1800
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, Emperor of the East, 905-959
Courtly love
Criticism
Dragondelli, Giacomo
Early works to 1800
Elzevir, Abraham, 1592-1652
Elzevir, Bonaventure, 1583-1652
Emperors--Rome
English poetry--Bio-bibliography
Euclid
Euclid. Elements
Geometry--Early works to 1800
Gronovius, Jacobus, 1645-1716
Gutenberg, Johann, 1397?-1468
Halma, Francois, 1653-1722
History of the book
History--Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D.
Incunabula—Facsimiles
Italy--Description and travel
Italy--History
Latin language--Dictionaries--French
Longinus, 1st cent.
Macrobius, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius
Manuzio, Aldo, 1449 or 1450-1515
Manuzio, Aldo, 1547-1597
Manuzio, Paolo, 1512-1574
Manuzio, Paolo--1512-1574--Correspondence--Early works to 1800
Martianus Capella
Mathematics--Early works to 1800
Mazzoni, Jacopo, 1548-1598--Della Difesa della Comedia di Dante
Meibom, Marcus, 1630-1711
Melanchthon, Philipp, 1497-1560
Metaphysics--Early works to 1800
Meurs, Johannes van, 1579-1639
Music theory--History--To 500
Music, Greek and Roman
Music--Theory--16th century
Natural history--Pre-Linnean works
Nicomachus, of Gerasa. Encheiridion harmonikēs. Greek & Latin.
Oratory--Early works to 1800
Patrizi, Francesco--1529-1597
Persian literature--747-1500
Phillips, Edward, 1630-1696?
Philosophy, Ancient—Poetry
Plato--Early works to 1800
Plato. Dialogues
Poetry--16th century Rhetoric, Ancient
Pontanus, Johannes Isacius, 1571-1639
Rhetoric, Ancient
Rhetoric--Early works to 1800
Rome--History--Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Bibliography--Folios--Facsimiles
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Hamlet
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Richard III
Sonnets--Early works to 1800
Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin
Suarez, Cipriano, 1524-1593
Sublime, The
Tasso, Torquato, 1544-1595
Theology--History--16th century
Theology--History--Early church, ca. 30-600
Tollius, Jacobus, d. 1696
Venice (Italy)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800
Venice (Italy)--Imprints (Francesco Lorenzini)
Viols--Instruction and study
Weidmann, Moritz Georg, 1658-1693

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, date (if known), box, folder, Early Rare Books Collection, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

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Series Description and Container List

Series I: Original Editions

1382

The Gulistan (Rose-garden)

Extent: 337 leaves : Rubrics ; 23 cm.

Names of creator(s): Sa’dī (Author) , Tobin, James (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: Persian

Scope and Contents Note: Hand-written ms., bound in gold-tooled green calf.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of James B. Tobin

Existence and Location of Copies: WorldCat shows this to be the only copy in the US.

Controlled Access Terms:
Persian literature--747-1500


1512

De rerum natura, libri VI (On the nature of things)

Extent: [8], cxxv, [13] leaves; 16 cm. (8vo)

Names of creator(s): Carus, Titus Lucretius (Author) Diciembro , Pier Candido (Editor) Giuntae, Phillipi (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Florence by Philippi Giuntae. Edited by Petrus Candidus (i. e. Pier Candido Decembrio)

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 26 copies in the US.

Controlled Access Terms:
Philosophy, Ancient--Poetry


1519

In hoc volumine haec continentur (Collection of writings on Roman emperors)

Extent: [8], 422, [2] l. 16 cm.

Names of creator(s): Andreas Torreasanus de Asula, 1451-1529 (Publisher) Aristides, Aelius (Unknown) , Dio Cocceianus, Cassius (Author) Merula, Giorgio, d. 1494 (Translator)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Andreas Torresanus de Asula (1451-1529) in the Aldus Manutius workshop (just 4 years after Aldus’ death). Aldus Manutius the Elder married in 1505, and thereafter the name of his father-in-law, Andrea Torresani di Asola, appeared regularly with his in imprints. Also listed under the title Historiae Augustae.

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 18 copies in the U.S.

Notes: The vellum binding is old and retains leather straps, but it is coming off the book. The back has the following writing: IMPERATORUM VITAE EX DIONE.HEROD.LAM PRIDIO, ET ALIS. 33 Z Nisi factus written on the first blank page. The lines added in red here and there appear to be reading aids. Spartiani stamped on the underside of the book. Printer’s device on t.p. and last page.

Controlled Access Terms:
Cassius Dio Cocceianus. Roman history
Cassius Emperors--Rome
Manuzio, Aldo, 1449 or 1450-1515
Rome--History--Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D


1538

Constantini Caesaris selectarum praeceptionum (Principles of Agriculture)

Extent: [8], 389, [2] p. ; 17 cm.

Names of creator(s): Constantine VII , Emperor of the East, 905-959 (Unknown) Frobenius, Hieronymus (Publisher) Janus, Cornarius, 1500-1558 (Translator) Nicolaus Episcopius, 1501-1564 (Publisher) Scholasticus Cassianus Bassus (Compiler) Tobin, James (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Basel (Switzerland) by Hieronymus Frobenius and Nicolaus Episcopius. The Geoponica are a part of the encyclopedic excerpts undertaken according to the instructions of Constantine VII. The selection is based upon the older compilation of Cassianus Bassus. First Latin translation of a 10th century Byzantine treatise on agriculture. After the title page follows a dedication to Wolfgang of Stolberg and Wernigerode Count Wolfgang of Stolberg, 1501-1552, Rector Magnificus of Wittenberg University from 1521, where Cornarius had studied. Contains one illegible autograph on the title page: G. ?irkoving? One of three (of this specific edition) in the US: only in Harvard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dr. James E. Tobin

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 93 copies in the US.

Notes: The binding is late, and in reasonable condition. The ridged back has the writing: C. CAESARIS BASIL 1538 The last two pages were damaged and partially reconstructed at some point. No apparent marginalia.

Controlled Access Terms:
Agriculture -- Early works to 1800


1548

Le Fiamme (The flames)

Extent: 87 p., 16 cm.

Names of creator(s): Corso, Anton Giacomo (Editor) Giraldi, Giambattista Cinzio, 1504-1573, 1504-1573 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari. Alternate pages numbered. The different sections (dedication, 1st part, 2nd part, table of contents) are introduced by a little ornamental capital, containing modestly erotic scenes. The work is prefaced by a dedicatory letter to Ercole d’Este II, the duke of Ferrara (and son of the famed Lucrezia Borgia), by Anton Giacomo Corso, followed by a dedicatory poem to the same duke, by Giraldi himself. After the text proper follows a sonnet by Corso to Giraldi, followed by a table of contents, in the form of first lines of sonnets followed by page numbers. In this table, asterisks note sonnets dedicated to particular persons. Quite rare. Also in: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA; Newberry Library, Chicago; University of; Iowa; Dartmouth; Harvard; Indiana Univ.; Univ. of Illinois; New York public library and probably 6 others (not directly accessible in WorldCat).

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably five copies in the US.

Notes: Vellum binding in good condition, front and back cover bowing outward slightly at the bottom. The binding is decorated front and back with identical gilded motifs. A diamond-shaped flower motif in the middle and bands of flowers around the edges. The back has a double gilded line at the top and at the bottom and a small cartouche surrounded by a small band of flowers, containing the writing: GIRA FIAM

Controlled Access Terms:
Sonnets--Early works to 1800


1560

Lettere volgari di M. Paolo Manutio (Paolo Manuzio’s letters in the vernacular)

Extent: 165, [3] leaves; 16 cm. (8vo)

Names of creator(s): Manuzio, Paolo 1512-1574 (Author) Palisca, Claude V. (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Aldus Manutius the Younger. Originally published as: Tre libri di lettere volgari. Place and date of publication from colophon. Aldine device on t.p. Includes index. Four books in one volume.

Custodial History: Owned by someone (illegible) in 1566. Gifted to or by a D.P. for Christmas of 1956.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: From the estate of Claude V. Palisca

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably two copies in the US.

Notes: Owned by someone (illegible) in 1566. Gifted to or by a D.P. for Christmas of 1956. The cover is ornamented with a floral motif, on both front and back. The back is ridged, unadorned and without writing. The marginal notes found here and there are in the same hand as the 1566 written on the title page. The notes are hard to read but appear to be at least partly in English.

Controlled Access Terms:
Manuzio, Paolo,--1512-1574--Correspondence--Early works to 1800
Manuzio, Aldo, 1547-1597


1560

Della filosofia natural (About natural philosophy)

Extent: 179, [5] leaves ; 16 cm

Names of creator(s): Francesco Lorenzini da Turino (Publisher) Piccolomini, Alessandro (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian

Scope and Contents Note: T.p. vignette

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Controlled Access Terms:
Physics--Early works to 1800
Venice (Italy)--Imprints (Francesco Lorenzini)


1566

De veterum notarum explanatione quae in antiquis momentis occurrunt (On early writing)

Extent: 167 [xl] p. 15 cm.

Names of creator(s): Brevoort, Carson (Unknown) Manuzio, Aldo 1547-1597 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Aldus Manutius the Younger. Parts following the first are without pagination. The front page signals that it was dedicated to/written for Aurelio Porchella.

Custodial History: Ex Libris, Carson Brevoort

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 25 copies in the US.

Notes: The (late?) cover is fine, but the front has come separated from the binding. The printer’s mark of the Aldine printing company is on the front.

Controlled Access Terms:
Abbreviations, Latin
Manuzio, Aldo, 1547-1597


1570

Opera Omnia (Complete works)

Extent: [12], 667, [33] p. ; 20 cm.

Names of creator(s): Cinquini, Dottor (Unknown) Ficino, Marcillio, 1433-1499 (Translator) Plato 427-347 B.C. (Author) Prof Adolfo (Unknown) Vincentivm, A. (Unknown)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Title vignette (printer's-mark), head and tail pieces; initials. Colophon: Lvgdvni, Excudebat Joannes Marcorelius. BEIN Gfp66 +af518L: All preliminary matter wanting. A manuscript t.p., which apparently does not fit this book, has been inserted: Divini Platonis Opera ... Lugduni, Apud I. Marcorelium, 1666 [!]--cf. Baudrier's Bibl. lyonnaise, 10. sér., 1913, p. 379.

Custodial History: Dottor Cinquini; Prof Adolfo

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Controlled Access Terms:
Plato--Early works to 1800


1571

Epistolarum Pauli Manutii libri X (The letters of Paolo Manuzio book X)

Extent: [16], 469, [3], 139, [13], 67, [5] p. ; 16 cm. (8vo)

Names of creator(s): Aldus Manutius the Younger (Unknown) Manuzio, Paolo 1512-1574 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Aldus Manutius the Younger. Imperfect: title-page mutilated. Pauli Manuti Epistolarum lib. IX et X has special t.p., paging, and signatures. Aldine device on title pages and final leaves of each part. Pages misnumbered, 1st group: p. 91 printed 19; 2d group: p. 79 printed 99.

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Notes: First pages at beginning and end apparently affected by water damage. Contains some marginalia and underlining. The letters in the first books are numbered by hand.

Controlled Access Terms:
Manuzio, Paolo,--1512-1574--Correspondence--Early works to 1800
Manuzio, Aldo, 1547-1597


1573

Istitutioni harmoniche del Rev. Messere Gioseffo Zarlino (Harmonic arrangement)

Extent: [12], 428, [20] p. : ill., music ; 31 cm

Names of creator(s): de Franceschi, Francesco (Publisher) Palisca, Claude V. (Unknown) Turrell, Frances (Unknown) Turrell, George (Unknown) Zarlino, Gioseffo, 1517-1590 (Author) Ziegler, Henry S. (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Francesco de Franceschi. Title vignette. Third edition. On the first leaf there is a bookplate for George and Frances Turrell.

Custodial History: Ex Libris George and Frances Turrell; Arthur Hugh Smith Barry (Bookplate)

Immediate Source of Acquisition: From the estate of Claude V. Palisca. Donated by Henry S. Ziegler.

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 34 copies in the US.

Controlled Access Terms:
Music--Theory--16th century


1574

Secundum volumen. Aristotelis de Rhetorica, et Poetica (Second book: Aristotle on rhetoric)

Extent: 373 leaves ; 23 cm.

Names of creator(s): Aristotle, 384 B.C.-322 B.C. (Author) Averrois (Unknown)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Apud Iuntas

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Controlled Access Terms:
Aristotle--Rhetoric


1576

Promptuarium Latinae linguae (Latin-French dictionary)

Extent: [352] p.; 17 cm. (8vo)

Names of creator(s): James Tobin, Dr. (Donor) Plantin, Christophe, approximately 1520-1589 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin, French

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Antwerp by Christophe Plantin. After the title page there is a dedicatory introduction, to Charles D’Assonville, son of Christophe D’Assonville, later (1590-) baron of Bouchout. This specific edition of the promptuarium is probably the only one extant in the United States and one of very few in the world.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dr. James Tobin

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Notes: Vellum binding is worn but in decent shape, except for the top of the back, which is damaged but still mostly there. The binding is coming off the book, though it is not completely detached yet, and shows a leaf of early print used for the back.

Controlled Access Terms:
Latin language--Dictionaries--French


1579

Thirteene sermons of Maister Iohn Caluine

Extent: 7 p. L., 176 numb. L. 19 x 14 1/2cm.

Names of creator(s): Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564 (Author) Dawson, Thomas,-1620 (Publisher) Tobin, James (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: English

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in London by Thomas Dawson for Thomas Man and Tobie Cooke. Title within border of type ornaments; initials. First English translation of Calvin’s sermons on Jacob. Thomas Dawson, chiefly a trade printer in London, active 1568-1620: was apprenticed to Richard Jugge and later succeeded by his nephew, John Dawson. Thomas Man, senior bookseller in London, active 1576-1625: was apprenticed to George Harrison the elder and dealt almost entirely in theological books; rapidly rose to be one of the largest entrepreneur in the trade as well as one of the most important member of the Company of Stationers of which he was elected Master in several years. Toby Cook, bookseller in London: was apprenticed to John Harrison and dealt mostly in theological literature; in 1598 he assigned most of his copyrights to Richard Field and Felix Kingston.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dr. James Tobin

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 40 copies in the US.

Notes: Bound in vellum, moderately damaged. The covers flare outward at the sides and the front cover is coming off on the top left side. The back has a decorated cartouche in red with the text: CALVIN’S SERMONS Colophon: Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson at the tree Cranes in the Vinetree, For Tobie Cooke, and Thomas Man 1579

Controlled Access Terms:
Sermons, English--16th century


1582

Orationes (Orations)

Extent: 837 S., [1] Bl. : Ill. ; 13 cm.

Names of creator(s): Cicero, Marcus Tullius (Author) Gryphius, Antonius 1527-1599 (Publisher) Kovacs, Gyula K. (Unknown)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Lyons by Jean de Tournes for Antonius Gryphius. Lacks title page. Only a short dedicatory text, to Phillippus Thebalducius Iacominius (otherwise unknown?). The last page is an illustration of a Griffon, which has led the cataloguer to the office of Gryphius in Leiden.

Custodial History: Ex Libris K. Kovacs Gyula

Existence and Location of Copies: Catalogued in WorldCat as the only copy in the US.

Notes: Several notes scribbled on the first pages. One of them is in Hungarian with purple ink [To our dear Director with warm thoughts from Vienna] with a date: ‘921. okt. 20 [1921 October 20] Illegible signature, possibly D[..]udholzik. There is some underlining of passages inside. The binding of the pocket book is adorned in relief with a floral motif including little portraits of men in cartouches contained within a band around the front and back cover. The small metal devices used to lock the book are partly still there, one latch is missing. There is some water damage inside.

Controlled Access Terms:
Cicero, Marcus Tullius. Speeches
Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin


1583

Germani Audeberti Aurelii Venetiae (Germani Audebert to serenity and wisdom)

Extent: [16], 181 p.; 21 cm. (4to)

Names of creator(s): Aldus Manutius the Younger (Publisher) Germaine 1518-1598 Audebert (Author) Tobin, James (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin, Greek

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Aldus Manutius the Younger. This volume contains several dedications and laudatory poems by several authors in addition to the title poem. Also of note are two compositions in Greek by the author. This volume represents one of about ten copies in the United States. Cuts: title vignette, initials, head and tail pieces.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dr. James Tobin

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably ten copies in the US.

Notes: Binding is not original. Pages have a golden lining.

Controlled Access Terms:
Venice (Italy)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800
Manuzio, Aldo, 1547-1597


1585

Exercitationum Theodori Angelutij cum Francisco Patritio (Practice of Theodore Angelutij with Francis Patrick)

Extent: 4], 36 leaves ; 21cm (4to)

Names of creator(s): Angelucci, Teodoro (Author) Patrizi, Francesco (Unknown) Zilettum, Franciscum (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Cuts: title vignette, initials, head and tail pieces.

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Controlled Access Terms:
Patrizi, Francesco--1529-1597
Aristotle--Metaphysics


1587

Della Difesa della Comedia di Dante (On the defense of the comedy of Dante)

Extent: [cxxxii], 739p

Names of creator(s): Mazzoni, Jacopo (Author) Raverij, Bartolomeo (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian

Scope and Contents Note: Published by Appresso Bartolomeo Raverio in Cesena.

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Controlled Access Terms:
Mazzoni, Jacopo, 1548-1598--Della Difesa della Comedia di Dante


1596

Descrittione di tutta l'Italia (Description of all of Italy)

Extent: [68], 495 [i.e. 990] p., 1-[99] [i.e. 198] p. ; 22 cm.

Names of creator(s): Alberti, Leandro 1479-1552 (Author) Emery, Richard (Donor) Vgolino, Paul (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Venice by Paul Vgolino. Remainder of tp: "Nella quale si contiene il sito de essa, l'origine, & le Signorie delle Città, & de'Castelli; co'nomi antichi, & moderni; i costumi de popoli, & le conditioni de paesi. Et di più gli huomini famosi, che l'hanno illustrata; i Monti, i Laghi, i Fiumi, le Fontane, i Bagni, le Minere, & tutte l'opere maravigliose in lei dalla Narura prodotte. Nuovamente ristampata, & con somma diligenza revista, & correta."

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dean Richard Emery

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 25 copies in the US.

Controlled Access Terms:
Italy--History
Italy--Description and travel


1597

Opera (Works)

Extent: 697, [55] p.; 18 cm.

Names of creator(s): Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius Macrobius (Author) Meurs, Johannes van, 1579-1639 (Unknown) Palisca, Claude V. (Donor) Pontanus, Johannes Isacius 1571-1639 (Editor) Raphelengius, Frans (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin, Greek

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Leiden by Frans Raphelengius in the Plantin printing company. This edition contains laudatory epigrams to Isaac Pontanus in Latin and Greek by the great Humanist scholars Josephus Justus Scaliger, Petrus Bertius, Franciscus Douza, the printer Fr. Raphelengius, Petrus Scriverius (Peter Schrijver) and Hugeianus Grotius (Hugo de Groot) who all worked in Leiden at the time. After the texts proper follows a section with notes by Pontanus and Opsopoeus (Johann Koch), a section of addenda, indices, and finally a few notes by Johannes Meursius, appended in fifteen unnumbered pages (the first few leaves are numbered in the bottom right, however, numbers 2 through 5). This specific edition appears to be rather rare. In any case it is a priceless historical document, illustrating the social aspect of Humanist scholarship in Western Europe at the end of the 16th century.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: From the estate of Claude V. Palisca.

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 22 copies in the US.

Notes: The vellum binding is in good condition with just a small tear on the top left of the front. On the ridged back there appears to be a stylized flower or plant with Macrob written underneath.

Controlled Access Terms:
Theology--History--Early church, ca. 30-600


1598

Habiti antichi et moderni (Ancient and modern costumes)

Extent: [112], 487 leaves : ill. (woodcuts), ports. ; 19 cm. (8vo)

Names of creator(s): Gratilianus, Sulstatius (Unknown) Sessa (Publisher) Vecellio, Cesare, approximately 1521-1601 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian, Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Published by Apresso i Sessa in Venice. No date on title page; dates of 1589 and 1595 are handwritten inside book.

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 13 copies in US.

Controlled Access Terms:
Clothing and dress--Early works to 1800


1607

Euclidis Elementorum libri XV (Euclid’s elements book XV)

Extent: 2 v.; ill.; 19 cm.

Names of creator(s): Clavius, Christoph, 1538-1612 (Author) Euclid (Author) Hoffman, Nicholas (Publisher) Jonas Rhodes (Publisher) Scott, Kenneth (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed in Frankfurt by Nikolaus Hoffmann. The two volumes contain a Latin translation of Euclid’s Elements, including scholarly notes found in the manuscripts (scholia).

Custodial History: It was probably in a Dutch or Flemish bookshop at some point, as both volumes have 2 dele{n} (Dutch for 2 volumes) written on the inside of the back cover.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dr. Kenneth Scott

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably ten copies in the US.

Notes: The vellum binding is dirty but otherwise in good condition. It is unadorned except for the writing on the back: Euclidis Elementorum Libri XVI. Tom. I. [resp. Tom II.] The second and penultimate blank pages of the first volume and the first and last of the second volume have a watermark of a coat of arms. Part 2 has a separate special title page: Euclidis posteriores libri IX. The sixteenth book of the Elements was added by "Flussas", i.e. François de Foix, comte de Candale. Vol. 1 title page in red and black. Printer’s device of Jonah and the whale on title page of Vol. 1 and of Vol. 2. This is one of about 15 copies of this edition in the US, and in very good condition at that.

Controlled Access Terms:
Geometry--Early works to 1800
Mathematics--Early works to 1800


1644

De Arte Rhetorica Libri Tres (The art of rhetoric book III)

Extent: 1 v. (various pagings) ; 15 cm.

Names of creator(s): Aristotle (Author) Cicero, Marcus Tullius (Unknown) Palisca, Claude V. (Donor) Quintilian (Unknown) Suárez, Cipriano (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Immediate Source of Acquisition: From the estate of Claude V. Palisca

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Controlled Access Terms:
Rhetoric--Early works to 1800
Suarez, Cipriano, 1524-1593


1647

Ph. Melanchthonis Epistolarum liber (Book of letters of Melanchthon)

Extent: [xiv], 517 p.; 16 cm.

Names of creator(s): Elzevir , Abraham, 1592-1652 (Printer) Elzevir, Bonaventure, 1583-1652 (Printer) Melanchthon , Philipp 1497-1560 (Author) Tobin, James (Donor) Van Akehn, H.W.A (Unknown)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed by Elzevir in Leiden. Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevier, booksellers and printers in Leyden, active 1621-52. Bonaventura was not regularly established in business until 1617, when he joined his eldest brother, Matthew, who died in 1622. In 1621 he admitted to partnership his nephew, Abraham. They continued to publish together until 1652, in which year both died. On the title page, the date is misprinted MMCXLVII instead of MDCXLVII. This and the edition in Heidelberg. Catalogus: H-W precedes A-H. Includes index.

Custodial History: Owned at some point by H.W.A. van Aken (a Dutch name, but possibly an immigrant).

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Dr. James Tobin

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 15 copies in the US.

Notes: The vellum binding is in good condition, on the back: P. Melanchthonis Epistulae. Woodcut headpieces, initials, title vignette.

Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Controlled Access Terms:
Melanchthon, Philipp, 1497-1560
Elzevir, Abraham, 1592-1652
Elzevir, Bonaventure, 1583-1652


1652

Antiquae musicae auctores septem (Seven composers of music of old times in Latin and Greek)

Extent: 2 v. music ; 23 cm. (4to).

Names of creator(s): Alypius (Unknown) Aristoxenus (Unknown) Bacchius (Unknown) Cleonides (Unknown) Elzevirium, Ludovicum (Publisher) Gaudentius (Unknown) Holder, William 1616-1698 (Unknown) Meibom, Marcus 1630-1711 (Unknown) Nicomachus of Gerasa (Unknown) Palisca, Claude V. (Donor) Quintilianus, Aristides (Unknown)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin, Greek

Scope and Contents Note: An edition of seven classical authors on music. Printed by Elzevir in Amsterdam. Title printed in red and black; title vignette (printer’s device), initials.Greek and Latin in parallel columns. Vol. 2 has romanized title: Aristeidou peri mousikēs Biblia G. = Aristidis Quintiliani De musica libri III / Marcus Meibomius restituit, ac notis explicavit. v. 1. Aristoxeni Harmonicorum elementorum libri III. Euclidis [i.e. Cleonidae?] Introductio harmonica. Geraseni, Pythagorici, Harmonices manuale. Alypii Introductio musica. Gaudentii, philosophi, Introductio harmonica. Bacchii senioris Introductio artis musicae -- v. 2. Aristidis Quintiliani De musica libri III, & Martiani Capellae De liber IX.2 volumes contained in one binding. As noted by the added short text, the introduction to Aristoxenus is mistakenly bound after the actual text of Aristoxenus.

Custodial History: The book was owned by William Holder, the Cambridge music theorist. We find his autograph on page 50 of Aristoxenus’ Elements. A later owner points this fact out in a short text glued on the first blank page. On the first page of the new binding there is a bookplate for George and Frances Turrell.

Existence and location of copies: One of rather few editions available in the US, WorldCat catalogues all original editions as 1977 facsimiles, which makes it hard to establish how many there may be. There is at least one at NYU. The Queens edition is doubly interesting because it was the property of a 17th century music theorist.

Notes: The (19th or early 20th century?) binding has a ridged back ornamented in gold with flower motifs and giving the text: Antiquae Musicae Auctores VII -------------- Meibomius At the bottom of the back is the text: Amst. 1652. The front and back covers have two parrallel lines in gold around the edges with tiny flowers in the corners. The binding is in good condition, but the back cover has come off and there is a tear in the back.There are marginal notes throughout the book, in at least 3 separate hands. One of the hands is the same as the writer of the short text glued onto the blank first page. 8.3 Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Controlled Access Terms:
Meibom, Marcus, 1630-1711
Nicomachus, of Gerasa. Encheiridion harmonik?s.
Aristides Quintilianus
Martianus Capella
Cleonides, 2nd Cent.


1666

Delle opere non più stampate (Works no longer printed)

Extent: 3 v.; ill.; 23 cm.

Names of creator(s): Dragondelli, Giacomo (Printer) Foppa, Marc Antonio (Unknown) Horace de?? bibl (Unknown) Palisca, Claude V. (Donor) Tasso, Torquato, 1544-1595 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Italian

Scope and Content: Printed by Giacomo Dragondelli in Rome. 3 parts in two volumes: part 1 in volume 1, 2 and 3 in volume 2.v. 1. Nel quale si contengono le prose -- v. 2. Il giuditio della sua Gerusalemme -- v. 3. Nel qual si contengono varie sue poesie. No apparent marginalia. With general half-title: "Opere non piu stampate del signor Torquato Tasso."

Custodial History: Once owned by the “Horace de ?? bibl.”, written on bookplate on inside of volume one cover.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: From the estate of Claude V. Palisca.

Existence and location of copies: One of probably nine copies in the US.

Notes: The vellum bindings of both volumes are good condition, though that of the second volume is coming off the book at the front. On the back is written: Tasso T. I. (resp. T. II III.) Engraved title vignettes. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces, initials.Stamped on page before the t.p.: Bibl. Gust. C. Galltii Flor.

Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Controlled Access Terms:
Tasso, Torquato, 1544-1595
Dragondelli, Giacomo


1667

Magni Theologi (Great theologian)

Extent: 591, 108 p. ; 38 cm

Names of creator(s): Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564 (Author) Schipper, J.J. (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Published by J.J. Schipper in Amsterdam.

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Controlled Access Terms:
Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564


1668-1669

Secundi naturalis historiae (Natural history)

Extent: 3 v. 20 cm

Names of creator(s): Cigalini, Paolo,-1598 (Unknown) Gronovius, Joannes Fredericus, 1611-1671 (Unknown) Pliny the Elder (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Added t.-p., engr. Vols. 2-3 are dated 1668

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 47 copies in the US.

Controlled Access Terms:
Natural history--Pre-Linnean works


1675

Theatrum poetarum (Theatre of poets)

Extent: 2 v. in 1., 15 cm.

Names of creator(s): Phillips, Edward, 1630-1696? (Author) Smith, Charles (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: English

Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Scope and Contents Note: A dictionary of ancient and modern poets. The first page gives a short Nota Bene about the ordering of the (modern) names. An anonymous writer notes in the Nota Bene that the authors are ordered by their Christian name, not by surname. He takes John Milton as an example, and notes that Phillips says he is recently deceased (on page 114 of the 2nd part). The anonymous writer gives December 15th as the date of Milton’s death, but the accepted date is November 8th.

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 54 copies in the US.

Notes: The cover is very dry and falling apart, book itself is barely holding together. A handwritten note on the first blank page.

Controlled Access Terms:
English poetry--Bio-bibliography
Phillips, Edward, 1630-1696?


1691

Steph. Blancardi ... Reformirte Anatomia (Anatomy)

Extent: 1070 p.; plates.; 21 cm.

Names of creator(s): Blankaart, Steven, 1650-1702 (Author) Hoffmann, Johannes (Unknown) Peucer, Tobias, fl. 1690 (Translator) Ternbach, Joseph (Donor) Weidmann, Moritz Georg, 1658-1693 (Publisher)

Languages/scripts of the material: German

Scope and Contents Note: Printed by Hoffmann in Frankfurt.Translation of De nieuw hervormde anatomie and Tractatus de circulatione sanguinis per fibras. Listed as the 1705 edition in Worldcat, but it is certainly the original 1691 edition. This is very probably the only extant example of the 1691 edition of this book in the US. Harvard and the National Library of Medicine at Bethesda hold later, 1705, editions. Added engraved t. p., illustrated, with title: Neue reformirte Anatomie ... 1692. Translation of De nieuw hervormde anatomie and Tractatus de circulatione sanguinis per fibras.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Joseph Ternbach

Existence and Location of Copies: Unknown

Notes: The apparently original vellum binding is in good condition except for a tear in the top of the back. Across the tear partially illegible writing: BL]ANCARDI ]ORM TA No apparent marginalia. Added engraved t. p., illustrated, with title: Neue reformirte Anatomie ... 1692. Contains black and white illustrations in excellent condition.

Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Controlled Access Terms:
Blankaart, Steven 1650-1702
Weidmann, Moritz Georg, 1658-1693


1691

La maniere de bien penser (The way to think well)

Extent: [ix], 545, [32] p.; c 17 cm.

Names of creator(s): Bouhours, Dominique 1628-1702 (Author) Palisca, Claude V. (Donor)

Languages/scripts of the material: French

Scope and Contents Note: Includes index.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: From the estate of Claude V. Palisca

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 88 copies in the US.

Controlled Access Terms:
Criticism
Literature--History and criticism


1694

Dionusiou Longinou Peri hupsous (On the sublime)

Extent: [16], 181 p.; 21 cm. (4to)

Names of creator(s): Boileau Despreaux, Nicolas, 1636-1711 (Author) Foote, Benjamin Hatley (1713-1791) (Unknown) Halma, Francois, 1653-1722 (Printer) Longinus, 1st cent. (Author) Tollius, Jacobus,-1696 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin, Greek, French

Scope and Contents Note: Printed by Franciscus Halma in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Title romanized from Greek. Traditionally ascribed to Longinus; real author unknown. Added engraved t.p., illustrated, with verso (p. [2]) blank. Printer's device on t.p. Greek and Latin text on opposite pages, with commentaries in Latin (p. [1]-257). French translation of On the sublime, with half title (p. [258]-344): Traité du sublime, ou Du merveilleux dans le discours. : Traite du grec de Longin / par Monsieur Despreaux. Index on p. [1]-[11] at end. Errata on p. [12] at end.

Custodial History: Owned by Benjamin Hatley Foote (1713 –1791) (bookplate: 1743).

Existence and location of copies: One of probably about 30 in the US, so moderately rare. Because this specific edition has an important place in the history of the text – it may be considered the first scholarly edition – the text is valuable for research

Notes: The thick covers appear original and are in decent condition; there is decoration along outfacing edges of both covers. The ridged back has been covered by a new green binding.

Publication note: References: Goldsmith, V.F. STC of French books 1601-1700 in the library of the British Museum, L.1783.

Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Controlled Access Terms:
Rhetoric, Ancient
Sublime, The
Longinus, 1st cent
Tollius, Jacobus, d. 1696
Boileau Despreaux, Nicolas, 1636-1711
Halma, Francois, 1653-1722


1694

Aur. Theodosii Macrobii ... opera, (Works)

Extent: [32] 491 [60] p., 20 cm.

Names of creator(s): Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius Macrobius (Author) Gronovius, Joannes Fredericus, 1611-1671 (Author) Meurs, Johannes van, 1579-1639 (Author) Pontanus, Johannes Isacius 1571-1639 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Printed by Dring and Harper in London. Includes bibliographical footnotes. Continuous paging. On verso of flyleaf: Imprimatur. Feb. 25, 1691/2. Robert Midgley (accompanying monogram). Rubricated t.p. Added illustrated engraved t.p. Bound with author’s De differentiis et societatibus. Londini, 1694. Similar to the 1597 edition, but without the dedicatory poems and including integral notes by Jacobus Gronovius.

Existence and Location of Copies: One of probably 39 copies in the US.

Notes: The book was re-bound at some point in the 20th century.

Archivist and Date: MdK and JGT, 2011-10-19; ZsS

Controlled Access Terms:
Theology -- History -- Early Church, ca. 30-600


Series II: Facsimile Editions

1880

Hamlet: the first quarto, 1603

Extent: xii, 64 p. facsim. 22 cm.

Names of creator(s): Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910 (Unknown) Griggs, William, 1832-1911 (Publisher) Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: English

Scope and Contents Note: With reproduction of original t.p.: The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmark. By William Shakespeare. Printed by W. Griggs in London. Facsimile of original edition (1603).

Controlled Access Terms:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet


1886

Richard the Third by William Shakespeare

Extent: xxi, 93 p. : facsim. ; 23 cm.

Names of creator(s): Daniel, P. A. (Peter Augustin) (Unknown) Griggs, William, 1832-1911 (Publisher) Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: English

Scope and Contents Note: With facsimile of original t.-p.: [Ornament] The Tragedy Of King Richard the third. Containing, His treacherous Plots against his brother Clarence As it hath beene lately Acted by the Right honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. [Ornament] At London, Printed by Valentine Sims, for Andrew Wise, dwelling in Paules Church-yard, at the Signe of the Angell. 1597. Printed by W. Griggs in London. Facsimile of original edition (1597).

Controlled Access Terms:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.


1903

Cancionero llamado dança de galanes (Songbook called suitor’s dance)

Extent: 1 p. l., facsim.: [120] p. 22 cm.

Names of creator(s): Huntington, Archer M. (Unknown) Vera, Diego de, fl. 1612 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: Spanish

Scope and Contents Note: This edition of two hundred was printed in facsimile from the copy in the library of Archer M. Huntington, at the De Vinne press, nineteen hundred and three. Printed by the De Vinne press in New York. Facsimile of original edition (1625).

Controlled Access Terms:
Courtly love--Songs and music


1904

Primera parte de la Galatea, dividida en seys libros (The first part of the Galatea)

Extent: 2 v. 22 cm

Names of creator(s): Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616 (Author) , Hispanic Society of America. (Unknown)

Languages/scripts of the material: Spanish

Scope and Contents Note: Paged continuously. No t.-p. to v. 2. Facsimile reproduction by Hispanic society of America in New York. Facsimile of original edition (1585).

Controlled Access Terms:
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616


1912

The first & chief groundes of architecture

Extent: 1 p. l., [5]-22 p., 1 l., facsim. (6 p. l., iii-xviii numb. l. illus., 4 pl.), 1 l. 36 x 25 cm.

Names of creator(s): Gilbert, Katherine (Unknown) Marshe, Thomas (Publisher) Shute, John,-1563 (Author) Weaver, Lawrence, 1876-1930 (Unknown)

Languages/scripts of the material: English

Scope and Contents Note: "This edition is limited to one thousand copies." Facsimile published by “Country Life” Limited in London. Facsimile of original edition (1563).

Custodial History: Katherine Gilbert, Mar. 11, 1938

Controlled Access Terms:
Architecture


1961

Biblia Latina (Latin bible)

Extent: 2 v. (facsim.) col. illus., col. miniat. 47 cm

Names of creator(s): Gutenberg, Johann, 1397?-1468 (Printer)

Languages/scripts of the material: Latin

Scope and Contents Note: Binder's title: Biblia sacra: Gutenberg. This facsimile edition of the Gutenburg Bible derives from 1913-14 facsimile printed by Insel Verlag, Leipzig Cf. Publishers announcement. A limited edition of 1000 copies. Published by Pageant Books in Patterson, New Jersey. Facsimile of original edition (ca. 1454-55).

Controlled Access Terms:
Incunabula--Facsimiles


1965

Traité de la viole (About the viol)

Extent: 8 p. 1., 151 p. fold. tab

Names of creator(s): Ballard, C. (Publisher) Rousseau, Jean, 1644-approximately 1700 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: French

Scope and Contents Note: Published by C. Ballard in Paris. Facsimile of original edition (1687).

Controlled Access Terms:
Viols--Instruction and study


1996

The First folio of Shakespeare

Extent: xxxvii, 928 p. : ill. ; 38 cm

Names of creator(s): Blayney, Peter, W.M. (Unknown) Hinman, Charlton (Unknown) Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 (Author)

Languages/scripts of the material: English

Scope and Contents Note: At head of title: The Norton facsimile. Based on folios in the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. Published by W.W. Norton in New York. Facsimile of original edition (1623).

Controlled Access Terms:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Bibliography--Folios--Facsimiles