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In addition to the many rare and collectible modern books available on Biblio, we are also proud to present our booksellers' collection of antiquarian books printed in the 16th Century. Many of these featured books are printed in Italian, French, and Spanish, and many of them contain intricate and very rare illustrations. There was a greater variety in how books were bound, so many of the books offered here are bound in leather or cloth, which adds to their value and scarcity. Many books and ephemera printed in the 1500's are unique and one of a kind, and many contain fascinating glimpses into the cultures and lives of those present in that tumultuous period of history. Because of their age and delicacy, these books are quite fragile and require great care when handling. Be sure to read the book descriptions carefully and feel free to contact the bookseller directly should you have any questions about treatment or preservation, as you want to protect your investment as much as possible.

Die geuerlicheiten und einsteils der geschichten des loblichen streytparen und hochberümbten helds und Ritters herr Tewrdannckhs by [PFINTZING, Melchior] [1481-1535]

[Colophon on A8v:] Nuremberg: Johann Schönsperger, [1517]., 1517. folio. 353 x 248 mm. [ff. 290, incl. blank P5]. xylographic title. 118 large woodcuts in the text. A very nice tall copy bound in 19th century antique-style blind-stamped morocco by Clarke…

From D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)


De triangulis planis et sphaericis. (...) quae extructa est à Ptolemeaeo & Copernico de Revolutionibus orbium caelestium. [Avec : ] - Problematum astronomicorum et geometricorum sectiones septem. [Avec :] - In Ptolemaei magnam compositionem, quam almagestum vocant, libri tredecim by REGIOMONTANUS, SANTBECH, Daniel

Basel, (Heinrich Petri & Peter Perna, 1561). Format : In-folio. [308 x 205 mm] Collation :(8), 146, (38) pp. Reliure :Maroquin citron, dos à nerfs orné du chiffre de Thou, plats aux armes du même, encadrements dorés, (Reliure de l'époque.). Premièr…

From Hugues de Latude



Venetiis: Apvd Aldvm, 1503. Two volumes bound in one. [268;190] leaves. Thick octavo (165 x 98 mm). Full red morocco, spine heavily gilt extra, gilt Aldine anchor device on each board, a.e.g. (unsigned). Italic (preface) and Greek letter. Aldine anchor d…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


workes of Sir Thomas More Knyght by MORE, Sir Thomas

The Magnificent Folio Edition of Sir Thomas More, Which Includes for the First Time a Number of Works that Otherwise May Not Have Been Preserved MORE, Sir Thomas. BEDFORD, Francis, [binder]. The workes of Sir Thomas More Knyght. sometyme Lorde Chauncel…

From Heritage Book Shop, LLC


Hore divine virginis Marie secundum usum Romanum : cum aliis multis folio se queti notatis una cum figuris Apocalipsis et destructio Hierusalem et multis figuris Biblie insertis. by [HEURES A L’USAGE DE ROME]

Paris, Germain Hardouyn, 1518. 8vo [171 x 110 mm] printed on vellum skin of (84) ll. in 11 quires signed A-K by 8 and L by 4. Roman characters, 31 lines. The mark of the Hardouins is printed on l. A1. 17 large figures including the anatomical Man. 21 smal…



In Novum Testamentum ab eodem denuo recognitum, Annotationes by Erasmus of Rotterdam

Basel: Johannes Froben, March 1519. The rare first edition of the enlarged annotations in a separate volume. A scholar's copy annotated with the Hebrew learning of Sebastian Münster. Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (c. 1466-1536), a Dutch humanist, Cathol…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


[The life and prophecies of Merlin] La vita de Merlino et de le sue Prophetie historiade che lui fece lequale trattano de le cose che hanno a venire

4° (mm 210x150); ll. (12), 130. Title in Gothic type, text in Roman. Splendid large woodcut on the title page; 90 small woodcuts (sometimes repeated) in the text, some of which are of remarkable quality. Later full vellum. A few quires with light brownin…

From Chartaphilus - Libri antichi e rari



[Venetiis: in Aldi Romani Academia mense, 1502. [196] leaves. Octavo. Full 19th century straight grain red morocco, elaborately gilt extra, a.e.g. Greek letter. Aldine anchor on verso of terminal leaf. Bookplate of Henry Labouchere, 1st Baron Taunton (17…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Le Premier Tome de lArchitecture. by Philibert de L'Orme

THE GREATEST BOOK OF RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTUREIllustrated with 205 large woodcuts, including 74 full-page and 7 double-page blocks; magnificent allegorical woodcut title border; large woodcut head-pieces and large floriated and grotesque woodcut initials; …

From George Robert Minkoff, Inc.


[Villancicos, Eglogas and Canciones sung and danced in Naples] Qüestión de amor. Agora nuevamente impresso: con algunas chosas añadidas by [Cardona Alonso de]

4° (mm 185x135); cc. LXXIIII. Caratteri gotici; titolo e anno impressi in rosso, entro cornice silografica a quattro scomparti e con bellissimo legno centrale; al verso dell'ultima carta, marca tipografica silografica. Legatura ottocentesca in mezza pell…

From Chartaphilus - Libri antichi e rari


Der vermaledigsten unfromen Türggen anschleg unnd fürnemen wider die heilgen Cristenheit by Caoursin, Guillaume

Strasbourg: Bartholomäus Kistler, 23 August [1502]. Extremely rare polemic pamphlet about the Ottoman threat. This is the German translation of a treatise by the Franco-Flemish historiograph Guillaume Caoursin (c. 1430-1501). His account of the fictive c…

From Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG


THE FLORENTINE HISTORIE. Written in the Italian tongue, by Nicholo Macchiavelli, Citizen and Secretarie of Florence. And translated into English by T. B. [Thomas Bedingfield] Esquire. by MACHIAVELLI. NICCOLO

Printed by T. C. [Thomas Creede] for W. P. [William Ponsonby]. London. 1595. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Folio. (11.1 x 7.5 inches). x11,222pp. Lacking last, blank, leaf, all text complete. Decorated with woodcut engraved ornamental title page and engraved h…

From Paul Foster Books


... De duplici copia, verborum ac rerum commentarij duo, by Erasmus, Desiderius

Strasbourg: Matthias Schürer, 1514-1515. First edition of some material. Hard Cover. Very Good. Quarto (21 cm), three parts in one volume: I: [6], 73, [6] leaves; II: [56] leaves; III: [4], 57, [7] leaves. Numerous five- and six-line "criblé" wood…

From Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio



A PARIS, L. Blaublom pour Jaques Keruer, aux deux Cochetz, Rue S. Jaques, 1546.. FIRST FRENCH EDITION 1546. Translated from the Italian. Folio in sixes, approximately 345 x 215 mm, 13½ x 8¼ inches, 181 woodcuts of various sizes, 13 are full…

From Roger Middleton


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