Next Auction: Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
Previous Auction: Sunday, September 1st, 2019 - Turkish Manuscript, Hunt & Fish, Catholic, Antique, Decorative, etc. CLICK TO VIEW FULL CATALOG
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This catalog presents a select arrangement of rare, antique and decorative books. Featured is an important original 17th century manuscript concerning the Turkish Wars. We will also present our next session from an interesting private estate library belonging to an Eastern Orthodox priest.
Antique and rare books are numerous in this catalog. Among the earliest examples are the 1568 printing of Herodianus’ “History of the Roman Empire,” Tafuri’s “History of the Writers Born in the Kingdom of Naples,” produced in 1750 and bound in vellum, and a scarce Bible printed in 1746. Private collections present a host of decorative antique multi-volume sets in fancy bindings, Vietnam War history, Catholic Church history and reference, and rare hunting and fishing titles including Derrydale limited editions and singular inscribed copies.
The original manuscript dates from around the year 1680 and presents work by Francois Petis de la Croix who spent many years serving France in the Ottoman Empire. His work kept him in a front row seat of Turkish conflicts at the time, including as negotiator of important treaties. The hand-written title page sets the title as “Histoire des Guerres des Turcs contre la Pologne, la Moscovie, l'Allemagne, et la Republique de Venise,” which seems to be a forerunner to a later published work with a similar title. This volume matches known examples of de la Croix manuscripts from the same period.
Found throughout this catalog are other decorative antique bindings and compelling selections from categories such as astronomy, rare fiction, limited editions, signed copies, history, literature, military history, theology and more. There are also varied ephemera lots including an intriguing estate collection of journals, sketchbooks and other items dating back to the 1820’s.
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