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  1. First edition; small folio (32 x 21 cm); woodcut device to title, woodcut portrait of Taisnier on verso of title and on kk2v, woodcut initials, numerous woodcuts to text of chiromantic hands, physiognomic portraits, astrological charts, and zodiacal emblems, light foxing, leaves browned (as often), occasional light finger-soiling, ink inscription to first blank leaf; 18th-century full calf, spine with 6 raised bands and gilt in compartments, red morocco spine label with gilt lettering, inner dentelles gilt, light wear to boards and extremities, corners slightly rubbed, red edges, marbled endpapers; [12], 624, [6]pp.

    £5,000
  2. First Italian edition; 2 parts in one vol., 4to (20.9 x 15.4 cm); title within elaborate engraved architectural border, woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and initials, 11 engravings, of which 6 are full page, woodcut diagrams to text, very light spotting and soiling to margins, short closed tear to B2; contemporary limp vellum, manuscript lettering to spine, some soiling to boards, light wear to extremities, purple edges, overall a very good copy; collation: A4-M4 (M4 blank).

    £3,000
  3. First and sole edition; 2 parts in one vol., 4to (19.5 x 14.5 cm); woodcut publisher's device to titles, woodcut initials, early ink marginalia, ink ownership inscription to front pastedown, occasional light dampstaining, minor worming to rear endpapers; later half vellum over patterned boards, tan spine label with gilt lettering, light soiling and wear to boards, corners slightly rubbed, otherwise a very good copy; collation: a4, A-H4, a-f4.

    £1,500
  4. 2 works in one vol., 8vo; woodcut printer's device to title, woodcut headpieces and initials, ink inscription to upper margin of p9, some leaves toned, scattered light foxing; later full vellum over boards, minor evidence of worming to covers, covers slightly soiled, otherwise a very good copy; 156, [2]pp.

    £6,500
  5. Fourth edition; small folio, (25.5 x 17.3 cm); [170] leaves of 172, lacking first and last blank, text printed on 34 lines, title page supplied in manuscript, initial spaces with guide letters (printed and manuscript), neat repair to first two leaves, slight worming to prelims, Italian inscription on front pastedown, leaf k slightly loose, pagination supplied in manuscript; eighteenth-century full vellum over boards, manuscript lettering to spine, light soiling to boards, otherwise a very good copy of an important work.

    £9,500
  6. First edition; 4to, (20.3 x 15.5 cm); woodcut printer's device to title, woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and initials, some light marginal waterstains, title page slightly browned; later full calf, gilt lettering to spine on red and black morocco labels, spine in compartments, ruled in gilt, some light rubbing to extremities, red speckled edges, housed in a modern brown card slipcase, overall an excellent copy; [16], 268, [4], 269-547 [i.e. 549], [3]pp.

    £9,500
  7. Second edition; 4to, (20.1 x 15.7 cm); four-line incipit printed in red, white-on-black woodcut initials, text printed on 26 lines, table in two columns, printed marginalia, some leaves browned, occasional light dampstaining, scattered light foxing, Latin inscription to e6v; later full vellum over boards, some light rubbing and soiling to boards, otherwise a very good copy; collation: a-c8 d-e6 (a1r translator's preface addressed to Hieronymus de Leonardis, a3r text, e5r colophon, e5v table of contents, e6v blank), 36 leaves total.

    £10,000
  8. Fourth edition; 4to, (20 x 15.3 cm); headings printed in red, white-on-black woodcut initials, text printed on 26 lines, printed marginalia, occasional light dampstaining, some foxing; later full vellum over boards, light wear and soiling to boards, otherwise a good firm copy of a scarce work; collation: a-f8 (a1r author's preface, text, f8v colophon), 48 leaves total.

    £22,500
  9. First edition thus; 4to, (21.5 x 15.5 cm); woodcut publisher's device to title, woodcut headpieces, woodcut historiated initials, some worming to front free endpaper and title, scattered light toning to leaves (mostly marginal); contemporary vellum, gilt device stamped to covers, gilt lettering to spine on a black ground, some material loss to lower spine label, some soiling and warping to boards, edges toned, corners rubbed, overall a very good copy; [84], 843, [1] pp.

    £1,750
  10. 12mo (135 x 80 mm.); engraved title possibly after Romeyn de Hooghe, 7 engraved plates, first plate with some loss to fore-edge margin, later ownership markings and labels to front pastedown and fly-leaf, stitching pulling with some separating to contents; contemporary calf, rebacked in old sheep, with later spine label, rubbed, edge wear, upper hinge pulled with some wear to head of spine; [A1 engraved title], A2-[I10] pp.3-212pp., final blank.

    £200
 

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