(25 cm), (6) 82 pp., colour frontispiece, 69 plates (pls.I-LXIX, some printed red & black), text illustrations. 320 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Reproduced in colour as the frontispiece is the dedication copy on vellum to Lodovico il Moro of Philelphus Orationes cum quibusdam aliis eiusdem operibus
(Milan c. 1483-1484) (returned to the market in the last of the J.R. Abbey sales, Sotheby's, London 19 June 1989, lot 3026); another highlight is an early manuscript (1468) on surgery, Guy de Chauliac ‘Segres de Dames défendus à reveler’ (reoffered in the same rooms, 18 February 1929, when bought by the Bolognese collector Vittorio Putti; cf. Anna Viganò, Patrizia Tomba and Luciano Merlini, ‘A manuscript worth a villa: Vittorio Putti's acquisition of the Guy de Chauliac manuscript’ in Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica
, volume 70, 1999, pp.531-535; link
) The splendid copy of the 1472 first edition of Dante (lot 263) “was knocked down to, or for, a London bookseller who was not allowed to take it out of the country” (report in The Times
, London, 12 November 1925, p.760). The “prix d’expertise” had been determined by Fumagalli, librarian at the Brera, and were ridiculously low. ¶ Wrapper chipped, clean tear (2 cm). Good, unmarked copy.