Bernard Quaritch Ltd (London)
[Stock lists, "Early books", dated series: 2007] Early books & manuscripts : Manuscripts of Aristotle and S. Augustine, first edition of Erasmus' Adagia: the last copy in private hands?, Tirant lo Blanc: “the best book in the world”?, first English Beowulf, Browne's Religio Medici, first book from the Plantin Press, Milton's schoolmaster on spelling reform, motets for the Hapsburg Court: a complete set, a new Sarum Hours, Beckford's Petronius, the first printed Breviary from the press of Nicolaus Jenson, Mandeville's Travels in Spanish, two years of concert programmes from 18th century London, Pico della Mirandola and Politian in the original vellum, the first biography of Ivan the Terrible, Piacenza en fête : February 2007
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2007
(30 cm),  pp., illustrations. 54 items; priced. Publisher’s printed yellow wrappers. - The manuscripts of Aristotle and Saint Augustine are respectively the Drury–Phillipps–Abbey–Tenschert–Ritman Nicomachean Ethics in the translation of Leonardo Bruni, written by Silvestro Balsamo in 1456 (ex-Sotheby’s, 19 June 2001, lot 19); and a miscellany of texts (including Augustine’s Confessions) written c. 1460 by Cornelius Clinghe of Middelburg, probably for the Canons Regular at Elseghem (ex-Van Stockum, 14 June 2000, lot 1176). The copy of Erasmus’s Adagia (Paris 1500), “apparently the last copy remaining in private hands”, is the Giuseppe Storck-William Stirling Maxwell copy (ex-Stirling Maxwell sale, Christie’s, 20-23 May 1958, lot 804, to Quaritch, £1550; reappeared in Sotheby’s, New York, 3 June 1997, lot 101, $120,000); no price is stated (at the 2007 New York book fair, Quaritch asked £200,000). Catalogue noticed in The Book Collector, Summer 2007, p.255. ¶ Faint stain in lower margin of 2 leaves.