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45. Rufinus, Tyrannius (c. 345‑411), Expositio in symbolum apostolorum, [Cologne, Ulrich Zel, c. 1472], first edition, chancery quarto (8 1/2 in. x 5 7/8 in.), 29 leaves (of 30, lacking the blank), 4‑line illuminated opening initial in purple and blue on gold ground with floral and foliate extensions in the margin, rubricated in red and yellow throughout, some early foliation, modern leather binding. [$3000/5000]
Provenance: Christies, London, Valuable Books and Manuscripts, Dec.12, 2018, lot 103; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..
Note: Tyrannius, Rufinus was a monk and an important translator of Greek texts into Latin, and is also remembered for his friendship and later his adversarial relationship with Jerome. Ulrich Zel is recognized as the first printer in Cologne, publishing his first work there in 1466. A second and final incunable edition of the Exposition was printed in 1478 by Theodoricus Rood at Oxford.



46. Magnus, Albertus. Summa de eucharistiae sacramento, Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1474, chancery folio (11 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.), gothic type, 33 lines, two‑sided woodcut floral border, 10‑line woodcut, initial, 183 leaves, rubricated in red (initial, capital strokes, paragraph marks), contemporary blind stamped pigskin over oak boards, backstrip replaced with leather, printed title label, missing clasp and catch, backstrip replaced with leather. [$3000/5000]
Provenance: Sothebys, New York, The Stock & Reference Library of H.P Kraus, December 4, 2003, lot 7; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR.. Note: First edition; one of relatively few fully‑dated and signed Zainer imprints, and one of the earliest books to print foliation. The inserted leaf in the 8th quire was printed to make good a compositorial error in the third leaf, where a page of text was omitted between the recto and the verso; the inserted leaf was printed on the verso only, and an added direction note for the reader was printed at the foot of 8/3r.



47. Augustinus, Aurelius Sanctus, De Civitate Dei, Venice: Bonetus Locatellus per Octavianus Scotus, 9 Febbraio, 1486, 4to (9 in. x 6 3/4 in.), 207 leaves, 50 lines, text in 2 columns, gothic font, illuminated leaf with drop cap and medallion, supported by winged putti, the borders with floral garlands in gold, red, pink, blue, and green, 18th c. vellum binding. [$5000/7000]
Provenance: Sothebys, Milan, June 27, 2005, lot 554; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



48. Ecclesiasticae Historiae, Eusebii Pamphili... Eiusdem de vita Constantini... Socratis... Theodoriti episcopi Cyrensis... Collectaneorum ex historia eccles. Theodori Lectoris... Hermii Sozomeni... Evagrii, Paris, Robert Estienne, 1544, folio (13 in. x 8 3/4 in.), woodcut printer's device on title‑page and final verso, woodcut initials, text in Greek, 17th c. calf, gilt edges, board loose. [$800/1200]
Provenance: Presentation inscription on verso of title‑page to Joannes Rogerius from the Rotterdam Gymnasium dated 1628 and signed by four schoolmasters; Henry James Coleridge from his affectionate father, Xmas 1846; Sothebys, London Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Nov. 16, 2006, lot 66; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR.. Note: This was the first printed work to contain the Greek type cut by Garamond. "The new Royal Greek types, known as 'grecs du roi', were based by Garamond on the script of the Cretan Angelo Vergecio, a well‑known calligrapher in the employ of Francois I. These cursive Greek types are universally acknowledged as the finest ever cut"(Schreiber 77)



49. Polybius (c. 200‑118 B.C.), Historiarum libri priores quinque, Basel: Johann Herwagen, 1549, in Greek and Latin, two parts in one volume, folio (12 5/8 in. x 8 in.), historiated woodcut initials, woodcut device on the title, contemporary limp vellum, flat spine gilt in compartments divided by double rules and centered with a fleuron, the title in manuscript in the top compartment, the sides centered with a laurel wreath in gilt and with a gilt double‑fillet border, gilt edges. [$1200/1800]
Provenance: Christies, London, Valuable Books and Manuscripts, Dec. 1, 2016, lot 86; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



50. Basilius Magnus (Cornarius, Janus, ed), Hapanta[Graece] Opera Graeca quae ad nos extant omnia Basel, Hieronymus Froben and Nikolaus Episcopus, 1551, folio (13 1/4 in. x 9 in.), Greek type, woodcut printer's device on title, repeated on verso of the final leaf, woodcut historiated and floriated initials, woodcut ornamental head and tail pieces with strapwork motifs, 17th c. polished calf with central gilt strapwork cartouches, single gilt fillet borders. [$2000/3000]
Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, The Inventory of H.P. Kraus, Rare Books, Dec. 4, 2003, lot 51; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



51. Gelenius, Sigismund (1497‑1554, editor). Notitia utraque cum orientis tum occidentis ultra Arcadii honoriique caesarum tempora illustre vetustatis monumentum, Basel: Hieronymus Froben and Nicolaus Episcopius, 1552, quarto (12 1/4 in. x 8 in.), 106 woodcut illustrations, including 85 full‑page, wood and metalcut initials, printer's device on title and final verso, 19th century blindtooled calf, gilt spine, red speckled edges. [$800/1200]
Provenance: Silvain S. Brunschwig (monogram book label); Christies, London, Fine Printed Books, Mar. 21, 2012, lot 30; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..
Note: First complete and illustrated edition of the Notitia Dignitatum, a list of high officials of the Roman Empire compiled in about 400 A.D. Also printed are a tract by Andrea Alciati on Roman military and civil organization, a topographical description of Rome by Publius Victor, and a collection of enigmas in the form of a dialogue, the Altercatio Adriani Augusti et Epicteti philosophi.



52. Lyscosthenes, Conrad, Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon, Basilea: Henricus Petrus, c. 1557, first edition, folio (10 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in.), numerous illustrations, 670 pgs., 18th c. calf, five raised bands, several ex‑libris. [$5000/7000]
Provenance: Sothebys, Milan, June 27, 2005, lot 628; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



53. Strabo. Rerum geographicarum libri septemdecim. A Guilielmo Xylandro Augstano magna cura recogniti, ac mendis... restiuti..., Basel, Henricpetri, (August 1571), folio (12 3/8 in. x 8 1/4 in.), woodcut printer's device on title‑page and final verso, woodcut initials, parallel text in Latin and Greek, 27 double‑page maps by Sebastian Munster, 7 woodcut maps in in text, old calf, binding worn, covers detached. [$3000/5000]
Provenance: Sotheby's, London, Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Nov. 16, 2006, lot 76; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR.. Ref: Shirley, British Library, G.STR‑1a; Nordenskjold 287.



54. [Justinian Institutes] Authenticae Seu Novellae Constitutiones dn. Justiniani Sacratiss. Principis,, 246 pgs., Ibid. Novellarum Constitutionum Justiniani Principus, 138 pgs., Ibid‑Justiani Imperatoris Edicta, 126 pgs., Ibid‑Justiniani PP.A Institutionum, 60 pgs., Antwerp, Plantini, 1575, Greek and Latin, bound with index, folio (13 1/4 in. x 9 in.), modern binding. [$700/1000]
Provenance: Schilb Antiquarian, Columbia, MO, 2019; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



55. Mair, Paul Hektor, Geschlechter Buch... der... Statt Augspurg, Frankfurt am Maim, Sigmund Feyerabend, 1580, folio (12 2/8 in. x 7 1/2 in.), title printed in red and black, with woodcut of two knights, signed CM; 1 full‑page allegorical woodcut of Mercury and Plenty and a full‑page elaborate woodcut border enclosing a sub‑title, both signed I.A. (Jost Amman), and MF with knife (Lucas Mayer); 156 full‑page woodcuts depicting members of the great Augsburg families in full armor, with their coats of arms beside them and their names above a few signed CW (Christoph Weiditz II); printer's large woodcut device of Fame on last leaf; 2 elaborate woodcut tail‑pieces, old vellum. [$1800/2500]
Provenance: H.P. Kraus, Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York, 2003; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



56. Xenophon. Xenophontis Philosophi et Imperatoris Clarissimi, Quae Exstant Opera, In Duos Tomos Divisa, Frankfurt: Andreas Wecheliherdes, 1596, 2 volumes, folio (14 in. x 9 in.), in Latin and Greek, vellum, with applied titles and numbers. [$1000/1500]
Provenance: Vassilis Korovessis Rare Books, Athens, Greece, 2017; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..

57. Basilius I, Macedo, Emperor. Parainetika pros ton eauton uion Leonta. Admonitoria ad filium suum Leonem, Paris, Nicolas Buon, 1637, Jean Paradis/translator, 8vo (5 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in.), Greek and Roman type, contemporary vellum, gold stamped title label on spine. [$600/900]
Provenance: H.P Kraus, Inc., Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York, 2002; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..
Note: Rare edition of the work attributed to the Byzantine Emperor, Basil I (d. 886), first published in 1584 by Federic Morel, and printed here in a parallel version with Greek and Latin text on facing pages. Cast in the form of a letter to his son, LEO, the work is a short treatise on ethical philosophy. One chapter, on 'God's Memory ' discusses moral conscience as the manifestation of Divine Memory in the human mind.



58. [Classical Warfare, 7 Volumes] Incl.
(1) Pseduo‑Hyginus (fl. 3rd century AD) and Polybius (c. 205‑125 BC). De castris Romanis. Amsterdam: Judocus Pluymer, 1660, 4to, extra‑engraved title, four engraved folding plates, device on title, woodcut initials and tailpiece, 18th c. tree calf, flat spine elaborately gilt in compartments, lettering‑piece, yellow edges, Lt. Gen G. L. Parker, bookplate.
(2)Aelianus, Claudius (c. 175‑235). Tactica, sive de instruendis aciebus. Leiden: Ludovic Elzevir, 1613, 4to, two folding engraved plates, eighteenth‑century calf binding, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco lettering‑piece, Henry Godolphin (1648‑1733), provost of Eton and dean of St Paul's, inscription on title‑page stating this was sold as a duplicate, a few closed tears, (repaired), margins cropped affecting manuscript note on title, staining.
(3) Leo VI, Emperor of Byzantium. Tactica, sive de re militari. Leiden: Ludovic Elzevir, 1612, 4to (200 x 152mm.), 18th c. tree calf binding, flat spine gilt, red morocco, lettering‑piece, yellow edges.
(4) Lipsius, Justus (1547‑1606). De Militia Romana libri quinque commentarius ad Polybium, Antwerp: Joannes Moretus, 1598, engraved double‑page plate, engraved illustrations, engraved device on title‑page, woodcut illustrations, woodcut initials, Ibid. Poliorcetican sive de machinis, tormentis, telis, Antwerp: Joannes Moretus, 1596, engraved illustrations, Ibid. Admiranda, sive de magnitudine Romana, three works in one volume, old vellum, octavo (10 in. x 6 7/8 in.)
(5) Ibid. De militira Romana libri quinque, Commentaries ad Polybium. Antwerp: Balthasar Moretus, 1630, 4to, engraved double-page plate, engraved illustrations, engraved device on title-page, woodcut initials, tree-calf binding, flat spine gilt, yellow edges.
(6) Polyaneus. Strategematum libri octo. Leiden: Johannes du Vivie and Jordan Luchtmans, 1691, Greek and Latin, engraved extra title, woodcut device on title-page, woodcut initials, contemporary paneled calf binding.
(7) Lydius Jacobus (1610-1679). Syntagma Sacrum de re Militari. Dordrecht: Cornelius Willegardus, 1698, 4to, Greek and Latin, engraved extra title-page, eight engraved plates, woodcut initials and tailpieces, 18th c. tree-calf, flat spine gilt, yellow edges. [$1000/1500]
Provenance: Lt. Genl. G.L. Parker, bookplate in some volumes; Sotheby’s, London, Oct. 30, 2007, lot 3417; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



59. Bellori, Giovanni Pietro. Columna Antoniniana Marci Aurelii Antonini Augusti rebus gestis insignis Germanis simul..., Rome, apud auctorem, [1672], first edition, oblong folio (13 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in.), engraved title, 75 numbered engraved plates, of which plates 2 and 3 combined to form a large folding plate, and 2 unnumbered plates; early 19th c. Viennese binding, possibly from the workshop of M. Hermann, of mottled calf decorated in neo‑classical style, boards marbled green within a gold roll‑tooled border of alternating open and closed palmettes, smooth spine gilt with red morocco inlay and label, marbled end leaves. [$1000/1500]
Provenance: Antoine Rivalz, painter, and etcher, 1667‑1735; Sotheby's, New York, The Inventory of H.P. Kraus, Dec. 5, 2003, lot 58; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..
Note: The column of Marcus Aurelius was erected after the Emperor's death in A.D. 180 to celebrate his victories against the German and Sarmation tribes north of the Danube. Beneath each plate are engraved Bellori's explanatory notes. Antiquarian, collector, and one of the founders of modern archaeology, Bellori was librarian to Queen Christina of Sweden, and from 1670‑1694, papal Commissioner of Antiquities.



60. Polyaenius.Polyaeni Strategematum, Jordanum Luchtmans, & Johannem du Vivie, 1690, 8 books in 1 volume, 16mo (7 3/4 in. x 4 1/2 in), wars against the Persians, strategy, in Latin and Greek, later calf. [$250/350]
Provenance: Vassilis Korovessis Rare Books, Athens, Greece, 2017; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



61. Ciampini, Giovanni Giustino (1633‑1698). De sacris aedificiis a Constantino Magno constructis: Synopsis historica, Rome, Giovanni Giacomo Komarek, 1693, 217 pgs., woodcut papal arms on title‑page, engraved frontispiece, 35 engraved plates (20 folding, 4 double‑page); BOUND WITH Vetera monimenta, in quibus praecipue…, 1690, woodcut papal arms on title‑page, engraved frontispiece, 76 engraved plates (some folding); two works in one volume, first editions, folio (11 3/4 in. x 8 in.), contemporary calf binding, gilt arms of Foucault on covers, spine gilt in compartments, red edges. [$1000/1500]
Provenance: Nicolas‑Joseph Foucault, arms on covers and armorial bookplate; Sotheby's, London, Oct. 30, 2007, lot 3409; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..
Note: Ciampini's archaeological works are important as they describe many monuments of early Christianity which have since decayed or been demolished, including old St Peter's and St John Lateran. The second part of Vetera monimenta was published by Komarek in 1699.



62. Collection of Ethiopic Religious Texts, in Ge'ez, illuminated manuscripts on vellum, c. 1700‑20th c. Comprising: RELIGIOUS TEXTS [Ethiopia, c.1700]. 280 x 225mm. 161 leaves. 19-21 lines of text in two columns, rubrics in red, FORTY-SEVEN FULL-PAGE MINIATURES (prefatory cycle of illumination worn, rubbed and cockled, some dampstaining and marginal staining throughout). Contemporary paneled red leather stamped in blind (restored).
The manuscript features an image of St Abba Gabra Manfas Queddus, who died around 1433. He was an Ethiopian hermit monk who lived in the desert among sixty lions and sixty leopards, traditionally – as here – represented by two of each beast. The iconography in this form only became developed in the later 16th century. The painter’s use of color is characteristic of early Gondarine painting, appearing in both icons and works on parchment, and would suggest a late 17th/early18th-century date.
[With:] Four other Ethiopic manuscripts of varying dates, with later added illumination.
- PSALTER [Ethiopia, 17th century]. 150 x 140mm. 91 leaves. 19 lines of text, TEN MINIATURES (marginal staining). Modern full red morocco. Red morocco folding box.
- GOSPEL OF JOHN [Ethiopia, 19th century]. 150 x 95mm. 100 leaves. 16 lines of text in two columns, thread book markers sewn in upper outer margins, FOUR MINIATURES (marginal staining). Contemporary paneled calf stamped in blind with contemporary leather case and strap.
- MARIAN PRAYERS AND INVOCATIONS [Ethiopia, c.1900]. 180 x 115mm. 160 leaves. 25 lines of text, SIX MINIATURES (marginal staining and smudging, marginal scribbles in early folios). Contemporary wooden boards and tan leather case with strap (rubbed and soiled).
- MARIAN PRAYERS AND INVOCATIONS [Ethiopia, c.1900]. 160 x 105mm. 224 leaves. 17 lines of text in two columns. SEVEN MINIATURES and two hand-drawn decorative headpieces (marginal staining and occasional cockling). Contemporary wooden boards and brown leather case with strap (scuffed and soiled)
The illumination of these four manuscripts was likely added in the 20th century, with the original text scrubbed out. The Marian imagery with the Virgin holding a handkerchief is based on the Santa Maria Maggiore icon that the Jesuits introduced into Ethiopia in around 1600. Mary is often paired with St George from the late 18th century onward, and this is also when the blended green-yellow-red backgrounds found here begin to appear. (5 pcs.) [$5000/7000]
Provenance: Christie’s, New York, Ex Libris Jean R. Perette: Important Travel, Exploration and Cartography, April 5, 2016, lot 284.



63. Arrianus of Nicomedia, Expeditiones Alexandri Libri Septum et Historia Indica..., Jacobus Granovii, 1704, 7 books in 1 volume, folio (12 1/4 in. x 7 3/4 in.), 376 pgs., title page printed in red and black, in Latin and Greek, Alexander the Great's expeditions to the Far East. [$300/500]
Provenance: Vassilis Korovessis Rare Books, Athens, Greece, 2017; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



64. Felbien, Michel (1665‑1719). Histoire de la Ville de Paris, Paris: Guillaume Desprez and Jean Desessartz, 1725, first edition, 5 volumes, folio (15 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in.), half‑titles in vols. I and III, engraved frontispiece, large folding map of Paris un‑joined on 3 sheets, 32 engraved plates (30 folding, some containing two images), contemporary calf, spines in 7 compartments with 6 raised bands, tan morocco lettering pieces, red edges. [$1000/1500]
Provenance: Christie's, New York, April 5, 2016, lot 131; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..



65. Riou, Stephen (1720‑1780), The Grecian Orders of Architecture. Delineated and Explained from the Antiquities of Athens, London: Printed by J. Dixwell for the Author, 1768, first edition, folio (18 3/4 in. x 11 1/2 in.), engraved vignette on title‑page, 28 engraved plates (8 double‑page), head and tail‑pieces in text, contemporary diced Russia gilt, spine gilt. [$3000/5000]
Provenance: Christie's, New York, Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana, Dec. 5, 2008, lot 30; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..
Note: The only edition of Riou's attempt at systematizing Greek architecture. A 1751 archaeological expedition funded by the Society of Dilettanti exposed for the first time the elements of classic Greek architecture. British architects and enthusiasts, including Riou, took up the challenge to emulate the style, giving birth to the Greek Revival movement.



66. Choiseul‑Gouffier, Marie Gabriel Comte de. Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece, Paris, J.J. Blaise, 1782‑1809‑1822, first edition, first printing, 3 volumes in 4 folios (19 3/4 in. x 13 in.), the first bound in mottled calf, the other 3 in their original publisher's boards; 3 engraved titles, one portrait frontispiece of the author, 2 large fold‑out maps of Greece, and 263 plates (of 285) after Hilaire. [$4000/6000]
Provenance: Sotheby's, Paris, June 15, 2005, lot 22; Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..
Note: Choiseul‑Gouffier travelled with the artist Jean‑Baptiste Hilaire to the Levant in 1776. The author's admiration for Greece and its people, combined with the skill of Hilaire's recreation of its topography and costume was received with great enthusiasm by the French public. On its appearance in 1782 the work was so successful that in 1784 Choiseul‑Gouffier was appointed ambassador to Constantinople. A second volume appeared in 1809 and a third (i.e. volume 2, part 2) was published posthumously in 1822. The work is particularly notable for its plates, including as they do fine views architectural details, and accurate maps. Despite the title there is considerable information and many illustrations of Turkey and Constantinople.



67. [Antique Italian Book on Lace Making], l"Honesto Essempio, Venice, Fernando Ongania/Editor, 1878, octavo, facsimile book after a 1550 book on lacemaking, limited to 100 copies, this being # 94, with 28 plates, modern binding. [$150/250]
Provenance: Demetrius S. Spanos, MD Collection, Jonesboro, AR..


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