Roger Gaskell Rare Books

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FORMEY, Jean-Henri-Samuel (1711–1797); Bruzen de La Martinière, Antoine Augustin (1662–1746)

Berlin:  chez Haude et Spener, M.DCC.LVI. à la science,  1756
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine, marbled endleaves, red page edges. Womholes in joints, small chip to head of spine, corners worn.
Provenance: ‘Ex Libris Vicecomitis de la Maillardiére’, engraved armorial bookplate signed ‘L. Legrand fecit’ of Charles-François Lefèvre de la Maillardière (18th-century), member of the Acadèmie des Sciences et Arts de Dijon. From the collection of Giles Barber (1930–2012), no marks of provenance.

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TRITHEMIUS, Johannes (1462–1516)

Cologne:  Peter Quentel,  1531
Binding: Contemporary blind stamped pigskin with brass clasps (replaced?). Somewhat worn.
Provenance: About 100 words of contemporary annotation, underlining and marginal marks near the beginning of the book. ‘Conventus Landishutani ordinis Praedicatorum’, contemporary inscription on title; Munich University Library, release stamp on A1v; Herman Wiese, signature dated Nov. [19]70 and engraved bookplate with portrait of Trithemius.

One of the first printed bibliographies; copy from the Dominican convent at Landshut.