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There are many history books available on Biblio, and there are some truly gorgeous rare and antique books about the Renaissance in the Biblio Rare Book Room. The books are in a variety of languages, so be sure to check the individual listings for additional information on the rare and antique book of your choice. Many of the rare Renaissance books featured below in the Biblio Rare Book Room come complete with fantastic illustrations, maps, and other fascinating ephemera.

... De duplici copia, verborum ac rerum commentarij duo, by Erasmus, Desiderius

Strasbourg: Matthias Schürer, 1514-1515. First edition of some material. Hard Cover. Very Good/Several related works of Erasmus collected in one binding, including the first edition of Parabolae sive similia (a reported 1513 edition of Parabolae was...

From Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio


Ciceronis De Officiis Libri III : Cato maior, vel de Senectute, Lælius, vel de Amicitia, Paradoxa Stoicorum sex by CICERO, Marcus Tullius

1579 De Officiis CICERO Political Philosophy Paradoxa Cato Maior Venice FOLIO "A room without books is like a body without a soul." ― Marcus Tullius CiceroCicero's "De Officis" describes the best way to live, behave, and work. It also depicts Roman poli...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books


The Pecorone of Ser Giovanni now first translated into English by W. G. Waters. Illustrated by E. R. Hughes, R.W.S. by Giovanni Fiorentino, Ser, active 14th century / Waters, W. G. (William George), 1844-1928, translator

London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1897. Hard Cover. 312 pages. 'Ser Giovanni's collection, begun in 1378 and finished after 1385, derives its title, Il pecorone, 'the numbskull'-- a title probably not due to the author-- from the fact that so many pecoroni ...

From The Owl at the Bridge



Ιn Εnglish. Two huge volumes 23X28 cm. Soft cover, absolutely new, wrapped in the original plastic cover, 1290 pp., ill., net weight 5700 gr., hundreds of color images. ============================================================== The shipping cost es...



Della Historia Vinitiana (Libri XII) by Bembo, Pietro

179 pages. Rebound in full vellum; binding tight, all pages clean, no tears, no repairs, some pencil marks. Very slight foxing here and there and delicate age-tinting. Five raised bands, title stamped in gold on red leather label.Scholar, poet, musician,...

From Setton Book Collection


l Cortegiano, or the Courtier: Written by Conte Baldassar Castiglione. And a New Version of the same in English. Together with Several of his Celebrated Pieces, as well Latin as Italian, both in Prose and Verse. To which is prefix'd, The Life of the Author. By A.P. Castiglione, of the same Family by CASTIGLIONE, Balthasar (1478-1529

London: Printed by W. Bowyer, for the Editor, 1727. First Edition thus. Full Calf. Fine. First edition of the third English version of Castiglione's classic treatise on etiquette, the most celebrated instruction manual on the courtly manners of the Ital...

From Fine Editions Ltd


De ratione curandi per sanguinis missionem, libri decem: in quibus extirpatis erroneis opinionibus passim hodie apud nonnullos vigentibus, omnia ad hoc argumentum pertinentia, secundum Galeni doctrinam explanantur by AUGENIO, Orazio

1584 Medicine & Surgery Augenio Curandi Renaissance Plague Bloodletting Galen An important, 16th-century medical treatise by Orazio Augenio! 'De Ratione Curandi' includes a wide variety of medical topics but most famously covers the use and benefits of ...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books


The Prince. Translated from the Original Italian of Niccolo Machiavelli. To Which is Prefixed an introduction... by Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527 / Byerley, John Scott, 1750- 1837

London: Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1810. Hard Cover. xii, xcv, 211 p.; 23 cm. (6 ll., a-f, A-N8, O2). Title continues: "Shewing the Close Analogy between the Principles of Machiavelli and the Actions of Buonaparte by J. Scott Byerley." John ...

From The Owl at the Bridge


Cronica di Matteo Villani a Miglior Lezione Ridotta coll' Aiuto de' Testi a Penna by Villani, Matteo, b. 1363

Firenze Per Il Magheri 1825-1826. Hard Cover. Six volumes. The merchant historian son of Giovanni Villani continued the Chronicle through the Black Death which killed his father and as far as the 1350 Papal Jubilee. This work is a basic source for the hi...

From The Owl at the Bridge



Erasmus, his life and character, as shown in his correspondence and works by Drummond, Robert Blackley (1833-1920)

London: London: Smith, Elder and Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1873. 1st Edition . Full cloth. Very Good. First edition, two volumes, octavo; xi, [i], 413, 380pp. In original uniform publisher's brown buckram with gilt and blind decoration to spines and fr...

From Lyppard Books


Epistolarum selectarum centuria prima [–quinta] miscellanea. by Lipsius, Justus

Antwerp: Ex officina Plantiana, apud Ioannem Moretum; viduam & filios Ioannis Moreti, 1605–14. 4to (25.8 cm, 10.2"). 5 parts in one vol. [4] ff., 119, [1] pp.; [121]–213, [3] pp.; [4] ff., 108, [4] pp.; [6] ff., 83, [5] pp.; [6] ff., 11...

From Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M)


Bibliotheca chalcographica by Jean-Jacques Boissard

First edition of this famous collection of portraits of leading European Renaissance figures. Engraved title page, 8pp index and 235 chalcographic (copperplate) engravings. A collection of portraits edited by Jean-Jacques Boissard (1528-1602), engraved b...

From Florilegius


Icones et Vitae Paparum, libellus recens editus, quo non solum omnium Romanae sedis pontificum, a D. Petro usque ad Clementem IIX. Effigies quam accuratissime ad vivum expressae, ob oculos ponuntur, sed etiam, singulorum vitae, nomina, parentes, familia.. describuntur. by Megiser, Hieronymus (1554-1619, German polymath, linguist and historian)

Frankfurt: Frankfurt: per Joachimum Bratheringium, 1602. 1st Edition . Full vellum. Very Good. First edition, octavo; [15], 639, [i]pp. In original full limp vellum binding (very lightly soiled), early manuscript title to spine, nineteenth century engra...

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