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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.

Le Premier Tome de lArchitecture. by Philibert de LOrme

THE GREATEST BOOK OF RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTUREIllustrated with 205 large woodcuts, including 74 full-page and 7 double-page blocks; magnificent allegorical woodcut title border; large woodcut head-pieces and large floriated and grotesque woodcut initials; ...

From George Robert Minkoff, Inc.


... 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. Quarto (21 cm), three parts in one volume: I: [6], 73, [6] leaves; II: [56] leaves; III: [4], 57, [7] leaves. Numerous five- and six-line "criblé" wood...

From Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio



Venice, Grazioso Percacino, 1570.. FIRST EDITION, 1570. Folio, approximately 405 x 275 mm, 16 x 10¾ inches, engraved title with large architectural border including standing figures of the dedicatee, the Emperor Maximilan II, four Virtues and four Scie...

From Roger Middleton



(Florence, Bartolommeo de Libri), circa 1495.. INCUNABULA, circa 1495, ITALIAN TEXT, bound in eights, approximately 200 x 135 mm, 7¾ x 5¼ inches, 24 leaves without pagination, as issued (48 pages), a1-c8, 34 lines, the last 2 words are "senza spirito",...

From Roger Middleton


DE ARCHITECTURA LIBRI DECEM AD CAESAREM AUGUSTUM. by VITRUVIUS, Marcus Pollio. Edited by Guillaume Philander or Philandrier.:

Lugduni, apud Joan. Tornaesium, 1552.. omnibus omnium editionibus longe emendatiores, collatis veteribus exemplis. Accesserunt, Gulielmi Philandri Castilionii, civis Romani annotationes castigatiores, & plus tertia parte locupletiores. Adiecta est Epit...

From Roger Middleton


Opus Geomantiae Completum in Libros Tres Divisum by Henricus de Pisis

Small 8vo. Bound in contemporary vellum. Printed by Jean Antoine Huguetan, Lyons 1638. (Colophon at end dated 1627; printing privilege dated 1626.) Second Edition of this comprehensive treatise on geomancy.Illustrated with numerous diagrams, schematic woo...

From George Robert Minkoff, Inc.


VITA DI MICHELAGNOLO (MICHELANGELO) BUONARROTI pittore scultore architetto e gentiluomo fiorentino. Pubblicata mentre viveva dal suo scolare Ascanio Condivi. by CONDIVI, Ascanio. MICHELANGELO BUONARROTTI.:

Florence, Gaetano Albizzini, 1746.. SECOND EDITION 1746, (first edition 1553) corrected and enlarged with various annotations and commentaries, Italian text. Folio, approximately 320 x 205 mm, 12¾ x 8 inches, engraved portrait frontispiece of the artis...

From Roger Middleton


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


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


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


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


Machiavelli's Political Discourses Upon the First Decade of Livy. Interspersed with Various Reflections by Wickliffe, Robert, 1815?-1850. Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527

Louisville: Prentice & Weissinger, 1840. Soft Cover. 29 p.; 22 cm. The first text of Machiavelli published in the United States and a very rare book.Early Kentucky printing.   Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527. Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Li...

From The Owl at the Bridge


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)


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


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