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    Sale 2272

    Fine Books & Manuscripts including Americana

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    AEGIDUS COLUMNA ROMANUS (ca 1243-1316). De regimine principum. In Spanish: Regimiento de los principes. Translated by Juan García de Castrojeriz. Seville: Meinard Ungut and Stanislaus Polonus for Conradus Alemanus and Melchior Gorricio, 20 October 1494.

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    AEGIDUS COLUMNA ROMANUS (ca 1243-1316). De regimine principum. In Spanish: Regimiento de los principes. Translated by Juan García de Castrojeriz. Seville: Meinard Ungut and Stanislaus Polonus for Conradus Alemanus and Melchior Gorricio, 20 October 1494.


    Chancery 2o (270 x 196 mm). Collation: a-t8; v-z A-G8 H10; AA6. 254 leaves (of 256, lacking blanks H10 and AA6). 44 lines and headline. 2 columns. Gothic type 4:144 (incipits and headlines), 111 (chapter headings, colophon) and 5:98 (text). Printing in red on A2r. Full-page woodcut on title, woodcut capitals, printer's device (Juchhoff 96). (Title cut down and mounted, with portion of border supplied in ink facsimile, m4 supplied from another copy, F7 with large patch in upper margin with headline and portions of 7 lines in manuscript facsimile, g1, i4, l8, F1 with repaired tear crossing text, q5-7 with small repaired hole at center affecting some letters, a few marginal repairs, some headlines shaved, a few stains at end.) 19th-century vellum gilt, red morocco lettering pieces.

    FIRST SPANISH EDITION, after the Latin editio princeps by Zainer (Augsburg, 1473) and an unillustrated Catalan edition published in Barcelona, 1480. RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, the only copy to appear on the market in at least the last thirty years was the Otto Schäfer copy, sold 1 November 1995. Goff A-91; H 112*; GW 7222; Haebler (BI) 156; Kurz 94; BMC X 40.


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    PROPERTY FROM THE HISPANIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA, DEACCESSIONED BY ORDER OF THE TRUSTEES TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND


    Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), one of America's greatest philanthropists, founded his long-planned "Spanish Museum" in 1904: over the next fifty years he dedicated his time and his considerable resources to augmenting its original holdings so that it became one of the world's greatest collections of Hispanic art and literature. His aim, stated in the foundation deed for the public Spanish library and museum that was to be called The Hispanic Society of America, was the "advancement of the study of the Spanish and Portuguese languages, literature and history." It is to further Huntington's vision and expand the collection that the following group of duplicates and non-Hispanic material has been de-accessioned by order of the Trustees. Christie's is honored to offer them for sale for the benefit of the HSA Acquisitions Fund.