Florence: Olschki, n.d. (1915). First Edition. Small 4to. vii, , 239, , 60, 120, 72, 147,  pp. Illustrated throughout. Original publisher's cloth, front cover divided vertically by a triple gilt fillet into two halves (blue colored cloth and cream colored cloth), upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, lower cover of blue cloth, stamped in black with the Olschki logo (spine dulled, some soiling and very minor wear to binding, textblock evenly toned as is true in all copies). Overall in much better state than is found on the market. *NOT* ex-library! Very good. Item #3156
A gigantic assemblege of fifteenth century books, this astonishing volume describes 1,000 incunables (sic!) -- an achievement that most booksellers, librarians, and collectors couldn't even allow themselves to dream about. There are 286 reproductions of woodcuts, printers' devices, typography, initials, and borders. Some of the more sensational books include a copy of Moses de Coucy's Sefer Mizwot Gadol (s.l., n.d.) printed on vellum (5000 FF); a Frezzi Quadriregio printed in Perugia in 1481 (sold at 2000 FF), and on the opposite page a Guainerius printed in Naples in 1474 (sold at 3000 FF); a colored Ptolemy Cosmographia (Ulm, 1486: 10,000 FF); a Plutarch Vitae printed by Jenson in 1477 highlighted with colored drawings (7500 FF); Lichtenberger's Prognosticatio (s.l., after 1488) with 43 woodcuts (4000 FF); a rare Antwerp Book of Hours (Use of Rome) printed on vellum ca. 1482 (8000 FF); an even rarer copy of the 1468 Hieronymus Epistolae printed in Rome by Schweynheym and Pannartz (7500 FF); a 1469 Thomas Aquinus printed in Mainz by Peter Schoeffer (7500 FF); the first edition of Homer's works in Greek (Florence, 1488: 12,000 FF); a copy in a contemporary binding of Lactantius' Opera printed by Schweynheym and Pannartz (Subiaco, 1465: 25,000 FF) and the Schweynheym and Pannartz's 1468 Roman reprint (6000 FF); the 1472 Verona Valturius with 82 woodcuts (illustrated here with a folding plate: 10,000 FF) and many, many, many more.
¶ A very considerable number of books are described in great detail, for example on p. 216: the Plutarch Vitae hispanice printed in Seville 1491 (2000 FF); or on the opposite page: Vencentius Bellovacensis printed Strassburg ca. 1472 (all 4 vols. in 2, Firmin-Didot copy: 10,000 FF). Long descriptions of two Venetian Petrarch Trionfi e Sonetti deserve mention, both with a series of six large and justly famous woodcuts: the first was printed by Petrus de Piasiis in 1492 (1000 FF), the second by Ioannes Codecha of Parma in 1492-1493 (1000 FF), and on and on. It is no wonder that "Oschki Catalogue 94 - Incunabula typographica" is still consulted by knowledgeable cataloguers. Other descriptions are by necessity more brief, in some instances surprisingly so; for example, 1499 Aldine Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Zaehnsdorf binding, 2500 FF) and the 1490 Rome Ptolemy Cosmographia (1750 FF, referencing a second copy elsewhere in the catalogue that had been sold). Other sold items include the Ratdolt's lovely Regiomontanus Calendarium (Venice 1476); the Berlinghieri Geographia printed in Florence ca. 1480, entirely engraved in wood; a 1490 Venetian Portolan Atlas (sold for 6000 FF), etc., etc.
¶ Olschki's great Catalogue XCIV effectively combines in one volume his Catalogues 68, 71, 76, 83 and 93 which were issued from 1909-14. At the end is an extensive Index of towns represented, printers, and languages; a Chronology; and Concordances with Hain, Copinger, Reichling, Campbell, and Haebler; and finally a list of editions that were "inconnues des bibliographes."
¶ From the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (sale at Christies NY, 2005, lot 1275), with Bernard Breslauer's circled accession number in pencil on the first blank.