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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...



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


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


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


Il Convito overo, del peso della moglie, dove ragionando si conchiude, che non puo la Donna dishonesta far vergogna a ̀l'Huomo by MODIO, Giovanni Battista

1554 1ed Il Convito Italian Renaissance Modio Sexuality & Misogyny Gender ROME A rare, 16th-century book on gender roles, human sexuality, and misogyny. Giovanni Battista Modio was a 16th-century Italian philosopher and author who is best known for his...

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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


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


"Christie's" 1766 to 1925: Christie's Auction House Records by Marillier, H.C

"CHRISTIE'S" 1766 TO !925. a VERY NICE COPY IN A RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET. Many Illustrations. Printed in Great Britain By Robert Maclehose and Co., Ltd., The University Press, Glasgow. Used. Very Good-/Good Original Dust Jacket. Very rare thus. 7 3/4 X ...

From Mary Riversong


Proverbs in Jests or the Tales of Cornazano, XVth Century. by Cornazzano, Antonio, ca. 1429-ca. 1489

[Paris] Isidore Liseux, 1888. Hard Cover. xxiii, [1], 216 pages; 16.5 cm. Title in red & black; text in Italian & English on facing pages; fine paper. The DBI article (29: 123-132) by P. Farenga dates the original Latin text of these proverbs to April 14...

From The Owl at the Bridge


Opere di Niccolo Machiavelli Cittadino e Segretario Fiorentino. Volume Secondo [2] by Machiavelli, Niccolo, 1469-1527

Milano, Dalla Società de Classici Italiani, 1804. Hard Cover. 380, [1] pages, 8vo. Contents: I Tre Libri De' Discorsi Sopra La Prima Deca Di Tito Livio. The Discourses on Livy are Machiavelli's fullest treatment of politics and government. Bertelli, Sec...

From The Owl at the Bridge


Libro di m. Giovanni Boccaccio delle donne illustri, tradotto per messer Giuseppe Betussi. Con una additione fatta dal medesimo delle donne famose del tempo di M. Giovanni fino à i giorni nostri, et alcune altre state per inanzi, con la vita del Boccaccio, et la tavola di tutte l'historie, et cose principali, che nell'opra si contengono. by BOCCACCIO, Giovanni

1558 Boccaccio De Mulieribus Claris Famous Women Mythology Italian Renaissance "Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy" ― Giovanni Boccaccio Giovanni Boccaccio was a 14th-century Italian poet and important humanist during the Renaissance. In 1...

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