RIDEOUT, Henry Milner; Dragon's Blood

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From newsletter 23:

54 NEVIZZANO, Giovanni Sylvae nuptialis libri sex. In quibus ex dictis moder. materia matrimonii, dotium, filiationis, adulterii, originis, successionis & monitorialium plenissime ?discutitur. Venice, Giovanni Antonio Bertano, 1573. Modern vellum. (36), 696 p. Nice woodcut printer's mark with two storks, several larger and smaller woodcut initials. Some old inscriptions on title and on a few other pages, some marginal 'pointing fingers' and a few small stains. Old bottom edge title. In all a quite decent copy.

€ 240

* Collection of texts in Latin about matrimony, sexual relations and family and their relevance for the law by a professor of law at Turin University (died 1540). Rebound in neat modern vellum with title in black on spine. Modern flyleaves.


From newsletter 17:

1. BEWICK, Thomas & John Select Fables; with Cuts, designed and engraved by Thomas and John Bewick, and Others, previous to the year 1784; together with a Memoir; and a descriptive Catalogue of the Works of Messrs. Bewick. London, S. Hodgson, Emerson Charnley, Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, 1820. 21 x 15 cm. 19th cent. full polished calf with gilt and blindstamped borders, spine gilt and with two morocco title tickets. All edges marbled, matching with endpapers. (6), xl, 332 pp. Some traces of use: spine has lost part of its gold, most protruding parts a bit rubbed, some markings on the binding, a few spots and fingering inside, but an attractive book with a wood engraving on almost every page.

€ 200

* Richly illustrated with wood-engravings by the patriarchs of wood-engraving, the brothers Bewick. Nice bookplate of George W. Prothero.

From newsletter 12:

8. HAAN, Jacob Israël de Pathologieën. De ondergangen van Johan van Vere de With. (Met eene voorrede van Georges Eekhoud). Rotterdam, Meindert Boogaerdt jr., 1908. Original illustrated wrappers. XVI, 320 p. Portrait. First edition. Some tiny professional repairs (report added). Purple and cream cover a bit yellowed.

€ 250

* De Haan's second, decadentistic novel, even more openly homo-erotic than his first one, Pijpelijntjes, describes a sometimes sadomasochistic relation between an artist and a student. With a preface by Georges Eekhoud, translated by De Haan. The first part bears a motto by Catullus dedicated to Eekhoud, the second a motto by Olindo Guerrini to Herman Bang, and the third one by Catullus dedicated to Oscar Wilde. A legendary and delicate book with a 'satanic' portrait of the author as a frontispice and an Art Nouveau purple cover decoration of a mournful young man wounding his fingers on a rose.