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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


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


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


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


Stephani Curcellaei opera theologica, quorum pars praecipua institutio religionis Christianae. Cum indicibus necessariis. by De Courcelles, Étienne

Amstelodami: Apud Danielem Elservirium, 1675. Folio (31 cm, 12.2"). [18] ff., 1028, [34] pp. Sole edition of theological works by the => leader of the Remonstrants (who was also a personal friend of Descartes). Courcelles, a minister at Amiens, be...

From Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M)


Vindiciae arboris genealogicae augustae gentis Carolino-Boicae, contra sistema authoris geneographi, qui in arbore genealogica ante paucos annos cupro incisa serenissimorum Bojorum principum fundatorem ponit Luitpoldum, et abrupta penitus arbore, negat Carolum Magnum . . by WILHELM, Ignatius Franciscus Xaverius de

Monachii [Munich]: Typis Mariæ Magdalenæ Riedlin, 1730. First Edition. Full Leather. First Edition of an important genealogical work dedicated to Prince-Elector Charles Albert (later Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII), tracing the descent of the Wittelsba...

From Fine Editions Ltd


Il Petrarca con nuove spositioni, nelle quali, oltre l'altre cose, si dimostra qual fusse il vero giorno & l'hora del suo innamoramento, insieme alcune molto vtili & belle annotationi d'intorno alle regole della lingua toscana, e vna conserua di tutte le sue rime ridotte co'versi interi sotto le lettere vocali. by PETRARCH, Francesco

1574 Rime of Petrarch Italian Renaissance Poetry Ridolfi & Cambi Petrarca RARE "Books have led some to learning and others to madness." ― Francesco Petrarch Petrarch was a 14th-century Italian humanist known for his discovery of the letters of Cicero...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books



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...

From Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books


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...

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