Leo Cadogan Rare Books

Leo Cadogan Rare Books Ltd specialises in unusual or iconic items - books, manuscripts, broadsides or pamphlets - from the cultural and intellectual life of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods.

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About

Leo Cadogan Rare Books Ltd specialises in unusual or iconic items - books, manuscripts, broadsides or pamphlets - from the cultural and intellectual life of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. The business was established in 2007. Leo Cadogan (owner) entered the book trade straight out of university, in 1997. Before setting up on his own, he worked for two of London's finest antiquarian firms, and was manager of the antiquarian department of an important London bookshop. He also took time to do postgraduate studies in the Renaissance, gaining an MA and a reading ability in medieval European law.

We are members of the UK's ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and the PBFA (the UK's Provincial Booksellers' Fairs Association). We abide by their codes of conduct and ethics, whose coverage includes the proper description of books.

For any queries, please get in touch.

Documents

A list for the Chelsea book Fair

The fair runs on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November in Chelsea Old Town Hall. To find me at the fair, after coming through the main entrance to the fair please take the left-hand aisle. I should be by the door near the stage. Please let me know if you would like a ticket.


INK FAIR LONDON 2017

Come join us at this wonderful event in the fabulous Two Temple Place, from 25th to 27th October 2017.


Autumn Miscellany

12 items on subjects including medicine, Mexico, fashion, and Oliver Cromwell.


A Short Miscellany of New Acquisitions

Ten newly-acquired items dating from 1559 to the early nineteenth century. Included are a novel, a collection of popular ballads, pamphlets relating to mathematics and the arts and book trade history, books with religious illustration, poems by and for nuns, and a book belonging to a community of English monks in Northern Europe. 


10 BROADSIDES, 1479-1516, FROM THE FIRM OF JACQUES ROSENTHAL

Items predominantly from Katalog 92 (c. 1931) from the firm of the famous antiquarian bookseller Jacques Rosenthal (1854-1937) in Munich.


Science, Medicine and Technology

A list of twenty items, including an astronomical wall calendar from 1542/3, a price list for Barcelona druggists, a report from 1777 from a doctor to the Spanish army in Brazil, and a popular ballad on parachute-jumping.


BOOK OF THE MONTH

After Antonio Tempesta, 'Twelve Emperors on Horseback'

 

An unlocated set of twelve prints (five featured in this photograph), of the first twelve Caesars on horseback, after the famous and influential series by Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630). This is one of only two editions that we have found to feature a border of military spolia, and is very likely the earliest.

“The ‘Twelve Emperors on Horseback’ issued in 1596 are among the most successful and influential prints that Tempesta ever produced. The impact of the series can be gathered not only from numerous engraved copies, but also from pictures of rulers and noblemen on horseback by Rubens, Van Dyck, Zurbarán, Velazquez and many others that were produced throughout the Baroque age. Even Jacques-Louis David’s painting ‘Napoleon at St. Bernard’ is indebted to the visual standards of representing supreme rulership which Tempesta created and diffused in these etchings [...]” (Eckhard Leuschner, Introduction to the series in The Illustrated Bartsch 35/2, p. 153).

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