¶ Prolianus — Astronomia (15th century) [MS]

October 16, 2017

15th cent.

Prolianus, Christianus. Astronomia.

Illuminated manuscript. Germany, c. 1470–80. 77 leaves.

Morris signature on front endpaper; no Morris book label.

Lord Balcarres commented in a letter, 6 July 1894: “Morris deeply lamented to me that he had ever parted with the Prolianus, now in our hands, which he bought some years ago from Q[uaritch] for something like £20. As Morris said, the volume would have fetched 300£ or 400£ had it been in this [i.e. in the Fountaine] Sale” (quoted in James and Taylor, p. 23*).

Provenance: Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch for approximately £20). — Ellis & White (sold to the Bibliotheca Lindesiana [private collection of Alexander William, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres, and James Ludovic, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres]). — Bibliotheca Lindesdiana. — John Rylands University Library  of Manchester(Latin MS 53).

Reference: James, M. R., and Frank Taylor. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Latin Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Munich: Kraus Reprint, 1980. [PDF version available from the University of Manchester.] See no. 53.

Digital version: The John Rylands offers one, but it requires a university password.

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