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¶ St. Jerome — Vitas patrum (1495)

November 18, 2017

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Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Vitae sanctorum patrum, sive Vitas patrum [English] The lyff of the faders. Trans. William Caxton. Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [before 21 August] 1495.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Frederick Perkins. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL 1806).

References: ESTC (S109796). — ISTC (ih00213000). — Morgan Catalogue 3, no. 730.

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¶ Four titles (1500)

November 16, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] (Mirabilia Romae vel potius) Historia et descriptio urbis Romae [and] Indulgentiae ecclesiarum principalium urbis Romae. Rome: Stephan Plannck, 7 March 1500.

Illustrated.

References: ISTC (im00604000). (ISTC lists several editions of this title published in 1500, but not that of 7 March 1500.) — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 270.

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[2] Andreas de Escobar. Modus confitendi. [Rome: Johann Besicken and Martinus de Amsterdam, c. 1500.]

Illustrated.

References: ISTC (ia00680500). (But note that ISTC lists four other editions of this title with the same imprint.) — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 274.

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[3] Interrogationes et doctrinae. [Rome: Johann Besicken and Martinus de Amsterdam, c. 1500.]

References: ISTC (ic00819300). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 272.

[4] Conjuratio malignorum spirituum. [Rome: Johann Besicken and Martinus de Amsterdam, c. 1500.]

References: ISTC (ic00833000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 273.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library [missing since 1945]. — Unlocated.

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¶ St. Augustine — De civitate dei (1486–87)

November 15, 2017

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Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo [Saint Augustinus]. De civitate dei [French] De la cite de dieu. Trans. Raoul de Presles. Abbeville: Pierre Gérard and Jean Du Pré (printer of Paris), 1486–87.

Two parts, dated 1486 and 1487. Illustrated.

Provenance: John Hayford Thorold. — Thorold sale, Sotheby, 12 December 1884, lot 197. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1602).

References: ISTC (ia01247000). — Morgan Catalogue 3, no. 622 [HathiTrust].

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¶ Ptolemy — Cosmographia (1482 and 1486)

November 14, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Ptolemy [Claudius Ptolomaeus]. Cosmographia. Trans. Jacobus Angelus. Ulm: Lienhart Holle, 16 July 1482.

Illustrated.

References: ISTC (ip01084000). — Poynter, no. 466.

Digital version: Boston Public Library.

[2] Ptolemy [Claudius Ptolomaeus]. Cosmographia. Trans. Jacobus Angelus. Ulm: Johann Reger, for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486.

Illustrated.

References: ISTC (ip01085000). — Poynter, no. 468.

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Sotheby 1898, lot 976 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £21). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.f.5 (SR) [1482 edition and 1486 edition]).


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¶ Ptolemy — Cosmographia (1486)

November 13, 2017

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Ptolemy [Claudius Ptolomaeus]. Cosmographia. Trans. Jacobus Angelus. Ulm: Johann Reger, for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486.

Illustrated. Inscribed “to E Burne-Jones from William Morris Feb: 10th 1895.”

Provenance: Sunderland Library, Blenheim Palace. — Quaritch (purchased in 1882). — Morris. — Edward Burne-Jones (gift from Morris, 1895). — Maritime Museum, Rotterdam (WAE56).

References: ISTC (ip01085000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 985 (with one X beside the title).

Digital version: BSB. — The Maritime Museum also offers seven digital images from Morris’s copy.

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¶ St. Ambrose — Hexameron (c. 1480–83)

November 7, 2017

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Ambrose [Ambrosius], Saint. Hexameron. [Cologne: Johann Guldenschaff, c. 1480–83].

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 119 (sold to Rega for 19s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ia00557000).

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¶ Ludolf, von Sachsen — Vita Christi (1487)

November 3, 2017

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Ludolf, von Sachsen [Ludolphus de Saxonia]. Vita Christi [Dutch] Tboeck vanden leven Jhesu Christi. Antwerp: Gerard Leeu, 3 November 1487.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 772 (sold to Heppenstal for £12 12s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (il00353000).


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Justinian I — Institutiones (1487)

November 2, 2017

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Justinian I [Justinianus]. Institutiones (with the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius). Basel: Michael Wenssler, 31 May 1476.

The date in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue (see below) is apparently an error. Wenssler published several editions of the Institutiones but none in 1487.

Provenance: Inscription “Mnrijs Georgij in Fransening.” — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 738 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £5 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 3.f.2 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ij00513000). — Poynter, no. 336.

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¶ Bruni — De bello Italico (1471)

November 2, 2017

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Bruni, Leonardo [Leonardus Brunus Aretinus]. De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto. [Venice]: Nicolaus Jenson, [before July] 1471.

Quaritch bought heavily at the Crawford sale, and presumably the book came to Morris through him.

Provenance: Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, 1881, no. 533 — W. H. Crawford (bought in Rome, 1884). — Crawford sale, 1887, no. 204. — Quaritch (?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL750).

References: ISTC (ib01235000).— Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 291. — MS catalogue (2), no. 928 (with two X’s beside the title).

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¶ Boethius — De consolatione philosophie (1498)

November 1, 2017

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Boethius. De consolatione philosophiae. Lyons: Jean de Vingle, 20 April 1498.

There is some confusion about this book: the Sotheby 1898 catalogue (see below) describes it as being published by Maillet in 1489, but Poynter and the Wellcome catalogue identify de Vingle as the publisher and 1498 as the date.

Provenance: Sir Thomas Knyvett. — Thomas Tanner. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 95 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 2.c.15 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ib00808000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 855 (with two X’s beside the title). — Poynter, no. 149.

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¶ St. Jerome — Epistolae et tractatus (n.d.)

November 1, 2017

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Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Epistolae et tractus. 2 vols. Venice: Rubeus?, n.d.

We are unable to identify this book, because the Sotheby 1898 catalogue is vague about both the publisher and date. The ISTC lists several late fifteenth-century editions of Jerome’s Epistolae, but none of them seems to fit the description below. (Rubeus, for example, did issue the book in 1496 [ISTC], but the text is single-column rather than double.)

Provenance: Duke of Sunderland. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 591 sold to Leighton for £11 11s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Rabanus Maurus-Akademie and St. Bernard (15th century)

October 31, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Rabanus Maurus-Akademie. De sermonum proprietate, sive Opus de universo. [Strassburg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), before 20 July 1467.]

Illustrated. With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell. An inscription on the front endpaper records that the two works were purchased by Wilhelm Czwerd in 1474 and presented to the Carthusian monastery at Fogelsanck (Cantave) in 1496.

References: ISTC (ir00001000). — Poynter, no. 473.

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[2] Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint [Bernardus Claravallensis]. Epistolae. [Strassburg: Heinrich Eggestein, not after 1474.]

References: ISTC (ib00383000). — Poynter, no. 126.

Digital version: VdI.


Provenance: Wilhelm Czwerd. — Carthusian monastery at Fogelsanck. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898,lot 979 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.f.7 (SR)).


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¶ Regiomontanus, Puerbach, and Stoeffler (1496–1514)

October 24, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Regiomontanus, Joannes. Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. Venice: Johannes Hamman for Kaspar Grossch and Stephan Roemer, 31 August 1496.

Reference: ISTC (ir00111000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Puerbach, Georg von. Tabulae eclypsium. Vienna: J. Winterburger, 15 April 1514.

[3] Stoeffler, Johannes. Tabulae astronomicae. Tübingen: T. Anshelmus, 1514.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 982 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6 10s.) — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (5.b.2 (SR)).


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¶ Suetonius — Vitae XII Caesarum (1470)

October 24, 2017

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Suetonius. Vitae XII Caesarum. Ed. Johannes Andreas. Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [after 30 August] 1470.

Provenance: Morris. — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1075 (sold to Leighton for £4). — George Dunn. —Dunn sale, Sotheby, 22–29 November 1917, lot 3762 (sold to Quaritch for £18). — C. W. Ascherson. — Georges Heilbrun. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (is00816000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 103, and MS catalogue (2), no. 903, p. 81 (both with one X beside the title). [Morris owned two copies of this book, one of which was sold in 1898 and the other is now in the Morgan Library. This is reflected in the two entries in MS catalogue (2), but it is impossible to distinguish between them in that document.]


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¶ Otto, von Passau — Die vierundzwanzig Alten (1484)

October 23, 2017

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Otto, von Passau. Die vierundzwanzig Alten, oder Der goldne Thron [Dutch] Boeck des gulden throens. Haarlem: Jacob Bellaert, 25 October 1484.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Jules Capron of Ypres. — Capron sale, Brussels, 1875. — William Horatio Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 12–25 March 1891, lot 2297 (sold to Quaritch for £5 5s.). — Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library [deaccessioned as a duplicate, 1981]. — Eric Sexton. — Sexton sale, Christie (New York), 8 April 1981, lot 74. — Kraus catalogue. — J. R. Ritman. — Biblioteca Philosophica Hermetica (Ritman Library, Amsterdam) [deaccessioned]. — Shapero Rare Books (London), offered for sale July 2014 (£40,000).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 13 (£25). — ISTC (io00125000). — Morgan Catalogue 3, no. 658.

 

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¶ Carletti and D’Andrea (15th century)

October 23, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Angelo Carletti [Angelus de Clavasio]. Summa angelica de casibus conscientiae. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 28 August 1488.

References: ISTC (ia00717000). — Poynter, no. 53.

Digital version: ULD.

[2] D’Andrea, Giovanni. Super arboribus consanguinitatis et affinitatis. [Nuremberg: Friedrich Creussner, 1473.]

Illustrated. Incomplete.

References: ISTC (ia00598000). — Poynter, no. 48.

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, no. 366 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s. — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 1.c.18 (SR)).


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¶ Priscian — Opera (1488)

October 21, 2017

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Priscian [Priscianus]. Opera. Venice: Georgius Arrivabenus, 4 December 1488.

Provenance: Library at Breslau. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 969 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.e.11 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ip00968000). — Poynter, no. 463.

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¶ Caorsin — Rhodiorum historia (1496)

October 20, 2017

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Caorsin, Guilelmus. Rhodiorum historia (1480-89). Ulm: Johann Reger, 24 October 1496.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Horace Walpole. — William H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 14 March 1891, lot 593 (sold to Leighton). — Gennadius. — Gennadius sale (sold for £30). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 340 (sold to Hazlitt for £31 10s.). — George Dunn. — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ic00113000).

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¶ Rainerius de Pisis — Pantheologia (1473)

October 20, 2017

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Rainerius de Pisis. Pantheologia, sive Summa universae theologiae. Ed. Jacobus Florentinus. 2 vols. Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt and Heinrich Kefer, 8 April 1473.

Morris owned only the second volume.

Provenance: Conventus Ratisbonensis. — Sale of the convent’s books, 1876. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 949 (sold to Leighton for £3 18s.). — George Dunn. — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 9–10 December 1915. — Daniel Francois Schleurleer. — Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands (KW 169 A 25).

Reference: ISTC (ir00005000).

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¶ Pope Gregory I — Moralia (1471)

October 20, 2017

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Gregory I, Pope [Gregorius Magnus]. Moralia, sive Expositio in Job. Nuremberg: [Johann Sensenschmidt], 11 September 1471.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 566 (sold to Proctor for £10). — Robert Proctor. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ig00427000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 929, p. 94 (with an X beside the title).

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¶ Biblia (1474?)

October 20, 2017

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Biblia. 2 vols. Augsburg: Gunther Zainer, [not after 1474].

Morris wrote two extended commentaries on the book (quoted here from the Perry catalogue) on the flyleaf and some loose sheets of paper:

[Rough notes, with this comment, probably by Sydney Cockerell: “This note was not completed. A draft from an earlier note, on two small sheets, is laid in the volume, the following portions of which were not repeated on the flyleaf Note.”] “The historiated initials stand quite by themselves and are very interesting: the little subjects seem to be designed by Zeiner’s earliest artist, as he may be called, the draughtsman of the Golden Legend. They are good, though ruder than those of his second draughtsman, and tell the story well. The frame work of the letters is throughout very vigorous and highly decorative and logical in design; and altogether these initials must be amongst the best decoration of the early German printed books. The smaller initials are of Gunther Zeiner’s beautiful alphabet, and are used in most of his books. Their design is obviously an adaptation of the ornamental pen letters of this date. Big capitals in red occur throughout the book, and have the appearance of being stamped & not printed. ¶ The colouring has been at first good & judicious, and except for a little emerald green all done with transparent pigments; of which the lake is a particularly pleasant colour. The first initial (to Jerome’s letter) is painted extra carefully & has a very pretty illuminated ornament in the margin of it. ¶ This book has the stamp of the Buxheim monastery with which Gunther Zeiner was in close relation; and he is known to have presented a copy of this very book to it.”

[Note on flyleaf, dated January 1891] “This Augsburg bible printed by Gunther Zainer about 1474 does not seem to have received the attention which it deserves as a woodcut book. Apart from its type, which for a large book must be considered as the best of all black letter, it is a very remarkable book as a work of art. Its handsome ‘blooming letters’ are to be found in many Augsburg books and some printed at Ulm. They are translations in black and white of the illuminators’ pen letters current at the time and a little earlier; but which more or less kept up a still earlier tradition. Of all woodcut letters without figures, these of Gunther Zainer’s are the boldest and best designed, and add very much to the beauty of the books in which they appear. ¶ The third order of capitals which are all red and slightly floriated, are done in printer’s ink and seem to be stamped on the page after the printing: for their ink is uniformly bright, whereas the red printing at the heads of books is often sullied: since it was done at the same time as the black text by wiping away the black ink, and inking the type again with red—which being done insufficiently blackened the red in some cases almost to a brown. See Blades on this point. ¶ But the speciality of this bible is the series of historiated initials at the head of each book, which are so good and so ‘distinguished’ that they render it an important woodcut book. It is true that the figure work in them is inferior in drawing and general interest to the work of the designer of the cuts in the Aesop, the ‘de Claris Mulieribus’ or the Speculum Vitæ Humanæ: they are in fact rather illuminators’ pictures than woodcut designers’. The letters however are in general effect remarkably good; and, especially in the pattern-work, quite reach the high water-mark of 15th century design, and I consider them on the whole the best historiated Capitals of the period. ¶ These letters in this copy are coloured; and it would seem that this was done before it left the bookseller’s shelf; if it was not done in the printer’s workshop. The copy at the Brit: Mus: [British Museum] is coloured systematically just as this is; except that in this copy some one has come after the first colourist with a vermillion brush (vermillion is not used in the original systematic colouring) and has added that strong colour in some of the letters, by no means to their improvement; though, I take it, this blunder was was committed soon after the volume left the printer’s. For the rest I think an unprejudiced person will think that the colouring of the pre-vermillion very much improves the letters; this can easily be tested by reference to one initial, that of the Psalter, which has somehow been left uncoloured. ¶ I give as excellent examples of these letters the following: [. . .]”

Provenance: Carthusian monastery at Buxheim, Germany (presentation copy from Zainer). — Morris (acquired by January 1891). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 180 (sold to Quaritch for £80). — Marsden Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, 11 March 1956 lot 32. — John Saks. — Saks sale, Christie (New York), 1 October 1980, lot 78. — Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (Incun 1475 B471z).

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 22 (£80). — ISTC (ib00627000).

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¶ Uomini famosi (c. 1440) [MS]

October 17, 2017

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Uomini famosi (fragment).

Illuminated manuscript. Provence, c. 1440. Two detached leaves with nine colored drawings by Barthélemy d’Eyck.

Other leaves from the same manuscript are scattered about in various institutions.

Provence: Morris. — Charles Fairfax Murray (acquired in an exchange with Morris, 1896). — Murray sale, Sotheby, 18 June 1919, lot 50 (purchased by Sydney Cockerell). — Sydney Cockerell. — H. P. Kraus (acquired in 1956). — Sotheby, 2 July 1958, lots 19–20. — (Since Sotheby divided the two leaves into separate lots, thereafter they have separate histories.)

Lot 19: Private collection, Netherlands.

Lot 20: A. Scharf. — Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (RP-T-1959-16) [purchased in 1958 by the Jubileumfonds (Jubilee Fund) and presented to the museum].

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

October 16, 2017

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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.

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¶ Le coustumez du baillage de Senlis (c. 1495) [MS]

October 15, 2017

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Le coustumez du baillage de Senlis.

Manuscript. France, c. 1495. 59 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1061 (sold to Ellis for £1 14s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Muris — Theorica proportionum musicalium (15th century) [MS]

October 14, 2017

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Muris, Johannes de. Theorica proportionum musicalium et canones minutiarum.

Illuminated manuscript. 15th century. 16 leaves.

Provenance: Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 28 March 1859, lot 702. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 912 (sold to Breslauer for £4). — Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

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¶ St. Athanasius — Contra gentiles (c. 1470) [MS]

October 12, 2017

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Athanasius, Saint. Contra gentiles.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Venice, c. 1470. 105 leaves.

Provenance: Jean-Baptiste de Bearzi. — de Bearzi sale, Edwin Tross auction, 31 May 1855, lot 186 (34 francs). — Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 1 August 1859, lot 211. — Quaritch catalogue, 1860, no. 2233 (£5 5s.). — Quaritch catalogue, November 1888, no. 17 (£20). — Quaritch catalogue, September 1893, no. 143. — Quaritch catalogue, December 1893, no. 94 (£16). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 78 (sold to Leighton for £25 10s.). — E. Stainton. — Stainton sale, Sotheby, 26 July 1920, lot 518 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue, 1931, no. 2 (£63). — Quaritch catalogue no. 474, 1933, no. 6 (sold to Philip Hofer for £50). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Typ 289) [bequeathed by Hofer, 1984].

References: de Ricci, 2:1695, no. 14. — Digital Scriptorium. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3015).

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¶ Statuta regni angliae (c. 1446) [MS]

October 12, 2017

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Statuta regni angliae.

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1446. 271 leaves.

Note by Morris on flyleaf: “An English Book of good quality as to writing and ornament. The illuminated borders and armouries very characteristic of the place and period (1450), the red and blue letters very good. William Morris, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, 1891.”

Provenance: Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 2526. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1137 (sold to Leighton for £40).— Alfred Higgins. — Higgins sale, Sotheby, 2 May 1904, lot 225. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Dyson Perrins sale, Sotheby, 9 December 1958, lot 23. — Unlocated.

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¶ Book of hours (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Netherlands, late 15th century. 209 leaves.

Provenance: Madame Van Huerne de Puyenbeke (née de Schietere de Lophem). — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Pawlowski & Paul, 11–16 June 1883, lot 10. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 437 (sold to Edwards for £40). — Rev. Christie Chetwyn Atkinson. — Keble College Library, Oxford (77) [bequeathed by Atkinson, 1911].

References: Parkes, M. B., comp. The Medieval Manuscripts of Keble College Oxford. London: Scolar Press, 1979. (See pp. 311–17, no. 77.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11483).


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¶ Alexander, de Villa Dei — Doctrinale (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Alexander, de Villa Dei. Doctrinale.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern Italy, early 15th century. 54 leaves.

Provenance: Pesaro family. — Sotheby, 26 February 1821, lot 175. — Henry Drury. — Drury sale, Evans, 19 February 1827, lot 188. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1828, no. 5 (£37). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1830, no. 14594 (£16). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1831, no. 12751 (£10). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1832, no. 22 (£8). — Richard Heber. — Evans, 10 February 1836, lot 3 (sold for £1). — John Trotter Brockett. — Sotheby, 16 June 1843, lot 16 (sold for £9).— Thomas Rodd catalogue, 1845, lot 5 (£9). — Edward Hailstone. — Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 327. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1190 (sold to Breslauer for £8 10s.). — Breslauer & Meyer catalogue, 1901, lot 464 (80 DM). — Georges Andrieux catalogue, 5 December 1931, lot 5. — Hauswedell catalogue, 29 September 1950, lot 41. — Sotheby, 16 May 1955, lot 105 (sold for £224). — Laurence Witten (purchased from Maggs, 1956). — Thomas E. Marston (purchased from Witten, 1956). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Marston MS 64).

References: Faye and Bond, pp. 71–72, no. 64. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2104). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:131–32.)


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¶ Book of hours (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Netherlands, 15th century. 274 leaves.

Provenance: Earl of Ashburnham. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 438 (sold to Heppenstal for £6 15s.). — Michael Tomkinson. — Tomkinson sale, Sotheby, 3 April, 1922, lot 484. — John Howell catalogue, 1924 (sold to George A. Poole). — George A. Poole. — Lilly Library, Indiana University (Poole 264).

References: Faye and Bond, p. 178, no. 12. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8036).


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¶ List of abbeys and churches (c. 1490) [MS]

October 10, 2017

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A list of abbeys and churches.

Manuscript. Italy, c. 1490.

Morris’s full entry for this manuscript is “966 A list of Abbies & Churches &c. MS on vellum. 1st leaf lacking c 1490 Italian.” An appended note is probably in the handwriting of Sydney Cockerell: “J.A. 2661. Bought by J. R. Abbey 11-10-47 [?] for £150.”

Provenance: Morris. — J. R. Abbey (purchased for £150). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 966, p. 90.

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¶ Breviary (15th century) [MS]

October 10, 2017

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Breviary.

Illuminated manuscript. Netherlands, 15th century. 351 leaves.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Abbey of Marienwater’s Hertogenbosch (Netherlands). — Frederik Muller (Amsterdam), 27–31 January 1860, lot 126. — William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 491. — Thomas Shadford Walker. — Walker sale, Sotheby, 23–24 June 1886, lot 345. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 815 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £15). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — British Museum (purchased 1943). — British Library (Egerton 3271).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8108).

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¶ Book of hours (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Flanders, 15th century. 235 leaves.

Signed “Wm. Morris, Kelmscott House, July 4th, 1895” on flyleaf.

Provenance: Musée Napoléon, Paris. — Sotheby, 4 July 1895 (sold to Morris). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 439 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £10 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned 1945]. — Dorine Proske-van Heerd (Amsterdam) catalogue 3, no. 8. — William Foyle. — Foyle sale, Christie, 11 July 2000, lot 62 (purchased by Célesta Fine Art).— Célesta Fine Art (Amsterdam) catalogue 3, no. 8. — Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Netherlands (KW 79 K 30) [purchased from Célesta Fine Art, 2012].

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¶ Book of hours (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Poitiers, 15th century. 92 leaves.

Provenance: Renée Legier de la Sauvagière. — Henri Lambert. — Lambert sale, part 2, Adolphe-Jules Durel, 3 April 1884, lot 913. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 487 (sold to Quaritch for £49). — Christie, 9 July 2001, lot 14. — Sotheby, 18 June 2002, lot 48. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7262).


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¶ Antiphonaria (13th & 15th centuries) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Antiphonaria.

Two illuminated manuscripts. Italy (?), 13th and 15th centuries. 180 and 236 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 125 (sold to Littlewood for £9 5s.). — H. M. Peach catalogue 21, c. December 1908 (£30). — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_39986 and SDBM_40001)


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¶ Cicero — Orationes et vita (c. 1470) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Cicero. Orationes et vita.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, perhaps Naples, c. 1470. 177 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 358 (sold to Waring for £81). — Michael Tomkinson. — Tomkinson sale, Sotheby, 3 July 1922, lot 1266. — Sotheby, 11 December 1956, lot 14. — Sotheby, 6 December 1971, lot 27. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1347).


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¶ Cicero — Orationes (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Cicero. Orationes.

Illuminated manuscript. Florence, 15th century. 228 leaves.

Provenance: Girolamo Lagomarsini. — Convent of San Marco (Florence). — Friedrich Ludwig von Keller. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Quaritch catalogue, November 1880, no. 59. — Quaritch catalogue, September 1886, no. 35746. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 357 (sold to Quaritch for £27). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 128 (sold to Sydney Cockerell for £50). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Gribbel. — David Wagstaff. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Beinecke MS 93) [gift from Mrs. David Wagstaff].

References: Faye and Bond, p. 289, no. 93. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3976). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:134–36.)

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¶ Alexander, de Villa Dei — Grammatica Latina rhythmica (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Alexander, de Villa Dei. Grammatica Latina rhythmica [i.e. Doctrinale puerorum].

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, 15th century. 63 leaves.

Provenance: Joannes Paulus Marconus Venetus. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 418 (sold to Leighton for £5 10s.). — Sotheby, 11 April 1938, lot 303. — P. G. and J. D. Gordan. — Maggs catalogue, 1938, no. 151 (from the Gordans). — Unlocated.

References: Faye and Bond, p. 404, no. 151. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6760).


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¶ Carusi — Ambrosianum (1408) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Carusi, Bartolomeo. Ambrosianum.

Illuminated manuscript. Milan, 1408. 380 leaves.

Note by Sydney Cockerell: “Previously Charles Butler of Connaught Place and Warren Wood, Hatfield.”

Provenance: Charles Butler. — Warren Wood. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 120 (sold to Quaritch for £36). — Lawrence Hodson. — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. CFM 9) [gift of Murray 1904].

References: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11479). — Wormald, 1:16–17.


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¶ Il libro di Sydrach (15th century) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Il libro di Sydrach.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Venice, 15th century. 124 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1076 (sold to Quaritch for £30). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. CFM 16) [gift from Murray, 1905].

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_24119). — Wormald, 1:28–30.


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¶ Cicero — Tusculanae Quaestiones (c. 1470) [MS]

October 5, 2017

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Cicero, Marcus Tullius. Tusculanae quaestiones.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, c. 1470. 84 leaves.

With bibliographical notes by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Erizzo family (Venice). — Marsilio Papafava. — Sotheby, 23 May, 1889, lot 52. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 365 (sold to B. F. Stevens for £32). — Robert Hoe. — Hoe sale, part 1, Anderson Galleries, December 1911, lot 2122 (sold to G. D. Smith for $275). — Henry E. Huntington. — Huntington Library (HM 1031).

References: de Ricci, 1:81, no. HM 1031. — Digital Scriptorium. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_5948).

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¶ Psalter (15th century) [MS]

October 4, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 15th century. 196 leaves.

Inscribed by Morris to his daughter Jenny, 17 January 1892.

Provenance: Morris. — Jenny Morris (gift from William Morris, 17 January 1892). — Niels Christensen. — Alan Horace Kempner. — Margaret Loeb Kempner. — Columbia University Library (Western MS 38) [gift from Margaret Loeb Kempner, 1986] .

Reference: Digital Scriptorium.

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¶ Bible (c. 1425) MS

October 3, 2017

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Bible (portions of the Old Testament).

Illuminated manuscript. Hattem, Netherlands, c. 1425. 157 leaves.

Probably once part of a set of six or seven volumes.

Provenance: Brothers of the Common Life, Hulsbergen (near Hattem). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 172 (sold to Sladen for £20). — Judge Granger. — Granger sale, Sotheby, 17 December 1919, lot 736 (sold for £200). — George D. Smith. — Smith sale, Anderson Galleries, 28 April 1921, cat. 1580, pt. 6, 208. — Mrs. Milton E. Getz. — Getz sale, American Art /Anderson Galleries, 24 November 1936, lot 1048 (sold for $165). — William J. K. Vanston. — Vanston sale, Parke-Bernet, 24 February 1959, lot 49 (sold for $900). — Kraus catalogue 111, 1965, no. 39 ($2,800). — Peter and Irene Ludwig. — Getty Museum [deaccessioned 1997]. —Jörn Günther Rare Books, 1997, no. 20. — Forum (by Antiquariaat Forum), 1997, no. 3 (195,000 Dutch guilders). — Ferrini/Les Enluminures, 2000, no. 5 ($200,000). — Forum (by Antiquariaat Forum), 20 March 2006, no. 4 ($242,600). — Private collection, USA.

References: de Ricci, 1:12, no. 4. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1989).


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¶ Virgil — Georgics and Aeneid (early 15th century) [MS]

October 3, 2017

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Virgil. Georgics [and] Aeneid.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, perhaps Florence, early 15th century. 206 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1194 (sold to Heppenstal for £164). — Ross C. Winans. — Huntington Library (HM 1036) [purchased from Winans Collection, January 1918].

References: de Ricci, 1:82, no. HM 1036. — Digital Scriptorium. — Dutschke, 1:301–03. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_21157 and SDBM_MS_9604).

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¶ St. Jerome — Vita et epistaolae (1451) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Vita et epistaolae.

Illuminated manuscript. Verona, 15 July 1451. 120 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 480 (sold to Waring for £11). — Henry Harris. — Harris sale, Sotheby, 22 June 1936, lot 73. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6692).


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¶ St. Ambrose — Various works (c. 1440) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Ambrose [Ambrosius], Saint. [Various works.]

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, c. 1440. 86 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 118 (sold to Tregaskis for £6 15s.). — L. Rosenthal, 1910, catalogue 120, no. 10 (£100). — L. Rosenthal, 1910, catalogue 135–1, no. 75 (£100). — Unlocated.

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¶ Liber monasterii Sancti Salvatoria (c. 1480) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Liber monasterii Sancti Salvatoria.

Manuscript. Antwerp, c. 1480. 87 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 662 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £9 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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¶ Missale secundum usum Montensem (c. 1460)

September 27, 2017

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Missale secundum usum Montensem.

Illuminated manuscript. Flanders, c. 1460. 198 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 798 (sold to Heppenstal for £19). — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_4001).


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¶ Palmieri — Liber de temporibus (1469) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Palmieri, Matteo (Matheus Palmerius). Liber de temporibus.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Florence, 1469. 100 leaves.

With loosely inserted notes by Crawford and Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 11 August 1859, lot 1926. — W. H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 20 March 1891, lot 2330 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 930 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £7). — Wellcome Library (MS.591 ).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6897).

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¶ Lactantius — Divinae institutiones (15th century) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Lactantius. Divinae institutiones adversus gentes.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy (perhaps Venice), mid-fifteenth century. 297 leaves.

With bibliographical notes by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 745 (sold to Yates Thompson for £19). — Henry Yates Thompson. — Sydney Cockerell (purchased 3 January 1901 for Boston Public Library). — Boston Public Library (RARE BKS Ms. Med. 14 FOLIO).

References: de Ricci, 1:920, no. 14. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11486).


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