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¶ Giovanni, da Udine — Compilatio historiarum (c. 1476) [MS]

September 12, 2017

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Giovanni, da Udine. Compilatio historiarum.

Illuminated manuscript.. Basel, c. 1476. 22 leaves.

Bound with 257 proofs (33 leaves) of the woodcuts used in Spiegel der Menschlichen Behaeltniss (Basel: Bernhart Richel, 31 August 1476).

Provenance: Cardinal Loménie de Brienne. — Loménie de Brienne sale, de Bure (Paris), 12 March 1792, part 1, lot 4 (sold to Belin). — Theophile Belin. — Marquess of Blandford. — Blandford sale (Bibliotheca Blandfordiensis), 1813, part 1, p. 4. — Frederick Perkins. — Perkins sale, Sotheby, 10 July 1889, lot 1002 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.158) [the manuscript]. — Morgan Library (MS M.158) [the proofs].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395–96, no. 158. — Ellis valuation, fol. 4b, no. 45 (£100). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 224. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14355).

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¶ Biblia: Novum Testamentum (1475–77?)

January 26, 2017

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Biblia: Novum Testamentum. [Louvain: Johannes de Westfalia, between 1475 and November 1477.]

With bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennet. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1077 (sold to Quaritch for £8 10s.). — Bernard Quaritch. — British Library (IA. 49231) [purchased May 1899].

References: BMC, 9:157–58. — ISTC (ib00650500).


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¶ Valerius Maximus — Facta et dicta memorabilia (1476–77?)

January 10, 2017

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Valerius Maximus. Facta et dicta memorabilia. Trans. Simon de Hesdin and Nicholas de Gonnesse. 2 vols. [Southern Netherlands: printer of Flavius Josephus, between 1476 and 1477.]

Provenance: John Hayford Thorold. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1181 (sold to Quaritch for £91). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (iv00044000).


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¶ Pliny — Historia naturalis (1476)

November 25, 2016

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Pliny, the Elder [Plinius]. Historia naturalis. Ed. Filippo Beroaldo [Phillippus Beroaldus]. Parma: Stephanus Corallus, 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 955 (sold to Bridges for £3 5s.). — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ip00790000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 882 (with two X’s beside it).


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¶ Rolevinck (1476) and Isidorus Hispalensis (1473)

November 2, 2016

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Rolevinck, Werner [Werner Rolewinck]. Faciculus temporum. [Cologne]: Conrad Winters, de Homborch, 8 November 1476.

Illustrated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 6b, no. 72 (£2). — ISTC (ir00255000).

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[2] Isidorus Hispalensis. Etymologiae. [Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, c. 1473.]

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ii00182000).


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 526 (sold to Tregaskis for £5 10s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ Josephus — De antiquitate Judaica (1475–76)

June 9, 2016

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Josephus, Flavius. De antiquitate Judaica. De bello Judaico. Trans. Rufinus Aquileiensis. 2 vols. [Lübeck: Lucas Brandis, 1475–76.]

Illustrated. With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.  When the book was still in Hodson’s hands, it also had laid in some notes by Morris (now missing).

Provenance: Walramus à Linden. — Charles Spencer, Earl of Sunderland. — Bernard Quaritch (purchased July 1882). — Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 733 (sold to Leighton for £34 10s.), — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 4 December 1906, lot 334 (sold to Sydney Cockerell for £95). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Charrington. — Rare Books Room, Cambridge University Library (Inc.1.A.14.1 [1013.1-2]) [gift of Charrington, 1916].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 8b, no. 92 (£30). —  ISTC (ij00483000). — Oates, no. 1179.

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¶ Pope Clement V — Constitutiones (1476)

February 16, 2016

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Clement V [Clemens V], Pope. Constitutiones (cum apparatu Joannis Andreae). Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1476.

Provenance: Justin, comte de Mac-Carthy-Reagh. — Edward Hibbert. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL764).

References: ISTC (ic00728000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 312.

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¶ Friburgensis — Summa confessorum (1476)

February 5, 2016

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Friburgensis, Johannes. Summa confessorum. [Augsburg: G. Zainer]: [not after 1 February] 1476.

Provenance: Joseph Gunescheiner. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 728 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 12s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 3.f.1 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ij00316000). — Poynter, no. 330.

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¶ Margarita Davitica, seu Expositio psalmorum (c. 1475–76)

August 25, 2015

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Margarita Davitica, seu Expositio psalmorum. [Augsburg: Günther Zainer, c. 1475–76.]

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 868 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 8s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 5.b.11 (SR)).

References: ISTC (im00262000). — Poynter, no. 370.

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¶ Paolo, Veneto — Expositio librorum naturalium Aristotelis (1476)

May 28, 2015

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Paolo, Veneto [Paulus Venetus]. Expositio librorum naturalium Aristotelis. Milan: Christophorus Valdarfer, 17 July 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1063)

References: ISTC (ip00211000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 386.

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¶ Platea — Opus (1476/77)

May 27, 2015

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Platea, Franciscus de. Opus restitutionum, usurarum, excommunicationum. Paris: Ulrich Gering, Martin Crantz and Michael Friburger, 4 January 1476/77.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1419).

References: ISTC (ip00757000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, 489.

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¶ Johannes, de Fonte — Compendium (1475–76)

May 27, 2015

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Johannes, de Fonte. Compendium quattuor librorum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi. [Augsburg: Günther Zainer, 1475–76.]

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL285).

References: ISTC (ij00314000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 137.

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¶ Sánchez de Arévalo — Speculum vitae humanae (c. 1476)

May 1, 2015

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Sánchez de Arévalo, Rodrigo [Rodericus Zamorensis]. Speculum vitae humanae. Trans. Heinrich Steinhöwel. [Augsburg: Günther Zainer, c. 1476.]

Illustrated. Lengthy note by Morris (quoted below) on front pastedown; Morris’s signature, address, and date (1 August 1890); bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Morris’s note: “A vernacular edition of one of the most popular of mediaeval books. Its matter (the contrast of the good and the bad side of all degrees and careers) makes a good subject for the illustrator, who has made the most of the opportunity; and, indeed, I should call this the best of the Augsburg picture-books, the greater number of the cuts being admirably designed by Günther Zainer’s second artist, who seems to have done those to the Holy Child Simon (a very rare little book, a copy of which is in the British Museum) and the Game of the Chess, both printed by Zainer. A genealogy of the House of Hapsburg precedes the text, and is illustrated by a cut of a genealogical tree of figures and leafage; it is an unsurpassable ornamental work of its kind, both as to figures and scroll work, and is very well cut, as indeed are the pictures to the book generally, though some are spoiled in the cutting. The pictures are almost entirely outlines, only enough shading being used to explain and clear up the design; throughout much use is made of pure black spaces, as in pouches, girdles, etc., which are very serviceable in giving force and brightness to the cuts. These cuts, together with the beautiful Augsburg blooming-letters, and Günther Zainer’s bold and handsome second gothic type, make up as good ornamental pages as are to be found in all typography. This is a fine untouched copy in its original stamped pigskin binding, lacking nothing but some of its metals.”

Provenance: Landshut (Bavaria), Franciscans (?). — Georg Kloss. — Kloss sale, Sotheby, 7 May 1835. — Sotheran catalogue 496, 23 July 1890, no. 546 (purchased by Morris for 2 guineas). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL300).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b , no. 23 (£30). —ISTC (ir00231000). —Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 139.

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¶ Speculum humanae salvationis (1476)

April 23, 2015

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Speculum humanae salvationis. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 9 August 1476.

Provenance: Georg Franz Burkhard Kloss.— Kloss sale, Sotheby, 7 May 1835, lot 4496. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL327).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3b, no. 31 (£30). — ISTC (is00663000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 141.

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¶ Pliny — Historia naturalis (1476)

February 24, 2015

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Pliny, the Elder [Plinius]. Historia naturalis. Trans. Cristoforo Landino. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1476.

Laid in are two photographs by Emery Walker of passages from this book, used by Morris as an aid in designing his Golden type. A photograph of the first building that housed the Kelmscott Press is tipped in.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 957 (sold to Cockerell for £7 5s.). — T. J. Cobden-Sanderson. — Alice and George Millard. — Huntington Library (236180).

Reference: ISTC (ip00801000).

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¶ Torquemada — Expositio super toto psalterio (1476)

February 9, 2015

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Torquemada, Juan de [Johannes de Turrecremata]. Expositio super toto psalterio. Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 10 March 1476.

Provenance: George Venables-Vernon, 2nd Baron Vernon. — Friedrich Georg Hermann Culemann. — Culemann sale, Sotheby, 7 February 1870. — William H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Quaritch, 12 March 1891, lot 3180 (sold to Leighton). — Leighton. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (Chl30).

References: ISTC (it00522000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 27.

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¶ Lactantius — Opera (1476)

February 6, 2015

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Lactantius. Opera. Rostock : Fratres Domus Horti Viridis ad S. Michaelem, 9 April 1476.

Provenance: Alexander Prayr. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL525).

References: ISTC (il00007000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 208.

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¶ Hugo, de Prato Florido — Sermones (1476)

October 9, 2014

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Hugo, de Prato Florido. Sermones dominicales super evangelia et epistolas. Strassburg: Georg Husner, 11 June 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 711 (sold to Vigor for £1 8s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ih00504000).

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¶ Jacobus, de Voragine — Legenda aurea sanctorum (1476)

October 7, 2014

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Jacobus, de Voragine. Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia. Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt and Andreas Frisner, 26 March 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1202 (sold to Sladen for £4). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ij00085000).

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¶ Sprenger — Die erneuerte Rosenkranz Brüderschaft (1476–77)

October 2, 2014

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Sprenger, Jakob. Die erneuerte Rosenkranz Brüderschaft. [Augsburg: Johann Bämler, 1476–77.]

Illustrated.

Provenance: Oswald Weigel (bookseller, Leipzig). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL316).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3b, no. 29 (£12). — ISTC (is00686000). — Morris Catalogue 1, no. 144.

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¶ Dati — Elegantiolae (c. 1476)

September 25, 2014

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Dati, Agostino [Augustinus Datus]. Elegantiolae. [Paris: Au Soufflet Vert (Louis Symonel et Socii), c. 1476.]

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1425).

References: ISTC (id00062000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 488.

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¶ Aristotle — De animalibus (1476)

September 8, 2014

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Aristotle [Aristoteles]. De animalibus. Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 1476.

Provenance: William Bateman. — Thomas Bateman. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL830).

References: ISTC (ia00973000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 313.

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¶ St. Ambrose — Expositio in evangelium S. Lucae (1476)

September 5, 2014

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Ambrose [Ambrosius], Saint. Expositio in evangelium S. Lucae. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL329).

References: ISTC (ia00554000). — Morgan Cat. 1, no. 140.

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¶ John of Genoa — Catholicon (1475–77)

July 5, 2014

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John of Genoa [Johannes Balbus]. Catholicon. [Strassburg: the R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), between 1475–77.]

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 154 (sold to Leighton for £15). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC.

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¶ Bruni — Historiae Florentini populi (1476)

July 2, 2014

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Bruni, Leonardo [Leonardus Brunus Aretinus]. Historiae Florentini populi. Trans. Donato Acciaiuoli [Donatus Acciaiolus]. Venice: Jacobus Rubeus, 12 February 1476.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell, and a note by Emery Walker on flyleaf about Morris’s ownership of the book.

According to Cockerell, in about 1889 Morris began collecting older books “with the definite purpose of studying the type & methods of the early printers. Among the first books so acquired was a copy of Leonard of Arezzo’s History of Florence, printed at Venice by Jacobus Rubeus in 1476, in a Roman type very similar to that of Nicholas Jenson. Parts of this book and of Jenson’s Pliny of 1476 were enlarged by photography in order to bring out more clearly the characteristics of the various letters; and having mastered both their virtues and defects, William Morris proceeded to design the fount of type which, in the list of December, 1892, he named the Golden type . . .” (A Note by William Morris on His Aims in Founding the Kelmscott Press [Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1898], pp. 11–12). The Doves type, later created under the supervision of Walker, was also based on the font used in this book.

Provenance: Christoph Schuerl. — Frederick Perkins. — Bernard Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch for £2 10s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 132 (sold to Leighton for £6). — Emery Walker. — Meisei University Library.

References: ISTC (ib01247000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 686.

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¶ Gritsch — Quadragesimale (1475)

July 1, 2014

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Gritsch, Johannes. Quadragesimale. [Ulm]: Johann Zainer, 20 October [14]75.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 568 (sold to Crawshaw for £3 10s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ig00490000).

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¶ Valla — Elegantiae linguae latinae (1476)

May 22, 2014

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Valla, Lorenzo. Elegantiae linguae latinae. De pronomine sui. 1476. [Venice]: Jacobus Rubeus, [after 5 March] 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1183 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 5.d.21 (SR)).

References: ISTC (iv00055000). — Poynter, no. 591.


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