October 25, 2017

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¶ Rundell — New system of domestic cookery (1836)

[Rundell, Maria Eliza.] A new system of domestic cookery formed upon principles of economy and adapted to the use of private families. London: John Murray, 1836.

Presumably purchased by Dorothy Walker at one of the Lobb sales in 1939 (the source of some of her other books from Morris’s library), but it is not listed in those catalogues.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Dorothy Walker. — Elizabeth de Haas. — Emery Walker House.

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October 25, 2017

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¶ Gutch — Collectanea curiosa (1781)

Gutch, John. Collectanea curiosa, or miscellaneous tracts relating to the history and antiquities of England and Ireland, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and a variety of other subjects. 2 vols. Oxford: printed at the Clarendon Press and sold by J. and J. Fletcher and D. Prince and J. Cooke (Oxford), J. F. and C. Rivington, T. Cadell, and J. Robson (London), and T. Merrill (Cambridge), 1781.

This book is rather a mystery. Despite the presence of Morris’s book label, it does not appear in the 1898 Sotheby auction catalogue, and there is no evidence that it was sold by Bennett to Morgan. With notes by Wilmarth Lewis.

Provenance: Morris. — Wilmarth S. Lewis (purchased from Thorp, May 1939). — Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University (63 781 G98).

October 25, 2017

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Verdizotti — Cento favole bellisime (1577)

Verdizotti, Giovanni Mario. Cento favole bellissime de’ piu illustri antichi e moderni autore Greci e Latini. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1577.

Note by Dorothy Walker on flyleaf: “Bought at the sale of books from Kelmscott Manor 1939.” However, it seems not to appear in the 1939 auction catalogues after Mary Lobb’s death.

Provenance: Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale, 1939 (?). — Dorothy Walker (purchased at sale). — Elizabeth de Haas. — Emery Walker House.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 757 (with three X’s beside the title).

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Photographed by WSP at Emery Walker House

October 25, 2017

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¶ Keats — Poems (1894)

Keats, John. The poems of John Keats. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

With tipped-in signature and book label of Morris and note by Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Sydney Cockerell. — Charles J. Rosenbloom. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1976 2732) [Rosenbloom bequest].

References: Bibliography, A24. — Kutter, Suzanne, and Donald Gallup, “A Check-list of the Bequest.” Yale University Library Gazette 49 (April 1975): 338.

October 25, 2017

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¶ Vitruvius — Di archiettura (1535)

Vitruvius Pollio. Di archiettura. Venice: N. de Aristotele detto Zoppino, 1535.

Illustrated. Two inscriptions on final (blank) page mentioning Sig. Antonio Mocenigo and Sig. Zuanne Scalfavoto. With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1197 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 6647/D).

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October 25, 2017

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¶ Shelley — Poetical works (1895)

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The poetical works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. 3 vols. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1895.

Vellum copy, with a Morris tipped-in signature and a note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Charles J. Rosenbloom. — Beinecke Library, Yale University Library (1976 2640) [Rosenbloom bequest].

References: Bibliography, A29. — Kutter, Suzanne, and Donald Gallup, “A Check-list of the Bequest.” Yale University Library Gazette 49 (April 1975): 339.

October 24, 2017

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

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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October 24, 2017

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¶ Suetonius — Vitae XII Caesarum (1470)

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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October 24, 2017

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¶ Terentius — Le grant therẽce (1539)

Terence [Terentius]. Le grant therẽce en francoys tãt en rime que en prose nouuellement imprime a Paris. [Paris:] G. Bossozel, 1539.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Duc de la Valliere. — Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1153 (sold to Ellis for £13). — Unlocated.


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October 23, 2017

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¶ Pérez de Valencia — Expositiones in psalmos Davidi (1512)

Pérez de Valencia, Jaime [Jacobus Perez de Valentia]. Expositiones in psalmos Davidi. Lyon: Bernard Rosier and Jean Thomas for Etienne Gueynard, 29 October and 15 November 1512.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 858 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Wellcome auctions (1), lot 232 (sold to Eiseman for £2). — H. P. Kraus catalogue 66 (1954?), no. 516 ($135) [HathiTrust] . — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 941.


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October 23, 2017

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

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.

 

October 23, 2017

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¶ Carletti and D’Andrea (15th century)

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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October 21, 2017

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¶ Priscian — Opera (1488)

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.

Digital version: BSB.


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October 20, 2017

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¶ Laxdaela-Saga (1826)

Laxdaela-Saga. Copenhagen: sumtibus Legati Magnæani ex typographeo H. F. Popp, 1826.

Presentation inscription from Morris to Forman.

Provenance: Morris. — Harry Buxton Forman — William F. Gable. — Elizabeth Wade White. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1976 59).

Digital versions: Google. — HathiTrust.

October 20, 2017

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¶ Laxdaela-Saga (1826)

Laxdaela-Saga. Copenhagen: sumtibus Legati Magnaeani ex typographeo H. F. Popp, 1826.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 899 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Walter Emery. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 2004 +138).

Digital versions: Google. — HathiTrust.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 386.


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October 20, 2017

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¶ Caorsin — Rhodiorum historia (1496)

 

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).

Digital version: ULD.


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October 20, 2017

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¶ Arms and crafts’ exhibition catalogue (1868–69)

Arms and crafts’ exhibition catalogue. 1868–69.

We have been unable to locate any copy of this catalogue.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 425 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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October 20, 2017

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¶ Rainerius de Pisis — Pantheologia (1473)

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).

Digital version: BSB.

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October 20, 2017

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¶ Pope Gregory I — Moralia (1471)

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).

Digital version: BSB.

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October 20, 2017

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¶ Biblia (1474?)

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).

Digital version: BSB (vol. 1; vol. 2).

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October 19, 2017

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¶ Skyrslur um landshagi å Íslandi (1855–75)

Skyrslur um landshagi å Íslandi. 5 vols. Copenhagen: N. H. Stenderup [and others], 1855–75.

Morris’s set lacked part 3 of vol. 3 and part 3 of vol. 5.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 450 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 5s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.


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October 19, 2017

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¶ Valerius Maximus — Priscorum exemplorum libri novem (1508)

Valerius Maximus. Priscorum exemplorum libri novem. Venice: Bartholomeum de Zanis de Portesio, 1508.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: C. Davies. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1179 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 6435/D).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 874 (with two X’s next to the title).

Digital version: BSB (excerpts).


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October 19, 2017

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¶ Jochumsson — Ljóðmaeli (1884)

Jochumsson, Matthías. Ljóðmaeli. Reykjavík: á forlag Kristjáns Ó. Þorgrímssonar, 1884.

Provenance: Morris. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 809.

Digital version: HathiTrust.

October 19, 2017

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¶ Worsaae — Primeval antiquities of Denmark (1849)

Worsaae, Jens Jacob Asmussen. The primeval antiquities of Denmark . . . translated, and applied to the illustration of similar remains in England. Trans. William J. Thoms. London: John Henry Parker, 1849.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 243 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated. [The Wellcome does own a copy of this book, but it lacks Morris’s book label, and we therefore assume that it was not his.]

Digital copy: HathiTrust.

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October 18, 2017

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¶ Unger — Alexanders saga (1848)

Unger, Carl Richard, ed. Alexanders saga. Christiania: Feilberg & Landmark Forlag, 1848.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525).

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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October 18, 2017

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¶ Four sagas (1847–60)

The following titles (all published in the series Nordiske oldskrifter) are bound together. (The first is listed in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue; the other three titles are presumably among the “and others” in lot 846.)

[1] Gislason, Konrad, ed. Sagan af Helga ok Grími Droplaugarsonum. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

Digital version: Google.

[2Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs. Copenhagen: Brødrene Berlings Bogtrykkeri, 1847.

[3] Friðriksson, G. Sagan af Þorđi Hređu. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri, 1848.

[4] Vigfússon, Guðbrandr. Barđarsaga Snoefellsass. Copenhagen: Berlingske Bogtrykkeri ved N. H. Stendrup, 1860.

Digital version: HathiTrust.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 846 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (2000 1525 [GislasonFriðriksson; Vigfússon; Hervar saga ok Heiđreks konungs has no separate entry).


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October 18, 2017

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Dit sijn die hondert articulen (early 16th century)

Dit sijn die hondert articulen van der passien ons heeren Ihesu Christi. Leyden: Peter Jansoon, n.d. [probably early 16th century].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 633 (sold to Ellis for £1 12s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 16 (£1).


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October 17, 2017

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¶ Bible (early 14th century) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Anglo-Norman, early 14th century. 531 leaves.

Book labels of Morris, Hodson, and Hornby; signature of Hornby, Shelley House, Chelsea, May 1909. On first page of text, written along spine: “Ex Libris Cesaris De Missy: Londini: Anno 1745: Codex. MS. D.”

Provenance: Rev. César de Missy, — S. Baker and G. Leigh, 18 March 1776, lot 1620. — Justin, Comte de MacCarthy-Reagh. — Comte de MacCarthy-Reagh sale, De Bure, 27 January 1817, lot 54. — H.R.H. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. — Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 341. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 22 (£200). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 170 (sold to Quaritch for £302). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 50 (sold to Quaritch for £630). — Quaritch catalogue 259, November 1907, no. 3 (£850). — C. H. St John Hornby (probably acquired 1909). — John Roland Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby, 25 March 1975, lot 2951. — Ader-Picard-Tajan, 11 December 1981, lot 43 —Sotheby, 2 December 1986 lot 38 .— J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England) — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_623) [which mistakenly believes that the Bible is in the British Library].


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October 17, 2017

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¶ Uomini famosi (c. 1440) [MS]

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].

October 17, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Bible (14th century) [MS]

¶ Bible (14th century) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manscript. Southern France, late 13th century. 387 leaves.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell and a typed poem about the book, signed F.C.B., entitled “A 13th. Century Vulgate.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 38 (sold to Heppenstal for £18). — C. W. Dyson Perrins. —Perrins sale, Sotheby, 15 June 1907, lot 56. — Charles Butler. — Butler sale, Sotheby, 18 March 1912, lot 2171. — W. E. Moss. — Moss sale, Sotheby, 2 March 1937, lot 99. — Sir George H. Radford. — Ursula Radford. — Society of Antiquaries of London (MS 956) [by bequest from Ursula Radford; presented by her niece, Mrs. Chloe Morton, 6 October 1994]. (There is a problem in this provenance: W. E. Moss is described as an owner in a 1937 Sotheby sale, but Sir George Radford had died in 1917, and the book seems to have remained in his family until 1994.)

References: National Archives. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2459).


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October 17, 2017

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¶ Bible (14th century) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 14th century. 593 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 35 (sold to Pickering for £30). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 49 (sold to Cockerell for £49). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Charrington. — Cambridge University Library [gift from Charrington, 1918].

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3973 and SDBM_39978).


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October 17, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Bible (c. 1270) [MS]

¶ Bible (c. 1270) [MS]

Bible (incomplete).

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, c. 1270. 273 leaves.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell. Inscribed “Wm Morris, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London” (vol. 1) and “Sydney C. Cockerell, Richmond, Surrey, Dec 7 1906” (vols. 2–3.) Morris owned only the first volume; Cockerell reunited it with what he believed were the remaining two volumes of the set.

Provenance: Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. — Cistercian monastery Marie de Marquetta-Lille (gift from Philip the Good). — George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough. — Duke of Marlborough sale, Evans, 24 May 1820, lot 325. — Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 41. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 168 (sold to Quaritch for £139). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 45 (sold to Quaritch for £390). — Quaritch (sold to Sydney Cockerell, 1906). — Sydney Cockerell (sold to Quaritch, 18 January 1957). — Quaritch catalogue 767, 1957 (sold to Rau on 20 Feburary 1956 for £900). — Rau. — Peter Ludwig. — Getty Museum (MS. Ludwig I 8, v1).

References: de Hamel, Christopher. “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Library of Sir Sydney Cockerell.” British Library Journal 13 (1987): 186–210. (See p. 200.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3964).

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October 17, 2017

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¶ New Testament (1170) [MS]

Bible (New Testament).

Illuminated manuscript. Auxerre, France, 1170. 198 leaves.

Provenance: Abbey of St Marianus, Auxerre. — Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Champmol, Dijon. — James Edwards. — Edwards sale, Evans, 5 April 1815, lot 818 (sold to William Roscoe, Liverpool, for £12 12s.). — William Roscoe. — Roscoe sale, Winstanley, 19 August 1816 (sold to Robert Benson for £13). — Robert Benson. — W. A. S. Benson. — Morris (purchased from Benson for £250). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1155 (sold to Leighton for £225). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 5 December 1906, lot 617 (sold to Quaritch for £670). — Quaritch catalogue 259, November 1907, no. 1 (£850) — Quaritch catalogue 290, June 1910, no. 49 (£850). — C. H. St. John Hornby. — John Roland Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby (New York), 4 June 1974, lot 2907. — H. P. Kraus catalogue, 1978, no. 18. — Peter Ludwig. — Getty Museum (MS Ludwig 14) [acquired 1983].

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1224).

Digital images: Getty Museum.

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Getty Museum


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October 17, 2017

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¶ Gratian — Decretales (14th century) [MS]

Gratian. Decretales.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, 14th century. 354 leaves.

Morris signature (Folkestone, 26 June 1896). Morris recorded its acquisition in two diary entries (British Library Add. Ms. 45411): “Came from Qu[aritch]: 2 MS.S Gratian & Philips Psalter” (22 June 1896), and “think I shall buy the Gratian a fine book” (23 June 1896). The Times described it as “almost the last book purchased by Mr. Morris” (“The Late Mr. William Morris’s Library,” 7 November 1896, p. 13).

Provenance: Marqés de Astorga. — de Astorga sale, Paris, 7 May 1870, lot 14. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, Hotel Drouot /Pawlowski, 26 May 1879, lot 38. — Prince Liechtenstein. — Morris (purchased 1896). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 558 (sold to Quaritch for £255). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 4 December 1906, lot 275 (sold to Quaritch for £440). — Quaritch catalogue 269, October 1908, no. 415 (£650). — Henry Walters. — Walters Art Museum (W.133).

References: de Ricci, 1:825, no. 407. — Schoenberg 40008 (SDBM_MS_3974).

Digital images: Walters Art Museum.

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Walters Art Museum


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October 17, 2017

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¶ Guilelmus Peraldus — Summa de vitiis et virtutibus (14th century) [MS]

Guilelmus Peraldus. Summa de vitiis et virtutibus.

Illuminated manuscript. 14th century. 222 leaves.

Provenance: Busleyden College, Leuven. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 932 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £11). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Sotheby, 22 June 1982, lot 42 — Unlocated.

References: MS catalogue (2), no. 922, p. 93. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_825).


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October 16, 2017

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¶ Antiphonarium (14th century) [MS]

Antiphonarium.

Manuscript. Italy, 14th century. 129 leaves.

No Morris book label.

Provenance: Morris. — Robert Steele (gift from Morris). — Steele sale, London, 15 June 1903, lot 544 (bought in). — Hodson catalogue, 4 November 1903, no. 572. — Dan Rider. — F. G. James. — Unlocated.

Reference: de Ricci, 2:123, no. 1. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_9929).

October 16, 2017

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¶ Bible (c. 1290) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, c. 1290. 337 leaves.

Provenance: Quaritch catalogue, 15 November 1895, no. 351 (£315). — Quaritch catalogue, January 1896. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 88 (sold to Pickering for £61). — Pickering & Chatto catalogue, 24 December 1898. — Henry Yates Thompson. — Sydney Cockerell (acquired from Thompson, 4 May 1905, in an exchange). — Emery Walker (purchased from Cockerell, 1922). — Sydney Cockerell (by bequest from Walker; purchased by Quaritch, 18 January 1957, for £400). — Quaritch catalogue, 1957 no. 4 (sold 28 April 1959 for £1,000). — Sotheby, 12 December 1967, lot 18 (sold to Maggs for £1,100). — Swann Galleries, 30 November 1978, lot 29. — Bruce Ferrini (acquired 1987). — John Feldman (purchased from Ferrini). — University of Colorado, Boulder (Feldman deposit). — Unlocated.

Reference: de Hamel, Christopher. “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Library of Sir Sydney Cockerell.” British Library Journal 13 (1987): 186–210. (See p. 199.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_508) [the entry has been conflated with another Bible (Sotheby 1898, lot 87)].


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October 16, 2017

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¶ Bible (14th century) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 14th century. 632 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 37 (sold to Pickering for £40). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 51 (sold to Leighton for £120). — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3977).


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October 16, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Jean, de Meun — Le testament (c. 1400) [MS]

¶ Jean, de Meun — Le testament (c. 1400) [MS]

Jean, de Meun. Le testament maistre Jehan de Mehun.

Illuminated manuscript. France, c. 1400. 80 leaves.

Provenance: Joan of Navarre. — Thomas, Lord Fairfax. — Fairfax sale, Christie, 10 January 1831, lot 109. — Richard Heber. — Heber sale, Evans, 10 February 1836, lot 1114. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1836, no. 842. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1837, no. 895. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1838, no. 232. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1839, no. 410. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1840, no. 757. — Robert S. Turner. — Turner sale, Adolphe Labitte, 12 March 1878, lot 254 (sold for 580 francs). — Labitte/Techener, 20 May 1889, lot 76.— James Whitchurch. — Whitchurch sale, Sotheby, 14 December 1894, lot 787. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 792 (sold to Cockerell for £29). — Sydney Cockerell. — Henry Yates Thompson. — Sydney Cockerell. — Cockerell sale, Sotheby, 3 April 1957, lot 9. — Quaritch catalogue 767, 1957, no. 15. — Quaritch catalogue 820, 1961, no. 11. — Philip Hofer. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Houghton MS Typ 749).

References: de Ricci, Seymour. Manuscrits de la collection Henry Yates Thompson. Paris, 1926. — Houghton’s online bibliography. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2060). —


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October 16, 2017

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

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.

October 15, 2017

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¶ Gospels of St. Luke and St. John (c. 1210) [MS]

Gospels of St. Luke and St. John, glossed.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, c. 1210. 157 leaves.

Provenance: Giovanni Battista Leva. — John Tudor Frere. — Frere sale, Sotheby, 14 February 1896, lot 1035. — Quaritch catalogue 160, June 1896, no. 731. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 520 (sold to Leighton for £10 10s.). — Alfred Higgens. — Higgens sale, Sotheby, 2 May 1904, lot 62. — B. S. Cron. — Sydney Cockerell. — Cockerell sale, Sotheby, 18 January 1957. — George A. Goyder. — Goyder sale, Sotheby, 8 July 1970, lot 103). — Jörn Günther catalogue, 19 August 2002. — Jörn Günther catalogue 8, 2006, no. 1. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1433).


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October 15, 2017

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

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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October 14, 2017

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

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.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_5303).


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October 14, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Evangelistarium (13th century) [MS]

¶ Evangelistarium (13th century) [MS]

Evangelistarium.

Illuminated manuscript. Probably England, 13th century. 217 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps the Dominican convent at Worcester. — Rev. Edward Pole. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 522 (sold to Ridge for £20). — Robert Steele. — Rev. E. S. Dewick. — F. E. Norris. — Worcester Cathedral Library [gift from Norris, 1952].

References: Dewick, E. S. “On a Manuscript Evangelistarium Which Belonged to an English House of the Black Friars.” Transactions of the St. Paul’s Ecclesiological Society 5 (1915): 176–80. — Kerr, 4:675–76. — Schoenberg (SDBM_40007 and SDBM_186624).


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October 14, 2017

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¶ Exemplification (1564) [MS]

Exemplification.

Illuminated manuscript. Spain, perhaps Seville, 1564. 27 leaves.

This manuscript has a mysterious history. Since it does not appear in the 1898 Sotheby sale and is not mentioned in Bennett’s privately printed catalogue of his collection, it seems likely that Morris gave or sold the manuscript to a friend before his death. The full entry in Clapinson and Rogers (see below) reads: “53031 Exemplification, on vellum, of an inspeximus by Philip II of charters of the monastery of St. Mary of Graces and the Redemption of the Captives, Seville, 1564. i + 27 leaves. Owned by William Morris; bought from Mrs. S. Vansluis, 1951. MS. Spanish c. 15.”

Provenance: Morris. — Mrs. S. Vansluis. — Bodleian Library (MS. Spanish c. 15) [purchased from Vansluis, 1951].

Reference: Clapinson, Mary, and T. D. Rogers. Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford: Acquisitions, 1916–1975. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991. (See 2:1170.)

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October 13, 2017

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¶ St. Jerome — Explanatio (c. 1240) [MS]

Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Explanatio esaiae prophetae.

Illuminated manuscript. Germany, c. 1240. 177 leaves.

Provenance: Weissenau Abbey. — Pierre-Jean Bernaert. — Bernaert sale, de Porre & Verhulst, 21 October 1839, lot 5. — P. Léopold van Alstein. — Alstein sale, Heussner, 26 May 1863, lot 312. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 587 (sold to Leighton for £5 5s.). — J. Martini catalogue 16, 1920, no. 7. — J. Martini catalogue 17, 1921, no. 4. — Chapin Library, Williams College (MS XIII).

References: de Ricci, 1:1082, no. 5. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11484).


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October 12, 2017

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

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

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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October 12, 2017

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¶ Bible (14th century) [MS]

Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Perhaps France, 14th century. 368 leaves.

Provenance: Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 342 (sold for £28 to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 171 (sold to Pickering for £77). — Charles Butler. — Butler sale, Sotheby, 18 March 1912, lot 2167. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3525).


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October 12, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Johannes — Novella super Decretalium (14th century) [MS]

¶ Johannes — Novella super Decretalium (14th century) [MS]

Johannes, Andreas. Novella super Decretalium.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 14th century. 251 leaves.

Sydney Cockerell recorded in his diary, 11 October 1895: “He [Morris] bought a folio 14th c French MS. Novella Joannis Andreas for £25.”

Provenance: Jacques Grifame. — Jacques-Auguste de Chevannes. — Thomas d’Islan. — Chandon de Brialles. — M. Ditau. — Morris (purchased for £25, October 1895). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 387 (sold to Quaritch for £38). — Robert W. Blathwayt. — Blathwayt sale, Sotheby, 20 November 1912, lot 130. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3505).


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October 12, 2017

Comments Off on ¶ Bible (New Testament) (c. 1260) [MS]

¶ Bible (New Testament) (c. 1260) [MS]

Bible (New Testament).

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1260. 90 leaves.

Provenance: Simon Jeames. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 17 (£5). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1023 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £11 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Dawsons of Pall Mall catalogue, 1945. — Christie, 2 June 2010, lot 204 (sold for £25,000) . — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7350).


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