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¶ Antiphonarium (1295) [MS]

September 18, 2017

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Antiphonarium.

Illuminated manuscript. Piacenza, Italy, 1295. 273 leaves.

Provenance: Signed 1462 by “Frater Johannes Wasserpoliz de Hylaria.” — Howel Wills. — Wills sale, Sotheby, 11 July 1894, lot 237. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 124 (sold to J. Maine (?) for £18 5s.). — George Dunn (acquired January 1899). — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 22 November 1917, lot 1801) [sold to Quaritch on behalf of the British Museum for £38]. — British Library (Egerton MS 2977).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_210241; SDBM_40001; SDBM_39987).

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¶ Psalterium aureum (12th century) [MS]

July 25, 2017

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Psalterium aureum (the golden psalter).

Illuminated manuscript. St. Albans, mid-twelfth century. 193 leaves.

Bound into the beginning of the volume is a long note by Sydney Cockerell, of which the following is an excerpt: “After being undisturbed for sixty years it was lot 978 in the Phillipps sale at Sotheby’s June 1896. I urged William Morris to give Quaritch a commission, but the book was then in a very crumpled state, in a russia binding, and he preferred to concentrate on a Hagesippus in a fine Winchester binding of the 12th century, now no. 51 in Mr Yates Thompson’s collection, which he obtained for the absurdly low price of £13. 10. Quaritch bought this Psalter for £34 and I got him to send it to Morris at Folkestone with a Gratiani decretum, the prices for these mss. being £60 and £180 respectively. Morris received them on June 22 1896 and wrote to me on June 24 that he would keep them, but asked me to get a reduction from Q. I saw Q. the next day and he agreed to take £225 for the two MSS., which makes the price of this book, forthwith christened by ‘The Golden Psalter’, £56 5. –

“It was then flattened and rebound by my brother Douglas Cockerell, who was at that time apprentice to Mr T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery, 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith. The oak-boards were from old ship’s timber. The stamps on the white pigskin back were designed by Morris for the special binding of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer. It was finished and brought back to its owner at Kelmscott House . . . on Sept. 11 to his great satisfaction. It was, I believe, the last manuscript that he handled and talked of a day or two before his death, which took place on Oct. 3, 1896. Mr Cobden-Sanderson’s charge was £10. 10. –, bringing the cost to £66. 15. –”

Cockerell adds that he had wanted to buy the Psalter at the 1898 Sotheby sale but could not afford it; hence he advised his friend Lawrence Hodson to purchase it. (Hodson, eleven years later, sold it Cockerell.)

While the book was in his custody, Cockerell arranged for Graily Hewitt to create a replacement for the missing first leaf.

Provenance: Benedictine abbey of St. Albans. — Richard Heber. — Heber sale, Evans, 10 February 1836 (sold to Thomas Thorpe for £5 18s.). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue (Catalogue of Upwards of Fourteen Hundred Manuscripts on Vellum and on Paper), 1836, no. 1084 (£8 8s.). — Sir Thomas Phillipps. — Phillips sale, Sotheby, 10 June 1896, lot 978 (sold to Quaritch for £34). — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 22 June 1896). — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 866 (sold to Quaritch for £97). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Sydney C. Cockerell (purchased privately from Hodson, 27 May 1909, for £150). — Brian S. Cron (gift from Cockerell, 20 December 1956). — British Library (Add MS 81084) [accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the British Library in 2005].

References: Cron, B. S. “The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter” Private Library 5 (July 1964): 45–46. (Reprinted from Cron, The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter (London: Merrythought Press, 1963).) — Schoenberg (SDBM_40020).


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St. Jerome — Vitas sanctorum patrum (c. 1490–92)

July 18, 2017

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Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Vitas sanctorum patrum, sive Vitas patrum. Trans. Domenico Calvaca. [Venice: Giovanni Ragazzo?, c. 1490–92.]

Illustrated. With a bibliographical note by Cockerell.

Provenance: William Horatio Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 12 March 1891, lot 1556 (sold to Ellis for 14s.). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 596 (sold to Quaritch for £35). — Quaritch. — British Museum (purchased from Quaritch, May 1899). — British Library (IB 23757).

References: BMC, 5:501. — ISTC (ih00231500).


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¶ Caviceo — Dialogue treselegant intitule le Peregrin (1527)

June 21, 2017

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Caviceo, Jacopo. Dialogue treselegant intitule le Peregrin. Paris: Galliot du Pre, 1527.

Illustrated. With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Louis Alexandre de Bourbon, Count of Toulouse. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 346 (sold to Quaritch for £8 10s.). — Bernard Quaritch. — British Library (General Reference Collection C.38.g.6.) [purchased from Quaritch, 1899].


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¶ Arte para bien confessar (and another title)

May 3, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Arte para bien confessar. [Seville?: Jacob Cromberger?, between 1511 and 1515.]

Illustrated.

[2] Villegas, Pedro Fernández de. Flosculus sacramentorum. Paris: Rembolt, 1510.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 73 (sold to Quaritch for £3). — Biblotheca Hispana, Quaritch catalogue [1899], no. 144 (£1 16s.). — British Library (C.107.b.22(1)) [acquired 1899].


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

March 20, 2017

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

Provenance: Cornelius Paine. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 119 (sold to Rega for 19s.). — British Library [purchased in April 1899].

References: BMC 1:255–56. — ISTC (ia00557000).

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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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¶ Petersen — Nordisk mythologi (1863)

May 18, 2016

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Petersen, Niels Matthias. Nordisk mythologi. Copenhagen: J. H. Schubothes Boghandel, 1863.

Inscribed “William Morris from P. Toft, Xmas 1872.”

Provenance: P. Toft. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 449 (part; sold to Henry Wellcome for 18s.).— Henry Wellcome. — British Library (Document Supply W20/2790).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 708.


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¶ Anglicus — De proprietatibus rerum (1482)

July 14, 2015

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Anglicus, Bartholomaeus. De proprietatibus rerum. [Lyon: Nicolaus Philippi and Marcus Reinhart], 10 December 1482.

Bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell tipped in.

Provenance: James Atkinson. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 551 (sold to Quaritch for £6). — Bernard Quaritch. — British Library (IB. 41590) [purchased from Quaritch, May 1899].

References: ISTC (ib00135000). — BMC, 7:246.


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¶ Lactantius — Opera (1470)

June 28, 2015

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Lactantius [Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius]. Opera. Ed. Giovanni Andrea Bussi [Johannes Andreas]. Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [not after 30 August] 1470.

With both Morris’s book label and signature “William Morris Kelmscott House Upper Mall Hammersmith 1890.”

Provenance: Elwin Millard. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 746 (sold to Quaritch for £20). — Bernard Quaritch. — British Library (IB. 17157) [purchased May 1899].

References: BMC, 4:10. — ISTC (il00003000).


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¶ Brunus Aretinus — Aquila volante (1492)

June 28, 2015

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Brunus Aretinus, Leonardus. Aquila volante. Naples: Ayolfus de Cantono, 27 June 1492.

With bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell laid in.

Provenance: Michael Wodhull. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 133 (sold to Quaritch for £28). — Bernard Quaritch. — British Library (IB.29556) [purchased from Quaritch, May 1899].

References: ISTC (ib01231000); BMC, 6:874.

Digital version: Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome.

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¶ Baptista, Mantuanus — Parthenice secunda (1500?)

June 28, 2015

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Baptista, Mantuanus. Parthenice secunda, sive Catharinaria. Ed. Franciscus Ceretus. Paris: Michel Tholoze, 20 July [1500?].

Note by Robert Proctor tipped in: “The book by Michel Tholoze I suspect to be the first part of Pellachet 1783. I must apologise for having kept the books so long before returning them.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 672 (sold to Maggs for £1 2s.). — Maggs. — George Dunn (purchased 1898). — British Library (IA. 41020).

References: BMC, 8:210–11. — ISTC (ib00071500). — MS catalogue (2), no. 30 (with two X’s next to it).

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¶ Grímur Jónsson Thorkelín — De Danorum (1815)

December 18, 2014

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Grímur Jónsson Thorkelín. De Danorum rebus gestis secul. III & IV : Poëma danicum dialecto anglo-saxonica. Copenhagen: T. E. Rangel, 1815.

The first edition of Beowulf with extensive manuscript annotations by the Rev. John Josias Conybeare.

Provenance: J. J. Conybeare. — W. D. Conybeare. — Conybeare sale, Sotheby, 7 December 1857, lot 205 (sold to Boone for 13s.). — Boone. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 277 (sold to Henry Wellcome for 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Whitney Bolton. — British Library (Add. Ms. 71716).

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¶ Llull — Arbor scientiae (1482)

July 14, 2014

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Llull, Ramon [Raymundus Lullus]. Arbor scientiae. Barcelona: Pedro Posa, 22 August 1482.

Bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell laid in.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 773 (sold to Quaritch for £10). — British Library (IB.52514) [acquired May 1899].

Reference: ISTC (il00383000).


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¶ Dante — Comedy (1865)

July 7, 2014

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Dante Alighieri. The comedy of Dante Allighieri. Trans. William Michael Rossetti. London: Macmillan and Co., 1865.

Inscribed “Wm. Morris | With the affectionate regard of | W. M. Rossetti.”

Provenance: Morris. — British Library (C.116.b.9).

Reference: British Library Database of Bookbindings (with images of binding by Dante Gabriel Rossetti).

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