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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).

Digital version: BSB.


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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).

Digital version: HathiTrust.


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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).

Digital version: HathiTrust.

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