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¶ Cicero — De officiis (1480)

June 23, 2017

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Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De officiis. Venice: Filippo di Pietro, 8 May 1480.

This book was not sold by Sotheby in 1898, probably because Morris had disposed of it before his death. However, he owned another copy which did in fact appear in the Sotheby sale.

References: ISTC (ic00589000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 694 (with an X beside it).

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¶ Cicero (1480) and Festus (1478?)

June 23, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De officiis. Venice: Filippo di Pietro, 8 May 1480.

Reference: ISTC (ic00589000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Festus, Sextus Pompeius. De verborum significatione. [Venice: printer of Pomponius Mela, c. 1478.]

The Sotheby catalogue does not specify the edition, and MS catalogue (2) records it as “c. 1480”; we believe this is the most likely candidate.

Reference: ISTC (if00145000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 362 (sold to Proctor for £1 1s.). — Robert Proctor. — Phillips, 13 November 1997, lot 258 (£2,400 [$4,053]). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 948 (with one X beside the title).


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¶ Aquinas and Rolewinck

June 21, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Aquinas, Thomas, Saint. Super quarto libro Sententiarum Petri Lombardi. Cologne : Heinrich Quentell, 2 February 1480.

Illustrated. The date 1484 in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue is an error.

Reference: ISTC (it00170000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Rolewinck, Werner. Fasciculus temporum. [Cologne]: Heinrich Quentell, 1479.

Reference: ISTC (ir00259000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1168 (sold to Waring for £12). — Waring. — George Dunn. — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 6 February 1914, lot 1667. — National Art Library, Victorian and Albert Museum (RC.S.16).


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¶ Appiano etc.

June 7, 2017

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Eight titles bound together in one volume when they were in Morris’s hands; the individual works were subsequently rebound by W. J. Mansell for Michael Tomkinson.

[1] Appiano, Costanzo [Constantius Applanus]. Soliloquia de humani arbitrii libertate et potestate. Cremona: Carolus de Darleriis, 4 October 1496.

Reference: ISTC (ia00933000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Dio, Chrysostom [Dio Chrysostomus]. [De Troia non capta:] Ilii captivitatem non fuisse. Trans. Franciscus Philelpus and ed. Nicolaus Lucarus. Cremona: Bernardinus de Misintis and Caesar Parmensis, 22 July 1492.

With a bibliographical note by Cockerell (describing all the titles) tipped in.

Reference: ISTC (id00206000).

Digital version: BSB.

[3] Dio, Chrysostom [Dio Chrysostomus]. De regno. Trans. Publius Gregorius Tiphernas and ed. Pius III (Franciscus de Piccolomineis). Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 1493.

Reference: ISTC (id00205000).

Digital version: BSB.

[4] Bosso, Matteo [Matthaeus Bossus]. De instituendo sapientia animo. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 6 November 1495.

Reference: ISTC (ib01043000).

Digital version: BSB.

[5] Bosso, Matteo [Matthaeus Bossus]. Sermo in Jesu Christi passionem. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 11 November 1495.

Reference: ISTC (ib01047000).

[6] Beroaldo, Filippo [Philippus Beroaldus]. De felicitate. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 1 April 1495.

Reference: ISTC (ib00482000).

Digital version: BSB.

[7] Maffei, Celso [Celsus Maffeus]. Dissuasoria ne christiani principes ecclesiasticos usurpent census. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, 27 June 1494.

Reference: ISTC (im00015000).

Digital version: BSB.

[8] Sabellico [Marcus Antonius Sabellicus]. De Venetis magistratibus. Venice: Antonius de Strata, de Cremona, 19 January 1488/89.

Reference: ISTC (is00009000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 66 (sold to Tregaskis for £1 16s.). — Michael Tomkinson. — Sir Charles Thomas-Stanford. — Huntington Library. (The individual call numbers at the Huntington—all Rare Books—are as follows: [1] 89923; [2] 100604; [4] 85511 (bound with no. 5); [5] 85512 (bound with no. 4); [7] 101129 (unbound in pamphlet folder). Nos. 3, 6, and 8 are not at the Huntington and are unlocated.)


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¶ Durand etc.

June 5, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Durand, Guillaume [Guillelmus Duranti]. Speculum judiciale. Ed. Franciscus Moneliensis. Padua: Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt, 1478–79.

Morris owned the second section (dated 21 November 1478).

References: ISTC (id00448000). — Thatcher 1, no. 579.

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[2] Battista, da Sambagio [Baptista de Sancto Blasio]. Varii tractatus juridici. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 1481.

Morris owned the fourth of five parts (dated 31 May 1481).

References: ISTC (is00126000). — Thacher 1, no. 284.

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[3] Cipolla, Bartolomeo [Bartholomaeus Cepolla]. De simulatione contractuum. Pavia: Leonardus Gerla, 15 February 1498.

References: ISTC (ic00400000). — Thacher 1, no. 634.

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[4] Militio, Albricus de. De testibus. Pavia: Leonardus Gerla, 15 March 1497.

“Attributed in this edition to Albericus de Rosate” (ISTC).

References: ISTC (im00578000). — Thacher 1, no. 635.

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[5] San Giorgio, Giacomino da [Jacobinus, de Sancto Georgio]. Aureus et in pratica perutilis totus et singularis tractatus feudorum et homagiorum. Milan: Giovanni Angelo Scinzenzeler, 1503.


Provenance: Henry Howard, Duke of Norfolk. — Royal Society of London (gift from Howard). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 402 (sold to Quaritch for £3 3s.). — John Boyd Thacher. — Library of Congress (Incun. 1478.F74 Thacher Coll. Copy 2).


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¶ Rolevinck and others

May 8, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Rolevinck, Werner [Werner Rolewinck]. Fasciculus temporum. Strassburg: Johann Prüss, 1487.

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ir00273000).

Digital version: ULD.

[2] Auerbach, Johannes. Processus iudiciarius. [Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, c. 1488–89.]

This title was issued as part of a collection of legal works; hence no imprint is listed in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue.

Reference: ISTC (im00759000).

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[3] Attavanti, Paolo [Paulus, Florentinus]. Breviarium totius juris canonici. Memmingen: Albrecht Kunne, 1486.

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ip00180000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 528 (sold to Leighton for £1 19s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 938, p. 86 (all three titles, with an X beside them).


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¶ Vegio and St. Basil

April 20, 2017

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[1] Vegio, Maffeo [Maphaeus Vegius]. Philalethes. [Nuremberg: Johann Müller, c. 1474–75.]

References: Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German) 2, no. 458. — ISTC (iv00114000).

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[2] Basil, Saint [Basilius Magnus]. De legendis antiquorum libris. [Nuremberg : Johann Müller, c. 1474.]

References: Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German) 2, no. 421. — ISTC (ib00272000).

Digital version: BSB.


Inscribed “to Charles Fairfax Murray from William Morris 1895.”.

Provenance: Benedictbeuren Abbey near Munich. — Morris. — Charles Fairfax Murray (gift from Morris, 1895). — Sotheby, 18 July 1919 (sold to Quaritch for £11). — Volbehr. — Huntington Library (84743) and Huntington Library (84744) [purchased from Volbehr, 21 March 1925].

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¶ Gregory IX — Decretales (1473)

April 20, 2017

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Gregory [Gregorius] IX, Pope. Decretales, cum glossa. Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 23 November 1473.

Provenance: Carthusians, Nuremberg. — Christian Gottlieb Schwarz. — Saxon Royal Library, Dresden. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 564 (sold to Maggs for £8 15s.) — George Dunn. — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 26 November 1917, lot 3207. — Herschel V. Jones. — Parke-Bernet, 28 January 1947, lot 54. — Carrie Estelle Doheny. — St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, Calif.). — Doheny sale, Christie (New York), 22 October 1987, lot 11. — Dr. Martin Schøyen. — Schøyen sale, Sotheby, 12 December 1991, lot 25. — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ig00447000).

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¶ Hieronymus etc.

April 10, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Hieronymus, von Rebdorf. Panis quotidianus de tempore. Augsburg: Heinrich Gran and Johann Rynmann, 1509.

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Sermones [. . . ] hyemalis estivalis (de sanctis). Augsburg: Heinrich Gran and Johann Rynmann, 1509.

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 855 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £8). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Wellcome auctions (1), lot 227 (sold to Eiseman for £ 5 5s.). — Unlocated.


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¶ St. Albertus Magnus [two works]

March 24, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Albertus Magnus, Saint. Mariale. [Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1473.]

Reference: ISTC (ia00272000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Albertus Magnus, Saint. De laudibus Mariae. [Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1473.]

Reference: ISTC (ia00247000).

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Provenance: Cistercians of Furstenfeld. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 113 (sold to Walker for £2 4s.). — Emery Walker. — Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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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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¶ Parker — Dives and Pauper (1493)

February 17, 2017

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Parker, Henry. Dives and Pauper. London: printed by Richard Pynson, 5 July 1493.

Provenance: Sir Francis Freeling. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 395 (sold to Leighton for £55). — Carrie Estelle Doheny. — St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, Calif.). — Doheny sale, part 1 (Christie), 22 October 1987, lot 135 (sold for $32,000). — Rev. D. A. Smith. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (£48). — ESTC (S109783). — ISTC (ip00117000).

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¶ Aquinas — Summa theologiae (1467)

February 15, 2017

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Aquinas, Thomas, Saint. Summa theologiae: Pars secunda: prima pars. Mainz : Peter Schoeffer, 6 March 1467.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1163 (sold to Bain for £34). — Bonham, 28 June 1996, lot 68 (sold for £32,000). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (it00209000).

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¶ Franciscus, de Retza — Comestorium vitiorum (1470)

January 27, 2017

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Franciscus, de Retza. Comestorium vitiorum. Nuremburg: [Johann Sensenschmidt and Heinrich Kefer, for Heinrich Rumel], 1470.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 983 (sold to Maggs for £8 8s.). — Sir Charles Thomas-Stanford. — Carrie Estelle Doheny. — St. John’s Seminary (Camarillo, Calif.). — Doheny sale, part 1 (Christie), 22 October 1987, lot 50 (sold to H. P. Kraus for $18,000). — H. P. Kraus. — William Scheide. — Princeton University Library (Scheide Library 57.3).

Reference: ISTC (ir00150000).

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¶ Vincent, of Beauvais — Speculum historiale (1473)

January 24, 2017

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Vincent, of Beauvais [Vincentius Bellovacensis]. Speculum historiale. Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, [1473].

Provenance: Thomas Brouer. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1192 (sold to Stevens for £36). — New York Public Library (*KB+ 1473 (Vincentius) [acquired December 1898].

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¶ Sacro Bosco — Sphaera mundi (1490)

January 17, 2017

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Sacro Bosco, Joannes de. Sphaera mundi. Venice: [Bonetus Locatellus], for Octavianus Scotus, 4 October 1490.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL946).

References: ISTC (ij00409000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 347.

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¶ Schatzbehalter der wahren Reichtümer des Heils (1491)

January 12, 2017

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Schatzbehalter der wahren Reichtümer des Heils. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 8 November 1491.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL409).

References: ISTC (is00306000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 178. — Needham, Paul. Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings, 400–1600. New York and London: Pierpont Morgan Library and Oxford University Press, 1979. (See no. 30.)

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¶ Pliny — Historia naturalis (1472)

January 9, 2017

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Pliny, the Elder [Plinius]. Historia naturalis. Ed. Giovanni Andrea Bussi [Johannes Andreas]. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1472.

Morris in a lecture, 1893: “I have got on my shelves now a Jenson’s Latin Pliny, which, in spite of its beautiful type and handsome painted ornaments, I dare scarcely look at, because the binder (adjectives fail me here) has chopped off over two-thirds of the tail margin: such stupidities are like a man with his coat buttoned up behind, or a lady with her bonnet put on hind-side foremost” (Ideal Book, p. 71).

Provenance: John Shelly. — Georgius Klebs. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 954 (sold to Tregaskis for £6 15s.). — Blacker Wood Rare Books, McGill University University Library (folio PA6611 A2 1472) [acquired c. 1920–21].

Reference: ISTC (ip00788000).

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¶ Luther — Piae ac doctae in psalmos operationes (1521)

December 21, 2016

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Luther, Martin. Piae ac doctae in psalmos operationes. Basel: Adam Petri, 1521.

Provenance: Morris. — Victoria Public Library (Special Coll. Ref. LAT 223.2 L97m).

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¶ St. Jerome — Der heiligen Altväter Leben (1507)

December 10, 2016

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Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Der heiligen Altväter Leben, wie sie ihr hl. Leben in der Einöde vollbracht haben. Strassburg: J. Grüninger, 1507.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 594 (sold to Ellis for £7 15s.). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 217. — Unlocated.

Reference: Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 1, no. 202.

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¶ Boccaccio — De claris mulieribus (1473)

December 5, 2016

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Boccaccio, Giovanni. De claris mulieribus. Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1473.

Illustrated. Morris: “To turn back to the books numbered above as the most important of the school, I should call John Zainer’s De Claris mulieribus, and the Æsop, and Günther Zainer’s Spiegel des menschlichen Lebens the most characteristic. Of these my own choice would be the De Claris mulieribus, partly perhaps because it is a very old friend of mine, and perhaps the first book that gave me a clear insight into the essential qualities of the mediaeval design of that period. The subject-matter of the book also makes it one of the most interesting, giving it opportunity for setting forth the mediaeval reverence for the classical period, without any of the loss of romance on the one hand, and epical sincerity and directness on the other, which the flood-tide of Renaissance rhetoric presently inflicted on the world. No story-telling could be simpler and more straightforward, and less dependent on secondary help, than that of these curious, and, as people phrase it, rude cuts. And in spite (if you please it) of their rudeness, they are by no means lacking in definite beauty: the composition is good everywhere, the drapery well designed, the lines rich, which shows of course that the cutting is good. Though there is no ornament save the beautiful initial S and the curious foliated initials above mentioned, the page is beautifully proportioned and stately, when, as in the copy before me, it has escaped the fury of the bookbinder. ¶ The great initial S I claim to be one of the very best printers’ ornaments ever made, one which would not disgrace a thirteenth-century manuscript. Adam and Eve are standing on a finely-designed spray of poppy-like leafage, and behind them rise up the boughs of the tree. Eve reaches down an apple to Adam with her right hand, and with her uplifted left takes another from the mouth of the crowned woman’s head of the serpent, whose coils, after they have performed the duty of making the S, end in a foliage scroll, whose branches enclose little medallions of the seven deadly sins. All this is done with admirable invention and romantic meaning, and with very great beauty of design and a full sense of decorative necessities. ¶ As to faults in this delightful book, it must be said that it is somewhat marred by the press-work not being so good as it should have been even when printed by the weak presses of the fifteenth century; but this, though a defect, is not, I submit, an essential one.” (Ideal book, p. 52.)

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL470).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 10b, no. 118 (£70). —  ISTC (ib00716000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 194. — MS catalogue (2), no. 987 (with an X beside the title).

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¶ Pedro de Ravena and Hoogstraten

November 30, 2016

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Pedro de Ravena [Petrus Ravennas]. Compendium juris civilis domini doctoris Petri Ravennatis. Cologne: Hermannum Bumgart de Ketwych, 1506.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 7b, no. 82 (£1).

[2] Hoogstraten, Jacobus van. Defensio scholastica pricipum almanie. Cologne: Johann Landen, 1508.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 7b, no. 84 (£1).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 861 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 7s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Unlocated.


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¶ Ochsenbrunner — Priscorum heroum stemmata (1494)

November 23, 2016

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Ochsenbrunner, Thomas. Priscorum heroum stemmata. Rome: Johann Besicken and Sigismundus Mayer, 18 February 1494.

Inscriptions on flyleaf: “Philip Webb from W.M.” and “Emery Walker from P.W. 1915.” Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Philip Webb. — Emery Walker. — Dorothy Walker. — Bodleian Library (Don. e.56) [gift from Dorothy Walker, presented through the Friends of the Bodleian, October 1934].

Reference: ISTC (io00007000).

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¶ Aristotle — Problemata (1482)

November 22, 2016

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Aristotle [Aristoteles]. Problemata. Trans. Bartholomaeus de Messana. [Venice]: Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt, 25 February 1482.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 103 (sold to Voynich for £2 4s.). — National Library of Medicine (WZ 230 P498e 1482).

References: ISTC (ia01044400). — MS catalogue (2), no. 687 (with two X’s next to it).

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¶ Schedel — Liber chronicarum (1493)

November 22, 2016

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Schedel, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.

With Morris’s signature and address of Red House, Upton, Kent, which indicates that he acquired it before 1865. Inscribed “William and Lucy Rossetti from William Morris, Mch 31st, 1874” and “This was Morris’s wedding present to us. W.M.R. 1905.”

Provenance: Morris. — William and Lucy Rossetti (gift from Morris, 31 March 1874). — David Gage Joyce. — Joyce sale, Hanzel Galleries (Chicago), 22–23 September 1973, lot 65 (sold for $9,500). — Sotheby, 10 December 1999, lot 149 (sold for £17,250). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (is00307000).

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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).

Digital version: BSB.

[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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¶ Bertholdus and Meditationes (1488)

November 1, 2016

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The following titles are bound together. (This copy is in a red pigskin binding; Morris’ other copy, which went through the Sotheby sale and is now unlocated, is bound in old kidskin.)

[1] Bertholdus. Horologium devotionis. [Cologne: Ulrich Zel, c. 1488.]

Illustrated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 7b, no. 78 (£10). — ISTC (ib00503000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 108.

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Meditationes de vita et beneficiis Jesu Christi. [Cologne: Ulrich Zel, c. 1488.]

References: ISTC (im00431000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 110.

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Augustus Langdon. — J. Leslie (dealer). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Morgan Library (ChL190) and Morgan Library (ChL190).

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¶ Bertholdus and Meditationes (1488)

November 1, 2016

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Bertholdus. Horologium devotionis. [Cologne: Ulrich Zel, c. 1488.]

Illustrated.

Reference: ISTC (ib00503000).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Meditationes de vita et beneficiis Jesu Christi. [Cologne: Ulrich Zel, c. 1488.]

Reference: ISTC (im00431000).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898 (sold to Ellis for £15). — Unlocated.


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¶ St. Bernard of Clairvaux — Flores (1470?)

October 7, 2016

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Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint [Bernardus Claravallensis]. Flores. [Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt, not after 1470].

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 164 (sold to Ellis for £3 11s.). — Douglas Cockerell. — William Inglis Morse. — Special Collections, Dalhousie University Libraries (BX890 B48 1472; Cockerell 3) [acquired from Morse, 1936].

Reference: ISTC (ib00388000).

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¶ St. Bridget — Revelationes (1492?)

September 22, 2016

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Bridget, of Sweden, Saint [Saint Brigitta or Birgitta]. Revelationes. [Lübeck]: Bartholomaeus Ghotan [for Vadstena Monastery, before 25 November] 1492.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 324 (sold to Tregaskis for £25 5s.). — Michael Tomkinson. — Philip and Frances Hofer. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ Inc 2625) [gift from Philip Hofer, 20 December 1954].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 8b, no. 93 (£18). — ISTC (ib00687000). — Walsh, no. 948.

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¶ Strabo — Geographia (1472)

September 16, 2016

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Strabo. Geographia, libri XVI. Trans. Guarinus Veronensis and Gregorius Tiphernas. Ed. Johannes Andreas, bishop of Aleria. [Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, 1472.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1142 (sold to Chadwick for £3 12s.). — John Camp Williams. — Williams sale, American Auction Association, Part 2, 6-8 November 1929, lot 1086 (sold for $210). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (is00794000).

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¶ Geiler von Kaysersberg — Die brösamlin doot (1517)

August 24, 2016

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Geiler von Kaysersberg, Johann. Die brösamlin doot. Strasbourg: Johann Grüninger, 1517

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 542 (sold to Quaritch for £6). — Quaritch catalogue 353 (May 1919), no. 124 (£12) [HathiTrust]. — Unlocated.

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 81 (with two X’s next to it).

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¶ Lanzkranna — Himmelstrasse (1484)

August 22, 2016

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Lanzkranna, Stephan. Himmelstrasse. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 23 June 1484.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 600 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library ( Closed stores EPB Incunabula 3.e.19 (SR)).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3b, no. 34 (£6). — ISTC (il00063000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 934, p. 86 (with an X beside it). — Poynter, no. 347.

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¶ Megenberg — Buch der Natur (1475)

August 19, 2016

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Megenberg, Konrad von. Buch der Natur. Augsburg: Johann Bämler, 30 October [14]75.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Cathedral, Guercensis. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Arnold Arboretum Library, Harvard University (Ka K83.4b 1475) [gift from Morgan, 1926].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3b, no. 28 (£20). — ISTC (ic00842000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 135. — Walsh, no. 544.

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¶ Bracciolini — Facetiae (1472?)

August 3, 2016

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Bracciolini, Poggio [Poggius Florentinus]. Facetiae. [Nuremberg: Koberger, 1472?]

Provenance: Quaritch catalogue, 31 March 1890 (£4 4s.) — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL404).

References: ISTC (ip00856000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 176.

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¶ Euclid — Elementa geometriae (1482)

July 28, 2016

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Euclid [Euclides]. Elementa geometriae. Trans. Adelard, of Bath, and ed. Campano, de Novara [Joannes Campanus]. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482.

Illustrated. With receipt for the purchase of this volume, reading: “Bought at Sotheby & Co’s.,” with MS note added: “Feb. 19 1945, M. Ivor Thomas.”

Note by Robert Steele: “This book belonged to William Morris and was retained at Kelmscott after his death until it was sold on the dispersal of the effects of May Morris on June 22 1939 (lot 62 Hodgson’s sale). William Morris had no book label. The one found in some of his books was printed for the purchasers of his library at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith after his death. Robert Steele.”

Provenance: Unidentified armorial bookplate. — Morris. — Jane Morris. — May Morris. — Mary Lobb. — Lobb sale 1, lot 62. —Sotheby, 19 February 1945, lot 286 (sold to M. Ivor Bulmer-Thomas). — St. John’s College Library, Oxford University (Bulmer-Thomas collection B-T / F-17 / EUC) [bequest of Bulmer-Thomas].

Reference: ISTC (ie00113000).

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¶ Biblia (1494)

July 28, 2016

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Biblia. Lübeck: Stephanus Arndes, 19 November 1494.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Jo. Wallemale. — Dr. Puhlmann [?]. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 184 (sold to Quaritch for £50). — Bernard Quaritch. — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 71. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 8b, no. 94 (£50). — ISTC (ib00638000). — Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 1, no. 64.

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¶ Boccaccio — De montibus, silvis, fontibus (1473)

July 27, 2016

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Boccaccio, Giovanni. De montibus, silvis, fontibus. Venice: [Vindelinus de Spira], 13 January 1473.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Johann Koch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (deaccessioned 1971). — Sotheby, 8 June 1971, lot 6 (sold to Chiesa for £12,000). — Giannalisa Feltrinelli. — Giannalisa Feltrinelli Library, part 1, Christie (New York), 7 October 1997, lot 14 (sold for $13,800). — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ib00756000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 301.

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¶ Appianus — Historia Romana (1477)

July 9, 2016

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Appianus, of Alexandria. Historia Romana (Partes I–II). Trans. Petrus Candidus Decembrius. 2 vols. in 1. Venice: Bernhard Maler (Pictor), Erhard Ratdolt and Peter Löslein, 1477.

A photograph is laid in, with this handwritten note: “Cockerell had this photographed from the vol. by Ratdolt in the Library of St. Mark’s Venice for Morris when he went there the first time.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 64 (sold to Leighton for £4 12s.). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, 3 December 1906, lot 12 (sold to Sydney Cockerell for £13 5s.). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Charrington. — Rare Books Room, Cambridge University Library (Inc.3.B.3.23a[1450, 1451]) [gift from Charrington, 1916].

References: ISTC (ia00928000). — Oates, nos. 1739–40.

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¶ Mahomet II — Epistolae magni Turci (c. 1475)

June 10, 2016

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Mahomet II. Epistolae magni Turci. [Treviso]: G[erardus de Lisa, de] F[landria, c. 1475].

Provenance: Sotheby 1898, lot 505 (sold to Leighton for £1 18s.). — George Dunn. — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 4 February 1914, lot 1310. — Sir Stephen Gaselee. — Rare Books Room, Cambridge University Library (Inc.5.B.9.1 [2045]) [gift from Gaselee, 1934].

References: ISTC (im00059000). — Oates, no. 2454.

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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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¶ Boccaccio — De claris mulieribus (1473)

June 9, 2016

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Boccaccio, Giovanni. De claris mulieribus. Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1473.

Signed “William Morris, Red House, Upton, Kent.” Illustrated.

Provenance: Archinto of Milan. — Henry Huth. — Morris. — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Rare Books Room, University of Cambridge Library (Inc.3.A.10.1[995]) [gift of Fairfax Murray, 1918].

References: ISTC (ib00716000). — Oates, no. 1150.

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¶ Biblia latina (1497)

June 7, 2016

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Biblia latina. 4 vols. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 6 September 1497.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 178 (sold to G. W. Jones for £4 4s.). — G. W. Jones. — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ib00619000).

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¶ Albertus, de Padua — Expositio (c. 1480)

June 4, 2016

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Albertus, de Padua. Expositio evangeliorum dominicalium et festivalium. Ulm: Johann Zainer, c. 15 June 1480.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL480).

References: ISTC (ia00340000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 197.

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¶ Vincent, of Beauvais — Speculum historiale (1473)

May 31, 2016

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Vincent, of Beauvais [Vincentius Bellovacensis]. Speculum historiale. [Strassburg]: Johann Mentelin, [1473].

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1193 (sold to Leighton for £7 5s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (iv00283000).

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¶ Giraldi — Syntagma de musis (1512)

May 30, 2016

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Giraldi, Lilio Gregorio [Lilius Gregorius Ziraldus]. Syntagma de musis. Strassburg: Matthias Schürer, 1512.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1103 (sold to Breslauer for £1 15s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Ochsenbrunner — Priscorum heroum stemmata (1494)

May 27, 2016

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Ochsenbrunner, Thomas. Priscorum heroum stemmata. Rome: Johann Besicken and Sigismundus Mayer, 18 February 1494.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL707A).

References: ISTC (io00007000). — Morgan Catalogue, 2:263.

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¶ Aesop — Vita et fabulae (c. 1481)

May 20, 2016

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Aesop [Aesopus]. Vita et fabulae. [Strassburg: Heinrich Knoblochtzer, c. 1481.]

Morris signature. Illustrated.

Provenance: Min. Conventualium S. Francisci Frigurgi Helvetiorum. — Morris. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Zi +387).

Reference: ISTC (ia00113000).

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¶ Rampegolo — Aurea Biblia (c. 1477)

May 18, 2016

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Rampegolo, Antonio [Antonius Rampigollis] and Senensis Bindus Guerri [Bindo de Senis]. Aurea Biblia, sive Repertorium aureum Bibliorum. Augsburg: [Ludwig Hohenwang, c. 1477].

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 181 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £3 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 5.b.12 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ir00021000). — Poynter, no. 475.

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¶ St. Thomas Aquinas — De arte praedicandi (1479)

May 18, 2016

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Aquinas, Thomas, Saint [?]. De arte praedicandi. [Strassburg: Heinrich Knoblochtzer, 1479.]

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1173 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 5.d.10 (SR)).

References: ISTC (it00264000). — Poynter, no. 572.

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