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¶ Froissart — Le premier volume de messire Jehan Froissart (1530)

November 16, 2017

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Froissart, Jean. Le premier [–quart] volume de messire Jehan Froissart, lequel traicte des choses dignes de memoire advenues, tant es pays de France, Angleterre, Flanders, Espaigne que Escoce, et autres lieux circonuoisins. 4 vols. in 1. Paris: A. Couteau for P. Le Preux, 2 September 1530.

Provenance: Charles Bathurst. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 534 (sold to Quaritch for £11). — Goldschmidt catalogue 83, no. 466. — Philip Hofer. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (f Typ 515.30.407).

References: Mortimer, Ruth. Harvard College Library Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts. 4 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964–74. (See no. 238.) — MS catalogue (2), no. 878 (with two X’s beside the title).


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¶ Duff — Early printed books (1893)

November 6, 2017

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Duff, E. Gordon. Early printed books. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1893.

Unsigned note—attributed to Emery Walker by Philip Hofer—on front pastedown: “This belonged to a little collection of printed books which Morris kept at the Press (at 21 Upper Mall, Hammersmith) for the use of his printers.” With the Morris book label, so it may have passed through the 1898 Sotheby sale (though it is not listed in that catalogue).

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett (?). — Sotheby 1898 (?). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 805.93.3404).

Digital version: Wellcome Library (Morris’s other copy at the Wellcome Library).

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¶ Hortulus anime (1511)

October 27, 2017

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Hortulus anime. Lyon: Jean Clein and Anton Koberger, 1511.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 442 (sold to Quaritch for £12). — Philip Hofer. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Houghton Typ 515.11.455) [Hofer bequest].

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 31 (with two X’s next to it). — Mortimer, Ruth. Harvard College Library Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts. 4 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964–74. (See no. 318.)


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

October 16, 2017

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

October 12, 2017

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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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¶ St. Augustine — Commentary on the Psalms (12th century) [MS]

October 10, 2017

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Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo [Saint Augustinus]. Commentary on the Psalms 101–50 (Ennarationes in psalmos).

Illuminated manuscript. Germany, 12th century. 179 leaves.

Provenance: Thorpe catalogue, 1832, lot 119. — J. Ponce. — Ponce sale, Techener catalogue, 17 November 1845, no. 35. — W. and T. Bateman. — Bateman sale, Sotheby, 25 May 1893, lot 233 (purchased by Morris). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 148 (sold to Quaritch for £50). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 28 (sold to Quaritch for £48). — Quaritch catalogue 357, February 1920, no. 378. — Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. — Beatty sale, Sotheby, 24 June 1969, lot 45. —Alan G. Thomas catalogue 23, 1969, no. 3. — Thomas catalogue 26, 1971, no. 1. — Thomas catalogue 31, 1973, no. 6. — Thomas catalogue 34, 1975, no. 3. — Thomas catalogue 36, 1977, no. 1. — Philip Hofer (purchased from Bromer, 1979). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Typ 703) [Hofer bequest, 1984].

References: Light, Laura. The Bible in the Twelfth Century: An Exhibition of Manuscripts at the Houghton Library. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard College Library, 1988. See pp. 43–45. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1508).


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¶ Aristotle — Nicomachean ethics (15th century) [MS]

August 31, 2017

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Aristotle. Nicomachean ethics.

Illuminated manuscript. Fifteenth century. 152 leaves.

Bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: John A. Wigan. — Philip Augustus Hanrott. — Hanrott sale, Evans, 16 July 1833, lot 1418 (sold to Henry G. Bohn for £1 19s.). — Henry G. Bohn. — Bohn sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1870, lot 8819 (sold to Bernard Quaritch). — Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 71 (sold to Leighton for £7 5s.). — Preston A. Perry. — Perry sale, Anderson Galleries, 21 April 1908, lot 271 (sold to Charles Eliot Norton). — Charles Eliot Norton. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS. Lat. 266) [purchased by Friends of Library, 1908].

References: de Ricci, 1:999, Norton 2008. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3920).

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¶ Plutarch — Vitae illustrium virorum (1470)

September 22, 2016

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Plutarch [Plutarchus]. Vitae illustrium virorum. Ed. J. A. Campanus. 2 vols. [Rome]: Ulrich Han, [1470].

Provenance: Sir Mark Masterman Sykes. — Sir John Hayford Thorold. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 959 (sold to Leighton for £10 10s.). — Alfred Walter Heymel. — Ant. W. M. Mensing. — Mensing sale, Sotheby, December 1936, lot 470 (sold to William King Richardson). — William King Richardson. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (WKR 10.2.5) [bequest of Richardson, 1951].

References: ISTC (ip00830000). — Walsh, no. 1299.

Digital version: Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.


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¶ Sermones sensati (1482)

September 22, 2016

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Sermones sensati. Gouda: Gerard Leeu, 20 February 1482.

A note by Morris is laid in.

Provenance: William Constable. — Constable sale, Sotheby, June 1889, lot 843. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1116 (sold to Tregaskis for £3). — Tregaskis catalogue, 18 September 1899, no. 196 (£7 10s.). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Inc 8927) [purchased with the H. S. Howe and S. A. E. Morse funds in 1987].

References: ISTC (is00472500). — MS catalogue (2), no. 701 (with two X’s next to it). — Walsh, no. 3873.


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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.

Digital version: BSB.


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¶ Lull — Ars inventiva veritatis (1515)

September 22, 2016

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Lull, Ramon [Raymundus Lullus]. Ars inventiva veritatis. Valencia: Diego de Gumiel, 1515.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Ricardo Heredia y Livermoore, conde de Benahavis. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 774 (sold to Leighton for £3 18s.). — George Dunn. — James P. Lyell. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 560.15.528).


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¶ Estienne — Art of making devises (1650)

September 21, 2016

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Estienne, Henry. The art of making devises, treating of hieroglyphicks, symboles, emblemes, aenigma’s, sentences, parables, reverses of medalls, armes, blazons, cimiers, cyphres and rebus. Trans. Thomas Blount. London: printed for John Holden, 1650.

Provenance: Morris. — James William Ellsworth. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (EC65.B6238.646a).

Reference: ESTC (R12325).

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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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¶ Jacobus, de Voragine (1505 and 1516)

August 19, 2016

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The following titles titles, both illustrated, are bound together:

[1] Jacobus, de Voragine. Passionael twinter stuc dat men hiet die guldene legende. Antwerp: Henrick Eckert van Homberch, 1505.

[2] Jacobus, de Voragine. Hier beghint tsomer stuc vanden passionle. Antwerp: Henrick Eckert van Homberch, 1516.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1207 (sold to Leighton for £8). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 452. — Maggs catalogue 395 (1920), no. 533 (£85) [Internet Archive]. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 530.05.466).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1b, no. 4 (£8 10s. [?]). — Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 2, no. 437. — MS catalogue (2), no. 936 (with two X’s beside it).


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¶ Vitaspatrum (1511)

August 12, 2016

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Vitaspatrum eñ is ghenoemt dat vader boeck. Leyden: Jan Seversz, 1511.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 595 (sold to Maine for £15 10s.). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 532.11.871).

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 17 (£25).


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¶ Colonna — Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499)

May 5, 2016

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Colonna, Francesco [Franciscus Columna]. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus, for Leonardus Crassus, December 1499.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Edward Burne-Jones (presentation inscription of Morris). — Howard J. Sachs. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ Inc 5574) [gift of Mrs. Howard J. Sachs].

References: ISTC ( ic00767000). — Walsh, James E. A Catalogue of the Fifteenth-Century Printed Books in the Harvard University Library. 5 vols. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1991–97. (See no. 2686.)

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¶ Gower — Confessio amantis (1554)

November 2, 2015

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Gower, John. Confessio amantis. London: Thomas Berthelette, 12 March 1554.

Provenance: Daines Barrington. — W. H. Ireland. — Morris (purchased for £4 14s. 6d.). — Edward Burne Jones (presentation inscription from Morris, 1884). — James Burleigh. — Donald and Mary Hyde. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (*2003J-FGY21).

References: ESTC (S120946). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 10v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 82 (with three X’s beside it).

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¶ Crane — Sirens three (1886)

February 15, 2014

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Crane, Walter. The sirens three: a poem written and illustrated by Walter Crane. London: Macmillan, 1886.

The poem is dedicated to Morris. Presentation copy from Crane, with a letter from Crane laid in.

Provenance: Crane. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 270 (sold to Tregaskis for £2 18s.). — Michael Tomkinson. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Typ 8304.86.24).

Reference: MS catalogue (2), no. 548.

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