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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.

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¶ Llull — Ars inventiva veritatis (1515)

September 22, 2016

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Llull, 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.

Digital version: BSB.

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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.)

Digital version: Library of Congress.

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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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