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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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¶ 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.

Digital version: BSB.

[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.

Digital version: BSB.

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

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

Digital version: BSB.

[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.

Digital version: BSB.

[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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¶ Gellius — Noctes Atticae (1472)

May 15, 2017

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Gellius, Aulus. Noctes Atticae. Ed. Johannes Andreas. Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 6 August 1472.

Provenance: Duke of Sunderland. — Sir Edward Sullivan. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 543 (sold to Leighton for £9 10s.). — Henry Yates Thompson. — Trinity College Library, Cambridge (VI.18.24) [gift in memory of Thompson, after 1928].

References: ISTC (ig00119000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 966 (with one X beside it).


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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).

Digital version: BSB.

[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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¶ Les prophecies de Merlin (1503?)

May 1, 2017

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Les prophecies de Merlin. Paris: Antoine Verard, 1498 [really after July 1503].

Vol. 3 only. The book is apparently misdated because the colophon of the first edition (1498) [ISTC] is reprinted.

Provenance: De Bourgevin de Vailart de Moligny. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (E1 12A).

Reference: Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 549.

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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).

Digital version: BSB.

[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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¶ Jacobus, de Voragine — Legenda aurea sanctorum (1478?)

April 19, 2017

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Jacobus, de Voragine. Legenda aurea sanctorum. Ulm: Johann Zainer, [not after 1478].

With Morris book label and signed “William Morris Kelmscott House Upper Mall Hammersmith 1890.”

Provenance: James Elwin Millard. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1201 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £6). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 5.e.6 (SR)).

References: ISTC (ij00091000 ) — MS catalogue (2), no. 927, p. 94 (with an X beside it). — Poynter, no. 606.


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¶ Institoris and Gaza

April 12, 2017

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The following titles were bound together when Morris owned them but were later separated, probably when Malleus maleficarum was rebacked:

[1] Institoris, Heinrich [Henricus], and Jakob [Jacobus] Sprenger. Malleus maleficarum. Nuremburg: Anton Koberger, 17 March 1494.

References: ISTC (ii00166000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 940. — Walsh, no. 738.

Digital version: ULD.

[2] Gaza, Theodorus. Grammaticae institutionis libri duo priores. Trans. Desiderius Erasmus. Basel: Johann Froben, 1521.


Provenance: Congregation of the Brothers of the Common Life in the Luchtenhofe in Bruhle in Hildesheim. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 493 (sold to Pickering for £1 1s.). — William Norton Bullard. — Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University (William Norton Bullard Collection, no. 654). [The present location of Gaza’s grammar is unknown.]


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¶ Justinus and Osorius

March 29, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Justinus, Marcus Junianus. Justinus historicus una cum L. Floro a Philippo Beroaldo correctus. Bologna, impressit Benedetto Faelli, 1505.

[2] Orosius, Paulus. Historiae adversus paganos. Ed. Enea Volpi [Aeneas Vulpes]. Venice: Christophorus de Pensis, de Mandello, for Octavianus Scotus, 18 July 1499.

Reference: ISTC (io00100000).


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 739 (sold to Cockerell for £1 12s.). — Douglas Cockerell. — William Inglis Morse (purchased from Cockerell in 1936). — Dalhousie University Libraries (Special Collections PA 6445 J6; Cockerell 28) [acquired from Morse, 1936].


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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).

Digital version: BSB.


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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¶ Donatus — Commentarius in Terentii Comoedias (1472?)

March 6, 2017

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Donatus, Aelius. Commentarius in Terentii Comoedias. Ed. Raphael Zovenzonius. [Venice]: Vindelinus de Spira, [c. 1472].

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1151 (sold to Leighton for £3 12s. 6p.). — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (id00353000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 681.


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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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¶ Caesar — Commentarii (1471)

February 15, 2017

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Caesar, Julius. Commentarii. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1471.

Provenance: Lord Auchinleck (Alexander Boswell). — Julia (Boswell) Mounsey. — Boswell sale, Sotheby, 23–26 June 1893, lot 242 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for £8 10s.). — Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL749).

References: ISTC (ic00017000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 290.

Digital version: Bibliothèque Mazarine.

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¶ Lucan — Lucan, Suetone, et Salluste (1490)

February 14, 2017

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Lucan [Marcus Annaeus Lucanus]. Lucan, Suetone, et Salluste. Paris: Pierre Le Rouge, for Antoine Vérard, 22 December 1490.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Mogan. — Morgan Library (ChL1461).

References: ISTC (il00312000). — Morgan Catalogue, 2, no. 498.

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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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¶ 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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¶ Tartagni — Consiliorum volumen (1477)

January 26, 2017

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Tartagni, Alessandro [Alexander Tartagnus]. Consiliorum volumen. Venice: Jacobus Rubeus, 23 December 1477.

With an invoice from G. P. Wakley to Morris for house repairs, 14 December 1894, tipped in.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1150 (sold to Leighton for £1 12s.). — George Dunn. — Chapin Library, Williams College (Inc T20 fffolio).

References: ISTC (it00021000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 348 (with two X’s next to it).

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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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¶ St. Antoninus — Confessionale (1472)

January 17, 2017

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Antoninus, Saint [Antoninus Florentinus]. Confessionale: Curam illius habe. Bologna: [Balthasar Azoguidus], 1472

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1195).

References: ISTC (ia00782000). — Morgan Catalogue 2, no. 448.

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¶ Seneca — Opera philosophica (1475)

January 17, 2017

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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera philosophica. Epistolae. Ed. Blasius Romerus. Naples: Mathias Moravus, 1475.

Provenance: Morris. — Brown University Library (HAY ANNMARY 2-SIZE 1475 S4).

Reference: ISTC (is00368000).

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¶ Ovid — Opera (1474)

January 12, 2017

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Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]. Opera. Ed. Johannes Calphurnius. 3 vols. [Venice]: Jacobus Rubeus, [before December] 1474.

Provenance: Earls of Sunderland. — Sunderland sale, Sotheby, 6 November 1882, lot 9111. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 923 (sold to Maggs for £20). — J. R. Ritman. — Ritman sale, Sotheby, 5 December 1901, lot 78. — C. S. Ascherson. — H. R. Creswick. — Creswick sale, Sotheby, 27 April 1982, lot 473. — George Abrams. — Abrams sale, Sotheby, 16 November 1989, lot 92. — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (io00128000).

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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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¶ Valerius Maximus — Facta et dicta memorabilia (1476–77?)

January 10, 2017

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Valerius Maximus. Facta et dicta memorabilia. Trans. Simon de Hesdin and Nicholas de Gonnesse. 2 vols. [Southern Netherlands: printer of Flavius Josephus, between 1476 and 1477.]

Provenance: John Hayford Thorold. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1181 (sold to Quaritch for £91). — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (iv00044000).


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¶ Statuta Veronae (1475)

January 10, 2017

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Statuta Veronae. Vicenza: Hermannus Liechtenstein, 20 December 1475.

Provenance: Victor Zilioli. — Johannes Andreas de Vitalibus. — Michael Wodhull. — Sotheran catalogue 489 (November–December 1889), p. 69 (£12 12s.). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1187 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 5.d.24 (SR)).

References: ISTC (is00726000). — Poynter, no. 597.


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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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¶ Platina — De flosculis linguae latinae (1481)

January 6, 2017

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Platina [Bartholomaeus Platina]. De flosculis linguae latinae. Ed. Petrus Augustinus Philelphus. Milan: Antonius Zarotus for Johannes de Legnano, 18 August 1481.

Inscription by Sydney Cockerell, 1892 (“bought of WM”) and this note: “I lent William Morris ten shillings and instead of returning the money he gave me this book” (Under the Hammer, p. 174).

Provenance: Hopetoun House Library, Scotland. — Sotheby, February 1889. — Morris. — Sydney Cockerell. — Clifford Rattey. — David Jackson McWilliams. — Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (Incun 1481 P696d) [bequest of McWilliams].

References: ISTC (ip00760000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 943, p. 87, with an X beside it).

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¶ Horae (1498)

December 27, 2016

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Horae: ad usum Romanum. Paris: Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, 16 September 1498.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Loyse de Betuliar. — Hippolyte St. Michel. — F. H. S. Delaulnaye. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1485).

References: ISTC (ih00395000). — Morgan Catalogue 3, no. 579.— MS catalogue (2), no. 909, p. 82 (with an X beside the title).

Digital version: Małopolska Digital Library.

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¶ Biblia (1483)

December 26, 2016

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Biblia. 2 vols. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 17 February 1483.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 182 (sold to Quaritch for £38). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 10 December 1917, lot 70. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 9b, no. 103 (£35). — Fairfax Murray Catalogue (German), 1, no. 63. — ISTC (ib00632000).


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¶ St. Antoninus — Confessionale (1470)

December 16, 2016

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Antoninus, Saint [Antoninus Florentinus]. Confessionale: Defecerunt scrutantes scruinio. Cologne: Ulrich Zel, c. 1470.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 63 (sold to Ellis for £2 14s.). — Ellis. — Unlocated.

Reference: ISTC (ia00787000).

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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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¶ Pliny — Historia naturalis (1476)

November 25, 2016

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Pliny, the Elder [Plinius]. Historia naturalis. Ed. Filippo Beroaldo [Phillippus Beroaldus]. Parma: Stephanus Corallus, 1476.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 955 (sold to Bridges for £3 5s.). — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ip00790000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 882 (with two X’s beside it).


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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).

Digital version: BSB.

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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).

Digital version: BSB.

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¶ Gallus — Malogranatum (1473?)

November 14, 2016

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Gallus, Abbot of Königssaal [Gallus, Abbas Cisterciensis]. Malogranatum. [Strassburg: Heinrich Eggestein, not after 1473.]

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 541 (sold to Heppenstal for £1 15s.). — Det Kongelige Bibliotek [Royal Library and Copenhagen University].

Reference: ISTC (ig00047000).


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¶ Rolevinck — Fasciculus temporum (1474?)

November 2, 2016

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Rolevinck, Werner [Werner Rolewinck]. Fasciculus temporum. [Cologne]: Nicolaus Götz, [not before 1474].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

References: ISTC (ir00253000). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 94.

Digital version: ULD.

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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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¶ 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.

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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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