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¶ Pabenham–Clifford hours (14th century) [MS]

September 26, 2017

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The Pabenham–Clifford hours.

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1315–1320. 93 leaves.

Celebrates the marriage of John de Pabenham and his second wife, Joan Clifford, in 1314–1315. While the manuscript was in the hands of Sir Andrew Fountaine (see below), two leaves were removed by Sir John Fenn. At Fenn’s sale (Puttick, London, 16–18 July 1866, lot 865), Samuel Sandars bought them and gave them to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1892. Morris bought the manuscript (less the two leaves) at the Fountaine sale. Sydney Cockerell recorded in his diary, 5 July 1894, “In aftn. went with W.M. to Christie’s to see the books in the Fountaine sale, on one of which W.M. has set his heart,” and the following day he added, “W.M. bought the wonderful Clifford hours for £410 (and commission!).” But almost immediately Morris learned that a fragment of the manuscript was in the Fitzwilliam (Cockerell diary, 21 July 1894). In fact, the following year Montague Rhodes James, a Cambridge medievalist (“a very nice man, & very keen about MSS,” according to Cockerell), brought the Fitzwilliam’s two detached leaves to Kelmscott House for his inspection (Cockerell diary, 19 March 1895; Morris diary, 19 March 1895 [British Library Add. Ms. 4510]). Morris then struck a deal with the Fitzwilliam to reunite the leaves with the rest of the work. The arrangement was that the Fitzwilliam would give Morris half the price he paid for the manuscript and lend him the leaves for his lifetime, and that after his death the manuscript and detached leaves would be brought together again at the museum. On 22 October 1896, Cockerell personally delivered the manuscript to the Fitzwilliam.

Provenance: John de Pabenham and Joan Clifford. — Sir Andrew Fountaine. — Fountaine sale, Christie, 6 July 1894, lot 143 (purchased by Morris for £410). — Morris. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS 242) [acquired from Morris estate, 22 October 1896].

References: Schoenberg (SDBM_241213). — Wormald, 1:157–60.

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¶ Aristotle — Liber ethicorum, politica, rethorica, magna moralia (13th–14th centuries) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Aristotle. Ethicorum, politica, rethorica, magna moralia.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 13th–14th centuries. 190 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 16. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 134 (sold to Quaritch for £26). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. CFM 14) [gift from Fairfax Murray, 1904].

References: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_24118). — Wormald, 1:24–25.


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¶ Palmieri — Liber de temporibus (1469) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Palmieri, Matteo (Matheus Palmerius). Liber de temporibus.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Florence, 1469. 100 leaves.

With loosely inserted notes by Crawford and Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 11 August 1859, lot 1926. — W. H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 20 March 1891, lot 2330 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 930 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £7). — Wellcome Library (MS.591 ).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6897).

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¶ Lactantius — Divinae institutiones (15th century) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Lactantius. Divinae institutiones adversus gentes.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy (perhaps Venice), mid-fifteenth century. 297 leaves.

With bibliographical notes by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 745 (sold to Yates Thompson for £19). — Henry Yates Thompson. — Sydney Cockerell (purchased 3 January 1901 for Boston Public Library). — Boston Public Library (RARE BKS Ms. Med. 14 FOLIO).

References: de Ricci, 1:920, no. 14. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11486).


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¶ St. Paul — Epistles (11th century?)

September 25, 2017

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Paul, Saint. Epistles.

Illuminated manuscript. 11th century? 164 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 513 (sold to Quaritch for £23). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 188 (sold to Cockerell for £33). — Sydney Cockerell. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_40006).


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¶ Antiphonarium (1295) [MS]

September 18, 2017

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Antiphonarium.

Illuminated manuscript. Piacenza, Italy, 1295. 273 leaves.

Provenance: Signed 1462 by “Frater Johannes Wasserpoliz de Hylaria.” — Howel Wills. — Wills sale, Sotheby, 11 July 1894, lot 237. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 124 (sold to J. Maine (?) for £18 5s.). — George Dunn (acquired January 1899). — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 22 November 1917, lot 1801) [sold to Quaritch on behalf of the British Museum for £38]. — British Library (Egerton MS 2977).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_210241; SDBM_40001; SDBM_39987).

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¶ Steinfeld missal (c. 1180) [MS]

September 18, 2017

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Steinfeld missal.

Illuminated manuscript. North Germany, c. 1180 (with some leaves added c. 1440). 144 leaves.

Provenance: Steinfeld Abbey (formerly St. Mary Abbey Premonstratensian), Steinfeld, Germany. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1070 (sold to Quaritch for £95). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Perrins sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1959, part 2, lot 57 (sold for £25,200). — Peter Ludwig. — Getty Museum (MS. Ludwig V4) [acquired 1983].

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1958).

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¶ Federigo da Venezia — Commentary on the Apocalypse (late 14th century) [MS]

September 15, 2017

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Federigo da Venezia. Commentary on the Apocalypse.

Illuminated manuscript. Venice, late 14th century. 168 leaves.

Provenance: Convent San Pietro, Padua. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 126 (sold to Bain for £40). — Hoepli catalogue, 1937. — W. S. Kundig catalogue 95, 23 June 1948, no. 9. — Parke-Bernet, 29 November 1948, lot 327. — Sotheby, 4 April 1949, lot 192. — William A. Foyle. — Foyle sale, Christie, part 1, 11 July 2000, lot 23. — Librairie Thomas-Scheler, December 2001, no. 1. — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue, 2003, no. 10. — Librairie Thomas-Scheler (New York Antiquarian Book Fair), 20 April 2006, no. 16. — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue 10, 2011, no. 16 (350,00 Swiss francs). — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue 12, 2011, no. 6 (412,500 Swiss francs). — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2220).


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¶ Bible (c. 1250) [MS]

September 15, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern French, c. 1250. 480 leaves

Provenance: Percy Smythe, Lord Strangford. — Smythe sale, Sotheby, 12 August 1831, lot 460. — Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 343. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 86 (sold to Pickering for £91). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 46 (sold to Quaritch for £235). — Quaritch catalogue 259, November 1907, no. 2. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Dyson Perrins sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1959, lot 60. — John Roland Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1970, lot 2866. — Quaritch catalogue 933, 11 June 1973, no. 26 (£14,000). — Van Gendt, 20 March 1978, lot 1730. — Sotheby, 1 December 1987, lot 28 (sold for £170, 595). — Eric Korner. — Korner sale, Sotheby, 19 June 1990, lot 81. — Jörn Günther Rare Books, 1997, lot 2. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_430).


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¶ Book of Kings (1200–1225) [MS]

September 12, 2017

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Book of Kings (Bible) with commentary.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, between 1200 and 1225. 274 leaves.

Provenance: Pope Alexander VII. — Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. — Duke of Sussex sale, Evans, 31 July 1844, lot 452. — William Stuart. — Stuart sale, Christie, 6 March 1895, lot 146. — Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 167 (sold to Quaritch for £31). — Henry W. Poor. — Poor sale, Anderson Galleries, 17 November 1908, part 1, lot 797 (sold for $141). — Walter Thomas Wallace. — Wallace sale, American Art, 22 March 1920, lot 921. — Edwin R. Cole. — Cole sale, Parke-Bernet, 26 November 1941, lot 357. — John M. Crawford. — Morgan Library (MSM.968) [gift from Crawford, 1975].

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2356).


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¶ Onasander — De optimo imperatore (c.1490) [MS]

September 12, 2017

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Onasander. De optimo imperatore.

Illuminated manuscript. Naples, c. 1490. 69 leaves.

Provenance: William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 299 (sold for £22 to J. Molini). — J. Molini. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 694 (sold to Quaritch for £23). — Robert Hoe. — Hoe sale, Anderson Galleries, 24 April 1911, lot 2159 (sold for $600 to J. Martini). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.449).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1451, no. 449. — Needham, Paul. Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings: 400–1600. New York and London: Pierpont Morgan Library and Oxford University Press, 1979. (See no. 28.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6004).

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¶ Giovanni, da Udine — Compilatio historiarum (c. 1476) [MS]

September 12, 2017

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Giovanni, da Udine. Compilatio historiarum.

Illuminated manuscript.. Basel, c. 1476. 22 leaves.

Bound with 257 proofs (33 leaves) of the woodcuts used in Spiegel der Menschlichen Behaeltniss (Basel: Bernhart Richel, 31 August 1476).

Provenance: Cardinal Loménie de Brienne. — Loménie de Brienne sale, de Bure (Paris), 12 March 1792, part 1, lot 4 (sold to Belin). — Theophile Belin. — Marquess of Blandford. — Blandford sale (Bibliotheca Blandfordiensis), 1813, part 1, p. 4. — Frederick Perkins. — Perkins sale, Sotheby, 10 July 1889, lot 1002 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.158) [the manuscript]. — Morgan Library (MS M.158) [the proofs].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395–96, no. 158. — Ellis valuation, fol. 4b, no. 45 (£100). — Morgan Catalogue 1, no. 224. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14355).

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¶ Psalter and book of hours (c. 1265) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Psalter [and] book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. France, probably Thérouanne, c. 1265 and 15th century. 258 leaves.

Provenance: P. Vande Camée. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.97).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 97. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 28. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14305).

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¶ Bible (13th century) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. 3 vols. France, late 13th century. 224 + 216 + 233 leaves.

Provenance: Morris (purchased from Leighton, December 1895). — Richard Bennett. — [We believe this passed through the Sotheby 1898 sale, probably bought by Pickering & Chatto, but so far we have been unable to identify it there.] — Pickering & Chatto (sold to J. Pierpont Morgan, 1 July 1901, for £1,200). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.109–11) [gift from Morgan, 1924].

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1387, nos. 109–11 — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_9293).

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¶ Pontifical (c. 1260–1270) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Pontifical.

Illuminated manuscript. Rome, c. 1260–1270. 226 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 696 (sold to Deacon for £30). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, 3 December 1906, lot 468. — John Gribbel. — Gribbel sale, Parke-Bernet (New York), 31 October 1940, lot 458 (sold to John A. Saks). — John A. Saks. — Morgan Library (MS M.976) [gift from Saks, 1977].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2363).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1405–1415) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Gloucester, c. 1405–1415. 188 leaves.

Provenance: Lady Teynham. — Thomas Barrett Lennard, Baron Dacre (gift from Lady Teynham). —  Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.99).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 99. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 95. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10296).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1300) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Book of hours

Illuminated manuscript. France, possibly Thérouanne, c. 1300. 66 leaves.

Provenance: Anne and Françoise de Saligny. — Jaques Rosenthal. — Potier catalogue, 22 March 1869, no. 35 (500 francs). — Labitte catalogue, 21 March 1881, no. 62 (555 francs). — Em. Paul, L. Huard et Guillemin catalogue, 23 March 1887, no. 8. — Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 286. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.60).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1377. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 31. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10163).

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¶ Psalter (c. 1255–1256) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Bruges, Belgium, c. 1255–1256. 165 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps the Convent of the Poor Clares in Bruges (Abbaye des Clarisses). — Henry Gee Barnard. — Morris (purchased from Ellis & Elvey, 2 October 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.106).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1386, no. 106. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 26. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14293).

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¶ Vescy psalter (c. 1290–300) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Vescy psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly London, between 1290 and 1300. 206 leaves.

With note by Morris: “Though this book is without figure-work, the extraordinary beauty and invention of the ornament make it most interesting; and the said ornament is thoroughly characteristic of English work: the bold folded-over leaf in the great B on the first page of the text is an undeniable token of an English hand. The great thickness of the black boundary lines is worth noting, and no doubt is the main element in producing the effect of the colour, which is unusual. The beauty of the simple blue and gold Calendar will scarcely be missed by any one taking up the book.”

Note by Cockerell: “The book has been cut down by the brutality of an eighteenth-century binder, so that some of the ornament, especially on the first page, has been sheared off.”

Provenance: William Baron de Vescy. — Lady Sara Ufford (Vescy’s daughter). — John Giffarde. — Robert Hare. — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 1892). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.100).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 100. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 18. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14334)

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¶ Psalter (c. 1270s) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Psalter (the Beauvais psalter).

Illuminated manuscript. France, probably Paris or Beauvais, c. 1270s. 280 leaves.

The following note by Morris is tipped in on a flyleaf : “The calendar is exceedingly handsome from its wealth of gold; the roundels are very good. These ten leaves of designs, clearly done by a different hand from the other figure-work, are of the best French work, at once elegant and serious. The historiated letters are clear and bright in colour, which tends towards the English in character, the figures large in scale for their spaces, and quite firmly drawn; there is a particular charm about these letters, which take up a good space on the page. The ordinary illuminated letters are by his hands at least; the best of which is very happy; another is a little shaky in his outlines, but his colour very beautiful: these letters have suffered from the tarnishing of the white lead, which is not used in the historiated ones. The writing throughout the book is big, and bold, and as good as can be.”

Provenance: Henry G. Barnard. — Ellis & Elvey (sold to Morris for £375 in December 1895). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.101).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 100. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 20. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14288). — WMAB, p. 102.

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Psalter (13th century) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Beauvais or Paris, 13th century. 164 leaves.

Tipped in note by Morris: “This book has a complete and satisfactory scheme of ornament, which is nowhere departed from, and the colour of which is thoroughly harmonious. Many of the dragon-scrolls end in daintily painted little heads, drawn with much expression and sense of fun; and the hair of them beautifully designed, and drawn very firmly. The figure-work in the eight historiated letters is everywhere up to the average of its date, but on the first page in the Beatus and symbols of the Evangelists goes a good deal beyond that. Altogether an admirable specimen of the work of the later thirteenth century.”

Provenance: William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 368 (sold to S. Addington). — S. Addington. — Addington sale, Sotheby, 25 April 1886, lot 462 (sold to Ellis). — Charles Fairfax Murray (purchased from Ellis, 10 June 1888). — Charles Butler. — Morris (purchased from Butler, probably before 1894). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.98).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 98. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 23. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8188).

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¶ Breviary (c. 1350) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Breviary.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, c. 1350. 590 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 88 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.75).

Reference: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 75. —Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 12. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11362).

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¶ Psalter (late 13th century) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. France, possibly Saint-Omer, late 13th century. 190 leaves.

Provenance: Musée Napoléon. — Jean Paradis. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.79).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 79. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 24. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14292).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1420)

September 8, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Belgium, perhaps Bruges, c. 1420. 318 leaves.

Provenance: Morris (purchased in 1895 from Germany). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.76).

References: de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 76. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 85. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10306).

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¶ Worksop bestiary (c. 1185) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Worksop bestiary

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly Lincoln or York, c. 1185. 120 leaves.

Cockerell’s diary records the details of his trip to Stuttgart in April 1896 to purchase the bestiary from Rosenthal; it is clear that Morris left it up to Cockerell to negotiate the price. When he returned to England, Cockerell took it immediately to Kelmscott Manor and noted in his diary, 4 May, “F. S. Ellis there & the book voted by everyone a magnificent one. W.M. greatly pleased.”

Provenance: Philip, Canon of Lincoln. — Augustinian Priory of Radford (also called Worksop Priory), Nottinghamshire. — Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (privately purchased from Hamilton Collection, 1883). — Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 2 (sold to Trübner). — Jacques Rosenthal (dealer, Munich). — Morris (purchased from Rosenthal, 30 April 1896, for £900). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.81).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1381, no. 81. — Morgan Catalogue, 4, no. 107. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6054).

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¶ Windmill psalter (late 13th century) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Windmill psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly London, late 13th century. 167 leaves.

With the following note by Sydney Cockerell: “This was the last book bought by William Morris. He already owned 4 leaves of it, and did not know of the existence of the rest until the two portions were exhibited side by side at the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries in June, 1896.” Morris gave the manuscript its name in honor of an image of a windmill that appears in the text. Cockerell recorded in his diary (29 August 1896) that Morris, by now terminally ill, “looked at the Windmill Psalter in the afn. & was pleased with it,” and as Morris approached death, Cockerell, in a letter to Philip Webb (13 September 1896), reported that it was “the one he loves best” (British Library Add. Ms. 52760, fol. 18).

When Morgan acquired the manuscript from Bennett in 1902, it included two letters, one from F. S. Ellis to Lord Aldenham (?), 22 February 1878, and the other from John Ruskin, 30 April 1880.

Provenance: Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham (purchased about 1860). — Morris (purchased from Lord Aldenham, 6 July 1896, for £1,000). — Bennett. — Morgan Library (MS M.102).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 102. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 19. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14335).

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¶ Bible (c. 1260–1270) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. France or England, c. 1260–1270. 411 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps religious houses in Frome and Edindon. — Thomas Hayward Southby. — Southby sale, Sotheby, 10 December 1890, no. 173 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1 December 1891, no. 86. — Quaritch catalogue 138, 1893, no. 18 (£70). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.138).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1392, no. 138. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 3. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7351).

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¶ Manuale Augustini (1462) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Manuale Augustini.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, 1462. 53 leaves.

Provenance: Charles-Adrien Picard. — Marquis de Migieu. — Migieu sale, 1760, no. 157. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.154).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:395, no. 154. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 99. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14427).

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¶ Columella — De re rustica (1469) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Columella, Lucius Junius Moderatus. De re rustica.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Milan, 1469. 185 leaves.

Provenance: Del Carretto family. — The Sandri, counts of Monbasilio. — Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (purchased privately from the Hamilton Collection, 1883). — Hamilton sale, Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 50 (sold to Butler?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.139).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1392, no. 139. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 109. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6071).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1375) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. France, perhaps Verdun and Paris, c. 1375. 229 leaves.

Provenance: George J. R. Gordon. — Quaritch general catalogue, 1875–77, no. 5234. — Quaritch general catalogue, 1880, no. 50. — Quaritch catalogue 332, 1880, no. 39. — Quaritch general catalogue, VIII, 1884, no. 17381. — Quaritch catalogue 369, 1886, no. 35712. — Quaritch catalogue 93, 1888, no. 206. — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1890, no. 528. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 93 (£84). — Morris (purchased 22 April 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.90).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1383, no. 90. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 68. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7316).

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¶ Psalter (c. 1250) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Psalter

Illuminated manuscript. Reading, England, c. 1250. 169 leaves.

Occasionally referred to as the Nottingham psalter (where it was once thought to have been created). Sydney Cockerell, while cataloguing Morris’s library, commented in his diary, 14 February 1894, on “the beautiful ‘Nottingham’ Psalter.” The following day he noted, “Stayed at K.H. [Kelmscott House] till 7.30 absorbed in the wonderful 13th century Psalters.”

Provenance: Benedictine Abbey of Reading. — Mareschal family. — Various other early owners (see list in Morgan catalogue). — Thomas Bateman. — William Bateman. — Bateman sale, Sotheby, 25 May 1892, lot 1412 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris (purchased by early 1894). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.103).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 103. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 17. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10741).

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¶ Huntingfield psalter (c. 1212–1220) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Huntingfield psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Oxford, c. 1212–1220. 165 leaves.

Sydney Cockerell’s diary, 2 May 1895: “W.M. went up to Quaritch’s with Mr Ellis, to buy the Huntingfield Psalter.”

Provenance: Lucia and Rogerus de Huntingfeld. — Brudenell family. — Quaritch catalogue, 1890, no. 6. — Quaritch catalogue 103, 1890, no. 82. — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1 December 1891, no. 813. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 11. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 2 May 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.43).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1373, no. 43. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 16. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7349).

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¶ Psalter (c. 1290–1305) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Liège, Belgium, c. 1290–1305. 168 leaves.

Provenance: Margaret des Pres. — Manuel John Johnson. — Johnson sale, Sotheby, 27 May 1862, lot 52 (sold to Edwin H. Lawrence). — Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, London, 1892, lot 534 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.155).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395, no. 155. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 29. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6708).

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¶ Tiptoft missal (c. 1320) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Tiptoft missal.

Illuminated manuscript. England, perhaps Cambridge, c. 1320. 360 leaves.

Morris took an intense interest in this lavishly ornamented manuscript. Sydney Cockerell recorded in his diary, 9 May 1895, that Morris was examining it at Kelmscott House and noted that it has “an illuminated border to every page.” On 13 June Cockerell went to the British Museum “to look up Tiptoft pedigree.”

Provenance: John Fitz-Roger Clavering and his wife Hawse Tiptoft. — Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort. — Sotheby, 13 May 1895 (sold to Morris). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.107).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1386, no. 107. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 8. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14314).

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Guillaume, de Lorris — Roman de la rose (c. 1380) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Guillaume, de Lorris, and Jean Meun. Roman de la rose.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, c. 1380. 189 leaves.

Morris showed the manuscript to friends at dinner on 4 July 1895 (Cockerell diary).

Provenance: Iohannes Marous (Jean Marot?). — Pierre Vischer (purchased in 1773). — Baron de Neubourg. — de Neubourg sale, Merlin (Paris), 4 November 1839, lot 591. — G. Libri. — Libri sale, Victor Tilliard (Paris), 12 April 1855, lot 1815. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, Hôtel Drouot (Paris), 6 July 1878, lot 34 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue, December 1878, no. 9. — Quaritch catalogue, 1880, no. 15265. — Quaritch catalogue 332, November 1880, no. 32. — Quaritch catalogue, 27 February 1882, lot 49. — Quaritch catalogue 369, 1886, no. 35709. — Quaritch catalogue 103, 1890, no. 361. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 42 (sold to Morris, 20 June 1895). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.132).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan). — Curatorial description (Morgan). — de Ricci, 2:1391, no. 132. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 112. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7313).

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¶ St. Catherine of Siena — Orchard of Syon (c. 1470) [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Catherine of Siena, Saint. The orchard of Syon.

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1470. 186 leaves.

Provenance: John Crosse. — W. Mutlowe. — Joseph Ames. — Ames sale, Abraham Langford (London), 5 May 1760, lot 342 (sold to Richard How). — Richard How. — How sale, London, 3 March 1890, no. 1317 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.162).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1396, no. 162. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 98. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10136).

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¶ Aldobrandino, da Siena — Le régime du corps [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Aldobrandino, da Siena. Le régime du corps.

Illuminated manuscript. France, perhaps Rouen, c. 1440-1450. 129 leaves.

Provenance: Thwayte (16th century). — English bookseller’s catalogue (Ellis?), no. 48. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.165).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1397, no. 165. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 108. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10069).

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¶ Psalter (1490–1500) [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Psalter (Psalterium maius Beatae Mariae Virginis)

Illuminated manuscript. France, 1490–1500. 89 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 69 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.186).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1401, no. 186. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 96. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11361).

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¶ Breviary (14th century) [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Breviary.

Illuminated manuscript. Probably Taranto, between 1350 and 1400. 491 leaves.

Provenance: James T. Gibson Craig (purchased in Rome, 18 January 1872). — Craig sale, part 1, Sotheby, 27 June 1887, lot 380 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.200).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1403, no. 200. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 15. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14237).

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¶ Gratianus — Decretum (1280s) [MS]

September 4, 2017

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Gratianus. Decretum.

Illuminated manuscript. Hainaut, Belgium, 1280s. 354 leaves.

Morris signature (Folkestone, 26 June 1896).

Provenance: Pedro Álvarez de Osorio (later Moscoso), Marqués de Astorga (?). — José Maria Osorio de Moscoso y Carvajal-Vargas. — de Moscoso y Carvajal-Vargas sale, Paris, 7 May 1870, lot 14. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, Hotel Drouot/Pawlowski, 26 May 1879, lot 38 (sold to Fontaine for F. Liechtenstein, Bibliothek). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 558 (sold to Quaritch for £255). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 4 December 1906, lot 275 (sold to Quaritch for £440). — Quaritch catalogue, October 1908, no. 415 (£650). — Henry Walters. — Walters Art Museum (Walters MS W.133) [by bequest from Henry Walters, 1931].

References: de Ricci, 1:825, no. 407. — Schoenberg (SDBM_196567).

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¶ de Capua — Saint Catherine (c. 1470)

September 4, 2017

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de Capua, Raimondo. Legend of Saint Catherine of Siena.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, c. 1470. 235 leaves.

Provenance: Dukes of Gonzaga, Mantua. — Museo Cavaleri, Milan. — Fratelli Dumolard (publishers), Milan. — Pietro Vergani, Milan (bookseller). — Charles Butler. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 345 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for £149). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 109 (sold to Quaritch for £240). — Leo S. Olschki catalogue 74 (1910), no. 13.— Henry Walters (after 1912). — Walters Art Museum (W.350) [by bequest from Henry Walters].

References: de Ricci, 1:822, no. 392. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3972).

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¶ Book of hours (13th century) [MS]

September 1, 2017

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Book of hours

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, 1230s. 140 leaves.

Provenance: Léon Gruel. — Gruel sale, Durel, 6 June 1891, lot 1. — Morris (purchased August 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.92).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1383, no. 92. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 74. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10162).

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¶ Josephus — Antiquitates Judaicae (13th century)

September 1, 2017

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Josephus, Flavius. Antiquitates Judaicae.

Illuminated manuscript. 2 vols. Dijon, late 13th century. 178 + 170 leaves.

Provenance: Carthusian monastery, Dijon. — Alexander Hamilton Douglas, Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (privately purchased 1883). — Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 8 (sold to Rev. John Cohen Jackson for £150). — Jackson. — Jackson sale, Sotheby, 13 December 1895, lot 264 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for $200). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 732 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for £300). — Richard Hoe. — Hoe sale, Anderson Galleries, 24 April 1911, lot 2145 (sold to Quaritch for $2,900). — Olschki (dealer). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.533 and MS M.534) [donated by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1924].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1467, nos. 533–54. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_22410).

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¶ Psalter/hours [MS]

September 1, 2017

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Psalter [and] hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, 1228–1234. 241 leaves.

Provenance: Restwold family of Berkshire. — Henry Farrington. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.153).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395, no. 153. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 21. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14287).

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¶ Psalter/hours (c. 1280s) [MS]

September 1, 2017

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Psalter [and] hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Liège, Belgium, c. 1280s. 298 leaves.

Provenance: Peter van den Hove of Brabant. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.183).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1400, no. 183. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 27. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14306).

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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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¶ Psalterium aureum (12th century) [MS]

July 25, 2017

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Psalterium aureum (the golden psalter).

Illuminated manuscript. St. Albans, mid-twelfth century. 193 leaves.

Bound into the beginning of the volume is a long note by Sydney Cockerell, of which the following is an excerpt: “After being undisturbed for sixty years it was lot 978 in the Phillipps sale at Sotheby’s June 1896. I urged William Morris to give Quaritch a commission, but the book was then in a very crumpled state, in a russia binding, and he preferred to concentrate on a Hagesippus in a fine Winchester binding of the 12th century, now no. 51 in Mr Yates Thompson’s collection, which he obtained for the absurdly low price of £13. 10. Quaritch bought this Psalter for £34 and I got him to send it to Morris at Folkestone with a Gratiani decretum, the prices for these mss. being £60 and £180 respectively. Morris received them on June 22 1896 and wrote to me on June 24 that he would keep them, but asked me to get a reduction from Q. I saw Q. the next day and he agreed to take £225 for the two MSS., which makes the price of this book, forthwith christened by ‘The Golden Psalter’, £56 5. –

“It was then flattened and rebound by my brother Douglas Cockerell, who was at that time apprentice to Mr T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery, 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith. The oak-boards were from old ship’s timber. The stamps on the white pigskin back were designed by Morris for the special binding of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer. It was finished and brought back to its owner at Kelmscott House . . . on Sept. 11 to his great satisfaction. It was, I believe, the last manuscript that he handled and talked of a day or two before his death, which took place on Oct. 3, 1896. Mr Cobden-Sanderson’s charge was £10. 10. –, bringing the cost to £66. 15. –”

Cockerell adds that he had wanted to buy the Psalter at the 1898 Sotheby sale but could not afford it; hence he advised his friend Lawrence Hodson to purchase it. (Hodson, eleven years later, sold it Cockerell.)

While the book was in his custody, Cockerell arranged for Graily Hewitt to create a replacement for the missing first leaf.

Provenance: Benedictine abbey of St. Albans. — Richard Heber. — Heber sale, Evans, 10 February 1836 (sold to Thomas Thorpe for £5 18s.). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue (Catalogue of Upwards of Fourteen Hundred Manuscripts on Vellum and on Paper), 1836, no. 1084 (£8 8s.). — Sir Thomas Phillipps. — Phillips sale, Sotheby, 10 June 1896, lot 978 (sold to Quaritch for £34). — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 22 June 1896). — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 866 (sold to Quaritch for £97). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Sydney C. Cockerell (purchased privately from Hodson, 27 May 1909, for £150). — Brian S. Cron (gift from Cockerell, 20 December 1956). — British Library (Add MS 81084) [accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the British Library in 2005].

References: Cron, B. S. “The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter” Private Library 5 (July 1964): 45–46. (Reprinted from Cron, The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter (London: Merrythought Press, 1963).) — Schoenberg (SDBM_40020).


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¶ Gregory IX — Decretales cum glossis (1241) [MS]

July 25, 2017

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Gregory [Gregorius] IX, Pope. Decretales cum glossis.

Illuminated manuscript. Modena, 1241. 216 leaves. (There is evidence that the Morris book label has either fallen out or been removed.)

Provenance: Richard Poer-Trench, Earl of Clancarty. — Sotheby, 2 September 1894, lot 95. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 560 (sold to Quaritch for £24). — Quaritch catalogue, July 1899, no. 11 (£315). — Quaritch catalogue, 1 January 1902, no. 32 (£315). — Quaritch catalogue, February 1903, no. 6 (£315). — De Marinis catalogue, 1909, no. 231. — Sotheby, 31 July 1933, lot 425. — Quaritch catalogue, 1933, no. 27 (£120). — Quaritch catalogue, 1941, no. 16 ($480). — Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (Lat. th. b. 4).

References: Kuttner, S., and Beryl Smalley. “The ‘Glossa Ordinaria’ to the Gregorian Decretals.” English Historical Review 60 (January 1945): 97–105. — Schoenberg (SDBM_50149).

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¶ Fenestella — De magistratibus Romanorum (15th century)

July 24, 2017

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Fenestella, Lucius [A. D. Floccus]. De magistratibus Romanorum.

Illuminated manuscript. Venice, third quarter of 15th century. 44 leaves.

Provenance: Erizzo family, of Venice. — Leighton catalogue, A List of Interesting Books (1889), item 727 (£5 15s.) — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 297 (sold to Buchanan for £13). — T. R. Buchanan. — Bodleian Library (MS. Buchanan e. 15) [given to the Bodleian by his widow, Mrs. E. O. Buchanan, 1941].

References: Kidd, pp. 97–101. — Schoenberg (SDBM_231653).


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¶ Poggio — De varietate fortune (1455) [MS]

July 17, 2017

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Poggio, Bracciolini [Joannes Poggius Florentinus]. De varietate fortune.

Illuminated manuscript. Florence, 1455. 123 leaves.

Provenance: Fruosino and/or his son Girolamo da Panzano. — Dominican convent of San Marco, Florence. — Guglielmo Libri (?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 863 (sold to Buchanan for £12 12s.). — T. R. Buchanan. — Bodleian Library (MS. Buchanan d. 4) [given to the Bodleian by his widow, Mrs. E. O. Buchanan, 1941].

References: Kidd, pp. 9–12. — MS catalogue (2), no. 856 (where it is dated 1477). — Schoenberg (SDBM_231332).

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