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Fascicule XXVII may 2021 Printed books 1501-1600

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Pages of stone


A great deal of medieval architecture was inspired by manuscript art. And a lot of medieval manuscript art began in building design.

One of the earliest elements of Western medieval book design was the Roman column, which served to frame text and help the reader navigate the written page. In early-medieval Latin bible manuscripts, the lists of concordances between the four Gospels are usually arranged using decorated round arches, the typical and most fundamental elements of ancient Roman architecture.

The columns of concordances identified similar passages between the four gospels. The ornamentation is decidedly Romanesque, Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 6 (9th century)  

It is a fitting metaphor that the architectural page should provide support to the resident text. The codex itself being an architectural edifice, with its stacked-up quires bound together at the spine, ensconced in covering plates, a monumentum of solidity and permanence. If words are made…

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Contemporary manuscript Wallet binding, Densely annotated, hand colored title, first revised edition 1528

521 J. Philip Melanchthon  (1497 – 19 April 1560) Dialectices Philippi Melanchthonis, libri quatuor  VVitembergae (Impressum: Per Iosephum Clugum,) 1528/1529(colophon) price: $12,000 Octavo 15 x 10 cm. Signatures: A-O8. First printed in 1520 and revised in 1528. This is the very rare first... Continue Reading →

….Stupendious Accidents, Strange Deliverances; Signal Mutations in the Fortunes….

513J      R. B., approximately 1632-approximately 1725.  Extraordinary adventures, revolutions & events. Being An Account of divers Stupendious Accidents, Strange Deliverances; Signal Mutations in the Fortunes of several famous Men; and Changes of Government in many Countries. With other Observable Passages in... Continue Reading →

Two Rare printers, Böttiger and [Lyons]: Jean Pivard.

I. 466J Balthasar de Porta (fl. 1487- 1499) Expositio Canonis Missae. (Canon sacratissime misse: unacum expositione eiusdem: ubi in primis premittit pulchra contemplatio ante missam habenda de christi pulcritudine. Et quo mo[d]o  ipsa in sua passione: ab eo o[mn]ino fuerat ablata.  Qualiterque quilibet celebrans debeat... Continue Reading →


186J Desiderius Erasmus von Rotterdam(1466-1536) The First Tome (and second) or Volume of the Paraphrase of Erasmus  upon the newe testament.      Enpriented at London in fletestete at the signe of the sunne by Edwarde Whitchurche, the last daie of Januarie,... Continue Reading →

Seven Jesuit books from the 17th century

1) 620G Lenaert Leys (Lessius) 1554-1623 R.P. Leonardi Lessi E Societate Jesu, Sacrae Theologiae In Academia Louvaniensi Quondam Professoris, De Jure et Justitia Compendium. A quodam Patre eiusdem Societatis compilatum Duaci, [i.e. Douai]. Apud Joannem Serrurier, Typographum juratum, 1640. $2,500... Continue Reading →

5 Incunable with Notes, Provenance, contemporary bindings ….

 I.  466J Balthasar de Porta (fl. 1487-1499)    Expositio Canonis Missae.  (Canon sacratissime misse: unacum expositione eiusdem: ubi in primis premittit pulchra contemplatio ante missam habenda de christi pulcritudine. Et quo mo[d]o  ipsa in sua passione: ab eo o[mn]ino fuerat ablata.  Qualiterque quilibet celebrans debeat esse dispositius incipit foeliciter.)  [Leipzig : Gregorius Böttiger (aka Werman), about 1495.                Price: $16,000  Chancery half-sheet Quarto: 18.5 x12.5 cm. Signatures: aa-dd6, 24 of 24 leaves. Editio princeps, text in gothic letter, including a set of large caps,... Continue Reading →

Sir Francis Drake reviv’d

 509J   Anonmyous.) R.B. = R. Burton, i.e. Nathaniel Crouch The English hero: or, Sir Francis Drake reviv’d being a full account of the dangerous voyages, admirable adventures, notable discoveries, and magnanimous atchievements of that valiant and renowned commander. I. His voyage in... Continue Reading →

100 Plates, Contemporary binding Clasps and a working Vovelle

David, Jan David. 1545?-1613 382J Veridicus christianus: auctore P. Joanne David … Editio altera, auctior. 382J Antverpiæ ex officina Plantiniana, M. DCVI. $5,500 Second edition. This copy is bound in full contemporary blind stamped calf over wooden boards with two... Continue Reading →

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