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June 2013

Some how or another, it has turned out that S. Igantius' Spiritual Exercises has played a cornerstone in my intellectual /Spiritual development. In a way It is the first 'mystical' text I read (or for that matter had easy access to).... Continue Reading →

The Voynich Again, No I don’t have one… Many people believe that the Voynich manuscript—a book found in 1912 written in an unknown language with images of plants and astronomy—is a hoax. Cryptographers, mathematicians, and linguists have been trying to decipher the supposedly 15th-century text found by... Continue Reading →

A rational, compendious way to convince

John Keynes was one of the intended victims of Titus Oates'  Popish Plot 335G  Keynes, John.     1625-1697 A rational, compendious way to convince,  without any dispute, all persons whatsoever, dissenting from the true religion. By J.K London : s.n.], Printed... Continue Reading →

Voices on the Medieval Page (1): The Reader

I’m rebloging this post so that I can keep track of it. I find a useful and clear description of the typology of ‘added text.


By Erik Kwakkel (@erik_kwakkel)

This is the first part of a series highlighting instances where medieval individuals added information to an existing book, either right after its production or centuries later. What precisely did scribes, readers, booksellers and librarians scribble down? And what do these voices tell us about their relationship to the manuscript? Part 1: the reader.

A medieval book was made because an individual wanted to read, own, the text contained on its pages. However, owning a book in the age before print was a luxury. Due to the long production time (easily half a year for a long text) and the materials used (up to c. 1300 the skins of animals) the cost of a book’s production was steep, even if it contained no decoration or miniatures. This is why up to the later Middle Ages book ownership was generally confined to affluent environments…

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The Solar Eclipses of 1654

A total solar eclipse occurred on August 12, 1654. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the... Continue Reading →

A nice binding from my current shelves

348G  Moore, Francis.   1657-1714   Vox stellarum; being an almanack for the year of human redemption .   By Francis Moore, London : printed by T. Hodgkin for the Company of Stationers, 1705.     $2,200            The title-page is... Continue Reading →

Politeuphuia, Wits Common-wealth. (another copy!)

345G Over the last twenty years I have been lucky enough to have had and sold  all of the "Wit's series" : Wits commonwealth, Published first in 1597, as the first in a series of which Mere’s "Palladis tamia"( I had... Continue Reading →

Gossaert and the Merchant, Shakespeare and the Grocer

This is a very good blog , I love the rhizomatic connections that we all make.


When I was in New York in November, at the Met even, I managed to miss Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossaert’s Renaissance, which is now headed to London. (I’m always a complete nerd for conservation videos, so here’s one from the Met about restoration work done on a few of the Gossaert pictures before the exhibition.) Maev Kennedy wrote a pretty conventional if interesting article about the London show in the Guardian recently, highlighting that the secular, sensual touch Gossaert brought to the conventional religious material of the early Renaissance is what makes his work really interesting. His work was also something of a bridge between southern and northern Renaissances – after visiting Rome in 1508 and internalizing the lightness and vividness of Michelangelo and Raphael, he brought this sensibility to the more reserved, mannered style of the Low Countries. I was also drawn to the readily…

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Miserabilivm personarvm privilegiis

337G         Novari, Giovanni Maria & Barbato, Horatio. Tractatvs de miserabilivm personarvm privilegiis, in qvo complvres singvlares materiae ad earum fauorem in vsu forensi quotidianae, & frequentes, tum iuxta iuris communis, quam municipalis regni dispositionem, supremorum totius orbis tribunalium, placita accuratè,... Continue Reading →

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