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June 2016

Oh to be a POLYHISTOR !

455G Daniel George Morhof 1639-1691 Danielis Georgi[i] Morhofi[i] Polyhistor Literarivs Philosophicvs Et Practicvs : Maximam Partem Opvs Posthvmvm, Accvrate revisum, emendatum, ex Autoris Annotationibus ..., & mss. aliis, ... auctum, ... suppletum ... duabusque praefationibus, sive diatribis isagogicis prolixioribus, T.... Continue Reading →

The Works of Ben Jonson

683G Benjamin Jonson ca. 1572-1637 The Works of Ben Jonson, which were formerly Printed in Two Volumes, are now Reprinted in One, to which is added a Comedy, called the New Inn, with Additions never before Published. London: Printed by... Continue Reading →

Sixteenth Century Chaucer,First Speght edition.

831G Geoffrey Chaucer ca. 1340, d. 1400 Workes of our Antient and lerned English Poet, Geffrey Chaucer, newly Printed. Edited by Thomas Speght.     London: Impensis Geor[ge] Bishop , 1598.                  ... Continue Reading →

Guillelmus Parisiensis 1437-1485

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It is always nice to find a book which is Early (1492) textually Important (over 100 editions printed) and very Rare ( this is the only copy in the US) and also very Pretty . Here is a nice one for today!

777G  Guillelmmus Parisiensis(The authorship, however, remains unclear, although it appears that the attribution to Parisiensis is erroneous, with Johannes Herolt appearing as a more likely author. )

Postilla super epistolis et evangelia de tempore et de sanctis et pro defunctis. summa diligentia iterum emendata.

[Deventer: Jacobus de Breda], 10 Sept. 1492                    $ 15,000

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“More than one hundred editions of the Postilla super epistolas et evangelia by Guillermus Parisiensis were printed during the fifteenth century. Surely this esteemed compilation must be regarded as one of the earliest ‘best sellers’, for how else can one explain why the text was…

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Guillelmus Parisiensis 1437-1485

It is always nice to find a book which is Early (1492) textually Important (over 100 editions printed) and very Rare ( this is the only copy in the US) and also very Pretty . Here is a nice one... Continue Reading →

The St Andrews Rolevinck: A Gem in the University’s Collection

I have had three copies of this book and I loved them all, But this one is the Best!

Echoes from the Vault

The bottom of leaf 9 recto of Werner Rolevinck’s Fasciculus Temporum, showing the Scottish chronological additions unique to St Andrews' copy (TypGC.A79GR) The bottom of leaf 9 recto of the 1478 edition of Werner Rolevinck’s edition Fasciculus Temporum, showing the Scottish chronological additions unique to St Andrews’ copy (TypGC.A79GR)

rolevinck rubricators doodle_1 A rubricator’s doodle from the St Andrews copy of Rolevinck Fasciculus temporum, fol. 57r.

The St Andrews copy of the German monk Werner Rolevinck’s 1478 world history has already received attention as one of the treasures of the library. I first came across it in the winter of 2015 while attending a St Andrews workshop on incunabula led by Falk Eisermann, head of the Union Catalogue of Incunabula at the Berlin State Library and was immediately intrigued by the copious annotations which ran parallel with Rolevinck’s printed text. Further study has revealed that these annotations may be far more important than I had initially assumed and this blog post is by way of an interim report on…

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Historiæ Scoticæ nomenclatura Latino-vernacula:

805G Christopher Irvine fl 1638-1685 Historiæ Scoticæ nomenclatura Latino-vernacula: multis flosculis, ex antiquis Albinorum monumentis, & lingua Galeciorum prisca decerptis, adspersa. In gratiam eorum, qui Scotorum nomen, & veritatis numen colunt, Christophorus Irvinus, abs Bon-Bosco, auspice summo numine, concinnavit.  ... Continue Reading →

Polemo-Middinia. Carmen macaronicum.

The Polemo-Middinia is the most Outstanding of British Macaronic poems. Drummond subjected Scots dialect to Latin grammatical rules. "A remarkable anomaly in the Scottish print culture of the period, the poem's appearance in the years of 'the troubles' sheds new... Continue Reading →

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

779G Nicholas, ed Ling fl. ca. 1599 Politeuphuia, Wits Common-wealth. Newly corrected and amended.   London : printed by M. Flesher, and are to be sold by Edward Badger at the Crane in St. Pauls Church-yard1647. $4,900   Duodecimo 5 3/4... Continue Reading →

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