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June 2017

The test oath (1672,1678) (Also known as the DECLARATION OF ATTESTATION OATH.)

730G ad1)  Abraham Woodhead, R. H., 1609D1678. ad2) Atterbury, Francis, 1662D1732 ad3) Tullie, George, 1652?D1695. ad4) Anonymous. By Samuel Parker. ad5)Anonymous. By William Wake. ad6)Ashwell, George, 1612D1695. ad7) Anonymous. (but By James Harrington.) 1) Two discourses. The first, concerning the... Continue Reading →

Conservation of a Renaissance masterpiece: Prolianus’s Astronomia

The John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog

One of our most beautiful Renaissance manuscripts is a copy of Christianus Prolianus’s scientific treatise, Astronomia, produced in Naples in 1478. Many of its pages are decorated with exquisite white-vine borders, featuring putti, birds and butterflies. It has appeared in this blog before, when it was fully digitised in 2012.

Latin MS 53, f.1r (detail) Christianus Prolianus’s Astronomia, Latin MS 53, folio 1r (detail).

We are planning to include it in an exhibition at the John Rylands Library on ‘Colour’ next year. However, a routine condition report revealed significant problems, with many areas of flaking pigment or gold leaf. To prepare the manuscript for display, our Collection Care team therefore recently undertook a project to consolidate these areas. This technique involves applying tiny drops of isinglass solution beneath the loose fragments, using a very fine artist’s brush.

Isinglass comes from the swim bladder of the sturgeon fish. Dried isinglass is dissolved in warm…

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Melanchthon and the council of Mantua 1537 (Way too many words!)

Vrsachen so die Chur vnd Fürsten : auch Stende vnd Stedte, der Bekentnis, warhafftiger, Göttlicher, vnd Euangelischer Lahr, allen Königen, Hoheiten, vnd Potentaten der Christenheit, durch jr schreiben, zu erkennen gegeben, darümb sie Bapst Pauli, des namens des dritten, ausgeschrieben... Continue Reading →

“Truth consists of an adequation between the intellect and a thing”

930G Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274. editor Theodoricus de Susteren. Summa de veritate celeberrimi doctoris s[an]cti Thome Aquinatis. que olim … me[n]dis scatebat. Nouissime iam per … magistru[m] nostru[m] Theodericum de Susteren co[n]uentus Coloniens[is] fratru[m] predicatoru[m] regentem … laboriose reuisa … feliciter incipit. 930G Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274 Summa de veritate celeberrimi doctoris s[an]cti Thome Aquinatis. que olim … […]

“Truth consists of an adequation between the intellect and a thing”

930G Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274. editor Theodoricus de Susteren. Summa de veritate celeberrimi doctoris s[an]cti Thome Aquinatis. que olim ... me[n]dis scatebat. Nouissime iam per ... magistru[m] nostru[m] Theodericum de Susteren co[n]uentus Coloniens[is] fratru[m] predicatoru[m] regentem ... laboriose reuisa ... feliciter incipit.... Continue Reading →

Three Sixteenth Century English Books.

850G Hugh Latimer 1485-1555 The fyrste Sermon of Mayster Hughe Latimer, whiche he preached before the kynges Maiest. wythin his graces palayce at Westminster M. D. XLIX. the viii. of Marche. (,’,) Cu gratia et Privilegio ad imprimendum solum. [bound... Continue Reading →

Time For another List of 10 VERY VERY rare early English books Books!

NO listed Copies    935G  R[ichard] Brown[e] The English-School Reformed: containing, first, rules, shewing the nature of vowels, consonants, syllables, diphthongs, dividing of syllables, and of stops and points. Secondly, a praxis shewing the use of the said rules, in... Continue Reading →

Facetie poggii. Jest book! 1519

927G Poggio Bracciolini 1380-1459 Facetie poggii. Poggii florentini oratoris facundissimi facetiarum aureas libellus... Venice: Cesare Arrivabene, 1519                                  $5,900 Duodecimo 142 x 102mm a-i8, 9-18.... Continue Reading →

Today I found this wonderful book on cursing and Swearing! ..

926G Benjamin Jenks 1648-1724 Two letters written to a gentleman of note guilty of common swearing. The second edition. To which is added a third letter to another gentleman in the commission of the peace’ exciting him to the performance... Continue Reading →

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