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September 2017

Copyright ABCs – ‘The Art of Reading’

‘Proverbs and other Moral Sayings’. Some of these latter phrases are still familiar to us today, such as ‘Rome was not built in a day’; ‘a cat may look upon a king’; and ‘a rolling stone gathers no moss’. Some, however, are more unfamiliar and sound strange and amusing to a modern ear, such as ‘good wine needs no bush’; ‘great boast and small roast’; ‘children and chicken are always pecking’; and ‘hungry dogs will eat dirty puddings’.

Echoes from the Vault

This week Lizzie reports on an item discovered by the Lighting the Past team from within the ‘L’ section of the Copyright Deposit Collection. You can see the previous posts in the series here.

Image from The Art of Reading: Or, the English Tongue made Familiar and easy to the meanest Capacity (s LB1525.3S65)

The Art of Reading: Or, the English Tongue made Familiar and easy to the meanest Capacity by P. Sproson, was a source of education for youth of the eighteenth century, but today provided a source of amusement in the Lighting the Past office. With table after table of phrases which are, as even Sproson admits, ‘a little trifling or childish’, one can find both familiar and absurd phrases within these pages.

Sproson’s audience, delicately described in his title as those of ‘the meanest capacity’ are clarified to be ‘that province of little people’…

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Rock! Fall

[Cover Photo: Jon Kameen/Twitter] A rockfall on Yosemite’s El Capitan has killed one and left another injured during the popular climbing month of September reports USA Today. According to reports, a multitude of wintesses saw the rockfall happen on Wednesday... Continue Reading →

Saint Jerome and fake news

I’ve always Loved St Jerome!

Gleeson Gleanings: News & Updates from Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, USF

We have a tradition here at Gleeson Library for the last 24 years: we celebrate the feast of Saint Jerome on September 30th. Why? Because Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and Jerome spent his life searching for the truth. 

 Jerome was born in 347 and died on September 30 in 420. He was a translator, theologian and priest. His translation of the Bible, called The Vulgate, was considered the most important translation of the Bible for over 1,000 years.
In Jerome’s time, the church was still defining Christian doctrine and beliefs. There were raging controversies about questions like the nature of Jesus (how could he be both human and divine) and the nature of the Trinity. Jerome took very strong positions on these kinds of issues. He had a reputation for being a difficult and argumentative person because of this. (I suspect many of us would not have…

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Medea, Jason and their Marriage

I was think of the Poison crown…

David Allsop Classics

Medea helped Jason succeed in his quest for the Golden Fleece betraying her family and killing her brother in the process. Jason brought Medea back to Greece with him and they ultimately settled in Corinth. Jason would not have succeeded in his quest without Medea’s help and she feels betrayed by him when he leaves her for the princess of Corinth (Euripides Medea 475-91). Through examining the importance Medea places upon her marriage and Jason’s oath some insight can be obtained into the reasoning behind her act of revenge.

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The Seven Wonders of the World!

Philo byzantius. De Septem orbis spectaculis, Leonis Allatii opera nunc primum graece et latine prodit, cum notis. We are all familiar with the phrase “The Seven Wonders of the World” , it is even easy to bring up images of them in our minds,but can you name the seven popularly accepted ones, do they still exist,where […]

Music Printing in the Renaissance

A very nice example and explanation of music printing.

Characters of Distinction between true and pretending Prophets are laid down. 1665

Todays book is as much fun to read as Brown's Pseudoxia Epidemica , Like Brown Spencer is battling against superstition, with reason and natural history as his weapon and defense.  940G     John Spencer, Dean of Ely             1630-1693 A Discourse... Continue Reading →

Carcano; 1496 fratris Michaelis Mediolanensis

942G Michæl (Michaelis Mediolanensis) Carcano ( 1427- 1484) Sermonarium de poenitentia per adventum et per quadragesimam fratris Michaelis Mediolanensis. V enice : Georgius Arrivabenus, 28 Sept. 1496         $9,000 Large Octavo 7 1/4 X 51/2    a-z8... Continue Reading →

Mediavilla, on Lombards sentences and demonology! 1477



220px-Nuremberg_Chronicle_f_222v_3 A generic portrait of Richardus de media villa, woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle

[Middleton], d. 1302/3

Commentum super quartem Sententarium..

Venice: Christophorus Arnoldus, [circa 1476-7] $22,000


Folio 12 1⁄4 9 1⁄4 inches. a-z10 [et]10 [cum]10 [per]10 A 10 B-D8 (D8v blank and aa1r blank) aa8 bb10 cc8 {320 leaves

DSC_0286Second edition. This copy is rubricated throughout with nicely complicated red initials. It is bound in an age appropriate binding of full calf over wooden boards with clasps and catches with quite impressive end bands.

DSC_0125“Middleton, Richard of [Richard de Mediavilla] Franciscan friar, theologian, and philosopher, was born about the middle of the thirteenth century in either England or France. He studied at Paris, where he formed part of the so-called neo-Augustinian movement, defending the philosophy and theology of Augustine against the inroads of Aristotelianism, during the years 1276–87. He probably studied under William of Ware and Matteo d’Acquasparta, usually…

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