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December 2017

Bibliothecae historicae libri VI, Diodorus Siculus

  756G Diodorus Siculus fl. 44 B.C.               Bibliothecae historicae libri VI   [a Poggio Florentino in latinum traductus] [Paris] : [Denis Roce] Venundantur in vico sancti Iacobi sub signo Ensis. (1505-08)                    ... Continue Reading →

The First English Essayist Cornwallyes NOT Bacon

815F      Sir William Cornwallis d. 1631 Essayes, by Sr William Cornwallyes, the younger, knight. Newlie corrected. London: Printed by Thomas Harper for I. M., 1632           $3,500 Octavo  5 ½ 5 x 3 ½. [A3] missing A1 blank, B-Z8, Aa-Oo8. This... Continue Reading →

Franciscans

922G         Bernardinus     deBusti, (  (1450-1513) Rosarium sermonum predicabilium per quadragesima[m] & totu[m] anni circulum: editum per vite venerabilis religiosum fratre[s] Bernardinu[m] de Busti ordinis sancti Francisci de obseruantia predicatore[m] doctissimu[m]. Pars prima Rosariu[m] (additions by Illuminatus Novariensis and Samuel... Continue Reading →

David Pearson workshop on ‘Provenance in Books’

The Value of Historic Bookbindings: A St Andrews Perspective, which highlighted the uniqueness of the bindings of early printed books and how they can contribute to our knowledge of not just the history of a specific book, but also the history of how previous owners or readers encountered texts as they were passed through from hand to hand.

Echoes from the Vault

On 21-22 November, Special Collections welcomed David Pearson, former Director of Culture, Heritage & Libraries for the City of London Corporation and author of Provenance Research in Book History (1994),English Bookbinding Styles (2005) and Books as History (2008), for a workshop on provenance in printed books. Over the course of two days, staff, students and academics were treated to a full programme of sessions ranging from the general principles of provenance, through annotations, palaeography, bookplates and heraldry. Pearson illustrated his sessions using examples gleaned from the St Andrews University Library collections which he had selected in an intensive research day in the stacks with Elizabeth Henderson, Rare Books Librarian.

An example of manuscript additions and a dried plant sample, found in an 18th century gardening manual.

A discussion regarding the content of some particularly difficult annotations and ownership inscriptions – palaeographers never agree!

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The Holy Grail…

In the clear light Of the fire, [Perceval] could see, behind him, The page in charge of his weapons And armor, and handed him The sword, to hold with the rest. And then he rejoined his host, Who’d done him... 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 … […]

Yet another Witchcraft Demonology book!

122J Franciscus Glogovaz (Verf. Franciscus Glogovaz, Pindarensis Istrianus Theologus) Fasciculus Benedictionum Exorcismorum, & validissimarum Conjurationum ad effugandas aereas tempestates. Ex approbatis Libris à S. R. E.collectus. Litaniae quoque, & duodecim Evangelia cum suis orationibus pro benedicendis agris, & fructibus terrae. Praetereà... Continue Reading →

Yet another Witchcraft Demonology book!

122J Franciscus Glogovaz (Verf. Franciscus Glogovaz, Pindarensis Istrianus Theologus)           Fasciculus Benedictionum Exorcismorum, & validissimarum Conjurationum ad effugandas aereas tempestates. Ex approbatis Libris à S. R. E.collectus. Litaniae quoque, & duodecim Evangelia cum suis orationibus pro benedicendis... Continue Reading →

Mummies, Burning Mirrors, & Snake Stones – An Embattled Kircher Ghost-writes a Defense of His Work

123J [KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS] Petrucci, Gioseffo Prodomo apologetico alli studi Chircheriani. Opera di Gioseffo Petrucci Romano ; nella quale con un' apparato di saggi diversi, si dà prova dell' esquisito studio ha tenuto il celebratissimo padre Atanasio Chircher, circa il credere... Continue Reading →

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