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May 2018

The Discovery of Two Murders by an Apparition 1721

167J  John Aubrey  1626-1697

Miscellanies, Viz. I. Day-Fatality. II. Local-Fatality. III. Ostenta. IV. Omens. V. Dreams. VI. Apparitions. VII. Voices. VIII. Impulses. IX. Knockings. X. Blows invisible. XI. Prophesies. XII. Marvels. XIII. Magick. XIV. Transportation in the Air. XV. Visions in a Beril, or glass. XVI. Converse with Angels and Spirits. XVII. Corps-candles in Wales. XVIII. Oracles. XIX. Exstasie. XX. Glances of {Love. Envy. XXI. Second-Sighted-Persons. XXII. The Discovery of Two Murders by an Apparition. 

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London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, and J. Battley in Pater-Noster-Row, J. Pemberton in Fleetstreet, and E. Curll in the Strand. 1721                               $3,800
 
Octavo 7 3/4 X 41/4 inches 2],x,[6],236p.  Second edition enlarged.
This is a Lovely copy ! This copy is bound in contemporary blind ruled calf, professionally and very neatly rebacked with original gilt embellished spine laid over, and original boards, corners 58277sympathetically renewed, gilt titled spine label. Light overall rubbing and wear to boards, armorial bookplate and private library plate on front pastedown, endpapers browned and a bit foxed, a little scattered browning and light foxing, a few lightly creased corners, text pages fairly bright and unmarked. Overall a tight, clean copy.
 
Aubrey had a particular fascination for the supernatural although best known for his biographical Brief Lives. 
 
‘”In 1696 Aubrey issued the only book he ever printed himself, the ‘Miscellanies,’ a highly entertaining collection of ghost stories and other anecdotes of the supernatural” (DNB). A work of ‘Hermetic Philosophy’, and one of the broadest of the early English examinations of the subject. As the lengthy subtitle suggests, this work contains many esoteric account including, in the final chapter ‘The Discovery of Two Murders by an Apparition’.  These  two murders  were tried on 16 September 1690 before ‘the Honorable Sir John Powel, Knight, one of their Majesties Justices, at the Assizes holden at York’: ‘One committed by William Barwick upon his Wife being with Child, near Cawood in Yorkshire’, and the other ‘by Edward Mangall, upon Elizabeth Johnson, alias Ringrose, and her Bastard Child’ ‘Introductory Title’ which appears on page one: ‘A Collection of Hermetick Philosophy.’  ‘Miscellanies’ is a broad-ranging study, with sections on auspicious and inauspicious dates, omens, communications with angels, and magick, as well as a study of ‘second sight’ (the ability to foresee future events through divine inspiration) that is reputed to be the first treatment of the subject to appear in print. The chapter on “Magick” includes a few short references to witches and witchcraft: notably “Vervain and dill, Hinders witches from their will”, and several stories recounting methods used to hinder witchcraft. The book was first published in 1696. 

John Walrond ? His Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius his accesserunt Corn. Galli fragmenta 1531 With early English notes.

170J Catullus (ca. 84-54BC),Tibullus (55-19BC), Propertius

Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius his accesserunt Corn. Galli fragmenta

Lugduni ,apud Seb. Gryphium anno :1531                               $SOLD

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Octavo,6 x  4inches . a-x8 y4 (last leaf blank of printing but with manuscript index+ 2 more leaves with manuscript index ) This copy is bound in eighteenth century english calf .

Arron Pratt  has Identified this! 

“the inscription says “Iohn walro[n]d”—so, John Walrond. At least I’m reading the tilde above the “o” as an indicating an abbreviation rather than simple decoration. In any event, the first letter is definitely a “w,” and Walrond is a very old English name with Germanic origins. The hand strikes me as more 17th- than 16th-century, but it can be very hard to date scripts that mix secretary and italic letterforms. I’d say a late 16th-c to mid-17th date is most likely.

And, so—apparently, a John Walrond from Devon matriculated at Oxford in 1600 at the age of 18. He then died in 1602. There’s actually a printed donor bookplate that was commissioned in memory of John Walrond that’s in the collection of Christ Church, Oxford: http://estc.bl.uk/S126663. Might this be your guy? 

Record 1 out of 1 No Previous Record   No Next Record
ESTC System No.            006208005
ESTC Citation No.         S126663
Author – personal Link            Walrond, John, 1581 or 1582-1602.
Title LinkHunc librum studiosis ædis Christi, in memoriam … filij, & hæredis J. Walrondi, qui … obijt, Junij 25. 1602. J. Walrondus de Bovy Devon. armiger dedit Aprilis 27. 1603.
Variant title LinkHunc librum studiosis ædis Christi, in memoriam adolescentis summæ spei, dilectissimi filij, & hæredis Iohannis VValrondi, qui in hac æde per biennium cum singulari omnium amore operam literis dedit, & ibidem incredibili omnium dolore supremum diem obijt, Iunij 25. 1602. Iohannes Walrondus de Bovy Devon. armiger dedit Aprilis 27. 1603
LinkHunc librum studiosis ædis Christi, in memoriam adolescentis summæ spei, dilectissimi filij, & hæredis Johannis Walrondi, qui in hac æde per biennium cum singulari omnium amore operam literis dedit, & ibidem incredibili omnium dolore supremum diem obijt, Junij 25. 1602. Johannes Walrondus de Bovy Devon. armiger dedit Aprilis 27. 1603
Publisher/year     Link[Oxford : s.n., 1603?]
Physical desc.  r.       1 sheet ([1] p.)
General note A gift-plate (to Christ Church, Oxford)
Imprint from STC.
Lee gives transcription of title as: Hunc librum studiosis ædis Christi, in memoriam adolescentis summæ spei, dilectissimi filij, & hæredis Iohannis VValrondi, qui in hac æde per biennium cum singulari omnium amore operam literis dedit, & ibidem incredibili omnium dolore supremum diem obijt, Iunij 25. 1602. Iohannes Walrondus de Bovy Devon. armiger dedit Aprilis 27. 1603.
Uncontrolled note              Catalogued from STC and Lee.
Citation/references STC         (2nd ed.), 3368.5
Lee. B.N. Early printed book labels, 33
Subject LinkBook-plates, English — Early works to 1800.
Copies – Brit.Isles              Oxford University Christ Church 

” This copy has the sixteenth century signature of “John Malrod?” I have gone through many iterations with of the name, Mahod,Malwod, Malvod, Mawod…on 

https://thesaurus.cerl.org/cgi-bin/search.pl and come up with nothing close. The nature of the notes  makes me feel he must have had some schooling?  and I searched in :

Search  |  Browse  |  History

Early Bookowners in Britain

British provenances from 1450 to 1550

https://ebob.cerl.org/cgi-bin/search.pl  still no results?

 

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“John Malrod”?

On original fly leaf,

Here is a list of  all the annotations. (67 pages!)

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Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius his accesserunt Corn. Galli fragmenta 1531 With early English notes.

170J Catullus (ca. 84-54BC),Tibullus (55-19BC), Propertius

Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius his accesserunt Corn. Galli fragmenta

Lugduni ,apud Seb. Gryphium anno :1531                            Sold

Octavo,6 x  4inches . a-x8 y4 (last leaf blank of printing but with manuscript index+ 2 more leaves with manuscript index ) This copy is bound in eighteenth century english calf .    This copy has the sixteenth century signature of “John Malrod?”

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This work contains neoteric and elegiac works on the topic of love by the Roman poets Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius.  The poetical work of Catullus is illustrative of a revolution in Roman literary tastes and ethics that took place at the end of the Republic. Catullus was, in fact, at the very center of a social movement that was abandoning traditional Roman values of obligation to the state and civitas, adopting instead the individualism of Hellenistic Greece. The result was a shift from the epic and tragedy to idiosyncratic, lyric poetry. Catullus’ own poetry concerning the emotions emanating from his partnership with a promiscuous woman are representaive of this self-reflexive DSC_0021style. His success in capturing the imaginations of the cultivated Latin readership is mirrored in the influence his work had on the later Augustan poets. Tibbullus’ is best known as a love poet. His poetry has been described as possessing “a certain light, singable quality” (Gian Biago Conte’s Latin Literature: A History). Quintilian, too, indicates his esteem for Tibbullus, who he holds as both “refined and elegant” (10.1.93). The chief characteristic of Tibbullus’ work lies in its elegance, clarity, and expressive force which he conveyed through an economical use of words. It is further distinguished by its lack of mythological content and its emphasis on the bucolic, both of which ran contrary to his contemporaries. Propertius, like Tibbullus, is best remembered for his poetry on the topic of love. Propertius’ poetry, despite sharing a concern on the topic of love, is in many ways the polar extreme of Tibbullus’. In addition to employing a great deal of mythology as an examplar of how love should be, Propertius’ poetry is highly idiosyncratic, to the point of obscurity, and is characterized DSC_0022by its complex, even convoluted, structure. The obfuscation is, in part, due to a corrupted manuscript tradition. Despite its difficulty, Propertius’ work is not without its fascination, particularly, as regards its psychological intricacies (Gian Biago Conte’s Latin Literature: A History). 34

Baudrier, H.L. Bib. lyonnaise,; VIII, p. 58 (not in Adams) Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius his accesserunt Corn. Galli fragmenta 200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images of some of the pages with notes

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A most satisfying book: Boethius ,a Consolation of Philosophy

Boethius 1501
Boethius 1501

Boetius de philosophico consolatu, siue, De consolatio[n]e philosophi[a]e

Edward Gibbon  in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  stated that  A consolation of Philosophy  is  “A golden volume not unworthy of the leisure of Plato or Tully.” And C. S. Lewis, in “The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature, 1964, rightly tells us “To acquire a taste for it is almost to become naturalised in the Middle Ages.”. The Consolation of Philosophy was the most copied and circulated secular text in the European middlDSC_0084e ages, the influence of Boethius’s Consolatio Philosophiae should not be under-estimated — some four hundred copies survive in manuscript form, making it one of the most widely disseminated pieces of writing during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Even today, this would serve as a good starting point for someone unfamiliar with the history of philosophy, and wanted to take a first plunge in the
company of a great mind from the past.  The Copy I currently have Was Printed in Straßburg Per Iohannem Grüninger, 1501

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This Wonderful copy is bound in its original full calf covered wooden boards, it was blind stamped and had clasps to hold it safely closed, these are now  long gone but their presence can be  traced by the indentations carved in the boards and the remaining brass brads.

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This Edition is illustrated with woodcuts,many of which were colored at the time of printing, making this a visual treat on every page. The type faces and the layout of the pages themselves are exotic to the modern eye and transport us back to a tradition of textual exegesis whix=ch is all but forgotten.DSC_0096 (1)

 

667G Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus Boethius  a.d.480-525

Boetius de Philosophico consolatu siue de consolatio[n]e philosophi[a]e: cu[m] figur ornatissimis nouit expoli

Straßbourg: J. Gruninger, 8 September 1501.                         $Sold

Small folio 11 ¼ x 7 inches. [ ]6, A4, B-X6,Y8. First illustrated edition. In this copy many of the seventy eight woodcuts  have very nice original color, it is bound in full blind stamped calf over wooden boards. It is also rubicated throughout. There are two library stamps and a release Endorsement ‘Dupl. ” Wiener K.K. Theres. It is a large and lovely copy of an important and beautiful book.DSC_0089 (1)

“Boethius is known as author of the Consolation of Philosophy and of several theological treatises. From them no theory of knowledge emerges clearly, for the concern is not primarily there with knowing, although distinctions and differentiations relevant to it are frequent.  The Consolation of Philosophy is committed (by way of Proclus’ commentary on the Timaeus, it has been suggested) to a platonic doctrine of ideas and of reminiscence: the soul is of divine elements on which its knowledge depends; it is in need only of the quickening power of sense perception to arouse it to a knowledge of ideas at rest within it. The developments of that notion bring echoes, one after the other, of pythagoreanism, neoplatonism, stoicism, and augustinism. Yet, as if these came too near to a dereliction from aristotelian principles, Boethius expounds the Trinity, in the work which shows most clearly the augustinian influence, by applying the ten categories to the persons and their relations. At the bottom of these diversified philosophic affiliations is the conviction, often explicit, that there was a single philosophy of the Greeks, to be grasped best in the reconciliation of Plato and Aristotle. That, however, was a lesson Boethius had learned from pagan roman philosophers; even before the coming of Christianity a change in the attitude toward philosophy had instituted a metaphysical conservatism. The distinctions by which the greeks thought to have divided themselves into opposed schools are needless subtleties when abstract thought is to be invoked (as it is in the very title of four works of Seneca and one work of Boethius) for refuge, or salvation, or relief, or consolation” (quoted from Selections from Medieval Philosophers I, by Richard McKeon, page 68-69).

The”Consolation of Philosophie” was written while Boethius was in prison and deprived of the use of his library, on false charges of treason against Theodoric, the Ostrogoth, then ruler of Rome. “Within a year he was a solitary prisoner at Pavia, stripped of honours, wealth, and friends, with death hanging over him, and a terror worse than death, in the fear lest those dearest to him should be involved in the worst results of his downfall. It is in this situation that the opening of the ‘Consolation of Philosophy’ brings Boethius before us. He represents himself as seated in his prison distraught with grief, indignant at the injustice of his misfortunes, and seeking relief for his melancholy in writing verses descriptive of his condition. Suddenly there appears to him the Divine figure of Philosophy, in the guise of a woman of superhuman dignity and beauty, who by a succession of discourses convinces him of the vanity of regret for the lost gifts of fortune, raises his mind once more to the contemplation of the true good, and makes clear to him the mystery of the world’s moral government.”(H.R. JAMES, M.A.,

  1. CH. OXFORD 1897.)

 

In this prosimetrical apocalyptic dialogue, Boethius our narrator encounters Lady-Philosophy , who appears in his time of need, the muse of poetry has in short failed him.  Philosophy  dresses  among great protest Boethius’ bad interpretations and misunderstandings of fate and free will…. One thousand five hundred years later It is still fair to ask, the same questions which Boethius asks..DSC_0100

 

 

And  Philosophy answers:“The judgment of most people is based not on the merits of a case but on the fortune of its outcome; they think that only things which turn out happily are good.”

“You have merely discovered the two-faced nature of this blind goddess [Fortune] … For now she has deserted you, and no man can ever be secure until he has been deserted by Fortune.”

“I [Fortune] spin my wheel and find pleasure in raising the low to a high place and lowering those who were on top. Go up, if you like, but only on condition that you will not feel abused when my sport requires your fall.”DSC_0092 (1)

 

Proctor 9886; Schmidt vol. I, 57; Chrisman C1.1.4,2; Adams B-2283; VD16 B6404; Hind, History of the Woodcut II,339-340; Redgrave Bibliographica II, 53; Not in OCLC. See also Chadwick: ‘Boethius’ 1981 Oxford, and Pelikan, The Reformation of the Bible 1996, p 88, I.8.

 

How Blest Is He

How blest is he who could discern

The bright source of the good,

How blest, for he could slip the chains

Of earth, which weigh men down!

 

— Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy (3:12)

 

It is not that often that a book of medieval philosophy has so much direct connection to contemporary situations, yet remains so strange, alas there is a golden chain of being (scala naturae) to be found in this most satisfying book.

 

More for Paupers “Dictionarius pauperum 1511

“the heart of a fool is like a broken vessel, no wisdom at all shall it hold.”

960G     Nicolaus de Byard (13th century)


Dictionarius pauperum omnibus pr[a]edicatoribus verbi diuini pernecessarius : in quo multu[m] succinte contine[n]tur materi[a]e singulis festiuitatibus totius anni tam de tempore q[uam] de sanctis accommodand[a]e, vt in tabula huius operis facile & lucide cognoscetur.

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Parisiis : Ambrosij Girault: 1511                            $3,500

 

Octavo  6 ¼ x 4 inches. a-r8.(lacking r8 blank)  This copy is bound in modern full vellum DSC_0007 4with ties, the text is clean throughout, a nice copy.

As far as I can tell this is the first dated book by  Ambrosij Girault. {[WorldCat Identities] lists him active from 1520 to1546} .

 

A popular collection of distinctions,an alphabetical collection of topics used by preachers. It has only recently been attributed to the late fifteenth-century German Augustinian Nicolaus de Byard (fl. 1300?), a theologian, was, according to Bale,Bayard was a Dominican theologian at Oxford, where he obtained his doctor’s degree. Pits’s account tends in the same direction, and both biographers praise their author for his knowledge of pontifical law. Bale adds that he was very skilled for his age in Aristotelian studies, but accuses him of distorting the Scriptures by ‘allegorical inventions and leisurely quibbles.’ His principal work appears to have been entitled ‘Distinctiones Theologiæ,’ and, according to the last-mentioned authority, this book was largely calculated to corrupt the simplicity of the true faith, as it consisted, like Abelard’s ‘Sic et Non,’ of an assortment of theological opinions opposed to one another. A manuscript of this work is still preserved in Merton College library (cclii.), and Tanner gives a list of other writings of this author that are to be found in English libraries. Byard’s sermons constantly occurred in company with those of William of Auvergne, bishop of Paris (1228–48), and other great characters of Louis IX’s reign. More conclusive as to the date is Quétif’s assertion that in the ‘Liber Rectoris Universitatis Parisiensis’ Bayard’s great work is mentioned as being for sale in Paris before the year 1303; that several other discourses of Bayard were for sale in Paris at the same time; and that his ‘Sermones Dominicales’ formed part of a parchment folio in the Sorbonne library, containing Robert de Sorbonne’s ‘Liber de Conscientiâ’ (d. 1274). Lastly, as regards the order to which Bayard belonged, Quétif observes that there is no certain evidence whether he was a Franciscan or a Dominican. In all the manuscripts excepting one he appears to be called simply Frater Nicholas de Bayard, and in the only one which is more precise he is called a Minorite. Only one of Bayard’s works seems to have been printed, and that one of somewhat doubtful authenticity, the ‘Summa de Abstinentia,’ which was published under the title of ‘Dictionarius Pauperum’ by John Knoblouch at Cologne in 1518, and again at Paris in 1530. (DNB)

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Dictionarius pauperum  is an encyclopedia of Christian philosophy, for the use of preachers, arranged alphabetically from “De abstinentia” to “De vita eterna.” The attribution to de Byart is tentative.   In the thirteenth century Dictionarius pauperum compiled by Nicolas de Byard, we find the admonition that just as robbers easily have the treasure after they have broken the chest, so the devil has the soul after he has confused a man and stolen his patience, because “the heart of a fool is like a broken vessel, no wisdom at all shall it hold.” known as the Dictionarius pauperum from the 1490s on, was a popular collection of distinctions, an alphabetical collection of topics used by preachers. It has only recently been attributed to the late fifteenth-century German Augustinian Nicolaus de Byard (cf. Bloomfield, et al., Incipits of Latin works on the virtues and vices, no. 1841).

 

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Biblia pauperum 1477

 946G Bonaventura (fromerly attributed to)   but  Nicolaus de Hanapis (1225-1291)

 Incipit preclarum opus quod Biblia pauperum appellatur, a domino Bonaventura, Ordinis minorum, perutile omnibus predicatoribus.    

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Venice: Explicit opus preclarum domini Bonaventure Biblia pauperum nuncupatum, impressionique Venetiis deditum impensis Johannis de Colonia sociique ejus Johannis Manthen de Gherretzem, anno Domini MCCCCLXXVII.                       $9,500

 

Quarto 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 Inches ;a-b8, c6, d8 ; This copy is housed in  a highly gilt solander box  with elegant decoration imprinted in gold, with title and date of the DSC_0007 2work on the front .It is bound in Later paper boards and it is Rubricated throughout in both red and blue with capitals stroked in yellow.  Old ownership notetation on the final leaf.

There are also  five pages with very small notes in the bottom margins. (See Below)

This is the second part only of one of several versions of a text going back to the Virtutum vitiorumque exempla of Nicolaus Hanapus, and generally entitled Exempla sacrae scripturae. The title ‘Biblia pauperum’ and the ascription to St. Bonaventure are both incorrect”.  (V. Scholderer in Gb Jb 1936 pp.61-62, reprinted in Fifty Essays (Amsterdam, 1966) pp.140-41: Version E)

Rather than a ‘Pauper’s Bible’ this book is in actuality a ‘Religious exempla’ (cautionary stories used to aid preaching).   

The book presents thousands of examples drawn exclusively from the Bible that enable preachers to illustrate their teaching on virtues and vices and to help the faithful to behave Christianly in public and private life, The moment of death. It was printed for the first time in Venice in 1477 and attributed to St. DSC_0010Bonaventure . It is frequently reissued under various titles. For example, Summa virtutum and viciorum (Cologne 1544, and Paris 1548), Virtutum vitiorumque exempla ex universo divinae scripture promptuario desumta , Flores biblici , Exempla biblica (Augsburg, 1726), or simply as the ‘Bible of the Poor’ , Probably because these narratives were easily understood, and because the publishers had arranged them in alphabetical order

 

Goff B858; BMC XII 16; Walsh 1701
(US copies :Folger , HEHL (var), HarvCL Indiana Univ., The Lilly Library (Biblia pauperum only)
LC, SMU, Newberry Library, Univ. of Illinois  (-),Vassar College)

 

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In the work of Nicolaus de Hanapis (or Hanapus): Virtutum vitwrumgvc exempla ex vniverme divinac soripturae promptuario desumpta. The author was  a French Dominican, who became bishop of Acre (1288) and patriarch of Jerusalem, dying at Acre in 1291. For details of his life see Qnetif and Echard, i., p. 422, and HM. Utt. dc la France, xx., pp. 51-78, 785-786. Tho work abounds in MS., and was frequently printed. An elaborate analysis and bibliography of the work may be found in the Hut. Utt. de la France, vol. cit., pp. 64-78. As the title indicates, the work consists of the events of the Scriptures arranged under various headings for convenience of reference. The events are given in the baldest form, and the author seldom adds a remark of his own.

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Anton Koberger’s Biblia Germanica, the ninth German Bible to be printed, appeared in 1483, the year that Martin Luther was born.

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169J  Diß durchleuchtigist werck der gantzen heyligen geschrifft. genant dy bibel

[Nuremberg] : Gedruckt durch Anthonium Koburger in der löblichen keyserlichen reychstat Nürenberg 1483                                $220,000

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Two large folio volumes bound as one, [a4, b-d8, e6, f-z8, A-O8, P6, Q-Z8, aa-zz8, AA-CC8, DD-FF6]. Bound in original alum tawd pigskin over wooden boards with both clasps.

This Anton Koberger’s  Biblia Germanica , the ninth German Bible to be printed, appeared in 1483, the year that Martin Luther was born This edition is the only one that Koberger issued in German.  Koberger issued it in three states: 1)highly embellished, with finely-painted woodcuts and illuminations on some pages; 2)  hand-painted, with no illumination; 3) and plain black-and-white, as printed. This one of which belongs to the first group. 109 woodcuts (87 in the Old Testament and 12 in the New Testament) from 108 blocks, ALL WITH CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLORING in green, orange, yellow, ochre and maroon, very probably executed in Koberger’s shop,

DSC_0146The first Bible printed in German appeared as early as 1466. The present edition is usually called the ‘ninth German Bible’; the ‘eleventh’, however, would be more correct, if one includes the Low German Cologne Bibles in the chronological sequence of German bibles. Koberger’s edition is regarded as typographically the finest, and is without doubt the best-known and the most influential of the German Bibles before Martin Luther.  For the illustration of this Bible, Koberger used the series of 108 large woodblocks published before in the two Low German Bibles printed in Cologne in 1478-1479.

Imprints from colophon on leaf [FF5] verso, which reads: Gedruckt durch anthonium koburger in der löbichen keyserlichen reychstat Nüremberg. Nach der ge-burt cristi des gesetzs der genaden . vierzehenhundert vnd in dem dreyvndachtzigste[n] iar. Montag nach Invocavit.

DSC_0144This Bible of Koberger’s professes to be, and apparently is, ‘a revision made with great diligence.’ The corrections were possibly derived from the Cologne Low German Bible [of 1480?, Darlow & Moule 4182], with which Koberger’s edition has many illustrations and other details in common .The initial letters are filled in by hand. The book contains over 109 woodcuts, generally measuring about 12 x18.5 cm. The blocks are identical with those in [Darlow & Moule] No. 4182.” (D. & M.).

 Book sequence as follows :

(fol. in Arabic numerals): Hieronymus, [Letter addressed to] Paulinus presbiter, 1r-4r, i.e. [a1]r-[a4]r; Pentateuch, 4r-100, including prologue, 4r-v, i.e. [a4]r-v; Joshua, 100r-111r, i.e. [b1]r-[p5]r, including prologue; Judges, 111r-122v, i.e. [p5]r-[q8]v; Ruth, 123r-124r, i.e. [r1]r-[r2]4; Kings 1-2, 124v-155r, i.e. [r2]v-[x1]r, including prologue, [r2]v-[r3]r; Kings 3-4, 155r-184r, i.e. [x1]r-[A5]r; Chronicles 1-2, 184v-213r, DSC_0142[A5]v-[E3]r, including prologues, [A5]v-[A6]v; Prayer of Manasse, 213v, i.e. [E3]v; Ezra 1-2, 213v-225r, i.e. [E3]v-[F7]r, including prologue, [E3]v-[E4]r; Ezra 3, 225r-231v, i.e. [F7]r-[G5]v; Tobit, 232r-237r, i.e. [G6]r-[H3]r, including prologue; Judith, 237v-243r, i.e. [H3]v-[I1]r, with prologue, 237r, [H3]r; Ester, 243v-249v, i.e. [I1]v-[I7]v, including prologue; Job, 251r-262v, i.e. [K1]r-[L4]v, preceded by 2 prologues, 249v-250v, i.e. [I7]v-[I8]v; Psalms, 263v-295v, i.e. [L5]v-[P5]v, preceded by 2 prologues, 263r-v, i.e. [L5]r-v; Proverbs. 296r-306r, i.e. [Q2]r-[R4]r, including Hieronymus, Epistola, [Q2]r; Ecclesiastes, 306r-310r, i.e. [R4]r-[R8]r, including prologue, 306r-v, i.e. [R4]r-v; Song of Solomon, 310r-311v, i.e. [R8]r-[S1]v; Wisdom of Solomon, 311v-318v, i.e. [S1]v-[S8]v; Ecclesiasticus, 318v-337r, i.e. [S8]v-[X3]r, including prologue, 318v-319r, i.e. [S8]v-[T1]r; Prayer of Iesus Sirach, 337r-v, i.e. [X3]r-v; Prayer of Salomon, 337v, i.e. [X3]v; Isaiah, 337v-360r, i.e. [X3]v-[aa2]r, including prologue, 337v-338r, i.e. [X3]v-[X4]r; Jeremiah, 360r-385r, i.e. [aa2]r-[dd3]r, including 2 prologues, 360r-v, i.e. [aa2]r-v; Lamentations, 385r-387v, i.e. [dd3]r-[dd5]v, including Prayer of Jeremiah, [dd5]r-v; Baruch, 387v-390v, i.e. [dd5]v-[dd8]v, including prologue; Ezechiel, DSC_0138390v-414r, i.e. [dd8]v-[gg8]r, including prologue, 390v-391r, i.e. [dd8]v-[ee1]r; Daniel, 415r-425r, i.e. [hh1]r-[ii3]r, preceded by prologue, 414r-v, i.e. [gg8]r-v; Minor Prophets, 425v-443r, i.e. [ii3]v-[ll5]r, including prologue, 425r, i.e.[ii3]r; Malachia, 443r-444r, i.e. [ll5]r-[ll6]r; Maccabees 1-2, 444v-469r, i.e. [ll6]v-[oo7]r, including prologue; Argumenta in Matheum, 469v-470r, i.e. [oo7]v-[oo8]r; Matthew, 470r-484v, i.e. [oo8]r-[qq6]v; Mark, 485v-493v, i.e. [qq7]v-[rr7]v, preceded by prologue, 484v-485r, i.e. [qq6]v-[qq7]r; Luke, 494v-509v, i.e. [rr8]v-[tt7]v, preceded by prologue, 494r-v, i.e. [rr8]r-v; John, 509v-521r, [tt7]v-[xx3]r, including prologue, 509v-510r, i.e. [tt7]v-[tt8]r; Paul. Epistles, 521v-553v, i.e. [xx3]v-[BB3]v, including preface, prologue and argument, 521v-522v, i.e. [xx3]v-[xx4]v; Acts, 553v-568r [foliated 468], i.e. [BB3]v-[DD2]r, including prologue, 553v-554r, i.e. [BB3]v-[BB4]r; Prologue to the canonical epistles, 568r [foliated 468], i.e. [DD2]r; James. Epistle, 568r [foliated 468]-569v, i.e. [DD2]r-[DD3]v, including prologue; Peter. Epistles 1-2, 569v-572r, i.e. [DD3]v-[DD6]r, including prologues; John. Epistles 1-3, 572r-574v, i.e. [DD6]r-[EE2]v, including prologues; Jude. Epistle, 574v-575r, i.e. [EE2]v-[EE3]r, including prologue; Revelation [or Apocalypse], 575r-583v, i.e. [EE3]r-[FF5]v.

DSC_0141 The most important illustrated book produced in Nuremberg during Dürer’s youth was this two-volume German Bible. The edition was published by Dürer’s godfather, Anton Koberger, who directed one of the most successful printing shops of the fifteenth century. The woodcuts used in this book originally were produced in Cologne for Heinrich Quentell’s German Bible, published c. 1478. 

DSC_0145

Purchased for re-use by Koberger in

Nuremberg, these woodblocks contributed much to Dürer’s artistic vocabulary. This set became the standard for German biblical illustration through the 16th century. Koberger (ca. 1445-1513) became one of the most important printers in fifteenth-century Germany. He may have operated as many as twenty-four presses and produced some 250 works between ca. 1471 and 1504. BIBLE, IN GERMAN. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 17 February 1483. 2 volumes in one, royal 2° (375 x 255mm). Collation: [14 2-48 56 6-378 386; 39-728 73-756] (11r St. Jerome’s letter to Paulinus, 1/4r prologue to the Pentateuch, 2/1r Genesis-Psalms, 38/6 blank; 39/1 blank, 39/2r St. Jerome’s letter on Proverbs, Proverbs-Maccabees, New Testament, 75/6 blank). 585 leaves (of 586, without final blank 75/6).

(See H. Wendland, “Eine fünfhundertjährige Inkunabel – Anton Kobergers deutsche Bibel”, <i>Philobiblon</i>, 28, 1984, pp. 30-37). H *3137; GW 4303; BMC II, 424 (C.11.d.4,5); Schreiber 3461; BSB-Ink B-490; Goff B-632.

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Anton Koberger’s Biblia Germanica, the ninth German Bible to be printed, appeared in 1483, the year that Martin Luther was born.

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169J  Diß durchleuchtigist werck der gantzen heyligen geschrifft. genant dy bibel

[Nuremberg] : Gedruckt durch Anthonium Koburger in der löblichen keyserlichen reychstat Nürenberg 1483                                $220,000

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Two large folio volumes bound as one, [a4, b-d8, e6, f-z8, A-O8, P6, Q-Z8, aa-zz8, AA-CC8, DD-FF6]. Bound in original alum tawd pigskin over wooden boards with both clasps.

This Anton Koberger’s  Biblia Germanica , the ninth German Bible to be printed, appeared in 1483, the year that Martin Luther was born This edition is the only one that Koberger issued in German.  Koberger issued it in three states: 1)highly embellished, with finely-painted woodcuts and illuminations on some pages; 2)  hand-painted, with no illumination; 3) and plain black-and-white, as printed. This one of which belongs to the first group. 109 woodcuts (87 in the Old Testament and 12 in the New Testament) from 108 blocks, ALL WITH CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLORING in green, orange, yellow, ochre and maroon, very probably executed in Koberger’s shop,

DSC_0146The first Bible printed in German appeared as early as 1466. The present edition is usually called the ‘ninth German Bible’; the ‘eleventh’, however, would be more correct, if one includes the Low German Cologne Bibles in the chronological sequence of German bibles. Koberger’s edition is regarded as typographically the finest, and is without doubt the best-known and the most influential of the German Bibles before Martin Luther.  For the illustration of this Bible, Koberger used the series of 108 large woodblocks published before in the two Low German Bibles printed in Cologne in 1478-1479.

Imprints from colophon on leaf [FF5] verso, which reads: Gedruckt durch anthonium koburger in der löbichen keyserlichen reychstat Nüremberg. Nach der ge-burt cristi des gesetzs der genaden . vierzehenhundert vnd in dem dreyvndachtzigste[n] iar. Montag nach Invocavit.

DSC_0144This Bible of Koberger’s professes to be, and apparently is, ‘a revision made with great diligence.’ The corrections were possibly derived from the Cologne Low German Bible [of 1480?, Darlow & Moule 4182], with which Koberger’s edition has many illustrations and other details in common .The initial letters are filled in by hand. The book contains over 109 woodcuts, generally measuring about 12 x18.5 cm. The blocks are identical with those in [Darlow & Moule] No. 4182.” (D. & M.).

 Book sequence as follows :

(fol. in Arabic numerals): Hieronymus, [Letter addressed to] Paulinus presbiter, 1r-4r, i.e. [a1]r-[a4]r; Pentateuch, 4r-100, including prologue, 4r-v, i.e. [a4]r-v; Joshua, 100r-111r, i.e. [b1]r-[p5]r, including prologue; Judges, 111r-122v, i.e. [p5]r-[q8]v; Ruth, 123r-124r, i.e. [r1]r-[r2]4; Kings 1-2, 124v-155r, i.e. [r2]v-[x1]r, including prologue, [r2]v-[r3]r; Kings 3-4, 155r-184r, i.e. [x1]r-[A5]r; Chronicles 1-2, 184v-213r, DSC_0142[A5]v-[E3]r, including prologues, [A5]v-[A6]v; Prayer of Manasse, 213v, i.e. [E3]v; Ezra 1-2, 213v-225r, i.e. [E3]v-[F7]r, including prologue, [E3]v-[E4]r; Ezra 3, 225r-231v, i.e. [F7]r-[G5]v; Tobit, 232r-237r, i.e. [G6]r-[H3]r, including prologue; Judith, 237v-243r, i.e. [H3]v-[I1]r, with prologue, 237r, [H3]r; Ester, 243v-249v, i.e. [I1]v-[I7]v, including prologue; Job, 251r-262v, i.e. [K1]r-[L4]v, preceded by 2 prologues, 249v-250v, i.e. [I7]v-[I8]v; Psalms, 263v-295v, i.e. [L5]v-[P5]v, preceded by 2 prologues, 263r-v, i.e. [L5]r-v; Proverbs. 296r-306r, i.e. [Q2]r-[R4]r, including Hieronymus, Epistola, [Q2]r; Ecclesiastes, 306r-310r, i.e. [R4]r-[R8]r, including prologue, 306r-v, i.e. [R4]r-v; Song of Solomon, 310r-311v, i.e. [R8]r-[S1]v; Wisdom of Solomon, 311v-318v, i.e. [S1]v-[S8]v; Ecclesiasticus, 318v-337r, i.e. [S8]v-[X3]r, including prologue, 318v-319r, i.e. [S8]v-[T1]r; Prayer of Iesus Sirach, 337r-v, i.e. [X3]r-v; Prayer of Salomon, 337v, i.e. [X3]v; Isaiah, 337v-360r, i.e. [X3]v-[aa2]r, including prologue, 337v-338r, i.e. [X3]v-[X4]r; Jeremiah, 360r-385r, i.e. [aa2]r-[dd3]r, including 2 prologues, 360r-v, i.e. [aa2]r-v; Lamentations, 385r-387v, i.e. [dd3]r-[dd5]v, including Prayer of Jeremiah, [dd5]r-v; Baruch, 387v-390v, i.e. [dd5]v-[dd8]v, including prologue; Ezechiel, DSC_0138390v-414r, i.e. [dd8]v-[gg8]r, including prologue, 390v-391r, i.e. [dd8]v-[ee1]r; Daniel, 415r-425r, i.e. [hh1]r-[ii3]r, preceded by prologue, 414r-v, i.e. [gg8]r-v; Minor Prophets, 425v-443r, i.e. [ii3]v-[ll5]r, including prologue, 425r, i.e.[ii3]r; Malachia, 443r-444r, i.e. [ll5]r-[ll6]r; Maccabees 1-2, 444v-469r, i.e. [ll6]v-[oo7]r, including prologue; Argumenta in Matheum, 469v-470r, i.e. [oo7]v-[oo8]r; Matthew, 470r-484v, i.e. [oo8]r-[qq6]v; Mark, 485v-493v, i.e. [qq7]v-[rr7]v, preceded by prologue, 484v-485r, i.e. [qq6]v-[qq7]r; Luke, 494v-509v, i.e. [rr8]v-[tt7]v, preceded by prologue, 494r-v, i.e. [rr8]r-v; John, 509v-521r, [tt7]v-[xx3]r, including prologue, 509v-510r, i.e. [tt7]v-[tt8]r; Paul. Epistles, 521v-553v, i.e. [xx3]v-[BB3]v, including preface, prologue and argument, 521v-522v, i.e. [xx3]v-[xx4]v; Acts, 553v-568r [foliated 468], i.e. [BB3]v-[DD2]r, including prologue, 553v-554r, i.e. [BB3]v-[BB4]r; Prologue to the canonical epistles, 568r [foliated 468], i.e. [DD2]r; James. Epistle, 568r [foliated 468]-569v, i.e. [DD2]r-[DD3]v, including prologue; Peter. Epistles 1-2, 569v-572r, i.e. [DD3]v-[DD6]r, including prologues; John. Epistles 1-3, 572r-574v, i.e. [DD6]r-[EE2]v, including prologues; Jude. Epistle, 574v-575r, i.e. [EE2]v-[EE3]r, including prologue; Revelation [or Apocalypse], 575r-583v, i.e. [EE3]r-[FF5]v.

DSC_0141 The most important illustrated book produced in Nuremberg during Dürer’s youth was this two-volume German Bible. The edition was published by Dürer’s godfather, Anton Koberger, who directed one of the most successful printing shops of the fifteenth century. The woodcuts used in this book originally were produced in Cologne for Heinrich Quentell’s German Bible, published c. 1478. 

DSC_0145

Purchased for re-use by Koberger in

Nuremberg, these woodblocks contributed much to Dürer’s artistic vocabulary. This set became the standard for German biblical illustration through the 16th century. Koberger (ca. 1445-1513) became one of the most important printers in fifteenth-century Germany. He may have operated as many as twenty-four presses and produced some 250 works between ca. 1471 and 1504. BIBLE, IN GERMAN. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 17 February 1483. 2 volumes in one, royal 2° (375 x 255mm). Collation: [14 2-48 56 6-378 386; 39-728 73-756] (11r St. Jerome’s letter to Paulinus, 1/4r prologue to the Pentateuch, 2/1r Genesis-Psalms, 38/6 blank; 39/1 blank, 39/2r St. Jerome’s letter on Proverbs, Proverbs-Maccabees, New Testament, 75/6 blank). 585 leaves (of 586, without final blank 75/6).

(See H. Wendland, “Eine fünfhundertjährige Inkunabel – Anton Kobergers deutsche Bibel”, <i>Philobiblon</i>, 28, 1984, pp. 30-37). H *3137; GW 4303; BMC II, 424 (C.11.d.4,5); Schreiber 3461; BSB-Ink B-490; Goff B-632.

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The Discovery of Two Murders by an Apparition 1721

167J  John Aubrey  1626-1697

Miscellanies, Viz. I. Day-Fatality. II. Local-Fatality. III. Ostenta. IV. Omens. V. Dreams. VI. Apparitions. VII. Voices. VIII. Impulses. IX. Knockings. X. Blows invisible. XI. Prophesies. XII. Marvels. XIII. Magick. XIV. Transportation in the Air. XV. Visions in a Beril, or glass. XVI. Converse with Angels and Spirits. XVII. Corps-candles in Wales. XVIII. Oracles. XIX. Exstasie. XX. Glances of {Love. Envy. XXI. Second-Sighted-Persons. XXII. The Discovery of Two Murders by an Apparition. 

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London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, and J. Battley in Pater-Noster-Row, J. Pemberton in Fleetstreet, and E. Curll in the Strand. 1721                               $3,800
 
Octavo 7 3/4 X 41/4 inches 2],x,[6],236p.  Second edition enlarged.
This is a Lovely copy ! This copy is bound in contemporary blind ruled calf, professionally and very neatly rebacked with original gilt embellished spine laid over, and original boards, corners 58277sympathetically renewed, gilt titled spine label. Light overall rubbing and wear to boards, armorial bookplate and private library plate on front pastedown, endpapers browned and a bit foxed, a little scattered browning and light foxing, a few lightly creased corners, text pages fairly bright and unmarked. Overall a tight, clean copy.
 
Aubrey had a particular fascination for the supernatural although best known for his biographical Brief Lives. 
 
‘”In 1696 Aubrey issued the only book he ever printed himself, the ‘Miscellanies,’ a highly entertaining collection of ghost stories and other anecdotes of the supernatural” (DNB). A work of ‘Hermetic Philosophy’, and one of the broadest of the early English examinations of the subject. As the lengthy subtitle suggests, this work contains many esoteric account including, in the final chapter ‘The Discovery of Two Murders by an Apparition’.  These  two murders  were tried on 16 September 1690 before ‘the Honorable Sir John Powel, Knight, one of their Majesties Justices, at the Assizes holden at York’: ‘One committed by William Barwick upon his Wife being with Child, near Cawood in Yorkshire’, and the other ‘by Edward Mangall, upon Elizabeth Johnson, alias Ringrose, and her Bastard Child’ ‘Introductory Title’ which appears on page one: ‘A Collection of Hermetick Philosophy.’  ‘Miscellanies’ is a broad-ranging study, with sections on auspicious and inauspicious dates, omens, communications with angels, and magick, as well as a study of ‘second sight’ (the ability to foresee future events through divine inspiration) that is reputed to be the first treatment of the subject to appear in print. The chapter on “Magick” includes a few short references to witches and witchcraft: notably “Vervain and dill, Hinders witches from their will”, and several stories recounting methods used to hinder witchcraft. The book was first published in 1696. 

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