A discussion of interesting books from my current stock at


June 2019

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 →

Martin Luther Reinvents the German Language — Human Pages

When, in 1522, Martin Luther agreed to a staged kidnapping that would keep him safe from Catholic and other authorities, he soon found himself out of danger, but also bored to tears. Hiding out in castle called the Wartburg, near... Continue Reading →

The Melancholy of William Blake — Human Pages: This is not really a question.

No matter how poor he got, and no matter what of his belongings he had to sell to get by, William Blake always held onto a print of Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 work, Melencolia I; it was found in his workroom... Continue Reading →

Manuscripts, Incunabula and Post incunabula (but all at least 500 years old!)

  The first medieval theologian to develop a systematic treatise on free will, the virtues, and the natural law. 1) 245J Guillermus Altissodorensis, or William of Auxerre, c.1150-1231 (sometimes also called William of Beauvai) Summa aurea in quattuor libros sententiarum... Continue Reading →

EROTOMANIA or A treatise discoursing of the essence, causes, symptomes, prognosticks, and cure of love, or Erotiqve melancholy. Written by Iames Ferrand Dr. of Physick

Jacques Ferrand (b. ca. 1575) EROTOMANIA, OR A TREATISE DISCOURSING OF THE ESSENCE, CAUSES, SYMPTOMES, PROGNOSTICKS, AND CURE OF LOVE, OR EROTIQUE MELANCHOLY. (Oxford: Printed by L. Lichfield, 1640).                      ... Continue Reading →

Saint Jerome & the medieval phenomenon of ‘Pious Fraud’* or Exitus acta probat.

Exitus acta probat.  OVID Heroides, II, 85.    "the outcome justifies the means." This week I have been working on a fifteenth-century manuscript which satisfies most of the qualities of a Pious Fraud .  "Pious fraud is used to describe fraud in religion. A... Continue Reading →

Petrus de Rosenheim

299J Petrus de ROSENHEIM(1380-1433)..  (& Sebastian Brant (1458-1521);  Georg Simler aka Relmisius)   [ARS MEMORANDI.] Rationarium Euangelistarum : omnia in se euangelia: prosa. uersu. imaginibusq[ue] q[ue] mirifice co[m]plecte[n]sThomas Anshelm, Pforzheim, 1507.      $SOLD 000 Quarto  8 x 5 3/4  inches:   a-c6... Continue Reading →

Sacro bosco

  315 JOHANNES de SACRO BOSCO. (c. 1195 - c. 1256) (also called John or Johannes Halifax, Holyfax, Holywalde, Sacroboscus, Sacrobuschus, de Sacro Bosco, or de Sacro Busto) And Georgius de Monteferrato Figura sphere cu[m] glosis Georgii de Mo[n]teferrato artiu[m]... Continue Reading →

The family-dictionary; or, Household companion:

308J. William Salmon 1644-1713 The family-dictionary; or, Household companion: Containing, in an alphabetical method, I. Directions for cookery, in dressing flesh, fowl, fish, herbs, boots, &c. Seasoning, making sauces, bills of fare, art of carving, &c. II. Making all sorts... Continue Reading →

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