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December 2019

“Lavacrum Conscientiae,” by Jacobus de Gruytrode

Teaching spotlight: Art in Medieval Books

Dispatches in Art History

This semester, Dr Anne Kirkham has been teaching a Level 3 course on Art in Medieval Books.

The course introduced students to the glorious imagery on the pages of many medieval books in the West, from the first regular appearances of a ‘rectangular object with pages’ in the fifth century to the time when printed books with printed images became relatively commonplace in the sixteenth century.Students studied how the complex history of this period influenced the production of manuscripts and the art that they contain. The course also considered the effects of collecting and connoisseurship in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the practices of conservation and curating in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Several classes were at John Rylands Library, where specific objects were studied at close-hand, and specialist staff, including the conservation and photographic teams, provided privileged insights into the work of a special collections library.

The final…

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The fist Published Irish Author: Richard FitzRalph. (circa 1300-1360)

First edition of the second published work by the author of the first book by an Irishman to be printed (1483 Defensorium Curatorum ) and consequently, for example, his theory of dominion was still being discussed in the sixteenth century.... Continue Reading →

Oecolampadius : Riots 1528

363J Johannes Œkolampadius (1482-1535) Wjderlegung der falschen gründt, so Augustinus Marius Thuomb predicant z°u Basel, z°u verwenen das die Mess ein Opffer sey, eynem Ersamen Radt do selbig überantwort hat. Basel: Joannem Fasbrum Juliacensem 1528 (Basel 21 Martii). (all the... Continue Reading →

Hrabanus Maurus -Knots of memory.

354J Hrabanus Maurus.   784-856? Magnencij Rabani Mauri De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis opus. erudicione versu prosaq[ue] mirificum. Cum antiqviate avctoris <annis abhinc prope octingentis abbatis primum fuldensis, archiepiscopi postea moguntini. tum noitate scriptionis memorabile. Qvo figvris sive imaginibvs XXVIII. multi fedei... Continue Reading →

Werner Rolewinck 1485

With a reference to the invention of printing (in 1454) on the verso of Folio 64. 359J  Werner Rolewinck    1425-1502 Fasciculus temporu[m] omnes antiquo[rum] chronicas strictim complectens felici numine incipit. Prologus. Venice : Erhard Ratdolt, 8 Sept. 1485              $16,000 Folio (275... Continue Reading →

A work in Spanish by a Portuguese-born writer published in Milan Espeio de principes y ministros

Volume primero del espeio de principes y ministros ... e nel qual se comprenden varios documentos, advertimientos y sentençias neçessarias al buen govierno del prinçipe y ministros seglares y ecclesiasticos ...   357J Martin de Carvallo Villas Boas Milan :... Continue Reading →

The Wise Virgin!

362J  James FISHER and  [Martha HATFIELD]. The wise virgin: or, A wonderfull narration of the various dispensations of God towards a childe of eleven years of age; wherein as his severity hath appeared in afflicting, so also his goodness both... Continue Reading →

An Impressive Set of the Works of Gassendi

Pierre GASSENDI  (1592-1655). Opera omnia: in sex tomos divisa, edited by Henri-Louis Habert de Montmor [ca. 1600-1670]. Lyon: Laurent Anisson and Jean Baptiste Devenet, 1658.     $20,000 6 volumes bound in 3 heavy folio volumes, 36 cm. Volume One: Books 1... Continue Reading →

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