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September 2020

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The Early Modern mythographic tradition part 1. Vincenso Cartari

343J  Vincenso Cartari.   1531–1569 Seconda novissima editione delle Imagini de gli dei delli antichi di Vicenzo Cartari ...Ridotte da capo a piedi alle loro reali, & non più per l'adietro osseruate simiglianze. cauate da'marmi, bronzi, medaglie, gioie, & altre memorie... Continue Reading →

Natale Conti, 1520-1582. Geofredi Linocerii Friderici Sylbvrg M. Antonii Triton Gregorio Giraldi 1479–1552

{The Early Modern mythographic tradition part 2} "Conti's book was almost a mythological library by itself" Allen, Mysteriously Meant 1970 429J Conti, Natalis Natalis Comitis Mythologiae sive explicationis fabvlarvm libri decem : In Quibus Omnia Prope Naturalis Et Moralis Philosophiae dogmata... Continue Reading →

Infinite literature


Screenshot 2020-09-23 at 9.13.03.png An eighth-century book in its original binding, St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 185.

The best books are infinite, reproducing themselves for as long as there are people to read. There are two types of infinity when it comes to the written word. One is related to a book’s ability to be duplicated, by hand or machine, into new exemplars, like organisms breeding new individuals. This way, the book’s survival is ensured. The more copies there are, the farther the book is from extinction.

The other type of infinity has to do with reader engagement. While some books survive through duplication, others endure through their capacity to morph into new texts, new books, new media. In ancient times, Homer’s survival seemed beyond question. Yet, in the West, the Iliad and the Odyssey ceased to be copied and read, at least in the version the ancients had read them. The Homeric world…

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6 Books from the 1470’s

#945G Eusebius (c. 260-c. 340) Eusebius Pa[m]phili de eua[n]gelica preparac[i]o[n]e ex greco in latinu[m] translatus Incipit feliciter. [ Cologne, Ulrich Zel, not after 1473]. $19,000 Folio 29 x21 cm. Signatures:  [a]12, [b-o]10, [p]8 The copy at the Vienna Schottenstift has... Continue Reading →

Galileo’s “Starry Messenger” and Kepler’s “Dioptrice” Two of the Most Important Books in Early Observational Astronomy

Gassendi, Pierre (1592-1655); Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Kepler, Johannes (1571-1630) Petri Gassendi Institutio Astronomica: Juxta Hypotheseis tam Veterum quàm Recentiorum. Cui accesserunt Galilei Galilei Nuncius Sidereus; et Johannis Kepleri Dioptrice. Tertia editio prioribus Correctior. London: Henry Dickinson, 1683                                     […]

The first published catalogue of the Cottonian Library

Maybe no other book I have in my current stock is more like the Internet than this one? I can spend hours upon hours reading (looking) through this book, An example is this entry: This is entry ” NERO D IV. In modern form Cotton MS Nero D IV (still the same 300 years later.. […]

181J Psalterium Latinum. A early fifteenth century Manuscript Psalter  surrounded on every page by an untitled 18th century English History manuscript

181J Psalterium Latinum. A early fifteenth century Manuscript Psalter  surrounded on every page by an untitled 18th century English History manuscript.                                  Tours, France circa... Continue Reading →

[Book of hours [manuscript] : use of Sarum]

LITURGY Use of Sarum [Book of hours [manuscript] : use of Sarum] Duodecimo: 11 x 8 cm Flanders or Northern France (St. Omer?), ca. 1455–1470, Bound in its original binding of calf over wooden boards sewn on alum tawed cords. .Many... Continue Reading →

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