A discussion of interesting books from my current stock A site


January 2021

Before January Ends I have the scaffolding of my February project in place.

13 LIVRES DU XV et XVIÈME SIÈCLE tablefrencho21f25c2a7.docxDownload Chers clients, Chers collègues,  Nous espérons que vous allez bien après cette longue période de confinement. 617°678°4517 F. XXV Books printed in France TABLE. Cities &c. Paris: #3,4,5,8,10 Lyon: #1,2,6... Continue Reading →

(Early) Modern Love, Courting, Humor and, ….

                                      Ø      1). Judith Drake An essay in defence of the female sex. In which are inserted the characters of a... Continue Reading →

The writing is on every wall

What next indeed!


No cultural shift has been more consequential than when some societies decided that the ideal way to prepare an individual for social life is to keep her in school for 15 years of her life or more.

Modern society prizes cognitive development more than any other type of human development. We are not deemed ready to live with others until we’ve spent a big chunk of our lives rearing our brains. And for most of us in the West, it means spending many years of our lives surrounded by books and people who point us to more books.

The book experiment is extremely recent at the scale of human evolution. Yet the acceleration of visual learning in our culture is remarkable. Five hundred years ago, having access to a book was expensive at best and exceptional at worst. Today, most of us could afford putting together a small private library…

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Jesuit tranche 2021

In this little list they're seven large descriptions of books by jesuits current to my stock. They are all illustrated, in early binding and uncommon. Follow this url to see the catalogue.

Two Unrecorded Woodcuts from Urs Graf’s “F.M.S.” Cycle

A very nice description!

Special Collections Cataloging at Penn

Leaf c2r of the Lea Library's "Seelengärtlein" (Basel?: Pamphilus Gengenbach?, between 1515 and 1520?) with red and black inhabited woodcut initial H. Leaf c2r of the Lea Library’s “Seelengärtlein” (Basel?: Pamphilus Gengenbach?, between 1515 and 1520?) with red and black inhabited woodcut initial H. Photograph by the author.

In the spring of 2019 the Penn Libraries acquired for the Henry Charles Lea Library a German Hortulus animae or Seelengärtlein (BX2085 .S44 1515), a type of lay prayer book that enjoyed a brief burst of popularity in western Europe at the beginning of the sixteenth century.1 The first known Hortulus animae—Latin for “little garden of the soul”—was printed in 1498 at Strasbourg by Wilhelm Schaffner (Oldenbourg L1; ISTC ih00485000); three years later another Strasbourg printer, Johann Grüninger, issued the first German edition, whose subtitle explains, “This little book is an herb garden / Of the soul …” [Dyses büchlin ein wurtz gart ist / Der sel …] (Oldenbourg L4; VD 16 H 5076). Its…

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explaining Dantephobia by Biblonia


Surely there must be a circle in Hell reserved for literary critics who maliciously misread Dante.

John Carey’s discussion of Dante Alighieri in his latest book, A Little History of Poetry (Yale, 2020) has little on fairness, while being quite big on latter-day moralism. To wildly paraphrase Ben Johnson, A Little History has, at least in its depiction of the Florentine poet, small balance and lesse grace.

This is by no means a review of A Little History but simply a response to Carey’s cursory treatment, or shouldI say, mistreatment of Dante in the book (pp. 25-8). Chapter 5, ‘Continental Masters of the Middle Ages, Dante, [Arnaut] Daniel, Petrarch, Villon’, to which the discussion of Dante is confined, begins ex abrupto:

“Of all world-famous poets, none is less likely to appeal to the modern reader than Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321). This is not just because his poetry is soaked…

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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 →

Lyptzck [Leipzig]

ISTC has 1429 hits for Leipzig. Jacobus de Gruytrode Lyptzck [Leipzig] : Gregor Böttiger, [Werman] 1495.   $12,000 Quarto  12 x 9 cm. Signatures: a8 b-p6 q8.[Errors in foliation: lxxxviiii-xcviii foliated xc-xcviiii, with xc as cxi, xciiii as cxv] Blank initial spaces. Bound in half... Continue Reading →

The history (and Portraits) of the moderne protestant divines

428J Verheiden, Jacob.     The history of the moderne protestant divines, containing their parents, countries, education, studies, lives, and the yeare of our Lord in which they dyed. With a true register of all their severall treatises, and writings that are extant.... Continue Reading →

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