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March 2021

“The Devil constantly roams the earth seeking someone to devour.”

Bernardinus deBusti, (1540-1513) Incipit Rosarium sermonum predicabilium per quadragesima[m] & totu[m] anni circulum: editum per vite venerabilis religiosum fratre[s] Bernardinu[m] de Busti ordinis sancti Francisci de obseruantia predicatore[m] doctissimu[m]. Pars prima Rosariu[m] (additions by Illuminatus Novariensis and Samuel Cassinensis) Venice... Continue Reading →

Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum

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Europe's printed and hand-written books in the spotlight

By Elizabeth Savage, Senior Lecturer in Book History and Communications, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The British Museum houses one of the world’s most significant collections of early modern German colour prints. In 2015, Elizabeth Savage curated a display on the topic. Continuing research led to a wonderful new publication, Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum. In effect, this is the first major study of these rare milestones of cultural heritage and technology, including previously unidentified examples like the ex libris of Anton Woensam. The book, which pans medieval printing in the late 1400s through the Renaissance and Reformation of the 1500s in the German-speaking lands, does justice to the material through the detailed descriptions and reproductions it offers.

Ex Libris/Bookplate Anton Woensam (Anton of Worms), Arms of Johann von Metzenhausen (1492– 1540) as Archbishop-Elector of Trier, 1531–40, two-block woodcut (black, red), 175 ×…

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Fascicule XXVI • March XXI

A very short catalogue of a fifteen early printed books in western languages! 353J Alberto da Castello.   Rosario della gloriosa Vergin, 1585   459J Balthasar de Porta. Expositio Canonis Missae. [Leipzig : Böttiger about 1495]. 247J  Jean Clérée (1450–1507)  1522458J David   1610445J Digby, Kenelm, 1603-1665. A... Continue Reading →

Two editions of De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis Hrabanus Maurus 1503 & 1605 Both Sold

Two editions of De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis Nam digiti scripto laetantur, lumina visu  Mens volvet sensu mystica verba Dei “The fingers rejoice in writing, the eyes in seeing, and the mind at examining the meaning of God’s mystical words.”    ... Continue Reading →

To Break a Book: Bibliophiles as Book Enemies

This is a very good read! thank you Klaus Graf.

The Fate of Books

On Facebook, I recently came across a book that I never expected to see for sale outside of an auction or a fancy rare-book dealer. The book in question was one of the four volumes of the first edition of The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, printed in 1689. The book’s author, Janez Vajkard (German spelling: Johann Weikhart) Valvasor, used to gaze at Slovenians from the 20-tolar banknote; nowadays we have the euro, but a bunch of places across Slovenia, ranging from libraries to restaurants and mountain cabins, continue to carry his name. It makes sense: Glory is an unprecedented magnum opus that summarized just about everything there was to know about the Slovenian heartland province of Carniola. A full set of the recent Slovenian translation will cost you several thousand euros, as will a well-preserved set of the 19th-century reprint. However, the seller of this…

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A few interesting Bibles 1500-1611

I’ve decided to list them chronologically,  Please enjoy. Happy Holidays and New Year James 1)- 355J Bible Saint Jerome, Biblia cum summariis …A few interesting Bibles 1500-1611

An Early Art instruction book: 1668: The most exquisite and mysterious arts of drawing, etching, engraving, limning, painting in oyl, washing of maps & pictures.

The excellency of the pen and pencil, exemplifying the uses of them in the most exquisite and mysterious arts of drawing, etching, engraving, limning, painting in oyl, washing of maps & pictures. Also the way to cleanse any old painting,... Continue Reading →

Polemo-Middinia. Carmen macaronicum.

The Polemo-Middinia is the most Outstanding of British Macaronic poems. Drummond subjected Scots dialect to Latin grammatical rules. "A remarkable anomaly in the Scottish print culture of the period, the poem's appearance in the years of 'the troubles' sheds new... Continue Reading →

Two Drummonds!

894F William Drummond 1585-1649 The works of William Drummond, of Hawthornden. Consisting of those which were formerly printed, and those which were design’d for the press. Now published from the author’s original copies. Edinburgh : printed by James Watson, in... Continue Reading →

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