A discussion of interesting books from my current stock at


December 2021

The Roman Martyrs for Dec 21- Omnes sancti Mártyres, oráte pro nobis.

ROMAN MARTYROLOGY 515J. Catholic Church (Jesuits)  The Roman martyrologe set forth by the command of Pope Gregory XIII. and revievved by the authority of Vrban VIII. Translated out of Latin into English, by G.K. of the Society of Iesus. The... Continue Reading →


"They" (the Monks] "might be disposed occasionally to recreate their minds with subjects of a light and amusing nature; and what could be more innocent or delightful than the stories of the Gesta Romanorum';"              ... Continue Reading →

A handful of books new to my shelves.

Before i describe the physical aspects of the text: I would like to take a few lines to let you know what I see FROM this strange book.  . It is hard to find something commendatory about Plautus in recent... Continue Reading →

One thousand five hundred years ago, situations unchanged.

471J  Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus (480-524) Sancti thome de aquino super libris Boecii de consolatione philosophie co[m]mentum cum expositione feliciter incipit. Lyons: Guillaume le Roy, 1484 ( not after 24 December 1484).  Price: $22,000. Chancery folio (296 x 210mm). signatures :a-x⁸... Continue Reading →

The First printed tribute to Gutenberg with a date.(1440)

307J Eusebius of Caesarea 260-c. 340 Eusebii Caesariensis episcopi chronicon id est temporum breuiarium incipit foeliciter: quem Hieronymus praesbiter diuino eius ingenio Latinum facere curauit: et vsque in Valente[m] Cesarem Romano adiecit eloquio. Que[m] et Prosper deinde Matheus Palmerius ...... Continue Reading →

Spanish Astronomy ! no US copies!

550J Nicolas CAUSSIN S.J., (1583-1651); Estevan de AGUILAR Y ZUÑIGA Corte Divina, o Palacio Celestial. Primero y segundo tomo, que son diez, y onze de lCorte Santa. Escriviola en lengua latina ... N. Causino ... y en la Española, el Doct..E. de... Continue Reading →

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