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Orosius: Ireland, Dante, History

The first contemporary textual witness to Christianity in Ireland. Orosius’s text had a wide diffusion, and the chief works of Christian historiography in future centuries, down to Dante’s Commedia, were based on it.  (Conti Latin Literature A History p. 702-703)

Two books on History, Myth & Science 1524 & 1678

Depictions of Geographical changes, Technical inventions, and  Historical milestones. 

Boccaccio’s dictionary of geographical allusions in classical literature.

648J. Giovanni Boccaccio 1313-1375 Opera dell'huomo dotto et famoso Giouan Boccaccio da Certaldo, dalla lingua latina nel thosco idioma per meser Nicolo Liburnio nouamente trallatata. Doue per ordine d'alphabeto si tratta diffusamente delli MONTI: SELVE: BOSCHI: FONTI: LAGHI: FIUMI: STAGNI:... Continue Reading →

The hand-maid to private devotion 1630 Puritan Women and Privacy, Early modern Women and their religious role.

649J  Daniel Featley 1582-1645 Ancilla pietatis: or, The hand-maid to private devotion: presenting a manuell to her mistresse furnished with instructions hymnes and prayers. ... By Daniel Featly, D. in Divin. The fourth edition, corrected, and enlarged. "The practice of extraordinarie deuotion"... 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 →

Henry Suso: Servent to Eternal Wisdom A rare and wonderful copy!

"In the second half of the fourteenth and in the fifteenth century there was no more widely read meditation book in the German language." (CE 573J  Henricus Suso. (1295-1366)  Horologium aeternae sapientiae. 573J  Henricus Suso. (1295-1366)  Horologium aeternae sapientiae. Cologne: Johann Landen,... Continue Reading →

619J Horæ Deipare Virginis Marie B.V.M. Printed on Vellum 47 full-paged cuts coloured.

Horæ Deipare Virginis Marie secundum usum Romanum :pleris[que] Biblie figuris at[que] chorea lethi circu[m]munite, nouis[que] effigiebus adornate, vt in septet[m] Psalmis penitentiali[bus], in vigiliis defunctoru[m], & in horis S[an]cte[m] Crucis, in horis quo[que] S[an]cti Sp[irit]us videre licebit. Exarate [qui]de[m] Parisiis : industria bibliographi Thielmanni Keruer, preclare Vniuersitatis Parisiane librarii iurati in vico Sancti Iacobi ad signum Vnicornis 1519 Price $26,000 The full-page... Continue Reading →

Memory Italian style! Dolce’s rewriting of Congestorium artificiose memorie..

DOLCE, Lodovico.1508-1568. & Host von Romberch, fl. 1485-1533. ; Congestorium artificiose memorie.. $3,700 Dialogo Nel quale si ragiona del modo di accrescere, et conseruar la memoria. Octavo: 13 x9.5cm. Signatures: A-P⁸ (P7 a blank) Bound in an early full stiff vellum... Continue Reading →

633J A gorgeous little Book of Hours!

 633J. Book of Hours, Use of Rome most likely produced in England mid fifteenth century. Duodecimo, 10.5 x 8.5 cm. . 196 parchment leaves of parchment, including tipped-in illuminations on the verso that are coordinated with facing richly foliated leaves on... Continue Reading →

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