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£ s. ST. MALCHUS. Pa. 218: Incipit vita Malchi monachi captivi
Pa. 226: PAFNUCIJ monachi vita feliciter incipit
In 1 vol. small 4to. MS. ON VELLUM AND PAPER, 235 pp.; in the original boards covered with whitish leather, with the bookplate of the Duke of Sussex
(Flanders), 1457 60 00 An interesting collection. The account of George of Hungary's visit in 1353 to the Purgatory of St. Patrick is believed to be unique. He is described as a young nobleman of the court of King Louis I of
imperial 8vo. ILLUMINATED MS. ON VELLUM, written in
About 1470-75 175 00
This is a fine example of Burgundian work, and highly interesting
for its historical associations.
incipit . Page 227: .. Publij Ouidij Nasonis sulmonensis poete
Small 4to. well-written MS. on paper; hf. bd. from the Drury and
(Ferrara, about 1470) 5 00
great Ariosto's father.
Cassina, Cistellaria, Epidicus, Aulularia. 4to. MS. on paper, by Italian
About 1460 7 00
agree with. These notes were written about 1500-1510.
written in red and black in large Gothic letters, twenty lines
£ d. leaf of the text cut away ; a noble example of Italian art and calligraphy, bound in blue morocco extra, by Kalthoeber
Written probably in Rome, about 1440-50 120 0 0 This important as well as magnificent MS. was written in some Cistercian house, probably for one of the Cardinals of the Church who belonged to that order. The miniatures though small, are painted with wonderful vigour and skill, the design and modelling of the faces being particularly excellent. The Music is Gregorian in square notes on a staff of four lines.
The full offices for the enthronement of a Pope, and the coronation
of an Emperor form part of the text.
Hydrographical Maps of the world, COLOURED AND ILLUMINATED, by a
About 1600 63 00
later, although certainly before the discovery of Le Maire's strait.
contain the Calendar ; Foll. 7-155 the Psalter, etc.; Fol. 156
4to. A SUPERB MS. ON IMMACULATE VELLUM, splendidly
This beautiful volume can hardly be equalled in any public library, for the extraordinary freshness and purity of its condition. The vellum is perfectly white and smooth, the ample margins have never been touched since the day the book was originally bound, the colours and the gilding are as bright as when they were first laid on, and from beginning to end, the pages wear an air of distinction and sumptuous magnificence which is very rarely to be seen.
There are two leaves in front of the Calendar, which were originally blank, but on which a hand of the early part of the sixteenth
century has written “ La grande Confession generalle.”
γραφικής Υφιγήσεως (Βιβλίον ..) Introduction to Geo-
century binding of wooden boards, backed with leather
About A.D. 1260-70 40 0 A GREAT RARITY: the complete Greek text of the famous Alexandrian Geographer, but without any maps.
This text is marked on the first page as having been corrected and annotated about 1320-25) by Nicephoras Gregoras, the Byzantine historian, and to him is probably due the substitution of leaves 61-101 (completing the book) for the original 61-74 (which had left the book unfinished, and which are still preserved at the end of the MS.). To him also we may ascribe the insertion of 21 blank leaves between leaf 80 and 81-this having been done probably for the purpose of getting maps to illustrate the book.
The MS. is therefore of considerable interest from more than one point of view, and is in no degree inferior (but rather superior) to the codex of the same age which was published in facsimile by Didot. The autograph inscription of Nicephoras Gregoras runs thus
Το παρόν Βιβλίον εδιορθώσεν και εξηγη' μετά σχολί’ Νικηφόρος και
an Italian hand, neatly written on 112 leaves ; French calf extra, gilt
Natus ex celsis tectis . . After a prologue which ends half way down
12mo. a pretty little Italian MS. on fine vellum, beautifully written
About 1460-65 8 80 This MS. was brought from Italy by the Abbé Celotti, and then passed into the
collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps.
OF EARLY ENGLISH MYSTERIES OR MIRACLE-
MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, written in a bold hand with
About 1460 720 00
d. Johannes Baptista, Conspiracio et Capcio, Colaphizatio, Flagellacio, Processus Crucis, Crucifixio, Processus Talentorum, Extractio Animarum ab Inferno, Resurrectio Domini, Peregrini (or Thomas Indie], Ascensio Domini, Juditium, Lazarus, and Suspentio Judæ (this last is in a later handwriting and was probably added towards the end of the XVth century). The language of these Pageants betrays a northern origin and the Secunda Pastorum, described by Mr. Collier as " the most singular Piece in the whole collection," offers local allusions tending strongly to corroborate the claim of Woodkirk to the production of these Mysteries. The word Wakefield, written by the original scribe in the heading of the first and of the third piece, seems however to indicate beyond a doubt that the mysteries were played in that town. The editor of the volume published for the Surtees Society did not observe this fact. He was evidently under the impression that Wakefield " was in the same somewhat later hand in which are written in one place the word “barkers," in the other the word “glovers," and in a third and fourth “ lytsters” and “fysshers ”—the names of the guilds or trades which performed the pieces in question. But whether Woodkirk or Wakefield be the spot in which this volume was produced-and the two places are not far apart—the MS. remains a wonderful and priceless monument of old English dramatic literature, and one of the chief glories of the literary history and language of Yorkshire.
It is not known when this volume first came into the possession of the Towneley family. Their early connection with Yorkshire, as well as Lancashire, enables us to surmise that it may have formed part of the Towneley collection at a remote period, or that at least it was in the fine library formed by John Towneley, who died in 1607, whose great love for his books was evinced by the bindings in which
he had them covered, all bearing his arms and motto.
Utrecht (formerly Cotton MS. Claudius c. vii) photographed and
This book furnished a splendid opportunity for the exhibition of palæographical
allow to have existed before the ninth century.
On fol. 3a : Valerij Maximi factorum dicto493 memora-
Folio, SPLENDID MS. ON VELLUM, ILLUMINATED WITH
Mccccxviij fuit completus (Florence, 1418) 100 0 0 The miniature representing the author, which appears on the first page is one of remarkable excellence, and may have been the work of a considerable painter. The escutcheon in the border below is argent, a cross gules (Popoleschi), on which there is an escutcheon of pretence, quarterly, 1 and 4 gules, 2 and 3 (Patrizi) fessy, argent and sable. This
seems to point to a son-in-law of Bartholomeo Popoleschi, who had
This fine Florentine MS. is in admirably fresh condition, and is
evidently indicates the period of the completion of the text.
FRATRIS VINCENTIJ .. 25 books in 2 vols. ; SPECULI
Cambron in Hainaut, about 1280-1300 60 0 0
At the end of the first of the above four volumes we find an inscription : Explicit iste liber, sit scriptor crimine liber. Amen.-At the end of third : Explicit secunda pars speculi hystorialis. Liber Sancte Marie de Camberone. Johannes de Resbais scripsit orate pro
Finito libro sit laus et gloria Christo.-At the end of the fourth: Explicit liber sancte Marie de Camberone quarte partis speculi hystorialis. Johannes de Resbais scripsit Orate pro eo karissimi fratres viri Dei.—Below this in another hand is : Anno milleno quater L quater X quoque quarto libros complevit atque quievit.-All the four volumes are marked on the first page as Liber Ste Marie de Camberone in a hand of about 1300. The institution was a Cistercian abbey of considerable note, at Cambron in Hainaut, about twenty miles north
of Mons and five and twenty to the east of Tournai.
folio), 226 leaves, MS. BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN OF FINE VELLUM, with two
Venice, about 1460 20 0 0
type was evolved.
precibus, litania, et symbolo, smallest 4to. MS. ON VELLUM,
An interesting volume regularly and beautifully written before
1340.—There is a Calendar on the first six leaves, containing
The Calendar bas directions in French at the bottom of each