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Pa. 218: Incipit vita Malchi monachi


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 0 0

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

35 MISSAL OF PHILIP OF SAVOY; preceded by a Calendar; imperial Svo. ILLUMINATED MS. ON VELLUM, written in double columns, with fine floreated borders, richly painted initials, and numerous gilt capitals, several letters historiated with small MINIATURES and two full-page PAINTINGS (God in Majesty, and the Crucifixion); the prince's armorial bearing repeated many times in the borders; in an exceptionally fresh and splendid condition, bound in black leather and enclosed in a pull-off case


The Calendar reveals the hand of a Cluniac monk, or the vicinity of the Abbey itself. The escutcheon is that of Savoy (gules, a cross argent), charged with a bordure componny or and azur. represents Philip of Savoy, who was, in 1470, in the service of his kinsman, Charles of Burgundy, and who bore the title of Count of Beaugey and Bresse. He afterwards become Duke of Savoy on the death of his grand-nephew in 1496, but only lived till 1497.

This is a fine example of Burgundian work, and highly interesting for its historical associations.

36 OVID. Page 1: Pvblij Ouidij Nasonis Sulmonensis Fastorum liber primus
incipit... Page 227. Publij Ouidij Nasonis sulmonensis poete
clarissimi Fastorum libri sexti et ultimi Teλos. Tuus Alberthus Sauo-
narolla scripsit. Under this the painted escutcheon of Savonarola in
union with that of Ariosto on the right of the shield and of Bonacossi on
the left.

Small 4to. well-written MS. on paper; hf. bd. from the Drury and
Philipps collections
(Ferrara, about 1470)

There are numerous glosses in a somewhat later hand than that of Savonarola.—
There is a small square piece cut out above his inscription, which probably contained
the name of the person for whom he wrote the book. The triple escutcheon gives a
particular interest to this volume. It shews that Alberto must have been a brother of
the famous monk, whose parents were Niccolo Savonarola and Elena Bonacossi. The
Ariosti shield shews that there was a second alliance, probably with a sister of the
great Ariosto's father.


About 1470-75 175 0 0

OCTO Amphitryo, Asinaria, Captivi, Curgulio,
Cassina, Cistellaria, Epidicus, Aulularia. 4to. MS. on paper, by Italian
hands (Gothic, Roman, and semi-Italic letters); calf, from the Phillipps
About 1460

There are several glosses and emendations on the margins by an able scholar who was an acquaintance of J. B. Egnatius, whom he frequently cites but does not always agree with. These notes were written about 1500-1510.

£ 8.

38 PONTIFICALE ROMANUM Folio, MS. ON VELLUM written in red and black in large Gothic letters, twenty lines to the page, each section splendidly decorated with an initial enclosing a fine Miniature (altogether 110 in number), and with a rich semi-border of scrolls, birds, flowers, leaves, and gold drops; the first leaf of the list of contents and the first

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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 00

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.

38* PORTOLANO. MS. Atlas, consisting of 24 large leaves of vellum, with Hydrographical Maps of the world, COLOURED AND ILLUMINATED, by a Portuguese seaman, preceded by tables of Declinations, Calendar, etc. large square folio, calf About 1600 63 0 0

Arranged as follows: The first leaf is blank, the second contains a large and finely drawn picture of the Crucifixion. Fol. 3 is adorned with painted roses and leaves and some large illuminated letters accompanying the description of the Sun's movements. On fol. 4 begin Rules for the movable feasts, with flower-decoration beautifully done. On the reverse of that leaf and the obverse of leaf 5, there are two wind-roses (or compasses). The back of fol. 5 and front of fol. 6 are tables connected with the Calendar. Leaves 7-12 contain the tables of "Declinacaões," ending on page 24. Page 25 is a map of Northern Europe, 26 and 27 South Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. 28 Turkish domínions, 29 a part of Brazil, 30 and 31 West Africa, 32 South East Africa, 33 the same continued Northwards, 34 and 35 From the Red Sea to Ceylon, 36 The two Indias and the Islands, 37 the same extended Northwards with the Philippines and Japan, 38 Coasts of New Guinea and its neighbours, 39 Atlantic coasts, 40 West Africa, 41 Mexico and California, 42 West South America, 43 East South America, 44 Regions near the mouth of St. Laurence, 45 West Europe and North West Africa and Islands, 46 and 17 The West Indies from Florida to the Amazon, 48 Spain and West Africa. There are various paintings of figures, towns, etc., in the blank spaces on the maps.-The prominence given to Lisbon and the Portuguese escutcheons would seem to show that the work was done before 1580, but it was probably somewhat later, although certainly before the discovery of Le Maire's strait.

£ 8. d.

39 PSALTERIUM, PRECES, LITANIA, ET HYMNI. Foll. 1-6 contain the Calendar; Foll. 7-155 the Psalter, etc.; Fol. 156 the Te Deum, 157-8 the Athanasian Creed, 159-161 the Litany; Foll. 162-190 contain the Hymns

4to. A SUPERB MS. ON IMMACULATE VELLUM, splendidly illuminated with rich borders, 24 MINIATURES in the Calendar, and 9 LARGE MINIATURES in the body of the book; entirely in fresh and brilliant state; in a sixteenth-century stamped binding, rebacked Probably done in Paris about 1480-90 200 00

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."

40 PTOLEMY'S GEOGRAPHY. Κλαυδίου Πτολεμαίου Γεωγραφικῆς Ὑφιγήσεως (Βιβλίον ..) Introduction to Geography in Greek, folio, MS. on paper, double columns, 44 lines to the column; with many diagrams; in a fifteenth

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 Alex-
andrian 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

Τὸ παρὸν Βιβλίον ἐδιορθῶσεν καὶ ἐξηγη μετὰ σχολία Νικηφόρος ὁ

41 TERENTII Comœdiæ cum Glossis, small folio (or 4to.) MS. on paper by
an Italian hand, neatly written on 112 leaves; French calf extra, gilt
About 1450

The paper is tough and shiny, with an eight-petalled star for its mark. 42 TERENTIUS. Page 1: AFRI. TERENTII. IN | CIPIT ARGVMENTVM. I Natus ex celsis tectis. . After a prologue which ends half way down pa. 3, the Andria begins. Pa. 67:.. Plaudite. caliopius recensui. | P. TERENTII AFRI AN | DRIA EXPLICIT FOE | LICITER. On pa. 68 are the arguments and prologue of the Eunuch. Pa. 142: Vos ualete et plaudite Caliopi | us recensui. | . . | . . | . . | P. Terentii afri poete comici he autontumerumenos Pa. 214: P. Terentii afri

poete comici adel | phos incipit foeliciter |..

Pa. 283: . . FORMI-
Pa. 356. . Eiusdem hechira inci | pit
foeliciter Pa. 417: . . Et uos ualete et plaudite Calio- | pius

12mo. a pretty little Italian MS. on fine vellum, beautifully written
in Roman lower-case letters, but the rubricated headings somewhat faded;
gilt russia
About 1460-65

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This MS. was brought from Italy by the Abbé Celotti, and then passed into the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps. 43 TOWNELEY MYSTERIES. A FAMOUS UNIQUE VOLUME OF EARLY ENGLISH MYSTERIES OR MIRACLEPLAYS, supposed to have been written at Woodkirk, in Yorkshire, in the Cell of Augustinian or Black Canons, for the study of persons intending to take part in those Pageants at Wakefield, or at Woodkirk Fair, folio,

MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, written in a bold hand with Initial Letters ornamented with the Pen, having the Speeches separated by lines of red ink; olive morocco extra, gold tooling, tooled leather joints, gilt edges, by C. Lewis

£ 8.

The Mysteries (or Miracle Plays) contained in this remarkable
Volume are: Creatio, Mactatio Abel, Processus Noe cum Filiis,
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Processus Prophetarum, Pharao, Cæsar
Augustus, Annunciatio, Salutacio Elizabeth, Prima Pagina Pastorum,
Secunda Pagina Pastorum, Oblacio Magorum, Fagacio Joseph et Mariæ
in Ægyptum, Magnus Herodes, Purificacio Maria, Pagina Doctorum,

4 40


About 1460 720 00

Johannes Baptista, Conspiracio et Capcio, Colaphizatio, Flagellacio,
Processus Crucis, Crucifixio, Processus Talentorum, Extractio Ani-
marum 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.

44 UTRECHT PSALTER. Latin Psalter in the University Library of Utrecht (formerly Cotton MS. Claudius c. vii) photographed and produced in facsimile by the permanent Autotype process, square folio, 211 leaves, with so many pictorial designs; hf. brown morocco (1874)

This book furnished a splendid opportunity for the exhibition of palæographical learning. Some scholars put it in the sixth century, others in the tenth; Sir E. M. Thompson finally placed it about the year 800, at which period (in his opinion) the writer transcribed it from a much older MS., imitating the writing and the draughtmanship of his original. The text is in Rustic capitals, with uncial headings; and at the end, in the same hand is the Athanasian Creed, which religious people will not allow to have existed before the ninth century.

45 VALERIUS MAXIMUS. The first two leaves contain a Table. On fol. 3a: Valerij Maximi factorum dicto4q3 memorabilium ad Tiberium Cesarem liber primus Incipit. Fol. 1226.. Explicit liber nonus Valerij maximi. Deo Gratias Amen.

Folio, SPLENDID MS. ON VELLUM, ILLUMINATED WITH NINE MINIATURES AND AS MANY BORDERS, rich in colour and fine in execution; and also a great number of decorative initials, painted or gilt; the work of a Florentine hand; bound in green morocco


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

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Mccccxviij fuit completus (Florence, 1418) 100 0 0

seems to point to a son-in-law of Bartholomeo Popoleschi, who had
died three or four years before the date of the MS.

This fine Florentine MS. is in admirably fresh condition, and is
beautifully written in Gothic characters, in double columns, 35 lines
to the column. There are occasional notes by either the scribe or the
first owner, making references chiefly to Livius, which are handsomely
written in the Roman minuscule of the time. The date given above
is in the hand of the annotator, and on a flyleaf at the end, but it
evidently indicates the period of the completion of the text.

46 VINCENT BEAUVAIS. INCIPIT SPECULUM NATURALE FRATRIS VINCENTIJ . . 25 books in 2 vols. ; SPECULI HISTORIALIS pars secunda (libros IX-XVI complectens) et pars quarta (libros XXV-XXXII complectens), 2 vols. ;-together 4 vols. large folio, MS. ON VELLUM written in double columns, 48, 50, or 57 lines to the column, with ornate initials and rubrications; hf. bd. from Sir Thomas Phillipps' library

Cambron in Hainaut, about 1280-1300

MSS. of this great medieval encyclopædia, completed in 1244, are not rare in public libraries, but they are very seldom seen in the open market. The prologue or apology of the complete work (that is, the Speculum Majus, compiled in four divisions: Naturale, Historiale, Doctrinale, and Morale), is here found prefixed to the second volume of the Naturale, in front of the Index to that volume.


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.



48 WHERWELL PSALTER. Psalterium Latinum, precibus, litania, et symbolo, smallest 4to. MS. ON VELLUM, with illuminated large initials, and a great number of capitals in gold; calf Wherwell in Hampshire, about 1320-30

An interesting volume regularly and beautifully written before the year 1340.-There is a Calendar on the first six leaves, containing most of the usual English names, and also some obits. On the 14 March we find Obiit Matildis de Littelton bone memorie Abbatissa de Wherewell. She died in 1340, and this was added at the time. On July 7 is added a note of the death of John de Columbers; on Sept. 18, that of Hegeline de Columbers; on the 19 October, John le Columber Miles. These are all 14th Century additions.

The Calendar has directions in French at the bottom of each


60 00

47 VIRGILIUS. Bucolica, Georgica, Eneis, 3 parts in 1 vol. 4to. (small folio), 226 leaves, MS. BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN OF FINE VELLUM, with two illuminated initials of interlacement pattern, and several painted ones; old vellum covers Venice, about 1460 20 0 0 The writing is of that upright nearly Roman character from which the Subbiaco type was evolved.

60 0 0

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