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The first is "Gardez la primere p'me apres la typhaine e de iloec cuntez v iors z le primer dimenge apres auerez septuagesme. pur elore Alleluia." Between the Calendar and the first page of Psalms, 16 leaves are inserted in a hand of about 1380; which give the Office of the Virgin. On the reverse of the sixteenth of these leaves is written "Iste dominus Ethelredus rex fundatores. Et Alfritha regina fundatrices hujus monesteri e Wheruelle." 48* HERODIANI Historia a Politiano in Latinum versa, small folio, MS. on paper, in a semi-Italic hand, 97 leaves, twenty-nine lines to the page; hf. bd. About 1488
49 ASCHAM (Roger) Autograph Letter, in Latin, 3 pages, small 4to. addressed to William Parr, Earl of Essex (brother of Queen Catherine Parr), and enclosed in a presentation-copy of the first edition of Ascham's Toxophilus, 1545, which it accompanied. The book is in its original calf binding (rebacked), gilt in the Italian style, executed either for Ascham or for the Earl
A most interesting and excellent memorial of a notable English worthy. He speaks of the Earl's sister as Diva semperque augusta Catarina. She had asked her brother, "What book is that?" when it was shown in the Royal Council-Chamber. 50 THOMAS A KEMPIS. DE IMITATIONE CHRISTI. The Imitation of Christ:
being the Autograph Manuscript . . reproduced in facsimile. . with
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51 SILVESTRE, PALEOGRAPHIE UNIVERSELLE, Collection de facsimilés d'écritures de tous les peuples et de tous les temps, tirés des plus authentiques documents de l'art graphique chartes et manuscrits existants dans les bibliothèques de France, d'Italie, d'Angleterre ; publiée, d'après les modèles écrits, dessinés, et peints sur les lieux mêmes, par M. J. B. SILVESTRE, accompagnée d'explications historiques et descriptives, par MM. CHAMPOLLION-FIGEAC et AIME CHAMPOLLION, 4 vols. atlas folio, original edition, with 303 magnificent plates, containing specimens of every style of Calligraphy, and Facsimiles of Miniatures, many of them splendidly illuminated, hf. bd. morocco, gilt tops, uncut Paris, Didot, 1839-41 40 00 another copy, 4 vols. atlas folio, red morocco extra, gilt edges, broad gold borders
the same, 4 vols. folio, 1839-41-ALPHABET-ALBUM, Collection de 60 feuilles d'Alphabets historiés et fleuronnés, tirés des principales Bibliothèques on composés par Silvestre, 1 vol. 1843together 5 vols. atlas folio, hf. blue morocco, gilt edges
UNIVERSAL PALEOGRAPHY; or a Collection of Facsimiles of the Writings of every Age; taken from the most authentic Manuscripts existing in the Libraries of France, Italy, Germany and England, New and Improved Edition by Sir FREDERICK MADDEN, 2 vols. impl. folio and 2 vols. 8vo., with upwards of 300 magnificent plates, richly illuminated in the finest style of art, half red morocco extra, gilt edges
This is one of the finest books in the world, and the most interesting to the scholar and the man of taste. Three hundred facsimiles, of the choicest Manuscripts in Europe, need no other recommendation than to state the fact. The work cost nearly twenty thousand pounds in getting up, and the expense was chiefly defrayed by His Majesty Louis Phillippe, who subscribed at the outset for sixty copies, at about £75
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59 FACSIMILES of Beautiful Miniatures chiefly of the 14th and 15th Centuries,
Only 220 copies were printed.
Illuminated Illustrations of the Bible copied from select MSS. of the Middle Ages, roy. 4to. LARGE PAPER, 40 coloured plates; red morocco extra, gilt edges 1846 65* WRIGHT (A.) Court Hand Restored: the Student's Assistant in reading Old Deeds, Charters, Records, etc. 4to. 23 plates, cloth
Eighth edition, with an appendix of ancient names of places in Great Britain and
66 COMPLUTENSIAN POLYGLOT. Title to Vol. I (under a woodcut of the Ximenez arms printed in red, above which are four verses beginning Haec tibi pentadecas): Vetus testamentu multiplici lingua nuc | primo impressum. Et imprimis Pentateuchus Hebraico Gre- co atq3 Chaldaico idioma- | te. Adiucta vnicuiq3 sua | latina interpreta- | tione. On the third leaf from the end of the fourth volume: Explicit quarta et vltima pars totius veteris testamēti Industria & solertia honorabilis viri Arnaldi Guillelmi de Brocario artis impressorie Magistri. Anno Domini Millessimo qngetesimo decimo septimo Tttle of Vol. V : .. Nouum testamentum grece z latine in academia | complutensi nouiter | impressum... Colophon on the last page of the Apocalypse: ... Anno domini Millesimo quingentesimo decimo quarto. . There are six unnumbered leaves of a Greek introduction preceding St. Paul's Epistles. At the end of the book, the colophon leaf is followed by a leaf of verses, ten leaves of Nominum interpretatio, one leaf of an introduction to Greek Grammar, and thirty-eight leaves of a Greek Vocabulary. Title to Vol. VI:.. Vocabularium hebraicum atq3 chaldai- | cu totius veteris testamenti cũ alijs tractatibus.. Colophon at the end of the Vocabulary:
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The leaf containing the colophon is followed by thirty
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67 COMPLUTENSIAN POLYGLOT. CRANMER'S COPY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. Nouum Testamentum grece z latine in academia | complutensi nouiter | impressum Folio, wanting the ten leaves of Nominum Interpretatio;
6 vols. folio, one leaf mended and made up; in the original Spanish binding of red morocco gilt over thick wooden boards, and bearing on the sides and backs the crest of the early owner: a goat rampant surmounted by a coronet Alcala, 1514-15-17 135 00
With the MS. (autograph ?) inscription of "Thomas Cantuar.." (slightly cut into) at the top of the title-page; the autograph inscription of Lord Lumley below: "Lumley," and the press-mark "B.2. 10. Th".-This volume is probably wanting in Cranmer's copy of the Complutensian Polyglot in the British Museum. The conjecture may be hazarded that the ten leaves of Interpretatio deficient at the end of the Testament were transferred (or intended to be transferred) by Cranmer to Vol. VI in his copy of the Bible.
1514 60 00
68 LONDON POLYGLOT. S.S. BIBLIA Polyglotta complectentia Textus
another copy, 8 vols. roy. folio, without the portrait of Castellus, and
This remains, and is likely still to remain, the best of all the Polyglot Bibles. 70 American. ELIOT'S INDIAN OLD TESTAMENT, FIRST EDITION.
Mamusse wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God naneeswe Nukkone
Small 4to. wanting signatures A-Dd, otherwise perfect down to the
71 BAY PSALMBOOK. THE PSALMS, | Hymns, & Spiritual Songs, | OF
Small 8vo. fine copy in the original sheep binding, from the library of
EXTREMELY RARE. The title and preliminaries occupy 4 leaves; the text of the
72 Arabic. PENTATEUCH, Arabic, in Hebrew Letters. Heading of Preface: Be-shem Yaziz . . hāzā sharh at-Tūrah li Rasi 1 Mutayyiba Rabbinu Sa'diya Ga'ūn. Heading of text on fol. 4: Bismillahir rahmāni r-rahim, ibtadi bi-Sharhi t Tūrah bi l' Arabi.
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page (the headings of sections in square Hebrew letters); hf. bd. (Near Baghdad ?) 400 (1640) This is a celebrated translation or paraphrase made in Arabia in the tenth century, but written usually as it would seem in Hebrew letter. 73 TURATU MUSA' n Nabiyy.. Pentatevchvs Mosis Arabice. [edante Erpenio] Lugduni Batavorum . . 1622. Small 4to. bd. 1622 74 KITABU L 'AHDI L JADID (Carshuni New Testament, i.e. Arabic in Syriac letters), 4to. calf Pariz, 1827
75 KITABU L MUKADDAS (Bible, in Arabic), 8vo. calf
the same, in Arabic, with all the points, roy. 8vo. calf
London, 1860 Oxford, 1871 Bairut, 1864 the same, in Arabic, with all the points, 3 vols. imp. 8vo. printed within borders and illustrated with uumerous plates; bound, a fine book Bairut, 1876-78
76 Bohemian. BIBLI SWATA. Togest Kniha. . . . M D XC VI
77 Danish. BIBLE. Biblia Det er, Den gantske Hellige Scrifft, paa Danske,
igen offuerseet oc Prentet. . Met Register, Alle D. Lutheri Fortaler . .
3 vols. in 1, folio, about 130 woodcuts within borders; slightly wormed and having the title mounted; old French calf, with the insignia of the Bishop of Rennes (Henri de la Motte Houdancourt, about 1650) in gold on the sides Copenhagen, 1589
The second Danish Bible; RARE. A copper-engraved portrait of King Frederick
II of Denmark is inserted in the book.
78 Ethiopic. MASHAF HENOKH. THE BOOK OF ENOCH, in Ethiopic, smallest
Some copies of this apocryphal book are to be found in the British Museum and
79 English. BIBLE, COVERDALE, FIRST EDITION. Title, within
Fol. 373, title:
This copy, formerly belonging to Lea-Wilson, afterwards to Dunn Gardiner, and lastly to Lord Ashburnham, is superior to any other known copy except the Leicester and the Osterley copies. The title was when Lea Wilson owned it supplied for him in facsimile from the Leicester copy, by Harris, and that facsimile leaf is still retained to show the variation between the genuine title now inserted and the Leicester title. In the first place there is a list of contents on the back of the Leicester title, while the page is left absolutely blank in our genuine title. In the second place, among the inscriptions on the woodcuts we find the words Go once and Gospel twice. The three capitals G appear in Harrisse's facsimile of the Leicester title in a peculiar Gothic shape resembling S; while in our genuine first title it is a true G in which the curves are divided by two parallel vertical strokes. Now as the London-printed title retains in its border the S-shaped G, this other original title in which the genuine G is found, must have been anterior to the title in the Leicester copy.
It may be confidently said that no other such copy as the above can ever come into the market, and the man who would secure a volume of such extraordinary character and value must be quick in making his purchase.
In his dedication to the King, Coverdale says he thought it was his duty-"when I had translated this Bible, not onely to dedicate this translacyon unto your Highnesse, but wholy to commytte it unto the same to the intent that.. it may stonde in your Graces handes to correcte it, to amend it. my poore translacyon . . I have nether wrested nor altered so much as one worde. . but have with a cleare conscience purely and faythfully translated this out of fyve sundry interpreters."-In the prologue to the Reader he says, "it greved me that other nacyons shulde be more plenteously provyded for with the scriptures in theyr mother tongue than we,-therefore when I was instantly requyred though I coulde not do so well as I wolde I thought it yet my dewtye to do my best" . . . For the which cause. . I toke the more upon me to set forth this speciall translacyon, not as a .. despyser of other mens translacyons.' And further on, explaining why he sometimes uses different synonyms for one word, he says "this maner have I used in my translacyon.
a blank cut away. Fol. 457, title: The new testament. | Fol. 5696, colophon: Prynted in the yeare of oure LORDE M.D.XXXV. | and fynished the fourth daye of October. A large folding map of the Holy Land between foll. 98 and 99.
Small folio, having leaf 2 in facsimile by the first Harrisse, the initial I of Genesis and the few words behind it also in facsimile, a little portion of the map and a small corner bit of the twentieth leaf repaired by facsimile; otherwise A PERFECT COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH BIBLE, bound in blue morocco by Charles Lewis (Zürich?) 1535 1050 0 0
These phrases are surely enough to settle the question as to the translator and to show how groundless was the late Henry Stevens' notion that the Fleming Meteren did the work of translation while Coverdale only revised him. It may of course be true that Jacob van Meteren was the person who urged Coverdale to the work, and that it was he who paid the cost of the printing, but the press was assuredly not an Antwerp one. The wood blocks may have been cut in Antwerp after designs of Beham and others, and the cutter is responsible for spelling Svid on the illustration of the Tabernacle. The types of the quarto edition printed by Froschauer at Zürich in 1550 are smaller, but