Manuscript on vellum, a complete bifolium (each leaf c. 350 x 250 mm, text area 251 x 177 mm), 30 lines in two columns, prickings in outer margins, rubric in red, initials touched red, scribal corrections, with a large penwork initial Q in red and brown with foliate infill, the extension a dragon’s body with human head, opening the prologue to Book V, ‘Quoniam constat omnium rerum’; the text on what was originally the facing recto (now folded in reverse) is from chapter v of Book V, indicating that the bifolium was not the centrefold of the gathering; very light staining below initial, but in excellent condition.
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A handsome bifolium from a large folio copy of St. Augustine’s greatest work, a vindication of Christianity against pagan critics.
From the collection of the London bookseller Ifan Kyrle Fletcher (1905–1969), with his description.
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Altare Christianum: or, the dead Vicar’s Plea. Wherein the Vicar of Gr. being dead, yet speaketh, and pleadeth out of Antiquity, against him that hath broken downe his Altar. Presented, and humbly submitted to the consideration of his Superiours, the Governours of our Church.
First edition, from the library of Robert Southey, with an ownership inscription an eleven-line note in his distinctive diminutive hand.
WITH 32 ORIGINAL DRAWINGS FROSSARD, Louis.
Vues prises a Avignon, Villeneuve, Orange, Arles, et autres Lieux Circonvoisins; accompagnées d’un texte descriptif, de souvenits historiques et de divers itinéraires …
First edition, rare, a presentation copy, inscribed ‘donné à Aug. Picart par Mr L. Frossard. Avignon 21 février 1843’, and with an album of original drawings similarly inscribed (in a different hand).