including the lives of Saints Rufina and Secunda (10 July; Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina no. 7359)
Italy, c. 1100–1120.
A complete leaf from a very handsome large folio Passionale, containing the series of lections from the Lives or Acts of the Saints read at Matins on their feast days.
GREGORY THE GREAT.
Homiliae in Evangelia, book I, homily 2, from the beginning to near the end of verse 2, a single leaf, single...
From a well-written manuscript of Gregory the Great’s Homilies on the Gospels, preached most probably during the liturgical year 590–1 and published the following year.
in Latin, Deuteronomy 11,24–12,30 and 13,1–14,29; an almost complete leaf written in a good rounded romanesque hand...
A very large folio leaf from an Italian giant or ‘Atlantic’ Bible. This genre of romanesque Bible originated in Rome in the mid-eleventh century; the production and diffusion were no doubt due in part to the clerical reforms under Popes Leo IX and Gregory VII. In the early twelfth century manuscript...
in Latin, 2 Chronicles 5,9–6,32; an almost complete large folio leaf
Italy, mid-12th century.
Tractatus de charitate; large fragment of a leaf preserved as the binding of a printed book (C. F. Ortrandus,...
France, first half of 13th century.
From a very early manuscript of William Peraldus’s Tractatus de charitate (part of his larger Summa de virtutibus), certainly written during the author’s lifetime.
Common of Martyrs; a complete folio leaf
Italy, Bologna, late 13th century.
Another leaf from the same manuscript with an historiated initial depicting Christ between two haloed figures in one compartment, and a sheep between two wolves in another compartment, was Quaritch Catlogue 1088, no. 48. For the predominance of an orange and blue palette in medieval Bolognese painting...
SUFFOLK – LIDGATE.
Manor court roll for Lidgate (‘Lydgate’) recording court proceedings in 1397–8, noting the names of...
Lidgate, October 1397 and January 1398.
An important manorial document from Lidgate near Newmarket in Suffolk, birthplace of the poet John Lydgate (b. c. 1370), recording the proceedings at two manorial courts held there on the Monday prior to the feast of St Luke and on the Tuesday following the feast of St Hilary in the 21st year of the...
with Canticles, Pater Noster, Te Deum and Office of the Dead
North-western Italy, perhaps Asti, mid-15th century.
A substantial and attractive office book of Carthusian Use, bearing the medieval ownership inscription of the major charterhouse at Valmanera (Asti) in Piedmont and probably made for them.
ANTONINUS OF FLORENCE, Saint.
Summa theologica [Pars II].
[Venice, Franciscus Renner de Heilbronn, and Nicolaus de Frankfordia, 1474].
First edition; a large, crisp copy of a rare and important incunable. This was the first appearance of any part of Antoninus’s Summa theologica, or Summa moralis, an ambitious work in four parts exploring the entire field of moral theology; this, the Secunda, is the part which deals with the seven...
GART DER GESUNDHEIT.
Mainz, Peter Schoeffer, 28 March 1485.
First edition. The Mainz Gart der Gesundheit marks the beginning of scientific naturalism in botanical book illustration, representing a conspicuous departure from the iconographic conventions of earlier incunable herbals. It is the first book published by Schoeffer in a vernacular language, and for...
CASSIAN, John, monk.
De institutis coenobiorum [together with:] Collationes Patrum.
Basel, [Johann Amerbach], after 24 September 1485.
I. First edition of the Institutes, one of the most important texts in the history of monasticism. It represents the legacy of the years Cassian spent among the Desert Fathers of Egypt and sets out rules for monastic life which were to be the basis of many Western rules, including, for...
PIUS II (Nicolaus von WYLE, editor).
Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 17 July 1486.
Second Koberger edition of the Epistolae familiares of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (1405-64), the great Renaissance humanist who became Pope Pius II in 1458, a handsome copy enhanced with manuscript additions comprising epistolary models, a German-Latin wordlist, and German medical recipes.
ITALY – LOMBARDY.
Letters patent by Giovanni de Sigestro, Vicar General of the minorite friars in the cismontane province, granting...
A beautifully written and illuminated Italian Renaissance charter.
ALBERTANUS CAUSIDICUS BRIXIENSIS.
De arte loquendi et tacendi.
Ingolstadt, [Printer of Celtis ‘Epitoma’ (?Johann Kachelofen), c. 1492.]
Very rare Ingolstadt edition of this treatise on the art of speech, the most influential work of the thirteenth-century Brescian causidicus, Albertano.
ABSTEMIUS, Laurentius (i.e. Lorenzo ASTEMIO, or sometimes BEVILACQUA).
De quibusdam locis obscuris.
Venice, Bernardino Benagli, [n. d., but c. 1494.]
Editio princeps, indeed the only attested edition, of this rare incunable dealing with topics of classical philology and orthography.
SFORZA, Ludovico, Duke of Milan.
Letters patent granting various castles and lands to Bertrando de’ Rossi, Count of Berceto,...
Milan, 6 October 1496.
A significant document issued during the Italian War of 1494–1498 by Ludovico Sforza (also known as Ludovico il Moro, duke of Milan 1494–1499).
De patientia aurei libri tres.
Brescia, Bernardinus de Misintis, 30 May 1497.
First edition of Mantuanus’s work containing -on recto of m3- a lengthy reference to America, one of the very few 15th century instances: a ‘mention of discoveries of islands in the Atlantic, noting their size and the fact that they are inhabited. Because none of the ancient geographers knew...
[PETRUS GERTICZ OF DRESDEN.]
Incipit. Textus parvuli logice una cum brevi et perutili repeticione eiusdem. Laus deo.
[Nuremberg], Friedrich Creussner, [c. 1497].
Rare incunable edition of this popular introduction to logic, known as the Parvulus logicae, by the schoolmaster Petrus Gerticz of Dresden (d. 1421/25), based on the logical writings of Petrus Hispanus and Paulus Venetus. The first edition was printed in Leipzig c. 1486-89.
[INDULGENCE]. MILÁ, Luis de, Cardinal.
Letter of Indulgence (in Catalan), beginning ‘A Honor …’ granted by Luis de Mila,...
Lérida, Heinrich Botel, c. 1498.
Printed at Lérida, the second city of Catalonia, about 100 miles inland from Barcelona: an indulgence granted by Luis de Mila, Bishop of Lérida, in favour of the living (as opposed to the dead; see below) to gather funds for the repair of the old Cathedral of Lérida.
Die Cronica van der hilliger Stat Coellen.
Cologne, Johann [II] Koelhoff, [23rd August 1499].
First edition of the first history of Cologne, famous for containing one of the earliest printed accounts on the history of printing.