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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511, Southern England, 12th Century
. Published in 1982. Complete colour facsimile edition of the 244 pp. (105 + 17 fol.) and of the inner end pages in original size 280 x 180 mm. The all leather binding is a faithful replica of a Romanic binding, presently in the possession of Austrian National Library in Vienna. All folios are cut according to the original. + Commentary volume: Transcription and translation of the text into German by F. Unterkircher, Vienna, Limited edition. with fantastic animal pictures on rich gold leaf. Bestiaries, illustrated books of animals, whose moralistic contents relate to selected biblical texts, were highly popular in the late 12th century. ther Oxford manuscript probably ranks among the finest examples of its kind. The magnificent codex, richly embellished with gold leaf, not only exceeds itself with its marvellous luminous opaque colour painting and clear depiction of animals, plants and human beings, but also in its predilection for serene symmetry, refined ornament and frequent use of carefully executed diaper-patterned backgrounds. The pictures are irregularly dispersed throughout the text. According to our modern conception, the animals often depict a surreal view of nature: a crocodile with a serpent's head and bird's feet, a horned panther with rather arbitrary colouring are but a few examples of an astonishing iconography which, far from naturalistic sketches, was based on the free interpretation of literary models. The book contains an overwhelming wealth of animal depictions: for example: A magnificent many-finned whale catches fish, while misguided sailors, thinking it to be an island, try to land on its back. All in all 130 miniatures within only 105 pages illustrate several chapters on nature and the qualities of animals; birds, snakes, worms, fish, trees, flintstones, as well as the nature of mankind. Of special interest is the illustration of Genesis in the beginning of the book, which is set amongst exceptionally enlarged and boldly narrative painted scenes. Former owners a.o. : William Wright, vicar of High Wycombe; William Mann; Sir Peter Mancroft; John Tradescant; Elias Ashmole; Oxford University.
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Text Page 1290
. Leaf from the Biblia Latina ( Isaiah ) in French, c. 1290, 61 lines in colours on both sides.140 x 200 mm. Printed on vellum. brown Gothic typeface (textualis) chapter headings in red and blue and coloured decorations in the left margins and between colums. glassine protected , mounted.
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Book number: F2533PIC
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Taschenbuch Auf Das Jahr 1800
. für Pferdeliebhaber, Reuter, Pferdezüchter, Pferdeärzte und Vorgesetzte grosser Marställe. Tübingen, Cotta, [1799]; c. 11 x 7.5 cm.; 80, [xvi],96pp.with frontispiece, 13 engraved plates, one double-page, and full-page silhouette portrait; original illustrated boards; boards a little used, rebacked with pale-blue paper; early owner's name (Otto Feuerlein ?) at top of front free endpaper. A rare pocket almanac for people connected with or interested in horses. The frontispiece shows the "Herzogl. Wuertemb. Hauptgestütt, Marbach", the 12 copper-engraved plates show horses turned out for chivalric ceremonies and tournaments, the folding plate the funeral equipage for Duke Friedrich Eugen of Würtenberg, and the silhouette portrait "Müller, Oberreuter in Würzburg".
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Book number: IS002296
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Keywords: Ianweb Hippology Horses German Almanachs Illustrated Books Horses Hippology Chivalry Tournaments Vetinary Medicine

Stundenbuch Der Katharina Von Kleve [ the Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves ] the Facsimile Volume with the Commentary Volume
. 2 volumes.Consisting of: Die Miniaturen aus dem Stundenbuch der Katharina von Kleve mit einer Einleitung und Erläuterungen von John Plummer. Berlin, Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1966. 8°. 359pp. Original hardcover, illustrated slipcase. With many illustrations in colour. Fine copy. Original artif. leather binding gilt title on spine WITH the commentary: GORISSEN, F. - Das Stundenbuch der Katharina von Kleve. Analyse und Kommentar. Berlin, 1974. 1204 pp. with 695 illustrations. Cloth. a fine set
¶ The original is in New York, Pierpont Morgan Gallery. M. 945 and M. 917.Origin was Northern Netherlands (Utrecht), c. 1440. Scribe: One hand for text and rubric (anonymous) Painter: One hand, the Master of Catherine of Cleves The Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves has been described in the following way : "The best-known and one of the most important, not only of Dutch, but of all medieval manuscripts is the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, which was made about 1440 for the Duchess of Guelders of the same name. Because it is one of the richest books of hours ever made, both from the point of view of its texts and cycles of illumination, many of which are not only unusual but unique, it is also a key monument in the history of Books of Hours." The Hours was divided into two parts in the middle of the 1800s by an unknown person, most often thought to be an unscrupulous art dealer seeking to make a profit. The second part of the book (M. 917) surfaced again in 1963, and was acquired in 1970 by the Pierpont Morgan Gallery. The book as a whole numbers 369 pages, although eleven pages still remain missing. The Hours contains 157 miniatures (originally 168) with corresponding border decorations, of which 32 were full-page and another 136 half-page miniatures. The finest quality pergament was used in the book's production, in which a feather brush was first used to draw the miniature onto the page before it was painted. Given the above facts it is not at all surprising that the Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves has drawn the discerning attention of many art historians; the book has nonetheless in one regard rebuffed the critical and inquisitive eyes of its admirers. The many commentaries on the Hours of Catherine of Cleves show that there is some considerable strain in attempting to locate a symbolic or iconographic significance motivating border decoration and miniature. Noting their incongruity, one must nevertheless admit that a relationship is effected between border and miniature by the mere fact that they cohabit the same page. This effect seems to be of a fantastic nature-that is, it is produced by the juxtaposition of seemingly irreconcilable elements. Without knowing whether to read the border decorations as symbol or as ornament one will never be sure whether one's viewing of the page is motivated or arbitrary, a product of text or fantasy. Beyond an effect of fascination, one might attempt to elucidate the particular play between a miniature and its border on a singular page, like that of the "Adoration of the Magi".
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Nonarum Inquisitiones in Curia Scaccarii. Temp. Regis Edwardi Iii.
. London: Records Commission, 1807 folio. Half calf leather binding with marbled paper coverd boards and endpapers. Edges of covers sl chipped, corners worn. Spine with gilt titling and 5 raised bands. Otherwise sound and firm, text clean London. Printed by Command of His Majesty King George 111 in pursuance of an address of the House of Commons of Great Britain. 1807. Folio (42 x 26 cms). Prelims. 2 blanks, title-page, on reverse of title page is printed: this book is perpetually preserved in and for the use of the Ecclesiastical court of London. 7 pages of address, 1 page of Counties, 6 pages of Nomi'a venditor including a facsimile followed by 485 pages. Printed by Eyre and Strahan, printers to the King. Initial 12 pages foxed and some light creases to last few pp. a solid copy. ? Transcriptions from the Nonae rolls , a valuation for taxation, covering much of 27 English counties : Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Essex, Glocestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Yorkshire. OCLC: 1356476 Text in Latin. Inquisition of all parishioners in order to assess grants due to the king of every ninth lamb, ninth fleece, and ninth sheaf to finance Edward's wars. Cheshire was not covered, but Warrington and Prescot parishes are listed in Lancashire [ ST].
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Book number: F1247
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Pedro the Cruel of Castille 1350 - 1369
. ( The Medieval Mediterranean, 6 ) 1995, xxxvii,288pp, Hardback, mint condition in shrink wraps. This work deals with the reign of Pedro I of Castile (1350-1369), known as ?The Cruel,? one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in the annals of peninsular history. This is the first book on the subject that analyzes Pedro's rule in light of social, political, diplomatic, and economic conditions in mid-14th century Castile. Using extant primary documentation from archival sources and the most recent findings of scholars from various fields, the book explores in detail the historical basis for Pedro's reputation and the extent to which this reputation unfairly rests on the testimony of Pero López de Ayala, the reign's principal chronicler. The book provides fresh insights into various aspects of Pedro's career, such as his political aims, relations with religious minorities, and fiscal policies. (ISBN: 9789004100947) .
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Das Stundenbuch Des Etienne Chevalier. Musee Conde, Chantilly
. Vorwort von Charles Sterling. Einleitung und Bildlegenden von Claude Schaefer. Uebertragen aus dem Amerikanischen von Dr. Irmgard Hutter. Muenchen, Wien, zuerich, Edition Praeger, 1971, With 47 tipped-in illustrations in full colour and gold with full explanations (in German) on the opposite pages [6] pp. 7-26 preface by Sterling, introduction by Fouquet. Fine red cloth hardback in very good cloth covered slipcase with one of the miniatures pasted to recess on front board.
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Die Kunstdenkmaler Von Stadt Und Dom Brandenburg.
0. 1912. Mit 2 Karten, 84 Tafeln, 314 Abbildungen im Text [Die Kunstdenkmaler der Provinz Brandenburg Band II, Teil 3]. Berlin, 1912; cxviii, 388pp. with 2 coloured folding maps [one in pocket at the end, plates and plans, some in colour, some folding, and illustrations in the text; publisher's cloth in imitation of half mock-vellum, top edges red; spine a little used, very occasional foxing, rear board sometime slighty affected by damp, folding map at the end a little split along one fold.
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Liber Obituarius Aulae Reginae in Oxonia [Or] the Obituary Book of Queen's College, Oxford. An Ancient Sarum Kalender with the Obits of the Founders and Benefactors of the College.
. Edited with introduction, notes, and appendixes by John Richard Magrath, D.D. Provost. Oxford, 1910; folio (14 x 9 in); xxxvi, 153pp (two edges uncut); main text cheifly in decorative coloured lettering; bound in publ. card covers (dust-marked); spine ends deeply chipped, small tears in edges of wrappers, bookplate of Cuthbert Rudyard Halsall on fr. paste-down endpaper, interior in very good condition. Rare. [ QUEEN'S COLLEGE ] [ sp outsize].
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Arte Gladitoria Dimicandi : 15th Century Wordsmanship of Master Filipo Vadi.
. Fillipo Vadi was Master-at-Arms under Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, to whom this work was dedicated in the 1480s. The first part of his work follows dei Liberi, but the second part contains his 'higher principles' of swordplay, a critically important addition to the early Italian tradition. First-ever translation into English. For the first time, a colour fascimile and translation will be available from this important 15th century master of late Italian Medieval swordsmanship. Master Fillipo Vadi's work, previously overlooked and underestimated by fencing scholars, presents the student of historical swordsmanship or of miltiary history a fresh, stunningly beautiful look into the mind of an Italian fencing master.Accompanying the exquisitely wrought text, finely translated by Luca Porzio, are 56 colour plates showing many of the techniques explained in the chapters and by other historical masters, but in this case, with such a beautiful rendering that they are works of art unto themselves.An absolute must for the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of fencing or late medieval warfare, this rich volume will also appeal to collectors of illuminated manuscripts, reeactors, and literary traditions of 15th century Italy. Chivalry Bookshelf, 2002, v,204pp. Hardback, small folio with fine colour plates, d/j. (ISBN: 1891448161) .
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Book number: F2890
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Medieval Studies Presented to Rose Graham. [
. Printed For The Subscribers By Oxford University Press, 1950, VII, 250pp. First Edition. v.g. Hardback. No Dustjacket. Frontispiece portrait. ? Dominica Legge's copy with her signature and dated 1950 in ink on f.e.p. loosely inserted are 2 signed letters and a postcard from Rose Graham to Prof. Legge and one more letter signed Pope (the medievalist ?) and 2 newspaper review cuttings. [ DR-M bot ].
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Book number: F0719
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Das Stundenbuch Des Kardinals Alessandro Farnese Mit Den Miniaturen Von Giulio Clovio Im Besitz Der Pierpont Morgan Library New York. Eingeleitet Und Erläutert Von Webster Smith.
. München, Prestel-Verlag, 1976, 174[1] pp. the coloured illustrations and text on special good quality paper. Original embossed sil binding in slip case. Introduction and detailed descriptions of all leavbes and further details . 64 full-page facsimile pages 24 full-page miniatures and 39 decorative pages.
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Description de la Tapisserie Conservee a la Chathedrale de Bayeux.
. Publiée d'aprèsle manuscrit original de la bibliothèque de Thomas Tyndal, écuyer, correspondant des mèmes sociétés (=Société Royale & Antiquares de Londres ) Traduite et augmentée de notes par A.L. Léchaudéd'Anisy. Caen: Chez Mancel, 1824. 80 pages. Ex Lib, Flintshire Record Office, cancelled stamps. Large paper copy. Amateurish recasing. First and last few leaves stained and browning. Some internal chipping effecting last 10 pages, not affecting text. edges uncut, Otherwise a fairly good copy. [ Fl DL 4/5 ].
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Scripta Leonis Rufini Et Angeli Sociorum S. Francisci. The Writings of Leo Rufino and Angelo Companions of St. Francis
. ( Oxford medieval texts ) From page 86 the Latin text on the left faces the English translation on the right hand pages. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970, XVIII,358pp. very good hardback in worn d/j name in ink on f.e.p. Signed "Rosalind Brooke" on the title page.
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Reiner Musterbuch: Faksimile Ausgabe Im Originalformat Des Musterbuches Aus Codex Vindobonensis 507 Der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek
. Graz: Akadem Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1979. 2 volumes in slip case. Graz 1979. Complete colour facsimile edition of the 26 pages (13 fol.) of the Musterbuch in original size (241 x 158 mm). All pages with Romanesque pendrawings. Binding: full leather for the facsimile volume (with a faint small spot in lower part of front panel ), cloth for the commentary volume. All folios are cut according to the original.The facsimile volume in the same format as the original. the commentary volume 54 text pages (in German) and 8 plates in colour and b/w, A fine set . The Musterbuch dates from the 1st half of the 13th century,
¶ Generations of medieval artists patterned their great works on cartoons and sketches compiled in so-called Model Books. The Model Book of Rein, named after the Cistercian abbey at Rein near Graz in Styria where it was made, is probably the finest of all. The first medieval Model Book this is the work of an anonymous artist who, on 13 pages, carefully illustrated scenes of everyday life, created animal depictions, a series of initial alphabets, as well as patterns for floor tiles and glass windows. The codex was produced in the 13th century and the copy in Rein thus constitutes the oldest surviving Model Book of this size in medieval art. The Model Book commences with 12 scenes taken from medieval daily life. The precisely executed genre pictures represent typical farm duties, different arts and crafts, as well as hunting and fishing scenes and activities of monastic life.These pictures are followed by three different alphabets, ranging from a simple majuscule alphabet to a lavishly illustrated initial alphabet including animals skilfully hidden in the expressive interlace. The books continues with 48 real and fabulous creatures, plants, and stones. Especially the birds deserve particular mention due to their complicated posture and movements and it is assumed that they could have been destined for use in initials. The same applies to the sketches showing multi-lobed, scroll-like leaves enclosing ensembles of flowers and fruit. The Model Book ends with sumptuous ornaments designed for use in floor tiles and glass windows with interlace modelled in the style of Greek mosaics. ( CODICES SELECTI, Vol. LXIV). (ISBN: 320101088X) .
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The Political Songs of England from the Reign of John to That of Edward Ii . 4 Volumes.
. (Bibliotheca Curiosa) Privately Printed, Edinburgh, 1884. 82, 83, 79 and 66 pages. Paper covers with parchment wraps. All copies Fine with discoloured spines. limited edition of 75 LP copies.
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Book number: 090999
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