(New York: Society of Foliophiles, 1925). Box measures 330 x 255 mm. (13 x 10"); specimens (of various sizes) within. ONE OF 200 NUMBERED SETS (this is copy #130).
The leaves in printed paper wrappers, housed in the original cardboard box (hinge reinforced). A collection of 23 leaves contained within 22 folders, the folders with printed commentary elucidating the contents. The manuscript leaf with initials in red and blue; two leaves rubricated by hand; three leaves with woodcuts. Box somewhat worn, with tail edge side of upper lid missing and cracks along folds, but still doing its job; minor foxing and browning to half a dozen of the leaves, faint dampstains to margins of one leaf, another with a scattering of tiny wormholes, but the leaves generally in excellent condition.
Chosen from works of European literature significant in the history of letter forms, the leaves are from: A VELLUM MANUSCRIPT BREVIARY of Flemish or French origin, with blue and red initials, 14th or 15th century.; IN PSALTERIUM EXPOSITIO, printed by Johann Amerbach in Basel and rubricated by hand, 1491; INFORTIATUM DE TORTIS, printed in Venice by Baptista de Tortis in bold gothic, 1495; PANIS QUOTIDIANUS (i.e.,"Daily Bread," a collection of sermons) rubricated and printed in Hagenau in 1509; Aristotle's NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, in gothic type by H. Stephanus, for use in the University of Paris, 1510; Perottus' CORNUCOPIA, printed in italic by Aldus Manutius in Venice, 1513; AENEIS VERGILIANA, printed by Jacobus Sacon in Lyons, 1517; Ovid's FASTI, published by A. Paganini in Tusculanum in Italy, 1527; BIBLIA PICTURIS ILLUSTRATA (with a woodcut of the stoning of St. Stephen), printed at Paris by Pierre Regnault, 1540; LUCIAN in Greek, printed by M. Isengrin in Basel, 1545; HISTORY OF HIS OWN TIMES by Bishop Paulus Jovius, printed by M. Vasconsanus in roman typeface, Paris, 1553; WORKS OF JOSEPHUS, printed by J. Froben and N. Episcopius, Basel, 1554; a WORK ON EUCLID by Nicholas Tartalea (with diagrams), Venice, 1565; COMMENTARIORUM IN ORDINATIONES REGIAS CASTELLAE, printed by Dominicus à Portonariis in Salamanca, 1574; A ROMAN MISSAL (with a small woodcut of Peter and Paul), printed by the heirs of Lucantonio di Giunta at Venice, 1576; GEOGRAPHIAE UNIVERSAE by Giovanni Magini, published by P. Keschedt in Cologne, 1597; JUSTINIAN CODE, Ex Officina Vignoniana in St. Gervais, near Paris, 1602; HEBREW PENTATEUCH, printed by Roviere of Geneva, 1617-18; an ELZEVIER "REPUBLIC SERIES" MINIATURE, printed in Leiden, 1626; the VULGATE EDITION OF THE BIBLE, printed at the Plantin Press in Antwerp, 1628; DE INDIAE UTRIUSQUE, RE NATURALI ET MEDICA (with two large botanical woodcuts), printed in Amsterdam in 1658; and COUTUMES DE TOURAINE [two leaves], a digest of laws in force in that duchy, printed in Tours by Estienne La Tour, 1661. (CMH1822)
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