Saturday, 19 May 2018
Two years ago I wrote about a prayerbook that had belonged to Henry Yates Thompson. I mentioned that it had an inscription apparently in Portuguese, but I did not reproduce it, except as transcribed by M.R. James:
I also did not mention, because I was unable to read it, that the inscription is adjacent to a thoroughly-effaced ink-stamp. But with some more time and effort I think I have been able to read both, and thus see how they relate to one another.
Posted by Peter Kidd at 12:55
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Sunday, 6 May 2018
Saturday, 28 April 2018
I first became interested in the medieval manuscripts of the Bibliotheca Swaniana in the 1990s, when I encountered one at the Bodleian. At some point I compiled a list of manuscripts from the Swaniana in some rudimentary webpages, to which I added occasionally. One of the first posts I wrote after starting this blog in December 2010 concerned two MSS from the collection.
Posted by Peter Kidd at 12:32
Saturday, 21 April 2018
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Saturday, 31 March 2018
Mentioning a price-code in a recent post, I realised that I have not yet mentioned on this blog that there is a now a second edition, much expanded, published last year, of of The Price-Codes of the Book-Trade, whose first edition (2010) I described here.
At an eye-watering $175 for a 90-page octavo I doubt that many readers of this blog will buy their own copy, but it may be worth finding out where a library copy can be consulted. Worldcat lists about 20 copies in the US, 3 in the UK, one in Canada and one in Australia. There are certainly others in research libraries; in London, the Warburg Institute has a copy, for example.
Here are a few images to give a flavour of the contents (as usual, click the images to enlarge and make the text readable). From the Introduction:
From the Afterword:
Posted by Peter Kidd at 08:58
Sunday, 18 March 2018
The clue in this case is the description of some distinctive iconography.
Posted by Peter Kidd at 12:15