Illuminated leaf on vellum from a richly illuminated Book of Hours, lavishly decorated on
both sides of the leaf.
Two-line historiated initial showing the head and shoulders of a tonsured priest, text
surrounded on all sides by a wide border (on both recto and verso) of coloured
flowers and strawberries with a large bird in each upper border, and in each outer
border a roundel of a scene from the life of St. Alexis.
Size of leaf: 196 x 141mm. 20 lines of text in a liturgical gothic hand.
Every leaf of this richly decorated manuscript appears to have contained roundels showing scenes
from the life of S. Katherine or Alexis (a 15th century mendicant in Syria), obviously of significance
to the original owner. In this leaf the roundel on the recto shows St. Alexis addressing his father and
that on the verso shows a priest standing in front of a building (captioned “lenire”).
A Treatise of Painting... Translated from the original Italian, and adorn’d with a great Number of Cuts. To which is prefix’d, the Author’s Life; done from the last edition of the French.
35 copper engraved plates (4 of these folding). 8vo. Contemporary calf, repaired, in modern drop-back cloth box. [xvi], 205, ads.pp.
577 pages. Contemporary speckled calf, restored at the corners and spine which has an attractive contemporary morocco label.
A good copy of the first and only edition of this excessively rare and very important work in mystical theology. It is undoubtedly Traherne's most important work in prose, unlike "Centuries of Meditations" which was left incomplete at his death. Although he did not live to see 'Christian Ethicks' published, dying shortly before, the text for this work is exactly as he intended it.
A rare work, published in strict accordance with the author's wishes, by almost the last of the metaphysical poets and one of the greatest English mystics, this also includes seven of Traherne's first published poems.
Folio, with engraved title, woodcut coat-of-arms on verso of title, engraved portrait of Gerarde, and 2144 woodcuts in text; three woodcuts in contemporary colouring, overall a very clean and attractive copy, in seventeenth-century panelled calf, rebacked.
Pagliarini, Lorenzo Medici. Il Fuoco Ristretto, et Unito Discorso Pratico in cui si dimostra con nuova facilita nuovi modi di fare il fuoco....
Small 8vo, contemporary vellum.
On the rear pastedown this volume bears a neat inventory
number: EYSS/1034/080 ; and a scrawl reading: "Coll. complet /4/12/57 [What looks like 'TJ']."
[MERCIER DE St. LEGER, Barthelemy.] Notice Raisonnee des Ouvrages de Gaspar Scott, Jesuite.... Paris: Chez Lagrange, 1785. 8vo, contemporary boards, pencilled paper spine label.
On the front pastedown this volume bears the pencilled ownership nscription: "Robert S. Durham / Mar. 11, 1969 / Offenbacher"; and on the
rear free endpaper appears in pencil: "perfect / IF / XII 14 53."