Three Lions and the Cross of Lorraine, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, John of Trevisa, John Tate, Wynkyn De Worde, and De Proprietatibus Rerum

By: Howell Heany, Lotte Hellinga (b. 1932) and Richard Hills (1936-2019)

Price: $1,500.00

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Book Condition: Collectible: Like New


LIMITED EDITION of 138 numbered copies; this copy is number 6, printed by Henry Morris at the Bird & Bull Press on Frankfurt mold-made paper, composed in Van Dijck types by M & H Type, and bound by Campbell-Logan Bindery. Folio. 12 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches. 40, [28] pp. Half-title, title page printed in red and black inks, foreword by Henry Morris, epigrams printed in red throughout, two black tracings of John Tate's watermarks, 19 full-page facsimile woodcuts, original printed leaf from Liber Quintus in a mylar sleeve bound-in before the colophon; text clean, unmarked. Quarter maroon morocco over beige paper boards with red cover illustration, leather spine label; binding square and tight. 2 copies of "Note to the Standing Order List" laid in. Muir Dawson's copy without distinguishing marks. SFK519-068. Fine. "This book is one of the most difficult modern leaf books to find on the market, and also among the most interesting to read." De Hamel and Silver. Henry Morris called this "the most important book I can ever hope to publish in the field of paper-making history." The book includes two essays by Howell Heany, a monograph by Lotte Hellinga, and an essay on Tate's paper by Richard Hill, with 19 facsimiles of the woodcut illustrations from the original. This leaf book documents the ca. 1495 Wynkyn de Worde printing of De Proprietatibus Rerum of Bartholomaeus Anglicus, the first English book printed on English paper and made by England's first papermaker, John Tate. The leaf in this book is a clean copy paginated in an early hand as pages 38-39 of a defective copy of De Proprietatibus Rerum, from chapter 3 of Liber Quintus with the subheading "De proprietate cerebri." The treatise summarizes Bartholomaeus's conception of the movements and operations of the brain; this particular leaf displays the immensely influential theory of the brain as containing three ventricles of memory, reason, and imagination which function as "small wombs." The edition of this leaf book was sold-out on publication. Morris notes that these leaves are from the last known incomplete copy of Bartholomaeus' important medieval encyclopedia: "I also know how unlikely it is that another such incomplete copy of Bartholomaeus will appear on the market again, this was the only copy remaining outside of institutions." REFERENCE: De Hamel and Silver, Disbound and Dispersed, catalog No. 41; checklist No. 200.

Title: Three Lions and the Cross of Lorraine, Bartholomaeus Anglicus, John of Trevisa, John Tate, Wynkyn De Worde, and De Proprietatibus Rerum

Author Name: Howell Heany, Lotte Hellinga (b. 1932) and Richard Hills (1936-2019)

Categories: Leaf Book,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Newtown, PA, Bird & Bull Press: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: SFK519-068

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