16th century manuscripts

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A Memento Mori for @fishingboatproceeds and @edwardspoonhands.

I like the bits of manuscript waste re-used to line the spine. Since the binding isn’t fully attached we can get a peek at those scraps.

Someone took extensive notes throughout, including a long statement of some kind on the first three pages.

De le lettere di M. Claudio Tolomei libri sette. : Con nuova aggiunta ristampate & con somma diligenza ricorrette.Tolomei, Claudio 1492-1555. Vinegia : Appresso D. & A. Giglio e frat 1566 

xPQ4664 T53 Z5 1566

▪Flower Arrangements, Peacock, Butterflies, and Insect.
Artist: Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 - 1600)
and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575)
Culture: Flemish and Hungarian
Place of origin: Vienna, Austria
Date: 1561 - 1562; illumination added 1591 - 1596
Medium: Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment

▪Hyssop, Insect, and Cuckoo Flower.
Artist: Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 - 1600)
and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575)
Culture: Flemish and Hungarian
Place of origin: Vienna, Austria
Date: 1561 - 1562; illumination added 1591 - 1596

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Hello, all my lovely followers! Long time no see! Sorry for the prolonged lack of original posts, but I’ve been crazy busy at my new job as Library Technician at Smithsonian Libraries (@smithsonianlibraries)! I’m working primarily at the Cullman Library in the Natural History Museum, which houses the Smithsonian’s special collections relating to natural history, although I’ve also spent some time at the Dibner Library, which is home to special collections relating to the physical sciences.

Although I’ve only been there for two months, I’ve had the opportunity to do and see some amazing things! From a shelving unit for miniature books to a well-loved 13th century Armenian manuscript (MSS 1675B), the Libraries are truly full of wonders great and small. One of my favorites is the volvelle, or rotating calculator, found in a 16th century alchemical manuscript (MSS 867B)– I just love it when books are interactive! Expect more from that one in the future.

▪Insects, Carnation, and Judas Tree.
Artist/Maker: Joris Hoefnagel (Flemish / Hungarian, 1542 - 1600)
and Georg Bocskay (Hungarian, died 1575)
Culture: Flemish and Hungarian
Place of origin: Vienna, Austria
Date: 1561 - 1562; illumination added 1591 - 1596
Medium: Watercolors, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment

Coats of Arms of (some) Knights of the Round Table from a 16th century French manuscript, including most of our favourite Merlin knights.

From left to right:

Galahad, Percival, Lancelot du Lac, Bors

King Arthur, Gawain, Tristan, Lionel

(H)elyan the White, King Bagdemagus, King Edern, King Rience, 

King Carados, King Clariance, Duke Chaliens of Clarence and (H)ector de Maris.

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16th century Polish gradual.

Some countries placed particular emphasis on watermarking to distinguish qualities and grades of paper, and to establish dating.

This cutting can be dated to ca. 1530. The paper was made in Nackel near Posen and can be identified by the watermark of a crowned escutcheon containing a doubled cross.

Source: Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department,  Lewis E M 042:04-09