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I got to attend the New York Antiquarian Book Fair for the first time on Friday! It was so lovely to see all of my booky friends, as well as to see the wonders everyone brought to sell– from the very small to the very large, from gorgeously tooled leather to embroidered cloth, and from fore edge to spine, everything was dazzling! If you can ever get to an antiquarian book fair, even if you don’t have the money to buy anything, I highly recommend it! It’s such a treat to see the wide variety of books that are out there, and to wonder at their beauty.

With thanks to @maggs-bros , Sokol Books, Quaritch, Jonathan A. Hill, @justincroft-blog and everyone else ♥

Here’s an adorable marginal caterpillar from our early sixteenth-century processional for your #ManuscriptMonday this week. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare Vault BX2032 .A2 1510z 

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Lectura super capitulum Petri Lombardi and Theologiae Summa Compendium.
Period: Medieval (Gothic)
Date: 1437
Author: Conrad von Sultar, Bishop of Verden (1399–1407)
Author: Hugo Argentinensis (ca. 1210– 1270)
Place of origin: Bavaria, Germany
Medium: Tempera, ink, and gold on paper; bindings of deerskin over boards with bronze bosses and clasps.