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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 13

Case IX.—Specimens of fine and sumptuous Printing

Case IX.—Specimens of fine and sumptuous Printing.

1.Breviary of the Camaldolese Monks.—On vellum. Printed at Florence by Antoninus Miscominus, in 1484. 4to. Purchased in 1852.
2.Horse ad usum Sarum. On vellum.—Printed at Paris by Philippe Pigouchet, in 1501. Purchased in 1852.
3.Petrarch. Sonetti e Canzoni.—Printed at Venice by Aldus in 1501. On vellum. The first Italian book printed in Italic type. This copy formerly belonged to Isabella d' Este, who married Gian-Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua. Her arms are emblazoned on the lower margin of the first page of this volume. Bequeathed by the Rev. C. M. Cracherode.
4.Horatius.—First Aldine edition, printed at Venice in 1501.On vellum. Bequeathed by the Right Hon. Thomas Grenville.
5.Dante. Terze Rime.—Printed at Venice by Aldus in 1502. On vellum. Renouard quotes this edition of Dante as the first in which Aldus employed the device of the anchor. Bequeathed by the Right Hon. Thomas Grenville.
6.Virgilius.—Printed at Venice by Aldus in 1514. On large paper. Although dated 1514, this is one of the page 18 copies of the edition printed about 1519. Bequeathed by the Rev. C. M. Cracherode.
7.A book of prayers supposed to have been printed for the private use of the Emperor Maximilian I., by J. Schoen-sperger, at Augsburg, in 1514. On vellum. Unique in this state. Purchased in 1845.
8.Tewrdannck.—An allegorical Poem, in German, written by Melchior Pfintzing, on occasion of the marriage of the Emperor Maximilian I. with Maria of Burgundy. On vellum. Printed by J. Schoensperger at Nuremberg in 1517. Many eminent printers have declared this magnificeut volume to be a xylographic production. It was, however, printed from moveable metal types, and all the ornaments, initials, and flourishes were engraved either on wood or lead, and cleverly adjusted in the text. Described in Didot's Essai sur la Typographie, 1855, p. 659. Bequeathed by the Right Hon. Thomas Grenville.
9.Ethiopic New Testament.—On vellum. Printed at Rome by Valerius Doricus, in 1548. This copy has the arms of Pope Paul III. on the Ethiopic frontispiece, and his name underneath in Ethiopic characters. Purchased in 1844.
10.Virgilius.—Opera. Printed at Amsterdam by Elzevir, in 1676. On large paper. Bequeathed by the Right Hon. Thomas Grenville.
11.Milton. Paradise Lost.—Printed at Birmingham by John Baskerville, in 1759. On large paper. From the Library of King George III.
12.Sallust.—Translated into Spanish by the Infant Don Gabriel under the superintendence of his tutor Fr. Perez Bayer. Printed at Madrid by Joachin Ibarra, in Italic letters, in 1772. Bequeathed by the Rev. C. M. Cracherode.
13.Anacreon.—On vellum. Printed at Parma by Bodoni, in capital letters, in 1791. Bequeathed by the Rev. C. M. Cracherode.
14.Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell.—One of three copies printed on vellum by Bulmer, at London, in 1795. With woodcuts by Bewick. It is said that George III, ordered page 19 his bookseller to procure the blocks of the engravings that he might convince himself that they were wood and not copper. Described in Chatto On Wood Engraving, p. 607. From the library of King George III.
15.Cornelius Nepos. Vitæ.—On vellum. Printed by Bodoni at Parma, in 1799. Purchased in 1838.
16.Homer. Editio D.D. Buckingham et Grenville impensis excusa, curis Th. Grenville, Porson, Randolph, Cleaver, et Rogers.—Printed at Oxford in 1800, and commonly called the Grenville Homer. On large paper. From the library of King George III.
17.Camoens. Os Lusiadas.—Printed at Paris by Firmin Didot; in 1817. On large paper. Presented by the editor, Dom Joze Maria de Souza Botelho.
18.Homer. Odyssey, in Greek.—Printed at London by Charles Whittingham for W. Pickering, in 1831. Only twelve copies printed on vellum. Purchased in 1865.
19.Kálidása. Sákoontalá; or, the lost Ring; an Indian Drama.—Printed at Hertford in 1855, by Stephen Austin, to whom a silver medal was awarded at the Paris Exhibition of 1855. The illuminated borders and decorations we taken from MSS. in the British Museum and East India House, and are printed from wooden blocks.
20.Bourassé. La Touraine.—Printed at Tours by Mame, in 1855. This work gained the gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1855; it cost in its production upwards of 150,000f. (6000l.) Described in the Journal des Débats, 2nd Sept., 1855, and Rapports du Jury de l'Exposition Universelle, 1855, pp. 1249 and 1404. Purchased in 1856.