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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 13

Case II.—Block-Books

Case II.—Block-Books.

1.Ars Memorandi; or, a Memoria Teclinica for learning by heart the four Gospels.—Block-book; the second edition, according to Heinecken, Idée Générale, &c., p. 396. Purchased in 1854.
2.Speculum Humanæ Salvationis.—Block-book. Grenv. Catal., Part 1, vol. ii. p. 678. Bequeathed by the Right Hon. Thomas Grenville.
3.Ars Moriendi.—Block-book; the second edition, according to Heinecken, Idée Générale, p. 406. Purchased in 1845.
4.Ars Moriendi.—Block-book. Purchased in 1846.
5.Turris Sapiencie.—A single page, printed from a block. Purchased in 1849.
6.Temptationes Demonis.—A single page printed from a block, showing the seven deadly sins and the minor sins which spring from them, with the texts of Scripture applicable to each. Described in North British Review for Nov. 1846, p. 153. Purchased in 1842.
7.Mirabilia Romæ.—in German. Block-book, unknown to Heinecken, printed about 1480. Described in Ædes Althorp. ii. 188. Purchased in 1857.
8.A German Almanack, by Magister Johann von Kunsperck, i.e. Johann Miiller, called Regiomontanus.—Block-book, produced at the press of the celebrated Astronomer Regiomontanus, at Nuremberg, about 1474. Supposed to be the earliest printed almanack. Described in Panzer's Annalen, i. p. 76. Purchased in 1855.
9.A German Almanack.—Block-book, printed at Mentz about 1490. Purchased in 1835.
10.A German Almanack.—Block-book, printed at Leipzig, by Cunradt Kacheloven, about 1490. Purchased in 1853.page 7
11.Opera nova contemplative. Figure del Testamento Vecchio.—The last Block-book; printed at Venice about 1510, by Giovanni Andrea Vavassore. Purchased in 1848.
12.Impression from a block, representing Christ, guarded by Soldiers, before Herod.—Supposed date not later than the middle of the 15th century. Found pasted inside the cover of a copy of the Vitæ Patrum, attributed to St. Jerome. Purchased in 1852.
13.An impression from a block, representing the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus between St. Joachim and St. Anne.—This and the following wood-print (the "Seven Ages") are pasted on the inside of what were the covers of N. de Lyra's Moralia super Bibliam. Purchased in 1840.
14.Impression from a block, representing the Seven Ages of Man, with the Wheel of Fortune in the centre.—Date about 1460. Described in the Archœologia, vol. xxxv., 1853. Purchased in 1846.
15.Planetenbuch.—Block-book representing the planets Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, Venus, and the Moon, and their influences on human life, with German metrical descriptions. Printed about 1470. Purchased in 1860.

On quitting the Grenville Room, the visitors pass through an apartment containing Manuscripts, and enter the King's Library. This room was built expressly to receive the noble collection of books formed by His Majesty King George III., and presented to the nation by His Majesty King George IV. The royal collection is remarkable not only for the judicious selection of the works and the discriminating choice of the editions, but for the bibliographical peculiarities and rarity of the copies. On each side of the room are six table cases, numbered respectively III. to XIV. The books exhibited in the cases on the left side of the room illustrate the rise and early progress of the art of printing; those on the opposite side display certain peculiarities of printing, specimens of illustrations, of binding, or some feature of special interest. The contents of the several cases are as follow:—