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Breydenbach (Bern. de) Peregrinatio in Montem Syon et
Civitatem Hierusalem. Folio. Moguntiæ. Erh. Reuwich. 1486. First Edition.*
This Rare Account of Travels of the Religious to the Holy Land, is perhaps the first printed Book of Travels existing, and is adorned with very remarkable Maps and Views. The View of Venice is more than five feet long, and the Map of the Holy Land is more than three feet long, besides many others equally curious. A copy on vellum sold at West's Sale in 1773, for 151. 15s. Copies on paper have usually sold at from 21. 12s.6d. to 31. 13s. 6d. Mr. Townley's Copy, I observe, sold for 121.
Idem Opus. Folio. Per P. Drach. 1490. . Mr. Roscoe's copy of this edition sold for 15l. 5s. whilst in a bookseller's cataloguo (Priestley's) the same edition was marked but 31. 13s. 6d.
There is a Flemish translation of the above book, folio, 1488, as also a French ditto, folio, 1489.
Homeri Batrachomyomachia. gr. 4to.–Venet. Leon. Cre
At Askew's Sale, 1775, a copy of this very rare Book sold for 141. 14s. and in 1818, a duplicate from the British Museum sold for 101. 10s. At the Pinelli Sale, 1789, a copy of this edition, and another edition, (Gr. et Lat.)
* Vide in Bib. Harl. iii. 3213. A copy on vellum, and a full account of the Book. Also, “ Bibliotheca Spenceriana;" Vol. iii.
without any indication of date or printer, but conjectured to be still earlier, and consisting of only twenty-six leaves, 4to. sold together for 271. 16s. 6d.
Maittaire edited in 1721, a fac simile of this very rare Book:—204 copies only were printed; of these 195 were subscribed for, at half-a-guinea in sheets; eight were reserved by the Editor for himself; and only one single copy remained for public sale.
Life of a Virgyn cally'd Petronylla, whom Erle Flaccus
desired to his Wyf. 18mo. Emprynted by Pynson.
A very rare Poetical Tract, consisting only of three leaves, 18mo. and which at Townley's Sale in 1814, was sold for the very moderate sum of six guineas, or two guineas per leaf, to Messrs. Longman and Co.
M. Heber bought a copy at Horne Tooke's Sale in 1813, for the sum of six pounds, two shillings, and sixpence.
Biblia Sacra Polyglotta, veteris et Novi Testamenti; He
braice, Chaldaice, Græce, &c. cum tribus interpretationibus Latinis; de mandato ac sumptibus Cardinalis D. F. Francisci Ximenes de Cisneros. 6 vols. folio. Compluti, Arn. Guill. de Brocario. 1514, 1515, 1517.
The Hebrew Chaldaic Lexicon in the the sixth volume is often wanting.–Six hundred copies were printed of this costly Polyglott Bible.
A copy sold in the Merly Collection for 631.
Mr. Roscoe's copy, 5 vols. (wanting the Lexicon) brought 351. 14s.
But, perhaps the greatest rarities in the book world, are the copies printed on vellum, only three or four of which are known to exist: one was in the Royal Library at Madrid, another at Turin, and the third (said to have been Cardinal Ximenes' own copy) sold at the Pinelli Sale, to Count M'Carthy for 483l, and at the sale of Count M'Carthy's Library, it was purchased by G. Hibbert, Esq. for the sum of sixteen thousand one hundred francs, and now enriches his Library at Clapham, Surrey, a treasure in itself.
A Goodly Prymer in Englyshe, newly corrected and printed
with certayne Godly Meditations and Prayers added to the same, very necessarie and profitable for all them that ryghte assuredly understand not the Latine and Greeke tongue.- Imprynted on Vellum, in red and black Types, with emblematical Frontispiece from a Wood-Cut.-By John Byddell. 1535.
“ This Prymer (printed on the 16th day of June, 1535) is the earlyest or first English one I ever saw, or indeed ever heard of, in any public or private library in this kingdom. The Rev. Mr. John Lewis, (Minister of Margate) who examined much into, and made great inquiries after, antiquities of this kind, often declared it to be the earliest English one he ever saw or discovered: he supposed the author to be George Joy, whom Fox, in his “ Acts," &c. p. 1340, col. 2. edit. 1st. cavils much against, for not paying due homage, &c. to Sayntes and Our Lady,” &c.
MS. Note of John White. At G. Mason's Sale, 1798, a copy sold for 8l. 18s. 6d.
The Dialogues of Creatures Moralized.-bl. letter, with
wood cuts. 4to. and they be to sell upon Powly's Churche Yard.
It is presumed, according to “Bibliotheca Steevensiana," where this book sold for 41. 14s. 6d. that this was the first English edition, and printed, if not translated, by John Rastell.
At the Duke of Roxburgh's Sale, 1812, a copy sold for 15l. 15s. probably the same copy, both being described as bound in morocco.
Foxe (John) Acts and Monuments of these Latter and
Peryllous Days touching Matters of the Churche.-bl. letter. folio. Ist. edition. 1563.-Ditto, 2 vols. folio. 1583.-Ditto, 3 vols, folio. 1684.
The early editions of this History of Martyrdom in England contain numerous wood-cuts; in some of which are real portraits. Sir John Harrington tells us, that when Bishop Bonner was shown his portrait (whipping Thomas Henshawe) in the Book of Martyrs, on purpose to vex him, he laughed at it, saying—" A vengeance on the fool, how could he get my picture drawn so right?"
This book was ordered by Queen Elizabeth, to be placed in the Common Halls of Archbishops, &c. &c. for the use of the common people, who looked upon it with a veneration next to the Scriptures themselves.
The first edition is one of the parest books in our language.
A large paper copy of the edition of 1684, 3 vols. folio, sold among Mr. Willett's books for 71. 7s.
The Whole Psalter translated into English Metre, which
containeth an hundreth and fifty Psalms.- Imprinted by John Daye. (1567.)
(By Archbishop Matthew Parker.)
There are two copies of this anonymous version in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; in the printed catalogue of which, this Psalter is erroneously attributed to John Keeper, an obscure Poet. There are also copies in the Canterbury Cathedral Library, and in the Collection of the Hon. T. Grenville. Dr. Farmer's copy sold for 3l. 6s.
It is so scarce, that Mr. Strype tells us he could never get sight of it;* and Warton, in his “History of English Poetry," points it out as a great rarity, adding, “ It certainly would be deemed a fortunate acquisition to those capricious Students, who labour to collect a library of rarities.”
Its rarity is conjectured to arise from the circumstance of only a few copies having been given away to the nobility by the Archbishop's wife Margaret, to whom Fnller, in his “ Church History," has given a very high character.
Parker, according to a scarce tract in the possession of Mr. Todd,I (said by Mr. Parke, in his edition of Nugæ Antiquæ, to be of a libellous tendency) lost all his livings, on account of his marriage, in the 2nd. year of Queen
* See Master's Hist. of C. C. C. C.
+ Hist. of Eng. Poetry, Vol. iii. p. 186. “HISTRIOLA, a littlc Storye of the Actes and Life of Matthen, Archbishoppe of Canterbury,” dated 1574.