Exhibition items:

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1. Manuscript: fragment of a Passional. A bifolium (double leaf) from a parchment book made at and for a religious community in the north of England, c. 1150.

2. Manuscript: leaf from a copy of a commentary on Aristotle, De Anima ?Paris, c. 1300

3. Manuscript: Guy d’Evreux (c. 1290-93), Sermons France, c. 1300

4. Manuscript: Cicero, De Officiis. On paper, written in elegant Italian formal humanistic script, signed and dated by the scribe ‘Silvester magistri Iohannis phisici Baldoli Fulginatis’,  24 May 1465.

5. Iohannes Nider (c. 1380-1438), Praeceptorium Divinae Legis, or Commentary on the Ten Commandments.
Printed at Cologne by Ulrich Zell, c. 1475

6. Leaf from a Book of Hours, France, c. 1475

7. Manuscript: Virgil, Aeneid; Ovid, Ars Amatoria. Written on paper in German littera hybrida, in the second half of the 15th century.

8. Plutarch, Lives of Illustrious Greeks and Romans, in Latin. Printed in Venice, 1478, by Nicholaus Jensson.

9. Nicolaus de Auximo, Supplementum to the Summa Pisanella of Bartholomew of Pisa, and Canones Poenitentiales Printed at Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1478

10. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), De Casibus Illustrium Virorum (‘On the Fates of Illustrious Men’), followed by a brief Life of Boccaccio by Jean Thierry of Beauvais. Printed at Paris by Jean Gormont and Jean Petit, undated (soon after 1500)

11. St Augustine, De Civitate Dei and De Trinitate, the first with the commentaries of Thomas Waleys (d. 1350) and Nicholas Trevet (d. c. 1334), with additions by Iacopo Passavanti (d. 1357), and Franciscus de Mayronis (d. c. 1325).  The second work has comment by Mayronis only.

12. Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica, in Greek. Printed at Venice at the Aldine Press by Andreas, son-in-law of the Press’s founder, the famous Aldus Manutius, April 1521

13. Alessandro Guarini (1486-1556), commentary on the Poems of Catullus. Printed at Venice by Georgio de Rusconibus, May 1521

14. Guillaume Budé, Commentarii Linguae Graecae, printed in Paris by Josse Bade (Jodocus Badius Ascensius), 1529

15. Iohannes Trithemius (Iohann Trittheim, 1462-1516), abbot of Spannheim, Catalogus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum ... Printed at Cologne by Peter Quentell, 1531

16. Desiderius Erasmus (1467-1536), Ecclesiastae sive De ratione concionandi libri quatuor. Printed at Basel by Iohann Froben, 1535

17. Martin Luther (1483-1546), Bible in German. Printed at Leyden, by Ben Jacob Marci, in two parts: (1) 1535 (New Testament, indexes, morning and evening prayers in German, ‘for every day of the week’, ‘Spiritual songs and Psalms’, Catechism) and (2) 1536 (Old Testament).

18. Cicero, Letters to Atticus, Brutus, to his brother Quintus, and the spurious Letter to Octavius. Edited and printed by Paulus Manutius (Paulo Manuzzi), Venice 1544.

19. Aristotle, logical works, translated by Boethius  (d. 524), with commentary by Angelo Politiano (1454-94) Printed at Lyons by Sebastian Gryphius, 1547.

20. Mario Nizoli (1498-1566), Concordance to the works of Cicero &c., revised by Caelio Curio (1503-69) at Basel in 1548. Printed at Lyons by Antonius Vincentius, 1552.  An extra gathering is added at the end, containing a Vocabulary of unusual words used by Cicero, printed at Lyons by Ioannes Frellonius (Jean Frellon), no date.

21. Livy, Historiae, Decades I-V. 5, followed by Florus’ Epitome of Decades v. 46-XIII.140. Bound with the commentary and chronologies of Henricus Glareanus (1488-1563) and others.

22. Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch), 1304-74, Works, in 2 vols. Printed at Basel by Henrichus Petri (Heinrich Peter), March 1554.

23. Demetrius of Phaleron, De Elocutione, in Greek, ed. by Petrus Victorius (Pietro Vettori). Printed at Paris by Guillaume Morel, ‘royal typographer for Greek texts’, December 1555.

24. Cicero, Works, in 4 volumes. Printed at Paris by the Royal Printer, Carolus Stephanus (Charles Estienne), 1555.

25. (Pseudo) Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium, Cicero, De Inventione, with the commentaries of Pietro Vettori (1499-1585) and Paulo Manuzio (1512-74). Printed at Lyons by Sebastian Gryphius, 1555.

26. Geoffrey Chaucer, Works. Printed in London by John Kyngston for John Wyght, in 1561


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