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    Seven Pillars of Wisdom: a triumph, the complete 1922 'Oxford' text, limited one-volume edition, hand-numbered copy #"98", one of 180 issued thus in quarter Nigerian goatskin by T. E. Lawrence and Jeremy Wilson

    Salisbury, England: Castle Hill Press, 2003. Quarter goatskin. This is the finely bound, first one-volume limited edition of the full 1922 'Oxford' text from Castle Hill Press, the premier editors and fine press publishers of material by and about T. E. Lawrence, founded by Lawrence’s official biographer, Jeremy Wilson (1944-2017).  Of 1,225 total copies, the publisher issued just 180 thus, in quarter Nigerian goatskin, bound by The Fine Bindery and featuring raised spine bands, blind rule compartments and transitions, cloth sides, top edge gilt, ribbon place marker, brown endpapers with adjacent illustrated maps,, head and tail bands, and issued in a black, cardstock slipcase. This is copy "98" hand-numbered thus by the publisher on the title page verso limitation.  Condition of the volume is flawless, as-new, acquired by us from the original owner. The slipcase shows just mild scuffs and shelf wear to extremities. This beautiful first one-volume edition not only features text that was “re-checked against copies of the two source documents” leading to “a number of small improvements” but also a scholarly index by Hazel K. Bell (which won the Wheatley Medal, Britain’s major indexing award), as well as 16 pages of black-and-white photographs taken by Lawrence and others during the Arab Revolt. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the story of T. E. Lawrence's (1888-1935) remarkable odyssey as instigator, organizer, hero, and tragic figure of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, which he began as an eccentric junior intelligence officer and ended as "Lawrence of Arabia."  This time defined Lawrence with indelible experience and celebrity, which he would spend the rest of his famously short life struggling to reconcile and reject, to recount and repress.  Lawrence famously resisted publication of his masterwork for the general public during his lifetime. The saga is remarkable. He nearly completed a massive first draft in 1919, only to famously lose it when his briefcase was mislaid at a train station. This first draft was never recovered. At a fever pitch, Lawrence wrote a new 400,000 word draft in 1920. This punishing burst of writing was followed by an equally brutal process of editing by Lawrence. In 1922, a 335,000 word version was carefully circulated to select friends and literary critics - the famous "Oxford Text". George Bernard Shaw called it "a masterpiece". Nonetheless, Lawrence was unready to see it distributed to the public. Finally, in 1926, a further edited 250,000 word "Subscribers' Edition" was produced by Lawrence - but fewer than 200 copies were made, each lavishly and uniquely bound. The process cost Lawrence far more than he made in subscriptions. To recover the loss, Lawrence finally authorized an edition for the general public - but one even further abridged and entitled "Revolt in the Desert". It was only in the summer of 1935, in the weeks following Lawrence's death, that the text of the Subscribers' Edition was finally published for circulation to the general public. However, the fuller "Oxford Text" - a third longer than the shortened text which became so famous - would not be republished until 1997.  Castle Hill took this text from Lawrence’s original manuscript in the Bodleian Library and Lawrence's annotated proof copy of the 1922 Oxford Times printing.  Castle Hill Press first published a three-volume limited edition of 752 sets of the Oxford Text, followed by this one-volume limited edition in 2003.  Bibliographic reference: see O'Brien A034a.



    A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland. Now Published for the First Time [from the Bordeaux Manuscript of 1681] in an English translation by Stepanie & Denis Clark. Edited, with an Introduction by Ashley Gibson by (Golden Cockerel Press) Lacombe, Sieur Jean de

    London: Printed and Published in Great Britain by the Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. Number 86 of 300 copies printed in Perpetua type on Arnold's hand-made paper. Contemporary Engravings of the principal places visited reproduced from Schultzen's Ost-indische Reyse [Amsterdam, 1676]. Maps used as endsheets are from a contemporary Mercator Atlas. Double page plates, double page facsimile from original manuscript. 209, [1] pp. 1 vols. Small folio. Brown coth spine and batik cloth. Fine. Number 86 of 300 copies printed in Perpetua type on Arnold's hand-made paper. Contemporary Engravings of the principal places visited reproduced from Schultzen's Ost-indische Reyse [Amsterdam, 1676]. Maps used as endsheets are from a contemporary Mercator Atlas. Double page plates, double page facsimile from original manuscript. 209, [1] pp. 1 vols. Small folio. Pertelote 130



    NLT Gospel of Matthew by St. Matthew

    The Scottish Bible Society is pleased to announce the launch of Matthew's Gospel in the New Living Translation (British text edition). The New Living Translation is a new translation which combines readability with faithful adherence to the original manuscripts



    Praal Ernst & Emotie. De wereld van het Franse middeleeuwse handschrift. by KORTEWEG, A.S

    Very Good. Zwolle, Waanders, 2002. 224pp. 180 coloured illustrations with extesive description, justification, glossary, bibliography, indices. Very fine copy. Cloth. Dustjacket. .







    Documents Relating to the Purchase & Exploration of Louisiana: I. The Limits and Bounds of Louisiana. By Thomas Jefferson. II. The Exploration of the Red, the Black, and the Washita Rivers. By William Dunbar by Jefferson, Thomas and Dunbar, William

    Houghton, Mifflin & Company, Boston and New York, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Limited Numbered Edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. This is copy 505 of 550. Blue cloth over board with printed white spine label; photogravure portraits of Jefferson and Dunbar; pp. [1]-45, [1]-189, [1]-76; fold-out map of the Washita River in Louisiana, many pages uncut, additional spine label in back of book. Printed from the original manuscripts in the library of the American Philosophical Society and by direction of the Society's Committee on Historical Documents. Very light staining on covers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz. Category: Politics & Government; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 012688. .



    Late Antique And Early Christian Book Illumination by Kurt Weitzmann

    Braziller, 1977. Hardcover. Very Good. Not Ex-Library Copy.Oversized Hardcover Edition With Dustjacket. Nice Copy.Text Unmarked.Corners Slightly Bumped. . . Not Ex-Library Copy.Stated First Edition, First Printing.



    The Works of the Right Honourable Henry late L. Delamer, and Earl of Warrington by DELAMER, Henry

    London: John Lawrence & John Dunton, 1694. Leatherbound. Good +. [14], 144, 684 [658], [10] p. 18 cm. Full leather. Corners bumped, boards rubbed with scuff on rear. Ink notations on front endpapers and ink signature on title page. Rear free endpaper half missing. Title continues: "Containing His Lordships Advice to His Children, Several Speeches in Parliament, &c. With Many Other Occasional Discourses On the Affairs of the Two Last Reigns: Being Original Manuscripts Written with His Lordships own Hand. Never before printed." 10 p. of publisher's ads at rear.



    ALS Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, February 11, 1985. RE: Tempest, ADF scholarship by Ariel Reynolds Parkinson (1926 - 2017)

    Berkeley, CA: Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, 1985. Hand-written letter signed, 2 pp., single leaf recto & verso, 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    ALS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, September 13, 1984. RE: Parkinson in Oxford, his daughter Chrysa taking dance at school in London by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Oxford, UK: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1984. Hand-written letter signed, Aerogramme, Single Page recto & verso, 8.25" x 11.5". Good with marginal tears, portion of letter separate from the rest. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    LIBER SUPER ETHICORUM ARISTOTELIS (Commentary on the Ethics of Aristotle);Illuminated manuscript on vellum By Thomas Aquinas by Thomas Aquinas

    BOOK DESCRIPTION: ELEGANT RENAISSANCE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT IN NEAR PRISTINE CONDITION IN LATIN ON VELLUM, Northeastern Italy (Venice), c. 1470, 340 x 235 mm.,160 folios, complete (collation, i-xii10, xii8, xiii-xvi10, xvii2), written in rounded southern gothic bookhands by three scribes in two columns of forty to thirty-eight lines (justification, 213-205 x 150-148 mm.), the first scribe copied ff. 1-67rb, and ff. 81va, line 27- 82ra, line 19, the second scribe, ff. 67va-81va, line 26, and the third scribe, ff. 82ra, line 19 to the end, red rubrics f. 1 only, red underlining through f. 4v, red and blue paragraph marks and running titles, three-line alternately red and blue initials with very fine violet or red pen decoration, diagram, f. 75v, NINE LARGE ILLUMINATED INITIALS with floral borders, f. 1, HISTORIATED INITIAL WITH THREE-QUARTER BORDER. BINDING: Bound in luxurious nineteenth-century red crushed morocco in the Jansenist style by R. Petit, spine with intricate monogram ("E M B"), elaborately gold-tooled turn-ins and green watered silk doublures, edges gauffered and gilt, front joint a little worn, minor rubbing and scuffs on the front and back covers, but in very good condition. TEXT: Thomas Aquinas (c.1224/1225-1274), the Angelic Doctor, has been called the greatest philosopher between Aristotle and Descartes. He wrote this commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (ed. Opera Omnia vol. 47, 1969) later in his life, c. 1271-2, while writing his great Summa theologica (1265-1273). It follows Aristotle's text closely, providing a detailed explanation, often line by line, discussing the aim of moral philosophy, the definition of what is "good" for man, the virtues, both moral and intellectual, friendship, and the rewards (and limits) of pleasure and happiness. ILLUMINATION: This is an elegant example of a Renaissance manuscript illuminated in Venice by Leonardo Bellini (fl. c. 1443-1490), or a close follower, in a style influenced by Ferrarese illumination. The border decoration (especially the flowers with long stamens) and the animal roundel exhibit many similarities to manuscripts illuminated by Leonardo. The elegant illuminated frontispiece includes an historiated initial of St. Thomas, accompanied by a three-quarter floral border set in black ink trellises, with two painted roundels: the monogram, "YHS," and a white swan. PROVENANCE: The distinctive style of the illumination, script and pen work all support an origin in Venice c. 1470; most likely once belonged to the Dominican Convent of SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venice; likely belonged to E. M. Bancel in the 19th century; belonged to the Haverhill Public Library, Massachusetts (De Ricci, Census, p. 1062, no. 1). CONDITION, f. 2 is creased with slight loss of legibility in one column (crease also visible on f. 1, text remains legible), f. 1, slightly soiled and with some pigment flaking in the border and initial, small ink smudges, ff. 75, 113, slight stain f. 81, ink on occasional pages abraded (no loss of text), overall in excellent, almost pristine, condition. Full description and photographs available (TM 629).



    The Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus Count de Benyowsky in Siberia, Kamchatka, Japan, the Liukiu Islands and Formosa from the Translation of his original manuscript (1741 - 1771), by William Nicholson, FRS, 1790. by Oliver, Captain Pasfield (ed.)

    London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Grey cloth with white and dark red stamped decoration; black/white plates/engravings; 399. Slight lean; shelf worn with wear along spine edges and corners; spine age darkenned; previous owner's gift dedication ffep dated 1913.



    THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER by Key, Francis Scott, Illustrated by Peter Spier

    NY: Doubleday, 1973 Hard Cover. NEAR FINE in a Near Fine dustjacket. First Edition. Unpaged, boards. Endpapers show how the flag has changed through the years & the departmental flags of government. All four verses of the anthem are illustrated. The music is provided as well as a reproduction of Key's original manuscript. Book poster is included in the original envelope..



    Death of a Salesman [Facsimile Typescript] by Miller, Henry

    Unbound. n.p., n.d.; facsimile copy of a signed typescript, on watermarked bond paper. Housed in a black clamshell box, with title in gilt on front panel. Fine, in a fine box.



    A Treatise concerning St. Matthias Day, Misplaced in the Oxford Almanack for the Year 1684 (being Leap-Year) at Feb. 24. In a Letter from Dr. Wallis to Dr. John Fell late Lord Bishop of Oxford. Published from the Original Manuscript in the Savilian Study by WALLIS, John

    3 p.l., 28 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Oxford: 1719. First edition of this very scarce posthumously published work. We learn from the Preface that there was considerable debate within the Oxford community regarding keeping St. Matthias's Day on the 24th or 25th of February in leap years. Wallis's text, from a manuscript written in 1684, was published to add support for the 24th as the preferable day. Fine copy.



    THE SNOWFLAKE STAR. (A.M.S., manuscript.) by Plath, Sylvia

    n.p., n.d., 1946. original manuscript in the author's hand, signed "by Sylvia" below the title, on white ruled paper (10.5 inches high x 8 inches wide.) This poem, from Plath's juvenilia canon, is recorded by title only in the "Uncollected Juvenilia" list of THE COLLECTED POEMS - SYLVIA PLATH (HarperPerennial, 1992, edited by Ted Hughes). The introductory paragraph to the list states (in part): "The texts of all but half a dozen of these early pieces are in the Sylvia Plath Archive of juvenilia in the Lilly Library at Indiana University. The rest are with the Sylvia Plath Estate." The present offering ("The Snowflake Star") is among the six poems held (at the time) by the Plath Estate, but is here now offered for sale. The poem is written in Plath's very neat hand, using pencil, and is composed of three stanzas of three lines each. The paper is in fine condition, protected in an archival sleeve and housed in a custom linen box with leather spine. An extraordinary opportunity for an unpublished (in this form) Plath manuscript poem, in her hand. One of a kind.



    Catalogue of Autograph letters, manuscripts and documents. An original survey of Washington, dated 1750; also two important war letters of Washington; the orderly book of Major Frye, 1755; important correspondence of President John Quincy Adams; correspondence of Gov. Thomas Johnson, relating to the outbreak of the Revolution; documents of the Society of the Cincinnati concerning a proposed statue of Washington in New York; an original manuscript of Napoleon; important historical papers in regard to the American Indians, the Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War; letters and documents of Israel Putnam, Lafayette, Henry Knox, Benedict Arnold, Alexander Hamilton, Philip Schuyler, William Moultrie, Arthur St. Clair, and other generals of the Revolution; Stephen Hopkins, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Stockton, Benjamin Rush, James Smith, Richard Henry Lee, John Hancock, and other signers Declaration of Independence; Robert Fulton, Kipling, Charles Lamb, John Howard Payne, Emerson, Edgar A. Poe, Longfellow, Lowell, A by (Weeks, William R. of New Jersey)

    New York: The Merwin-Clayton Salles Co 20-24 East 20th Street, 1907. 54 pp. 313 lots. 1 vols. 8vo. Grey wrappers. VG. 54 pp. 313 lots. 1 vols. 8vo. McKay, 6352



    Autograph letter signed to the Colombian conductor and champion of South American music, Guillermo Espinosa (1905-1990) by FOSS, Lukas 1922-2009

    Foss was a prominent American composer and conductor. "For all their diverse styles, [his] works spring from a distinct personality: enthusiastic, curious and receptive to every kind of musical idea. Not coincidentally, these are the same attitudes he instilled in audiences with his performances of the classical repertory and new music. In short, he was one of his era's most communicative and representative composer-performers." Gilbert Chase and David Wright in Grove Music Online.. 1 page. Oblong octavo. Dated December 15, 1960. On University of California letterhead. A brief note, saying "I hope the enclosed will do. Send me the proofs, if you wish, and I will examine them." Slightly worn and creased.



    The Poetical Works of Henry Brooke, Esq., Author of Gustavus Vasa, Fool of Quality, &c., in four volumes octavo. Revised and corrected by the original manuscript; with a portrait of the author, and his life, by Miss Brooke. The third edition. by Henry Brooke

    This is an uncommon 18th century four-volume set of the works of Irish novelist, playwright, and poet Henry Brooke. Nine inches tall, in its original plain pale blue wrappers. Printed in Dublin in 1792; xxvi, 405; 379; 345; 414 pp. These volumes contain the following works: Vol. 1: Jack the Giant queller, an opera. The contending brothers, comedy. The female officer: a comedy. The marriage contract, a comedy. Ruth: An Oratorio. [Miscellaneous poems] The fox-chase. Redemption. Vol. 2: Universal beauty: A philosophical poem. Jerusalem delivered; An epic poem: Translated from the Italian of Torquato Tasso. Constantia: Or, the Man of Law's Tale, modernized from Chaucer, to which is now added The Tale, as written by Chaucer; taken from the accurate edition of the Canterbury Tales; Vol 3: [Tragedies] The impostor. The Earl of Westmorland. Cymbeline. Montezuma. Vol 4: Fables: The Temple of Hymen; The Sparrow and the Dove; The Female Seducers; Love and Vanity. The last speech of John Good, vulgarly called Jack the Giant-Queller. Gustavus Vasa . . . A Tragedy. The Earl of Essex: A Tragedy. Conrade: A Fragment. As the photos should show, these volumes' rudimentary bindings are in poor condition, and the leaves' uncut edges show varying degrees of soiling. The interiors, however, are in very good condition, save for the first five leaves of Vol. IV, which show a small stain, of diminishing size, at the foot. Overall a very readable, complete example of this set uncommonly seen for sale.



    ALS Joseph Hume, Sept. 27, 1853 by Joseph Hume M.P

    Norfolk, UK: Hume, 1853. Autographed Two Page Letter, Ink on Laid Paper with Embossed Device at header, 4" x 6.25", Very Good; mounted to larger sheet with inked notes, 10" x 12", Good with marginal tears & toning. John Hume (1777 - 1855), radical politician. During the debates on the Reform Bill, Hume suggested extending the franchise to the colonies.



    THE LOG OF A FORTY-NINER. Journal of a Voyage from Newburyport to San Francisco on the Brig General Worth Commanded by Captain Samuel Walton. Kept by Richard Hale Newbury, Mass. by Russ, Carolyn Hale; Richard Hale

    Boston, MA: B.J. Brimmer Company, 1923. Book. Very good+ condition. Half-Cloth. First Edition. Octavo (8vo). 183 pages of text. Hardcover binding in excellent condition, with a small tear and crease to the edge of page 37, and minor browning to the endpapers. The unclipped dustjacket is sunned on the spine, with minor soiling and minor rubbing to the extremities; protected in archival mylar. Contains 19 illustrations. Being a Record of Adventures by Sea and Shore to the California Gold-Fields and the Pacific Northwest, 1849-1854. Illustrated from original sketches by the author. Edited from the original manuscripts; here for the first time published. The text is clean and unmarked. First edition..



    ALS by McKinley, William (Future President)

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" ). [TLS] 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Typed Letter Signed on McKinley's Canton, OH stationary to Mr. Will B. Smith: Mr. Will B. Smith,/Pasadena, Cal./ Dear Sir and Comrade:/For your letter of/ congratulations of the 22nd Ultimo I am /very grateful. You were very kind in-/deed to remember me./With best wished, I am/Very truly yours/ Wm. McKinley. Dated July 2, 1896 with stamped envelope. Very nice condition. Will B. Smith who served in the Civil War in Company K, 14th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted at the age of only 15, was a prisoner and a survivor of Andersonville. He had also written a book about his experience's written for "real boys and girls."



    Epistola de morte Hieronymi; Epistola ad Cyrillum de magnificentiis Hieronymi; Epistola de miraculis Hieronymi; Vita Sancti Hieronymi; Vita sancti Pauli; illuminated medieval manuscript on parchment by Pseudo-Eusebius of Cremona, Pseudo-Augustine, Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem, Jerome

    ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON PARCHMENT, Northern Italy, c. 1440-1470. 203 x 153 mm. 70 folios, complete (collation, i-vii10), remnants of quire and leaf signatures, flourished vertical catchwords, written in a humanist minuscule on 30 long lines (justification, 147-149 x 95-100 mm), horizontal lines ruled very lightly in ink, single vertical bounding lines ruled in lead, prickings remain in top and bottom margins on some leaves, rubrics and paragraph marks in pale red, two-line red or blue initials with contrasting pen flourishes in violet or red, two five-line blue initials, ff. 29v and 35, infilled and on square grounds of elaborate penwork; f. 64v, seven-line polished GOLD INITIAL with white vinestem decoration extending along twenty lines of text and into the upper margin, infilled and edged in deep red and blue with numerous tiny silver dots; f. 1, five-line polished GOLD HISTORIATED INITIAL of St. Jerome, bearded and dressed in red, standing before a Crucifix, with a hilly landscape in the background, on a white vinestem ground, extending into a FULL WHITE VINESTEM BORDER infilled and edged in deep red and blue with tiny silver dots and an erased coat of arms in lower margin, with modern? F.A.. BINDING: Early, almost certainly contemporary, reddish-brown leather over wooden boards, flat spine with three slightly raised bands, head and tail bands, clasp and catch fastening, front to back, with brass catch lettered ave, front cover decorated, most likely in the nineteenth century, with an attractive painted border in green, orange, and gray, connecting four brass studs, and the title, De laudibus et miraculis divi Hieronymi, with initials F.C. at the bottom, back pastedown is leaf from a late fourteenth-century Italian copy of Donatuss Latin grammar, front pastedown shows offset script from removed pastedown from a fourteenth-century Italian text in Latin verse. TEXT: This manuscript is a vivid witness to the importance of St. Jerome in fifteenth-century Italy, and includes the foundational texts for his cult: three letters regarding his death, miracles, and titles to glory and veneration and purporting to be written by three contemporaries of St. Jerome (c. 347-420), namely St. Eusebius of Cremona (d. 423), St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), and Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386), but probably written in Rome at the end of the thirteenth or beginning of the fourteenth century; a life of St. Jerome by an unknown author, probably writing in Italy in the twelth century; and Jeromes own life of St. Paul the Hermit, written in 374 or 375. These texts were widely disseminated in both Latin and in vernacular translations, and they influenced the work of numerous writers and visual artists. ILLUSTRATION: The iconographical choice in the historiated initial (f. 1) to depict the ascetic Jerome contemplating the Crucifixion dates from c. 1400 in Italy, and can be particularly associated with Hieronymite congregations in Tuscany. PROVENANCE: Copied in Northern Italy in the middle years of the fifteenth century, as suggested by the evidence of the script and decoration; the penwork initials in particular seem to point to Northern Italy. The manuscript almost certainly once included the coat of arms of its original owner in the lower margin of the illuminated border on f. 1. Three sets of initials are inscribed, in three different hands, all possibly initials of owners: within the roundel on f. 1 a modern owner inscribed an outline of a shield in pen and the initials F.A.; inside front cover, white embossed seal, with the initials L.F.; on front cover, as part of the added decoration, F[?]. C[?]. CONDITION: Slight loss of the leather at the back, top of the spine, and over the lower band of the binding; top of the painted border on f. 1 is very slightly trimmed; f. 1 is darkened; and there is some soiling throughout, but overall in very good condition. Full description and photos available (TM 656).



    The Death of Venus. Lithographs by Mark Beard. Edited with an introduction by Michael Finegold by FitzGerald & Co., Vincent. Sitwell, Dame Edith

    New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1983. One of 50 copies only on BFK Rives, signed by Beard on the colophon. Page size: 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Bound: loose in original wrappers, as issued, in publisher's clamshell box of green cloth and silver kid spine designed as a classic column by Gerard Charriere and Carol Joyce, fine. First edition of this previously unpublished manuscript by Sitwell; the original manuscript notebook is in the collection of Paul W. Motter. Mark Beard has created six color lithographs, plus one five-page black and white lithograph, pulled on Arches paper, each signed and numbered by the artist, for this book. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Beard has had exhibitions at the Studio of Lowell Nesbitt, the Ericson Gallery, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and has won awards from the Henry Doll Foundation in New York and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. His work is represented in many distinguished collections, among them: Harvard University and Yale University, The Chase Manhattan Bank, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library, to cite a few. This is the artist's first livre d'artiste. The lithographs were pulled under the supervision of the artist and publisher at Prasada Press; the text at Wild Carrot Letterpress. A mint copy of this contemporary livre de peintre marking the debut of a major American artist.



    Illuminated Manuscript: Prayer to God, the Father by [illuminated Manuscript]

    np: France. 1st Edition. No Binding. Very Good. Large illuminated manuscript leaf (c1480) with a miniature of God. Large leaf from a Northern French Book of Hours (c. 1480) containing the "Oraison à Dieu Le Pere TresDevote" from a Northern French Book of Hours (c. 1480) . 24 lines of text written in French in a gothic script in brown ink with red rubrics. Prominent miniature features God, the Father, in a red robe and golden crown. He stands before a bright gold background. Beautiful borders recto and verso with red & blue flowers, and blue & gold acanthus leaves. A large double line initial "M" painted in gold on a red background opens the prayer. Size: 212 x 136 mm (approx. 8.3 x 5.4 inches) Miniature: 51 x 46 mm The text in French: Oraison a dieu le pere tresdevote. Mon benoist Dieu, je croy de cueur et confesse de bouche tout ce que saincte Eglise croit et tient de vous et que ung bon catholique doibt de vous sentry et croire. Et proteste icy devant vostre tresnoble et precieuse figure que je vueil vivre et mourir en ceste foy et y persever toute ma vie. Et vous recongnois mon Dieu, mon pere et createur de tout le monde. Et moy, vostre pouvre creature, subjecte et servante, vous fais la foy et hommaige que je tiens de vous noblement, comme de vous mon souverain, l'ame et le corps et tous les biens naturelz, spirituelz et corporelz et temporelz que j'ay et que oncques je euz et que je attens a avoir en ce monde et en l'ature. Et de bon cueur treshumblement vous en remercie et loue et rens grace. ...Et en signe de recongnoissance vous paye de ce petit tribut au matin et au soir, c'est que je vous adore de cueur et de bouche en foy et esperance et charite... , de ceste petite oraison qui tant seulement appartient a vostre benoiste majeste, seigneurie et divinite. Et vous requires troys choses. La premiere est misericorde de tant de malz.

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