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  • Prof. B.V. Toshev
    Just Received (Toshev s membership in the Bibliographical Society): THE LIBRARY. THE TRANSACTION OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY ISSN 0024-2160 Editor: Dr.
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 19, 2011
      Just Received (Toshev's membership in the Bibliographical  Society):


      Editor: Dr. Bill Bell


      All articles from 1889 to today are available.
      ToC: Library, Volume 12, Number 1, March 2011 (Seventh Series)
      S. Jung. Thomas Storhard's Illustrations for the Royal Engagement Pocket Atlas, 1779-1826 (p. 3)
      Notes: 52

      This essay offers an account of a nowadays very rare late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century pocket diary-cum-almanac for a multifarious audience deriving largely from the middling ranks of British society, The Royal Engagement Pocket Atlas. A contribution to the history of the ephemeral book, it sketches the variety of illustrated pocket books in the 1790s and examines both the marketing strategies employed by its publisher and the importance of book illustration for the formation of a canon of literary texts at the end of the eighteenth century. Considering some of Thomas Stothard’s vignette illustrations for the publication, the essay investigates the ideologically representative meanings of these illustrative paratexts and relates them to proliferating cultures of consumerism. Focusing on the genesis, fashioning, and long ‘life’ of the Pocket Atlas, it will explore some of the interpretive narratives of the printed designs and discuss the cultural phenomenon of the almanac for the middle and upper classes as an ephemeral and desirable production of the exploding field of eighteenth-century print culture.

      T. Owens. Wordsworth, Galignani, and the Aesthetics of Piracy (p. 23)
      Notes: 57

      This article examines the complicated production history of Galignani’s 1828 pirated edition of Wordsworth’s Works. It demonstrates, with particular reference to two forms of the work held in the Bodleian library, Oxford, that the 1828 edition was in fact reissued several times up until c.1850, and considers the aesthetic and authorial anxieties that this sale engenders in Wordsworth. Weaving together the concerns of pirate and poet, it considers the ways in which Galignani’s democratisation of Wordsworth forces the poet to respond in new ways to the burgeoning nineteenth-century reading public, and explores how this affects the physical make up of his own one volume edition of his Poems (1845).

      D.E. Shuttleton. George Cheyne and 'The Cathechism': A Missing Title from the Press 0f Samuel Richardson (p. 37)
      Notes: 51

      The correspondence between the physician and medical author George Cheyne and his friend and patient, the London master-printer Samuel Richardson, contains several references to the future novelist undertaking the printing of a ‘Catechism’ on Cheyne’s behalf in 1738. This work was undertaken by way of a favour for which Cheyne remained immensely grateful. The item itself, which was probably intended for largely private circulation, has hitherto eluded bibliographers. This essay sets out the circumstances surrounding this printing commission and, for the first time, firmly identifies the title in question. It also establishes that the author of ‘the Catechism’ was not, as has sometimes been supposed, Cheyne himself, but James Allen a member of the physicians’ circle of predominantly Scottish Episcopalian pietists who had a shared interest in ‘internal religion’. These findings will be of concern to bibliographers and historians of the book interested in tracing the productions of Richardson’s press as well as literary scholars concerned to clarify the possible significance of Richardson’s exposure to this loose-knit religious grouping and their often literary engagement with distinctly Continental forms of pietism.

      D.E. Rhodes. Bibliographical Note: Spanish Books on Sale in the Venetian Bookshop of G.B. Ciotti, 1602 (p. 50)
      Notes: 3;

      Reviews (p. 56): 8 reviews;

      Recent Books (p. 74);

      Recent Periodicals (p. 76);

      Books Received (p. 78).


    • Prof. B.V. Toshev
      Just Received (membership): THE LIBRARY. THE TRANSACTION OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY ISSN 0024-2160 Editor: Dr. Bill Bell [Cover] All articles from 1889 to
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 11, 2011
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        All articles from 1889 to today are available.
        ToC: Library, Volume 12, Number 2, June 2011 (Seventh Series)
        M. McC. Gatch. The Bibliotheca Parisina (p. 89)
        Notes: 86

        Bibliotheca Parisiana—or in its French version Bibliotheca elegantissima Parisina—is a catalogue of the London bookdealer James Edwards for an auction of books, mainly consigned in Paris, held in London in March 1791. The catalogue has many shortcomings, as Arthur Rau noted in an important article in 1969, and the identity of the French consignor (if not unknown) has been obscure. This article expands on Rau's critique, drawing on recent publication to give a more precise account of the items given a false provenance from Claude d'Urfé by Edwards and considering more closely the quality of the descriptions in the catalogue, noting interesting divergences between the French and English versions. The consignor is firmly identified as Antoine Marie Pâris d'Illins (1746-1809), nephew of a well-known collector Jean Baptiste Pâris de Meyzieu (1718-1788), who is persistently named in the literature as the owner of the Bibliotheca Parisina. Pâris d'Illins, who seems to have been an active and knowledgeable bibliophile, was a military man who was to die in Napoleon's Spanish campaign. He apparently sold his most valuable books on the eve of his exile from France (with the Marquis de Lafayette) during the Revolution.

        G.G. Moate. The `Lost' Library of William Burkitt, 1650–1703 (p. 119)
        Notes: 100

        In his will of 1 January 1700 the Revd William Burkitt gave his nephew, Myles Burkitt, `my Library of Books to be set up in the Study at Milding Parsonage' with the stipulation that `they never be sold but goe along with the Studdy for the benefit of suceeding Incumbents, every Incum bent haveing power to exchange what he pleases of the Books and leave ing under his hand a catalogue of the Books he received from his predecessor and of what he leaves to his successor'. This paper describes the provenance, style and contents of that Milden Rectory Library Catalogue, compiled in 1842; it also re-examines the dubious circumstances in which Burkitt's generous provision eventually became one of `Three Lost Suffolk Libraries'; and, for the first time, it provides an opportunity for a preliminary assessment of Burkitt's bibliographical legacy.

        A. Nash. D. H. Lawrence and the Publication of Look! We Have Come Through!  (p. 142)
        Notes: 98

        In 1917 D.H. Lawrence's whole outlook on the social and cultural environment of his country was embodied in his attitude towards the literary marketplace. The suppression of The Rainbow in 1915 and his opposition to the war contributed to his feeling of detachment from what he called `the bourgeois world, the world which controls press, publication and all'. Presenting new archival evidence, this article examines the publishing history of the poetry volume Look! We Have Come Through, issued by Chatto & Windus in 1917. Closer examination of the motives of the individual editors involved in the production of the volume reveals why Lawrence was required to make changes to his text but also why the firm were eager to publish a volume that was to have little commercial impact. Issued at a critical moment in Lawrence's relationship with the marketplace, and in the history of literary modernism, the episode shows how, in spite of general hostility to his work, there were forces in the mainstream publishing market that were keen to embrace modern literary forms and take risks with the work of authors whose subject-matter was challenging and potentially dangerous.

        M.T.W. Payne. Robert Fabyan and the Nuremberg Chronicle  (p. 164)
        Notes: 27

        This article identifies one of Robert Fabyan's source books, his copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle, which contains extensive notes and annotations in his hand. The volume is among the collections at Guildhall Library, London. The marginal notes are of particular interest, not only for the light they shed on Fabyan's working practice, but also because the similarities with the hands of the extant manuscripts of the latter part of the Great Chronicle of London, and The Newe Cronycles of England and Fraunce (Fabyan's Chronicle), demonstrate Fabyan's involvement in each work. This attribution has been doubted for some time. Fabyan also added interesting ownership and purchase information to the Nuremberg Chronicle.

        Reviews (p. 170): 8 reviews.

      • Prof. B.V. Toshev
        Just Received (membership): THE LIBRARY. THE TRANSACTION OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY ISSN 0024-2160 Editor: Dr. Bill Bell [scan0006] All articles from 1889
        Message 3 of 3 , Dec 3, 2011
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          Editor: Dr. Bill Bell


          All articles from 1889 to today are available.
          ToC: Library, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2011 (Seventh Series)
          J. WilloughbyThe Secundo Folio and its Uses, Medieval and Modern (p. 237)
          Notes: 79

          The cataloguing device known in the middle ages as the secundo folio, being the opening words of the second leaf of a book, was a means by which a medieval book could be matched to its record in a list. First used in the early thirteenth century, it came to be universally employed in England and elsewhere, and continued to be used until the early sixteenth century, for printed books as well as for manuscripts without discrimination. While the secundo folio has long had a meaning and usefulness to modern manuscript cataloguers, for whom it has been a means of matching a surviving book to its medieval institutional home, its usefulness has escaped the attention of incunabulists. While it is true that the diagnostic cannot be used to identify an individual printed book as it can an individual manuscript, it can be used to identify the edition (or editions), and thereby offers a new source of evidence for the acquisition and ownership of incunabula at an early date, making a contribution to studies on the development and reach of the early booktrade.

          C. Willan. `Mr Pope's Penmanship': Edmund Curll, Alexander Pope, and Rawlinson Letters 90 (p. 259)
          Notes: 27

          In 1726, Edmund Curll published an unauthorised but faithful volume of Pope's correspondence to Henry Cromwell in one of his Miscellanea. In response, Pope was forced to issue his own `authorised' version of the letters; less textually faithful than Curll's `pirated' version. The evidence to illuminate these sleights of hand lies in the bundle of letters now kept in MS Rawlinson Letters 90 in the Bodleian. Among them there is a small (and unrecorded) self-portrait of Pope under which there is a note that reads `This figure is the delineation of Mr. Pope's Penmanship - E. Curll.' From the handwriting sample that this provides, I reread the manuscript and demonstrate that all the letters in the volume were marked up by Curll himself in preparation for their publication in 1726 and subsequently. This episode provides us with an unusual example of Pope favouring the preservation of his public image over the accuracy and presentation of his work in print.

          A. Pope (1688-1744)
          H. Cromwell (1628-1674)

          W. Poole. Comparative Account of Fount Composition From 1598 (p. 281)
          Notes: 16

          This note presents an early account of fount composition, or the letter frequencies within given founts. It consists of a letter from the famous printer Franciscus Raphelengius Junior to the London merchant and naturalist Jacobus Colius, dated 13 February 1598. Hitherto unnoticed, it is preserved appended to a cryptographical manuscript composed by Colius, and now in the British Library. The letter is presented in its original Latin with an English translation.

          F. Raphelengous (1539-1597)
          J. Golius (1596-1667)

          Book Reviews (p. 286): 10 Reviews (Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland; The Liturgy in Medieval England: A History; Holinshed's Nation: Ideals, Memory and Practical Policy in the Chronicles; Jurisprudence of the Baroque. A Census of Seventeenth Century Italian Legal Imprints; Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500–1800; Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, v, 1695–1830; Superior in his Profession: Essays in Memory of Harold Love; A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts; The Dartons: Publishers of Educational Aids Pastimes & Juvenile Ephemera 1787–1876. A Bibliographic Checklist).

          Recent Books (p. 305);

          Recent Periodicals (p. 317).
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