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GUDRUN. A Story of the North Sea. From the Mediaeval German.
Edinburgh: Edmonston & Douglas, 1864.
Small octavo, original green honeycomb grain bevel-edged cloth, all edges gilt, black endpapers. (iv), 214, (2) pp + frontispiece with tissue guard (sepia tone mounted photo by McGlashon & Walker from a sketch by J. Noel Paton of Herwig's Parting), decorated title page in red and black, head and tail pieces, by J.M. Corner. Spine tips chipped to a depth of 1/4 inch; book a bit leaned; prize bookplate to front pastedown; inner hinges cracked; covers have a bit of wear to outer corners; soft corner crease to text throughout; small rubber stamp to verso of front free endpaper; this is otherwise mainly a VG+ bright copy. Translated by Emma Letherbrow. A prose translation in 23 chapters of this medieval legend of Friesland.
$60.00                          Book Number: 8775                          Order / Enquire



THE SCHOOL OF SALERNUM. Regimen Sanitatis Salerni. The English Version by Sir John Harington
Rome: Edizioni Saturnia for Ente Provinciale per il Turismo, Salern, 1959.
92, [4] pp, in cream card covers with flaps. Light glue stain on flaps, soft bump at foot of spine, ink name on first (blank) leaf, near fine otherwise. "The Code of Health of the School of Salernum", original Leonine Latin verses with English translation by the Elizabethan poet (first published 1607). Medical and philosophical aphorisms that arose from the venerable medical school at Salerno. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$15.00                          Book Number: 23478                          Order / Enquire



Anderson, John, The Rev., editor (David Laing)
CALENDAR OF THE LAING CHARTERS A.D. 854-1837 Belonging to the University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh: James Thin, 1899.
Thick quarto, original dark blue cloth decorated in blind, spine gilt lettered. pp (viii), (1054), (2), indexed. Some damp spotting to covers neatly touched up; one inch cloth tears at foot of spine neatly repaired; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; yellowing to page edges; else a VG clean and now tight copy, text leaves unopened at edges. "The contents of this volume represent a part of the large collection of manuscripts bequeathed to the University of Edinburgh by the late David Laing, LL.D., who died in October 1878. As is well known, he also left a marvellous collection of rare books. These were sold at Sotheby's salerooms in 1879, and realised a large sum [here is inserted in manuscript the figure of 90K pounds)." - editor's Preface. The indexes are of persons, places, and notaries-public. The charter's are arranged chronologically. Note: 3.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required..
$175.00                          Book Number: 30753                          Order / Enquire



CHARLES OF ORLEANS (Robert Steele and Mabel Day, editors)
THE ENGLISH POEMS OF CHARLES OF ORLEANS
London: Oxford University Press, for the Early English Text Society, 1970.
Octavo, brown cloth. pp (xliv), 308. Tidy ink owner name at top margin of front free endpaper, with ink date on the other side, light tape stains to margins of endpapers, else fine. Early English Text Society. Third printing, adding a bibliographical supplement. 15th century poetry in English.
$40.00                          Book Number: 34563                          Order / Enquire



CUMMINS, John
THE HOUND AND THE HAWK. The Art of Medieval Hunting.
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson,, 1988.
Octavo, green boards. x, 306, [4] pp + plates. Small bruise to lower outer corner of front cover and to upper outer corner of rear cover, else fine in fine jacket, no previous owner marks. "Hunting was a training for war and a rite of manhood, a powerful and ritualistic pastime, the sport of kings. In vivid and engrossing detail, John Cummins shows us the appropriate methods for hunting all kinds of deer, boar, wolves, foxes, bear, otter, birds hare - even unicorn. Hunting and hawking run throughout medieval art and literature, providing not only narrative motifs for tapestries, romances and sagas but also metaphors for war and combat, for Christianity wrestling with the dark forces of paganism, and for sexual pursuit and conquest. Dr Cummins' book ranges over a dazzling diversity of sources - poems, ballads, letters, court directives, royal accounts, gamekeepers' handbooks, psalters - to recreate and interpret the cosmos of medieval hunting and falconry, the skills and techniques, superstitions and beliefs. Richly illustrated from a variety of sources, "The Hound and the Hawk" shows us a pageant of medieval and Renaissance life lived in its grandest, most flamboyant, most allusive manner. "
$19.95                          Book Number: 15087                          Order / Enquire



Dembowski, P.F.
Chronique de Robert de Clari: Etude de la langue et du style
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1963.
Grey cloth. pp (141). Fine; price-clipped jacket has shallow chip at head of spine. A study of the 13th century manuscript account of the Fourth Crusade of Robert de Clari (c. 1220), a lesser member of the Picardy nobility near Amiens. Text is entirely in French. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$19.50                          Book Number: 27846                          Order / Enquire



Drake, Stillman & I.E. Drabkin, translated & edited by
Mechanics in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Selections from Tartaglia, Benedetti, Guido Ubaldo, & Galileo
Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969.
Octavo, dark grey cloth. pp (xii), 428, (2, ads. diagrams in text. Fine copy, no owner marks. Price-clipped jacket a little yellowed on the spine, else fine. No. 13 in the publisher's Publications in Medieval Science series. Note: bit over 1 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$45.00                          Book Number: 39133                          Order / Enquire



EPSTEIN, Morris, editor and translator
TALES OF SENDEBAR . AN EDITION AND TRANSLATION OF THE HEBREW VERSION OF THE SEVEN SAGES BASED ON UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1967.
Brown cloth. pp 410. Bibliography, glossary, notes. Fine copy. Thin jacket has creased tear to rear panel, rubbing, good. First complete text in English of MISHLE SENDEBAR, a medieval story cycle with Hebrew text and English translation on facing pages.
$15.00                          Book Number: 44809                          Order / Enquire



HALLAM, Henry
VIEW OF THE STATE OF EUROPE DURING THE MIDDLE AGES. Tenth Edition, Including Supplemental Notes. (3 volumes)
London: John Murray, 1853.
Three volumes, in the original publisher's binding of grey boards, blue cloth spines with paper labels. (xvi), 504; (viii), 427, (1); iv, (518), (2) pp. Moderate wear and shallow bruises to edges of boards; spines slightly sunned; labels tanned w ith slight rubbing, one small hole; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; moderate foxing to text early and late; a bit of rippling to free endpapers. Very good set, in original binding. First published 1818, the supplemental notes were first published in 1848. "Hallam's works helped materially to lay the foundations of the English historical school, and in spite of later researches, maintained their position as standard books. The Middle Ages was probably the first English history, which, without being merely antiquarian, set an example of genuine study from original sources." - DNB. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$175.00                          Book Number: 7272                          Order / Enquire



HARDEN, Arthur Robert, editor
LA VIE DE SEINT AUBIN: an Anglo-Norman Poem of the Thirteenth Century
Oxford: Basil Blackwell for the Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1968.
Green cloth. pp (xxix), 85 + frontispiece. Notes, glossary, index of proper names. Fine without jacket, as issue. Editor was a Professor of French at Victoria University, Toronto. Anglo-Norman Texts XIX.
$25.00                          Book Number: 44363                          Order / Enquire



HARVEY, John H.
HENRY YEVELE c. 1320 to 1400. The life of an English Architect
London: Batsford, 1946.
Second printing. Orange cloth. pp x, 86 + plates. Plans in text. Spine sunned, minor cover soiling, else a VG jacketless copy, no owner names. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$19.50                          Book Number: 41017                          Order / Enquire



JAMES I of SCOTLAND
THE KINGIS QUAIR. With an Introduction, Notes, and Glossary by John Norton-Smith
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.
12mo, green cloth. Pp xxxviii, 92 + frontispiece. Tidy ink owner name (date on other side) at top of front free endpaper, else fine. Dust jacket has a tape stain at lower spine and inner margins of front and rear panels, else near fine. This long poem was called by C.S. Lewis "the first modern book of love". Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$15.00                          Book Number: 34627                          Order / Enquire



Kellner, Leon, editor
CAXTON'S BLANCHARDYN AND EGLANTINE, c.1489. From Lord Spencer's unique imperfect copy. Completed by the original French and the second English version of 1595.
London: N. Trübner, for the Early English Text Society, 1890.
Octavo, original lilac paper covers. Spine sunned, with chips at ends; front cover creased. else a VG clean and tight copy, no owner names.
$75.00                          Book Number: 37235                          Order / Enquire



LANGLAND, William (Walter W. Skeat, editor)
THE VISION OF WILLIAM CONCERNING PIERS THE PLOWMAN. Together with Vita de Dowel, Dobet, et Dobers. secundum with et Resoun. (Text B) Edited by W.W. Skeat
London: Oxford University Press, for the Early English Text Society, 1972.
Later printing. Light brown cloth gilt. pp (10), (lvi), 426, [4]. Spine a bit sunned, else fine, no owner names nor text marks. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$19.50                          Book Number: 39750                          Order / Enquire



LUNT, William E., editor
ACCOUNTS RENDERED BY PAPAL COLLECTORS IN ENGLAND 1317-1378. Transcribed with Annotations and Introduction by William E. Lunt. Edited with Additions and Revisions by Edgar B. Graves.
Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1968.
Khaki cloth, 12 inches.. [2], liv, 579 pp. Latin text in double columns. Ink name to top margin of front pastedown, and to top margin of front free endpaper (blacked out there in ink), else fine. Beige price-clipped jacket has some edge tears , internal repairs, VG otherwise. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.
$40.00                          Book Number: 17574                          Order / Enquire



MERRIMAN, Roger Bigelow
The Rise of the Spanish Empire in the Old World and in the New. Volume I. THE MIDDLE AGES [Vol. 1 only]
New York: Macmillan, 1936.
Later printing. Blue cloth. pp xxviii, 529 + 3 colour maps (2 are double-page) + 3 folding charts. Soft bump to lower outer corners throughout, tanning to inner margins of endpapers from binding, some skinning to the upper margins of the double-page maps (no printing affected), else fine, no owner names. The yellow dust jacket has a shallow chip (no lettering affected) across the head of the lightly sunned spine; short closed tears to panels; VG, attractive. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$25.00                          Book Number: 26351                          Order / Enquire



MERWIN, W.S., translator
THE CID (El Poema del Mio Cid). A Verse Translation by W.S. Merwin (THE POEM OF THE CID) (proof copy)
London: Dent, 1959.
Advance uncorrected proof. Octavo, pink non-pictorial printed paper covers. [2], (xii), 240, [2] pp. Front cover has typed label at top "The Poem of the Cid". Sunned spine has a small chip and neatly repaired tears at foot, small tear at head; front cover has some sunning and a corner crease; rear cover has some darkening and sunning and lacks the lower outer corner; corner crease to one leaf near middle and to last leaf; yellowing to page edges; else a VG tight copy. Very scarce advance format of this translation of the great epic poem of Spain, by an important modern poet. The published version used the title THE POEM OF THE CID.
$75.00                          Book Number: 20210                          Order / Enquire



ORMSBY, John, translator (Cid)
THE POEM OF THE CID. A Translation from the Spanish. With Introduction and Notes by John Ormsby.
New York: G.E. Stechert, 1938.
Reprint of the edition of 1879. Green cloth. 12mo. [4], 124 pp. Spine a bit darkened, with gilt lettering dulled; text paper a little yellowed; private bookplate; ink price on rear pastdown; a VG unworn jacketless copy otherwise, no marks in text. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$14.95                          Book Number: 19710                          Order / Enquire



ROBERTSHAW, Alan
OSWALD VON WOLKENSTEIN: the myth and the man
Göppingen, Germany: Alfred Kümmerle, 1977.
Octavo, card covers. Pp (4), (viii), 227. Tidy ink owner name and date on first (blank) leaf, else fine. Göppinger Arbeiten zur Germanistik Nr. 178.
$24.95                          Book Number: 34622                          Order / Enquire



Russell, Jeffrey Burton
WITCHCRAFT IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1972.
Octavo, grey-green cloth. pp (xiv), (396), [6] Notes, bibliography, index. Corner clipped from half-title leaf, else fine. Price-clipped jacket internal tape repair at head of spine, VG otherwise. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$14.95                          Book Number: 46077                          Order / Enquire



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