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: Old picture books; with other essays on bookish subjects
: Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944 Pollard, Alice
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: London : Methuen and co.
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I. FROM PTOLEMYS COSMOGRAPHIA, PRINTED BYLEONARD HOLL. ULM, 1482 Leonard Holl prefixed to his edition of Ptolemys Cosmographia (Ulm, 1482) the magnificent, if not veryeasily recognisable, N, which shows the editor, NicolausGermanus, presenting his book to Pope Paul 11. (fig. i), hemust have known that he would have to wait a long timebefore he could use it again. Lucas Brandes of Lubeck, in his splendid editions of 126 OLD PICTURE BOOKS Josephus and the Rudimentum Noviciorum, used afine set of initials, into which various pictures could beinserted at pleasure. Either from economy, however, orfrom the poverty of invention of his designer, he hadrecourse to no more than some half dozen subjects. Inthe Josephus a battle-scene, a cleric at his desk, and a
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2. FROM A josephus PRINTED BY LUCAS BRANDES AT LUBECK military scribe, who has been identified as a KnightTemplar, and whose adjustable reading-desk reminds us ofthe latest inventions for the comfort of invalids, recur againand again. The scribe appears, conveniently enough, inthe fine P here shown (fig. 2), and in a C, but we find himalso huddled below the bar of an H, and perched upon PICTORIAL AND HERALDIC INITIALS 127 that of an A. In the same way the clerk, who is prettily-framed in a O, is shown to much less advantage in an M,of which the middle stem has been broken off to makeroom for him. One or two of the letters have no pictureto fill them in, the blocks being apparently all engaged inother parts of the book. In the Rudimentum Novi-ciorum we find a David playing his harp within a D, andthe same pictures, with the loss of the ceiling and part ofthe floor, is repeated in a B. The cleric and the battle-scene appear again from the Josephus, and there is alsoa C with a rather pre
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