2523 - 2639 MANUSCRIPTS, AUTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS
- Sl. foxed; a few tears along folds.
= Warrant concerning an allowance of 600 pounds to "Our Right Trusty and Right Entirely beloved Cousin Mary Dutchess of Bucks".
- Bookblock partly loose(ning); first few quires loosening. Vellum trifle/ sl. soiled; silk ribbons attaching the leather straps to frontcover partly worn/ broken; one cord attaching leather strap to spine lacking. On the whole in fine condition.
= Personal cashbook for Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici (1667-1743), the last female descendant of the Florentine House of Medici and Electrice Palate for her marriage to Elector Johann Wilhelm II. The cashbook, "Stracciafoglio. Dell'Entrata, et Escita dei Danari di Camera della Serenissima Elettrice Palatina" (title-p.), was kept by Jacopo Niccolò Guiducci, Anna Maria Luisa's secretary. Between 1721 and 1724, Tuscany was governed first by Anna's father Cosimo III and after his death in 1723 by Anna's younger brother Gian Gastone. The latter died in 1737; Anna Maria Luisa's death in 1743 brought the famous House of Medici to an end. Anna Maria Luisa returned from the Palatinate to Florence in 1717, after the death of her husband. She was a great art patroness and added her Palatine wealth to that of the Tuscan State. The cashbook, containing only expenses and no income, lists a very large number of creditors by (institutional) name for i.a. the delivery of services or goods (i.a. cabinets, cloth/ fancy fabrics and luxury foods, but also jewelry, precious stones and other luxury items). All expenses are described in great detail: name, origin and profession/ capacity of creditor, and the provided service or goods. The highest expenses are to goldsmiths/ for jewelry (i.a. the "Ornamento della grande Spera" and many other works/ items described in great detail, i.a. to Vanni & Rotari, and Bernardo Holtzman but also many many more), fabrics, clothes and related material (i.a. to Giuseppe Frescobaldi), allowances of family members, dowries to servants of Anna Maria Luisa (i.a. Francesca Teresa Antinori, "Dama d'Onore e della Chiave"), donations(?) to churches and such, and account settlements to institutions like the Monte di Pietà and Monte del Sale. on 5 May 1723, sculptor Agostino Cornacchini received 285:5 Florins for his bronze sculpture representing Judith with the head of Holofernes. Two other sculptors listed are Giovacchino Fortini and Giuseppe Piamontini. A very interesting cultural-historical document and an intriguing peek into the Medici household. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXV.
= Signed i.a. by CARL WARWICK (trumpet), JOE GORDON (trumpet), JIMMY POWELL (alt sax), QUINCY JONES (trumpet), ROD LEWITT (trombone), CHARLIE PERSIP (drums) and MELBA LISTON (saxophone).
- Yellowed/ fingersoiled and sl. frayed. Covers warped.
= A few owner's stamps of Moise Zenou, Rabbi of Oran (Algeria).
- Mounted on board; creased; waterst.; formerly folded and w. a few closed tears.
= Religious document displaying the Divine Name of God (Jehovah) followed by 7 columns of text (usually represented as a Menorah). Our Shiviti supposedly from the synagogue of Aleppo, Syria. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXV.
AND 6 miscell. others, i.a. a Ketubah (Jewish wedding contract).
- One bowl cracking.
= So-called incantation bowls or devil traps, a form of protective magic intended to capture demons. A common use among Jewish communities in the Middle East during the late antiquity, devil traps are still widely dug up. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVI.
= Pieces of broken pottery, used as writing surface in everyday situations.
= Memorabilia of the famous bed-in for peace demonstration that John Lennon and Yoko Ono held in suite 702 of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel from 25 to 31 March 1969. The signatures were written on Saturday 29 March for a schoolgirl who wrote an article on the demonstration for her school newspaper and the photographs were made by a befriended photographer. See at large J.-C. ter Brugge, J. van Galen and P. van den Hanenberg, In bed met John en Yoko (Amst., 2009), w. on p.124 a photograph from the same session. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXV.
= Directed to an unidentified magazine(?) ("als een Uwer lezers"), referring to some clippings from the Boston Evening Transcript that Lorentz sent with this letter (not present), "daar wellicht het daarin vermelde U nog niet bekend is". Should the "heeren" make use of the information, Lorentz kindly asks them not to mention his name. He would like to receive the clippings back some time.
= Containing i.a. photogr. group portraits of the art historian Prof. dr. W. Martin and family or colleagues; photo reports of various trips by relatives of W. Martin; pictures of the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II and many miscell. picture postcards.
= Contains the Hours of the Virgin, none. Very richly illuminated leaf w. broad margins. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVI.
- With remnant of tape on recto.
= Contains prayers in French to the Joys of the Virgin. These prayers are also found in the Rouen Hours.
= A fine and richly decorated leaf to the months of May and August. It probably belonged to a very rich Book of Hours because the venerated saints are heightened in gold. Two interesting saints in gold are St. Aubert arch on 21st of May and St. Urban on 25th of May. This could indicate an origin in Normandy. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVII.
ADDED: 14 leaves/ fragments from an unidentified incunable.
= Contains a prayer to St. Gregory on verso accompanied by a miniature depicting the Mass of St. Gregory the Great where Christ appears above the altar with two men to his left and right. The kneeling figure to the right has turned his back towards us. His posture closely resembles another kneeling figure in the exact same position in the right corner of the miniature by Simon Marmion in the La fleur des Histoires (Brux., Royal Library, Ms. 9232, ca. 1455). The end of a prayer to St. Nicolas precedes on recto. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVI.
= Lovely miniature of St. Apollonia holding a book and a tooth in pincers in front of a landscape with a large building in the back underneath a starry sky. A suffrage to St. Barbara precedes and a suffrage to St. Gregory follows. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVII.
= Two suffrages to Saint Barbara and Saint Margareta with lovely miniatures. Saint Barbara is depicted with a palm branch and a tower. Saint Margaret is depicted with a dragon. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVII.
= Contains the beginning of a prayer to St. Dominic, patron saint of astronomy, depicted in the miniature holding a book and a cross-staff w. presumably a dog at his feet. The miniature is executed in the style of the Master of the Gold Scrolls. "These artists get their name from their habit of enlivening the neutrally coloured background of some miniatures with thin gold, filigree-like scrolls": Dogaer, Flemish Miniature Painting in the 15th and 16th centuries, p.27. They were active from 1410 until 1450. Although quite archaic in the beginning, they developed a more sophisticated style over the years. In this miniature this is visible in their depiction of the trees and buildings in the background. The beautifully executed littera textualis, the quality of the borders and initials suggest an important provenance. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVIII.
- Some loss of paint in ornamental border and some gold rubbed away, sign of wear in lower left corner.
= Delicate miniature of St. Geneviève, patron saint of Paris, with a demon blowing out her candle and an angel relighting it. On recto a suffrage to St. Apollonia of Alexandria. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVIII.
= Contains the Hours of the Virgin, matins. The rich decorative program suggests a very high provenance. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVIII.