2677 - 2864 MANUSCRIPTS, AUTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS
- Large repaired tear in inner margin; remnants of former mount visible.
- With the usual scuffing and soiling due to previous use as part of a later binding.
= With texts used during Pentecost period.
ADDED: 1 other.
- Trimmed at edges; one leaf w. loss of 5 lines at top; one column w. fading of rubrication; a few small later inkstains; stains at edges; small tear and stitch-hole from re-use as pastedown in binding of later book. Overall in good and presentable condition.
= I.a. text from the First Book of Kings, Samuel V and XII. Legible early bookhand with a strong st ligature, a hairline ct ligature and capitals in larger ornate script set in margin.
- Lacks lower half.
= Showing Bishop St. Vivianus ("In Festo S.Viviani"), venerated in Toulouse, curing people of their diseases.
- Main vol. worn along extremities.
= Higly interesting diary with an excessive wealth and variety of information, partly recording numerous remarkable meteorological events, in the Netherlands but also in other (faraway) countries (Germany, Hungary, the USA, South America, etc.), such as heavy (thunder)storms (and their consequences), earthquakes, vulcanic eruptions (e.g. Naples, Vesuvius, 4 April 1835), excessive hail, rainfall or drought and extreme temperatures, and listing temperature progressions as measured in Zwanenburg (halfway between Haarlem and Amsterdam), at times juxtaposed to temperatures in earlier years (e.g. on a separate leaf, tipped onto the verso of the title-page, the low temperatures of January 1823 are mentioned, reaching -4 °F (-20 °C), colder than in the years 1766, 1795, 1798 and 1810). Apart from meteorological information, the diary mentions various newsworthy events, of local as well as international nature, from the marriage of the daughter of a sultan (who a year later gives birth to a daughter), the state of the tea gardens in Batavia, the operations of several 'air travellers' ("luchtreizigers"), and shipwrecks, to censuses in the Netherlands and in Rome, the death of a 154-old woman in Tennessee, and several political and military events, i.a. a detailed account of the attack by the Corsican Joseph Fieschi on Louis Philippe, King of France. The index is helpful, but can hardly be called complete with the enormous amount of information found in the main volume. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CIV.
- Lacks 3 lvs. (CXIV-CXVI); bookblock broken; crude vellum leaves wrinkled and often dam.; text often faded and/ or waterstained; index leaf in later hand on verso title-p.; one dam. leaf restored w. use of old vellum. Vellum pastedowns dam.; lacks 5 brass cornerpieces; spine-ends dam.; wooden covers severly dam. Sold w.a.f.
= Interesting and impressive manuscript since it is, in its entirety, a palimpsest, a common technique where old texts were scraped off re-usable parchment. The different sizes of parchment suggest the present manuscript is compiled from various texts. Nevertheless, the former leaves were part of liturgical books, the original Latin text and scores are still visible (prob. early 16th century). Numerous original (letterpress) decorated and calligraphed initials shine through. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CII.
- Modern archive stamp on verso.
AND a similar document concerning a 'losrentebrief' bought in Monnickendam, of "vijffhondert car.[olus] guldens" concerning the married couple Dirck Marsout for Christoffel Bootzs, "coopman in cruijdenierswaeren", and Geertruijdt Outgerts, echtelieden, inhabitants of Amsterdam, and for the benefit of Grietgen Pieters Bakkers, widow of Cornelis Corneliss Bordingh, wonende tot Broeck, dated 17 January 1676. - ADDED: a deed of transport of Edam, concerning a property named "de Gouw" situated in "Zee-vanck aende Zingel van dese Stadt [Edam], buijten de Purmeerpoort, groot drie en een vierde deijmt en twaelf roeden", concerning Sybrigh Wroght, widow of captain Floris Bloem and Pieter Boeckweijt (both inhabitants of Monnickendam), dated 9 September(?) 1694.
- Old libr. stamp of the "R.K. Kerk van den H. Joseph te Ha[arlem]" on the title-p. of the work by H. DIRUTA. Spine-ends (sl.) dam.; leather over backstrip dried and sl. worn; several sl. worn/ rubbed spots on covers; lacks ties.
= Provenance: the library of Jan (J.W.N.) Valkestijn (1928-2017), director of the music institute of the Haarlemse Kathedrale basiliek Sint Bavo and director of the Cathedral Choir. An important and remarkable primary source for the study of 17th cent. Dutch music theory. Johannes Albertus Bannius, canon of Haarlem from 1628 onwards and later on archpriest, was a self-taught composer, who through his contacts and friendship with i.a. René Descartes, P.C. Hooft, Constantijn Huygens and Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher had close contact with members of what became eventually known as De Muiderkring. Apart from composing several songs on poems by Tesselschade and Hooft, Ban was especially intent on developing a musical system based on the "musica flexanima" (music of the spheres), which is characterized as follows by Darmschroder and Williams in their Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker: "music wherein the text was vividly expressed by following strict rules concerning melody, rhythm and concord". The present manuscript consists of two autograph pieces and one transcript by Bannius and was written in the early stages of Bannius' musical career. Furthermore there are numerous blank leaves between the three manuscript sections of the book, suggesting that Bannius intended to write or copy more relevant pieces on music. He has entered his owner's entry on the first free endaper in full as follows: "Joannes Albertus Bannius Sale et zelo [crossed out and replaced by] memento Aeternitatis [signed] 1617". On the specific contents of the manuscript the following short information can be given: the transcribed work by Girolamo Mancini (called Diruta after his place of birth), was published as Il transilvano and consisted of two parts (the first part was published in 1593 and the second in 1609). It was one of the first treatises specifically devoted to the art of playing the organ and keyboard and especially the first part became a popular manual (first published in 1593, it was reprinted in 1597, 1612 and 1625). The Tractatus brevis (...) shows Bannius' interest in the concept of the "music of the spheres" which, on the one hand despite the significant scientific discoveries in the fields of astronomy and physics in the 16th century and on the other hand because of the numerous newly published classical texts on music, persisted well into the 17th century to influence music theories. The third short piece included in this manuscript is titled Pro pleniori intelligentsia (...) and repeatedly refers for elucidation of points discussed to a work (by Bannius?) titled "Musica universa". See also Gregoriusblad, year 92, no.2, p.84ff. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CIII.
= Woldemar Bargiel, German composer, half brother of Clara Schumann, protegé of Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. In this letter he apparently answers to a request to orchestrate an Oratorium before the winter season. He writes about his busy schedule, but also states that he has asked "Herrn Spelleri"[?] for the music of Belsazar. He ends his letter with the announcement that it will only be possible to take on the project if they can agree to pay him 200 guilders for the work.
- Second part incomplete (ends in the middle of: "In Festo S. Begga". Bindings sl. dam. (w. old repairs).
= With a few musical directions in Dutch. With contemp. manuscript annot. on upper pastedown: "Dese Bock is vande Coor", and with, at the end of the first part, a calligraphed leaf in pen and brown ink heightened w. some red ink, disclosing the name of the scribe: "Ad maiorem Dei Deiparaeque gloriam Scripsit Ao. 1674 Ioannes Gisbertis" and "Ora pro Scriptore Joan Gisberti Rethensi." The scribe was not traced, but on the basis of the name of Saint Begga, he might have written this Gradual for a church near Nijvel, where Saint Begga was revered. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CIII.
- With scattered repairs, mostly in corners or margins; occas. fingersoiled/ stained; a few leaves cut short in lower margin (only just affecting lower line of staffs.
= Paper with two vague and unidentified watermarks (crowned eagle? and a broad two-line text w. a bunch of grapes below). Saints specific to the region of Autun are mentioned: St. Leodegarius, St. Andocius, St. Thyrsus and St. Lazarus. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CIII.
= Ferdinand Hiller, pianist and composer, friend of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, responds to a request by Vermeulen for a copy of the (full-)score (of Faust, this information is supplied in later hand on verso). Hiller answers him that German music societies decline to lend scores of modern compositions to foreign societies, on the grounds that this makes it impossible for German publishers to publish these works commercially succesfully. He advises him to get hold of an engraved copy of the piano adaptation of Salomo. In the second part of the letter he asks Vermeulen on a confidential note, why the Dutch, after having performed his Jérusalem and his Corelli with so much success in Holland, have never performed any of his other works since (he specifically names his Saul, his Ver Sacrum and his Die Nacht).
= Letter of recommendation to "Fräulein Kuypers". Joachim's handwriting is difficult to read, but he writes that he gladly writes this recommendation and that she is "ein (...) intelligentes Mädchen". Aafke Kuijpers eventually became a singing teacher in Amersfoort, where in the summer of 1890 she was prime suspect in a notorious murder case.
AND 2 others, both by AMALIA JOACHIM: an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED and a visiting card with AUTOGRAPH MONOGRAMMED ANNOTATION.
= Jean Louis Nicodé, German pianist, composer and conductor, writing apparently (as far as his handwriting is legible) about his work and travels and trying to arrange an appointment with Van Santen Kolff, journalist, art critic and editor of "De Banier", and close follower of Richard Wagner.
AND 11 other AUTOGRAPH LETTERS/ POSTCARDS SIGNED, partly w. orig. envelopes, i.a. by Emile Blauwaert, Joh. Messchaert, Louise Pyk, Pia von Sicherer, Arma Senkrah and Anna Steininger.