INVENTION and DISCOVERY:
Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, February 1 – May 3, 2010
|FIFTEENTH-CENTURY AUTHORS’ BOOKS||
57. LUCAN (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, 39–65 CE). Pharsalia. Venice: Juvenus Guerinus, 14 May 1477.
Bridwell Library’s copy of the fifth
edition of Lucan’s epic poem on the battle of Pharsalus (48
BCE) bears a painted coat-of-arms
depicting a leaping white hound on a red field. This armorial belonged to
Wenceslaus Brack (d. 1495), whose widow donated his library of 276 books to
the Praemonstratensian Abbey of Weissenau (Augiae minoris) near
Ravensburg, Germany. A noted scholar and physician at the court of the
Archbishop of Salzburg, Brack was the author of one of the most widely
disseminated schoolbooks of the fifteenth century, De vocabularius rerum.
Like several other books formerly owned by the Abbey of Weissenau, this book
features exuberant calligraphic initials added by the monastery’s
rubricator, Lazarus von Andlau.
[Pseudo-]AUGUSTINE (c. 12th century).
De cognitione verae vitae. [Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, not after 1474].
may not be published without the permission of Bridwell Library.