INVENTION and DISCOVERY:
Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, February 1 – May 3, 2010
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48. MEMORIALE PRO PUERIS. [Paris: Antoine Denidel, c. 1497].
Fifteenth-century books intended
expressly for children are extremely rare. This rhyming introduction to
Latin grammar, the Memoriale pro pueris (“memory-guide for youths”),
closes with the words “pro utilitate juvenum nuper in aliquibus emendatum”
(“for the use of boys, newly and thoroughly revised”). Each year successive
classes of schoolboys used and re-used such textbooks until they fell apart.
Consequently, although the book was printed many times, very few copies
survive. Aside from Bridwell Library’s copy, which saw minimal use, only one
other copy of this edition is recorded.
may not be published without the permission of Bridwell Library.