English REFORMATION SatirePrinted in the 19th Century ON VELLUM
[Shepherd, Luke, fl.1548]. [drop-title] John Bon and mast person. [London]: [colophon: J. Smeeton, Printer], n.d. [1807 or 1808]. Small 4to (27 cm; 10.5").  ff.
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One of either 12 or 25 copies printed on vellum (as per Alston in the former case, as per Oxford cataloguer and a contemporary note on title-page in the latter). John Bon was originally printed by Daye and Seres in London in 1548 (STC 3258.5) and is here reproduced in letterpress facsimile from a copy formerly owned by Richard Forster
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Attributed to Luke Shepherd by Halkett and Laing, this is a satirical poem, a dialogue in verse, on the Eucharist, and could even be seen as a short play. It is printed in gothic (black letter) type witha large woodcut of a procession of the Eucharist on the title-page.
None of the copies reported to WorldCat, COPAC, or NUC are described as printed on vellum. The copy that Alston found at the British Library is not findable via the BL OPAC.
Provenance: Early 19th-century manuscript ownership on front fly-leaf: “Thomas Briggs Esq., Edgeware Road.” Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Alston, Books Printed on Vellum in the Collections of the British Library, p. 35; Halkett & Laing (2nd ed.), III, p. 192; Halkett & Laing (3rd ed.), J21 (var.) l NSTC, I, S1667. Original dun colored boards with beige linen shelfback; rebacked, and binding discolored. “25 copies Printed on chosen Parchment” written in ink in an early 19th-century hand in lower margin of the title-page. Foxing, heaviest on last three leaves; last page (a publisher's note and colophon) lightly inked and so a little faint. A nice find for the collector of printing on vellum, letterpress facsimiles, or reprints of rare 16th-century English tracts. (34699)
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Armenian Perpetual CalendarRecognizing Leap Year — MS. on Vellum
Armenian Apostolic Church. Manuscript in Armenian, on parchment. Armenian Perpetual Calendar, i.e., “Parzatowmar.” No place [Constantinople?]: 1648 [as per colophon]. 12mo (11 x 8.5 cm, 4.375" x 3.25"). [83 of 84] ff.
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The palm-size format of this 1648 manuscript suggests it was intended for intimate use by a single individual. It is apersonal, perpetual calendar that serves as a simple and concise manual for navigating the holidays and feasts to be celebrated in the Armenian Apostolic Church; and, most unusually, it isconstructed so that it can be used for a leap year, which 1648 in fact was. The first quire also contains a series of charts listing the 12 signs of the zodiac in tabular form (ff. 3v–11r).
The opening shared by f. 13v and f. 14r opens the text of the calendar and displays the most traditional elements of Armenian manuscript painting. On fol. 13v, a single figure fills the gold-lined frame. Although badly damaged — likely signs of rubbing and kissing, rather than intentional damage — it is possible to tell that the figure, whose head is topped with a golden halo, wears a mantle of red and blue and stands in a field of flowers. Facing the full-page miniature is an ornate headpiece outlined in gold and painted in deeply saturated blues and greens, characterized by interlaced ornamentation and topped with floral elements. The text opens under the arch of the headpiece in red, identifying the text as a parzatowmar. The first letter is a decorated initial — an Armenian bird letter, or t‛rrch‛nagir. In the margins, a vine of multicolored flowers springs from a vase.
While the colophon gives no indication of the location of the volume's production, its distinct floral marginalia give some insight: A number of luxurious devotional manuscripts painted in workshops in Constantinople in the 16th and 17th centuries bear similar floral arrangements in their margins, situating this manuscript within a larger, regional tradition within the Ottoman capital.Although small, the presence of gold across this illustrated opening bears witness to sumptuous tastes and the production of luxury manuscripts of personal devotion.
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Principal divisions of this parzatowmar are marked by red lettering, and the first letter of each month begins with a red incipit; written generally in red, incipits are occasionally in blue ink. The text is written in a single column measuring 8 cm x 5 ¾ cm in 17 lines each, in uniform bolorgir.
Binding: Contemporary calf over pasteboards; front and back covers decorated all over with a border of stamped floriate and geometric motifs within a blind-ruled border and a blind-ruled diamond-shaped central area. Spine plain, textblock untrimmed.
Provenance: “Rec'd from my friend J.H. Mikassian, 1926" on fol. 84v. Later owned by John Howell, Bookseller, San Francisco, as per his bookseller's label on the rear pastedown. In the Howell Bible Collection of the Pacific School of Religion. Collection sold in 2013.
We gladly acknowledge the help in cataloguing this manuscript that Erin Piñon, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, gave us. Bound as above, recased and resewn with new endbands; leaf  lacking. Rubbing, sometimes severe, occasional yellowing of parchment, etc., as described above. Overall, good. (41407)
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