A few weeks ago I wrote about a single leaf with a Tree of Affinity, now in a private collection. Since then I have had the opportunity to examine and photograph the parent volume, thanks to Mike Widener, of the Yale Law Library.
The volume is still bound in old red velvet, as described in the 1909 Delamarre auction catalogue:
Sunday, 27 August 2017
Saturday, 29 July 2017
Greg Clark has kindly contacted me, sending me a scan of a slide found among the those of the late Anne van Buren, depicting two more of the missing leaves of the Loredan Hours, about which I have written before, here in 2012 and here in 2014.
Posted by Peter Kidd at 18:23
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Sunday, 9 July 2017
|Michal Habdank-Wojnicz, alias Wilfrid Voynich|
Posted by Peter Kidd at 15:56
Monday, 5 June 2017
Following my blog post about Henry Huth, Ian Jackson contacted me with the following amusing note about his son Alfred (shown above), which I share with his permission:
"The younger Huth is also worthy of attention. He wanted to marry his cousin, but his (or their) parents forbade it on grounds of consanguinity. He then spent several years studying the subject, producing not only a thin (but pioneering) bibliography on the marriage of near kin, but a fat book on its history and anthropology, abundantly documented as only a bookworm could.
His conclusion was that the only form of incest generally condemned around the globe was between parties of vastly different age. The family realized that they're been let off lightly, and consented to the marriage. It's the most heartwarming story of applied bibliography I know."
Here are some of Alfred Huth's publications:
- The marriage of near kin considered with respect to the laws of nations, the results of experience and the teachings of biology (London, 1885, second edition 1887).
- "The Fertilization of Plants and Consanguineous Marriage ...", The Westminster Review (London, 1877).
- An Index to books and papers on marriage between near kin. From the Appendix to the Report of the Index Society (London, 1879).
Posted by Peter Kidd at 06:03
Saturday, 27 May 2017
|Mark Lansburgh [Source]|
Posted by Peter Kidd at 07:47
Friday, 19 May 2017
On a recent Saturday in New York I visited the Public Library and examined a few manuscripts that were - understandably - not considered sufficiently beautiful or interesting for inclusion in the 2006 Splendors of the Word exhibition.
Posted by Peter Kidd at 20:03