Medieval Books for Sale

The idea is to make the process easy for me and easy for you. Books are listed by title, author, publisher, and date. These are decidedly incomplete and non-professional descriptions. If you would like more detailed publication or descriptive information, please email me (arn@karolus.net). Books not marked "Paper" have hard covers.

The Fine Print: books may include light marking in pen or pencil and/or a glued in or embossed bookplate (if you would like more detail about a particular book, just ask). Books marked ex lib may have stamps or stickers in or on them. "Like new" means "as if unread." The book may show evidence of having been taken off a shelf and returned to it repeatedly or of having been sent through the mail. The spine of a dust cover may be sun faded; other defects are as described. Illustrations are indicated only when there is a significant number (all art books are illustrated). If you have questions about a book, just ask.

Pricing is ultra-simplified. Prices are only four: $10, $20, $30, $50 (with a few exceptions -- see also the Bargain Bin). If you are unhappy with any price, email me and let's talk (arn@karolus.net). If you are a student, please let me know. All prices are negotiable. I will accept payment ONLY by check or via PayPal (details below). Postage: $4/1st book; $1/ea. additional book (larger orders will be charged actual postage; please inquire). I will ship your book (USPS) within three (3) days of receipt of your PayPal payment or of your check (I trust that the check is what it purports to be.) No special shipping. Overseas shipping is expensive For details click here. ($30 surcharge on orders from Canada to cover postage); all orders ship Media Mail. Please contact me if (1) your book is not received within a reasonable length of time or (2) you are in any way dissatisfied with your book or books. Absolute money-back guarantee.

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Facsimiles - Literary

The William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer. A facsimile of the 1896 edition, with the 87 original illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Omega Books,1985. Dust wrapper. $30

3 facsimiles of texts from the Chester Plays (BL Harley 2124):

Leeds Texts and Monographs (Medieval Facsimile Series), The Univ. of Leeds School of English, 1983. Oversize paper. $30

Manuscript Tanner 346: A Facsimile, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, intro. by Pamela Robinson. Chaucer Variorum, vol. 1. Pilgrim Books, 1980. $50

The Owl and the Nightingale, Facsimile of the Jesus and Cotton Manuscripts, intro. by N. R. Ker. EETS 251. 1963. $10

The Auchinleck Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates' MS. 19.2.1, Derek Pearsall and I. C. Cunningham. Scolar Press, 1977. ex lib, but contains no stickers or labels, only an embossed library stamp on the lower right of the title page. Condition is excellent for a book of that age. $200

The New Ellesmere Chaucer Monochromatic Facsimile (of Huntington Library MS EL 26 C 9), ed. Daniel Woodward and Martin Stevens. Huntington Library 1997. Like new. TOGETHER WITH The Ellesmere Chaucer: Essays in Interpretation, ed. Martin Stevens and Daniel Woodward. Huntington Library, 1997. Paper. Clean. $150

[Very large. Ask about shipping.]

Heilsspiegel: Speculum humanae salvationis, Margit Krenn. Handschrift 2505 der Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek, Darmstadt. WBG, 2006. Facsimile in tall quarto, in slipcase. Like new. $30

The Mirour of Mans Saluacioun: A Middle English Translation of 'Speculum Humanae Salvationis', Avril Henry. A critical edition of the fifteenth-century manuscript illustrated from Der Spiegel der menschen Behaeltnis, Speyer: Drach, c. 1475. A transcription and reproduction of the early printed woodcuts. Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1987. $50

Palaeography, etc.

Le Statut du scripteur au Moyen Age: Actes du XIIe colloque scientifique du Comité international de paléographie latine [Cluny], ed. Marie-Clotilde Hubert, Emmanuel Poulle, and Marc H. Smith. Matériaux pour l’histoire 2. École des chartes, 2000. Oversize paper. Like new. Lower corner bumped. $30

Scribes and Sources: Handbook of the Chancery Hand in the Sixteenth Century, A. S. Osley. With an account of John de Beauchesne by Berthold Wolpe. Godine, 1980. Dust wrapper. Clean. $10

La Collaboration dans la production de l'ecrit medieval: Actes du XIIIe colloque du Comite international de paleographie latine [Weingarten], ed. Herrad Spilling. Materiaux pour l'histoire 4. Ecole des chartes, 2003. Oversize paper. Like new. $40

Specimina codicum latinorum vaticanorum, Franciscus Ehrle and Paulus Liebaert. Tabulae in usum scholarum 3. De Gruyter, 1932; rpt. 1968. Clean. $10

Introduction to Medieval Latin Studies: A Syllabus and Bibliographical Guide, Martin R. P. McGuire and Hermigild Dressler. 2nd ed. Catholic Univ. Press, 1977. $20

The Matter of the Page: Essays in Search of Ancient and Medieval Authors, Shane Butler. Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2011. Paper. Like new. $20

Translation

Bibliography of English Translations from Medieval Sources, Clarissa P. Farrar and Austin P. Evans. Records of Civilization, Sources and Studies 39. Signed: A. L. Kellogg. Columbia Univ. Press, 1946; 3rd printing 1964. Clean. TOGETHER WITH Bibliography of English Translations from Medieval Sources, 1943-1967, Mary Anne Heyward Ferguson. Records of Civilization, Sources and Studies 88. Columbia Univ. Press, 1974. Clean. $10

Manuscripts and Manuscript Studies

Richard III's Books: Ideals and Reality in the Life and Library of a Medieval Prince, Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs. Sutton, 1997. $40

Studies in the Vernon Manuscript, ed. Derek Pearsall. D.S. Brewer, 1990. Clean. $20

Sealed in Parchment: Rereadings of Knighthood in the Illuminated Manuscripts of Chretien de Troyes, Sandra Hindman. Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994. Paper. Like new. $10

The Murthly Hours: Devotion, Literacy and Luxury in Paris, England and the Gaelic West, John Higgitt. The British Library Studies in Medieval Culture. British Library, 2000. Dust cover. Like new. $30

The Spitz Master: A Parisian Book of Hours, Gregory T. Clark. Getty Museum, 2005. Paper. Like new. $10

The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West 1: Catalogue, ed. Paul Binski and Stella Panayotova; 2: The Conference Papers, ed. Stella Panayotova. Harvey Miller, 2005. Dust covers. Vol. 2 has slight crinkling of upper left corner of textblock (water?). Text is unaffected. $100

The Sherborne Missal, Janet Backhouse. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1999. Large format. Dust cover. $10

The Bedford Hours: The Making of a Medieval Masterpiece, Eberhard Konig. British Library, 2007. Dust cover. Large format. $20

The Psalter of Robert de Lisle in the British Library, Lucy Freeman Sandler. Harvey Miller, 1999. Paper. Large format. $10

The Visions of Tondal from the Library of Margaret of York, Thomas Kren and Roger S. Wieck. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1990. Oversized paper. $10

Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts 1350-1525 in the Houghton Library, Roger Wieck. Harvard, 1983. Paper. $20

French Illuminated Manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Thomas Kren. 2007. Many color. Paper. $10

The Master of Mary of Burgundy, Otto Pacht. Faber and Faber, [1948]. Repaired dust cover. Clean. $10

Medieval Manuscripts from the Collection of T. R. Buchanan in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Mary Clapinson. Bodleian Library, 2001. Like new. [catalogue] $10

New Studies on Yale Manuscripts from the Late Antique to the Early Modern Period, ed. Robert G. Babcock. Beinecke Library, 2005. Paper. Like new. $10

Abstractions of Evidence in the Study of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, Joseph A. Dane. Ashgate, 2009. Like new. $50

Ornament in Medieval Manuscripts: A Glossary, Lucia N. Valentine. Faber and Faber, 1965. Dust cover with clear plastic overlay. Clean. $10

Pictorial Invention in Netherlandish Manuscript Illumination of the Late Middle Ages: The Play of Illusion and Meaning, James H. Marrow. Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts. Peeters, 2005. Oversized paper. Like new. $10

Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work, Jonathan J. G. Alexander. Yale Univ. Press, 1992. Oversized paper. $10

Before the King James Bible, Laura Light and Sandra Hindman. Textmanuscripts 2. Les Enluminurs, n.d. Paper. Many color. Like new. [catalogue] $30

Cursus Sanctae Mariae: A Thirteenth-Century Manuscript, now M.739 in The Pierpont Morgan Library, Meta Harrsen. Probably executed in the Premonstratensian Monastery of Louka in Moravia. Pierpont Morgan Library, 1937. Paper. Color frontispiece. $20

The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting, intro. by James H. Marrow. George Braziller, 1990. Dust Wrapper. $10

A Century of Dutch Manuscript Illumination, L. M. J. Delaisse. Univ. of California Press, 1968. $10

The Glory of the Page: Medieval & Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Glasgow University Library, Nigel Thorp. Harvey Miller, 1987. Dust wrapper. Clean. $10

Leaves of Gold: Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections, ed. James R. Tanis. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2001. Paper. Like new. $20

Images in the Margins, Margot McIlwain Nishimura. The Medieval Imagination. Getty Museum and British Library, 2009. Color. $10

The Art of the Book from the Early Middle Ages to the Renaissance: A Journey through a Thousand Years. Exhibition at the John J. Burns Library, Boston. Dr. Joern Guenther Antiquariat, Hamburg, 2000. Many color. $10

The Estelle Doheny Collection, Part II: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. Christie's auction catalogue, London, Wednesday, December 2, 1987. Many b/w and color. $20

The Golden Age of English Manuscript Painting 1200-1500, Richard Marks and Nigel Morgan. Braziller, 1981. Dust wrapper. $10

Centuries of Books: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Houghton Library, Anne Anninger and Roger Stoddard. Harvard Univ. Press, 1992. Paper. B/w. $10

The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, J. J. G. Alexander, James Marrow, Lucy Freeman Sandler. Harvey Miller, 2005. Paper. Like new. $20

Western Manuscripts and Miniatures. Auction in London, Tuesday, 7 December 2010. Sotheby's 2011. Paper. Many color. $10

Peniarth 28: Illustrations from a Welsh Lawbook, Daniel Huws. National Library of Wales, 1988. Paper. $10

The Illustrated Chronicles of Matthew Paris: Observations of Thirteenth-Century Life, ed. and trans. Richard Vaughan. Selections from the Chronica majora. Many color. Alan Sutton, 1993. Right lower corner of cover torn away. $10

Album de manuscrits francais du XIIIe siecle: Mise en page et mise en texte, Maria Careri, Francoise Fery-Hue, Francoise Gasparri, Genevieve Hasenohr, et al. CNRS. Viella, 2001. Paper. Like new. $30

Studies in Manuscript Illumination 1200-1400, Lucy Freeman Sandler. Pindar Press, 2008. Dust wrapper. Like new. $140

Het handschrift-Van Hulthem: Hs. Brussel, Koninklijke Bibliotheek van Belgie, 15.589.623, Henk Brinkman and Janny Schenkel. 2 vols. Diplomatic edition. Verloren, 1999. Dust wrappers. Like new. $50

De verluchte handschriften en incunabelen van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek: Een overzicht voorzien van een iconografische index, J. P. J. Brandhorst and K. H. Broekhuijsen-Kruijer. Den Haag, 1985. Paper. Oversize. Unillustrated. $20

Robert Thornton and the London Thornton Manuscript: British Library MS Additional 31042, John J. Thompson. Manuscript Studies 2. D.S. Brewer, 1987. Dust cover. Clean. $20

Picturing Prayer: The Book of Hours in the Middle Ages, Jeffrey Hamburger et al. Houghton Library exhibition. Harvard College, 2006. Color. Clean. $10

Manuscripts, Market and the Transition to Print in Late Medieval Brittany, Diane E. Booton. Ashgate, 2010. Like new. $50

Andachtsbucher des Mittelalters aus Privatbesitz, Joachim M. Plotzek. Catalogue Schnutgen-Museum. Cologne, 1987. $20

Abstractions of Evidence in the Study of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, Joseph A. Dane. Ashgate, 2009. Like new. $50

Utrecht: Een Hemel op Aarde, Marieke van Vlierden. Clavis Kunsthistorische Monografieen 6. Walburg Pers, 1988. Exhibition catalogue. Paper. B/w and color. $10

Schatten van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek: Acht eeuwen verluchten handschriften, Anon. Exhibition catalogue. Rijksmuseum Meermano-Westreenianum, 1980. Many b/w. Paper. $10

Tributes to Lucy Freeman Sandler: Studies in Illuminated Manuscripts ed. Kathryn A. Smith and Carol H. Krinsky. Harvey Miller, 2007. Like new. $50

Reading Images: Narrative Discourse and Reception in the Thirteenth-Century Illuminated Apocalypse, Suzanne Lewis. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995. Dust cover. Like new. $40.

Das Lemberger Evangeliar: Eine wiederentdeckte Armenische Bilderhandschrift des 12. Jahrhunderts, Guenter Prinzing and Andrea Schmidt. Sprachen und Kulturen des Christlichen Orients 2. Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 1997. Dust wrapper. Like new. $50

. . . and more to come.

Codicology (and manuscript making)

Over Handschriften en Handschriftenkunde, Willem de Vreese, ed. P. J. H. Vermeeren. Zwolse Reeks van Taal- en Letterkundige Studies. W. E. J. Tjeenk Willink, 1962. Excellent condition. $20

The Medieval Book, Barbara A. Shailor. Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. Yale, 1988. Clean. $20

Late Medieval English Literature and Language including Chaucer

[See also Facsimiles]

Translators and their Prologues in Medieval England, Elizabeth Dearnley. Bristol Studies in Medieval Cultures. D.S. Brewer, 2016. Like new. $50

Fortunes Stabilnes: Charles of Orleans's English Book of Love, ed. Mary-Jo Arn. A Critical Edition. Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies 138. MRTS, 1994. $10

The 'Suffolk' Poems: An Edition of the Love Lyrics in Fairfax 16 Attributed to William de la Pole, J. P. M. Jansen. Univ. of Groningen, 1989. $10

Charles d'Orleans in England 1415-1440, Mary-Jo Arn. D.S. Brewer. 2000. $20

Joseph of Arimathea: A Critical Edition, ed. David A. Lawton. Garland Medieval Texts. Garland, 1983. Clean. $20

Essays on Ricardian Literature in Honour of J. A. Burrow, ed. A. J. Minnis, Charlotte C. Morse and Thorlac Turville-Petre.Clarenden Press, 1997. Dust cover. Like new. $30

Writers and their Work [British Council]. 3 vols. bound by hand into 1:

$10

The William Morris Kelmscott Chaucer. A facsimile of the 1896 edition, with the 87 original illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Omega Books,1985. Dust wrapper. $30

Sixty Bokes Olde and Newe, ed. David Anderson. Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from libraries in and near Philadelphia illustrating Chaucer's sources, his works and their influence. New Chaucer Society, 1986. Paper. Together with photocopy of An Exhibition of Fifteenth Century Manuscripts and Books in Honor of the Six Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), March 25 to April 30, 1940, at The Rosenbach Company, 15 East 51st St. NYC. $10

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