BB-5 Biblia Pauperum

A cutting, preserving almost the full width of the original leaf (fol. h).115 x 169 mm. Tipped to page 18 of volume 50 of Thomas Hearnes manuscript Remarks and Observations, dated 1714, where it is used by the author in an essay on early printing (pp. 15-27) to illustrate his discussion of the earliest printing ink, the use of colour in printed books, and the practice of printing blockbooks on one side of the paper only, so that the leaves could be hung up in churches, chapels, and houses. Hearne also refers to two thin folio books containing old Pictures (from wooden cuts) in the Bodleian Library, presumably BB-2 and the Sammelband BB-6 and 7. Cf. Remarks and Observations of Thomas Hearne, ed. D.W. Rannie, vol. IV, OHS, 34 (Oxford, 1898), 342.

Fragments from the same copy as that in the Bodleian, first attested in the early eighteenth century, are preserved in Cambridge UL, Inc Frag 0 [4127], Oates no. 7 (a section of fol. f); London BM Print & Drawings (Bagford collection of fragments, portions of pls d, k, and l; pls n, o, and p, from Harley MS. 5934).

Provenance: Cambridge, unidentified bookbinder (fl. 1710); Hearne records that Bagford owned further fragments of the blockbook communicated to him by [a very curious and learned Gentleman (deleted)] a Bookbinder of Cambridge (p. 18). John Bagford (1650-1716), who is recorded in the Remarks and Observations as having given the leaf to Hearne (p. 17). Thomas Hearne (1678-1735); dated inscription on p. i: Suum cuique Tho: Hearne. 1714. William Bedford (1747). Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). Bequeathed in 1755.

Shelfmark: MS. Hearnes diaries vol. 50, p. 19a

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