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Here in thys boke afore ar contenyt the bokys of haukyng and huntyng with other plesuris dyuerse as in the boke apperis and also of cootarmuris a nobull werke. ..

Uniform Title
Boke of Saint Albans
Title
Here in thys boke afore ar contenyt the bokys of haukyng and huntyng with other plesuris dyuerse as in the boke apperis and also of cootarmuris a nobull werke. ...
Published
[Saint Albans] : [Schoolmaster Printer], [1486]
Physical Description
[180] p. : ill. ; 29 cm. (fol.)
Local Notes
BEIN Zi +9828: Fol. 12 (2d count, blank) wanting; fol. 45 mutilated and restored. For fuller description see collation-leaf in volume.
BAC: British Art Center copy 1 imperfect: lacks leaves 83, 88, and 90, which are supplied in pen-facsimile. Leaf 89 is partially supplied from another copy, the fragment inlaid and the missing text extended in pen-facsimile. Pen-facsimile may be by John Harris; "F.S. by J.S." is noted in graphite on the recto of the final leaf. Bound in 19th-century brown morocco, with gilt edges; binding by Clarke and Bedford. Bookplates: Littlecote, John Pierpont Morgan, Richard Bennett. The recto of the initial blank has manuscript notes in pen in two contemporary hands.
BAC: British Art Center copy 2 is a single, fragmented leaf, mounted on card. Heavily wormed and possible evidence of being used as binding waste. From a collection of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century printed leaves compiled by Frederick Werther, with his enumeration stamped in ink.
Notes
Comprising four treatises--on hawking, hunting (in verse), the rules for forming coats of arms, and "the blasyng of arms" (the last an explication of existing heraldic devices).
Title from colophon, ²f9v, which continues: And here now endyth the boke of blasyng of armys translatyt and complylyt togedyr at Seynt albons the yere from thincarnacion of owre lorde Ih[es]u Crist. M.CCCC.lxxx vi.
Known as the Book of St. Albans.
Attributed to Juliana Berners, whose name appears in the colophon on leaf ¹f4r. It is likely that Berners was not responsible for the entire work; she probably contributed only a few observations to the sections on hunting and hawking.
The first British work to contain illustrations printed in more than one color; the first book on hunting to be printed in England; and the first known book attributed to an English woman. Also thought to be the earliest printed description in English of the properties of a good horse. Most of the information on hunting is culled from William Twiti's 14th-century treatise on venery.
Printed in red and black in two fonts of Gothic type; 117 woodcut armorials, for the most part printed in red, blue, black, and yellow; initials and paragraph marks printed in red or blue; the printer's mark (white on red) on recto of last leaf.
Signatures: a-c⁸ d⁴ e-f⁸; ²a-b⁶ ²c-e⁸ ²f¹⁰.
The first leaf is blank.
Text commences on a2r: In so moch that gentill men and honest persones haue grete delite in haukyng and desire to haue the maner to take haukys .
"Here in thys booke folowyng is determyned the lynage of coote armuris" begins new register.
Variant and related titles
Boke of Saint Albans
Here in thys boke afore ar contenyt the bokys of haukyng and huntyng with other plesuris dyverse as in the boke apperis and also of cootarmuris a nobull werke
Here in thys booke folowyng is determyned the lynage of coote armuris
Book of Saint Albans
In so moch that gentill men and honest persones haue grete delite in haukyng and desire to haue the maner to take haukys
In so moch that gentill men and honest persones have grete delite in haukyng and desire to have the maner to take haukys
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
June 01, 2002
References
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 4932
Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum, v. XI, page 304
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, B-1030
Incunabula short title catalogue, ib01030000
Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium bibliographicum, 2465
Proctor, R. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum, 9828
English short title catalogue, S106521
Wing, D.G. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 (2nd ed. 1994), 3308
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525, 54
Podeschi, J.B. Books on the horse and horsemanship, 4
Friedman, J. Color printing in England, 1486-1870, 1
Hardie, M. English coloured books, p. 4-5
Paul Mellon's legacy, p. 302
Genre/Form
Incunabula.
Printing in multiple colors (Printing)
Color printing
Fragments (object portions)
Also listed under
Schoolmaster Printer, active 1479-1486, printer.
Harris, John, 1791?-1873, facsimilist.
Clarke & Bedford, binder.
Exhibited in: Color Printing in England, 1486-1870 (Yale Center for British Art, April 20, 1978-June 25, 1978)
Exhibited in: Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, April 18, 2007-July 29, 2007)
England Saint Albans.
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