Theodore Parker collection, 1485-1572

By Nora J. Quinlan

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Collection Overview

Title: Theodore Parker collection, 1485-1572

ID: ASM0573

Creator: Parker, Theodore

Extent: 1.0 Boxes. More info below.

Languages: English, French, German, Latin

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Twelve original leaves of rare books.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.25 linear ft.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Theodore Parker Collection Finding Aid © 1993 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Acquisition Method: Gift of Dr. Theodore Parker.

Separated Materials:

Jacobus de Voragine: Dat duytsche Passionail (The Golden Legend in Low German). Printed at Cologne, 1485, by Ludwig von Renchen. The first Life of the Saints in low German.

Location: ASC Special Oversize BX4654.J35 1485

Hartman Schedel: Liber Chronicarum commonly called the Nuremberg Chronicle, Printed at Nurember, 1493, by Anton Koberger. There were two editions in the same year that in Latin, the first issued July 12th, and the German edition (translated by George Alt) issued December 23rd.

Location: ASC Special Oversize D17.S3415 1493

Hartman Schedel: Weltchronik. Printed at Augsburg, 1497 by Johann Schonsperger. This is a later German Edition of the above described "Nuremberg Chronicle", in smaller format.  The Woodcuts are from new blocks copied from those Koberger and reduced in size.

Location: ASC Special Oversize D17.S32 1497

Preferred Citation: Theodore Parker Collection, Special Collections Division, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Beatrice C. Skokan, 2009

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1: Original leaves of rare books, 1485-1572Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Boccaccio : The Fall of Princess, Princesses and other Nobles. Translated into Englysshe by John Lydgate, monke of Bury. Printed in London by Richard Pynson. Black Letter., 1527Add to your cart.
"Richard Pynson, a Norman, who probably learned his trade in Rouen...takes rank as the best printer in England of the fifteenth century. His first dated book appeared in 1492...he was appointed Printer to the King in 1508 and continued in that office until 1529." John Clyde Oswald: A History of Printing
Folder 2: Petrarch: Trostspiegel: A German translation of Petrarch's prose treatise "De Remediis". Printed at Frankfort by Christian Egenolff., 1572Add to your cart.
The Woodcuts in this volume are among the most famous work of Hans Weiditz, of the Augsburg school. In fact, Weiditz has frequently been called "Der Petrarcameister" or "The Master of the Trostspiegel". The blocks actually were cut by 1520, but were not published until 1532; they later came into Egenolff's hands, and the leaf herewith, is from his edition of 1572.
Folder 3: Jost Amman: Born at Zurich. Later moved to Nuremberg, where he died in 1591. Well known Wood Engraver. Among his best subjects are these Woodcuts of scenes from Roman History, from Fronsperger's Kriegsbuch. Printed at Frankfort, 1571-1573, by Freyrabend, the celebrated bookseller., 1539Add to your cart.
The Woodcut example herewith, has been clipped from a copy of this book, and colored by hand. The coloring is rather interesting, but may be of a later period.
Folder 4: The Bishop's Bible. Printed at London by Richard Jugge. Two leaves herewith., 1572Add to your cart.

There were two Editions of this Black Letter Bible, that of 1568, and that of 1572.  It was an attempt of English ecclesiastics to replace the Geneva (or "Breeches") version of Miles Coverdale, of whose popularity they were jealous.  The Ornate Woodcut Initials, some showing scenes from the Classics, were originally intended for an edition of Ovid, and they caused such a storm of criticism that they were never again used for the Bible.

It is sometimes called the "Leda Bible", the Woodcut of Leda and the Swan, at the opening of Hebrews; also the "Treacle Bible" because in Jeremiah VIII. 22, this word is used for "balm". See: A Edward Newton: The Greatest Book in the World. Pp. 24-25.

Folder 5: Lonicerus: Kreuterbuch. Printed at Strassburg (?), about 1610. Two Leaves herewith., ca 1610Add to your cart.
This is an interesting example of an early Herbal, with a description of the various plants, methods of culture, and alleged medical and other virtues including much pure myth. The Woodcuts are quaint many of them fairly accurate, an the coloring is probably contemporary with the book.
Folder 6: Ulrich Pinder., 1510 or 1519Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Abraham Ortelius. One of the first and greatest of the Dutch map makers. His "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" of 1570 is generally considered the first modern Atlas.  For this work, large copper plates were engraved, and from time to time alterations were made in these plates as various editions were issued, even as late as 1693 - long after Ortelius' death., 1527-1598Add to your cart.
These maps are exceedingly decorative, and careful examination of any one of them will disclose curious little figures, scenes or other decoration.  The specimen herewith, is one of these original engravings, with nice old coloring.
Folder 8: Actus Apostolorum : Bible. New Testament. Acts., n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: From Tanner Biblo, n.d.Add to your cart.