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Roxburghe Club publications are produced in two states. Each member of the Club receives a copy bound in half calf. In the list of members of the Club, each recipient's name is printed in red ink. Normally, not more than 42 copies are printed in this form. Additionally a member can print up to 300 copies of the title usually bound in cloth. These are available for sale, usually through the antiquarian bookdealers listed below.
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The AMORES of Sigismondo Boldoni
This text has been set and printed with expert care by the Merrion Press, the facsimile prduced by John Parfitt at the Westerham Press, and bound in quarter-morocco by Smith Settle. The volume was commissioned by John Sparrow's executors and presented in his memory to the members of The Roxburghe Club. 60 copies only are available for sale, price £85 plus postage and packing, from Maggs Bros. Ltd.
Maggs Bros Ltd.
In 1955 the late John Sparrow (1906-92), Warden of All Souls' College, Oxford (1952-77) and a distinguished bibliophile who had been elected to the Roxburghe Club in 1953, bought from Maggs Bros. an unassuming little seventeenth-century manuscript of Latin verse, entitled 'Amores Amyntae et Leucidis' and subscribed 'Auctore Sigismondo Boldonio Mediolanensi', with the date 1630. It had passed through distinguished hands - from Queen Christina of Sweden to Cardinals Decio Azzolini and Angelo-Maria Durini, and then to Richard Monckton-Milnes, Lord Houghton and his heirs.
A selection from it was printed by Durini in 1776. But otherwise, both book and author had been little known, the author's name only as the writer of vivid letters borrowed by Manzoni and used in 'I Promessi Sposi'. Sparrow set to work and by diligent search in archival and printed records traced the little book in its complicated travels over three centuries. He also discovered much about the life and other writings of Sigismondo Boldoni.
Born in 1597 at Bellano on the eastern shore of Lake Como, Boldoni was an infant prodigy of learning, and was sent to the University of Padua, where he achieved a considerable reputation for his studies in medicine and philosophy. Exiled from Milan about 1615, he went from Padua to Urbino and thence to Rome, whence he was allowed to return to become first lecturer and then professor of philosophy at the University of Pavia. The rest of his short life (he died in 1630 of the plague epidemic recorded in Manzoni's 'I Promessi Sposi') was spent between Pavia and a villa near Bellano. The delights of the lake, on which he sailed with his friends, were the background to the Latin poetry that he wrote, its elegiac couplets recalling those of Ovid. Like Ovid he celebrated love and the beauties of nature in mythic style, which bears out the admiration in which his verses were held by his friends.
These verses, in Sparrow's book, were written in homespun calligraphy that must surely be from the author's own hand. The pages, picked out in red and gold, have been reproduced in their entirety for the first time (the first two leaves in colour, the rest in black-and-white), together with Sparrow's essay recounting the history of the book and its author (first printed in 'The Library' in 1962). This is accompanied by a preface giving an account of Sparrow's interests as a bibliophile and the genesis of this volume and two further short chapters, 'Boldoni in Padua' and 'Who is Leucis?', all by Nicolas Barker.
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- HERALDO MEMORIALE. OR MEMOIRS OF THE COLLEGE OF ARMS FROM 1727 TO 1744.
- VOLTAIRE. THÉRÈSE, A FRAGMENT.
- ASPECTS OF FRENCH EIGHTEENTH CENTURY TYPOGRAPHY. By John Dreyfus.
- THE GARDYNERS PASSETAUNCE (c. 1512).
- REMEMBRANCES OF THINGS WORTH SEEING IN ITALY GIVEN TO JOHN EVELYN 25 APRIL 1646.
- TWO EAST ANGLIAN PICTURE BOOKS.
- THE LAST YEARS OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.
- SIR THOMAS SMITH’S MISMANAGEMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COMPANY BY NICHOLAS FERRAR.
- SYON ABBEY.
- JAMES BOSWELL’S BOOK OF COMPANY AT AUCHINLECK.
- IL QUADRIREGIO.
- THE SEARCH FOR THE SOURCE OF THE NILE.
- JAN HUYGEN VAN LINSCHOTEN AND THE MORAL MAP OF ASIA.
- THE GREAT BOOK OF THOMAS TREVILIAN.
- RONALD FIRBANK. LETTERS TO HIS MOTHER, 1920-24 and LA PRINCESSE AUX SOLEILS.
- THE TOLLEMACHE BOOK OF SECRETS.
- THE WIZARD EARL’S ADVICES TO HIS SON.
- FRAGMENTA REGALIA. OBSERVATIONS OF THE LATE QUEENE ELIZABETH, HIR TIMES AND FAUORITES.
- THE ARUNDEL CHOIRBOOK.
- HOLKHAM LIBRARY: A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION.
- THE LIBRARY OF THOMAS TRESHAM AND THOMAS BRUDENELL.
- INIGO JONES’S ROMAN SKETCHBOOK.
- THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MR DISRAELI AND MRS BRYDGES WILLIAMS, 1851-1863.
- WALPOLE, HORACE. A Description of the Villa at Strawberry-Hill. A Facsimile of the copy extra-illustrated for Charles Bedford in the collection of Lord Waldegrave of North Hill. Edited by Nicolas Barker. The Roxburghe Club. 2010.
- THE BRUSH HAS BEAT THE POETRY! ILLUSTRATIONS TO LORD BYRON'S WORKS. EDITED BY JOHN R. MURRAY
- BIBLIOTHECA LINDESIANA.
- THE MIRROURE OF THE WORLDE. MS BODLEY 283 (ENGLAND c. 1470-1480).
- THE LUMLEY INVENTORY. ART COLLECTING AND LINEAGE IN THE ELIZABETHAN AGE. EDITED BY MARK EVANS. THE ROXBURGHE CLUB 2010.
- THE ROXBURGHE CLUB: A BICENTENARY HISTORY By Nicolas Barker. The Roxburghe Club, 2012
- A DYNASTY OF DEALERS: JOHN SMITH AND SUCCESSORS, 1801-1924. A STUDY OF THE ART MARKET IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LONDON.
- The AMORES of Sigismondo Boldoni
- Esther Inglis's LES PROVERBES DE SALOMON, a facsimile with an introduction by Nicolas Barker
- AN EARLY BRETON GOSPEL BOOK. A NINTH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT FROM THE COLLECTION OF H. L. BRADFER-LAWRENCE (1887-1965)