Incunabula: decoration index
This index includes books that have been decorated by a scribe or artist with the following enhancements:
77723: 19th-century pencil drawings of a man’s head in lower margin of 7/1v (f. 58v) and of a sailing ship with rigging in lower margin of 16/7v (f. 154v) - perhaps by James Ramsay (see Provenance).
167513: pen-and-ink drawing of a hand holding an axe on a2v of part IV, and of an axe alone on a3r.
167529: several early marginal pen-and-ink drawings e.g. of a hand holding a knife (B3r), a double-headed eagle (C5v), and legal codices (I4v).
251612: pen-and-ink drawing of a circle made with a compass on A1r of part I and on F4v of part II.
Ah-a.31: face added in pen and ink to initial “D” on a2r.
An-y.10: Marginal drawings of furnaces and distillation vessels in gatherings e and f.
BC14-a.1 (item 1): Pen-and-ink drawing of a face in brown ink on A1r; on A1v is a drawing in red ink of the head of a mythical beast surrounded by red pen-work.
BC14-c.11 (item 1): small marginal pen-and-ink drawings in Tabula e.g. St George and dragon, head of an ass, personification of the winds.
BC14-c.11 (item 2): small marginal pen-and-ink drawing of personification of the winds etc.
BD7-d.8: pen-and-ink drawings (partially obscured) of weapons (including a cross-bow and a dagger) on the blank page [a1r]; pen-and-ink drawing of a tower and arrows on p5v.
BD7-e.2: marginal floral decoration sketched in pencil.
BD7-e.13: drawing in blue water-colour wash with pen-and-ink outlines of Romulus and Remus; pen-and-ink drawing of the head of a man pinching his nose.
Be.2.7: marginal pen-and-ink drawing of a landscape of hills on [k4r] (leaf [92r]).
Be.3.1: human faces added in pen and ink to some initial letters.
Be.3.11: 16th-century marginal ink diagrams.
Bf.1.18: in the margins of the Calendar ([*6]) are twelve pen drawings in violet ink of ‘all’antica’ heads in roundels, several of which reflect the Latin names of the months (e.g. a two-headed Janus for January and the god Mars for March); a thirteenth roundel on the first page of the Calendar ([*1r]) contains the bust of a man in contemporary costume - possibly a portrait of the recipient, Leonardo Botta.
Bf.2.12: several 16th-century pen-and-ink marginal diagrams including one depicting planetary orbits and zodiac [c7v] (leaf [27v]), one of the sphera terrae [d8v] (leaf [36v]), and one showing the hemispheres [e2v] (leaf [38v]).
Bf.3.17: merchant's mark of William Baylies (16th/17th century) incorportaing the reversed 'four' symbol at the apex o pyramid of brick or stones.
Bf.3.19: the space for a six-line initial “Q” on [r8v] (leaf [168v]) is filled with a pen-and-ink drawing of a man with a staff, wearing breeches and a feathered hat; the space for a six-line initial “H” on [v1r] (leaf [189r]) is filled with a pen-and-ink drawing of two women holding a garment or piece of cloth.
Bg.2.12: [a1r] decorated with a pen-and-ink architectural border, heightened by wash, which includes a pillar and a candelabra supported on a base containing a frieze of a male and a female sea-creature with putti astride their tails [ & 9 pen-and-ink historiated initials].
Bg.2.25: initials throughout supplied in blue (occasionally with faces added in brown ink e.g. on [h8v] i.e. leaf [86v]).
Bg.3.4: on [t4v], in the printed index to book V, a marginal drawing of a dog and a snake (referring to “morsus rabiosi canis” and “morsus serpentium”.
Bg.3.15: pen-and-ink drawing of a flower on the spine.
Bh.1.3: ten-line pen-and-ink drawing of a man with pointing hand in the inner margin of [m9v] (leaf [117v]).
Bh.1.17 (item 2): black pen-and-ink drawings of six surgical instruments on z1r.
Bh8-e.8: small pen-and-ink drawing of the head of King Melchisidech on a5r.
Bk5-g.13 (item 3): some geometrical diagrams added.
Bm8-g.10: rough pen-and-ink drawing of the family crest captioned “familiæ δειγμα” on hh8v.
Bv.1.6: inscription on [ll7r] (leaf [87r]) accompanied by a small pen-and-ink sketch of a bishop’s head with mitre.
Bv.1.12: drawing of a hand with the caption “manus tua dis[per]det”.
Bv.2.9: pen-and-ink drawing of a lion rampant on the recto of the blank leaf 1.1.
Bv.2.13: decorative doodles in pen-and-ink on ſ6v and xx6v.
Bw.1.12: 33 pen-and-ink drawings occupy blank spaces left in the body of the text; the drawings, all uncoloured, were probably designs for intended miniatures.
Bw.2.6: diagram of the world divided into three continents “asia”, “africa”, “europa” in outer margin of c5r.
Bw.2.8: circular diagram in pen-and-ink on 2G1r (leaf [419r]).
Bw.2.18: initials throughout supplied in either red with black pen-work decoration or in blue with red pen-work decoration (the pen-work sometimes incorporating a human face).
Bw.3.1 (item 2): full-page 16th-century pen-and-ink drawing of a man wearing a cloak and holding a halberd.
Bx.2.9: occasional marginal pen-and-ink drawings e.g. of sun, moon and star on [e7r] (leaf [49r]).
Bx.2.19: pen-and-ink drawing of a grotesque head in margin of a10v.
Bx.3.11: spurious colophon written and painted.
Bx.3.23: three pen-and-ink caricatures of Huns(?) drawn on the blank verso of [f8].
By.2.5: lower margin of [a2r] has a land and seascape border, flanked at the left by a mermaid or merman holding a cornucopia and at the right by a mermaid or merman holding a banner.
By.2.12: marginal diagram in pen-and-ink supplied on c8r.
By.3.8: anatomical diagrams added in lower margins of some pages.
By.3.29 16th-century: two mermen holding a mirror or shield on which is drawn a nude male figure with a cape standing over a headless and armless torso.
By.3.30: Four line initial "Q" on [a1r] with pen-and-ink face added to the bowl of the letter.
Ck.2.1: pen-and-ink drawing of a face on x5v; drawings of two halberds on G3r.
Da-a.13, 14: pen-and-ink drawing of an eight-petalled flower on [dd8v] (leaf [409v]).
Dn-b.7, 8: on [P8r] (leaf [380r]) is a preliminary pencil sketch for marginal foliate and floral decoration; on [a1r] (leaf [1r]) in the outer margin is a banderole in red and purple in the shape of a letter "G" containing Hebrew characters in white whose meaning is unclear.
Dp-e.4: pen-and-ink drawings of caricature men on bb6r and cc1r.
Dq-b.10: on CC6v is a rough pen-and-ink drawing of St John copied from the woodcut on the facing page.
Dr-d.6: pen-and-ink drawing of a comet associated with a 16th-century inscription regarding the sighting of a comet in August 1531 (i.e. Halley’s comet).
Du-c.7: on s2r a caricature of a man’s head in profile is added in brown pen-and-ink to a six-line initial “L” in blue.
E.c.43: crude ink drawings of flowers and a jester’s head on front pastedown.
Eg6-b.20: pen-and-ink diagram on c2r.
Eg7-b.6: marginal diagram on m3v.
Eg8-a.18: marginal pen-and-ink diagram of a segmented circle on z2v.
K.T. f2: pen-and-ink drawing on second rear flyleaf of Samson bringing down the Temple with caption in Italian “sansone homo di gra[n] podere ecce”; pen-and-ink drawing made directly onto the inner surface of the rear board of a galloping horse, saddled and harnessed but without a rider; pen-and ink drawing on inner front board of a head-piece or crown.
RCPSG: Bookstore IBN(2): small pen-and-ink marginal drawings of flowers on o1v and o2r, and of a dog’s head on p1v.