The 1903 edition of “In the Seven Woods”

The 1903 edition of In the Seven Woods: Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age by W.B. Yeats (1865 – 1939), is a small book in quatro held in the Special Collections of the University of Victoria Library.

Cover of

The 1903 edition of “In the Seven Woods” held at the University of Victoria Library, image: @KatarzynaAnn

The book was published in July of 1903 by Elizabeth Yeats (1868 – 1940), one of the author’s sisters, at the Dun Emer Press. Dun Emer Press was an important press of the Celtic Revival, founded in 1902 by Yeats siblings, Elizabeth and William. The press produced hand-printed, limited editions of Irish authors, e.g. Lionel Pigot Johnson, Douglas Ross Hyde, George William Russell, William Kirkpatrick Magee, William Allingham and W.B. Yeats. The text of 1903 edition of In the Seven Woods was double printed, parts of the text are in red ink, remaining parts in black ink.

The title page of the book reads:
A blind stamp in the middle of the title page reads “University | of | Victoria.”

The rubricated colophon reads:
“Here ends In The Seven Woods, written by William | Butler Yeats, printed upon paper made in Ireland, | and published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the | Dun Emer Press, in the house of Evelyn | Gleeson at Dundrum in the country of | Dublin, Ireland, finished the six-|teenth day of July, in the year | of the big wind | 1903.”



The colophon of the 1903 edition of “In the Seven Woods” held at the University of Victoria Library, image: @KatarzynaAnn

Even though the colophon suggests that the book was printed on paper made in Ireland, the fly leaves are of a Dutch origin. Front fly leaf 2 contains a partial watermark “VAN GELDER ZONEN,” while the rear fly leaf contains a partial watermark, which is similar to the one found in the 1891 edition of  The Picture of Dorian Gray, which also originated from Van Gelder’s mills. Most likely the same paper was used for the paste-downs, but the chain lines of front fly leaf 1 run vertically, while on front fly leaf 2 they run horizontally. The tight binding does not allow closer examination of the paste-downs.


Watermark “Van Gelder Zonen” in the 1903 edition of “In the seven woods,” image: @KatarzynaAnn

The book-block is build of nine gatherings of woven paper (4o: A2 b-i4). The leaf size is 199 x 139 mm (the sheet of paper had to be approx. 300 x 400 mm), the cover size is 203 x 143 mm. The cover is made from a thick bright parchment, with a gilded title embossed. The book block is also gilded. The gatherings are sewed together with a green thread, and green cloth ties are used to tie the book at the fore edge.


Cloth ties and gilded edges of the 1903 edition of “In the seven woods” at the University Victoria Library, image: @KatarzynaAnn

Not much is known about the provenance of this book, and how did it arrive to Victoria B.C. from Ireland. There are, however, traces of notes made in pencil, which were erased and thus illegible today.
The erased text on the top margin of front fly leaf 1 seems to read: “[000…000] G. H[0000]sser [000…000] (?)”
The erased text on the bottom margin of front fly leaf 1 is probably a signature: “[000…000] / 2/13”
Both notes might be associated with the books seller, or the previous owner of the book. Especially intriguing is the question mark at the end of the upper note. Multi spectral scanning and advanced image processing could probably allow us to read the notes and advance the research of the history of this book.


The location of the Dun Emer Press and distance to Victoria, image:

Katarzyna Anna Kapitan
Pre-Digital Book Course at DHSI 2017.

The Mysterie of Witch Craft. Thomas Cooper. 1617

This bibliographical description was prepared by: Marie-France Guénette, doctoral student in Translation at Université de Montréal. Bilingual French/English, knowns Spanish and Czech. No knowledge of Latin, relied on classmates for Latin inscriptions. New to bibliographical research. Contact me through Twitter @MFGuenette


Title page:


The Seuerall Vses of this

Doctrine of

Printed by Nicholas Okes.

Size: 8,3 cm wide
18,8 cm long
2,9 cm thick

Latin inscription dated June 24, 1629, after the table of contents and errata:

June the 24
per multum risum poteris cognoscere stultum
English translation, notably documented on Wikipedia ( Through excessive laughter one can recognize the fool.

Potential explanations: – An unrelated handwritten note, where the person was using the paper for personal notes.

An allusion to the Ship of fools led by a woman?


Dedicatory epistle to: Maior of the Ancient citie of Chester; the worthy Justices of Peace, of that Countie Palatine; Grace and Peace from God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ be multiplied.

by Thomas Cooper

Table of contents “This treatise is digested into three bookes”
First book = 10 chapters. An explanation for why it is relevant to prosecute witches today.
Second book = 5 chapters. Dedicated to the detection and conviction of witches
Third book = 18 chapters.

Anomalies: My book has the same pagination errors as the digitized version on EEBO (STC code 1133). However, my version has a different title page. My title page also has erased text, presumably because the title page provided was supposed to be the title page for the Third Book of the treatise. The STC 1133 edition has a more elaborate title page that includes the author’s name.

In 1622, there is a new (second) edition of the book titled “Sathan transformed into an Angell of Light, expressing his dangerous Impostures under glorious shewes. Emplified Specially in the Doctrine of Witch-craft, and such sleights of Satan, as are incident thereunto. Very necessary to discerne the speci-plague raging in these days, and so to hide our selves from the snare thereof. London, Printed by Barnard Alsop. 1622” The dedicatory epistle of the second edition is different from that of the first.

1617: ESTC citation S108665, STC (2nd ed.), 5701. The ESTC entry (British Library) claims that the pagination is continuous, however, this is not true. “The second and third books each have separate dated title page; pagination and register are continuous.” The digital version available on EEBO shows the same dedicatory epistle, and the same pagination errors, but a different title page than the physical book from the University of Victoria.

The only copy in North America is located in the University of Victoria rare books, special collection. Call number: BF1581 C65.

1622: STC (2nd ed.), 5701.3 / ESTC citation number S116346

Notes: There do not seem to be any documented translations of Cooper’s book.

Catchwords: There are catchwords on each page leading to the next.

Printed by: Nicholas Okes (active 1606-1639)

Running titles:

Left pages: The Mysterie of
Right page: Witch craft discouverd.


First pages A1, A1, A2, A3
After 2. Aa. Aa2…. Bb. Bb2…, continued to Z4. Then Aa, Aa2, Aa3, Aa4, Bb, Bb2, Bb3, Bb4,
Note that in the alphabet order j, u, ww

Available on EEBO: Author Thomas Cooper.
STC citation: 5701
UMI Collection/reel number: 1133:04

Other notes: I researched other websites and catalogues to find additonal information, such as additional copies with the same title (Worldcat, EEBO, Library of Congress, Gallica, British Library, Google). However, I did not find any.

Doves Press, 1906: Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Colophon, unsigned [u4v]:

Printed from the first English edition by T.J.Cobden-[sic] | Sanderson and Emery Walker at the The Doves Press | and finished January 5, 1906. ❡ The poems marked | with an asterisk have been added from subsequent | editions. ❡Compositors: J.H. Mason, W. Jenkins. Pressmen: H. Gage-Cole, J. Ryan, & Albert Lewis. | [centered] Sold at the Doves Press. || [centered] The Doves Bindery

RT: Essay [numbered in roman numerals I-XII], verso, in margin; essay title

8o: π4a8-u4; 20 leaves, 312 pages, [1]-312 [8]

$1 and $3 signed a-u; $3 signed a1-u1, “a1” [a3r] unsigned; lowercase roman with arabic numbers; u3r unsigned [no “u1′]

Contents [$3 signatures noted in double quotation marks; my marks follow the format, so “b1,” but b3r]: a1r signed; a1v blank; a2 title, a2v blank; a3r PREFACE BY THOMAS CARLYLE | London, 11th August, 1841.; a3v–a7r Preface; a7v blank; a8r CONTENTS [listing twelve essays and corresponding page numbers]; a8r blank; b1r HISTORY [poem]; b1v–d1r HISTORY; d1v blank; d2r SELF-RELIANCE [poem]; d1v–f5r Self-Reliance; f5v blank; f6r COMPENSATION [poem]; f6v–h4r Compensation; h4v blank; h5r SPIRITUAL LAWS [poem]; h5v–k3r Spiritual Laws; k3v blank; k4r LOVE [poem]; k4v–l4v; l5r FRIENDSHIP [poem]; l5v–m8r Friendship; m8v blank; n1r PRUDENCE [poem]; n1v–o1v Prudence; o2r HEROISM [poem]; 02v–p2v Heroism;  p3r THE OVER-SOUL [poem]; p4v–q8r The Over-soul; r1r CIRCLES; riv-s2r Circles; s3r INTELLECT [poem]; s3v–t4r Intellect; t4v blank; t5r ART [poem]; t5v–u4v Art; u4v THE END. || [colophon]

165 x 245 mm

Type: 20 ll., 118 x 101 mm; made only in 16pt.

Binding: limp vellum, The Doves Bindery (stamped on lower edge of back cover)

Copy Examined: University of Victoria Library

Notes: Complete and fine copy of Doves Press; light foxing only. Survives with vellum binding by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, manuscript ornamental rubricated capitals by Edward Johnston, and insert subscription broadside (“ORDER FORM…MEN & WOMEN”). Bookplate: “Marion E. Walker Her Book”


Digitization doesn’t always capture the materiality of the text!



Kislak Special Collections Center, University of Pennsylvania, compared to HathiTrust digital scan.

By Rebecca M. Chung



Suetonius et al., Vitae Caesarum 1547


Suetonius et al., Vitae Caesarum 1547


VITAE CAESARVM | QVARVM SCRIPTORES HI | [in two columns:] C. Suetonius Tranquillus | Dion Caſsius | Aelius Spartianus | Iulius Capitolinus | Aelius Lampridius | Vulcatius Gallicanus | Trebellius Pollio | Flauius Vopiſcus | Herodianus | Sex. Aurelius Victor | Pomponius Lætus | Io. Baptiſta Egnatius | [In one column:] Eutropij libri x. integritati prſtinæ redditi. | Ammianus Marcellinus longe alius quàm antehac unquam. | Annotationes D. Eraſmi Rot. & Baptiſtæ Egnatij in uitas Cæſs. || Acceſſerunt in hac editione Velleij Paterculi libri II. ab innumeris | denuo uendicati erroribus, addito Indice copioſiſsimo. | [publisher’s device] | BASILEÆ MD XLVI


folio in 6s: α-β6 [$4 signed], A-P6 [$4 signed], Q8 [$5 signed], R-Z6 [$4 signed], Aa-Qq6 [$4 signed], Rr8 [$5 signed], Ss-Zz6 [$4 signed], Aaa=Bbb6 [$4 signed], Ccc4 [$3 signed], Ddd6 [$4 signed]

Pagination top outside corner, starting with 1 on a1r and ending with 810 on Xx5v.


Ddd5: α β a b c d e f g h i k l m n o p q r s t u x y z. A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R | S T V X Y Z. Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss | Tt Vu Xx Yy Zz. Aaa Bbb Ccc Ddd. Omnes terniones, præter Q Rr | quaterniones, & Ccc duernionem. || BASILEAE PER HIERONYMVM FROBENIVM | ET NIC. EPISOCOPIVM MENSE SE- | PTEMBRI, M. D. XLVI.


Running heads list author on verso and emperor on recto. Reversed for Johannis Baptistae Egnatii p728ff.
Catchwords throughout.
Historiated initials throughout, many of which include labeled Greek figures (e.g., Hercules, Alexander, Diogenes). These appear to be by Holbein, originally made for Froben’s Plutarch of 1520.

α1r: Title. α1v: Life of the author, headed C. SVETONII TRANQVILLI VITA. α2r: Dedication, headed ILLUSTRISSIMIS SAXO | NIAE DVCIBVS, FEDERICO SACRI IMPERII ELECTORI ETC. α4v: Note to reader, headed ERASMVS ROTERDAMVS CANDIDO LECTORI S. D. α5r: Index to annotations to Suetonius Tranquillus. β4r: Index to annotations to Aelius Spartianus.

C Suetonii Tranquilli:
1: D Julius Caesar. 18: D Octavius Caesar Augustus. 41: Tiberius Caesar. 57: C Caesar Caligula. 70: D Claudius Caesar. 81: Nero Claudius Caesar. 95: Sergius Galba. 100: Otho Silvius. 103: Aulus Vitellius. 107: D Vespasianus Augustus. 113: Divus Titus. 115: Flavius Domitianus.

Dionis Cassii Nicaei:
122: Nerva Cocceius. 123: Trajanus Nerva. 130: Adrianus. 135: Conflagratio Vesevi Montis.

Aelii Spartiani:
137: Hadrianus Imperator. 145: Aelius Verus ad Diocletianum Augustum.

Iulii Capitolini:
147: Antoninus Pius. 151: Antoninus Philosophus. 160: Verus Imperator.

Aelii Lampridii:
166: Commodus Antoninus.

Iulii Capitolini:
172: Perinax Imp.

Vulgatii Gallicani V. C.:
176: Avidius Cassius.

Aelii Spartiani:
180: Severus. 187: Pescennius Niger. 191: Antonius Caracallus. 194: Antoninus Geta.

Aelii Lampridii:
196: Antoninus Heliogabalus. 205: Antoninus Diadumenus.

Iulii Capitolini:
208: Opilius Macrinus. 212: Clodius Albinus.

Aelii Lampridii:
217: Alexander Severus.

Iulii Capitolini:
234: Maximini Duo. 242: Gordiani Tres. 251: Maximus et Balbinus.

Trebellii Pollionis:
256: Valerianus Pater et Filius. 258: Gallieni Duo. 264: Triginta Tyranni. 276: Divus Claudius.

Flavii Vopisci:
281: Divus Aurelianus. 293: Tacitus. 296: Florianus. 298: Probus. 305: Firmus Saturninus. 306: Saturninus. 308: Proculus. 308: Bonosus. 309: Carus. 311: Numerianus. 313: Carinus.

Herodiani Historiae de Imperio Post Marcum:
316: Liber Primus. 327: Liber Secundus. 337: Liber Tertius. 347: Liber Quartus. 356: Liber Quintus. 362: Liber Sextus. 398: Liber Septimus. 377: Liber Octavus.

383: De Vita et Moribus Imperatorum Rom • Excerpta

401: Eutropii V C Historiae Romanae Libri

433: Romanae Historiae Compendiun ab Interitu

473: Ammiani Marcellini Rerum Gestarum

Iohannis Baptistae Egnatii:
685: Veneti Romanorum Principum. 728: Annotations.

764: Greek-Latin translations.

765: Illustrissimo Saxoniae.

C Velleii Paterculi
766: Vita Velleii Paterculi. 768: Historiae Romanae.

Xx6: Blank leaf

Yy1: Index.


Pen-written title on spine partially occluded by damage. Legible fragment says “[…]toria Augusta”. Small sticker on spine with pen-written “3142″. Damage reveals page printed with blackletter type used as binding material.


Overall dimensions 13 1/4 inches tall, 9 1/2 inches wide.
Type is Venetian style. Slanted crossbar on /e/, two-way serifs atop /A/, /M/, /N/.
No evident watermarks.
Paper note pasted inside front cover: “This volume is part of the Bishop Seghers Collection which the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria has placed on deposit with the University of Victoria for the convenience of the community of scholars. + Remi J. De Roo, S. T. D. Bishop of Victoria 1976”
Inscribed top left inside cover “Hh.5.”
Handwritten notes on small sheet inserted at p35.
Marginal notes p137.
Blank leaf at Q8 along with exceptional quire of 8 leaves suggests this was the end of the book at some point.

Craig Eliason
Understanding the Pre-Digital Book

De Proprietatibus Rerum (On the Properties/Nature of Things)

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Author: Bartholomeus Anglicus (Bartholomew the Englishman)
Date: 13th century
Measurements: Binding 15.5 x 21.5 cm; pages 14.5 x 20.5 cm.
Collation: 4 paper leaves + 75 parchment leaves + 3 paper leaves. Difficult to discern quire structure due to the tightness of the binding, but the paper preface notes that there were 9 gatherings or folios at the time of rebinding.
Layout: Two columns of text per page, 47 lines per column. Lead ruling of both margins and text
Script: One hand, Gothic or Proto-Gothic(?), black ink with rubricated titles and bi-colored large initials at the beginning of each entry.
Binding: Leather with gilt ornamentation; post-dates the manuscript, date unclear.
Materials: Parchment, with paper leaves added during a later rebinding.

Description: Regular pagination/foliation given with Roman numerals from X to LXXXiiii on alternating pages, as well as an index system in the back of the book referencing these page numbers and the (rubricated?) subjects of the text. No catchwords. The pagination and the index together suggest a missing quire, containing pages Vi-iX, which would indicate an original total of ten quires (no reference is given to numbers i-V in the index, so it’s unclear whether they were part of this codex). This manuscript is an excerpted version of the work, so that may play a role in this irregularity. Some warping of the parchment throughout; small repairs with thread and parchment scraps, some staining.

f. 25v: parchment repair
f. 73r: manuscript index begins
f. 75r: explicit tabula alfabeti super libris proprietatibus.

Conciliorvm tomvs primvs, 1644

Bibliographic Description

Title page: [Volume 1 title] Conciliorvm tomvs primvs

Title Page for Volume 1

Letterpress transcription: CONCILIORVM | TOMVS PRIMVS | Ab anno annum CCCXIII. | [fleur-de-lis on an orb, which is crowned, surrounded by a wreath, within a square frame featuring fleur-de-lis and shell motif] | PARISIIS, | E TYPOGRAPHIA REGIA. | [single rule] | M. DC. XLIV.



Collation and Statement of Format:

fin 4s: *3, [ãi-ãii] ãiij, ê4 , î4, õ4, *, ãii-ãiiij, A4 – Z4, Aa4 – Gg4, Ii4, Hh4, Kk4 – Zz4, Aaa4 – Zzz4, Aaaa4 – Tttt4, *4

Gatherings: 95 gatherings

Pagination: 1-240, 249-256,  241-248, 257-708

Plates and insets:

[ãiir] – frontispiece. ãiiir – two woodcuts (ecclesiastical insignia; historiated P). ê1v– ecclesiastical insignia with books, coats of arms). Ê2v – woodcut with initials AL with dolphins.

Colophon: none

Contents: Ãii: title (verso blank). Ãii: title and frontispiece. 

Inside cover first bookplate centered: Hoc volumen | Ex libris Bibliothecæ | Domus episcopalis Victoriensis | DOMINUS DOMINUS J. C. CODY, D.D. | Seminario Sancti Pauli | In Universatite Ottaviensi | Anno MDCCCCXLV | Magna cum benevolentia commodavit. | + OREMUS PRO BENEFACTORIBUS NOSTRIS +

Inside cover second bookplate centered: [Episcopal coat of arms] | This volume is part of the Bishop Seghers | Collection which the Roman Catholic Diocese | of Victoria has placed on deposit with the | University of Victoria for the convenience | of the community of scholars. | + REMI J. DE ROO, S.T.D. | BISHOP OF VICTORIA | 1976

CW] ãiiiiv Romæ     ēiiiiv  perire    ĩiiiiv quis    Aiiiivmulti,     Biiiiv λε’     Ciiiiv [xeize apostrophe]  Diiiiv  agentes   Eiiiiv cio   Fiiiiv primi    Giiiiv Vide  Hiiiiv multi   Iiiiiv patet  Kiiiiv  aEPI-   Liiiivsugil-   Miiiiv bebat,   Niiiiv EPI-    Oiiiiv ut   Piiiiv proprius   Qiiiiv tate   Riiiiv vir   Siiiiv diffici-   Tiiiivquæ  Viiiiv enim   Xiiiiv lucis    Yiiiiv Christus    Ziiiiv Pei    Aaiiiiv sunt,    Bbiiiiv nobis-  Cciiiiv riores    Ddiiiiv II.    Eeiiiiv dominum.    Ffiiiiv EX    Ggiiiiv vt   Iiiiiiv nus     Hhiiiiv vsualis     Kkiiiiv Roma-    Lliiiiv  baptiza-    Mmiiiiv  aut    Nniiiiv  Epi-    Ooiiiiv circum-    Ppiiiiv  VITA,    Qqiiiiv NOTAI.    Rriiiiv colloqiua    Ssiiiiv petit.    Ttiiiiv EIVS-    Vviiiiv tum    Xxiiiiv  fideles    Yyiiiiv sam    Zziiiiv EPISTOLA    Aaaiiiiv petiit,    Bbbiiiiv eadem    Ccciiiiv iterum:    Dddiiiiv  curanda    Eeeiiiiv bus    Fffiiiiv quis    Gggiiiiv porum   Hhhiiiiv reuer-   Iiiiiiiv stianos    Kkkiiiiv &   Llliiiiv vult    Mmmiiiiv carissi-    Nnniiiiv CONCI-    Oooiiiiv experi-    Pppiiiiv ctum-    Qqqiiiiv aduer-    Rrriiiiv salutaris    Sssiiiiv XVII.    Tttiiiiv LXVII.   Vvviiiiv Omnis    Xxxiiiiv tur.     Yyyiiiiv &    Zzziiiiv Domnum    Aaaaiiiiv Iudicio,    Bbbbiiiiv toris,    Cccciiiiv tentiones,    Ddddiiiiv sacro-    Eeeeiiiiv quædam    Ffffiiiivsponsa    Ggggiiiiv Hi    Hhhhiiiiv decla-    Iiiiiiiiv EPI-   Kkkkiiiiv  mortuis:    Lllliiiiv LXIX.    Mmmmiiiiv deles     Nnnniiiiv FRA-    Ooooiiiiv sub    Ppppiiiiv VITA,    Qqqqiiiivest    Rrrriiiiv est    Ssssiiiiv lite    Ttttiiiiv [no CW]    

Indices include Index of Councils in Volume 1, listed with their date and reigning pope (ãii-iiir) and Index of letters (ã4v-5).

Dimensions: 29cmx42.6cm; 7cm height

Notes: Throughout, quotations used by the authors of the selected documents are rendered in italics with a source note printed in the margin.

The watermark is the coat of arms of Cardinal Richelieu: A Cardinal’s hat over a crown and a shield with three chevrons, with tassels falling to three knots on each side.

Greek and Latin columns switch on recto and verso sides to keep Greek text in the more authoritative central position. (see p. 11-13)

Column positions on two pages

The typeface used for the Greek is grecs du roi. This typeface was created by Claude Garamond in 1541 and was based on the hand of Angelo Vergecio (d.1569), royal scribe for Francis I. The same typeface was not employed for Greek in the margins of the Latin text (see p. 546)

Closeup of Greek typeface.jpgOne gathering was misplaced by the binder. After Gg, Ii is placed before Hh. Pagination


Handwritten D.a. 25- on back inside cover

Historical Notes: Printed at the L’imprimerie Royale du Louvre (created in 1640 under Louis XIII) and printed under the auspices of Cardinal Richelieu in 1644. It was significantly larger than all previous editions of conciliar collections: 1523 (Paris), 2 vols.; 1530 (Cologne), 2 vols.; 1535 (Cologne), 2 vols.; 1538 (Cologne), 2 vols.; 1557 (Cologne), 3 vols.; 1567 (Cologne), 4 vols.; 1585 (Venice) 5 vols.; 1606 (Cologne) 4 vols.; 1608 (Rome) 4 vols.; 1618 (Cologne) 5 vols.; and 1636 (Paris) 9 vols. Other books printed by this press in the same year included Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata (from 1581); Enrico Devila’s History of the French Civil War (1559-1598); The Satires of Juvenal; The Spiritual Exercises; and Suetonius’ Lives of the Twelve Caesars.

University of Victoria Library catalog record:  

Prepared by Glenn Kumhera, Anne Blue Wills, Ben Murphy

Gil González Dávila’s Teatro eclesiástico de la primitiva iglesia de las Indias Occidentales

Teatro eclesiástico resized For our project, my partner Nhora Lucia Serrano and I chose to work on Gil González Dávila’s Teatro eclesiástico de la primitiva iglesia de las Indias Occidentales (Madrid, 1649).  This is a two-volume ecclesiastical history listing new world bishops. We chose this volume because of our interests in Latin American history and culture, and the gorgeous woodcuts of each city’s coat of arms.



For this copy, the title page is missing, along with the “privilegio” and “licencia.”  You can see a scan of the missing title page and other prefatory materials at the Universidad de Sevilla’s Fondo Antigo.  The U-Vic copy does contain the author’s “Epístola preliminar” (introductory preface).


This is a folio, with 6 page groupings (for the most part). We could see the vertical chain lines, but no watermark.


“The Present State of Nova Scotia” by S. Hollingsworth

Bibliographic description by Kaitlyn Grant and Lauren Laframboise.

S. Hollingsworth, The Present State of Nova Scotia: With a Brief Account of Canada, (Edinburgh: William Creech, 1787).

Half title: [within a frame of ornaments, 85x80mm] | THE | PRESENT STATE | OF | NOVA SCOTIA: | WITH A BRIEF | ACCOUNT OF CANADA. |


Title: [no frame, 203x122mm]| THE | PRESENT STATE | OF | NOVA SCOTIA: | WITH A BRIEF | ACCOUNT OF CANADA, | AND THE | BRITISH ISLANDS | ON THE COAST OF | NORTH AMERICA. | (horizontal rule) The SECOND EDITION, corrected and enlarged. | Illustrated with a Map. | (horizontal rule) | Sunt ingeniorum monumenta, quae saeculis probantur. LIVY. | C’est le nombre du peuple, et l’abondance des alimens, qui forme la vraie force, et la vraie richesse d’un royaume. FENELON. | EDINBURGH: | PRINTED FOR WILLIAM CREECH, EDINBURGH ; | AND SOLD BY | T. CADELL, AND G. ROBINSON & CO. LONDON. | (horizontal rule) M,DCC.LXXXVII. |


Collation: 8˚ in 4s: [a]6 [b]2, A – U4, X – Ee4  

Contents: Catchwords and running titles throughout.

Binding: Spine untitled, with 6 horizontal gold lines on the spine. 3 small holes along the binding edge of every page suggests that the book was likely rebound. Leather spine and cover features a dark grey and brown marbled paper.

Notes: This copy is missing the map. A torn page with evidence of glue suggests that the map was pasted in between between [b] and A gatherings. There is also small remnant of a sheet in the binding between pages 8 and 9 – likely the other side of the sheet where the map was bound in. Beginning and end pages are more modern in their production and do not have chain lines. The end page features a watermark that reads “RC | 1816”. The author’s name is not indicated on the copy, though it has been attributed to S. Hollingsworth. The dedication and first page of the Contents are unevenly cut making the pages approximately 20mm narrower. The first page of the table of contents is numbered “(6)” at the top of the page.



Leviathan, Hobbes, 1670 (Latin)

LEVIATHAN, / SIVE / De Materia, Forma, & Potestate / CIVITATIS EDDLESIASTICAE ET CIVILIS. / AUTHORE / THOMA HOBBES, / Malmesburiensi / [small frontispiece image (INDEFESSUS AGENDO)] / AMSTELODAMI, / Apud JOANNEM BLAEU. / M. D C. LXX.

Coll: *2, 40: A-I4, K-T4, V-Z4, Aa-Ii4-Kk-Tt4, Vv-Zz4, Aaa4-Bbb1, 191 leaves, 9 unnumbered. Two extra leaves in front and back

*2: Title: Ad Nobilissimum Virum / DOMINVM / FRANCISCVM / GODOLPHINVM, / Equitem Ordinis Balneorum.

*2 verso: signed: Servus tuus humillime devotus / THOMAS HOBBES


A verso-L verso: page heading ‘De Homine.’


L2-Y2 verso- page heading ‘De Civitate.’


Y3-Nn4 verso: page heading ‘De Civitate Christiana.’


Oo-Ss4: page heading ‘De Regno Tenebrarum.’


Zz3 verso-Zz4 verso: Chapter Index

Aaa-Bbb recto: Book Index

Bbb2: SCRIPTVRAE SACRAE, Erratum: pag. 21, lin. 5 à fine, ubi pro sive Crateron legend. sive Cratiston.

Sigs: $4 unsigned throughout, Bbb2 unsigned; Roman letters with Arabic numerals.

Type: 8 in. (h) x 6 in. (l) x 7/8 in.

Copies examined: Edition: Latin 1670, AMSTELODAMI (Amsterdam), located at University of Victoria Library

Notes: Front matter in pencil: “Edition originale de la trad. Latine”, call number (?)

Fourth edition, the second out of four in Latin. First edition in English and second in Dutch.

Binding well intact.  Beautiful marbling on panel cover, page edges, and inside the front and back of the cover. On inch dark green leather binding on the spine, ‘LEVIATHAN / AMSTELODAMI / 1670’ in gold leaf on the spine. Marbling indicates 19th century rebinding.

Compte Du Lude’s Treatise Of Spirits &c


Course Assignment – Adrian Finucane and Chella Vaidyanathan

Half-title: Compte Du Lude’s | TREATISE OF SPIRITS &c. (lines above and below)

Title page: [within double rules]

DAIMONOLOGIA (In greek letters):| OR, A | TREATISE | OF | SPIRITS| WHEREIN | Several Places of Script- | ture are Expounded, against the | Vulgar ERRORS concerning | WITCHCRAFT, APPA- | RITIONS, &c. | To which is added, | An APPENDIX, containing some | REFLECTIONS on MR. Boulton’s Answer to | Dr. Hutchinson’s Historical Essay; entitled | The Possibility and Reality of Magick, Sorcery | and Witchcraft demonstrated. 


By Comte DU LUDE, | A Presbyter of the Church of England.


LONDON: | Printed for the Author, in the Year 1723.

Measurements: 11cm x 18cm

Formatted in octavo, grouped in 4s

40: [A]3, a4, B-I4, K-U4, X-Z4, [$2 signed]; 95 leaves

Binding: ¾ Morocco

Notes: No water mark. Along with the lack of publisher information, this suggests that this book would be forbidden. Sold by William Saloch, Ossining, NY.