Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pioneer Florida (1959). edited by D.B. McKay

D.B. McKay, who owned the Tampa Times in the 1930s, served two terms as mayor of Tampa, and helped establish the University of Tampa, used to publish a feature in the Tampa Tribune on Sundays called Pioneer Florida. It was a collection of stories, anecdotes, and vintage photographs about Florida in the early days, and it began in 1948. In 1959, the Pioneer Florida pages were collected and published as an illustrated three-volume set. It is a must-have for a dedicated Florida history enthusiast.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Antiphonal music, circa 1450, on vellum

Side with later floral decorations.
Notes are printed with wood blocks.
THIS JUST IN: We have several original leaves from a Medieval/early Renaissance antiphon, circa 1450.

They are partially printed. The notes, for instance, are printed with wood blocks. The words are in Latin and are in manuscript, with period flourishes for several initials. The musical staffs are in four lines, rather than our modern five lines. The leaves themselves are vellum, a much heartier material than paper.

One side of the leaves bears later floral decorations. We have had multiple opinions about these additions. An art conservator took a look at them and decided that they were early, perhaps from the 1600s, and that they displayed rococo elements consistent with that period.

The leaves themselves were originally purchased by a collector while he was in England. The collector (a collector of Africana) thought the leaves might have migrated to Africa at some point and been decorated there, perhaps in the 19th century. Another expert decided that the decorations seemed more like something from the 1970s.

We have matted and shrink-wrapped a leaf so that both sides are visible, and the buyer can decide which side to display. The photographs shown are from different leaves. You may click on the photos to enlarge them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Florida naturalist's guide, signed first edition

 THIS JUST IN: Here is a beautiful copy of Out of Doors in Florida (1923) by the famed conservationist Charles Torrey Simpson. It is a signed first edition. Simpson became an authority on the shells, mollusks, and plant life of south Florida, and did research for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Natural History. He was known as the Sage of Biscayne Bay.  He was a prolific writer and began publishing in the late 1880s. This is one of his last books.


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