Apologia de barbis. Nunc primum ex Ms. Add. 41997 Musaei Britannici edidit E. Ph. Goldschmidt View larger
Burchardus, Abbot of Bellevaux, died 1163
Goldschmidt (Ernst Philip), 1887-1954, editor

Apologia de barbis. Nunc primum ex Ms. Add. 41997 Musaei Britannici edidit E. Ph. Goldschmidt

Cambridge, University Press, 1935
(21.5 cm), (2) x, 96 (2) pp., frontispiece, [1] plate. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - A work in favour of beards (”ad conservationem barbarum”) by one Burchard (otherwise unknown), who in the twelfth century was abbot of the Cistercian abbey at Bellevaux, and addresses the monks of the affiliated community at Rosières (diocese of Besançon). A later hand (c. 1200?) added drawings of nine heads showing various types of beards. Goldschmidt had bought the manuscript in Geneva in 1929 and offered it for sale in his Catalogue 23 (frontispiece and pp. i-iv); it was immediately bought by the British Museum (British Museum Quarterly, volume IV, 1929-1930, pp.109-111). Limited edition of 350 copies printed on Barcham Green handmade paper. ¶ Bookseller’s ticket (B.H. Blackwell Ltd., Oxford) and exlibris of the University of California, Berkeley zoologist Charles Atwood Kofoid (1865-1947) on front paste-down. Dust jacket damaged; otherwise a very good copy.
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