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Laurence Witten (Southport)

[Stock catalogues, numbered series:] 1 § 3-20

Bethany, CT (latterly Bridgeport, New Haven, Monroe, Southport), Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1952-1984
Nineteen volumes (28 cm), as issued, in the publisher’s printed wrappers. - A complete set of Witten’s catalogues (no. 2 was not issued). Laurence Witten (1926-1995) commenced trading in 1951 and in 1952 issued his first catalogue. In 1957, on a buying-trip in Europe, he purchased the infamous “Vinland map”, a transaction that mired him in controversy for the remainder of his life (Kirsten A. Seaver, Maps, myths, and men: the story of the Vinland map, Stanford, CA 2004). Cf. Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Antiquarian Bookdealers (Westport, CT 1998), pp.233-235. ¶ Wrappers of Catalogues 1 and 3 are in poor state; otherwise good copies.
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Printing - Europe, 1455-1500 - Booksellers' catalogues
Trade catalogues
Authors/Creators
Laurence Witten (Southport)
Witten, Laurence, 1926-1995
Printers/Publishers
Manuzio, Aldo, 1449/50-1515
Owners
Heywood, Joseph Converse, 1820-1900
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  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 1]

    Bethany, CT, Laurence Witten Bookseller, 1952
    (28 cm), (2) 16 (2) pp., 1 illustration (upper cover). 71 items; priced. Reproduced from typescript. Publisher’s self-wrapper; stapled. - Thirty-two of the seventy-one items are incunabula. ¶ Item 10 clipped from catalogue. First and last sheets detached from staples. Clean tear in one sheet; paper brittle.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 3] Early Italian books, manuscripts & bindings : XIVth-XVIth centuries

    New Haven, Laurence Witten Bookseller, 1954
    (28 cm), (2) 29 (1) pp., illustrations. 56 items; priced. Publisher’s pictorial self-wrappers. - Includes a copy of the 1481 Boccaccio Decamerone (GW 4446, item 7, $6000).
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 4] Early books & manuscripts

    New Haven, Laurence Witten Bookseller, 1957
    (28 cm), 64 pp., illustrations. 119 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Includes a Book of Hours on vellum (123 ff.) “illuminated by Jean Bourdichon as a gift from Anne de Bretagne to Anne de Montmorency” (item 4, $17,500). ¶ Occasional pencil annotation.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 5] Important books, manuscripts, documents & autographs, 10th to 19th centuries

    New Haven, Laurence Witten Bookseller, 1962
    (28 cm), 143 (1) pp., illustrations. 181 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 6] One hundred important & manuscripts: 6th to 19th centuries: a centenary Boccaccio collection, books printed on vellum, early Western & Oriental printing, illuminated & text manuscripts, literary & scientific texts, fine illustrated books

    Monroe, CT, Laurence Witten Bookseller, 1975
    (28 cm), (2) 139 (3) pp., illustrations. 100 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Trade catalogues
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 7] Sixteenth Century Printed Books: European Literature – Science – Technology – Discovery – Middle East – Judaica – Food & Drink, etc

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1977
    (28 cm), 95 (1) pp., 86 illustrations. 260 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Loosely inserted: Handschriften, Inkunabeln, illustrierte Bücher : Eine Auswahl für die Internationale Buch- und Kunst Antiquariatsmesse, Kongresshaus, Zürich, 21-24 September 1978 (28 cm, [8] pp., illustrations, 67 items princed in sFr., publisher’s pictorial self-wrapper). The most precious item in the List is the Utterson-Heber-Phillipps (Ms 8314) manuscript of Jacques de Longuyon, “Voeux du Paon” (sFr. 37,500; now New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Ms 613).
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 8] Precious books & manuscripts

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1978
    (28 cm), 127 (1) pp., illustrations. 131 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 9] Valuable books and manuscripts. Medicine, science, alchemy, astrology, occult, physics, psychology, technology, crafts and trades, perspective, machines, instruments, horology, hydraulics, and related subjects

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1979
    (28 cm), 67 (1) pp., illustrations. 109 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 10] Incunabula, manuscripts, early illustrated books, early graphics & bindings

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1979
    (28 cm), 79 (1) pp., illustrations. 89 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 11] Renaissance books

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1980
    (28 cm), 115 (1) pp., illustrations. 271 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 12] Early manuscripts & illuminated leaves

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1980
    (28 cm), 59 (1) pp., illustrations. 62 items. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 13] Incunabula

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1980
    (28 cm), 39 (1) pp., illustrations. 34 items. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Pencil mark on lower wrapper.
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 14] Bibliotheca Aldina Vetvstior

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1981
    (28 cm), 16 pp., illustrations. 61 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “Most of the volumes offered in Catalogue Fourteen… were collected during the latter part of the Nineteenth Century by Joseph Converse Heywood (Harvard, 1855; M.A., L.L.B. ‘57; d. 1900), an American collector… Living in Rome from c. 1875, he made most of his purchases through Roman dealers and private contacts in Italy” (Catalogue preface). The collector had left his library of 8000 volumes to be given either to the Catholic University of America at Washington or to the American College in Rome (Robert F. MacNamara, The American College in Rome, 1855-1955, Rochester, NY, 1956, p.351); how some came into Witten’s hands is unclear.
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 15] Six centuries of illustrated & ornamented books, 1468-1979

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1981
    (28 cm), 111 (1) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 227 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 16] Incunabula

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1982
    (28 cm), 95 (1) pp., illustrations. 115 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “Nearly fifty of the Incunabula described in Catalogue Sixteen were collected by Joseph Heywood (d. 1900), an American author and collector who lived in Rome (p.]96]).
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 17] Three hundred printed books of the Renaissance & early Baroque, 1501-1650 : Africa, Americas, archaeology, architecture, art & art history, Asia, astronomy & astrology, bibliography, bindings, blue paper printing, classical studies, costume, customs & manners, discovery & exploration, drama, Eastern Europe, education, engravings, history, illumination language & linguistics, law, literature, liturgy, mathematics, medicine, navigation, philosophy, political science, religion, science, technology, theatre, typography, vellum printing, woodcuts

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1982
    (28 cm), 84 pp., illustrations. 294 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 18] A mirror of manuscripts : Speculum manuscriptorum

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, [1983]
    (28 cm), 96 pp., 77 illustrations (42 in colour). 52 items. Price list loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 19] Italy : Part 1 : Libri in Volgare Italiano

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1983
    (28 cm), 64 pp., illustrations. 123 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
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    Laurence Witten (Southport)
  • Laurence Witten (Southport)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 20] Fine books in vernacular languages : French, English, German, Spanish

    Southport, Laurence Witten Rare Books, 1984
    (28 cm), 80 pp., text illustrations (2 in colour), folding illustration loosely inserted. 104 items; priced. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The folding plate reproduces the view of Rhodes in the Firmin-Didot copy of the 1488 French edition of Breydenbach (item 8, $25,000).
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