Apr. 15th, 2013

nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
It's All Incunables All The Time here at the library. Normally I don't complain, but then today I had to catalog a book printed in the late fifteenth century by Parisian bookman Guy Marchant, who loved him his punning devices. We'd been wondering why this one (no. 23) depicted two cobblers with half-completed shoes all over the floor. Turns out it's probably a pun on the rebus at the head of the device ... click the link for the awful details, courtesy of the invaluable M. Harman of the University of Illinois ...

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nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
The Magdalen Reading

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