[Provenienz] A difficult signature

John Lancaster jjlancaster at me.com
Di Nov 29 04:08:43 CET 2011

I would be grateful for any help reading the signature attached.  It is on the front flyleaf of a copy of Das Buch der Kunst, dadurch der weltliche Mensch mag geistlich werden (Augsburg: Johann Bämler, 23 August 1491).  The flyleaf appears to stem from a 19th-century rebacking.  There are no other indications of provenance before ownership by Henry Latimer Seaver (1878-1975), some time before 1949, when he gave it to Smith College.

“-lo:” and “--ong” at the end of each part seem clear; the start of each is puzzling.

John Lancaster

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