[Provenienz] A difficult signature
jjlancaster at me.com
Di Nov 29 04:50:40 CET 2011
Many thanks, Roland - a great help.
On Nov 28, 2011, at 10:45 PM, Roland Folter wrote:
> I believe this reads Geo: T. Strong, for George Templeton Strong (1820-1875), American lawyer, book collector, and music lover (president of New York Philharmonic Society). The 1491 Buch der Kunst is found in his sale: NY, Bangs, 4 Nov. 1878, lot 775.
> Roland Folter
> On Nov 28, 2011, at 10:08 PM, John Lancaster wrote:
>> 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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