"THYS BOKE IS MYNE"
on exhibit November 13, 2002 through March 1, 2003
Henry VIII, King of England
Thys Boke Is Myne Prynce
Marcus Tullius Cicero. Commentú familiare in Ciceronis officia.
Lyon, Etienne Gueynard, 1502.
One of the most celebrated association copies in the Folger collection
is Henry VIII's schoolboy text of Cicero, which bears the inscription,
Thys Boke is Myne Prynce Henry.
Further annotations in the
book are partly in the prince's hand but the interlinear glosses, notes,
and short poem on the title page appear to be in the hand of Henry's tutor,
the poet John Skelton (1460-1529). Young Henry would have been expected
to learn Latin at an early age, progressing from basic grammar to reading
classical authors such as Cicero.
The Folger acquired the volume
in 1961 for only £825.
Thys Boke Is Myne in PA 6295 A3 1502 Cage
VIII from V.b. 232
|Thomas Trevelyon. Commonplace
book. Manuscript, 1608.
Thomas Trevelyon's richly illustrated miscellany was completed in 1608 and
presents a benign gallery of English kings from William the Conqueror to
A Royal Binding?
King Henry VIII, King of England. A copy of the letters, wherin the
most redouted [and] mighty pri[n]ce, our souerayne lorde kyng Henry the
made answere vnto a certayne letter of Martyn Luther
London, Richard Pynson, [1527?].
When is a royal binding not an association copy?
This copy of Henry VIII's correspondence with Martin Luther shows Henry's
Royal Arms in the upper right panel, with a large Tudor rose beneath it.
Yet we have no evidence that Henry actually owned this book. While the
text is printed "cum priuilegio" by Richard Pynson, printer
to the King, the book was bound by John Reynes, a London binder who owned
five pairs of panels and this one, with Henry's arms, was the one he used
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This page updated March 10, 2003