"THYS BOKE IS MYNE"
on exhibit November 13, 2002 through March 1, 2003
last leaf in STC15982
Anne of Cleves
[Liturgy] Enchirdio preclare ecclie sarisburiesis. Paris [1533?]
Inscriptions take many forms
- expressions of thanks or love, appeals for favor, explanations, or present
an opportunity to demonstrate elegant handwriting. Volumes pass between
people as gifts, remembrances, or in token exchange, with notes of affection
connecting people. Inscribed copies give us glimpses of relationships,
as we see in Anne of Cleves' endearing inscription to Henry VIII, I
besiche your grace humbly, when ye loke on this remember me, which
makes this volume one of the great association copies in the Folger collection.
Roger Ascham. Toxophilus,
the Schole of Shootinge conteyned in two bookes. London, Edward Whytchurch,
William Elstob, ed. Rogeri Aschami Epistolarum. Oxoniae: apud Henricum
The learned Roger Ascham (1515-1568) was a master of the italic script
and tutor to the future Queen Elizabeth. He excelled in English prose
and his letters in English and Latin rank him among the most eminent literary
men of his age. His inscribed copy of Toxophilus, his famous treatise
on archery, was presented to Henry VIII's brother-in-law, William Parr,
earl of Essex - an oblique tactic to get Henry's attention and perhaps
secure royal favor. The book so pleased Henry that it earned Ascham a
pension. [The volume was a gift to the Folger from A.S.W. Rosenbach and
Lessing J. Rosenwald in 1947.]
The engraving of Ascham reading
a letter to Elizabeth is by Michael Burghers and is the frontispiece of
William Elstob's edition of Ascham's correspondence. Upon hearing of Ascham's
death, Elizabeth exclaimed she would rather have cast £10,000 into
the sea than lose her Ascham.
Ascham reading to
Elizabeth, frontis, detail only in PR2201 E7 1703 Cage
of York (1465-1503)
[Liturgy] Incipiunt hore beate Marie virginis secudum vsumsarum
Paris, Simon Le Vostre, 
Elizabeth of York was queen
consort of Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII. Her inscription in this
Catholic book of prayers and devotions is the earliest mark of ownership
in the exhibition.
to the Folger Library
William Shakespeare. The Temple Shakespeare: Hamlet. London: J.M.
Dent & Co., 1895.
Presentation copies are not necessarily rare or unique books unless, of
course, they are inscribed by a head of state. President Roosevelt's presentation
note to the Folger makes this one of the Library's important inscribed copies.
For the Folger Shakespeare Library
from Franklin D. Roosevelt
This set was given by me to my mother -
Sarah Delano Roosevelt about 1900 and was in the room at Hyde Park
until her death in 1941, when it came back to me.
on flyleaf in PR 2752 1894-1896 c.2 Sh. Coll. ©
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