Illustrations from Edmund Geste and his books

David Selwyn, Edmund Geste and his books

Digitised images of the illustrations in the published volume.

1A. Memorial brass to Edmund Geste, now in the north-transept, placed in Salisbury Cathedral by his executor, Giles Eastcourt. The only known contemporary representation of the bishop (artist unknown). From H. G. Dugdale, Life and Character of Edmunde Geste (1840).
1B. Modern rubbing of the same memorial brass.
2. Early nineteenth-century portrait of Geste (now in the Cathedral Library), as reproduced in Dugdale.
3. Inscription by his brother-in-law Christopher Leedes in one of three books presented to Geste after he had become vice-Provost of King’s College, February 1550/51. Cat. no. B122.
4. Inscription on a book donated to Geste by his uncle John Brandisby, early in his Cambridge career , D.D. Cat. no. E48. See Appendix X.
5. MS note in Geste’s copy of a book by the Catholic, Georg Witzel: ‘How we may with a good conscience use & suffer ye Romyshe masse’. Cat. no. W50.
6. Inscription on a book acquired by Geste from William Skypton, an older Fellow at King’s College. Cat. no. A62. Both William Bagley and Richard Atkinson were also Fellows of King’s, the latter as Provost when Geste was expelled in 1554. See Appendix X.
7.1 Inscription in Geste’s copy of Placidus (P38) relating to the ‘re-founding’ of the Cathedral Library by bishops John Jewel and Edmund Geste.
7.2 Inscription in Geste’s copy of a book by John Jewel recording its return to the Cathedral Library at the Restoration. Cat. no. J8.
8. Geste’s ownership inscriptions:
8.1 Biblical commentary by the Lutheran, Johann Brentz (Cat. no. B89), one of only thirty- eight surviving such inscriptions in his books.
8.2 An octavo of 1553 in parchment covers, with Geste’s ownership inscription as bishop of Rochester. Cat. no. Z3.
9. Geste’s initials ‘E G’ stamped on the covers of an Erasmus volume (Cat. no. E33), one of twenty-five in this centre-tool binding (CT c.1) bound for him in Cambridge. See Appendix IV D.
10. Fingerprints in Geste’s books: annotations in his hand:
10.1. Isidore Chiari. Title page of his Annotations on the New Testament (1544) with Geste’s annotations. Cat. no. C64.
10.
2–3.
The Reformation at Cologne. Hermann von Wied, A simple, and religious Consultation (1548). Christ’s words are sufficient in the eucharist. Cat. no. H42.
E2 recto and E3 recto
10.4. The Antididagma (1549) issued by the Cathedral Chapter at Cologne in response to Hermann. A prayer of invocation is necessary for the consecration of the eucharist. Cat. no. C95. N4 recto
11. Fingerprints in Geste’s books: his binding instructions:
11.1. Geste’s instruction ‘Second’ at the foot of the title page, indicating the order of items, Cat. no.W54.
11.2. ‘In p[arch]ment by it selue’, with a further instruction to find a copy of, ‘Dictionariu[m] scholasticu[m] Sarcerij', of which no copy survives in his library. Cat. no. H45.
11.3. 'In past', i.e. calf over pasteboard. Cat. no.S49.
12. Fingerprints in Geste’s books: book titles on fore-edges or spines:
12.1. Fore-edge title and early press-mark on a calf binding. Cat. no.B50.
12.2. Spine title and early press-mark on a book in parchment covers. Cat. no.D30.
13. Fingerprints in Geste’s books: three small-tool or centre-tool bindings:
13.1. Centre-tool binding (CT c.2) with Oldham roll HM.h.(28) from Geste’s Cambridge period. Cat. no.M85.
13.2. Centre-tool binding (CT a) from Geste’s Rochester and Salisbury periods. Cat. no.H62.
13.3. Centre-tool binding (CT b) from Geste’s Rochester period. Cat. no. H91.
14. A folio of 1521 in contemporary calf with a roll, possibly ‘Netherlandish’ or even German, formerly owned by Richard Brynckley, Provincial Minister of the Franciscans.. Cat. no. P15.
15. A Lutheran book acquired by Geste from the library of Henry Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel. Cat. no. A28. See Appendix X.
16. Geste’s copy of Balbus Catholicon (1497) with flyleaves from a Caxton of 1483:
16.1 Geste’s copy of Balbus Catholicon (1497) in a very worn unidentified contemporary calf binding. Cat. no.B5.
16.2 John Gower's Confessio amantis printed by William Caxton (1483). Fol. xl used as a flyleaf in Balbus, Catholicon (1497), Cat. no. B5.
17. One of Geste’s twenty-two panel bindings: a Marian triple-panel (Oldham TRIP 9), in this example combined with a roll. Cat. no. O7.
18. Four centrepiece bindings:
18.1. An octavo of 1573, one of nine with an imprint date range of 1571–1573, acquired during Geste’s Salisbury period. CP 2.1. Cat. no. C62.
18.2. A folio of 1572 with centrepiece CP 2.2 and two unidentified rolls (a heads-in-medallions and a diaper) also acquired during Geste’s Salisbury period. Cat. no. G39.
18.3. An octavo of 1559 with a round centrepiece. CP 3. Cat. no. W32.
18.4. An octavo of 1558, Phrases Hebraicae by Robert Stephanus with an oval centrepiece. CP 4. Cat. no. E54.
19. Three Cambridge bindings:
19.1 Bede,  Basle, 1527–1529, with two rolls of Garrett Godfrey, Oldham AN.f(1) and HE.b(2). Cat. no. B12.
19.2. New Testament annotations of Isidore Chiari (Antwerp, 1544) in a Cambridge roll binding, Oldham FP.g(1), with centre-tool CT c.1. Cat. no. C64.
19.3. Postilla of Hugh of St Cher (Paris, 1506) in a binding of diaper design incorporating stamps of Oldham ornament K.(4) by Nicholas Spierinck. Cat. no. H83.
20. Geste’s continental bindings:
20.1. Richard of St Victor (1510) in a roll-binding possibly from Paris. Cat. no. R26.
20.2. Sextodecimo Vulgate Bible in a contemporary French calf-binding, printed in Paris (1526). Cat. no. B34.
20.3. Joannes Arboreus, Theosophia (1540) in contemporary calf, with a floral roll, probably French. Cat. no. A49.
20.4. Peter Lombard, 1495, with parts of the original early sixteenth-century French calf-covers over-laid, in a nineteenth-century re-binding, with three rolls in blind. Cat. no. P23.
20.5. Stobaeus, 1543, in a contemporary German calf-binding, blind-tooled with a roll divided into compartments depicting the Lifting up of the Brazen Serpent, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Cat. no. S89.
20.6. An octavo of 1538 in contemporary calf with an unidentified roll, possibly imported already bound from its place of printing – Basle. Cat. no. A56.
21. Four unidentified calf bindings:
21.1 A commentary on the Psalms by Placidus (1559) in a very worn contemporary calf, with an unidentified English roll. Cat. no.P38.
21.2. One of Geste’s unidentified English roll bindings. An octavo printed at Basle in 1546. Cat. no. S24.
21.3. An octavo of 1544 in a single example of centre-tool CT ss, surrounded by a worn unidentified roll. Cat. no. B94.
21.4. A quarto of 1569–1570 in very worn contemporary calf, with an unidentified heads-in-medallions roll. Cat. no. S67.
22. Centre-tool bindings:
22.1 A quarto, with the latest item dated 1570, in centre tool CT a, one of twenty-two examples, with an imprint date range 1564–1572 during Geste’s London and Salisbury periods. Cat. no. C36 (K.2.14).
22.2 An octavo of 1567 in centre tool CT b, one of fifty-one, with an imprint date range 1547–1568, all probably bound during Geste’s London period. Cat. no. S49.
22.3 An octavo, with the latest item dated 1546, in centre tool CT c, one of twenty-five (some with rolls, see figs13.1 and 19.2), with an imprint date range 1532–1548 during Geste’s Cambridge period. Cat. no. M20.
22.4 A quarto, with the latest item dated 1558, in centre tool CT d.1, one of five examples with an imprint date range of 1556–1558. Cat. no. B92.
22.5 A folio of 1559 in a single example of centre tool CT d.2. Cat. no. C16.
22.6 An octavo of 1573 in centre tool CT e, one of four examples with an imprint date range of 1573–1576 during Geste’s Salisbury period. Cat. no. M76.
22.7 An octavo of 1552 in a single example of centre tool CT f. Cat. no. B37.
22.8 An octavo of 1544 in a single example of centre tool CT g. Cat. no. C98.
22.9 An octavo of 1560 in centre tool CT h.1, one of four examples with an imprint date range of 1560–1565. Cat. no. A54.    
22.10 An octavo of 1562 in a single example of centre tool CT h.2. Cat. no. W39.
22.11 An octavo in a single example of centre tool CT j, with the latest item dated 1549. Cat. no. G5.
22.12 An octavo of 1557 in centre tool CT k, one of three examples with a date range of 1557–1567. Cat. no. F34.
22.13 An octavo of 1552 in centre tool CT m.1, one of three examples with a date range of 1548–1552. Cat. no. B90.
22.14. A folio, with the latest item dated 1552, in centre tool CT m.2 with Oldham roll HE.g(4), one of six examples (two without the roll) with a date range of 1542–1552. Cat. no. D11
22.15 An octavo of 1560 in a single example of centre tool CT n. Cat. no. M32.
22.16 An octavo of 1537 in a single example of centre tool CT o with Oldham roll FP.f(6). Cat. no. E18.
22.17 An octavo, with the latest item dated 1550, in a single example of centre tool CT p with an unidentified roll, probably imported already bound from the continent. Cat. no. R32.
22.18 An octavo in a single example of centre tool CT q with Oldham roll HM.h(29), with the latest item dated 1538, . Cat. no. L6.
22.19 An octavo of 1546 in a single example of centre tool CT r. Cat. no. C114.
22.20 A folio of 1542 in a single example of centre tool CT s. Cat. no. P33.
22.21 An octavo of 1561 in centre tool CT t, one of two examples with a date range of 1555–1561. Cat. no. B120.
22.22 An octavo of 1560 in centre tool CT v, one of five examples with a date range of 1552–1562. Cat. no. S39.
22.23 A quarto of 1562 in a single example of centre tool CT w. Cat. no. L20.
22.24 A quarto in centre tool CT x, with the latest item dated 1549, one of two examples with a date range of 1549–1552. Cat. no. B108.
22.25 An octavo in a single example of centre tool CT y, with the latest item dated 1537. Cat. no. L18.
22.26 A quarto in a single example of centre tool CT z with Oldham roll FL.a(9), with the latest item dated 1543. Cat. no. W50.
22.27 An octavo of 1553 in a single example of centre tool CT aa. Cat. no. N6.
22.28 An octavo in centre tool CT bb.1, with the latest item dated 1564, one of two examples with a date range of 1560–1564. Cat. no. O22.
22.29 A quarto of 1563 in a single example of centre tool CT bb.2. Cat. no. V5.
22.30 An octavo of 1559 in a single example of centre tool CT cc. Cat. no. V17.
22.31 An octavo of 1569 in a single example of centre tool CT dd. Cat. no. P12.
22.32 An octavo of 1544 in centre tool CT ee, one of two examples, both of 1544. Cat. no. O4.
22.33 An octavo of 1571 in a single example of centre tool CT ff.1. Cat. no. W28.
22.34 An octavo of 1571 in a single example of centre tool CT ff.2. Cat. no. C32.
22.35 An octavo of 1565 in a single example of centre tool CT gg. Cat. no. F29.
22.36 An octavo of 1573 in centre tool CT hh, one of two examples with a date range of 1573–1575 during Geste’s Salisbury period. Cat. no. B26.
22.37 An octavo of 1558 in centre tool CT jj, one of two examples with a date range of 1555–1558. Cat. no. W38.
22.38 An octavo of 1556 in a single example of centre tool CT kk. Cat. no. E59.
22.39 An octavo, with the latest item dated 1570, in centre tool CT mm, one of two examples with a date range of 1568–1570. Cat. no. R9.
22.40 An octavo of 1556 in a single example of centre tool CT nn. Cat. no. L82.
22.41 Two octavos of 1541 in the only examples of centre tool CT pp. Cat. no. R12.
22.42 A folio of 1562 in a single example of a French centre tool CT qq. Cat. no. B14.
22.43 An octavo of 1557 in a single example of centre tool CT rr. Cat. no. M83.
22.44 An octavo of 1549 in a single example of centre tool CT tt. Cat. no. P32.
22.45 An octavo of 1557 in centre tool CT vv, one of two examples both dated 1557. Cat. no. M19.
22.46 A sextodecimo of 1570 in a single example of centre tool CT xx. Cat. no. *B4.
22.47 An octavo of 1538 in a single example of centre tool CT yy with Oldham roll HM.h(29). Cat. no. C74.
22.48 A sextodecimo of 1558 in a single example of centre tool CT zz. Cat. no. *A11.
22.49 An octavo, with the latest item dated 1536, in a single example of centre tool CT aaa with two rectangles of Oldham roll HM.h(29). Cat. no. C37.
23. Corner-ornament bindings:
23.1 An octavo of 1548 in corner ornament CS 1.1, one of two examples with a date range of 1547–1548. Cat. no. S76.
23.2. A folio, with the latest item dated 1559, in a single example of corner-ornament CS 1.2. Cat. no. V36.
23.2A. Corner-ornament CS 1.2 (detail). Cat. no.V36.
23.3 A quarto of 1551 in a single example of corner ornament CS 2. Cat. no. V15.
23.4 A quarto of 1534 in a single example of corner ornament CS 3. Cat. no. O8.
23.5 An octavo of 1548 in a single example of corner ornament CS 4. Cat. no. T11.
24. Plain calf bindings:
24.1. An octavo, with the latest item dated 1550, in plain calf with fillets at the outer edges (PL a), one of twenty-one examples with imprint dates from 1525 to 1563. Cat. no. B42.
24.2 A quarto, with the latest item dated 1532, in plain calf with rectangular frames linked by fillets, one of nine examples in a variety of designs with a date range of c.1524 to 1550. Cat. no. O3.
25. Parchment bindings:
25.1 An octavo of 1533 in parchment covers with secondary tackets of tanned leather on the spine, one of three examples. Cat. no. B78.
25.2 An octavo of 1546 covered in a leaf of an English, s.xii/xiii MS, one of six examples covered in this way. Cat. no. S77.
25.3. A quarto printed at Leipzig in 1535, in parchment covers with two rectangular secondary tackets of tanned-leather on the spine. Cat. no. V7.
26. Pastedowns and other fragments in bindings:
26.1 A folio, with the latest item dated 1531, presented to Geste in 1551 showing a leaf from an English s.xi MS of Josephus, Antiquitates, as a pastedown (now unstuck). Cat. no. E55.
26.2 An octavo of 1547 bound in calf with centre tool CT b, showing the inside cover and spine, with printed waste, and a strip from an English s.xiv1 MS of Vitae sanctorum. Cat. no. B96.
26.3 An octavo, with the latest item dated 1575, with one of three strips from an English s.xiv/xv obit of Hyde Abbey, describing the building work of Salidus, abbot c.1151–1171. Cat. no. Z5.