Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Klaus Wagner, "Catálogo abreviado de las obras impresas del siglo XVI de la Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla: España y Portugal" (Book Review)

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (1991), 68, (3), 414


414 BHS, LXVIII (1991) REVIEWS OF BOOKS herself. The inadequacies of the text published by Cabrales de Arteaga (La poesia de Rodrigo de Reinosa [Santander: Instituto Cultural de Cantabria. 1980]) could have been corrected in a short article. As it is, the Chamorro Fernandez transcriptions contain obvious errors. The name of one of the two characters in the first poem is mis-spelt in the title ('Canauiento' for 'Corrauienro', 63); 'liuina' (78, line 101) should read 'liuiana' as in the facsimile; on p. 68 the erratum 'Denodo' for 'Deuodo' [=voto] (line 83) is reproduced from the facsimile without comment. I checked no further. Ill-conceived and poorly executed, this book may be the result of undue pressure for 'productivity'. more useful to bibliographers, catalogues in chronological order all 210 editions in the collection. The descriptions are full: year, author, title (as it appears on the title-page), imprint (place, printer or publisher, and full date), format, collation, size, notes, and references to the standard bibliographies. A random check against copies of the same editions held in Oxford revealed a mere handful of trivial slips in transcription, although the use of accents is somewhat arbitrary. The catalogue is complemented by helpful indexes of authors and titles, illustrators, and cities and printers. This is a handsome and well-executed record of a splendid collection. DANIEL ROGERS Durham. Spanish and Portuguese 16th Century Books in the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts: A Description ofan Exhibition and a Bibliographical Catalogue of the Collection. Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Houghton Library. 1985. x + 95 pp. CLIVE GRIFFIN Oxford. CataJogo sbrevisdo de las obras impresas del siglo XVI de la Biblioteca Univetsitaria de Sevilla: Espana y PonugaJ. Serie Biblioteca Universitaria 9. Seville: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla. 1988.310 pp. 13 plates. ANNE ANNINGER, KLAUS WAGNER, Anne Anninger catalogues a collection of 210 sixteenth-century editions printed in the Iberian Peninsula. Almost all of them were donated by the distinguished scholar and collector Philip Hofer, and are testimony to his discerning taste. Three-quarters are products of the first half of the century when Iberian printing was at its most attractive, if not most prolific, and a substantial number once formed part of James P. R. Lyell's collection, hence the large number of finely illustrated editions among them. The Department of Printing and Graphic Arts at Harvard may not, for these reasons, possess a collection which is quite as representative of all sixteenth-century Iberian printing as Anninger claims, and it is not as large as those of several other major libraries outside the Peninsula, but it is most certainly a choice collection. Almost 30 printing sites are represented, Seville being the most important (38 editions) followed by Lisbon (27). No fewer than 15 editions from the famous Zaragoza printer Jorge Coci are recorded, and 19 are products of the Cromberger dynasty at Seville. Several of the copies are unique, many are extremely rare, and most will be of considerable interest to cultural historians and bibliographers alike. Anninger's work consists of two parts. The first is an exhibition catalogue of 40 books from the collection, each accompanied by her scholarly notes on authors, printers, and the importance of the work exhibited. The large number of full-page illustrations which accompany this section is particularly welcome. The second part, which is likely to prove the Dr Klaus W~gner is one of the leading and most indefatigable students of printing in the Iberian Peninsula during the sixteenth century. His latest volume catalogues the whole of Seville University Library's magnificent collection of sixteenth-century Spanish and Portuguese printed books: over 1,400 items printed in 35 Spanish cities, and another 80 printed in Portugal (plus one from Macau). It reveals this collection to be one of the most important in Spain: not only are the Library's holdings very large, but many of its books are unique or extremely rare copies. The catalogue is arranged alphabetically by author under places of printing. Each entry consists of the author's name, a short-title of the work in the form in which it appears on the title-page, the place and year of printing, a note of the format, and the shelfmark(s). Dr Wagner has personally examined each volume, an enormous labour which results in the catalogue's being admirably accurate. It is accompanied by two indexes of printers (one for Spain and one for Portugal) and a chronological list of their products, and by two more indexes of authors and anonymous works. These last two indexes, which contain full cross-references, enable the catalogue to be easily -consulred by researchers seeking the works of a particular writer, and overcome any potential inconvenience of the items' being listed under the place of printing. At the same time, the arrangement of the catalogue enables the reader to appreciate not only differences in output between various Iberian cities, but also the character of the Library's collec- Copyright (c) 2004 ProQuest Information and Learning Company Copyright (c) Liverpool University Press

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