May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 138

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000
Whittington, Robert (fl. circa 1560)
[De Syllabarum Quantitate] Secunda Grammatic[a]e Pars de Syllabaru[m] Quantitate.

London: in aedibus Wina[n]di de Worden, 1521.

Quarto, title page printed within four-part woodcut compartment with Wynkyn de Worde's (d. 1534?) logo on shields at top and bottom [McKerrow 49 & 50], text in a combination of black letter and roman characters; bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, with de Worde's trademark tooled in blind on front board, along with title, author, and imprint date; ex libris Clara & Irwin Strasburger, with their book label, 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.

Whittington was an Oxford grammarian who studied at Magdalen College likely under John Stanbridge (1463-1510). He described Sir Thomas More as "a man for all seasons" in his work entitled Vulgaria. His many cheap quarto works on grammar were both useful to and popular with students. His works were printed by Wynkyn de Worde, Richard Pynson, and Peter Treveris.

STC 25515; ESTC S105323 listing two American copies at U. of Illinois and Williams College; 16th century imprints of Whittington's works are rare at auction.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.