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Who was Paulus Jagadich?

Update: after this post was published on May 21st, it was shared widely on social media. A librarian from Croatia got in touch on May 22nd to inform us that the manuscripts in question are from Zagreb. They are, according to her, “Cantuale/Passionale Zagrabiense, sign. III d 181 from the Archives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb (Croatia) (the one with the signature of Paulus Jagattich who was a canonicus of the Zagreb Cathedral); and Missale Zagrabiense, sign. IV c 59, also from the Archives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (the one with the crucifixion before Te igitur). ” Note that I had mistranscribed the name of the canonicus as Jagadich (mea culpa). ~Christina Linklater, Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library

Recently, we noticed a curious record for one of Isham Memorial Library’s microfilms.

This HOLLIS record describes a microfilm of a mysterious manuscript from Eastern Europe. The library where the original manuscript resides is not identified, nor are any identifying numbers given.

The HOLLIS record for Isham Memorial Library microfilm 3522.232.55.1.

Upon loading the film into the microform reader, Isham staff discovered that the 16th-century chronicle component was 14 folios long and bound in at the front of the manuscript The missal that follows is about 200 folios and includes a page signed Paulus Jagadich, Can.cus Zagrabinss, 1629.

Pages from an unidentified manuscript on a microfilm at the Isham Memorial Library.

Isham Lib. 3522.232.55.1

Where does this manuscript come from? And when? Who was Paulus Jagadich? Isham’s 40,000 microfiches, microfilms and microcards reproduce the holdings of countless libraries, and to walk among the microform stacks is to take a virtual tour of Europe and North America. How frustrating not to know whether this film comes from a library with other Isham holdings that this film could live among — the microforms are organized by holding library, by and large: the British Library in one case, the Bibliothèque nationale de France in another, and so forth. Not to have a RISM number or shelfmark for the original is frustrating. Suggestions will be gratefully received.

Scans for this post were created by Natasha Roule; prose was written by the Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library Christina Linklater.

The secret garden of Pierre Bergé

The Loeb Music Library has just acquired three items previously owned by the French industrialist, arts patron and AIDS activist Pierre Bergé (1930-2017). A co-founder of the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, Bergé cultivated a “jardin secret” all his life, accumulating important rare books and scores as well as Impressionist paintings, Old Master drawings and decorative ceramics.

There is a very rare first issue of the first edition of Mozart’s six Opus 3 trio sonatas, published in 1764. These were “Printed for the author and sold at his lodgings,” the house in Soho where eight-year-old Wolfgang Mozart, his sister Nannerl and their father Leopold resided during the London period of their  European tour.

The title page of a newly acquired Mozart score.

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Bound in are several items accumulated by owners prior to Bergé, including a note detailing the purchase history by the original owner, Thomas Jones (“It was of the little musician himself I purchased this book”), several newspaper items, and a portrait of the Mozart family.

This note was pasted into the score by its first owner, Thomas Jones.

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A newspaper clipping tells of a concert and an open house by eight-year-old Mozart.

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Mozart family portrait, pasted to a blank page preceding the score.

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This item was acquired by the Schafer Mozart Book Fund. Images of the entire score will soon be available online.

And there are two collections of early trio sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli, printed in Bologna in 1688 and in Venice in 1691.

The title page of a 1691 collection of trio sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli, published in Venice by Giuseppe Sala.

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Two collections of late-seventeenth-century trio sonatas by Corelli, bound by the Paris firm Boichot.

Merritt Mus 640.2.383.15 and Merritt Mus 640.2.373.5

Like the rest of Pierre Bergé’s library, all three of these scores are exquisitely housed. The Mozart sonatas were bound in rich green morocco leather with gilt edges by the Victorian bookbinding company Blunson & Company, of whose work Harvard Library possesses two other equally magnificent examples. The Corelli scores were recently given pale lilac portfolios which slide into matching slipcases, an enclosure designed by Atelier de Libraire, a family firm in Paris. And all three of these items contain Bergé’s simple, elegant bookplate.

The bookplate of industrialist and collector Pierre Bergé.

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Merritt Room collections are available for use on site by anyone with a Special Collections Request Account. Please place your request by clicking “Request Item” in HOLLIS+, then wait to hear from Isham Memorial Library staff before planning your visit.

 

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