August 2022 News
Please enquire before purchasing!
Melbourne's Rare Book Fair is over. Dealers, institutions and the public have declared it an unqualified success. After three years in the wilderness, it was so good to meet with old friends, clients and colleagues to discuss our areas of interest and to make contact with new clients.
As a result, many of the items listed on this website have been sold so please enquire about anything that interest you before purchasing through the site. We will bring the site up to date over the next few weeks or so and also list new items.
Our next newsletter will be devoted to "specials", leaves and other items that will be reduced in price, substantially in some cases.
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Medieval dragon symbolism
For most God-fearing people in the fourteenth century, the dragon was a real creature: a reptilian, winged, fire-breathing creature aligned with Satan, the bearer of death and misfortune and, significantly, the evil of paganism.
The dragons depicted in Books of Hours leaves may well have been included in the illuminations as a reminder to the devout reader of the evils associated with the creature and to direct him or her to the safety and truth of the holy text where salvation was to be found.
Enter "dragon" in the Search Box at top right to see a number of leaves that include dragons.