Signed on the cover!

Going through the shelf in the Rare Books Room this morning, I came across this lovely limp vellum binding, a 1573 Italian-Latin dictionary printed in Bologna. Jenny, Joe and I were quite surprise to find that Ezekiel Hopkins had signed the book directly on its parchment cover as he usually signed his books on the title page or first endleaf.

G I a 19 front cover

 He probably came into possession of this book in October 1663 when he was  assistant curate to Dr. Spurstow, at Hackney, and later brought it with him to Raphoe when he was nominated Bishop in 1670. This book is just a lovely piece of Bishop Hopkins personal history which also gives us a better understanding of  the Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Library.

Signed endleaf

About juliapoirier

Assistant book and paper conservator at Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Library
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