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         The History of the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards

      2 volumes. x+479 pages with foldout frontispiece portrait of Hernan Cortez, four foldout plates and two fold out maps. xii+475+[1 ad] pages with two foldout plates. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") bound in original full leather with with gilt fillet borders on covers, the spine in six compartments separated by six raised bands, black morocco gilt lettering piece in one and the rest gilt-ruled (Field 1465, Sabin 86490, Palau: VI 530) First octavo edition.Originally published in Spanish in 1684, the first English edition was published in 1724.In 1661 Antonio de Solis was appointed to succeed Antonio de León Pinelo as chronicler of the Indies. He was a native of Alcalá and had studied classics, philosophy, and laws there and in Salamanca. He served as secretary to the Conde de Oropesa and, after 1654, as Oficial of the first Secretariat of State. His writings prior to his appointment as chronicler were of a literary nature, principally dramatic and poetic. His work as chronicler showed the influence of his literary background. He at first intended to write a continuation of Herrera?s Historia. In preparing himself for this he found a prejudice in the works of foreigners and his own nation that he decided to rewrite the story of the conquest of Mexico, which he found most in need of revision. His work, therefore, was affected by two elements which damaged its historical value: his desire to write a well-balanced literary work and his determination to defend the Spanish national honor. The result of his labors was his Historia de la conquista de México, población y progreso de la Amérique Septentrional conocida con el nombre Nueva España, which appeared in 1684. The actual content of the work does not come up to the indications of the title. Solís was able to complete only the first part, which told the history of the conquest of Mexico, 1519-1521. He was working on the continuation of the work when he died in Madrid in 1686. Solis? Historia has been called a poem without verse, as it is written in epic style, with a great central hero and with the facts selected according to the needs of the story. It became the first standard literary version of the Conquest until Prescott?s history and other later works. It went through numerous Spanish editions and was translated in the major European tongues.... A lengthy study of Solís and his history, by Luis A. Arocena, saw publication in Buenos Aires in 1963. (Handbook of Middle American Indians, Volume 13 )Condition:Book plate to front paste down, previous owner's name on front end papers, skillfully rebacked, corners bumped with some chipping to some else a very nice set.

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         PYTHAGORAS, Carmina Aurea (Golden Verses), with commentary by HIEROCLES; manuscript on paper, in Greek

      EXTREMELY RARE MANUSCRIPT WITH ILLUSTRIOUS NINTEENTH-CENTURY PROVENANCE, COPY OF THE GOLD VERSES ATTRIBUTED TO PYTHAGORAS, IN THE FIFTH-CENTURY COMMENTARY BY THE NEOPLATONIST HIEROCLES. Manuscript on paper, in Greek, Italy, probably Supersano (Apulia), c. 1465. Dimensions 220 x 147 mm. 42 folios on paper folded in 4°, watermarks similar to Piccard, quires signed by the scribe with CATCHWORDS in the middle of the lower margin of each quire's last page; 38 lines per page (justification 141 x 86 mm); ruling (leadpoint). BINDING: Binding, probably c. 1830: tooled calf over thick cardboard. TEXT: The Golden Versestraditionally attributed to the Greek mathematician and mystic Pythagoras (c. 570-495 B.C., best known for the Pythagorean Theorem, consist of moral maxims comprising 71 lines written in dactyl hexameter. The Golden Verses may be divided into two parts, the first treating of the Practical or Human Virtues, whose aim is the making of Good Men; and the second, treating of the Contemplative or Divine Virtues, the end of which is to make Good Men into Gods. The Neoplatonists used the Golden Verses as part of their preparatory program of moral instruction, which in part accounts for the popularity of the text among Italian Humanists. A number of Neoplatonic commentaries on the verses are extant, but that by Hierocles was the most popular. The present manuscript was produced in southern Italy, where Greek dialects were spoken until relatively recently and local clerics would occasionally also copy non-religious texts. Despite the number of recorded manuscripts, copies of the text are evidently extremely rare on the market. PROVENANCE: The volume is written by a single hand, that can be identified through paleographic comparison with the priest George (Γεώργιος ἀνάξιος ῥήτωρ κοιόλης), who copied and signed MS Vatic. The manuscript was in the collection of Frederick North (1766-1827), 5th Earl of Guilford (1817-1827), then the collection of Sir. Thomas Phillipps (1792-1827). More recently, it was purchased by Joost Ritman, a Dutch businessman and book collector. CONDITION: flyleaves i-ii come from an earlier binding, the paper pastedowns are c. 1980. Full description and photographs available.

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         Illuminated manuscript on parchment in Latin with 6 full-page miniatures from the workshop of Willem Vrelant (active in Bruges, c. 1454 to 1481)

      A small and charming Book of Hours produced in the PRESTIGIOUS AND INFLUENTIAL workshop of Willem Vrelant. Illuminated manuscript on parchment in Latin, Southern Netherlands, Bruges, c. 1465. Dimensions 101 x 69 mm. 192 folios, complete, written in dark brown ink in bâtarde hand, layout varies, 1-line initials in blue or burnished gold with pen decoration, decorated initials in gold on colored backgrounds, fifteen 2- to 5-line illuminated initials with three-quarter borders on burnished gold grounds in blue or pink with white tracery and infill of blue, pink, and green ivy leaves, six 4- to 6-line illuminated initials in the same style, facing six full-page miniatures in arch-topped compartments with full borders in the same style. BINDING: eighteenth- or nineteenth-century green morocco, tooled in gold, gilt-stamped spine with four raised bands and title, boxed. TEXT: A Book of Hours including a calendar with important south Netherlandish saints, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Gospel extracts, Hours of the Virgin (use of Rome), Suffrages, Seven Penitential Psalms and Litany, and the Office of the Dead (use of Rome). ILLUSTRATION: The six miniatures in this charming Book of Hours were painted in the style of Willem Vrelant, whose highly successful workshop was prolific in Bruges in the second half of the fifteenth century. Vrelant produced work for some very prestigious patrons, including two dukes of Burgundy. The present manuscript contains features typical of the style of Vrelant in the 1460s, including somewhat stiff, doll-like human figures with rather pink flesh-tones and deep-set landscapes, as well as the distinctive palette of deep ultramarines and rich burgundy red. This was surely a book that was used and much treasured by its earliest owner. An inscription in gold identifies her as Martine Sesander, a female religious who may also have completed the final text in the volume. PROVENANCE: Produced in Bruges, the major center of Flemish book production in the later fifteenth century. An inscription written in gold ink at the end of the book identifies one of the book's earliest users as the female religious Martine Sesander. More recently, it was part of an eighteenth-century collection and was given as a gift in 1905 to an individual identified as Jim. CONDITION: Overall fine condition, some wear on edges of binding and hinges. Full description and photographs available (BOH 133). Bookseller Inventory #133.

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         Marmora et adfines aliquos lapides coloribus suis exprimi. . Abbildungen der Marmor-Arten und einiger verwandten Steine nach der Natur auf das sorgfältigste mit Farben erleuchtet.Nuremberg, (printed by Bieling) for the author, 1775. Super royal 4to (31.5 x 22 cm) With 73 hand-coloured engraved plates with 417 figures of types of marble (plate mark 23 x 16 cm). 19th-century leather.

      - Brunet V, col. 1465; IV, col. 1243 (98 plates); Cobres II, p. 461, no. 44 (42 plates); Sinkankas 7281 (54 plates). First edition of an extremely rare work on marble with spectacularly coloured illustrations of 417 cross-sections of marble. The work was published in parts (see for instance the colophon at the bottom of p. 20 and the signature of the engraver on the first plate of the later sections), which explains the difference between extant copies in the number of plates. The Sinkankas and Sotheran copies have 54 plates (up to and including the section on Tyrole), WorldCat lists three copies with 68 plates, our copy has 73, and the most complete copy of the first edition has 98 plates according to Brunet.A few leaves slightly browned and foxed, otherwise a well preserved copy with the plates vibrantly coloured and in excellent condition.

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         Commentaria, una cum quaestionibus, in octo libros Aristotelis, de physica auscultatione. Nunc denuo summa curam diligentiaque excusa. 2 Tle. in 1 Band. Köln, A. Birckmann Erben 1574. 4°. 4 nn.Bll, 246 (recte 244) num.Bll.; 14 nn.Bll, 96 num. Bll., mit Holzschn-Druckermarke a. d. Titel u. einigen schematischen Textholzschnitten, reich blindgepr. Ldr. d. Zt. über Holzdeckeln.

      - VD 16, T 1465 - Palau 333.112 - de Backer-S. VIII, 67 - vgl. Thorndike VI, 387.- Zweite Ausgabe, die erste im deutschen Sprachraum. Erstmals 1573 in Venedig erschienener Kommentar zu den acht Büchern der Physik des Aristoteles.- Francisco Toledo (1532-1596) lehrte Philosophie in Rom. 1569 wurde er von Papst Pius V. an den päpstlichen Hof gerufen, dort wirkte er 24 Jahre lang als Prediger. Papst Clemens VIII. ernannte ihn am 17. September 1593 zum Kardinal. Toledo widmete sich besonders der Exegese des Aristoteles.- Titel mit altem Stempel u. leicht braunfleckig, sonst nur ganz vereinzelt gering fleckig, Ebd. etwas berieben, Schließen fehlen, Rückdeckel mit kl. Schabstelle, ob. Kapital etw. besch.# Second edition (the first in Germany).- Commentary on the eight books of physics of Aristotle by the philosopher and later cardinal Francisco Toledo (1532-1596).- Bound in a beautiful, contemporary, rich blindstamped leather binding over wooden boards. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         DAS KONZIL ZU KONSTANZ 1414-1418 Faksimileausgabe.

      Vollständige faksimilierte Ausgabe der Handschrift im Rosgarten-Museum zu Konstanz (um 1465), eine der schön-sten mittelalterl. Bilderhandschrif-ten. 105 meist ganzseitig kolorierte Zeichnungen, 63 Wappentafeln,über 800 Wappen der Konzilsteilnehmer. Zustand beider Bände u. Schuber sehrgut. Rücken Bd.1 leicht berieben.

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         Opera. Mit Beigaben von Adam Genuensis und Johannes Andreas (de Bossis), Bischof von Aleria.

      Fol. 148 nn. Bll. (das erste weiß), (Rom. u. griech. Type, Min. f. Init., 45 Zeilen), Mod. HPgmt. Verfaßt von einem Afrikaner und Schüler des Arnobius, 303 von Diokletian als Lehrer der lateinischen Beredsamkeit nach Nikomedia berufen. Sein klassisch-schöner Stil hat ihm bei der Nachwelt den Titel eines christlichen Cicero eingebracht. Im Mittelalter war sein Werk weit verbreitet und es wurde 1465 als erstes Buch in Italien gedruckt. - Enthält u.a. De divinis institutionibus, die erste Gesamtdarstellung des christlichen Glaubens in lateinischer Sprache, De ira dei behandelt das Problem, ob der Gottheit Affekte zugeschrieben werden können. Medizinisch von großem Interesse ist das Kapitel De opificio dei & formatione hominis, über die Schönheit und Zweckmäßigkeit des menschlichen Organismus. - Das erste leere Blatt mit zeitgen. handschriftl. Eintragungen. Einige Bll. mit vertikaler Quetschfalte (ein Blatt hier mit Einriß). Zeitgen. handschriftl. Marginalien (diese tlw. etw. angeschnitten). Tlw. schwach gebräunt bzw. fleckig. - GW M16563 Hain/C. 9815 IGI 5627 Proctor 5262 BMC V, 477 Poynter 343 Goff L 10 BN, Incunables, L-10 Wellcome I, 3612 ISTC il00010000.

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         Vrelant-Stundenbuch. \"Libro de Horas\" der Leonor de la Vega.

      Deutscher Kommentarband in Vorbereitung: Claus Weinert., Brügge um 1465 - 1470 (Faksimile-Nachdruck jüngeren Datums). Limitierte Auflage in 500 Exemplaren. 404 Seiten im Format 19 x 13cm mit 78 Miniaturen.Die flämisch-burgundische Buchmalerei erlebte ihre Blütezeit unter dem Patronat der kunstsinnigen burgundischen Herzöge Philipps des Guten und Karls des Kühnen zwischen den Jahren 1440/45 und 1475. Philipp der Gute versammelte die bedeutendsten Buchmaler der Zeit an seinem Hof in Brügge. Eine große und außerordentlich produktive Werkstatt unterhielt auch Willem Vrelant, der 1456 das Bürgerrecht von Brügge erwarb und dort später die Miniaturisten- und Illustratorengilde begründete. Der 1410 im holländischen Utrecht geborene Vrelant, ein nüchterner Meister der Buchmalerei, bekannt für seine saubere und sorgfältige Arbeit, eine sonore Farbgebung, ausdrucksstarke zeichnerische Konturierungen und Grisaillemalerei, schuf vor allem Gebetbücher auf hohem Niveau. 1481/82 starb der erfolgreiche Miniaturist in Brügge. Bl Versand D: 5,00 EUR

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         Kitab Dala'il al-Khairat wa Shawariq al-Anwar fi Dhikr al-Salah 'ala al-Nabi al-Mukhtar [Guidebook of Benefits and Illuminations of Prayers to the Chosen Prophet]

      [N.p., North Africa, early to mid-18th century C.E.]. Manuscript on laid paper, vocalized Arabic text in brown ink in maghrebi hand, catchwords, occasional words in red or blue ink, 8 lines per page, double rule borders in red, wiith polychrome gilt opening verses, opposite page bordered in gilt floral pattern, and two-page polychrome gilt designs (one titled Mihrab as-Salat), Names of the Prophet within gilt frames on 11 pages, numerous gilt polychrome sectional headings. 167 leaves. Complete. 1 vols. 3-3/4 x 3 inches. Contemporary Islamic binding in full reddish brown goatskin, heavily gilt, with fore edge guard, marbled paper pastedowns. Rebacked. Occasional marginal corrections in a later hand, some later additional prayers on endsheets. First page and colphon leaf smudged (with small losses of text), else very good. Manuscript on laid paper, vocalized Arabic text in brown ink in maghrebi hand, catchwords, occasional words in red or blue ink, 8 lines per page, double rule borders in red, wiith polychrome gilt opening verses, opposite page bordered in gilt floral pattern, and two-page polychrome gilt designs (one titled Mihrab as-Salat), Names of the Prophet within gilt frames on 11 pages, numerous gilt polychrome sectional headings. 167 leaves. Complete. 1 vols. 3-3/4 x 3 inches. The well-known handbook of rituals and prayers associated with the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. This devotional work by Al-Jazuli (d. 1465) was intended to remind the reader of the importance of prayer and its benefits, and also to render such prayers in a manner facilitating memorization. With and additional selection of prayers on 19 leaves. An attractive specimen of Maghrebi calligraphy, used throughout North Africa from Morocco to Tunisia and along the trans-Saharan trade lines.

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         M. ACTII PLAUTI COMOEDIAE VIGINTI.

      Testo latino. Cm.12x6,8. Pg.1078. Modesta legatura cartonata con piatti marmorizzati e tassello cartaceo con titoli manoscritti al dorso. Tagli spruzzati. Al frontespizio marca tipografica con il classico grifone che regge una pietra alla quale è attaccata una sfera alata. Ai lati della silografia il motto "Virtute duce, comite fortuna". Il quaderno ss è posposto al quaderno tt. Il testo è preceduto da una "Plauti vita ex Petro Crinito de poetis latinis". Il volume contiene le celebri venti commedie di Plauto giunte integre sino a noi: "Amphitruo, Asinaria, Aulularia, Capteivei, Curculio, Casina, Cistellaria, Epidicus, Bacchides, Mostellaria, Menaehmi, Miles gloriosus, Mercator, Pseudolus, Poenulus, Persa, Rudens, Stichus, Trinummus, Truculentus". Pietro Crinito è lo pseudonimo dell'umanista fiorentino Pietro Riccio (1465 - 1507).

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         Vrelant-Stundenbuch. "Libro de Horas" der Leonor de la Vega.

      Deutscher Kommentarband in Vorbereitung: Claus Weinert., Brügge um 1465 - 1470 (Faksimile-Nachdruck jüngeren Datums).. Limitierte Auflage in 500 Exemplaren. 404 Seiten im Format 19 x 13cm mit 78 Miniaturen.. Die flämisch-burgundische Buchmalerei erlebte ihre Blütezeit unter dem Patronat der kunstsinnigen burgundischen Herzöge Philipps des Guten und Karls des Kühnen zwischen den Jahren 1440/45 und 1475. Philipp der Gute versammelte die bedeutendsten Buchmaler der Zeit an seinem Hof in Brügge. Eine große und außerordentlich produktive Werkstatt unterhielt auch Willem Vrelant, der 1456 das Bürgerrecht von Brügge erwarb und dort später die Miniaturisten- und Illustratorengilde begründete. Der 1410 im holländischen Utrecht geborene Vrelant, ein nüchterner Meister der Buchmalerei, bekannt für seine saubere und sorgfältige Arbeit, eine sonore Farbgebung, ausdrucksstarke zeichnerische Konturierungen und Grisaillemalerei, schuf vor allem Gebetbücher auf hohem Niveau. 1481/82 starb der erfolgreiche Miniaturist in Brügge. Bl

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         LIBER SEXTUS DECRETALIUM

      [Mainz]: Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer, 1465. From the FIRST EDITION n. 318 x 152 mm (12 1/2 x 6"). One column (of two); 64 (of 70) lines of commentary surrounding text, gothic type. From the FIRST EDITION. Initials and paragraph marks in red and blue. Goff B-976; BMC I, 23. Trimmed at tail edge with loss of six lines and along one side with loss of one column of text and of commentary, four horizontal rows of tiny pinholes (from sewing?), faint horizontal crease, otherwise A FINE SPECIMEN, especially clean, fresh, and bright, particularly for a leaf that has probably been recovered from a binding. This fragment of an early printed leaf comes from the first printed edition of an important work on canon law and the penultimate work issued by Mainz printers Fust and Schoeffer before the former's death. The "Liber Sextus" ("Sixth Book") of the "Corpus Juris Canonici" ("Corpus of Canon Law") was the chief achievement of Pope Boniface VIII (ca. 1235-1303), who proclaimed that the pope was the final authority over both the Church and the state. A goldsmith, Johann Fust (ca. 1400-66) provided financial backing to Gutenberg while the latter was perfecting his new printing process, and when the debt went unpaid, Fust sued and was awarded Gutenberg's equipment. Fust went into business with Peter Schoeffer (ca. 1425-1503), Gutenberg's principal assistant, and theirs became the first commercially successful printing company. Schoeffer is credited with introducing the printer's device and with developing the basic techniques of punchcutting and type-founding.

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         Marmora et adfines aliquos lapides coloribus suis exprimi. ... Abbildungen der Marmor-Arten und einiger verwandten Steine nach der Natur auf das sorgfältigste mit Farben erleuchtet.Nuremberg, (printed by Bieling) for the author, 1775. Super royal 4to (31.5 x 22 cm) With 73 hand-coloured engraved plates with 417 figures of types of marble (plate mark 23 x 16 cm). 19th-century leather.

      Brunet V, col. 1465; IV, col. 1243 (98 plates); Cobres II, p. 461, no. 44 (42 plates); Sinkankas 7281 (54 plates). First edition of an extremely rare work on marble with spectacularly coloured illustrations of 417 cross-sections of marble. The work was published in parts (see for instance the colophon at the bottom of p. 20 and the signature of the engraver on the first plate of the later sections), which explains the difference between extant copies in the number of plates. The Sinkankas and Sotheran copies have 54 plates (up to and including the section on Tyrole), WorldCat lists three copies with 68 plates, our copy has 73, and the most complete copy of the first edition has 98 plates according to Brunet.A few leaves slightly browned and foxed, otherwise a well preserved copy with the plates vibrantly coloured and in excellent condition.

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         Päpstliches Breve mit eigh. U. des Dichters und Humanisten Dati

      Rom, 3. September 1465.. Lat. Handschrift auf Pergament, c. 7 x 33,8 cm. Altersgebräunt, etw. knittrig.. An den Gemeindevorstand von Rieti, dem er befiehlt, den Getreidezehnten an das päpstliche Schatzamt zu Cassiane auszuliefern. - Dati, ein Humanist aus dem Umkreis von Giannozzo Manetti, und Autor zahlreicher lateinischer Carmina war über mehrere Jahre päpstlicher Sekretär. - Das Breve als Gattung der Papsturkunde ist erst um 1400 aufgekommen. Das vorliegende Stück zählt damit zu den ältesten, die sich noch in Privatbesitz befinden.

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         Sermones in epistolas quadragesimales excellenti novoque ordine ab ipsomet digesti tum evangelicis cum canonicis automatibus egregie fulciti hac nupertima impressione reintegrats ut eos visitantibus liquere poterit.- Angeb.: Ders., Sermones in Evangelia quadragesimalia excelleti novoque ordine ab ipsomet digesti tum evangelicis cum canonicis... 2 Bde. in 1 Band. Lyon, Bonnyn 1541. 6 Bll., 130 num. Bll.; 10 Bll., 333 num. Bll., 1 Bl., mit 2 (wdh.) Titelholzschitten u. Holzschn.-Bordüren sowie 2 (wdh.) Holzschn.-Druckermarken am Schluß, Ldr. d. Zt. mit etw. Deckel- u. Rverg.

      . . Vgl. Adams P628 u. STC 344 (frühere Ausgaben).- Seltener Lyoner Druck, zweispaltig in gothischer Type.- G. Pepin (1465-1533) war seit 1504 Prior des Diminikanerklosters in Evreux.- Innendeckel mit Exlibris, 1. Titel mit hs. Besitzvermerk, zu Beginn leicht wasserrandig, meist nur wenig fleckig, Ebd. nur leicht berieben, insges. schönes Exemplar.

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        TEXT FROM THE SUFFRAGES

      Bruges, ca, 1465. 181 x 127 mm (7 1/8 x 5"). Single column, 16 lines of text (17 on verso) in an attractive gothic book hand. Rubrics in pink, two two-line initials in blue, magenta, and burnished gold, undulating line fillers in blue and gold, BOTH SIDES OF THE LEAF WITH THREE-QUARTER PANEL BORDERS incorporating foliage, blossoms, and ivy leaves on hairline stems, the vertical part of this frame with a bar border of colors and burnished gold terminating at top and bottom in colorful acanthus leaves, and WITH TWO SMALL BUT CHARMING MINIATURE PAINTINGS, SAINT MARGARET ON THE RECTO AND SAINT BARBARA ON THE VERSO. Areas of paint loss in Barbara's garment, front portion of Margaret's dragon somewhat blurred, otherwise fine, the gold especially bright and the margins very ample. In this delightful depiction of Saint Margaret, the young saint demurely cocks her head and clasps her hands in prayer, completely unruffled by the experience of having just burst from the side of the dragon who had dared to swallow her, and who still mouths her blue robe. The dragon, although serpentine as to his tail and back, seems to have been modeled on a fat orange cat. Margaret of Antioch was one of the most enduringly popular saints, invoked by women in childbirth with the hope that their newborn would issue as painlessly from the womb as Margaret did from the dragon. Barbara, on the reverse, is also a popular Christian heroine who, like Margaret, suffered for her decision to choose virginity over marriage. The tower in which her father imprisoned her in a vain attempt to make her change her mind on the topic of marriage is here shown twice. She sits in its interior, calmly reading a book, and beside her, a miniature tower stands as her identifying attribute.

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