Jean Meschinot - Glasses of Princes, 1499

Jean Meschinot (Monnières, near Clisson, 1420 - 1491)

Glasses of Princes [Les lunettes des princes], 1499

Printed ink on paper, 17 x 11.2 x 1.5 cm (6 11/16 x 4 7/16 x 9/16 in.) leaf


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  • Jean Meschinot (Monnières, near Clisson, 1420 - 1491) - author
  • Pigouchet Philip (active Paris, 1488 - 1518) - printer
  • Simon Vostre (died 1521, Paris) - publisher
  • Trautz - Bauzonnet (active Paris, 1833 - 1879, Paris) - binder

Object Case

French Authors Case



Publication Place


Binding Description

Full purple levant morocco; triple fillet on the covers; spine tooled "'Les Lunettes des Princes Par Simon Vostre 1499"; inside borders; gilt edges, and marbled endpapers


1 Vol. (108 leaves, 30 lines) : paper : ill. ; 16.6 x 10.3 cm (octavo)


Collection of the textile manufacturer and art collector Nicholas Yemeniz (1783-1871), Lyon.
Sold at the Yemeniz sale at Librarie Bachelin-Deflorenne, Paris for 225 francs in April or May 1867, lot 1733.
Collection of the insurer Gerald Ephraim Hart (1849-1936), Montreal.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the Hart sale at the auctioneers Charles F. Libbie & Co., Boston on 17 April 1890, lot 1629. (as Cardinal Yeminez's copy)


Affixed (verso front endpaper, upper left): bookplate of Nicholas Yemeniz with lot no. "1733" inscribed in pencil
Inscribed in pencil (verso of front endpaper, upper left): "1629" [Hart sale lot number]
Affixed (verso front endpaper, lower left): excerpt from Hart sale catalogue
Affixed (recto of first flyleaf, upper right): bookplate of Isabella Stewart Gardner
Inscribed in pencil (recto of first flyleaf, upper right): "650f"
Inscribed in pencil (recto of first flyleaf, lower left): "4464"
Inscribed in washed pen (f.1): indecipherable [in fifteenth-century hand (?)]
Inscribed in pen (f. 71r): Underline of 'mais donnez y amendement'
Inscribed in pen (recto back endpaper, upper right): "J"
Erased pencil inscription (recto back endpaper, lower right): "cao"
Enclosed: typed bibliographic description
Enclosed: excerpt from Hart sale catalogue, lot 1629

Dimension Notes


Ludwig Hain. Repertorium Bibliographicum in quo libri omnes ab arte typographica inventa usque ad annum MD. typis expressi ordine alphabetico vel simpliciter enumerantur vel adcuratius recensentur, Vol. II (Paris, 1826-1838), no. 1102.
Nicholas Yemeniz. Catalogue de la Bibliothèque de M. N. Yemeniz... (Paris, 29 April - 9 May 1867), p. 376, lot 1733.
Charles F. Libbie and Co. Catalogue of the Library, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Maps and Prints Forming the Collection of Gerald E. Hart, esq., of Montreal... (Boston, 15-19 April 1890), p. 162, lot 1629.
"Current Library News." Monthly Bulletin of Books Added to the Public Library of the City of Boston, Vol. II, No. 5 (May 1897), p. 86.
Exhibition of the Society of Arts & Crafts. Exh. cat. (Boston: Copley Hall, 1899), p. 50.
Avenir Tchemerzine. Bibliographie d’éditions originales ou rares d’auteurs français des XVe, XVIe, XVIIe, et XVIIIe siècles, Vol. VIII (Paris, 1927), no. 236b.
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Books from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1906), p. 48. (as Cardinal Yemeniz's copy)
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1922), p. 95. (as Cardinal Yemeniz's copy)
Frederick Richmond Goff. Incunabula in American libraries; a third census of fifteenth-century books recorded in North American collections (New York, 1964), no. M507.
Rebecca Karo. Short-Title Catalogue of Highlights from the Book Collection in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1970s), no. 8.
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, no. M22955, accessed 8 August 2016.
British Library. Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, no. im00507000, accessed 8 August 2016.
Diane Booton in Jeffrey F. Hamburger et al. Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Newton: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Cambridge: Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2016), pp.18, 306, no. 244, ill.
Diane Booton. Publishing Neworks in France in the Early Era of Print (London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018), pp. 24-25, fig. 1.7.

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