David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

18 July 2015

Confound it !

I. Lara (photographe amateur, 04-2)
Estimation :
120 - 150 €
Résultat : 1500 €
Carte de visite au miroir vers 1860 Épreuve albuminée, 90x55 mm, montée sur un carton au format carte de visite, cachet bleu au verso : "I. Lara, Fotografo. Aficionado", annotation au crayon : Cuba ? Espagne De la collection Michel Braive. Dans les années 1860, Cuba est une colonie espagnole Unique print, published in Michel Braive, L'âge de la photographie, page 167 Also in Juan Naranjo, La fotografía en España en el siglo XIX, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, 2003

 carte de visite au miroir
 circa 1860
 blue stamp on the back: "I. Lara, Fotografo Aficionado."
 annotation in pencil: Cuba? Spain

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