Happy Birthday William Morris

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opening of Latin MS 53 ‘Proliani Astronomia’

Today marks the 182nd year since the birth of William Morris, English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist.

The John Rylands Library holds a number of different items relating to Morris, including the above spectacular Latin Manuscript.

The Proliani Astronomia was written in c1478 by Christianus Prolianus, and illuminated by Joachinus de Gigantibus. The Manuscript which combines precise astronomical diagrams with exquisite white-vine borders, exemplifying the synthesis of art and science during the Italian Renaissance.

The Manuscript was formally owned by William Morris., you can quite clearly see similarities between the illumination and Morris’ beautiful work.

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A detail of the illumination of folio 24r showing 2 parrots

The full Manuscript is available online to browse here.

 

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