21 December 2011

A Christmas Surprise & Season's Greetings

Christopher de Hamel delivered an early Christmas present today, thanks to his identification of a young John Waynflete Carter (190575), the great bibliographer and exposer of T. J. Wise, as one of at least four previous owners of the Dunedin copy of a Greek New Testament (Oxford, 1675). 

Carter was a student at Eton when he purchased this book, and his inscription is most fitting for this time of year: 'J. W. Carter Eton College, elect of King's Coll Christmas 1923'.

[Update 14.3.12: Thanks are due to the Berkeley-based bookseller, Ian Jackson, who informed me that this book was not purchased by Carter, but rather given to him by the man whose signature is above his, the ecclesiastical historian Cuthbert Hamilton Turner (18601930). According to Jackson, Turner published a volume on The Early Printed Editions of the Greek Testament (Oxford, 1924) and 'watched benevolently over the young Carter, taking him on vacations etc'.]

Wishing everyone who has visited Antipodean Footnotes a happy holiday season and all good wishes for a joyous New Year. Here is to more bibliographical discoveries in 2012.

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