Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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The Bischoff teaching collection, 116 leaves and fragments

Sold for £5200

Est: £3000–5000

The Bischoff teaching collection, 116 leaves and fragments , predominantly in Latin, on parchment and paper [twelfth to sixteenth century]

116 pieces, some set on cards or onionskin papers together, comprising: (i) leaf from Peter Lombard, Commentary on Paul's Epistle to the Romans, ruled for double column of 53 lines of glossing hand, commentary set in smaller script within main text block, quotations underlined in red, marginal notes in red, simple red and blue initials, blank margins trimmed away on some sides, 280mm. by 195mm., northern France, c.1200; (ii) Commentary on the Gospel of John, double column of 55 lines, quotations underlined in red, one section obscured by adhered leather from binding the leaf was reused in, 270 by 196mm., Germany, thirteenth century; (iii) Balbus, Catholicon, small strip with remains of two columns of 7 lines from section on letter ‘O’, capitals touched in red, 29 by 147mm., England, fourteenth century; (iv) theological text discussing burial practices and an opponent of the Arian heresy in the fourth century, top half of a leaf, with double column of 15 line, capitals touched in red, 102 by 143mm., Germany, fourteenth century; (v) full leaf from Augustine, In Iohannis Evangelium Tractatus 124, no.40, double column of 49 lines, losses to reverse from being laid down as a pastedown, 353mm. by 245mm., Netherlands, fifteenth century (in a plastic envelope with Bischoff’s own label and Rosenthal’s cataloguing); (vi) leaf from a breviary with readings for the Ascension, double column of 34 lines, initials in red and blue, , 232mm. by 165mm., southern Germany, fifteenth century; (vii) 14 paper leaves from a treatise on the Calendar, discussing the liturgical year, intercalary days, the seasons and months and the etymologies of their names and the Olympiads, double column of 36 lines in a cursive hand, 255mm. by 190mm., probably Germany, late fifteenth century; plus another 48 manuscript fragments, and 47 early printed fragments, and a blank sixteenth-century paper leaf used to illustrate watermarks (many of these with accompanying academic notes by M. Colker and others on photocopies), with a quantity of Bischoff's own notes and papers

A discussion of these fragments can be found in S. Krämer, Aevum, Rassegna de Scienze storiche linguistiche e filologie , 81, 2007, p. 627, specifically mentioning those numbered Schøyen MSS 1832/2 and /4.

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