Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Two leaves from a Cistercian Breviary , in Latin

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Est: £500–700

Two leaves from a Cistercian Breviary , in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [France (Picardy, perhaps Amiens), c. 1290]

2 separate leaves, each with double column of 25 lines in a tall and spiky early gothic hand (written space: 110 by 73mm.), capitals touched in red and formed of elaborate penstrokes, red rubrics, initials in blue or pink heightened with white penwork and dots and enclosing coloured foliage sprays on gold grounds, one capital with a grumpy tonsured face in penwork in its upper compartment in the uppermost line, modern pencil folio nos. ‘65’ and ‘252’, slight cockling, strips of more modern parchment stuck to inner gutters intended to strengthen the leaves there, else in excellent condition, each 160 by 104mm.

Other leaves from this charming book have appeared in Maggs, Bulletin , 20, nos.42-43, cat. 1262, 1998, no.13; Sotheby’s, 19 June 2001, lot 10 and 6 December in the same year, lot 2, 5 July 2005, lot 90 (the substantial remnant of 128 leaves), 6 December 2005, lot 10, 29 June 2007, lot 4, 3 December 2013, lot 13, and 7 July 2015, lot 14. Eighteenth and nineteenth-century inscriptions in the parent volume suggest that it was once in Vouvray, east of Tours in the Loire valley.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

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