Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Ritual, Use of Sarum , in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [England

Sold for £2500

Est: £1500–2000

Ritual, Use of Sarum , in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [England, last decades of fourteenth century]

6 leaves (a gathering wanting only its innermost bifolium), each leaf with single column of 23 lines in a fine formal English bookhand (written space: 192 by 115mm.), lection marks added in red to text throughout, capitals in jagged penstrokes touched with a finer hairline pen, orange-red rubrics, small initials in blue or liquid gold encased within ornate contrasting penwork, leaves with music with eight 4-line red staves (rastrum: 13mm.), four large initials in gold on green, blue, and soft burgundy grounds with white paint used to pick out leaves and foliage, these with sprays of foliage in the margin terminating in gold leaves and encased within lines of curling stamens ending in green buds, nineteenth- or early twentieth-century pencil notes in French on some leaves, some scuffs to gold and occasional lines of text in places, but overall in good and bright condition with wide and clean margins, 294 by 200mm.

These leaves are perhaps the last relic of a large and proud English liturgical volume. The rubrics state that the celebrant must wear a silk cope (here “cappa cerica”) and thus these were grand and solemn masses, in keeping with the large format of the leaves and the elegant and formal quality of their script.


Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

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