Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Large collection of leaves from medieval manuscripts and printed books

Sold for £4500

Est: £5000–7000

Large collection of leaves from medieval manuscripts and printed books , on parchment and paper [twelfth to twentieth century]

22 manuscript leaves and 16 printed leaves, comprising: (1) leaf from a Gospel Lectionary, single column of 22 lines, one large initial in red and blue penwork, modern pencil folio no. ‘50’, 332 by 240mm., Italy, c. 1150 (Handlist 3); (2) leaf from a Bible with a historiated initial ‘O’ (opening “Onus quod vidit abacuc …”, the beginning of Habbakuk) in blue on gold and coloured grounds, these forming text border of foliage up inner margin and spreading out into top and bottom margins, the initial enclosing the prophet as God or an angel reaches down from above to him, all on tessellated grounds with tiny fleur-de-lys in white on tiles, double column 32 lines, Paris, c. 1310; 185 by 130mm.; (3) Thomas Aquinas, Commentary, double column of 37 lines in a semi-humanist hand, one initial in gold on blue, green and flesh-pink grounds, 282 by 211mm., Italy (probably Florence), second half of fifteenth century (Handlist 40); (4 & 5) two leaves from large format University Bibles, each with red and blue initials with florid penwork, the first with double column and 60 lines, with end of Exodus and opening of Leviticus, 330 by 220mm., France (Paris), first half of thirteenth century, and the second with double column of 63 lines, with opening of prologues to Baruch at head of page, 300 by 197mm., reportedly Italy, late thirteenth century; plus 8 other leaves from liturgical manuscripts (Handlist 99, 287 [England and 2 leaves], 26, 49, 23, 18 and 119, as well as one apparently not in Gwara’s list, described by Ege as “1380 AD France, Missal … 11½ x 8 inches”), 8 further leaves from Books of Hours (Handlist 31, 237, 239 & 244, as well as leaves which are not easily identifiable among Ege’s property: described as “1400-1450 AD. France”, “1390 AD. England”, “1350 AD. England” and “1500 AD. Flanders”), and 2 leaves from the Near East in Syriac and Arabic (Handlist 220 & 257); plus individual leaves from Koberger’s vernacular German Bible, Nuremberg, 1483, with finely illuminated initials; John and Wendelin de Spire’s Historiarum Romanorum Decades by Livy, Venice, 1471; Wendelin de Spire’s Valerius Maximus, Venice, 1471; John Mentelin’s, Postilla Super Psalterium, Strassburg, 1472; Baemler’s Dialogues of Gregory in German, Augsburg, 1473, the first book printed in the monastery of SS. Ulrich and Afra; Nicholas Jensen’s Lives of the Philosophers in Latin, Venice, 1475 and the same printer’s Bible, Venice, 1476, the latter with illuminated initials; Gunther Zainer’s Pantheologia, Augsburg, 1476, the first printer in that city; Rusch’s Bible with glosses, 1480; Ratdolt’s, Sphaera Mundi, with a diagram showing the perspective of a boat at sea, Venice, 1485; Koberger’s Nuremberg Chronicle, Nuremberg, 1493, with woodcuts of emperors from Constantinus to Maxentius, and the same printer’s Bible in Latin, 1497; examples of Aldus’ type of 1513 and Estienne’s of 1570, as well as Morris’ ‘Golden type’ for Chiswick in 1901, and the ‘Doves Bible’ of 1903; all in good condition and in Otto Ege’s card mounts with his printed descriptions taped to front and his pencil notes

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

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