Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Pope Boniface VIII, Liber Sextus Decretalium, with the gloss of Accursius

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Est: £2000–3000

Pope Boniface VIII, Liber Sextus Decretalium, with the gloss of Accursius , in Latin, very large illuminated manuscript on parchment
[Italy (Bologna), fourteenth century]


Two leaves from the same dispersed parent manuscript, both with double column of 19 lines in a squat formal Italian bookhand, these columns set high on the page and encased within outer columns of 82 lines of gloss in a smaller script by the same hand (total written space 360 by 240mm.), other near-contemporary glosses in margins, paragraph marks and running titles in alternate red or blue, small initials in same with contrasting penwork, one 4-line historiated initial in pink with blue grounds, enclosing a hare gazing upwards all on a brightly burnished gold ground, 2 foliate tendrils in border ending in gold leaves, in outstandingly fresh condition, 470mm. by 300mm., in cloth-covered card binding


One of these leaves comes from the collection of Bernhard Bischoff (1906-1991), and thence to Bernard Rosenthal, purchased after Bischoff’s death, thereafter Quaritch and then the Schøyen collection, their MS. 1822. While in that collection it was reunited with their MS. 603, another leaf from the same manuscript acquired from Quaritch in 1989, and bound together. Sold together immediately after the Schøyen sale in Sotheby’s, 10 July 2012, part of lot 27.

From a fine and handsome legal codex of monolithic proportions.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

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