Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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9

Single leaf from a New Testament paraphrase in German translation

Sold for £1000

Est: £1000–1500

Single leaf from a New Testament paraphrase in German translation , on paper [Germany, second half of the fifteenth century]


Leaf with single column of 20 lines of a small and scrolling German vernacular hand, capitals stroked quickly in red, one large initial ‘I’ (opening “Ihesus sprach zu seinen Jüngern: Es war ein reicher mensch der clait sich alzeit mit purpura …”, the parable of Lazarus and Dives, Luke 14), space left on other side for initial and rubric (that opening “Ihesus sprach zu seinen Jüngeren wer mich lieb hat der …”), spots, stains and small bumps to edges (but all quite legible), overall fair and presentable, 143 by 105mm.


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. 1832/6; sold immediately after their sale in Sotheby’s, 10 July 2012, part of lot 27.

The Middle Ages saw a long tradition of Bible translation into German, which boomed in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This leaf is of small size and may have been part of a portable paraphrase of the Gospels or perhaps a larger preaching compendium.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

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