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Leaf from the Beauvais Missal, with a very large initial, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [northern France (perhaps Beauvais or Amiens), early fourteenth century (probably c. 1310)]

Sold for £6,200

Bloomsbury Auctions Manuscripts & Books

Dreweatts holds twice yearly auctions of Western & Oriental Manuscripts & Miniatures and offers single owner collections of books and libraries.

We are the only auction house in the world to have regular sales dedicated to the sale of manuscripts. We hold two sales a year in early July and early December with upwards of a hundred lots in each. Our manuscript department of three experts has over 55 years of combined experience working in this specialised field.

In the field of printed books, we offer a bespoke service tailored to the client’s requirements and the nature of the collection or library, be it from across a number of book categories or a collection focusing on one particular specialist area. There are many benefits to selling a library put together carefully over many years by a single collector and the auction market is particularly responsive to material fresh to market and meticulously curated. Auctions in this category also benefit from a range of promotional activities which can be specifically geared to the collection and the consignor.

If we can be of any help in bringing a manuscript or a book collection to market, valuing such materials accurately or you feel that this is a collecting category that might pique your interest, we would be delighted to assist you.

 

Specialists

Dr. Timothy Bolton

Dr. Timothy Bolton

Head of Western Manuscripts & Miniatures

Camilla Previté

Camilla Previté

Joint-Head of Western Manuscripts & Miniatures

Roxana Kashani

Roxana Kashani

Head of Islamic Manuscripts & Miniatures

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