Our twice yearly auctions of Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures feature lots dating in range from Ancient papyrus, to medieval charters, rolls and illuminated codices (or fragments or cuttings of these) and continue through to later manuscripts from the centuries immediately following the invention of printing, and even later in the cases of the cultures of the Near East as well as those such as Iceland and Ireland when printing in those languages did not become the norm until the dawn of our modern age.
These auctions are divided into examples of manuscripts from both the Western world and the Islamic and other neighbouring cultures of the Eastern world.
Our next auction will be held on Tuesday 4th December.
Top Ten prices realised: Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 10th July 2018
|Lot||Description||Estimate (GBP)||Sold (GBP)|
|90||The Hours of Isabella d’Este, Use of Rome, in Latin, opulently illuminated manuscript, [Italy (Florence), c. 1490]
|81||The Canterbury ‘Trussel’ Bible, with prologues of Jerome and interpretation of Hebrew names, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on fine parchment [southern England, or perhaps Northern France, third quarter of the thirteenth century]||£100,000- 150,000||£124,000|
|87||Basil of Caesarea, Epistola ad Adolenscentes, in the Latin translation of Leonardo Bruni, and Epistola ad Gregorium, in the Latin translation of Francesco Filelfo, with other texts, manuscript on parchment [Italy (Milan), c. 1440 – c. 1450]||£70,000-90,000||£86,000|
|79||Niketas Akominatos Choniates, Chronike Diegesis (a contemporary chronicle of the Crusades to the Holy Land), in Gree, decorated manuscript on paper [northern Italy (Venice), dated 3 October 1541]||£30,000-50,000||£59,520|
|6||Bible, Zechariah, 14:21 – Malachi 2:10, in Hebrew, manuscript on parchment [Oriental (Near East), tenth or eleventh century]||£30,000-50,000||£37,200|
|80||Presbyter Leo of Naples, Historia Alexandri Magni (Historia de Preliis), in Latin, manuscript on paper [Italy (perhaps northern border with Switzerland), second half of fourteenth century]||£30,000-50,000||£37,200|
|91||Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, in the Dutch translation of Geert Grote, illuminated manuscript on parchment [northern Netherlands (almost certainly Zwolle), c. 1470-80]||£30,000-50,000||£37,200|
|82||William Peraldus, Summa de Vitiis, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [France (perhaps central), late thirteenth century]||£25,000-35,000||£31,000|
|86||Tibullus, Elegae ad Messalam Corvinum, in Latin verse, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably southern Italy), late fifteenth century]||£25,000-35,000||£24,800|
|5||Bible, Cantica Canticorum (Song of Songs 4:12–14 and 5: 8-9), in Sahidic Coptic, miniscule manuscript on parchment [Egypt, fifth cen tury]||£15,000-20,000||£18,600|