Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books

Sotheby's
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Datum der Auktion: 05.12.2017

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A CONVEYANCE OF LAND; DATED AT ASHLEY, [WEDNESDAY, 20 MARCH 1314

single-sheet document, 170x200mm, vellum, 19 lines, rodent damage affecting a few words and the lower edge, the dorse blank, the lower 20mm folded up, with a seal tag and defective brown wax seal

Los #: 1

Schätzpreis: 200 £ - 300 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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TEN DOCUMENTS CONCERNING GRANTS OF LAND, WITH SEVEN SEALS; ENGLAND...

10 single-sheet documents, from 70x185mm to 155x305mm, vellum, each with a modern pencil number from (5) to (56) used here, mostly concerning land in Thornton and Leckhamstead, with typical creases etc, one with a hole, most seals somewhat defective

Los #: 2

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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INDENTURE; DATED AT BONINGALE, [SUNDAY, 30 JULY 1413

single-sheet document, 190x330mm, stout vellum, 19 lines, the bottom 30mm folded up, with a seal-tag and defective red wax seal, endorsed ‘Boningale. Rent - iiij s. et Hariett

Los #: 3

Schätzpreis: 200 £ - 300 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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A BOND CONCERNING THE HUNTING OF RABBITS, IN ENGLISH AND LATIN; DATED 9...

single-sheet document, 60x270mm, vellum, 4 lines on each side, tongue with red wax seal impressed with a fleur-de-lys

Los #: 4

Schätzpreis: 200 £ - 300 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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CONVEYANCE OF LAND IN YORKSHIRE, DATED 7 DECEMBER 1535

single-sheet document, 109x215mm, vellum, 9 lines, 18mm folded-up, seal-tag and red wax seal impressed with a ‘W

Los #: 5

Schätzpreis: 200 £ - 300 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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THE WILL OF JOHN KELLET, BARBER-SURGEON OF LONDON, IN ENGLISH; DATED 30...

single-sheet document, 185x255mm, vellum, 18 lines, a further 30mm folded up and slit for a seal-tag, with two vertical and three horizontal creases, endorsed with 11 lines in Latin and traces of a red wax seal

Los #: 6

Schätzpreis: 200 £ - 300 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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KING EDWARD I AND TANDRIDGE PRIORY, 7 JUNE 1285

single-sheet document, 215×250mm, vellum, 10 lines in fine anglicana documentary script, with a large illuminated initial and three-sided border, the lower 45mm folded up, through which is threaded a plaited cord for the GREAT SEAL OF EDWARD I, in green wax, the central roundel on each side almost

Los #: 7

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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CONFESSIONAL LETTER TO WILLIAM BOWLAND, 16 SEPTEMBER 1479

single-sheet document, 215×340mm, vellum, 13 lines in formal book-hand, with a 3-line illuminated initial with two-sided border, the bottom 20mm folded up

Los #: 8

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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LICENCE BY LETTERS PATENT OF EDWARD III; DATED AT WESTMINSTER, 12 JANUARY 1373

single-sheet document, 320x420mm, vellum, 19 lines in a fine anglicana script, space for a 4-line decorated initial with a small guide-letter ‘e’, the bottom 50mm folded up, endorsed by three hands, the margins yellowed, the EIGHTH GREAT SEAL OF EDWARD III attached by red and green cords, 120mm in

Los #: 9

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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APPOINTMENT BY KING FERDINAND I; DATED AT CASTELLO ARAGONESE, AVERSA, 27...

large single-sheet document, 450x550mm, vellum, 22 lines in elegant humanistic script, beginning with display capitals and ending with Ferdinand’s signature, the lower 65mm folded up, with a red wax and paper seal, partly torn and crumbled, signed behind the fold by the notary Antonello de

Los #: 10

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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FRAGMENTS OF ROLANDINO DE' PASSAGGERI, AURORA [ITALY (BOLOGNA?), 14TH CENTURY

circa 30 fragments, the largest 380x480mm, including some incomplete bifolia and some full leaves 395x280mm, paper, watermarks include a pear and two leaves, very close to Briquet nos. 7345-49 (Bologna and other places, 1336-42), a bow and arrow, very close to Briquet no.795 (Genoa, 1358), and a

Los #: 11

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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THREE LEAVES FROM DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPTS, IN HEBREW

single leaf and 2 fragments, paper (a) 245x165mm, Maimonides, Mishneh Tora, the start of the chapter written in larger COLOURED LETTERS, Book II: Sefer Ahava, Hil. Tefilla IV,19 end - V,3 beginning; (b) 245x165mm, Bible, Num 27,22 - 28,17, with the Aramaic translation transcribed inter-verse, each

Los #: 12

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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SEVEN ILLUMINATED INITIALS ON LEAVES FROM A BIBLE WITH PROLOGUES, IN LATIN...

7 single leaves, 160×110mm, vellum, 2 columns, 43-45 lines, 110x65mm, written below top line, EACH LEAF WITH A 4- TO 7-LINE ILLUMINATED INITIAL, at the beginning of (i) prologue to Chronicles, (ii) I Chronicles, (iii) prologue to I Ezra (foliated ‘200’), (iv) I Ezra, (v) Ecclesiastes (the initial

Los #: 13

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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FIVE LEAVES FROM A BIBLE WITH PROLOGUES, IN LATIN [ENGLAND OR FRANCE, 13TH...

5 leaves, 245×170mm, vellum, an incomplete quire, ONE 12-LINE ILLUMINATED INITIAL WITH FOLIATE SPIRALS TERMINATING IN HUMAN HEADS, 2 columns, 58 lines, written below top line, 165×95mm, comprising parts of Judges 19-20, Ruth 2 and the prologue (Stegmüller no.323) to I Samuel, and I Samuel 6-14

Los #: 14

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.800 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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THREE BIFOLIA FROM A MISSAL OR A BREVIARY, IN LATIN

3 bifolia (6 leaves), 245x170mm, vellum, 2 columns, 15 lines, 175x130mm, including part of the Sanctorale, flourished initials, some extending the full length of the columns decorated with fleur-de-lys, foliated 68-70 and 73-75, vellum cockled and stained, outer margin irregularly cut

Los #: 15

Schätzpreis: 600 £ - 800 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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ILLUMINATED ZOOMORPHIC INITIAL [GERMANY (FRANCONIA OR NORTHERN BAVARIA...

cutting, 80x80mm, vellum, inhabited initial 'F', the descender cut off (de Ricci mistook the ‘F’ for an ‘A’), laid down on cardboard, framed

Los #: 16

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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DECORATED INITIAL ON A LEAF FROM AN ANTIPHONARY, IN LATIN [ITALY, PERHAPS...

single leaf, 415x325mm, vellum, with a decorated initial 'C' (for the first response 'Cantantibus organis Cecilia...' at Matins of St Cecilia's feast day (22 Nov.), 7 lines with text and music, rastrum 26mm, smaller flourished initials, vellum slightly dirty, in a double-sided glazed frame

Los #: 17

Schätzpreis: 500 £ - 700 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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THE DESTRUCTION OF TROY, FROM SIGISMUND MEISTERLEIN'S 'AUGSBURG CHRONIK...

single leaf, 204x150mm, paper, 2 columns, 30-34 lines, 195x135mm, cut close to frame of miniature, text not affected, remains of paper from previous mounting, the drawing well preserved

Los #: 18

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 7.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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ST MICHAEL, HISTORIATED INITIAL ON A CUTTING FROM A GRADUAL, IN LATIN...

cutting, 140x150mm, vellum, historiated initial 'B' (for the feast of St Michael), with part of four lines of text and music on four-line red staves, rastrum 19mm, with a rubric for the feast of St Wenceslas, referring to f.‘CClxi’, and rubric ‘In festo sancti Mychaelis ar[changeli]’ with the

Los #: 19

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.200 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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KING DAVID PLAYING THE HARP, HISTORIATED INITIAL ON A LEAF FROM A BOOK OF...

single leaf, 133x93mm, vellum, with a historiated initial 'D' with a full border for the Penitential Psalms, 14 lines, 75x50mm, small tear in outer margin

Los #: 20

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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SKELETON HOLDING A SCYTHE

single leaf, 595x415mm, vellum, with a historiated initial 'R', 130x130mm (opening the Mass of the Dead), 6 lines of text and music, rastrum 40mm, flourished initial on recto, illumination slightly rubbed, vellum with slight dirt around the edges

Los #: 21

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN, VERY LARGE HISTORIATED INITIAL FROM A GRADUAL

cutting, 280x220mm, vellum (mounted onto a larger piece of vellum), historiated initial 'G' (for the introit 'Gaudeamus omnes in domino...', opening several feasts of the Virgin Mary), reverse with part of two lines of text and music on four-line red staves, rastrum 45mm, loss to gold leaf, cut to

Los #: 22

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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PORTRAIT OF A MAN WITH A FALCON, MINIATURE

miniature, 250x200mm, vellum, reverse blank, pigment losses especially towards edges, some marginal retouching of the blue background and small worm holes, probably cut into octagonal shape in the 19th century when framed

Los #: 23

Schätzpreis: 15.000 £ - 20.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST ON A CUTTING FROM A CHOIRBOOK, IN LATIN [ITALY AND...

cutting, 228x160mm, vellum, lower corner of a medieval leaf with an added historiated initial 'B', vellum slightly stained, small pigment losses

Los #: 24

Schätzpreis: 400 £ - 600 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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ICILIO FEDERICO JONI, TAVOLETTA [ITALY (SIENA), LATE 19TH OR EARLY 20TH CENTURY

wooden panel, 375x270mm, the upper part painted with the Piccolomini arms, the lower part with nine further shields and ‘INVENTARIO DELLE COSE MOBILI DELLA SAGRESTIA DEL DUOMO DI SIENA AL TEMPO DEL SAVIO UOMO NICCOLO DI VENTURA A.D. 1475’, all within typical scrollwork borders, with a vertical

Los #: 25

Schätzpreis: 400 £ - 600 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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GOSPELS OF ST LUKE AND ST JOHN, IN GREEK [12TH CENTURY, FIRST HALF

270x185mm, vellum, 54 leaves, fragmentary, parts of St Luke chapters 3-23 (out of 33) and St John chapters 1-11 (out of 21), 23-24 lines, written in neatly formed letters with ligatures and curvatures of the usual type exhibited in minuscule specimens of the period

Los #: 26

Schätzpreis: 20.000 £ - 30.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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GOSPELS OF STS LUKE AND JOHN, IN GREEK [EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, LATE 13TH OR...

159x116mm, vellum, 95 leaves, collation: mostly of 8 except iii6 and vi6+1, lacking leaves at ends (text opens at Luke 17:6) and at several places in the text (probably 1 leaf after f.23 with Luke 24:52 to John 1:17, and another leaf after f.71), 24 lines, initials in red, rather worn, some

Los #: 27

Schätzpreis: 15.000 £ - 20.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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FRAGMENT OF A BOOK OF HOURS, IN LATIN [ITALY, 15TH AND 17TH(?) CENTURY

129×95mm, vellum, i+47+i leaves, very imperfect and with some leaves out of sequence, 11 lines, 67×43mm, flourished initials throughout, illuminated initials and a full border added in the 17th(?) century imitating 15th-century styles, bound in 17th(?)-century black calf, gilt and blind-stamped

Los #: 28

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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ORDO FOR THE CONSECRATION OF VIRGINS AT SAN PIER MAGGIORE, FLORENCE, IN...

257×180mm, vellum, i+15+i leaves, COMPLETE, collation: i8, ii8-1 (last blank cancelled), catchword, 20 lines, 163×117mm, music on four-line red staves, rastrum 18mm, OPENING WITH AN ILLUMINATED INITIAL AND A FULL FOLIATE BORDER, the roundel in the lower border with a Virgin and Child probably

Los #: 29

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017

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THE LAROCHEFOUCAULT HOURS, USE OF AUTUN, IN LATIN [EAST-CENTRAL FRANCE...

200×145mm, vellum, ii+152+iv leaves, COMPLETE: i-ii6, iii-xi8, xii6, xiii-xvii8, xviii-xix6, xx8, xxi2, catchwords, 15 lines, 98×67mm, 18 LARGE MINIATURES with full borders, 3 SMALL MINIATURES added, small illuminated initials and line-fillers, PANEL BORDERS ON TEXT PAGES WITH TWO-LINE INITIALS

Los #: 30

Schätzpreis: 25.000 £ - 30.000 £

Datum: 05.12.2017