Valuable Books & Manuscripts

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Datum der Auktion: 11.12.2019

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TWO LEAVES FROM A BIBLE, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [France, second...

TWO LEAVES FROM A BIBLE, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [France, second half 9th century] Two splendid leaves from what would once have been a deluxe Carolingian Bible. 2 leaves, 270 x 220mm. The text, consecutive, from Numbers 13.31, ‘[possi]deamus terram q[uonia]m poterimus optinere [sic] eam’ to

Los #: 201

Schätzpreis: 7.000 £ - 10.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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A LEAF FROM AN ATLANTIC BIBLE, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [Italy, 11th...

A LEAF FROM AN ATLANTIC BIBLE, in Latin, manuscript on vellum [Italy, 11th century] An enormous leaf from an Atlantic Bible written in a clear, and unusually archaising, 11th-century Italian hand, epitomising the clarity and legibility of Caroline minuscule script. 394 x 285mm. The text, beginning

Los #: 202

Schätzpreis: 700 £ - 1.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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GREGORY THE GREAT (590-604), a leaf from the Homilia in Evangelia , in...

GREGORY THE GREAT (590-604), a leaf from the Homilia in Evangelia , in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [central Italy, first half 12th century] A handsome leaf with a charming historiated initial from what would have been a gargantuan copy of St Gregory's influential homilies on the Gospels

Los #: 203

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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A MUSIC-MAKING ANGEL HYBRID, historiated initial 'D' cut from an...

A MUSIC-MAKING ANGEL HYBRID, historiated initial 'D' cut from an illuminated choirbook on vellum [Paris, c.1290s] A lively illumination associable with the workshop of one of the greatest figures in French book painting, Maître Honoré. 195 x 136mm. A fragment. Historiated initial 'D' opening the

Los #: 204

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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TWO LEAVES FROM A LECTIONARY, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum...

TWO LEAVES FROM A LECTIONARY, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Austria, or perhaps southern Germany, first half 15th century] Two leaves with readings for the feasts of various Saints with lively illumination. 353 x 250mm. 31 lines of text with the readings for the feasts of Saints

Los #: 205

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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THE MARTYRDOM OF ST SEBASTIAN, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from the...

THE MARTYRDOM OF ST SEBASTIAN, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from the Sanctorale of an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum [Tournai, c.1400-1410]. A striking leaf from the winter portion of an Antiphonal illuminated by an artist working in Tournai in the ambit of Jean Semont. 497 x 320mm

Los #: 206

Schätzpreis: 8.000 £ - 12.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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A FUNERAL SERVICE, WITH ST MICHAEL BATTLING THE DEVIL FOR A SOUL, miniature...

A FUNERAL SERVICE, WITH ST MICHAEL BATTLING THE DEVIL FOR A SOUL, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, with 5 text leaves from the same manuscript, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, perhaps Châlons, c.1480]. An engaging miniature with fantastically lavish borders inhabited by

Los #: 207

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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DAVID IN PRAYER, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from the Gradual of...

DAVID IN PRAYER, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from the Gradual of Petrus Mitte de Caprariis, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Germany, Bavaria, c.1450-75] A lively leaf from what would have been a sumptuous choirbook produced for the great Renaissance bibliophile Petrus Mitte de Caprariis. 520

Los #: 208

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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ST PETER, historiated initial 'L' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal...

ST PETER, historiated initial 'L' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum [Lombardy or Siena, c.1470s] A pristine example of the work of the Lombard illuminator Venturino Mercati, or Venturino d'Andrea da Milano, active in Lombardy, Tuscany and Emilia during the 1470s. 450 x 310mm. The

Los #: 209

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 9.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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INITIALS 'M' AND 'E' on a leaf from an illuminated Gradual on vellum...

INITIALS 'M' AND 'E' on a leaf from an illuminated Gradual on vellum [Florence, final quarter 14th century] Two striking initials on a leaf from a Florentine choirbook painted at the end of the 14th century, possibly one of the great series produced for the Camoldolese monastery of Santa Maria degli

Los #: 210

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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ST PAUL, historiated initial 'S' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal...

ST PAUL, historiated initial 'S' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum [Lombardy, c.1480-90] An accomplished and finely executed miniature on a leaf from an enormous Lombard choirbook. 559 x 340mm., historiated initial 'S' opening 'Scio cui credidi et certus [...]', the Feast of the

Los #: 211

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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DAVID IN PRAYER, historiated initial 'B' on a leaf from an illuminated...

DAVID IN PRAYER, historiated initial 'B' on a leaf from an illuminated Ferial Psalter on vellum [Italy, probably Brescia, c.1490] A sensitive evocation of an intimate scene by the talented Lombard frescoist Giovanni Pietro da Cemmo. 490 x 380mm. Historiated initial 'B' opening 'Beatus vir qui non

Los #: 212

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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THE LAST JUDGEMENT, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from an Antiphonal on...

THE LAST JUDGEMENT, historiated initial 'A' on a leaf from an Antiphonal on vellum illuminated by Nikolaus Bertschi [Augsburg, first quarter 16th century] An evocative and dramatic portrayal of the Last Judgement illuminated by the prolific Swiss artist Nikolaus Bertschi. 473 x 345mm., large initial

Los #: 213

Schätzpreis: 7.000 £ - 10.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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A DISCOURSE & CATALOGUE OF ALL THE DUKES OF ENGLAND BY CREATION OR DESCENT...

A DISCOURSE & CATALOGUE OF ALL THE DUKES OF ENGLAND BY CREATION OR DESCENT FROM THE TIME OF THE CONQUEST, in English, decorated manuscript on vellum [England], 1600 A splendid decorated pedigree roll produced during the reign of Elizabeth I, presenting the historical descent of the dukes of England

Los #: 214

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 9.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, 10 leaves from liturgical...

A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, 10 leaves from liturgical manuscripts on vellum, in Latin [central Europe, 13th to 16th centuries] An eclectic collection of illuminated leaves, several of which from important, published manuscripts, including a leaf from a 13th-century Spanish

Los #: 215

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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PENTECOST, miniature by the Spanish Forger on a leaf from a 15th-century...

PENTECOST, miniature by the Spanish Forger on a leaf from a 15th-century Book of Hours [Paris, c.1900] An appealing example a 'medieval fake': a delightful representation of Pentecost by 'one of the most successful, skilful and prolific forgers of all time', the Spanish Forger. 165 x 121mm. The

Los #: 216

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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BREVIARY, for the use of the Carmelites, in Latin, illuminated manuscript...

BREVIARY, for the use of the Carmelites, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Lombardy, c.1457] A sparkling Breviary with fascinating provenance and in its original binding, made for the marriage of Angelo Simonetta, secretary of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Francesca della Scala. 140

Los #: 217

Schätzpreis: 30.000 £ - 50.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum...

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Bruges, 1460s] Epitomising the 15 th -century fashion for semi-monochrome painting at the Burgundian Court: a Bruges Book of Hours illuminated in part-grisaille by the Mildmay Master, with an unbroken French noble provenance

Los #: 218

Schätzpreis: 20.000 £ - 30.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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CHOIR PSALTER, use of the Dominicans, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on...

CHOIR PSALTER, use of the Dominicans, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [southern Germany] 1476 A dated German Choir Psalter decorated with charming initials in gold and scrolling penwork, in a 16 th -century Frankfurt binding. 160 x 120mm. iii (paper) + 197 + iii (paper) leaves 1-17 10

Los #: 219

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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A COMPENDIUM OF EXEGETICAL TEXTS, in Greek, manuscript on paper [Greece...

A COMPENDIUM OF EXEGETICAL TEXTS, in Greek, manuscript on paper [Greece, 17th century] A rare manuscript of Greek exegetical works from the 17 th century, including a near-contemporary exegesis of Church ritual composed by the renowned theologian Meletios Syrigos (c.1585-c.1663) at the behest of the

Los #: 220

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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[HEBREW MANUSCRIPT]. A Kabbalistic Scroll on vellum, ' ha-Ilan ha-Kadosh...

[HEBREW MANUSCRIPT]. A Kabbalistic Scroll on vellum, ' ha-Ilan ha-Kadosh ' (The Holy [cosmic] Tree), cased inside an empty brass artillery shell [Eastern Europe, 19th century] A performative, ritually-used artefact and tool of Kabbalistic practice: as stated at the end of the text, this scroll was

Los #: 221

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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BRISTOL – Gaunt's Hospital. Grant by Robert de Gurnay establishing the...

BRISTOL – Gaunt's Hospital. Grant by Robert de Gurnay establishing the Hospital of St Mark's, Billeswick, known as Gaunt's Hospital, n.p., n.d. [c.1230-32]. In Latin. 14 lines on one membrane, 128 x 238mm. Fragment of seal in green wax pendant on cords, annotated on verso ‘carta de poulet’ The

Los #: 222

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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DEVON. Grant by Roger, lord of Boclande [i.e. Buckland in the Moor, Devon...

DEVON. Grant by Roger, lord of Boclande [i.e. Buckland in the Moor, Devon] of lands at Pudsham, n.d. [c.1250]. In Latin. On vellum, 23 lines on one membrane, 185 x 210mm (somewhat soiled, a number of puncture holes), armorial seal of Roger ('S[igillum] ROGERI D’ BOKLOND') in green wax pendant on

Los #: 223

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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EDWARD I (1239-1307), King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of...

EDWARD I (1239-1307), King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine. Letters patent, inspeximus of a charter of Henry III confirming the grant of the borough of Wycombe to its burgesses, Westminster, 12 June 1285. In Latin. On vellum, 30 lines on one membrane, 325 x 435mm, space intended

Los #: 224

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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DORSET. Grant by Matilda de Rodray of the vills of Tincleton and Ilsington...

DORSET. Grant by Matilda de Rodray of the vills of Tincleton and Ilsington, n.d. [late 13th century]. In Latin. On vellum, 9 lines on a single membrane, 130 x 260mm, docketed 'Tincledene' on verso, vellum tag (lacking seal, a few small punctures, minor soiling). An attractive late 13th-century

Los #: 225

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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EDWARD III (1312-1377), king of England, lord of Ireland. Letters patent...

EDWARD III (1312-1377), king of England, lord of Ireland. Letters patent, grant of free warren to John de Warbleton, Westminster, 16 February 1367/8. In Latin. On vellum, 20 lines on one membrane, 298 x 415mm, space intended for a decorated initial letter left blank (some staining along horizontal

Los #: 226

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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BRISTOL. Appointment of an attorney by Robert Gratelegh, Bristol, 13...

BRISTOL. Appointment of an attorney by Robert Gratelegh, Bristol, 13 January 1381/2. In Latin. On vellum, 10 lines on one membrane, 105 x 268mm (minor soiling), seals of Robert and seal of the Mayor of Bristol (depicting a castle and ship with the text 'SIGILL'. MAIORATUS VILLE B[RISTOL]') in red

Los #: 227

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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MARSHAL, Margaret, suo jure Duchess of Norfolk (c.1320-1399). Document as...

MARSHAL, Margaret, suo jure Duchess of Norfolk (c.1320-1399). Document as 'margarete mareschall Cendesse [ sic ] de Norffolch', a receipt for a payment of 50 silver shillings by Sir John Mauteby owed as a knight's fee for Basingham, Norfolk, Framlingham Castle, 13 May 1386. In Norman French. On

Los #: 228

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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MARLBOROUGH. Grant by Juliana Bythck of lands at Trebalvet and Trebythyk...

MARLBOROUGH. Grant by Juliana Bythck of lands at Trebalvet and Trebythyk, given at Marlborough, 6 May 1398. In Latin. On vellum, 14 lines on one membrane, 128 x 300mm (rather soiled and worn, with slight loss of legibility; laid down). Armorial seals of Juliana Bythyck and of the town of Marlborough

Los #: 229

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 11.12.2019

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POLE, William de la, 1st Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450). Document signed...

POLE, William de la, 1st Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450). Document signed ('Suffolk'), an indenture recording the resolution of a dispute relating to the manor of Sproughton, n.p., 19 May 1436. In English. On vellum, 36 lines on one membrane, 275 x 510mm, indented at upper and left margins (some

Los #: 230

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 11.12.2019