Auction 08.06.2005

Christie's
London, King Street

Date of the auction: 08.06.2005

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GOD BLESSING AND DAVID PLAYING THE PSALTERY, in an initial B on a leaf from...

GOD BLESSING AND DAVID PLAYING THE PSALTERY, in an initial B on a leaf from a choir Psalter, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Florence, 1380s] 514 x 382mm (leaf), 128 x 138mm (initial). The initial, with staves of blue supporting curling acanthus leaves of orange, pink and green, contains

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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Four leaves containing five large initials, from a Gradual, ILLUMINATED...

Four leaves containing five large initials, from a Gradual, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIRBOOK ON VELLUM [northern Italy, ?Bologna, early 14th century] 505 x 350mm (average leaf size), 120 x 90mm to 80 x 65mm (initials overall), eight lines written in black ink in a gothic bookhand, between music of

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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DAVID BEFORE CHRIST THE REDEEMER, an historiated initial B cut from a...

DAVID BEFORE CHRIST THE REDEEMER, an historiated initial B cut from a Choirbook, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM. [Lombardy, 3rd quarter 15th century] 274mm x 195mm (cutting), 130mm x 130mm (initial). The crowned king dressed in a green robe with a blue-grey lining stands in a dark barren landscape

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, an historiated initial F on a bifolium from an...

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, an historiated initial F on a bifolium from an Antiphonal, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIRBOOK ON VELLUM [northeastern Italy, 3rd quarter 15th century] 595 x 415mm (leaf), 155 x 157mm (initial). The saint dressed in his camelhair shirt and a mantle of scarlet holds a cross in one

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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MIRACLES OF ST BENIGNUS, large miniature with six marginal miniatures, on a...

MIRACLES OF ST BENIGNUS, large miniature with six marginal miniatures, on a leaf from a Book of Hours, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [?Lyonnais, 1480s] 149 x 100mm; the main arched compartment showing St Benignus healing a sick man, the marginal scenes illustrating other events from his life

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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ST JEROME, full-page miniature on a leaf from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT...

ST JEROME, full-page miniature on a leaf from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS ON VELLUM [southern Netherlands c.1510] 168 x 117mm (leaf), 165 x 108mm (painted area). St Jerome, in a rough shirt and socks, kneeling in penitence and holding a stone with which to beat his breast, before a

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £900 - £1,200

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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THE SENSE OF SMELL, miniature cut from a Propriété des choses , ILLUMINATED...

THE SENSE OF SMELL, miniature cut from a Propriété des choses , ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Hainault, 1490s]145 x 124mm (cutting, with further 5-8 mm folded over), 134 x 197mm (miniature). Within a frame of brown and shell gold, a verdant castle garden under a blue sky with two men covering

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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THE VIRGIN AND CHILD ADORED BY A VENETIAN PATRICIAN, full page miniature...

THE VIRGIN AND CHILD ADORED BY A VENETIAN PATRICIAN, full page miniature from a Dogale, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Venice, c.1540]210 x 146mm. Before a green hanging, the Virgin seated on a sphinx throne supporting the naked Child, who blesses a nobleman at three-quarter length with his hand

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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PSALTER, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

PSALTER, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Liège, 13th century; miniatures early 20th century]127 x 90mm. 149 leaves: 1 7(of 8, lacking i), 2 7(of 8, lacking vii), 3 8, 4 7(of 8, lacking vi), 5 8, 6 4(of 8, lacking iii-vi), 7 8, 8 7(of 8, lacking ii), 9 8, 10 4, 11 7(of 8, lacking i), 12

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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ANNUNCIATION, copy of a miniature from a Book of Hours illuminated by a...

ANNUNCIATION, copy of a miniature from a Book of Hours illuminated by a follower of the Jouvenel Master, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [?Britain, late 19th century] 147 x 108mm. Full-page miniature, in an elaborate architectural framework in brown and shell gold, the Annunciation in a central

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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HENRY VII ( King of England 1485-1509). Letter signed (with fine signature...

HENRY VII ( King of England 1485-1509). Letter signed (with fine signature and autograph subscription, 'V[ot]re frere cousin et bon pere Henry R') to the King of Castile and Granada (Philip I of Austria, 'the Fair'), Greenwich, 8 April n.y. [1506], one page, 285 x 400mm , 9 lines written in brown

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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HENRY VIII ( King of England , 1509-1547). Letters patent WITH FINE INITIAL...

HENRY VIII ( King of England , 1509-1547). Letters patent WITH FINE INITIAL LETTER PORTRAIT, 190 x 115mm, Westminster, 22 February 1538, a grant to Robert Tyrwytt Esquire of the former monastery of Staynfeld [Stanfield] in Lincolnshire and its lands, amounting to 240 acres of arable land, 299 acres

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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CATHERINE DE MEDICIS (1519-1589), Queen of France . Letter signed to the...

CATHERINE DE MEDICIS (1519-1589), Queen of France . Letter signed to the Sieur de Bordillon (Imbert de la Platière, the King's Lieutenant General in Piedmont), St Germain-en-Laye, 28 August 1561, 2 pages, folio , countersigned by de l'Aubespine, integral address leaf (2 small holes caused by erosion

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £900 - £1,200

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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MARGUERITE DE VALOIS (1553-1615, 'la Reine Margot'), Queen of Henry IV of...

MARGUERITE DE VALOIS (1553-1615, 'la Reine Margot'), Queen of Henry IV of France . Autograph letter signed ('V[ost]re afectionnee et plus fidelle amie Marguerite') to Monsieur de Causac, 'a l'Usan' [Usson]. 10 September 1596, 3 pages, folio , integral address panel, fragment of small wax seal

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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BIBLE with Prologues and the Interpretation of Hebrew Names, in Latin...

BIBLE with Prologues and the Interpretation of Hebrew Names, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [northern France, probably Paris, 1220s] 217 x 140mm. i paper + i + 340 leaves with modern pencilled foliation running from first parchment leaf: 1-24 1 2, 25-26 1 4, 27 1 2, 28 3(of 4, iv

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £18,000 - £25,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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BOETHIUS (c. 476-524). De Consolatione Philosophiae , in Latin, DECORATED...

BOETHIUS (c. 476-524). De Consolatione Philosophiae , in Latin, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Italy, 14th century] 225 x 154mm. 58 leaves, ii + 1-7 8, COMPLETE, pencil foliation 1-58 followed here, catchwords on final versos of each gathering, guide letters for book numbers in upper outer corners

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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PRAYERBOOK, in German and Latin, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

PRAYERBOOK, in German and Latin, DECORATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Germany, second half 15th century] 140 x 108mm. 325 leaves: 1 1 0(i as pastedown, unfoliated), 2 8, 3-32 1 0, 33 9(of 10, x cancelled blank, ix as pastedown, unfoliated), COMPLETE, some horizontal catchwords in lower margins of final

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Sarum, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Sarum, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Bruges, c.1430 and southern England, c.1440]207 x 140mm. iii paper + 78 leaves + iii paper: 1 4, 2 7(of 6, v an added singleton), 3-4 8, 5 3(ff.28-30 misbound leaves), 6 6(of 8, lacking i and iv), 7 1(f.37, originally probably

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Sarum, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Sarum, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [England, probably London, 3rd quarter 15th century] 125 x 90mm. ii + 118 + ii leaves: 1 6, 2-11 8, 12 3(of 4, iv cancelled blank), 13 8, 14 5(of 6, vi cancelled blank), 15-16 8, COMPLETE, 19 lines written in black in a gothic

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON...

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Rouen, c.1460] 92 x 65mm. i + 172 leaves, apparently COMPLETE, later painted title leaf with floral border tipped in on 17th-century flyleaf, 1-2 6, 3-4 8, 5 7(of 8, v cancelled), 6-8 8, 9 4, 10-12 8, 13 4, 14-16 8

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON...

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Rouen, c.1470] 153 x 113mm. 130 leaves: 1 1 2, 2 8, 3 6, 4-8 8, 9 4, 10-11 8, 12 7(of 8, iii lacking, probably with miniature), 13-15 8, 16 5(i-iii singletons), 17 8, modern foliation miscounted and not followed

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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HORAE, use of Paris, in Latin and French, with full-page ILLUMINATED...

HORAE, use of Paris, in Latin and French, with full-page ILLUMINATED MINIATURES IN MANUSCRIPT. [Paris]: Jean de Coulonces, [almanac for 1502-1514]. PRINTED ON VELLUM. 8° (154 x 103mm). Collation: A-I 8, L-R 8, T 3-4 (lacking F3, G3, I3, M2, M4-6, N2, R7, T1-2, T5-end). A1r title with metalcut

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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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 [Ghent, c.1460]180 x 120mm. 187 + 10 leaves:1 1 2, 2 8(of 9, lacking i), 3 8, 4 8(of 9, lacking v), 5 6(of 7, lacking ii), 6 8, 7 5(of 4 + iv miniature leaf), 8 8, 9 8(of 10, lacking ii and vii miniature leaves), 10 8(of 10

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £45,000 - £60,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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HOURS OF GUYOT II LE PELEY, Book of Hours, use of Troyes and Rome, in Latin...

HOURS OF GUYOT II LE PELEY, Book of Hours, use of Troyes and Rome, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Bourges, c.1480-85] 130 x 94mm. 150 leaves: 1 6, 2 6, 3-10 8, 11 7, 12-13 8, 14 1(of 2, lacking ii), 15 7(of 8, lacking i), 16-20 8, 21 3(of 4 final blank cancelled), the two

Lot #: 31

Estimate: £250,000 - £350,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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MISSAL, for the use of Augustinian hermits, in Latin, ILLUMINATED...

MISSAL, for the use of Augustinian hermits, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [northeastern Italy, 1490s]250 x 355mm. i (former pastedown) +235 + i (former pastedown) leaves, modern pencilled pagination: 1 6, 2 8(of 10, lacking bifolium i/x), 3-13 1 0, 14 2, 15 9(of 10, lacking i), 16 2(of

Lot #: 32

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Tournai, in Latin and Dutch, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT...

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Tournai, in Latin and Dutch, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Ghent, c.1490] 140 x 93mm. iv (i as pastedown) + 181 leaves: 1 8, 2 9(of 8 + iii, miniature), 3 9(of 8 + vii, miniature), 4 8, 5 9(of 8 + ii, miniature), 6-7 8, 8 9(of 8 + vii, miniature), 9-10 8, 11 1 1(of 10 + iv

Lot #: 33

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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DE' MEDICI, Lorenzo, 'Il Magnifico' (1449-1492). Sixteenth-century...

DE' MEDICI, Lorenzo, 'Il Magnifico' (1449-1492). Sixteenth-century manuscript copy of the 'Canzone a ballo composte del magnifico Lorenzo de' Medici e da M.Agnolo Poliziano ed altri autori, insieme con la Nencia di Barberino e la Beca di Dicomano composte dal medesimo Lorenzo. Nuovamente

Lot #: 34

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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NAPLES -- 16th Century. Francesco MARCOALDI (fl.1592). Manuscript (probably...

NAPLES -- 16th Century. Francesco MARCOALDI (fl.1592). Manuscript (probably autograph) signed, an account of the Kingdom of Naples dedicated to Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara, Ferrara, 25 March 1592, written in brown ink in an elegant informal humanistic hand, 79 pages, 208 x 150mm , two blind-stamped

Lot #: 35

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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VENICE -- The Venetian-Turkish campaigns of 1685-1692. Geremia de LEONI DA...

VENICE -- The Venetian-Turkish campaigns of 1685-1692. Geremia de LEONI DA MAIJERATO (1561- ?), retired sergeant of the papal army. Manuscript (fair copy in an unidentified hand) of 'La Bombardazione di Genova con quarto campagne contro la Potenza Ottomana', an apparently unpublished account of the

Lot #: 37

Estimate: £900 - £1,200

Date: 8 Jun 2005

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ROSICRUCIANISM]. 'Physica Metaphysica et Hyperphisica D.O.M.A.', a...

ROSICRUCIANISM]. 'Physica Metaphysica et Hyperphisica D.O.M.A.', a Rosicrucian handbook, in Latin and German, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER [Germany, early-18th century] 620 x 425mm. 18 leaves (pages numbered 1-28): APPARENTLY COMPLETE, in three or more hands, the illuminated figures in liquid

Lot #: 39

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 8 Jun 2005