Music, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental Books

Sotheby's
London

Date of the auction: 04.12.2018

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bookseller catalogues

bookseller catalogues ALAN G. THOMAS, FINE BOOKS (BOURNEMOUTH, 1957–1965; LONDON, 1966–1991) 51 items , 235x155mm, a substantially complete set, comprising nos.2–3, 6–53 (including two copies of the ‘Edition de luxe’ of no.51, limited to 10 copies), no.46 with loosely inserted photographs (one of

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £100 - £150

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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miscellaneous texts

miscellaneous texts ABOUT THIRTY FRAGMENTS, IN LATIN AND HEBREW [GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY, 10TH(?) TO 15TH CENTURIES] various sizes , fragments mostly recovered from bindings, all on vellum: (a) 2 horizontal strips from a single leaf, each c.120x300mm, each with at least 11 lines of text in 2 columns

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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secular and liturgical texts in French and Latin

secular and liturgical texts in French and Latin [FRANCE, ITALY, BOHEMIA(?), LATE 14TH AND 15TH CENTURIES] Five bifolia and four leaves , all on vellum except (e): (a) a bifolium from Simon de Hesdin, Les faits et paroles memorables , in French with lemmata in Latin, part of Book II (the equivalent

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £500 - £700

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Carolingian Bible fragment, in Latin

Carolingian Bible fragment, in Latin [GERMANY, 9TH CENTURY (EARLY?)] c.360x220mm , vellum, an incomplete leaf ( one side cropped with the loss of the margin and a few mm of text ), ruled on the verso for 2 columns of 33 lines, with double vertical rulings to each side of each column, the horizontals

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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A leaf from a grand Romanesque lectern Bible, in Latin

A leaf from a grand Romanesque lectern Bible, in Latin [FRANCE (OR ENGLAND?), EARLY 12TH CENTURY] c.485x340mm , vellum, a single leaf, ruled in drypoint for 2 columns of 49 lines, the ruled space c.400x250mm, containing Ephesians 1:19–6:3 (recto: ‘[superemi]nens magnitudo … evangelistas alios au

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £500 - £700

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Funeral Procession

Funeral Procession MINIATURE ON A LEAF FROM A BOOK OF HOURS, USE OF COUTANCES, IN LATIN [FRANCE (NORMANDY, COUTANCES?), 15TH CENTURY (C.1420S)] c.170x115mm , single vellum leaf, 14 lines, ruled space c.84x57mm, border decoration slightly cropped at the fore-edge, otherwise in very fine condition

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Ducks and a Bear

Ducks and a Bear A LARGE ILLUMINATED BORDER FROM AN UNIDENTIFIED MANUSCRIPT [ITALY (LOMBARDY, BRESCIA), 15TH CENTURY (3RD QUARTER)] c.410x70mm , single vellum cutting, rounded at top and bottom, illuminated with three roundels, each c.60mm in diameter, the middle one depicting a pale brown bear in a

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Beatus leaf from a large Choir Psalter, in Latin

Beatus leaf from a large Choir Psalter, in Latin PROBABLY FOR THE USE OF FRANCISCAN OBSERVANTS [ITALY (ABRUZZO, L’AQUILA?), 15TH CENTURY (THIRD QUARTER, AFTER 1456)] c.580x410mm , single vellum leaf, 12 lines, the recto with music on 4-line staves (rastrum 32mm), the ruled space c.370x260mm, the

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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The Crucifixion, Man of Sorrows, and putti

The Crucifixion, Man of Sorrows, and putti A BIFOLIUM FROM A BOOK OF HOURS, IN LATIN [ITALY (PERHAPS ROME), LATE 15TH CENTURY] c.130x142mm , vellum bifolium, 19 lines, the ruled space of each page c.86x41mm, illuminated with a 6-line historiated initial extending into a three-sided border, and three

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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King David in Penitence, by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures

King David in Penitence, by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures [FLANDERS (GHENT), 15TH CENTURY (C.1480)] single miniature , c.125x78mm, vellum, trimmed to the edge of the painted frame, laid down on thick card (138x90mm); David occupies the foreground with a canal and late-medieval buildings

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £50,000 - £70,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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The Coronation of the Virgin, by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures

The Coronation of the Virgin, by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures [FLANDERS (GHENT), 15TH CENTURY (C.1480)] single miniature , c.128x78mm, vellum, trimmed to the edge of the painted frame, laid down on thick card (138x90mm); at the top centre of the composition God the Father sits surrounded by

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £50,000 - £70,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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The author presenting his work to Pope Gregory IX

The author presenting his work to Pope Gregory IX MINIATURE FROM AN INCUNABLE GLOSSED DECRETALS OF GREGORY IX, IN LATIN [FRANCE (PARIS?), LATE 15TH CENTURY (NOT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1491)] c.65x130mm (miniature) on a folded cutting c.145x140mm, paper, the miniature depicting Gregory enthroned, dressed

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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The Annunciation with monks, nuns, and saints

The Annunciation with monks, nuns, and saints FULL-PAGE MINIATURE, PROBABLY FROM A PRAYERBOOK [FRANCE (PARIS), 16TH CENTURY (C.1510?)] c.140x93mm , single vellum leaf with full-page miniature depicting kneeling monks with St Stephen, and kneeling nuns with St Francis, the arms ( argent , a chevron

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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The Bible of William Ketyll

The Bible of William Ketyll BIBLE, WITH PROLOGUES, IN LATIN [ENGLAND, 13TH CENTURY (SECOND QUARTER OR MIDDLE)] c.220x155mm , vellum, iv+377+vi leaves, prickings and quire signatures and/or catchwords often survive (suggesting that the outer and lower margins have not been significantly cropped

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Prayerbook, Use of Saint-Omer, in Latin and Picard French

Prayerbook, Use of Saint-Omer, in Latin and Picard French [WRITTEN IN NORTHERN FRANCE (SAINT-OMER), WITH INSERTED FLEMISH MINIATURES (BRUGES), 15TH CENTURY (C.1430S)] c.170x130mm , vellum, ii+331+2 leaves, foliated every 5th leaf in the lower corner, 17 lines, the ruled space c.100x70mm, the

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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A Rothschild Book of Hours

A Rothschild Book of Hours USE OF SARUM, IN LATIN [SOUTHERN NETHERLANDS (BRUGES), 15TH CENTURY (C.1470S)] c.195x135mm , manuscript on vellum, iv+204+iv leaves, foliated in the lower left corners, apparently complete, mainly in quires of eight leaves plus miniatures on inserted leaves, 18 lines

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Jean d’Enghien, Le Livre des cronicques de Brabant, in French

Jean d’Enghien, Le Livre des cronicques de Brabant, in French [SOUTHERN NETHERLANDS (BRUSSELS?), 15TH CENTURY (1470S?), WITH ADDED ILLUSTRATIONS (LATE 15TH OR EARLY 16TH-CENTURY?)] c.400x270mm , manuscript on paper, 284 leaves plus modern flyleaves, the flyleaves and first 7 original leaves not

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Book of Hours, Use of Lyon, in Latin and French

Book of Hours, Use of Lyon, in Latin and French [FRANCE (LYON), 15TH CENTURY (C.1480)] c.150x110mm , manuscript on vellum, ii+132+ii leaves, foliation omits ‘100’ and repeats ‘102’, 19 lines, the ruled space c.95x55mm, the calendar in quires of six leaves, the rest mainly in quires of 8, but

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £7,000 - £9,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Partial Book of Hours, in Latin and Italian

Partial Book of Hours, in Latin and Italian [ITALY, 15TH CENTURY AND 19TH(?) CENTURY] c.95x70mm , manuscript on vellum, i+102+i leaves, 10 lines, the ruled space c.50x40mm, ff.84v, 94r–v, 95v–102v ruled otherwise blank, 19th(?)-century illuminated initials, borders, and miniatures added in margins

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Manual for the Use of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, in Latin

Manual for the Use of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, in Latin [ITALY (ROME), LATE 15TH OR EARLY 16TH CENTURY, NOT BEFORE 1493] c.320x230mm , manuscript on vellum, ii+252+1+i leaves, complete, collation: i–xx10, xxi2, xxii–xxvi10, catchwords, two columns of up to 21 lines of text, or up to 7 lines of

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Temporale of a Soresina Antiphonary, in Latin

Temporale of a Soresina Antiphonary, in Latin [ITALY (LOMBARDY, CREMONA), 16TH CENTURY (SECOND HALF)] c.510x380mm , manuscript on vellum, 187 leaves, complete, mostly in quires of 4 leaves (quires xxix and xlvii are bifolia), discreet foliation in lower right corner, pagination (used here) in

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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The Four Gospels, in Armenian

The Four Gospels, in Armenian ARMENIA (HAVUTS TAR MONASTERY), DATED 1471 4to (185 x 140mm.), manuscript on paper, 293+3(blank) leaves, preceded and followed by two vellum flyleaves (see below), apparently COMPLETE in 25 quires of 12 leaves each, with one leaf cancelled in quire xii, quire signatures

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Bible. New Testament. Gospels. Armenian

Bible. New Testament. Gospels. Armenian GIRG SRBO AVETARANIN TYARN MERO YEV PRKCHIN HISUSI QRISTOSI [THE BOOKS OF THE GOSPELS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST]. VENICE: MICHELANGELO BARBONI FOR VOSKAN AGULETS'I, 1685 4to (180 x 133mm.), a-b 4 A-3H 4 , title within woodcut border, woodcut

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Bible. New Testament. Gospels. Armenian

Bible. New Testament. Gospels. Armenian AVETARAN TYARN MERO HISUSI QRISTOSI [THE GOSPELS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST]. VENICE: ANTONIO BORTOLI, 1759 8vo (153 x 102mm.), title within woodcut border, woodcut initials and headpieces, full-page engraved portrait at start of each gospel, contemporary

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Albaspini, Gabriele

Albaspini, Gabriele DE VETERIBUS ECCLESIAE RITIBUS OBSERVATIONUM LIBRI DUO. PARIS: LAURENCE SONNIUS, 1623 3 parts in one volume, 4to (230 x 162mm.), engraved vignette on title-page, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, contemporary French calf with the arms of de Thou and his second wife [Olivier

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Baudelaire, Charles

Baudelaire, Charles OEUVRES POSTHUMES. PARIS: SOCIÉTÉ DU MERCURE DE FRANCE, 1908 8vo (247 x 185mm.), copy no. 22 of a limited number printed on papier de Hollande , printed for MM. Cumin and Masson, frontispiece portrait printed in two states (black and bistre), half crushed brown morocco by Hyman

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £300 - £400

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Beauchasteau, François Matthieu de

Beauchasteau, François Matthieu de LA LYRE DU JEUNE APOLLON, OU LA MUSE NAISSANTE. PARIS: CHARLES DE SERCY (NICOLAS FOUCAULT), 1657 4to (241 x 165mm.), additional engraved title-page, engraved frontispiece portrait, title printed in red and black, engraved and woodcut headpieces and initials

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Bernard, Pierre Joseph

Bernard, Pierre Joseph L’ART D’AIMER ET POÉSIES DIVERSES. PARIS: DIDOT JEUNE, AN III [1795] 8vo (222 x 138mm.), half-title, 7 engraved plates after Eisen and Martini, contemporary straight-grained red morocco gilt probably by Bozerian, blue watered silk endpapers, flat spine gilt, gilt edges, spine

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Bible. New Testament. French

Bible. New Testament. French LE NOUVEAU TESTAMENT EN FRANÇOIS, AVEC DES REFLEXIONS MORALES SUR CHAQUE VERSET... NOUVELLE EDITION. (ABREGÉ DE LA MORALE DES ACTES DES APOSTRES...). PARIS: ANDRÉ PRALARD, 1696-1697 8 volumes, 12mo (157 x 91mm.), woodcut devices on title-pages, ruled in red throughout

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 4 Dec 2018

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Bible. Latin

Bible. Latin BIBLIORUM SACRORUM VULGATAE VERSIONIS EDITIO. PARIS: F.A. DIDOT, 1785 8 volumes, 8vo (188 x 107mm.), CONTEMPORARY STRAIGHT-GRAINED RED MOROCCO GILT BY BOZERIAN, flat spines gilt, gilt edges, blue watered silk endpapers

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 4 Dec 2018