THE HISTORY OF WESTERN SCRIPT: A SELECTION FROM THE SCHØYEN COLLECTION

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Date of the auction: 08.07.2020

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Stamp seal with quadrupeds, on steatite or chlorite block [Near East, 5th...

‡ Stamp seal with two horned quadrupeds, possibly antelope, each held by a large hand, carved in simple lines, floral zigzag motifs on reverse, on olive-green steatite or chlorite rectangular block [Near East, fifth or fourth millennium BC.] Semi-precious stone, carved in deep relief, with two

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Stamp seal with Ibex, carved on black steatite or chlorite [Near East...

‡ Stamp seal, with single large male Ibex with long curving horns, walking left, small half-moon marks denoting ground, and ridge worn into reverse, carved on black steatite or chlorite [Near East, fourth millennium BC.] Semi-precious stone, carved in deep relief and good detail, pierced through

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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The Kushim Clay Tablet, fine pictographic tablet [Sumer, Uruk III period...

‡ The Kushim Clay Tablet, a large and remarkably fine pictographic tablet recording beer production at the brewery at the Inanna Temple in Uruk, with the apparent personal name 'Kush-im', that perhaps the first attested personal name in history, clay tablet with pictographic inscription [Sumer

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £70,000 - £90,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Omens from the behaviour of birds of prey, in cuneiform, clay tablet...

‡ Omens drawn from the behaviour of birds of prey, in particular falcons, especially in the presence of the king and his army, in Neo-Babylonian, in cuneiform script, inscribed clay tablet [Babylonia, seventh century BC.] Lower half of a large clay tablet, with two columns of text on each side in a

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Book of the Dead, in Heiratic, section of linen wrapping [Egypt, probably...

Book of the Dead, written for the deceased Anchhap, son of Djedher and Shepsepedet, part of chapter 17, in Middle Egyptian in Heiratic script, decorated manuscript on section of linen mummy wrapping [Egypt (perhaps El-Lisht, south of Cairo), early Ptolemaic (probably fourth century BC.)] Long and

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Homer, Iliad XI:1-5, in Greek, epic verse, manuscript on papyrus [Egypt...

‡ Homer, Iliad XI:1-5 (with Zeus sending Strife to the Achaean fleet, bearing a war-banner in her hands, at the break of dawn), in Greek, epic verse in dactylic hexameters, manuscript on papyrus [Egypt, second century AD.] One rectangular papyrus fragment, with remains of a single column of six

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Quotations from Isocrates and Menander, in Attic Greek, wooden tablet...

‡ Short quotations from Isocrates, Ad Demonicum , 9, and Menander, Sententia , in Attic Greek, in Greek cursive and capitals, manuscript on large polished wooden tablet doubtless produced as part of a scribal teaching exercise [Egypt, late fourth or early fifth century] Rectangular wooden tablet

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Votive text, in Latin, punched with dots into thin gold plate [probably...

‡ Votive text appealing to Victoria Augusta, perhaps in the name of a Roman auxiliary stationed in England and named Aufilius or Aufidius, in Latin, in Roman Capitals punched with dots into thin gold plate [probably England (perhaps Roman fort of Lanchester/Longovicium, near Durham in northern

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Record of testamentary charities, in Latin, manuscript on bronze...

Record of testamentary charities by different testators, made to freeborn legitimate and illegitimate boys and girls in set proportions by an established charitable foundation, according to the Roman laws of Septimus Severus, in Latin, manuscript in transitional script between square and rustic

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £7,000 - £9,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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A homily discussing adultery, in Greek, manuscript on parchment [Greece...

Two leaves with a homily discussing adultery and citing a patristic text, in Greek, decorated manuscript on parchment [Greece (perhaps Constantinople), eleventh century] Two leaves, each with double column of 30 lines in a fine Greek minuscule, each leaf complete apart from trimmed at head with

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Coptic Psalter, manuscript on parchment [Egypt (probably White Monastery...

‡ Psalter, in Sahidic dialect of Coptic, in Coptic Uncials, manuscript on parchment [Upper Egypt (probably the White Monastery, Sohag), first half of fifth century] Single leaf with a stub from its sister leaf on the other half of the bifolium, with remains of a single column of 27 lines of elegant

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Breviary, in Syriac, decorated manuscript on parchment [Near East (probably...

Breviary, in Syriac, decorated manuscript on parchment [Near East (probably Syria), twelfth century] Single leaf, with double column of 30 lines in Syriac estrangela book script, rubrics in red, major sections separated by decorative red and brown flowerheads torn at inner edge with only slight

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Hebrew Bible, Amos 5:7-7:11, manuscript on parchment [Oriental, tenth or...

‡ Hebrew Bible, Amos 5:7-7:11, manuscript on parchment [Oriental (Near East), tenth or eleventh century] Single large square leaf, with three columns of 22 lines of large square script with nikkud, Masora magna above text and Masorah parva below text, small Masorah inserted between the columns

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Hebrew Bible, with Kings Chronicles and Isaiah, manuscript on parchment...

Cuttings from a Hebrew Bible, with parts of Kings, Chronicles, and Isaiah, all with the commentary of Rashi and parts of the Haftaroth, manuscript in remarkably fine Azhkenazi script on parchment [Germany, twelfth or thirteenth century] Four leaves and two fragments (making up three bifolia) from a

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £7,000 - £9,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Hebrew Bible, manuscript on parchment [Near East (Egypt or Palestine...

Substantial fragment from two closely related codices of the Hebrew Bible, with the short weekly readings from 2 Kings and the Major and Minor Prophets, in Hebrew, manuscript on parchment [Near East (most probably Egypt or Palestine), eleventh century, or just perhaps early twelfth century] 24

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Yačaxapatoum čark, Armenian sermons, manuscript on parchment [Greater...

Yačaxapatoum čark, an extremely early sermon collection, in Armenian, manuscript on parchment [Greater Armenia, twelfth century] Six leaves, with double column of 21-23 lines in two sizes and styles of Armenian Uncial (erkat'agir: 'iron writing'), two areas of erasure, one leaf darkened and damaged

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Canon of Odes 3-7, in Middle Georgian, manuscript on parchment [Georgia...

Canon of Odes 3-7, celebrating the appearance of the Cross in the sky over Mount Golgotha in the reign of Emperor Constantius, son of Constantine the Great, in Middle Georgian, in nuskuri script, manuscript on parchment [Georgia, thirteenth or fourteenth century] Single leaf, with 28 lines in a

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Bede, Homilies, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [most probably France...

Bede, Homilies, in Latin, cuttings from a manuscript in a fine Anglo-Saxon minuscule on parchment [most probably north-eastern France (perhaps Arras), first quarter of the ninth century] Large fragment of a single leaf bisected laterally into two equal halves, remains of double column of 25 lines in

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job, in Latin, manuscript on parchment...

Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job, in Latin, large cutting from a manuscript on parchment, surviving in situ on the binding of a printed copy of Introductionis ad artem Rhetoricam, Libri II, ex Cicerone potissimum depropti et ad usum puerorum usum accommodati (Perugia: Vincentius Columbarius, 1596

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Augustine, Tractatus in Johannem, in Latin, manuscript on parchment...

Five small cuttings from Augustine, Tractatus in Johannem, 10:9-12, in Beneventan minuscule, in Latin, from a liturgical manuscript on parchment [Southern Italy, eleventh century] Five rectangular cuttings, each with remains of double column of 5 lines of text in a fine Beneventan minuscule

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Collectarium, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [southern central Italy...

Three small cuttings from a single leaf from a portable Collectarium with the Offices for St. Bartholomew and the Decollation of St. John the Baptist, in Beneventan minuscule, in Latin, from a liturgical manuscript on parchment [southern central Italy (perhaps Sulmona), c. 1200] Three fragments

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Passional, with an animal initial, manuscript in Latin, on parchment...

Leaf from a vast Passional, with a large and finely decorated animal initial, manuscript in Latin, written in Beneventan minuscule on parchment [Southern Italy (probably Abruzzo), c. 1100] Single enormous leaf, with double columns of 37 lines of a fine and regular Beneventan minuscule (with parts of

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Gregory the Great, Homily, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Southern...

Gregory the Great, Homily on Luke 13:6, in Latin, in Beneventan minuscule, decorated manuscript on parchment [Southern Italy (probably Montecassino), thirteenth century] Single leaf, with remains of double column of 25 lines in a skilled Monte Cassino-type Beneventan minuscule, capitals touched in

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Missal, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Southern Italy, 14th century]

Leaf from a Missal, for the Sanctoral, with the Mass for the Feast of the Apparition of St. Michael (8 May) and for the Feasts of SS. Gordian and Epimachus, in notably late Beneventan minuscule, in Latin, from very large decorated manuscript on parchment [Southern Italy, fourteenth century] Large

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Athanasius, Life of St. Anthony the Great, manuscript on parchment [France...

Athanasius of Alexandria, Life of St. Anthony the Great, in the Latin translation of Evagrius of Antioch, large cutting from a manuscript leaf on parchment [France, second half of the ninth century] Cutting from the top half of a leaf, with remains of double columns of 20 lines in a fine and rounded

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Bede’s commentary on Luke, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [most probably...

Bede's commentary on Luke 8:4-12, with an unidentified commentary on 2 Corinthians 11:32-12:9, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [most probably Germany, third quarter of the ninth century] Substantial parts of a large bifolium, cut through the middle horizontally to use on a later binding as board

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Bible, in Latin, in Carolingian minuscule, manuscript on parchment [France...

Bifolium from a Bible, most probably a grand pandect, with Proverbs 30:23-31:31 and Ecclesiastes 1:1-7:20, in Latin, in early Carolingian minuscule, in close derivative of Tours script, manuscript on parchment [western France, second half of the ninth century] Two conjoined leaves, each leaf with

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Alcuin, Conflictus veris et hiemis, and other texts, manuscript on...

Conflictus veris et hiemis, a verse in hexameters on the debate between Spring and Winter, attributed to Alcuin of York, with the translations and miracles of St. Lomer, with further additions of Carolingian music, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [France (most probably Blois), c. 873 and

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Passio sanctorum Petri et Pauli, manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably...

Pseudo-Marcellus, Passio sanctorum Petri et Pauli, an apocryphal text based on the Acts of St. Peter, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Bobbio), tenth century] Single leaf, with single column of 27 lines in local variant of an angular Carolingian minuscule which leans to

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020

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Lectionary leaf, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [probably Italy, tenth...

Lectionary leaf, with readings from Luke 10:17-24 and John 15:12-16, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [probably Italy, tenth century] Single complete leaf, with double column of 20 lines in a late Carolingian minuscule including an et-ligature used sporadically integrally within words, a

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 8 Jul 2020