Valuable Books and Manuscripts

Christie's
London

Date of the auction: 10.07.2019

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A LEAF FROM A SACRAMENTARY, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum...

A LEAF FROM A SACRAMENTARY, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [southern Germany or Austria, second half 12th century] A handsome example of Romanesque script: a leaf from a Sacramentary — the part of the Roman Missal which contains the prayers and directives for Mass, and a number of

Lot #: 501

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE NATIVITY, leaf from an illuminated manuscript on vellum [England or...

THE NATIVITY, leaf from an illuminated manuscript on vellum [England or perhaps northern France, second half 13th century] A splendid and expressive example of the Anglo-Norman style of the 13th century, likely from the prefatory cycle of a deluxe Psalter. 152 x 104mm (some surface wear and

Lot #: 502

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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TWO GEESE, historiated initial 'E' on a leaf from an illuminated Gradual on...

TWO GEESE, historiated initial 'E' on a leaf from an illuminated Gradual on vellum [Florence, c.1390] A whimsical historiated initial from a choirbook painted by Don Simone Camaldolese, one of the leading illuminators in Florence at the end of the 14th century. 460 x 340mm, the initial 130 x 120mm

Lot #: 503

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE MARTYRDOM OF ST MAURICE AND HIS COMPANIONS, historiated initial on a...

THE MARTYRDOM OF ST MAURICE AND HIS COMPANIONS, historiated initial on a leaf from a Breviary, in Latin and French [Paris, c.1340-50] A sparkling example of 14th-century Parisian illumination: a leaf from what would once have been a luxury manuscript painted by artists working in the style of the

Lot #: 504

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE NATIVITY, miniature from a Book of Hours, in Latin, illuminated...

THE NATIVITY, miniature from a Book of Hours, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1407] A sensitive and serene composition of the Nativity, revealing the influence of two of the pillars of early 15th-century Parisian illumination: the Mazarine Master and the Egerton Master. c.170 x

Lot #: 505

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, in...

THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [northern France, Paris, c .1415-20] A charming example of early 15th-century Parisian illumination. 160 x 115mm. 15 lines of text on the reverse with two smaller but similar initials with

Lot #: 506

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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SAINTS FLORENTINUS AND LEONARD, two miniatures on a leaf from a Book of...

SAINTS FLORENTINUS AND LEONARD, two miniatures on a leaf from a Book of Hours, in Latin [France, Brittany or perhaps Normandy, c.1430-40] Two colourful miniatures illuminated in an engaging and rustic style depicting St Leonard raising the chains of two kneeling prisoners, set against a dramatic

Lot #: 507

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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ST SEBASTIAN, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours [Western France...

ST SEBASTIAN, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours [Western France, ?Rennes, c.1435] A sparkling miniature by the Master of Walters 221, an artist named from a Book of Hours in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, usually dated to the 1430s, where St Sebastian appears in a very similar

Lot #: 508

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE BETRAYAL OF CHRIST, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours [Western...

THE BETRAYAL OF CHRIST, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours [Western France, ?Rennes, c.1435] A vibrant and action-packed composition by the Master of Walters 221, from the same parent manuscript as the previous lot. 180 x 140mm. The miniature of the Betrayal of Christ within a full border

Lot #: 509

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE LADY OF MALOHAUT AND HER COUSIN VISIT LANCELOT IN PRISON, WOUNDED AFTER...

THE LADY OF MALOHAUT AND HER COUSIN VISIT LANCELOT IN PRISON, WOUNDED AFTER HIS BATTLE WITH KING 'PREMIER CONQUIS', miniature cut from the Livre du Lancelot del Lac , in French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1440] An evocative miniature from the famous Arthurian romance Livre du

Lot #: 510

Estimate: £18,000 - £25,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE CRUCIFIXION, miniature cut from a Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript...

THE CRUCIFIXION, miniature cut from a Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript on vellum [eastern France, c.1450s-60s] A striking miniature from a Book of Hours: a fusion of eastern French and Flemish illumination showing the influence of Simon Marmion. 99 x 69mm. Verso blank (small losses of pigment

Lot #: 511

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE CRUCIFIXION, full-page miniature from a Book of Hours, illuminated...

THE CRUCIFIXION, full-page miniature from a Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Bruges, mid-15th century] A bright, vibrant miniature associable with the late work of the Masters of the Gold Scrolls. 170 x 125mm. Reverse blank (a little smudging to the margins). Mounted and framed

Lot #: 512

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE, miniature cut from a Book of Hours possibly...

THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE, miniature cut from a Book of Hours possibly made for Étienne Chevalier, treasurer to king Charles VII of France, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Tours, c.1470] A charming example of the work of the Charpentier Master, with a monogram tantalisingly suggestive of an

Lot #: 513

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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JOB ON THE DUNG HEAP, miniature on the opening folio of L es s ept fruits...

JOB ON THE DUNG HEAP, miniature on the opening folio of L es s ept fruits de la tribulation , in French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1455-65] An ambitious and dramatic miniature opening a rare French treatise dealing with the benefits conferred by suffering and tribulation. 212 x

Lot #: 514

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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TRIUMPHAL PROCESSION OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, cut from a manuscript...

TRIUMPHAL PROCESSION OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, cut from a manuscript [Rouen, third quarter 15th century] An unusual and historically significant depiction of the recently-crowned Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick III; a miniature by the Master of the Rouen Échevinage, the leading Rouen illuminator of

Lot #: 515

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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ADORATION OF THE MAGI, miniature cut from a Book of Hours, illuminated...

ADORATION OF THE MAGI, miniature cut from a Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1490] A polished and charming example of the work of the Master of Jacques de Besançon, also known as François le Berbier fils, one of the dominant illuminators in Paris in the second half of the

Lot #: 516

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE, miniature cut from a Book of Hours, illuminated...

PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE, miniature cut from a Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1490s] An early example of the bold, Renaissance style of the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse. 150 x 120mm. The text opening None in the Hours of the Virgin (a little soiled). Mounted and

Lot #: 517

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN, miniature cut from an illustrated choirbook on vellum...

BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN, miniature cut from an illustrated choirbook on vellum [Spain, mid-16th century] An enormous and accomplished illustration in a technique rarely found in choirbooks: a drawing in pen and ink with sepia and pink wash . 295 x 374mm. This ‘miniature’ was presumably on the upper half

Lot #: 518

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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CHRIST ENTHRONED, historiated initial 'H' cut from an illuminated choirbook...

CHRIST ENTHRONED, historiated initial 'H' cut from an illuminated choirbook on vellum [Spain, Toledo, mid 16th-century] An imposing and expressive miniature from what would have been a monumental Spanish Antiphonal illuminated in Toledo within the circle of Juan Correa de Vivar. 265 x 250mm. Reverse

Lot #: 519

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN, historiated initial 'N' cut from an illuminated...

THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN, historiated initial 'N' cut from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum [Spain, Toledo, mid-16th century] An imposing and expressive miniature from what would have been a monumental Spanish Antiphonal illuminated in Toledo within the circle of Juan Correa de Vivar. 265 x 250mm

Lot #: 520

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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ST ANTHONY ABBOT, miniature on vellum illuminated by the circle of Giulio...

ST ANTHONY ABBOT, miniature on vellum illuminated by the circle of Giulio Clovio [Italy, mid-16th century] An intimate and evocative portrayal of the great Desert Father and early Christian monk St Anthony Abbot, richly illuminated by a follower of Giulio Clovio. 163 x 137mm. Reverse blank (some

Lot #: 521

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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ERNESTO SPREGA (1829-1911), Ten Biblical scenes , illuminated miniatures on...

ERNESTO SPREGA (1829-1911), Ten Biblical scenes , illuminated miniatures on either side of five vellum leaves [?Vienna or Monaco, c.1890s] Fine and intriguing examples of the resurgence of interest in manuscript illumination in the 19 th century. 140 x 98-110mm (visible area). 5 vellum leaves

Lot #: 522

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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SERMONS, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [England, late 12th or...

SERMONS, in Latin, decorated manuscript on vellum [England, late 12th or early 13th century] An apparently unique English monastic survival: an unpublished and unstudied collection of mostly unidentified medieval sermons. c.275 x 200mm, ii + 87 + ii leaves, complete, foliated in ink in medieval

Lot #: 523

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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THE HOURS OF MARGUERITE FRESNEAU, use of Bayeux, in Latin and French...

THE HOURS OF MARGUERITE FRESNEAU, use of Bayeux, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [northern France, probably Normandy, final quarter 15th century] A charming Book of Hours with engaging and lively illumination in an exceptional 16th-century à la fanfare binding by the Parisian

Lot #: 524

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 10 Jul 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

Lot #: 525

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Flanders, probably Ghent, c.1460] Once in the collection of a noble van Rechteren bibliophile, these Hours illuminated by the Masters of the Beady Eyes feature an appealing suite of vibrantly-coloured miniatures. 175

Lot #: 526

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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PETITES HEURES OF CHARLES VIII, use of Paris, in Latin, illuminated...

PETITES HEURES OF CHARLES VIII, use of Paris, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, 1490s] Owned by a King: an exquisite Hours illuminated by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse. 73 x 47mm. vi + 205 + xii leaves. 1-4 8 , 5 3 (of 4, iv a cancelled blank), 6-13 8 ,14 2 , 15-27 8

Lot #: 527

Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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MAGICAL AND AMULETIC SCROLL OF THE ALCHEMIST JOHANNES MICHAEL, in German...

MAGICAL AND AMULETIC SCROLL OF THE ALCHEMIST JOHANNES MICHAEL, in German and Latin, illuminated manuscript scroll on vellum [Germany, late 16th or early 17th century] A powerful magical tool containing sigils, amulets and talismans, designed to invoke angelic and spiritual protection for its 17 th

Lot #: 528

Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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[DEMONOLOGY AND MAGIC]. A CONJURATION MANUAL, in Latin, manuscript on paper...

[DEMONOLOGY AND MAGIC]. A CONJURATION MANUAL, in Latin, manuscript on paper [Italy, late 17th century] A rare fragment from a 17 th -century manual on conjuration of spirits for a budding practitioner of ritual Solomonic magic, including detailed instructions on how to conjure a spirit into a

Lot #: 529

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019

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Geometrie pratique , in French, illustrated manuscript on paper [France...

Geometrie pratique , in French, illustrated manuscript on paper [France, first half 17th century] An eclectic and practical compendium of 17th-century French geometrical knowledge, designed for the budding surveyor or architect, full of mathematical formulae, calculations and problems and profusely

Lot #: 530

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2019