Valuable Books & Manuscripts

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Date of the auction: 30.07.2020

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Anonymous Umbrian artist working in Rome

ST MATTHEW AND AN ANGEL, two historiated initials on a cutting from an illuminated Missal on vellum [Rome, c.1290-95]. A fragment from a sumptuosly illuminated 13th-century Italian Bible likely made for the Basilica of St Praxedes in Rome. 365 x 145mm. A fragment of a leaf, two columns of 25 lines

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous central or southern Italian artist

KING DAVID PRAYING TO GOD, in an initial' A' cut from an illuminated Gradual on vellum [Abruzzi or Southern Italy, first half 14th century] A charming, sensitively painted and rare example of 14th-century central Italian — possibly Abruzzese — illumination. 92 x 67mm. The initial 'A' opening the

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Ferrarese illuminator

TWO LEAVES FROM THE BREVIARY OF LIONELLO D’ESTE, DUKE OF FERRARA (also known as the Llangattock Breviary), in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Ferrara, c.1450] Two delightfully decorative leaves from a lavish manuscript originally made for Lionello d’Este, Marquis of Ferrara and Duke of

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous northern Italian illuminator

ST BARBARA, historiated initial 'E' on a leaf from an Ferial Psalter on vellum [Lombardy, c.1480s] An eccentric and colourful historiated initial on a leaf from a large-format Italian Ferial Psalter. 590 x 380mm. 12 lines of text and 3 of music on a red line stave, the text opening the Feast of St

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £600 - £900

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Littifredi di Corbizzi (1465-c.1515)

Two martyred Saints, perhaps Sts Justa and Rufina, historiated initial 'P' cut from a choirbook on vellum [Florence or Siena, c.1495-1500] A charming initial with bright, bold colours, illuminated by the Florentine artist Littifredi di Corbizzi. 85 x 79mm. (Some creasing and rubbing to burnished

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous northern Italian artist

JAMES THE LESS, historiated initial 'Q' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum [Emilia, perhaps Ferrara, c.1480s] A splendid and glittering example of northern Italian illumination from what would have been an imposing deluxe choirbook. 600 x 440mm. The initial 'Q' opening the antiphon

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous Spanish illuminator

PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE, miniature on a leaf from an Antiphonal on vellum [Spain, possibly Toledo, second half 16th century] A lavishly illuminated leaf from a gargantuan Spanish choirbook. 698 x 400mm. 5 lines of text and music on a 5-line stave, the text 'In nomine Jesu omne genu flectatur

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous Dutch artists

GENEALOGICAL ROLL OF BRABANTINE NOBILITY, in middle Dutch, decorated manuscript on vellum, [Brabant, second half of the 16th century] A splendid parade of members of the Brabantine nobility, richly adorned lords and ladies of Diest, Schoonhoven, van der Noot and van der Ee, following a line of

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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The Spanish Forger (fl. Paris end of 19th - beginning of 20th C)

THE ANNUNCIATION, miniature on a choirbook leaf, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1900] An imposing Annunciation miniature from the Spanish Forger, 'one of the most successful, skilful and prolific forgers of all time'; L19 in William Voelkle’s definitive catalogue (The Spanish

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Central European artists and scribes

A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED LEAVES AND CUTTINGS, 13 leaves and cuttings from 9 manuscripts and printed books [central Europe, 13th to 17th centuries] An eclectic collection of leaves and cuttings from manuscripts and printed books. Comprising: (1) A leaf from GREGORY IX

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous scribe and illuminator

GOSPEL LECTIONARY, in Greek, illuminated manuscript on vellum with ecphonetic notation [eastern Mediterranean, late 11th century] A splendid manuscript from the Byzantine Empire containing passages from the Gospels in the order in which they would have been read in church during the liturgy. 262 x

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £150,000 - £250,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Follower of Perrin Remiet

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1410-c.1420] An early-15th century Parisian Book of Hours, painted by an illuminator who adopts the distinctive, linear style of Perrin Remiet, favourite of the court of Charles VI. 176 x 120mm. i + 130 + i

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £25,000 - £30,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Joacchinus de Gigantibus (artist); Domenico Cassio de Narnia (scribe)

CICERO, Marcus Tullius (106-43BC), Epistolae ad Familiares, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum, Florence, 1442 A sumptuous humanist manuscript of a seminal text of Cicero produced for a member of the Curia of Pope Eugene IV: one of the earliest commissions of the famed illuminator Joacchinus

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £180,000 - £250,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Workshop of the Master of the Rouen Echevinage

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Rouen, c.1465] A delightful Book of Hours illuminated in the workshop of the Master of the Rouen Echevinage. 175 x 130mm. i + 116 + i leaves, complete, sporadic modern foliation in pencil, catchwords survive, 13

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Workshop of Willem Vrelant (act. Bruges c.1454 onwards)

THE SKEVINGTON HOURS, use of Sarum, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Bruges, third quarter of the 15th century] A Bruges export Book of Hours whose first English owner may be identifiable as Thomas Skevington, bishop of Bangor (d.1533), featuring a notably inventive and full programme of

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Circle of the Master of the Apocalypse of Aymar de Poitiers

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in French and Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [southeastern France, final quarter 15th century] A charming Book of Hours with early Toulouse provenance illuminated by a refined artist associated with the Master of the Apocalypse of Aymar de Poitiers. 182 x 123mm

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous central European author

PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS TO THE VIRGIN MARY, Itinerarium seu peregrinatio beatae virginis Mariae, in Latin, decorated manuscript on paper [Swizerland? or Germany, c.1480s] A charming devotional manuscript with elaborate penwork initials, likely a precursor to the Swiss and German printed editions. ii +

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous German artist

SCHEMBART BOOK, in German, illustrated manuscript on paper [Nuremberg, c.1540] bound with LEOPOLD I, Grant of Arms in favour of Johann Christoph Lempen, in German, Schloss Pressburg, 1688. A substantial attractively illustrated fragment of a Schembart Book, a pictorial representation of Nuremberg's

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Anonymous Flemish illuminator

OFFICES OF THE VIRGIN, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum, [Eastern Flanders], 1542. A highly personalised 16th-century devotional book, comprising an unusual collection of Marian offices and opening with a portrait of the patron, apparently a noble member of the de Pamele family of eastern

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Marco Antonio Memmo (1556-1615)

OATH OF OFFICE of Marco Antonio Memmo (1556-1615), in Italian, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Venice, after 1600, before 1612] An illuminated and handsomely bound Oath of Office for the appointment of the future Doge Marcantonio Memmo to the role of Consigliere of Venice. 230 x 160mm. i + 60 +

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Diego Pérez de Mesa (1563-c.1632)

[PÉREZ DE MESA, Diego (1563-c.1632)] – A COMPILATION OF SCIENTIFIC TREATISES, in Latin, illustrated manuscript on paper [Spain, c.1590-1595] An important addition to the corpus of works ascribed to the Spanish humanist Diego Pérez de Mesa, one of the most versatile and elusive thinkers of the Siglo

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Meletios Syrigos (c.1585-c.1663) and others

A COMPENDIUM OF EXEGETICAL TEXTS, in Greek, manuscript on paper [Greece, 17th century] A rare manuscript of Greek exegetical works from the 17th 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

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Mary I (1516-1558), Queen of England and Ireland

MARY I (1516-1558), Queen of England and Ireland. Document signed ('Marye the quene'), n.p., 24 April [1554]. In English. 17 lines in a neat secretary hand, on paper, 310 x 420mmm, countersigned by Sir John Throckmorton. Tipped onto a page from an album. Provenance: Collection of Archdeacon George

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (1515/16-1571)

THROCKMORTON, Sir Nicholas (1515/16-1571). Letter signed ('N. Throckmorton') to John Wood, Hatfield, 31 July 1568. One page, 300 x 210mm, integral address leaf. In a hinged frame. Provenance: Sotheby's, 20 July 1989, lot 267 – Bonhams, 19 June 2013, lot 189. Negotiations over the fate of Mary Queen

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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[Jane Austen (1775-1817)]

[AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1817)]. A pair of George III silver chamber candlesticks, maker's mark IA probably for Jonathan Alleine, London, 1779. Each plain circular with urn-shaped sockets, detachable nozzles and snuffers, engraved on the well, nozzle and snuffer with a crest. Each approx. 160 x 130 x

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834). Two autograph manuscript fragments, comprising an apparently unpublished epigram and an extract, including an aphorism, from Aids to Reflection, [1825]. Irregularly cut down from larger sheets, the first one page, 54 x 167mm, the second two pages, approx. 45 x

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832). Autograph poem signed ('Goethe'), 'Liegt dir Gestern klar und offen', Weimar, 15 June 1828. One page, 81 x 148mm (browned, fragment at upper margin detached). Tipped onto card. Provenance: From the Stammbuch of [the Weimar government official Friedrich

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed ('Charles Dickens') to Ada, Countess of Lovelace, Chester Place, 'Sunday Evening', n.d. 1½ pages, 179 x 109mm, bifolium. Envelope with autograph address and signature. To the mathematician and pioneer of computing, Ada Lovelace. Dickens excuses

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed ('Charles Dickens') to Ada, Countess of Lovelace, Chester Place, [London], 14 June 1847. One page, 183 x 112mm, bifolium. [With]: Edward BULWER-LYTTON. Autograph letter signed ('E.B. Lytton') to Ada Lovelace, James Street, [London], 'Saturday

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 30 Jul 2020

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Autograph letter signed (‘Charles Dickens’) to Dr [John] Elliotson, Devonshire Terrace, [London], 12 June 1848. 1½ pages, 179 x 113mm, bifolium. Provenance: Christie’s New York, 15 December 2005, lot 421. Dickens laments the death of the ‘Brave Courier’, immortalised in

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 30 Jul 2020