Western Manuscripts and Miniatures

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Date of the auction: 03.12.2019

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The Walton Cicero fragment, with parts of the Verrine Orations, in Latin...

The Walton Cicero fragment, with parts of the Verrine Orations, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [probably northern France or Low Countries, mid-ninth century] cutting from across the top of a bifolium, each leaf with remains of 7 lines in a fine and rounded Carolingian minuscule with the

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a large Carolingian Passional, with readings for the Feast of St...

Leaf from a large Carolingian Passional, with readings for the Feast of St. Appolinaris of Ravenna, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [probably France (perhaps Dijon), tenth century] single leaf, with double column of 26 lines in a rounded late Carolingian minuscule, using the et-ligature integrally

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Compendium in Canticum Canticorum, in Latin, manuscript on parchment...

Compendium in Canticum Canticorum, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [northern Germany, late tenth century] cutting from a single leaf, with remains of double column of 15 lines of a notably angular and right-leaning late Carolingian minuscule (here with most of ch. 3 and the opening of ch. 4

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Cutting from a Carolingian Lectionary with remains of a coloured initial...

Cutting from a Carolingian Lectionary with remains of a coloured initial, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Rhineland, or perhaps Low Countries, tenth century] long and thin cutting from across the top of a bifolium, remains of two leaves, each with double column of one to 3 lines in a

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a very large copy of the Acta Sanctorum, with a monumental...

Leaf from a very large copy of the Acta Sanctorum, with a monumental decorated initial 'T', in Beneventan minuscule, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Monte Cassino), eleventh century] single large leaf, with remains of double column of 34 lines in a good and regular

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a noted Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on Romanesque...

Leaf from a noted Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on Romanesque parchment [Germany, eleventh century] single leaf, with single column of 24 lines of a rounded Germanic early gothic bookhand, sung parts in smaller script with neumes, capitals touched in red, red rubrics (perhaps added by two

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Bifolium from a Lectionary, with a white vine initial, in Latin, decorated...

Bifolium from a Lectionary, with a white vine initial, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Italy (Tuscany or province of Siena), late twelfth century] two conjoined leaves, reused on a binding and with edges of leaves folded around themselves and a few lines of text wanting where top of one

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Augustine of Hippo, Epistolae, in Latin with a single word in garbled...

Augustine of Hippo, Epistolae, in Latin with a single word in garbled Greek, manuscript on parchment [France, late twelfth century] single leaf, double column of 32 lines of an elegant and professional early gothic bookhand, with long penstrokes extending into margins, written below topline and with

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Palladius of Cappadocia, Historia Lausiaca, in Latin translation, cutting...

Palladius of Cappadocia, Historia Lausiaca, in Latin translation, cutting from a large leaf, decorated manuscript on parchment [France, mid-twelfth century] top half of a leaf, with remains of 30 lines in a good and professional early gothic bookhand, written with biting curves and above topline

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Lectionary leaLectionary leaf, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment...

Lectionary leaf, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [France, mid-twelfth century] single large leaf, with double column of 34 lines of an elegant early gothic bookhand, with a tall capital e with a long tongue, a strong st-ligature and without biting curves, bright red rubrics and initials

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Small cutting from a noted Missal, in Latin, manuscript on parchment...

Small cutting from a noted Missal, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [France, second half of twelfth century] rectangular cutting, indentured at head to form a spine support for a later book, remains of 9 lines in two sizes of a good early gothic bookhand, with a st-ligature and without biting

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a noted Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Low...

Leaf from a noted Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Low Countries or Rhineland, late twelfth century] single leaf, with single column of 36 lines of a fine and rounded early gothic bookhand, without biting curves, with a residual ct-ligature and pronounced fishtailing to

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Cutting from a noted Missal, in Latin, and a leaf from another copy of the...

Cutting from a noted Missal, in Latin, and a leaf from another copy of the same text, both manuscripts on parchment reused as archival register bindings for a church [Germany (perhaps Rhineland), late twelfth century and fourteenth century] two fragments: (a) cutting from the top of a bifolium, with

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £500 - £700

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Josephus, Bellum Iudaicum, in Latin translation, a leaf from a decorated...

Josephus, Bellum Iudaicum, describing the Jewish war against the Romans in 66-73 AD., in Latin translation, a leaf from a large and tall decorated manuscript on parchment [most probably Low Countries or adjacent northern France, late twelfth or early thirteenth century] single leaf, double column of

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,200

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Alexander of Hales, Summa theologica, in Latin, from a large decorated...

Alexander of Hales, Summa theologica, in Latin, from a large decorated manuscript on parchment [England, thirteenth century] single leaf, with double column of 77 lines in tiny hairline university script, red rubrics, small initials in alternate red or blue with contrasting penwork, running titles

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Boethius’ commentary on Aristotle, Categoriae, and the same author’s...

Boethius commentary on Aristotle, Categoriae, and the same author s translation of Perihermenias, two bifolia, in Latin translation, decorated manuscript on parchment [France (probably Paris), thirteenth century (probably first half)] four leaves (two bifolia), each with single column of 41 lines in

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Two leaves from a commentary citing Aristotle, Physica and Metaphysica, in...

Two leaves from a commentary citing Aristotle, Physica and Metaphysica, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [probably France, thirteenth century] two leaves, each with remains of double column of 44 lines in a tiny, scribbled university hand with numerous abbreviations, titles of other works

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Bifolium from a Lectionary, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment...

Bifolium from a Lectionary, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [probably Low Countries, end of thirteenth century] bifolium, each leaf with single column of 26 lines in two skilled gothic bookhands, the first pointing backwards towards the early gothic with a tall and thin aspect and

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a fine Bible, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment...

Leaf from a fine Bible, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [probably Low Countries or Rhineland, c. 1300] single leaf, with double column of 48 lines in an angular and professional early gothic bookhand (written space: 254 by 165mm.; containing end of Zacharias, and opening of Malachi

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from an illuminated Breviary, most probably produced for use in a...

Leaf from an illuminated Breviary, most probably produced for use in a cathedral, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [England, fourteenth century] single large leaf, with double columns of up to 36 lines in a good gothic bookhand with pronounced wedging to vertical penstrokes, music on a 4-line red

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Strip cut from an English Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on...

Strip cut from an English Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [England, fifteenth century] tall and thin cutting, with remains of a single column of 28 lines of a large and bold English bookhand, red rubrics, four large blue initials enclosing foliage picked out in blank parchment by

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Very large Calendar leaf, perhaps from a Missal, in Latin, decorated...

Very large Calendar leaf, perhaps from a Missal, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Italy, early fifteenth century] single leaf (for September-October), with KL initials in alternate blue or red, encased within scrolling ornate penwork, dates in red and black script, entries of saints

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a miniature prayerbook or confessional, with readings from the...

Leaf from a miniature prayerbook or confessional, with readings from the works of Jean Gerson, chancellor of the University of Paris, and the Interrogationes faciendae infirmo morienti falsely attributed to Anselm of Canterbury, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [France, fifteenth century] single

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £100 - £200

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Cicero, De Finibus bonorum et malorum, in Latin, a leaf from a fine...

Cicero, De Finibus bonorum et malorum, in Latin, a leaf from a fine humanist manuscript on parchment [Italy (variously ascribed to Ferrara, Florence or the Veneto), c. 1460 (variously dated 1456, 1463 and 1466)] single leaf, with single column of 28 lines in a fine humanist hand, capitals starting

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis, extracts from ‘De Metallis’, in Latin...

Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis, extracts from De Metallis , in Latin, humanist manuscript on paper [Italy, c. 1450] single leaf, with single column of 20 lines in a fine humanist script (opening Quantum feliciore … and skipping a few lines that the copyist appears to have judged irrelevant at

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Franciscus Maturantius, De Componendis Versibus Hexametro et Pentametro, in...

Franciscus Maturantius, De Componendis Versibus Hexametro et Pentametro, in Latin and Greek, manuscript on paper [Italy, sixteenth century] two long thin strips of paper, with remains from a single column of up to 11 lines in a tiny sloping hand influenced by humanist script, remains of diagrams

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a large Breviary with bilingual text in Latin and Old High...

Leaf from a large Breviary with bilingual text in Latin and Old High German, decorated manuscript on parchment [Germany, fourteenth century] single leaf, with double column of 36 lines in two sizes of a skilled gothic bookhand, capitals touched in red, red rubrics, initials and paragraph marks in

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from the Statuta Synodalia of Cambrai, with a collection of leaves...

Leaf from the Statuta Synodalia of Cambrai, with a collection of leaves from legal manuscripts, in Latin, manuscripts on parchment [thirteenth to fourteenth century] 11 leaves (incuding three bifolia): (a) leaf from a record of the Church Synods in Cambrai, double column of 33 lines in a gothic

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Leaf from a large copy of Gregory IX, Decretals, in Latin, decorated...

Leaf from a large copy of Gregory IX, Decretals, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Italy, fourteenth century] large single leaf with the main text in two columns of 34 lines of a notably tall Italian late medieval bookhand, running titles and small textual initials in red or blue, larger

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 3 Dec 2019

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Nicolo de Tudeschi, Lectura in Decretales, in Latin, three leaves from an...

Nicolo de Tudeschi, Lectura in Decretales, in Latin, three leaves from an extremely large manuscript on paper [Italy, mid-fifteenth century or decades following] three leaves, each with double column of 57 lines of a small and rounded Italian bookhand, paragraph marks in alternate blue or red, two

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 3 Dec 2019