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Confraternity of St.Nicholas de Tolentino, in Spanish, manuscript on parchment [Spain, 16th century]

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
ca. US$1,893 - US$2,525
Lot number 129, Views: 12

Statutes of the Confraternity of St. Nicholas de Tolentino, in medieval Spanish, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Spain (probably Zaragosa or vicinity), sixteenth century] 13 leaves, single gathering of 12 leaves, followed by a singleton to complete text, complete, single column of 20 lines in a fine late humanist hand, red rubrics, simple red initials and a small cross set within the text of fol. 1r, one gold initial with blue foliage decoration, authorised at end with 18 line addition and archiepiscopal paper and wax seal, some spots and ink splashes, else in good condition, 245 by 180mm.; contemporary limp parchment binding These are the statutes of an otherwise apparently unattested Spanish confraternity, dedicated to the Italian saint and mystic, Nicholas de Tolentino (d. 1305, canonised 1446). The text sets out the confraternity's duties to the saint and each other in 35 chapters. The town that the chapter was based in is named in ch. xxx as "la ciudad de Çaragoça", and the document is authorised by Mattheus de Canseco, archbishop of "Caesaraugustanus", the central region of northern Spain that encloses Zaragosa. Such confraternities boomed in late medieval Spain as an expression of local devotion to saint cults.

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Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Date of the auction: 8 Jul 2020
Address: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
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