Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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33

Three bifolia from a gargantuan Missal, in Latin

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Est: £800–1200

Three bifolia from a gargantuan Missal, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [Germany (perhaps Rhineland), late fourteenth century or perhaps opening of fifteenth century]

6 leaves (3 bifolia), each leaf with double column of 31 lines in two sizes of an accomplished gothic bookhand with pronounced fishtailing to ascenders and significant lateral compression (written space: 330 by 210mm.), capitals formed of elongated penstrokes and touched in red, red rubrics (with hairline instructions to rubricator remaining in margin), simple red initials, small amount of interlinear corrections by later hands, small spots and one small hole due to natural flaw in parchment, one leaf with an early leather page-marker pasted to outer edge, else in excellent condition, each leaf 458 by 316mm.

These leaves were once part of an impressive manuscript, perhaps produced for lectern reading or to demonstrate the wealth and influence of the commissioning community. Other leaves have been offered for sale in Quaritch, cat. 1147 (1991), no. 71, and 1434 (2016), no. 27.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

Bloomsbury London
Bloomsbury House
24 Maddox Street
London
W1S 1PP

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