Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Leaf from a vast Lectern Bible, with a historiated initial enclosing...

Sold for £2000

Est: £2000–3000

Leaf from a vast Lectern Bible, with a historiated initial enclosing Ecclesiastes , in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Germany or Austria, c. 1450]

Single leaf, with double column of 45 lines in a squat and square hand with remarkable angularity to its penstrokes (written space: 305 by 200mm.), capitals infilled with silver (even those within rubrics), red rubrics, running titles in blue or red capitals, small initials in red or blue with contrasting penwork, one large initial ‘U’ (opening “Verba ecclesiastes filii david regis …”, the beginning of Ecclesiastes), formed of scrolling grey foliage and scallop-shapes picked out on soft blue grounds, with the prophet as a bearded king holding an orb and wearing a silver crown, on black ground with silver foliate penwork, all within a realistic green frame with burnished gold corners, coloured acanthus leaves in border with gold sections, 3 splits in outer edge (repaired on reverse with tape), some cockling and dampstaining (but without real damage to text), 443 by 287mm.; in Otto Ege’s card mount with his printed description taped to front and his pencil notes

From a large and fine manuscript dispersed by Otto Ege, his handlist no. 233. S. Gwara lists only the text leaf at the University of Vermont, and this is evidently the first leaf with an initial to come to light (Otto Ege’s Manuscripts , 2013, p. 180). The use of silver here, even to shade the inner compartments of capitals is charming, and of great rarity.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

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