Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Corpus Iuris Civilis , in Latin, leaf from a decorated manuscript on...

Sold for £1200

Est: £1000–1500

Corpus Iuris Civilis , in Latin, leaf from a decorated manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably Bologna), last decades of the thirteenth century]

Single vast leaf, with double column of 48 lines of main text in a fine Italian gothic bookhand (containing Novella CXI-CXII; written space: 252 by 147mm.), glosses in margin in smaller version of same, capitals touched in yellow, paragraph marks in alternate red or blue, red rubric, the initial formed from a blue, red and beige dragon, whose tail trails into acanthus leaves and whose bulky dog-like head reaches for an apple-core hanging from a branch above him, one large split in side of leaf and natural flaw in parchment causing hole in lower margin (but neither with affect to text), overall excellent condition, 455 by 282mm.

The dragon here has an exceptionally detailed and expressive face, created by dark depressions painted around the eyes and soft facial shading, and is quite uncommon in Bolognese art of the period. These features point towards manuscripts such as the thirteenth-century Bolognese Justinian now BnF. latin 4472 (Avril. Gousset and Rabel, Manuscrits EnluminĂ©s d’Origine Italienne II, no. 99) and the contemporary fragments of a Bible now BnF. nou. acq. latin 2478 (ibid., no. 106). However, the angular internal edges to the initial he forms, point further south to central Italy, and examples such as the thirteenth-century Avicenna, now BnF. (ibid., nos. 176-77), and perhaps the artist was a native of that region.

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