France, c. 1175.
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with neumes, containing propers for the feasts of Saint Luke, the 11,000 Virgin Martyrs of Cologne, Saints Crispin and Crispinian, Saints Simon and Jude, and All Saints; an almost complete leaf, double columns of 29 lines written in two sizes of an angular late romanesque liturgical script, brown ink, ruled with plummet, initials alternately in red and green with penwork in red or blue, neumes on four-line staves ruled in brown ink; recovered from a binding and with consequent soiling and staining, trimmed at head with loss of two lines, short split at head, generally in good condition and entirely legible. 287 x 199 mm (written space 260 x 170 mm)
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the opening of the Canon of the Mass; a complete leaf, 18 lines, written in a fine gothic liturgical script, dark brown ink, ruled lightly with ink, capitals touched with red, rubrics, initials in red and blue, large (five-line) initial ‘T’ (Te igitur) in a stylized leafy design in blue within a pink and green frame and against a burnished and tooled gold ground with leafy and floral extensions in two margins; recovered from use as a binding, with consequent soiling and creasing, burnished gold rubbed and slightly flaked, margins and corners trimmed. 375 x 240mm (276 x 184mm).
Southern German style illumination of a type that seems to have spread well beyond the borders of the German-speaking lands: compare, for instance, the opening of the Canon of the Mass in a Missal supposedly prepared in the diocese of Esztergom c. 1480 for a church in Poszony (Esztergom, FK MS I.20, fol. 67r; see I. Berkovits, Illuminated manuscripts in Hungary, 1969, p. 58 and pl. XXIII).
SCOTTISH DRAPER LEARNS HIS ACCOUNTS ALEXANDER, Thomas.
Three account books dated 1829-32 (‘Ledger’, ‘Journals’, ‘Waste Book’).
A very attractive set of sample accounts compiled by the young Scottish draper Thomas Alexander of Blairlogie in Stirling, Scotland, in 1829, as part of his mercantile training. Thomas was born in 1812, the eldest son of a Blairlogie portioner (also called Thomas); he would therefore have been 17 years old when he composed these volumes. In the 1851 census he is recorded as a draper.