Medieval Manuscripts

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  1. BIBLE,

    in Latin, Deuteronomy 11,24–12,30 and 13,1–14,29; an almost complete leaf written in a good rounded romanesque hand...

    A very large folio leaf from an Italian giant or ‘Atlantic’ Bible. This genre of romanesque Bible originated in Rome in the mid-eleventh century; the production and diffusion were no doubt due in part to the clerical reforms under Popes Leo IX and Gregory VII. In the early twelfth century manuscript...

    £2500

  2. CHOIR BREVIARY,

    part of the offices for the Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day); a complete leaf written in double columns with...

    An imposing and richly illuminated leaf from an English ‘Choir Breviary’ of exceptionally large size. The leaf has been preserved as an archival wrapper and survived the Reformation in remarkably good condition.

    £4000

  3. GERMANY – NUREMBERG.

    Manuscript letter, in Latin, from the Abbot of St. Aegidius, Nuremberg, complaining about the actions of...

    St. Aegidius fell under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the archbishopric of Bamberg, and the letter is a somewhat exasperated account of the archbishop’s efforts to extract taxation from the monastery (on account of its imperial ‘regalia’) and the abbot’s refusal to allow any such thing....

    £1500

  4. GREGORY THE GREAT.

    Homiliae in Evangelia, book I, homily 2, from the beginning to near the end of verse 2, a single leaf, single...

    From a well-written manuscript of Gregory the Great’s Homilies on the Gospels, preached most probably during the liturgical year 590–1 and published the following year.

    £1750

  5. LECTIONARY,

    in French and Latin, with readings from the Gospel of John, the Book of Wisdom, and Ephesians; a partial bifolium (leaves...

    The use of French indicates that the parent manuscript was intended for a lay reader or audience, while the quality of the script and illumination points to a prestigious commission. The passages in French are each preceded by the first few words of the original Latin text, underlined in red.

    £1500

  6. MISSAL,

    with readings and music for the 18th, 19th and 20th Sundays after Pentecost; a partial bifolium and a single leaf (text...

    The fine angular script and elegantly simple initials are typical of Cistercian manuscripts, although the absence of punctus flexus punctuation precludes a more definitive Cistercian attribution.

    £1800

  7. SFORZA, Ludovico, Duke of Milan.

    Letters patent granting various castles and lands to Bertrando de’ Rossi, Count of Berceto,...

    A significant document issued during the Italian War of 1494–1498 by Ludovico Sforza (also known as Ludovico il Moro, duke of Milan 1494–1499).

    £2000