Medieval Manuscripts

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  1. ANTIPHONAL.

    Common of Martyrs; a complete folio leaf.

    Italy, Bologna, late 13th century.

    A complete leaf from a late thirteenth-century antiphonal from Bologna, with a large historiated initial.

    £1800

  2. 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

  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. ITALY – LOMBARDY.

    Letters patent by Giovanni de Sigestro, Vicar General of the minorite friars in the cismontane province, granting...

    Monastery of San Ludovico, Revere (Lombardy), 11 May 1490.

    A beautifully written and illuminated Italian Renaissance charter.

    £3250

  6. PASSIONALE,

    including the lives of Saints Rufina and Secunda (10 July; Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina no. 7359)

    Italy, c. 1100–1120.

    A complete leaf from a very handsome large folio Passionale, containing the series of lections from the Lives or Acts of the Saints read at Matins on their feast days.

    £4000

  7. PSALTER,

    with Canticles, Pater Noster, Te Deum and Office of the Dead

    North-western Italy, perhaps Asti, mid-15th century.

    A substantial and attractive office book of Carthusian Use, bearing the medieval ownership inscription of the major charterhouse at Valmanera (Asti) in Piedmont and probably made for them.

    £17500

  8. SFORZA, Ludovico, Duke of Milan.

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

    Milan, 6 October 1496.

    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

  9. [SPAIN – SANTIBANEZ DE BEJAR.]

    Two documents in Spanish on the same sheet, concerning the sale of property by Alvar Gil to Diego...

    Spain (Santibáñez de Béjar), October 1420.

    The documents concern the sale of a house, winepress (‘lagar’), smaller winepress (‘lagareta’), tank (‘pilo’) and cellar (‘bodegas’) by Alvar Gil, tailor (‘alfayate’), to Diego de Çervantes, who is described as the servant of Fernando Bachiller, prior of the monastery of Our Lady...

    £850