Medieval Manuscripts

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. SUFFOLK – LIDGATE.

    Manor court roll for Lidgate (‘Lydgate’) recording court proceedings in 1397–8, noting the names of...

    Lidgate, October 1397 and January 1398.

    An important manorial document from Lidgate near Newmarket in Suffolk, birthplace of the poet John Lydgate (b. c. 1370), recording the proceedings at two manorial courts held there on the Monday prior to the feast of St Luke and on the Tuesday following the feast of St Hilary in the 21st year of the...

    £2000

  6. ANTIPHONAL,

    Common of Martyrs; a complete folio leaf

    Italy, Bologna, late 13th century.

    Another leaf from the same manuscript with an historiated initial depicting Christ between two haloed figures in one compartment, and a sheep between two wolves in another compartment, was Quaritch Catlogue 1088, no. 48. For the predominance of an orange and blue palette in medieval Bolognese painting...

    £1800

  7. 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

  8. 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

  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