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Christie’s: London, 27 November 2012

AUCTION: Fine Books and Manuscripts, Tuesday 27 November 2012, Christie’s, London, 85 Old Bromptom Road.

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Christie’s: London, 21 November 2012

AUCTION: Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books, Christie’s (8 King Street, St Jame’s, London), Wednesday, 21 November 2012. Viewing: 17-20 November.

The following entries are of particular interest:

LOT 1
GRATIAN (d. by c.1160), Decretum, in Latin, SIX FRAMED MINIATURES CUT FROM AN ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Bologna, 1280s-90s]
The miniatures depict: 1) an ailing bishop suffering from a long illness being replaced by a younger man (Causa VII), the verso text from Causa VI, Quaestio IV, C.III-IV; 2) a bishop accused by a girl of fornication before a throng of clergy (Causa II), the verso text from Quaestio I, C.VII; 3) Causa XXVII opens ten cases concerning sex and marriage, on the left a man vowed to chastity pleads with the judge, on the right, his wife having rejected him marries someone else, the verso text from Quaestio I, C.VIII; 4) a dispute over the tithes of parishioners fleeing their baptismal church in times of war, three soldiers in the background while a group of men and women lay offerings at an altar attended by a priest (Causa XIII), the verso text from Quaestio I, C.I; 5) a bishop who has committed perjury and has compelled his clergy to an oath of obedience (Causa XXII), the verso text from Quaestio I, C.II; 6) a man, who lost and then regained his virility, appeals to the judge as his wife embraces another man on the right [Causa XXXIII], the verso text from Quaestio II, C.IV.

LOT 2
GRATIAN (d. by c.1160), Decretum, in Latin, SIX FRAMED MINIATURES CUT FROM AN ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Bologna, 1280s-90s]
The miniatures depict: 1) an ailing priest lying in a bed surrounded by a crowd, the verso text from Causa XI, Quaestio III, C. CVIII; 2) an excommunicated man and a fourteen-year-old boy accuse a bishop who refuses to respond to charges brought improperly (Causa IV), the verso text from Quaestio II-III, C.III; 3) on the left, a bishop and clergy, on the right a king facing his court, the verso text from Distinctio III, C.III-IV; 4) the scene depicts Causa XVI, concerning the conflict between an abbot’s church to which he has appointed a monk as parish priest and the local baptismal church subject to the bishop: a kneeling priest celebrates Mass at an altar, the verso text from Quaestio I, C.III; 5) a group of clerics likely illustrating Causa XIV, which deals with the involvement of canons in commerce and lawsuits to recover debts, the verso text from Causa XIII, Quaestio II, C.XXVIII-XXIX; 6) a bishop conferring with a cleric and laymen appealing to a judge, likely illustrating Causa VI, the verso text from Quaestio I, C.IV-V. (Some fading to text on verso).

LOT 4
CHORISTERS SINGING, historiated initial ‘C’ cut from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIRBOOK ON VELLUM [Ferrara, c.1470]
124 x 115mm. The verso with 6 lines from the hymn ‘Summae Parens clementiae’ in a round gothic bookhand in black ink (slight smudging of the background, lectern and book). Provenance: stamp GW on verso and a note on the mount ‘Ex Coll. de Burlet’, presumably refering to the Berlin and Basel dealer and collector of paintings and drawings Charles Albert de Burlet (1882-1956).
No doubt illustrating the opening of Psalm 97, ‘Cantate domino’ in a Psalter/Hymnal, this initial is the work of the great Ferrarese illuminator Guglielmo Giraldi (fl. 1450-1490). His work for Lionello (1441-1450), Borso (1450-1471) and Ercole d’Este (1471-1505), along with his commissions for the Cathedral and for the Charterhouse of San Cristoforo brought him great renown. The decorative vocabulary and structure of the initial corresponds precisely to his work in the early 1470s before he left Ferrara for Mantua and the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro.

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Sotheby’s: London, 10 July 2012

AUCTION: Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, Sotheby’s (34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA UK), Tuesday, 10 July 2012.

The following entries are of particular interest:

LOT 3
ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, IN A LARGE HISTORIATED  INITIAL ON A LEAF FROM AN ILLUMINATED  ANTIPHONER, ON VELLUM [BOLOGNA, C.1310]
A large leaf, 600mm. by 415mm., with a large initial ‘I’ (opening  “In  venit  se augustinus  longe  …”,  the  first  response  of  the  first  nocturn  of  Matins  for  the  feast  of  St.  Augustine  of  Hippo,  28  August),  190mm.  by  75mm.,  the  saint  with  a  brightly  burnished  halo,  holding  a  book  and  a  staff  within  a  soft  brown  portico  with  a  blue  interior  heightened  with  curling  white  penwork,  within  thick  gold  frame,  coloured  acanthus-leaf  foliage  extending  on  three  sides  of  borders,  enclosing  two  roundels  (with  a  pope  seated  writing  and  St.  Augustine  before  a  Dominican  friar  preaching  to  a  crowd)  joined  by  a  geometric  design  in  the  bas-de-page,  5  lines  of  text  in  brown  ink  in  a  late  gothic  hand  with  music  on  a  4-line  red  stave,  the  same  and  a  red  initial  on  verso,  4  lines  of  tiny  instructions  to  illuminator  in brown  ink  on  head  of  recto,  nineteenth-century  folio  number  “82”  and  pencil  “No.18”  on  recto,  nineteenth-century  Italian  and  French  export  stamps  on  verso,  some  slight  cockling,  crease  to  base  (with  minor  crackling  to  roundels)  slight  flaking  from  legs  of  the  saint  and  slight  smudge  to  face,  scuffing  to  gold,  else  good  condition. Estimate: 4,000-6,000 GBP

LOT 4
THE NATIVITY OF THE VIRGIN, IN A LARGE HISTORIATED INITIAL ON A LEAF FROM AN ILLUMINATED ANTIPHONER, ON VELLUM [BOLOGNA, C.1310]
A large leaf, 600mm. by  400mm.,  with  a  large  initial  ‘h’  (opening  “Hodie  nat[us  est  …]”,  the  responsory  for  the  feast  of  her  birth,  8  September),  200mm.  by  125mm.,  with  St.  Anne  watching  the  baby  Virgin  in her  crib,  attended  by  the  midwives,  on  a  blue  background  with  curling  white  penwork,  the  initial  formed  of  fleshy  and  coloured  acanthus-leaf  foliage  on  thick  burnished  gold  grounds,  a  profusion  of  similar  acanthus  leaves  forming  a  decorated  border  on  three  sides,  enclosing  a  single  roundel  with  the  St.  Anne  and  the  Virgin  with  an  attendant  in  the  bas-de-page,  5  lines  of  text  in  brown  ink  in  a  fine  late  gothic  hand  with  music  on  a  4-line  red  stave,  tiny  instructions  to  illuminator  in  brown  ink  in  margin  (“nativitas  sce  mariae”),  nineteenth-century  pencil  “19”  on  recto,  some  slight  creasing  to  base  (with  minor  crackling  to  edge  of  border),  smudges  to  several  faces  in  main  initial,  roughly  cut  from  volume  with  damage  to  a  bezant  at  top  of  leaf,  else  good  condition. Estimate: 3,000-5,000 GBP

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Christie’s: London, 13 June 2012

AUCTION: Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Christie’s (8 King Street, St Jame’s, London), Wednesday, 13 June 2012. Viewing: 8-12 June.

This sale offers enormous choice from a fourth-century manuscript fragment of the Iliad to Charles Dickens’s own inscribed copy of David Copperfield. Besides illuminations of breath-taking beauty in the antiphonal of Elizabeth von Gemmingen, there is an original manuscript score in the hand of J.S. Bach. Among early printed books, Copernicus, Machiavelli and Vesalius are just a few of the many Renaissance authors represented.  An impressive selection of atlases and plate books, important works by Charles Darwin and Carl Marx, novels ranging from John Cleland’s Fanny Hill to Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, and even a selection of children’s books stunningly bound in multi-coloured morocco, all feature in over 200 lots.

The following entries are of particular interest:

LOT 3
NATIVITY, in a letter H cut from an Antiphonal, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
[?Tuscany, c.1460], 222 x 251mm visible in frame. The initial for the antiphon for vespers on Christmas Day Hodie Christus natus est, on a ground of burnished gold (small smudge in sky, a few small losses from gold ground, trimmed into framing of gold at left edge, other edges under frame). Framed and glazed. Estimate: £ 12,000 – £15,000 ($18,456 – $23,070).

It must have been an enormous and splendid choirbook to contain initials as large and as extensively gilt as this. Several features suggest a Tuscan origin. The Nativity group shows the influence of Florentine models originated by Filippo Lippi but a Florentine painter is unlikely to have so flouted perspective in the enchanting and incident-filled landscape. The ruling seems to have encouraged the illuminator to divide the field horizontally: both front and side of the stable roof are on one horizontal and the gable, on a parallel, is reinforced by bristling trees, which continue the line to the left edge. The greater finesse of the foreground figures is matched by the elaborate patterning of the letter staves. The inclusion on the left of a grotesque head might indicate a Sienese connection — especially common in the initial staves of Pellegrino da Mariano — although Sienese illuminators favoured a strong yellow for the inner framing that is characteristic of Tuscan initials. The light tonalities and decorative forms show some connection with Choirbooks made for the convent of San Francesco in Lucca (Lucca, Bibl. stat. Mss 2673 and 2676, see M. Paoli, I corali della Biblioteca statale di Lucca, 1957).

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Christie’s: London, 23 November 2011

AUCTION: Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts. Christie’s (8 King Street, St Jame’s, London), 23 November 2011.

The following entries are of particular interest:

Lot 2
ASCENSION OF CHRIST, historiated initial P on a leaf from an Antiphonal, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
Estimate £7,000 – £10,000 ($10,962 – $15,660)
[Arezzo, c.1280-1300]

505 x 325mm. The initial containing the half-length figure of Christ clad in rich robes of blue and green, his right hand raised in blessing, framed by a mandorla and borne by two angels, below him five apostles, their heads and left hands raised to the skies in adoration; eight lines written in black ink in a gothic bookhand below eight lines of music of square notation on a four-line stave of red, rubrics in red, a single one-line flourished initial on the recto and three on the verso (some marginal browning and staining, ink on recto slightly faded).

This leaf came from the Temporal section of an Antiphonal where the initial opened the Responsory ‘Post passionem suam per dies quadraginta’ from matins for the feast of the Ascension. The rich, colourful palette and the style of composition, with the foliage extensions and the delicate, mournful expressions of the figures, are characteristic of contemporary central Italian manuscript illumination. It can be associated with four other leaves, identical in style, decoration and measurement, which Carl Nordenfalk and subsequently Roberta Passalacqua ascribed to central Italy, possibly Arezzo, during the late thirteenth century. It is likely that all of these were taken from the same Antiphonal or series of Antiphonals: an initial V with the Assumption previously in the Lehman collection (Pia Palladino, Treasures of a Lost Art, 2003, no 1); an initial A with the Three Marys at the Tomb in the National Gallery of Art, Washington (B-18, 760); an initial H with the Nativity in the Cini Collection, Venice (Coll. Hoepli min.x, Cod A, Antiphonarium); and an initial I with a monk holding an aspergillum in the Free Library, Philadelphia (Lewis EM 68:1).

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Christie’s: London, 6 July 2011

AUCTION – The Arcana Collection: Exceptional Illuminated Manuscripts, Part III, Christie’s (8 King Street, St Jame’s, London) Wednesday, 6 July 2011.

Scintillating, colourful, richly embellished illuminated manuscripts are meticulously crafted works of art treasured by bibliophiles, connoisseurs of Old Master drawings, prints and jewelry alike. The 6 July sale allows collectors of books, manuscripts and other forms of art to discover the universal appeal of these lovely creations, and admire every line and detail – from the luminous colours to the exquisite modelling, the distinguished provenance of each piece, and ultimately, the inherent beauty in these wonderful pieces of art.

The following entries are of particular interest:

Lot 2
ST BARBARA, miniature by the MASTER OF MONZA, on a cutting from a Lives of the Saints, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Lombardy, c.1280-85] 79 x 60mm. The saint shown holding a palm of martyrdom standing beside a tower, with an accompanying initial ‘B’, fragment of text and rubric above. Remnants of seven lines of fragmentary text in a gothic bookhand on verso (slight fading of pigment to top of tower). Card mount.

Lot 3
BISHOP SAINT, probably ST BONIFACE, miniature by the MASTER OF MONZA on a cutting from a Lives of the Saints, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [Lombardy, c.1280-85] 72 x 62mm. The saint holding a crozier and standing before a tower, with an accompanying initial ‘B’. Remnants of seven lines of fragmentary text in a gothic hand on verso (slight losses of pigment to green garment and white crozier). Card mount. The text on the reverse comes from a passage early on in the life of St Erasmus (‘Post hac iubente [angelo ad civ]itatem suam rediit’, CLXXXVIII, 5) in Bartholomew of Trent’s Liber epilogorum; this miniature, bearing the initial ‘B’, must therefore have been intended to illustrate the following life, that of St Boniface.

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Christie’s: London, 8 June 2011

AUCTION: Valuable Books and Manuscripts, Christie’s (8 King Street, St. Jame’s, London), 8 June 2011, 2:30 PM, 81 lots.

The following entries are of particular interest:

Lot 2
ST JEROME IN THE DESERT, full-page miniature on a leaf from a prayerbook in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [northern Italy, third quarter 15th century]150 x 120mm. The saint shown kneeling and looking up at an apparition of the Crucifix; verso with 13-line suffrage to St Sebastian in a gothic bookhand, a two-line illuminated initial with gold sprays (the white or silver of the sea oxidized, small hole to lower left corner, upper left edge with a small rust-stained loss). Window-mounted, framed and glazed, etc. …

Lot 3
SAINT JAMES AND SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST, two cuttings from an ILLUMINATED CHOIRBOOK ON VELLUM [Lombardy, c.1470-80]89 x 68mm and 90 x 71mm. Both the Evangelist, reading his Gospel, and St James, holding a pilgrim’s staff and book, are shown standing before a pink wall on a marble ground, with trees and a starry sky beyond, traces of initial staves at the upper edges; versos with remains of text and music of square notation (each with small pinhole at upper corner and remnants of glue at upper edge, the latter affecting James’s halo and surrounding sky). Each window-mounted, framed and glazed, etc. ….

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Books, Prints and Drawings, Autographs

AUCTION: Books, Prints and Drawings, Autographs (Catalogue 118), Venator & Hanstein KG, Buch- und Graphikauktionen (Caecilienstr. 48, 50667 Köln, tel. +49 221 257 54 19; fax +49 221 257 55 26), 25 March 2011, Contact: info@venator-hanstein.de

Particular notice should be placed on two autograph manuscripts by Ludwig van Beethoven: one of them a sketchleaf, containing a draft of the song by Goethe Neue Liebe, neues Leben (WoO 127), written in 1798/99 (estimate € 90,000), the other a memo, comprising six notes on errands to run in Vienna, probably from about 1817, with the composers desire for a metronome, convenience goods like a mousetrap, a lighting machine, a straight razor and soap, and a mysterious BücherMaschin (€ 60,000).

Very rare atlases like the Itinerarium Europae, Cologne ca 1585 (€ 15,000), the Miroir du monde by Zach. Heyns, Amsterdam 1598 (€ 27,000) or the Cologne Atlas by Gigas, printed in 1620 (€ 6,000) are to be offered. Well-known topographical views are inclosed in the almost complete series of Merian’s Topographiae or the complete 21-volume edition of his Theatrum Europaeum (€ 40,000). The collection of travels by J. J. Schwabe in also 21 volumes can be offered for € 15,000.

A beautiful uncoloured copy of the so called Ninth German Bible, Nuremberg 1483 (€ 60,000), is a highlight among the 15th and 16th century printed books. The department of Old Master Prints comes up e.g. with a lot of valuable etchings by Rembrandt.

Among the manuscripts there is a fine illuminated Book of Hours, written in Rouen ca 1470-80 (€ 35,000 ). Autographs by musicians like Max Bruch, Hans Pfitzner or Max Reger are available in addition to the Beethoven manuscripts. The famous collection of fairytales Kinder- und Hausmärchen by the Brothers Grimm, 1819-22 (€ 17,000) or the first edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, Paris 1922 (€ 14,000) are outstanding literary subjects.

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Christie’s: London, 7 July 2010

AUCTION: The Arcana Collection: Exceptional Illuminated Manuscripts and Incunabola, Part I, Christie’s (8 King Street, St Jame’s, London), Wednesday, 7 July 2010. Viewing: 3-7 July.

Rich illumination, noble provenance, precious gold, luxurious vellum, profuse illustration are united in intimate art works. These are all characteristics of the exceptional illuminated manuscripts and incunabula in The Arcana Collection, making them some of the very finest still in private hands. They range in date from the 13th to the 16th century, have origins across Europe, treat of literary, scientific and religious subjects, and were commissioned by royalty, nobility and other discerning patrons. From the 18th century onward great collectors have sought and prized illuminated manuscripts and incunabula, as enthusiastically as they have sought paintings and sculpture. The passage of many of the Arcana books and manuscripts can be traced through celebrated collections, those of Jean Grolier, Major J.R. Abbey, William Waldolf Astor and C.W. Dyson-Perrins amongst them, adding further prestige to these unique works of art.

The following entries are of particular interest: N. 18 – PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius (23-79). Historia naturalis. Translated by Cristoforo Landino (1424-1492). Venice: Nicolaus Jensen, 1476. Illuminated by a contemporary artist for Candido Bollani; N. 20 – ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST, historiated initial V on a leaf from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIRBOOK ON VELLUM (northern Italy, probably Venice, late 13th century); N. 21 – ST DOMINIC RECEIVING THE RULE, historiated initial I on a leaf from a Choirbook, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM (Umbria or southern Italy, late 13th century); N. 26 – ST ANDREW, historiated initial D and FRANCISCAN SAINTS in a full border on a leaf, the FRONTISPIECE OF THE BELLUNO GRADUAL, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIRBOOK ON VELLUM (Cremona, 1489, signed by the illuminator Ludovico Gadio); N. 28 – THE ABBEY BIBLE, with Prologus attributed to St Jerome, the Interpretation of Hebrew names and Calendar, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM (Bologna, 1260s); N. 33 – BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM (Lombardy, probably Milan, mid- 15th-century); N. 39 – THE ELISABETA PEIXO HOURS,  use of Rome, in Latin and Catalan, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM (Naples c. 1480s and c. 1505, illuminated by Cristoforo Majorana).

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Sotheby’s, London: 8 December 2009

Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, Sotheby’s (34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA), Tuesday, 8 December 2009. Exhibition: 4-7 December.

This sale includes some of the oldest manuscripts and certainly one of the largest miniatures ever offered for sale. Dates range from the seventh century B.C. to the early twentieth century A.D. (although the latter, two miniatures by the Spanish Forger, are painted on fifteenth-century fragments). Most surviving pieces of writing from the ancient world are scraps of administrative records. However, this sale includes a number of papyri fragments of major literary texts. These are items of rarity beyond comprehension, including Herodotus, the oldest Greek historian (lot 37); the earliest witness to the Margites, a lost classical text (lot 35); and a piece of an unknown classical Greek play on the history of wine attributed to Aristophanes (lot 38). From the Middle Ages come a remarkable series of charters, including some which have passed by direct descent since the twelfth century (lots 19 and 20). Textually, the Psalter translation of Richard Rolle is extraordinarily precious (lot 48), both as a translation of part of the Bible into the English language a generation before Wycliffe, and as an example of Middle English from a period when little survives. As libraries prepare for the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 2011, it is a timely reminder that the Bible in English goes back far beyond the Protestant Reformation. Above all, and exceeding all others in scale, complexity and subject matter, is the great Kuttenberg (Kutná Hora) silver mining miniature, painted in Bohemia, probably in Prague, around 1490 (lot 18). It shows the entire process of the medieval silver industry there, from the mining of the ore to the minting of the silver into coins, and is as elaborate as a painting by Brueghel.

The following items are of particular interest: lot 9 – Three historiated initials on cuttings from an illuminated choirbook on vellum (Italy, probably Veneto, c. 1470); lot 10Christ blessing, historiated initial cut from illuminated manuscript on vellum (Italy, probably Bologna, c. 1320); lot 11The Tomb of St. Dominic (d. 1221), large historiated initial on a cutting from an illuminated manuscript choirbook, on vellum (northern Italy, Bologna, c. 1320, probably immediately after 1323); lot 12The Apostles preaching, large historiated initial on a cutting from an illuminated manuscript choirbook, on vellum (northern Italy, Bologna, c. 1320, probably immediately after 1323); lot 13The martyrdom of St. Agatha, large historiated initial on a cutting from an illuminated manuscript choirbook, on vellum (northern Italy, Bologna, c. 1320, probably immediately after 1323); lot 16 – Miniature on a cutting, enclosing  the Virgin seated and reading from an open book, the Christ child on her lap lifting up one hand to support a sceptre, perhaps from a historiated initial, illuminated manuscript on vellum (Italy, perhaps Venice, sixteenth century); and lot 47 – St. Jerome, Epistolae, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum (central Italy, probably Rome, third quarter of the fifteenth century).

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Christie’s: London, 24 November 2009

AUCTION: Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books, Christie’s (8 King Street, St Jame’s, London), Tuesday, 24 November 2009. Viewing: 20-23 November.

The following entries are of particular interest: N. 2Notabili et Sententie di Quattro Doctori, brief extract from selected writings of the Doctors of the Church, followed by selections from Books of the Old Testament, in Latin with parallel translation in Italian, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT  ON VELLUM (probably Florence) dated 1456-1457; N. 5 – PETRARCH (1304-1374), Il Canzoniere and I Trionfi; LEONARDO BRUNI (1369-1444), Vita di Petrarca; PETRARCH, Nota de Laura, in Italian, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM (Pavia or Milan, c. 1465-1470, illiminated by the Master of the Birago Hours);  NOS 8-14 – SIX CHOIRBOOKS FOR THE USE OF THE LATERAN CANONS FOLLOWING THE ORDER OF ST AUGUSTINE IN THE DIOCESE OF BOLOGNA, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS ON VELLUM (Bologna, 1480s); Andreas the German’ Totinicus’ and ‘Alemannus’, is named as scribe in the colophons of these volumes (lots 9 and 11), deaccessioned by order of Trustees of the Hispanic Society of America for the benefit of the Acquisitions Fund., the initials are in three different styles:  N. 9 – ANTIPHONAL, from the First Sunday in Advent to Septuagesima Sunday, the feast of St Andrew to the Purification of the Virgin (Bologna, writing finished 15 September 1484); N. 10 – ANTIPHONAL, from Septuagesima Sunday to Holy Saturday, from the Purification to the Annunciation of the Virgin (Bologna, 1480s); N. 11 – ANTIPHONAL, from Easter to Advent, from All Saints to St Clement (Bologna, 1480s); N. 12 – ANTIPHONAL, from the Annunciation of the Virgin to St Michael Archangel and Office of the Dead (Bologna, 1480s); N. 13 – GRADUAL, from Holy Saturday to the 24th Sunday after Pentecost (Bologna ? 1470s to 1480s); N. 14 – GRADUAL, from the Octave of St Stephen to Holy Saturday (Bologna, 1480s); N. 17 – Autograph letter signed by Isabella d’Este to Ludovico il Moro (Mantua, 16 June 1498); and N. 44 – BARTOLOMMEO DALLI SONETTI, Isolario (Venice: Guilelmus Anima Mia, Tridinensis, ca. 1485/1486).

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Christie’s: London, 23 November 2009

AUCTION: Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports, Christie’s (South Kensington, London), Monday, 23 November 2009. Viewing: 20-23 November.

The following entries are of particular interest: N. 119, ST LAWRENCE in an initial C by PACINO DI BONAGUIDA, cutting from an illuminated Gradual on vellum (Florence, second quarter 14th century); and N. 120, SAINTS PETER AND PAUL in an initial N, cutting from an illuminated Gradual on vellum (Florence, second half 15th century).

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