• Valuable Manuscripts and Print auction at Christies

    Sale 7760

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    24 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 1

    BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

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    BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin and French, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
    [Langres, c.1480]
    192 x 135mm. 127 leaves: 112, 25(v a singleton), 37(of 8, lacking i), 47(of 8, lacking ii), 57(of 8, lacking iii), 66(of 8 lacking iii and vii), 77(of 8, lacking iii), 85(of 6, lacking i), 94(of 6, lacking i and iv), 107(of 8, lacking i), 118, 127(of 8, lacking iii), 13-158, 165(of 8, lacking iii, vi and viii), 174(of ?8, iv, v, vi and viii), 185 (original structure and how many leaves lacking unclear but iii, iv and v later additions), 204, 214(including pastedown), 20 and 21 later additions, one-line initials of burnished gold with grounds and infills of red and blue, two-line initials with monochrome staves of pink, brown, blue or liquid gold on coloured grounds with white or gold decoration or floral sprays, SEVEN PAGES WITH THREE-SIDED BORDERS with divided grounds, accompanying large initials including SIX HISTORIATED INITIALS OR SMALL MINIATURES, two pages with FULL-PAGE BORDERS INCLUDING THE OWNERS MOTTO SURROUNDING TWO LARGE MINIATURES (some spotting, darkening and offsetting, one small miniature rubbed and smudge to motto below one large miniature). 16th-century panelled brown leather ruled and stamped in blind (worn).

    The manuscript was made for Anthoine Bruillat, whose name and motto, 'Se mieulx non pis, are on scrolls in the border around the miniature showing male saints. The Calendar has the feasts of St Mammes (17 August) and St Desiderius (23 May) entered in red, suggesting the hours was made for use in Langres. The illumination is in a regional style and points to a date late in the 15th century. Seventeenth-century inscriptions on the front endleaf include the 1678 ownership note of Anthoine Rene Davigny De Saully.

    CONTENT: Calendar ff.1-12v; Gospel extracts ff.13-17; Office of the Virgin, use of Rome, lacking all openings but for Prime, ff.18-56v; Hours of the Cross, lacking opening, ff.57-58v; Hours of the Holy Spirit, lacking opening, ff.59-60v; Seven Penitential Psalms, lacking opening, Litany and Prayers, ff.61-77; Office of the Dead, Franciscan use, lacking opening, ff.78-108v; Suffrages to the Saints, lacking opening and other leaves, ff.109-117v; devotion to the Virgin, lacking opening, ff.118-119; Athanasian creed ff.121-123; Sayings of the Doctors of the Church on the Sacrament and the Mass ff.123v-126. The last three texts are additions of different dates.

    The subjects of the historiated initials and miniatures are: St John on Patmos f.13, St Luke f.14, St Matthew f.15, St Mark f.16v, Annunciation to the shepherds (large) f.37, Trinity f.114, St Anthony Abbot f.115, Four males saints (large) f.116.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS

    A selection of illuminated manuscripts will also be offered at Christie's, South Kensington on 23 November 2009.