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    Sale 7471

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    14 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    ILLUMINATED INITIAL D, on a leaf from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT MISSAL ON VELLUM

    Price Realised  

    ILLUMINATED INITIAL D, on a leaf from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT MISSAL ON VELLUM
    [southern Germany, probably Augsburg, end 15th century]344 x 248mm (visible area in mount). The initial with foliage staves of pink with an infill of punched silver against a punched ground of burnished gold and within a moulding frame of green and pink, the staves leading behind the frame to acanthus tendrils in pink, green and blue interspersed with gold disks with pink penwork surrounds; 34 lines in brown ink in two sizes of gothic bookhand, with cadell in lower margin of verso, between four verticals and 35 horizontals ruled in brown, justification: 277 x 86-18-83mm, rubrics in red, text capitals touched red, letters of opening word and two-line initials alternately in red and blue (slight cockling, slight staining to margins, silver tarnished). Double-sided gilt frame. Provenance: Collectors stamp in blue with initials FH on verso; paper label on framing 'Coll JV 106'; typewritten description in German.

    The initial D begins the introit for the first Sunday after the octave of Pentecost, or the first Sunday after Trinity, Domine in tua misericordia. The leaf was f.cxvi in a missal that must have closely resembled the smaller missal from which six leaves entered the Cornelius J. Hauk Collection, sold Christie's, New York, 27-28 June 2006, lots 120-122. The decoration indicates an origin in Augsburg.


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