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    Sale 7471

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    14 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 78

    Missale, use of Magdeburg. Magdeburg: Moritz Brandis, 14 April 1497.

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    Missale, use of Magdeburg. Magdeburg: Moritz Brandis, 14 April 1497.

    Royal 2° (394 x 265mm). Collation: \Kp\k8 a-l8 m10 n-q8 2a10 r-z8 \\i \\n \\f8 A-C8 D10 E-F6 (\Kp\k1r blank, \Kp\k1v advertisement, \Kp\k2r register of votive masses, \Kp\k3r calendar, a1 text, 2a1 order and canon, r1r common of saints, etc., F6r colophon, F6v blank). 274 leaves. 38 lines, double column. Type: 8:314G, 6:160G, 5:151G. Printed in red and black, red printed first. ILLUMINATED AND COLOURED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND: major initial opening the text in blue on orange and gold ground with white modeling and floral extension, opening canon initial in lavender on orange and gold ground within blue fictive frame, floral extensions, full-page woodcut of the Crucifixion on 2a3v coloured with blue, green, orange, brown and ochre, fine large woodcut decorative initials, lombard initials. (Lightly washed, affecting illumination, neatly repaired tears in a few leaves.) 20th-century maroon morocco by Lortic, tooled in gilt and blind, for the Duke of Villafranca, with his arms on sides and cypher at corners and in spine compartments, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, edges marbled and gilt. Provenance: Charles Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Villafranca (binding, bookplate of his liturgical library) -- Robert de Bourbon, Duke of Parma.

    A fine, complete copy with contemporary illumination and colouring, from the liturgical library of Charles Louis de Bourbon, of the fourth/fifth edition. The first book printed at Magdeburg was the first edition (1480) of the Magdeburg Missal, printed by Bartholomaeus Ghotan but with the assistance and types of Lucas Brandis. When Lucas's brother, Moritz, moved from Leipzig to Magdeburg, he brought out 2, and possibly 4, editions of the Missal. All are very rare (one is known only in a proofsheet destroyed during World War II) and most are imperfect. No copy of any 15th-century edition has been sold at auction for over 60 years. C 4160; BMC II, 599 (IC. 10957); Weale-Bohatta 573; Meyer-Baer p.17; Schreiber 4724; Goff M-673 (one copy, at the Huntington).

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