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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 63

    SANGORSKI, Alberto, calligrapher and illuminator (1862-1932). -- MOORE, Thomas (1779-1852). Paradise and the Peri. [London: 1909].

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    SANGORSKI, Alberto, calligrapher and illuminator (1862-1932). -- MOORE, Thomas (1779-1852). Paradise and the Peri. [London: 1909].

    4o (269 x 210 x 16mm). ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, 16 leaves plus 3 blank vellum fly-leaves at front and one at end, 2 additional paper fly-leaves (28 decorated pages plus colophon page), written in an upright roman script in black with some initial words or letters in red, full-page frontispiece of a pair of angels amidst clouds against a gold, red, blue and mauve tiled background, above a landscape; the facing title-page with the title in red, incorporating a very large historiated initial P with a full page-border and a vignette of three angels at the foot; 6 other vignettes and large borders; a total of 19 gold initials with backgrounds and borders of various colors, some with extravagant foliage and ornamental decoration, other initials in red and blue.

    A JEWELLED BINDING SET WITH AN OPAL, DIAMONDS AND RUBIES. Original royal blue levant morocco, covers with five gilt fillets and a gilt dotted border enclosing an inner border of gilt stippled dentelle, upper cover with a large shaped oval medallion of gilt stippled dentelle with onlaid red morocco circlets, around a square device of elaborately interwoven brown and green onlaid morocco strapwork with large knotted corners, THE CENTER SET WITH A SINGLE OPAL CABOCHON FLANKED BY FOUR OLD MINE-CUT DIAMONDS AND FOUR CIRCULAR-CUT RUBIES, all on a densely stippled gilt ground; spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt lettered in two, the others gilt stippled panels with small red circular onlay; board edges with single gilt fillet, turn-ins gilt ruled and gilt dotted, doublures and free endpages of ivory watered silk, all edges gilt, by SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, stamp-signed as such on the upper turn-in (upper joint repaired, spine bands lightly rubbed); cloth folding box.

    The colophon statement reads: "This manuscript, the poem of 'Paradise and the Peri' by Thomas Moore, was designed, written out, and illuminated by Alberto Sangorski, London anno domini nineteen hundred and nine."

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