• Sale 5476

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts

    30 November 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 141

    MALAXOS, Nikolaos (protopapas of Nauplion, mid 16th-century). Hymni in Honorem B.V.M., in Greek, calligraphic manuscript on paper, [Greece, 1636]

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    MALAXOS, Nikolaos (protopapas of Nauplion, mid 16th-century). Hymni in Honorem B.V.M., in Greek, calligraphic manuscript on paper, [Greece, 1636]

    210 x 145mm. 24 leaves. Red initials and border decorations with extensive flourishing in red, headings and responses in red, 23 lines in a 17th-century Greek cursive bookhand (verso of final leaf in a different hand), colophon on final leaf dated June 1636 by the hieromonk, archbishop and archimandrite Auxentios [of Karpathos], deckle edges (light soiling, occasional wormholes, a few edges slightly frayed, quires strengthened at hinge). Modern boards (light stains on upper cover). Provenance: J.P.R. Lyell (1871-1948, bookplate).

    Nikolaos Malaxos was a 16th-century hymnographer and editor of hymnographical texts. The present manuscript contains a series of hymns addressed to the Virgin Mary and formed part of the library of the renowned book collector and bibliographer James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell.


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