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A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE LEAVES, EUROPE, 13TH-16TH CENTURIES

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A collection of Medieval and Renaissance leaves, Europe, 13th-16th centuries
A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED LEAVES, 23 leaves from liturgical manuscripts on vellum and paper [Europe, 13th-16th centuries]

An eclectic teaching collection of leaves from Bibles, Books of Hours and choirbooks, including a rare prayer to the Virgin.

Comprising:
(1) THE ANNUNCIATION, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours [Hainaut?, mid-15th century]. With a text leaf from the same manuscript. 162 x 135mm (lower margin cropped, burnished gold rubbed, borders faded). Mounted. The rubric in the text leaf is a Picard spelling: 'tierche'. (2) A leaf from a Bible [Paris, 13th century]. 213 x 147mm, the text from 1 Kings 6-7. Mounted. (3) VIRGIN AND CHILD with Angels holding a Church [northern? France, final quarter 15th century]. 217 x 126mm. The text with a prayer to the Virgin, 'Je te salue mere dhumilite', 26 lines in French rimes plates, a form of which also appears in Soissons, Bibl. mun. ms.111, f.136. Mounted. (4) STS ANDREW AND PAUL, two border miniatures on either side of a leaf from a Book of Hours [northern France, mid-15th century]. 151 x 101mm (visible), the text with Suffrages to Andrew and Paul. Mounted. (5) A leaf from an Antiphonal [Italy, 15th century]. 472 x 343mm, the text comprising the Mass for Palm Sunday, contemporary foliation LXVI (edges soiled, upper margin trimmed, some fading to text). Mounted. (6) A leaf from a Book of Hours [northern Italy, c.1470s]. 96 x 70mm. One illuminated initial 'L' opening Psalm 122. Mounted. (7) A leaf from a large-format Bible [France? 14th century]. 350 x 264mm, the text Ezechiel 4:17-9:11. (8) A leaf from a Book of Hours [France, 15th century]. 155 x 103mm. Mounted. (9) ZODIAC MAN, woodcut from a printed Horae on vellum, in Latin and French. Paris: Thielman Kerver, 1515. 210 x 113mm (visible), reverse with title-page and imprint of Thielman Kerver, both pages with full-page metalcut borders incorporating grotesques and the Sibyls. Mounted. (10) ZODIAC MAN, woodcut from a printed Horae on vellum, in Latin and French [Paris: probably from the workshop of Germain and Gillet Hardouin, 16th century]. 201 x 125mm, reverse with calendar page for January, contemporary colouring. Mounted. (11) Five leaves from a printed Horae on vellum [Paris: François Regnault, first half 16th centuy]. 169 x 107mm. 7 small woodcuts, the text comprising the suffrages to Sts Catherine, Margaret, Mary Magdalene, Apollonia, Cecilia, and extracts from the Gospels of Luke and Mark, modern pencil foliation in the upper margins. Mounted. (12) Five leaves from a printed Dominican? Missal on paper [possibly Venice: Luc' Antonio Giunta, 1521]. 363 x 256mm. 35 lines in two columns, 5 woodcuts, contemporary foliation. See for comparison Giunta's 1521 Dominican Missal at the Foley Library of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. (13) A leaf from a gargantuan Antiphonal [Spain, 15th century]. 650 x 435mm. Mounted. (14) A leaf from an Old Church Slavonic manuscript [eastern Europe, ?16th century]. 155 x 107mm, The text a Hymn to St John the Baptist. Mounted.

Provenance: Alexander E. Vida, by descent.

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