Lot 80
  • 80

Boethius, Consolatio Philosophiae, with the gloss of Remigius of Auxerre, in Latin with some words in Greek, manuscript on vellum

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113 leaves (last originally blank), 236mm. by 175mm., complete, collation: i-ix8, x10, xi-xii8, xiii10, xiv5 [of 6, v cancelled], with very small contemporary quire signatures in extreme lower margins of last leaves of gatherings 2, 3, 7, 8 and 12 (fols.16v, 24v, 56v, 72v and 98v) and on first leaf of gathering 11 (fol.83r), text written in 18 lines, ruled in blind, written-space 172mm. by about 105mm., pages also ruled for glossing usually with 42 lines on a recto and 40 on a verso, written by several scribes in an extremely fine and graceful rounded English Caroline minuscule with insular ligatures, some sentences in Greek display capitals, second leaf (fol.3r) begins “frustrabatur” in text and “huc usque” in gloss, headings and opening words in purple or green in uncials or in rustic capitals, gloss in several small and very small Caroline hands, occasional dry-point glosses (as on fol.9r, for example), eighteen pages with musical neumes in sections of verse, versal initials for the sections in poetry throughout alternately green and purple, about seventy-five larger painted initials in red or purple, usually 2 lines high but up to 4-line, sometimes with elegant flourishes, large opening dragon initial on fol.2r, 4 lines high, in elaborate insular interlace with leafy terminals and five heads of dragons biting the foliage, lightly coloured in red, two large circular diagrams representing the four elements and their characteristics (fol.55v, 44mm. in diameter) and on the relationship between Fate and Providence (fol.85v, 37mm. in diameter), contemporary and very early additions on originally blank pages at end, a few other late medieval notes and pentrials on various pages, extremities of ascenders of glosses in upper margins occasionally fractionally cropped, some minor stains, a few irregular edges, a medieval marginal repair on fol.110, minor thumbing, first quire a bit loose, generally in extremely fine clean condition with wide outer margins preserving the prickings, eighteenth-century English russia gilt, spine in compartments gilt, marbled endleaves, rebacked with spine laid on