Lot 26
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Eberhard Windeck, Das Buch von Kaiser Sigmund, the life and times of the Emperor Sigismund, in German, illuminated manuscript on paper

1,000,000 - 1,500,000 GBP
1,161,250 GBP
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306 leaves, 399 mm. by 262 mm., apparently lacking leaves at 14 places including many gatherings between fols. 116 and 117, precise collation impracticable without disbinding since the leaves have been oversewn, fol. 304 survives only as a fragment, double column, about 30-33 lines, written-space 275 mm. by 165 mm., written in dark brown ink in a large and legible cursive bookhand, some calligraphic flourishing into upper and lower margins, headings in red, capitals touched in red, very large initials throughout in red, some with elaborate flourished decoration extending almost to the full height of the page, a hundred and seventy-four very large or full-page illustrations, drawn in ink, coloured in green, blue, red, brown, purple, yellow, and other colours, fol. 1v with silver too, some minor damp stains (mostly at edges or end), some damp on fols. 85r, 93r, 116v (with loss of a few words of text) and increasingly from fols. 298–end (fol. 306) with minor repairs slightly affecting text, last pages a bit fragile, a few other marginal repairs, corners of fols. 196-7 and 215 repaired without loss of text, generally in good condition with bright pictures, bound in nineteenth-century English russia gilt (for Phillipps), marbled endleaves, gilt edges, rebacked with spine laid on