Lot 39
  • 39

Gospels, in Greek, illuminated manuscript on vellum

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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289,250 GBP
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Description

260 leaves (last blank), 265 mm. by 197 mm., lacking 2 leaves at beginning (with kephalaia of Matthew), a leaf after fol. 93 (with Mark 8:38–9:13) and a blank cancelled after fol. 259, else complete, collation: i5+1 [of 8 + 1, lacking i-iii, full-page miniature a single sheet, fol. 1], ii-xi8, xii7 [of 8, lacking viii], xiii8 [ii and vii single sheets, but text is complete, fols. 95 and 100], xiv-xxxii8, xxxiii7 [of 8, blank vii cancelled], double column (except for fols. 246-54 which are single column), 18-23 lines (usually 21 or 22), ruled in blind, written-space c. 186 mm. by 138 mm., written in dark brown ink by more than one scribe in a regular Greek minuscule, fol. 99v left blank (doubtless because of the see-through, the text runs without a break from Mark 10:43 on 99r to 100r), initials and some marginal additions recording liturgical readings in red, kephalaia in red, some initials overpainted in gold (doubtless in the fourteenth century), four illuminated initials and headpieces supplied in the fourteenth century over earlier plain designs, four full-page miniatures supplied in the fourteenth century, many signs of use, the miniatures rather rubbed and sometimes flaked (especially the last), first leaf repaired in upper margin, minor worming at end, generally sound and often in excellent condition, medieval painted edges of interconnected rings and circles with ropework and floral decoration, early twentieth-century dark red-brown blind-stamped morocco, by Leighton, Brewer Street (signed inside upper cover), in a full brown morocco fitted case, title gilt

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