Lot 6
  • 6

Eight leaves from a monumental Passional, illuminated manuscript in Latin, on vellum

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
4,375 GBP
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eight leaves (4 bifolia), each leaf 470mm. by 330mm., double column, 38 lines in dark brown ink in a single early gothic bookhand, rubrics in red, one eight-line historiated initial 'O' in blue and burnished gold, enclosing a human-headed bird with a coloured wing heightened with a gold panel, with white vine extensions from its extremities filling the initial, all within coloured frame, one very large variegated initial 'I' in blue and green with impressive pen-drawn extensions up and down border terminating in a human face and a scalloped trefoil leaf, one similarly large variegated initial 'I' in red with delicate foliate extensions, two 4-line blue initials with elaborate red infill (one with a lacertine animal grasping a fruit in its mouth, the other with foliage and similar extensions into margin from body of initial), with the text for the passions of early Christian saints, including Ss. Cecilia (d. second century AD.; feast on 22 November); Clement, the fourth pope (d. 99 AD.; feast 23 November); and Longinus (d. first century; feast 16 October), some scuffing to gold, slight wear to surface of some text leaves, else in good condition