Lot 2
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Amé de Montgesoie, Le Pas de la Mort and other verse, in French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [northern France (probably Rouen), c.1500]

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 GBP
Sold
169,250 GBP
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Description

27 leaves (2 blank) 195mm. by 140mm., complete, collation: i8, ii7 (last cancelled), iii3 (ii cancelled), iv6, iv3 (last cancelled), vertical catchwords, single column, ruled in pink ink for 26 lines of an angular lettre bâtarde in dark brown ink, line fillers throughout of blue or brown bars or branches heightened in liquid gold, small initials touched in yellow, larger initials (2- to 4-line) in liquid gold or silver with ornate tracery on blue, burgundy and gold grounds, eight 4-line initials in blue or grey heightened with white scrolling penwork enclosing foliage and fruit on burnished gold, all on coloured grounds, one with a gold dragon coiled through a log forming the body of the initial (fol.3r), twelve three-quarter page miniatures either within gold architectural arches or in rectangular compartments within the body of the text, each with full border of acanthus-leaves, flowers and fruit strewn over variegated brown and dull-gold grounds, those on fol.1r, 16v and 26v enclosing arms in bas-de-page, some minor wear, scuffs and small stains, else excellent condition, nineteenth-century black leather over pasteboards

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