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Life of Saint Margaret of Egypt, in Latin verse, decorated manuscript on paper, with a collection of leaves from manuscripts on vellum [fifteenth to eighteenth century]
single manuscript: (a) ‘Vita beate Marie egipticiae a quondam Carthusiensis Colonie’, 145mm. by 102mm., complete, 14 leaves in a single gathering (last 2 singletons), with 27 lines in dark brown ink, capitals touched in red, paragraph marks in blue or purple, rubric in red, one small red initial opening the ‘oratio auctoris’ at end, large blue initial with elaborate red penwork at beginning, text opening: “Salve alma matronarum / preelecta patronarum / toto corde quam amare …”, Germany, fifteenth century, bound in paper boards; plus 10 leaves or cuttings: (b) leaf from pseudo-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium, the oldest surviving Latin book on rhetoric (dating to c.90 BC.), and the most popular in the Middle Ages, 250mm. by 183mm., this leaf containing the end of book 3 and the opening of book 4, single column, 36 lines in brown ink in a humanist hand, paragraph marks in blue and red, rubric in ornamental red capitals and large initial ‘Q’ accompanied by a line of capitals touched in red, probably Italy, c.1475; (c) leaf (195mm. by 178mm.) and a torn strip of a leaf (185mm. by 145mm.) apparently of Hugh of Saint Victor, De Grammatica, ch. 6, remains of 24 lines in angular late Gothic bookhand, southern Germany, c.1450; (d) leaf from a choirbook with readings for the feast of Saint John of Capistrano (Franciscan friar, canonised in 1724), 530mm. by 365mm., with six lines of text with music on a 4-line red stave, one large variegated initial with elaborate red penwork infill and surround, produced on palimpsest-vellum, the underlayer from an earlier liturgical book, Italy, probably eighteenth century; plus another 6 leaves from Italian manuscripts, fifteenth and sixteenth century (4 originally limp vellum bindings with many late medieval additions, another with a later armorial painting on cover, much scuffed), and a seventeenth- or eighteenth-century devotional painting of the Deposition of Christ, on an oval vellum cutting, 85mm. high, in wooden frame; leaves mostly recovered from bindings and hence with scuffs, holes and stains
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