Lot 4
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Three leaves from large Biblical manuscripts, in Latin, on vellum [twelfth century]

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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three leaves (including a bifolium): (a) bifolium from an Old Testament (tables of contents of Deuteronomy, with chs. ii-xviii and 2:26-3:26), each leaf 370mm. by 235mm., double column, 32 lines in dark brown ink in a fine late Carolingian minuscule, chapter numbers and some initials set in margin, slight losses to uppermost edge affecting a few letters of text and some small brown paint smears on fol.2v, else good and presentable condition, France or Germany, mid-twelfth century; (b) single leaf from a monumental Lectionary, with readings from Matthew 24:5 and 10:16, addressing “fratres” and perhaps made for public reading in a monastery, 425mm. by 300mm., double column, 35 lines in a large early gothic bookhand, rubrics and simple initials in iridescent red, some small contemporary corrections and two contemporary marginal additions in a square archaising hand (erroneously appearing to be eleventh century), some stains, small holes and folded across middle, else good and presentable condition, Germany, first half of the twelfth century; both recovered from bindings