Lot 25
  • 25

Four bifolia from a Missal, Use of Augustinian Hermits, in Latin [north-eastern Italy, c.1490s]

Estimate
1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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Description

  • illuminated manuscript on vellum
8 leaves (4 bifolia), 355×250mm, vellum, consisting of (a) three bifolia of a quire (paginated 133-38, 143-48), containing parts of Palm Sunday to the following Tuesday, and a large part of Wednesday, 2 columns, 32 lines, 230x163mm, decorated with penwork initials, the flourishing often the full height of the column, and sometimes with human heads in profile, and (b) a bifolium (pp.177-78, 183-84) containing part of the chant for the blessing of the candles on Holy Saturday, two columns, 6 lines of music and text, square notation on four-line red staves, all in excellent condition

Catalogue Note

From a volume sold at Christie’s, 8 June 2003, lot 23 (ill.); other leaves were sold in our rooms 6 July 2006, lot 14b, and 5 December 2006, lot 57.
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