Lot 12
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THE BREVIARY OF MARIE, FRANCISCAN USE, IN LATIN WITH A FEW RUBRICS IN FRENCH [FRANCE (PARIS), C.1360]

Estimate
500,000 - 700,000 GBP
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610,000 GBP
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Description

c.195x135mm, vellum, i+602+ii leaves, sewing threads not usually visible but apparently COMPLETE, collation: i2 (miniatures), ii-xxii12, xxiii6, xxiv2+1, xxv2 (miniatures), xxvi6 (calendar),  xxvii2 (added leaves), xxviii-xxxii12, xxxiii8, xxxvi6, xxxv2 (miniatures), xxxvi-liii12, liv8-1 (last blank cancelled), lv-lvi12, lvii6, most quires with a catchword and note that it has been corrected, foliated in 19th-century French pencil usually on every 10th leaf and leaves with historiated initials, but omitting one leaf between 585 and 593, the psalter with original foliation in red ink roman numerals i-lxxiiii, 2 columns of 32 lines, c.125x85mm, 6 FULL-PAGE MINIATURES ARRANGED IN FACING PAIRS prefacing the Temporale, Psalter, and Sanctorale, 2 SMALLER MINIATURES, 24 HISTORIATED INITIALS, and 12 OCCUPATIONS OF THE MONTHS AND 12 SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC in the calendar, a few BAS-DE-PAGE SCENES AND DROLLERIES, and about 25 heraldic shields added in lower margins, some of them subsequently erased, and a page consisting of an added ITALIAN MINIATURE, PORTRAIT ROUNDEL, AND HERALDIC SHIELD within a full border, ILLUMINATED BORDERS AND INITIALS ON EVERY TEXT PAGE, except the added ones, WITH DRAGON-, ANIMAL-, OR HUMAN-HEADED TERMINALS, a few Italian illuminated initials in the final section, minor blemishes and thumbing, and some flaking or smudging of pigments in the major decoration, the calendar and psalter rather worn, but overall in good condition, finely bound in 17th-century French dark red morrocco, the covers densely gilt with fine tools around an undecorated lozenge, the flat spine gilt, not divided into compartments, minor wear especially at the joints, gilt edges, housed in a red half-morocco bookform box with gilt letters on spine 'Breviary / French MS.', signed inside by Riviere & Son
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