FIVE LEAVES [FRANCE (AND FLANDERS?), MID-13TH TO LATE-14TH CENTURIES]
400 - 600 GBP
- ink and bodycolour on vellum
5 leaves, vellum: (a) leaf from an illuminated Psalter, c.165x127mm, 19 lines, c.105x90, Psalms 118:55-73, the verso with two major scribal corrections, adding one verse and deleting another, with 3 large illuminated initials, line-fillers, and versals [northern France or Flanders, mid-13th century]; (b, c) two leaves from a Book of Hours, c.165x120mm, 17 lines, c.100x56mm, foliated in pencil 80 and 91, with enlarged initials and borders at the start of Compline in the Hours of the Virgin and the first Gradual Psalm (Ps. 119) [France, c.1400]; (d, e) two leaves from a glossed De regulis iuris, with Rules 43-48 and 53-62, recovered from use as wrappers, inscribed ‘Procés Verbal de Mesurage et Plan de Terres(?) et prés(?) à Bercenay, fait en 1767 …’ , presumably Bercenay-en-Othe, near Troyes
Looking like a typical Italian glossed law book - except for the fact that the main text is in a single column - the Regulae Juris are a series of 88 general principles promulgated in 1298 by Boniface VIII. On the present leaves they include, ‘Who keeps silent is deemed to consent’, and ‘An oath against good morals does not bind’.