French Manuscripts from Les Enluminures

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image of Vulgate Bible; in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: VERY TINY ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL BIBLE. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment, Northern France (Paris?), c. 1230-1250. Dimensions 113 x 72 mm., 512 folios, lacking at least three folios at the end with the conclusion of the Apocalypse, otherwise complete, copied in a minute gothic bookhand in two columns of 49-47 lines, SEVENTY-SEVEN PAINTED initials, FIVE HISTORIATED initials. BINDING:… Read more
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BOOK DESCRIPTION: THE "PETITES HEURES" CHARLES VIII OF FRANCE; TINY BOOK OF HOURS FOR THE PERSONAL USE OF A KING. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment, France, Paris, c. 1490-1493 (before 1494). Dimensions 73 x 49 mm., 206 folios, complete, written in dark brown ink in a cursive gothic bookhand on 14 lines, burnished gold initials throughout, 5 large initials… Read more
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image of Printed Book of Hours (Use of Rome); in Latin and French, illuminated imprint on parchment

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: RARE PRINTED BOOK OF HOURS IN AN UNUSUAL FORMAT WITH VIBRANTLY PAINTED METALCUTS. In Latin and French, illuminated imprint on parchment, France (Paris), c. 1536 (almanac for 1536-1548). Dimensions 140 x 65 mm., 90 folios, octavo agenda format, complete, printed in black ink in Roman font in 32 long lines, 1- to 2-line initials throughout, 1 SIX-LINE METALCUT,… Read more
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image of The Hours of Françoise de Foix (Use of Bayeux); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: BOOK OF HOURS BELONGING TO THE CHIEF MISTRESS OF FRANCE IN THE 15TH CENTURY. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment, Northwestern France, Normandy (Bayeux), c. 1480-1490. Dimensions 186 x 132 mm, 81 folios, lacking one leaf, written in brown ink in gothic textualis bookhand on 20 lines, 1- to 2-line champie initials in burnished gold, nine… Read more
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image of Book of Hours (Use of Paris); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: LOVELY BOOK OF HOURS BY ONE OF THE MOST SKILLFUL PARISIAN ILLUMINATOR OF HIS GENERATION. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment, France, Paris, c. 1460-1470. Dimensions 176 x 123 mm., 147 folios, complete, written in brown ink in a cursive bookhand on 15 lines, SIX HISTORIATED INITIALS, FIFTEEN LARGE MINIATURES. BINDING: 16th-century(?) gold-tooled brown morocco,… Read more
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image of Chronique amplifiée des rois de France (Amplified Chronicle of the Kings of France); medieval manuscript on paper in French

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LARGE FORMAT MEDIEVAL CHRONICLE IN ITS ORIGINAL BINDING. In French, manuscript on paper, France, c. 1450-1500. Dimensions 280 x 205 mm, 403 folios, incomplete at end, vertical catchwords on all quires except xviii and xxv, leaf signatures first half of all quires, written by a single scribe in an expert Bâtarde script, red paraphs and two-line initials. BINDING: ORIGINAL… Read more
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image of The Triumph of Applause and the Glories of Her Royal Highness Maria Anna Christina Victoria of Bavaria, Dauphine of France, Illustrated with Perfect Letters, Which Contain the Following Verses to be Read in the Image with a Microscope; manuscript in Italian and micrographic drawing of the same text

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RARE MICROGRAPHIC DRAWING AND ACCOMPANYING MANUSCRIPT FOR A DAUPHINE OF FRARARE MICROGRAPHIC DRAWING AND ACCOMPANYING MANUSCRIPT FOR A DAUPHINE OF FRANCE. Micrographic drawing and manuscript on paper, in Italian, France, c. 1683-84. Drawing: one large sheet, dimensions 630 x 500 mm.; Manuscript: dimensions 335 x 225 mm., 221 folios, complete, written in a cursive script entirely in the hand of… Read more
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image of Le livre de bonnes meurs [The Book of Good Manners]; manuscript on paper. By Jacques Legrand. France (Burgundy) or Switzerland (Basel?), c. 1450

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DECORATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN FRENCH ON PAPER, France (Burgundy), or Switzerland (Basel?), c. 1450. Dimensions 214 x 138 mm., i + 139 + i folios, apparently complete, written in a formal cursive gothic bookhand (close to lettre bâtarde) in twenty-three long lines, one large parted red and blue initial, alternating red and blue initials, red and blue paragraph marks. BINDING:… Read more
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image of [ANONYMOUS], Les sept fruits de la tribulation; and [ANONYMOUS], Miroir d’or de l’ame pecheresse, French translation of JACOBUS DE GRUYTRODE (or JACOBUS DE JÜTERBORG), Speculum aureum animae peccatricis; Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in French

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ELEGANT MANUSCRIPT CONTAINING TWO WORKS OF SPIRITUAL AND MORAL EDIFICATION IN FRENCH TRANSLATION. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in French, France, after 1482, c. 1490. Dimensions 274 x 175 mm. 70 folios, written in a Gothic bâtarde bookhand, 18 large initials parti-colored in red and/or blue, inserted leaf in first quire with FULL-PAGE HERALDIC COMPOSITION IN GOLD, SILVER, RED, BLUE AND… Read more
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$98,000.00
image of ST. JEROME, Letter LIV To Furia [To Furia, On the Duty of Remaining a Widow], in the translation by CHARLES BONIN; illuminated manuscript in French with a full-page miniature by the Master of Spencer 6 (active c. 1490 to 1510)

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A UNIQUE DELUXE TRANSLATION OF ST. JEROME'S LETTER TO THE WIDOW FURIA WITH FRONTISPIECE BY THE MASTER OF THE SPENCER 6 FROM THE LIBRARY OF ANNE DE POLIGNAC. Illuminated manuscript on parchment in French, France, likely Bourges, c. 1500-1510. Dimensions 210 x 135 mm. 63 folios, written in a lettre bâtarde on up to 17 lines, one three-line DECORATED INITIAL… Read more
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image of Processional (Dominican Use); illuminated manuscript on parchment in Latin and French with 12 historiated initials and 2 full-page illuminated borders by an artist working in the circle of the Mast of Girard Acarie

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THIS LARGE, LAVISHLY ILLUMINATED MUSIC MANUSCRIPT PROCESSIONAL IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE SKILL OF THE ARTISTS WORKING DURING THE LAST FLOWING OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION IN NORTHERN FRANCE. Illuminated manuscript on parchment. France (Rouen), c. 1520-1530; c. 1525-1550; 1674. Dimensions 225 x 158 mm. Written in black in a gothic bookhand on nine long lines with nine lines of… Read more
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image of Expositio in epistolas Pauli, illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin with frontispiece miniature possibly by a son of Jean Budé

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A BEAUTIFUL ILLUMINATED COPY OF THE COMMENTARY ON THE EPISTLES OF PAUL BY HAIMO OF AUXERRE COMMISSIONED BY Jean II Budé. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, France, Paris, c. 1460-1480 and c. 1500. Dimensions 278 x 105 mm. 193 folios, catchwords, guide words, numerous small initial in red and blue, TEN LARGE DECORATED INITIALSin blue or red and gold… Read more
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