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USE OF PARIS
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USE OF PARIS

by A BEAUTIFUL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BREVIARY ON VELLUM IN LATIN, WITH FINE HISTORIATED INITIALS AND MINIATURE

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Paris, after or in 1398, and before ca. 1405. 195 x 135 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/4"). 587 leaves, COMPLETE, double column, 32 lines in a lovely gothic script (by more than one hand). A full list of contents available upon request. Two volumes. HANDSOME DARK RED MOROCCO BY W. H. SMITH AND SON (stamp signed "WHS" in gilt on rear turn-ins), covers semé with gilt fleurs-de-lys tools, gilt Celtic-inspired knot centerpieces, raised bands, spine compartments with rows of fleurs-de-lys, gilt titling, plain morocco turn-ins, vellum doublures and endleaves, all edges gilt. In fleece-lined slipcases. Rubrics in red, line-enders in blue, gold, and red, numerous one- or two-line initials in gold with dark blue penwork or bright blue with red penwork, a total of 19 three-line initials painted blue and pink on gold ground with ivy leaf extenders, three six- or seven-line initials similarly decorated, and NINE SIX- OR SEVEN-LINE HISTORIATED INITIALS AND ONE 10-LINE MINIATURE, THREE OF THESE WITH FULL RINCEAU BORDERS WITH… Read more
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NOTABILI ET SENTENTIE DI QUATTRO DOCTORI: GERONIMO, GREGORIO, AGUSTINO ET AMRUGIO
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NOTABILI ET SENTENTIE DI QUATTRO DOCTORI: GERONIMO, GREGORIO, AGUSTINO ET AMRUGIO

by A BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED AND DATED HUMANIST ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT IN ITALIAN AND LATIN

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Italy [Florence], colophon dated 1456-57. 268 x 187 mm. (10 1/2 x 7 3/8"). 176 leaves, COMPLETE, single column, 31 lines alternating red ink for Latin and dark brown ink for Italian translation, in a very fine humanist hand. Contemporary Italian panelled calf over wooden boards, cover with mitered frame of blind rules, inner arabesque roll frame, and central panel diapered in ogival compartments formed by interlacing semi-circular rope tools, raised bands, original clasps replaced with modern hardware, edges gilt and gauffered with chevrons and flowers, expertly rebacked to style. Paragraph marks in red or blue, initial letters of each sentence in contrasting color to main text, running titles in red, 10 ORNATE WHITE VINE INITIALS, the first two very large and extending quite far down the page, the letters burnished gold and skillfully linked with white vines against a pink and green background outlined with blue and further decorated with clusters of white dots (the drawing of a crowned female head… Read more
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BEGINNING OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEAD

BEGINNING OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEAD

by A FINE MINIATURE PAINTING OF A FUNERAL SCENE, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN

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Paris, early 15th century. 178 x 125 mm. (7 x 5"). Text in single column (four lines on recto, 15 lines on verso) in an excellent gothic book hand. A FINE SQUARE MINIATURE SHOWING A FUNERAL SERVICE, two priests reciting from an elevated lectern and next to a large draped coffin, mourners in black seated to the left, the activity taking place inside a space enclosed by elegant columns and under a vaulted ceiling, a lovely four-line initial beneath it in burnished gold and several colors, infilled with ivy leaves in white and orange, other one- or two-line initials in blue with red penwork or (on the verso) in burnished gold and colors, THE MINIATURE SURROUNDED BY AN EXQUISITE FULL BORDER OF IVY LEAVES in colors or gold on painted and hairline stems. Remains of mounting hinge at top, a few speckles, a bit of yellowing, and slight wrinkling in margins, but the leaf very well preserved in general, with no significant flaking of paint and with the gold still bright. Apart from those relatively… Read more
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TEXT FROM THE FIRST EPISTLE OF SAINT PETER
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TEXT FROM THE FIRST EPISTLE OF SAINT PETER

by A FRAGMENT FROM A GIANT VELLUM BIBLE IN LATIN, WITH AN IMPRESSIVE DECORATED INITIAL

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Germany, ca. 1150. With edges unfolded: 224 x 185 mm. (8 3/4 x 7 3/8"). 27 lines in a clear, proto-gothic hand. Matted and framed. Rubrics in red, one three-line initial in red with blue decoration (the verso with two similar two-line initials), MOST OF AN IMPRESSIVE "P" with vine-stem work, painted red and green on a blue ground and with the face of a beast prominently displayed on the descender. Recovered from a binding and thus the vellum a little darkened, the paint in the initial just slightly faded, the word "Bassus" boldly penned by a later hand above the first line of the main text (touching two lines, though not obscuring the meaning); even with these imperfections, an excellent specimen overall, the initial still very dramatic and with no major damage, and, except for one line at the top, the text entirely legible. With a zoomorphic initial that is both dramatic and charming, this is an attractively decorated fragment from a so-called "Atlantic Bible,"… Read more
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POESIE PER LE FELICISSIME NOZZE DEL NOBILE SIGNOR CONTE LODOVICO TIENE CON LA NOBILE SIGNORA...
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POESIE PER LE FELICISSIME NOZZE DEL NOBILE SIGNOR CONTE LODOVICO TIENE CON LA NOBILE SIGNORA CONTESSA ATALANTA PIOVENE

by A FÊTE BOOK FOR AN 18TH CENTURY ITALIAN WEDDING

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Vicenza: per Gio. Battista Vendramini Mosca, 1774. FIRST EDITION. 305 x 216 mm. (12 x 8 1/2"). lxxvi pp. FIRST EDITION. Original paste paper boards covered in red and green block-printed patterned paper. In a modern red cloth folding box. Frontispiece engraving of the arms of bride and groom, engraved allegorical vignettes on title page and at end, woodcut head- and tailpieces and foliated initials, all done with considerable charm. Spine and head edge just slightly faded, a couple of very small snags in backstrip, one page with mild thumbing, but A SUPERB COPY, EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN, FRESH, AND BRIGHT, both the text and original printed paper wrappers in an almost unbelievable state of preservation. This is a remarkably well-preserved Italian "wedding book," a souvenir produced for friends and guests of a noble bride and groom. It contains a collection of romantic poems by 28 different authors, along with engravings of the newlyweds' arms. This kind of book was popular in Italy,… Read more
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USE OF ROUEN
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USE OF ROUEN

by A HANDSOME ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN AND FRENCH, FROM THE WORKSHOP OF THE MAÎTRE DE L'ECHEVINAGE DE ROUEN

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Rouen, ca. 1470. 190 x 132 mm. (7 1/2 x 5 1/8"). [108] leaves (lacking a few leaves of text between ff. 40-41), but all miniatures apparently present. Single column, 16 lines, in an elegant gothic book hand. Contents: Calendar in French (f. 1r); Gospel Lessons (f. 13r); Obsecro te and O Intemerata (f. 17v); [blank] (f. 24); Hours of the Virgin (f. 25r), Lauds followed by Suffrages to the Holy Spirit, St. Nicholas (starting imperfect), St. Catherine, and for Peace; Penitential Psalms (f. 59r); Litany (f. 68r); Hours of the Holy Cross (f. 72v); Hours of the Holy Spirit (f. 75v); [blank] (ff. 77v-78v); Office of the Dead (f. 79r); The Quinze Joies [or: Fifteen Joys, in French] (f. 100v); The Sept Requêtes [or: Seven Requests, in French] (f. 105r); [blank] (f. 108). Pleasing late 17th-century olive green morocco (uniformly faded to brown), covers gilt in panels with alternating decorative gilt rules, central oval device surrounded by daisy motifs and floral sprays, smooth spine with several decorative… Read more
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TEXT RELATING TO THE DOMINICAN COMMUNITY OF SANTA MARIA SOPRA MINERVA IN ROME
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TEXT RELATING TO THE DOMINICAN COMMUNITY OF SANTA MARIA SOPRA MINERVA IN ROME

by A LARGE PAPAL BULL OF POPE PAUL III ON VELLUM

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Italy, 1539. 559 x 737 mm. (22 x 29"). Single column, 59 lines of text in a humanist hand. Occasional lettering in red, "IN XPI NOMINE AMEN" in large, multicolored letters at the top of the text, THREE GOLD-FRAMED MEDALLIONS WITH MINIATURES OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL ON EITHER SIDE, AND TWO ANGELS HOLDING A CHALICE AND COMMUNION WAFER IN THE MIDDLE, both edges with a full floral border in multiple colors. An unidentified stamp at the bottom of the document, remains of a hemp string (lacking the seal). Some creasing and wrinkling from having been folded over the years, a half dozen small holes affecting a dozen words (but the sense recoverable in each case), minor erosion of paint in just a couple of spots, some light scattered stains, but these issues essentially trivial, and overall an extremely attractive piece, with the text and paintings in excellent condition. This highly decorative Papal Bull affirms certain privileges bestowed on the Dominican community of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the… Read more
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TEXT FROM THE OPENING OF THE GOSPEL SEQUENCES
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TEXT FROM THE OPENING OF THE GOSPEL SEQUENCES

by A LARGE ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH AN HISTORIATED INITIAL, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN

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France, ca. middle of the 15th century. 229 x 165 mm. (9 x 6 1/2"). Single column, 17 lines in a fine, regular gothic book hand. Rubrics in red, BOTH SIDES WITH AN INTRICATE THREE-QUARTER BORDER of swirling hairline stems bearing many burnished gold bezants, acanthus leaves, and other vegetation and blossoms (including, unusually, a large gourd in each border), THE RECTO WITH A PROMINENT SIX-LINE HISTORIATED "C" in blue and pink with white tracery, THE CENTER OF THE LETTER OCCUPIED BY THE ANGEL OF SAINT MATTHEW in a pink robe with blue wings and bearing a banderole with the saint's name, the initial outlined with thick burnished gold. Tiny smudge to head edge of border on recto, minor traces of previous mounting, a little rumpling to side margins, otherwise in very fine condition, quite clean, fresh, and bright, with generous margins and lustrous gold. This attractively illuminated leaf comes from a Book of Hours with uncharacteristically large dimensions, and the decorators… Read more
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TEXT FROM PSALM 97

TEXT FROM PSALM 97

by A LARGE VELLUM ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BIFOLIUM FROM A PSALTER IN LATIN, WITH AN HISTORIATED "C.

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France [probably Paris], ca. 1290. 370 x 265 mm. (10 3/8 x 14 1/2"). Single column, 18 lines, in a large, clear gothic book hand. Matted. Rubrics in red, numerous one-line initials in red or blue with contrasting penwork, three two-line initials, one gold with blue and pink ground, and two with decorative penwork (others visible on the opposite side but not examined due to the mounting), ONE FOUR-LINE HISTORIATED INITIAL DEPICTING SINGING MONKS AT A LECTERN, the initial painted pink, gilt ground inside the initial and blue outside, framed in gold. See: Branner, "Manuscript Painting in Paris During the Reign of Saint Louis," pp. 109-115, and pl. XVII. Recovered from a binding and therefore with some light general soiling, the gilt, rubrics, and penwork initials a little rubbed, but in remarkably good condition overall, and with the initial very well preserved. This is an unusually attractive example of a bifolium later used as a binding, with the original leather ties still present, the structure… Read more
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TEXT FROM THE SERMONS OF SAINT MAXIMUS
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TEXT FROM THE SERMONS OF SAINT MAXIMUS

by A LARGE VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH TWO COLORFUL INITIALS

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Italy, late 12th century. 490 x 340 mm. (19 1/4 x 13 1/2"). Double column, 42 lines, in a proto-gothic script. Two seven-line "B's" painted bright yellow, blue, and red, with white vine-stem work and small flowers. Recovered from a binding and therefore with some creasing, soiling, and small holes, one side a little darker than the other, but most of the text still legible and the colors surprisingly bright, with just a little chipping here and there. This early leaf features two colorful initials highlighting text by the first known Bishop of Turin. Although he is both a Church Father and a Saint, and although a number of his discourses survive, surprisingly little is known about the life of Maximus of Turin (ca. 380-465). According to the "Catholic Encyclopedia," the extant texts include more than 230 sermons and homilies and six treatises on the Christian year, the saints, and the Bible. The text of the present leaf mentions Saints Peter and Paul, and is probably a… Read more
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HOMILIAE IN EVANGELIAS, PART OF HOMILY XXXI
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HOMILIAE IN EVANGELIAS, PART OF HOMILY XXXI

by A LEAF FROM AN EARLY VELLUM MANUSCRIPT OF GREGORY THE GREAT IN LATIN

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South Germany or more probably Austria, second half of the 12th century. 429 x 304 mm. (16 7/8 x 12"). Double column, 36 lines of text in a fine proto-gothic hand. Text a bit faded on one side, an upper corner slightly defective, minor soiling and with the grain of the vellum apparent on verso, but with the beautiful text entirely legible, and the leaf as a whole quite pleasing. The hand here is memorable, featuring wide, upright letters that could not be more regular. Elected pope in 590, Gregory (ca. 540-604) was one of the most influential pontiffs in the history of the Church. In addition to revising liturgical worship, he wrote extensively on theology, offering homespun wisdom rather than esoteric debates. He was declared a saint immediately upon his death.
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A BOOK OF LATIN SERMONS
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A BOOK OF LATIN SERMONS

by A LEAF PRINTED ON VELLUM, FROM

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Spain?, ca, 1550. 400 x 267 mm. (15 3/4 x 10 1/2"). Double column, 47 lines of text in a large roman typeface. Matted. One four-line initial "S" with floral embellishment. PRINTED ON VELLUM in red and black. Noticeable yellowing to recto, otherwise clean and pleasing. A note with the leaf says that this was printed at a Cistercian monastery.
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USE OF ROME
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USE OF ROME

by A LOVELY LITTLE ITALIAN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN

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Italy [Florence], ca. 1470. 125 x 85 mm. (5 x 3 1/4"). 246 unnumbered leaves, COMPLETE; single column, 11 lines, in an elegant gothic rotunda script. Contents: Calendar (f. 1r); Hours of the Virgin, "secundum consuetudinem Romane curie," with Matins (f. 13r), Lauds (f. 27v), Prime (f. 46r), Terce (f. 52v), Sext (f. 59v), None (f. 65v), Vespers (f. 71v), and Compline (f. 83v); Office of the Dead (f. 113r); Seven Penitential Psalms (f. 189r); Litany (f. 208r); Hours of the Cross (f. 223r); 15 Gradual Psalms (f. 229r). Very pretty 18th century red morocco, elegantly gilt, covers bordered by plain and decorative rules enclosing a panel with large central floral spray, two birds perched on its leaves, this surrounded by tiny gilt circles and two more birds in flight and framed by gracefully twining foliage; smooth spine divided into panels by triple gilt fillets, the panels with floral sprig centerpiece and volute cornerpieces, gilt titling, turn-ins densely gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.… Read more
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USE OF ROME
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USE OF ROME

by A MINIATURE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS ON VELLUM IN LATIN AND DUTCH, WITH CHARMING HISTORIATED INITIALS

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Netherlands, ca. 1460. 90 x 63 mm. (3 1/2 x 2 1/2"). [343] leaves, COMPLETE, single column, 17 lines, in a gothic book hand. Contents: blank page (f. 1r); Calendar with two charts and two diagrams in Dutch and Latin (f. 1v); Various prayers to Christ and meditations on the Passion (including the prayer to the Holy Face of Christ and "O Bone Jesu") (f. 17); Hours of the Passion (f. 24r); Hours of the Virgin (f. 45r); three blank leaves (f. 97-99); Various prayers to the Virgin (including "O Intemerata" and "Obsecro te") (f. 100r); Hours of the Holy Spirit, with masses (f. 124r); Weekday Hours, with masses (f. 133r); Seven Penitential Psalms and Litany (f. 188r); Office of the Dead (f. 208r); Suffrages (f. 245r); Various prayers (f. 274r); Seven verses of St. Bernard (f. 310v); blank leaf (f. 312); Reading from 2 John describing the Passion, followed by various prayers (f. 313r); Prayers(?) in an informal hand (f. 328r); Fifteen Paternosters in Dutch (f. 329r); A rubric in Dutch followed by prayers in… Read more
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TEXT FROM GEOMETRIA.

TEXT FROM "GEOMETRIA.

by A PRINTED LEAF FROM WENDLINGEN'S "ELEMENTOS DE LA MATHEMATICA.

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Madrid: Joachin Ibarra, 1753. 165 x 114 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 1/2"). Single column, 20 lines of text in a very pleasing roman type. Matted. IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION, quite clean, fresh, and bright. Chosen as court printer to the Spanish king Carlos III, Joaquin Ibarra (1725-85) had a celebrated career that featured two remarkable achievements, the diglot Sallust of 1772 and the beautiful Royal Academy edition of "Don Quixote," generally considered to be the finest version of the work ever produced. Influenced by the stately typefaces of Bodoni, Didot, and Baskerville, Ibarra established such a wide and considerable reputation that he made a major contribution to "raising the standards of printing, not only in Spain, but in Europe generally." (Glaister).
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TEXT FROM VESPERS
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TEXT FROM VESPERS

by A PRINTED VELLUM LEAF WITH A VERY FINE, EXTREMELY LARGE ILLUMINATED MINIATURE PAINTING OF THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN

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Paris: Gilles Hardouin, ca, 1510. 222 x 140 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 1/2"). Single column, 30 lines of text, gothic typeface. Attractively matted. Verso with elaborate metalcut compartmentalized border featuring mischievous putti and grotesques, the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, and a woman shearing a sheep; the same side with 18 one-line hand-painted initials in gold on a blue or red ground, two similar two-line initials, and one three-line foliated initial in gold on a red ground; recto WITH A RICHLY PAINTED AND ILLUMINATED WOODCUT OF THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS, with a glimpse of the flight into Egypt on the left side of the scene. A touch of wrinkling to lower outer corner, verso with remnants of mounting tape, otherwise A VERY FINE LEAF, the printing clear and fresh, the colors vivid, and the gold lustrous. The massacre depicted here appears to be taking place in Herod's throne room, as if he had ordered it for his own entertainment. Seated in the center of the piece on a massive gold throne, he… Read more
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SENTENTIARUM LIBRI IV
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SENTENTIARUM LIBRI IV

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Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1491. 305 x 213 mm. (12 x 8 3/8"). 64 lines of commentary surrounding text, gothic type.With commentary by Bonaventura. With two three-line initials painted in red and heightened with silver. Goff P-486; BMC II, 433. Trivial discoloration and one short tear at inner margin, but fine. This leaf features a discussion of the perfect wisdom of Christ, the text of Peter Lombard's scholastic classic, "Sentences," surrounded by the much more ample commentary of the 13th century Franciscan theologian, Bonaventura.
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TEXT FROM BOOK SIX, CHAPTER NINE

TEXT FROM BOOK SIX, CHAPTER NINE

by A PRINTED LEAF FROM CAXTON'S FIRST EDITION OF THE POLYCRONICON IN ENGLISH

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[Westminster: William Caxton, 1482]. 268 x 178 mm. (10 1/2 x 7"). 40 lines and headline, gothic type. Attractively matted. Paragraph flourishes, one two-line initial painted in red. Marginal annotations in red, apparently by the rubricator, one of them giving the date of 960. Duff 172; Goff H-267; STC 13438. Faint marginal dampstains (one entering a few lines of text on each side) a handful of small (but darker) spots, also in the margin, the leaf a little soft (but still quite attractive when viewed through its mat, which obscures almost all of the marginal imperfections). Not without faults, but about typical for Caxton leaves. From the press of England's first printer, this is a leaf from the "Polycronicon," a world history based principally on the Bible, written by the monk Ranulf Higden (or Higdon, ca. 1299-1363) of Chester. This popular work, originally in Latin, was first rendered into English by our translator, John of Trevisa, and his version is of considerable interest to scholars for its… Read more
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TEXT FROM JEREMIAH

TEXT FROM JEREMIAH

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London: Henry Middleton, 1585. 216 x 152 mm. (8 1/2 x 6"). Double column of text surrounded by commentary, roman type in two sizes. Matted. Darlow & Moule 6176; STC 2060. Fine condition.
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TEXT FROM THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN BEFORE THE LATIN GATE

TEXT FROM THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN BEFORE THE LATIN GATE

by A PRINTED LEAF ON VELLUM, FROM A MISSAL OR SOME OTHER LITURGICAL BOOK

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Italy, late 16th century. 403 x 286 mm. (15 7/8 x 11 1/4"). Double column, 42 lines of text and headline in roman type. Matted. Verso with four-line woodcut initial surrounded by foliage, recto with a seven-line initial featuring a charming unicorn frolicking among blooming branches. Recto a bit yellowed, verso with a couple of minor smudges, otherwise a fine leaf, clean and fresh, with considerable appeal. The text here features the readings for the feast day of Saint John before the Latin Gate on May 6, which relate the tale passed down by Jerome of John's torture at the hands of the Roman emperor Domitian. Although thrown into a vat of boiling oil, the Evangelist emerged unharmed. A note from the most recent owner of this leaf says that it is from a Cistercian service book. The large initial with the rearing unicorn is well executed and extremely delightful.
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