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¶ Bible (early 14th century) [MS]

October 17, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Anglo-Norman, early 14th century. 531 leaves.

Book labels of Morris, Hodson, and Hornby; signature of Hornby, Shelley House, Chelsea, May 1909. On first page of text, written along spine: “Ex Libris Cesaris De Missy: Londini: Anno 1745: Codex. MS. D.”

Provenance: Rev. César de Missy, — S. Baker and G. Leigh, 18 March 1776, lot 1620. — Justin, Comte de MacCarthy-Reagh. — Comte de MacCarthy-Reagh sale, De Bure, 27 January 1817, lot 54. — H.R.H. Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. — Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 341. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 22 (£200). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 170 (sold to Quaritch for £302). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 50 (sold to Quaritch for £630). — Quaritch catalogue 259, November 1907, no. 3 (£850). — C. H. St John Hornby (probably acquired 1909). — John Roland Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby, 25 March 1975, lot 2951. — Ader-Picard-Tajan, 11 December 1981, lot 43 —Sotheby, 2 December 1986 lot 38 .— J. Paul Getty (Wormsley Library, private collection, England) — Mark Getty (Wormsley Library).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_623) [which mistakenly believes that the Bible is in the British Library].


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¶ Bible (14th century) [MS]

October 17, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manscript. Southern France, late 13th century. 387 leaves.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell and a typed poem about the book, signed F.C.B., entitled “A 13th. Century Vulgate.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 38 (sold to Heppenstal for £18). — C. W. Dyson Perrins. —Perrins sale, Sotheby, 15 June 1907, lot 56. — Charles Butler. — Butler sale, Sotheby, 18 March 1912, lot 2171. — W. E. Moss. — Moss sale, Sotheby, 2 March 1937, lot 99. — Sir George H. Radford. — Ursula Radford. — Society of Antiquaries of London (MS 956) [by bequest from Ursula Radford; presented by her niece, Mrs. Chloe Morton, 6 October 1994]. (There is a problem in this provenance: W. E. Moss is described as an owner in a 1937 Sotheby sale, but Sir George Radford had died in 1917, and the book seems to have remained in his family until 1994.)

References: National Archives. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2459).


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¶ Bible (c. 1270) [MS]

October 17, 2017

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Bible (incomplete).

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, c. 1270. 273 leaves.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell. Inscribed “Wm Morris, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London” (vol. 1) and “Sydney C. Cockerell, Richmond, Surrey, Dec 7 1906” (vols. 2–3.) Morris owned only the first volume; Cockerell reunited it with what he believed were the remaining two volumes of the set.

Provenance: Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. — Cistercian monastery Marie de Marquetta-Lille (gift from Philip the Good). — George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough. — Duke of Marlborough sale, Evans, 24 May 1820, lot 325. — Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 41. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 168 (sold to Quaritch for £139). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 45 (sold to Quaritch for £390). — Quaritch (sold to Sydney Cockerell, 1906). — Sydney Cockerell (sold to Quaritch, 18 January 1957). — Quaritch catalogue 767, 1957 (sold to Rau on 20 Feburary 1956 for £900). — Rau. — Peter Ludwig. — Getty Museum (MS. Ludwig I 8, v1).

References: de Hamel, Christopher. “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Library of Sir Sydney Cockerell.” British Library Journal 13 (1987): 186–210. (See p. 200.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3964).

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¶ Bible (c. 1290) [MS]

October 16, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, c. 1290. 337 leaves.

Provenance: Quaritch catalogue, 15 November 1895, no. 351 (£315). — Quaritch catalogue, January 1896. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 88 (sold to Pickering for £61). — Pickering & Chatto catalogue, 24 December 1898. — Henry Yates Thompson. — Sydney Cockerell (acquired from Thompson, 4 May 1905, in an exchange). — Emery Walker (purchased from Cockerell, 1922). — Sydney Cockerell (by bequest from Walker; purchased by Quaritch, 18 January 1957, for £400). — Quaritch catalogue, 1957 no. 4 (sold 28 April 1959 for £1,000). — Sotheby, 12 December 1967, lot 18 (sold to Maggs for £1,100). — Swann Galleries, 30 November 1978, lot 29. — Bruce Ferrini (acquired 1987). — John Feldman (purchased from Ferrini). — University of Colorado, Boulder (Feldman deposit). — Unlocated.

Reference: de Hamel, Christopher. “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Library of Sir Sydney Cockerell.” British Library Journal 13 (1987): 186–210. (See p. 199.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_508) [the entry has been conflated with another Bible (Sotheby 1898, lot 87)].


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¶ Gospels of St. Luke and St. John (c. 1210) [MS]

October 15, 2017

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Gospels of St. Luke and St. John, glossed.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, c. 1210. 157 leaves.

Provenance: Giovanni Battista Leva. — John Tudor Frere. — Frere sale, Sotheby, 14 February 1896, lot 1035. — Quaritch catalogue 160, June 1896, no. 731. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 520 (sold to Leighton for £10 10s.). — Alfred Higgens. — Higgens sale, Sotheby, 2 May 1904, lot 62. — B. S. Cron. — Sydney Cockerell. — Cockerell sale, Sotheby, 18 January 1957. — George A. Goyder. — Goyder sale, Sotheby, 8 July 1970, lot 103). — Jörn Günther catalogue, 19 August 2002. — Jörn Günther catalogue 8, 2006, no. 1. — Unlocated.

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1433).


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¶ Evangelistarium (13th century) [MS]

October 14, 2017

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Evangelistarium.

Illuminated manuscript. Probably England, 13th century. 217 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps the Dominican convent at Worcester. — Rev. Edward Pole. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 522 (sold to Ridge for £20). — Robert Steele. — Rev. E. S. Dewick. — F. E. Norris. — Worcester Cathedral Library [gift from Norris, 1952].

References: Dewick, E. S. “On a Manuscript Evangelistarium Which Belonged to an English House of the Black Friars.” Transactions of the St. Paul’s Ecclesiological Society 5 (1915): 176–80. — Kerr, 4:675–76. — Schoenberg (SDBM_40007 and SDBM_186624).


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¶ St. Jerome — Explanatio (c. 1240) [MS]

October 13, 2017

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Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Explanatio esaiae prophetae.

Illuminated manuscript. Germany, c. 1240. 177 leaves.

Provenance: Weissenau Abbey. — Pierre-Jean Bernaert. — Bernaert sale, de Porre & Verhulst, 21 October 1839, lot 5. — P. Léopold van Alstein. — Alstein sale, Heussner, 26 May 1863, lot 312. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 587 (sold to Leighton for £5 5s.). — J. Martini catalogue 16, 1920, no. 7. — J. Martini catalogue 17, 1921, no. 4. — Chapin Library, Williams College (MS XIII).

References: de Ricci, 1:1082, no. 5. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11484).


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¶ Bible (New Testament) (c. 1260) [MS]

October 12, 2017

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Bible (New Testament).

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1260. 90 leaves.

Provenance: Simon Jeames. — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 17 (£5). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1023 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £11 10s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Dawsons of Pall Mall catalogue, 1945. — Christie, 2 June 2010, lot 204 (sold for £25,000) . — Unlocated.

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¶ Bible (c. 1280) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Spain, c. 1280. 395 leaves.

Provenance: Fray Bartolome de la Puente. — John M. Crawford. — Ricardo Heredia, Comte de Benahavis. — Heredia sale, Hôtel Drouot, 22 May 1891, lot 9 (bought by Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 87 (sold to Pickering for £36). — Judge Granger. — Granger sale, Sotheby, 17 December 1919, lot 714 (sold to Maggs). — Maggs catalogue 1920, no. 7 (£165) [Internet Archive]. — William C. Van Antwerp. — Van Antwerp sale, American Art, 1 May 1922, lot 18 (sold to Gabriel Wells). — C. A. and V. Baldwin. — Sotheby, 11 July 1960, lot 139. — Carr and Hazel Liggett. — Ohio University Library (Archives & Special Collections BS75 1200x) [donated by the Liggetts as Ohio University Library’s millionth volume].

References: de Ricci, 1:149, no. 1. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_508). [Schoenberg has unfortunately conflated this manuscript with another manuscript Bible owned by Morris (lot 88 in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue).]


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¶ Riga — Aurora biblia metrificata (13th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Riga, Peter [Petrus]. Aurora biblia metrificata.

Illuminated manuscript. France or Spain, late 13th century. 226 leaves.

Provenance: William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 38 (sold for £98). — François-Jean Olivier. — Olivier sale, 30 March 1886, lot 672. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 862 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £22). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame University (MS. 08).

References: Faye and Bond, pp. 186–87, no. 8. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8124).


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¶ Psalter (13th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Germany, 13th century. 152 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 867 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £45). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Sotheby, 29 July 1946, lot 113. — Daniel Sickles. — Sickles sale, Parke-Bernet, 17 November 1947, lot 201. — Unlocated.

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¶ Pope Gregory IX — Decretalium (13th century) [MS]

October 10, 2017

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Gregory [Gregorius] IX, Pope. Decretalium.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 13th century. 354 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 561 (sold to Quaritch for £67). — Quaritch catalogue, July 1899, no. 12 (£420). — Bruce S. Ingram. — Sotheby, 19 May 1936, lot 24 . — Quaritch catalogue 532, 1937, no. 241 (£350). — Quaritch catalogue 629, 1945, no. 5. — Robert George Morton. — University of Liverpool Library (F.3.13).

References: Ker, N. R. Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries. 5 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969–2002. (See 3:315–16.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2473).


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¶ Antiphonaria (13th & 15th centuries) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Antiphonaria.

Two illuminated manuscripts. Italy (?), 13th and 15th centuries. 180 and 236 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 125 (sold to Littlewood for £9 5s.). — H. M. Peach catalogue 21, c. December 1908 (£30). — Unlocated.

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¶ Gregory IX — Decretales cum glossa (13th century) [MS]

October 7, 2017

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Gregory [Gregorius] IX. Decretales cum glossa.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 13th century. 326 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 563 (sold to Quaritch for £68). — A. J. Mettler. — Mettler sale, F. Muller, Amsterdam, 5 April 1935, lot 5 (sold to Huis Bergh Castle). — Huis Bergh Castle (0217).

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¶ Bible (13th century) [MS]

October 7, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, 13th century. 370 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 34 (sold to Leighton for £24 10s.). — E. Stainton. — Sotheby, 26 July 1920, lot 511. — Leighton catalogue no. 2, 2 May 1921, no. 433. — John Frederick Lewis. — Free Library of Philadelphia (Lewis E 036).

References: de Ricci, 2:2026, no. 8. — Digital Scriptorium (includes images). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3011). — Wolf, Edwin, II, comp. Descriptive Catalogue of the John Frederick Lewis collection of European Manuscripts in the Free Library of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1937. (See p. 34, no. 36.)

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¶ Bible (c. 1280) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, c. 1280. 451 leaves.

Provenance: Durand family. — Nicholas Chevalier. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 169 (sold to Pickering for £47). — Sydney Cockerell. — Boston Public Library (MS f. Med. 1) [purchased from Cockerell, 1900; acquired, 1901].

References: de Ricci, 1:917, no. 1. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11480).

Digital version: Digital Commonwealth.

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¶ Roman des sept sages de Rome (13th–14th centuries) [MS]

October 5, 2017

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Roman des sept sages de Rome [and] Le roman de Marques, sénéchal de Rome [and] Le roman de Lorin.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 13th–14th centuries. 212 leaves.

With a lengthy description of the manuscript by Paulin Paris, which is transcribed in James (see below).

Provenance: Baron Archibald Selliere. — Selliere sale, Sotheby, 28 February 1887, lot 933. — Quaritch catalogue, April 1890, lot 186. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 988 (sold to Leighton for £69). — Frank McClean. — Fitzwilliam Museum (179) [McClean bequest, 1904].

References: James, pp. 340–46. — MS catalogue (2), no. 925. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11488).


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¶ Justinian I — Novellae constitutiones (c. 1250)

October 4, 2017

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Justinian [Justinianus] I, Emperor of the East. Novellae constitutiones in novem collationes, libri X–XII codicis: institutiones.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, c. 1250. 186 leaves.

Note on flyleaf: “Bought at Beauvais, May, 1894.”

Provenance: Morris (purchased May 1894). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 736 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £14 14s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Raphael King catalogue, 1948, no. 11. — Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University (Rare Flat 11-0030).

References: Faye and Bond, p. 52, no. 11. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11485).


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¶ Bible (c. 1280) [MS]

October 2, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. France, c. 1280. 668 leaves.

Provenance: Morris (purchased March 1895). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 33 (sold to Bruce for £73). — Alexander Bain. — Bain sale, Sotheby, 1 July 1901, lot 1082. — Leighton. — Frank McClean (purchased from Leighton). —Fitzwilliam Museum [bequest of Frank McClean, 1904].

References: James, pp. 22–24. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7273).


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¶ Aristotle — Liber ethicorum, politica, rethorica, magna moralia (13th–14th centuries) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Aristotle. Ethicorum, politica, rethorica, magna moralia.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 13th–14th centuries. 190 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 16. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 134 (sold to Quaritch for £26). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. CFM 14) [gift from Fairfax Murray, 1904].

References: Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_24118). — Wormald, 1:24–25.


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¶ Antiphonarium (1295) [MS]

September 18, 2017

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Antiphonarium.

Illuminated manuscript. Piacenza, Italy, 1295. 273 leaves.

Provenance: Signed 1462 by “Frater Johannes Wasserpoliz de Hylaria.” — Howel Wills. — Wills sale, Sotheby, 11 July 1894, lot 237. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 124 (sold to J. Maine (?) for £18 5s.). — George Dunn (acquired January 1899). — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 22 November 1917, lot 1801) [sold to Quaritch on behalf of the British Museum for £38]. — British Library (Egerton MS 2977).

Reference: Schoenberg (SDBM_210241; SDBM_40001; SDBM_39987).

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¶ Bible (c. 1250) [MS]

September 15, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern French, c. 1250. 480 leaves

Provenance: Percy Smythe, Lord Strangford. — Smythe sale, Sotheby, 12 August 1831, lot 460. — Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 343. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 86 (sold to Pickering for £91). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 46 (sold to Quaritch for £235). — Quaritch catalogue 259, November 1907, no. 2. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Dyson Perrins sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1959, lot 60. — John Roland Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1970, lot 2866. — Quaritch catalogue 933, 11 June 1973, no. 26 (£14,000). — Van Gendt, 20 March 1978, lot 1730. — Sotheby, 1 December 1987, lot 28 (sold for £170, 595). — Eric Korner. — Korner sale, Sotheby, 19 June 1990, lot 81. — Jörn Günther Rare Books, 1997, lot 2. — Unlocated.

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¶ Book of Kings (1200–1225) [MS]

September 12, 2017

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Book of Kings (Bible) with commentary.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern France, between 1200 and 1225. 274 leaves.

Provenance: Pope Alexander VII. — Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex. — Duke of Sussex sale, Evans, 31 July 1844, lot 452. — William Stuart. — Stuart sale, Christie, 6 March 1895, lot 146. — Morris. — Sotheby 1898, lot 167 (sold to Quaritch for £31). — Henry W. Poor. — Poor sale, Anderson Galleries, 17 November 1908, part 1, lot 797 (sold for $141). — Walter Thomas Wallace. — Wallace sale, American Art, 22 March 1920, lot 921. — Edwin R. Cole. — Cole sale, Parke-Bernet, 26 November 1941, lot 357. — John M. Crawford. — Morgan Library (MSM.968) [gift from Crawford, 1975].

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2356).


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¶ Psalter and book of hours (c. 1265) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Psalter [and] book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. France, probably Thérouanne, c. 1265 and 15th century. 258 leaves.

Provenance: P. Vande Camée. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.97).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 97. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 28. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14305).

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¶ Bible (13th century) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. 3 vols. France, late 13th century. 224 + 216 + 233 leaves.

Provenance: Morris (purchased from Leighton, December 1895). — Richard Bennett. — [We believe this passed through the Sotheby 1898 sale, probably bought by Pickering & Chatto, but so far we have been unable to identify it there.] — Pickering & Chatto (sold to J. Pierpont Morgan, 1 July 1901, for £1,200). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.109–11) [gift from Morgan, 1924].

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1387, nos. 109–11 — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_9293).

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¶ Pontifical (c. 1260–1270) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Pontifical.

Illuminated manuscript. Rome, c. 1260–1270. 226 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 696 (sold to Deacon for £30). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, 3 December 1906, lot 468 (sold to Cockerell for £55). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Gribbel. — Gribbel sale, part 1, Parke-Bernet (New York), 31 October 1940, lot 458 (sold to John A. Saks). — John A. Saks. — Morgan Library (MS M.976) [gift from Saks, 1977].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2363).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1300) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Book of hours

Illuminated manuscript. France, possibly Thérouanne, c. 1300. 66 leaves.

Provenance: Anne and Françoise de Saligny. — Jaques Rosenthal. — Potier catalogue, 22 March 1869, no. 35 (500 francs). — Labitte catalogue, 21 March 1881, no. 62 (555 francs). — Em. Paul, L. Huard et Guillemin catalogue, 23 March 1887, no. 8. — Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 286. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.60).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1377, no. 60. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 31. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10163).

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¶ Psalter (c. 1255–1256) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Bruges, Belgium, c. 1255–1256. 165 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps the Convent of the Poor Clares in Bruges (Abbaye des Clarisses). — Henry Gee Barnard. — Morris (purchased from Ellis & Elvey, 2 October 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.106).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1386, no. 106. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 26. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14293).

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¶ Vescy psalter (c. 1290–300) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Vescy psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly London, between 1290 and 1300. 206 leaves.

With note by Morris: “Though this book is without figure-work, the extraordinary beauty and invention of the ornament make it most interesting; and the said ornament is thoroughly characteristic of English work: the bold folded-over leaf in the great B on the first page of the text is an undeniable token of an English hand. The great thickness of the black boundary lines is worth noting, and no doubt is the main element in producing the effect of the colour, which is unusual. The beauty of the simple blue and gold Calendar will scarcely be missed by any one taking up the book.”

Note by Cockerell: “The book has been cut down by the brutality of an eighteenth-century binder, so that some of the ornament, especially on the first page, has been sheared off.”

Provenance: William Baron de Vescy. — Lady Sara Ufford (Vescy’s daughter). — John Giffarde. — Robert Hare. — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 1892). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.100).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 100. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 18. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14334)

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¶ Psalter (c. 1270s) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Psalter (the Beauvais psalter).

Illuminated manuscript. France, probably Paris or Beauvais, c. 1270s. 280 leaves.

The following note by Morris is tipped in on a flyleaf : “The calendar is exceedingly handsome from its wealth of gold; the roundels are very good. These ten leaves of designs, clearly done by a different hand from the other figure-work, are of the best French work, at once elegant and serious. The historiated letters are clear and bright in colour, which tends towards the English in character, the figures large in scale for their spaces, and quite firmly drawn; there is a particular charm about these letters, which take up a good space on the page. The ordinary illuminated letters are by his hands at least; the best of which is very happy; another is a little shaky in his outlines, but his colour very beautiful: these letters have suffered from the tarnishing of the white lead, which is not used in the historiated ones. The writing throughout the book is big, and bold, and as good as can be.”

Provenance: Henry G. Barnard. — Ellis & Elvey (sold to Morris for £375 in December 1895). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.101).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 100. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 20. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14288). — WMAB, p. 102.

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Psalter (13th century) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Beauvais or Paris, 13th century. 164 leaves.

Tipped in note by Morris: “This book has a complete and satisfactory scheme of ornament, which is nowhere departed from, and the colour of which is thoroughly harmonious. Many of the dragon-scrolls end in daintily painted little heads, drawn with much expression and sense of fun; and the hair of them beautifully designed, and drawn very firmly. The figure-work in the eight historiated letters is everywhere up to the average of its date, but on the first page in the Beatus and symbols of the Evangelists goes a good deal beyond that. Altogether an admirable specimen of the work of the later thirteenth century.”

Provenance: William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 368 (sold to S. Addington). — S. Addington. — Addington sale, Sotheby, 25 April 1886, lot 462 (sold to Ellis). — Charles Fairfax Murray (purchased from Ellis, 10 June 1888). — Charles Butler. — Morris (purchased from Butler, probably before 1894). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.98).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 98. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 23. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8188).

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¶ Psalter (late 13th century) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. France, possibly Saint-Omer, late 13th century. 190 leaves.

Provenance: Musée Napoléon. — Jean Paradis. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.79).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 79. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 24. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14292).

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¶ Windmill psalter (late 13th century) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Windmill psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly London, late 13th century. 167 leaves.

With the following note by Sydney Cockerell: “This was the last book bought by William Morris. He already owned 4 leaves of it, and did not know of the existence of the rest until the two portions were exhibited side by side at the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries in June, 1896.” Morris gave the manuscript its name in honor of an image of a windmill that appears in the text. Cockerell recorded in his diary (29 August 1896) that Morris, by now terminally ill, “looked at the Windmill Psalter in the afn. & was pleased with it,” and as Morris approached death, Cockerell, in a letter to Philip Webb (13 September 1896), reported that it was “the one he loves best” (British Library Add. Ms. 52760, fol. 18).

When Morgan acquired the manuscript from Bennett in 1902, it included two letters, one from F. S. Ellis to Lord Aldenham (?), 22 February 1878, and the other from John Ruskin, 30 April 1880.

Provenance: Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham (purchased about 1860). — Morris (purchased from Lord Aldenham, 6 July 1896, for £1,000). — Bennett. — Morgan Library (MS M.102).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 102. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 19. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14335).

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¶ Bible (c. 1260–1270) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. France or England, c. 1260–1270. 411 leaves.

Provenance: Perhaps religious houses in Frome and Edindon. — Thomas Hayward Southby. — Southby sale, Sotheby, 10 December 1890, no. 173 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1 December 1891, no. 86. — Quaritch catalogue 138, 1893, no. 18 (£70). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.138).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1392, no. 138. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 3. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7351).

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¶ Psalter (c. 1250) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Psalter

Illuminated manuscript. Reading, England, c. 1250. 169 leaves.

Occasionally referred to as the Nottingham psalter (where it was once thought to have been created). Sydney Cockerell, while cataloguing Morris’s library, commented in his diary, 14 February 1894, on “the beautiful ‘Nottingham’ Psalter.” The following day he noted, “Stayed at K.H. [Kelmscott House] till 7.30 absorbed in the wonderful 13th century Psalters.”

Provenance: Benedictine Abbey of Reading. — Mareschal family. — Various other early owners (see list in Morgan catalogue). — Thomas Bateman. — William Bateman. — Bateman sale, Sotheby, 25 May 1892, lot 1412 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris (purchased by early 1894). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.103).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1385, no. 103. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 17. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10741).

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¶ Huntingfield psalter (c. 1212–1220) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Huntingfield psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Oxford, c. 1212–1220. 165 leaves.

Sydney Cockerell’s diary, 2 May 1895: “W.M. went up to Quaritch’s with Mr Ellis, to buy the Huntingfield Psalter.”

Provenance: Lucia and Rogerus de Huntingfeld. — Brudenell family. — Quaritch catalogue, 1890, no. 6. — Quaritch catalogue 103, 1890, no. 82 (£800). — Quaritch catalogue 118, 1 December 1891, no. 813 (£800). — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 11. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 2 May 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.43).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1373, no. 43. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 16. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7349).

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Cockerell’s marginalia in Morgan Catalogue: “Lent to the Burlington Fine Arts Club 1908. no. 36 | See Quaritch’s Facsimiles 1892 plates 8–12 | Valued at £800 by the Morris Executors. | The verse-initials of this book are identical in style with some of those in the New College Oxford Oxford Psalter partly illuminated by W. de Brail[e]s. | Quaritch’s Cat. 103 Ap. 1890 £800 (no. 82). | Quaritch’s Cat. 118 Dec. 1891 £800 (no. 813).”

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¶ Psalter (c. 1290–1305) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. Liège, Belgium, c. 1290–1305. 168 leaves.

Provenance: Margaret des Pres. — Manuel John Johnson. — Johnson sale, Sotheby, 27 May 1862, lot 52 (sold to Edwin H. Lawrence). — Edwin H. Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, London, 1892, lot 534 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.155).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395, no. 155. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 29. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6708).

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¶ Gratianus — Decretum (1280s) [MS]

September 4, 2017

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Gratianus. Decretum.

Illuminated manuscript. Hainaut, Belgium, 1280s. 354 leaves.

Morris signature (Folkestone, 26 June 1896).

Provenance: Pedro Álvarez de Osorio (later Moscoso), Marqués de Astorga (?). — José Maria Osorio de Moscoso y Carvajal-Vargas. — de Moscoso y Carvajal-Vargas sale, Paris, 7 May 1870, lot 14. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, Hotel Drouot/Pawlowski, 26 May 1879, lot 38 (sold to Fontaine for F. Liechtenstein, Bibliothek). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 558 (sold to Quaritch for £255). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 4 December 1906, lot 275 (sold to Quaritch for £440). — Quaritch catalogue, October 1908, no. 415 (£650). — Henry Walters. — Walters Art Museum (Walters MS W.133) [by bequest from Henry Walters, 1931].

References: de Ricci, 1:825, no. 407. — Schoenberg (SDBM_196567).

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¶ Book of hours (13th century) [MS]

September 1, 2017

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Book of hours

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, 1230s. 140 leaves.

Provenance: Léon Gruel. — Gruel sale, Durel, 6 June 1891, lot 1. — Morris (purchased August 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.92).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1383, no. 92. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 74. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10162).

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¶ Josephus — Antiquitates Judaicae (13th century)

September 1, 2017

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Josephus, Flavius. Antiquitates Judaicae.

Illuminated manuscript. 2 vols. Dijon, late 13th century. 178 + 170 leaves.

Provenance: Carthusian monastery, Dijon. — Alexander Hamilton Douglas, Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (privately purchased 1883). — Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 8 (sold to Rev. John Cohen Jackson for £150). — Jackson. — Jackson sale, Sotheby, 13 December 1895, lot 264 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for $200). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 732 (sold to Bernard Quaritch for £300). — Richard Hoe. — Hoe sale, Anderson Galleries, 24 April 1911, lot 2145 (sold to Quaritch for $2,900). — Olschki (dealer). — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.533 and MS M.534) [donated by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1924].

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1467, nos. 533–54. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_22410).

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¶ Psalter/hours [MS]

September 1, 2017

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Psalter [and] hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, 1228–1234. 241 leaves.

Provenance: Restwold family of Berkshire. — Henry Farrington. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.153).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1395, no. 153. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 21. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14287).

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¶ Psalter/hours (c. 1280s) [MS]

September 1, 2017

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Psalter [and] hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Liège, Belgium, c. 1280s. 298 leaves.

Provenance: Peter van den Hove of Brabant. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.183).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1400, no. 183. — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 27. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14306).

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¶ Gregory IX — Decretales cum glossis (1241) [MS]

July 25, 2017

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Gregory [Gregorius] IX, Pope. Decretales cum glossis.

Illuminated manuscript. Modena, 1241. 216 leaves. (There is evidence that the Morris book label has either fallen out or been removed.)

Provenance: Richard Poer-Trench, Earl of Clancarty. — Sotheby, 2 September 1894, lot 95. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 560 (sold to Quaritch for £24). — Quaritch catalogue, July 1899, no. 11 (£315). — Quaritch catalogue, 1 January 1902, no. 32 (£315). — Quaritch catalogue, February 1903, no. 6 (£315). — De Marinis catalogue, 1909, no. 231. — Sotheby, 31 July 1933, lot 425. — Quaritch catalogue, 1933, no. 27 (£120). — Quaritch catalogue, 1941, no. 16 ($480). — Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (Lat. th. b. 4).

References: Kuttner, S., and Beryl Smalley. “The ‘Glossa Ordinaria’ to the Gregorian Decretals.” English Historical Review 60 (January 1945): 97–105. — Schoenberg (SDBM_50149).

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