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¶ L’Abusé en court (c. 1494–95)

February 13, 2018

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L’Abusé en court. [Lyon]: Martin Havard, [c. 1494–95].

Illustrated.

Provenance: George Hibbert. — George Charles Bright. — James T. Gibson Craig. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL 1589).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 15b, no. 185 (£15). — ISTC (ia00016000 ) — Morgan Catalogue 3, no. 617.

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¶ Carta feodi simplicis (1505?)

January 8, 2018

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Carta feodi simplicis cum littera atturnatoria. London: Wynkyn de Worde, [1505?].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 258 (sold to Ellis for £25). — Ellis. — George Dunn. — Dunn sale, Sotheby, 11 February 1913, lot 20. — Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library (STC 15579.4 Beale T159).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 48b (no price). — ESTC (S118099).

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¶ Conradus, de Brundelsheim — Sermones (1480)

December 15, 2017

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Conradus, de Brundelsheim [Soccus]. Sermones de tempore. Deventer: Richardus Pafraet, 1480.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1124 (sold to Proctor for £5 10s.). — Robert Proctor. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 42 (10s.). — ISTC (is00588000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 932, p. 85 (with an X beside the title).

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¶ Froissart — Le premier [–quart] volume de messire Jehan Froissart (1530)

November 16, 2017

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Froissart, Jean. Le premier [–quart] volume de messire Jehan Froissart, lequel traicte des choses dignes de memoire advenues, tant es pays de France, Angleterre, Flanders, Espaigne que Escoce, et autres lieux circonuoisins. 4 vols. in 1. Paris: A. Couteau for P. Le Preux, 2 September 1530.

Provenance: Charles Bathurst. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 534 (sold to Quaritch for £11). — Goldschmidt catalogue 83, no. 466. — Philip Hofer. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (f Typ 515.30.407).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 19b, no. 258 (£5). — Mortimer, Ruth. Harvard College Library Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts. 4 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964–74. (See no. 238.) — MS catalogue (2), no. 878 (with two X’s beside the title).


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¶ St. Augustine — De civitate dei (1486–87)

November 15, 2017

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Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo [Saint Augustinus]. De civitate dei [French] De la cite de dieu. Trans. Raoul de Presles. Abbeville: Pierre Gérard and Jean Du Pré (printer of Paris), 1486–87.

Two parts, dated 1486 and 1487. Illustrated.

Provenance: John Hayford Thorold. — Thorold sale, Sotheby, 12 December 1884, lot 197. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (ChL1602).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 15b, no. 181 (£100). — ISTC (ia01247000). — Morgan Catalogue 3, no. 622 [HathiTrust].

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¶ Stella, Lupoldus, and Nepos (16th century)

November 15, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Stella, Giovanni Battista. Vite ducentorum et triginta sumorum pontificu. Basel: Michael Furter, 1507.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 5b, no. 52 (£3).

Digital version: BSB.

[2] Lupoldus, de Bebenburg. De juribus et translatione imperii. Strassberg: Schürer, 1508.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 28b (no price given).

[3] Nepos, Cornelius. Hic subnotata continentur Vita. M. Catonis. Ed. Thomas Wolff. Strassberg: Johann Pruss, 1505.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 28b (no price given).

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1071 (sold to Walker for £3 3s.). — Emery Walker. — Unlocated.


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¶ Ptolemy — Cosmographia (1482 and 1486)

November 14, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Ptolemy [Claudius Ptolomaeus]. Cosmographia. Trans. Jacobus Angelus. Ulm: Lienhart Holle, 16 July 1482.

Illustrated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 10b, no. 120 (£15). — ISTC (ip01084000). — Poynter, no. 466.

Digital version: Boston Public Library.

[2] Ptolemy [Claudius Ptolomaeus]. Cosmographia. Trans. Jacobus Angelus. Ulm: Johann Reger, for Justus de Albano, 21 July 1486.

Illustrated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 10b, no. 124 (£22 10s.). — ISTC (ip01085000). — Poynter, no. 468.

Digital version: BSB.


Provenance: Sotheby 1898, lot 976 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £21). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.f.5 (SR) [1482 edition and 1486 edition]).


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¶ Nourry— Le grant kalendrier des bergiers (1510)

November 6, 2017

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Nourry, Claude. Le grant kalendrier des bergiers. Lyon: [Jean Bachelier?], 8 April 1510.

Illustrated. The book once had a note by Morris tipped in that cannot now be located. His book label has also gone missing, probably in a relatively recent rebinding.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 15b, no. 191 (£21). — MS catalogue (2), no. 860 (with two X’s beside the title).

Provenance: Nicolas Yemeniz. — Yemeniz sale, Paris, Hôtel Druot, May 1867, lot 959. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Quaritch catalogue, 31 March 1890 (£16 16s). — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 31 March 1890, for £16 16s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 255 (sold to B. F. Stevens for £44). — Robert Hoe. — Huntington Library (138664).

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Justinian I — Institutiones (1487)

November 2, 2017

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Justinian I [Justinianus]. Institutiones (with the Glossa ordinaria of Accursius). Basel: Michael Wenssler, 31 May 1476.

The date in the Sotheby 1898 catalogue (see below) is apparently an error. Wenssler published several editions of the Institutiones but none in 1487.

Provenance: Inscription “Mnrijs Georgij in Fransening.” — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 738 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £5 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 3.f.2 (SR)).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 24b (£3). — ISTC (ij00513000). — Poynter, no. 336.

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¶ Ponte — Poëma de laudibus diva Genoves (1512)

November 2, 2017

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Ponte, Carmen [Petrus Pontanus]. Poëma de laudibus diva Genoves. Paris: G. Le Rouge for Denis Roce, 1512.

According to the Christie catalogue (see below), “Inserted at the end is a cut intended by William Morris to be used in his catalogue of his library. It is the device of John Skot, the printer of Every Man, and adapted from the device of Denis Roce.”

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 864 (sold to Ellis for £3). — Ellis. — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Murray sale, Christie, 18 March 1918, lot 622. — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 19b, no. 252 (£2).


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¶ Rampegolo — Figurarum Biblie (1511)

November 1, 2017

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Rampegolo, Antonio [Antonius Rampigollis]. Figurarum Biblie opus conducibile et perutile. Cologne: [Cornelius von Zierickzee], 1511.

Illustrated. The date given in the Sotheby catalogue is 1505, but we cannot find such an edition and have listed the 1511 edition instead.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 819 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Wellcome auctions (1), lot 226 (sold to Eiseman for £2 ). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 7b, no. 81 (10s.) — MS catalogue (2), no. 981.

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¶ Rabanus Maurus-Akademie and St. Bernard (15th century)

October 31, 2017

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The following titles are bound together:

[1] Rabanus Maurus-Akademie. De sermonum proprietate, sive Opus de universo. [Strassburg: The R-Printer (Adolf Rusch), before 20 July 1467.]

Illustrated. With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell. An inscription on the front endpaper records that the two works were purchased by Wilhelm Czwerd in 1474 and presented to the Carthusian monastery at Fogelsanck (Cantave) in 1496.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 27b (£1). — ISTC (ir00001000). — Poynter, no. 473.

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[2] Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint [Bernardus Claravallensis]. Epistolae. [Strassburg: Heinrich Eggestein, not after 1474.]

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 27b (£2). — ISTC (ib00383000). — Poynter, no. 126.

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Provenance: Wilhelm Czwerd. — Carthusian monastery at Fogelsanck. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 979 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £4 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.f.7 (SR)).


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¶ Hortulus anime (1511)

October 27, 2017

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Hortulus anime. Lyon: Jean Clein and Anton Koberger, 1511.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 442 (sold to Quaritch for £12). — Philip Hofer. — Houghton Library, Harvard University (Houghton Typ 515.11.455) [Hofer bequest].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 15b, no. 192 (£1).— MS catalogue (2), no. 31 (with two X’s next to it). — Mortimer, Ruth. Harvard College Library Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts. 4 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964–74. (See no. 318.)


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¶ Vitruvius — Di archiettura (1535)

October 25, 2017

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Vitruvius Pollio. Di archiettura. Venice: N. de Aristotele detto Zoppino, 1535.

Illustrated. Two inscriptions on final (blank) page mentioning Sig. Antonio Mocenigo and Sig. Zuanne Scalfavoto. With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for 16s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1197 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 1s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 6647/D).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 47 (£1). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 5. — MS catalogue (2), no. 441.

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¶ Suetonius — Vitae XII Caesarum (1470)

October 24, 2017

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Suetonius. Vitae XII Caesarum. Ed. Johannes Andreas. Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, [after 30 August] 1470.

Provenance: Morris. — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1075 (sold to Leighton for £4). — George Dunn. —Dunn sale, Sotheby, 22–29 November 1917, lot 3762 (sold to Quaritch for £18). — C. W. Ascherson. — Georges Heilbrun. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 42 (£3 5s.). [Morris owned two copies of this book, one of which was sold in 1898, now unlocated, and the other is in the Morgan Library. Unfortunately is is impossible to distinguish between them in the single reference in the Ellis valuation or in the two references in MS catalogue (2).] —  ISTC (is00816000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 103, and MS catalogue (2), no. 903, p. 81 (both with one X beside the title).

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¶ Otto, von Passau — Die vierundzwanzig Alten (1484)

October 23, 2017

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Otto, von Passau. Die vierundzwanzig Alten, oder Der goldne Thron [Dutch] Boeck des gulden throens. Haarlem: Jacob Bellaert, 25 October 1484.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Jules Capron of Ypres. — Capron sale, Brussels, 1875. — William Horatio Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 12–25 March 1891, lot 2297 (sold to Quaritch for £5 5s.). — Quaritch. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library [deaccessioned as a duplicate, 1981]. — Christie (New York), 8 April 1981, lot 74. — Kraus catalogue. — J. R. Ritman. — Biblioteca Philosophica Hermetica (Ritman Library, Amsterdam) [deaccessioned]. — Shapero Rare Books (London), offered for sale July 2014 (£40,000).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 13 (£25). — ISTC (io00125000). — Morgan Catalogue 3, no. 658.

 

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¶ Priscian — Opera (1488)

October 21, 2017

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Priscian [Priscianus]. Opera. Venice: Georgius Arrivabenus, 4 December 1488.

Provenance: Library at Breslau. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 969 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £2 18s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB Incunabula 4.e.11 (SR)).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 40 (£1). — ISTC (ip00968000). — Poynter, no. 463.

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¶ Pope Gregory I — Moralia (1471)

October 20, 2017

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Gregory I, Pope [Gregorius Magnus]. Moralia, sive Expositio in Job. Nuremberg: [Johann Sensenschmidt], 11 September 1471.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 566 (sold to Proctor for £10). — Robert Proctor. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 26b (£3). — ISTC (ig00427000). — MS catalogue (2), no. 929, p. 94 (with an X beside the title).

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¶ Biblia (1474?)

October 20, 2017

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Biblia. 2 vols. Augsburg: Gunther Zainer, [not after 1474].

Morris wrote two extended commentaries on the book (quoted here from the Perry catalogue) on the flyleaf and some loose sheets of paper:

[Rough notes, with this comment, probably by Sydney Cockerell: “This note was not completed. A draft from an earlier note, on two small sheets, is laid in the volume, the following portions of which were not repeated on the flyleaf Note.”] “The historiated initials stand quite by themselves and are very interesting: the little subjects seem to be designed by Zeiner’s earliest artist, as he may be called, the draughtsman of the Golden Legend. They are good, though ruder than those of his second draughtsman, and tell the story well. The frame work of the letters is throughout very vigorous and highly decorative and logical in design; and altogether these initials must be amongst the best decoration of the early German printed books. The smaller initials are of Gunther Zeiner’s beautiful alphabet, and are used in most of his books. Their design is obviously an adaptation of the ornamental pen letters of this date. Big capitals in red occur throughout the book, and have the appearance of being stamped & not printed. ¶ The colouring has been at first good & judicious, and except for a little emerald green all done with transparent pigments; of which the lake is a particularly pleasant colour. The first initial (to Jerome’s letter) is painted extra carefully & has a very pretty illuminated ornament in the margin of it. ¶ This book has the stamp of the Buxheim monastery with which Gunther Zeiner was in close relation; and he is known to have presented a copy of this very book to it.”

[Note on flyleaf, dated January 1891] “This Augsburg bible printed by Gunther Zainer about 1474 does not seem to have received the attention which it deserves as a woodcut book. Apart from its type, which for a large book must be considered as the best of all black letter, it is a very remarkable book as a work of art. Its handsome ‘blooming letters’ are to be found in many Augsburg books and some printed at Ulm. They are translations in black and white of the illuminators’ pen letters current at the time and a little earlier; but which more or less kept up a still earlier tradition. Of all woodcut letters without figures, these of Gunther Zainer’s are the boldest and best designed, and add very much to the beauty of the books in which they appear. ¶ The third order of capitals which are all red and slightly floriated, are done in printer’s ink and seem to be stamped on the page after the printing: for their ink is uniformly bright, whereas the red printing at the heads of books is often sullied: since it was done at the same time as the black text by wiping away the black ink, and inking the type again with red—which being done insufficiently blackened the red in some cases almost to a brown. See Blades on this point. ¶ But the speciality of this bible is the series of historiated initials at the head of each book, which are so good and so ‘distinguished’ that they render it an important woodcut book. It is true that the figure work in them is inferior in drawing and general interest to the work of the designer of the cuts in the Aesop, the ‘de Claris Mulieribus’ or the Speculum Vitæ Humanæ: they are in fact rather illuminators’ pictures than woodcut designers’. The letters however are in general effect remarkably good; and, especially in the pattern-work, quite reach the high water-mark of 15th century design, and I consider them on the whole the best historiated Capitals of the period. ¶ These letters in this copy are coloured; and it would seem that this was done before it left the bookseller’s shelf; if it was not done in the printer’s workshop. The copy at the Brit: Mus: [British Museum] is coloured systematically just as this is; except that in this copy some one has come after the first colourist with a vermillion brush (vermillion is not used in the original systematic colouring) and has added that strong colour in some of the letters, by no means to their improvement; though, I take it, this blunder was was committed soon after the volume left the printer’s. For the rest I think an unprejudiced person will think that the colouring of the pre-vermillion very much improves the letters; this can easily be tested by reference to one initial, that of the Psalter, which has somehow been left uncoloured. ¶ I give as excellent examples of these letters the following: [. . .]”

Provenance: Carthusian monastery at Buxheim, Germany (presentation copy from Zainer). — Morris (acquired by January 1891). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 180 (sold to Quaritch for £80). — Marsden Perry. — Perry sale, American Art Association, 11 March 1956, lot 32. — John Saks. — Christie (New York), 1 October 1980, lot 78 (sold for $60,000). — Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas (Incun 1475 B471z).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 22 (£80). — ISTC (ib00627000). — Marsden Perry List, pp. 33–34.

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¶ Valerius Maximus — Priscorum exemplorum libri novem (1508)

October 19, 2017

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Valerius Maximus. Priscorum exemplorum libri novem. Venice: Bartholomeum de Zanis de Portesio, 1508.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: C. Davies. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1179 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £1 4s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library (Closed stores EPB / D 6435/D).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 46 (no price). — MS catalogue (2), no. 874 (with two X’s next to the title).

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Dit sijn die hondert articulen (early 16th century)

October 18, 2017

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Dit sijn die hondert articulen van der passien ons heeren Ihesu Christi. Leyden: Peter Jansoon, n.d. [probably early 16th century].

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 633 (sold to Ellis for £1 12s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 2b, no. 16 (£1).


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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).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 12 (£200). —  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: Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 23 (£100) [?]. —  National Archives. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2459).


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¶ Bible (14th century) [MS]

October 17, 2017

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Bible.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 14th century. 593 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 35 (sold to Pickering for £30). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 49 (sold to Cockerell for £49). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Charrington. — Cambridge University Library [gift from Charrington, 1918].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 25 (£14 10s.). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3973 and SDBM_39978).


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¶ New Testament (1170) [MS]

October 17, 2017

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Bible (New Testament).

Illuminated manuscript. Auxerre, France, 1170. 198 leaves.

Provenance: Abbey of St Marianus, Auxerre. — Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Champmol, Dijon. — James Edwards. — Edwards sale, Evans, 5 April 1815, lot 818 (sold to William Roscoe, Liverpool, for £12 12s.). — William Roscoe. — Roscoe sale, Winstanley, 19 August 1816 (sold to Robert Benson for £13). — Robert Benson. — W. A. S. Benson. — Morris (purchased from Benson for £250). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1155 (sold to Leighton for £225). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 5 December 1906, lot 617 (sold to Quaritch for £670). — Quaritch catalogue 259, November 1907, no. 1 (£850) — Quaritch catalogue 290, June 1910, no. 49 (£850). — C. H. St. John Hornby. — John Roland Abbey. — Abbey sale, Sotheby (New York), 4 June 1974, lot 2907. — H. P. Kraus catalogue, 1978, no. 18. — Peter Ludwig. — Getty Museum (MS Ludwig 14) [acquired 1983].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 87 (£250). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1224).

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¶ Guilelmus Peraldus — Summa de vitiis et virtutibus (14th century) [MS]

October 17, 2017

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Guilelmus Peraldus. Summa de vitiis et virtutibus.

Illuminated manuscript. 14th century. 222 leaves.

Provenance: Busleyden College, Leuven. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 932 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £11). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Sotheby, 22 June 1982, lot 42 — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 68 (£10). — MS catalogue (2), no. 922, p. 93. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_825).


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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). — Holy Land Experience (Orlando, Fla.).

References: de Hamel, Christopher. “Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Library of Sir Sydney Cockerell.” British Library Journal 13 (1987): 186–210. (See p. 199.) — Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 15 (£120). — Schoenberg (SDBM_254386)


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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.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 108 (£25). —  Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1433).


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¶ Le coustumez du baillage de Senlis (c. 1495) [MS]

October 15, 2017

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Le coustumez du baillage de Senlis.

Manuscript. France, c. 1495. 59 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1061 (sold to Ellis for £1 14s.). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 84 (£5).


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¶ Muris — Theorica proportionum musicalium (15th century) [MS]

October 14, 2017

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Muris, Johannes de. Theorica proportionum musicalium et canones minutiarum.

Illuminated manuscript. 15th century. 16 leaves.

Provenance: Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 28 March 1859, lot 702. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 912 (sold to Breslauer for £4). — Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 64 (£1). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_5303).


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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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 44 (£50). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11484).


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¶ St. Athanasius — Contra gentiles (c. 1470) [MS]

October 12, 2017

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Athanasius, Saint. Contra gentiles.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Venice, c. 1470. 105 leaves.

Provenance: Jean-Baptiste de Bearzi. — de Bearzi sale, Edwin Tross auction, 31 May 1855, lot 186 (34 francs). — Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 1 August 1859, lot 211. — Quaritch catalogue, 1860, no. 2233 (£5 5s.). — Quaritch catalogue, November 1888, no. 17 (£20). — Quaritch catalogue, September 1893, no. 143. — Quaritch catalogue, December 1893, no. 94 (£16). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 78 (sold to Leighton for £25 10s.). — E. Stainton. — Stainton sale, Sotheby, 26 July 1920, lot 518 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue, 1931, no. 2 (£63). — Quaritch catalogue no. 474, 1933, no. 6 (sold to Philip Hofer for £50). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Typ 289) [bequeathed by Hofer, 1984].

References: de Ricci, 2:1695, no. 14. — Digital Scriptorium — Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 8 (£15). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3015).

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¶ Statuta regni angliae (c. 1446) [MS]

October 12, 2017

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Statuta regni angliae.

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1446. 271 leaves.

Note by Morris on flyleaf: “An English Book of good quality as to writing and ornament. The illuminated borders and armouries very characteristic of the place and period (1450), the red and blue letters very good. William Morris, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, 1891.”

Provenance: Edward Hailstone. — Hailstone sale, Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 2526. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1137 (sold to Leighton for £40).— Alfred Higgins. — Higgins sale, Sotheby, 2 May 1904, lot 225. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Dyson Perrins sale, Sotheby, 9 December 1958, lot 23. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 83 (£42). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2013).


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¶ Petrus Comestor — Historia scholastica (14th century) [MS]

October 12, 2017

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Petrus Comestor. Historia scholastica.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 14th century. 278 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 371 (sold to Heppenstal for £16). — Sotheby, 29 June 1905, lot 583. — Emery Walker. — Sydney Cockerell. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 39 (£18 10s.). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_5934).


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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: Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 81 (£23 10s.). — Faye and Bond, pp. 186–87, no. 8. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8124).


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¶ Book of hours (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Netherlands, late 15th century. 209 leaves.

Provenance: Madame Van Huerne de Puyenbeke (née de Schietere de Lophem). — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Pawlowski & Paul, 11–16 June 1883, lot 10. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 437 (sold to Edwards for £40). — Rev. Christie Chetwyn Atkinson. — Keble College Library, Oxford (77) [bequeathed by Atkinson, 1911].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 49 (£10). — Parkes, M. B., comp. The Medieval Manuscripts of Keble College Oxford. London: Scolar Press, 1979. (See pp. 311–17, no. 77.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11483).


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¶ Alexander, de Villa Dei — Doctrinale (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Alexander, de Villa Dei. Doctrinale.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern Italy, early 15th century. 54 leaves.

Provenance: Pesaro family. — Sotheby, 26 February 1821, lot 175. — Henry Drury. — Drury sale, Evans, 19 February 1827, lot 188. — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1828, no. 5 (£37). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1830, no. 14594 (£16). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1831, no. 12751 (£10). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue, 1832, no. 22 (£8). — Richard Heber. — Evans, 10 February 1836, lot 3 (sold for £1). — John Trotter Brockett. — Sotheby, 16 June 1843, lot 16 (sold for £9).— Thomas Rodd catalogue, 1845, lot 5 (£9). — Edward Hailstone. — Sotheby, 23 April 1891, lot 327. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1190 (sold to Breslauer for £8 10s.). — Breslauer & Meyer catalogue, 1901, lot 464 (80 DM). — Georges Andrieux catalogue, 5 December 1931, lot 5. — Hauswedell catalogue, 29 September 1950, lot 41. — Sotheby, 16 May 1955, lot 105 (sold for £224). — Laurence Witten (purchased from Maggs, 1956). — Thomas E. Marston (purchased from Witten, 1956). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Marston MS 64).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 1 (£3 10s.). — Faye and Bond, pp. 71–72, no. 64. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2104). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:131–32.)


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¶ Hegesippus — Hystoria egisippi de excidio Jerusalem (12th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Hegesippus. Hystoria egisippi de excidio Jerusalem.

Illuminated manuscript. Winchester, England, 12th century. 115 leaves.

Morris’s instructions to Quaritch were to pay no more than £150, and both he and Sydney Cockerell were surprised when the manuscript realized such a low price at Sotheby’s. Cockerell commented in his diary, 15 June 1896: “The Hegessipus [sic] MS in 12th c. Winchester binding only fetched £13 at Sotheby’s on Saturday!” Two days later he wrote, “In aftn. went down to Folkestone, to stay with W.M. at the Norfolk Hotel, which has proved very comfortable for him. . . . I took down the Hegessipus with the 12th c. binding, with which he was much pleased.”

When Bennett sold a large portion of the Morris library in 1898, F. S. Ellis grumbled, “What a dolt & idiot must that Bennett be to know no better than turn out that Hegesippus. Had the book sale been on the Ex[ecut]ors acc[oun]t of course I should have taken pains to explain to people the value of the book, but as we have already done so to Chatto I do not feel bound to say more to him about it & wd. ask you not to change it. It will probably go for a large sum—but possibly not & I shall send a moderate comm[ission] for it on the chance. Of course I could not afford to give what I consider its real value” (Ellis to Cockerell, 9 November 1898 [British Library Add. Ms. 52715]). The Athenaeum, in its account of the 1898 sale, offered a similar observation: “The surprise of the sale was perhaps the MS. of Hegesippus, ‘De Excidio Judaeorum, Lib. V.,’ in the original Winchester binding of the twelfth century, and this has gone to Mr. Yales Thompson’s choice collection. It occurred in the Phillipss sale of 1891 [sic], but the interesting character of the binding was not pointed out in the catalogue, so that it attracted no general notice and was knocked down for 13l.” (17 December 1898, p. 868).

Provenance: Thomas Thorpe (sold to Sir Thomas Phillips). — Sir Thomas Phillipps. — Phillips sale, Sotheby, 10 June 1896, lot 609 (sold for £13 to Quaritch for Morris). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 580 (sold to Henry Yates Thomson for £180). — Henry Yates Thompson. — Thompson sale, Sotheby, 23 March 1920, lot 31 (sold to Quaritch for £740). — Charles William Dyson-Perrins. — Winchester Cathedral [gift from Dyson-Perrins, early 1948].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 105 (£100). — Ker, 4:601. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3068)


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¶ Book of hours (15th century) [MS]

October 11, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Netherlands, 15th century. 274 leaves.

Provenance: Earl of Ashburnham. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 438 (sold to Heppenstal for £6 15s.). — Michael Tomkinson. — Tomkinson sale, Sotheby, 3 April, 1922, lot 484. — John Howell catalogue, 1924 (sold to George A. Poole). — George A. Poole. — Lilly Library, Indiana University (Poole 264).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 114 (£10). — Faye and Bond, p. 178, no. 12. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8036).


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¶ Breviary (15th century) [MS]

October 10, 2017

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Breviary.

Illuminated manuscript. Netherlands, 15th century. 351 leaves.

With a bibliographical note by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Abbey of Marienwater’s Hertogenbosch (Netherlands). — Frederik Muller (Amsterdam), 27–31 January 1860, lot 126. — William Bragge. — Bragge sale, Sotheby, 7 June 1876, lot 491. — Thomas Shadford Walker. — Walker sale, Sotheby, 23–24 June 1886, lot 345. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 815 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £15). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — British Museum (purchased 1943). — British Library (Egerton 3271).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 80 (£10). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_8108).

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¶ St. Augustine — Commentary on the Psalms (12th century) [MS]

October 10, 2017

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Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo [Saint Augustinus]. Commentary on the Psalms 101–50 (Ennarationes in psalmos).

Illuminated manuscript. Germany, 12th century. 179 leaves.

Provenance: Thorpe catalogue, 1832, lot 119. — J. Ponce. — Ponce sale, Techener catalogue, 17 November 1845, no. 35. — W. and T. Bateman. — Bateman sale, Sotheby, 25 May 1893, lot 233 (purchased by Morris). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 148 (sold to Quaritch for £50). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 28 (sold to Quaritch for £48). — Quaritch catalogue 357, February 1920, no. 378. — Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. — Beatty sale, Sotheby, 24 June 1969, lot 45. —Alan G. Thomas catalogue 23, 1969, no. 3. — Thomas catalogue 26, 1971, no. 1. — Thomas catalogue 31, 1973, no. 6. — Thomas catalogue 34, 1975, no. 3. — Thomas catalogue 36, 1977, no. 1. — Philip Hofer (purchased from Bromer, 1979). — Houghton Library, Harvard University (MS Typ 703) [Hofer bequest, 1984].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 9 (£50). — Light, Laura. The Bible in the Twelfth Century: An Exhibition of Manuscripts at the Houghton Library. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard College Library, 1988. (See pp. 43–45.) — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1508).


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¶ Boethius — De arithmetica (11th century) [MS]

October 10, 2017

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Boethius. De arithmetica. [and] Vitruvius Pollio. De architectura.

Two illuminated manuscripts bound together. Probably England, 11th and 12th centuries. 67 and 73 leaves.

Provenance: Sir Simeon Stuart [probably either the 3rd baronet, d. 1779, or the fourth, d. 1816]. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 306 (sold to Quaritch for £61). — Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Ms. lat. 601).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 29 (£60). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11482).


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¶ Book of hours (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Poitiers, 15th century. 92 leaves.

Provenance: Renée Legier de la Sauvagière. — Henri Lambert. — Lambert sale, part 2, Adolphe-Jules Durel, 3 April 1884, lot 913. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 487 (sold to Quaritch for £49). — Christie, 9 July 2001, lot 14. — Sotheby, 18 June 2002, lot 48. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 104 (£20). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7262).


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¶ Cicero — Orationes et vita (c. 1470) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Cicero. Orationes et vita.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, perhaps Naples, c. 1470. 177 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 358 (sold to Waring for £81). — Michael Tomkinson. — Tomkinson sale, Sotheby, 3 July 1922, lot 1266. — Sotheby, 11 December 1956, lot 14. — Sotheby, 6 December 1971, lot 27. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 35 (£90.). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1347).


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¶ Pope Gregory I — Moralia in Jobum (12th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Gregory I, Pope [Gregorius Magnus]. Moralia in Jobum lib. I–XXVII.

Illuminated manuscript. 12th century. 5 vols.; 732 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 470 (sold to Leighton for £27 10s.). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 4 December 1906, lot 280 (sold to Quaritch for £49). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation , fol. 3, no. 43 (£30). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3965).


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¶ Cicero — Orationes (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Cicero. Orationes.

Illuminated manuscript. Florence, 15th century. 228 leaves.

Provenance: Girolamo Lagomarsini. — Convent of San Marco (Florence). — Friedrich Ludwig von Keller. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Quaritch catalogue, November 1880, no. 59. — Quaritch catalogue, September 1886, no. 35746. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 357 (sold to Quaritch for £27). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 128 (sold to Sydney Cockerell for £50). — Sydney Cockerell. — John Gribbel. — David Wagstaff. — Beinecke Library, Yale University (Beinecke MS 93) [gift from Mrs. David Wagstaff].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 37 (£ 20). — Faye and Bond, p. 289, no. 93. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3976). — Shailor, Barbara, ed. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984. (See 1:134–36.)

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¶ Alexander, de Villa Dei — Grammatica Latina rhythmica (15th century) [MS]

October 9, 2017

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Alexander, de Villa Dei. Grammatica Latina rhythmica [i.e. Doctrinale puerorum].

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, 15th century. 63 leaves.

Provenance: Joannes Paulus Marconus Venetus. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 418 (sold to Leighton for £5 10s.). — Sotheby, 11 April 1938, lot 303. — P. G. and J. D. Gordan. — Maggs catalogue, 1938, no. 151. — P. G. and J. D. Gordan. — Collection of the late Phyllis and John Gordan, New York, N.Y.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 57 (£5). — Faye and Bond, p. 404, no. 151. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6760).


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¶ Bible (13th century) [MS]

October 7, 2017

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Bible.

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

The description in MS catalogue (2) (see below) is “Bible MS. circa 1260 (an Italian hand; with fine illuminated letters some cut out).”

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). — Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 19 (£25). — MS catalogue (2), no. 64. — 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. — Ellis valuation [same manuscript listed twice], fol. 1, no. 16 (£80) and fol. 2, no. 18 (£100). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11480).

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¶ Carusi — Ambrosianum (1408) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Carusi, Bartolomeo. Ambrosianum.

Illuminated manuscript. Milan, 1408. 380 leaves.

Note by Sydney Cockerell: “Previously Charles Butler of Connaught Place and Warren Wood, Hatfield.”

Provenance: Charles Butler. — Warren Wood. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 120 (sold to Quaritch for £36). — Lawrence Hodson. — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. CFM 9) [gift of Murray 1904].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 11 (£20). —  Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11479). — Wormald, 1:16–17.


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