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¶ Firdausi — Shahnama (1621) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Firdausi, Abu’l-Qasim. Shahnama.

Illuminated manuscript. Northern Iran, perhaps Astarabad, 1621. 440 leaves.

Signature of “Wilfrid Scawen Blunt | 1900.”

Provenance: Chinese ownership. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 529 (sold to Quaritch for £47). — Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. 311) [bequest from Blunt, 1922].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 41 (£40). — Fitzwilliam’s Illuminated Manuscripts. — MS catalogue (2), no. 32. — Wormald, 1:301–03.

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¶ Il libro di Sydrach (15th century) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Il libro di Sydrach.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Venice, 15th century. 124 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1076 (sold to Quaritch for £30). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — Fitzwilliam Museum (MS. CFM 16) [gift from Murray, 1905].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 85 (£12). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_24119). — Wormald, 1:28–30.


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¶ Severus — Vita S. Martini (12th century) [MS]

October 6, 2017

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Severus, Sulpicius. Vita S. Martini.

Illuminated manuscript. England, 12th century. 146 leaves.

Provenance: E. Umfreville. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1118 (sold to Money for £27). — Frank McClean. — Fitzwilliam Museum (118) [McClean bequest, 1904].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 86 (£10). — James, pp. 255–57. — Schoenberg (SDBM_40029)


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¶ Sherbrooke missal (c. 1320) [MS]

October 5, 2017

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Sherbrooke missal.

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1320. 330 leaves.

When Sydney Cockerell was cataloguing Morris’s library, he recorded in his diary, 3 March 1894: “Struggled nearly all day with the beautiful Sherbrooke Missal.” It was exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries in June 1896.

Provenance: Thomas Sherbrooke. — Henry Sherbrooke. — Quaritch catalogue, 1 December 1891, no. 779. — Quaritch catalogue, December 1893, no. 26 (£200). — Morris (purchased from Quaritch). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 903 (sold to Yates Thomson for £350). — Henry Yates Thompson. — Sotheby, 23 March 1920, lot 39 (sold to Hugh Baker for £860). — Hugh Baker. — Margaret S. Davies. — National Library of Wales (NLW MS 15536E) [donated by Margaret S. Davies, 1951].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 61 (£200). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3075).

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¶ Cicero — Tusculanae Quaestiones (c. 1470) [MS]

October 5, 2017

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Cicero, Marcus Tullius. Tusculanae quaestiones.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, c. 1470. 84 leaves.

With bibliographical notes by Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Erizzo family (Venice). — Marsilio Papafava. — Sotheby, 23 May, 1889, lot 52. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 365 (sold to B. F. Stevens for £32). — Robert Hoe. — Hoe sale, part 1, Anderson Galleries, December 1911, lot 2122 (sold to G. D. Smith for $275). — Henry E. Huntington. — Huntington Library (HM 1031).

References: de Ricci, 1:81, no. HM 1031. — Digital Scriptorium. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 36 (£10). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_5948).

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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: Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 82 (£52 10s.). — James, pp. 340–46. — MS catalogue (2), no. 925. — MS catalogue (3), pp. 1–2. —  Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11488).


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¶ Psalter (14th century) [MS]

October 4, 2017

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Psalter.

Illuminated manuscript. England, 14th century. 141 leaves.

Provenance: Howell Wills. — Wills sale, Sotheby, 11 July 1894, lot 1536. — Quaritch catalogue, August 1894, no. 413 (£60). — Quaritch catalogue, 15 November 1895, no. 154 (£105). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 972 (sold to Leighton for £85). — Charles Butler. — Butler sale, Sotheby, 18 March 1912, lot 2630 (£700). — Sotheby 18 July 1921, lot 499. — Sawyer catalogue 100, 1930, no. 111. — Sotheby, 18 December 1933, lot 363. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 79 (£90). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_3527).


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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: Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 54 (£15). — Faye and Bond, p. 52, no. 11. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11485).


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¶ Bible (c. 1425) MS

October 3, 2017

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Bible (portions of the Old Testament).

Illuminated manuscript. Hattem, Netherlands, c. 1425. 157 leaves.

Probably once part of a set of six or seven volumes.

Provenance: Brothers of the Common Life, Hulsbergen (near Hattem). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 172 (sold to Sladen for £20). — Judge Granger. — Granger sale, Sotheby, 17 December 1919, lot 736 (sold for £200). — George D. Smith. — Smith sale, Anderson Galleries, 28 April 1921, cat. 1580, pt. 6, 208. — Mrs. Milton E. Getz. — Getz sale, American Art /Anderson Galleries, 24 November 1936, lot 1048 (sold for $165). — William J. K. Vanston. — Vanston sale, Parke-Bernet, 24 February 1959, lot 49 (sold for $900). — Kraus catalogue 111, 1965, no. 39 ($2,800). — Peter and Irene Ludwig. — Getty Museum [deaccessioned 1997]. —Jörn Günther Rare Books, 1997, no. 20. — Forum (by Antiquariaat Forum), 1997, no. 3 (195,000 Dutch guilders). — Ferrini/Les Enluminures, 2000, no. 5 ($200,000). — Forum (by Antiquariaat Forum), 20 March 2006, no. 4 ($242,600). — Private collection, USA.

References: de Ricci, 1:12, no. 4. — Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 27 (£20). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1989).


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¶ Virgil — Georgics and Aeneid (early 15th century) [MS]

October 3, 2017

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Virgil. Georgics [and] Aeneid.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, perhaps Florence, early 15th century. 206 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1194 (sold to Heppenstal for £164). — Ross C. Winans. — Huntington Library (HM 1036) [purchased from Winans Collection, January 1918].

References: de Ricci, 1:82, no. HM 1036. — Digital Scriptorium. — Dutschke, 1:301–03. — Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 90 (£150). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_21157 and SDBM_MS_9604).

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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: Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 24 (£75). — James, pp. 22–24. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7273).


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¶ Catalogue of monasteries (early 16th century) [MS]

October 2, 2017

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A catalogue of European monasteries and their possessions.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, early 16th century. 99 leaves.

Provenance: Pope Julian II (Giuliano della Rovere). — — Abbey of Tongerloo. —  Tongerloo library sold in Antwerp, 1828.W. H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby 12 March 1891, lot 2244 (sold for £32). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 904 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £30). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — John Roland Abbey (purchased from Davis and Orioli, 11 October 1945). — Abbey sale, part 10, 20 June 1978, lot 2990 (sold to Maxwell for £21,000). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 63 (£30). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_5699).


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¶ St. Jerome — Vita et epistaolae (1451) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Jerome, Saint [Hieronymus]. Vita et epistaolae.

Illuminated manuscript. Verona, 15 July 1451. 120 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 480 (sold to Waring for £11). — Michael Tomkinson. — Sotheby, 3 July 1922, lot 1494. — Henry Harris. — Harris sale, Sotheby, 22 June 1936, lot 73. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 45 (£25). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6692).


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¶ Breviarium (14th century) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Breviarium ad usum ecclesiae Cathalunenensis.

Illuminated manuscript. France, 14th century. 476 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 52 (sold to Ridges for £36). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 31 (£45). — Schoenberg (SDBM_39982).


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¶ St. Ambrose — Various works (c. 1440) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Ambrose [Ambrosius], Saint. [Various works.]

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, c. 1440. 86 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 118 (sold to Tregaskis for £6 15s.). — Sotheby, 17 June 1907, lot 19. — L. Rosenthal, 1910, catalogue 120, no. 10 (£100). — L. Rosenthal, 1910, catalogue 135–1, no. 75 (£100). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 2 (£5 10s.). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_9118).


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¶ Liber monasterii Sancti Salvatoria (c. 1480) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Liber monasterii Sancti Salvatoria.

Manuscript. Antwerp, c. 1480. 87 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 662 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £9 15s.). — Henry Wellcome. — Wellcome Library [deaccessioned]. — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 40 (£10).


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¶ Missale secundum usum Montensem (c. 1460) [MS]

September 27, 2017

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Missale secundum usum Montensem.

Illuminated manuscript. Flanders, c. 1460. 198 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 798 (sold to Heppenstal for £19). — Unlocated.

Reference: Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 59 (£40). — Schoenberg (SDBM_4001).


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¶ Palmieri — Liber de temporibus (1469) [MS]

September 25, 2017

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Palmieri, Matteo (Matheus Palmerius). Liber de temporibus.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Florence, 1469. 100 leaves.

With loosely inserted notes by Crawford and Sydney Cockerell.

Provenance: Guglielmo Libri. — Libri sale, Sotheby, 11 August 1859, lot 1926. — W. H. Crawford. — Crawford sale, Sotheby, 20 March 1891, lot 2330 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 930 (sold to Henry Wellcome for £7). — Wellcome Library (MS.591 ).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 67 (£7). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6897).

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¶ St. Paul — Epistles (11th century?)

September 25, 2017

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Paul, Saint. Epistles.

Illuminated manuscript. 11th century? 164 leaves.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 513 (sold to Quaritch for £23). — Laurence Hodson. — Hodson sale, Sotheby, 3 December 1906, lot 188 (sold to Cockerell for £33). — Sydney Cockerell. — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 69 (£7). — Schoenberg (SDBM_40006).


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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).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 3 (£22 10s.). — Schoenberg (SDBM_210241; SDBM_40001; SDBM_39987).

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¶ Steinfeld missal (c. 1180) [MS]

September 18, 2017

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Steinfeld missal.

Illuminated manuscript. North Germany, c. 1180 (with some leaves added c. 1440). 144 leaves.

Provenance: Steinfeld Abbey (formerly St. Mary Abbey Premonstratensian), Steinfeld, Germany. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1070 (sold to Quaritch for £95). — Charles Fairfax Murray. — C. W. Dyson Perrins. — Perrins sale, Sotheby, 1 December 1959, part 2, lot 57 (sold for £25,200). — Peter Ludwig. — Getty Museum (MS. Ludwig V4) [acquired 1983].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 62 (£65). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_1958).

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¶ Federigo da Venezia — Commentary on the Apocalypse (late 14th century) [MS]

September 15, 2017

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Federigo da Venezia. Commentary on the Apocalypse.

Illuminated manuscript. Venice, late 14th century. 168 leaves.

Provenance: Convent San Pietro, Padua. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 126 (sold to Bain for £40). — James Mann, Castlecraig. — Sotheby, 4 July 1929, lot 5. — Hoepli catalogue, 1937. — W. S. Kundig catalogue 95, 23 June 1948, no. 9. — Parke-Bernet, 29 November 1948, lot 327. — Sotheby, 4 April 1949, lot 192. — William A. Foyle. — Foyle sale, Christie, part 1, 11 July 2000, lot 23. — Librairie Thomas-Scheler, December 2001, no. 1. — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue, 2003, no. 10. — Librairie Thomas-Scheler (New York Antiquarian Book Fair), 20 April 2006, no. 16. — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue 10, 2011, no. 16 (350,00 Swiss francs). — Jörn Günther Rare Books catalogue 12, 2011, no. 6 (412,500 Swiss francs). — Unlocated.

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 5 (£40). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2220).


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¶ Bämler — two miniatures (1457)

September 13, 2017

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Bämler, Johann. [Two miniatures.]

A bifolio from an unidentified manuscript: the crucifixion, and St. Leonard. Germany, 1457. (Bämler’s name and the date are on one of the leaves.)

Provenance: John Piggott. — Quaritch general catalogue, 1874, no. 48. — Quaritch catalogue 369, 1886, no. 35777 (£15). — Morris (purchased from Quaritch in 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.45).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1373–74, no. 45. — Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 96 (£40). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 105.

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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). — Carl Edelheim. — American Art Association, 7 March 1900. — 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). — Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 28 (£25). — 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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 74 (£100). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 28. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14305).

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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). — Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 66 (£60). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_2363).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1405–1415) [MS]

September 11, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Gloucester, c. 1405–1415. 188 leaves. With inscription: “This Book was found his under the floor of the gallery of Linsted Lodge, and was given by lady Teynham to Lord Dacre, October 12th, 1785.”

Provenance: Lady Teynham. — Thomas Barrett Lennard, Baron Dacre (gift from Lady Teynham). —  Lennard sale, 11 July 1888 (?). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.99).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1384, no. 99. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 48 (£100). —Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 95. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10296).

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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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 46 (£90). — 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, for £325). — 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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 106 (£400). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 26. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14293).

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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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 76 (£100). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 24. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14292).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1420)

September 8, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. Belgium, perhaps Bruges, c. 1420. 318 leaves.

Provenance: Morris (purchased in 1895 from Germany). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.76).

References: de Ricci, 2:1380, no. 76. — Ellis valuation: fol. 4, no. 51 (£40). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 85. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10306).

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¶ Worksop bestiary (c. 1185) [MS]

September 8, 2017

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Worksop bestiary

Illuminated manuscript. England, possibly Lincoln or York, c. 1185. 120 leaves.

Cockerell’s diary records the details of his trip to Stuttgart in April 1896 to purchase the bestiary from Rosenthal; it is clear that Morris left it up to Cockerell to negotiate the price. When he returned to England, Cockerell took it immediately to Kelmscott Manor and noted in his diary, 4 May, “F. S. Ellis there & the book voted by everyone a magnificent one. W.M. greatly pleased.” It was exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries in June 1896.

Provenance: Philip, Canon of Lincoln. — Augustinian Priory of Radford (also called Worksop Priory), Nottinghamshire. — Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (privately purchased from Hamilton Collection, 1883). — Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 2 (sold to Trübner [or Ellis?] for £500). — Jacques Rosenthal (dealer, Munich). — Morris (purchased from Rosenthal, 30 April 1896, for £900). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.81).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1381, no. 81. — Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 95 (£900). — Morgan Catalogue, 4, no. 107. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6054).

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¶ Manuale Augustini (1462) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Manuale Augustini.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, 1462. 53 leaves.

Provenance: Charles-Adrien Picard. — Marquis de Migieu. — Migieu sale, 1760, no. 157. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.154).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:395, no. 154. — Ellis valuation, fol. 1, no. 10 (£3). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 99. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14427).

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¶ Columella — De re rustica (1469) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Columella, Lucius Junius Moderatus. De re rustica.

Illuminated manuscript. Italy, probably Milan, 1469. 185 leaves.

Provenance: Del Carretto family. — The Sandri, counts of Monbasilio. — Duke of Hamilton. — Royal Museum of Berlin (purchased privately from the Hamilton Collection, 1883). — Hamilton sale, Sotheby, 23 May 1889, lot 50 (sold to Charles Butler for £80). — Charles Butler (sold to Morris through Charles Fairfax Murray). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.139).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1392, no. 139. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 38 (£200). —  Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 109. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6071).

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¶ Book of hours (c. 1375) [MS]

September 7, 2017

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Book of hours.

Illuminated manuscript. France, perhaps Verdun and Paris, c. 1375. 229 leaves. Marginal note by Sydney Cockerell in Morgan Catalogue 4: “Valued at £84 by the Morris Executors, no doubt the price paid by Morris.”

Provenance: George J. R. Gordon. — Quaritch general catalogue, 1880, no. 50. — Quaritch catalogue 332, November 1880, no. 39 (£160). — Quaritch general catalogue, VIII, 1884, no. 17381. — Quaritch catalogue 369, September 1886, no. 35712 (£160). — Quaritch catalogue 93, 1888, no. 206. — Quaritch catalogue 118, December 1891, no. 528 (£100). — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 93 (£84). — Morris (purchased 22 April 1895). — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.90).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1383, no. 90. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 47 (£84). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 68. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7316).

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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 1893, 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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 69 (£7). — 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.” It was exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries in June 1896. Cockerell’s annotation in Morgan Catalogue: “The verse-initials of this book are identical in style with some of those in the New College Oxford Psalter partly illuminated by W. de Brail[e]s.”

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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 73 (£800 ). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 16. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7349).

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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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 75 (£180). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 29. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_6708).


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¶ Tiptoft missal (c. 1320) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Tiptoft missal.

Illuminated manuscript. England, perhaps Cambridge, c. 1320. 360 leaves.

Morris took an intense interest in this lavishly ornamented manuscript. Sydney Cockerell recorded in his diary, 9 May 1895, that Morris was examining it at Kelmscott House and noted that it has “an illuminated border to every page.” On 13 June Cockerell went to the British Museum “to look up Tiptoft pedigree.” It was exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries in June 1896.

Provenance: John Fitz-Roger Clavering and his wife Hawse Tiptoft. — Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort. — Sotheby, 13 May 1895 (sold to Morris for £750). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.107).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1386, no. 107. — Ellis valuation, fol. 4, no. 60 (£900). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 8. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14314).

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Guillaume, de Lorris — Roman de la rose (c. 1380) [MS]

September 6, 2017

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Guillaume, de Lorris, and Jean Meun. Roman de la rose.

Illuminated manuscript. Paris, c. 1380. 189 leaves.

Morris showed the manuscript to friends at dinner on 4 July 1895 (Cockerell diary).

Provenance: Iohannes Marous (Jean Marot?). — Pierre Vischer (purchased in 1773). — Baron de Neubourg. — de Neubourg sale, Merlin (Paris), 4 November 1839, lot 591. — G. Libri. — Libri sale, Victor Tilliard (Paris), 12 April 1855, lot 1815. — Ambroise Firmin-Didot. — Firmin-Didot sale, Hôtel Drouot (Paris), 6 July 1878, lot 34 (sold to Quaritch). — Quaritch catalogue, December 1878, no. 9. — Quaritch catalogue, 1880, no. 15265. — Quaritch catalogue 332, November 1880, no. 32 (£480). — Quaritch catalogue, 27 February 1882, lot 49. — Quaritch catalogue 369, September 1886, no. 35709 (£480). — Quaritch catalogue 103, April 1890, no. 361 (£480). — Quaritch catalogue 138, December 1893, no. 42 (sold to Morris, 20 June 1895). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.132).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan). — Curatorial description (Morgan). — de Ricci, 2:1391, no. 132. — Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 91 (£250). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 112. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_7313).

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¶ St. Catherine of Siena — Orchard of Syon (c. 1470) [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Catherine of Siena, Saint. The orchard of Syon.

Illuminated manuscript. England, c. 1470. 186 leaves.

Provenance: John Crosse. — W. Mutlowe. — Joseph Ames. — Ames sale, Abraham Langford (London), 5 May 1760, lot 342 (sold to Richard How). — Richard How. — How sale, London, 3 March 1890, no. 1317 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.162).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1396, no. 162. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 34 (£60). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 98. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10136).


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¶ Aldobrandino, da Siena — Le régime du corps [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Aldobrandino, da Siena. Le régime du corps.

Illuminated manuscript. France, perhaps Rouen, c. 1440-1450. 129 leaves.

Provenance: Thwayte (16th century). — Earl of Westmorland. — Westmorland (anonymous) sale, Sotheby, 13–15 July 1887, lot 698. — Quaritch catalogue 103, April 1890 (£100). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.165).

References: Additional bibliography (Morgan Library). — Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1397, no. 165. — Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no. 89 (£120). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 108. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_10069).

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¶ Psalter (1490–1500) [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Psalter (Psalterium maius Beatae Mariae Virginis)

Illuminated manuscript. France, 1490–1500. 89 leaves.

Provenance: Edwin Henry Lawrence. — Lawrence sale, Sotheby, 9 May 1892, lot 69 (sold to Quaritch). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.186).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1401, no. 186. — Ellis valuation, fol. 2, no. 30 (£36). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 96. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_11361).


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¶ Breviary (14th century) [MS]

September 5, 2017

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Breviary.

Illuminated manuscript. Probably Taranto, between 1350 and 1400. 491 leaves.

Provenance: James T. Gibson Craig (purchased in Rome, 18 January 1872). — Craig sale, part 1, Sotheby, 27 June 1887, lot 380 (sold to Leighton). — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — J. Pierpont Morgan. — Morgan Library (MS M.200).

References: Curatorial description (Morgan Library). — de Ricci, 2:1403, no. 200. — Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 33 (£60). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 15. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14237).

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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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 111 (£180). —  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 5 August 1895 for £450). — 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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 101 (£460). — 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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 6, no 92 (£210). — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_22410).

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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. — Ellis valuation, fol. 5, no. 77 (£250). — Morgan Catalogue 4, no. 27. — Schoenberg (SDBM_MS_14306).

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¶ Psalterium aureum (12th century) [MS]

July 25, 2017

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Psalterium aureum (the golden psalter).

Illuminated manuscript. St. Albans, mid-twelfth century. 193 leaves.

Bound into the beginning of the volume is a long note by Sydney Cockerell, of which the following is an excerpt: “After being undisturbed for sixty years it was lot 978 in the Phillipps sale at Sotheby’s June 1896. I urged William Morris to give Quaritch a commission, but the book was then in a very crumpled state, in a russia binding, and he preferred to concentrate on a Hagesippus in a fine Winchester binding of the 12th century, now no. 51 in Mr Yates Thompson’s collection, which he obtained for the absurdly low price of £13. 10. Quaritch bought this Psalter for £34 and I got him to send it to Morris at Folkestone with a Gratiani decretum, the prices for these mss. being £60 and £180 respectively. Morris received them on June 22 1896 and wrote to me on June 24 that he would keep them, but asked me to get a reduction from Q. I saw Q. the next day and he agreed to take £225 for the two MSS., which makes the price of this book, forthwith christened by ‘The Golden Psalter’, £56 5. –

“It was then flattened and rebound by my brother Douglas Cockerell, who was at that time apprentice to Mr T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery, 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith. The oak-boards were from old ship’s timber. The stamps on the white pigskin back were designed by Morris for the special binding of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer. It was finished and brought back to its owner at Kelmscott House . . . on Sept. 11 to his great satisfaction. It was, I believe, the last manuscript that he handled and talked of a day or two before his death, which took place on Oct. 3, 1896. Mr Cobden-Sanderson’s charge was £10. 10. –, bringing the cost to £66. 15. –”

Cockerell adds that he had wanted to buy the Psalter at the 1898 Sotheby sale but could not afford it; hence he advised his friend Lawrence Hodson to purchase it. (Hodson, eleven years later, sold it Cockerell.)

While the book was in his custody, Cockerell arranged for Graily Hewitt to create a replacement for the missing first leaf.

Provenance: Benedictine abbey of St. Albans. — Richard Heber. — Heber sale, Evans, 10 February 1836 (sold to Thomas Thorpe for £5 18s.). — Thomas Thorpe catalogue (Catalogue of Upwards of Fourteen Hundred Manuscripts on Vellum and on Paper), 1836, no. 1084 (£8 8s.). — Sir Thomas Phillipps. — Phillips sale, Sotheby, 10 June 1896, lot 978 (sold to Quaritch for £34). — Quaritch. — Morris (purchased from Quaritch, 22 June 1896). — Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 866 (sold to Quaritch for £97). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Sydney C. Cockerell (purchased privately from Hodson, 27 May 1909, for £150). — Brian S. Cron (gift from Cockerell, 20 December 1956). — British Library (Add MS 81084) [accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the British Library in 2005].

References: Cron, B. S. “The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter” Private Library 5 (July 1964): 45–46. (Reprinted from Cron, The Recent Owners of the Golden Psalter (London: Merrythought Press, 1963).) — Ellis valuation, fol. 7, no. 112 (£100). — Schoenberg (SDBM_40020).


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¶ Fenestella — De magistratibus Romanorum (15th century)

July 24, 2017

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Fenestella, Lucius [A. D. Floccus]. De magistratibus Romanorum.

Illuminated manuscript. Venice, third quarter of 15th century. 44 leaves.

Provenance: Erizzo family, of Venice. — Leighton catalogue, A List of Interesting Books (1889), item 727 (£5 15s.) — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 297 (sold to Buchanan for £13). — T. R. Buchanan. — Bodleian Library (MS. Buchanan e. 15) [given to the Bodleian by his widow, Mrs. E. O. Buchanan, 1941].

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 3, no. 42 (£15). — Kidd, pp. 97–101. — Schoenberg (SDBM_231653).


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