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Fine Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Wednesday 06th December 2017: 10:30am GMT

115 lots medieval ms. leaves and fragments ex Sotheby's sale 7 Dec 2010

5 lots medieval ms. leaves and fragments ex sotheby's sale 7 dec 2010

Lot 11

Bede, the Venerable. Single leaf containing parts of Bede's Homily 35 on the Feast of St. John, decorated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, possibly Germany, 13th century; and another fragment, 12th century (2)

 

Hammer Price: Unsold

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Bede, the Venerable. Single leaf containing parts of Bede's Homily 35 on the Feast of St. John, decorated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, single leaf, text block 325 x 200 mm, double column, each 28 lines, written in an early northern gothic hand, headings in red, recto with three-line elaborate penwork initial 'C' (opening: 'Contemplativa vita est cum longo') in blue and red, with extension to the half of page, four-line initial 'I' (opening: 'In enim etenim quod ait Petro'') painted in red, verso with three-line penwork initial 'S' (opening 'Speculativa felicits quae hic inchoatur'), with extension, rather faded, capitals touched in red, recovered from a binding and possibly folded in half, small losses affecting a few letters, some lines rather erased, staining mostly to verso, c. 431 x 301 mm., possibly Germany, 13th century; together with A rectangular fragment from a leaf from Donatus' De Partibus orationis Ars minor, decorated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, remains of double column, each with 7 lines of text, written in a very early gothic hand, in two different sizes, two-line initial 'M' (opening: 'Magister nomen appellatiuum') painted in red, and holding a bauble, capitals touched in red, one heading written in red, folded in half, this fragment was re-used in a binding hence rather scuffed and stained, script faded in places, c.75 x 82mm., 12th century (2)

⁂ The first leaf contains a large portion from Homily 35 by the Venerable Bede, from a large-size finely decorated manuscript. The penwork initial on the recto is especially handsome and quite well-preserved.

Full Lot Details

Bede, the Venerable. Single leaf containing parts of Bede's Homily 35 on the Feast of St. John, decorated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, single leaf, text block 325 x 200 mm, double column, each 28 lines, written in an early northern gothic hand, headings in red, recto with three-line elaborate penwork initial 'C' (opening: 'Contemplativa vita est cum longo') in blue and red, with extension to the half of page, four-line initial 'I' (opening: 'In enim etenim quod ait Petro'') painted in red, verso with three-line penwork initial 'S' (opening 'Speculativa felicits quae hic inchoatur'), with extension, rather faded, capitals touched in red, recovered from a binding and possibly folded in half, small losses affecting a few letters, some lines rather erased, staining mostly to verso, c. 431 x 301 mm., possibly Germany, 13th century; together with A rectangular fragment from a leaf from Donatus' De Partibus orationis Ars minor, decorated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, remains of double column, each with 7 lines of text, written in a very early gothic hand, in two different sizes, two-line initial 'M' (opening: 'Magister nomen appellatiuum') painted in red, and holding a bauble, capitals touched in red, one heading written in red, folded in half, this fragment was re-used in a binding hence rather scuffed and stained, script faded in places, c.75 x 82mm., 12th century (2)

⁂ The first leaf contains a large portion from Homily 35 by the Venerable Bede, from a large-size finely decorated manuscript. The penwork initial on the recto is especially handsome and quite well-preserved.