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Fine Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Wednesday 06th December 2017: 10:30am GMT

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Two leaves from an early Isaiah manuscript, decorated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, double column, 31 lines, written in a Romanesque bookhand, with a few Carolingian distinctive elements, five initials painted in red (a few oxidised to silver), one later paragraph mark '¶ .xli.' added in the 13th or 14th-century, a few later emendations and short additions, the note 'P70' written in red in a sixteenth-century hand, both leaves trimmed at outer and lower edges, with loss of one or two lines and a few single letters, some scuffs and tears, a few areas of leather adhering to surface, mostly on verso of leaves, 4to, each 250 x 190 mm., Germany, 11th century.

⁂ Two leaves from an early manuscript containing the passages 39:2-40:10-26 and 40:27-41:26 from the Book of Isaiah.

The original codex was produced in the German area in the eleventh century. The handwriting reveals similarities with some contemporary manuscripts copied at the Imperial Benedictine Abbey of Fulda, one of the most celebrated German scriptoria.

The short additions for liturgical reading, which are visible on the leaves, indicate the use of the (now dismembered) manuscript throughout the Middle Ages.

Full Lot Details

Two leaves from an early Isaiah manuscript, decorated manuscript on parchment, in Latin, double column, 31 lines, written in a Romanesque bookhand, with a few Carolingian distinctive elements, five initials painted in red (a few oxidised to silver), one later paragraph mark '¶ .xli.' added in the 13th or 14th-century, a few later emendations and short additions, the note 'P70' written in red in a sixteenth-century hand, both leaves trimmed at outer and lower edges, with loss of one or two lines and a few single letters, some scuffs and tears, a few areas of leather adhering to surface, mostly on verso of leaves, 4to, each 250 x 190 mm., Germany, 11th century.

⁂ Two leaves from an early manuscript containing the passages 39:2-40:10-26 and 40:27-41:26 from the Book of Isaiah.

The original codex was produced in the German area in the eleventh century. The handwriting reveals similarities with some contemporary manuscripts copied at the Imperial Benedictine Abbey of Fulda, one of the most celebrated German scriptoria.

The short additions for liturgical reading, which are visible on the leaves, indicate the use of the (now dismembered) manuscript throughout the Middle Ages.