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aedita, per Richardum Tottell. 247 leaves in black letter, small 8vo, full crimson levant morocco, gilt edges, by Ramage.

London: Richard Tottel, 1576

A Very Scarce edition of the Great Charter, in the finest condition. A splendid specimen of Richard Tottel's printing.


644. MAGNA CARTA. The Great Charter called in Latyn Magna Carta, with divers olde statutes whose titles appere in the next leafe. Gothic type. Thick 12mo, old calf.

London, in Paules church yerde at the signe of the
Maydens heed by Thomas Petyt, 1542

A Very Early and Scarce Edition of the Great Charter. Very few copies are known.


645. MANUSCRIPT BIBLIA SACRA LATINA. A beautiful little manuscript of the complete Bible in Latin, written in minute characters on the finest uterine vellum. 568 leaves, double columns, 50 lines to the page. Each book of the Bible is headed with a small illuminated initial of great beauty, containing portraits and scenes, the decorations in some instances extending the whole length of the page. All of the capital letters are rubricated and otherwise decorated and there are hundreds of initials in red and blue. Small 8vo, old mottled calf, gilt. The headlines are slightly shaved. Saec. XIII

A Remarkably Fine Specimen of Early English work, with the booklabel of Brayton Ives. The penmanship is done with exquisite care ani each page bears some decoration, which is unusual in early manuscripts. The decorations of the initials are done with such art that they are more interesting and beautiful when viewed through a reading glass.


646. MANUSCRIPT of the Ten Commandments. Hier beghint die voerrede ap die/tien ghebode ons lieuen heren. Manuscript in Dutch on paper, written, in Gothic character. 183 leaves, unnumbered. 6 x 834 inches. Single column, averaging 24 lines to the page. Twelve initials in blue and red, and all other initials rubricated. Old calf, worn, blind tooled, brass clasps (one missing). Manuscript of a commentary on the ten Commandments, prepared for the abbey at Maeseyck, now Belgium, as is shown by the following notation on the verso of Fo 183: "Dyt boeck hoert toe den regularissen/uit besloten cloester by maeseyck." Inserted as a frontispiece, is a portrait of the patriarch Moses, painted on vel

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um. He is represented holding the tablets containing the Comnandments. The figure has a circular nimbus in brilliant gold. Moses is represented as a blonde, with the horns usually (and erroneously) shown in portraits of him made by medieval artists. He is clothed in a brilliant scarlet robe edged with brown fur. The tablets are in a brilliant blue, bearing the Commandments in the Dutch language in Gothic. The background is brown, with orilliant green tracery. The portrait is enclosed in a frame of oright gold, which is surrounded by a floriated border in red, blue, pink and gold. The miniature is of the best Flemish execution, and is of particular interest as having probably been painted soon after the death of the brothers Van Eyck, who were natives of Maeseyck, especially as the general style is similar to the few works known to have been painted by Jan Van Eyck. The paper on which the manuscript is written shows two watermarks: one, the unicorn, the other, the Gothic initial letter P, surmounted by a quatrefoil. Maeseyck, circa 1475

See article "Horns" in Walsh. Handbook of literary curiosities. Philadelphia, 1893.

Consult Sotheby. Principia Typographia. In this work are figured similar watermarks.


647. MANUSCRIPT of the XVth Century. Lectionary written on vellum. 170 leaves including one blank, double columns, 29 lines to a page. Decorated with several hundred painted initials in blue and red, with border scrolls, and 5 larger initials in gold and colors, the latter with elaborate border decorations of great delicacy and beauty, the text throughout copiously emphasized in red. Small 8vo (414 x 6 inches), old half calf, gilt, marbled paper sides. Saec. XV

A very desirable example of the 15th century workmanship, and apparently quite perfect. The decorations are of great beauty and delicacy. With ample margins and in excellent state of preservation.

648. MANUSCRIPT. L'Office de l'Eglise contenant Le Petit office de la Vierge, les Sept Pseaumes Penitentiaux, et l'Office des Morts, et autres Priereu. Written on 175 vellum leaves; the Calendar in red, blue and gold. With 6 miniatures, representing the Angel's visit to Mary, the Visit of the Wise Men, David praying, John the Baptist in the Wilderness, etc. Nine of the pages are within a full illuminated border of flowers, fruits, scrolls and arabesque designs, and the remaining pages have similar illuminations either on one or both sides of the text. 12mo, full old calf, gilt back, gilt panelled sides, with the symbol of the flame in compartments, and at the corners of the panels, gilt edges. Saec. XV

A VERY INTERESTING MANUSCRIPT, written in Gothic characters, and containing in addition to the above mentioned decorations, hundreds of rich gold initials.

649. MANUSCRIPT. Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis ad usum Parisiensem cum Calendario. MS. on vellum of the XVI Century written in bold Gothic characters in red and black. 125 leaves. Ornamented with 15 large and 17 small miniatures, with hundreds of illumined initials in red, blue, green and gold. 12mo, full brown morocco, gilt and blind tooled back and sides, gilt edges, by Zaehnsdorf. Saec. XVI

A VERY BEAUTIFUL MANUSCRIPT, the miniatures, both large and smal being choice specimens of the work of this period. The large paintings include the Revelation to St. John, Christ praying in the Garden, the Annunciation, the Crucifixion, Christ at Bethlehem, the announcement to the Shepherds, the Visit of the Wise Men, the Flight into Egypt, etc. Among the smaller miniatures are: Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, Jacob, Sebastian, Nicholas, Anna, Mary Magdalene, Katherine, Margaret, and others.

The delicate execution and brilliant coloring of this handsome manuscript show that it was executed by an artist of great merit.

The Saints in the Calendar comprise: Saint Genevieve (Jan. 3), St. Vincent (Jan. 22), St. Gertrude (March 12), St. Boniface (May 14), St. Bartholomew (Aug. 24), Katherine virginis (Nov. 25), Silvestre pape, (Dec. 31).

With the bookplates of Nicolai Joseph Foucault, C. W. Loscombe and Alfred Trappell.

650. MANUSCRIPT. Armorial Grant to Guillaume Bouvier in the Reign of "Bloody Mary," written on parchment, with an initial letter depicting the pursuivant of arms, a large heraldic shield, the Order of the Garter, and a wide floral border.


Saec. XVI

651. MANUSCRIPT. Prieres de la Messe. Ecrites par Rousselet a Rennes. 76 pages, decorated with 2 full-page miniatures of Christ on the Mount of Olives and the Crucifixion, head and tail pieces of religious significance, initial letters in colors on a burnished gold ground, and other illuminations. 8vo, original black morocco, doublures of citron morocco, with fine pointille bor ders, corner pieces of silver. In a levant morocco case, by The French Binders. Late 17th Century

A Magnificent Specimen of French penmanship and decoration, done by Rousselet of Rennes, in the 17th Century. The miniatures are dore in the exquisite fashion which was peculiar to a few artists of the period. Examples of the work of this school are rarely offered for sale. [SEE ILLUSTRATION]

652. MANUSCRIPT, PERSIAN, written in elegant characters on native glazed paper, each page within ruled borders of gold and blue, executed at the beginning of the 18th century. 168 leaves (65% x 414 inches), the last blank. Three pages surrounded by fine floral borders, and with ornaments delicately painted in var our colors and gold, and having the writing on a gold ground; also

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