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Book of Hours, Use of Rome
1 Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Hardcover Good 
Beautiful near-miniature 15th Century Book of Hours. 10.5 by 8.5 cm. 96 leaves of parchment. Illuminated Latin manuscript on parchment. Illustrated with twelve full page painted miniatures, with an additional 20 pages with elaborate diaper decoration (full page ornamentation) of delicate floral and vine tracery design. Throughout are elaborate letter devices with raised and gilt-gesso accents. The calligraphy, mostly seventeen lines per page, is predominantly in a brownish ink, with touches of red tracery decoration on all pages (those not counted as having a diaper design). The miniature paintings include a portrait of Christ's face, his crucifixion, the Madonna and child, an angel holding a staff and letter, the visitation of a seraph, Solomon on his throne and woman at his feet with two bleeding infants, the flight out of Egypt, monks by a coffin, St. Jerome with his lion, St. Anthony with his pig and his hem aflame, St. George slaying the dragon, and St. Catherine and her wheel. Binding: red velvet, possibly contemporary, with three raised bands on spine. Condition: cover velvet heavily worn. Fabric clasps mostly missing. A few leaves -- ones with the fuller decoration and painting -- have suffered some worming, mostly by edges, with some of these gaps repaired with clear material meant to stabilize. (Holes and loss not disconcerting or especially conspicuous, in our view.) While we would consider it possible that the highly decorated pages without facing paintings might once have had such, we think it likelier that this Book of Hours has suffered no such loss, as there is no evidence of excision. Many leaves with browning by the edges. 
Price: 30000.00 USD
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Victorian Album of Illuminated Leaves
2 Victorian Album of Illuminated Leaves
Full Morocco Near Fine 
N.d., circa late 19th century. Small folio-sized. 33.5 by 26 cm. With twelve leaves, each framed by heavy card and windows allowing for the viewing of both the verso and recto of the leaves. In all but two instances, the illuminated leaves are decorated on both sides, with a total of 22 pages with illumination of some kind. Twelve of the pages are of illuminated pages of text, as typify Medieval monastic workmanship. Most of the other pages are of coats-of-arms. The texts are in a Medieval French, or a Norman French that became the court language of England after the Norman conquest, and it would appear that the unifying element of all the pages, other than an exquisite beauty, is genealogical. In all probability the texts were either copied or closely derived from texts accessible to the artist. The front board leather has a square shadow over much of its surface where another book must have once sat for a long time. Rubbing along the joints and edges. Light scattered soiling of the illuminated leaves. The leaves remain very bright. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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[Illuminated Manuscript] The Order of the administration of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion
3 [Illuminated Manuscript] The Order of the administration of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion

4to. 24.5 by 19 cm. 172 pp. 20 full page illuminated decoration. 28 decorated capitals. Decorative letters and vignette illustrations throughout, although the decoration is concentrated near the front. While textually the manuscript is complete, the illuminator probably intended to carry forward his artistry but for whatever reason, didn't carry through fully with his objective. Still, the decoration that is contained herein is lushly beautiful and very well-executed. Birds of various sort were most definitely a favorite subject of the artist -- they abound in the margins. But other animals and human figures are just as precisely and elegantly done in the various vignettes where they appear. We would also note that this manuscript has a lovely relief binding, with a cross forming the centerpiece on the front cover, a kneeling woman with a cross on the rear, and elaborate rinceaux, beaded bands and vine florets forming the decoration around these centerpieces. The binding was the artistry of F. Leake & Co. of Regents Street. Condition: spine rebacked inconspicuously with a matching brown calf. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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A Modern Briton, Anonymous artist.  Poem by Harold Begbie
4 Anonymous artist. Poem by Harold Begbie A Modern Briton
1919 Cloth Very Good 
Patriotic World War One poem, "The Man who Keeps his Head", illuminated with exquisite vignettes. Oblong, 24.5 by 31 cm. With eight plates, including title page, plus painted vignette on final leaf. These vignette watercolors, four to eight per page, depict the diversity of British experience, whether its variety of industry, its trades, its modes of farming, its ships, etc. The effect is panoramic and epic, a visual equivalent to Noel Coward's sweep in "Cavalcade", say. Framing it all are Art Nouveau devices and ornament, very much true to the period. The book was easily of publishable quality, and its creation demonstrates that a strain of patriotism and optimism somehow withstood the bitterness and cynicism engendered by the war. Tissue guards with creases, and one with tear. Binding bowed. Other light wear. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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Illuminated Manuscript, Baird, Edith Elina Helen (1859 - 1924)
5 Baird, Edith Elina Helen (1859 - 1924) Illuminated Manuscript
1881 Full Morocco Fine 
A richly illuminated Victorian manuscript notable for its great variety of ornamentation and done by a woman famous in her day. 4to. 28 by 24 cm. 59 leaves of heavy card, each with illumination. The illluminator, Edith Baird, was the "Queen of Chess" in her day. She wrote several books on chess problems, most notably, "Seven Hundred Chess Problems", Henry Sotheran, 1902, "The Twentieth Century Retractor", also Henry Sotheran, 1907. She was the daughter of a poet, Thomas Winter-Wood, who wrote under the name of "Vanguard" and who also was a chess master, as were two of Edith's brothers. The verse contained in this album do not bear titles. Edith Baird may have written some or all of the poems, but nothing definite can be said about their authorship. In addition to English, some verse is in German and French. While there are references to heaven and God, the poems are more spiritual than religious. Several of the leaves are illustrated with no poetry at all. While Ms. Baird's chess expertise might not seem germane to the book at hand, one can not help but note that the same meticulous thought with which she attacked the thorny challenges of the game she applied to her artwork, with its precise attentiion to detail. She also exhibits real originality in her painting. While drawing inspiration from Gothic, Celtic, the Medieval, Renaissance and Arabic ornamentation, she fused these influences in imaginative ways, and she managed to steer clear of repeating herself, notwithstanding the heft of the album she created. Other than a missing brass piece for the clasp to latch onto on the front board, this album is wonderfully well-preserved. 
Price: 6500.00 USD
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The Four Seasons at the Lakes, Bell, Charles Dent.  Illuminated by Blanche de Montmorency Conyers Morrell.
6 Bell, Charles Dent. Illuminated by Blanche de Montmorency Conyers Morrell. The Four Seasons at the Lakes
London and Belfast Marcus Ward & Co. First Edition Decorated and Blindstamped Cloth Very Good Plus 
4to. 29.5 by 24.5 cm. N.d., circa 1878. Seventeen plates, including title and "Finis" page, featuring chromolithographed decoration and pictorial vignettes and Gothic Fraktur lettering of the verse. Designed as a pretty, comparatively inexpensive chromolithographed "illuminated manuscript". The decoration is a wide mix of typical Medieval ornament, flowers, butterflies, foliage, geometrics, with the vignettes being pretty views of mountains and lakes, as promised by the title. Minor fraying along the front joint, and other light to moderate wear of the decorated cloth. The cards have a slight bend to them but are clean and bright. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Le Moyen Age, Callendier, M.
7 Callendier, M. Le Moyen Age
Cloth Fine 
N.d., circa late 1800s. Folio-sized. 38 by 31 cm. Unpaginated, [36] pp., including title. With stunning borders, mostly in the Medieval style, often illuminated, plus two watercolors of castles, and mounted illuminated leaf of vellum for title, and a mounted vellum leaf painting of a troubadour. This manuscript or homemade book was quite possibly the creation of a French student, who in the text described, always in a calligraphic quality cursive, chivalry, Medieval commerce, literature, education, heraldry, armaments, architecture, guilds, music and policing, the Inquisition, and hunting. The synopses are well-done for what they are, but it is the visual dimension that makes this manuscript a treasure. The pages are heavy card. The initials on the front board are M.T. (Callendier might be Tallendier). On the rear board is a gilt insignia for a school, partially rubbed out. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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Chroniques Francoises de Jacques Gondar Clerc.  Publiee par F. Michel.  Suivie de Recherches sur le Style par Charles Nodier., Clerc, Jacques Gondar. F.[rancisque] Michel.  Charles Nodier.
8 Clerc, Jacques Gondar. F.[rancisque] Michel. Charles Nodier. Chroniques Francoises de Jacques Gondar Clerc. Publiee par F. Michel. Suivie de Recherches sur le Style par Charles Nodier.
Paris Louis Janet 1830 First Edition Velvet on Boards. Full Morocco Slipcase Near Fine 
12mo. 16.5 by 10.5 cm. clvii, 44, [1] pp. With five hand-colored and illuminated plates, including title, plus illuminated devices and decoration elsewhere. While the plates are printed, the coloring and illumination is such that it is a fine simularcrum of manuscript illumination. This work is in fact a literary hoax, simulating a Medieval Romance but in fact penned by Michel and promoted by the extensive notes and annotations that follow the chronicles. The leaves are a light vellum, and this edition was issued with luxuriant, unusual bindings such as the navy blue velvet of this one. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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9 Clerc, Jacques Gondar. F.[rancisque] Michel. Charles Nodier. Chroniques Francoises de Jacques Gondar Clerc. Publiee par F. Michel. Suivie de Recherches sur le Style par Charles Nodier.
Paris Louis Janet 1830 First Edition Cloth. Full Straight-Grained Morocco Slipcase Near Fine 
12mo. 16.5 by 10.5 cm. clvii, 44, [1] pp. With five hand-colored and illuminated plates, including title, plus illuminated devices and decoration elsewhere. While the plates are printed, the coloring and illumination is such that it is a fine simularcrum of manuscript illumination. This work is in fact a literary hoax, simulating a Medieval Romance but in fact penned by Michel and promoted by the extensive notes and annotations that follow the chronicles. The leaves are a light vellum, and this copy has a resplendent decorative green cloth relief with a rich gilt background that is quite distinctive. Pink moire endpapers. Lovely gilt decoration, including border, on the straight-grained morocco slipcase. A few light fox marks, but essentially clean and mostly pristine. Minor rubbing of the gilt on the spine, and other trivial manifestations of wear. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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10 Csapodi, Casba and Klara Csapodi-Garonyi; translated by Zsuzsanna Horn; translation revised by Bertha Gaster; design by Tibor Szanto Bibliotheca Corviniana: The Library of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary
Budapest Corvina Kiado, Magyar Helikon, Kner Printing House 1981 Second, revised edition Cloth Near Fine Fine Jacket 
Lavish survey of the holdings of the preeminent collection of illuminated manuscripts. 334 pp. With 114 color plates, all 33 by 23 cm. Crack in hinge by first text page. Otherwise very clean and bright. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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You & Me "Toi et Moi", Geraldy, Paul (1885-1983).  A free translation by Alice Herbert.  Marian Marsh, calligrapher and illuminator.
11 Geraldy, Paul (1885-1983). A free translation by Alice Herbert. Marian Marsh, calligrapher and illuminator. You & Me "Toi et Moi"
1941 Full Morocco Near Fine 
A stylish twentieth century version of the illuminated manuscript, which honors the tradition while not slavishly hewing to its Medieval ornamentation. 8vo. 17.5 by 11.5 cm. Unpaginated, 64 pp. Rendered on vellum leaves. Contains 31 poems, translated from the French, by Paul Geraldy. The beautiful calligraphy is rendered primarily in black, with red used for most titles and gilt reserved for the most salient titles. Most extraordinary, though, are the many vignette illustrations and ornaments of birds, butterflies, seraphs, flowers, stars, masks and shells. These are integrated seamlessly with the text. They somehow manage to exhude a charisma without a wisp of vulgarity, and their effect is bound to be sheer intoxication. The anthology of naive, or deliberately simple, poems, "Toi et Moi" first appeared in 1912. Dedicated to Lisbet Marx, who was the original owner of the manuscript and might have commissioned it. Minor rubbing to the spine bands. Clean, bright and tight otherwise. 
Price: 2600.00 USD
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12 Henry Jeffreys Bushby. Illustrated by Lady Frances Bushby Easie Rules on Earlie Rising by a late Philosopher
London Day & Son Limited 1866 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
Seven heavy card leaves, with bright chromos and/or text only on the recto. Five of the pages, including title, with brilliant illumination, and particularly winsom are the illustrations of a cock crowing and of a donkey. The verse is written in a mock Old English. Scarce, with only six copies listed as institutional holders on OCLC. Light foxing in the margins and on the blank versos. Light corner wear to the decorated cloth. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Roman de la Violette, ou de Gerard de Nevers, En Vers, du XIIIe Siecle, Par Gibert de Montreuil; Publie, pour la premiere fois, d'apres deux manuscrits de la Bibliotheque Royale, par Francisque Michel, Montreuil, Gibert.  Edited by Francisque Michel
13 Montreuil, Gibert. Edited by Francisque Michel Roman de la Violette, ou de Gerard de Nevers, En Vers, du XIIIe Siecle, Par Gibert de Montreuil; Publie, pour la premiere fois, d'apres deux manuscrits de la Bibliotheque Royale, par Francisque Michel
Paris Chez Silvestre 1834 First Limited Edition Thus Full Calf, with Blindstamping, Gilt Decoration, et Fine 
Eight spectacular hand-colored and illuminated plates on vellum. No. 20 of a limited edition of 200 total, and one of 15 copies on Hollande paper. 8vo. 22.5 by 15 cm, 9 by 6 inches. lxiv, [4 leaves], 334, [2] pp. Each of the plates is accompanied by a plain black and white lithographic version. The hand-colored versions easily pass for actual illuminated paintings, and indeed, the hand-colorist did not merely fill in color but also made some subtle changes to the illustration so that the hand-colored version does not match exactly the black and white one. The illumination on the vellum is of an uncommon precision and beauty so as to read as tantamount to manuscript, and the work is unquestionably superior to what one would find in the better works of Henry Shaw, who contemporaneously was producing important books on the topic of illuminated manuscripts. The "Roman de la Violette" is based on the same story as Shakespeare's "Cymbeline". The binding of this copy is an exquisite example of French blindstamped leather of the period, with Greek-style ornament in the large centerpiece of the boards and a Gothic ornamental diaper impressed onto the spine, which also has raised bands. The binding has a few dings and tiny pinprick losses, and the joints have a slight goopiness of a earlier restoration, but the binding still comes off as very handsome. The volume itself fits into a custom slipcase with leather fringe and a wide ribbon pull. This copy had once belonged to the Ermitage in St. Petersburg. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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