New York: George Braziller, 1967. Hardcover. Number 70 of 1000 numbered copies. This facsimile editon comprises the two parts of the Lorsch Gospels from the Biblioteca Documentara Batthyaneum in Alba Julia, Rumania, and the Bibliotexa Apostolica Vaticana in Rome. It was published on the initiative of Wolfgang Braunfels, who also wrote the introductory text accompanying the volume. Includes six color engravings. Printed in Germany on paper that resembles vellum and hand bound. Many pages are reproduced in black and white, but some are in full color. A thick, heavy folio bound in dark red cloth covered boards with vellum spine titled in gilt. Ex-library with evidence of removed call number label to foot of spine. Removed card pocket to rear endpaper. Minor soiling / rubbing to covers. Library stamp to fore-edges. Unpaginated. Includes an introductory booklet with text by Wolfgang Braunfels, 24 pages. The tipped in illustration at the rear of the booklet is present but detached. The booklet is bound in grey paper wrappers and appears to have once been attached to the front endpapers of the book, but is now loose (and laid-in). Tears and rubbing to endpapers where booklet was removed. Both the booklet and book are clean and bright overall. Minor roll to spine. A nice facsimilie edition. Lacks slipcase. ILL/090220. Very Good.
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London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 1996. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 4to. An excellent reference. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed design to front board. Boards are very clean. Pristine interior with bright text. Tightly bound with 374 illustrations, mostly B&W. Both vols have blue pictoral dj with light wear to spine ends. Vol I, 48 pp. plus illustrations, Vol II, 220 pp. ILL/022304. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
Vienna: Edition de L'imprimerie de L'etat Autrichien, 1927. Hardcover. Folio. This is volume II only featuring the text. Grey paper covered boards with gilt emblem to front board. Spine panel is no longer present, though pages remain bound. Remnants of tape to front board. Clean, bright interior. A good candidate for rebacking. IN FRENCH. 207 pages plus geneological table. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/092607. Good Plus.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1884. Paperback. SCARCE. 8vo. Beige paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Wear to wrappers includes one closed tear to top half of front wrapper and one closed tear to bottom half of rear wrapper as well as a few chips to the edges and spine and writing in pencil to top corner of front wrapper. Small chips to corners of text block. Pages are brittle. Pencil marking to footnote on one page. Else is clean and bright. 32 pages. English History. ENGHIS/011818. Very Good.
Paris: Flammarion, 1941. Hardcover. Very good small 4to., cream-colored paper covered boards; 2 blue & gilt floral motif bands across front and rear boards; bright gilt and blue ink title to spine. Light soiling to boards, wear to corners and spine ends. Lacks ribbon ties. Interior is quite clean and bright, though ink inscription to ffep; strong, tight binding. Beautifully illustrated w/25 bright color & gilt plates from various miniature illuminated manuscripts. A lovely title; in French. 87 pp. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/12123. Very Good.
New York: George Braziller, 1972. Hardcover. Reproductions and descriptions of the exquisite plates of the 15th century Visconti Hours.With glossy black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. In very good black paper covered slip case with title to spine panel. Minor wear to edges of case. 166 Color plates. Near fine conditon. 262 pages. ILLUM/010719. Near Fine.
circa 1760. This is a set of leaves from an anthology or collection of poems by Sa'di, Amir Khusrao, Jami and others. Circa 1760, it is written on paper, in a fine hand, black nasta'liq script with occasional phrases in blue. Written diagonally within two columns, the text throughout is encased in double gold lines with a few exquisite blue and gold floral headings. The fragment also contains illuminated title in polychrome colors of blue gold and red with a final folio of perching birds amongst flower sprays. Framed. #22609/22712. Very Good.
circa 1760. This is a set of leaves from an anthology or collection of poems by Sa'di, Amir Khusrao, Jami and others. Circa 1760, it is written on paper, in a fine hand, black nasta'liq script with occasional phrases in blue. Written diagonally within two columns, the text throughout is encased in double gold lines with a few exquisite blue and gold floral headings. The fragment also contains illuminated title in polychrome colors of blue gold and red with a final folio of perching birds amongst flower sprays. Framed. #22611/22702. Very Good.
Chartres: Librairie Sourget, 2002. Hardcover. Heavy 4to. Fine light blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. In near-fine gold colored illustrated dust jacket (light creasing at spine ends) with black title to front and spine panels. Interior is in beautiful condition: crisp, tight and bright. Profusely illustrated with full-color photographic plates of titles from the Librairie Sourget. Price list laid-in. 623 pages. A lovely title. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/11243. Fine / Near Fine.
1840. This fine leaf is from an excellently preserved, circa 1840 Koran, scribed in Kashmir about the time of Queen Victoria coming to the throne of England. Eleven lines of naskh script in a strong hand and on highly burnished paper, measuring 185 x 125 mm. The layout incorporates the typical marginal devices to which the Kashmir scribes are devoted. Neat gold floral devices embellish the corners of each page. The attractive Chapter Headings are in blue and gold. Framed. #4105. Fine.
1809. A leaf from a large Koran on polish ivory paper measuring 310 x 190 mm. or approximately 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, with twelve lines of black naskh script between gold rules, gold roundels between verses, sura headings in red on gold panels with polychrome floral spandrels. Red Persian interlinear translation, extensive marginal commentary within gold clouds, elsewhere in the form of Cypress trees and finial shapes. Framed. #6373. Fine.
India: 1878. This is a leaf from a remaindered (Dala'il al-Khayrat) prayer book, scripted in India, in 1878, thirteen lines scribed in a strong Naskhi script on a fine lines paper, measuring 204 x 130 mm. It was written in Arabic with Persian translation in red ink between the lines. The holy name of Allah is in red ink. The headings are in gold as well as the borders. Gold rosettes end the verses. The original text was composed by Muhammed ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli. This is one of the most popular devotional prayer books of Islam. Framed. #17661. Fine.
Spain: 1650. A leaf from a Medieval Antiphonal or Choir Missal, Spain, circa 1650, in Latin on extremely heavy vellum. Text is in a Spanish rounded gothic hand (Rotunda). Music is on a stave formed of five lines. There are six lines of music and verse. Verso: six lines of music and verse. Framed. #2525. Near Fine.
Spain: 1650. A leaf from a Medieval Antiphonal or Choir Missal, Spain, circa 1650, in Latin on extremely heavy vellum. Text is in a Spanish rounded gothic hand (Rotunda). Music is on a stave formed of five lines. There are six lines of music and verse. Verso: six lines of music and verse. Framed. #2537. Near Fine.
A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible: Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin, on vellum. There are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. There are book headings, chapter numbers, Book of Tobias [Doway-Rheims] non existent in the King James, Chapters 1-2, Miniature of Tobit lying in bed with a swallow above. Verso: there are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. Bible leaves from the 13th century are becoming rare. Framed. #2874. Fine.
Framed rare Persian miniature created in the early 19th or late 18th century on paper (290 x 180 mm). It illustrates a scene from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama or Book of Kings. The Shahnama is a poem of some 50,000 couplets that was composed by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi over a period of several decades in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. Verso: twenty-one lines of four columns in nasta’liq script. #15908. Fine.