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.
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Allen Lane, 2022. Hardcover. First Edition. "This entrancing book describes some of the extraordinary people who have spent their lives among illuminated manuscripts over the last thousand years. A monk in Normandy, a prince of France, a Florentine bookseller, an English antiquary, a rabbi from central Europe a French priest, a Keeper at the British Museum, a Greek forger, a German polymath, a British connoisseur and the woman who created the most spectacular library in America - all of them were participants in what Christopher de Hamel calls the Manuscript Club" (jacket). Fine in cream paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Color illustrations throughout. Clean and bright. In illustrated off-white jacket with black and red title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket, else fine. 616 pages. BOB/101923. Fine / Fine.
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.
Oxford: The Oxford Bibliographic Society, 2016. Hardcover. An extensive and detailed catalog of the manuscript collection at Queen's College in Oxford with many full page illustrations. The introduction gives a brief history of the library and its holdings. Fine in cream cloth with navy blue title to spine. Gentle bumping to corners. Illustrated throughout with color plates to rear. In navy blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Light wear to edges of jacket. Size: Quarto. 301 pages plus plates. BOB/101923. Fine / Fine.
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.
Paris: Bibliothèque des Arts / Foundation Wildenstein, 1987. Hardcover. Folio. with 328 illustrations, 70 in color. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Dampstaining to front board and spine. Bow to front board. Dampstaining and cockling to pages along the top margins. Foxing to top fore-edge. Clean and bright overall with many illustrations. In beige dust jacket with black title to spine panel and red title to front panel. Dampstaining to dust jacket, discoloration to top front edge, and wear to edges. IN FRENCH. 511 pages. ILL/020623. Very Good / Very Good.
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.