Monday, 12 February 2018

Tenth Report: 5 Lots

MIMSS Manuscript Movement Report 10.
5 items; 5 lots.

[1] London: Sotheby’s, sale L17407.
5 December 2017.

(a.) Lot 10.
Ferdinand I of Naples, Single sheet vellum Latin document of 22 lines, signed, with wax seal; dated Aversa, 27 July 1479, appointing Giulio Antonio Acquaviva as Lieut.-General to the king’s son Alfonso.
Estimate: £1500-2000.
Illustrated in catalogue. MIMSS no.: LS2017120500100046.

(b.) Lot 90
Binding of a printed edition of works of Dionysius Areopagiticus (1502) is made from two leaves of a s.XIV Talmud written in Spain.
Estimate: £1000-1500.
Binding illustrated in catalogue. MIMSS no.: LS2017120500900047.

[2] London: Bloomsbury Auctions, sale 36268.
6 December 2017.

(a.) Lot 12
Cutting from a leaf of a vellum MS of the Pasionario hispánico, s. XI, in ‘transitional Visigothic miniscule’. Damaged from re-use in a binding, but script clear and distinctive, in 2 cols. Contains text for SS. Valerian, Tiburtius, and Maximus (see also next item, curiously.)
Estimate: £5000-7000.
Illustrated in catalogue. MIMSS no.: LB2017120600120048.

(b.) Lot 13.
Leaf from a lectionary, vellum, s. XIV, Spain. 2 cols of 27 lines. Decorated initials. The main text is for 14 April, SS. Valerian, Tiburtius, and Maximus.
Estimate: £300-500.
Illustrated in catalogue. MIMSS no.:  LB2017120600130049.

(c.)  Lot 116.
Leaf from a Maghribi Qur’an, on vellum, Southern Andalucia or Morocco, s.XIII. Single column.
Estimate: £250-250.

Illustrated in catalogue. MIMSS no.: LB2017120601160050.

Ninth Report: 15 Items

Ninth Report: 15 items (15 lots).
[1] 7 June 2017. London, Sotheby’s. Sale L17409.
(a) Lot 289
Ramón de Peñafort, Decretals. France (Paris?), c.1260s?  Illustrated in catalogue.
Vellum MS, i + 295 + i ff., l;acking first leaf; medieval binding.
Estimate £3000-5000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2017060702890032.

[2] 23 May 2017. London: Sotheby’s, Sale L17403.
(a) Lot 14.
Single leaf from a French MS (Avignon, c. 1320-25), the Colombina Pontifical.
Historiated initial showing consecration of a bishop. Formerly in the collection of Fernando Colón, the MS suffered loss of leaves in the XIXth century at the Biblioteca Colombina, Sevilla. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £5000-7000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2017052300140033.

(b) Lot 50.
Carta executoria de hidalguía for Juan Bautista Gallo, Valladolid, 1590. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £2000-3000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2017052300500034.

(c) Lot 83.
Three documents on paper: (1) Fernando el Católico, 20 October 1514; (2-3): Charles V and Juana la Loca, dates unspecified because of loss. First only illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £1500-2000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2017052300830035.

[3]. 7 December 2016. London, Bloomsbury, Sale 3628.
(a) Lot 58.
Romanesque Catalan copy (s.XII) of a charter confirmation of Charles the Bald from 844, reiterating earlier privileges in favour of the monastery of Santa Maria de Amer, Catalonia. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £4000-6000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2016120700580036.

(b) Lot 59.
Charter of Alfonso X in favour of the Cistercians of Zamora, 12 June 1268. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £700-900.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2016120700590037.

(c) Lot 69.
Abdication deed of Charles V,1555, in later Italian copy in translation (c. 1600).
36 leaves. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £2000-3000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2016120700690038.

(d) Lot 80.
Breve raguaglio et historia dell’Almirante Don Ferdinando di Aldana, generale di tutti di mari della Spagna, Italian, paper MS, late s.XVi-early s.XVII, 50 fols.
An account of the history of the Aldana family.  Additional correspondence copied at end.
Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £2000-3000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2016120700800039.

[4] 6 December 2016. London, Sotheby’s, Sale L16241.
(a) Lot 36.
Latin choirbook containing offices for Passiontide, vellum, 64 + ii  ff., complete. Spain or Mallorca, s.XVI (?). Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £1500-2000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2016120600360040.

(b) Lot 37.
Catalan and Latin Book of Hours, c. 1460.
Vellum, i + 41 + i ff. Decorated initials. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £2000-3000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2016120600370041.

[5] 15-16 November 2016. London, Forum Auctions, Sale 5.
(a) Lot 18.
Latin Antiphoner, Spain, early s.XVI. Vellum, 110 ff., lacks 1 leaf. Original binding. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £3000-4000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LF2016111500180042.

[6] 6 July 2016. London,. Bloomsbury, Sale 36220.
(a) Lot 4.
Single leaf from a Latin Acta Sanctorum. Visigothic script, probably Silos, c. 1080. The leaf was later used to wrap accounts at the Colegiata de SS. Cosme y Damián, Covarrubias. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £10000-15000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2016070600040043.

[7] 5 July 2016. London, Sotheby’s, Sale L16240.
(a) Lot 7.
Single vellum leaf with miniature depicting St Margaret and the dragon, from a Latin Book of Hours, Spain, probably Toledo, c. 1500. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £3000-5000.
MIMSS Catalogue number LS2016070500070044.

(b) Lot 8.
Single vellum leaf from a Latin liturgical/devotional manuscript, miniature depicting St John the Evangelist, Spain, probably Valencia or Toledo, c. 1475. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate £5000-7000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2016070500080045.

(c) Lot 9.
Four cuttings from choirbook of King Manoel I of Portugal; previously offered on 8 December 2015; see entry for MIMSS LS2015120800200026 below. Illustrated in catalogue.

Estimate £3000-5000. 

Eighth Lot: 14 Items

Eighth Report: 14 items (15 lots).

[1] 7 July 2015. London, Sotheby’s, Sale L15240.
(a) Lot 64.
Single vellum document authorised by Juan I of Aragón, dated at Vimpelech, 30 December 1394, recording sale of jurisdictions at various places near Lérida, involving Bartholomaeus de Sancto Martino, Bernardus del Coll, and Berengarius de Cortilles, the last-named a merchant of Zaragoza. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £3000-£5000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015070700640018.

(b) Lot 65.
Letters patent signed by Alfonso V of Aragón, dated 7 March 1456 from Puçol, Valencia, to Micer Dr Johan Pages, ‘conseller’ and ‘vicicanceller’, on a dispute involving Francesch Burgues and Gregori Burgues versus Luys de Perellos. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £2000-3000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015070700650019.

(c) Lot 66.
Latin document dated Murviedro, 17 May 1490, receipt from Salomon Cavaler to Graciano de Monsuriu, attesting payment in a transaction involving three Jewish merchants (Salomon Astor, Salomon Cavaler, Salomon Çaporta), a Muslim butcher (AmerAlffarras), and three Christians (Graciano de Monsoriu, Bartholomeus Castellnou, and Salvador Iacobum). Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £1500-2000. Unsold; subsequently offered again at Lot 48 at the sale of 8 December 2015 (see item [4].(l) Lot 48, below).
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015070700660020.

(d) Lot 68.
Gradual, vellum, Latin, use of Palencia Cathedral.
200 leaves extant; many others missing; s. XVI. Strapwork initials. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £2000-3000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015070700680021.

(e) Lot 80.
The Hours of Doña Violante (Yolant).
Use of Rome, in Latin and Catalan; newly-discovered. iii + 259 + ii leaves; some losses. Miniatures, historiated initials, armorial initials. Contemporary blind stamped leather binding over wooden boards, within a red velvet chemise. Thirteen single-page Netherlandish miniatures (by the Master of the Dresden Prayerbook and the Master of Edward IV), some details overpainted and additional decoration produced in Spain in a Valencian school showing influence of Juan Rexach; c. 1480. Illustrations in catalogue (front cover; pp. 56-59). A major discovery of an artistically significant manuscript possibly associated with the aristocratic Centelles family.
Estimate: £300,000-500,000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015070700800022.

[2].  8 July 2015. London, Bloomsbury, Sale 36180.
(f) Lot 31.
Single vellum leaf of a capbreu, from an original MS dated 4 September 1329. Parish of SantBoi de Lluçanès, Catalonia. Text in Catalan, recording settlement of dispute over ownership of Montorroell. The whole volume was formerly in the collection of Herman Scheuch, but was later divided and leaves and sections were sold separately into various private collections. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £400-600.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2015070800310023.

(g) Lot 44.
Single vellum document recording sale of property in Canavels, by Trubadus, son of Petrus Raimundus, to John, son of Dominicus de Villa. Dated 27 August 1197. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £1000-1500.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2015070800440024.

[3] 7 December 2015. London, Sotheby, Sale L15406.
(h) Lot 38.
Letter of Fernando and Isabel, Reyes Católicos, signed and dated, Medina del Campo, 14 February 1504, concerning Beatriz Galindo. Countersigned by Gaspar de Grizio. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £6000-8000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015120700380025.

[4] 8 December 2015. London, Sotheby, Sale L15241.
(i) Lot 20.
Four fragments from an illuminated choirbook of King Manoel I of Portugal, c. 1520. Cuttings from borders with illuminated floral and armorial motifs. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £3000-£5000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015120800200026.

(j) Lot 46.
Document in Portuguese of Afonso V, King of Portugal, signed, and dated Sintra, 16 September 1450. Confirmation of privileges to Nuno Fernandes de Chaves. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £1000-£1500.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015120800460027.


(k) Lot 47.
Fernando I, King of Naples, Latin document confirming rights for Ludovico de Melioratis de Sulmone, signed and dated, Castel Nuovo, 6 June 1470. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £3000-£5000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015120800470028.

(l) Lot 48.
See item [1](c) Lot 66 above; re-offered here as Lot 48.
New estimate: £1200-1400.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2015070700660020.

[5] 9 December 2015. London, Bloomsbury, Sale 36196.
(m) Lot 90.
Single vellum leaf from an Antiphoner, Spanish, c. 1500. Initial letter ‘S’ with Mudejar-style strapwork ornament. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £400-£600.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2015120900900029.

(n) Lot 91.
Cutting of an historiated initial of the Resurrection, Spanish, vellum, late s. XV. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £3000-£5000.
MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2015120900910030.

(o) Lot 105.
Fragment (6 parchment membranes) of a Sefer Torah roll, containing Genesis 28:7 to 47:3, Hebrew, Spain, late s. XIII to s. XIV. Illustrated in catalogue.
Estimate: £30,000-£50,000.

MIMSS Catalogue number: LB2015120901050031.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Seventh Report: 1 Lot

London: Sotheby's, sale L14406, Lot 9.

Document signed by Fernando and Isabel, Toledo, 1 March 1480, granting land rights to Diego López de Pacheco in various towns and settlements of Castile (La Mancha).  Some annotations.

6 paper fols (12 pp.), 290 x 210 mm. Bound in s.XVI gilt tooled Morocco. Ex-lib of the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico.
Text and binding illustrated in sale catalogue.

Estimate: £15,000-20,000.
MIMSS no.:  LS2014112000090017.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Sixth Report: 3 Lots

8 July 2014.

(a) London, Sotheby's, sale L14240, Lot 40.
 
     Two fragments, illuminated, 1st quarter of s.XVI (post-1502), of the Spanish translation by 
     Ambrosio Montesino of the "Vita Christi" of Ludolph of Saxony.  
     The miniatures depict (1) the Cleansing of the Temple and (2) Zaccheus receiving Jesus, this 
     one reproduced in the sale catalogue.   
     Another fragment from the same MS is reported here (at auction in France on 25 January
     2014, Lot 88 of the sale by Guillaumot-Richard, Villefranche sur Saone). 
     Estimate: £ 3000-5000
     MIMSS catalogue number: LS2014070800400014.

(b) Lot 58.
    Single-quire fragment of a Missal, early s.XVI, Latin, consisting of 3 vellum bifolia; Spain   (“central Spain [perhaps Guadalupe]” – Catalogue, p. 47). Illuminated with initials and elaborate   full borders including “naturalistic flora and fauna” and “fighting knights on horseback”, illustrated   in the catalogue.  Modern rebinding; modern Swedish provenance.
   Estimate: £6000-£8000.
   MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2014070800580015.

(c) Lot 59.
   Regla de la santa misericordia de nro señor Ihu Xpo[...] desta ciudad de Cordoua. Decorated  vellum manuscript in Spanish, Córdoba, 1561.  52 leaves; rubrication (in the literal sense);  strapwork initial “R” on title page.  Illustrated in catalogue. Contemporary binding of stamped leather over wooden boards. Recent UK provenance. Some added drawings. The Santa Misericordia fraternity includes dedication to Sta Lucía and San Julián.
  Estimate: £3000-5000.
  MIMSS Catalogue number: LS2014070800590016.