Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts


Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts


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Metamorphoses. Italian & Latin
Title from half-title of Liber primus.
Leaves numbered in pencil: 1-512.
Each book has separate half-title page.
Interlinear manuscript Italian translation on first 48 p. only.
Corrections pasted to the text on leaf 368 (recto), 369…

De constructione.
119 1eaves. South Germany, third quarter 12th century manuscript with late 15th or 16th century German pigskin, blind stamped binding. Written in Romanesque (minuscule) book script on parchment. Large red initials, first 5 lines in red, small…

Processional : (for the use of the Dominican sisters of St. Louis, Poissy).<br />
168 leaves : parchment, ink, illuminations ; 160 mm x 105 mm

Summa de poenitentiae.
Italy-S. or France. Manuscript probably 15th century. Foliation in roman numerals. Glosses numbered. Seventeenth century Spanish binding, southern parchment and ink. Binder's title: S. Raimund. D.P. Summa. An early manuscript with commentaries…

Bible. Latin. [Biblia Latina] 1300.
Parchment - 184 x 146 mm - 17 quires of 12 leaves each, except for quire 4 (of 10 leaves), quire 10 (of 8 leaves) and quire 16 (of 14 leaves). 2 columns of 43 lines. Bound in parchment ms. with neumic notation over boards ; leaf [103] torn with part…

Notarial register.
Paper - 225 x 170 mm. vol. 1, ff. 101; vol. 2, ff. 58 - Both volumes with vellum tab (for date; for name) on back of parchment cover; vol. 1 with leather boss on center of front cover, and tab with name and date.

Incipit liber soliloquiorum Sancti Augustini episcopi.
Bound in leather over boards; blind stamped quartered lozenge on front and back; 9 bosses front and back wanting.

Example of the sort of Book of Hours that would have been familiar to most bourgeois 15th century Frenchmen and women in its original state. Perhaps intended for the Dominican convent of Le Mans as several locally revered siants, Sebastian,…

De virginibus ad Marcellinam sororem suam De viduis
ff. 48 - Bound, s. XV, in vellum, with the flap from the back cover folded over the text block. Paper - 220 x 155 mm - 36 long lines, frame ruled. 3 notes on watermarks: on front pastedown, "quarterly France and Dauphine, surmounted by a cross, comp.…

Book of hours (use of Rome) : with added prayers and Marian litanies.
A nearly complete fifteenth-century Book of Hours from the Convent of Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice. In addition to the Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, and Office of the Dead, the manuscript contains unusual Marian litanies.

Fols. 1r-6v: double-graded kalendar full of saints, largely of Italian focus, many of which are centered on Brescia and even identify the city by name -- Fols. 7r-8r: Variant seasional Invitatories -- Fols. 8r-86v: Ferial Psalter, rubricated and with…

ff. 182 - Bound in a parchment leaf (see Part 2 of description) over boards. Paper - 210 x 155 mm - 15 long lines for most of the text; 11 long lines for the canon of the mass.

Auszug aus allerley Rechtsbüchern.
ff. 76. Paper - 305 x 203 mm. Pagination in upper right corner begins with "1" on the present f. 9 (omitting the front matter).

Carta de el secretario Antonio Perez al duque de Lerma de la manera que seharia de governar en la privanza.
Letter written by Antonio Perez, secretary to Philip II of Spain, addressed to the duke of Lerma, providing advice for princes on governing from privilege, illustrated with examples from the Spanish court.

Italian &amp; English phrases.
ff. 68 - Bound in limp vellum. Paper - 190 x 145 mm. Manuscript containing 90 pages of Italian phrases, accompanied by English translations, followed by 30 p. of poetry, etc. Signed at end: Giouanni Aurelio, notario publico de Londra. On front…

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