• <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin

Lot Number 65

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin

Year Published c.1510
Place Printed southern Netherlands (probably Bruges)
Printed By
Description Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin [southern Netherlands (probably Bruges), c.1510]

80x60mm, vellum, iii+225+iii leaves, complete, in 29 quires mostly of 8 leaves plus miniatures inserted on single leaves, 15 lines, 50x35mm, 12 HISTORIATED BORDERS IN THE CALENDAR, 15 FULL-PAGE MINIATURES with full borders on verso of blank leaves, with large acanthus initials and full borders on facing rectos, 1 HALF-PAGE MINIATURE with full borders, 4 SMALL MINIATURES with full borders, large acanthus initials and full borders at the beginning of the prayers Obsecro te and O intemerata, ALL TEXT PAGES DECORATED WITH BIRDS, ANIMALS AND FLOWERS SET AGAINST THE PLAIN VELLUM, miniatures occasionally with small pigment losses, some smudging to marginal decoration, overall in good condition, 18th-century red Morocco with coat of arms in the centre of both covers, gilt title 'Heures sur Velin' and blue silk flyleaves, in a matching slipcase
Comments A PRECIOUS BOOK OF HOURS FEATURING RICH FLORA AND FAUNA ON ALL TEXT PAGES IN THE MOST ELEGANT RENDERING OF THE GHENT-BRUGES SCHOOL PROVENANCE (1) The Book of Hours was made for a woman, pictured as a young patroness in prayer (f.31r). Her coat of arms features in two miniatures as part of the architectural frame (ff. 9v and 29v: parti, au premier émanché d'or et d'azur, au second coupé d'or sur azur à la bande de gueules brochant sur le coupé). The feminine (right side) can be identified with the La Chapelle family of Belgium (Rietstap, I, p.403). The masculine (left side) relates either to the Chassecourtes of Marche (Rietstap, I, p.407) or the Saméon of Tournais (Rietstap, II, p.663). The composition for the miniature with the portrait is similar to that of two portraits included in the Hours of Maria Maddalena Negrone illuminated by the Master of the David Scenes (priv. coll.; see Heribert Tenschert, Leuchtendes Mittelalter, Neue Folge V, 2008, no.26; and E. Morrison in Illuminating the Renaissance, 2003, pp.387-89). In both manuscripts, the patroness is wearing an Italianate dress and hair arrangement. The coat of arms in the Negrone Hours was used by the Negrone family of Genoa. It could well be that the young woman pictured in the present Book of Hours and identified as a member of the La Chapelle family from the southern Netherlands married into the Italian family Chassecourtes. (2) JEAN-BAPTISTE PARIS DE MEYZIEU (1718-78), French bibliophile: his arms on binding and slipcase: d’or à la fasce d’azur, chargée d’une pomme d’or (cf. J. Guigard, Nouvel armorial du bibliophile, 1890, II, p.386; Olivier, Manuel de l'amateur des reliures armoriées françaises, series V, 1925, p.516; M. McC. Gatch, 'The Bibliotheca Parisina', The Library, 12 (2011), pp.90-118). TEXT AND ILLUMINATION Calendar (f.2v); prayer 'Salve sancta facies' (f.10r); Hours of the Cross (f.13r) and the Holy Spirit (f.22r); Mass of the Virgin (f.30r), introitus (f.31r); Gospel extracts (f.36v); Hours of the Virgin 'secundum usum Romane ecclesie', with Matins (f.45r), Lauds (f.67r), Prime (f.81r), Terce (f.87r), Sext (f.93r), None (f.99r), Vespers (f.105r), Compline (f.114r); Advent Office (f.122r); Obsecro te (f.133r) and O intemerata (f.137v); Penitential Psalms (f.143r), litany (f.156v); Office of the Dead (f.168r); Athanasian Creed (f.218r). This tiny jewel of a manuscript belongs to a small group of Books of Hours produced by the so-called Ghent-Bruges school around 1500, in which the text is accompanied by painted single subjects placed in the otherwise blank margins. A large variety of flowers and birds interspersed with snails, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, strawberries, jewels and grotesque figures decorate the manuscript on all text pages; occasionally, other motifs occur, such as a wild boar, a grey hare, a cat holding a fish between its teeth, an elaborate bird’s cage and other delightfully observed objects. This group of manuscripts is the subject of a recent book: A.M. As-Vijvers, Re-Making the Margin, 2013. The present manuscript, hitherto unpublished, was unknown to the author. She suggests that this decorative system was created by the MASTER OF THE DAVID SCENES IN THE GRIMANI BREVIARY, a prolific inventor of appealing borders, named after a series of unusual scenes concerning King David in the famous manuscript in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice. This view has been challenged by Eberhard König (Das Flämische Stundenbuch der Maria von Medici, 2011), especially because the isolated motifs do not feature in the artist’s eponymous work. For Elizabeth Morrison, the most distinctive feature of the Master of the David Scenes is his inexhaustible iconographic imagination (‘Iconographic Originality in the Oeuvre of the Master of the David Scenes’, in Flemish Manuscript Painting in Context, 2006, pp.149-62). Instead of seeing him as the workshop leader in charge of the spectacular Hours of Queen Joanna in the British Library, or – in the case of As-Vijvers – the creator of the single isolated marginal subjects, she defines him as a younger artist who contributed some of the finest miniatures to the routine work of a team of well-known established artists. Stylistically, the miniatures in this manuscript belong indeed to the production associated with the Master of the David Scenes. Most characteristic are the borders around some of the miniatures, featuring architectural elements combined into fantastic edifices. The remarkable deathbed scene with a naked man lying on a bed, accompanied by two members of the clergy praying for his soul which is the object of dispute between the devil and the angel above, is typically found in some of the works of the Master of the David Scenes. The subjects of the large miniatures are: (1) f.9v, Christ Blessing; (2) f.12v, Crucifixion; (3) f.21v, Pentecost; (4) f.29v, Virgin and Child; (5) f.44v, Annunciation to the Virgin; (6) f.66v, Visitation; (7) f.80v, Nativity; (8) f.86v, Annunciation to the Shepherds; (9) f.92v, Adoration of the Magi; (10) f.98v, Presentation in the Temple; (11) f.104v, Massacre of the Innocents; (12) f.113v, Flight into Egypt; (13) f.121v, Coronation of the Virgin; (14) f.142v, David in Prayer; (15) f.167v, Death of a naked Man. The subject of the half-page miniature is: f.31r, A young Woman in Prayer. The subjects of the small miniatures are: (1) f.36v, St John the Evangelist on Patmos; (2) f.38r, St Luke at his desk; (3) f.39v, St Matthew writing; (4) f.42r, St Mark writing. The subjects of the historiated borders are the labours of the months and the corresponding signs of the zodiac: (1) f.2v, Man warming himself by the fire and Aquarius for January; (2) f.3r, Men pruning vines and Pisces for February; (3) f.3v, Men digging the earth and Aries for March; (4) f.4r, Courting couples and Taurus for April; (5) f.4v, An aristocratic boating-party and Gemini for May; (6) f.5r, Men mowing grass to make hay and Cancer for June; (7) f.5v, Men harvesting corn and Leo for July; (8) f.6r, Men threshing and Virgo for August; (9) f.6v, Men trampling grapes and Libra for September; (10) f.7r, Men sowing and Scorpio for October; (11), f.7v, Man butchering a pig and Sagittarius for November; (12) f.8r, Men preparing meat and Capricorn for December.
Estimated Price GBP 60,000.00 - 100,000.00
( USD 79,200.00 - 132,000.00 )
Actual Price GBP 401,000.00 ( USD 521,300.00 )



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Auction Name Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Sale Number #L16240
Auction Date July 5, 2016 - July 5, 2016
Sale Name Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Total Lots 71
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  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000
  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…