• <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Autograph Manuscript Initialed ("E.B.B."), being the working notebook for the poems contained in <i>The Seraphim and Other Poems</i>. $400,000 to 600,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> WILDE, OSCAR. Two leaves, pp 31-34, from the first appearance of <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for July, 1890</i>, with Wilde's autograph revisions. $40,000 to 60,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies; Published according to the true Originall Copies. Second Impression. [THE SECOND FOLIO.]</i> $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD. Photograph Signed ("John F. Kennedy") and Inscribed, 8 x 10 inch gelatin silver print, of Senator Kennedy and Miss Barelli, at the swearing of the secretarial oath for Miss Barelli. $1,200 to 1,800
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter XXVII of <i>Afloat and Ashore</i>. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> IRVING, WASHINGTON. Autograph Manuscript, being Chapter 20 from Volume IV of <i>The Life of George Washington</i>. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> VERNE, JULES. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Jules Verne"), being the complete short story "<i>Une fantaisie de docteur Ox</i>". $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> ALCHEMY. <i>[The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.]</i> Original alchemical manuscript on paper, ruled in red, with watermark of the arms of Schieland. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> DE JODE, CORNELUS. 1568 - 1600. <i>Quivirae Regnu, Cum Alija Versus Borea</i>. [Antwerp: Arnoldum Coninx, 1593]. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, March 9. Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including the Kennedy Years</b>
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. <i>The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical, of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of Eastern Himalaya</i>… $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> CATLIN, GEORGE. <i>North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America. From drawings and notes of the author, made during eight years' travel.</i> $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams Mar. 9:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. HESLER, ALEXANDER. Platinum print, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in, of a beardless Lincoln, 1860.<br>$2,000 to 3,000
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Potter (Beatrix). The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [1901]. Part of an extensive, private Beatrix Potter collection. £15,000 - 20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge). The Hunting of the Snark, first edition, with original printed dust-jacket, 1876.<br>£7,000 - 9,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Buckland Wright (John). Pervigilium Veneris: The Vigil of Venus, number 1 of 100 copies (Christopher Sandford's copy), Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.<br>£2,000 - 3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Kelmscott Press. Keats (John). The Poems, one of 300, orig. vellum, 8vo, Kelmscott Press, 1894. £1,800 - 2,200
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Greenhill (Elizabeth).- Morison (Stanley) and Kenneth Day. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935, bound in dark green goatskin by Elizabeth Greenhill, 1963. £6,000 - 8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Fitzgerald (F. Scott). The Great Gatsby, first edition, first state dust-jacket, New York, 1925. £25,000 - 35,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Dionysius, <i>Halicarnassensis</i>. Antiquitates Romanae, Editio princeps, Treviso, Bernardinus Celerius, 24 or 25 February, 1480. £4,000 - 6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Canon Law. [Laurentius Puldericus. Breviarum decreti], manuscript in Latin, on paper, [?Germany], [c. 1450].<br>£5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Swimming. Percey (William) The Compleat Swimmer: or, the Art of Swimming, first and only edition, by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, 1658. £5,000 - 7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books and Works on Paper. March 30, 2017</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Binding with silverwork by Anthony Nelme. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: : newly translated out of the original tongues, Oxford, John Baskett, 1716. £10,000 - 15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> George IV's copy. Nash (John, architect). The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, one of 10 copies, 1826. £8,000 - 10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions Mar. 30:</b> Blake (William, 1757-1827). "With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions", 1825. £700 - 1,000
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “America the Beautiful”
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Young’s Map of the United States
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> President Lincoln & His Most Profitable Client, the Illinois Central Railroad
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Thanks Former Pro-Slavery and Newly Republican Congressman for a Fiery Anti-Slavery Speech at a Philadelphia Campaign Rally
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> “A Visit From St. Nicholas” - great association copy inscribed by Clement C. Moore
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Einstein Agrees to Allow “a Short Book on the Hydrogen Bomb” to Use His Statement Made on Eleanor Roosevelt’s TV Show
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The Building Blocks of Albert Einstein’s Creative Mind
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> A Unique Manuscript Map of Block Island Sound Including Fisher’s and Gardiner’s Islands, the Hamptons, and Montauk Point
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> J.R.R. Tolkien Writes his Proofreader with a Lengthy Discussion of the Lord of the Rings, Including Criticism of Radio Broadcasts of his Work
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Six Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipts – Including his Earliest Obtainable Autograph — Acknowledging a Donation to the Famous Library Company He Founded, and Five Payments for His Pennsylvania Gazette
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Sherman Dishes on Lincoln & Thomas, Meade, Sheridan, Halleck & Grant
  • <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. Estimate: $75,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> ALVIN LANGDON COBURN. London. With 20 photogravures by Coburn and text by Hilaire Belloc, London and New York: 1909. First edition. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM FADEN, A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey. London: 1776. Estimate: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> MAX BEERBOHM, Lord Curzon delivering an oration. Original drawing with collage. London, 1912. Est: $2,000-3,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Recueil des Loix Constitutives des Colonies Angloises. A Philadelphie, et se vend a Paris: Cellot & Jombert, 1778. First collected edition in French. Estimate: $500-800
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, Confederate General Joseph Johnston's copy of Sherman's General Orders No. 65 announcing the final agreement of Surrender, 27 April 1865. Est: $4,000-6,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> JOHN KEATS, Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems. London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820. First edition of Keats’s third book.. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or his discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes. Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, 1744. Est: $5,000-8,000
    <b>Doyle, Apr. 26:</b> WINSTON S CHURCHILL, History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Est: $1,500-2,500

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 75,000.00 - 125,000.00 )
Actual Price GBP 401,000.00 ( USD 521,300.00 )



Auction House Sothebys
Website http://www.sothebys.com/
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
Description of Sale

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  • <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> <i>The First American Magna Carta. English Liberties.</i> Boston, 1721.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Babbage presentation to Peel, the man who killed the Difference Engine 1832
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Stamp Act. 1765
    <b>Now in press: 19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Central Park Photographs by Prevost 1862
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Salem Witch Trials. Wonders of the Invisible World 1693
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Mammoth print of Millie-Christine, "The Carolina Twins" c. 1868
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Malcolm X, typed manuscripts for the <i>LA Herald Dispatch</i> column "God's Angry Men," 1957.<br>$200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Frederick Douglass, Autograph Letter Signed to George Alfred Townsend, Washington, 1880.<br>$40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Carte-de-visite album featuring a previously unrecorded image of Harriet Tubman, 1860s.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of documents from the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama, 1955-63. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Martin Luther King, Jr., working draft of the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Alabama, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> <i>Benjamin Bannaker's Almanac</i> for 1795, Baltimore. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Collection of 41 letters addressed to Rebecca Primus, 1854-72.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Abby Fisher, <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking</i>, first edition, San Francisco, 1881.<br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green-Book for 1941</i>, New York, 1940. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar. 30:</b> Toni Morrison, <i>The Bluest Eye, </i>reviewer's copy, New York, 1971. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Galileo, <i>Discorsi e Dimostrazioni matematiche.</i> Leyde, Elzevier, 1638. Original edition: only known copy of the first state. €700,000 – 900,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Fables illustrated by Benjamin Rabier. Paris, Tallandier, without date [ca. 1910]. Superb binding doubled in vellum decorated with painted and mosaic decors by André Mare illustrating four fables. €10,000 – 15,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Gustave Flaubert, draft for the preface of the <i>Memoir for the defense of Madame Bovary</i>, 15-30 January 1857. Exceptiona signed autograph manuscript. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Auction Pierre Bergé & associés in association with Sotheby’s: Important Books and Manuscripts from the Library of Jean A. Bonna from the 15th to the 20th Century. Sale on April 26, 2017. Exhibition in London March 28-30</b>
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Boccace, <i>The Book of Praise and the Virtue of the Noble and Cleric Ladies.</i> Verard, 1493. First edition of the French version attributed to Laurent de Premierfait. €40,000 – 60,000
    <b>Pierre Bergé & Associés, Apr. 26:</b> Exceptional set of 15 original bindings by Jean de Gonet, on rare editions illustrated by Picasso, Matisse, Miro or original editions of Bataille or Radiguet.