Medieval Manuscript Leaf, Sacramentary, Vellum, Germany, C.1100-1150. For Sale
This leaf is from a
Sacramentary that was probably produced
in Southern Germany c.1100-1150.
The size of
the leaf is approx. 326mm x 231mm (12 4/5ins. x 9 1/10ins.).
text includes the Votive Mass for Deliverance from Mortality in Time of
Pestilence followed by the occasional prayers said “In Time of Famine” and “In
Time of Cattle Plague”.
There are 29 lines of script
(ruled for 30 lines but line 9 not used) in three sizes of very fine Romanesque
script in dark brown, rubrics in red.
leaf is decorated with eleven initials, three two-line and eight one-line,
all in red, six of which have red dots within them.
The leaf is ruled in plummet
(horizontally only) and the text begins above the top line.
top, bottom and outside margins are filled with “gloss”(or perhaps additional
prayers?) in pale brown and probably written in the fifteenth century.
be aware of the condition of this item.
What you can see in the pictures is exactly what the winning buyer will
receive. All the information above
relates to the verso of the leaf.
Whilst it can just be seen that the recto does have script on it, this
is almost invisible because that side of the vellum has been dyed black. The leaf has been used as the cover of a
book and because of this exhibits condition problems. The four corners have been removed (with only minor loss of
text), there are several small holes in the body of the leaf, and there are
also cuts, stains and creases.
Whilst the leaf could be described as a wreck, there
is no doubt that it represents a good example of Romanesque script written by a
very talented scribe. The leaf was
used as the cover for a copy of [Sebastian
Münster; David Qimhi; Hieronymus Froben;Nikolaus
Episcopius] Dictionarium Hebraicum, iam ultimo ab autore Sebastiano Munstero
recognitum, & Rabinis, praesertim
ex Radicibus David Kimhi, auctum & locupletatum. Basileae, an. M D
XXXIX (Per Hier. Frobenium & Nic. Episcopium...
mense Augusto., 1539. The fact that
this was printed in Basle gives rise to the suggestion that the manuscript leaf
was from a Southern German scriptorium.
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