Books, Manuscripts, Photographs: From the Middle Ages to the Moon
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Books, Manuscripts, Photographs: From the Middle Ages to the Moon

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Pope Innocent II (Gregorio Papareschi, died 12 September 1143) Pope Innocent II (Gregorio Papareschi, died 12 September 1143) Pope Innocent II (Gregorio Papareschi, died 12 September 1143)
Lot 1 Pope Innocent II (Gregorio Papareschi, died 12 Sep...
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Pope Innocent II (Gregorio Papareschi, died 12 September 1143)Manuscript great bull addressed to Silvius, warden of the ‘xenodochium’ or pilgrim hostel adjoining the Lateran Palace, Lateran Palace, Rome, 21 June 1138. Issued by the papal chancellor, Cardinal Aymery de la Châtre, and subscribed by In...
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Pope Innocent III (Lotario dei Conti di Segni, 1160 or 1161-1216) Pope Innocent III (Lotario dei Conti di Segni, 1160 or 1161-1216) Pope Innocent III (Lotario dei Conti di Segni, 1160 or 1161-1216)
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Pope Innocent III (Lotario dei Conti di Segni, 1160 or 1161-1216)Manuscript bull addressed to the prior and monastery of the Lateran, Lateran Palace, 2 December 1210. In Latin. 12 lines in a papal documentary script, on one membrane, 206 x 293mm, later endorsements on verso. Lead bulla suspended on ...
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Anonymous northern French artist Anonymous northern French artist Anonymous northern French artist
Lot 3 Anonymous northern French artist
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Anonymous northern French artistBook of Hours, use of Troyes, in French and Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Troyes, late 15th century]A charming Book of Hours from Troyes. 169 x 115mm. i + 115 leaves, collation: 1-26, 38, 47 (of 8, lacking i), 5-88, 92, 107 (of 8, lacking i), 116, 127 (of 8...
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Anonymous Lombard artist Anonymous Lombard artist Anonymous Lombard artist
Lot 4 Anonymous Lombard artist
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Anonymous Lombard artistSt Paul, historiated initial 'S' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum [Lombardy, c.1480-90] An accomplished and finely executed miniature on a leaf from an enormous Lombard choirbook. 559 x 340mm, historiated initial 'S' opening 'Scio cu...
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Anonymous Coptic scribe Anonymous Coptic scribe Anonymous Coptic scribe
Lot 5 Anonymous Coptic scribe
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Anonymous Coptic scribeLives of Saints and devotional readings, in Coptic, decorated manuscript on paper [Egypt, 15th or 16th century]168 x 116mm. 228 leaves numbered 20-40, (19 later unnumbered leaves with consecutive catchwords), 71-109, 111-311 and one unnumbered leaf, gatherings mostly in eights...
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Workshop of the Huntington Master (fl.1570-1600) Workshop of the Huntington Master (fl.1570-1600) Workshop of the Huntington Master (fl.1570-1600)
Lot 6 Workshop of the Huntington Master (fl.1570-1600)
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Workshop of the Huntington Master (fl.1570-1600)A leaf from a Dogal Commission, with the arms of the Bon family of Venice [Venice, final quarter 16th century]A sumptuous leaf from a commissioneto elected office, possibly made for Alessandro Bon (1514-1566), illuminated by an associate of the Hunting...
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Follower of the Master of the Lee Hours Follower of the Master of the Lee Hours Follower of the Master of the Lee Hours
Lot 7 Follower of the Master of the Lee Hours
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Follower of the Master of the Lee HoursThe Assumption of the Virgin, historiated initial 'O' on a leaf from an illuminated Antiphonal on vellum [Bruges, c.1450s]A charming miniature of the Virgin in a mandorlasupported by Angels, painted by a follower of the Master of the Lee Hours, on a l...
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Anonynmous Armenian illuminator Anonynmous Armenian illuminator Anonynmous Armenian illuminator
Lot 8 Anonynmous Armenian illuminator
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Anonynmous Armenian illuminatorFour Gospels, in Armenian, illuminated manuscript on vellum, Marunan, Sos (New Julfa, Isfahan), 1703An attractive example of late Armenian illumination, with bold, formalised decoration and appealing miniatures, painted in clear bright colours.177 x 132mm. 272 leaves: ...
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[Otto F. Ege (1888-1951)] [Otto F. Ege (1888-1951)] [Otto F. Ege (1888-1951)]
Lot 9 [Otto F. Ege (1888-1951)]
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[Otto F. Ege (1888-1951)]Original Leaves from Famous Books. Nine Centuries 1122 A.D.-1923 A.D. [compiled Cleveland, c.1950]An Otto Ege compilation of leaves from 'great books' spanning nine centuries: the parent volumes range from humanist manuscripts to Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle ...
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Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736), Colen Campbell (1676-1729) and John James (1673-1746). Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736), Colen Campbell (1676-1729) and John James (1673-1746). Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736), Colen Campbell (1676-1729) and John James (1673-1746).
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Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736), Colen Campbell (1676-1729) and John James (1673-1746). ‘The plan and Estimate of finishing Queen Anns North Pavilion’, n.p. [London], 1728-9.390 x 275mm. 22 pages in total, comprising two double-page architectural plans and eight single-page plans in pen, ink and wash...
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Edward Jenner (1749-1823) Edward Jenner (1749-1823) Edward Jenner (1749-1823)
Lot 11 Edward Jenner (1749-1823)
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Edward Jenner (1749-1823)Autograph letter to ‘Mr Long’, ‘Bond Street’, [London], 26 June [1801]. One page, 185 x 119mm. Contemporary docket, apparently dating the letter ‘24 June 1801’, on the verso. The ‘father of immunology’, Edward Jenner, who coined the term ‘vaccine’to describe his technique of...
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Joseph Severn (1793-1872) Joseph Severn (1793-1872) Joseph Severn (1793-1872)
Lot 12 Joseph Severn (1793-1872)
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Joseph Severn (1793-1872)Portrait of John Keats at Wentworth Place on the day of his composing 'Ode to a Nightingale'Oil on canvas, 231/2 x 171/2 in. (59.7 x 44.5 cm). Signed and dated 'Severn/1834' (on the bookcase, lower left).The frame contains a lock of Keats's hair in a...
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Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
Lot 13 Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
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Mary Shelley (1797-1851)Autograph letter signed ('M.W. Shelley') to Charles Ollier, n.p., 29 April 1835. One page, 186 x 114mm. Integral address leaf, remnant of seal. 'Are you not shabby?': Mary Shelley jokingly protests at being sent too few copies of her newly-published novel,...
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Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Lot 14 Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
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Henri Matisse (1869-1954)Important series of approximately 30 autograph letters (of which 25 signed, ‘Henri’, ‘H. Matisse’ or with initials) to his wife, Amélie (‘Mélo’), almost all n.p. [but mostly Tangiers], 16 October – 6 November 1912; with an autograph copy letter signed to Mr Ducet, 26 Februar...
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Hendrick Casimir (1909-2000) Hendrick Casimir (1909-2000) Hendrick Casimir (1909-2000)
Lot 15 Hendrick Casimir (1909-2000)
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Hendrick Casimir (1909-2000)Autograph letter signed (‘Henk Casimir’) to [Samuel A. Goudsmit] (‘Beste Sam’), n.p. [Copenhagen], 27 September [19]30In Dutch and English. 7½ pages, 278 x 208mm, pages numbered in autograph at top right (staple hole at top left of each leaf, 1cm tear at the top right of ...
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Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Lot 16 Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
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Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)Typed letter signed ('Winston S. Churchill') to Slobodan Jovanović (Prime Minister of the Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile in London), 10 Downing Street, 12 July 1942. Two pages, 242 x 191mm, superscription and subscription in autograph (staple and punch ...
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Christopher Robin Milne (1920-1996) and Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976) Christopher Robin Milne (1920-1996) and Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976) Christopher Robin Milne (1920-1996) and Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976)
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Christopher Robin Milne (1920-1996) and Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976)A collection of letters sent to the publisher Methuen, 1969-1990.Christopher Milne (1920-1996). 32 typed letters signed, nine autograph letters signed and one autograph note signed (‘Christopher Milne’, ‘C.R. Milne’ or ‘Christo...
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Johannes Duns Scotus (1265-1308) Johannes Duns Scotus (1265-1308) Johannes Duns Scotus (1265-1308)
Lot 18 Johannes Duns Scotus (1265-1308)
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Johannes Duns Scotus (1265-1308)Quaestiones in primum librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi, edited by Antonius Trombetta (1476-1517/18?). Venice: [Printer of Duns Scotus, 'Quaestiones'], for Antonius Bononiensis and Christophorus Bellapiera, 19 November 1472.Second edition of a foundation te...
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Antoninus Florentinus (1389-1459) Antoninus Florentinus (1389-1459) Antoninus Florentinus (1389-1459)
Lot 19 Antoninus Florentinus (1389-1459)
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Antoninus Florentinus (1389-1459)Summa Theologica. Pars III (of four). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 26 January 1478.A large copy in a strictly contemporary Nuremberg binding of part III of the first complete edition of Antoninus' vast Summa of moral theology. Individual parts were also printed in...
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Bible Bible Bible
Lot 20 Bible
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BibleBIBLE, in Latin. With additions by Menardus Monachus. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 6 August 1479.A fresh, tall copy of Koberger’s fifth edition of St. Jerome's Vulgate text, the fourth with Menardus's notice on the books of the Bible. HC *3072; GW 4239; BMC II, 417; BSB B-435; CIBN B-39...
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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Lot 21 Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)La Commedia. Commentary by Christophorus Landinus (1424-1498) and edited by Piero da Figino (15th century). – ps-DANTE. Il Credo. Venice: Bernardinus Benalius and Matteo Capcasa (di Codeca), 3 March 1491.Third illustrated edition, the first with a full cycle of illustratio...
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Book of Hours Book of Hours Book of Hours
Lot 22 Book of Hours
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Book of HoursHORAE, use of Rome, in Latin and French. Paris: Philippe Pigouchet, [after 1492].A rare, finely illuminated Book of Hours printed by Pigouchet, known in only 5 other copies. 'Among the printers of the beautifully decorated French Books of Hours in the XVth and early XVIth Centuries...
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Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
Lot 23 Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
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Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493. First edition, from the library of Imperial poet laureate Michael Abel. Humanist, poet and teacher, Abel had studied at Frankfurt-an-der-Oder with Neolatin poet Ge...
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Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274) Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274) Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274)
Lot 24 Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274)
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Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274)Commentaria in omnes epistolas Sancti Pauli. Edited by Petrus Bergomensis. Basel: Michael Furter, for Wolfgang Lachner, 16 October 1495.Second edition, and a fresh copy, with 16th-century embroidered orphrey panels laid into the binding. HC 1339*; BMC III, 783; BSB-Ink. T...
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Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
Lot 25 Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
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Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)Liber chronicarum [German:] Das Buch der Croniken und Geschichten. Translated by Georg Alt (c.1450-1510). Augsburg: Johann Schönsperger, 18 September 1496.First edition in German of Schönsperger’s abbreviated version of Schedel’s celebrated Nuremberg Chronicle. Schönsperg...
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Bonifacius VIII (Benedetto Gaetano, c. 1235-1303) Bonifacius VIII (Benedetto Gaetano, c. 1235-1303) Bonifacius VIII (Benedetto Gaetano, c. 1235-1303)
Lot 26 Bonifacius VIII (Benedetto Gaetano, c. 1235-1303)
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Bonifacius VIII (Benedetto Gaetano, c. 1235-1303)Liber sextus Decretalium. Commentary and additions by Johannes Andreae (c. 1270-1348). Edited by Johannes Chappuis (fl. 1500). Paris: Ulrich Gering and Berthold Rembolt, 1500-1501 [Part I dated 15 October 1500]. Rare French incunable in a Hagué bindin...
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Homelies Homelies Homelies
Lot 27 Homelies
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HomeliesHomeliarius super Evangeliis de Tempore et de Sanctis. Basel: Jacobus Wolff de Pfortzheim, for Wolfgang Lachner, 1505.A well-preserved example of an early 16th-century wallet-style binding. In an address to the reader Johannes Ulrich Surgant (c.1450-1503) states that he discovered the manusc...
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Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BCE) Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BCE) Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BCE)
Lot 28 Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BCE)
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Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BCE)Bucolica, Georgica. Aeneis cum Servii commentariis accuratissime emendatis. Venice: Bernardino Stagnino, 1507. Editio princeps of Marcus Valerius Probus’s commentary on Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics, attractively illustrated with 17 woodcuts in the text. This editi...
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Bartosz Paprocki (c.1543-c.1614) Bartosz Paprocki (c.1543-c.1614) Bartosz Paprocki (c.1543-c.1614)
Lot 29 Bartosz Paprocki (c.1543-c.1614)
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Bartosz Paprocki (c.1543-c.1614)Ogrod Krolweski [The Royal Garden]. Prague: Daniel Siedlczanski, 1599. First edition, specially bound for the dedicatee, alchemist and Protestant activist, Piotr Gorajski of Gora. At the time of the dedication, Gorajski was about to enter the Polish Parliament; he was...
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Ramon Lull (1232-1315). Ramon Lull (1232-1315). Ramon Lull (1232-1315).
Lot 30 Ramon Lull (1232-1315).
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Ramon Lull (1232-1315). Ars magna generalis et ultima. Edited by Bernard de Lavinheta (d. c.1530). Lyon: Jacob Marechal for Simon Vincent, 5 May 1517.Rare third edition, the first edited by the Lullist Bernard de Lavinheta, of Lull’s greatest work, now recognised as perhaps the first work in compute...
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