/ 1400s Medieval Illuminated Manuscript VELLUM / Dutch & Latin
RARE & Beautiful Handwritten Manuscript with COLOR!
is a wonderful and rare offering of the following work written in Latin Dutch
Handwritten manuscript containing 5 leaves
This is a
wonderful volume with fantastic contents and would make a great addition to any
collection. I have recently been so pleased by hearing how much my books have
been delightful gifts for others. Therefore, I encourage you to think ahead…Anniversary,
Birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any other special occasion! As a book
lover there is not much I would rather receive as a gift. This is one of
several such works I am listing, so be sure to check out my other listings.
I have included
a biography at the end of the listing for those interested.
free from wear as seen in the photos; BEAUTIFUL antique leather binding
professionally bound by the hand of a very skilled bookbinder; see photos
Binding: tight and
secure leather binding;
Pages: contains 5
features: rare and excellent contents; ~6in X 4.75in (15cm
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matter of my books, but am only a lover of old books. I have done my best to
describe these books based on my current knowledge, but nobody is perfect. I
welcome any questions you may have about contents or condition. I know that the
pictures do not usually do justice to the books.
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receive items back in exact same condition within 14 days of auction close.
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illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the
addition of decoration, such as decorated initials, borders (marginalia) and
miniature illustrations. In the most strict definition of the term, an
illuminated manuscript only refers to manuscripts decorated with gold or
silver, but in both common usage and modern scholarship, the term is now used
to refer to any decorated or illustrated manuscript from the Western
traditions. Comparable Far Eastern works are always described as painted, as
are Mesoamerican works. Islamic manuscripts are usually referred to as
illuminated but can also be classified as painted.
earliest surviving substantive illuminated manuscripts are from the period AD
400 to 600, initially produced in Italy and the Eastern Roman Empire. The
significance of these works lies not only in their inherent art historical
value, but in the maintenance of a link of literacy offered by non-illuminated
texts as well. Had it not been for the monastic scribes of Late Antiquity, the
entire literature of Greece and Rome would have perished in Europe; as it was,
the patterns of textual survivals were shaped by their usefulness to the
severely constricted literate group of Christians. The very existence of
illuminated manuscripts as a way of giving stature and commemoration to ancient
documents may have been largely responsible for their preservation in an era
when barbarian hordes had overrun continental Europe and ruling classes were no
majority of surviving manuscripts are from the Middle Ages, although many
illuminated manuscripts survive from the Renaissance, along with a very limited
number from Late Antiquity. The majority of these manuscripts are of a
religious nature. However, especially from the 13th century onward, an
increasing number of secular texts were illuminated. Most illuminated
manuscripts were created as codices, which had superseded scrolls. A very few
illuminated manuscript fragments survive on papyrus, which does not last nearly
as long as vellum or parchment. Most medieval manuscripts, illuminated or not,
were written on parchment (most commonly of calf, sheep, or goat skin), but
most manuscripts important enough to illuminate were written on the best
quality of parchment, called vellum.
in the late Middle Ages manuscripts began to be produced on paper. Very
early printed books were sometimes produced with spaces left for rubrics and
miniatures, or were given illuminated initials, or decorations in the margin,
but the introduction of printing rapidly led to the decline of illumination.
Illuminated manuscripts continued to be produced in the early 16th century, but
in much smaller numbers, mostly for the very wealthy.
decoration of this page from a French Book of Hours, ca.1400, includes a
miniature, initials and borders
are among the most common items to survive from the Middle Ages; many thousands
survive. They are also the best surviving specimens of medieval painting, and
the best preserved. Indeed, for many areas and time periods, they are the only
surviving examples of painting.
On Sep-22-11 at 21:22:59 PDT, seller added the following information: