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Sentences of Peter Lombard from an Oxford Manuscript

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Peter Lombard, Sentences. Three folios on vellum. England, doubtless Oxford, ca. 1280: ea. approx. 326 x 220 mm (justification, 198 mm x 122 mm). Double column, 50 lines. Ruled in plummet. Foliated 5, 24, 47. Decoration: alternating red and blue multi-line initials with contrasting penwork; chapter numbers in alternating red and blue initials; rubricated; elaborate cadels, some terminating in curlicues or animal heads or have red penwork highlights. Text: from the Sentences; fol. 5 = Book I, Dist. 37-38; fol. 24 = Book I, Dist. 32-33; 47 = Book 3, Dist. 25-26. Provenance: The manuscript doubtless originated in Oxford, where it would have been a standard textbook. These leaves come from a manuscript owned by Edward Walmsley (his sale, Sotheby’s, March 1795), Nell and Charles Wheeler (their sale, New York, 29 July 1919 lot 593), and C. Lindsay Ricketts (d. 1941; see de Ricci and Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York, 1935), vol. I, p. 646 [no. 185]), his sale Parke-Bernet, New York, 24 February 1929 lot 280). The manuscript was already missing leaves by 1910, for John Frederick Lewis acquired fragments of it at that time (now Philadelphia, Free Library MS Lewis XIII:373). These leaves come with UK export licenses allowing permanent export. Condition: overall very fine condition; all have ragged inner edges, sometimes reinforced with paper, and light soiling or spotting; fol. 5 has a crease across the lower margin and marks where tape had once been applied (but no longer sticky).

PRICE: $850 (with crease), $950, $1100 (with glossing); all 3 for $2500 ALL RESERVED

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