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Missa Beatae Virginis Mariae [Illuminated manuscript on vellum in Latin, by Bordonius?].
Italy (probably Genoa): c. 1580. 12mo in 4s, 106 leaves, complete. With seven full-page miniatures and initials throughout in gold. Collation: :*2 ; A6 ; B- M4 ; N6 ,O – Z4 ; &6; *2 The last blank leaf has been used as a flyleaf. Written in brown ink with red titles, italic script, single column, 16 lines. Leaf dimensions: mm. 115 x 70; written space: mm. 76 x 46. Text framed by colored lines. Old (c. 1750?) gold-tooled calf binding, rebacked. A lovely example of a late 16th-century Italian chancery hand with miniatures, and a fascinating example of a manuscript made to look like a printed book (as opposed to 15th-century printed books made to look like manuscripts). A similar manuscript sold in 1989: “170 leaves, vellum, 98mm by 62mm. Late 19th-cent German silver bdg with repousse scenes. In black & red ink in a fine calligraphic sloping italic hand by Hieronymus Bordonius. With c.180 illuminated initials in imitation of ptd initials, full-page armorial title, & half-page & 11 full-page pen-&-ink drawings in imitation of engravings. - Sotheby's, Jun 20, 1989, lot 74, £9,000 ($13,979)”. The manuscript’s decoration include 7 full-page miniatures and many initials in gold with phytomorphic decorations. Text: f. A1 Mass of the Virgin Mary, f. B2 Hours of the Virgin, f. I2 Penitential Psalms and Litany, f. N2 Various prayers, f. P4v Obsecro Te (male form) O intemerata, f. Rv various prayers, f. Z4v Hours of the Holy Spirit. Illustrations: f. *1v St. Hieronymus, f. *2 Coronation of the Virgin. f. *2v Unidentified Coat-of-arms. f. B2v Annunciation, f. I2 King David, f. N2 The Pentecost. f. T Coat-of-arms of the Centurione-Scotto family. The book appears to be printed with engraved illustrations. Small charming booklet for the daily prayer of a nobleman -the genoese Centurione-Scotto family-, in very good conditions. The manuscript is beautifully written: the regularity of the texture makes it likely to be confused with a printed text. The drawings of the miniatures are executed with very thin lines and very liquid colours. Probably the calligrapher was Hieronymus Bordonius from Sermoneta, of which there are six other known manuscripts with his signature. Another very similar manuscript, a Book of Hours dated 1568 and signed by Bordonius, appeared in a Sotheby's auction (20 june 1989, lot 74)
      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller]
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