(Italy, ca. 1350). 127 x 89 mm. (5 x 3 1/2"). Single column, 30 lines, written in an extremely pleasing rounded gothic book hand.
Each leaf with several one-line initials in blue and red as well as typically six to eight (but ranging from two to a dozen) two-line initials in red or blue with elaborate penwork infilling and marginal embellishment in the contrasting color. Two of the leaves with neat marginal annotations framed by elaborate brown and pink or yellow penwork (one of these additions seven lines long and within an intricate cartouche). Occasional minor soiling and other trivial defects, but IN VERY FINE CONDITION, ESPECIALLY BRIGHT AND CLEAN, AND WITH QUITE AMPLE MARGINS.
These are smallish leaves from what would have been a very personal wallet-size manuscript; they are very appealing in their fine condition, their pretty calligraphy, and the charming nature of their decorative emendations. (ST12778-0664a-c)
75-$200, depending on decoration
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PJP Catalog: 70.200