A Mystic Collection: Early Books
Acts of the Apostles, Illuminated Manuscript Fragment, Northern France, c. 1250. Large octavo-format, fourteen parchment leaves, text in double column throughout, fifty-one lines per page, in a small gothic hand in brown ink; headings in red with chapter headings in alternating red and blue ink; first leaf with historiated initial depicting Saint Paul, verso of last leaf terminates with a historiated initial with another saint (Jacob?) and a fanciful dragon, other initials with knotwork and other small beasts with snake-like bodies and dog-like heads, a total of thirty neatly executed illuminated initials, many with long marginal extensions; top margin trimmed, cutting through running titles, bound in full modern dark blue morocco and custom slipcase, ex libris Brian Douglas Stilwell, with his bookplate; Sir Chester Beatty Western, MS. 116, sold at Sotheby's 3 December 1968 as part of Lot 14; and bookseller William H. Allen; 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.
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