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Bloomsbury Auctions: The History of Western Script: A further selection from The Schøyen Collection

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Auction Name The History of Western Script: A further selection from The Schøyen Collection Total Sales (GBP) 574,937.50
Auction Date 12/07/2021 - 12/07/2021 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 293,200.00
Sale Number #120721 High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 441,000.00
Total Lots 60
Sold Lots 60 Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 293,200.00
% of Lots Sold 100.00% High Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 441,000.00
Unsold Lots 0 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 130.37%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
2

An Orphic poem, inscription in iambic trimeters by one Agestratos, dedicating his traveller’s staf

or just perhaps adjacent Crete GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 56,250.00
14

Substantial fragment of a Carolingian Homiliary, perhaps that of Paul the Deacon, in Latin

second quarter of the ninth century GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 47,500.00
5

Large cutting from a bifolium of a commentary on Matthew, drawing material from lost parts of a

mid-ninth century GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 40,000.00
1

The name of Princess Nubhetepti-khered, sheet of gold foil with hieroglyphs

thirteenth dynasty (1794-1645 BC.) GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 37,500.00
34

A priest during Mass and a bell-ringer, large miniature on a leaf from a copy of Gregory IX

early fourteenth century GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 27,500.00
53

The greater and final part of the Dring charter collection, in all 161 manuscript documents

twelfth to eighteenth century GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 25,000.00
3

Leaf from the Old Gelasian Sacramentary, containing a record of the earliest Merovingian and

late ninth century GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 GBP 21,250.00
51

Part of the archive of the Augustinian Priory of Campsey Ash, Suffolk, all in Latin

thirteenth to fifteenth century GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 21,250.00
6

Smaragdus of St-Mihiel, Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict, in Latin, in Visigothic minuscule

first half of the tenth century] <br>Near-complete leaf GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 20,000.00
55

“A terreal of all suche landes as Thom[a]s Yardley hathe in Beoley”

dated 1506 GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 GBP 20,000.00
31

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto XXV, in Italian

mid fourteenth century (perhaps 1330s or 1340s), and fifteenth century GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 18,750.00
41

Inventory of gifts and legacies from mostly secular donors to the Abbey of St. Agnes of Gemona

dated 1344, with additions up to 1426] GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 18,750.00
39

Royal charter of King John, for Philip, son of Wastellion, and confirming the gift of an estate

dated 5 December 1209 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 16,250.00
8

Leaf from a sermon collection, with parts of a tractate and a sermon by Augustine

or just perhaps in Montecassino by an Abruzzi scribe) GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 GBP 15,000.00
38

Forged charter concerning the passing of land at Framsden, Suffolk

dated 7 William I (1073) but more probably thirteenth or early fourteenth century GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 13,750.00
4

Two cuttings from a bifolium of Smaragdus of St-Mihiel

third quarter of the ninth century GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 GBP 11,250.00
7

Cutting from a leaf of Pseudo-Hegesippus, De Bello Judaico et excidio urbis Hierosolymitanae,

early eleventh century (before 1030) GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 10,000.00
13

Leaf from a Lectionary, perhaps made for the individual worship of a Carolingian nobleman

third quarter of the ninth century GBP 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 GBP 10,000.00
24

Leaf with a homily by Bede, from a monumental codex of Bede’s Homilies or Paul the Deacon, Homilia

probably Florence or vicinity) GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 8,750.00
52

Small collection of documents concerning the Dukes of Burgundy, in French and Dutch

dated 13 July 1411, 1470, and 3 April and 28 May 1471 GBP 1,000.00 - 2,000.00 GBP 8,750.00
54

‘Monasteriarum totius Anglie’, a list of English monasteries and their annual incomes

c. 1535 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 8,125.00
12

Substantial part of a leaf of Maximus of Turin, Sermones, in a fine Carolingian minuscule

first half of the ninth century GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 7,500.00
59

Small archive of Jersey charters, in French, single-sheet documents on parchment

dated 1582, 1618 and 1635 GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 6,875.00
9

Leaf from a Bible, with Proverbs 29:15-30:20, manuscript in fine Montecassino Beneventan minuscule

c. 1200 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 6,250.00
40

Leaf with extracts from the Testa de Nevill, a collection of original surveys of feudal landholdin

second half of thirteenth century (after 1256)] GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 6,250.00
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