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3 manuscripts with gorgeous calligraphy, illuminations, cartouches, portraits, decorative borders, elaborate decoration with abstracted acanthus, bird & animals frame additions, architectural frame and strapwork and exceptional painted miniatures. The books recorded university degree awards as their primary aim but each rector added his own taste in book decoration over years and decades. This is a priceless national treasure of Switzerland owned by Basel University Library.
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Album of emblems and coats of arms from the Nice region in SE France. Hand-painted by a local librarian in 1903, this manuscript documents the noble family armorial insignias for the Nice & Savoy regions covering about 3 (?) centuries. Beautiful yet unsophisticated at the same time. Outside-in art.
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Manuscript miniatures featuring gold highlighting from late 15th c. France. Illustrations are of biblical scenes (mostly New Testament) together with elaborately decorated border regions containing painted foliage as well as imaginative drolleries among the acanthus leaves. Mirthful figures are caricatures of animals etc, seemingly at war, described at the source site as "grotesques, frequently obscene" (I think that's a stretch). Elegant, detailed, sophisticated hand.
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Mid-15th c. illuminated manuscript from a Belgian scribe. In a part allegorical treatise, the work attempts to train people how to hunt birds and animals using weapons, nets, traps and dogs. There are also some scenes of royal lives in castles, as well as jousting and warring peasants. The miniatures are delicately painted.
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15th century French MS documenting 10 years of secular teaching by Guillaume Fichet on the art of speaking and rhetoric. Highly decorated full page miniatures on a few of the parchment pages together with ornate initials and beautiful handwriting - in a couple of styles - in Latin. Most decoration is stylised flora with occasional birds, drolleries and patterned designs.
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1440 northern Italian copiously illustrated parchment MS. It contains beautiful (and sometimes fanciful) depictions of plants that were considered to have medicinal properties. These HERBALS were the early manifestations of pharmaceutical reference manuals. Bright and colourful illustrations (incl. some animals).
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Very famous 12th c encyclopaedia produced in NE France. It was the first proper compilation of historical works in the high Middle Ages. Contains amazing maps, biblical beasts and copious interesting stylised illustrations. This is a hugely significant historical document in superb condition.
This link recently saved by bibliodyssey on November 27, 2011
Gorgeous detailed intra and extra-textual decoration featuring many animals and musical instruments and fancy scrollwork in often funny poses. This is a priceless gothic masterpiece that was only restored and digitised in 2010. A supreme and humorous example of ornate manuscript adornment.