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Illumin­ated manu­­script collection expected to raise £8 million at auction

01 April 2021

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Master of the Paris Bartholomeus Anglicus Book of Hours

Master of the Paris Bartholomeus Anglicus Book of Hours

WORKS from what is de­­scribed as being “amongst the most im­­port­ant collections of illumin­ated manu­­scripts and early printed books to have appeared at auc­tion” are to go on sale on 23 April at Christie’s, in New York. They come from the pri­vate col­lection of Elaine and Alex­andre P. Rosen­berg.

Mr Rosenberg, a prominent art dealer and collector, died in 1987; his wife, Elaine, died last year. The family are honouring the couple’s wishes that the books be sold to raise funds for the rare-books depart­ments of desig­nated museums. In all, Christie’s ex­­pects the works to raise £8 million. There are more than 200 volumes printed in the 15th century, and more than a dozen Books of Hours, mostly printed on vellum, from the early 16th century.

Among the illuminated MSS. are the Book of Hours, c.1440s, by the Master of the Paris Bartho­lomeus Anglicus (guide price £1.1 to £1.8 million), and The Hours of Anne de Neufville, c.1430, by the Bedford Master (£730,000 to £1.1 million).

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