SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Missam et Vesperas in Festo S.

Francisci Salesii. 1704
Francisci Salesii. 1704

Folio. 60pp. An illuminated manuscript of an eighteenth-century mass in honour of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, likely commissioned by Antonio Francesco, Bishop of Florence. The service is written out with musical annotation, using plainsong according to the Roman breviary. Decorated with elaborate opening floral ornaments, as well as two large, beautifully hand-illuminated initials and numerous smaller painted and historiated initials. In a contemporary binding of rich, deep brown calf, with metal corner pieces and with one of two leather clasps. Gilt decorations to both boards consisting of a rectangular border composed of small ornamental devices, and, in the centre of the boards, a skull and crossbones medallion of Adam with “D. C. C.” and “S. R. D.” stamped above and below, respectively, within a frame of floriated gilt work. Spine with five raised bands edged at top and bottom with gilt devices matching those on the covers. Top hinge starting, spine worn at head and foot. Boards rubbed and worn, some damage to top and tail of spine. Some offsetting throughout interior, as expected, and preliminaries slightly loose. Lacks upper fore-edge clasp. Overall, a lovely manuscript in a handsome binding, showing some wear, but attractive and strongly evocative of its period. In a newly made professional Solander box in brown cloth. Coloured plates in order. 1. Title page. 2. Index page. 3. Page with floral decoration.