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5.05.17. Sotheby's  sale of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books on May 23rd is distinguished by a rare Prayerbook probably made in Saint-Trond in the 1570s. Other important manuscripts include a Flemish 13th-century Psalter with later Middle English supplements, a Book of Hours probably made in Langres around 1480 by the Master of the Missal of Travaillot, and a portion of a Chronique anonyme universelle roll in French with other parts now in Cambridge (Mass), Houghton Library, and in a private collection in Tübingen. ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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