14th May 2013
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT BOOK. - H. CASTLE (calligrapher). [Extracts from The Beatitudes. N.p.: n.d. but circa 1850-1870.] Presentation page and 8pp. of illuminated pages, folio (278 x 220mm.) The verses contained within wide decorative borders incorporating flowers and leaves, 1 p. also incorporating birds. Contemporary maroon morocco gilt over bevelled boards, by T. Kerslake & Co., Bristol, the covers elaborately tooled with fleurs-de-lys and shamrock tools within fillet borders, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, each compartment with repeat decoration in gilt, wide gilt turn-ins, g.e. (neatly rebacked, old spine laid down). Provenance: Rachael Castle (presentation page from H. Castle); A. & M. Bamborough (modern bookplate to front pastedown).
Hammer price: £400
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