15. Bindings & Bookboxes

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Boss for the upper cover of a book binding or cumdach (book shrine) for an Irish MS in bronze gilt with one amber inlay, with 8 further gem settings, Ireland 750-800.

Black goatskin book box worked in cuir-ciselé technique throughout with inscribed lid.

Decorated black cowhide book box with blindstamped decoration on a ground of min back; dome-shaped lid attached with long iron hinges and with clasp to lock on the front of the box, iron loops for a carrying strap.

MS in Arabic on paper, Iran, ca. 1300, 10 vols, muhaqqaq script, titles, verse dividers, marginal medallions, red penwork arabesques, framed in gold, containing varying number of medallions and lozenges.

Copper gilt upper cover of a gospel book in central panel the Crucifixion, with Christ flanked by the Virgin and St. John.

Upper cover of a Gospel book, originally on wooden boards, with Christ in majesty holding a gospel book within a mandorla, surrounded by the 4 gospel symbols.

MS in Latin on vellum, Paris, France, ca. 1200, in regular early Gothic book script of high grade by at least 3 scribes, marginal glosses within elegant triangular designs in an exquisite Gothic book script, related to the finest MSS of the workshop of Ptolemy's Almagest.

MS in Latin on vellum, England, ca. 1220-1240, 520 ff. (complete), 24x17 cm, 2 columns, (17x11 cm), 49 lines in a skilled, clear rotunda Gothic book script of medium quality, 14th c. notes, headings in red, large, 2-to 4-line, decorated initials throughout in red and blue with extensive and unusually varied pen flourishes, by a skilled and sometimes quite exuberant artist.
MS in Latin on paper, Melk, Austria, ca. 1476, 292 ff. (complete), 32x21 cm, 2 columns, (19x13 cm), 29-34 lines in a Gothic hybrid book script of medium quality.

11 chained bindings, Germany, 14th -15th c.

Nag Hammadi, Egypt, 2nd half of 4th c., sheep leather, stained brown on the hair side, made from one piece of leather, 34x43-45 cm.

Out of a collection of some 130 items, nine (9) items are presented online in this section. Relevant items found in other parts of the total Schoyen Collection are also highlighted.