07-23-2019 07-23-2019
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3269B Boston
July 23, 2019 11:00AMCalender

Breviary for Augustinian Use, Latin Text Manuscript on Paper, 15th Century.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3269B Location: Boston Date / Time: July 23, 2019 11:00AM


Breviary for Augustinian Use, Latin Text Manuscript on Paper, 15th Century. Quarto-format manuscript on paper, text in two columns, in a neat hand, brown ink, with red initials, chapter headings, and twenty-seven lines per page, underlinings; quires numbered on first leaf by the scribe, inner top gutter corner, horizontal catchwords, quires: [pi]6, 1-27 [12], lacking the final ?blank, leaf 12 of the 27th quire; bound in full contemporary alum-tawed blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, lacking bosses, clasp and catch intact, contemporary printer's waste on paper in brown and red ink inside both boards, ex libris Alfred Mewett, with angled cuts at head and tail and original plaited endbands in pink alum-tawed thongs, some worming, older paper labels on spine, early catalog description clipped and pasted inside front board, along with Swann Galleries description from 1983; 8 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.

"Augustinian life, in part, revolves around praying the Office. We are conscious of the importance St. Augustine placed on praying the Psalms, who believed that the Psalms are a history of the soul. It is very edifying that when we pray this Liturgy in our chapel, our hearts and voices are in communion with Christ, who prayed the Psalms on earth, and with the whole Church. Beginning, punctuating, and ending the day with this communal prayer helps me to perceive the hand of God in the midst of busyness and discernment of this way of life: 'You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.' (Confessions 1, 1)." --https://augustinianvocations.org/blog-archive/2018/11/13/why-we-pray-the-liturgy-of-the-hours
Estimate $3,000-5,000

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