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Source 2015-12-09 - Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions (Firm) - Western Manuscripts (Auction/Dealer Catalog)
Cat./Lot # 110
Transaction Information
Selling Agent(s) Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions (Firm)
Manuscript Details
Titles The Interpretation of the Hebrew Names from the Dring Bible
Manuscript Dates c. 1250-70 (1240 to 1281)
Languages Latin
Materials Parchment
Places Salisbury, England, United Kingdom, Europe (England (perhaps Salisbury)
Folios 27 Lines 51 Columns 3
Height 293 Width 210 Alt Size
Binding Disbound but held together by original binding structures
Other Info

small and precise English early gothic bookhand; see record for detailed condition description; Estimate £7000–9000

Provenance Information
by the fifteenth century (Start) Oxford University (as Oxford)
See record for detailed provenance. Abridge version copied here: This is the long-lost missing final section of the Dring Bible (sold Sotheby’s, 18 June 1991, lot 74, for £71,500), doubtless separated from that volume during its rebinding around 1924, for its then owner, the bibliographer E.H. Dring. The volume is best known for having been in Oxford by the fifteenth century and used there as a security for a loan in one of the university chests.
(No Date) Doll, John (as John Doll)
The loan was probably never redeemed, and beside the cautio mark in the other volume is the monogram of the mid fifteenth-century Oxford stationer, John Doll. He appears to have sold it to a Henry who is named in a scrap now pasted to the modern endleaf of the other volume, recording that he paid 12 shillings for it (this cutting may well be the small section cut from the last leaf of the present manuscript).
(No Date) Henry
See previous provenance note. Sold by John Doll to unknown "Henry".
c. 1500 (Start) John Whyte
Whole codex owned by John Whyte
by November 1924 (Start) 1928 (End) Dring, Edmund Hunt (as E.H. Dring)
(d. 1928), Dring had the borders of the other volume repaired and its missing initials replaced, and had that part bound by Riviere and Son. The section here was perhaps accidentally set aside during the rebinding, or judged by Dring to be too discoloured to include.
1928 (Start) Dring, E.M. (as E.M. Dring)
Son of E.H. Dring. The other volume was sold in his 1991 estate sale, reappearing most recently in Jörn Günther’s Brochure 13, Discoveries from the Past (2013), no.1, and now in a private collection.
(No Date) Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions (Firm) (as Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions)
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Created by Sarah Tew on 2015-12-06 1:34pm
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