NEW! Opening Folio from the Doctrinale by Alexander de Villa Dei in an Italian Script
Fourteenth-Century Italian Copy of the Doctrinale. Alexander de Villa Dei (Villedieu), Doctrinale puerorum. Italy, ca. 1375: 279 mm x 202 mm (justification 192 mm x 91 mm). Single column, 29 lines. Decoration: Five-line initial S in red with intricate penwork swags extending into three margins; two two-line rubricated initials with red penwork on verso; rubricated. Text: the Doctrinale, Pars I, vv. 1-28 (prolog); Cap. I, vv. 29-58 (ed. Reichling, Berlin, 1893). Condition: from a binding, hence faded and rubbed; large repair in one margin, and smaller on the side; minor slit to one side. Text on the back very difficult to read, but entirely legible with UV lamp (a great lesson for UV experience).