Magnificent Illuminated Manuscript to Headline First New York Rare Books Event

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NEW YORK, N.Y.- A superlative illuminated manuscript, the “Astor-Aubery de Frawenberg” Book of Hours, France, circa 1500-1520, expected to bring $325,000+, is the undisputed anchor of Heritage Auctions inaugural Signature(r) Rare Books Auction in Manhattan, being held April 7-9 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute), 2 East 79th Street at 5th Avenue. “With 19 large miniatures paintings, four full-page miniatures and 28 small miniatures by the workshops of Jean Pichore and Jean Poyet,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage Auctions , “the manuscript is breathtakingly beautiful and boasts more than fifty original renaissance paintings, all very finely executed and preserved.” An important example of an early printed book is a superb incunable Missale, Use of Magdeburg (Magdeburg: Moritz Brandis) dated April 14, 1497, expected to bring $20,000+. The book, a fine, complete copy, from the liturgical libra