Classics in Nîmes, a rare manuscript in Latin of the 13th century sold at auction nearly 130 000 euros

16:03  11 december  2021
16:03  11 december  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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priced at 10,000 euros, this manuscript of feudal law in perfect state of conservation was awarded Thursday to Nîmes for the modest sum EUR 108,000 without fees.

  À Nîmes, un rare manuscrit en latin du XIIIe siècle vendu aux enchères près de 130 000 euros © Provided by FranceInfo

This feudal right manuscript of the 13th century was the centerpiece of the auction that takes place on Thursday, December 9, in Nîmes. A book that was in the same family for generations and that his owner had decided to sell. He had fixed his price at 10,000 euros but the auctions flew to reach the hammer the sum of the € 108,000 pounded after a bitter fight between nine bidding. With taxes, the new owner, a European collector, had to finally disburse 129,000 euros for this exceptional work.

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State remarkable

This rare feudal straight manuscript comprising 178 sheets written two centuries before the invention of the printing, has crossed eight centuries and was in a state of a remarkable freshness, indicated the catalog of the sale. The author, Jean de Blanot, was one of the greatest lawyers of his time explained the commissioners. According to them, there would be a dozen manuscript copies of this precious book in Europe.

A book that brings together the texts of Latin written laws under the reign of Saint-Louis. According to Laurent Borreani, the sales expert, about a year was necessary at the time to write such a book, which strikes by the quality of the calligraphy which has retained all its splendor: "It's vellum skin. , the inside of the skin of a dead-born calf, it is very solid (...) and they were not chemical inks, but plant-based inks. They did not abode the vellum and had , we see, an ability to resist time. "

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