• Bible of Borso d’Este LEVITE& GOD Illuminated Manuscript - Gold Accents NEW

    Illuminated Manuscript Levite talking to God Bible of Borso d’Este-. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71).
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptLanguage: Latin
  • Jane Austen "The Watsons "Hand Written" & Printed Unfinished Manuscript NEW

    The untitled and unfinished manuscript consists of two portions and is Jane Austen’s only known work of fiction. surviving in manuscript to have suffered physical separation in this way. it reads like a substantial beginning to a novel and was given the descriptive title.
    AU $5.90
    Free postage
    Type: Handwritten ManuscriptMaterial: Paper
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso d’Este Illuminated Manuscript - Gold Accents NEW

    Illuminated Manuscript Genesis Bible of Borso d’Este-. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptLanguage: Latin
  • 3RD CENTURY PAPYRUS AMHERST - EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS 1:1 NEW

    PAPYRUS AMHERST - EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS 1:1. The manuscript was written on papyrus in the form of a scroll. It is dated to the third century. The Amherst papyri : being an account of the Greek papyri.
    AU $4.00
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesMaterial: Papyrus
  • Spanish Armada Queen Elizabeth 1st speech Manuscript 1588 -GIFT set

    Manuscript of Queen Elizabeth I in 1588 at Tilbury Camp - Spanish Armada. 1x Manuscript presented on deluxe board. assembled to defend England against the Spanish Armada, and featuring the poignant lines.
    AU $9.99
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: HistoryType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Catherine of Cleves-The Mouth of Hell. NEW.

    One of the most beautiful Book of Hours ever made was commissioned for Catherine of Cleves. known now only as the Master of Catherine of Cleves. The book dates from about 1440. led directly to the underworld.
    AU $8.50
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    Free postage
  • PENTECOST -BLACK HOURS ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT GOLD ACCENTS NEW

    PENTECOST-BLACK HOURS ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Pen Art Work Accented in Gold. Re-production NEW. written in Gothic miniscule script arranged in rows of fourteen lines.
    AU $4.90
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso d’Este Illuminated Manuscript - Gold Accents NEW

    Illuminated Manuscript Genesis Bible of Borso d’Este-. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptLanguage: Latin
  • Gallileo Long Lost Letter to Friend dated 21 Dec 1613.

    The original letter — long thought lost — in which Galileo Galilei. 2x A4 Print - Deluxe Sculptured Board sheet 220 gsm.
    AU $4.50
    Material: Paper
    Free postage
  • Hippocratic oath Papyrus TEXT Fragment &English Translation Accented in Silver

    Plus a copy of the English Translation Accented Silver plaque print. Digitised-Presented on Deluxe Sculptured Board 220 gsm sheet. presented on Deluxe Sculptured paper 80 gsm sheet.
    AU $3.90
    Language: English
    Free postage
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT -BLACK HOURS- GOLD ACCENTS ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT NEW

    DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT-BLACK HOURS- ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Pen Art Work Accented in Gold. It consists of 121 leaves, most containing blocks of Latin text. Re-production NEW. written in Gothic miniscule script arranged in rows of fourteen lines.
    AU $4.90
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Genesis Bible Borso d’Este- Genesis ADAM & EVE Illuminated Manuscript. New

    Illuminated Manuscript Genesis Bible of Borso d’Este-. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este r epresents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71).
    AU $9.50
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    Free postage
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW Gift Set

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Gift Set. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW Gift set

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Gift set. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW Gift set

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Gift set. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW Gift set

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Gift set. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Sforza Hours ST ANTHONY -Illuminated Manuscript . NEW"COMBINE SHIPPING"

    A richly illuminated book of hours initiated by Bona Sforza, widow of Galeazzo Sforza, Duke of Milan. Sforza Hours. of her husband Galeazzo Sforza. when Bona found herself excluded from power by her brother-in-law,Ludovico Sforza, following the.
    AU $7.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Eusebian Manuscript Garima Gospels-5th-7th Centuries. ETHIOPIA.

    The Eusebian canons, Eusebian sections or Eusebian Apparatus, also known as Ammonian Sections. The manuscripts are housed at the Monastery of Abba Garima in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. of their iconography and texts, we now know that the three Abba Garima Gospels were copied not in.
    AU $4.50
    Subject: Religion, Bibles
    Free postage
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptMaterial: Paper
  • Bible Borso d’Este- Manuscript Genesis- GOLD aCCENTS New.. CHRISTMAS DISCOUNT

    Illuminated Manuscript Genesis Bible of Borso d’Este- Gold Accents. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71).
    AU $5.00
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    Free postage
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso d’Este Illuminated Manuscript - Pen art work Accents in Gold

    Illuminated Manuscript Genesis Bible of Borso d’Este-. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Type: Illuminated ManuscriptLanguage: Latin
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Codex Purpureus Rossanensis 8 ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS ACCENTED IN GOLD

    Codex Purpureus Rossanensis 8 ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Pen Art Work Accents in Gold.
    AU $7.99
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN -BLACK HOURS ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT GOLD ACCENTS NEW

    CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN -BLACK HOURS ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Pen Art Work Accented in Gold. It consists of 121 leaves, most containing blocks of Latin text. Re-production NEW. written inGothic miniscule script arranged in rows of fourteen lines.
    AU $4.90
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Hunterian Psalter Calendar Zodiac- LEO MOWING+ C.1170 .New

    MOWING folio. Zodiac- LEO Folio. in detail presented on Sculptured Paper 80gsm A4 size. 1x Sculptured Board 220gsm A4 size.
    AU $4.50
    Free postage
  • Hadrian's LOST autobiography & Translation. Roman Emperor Papyrus -New

    Hadrian's LOST autobiography & Translation. Roman Emperor Papyrus. Written shortly before Hadrian’s death, this autobiography appears to have taken the form of a series of letters to Antoninus Pius.
    AU $4.50
    Free postage
  • King Louis IX France Blanche of Castile Manuscript.NEW "COMBINE SHIPPING"

    Blanche of Castile and King Louis IX of France; Author Dictating to a Scribe. Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold ink. that King Louis IX (25 April 1214 - 25 August 1270).
    AU $4.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Illuminated Manuscript Genesis Bible Borso d’Este. GIFT COLLECTION

    Illuminated Manuscript Genesis Bible of Borso d’Este-. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este r epresents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71).
    AU $9.50
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    Free postage
  • Catherine of Cleves-The Mouth of Hell. Digitized by Elizabeth Ashcroft NEW.

    One of the most beautiful Book of Hours ever made was commissioned for Catherine of Cleves. known now only as the Master of Catherine of Cleves. The book dates from about 1440. led directly to the underworld.
    AU $9.50
    Type: Illuminated Manuscript
    Free postage
  • Hunterian Psalter Calendar Zodiac- CANCER+Clover C.1170 .New

    Zodiac- CANCER. in detail presented on Sculptured Paper 80gsm A4 size.
    AU $4.50
    Free postage
  • Hunterian Psalter Calendar Zodiac- VIRGO REAPING C.1170 .New

    REAPING folio. Zodiac- LEO Folio. in detail presented on Sculptured Paper 80gsm A4 size. 1x Sculptured Board 220gsm A4 size.
    AU $4.50
    Free postage
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
  • Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript Accented in Gold NEW

    Bible of Borso D'Este Illuminated Manuscript. The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71). one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination.
    AU $9.50
    Region: Europe
    Free postage
    Subject: Religion, BiblesType: Illuminated Manuscript
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Discover the allure of the hand printed page with antique manuscripts

As we traverse through the age of the digital, the allure of the printed page persists and indeed heightens in the case of hand-painted pages. The sheer art of antique manuscripts and books are a testament to the painstaking quality and detail that went into producing these ancient objects.

Purchasing these antique collectibles may seem like a daunting task but it's very much like searching for any other antique. Begin with what attracts you most and then undertake research around the particular element that interests you about the item that have caught your eye. Often libraries have catalogues where rare manuscripts are archived, and much of your research can be done with the help of a knowledgeable librarian.

It may be the type of binding or quality of decorative medieval map, or reference to a significant historic event or perhaps you wish to give a first edition book as a gift to a loved one. Whatever it is that's attracted you to sourcing and searching for rare manuscripts, you're sure to find something to add to your collection here on eBay.

Types of antique manuscripts

Illuminated manuscripts feature decoration, referred to as initials, borders that are also known as marginalia, and miniature illustrations complement the text. Strictly speaking, it refers only to manuscripts decorated with precious materials of gold or silver, but across scholarship and modern use, the term now makes reference to any manuscript from Western tradition that is decorated or illustrated.

First edition books are the very first edition of a book to be distributed commercially.

Vellum manuscripts, from the Old French vélin, meaning calf's skin are also available. The skin was stretched out, dried, and then refined until it was thin and very slightly translucent. The final result was a paper that was very strong and durable, intended for vital documents requiring longevity.

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