Some years ago, in part payment for some work I had done for a dealer, I acquired two copies of the auction catalogue of manuscripts of Theodor Oswald Weigel (1812-1881), bookseller and art historian of Leipzig, but best known as a collector and publisher of 15th and 16th-century prints.
One copy is in a red hardback binding and was published in Leipzig by the firm of Oswald Weigel, and has dual title-pages in German and French , announcing that the auction would take place "im Oswald Weigel'schen Auctionslocale in Leipzig, Koenigsstrasse 1 1, am 12. Juli 1898":
My copy of this catalogue is annotated in pencil with corrections, suggesting that the manuscripts were available for examination, even though the sale was cancelled (see below). I do not know whose copy this was, but they were clearly more knowledgable than the author of the catalogue; here, for example, they correct a mid-12th-century date to the first half of the 13th century:
The other copy of the catalogue seems to be almost identical, except that the reproductions are not in colour and all references to the auction itself have been crossed-through in red by overprinting:
It also has an additional pair of German and French title-pages, which includes at the bottom a statement that the Weigel collection is now in the possession of another book dealer (also based in Königsstraße [now renamed Goldschmidtstraße], Leipzig), Karl W. Hiersemann (1854–1928):
Of the five reproductions in the catalogue, I recognise only the one shown at the top of this post; it is a portion of the Ramsey Psalter, now at the Morgan Library:
|Morgan Library, MS M.302 fol. 4v [Source]|
Wiegel no. 2 = MS M.284:
Wiegel no. 3 = MS M.299
(This miniature is also reproduced in the catalogue)
Wiegel no. 4 = MS M.280:
Wiegel no. 7 = MS M.268:
Wiegel no. 49 = MS M.279:
Wiegel no. 50 = MS M.267 (description; no images online)
One more ex-Wiegel bound volume was no. 30; it was in the Vasselot Collection, and sold at Christie's, Paris, in 2011:
The Wiegel provenance of all of these was already known; what interests me more are the single leaves and miniatures whose Wiegel provenance has been forgotten. Over the coming weeks I therefore plan to write a few short posts, each identifying and discussing one or two such items.
 Katalog einer Sammlug illuminirter Manuscripte und Miniaturen auf Einzelblaettern aus dem Besitze von T. O. Weigel in Leipzig / Catalogue d’une collection de manuscrits enluminés et de miniatures sur feuilles séparées, provenant de la succession de feu Mr. T. O. Weigel à Leipzig ... 12 July 1898 et les jours suivants (Leipzig: Oswald Wiegel, 1898). A digitized copy with the colour reproductions is available via Archive.org.
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