SAUMEREZ-SMITH, Romilly, binder. DOLBY, Hazel, scribe. ~ King Solomon & Queen Sheba.
Extracts from Kings 1. 18 pages of calligraphy beautifully decorated in gold, terracota, ochre and other colours on blue paper. Limp vellum binding with yapp foredges. Pages sewn onto leather strip decorated with horizontal gold stripes. Pages of Bodleian repair paper painted with gesso, sanded, painted with acrylic and sanded again, then scribed. Slipcase fastened with wind-round gilded tape weighted with an 18ct. gold tip. 268 x 100 x 9mm.
A remarkable item both for the calligraphy and the binding. The feeling of the Old Testament text is conveyed perfectly with an ancient earthiness to the viewer: “And when the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions/ And she came to Jerusalem/With a very great train with camels that bear spices and very much Gold and precious stones....“