Lot 447: Liturgies - Ceremonial of the Nuns of St. Cyr. Ceremonial a l'usage des Releigieuses Benedictine de l'abbaye Royalle de Nostre Dame des anges de St Cyr. Tire des ancienne courume de l'abbaye & de plusieurs atures Celebres Maisons que lon a apropriez a celle ci & qui sont en usage depuis un Grand nombres Dannee, & receuilli en ce manuscrit par l'ordre de Madame Francoise D'aligre - De Present Abesse, par une de ses Religieuse, 1692,  296, pp., title in red, green and black within green ruled border, preliminary leaves in green, black and gold, contents and text in black with red headings and capitals, red ruled borders throughout, a few near-contemporary and later manuscript and printed insertions, previous owner's name and address details on slip of paper pasted to front endpaper verso (Francis Vyvyan Jago Arundel), Arundel coloured endpapers with armorial bookplate (Nulli Prada) to front pastedown, gilt and marbled edges, early 19th-century (Arundel) blind-stamped black morocco, one silver clasp without catch still present, rubbed and some corner wear, 4to (180 x 130mm) This neatly written French manuscript details the ceremonial minutiae of St. Cyr, established in the park at Versailles, dating from the mid-17th century. It became part of the library of Francis Arundel (1780-1846), a leading member of a recusant dynasty and, in addition to his bookplate, has the distinctive Arundel endpapers and binding. The manuscript was sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge as lot 1354 on 23 July 1871. The manuscript is also referenced in Thomas Dudley Fosbroke, 'British Monachism, or, Manners and Customs of the Monks and Nuns of England...', 3rd edition, 1843, pp. 309-12. (1)
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