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Lot 12: Switzerland.- Rentier Specifficatifs des Censes

Antiquarian Books

by Bloomsbury Auctions

December 14, 2012

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Switzerland.- Rentier Specifficatifs des Censes Dheues et Appartenantes de la Cure de l'Eglise perrochialle de Dompeddier, manuscript in French, on paper, 45 ff., with 1 preliminary and 13 final blank ff., c. 30 lines, written in black ink in a clear secretarial hand, with some marginalia, and the last 2 ff. in difference, slightly later hands, some marking, the last 2 ff soiled and the margins frayed, with very slught loss, bound in a leaf from a large manuscript bible, France, 12th century, from Revelations ch 20 & 21, double column, 29 lines, rubruicated, 2 initials, one with pen-and-ink decoration, worn and soiled, holed on spine and elsewhere, inner text partly covered, modern cloth drop-down case, c. 260 x 170 mm., Domdidier, c. 1580. ***Census of the lands and rents due to the parish priest, 'Pierre de Disieu', of 'Dompeddier', now Domdidier, in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. It consists of a 'Repertoire..', listing the forty-eight tenants of Domdidier and the associated hamlet 'Eyssy', followed by extensive details of their lands, families, marriages, leases, rents &c, providing a full account of the intricate economic workings of a recently post-feudal village. Many of the names of the villagers are still found in the area today. The binding is a sadly mutilated fragment of what must have been a most handsome bible..

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