Original leaf from a miniature medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 14 lines of ruled text, ruled in red, written in Latin with dark brown ink in gothic script on animal vellum. (70 x 54mm – 2 ¾ x 2 1/8’’)
One two-line illuminated initial and ten one-line illuminated initials in burnished gold on a red and blue ground with delicate white penwork. Bars of burnished gold and red extend along the text (recto) sprouting a floral spray top and bottom in blue, green, red, burnished and brushed gold.
Italy, c. 1460
The two-line illuminated “L” begins Psalm 112 (King James 113) complete: “Laudate…” (Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord, from henceforth now and forever. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is worthy of praise, The Lord is high above all nations; and his glory above the heavens. Who is as the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high: and looketh down on the low things in heaven and in earth? Raising up the needy from the earth, and lifting up the poor out of the dunghill: That he may place him with princes, with the princes of his people. Who maketh a barren woman to dwell in a house, the joyful mother of children).
An attractive diminutive leaf with significant content - From an Italian prayerbook for a lady! Italian illuminated Books of hours are significantly scarcer than ones from France.
Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat