Original leaf from a manuscript Book of Hours. 25 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin in angular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum. (160 x 115mm – 6 ¼ x 4 ½’’)
One two-line illuminated initial in gray and white on a gold ground; twenty-six illuminated one-line initials and twenty illuminated line-extenders in gold on a red or blue ground. Unusual vibrant and elaborate panel borders in colorful floral and gemstone motif on a deep blue or rich sable ground.
France: Rouen(Use of Rouen) c. 1490-1510.
Style and execution of the miniature paintings in the parent manuscript are closely related to the Master of the Geneva Latini (see Walter 224 & 233 for examples).
The two-line illuminated “T” begins the popular medieval Prayer written in the 4th century: “Te deum…” (O God, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord. Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee. To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens & all the Powers, all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory. The glorious choir of the Apostles, the wonderful company of Prophets, the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee. Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee: the Father of infinite Majesty; Thy adorable, true and only Son; and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. O Christ, Thou art the King of glory! Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb. Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven. Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father. We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge. We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood. Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory…).
Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat