c 1450-75 Book of Hours Leaf - Doodle in Margin


Original leaf from a manuscript Book of Hours. 15 lines of hand-ruled text written in Latin on animal vellum in brown ink.  (184 x 125mm – 7 ¼ x 4 7/8’’)

Two two-line illuminated initials, four one-line illuminated initials and five line extenders in burnished gold on red and blue ground with delicate white penwork. The panel borders contain a highly decorative floral design with flowers, berries, and acanthus leaves in blue, red, green, pink, and burnished gold.                         

France (Anjou), Use of Angers, c. 1450-75.

Ink drawing (doodle) verso, into the margin from the first line of text.

The one-line illuminated “D” begins: “Deus…” (Incline unto my aid O God. O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…).

The two-line illuminated “N” begins: “Nobis sancti…” (The grace of the Holy Spirit free unto us befall: Wherewith was overshadowed the maid of maidens all.  When the angel Gabriel his salutation said, The Word itself flesh became and the virgin fruitful made. Come O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created. And thou shalt renew the face of the earth).

The two-line illuminated “O” begins:  “Omnipotens…” (Almighty and everlasting God…).

Angers was the cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty and one of the intellectual centers of Europe during the reign of Rene of Anjou, (1434-80). When this leaf was scribed the two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty, House of Lancaster & House of York, were engaged in the War of the Roses.

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

  • Inventory# IM-12528
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