A Book of Hours Leaf - c 1470-90 - vibrant & elaborate borders


Original leaf from a manuscript Book of Hours. 24 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin in an elegant angular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum; rubrics in red. (178 x 125mm – 7 x 5’’) 

Two two-line illuminated initials, seventeen one-line illuminated initials and ten illuminated line-extenders in gold on red or blue ground.       

France: Rouen, (Use of Rouen) c. 1470-90.

Unusual vibrant and elaborate panel borders on recto and verso in colorful floral and geometric motif in red, green, blue and white on gold ground.

The one-line illuminated “T” begins Psalm 95 (King James 96) 12-13: “Tunc…” (Then shall all the trees of the woods rejoice before the face of the Lord, because he cometh: because he cometh to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with justice, and the people with his truth).

The two-line illuminated “D” begins Psalm 96 (KJ 97) complete: “Dominus…” (The Lord hath reigned, let the earth rejoice: let many islands be glad. Clouds and darkness are round about him: justice and judgment are the establishment of his throne. A fire shall go before him, and shall burn his enemies round about.  His lightnings have shown forth to the world: the earth saw and trembled. The mountains melted like wax, at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of all the earth.  The heavens declared his justice: and all people saw his glory…).

The two-line illuminated “C” opens Psalm 97 (KJ 98):  “Cantata…” (Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle because he hath done wonderful things…).

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

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