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 blue and white with floral infill, on a gold ground; nineteen illuminated one-line initials and ten 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 – panel recto shows the bust of helmeted man facing text!
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 one-line illuminated “B” continues The Canticle of Three Children – Daniel 3: 72-88: “Benedicite…” (O ye light and darkness, bless the Lord. O ye lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord. O let the earth bless the Lord…).
The two-line illuminated “L” begins Psalm 148: 1-8: “Laudate…” (Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high places. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that are above the heavens praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke and they were made: he commanded and they were created. He hath established them forever and for ages of ages…).
Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat