c 1532 Book of Hours Leaves - Continuous Bifolium 4 pgs 2 leaves


Original continuous bifolium leaves (two leaves – four pages) from a printed & beautifully hand-illuminated Book of Hours.  Ruled for twenty-six lines of Latin text, printed in black on animal vellum. (Overall Size: 6 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches,  Each Leaf: 163 x 108mm – 6 3/8 x 4 1/4’’)

Initials illuminated by hand in gold, on grounds of blue and/or red with delicate gold penwork. Elaborate border on each side hand-painted with tempera colors in a floral motif with acanthus leaves, strawberry (symbol of perfect righteousness), and columbine (symbol of the Holy Spirit) on liquid gold ground.

Printed and hand-painted with rich sumptuous colors in the workshop of Germain Hardouyn - printer and highly skilled illuminator.

Paris, c. 1532.

In purpose and format, printed Books of Hours followed the older manuscript examples. The more luxurious were printed on vellum. 

The one-line illuminated “D” begins Psalm 24 (King James 25) 8-22: “Dulcis et rectus…”

The nine lessons from Job contain moving readings from Job detailing the trials he endured in his struggle for God’s blessings. The two-line illuminated “R” begins Lesson IV – Job 13:22-28:  “Responde michi. Quantas habeo…” (He replied. Call me, and I will answer thee: or else I will speak, and do thou answer me. How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my crimes and offences…).

The two-line illuminated “H” begins Lesson V – Job 14: 1-6: “Homo natus…” (Man is born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries…).

The two-line illuminated “Q” begins Lesson VI – Job 14: 13-16: “Quis michi…” (Who will grant me this, that thou mayst protect me in hell, and hide me till thy wrath pass…).

The two-line illuminated “E” begins Psalm 39: 1-13: “Expectans…” (With expectation I have waited for the Lord, and he was attentive to me.  And he heard my prayers…).

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