c 1532 Book of Hours Leaf - Isaiah - Luke - "Annunciation"


Original leaf from a printed & beautifully hand-illuminated Book of Hours.  Ruled for twenty-six lines of Latin text, printed in black on animal vellum. (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 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 two-line illuminated “D” begins:  “Deus qui…” (O God, who didst will that Thy Word should take flesh, at the message of an Angel, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary…).

The two-line illuminated “C” begins:  “Conscientias…” (Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, and purify our hearts by thy grace: that when our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son shall come, together with all his saints, he may find us ready to give him a place within us…).

The one-line illuminated “C” opens the Hour of Compline: “Converte…” (Convert us O God our savior. And avert thine ire from us…). 

The two-line illuminated “E” begins part of Isaiah 7:14-15: “Ecce…” (Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. He shall eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good).

The two-line illuminated “M” begins the Annunciation from Luke 1:26-28: “Missus…” (The Angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women).

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