c 1532 Book of Hours Leaf - Psalms - Beautiful borders


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, columbines (symbol of the Holy Spirit), and strawberry (symbol of perfect righteousness) 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 “E” continues Psalm 18 (King James 19) 6-15: “Exultavit ut…” (He hath rejoiced as a giant to run the way: His going out is from the end of heaven, And his circuit even to the end thereof…).

The two-line illuminated “D” begins Psalm 23 (King James 24) complete: “Domini est terra…” (The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell therein.  For he hath founded it upon the seas; and hath prepared it upon the rivers.  Who shall ascent into the mountain of the Lord: or who shall stand in his holy place? The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, who hath not taken his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbor…).  

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