TWO ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY, FROM A MISSAL IN LATIN.(Italy, probably Tuscany, ca. 1450s). 356 x 248 mm (14 x 9 3/4"). Double column, 32 lines of text in an extremely appealing large, rounded gothic book hand.
Rubrics in red, seven or else nine two-line initials in red or blue with contrasting red, blue, or purple penwork elaboration extending well into the margin, some reaching below the text. A few faint wrinkles, isolated minor darkening because of the natural grain of the vellum, but almost entirely IN VERY FINE CONDITION, the vellum extremely clean and smooth, the margins especially ample, and the text and decoration rich and fresh.
These are leaves from the Temporal of a remarkably well-preserved Missal. While they do not have the glitter that comes with gold, they provide the special satisfaction that comes with extremely careful execution of an unusually pretty script and delicately elaborated decoration. (ST11067a-j)