With Very Lively Inhabitants, and among the Most Attractive Small Hours Leaves We've Owned


(Northern France [probably Paris]: ca. 1460s). 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, recto with 18 lines of text in a very fine gothic book hand.

Text in red, blue, and gold, "KL" in blue with white tracery and on a burnished gold ground and infilled with ivy leaves in blue, orange, and white, BOTH SIDES WITH A PANEL BORDER, EACH WITH A ROUNDEL DEPICTING THE ZODIAC SIGN AND LABOR OF THE MONTH, placed amidst a tangle of acanthus leaves in blue, red, and brushed gold. Somewhat soiled and rubbed (as is frequently the case with the January leaf), the labor roundel noticeably scratched but the zodiac roundel mostly intact, lower margin very thin and with a couple tiny cracks just starting, but clearly once very attractive and still quite charming--the gold is remarkably bright.

This leaf comes from a large fragment of a beautifully executed little Book of Hours done by very sophisticated artists whose illumination in general--and zoomorphic inhabitation in particular--is extremely charming. This calendar leaf would have opened the manuscript and, consequentially, has a certain amount of wear and soiling; nevertheless, one of the roundels is still quite clear, the gold sparkles, and the price is meant to be attractive. Please check our website for additional offerings from ths manuscript at various price points.