(Southern Germany, perhaps Augsburg, ca. 1490). 318 x 235 mm. (12 1/2 x 9 1/4"). Double column, 25 lines, in a large, bold gothic book hand.
Attractively matted. Rubrics and foliation in red, capitals struck with red, one- and two-line initials painted in blue or red, RECTO WITH A HANDSOME LARGE (approximately 60 x 60 mm.) PAINTED INITIAL in shades of blue with artful modelLing, the initial ON A BRILLIANTLY BURNISHED AND CHASED GOLD GROUND, the whole within a frame of red and green, the same side also with flamboyant swirling marginal decoration comprising acanthus leaves in blue, pink, green, and tan, a scarlet carnation, and gold bezants. Fore edge with remnants of leather tab. Mounting tissue at head edge on verso, a hint of soiling in bottom margin, but IN FINE CONDITION, THE INITIAL ESPECIALLY BRIGHT AND WELL PRESERVED, with no erosion in the paint or gold.
A very special feature of our initials is the chasing, or shallow incising, done in the surface of the highly burnished gold ground of the capital. The ground has been diapered with a very fine instrument, and there are tiny, charming flowers within the diapered compartments. This leaf was formerly in the illustrious collection of Cincinnati businessman and philanthropist Cornelius J. Hauck (1893-1967); the sale of his library at Christie's in 2006 totaled more than $12.4 million. (ST10911a)
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PJP Catalog: 70.302