(Paris, ca. 1420). 203 x 143 mm. (8 x 5 5/8"). Single column, 15 lines of text in an attractive gothic book hand.
The leaves with a variable number of finely illuminated one- and two-line initials in blue or magenta with white tracery and containing one or more twining flowers in blue, orange, and white, the whole on a burnished gold ground, usually as many line fillers (of the same design) as initials, the text always enclosed on three sides by a bar border of blue and gold, with acanthus leaf extensions at the bottom, and EACH SIDE OF EACH LEAF WITH A VERY INTRICATE FULL BORDER OF RINCEAU, consisting of many floral buds, gold bezants, and ivy leaves. A few borders trimmed a little close at one edge (with the most trivial loss of decoration), a hint of yellowing at edges, but generally in excellent condition, THE ILLUMINATION ESPECIALLY AND CONSISTENTLY BRIGHT AND FRESH.
These are Parisian Book of Hours leaves from what was obviously a splendid manuscript. The substantial size of the leaves, the glistening gold, and the intricacy of the decoration of the border and the illuminated letters combine here to make a very positive impression. (ST11052b-2d)
1,250 - $1,500 (depending on decoration and condition)
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