FROM AN ATTRACTIVE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN.

(Paris: ca. 1450). 159 x 108 mm. (6 1/4 x 4 1/4"). Single column, 15 lines per page in an excellent gothic book hand.

Leaves with varying degrees of decoration: (1) Calendar leaves with large "KL" in burnished gold on a red and blue ground with white tracery, text in blue, red, and black ink, and with a swirling panel border featuring flowers, leaves, strawberries, and many burnished gold ivy leaves on hairline stems; (2) text leaves with one- or two-line initials and line fillers in colors and gold, almost all of the text leaves also with a panel border (some with a panel border on both sides). Isolated trivial stains or imperfections, but VERY BRIGHT, CLEAN, AND FRESH.

In fine condition, beautifully decorated, and sparkling with gold, these leaves are marvelous examples of a high-quality Parisian Book of Hours made for a person of means. The borders here are especially pleasing, with skeins of hairline vines accented by burnished bezants and ivy, bright blue and gold acanthus, pale green leaves, and cheerful red blossoms. For leaves at other price points, please check our website.
(ST11774B)