TEXT FOR DECEMBER, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS FOR SLAUGHTERING A PIG AND FOR CAPRICORN.

(Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s). 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8").

This comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. The labor of the month depicts a man in a white apron raising a cudgel over the head of a pig he is about to kill; verso showing Capricorn the Sea-Goat with his cornucopia-like lower half, looking rather out of place in a green meadow. Minor loss of gold around the Kalends, a couple of tiny marginal stains, otherwise excellent.
(ST12021-12)