(Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s). 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand.
Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the recto inhabited by a merry grotesque with the body of a goose and a long-nosed human face on a serpentine neck, verso WITH AN ATTRACTIVE MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT GENEVIEVE standing in a room reading, WHILE BEHIND HER AN ANGEL CHASES AWAY A BLUE-WINGED DEMON. Very minor flaking of paint in the miniature (not detracting from the image), two faint black lines (perhaps offsetting from the outline of a miniature on the opposite page) running across the text, one of the lines entering the miniature, otherwise a very clean, bright, and still quite pleasing leaf.
In this well composed and complex scene, the patron saint of Paris, Genevieve, who saved the city from Attila the Hun, is protected herself by an angel who has flown in at just the right moment. This celestial guard has a stick in each hand, and pokes the disgusting demon into submission. (ST12021-246)
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PJP Catalog: 70.420