TEXT FOR AUGUST, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF THRESHING AND VIRGO.

(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. Here, the labor of the month shows two men vigorously threshing grain inside a stone barn; verso with Virgo depicted as a maiden in red, standing between two large sheaves of grain. Usual flaking from gold around the Kalends, thin line of paint missing from the border and roundel on verso, otherwise excellent.
(ST12021-8)