(Northeastern France, probably Arras, late 15th century). 146 x 95 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 15 lines in a bâtarde hand.
Rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials in brushed gold on a red or blue ground, EACH PAGE WITH A VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC PANEL BORDER, with realistic fruits and flowers or intricate strapwork designs in colors on a brushed gold ground; one leaf with a FULL ILLUSION BORDER. Headlines written in French in a (17th century?) calligraphic hand. Occasional oil(?) stains or soiling (sometimes greater than trivial, but never approaching serious), otherwise excellent specimens, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins, charming decoration, and much shining gold.
This group of leaves represents an unusual opportunity to acquire a part of a charming 15th century prayer book with considerable gold and diverting illusionistic decoration for very little money. (ST12668a)
125-$350, depending on decoration and condition
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