TEXT FROM COMPLINE.

(Northeastern France, probably Arras, late 15th century). 146 x 95 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 15 lines in a pleasing bâtarde hand.

Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials in brushed gold on a red or blue ground, one three-line initial inhabited by a flower, RECTO WITH A FULL BORDER OF BRUSHED GOLD WITH VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC FLOWERS, FRUITS, AND A SINGLE BIRD; VERSO WITH BRUSHED GOLD PANEL BORDER containing intricate red and green knotwork. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. Light soiling, a small stain to upper corner, blue ground slightly faded, a small thumb smudge on full border, otherwise an excellent specimen, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins and very attractive decoration.

From a charmingly decorated 15th century prayer book, this lovely specimen offers the opportunity to acquire a leaf with considerable gold ornamentation at an attainable price. The carefully arranged and skillfully painted flora and fauna are a delightful feature. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website.
(ST12668bB)