(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.
Rubrics in red, one- and two-line initials in brushed gold on a red or blue ground, EACH SIDE OF EACH LEAF WITH A BRUSHED GOLD PANEL BORDER WITH VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC FLOWERS; EACH LEAF WITH ONE SMALL MINIATURE (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.). Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. Light soiling, a couple small stains in margins, Trinity leaf with one initial a bit rubbed and a few very tiny chips of paint to miniature, otherwise excellent specimens, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins and attractive decoration.
From a charmingly decorated 15th century prayer book, these lovely leaves offer the opportunity to acquire a miniature with considerable gold ornamentation at an attainable price. One leaf depicts an image of the Trinity in which God the Father holds the body of a crucified Christ in his arms; the other leaf depicts St. James, patron saint of Spain, shown in bright green and red robes and holding a long staff. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website. (ST12668bD)