TEXTS FROM PRAYERS TO THE HOLY TRINITY.

(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-line initials in brushed gold on a red ground, EACH SIDE OF LEAF WITH A BRUSHED GOLD PANEL BORDER, WITH VERY PRETTY ILLUSIONISTIC FLOWERS; WITH TWO SMALL MINIATURES (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.), one on each side, depicting the Resurrection and the Holy Spirit. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. Light soiling, a couple tiny flakes of paint on body of Christ, otherwise an excellent specimen, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins, winning decoration, and shining gold.

From a charmingly decorated 15th century prayer book, this lovely leaf offers the opportunity to acquire two miniatures and considerable gold ornamentation at an attainable price. The text here comes from prayers addressed to the Son and Holy Spirit, which would have been preceeded by a prayer to God to complete the Trinity. One side depicts the Resurrection of Christ, whose body is pictured here emerging from a tomb, his wounds still clearly visible; and the opposite side shows the image of a dove as messanger of the Holy Spirit, emitting rays of gold and appearing to glow on the page. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website.
(ST12668bI)