(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 TWO SMALL MINIATURES (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.) depicting saints shown with their attributes. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. ◆Light soiling, rubrics faded, otherwise excellent specimens, generally clean and smooth, with ample margins, attractive decoration, and shining gold.
From a charmingly decorated 15th century prayer book, these lovely leaves offer the opportunity to acquire a miniature and considerable gold ornamentation at an attainable price. One leaf depicts St. Andrew (holding an "X" shaped cross) and St. Etienne (i.e. St. Stephen, here shown with three stones on his body), and the other shows St. Remigius (the so-called "Apostle of the Franks") and St. Quentin--a saint that was particularly venerated in France, especially in the north, whence we be believe these leaves originated. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website. (ST12668bJ)