TEXT FROM THE SUFFRAGES.

(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, and one panel with acanthus apparently unfinished; EACH LEAF WITH ONE SMALL MINIATURE (measuring approximately 40 x 25 mm.) DEPICTING SAINTS. Headlines written in French in a later (18th century?) calligraphic hand. Light soiling, 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 andconsiderable gold ornamentation at an attainable price. One leaf depicts Sts. Peter and Paul in a single frame, and the other shows St. Vedast (or Waast)--a saint that was particularly venerated in France, especially in the Arras region, whence we be believe these leaves originated. For other leaves from this same manuscript, please check our website.
(ST12668bK)