(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.