(Netherlands or Rhineland, first half of the 15th century). 435 x 300 mm. (17 1/8 x 11 3/4"). Double column, 28 lines of text in a gothic book hand.
Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, a number of one- and two-line initials in red or blue, A FIVE-LINE PUZZLE INITIAL in blue and red, with intricate purple penwork infilling and with penwork elaboration in red and purple including a human face, the penwork extensions running almost the length of the text and branching into the head margin. Original prickings visible. Minor soiling and darkening, small marginal hole (predating scribal use), one-inch water spot touching and slightly blurring a penwork extension, a couple of corners lightly creased, otherwise excellent, with generous margins, clear text, and striking decoration.
This leaf comes from an unusually large Breviary (certainly the largest one appearing in this catalogue), and the opening initial announces with considerable power that the Office of the Visitation is beginning. (ST12778-0221)
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PJP Catalog: 70.235