(France: ca. 1480). 176 x 114 mm. (7 x 4 1/2"). Single column, 27 lines in an elegant batarde hand.
Rubrics in pink, one one-line initial in gold on blue ground, one two-line initial painted blue and white on gold and pink ground, A SEVEN-LINE MINIATURE OF ST. CHRISTOPHER, three-quarter border of acanthus leaves flowers, and bezants on gold ground. Border a little rubbed in one corner, upper and lower margins trimmed quite close, a touch of general mild soiling, otherwise a lovely leaf, the miniature particularly well preserved and with a good amount of detail.
This charming and attractively priced leaf features a petite miniature of the patron of travelers, gardeners, and bookbinders, St. Christopher. The story of how this holy helper carried the Christ child across a river gained wider traction in the later Middle Ages, and was included in Jacob de Voraigne's "Golden Legend." Its smaller size is typical for this section of the Book of Hours, the Suffrages, which would have contained portraits of and prayers to numerous saints. The detail work here, especially in the faces, is quite good, and the gold border adds an element of richness and warmth to the page. (ST12778-0513)
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