(France: ca. 1450). 175 x 123 mm. (6 7/8 x 4 3/4"). Double column, 29 lines in s small gothic bookhand.

Rubrics in red, 10 two-line initials painted gold on blue, red, or brown ground, one three-line inhabited initial, verso with a three quarter border surrounding left column, painted lilac, blue, and gold and conaining acanthus leaves, floral motifs, and a small bird. Text ink slightly faded in a few places (not affecting legibility), ground of large initial a little chipped, but a beautiful leaf with clean margins, the paint bright and well preserved.

This charming leaf contains a brightly colored and animated border enclosing, rather unusually, only one of the two columns on the verso side. Whether it was part of the original plan for the leaf or added later by a different owner is difficult to ascertain, but it certainly adds an element of whimsy and interest more commonly seen in Books of Hours of this period. The small but beautifully composed initial features a bishop with his mitre and crozier, his hand raised as though in the midst of a blessing.
(ST12778-0522)