THE MONTH OF APRIL.

(France, ca. 1475). 165 x 112 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 3/8"). Single column, 16 lines in a gothic book hand.

Kalends comprised of gray and white acanthus leaves accented with flowers on a background of brushed gold, saints' names in blue, red, or gold, month and Golden Numbers in burnished gold, days in alternating blue and burnished gold, five Dominical letters in burnished gold on a blue or red ground with white tracery, each side with a panel border featuring a brushed gold triangle with a spray of pink flowers, and WITH A ROUNDEL DEPICTING THE LABOR OF THE MONTH (RECTO) AND ASTROLOGICAL SIGN (VERSO), the background filled with blue and gold acanthus leaves and swirling hairline stems bearing leaves and gold berries. Panel border with three small burn holes, four brown spots to the text, minor soiling to fore and head margins. Not as pretty as it could be, but an inexpensive example of a Book of Hours calendar leaf with miniatures.
(ST12778-0531)