(France, late 15th century). 147 x 95 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). Single column, 17 lines of text in two sizes of a fine proto-humanist hand.
Rubrics in blue, one leaf with seven one-line initials and eight line fillers in brushed gold on blue, pink, or purple grounds, one two-line initial in brushed gold on a pink ground with gold tracery, BOTH LEAVES WITH ANIMATED PANEL BORDERS ON BOTH SIDES, these filled with blue and gold acanthus leaves accompanied by numerous tiny gold berries, brushed gold geometric sections with sprays of blue, red, or pink flowers, and EACH WITH A LIVELY BIRD SINGING OR SWOOPING AMONGST THE FOLIAGE. A sprinkling of pale brown spots to margins, light thumbing to lower corner, remnants of mounts along gutter edge, otherwise very nice examples, the gold bright, the vellum smooth and creamy, and the overall aesthetic achievement quite pleasing.
These are relatively modest leaves, but the careful, upright scribal hand and the charming depiction of the birds make them more than a little desirable. (ST12778-0652a-b)
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