FROM A BOOK OF HOURS.

(France: early 15th century). 150 x 108 mm. (5 7/8 x 4 1/4"). Single column, 17 lines in a gothic book hand.

Rubrics in red, one leaf with a pink and blue line-filler with white tracery and gold bezant, each leaf with two or more one-line gold initials on blue and pink ground, and two or more two-line initials in blue and pink on a gold ground with tendrils emanating from the corners, terminating in gilt ivy leaves and blue flowers. Vellum faintly soiled, one leaf with an early and very small repair at the corner of the text, a few trivial thumb smudges, but these faults all quite trivial, and on the whole very well preserved.

While Book of Hours leaves in Latin appear frequently on the market, individual leaves in French are rather more difficult to come by. The present leaves provide an excellent opportunity to study the Medieval form of this language in a religious context, in addition to being lovely specimens in themselves.
(ST13588)