(Bruges: ca. 1460). 224 x 160 mm. (8 3/4 x 6 1/4), Single column, 22 lines in a formal gothic book hand.

Rubrics in red, a few one-line initials in gold or blue, each leaf with at least one three-line initial in gold on pink and blue ground with white tracery (some with vinestem extenders), EACH LEAF WITH ONE OR TWO LARGE HISTORIATED INITIALS FEATURING SAINTS OR BIBLICAL SCENES, THE TEXT SURROUNDED BY A THREE-QUARTER BORDER of acanthus leaves, vinestem, berries, and flowers, accentuated with gold bezants. Each leaf with a little soiling to the vellum and a light dampstain in one corner (just touching the border), a few negligible blemishes here and there, but the initials and borders very well preserved and the paint remarkably bright.

In the style of the great illuminator William Vrelant, each of the large historiated initials here is packed with detail and color. The first leaf, containing a single initial, depicts All Saints, with a crowd of haloed figures gathered tightly inside the expansive "O" opening the prayer that begins "Omnes sancti." The second leaf contains two separate initials, of Mary and of St. John, each shown full-length, hands in prayer, heads tilted slightly downward in contemplation. They stand upon the same green tile seen in the initial of the first leaf, with a backdrop consisting of three arch-topped windows and walls embellished with delicate gold penwork. Though perhaps not from a top atelier, these leaves were nonetheless very competently executed and are desirable for their wide margins, large historiated initials, and bold color scheme.
(ST14353)

3,250 for the leaf with two initials; $2,500 for the leaf with one initial

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PJP Catalog: 74.035

OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY TWO VELLUM ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAVES WITH LARGE HISTORIATED INITIALS, FROM A. BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN.