(Germany: ca. 1450). 172 x 124 mm. (6 7/8 x 4 7/8"). Single column, 18 lines, in a regular late gothic book hand.
Attractively matted. One- and two-line initials in red or blue, recto with two staves of music on a four-line staff, each line of music beginning with a large, charming initial (a "P" containing a preening stork painted in brown, green, and brushed gold, and an "S" containing the face of a bearded man and a dragon done in brown, green and red); below the music, A LARGE (52 x 50 mm.) HISTORIATED INITIAL SHOWING DAVID PLAYING HIS HARP, the king in his crown and a pink robe seated on his throne and plucking the harp's strings, the "B" done in sky blue with modelling in white and darker blue, the initial and its scene set on a square of burnished and chased gold, the whole enclosed by a frame painted in pinks and greens, the "B" extending under the frame to the left and terminating in scrolling marginal vegetation done in several colors and gold. Mounting traces on verso. Slight marginal discoloration in one area (more visible on verso and well away from text and decoration) and an old repair in the same place, the marginal embellishment a bit faded in places, negligible rubbing to a few spots on the initial frame and David's robes, otherwise extremely well preserved, THE INITIAL IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION, with bright gilt and without any paint loss.
The text here is that of the first Psalm, "Beatus Vir": "Blessed is the man who does not succumb to the counsel of the impious or enter into the path of the sinful," illustrated, as is usual, with David in his role of psalmist, here depicted as wise and venerable. Despite the small scale, there is a good deal of detail in the fingers and the flowing gray locks, and even the bags under the king's eyes are visible. (ST16379-003)
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PJP Catalog: 78.030