(France [probably Besançon]: 3rd quarter of 15th century). 239 x 165 mm. (9 3/8 x 6 1/2"). Single column, 15 lines in an elegant gothic book hand.

Rubrics in dark pink, line enders in pink and blue with white tracery and gold bezant, most leaves with several one-line initials (and/or one or more two-line initials) in burnished gold on dark pink and blue ground with white tracery, EACH SIDE WITH A LOVELY PANEL BORDER composed of hairline vines with gold ivy and bezants, variously with colorful acanthus and flowers, SOME WITH ATTRACTIVE VASES OR ESPECIALLY IMAGINATIVE FLOWERS. A couple leaves with some general light yellowing or soiling to vellum, occasional (mostly minor) marginal spots or stains, some leaves with a thumb smudge or two to the borders (one or two with more noticeable smudges, but with interesting border decoration to compensate), but on the whole this group in very nice condition--clean, bright, and well-preserved.

From a large Book of Hours probably produced in Besançon, these leaves feature very pretty panel borders with unique flourishes on every page, including colorful acanthus presented in attractive formations, gilt or painted vases with lovely flower arrangements, and large, fanciful single flowers with exaggerated petals, stamens, and leaves. Luxurious touches such as the numerous gilt initials, several dozen gilt bezants and ivy leaves in each panel border, and the unusually wide margins point to this manuscript having been a costly production. For additional leaves from this same manuscript at different price points, please check our website.