(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, each with multiple one- and/or two-line initials in burnished gold on dark pink and blue ground with white tracery, each side of each leaf with a lovely panel border composed of hairline vines with gold ivy and bezants, and colorful flowers and acanthus, some with floral arrangements in vases, and/or especially leafy vegetation. A couple leaves with a little yellowing or light soiling to vellum, occasional small stains or smudges, one leaf with a small tear just touching a couple letters, other signs of minor wear, but these issues by and large negligible, and on the whole VERY CLEAN, BRIGHT, AND WELL PRESERVED.

From a large Book of Hours probably produced in Besançon, these leaves feature very pretty panel borders on every page, each with unique flourishes that include colorful acanthus, flowers, and/or fruits, as well as a couple special examples with particularly large, fleshy vegetation and vases of floral arrangements. 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.