(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 leaf 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, many decorated with gilt or painted vases containing flower arrangements, others with fleshy vegetation or flower sprays, and accented with various fruits, flowers, and acanthus. Vellum with a little light yellowing or soiling, occasional small stains or smudges, one leaf with verso border somewhat rubbed, other minor signs of wear, but most of these issues quite minor, and on the whole these leaves in excellent condition, with especially pretty border decoration.

From a large Book of Hours probably produced in Besançon, these leaves feature very pretty panel borders on every page, each with unique decoration including vases of different shapes, sizes, and hues (each containing a different flower arrangement), fleshy vegetation, and lovely floral sprays. 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.

Keywords: Book of Hours