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(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, several one-line initials and two two-line initials in burnished gold on dark pink and blue ground with white tracery, each side with a panel border composed of hairline vines with gold ivy and bezants, a few colorful flowers, and each inhabited by a colorful bird. ◆Minor chipping to the gold of one initial, trivial smudge to border, but IN VERY FINE CONDITION.
From a large Book of Hours probably produced in Besançon, this leaf features very pretty panel borders, each inhabited by a colorful bird with long tail feathers, positioned as if to hold the end of an acanthus leaf in its mouth. In addition to these fine illustrations, 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. (ST17060L)