FROM A LARGE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN.

(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, one- and two-line initials painted gold on pink and blue ground with white tracery, each side with a panel border decorated with hairline vines, gold bezants and ivy, and colorful flowers and acanthus, RECTO BORDER INHABITED BY A CHARMING DOG-LIKE CREATURE. A small, light stain in border decoration (largely masked by dense hairline vines), but IN FINE CONDITION--bright, clean, and well preserved.

From a large Book of Hours probably produced in Besançon, this leaf features very pretty panel borders, including one with a particularly charming inhabitant in the form of a dog-like creature with no front legs, wearing an orange collar, and emitting an acanthus leaf from its mouth. Imaginative touches like this, and luxurious elements such as the several dozen gilt bezants and ivy leaves in each border, and the unusually wide margins, point to this manuscript having been quite a costly production. For additional leaves from this same manuscript at different price points, please check our website.
(ST17060N)