Fine calligraphy - with flourishes. Psalter leaf, c.1450

$245.00

 

Recto: Eighteen lines of text in Latin written on vellum in a highly skilled gothic textura bookhand.   Ruled in red with rubrics in red.  One two-line and many one-line illuminated initials in blue and red. Pagination in a later hand in the top corners, very faint on Recto. The scribe has drawn attention to his/her ability with casual, almost playful flourishes in the margins. See images below

 

Verso:  As Recto. An omission in the text is noted in the margin “in gentem” with a small x indicating where it should be.  See Verso & detail images below

 

Source:  Germany/Flanders.

 

Date:   c.1450

 

Content:  The leaf contains sections of Psalms 103 & 104  (KJV 104 & 105).  Recto has the last few verses of Psalm 103 before Psalm 104 begins with the two-line blue initial “C”: Confitemini domino et invocate nomen eius. Annuntiate inter gentes opera eius; Cantate ei et psallite ei... (Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the people.  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him...)  The psalm continues on Verso to the end of verse 18.

 

Condition:  This leaf is in excellent condition.   There is slight staining in the bottom corner from page turning, but the text, illuminations and vellum are all in fine condition. The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

 

Notes:  The psalter was the ancestor of all the books of the Divine Office, including that later medieval text for the laity, the Book of Hours.  Psalters came in plain versions for daily use, as well as highly elaborate illuminated versions with miniatures and historiated initials.  It contained texts for declaiming aloud and was chanted repeatedly by the clergy in the course of their liturgical duties

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 170x130 mm. Text area (excluding flourishes) : approx. 115x85 mm.  Mat size: approx. 335x285 mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame.  Certificate of Authenticity. Contact us for further images of this leaf.

Packing & registered, insured post within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas destinations: ask for quote.

 

Stock No:  MOT 004

 

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