Book of Hours leaf, c.1490


A late 15th century illuminated leaf in excellent condition


Recto: 14 lines of text in Latin written in a high quality Gothic bookhand in black ink on fine vellum.  One two-line & three one-line illuminated initials in liquid gold with internal gold penwork decoration on alternating red and blue grounds.   One illuminated line filler.  See images below


Verso:  As Recto with one two-line illuminated initial and a rubric in red ink.


Source:  Northern France (probably Paris).


Date:   c.1490


Content:  The leaf contains verses of Psalms 141 and 85 before the illuminated initial “O” begins a prayer to God who granted additional years to King Hezekiah (2 Kings, 20:6). The author asks for time in which to repent and to be absolved of his sins:  Omnipotens sempiterne Deus I qui Ezechie Regi, inde te cum lacrimis humiliter deprecanti, vite spa cium protendisti ...   (Almighty and everlasting God, who with tears of Hezekiah king of Judah, you are reaching out to her request, and the time the term of her life...)   The prayer continues on Verso.


Condition:  This leaf is in outstanding condition.  The vellum is virtually unblemished and of the finest quality and the illuminations are in perfect condition.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 155x110 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 85x60 mm. Packing & insured post within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Notes:  Books of Hours were prayer books designed for the laity who wished to emulate the cycle of daily devotions followed by the clergy but without taking actual vows.  The contents grew out of the psalter but included a mixed variety of other types of material - hymns, lessons, biblical readings, calendars etc. Its central text is the Hours of the Virgin. There are eight Hours (times for prayer): Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline.

Item No:  MBH 064

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