Illuminated Breviary leaf, c. 1480
Verso: 17 lines of text in Latin written in brown ink on vellum. Rubrics in red. Two two-line illuminated initials ‘D’ and ‘O’ in raised and burnished gold on a blue ground outlined in black. Each illuminated initial is infilled in pink with fine white detailing. Radiating into the left margin from the initials are fine tendrils bearing ivy leaves in gold.
Recto: As Verso with one illuminated initial.
Origin: Probably Italy
Date: c. 1480
Content: The prayer to Saint Juliano begins on Recto at the illuminated initial ‘D’, beatum iulianum (blessed Juliano) is in the eighth line from the top. An antiphon to Juliano is on Verso with the rubrics Pro sco (sancto) Juliano. antiphona
Condition: The Recto of this leaf is in overall good/very good condition with just the expected edge browning and a few worm holes. The illuminated initials retain bright colours and lustrous gold. Verso has some ink loss, but not at the expense of legibility.
The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.
Size: Size of leaf: approx. 110x80 mm. Written & illuminated area: approx. 75x55 mm. Please note that packing & postage is invoiced separately. Australia: $22.50. Overseas: ask for quote
Notes: A breviary, etymologically a compendium or abridgement, is the liturgical work which contains the psalms and the hymns, the readings from Sacred Scripture and from the writings of the Fathers, the prayers and the responses, which are combined to form the canonical hours of the divine office of prayer recited daily throughout the world by priests and the religious.
Item No: MOT054