Illuminated Book of Hours leaf, c. 1475


“according to the multitude of thy tender mercies: blot out my iniquity”



Verso:  Text in Latin written on vellum in brown ink an assured Gothic bookhand.   Ruled in red and rubrics in red.   One two-line illuminated initial ‘M’ in raised and burnished gold on a ground of blue and pink outlined in black and with white penwork.  6 one-line initials alternating in blue with red penwork and burnished gold with black penwork  Burnished gold ivy leaves on black tendrils radiate from the initial ‘M’ into the margin.


Recto:  As Verso, with a further 6 one-line illuminated initials.


Origin:  N. France/Flanders


Date:   c.1475


Content:  The text is from the Seven Penitential Psalms section of the Book of Hours. The first 12 lines of Recto are the end of Psalm 37 (KJV 38).  The two-line ‘M’ begins Psalm 50 (KJV 51) which continues on Verso:  Miserere mei Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam. Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum: dele iniquitatem meam.  Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.  (Have mercy on me O God: according to thy great mercy.  And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies: blot out my iniquity.  Wash me more from my iniquity: and cleanse me from my sin.)


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition with quality gilding and bright colours. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately.  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.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 110x85 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  90x65 mm.


Stock No:  MBH086

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