Bayeux Book of Hours leaf, c. 1440


“ …he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready..”


Verso:  Text in Latin written in an assured Gothic bookhand on vellum in brown ink.   Ruled in red.   

Seven one-line illuminated initials in raised and burnished gold on grounds of blue and pink outlined in black and with black penwork extensions into the left margin. Four line fillers.


Recto:  As Verso, with six one-line illuminated initials and three line fillers.


Origin:  Northern France, use of Bayeux.


Date:   c.1440


Content:  The text on both sides of the leaf is from Psalm 7.  The first initial ‘I’ on Verso begins Verse 11: Iustum adiutorium meum a Deo qui salvos facit rectos corde.  Deus iudex iustus et fortis et patiens numquid irascitur per singulos dies  Nisi conversi fueritis gladium suum vibrabit arcum suum tetendit et paravit illum.  Et in eo paravit vasa mortis, sagittas suas ardentibus effecit.

(My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.  He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors).


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition on high quality vellum with bright colours and lustrous gold. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


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. 140x100 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  90x65 mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that packing and postage is invoiced separately.  Within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Stock No:  MBH101

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