Augustinian Manuscript Breviary leaf, c.1475, Italy


“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God”


Recto:  Double column text in Latin written in an assured rounded gothic bookhand in varying sizes in brown ink on very thin vellum.  Rubrics in red.  Two two-line and many one-line initials in red and one 6-line red initial ‘D’ beginning the psalm with the other letters of the first word Dixit written in capitals with decoration between the letters.


Verso:  As Recto with further illuminated initials.


Origin:  Italy. Use of Rome. 


Date:  c. 1475


Content:  The large red initial ‘D’ in the left column begins Psalm 13.  Dixit insipiens in corde suo, Non est Deus. Corrupti sunt et abominabiles facti sunt in studiis suis: non est qui faciat bonum, non est usque ad unum. Dominus de caelo prospexit super filios hominum, ut videat si est intelligens, aut requirens Deum. Omnes declinaverunt, simul inutiles facti sunt: non est qui faciat bonum, non est usque ad unum.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any that did understand and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy, there is none that doeth good, no, not one.


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition with just the expected edge browning which is masked off by the mat. Verso has some "bleed-through" from the red initial 'D' on Recto.   It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 135x105 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  90x80 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.


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:  MOT061

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