Hours of the Virgin. Book of Hours leaf c.1465


Make ye joy to God all the earth”


Recto: 16 lines of text in Latin written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink on vellum. One two-line illuminated initial ‘I’ in raised & burnished gold outlined in black on a ground of red and blue with fine white penwork, in a style called “dentelle”.  Six similar one-line illuminated initials and four line fillers.  


Verso:  As Recto with one two-line and six one-line illuminated initials and four line fillers.


Source:  Northern France


Date:   c.1475


Content:  The text is from the Hours of the Virgin 1, at Lauds.  The illuminated initial ‘I’ on Recto begins Psalm  99 (KJV100):  Iubilate Deo omnis terra: servite Domino in laetitia. Introite in conspectu eius: in exultatione. (Make ye joy to God all the earth: serve ye our Lord in gladness.)

Verso contains the first several verses of Psalm 92 (KJV93) which concludes on Recto. 


Condition:  This leaf is in excellent condition with clear text on fine, clean vellum. The illuminations remain bright with unfaded colours and shining gold.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 170x125 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.100x70 mm. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame.  Please note that postage/packing 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. 

Item No:  MBH079

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