Book of Hours leaf c. 1440, Use of Bayeux


 “I heard a voice from Heaven”.


Recto: 17 lines of text in Latin written in two sizes of a Gothic bookhand in black ink on vellum. Rubrics in red and some initials touched in light grey. Two two-line illuminated initials in raised and burnished gold outlined in black on pink and blue grounds finished with white penwork.  Both initials have decorations radiating into the margin.Three similar one-line illuminated initials.


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


Source:  Northern France, Use of Bayeux.


Date:   c.1440


Content:  The illuminated ‘A’ on the second line begins a verse from Apocalypse 14:13.  Audivi vocem de caelo dicentem scribe beati mortui qui in Domino moriuntur.  (I heard a voice from heaven, saying to me: Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord).  

The two-line illuminated initial ‘L’ begins Psalm 145 (KJV 146):  Lauda anima mea dominum…  (Praise the Lord O my soul…)


Condition:  This leaf is in very good condition with clear text on fine, clean vellum, bright illuminations and lustrous gold.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 145x110 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.100x70 mm.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately: Australia $20.  Overseas: ask for quote.  


Notes:  The words of Audivi vocem de caelo were set to music for six voices by Duarte Lobo, a Portugese composer who lived in the late 16th to early 17th centuries. The Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford have a beautiful version on youtube:

Item No:  MBH098

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