Flanders Illuminated Book of Hours leaf, c. 1475


“…our Lord loveth the gates of Sion above all the tabernacles of Jacob”



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 ‘F’ 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 ‘F’ into the margin.  Fine red penwork also extends into the margins.


Recto:  As Verso, with a further 5 one-line illuminated initials.


Origin:  N. France/Flanders


Date:   c.1475


Content:  The text is from the Hours of the Virgin III, Matins. The illuminated initial ‘F’ begins Psalm 86 (KJV87):  Fundamenta eius in montibus sanctis: diligit Dominus portas Sion super omnia tabernacula Iacob. Gloriosa dicta sunt de te civitas Dei.  (The foundations thereof in the holy mountains: our Lord loveth the gates of Sion above all the tabernacles of Jacob. Glorious things are said of thee, o city of God.)


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition with clean vellum, quality gilding and bright illuminations. 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. 110x85 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  105x65 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:  MBH089

Add to Cart:

Copyright © 2018 Littera Scripta ABN 63 259 816 761. Powered by Zen Cart - Design by Sloan Creative Design