Northern French Illuminated Hours leaf, c. 1470


“The sharp arrows of the mighty: with coals of desolation”



Verso:  Text in Latin written on vellum in brown ink an assured Gothic bookhand.   Ruled in red.   One two-line illuminated initial ‘A’ in pink outlined in black and finished with fine white penwork.  The initial is on a ground of raised and burnished gold and extending from it into the left margin are black tendrils bearing coloured flowers and gold ivy leaves.  A further six one-line illuminated initials in burnished gold coloured grounds finished with white penwork.  A catchword in the bottom margin.


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


Origin:  Northern France


Date:   c.1470


Content:  The text beginning with the 2-line initial ‘A’ is Psalm 119 (KJV 120). Ad Dominum cum tribularer, clamavi; et exaudivit me.  Domine libera animam meam a labiis iniquis:  et a lingua dolosa.  Quid detur tibi, aut quid apponatur tibi: ad linguam dolosam?  Sagittae potentis acutae: cum carbonibus desolatoriis.  (When I was in tribulation I cried to our Lord: and he heard me.  O Lord deliver my soul from unjust lips: and from a deceitful tongue.  What may be given to thee, or what may be added unto thee: to a deceitful tongue?  The sharp arrows of the mighty: with coals of desolation.)


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition with clear text on fine, clean vellum, quality gilding and bright illuminations. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 150x110 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  100x75 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:  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.


Stock No:  MBH077


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