French Book of Hours leaf, c.1490

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“And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested…”



Verso:  12 lines of text in Latin written on vellum in brown ink in a lettre bâtarde script.  Ruled in purple, rubrics in red.  One two-line illuminated initial ‘E’ in blue & white on a ground of red outlined in black and finished with gold penwork. 


Recto:  As Verso, text only.


Source:  France.


Date:   c.1490


Content:  The text is from the Hours of the Virgin I, Matins. The initial ‘E’ begins the Second Lesson: 


Et sic in Sion firmata sum, et in civitate sanctificata similiter requievi, et in Jerusalem potestas mea.


(And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.)


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition, with clear text on clean vellum. The illuminated initial is in fine condition. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 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.

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 135x90 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 65x50 mm.  


Item Number:  MBH115a

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