Dutch language Book of Hours illuminated leaf, c.1475

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Recto:  17 lines of text in Dutch written on vellum in brown ink in a Gothic bookhand script.  Rubrics in red.  One two-line illuminated initial ‘M’ in raised and burnished gold on a ground of pink, blue and white outlined in black.  Five one-line coloured versal initials alternating in blue and red.


Verso:  As Recto, with seven one-line coloured versal initials.


Source:  Netherlands.


Date:   c.1475


Content:  The text, beginning with the illuminated initial ‘M’ is the Magnificat (Hymn of Mary).  The first two lines of the Dutch text, which continues on Verso, read: Mijn ziel maakt groot den Heer,  Mijn geest verheugt hem zeer.  (My heart rejoices greatly, my soul praises the Lord high.)  The Magnificat continues:  He has not forgotten me! I who, as a young woman, he always served faithfully, may know of his goodness).


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

The Netherlands, along with France, produced large numbers of Book of Hours in the fifteenth century.

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 150x100 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 85x60 mm. 

Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately.  Australia $22.50. Overseas, ask for quote 


Item Number:  MBH124

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