Comic marginalia. Manuscript Missal leaf, c. 1475


A  very large & finely illuminated manuscript leaf with comic ‘marginalia’.



Recto:  32 lines of text in Latin written in two columns in an extremely refined gothic bookhand (textualis) in red and black on high quality vellum.  Rubrics in red and versal initials touched in yellow. Five two-line illuminated initials alternating in blue and red with contrasting highly decorative penwork in the margins, one ending with a comic sketch of a human face beneath acanthus leaves.


Verso:  As Recto, with six two-line illuminated initials.


Origin:  Bologna, Italy.


Date:   Latter part of the 15th century, c. 1475


Content:  The first illuminated initial ‘I’ - in blue - begins a reading from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 4.  In illo tempore, Surgens Iesus de sinagoga introivit in domum Simonis.  Socrus autem Simonis tenebatur  magnis febribus.  Et rogaverunt illum pro ea.  Et stans super illam imperavit febri et dimisit illam.  Et continuo surgens ministrabat illis… (At that time, Jesus rising up out of the synagogue, went into Simon’s house.  And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever, and they besought him for her.  And standing over her, he commanded the fever, and it left her.  And immediately rising, she ministered to them.)


Condition:  This leaf is in very good condition, with fine calligraphy and illumination.  There is very slight age-related browning in the margins and a professionally repaired 35 mm. tear in the top right margin of Recto (not visible within the window of the mount).  Otherwise the leaf is in top condition, beautifully scribed and illuminated,  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 360x255 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  300x200 mm.  Archivally mounted, ready to frame.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately.  Australia $22.50. Overseas, ask for quote. 


Notes:   A Missal in the Roman Catholic Church is the book containing the prayers said by the priest at the altar as well as all that is officially read or sung in celebrating the Mass over the course of the ecclesiastical year.  The Roman Missal (Missale Romanum) published by Pope St. Pius V in 1570, eventually replaced the widespread use of different missal traditions by different parts of the church.  This leaf is from one of these earlier Missals.

Item No:  MMI005

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