Large Breviary leaf with beautiful illuminated initials c. 1375


Includes readings from the Book of The Prophet Ezekiel.



Verso:  Text in Latin written in two columns in an assured gothic bookhand on vellum in black ink.  Ruled in red and rubrics in red. One four-line illuminated initial ‘E’ in red and blue puzzle style infilled with intricate red penwork and with further elaborate blue decorations extending above and below in the margin. Three two-line initials in a similar style.  Versal initials touched in red. 


Recto:  As Verso without illuminated initials.


Origin:  Probably Italy.


Date:   c.1375


Content:  Each illuminated initial begins a reading from Ezekiel.  The large initial ‘E’ begins Chapter 1, verse 1: Et factum est in trigesimo anno, in quarto, in quinta mensis, cum essen in medio captivorum juxta fluvium Chobar, aperti sunt caeli et vidi visiones Dei.  (Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chobar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.)


Condition:  The Verso of this leaf is in good/very good condition.  The edges of the margins are browned and a few words at the top of the left column are affected by damp which has caused the ink to blur, but otherwise the text is clear and the illuminated initials are in fine condition. Recto is in poor condition with almost all the text having ink loss.

 The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Notes: The Breviary is a book furnishing the regulations for the celebration of the Mass and containing the public or canonical prayers, hymns, psalms, readings and  notations for everyday use, especially by the Catholic clergy.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 335x235 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 315x185 mm.   Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame. Packing & insured post within Australia: $25.00.  Overseas destinations: ask for quote.



Item No:  MOT035

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