Tiny illuminated Breviary leaf, c. 1480


“Thy hands O Lord have made me, and framed me wholly round about”



Verso:  Text in Latin written on vellum in brown ink an assured Gothic bookhand.   Ruled in red and rubrics in red.   One two-line illuminated initial ‘M’ in raised and burnished gold on a ground of blue and pink outlined in black and with white penwork.  Burnished gold ivy leaves on black tendrils radiate from the initial into the margin. A small fault in the vellum in the bottom margin has been delicately repaired  by sewing with linen thread.  A note in the bottom margin in a contemporary hand.


Recto:  As Verso, text only.


Origin:  Flanders


Date:   c.1480


Content:  The text beginning with the illuminated initial ‘M’  is a passage from Job 10 and reads:  Manus tuae Domine fecerunt me, et plasmaverunt me totum in circuitu: et sic repente praecipitas me? Memento, quaeso, quod sicut lutum feceris me, et in pulverem reduces me. Nonne sicut lac mulsisti me, et sicut caseum me coagulasti? Pelle, et carnibus vestisti me: ossibus, et nervis compegisti me. Vitam et misericordiam tribuisti mihi, et [visitatio tuo custodivit spiritum meum].  

(Thy hands O Lord have made me, and framed me wholly round about: and dost thou so suddenly cast me down headlong? Remember, I beseech thee, that as clay thou madest me, and into dust thou wilt bring me again. Hast thou not as milk milked me, and curded me as cheese? With skin, and flesh thou hast clothed me: with bones, and sinews thou hast compacted me. Life and mercy thou hast given me, and [thy visitation hath kept my spirit].


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition with quality gilding and bright colours. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Notes:  The Breviary is a book containing 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. 110x85 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  75x65 mm. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame.  Please note that packing & insured post is invoiced separately.  Within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Stock No:  MOT049

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