Jewel-like initials in an illuminated Breviary leaf, c. 1475.


Jesus appears to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias (Galilee)



Verso:  Text in Latin written on high quality vellum in black ink in two sizes of an assured Gothic bookhand.   Ruled in red and rubrics in red.  Pricking marks in the right margin. Some initials touched in yellow.  Five exquisite two-line illuminated initials alternating in pink and blue outlined in black and finished with fine white penwork.  Each initial is infilled with a different foliate design.  The initials are on highly burnished gold grounds and four of them have illuminations radiating into the margins of black tendrils bearing coloured acanthus and other flowers, green leaves and burnished gold ivy leaves and bezants.


Recto:  As Verso, with a further five equally exquisite further illuminated initials.


Origin:  Northern France/Flanders, for the Use of Sarum (Salisbury).


Date:   c.1475


Content:  The text, beginning with the second illuminated initial in the left column of Verso is the beginning of John, Chapter 21: In illo tempore manisfestavit se iterum Iesus ad mare Tiberiadis manifestavit autem sic erant simul Simon Petrus et Thomas qui dicitur Didymus et Nathanahel qui erat a Cana Galilaeae et filii Zebedaei et alii ex discipulis eius duo.

(Jesus shewed himself to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. And he shewed himself after this manner. There were together: Simon, Peter and Thomas, who is called Didymus, and Nathanael, who was of Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee and two others of his disciples).


Condition:  The leaf is in pristine condition with clean, fine vellum and jewel-like illuminations as colourful and lustrous as the day they were done, well over 500 years ago. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 190x140 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 125x95 mm.  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:  The Breviary is a book of 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. 


Stock No:  MOT062

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