Augustinian Manuscript Breviary leaf, c.1475, Italy


“The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, 

until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”


Recto:  Double column text in Latin written in an assured rounded gothic bookhand in varying sizes in brown ink on very thin vellum.  Rubrics in red.  Several  two-line and one-line initials in red and one 7-line red initial ‘D’ beginning the psalm with the other letters of the first word Dixit written in capitals with decoration between the letters.


Verso:  As Recto with many one-line illuminated initials.


Origin:  Italy. Use of Rome. 


Date:  c. 1475


Content:  The large red initial ‘D’ in the left column begins Psalm 109 (KJV 110). Dixit Dominus Domino meo sede a dextris meis, Donec ponam inimicos tuos scabillum pedum tuorum.  Virgam fortitudinis tuae emittet Dominus ex Sion: Dominare in medio inimicorum tuorum. (The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies).


Condition:  The leaf is in very good condition.  There is the expected edge browning and a couple of faint spots, virtually all of which is masked off by the mat.   It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 135x105 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  90x80 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:  A breviary, etymologically a compendium or abridgement, is the liturgical work which contains the psalms and the hymns, the readings from Sacred Scripture and from the writings of the Fathers, the prayers and the responses, which are combined to form the canonical hours of the divine office of prayer recited daily throughout the world by priests and the religious.

Item No:  MOT060

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