Prayer to Saint Christopher. Illuminated Breviary leaf, c.1480


Recto:  17 lines of text in Latin written in brown ink on vellum.  Rubrics in red.  One two-line illuminated initial ‘D’ in raised and burnished gold on a blue ground outlined in black.  The illuminated ‘D’ is infilled in pink with fine white detailing. Radiating into the left margin from the initial are fine tendrils bearing ivy leaves in gold.


Verso:  As Recto.


Origin: Probably Italy


Date: c. 1480


Content:  The prayer to Saint Christopher begins at the illuminated initial ‘D’:  Deus qui ineffabili misericordia per beatissimus martyrem tuum Christophorum multorum animas ab errore infidelitatis, ad lumen fidei revocasti, presta populis tuis eiusdem sufragantibus meritis… (The ineffable mercy of God, through your most blessed martyr Christopher…).  The prayer concludes on Verso.


Condition:  The Recto of this leaf is in overall good condition with just the expected edge browning and a few worm holes. Verso has considerable ink loss, staining and fading. 

The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 110x80 mm.  Written & illuminated area: approx. 75x55 mm. Please note that packing & postage is invoiced separately.  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:  MOT053

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