Beautifully decorated Dutch language manuscript leaf, c. 1500

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Dutch language Breviary leaf c.1500, Netherlands.

Recto: Text in Dutch written in a rounded gothic bookhand in brown ink on heavy laid paper. Ruled in red. One superb six-line “puzzle style” initial ‘V’ in blue, red and black with extensive flourished red penwork extending into the top, left and bottom margins and ending in a black foliate design.

Verso: As Recto, text only.

Origin: Netherlands

Date:  c. 1500

Condition: The leaf is in very good/excellent condition. Apart from the expected edge browning, the leaf is in fine condition with clean paper and clear and bright text and decorations. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 145x105 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 125x95 mm. 

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: MOT078a

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