Hand painted Miniature of Saint Mark & his lion, c. 1510


Book of Hours, c. 1510

                            Printed on vellum with hand illuminations


Verso:  Text printed in Latin on vellum in a Gothic typeface.  Ruled in red and versal initials touched in yellow.  Illuminations added by hand after printing include one two-line hand illuminated initial ‘I’ in red & gold, a full length panel of acanthus leaves and red and blue flowers on a ground of liquid gold and a portrait of Saint Mark seated at a desk, writing his gospel.  He is splendidly dressed in green, gold and burgundy robes and his winged lion is at his feet.  


Recto:  As Verso, with a similar hand painted panel of illuminations.


Source:  Paris.


Date:  c. 1510.


Content:  The leaf contains one of the fundamental passages in the New Testament - from The Gospel according to Saint Mark, Chapter 16, Verses 14 - 20. The red and gold illuminated initial begins the reading: 

In illo tempore recumbentibus undecim discupulis apparuit illus iesus. Et exprobravit incredulitatem illorum et duritiam cordis quia his qui viderant eum resurrexisse a mortuis non crediderant. Et dixit eis.  Euntes in mundum universum predicate evangelium omni creaturae. Qui crediderit et baptizatus fuerit salvus erit Qui vero non crediderit condemnabitur.

Signa autem eos qui crediderint haec sequentur In nomine meo daemonia eicient linguis loquentur novis  serpentes tollent.  Et si mortiferum quid biberint non eis nocebit.  Super egros manus inponent et bene habebunt.  Et Dominus quidem iesus postquam locutus est eis adsumptus est in caelum [et sedit a dextris Dei]  

At that time he appeared unto the eleven disciples as they sat at table, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues.  They shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them.  They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them he was assumpted into heaven [and sat on the right hand of God].


Condition:  The Verso of the leaf is in very good/excellent condition, expertly printed on vellum and finished with quality hand illumination.  Slight edge browning and a crease in the outer margin.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.  Recto has a slight stain, but not obscuring the text.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 170 x115 mm. Printed area : approx.  135x85 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:  This leaf is from the fascinating transitional period when production of Books of Hours moved from manuscript to printing by letterpress.  The earliest printers were trained in the manuscript tradition and incorporated the convention of leaving spaces for illuminated initials and decorations by hand.  Rather than being printed on paper, Books of Hours from this period were printed on the more traditional and prestigious vellum.

Item No:  PSA100


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