Recto: Text in Latin written in an assured Gothic bookhand on vellum in brown ink. Ruled in red and rubrics in red. One two-line illuminated initial ‘T’ in raised and burnished gold on a ground of blue and pink outlined in black and with white penwork. Four one-line illuminated initials and four line fillers.
Verso: As Recto, with five one-line illuminated initials and four line fillers.
Origin: Northern France, probably Paris.
Content: The text is from the Office for the Dead at Lauds section of the Book of Hours. The text on Recto, beginning with the two-line illuminated initial ’T' is Psalm 64 (KJV 65): Te decet hymnus Deus in Sion: et tibi reddetur votum in Hierusalem. Exaudi orationem meam: ad te omnis caro veniet. Verba iniquorum praevaluerunt super nos: et impietatibus nostris tu propitiaberis. (An hymn O God becometh thee in Sion: and a vow shall be rendered to thee in Jerusalem. Hear my prayer: all flesh shall come to thee. The words of the wicked have prevailed upon us: and thou wilt be merciful to our impieties.)
The Psalm continues on Verso.
Condition: The leaf is in excellent condition on high quality vellum and with bright illuminations. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing. Please note that postage is invoiced separately. Australia $22.50. Overseas, ask for quote.
Notes: The Office of the Dead (its old name was Office for the Dead) was in the back of every Book of Hours the way death itself was always at the back of the medieval mind. It was the cause of considerable anguish for medieval men and women to think of the potentially long periods of time their relatives would spend in the painful fires of purgatory. Along with the funding of funerary Masses, praying the Office was considered the most efficacious means of reducing this fiery price of obtaining paradise. These aids were essential, because only the living could help the dead. The Office of the Dead includes a moving series of readings from the Old Testament Book of Job. The trials endured by Job become an allegory for one's time on earth, or one’s relatives in purgatory.
Size: Size of leaf: approx. 205x150 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 110x75 mm.
Stock No: MBH122