The Book of Daniel. Decorated Breviary leaf, c.1460, Italy.

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"Children in whom was no blemish, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science." 


Verso:  Text in Latin written in two columns of an assured gothic bookhand in brown ink on vellum.  Rubrics in red. Four two-line decorated initials alternating in blue with internal and external red penwork and red with the palest sepia penwork. 


Recto:  As Verso with a further two-line decorated initial.


Origin:  Northern Italy.


Date:  c. 1460


Content:  The text on Verso is from The Book of Daniel beginning at the blue initial ‘I’ with chapter 1:1 and continuing to 1:10. The blue initial begins the Book: In anno tertio regni Ioachim regis Iuda venit Nabuchodonosor rex Babylonis Hierusalem et obsedit eam.                                                                          


(In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.)


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition.  Apart from the expected edge browning, the vellum is clean and the text and decorations clear and bright.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 150x120 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx.  95x80 mm.  Archivally mounted, ready for framing.  


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:  MOT084

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