Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 17 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin with dark brown and red ink in gothic script on animal vellum.(106 x 82mm – 4 3/16 x 3 ¼’’)
Exceptional six-line illuminated initial in blue with white penwork having an interior floral design in blue, pink, green, white and burnished gold, and all sitting on a burnished gold ground; burnished gold, blue and red bars surround the text on three quarters; elaborate floral border surrounding text in red, pink, orange, green blue and burnished gold; twelve one-line illuminated initials alternating in deep blue with red penwork and burnished gold with violet penwork.
Northern France or French Flanders, c. 1450-70.
The elaborate illuminated “D” begins Psalm 114 (King James 116) complete: “Dilexi…” ( I have loved, because the Lord will hear the voice of my prayer. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me: and in my days I will call upon him. The sorrows of death have compassed me: and the perils of hell have found me. I met with trouble and sorrow: and I called upon the name of the Lord. O Lord, deliver my soul. The Lord is merciful and just, and our God showeth mercy. The Lord is the keeper of little ones: I was humbled, and he delivered me. Turn, O my soul, into thy rest: for the Lord hath been bountiful to thee. For he hath delivered my soul from death: my eyes from tears, my feet from falling. I will please the Lord in the land of the living).
Presented in an archival 14x11'' mat