Book of Hours Leaf c 1518 - Psalms


Original leaf from a printed & hand-illuminated Book of Hours.  Twenty-eight lines of ruled Latin text, printed in red & black on animal vellum. (178 x 115mm – 7 x 4 ½’’) 

Three illuminated two-line initials and numerous illuminated one-line initials in gold alternating on a red-orange or deep blue ground; one three-line illuminated initial in gold on a red-orange and deep blue ground.

Printed by Gilles Hardouyn & hand-painted in the workshop of Germain Hardouyn - brother of the printer & a highly skilled illuminator.  Paris (Use of Rome), c. 1518.

Noted for its DECORATIVE BORDERS - the paneled surrounds are historiated (containing identifiable scenes or figures) or inhabited forms including the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Angels of the Apocalypse.

The two-line illuminated “D” begins Psalm 109 (King James 110) complete: “Dixit...” (The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou at my right hand: Until I make thy enemies thy footstool…).

The two-line illuminated “L” begins Psalm 112 (KJ 113) Complete: “Laudate…” (Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord.  Blessed be the name of the Lord, from henceforth now and forever.  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is worthy of praise…).

The next two-line illuminated “L” begins Psalm 121 (KJ 122) complete: “Letatus…” (I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord…).

The two-line illuminated “N” begins Psalm 126 (KJ 127) complete: “Nisi…” (Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.  Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it…).

Presented in an archival 14x11'' mat

  • Inventory Number: IM-11517
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