Medieval Missal Leaf - Italy (probably Bologna) c 1470-80


Original leaf from a Medieval Missal. Two columns (32 lines each) of Latin text, written black & red in rotunda script on animal parchment.(355 x 248mm – 14 x 9 ¾’’) 

Nine illuminated two-line initials alternately in deep blue with fine red pen scroll tracery, & red with fine blue pen scroll tracery all extending into the margins. Fifteen illuminated one-line initials alternating in blue with red penwork and red with blue penwork.  

Italy (probably Bologna), c. 1470-80.

The first illuminated blue “D” begins Psalm 44 (King James 45) 8, 2:  “Dilexisti…” (Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows My heart hath uttered a good word : I speak my works to the King).

The illuminated “V” begins:  “Vultum tuum…” (All the rich among the people shall entreat Thy countenance: after her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbors shall be brought to thee in gladness and rejoicing. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King).

The illuminated “C” begins Psalm 118 (KJ 119) 75, 120:  “Cognovi…” (I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are equity, and in Thy truth Thou hast humbled me: pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear, I am afraid of Thy judgments.  Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord…).

Missals contain the texts necessary for the performance of the Mass (including chants, prayers, and readings) together with ceremonial directions. 

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory Number: IM-11334
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