Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Breviary. 33 lines written in Latin in double columns with dark brown and red ink on animal vellum. (208 x 153mm - 8.3 x 6.1").
One exceptional multi-line illuminated initial extending along much of the margins in red and blue; six multi-line illuminated initials alternating in dark blue with delicate red penwork and red with delicate blue penwork – most extending into the margins; numerous one-line illuminated initials in red.
France, c. 1300-25.
The elaborate illuminated ''I'' begins the first lesson for the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua (patron saint of lost articles). The text continues to lesson seven.
A Breviary is composed of many books (prayers, hymns, psalms...) painstakingly but carefully written by hand, and used by monks and priests to conduct their daily services.
Shipped in archival 14x11'' mat.