Patience of Job - c 1506 Book of Hours Leaf


Original leaf from a printed & hand-illuminated Book of Hours. Ruled Latin text (French beneath side panels) printed in black on animal vellum.(168 x 105mm - 6.7 x 4.2").

Initials & line-endings illuminated by hand in gold, blue and/or red. Noted for its DECORATIVE BORDERS - the paneled surrounds are historiated or inhabited forms - designed by the Master Jean Pichore and executed by Philippe Pigouchet.

Published by Simon Vostre in Paris (Use of Rouen) c. 1506.

The side panels on  recto depict two of the Fifteen Signs of the End of the World from the apocryphal Apocalypse of Thomas.

The full-page panel depicts Job (personification of patience) outside the city, which can be seen in the background. Job is shown seated, with his hands together in prayer. His three friends stand to his left. The story began when God asked Satan if he had noticed the piety of the good man Job. Satan replied that it was easy for a successful and happy man to be faithful. God then took away Job's worldly comforts one by one to test his faith. In the end, Job recognized that he could not fathom God's workings, only submit in humility to his decrees. 

The text beneath the full page panel opens Psalm 114 (King James 115):  ''Dilexi...'' (I have loved, because our Lord: will hear the voice of my prayer. Because he hath inclined his ear to me: and in my days I will call upon him). 

Shipped in archival 14x11'' mat.

  • Inventory Number: IM-10397