A Book of Hours Leaf - miniature size, c 1460 - Italy


Original leaf from a miniature medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 14 lines of ruled text, ruled in red, written in Latin with dark brown ink in gothic script on animal vellum. (70 x 54mm – 2 ¾ x 2 1/8’’) 

Three two-line illuminated initials in burnished gold on a red and blue ground with delicate white penwork.  Bars of burnished gold and red extend along the text  sprouting a floral spray top and bottom in blue, green, red, burnished and brushed gold.                                                                                                              

Italy, c. 1460

The two-line illuminated “D” begins:  “Deus…” (O God, who hast commanded us to honor our father and mother: in Thy mercy have pity on the souls of my father and mother and forgive them their trespasses; and make me to see them again in the joy of everlasting brightness).

The two-line illuminated “Q” begins:  “Quesumus…” (We beseech Thee, O Lord, according to Thy loving-kindness, have mercy upon the soul of Thy handmaiden and now that she is set free from the defilements of this mortal flesh, restore her to her heritage of everlasting salvation).

The two-line illuminated “F” begins:  “Fidelium…” (O God, the Creator and redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy departed servants the remission of all their sins; that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired).

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat.

  • Inventory Number: IM-11741