A Book of Hours Leaf - c 1490-1510 - Whimsical Dragon in margin


Original leaf from a manuscript Book of Hours. 25 lines of text, ruled in red, written in Latin in angular gothic book-hand script on animal vellum. Rubrics in red.(160 x 115mm – 6 ¼ x 4 ½’’) 

Two two-line illuminated initials in blue and white on a gold ground; seventeen illuminated one-line initials and ten illuminated line-extenders in gold on a red or blue ground.  Unusual vibrant and elaborate panel borders in colorful floral and gemstone motif on a gold or rich sable ground – with a whimsical dragon-like creature (recto) somersaulting in the margin!                                               

France: Rouen (Use of Rouen)  c. 1490-1510.

Style and execution of the miniature paintings in the parent manuscript are closely related to the Master of the Geneva Latini (see Walter 224 & 233 for examples).

The two-line illuminated “B” begins Psalm 31 (King James 32) complete: “Beati…” (Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin, and in whose spirit there is no guile…Many are the scourges of the sinner, but mercy shall encompass him that hopeth in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye just, and glory, all ye right of heart).

The two-line illuminated “D” opens Psalm 37 (KJ 38): “Domine…” (Rebuke me not O Lord…).

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

  • Inventory Number: IM-11878