Book of Hours Leaf - c 1518 Psalms of Praise


Original leaf from a printed & hand-illuminated Book of Hours.  Twenty-eight lines of ruled Latin text, printed in red & black on animal vellum.(178 x 115mm – 7 x 4 ½’’) 

One illuminated two-line initial and numerous illuminated one-line initials in gold alternating on a red-orange or deep blue ground.

Printed by Gilles Hardouyn & hand-painted in the workshop of Germain Hardouyn - brother of the printer & a highly skilled illuminator.  Paris (Use of Rome), c. 1518.

Noted for its DECORATIVE BORDERS - the paneled surrounds are historiated (containing identifiable scenes or figures) or inhabited forms.

The one-line illuminated “B” continues the Canticle of the Three Children – Daniel 3: 79-88, 56: “Benedicite …” (O ye whales, and all that move in the waters, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever. O all ye fowls of the air…All ye beasts and cattle…Ye sons of men…O let Israel bless the lord…Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven: and worthy of praise, and glorious forever).

The two-line illuminated “L” begins Psalms 148 & 149 complete: “Laudate…” (Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high places. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts…Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light…Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the church of the saints.  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king. Let them praise his name in choir: let them sing to him with timbrel and psaltery…). 

Presented in an archival 14x11'' mat

  • Inventory Number: IM-11464
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