Medieval Book of Hours Leaf c 1460 - beautiful borders - Psalms


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 16 lines of ruled text, ruled in red, written in Latin with dark brown ink in gothic script on animal vellum.(162x125mm – 6 3/8 x 5’’) 

Two illuminated two-line initials and thirteen illuminated one-line initials in burnished gold on a red and blue ground with delicate white penwork. The panel borders (both sides) contain a highly decorative floral design with flowers, berries and acanthus leaves in blue, red, green, pink, burnished and brushed gold.                      

Northern France (Paris), c. 1460.

The Two-line illuminated “I” begins Psalm 42 (King James 43) complete: “Iudica…” (Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man. For thou art God my strength…) .

The two-line illuminated “S” begins Psalm 128 (KJ 129) 1-8:  “Sepe expugnaverunt…” (Often have they fought against me from my youth, let Israel now say.  Often have they fought against me from my youth: but they could not prevail over me.  The wicked have wrought upon my back: they have lengthened their iniquity…). 

Presented in an archival 14x11'' mat

  • Inventory Number: IM-11462
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