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Book of Hours were prayer books designed for the laity, but modeled on the Divine Office, a cycle of daily devotions, prayers and readings, performed by members of religious orders and the clergy. Its central text is the Hours of the Virgin. There are eight hours (times for prayer ): Matins, Lauds. Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline. During the Middle Ages, the leaves making up a Book of Hours were written by hand on expensive parchment and beautifully illuminated with jewel-like pigments and gold leaf. These illuminated manuscripts combined the collaborative efforts of an array of highly skilled craftspeople; requiring the joint labors of the parchmenter, professional scribes to write the text in Gothic script, artists to illuminate the pages with decorations, and masterful binders to complete the process.

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Lot 748
By: Anonymous
Subject: Medieval Manuscripts
Date: 1463 (circa)


Condition Code: A

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Color: hand color

Size: 3.1 x 4.1 inches
         7.9 x 10.5 cm

    This is a lovely, tiny leaf from a Book of Hours created in France around 1463. The book was so small, it must have been the property of a lady who carried it in her purse. The delicate text has 6 initials in blue, red and burnished gold leaf, as well as two line fillers in the form of tiny flowers. The text is in dark brown ink.

Condition Description: Light marginal soiling.

$110.00 - $140.00

Sold for: $80.00

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