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Auction 102, Lot 553

"[Lot of 2 - Illuminated Leaves]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1300 (circa)



3.5 x 4.5 inches
8.9 x 11.4 cm

Pair of vellum leaves from a Breviary written in Flanders, probably Bruges. It was used as a traveling breviary by Dominican or Franciscan monks, who traveled throughout Europe. Every Breviary begins with a Psalter and this leaf is from this section. The text is written in a neat Gothic bookhand. One leaf contains a large decorative initial "T", which is the beginning of Psalm 64 [KJV 65]. On the other side is a bird with a long tail filling the margin, painted in pink and blue and decorated with a long strip of gold leaf. The other leaf is simply embellished with small initials are in blue and gold.


Condition: B

Soiled with some stains along binding side as is to be expected for a leaf from a traveling breviary.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $200

Closed on 3/5/2003