"[Illuminated Leaf]", Bois, Simon du
Subject: Early Printing
Period: 1527 (published)
Publication: Hore in laudem beatissime virginis Marie…
Color: Hand Color
5.2 x 7.2 inches
13.2 x 18.3 cm
Beautifully decorated vellum leaf printed by Simon du Bois for Geoffroy Tory on October 22, 1527. This is a fine example of the transitional period at the beginning of the 16th century with the text and illustrations printed, and the initials and decorations illuminated by hand. This leaf is decorated in the Italian style with unusual woodcut illustrations including flowers, fruit, insects, birds, and a lizard. The text is from the New Testament, part of the Easter history, Mathew 26.