"[Illuminated Leaf]", Hardouin, Gilles
Subject: Early Printing
Period: 1520 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
4 x 6.2 inches
10.2 x 15.7 cm
A calendar leaf from an early printed Book of Hours containing the months of September, October, November and December. Every Book of Hours started with a calendar that enumerated the days of the month by citing the feast, or saints' day that was celebrated on that particular day. This fine vellum leaf is a wonderful example from the infancy of printing with printed text and hand painted decoration. At the top of both sides are illuminated initials 'KL' preceding the name of the month with the number of days of the sun and the moon (e.g. September habet dies XXX, Luna vero XXIX). In October there is an interesting mistranslation for the eleven martyred virgins of Saint Ursula; here "xi mil. Virgi", literally meaning eleven thousand virgins.
Small smudge of blue paint on verso.