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Auction 98, Lot 476

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1470 (circa)

Publication: Book of Hours


5 x 7 inches
12.7 x 17.8 cm
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Splendid French vellum leaf from the Hours of the Virgin, Compline - the last prayer of the day. The recto margin is beautifully illuminated with a delicate garland of small flowers in red and blue and many leaves in gold. A superbly executed initial 'D' begins Psalm 129: "De profundis clamavi ad te domine dne exaudi vocem meam" (Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord, Lord hear my voice…) Ten more initials and a blue flower completes the illuminations on this fine leaf.


Condition: A

Minor stains on verso in the very wide margins.

Estimate: $400 - $450


Closed on 3/6/2002