IM-10451: (205 x 130mm) Original leaf from a printed and hand-illuminated Renaissance Book of Hours. 28 lines of Latin text, ruled in red. Four three-line & thirty-three one-line illuminated initials in liquid gold on blue or salmon ground with delicate gold tracery. The text is surrounded with an exceptional inhabited trompe l’oeil floral border containing butterflies (symbol of the Resurrection of Christ), and five different flowers - showing the influence of Simon Bening. Printed & fully illuminated by hand in gold & colors by the brothers Gilles & Germain Hardouyn.
Produced at the Hardouyn workshop in Paris, c. 1510.
The two-line illuminated "D" begins Psalm 109 (King James 110) complete: "Dixit..." (The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou at my right hand: Until I make thy enemies thy footstool...). the two-line illuminated "L" begins Psalm 112 (KJ 113) complete: "Laudate..." (Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord, from henceforth now and forever...). The next two-line illuminated "L" begins Psalm 121 (KJ 122) complete: "Letatus..." (I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord...). The two-line illuminated "N" begins Psalm 126 (KJ 127) nearly complete (all but last two words): "Nisi..." (Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it...).