(150 x 110mm) Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 16 lines
of ruled gothic textura script, written in Latin with dark brown ink, on animal
vellum. Four illuminated two-line initials, four illuminated one-line
initials, and two illuminated line-extenders in burnished gold on a red and blue ground with delicate white
penwork. Both sides have a burnished gold bar adjacent to a red and blue bar
extends along the length of the text and ends in the top and bottom
margins with graceful acanthus leaves in pink, blue and green; top and
bottom margins are an elegant rinceaux design with floral, vines and
berries in pink, green, blue, red and burnished gold.
(Ghent/Bruges), c. 1430-50.
two-line illuminated ''N'' begins the Nunc Dimittis - a
prayer recited by Simeon at the presentation of Jesus at the temple. (Luke
2:29-31): ''Nunc...'' (Now dismiss
Thy servant, O Lord, in peace, according to Thy word: For mine own eyes hath
seen Thy salvation, Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples, A
light to reveal Thee to the nations and the glory of Thy people Israel). The two-line
illuminated ''G'' begins the prayer: ''Graciam...'' (Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O
Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ,
Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and
cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection). The two-line ''U'' begins: ''Ure...'' (Enflame O Lord our reins, and
heart, with the fire of Thy Holy Spirit: to the end that we may serve Thee,
with a chaste body, and please thee with a clean heart).