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   IM-10708 - Medieval Book of Hours Leaf with elaborate borders - c. 1420-40


IM-10708: (197 x 138mm) Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours. 15 lines of red-ruled Latin text, in dark brown ink, on animal vellum. Three two-line illuminated initials alternating in blue & red with delicate white penwork & an interior floral design in red, blue & orange on a burnished gold ground - two into margin with a rinceaux floral motive in burnished gold & blue; two one-line illuminated initials & four illuminated line-extenders in burnished gold on red & blue ground with delicate white penwork. Text is surrounded on 3 sides with an elegant rinceaux panel border in a delicate floral motif with ivy leaves in red, blue, green, orange & burnished gold, & one illuminated bar extends beyond the length of the text in red, blue & burnished gold. Northern France (Paris), c. 1420-40. The two-line illuminated ''A'' begins the prayer: ''Adsit...'' (We beseech Thee, O Lord, that the strength of the Holy Spirit who mercifully cleanses our hearts & protects us from all adversity be with us). The two-line illuminated ''C'' begins: ''Concede...'' (Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind & body; &, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, & enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness). The two-line illuminated ''E'' begins a section of Suffrages - prayers to saints who were considered the protectors, helpers and guardians of medieval people. It begins a prayer to St. John the Evangelist (patron saint of theologians): ''Eccliam(sic)...'' (Make thy church shine, we ask, O kindly Lord, so that illuminated by the teachings of blessed John thy apostle and evangelist it may reach thy eternal gifts. Through our lord Jesus Christ).
Inventory Number: IM-10708


Charles Edwin Puckett
Contact   Charles or Teresa Puckett Phone: 330-668-0032
Period: Pre-1600
Date: c. 1420-40
Origin: Northern France (Paris)
Condition: Excellent
Measurements: 197 x 138mm
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