Three leaves from illuminated manuscripts on vellum [late thirteenth to fifteenth century]
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three leaves: (a) leaf from a Bible, 197mm. by 132mm., with a historiated initial ‘D’ enclosing King David (opening Psalm XXVII), double column, 45 lines, written in a gothic bookhand, one-line initials in red and blue, 2-line initials in same with contrasting penwork and extending bars, in excellent condition, northern France, c.1270; (b) leaf from a Book of Hours (opening None in the Hours of the Virgin), 117mm. by 82mm., with a decorated initial ‘D’ and a partial border, 14 lines, written in a gothic bookhand, one-line initials in blue with red or in gold with purple penwork, 2-line initials in gold on red and blue grounds with white penwork decoration, vellum slightly stained, in good condition, Italy (probably Florence), c.1450-70; (c) leaf from a Book of Hours (opening Prime in the Hours of the Virgin), 157mm. by 111mm., with a historiated initial ‘D’ enclosing the Nativity of Christ in semi-grisaille and a panel border with scattered acanthus and flowers, 12 lines, written in a gothic hand, one-line initials in gold on red or blue grounds, one 2-line initial in blue on a red ground, margins slightly stained, in good condition, Hainaut, 1470-80
Another leaf from the same manuscript as item (b) was offered by Günther, cat.6, Miniatures and Illuminated Leaves (2002), no.40. Another leaf from the same Book of Hours as item (c) was offered by Maggs, Bulletin 18 (1993), no.13.