Lot 12
  • 12

Five leaves from a Book of Hours, in Latin [France (perhaps Poitiers), early 15th century]

1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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  • illuminated manuscript on vellum
5 leaves (a leaf and 2 bifolia), 148×106mm, vellum, 12 lines, 81×52mm, the leaf with parts of Prime and Terce in the Hours of the Virgin, 1 large illuminated initial with full border incorporating two dragons with necks entwined, cropped, the bifolium with the 7th-8th lessons in the Office of the Dead, with illuminated initials, in good condition

Catalogue Note

From a manuscript owned by Edgar Osborne (1890-1978), antiquary and librarian, collector and donor of the Osborne Collection of Children’s Books in Toronto; sold in our rooms 8 July 2008, lot 28, attributed tentatively to Poitiers. This is supported by the observation that the responsory to the 7th lesson in the Office of the Dead is almost exclusively found in Poitiers sources.