The Annunciation to the Virgin, historiated initial from a Choirbook, in Latin [southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges)], dated 1471
- ink and pigment on vellum
The scene is dated in tiny white script in the background at the top with '1471', followed by 'Ihesus' and 'Maria'. Dated and datable manuscripts have always been of great interest. Various countries participate in the publication of what is commonly called Catalogue des manuscrits datés, a series of volumes of dated and datable manuscripts that was initiated in France in 1959 (for a listing of catalogues arranged by countries, see D. Muzerelle, État des publications on the website of the Comité international de paléographie latine). This census proves most useful for palaeography as the majority of manuscripts that are dated or datable include only minor decoration. Precisely dated illumination, on the other hand, is very rare.