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The Crucifixion, Man of Sorrows, and putti
A BIFOLIUM FROM A BOOK OF HOURS, IN LATIN [ITALY (PERHAPS ROME), LATE 15TH CENTURY]
c.130x142mm, vellum bifolium, 19 lines, the ruled space of each page c.86x41mm, illuminated with a 6-line historiated initial extending into a three-sided border, and three 2-line initials; the first leaf contains part of the prayer ‘O dulcissime domine Ihesu Christe verus deus …’, the second leaf has the end of the Office of the Dead, with prayers for a deceased man, woman, and ones’ parents, followed by the beginning of the Hours of the Cross with the historiated initial and border; some worming, flaking of pigments, and darkening at the edges of the leaves
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Catalogue Note

The unusually tall, narrow format and small ‘pocket’ size were adopted in printed books such those of Aldus Manutius.

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