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TEXT FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER - AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM CALENDAR LEAF FROM - 1460. [1276108]
ca. 1460, Paris - 195 x 143 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/2"). Single column, 16 lines in a gothic book hand. Minor feast days in red and blue, major feasts in gold, numerous gold and painted line fillers, the five "A" initials and the "KL" highly decorative and painted pink and blue against a gold background, gold and pink bar surrounding the text on three sides, BOTH SIDES OF THE LEAF WITH EXTRAVAGANTLY DECORATIVE BOTANICAL FULL BORDERS with two small birds hidden within, and INCORPORATING TWO MEDALLION MINIATURES DEPICTING THE LABOR OF THE MONTH (SOWING) AND THE SIGN OF THE ZODIAC (SCORPIO) FOR OCTOBER. IN VERY FINE, FRESH CONDITION, with gold and paint extraordinarily bright. The miniatures here are very delicately painted, with details of the landscapes and the garments highlighted with liquid gold. This extensive use of gold--for major feast days, for decorative border elements, and even for the hundreds of seeds being sown(!)--suggests that the book from which this leaf was cut may have been done as a commission for a specific person of high rank, since it would have been very costly. The miniatures here are very delicately painted, with details of the landscapes and the garments highlighted with liquid gold. This extensive use of gold--for major feast days, for decorative border elements, and even for the hundreds of seeds being sown(!)--suggests that the book from which this leaf was cut may have been done as a commission for a specific person of high rank, since it would have been very costly.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
Last Found On: 2016-11-28           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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