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USE OF UTRECHT. TEXT FROM THE OPENING OF VESPERS - AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSC - 1987. [1276547]
Northern Netherlands [Utrecht], ca. 1430s. n. This is a beautifully scripted and illuminated leaf, in fine, bright condition with the text in the Dutch translation of Gerardus Magnus or (in Dutch) Geert Groote (or other variants, including Gerard, Gerrit, or Gerhard Groet, 1340-84). At a time when Books of Hours were almost exclusively in Latin (with occasional calendars, rubrics, or personal prayers in the vernacular), Groote sought to make the communication between the individual and the divine more direct by translating the Office of the Virgin into Dutch in or about 1385. A priest whose life was characterized by luxury and irresponsibility until he experienced a profound spiritual awakening, Groote had established a scriptorium in Deventer in 1371 that would allow impoverished scholars to earn a living copying texts. This organization eventually grew into the Brethren of the Common Life, a teaching order that had a profound influence on European education, establishing the first graded schooling and emphasizing humanistic studies and Latin. Their students included Erasmus, and they had a lasting effect on the development of German humanism. It would appear that our leaf comes from a manuscript sold as lot #53 at Sotheby's on 1 December 1987 (for the equivalent of $10,560).. 154 x 111 mm. (6 1/8 x 4 3/8"). Single column, 19 lines in a pleasing gothic book hand. Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, five one-line initials in red or blue, recto with one two-line initial in burnished gold embellished with red penwork and with delicate penwork extensions running the length of the page; verso WITH A FIVE-LINE BURNISHED GOLD INITIAL on a blue and pink ground with white tracery, a blue, pink, and burnished gold bar border extending from the initial, forming A THREE-QUARTER BORDER with hairline stem extensions bearing gilt bezants and blue and pink acorns, right-hand border featuring three small flowers with burnished gold centers. Trimmed a bit close at head (no loss), otherwise A FINE LEAF--quite clean, smooth, and bright, with sparkling gold. This is a beautifully scripted and illuminated leaf, in fine, bright condition with the text in the Dutch translation of Gerardus Magnus or (in Dutch) Geert Groote (or other variants, including Gerard, Gerrit, or Gerhard Groet, 1340-84). At a time when Books of Hours were almost exclusively in Latin (with occasional calendars, rubrics, or personal prayers in the vernacular), Groote sought to make the communication between the individual and the divine more direct by translating the Office of the Virgin into Dutch in or about 1385. A priest whose life was characterized by luxury and irresponsibility until he experienced a profound spiritual awakening, Groote had established a scriptorium in Deventer in 1371 that would allow impoverished scholars to earn a living copying texts. This organization eventually grew into the Brethren of the Common Life, a teaching order that had a profound influence on European education, establishing the first graded schooling and emphasizing humanistic studies and Latin. Their students included Erasmus, and they had a lasting effect on the development of German humanism. It would appear that our leaf comes from a manuscript sold as lot #53 at Sotheby's on 1 December 1987 (for the equivalent of $10,560).
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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