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2013-12-08 20:10:39
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM CALENDAR LEAF FROM A BOOK OF HOURS, DEPICTING THE LABOR OF THE MONTH
ca. 1460s, Northern France [probably Paris]. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). This comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. On this calendar leaf, the labor of the month consists of the cutting of grain, seen here being accomplished by a peasant kneeling with a sickle in hand and dressed in a full-length red garment, a wide-brimmed straw hat, and a long white cloth hanging down from the back of the head, no doubt as a cooling device. This piece of attire as well as the shadows cast by the sun suggest a hot July day. One would expect the work here to be done by a male, but everything about the figure (the apparel, the lightness of the tool, the fair complexion) strongly suggests a female. The verso shows Leo the golden Lion seated in a field beside a large gray rock. The usual flaking to the gold around the initials, otherwise fine. This comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. On this calendar leaf, the labor of the month consists of the cutting of grain, seen here being accomplished by a peasant kneeling with a sickle in hand and dressed in a full-length red garment, a wide-brimmed straw hat, and a long white cloth hanging down from the back of the head, no doubt as a cooling device. This piece of attire as well as the shadows cast by the sun suggest a hot July day. One would expect the work here to be done by a male, but everything about the figure (the apparel, the lightness of … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-08 20:10:39
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM CALENDAR LEAF FROM A BOOK OF HOURS, DEPICTING THE LABOR OF THE MONTH
ca. 1460s, Northern France [probably Paris]. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). This comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. Here, the labor of the month shows two men vigorously threshing grain inside a stone barn; verso with Virgo depicted as a maiden in red, standing between two large sheaves of grain. Usual flaking from gold around the Kalends, thin line of paint missing from the border and roundel on verso, otherwise excellent. This comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. Here, the labor of the month shows two men vigorously threshing grain inside a stone barn; verso with Virgo depicted as a maiden in red, standing between two large sheaves of grain. Usual flaking from gold around the Kalends, thin line of paint missing from the border and roundel on verso, otherwise excellent.
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-08 10:36:50
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT MATTHEW, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris]: , ca. 1460s. Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. This miniature provides the standard--and an artistically agreeable--depiction of Saint Matthew and his helpful attributive angel, but what really stands out here are the two exceedingly charming drolleries in the borders. On the recto, the dog is riding the goose with such enthusiasm and in such a posture as to suggest a coital agreement, while the grotesque on the verso shows an extremely vivid imagination: the combination of female human and serpent has spotted yellow wings, wears a curling red hat and a green bodice tucked into a similarly colored tail resembling a large horn, and holds a tightly swaddled infant wearing a hat that matches her own. It is entirely possible that the child's nether region is also reptilian, though it is obscured by the swaddling clothes, which look very much like a cocoon.. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with both panel borders inhabited, that on the recto by a brown dog, with a shaggy plume on his forehead, riding a blue and orange goose, and that on the verso by a half-woman, half-serpent, the recto also WITH A PLEASING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT MATTHEW, the seated Evangelist writing on a scroll and reaching out to dip his quill in the ink pot held by his angel, who wears a lavender deacon's dalmatic over his white robe.Four nearly invisible pinholes, one in the background of the miniature, otherwise … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [US]
2013-12-08 10:36:50
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF A LADY TAKING COMMUNION, FROM A LOVELY LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca 1460 - 130 x 98 mm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, recto with two two-line initials and three one-line initials in blue with white tracery and enclosing scrolling flower stems of pink, red, and blue, all on a ground of burnished gold; verso with a one-line and a two-line initial in the same style, both sides with a pleasing quarter panel border filled with swirling acanthus and fruit in blue, gold, red, and green, that on the verso inhabited by a pretty green bird; the verso also WITH A PLEASING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) SHOWING A COMMUNION SERVICE in a lavender-walled chapel with four arched windows, the priest in a blue chasuble holding aloft the communion wafer before a carved wooden altar, an acolyte kneeling behind him holding a very large candle, and A NOBLE LADY IN PINK AND BLACK (no doubt the owner of the manuscript) KNEELING TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT. A nearly invisible pinhole in the backgound of the miniature, otherwise IN VERY FINE CONDITION, quite clean, fresh, and bright. This very pleasing leaf comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. The miniature here pictures the woman who commissioned the manuscript or for whom it was commissioned. She appears in her distinctive pink gown elaborately brocaded in gold and trimmed in black and with her head adorned by a matching black hennin and lappets. The manuscript in question was textually complex, as it … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)
2013-12-08 10:36:50
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF A COMMUNION SERVICE, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, recto with two two-line initials and three one-line initials in blue with white tracery and enclosing scrolling flower stems of pink, red, and blue, all on a ground of burnished gold; verso with a one-line and a two-line initial in the same style, both sides with a pleasing quarter panel border filled with swirling acanthus and fruit in blue, gold, red, and green, that on the verso inhabited by a pretty green bird; the verso also WITH A PLEASING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) SHOWING A COMMUNION SERVICE in a lavender-walled chapel with four arched windows, the priest in a blue chasuble holding aloft the communion wafer before a carved wooden altar, an acolyte kneeling behind him holding a very large candle, and A NOBLE LADY IN PINK AND BLACK (no doubt the owner of the manuscript) KNEELING TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT. A nearly invisible pinhole in the background of the miniature, otherwise IN VERY FINE CONDITION, quite clean, fresh, and bright. This very pleasing leaf comes from a large fragment of a very appealing Book of Hours with especially charming borders containing human and zoological inhabitants. The miniature here pictures the woman who commissioned the manuscript or for whom it was commissioned. She appears in her distinctive pink gown elaborately brocaded in gold and trimmed in black and with her head adorned by a matching black hennin and lappets. The manuscript in question was textually compl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-07 22:24:29
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT MARK, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris]: , ca. 1460s. Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. This leaf comes from the section of Gospel readings near the beginning of the prayer book. Although Mark is pictured here, the text is from the first chapter of Luke, relating the Annunciation.. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with panel borders on both sides inhabited by a bird flapping its wings, the recto also WITH A PLEASING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT MARK WITH HIS LION, the saint sitting on a bench writing in a stone room with mullioned windows and a red wall hanging decorated with gold, the lion watching alertly from the right.A hint of thumbing, otherwise in very fine condition--fresh, clean, and especially bright.This leaf comes from the section of Gospel readings near the beginning of the prayer book. Although Mark is pictured here, the text is from the first chapter of Luke, relating the Annunciation.
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [US]
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2013-12-07 21:30:52
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A CHARMING SMALL MINIATURE OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD, FROM A LOVELY LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca, 1460. 130 x 98 mm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on each side inhabited by a bright blue peacock with a golden tail, the recto WITH A TOUCHING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD, the Madonna, as always in blue, seated on a large chair beneath a red canopy and guarded on either side by a flame-bright seraph, the Christ Child--here shown as a squirming baby with a mischievous face--lying on her lap and reaching his arms toward some unseen object of delight. One small smudge to an illuminated initial, a couple of faint stains to head edge, otherwise a very clean and fresh leaf. The "Joys of the Virgin Mary" is a prayer that was frequently added at the end of Books of Hours, especially those produced in France in the 15th century. It celebrates the joyous moments in the Virgin's life (the Annunciation, Nativity, wedding feast at Cana, Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, and so on); 15 is the usual number, but sometimes there is slightly less joy, as when five (as here), seven, or nine "Joys" are celebrated. The present miniature portrays our Lady and her son in their most human aspect. The Christ Child in this scene is like any other curious, happy baby, twisting on his mother's lap as he tries to reach some desired item just out of sight. The artist has succeeded in giving the Virgin a look of alarm at this activity, but the seraphs are standing by to make sure no harm c … [Click Below for Full Description]
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2013-12-04 21:23:48
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT SEBASTIAN, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris]: , 1460s. Northern France [probably Paris], 1460s. Although the martyred Saint Sebastian is invariably pictured as shot full of arrows, he did not die from these punctures, but rather was actually nursed back to health by Saint Irene, then returned to serve the emperor, who had him clubbed to death. As Wieck says in "Time Sanctified," the story of these double miseries of our third century captain in Diocletian's army had already made Sebastian one of the two or three most popular of Christian martyrs. But in addition to the wide regard that had accrued from his martyrdom, "the opportunity that Sebastian provided for portraying a beautiful nude youth ensured his popularity among artists and many of their clients . . . from the late Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, to the 19th century." One of the archers in the Sebastian miniature is usually depicted wearing an elaborately decorated doublet, and in that tradition, the artist here has done an impressive job of showing carefully defined gold embroidery on the garment of the figure in the foreground.. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with panel borders on both sides inhabited by a friendly peacock, one with a bright green tail, the other with a brushed gold tail, the recto also WITH A BLOODY MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT SEBASTIAN'S MARTYRDOM, the half-naked saint tied to a tree, bleeding from numerous arrow wounds, his two tormentors a study in c … [Click Below for Full Description]
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2013-12-04 18:42:24
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF THE TRINITY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-04 18:42:24
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF THE TRINITY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris]: , ca. 1460s. Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. The artist has chosen to place the Trinity in a contemporary room here, such as the owner of a 15th century Book of Hours might inhabit, rather than in a more exalted celestial environment. At the very least, we might expect a throne rather than a humble bench, but this ordinary setting would remind the reader that the Trinity is always and everywhere present. The connection between faith and scripture is emphasized by the fact that a book (probably a Bible or Book of Hours) is opened at the very center of the miniature, and both God the Father and God the Son have their hands firmly grasping it.. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a spotted yellow hybrid beast with a long neck and a fox-like head, the recto WITH A MINIATURE OF THE TRINITY (measuring 35 x 33 mm.), the Father and Son seated, their garments joined as if one, Christ on the left with the cross on his shoulder, the Father across from him holding an orb, and the two displaying an open book between them, the dove of the Holy Spirit hovering between their heads directly above the book, the background with gold-embellished red and blue wall hangings.In extremely fine condition with only the most trivial of imperfections.The artist has chosen to place the Trinity in a contemporary room here, such as the owner of a 15th century Book of Hours might inhab … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-04 18:42:24
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF THE TRINITY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-04 18:42:24
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF THE TRINITY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH TWO CHARMING MINIATURES OF FEMALE SAINTS, FROM A FINE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bruges, ca 1460 - 181 x 127 mm (7 1/8 x 5"). Single column, 19 lines in a careful, pleasing gothic book hand. In a very attractive new gilt wooden frame. Rubrics in pink (or faded red), one two-line initial in blue, magenta, and burnished gold, two lines with undulating line fillers in blue and gold, both sides of the leaf with a three-quarter panel border incorporating foliage, blossoms, and ivy leaves on hairline stems, the vertical part of this frame with a bar border composed of colors and burnished gold terminating at top and bottom in colorful acanthus leaves, and WITH TWO SMALL BUT VERY PLEASING MINIATURE PAINTINGS, SAINT ELIZABETH ON THE RECTO AND SAINT GERTRUDE ON THE VERSO. Tiny worm(?)hole in fore edge (where it has done negligible damage), small portions of the blue paint in the Elizabeth miniature eroded (gray paint slightly smeared as well, but apparently at the time of painting), otherwise in fine, clean, fresh condition. This leaf is characteristic work from the circle of Willem Vrelant, the leading purveyor of books of private devotion in Bruges during the third quarter of the 15th century. His leading position among Flemish illuminators of the time is indicated by the considerable number of manuscripts illustrated in his manner by other miniaturists both in Bruges and in nearby cities in Flanders. The illuminator of our Book of Hours shows a number of distinctive stylistic traits. Among these are a preference for boldly patterned cloth backdrops, tessellated flooring, landscapes filled with stylized bushes and trees, and persisting prominent architectural … [Click Below for Full Description]
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2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL BUT POWERFUL MINIATURE OF SAINT GREGORY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a long-tailed pheasant, the same side WITH A DRAMATIC MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT GREGORY CELEBRATING MASS, the saint holding aloft the communion wafer WHILE THE FIGURE OF CHRIST RISES FROM THE ALTAR, BLOOD FROM THE WOUND TO HIS HAND CASCADING INTO THE CHALICE on the altar surface, the wall behind displaying the "Arma Christi," Gregory's doubting deacon kneeling behind him, and beside the deacon, a noblewoman recognizable as the owner of the Book of Hours. A little faint soiling near edges, otherwise in fresh, bright, and altogether pleasing condition. Representing the most heightened of religious moments in general as well as a key point in the life of Saint Gregory specifically, this leaf features compelling actions being witnessed by the woman for whom this Book of Hours was made. According to the doctrine of Transubstantiation, the Communion wafer becomes the body of Christ once the priest blesses it with the words "this is my body," and this dramatic transformation is revealed publicly at the moment when the wafer is raised; similarly, when the wine is blessed by the priest, it becomes the Christ's blood, a transmutation that is obviously being symbolized by the spouting blood in the present scene. For Gregory (ca. 540-604), this miniature represents the occasion for gratitude toward God. Faced wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT ANNE WITH THE INFANT VIRGIN MARY, FROM A LOVELY LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca 1460 - 130 x 98 mm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a delightful grotesque in purple and gold with a curving trumpet-shaped snout, the recto WITH A CHARMING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT ANNE HOLDING THE INFANT VIRGIN, the two attended by seven young virgins, the group standing in a room with a tessellated stone floor, a gothic window, and a red and gold wall hanging. One faint brown spot to margin, but a very fine, extremely fresh and clean leaf. This very pretty leaf opens the infrequently seen Hours of the Conception of the Virgin, and it represents the second appearance of Saint Anne in the manuscript from which the present group of leaves comes. While we do not have historical evidence to support such a hypothesis, there is no harm in speculating that this unusual conjunction at least suggests the possibility that the original owner of the Book of Hours in question may herself have been named Anne. Like the others in this group, this miniature is carefully painted and realizes considerable detail in the scene's architecture and clothing.
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)
2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT GREGORY, FROM A LOVELY LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca 1460 - 130 x 98 mm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a long-tailed pheasant, the same side WITH A DRAMATIC MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT GREGORY CELEBRATING MASS, the saint holding aloft the Communion wafer while the figure of Christ rises from the altar, blood from the wound to his hand cascading into the chalice on the altar surface, the wall behind displaying the "Arma Christi," Gregory's doubting deacon kneeling behind him, and beside the deacon, a noblewoman representing the owner of the Book of Hours (see items #131 and #135, above). A little faint soiling near edges, otherwise in fresh, bright, and altogether pleasing condition. Representing the most heightened of religious moments in general as well as a key point in the life of Saint Gregory specifically, this leaf features compelling actions being witnessed by the woman for whom this Book of Hours was made. According to the doctrine of Transubstantiation, the Communion wafer becomes the body of Christ once the priest blesses it with the words "this is my body," and this dramatic transformation is revealed publicly at the moment when the wafer is raised; similarly, when the wine is blessed by the priest, it becomes the Christ's blood, a transmutation that is obviously being symbolized by the spouting blood in the present scene. For Gregory (ca. 540-604), this miniature represents the occasion for gratitud … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)
2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT ANNE WITH THE INFANT VIRGIN MARY, FROM A LOVELY LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca, 1460. 130 x 98 mm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a delightful grotesque in purple and gold with a curving trumpet-shaped snout, the recto WITH A CHARMING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT ANNE HOLDING THE INFANT VIRGIN, the two attended by seven young virgins, the group standing in a room with a tessellated stone floor, a gothic window, and a red and gold wall hanging. One faint brown spot to margin, but a very fine, extremely fresh and clean leaf. This very pretty leaf opens the infrequently seen Hours of the Conception of the Virgin, and it represents the second appearance of Saint Anne in the manuscript from which the present group of leaves comes. While we do not have historical evidence to support such a hypothesis, there is no harm in speculating that this unusual conjunction at least suggests the possibility that the original owner of the Book of Hours in question may herself have been named Anne. Like the others in this group, this miniature is carefully painted and realizes considerable detail in the scene's architecture and clothing.
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2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL BUT POWERFUL MINIATURE OF SAINT GREGORY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a long-tailed pheasant, the same side WITH A DRAMATIC MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT GREGORY CELEBRATING MASS, the saint holding aloft the communion wafer WHILE THE FIGURE OF CHRIST RISES FROM THE ALTAR, BLOOD FROM THE WOUND TO HIS HAND CASCADING INTO THE CHALICE on the altar surface, the wall behind displaying the "Arma Christi," Gregory's doubting deacon kneeling behind him, and beside the deacon, a noblewoman recognizable as the owner of the Book of Hours. A little faint soiling near edges, otherwise in fresh, bright, and altogether pleasing condition. Representing the most heightened of religious moments in general as well as a key point in the life of Saint Gregory specifically, this leaf features compelling actions being witnessed by the woman for whom this Book of Hours was made. According to the doctrine of Transubstantiation, the Communion wafer becomes the body of Christ once the priest blesses it with the words "this is my body," and this dramatic transformation is revealed publicly at the moment when the wafer is raised; similarly, when the wine is blessed by the priest, it becomes the Christ's blood, a transmutation that is obviously being symbolized by the spouting blood in the present scene. For Gregory (ca. 540-604), this miniature represents the occasion for gratitude toward God. Faced wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL BUT POWERFUL MINIATURE OF SAINT GREGORY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a long-tailed pheasant, the same side WITH A DRAMATIC MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT GREGORY CELEBRATING MASS, the saint holding aloft the communion wafer WHILE THE FIGURE OF CHRIST RISES FROM THE ALTAR, BLOOD FROM THE WOUND TO HIS HAND CASCADING INTO THE CHALICE on the altar surface, the wall behind displaying the "Arma Christi," Gregory's doubting deacon kneeling behind him, and beside the deacon, a noblewoman recognizable as the owner of the Book of Hours. A little faint soiling near edges, otherwise in fresh, bright, and altogether pleasing condition. Representing the most heightened of religious moments in general as well as a key point in the life of Saint Gregory specifically, this leaf features compelling actions being witnessed by the woman for whom this Book of Hours was made. According to the doctrine of Transubstantiation, the Communion wafer becomes the body of Christ once the priest blesses it with the words "this is my body," and this dramatic transformation is revealed publicly at the moment when the wafer is raised; similarly, when the wine is blessed by the priest, it becomes the Christ's blood, a transmutation that is obviously being symbolized by the spouting blood in the present scene. For Gregory (ca. 540-604), this miniature represents the occasion for gratitude toward God. Faced wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT CLAUDE OF BESANÇON, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris]: , ca. 1460s. Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. Born in 603 and living well into his 90s, Saint Claude (or Claudius) became Archbishop of Besançon in 685 and after his death was so popular that his shrine became one of the major destinations for pilgrims in France, the town where he was buried actually changing its name from Condate to Saint Claude. Lore surrounding this saint strains credulity, and the historian Henry Wace has said that "on this saint the inventors of legends have compiled a vast farrago of improbabilities." Perhaps chief among the myths is the belief that his body remained in an incorruptible state (at least until it was destroyed during the French Revolution). However well preserved his corpse remained, his feet were exposed three times each day to be kissed by the many pilgrims who flocked to his shrine. In the Hours of Henry VIII in the Morgan Library, there is a miniature showing Claude resuscitating a dead man.. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a leaping dog, the same side WITH A GOLD-FRAMED MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT CLAUDE OF BESANÇON attired in his bishop's regalia, standing in a hallway between two arch-topped doors, reading a book.A fine, fresh leaf, with only the vaguest sense of soiling.Born in 603 and living well into his 90s, Saint Claude (or Claudius) became Archbishop of Besançon in … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [US]
2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT ANNE HOLDING THE INFANT VIRGIN MARY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris]: , ca. 1460s. Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. This very pretty leaf opens the infrequently seen Hours of the Conception of the Virgin, and it represents the second appearance of Saint Anne in the manuscript from which the present group of leaves comes. While we do not have historical evidence to support such a hypothesis, there is no harm in speculating that this unusual conjunction at least suggests the possibility that the original owner of the Book of Hours in question may herself have been named Anne. Like the others in this group, this miniature is carefully painted and realizes considerable detail in the scene's architecture and clothing.. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a delightful grotesque in purple and gold with a curving trumpet-shaped snout, the recto WITH A CHARMING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT ANNE HOLDING THE INFANT VIRGIN, the two attended by seven young virgins, the group standing in a room with a tessellated stone floor, a gothic window, and a red and gold wall hanging.One faint brown spot to margin, but a very fine, extremely fresh and clean leaf.This very pretty leaf opens the infrequently seen Hours of the Conception of the Virgin, and it represents the second appearance of Saint Anne in the manuscript from which the present group of leaves comes. While we do not have historical evidence to support such a hypothesis … [Click Below for Full Description]
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2013-12-02 10:29:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL BUT POWERFUL MINIATURE OF SAINT GREGORY, FROM AN ENGAGING LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca. 1460s. 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with the panel border on the verso inhabited by a long-tailed pheasant, the same side WITH A DRAMATIC MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT GREGORY CELEBRATING MASS, the saint holding aloft the communion wafer WHILE THE FIGURE OF CHRIST RISES FROM THE ALTAR, BLOOD FROM THE WOUND TO HIS HAND CASCADING INTO THE CHALICE on the altar surface, the wall behind displaying the "Arma Christi," Gregory's doubting deacon kneeling behind him, and beside the deacon, a noblewoman recognizable as the owner of the Book of Hours. A little faint soiling near edges, otherwise in fresh, bright, and altogether pleasing condition. Representing the most heightened of religious moments in general as well as a key point in the life of Saint Gregory specifically, this leaf features compelling actions being witnessed by the woman for whom this Book of Hours was made. According to the doctrine of Transubstantiation, the Communion wafer becomes the body of Christ once the priest blesses it with the words "this is my body," and this dramatic transformation is revealed publicly at the moment when the wafer is raised; similarly, when the wine is blessed by the priest, it becomes the Christ's blood, a transmutation that is obviously being symbolized by the spouting blood in the present scene. For Gregory (ca. 540-604), this miniature represents the occasion for gratitude toward God. Faced wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2013-11-30 22:01:56
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH TWO LOVELY GRISAILLE HISTORIATED INITIALS, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Flanders, ca, 1460. Hardcover. With Two Very Fine Historiated Grisaille Initials. 156 x 105 mm (6 1/8 x 4 1/8"). Single column, 14 lines of text in a very fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, each side with an "L"-shaped bar border of red and gold terminating in foliate clumps at top left and lower right of the text, verso with a two-line initial in burnished gold on a pink and blue ground, BOTH SIDES WITH A VERY FINE SIX-LINE GRISAILLE INITIAL (measuring approximately 40 x 40 mm.), THE RECTO SHOWING SAINT HERMES ON HORSEBACK, THE VERSO SAINT AEGIDIUS (GILES) WITH HIS HIND, each initial in blue highlighted with white, and the whole on a cusped ground of burnished gold. Minor soil and discoloration at edges, otherwise IN VERY FINE CONDITION, the gold bright and the margins especially ample. Our artist has used great skill and a particularly pleasing method to produce two very fine historiated initials. In use especially during the late Medieval period, the technique employed here is called grisaille, a method of painting that imitates the effects of relief sculpture. Normally involving monochrome painting that employs shades of gray (the term derives from the word "gris," French for "gray"), grisaille work was generally executed using a black pigment such as lampblack and an inert white pigment, often--as here--with the addition of gold highlights. The technique first appeared in the late 13th century and experienced its greatest period of popularity from the second half of the 14th through the end of the 15th century. This style enabled the artist to … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev
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2013-11-30 19:01:23
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH AN EXCELLENT MINIATURE OF THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS, FROM A LOVELY LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
ca. 1460s, Northern France [probably Paris] - 130 x 98 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a very fine gothic book hand. Rubrics in red, verso with three one-line initials and one two-line initial in blue with white tracery and scrolling pink and blue floral infill on a ground of burnished gold, two line fillers in similar style, a panel border with acanthus leaves and much other vegetation as well as a charming yellow bird with outstretched wings, recto with two one-line initials and a line filler like those on the verso, a similar but more detailed three-line "D" on a burnished gold ground, and A SPLENDID BRUSHED GOLD FULL BORDER teeming with vegetation, flowers, and fruit in rich shades of several colors, the border inhabited by two realistically painted birds, an insect with delicate aqua wings, and a perky, long-eared squirrel munching on a berry, this golden frame ENCLOSING A VERY PLEASING ARCH-TOPPED MINIATURE OF THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS (measuring approximately 58 x 45 mm.), at the top a bright red angel peeking through a semi-circle of burnished gold and holding a scarlet banderole, in the foreground two shepherds on a hillside, attired in brown sugarloaf hats and warm tunics and leggings, one on the ground gazing up at the angel in awe, the other standing with folded arms, leaning on his staff, apparent skepticism on his face, a golden sheepdog curled up asleep a short distance away, further back a huddled herd of sheep grazing on a verdant hillside punctuated with trees, and in the distance a white, turreted castle. Significant flaking to th … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)
2013-11-30 19:01:23
AN EXQUISITE ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN AND FRENCH, FROM THE WORKSHOP OF THE MASTER OF THE GENEVA LATINI
Rouen, ca 1460 - A Distinguished Manuscript with 15 Fine Miniatures,Probably Painted by Rouen's Master Illuminator. 133 x 95 mm (5 1/4 x 3 3/4"). [261] leaves (lacking one leaf after f. 120); first two leaves (unrelated to the original manuscript) inserted later (see below); single column, 16 lines in a small, very pleasing formal bâtarde book hand. CONTENTS: Calendar (in French) ff. 1-12v; Office of the Virgin, Use of Rouen ff. 13-53v; Hours of Saint Catherine ff. 54-67; Hours of John the Baptist ff. 67v-80v; Seven Penitential Psalms ff. 81-92; Litany, Petitions, and Collects ff. 92-97; Hours of the Cross ff. 97v-100; Hours of the Holy Spirit ff. 100v-103; Hours for the Days of the Week: of the Trinity ff. 103-106, of the Dead ff. 106v-110, of All Saints ff. 110-113, of the Holy Spirit f. 113, of the Sacrament ff. 113v-116v, of the Cross f. 117, of the Virgin ff. 117-120v; [1 leaf lacking, with text missing from end of previous and beginning of:] Hours of the Compassion of the Virgin ff. 121-141; Litany of the Virgin ff. 141-144v; prayers to the Virgin ff. 144v-145v; a devotion consisting of the incipits of the Seven Penitential Psalms, each accompanied by a prayer ff. 145v-150v; Psalm 113, the Athanasian Creed, and a collect ff.150v-157; Office of the Dead, use of Rouen-Sarum ff.160-188; Gospel extracts ff. 192-197v; prayers Obsecro te and O intemerata ff. 197v-204v; the Passion of Christ according to Matthew chapters 26-27 ff. 205-220; Long Hours of the Passion ff. 220v-243; prayers to Saint Michael and the Virgin ff. 243-255v; Psalter of Saint Jerome ff.256-274; prayer … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)
2013-11-30 13:18:47
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A SMALL MINIATURE OF SAINT MARK, FROM A LOVELY LITTLE BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Northern France [probably Paris], ca, 1460. 130 x 98 mm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8"). Single column, 14 lines in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. The text similarly decorated as in the previous entry, but with panel borders on both sides inhabited by a bird flapping its wings, the recto also WITH A PLEASING MINIATURE (measuring 35 x 33 mm.) OF SAINT MARK WITH HIS LION, the saint sitting on a bench writing in a stone room with mullioned windows and a red wall hanging decorated with gold, the lion watching alertly from the right. A hint of thumbing, otherwise in very fine condition--fresh, clean, and especially bright. This leaf comes from the section of Gospel readings near the beginning of the prayer book. Although Mark is pictured here, the text is from the first chapter of Luke, relating the Annunciation.
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev
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2012-12-24 14:52:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2012-12-24 14:52:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2012-12-24 14:52:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2012-12-24 14:52:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2012-12-24 14:52:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2012-12-24 14:52:38
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
2012-12-22 17:39:14
0LSCHKI, LEO S Compiled
First Edition. Very Good. 8vo Arts and Crafts style leather covers with raised bands on spine extending across front and back covers with fleur de lis motifs. Colour frontis, black and white plates illustrations and facsimiles, head piece and some initial letters printed in scarlet, 519pp + errata leaf. Contents in fine condition, binding tight, some rubbing to edges of covers.
Bookseller: Jackdaw Books
2012-06-27 05:51:13
Emili Paolo
VD17 39:123537D - BL German books A171 - Brunet I, 64.- Der Veronesische Historiker Emili Paolo (1460-1529) wurde 1499 von Ludwig XII. beauftragt, eine Geschichte der franz. Monarchie zu schreiben.- Letzte Ausgabe der beiden bedeutenden Werke zur französischen Geschichte, bis ins Jahr 1601 fortgesetzt und durch die aktualisierte Zeittafel des J. Tirius ergänzt.- Titel gestempelt, etw. gebräunt u. tls. braunfleckig, Ebd. etw. fleckig u. berieben.
Bookseller: Antiquariat Johannes Müller [Salzburg, Austria]
2010-10-21 18:56:58
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH A LARGE MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS IN LATIN
France [Limoges?]: , ca. 1460s. France [Limoges?], ca. 1460s. 165 x 117 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 5/8"). Single column, three lines of text on recto, 15 lines on verso, in a fine gothic book hand. Attractively matted. Verso with five one-line initials in burnished gold on pink and blue grounds, RECTO WITH AN ANIMATED FULL RINCEAU BORDER filled with blue and gold acanthus leaves and vines bearing red, blue, pink, and green flowers and leaves amid numerous burnished gold bezants and ivy leaves on twining hairline stems, the border tangent with a fine inner baguette of highly burnished gold decorated with strawberry vines, and the whole ENCLOSING A RICHLY DETAILED ARCH-TOPPED MINIATURE OF KING DAVID AT PRAYER (measuring approximately 80 x 64 mm.), the miniature atop text begun with a large and lovely "D" in pink with white tracery enclosing a trio of blue violets, the letter on a burnished gold ground.Minor loss of paint to a few strawberries, top and inner margins very slightly extended (and with a number of tiny losses to border decoration), very thin vertical crease downward from God the Father, slight thumbing in lower right corner, but still an extremely appealing leaf, the paint very rich, the gold especially brilliant, and with the miniature itself generally in a fine state of preservation.This very fine miniature serves to introduce the first of the Seven Penitential Psalms, which were to be recited during Lent as an act of contrition, but the sober text here did not prevent our artists from making this a very joyful and animated composition. David is depicted as no longer the s … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [US]
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2010-01-24 03:18:51
Gerard David
Madrid: Testimonio. New;. Hardcover. <p>This small Book of Hours is relatively unknown but is nevertheless of some importance since it contains 15 full-page illuminations attributed to the Flemish master Gerard David (1460-1523). The most beautiful is the Virgin with Child at the beginning of the manuscript; this miniature has the same characteristics of altar pieces of the period and is attributed to David himself. Other illuminations also resemble altar pieces but include reproductions of other miniatures, based on designs by other distinguished illuminators of the Bruges school, such as the Master of the Dresden Book of Hours and the Master of Edward IV of England. </p><p>The rest of the illuminations give a unique glimpse of the working methods of the Flemish illuminators. Conserved in the Escorial Library, this Book of Hours is also of especial importance because it is one of a very small number of dated books of hours from the Ghent-Bruges school. Towards the end of manuscript, a page bearing the date 1486 in the margin surrounding a miniature of St Lazarus, identifies this as one of the earliest productions of David's period in Bruges, which dates from 1484. </p> .
Bookseller: New Boston Fine and Rare Books
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2009-10-08 19:56:25
Catholicon
1460 - The Summa grammaticalis quae vocatur Catholicon, or Catholicon (from the Greek universal), is a 13th-century Latin dictionary which found wide use throughout Christendom. Some of the entries contain encyclopaedic information, and a Latin grammar is also included. The work was created by John Balbi of Genoa, a Dominican. who finished it on March 7, 1286. The work served in the late Middle Ages to interpret the Bible "correctly". The educated citizen could gather from it the substantial knowledge of his time. From 1286 to the late 15th century it was available mainly in manuscripts held by monastic libraries. The Catholicon was one of the first books to be printed, using the new printing technology of Johannes Gutenberg in 1460. Three issues can be distinguished in spite of identical typesetting: a) printed on vellum or Bull's Head paper; b) on Galliziani paper; c) on Tower & Crown paper. This has given rise to the theory that issue a) was printed in 1460, issue b) in 1469 and issue c) about 1472; Paul Needham argued convincingly that some copies of the Catholicon were printed on Bull’s Head paper in 1460 with solid two-line slugs of cast type, and that these slugs were used again to print more copies on the later paper stocks c. 1469 and 1472-74. We believe this to be 1469. This leaf most likely does not come from the "Catholicon" incunabula that was broken and sold together with an essay by Margaret Bingham.
Bookseller: Konstantinopel ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS. [ENSCHEDE, Netherlands]
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