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Illuminated leaf from a Book of Hours
Rouen: circa 1480-, 1500. Illuminated leaf, 166 x 112 mm., panel border on each side of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus, coloured flowers on hair-line stems; 4-line initial in dark red and heightened in grey and white on a liquid gold panel enclosing a coloured flower, three 1-line initials in liquid gold on blue or red grounds; 20 lines of text in an accomplished lettre bâtarde, ruled in red; outer edge of border trimmed, framed. A fine leaf from a French Book of Hours with illumination typical of the Rouen scriptoria of this period. The text of the prayers is in French, indicating that this Book of Hours was produced for the local market and not intended for export. The exquisite 4-line initial 'D', which is intricately worked with white tracery and a red rose, introduces Les Sept Requestes.
Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books
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