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Hand-coloured Leaf - Book of Hours
[ Book of Hours ]
Rouen, France: c.1510 . 0. A very good single printed leaf from a "Book of Hours" published in Rouen, France c. 1510 . Latin text with hand coloured capitals on both sides, and hand coloured full-page illustration of Jesus carrying his cross, surrounded by people in mediaeval dress and a seated white dog to the fore-ground, framed by architectural designs incorporating columns and arcades. Nice bright colours. The leaf measures 7" x 4.5" (18 cm x 11.5cm). Contained within a double glazed frame (so you can see both the front and the rear of the leaf) 12.25" x 9.5" (31cm x 24.5) . The inclusion of a dog amongst other meanings in mediaeval christianity, was a symbol of faith, explaining the popular canine name "Fido," the Latin word for faith. Below the illustration is the following Latin verse: 'Domine labia mea aperies Et os meum annunciabit'. This and other Psalms were so well known to medieval worshipers that each Psalm was often indicated only by its incipit, or opening line. [Thou O Lord wilt open my lips And my mouth shall declare thy praise - Psalm 50 v. 17]. The reader is expected to recite the remaining lines from memory. To the rear of the illustration is a page of Latin text within a foliate border and two small biblical wood-cuts to the right margin. The text reads: ' devoto femineo jesu. Domine evau di orationem meam. Et clamoi me-ad te veniat. Oremus. Concede nos famulos tuos, quaesumus, Domine Deus, perpetua mentis et Corporis sanitatem gaudere : et, gloriosa beatae Mariae semper Virginis intercessione, a praesenti liberari trisititia, et aeterna pe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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