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Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: Large leaf with miniature of the Coronation of the Virgin from a French Book of Hours
Rouen, France: np, 1490. First edition. AN UNUSUALLY LARGE LEAF FROM A LATE 15TH-CENTURY FRENCH BOOK OF HOURS WITH A MINIATURE OF THE CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN WITH SUPERB COLOR AND IN PARTICULARLY FINE CONDITION. An unusually large (7.25 x 4.75 inches; 185 x 120 mm) leaf from a late 15th-century French Book of Hours with superb color and in particularly fine condition depicting the Coronation of the Virgin. The recto features a miniature of a kneeling Mary, dressed in a blue robe with gold highlights, receiving the crown of heaven from an angel with blue wings. Before her is Christ in a light-colored gilt-decorated robe holding a cross and blessing Mary. The background features rich colors with gold highlights and the miniature itself is surrounded by a detailed foliate border over a base of gold with a winged butterfly-like creature on the right border. The text at the base of the miniature begins with a large three-line illuminated "C" containing white flowers on a gold background introducing the text: "Converte nos deus salutaris noster. Et averte iram tuam a nobis." ["Convert us, O God our Savior. And turn away Thy wrath from us."] The text also features a one-line illuminated "E" as well as an illuminated end-spacer. The verso contains 21 lines of text (the first four verses of Psalm 128) with two two-line illuminated initials, six one-line illuminated initials, and additional illuminated spacers with a wide floral border on the left. Stylistically, the leaf appears to be from Rouen, France, c.1490. Size: 7.25 x 4.75 inches / 185 x 120 mm. Miniature: 4.5 x 2.75 in / 11 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company [USA]

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