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BOOK OF HOURS
Near Miniature Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum
Northern France, (Paris), 1490-1510. 209 leaves (plus 2 endleaves at front and back, ruled for main text, those at back loose in volume), wanting a few single leaves throughout (including two miniatures) and with some text leaves misbound at end, collation: i13 (first a cancelled blank, last blank), ii-viii8, ix7 (last leaf, once with miniature, cut away), x-xii8, xii4, xiv-xv8, xvi7 (last leaf, once with miniature, cut away), xvii-xxii8, xxiii2, xxiv-xxv8, xvi6, xxvii2, xxviii6 (including pastedown) with a final blank bifolium tucked into the volume (gatherings xxvi onwards misbound and in part from elsewhere in same volume: see below), single column, 16 lines of a professional French lettre batârde with long ascenders and descenders stretching up and down from uppermost and lowermost line, rubrics in pale blue, initials in liquid gold on red and black grounds, line-fillers formed of tiny panels or woody stems in same, each text leaf with a decorative foliate panel, Calendar in red, blue and gold ink with decorative border panels enclosing roundels with miniatures of the occupations and zodiac symbols, six small square miniatures in Passion Readings and of Virgin and Christ, six three-quarter page miniatures set within wide decorated borders of liquid gold and coloured foliage enclosing snails, drollery animals and humans with animal legs (two of whom wear armour while one shoots an arrow into the other¬ís bottom), warring wildmen with clubs and bucklers, another hairy wildman who rides a polar bear, an angel, knights mounted on imaginary creatures, all on panels of brown, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sokol Books Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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