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Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. [Leaf from a lectern Roman missal]
[Spain, ca. 1550]. Folio extra (38.5 cm; 15"). [1] f. While the text of this leaf is standard for the celebration of the feast day of St. Blaise (i..e., Sanctus Blasius), its presentation on the vellum leaf is unique in its details, composition, and execution. The text is written in a later, modified version of Gothic rotunda in black and red ink, 21 lines per page. The recto has an illuminated, two-line capital D in blue on a gold field, a red flower in the center of the inner area of the D. The verso has an illuminated two-line capital P, in gold on a field of blue and white, the center of the open area of the P filled by a red flower. The inner margin of the recto verso is decorated with => a one-inch wide vine that ascends the entire length of the text block and is composed of leaves, flowers, and berries, this extending also a third of the way along the top and bottom margins; a colorful bird appears under the "laudem." Accomplished in red, green blue, and gray, this is accented with gilt. A very similar vine is found on the verso; but it incorporates a second bird and a large butterfly (or moth). Margin slightly irregular where once sewn in a binding. Red ink on verso (only) smeared where water fell on it and was carelessly wiped; birds, butterfly, and all but one flower of the border just fine. Overall a very nice and attractive leaf.
      [Bookseller: SessaBks, A Division of the Philadelphia]
Last Found On: 2013-11-16           Check availability:      Biblio    

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