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France, ca 1470 - 133 x 89 mm (5 1/4 x 3 1/2"). Single column, 16 lines in an attractive b√Ętarde hand. Rubrics in red, one two-line initial in burnished gold on a blue and pink ground, EACH SIDE WITH A FIVE-LINE HISTORIATED INITIAL in blue and burnished gold, THE ONE ON THE RECTO SHOWING SAINT FIACRE WITH HIS SPADE, THAT ON THE VERSO DEPICTING THE HOLY TRINITY, AND BOTH SIDES WITH A FULL INHABITED FLORAL BORDER containing many flowers, fruits, and acanthus leaves, that on the recto with a human-headed grotesque flapping red wings, that on the verso with two creatures, a similar grotesque having blue wings and a golden moth. A faint hint of wrinkling to tail edge, but IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION, very clean, fresh and bright. In this lavishly illuminated leaf taken from the same manuscript as the previous item, we find Fiacre in his monk's habit, standing outside on the grass holding his spade, as befits the patron saint of gardeners. Behind him is a red backdrop elaborately painted with gold floral tracery. In this typical Holy Trinity image, God the Father and God the Son are seated, holding an open book between them and casting sidelong looks at each other. Both are clad in white and wrapped in a pink cloak that joins them together. Christ holds a tau cross in his right hand, the Father holds an orb and wears a gold papal-style crown rather than a nimbus. A gilt embroidered green tapestry hangs behind them, flanked on either side by fiery seraphim. Unaccountably not pictured is the dove representing the Holy Spirit, perhaps because of the artist's desire to depart from the conventional, a lapse in his concentration, or his lack of understanding. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
Last Found On: 2013-12-08           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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