Illuminated bifolium from a Book of Hours, Flanders, c.1450.



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One two-line initial in blue with red penwork, 13 one-line initials in burnished gold and blue alternately, with contrasting penwork.

Manuscript on vellum. Size of leaf: 240 x 170mm. 13 lines of text in gothic bookhand. A little smudging.

 Text begins with end of Psalm 40:8; starting with blue initial ‘V’ on background of red penwork, Psalm 40 verse 9; continuing to verso, ‘a seculo in seculum fiat fiat,’ verse 14. Two line initial ‘Q’ begins Psalm 41. Overleaf begins with Psalm 64:2, ‘Deus in Sion et tibi reddetur votum in Hierusalem’, continuing overleaf to end with first word of 64:10, ‘visitasti’.

Likely from a choir containing the Office for the Dead. The Third Nocturne, containing Psalm 40, follows the reading of the Matins of the Office for the Dead on Wednesday and Saturday, and the Lauds of the Office for the Dead, containing Psalm 64, is read following the Nocturne.

With thanks to Rose McCandless for her assistance cataloguing this item. 

Stock Code: 230033

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