Historiated initial "O" and ornamental corner-border, executed in red on a pale buff ground. Italy (Venice), c.
VENETIAN ILLUMINATOR (1470.)
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Within the initial is a single putto who carries a large cornucopia, and is enclosed with in a frame; the border is composed of winged cherub's heads and stylised plant ornament.
An important specimen of 15th century Venetian book ornament which originally decorated the first page of a copy of the first edition of Sallust's Bellum Catalinarium, printed by Wendelin of Speier in Venice, c. 1470).Tiny hole near edge of initial (repaired).Reference: Maggs' European Bulletin, no. 10, item 29 (1979).
Stock Code: 46542