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FROM A MINIATURE PSALTER-HOURS IN LATIN by  OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAVES - second half of 13th century - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST15198kA)


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France, second half of 13th century. 90 x 65 mm. (3 1/2 x 2 1/2"). Single column, 12 lines in a pleasing gothic book hand. Rubrics in red, each leaf with variable numbers of line fillers composed of a small gold square with red or blue pigment on either side, and multiple one-line initials in gilt on blue or gold ground with white tracery, many leaves also with at least one two-line initial, and a few with multi-line initials, these also gilt on blue and pink ground with white tracery. Vellum a bit toned and soiled, gilt a little rubbed in places, occasional small stains or smudges and other isolated minor blemishes, but on the whole the leaves still very pretty, the paint quite bright, and the charm still there. The present leaves probably come from a Psalter-Hours, a personal prayer book that eventually gave way to the Book of Hours, the manuscript companion that would become the vehicle of choice for personal devotions during the late Middle Ages. Although measuring only 90 mm. tall, these leaves contain a surprising amount of illumination. The decoration, as well as the inhabited initials seen on other leaves from this manuscript, bear a significant resemblance to Walters MS W. 40--described as a Book of Hours executed in the third quarter of the 13th century, or early 14th century, by the Bari Atelier. It seems impossible to say for certain that the Bari Atelier was responsible for our leaves as well, but the similarities do help to substantiate an approximate date and locale, and to provide an intriguing possibility for further research.


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Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Generally refers to minor discoloration or staining.
Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages." A leaf is a single sheet...[more]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...[more]