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TEXT FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER by  DEPICTING LABOR OF THE MONTH AND ZODIAC SIGN AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM CALENDAR LEAF FROM A BOOK OF HOURS - ca. 1460 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST12835)

TEXT FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

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TEXT FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

by AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM CALENDAR LEAF FROM A BOOK OF HOURS, DEPICTING LABOR OF THE MONTH AND ZODIAC SIGN

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Paris, ca. 1460. 195 x 143 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/2"). Single column, 16 lines in a gothic book hand. Minor feast days in red and blue, major feasts in gold, numerous gold and painted line fillers, the five "A" initials and the "KL" highly decorative and painted pink and blue against a gold background, gold and pink bar surrounding the text on three sides, BOTH SIDES OF THE LEAF WITH EXTRAVAGANTLY DECORATIVE BOTANICAL FULL BORDERS with two small birds hidden within, and INCORPORATING TWO MEDALLION MINIATURES DEPICTING THE LABOR OF THE MONTH (SOWING) AND THE SIGN OF THE ZODIAC (SCORPIO) FOR OCTOBER. IN VERY FINE, FRESH CONDITION, with gold and paint extraordinarily bright. The extraordinarily lavish and animated full borders, coupled here with extensive use of brushed and burnished gold--for major feast days, for decorative border elements, and even for the hundreds of seeds being sown(!)--suggests that this calendar folio comes from a Book of Hours that was commissioned for a person or persons of high rank, since it would have been very costly. The leaf comes from a manuscript that included numerous roundels depicting the lives of St. Catherine and the more obscure St. Alexius, and it is possible that the Book of Hours belonged to a husband and wife for whom these saints served as patrons. The style of the delicately painted figures, especially in the roundels, indicates an artist who was familiar with the early output of the Coëtivy Master, who, according to Avril and Renaud, can be identified with Colin d'Amiens, who made a great name for himself in Paris (not, as was previously thought, with Henri de Vulcop, who made a great name for himself in the Loire region). The master takes his name from the Book of Hours (now in the Austrian national library) that he painted for Olivier de Coëtivy and his wife, Marie de Valois, one of some 30 works that have been identified as his. Although there is considerable Flemish influence that can be seen in his work (he has links, for example, with Simon Marmion), Colin d'Amiens was active in Paris during the third quarter of the 15th century, and, with Barthélmy van Eyck and Jean Fouquet, was among the three great artists of this period patronized by the French court--Avril and Renaud says flatly that our master was "the most important artist practising in Paris in the third quarter of the century, from about 1450 to 1485." For more on the Coëtivy Master, see Avril and Reynaud, pp. 58-69.

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Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts US (US)
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ST12835
Title
TEXT FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
Author
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM CALENDAR LEAF FROM A BOOK OF HOURS, DEPICTING LABOR OF THE MONTH AND ZODIAC SIGN
Book condition
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Place of Publication
Paris
Date published
ca. 1460

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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.

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