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    [Illuminated Manuscript]. Manuscript Leaf from a Medieval Book of Hours: Hours of the Virgin at Prime. In Latin. [France]: circa 1500. Single leaf on vellum. Measures approximately 6.75 x 4.5 inches. Faint foxing on outer margins, light soiling on upper margin. Near fine.

    Contains the beginning of the Hours of the Virgin at Prime. Written in brown ink in a French gothic textualis. The recto contains a large arch-topped miniature in gold and colors depicting the Nativity above three lines of text. With a three-line initial in blue with white tracery against a gold ground infilled with leaves and flowers in green and mauve, and one one-line initial in gold against a blue ground with white tracery and mauve infill with white tracery. Within a full inhabited border of acanthus leaves, clusters of grapes on a vine, and various flowers.

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    The lower border contains a smaller miniature depicting the three Magi beholding the Star of Bethlehem, and the outer border a small arch-topped miniature depicting the Fall of Idols. Above this miniature is a bird, and below it a figure eating picked grapes.

    The verso contains fifteen lines of text with a similar border in the outer margin. Two two-line initials in blue with white tracery against a gold ground with mauve and white floral infill; four one-line initials in alternating blue and mauve grounds with white tracery and contrasting mauve and blue infill.

    The text is the beginning of Prime of the Hours of the Virgin:


    Deus in adiutorium /

    meum intende /

    Domine ad


    adiuvandum me festina. /

    Gloria patri et. Alleluya.

    Veni creator spiritus mentes /

    tuorum visita imple super /

    na gratia que tu creasti pectora.

    Memento salutis auctor /

    quod nostri quondam corporis /

    ex illibata virgine nascendo /

    formam sumpseris.

    Maria mater gratie.

    Gloria patri. a. maria virgo.

    [Psalm 1] Beatus vir qui non /

    abiit in consilio impiorum /

    et in via peccatorum non stetit /

    [et] in cathedra pestilencie non sedit.

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