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Graham York Rare Books

225 High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1LB, UK.
Tel: 01404 41727 or 07831 138 011

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Beautiful Medieval Manuscript Leaf

Medieval Manuscript Leaf, text from psalm 44 (greek notation). GBP150.00 Circa 1450-1480, written in Latin on vellum, leaf size 120mm by 165mm approximately.

Many surviving leaves of this nature are from Books of Hours, or Prayer Books. These were extremely popular from the late thirteenth century until the mid sixteenth century, and they were often illustrated or finely decorated with ornate calligraphy. It is thought that the text of these manuscripts was written first by one or more scribes with spaces left blank for initials or miniatures. The unbound sheets were then passed to the illuminator who added coloured borders and initials, before passing them on to the bookbinder. These cherished manuscripts would have been subjected to an enormous amount of handling, and may have lost their binding, and subsequently suffered damage and loss to the first and last few leaves. Over a considerable time these defective volumes have been broken up, and individual leaves offered for sale. Whilst this practise is regrettable, the damage cannot be undone, and we are left with affordable examples of medieval religious art.

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