Illuminated leaf from a Missal. ILLUMINATED LEAF, FRENCH ILLUMINATOR.
Illuminated leaf from a Missal.

Illuminated leaf from a Missal.

France: circa 1420.

Illuminated leaf on vellum, 265 x 175 mm., double-column text written in an attractive bâtard script in dark brown ink, lightly ruled, rubrics in red, handsome 4-line initial in burnished gold leaf on a blue and red background with delicate white filigrans, initial two lines alternatively red and blue with red and blue penwork extending to the margin.

Grand leaf from what must have been an impressive missal, profusely decorated with exquisitely-drawn initials in red and blue with free-flowing marginal extensions, and an outstanding 4-line initial R in burnished gold leaf.

Grand leaf from what must have been an impressive missal, profusely decorated with exquisitely-drawn initials in red and blue with free-flowing marginal extensions, and an outstanding 4-line initial R in burnished gold leaf.
The Missal was a service book containing the texts necessary for the performance of the mass (including chants, prayers and readings), together with ceremonial directions. The prayers and other texts recited by the priest were originally contained in the Sacramentary which was used together with the Gradual, the Evangelary, and the Epistolary for the performance of high or solemn mass. The Missal was introduced in the Carolingian period and by the thirteenth century had supplanted the older Sacramentary, combining in one volume the various components for the performance of the mass. Its development was prompted by the custom of saying private masses and low masses, which were performed by the celebrant alone.

Price (AUD): $2,950.00  other currencies     Ref: #2909771

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