England, 1st half of 15th century.
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part of the offices for the Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day); a complete leaf written in double columns with 51 lines to a full column, ruled lightly with ink, written in a good gothic liturgical hand in brown ink with numerous rubrics in red, musical notation on four-line red staves, large illuminated initial ‘I’ ('Ingressus angelus ad Mariam') on recto of vigorous leafy design in shades of red, green, blue and pale yellow against a burnished gold ground, full-length border ending in sprays of stylized foliage filling upper and lower margins, five large initials in blue with delicate penwork in red, lesser initials in brown ink with penwork sometimes incorporating grotesque profiles; some light soiling, creasing and tiny stitch-holes from use as an archival wrapper, margins trimmed, but in very good condition; mounted. 460 x 252 mm (written space 363 x 223 mm)
An imposing and richly illuminated leaf from an English ‘Choir Breviary’ of exceptionally large size. The leaf has been preserved as an archival wrapper and survived the Reformation in remarkably good condition.
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including prayers and readings (from Genesis, Exodus and Bede) for Ash Wednesday to the end of Saturday in Passion week; 24 leaves, incomplete at beginning and end and lacking leaves after f. 2 and f. 4, collation i4, ii8, iii8, iv4, single columns of 22 lines written in two sizes of an angular and rather irregular early gothic bookhand in dark brown ink, ruled with ink, one- and two-line initials in red, capitals touched in red, rubrics; some contemporary and later marginalia, including a note, in a fifteenth-century hand, on how Elijah caused fire to fall from heaven; part of fore-margin of f. 13 torn away (not affecting text), brownish stain in foot of some leaves, some dust-soiling, but generally in good condition, some outer margins preserving prickings; modern vellum over boards. 152 x 122 mm (123 x 81 mm)
A fragment of a pocket-sized Breviary of relatively humble appearance. It comes from the Temporale of a ‘secular’ Breviary (i.e. for use in a church, either by a parish priest or a friar), containing nine readings at Matins for Sundays and major feast days and three readings for weekdays (monastic Breviaries give twelve readings for Sundays and feast days and three for weekdays in the winter and one in summer).