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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