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Book of Hours leaf

@ Trinity College



Vellum leaf from a medieval Book of Hours disbound and sold by Otto F. Ege as part of his "Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts" portfolio. Described by Ege as being English in origin and dating from the mid 14th century; current scholars identify the work as French and likely dating from around 1400. This leaf is described in Dr. Scott Gwara's Ege Handlist as Item #24. 12.5cm x 17cm. Otto Ege's original description of the leaf: "This particular Book of Hours, a devotional prayer book for the layman, was made for the use of Sarum, the early name for Salisbury, England. This text was accepted throughout the province of Canterbury. The manuscript was written about the time Chaucer completed his Canterbury Tales, but evidently by a French monk, who might have been attached, as was often the case, to an English monastery. Again, the book could have been specially ordered and imported from abroad. The initial letter and the coloring and the treatment of the ivy are unmistakably French. The lettering is an excellent example of the then current book hand. There are seven lines of writing to an inch. The words written in red, a heavy color made from mercury and sulphur, show almost the same degree of delicacy as those written with the more fluid ink."
Ege, Otto F. (manuscript dealer)
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C. 1400 15th Century; 14th Century 2019 11 08
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