BREVIARY -- LEAF FROM THE LLANGATTOCK BREVIARY, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
275 x 200mm. Two columns of 30 lines written in brown ink in a gothic bookhand, rubrics in red, six two-line illuminated initials on verso (the leaf is framed back-to-front) and one on recto in gold on grounds alternately of pink or blue with white filigree decoration, one-line initials on recto alternately in blue with red flourishing or gold with blue flourishing, each side with two FULL-LENGTH BAR BORDERS of burnished gold with terminal or marginal sprays of scrolling penwork tendrils supporting foliage, flowers and golden disks. Double-sided frame. Provenance: Two stickers on frame of Goodspeed's Bookshop, Boston, dated 20 July 1981.
The text of the present leaf, beginning 'Ut nobis parcas' is from the end of the Petitions, and continues on the verso with the beginning of the Collects. A fine leaf from a manuscript sold in our rooms (London, December 8 1958, lot 190) as part of the estate of the 2nd Baron Llangattock. Many miniatures had already been removed and after the sale the remaining leaves were separated and dispersed. All aspects of the manuscript -- size, format and illumination -- correspond to those of the Missal of Borso d'Este, marquis and then duke of Ferrara (Modena, Biblioteca Estense, Ms W.5.2, lat. 239) and the Breviary was certainly made either for him or his predecessor Leonello, and intended, like the Missal, for use in the ruler's chapel. It is now usually identified with the Breviary recorded in accounts in the d'Este archives as having been illuminated for Leonello by Giorgio d'Alemagna, Bartolomeo de Benincà, Guglielmo Giraldi and Matteo de' Pasti: F. Toniolo ed., La miniatura a Ferrara dal tempo di Cosmè Tura all'eredità di Ercole de' Roberti, 1998, pp.19, 20, 76-77.