27 - 28 June 2006
ILLUMINATED INITIALS V AND F, on leaves from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT MISSAL ON VELLUM
[southern Germany, probably Augsburg, end 15th century]
317 x 240mm. The initial with foliage staves of pink against a punched and ruled ground of burnished gold and within a moulding frame of blue and green highlit yellow, the central margin with a twiggy green stem ending in coloured fruit/flower at the upper margin and with tendrils and leaves of blue, green and pink and with a blue and yellow bud and a golden fruit scrolling over the lower margin, interspersed with golden disks with pink penwork surrounds; 25 lines in black ink in two sizes of gothic bookhand between four verticals and 26 horizontals ruled in brown, justification: 218 x 73-15-72mm, rubrics in red, capitals touched red, letters of opening word and two-line initials alternately red or blue (slight thumbing of margins).
The initial V opens the introit Vultum tuum for the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin; this was folio cxxvi in a Missal.
The leaf with the initial F the same, but the initial staves are blue and the frame is of green and red with foliage sprays extending into the central and upper margins. Once f.cxxxiii, the initial opens the collect Famulis tuis for the Visitation.
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