Three leaves of rare 13th and 15th century Catholic liturgical manuscripts, hand drawn and beautifully illustrated on vellum.
1. Leaf from a Bible, Paris, middle third of the 13th century: Illuminated vellum manuscript leaf with an unusual and especially appealing historiated initial showing King Ahasuerus, Esther, and Mordecai, all connected by a handman's rope, from a Bible in Latin. Text from the opening through the first three chapters of Esther. (Paris, middle third of the 13th century) 248 x 152 mm. (9.75" x 6").
2. "Beatus" leaf from a Psalter in Latin, Southern Netherlands, late 13th century: Illuminated vellum manuscript with a fine historiated initial showing scenes from the life of King David and with a decorative border including a hunting scene. Text from Psalm 1:1 - 2:8. Southern Netherlands [possibly Saint-Omer], late 13th century, 140x102mm (5.5"x4").
3. Leaf from a Book of Hours, Bruges, circa 1460: Illuminated vellum manuscript leaf with a miniature of the death of the Virgin, from a Book of Hours in Latin. 218 x 152 mm (8 5/8 x 6").
Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center in the vault.
Biographical / Historical
Each of these leaves originally formed part of a bound volume, either a Psalter, Bible, or Book of Hours. Having been taken from their context, the specific location and date of their original creation or use is difficult to determine. What information exists has been provided in the detailed description for each item.
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Small illuminated sacred manuscripts collection, ca. 1250-1460, MS 24, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/24 Accessed June 05, 2023.