University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 46

This leaf is from a Book of Hours made in northern France in the late fifteenth century. It measures 16 x 12 cm, and the arrangement of its responses and antiphons indicates that it accords with the Use of Rouen. Blooming on these pages are acanthus leaves intertwined with a truly impressive variety of what Ege calls "wayside flowers," including thistles, gallic roses, strawberries, grapes, and others which are so stylized as to be nearly geometric. The flowers are fenced in by red lining, a thinner form of which rules the text. There are many well-executed illuminated initials, with lesser first letters filled with yellow; occasionally a lone "cut flower" has been used to fill empty space in the text block. Many leaves are stained from use. See Denison University Leaf 46 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: The leaves we have seen indicate that this Book of Hours accords to the Uses of Rouen and Coutances. Most of this text is a collect to the Apostle Peter; then to St. Sebastian. A scan of the verso is not currently available.

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Amherst Leaf 46 Recto
Amherst Leaf 46 Recto

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 46 Recto

+ Amherst Leaf 46 Recto Transcription

[ ] edificabo ecclesiam [ ]. Oremus. Oroison.

Deus qui beautum petrum apostolum a vinculis absolutum illesum abire fecisti nostrorum quesumus absolue uincula peccatorum et omnia mala a nobis propitiatus exclude. Per christum dominum nostrum. De sancte sebastien. Ant.

Beatus es et bene tibi erit egregie martyr Sebastiane quia cum sanctis gaudebis et cum angelis exul

+ Amherst Leaf 46 Recto Translation

A translation of this leaf is currently unavailable.

For more information, contact Dr. Fred Porcheddu.