PSALMS 37:3-38:4, English numbering [Latin numbering 36:3-37:4]. “Be still before the LORD” (37:7). Late medieval Breviary manuscript written and painted in France, c.1475; on fine white vellum. EXCELLENT condition; light stains to upper edge and corner. With 43 hand-painted initials in RED and BLUE. Apart from the Bible itself, Breviary manuscripts are a relatively inexpensive way to own a biblical manuscript from before or at the start of the age of printing. This leaf contains only Psalm text. Note the beginning of Psalm 38 the larger initial “D” in the Latin “Domine”, Lord, in BLUE ink, verso.
Breviaries were books of prayers, produced by and for monasteries, to assist in their daily prayers (every 3 hours). Breviaries were popularized in the late middle ages for the laity as Books of Hours, for personal devotions. Books of Hours, often dedicated to one’s favorite saint, were the most widely produced book in history, much more so than the Bible itself. COA on premium “gold leaf” paper w. gold seal. Leaf and COA set in a museum-quality Trifold Portfolio. Priority Shipping included in price.