Illuminated Manuscript Leaves: Psalms 8 and 18

Illuminated Manuscript Leaves: Psalms 8 and 18


Description: Two late 15th century leaves on vellum, with numerous initials and floral borders on recto and verso of each. Contains Psalm 8 in its entirety as well as part of Psalm 18. 16 lines of text on recto and verso of both leaves. Text written in Latin gothic script with brown ink on vellum. With a total (all sides) of 20 single-line and 2 double-line initials painted in gold with red and blue borders. Contains the complete text of Psalm 8 along with the beginning of Psalm 18 from the Latin Book of Hours. Lovely thorn leaf foliate border on each side in gold with orange, blue, and green fruits and flowers. Paris, France: c. 1475. Leaf Size: 223 x 163 mm (8.8 x 6.4 in). Fine, bright, leaves with extremely large margins. Text (in part) in Latin (Psalm 8): Domine, Dominus noster, quam admirabile est nomen tuum in universa terra? Quoniam videbo c?los tuos, opera digitorum tuorum, lunam et stellas qu? tu fundasti. Quid est homo, quod memor es ejus?? Minuisti eum paulominus ab angelis; gloria et honore coronasti eum; et constituisti eum superopera manuum tuarum. Omnia subjecisti sub pedibus ejus, oves et boves universas, insuper et pecora campi? English Translation: O Lord, our Master, how the majesty of thy name fills all the earth? I look up at those heavens of thine, the work of thy hands, at the moon and the stars, which thou hast set in their places; what is man that thou shouldst remember him?? Thou hast placed him only a little below the angels, crowning him with glory and honour, and bidding him rule over the works of thy hands. Thou hast put them all under his dominion, the sheep and the cattle, and the wild beasts besides? Text in Latin (Psalm 18): Non sunt loquelae, neque sermones, quorum non audiantur voces eorum. In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum, et in fines orbis terrae verba eorum. In sole posuit tabernaculum suum; et ipse tamquam sponsus procedens de thalamo suo. Exultavit ut gigas ad currendam viam. A summo caelo egressio eius; et occursus eius usque ad summum eius, nec est qui abscondat a calore eius. Lex Domini immaculata, convertens animas, testimonium Domini fidele, sapientiam praestans parvulis. English Translation: There are no discourses, nor speeches, of which the voices are not heard. Their sound has gone out to the entire world, and their words have gone to the ends of the circle of the earth. He has put his tabernacle in the sun, and the sun like a bridegroom going forth from his bedroom. He rejoices like a giant to run the way. His going forth is from the highest sky, and his going around is right to its top, and there is no one who hides from his heat. The law of the Lord is without blemish, converting souls, and the testimony of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to the small ones
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