Paris: The Workshop of Germain Hardouin, circa 1515. Unbound. This vellum leaf measures 5" x 8". The text is black with decorative borders and initials in red, blue, green, and gilt.
It is from a Pariesan Book of Hours, crafted at the workshop of Germain Hardouin, during the transitional period when illumination and printing were combined in the same texts, intending to produce books that looked like illuminated manuscripts. After printing, pages were adorned with borders, decorations, lines, majescules, etc. The leaf includes an especially nice border decorated with leaves, flowers, and scrolls.
The 63rd Psalm begins at the bottom of the front page:
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
In a desert land, and where there is no way, and no water: so in the sanctuary have I come before thee, to see thy power and thy glory.
To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. . ... Very good. Item #009973