Illuminated Manuscript Leaves. Three folio-format parchment leaves and one large quarto bifolium: Latin Bible leaf, Germany, c. 1500, containing a finely painted ten-line historiated initial P depicting Elijah ordering fire from heaven upon the soldiers and their captains sent by Ahaziah to apprehend Elijah, as described in 2 Kings 1, painted in full colors with marginal ascender and descender, surrounded by pen tracery and five gilt circles, the captain in the front is wearing red and gold diagonally striped knee pants, one wears a turban, another sits on a white horse, the fire emanates from a cloud, a distant city on a hill is visible in the background, text written in two columns in brown and red ink with red and blue capital strokes, thirty-four lines of text, 16 1/4 x 10 3/4 in.; Latin Bible leaf, England, first half of 14th century, with two large initials in red, blue, and gold with white pen tracery, the sheet in two columns, twenty-two lines of text, old prick marks, 17 3/4 x 12 1/4; Latin Bible leaf, England, c. 1450, with an ornate border painted in blue, red, pink, and green, with gilt accents, a fine five-line initial G in blue, green, and red on a gold ground, full illuminated borders surrounding both columns of text, twenty-nine lines, 16 1/4 x 11 1/4; [and] an illuminated bifolium from a Book of Hours or other prayer book, France or Italy, late 15th century, two facing pages enclosed by ornate borders featuring flowers, birds, butterflies, and fruit on a gilt wash background, incorporating two large initials, single column, twelve lines of text, 15 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.
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