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A wonderful vellum leaf from a Dutch Book of Hours.
Selling price: $200
This Bible is described in The Golden Age of Dutch Manuscript Painting by H. Defoer, et al. 1989.
The initial G is done in wonderful pen work. The rubrics are in red.
The text is from the Book of Hours translated into Dutch, probably by Geert Grote, most Books were in Latin at that time, but Grote thought that even lay men should be able to read religious books!!
In the 14th century in the Netherlands a reforming movement was started by the Broeders des Gemenen Levens, the Brothers of the Common Life: important members were Geert Groote and Thomas a Kempis: "they taught a return to the basic teaching of the Bible and initiated a spiritual renewal whose characteristics included lay participation in worship and in practical study of the basic books." [ Christopher de Hamel ]
From then on the vernacular played an important role in the Dutch Books of Hours and most of them were in Dutch, although that language was not yet standardized.
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