Illuminated Manuscript French Devotional Prayer Book on parchment in Latin and French, France, dated 1634.
Leaf dimensions: mm. 126 x 82 approx., text panel: mm. 95 x 52 ca. Lead-pencil ruling.
Text in littera antiqua, arranged on a 12-line single column. Composed of 74 leaves, the first and last two blank, complete.
The decoration includes: two full-page miniatures, depicting a vase of flowers and the Virgo Lactans (or ‘Nursing Madonna’) respectively; a capital letter inhabited by the face of Christ and numerous gold initials with polychrome decorations. A heraldic insignia is illuminated on the penultimate leaf. All leaves are framed with a double red line, those at the incipits
within a gold frame. The colophon (l. 64v.) bears the calligrapher’s name Claudius Ruffinus and the date AD 1634.
Contemporary leather binding with gold embossing. Excellent conditions.
The text contains various prayers starting with the Our Father and continuing with the Litany of Christ and the Virgin.
Ex libris Mortimer L. Shiff on the front flyleaf. Claudius Ruffinus (Paris, 1554-1636) produced several liturgical manuscripts of remarkable calligraphic quality.