Marian Prayers in German. Single fragment on paper. Germany, ca. 1470.
137 x 58 mm; portions of two columns with a width of 50 mm. Double column, 15-16 lines. Decoration: two two-line initial O’s in red, highlighted in yellow wash, else rubricated.
Condition: a small fragment from a binding but in good overall condition, entirely legible; creased, with a very slight tear as depicted. Vernacular manuscripts of any kind are exceptionally rare. This folio preserves petitions to the Virgin in medieval German of the fifteenth-century, with an interesting heading that prescribes certain devotional practices. The rubric recommends daily recitation, stipulates three Ave Maria’s, and recommends other ancillary texts.”