Book of Hours translated into Dutch, leaf for a beginning collector.
Single folio on vellum. The Netherlands, ca. 1470: 177 x 132 mm (justification 95 x 62 mm). Single column, 17 lines. Decoration: two-line initial in red or blue with contrasting penwork; alternating red and blue one-line initials. Contents: "Canticle of the Three Children" opening with the Benedicite and continuing with Psalm 148, all in Dutch. Provenance: owned and broken by the American dealer Otto F. Ege of Cleveland (d. 1951); see S. Gwara, Otto Ege's Manuscripts (Cayce, SC, 2013), apparently Handlist 185, the only examples known. Probably two of Ege's earliest pieces, of very few sold by him in a vernacular tongue. Condition: both have slight moisture damage resulting in loss of ink on recto and verso, as well as some bleeding and fading. Each has significant mat burn on all sides and slight masking tape residue. Pencil annotations ("sold Mrs. C. L. Nelson"), with original price (.35) and framing instructions.