Bifolium from an Italian Missal
Bifolium on vellum. Italy, ca. 1420: 285 mm x 204 mm. Double column, 26 lines. Decoration: 11 alternating red and blue initials with contrasting penwork; 3 such one-line initials; rubricated. Text: Octave of Ascension on the first folio, a complete mass followed by seasonal instructions in red; the second folio are some of the prophetic lessons and ancillary texts for the eve of Pentecost. Condition: internally very clean and bright, externally soiled.