Title: Gage D’amitie. Modern Illuminated Manuscript, 1916
Author: Jeanne de Jeumont
Condition: Very Good
An early 20th century modern illuminated manuscript produced as a gift by one "mademoiselle" Jeanne de Jeumont, to an unidentified friend, possibly represented as an artist in one of the miniatures.
Each page has been richly calligraphed, rubricated and decorated by pen, various inks, as well as being illuminated and illustrated with watercolors, with around 12 large initials, and 11 of those being illuminated. There are various small watercolors throughout of dragons, angels, and floral/geometric patterns. Each page is enhanced with a different illuminated and painted border, each distinctly unique and vibrant from each other.
The manuscript is comprised of various prayers, litanies, orations, and more, addressed mainly to the Virgin Mary, as well as to St Joseph and Jesus Christ.
There are 4 miniatures of varying size present, starting with a frontispiece depicting a statue of the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus, and a cathedral and the Belfry of Tournai in the background. Given that the Tournai coat of arms is present in the top left corner, this would make ample sense. There are 3 other miniatures, including a full page of the Virgin in a field of lilies, a half page of a young girl praying to the Virgin and Child, and lastly a half page of a young man at a drawing table, with the cathedral of Tournai in the background.
This volume has been finely bound in marbled calf leather, with gilt to the covers and the initials of JD to the cover. There are beautiful inner dentelles framing a purple velvety lining. The manuscript comes with the original box, and the interior is lined with green velvet.
One manuscript in 16mo, 13 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minimal rubbing or wear to the binding, with very light scuffing noted to the edge of the front board. The gutters are partially exposed in three sections.