A highly decorative manuscript on parchment from the Statutes of the Confraternity of the Archangel Michael, with beautiful calligraphic lettre bâtarde in Spanish. The script here is an excellent example of the florid and calligraphic rotunda employed in late medieval Spain for vernacular texts. It comes within it's own presentation file.
Confraternities were small corporate groups based in religious tradition that organised the charitable and devotional life of lay people in towns and rural areas. In a Spanish census of 1771 every rural parish had one and the number of confraternities totalled 25,038. This leaf comes from a Valencian fraternity and is describing the rules of the organisation. It is highlighted by multiple hairline pen-strokes, foliate design, whip-like extensions and ,of course, the amazing hare chased by a red-tongued dog.
Condition: Small amount foxing , otherwise excellent.
1. Confraternity of the Archangel Michael, Valencia.
2. Bruce Ferrini, Akron, Ohio, March 1991, another leaf from this parent manuscript with miniatures of the Crucifixion and symbols of the evangelists appearing as his cat. 1 (1987), no. 3 (now in a private US collection).
3. Schøyen Collection, London and Oslo
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