Advent 2018: 6 December

Today’s image is an intricate depiction of the nativity, taken from a beautifully illustrated Book of Hours (Sarum) Hore beatissime Virginis Marie ad legitimum Sarisburiensis Ecclesie ritum (Paris, 1534), and part of the Bolton collection.

It is printed chiefly in Latin, with rubrics and short texts in English. This touching piece accompanies its nativity scene:

How Jhesu chryst ryght poorely borne was
In an olde oryble layde all in pouerte
At Bethleem, by an oxe and an asse
Where Mary blyssed his natyuite

View the full catalogue entry for the item here.

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