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Prayer Book
France, Saint Amand, 1538

The Virgin and Child Standing on a Crescent Moon. In this manuscript, prayers to the Virgin Mary are introduced with a miniature of the Virgin and Child. The Virgin stands on a crescent moon, an image described in the Book of Apocalypse (Revelation). Prayers said while looking at such an image were thought to be especially beneficial.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 176, fol. 112v

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