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  • Accession Number: MS_84_f_47v
  • Illuminated Manuscript. Book of Hours. Latin, Gothic bookhand (textualis). Production Place: Ghent. Parchment, iii paper flyleaves + ii parchment flyleaves + 119 fols. + iii paper flyleaves, 194 x 129 (119 x 77) mm, 20 long lines, ruled in pink ink, one leaf lost between fols. 50 – 51. BINDING: 19th century, gold-tooled red leather over pasteboard, identical with binding of Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 87. 1450-1470. CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 6v Calendar; fols. 8r – 11v Hours of the Cross; fols. 13r – 15v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 17r – 23r Mass of the Virgin; fols. 24r – 66v Hours of the Virgin (missing the beginning of Sext); fols. 68r – 73v Office of the Virgin in Advent; fols. 74r – 77v Suffrages; fols. 79r – 89v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 91r – 114v Office of the Dead; fols. 115r – 117r Obsecro te. fol. 117r – 118v O intemerata. DECORATION: Thirteen full-page framed miniatures with full acanthus and floral borders (inner margins without painted leaves or flowers) at major text divisions: fol. 7v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion with Virgin, St John, St Mary Magdalene embracing the Cross, sun and moon; fol. 12v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 16v Mass of the Virgin, Virgin and Child flanked by angel playing harp and another offering bread to Christ; fol. 23v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 35v Lauds, Visitation; fol. 43v Prime, Adoration of the Child with shepherds behind; fol. 47v Terce, Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 54v None, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 58v Vespers, Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 63v Compline, Flight into Egypt; fol. 67v Office of the Virgin in Advent, Coronation of the Virgin; fol. 78v Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement, with Virgin and St John interceding; fol. 90v Office of the Dead, Raising of Lazarus. Ten historiated initials in dark pink or blue on grounds of the reversed colour within gold frame for Suffrages: fol. 74r [M, 6 ll.] St Michael defeating the devil, [P, 5 ll.] Saints Peter and Paul; fol. 74v [O, 6 ll.] St James the Great as pilgrim; fol. 75r [S, 6 ll.] St Francis showing stigmata; fol. 75v [V, 6 ll.] St Anthony with two pigs; fol. 76r [B, 6 ll.] St Nicholas reviving three boys in tub, [M, 6 ll.] St Mary Magdalene; fol. 76v [V, 6 ll.] St Catherine with sword, wheel, and, Maximus defeated; fol. 77r [E, 6 ll.] St Margaret emerging from dragon; fol. 77v [O, 6 ll.] St Barbara with tower. ORNAMENTATION: Blue or dark pink white-patterned initials [5 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds and full borders facing and matching those of the full-page miniatures at major text divisions; gold initials [2 ll.] on dark pink and blue white-patterned grounds with spraywork extensions; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with black or red pen-flourishing; gold and blue geometric linefillers in Litany; capitals highlighted in yellow.
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