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Book of Hours and Devotions: MS 161

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Current Location: In storage


Book of Hours and Devotions


Author: Grote, Geert




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper (watermarks not visible), i contemporary paper flyleaf + 357 fols. + i contemporary paper flyleaf , 204 x 140 (140 x 100) mm, 2 columns, 29 lines, ruled in plummet.

BINDING: First half of sixteenth century, brown leather over cushioned oak boards, sewn on four double supports, blind-stamped central panel and edge design, remains of two leather straps on lower cover, two catchplates on upper cover, parchment tabs with pink and cream thread knots.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 19v Devotions for Advent; fols. 19v – 26v Offices of the Days of the Week; fols. 26v – 30r Indulgence for visiting principal sites in the Holy Land; fols. 30v – 32r Prayer to the Virgin Ick coem totty O mijn wtuercaren moeder; fols. 32r – 41v Hours of the Eternal Wisdom; fols. 41v – 45v St Augustine’s prayer to the Trinity; fols. 46r – 51v Hours of the Trinity; fols. 51v – 53r Prayers of Pope Innocent; fols. 53r – 57v Hours of the Passion; fols. 57v – 61r Prayers of Pope Urban VII; fols. 61r – 65v Pater Noster and devotions; fols. 65v – 79v Prayers at Mass, O Guederti[er]en Ihu; fols. 80r – 93v St Ambrose’s prayer to the Sacrament; fols. 94r – 101r Seven Psalms of the Sacrament
fols. 101r – 102v Miracle of the revelation of the Golden Litany of the Passion to a woman named Magdalena; fols. 102v – 108r Golden Litany of the Life and Passion of Christ; fols. 108v – 112r Prayer of St Augustine, O Afgront alre guetheit; fols. 112r – 123r Christocentric prayers; fols. 123r – 124v Prayer on the Seven Last Words of Christ; fols. 124v – 136r Prayers of Pope Urban VII before the Crucifix and prayers on the Passion ; fols. 136v – 162r Christocentric prayers and devotions on the Passion; fols. 162r – 176v Fifteen Pater noster’s with prayer In ziele gebendide and other devotions; fols. 177r – 189r Salutations and devotions, O Vader onse alre; fols. 189r – 200r Golden Rosary of Our Lord; fols. 200r – 204r The Way of the Cross; fols. 204r – 222r Binding place of Jesus and other stages of the Passion; fols. 222r – 233r Nine colden suffered by Christ
fols. 233r – 238r Seven Psalms of St Augustine; fols. 238r – 243r Hier begynt een zuverlick; fols. 243r – 251r Penitential Psalms; fols. 251v – 256r Psalter of St Augustine; fols. 256r – 264r Psalter of St Jerome; fols. 264v – 269r Devotions to the Christ Child; fols. 269r – 275v Devotions at Bethlehem; fols. 276r – 283r Salutations to the Virgin; fols. 283r – 284r Marian prayers of St Mechtild; fols. 284r – 284v Prayers to St Thomas of Canterbury; fols. 284v – 287v Fifteen Joys of the Virgin; fols. 287v – 293v Litany of the Virgin; fols. 293v – 298r Litany of St Arnulphus; fols. 298r – 334v Marian prayers and Litany; fols. 334v – 348v Garland of St Anne; fols. 348v – 357v Suffrages.

ORNAMENTATION: Acanthus and foliage initials [10 – 21 ll.] in blue, green, red, pink, brown and yellow, with silver highlights and full or partial borders with foliate and geometric motifs, busts of jesters (fol. 167v), monstrance (fol. 26r, Hours of the Holy Sacrament), and occasional scrolls with devotional inscriptions, for main text divisions; blue or red penwork initials [7 – 11 ll.] with reserved ornament and pink foliate pen-flourished infill and extensions, occasionally on yellow, green or silver grounds, for lesser text divisions; alternate red and blue penwork initials [1 – 3 ll.] with occasional pink pen-flourishing.


History note: ‘s(uster) Frederik van Oerd’ who was 90 in 1640 and had professed at the age of 27 (inscription in Dutch dated 1640, fol. i verso); bequeathed by her to Brother Hendrik van Dieren (near Arnhem) on 6 Sept. 1675 in Arnhem (inscription in Dutch dated 1675, fol. 1r); Canons Regular of the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, Gaesdonck, near Goch (inscription ‘Gaesdonck 1701’, fol. 1r); confiscated by the French during the Revolution (stamp of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, c.1800 on fols. 1r, 357v); cutting from unidentified English bookseller’s catalogue with no. 378 pasted on fol. i; purchased for the Museum in 1891.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891)


16th Century, first half#
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1550 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( watermarks not visible)
Text Height 140 mm Width 100 mm
Page Height 204 mm Width 140 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [out]fangen sijnde
  • Location: Fol. 3r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 161
Primary reference Number: 169736
Project ID: 84
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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