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Book of Hours: MS 1055-1975

Object information

Titles

Book of Hours

Maker(s)

Masters of the Gold Scrolls (Artists)

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf + 118 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 303 x 220 (158 x 104) mm, 21 long lines, ruled in pink ink, leaves lost between fols. 11 – 12, 13 – 14, 17 – 18, 27 – 28, 29 – 30, 35 – 36, outer border of fol. 7 cut out.

BINDING: nineteenth century, red velvet over pasteboard, edges gilt and painted with green and red foliate motifs.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 6v Calendar; fols. 7r – 11v Fifteen Oes; fol. 12r – v Fragment from liturgical service, probably Hours of the Trinity; fol. 13r Commemoration of St Barbara (starts and ends imperfectly); fols. 14r – 38r Hours of the Virgin interspersed with Hours of the Cross (starts imperfectly); fol. 38r – v Salve Regina; fols. 39r – 42v Salve virgo virginum and other Marian prayers
fols. 42v – 44r O Intemerata; fols. 44r – 46r Obsecro te; fols. 46r – 49r Seven Joys of the Virgin; fols. 49v – 52r Omnibus consideratis, prayers to the Cross and Five Wounds; fols. 52r – 52v Prayers to the Virgin and St John; fols. 53r – 55v Bede’s Prayer on the Seven Last Words, and other Christocentric devotions; fols. 57r – 62v Penitential Psalms; fols. 62v – 66v Gradual Psalms
fols. 66v – 71v Litany; fols. 72r – 93r Office of the Dead; fols. 93v – 102v Commendation of the Soul; fols. 103r – 110r Psalms of the Passion; fols. 110r – 118v Psalter of St Jerome, with rubricated indulgence crossed out (starts imperfectly).

DECORATION: Six large framed miniatures with three-sided gold, blue and pink bar borders and full acanthus and floral borders including hybrids and grotesques for main text divisions:
fol. 46v Seven Joys of the Virgin, Christ displaying wounds, two angles holding up cloth covered in Y A; fol. 49v Omnibus consideratis, Crucifixion, with Virgin and St John; fol. 57r Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement, with Christ flanked by angels, dead rising, and Hellmouth below; fol. 72r Office of the Dead, Funeral service, grave-diggers and mourner-grotesque in border; fol. 93v Commendation of the Soul, Souls borne to God by angels; fol. 103r Psalms of the Passion, Man of Sorrows surrounded by Instruments of the Passion, sorrowing angels in border.

Fourteen small framed miniatures inset in text-block with partial gold, blue and pink bar borders, and acanthus, floral and spraywork borders:
fol. 27r Hours of the Cross, Prime, Christ before Pilate; fol. 29r Terce, Flagellation; fol. 32v Sext, Crucifixion with Virgin and St John; fol. 35r None, Deposition; fol. 37v Vespers, Entombment; fol. 50r Prayer to the Cross, Cross with label INRI and Prayer to the Head of Christ, Sorrowing head of Christ with Crown of Thorns; fol. 50v Prayers to the Five Wounds, Wounded right hand; fol. 51r Wounded left hand and Cloth with Wound held by hands from heaven; fol. 51v Wounded right foot and Wounded left foot; fol. 52r Prayers to the Virgin and St John, Pieta and St John.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or pink white-patterned initials [5 ll.] with foliate or geometric infill on gold grounds for main text divisions; gold initials [2 – 3 ll.] on blue and dark pink white-patterned grounds; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with black or red pen-flourishing; gold and blue geometric line-fillers.

Notes

History note: A. Rousset, Lyons (bookplate with his monogram A/R/LUG inside upper cover); sold in Paris, Hotel Drouot, 17 June 1960, lot 9; purchased by Henry Davis (1897 – 1977); his gift, 1975.

Place(s) associated

  • Bruges

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1975) by Davis, Henry

Dating

Fifteenth century, second quarter
Circa 1440 CE - Circa 1450 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [delica]tissimos pedes
  • Location: Fol. 8r
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 1055-1975
Primary reference Number: 170634
Project ID: 99
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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