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BOOK OF HOURS, in Dutch1. ff. 1-10v: Full calendar in Dutch with major feasts in red, including Pancratius (12 May, in red), Servatius (13 May, in red), Odulph (12 June, in red), Lebuin (25 June, in red), Willibrord (7 November, in red); the months are run on directly after one another; the positions of the 3rd and 4th bifolia were inverted in the binding, so the calendar is to be read ff. 1-3, 5, 4, 7, 6, 8-10; f. 10r-v, computistic notes: Drie besloten tiden sijn int iaer, die eerste opten dach als die advent beghint… 2. ff. 11-40: Hours of the Virgin, in the Middle Dutch compilation of Geert Grote; see van Wijk. 3. ff. 40v-42v: Prayers to the Virgin: Heilighe ende onbevlecte maghet moeder gods ende des menschen, welke dat choer der enghelen…; Ic gruet u Maria opgewassen lely der reinicheit. Ic gruet u een welrukende fiole… 4. ff. 43-59v: Hours of the Eternal Wisdom, by Henry Suso, in the Middle Dutch version of Geert Grote, with Grote’s preface. 5. ff. 59v-60v: Prayers to God and Christ, with indulgences; loss of one leaf between ff. 60-61, with resulting loss of text. 6. ff. 61-78: Long hours of the Cross, in the Middle Dutch translation of Geert Grote, beginning imperfectly due to the loss of the leaf between ff. 60-61. 7. ff. 78-91v: Prayers on the Passion of Christ. 8. ff. 92-106v: Penitential psalms and litany in Middle Dutch. 9. ff. 106v-107v: Prayers to Christ. 10. ff. 108-176v: Prayers for the sanctorale. 11. ff. 177-184v: Prayers for Communion. 12. ff. 184v-188v: Prayers to Christ and to God the Father. 13. ff. 189-216v: Office of the Dead, use of Utrecht, in Middle Dutch. 14. ff. 216v-220v: Prayers with indulgences. Parchment, ff. ii (parchment) + 220 + ii (parchment); 176 × 125 (110 × 76) mm. 110 2-58(through f. 42) 68 710(through f. 60) 88(-1, before f. 61) 9-118(through f. 91) 12-138(through f. 107) 14-228 238(+9, f. 188) 24-278. Catchwords in a small cursive hand in the inner right corner; ff. 198-199 signed “2” and “3,” being their positions in quire 25. 21 long lines, ruled in light brown ink; slash form pricking visible in upper and lower margins. Written in a Dutch book hand. Elaborate penwork decoration of the type produced at St. Agnes in Delft1; see P. J. H. Vermeeren, “Delftse verluchte handschriften ter Koninklijke Bibliotheek,” Oud Delft 2 (1960) 39-72 esp. the plate on p. 45; J. G. C. Venner and C. A. Chavannes-Mazel, “Delftse handschriften en boekverluchting,” in De Stad Delft: Cultuur en Maatschappij tot 1572 (Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft 1979) 134-38, esp. fig. 247. Five major initials, 9- or 8-line, in parted red and blue with void white design on a blue penwork ground and infilled by red penwork which surrounds 6-8 roundels of gold or colored flowers; full borders of the same precise red and blue penwork along both sides of a narrow pink strip which sprouts restrained stylized blue, green and gold acanthus at the corners and centers. At the center of the outer border are paintings of animals with blue-lettered scrolls in Latin and in the vernacular: f. 11, a peacock, with a scroll reading “Ave regina celorum, Ave domina angelorum”; f. 43, a deer, with the scroll “Inicium sapiencie timor domini”; f. 92, a wyvern, with the scroll “Die god ontsiet sel niet ontbreken”; f. 108, a unicorn, with the scroll “Een kint is ons geboren ende een soen is ons gege[uen]”; f. 189, a stork standing on its nest with five chicks and a scroll reading “O here verlost se wter pijn die mit dinen bloede behouden sijn.” 4- and 3-line initials in blue with void white design on grounds of careful red penwork, infilled by a blue flower with a gold center on a red ground, with bracket borders of red, blue and pink penwork, including flowers and gold balls. 2-line initials alternating red and blue with small bracket borders of both colors. 1-line initials alternating red and blue; line fillers in the litany in the same lacy red and blue penwork. Red rubrics; some initials in the text touched in red. Bound by Mercier for Robert Hoe in brown morocco with gold tooling and parchment doublures, with the monogram “RH”; gauffered and gilt edges. Written in the second half of the fifteenth century; the decoration in this manuscript associates it with those produced in the convent of St. Agnes in Delft. Belonged to Robert Hoe: Cat. (1909) p. 28; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1912, pt. III, nn. 2066 and 2067 (described as if two manuscripts) to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 94.
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1 We are indebted to Prof. James Marrow for this identification and the relevant bibliography.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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