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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris1. ff. 1-12v: Full calendar in French alternating red and blue with major feasts in gold; included are the feasts of Genevieve (3 January, in gold), Denis (9 October, in gold) and Genevieve (26 November). 2. ff. 13-25v [f. 13, blank]: Pericopes of the Gospels; Oratio de beate marie virginis [sic], Obsecro te…[masculine forms; Leroquais, LH 2:346]; Oratio, O Intemerata…orbis terrarum. Inclina mater…[Wilmart, 488-90]. 3. Hours of the Virgin, use of Paris; misbound, and should be read as follows: ff. 26-46v [f. 26, blank] and 78r-v, matins, with the weekly variations of the psalms set into the text before the lessons; ff. 79-101, lauds through sext; ff. 101v, 105, 104, 102, none; ff. 103, 108, 109, 107, 106, 47, vespers; ff. 48-52 [f. 52v, ruled, but blank], compline. 4. ff. 53-70v [f. 53, blank]: Penitential psalms and litany, including Denis, Eustachius, Eutropius and Quentin among the martyrs; Remigius, Eligius, Aegidius, Maurice, Lubin and Sulpice among the confessors, and Genevieve among the virgins. 5. ff. 71-74: Short hours of the Cross. 6. ff. 74v-77: Short hours of the Holy Spirit. 7. Office of the Dead; the responses to the lessons are: Qui lazarum; Credo quod; Domine quando; Memento mei; Heu michi; Ne recorderis; Peccantem me; Domine secundum; Libera me domine de morte eterna; misbound, and should be read as follows: ff. 77v, 112, 111, 110, 113, 114, 117, 116, 115, 118-150. 8. ff. 150v-157: Suffrages of the Trinity, Michael, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, Sebastian, Nicholas, Anne, Catherine of Alexandria, Margaret, Genevieve; f. 157v, ruled, but blank. 9. ff. 158-165v: Doulce dame de misericorde…[Leroquais, LH 2:310-11]; Doulx dieu pere saincte trinite…[Leroquais, LH 2:309-10]. Parchment, ff. i (parchment) + 165 + i (parchment); 138 × 100 (86 × 52) mm. 1-26 38(+1, f. 13) 48(+5, f. 26) 5-68 76(ff. 47-52) 88(+1, f. 53) 9-108(through f. 77) 11-138 148(ff. 102-109) 158(ff. 110-117) 16-208(through f. 157) 218. 17 long lines, ruled in pale brown ink. Written in a gothic book hand, apparently by a second scribe on ff. 158-165v. Three full page illuminations, of mediocre execution, on the versos of inserted singletons, blank on the recto, and enclosed within architectural frames: f. 13v (Gospel of John), John in the pot of boiling oil, and, in the small scenes around the margins, a man tying sheaves of wheat and another man carrying them (?); f. 26v (Hours of the Virgin), Adam and Eve standing on either side of the tree around which is coiled the woman-headed snake; f. 53v (Penitential psalms), David dispatching Uriah into battle, in the surrounding small scenes, two knights jousting and Uriah before the troops. Large miniatures above 4 lines of text, enclosed by architectural frames and with adjacent smaller scenes: f. 14 (Gospel of John), John on Patmos, and in the small scenes, John before an enthroned turbaned man (possibly Aristodemus?), John before 2 young people (miracle of the stones turned into jewels?), and the raising of Drusiana; f. 27 (Hours of the Virgin), Annunciation, and in the 3 small scenes, the meeting of Joachim and Anne before the Golden Gate, the birth of the Virgin, and the betrothal of Joseph and Mary; f. 48 (Compline), Coronation of the Virgin before God the Father; in the small scene in the border, the Virgin in glory; f. 54 (Penitential psalms), David watching Bathsheba as she bathes; in the small scenes, the anointing of David, the slaying of Goliath, and David bringing Goliath’s head back to the city in triumph; f. 71 (Hours of the Cross), Crucifixion with Mary and John on either side, and, in the borders, a large inscribed scroll and a scene of the Road to Calvary; f. 74v (Hours of the Holy Spirit), Pentecost; in the borders are a scroll as above and 2 other apostles looking upwards towards the Dove; f. 77v (Office of the Dead), Job on the dunghill; in the margins are the large scroll, and 2 wild men fighting; f. 79 (Lauds), Visitation; f. 89 (Prime), Nativity; f. 94 (Terce), Annunciation to the shepherds, with a landscape in the lower margin; f. 98 (Sext), Adoration of the Magi, with a grotesque in the landscape below; f. 101v (None), Presentation in the temple; in the lower margin, the Holy Family and followers walking to the temple; f. 103 (Vespers), Flight into Egypt, and a landscape in the lower margin; f. 158 (Doulce dame de misericorde), the Virgin holding the Child on her lap. 9- and 8-line illuminations are: f. 15v, Luke; f. 17, Matthew; f. 18v, Mark; f. 19v (Obsecro te), the Virgin with hands joined in prayer; f. 23 (O Intemerata), the Virgin and Child; f. 150v (Trinity), the Father and Son holding a book with the Dove between them; f. 151, Michael; f. 151v, John baptizing Christ; f. 152 (suffrage of John the Evangelist!), John the Baptist in a ragged tunic pointing to the Agnus Dei sitting on a book; f. 152v, Peter and Paul; f. 153v, Sebastian; f. 154, Nicholas; f. 154v, Anne teaching Mary to read; f. 155, Catherine of Alexandria; f. 156, Margaret; f. 156v, Genevieve; f. 163 (Doulx dieu doulx pere), Christ in glory. In the calendar, miniatures in the form of long bands the length of the text depict the monthly occupation on the recto, and the zodiac sign on the verso. Traced geometric band borders the length of the text on every page, with blue and gold acanthus leaves, flowers, strawberries, and small miniatures of grotesques in landscapes on ff. 56v and 59. 3- and 2-line initials, white-patterned blue with colored trilobe leaves or balls as infilling against a burnished gold ground; 1-line initials in gold with either pink or blue infilling against ground of the other color; ribbon line fillers and balls (for the same purpose) in the same colors. Rubrics in blue. Bound, s. XVII, in French deep red morocco with some gold tooling; gilt edges. Written in France in the early sixteenth century. On the front pastedown is the modern armorial bookplate of Matthew Ellison, Hadfield; with the manuscript is an American book dealer’s slip, numbered 90, identifying the binder as Deseuil. Bibliography: De Ricci, 95.
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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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