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BOOK OF HOURS, Sarum use1. ff. 1-3v: misbound leaves, now: f. 1, suffrage of Christopher […michi famulo tuo…]; ff. 1v-2, blank except for illegible erased notes; f. 2v, full page miniature of Christopher; f. 3, blank; f. 3v, full page miniature of the Annunciation. 2. ff. 4-6v: Calendar, beginning defectively at July, with the usual English feasts, some added later, in red and black ink; Latin month verses [Walther, Initia 14563]; the qualifier “pape” has been crossed out (14 October, 26 November, 31 December), as well as the entry for Thomas of Canterbury (29 December). 3. ff. 7-8v: misbound leaves, now: f. 7, blank; f. 7v, full page miniature of Veronica; f. 8, suffrage of John the Baptist; f. 8v, blank. 4. ff. 9-27v: Hours of the Virgin, apparently Sarum use, although, due to missing leaves between ff. 25-26, all of none, vespers, and part of compline are gone; hours of the Cross worked in; suffrages after lauds of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the Cross, Michael, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, Andrew, Stephen, Lawrence, Thomas of Canterbury, Nicholas, Mary Magdalene, Catherine of Alexandria, Margaret, All Saints, for peace; following compline is the Salve Regina, with the versicles, Virgo mater ecclesie…and the prayer, Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui gloriose virginis et matris marie…[HE, 62-63]; added in a later cursive hand: f. 12r-v, Oracio inter elevaciones corporis et sanguinis dei, O decus christi recrea me, O anima christi sanctifica me…; f. 12v [in another hand], O lorde have marssye one my soull…[Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 37]; f. 22v, O that my toung could but expres the misserys that my hart doth daly torment [Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 38]; f. 27r-v, Gaude virgo mater christi que per aurem concepisti…[RH 7013]; Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui divina salutacione gabrielis…; Stella celi extrippavit [sic] que lactavit dominum mortis pestem quam plantavit…; A fame pestilencia morte subitanea et dampnacione…; Gaude flore virginali honoreque speciali…[the 7 Joys, RH 6809]. 5. ff. 28-35v: Prayers to the Virgin, as follow: Has videas laudes que sacra virgine gaudes…, Salve virgo virginum stella matutina…[a farcing of the Salve Regina attributed to Bonaventure, Opera, Vatican, 1668, 6:466-67], with the prayer, Deus qui de beate marie virginis utero…[Bruylants, Oraisons 2, n. 230]; Oracio de domina nostra, O intemerata…orbis terrarum. Inclina mater…[masculine forms; Wilmart, 488-90]; Oracio de domina nostra, Obsecro te…[divided into 2 parts at “Veni et festina in auxilium”; masculine forms; Leroquais, LH 2:346]; Oracio, Ave mundi spes maria…[Walther, Initia 1945] with Adiuvet nos quesumus domine deus…; Quicumque hec septem gaudia in honore beate marie virginis …a papa clemente qui hec septem gaudia proprio stilo composuit, Virgo templum trinitatis…[Philippus de Grevia; Wilmart, 329, n.]; added in a later hand: f. 33v, Ave digna ave flos ave virgo ave nubes…; f. 35v, Take heed of him that <page cropped> Doth. 6. ff. 36-40: Prayers to Christ, as follow: Ad ymaginem domini, Omnibus consideratis paradisus voluptatis…[attributed to Johannes Lemovicensis; divided into 10 parts, the last 2 to the Virgin and to St. John; Wilmart, 584, note to p. 527] with the prayer, Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui unigenitum filium tuum…; Incipit oracio venerabilis bede presbiteri…, Domine ihesu christe qui septem verba…[Leroquais, LH 2:342]; Oracio, Precor te piissime domine propter illam caritatem…[Wilmart, 378, n.]; Oracio, Deus qui voluisti pro redemptione mundi a iudeis reprobari…; Oracio, Ave ihesu christe verbum patris filius virginis…[Wilmart, 377, n.]; Oracio, Ave principium nostre creationis…mihi famulo tuo N…[Wilmart, 23, n.]; Oracio, Ave verum corpus domini nostri ihesu christi…[Wilmart, 373-76]; Oracio, Ave caro christi cara inviolata crucis ara…[Wilmart, 366, passim]; Quilibet dicenti hanc oracionem …papa bonifacius sextus concessit …ad supplicacionem philippi regis francie, Domine ihesu christe qui hanc sacratissimam carnem…[Wilmart, 378, n.]; f. 40v, ruled but blank except for the added note, O cupid I graunt thy might is much for sure thou loveth thy dart to shent at such [Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 36]. 7. ff. 41-49; Penitential psalms (leaf missing after f. 43, with loss of text from the fifth psalm, Ps. 101, 23, to the end), gradual psalms (cues only for the first 12), and litany, including Edward, Alan, Christopher, Lambert among the martyrs; Remigius, Bavo, Vedast, Audoenus, Aegidius, Amand and Robert among the confessors; Bridget, Christina, Sexburga, Milburga, Osyth and Radegundis among the virgins; f. 49v, ruled, but blank except for an ownership note (see below). 8. ff. 50-61v [f. 50, blank]: Office of the Dead, Sarum use. 9. ff. 62-69v [f. 62, blank]: Commendation of souls (Pss. 118, divided, and 138) and the prayers, Tibi domine commendamus animam…, and Misericordiam tuam domine sancte pater omnipotens deus…; added on f. 69v, “blessed is he that keppethe godes commandemente and so is he that” (ending here), and an invocation to Christopher. 10. ff. 70-72v: Incipit psalterium de sancta cruce (Pss. 21-30, 6 with cues only for Pss. 22-24, 26 and 29). 11. ff. 73-80v [f. 73, blank]: Psalter of St. Jerome, Verba mea auribus percipe…, and the prayer, Liberator animarum mundi redemptor ihesu christe…; f. 80v, added in a cursive hand, pro pestilencia bona oracio, Sancte deus sancte fortis sancte et immortalis agnus dei… Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + 80 + ii (modern paper); 192 × 135 (122 × 80) mm. The book now consists entirely of singletons sewn together in groups of 4 and bearing on the first recto in pencil in a modern hand the signatures a-u; no catchwords. 24 long lines, ruled in pale red ink. Written in a gothic book hand. Seven full page miniatures, usually in narrow gold and colored frames with sparse black ink spray foliage, with blue and pink flowers and pale green and silver leaves; all are blank on the recto. The miniatures are: f. 2v, misbound, Christopher with the Christ Child on his shoulders; no hermit; f. 3v, misbound, Annunciation, the angel holding a long scroll; f. 7v, misbound, Veronica holding the Vernicle cloth; f. 13v (Lauds), Betrayal of Jesus, by a different artist, in a narrow arched compartment surrounded by a full, broad, red band border of tarnished silver acanthus leaves twisted about a green rod; f. 50v (Office of the Dead), funeral service with monks and mourners; f. 62v (Commendation of souls), 3 souls carried in a sheet held by 2 angels to God the Father in nebuly, against a gold scroll background, with a gold line traced around the edges of the various figures; f. 73v (Psalter of St. Jerome), Jerome writing at his desk, with the same gold line traced around the figures and gold scroll background; no lion. On the leaves facing these miniatures and the now-missing miniatures, 8- or 7-line initials in white-patterned orange or blue with colored trilobe leaf and vine infilling against a cusped gold ground; narrow bar border of color and gold in a U-shape or as 2 bars the length of the text, terminating in trilobe leaves; the remaining margins with black ink sprays and small colored flowers. 5-line initials in gold on particolored blue and dusky rose grounds/infilling; 2-line initials in gold on extravagantly cusped blue or pink grounds with infilling of the other color; 1-line initials in gold with black flourishing or in blue with red. Rubrics throughout. A small rectangle cut out of the margin of f. 54 with no loss of text. Very simple sketches of human figures on ff. 10, 49v, 66v, 67v, 70 (more capable, representing Jesus), 73v and 74. Bound, s. XIX, by J. Leighton, Brewer St. in brown pebble morocco, with gold-starred blue endpapers; gilt edges. Written possibly in northern France for export to England. Ownership notes of the sixteenth century on f. 5v: George brakye ba<?>, John bra<?>, Tomas conyers, Robert cony<?>; on f. 12v:…george Conyers; on f. 49v: George Conyers ave this bouke and so ffourthe, Finis. Sale by G. A. Leavitt, New York, 6 February 1888, n. 164. Acquired by Samuel Bowne Duryea, with his bookplate on the front pastedown; bequeathed with other material to the Long Island Historical Society in 1895; listed by C. A. Nelson, The Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Bequeathed to the Long Island Historical Society by S. B. Duryea (Brooklyn 1895) p. 15. Sold by the Society at Sotheby’s, 5 July 1965, n. 234, with a plate of ff. 7v and 73v; acquired by the Huntington Library at that time. Bibliography: Chronica, 6.
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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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