[BOOK OF HOURS.]
Illuminated Latin manuscript on vellum. [Italy: last third of the 15th century.] 123 leaves, 16 lines per page, brown ink, written space 73 x 55 mm, 1- and 2-line initials in alternating red and blue. 3-line gold initial on blue ground; eight 4-, 5-, or 7-line polychrome initials on gold grounds with borders of flowers and gold sprays (the two 7-line initials with three-quarters borders). FOUR PAGES WITH FULL BORDERS, these with additional inhabited initials on gold grounds and trompe l'oeil borders. 8vo (114 x 83 mm). Period blind-ruled calf. Custom quarter morocco pull-off case. Scattered rubbing, final prayer on 58r incomplete and supplied in a later hand, small hole in fol.59 with loss of a couple of letters, 58v rubbed with loss in initial and border, minor chipping to binding at edges and spine.
The full-page borders are on the pages that begin the Hours of the Virgin (fol.11r); the Penitential Psalms (fol.58v); the Office of the Dead (fol.75v); and the Hours of the Cross (fol 104v).
Provenance: unidentified arms on fol.11r; sold by Leo S. Olschki of Florence in 1933.
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