ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT Book of Hours, in Latin with additional prayers in French, use of Rouen, illuminated manuscript on vellum

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Lot 147
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT
Book of Hours, in Latin with additional prayers in French, use of Rouen, illuminated manuscript on vellum

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ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT
Book of Hours, in Latin with additional prayers in French, use of Rouen, illuminated manuscript on vellum, 96 leaves (of 98, lacking a leaf between ff. 49 & 50 and another between 69 & 70, each of which would have borne a miniature), 20 lines in black ink in a gothic bookhand, ruled in mauve, justification 95 × 6mm., rubrics in red, capitals touched in gold, one- and two-line initials and line fillers in gold on contrasting red or blue grounds, 24 small miniatures (c.45 × 25mm.) to the Calendar (2 per month), 12 large miniatures (c.90 × 54mm.) in arched compartments within three-quarter borders, 4 of which contain additional miniatures within the borders, and others with beasts, birds, insects and angels, all other leaves with single borders, some rubbing to text and to some borders and miniatures, most noticeable on the miniature depicting the Annunciation of the Shepherds (see below), other minor stains and soiling, ex libris of 'Hale of Alderley, Glos.', nineteenth- or early twentieth-century red velvet binding, (163 × 110mm.), [Rouen, last quarter of the fifteenth century]

Footnotes

  • TEXT: 1-12 Calendar; 13-17 Gospel readings: John; Luke; Matthew; Mark; 17-19v Obsecro te...; 19v-21 O intemerata...; 21v blank; 22-53 Hours of the Virgin, Use of Rouen (Matins 22-29; Lauds 29v-37v plus Commemoratio sanctorum; Prime 38-41v; Terce 42-44; Sext 44v-46v; None 47-49; [one leaf lacking between 49 and 50 with end of None and most of Vespers]; Compline 50v-53); 53v blank; 54-62 Penitential Psalms; 62-65 Litany; 65v-67 Hours of the Cross; 68-69v Hours of the Holy Spirit; [lacks one leaf between 69 and 70, with the end of Hours of the Cross and beginning of Office of the Dead] 70-89v Office of the Dead; 90-94 Doulce dame de miséricorde [15 Joys of the Virgin]; 94-96 Doulx Dieu [Seven Requests to our Lord].

    ILUMINATION: 24 CALENDAR MINIATURES depicting occupations of the seasons and astrological symbols, enclosed by an outer bar border, and 12 LARGE MINIATURES: ff. 13 St John on the Isle of Patmos, the border including the image of a young woman in a red or russet gown and black headdress, presumably representing the owner of the book; 22 the Annunciation, two additional border miniatures showing the pregnant Elizabeth and the Temptation of Adam; 29v the Virgin and St Elizabeth; 38 the Nativity with border image of three young men kneeling in prayer; 42 the Annunciation to the Shepherds (the faces of the shepherds heavily and presumably deliberately rubbed rendering them very indistinct) the borders formed of two narrow miniatures: young men and women with fighting rams, a young man climbing a fruit tree held by a young woman; 44v the Adoration of the Magi; 47 the Presentation in the Temple; 50v the Coronation of the Virgin; 54 King David, borders formed of three narrow miniatures depicting David and Goliath, Bathsheba bathing in a fountain, the Last Judgement; 65v the Crucifixion, two border miniatures depicting Christ carrying the cross and the Virgin holding the shroud bearing the image of Christ; 68 Pentecost (with the Virgin); 90 the Deposition/Lament of the Virgin, with a young woman in medieval dress to the right reproducing the figure in the border of f. 13, probably the owner. The two miniatures lacking would have stood at the opening of Vespers and the opening of the Office of the Dead.

    This Book of Hours is a typical (if quite elaborate) commercial Rouen production: the calendar includes St. Marcial (3 July); St. Sauveur (6 Aug); and St Romain (23 Oct) in gold, all associated with the diocese of Rouen; and the Hours of the Virgin are of the Use of Rouen. The large miniatures, all apparently by the same artist, have figures with a notably rosy complexion and full red lips. The borders are pleasingly elaborated, occasionally with complete miniatures and often with a diverse array of beasts, birds and insects.
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT Book of Hours, in Latin with additional prayers in French, use of Rouen, illuminated manuscript on vellum
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