BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen. Illuminated Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. [Rouen, c.1470.]

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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen.
Illuminated Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. [Rouen, c.1470.]

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£ 19,000 - 27,000
BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen.
Illuminated Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. [Rouen, c.1470.]
172 x 115 mm. 143 (of 144) leaves. Collation: 112 2-68 72 8-108 118-1 12-178 184 194 [last blank leaf used as paste-down]. Modern pagination (leaf between 76 and 77 lacking), writing area: 90 x 60 mm in red and black ink EIGHT LARGE ILLUMINATED ARCH-TOPPED MINIATURES. 16th century calf gilt, gilt edges, joints expertly repaired, some minor dampstaining at beginning, a few miniatures trimmed closely.

The subjects of the large miniatures are: f.13r Evangelist: John, Matthew, Luke and Mark; f.27r Virgin Mary: Annunciation; f.53r Christ: Nativity; f.67r Christ: Flight into Egypt; f.80r Pentecost; f.84r David communicating with God; f.102r Scene, Liturgical: funeral ceremony; f.133v Female owner kneeling before Virgin and Child enthroned, each miniature within a border of colored flowers, leaves and fruits (in red, blue green, pink partly heightened in gold, numerous smaller illuminated capitals. 14 lines written in black ink in a Gothic bookhand ruled in pink (90 x 60 mm).
Provenance: Joannes Bardin ("Ioannes Bardin Presbyter" early 17th-century armorial bookplate, loosely inserted); George Hadfield (owners name on front free endpaper); Rafael Ruiz Gallardon and Isabel Garcia de la Rasilla (20th century etched bookplate, loosely inserted) and Dirk C. Ietswaart (owners name on front free endpaper).

A beautifully illuminated book of hours, produced in the last decades of the 15th-century in Rouen, France. The manuscript was commissioned by an unidentified female patron depicted in the final miniature. This book of hours is probably from the workshop of the Echevinage Master, one of the most successful Norman illuminators of the third quarter of the 15th century.
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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen. Illuminated Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. [Rouen, c.1470.]
BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen. Illuminated Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. [Rouen, c.1470.]
BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen. Illuminated Manuscript on vellum, in Latin. [Rouen, c.1470.]
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