Title: Book of Hours, Late 19th Century. Modern Illuminated Manuscript
A late 19th century illuminated manuscript Book of Hours, produced by an unknown illuminator. Each page has been richly handwritten in black, red, and blue inks, with large historiated initials, blue filler lines, and smaller initials throughout. Many pages are further enhanced with a different illuminated border, each distinctly unique and vibrant from each other. Some of the historiated initials are extremely large, with several taking up a quarter of half of the page space, and one large initial going from the top to bottom of the page.
This Book of Hours has been divided into four parts, with one for the Prayers of the Holy Mass, the Canon of the Mass, the Wedding Mass, and the Mass for the Dead.
One manuscript in folio, 42 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with light rubbing and wear to the binding. The manuscript has been severely water damaged, with ink having run down several pages. Remarkably, the text and illuminations to most leaves remain relatively untouched, or at the very least, the bleeding is either to the margins or relatively minor. Several leaves have had the ink bleed through, and 4 pages in particular have bled onto each other, creating a messy doubling effect. As the illumination work has been done partially with pastels or the equivalent, it does come away by touching it. The text to the final leaf has been largely worn away, though the painted design to the other side is still richly colored and vibrant. At least 9 leaves are detached.