Title: Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, Circa 1450. Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum from France
Condition: Very Good
A mid 15th century illuminated manuscript Book of Hours, inscribed in a flowing gothic script, likely produced in Rouen, France. The manuscript is foliated from 1-108 in modern pencil, with some ruling in red.
This Book of Hours is illuminated throughout, opening with a brightly illuminated calendar. There are three leaves with large 4-line initials illuminated with gold leaf, decorated with flowering tendrils and illumination. There is another leaf with a two-line initial with a large, illuminated flowering tendril. There are hundreds of smaller 1 and 2-line illuminated initials, with some illuminated line fillers as well.
This Book of Hours is written in a 16-line format.
This Book of Hours bears several provenance markers, firstly an early ownership inscription for one Francois Phellippe, burgess, either of Strasburg, or of the several Argenteuils, the inscription reading 'Ces matines appartienent a maistre francois phellippe bourgeois dargen’. There is a bookplate with the initials G.R, and there is the bookplate for of W.A. Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey, as this manuscript was acquired from the library of Christopher Foyle.
The Book of Hours is clearly incomplete, as folio 13 begins mid-sentence with the words 'mundus perip[u]m factus'. Although the exact number of missing leaves is undetermined, there is evidence of leaf removal between the folios numbered 53-54, and 55-56. The 12 leaf calendar is however complete.
One illuminated manuscript on vellum in octavo, 108 leaves
This manuscript is in very good shape, with some rubbing and old staining to the binding, with the joints split, especially to the front board. Some of the vellum leaves have stretched. There are a few minor worm holes to the first and last few leaves. There is scattered dust-soiling and ink marks throughout.