Title: Book of Hours, circa 1500-1525. Northern France
An early 16th century illuminated Book of Hours, inscribed in a flowing humanist script, likely produced in Northern France. There are several factors which point to this conclusion, starting with the saints venerated in the calendar, and more specifically the feast days, such as Saint-Barnabe, and Martin of Tours. The style of illumination, notably the style of tabernacle frames used for the one present miniature, is also typically in line with the first quarter of the 16th century, and the tall thin format of the book itself more common in the early 16th century overall.
This Book of Hours is illuminated throughout, with 92 initials illuminated with gold leaf. There is also one miniature present, that of King David with a harp, as well as another figure, bordered with a large tabernacle frame in gold, noting the beginning of the Seven Penitent Psalms. There are hundreds of red and blue initials, and numerous line fillers on a red and blue background. This Book of Hours is written in a 28-line format.
This Book of Hours is present in a contemporary binding, with what appears to be an embossed monogram in repeat to both covers, and additional gilt designs to the spine. The binding is reinforced with manuscript waste pastedowns.
One illuminated manuscript in 32mo (13 x 7 cm), 67 leaves
On note of condition, this manuscript is in good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding, and peeling to the foot of the spine. There is stress to the hinges. Several leaves are lacking, namely that of the other miniatures. A third of the page numbered 5 is lacking, with text loss, the page numbered 39(?) is slightly torn to the inner margin with slight letter loss to the verso, and a corner is lacking to the page numbered 43(?), with no text loss. There is light staining to some pages, heavier to pages 66 and 67. The pages are erratically numbered.