Title: Book of Hours, Use of Angers, 1490
A Book of Hours from the late 15th century, produced by an anonymous master. This Book of Hours is written in a 17-line format. There are illuminated borders to each page, with the borders comprising of images of flowers, birds, animals and saints. There are numerous gold initials on a red or blue background, with several larger initials bearing flowering designs as well.
There are two three-quarter page miniatures present, one of the Annunciation where Mary is visited by the Archangel Gabriel, and one for the Office of the Dead, depicting a funeral procession.
This Book of Hours is relatively complete, containing, the Calendar, the Hours of the Virgin, the Psalms of Confession, the Litany of Saints, the Litany of Petitions, the Agnus Dei, the Office of the Dead, and the Suffrages of the Saints.
From leaves 79 to 120 this Book of Hours breaks off into a completely different hand, using a simpler style, and lacking any type of illumination. These contain two parts of the Office of the Dead, which are the Daytime Prayers and Lauds. While it would be normally assumed that these were supplanted from another Book of Hours, there are several facts that could contradict that conclusion, being that the vellum is of the same synonymous quality, and also marked out for the same 17 lines of text as the rest of the Book. The script is also the same blackletter font, with the only difference being the initials. A second possibility is that the master who worked on this Book of Hours passed away before he could start his work on the remainder of the Office of the dead, with another scribe taking over to complete the task. The third possibility could be that this was an intentional effort to produce the Book of Hours as such.
One manuscript in 16mo, 138 leaves
On note of condition, there are several points of note, starting with the Book lacking an illuminated initial from the January part of the calendar. Despite the complete numbering, there appears to be a text break in between leaves 56 and 57, with the 57th leaf starting in the middle of the first seven Psalms of Confession. Only six and a half of the Psalms are present based on this break. The miniature for the Office of the Dead is faded in several spots, with similar fading noted to several illuminations throughout. There is rubbing and wear to the 18th century binding, with stress to the joints. Otherwise in good shape.