Title: Book of Hours, Use of Rome, Circa 1440
Condition: Very Good
A mid 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, inscribed in a flowing gothic script, likely produced in French-Flanders, or more generally Northern France. The style of illumination and border design is reminiscent of other Book of Hours produced in the same region of France, which leads credence to this possibility. This Book of Hours is printed in a 15-line format.
This Book of Hours is illuminated throughout, with 8 large initials illuminated with gold leaf, and illuminated borders of flowering designs and acanthus leaves accompanying those large initials. Those leaves are 1, 14, 52, 60, 66, 80, 88 and 99. The general text is decorated with numerous illuminated initials against a pink or blue background. There are smaller initials in blue or gilt, with flowing filigree designs.
This Book is lacking six leaves of miniatures and several lines of text that would have been part of those leaves but seems otherwise complete. There does not appear to be a calendar present, and the lack of excision points at the beginning indicates that there may have never been one.
This Book of Hours, dedicated to Marian devotion, is broken down in the following form:
Missa beatae Mariae Virginis ff.1-13 (1 missing leaf)
Officium beatae Mariae Virginis ad usum romanum: Matins and Lauds, ff.14-51. (1 missing
Prime, ff. 52-56 (1 missing leaf)
Tierce, ff. 57-59.
Sexte, ff. 60-65.
None, ff. 66-70. (1 missing leaf)
Vespers, ff. 71-79.
Complies, ff .80-87
Officium beatae Mariae Virginis for the Advent, ff. 88-98. (1 missing leaf)
Penitent Psalms and Litanies, ff. 99-126. (1 missing leaf)
Vigil of the Dead, ff. 127-184
Marian Prayers, ff. 185-195
This Book of Hours bears an ex libris inscription to the front pastedown for a Jo(hannes) Benedicti Quirici de Colle of Caphari (Caffaro, near Brescia), dated 1739. The last four pages of prayer were produced by a later hand, possibly Italian, in a gothic font with red and blue initials. This section likely dates to the second half of the 15th century.
One manuscript in 64mo, 195 leaves on vellum. 6.4 x 9 cm
On note of condition, besides the aforementioned missing leaves, this manuscript is in very good shape, with rubbing to the binding, and the clasps lacking, with gaps in the leather where the clasps would have been. Some of the floral borders have been soiled to the bottom right, with marks where previous owners thumbed through the pages. There is some fading to the text on the first leaf, though the illumination is still bright. There are very light traces of discoloration from usage throughout, and signs of rubbing to some leaves.