Title: Book of Hours, Use of Rome. Circa 1500. Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum, Possibly Italy. Written in Both Latin and Italian
Condition: Very Good
A substantial fragment of an early 16th century illuminated Book of Hours, inscribed in a fine humanistic script, possibly produced in Italy owing to the script, and the more evident fact that roughly the last third of the manuscript is written in Italian. It could also have just as easily been produced in France, as the Italian community was relatively well represented at the courts of France in the first quarter of the 16th century.
This Book of Hours is illuminated throughout, written in brown ink bordered with gold frames to each page, with 44 2-line gold filigree initials against red and blue backgrounds. 8 of these initials have been decorated with more elaborate motifs, such as flowers, daisies, carnations, roses, and ladybugs. There are hundreds of illuminated 1-line initials against red and blue. Some of the text have additional flourishes, crossing the golden frames.
This Book of Hours is written in a 15-line format.
The calendar is lacking, as are evidently a number of other leaves, at the start and in between sections.
One finely bound illuminated manuscript in 32mo (11.5 x 7 cm), 54 leaves on vellum
This manuscript is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding. One of the leaves has a very small, closed tear to the outer margin. Some of the leaves have very light staining and soiling.