Title: Book of Hours, Use of Rome, Flanders. Circa 1480
A late 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, inscribed in a cursive bastard secretary script, likely produced in Flanders, in the Netherlands.
This Book of Hours is written in black and red ink throughout, with rubrication, and some 3-line initials. There are hundreds of red and blue initials, and numerous red and blue line fillers. There is also some ruling in red, and some letters with elongated ascenders and descenders. This Book of Hours is written in a 27 to 29-line format.
The Calendar is lacking, and there are 4 leaves of additional prayers on parchment, being the pages numbered 60 to 64, 76 to 77, and 86 to 87, in the same hand.
This Book of Hours is present in an unassuming 19th century calf binding, with a label numbered “506” to the spine.
The manuscript bears a bookplate of a Jesuit Library in Vals,, in the Netherlands. Most recently, it comes from the library of Barbara Reynolds, an Italian scholar, lexicographer, and translator.
One manuscript on paper in octavo (18 x 12 cm), 165 leaves
This manuscript is in good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding. Pages 1 to 3 have been cut down and mounted without letter loss. Pages 4 to 5 have been cut down and mounted, with some letter loss to the upper corner. The corners of the lower margins of pages 72 to 91 have been strengthened with paper. One leaf has a tear to the inner margin. There is slight staining throughout, namely to the margins, with some additional scattered staining to the upper portion.