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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome1. ff. 1-12v: Full calendar in French, including the feasts of Genevieve (3 January, in red), Denis (22 April), Marcel (26 July), Denis (9 October, in red), Marcel (3 November, in red), Genevieve (26 November, in red). 2. ff. 13-24: Pericopes of the Gospels; Oratio beate marie virginis, Obsecro te…[masculine forms; Leroquais, LH 2:346]; Oratio beate marie virginis, O intemerata…orbis terrarum. De te enim…[Wilmart, 494-95]; f. 24v, ruled, but blank. 3. ff. 25-95v: Office of the Virgin">Office of the Virgin, use of Rome; variations of the psalms at matins set in the text before the lessons; suffrages of All Saints from lauds to compline; Salve Regina follows compline; Advent office begins on f. 86. 4. ff. 96-116v: Penitential psalms and litany. 5. ff. 117-120: Short Hours of the Cross">hours of the Cross. 6. ff. 120v-123v: Short Hours of the Holy Spirit">hours of the Holy Spirit. 7. ff. 124-167v: Office of the Dead; the first and second response at matins are reversed with respect to the use of Rome; for other manuscripts with the same variation, see New York Public Library MS 43 ( Paris, ca. 1450) and the manuscript described in the Christie sale catalogue, 18 December 1968, n. 56 (northwestern France, ca. 1470), present location unknown.1 8. ff. 167v-172: Prayers as follow: Quant on se reveille la nuyt on doit dire, In matutinis meditabor in te…; Gracias ago tibi domine omnipotens eterne deus qui me in hac nocte…; Quant on se lieve au matin, Surrexit dominus de sepulcro…oremus. Deus auctor lucis largire michi domine…; Aultre oroyson, Gracias agimus tibi domine sancte pater omnipotens eterne deus qui nos de transacto noctis huius spacio…; Bonne recommendacion, Benedicat me imperialis maiestas…; Quant on ot les cloches, Dulce nomen domini nostri ihesu christi…; Quant on yst de la mayson, Vias tuas domine demonstra michi…; Quant on entre au cimitiere, Deus fidelium lumen animarum adesto invocacionibus nostris…; Quant on entre en l’eglise, Introibo in domum tuam…; Quant on prent l’eaue benoyte, Asperges me domine ysopo et mundabor…; Affero me ipsum sacrificium domino…; Quant le prestre dit orate pro me, Memor sit dominus omnis sacrificii et holocaustum tuum pinguefiat…; Quant on se treuve en quelque danger que ce soit soit de tempeste ou aultre, Ihesus autem transiens per medium illorum…; Quant on lieve le corps nostre seigneur, Ave domine ihesu christe verbum patris filius virginis…[Wilmart, 412-13]; Anima christi sanctifica me…[Leroquais, LH 2:340]; Gracias tibi agimus domine sancte pater omnipotens eterne deus qui nos transacto huius diei spacio…Cest oroyson cy devant est bone a dire quant on se couche. 9. ff. 172v-173: [added by a later cursive hand] Oratio ad dominam virginem, Stabat mater dolorosa…[RH 19416]; ff. 173v-178v, blank. Parchment, ff. ii (paper, with silk glued to the recto of the first flyleaf) + 178 + ii (paper, with silk glued to the verso of the second flyleaf); 170 × 122 (90 × 56) mm. 112 28 34 4-68 76(to f. 54) 8-128 138(+2, f. 96) 148 156(-1, cancelled by the scribe) 16-228 236. 16 long lines ruled in pale red ink. Written in a liturgical gothic book hand. Twelve large miniatures by or certainly related in style to the Master of the Horloge de Sapience, in arched compartments, with a bar frame of gold and colors enclosing miniature and text on three sides in a U-shape; outer border of blue and gold acanthus leaves, flowers, strawberries and drolleries: f. 25 (Matins), Annunciation with the angel on the right; f. 43 (Lauds), Visitation, some color has flaked off; f. 55 (Prime), Nativity with a large pink-covered bed in the stall; f. 60 (Terce), Annunciation to the shepherds; f. 64v (Sext), Adoration of the Magi; f. 69 (None), Presentation in the temple; f. 73v (Vespers), Flight into Egypt; f. 81 (Compline), Coronation of the Virgin; f. 96 (Penitential psalms), David in prayer, in an architectural setting, against a brocade cloth drape; f. 117 (Hours of the Cross), the Crucifixion, with Mary and John on Christ’s right, the soldiers on his left; f. 120v (Hours of the Holy Spirit), Pentecost; f. 124 (Office of the Dead), burial in a cemetery. 3-line initials on these folios in white-patterned blue on a cusped gold ground, with trilobe leaf infilling; similar 4-line initials for the Obsecro te and the O Intemerata, on a square ground; 2- and 1-line initials in gold on dusky rose ground infilled with blue, and the whole patterned in white, or with the colors reversed; ribbon line fillers in the same style. Band borders in the outer margins at the presence of a 2-line initial, consisting of black ink sprays, gold trilobe leaves and dots, a few colored flowers, strawberries, or leaves. Rubrics in red. A note, f. 68v, s. XVI: “Souveigne vous san sece de vostre bonne messtrese c’est M”; erased notes, possibly of the same date, but illegible under ultra-violet light, on f. 178v; on f. 173v, s. XVI, a sketch of a female saint (Margaret?) standing on what appears under ultra-violet light to be a large animal. Bound, s. XVIII, in worn blue velvet with heavy gold and silver embroidery, spelling out “Missale Romanum” along the spine; red silk endpapers; gauffered gilt edges; at the time of the Robert Hoe sale (see below), in a silk bag. Written in France towards the middle of the fifteenth century, for use in Paris, to judge by the saints in the calendar. The Hours of the Virgin are in the use of Rome; the Office of the Dead is unidentified. Two modern erased inscriptions, possibly of ownership, on f. ii verso and f. 1, the latter beginning “Edw…C…” Belonged to Robert Hoe: Cat. (1909) pp. 53-54; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1912, pt. III, n. 2068 to G. D. Smith. Source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 93.
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1 We are indebted to Prof. James Marrow for this information.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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