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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome
Italy, s. XVIin
1. ff. 1-17v: Calendar in red and black, including the feasts of Torpes (17 May), Juvenal (21 May), Zenobius (24 May), “Festum nivis” (5 August), Cassianus (13 August), Miniatus (25 October), Ansanus (1 December). 2. ff. 17v-18v: Questi sono e versi di sancto Bernardo quid aperie O bone iesu, Illumina oculos meos…[RH 27912]. 3. ff. 19-103 [f. 19, blank]: Hours of the Virgin, use of Rome; suffrages of All Saints follow each hour from lauds to compline; Salve Regina after compline; weekly and seasonal variations begin on f. 81; ends f. 103, Finit officium beate marie virginis secundum consuetudinem Romane curie. Deo Gratias. Amen. 4. ff. 103v-106v: Mass of the Virgin. 5. ff. 107-108v: Oratio Sancti Anselmi, Domine deus meus si feci ut essem reus tuus…; suffrage of Roch. 6. ff. 109-137 [f. 109, blank]: Penitential psalms and litany. 7. ff. 137v-139v: [Indulgences] Papa sixto quarto concesse a ciascuna persona che divotamente diceva la infrascripta oratione undeci milia anni di vera indulgentia per ogni volta, Ave sanctissima maria mater dei regina celi…; Oratio piissima sancti Gregori qui concessit omnibus penitentibus et confessis dicentibus eam…, O Domine iesu christe adoro te in cruce pendentem…[Leroquais, LH 2:346]. 8. ff. 140-198v [f. 140, blank]: Office of the Dead, use of Rome. 9. ff. 198v-200v: Oratio Sancti Sebastiani, Deus qui beatum Sebastianum gloriosum martyrem tuum in tua fide et dilectione…; Questi sono e versi di sancto bernardo, O bone iesu, Illumina oculos meos…[repeated as in art. 2] 10. ff. 201-207 [f. 201, blank]: Short hours of the Cross. 11. ff. 207-211v: Short hours of the Holy Spirit. Parchment, prepared in the southern manner, ff. iii (modern) + 211 (+ f. 27 bis) + iii (modern); 77 × 55 (43 × 30) mm. 110 28 310(+1, f. 19) 4-1110 1210(+1, f. 109) 13-1410 1510(+1, f. 140) 16-2010 2110(+1, f. 201). Catchwords written vertically along inner bounding line. 12 long lines ruled in dry point. Written in a humanistic script, using brown ink which has flaked badly on the flesh side. Major decorated openings consist of an inserted singleton, blank on the recto with a full page miniature of mediocre quality on the verso, and a historiated initial on the facing recto: ff. 19v-20 (Hours of the Virgin), Annunciation and facing historiated initial of the Virgin and Child; borders composed of symmetrical floral patterns, and polylobed medallions against a painted gold ground; IHS monogram in the upper margin of f. 20, and coats of arms (see below) in both lower margins. Folios 109v-110 (Penitential psalms), David penitent, and in the initial David as King; similar border. Folios 140v-141 (Office of the Dead), a winged figure (Death?) rising above a man and a woman, lying on the ground; in the initial, a skeleton in monk’s garb holding a cross; similar border, with death’s heads in the medallions. Folios 201v-202 (Hours of the Cross), Jesus holding the cross; in the initial, Mary (?) holding the cross; similar border. Two other openings with similar borders and historiated initials, but without the full page inserted miniature: ff. 103v-104 (Mass of the Virgin), with initial of the Virgin; ff. 206v-207 (Hours of the Holy Spirit) with initial showing Pentecost. Individual hours in the Office of the Virgin after matins decorated with a C-shaped border of colored flowers against a diagonally striped gold background; in the lower margin a medallion with the appropriate scene (ff. 33v, 49, 54v, 59, 62v, 66v, 75v). Secondary initials, 3-line, in burnished gold against blue backgrounds with marron infilling, both patterned in gold; 2-line initials in painted gold on square gold-patterned colored ground; 1-line initials within the text in painted gold on plain colored grounds. Rubrics in reddish-brown ink. Bound, s. XIX, in tan vellum over pasteboard, with gilt tooling of leafy sprays and onlay deep red morocco flowers; gilt edges. Written in the early sixteenth century, certainly after 1471, when Sixtus IV was elected to the papacy (see f. 137v), and probably in Tuscany to judge by the saints in the calendar. The coats of arms of the first owners are, f. 19v, azure, on a bend or three mullets azure (possibly the Ginori family of Florence) and, f. 20, gules, four crescents argent 1, 2, 1. Placed by G. D. Smith in a sale by Anderson, New York, 12 December 1917, n. 243 to G. D. Smith. Smith Catalogue [n. 14, 1916?] n. 140 to Henry E. Huntington. Bibliography: De Ricci, 96.
Abbreviations
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Leroquais, LH
V. Leroquais, Les Livres d’heures manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris 1927-43)
RH
U. Chevalier, Repertorium hymnologicum (Louvain 1892-1912, Brussels 1920-21)

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.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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