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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris (?)
France, s. XVin
1. ff. 1-11v: Full calendar in French alternating deep red and blue entries, with the major feasts in gold; the leaf with the month of March is missing. 2. ff. 12-22v: Pericopes of the Gospels, that of John followed by the prayer, Protector in te sperantium…[Perdrizet, 25]; the rubrics for Matthew and Mark are reversed; oracio, Obsecro te…[masculine forms; Leroquais, LH 2:346]; oracio, O intemerata…orbis terrarum. Inclina aures…[Wilmart, 488-90]; oracio, O bone et dulcissime ihesu per tuam misericordiam esto michi ihesus…appelo que super exultat omne// 3. ff. 23-69: Hours of the Virgin; the antiphons and capitula at prime and at none are: Benedicta tu…; Felix namque…; Sicut lilium…; Paradisi porta…(possibly reversed by the scribe with the capitulum at terce, which here begins “Per te dei”; aside from this reversal, all remaining antiphons and capitula correspond to those of Paris use); matins was presumably set up with the 3 sets of 3 psalms and lessons, but no intermediary rubrics are supplied, and the text begins defectively at Ps. 44, Erutavit [sic] cor meum…; the opening leaves of each hour are missing; f. 69v, ruled, but blank. 4. ff. 70-75: Short hours of the Cross, missing the opening leaf. 5. ff. 75v-80v: Short hours of the Holy Spirit. 6. ff. 80v-84v: Secundum Iohannem, In illo tempore apprehendit pilatus ihesum et flagellavit eum…[catena mainly from John 19, 1-34 sparsim; see de la Mare, Lyell Cat., 65-66] with the prayer, Deus qui manus tuas et pedes tuos…; oratio, O bone et dulcissime ihesu per tuam misericordiam esto michi ihesus…[as on f. 22r-v, ending there defectively]; Stabat mater dolorosa…[RH 19416]. 7. ff. 85-98: Penitential psalms, beginning defectively, and litany, including Blasius, Eutropius and Denis among the martyrs; Silvester, Ambrose, Francis and Marcellus as the confessors; Genevieve among the virgins; f. 98v, ruled, but blank. 8. ff. 99-138v: Office of the Dead, use of Paris, beginning and ending defectively. 9. ff. 139-141: //me sentire vim doloris fac ut tecum lugeam…[prayer to the Virgin]; suffrage of Christopher […michi famulo tuo N…]; f. 141v, ruled, but blank. Parchment, ff. iii (paper) + ii (parchment) + 141 + ii (parchment) + iii (paper); 178 × 126 (95 × 58) mm. Collation impracticable, but appears to be in gatherings of 8. 17 long lines, ruled in pale red ink. Written in a bâtarde script in 2 sizes according to liturgical function. Only one miniature survives; the remaining 12 (?) were apparently cut out, as indicated by the loss of text at the beginning of each section, by the presence of some stubs at those points and by the offset of color onto the presumed facing pages. The surviving miniature, f. 75v, in a square compartment above 5 lines of text with both text and miniature surrounded on 4 sides by a narrow gold and color bar frame out of which sprout narrow dark pink or blue branches with gold, blue and orange trilobe leaves, and a dragon-grotesque, a bird, and a half-man half-cat grotesque with a golden aspergillum and situla; in the space between the bottom of the text and the frame are a dog and a hare on a green grass base. The miniature, for the Hours of the Holy Spirit, shows Jesus being baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist who pours water over Jesus’ head with his right hand and holds the Agnus Dei in his left; an angel stands on the left bank holding Jesus’ tunic, while God the Father from a golden aperture in the gold-patterned blue sky sends down the Dove. The miniature was apparently over-painted in the late fifteenth century as indicated by the deep modelling of the figures, the shadow of Jesus’ body seen through the water and the soft trees and grass. 3- and 2-line initials in white-patterned blue on burnished gold grounds with colored trilobe leaf infilling; 1-line initials in burnished gold alternating pink and blue for the infilling and the background; ribbon line fillers in the same colors. Rubrics in deep red. Narrow gold and color bar frames sprouting colored ivy branches on every page, placed on either side of the text; they occasionally terminate in grotesques. On the opening leaves of each month of the calendar and on occasional other leaves (13v, 71), the frame is U-shaped. On ff. 27-34v and 119-126v, which constitute quires, and on the single leaves ff. 139-140v, the border is of somewhat coarser execution. Erased inscription in blue ink, s. XVI (?), on f. 141, in 5 lines, of which the first may read “finis.” Bound, s. XIX, in worn red velvet lettered “Missal” on the spine; 2 engraved silver fore edge clasps; gilt edges. Written in the early fifteenth century in France. Source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 99.
Abbreviations
de la Mare, Lyell Cat.
A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the Collection of Medieval Manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (Oxford 1971)
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)
Perdrizet
P. Perdrizet, Le Calendrier parisien à la fin du moyen âge. Publications de la faculté de lettres de l’Université de Strasbourg 63 (Paris 1933)
RH
U. Chevalier, Repertorium hymnologicum (Louvain 1892-1912, Brussels 1920-21)
Wilmart
A. Wilmart, Auteurs spirituels et textes dévots du moyen âge latin (Paris 1932; repr. 1971)

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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