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BOOK OF HOURS, fragment
England (?), s. XVin
1. ff. 1-9v: Commendation of souls (Pss. 118, divided into sections, and 138) followed by the prayers, Tibi domine commendamus…and Misericordiam tuam domine… 2. ff. 9v-10v: [a lengthy prologue and a suffrage of Erasmus, added in a late fifteenth-early sixteenth century cursive hand] [G]od allmyghty hathe graunted that What man or woman or child Redith this preyer that ffolouth eny Sonday or yeveth any almes to a poore man or Woman or a candill of Wax brennyng in the Worship of God and saint Erasme…, Sic ffiat omnibus bene credentibus, [O] sancte erasme preciose martir et pontifex ihesu christi qui in die dominica deo oblatus fuisti et cum eo leticiam sancte Resurrectionis suscipisti…, with versicle, response and prayer, [P]resta quesimus [sic] omnipotens deus ut qui beati erasmi martiris atque pontificis… Parchment, ff. iii (paper) + 10 + iii (paper); 170 × 127 (115 × 73) mm. 18 + 2 leaves; no catchword or signatures. 22 long lines, ruled in pale red ink. Written in a gothic book hand. Opening initial, f. 1, 6-line, in patterned dark pink on a cusped gold ground with infilling of colored trilobe leaves; U-shaped frame around text of colored and gold strips; reversed C-shaped bracket border of black ivy spray, with a burst of red and blue acanthus leaves at the upper right corner, and a dark pink and green burst in the lower right corner; multicolored flowers and gold motifs. 2-line initials in gold on blue or dark pink ground with infilling of the other color; 1-line initials in blue with red penwork or in gold with black penwork. Rubrics in red. Some marginalia, f. 10v. Bound, s. XIX, in half blue morocco; marbled endpapers. Written possibly in England, although the border foliage on f. 1 resembles the work of northeastern France; apparently the ending quire and leaves of a book of hours. In the library of Henry Huth (1815-78), and in his catalogue, The Huth Library (London 1880) vol. 4, p. 1231; sold by his son, Alfred H. Huth, Sotheby’s, 8 July 1918, pt. VII, lot 6248 to G. D. Smith. Acquired from Smith by Henry E. Huntington in September 1918. Bibliography: De Ricci, 100.
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)
The Huth Library
The Huth Library: a Catalogue of the Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, and Engravings Collected by Henry Huth (London 1880)

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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