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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome1. ff. 1-12v: Calendar in French, with a saint at each day, alternating red and black, with blue for the major feasts. 2. ff. 1-6: Pericopes of the Gospels, that of John with its prayer, Protector in te sperantium… 3. ff. 6v-8v: Oratio beate marie virginis, Obsecro te…Et michi famulo tuo N. impetres…[Leroquais, LH 2:346]. 4. ff. 9-60v: Hours of the Virgin, use of Rome, beginning defectively in the first psalm: //dominus et rex magnus super omnes deos…; weekly variations of the psalms at matins set into the text before the lessons; loss of text between ff. 14-15, from the end of the Tuesday-Friday psalms to the beginning of the Wednesday-Saturday psalms; prayers to All Saints from lauds to compline; following compline without break are the Salve Regina, and the prayers Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui gloriose virginis matris marie…, Deus qui illuminas noctem…and Protector in te sperantium…; Advent office begins on f. 54. 5. ff. 61-76v: Penitential psalms and litany, with Martialis as the last apostle, and Eustachius, Eutropius, Nicasius, and Lubin; f. 76v, rubric and antiphon for the Office of the Dead. 6. ff. 77-79v: Short hours of the Cross. 7. ff. 80-82v: Short hours of the Holy Spirit. 8. ff. 83-117v: Office of the Dead, use of Rome. 9. ff. 118-133v: Prayers as follow: De sanctissima trinitate, Te invocamus te adoramus te laudamus…with versicle, response and prayer; Oratio ad deum patrem,…, Domine sancte pater omnipotens eterne deus qui coequalem…; Alia oratio,…, Domine iesu christe fili dei vivi qui es verus…; Domine spiritus sancte deus qui coequalis…; Salve sancta facies…[RH 18189], with versicle, response and prayer, Deus qui nobis famulis tuis lumine vultus tui signatis; suffrages of Michael, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, James, Stephen, Lawrence, Christopher […michi famulo tuo N…], Sebastian, Denis, Nicholas, Claude, Anthony abbot, Anne, Mary Magdalene, Catherine of Alexandria, Margaret, Barbara; f. 134r-v, ruled, but blank. Parchment, ff. iii (parchment, with silk glued to the recto of the first) + 12 (the calendar) + 134, including 45 bis + ii (parchment, with silk glued to the verso of the second); 212 × 115 (120 × 63) mm. 1-26 38 48(-1, 8) 5-88 96 108(+9 through f. 60) 11-128 136(the Hours of the Cross and the Holy Spirit) 148 158(+9, f. 99) 168 1710(through f. 117) 186 1910 + 1 leaf, f. 134. 24 long lines, ruled in pale red ink, with pricking occasionally visible in the outer margin. Written in bâtarde script. Thirteen large miniatures in painted gold architectural frames, enclosing the full page scene on which the 3 lines of text appear as if imposed. The illuminations are: f. 1 (Gospel of John), John on Patmos; f. 21 (Lauds), Visitation; f. 29v (Prime), Nativity; f. 33 (Terce), Annunciation to the shepherds; f. 36v (Sext), Adoration of the Magi; f. 40 (None), Presentation in the temple; f. 43v (Vespers), Flight into Egypt; f. 48v (Compline), Coronation of the Virgin, sitting before Christ, with a chorus of angels behind them; f. 61 (Penitential psalms), David from a window watching Bathsheba bathing in a fountain; f. 77 (Hours of the Cross), Crucifixion with Mary and John on Christ’s right, the soldiers on his left; f. 80 (Hours of the Holy Spirit), Pentecost; f. 83 (Office of the Dead), Job on the dunghill; f. 118 (prayer to the Trinity), the Father and the Son wearing one cloak and holding a book, while the Dove hovers above them. Similar miniatures, also in painted gold architectural frames, varying in size from 16-line on f. 2v to 8-line (the most common): f. 2v, Luke; f. 4, Matthew; f. 5, St. Mark’s lion, but without wings, placed below the end of Matthew; f. 5v, Mark; f. 6v (Obsecro te), Virgin and Child; f. 119 (Oratio ad deum patrem), God the Father, holding an orb and wearing a papal tiara; f. 119v (prayer to Jesus), standing holding an orb; f. 120 (prayer to the Holy Spirit), Pentecost; f. 120v (Salve sancta facies), Veronica; the remaining 18 miniatures for the suffrages show the saints with their attributes. 3- and 2-line white initials on square brick red grounds with gold tracery, infilled with a flower; 1-line initials in gold paint on alternating brick red or blue square grounds; ribbon line fillers in the same colors. Band borders the length of the text on all pages, except those with architectural frames, in painted gold with acanthus leaves, flowers, barries and strawberries. Bound, s. XIX, in dark green velvet, rebacked, with 2 brass fore edge clasps, closing from bottom to top, the lower of the 2 is broken; grey silk endpapers; gilt edges; HM 1153 and HM 1175 with similar binding. Written in northern France at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Belonged to John Boykett Jarman (d. 1864); his sale, Sotheby’s, 13 June 1864, lot 1. Source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 100.
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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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