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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome
Flanders, s. XVIin
1. ff. 1-6v: Calendar in red and black including the feasts of Gilbert (4 February), Joseph (19 March), Separation of the Apostles (15 July), Transfiguration (6 August), Remigius (1 October, in red); f. 7r-v, ruled, but blank. 2. ff. 8-14v [f. 8, blank]: Short hours of the Cross. 3. ff. 15-21v [f. 15, blank]: Short hours of the Holy Spirit; f. 22r-v, ruled, but blank. 4. ff. 23-88v [f. 23, blank]: Incipiunt hore beate marie virginis secundum usum romanum; weekly variations of the psalms at matins set into the text before the lessons; suffrages of All Saints and prayers for peace from lauds to compline; Salve Regina follows directly, with the prayer, Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui gloriose virginis marie…; Advent office begins on f. 81. 5. ff. 89-104v [f. 89, blank]: Penitential psalms and litany, including Martialis as the last apostle; among the martyrs are Denis, Eustachius, Maurice (all with companions) and Eutropius; f. 105r-v, frame ruled, but blank. 6. ff. 106-140 [f. 106, blank]: Office of the Dead, use of Rome; f. 140v, ruled, but blank. 7. ff. 141-153: Prayers as follow: Symbolum athanasii, Quicumque vult salvus esse…; Oratio dominicalis devota, Pater noster…; Salutatio angelica ad virginem gloriosam mariam, Ave maria…; Symbolum fidei apostolorum, Credo in deum patrem…; suffrage of the Holy Spirit, Veni sancte spiritus reple tuorum corda fidelium…[RH 21252]; Hymus [sic] devotus de eodem sancto spiritu pro impetranda gratia ipsius sancti spiritus, Veni creator spiritus mentes tuorum visita…[RH 21204]; de beata virgine antiphona, Salve regina …[RH 18147] with the prayer, Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui gloriose virginis marie…; Prosa de beata virgine maria, Inviolata integra et casta es maria…[RH 9094]; Alia devota oratio de eadem virgine maria, Stabat mater dolorosa…[RH 19416] with the prayer, Interveniat pro nobis quesumus domine ihesu christe nunc et in hora…; Septem orationes beati gregorii, O Domine ihesu christe adoro te in cruce pendentem…[Leroquais, LH 2:346]; Incipiunt octo versus beati bernardi doctoris melliflui, Illumina oculos meos…[the “extra” verse is the second part of the third, Et numerum dierum meorum…; RH 27912], with its prayer, Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui ezechie regi…; De sanctissimo sacramento eucharistie antiphona, O Quam suavis est domine spiritus tuus…; alia antiphona de eodem sanctissimo sacramento, O Sacrum convivium…; with versicle, response and prayer, Deus qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili…; In elevacione corporis christi, Anima christi sanctifica me…[Leroquais, LH 2:340]; In elevatione sanguinis christi, Ave vere sanguis domini nostri ihesu christi qui de later eius…; ante communionem, Domine non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum sed tu domine…; Post communionem oracio, Vera receptio corporis et sanguinis tui… 8. ff. 153-169: Suffrages for peace, one’s guardian angel, Michael, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul, James, Andrew, Stephen, Lawrence, Vincent, Sebastian, Adrianus, Jerome, Nicholas, Anthony abbot, Benedict, Dominic (2 antiphons), Francis, Anne, Mary Magdalene, Agnes, Apollonia, Cecilia, Agatha, Lucia, Catherine of Alexandria, Barbara; ff. 169v-171v, ruled, but blank. Parchment, ff. i. (modern parchment) + ii (modern paper) + 171 + ii (modern paper) + i (modern parchment); 170 × 95 (114 × 50) mm. 16(+7, f. 7) 26(+1, f. 8) 38(+1, f. 15 and 9, f. 23) 48 58(+7, f. 39) 68 78(+1, f. 50 and 7, f. 56) 88(+2, f. 61) 96(+1, f. 69) 108(+1, f. 76; -one leaf in the second half, no loss of text) 11-128 138(+7, f. 106) 14-188 198(-one leaf in the first half, no loss of text) 20-218; evidence of one catchword in the inner corner of f. 99v, all others apparently cropped; 22 long lines, ruled in pale red ink; no pricking visible. Written in a bâtarde script. Eleven full page miniatures of mediocre quality, all, except for that on f. 89v, on the versos of inserted singletons, blank on the rectos; the full borders, matched by those on the facing page usually of Italianate candelabras with putti, grotesques, and acanthus leaves; both the miniatures and the borders enclosed by rectangular gold frames; 5- or 3-line leaf initials on square colored grounds. The miniatures are: f. 8v (Hours of the Cross), Crucifixion against a dark cloudy sky; f. 15v (Hours of the Holy Spirit), Pentecost, with tongues of fire on the apostles and Mary; f. 23v (Hours of the Virgin), Annunciation; f. 39v (Lauds), Visitation; f. 50v (Prime), Nativity with a small chorus of green-winged angels singing from a scroll; f. 56v (Terce), Annunciation to the shepherds with similar group of singing angels; f. 61v (Sext), Adoration of the Magi, with Joseph peering out from behind a red curtain at the Kings, one of whom is black; no miniature at none; f. 69v (Vespers), Flight into Egypt; f. 76v (Compline), Coronation of the Virgin: one member of the Trinity escorts Mary to the throne where the other two sit (all 3 are identical); the borders on this opening in a monochrome grey-blue of worshiping angels; f. 89v (Penitential psalms), David in prayer; f. 106v (Office of the Dead), Raising of Lazarus. 3- and 2-line initials in white acanthus leaf against square gold grounds with gold stippling for depth; 1-line initials in painted gold against square red or blue grounds; line fillers in this manner also. Rubrics in the same pale red as the ruling. Bound, s. XIX, by Joly who, on the back flyleaf i, signed his name below the lettered words “Joly, R. D. Ma dernière mosaïque Mai 1891”; binding of olive green morocco, with overall polygonal inlay of red morocco, stamped in gold with quadrifoils, tulips, daisies; vellum doublures; gilt edges; black morocco slipcase. Written in the early sixteenth century in Flanders. On f. 171v, offset reading “156.” Belonged to Robert Hoe: Grolier Club (1892) n. 27; One hundred and seventy-six historic and artistic Bookbindings…from the Library of Robert Hoe (New York 1895) vol. 2, pl. 167; Cat. (1909) pp. 31-32; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1912, pt. III, n. 2077 to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 101.
Abbreviations
Hoe: Cat. (1909)
[C. Shipman], A Catalogue of Manuscripts Forming a Portion of the Library of Robert Hoe (New York 1909)
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)
Hoe: Grolier Club (1892)
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Illuminated and Painted Manuscripts together with a few early printed books with illuminations…New York, Grolier Club, April 1892 (New York 1892); De Ricci, p. xv, “At least 66 of the European mss. were from the Hoe collection; others belonged to W. L. Andrews, S. P. Avery, etc.”
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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