Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library


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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome
Italy, s. XV2
1. ff. 1-12v: Calendar in red and black, including the feasts of Maurelius (7 May, in red), Alo (25 June), “Festum nivis” (5 August), Cerbonus (10 October). 2. ff. 13-85: Incipit offitium beate et gloriose virginis marie secundum consuetudinem romane curie; suffrages of All Saints after each hour except matins; weekly and seasonal variations begin on f. 67v; ff. 85v-86v, ruled, but blank. 3. ff. 87-110: Penitential psalms and litany. 4. ff. 110v-115: Short hours of the Cross; ff. 115v-116v, ruled, but blank. 5. ff. 117-166v: Office of the Dead, use of Rome. Parchment prepared in the southern manner, ff. i + 166 + i; 98 × 70 (55 × 37) mm. 112 2-810 94(to f. 86) 10-1110 1210(to f. 116) 13-1710. Catchwords to the right in the lower margin. A few quire and leaf signatures remain uncropped, as letters of the alphabet and arabic numerals. 15 long lines ruled in pale brown ink. Written in a round Italian gothic book hand. Opening page, f. 13, 10-line, rose-colored historiated initial of the Virgin and Child on a square gold ground with acanthus leaf extensions; IHS monogram in the lower margin; full border, composed of regular black ink sprays, gold dots and flowers in the Ferrara style. On f. 87 (Penitential psalms), 9-line, rose-colored historiated initial of David praying, half-length, against a gold cusped ground with marginal extensions of acanthus leaves and gold dots; f. 110v (Hours of the Cross), similar initial containing a cross on a square ground; f. 117 (Office of the Dead), similar initial containing a skull. The hours of the Virgin after matins designated by a 6-line rose-colored initial against a square gold ground with acanthus leaf extension; infilling is a green and gold petalled flower. Secondary initials, 2-line blue with red harping and beading, or red with purple; 1-line initials within the text alternating red or blue. Rubrics in red. Bound, s. XVII, in Italian calf over wooden boards with gilt tooling of a pomegranate design; gilt edges. Written possibly in Florence, given the style of the illuminations. On the front pastedown the engraved heraldic bookplate of C. W. Loscombe; Sotheby’s, 16 December 1946, lot 547 to the London booksellers McLeish and Sons; sold by them to Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles with correspondence to that effect dated November 1947 now in Huntington files; sold by Dawson’s to Mary W. T. Dickinson by that date. Received by the Huntington Library in April 1953 as a bequest from Mary Dickinson (d. September 1952). Bibliography: Chronica, 4.
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Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9

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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