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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rouen
France, s. XV2
1. ff. 2-13v: Full calendar in French, alternating blue and red with gold to indicate major feasts; included are the feasts of Austreberta (10 February), Honorina (27 February), Rumpharius (17 April), Hildebert (27 May), Martialis (3 July, in gold), “Nostre dame des neiges” (5 August), Vivianus (28 August), Nicasius (11 October), Austrebert (20 October), Mellonius (22 October), Romanus (23 October, in gold), Ursinus (30 December). 2. ff. 14-48v, 53-73v: [misbound] Hours of the Virgin, use of Rouen; the weekly variations of the psalms at matins set into the text before the lessons; suffrages after lauds of the Holy Spirit, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul, Lawrence, Nicholas (ends on f. 69), Catherine of Alexandria (on f. 69); opening leaves of the little hours missing before ff. 53, 59, 61, 63. 3. ff. 49-52v: Pericopes of the Gospels, beginning defectively in John 1, 8 and ending with the first words of the prayer, Protector in te sperantium; Luke begins defectively at 1, 31; Matthew begins defectively at 2, 5; Mark has only the rubric and “recumbentibus unde//.” 4. ff. 74-91v: Penitential psalms and litany including Martialis as the last apostle; Nicasius, Clarus, Hippolytus, Leodegar and Adrianus as the last martyrs; Romanus, Maclovius and Vivianus among the confessors; Honorina as the last virgin. 5. ff. 92-124v: Office of the Dead, use of Rouen. 6. ff. 124v-125v: Suffrages of Peter and of James the Greater; f. 126r-v, ruled, but blank. Parchment, ff. i (modern paper) + i (contemporary parchment) + 126 + ii (modern paper); 123 × 95 (68 × 50) mm. Collation beginning with f. 2: 112 2-58 62(+1 at the beginning; ff. 46-48) 78(-1, 3, 5, 8; ff. 49-52) 88(-1, 8; ff. 53-58; f. 53 misbound, should follow f. 58) 910(-1, 4, 7; ff. 59-65) 106(+4, f. 69 misbound, should follow f. 48; +8, f. 73) 11-128 132(ff. 90-91) 14-178 182(+3, f. 126). 14 long lines, ruled in pale red ink; pricking occasionally remains in the upper margin. Written in a gothic book hand, in 2 sizes according to liturgical function. Seven large miniatures, somewhat rubbed, above 3 lines of text in arched compartments with serrated tops; borders of acanthus leaves, flowers and grotesques against a flat painted gold ground. The miniatures are: f. 14 (Hours of the Virgin), Agony in the Garden; f. 35 (Lauds), Betrayal, with Peter and Malchus on the left; f. 52v (Gospel according to Mark), Christ addressing the apostles; f. 66 (Vespers), Deposition from the cross; f. 70 (Compline), Entombment; f. 74 (Penitential psalms), David in prayer, with the young David slaying Goliath in the background; f. 92 (Office of the Dead), funeral service in a church. 3-line initials in 3 styles: in white-patterned blue against burnished gold ground with multicolored trilobe leaves in the infilling; or as shaded white leaves against a painted gold ground and infilling of a naturalistic flower; or in blue on a brick-red ground, decorated with painted gold. 2-line initials in shaded white against a painted gold ground; 1-line initials in painted gold on alternating brick-red or blue grounds; ribbon line fillers in these colors also; initials within the text washed in yellow. Rubrics in red. Traced band borders in the outer margin of every leaf running the length of the text. Bound, s. XVIII, in English red morocco, with gold tooling; marbled endpapers; gilt edges. Written in France, probably Rouen, in the second half of the fifteenth century. Belonged to Joseph Granville Stuart Goff of Hale Park; his armorial book plate, s. XIX, on the front pastedown. P. M. Pittar sale, Sotheby’s, 4 November 1918, pt. II, n. 340 to Finnigan; again P. M. Pittar sale, Sotheby’s, 17 December 1919, n. 124 to G. D. Smith. Pencilled price code of Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles on f. i verso. Given to the Huntington Library in May 1939 by Miss Bella Mabury (d. 1964) in memory of her brother, Paul Rodman Mabury. Bibliography: De Ricci, 22.
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)

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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