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BOOK OF HOURS, fragment
Italy (?), s. XV2
1. f. 1r-v: //vero in medio umbre mortis non timebo mala…Dirige me in veritate tua et//
From matins of the Office of the Dead.
2. f. 2r-v: //Ad primam, Deus in adiutorium meum intende…Quoniam alieni insurrexerunt adversum me et//
From the Hours of the Virgin, at prime; possibly use of Rome: the hymn is Memento salutis auctor…; the antiphon, Assumpta…; the psalm, Deus in nomine tuo salvum me fac…
3. f. 3r-v: //De cruce deponitur hora vespertina…perducat nos ad gaudia paradisi. Amen.//
Short hours of the Cross from the hymn for vespers to the end.
Parchment, ff. lxxx (modern parchment, stained on the edges to give an older appearance) + 3 single leaves + lxvi (modern parchment, as above); 98 × 70 (54 × 35) mm. After a first gathering of 10 leaves, all the remaining 22 quires are of 6 leaves; the 12th contains the 3 medieval leaves tipped in. 15 long lines on ff. 1 and 3, 14 long lines on f. 2, ruled in pale red ink. Written in a rounded gothic script. Decorated in the style of northern French manuscripts: 5-line initial in white-decorated blue on a cusped gold ground, infilled with colored trilobe leaves; a U-shaped narrow band border of gold and color around the text; outer border of black ivy vine, gold motifs, 2 swirls of narrow acanthus leaf in red, orange, blue and green, and flowers. 2-line initials in burnished gold with pink infilling on a blue ground, or vice versa; 1-line initials alternating gold with black penwork, or blue with red penwork; initials within the text slashed in red. Red rubrics. Inserted in an early metal binding with gilt decoration, over wooden boards; remains of a fore edge clasp; much repaired; on the back pastedown, a fragment of a sixteenth century printed leaf with a poem in octaves, in Italian. Written possibly in Italy in the second half of the fifteenth century. A label on the front pastedown, “D 113.” On f. 1, modern pencil foliation, “152”; on f. 3, with the same numbering, “18.” Faint pencil marks on the lower margin of f. 3 resemble the price code of Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles.
Given to the Huntington Library in 1975 by Mrs. Edward J. Loftus.

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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