Lot 55 of 196:
15th Century French Book of Hours  

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Illuminated manuscript on vellum, Book of Hours in Latin




[15th Century?]


82 vellum leaves (including one blank). Finely written in gothic script, with many cleverly drawn initial letters in read and blue, with marginal elongations, rubricated throughout and with many letters in blue, others touched with yellow.  Two small miniatures in red, blue, green, violet and burnished gold, one being of a figure of the Christ and three others, with ornate marginal elongation, and the other a large skull apparently on a sarcophagus in a vault with marginal elongation containing a nude figure. 12x8.5 cm (4¾x3¼") early blindstamped calf over wood boards, old rebacking.

Several leaves excised with stubs remaining. According to an old bookseller's description mounted inside rear cover: "Calendar remarkable for its few entries. Its inclusion of Saints Francis, Anthony "de ord' min," and Clare is evidence that it belonged to a Franciscan house, and the translation of St. Melanius seems to locate it at Rennes in Brittany. It has one entry very rarely found in Horae Calendars - at April 24th (sic) "Extrema pasce tua decet," and unlike all other such Cals. there is no distinction of grade in the feasts. The Litany of the Saints includes St. Clare - another Franciscan indication. The last 2 leaves contains prayers in a later hand."

Lot Amendments

Binding worn and detached at front joint, repair to front board, rear cover loosely attached; some rippling to vellum leaves, light staining; offered with all faults.

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