(MANUSCRIPT.) Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin and French on vellum, written in gothic script in brownish-black ink, 15 lines (except Calendar in 16), recto and verso. with four (of five?) miniatures within full-page borders in colors and gold; and numerous two- and three-line initials in gold on blue ground with penwork decoration in white. 99 (of 100?) leaves. 156x112 mm, 16th-century blind-stamped calf with arabesque center- and cornerpieces on covers, spine ends worn, joints cracked, cords intact, ties lacking; varying marginal soiling, miniatures trimmed and inlaid to size affecting periphery of borders, with text on verso rubbed, all but the last misbound as noted below. Contemporary ownership inscription of Toussaint Delhoine(?) on front pastedown; calligraphic inscriptions and signatures of Alais Alemande, one dated 1558, including verse admonitions for the return of book to her on rear endleaf. Armorial bookplate of Angela Bennett. France, circa 1500
Estimate $3,000 - 5,000
Use of Rome. Contents: Calendar, 1r-12v; Gospel lessons, 13r-17v; Obsecro te, 17v-21v; Dixain du Debat du Corps & de l'Esprit, signed Alays Alexandre de Poyolz, 21v; Hours of the Virgin, 22r-60v (missing first leaf with miniature, replaced with first leaf of Penitential Psalms); 2 French texts (Le people humain en la nuict cheminont [etc.] and Dieu par le temps), signed Pol de Bury, Seigneur de Poyolz, 61r-v; Hours of the Cross, 62r-65v (with first leaf bound at beginning of Penitential Psalms); Hours of the Holy Spirit, 66r-68r, 68v blank (with first leaf bound at beginning of Hours of the Cross); Penitential Psalms and Litany, 69r-84v (with first leaf bound at beginning of Hours of the Virgin); Office of the Dead, 85r-99v. The miniatures depict David in Prayer (22r); Pentecost (62r); Crucifixion (69r); and Burial (85r).