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Sale 2501 Lot 167
(MANUSCRIPT.) Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, written in gothic hand in brown ink with headings and rubrics in red, 14 lines. With 3 historiated initials, 12 miniatures within full floral borders, decorated initials of 1-4 lines and line fillers throughout, and floral panel in outer margin of pages with 2-line initials, all in colors and gold. 204 (of 207) leaves; lacks leaves 61, 69, and blank 181. 130x92 mm, 17th-century morocco gilt, worn, bottom of rear joint cracked; margins trimmed entering top of some borders, occasional soiling, miniature at beginning of None on 81v heavily rubbed at bottom of image, 2 vellum leaves bound in front with prayers in French and Latin in contemporary hand; 1/4 morocco folding case. Armorial stamps of Charles de Brosses(?); slip mounted on front pastedown inscribed "donné à M. Rogier le 26 Mars 1836"; 19th-century signature of J. Gilchrist Clark. France, mid-15th century
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000
Use of Rome. Contents: 1r-12v, calendar; 13r-19r, Gospel lessons, with historiated initial depicting St. John; 19r-23v, Obsecro te, with initial depicting Virgin and Child; 23v-26v, O intemerata, with initial depicting Pietà; 27r-110v, Hours of the Virgin, lacking leaves 61 in Lauds (end of Psalm 150, capitulum, and hymn) and 69 in Prime (capitulum and following 2 orations); 111r-114v, Hours of the Cross; 115r-118v, Hours of the Holy Spirit; 119 blank, filled with additional Litany supplications in later hand, continued on 120v-122r in lower margin; 120r-142r, Penitential Psalms and Litany; 142v-197v, Office of the Dead, with blank leaf 181 excised; 198r-207v, prayers, hymns, and suffrages.
Miniatures: 27r, Annunciation; 51r, Visitation; 65r, Nativity; 71r, Annunciation to the Shepherds; 76v, Adoration of the Magi; 81v, Presentation in the Temple; 86v, Flight into Egypt; 96v, Coronation of the Virgin; 111r, Crucifixion; 115r, Pentecost; 120r, David in prayer; 142v, Burial.