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BOOK OF HOURS, use of Paris (?)
Northern France, s. XV1
1. ff. 1-12v: Full calendar in French with major feasts in red, similar to that printed by Perdrizet. 2. ff. 13-20v: Pericopes of the Gospels, that of John followed by the prayer, Protector in te sperantium…[Perdrizet, 25]; Concede quesumus omnipotens deus ut qui unigenitum tuum redemptorem nostrum… 3. ff. 21-62v: Hours of the Virgin, possibly of the use of Paris: antiphon and capitulum at none are Sicut lilium and Per te dei. Portions of the text missing due to lost leaves, and other sections misbound; text now arranged as follows: ff. 21-25v, part of matins beginning defectively; ff. 26-27v, end of sext; ff. 28-29v, part of none; ff. 30-40v, end of matins and beginning of lauds; ff. 41-44v, end of lauds (text missing between ff. 40v-41); ff. 45-48v, the last 8 of the 15 Joys of the Virgin (see below ff. 93-94v); ff. 49-51v, part of terce; ff. 52-54v, part of sext (see above ff. 26-27v for the end); ff. 55-59v, part of vespers (text missing between ff. 58v-59); ff. 60-62v, end of compline. 4. ff. 63-74v: Obsecro te…[masculine forms; Leroquais, LH 2:346]; Sequitur oratio devota, O Intemerata…orbis terrarum. De te enim…[Wilmart, 494-95]; Oratio devota de nostra domina, Saluto te beatissima dei genitrix virgo maria angelorum regina… 5. ff. 75-90v: Penitential psalms, beginning defectively in the fourth psalm, Ps. 50, 14; litany, including Eustachius and Denis among the martyrs; Magloire, Ivo, Maturinus, Bernard and Lubin as the last confessors; Genevieve among the virgins. 6. ff. 91-92v: Short hours of the Holy Spirit, defective at the beginning and at the end. 7. ff. 93-97v: Three prayers in French as follow: ff. 93-94v, part of the heading and the first 2 of the 15 Joys, of which the last 8 are now bound as ff. 45-48v [Leroquais, LH 2:310-11]; ff. 95-97, part of the 5th, then the 4th, the 6th and the 7th of the 7 Requests [Leroquais, LH 2:309-10]; f. 97r-v, Oroison de la croix, Saincte vraye croix aouree…[Sonet 1876]. 8. ff. 98-145: Office of the Dead: ff. 98-100v, matins up to the psalm Verba mea auribus percipe; ff. 100v-145, the remaining parts of the office, with 3 lessons at matins. 9. ff. 145v-150v: Prayers as follow: S’ensuit tres devote oroison a nostre dame, O Tres certaine et souveraine esperance deffenderesse et dame…[Sonet 1538]; Oracio de nostra domina, Sancta maria mater domini nostri ihesu christi in manus tuas…; [added in a bâtarde script:] suffrage of Martin. Parchment, ff. ix (modern paper) + 150 + lxv (modern paper, all completely blank); 185 × 137 (92 × 60) mm. Because of the amount of missing material, collation represents the quires as they now stand (except in quires 4 and 6 where the missing conjugate of a bifolium is postulated): 16 26 38(through f. 20) 46(-1; ff. 21-25) 54(ff. 26-29) 64(-1; ff. 30-32) 78(ff. 30-40) 84(ff. 41-44) 94(ff. 45-48) 106(ff. 49-54) 114(ff. 55-58) 122(ff. 59-60) 138(ff. 61-68) 146(ff. 69-74) 158(ff. 75-82) 168(ff. 83-90) 174(ff. 91-94) 18-248. Catchwords in center of the lower margin in the script of text. 13 long lines ruled in pale red ink. Written in 2 sizes of a gothic book hand. Only one illumination survives, that of the Office of the Dead, f. 98: in an arched compartment above 4 lines of text, burial service in an enclosed grassy courtyard, with 3 mourners, 2 priests reading from a shared book, while 2 other men lower the white-shrouded body, marked with a long red cross, into the ground; U-shaped frame around text and miniature as a wide gold band, decorated with colored leaf patterns; outer border of black ink ivy spray with gold trilobe leaves. Bracket borders of this ivy spray with small flowers on ff. 63 and 100v; similar band borders, triggered by 2-line initials, placed to the left of the text. Three 4-line initials (ff. 63, 98 and 100v) and 2-line initials alternate white-decorated pink or blue set against a ground of the other color, both infilled with colored trilobe leaves on gold; 1-line initials in gold infilled in blue or pink against grounds of the other color; ribbon line fillers in the same colors; initials in the text washed in yellow. Rubrics in red. Bound, s. XIX, in French green half-roan; marbled endpapers and edges, including the 65 back paper flyleaves. Written during the first half of the fifteenth century in France; obtained from Sessler by Henry E. Huntington at an unknown date. Bibliography: De Ricci, 96.
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)
Leroquais, LH
V. Leroquais, Les Livres d’heures manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris 1927-43)
P. Perdrizet, Le Calendrier parisien à la fin du moyen âge. Publications de la faculté de lettres de l’Université de Strasbourg 63 (Paris 1933)
J. Sonet, Répertoire d’incipit de prières en ancien français. Société de publications romanes et françaises 54 (Geneva 1956)
A. Wilmart, Auteurs spirituels et textes dévots du moyen âge latin (Paris 1932; repr. 1971)

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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