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HM 1158

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Italy, s. XVIIin
1. ff. 1-19: Short hours of the Cross; f. 19v, ruled, but blank. 2. ff. 20-34v: Short hours of the Holy Spirit; ff. 35-36v, ruled, but blank. 3. ff. 37-78v: Penitential psalms and litany; the monks are Anthony, Benedict, Bernard, Dominic and Francis; the prayer for the pope reads “Omnipotens sempiterne Deus miserere famulo tuo Pontifici nostro N.…”; ends, f. 78v, in gold square capitals, “G.T.R.S.,” evidently for “Giacomo Tarrani Romano Scriveva” which is written out in Latin in the lower corner of f. 79 in a small humanistic script, “Iacobus Tarranus Romanus Scribebat”; ff. 79v-80v, ruled, but blank. Parchment, ff. v (paper) + 80 + v; 110 × 80 (80 × 53) mm. Bound too tightly to collate, but apparently in quires of 8. Sporadic catchwords from one page to the next. 12 long lines, no horizontal ruling visible; the written space enclosed on all sides by a narrow double rule in painted gold. Written by Iacobus Tarranus of Rome (see f. 79) in a humanistic hand. Initials, 3-line, in painted gold and decorated with pale red flourishes, set within double ruled gold square frames; 1-line initials in red or gold. Major divisions signalled by rubrics in gold square capitals; other rubrics in red or painted gold in the script of the text. Bound, s. XVII, in Venetian style deep red morocco, elaborately tooled front and back in an all-over pattern of gold swirls and white enamel leaves with center rosettes in the same manner; later English marbled endpapers; gilt edges. For a reproduction of this binding, see One hundred and seventy-six historic and artistic Bookbindings dating from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Time…after the originals selected from the Library of Robert Hoe (New York 1895), vol. I, pl. 42. Written ca. 1600 (?) by Iacobus Tarranus of Rome, who also copied an Officio della Beata Vergine Maria; see American Art Association, 20 December 1920, lot 567, the sale of a “Notable American Collection” (Oliver R. Barrett) to Sen. David A. Reed, and De Ricci, 495, n. 11. Most of Senator’s Reed’s collection is now at Princeton University; this manuscript, however, remains untraced.1 Although HM 1158 may once have been part of a larger manuscript which included an office of the Virgin, it was not part of Sen. Reed’s manuscript, given the latter’s larger size (7 9/16 × 5⅜ inches, i.e. approx. 190 × 140 mm.). Acquired by Robert Hoe at least by 1895 (see above); Cat. (1909) pp. 145-46; the slip from this catalogue pasted on f. ii; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1912, pt. III, n. 2086 to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 100.
1 We thank Miss Jean Preston for her help in attempting to determine its present location.

Hoe: Cat. (1909)
[C. Shipman], A Catalogue of Manuscripts Forming a Portion of the Library of Robert Hoe (New York 1909)
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)

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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