Book of hours : use of Metz : in Latin and French
- Book of hours : use of Metz : in Latin and French
- Title (uniform):
Book of hours
- Catholic Church
- Former owner:
- Wells, Gabriel, 1862-1946
- Duru, Hippolyte, -1884
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--France
Books of hours
Metal clasps (Binding)
Signed bindings (Binding)
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
Christian women--Prayers and devotions
- 155 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 137 x 100 (87 x 63) mm bound to 15 cm in box 17 cm.
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Access to physical copy/copies by appointment only. Please contact Boston Public Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Department for further information.
- Place of origin:
- Table of Contents:
1. fol. i-xiiv: Calendar (use of Metz), completely full, standard Saints alternate salmon and red, particularly important names in blue, most important in gold.
2. fol. 1-8v: added prayers and miniatures (15th-century)
3. fol. 1: blank.
4. fol. 1v: Full-page miniature of the Annunciation.
5. fol. 2: Salve regina misericordie ...
6. fol. 2v: full-page miniature of the Trinity.
7. fol. 3-4: Veni creator spiritus ...
8. fol. 4: Deus qui corde ...
9. fol. 4v: full-page miniature of the Crucifixion.
10. fol. 5-5v: Ave verum corpus ...
11. fol. 6: Confiteor deo omnipotenti ...
12. fol. 6v: full-page miniature of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist.
13. fol. 8v: blank.
14. fol. 9-20: Matins (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
15. fol. 21v-33v: Lauds (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
16. fol. 34-39v: Prime (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
17. fol. 40-44: Terce (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
18. fol. 44v-48: Sext (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
19. fol. 48v-52: Nones (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
20. fol. 52v-60: Vespers (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
21. fol. 60v-65v: Complines (Hours of the Virgin, use of Metz)
22. fol. 66-83 [i.e. 84]: Penitential Psalms and Litany.
23. fol. 84 [i.e. 85]r/v: blank.
24. fol. 85-139 [i.e. 86-140]: Office of the Dead (use of Metz)
25. fol. 139-142 [i.e. 140-143]: Obsecro te (added by a slightly later hand)
26. fol. 142 [i.e. 143]: blank.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Origin: Written in northern France in the third quarter of the 14th century, for the use of a female patron (see portait in the margin of fol. 9). For the use of Metz. The calendar includes numerous Metz feasts in blue or gold: Felice (21 Feb., in blue), the Translation of Clement (2 May, in blue), Arnulphus (16 August, in blue), Terentius (29 October, in blue), and Clement, Bishop of Metz (23 November, in gold). The Hours of the Virgin and Office of the Dead are also Metz use. Fol. 1-8 were added in the early fifteenth century. 19th- and early 20th-century pencil notes inside front cover.
- Notes (acquisition):
Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased by the BPL from the estate of Gabrielle Wells in 1947 (SDBM 57050).
- Notes (citation):
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, page 211
- Notes (object):
Secundo folio: Febrier a xxvii iours ...
Collation: Parchment, fol. ii (parchment) + 155 + ii (parchment) ; binding precludes collation ; modern arabic pencil foliation in the lower left corner of each recto, begins with "1" on folio 13, uses "73" twice, so reaches 142 instead of 155, those numbers used in this record for reference.
Layout: Single column, 13 lines. Bounding and writing lines in brown plummet.
Script: Written in a gothic bookhand, rubrics in gold leaf.
Decoration (primary): Ten half-page miniatures with gilt full-bar borders of colored vines and leaves, with three-line initials in gold and colors, some bas-de-page or marginal illustrations and drolleries, gold scroll or diapered backgrounds in gold and colors, these miniatures original to the manuscript: Virgin and child (fol. 9, Matins, Hours of the Virgin) -- The Betrayal (fol. 21, Lauds, Hours of the Virgin) -- Christ before Pilate (fol. 34, Prime, Hours of the Virgin) -- The Flagellation (fol. 40, Terce, Hours of the Virgin) -- The Road to Calvary (fol. 44v, Sext, Hours of the Virgin) -- The Crucifixion (fol. 84v, Nones, Hours of the Virgin) -- Pièta (fol. 52v, Vespers, Hours of the Virgin) -- The Burial (fol. 60v, Compline, Hours of the Virgin) -- Christ in Majesty (fol. 66, Penitential Psalms).
Decoration (secondary): Four full-page miniatures with vines and gold leaves at corners and in margins, diapered backgrounds in colors, added with fol. 13-18 in the early 15th century: The Annunciation (fol. 1v) -- The Trinity (fol. 2v) -- The Crucifixion (fol. 4v) -- St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist (fol. 6v). One-line initials throughout in gold on colors; two-line initials throughout in colors on gold with foliate bar borders in gold and colors into margins, 28 of them historiated with portraits of saints, layfolk, queens and nuns.
Binding: Bound in 1854 in blind-stamped dark-green calf over boards, spine gilt in compartments, metal clasps with tortoise-shell inlays, gilt filigree turn-ins, marbled paper pastedowns and conjoint flyleaves, all edges gilt, blue ribbon bookmark, by Duru (signed "Duru 1854" on fol. i verso), gilt fillet board edges.
- Notes (bibliography):
Bibliography: Nancy Netzer, ed., Secular/Sacred 11th-16th Century Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston College, 2006), no. 43.
- Notes (language):
In Latin, with some French in calendar.
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS q Med. 105
MS 1533 (no longer used)
- Primary (full resolution, uncompressed)(TIF, multi-file ZIP, 18.9 GB)
- Large (full resolution)(JPEG, 171 MB)
- Medium(JPEG, multi-file ZIP, 61.5 MB)