Book of hours : use of Paris : in Latin
- Book of hours : use of Paris : in Latin
- Catholic Church
Books of hours
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--France
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
- 161 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 168 x 115 (95 x 64) mm bound to 18 cm in box 21 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
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- Place of origin:
- Table of Contents:
1. fol. 1r/v: blank.
2. fol. 2r-13v: calendar (full), use of Paris. No labors of the month.
3. fol. 14-15v: Gospel readings: John.
4. fol. 16: Gospel readings: Luke.
5. fol. 17v-18v: Gospel readings: Matthew.
6. fol. 19: Gospel readings: Mark.
7. fol. 20v-24: Obsecro te.
8. fol. 24v-26v: O intemerata.
9. fol. 26v-29v: St. Gregory Mass.
10. fol. 30-50v: Matins (Hours of the Virgin)
11. fol. 51-61v: Lauds (Hours of the Virgin)
12. fol. 62-67: Prime (Hours of the Virgin)
13. fol. 67v-71: Terce (Hours of the Virgin)
14. fol. 71v-74v: Sext (Hours of the Virgin)
15. fol. 75r-78: Nones (Hours of the Virgin)
16. fol. 78v-84v: Vespers (Hours of the Virgin)
17. fol. 85-89v: Compline (Hours of the Virgin)
18. fol. 90-93: Hours of the Holy Cross.
19. fol. 93v-96: Hours of the Holy Spirit.
20. fol. 96v-108: Penitential Psalms.
21. fol. 108-112v: litany.
22. fol. 113-154v: Office of the Dead.
23. fol. 155-155v: (suffrage) Holy Trinity.
24. fol. 155v-156: (suffrage) Archangel Michael.
25. fol. 156-156v: (suffrage) John the Baptist.
26. fol. 156v-157v: (suffrage) St. Peter and St. Paul.
27. fol. 157v-158: (suffrage) St. Sebastian.
28. fol. 158-159: (suffrage) St. Nicolas.
29. fol. 159r-160r: (suffrage) St. Catherine.
30. fol. 161r/v: blank.
Title devised by cataloger.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Origin: Produced in France in the late 15th century for a male. The gold panels in the border designs make it likely that the manuscript was illustrated in the Loire valley region. The calendar includes feasts for local Parisian saints such as Marcellus (3 November), Maturinus (9 November), and Opportuna (22 April), among several others. Many of the local names also appear in the litany. Bookplate on front free endpaper: "Bibliothèque / de Suin, / à / Doudeville"
- Notes (ownership):
Provenance: Bookplate on front free endpaper: "Bibliothèque / de Suin, / à / Doudeville."
- Notes (acquisition):
Immediate source of acquisition: Bought from the sale of F.O. Stanley in Newton, MA, December 3-4, 1940.
- Notes (date):
This date is inferred.
- Notes (citation):
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, 208
- Notes (object):
Secundo folio: xviii b kl s marcel.
Collation: Parchment, fol. i + 161 + i ; bound too tightly to collate, although quires in the back appear to be gatherings of 8 leaves. Fol. 30 is not original to the manuscript. Fol. 16r, 17v, 19r, 24v, 155r, 156r, 156v, 157r, 158r, 158v, and 159v contain non-original, pasted-in inner borders, illustrated in a similar but not identical style ; modern pencil foliation in arabic numerals.
Layout: One column, 17 lines. Fol. 30 has 16 lines + 2 written in at a later date. Ruled in red with bounding lines, full length top to bottom.
Script: Written in a gothic hand in black ink with red rubrics. Fol. 30 in a bastarda hand in black ink with blue rubrics.
Decoration (primary): Suffrages each include 9-line illuminated initial (except for the suffrage to Nicolas, which has a 10-line initial) in blue with white filigree, with borders with acanthus and gold paneling. Inner borders are pasted-in fragments, illustrated in a similar style. Initials historiated as follows: The Holy Trinity, Father and Son holding a book, dove in between (fol. 155) -- Archangel Michael, holding a gold cross (fol. 156) -- John the Baptist, holding a book with a lamb on top (fol. 156v) -- Peter with key, Paul with sword (fol. 157) -- Stephen on the left, pierced with arrows, and archer with longbow on the right, with a fortress on a hill in the background (fol. 158) -- Nicolas in episcopal garb, with three naked children looking up from the lower left (fol. 158v) -- Catherine, crowned, holding a book and sword (fol. 159v)
Decoration (secondary): Illustrations, initials, and borders are present on following leaves: St. John on Patmos (fol. 14) -- St. Luke writing (fol. 16) -- St. Matthew writing (fol. 17v) -- St. Mark reading (fol. 19) -- Virgin and child (fol. 20v) -- Virgin praying (fol. 24v) -- St. Gregory celebrating Mass (fol. 27v) -- Annunciation to the Virgin (fol. 30) -- Visitation (fol. 51) -- Nativity (fol. 62) -- Annunciation to the Shepherds (fol. 67v) -- Adoration of the Magi (fol. 71v) -- Presentation at the Temple (fol. 75) -- Slaughter of the Innocents (fol. 78v) -- Coronation of the Virgin (fol. 85) -- Crucifixion (fol. 90) -- Pentecost (fol. 93v) -- David and Bathsheba (fol. 96v).
Decoration (terciary): One-quarter borders throughout, with acanthus, traces of black vines, and gold paneling with floriation. Red, blue, and gold line fillers and one or two-line initials throughout, sometimes illuminated. Calendar: borders with acanthus, traces of black vines, and gold paneling with floriation. Text in red and black ink, alternating by line. Special days are written in blue ink.
Binding: 18th-century red morocco, spine gilt-tooled in six compartments, all edges gilt. Green, yellow, and tan headbands. Marbled paste-down and free endpapers (spot pattern), laid paper fly-leaves.
- Notes (bibliography):
Bibliography: Nancy Netzer, ed., Secular Sacred: 11th-16th-Century Works from the Boston Public Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Chicago: University Press, 2006), no. 9.
- Notes (language):
In Latin, with French in calendar and rubrics.
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS q Med.82
MS 1508 (no longer used)