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Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French [France (Rouen), c.1500-10]
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Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French [France (Rouen), c.1500-10]
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Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, in Latin and French [France (Rouen), c.1500-10]
c.193x130mm, vellum, COMPLETE, iii+82+ii leaves, collation: i6, ii-x8, xi4, 24 lines, c.118x70mm, TWENTY-FOUR SMALL CALENDAR MINIATURES incorporated in full borders, 14 LARGE MINIATURES with full borders, including naturalistic birds and insects, dragons, etc., EVERY OTHER TEXT PAGE WITH A PANEL BORDER, illuminated initials and line-fillers throughout, miniatures occasionally with small pigment losses, f.15r slightly darkened and f. 36r with small smudge but otherwise generally in fresh condition, some staining at beginning and end of the volume, sewn on five cords and attractively bound in 17th-century brown morocco, the spine profusely gilt and lettered in capitals ‘Horae / Manus/cript’
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Description

PROVENANCE

(1) Made for a lady (as depicted in the last miniature). (2) Armorial bookplate of ‘William Earle Biscoe’ (1813-95), of Holton Park, Oxfordshire. (3) Clarence Samuel Coe and his wife, Claire Louise Allaback Coe of California, collectors of Books of Hours, early hand-coloured botany books and rocks which they collected on their travels around the world; thence by descent.

ARTISTS

This Book of Hours was illuminated by ROBERT BOYVIN (see I. Delaunay, 'Le manuscrit enluminé à Rouen au temps du cardinal Georges d'Amboise', Annales de Normandie, 45e année, no.3, 1995, 211-44). Boyvin is documented in Rouen from 1487 to 1536 and he worked between 1501 and 1503 for the great Renaissance patron Cardinal Georges d'Amboise, Archbishop of Rouen. The lightly applied liquid gold of the borders relates to the work of JEAN SERPIN, a border specialist who regularly collaborated with Boyvin (see F. Lehoux, ‘Sur un manuscrit de l’école de Rouen décoré par Jean Serpin et Robert Boyvin pour le cardinal Georges d'Amboise’, Mélanges dédiés à la mémoire de Félix Grat, 1949, II, pp.323-28).

TEXT AND DECORATION

Calendar in French (f.1r), with Rouen feasts including the ‘Translation des reliques’ (3 Dec.); Gospel extracts (f.7r); Obsecro te (f.10v) and O intemerata (f.12v); prayers to the Virgin (f.14r), f.14v blank; Hours of the Virgin (f.15r), with Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Spirit intermixed; Penitential Psalms (f.48r) and litany (f.55v); Office of the Dead (f.59v); Saturday prayer to the Virgin, ‘Missus est Gabriel’ (f.76v); suffrages to saints (f.80v), ending on f.82v.

The subjects of the large miniatures are: (1) St John on Patmos (f.7r); (2) Annunciation (f.15r); (3) Visitation (f.21v); (4) Crucifixion (f.28r); (5) Pentecost (29r); (6) Nativity (f.30r); (7) Annunciation to the Shepherds (f.33v); (8) Adoration of the Magi (f.36r); (9) Presentation in the Temple (f.38v); (10) Flight into Egypt (f.41r); (11) Coronation of the Virgin (f.45r); (12) David (f.48v); (13) Job (f.59v); (14) Female patron before the Virgin and Child (f.76v).

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