(1) This manuscript was probably illuminated in Tournai in the 1430s or 1440s. The Hours of the Virgin is for the Use of Tournai and the Calendar includes important local feast days in red: namely SS. Piat, patron of the city (1 October), Eloy, bishop of Noyon-Tournai (1 December) as well as the translation of his relics (25 June). Another Book of Hours, also for the Use of Tournai and very similar was probably illuminated by the same workshop (Drouot, 9 March 2009, lot 152).
(2) Amans-Alexis Monteil (1769-1850), French historian, book-collector and dealer (see J-L. Lemaitre in Bibliothèque de l’École des chartes, 164, 2006, pp.227-49: in his distinctive binding; many other books in his bindings are recorded in public collections, notably Paris, BnF.
(3) Early twentieth-century (dated 23 April 1910) English ex-libris on first flyleaf.
The text includes: a Calendar in French (fol.1r); the Hours of the Cross (fol.7r); the Hours of the Holy Spirit (fol.10r); the Hours of the Virgin with Matins (fol.13r), Lauds (fol.20v), Prime (fol.27r), Terce (fol.30v), Sext (fol.33r), None (fol.35r), Vespers (fol.37v) and Compline (fol.42r); prayers in Latin and French (fol.46r); Suffrages to the Saints (fol.49v); the Seven Penitential Psalms (fol.52r) including a litany starting on fol.60r; the Office of the Dead (fol.66r); and the Vespers hymn for the feast of Pentecost added by a professional contemporary hand (fol.77v).
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