Sale 15BP02 | Lot 111

[MANUSCRIPT] [Book of Hours]

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs
[MANUSCRIPT]  [Book of Hours]

Lot Details

Lot 111
[MANUSCRIPT] [Book of Hours].
. Southern Low Countries, likely Liège, second or third quarter of the 15th century. 18th century brown calf gilt with a leather spine label, all edges gilt, gauffered, housed in an early 20th century brown morocco pull-off case. 7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches (18 x 12 cm), with 124 vellum leaves with text in Latin (last leaf blank, but apparently part of the original work), 20 lines written in a gothic bookhand, ruled in red, written area 4 3/8 x 3 1/4 inches (11.5 x 7.5 cm), with 10 large miniatures within two-page borders of acanthus and leafy vines; eight five-line historiated initials enclosing miniatures; rubrics in red; one-line initials in blue or gold with red or black penwork; two-line initials in gold on red and blue grounds; with full borders made of colored acanthus, flowers and strawberries at leaves with miniatures or major initials. Collation impractical due to renewed sewing at the time the book was bound, but textually the work appears complete. Joints renewed, one starting but firm, occasional minor handling marks, final text leaf rather toned.
This Book of Hours was likely prepared in Liège in the middle of the fifteenth century. Most of the region-specific saints in the calendar were venerated there, e.g. Rumold (July 1), Gudula (January 8). The text includes a Calendar (ff. 1-6); the text proper begins with the prayers for Matins Domine labia mea aperies. The work concludes with the Office for the Dead.


Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $28,125 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $28,125 (includes buyer's premium)

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