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72/2931 Medieval manuscripts Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 Medieval manuscripts  Book of hours
72/2931 [Medieval manuscripts]. (Book of hours). Northern Netherlands (Holland), 2nd half 15th cent., use of Utrecht, manuscript in Middle Dutch on vellum, (151) lvs., black and brown ink on recto and verso, littera textualis, 21 lines in a single column, rubrication in red pen and ink, ruling in black pen and ink, leaves measuring 16x11,5 cm., text measuring 10x6,5 cm., 6 LARGE ARCH-TOPPED MINIATURES IN COLOURS AND GOLD and 4 SMALL MINIATURES IN COLOURS AND GOLD, each miniature surrounded by full borders of coloured flowers, pink and blue acanthus, leaves, fruits, animals, fantastical creatures (i.a. a unicorn) and people (so-called "marginalia"), illuminated capitals and smaller illuminated initials, numerous penwork flourishes in the style predominant in North Holland, 19th cent. black mor. over wooden covers w. brass clasps and catches, a.e.g.

- Lacks full-page miniature to the Long Hours of the Cross; 8 lvs. lack portion in outer, upper or lower margin (5x margin w. border decoration. No loss of text) ; a few miniatures occas. w. small pigment loss; some occas. smudging to border decoration and written text. Joints starting at spine-ends. The manuscript was rebound and in the process probably cut short in its outer blank margins, this is visible in the pen flourished borders.

= CONTENTS: Utrecht calendar, probably for the Northern part of the medieval diocese of Utrecht (possibly Noordwijk or Haarlem), saints mentioned in red ink include Poncian (14 Jan), Pancreas (12 May), Servaes (13 May), Bonifaes (5 June), Odulphus (12 June), Lebuinus (25 June), Mary Magdalene (22 July), Laurentius (10 August), Jeroen (17 August) and Remigius and Bavo (1 October); Hours of the Virgin for the use of Rome; Hours of the Eternal Wisdom; The Long Hours of the Cross; Hours of the Holy Spirit; the Penitential Psalms and Litany; Office of the Dead (9 lessons); sacramental prayers. The manuscript appears to be complete, apart from the lacking miniature to the Long Hours of the Cross, no indications of cuttings were found.

DECORATION: MINIATURES: (in order of appearance, quarter-page/ 7- or 8-line size unless stated otherwise) 1. The Annunciation (full-page); 2. Mary and a unicorn (lacks right decorated border); 3. Salvator Mundi (full-page. Lacks left decorated border); 4. Christ with the Holy Cross (lacks right decorated border); 5. Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descends upon Mary and the apostles (full-page); 6. The Holy Spirit as a dove; 7. David at prayer (full-page); 8. David playing the harp; 9. The Last Judgement, Christ raises the dead in the presence of Mary and St. John the Baptist (full-page); 10. The Last Supper (full-page). A 19th century inscription on the upper pastedown suggests that the scriptor and illuminator was "Frans Jean Hemmelinck, geboren tot damme by Bruggen in 1458".

An attractive book of hours, featuring the pen flourishings that are typical of northern Netherlandish (in the province Holland) penwork of the second half of the fifteenth century. SEE ILLUSTRATION ON FRONTCOVER.

€ (15.000-25.000) 23000